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so she could attend a niece’s wedding, I happily agreed. I’ve been riding a sublime wave of feeling this month, exhilarated by the exceptional interviews and intriguing research I’ve been doing for writing projects.
Every once in a while, it seems that the universe
aligns behind assignments that become continuing education classes with the capacity to shift and expand my thinking. When this occurs, I imagine myself as a ship on an open sea with unfurled sails, prepared to respond to oncoming winds. As I navigate my course, I sense an invisible
guiding force, a captain of sorts, that ensures a clear path around the obstacles of any hardened thought.
Nigel Barker – Photographer
Cristen and Kimberly Chin, known as @ChinTwins, of Chinese and Irish descent, started modeling at a young age working for magazines such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Allure and Elle, as well as fashion houses such as Yohji Yamamoto, Kenzo, Gaultier, Armani, Valentino and Gucci. As youngsters, both shared a love for yoga and dance, which gave them the grace and poise that was instrumental to their success in the fashion industry. Both certified RYT-200 yoga instructors in their 40s now, these mothers, wives and sisters are in the best shape of their lives. The creation of their joint Instagram account in 2014 has grown through a worldwide community of followers that tune in to the ChinTwins for inspirational messages for mind, body and soul. Now living more than a 1,000 miles apart—Kimmy in coastal Alabama and Crissy in New York—their lives remain intertwined as they emulate each other and continue to share their stories, motivating and helping like-minded people to think and move outside the box. The twins were photographed by Cristen’s husband, Nigel Barker, a noted fashion photographer, author, filmmaker and former model himself. He is best known as a photographer and judge on the reality show America’s Next Top Model, and is currently the host of another show, The Face.
arrived in reading the articles from Natural Awakenings’ national editorial team.
I couldn’t have asked for a better sea to sail this month. The first blessings
They in turn inspired ideas for local stories, bringing more blessings as pearls of wisdom flowed from Southwest Floridians excited to talk about capturing the sublime moments of life, experiencing nature’s magic through shamanism, entering a blissful state by chanting in kirtan, enjoying the healing benefits of sound therapy and employing a silent yoga practice to move beyond conditioned thinking.
I love taking the stance of an empty vessel as sources talk and I listen and
type, then ruminate and write, always listening for guidance. As a journalist, I do my best work in silence. Yet, I routinely require the refreshing winds of curiosity, imagination and inspiration that arrive through researching ideas with an open mind and engaging in meaningful conversations with like-minded individuals engaged in exploring new seas and charting new courses.
In other words, silence is wonderful, but my work can only be done
within the context of the rich relationships that I’ve cultivated during 12 years of writing for this magazine. I am daily grateful for the rewards of being supported by good people that become friends. They are my ship’s crew, and without them, I couldn’t sail.
My hope is that our readers will continue to reflect upon subjects I’ve long
been captivated by—silence, bliss, the invisible vibrations and frequencies of sound and eyes of wonderment that see the world as a child does. Like the vibrations emanating from crystal singing bowls and Tibetan gongs, I hope that the ideas in these pages will penetrate deeply to stir the heart and inspire you to open your sails and set a course of exploration and blessedness. In honor of you,
Linda Sechrist, Editor
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newsbriefs Amrit Desai to Conduct Workshop in Naples
eggy Sealfon, of Stonewater Studio, will present world-renowned Yogi Master Amrit Desai in a weekend workshop, Embodying the Power of the Zero Stress Zone: The Yoga of Empowerment, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., September 23, and 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., September 24, at Naples United Church of Christ McSpadden Hall. This Amrit Desai workshop is a rare opportunity to learn empowering techniques from a recognized master who was one of the first to being yoga to the West in the 1960s. Deepak Chopra says, “Amrit Desai’s authentic core principles, techniques and tools help even the novice student enter the deepest levels of relaxation, tranquility and stillness.” “It’s a privilege to bring Gurudev to Naples to share his breakthrough approach with my community,” says long-time Naples resident Sealfon. “His techniques are highly adaptable and accessible, which can activate a rapid transition in anyone’s life. Attending one of his workshops over 10 years ago changed my life and ignited me to pursue the path I’m on today as a personal development coach, author and more.” Cost: $133 for both days, $39 for Sept. 23 and $115 for Sept. 24. Location: 5200 Crayton Rd. For more information or to register, call 239-821-2266, email Peggy@Stonewater Studio.com or visit ZeroStressZone.info. See article on page 38 and ad on page 65.
Peace Day in the Park Returns to Cape Coral
he ninth annual Peace Day in the Park, a free community gathering celebrating the International Day of Peace, will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., September 18, at Jaycee Park, in Cape Coral. The theme at this year’s family- and pet-friendly event is the environment, featuring local artisans, vendors, yoga, live music, pet adoptions, meditation, crafts, workshops, a fashion show, raffles, food and more. For the first time, Bobby C. Billie, the spiritual leader of the original Miccosukee Simanolee Nation Aboriginal People, the nine independent tribes of Southwest Florida, will perform an indigenous blessing peace ceremony. Exhibitors and vendors include Zak’s Jewelry, The Mystical Moon, Cape Coral Farmers’ Market, Surfside Sunset Market, Environmental and Peace Education Center, CasaShanti, City of Cape Coral, Blue Dahlia Session Salon, Natural Awakenings, What’s Up SWFL, Bath Fitter, Fresh Squeezed Productions, Sierra Club and Gulf Coast Humane Society. Dry and canned goods can be donated to the Abuse Counseling and Treatment Center, the Cape Coral Caring Center, the Veterans Village of Port Charlotte and others.
Free off-site parking at nearby locations and shuttle service is available. Location: Off Beach Pkwy., 4125 SE 20th Pl. For more information, call 239-560-5224, email swfl4Peace@ email.com or visit the event’s Facebook page. See ad, page 31.
National Public Lands Day at Lovers Key State Park
housands of people nationwide will roll up their sleeves and get a good workout in beautiful, natural settings by participating in the 23rd annual National Public Lands Day. Attendees will join park rangers and volunteers in removing invasive plants, picking up litter and doing other work from 9 a.m. to noon, September 24, at Lovers Key State Park, in Fort Myers, to help ensure it remains a pristine habitat for a rich diversity of wildlife. Participants should wear closed-toed shoes. Refillable water bottles, sunscreen, hats, gloves and bug repellent are highly recommended. Location: 8700 Estero Blvd. For more information, call 239-463-4588 or email Catherine.Moses@Dep.State.fl.us.
Open House Events at House of Gaia
he House of Gaia, in Naples, will hold a two-day Open House to highlight its fall classes and events from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., September 16, and 10 a.m. to noon, September 17. Visitors can enjoy multimedia art, karate, music and games. Celebrating five years as a nonprofit community center with unique leadership programs for children and young adults, this event provides attendees the opportunity to meet teachers and experience face painting and other art, kidsâ€™ yoga and more. Location: 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste. 1 and 3. For more information, call 239272-6152 or visit HouseOfGaia.org.
Mindfulness Institute Course in Naples
he Mindfulness Institute will conduct Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation, Part 2: Emotions, Thoughts and Awareness, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, September 10, 17 and 24, at the downtown Collier County Library, in Naples. This course helps develop the skills and attention necessary to be fully present in life and to establish a consistent daily mindfulness and meditation practice. Participants will practice mindful meditation, from focusing on the breath and body to systematically exploring the awareness of emotions, thoughts and the mind as whole; apply mindfulness to difficult emotions and thoughts to avoid getting caught up in drama; and cultivate regular practices so that mindfulness becomes an integral part of daily life. Part 1 for a foundational understanding and prior experience in the basics of meditation and mindfulness is a recommended prerequisite for this class. Those that are unsure if Part 2 is appropriate should email Nancy Natilson, Mindfulness Institute leader, at NNatilson@cs.com. Cost: $40 series; $15 reduced rate for those that cannot pay the full price. Location: 650 Central Ave. For more information or to register, email Mindfulness-Institute-Leader@Florida Mindfulness.org or visit Florida Mindfulness.org/mi.
Essel to Host Workshop on Codependency
avid Essel will present a weekend workshop on how to eliminate codependency from our lives from noon to 5 p.m., September 24 and 25, at the Premiere Executive Center, in Fort Myers. Attendees will receive a Co-Dependency Kills manual and a copy of Essel’s new book, Positive Thinking Will Never Change Your Life… But This Book Will! David Essel Interested parties can attend the event in person or virtually through teleconferencing or Skype. Essel, who has helped thousands of people to improve their lives for 25 years, believes that co-dependency is “the biggest addiction in the world,” and cites that it leads to many negative lifestyle habits, unhealthy personal and workplace relationships and more. Location: 5237 Summerlin Commons Blvd. For more information and to RSVP, call 941-266-7676 or visit DavidEssel. com. See ad, page 33.
Iridology Sessions Provide Window to Overall Health
n iridology session can detect changes in the iris, which is connected to every organ and tissue of the body by way of the brain and central nervous system through the optic nerve, and identify health issues before physical symptoms might develop, allowing the body to heal itself. SWFL Natural Wellness, owned by Fort Myers-based Laura James Holistic Iridologist and Detoxification Specialist Laura James, is offering new clients a discount this month on sessions which she believes are an integral part of preventative health care. A session at the client’s home consists of a consultation; digital photographs of the eyes taken with a specialized camera and lighting, a painless and noninvasive way of looking into the body to find answers; a personalized, detailed report that is sent to clients along with iris photos; and a follow-up phone call to discuss findings and provide suggestions for health improvements. Clients will also learn about the body’s genetic strengths and weaknesses, levels of inflammation and toxicity, and the efficiency of organs and the digestive system. Iridology is not used for diagnosis or treatment; it is a means of assessing conditions and levels of health. Cost: $100 for new clients. For more information or an appointment, call 239-431-9172, email swflNatural Wellness@gmail.com or visit swflNaturalWellness.com. See ad, page 25. natural awakenings
newsbriefs Aston Leads Five Events in Naples and Fort Myers
ristina Aston, an Access Consciousness certified facilitator, body process facilitator and maestro, will host a series of Symphony sessions this month. Based on Access Consciousness tools and the energetic transformation work created by Dr. Dain Heer, the sessions will take place at the Be Well Natural Health Clinic, in Naples, and the Best Western Airport Inn, in Fort Myers. Kristina Aston Aston will present Conscious CA$H Creation, a class about destroying limitations to obtain and open up new ways of being with money, from 1 to 5 p.m., September 10, in Naples; Consciousness and Chocolate, a free introduction to Access Consciousness covering pragmatic tools and techniques and how to apply them to life from 7 to 8 p.m., September 14, in Fort Myers; Limitless Living Class Access Consciousness BARS technique and tools, a class on how to start incorporating the body and the ability to receive all that has always been available and start living life to the fullest, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., September 17, in Fort Myers; Consciousness and Chocolate, (same as September 14) from 1 to 2 p.m., September 24, in Naples; and an Energetic Face Lift Class, a dynamic energy transformation system for turning back the hands of time, rejuvenating the face and the entire body, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., September 25, in Naples. Aston, who completed an advanced Maestro class in conducting Symphony sessions in July in Rome, Italy, says, “Every person has unique capacities with receiving and gifting energies, and a Symphony session allows you to start to truly access what is true for you and your body, and offers a whole new way of being in the world.” Cost: $175 ($250 value) for Sept. 10, $300 for Sept. 17, $250 for Sept. 25. Locations: 1032 Goodlette Rd., Naples; 8955 Daniels Pkwy., Fort Myers. For more information or to register, call 305-331-7465, email AccessKristina@gmail. com or visit KristinaAston.AccessConsciousness.com. See ad, page 18.
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he Happehatchee Center, in Estero, will host a Celebration of the Autumn Equinox starting at 6 p.m., September 22, and a Creating Art Journals workshop from 1 to 4 p.m., September 25. The celebration will feature a meditation and a labyrinth walk, and the workshop will allow participants the meditative space they need to do as much writing and drawing as they desire to fully explore their own thoughts and intentions. In welcoming the new season, walkers will be able to create sacred space, set intentions by writing on parchment and grounding, and create medicinal herb and seasonal flower bundles. The evening will culminate with conversation, herbal tea and other refreshments. All artistic materials, including brushes, paints, paper, stamps and samples, will be provided at the workshop to propel anyone with an interest in exploring different mediums through the art journaling phenomenon. Light refreshments will be served and a centering meditation will precede the creative expressions.
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newsbriefs All-Day Retreat at Joyful Yoga & Spa
oyful Yoga & Spa, in Bonita Springs, will host Listen In: A Silent Exploration of Ayurveda, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., September 18. The all-day retreat features detoxing from technology and daily routines and will immerse participants in silence while educating them about the sister science of yoga. Ayurvedic lunch, dinner and snacks will be provided. Through mindful movement in asana, intentional breathing through pranayama and sitting in stillness in meditation, participants will connect with their highest self while experiencing healing and positive changes and becoming more balanced, nourished and healthy in body, mind and spirit. Cost: $225, $25 discount available when registering with a friend; early-bird pricing is available. CEs for teachers and healthcare workers. Location: 3405 Pelican Landing Pkwy. For more information or to register, call 239-947-9845, email Carly@JoyfulYoga.com or visit JoyfulYoga.com. See ad, page 24.
Annual Abuse Counseling and Treatment Gala Fundraiser
he Disco Ball Gala and Fine Art Auction supporting Abuse Counseling and Treatment (ACT) will take place October 29 at the Harborside Event Center, in downtown Fort Myers. Attendees can start considering artwork at 5 p.m., with live auctions starting at 7 p.m. at the 28th annual fundraiser. The room will be transformed into a colorful discotheque pulstating with funky music and filled with art donated by local artists. Visitors can enjoy gourmet food and participate in live and silent auctions. The Original Studio 54 Band will perform to finish the festivities. The event salutes ACTâ€™s 38 years of providing a 24/7 critical circle of support for more than 75,000 victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking in the community. Location: 1375 Monroe St. For tickets, tables or sponsorships, call 239-939-2553, email JBenton@actAbuse.com or visit ArtsForactFineArtAuction.com. See ad, page 25.
Two Events at Eyes Wide Open Center
yes Wide Open Center, in Bonita Springs, will host A Family Constellations workshop coled by Tobey Burton, a pediatric occupational therapist, and Rhonda Schladand, a licensed massage Tobey Burton therapist and life coach, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., September 17. A two-day shiatsu class hosted by Licensed Massage Therapist Minazali Bhimji will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., SepRhonda Schladand tember 24 and 25. Participants in the Constellations workshop will learn how intergenerational forces behind current relationship concerns keep people stuck in relational patterns. Patterns are often revealed and new possibilities for support and a direction forward appear during these sessions. Burton and Schladand both trained under Matrix Groupwork and Bert Hellinger, the acknowledged founder of Family Constellation work. Schladand also co-developed The Games We Play Workshop and co-founded the Center for Visionary Studies. Bhimji brings his background in qigong and shamanism to the teaching of shiatsu, an ancient Japanese technique based on Traditional Chinese Medicine. Students will learn how to apply fingers on pressure points to stimulate acupuncture energy pathways (meridians); determine and describe the key five elements and how they interrelate; and be able to deliver a basic shiatsu treatment for relaxation, stress management and improved overall wellness. Location: 9200 Bonita Beach Rd., Ste. 204. For more information or to register, call 239-948-9444 or visit EyesWideOpenCenter.com. See ad, page 76.
Free Reiki for Pets in Bonita Springs
arin Wolfe and Dan Gorny, both of Firefly Within, will conduct free reiki healing sessions for pets from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., September 10, in Bonita Springs. Dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, guinea pigs or other pets, either on leashes or safely crated, will have their own space for the five- to 15-minute sessions. “Many pet owners are seeking natural and holistic ways to care for them,” says Wolfe. “Reiki is a Japanese art of healing that works on humans as well as animals. It is non-invasive and most pets love the attention and feeling from such sessions.” “Whether they are currently suffering from an illness or are completely healthy, they can benefit from the energy,” Wolfe adds. “Pets will receive loving universal energy that will start to work immediately on any ailment or imbalance. There is peace of mind knowing that there are natural options for pet care in our area.” RSVP for location by calling 239-980-3257, email FireflyBiofeed firstname.lastname@example.org or visit FireflyWithin.org. See ad, page 74.
Robed in Lavender Event in Fort Myers
ebbie Legg, executive director of Robed in Lavender, will lead a presentation in partnership with YOLLO Wellness and other team partners to encourage the beauty and health of women and work toward creating a trade school and crisis pregnancy center in our area from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., September 17, at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theater, in Fort Myers. The event will be the first in this region by the organization, a division of The Net Community Foundation, and will include guest speakers and informative vendors. In addition to assisting those that are in need, pregnant and single mothers, the program helps train mothers in work and personal skills and provides employment tips to sustain themselves and their families in uplifting and encouraging ways.
Cost: $20, includes full buffet lunch. Location: 1380 Colonial Blvd. For more information or tickets, call 239-275-0039 or visit RobedInLavender.org or YolloWellness.com.
newsbriefs World Day of Prayer at Unity of Naples
he Unity of Naples World Day of Prayer Celebration will open with a service at 7 p.m., September 7, in the sanctuary, followed by a 24-hour prayer vigil and concluding with a closing ceremony at 7 p.m., September 8. Open to individuals and families of all faiths, this sacred prayer activity sends powerful blessing of peace to uplift our world. The local vigil is part of Silent Unity, an international, trans-denominational 24/7 prayer ministry, and Unity churches and centers around the world will be involved in the 23rd annual Unity World Day of Prayer. The theme of this event goes hand-in-hand with this yearâ€™s affirmation: "As I discover the power within, I unleash my divine potential.â€? Location: 2000 Unity Way. For more information, call 239-775-3009 or visit NaplesUnity.org or WorldDayOfPrayer.org. See ad, page 59.
kudos AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, an established yoga studio in Lee County, entered its second quarter-century of offering Iyengar yoga this year. Weekly classes and workshops are led at the Fort Myers studio by three regular and three guest certified Iyengar teachers with 150-plus years of combined experience, including Kandy Love, who founded Health and Harmony 26 years ago and has been instructing students in the style ever since. Costs vary and packages are available. Location: 15971 McGregor Blvd. For more information, call 239-433-5995, email Cindy@AHoholisticApproachCenter.com or visit AHolisticApproachCenter.com. View more information about teaching at iynaus.org. See ad, page 21.
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ecent research from the University of Chicago’s Sleep, Health and Metabolism Center has found that not getting enough sleep increases a cannabinoid chemical in the body that increases appetite. The result is a lack of control in snacking. The researchers tested 14 young adults by comparing the results of four nights of normal sleep with four nights of only four-and-a-half hours of sleep. The researchers found that after reduced sleep, the subjects’ hunger increased significantly and their ability to resist afternoon snacking decreased. This surge in snacking urges also matched significantly increased circulating levels of endocannabinoid 2-arachidonoylglycerol, which peaked in the afternoon, coinciding with the increase in snack cravings. “We found that sleep restriction boosts a signal that may increase the hedonic aspect of food intake,” concludes lead study author Erin Hanlon, Ph.D., from the University of Chicago Medical Center.
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Black Raspberries Bolster Heart Health
esearch from Korea University Anam Hospital, in Seoul, South Korea, has found that black raspberries significantly decrease artery stiffness and increase heart-healthy endothelial progenitor cells (EPC), which assist in repairing damaged blood vessels. The study tested 51 patients that met at least three criteria for metabolic syndrome, including waist circumference measurements, high triglycerides, low high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol levels, high blood pressure and/or symptoms of glucose intolerance. The subjects were split into two groups; one received 750 milligrams per day of black raspberry extract for 12 weeks, while the other group received a placebo. The researchers assessed the radial artery augmentation index, a measure for blood vessel wall stiffness, and values for this measurement decreased by 5 percent in the black raspberry group. The placebo group’s levels increased by 3 percent. In addition, EPC counts increased in the black raspberry group by 19 microliters, versus a drop of 28 microliters in the placebo group. Black raspberries contain a number of heart-healthy compounds, including phenolic acids, resveratrol, flavonoids and tannins.
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esearch from King’s College, in London, shows that dietary vitamin C reduces the development of cataracts that interfere with vision by obscuring the lens of the eye, keeping light from striking the retina. The researchers followed 324 pairs of female twins for 10 years. Food questionnaires were administered to each pair to determine their intake of dietary nutrients. The researchers also examined each of the twins’ eyes for the development of cataracts. The scientists found those that consumed the most foods with vitamin C had fewer cataracts than those that ate foods with less of the vitamin. These findings did not apply to supplemental vitamin C, helping researchers better understand the superior nature of natural vitamin C. Natural vitamin C contains multiple bioflavonoids, rutin and several co-factors, such as factors J, K and P, tyrosinase and ascorbinogen. Senior study author and eye surgeon Dr. Chris Hammond says, “The findings could have significant impact, particularly for the aging population, by suggesting that simple dietary changes such as increased intake of fruits and vegetables as part of a healthier diet could help protect them from cataracts.”
Astaxanthin Aids Muscle Recovery
study of Serbian soccer players has found that astaxanthin can significantly decrease inflammation and improve the rate of muscle recovery. Astaxanthin supplements are derived from golden microalgae such as Haematococcus pluvialis. Conducted by researchers from the University of Belgrade School of Medicine, the double-blind study tested 40 young athletes for 90 days. The players were recruited from a Serbian soccer club and split into two groups. Half were given four milligrams of astaxanthin per day, while the control group received a placebo. After three months of astaxanthin supplementation, the researchers found that muscle enzymes had decreased, indicating the rate of playersâ€™ muscle recovery had improved. They also found decreased neutrophils and C-reactive protein (CRP), both markers for inflammation, signifying a corresponding reduction. In addition, the group taking astaxanthin showed significantly higher levels of secretory immunoglobulin A (sIgA), an immunity defense system in the mucosal membranes of the mouth, digestive system, lungs and other regions. Increases indicated a rise in first-defense immunity among these athletes. This same group also showed significantly lower oxidative stress levels, contributing to an improvement in exercise recovery. natural awakenings
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Action Needed to Protect U.S. Drinking Water Supplies The dangerous practice of fracking (hydraulic fracturing), which combines volumes of toxic chemicals and fresh water to bore for natural gas, has spread to 21 states in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest, as well as Colorado, Texas and California. A particularly intensive drilling area is the Marcellus Shale region, a 600-mile-long bedrock layer up to a mile below the Earth’s surface that includes parts of New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio. Citizens in these and surrounding states are sounding alarms. The PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center is on the battle’s front lines and their efforts can serve as a blueprint and inspiration in trying to curtail fracking and protect the health and safety of people and the planet. The nonprofit has taken issue with a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency draft study dated late last year that concluded fracking has no widespread impact on drinking water, demanding that the agency conduct further research. While Pennsylvania’s Department of the Environment tallied 271 cases of water contamination from fracking in 40 counties, the nonprofit Public Herald reports 2,309 overall
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fracking complaints for 17 of the counties, and concludes that water-related cases are repeatedly understated. Recent research by Stanford University’s School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences found, “Companies are fracking directly into shallow freshwater aquifers,” according to Professor of Earth System Science Robert Jackson. “In no [other] industry would you be allowed to inject chemicals into a source of drinkingquality water.” PennEnvironment recently galvanized more than 1,000 state health experts’ demands to Governor Tom Wolf’s administration that include establishing a registry to report impacts from fracking and other natural gas activities; instituting special training for health professionals; removing exemptions for the fracking industry from environmental laws; and requiring that all fracking operations be at least one mile from schools and healthcare facilities. “With every day of inaction, our elected leaders continue to subject their constituents to severe and widespread health impacts,” advises PennEnvironment fracking campaign organizer Allie DiTucci. Maryland poses another looming battleground—it currently prohibits the practice and is drafting new fracking regulations as the gas industry knocks on its door. Meanwhile, communities around the country are voting to ban fracking from their districts. Join local environmental and conservation organizations in protesting against fracking and lobbying local and state officials to regulate and ban it. Primary sources: PennEnvironment Center.org, InsideClimate News
The Benefits of Prenatal Massage
ccording to the results of several research studies published in PubMed, massage therapy has been demonstrated to be effective during pregnancy. In one particular study, therapists provided prenatal massage therapy for 20 minutes per week for five weeks. The women in the study group reported decreased depression and anxiety, as well as diminished leg and back pain. Decreased levels of stress hormone, known as cortisol, were also reported, resulting in the decrease of excessive fetal activity. The rate of premature births was also lower and the occurrence of post partum depression was diminished. A massage therapist trained in prenatal massage can help in relieving many of a pregnant womanâ€™s normal discomforts, such as decreased energy levels, muscle fatigue and tension created by carrying the extra weight of a baby, leg cramps, edema and backaches. By reducing stress on weight-bearing joints, prenatal massage encourages blood and lymph circulation and helps to relax the nervous tension, which results in better sleep. It can also help to relieve depression or anxiety caused by hormonal changes. Although most massage training institutions teach massage therapy for women that are pregnant, it is important to find a massage therapist certified in prenatal massage. This insures a comfort level during the massage for the client to maintain a sideline position with supportive, soft cushions that help to alleviate any extra strain on the lower back and pelvic areas. Extra strain in these areas can cause unnecessary back or abdominal pain. Massage Luxe, located at 3300 Bonita Beach Rd., Ste. 129, in Bonita Springs, offers prenatal massage. For more information, call 239-992-5893 or visit FLMassageLuxe.com/Bonita-Springs-Massage. See ad, page 37.
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A vegan lunch gives an extra boost in the middle of the day for more brain power, clarity and energy. ~Johanna Sophia, of Pine Plains, New York, host of the online series The Raw Lunchbox Summit
VEGAN LUNCHBOX Plant-Based Choices Provide Midday Boost by Judith Fertig
e all have good intentions to eat more fruits and vegetables, and it’s easier if we start with just one plant-based meal a day— lunch. Natural Awakenings has enlisted the help of vegan lunchbox experts to help us all enjoy easy-to-make and colorful feasts good for home, office, school and on the road. “Vegan food offers so much variety, especially at lunch,” says Johanna Sophia, of Pine Plains, New York, who recently hosted the online series The Raw Lunchbox Summit. “A vegan lunch gives an extra boost in the middle of the day for more brain power, clarity and energy.” She and her two children operate Johanna’s Raw Foods, which makes vegan fast food such as veggie burger bites and carrot crackers, available at health food stores. Laura Theodore, the vegan chef and recording artist who presents The Jazzy Vegetarian PBS television program, lives and works in the New York City area. After a childhood dominated by bologna sandwiches for lunch, she
gradually changed to vegan dishes. “I began to notice a difference when I ate mostly plants,” she says. “I could do more and think better.” Theodore favors colorful and delicious vegan foods that travel well in a lunchbox with a cold pack, so she can take them to rehearsals or wherever else she goes. She creates her zucchini fettuccine with a vegetable slicer and loves to end a meal with something naturally sweet, like her maple-raisindate truffles. Such experimenting in the kitchen led to her newest cookbook, Vegan-Ease: An Easy Guide to Enjoying a Plant-Based Diet. Brandi Rollins, Ph.D., a researcher at Penn State, in State College, Pennsylvania, found that switching her lunch habits to plant-based dishes made her feel better. The author of Raw Foods on a Budget determined that one of her favorites is a quick raw vegan pizza. She first marinates ingredients for 20 minutes: three medium mushrooms, thinly sliced, with oneand-a-half tablespoons of balsamic
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vinegar, one tablespoon of olive oil, one minced clove of garlic and a big pinch of Italian herb seasoning. Then she spreads half of a mashed avocado on a four-by-four-inch flax cracker and tops it with the marinated mushrooms, plus chopped tomato, peppers or other favorite options. Rollins advises, “You can pack all of the components individually, and then assemble the pizza at work.” Health Foods Chef Catherine Blake, in Maui, Hawaii, studied with renowned plant-based nutritional scientist T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D. She urges her culinary students to ask, “What can I do to sparkle a little bit more tomorrow?” The author of Healthy Recipes for Friends, answers the question in her online presentation, Cooking for Brain Power, at Tinyurl.com/ChefBlakeBrainPower. Blake’s favorite brain-power luncheon booster is a wrap with antioxidant-rich fillings, accompanied by homemade almond milk, sunflower seeds or walnuts for vitamin E and some favorite blue berries or purple grapes. She makes fresh almond milk by grinding raw almonds in a nut grinder, and then adding them plus an equal amount of filtered water to a high-speed blender. After processing and straining out the solids, the resulting nut milk is perfect for smoothies. Changing our diets one meal at a time gives us an opportunity to see if we can feel the difference, as our vegan lunchbox experts have, while we ramp up our taste for healthier eating. Judith Fertig writes award-winning cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS. Connect at JudithFertig.com.
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tomatoes, basil, oil and garlic. Toss gently until thoroughly combined.
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Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.
more chili powder to taste for a festive presentation.
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Recipe by Laura Theodore, Vegan-Ease: An Easy Guide to Enjoying a PlantBased Diet
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Lots of Garlic Hummus Yields: 4 servings Accented with the tangy taste of fresh lemon juice and a bit of heat from the chili powder, this is an easy, readymade sandwich spread for a lunchbox. 1 cup chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed 1 /4 cup plus 2 Tbsp filtered or spring water, plus more as needed 5 cloves garlic, chopped 2 Tbsp sesame tahini 2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 /2 tsp chili powder, plus more for garnish 1 /4 tsp sea salt Place all the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Add a bit more water if needed to achieve desired consistency. Transfer the hummus to a decorated bowl and sprinkle the top with a pinch
Zucchini Fettuccine with Fresh Tomato Salsa Yields: 4 servings This raw side dish is low in calories, a breeze to prepare and cool fare on a hot summer day. The zucchini strips look and taste a lot like fresh pasta. 2 medium zucchini 2 ripe tomatoes, chopped 10 to 14 leaves fresh basil, minced 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 /8 to 1/4 tsp sea salt Freshly ground pepper to taste Shave the zucchini lengthwise with a vegetable peeler to make the “noodles”. Put them in a large bowl and add the
Homemade almond milk is the base and cayenne powder gives it a spicy punch that intensifies the rest of the flavors. Drink one serving for lunch and chill the other for a fast and easy midafternoon reviver. 12 oz acai juice 6 oz almond milk 1 Tbsp soy creamer 1 cup fresh or frozen wild blueberries 1 frozen banana 1 /2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries 1 Tbsp whole ground flaxseed meal (blueberry variety if available; try Trader Joe’s) 1 cup coconut water ice cubes 1 Tbsp macro greens or other vegan, non-GMO greens powder 1 /2 tsp apple cider vinegar 1 to 3 dashes cayenne powder Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Store in two insulated cups and keep chilled until ready to serve.
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Relax and Unwind Restorative Yoga Poses Foster Healing by Meredith Montgomery
n classical yoga, teachers often sequence instruction toward reaching a pinnacle pose such as an inversion or arm balance. In restorative yoga, the peak pose is savasana—in which the practitioner fully relaxes while resting flat on their back. Leeann Carey, author of Restorative Yoga Therapy: The Yapana Way to Self-Care and Well-Being, explains, “This passive asana practice turns down the branch of the nervous system that keeps us in fight-or-flight mode and turns up the system allowing us to rest and digest. It feels like a massage for the nervous system and encourages self-inquiry, reflection and change, rather than perfection.” The physical, mental and spiritual benefits are similar to those of active yoga, but because poses are held longer and supported by props such as bolsters, blankets, belts and blocks, “There’s no stress on the tissue and joints. Each pose gifts us with longerlasting benefits, including more time for the mind to unwind,” advises Carey. “Restorative yoga allows both muscles and the brain to recover from fatigue, so we are stronger, sharper and better able to act in the world afterward,” explains Roger Cole, Ph.D., a certified Iyengar yoga teacher in Del Mar, California, and a research scientist studying
the physiology of relaxation, sleep and biological rhythms. He attests that it also serves as preparation for pranayama (mindful yoga breathing) and meditation, which require a clear, well-rested, focused mind. Perfect for beginners and used by longtime practitioners to complement other yoga styles, restorative poses are designed to accurately realign and reshape the body. They also can be therapeutically tailored to support natural healing for issues related to tension, premenstrual syndrome, weak immune functioning, back pain, pregnancy and recovery for athletes. “Poses for healing may require targeted gentle stretching, but prop use will coax the body into desired positions without requiring muscular effort,” says Cole. An early student of B.K.S. Iyengar and familiar with props, San Francisco resident and co-founder of Yoga Journal magazine Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., found herself leading her first class comprised entirely of supported poses during a power blackout at a 1980 workshop. “I didn’t want people walking around in the dark, so I improvised a restorative class and everyone loved it,” she recalls. She revisited the idea several years later when she personally
felt the need for physical, emotional and spiritual restoration. For a year, 90 percent of her practice was supported poses, and the switch helped her so much that it inspired her first book, Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times. She’s since written more books and trained teachers in restorative yoga around the world. As in classical yoga, a restorative sequence should be balanced with asanas (positions) from all pose classifications—backbends, twists, inversions and forward bends. It takes time for the body to comfortably settle deeply into a pose—as long as 15 minutes— therefore, a 90-minute restorative class may include only a handful of asanas. Lasater says, “Most people don’t need more of anything from the culture in which we live. They need much more to learn to be still and at ease.” In today’s yoga world, which seems to emphasize power and action, “Restorative yoga has become imperative to balance activity and ambition with stillness and being,” she continues. Lasater notes that while many classes are reducing savasana to as little as three minutes, students need 20 minutes. Carey clarifies that because this approach focuses on opening and letting go, rather than striving for the biggest stretch, “Sensation-seeking yogis may need to shift their perspective. The biggest challenge is often quieting the mind while the body is still. When a student is uncomfortable because the mind is screaming, it helps to compare it to having tight hamstrings in an active class. We’re not chasing relaxation; just breathe, feel and watch,” she says. “Eventually, everything will let go.” “The more our mind rebels against relaxing, the more we need it,” observes Lasater. Students often turn to yoga as a strategy for feeling whole, and she suggests that one of the best ways to find clarity within is to listen in stillness, one savasana at a time. “It’s a gift to ourself, our family and the world,” she adds. “When we feel rested, we’re more compassionate and ready to serve the greater good.” Meredith Montgomery, a registered yoga teacher, publishes Natural Awakenings of Gulf Coast Alabama/Mississippi (HealthyLivingHealthyPlanet.com).
Yoga Props 101 Yoga props can help new students maintain alignment and reduce strain while allowing veterans to more deeply explore the intricacies of their practice. Always adjust the dimensions and placement of props to ensure comfort via soft curves in the body instead of sharp angles, especially in the spine. Body weight must be distributed equally throughout the pose; key places to check for tension are the lower back, abdomen, neck and jaw muscles. Here are some basic tools. Yoga mats should have a non-skid surface and not exceed three-sixteenths of an inch in thickness. They cushion the body, serve as a blanket or a base for props or can roll up into a bolster. Blankets and towels pad hard areas and warm the body. Different ways of folding and rolling transform them into many firm and comfortable shapes with wideranging applications. Blocks in various sizes and materials can be laid flat, placed on edge or stood on end. They can add height or length to the body, access core stability and provide leverage. A stack of hardback books or phone books tied together can work in a pinch. Belts stabilize joints, support inflexible body parts and create traction and space. Typically two inches wide, soft belts with a D-ring locking system are easily adjusted; two soft, wide neckties or scarves tied together are suitable. Avoid material that cuts into the skin. Bolsters, typically cylindrical or rectangular cushions, provide good supports that are long-lasting, if sometimes costly. Combining folded blankets and rolled mats may be suitable alternatives. Walls provide leverage, vertical support and a structure to rest upon. A closed door or large piece of furniture such as a bookcase or refrigerator works; a room corner simultaneously supports both sides of the body. Chairs are versatile props for any practice and make yoga accessible to those unable to get down onto the floor. Backless folding chairs are typically used in studios, but any sturdy chair that doesnâ€™t roll is suitable. Sandbags, strategically positioned, encourage overworked areas to release. Their weight also provides resistance and stability. Homemade versions can be made by loosely filling a smooth cloth bag with coarse sand, pea gravel or rice. Retail bags of beans, rice or sugar are other options. Eye pillows block out light during resting poses, can gently weight the forehead or hands or support the back of the neck. Typically made of silk or soft cotton, theyâ€™re filled with a mixture of flax seeds or rice and soothing herbs such as lavender, peppermint or chamomile. Sources: Restorative Yoga Therapy, by Leeann Carey; Relax and Renew, by Judith Hanson Lasater
Learning to practice stillness, which precedes silence, takes time, but the rewards are well worth the investment. Yoga can set the stage. we do this in restorative yoga, where our nervous system is soothed and our senses are drawn back into the body, naturally quieting the mind,” says Mary Cline Globitz, co-creator of Hummingbird Wellbeing Center & Boutique, Carla Olla in Bonita Springs. At the center, yoga teachers Sue Lovett, Marcie Gillis and Globitz teach weekly restorative classes that include breath awareness. Classes sometimes conclude with a live crystal by Linda Sechrist bowl session. For Tess Chiodo, co-founder of the ife’s noise is exhausting, yet we rally. My goal is to feel peace, which I Joyful Yoga & Ayurvedic Spa, in Bonita turn to it as a distraction from know that silence brings. Silence is why Springs, yoga is more about meditation frustrating circumstances or an I meditate for at least 20 minutes every than movement. She cites a passage escape from boredom, rather than day,” notes King. from the Bhagavad Gita—“Yogasta kuru resting in a renewing silence to experi A day of silence is included in karmani.” In layman’s terms, the transence tranquility and balance. Learning yoga teacher training at the Love Yoga lation—established in union—means to practice stillness, which precedes Center, in Naples. From his experience, bringing together the body, mind and silence, takes time, but the rewards are Director Carla Olla knows it is imporconsciousness (soul), and then performwell worth the investment. Yoga can set tant. “I do my silent mini or longer reing any activity. “We rarely do this. The the stage. treats in solitude because it feels more mind is so proficient at multitasking Few individuals initially choose palpable to me than in a group. Either that we can’t even remember where we any style of yoga with the intention way, silence it is a useful tool for getput our car keys,” quips Chiodo, who of experiencing inner silence through ting to know what is going on inside of began practicing yoga 45 years ago, the meditative aspect of yoga, which is me. It’s more emotionally and mentally expecting that it would be about the actually an integral facet of the discirewarding than turning to distraction,” physical poses. pline. Barbara King, owner of BKS Yoga, advises Olla. Initially Chiodo believed, as most in Naples, offers an opinion about why Being able to be alone newcomers do, that she newcomers rarely consider this. “Few of with a quiet mind has afwas her body and her us feel comfortable with silence. We’re forded Olla the realization mind. As she went deeper more apt to be thinking of what to do or that happiness is not about within and practiced say next just to fill the void,” says King. the fulfillment of desires. becoming still and silent, Yoga students are taught to Going inward, she realized Chiodo realized that these breathe, let go and observe thoughts, that everything she ever were the smallest aspects but little to nothing is said about what wanted was already there. of who she is. to do with the silence which can arise “In our culture, we suf Raja yoga, the royal while observing without judgment. fer from an overabundance path of ashtanga yoga fol“After years of practicing postures and of stimulation because lowed at Joyful Yoga, is the meditation, depending on my mood or everything clamors for our map to all aspects of the what is happening in my life, I still can attention and draws our science and philosophy get uncomfortable with silence. Since senses outward. Although of yoga. “We consider the I’m not consciously directing mental we find it difficult to give bodymind as a process, energy towards the suppression of unourselves permission to go rather than a machine. This comfortable thoughts, they rise natuinto silence, know that perception, along with Barbara King
The Silence of Yoga
practice, is profoundly impactful and allows us to glean yoga’s true benefits— increased compassion, understanding and peace, which prepares us to understand that we are the silent witness of our lives,” notes Chiodo. Chiodo, who was unsure about her first 10-day silent retreat, discovered nine days later that she had become so comfortable she had no desire to speak. Changed by the process, Chiodo gets to share it with others at a silent 12-hour silent retreat hosted by Joyful Yoga on September 18. “We will honor silence and nourish our bodymind through mindful movement, intentional breathing and sitting meditation, going deeper throughout the day,” she says. Julianne Aerhee Byun, a yoga teacher and marketing director for greenmonkey yoga, in Naples, considers silence the most beautiful part of her yoga practice. “Our inner monologue can run non-stop, including in yoga class. ‘Are my arms going to give out in the chaturanga (plank pose)?’” quips Byun. Once, as she was finishing a practice, Byun realized that the little voice in her head went silent for an hour. She’d discovered moving meditation as a way to slow down, quiet her mind and allow for space. Fresh from a three-week meditation retreat, Kandy Love, a yoga teacher at AHA! A Holistic Approach Center for Health and Wellness, in Fort Myers, searches for a translucent vocabulary that allows the silence she experienced to shine through her words. “More palpable than explainable, the stillness of not doing prepares us for the silence of beingness, allowing for the
Julianne Aerhee Byun
experience of ‘nothingness’, where the profound shines through the mundane and the absolute enfolds the relative. Drawing the senses inward and stilling the mind, we attune to what we are— everything and nothing, simply spiritual beings having a human experience of meditation and yoga. Within our human limitations we can experience the unbounded in silence, which is not an empty void, but something very dynamic,” says Love. “If sitting meditation is left out of your yoga book, you will miss the last chapter. You will still have wonderful characters, but not the full story. Silence isn’t separate from yoga asana. Asanas’ purpose includes the experience of stillness and silence which exist within the heart of every movement,” notes Love. Restorative yoga classes are good for quieting the mind because longerheld postures create stillness in the body. The mind might chatter away, but it eventually follows the body’s lead, so yogis can relax, breathe, observe and patiently wait for the silence.
Yoga Studios Offering Restorative Yoga Classes BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr. N. Naples. 239-213-9276. BksYogaStudio. com. See ad, page 63. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 204, Naples, 239-692-9747. LoveYogaCenter.com. See ad, page 61. Joyful Yoga, 3405 Pelican Landing Pkwy., Bonita Springs, 947-9845. JoyfulYoga.com. See ad, page 24. Hummingbird Well Being Center, 27785 Old 41 Rd., Bonita Springs. 239494-6983, HummingbirdWellBeing Center.com. See ad, page 45. GreenMonkey Yoga Studio, 6200 Trail Blvd., Naples. 239-598-1938. Green Monkey.com. See ad, page 78. AHA! A Holistic Approach Center for Health and Wellness, 15971 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. 239-433-5995. AHolisticApproachCenter.com. See ad, page 21.
Living in the Zero Stress Zone by Amrit Yogi Desai
oga nidra, an integral part of yoga, from all identification with the past and is little known outside of India. This future, body and mind. Yoga nidra brings ancient practice of the yogis is a us into a delicately balanced zero-stress state of deep, still integration and relaxzone. From here, we can access an infinite ation that resembles sleep, but rather is a power of self-sourcing and attain miracles state of alert awareness beyond ordinary in life. We can consciously create, modify, wakefulness, sleep, body or mind, time or change and transform our conditioned, space. Ordinary sleep is unconscious and habitual patterns, compulsive behaviors, only rejuvenates the body and refreshes destructive self-concepts, belief systems, the mind. It has no power to release fears and biases with ease. We automatius from the duality of pre-programmed cally begin to see shifts in our karmic patunconscious fears, personal biases, belief terns and behaviors. systems and self-concepts. Yoga nidra effectively resolves stress, strain Memories and programming from past experiences influand fatigue and restores youthful vitality, mental alertness and ence everything we do, creating impressions and tendencies in emotional balance. It reconnects us to our inner source, restores behavior. In the East, this is known as karma, which regulates our strained nervous system and balances the endocrine system our actions, shapes the self-image, distorts perception, structures that affects mental and emotional equilibrium. Emotional reactions beliefs, dictates biases and impacts health. It creates mental and ignite the sympathetic nervous system and burn our prana (life emotional barriers that become infused into each individualâ€™s force). Accumulated stress creates excessive tensions and constibiology and psychology and distorts our self-image at every tutes a serious danger to physical, mental and emotional health. level of being. As a result, our energy, mental and emotional Tension and relaxation are natural polarities through bodies are in conflict. This continuous opposition is the basis for which all of our life activities are carried out. Physiologically, all human suffering. Karma is the only problem we face. Yoga tension is followed with balanced relaxation by the parasymnidra empowers us to uncover and destroy its poisonous roots pathetic nervous system. When tension is caused by unconhidden in the unconscious. It quiets and balances the disagreescious habits and fears, jealousy or anger, it is not followed ing voices in the physical, mental and emotional bodies, allowby a balancing of the parasympathetic nervous system. This ing us to experience a unified state of being. unresolved tension is life-suppressing stress. The polarity of Ordinarily, the conscious mind acts as a rider on the tension and relaxation should balance each other, but stress horse of the subconscious mind. The rider directs the subconis residual tension that is not counterbalanced with relaxscious according to its pre-programmed, conditioned ways. ation. Tension is natural; relaxation is natural. The horse simply follows what the rider tells it to do. The sub When our sympathetic nervous system is constantly unconscious follows all commands with no facility to question der fire without the balancing tranquilizing power of the parasympathetic, we accumulate and store stress as energy blocks their truth, reality or value. Yoga Nidra calms the conscious mind, relaxes the body, opens the heart and initiates a new re- in our physical, mental and emotional bodies. Chronic stress is an invisible, silent killer that becomes visible in the body lationship with the subconscious mind. When we let go of the in the form of hypertension, insomnia, reins, we let go of the need to control, diabetes, disease and premature aging. and the conscious mind moves from SEPTEMBER WORKSHOP Yoga nidra removes the cause of duality to polarity, which allows us to problems, rather than merely adreside in its underlying unity. We are IN NAPLES dressing visible effects. Although the no longer separated from the whole. Embodying the Power of the subtleties of each personâ€™s difficulties We become balanced and aligned. are different, solutions are generally In the state of yoga nidra, the Zero Stress Zone common. People that see the source forces of divinity work for us from Workshop with Amrit Desai of their problems in external situations within and without. Typically, perSept. 23 and 24 and others seek ways to control extersonal efforts and disciplines to change nal events. In yoga nidra, solutions are old, hard-wired habits fail because Naples United Church of Christ found within. there is no alignment between our 5200 Crayton Rd., in Naples body-mind and soul or what we feel, Yogi Amrit Desai is an internationally what we think and what we do. Yoga Cost: Fri. only $39. Sat. only $115. Comrecognized authority on yoga and nidra awakens the integrating power bined $133. To register, call 239-821holistic living. He will be in Naples to of the soul to manifest our intention 2266. See ad, page 65. facilitate a workshop on Sept. 23 and and vision. Its meditative techniques 24. See news brief, page 10. are designed to consciously free us
Music as Medicine Music Soothes, Energizes and Heals Us by Kathleen Barnes
s primeval drumbeats echo across an African savannah, the rhythms circle the globe, picked up by the chants and rattles of shamans gracing Amazonian jungles and Siberian tundra. They’re repeated in Gregorian chants filling medieval cathedrals and “om” meditations sounding in Himalayan caves and yoga classes everywhere. They gently echo in the repeated tones of mothers’ lullabies, happy hummings as we go about our day and the melodies of Mozart. Music is the soundtrack of our lives, whether we’re aware of it or not. It exists within, uniting and guiding us, and has helped heal body and spirit since the dawn of humanity. National Aeronautics and Space Administration scientists recently discovered that the universe itself has a song.
From the soothing tones of a harp to the jarring screeches of a construction site, the stress-reducing or stress-producing properties of sound are familiar to us all. “Stress is an underlying cause of the vast majority of all illnesses, and sound and music are effective in relieving stress and bringing stillness,” says Jonathan Goldman, an internationally recognized pioneer in harmonics and sound healing and director of the Sound Healers Association in Boulder, Colorado. Through researching his many books, including The 7 Secrets of Sound 40
Healing, Goldman is convinced of the profound effect sound has on the human organism. “The simple chanting of the sound ‘om,’ or ‘aum,’ in addition to instilling calmness and relaxation, causes the release of melatonin and nitric oxide. It relaxes blood vessels, releases soothing endorphins, reduces the heart rate and slows breathing,” he explains. “Sound can change our immune function,” wrote the late Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, former director of medical oncology at New York’s Weill-Cornell Medical College for Complementary and Integrative Medicine in his book The Healing Power of Sound. “After either chanting or listening to certain forms of music, your Interleukin-1 level, an index of your immune system, goes up between 12-anda-half and 15 percent. Further, about 20 minutes after listening to meditative-type music, the immunoglobulin levels in the blood are significantly increased. Even the heart rate and blood pressure are lowered. There’s no part of your body not affected. Its effects even show up on a cellular and sub-cellular level.”
Consider some of music’s scientifically validated health benefits: Stress: Singing, whether carrying a tune or not, is a powerful way to combat stress, according to many studies. A recent joint study by German and British researchers published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience confirms that
simply listening to soothing music results in significantly lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. The more intense the experience is in singing or playing an instrument, the greater the stress reduction. A collaborative study by several Swedish universities showed that group singing caused participants’ heart rates to synchronize, producing relaxation effects similar to that achieved through group meditation. Cancer: Gaynor used music to treat even advanced cancer patients for decades, considering it a “disease of disharmony.” He advocated re-harmonizing the body with sound vibrations that affect virtually every cell, especially enhancing immune function and potentially preventing cancer from spreading. Gaynor primarily used crystal bowls to produce deep relaxation and harmonize dysrhythmic cells in patients, but also confirmed the healing effects of certain vibratory tones of drumming and Tibetan metal gongs. Several studies confirm that listening to any kind of soothing music relieves anxiety in cancer patients; a large study from Philadelphia’s Drexel University confirms that it also relieves pain, lowers blood pressure, improves breathing and minimizes nausea associated with chemotherapy. Depression: Drumming can better counter depression than the prescription drug Prozac, according to a recent study by England’s Royal College of Music. Those that participated in a weekly drumming group experienced significantly reduced symptoms compared to a control group. Substance Abuse: University of California, Los Angeles, scientists found that drumming was especially helpful for a group of Native Americans struggling with such issues. Smartphone Addiction: Korean research found that music therapy is helpful in overcoming this condition. Immune Dysfunction: The same British study of drumming’s antidepressant effects saw similar improvement in immune function, plus an anti-inflammatory response that continued for at least three months after the study period. Neuroendocrine Disorders: Researchers at Pennsylvania’s Meadville Medical Center Mind-Body Wellness Group found that drumming effectively
helped drummers (skilled and unskilled) suffering from neuroendocrine disorders such as pituitary tumors and intestinal issues caused by disconnections between the endocrine gland and nervous systems. They further confirmed that group drumming reduced stress chemicals such as cortisol in the drummers. Muscle Tension Dysphonia: Even tuneless humming sounds like “um-hum” can have a measurable therapeutic effect on individuals that have lost their voices due to overuse. Pain: When a group of British citizens suffering from chronic pain joined a choir, a Lancaster University study found they were better able to manage their condition for improved quality of life. Just listening to harp music for 20 minutes decreased anxiety, lowered blood pressure and relieved pain in a group of U.S. heart surgery patients with short-term pain participating in a University of Central Florida study in Orlando. Alzheimer’s Disease: In addition to reducing the agitation and anxiety frequently accompanying Alzheimer’s disease, researchers at Florida’s University of Miami School of Medicine found that a group of patients that participated in music therapy for four weeks experienced increased levels of the calming brain chemical melatonin.
How It Works
“Humming or singing causes longer exhalations than normal, helping to naturally eliminate toxins and acidity,” says Dr. Madan Kataria, of Mumbai, India, who has spawned 5,000 laughter clubs worldwide. “We started experimenting with the vowel sounds and humming sound. An early unpublished humming study I did in Denmark showed that people that hummed anything for just 10 minutes were able to reduce their systolic blood pressure by 10 to 15 points, their
In Nigeria, we say that rhythm is the soul of life, because the whole universe revolves around rhythm; when we get out of rhythm, that’s when we get into trouble. ~Babatunde Olatunji, drummer and social activist diastolic by four to five points and their pulse rate by 10 beats per minute.” Kataria found that people with breathing problems like asthma and emphysema experienced especially positive effects because it strengthened belly muscles used in breathing. Kataria is also a fan of kirtan—Hindu devotional call-and-response chants often accompanied by ecstatic dancing. “Kirtan takes away self-consciousness or nervousness and anxiety,” he says. Dr. Eben Alexander, who recorded his near-death experience in Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife, says the “indescribable” cosmic music he experienced has helped him come to understand the effects of specific sound frequencies on the brain. He now provides audio tools to help bring the brain to a higher state and help it match that higher and more conscious state. In his medical practice in Charlottesville, Virginia, he often employs music from a patient’s past to help them emerge from a brain injury or coma and even “reconnect pathways in a damaged brain.” Alexander explains that binaural beats and other sound effects combine to create “brain entrainment” and also in theory, “monotonize” it to free awareness and access realms other than the physical. “It’s magical what the right type of music can do to the brain stem to free up our consciousness,” he observes.
No Talent Needed
Experts agree that people without musical talent are able to experience the same
Nature’s Healing Sounds The calming sounds of rushing water and gentle breezes are well known; science is now confirming the therapeutic effects of singing birds. Belgian researchers confirmed that bird song helps drown out the stressful effects of traffic noise, and Korean scientists found it makes people feel less crowded. A study published in the American Journal of Physiology showed that it can even help regulate participants’ circadian rhythms, contributing to restful sleep and overall wellness.
benefits as virtuosos, based on their degree of engagement with music. Anyone can hum, and most research confirms that benefits are enhanced in creating music rather than merely listening to it. Group singing has become increasingly popular, especially following the hit TV show Glee. Time magazine reported in 2013 that 32.5 million American adults sang in choirs, up about 30 percent from a decade earlier. The choice of musical genre matters. Recent data from Montreal’s McGill University shows that types of music tend to have specific effects; for example, blues slows heart rate and calms an anxious person, rock and punk can boost energy, and reggae can help control anger.
The spiritual aspects of virtually all types of music cannot be underestimated, says Michael Hove, Ph.D., a cognitive neuroscientist affiliated with Harvard Medical School and Fitchburg State University, in Massachusetts. His research has primarily focused on drumming to induce altered states of consciousness that shamans from diverse cultures use to bring about physical and emotional healing. What Hove calls a “boring and super-predictable” drumbeat of 240 beats a minute induced a deep trance state within minutes in most subjects, and brain scans confirmed that it enabled them to focus intensely and block out distracting sounds within eight minutes. This aligns with Alexander’s view that, “The sound of music is absolutely crucial in launching us into transcendental awareness. For the true, deep seeker, sound and vibration and the memory of music can serve as a powerful engine to help direct us in the spiritual realms.” Kathleen Barnes has authored numerous natural health books, including her latest, Our Toxic World: A Survivor’s Guide. Connect at KathleenBarnes.com.
Singing Bowls and Tuning Forks
hile music may be described as humanly organized sound, it is challenging to describe it in nonmusical terms; as Elvis Costello observed, “Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.” A subject that has been enjoyed, researched and explored for many reasons in many places across the globe, organized or unorganized sound is something that has inspired thousands of individuals to use music as a means of communicating. All sound utilizes a vibration that creates resonance and rhythm in the body to influence our emotions like nothing else can. Anyone that has ever responded to the tactile sounds of drums, crystal or Tibetan singing bowls, a gong or even their own voice entrained with other chanting voices recognizes the power of sound to reverberate within the body. The possibility of using this resonance as healing is suggested by Dr. Mitchell L. Gaynor, director of oncology and integrative
medicine at the renowned Strang Cancer Prevention Center, in New York City. In Gaynor’s book, The Healing Power of Sound: Recovery from Life-Threatening Illness Using Sound, Voice, and Music, he draws attention to the fact that sound is heard not only through our ears, but through every cell in our bodies. He notes that the 10-inch crystal bowl displayed in his consultation room plays a key role in his oncology and internal medicine practice. Local interest in Tibetan and crystal singing bowl meditations and/or concerts is visible in numerous settings throughout Collier and Lee counties. In Naples, there is The Salt Cave, Goddess I AM, Open Mind Zen and even the Arthur Murray Dance Center. Fort Myers venues include the Church of Spiritual Light and AHA! A Holistic Approach Center; in Bonita Springs, Mystical Moon, Hummingbird Wellbeing Center & Boutique and Shangri-La Springs.
Laurie Barraco, owner of Mystical Moon, Dana Marie House and Cathy Blair all play crystal bowls. Barraco leads a meditation the first Thursday of the month where she plays crystal bowls, and Joanna Salerno, a licensed massage therapist and energy healer who also certifies tuning fork therapists, leads participants in a guided meditation and bliss (diksha) blessing. The two women have recorded several CDs together. “Although I’ve been teaching tuning fork therapy and doing healing sessions with them and quartz crystal pyramids for years, I am continually amazed at how well the body responds to sound,” says Salerno, who teaches tuning fork therapy at Mystical Moon. For more than 20 years, Dana Marie House, a quantum energy healer and licensed massage therapist, has been using quartz crystal bowls, Tibetan singing bowls, tuning forks and percussion instruments such as gongs to move energy in the body. “Private massage sessions generally start with an energy clearing. I use tuning forks on specific acupuncture points to clear congestion. Tibetan bowls are played around the body and on the body, smaller gongs over the body and crystal singing bowls on the body. Specific notes are used, depending on amount of congestion and where it’s located,” says House, who believes that everyone’s medicine chest should include a drum, rattle and crystal bowl. House performs public sound sessions at Arthur Murray, Hummingbird, Open Mind Zen, Goddess I AM and periodically at Shangri-La Springs. AHA! A Holistic Approach Center regularly plays host to Robert Austin, a crystal bowl sound healer whose energy sound healing workshops and singing
Naples Drumming Circle, Cambier Park, Naples
Dana Marie House with her gongs and crystal bowls
Robert Austin conducting a private sound healing session at AHA!
AHA! sound concert
The Healing Sounds of Southwest Florida by Linda Sechrist
Crystal bowl and triangle
bowl concerts draw 15 to 20 people. “Robert also does private sound healing sessions. I’ve had a mini session where he played a Tibetan bowl that he’d placed on my abdomen. I felt the vibration resonating through my body,” says owner Cindy Carfore, who is also enthusiastic about AHA’s far-infrared sauna with acoustic resonance therapy. It provides significant stress reduction, as well as relief from chronic muscle tension and pain. Cathy Blair has been immersing people in the sound of crystal bowls for 11 years. Now she also teaches others the art. “Participants simply recline and enjoy. They don’t need to know what frequencies their body needs. It decides. What they do need to know is that when sound stops, the vibration continues, right down to the bones and marrow,” explains Blair, who plays monthly at Salt Cave and on Marco Island at Peaceful Escapes. She also plays regularly for Professor Maria Roca’s Contemporary Contemplative Practices at Florida Gulf Coast University, in Fort Myers. The class is so popular that it draws student repeaters.
Percussion “Drumming unconsciously reminds us of the first thing we heard in our mother’s womb—a heartbeat,” says Marc Wagner, organizer of the Naples Drumming Circle, which meets every third Saturday at Cambier Park. The former owner of Enlight enthuses about how drumming elicits a natural state of emotional euphoria, depending on the beats that are played. “Our gathering averages five to 30 participants. Some play various types of percussion such as tambourines and maracas. Others dance and hoop,” he advises. In ancient cultures, drumming was a means of communication, and in Wagner’s opinion, it still is. When people hear drumming while strolling along Fifth Avenue South, they sometimes wander over to see what’s happening.
James Steven Farnsworth
Organized Sound Therapy For several decades, Fort Myers resident Kat Epple, a flautist and composer of 33 albums, film scores and TV soundtracks, has composed healing music on synthesizers and flutes. “The flute is very effective in creating healing music, partly because the breath is so important in meditation and in spiritual connection. Synthesizers generate a wide variety of audio textures, colors and timbres, creating a palette of sounds that provide the specific resonance and density needed to affect the body with healing energy,” says Epple, who along with Nathan Dyke, will co-teach a workshop on music and healing from December 2 to 4 at Happehatchee Center, in Estero. Dyke plays several native flutes, digeridoo and African, Latin and Middle Eastern percussion. Soothing acoustic instrumental music is also a specialty of Frank Smith, a Naples resident with several albums to his credit. His first, Gardens of Hope, was produced by Will Akerman, founder of Windham Hill Records. Hope Returns, released in 2012, features his acoustic guitar and includes several artists, including Epple, on flute. Smith named Gardens of Hope to honor hospital gardens where patients sit to reflect, and to commemorate the three years that he played at Naples Community Hospital. “I played in the lobby, in oncology services for patients who were receiving their infusions, in the emergency waiting room and the surgical waiting room,” says Smith. Today, Pandora carries Frank Smith and Kat Epple Radio. Smith had many opportunities to observe what powerful responses his music evoked in patients. “In the emergency room, I saw a man writhing in so great pain. After a few minutes of listening to my music, he calmed down, put his hands in his lap, leaned back in his and fell asleep,” recalls Smith.
James Steven Farnsworth, a violinist specializing in providing beautiful music is spreading loving communication to people through his music. He, like Smith has observed how heart-centered interaction provides comfort and joy, and how songs played on the classical violin bring peace of mind and deep emotional refreshment for individuals who are ill as well as their caretakers. Renee Bledsoe, founder of Church of Spiritual Light, makes sure that sound and vibrational healing music is included in all the meditations offered there. She affirms that music is the mediator between the life of the senses and the life of the spirit. The church’s music includes Solfeggio harmonics, Schuman resonance (matching the Earth’s vibration), brain entrainment music, binaural beats, mantras and chants. “Sacred sound is crucial to enlightenment. It’s a sound bath for the soul,” says Bledsoe.
Local Resources Salt Cave, SaltCave.us. Goddess I AM, GoddessIAM.com. See ad, page 72. Open Mind Zen, OpenMindZenNaples. com. See ad, page 44. Arthur Murray Dance Center of Naples, ArthurMurrayNaples.com. Mystical Moon, TheMysticalMoon. com. See ad, page 73. Church of Spiritual Light, ChurchOfSpiritualLight.org. AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, AHolisticApproachCenter.com. See ad, page 21. Hummingbird Wellbeing Center & Boutique, HummingbirdWellbeingCenter. com. See ad, page 45. Shangri-La Springs, ShangriLaSprings. com. See ad, page 47. Dana Marie House, quantumhealingsacredsound.com. Kat Epple, KatEpple.com. Frank Smith, JustLoveMusic.com. James Steven Farnsworth, JamesSteven. com/TheHealingViolin. See ad, page 21.
Raising a Music Lover Kids Thrive to Rhythms of Head and Heart by Randy Kambic
resounding chorus of research shows that the traditional three R’s of essential early education should also encompass an M for music. Playing instruments prior to and during school years can put children on a tuneful path to lifelong benefits.
A 2015 study by the National Association for Music Education (nafme.org) shows that youngsters harboring an early appreciation for music tend to have larger vocabularies and more advanced reading skills than their peers. The research also revealed that schools with music programs have an estimated 90.2 percent graduation rate and 93.9 percent attendance rate compared to others averaging 72.9 and 84.9 percent, respectively. A recent study by the Children’s Music Workshop (ChildrensMusic Workshop.com), which provides instructional programming for more than 25 Los Angeles-area public and private schools, cites a host of additional benefits. These highlight music education’s role in developing the part of the brain that processes language; improving
spatial intelligence; thinking creatively; gaining empathy for people of other cultures; encouraging self-expression and teamwork through playing as a group; and achieving higher grades both in high school and on standardized tests. Higher institutes of learning are equally involved. Boston’s Berklee College of Music (Berklee.edu) offers majors in making it as a music professional, performance music and music therapy, plus postgraduate degrees. Its annual five-week summer performance program in “Beantown” furthers the skills of 1,000 U.S. and international children 12 years old and up. In addition to musical skills, “We see improvement in young people’s confidence and persona,” says Oisin McAuley, director of summer programs. “It’s a truly formative experience.” In addition, The Berklee City Music online program serves high schools nationwide, assisted by alumni in some cities. It also awards scholarships for participation in the summer performance activities in Boston. The nonprofit Young Americans (YoungAmericans.org) organization, launched in 1992, operates its own college of performing arts in Corona, California, that fosters artistic, intellectual
Be open-minded enough not to label innovations in genres as junk; whatever kids are drawn to should be fine. ~Dayna Martin and personal growth for those working toward becoming performers or arts educators. Its International Music Outreach Tours have brought workshops to K through 12th grade students in nearly all 50 American states and 15 countries in Europe and Asia.
“Don’t force children to play music. It’s better when they want to do it on their own. Having instruments around the house can make it easier,” suggests Dayna Martin, a life coach and author of Radical Unschooling: A Revolution Has Begun, near North Conway, New Hampshire. Learning music can also decrease math phobia, similar to the way in which children that love to cook and follow recipes learn math, she points out, because math and music are undeniably interconnected. As part of a self-taught passion for medieval history, her 17-year-old son Devin is building a replica of a Vikingera log house on the family’s property and has made several stringed instruments steeped in the historical period using mathematical principles. “When children apply math to further their interest in music, it makes more sense to them than when it’s some problems in a workbook, and they pick it up more readily, which instills a lifelong appreciation of mathematics as an essential tool,” she observes. Jamie Blumenthal, a boardcertified music therapist and owner of Family Music Therapy Connection: North Bay Music Therapy Services (NorthBayMusicTherapy.com), in Santa Rosa, California, works predominantly with special needs children. “Autistic children love music, and playing wind instruments like flutes and whistles helps work the muscles around the mouth, assisting with speech development,” she says.
Singing, keyboards and percussion instruments are other tools she uses. “Many parents want their child to become accustomed to social settings. Because their child loves music, they’ll often seek a group music forum,” notes Blumenthal. Family Music Time (FamilyMusic Time.com), in Fort Myers, Florida, is one of 2,500 affiliated centers nationwide and in 40 countries that follows music CDs provided by Princeton, New Jersey-based Music Together (MusicTogether.com). Drumming and singing sessions with parents and
children up to 5 years old help them gain a music appetite and early group music-making experience, according to Director LouAnne Dunfee. At her studio, local professional musicians also conduct private lessons in piano, guitar and trumpet for children ages 6 and up. Children playing instruments can mean much more than just music to our ears. Randy Kambic is a freelance writer and editor based in Estero, FL, and regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.
Instrumental Finds Here are some of the organizations that collect and provide musical instruments for youngsters. Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, MHOpus.org Hungry for Music, HungryForMusic.org Fender Music Foundation, FenderMusicFoundation.org Music for Minors Foundation, Music4Minors.org VH1 Save the Music Foundation, VH1SaveTheMusic.org
Inside the Chant with Krishna Das
Kirtan Music Transports Listeners to a Deeper Place by Robin Fillmore
How would you introduce your music? Across the country and around the world, yoga practitioners are chanting the names of God in tongues including Sanskrit, Hindi, Punjabi and English. They’re taking kirtan music out of the temples and the yoga studios and into dance halls, universities, cathedrals and other unexpected places. In the last decade, India’s traditional call-and-response form of chanting has been reinvented by modern devotional artists blending traditional kirtan with modern genres such as rock, rhythm and blues, hip-hop and electronica—breathing new life and devotion into yoga’s sacred chants. Photo by Payal Kumar
nfluential spiritual leader Ram Dass has described Krishna Das (Jeffrey Kagel) as an example of someone whose “heartsongs” open channels to God. The Grammy-nominated kirtan artist, long considered yoga’s rock star, consistently plays to sold-out crowds worldwide. The Long Island native’s journey has gone from being a member of a popular rock band to going to India, where as a student of spiritual leader Neem Karoli Baba, the trajectory of his life and music shifted and expanded. His 1996 debut album, One Track Heart, focused on updated chants from the ancient tradition of bhakti yoga, followed in 1998 by Pilgrim Heart, with a guest appearance by Sting. Since then, a steady stream of 14 albums and DVDs produced on his own label have provided the soundtrack for yoga classes everywhere; the soothing rhythmic chants performed in a deep, rich timbre complements instruction in the spiritual element of the exercise. Das’ specialty, kirtan, updates an ancient tradition of devotional chanting as meditation accompanied by instruments. A kirtan concert invites audience members to join in the experience through chanting, clapping and dancing and is characterized as a journey into the self that also connects us with each other.
What does kirtan mean to you? For me, kirtan is all about the music. The more ways I practice sustainable health, balance, love and music and immerse myself in a spiritual life, the more I realize that all issues distill down to simple facts. Everyone wants to be loved and happy, and to avoid suffering and being judged. Looking at our lives, we start to see how we hurt ourselves and others and how what happens to us in daily life can be difficult to deal with. We recognize that we must find deep inner strength so we don’t get destroyed by the waves that come and try to toss us around.
Little by little, all of our awakening practices work to transform our life. They move us from being externally oriented and reactive to being established within and quietly responsive. We come to have a wider view that life can effectively contain and envelop the different facets of ourselves and the world.
Why do many consider a kirtan event a transcendent experience far beyond the music? There are two things: the music and where the music is carrying us. In this case, it’s the names of God, of divinity, that are real and inside us. We can call this higher sense anything we like and aim in that direction according to how we identify with it. If we want peace in the world, then every individual needs to find peace within. We can’t create peace or happiness with anger and selfishness in our heart and mind. We can release ourselves from a limiting storyline, whatever it is, and touch a deeper place for a while. Then, when we return to our day, we are standing on slightly different ground because we have trained ourselves to let go a little bit. It’s a gradual process that takes time and effort, but it’s a joyful practice.
Do you see a shift in thinking echoing that of the 1960s that positions us to do better this time? In the 1960s, everyone thought they were going to change the external world, but they forgot they have to change themselves, too, and little work was done inside. Today, while most people keep trying to first rearrange the outside world, more are now doing the necessary inside work, as well. The key is to understand what’s truly possible. If we don’t understand how we can be happy and at peace in the middle of a burning fire, we won’t recognize the tools available to create that kind of light for ourselves and others. Robin Fillmore is the publisher of the Natural Awakenings of Washington, D.C, edition. natural awakenings
David Newman Kirtan at Love Yoga Center
SW Florida Community Kirtan
Missy Balsam Kirtan at House of Gaia
Southwest Florida’s Growing Kirtan Communities by Linda Sechrist
ately, the joyful and dynamic devotional chants of kirtan have been attracting a large number of practitioners from diverse faith traditions, filling large halls, retreat centers, and yoga studios. It’s even gained enough popularity to warrant an article in the New York Times,“Yoga Enthusiasts Hear the Call of Kirtan.” In 2008, Naples resident Jai Segal, a professor at Florida Gulf Coast University, was renting a house with Allowah Lani, a yogi and author of Who Am I? Psychedelics & The Quest for Enlightenment. When Lani suggested that they hold a kirtan in their home, Segal answered, “What’s a kirtan?” Hearing Lani’s explanation, Segal agreed that the idea felt like something fun to do. That impulsive invitation yielded a room filled with Lani’s yoga students that showed up to sing and chant in Sanskrit. Today, the SW Florida Community Kirtan group is 600 members strong and Segal is not only a kirtan loyalist, he has also earned certification as a yoga teacher. On average, the community kirtan draws 30 to 50 enthusiasts that show up to open their hearts and experience blissful union, which is what the vibrations generated by chanting mantric repetitions of the name of the divine are capable of doing. “We now meet twice a month at Yolanda Beckers’ Innerlight Center, in Naples. Some people bring their own instruments such as a harmonium, flute, guitars and various types of percussion instruments. We also enjoy a vegetarian potluck dinner together,” 48
says Segal, who notes that more recently, Koen Beckers has led the kirtan. Carla Olla, director of Love Yoga Center, in Naples, is also a kirtan enthusiast. “Kirtan has been a big part of the programming for the past six-plus years that we’ve been open. We’ve hosted world-renowned and local kirtan artists. Personally, I feel that the more kirtan, the better,” she says. Olla, who is presently booking some of her favorite kirtan artists for 2017, has confirmed: Prema Hara in November, Wah! in January and David Newman in February. Prem Sadasivananda, a classical yoga teacher, will also offer kirtan several times. “We’ve been incredibly fortunate to have so many wonderful and talented people leading us in chant. Shyam Das, Vraj Devi, Sri Kirtan, Lee Harrington and Girish have all led kirtan at Love Yoga Center, and I remember every one of those supercharged evenings so well,” says Olla.
Wah! Kirtan at Love Yoga Center
On the last Tuesday night of every month at the House of Gaia, in Naples, Missy Balsam, a local yoga teacher and kirtan recording artist, enjoys chanting with her loyal kirtan followers. Balsam unexpectedly fell hard for the sound and vibrations she heard coming from a harmonium and the voice of a kirtan musician at her first Bhakti Fest, a yoga, dance and sacred musical festival. “Much like the ecstatic poetry of Sufi mystics such as Rumi and Hafiz, the words and vibrations of kirtan chants are soothing, reassuring us that the divine is always with us. Kirtan is a yoga practice that few people, even yoga practitioners, recognize as yoga, because it’s joyful, openhearted, easy and fun,” she says. Balsam’s newly released studio album, Revealed, is a potent combination of kirtan and her own lyrics that reflect her personal journey. Segal and Olla agree that perhaps the main attractor for the growing popularity of kirtan is the beautiful and inspiring experience itself. “Kirtan is bhakti yoga, which is focused on the cultivation of love and devotion toward God. It’s uplifting,” says Segal. “People feel good about building a sense of community and connection with others.” Olla believes that kirtan takes people away from their problems for a few hours, transporting them to a place of bliss. “Kirtan also creates a space where emotions can surface without stories. Everyone leaves kirtan feeling better because when you chant the Sanskrit language, something special hap-
Kirtan opens the heart to that kind of deep pregnant silence in which you are joyfully alive to the immediacy of reality: in traditional language, you experience being both lover of and beloved of God. ~The Reverend James Reho pens. There is power in the vibration of chants that have been repeated for thousands of years. The vibration affects you in a positive way, even if you have no idea what the words mean,” explains Olla. Students that ask if they can participate in kirtan without knowing the words always receive a resounding yes. “The experience is very individual, which means that you can sing or not sing; dance, sit or lay down. Some artists hand out chant sheets, some have the words projected onto the wall and still others make it even simpler. One of my favorite parts is the afterglow. When the music stops, there is a palpable vibration that continues,” notes Olla. Cheryl Patton, a member of SW Florida Community Kirtan since 2011, practices yoga and loves to drum at kirtans. “It’s been a journey that began with an experience I had with a shaman that my brother invited to be with him when he was dying. He used sound healing and ceremony, which piqued my interest in sound healing. I started with a drum circle and became very interested in the neurological and therapeutic benefits of drumming. I was truly amazed at what it released in me,” relates Patton. Patton’s drumming lessons and workshops led her to kirtan, where she felt the greatest resonation. “All of us that chant joke about the kirtan high. There’s so much palpable joy and happiness in the room that it’s impossible not to feel that way,” she says. To catch the good vibrations, the Hummingbird Wellbeing Center & Boutique in Bonita Springs plans to offer a monthly kirtan. Local Resources SW Florida Community Kirtan, Facebook.com/groups/NaplesCommunityKirtan. [Request to join this closed group] Innerlight Center, 4810 Hickory Wood Dr., Naples. 239-2692221 HealingLightNaples.com. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 204, Naples. 239-692-9747. LoveYogaCenter.com. See ad, page 61. Missy Balsam, MissyBalsam.com. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Naples. 239-2726152. HouseofGaia.org. Hummingbird Wellbeing Center & Boutique, 27785 Old 41 Rd., Bonita Springs. 239-494-6983. HummingbirdWellbeingCenter.com. See ad, page 45. natural awakenings
Spirituality is an extension of the inner being’s connection to what the conscious mind longs for, to seek a higher awareness and realize one’s full potential. ~Richard L. Alaniz
The Modern Shaman Ancient Practices Heal Body and Soul
by Linda Sechrist
o longer shrouded in mystery, the ancient spiritual practice of shamanism is attracting the interest of psychologists, registered nurses and medical doctors that study its guiding principles to use personally and benefit others. They train one-on-one and in small groups with indigenous shamans in the U.S. and around the world and enroll in programs offered by established schools such as the Foundation for Shamanic Studies and The Four Winds Society. Both offer workshops and expeditions for participants to meet the specific shaman that teaches congruent philosophy, practices and principles. Since 1986, The Four Winds Society, with international headquarters in Miami, Florida, has graduated more than 10,000 practitioners. It teaches a genuine respect for the sacredness of metaphysical forces existing in all natural beings and objects and the connection between the material world and spiritual plane. Dr. Daniel Rieders, a physician specializing in cardiac electrophysiology and interventional cardiology, completed the society’s basic curriculum in 2014. Having matriculated to advanced master classes, he uses shamanic understanding, tools and skills for personal use and in his complementary medical practices, Life Rhythm Therapies and Jain Ayurveda for Optimum Health, in Palm Coast, Florida. He notes that medical procedures and prescriptions aren’t always the answer to problems. “I’ve studied various areas of medicine and found them devoid of tools and methods that empower patients to make changes that lead to better health. Studying shamanism means being on my own healing path of cleansing body, mind and spirit. It’s necessary for any empowered healer that aspires to inspire and generate confidence and assertiveness in others, enabling them to do what is needed to live out their life purpose,” he says. Rieders found shamanism to be an effective complementary therapy for strengthening the body and building resilience. One of his patients was unhappy with his job, feeling it only served to support a costly family lifestyle. Upon
discerning his true desire was to own a gym and teach people how to get healthy, he took action. “A heart procedure was no longer necessary. Stored anger can create heart disease, as well as cancer,” he remarks. Seti Gershberg’s life changed dramatically while studying shamanism in the remote Peruvian Andes, where he lived with the indigenous Q’ero people for two years. Taking a break from a career in international investment banking, he set out to learn about a shaman’s relationship to energy, consciousness and the supernatural, with an eye to creating a system of universal reciprocity, balance and harmony. He was also interested in indigenous people’s views of the relationship of the physical world with self, consciousness and multi-dimensional space-time as a single interwoven idea; a continuum. “Today, I’m an executive producer and creative director in Phoenix, Arizona, working on a video series, TV commercials and films, including two documentaries on shamanic rituals and ceremonies, as well as the Q’ero culture,” says Gershberg. He practices the Q’ero shaman’s gift of Ayni, giving of our self first without asking for anything in return. His website, ThePathOfTheSun.com, offers a “pay what you can afford” option. Sean Wei Mah, a Native American Cree, grew up on a reservation in Alberta, Canada, around tribal medicine men that practiced smudging, ceremony and ritual. “Smudging, by burning fine powders, considered sacred medicine, is significant to any shaman as holy medicine to cleanse the body. It’s part of Native American life and the foundation of how we communicate, give thanks to and ask for help and guidance from the Creator. Ceremony is our church and smudging is how we purify it,” says the shaman, artist and actor known as “The Rattlemaker”. Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq, a shaman, healer, storyteller and carrier of the Qilaut (wind drum), is an elder from the Kalaaleq tribe, in Greenland. His family belongs to the traditional healers from Kalallit Nunaat. Endearingly known as Uncle, he has traveled to 67 countries to conduct ceremonies including healing circles, sacred sweat lodge purification and Melting the Ice in the Heart of Man intensives, where he teaches the spiritual significance of climate change. He advises, “A shaman’s responsibility is to guide you on your inner path and support you in recognizing your beauty so that you can love yourself and know who you truly are. A shaman guides you to a new level of consciousness through teachings, storytelling and ceremonies, which my grandmother taught me were the key. All of this helps you rely on your own inner guidance.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at ItsAllAboutWe.com.
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to all that is. Einstein could have been a shaman, because he went into a place of stillness, what we call sacred space, and the information he needed came to him there,” she says. Perlmutter explains visceral experience as physically within the body, real and undeniable. Her own personal experience clarified this. “It was my near-death experience 25 years ago. My deceased grandfather came through so clearly that I could smell the nape of his neck as I did when I was a child. I heard him say, ‘You’re going to live.’ I recovered slowly,” she says, noting that this kind of experience leaves a deep sense of knowing that requires no intellectual interpretation. Shamanic work is empowering. “It showed me beyond a shadow of a doubt that we are connected to Peruvian shamans that Leize Perlmutter studied with everything and reinforced for me that we are unmistakably energy beings having a human experience. Our work as shamans is to clear an individual’s energetic field of imprinted information left by trauma and conflict. by Linda Sechrist These imprints are residual remains. arly in humanity’s evolution, relying on has provided the impetus for numerous They may have been generated by the the instinctive feeling of relationship new book releases on the subject. Two culture, family or other relationships; with a living Earth and a sense of kinship of the most recent, The Re-enchantment even by ancestors. These act as interwith all creation was the only way to of a Shaman: A Shamanic Path to a Life ferences, blinding us to perceiving the survive. In our modern world, this way of of Wonder, authored by Hank Wesselworld as it is. Clearing these empowers living is known as shamanism, which has man, Ph.D., and Encounters with Power: the individual,” says Perlmutter. existed in many parts of the world since Adventures and Misadventures on the Shamanism is a calling for some the beginning of civilization. Shamanic Path of Healing, written by individuals. Others come to it as a “Over countless thousands of years, Jose Luis Stevens, result of trauma or shamanic myths and rituals of connection Ph.D. Wesselman as Perlmutter Our work as shamans is illness, kept alive the awareness of the existence describes the magic did. “When people to clear an individual’s start seeing and feelof an invisible spirit-world or soul-world,” of connecting to the writes Ann Baring, in The Dream of the invisible world while ing things they can’t energetic field of Cosmos: A Quest for the Soul. Stevens writes about it explain and others imprinted information around them can’t The main feature of the shamanic from the perspective of way of knowing that Baring emphasizes acquiring the kind of comprehend, they beleft by trauma is that in all shamanic traditions, dualpower that teaches and gin to look for a way and conflict. ism does not exist—there is no other. nourishes us. to deal with their exNature is not split off from spirit; the periences. Shamanism ~Leize Perlmutter two are one. She muses that the lack of is often the answer,” Leize Perlmutter recognizing the existence of such a way For Leize Perlmutter, remarks Perlmutter. has led to the disconnect of humanwho studied shamanism with The Four ity’s collective soul from its roots. She Whale Maiden Winds Society, it is about magic and also proposes that this problem is the A suburban shaman living in Fort Myre-enchantment, as well as power realreason for why our culture has become ers, Whale Maiden encourages every ized from connecting with the web of dysfunctional and unable to respond to one to find the magic in the land, life and with source or divine energy. our deepest needs. A longing to return starting with the front yard. She’s also a “Our culture perceives ordinary reality to these roots may be why so many writer, teacher and photographer. in a very limited way, whereas a shaindividuals are turning to shamanism. “Shamanism came naturally to me man sees it from an expanded state of The growing interest in shamanism consciousness and connects viscerally while I was growing up in the suburbs of
The World Through the Eyes and Hearts of Three Local Shaman
eastern Pennsylvania. I spent a lot of time in the woods tuning into plants and trees. I recall a lot of cultural forces in our music and other media then that I believe turned a lot of people on to shamanism. I later studied it through Michael Harner [Core Shamanism and the Foundation for Shamanic Studies] and have done extensive reading about shamanism in other cultures,” explains Whale Maiden. Part of a dynamic network of shamanic peers, many of which are in Florida, Whale Maiden gathers with them periodically to participate in a journey, a shamanic practice that allows the individual to achieve an altered state by meditating and drumming. During the journey, the soul leaves the body to travel to a spiritual aspect of places on, within or above the Earth. Her Earthways Shamanic Path is based on observing the unfolding seasons and cycles in Southwest Florida to learn the physical environmental and spiritual aspects, what they mean and how to celebrate them. She also sees the mundane world from a mystical and shamanic perspec-
tive. “The world is full of magic if you know where and how to look,” enthuses Whale Maiden, who developed her place-based shamanic path during 30 years in Florida. She teaches classes with a co-facilitator on the first Tuesday of every month at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers.
Minazali Bhimji (Ali) Born a shaman and a healer in Uganda, East Africa, Minazali Bhimji (Ali) grew up in a very spiritual family with a long family line of shamans. The massage therapist and shiatsu instructor, who teaches at the Eyes Wide Open Center, in Bonita Springs, received his shamanic teachings from his grandmother. “Grandmother taught me to be totally in alignment with Gaia, Mother Earth, whose vibrations I feel through my feet. I sense Father Spirit’s energy from above. When I bring these together in my heart chakra, I become a vessel for healing,” says the owner of Ancient Touch Massage Therapy and Shiatsu Practitioners, in Bonita Springs. Bhimji speaks in an ancient green language, which he says the
animals and plants use to talk. A fascinating storyteller, his questions are piercing, but meant to teach, enlighten and educate. “Did you know that you are the Earth, sun and moon; that your heart is the sun that beats 25,900 times a day? Did you know that your liver is Jupiter and your gallbladder is Mars? That your spleen is Saturn, your kidneys are Venus and your spine is Uranus? Did you know that we are part of all planets, including the meteor belt? When you practice shamanism, you are practicing oneness based on unconditional love from Divine Mother and Father Spirit. Here there is no separation and no labels,” advises Bhimji. It appears that shamanism lends itself well to the poetry of Rumi, who wrote, “We come spinning out of nothingness, scattering stars like dust;” to that of William Blake, who saw the world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wildflower. Perhaps they, like shamans, viewed the world with the magic of childlike wonder, a worldview that our culture snatches away from us all too early. Perhaps once, we were all shamans.
WATER-WISE KITCHEN A Few Small Steps Can Make the Difference by Avery Mack
he United Nations warns that water use is outpacing population growth two to one. At this rate, two-thirds of the world will face water stress by 2025, meaning fewer crops and jobs and higher food prices. “Globally, 3 million people, mostly children, die each year due to water-related issues,” says Sister Dorothy Maxwell, of the Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt, in New York. “Water is a precious commodity. Every drop in supply should increase awareness.”
For significant savings, use ingredients with a lower water footprint. “Be conscientious about food purchases,” advises Gene Baur, president and co-founder of the nonprofit Farm Sanctuary, in Watkins Glen, New York, and Orland and Los Angeles, California. “Choosing plant foods instead of animal products can make a huge difference. Estimates show that one person switching to a vegan diet can save at least 1,000 gallons of water every day.” Before landing on a plate, an eight-ounce steak will have necessitated 850 gallons of water, including growing and processing the animal’s food grain. The amount of water needed to produce a quarter-pound hamburger equals that of 30 average showers. “Dietary choices have environmental and ethical impacts,” agrees Michael Schwarz, founder of Hudson Valley Treeline Cheese, in Kingston, New York. “The carbon and water footprints of conventional dairy products are also enormous.” His company’s vegan cheeses are basically cashews, probiotic cultures and salt. Unlike American’s 10 million dairy cows, cashews aren’t injected with growth hormones, don’t emit methane and produce no waste runoff to pollute waterways.
The Natural Resources Defense Council reports that Americans annually discard more than 35 million tons of uneaten
food that costs local governments $1.5 billion annually in clean up and landfill maintenance. Food waste contributes to climate change through the use of huge quantities of water, fertilizer, land and fuel to process, refrigerate and transport it. Plus, it emits methane gas as it decomposes. Reducing food waste can have a far-reaching impact. Applying simple household tips will help minimize waste: Protect all meat, poultry and fish along with dairy products like yogurt, sour cream and cottage cheese from bacteria by storing them in the original packaging until used; seal any leftovers in airtight containers. Wrap hard cheese in foil or waxed paper after opening. Keep fruits and vegetables separate and don’t wash before refrigerating to forestall mold. Activated oxygen, like that used in the small refrigerator appliance BerryBreeze, neutralizes bacteria and mold to keep stored foods fresh longer.
Maxwell’s guidance for savvy water use includes: Don’t prerinse dishes. Run the dishwasher only when full. Use less soap when washing up and make sure it’s biodegradable. Water-wise experts also offer these cooking tips. Use a single pot of water to blanch several kinds of vegetables before freezing. Start with the lightest color and end with the darkest, especially odorous veggies like asparagus or Brussels sprouts. “Unless it’s greasy, cooking and drinking water can be reused to nourish plants,” explains Diane MacEachern, founder and publisher of BigGreenPurse.com. “I cool egg and veggie cooking water to pour on herbs and flowers.” As whole potatoes simmer, set a steamer basket over them to cook other veggies and conserve water. Fewer pots mean less dishwashing, and leftover potato water adds extra flavor to homemade potato dinner rolls. Cook shorter shapes of dry pasta in less water, first placing them in cold water and lowering the heat to a simmer once it hits a boil, also saving energy (Tinyurl.com/ColdWaterPastaMethod). Directions for hard-boiled eggs call for enough cold water to cover before boiling, followed by the mandatory icewater bath, using goodly amounts of water and energy. Steam eggs instead; find instructions at Tinyurl.com/ BestHardCookedEggs. For a large quantity of eggs, try baking them (AltonBrown.com/baked-eggs). Freezer jam contains more fruit, much less sugar and needs no water bath for canning jars; recipes are available online. Eat watermelon as is or in salads, compost the peel and pickle the rind using only one cup of water with minimal boiling time (Tinyurl.com/WatermelonRindPickling). Rather than waste warm water to defrost frozen foods, simply move them overnight to the refrigerator. Composting is far more eco-wise than running a garbage disposal and sink water. More than 70 percent of Earth’s surface is covered in water, but only .007 percent—like a single drop in a fivegallon bucket—is usable for hydrating its 6.8 billion people and all plants and animals. We must be creative to protect that drop by kicking it up a notch in the kitchen. Connect with the freelance writer via AveryMack@ mindspring.com. natural awakenings
The Secret of Sublime Living Savoring Perfect Present Moments by Carl Greer
ife has many sublime pleasures: watching the sun rise over the horizon and observing the changing colors of the clouds; laughing with a best friend; or simply feeling the grass, dirt or sand under bare feet. The Japanese have a term, mono no aware, for that sublime moment of perfection just before it fades. Sometimes it translates as sensitivity or awareness of impermanent things. It could, for instance, refer to the beauty of cherry blossoms in full bloom; the cherry trees will blossom again next year, but we do not always have a chance to see them again. Everyday distractions can cause us to forget to slow down to enjoy moments. The secret to sublime living is to pay close attention to the sweet pleasures of life, no matter how small, and savor them before they pass. There is no way to know which weather-perfect day will be the last before the season shifts. Enjoying such a fleeting, sublime moment may mean discarding the day’s plans, but the delights of life do not always come around again. How easy it is to let the mind wander and forget to focus on the pleasure of an experience and the joys that life offers. We’re in danger of missing out on sublime living when we constantly prioritize what “has to be done” instead of that which is most
valued. Soon, it may seem as if the stories of our lives are being written by someone else. We forget our power to be our own storyteller and to mindfully engage in how we spend every hour. Dissatisfying tales can be replaced when we live according to a new story we write each day, called, “My life is an extraordinary adventure,” or “I relish being with my children,” or “I express love through sharing my music,” or “I am being true to myself, and that enables me to help others heal.” The more we focus on what brings us happiness, revitalization, purpose or meaning, the easier it will be to upgrade priorities and discard any plot lines and events that seem scripted by someone else. We can then make a new commitment to writing and living a more satisfying story for ourselves. We can pause to contemplate our power to be the storyteller and to always remain fully present and conscious of the sublime moments. Carl Greer, Ph.D., Psy.D., is a practicing clinical psychologist, Jungian analyst and shamanic practitioner. He teaches at the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago and is on staff at the Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being. Connect at CarlGreer.com.
Local Experts Reveal How They Capture Sublime Moments by Linda Sechrist
y personally defining what brings happiness and meaning to our life, we take a step toward creating the habit of focusing on savoring the sweet pleasures of life before they fade. This simple action helps us begin to write a new story of our life—one that holds the potential of replacing whatever stories have negatively informed our past. While this initially takes a concerted and persistent effort, it gets easier with practice. In The Power of Now, author Eckhart Tolle encourages readers to always say, “Yes” to the present moment and to surrender to what is. Getting caught up in the instant of any business at hand to do what has to be done is different than surrendering and savoring. Jayne Koedding, owner of Organic Skincare & Bodyworx, in Naples, notes that as a Jayne Koedding business owner, she gets so absorbed in running and promoting the business, as well as taking care of employees, that she rarely stops to savor the moment. “I know that I need to make a renewed commitment to live a more satisfying story for myself. Mediation and tapping help me to do this,” says Koedding. Another new business entrepreneur, JoAnn Rahl, the owner of Conscious Posture, in Naples, also gets caught up in the intense work of launching her new venture. “If creating my new business, which is part of my life story, doesn’t contain the rejuvenating emotions of joy, achievement and pleasure, then I won’t be able to sustain the JoAnn Rahl story energetically,” says the structural integrator and movement educator who describes herself as a kinesthetic learner. Rahl learned to live mindfully, slow down and tune in to the kinesthetic awareness of her physical being from her practice of the Feldenkrais Method of somatic education, an approach to movement, learning and change. “When a moment is beautiful and I want to enhance my conscious experience of it, I tune inward and ask myself a series of questions. Where are my feet? Am I aware of how they connect with the earth? Am I feeling my ribcage, sternum and clavicle move with the rhythm of inhaling and exhaling? What is my heart’s response to the experience; is it expanding or contracting? This starts the kinesthetic mapping process, which I pair with a conscious awareness of my emotional and feeling state in the moment,” comments Rahl.
Multitaskers such as Laura James, a holistic iridologist and owner of SWFL Natural Wellness, in Fort Myers, sometimes feels challenged to stay in the moment. “I tend to drift into the future. I first realized I needed to slow down and appreciate moments when I began to notice that I wasn’t remembering things I just did or said because my mind was already Laura James on the next task or thought,” says James, who enthuses about how engrossed she is in her passion for holistic iridology, the analyzing of the iris, sclera and pupil of the eyes. To bring attention into the present, James focuses on her breathing and posits a silent question, “What am I finding important about this moment, relationship and situation? I connect with people by making good eye contact and remind myself that if I want to change anything in my life, I have to do it in the present. This is where mindfulness meditation is useful,” she says. Silvia Casabianca, owner of the Eyes Wide Open Center, in Bonita Springs, reminds us that our interpretations of life are conditioned, which can make savoring moments challenging. “From infancy, we are subconsciously recording ‘voices’ of authority figures. Our inner world is therefore not an accurate reflection of the real world, but a filtered scenario that Silvia Casabianca only makes sense to us when we interpret it based on previous experiences and relationships. Neuroscience teaches us that we have a natural ‘negativity bias’. Practicing living in the present and awakening to our senses can help us savor moments and overcome our negative first response to any moment.” Casabianca believes that our internal reality depends of where we put our attention. “Personally, awareness and focus are keys that allow me to enjoy the present moment and to understand the meaning of what I’m experiencing at a spiritual level. This influences not only how I feel, but also the way I see myself and relate to others. While I believe happiness is a rather fleeting experience, I know joy as a less intense and steadier feeling of acceptance of what is and of connection with all,” she notes. Local Resources Organic Skincare & Bodyworx, 13240 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 207, Naples. 239-514-4494. OrganicSkincareAndBodyworx. com. See ad, page 3. Conscious Posture, 501 Goodlette Rd., Ste. D-304, Naples. 239-777-2597. JoAnnRahl.com. See ad, page 19. Laura James, 239-431-9172. SwflNaturalWellness.com. See ad, page 25. Eyes Wide Open, 9200 Bonita Beach Rd., Ste. 204. 239-9489444. EyesWideOpenCenter.com. See ad, page 76. natural awakenings
Happy Furry Home Tips for Keeping a Pet-Friendly Home Clean by Sandra Murphy
ouseholds with multiple pets abound as families often opt for a mix of companion animals. Currently, more than 70 million dogs, 75 million cats and 6 million birds are kept as pets in the U.S., according to a recent American Pet Products Association survey. While we cherish their affection, downsides include pet hair dust bunnies, scattered litter, spilled seeds and potty accidents. Cleaning up can be easier with training and planning. “Living on the beach, it’s easy for the dog to bring sand indoors, so I taught him to shake it off,” says dog expert and trainer Amy Robinson, in Vero Beach, Florida. “I put water in a bottle and misted it lightly on his head, then gave the cue, ‘Shake,’ and shook my shoulders. He mimicked me and got rid of most of the sand. Brushing him with a towel got the rest.” Once the dog understands the cue, retire the water bottle. “I have a Newfoundland/poodle, a great Pyrenees/poodle and a Labradoodle, so I keep old towels outside the door to wipe dirty feet,” says Kathleen Thometz, owner of Doodle Art & Design, in Western Springs, Illinois. “The Newfoundland can open the door, so I have to catch him before he tracks in muddy paw prints.”
Thometz keeps their hairbrush with the towels. “I have them groomed regularly, but a quick brush after a walk means I don’t have to vacuum between weekly house cleanings,” she says. “Short hair can be even harder to pick up,” reminds Ryan Riley, cofounder of BizBagz.com, in Los Angeles. “We brush our 50- and 70-pound pit bull mixes outside after play time and they love it.” “Carpets and pets are a challenging combination, especially when pets get older and accidents happen,” observes Amy Bell, an interior decorator at Red Chair Home Interiors, in Cary, North Carolina. “I recommend hard surface flooring, washable slipcovers for furniture and keeping lint brushes by the door.” All-natural, sustainably sourced area rugs or hall runners make it easier for dogs to get around on slick surfaces; be sure the backing can withstand wet accidents. “I use a hair-attracting dry mop to pick up fur on hard floors. It takes me 10 minutes a day to do 2,400 square feet; otherwise, I’d have tumbleweeds of hair blowing around. I use a Quick Vac every two days on area rugs,” says Joan Fradella, a Florida Supreme
Court-certified family mediator in Lantana, Florida. A basset mix, vizla/ Rhodesian ridgeback and boxer/Labrador all shed hair in her house. Fradella also uses a water-soaked microfiber cleaning cloth to remove what she calls sniggle art (dog nose prints) on sliding glass doors. If a hairy cat balks at brushing, try a cat hair removal glove. Some are designed to massage and remove loose hair; others clean up furniture and fabrics. Stick with washable cat or dog bedding and use a removable cover for more frequent laundering. Warming temperatures due to climate change are fostering a rise in flea populations worldwide. Food-grade (not pool-grade) diatomaceous earth sprinkled on a pet’s bedding or the pet itself is safe; the silky powder adversely affects only creatures with hard outer skeletons. Some dogs grab a mouthful of food and join the family, trailing crumbs along the way. Instead, feed them in their crates where they feel at home, allowing 15 minutes to finish. For a dog that eats too fast and then sometimes vomits, use a puzzle-designed feeder so it has to work to get to the food. Fradella uses food and water bowls with wide bottoms because they’re harder to overturn. Stainless steel, washed daily, is best. A waterproof mat with a raised lip helps contain mealtime spills. A static mat removes litter from a cat’s feet upon exiting the litter box. “Dogs can be trained to put away their toys,” advises Robinson. Cats, not so much. Birds are messy, producing floating bits of feathers and scattered seed. A mesh seed catcher will capture most of it; a dry mop gathers up the rest. Bell suggests randomly sprinkling about 15 drops of lavender essential oil on a new air filter before installing it for a fresh scent throughout the house, and regularly changing filters. Multiple pets may necessitate more frequent filter replacements, which also reduces dander and related allergy symptoms. Simple routines and the right tools lead to a safe, healthy home. They also free us up from unnecessary chores to enjoy more time with our beloved pets. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@ mindspring.com.
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The Hidden Deficiency Having the proper amount of iodine in our system at all times is critical to overall health, yet the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition finds that iodine deficiency is increasing drastically in light of an increasingly anemic national diet of unpronounceable additives and secret, unlabeled ingredients. This deficit now affects nearly three-quarters of the population.
Causes of Iodine Deficiency
Almost everyone is routinely exposed to iodine-depleting radiation
Overuse of zero-nutrient salt substitutes in foods leads to iodine depletion
Iodized Table Salt
Iodized salt may slowly lose its iodine content by exposure to air
A toxic chemical found in baked goods overrides iodine's ability to aid thyroid
Iodine-Depleted Soil Poor farming techniques have led to declined levels of iodine in soil
A Growing Epidemic Symptoms range from extreme fatigue and weight gain to depression, carpal tunnel syndrome, high blood pressure, fibrocystic breasts and skin and hair problems. This lack of essential iodine can also cause infertility, joint pain, heart disease and stroke. Low iodine levels also have been associated with breast and thyroid cancers; and in children, intellectual disability, deafness, attention deficient hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and impaired growth, according to studies by Boston University and the French National Academy of Medicine.
What to Do The easy solution is taking the right kind of iodine in the right dosage to rebalance thyroid function and restore health to the whole body.
tool, as well as the many different types of boards and ideas on how to make your own from simple materials. Learn how to use it effectively and safely to contact positive spirit. Attendees will receive written materials, as well as hands-on experience. $30. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 Purple Spoon Culinary – Chef Kristina San Filippo opens her doors, offering cooking classes, weekly chef’s dinners and retail sale of stellar ingredients, cooking tools, prepared foods and local grown produce market (every Wed from 3-6pm beginning in Oct). 25151 Chamber of Commerce Dr, Bonita Springs. Reservations: PurpleSpoonCulinary@yahoo.com. Event schedule: ChefKristina.com. 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 9/8. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Sheilding Workshop – 6-8pm. With Jamie. Learn how to protect yourself and fight back, on an energetic level, using the power of the chakras and elements. $30/students, $25/yoga teachers. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. BKSYogaStudio.com. 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.
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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, SEPTEMBER 3 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.
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Live Blood Cell Analysis – 10am-5pm. With Brandi Stewart. Utilizing one drop of blood, see 42 anomalies in your health relating to digestive dysfunction, liver stress, toxicity, inflammation markers, yeast imbalances, lymphocytes, health of white and red blood cells and more. $50 includes DVD and takehome information. For Goodness Sake, 7211 Radio Rd, Naples. RSVP: 353-7778.
Women’s Gathering (CBC) – 7pm. A bimonthly gathering for women over 21 to discuss women’s issues in society, religion, relationships, etc. Support
How to Use the Ouija Board – 3:30pm. Learn the history of the “‘talking board”’ and the mythology and misconceptions surrounding this divination
Salt Therapy Grotto’s Open House – 9-11am. Meet the staff, tour the beautiful salt caves and spa and enjoy some hors d’oeuvres and relaxation. Free salt tasting from different parts of the world. Cambridge Square, 3443 Pine Ridge Rd, Ste 102, Naples. 598-0990. SaltTherapyGrotto.com. Magic Bus Ride – 10-11:30am. With Jamie. Fly high in this kundalini- inspired workshop, complete with mantras and pranayama. $20/early registration, $25/after 9/2. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. BKSYogaStudio.com. Yin Stretch and Yoga Nidra – 1:30-3pm. Join Registered Yoga Teacher Bob Newman for this 90-minute class featuring gentle yin yoga to warm up, followed by the soothing guided relaxation of yoga nidra. No yoga experience necessary. $15. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Bonita Springs. 4049744. IntegrativeMindfulness.net.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 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.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 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. 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 developing 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. 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. 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.
estheticians Sara and Jamie. Enjoy some pampering time. Great specials on Repechage products, light refreshments and enter to win your next facial. MassageLuXe/FaceLuXe Spa, 3300 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 129, Bonita Springs. 992-8593. MassageLuXe.com.
of this classic Dr Seuss book. Following the story, join in an activity to ensure the park remains beautiful for generations to come. For kids ages 6 and up. Free with park admission. Lovers Key State Park, 8700 Estero Blvd, Ft Myers Bch. Preregister: 463-4588.
Healthy Habits Jumpstart Week I: Quality vs Quantity – 6:30pm. Let’s focus on the quality of the food and calories we put in our bodies, not just the number. Integrative nutrition health coach Kristi Willems will talk about the importance of why what we eat matters and how to get handle quality control when it comes to our food. $20/person. D-Signed Nutrition, 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Springs. RSVP by 9/6: 676-5249.
Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – 5:30-6:30pm. Introduction to internationally acclaimed eight-week stress-reduction course using mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga and scientific research pioneered by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn at U Mass. Free. Advance registration requested. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 590-9485. IntegrativeMindfulness.net.
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 Bch Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP required: 560-8334. Rune Casting for Beginners – 7pm. Learn the history and mythology, as well as several methods for casting the rune stones. Don’t miss this exciting class on one of the world’s oldest forms of divination. $30. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
Complimentary Meditation – 7-8pm. Addy Huff 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.
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. See news brief, page 18.
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Integrative Relaxation – Peaceful Mind – 6:308pm. With Peggy Sealfon. Nurture your body and mind and release stress from the source. Feel refreshed and empowered to tackle life’s challenges with new solutions where before there were only problems. Part of the Peaceful Mind series, with rotating teachers each week. Client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:45-7:45pm. Experience the vibrational healing power of quartz crystal bowls as you lie or sit in comfort. Jenny will also channel the healing energies of reiki. $10. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP JennyLotusBlossom@gmail.com. LotusBlossomClinic.com.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 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 Kabat-Zinn
at U Mass. Free. Advance registration requested. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 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 min (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.
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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 Reiki Level I Intensive – 8:30am-8pm. With masters Cici Santiago and Ali Gardella, LMT. Receive the gift of Usui/Tibetan reiki. Easily learned; heal yourself, support others. Lecture, video, meditation, relaxation exercises, hands-on. $165. 12 FL CEUs nurses, LMTs, LMHCs. 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter.com. 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. 4946983. HummingbirdWellbeingCenter.com. 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/two people; clients: $25, $40/2 people; members/free. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Terr, Naples. Preregistration required: 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net.
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Reiki for Pets – 10am-3pm. Bring your dog, cat, small animal or bird and receive a 5-to-15-minute reiki session for him/her. Whether they are ill or healthy, animals benefit from the healing energy of reiki. Pets must be leashed or comfortably crated. Free; donations accepted. Bonita Springs. Call/email for location: 980-3257 or FireflyWithinFoundation@gmail.com. FireflyWithin.org. See news brief, page 17. 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 Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339. TheMysticalMoon.com. Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation Part II – 10:30am-noon. Part II: Emotions, Thoughts and Awareness. Three-week series also meets Sept 17 and 24. Practice mindful meditation, apply mindfulness and cultivate daily meditation to make mindfulness practices an integral part of your daily life. $40/general registration, $15/reduced rate include all three classes. Collier County Library, 650 Central Ave, Naples. Info: Mindfulness-Institute-Leader@FloridaMindfulness. org. Register: FloridaMindfulness.org/mi. See news brief, page 12. Complimentary Reiki Circle – 1-2pm. With Reiki Master Addy Huff. Huff will explain the practice of reiki, how it is similar to the yoga philosophy and how the channeling of reiki energy is used for healing purposes. Participants will enjoy a meditation and will receive reiki. Donations collected with proceeds going to Newborns in Need. 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples. 598-1938. greenmonkey.com. Conscious Cash Creation – 1-5pm. How would you like to create and generate more money in your
life? Is now the time to finally destroy your limitations around money? Come learn powerful tools and techniques for having more cash in your life. $175/ class special ($250 value). Be Well Natural Health Clinic,1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. Register: 305331-7465. KristinaAston.AccessConsciousness. com. See ad on page 18 and news brief on page 14.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 Salt Cave Therapy Sessions for Cancer Patients – 10-11am. Free. Call for appointment. Salt Therapy Grotto, Cambridge Square, 3443 Pine Ridge Rd, Ste 102, Naples. 598-0990. SaltTherapyGrotto.com. Eckankar Worship Service – 11am. Topic: Developing Right Discrimination. Eckankar Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034.
Restore and Renew – 1-3pm. With Laurie Orlando and Addy Huff. Enjoy a blissfully relaxing restorative yoga practice while a massage therapist assists in releasing stress and tension from the body in this deeply therapeutic workshop. $45, $5 off if registered and paid by 9/10. 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples. 598-1938. greenmonkey.com. Oils and Flow – 1:30-3pm. With Julia. Explore the world of essential oils, including how and when to use them, followed by a vinyasa flow class utilizing specific oils. $25/early registration, $30/after 9/9. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. BKSYogaStudio.com. Yin Stretch and Yoga Nidra – 1:30-3pm. Join Registered Yoga Teacher Bob Newman for this 90-minute class featuring gentle yin yoga to warm up, followed by the soothing guided relaxation of
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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.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 All Levels Yoga – 7-8pm. With Johnny. A fun, lighthearted class for all levels. Drop-ins welcome. Hummingbird Wellbeing Center & Boutique, 27785 Old 41, Bonita Springs. 494-6983. HummingbirdWellbeingCenter.com.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 Turmeric Golden Paste Party – 2-3pm. Experience a secret healing recipe that has been producing immediate results. YOLLO Wellness, 3840 Colonial Blvd, Ft Myers. RSVP: 275-0039. 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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yoga nidra. No yoga experience necessary. $15. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Bonita Springs. 4049744. IntegrativeMindfulness.net.
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. Free. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Healthy Habits Jumpstart Week II: Fuel Your Body – 6:30pm. There is one thing that might be sabotaging your efforts to be healthy. Do you know what it is? Kristi Willems, integrative nutrition health coach, will teach you how to balance your meals throughout the day to give you the most energy. $20/ person. D-Signed Nutrition, 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Springs. RSVP by 9/12: 676-5249. Complimentary Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. 2nd Wed. With Gary Granza. Enjoy yoga surrounded by lush nature and community drumming. Beginners to advanced for the whole family. Shangri La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Community Drumming Circle – 6:30-8:30pm. 2nd Wed. With Mark Wagner. Show your community spirit and be a part of a family-oriented unity of rhythm and love on the beautiful grounds of Shangri La Springs. Great for beginners, dancers, hoopers and musicians. 27750 Old 41 Rd, 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. Consciousness and Chocolate – An Introduction to Access Consciousness – 7-8pm. What if you could finally change what isn’t working in your life? Come learn about these practical tools and techniques that include your being and your body so you can live the life of your dreams. Free to the public. Best Western Airport Inn, 8955 Daniels Pkwy, Ft Myers. 305-3317465. Register: KristinaAston.AccessConsciousness. com. See ad on page 18 and news brief on page 14.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 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. Full Moon /Sunset /Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 5:30-8:30pm. With GAEA Guides Guided Kayak Nature Tours on the Caloosahatchee River near Ft Myers. 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. RSVP: 694-5513. Candlelight Yin Yoga with Crystal Bowls – 6-7:15pm. With Marcie. A relaxing and restorative
ful Mind series, with rotating teachers each week. Client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net.
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class, often with live music. Drop-ins welcome. Hummingbird Wellbeing Center & Boutique, 27785 Old 41, Bonita Springs. 494-6983. HummingbirdWellbeingCenter.com. Family Constellations Free Intro – 6-7:30pm. With Rhonda Schladand and Tobey Burton. How to heal inherited family trauma? How to break free from destructive, non-fulfilling relationship patterns passed down from ancestors? Find new ways of giving/receiving love. Free introduction. 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 202, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter.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. Complimentary $10 gift card to Food & Thought to first 10 who register and attend. 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 5608334 or 777-4647. 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 Peace-
EarthDance Florida – Sept 16-18. An art, music, energy co-creation event. For this one weekend in September, all around the globe, people join together to dance as one global community, united with a common vision for peace and humanitarian aims. Every event across the globe recites a Prayer for Peace at the same moment. Maddox Ranch, Lakeland. EarthDanceFlorida.org. House of Gaia Open House – Sept 16-17. 3:305:30pm, Fri; 10am-noon, Sat. Special two-day open house to inform on its fall classes and events. The fun events will provide the opportunity for attendees to meet teachers and experience face painting and other art, kids’ yoga and much more. The activities will also include multimedia art, karate, music and games. 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 272-6152 or HouseOfGaia.org. See news brief, page 11. Full Moon Kundalini Yoga Meditation – 5:307pm. With Lizz. Come set your intention energized by the full moon through participating in three-to31-minute meditations. Limited to 10 students. $20/early registration, $25/after 9/15. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. BKSYogaStudio.com. Full Moon Lunar Eclipse Celebration – 6:30pm 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. 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, SEPTEMBER 17 Robed in Lavender Event – 8am-3pm. A beauty, health and encouragement event for women with vendors, events and guest speakers. $20 donation includes buffet lunch. Broadway Palm Dinner Theater, 1380 Colonial Blvd, Ft Myers. Tickets: RobedInLavender.org. See news brief, page 17. Family Constellations Workshop – 10am-4:30pm. With Coach Rhonda Shladand and Tobey Burton. Break free from past entanglements, relational patterns, misconceptions about you and family. Find new ways of giving/receiving love. $125. 6 FL CEUs for LMHC, MTs, nurses. 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter.com. See news brief, page 16. Limitless Living Class: Access Consciousness BARS Technique and Tools –10am-6pm. Would you like to clear the limitations you have that are stopping you from having the life and body you always dreamed of? Get relief from sadness, pain, stress, insomnia, money, relationship, sex, health,
weight and anxiety issues and so much more. $300. CEUs available. Best Western Airport Inn, 8955 Daniels Pkwy, Ft Myers. 305-331-7465 Register: KristinaAston.AccessConsciousness.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 27. Psychic Faire –11am-4pm. 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 min (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.
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. Joyful Yoga and Spa, 3405 Pelican Landing Pkwy, Bonita Springs. 947-9845. JoyfulYoga.com. See ad on page 24 and news brief on page 16. Crystal Bowl Sound Immersion –10am & 1pm. With Cathy Blair. Begin your integration of the recent light codes of the eclipses. Align and attune to the new frequencies through the loving harmonics of the singing bowls and make space for the new ways of perceiving your world. Let your light radiate
from within. Bring mat or beach chair, pillow and blanket. $20. The Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 398-3953. Salt Cave Therapy Sessions for Cancer Patients – 10-11am. Free. Call for appointment. Salt Therapy Grotto, Cambridge Square, 3443 Pine Ridge Rd, Ste 102, Naples. 598-0990. SaltTherapyGrotto.com. Lotus Blossom Clinic Booth – 10am-5pm. Stop by the LBC booth at the Peace Day in the Park event and enjoy chair massages, learn about crystal bowls and the John of God crystal healing bed. Discounted certificates available for acupuncture and food healing classes. Jaycee Park, Cape Coral. LotusBlossomClinic.com. Ninth Annual Peace Day in the Park – 10am-6pm. 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 on page 31 and news brief on page 10. Kundalini Yoga Gong Bath – 2-4pm. With DamaDe’. A light kundalini class consisting of physical warm-ups, kriya and mantras, followed by the sound therapy of the gong. $25/early registration, $30/after 9/16. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. BKSYogaStudio.com. 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.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 Full Moon Monday: Yoga for the Arts – 8-9pm. Join us outside on the Young Plaza at the von Liebig Art Center for a night of yoga under the light of the full moon. All levels. $5/in advance, $10/door. All proceeds benefit the Naples Art Association. 585 Park St, Naples. 598-1938. greenmonkey.com/ naples-schedule.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 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. 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 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 Bch Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP required: 560-8334. Self-Care Stretches for Busy Professionals – 6:457:45pm. 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. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. 277-1399. RSVP: Larry@LarryWitzleben.com.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 Nutritional Seminar – 1-2pm. Are your food choices causing your pain and inflammation, itchy skin, constipation, leaky gut or brain fog? Attendees receive $50 off on all comprehensive blood profiles. YOLLO Wellness, 3840 Colonial Blvd, Ft Myers. RSVP: 275-0039. MassageLuXe/FaceLuXe Spa Open House – 3-5pm. Tour the new beautiful spa, meet their friendly experienced staff and enjoy light refreshments. Product giveaways and enter to win your next facial or massage. MassageLuXe/FaceLuXe Spa, 3300 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 129, Bonita Springs. 992-8593. MassageLuXe.com. 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. Healthy Habits Jumpstart Week III: Planning Ahead for Success – 6:30pm. If we fail to plan, we plan to fail. During this session integrative nutrition health coach Kristi Willems will teach you how to meal plan for success. $20/person. D-Signed Nutrition, 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Springs. RSVP by 9/18: 676-5249. Managing Anxiety – 6:30-8pm. Join Michelle Falco, registered yoga teacher and certified holistic nutritionist, for this special seminar on how to manage anxiety. Through her personal experience with anxiety, she has developed different techniques and tools that she teaches in her classes at Monarch. Topics include anxiety, panic attacks, getting a better sleep, proper nutrition, relaxation and empowerment. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Terr, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net. Reiki Level I – 7pm. Learn hands-on healing method of universal life force energies. Information will be given on the chakras, aura, connecting to energies and crystal works. Attunement and certification upon completion. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 Reiki Level I – 2pm. Learn hands-on healing method of universal life force energies. Information will be given on the chakras, aura, connecting to energies and crystal works. Attunement and certification upon completion. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Cancer and The Immune System – 5pm. This month, we will go over the immune system and how it relates with the development of and recovery from cancer. We will also discuss the impact that nutrition has on the immune system. D-Signed Nutrition, Estancia Tower, 4801 Bonita Bay Blvd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 676-5249. 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. Celebrate Autumn Equinox Labyrinth Walk – 6pm. Welcome Fall and harvest energies by walking thru our beautiful labyrinth. Bring the season into being while enjoying the slowing of the earth and the cycle of enjoying the fruits of our labor both materially and spiritually. Includes guided meditation. Closes with conversation and herbal tea. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Happehatchee@gmail.com or Happehatchee.org. See news brief, page 15. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:45-7:45pm. Experience the vibrational healing power of quartz crystal bowls as you lie or sit in comfort. Jenny will also channel the healing energies of reiki. $10. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP: JennyLotusBlossom@gmail.com. LotusBlossomClinic.com. Reiki Healing Circle – 7pm. Let the power of reiki help promote healing on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Autumn Equinox Sound Bath –7:30pm. With Cathy Blair. Use this portal of light to receive your instructions from the ascended masters and your personal team during the expanded frequencies of light from the galactic heart core. Claim your divinity and become a creator of the new golden age. As a group, we will anchor the light within our community and the planet. Bring beach chair and blanket. $25. The Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. RSVP: 398-3953.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 Free Class Friday – Noon-7pm. Learn about stress reduction, weight loss, non-invasive testing and more. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. 250-9312. Schedule: BeWellNaples.com. 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. Embodying The Power of the Zero Stress Zone – Sept 23-24. 6:30-8:30pm, Fri; 8:30am-3:30pm, Sat. With Yogi Master Amrit Desai. Presented by Peggy Sealfon – Stonewater Studio. Learn life-
changing techniques in a relaxed environment. $133/weekend or $39/Fri; $115/Sat. McSpadden Hall, Naples United Church of Christ, 5200 Crayton Rd at Seagate Dr, Naples. 821-2266 or Peggy@ StoneWaterStudio.com. Register: ZeroStressZone. info. AmritYoga.org. See ad on page 65 and news brief on page 10.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 Ancient Touch Shiatsu – Sept 24-25. 7:30am4:30pm. With shaman Minazali Bhimji, LMT. Integrate a powerful set of techniques into your existing massage. Identify meridians, tsubos. ying/ yang and five-element theory for self-healing and supporting others. Clinical applications. $345. 18 FL CEUs for LMTs. 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter.com. 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 25. National Public Lands Day – 9am-noon. Join Lovers Key park rangers and volunteers to help maintain the park’s trails, remove exotic invasive species of plants and pick up litter along the trails to help ensure Lovers Key is a wonderful place to visit and remains excellent habitat for the diversity of wildlife which inhabits the park. Wear closed-toed shoes. Bring refillable water bottles, sunscreen, hats, gloves and bug repellent. 8700 Estero Blvd, Ft Myers Bch. 463-4588. 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. 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 44. Co-Dependency Kills – Sept 24-25. Noon-5pm. With David Essel. Learn how to shatter your codependent nature for good. Participants will receive a Co-Dependency Kills manual, a copy of the book, Positive Thinking Will Never Change Your Life… But This Book Will, by David Essel. Three payment options available. Teleconference or in person at Premiere Executive Center, 5237 Summerlin Commons Blvd, Ft Myers. RSVP: 941-266-7676. DavidEssel. com. See ad on page 33 and news brief on page 13. Consciousness and Chocolate – An Introduction to Access Consciousness – 1-2pm. What if you could finally change what isn’t working in your life? Come learn about these practical tools and techniques that
include your being and your body so you can live the life of your dreams. Free to the public. At the Open House at Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. 305-331-7465. Register: KristinaAston.AccessConsciousness.com. See ad on page 18and news brief on page 14. ABC’s of Yoga: All Beginners Class – 1-3pm. With Amy Voelkl. This is a comfortable, safe and stressfree way to take the mystery out of yoga for first-time students of all fitness levels. Students will be given a studio orientation and tour and will gain a strong foundation of yoga poses and alignment. $10. 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples. 598-1938. greenmonkey.com.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 Salt Cave Therapy Sessions for Cancer Patients – 10-11am. Free. Call for appointment. Salt Therapy Grotto, Cambridge Square, 3443 Pine Ridge Rd, Ste 102, Naples. 598-0990. SaltTherapyGrotto.com. Energetic Facelift Class – 11am-6pm. Learn the Access Consciousness Energetic Facelift, a non-invasive light touch, dynamic energy transformation system that naturally lifts sagging skin, diminishes wrinkles and revives skin. People have reported permanent-looking results after 20 sessions. $250. CEUs available. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. 305-331-7465. Register: KristinaAston. AccessConsciousness.com. See ad on page 18 and news brief on page 14. Community HU Chant – 11-11:30am. Eckankar Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034. Art and Soul Workshop – 1-4pm. Art journaling for anybody with an interest in exploring different mediums for use in the art journaling phenomenon. An art journal can include paper, clippings, etc. Samples provided. Light refreshments will be served and a centering meditation before we begin. $25. Proceeds benefit the Happehatchee Center. 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Happehatchee@gmail.com or Happehatchee.org. See news brief, page 15. Yin Stretch and Yoga Nidra – 1:30-3pm. Join Registered Yoga Teacher Bob Newman for this 90-minute class featuring gentle yin yoga to warm up, followed by the soothing, guided relaxation of yoga nidra. No yoga experience necessary. $15. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Bonita Springs. 4049744. IntegrativeMindfulness.net.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 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. 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. Complimentary $10 gift card to Food & Thought to first 10 who register and attend. 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 560-8334 or 777-4647. 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
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 Sound, Movement and Relaxation – Peaceful Mind – 6:30-8pm. With William Ward and Peggy Sealfon. Allow the healing vibrations of the crystal and Tibetan bowls bring you peace as you gently move on your mat. This is a part of the Peaceful Mind series with rotating teachers each week. Client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net.
Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 272-6152. HouseOfGaia.org.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 Hypnosis Clinic – 10am-3pm. 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. Cellular Health and The Key to a Longer, Healthier and Happier Life – 6-7pm. With Bill Bergman, MD, and naturopathic consultant Ken Friedenberg. Learn about a leading-edge modality known as BEMER that dramatically improves cellular health, blood flow, the oxygenation of the cells and detoxification of the tissues throughout the body. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, Colonial Square, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. 307-5616. BeWellNaples.com. Simple, Easy Everyday Meditation – 6-7:30pm. Four-week beginner series with certified instructor Kathy Hurst. Weds thru Sept 14. $175 includes book and guided audio for home practice. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 580-7700. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. Healthy Habits Jumpstart Week IV: Find What Moves You – 6:30pm. We all know exercise is part of any healthy living plan. But do you know which exercises are best for you? Kristi Willems, integrative nutrition health coach will discuss the many different types of exercise and their health benefits. $20/person. D-Signed Nutrition, 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Springs. RSVP by 9/22: 676-5249. Crystal Bowl Meditation –7pm. With Cathy Blair. 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 9/29. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. An Evening of Family-Friendly Storytelling for Adults – 7-8:30pm. With Andy Offut Irwin. Join to hear this national star of the storytelling world delight us with his famous stories of everybody’s favorite character, Aunt Marguerite. $15. The office of Dr Joel Ying, 2335 Tamiami Trail N, Ste 206, Naples. 267-6480.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Evening Series – 6-8:30pm. Eight-week stressreduction course using mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga and scientific research pioneered by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn at U Mass. Weekly classes, materials, recordings for home practice. Advance registration required. $530. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 590-9485. IntegrativeMindfulness.net.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Morning Series – 9:30am-noon. Eight-week stressreduction course using mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga and scientific research pioneered by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn at U Mass. Weekly classes, materials, recordings for home practice. Advance registration required. $530. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 590-9485. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. New Moon Meditation –7pm. With Cathy Blair. Celebrate the second new moon of the month as the next part of the journey of an awakening humanity begins. Surround yourself in the radiations of light and sound as you align with the Cosmic Mother. Open your heart and receive the loving frequencies of light. Bring beach chair and blanket. $25. The Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 403-9170.
plan ahead FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14 Healthy Happy Hour – 10am-11:15am. Keynote speakers and topics include: You Deserve to Be Happy with Mary Lynn Ziemer, certified master of advanced life concepts; Nurturing Yourself First: 7½ Steps to Creating Your Healthy Lifestyle with Suzanne Jeffreys, MS in Ed and lifestyle entrepreneur. Free. Riverview Business Center, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 444-3133 or MaryLynn@LivingAJoyful LifeNow.com. See ad, page 19.
entertainment. Harborside Event Center, Downtown Ft Myers. Tickets/tables/sponsorships: 939-2553 or JBenton@ACTAbuse.com. ArtsForACTFineArtAuction.com. See news brief, page 16.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18 Zen Awakening Festival – Nov 18-20. A transformational, music and arts festival featuring DJs, bands, yoga, meditation, 25-foot water slide, a suspended tent village, obstacle course, cirque performers, fire and flow artists, drum circle, healing sanctuary, workshops, themed campsites, kirtan, camping, organic food vendors and more. Orlando. ZenAwakeningFestival.com.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20 200-Hour Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training – Nov 20-Dec 18. With Joyful Yoga. 947-9845. JoyfulYoga.com. See ad, page 24.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2 Music of the Spirit Weekend Workshop Fundraiser – Dec 2-4. With Kat Epple and Nathan Dyke. Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the founding of Happehatchee Center and founder Ellen Peterson’s birthday. Epple and Dyke will share techniques of how to play music from your spirit, listening, breathing, healing with music and finding your own musical voice. On Sun, Dec 4, willing participants will perform a concert for the public with Epple and Dyke at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers. RSVP: tickets: 992-5455 or Happehatchee. org/our-events/music-of-the-spirit-workshop.
SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 2017 Holistic Holiday at Sea Cruise – Mar 11-18. Seven-night cruise on the environmentally friendly ship MSC Divina, featuring world-renowned chefs, teachers and healers. Lectures, workshops, cooking and boot camp classes. Vegan, gluten-free, oil-free and ship’s menu food options. Swim, snorkel and kayak in the Caribbean. Best rates and availability by Oct 24. Departs from Miami. 800-496-0989. Info@ HolisticHolidayAtSea.com. HolisticHolidayAtSea. com. See ad, page 77.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction – 10:30am12:30pm. With Jean Erlbaum, MS, certified instructor. Free intro session includes gentle yoga, meditation and an understanding of the physiology of stress. Eight-week session begins Oct 24. Be Well Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. 413-230-1518. BeWellNaples.com/MindfulnessBased-Stress-Reduction-8-Week-Course.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29 28th Annual Arts for ACT Fundraiser Staying Alive – This year’s disco ball gala and fine art auction will have you dancing to 70s music to benefit Abuse Counseling and Treatment, Inc. Featured art, live and silent auctions, gourmet food, drinks and funky
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David Essel Alive – Get inspired. Join the archived national radio show with guests like Deepak Chopra. Tune in 24/7 at DavidEssel.com. Naples Botanical Garden – Thru Sept 18. 8am3pm. Discounted summer admission: members/free, $9.95/adults, $4.95/kids (ages 4-14); 3 & under/free. Closed for routine maintenance Sept 19-30. Regular business hours resume Oct 1. 4820 Bayshore Dr, Naples. 643-7275. 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.
sunday 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. 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,
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. email@example.com. uunaples.org. Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft Myers Sunday Service – 10:30-11:30am. All welcome. 13411 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. 561-2700. uucfm.org.
Al-Anon Family Groups – Support for families and friends troubled by someone else’s drinking. Naples. 263-5907 or 888-425-2666 for 24/7 info. Schedule at SouthFloridaAl-Anon.org. 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.
Mind. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 516-909-7624.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Introductory Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 4:45pm. Last Sun each month. greenmonkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. FloridaMindfulness.org.
Silent Meditation – 10-11am. Seated and walking meditation in the Zen tradition. Newcomers welcome. $10 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 961-2491. OpenMindZenNaples.com. 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
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. 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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Compassionate Friends: Collier County Group – 7:30pm. Second Mon. For bereaved parents. YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd, Naples. 690-7801. email@example.com.
monday Sound Healing, Yoga Healing – 10am. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. GoddessIAm.com. 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. 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.
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.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
Reiki Healing – 7pm. 1st and 3rd Mon. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Fellowship Hall, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org.
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.
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.
Frequency Adjustment for Weight Loss and Health – 6-7pm. In this guided class, uncover what your set point for body weight is and adjust it through movement and awareness to create the foundation needed to have the body you desire. $20. Be Well Natural Healing Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. 407-538-3044.HiddenWholeness.com.
Buddhism and 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.
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.
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.
Yin Yoga – 6-7:30pm. A slow, fluid technique for those who think they “can’t do yoga” and experience greater flexibility with Carolyn Beauchamp RYI, ACHt. Bring yoga mat. $15/class. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. RSVP: Carolyn: 300-1633.
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.
Rumba, Cha Cha, Swing – 7pm. All levels. First class is free. Studio One, 4184 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 214-3464. StudioOneNaples.com.
tuesday Slow Flow Yoga – 8am. With Sally Ingalls, E-RYT. Meditative practice using slow steady breath, transitioning smoothly and that builds strength. Special rates. Cape Coral. FloridaYogacademy.com. 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. Mindful Movement and Meditation – 10:3011:30am. 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.
wednesday Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 9am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Congregational Church, 15300 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527.
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.
Morning Beach Yoga – 9-10am. With Tania Savolle. 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.
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/ public. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com.
Mind/Body Renewal – 9-10am. With Peggy Sealfon. Combines yoga, qigong and integrative relaxation (yoga nidra) to help you feel refreshed and recharged. $15/drop-in, $50/4 classes; client discount available, members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net.
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.
Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old US 41, Bonita. Carol: 405-1947. 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. Tai Chi for Health and Balance – 11am-noon. With Linda Lally. Movement control is slow, smooth and continuous, building muscle strength as you move with gentle resistance. $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. Stuffing your feelings because it hurts too much? Dry Palms Foundation, 1251 La-
mar Rd, N Ft Myers. Jane: 728-7106. FloridaState. ACAInterGroup.org. 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. $20/drop-in or $60/ 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. $20/drop-in or $60/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, 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.
Yoga for Anxiety Relief – 6:30-7:30pm. 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. Hand Drumming Beginners/Intermediate Class – 6:30-8pm. With Mark Wagner. Learn the basics of hand drumming as well as basic African and Caribbean beats and rhythms. $15/class or $120/ 10 classes. Shangri La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Bachata – 7pm. All levels. First class is free. Studio One, 4184 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 214-3464. StudioOneNaples.com. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Riverside Church, 8660 Daniels Pkwy, Ft Myers. 338-5948. Spano’s Meditation – 7pm. 2nd and 4th Tues. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org. 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.
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 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. Energetic Yoga – 9:30am. With Sally Ingalls, E-RYT. Energizing practice works as a natural stimulant for a productive day. Special rates. Cape Coral. FloridaYogAcademy.com. World Fusion Dance – 9:30-10:45am. With Winnie Purple. A fun and exciting dance class that incorporates 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. Simplicity of Foundation Training – 10:30-11am. Eliminate back and neck pain naturally. Take your health and fitness to a new level with these pain
relieving, injury reducing techniques. First class free. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. Harry Grimm: 227-0021. Yoga 4 Cancer – 10:45am. Sally Ingalls, E-RYT. Leaning into reconnecting of the whole body through yoga and mindfulness. Special rates. Cape Coral. FloridaYogacademy.com. 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/public. ShangriLa 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. $20/drop-in, $60/4 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. 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. Transformational Breath – 7-8:30pm. 2nd & 4th Thurs. With Carrie Sopko. A self-healing system using conscious breath work. $20/drop-in. ShangriLa Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Salsa – 8pm. All levels. First class is free. Studio One, 4184 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 214-3464. StudioOneNaples.com.
friday 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. 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. 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. 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. Stuffing your feelings because it hurts too much? 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.
Red Tent Women’s Gathering – 6-9pm. 4th Fri. 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.
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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.
saturday Compassionate Friends: Lee County Group – 9am. 4th Sat. For bereaved parents. Unity Church of Bonita, 28285 Imperial Pkwy, Bonita Springs. 690-7801. email@example.com. A Day of Healing – 9:30am-noon or 1:304:30pm. 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. Women Seeking Serenity through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Carol: 405-1947. Estuary Kayak Tour in Estero Bay – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins, manatees and more. $40. Includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Bonita Bch. 694-5513. 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. 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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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 52.
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.
C. Robyn Berry, LMT, CRR, CCT, CLDT 13601 McGregor Blvd, Ste 13, Ft Myers 239-939-4646 • RobynBerry.com Colon therapist since 1994. Enclosed gravity method, uv/ ozone purified water, superior to others. Massage, Reflex-ology, Upledger CranioSacral/SER & Ly m p h D r a i n a g e , Vi s c e r a l Manipulation, Raindrop, Ear Candling, Ozone/Oxygen Steam cabinet, BEFE foot detox, Far-Infrared Sauna. MM7376, MA018351. See ad, page 66.
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 71.
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 61.
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/.
ENERGY HEALING CORE STAR – JIM CRABTREE CoreStarEnergyHealing.com 239-597-7372
Graduate of Barbara Brennan School of Healing. Jim has conducted more than 9,000 healing sessions, using many techniques to help restructure the energy body and restore health.
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 19.
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 18.
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.
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.
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 60.
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.
141 9th St N, Naples 239-261-7157 • WynnsOnline.com Discover what Wynn’s Family Market has to offer! Fresh, quality, healthy meals as well as your favorite comfort foods! Organic, natural and imported selections. Gluten-free offerings. See ad, page 26.
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 Trauma Resolution and Acupuncture, we can help. See ad, page 21.
EYES WIDE OPEN CENTER
9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Stes 202-204 239-948-9444 • EyesWideOpenC.com Regain Body Wisdom! Looking to eat healthier, reduce stress, recover joy, find purpose in life? Come for counseling & art therapy (individuals, couples & families); Nutrition Education; Medical QiGong; Trager Approach®, Massage, Reflexology; Reiki classes & sessions, and free Reiki circles on 2nd & 4th Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. CEUs. Call ahead. MM21921.
HYPNOTHERAPY CONCERNED HEALTH ALTERNATIVES Lynn D. Thomas, RN, CHt, Director Certified Medical Clinical Hypnotherapist & Energy Practitioner 239-494-1363 • 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 67.
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.
MEDICAL SPA ASSUAGE SPA
9407 Cypress Lake Dr, Ste C, Ft Myers 33919 1201 Piper Blvd, Unit 1, Naples 34110 239-333-1450 • AssuageCenters.com The finest relaxation treatments from around the planet have been brought to Fort Myers. Each technique is perfected for your mind, body, face and skin. See ad, page 26.
NATURAL & ORGANIC MARKET ADA’S NATURAL MARKET
7070 College Pkwy, Ft Myers 33907 Mon-Sat: 9am-8pm, Sun: 9am-7pm Ph: 239-939-9600 • Fax: 239-288-6210 AdasMarket.com Natural and organic produce and grocery items. Vitamins and supplements. Organic juice and smoothie bar. New Green Leaf Café. Market- prepared foods. 1000’s of gluten-free items. See ad, page 39.
NATURAL HEALTH JAMES OCCHIOGROSSO, MH
Natural Health Practitioner, Herbalist N Ft Myers • 239-652-0421 HealthNaturallyToday.com Improve your health naturally. Hormone testing. Bio-Identical Hormones. Powerful healing herbs and supplements. Male/ female anti-aging and sexual problems. Want to feel better? Call now! See ad, page 14.
DOROTHY RODWELL, LMFT & RTR THERAPIST
NUTRITION D-SIGNED NUTRITION, LLC
Dee Harris, RDN, LDN, CDE Bonita Bay Executive Center 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Sprgs 239-676-5249 • D-SignedNutrition.com Medical Nutrition Therapy and health coaching that personalizes your program to restore health and wellness. Improve digestion, elimination, brain health, immune support and hormonal balance. See ad, page 47.
PHYSICAL THERAPY INNERCONNECTIONS
Frederick B. Stahlman, BS, PT, CST-D InnerConnectionsPT.com Naples: 239-398-3154
Upledger Institute instructor. 30 years of experience. Holistic practice focusing on personal empowerment and teamwork. Craniosacral therapy, fascial mobilization, lymphatic drainage. Energy balancing, structural manual therapies with customized exercise. See ad, page 6.
AHA! A Holistic Approach Center 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers 239-433-5995 AHolisticApproachCenter.com
Dorothy Rodwell can help free you from anxiety, PTSD, grief and depression with Rapid Trauma Resolution (RTR), a newer, briefer and emotionally painless therapy. She is also trained in the Gottman method of Couples Therapy. See ad, page 21.
REALTOR KAREN L. BEATTY, ABR, GRI
Downing-Frye Realty, Inc Naples • 239-269-7788 Klbeatty48@aol.com • KarenBeatty.com Florida native, loving and selling Naples since 1977. Karen knows the market, offers expert counseling with efficient reliability. She takes the stress out of buying or selling and gets the job done with a smile. Choose Karen for ease and joy in your real estate transaction!
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PSYCHOTHERAPY GOTTMAN METHOD COUPLES THERAPY AND SEX THERAPY Peg Walsh, MS, CNS Clinical Nurse Specialist 9990 Coconut Rd, Bonita Springs 34135 718-208-6986 • FtMyersTherapy.com
Relationships are precious, learn how to heal yours. Reinvent your sex life so that the passion returns. If you decide to part, learn to do it powerfully, leaving both whole to love again. See ad, page 60.
Area Rug Cleaning Specialist 4081 Mercantile Ave, Ste B Naples 34104 239-206-1481 · NaplesRugSpa.com At NRS we use a new technology that provides organic rug cleaning that is safer for your home. Our facility is suitable for all types and fibers including wool, silk and viscose rugs. See ad, page 24.
YOGA BKS YOGA STUDIO
2900 Tamiami Trl N, Naples 239-213-9276 bksyogastudio.com Variety of yoga classes daily, monthly workshops, child care and kids’ yoga. Massage, Thai yoga bodywork and private yoga sessions with master instructors. See ad, page 63.
(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.
MEREDITH MUSICK, LMT, E-RYT 2000 239-269-8846 MeredithMusick.com
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