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everal years ago, I had the good fortune of taking a 10-week, hands-on organic gardening course with Frank Oakes at his organic farm with other wannabe gardeners and farmers. If you haven’t heard of Frank Oakes, you haven’t been hanging out at Food & Thought, the Naples health food store and café he created. It’s been almost three years since this local Obi-Wan Kenobi of organic gardening and sustainability walked his Oakes Farm fields on Earth, but his legacy lives on, including in the thought seeds planted. During the class, I started a raised-bed garden in my backyard which I tended until I moved to a different house. Since then, I’ve been supporting local organically grown produce by reaping harvests from Oakes Farm and farmers’ markets around town. I applaud the backyard gardeners busy planting this time of year and admit to feeling like I should be sowing some seeds, too. I’m excited by plans for Immokalee’s new Florida Culinary Accelerator initiative. It will provide a state-of-the-art kitchen, food processing and packing facility designed to help local organic farmers; vegan, raw and gluten-free chefs; juicers; and others take their business to the next level (page 42). I love meeting natural health and green entrepreneurs like those profiled on page 44, feeling a kinship with them. In the early 1980s, I turned my love of growing and eating fresh sprouts into a business. By the time I sold it seven years later, my garage was full of machines supplying produce companies, restaurants and health food stores in Collier and Lee counties with nutritious produce that only took three days to grow. When I was ready to change to a product with a longer shelf life, the idea for Natural Awakenings sprouted! Editor Linda Sechrist’s October feature article, “Game Changers: Inspired to Act,” spotlights more special individuals that have turned their sights to addressing problems with creative solutions. From feeding the homeless, cleaning up cities and educating people about natural medicine and possible Alzheimer’s solutions to demonstrating for clean water as a human right, these game changers are leading grassroots movements and leaving legacies capable of creating the kind of world we want to live in. Many of the issues that desperately need attention in today’s world cross my desk. The number and intensity of their impacts can be frightening, and even freeze us into inaction as we realize we can’t personally give the world all that it needs. Yet the world needs all the good we can give and we are always able to make some kind of difference each day. It can begin with simple acts of kindness, loving care or peacemaking. My particular focus is supporting solutions to the awfulness of GMOs (genetically modified foods), fracking our land, fluoride in municipal water, mandated vaccines and misuse of pharmaceuticals. Where to start is a common question. My launching pad is sharing helpful information with you. What remedies are you passionate about? Thank you always for supporting our advertisers, all of whom are hard at work making their own impacts toward a healthier and more sustainable world, one patient, product or service at a time. To all that’s good… and getting better!

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newsbriefs Open House at Happehatchee Center in Estero


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he Happehatchee Center, a sanctuary for peace and healing in Estero, will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., October 15, in the gardens and Peace Pavilion of the eco-spiritual center. Visitors can sample the many healing classes available at the center such as yoga, crystal bowls, meditation and chanting. The event also features free mini reiki sessions; hands-on environmental education activities for children; live music; vendors offering natural products, handcrafted jewelry and edible plants for sale; authentic Mexican food from Monica’s Kitchen and a drum circle to culminate the day. Docents giving free tours of the grounds of the sanctuary will describe the Calusa, Koreshan and Girl Scout history of the unique five acres that include different ecosystems with ponds, oak hammocks, chattering bamboo groves, an edible forest area, a butterfly garden, a labyrinth and the banks of the Estero River, where a new stop on the Great Calusa Blueway, Ellen Peterson Picnic Park, is also being unveiled.


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he first annual Fall Multicultural Festival will take place from noon to 5 p.m., October 29, in Bonita Springs. This alcohol-free family event, cosponsored by Eyes Wide Open, Wynn Properties and For Goodness Sake Organic Markets, will offer healthy ethnic food and a health fair, artists’ displays, live music, dancing and entertainment for children. An offspring of the former Collier Danza Azteca County Latin American Festival held at the Golden Gate Community Center, this event will feature approximately 30 vendors and sponsors showcasing products and services to improve health and well-being. A highlight will be the presentation of Danza Azteca Cristo Rey, a celebration of the integration of pre-Columbian and Christian rituals as they evolved over centuries in Mexico. House of Gaia will host an authentic costume Instagram photo booth and offer face painting and props. In addition, Lee County Department of Health, Bonita Springs Lions Club and Debbie Post, of Wellbridges, will provide free health screenings. Children can attend dressed in Halloween costumes and receive treats from vendors.

Chocolate Extravaganza Supports Project HELP


he 20th annual Chocolate Extravaganza, a major fundraising event for the nonprofit Project HELP, will take place from 6 to 9 p.m., October 22, at Hodges University, in Naples. The theme of this year’s event is Masquerade. Costumes are optional and guests can enjoy chocolate treats, hors d’oeuvres, wine, silent auctions and music. Event sponsors include Whole Foods Market, Henderson Franklin, Best Moving and Storage, Porsche, eBella Magazine, Naples Daily News, Florida Weekly, and Lisa and Sid Freund. Candy Grandy is the featured chocolatier. Serving as honorary event chair will be Collier County Commissioner Donna Fiala, along with Project HELP board member and event chair Laura Press Spiller and committee members Jen Franchino, Alexandra Frangie, Lisa Freund, Heather Gibbs, Maria Gonzalez, Jessica Hanley, Rhona Saunders and Amelia Vargas. Currently celebrating its 30th year, Project HELP is a state-certified rape recovery and victim services center serving all of Collier County. It supports those affected by sexual assault, human trafficking, sudden loss and other violent crime on a free and confidential basis. Tickets: $95. Location: 2655 Northbrooke Dr. For more information, tickets or to donate items, call 239-649-1404 or visit

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Voyage to Well-Being Cruise


he next Holistic Holiday at Sea, a one-week cruise cited by National Geographic Traveler as “one of the 100 best worldwide vacations to enrich your life,” will depart March 11 from Miami and includes stops in Jamaica, Mexico and the Bahamas and Cayman Islands. Drs. T. Colin Campbell, Michael Greger, Neal Barnard, Michael Klaper and Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr. will be among 45 authorities leading 145 classes and workshops covering yoga, fitness, meditation, integrative medicine, plant-based nutrition, cooking and more. The cruise will also offer a delicious vegan menu (with regular ship menu options also available) and many social events. The cruise is the brainchild of Miami health educator Sandy Pukel, who had been conducting educational health programs locally for four decades when he decided to take his idea to sea. His first cruise attracted 400 people and more than a decade later, it has become one of the largest holistic events in the country, hosting 1,800 like-minded cruisers. He calls the voyage, “a relaxing educational vacation experience that has profoundly changed thousands of lives.” Holistic Holiday at Sea headquarters location: 434 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables, FL. For more information or to register, call 800-496-0989 or visit See ad, page 77.


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Mueller Leads Classes at The Skinny Pantry


K Mueller, an international trainer, TEDx speaker (Ocala) and awardwinning author of 8 to Great, will host Get Real and Get Healthy: the 8-Step Process for Positive Change, in four sessions from 7 MK Mueller to 8:30 p.m., October 4, 11, 18 and 25, at the Skinny Pantry, in Fort Myers. An online option for Sunday evenings is available for those that can’t attend the sessions. Participants will learn tools and skills to help lose weight and to be more successful and happy. In addition to helping reduce the consumption of sugar and carbohydrates, classes will assist students in making the right decisions in all aspects of life. Topics include how to get in touch with dreams, moving from depression to being happier and more confident, communicating more effectively with challenging people and learning a one-minute habit for starting every day on a positive note. Cost: $99, includes copy of book. Location: 14261 S. Tamiami Tr. For more information or to register (required), call 239-935-5093, email or visit See ad, page 19.

BKS Yoga Hosts Yoga Book Club Series


KS Yoga Studio will present a Yoga Book Club beginning at 6 p.m., October 13, and every other Thursday for five sessions at the studio except Thanksgiving. After some light yoga, an hour of discussion on books with light snacks and wine will ensue. The first book to be discussed will be The Art of Joyful Living, a collection of essays on mindfulness, meditation and techniques for creating a more joyful life by Swami Rama, of the Himalayan Institute. Jamie Shane, a prominent yoga leader and teacher with a background in language and literature, will facilitate the session, which is limited to 10 students. “I am very excited to have this event in the studio space,” says Barbara King, owner of BKS, which offers daily classes in gentle, vinyasa, hatha, restorative and kundalini yoga. “It’s an opportunity for us to give back to the yoga community in a unique way that both educates and inspires, and reflects why I opened this space in Naples.”

Cost: $99 for all five sessions. Books are available for purchase. Location: 2900 Tamiami Tr. N. For more information or to register, call 239-213-9276 or visit See ad, page 28. natural awakenings

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newsbriefs New Air Purifier System Available


ort Myers-based Timilon Technology Acquisitions, LLC, is launching a line of EnviroKlenz products that can help reduce and eliminate some of the chemical pollutants regularly encountered both at home and in the workplace. To celebrate the launch, the company is offering a special offer on the manufacturer’s air purifier system to customers that contact them directly. Chemical sensitivity can develop in those that are prone to having traditional allergies or asthma, eczema or other related conditions. Compounds such as fragrances, chemical smoke, volatile organic compounds, pesticides and more are comprised of several chemicals that are not trapped or broken down by traditional filtration technology and can enter the body through food, drugs, skin exposure and breathing. The company attests that its method offers the ability to chemically dismantle many different undesirable chemical compounds in addition to the particulates that are not trapped by traditional sized-based filtration technology. For more information or to place an order, call 239-3309650, email or visit See ad, page 49.

Eckankar Events in Fort Myers and Naples


he Eckankar Center of Southwest Florida, in Fort Myers, offers monthly activities that focus on the higher self, the soul and the awakening of spiritual awareness. This month’s options include Explore the Gift of Your Inner Guidance at 11 a.m., October 2; The Spirit of the Unwritten Truth at the same time on October 9; and a Community HU Chant at 11 a.m., October 30. In addition, the center will present Finding Spiritual Wisdom Through Dreams at 7 p.m., followed by a Community HU Chant at 7:45 p.m., October 28, at Whole Foods Market, in Naples. A modern-day religion with ancient roots, Eckankar, which means “co-worker with God”, teaches simple spiritual exercises such as singing or chanting HU, to experience the light and sound of God and recognize the presence of the holy spirit. Sri Harold Klemp, the mahanta, or living ECK master, is the spiritual leader of Eckankar today. Locations: 12995 S. Cleveland Ave., Unit 155, Fort Myers; 9101 Strada Place, Mercado Center, Naples. For more information, call 239-482-4034 or visit EckankarInFortMyers on Facebook and Meetup. See ad, page 59.


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Bonita Springs Lions Club Brings Back Farmers’ Market

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he Bonita Springs Lions Club (BSLC) is partnering with Shop Local Productions and Rodes Restaurant to bring back a farmers’ market at 3756 Bonita Beach Rd. SW, in the parking lot of the restaurant from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, starting October 8. A large percentage of profits from the operations will be donated to the BSLC, which supports many area charities, has helped in development of several youth sports facilities and operates an eye clinic where the uninsured can receive free care. For more than 35 years, the club was the only Saturday farmers’ market in Bonita until their lease was not renewed at The Promenade Shoppes three years ago. Attempts were made to revive the market at other locations, but they did not succeed. Rodes owner Mike Morton says, “The Lions Club is a great group that helps so many causes in Bonita Springs. We are community-minded, so it made sense to partner with them. We hope that the community will support them here on Saturdays.”

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assageLuXe FaceLuXe Spa, in Bonita Springs, is providing two special offers this month, a free wax service with the purchase of an introductory one-hour massage or facial and a free HydroLuXe massage session. During the session, trained estheticians use Repêchage SeaSmooth Artisan Seaweed Wax, infused with select sea plants that deliver vitamins, minerals and trace elements for unparalleled smoothness, and provide precise application and adhesion to spread head-to-toe feelings of wellness. HydroMassage applies therapeutic water pressure to the body, promoting pleasant sensations and healthy results. Acknowledging that each client’s physiology is unique, this modality accommodates biological differences through various types, pressures and locations of massages. Cost: $48. Location: 3300 Bonita Beach Rd., Ste. 129. For more information or an appointment, call 239-992-5893, email, visit or See ad, page 36.

New Day and Time for Free Intro D-Signed Nutrition Class


-Signed Nutrition, in Bonita Springs, is offering their free monthly Introduction to Nutrition and Services class for new clients and patients on a new day and time. Featuring information about basic nutrition and health along with the company’s philosophy and services, the class is scheduled for noon to 1 p.m., October 13. Those that book a separate comprehensive initial visit while attending the class will receive a free, 30-day supply of a high-quality multivitamin. Led by Dee Harris, a registered, licensed dietitian/functional nutritionist, certified diabetes educator and owner of D-Signed Nutrition, the intro classes will continue on the second Thursday of each month at the same time. Location: 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd., Ste. 300. For more information or to RSVP (required by Oct. 10), call 239-676-5249, email or visit See ad, page 47.


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ark McCurties, a practitioner of Christian Science healing, will present a talk, How God’s Love Can Change Your Life and the World, at 2 p.m., October 23, at the Mark McCurties First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Naples. The ideas in this lecture are based on the teachings of Jesus as recorded in the Bible and in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy. “I will explain how God’s loving and saving power is the greatest agent for change, and that through a right understanding of God, His power can be seen and felt right here and now, bringing health and peace to the world,” says McCurties. After graduating from college, McCurties, based in Boston, worked as a camp director, experiential educator, resident counselor and athletics coach. While being with young people, he had many opportunities to witness the healing power of God, and these inspiring experiences led him into the full-time practice of Christian Science and membership in the Christian Science Board of Lectureship. Location: 649 N. Central Ave. For more information, call Ann Flucke at 734-663-8311 or the reading room at 239-261-7054 or visit

Three-Day Channeling Session at GoddessIAM


onscious channel, healer and vibrational catalyst Roy Burns will host Your Body Life & Future: The Journey, a free-form channeled experience that restores the body’s natural ability to harmonize with the soul, from 7 to 9:30 p.m., November 4, and 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., November 5 and 6, at GoddessIAM, in Naples. The purpose of the experience Roy Burns is to unfold the body’s abilities to work in concert with the mind’s intentions of wholeness, health and happiness. Participants will learn a new language to open the doors to direct healing, stronger intuition and actionable goals to achieve their purpose in life, and access the communication between the soul and body, a unique cohesive system that is calibrated to each person’s frequency, perspective and soul purpose. Additional benefits include restoration of healthy sleep patterns, quieting the mind, ending repetitive self-criticism, improving libido and alleviating stress. Cost: $200 if prepaid before Nov. 5 or $250 at the door. Location: 600 Goodlette Rd. For more information or to register, call 239-228-6949 email or visit

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newsbriefs Presence in Healing Sessions in Bonita Springs


wo introductory sessions of Presence in Healing, led by physical therapist and integrative medicine practitioner Sara Pierce, will be held from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m., October 17 and November 14, at Integrative Mindfulness, in Bonita Springs. Pierce combines her training and experience with mindfulSara Pierce ness and movement into a unique experiential learning environment. She uses multiple body-mind modalities in movement, consciousness, touch and coaching to help patients gain a clearer perspective on life and make sustainable, long-term changes. Those seeking to strengthen their self-awareness and capacity to heal themselves physically, energetically, emotionally or mentally will benefit from the course, which she presents nationally and internationally. Participants will learn how to decrease stress and emotional reactivity while enhancing physical awareness, self-insight, empathy and compassion. The next four-week mindfulness training session at Integrative Mindfulness begins in January 2017. Suggested donation: $15. Location: 3372 Woods Edge Cir., Ste. 102. For more information, call Pierce at 207-266-9162, email or visit See ad, page 23.

Presentation on Reducing Breast Cancer Risk Factors


eather Auld, M.D., of Lee Physician Group Integrative Medicine, will host Preventative Breast Cancer: Risk Factors You Can Control, at 3 p.m., October 27, at the Lee Health Healthy Life Center, in Estero. Attendees will learn about health and wellness changes that can decrease the risk of breast cancer and improve health. The American Cancer Society estimates that, in 2016, Heather Auld, M.D. 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in the U.S, and approximately one in eight U.S. women will develop breast cancer over the course of their lifetime. Admission is free. Location: 23190 Fashion Dr., Ste. 105. For more information, call 239-495-4475 or email See ad, page 5.


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kudos Dr. Kriston J. Kent and his Kent Center for LIFE practice have joined Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Stephen A. Prendiville at Assuage Luxury Spa, in North Naples. Dedicated to improving health from the inside-out, the spa features nutritional counseling, life coaching, stress avoidance and mental and physical wellness. Kent will offer non-surgical facial re- Dr. Kriston J. Kent juvenation treatments including injectable wrinkle fillers Botox, Sculptra, Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse and Voluma. “I am delighted that Dr. Kent is bringing his preventative medicine knowledge to Assuage, which enhances our mission of enriching overall health by taking a holistic approach to the entire individual, including mind, body Dr. Stephen R. and spirit,” says Prendiville. Prendiville Location: 1201 Piper Blvd., Ste. 1. For more information or an appointment, call 239-333-1450 or visit AssuageCenters. com or See ad, page 33. Dr. Jake Berman, of Berman Physical Therapy, in Naples, will celebrate his first full year of practice this month. Offering a 100 percent, moneyback guarantee on all treatments and improvements on the first visit, “The approach of the corporate medical system is that patients are left with treatments Dr. Jake Berman that are geared towards their symptoms as opposed to the underlying problem, which is causing their symptoms and they ultimately end up having preventable surgeries,” says Berman. “We help all of our patients keep participating in the things they love, such as golfing and tennis, walking on the beach, socializing with friends and even getting down on the ground to play with grandchildren.” Location: 501 Goodlette Rd. N., Ste. C-104. For more information or an appointment, call 239-564-0069, email or visit See ad, page 14.

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esearch from Austria’s University of Graz has found that high-dose vitamin D3 significantly alters the gut’s microbiome for the better. The researchers tested 16 healthy people for eight weeks, giving them a dose of 980 international units (IU) per kilogram (2.2 pounds) of body weight. At this rate, a 150-pound person would take more than 66,000 IU per day. The scientists took samples from the stomach, small intestines, colon and stool before and after the testing period. They also tested for bacteria species using gene sequencing and measured T-cell counts. Afterward, the subjects showed reductions in disease-producing bacteria and increased diversity among their gut probiotics. The research also discovered that the high-dose vitamin D3 supplementation increased immunity in the gut. “Vitamin D3 modulates the gut microbiome of the upper gastrointestinal tract, which might explain its positive influence on gastrointestinal diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease or bacterial infections,” the researchers explain.

Nutrition Improves Children’s Learning Potential and School Performance


ccording to the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) good nutrition influences student learning potential and school performance. Existing data suggests that with better nutrition students are better able to learn, have fewer absences and their behavior improves, causing fewer classroom disruptions. Several studies indicate in the NIFA publication Three Ways Nutrition Influences Student Learning and Potential School Performance that nutritional status directly affects mental capacity among school-aged children. For example, iron deficiency, even in early stages, can decrease dopamine transmission, thus negatively impacting cognition. Deficiencies in other vitamins and minerals, specifically thiamine, vitamin E, vitamin B, iodine and zinc are shown to inhibit cognitive abilities and mental concentration. Additionally, amino acid and carbohydrate supplementation can improve perception, intuition and reasoning. Other studies show that malnutrition leads to behavior problems, and that sugar has a negative impact on a child’s behavior. However, these effects can be counteracted when children consume a balanced diet that includes protein, fat, complex carbohydrates, and fiber. Sociologists and economists have looked more closely at the impact of a student’s diet and nutrition on academic and behavioral outcomes. Researchers have found that a higher-quality diet is associated with better performance on exams and that programs focused on increasing students’ health also show modest improvements in their academic test scores. Evie Breedlove-Mangapora is a board certified nurse practitioner who practices and offers nutritional consultations at Well Bridges, located at 9200 Bonita Beach Rd., Ste. 113, in Bonita Springs. For more information call 239-777-4647 or visit See ad, page 29.


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esearch published in the American Journal of Medicine found that treating people with a blend of cold-pressed sesame oil and rice bran oil significantly normalizes blood glucose levels. Testing involved 400 men and women for eight weeks, including 300 that had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, by replacing cooking oils in their diet with a blend of sesame and rice bran oil. The researchers, from Japan’s Fukuoka University and India’s Council of Medical Research, divided the patients into four groups. For two months, 100 healthy people and 100 Type 2 diabetes patients replaced their cooking oils with the sesame/rice bran blend, another 100 Type 2 diabetes patients were treated with five milligrams per day of the diabetes drug glibenclamide (glynase in the U.S.) and the remaining 100 Type 2 diabetes patients were treated with a combination of the same dosage of glibenclamide, along with consuming the sesame/rice bran oil blend over the two-month period. After four weeks and eight weeks, the researchers found the diabetes patients that consumed the oil blend had significant reductions in fasting and post-meal blood glucose levels. They also had lower levels of glycated hemoglobin, triglycerides, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (“bad” cholesterol) and improved high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (“good” cholesterol). Those treated with the diabetes drug without consuming the oil blend showed none of the same improvements.


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Clean Carpets


ccording to Philip Tierno Jr., Ph.D., a microbiologist and immunologist at New York University Langone Medical Center and the author of The Secret Life of Germs, carpet and area rugs probably contain about 200,000 bacteria per square inch, making it 4,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat. Tierno refers to carpet and area rugs as botanical and zoological parks, noting that hundreds of thousands of different species live there. Tierno’s explanation is that the average person sheds about 1.5 million skin cells every hour which drop to the rug and serve as food for germs. Add in food particles, pollen and pet dander, and tiny, almost invisible carpetbaggers have a literal free buffet. Living with a four-legged companion near the beach in a subtropical climate such as Southwest Florida is a recipe for the perfect storm of sand, humidity and warm temperatures. These conditions contribute to flourishing communities of germs and bacteria that are ubiquitous to area rugs and carpets and threaten the health of the adults and young children that crawl and play on them. After a muggy summer of high humidity that allows bacteria to flourish, even the most expensive vacuum cleaner’s suction and rotating beater brush can’t reach the carpet base, which Tierno cautions is likely to house communities of E. coli, salmonella, staphylococcus and other strains of bacteria. A deeply penetrating, steam cleaning of all carpets is recommended at least once a year, along with covering high-traffic areas with machine-washable area rugs or a flat, woven throw rug like a reversible Indian dhurrie. Naples Rug Spa is an area rug cleaning and repair specialist located at 4081 Mercantile Ave., Ste. B, in Naples. For more information, call 239-206-1481 or visit See ad, page 22.

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The Many Benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy


yperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a medical treatment which enhances the body’s natural healing process by inhalation of 100 percent oxygen in a total body chamber where atmospheric pressure is increased and controlled. It is used to treat a wide range of neurologic conditions such as traumatic brain injuries, post-concussion symptoms, stroke and post-traumatic stress disorder. HBOT is also used to treat neurodegenerative diseases including autism, Parkinson’s, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, multi-system atrophy and birth injuries. Additionally, it has a long history as an adjunct for wound healing. Oxygen is almost exclusively carried by red blood cells. However, during HBOT therapy, there is not only a substantial increase in the level of oxygen, but also in its distribution throughout the body in all fluids, including plasma, cerebrospinal fluid, lymph and intracellular fluids. This produces important, long-term therapeutic benefits that encompass hyper-oxygenation of tissues, enhanced growth of new blood vessels, increased growth of wound healing cells called fibroblasts, enhanced white blood cell activity to remove debris and bacteria and enhanced metabolic activity of previously marginally functioning cells such as brain neurons. Researchers at Tel Aviv University, in Israel, found that HBOT seems to help in restoring brain activity by offering a significant energy boost to brain cells. Although the brain receives oxygen through normal breathing, this may be insufficient for repairing brain damage. According to Dr. Shai Efrati, a physician involved in the study, HBOT offers approximately 10 times the normal oxygen amount, enabling brain cells to move into high gear. This rebuilds the brain connections and stimulates inactive neurons. These study findings, which pose a challenge to the dominant paradigm, show how it is possible to activate neuroplasticity for years and months after severe brain injury. It also illustrates how different aspects of the brain remain malleable and subject to lasting change throughout an individual’s lifetime, according to Tel Aviv University Professor Eshel Ben-Jacob. Additional recent studies indicate that HBOT can enhance stem cell therapies in order to avoid joint replacements or with platelet-rich plasma therapy. While the number of treatments varies, generally two to four are required. The Hughes Center for Functional Medicine maintains three fixed hyperbaric chambers for treatment of neurologic and neurodegenerative diseases and conditions, plus HBOT as an adjunct for wound care, Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, peripheral neuropathy, non-healing fractures, post-polio syndrome, post-myocardial infarction, bladder neuromuscular dysfunction, chronic pain, recovery from muscle injuries, chronic decompression illnesses and sensorineural healing loss. The Hughes Center for Functional Medicine is located at 800 Goodlette Rd., Ste. 270, in Naples. For more information, call 239-649-7400 or visit See ad, inside back cover.


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Join the Safer Halloween Movement Halloween can be safe, economical and eco-friendly fun. Crusader costumes remain popular this year, but with a tutu twist. Avoid long skirts or capes that can trip up children and instead recycle a princess tulle skirt from a thrift shop into a shorter frock. T-shirt tops with a superhero logo plus a painted cardboard headpiece transforms kids into do-gooders. Homemade natural face paints are another alternative (see Treats should also be eco-friendly. Equal Exchange offers fair trade, organic and kosher low-fat chocolates from crops grown by small farmers in the Dominican Republic and Peru, shipped in a quantity big enough to split the cost with friends ( chocolate.html). Nut-free, homemade trail mix, wrapped in eco-friendly tissue paper or a square of cloth tied shut, provides a welcome change from sweets. In 2014, the Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) organization launched the Teal Pumpkin Project. Place a downloadable sign in a window to announce that non-food, Earth-friendly treats are offered at the house for kids with allergies or food sensitivities (

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Ari Jónsson, a 32-year-old student at the Iceland Academy of the Arts, has invented an all-natural water bottle that holds its shape when full and decomposes when empty. He debuted his creation at the DesignMarch 2016 festival in Reykjavík, Iceland. The only two materials needed to create the bottle are agar, a gelatinous substance that comes from red algae, and water. “I just followed the path in what I was researching, trying to find new ways to use materials,” says Jónsson, who combined the two ingredients, heated the mixture, poured it into a mold, and then quickly cooled it. The H2O binds and thickens the agar when cooled, retaining the shape of the water bottle mold, explains Jónsson. When the finished bottle is empty, “It will rot like other foods.” The bottles can sustainably decompose in soil, although Jónsson has yet to determine exactly how long that process will take. A plastic water bottle takes more than 1,000 years to biodegrade, and in the U.S., more than 2 million tons of the containers are languishing in landfills.

A new report from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in the UK, has issued the first comprehensive assessment of plant life, the inaugural State of the World’s Plants, and found that one in five plants may be at risk of extinction due to invasive species, disease and changing landscapes. Researchers also have determined that just 30,000 plant species have a documented use out of hundreds of thousands of known species. These are only the vascular plants that have specialized tissue for sucking up water through their systems. Over the years, different people and agencies have identified the same plant at both different times and locations, so they may have accumulated multiple names. The Kew researchers determined that each plant in the International Plant Names Index had, on average, 2.7 different species names. By cutting out the duplicates from more than a million different names, the Kew report was able to pare down the known species to 391,000. In the Arctic, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a doomsday bank buried in the side of a mountain, contains more than 800,000 samples representing 5,100 different crops and their relatives. Source: Wired


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EPA Helps Schools Cut Bus Emissions The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is helping finance the replacement or retrofitting of older school buses in public and private school fleets to reduce diesel emissions and improve air quality. Owners can install catalysts and ventilation systems to reduce emissions by up to 25 percent or replace older buses with newer ones that meet the latest highway emission standards. The EPA will pay up to $25,000 each, depending on the size. “Our kids spend a lot of time on the school bus, and buses spend a lot of time in our neighborhoods and schoolyards. They are a national symbol of safety,” says Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator for the EPA Office of Air and Radiation. “Significantly improving school bus fleets across the country with retrofits, replacements and idle reduction practices is imperative in meeting the agency’s goal of reducing children’s exposure to air toxins.”

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environmentallyspeaking Environmentally Speaking is intended to alert, inform and educate residents of Collier and Lee counties about threats to our unique and delicate Southwest Florida ecosystem. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC), Earthjustice and the Center for Biological Diversity are hosting the Florida Fracking Summit on Wednesday, November 2, at the Florida Gulf Coast University Cohen Center, in Fort Myers. Free and open to the public, the summit will address hydraulic fracturing, also known as “fracking”, and its impact on the environment and Southwest Florida natural resources. Additional topics include current oil and gas laws, examples of local government actions and the future of fracking in Florida. Awaken the Dreamer: Change the Dream Symposium. Happehatchee Center and the Tampa Bay Pachamama Alliance Community are sponsoring the symposium in Fort Myers on October 15. The event is intended to educate, as


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well as stimulate interest in Pachamama Alliance’s Game Changers seven-week online course, which can springboard the coordination of pro-activist game changers interested in supporting local pro-environmental activities such as the Southwest Florida Clean Water Movement, Stonecrab Alliance anti-fracking efforts, Sacred Waters Tribe ceremonies, etc. For information, call Holley Rauen, 239-464-6556 or Gary Robbins 301540-5899. Intensive. Ellen Peterson Picnic Park on the Estero River is open. The new stop on the Great Calusa Blue Way Paddling Trail, where picnic tables, a dock and ramp are open to the public, commemorates the work of Lee County resident Ellen Peterson, founder of Happehatchee Center, in Estero, who devoted her life to preserving the environment.

A Green District for Collier County The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, the Naples Zoo and the Naples Airport Authority are working together to get a “green district” designation that will send a unified message about green offerings for visitors in Naples. More than $130 million in investments have been made or are planned to protect and improve Collier County’s natural attractions. Naples city and Collier County officials, as well as the Southwest Florida Land Preservation Trust are also involved. Now or Neverglades Declaration Support the 200-plus Everglades scientists that believe increased storage, treatment and conveyance of water south of Lake Okeechobee is essential to stop the damaging discharges to the coastal estuaries; restore the flow of clean, fresh water to Everglades National Park, Florida Bay and the Florida Keys; improve the health of Lake Okeechobee; and protect the drinking water for 8 million Floridians living in Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. NowOrNever@

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mendment 1 on Florida’s November ballot is deceptive and antisolar. Backed by monopoly utilities seeking to stifle solar power and keep Floridians captive power consumers, it is bankrolled by Florida’s big power companies and groups supporting fossil fuels. “Rights of Electricity Consumers Regarding Solar Energy Choice may sound great for solar in Florida, but take heed. Amendment 1 will do the opposite of promoting solar,” says Susan Glickman, Florida director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. Why voters should say no to Amendment 1: The language of the amendment sounds appealing, but won’t grant Floridians any new rights. Floridians already have the right to own or lease solar equipment on their property to generate electricity for their own use. It will change the Florida Constitution to include a presumption that nonsolar customers somehow “subsidize” solar customers. No empirical evidence supports this. Power companies should not have constitutional protections to punish Florida residents with charges if they install solar. It will be used by power companies to attack Florida’s net metering rule, which currently allows customers to receive credit for generating solar power, as well as sending their excess energy back to the grid. This policy is

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lorida’s November ballot gives voters the opportunity to join 25 other states in the decision to support the legalizing of medical cannabis for individuals with specific, debilitating diseases or comparable conditions as determined by a licensed physician. According to the Florida state constitution, in order to pass the Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Amendment 2, a supermajority vote of 60 percent of individuals voting on the question is required. The legal language of Amendment 2 was written to explicitly to allow medical cannabis to be provided as a treatment for cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, post-traumatic stress disorder amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Crohn’s disease and multiple sclerosis. Amendment 2 would also allow licensed physicians to certify patients for medical marijuana use after diagnosing them with some “other debilitating medical conditions of the same kind or class as or comparable to those enumerated”. The Florida government enacted the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014, which became effective in January 2015. The program allowed for access to non-smoked, low-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) marijuana for qualified patients. Scientific study of the genus Cannabis, or marijuana, plant belonging to the hemp family, led to the discovery of naturally occurring chemicals known as cannabinoids. While there are more than 100 cannabinoids in the plant, research has been directed at only two: THC and cannabidiol (CBD). THC, found in the resin secreted by the glands of the plant, produces most of the plant’s psychological effects by attaching to and activating specific receptors in the brain. CBD is the nonpsychoactive constituent that blocks the euphoric state associated with THC, according to the National Center for Biotechnology information.


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Dr. Michael Uphues, a board certified family physician and certified medical cannabis expert, presents seminars on cannabinoid medicine that include information such as education about the major types of cannabis and their extensive clinical uses and applications , and also on the political propaganda campaign that has led to misinformation regarding its use as an effective and viable medicine. “Cannabis has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for more than 5,000 years and in ayurvedic medicine for 2,000 years. From 1850 to 1941, it was sold over the counter in U.S. pharmacies,” says Uphues. “In today’s important research into determining the pharmacology of THC, numerous biological studies show what traditional Chinese doctors and ayurvedic physicians may have understood—humans are born with cannabinoid receptor sites in the brain. Receptors are binding sites for chemicals in the brain that instruct brain cells to start, stop or otherwise regulate various brain and body functions. The chemicals which trigger receptors are known as neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitter chemicals enable brain cells (neurons) to communicate with each other by their release into the gap (synapse) between the neurons. These discoveries and their relevance to the understanding of the pharmacology of THC in the brain provide the basis for challenging the legitimacy of marijuana’s Schedule I status on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s controlled substance list. “The term marijuana is derogatory. The plant should be referred to by its scientific biological name, Cannabis, and should be respected for its healing properties,” advises Uphues. For more information, visit YouTube. com/watch?v=UY12KKVChwk and,_Amendment_2_ (2016) or call 239-315-0489. Email


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Paying It Forward by Linda Sechrist


ust as a homing pigeon is born with a part-time job as an occupational therapy an innate ability to always orient itself (OT) assistant, but I never got a chance to towards home, Jo Vaccarino, owner of finish the OT program,” she explains. Be Well Natural Living Clinic and Be Well When Vaccarino lost her father and Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging, in Naples, stepfather to cancer, and then her husband came into this world with an innate ability had a heart attack at far too young an age, that points her in the direction of creating that proved to be a major turning point. “I ways to “pay it forward”. decided it was time to make changes and Vaccarino moved to Naples with her focus on our health. I wanted to give my husband in incremental phases. By 2013, son the world, but what I realized was, if I the couple had permanently settled in. “My didn’t take care of myself, how could I be husband had an auto repair business, so we there for my family?” she says. went back and forth like typical snowbirds In 2009 Vaccarino decided to focus on until I moved my thermography business here thermography and other types of testing. full-time,” says Vaccarino, who has never let She plans to pursue a degree as a doctor of a history of injuries and health issues weigh Oriental medicine in the near future. “Docher down. Instead, she rose to every challenge tors rarely have time to cover the essentials and used each one as a means to learn about of healthy living with their patients. They her body and how to heal and maintain it don’t have time to teach food combining, Jo Vaccarino with natural medicine and modalities. better food selection or avoidance of hid One of Vaccarino’s doctors who helped her overcome den toxins. This is where I want to focus,” clarifies Vaccarino. her health problems became her personal hero and pointed Fortunate to have many amazing professionals that her in the direction of thermography. “Dr. Jon Bowersox nurtured her interest, Vaccarino wants people to know that didn’t just prescribe, he sorted out mysteries and taught even if they start down the wrong path, they don’t have to lifestyle changes. He had an amazing gift for getting the body keep going. “You can turn around and find a better path to do the healing and used both homeopathy and Oriental and walk it at your own pace. Find a path where you’ll medicine in his DO practice,” says Vaccarino. meet others who share the same goals—to live a better life, During her early 30s, Bowersox recommended therenjoy wellness and longevity and be full of happiness and mography for correlation with Vaccarino’s suspicious mamvitality. It’s a journey that will require you to pay attention mogram. “That first thermal scan probably saved my life. The to your thoughts, your feelings and your habits. But if you thermographer noticed inflammation over my left carotid don’t pay attention to those things, who will?” she posits. artery and suggested a thermal report on it. This led to the Vaccarino’s intention with her clinic is to pay forward discovery that I had over 70 percent blockage in my carotid what others have given to her—the gift of knowledge, experiartery. With no symptoms and no reason for suspicion, it ence and examples. To date, Be Well Natural Living Clinic would have likely been discovered in a crisis, such as a offers thermography, hypnotherapy, health coaching, Access stroke,” she says. Consciousness, Foundation Training for sustainable pain re By age 28, Vaccarino had fractured three vertebrae, lief, reiki, fitness instruction, physical therapy and advanced encountered whiplash twice and was continuing with an stress relief, and Free Friday informational classes, which are abundance of stress, bad habits and a terrible diet. “As a open to the public. single mom in my early 20s, I was lucky to get three hours of sleep a night, and during the day, I was smoking, drinking Be Well Natural Health Clinic, Colonial Square Park, 1032 diet soda and grabbing junk food on the run. I was beginning Goodlette Rd., Naples. 239-307-5616. to pay more attention to my health in my mid 20s after I took See ad, page 46.

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Chiropractic to the Rescue It Helps IBD, ADHD, PMS and Other Conditions by Edward Group


hiropractic care corrects spinal alignment abnormalities as a means of treating a wide range of health problems. Addressing skeletal and muscular disorders and relieving pain are just the beginning. Research studies reported in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics and the journal of healing science Explore have found chiropractic beneficial in treating connective tissue abnormalities, infant lactose intolerance and even autism. More than $13 billion is spent annually on chiropractic health services, making it the largest alternative health


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practice in the U.S. Science supports its usefulness in addressing a wide range of conditions. Bell’s Palsy. Recovery varies among patients as chiropractors create patient-centric treatment programs designed to improve facial motion and hearing, relieve pain and address other nerve-related issues (Archives of Internal Medicine; Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics). Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). A Canadian survey of chiropractors has reported success in using spinal manipulation to relieve IBD, colitis and other bowel disorders (Canadian Journal

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More than $13 billion is spent annually on chiropractic health services, making it the largest alternative health practice in the U.S. Science supports its usefulness in addressing a wide range of conditions. of Gastroenterology & Hepatology). Cancer. The Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine publishes numerous studies of therapies supporting cancer patients suffering the side effects of conventional treatment. The American Journal of Clinical Oncology reports that chiropractic care rates as one of the leading alternative medical treatments for pain management, among other related benefits. Chiropractic offers economical and effective strategies that may help quality of life, as discussed in Seminars in Oncology Nursing. High Blood Pressure. While many relevant studies can’t yet generalize results, the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics documents success by chiropractors treating hypertension without the downside of medical drugs that can include the risk of stroke (University of Alabama at Birmingham). Chronic Sinusitis. Patients with nasal and sinus passages that don’t

drain properly due to physical or nerverelated causes may find relief through chiropractic care. A study cited in the same journal showed that patients experienced relief of all related symptoms after a single adjustment. Arthritis. A study published in a journal from the the University of Virginia School of Medicine Center for the Study of Complementary and Alternative Therapies notes that arthritis patients obtaining chiropractic care enjoyed better health and quality of life than those that did not. Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). In clinical studies, combining manual spinal adjustment with soft tissue therapy has been found to relieve PMS discomfort. In one study, two groups of women were tested, switching off in receiving chiropractic adjustments or a placebo alternative. Each time, the group receiving chiropractic adjustments reported the greatest improvements (Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics). Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). A study published in Explore suggests that chiropractic care combined with other holistic elements such as appropriate nutrition may provide a more gentle, yet effective approach than conventional psychotropic drugs. It employed chiropractic treatment for boys 9 to 13 years old diagnosed with ADHD. Spinal manipulation with nutritional supplementation was reported to improve hyperactivity, inattentiveness, impulsiveness and behavioral, social and emotional difficulties. Headaches. Based on recent studies, spinal manipulation has proven effective against migraines and headaches originating from the neck. Manual therapy of the spine, along with neck exercises, promotes improvement in patients with neckrelated headaches. Side effects are rare and minor (Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics). Dr. Edward Group is CEO and cofounder of the Global Healing Center, in Houston, TX (GlobalHealingCenter. com). He is a doctor of chiropractic trained in naturopathy, herbals and clinical nutrition; author of The Green Body Cleanse; and a diplomate of the American Board of Functional Medicine. natural awakenings

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Why Ancestral Diets Boost Health by Judith Fertig


n The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, Michael Pollan surmised that we’d be healthier if we ate the way our great-grandparents did. It would mean sticking to regularly scheduled meals instead of impulsive snacking, having a meat or protein item comprise only a quarter of our plate, adding fresh vegetables and eliminating junk food. We must look further back than our immediate ancestors, counters Jo Robinson, a food journalist who surveyed more than 6,000 scientific research studies before writing her bestselling Eating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health. She has also co-authored several other books, including The Omega Diet: The Lifesaving Nutritional Program Based on the Diet of the Island of Crete.

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“Many believe we have dumbed down the nutrition in our food over the past 100 years,” says Robinson, who lives and gardens on Vashon Island, Washington. “Research shows we have been breeding out proteins and minerals and most importantly, antioxidants, for much longer.” She points out that the hunter-gatherer diet encompassed many wild foods that tasted more bitter, astringent, sour and earthy than the sweet blandness in today’s fruits and vegetables. Wild foods offered a wider variety of phytonutrients, but came at a cost—the time required to hunt and gather enough food for a day, let alone a season. “Then, 12,000 years ago, we had a better idea—gardening,” says Robinson. “We evolved to 20 varieties in a garden versus 150 in wild plants.” First, farmers chose sweet, starchy, mild-tasting, oil-rich foods such as figs, dates and olives. “We’re hard-wired to choose high-calorie foods because they’re directly connected to the pleasure centers of the brain,” she adds. 34

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After that, the trend to grow sweeter-tasting, less nutritious plants snowballed. Robinson cites research that found adding one Golden Delicious apple to the daily diet of a small group of overweight men led to higher levels of undesirable low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and triglycerides due to its high-fructose content and low levels of antioxidants (International Journal of Preventive Medicine).

Wilder Options Even organic farming methods, in which the soil is naturally enriched, can’t return all those lost nutrients to our food. Rather than advocate that we return to eating wild foods, Robinson suggests finding wild equivalents. Even those that follow a paleo diet—presumably eaten by early humans and consisting chiefly of meat, fish, vegetables and fruit, excluding dairy, grain products and commercially processed items—could use further refinements in the produce they choose. She recommends specific varieties of fruits and vegetables and explains the benefits of “wild” foods such as meat, eggs and dairy from livestock and poultry fed on grass on her website, We can make smarter choices, seeking wilder-type varieties of foods at the grocery store, farmers’ market and garden seed companies. In general, they are more vividly colored, especially from red to purple, and less sweet. Brightly colored fruits and vegetables indicate a botanical sunscreen the plant produces to protect itself from ultraviolet light and other external threats, notes Robinson; it’s an indication of a higher antioxidant activity. “Find as many purple foods as possible because they have anthocyanins, known to fight cancer and inflammation,” suggests Robinson. “The original carrot from Afghanistan is purple. It’s only been orange for the past 400 years when it was bred to salute the royal House of Orange, in the Netherlands.” According to Robinson, we can also prepare our foods in ways that maximize their phytonutrient content. Eat fresh-picked asparagus and broccoli immediately or their natural sugars and antioxidants disappear. Let chopped or pressed garlic sit for 10 minutes before using so its pungent allicin—the healthy compound that benefits our health—will increase. Tear fresh lettuce the day before eating and keep it fresh in a plastic bag with poked holes, to allow the stillliving lettuce to rally its healthy compounds as if its battered leaves were repelling an insect attack. This emerging science of polyphenols, the technical term for phytonutrients in our food, will be explosive, predicts this pioneering research-based author. “There’s a new study just about every month,” she finds. It can all lead toward breeding and growing more nutritious foods that are more readily accessible to everyone. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

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he old way of thinking about fruits and vegetables is ‘the more, the better,’ regardless of what you choose,” says wild food expert Jo Robinson. “Unfortunately, the most popular ones are the least nutritious, like Golden Delicious apples and supersweet corn.” In Eating on the Wild Side, Robinson cites considerable research that shows we can make better choices within each food category by simply selecting varieties closer to their wild ancestors. Generally, the most phytonutrientrich options include kale, spinach, lettuces, asparagus and artichokes. Here are other top tips from the literature. n Tart apples such as Granny Smith, Braeburn, Honeycrisp and Liberty boost phytonutrients and fiber while reducing fructose content. n Haas avocados deliver more vitamin E and other antioxidants to support smooth skin and shiny hair than smaller Mexican avocados.  n Red finger bananas, when fully ripened to a deep magenta, are higher in vitamin C, beta-carotene, potassium and fiber than the common Cavendish banana. n Canned beans (which have been dried and then cooked) are better than home-cooked beans because the heat required for the canning process enhances their nutritional content. n Grass-fed beef is higher in vitamin E, beta-carotene and omega-3 essential fatty acids than corn-fed beef. n Dried currants made from Black Corinth grapes (sold as “Zante currants”) have more antioxidants than either brown or golden raisins. n Red grapefruit is preferred to yellow; the darker the red, the more beneficial the fruit. Red grapefruit but not yellow has been shown to lower triglycerides. n Raw kale is both the most bitter and beneficial of all the cruciferous vegetables. n Dark orange-hued mangos are superior to other tropical fruits, possessing five times the vitamin C of oranges and the fiber of pineapples. n Cherry, grape and currant tomatoes deliver more cancerpreventing lycopene than beefsteak tomatoes.

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WALKING MEDITATION The Calming and Centering Effects of Labyrinths by Gina McGalliard

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versity campuses and even prisons. “Labyrinths can be outdoors or indoors. Permanent labyrinths may be made of stones, rocks, bricks or inlaid stones. Temporary labyrinths can be painted on grass or made with all sorts of things for a particular purpose or appropriate to a specific cause,” explains Diane Rudebock, Ed.D., resource vice president and research chair of the Labyrinth Society, in Trumansburg, New York. “Walking a labyrinth is useful for those that sometimes have a hard time being outwardly still and drawing themselves inward. You must move your body, and because you’re focused on the path while you’re walking it, it’s easier to drop wholly into the journey and let go of all else,” says Anne Bull, of Veriditas, a Petaluma, California, nonprofit that supports new labyrinth designs to suit the spiritual needs of hospitals, schools and retreat centers. The group also sponsors a worldwide directory at

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While many of us like to meditate, some can’t sit still. Walking a A labyrinth walk typically involves three stages. The first is for releasing labyrinth provides an enticing alternative. extraneous thoughts on the way to the


n archetypal labyrinth gently leads us in a circular path inward toward a center and then back out again. Found in ancient cultures from African, Celtic and Greek to Native American, they became especially popular fixtures in Medieval European churches; one of the most renowned is in France’s Chartres Cathedral. Depictions of labyrinths have


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been included in paintings, pottery, tapestries and in Hopi baskets as a sacred symbol of Mother Earth. Several American tribes saw the pattern as a medicine wheel. Celts may have regarded it as a never-ending knot or circle. While some of the oldest known labyrinths decorate cave walls in Spain, today they grace diverse locations ranging from spas and wellness centers to parks, gardens, uni-

center. Upon arriving in the stillness of that point, the participant opens heart and mind to receive whatever message or wisdom is intended for them. The return path is the integration phase, to make a fresh insight our own. Participants should approach their walk in different ways: One may have a specific question or intention in mind; another may be open to whatever occurs during their meditation; yet another may repeat a meditative mantra.

One might even choose to bypass the path entirely in order to sit contemplatively at its center. Unlike a maze, it’s impossible to lose our way with the circular path serving as a simple and reliable guide. Although scientific research on labyrinth meditation has been limited to participant questionnaires, future studies may incorporate the use of functional magnetic resonance imaging technology to measure brain activity and record what individuals experience. Labyrinths located in settings like hospitals and prisons lend themselves to such research, says Rudebock. As a Veriditas-certified labyrinth facilitator, she conducts workshops and observes, “Walks are unique to each individual and may not produce uniform or replicable results.” At its core, the experience is about listening to our truest self, away from the cacophony of modern life. “I believe that the world needs places where our souls can be quiet,” remarks Jean Richardson, director of the Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center, in Bangor, Pennsylvania, which includes a seven-circuit labyrinth. “Retreat centers and labyrinths are places where we can listen to our inner heart, feel our inner calling and tap into our own divine nature. I think deep listening is not always valued in a world where we are rewarded for being busy and keeping our schedules full.”

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Today, labyrinths—indoor, outdoor, natural, urban, secular and religious— are found in or near many communities. Following the lead of California’s Golden Door Spa, in Escondido, which pioneered the use of a labyrinth in a spa setting, many spas now incorporate them in their wellness or mindfulness programs. Labyrinthine invitations to a mindfulness practice are open to everyone. “A labyrinth can bridge all beliefs, faiths, religions and walks of life,” says Bull. “You can walk a labyrinth no matter what you believe. Benefits come in walking it with an open mind and open heart.” Gina McGalliard is a freelance writer in San Diego, CA. Connect at

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Unity of Naples The Unity of Naples labyrinth is a Cretan, Classic 7-circuit pattern that was hand-built by Unity members with love and sacred intention. Its simplistic design refers back to ancient coins used on the island of Crete. “We refer to its three-fold mystical path of purgation (releasing when entering), illumination (listening in the center to the divine) and union (incorporating the connection into daily life),” says Reverend Diane Scribner Clevenger, who acknowledges that the connection she feels to labyrinths stems from a childhood fascination with sacred geometry. A guided labyrinth walk will be offered at Unity of Naples on October 22 at 10 a.m.

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Walking the Sacred Patterns of Local Labyrinths by Linda Sechrist

The great need of our time is for people to be connected to spirit; for people to be connected to a core of feeling in themselves that makes their lives vital and full of meaning that makes life a mystery ever more to be uncovered. ~Harold Stone


hroughout the centuries, whenever humans found concepts or ideas too vast or mysterious for language, they drew symbols such as runes, pictographs such as the hieroglyphs and patterns such as the labyrinth. As hints of archetypal energies that still remain in our ever-evolving collective consciousness, the patterns of labyrinths have survived the rise and fall of ancient civilizations, appearing and reappearing in various settings. Patricia Telesco suggests in her book Labyrinth Walking: Patterns of Power that the geometric patterns of labyrinths created by our ancient ancestors were attempting to illustrate a truism that our modern-minded culture is only beginning to recognize: All of life can be a sacred pattern that guides us toward a reunion with spirit. Residents of Southwest Florida are fortunate to have access to five permanent labyrinths that they can walk to reflect and experience a resonance with deeper truths, selfunderstanding and spirit. Unity of Naples, Naples United Church of Christ, Naples Botanical Gardens, Happehatchee Center, in Estero, and the House of Prayer, in Alva, each have a labyrinth that is open to the public. 38

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Kathe Rhinesmith, facilitator for Naples United Church of Christ (UNCOC) labyrinth ministry knows that there is no “right way” to walk a labyrinth. The labyrinth is open to all people as an interfaith, cross-cultural blueprint for wellbeing. As in life, the pace is up to the individual that holds a question, prayer or situation in their mind prior to entering. Rhinesmith plans labyrinth programming, from November through April. “We schedule regular walks on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during Advent season, which begins the fourth Sunday before Christmas day. We also do them during the Lent, which occurs 40 days before Easter. We have 30-minute services in the middle of the day during Lent and labyrinth walks are connected to these,” remarks Rhinesmith, who notes that an educational labyrinth workshop is scheduled for February 1, 2017, from 9 to 12 a.m. Open to the public, it includes a discussion on the history of the labyrinth and how to walk it. ‘We end with a walk,” says Rhinesmith, a Veriditas certified labyrinth facilitator who serves on the Veriditas board of directors. Reverend Lauren Artress, canon for Grace Cathedral, in San Francisco, author of Walking a Sacred Path: Rediscovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Practice and founder of Veriditas, the worldwide Labyrinth Project, led the dedication ceremony for the UNCOC labyrinth in 2013.

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Naples Botanical Garden The Jeanie Meg and Christopher B. Smith Labyrinth at Naples Botanical Garden is located in the Scott Florida Garden, which is now under construction and scheduled for reopening in November. “The Smith Labyrinth is meant for quiet contemplation to allow visitors to become more present in the moment, not worrying about errands to run, kids to feed, etc. It is a way to reconnect you with the land and environment that sustains and links us all. Strike the gong once before you begin your walk and follow the red brick path to the center, where a burbling fountain greets you. Then turn around and begin your trip back out, continuing your meditation, but preparing your mind to rejoin the outside world as you exit,” says Andrea Grace, Naples Botanical Garden adult education manager. Nora van Houten, a wellness educator and certified yoga and meditation teacher, leads a walking meditation at the Smith Labyrinth on the second Monday of the month beginning October 10 through April 10. The walk, from 9:30 to 10:30 am, meets at the entry of the garden. The cost of the guided walk is $15 for Garden members and $20 for nonmembers. Space is limited and preregistration is encouraged.

House of Prayer Retreat Center In the few months since Gerard Murphy arrived at House of Prayer Retreat Center to assume the role of director, he has seen how the labyrinth, as well as the nearby medicine wheel are a draw for individuals seeking quiet meditation and reflection. “The labyrinth is definitely popular. We have an information leaflet at the entrance for people who aren’t familiar with it,” says Murphy, who suggests that individuals

Happehatchee Center Labyrinth call prior to when they want to spend time randomly walking the property, the labyrinth or the medicine wheel. “We ask people to call beforehand because we also operate as a small conference center, which means that we host groups such as the upcoming Truly Helpful yoga teacher training with Allowah Lani (Alan Lowenschuss) from December 9 to 29. We also conduct half-day programs on the spirituality of the labyrinth,” advises Murphy.

Happehatchee Center The sanctuary for peace and healing in the heart of Estero Village added its most recent program, a Labyrinth Walk to celebrate the equinoxes and solstices. Honoring the seasons, walkers create sacred space, intention setting and grounding, and make a medicinal herb and harvesting seasonal flower bundle. Intentions are written on parchment and burned/released to the universe. Labyrinth ceremonies close with conversation, herbal tea and refreshments. The next ceremony, organized by local resident Terry Ganley, is on December 20 at 6 p.m. Three of these four labyrinths are patterns that replicate one of the most renowned 11-circuit labyrinths in the greatest of all Gothic cathedrals, France’s Chartres Cathedral. Clevenger, Rhinesmith and Murphy have all made pilgrimages to Chartres. In addition, they have been to Grace Cathedral’s labyrinth, in San Francisco. Artress created her first canvass Chartres-style labyrinth at Grace Cathedral with the dream of peppering the planet with labyrinths. Her dream continues today as Veriditas trains and certifies labyrinth facilitators in workshops in Chartres. The organization also conducts urban pilgrimages at Grace Cathedral and offers, a worldwide labyrinth locator launched in 2004.

Local Resources Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 239-775-3009. See ad, page 61. Naples United Church of Christ, 5200 Crayton Rd, Naples. 239-261-5469. Naples Botanical Garden, 820 Bayshore Dr., Naples. 239643-7275. See ad, page 54. House of Prayer, 17880 Cypress Creek Rd., Alva. 239-7283614. Labyrinth at House of Prayer Retreat Center

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calls the “right thing to do” fed more than 41,000 people that day. Named one of Toyota’s 2016 Mothers of Invention, Ahmad uses the company’s $50,000 grant to boost Copia’s services throughout the U.S. Recently, German and Austrian government officials expressed interest in expanding the service to help feed Syrian refugees in their countries. Friends Margot McNeeley and Janet Boscarino, in Memphis, Tennessee, looked around for local problems they could fix and took action starting in 2008. A former retail entre- Margot McNeeley preneur, McNeeley



urs is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul will help immensely. It is not given to us to know which acts, or by whom, will cause the critical mass to tip toward an enduring good,” says Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D., a world-renowned author and Jungian psychoanalyst specializing in post-trauma counsel. Thousands of people each day choose to see a world radiating with hope and light, despite ever-present conflict and strife. Their talents and gifts, alliances and collaborations are inspiring a new story that ripples outward into our communities and beyond. In The Ten Gifts: Find the Personal Peace You’ve Always Wanted Through the Ten Gifts You’ve Always Had, author Robin L. Silverman affirms that everyone can reach within, even in the worst of circumstances, for treasures that can be used to improve the lives of others. She concludes, “We are not meant to use our gifts simply to survive,


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but to satisfy our souls and inspire others to do the same.”

Meeting Basic Needs Komal Ahmad was unaware that her single act of kindness in simply offering to share her lunch with a homeless veteran in 2011 while she was attending the UniKomal Ahmad versity of California, Berkeley, would lead to a multiplying mission to feed America’s hungry. His heartfelt expression of gratitude for his first meal in three days sparked an epiphany: Her school was regularly throwing away thousands of pounds of food while neighbors were going hungry. Today, Ahmad is the founder and CEO of Copia, an app that matches nonprofits serving in-need veterans, children, women and others with companies that have leftover gourmet food. Following the 2016 Super Bowl, she used Copia’s technology to organize food pickups throughout the San Francisco Bay area. What she

didn’t want food to go to waste and created the Project Green Fork certification program after learning that 95 percent of restaurant waste can be diverted from landfills. Her nonprofit helps resJanet Boscarino taurants to conserve water and energy, develop recycling and composting systems and switch to biodegradable containers and environmentally friendly cleaning operations. Boscarino’s experience in business development and sales, combined with her disdain for litter, led her to found the nonprofit Clean Memphis, which began in 2008 with volunteer crews picking up litter. In recent years, the initiative’s community-wide strategy has expanded to involve local governments, businesses, neighborhoods, faith-based organizations and 20 local “sustainable schools”. In 2017, Project Green Fork will become a part of Clean Memphis. Throughout two decades of educational activism, John G. Heim’s passion for clean water as a human right John G. Heim has not waned.

The founder and leader of The SWFL Clean Water Movement, headquartered in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, persisted even when many business owners considered him a nuisance, driving off tourists. As infestations of blue-green algae blooms have reached emergency levels, Heim’s ongoing grassroots campaign to increase awareness of water quality issues that’s backed by social media recently brought him to Washington, D.C., to make his case before Congress. The nonprofit’s 18,000 members have succeeded in bringing national attention to the thick muck now plaguing both Florida coasts. They’re working to alter nutrient-laden discharges from Lake Okeechobee that send agricultural toxins and rain overflow down the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers and out into vital estuaries. Scott Bunn’s Seneca Treehouse Project, launched in 2010, grew from his building background in a family of entrepreneurs to encompass design/build services and education Scott Bunn in eco-housing and ethical living. Bunn’s original Seneca, South Carolina, homestead and acreage includes apprentice learning programs teaching practical skills in cultivating permaculture, growing food, building structures, working with tools and living in an intentional community. “For the next six years, our goal is to annually train 50 people that will train 50 more people. Continuing this exponential growth pattern means the potential for 312 million more people living more compatibly and lightly upon the Earth. We’ve already established collaborations with six other cities around the U.S. that can potentially duplicate our efforts,” says Bunn.

Providing Healthcare Options Martie Whittiken, of Plano, Texas, a board-certified clinical nutritionist and host of the Healthy by Nature nationally syndicated radio show, uses her talents to advocate for health freedom in America. Educating listeners for 19

We are a community of possibilities, not a community of problems. Community exists for the sake of belonging, and takes its identity from the gifts, generosity and accountability of its citizens. We currently have all the resources required to create an alternative future. ~Peter Block, Community: The Structure of Belonging

years, she served as president of the National Nutritional Foods Association during crucial phases of the 1992 to 1994 fight to successfully pass the Dietary Martie Whittiken Supplement Health and Education Act to preserve consumer choices. The author of The Probiotic Cure also helped found the Texas Health Freedom Coalition to protect citizens’ rights to choose alternative medical treatment in her state. Whittiken says, “My work is a labor of love. I have no interest in becoming famous or well known unless it contributes to getting the job done.” On a 2006 medical mission to Haiti, Gigi Pomerantz, a licensed nurse practitioner at the Aurora Sinai Medical Center, in Milwaukee, discovered the impact Gigi Pomerantz of a lack of clean water and sanitation as her four-person team treated 1,400 patients for worms, stomach problems, diarrhea and poor appetite. Two years later, she founded Youthaiti, where she serves as executive director.

The nonprofit helps rural Haitians build composting toilets and develop organic gardens using recycled waste as fertilizer. It also provides community hygiene education and reforestation. Everything is aimed at breaking Haiti’s widespread cycle of contamination and disease, and safely convert human waste into agricultural fertilizer that’s increasing crop productivity and the availability of healthy food. Psychotherapist Jacqui Bishop and Integrative Nutritionist Lisa Feiner, co-founders of Sharp Again Naturally, in White Plains, New York, believe that Jacqui Bishop dementia is reversible, and no case should be considered hopeless until all causative factors have been tested and ruled out. Their resolve for eliminating causes of disease rather than managLisa Feiner ing symptoms is based on University of California, Los Angeles, research studies and sources quoted in a Health Advocates Worldwide documentary. Project Yoga Richmond, established in 2010, makes yoga accessible to everyone in the city’s metro region. Thirty yoga teachers lead pay-whatyou-can studio classes that help fund 22 outreach programs for underserved communities. Healing programs are designed for needs related to autism, recovery, seniors, special students and youths in the court system. “We also provide continuing instructor education, visiting teachers, workshops and other special events that deepen yoga practice in our community,” says cofounder Dana Walters, who serves as the board of directors vice president.

Enriching Lives

As an Emmy Award-winning trumpeter, composer, educator and co-founder, conductor and artistic director of the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic (CJP), Orbert Davis is dedicated to multigenre projects. His collaborative research in 2012 while in Cuba on a

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people-to-people exchange accompanied by fellow musicians and River North Dance Chicago’s Artistic Director Orbert Davis Frank Chaves (now retired) proved to be a multifaceted boon. It generated the philharmonic’s Havana Blue live performance in 2013 and ignited a weeklong cultural exchange with Cuba’s Universidad Ciudad de las Artes (ISA) during his return trip for the Havana International Jazz Festival in 2014. President Barak Obama’s announcement of the normalization of Cuban/U.S. diplomatic relations opened up the possibility for a continuing CJP/ISA relationship, as well as their 2015 landmark partnered event when 37 ISA students traveled to Chicago to perform Scenes from Life: Cuba at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre. Davis promises more such events to come. All of these individuals represent a small percentage of the game-changers actively moving to create an alternative future. Estés observes, “What is needed for dramatic change is an accumulation of acts; adding, adding to, adding more, continuing. We know that it does not take everyone on Earth to bring justice and peace, but only a small, determined group that will not give up during the first, second or hundredth gale.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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Immokalee’s Florida Culinary Accelerator is an Organic Game Changer by Aisling Swift


the county and local o change the nonprofit Economic game in producIncubators, Inc., a ing organic food 5,000-square-foot products, Collier warehouse at Imcounty officials are mokalee Regional asking aspiring cuAirport will be linary entrepreneurs transformed into about their needs via the Florida Culia short survey that nary Accelerator @ Naples Accelerator will help planners Immokalee, offerand builders design ing an 18-month educational and a new Florida Culinary Accelerator in Immokalee. This state-of-the-art kitchen, mentorship program in addition to a food lab operated by the University of food processing and packing facility Florida Southwest Florida Research & will give local organic farmers, vegan, Education Center. The accelerator will raw and gluten-free chefs, juicers and be designed for use by farmers and others the opportunity to take their cooperatives, startup food companies product or recipe to the next level as a and home-kitchen entrepreneurs, but successful business. also will be available to mid-size food “The driving force behind this project is to mentor, train and support companies, retail and food service companies and commercial users. food entrepreneurs by leveraging ImThe county will offer scholarships, mokalee’s abundant fruit and vega variety of classes, food testing, ceretable resources,” says Jace Kentner, tification training and workshops with director of the Collier County Office local chefs. To help businesses expand of Business & Economic Developto the next level of distribution, the ment. “The accelerator will diversify our economy by providing the facility program also will provide a retail space to sell products—Woodstock’s, at the and resources needed to accelerate Naples Accelerator, off Pine Ridge Road food product companies.” at 3510 Kraft Road. Marshall Goodman, director of Danny Gonzalez, who manages the county’s accelerators in Naples Immokalee’s popular Lozano’s Mexican and Immokalee, believes Immokalee is the perfect location due to its farm Restaurant with his wife, Sandy, plans resources, small, local food business- to expand the restaurant and salsa business by becoming the acceleraes and proximity to Naples, which tor’s first tenant. The restaurant sources known for its healthy lifestyle, love its produce from the Immokalee State of food and growing locavore moveFarmers’ Market, with tomatoes coming ment, which favors locally grown from farms in Immokalee, Ruskin and and made products. Palmetto nine months of the year. “I think the locavore movement “I’m excited,” says Gonzalez, who would be well served by putting this also is president of the Immokalee facility at residents’ fingertips. We Chamber of Commerce. “We want to can keep the costs down and provide push our sales when the snowbird seaequipment and services that normally son gets here. We get tons of customwould be out of the reach of a startup ers. They buy salsa by the gallon and company,” says Goodman. want to take it home. We just run out. Through a partnership between

We have to turn people away.” The founders of Naples-based Joyful Juicing, Hannah Peterson and Nicolas Fina, jump-started the culinary program by joining the Naples Accelerator in August so they could work on new products. Their national food and beverage consulting company, Modiv, focuses on emerging and established brands that want to bring innovative natural products to market. The couple moved their juicing operation to Miami, but in the past, when production was in Naples, they sourced from Inyoni Organic Farm and Food & Thought. Due to the seasonality in Florida during the summer months, she says, they source produce nationwide, but buy a lot of produce from local farms in the winter. In a few months, the couple will open a new North Naples test kitchen to help their current clients develop new products, which may eventually be processed in the Immokalee accelerator. “We see this as the perfect bridge and a great way to build up momentum here in town,” Peterson says. “With the rise in the natural food and beverage industry, and consumer trends reporting the demand in craft local products, we truly feel that having access to a versatile facility such as the Immokalee accelerator will bring a lot of that business to Collier County. We are excited about the project and all of the growth it will provide to small local businesses.”

Florida Culinary Accelerator in Immokalee The accelerator will offer shareduse food processing space for a broad array of hot and cold products, as well as administrative office space for staff and clients. Future phases will include an alcohol-distillation machine and an HPP machine, a hyperbaric, cold-pressure process that keeps foods, juices and beverages fresher and safer longer. The accelerator is being designed to meet U.S. Food and Drug Administration (USDA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture regulatory standards, as well as local and state regulations. In its last session, the Florida Legislature appropriated $2 million for the county’s business and culinary accelerators in Naples and Immokalee. The county also applied for federal grants and just received approval for a $112,536 USDA grant

to purchase culinary equipment. “I don’t think there is anything like it anywhere,” says Collier County Commissioner Tim Nance, whose district includes Immokalee. “It’s going to be great for people who want to get into fresh foods and food production. It’s going to give them everything they need. And it’s going to be a wonderful synergy between the Collier County economic development office and the University of Florida’s Southwest Florida Research & Education Center.” For more information, email Info@ Complete the survey, available in English, Spanish and Creole. FloridaCulinaryAcceleratorEnglish,, CulinaryAcceleratorCreole.

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time. He invented an app-operated remote control ball with a camera called PlayDate (

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The Rise of Ecopreneurs by Avery Mack hether it’s a sideline or full time, flourishing small businesses stimulate the economy. The U.S. Small Business Association found that between 2009 and 2013, companies with fewer than 500 employees accounted for 60 percent of net new jobs. Technology allows new commercial ventures to be launched from home, yielding huge savings in startup costs. Owners have found ways to fulfill needs by leveraging their past job experiences and personal interests.


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When the economy faltered in 2008, Dave Marciniak, owner and lead designer at Revolutionary Gardens, in Culpeper, Virginia, offered eco-friendly services. “I focus on a few key points and design to make the outdoors a place where people want to be,” he says. Even for urbanites, fresh garden herbs are available thanks to ecopreneurs like Andy Avramenko, who created TrendyThing, in New York City. “The edible plants our bike messengers distribute come from local farmers,” he explains. Basil, parsley, dill, lettuce and other herbs and greens are available for all five boroughs; potted plants arrive fresh weekly via subscription. In addition to cleaning homes, Debbie Sardone, owner of Speed Cleaning, in Lewisville, Texas, saw an opportunity to manufacture her own green cleaning products. They’re part of a full-line online catalog. Ryan Riley and his wife, Ashley Spitz, of Los Angeles, own and operate Biz Bagz, dog waste bags made in America from bio-based resins and recycled plastics. He notes the genesis of their idea: “Landfills are anaerobic, so biodegradable bags don’t get the oxygen required to break down. Compostable bags are available, but few places provide composting services. We offer a cleaner alternative.” Another pet-inspired idea was spawned when Kevin Li, of Manhattan, New York, left his puppy home alone for the first 44

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People- and planet-friendly personal care products address other ongoing customer needs. Nitya Gulati, founder of Sugarloom Cosmetics, in Ashburn, Virginia, specializes in American-made, vegan, cruelty- and toxin-free nail polish. She advises, “Look for ‘five-free’ on the label, which means no formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate, toluene and allergens camphor and formaldehyde resin. Watch out for guanine, made from fish scales, found in glittery polishes. Oleic acid, a thickener, is animal fat. Vibrant reds may contain carmine, made from boiled, crushed beetles.” She warns that products tested by a third party can obscure animal testing during product development. Amelia Swaggert and Elizabeth Ripps, co-founders of California Scrub Company, in Los Angeles, upcycle coffee grounds into a natural facial scrub. They’ve eliminated plastic at every step of production from sourcing to packaging. They’re also helping to keep the world’s oceans from becoming plastic soup by supporting the Beat the Microbead campaign. ( Maintaining a professional look while living green can be a challenge. found a stylish, eco-friendly, lightweight and durable tote bag designed by Natalie Therése. The vegan cork tote is made in Boxford, Massachusetts. Shavings from the bark of the cork oak tree grown in Portugal are transformed into ultrathin sheets to produce cork fabric; the certified organic cotton lining is produced in Korea and China in certified Global Organic Textile Standard and fair trade facilities.

Out and About Mya Zeronis saw a need for healthy food and stepped out of her comfort zone to fulfill it through her extra VEGANza Pgh restaurant and its catering arm, Lean Chef en Route, recognized by Sustainable Pittsburgh. “We source locally, compost produce scraps, serve meat- and dairy-free menu options, practice food waste management with root-to-stem preparation and maintain energy conservation,” she says. Customers are encouraged to bike to the restaurant; there’s even a bicycle air pump and flat tire repair kit on the premises if emergencies arise. Shared bikes are a welcome addition at colleges for budget-minded and time-strapped students. Rented by the hour or day, they’re a convenient, healthy and non-polluting way to get around campus. New York University at Buffalo students can remotely locate, rent and unlock GPS-enabled bikes. At Williams College, in Williamstown, Massachusetts, the Purple Bike Coalition provides free use of bikes and a staffed repair station; a cargo bike helps transport larger objects. Entrepreneurs are creative by nature; seeing a need and asking, “What if?” Eco-friendly, green-minded entrepreneurs take ideas a step farther, working to ensure the health of consumers and the planet. They succeed as they serve and inspire us all. Connect with the freelance writer via AveryMack@

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Edward Humes on the High Cost of Transportation Small Consumer Choices Have Big Impacts by Randy Kambic


dward Humes investigates the origins and impacts of the expensive and complex process that brings us everyday products and items in his new book Door to Door: The Magnificent, Maddening, Mysterious World of Transportation. His latest work, which also covers our love affair with cars, is popularizing the eco-conscious term, “transportation footprint”. Aligned with this, he recommends a move to driverless cars to save lives and fuel. In an earlier book, Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash, the Pulitzer Prize-winning, Southern California journalist examined the causes and effects of waste. Solutions are showcased by how institutions and families are consciously reducing their wasteful ways.

What are some everyday impacts of the “door-to-door machine” you write about? Transportation is embedded in our lives, both in our personal things and our travel. It can take 30,000 miles to get our morning coffee to the kitchen, with another 165,000 miles attached to all the components of the coffee pot, water, energy and packaging—a worldwide mix involving trains, planes, boats and trucks. Unprecedented amounts of transportation are embedded in everything we do and touch, with many hidden costs to our environment, economy and traffic. Take the world of online retailing. That “buy it now” button seems so 46

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convenient, but it’s also a traffic jam generator. Each click births a new truck trip. What used to be a single truckload of goods delivered efficiently to a store or mall now demands hundreds of single-item deliveries to far-flung homes.

Which transportation footprint surprised you the most in researching Door to Door? The smartphone is a paradox, in that it has reduced our transportation footprint in some ways because of all the separate devices it has replaced, from navigation in cars to calculators to cameras. Phones also empower a transportationfree option for online banking and bill paying, eliminating all sorts of trips in the physical world. On the flip side, making and assembling smartphone components requires a lot of back-and-forth transport between many countries because no one can make the whole “widget”. With its many raw materials, rare earth minerals and manufactured components, we’re talking about an overall transportation footprint for one phone that’s equivalent to a round trip to the moon; a phone that users will trade in for a newer model in just a few years.

What’s a particularly negative impact of the huge distances involved in today’s movement of goods? Cargo container ships create immense amounts of pollution. About 6,000 container ships worldwide ship 90 percent

of consumer goods. Natural Resources Defense Council data show that the smog and particulate emissions from just 160 of these vessels equal that of all of the cars in the world. If the cargo fleet were a country, its carbon emissions would exceed Germany’s, the world’s fourth-largest economy, according to the European Commission. Cargo ship carbon emissions are projected to rise to about 18 percent of the global total in the next 25 years if our appetite for goods continues to grow at current rates.

What are the consequences of the U.S. ranking 16th worldwide in infrastructure quality? Americans are under the illusion that we pay high taxes to build and maintain roads, bridges and rails. However, as a portion of our gross domestic product, we invest about one-fifth of what China does and the poor results are apparent. We have a $3.6 trillion backlog in needed modernization. This drags down the economy and increases harmful emissions through shipping delays and rush-hour jams, as well as raising road safety concerns.

How can we each lessen our “transportation footprint”? We have power as individuals, families and communities to make a difference. Americans walk less than almost any other people on Earth. A Los Angeles study showed that half of its residents’ daily trips are less than three miles, with many under one mile, which is crazy. Using alternative transportation for just 10 percent of those trips would have major positive impacts. Far fewer children walk or bike to school than in the recent past, even as we face a youth obesity crisis. We can also adjust when and how we drive; half the cars on the road during rush hour are not job-related. Driving at other times would ease traffic for everyone and reduce traffic jams, emissions and crashes. All of this is something we could easily change—and that many other countries have changed—with substantial health, economic and traffic benefits. Randy Kambic is a freelance editor and writer in Estero, FL, and a regular contributor to Natural Awakenings. natural awakenings

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Natural Remedies Help Kids Heal by Kathleen Barnes


he household is settling for the night when the 5-yearold cries out, “My throat hurts!” “There’s no need to panic,” says Dr. Tieraona Low Dog, in Pecos, New Mexico, an integrative physician and chief medical officer of Weil Lifestyle. “It’s pretty easy to figure out if it’s strep throat, which requires antibiotics, or something you can treat at home.” Only 10 to 20 percent of sore throats in children are caused by Streptococcus bacteria which, if not properly treated, can lead to heart damage. The first question to ask is, “What are the symptoms?” If these include sudden onset of a severe and worsening sore throat without any complaints of scratchiness; a fever of 101 degrees Fahrenheit or more; headache or stomach pain; and the lack of a stuffy nose, cough or sign of a cold—a trip to the pediatrician is essential and a course of antibiotics is necessary, says Low Dog. The vast majority of youngsters’ sore throats, which may accompany a common cold, are caused by viruses and will heal on their own in about a week. Many natural remedies will help children feel better and relieve the pain; some cost so little they are nearly free. Salt water gargle: “A glass of warm water with half a teaspoon of sea salt swirled into it is an old-school remedy that works well for kids at least 5 years old,” says Erika Krumbeck, a naturopathic doctor and licensed primary care physician practicing pediatrics in Missoula, Montana. She notes that a salt water gargle can also moderate the symptoms of strep until the child can see a doctor. The Mayo Clinic Book of Home Remedies confirms that the salt water draws excess fluid from inflamed throat tissues. It also loosens mucus and removes other irritants, including bacteria, allergens and fungi. Just make sure children don’t swallow the salt water, counsels Krumbeck.


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Warm compresses: A warm water compress using a wet hand towel applied for 10 or 15 minutes every hour loosens mucus and is soothing. “It’s amazing how effective these familiar practices are,” says Krumbeck. “Grandma knew what she was doing.” Lemon juice and honey: “Honey is sweet, so kids love it,” says certified nutritionist Kimberly Snyder, of New York and Los Angeles. This traditional recipe works because the honey has antibacterial properties and the lemon juice is packed with immune-boosting antioxidants. Snyder cautions that babies younger than 12 months old should never be given honey because their immune systems cannot handle the bacterial spores sometimes present in the sweet treat. Elderberry: The tiny purple berries of the Sambucus nigra L. plant shortens the duration of colds and flu often suffered by air travelers, according to research that includes a large Australian study. Elderberry syrup appeals to kids because it tastes delicious. Low Dog recommends keeping a bottle on hand at all times because it’s hard to know when a child will complain of a scratchy throat. “This yummy syrup is good for all ages. It’s so safe. I love it,” says Low Dog, adding, “Plus, you can always use it on whole-grain pancakes.” Sage and Echinacea: Drinking sage tea and gargling with echinacea are old-time remedies for sore throats that now have scientific backing, says Snyder. Go for a twofer and add a little echinacea to the tea, she suggests. A Swiss study showed that an echinacea/sage spray soothed sore throat symptoms just as well as a chlorhexidine/lidocaine spray, which can have side effects that include more swelling and even allergic reactions; the suggested spray should not be used with children under 12. Pairing up a dose of safe and gentle, time-tested sore throat recipes with a big hug will go far toward relieving most little ones’ suffering. Kathleen Barnes has authored numerous natural health books, including Food Is Medicine: 101 Prescriptions from the Garden. Connect at

UNSAFE DRUGS Acetaminophen, a popular ingredient in over-thecounter children’s cold medicines like Tylenol, has been linked to twice the risk of developing asthma. Immediate side effects can include rapid heart rate and convulsions. Ephedrine, pseudophedrine and phenylephrine are popular ingredients in children’s cold medications even though the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says they’re not effective. Side effects include the possibility of unsupervised children overdosing on the sugary concoctions and can even prove fatal. In 2008, the FDA warned parents not to use any such cold medications for children under 4. Antibiotics are not effective against the viruses that cause most colds and flu. Antibiotics kill bacteria like those associated with strep throat, not viruses. Using antibiotics for a cold can actually lead to future antibiotic resistance. natural awakenings

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Shangri-La Springs by Yvette Lynn


hangri-La Springs is the historical beacon of Bonita Springs. Behind its stately walls, verdant grounds are lovingly maintained in alignment with management’s passion for generating a sense of community and preserving a healthy sanctuary in which to elevate local talent with art shows, events, program activities and overnight retreats. Following the original concept of its healing roots, Shangri-La Springs continues as center for vitality where people, art and nature converge. This tradition is integrated into everything from the spa’s focus on natural and organic body treatments to the dining room’s highest-quality organic ingredients, sourced from the property’s certified organic garden and orchard. The dining experience is overseen by Executive Chef Pyro, who blends his art of cooking with hi-tech, energy conserving methods. The full-service spa offers a plethora of treatments, including traditional and innovative bodywork, facials and energy work. All treatments include use of the eucalyptus steam room and infrared sauna. Myriad classes to integrate mind, body and spirit include yoga, meditation, dance, hand drumming and more. Monthly program membership is available for $150 and includes unlimited classes with morning, afternoon and evening schedules. In addition, members receive a 15 percent discount in the spa and restaurant. There are two free classes per week for veterans. The picturesque landscape of Shangri-La Springs features one-of-a-


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kind indoor and outdoor space that form the perfect setting for weddings and other private events. Guided tours offer in-depth historical insights regarding the 8.5 acres of property with more than 40 species of trees formally marked. The source of the spring, for which Bonita Springs is named, is located on the property. A naturally occurring outpouring of mineral water, it is believed to have been a sacred place for the Calusa Indians. A gift shop displays beautiful art, prints, crystals, jewelry, God Boxes, cards, clothing and more. It predominantly sells items handcrafted by local artisans, one-of-akind jewelry and beauty products. A monthly Community Art & Nature Night every second Wednesday of the month from 6 to 9 p.m. offers guests a multimedia artistic experience unique to Southwest Florida. From the circa 1921 Great House, from a baby grand piano played by Alchymie to a featured live artist swirling colors to the music, organic wine bar and dining room offering an organic, three-course meal, evenings are a treat for all the senses. Outside, at the spa, Debo plays the hammered dulcimer and guests receive free mini spa treatments. In the longhouse, there is free community yoga. Local artist Jane Portaluppi Durand works on her latest masterpiece in the form of sidewalk chalk art, and a community drumming circle is also open to all levels and ages. Shangri-La Springs is located at 27750 Old 41 Rd, in Bonita Springs. For information call 239-949-0749. Visit See ad, page 37.

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Chandrakant Hiester’s Deepening Yoga Practice by Sandy Pukel


handrakant Hiester, a senior teacher and seminar leader at the Amrit Yoga Institute, in Salt Springs, Florida, develops and presents student and training programs worldwide. For the last 10 years, he has specialized in the Integrated Amrit Method (I AM), including Amrit yoga, yoga nidra and stress-reduction. As a student and practitioner of yoga and meditation with pioneering yogi Amrit Desai for 40 years, Hiester has learned to nurture and encourage positive

changes in his and others behavior, understanding and practice in order to more fully realize the original purpose of yoga. What are the benefits of having a regular yoga practice? It’s important to understand the purpose behind any regular practice. Yoga practice in America popularly encompasses releasing physical tensions, developing muscular strength, increasing balance and flexibility, reducing stress and mental anxiety, and promoting

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mental clarity and relaxation. The original purpose of yoga is described as “evenness of mind” cultivated through developing “skill in action.” The I AM method is a series of techniques designed to reveal an inner attunement to the innate intelligence of the universal vital life force, or prana. This attunement can transform everyday life into a meditation in motion. How does a yoga nidra practice further enhance this? Albert Einstein realized that the mind that creates the problem doesn’t see the solution. Yogic philosophy, along with modern psychology, enumerates three basic types of tension responsible for all of the problems of modern life: muscular, emotional and mental. Yoga nidra is a systematic, guided meditation method of inducing complete physical, mental and emotional relaxation, in which long-held limiting life patterns can be resolved through experiencing a profound change of mind. Living with less tension is the single greatest contributor to personal, family and community wellbeing. People going through divorce might use yoga nidra techniques three times a day to short-circuit the mental and emotional whirlwind consuming them, while others might employ it once a day to cleanse their minds of stress. The fullest benefits are realized when we’re so familiar with what a deep state of physical, mental and emotional ease feels like that we’re able to return to it without needing to revisit the learned techniques. How has a mental practice of yoga changed your life? Remaining consciously alert has revealed the universal presence as a constant touchstone in all states and experiences, which enables me to better manage life’s ever-changing thoughts, feelings and perceptions. Chandrakant Hiester will be a featured instructor on the Holistic Holiday at Sea cruise, Mar. 11-17, 2017. For more information, call 800-496-0989 or visit See ad, page 77.

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Tree-Mendous Love How Trees Care for Each Other by Melissa Breyer


rom learning to communicate to physically caring for each other, the secret lives of trees are wildly deep and complex. “They can count, learn and remember; nurse sick neighbors; warn each other of danger by sending electrical signals across a fungal network known as the ‘wood wide web’; and keep the ancient stumps of long-felled companions alive for centuries by feeding them a sugar solution through their roots,” reveals Peter Wohlleben, a German forest ranger and author of The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate— Discoveries from a Secret World, released in September. Upon seeing two soaring beeches in the forest, Wohlleben observes, “These trees are friends. See how the thick branches point away from each other? That’s so they don’t block their buddy’s light. Sometimes, pairs are so interconnected at the roots that when one tree dies, the other one dies, too.” Wohlleben is rekindling a re-imagination of trees even as many people consider their role is only to supply us with oxygen and wood. Using a mix of scientific research and his own observations from studying forestry and working in the forest since 1987, the man who speaks for the trees does so in decidedly anthropomorphic terms.

“Scientific language removes all the emotion, and people don’t understand it anymore. I use a human language. When I say, ‘Trees suckle their children,’ everyone knows immediately what I mean,” he says. After years of working for the state forestry administration in RhinelandPalatinate, and then as a forester managing 3,000 acres of woods near Cologne, he began to understand that contemporary practices were not serving the trees or those that depend on them very well. Artificially spacing out trees ensures that trees get more sunlight and grow faster, but naturalists report that trees exist less like individuals and more as communal beings. By working together in networks and sharing resources, they increase their resistance to potentially damaging influences. After researching alternative approaches, Wohlleben began implementing some revolutionary concepts. He replaced heavy machinery with horses, stopped using insecticides and let the woods become wilder. The pilot German forest plot went from losing money to posting a profit in two years. As Dr. Seuss’ tree-loving Lorax says, “I speak for the trees. I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.” Melissa Breyer, of Brooklyn, NY, is the editor of, from which this article was adapted. natural awakenings

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Cat-astrophe How to Slim a Fat Feline

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lmost 60 percent of America’s pet cats are overweight, according to a survey by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention. Feline obesity can lead to joint pain, hinder self-grooming and make it harder to use the litter box, all resulting in fat cats being left at shelters by frustrated owners. Chubby kitties also are more prone to osteoarthritis, Type 2 diabetes mellitus, respiratory problems and non-allergic skin conditions. “Potential health problems make overweight cats harder to adopt,” says Deanna Schmidt, with the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, in Pittsburgh. “On Fat Cat Tuesdays, we waive the adoption fee for cats 14 pounds and over. We counsel adoptive families and follow up so that ongoing healthy eating and exercise continues to melt away the pounds.” Experts advise that a house cat should maintain the sleek, fluid motion of a jungle cat. Viewed from above, healthy cats have a distinct waistline, an inward curve between the rib cage and hips. Pick it up and step on the scale. The pet’s weight should comprise between six to 10 pounds of the total.


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“The first time I saw healthy cats, I thought they looked small because I’d become used to seeing fat cats,” recalls Traci Pichette, founder of Pumeli tea and gift boxes, in St. Petersburg, Florida. She’s not alone in her assessment.

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While free-feeding dry food is easier for owners and allows a cat to snack at will, some take advantage and overeat, often from boredom. To help the transition from always-available dry food to mealtime wet food, use kibble as a special treat. Food puzzles, widely available online or in pet supply stores, will keep Kitty busy during the day. Homemade feeding puzzles work, too; put a small amount of kibble in a cardboard tube or small box, tape the end shut and randomly cut small holes in the sides. Kitty will have to roll the tube or fit a paw inside to retrieve a treat. “Free-feeding dry food is comparable to a constant supply of Fritos on our desk,” says Jackson Galaxy, author of Cat Daddy. “As far as the myth that dry food cleans teeth, I ask, do you floss with Melba toast? Dry food leaves plaque. A grain-free, wet food adds needed mois-

ture and fat to their diet. A cat’s teeth are designed to rip and tear, not crunch.” “Changing my cat’s food to an all-wet diet slimmed her down to a healthy weight. I hated the smell, but it made sense to me that dry food was just carbs,” says Pichette. “At first, she whined at not having food all the time, but got used to it, and now she can eat treats in moderation. The cool thing is we’re all enjoying her increased energy and playfulness.” Cats are obligate carnivores, which means their natural diet comprises 90 percent meat and 10 percent vegetable matter. A roaming cat’s native routine is to search for food, hunt, catch and eat, groom and nap. Because each catch is small, they eat frequently. “There’s still an ancestor cat inside domesticated felines, a ‘raw’ cat that wants to hunt for its food,” explains Galaxy. “We need to play into that thinking and feed at intervals; ideally, every five hours or so, or at least in the morning, after work and about an hourand-a-half before bedtime.” While the family’s morning and evening schedules mean just a quick scoop of food in the bowl, the third meal should be an interactive one. “A battery-operated toy or waving a laser light around is not play,” says Galaxy. “Interactive play is not texting with one hand and wiggling the fishing pole toy with the other. You have to get up and move to let the cat search for the toy, watch and wait, then pounce. It engages the animal mentally and physically and brings the raw cat to the surface. When you reach the point of diminishing returns, the pet is tired and it’s time for a meal.” His foundation improves lives of shelter animals, teaching staff to clicker train, entertain and exercise their cats to make them more adoptable. After an active day, the cat will be ready for bed, syncing its rhythm with the rest of the household. “A full play session satisfies natural instincts and prevents the cat from hunting your ankles as you sleep,” advises Galaxy. “It’s not a luxury to have a variety of toys; it’s a necessity for having a quality relationship with a healthy cat.” Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1 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. Live, Life, Well Expo – 10am-3pm. Hosted by Team Pink SWFL. Vendors will display fitness, nutrition, beauty and fashion items. Pink Heals SWFL will be there between 10-11am. Paul Mitchell School, 9941 Interstate Commerce Dr, Ft Myers. 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. Limitless Living Class, The Start – 10am6pm. Access Consciousness BARS technique and tools. 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 more. $300. CEUs available. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. 305-331-7465. Register: Labyrinth Workshop – 2pm. Learn the history of the labyrinth and how it is used. Also learn how to construct your own. This is a wonderful spiritual tool to use and is very versatile. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2 Spiritual Discussion – 11am. Topic: Explore

the Gift of Your Inner Guidance. ECK Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034. See ad on page 59 and news brief on page 14. Kundalini Workshop – 1-3pm. With Nitin S Adsul. Attendees will be activated with this powerful kundalini energy resource available within. It will start a journey to expand consciousness and to heal mental and emotional blockages. This expanded awareness with creative energy will boost personal and career growth for lasting peace and harmony within. $35/person. Shangri La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. Psychic Fair – 1-5pm. Psychics, mediums, healers, artwork, minerals, crystals and more. Infinite Stones, 12911 Metro Pkwy, Ft Myers. 561-1981.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 3 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. Cloth Diapering – 6pm. With Eco Baby. Cloth diapering basics – how they are better for your baby, better for the environment and better for your bottom line. See the different styles and brands and learn how to wash them, travel with them and what to do about the mess. Free. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 5940400. Register: Essential Oils Today – 6pm. A fun, brief wellness class about the incredible value of essential oils and how to use them. I Love Oils, Inc Training Center, 17030 Alico Commerce Ct, Ste 303, Ft Myers. 586604-3500.

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4 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. Childbirth Education Series – 6:30-8:30pm. Fiveweek series continues Oct 11, 18, 25 & Nov 1. Learn about stages of labor, pain coping practices, moving beyond your birth worries and more. Breastfeeding class included. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 5940400. Info/register: or Intro to Wicca – 7pm. In this weekly progressive class, learn what Wicca is, concept of deity, altars, holidays, magick and more. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Complimentary Meditation – 7-8pm. Jennifer Stevens guides students through an hour of meditation and provides an opportunity to explore new ways to begin or deepen a meditation practice in a comfortable and supportive environment. Free. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or greenmonkey. com/naples-schedule. Get Real And Get Healthy: The Eight-Step Process for Positive Change – 7-8:30pm. Four-week series with award-winning author MK Mueller. Learn how to make every decision and know it’s the right one for you; get in touch with dreams you may have hidden away; move from depression and rage to happy and confident; communicate with even the most challenging people in your life. $99 includes

a copy of MK’s book 8 to Great. The Skinny Pantry, 14261 S Tamiami Tr, Ft Myers. 935-5093. See ad on page 19 and news brief on page 13.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5 Simplicity of Foundation Training –11am12:30pm. With Harry Grimm. Take your health and fitness to a new level by learning this restorative movement program and its pain relieving, injury-reducing techniques. $69/person. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. Intro to Crystals – 7pm. With Tina. Learn to choose, cleanse and charge your crystals. The attributes of 10 stones will be covered including the seven stones corresponding to the seven chakras. Tina will do a one-stone crystal reading for each attendee. $25. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6 Usui Reiki Level II – 2pm. Learn long-distance healing method using channeled life force energies. Symbols, visualizations, meditations and exercises are included. Attunement and certification available upon completion. Prerequisite: Level I. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2760. Movement and Breath for Labor – 6-7:30pm. Join Cheryl Bernardi with LifeBehold to prepare your mind and body for labor and birth through movement and breathing exercises. $25/early bird, $30/door. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 248-7931. Register: or Stress, Hormones and Health – 6:30pm. With Deb Post, ARNP. Health is the most sought after goal in life, come learn how to create more. Learn about creating health without the pharmaceuticals.  9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Bonita Springs, RSVP required: 560-8334. 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.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7 Acupressure for Anyone SEVA I: Self-Care – 9am-noon. Pyramid meditation; awareness journal; history of acupressure, history of this particular protocol; how energy moves in the body; acupoint location and touch style; chakra tai chi; importance of self-care. $60. Holistic Healing Arts, Naples. 732-266-5276. Acupressure for Anyone SEVA 2: Compassionate Service – 1-3pm  Pyramid meditation; awareness journal; vocabulary of touch; opening and closing a session; acupoints and how to access them; bodywork exchanges of SEVA Stress Release Formula. Prerequisite: SEVA I. $60. Holistic Healing Arts, Naples. 732-266-5276. 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


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safe environment. Refreshments will be served. $5. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8 Inner Spa Day – 9-11am. Join Jill Emmerich and Peggy Sealfon for a fun morning of laughter and movement to reset and renew. Emmerich will provide laughter yoga followed by a gentle class of movement (featuring yoga, qigong and integrative relaxation) with Sealfon. $30, $50/two people; clients: $25, $40/two people; members/free. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Terr, Naples. Preregistration required: 325-9210. Chakra Tai Chi – 9:30am. Dr Aminah Raheem’s special beach tai chi with Alvina Quatrano. Free. Horizon Beach, Naples. 732-266-5276. Reiki for Pets – 10am-2pm. Bring your dog, cat, small animal or bird and receive a five-to-15-minute reiki session for him/her. Whether they are ill or healthy, animals benefit from the healing energy of reiki. Pets must be leashed or comfortably crated. Free; donations accepted. Bonita Springs. Call/email for location: 980-3257 or Conscious CA$H 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. Preregister: 305-331-7465. KristinaAston. Smudging Class – 3:30pm. With Tina. Learn the yin/ yang (taking out negative and bringing in positive energies) of smudging to clear your space, yourself or workspace. Tina will discuss which other herbs to use for smudging, the purpose of smudging and the materials needed for smudging, as well as the dos and don’ts of smudging. $25. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2760.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9 ECK Worship Service – 11am. Topic: The Spirit of the Unwritten Truth. ECK Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034. See ad on page 59 and news brief on page 14. Intro to Meditation – 1:30-3pm. With Tammy. Be guided through a meditation session including hands-on Thai relaxation techniques. All levels. $25/ preregistered, $30/after 10/7. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. 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. 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.



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Free. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Terr, Naples. 325-9210.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 10 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.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11 Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – 4-5pm. 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. Food Talk: Probiotic Food-Making – 6:158:15pm. Come prepared to do some food preparation. Everyone goes home with one jar (or more) of tasty and healing probiotic food. $20 (advance payment required). Contact Deb for special instructions and class location: 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.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12 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. Micronutrient Testing – 2-3pm. Nutrition at the core of personalized wellness. It measures 35 selected vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other essential micronutrients within your body’s white blood cells. $50 off. YOLLO Wellness, 3033 Winkler Ave, Ft Myers. RSVP: 275-0039. Brain Vitality – 2-4pm. 2nd Wed. With Ann Marina. Learn simple techniques to boost your brain, including hand and eye movements, crossovers with arms and legs, breathing techniques and a little yoga/ tai chi. Gain mental clarity, improve your memory and balance and take home a toolkit of methods for keeping your brain at its best. Shangri La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 9490749. Art Reception and Community Night – 6-9pm. 2nd Wed. Earth-Scapes Art Reception: featuring the original works of Jim Freeman and Gareth Rockliffe in the Great House. Live music, live street painting, live dulcimer music, photo booth, Calusa storytelling, live poetry, trunk jewelry show, butterfly card making and community drum circle. Organic dinner served 5-8pm. Beer and wine bar. Yoga: 6:30-7:30pm. Local film screening: 7:30-9pm. Free. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Community Yoga Class – 6:30-7:30pm. 2nd Wed. Enjoy yoga surrounded by lush nature and community drumming. Beginners to advanced for the whole family. Free. Shangri La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Mini Spa Treatments – 6:30-7:30pm. 2nd Wed. Free mini-treatments include massage, facials and energy work on a first-come first-served basis. Tips for therapists recommended. Shangri La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Calusa Storytelling – 6:30-8pm. The Calusa Indians gathered water at the Bonita Spring and regarded it as a sacred place. Calusa John will share his experiences and research into the Calusa Indians and the Spaniards. Come and see demonstrations of their indigenous technologies. Hear the haunting sound of the horse conch horn. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. 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. Free. 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. 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.


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Usui Reiki Level II – 7pm. Learn long distance healing method using channeled life force energies. Symbols, visualizations, meditations and exercises are included. Attunement and certification available upon completion. Prerequisite: Level I. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2760.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13 Introduction to Nutrition and Services – Noon1pm. Free monthly class for new clients and patients who have not experienced our services yet. Come learn about basic nutrition and health, our philosophy and services provided. Book a comprehensive initial visit at this time and receive a free, high-quality multivitamin for the month. D-Signed Nutrition, 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Springs. RSVP by 10/10: 676-5249. Monarch Family Yoga – 5-6pm. With Salima Silverman. Family fun, Monarch style. Bring the family together to this heartwarming class and learn how to trust, nurture and above all – have fun with each other. A great way to build a healthy family bond. Geared for all levels of ability and all ages. $10/adult, $5/child (under 18). Monarch Wellness, Naples. 231-3208. Yoga Book Club – 6pm. Five sessions every other Thurs (except Thanksgiving). Begins with light yoga to become comfortable, then an hour of discussion on book themes and topics with light snacks and wine. Book discussion: The Art of Joyful Living, by Swami Rama. Books available for purchase. $99/5 classes. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. See news brief, page 13.

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Crunch Fitness Massage Event – 6-8pm. Free 10 minute chair massage. Plus be entered to win a free massage or facial when you book your first appointment. MassageLuXe/FaceLuXe, 3300 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 129, Bonita Springs. 992-5893. Stress, Hormones and Health – 6:30pm. With Evie Breedlove, 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 the first 10 people that RSVP and attend. 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP required: 777-4647 or 560-8334. See ad, page 29. Big Fat Myth – 6:30-8pm. Is all we know about nutrition wrong? Join integrative health coach Eva Aspegren; learn how dietary guidelines caused spiking obesity. Fat is not the demon; food pyramid and MyPlate confuse people. Learn to navigate conflicting nutritional advice. 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Bonita Springs. 948-9444. 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. 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. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP:

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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 Full Moon/Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 4:30-7:30pm. With GAEA guides. Guided kayak nature tours on the Caloosahatchee River near Ft Myers. Dates are picked for optimal viewing of the moon and the sunset. Paddle on the Caloosahatchee and some wild creeks with thousands of birds going to roost for the night. 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. 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. 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. Connect to the Healer Within –7-9pm. With Dan and Karin. 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.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15 Skin Care Seminar – 9:30-11am. With Dr Michael Tick, ND, PhD, FACMT, CTN. Dr Tick is a natural genius in creating an all-natural approach to achieve beautiful skin. Salt Therapy Grotto, 3443 Pine Ridge Rd, Ste 102, Naples. RSVP: 598-0990. Happehatchee Open House – 10am-4pm. The Happehatchee Center invites the public to experience a variety of healing modalities. Meet the teachers, staff and volunteers and enjoy a taste of yoga, reiki healing, guided eco tours in nature, kid’s crafts, local vendors, food and music. Concludes with a drum circle. Free. Parking is limited, carpool encouraged. The Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455 or Happehatchee@gmail. com. See news brief, page 10. 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 25. Be Well Natural Health Clinic Open House – 11am-4pm. Drop-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


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Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. 250-9312. See ad, page 46. 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). Shop in Naples’ largest metaphysical store. Appointments welcome. Goddess I AM Healing & Art Center, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. Psychic Fair – 11am-4pm. Get a spiritual tune-up with gifted readers and healers. Psychic readings, mediums, healers, tarot readings, jewelry, books, candles, sage, crystals, incense, angels. $25/25 minutes. Center of Eternal Light, 260 Professional Pl, N Ft Myers. 599-4700. Yoga for a Healthy Back – 2-4pm. With Susan. A practical guide for relieving back pain, along with developing flexibility and strength.  $25/preregistered, $30/after 10/14.  BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. The Power of Essential Oils – 3pm. A fun, brief wellness class about the incredible value of dōTERRA essential oils and how to use them. I Love Oils, Inc Training Center, 17030 Alico Commerce Ct, Ste 303, Ft Myers. 586-604-3500.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16 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. Energetic Face Lift Class – 11am-6pm. Learn the Access Consciousness Energetic Facelift, a noninvasive 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:

MONDAY, OCTOBER 17 Introduction to Presence in Healing – 5:156:45pm. Introductory session for upcoming fourweek series with physical therapist, integrative practitioner and body worker Sara Pierce, MA, PT, BCTMB. Multiple modalities using mindfuness and movement. $15. Space limited. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 207266-9162. Essential Oils Today – 6pm. A fun, brief wellness class about the incredible value of essential oils and how to use them. I Love Oils, Inc Training Center, 17030 Alico Commerce Ct, Ste 303, Ft Myers. 586604-3500. Full Moon Yoga – 7:30-8:30pm. With Gus Kominos. A sweet evening flow under the full moon. $5/in advance or $10/door. 100 percent of funds collected are donated to the Naples Art Association. 585 Park St, Naples. 598-1938.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18 Chakra Balancing – 11am-5pm. 3rd Tue. 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. Self-Care Stretches for Busy Professionals – 5:306:30pm. Learn four simple stretches to make part of your every day, to stay ahead of routine upper-back, neck and shoulder tightness and pain. Combined with deep breathing for muscle relaxation. $15. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP: Larry@ 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. Stress, Hormones and Health – 6:30pm. With Deb Post, ARNP. Health is the most sought after goal in life, come learn how to create more. Learn about creating health without pharmaceuticals.  9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Bonita Springs, RSVP required: 560-8334.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19 Medicare Community Sales Meeting –10am. Join others to learn more about the different parts and how to choose a plan that may meet your needs. A salesperson will be present with information and applications. Free. Marco Island Center for the Arts, 1010 Winterberry Dr, Marco Island. Special needs accommodations, call: 682-8567 and TTY 711. RSVP: Michele: 682-8567. Taste of Wakaya Fijian Style – Noon-2pm. Samplings of yummy foods cooked with organic turmeric and ginger. Learn how these micro foods can be used to reduce your pain and inflammation. YOLLO Wellness, 3033 Winkler Ave, Ft Myers. RSVP: 275-0039. 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/dropin. Shangri La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Surviving and Thriving while Going Gluten-Free – 6:30pm. Integrative nutrition health coach Kristi Willems will discuss the impact of gluten on your health, how to identify the difference between gluten sensitivity and gluten intolerance. Discover ways gluten is hidden in foods and medications and learn strategies for coping with gluten avoidance so you can enjoy a gluten-free lifestyle. $20. D-Signed Nutrition, 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Springs. RSVP by 10/17: 676-5249. Natural Anti-Aging Strategies to Improve Brain Health – 6:30-8pm. With Peggy Sealfon. Learn how simple life choices can impact the brain and how mindful strategies can expand brain capacity. With the rapid increase of Alzheimer’s and dementia, this workshop can be useful in changing debilitating behaviors regardless of age. $30/person, $40/couple; client discount available. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Preregistration required: 231-3208. 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 10/26. The Laby-

rinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Nutrition Class – 7-8:30pm. Nutrition for pregnancy, lactation, postpartum and family. Whole Foods Market, Mercato, 9101 Strada Pl, Naples. Register: 774-5433 or

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20 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. 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 10/27. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Cancer and Sleep – 5pm. Guest speaker Dr Jose Colon is the founder of Paradise Sleep, an organization dedicated to education in sleep health. He is dual board certified in sleep medicine and neurology with special qualifications in child neurology and will discuss the importance of sleep as it relates to cancer. D-Signed Nutrition, Estancia Tower, 4801 Bonita Bay Blvd, Social Room, Bonita Springs. RSVP by 10/14: 676-5249. Meditation Group – Peaceful Mind – 6:30-8pm. Learn how to better your meditation practice at home with short discussions and practice with William Ward. This is part of the Peaceful Mind series with rotating teachers each week. Client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 231-3208.


Tai Chi Workshop – 10am-noon. Learn the history and philosophy; physical and mental benefits; styles and fundamentals; and how we teach. October classes forming now. $10/preregistered, $15/door. Studio One, 4184 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 214-3464. See ad, page 51.

Dowsing Class – 2pm. With Ross. Learn what dowsing is and the tools used. This is a fun and informative class on finding lost objects underground, lost objects, testing energy fields and many more uses. Children are welcome. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 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.

Hatha-Thai Yoga – 2-4pm. With Jamie and Trisha. Enjoy a hands-on hatha class with Thai style adjustments. Improve poses, release energy blocks and loosen tight muscles.  $40/preregistered, $45/ after 10/21. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276.

Quantum Touch Level I Workshop – 10am5:30pm. Learn the Law of Attraction concepts to attract the right job, the right people, the right partner, and the right circumstances in your life. Learn proven techniques to heal yourself, heal others, heal pets and perform distance healing. $350. House of Gaia, 1660 Trace Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. 2726152. Register: quantum-touch-1.html. Scrying – Into the Looking Glass – 1pm. Learn how to use a crystal ball or a mirror to get intuitive visual information. Cleansing and preparing of the tools will be discussed as well as different techniques used for scrying and how to interpret messages. BYO crystal ball, crystal or mirror or you may borrow one of ours. $20. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Introduction to Food Healing – 1:30-4:30pm. Discover the power of the phytochemicals in foods to reverse disease and support radiant health. Enjoy generous samples from the food-healing protocols. $25. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP: 277-1399.

Fijian Ginger and Turmeric Business Opportunity – 3-5pm. Work for David Gilmour; make some money and be a wellness advisor. YOLLO Wellness, 3033 Winkler Ave, Ft Myers. RSVP: 275-0039. 20th Annual Chocolate Extravaganza – 6-9pm. This Project HELP fundraiser features a bounty of chocolate treats, savory hors d’oeuvres, wine, silent auction and music. The theme is Masquerade and costumes are optional. Donations of bite-size baked goods are being accepted from restaurants and other businesses. $95/ticket. Donate: 649-1404. Tickets: See news brief, page 11.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23 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. Christian Science Lecture – 2pm. Making Mean-

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. SoulCollage: Creatively Connect Within – Noon3pm. With Heather Sherrill. Learn a fun creative way to tap into your inner wisdom and connect with yourself on a deeper level through images, intuition and your imagination. Create cards that bring your soul and inner wisdom to life. Shangri La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 9490749. Ouija Board Class –7pm. Learn the history of the “talking board” and the mythology and misconceptions surrounding this divination 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 and hands-on experience. $30. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22 Introduction to Reflexology – 9am-3pm with lunch break. Release stress from the whole body through the feet and hands. All welcome. $100. 6 CEUs. Holistic Healing Arts, Naples. 732-266-5276.

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ingful Change: How God’s Love Can Change Your Life and the World with Mark McCurties, CS. Child care provided. Free. First Church of Christ, Scientist, 649 Central Ave, Naples. Info: 261-7054. See newsbrief, page 16.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25 Mindful Meditations – 2-4pm. 4th Wed. With Ann Marina. Learn ways to stay focused and grounded in the moment. Explore the benefits of meditation and how to maintain a regular practice. Includes silent sitting and then moving, stretching and walking mindfully, followed by a brief discussion. Shangri La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. Crunch Fitness Massage Event – 5-7pm. Free 10-minute chair massage. Plus be entered to win a free massage or facial when you book your first appointment. MassageLuXe/FaceLuXe, 3300 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 129, Bonita Springs. 992-5893. 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. Stress, Hormones and Health – 6:30pm. With Evie Breedlove, ARNP. Health is the most sought after goal in life, come learn how to create more. Learn about creating health without the pharmaceuticals. Complimentary $10 gift card to Food & Thought to the first 10 people who RSVP and attend. 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP required: 777-4647 or 560-8334. See ad, page 29.

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.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26 Let Food Be Thy Medicine – 11am-noon. Simple blood test to show what foods may be the root to your inflammation and pain. It identifies non IgE medicated reactions to foods, chemicals and other substances. It captures the final common pathway of many immunologic, toxic and pharmacologic that underlies non IgE medicated reactions to foods and chemicals. YOLLO Wellness, 3033 Winkler Ave, Ft Myers. RSVP: 275-0039. Simple, Easy Everyday Meditation – 6-7:30pm. Four-week beginner series with certified instructor Kathy Hurst. Weds thru Nov 16. $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.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27 Preventative Breast Cancer: Risk Factors You Can Control – 3pm. With Heather Auld, MD, Lee Physician Group Integrative Medicine. Learn about health and wellness changes you can make to decrease your risk of breast cancer. Lee Health’s Healthy Life Center, 23190 Fashion Dr, Ste 105 Estero. 495-4475. HealthyLifeCenter@LeeHealth. org. See news brief, page 18. Peaceful Mind Yoga – 6:30-8pm. With Peggy Sealfon. Combines a gentle practice of yoga with a relaxation segment to soothe the soul. This is part of the Peaceful Mind series with rotating teachers each week. Client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 231-3208. 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. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP: Séance – 7:30pm. Séance on the night when the veil is the thinnest between the living and those that are no longer in body. This serious séance will be calling in positive loved ones that have crossed over. Limited seating. No admittance after 7:35pm. $40. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28 Spa Seminar – 11:30am-1pm, Naples; 3-5pm, Ft Myers. Light refreshments and presentation, followed by Q&A session with Medical Director, Dr Prendiville. He will explain the benefits of intense pulse light (IPL) and other aesthetic procedures. Also, learn the latest information on wrinkle reduction, skin smoothing techniques and SculpSure (fat dissolving treatment). Assuage Spa Luxury, Ft Myers & Naples. RSVP: 201-4762. AssuageCenters. com. See ad, page 33. Pet Walk – 6-8pm. 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


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and welcoming pets. Owners assume all responsibility and risk for their pet. Downtown Ft Myers. Sacred Sound Healing Circle – 6:30-8pm. Last Fri. With Sue Lovett. A variety of sacred sound vibration instruments will be integrated monthly including crystal singing bowls, gongs, chimes, flutes, kirtan chanting, singing and more. Breath work and gentle stretching may be included. Bring blanket, pillow, etc. $20/advance, $25/door. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 9490749. Community HU Chant/Spiritual Discussion – 7pm & 7:45pm. Chant followed by discussion at 7:45pm. Topic: Finding Spiritual Wisdom Through Dreams. Whole Foods Market, Mercato Plaza, 9101 Strada Pl, Naples. 482-4034. See ad on page 59 and news brief on page 14. Women’s Gathering (CBC) – 7pm. A bimonthly gathering for women over 21 to discuss women’s issues in society, religion, relationships, etc. Support and empower other women and network. Vent in a safe environment. Refreshments will be served. $5. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

SATURDAY, 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 entertainment. Harborside Event Center, Downtown Ft Myers. Tickets/tables/sponsorships: 939-2553 or 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. Fall Multicultural Festival – Noon-5pm. Sponsored by Eyes Wide Open, For Goodness Sake, Wynn Properties. Free health screenings (AIDS, sight, blood pressure, dental); trade show; Clown Galacctin; Danza Azteca; art; Instagram photobooth (by House of Gaia); ethnic food. Vendors welcome, call: 948-9444. Free entrance. 9240 Bonita Bch Rd, Bonita Springs. See news brief, page 10. AromaTouch Certification – 1pm. The AromaTouch Technique incorporates simple hand techniques with the power of essential oils to create a powerful whole body wellness experience. I Love Oils, Inc Training Center, 17030 Alico Commerce Ct, Ste 303, Ft Myers. 586-604-3500. Info: Restorative Yoga Crystal Bowl Sound Bliss – 2-4pm. With Susan. Be immersed in soothing, deeply nourishing and healing sound vibrations of the crystal bowls while relaxing in restorative postures. $25/preregistered, $30/after 10/28. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 2139276. Annual Family Halloween Festival – 4-7pm. Estero and Bonita Springs businesses come together to celebrate the fall season. Hayride, parade, costume contest. Children can enjoy activities and treats

while adults learn about the services the community has to offer. Fun for families and children 12 and under. Free with park admission. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-0311.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30 Community HU Chant – 11am. ECK Center of Soutwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155. Ft Myers. 482-4034. See ad on page 59 and news brief on page 14. Art and Soul – 1-4pm. Wire wrapping for beginners. Practice using wire tools, stones and beads. Create beautiful necklaces and pendants to complement your wardrobe. All supplies will be provided. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own treasure for wrapping such as a stone or piece of beach glass. $25. The Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455 or Kundalini Women’s Circle – 2-4pm. With Dhanwant. Share and meditate with fellow women, discovering and exploring the 11 feminine moon points. $25/preregistered, $30/after 10/28. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 2139276. Trick-or-Treat Naturally – 4-7pm. Sample stations for kids and adults. See store for details. Earth Origins Natural and Organic Market, 15121 S Tamiami Tr, Ste 104, Ft Myers. See ad, page 35.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 31 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.

$125. 550 Port O Call Way, Naples. Info: 703-9263382.

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.

corporates the universal spiritual teachings of A Course in Miracles, while covering the ancient practice of asana, pranayama, Sanskrit, meditation and more. Price varies. House of Prayer, Alva. Details: 844-7BE-LOVE. See ad, page 16.


200-Hour Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training – Nov 20-Dec 18. With Joyful Yoga. 947-9845.

New Year’s Wellness Costa Rica Retreat – Dec 31-Jan 7. Through yoga, spa, great food, music, song, stories, humor, games, movies, lectures, excursions and more, we will find ourselves feeling better and better, smiling despite ourselves and seeing how infectious joy can be. Price varies. Pura Vida Retreat & Spa, Costa Rica. Details: 844-7BE-LOVE. See ad, page 16.




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.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training – Dec 9-29. With yoga master Allowah. His unique style in-

200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training – Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 204, Naples. 6929747. Info/application: See ad, page 63.

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. See news brief on page 12 and ad on page 77.

plan ahead WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2 Florida Fracking Summit – The summit will feature expert speakers from around the US, addressing the effects of unconventional oil and gas laws, examples of local government actions and the future of fracking in Florida. Keynote address: Cornell University Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Dr Anthony Ingraffea. Florida Gulf Coast University, Cohen Center, Ft Myers. Info/register: See article, page 28.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4 Yin Harmony Fall Retreat – Nov 4-5. Hummingbird Energy Healing Arts & Boutique, 27785 Old 41, Bonita Springs. 494-6983. Hummingbird See ad, page 47. Cruise for a Cause – 4:45-6:45pm. 4:15pm, boarding begins. Join the Stroke Recovery Foundation for their inaugural Naples fundraising event on the luxurious Naples Princess. Enjoy a scenic boat ride, heavy hors d’oeuvres, dessert, wine, champagne, raffle and more, all while benefiting a great cause.

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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 Guided Tour, Organic Lunch and Spa – Mon-Fri. 10am-3pm, gift shop open. 11am & 2pm, guided tour, $15; 11:30am-2:30pm, organic lunch: vegan, vegetarian and protein offerings. Tue-Sun: organic spa by appointment, 10am-3pm (off hours available). Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749.

sunday Koreshan Farmers’ Market – 8am-1pm. Unique market in the historic settlement of the Koreshans. Fresh and local goods; native plants and trees. Free park admission; $1 environmental impact fee. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-0311. Dogs in the Garden Walk – 9-11:30am. Bring the family dog to visit the gardens and enjoy the canine-friendly atmosphere (exceptions apply) during designated dog walk hours. One dog permitted per adult; must remain on non-retractable leash at all times. Nonmembers: $14.95/adults, $9.95/kids (ages 4-14), free/3 and under; members/free. Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr, Naples. 6437275. Rodes Farmers’ Market – Thru Apr. 9am-2pm. Fresh produce, unique food items, indoor seafood market, arts and crafts and beach items. 3756 Bonita Bch Rd SW, Bonita Springs. 289-3786.

Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft Myers Sunday Service – 10:30-11:30am. All welcome. 13411 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. 561-2700. Celebration Church Services – 9:30-10:30am. A church that meets outdoors, welcomes everyone and has a huge heart. Cambier Park, 580 8th St S, Naples. 649-1588. Church of Spiritual Light – 9:45-11am. Sunday service. Spiritual connection, meditation, ritual, prayer and song. 1939 Park Meadows Dr, Ste 1, Ft Myers. 560-6314. Unity of Bonita Springs Sunday Service – 10am. With Rev Phil Schlaefer, music by Jerry Stawski. Inspiring lesson, music and meditation. 28285 Imperial Pkwy. 947-3100. Unity of Ft Myers Sunday Service – 10am. With Rev Jim Rosemergy, senior minister. Youth ministry also at 10am. Open to all. 11120 Ranchette Rd. 2781511. 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. 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. 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, com-

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Spiritual Study Group – 10:30am. Prayer and meditation with Rev Joyce Heist. Reading and discussion based on Basic Principles of the Science of Mind. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 516-909-7624. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples – 10:30am. Service, youth classes and childcare. Celebrate freedom, reason and compassion. All welcome. 6340 Napa Woods Way, Naples. 455-6553.

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 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:

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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. 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. 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. Rissho Kosei-kai Buddhist Group – 1:45-3:45pm. With dharma teacher Mary Tracy Sigman. Come explore practical Buddhism for everyday life. Service includes chanting from the Lotus Sutra, dharma study, Circle of Compassion and a short closing meditation. All are welcome. UUCFM, 13411 Shire Ln, Rm 1, Ft Myers. Info: 239-292-3182. Introductory Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 4:45pm. Last Sun each month. greenmonkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 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. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 6:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No


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– 7:30pm. Second Mon. For bereaved parents. YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd, Naples. 690-7801.

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. 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.

monday Sound Healing, Yoga Healing – 10am. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. 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. Vinyasa Yoga – 12:15-1:15pm. With Raimonda Kerikaite. Traditional and therapeutic yoga style for beginners and seasoned yogis. Ends with restorative, relaxing savasana. $15/drop-in or $120/10 class pass. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. 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. Power Yoga – 1:30-2:45pm. With Drew Larman. Level 2-3 class. Strong asana alignment, coupled with breath awareness and powerful pranayama exercises. $15/drop-in or $120/10 class pass. ShangriLa Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. 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 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.

Nar-Anon Family Groups – 7:30pm. Providing support and hope to those in despair because of a relative or friend’s addiction. First Baptist Church, 4117 Coronado Pkwy, Cape Coral. 940-2615.

tuesday 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. 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. A Course in Miracles – 7pm. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Fireplace Room, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Congregational Church, 15300 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527. Reiki Healing – 7pm. 1st and 3rd Mon. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Fellowship Hall, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. Rumba, Cha Cha, Swing – 7pm. All levels. First class is free. Studio One, 4184 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 214-3464. 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. 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. 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. Compassionate Friends: Collier County Group

Early Bird Hours – 8am. Early birds may choose to paint, take photographs, use the miles of walking trails, or bird watch during these special morning hours. Inquire about artist guidelines. Nonmembers: $14.95/adults, $9.95/kids (ages 4-14), free/3 and under; members/free. Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr, Naples. 643-7275. Dogs in the Garden Walk – 8-11am. Bring the family dog to visit the gardens and enjoy the canine-friendly atmosphere (exceptions apply) during designated dog walk hours. One dog permitted per adult; must remain on non-retractable leash at all times. Nonmembers: $14.95/adults, $9.95/kids (ages 4-14), free/3 and under; members/free. Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr, Naples. 6437275. 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. 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. Tai Chi – 9:30am. All levels. First class is free. Studio One, 4184 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 214-3464. 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 avail-

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able; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. 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.

Yoga for Well-Being – Begins Oct 19. 9:3010:30am. With Mary Cline Golbitz. Gentle class; perfect for beginners, those suffering chronic illness or injury and anyone who wants a gentle meditative yoga class. $15/drop-in or $120/10 class pass. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749.

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.

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

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.

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.

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. 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. 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.

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.

Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 2:30-4pm. Do you judge yourself harshly? Learn to love yourself. Dry Palms Foundation, 1251 Lamar Rd, N Ft Myers. Jane: 728-7106. Locally Grown Produce Market – Thru May. 3-6pm. Starts mid Oct. Purple Spoon Culinary, 25151 Chamber of Commerce Dr, Bonita Springs. Info: 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. 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. Mat Pilates – 5:30-6:30pm. With Melanie Pefinis. A unique method of body conditioning that uses the body as an integrated system. A series of strengthening and stretching moves, based on both ballet and yoga. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 9490749. Access BARs Exchange – 5:30-8pm. For those who have attended and completed an Access Consciousness BARs class. Come gift and receive a BARs session. Bring a pillow, sheets and massage tables. $5. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. RSVP: 305-311-7465. Info: KristinaAston. Healing, Prayer and Meditation Service – 6pm. First Wed. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Sanctuary, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. Gentle Yoga and Meditation – 6:30pm. 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. 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.

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

wednesday Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 9am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Congregational Church, 15300 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527. Morning Beach Yoga – 9-10am. Students can enjoy yoga surrounded by the beauty of nature at DelnorWiggins State Park. Check Facebook for weather cancellations. $5 plus state park entry fees. 11135 Gulf Shore Dr, Naples. 598-1938.

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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. 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. Yoga Nidra/Restorative/Reiki Class – 7-8:15pm. Former NHL player Drew Larman weaves a restorative yoga class with reiki and the ancient meditation practice of yoga nidra. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. 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. Medical Qigong Movement – 8:30pm. Ancient Chinese practice of five-element theory. Purge turbid; maintain physical/mental health. $15. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. 948-9444.

thursday 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. Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 9:30am. Free. Lamb of God Episcopal Lutheran Church, 19691 Cypress View Dr, Estero. Sally: 948-9162. 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. 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. 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. Qigong: Eight Pieces of Brocade – Noon-1pm or 4-5pm. Eight-week sessions, either time. Loosen your muscles, improve your posture, enhance your blood circulation and relax. $80/8 sessions or $15/drop-in. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. RSVP: 250-9312 or 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. Dogs in the Garden Walk – 3-5pm. Bring the family dog to visit the gardens and enjoy the canine-friendly atmosphere (exceptions apply) during designated dog walk hours. One dog permitted per adult; must remain on non-retractable leash at all times. Nonmembers: $14.95/adults, $9.95/kids (ages 4-14), free/3 and under; members/free. Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr, Naples. 6437275. Infant and Pregnancy Loss Support Group – 5:15-6:45pm. 2nd Thurs. 1095 Whippoorwill Ln, Naples. 298-9725. Facebook page: Grieving Together. Caterpillars Kids Yoga – 5-6pm. With Salima Silverman. Children ages 4-12 learn healthy coping skills, build self-confidence and enjoy fun exercise. Note: every 2nd Thur, Monarch Family Yoga class (special pricing). $20/drop-in, $60/4 classes. Client discount available. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Terr, Naples. Preregistration required: 325-9210. 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. Yin Yoga – 6-7pm. With Marci Gillis. Passive poses held 3-5 minutes to release connective tissue holding paterns in the body. Focus: hips and lower back. All levels. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 9490749. 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. 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. Intro to Latin – 7pm. All levels. First class is free. Studio One, 4184 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 214-3464. La Leche League – 7pm. 1st Thurs. Mother-to-


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mother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. St Hilary’s Episcopal Church, 5011 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 454-1350.

Learn to love yourself. Grace Church (enter thru thrift store), 2415 Grand Ave, Ft Myers. Jane: 7287106.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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Messages and Meditation – 7:30pm. With Deborah Noonon. Open discussion. Guided meditation, followed by spirit messages. $15. Center of Eternal Light, 260 Professional Pl, N Ft Myers. 599-4700.

Red Tent Women’s Gathering – 6-9pm. 4th Fri. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 2286949.

Salsa – 8pm. All levels. First class is free. Studio One, 4184 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 214-3464.

friday St John Farmers’ Market – Thru Apr. 9am-2pm. About 40 vendors including three produce stands and arts and crafts. Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 625 11th Ave N, Naples Park. 289-3786.

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. Vino-Yasa Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. With Diana Holding. Soothing wine yoga class for all levels and all bodies. Sip pinot, stretch, strengthen and smile. $15/ drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749.

FOR RENT ORGANIC SPA ROOM – European classy-style spa room for rent at a medical wellness center in Olde Naples. $650/month. 777-0344. ROOM FOR RENT – 12-by-13 room in medical massage office with wood floors, window. Anchor Court. $700/month includes utilities. 293-0960. TREATMENT ROOM FOR RENT – Beautiful, private, clean room in tranquil setting. For massage therapist or other wellness professionals. US 41 and Anchor Rode, Naples. $600/month. Utilities included. Text Peggy: 564-4945.


Compassionate Friends: Lee County Group – 9am. 4th Sat. For bereaved parents. Unity Church of Bonita, 28285 Imperial Pkwy, Bonita Springs. 690-7801.

BUISNESS ASSOCIATES WANTED – Join our team introducing SW Florida to an innovative European wellness technology backed by 17 years of research, available in 40 countries and recently available in the United States. Bill Bergman, MD: 303-819-7072.

C3 Farmers’ Market – Thru Apr. 9am-2pm. Fresh produce, food vendors and arts and crafts. Community Congregational Church (C3), 15300 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 289-3786.

HAIR STYLIST STATION – Booth rental salon. Lots of storage. Towels provided. Near US 41 and Crystal Dr, Ft Myers. 277-1133.

Meditation – 10am. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949.

Rodes Farmers’ Market – Thru Apr. 9am-2pm. Fresh produce, unique food items, indoor seafood market, arts and crafts and beach items. 3756 Bonita Bch Rd SW, Bonita Springs. 289-3786.

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.

A Day of Healing – 9:30am-noon or 1:30-4:30pm. 3rd Sat. With Dolores Gozzi. Enjoy a class or group healing and meditation; varies each month. $35. The Pines, 8192 College Pkwy, Ste B 37 & B 38, Ft Myers. 826-6960.

SEEKING PASSIONATE YOGA STUDENTS/ TEACHERS – To assist with classes in Olde Naples. Call 963-6624 or email NoraVanHouten@

Women’s Co-Dependents Anonymous – Noon. Women only. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Sally: 948-9162.

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.

Restorative Yin Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. With Sue Lovett. 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. La Leche League – 10am. 2nd Fri. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Center Point Community Church, 6590 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples. 404-4933.

Free Class Fridays – Noon-7pm. Learn about healthy tips, pain relief, stress reduction, weight loss, non-invasive testing and more. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. 2509312. Schedule: 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. Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 2:30-4pm. Do you judge yourself harshly?


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/Class – 4-5:30pm. 1st Sat. Bring your drums, shakers, open heart and dance. Donation. Drum Class with Debo: $12. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455.

SEEKING PERSONAL BUSINESS ASSISTANT – Acting/improv experience useful, not required. My work includes recognizing and energizing potential business projects while confronting boredom and distractions. The opportunity will include creating goals, marketing, managing timelines and supporting focus and personal motivation to empower a senior citizen to continue to produce value to humanity. The initial agreement will include a five-to-10-hour/week work commitment that will be renegotiated as the work relationship develops. Bill: 597-7372. START A CAREER YOU CAN BE PASSIONATE ABOUT – Publish your own Natural Awakenings magazine. Home-based business, complete with comprehensive training and support system. New franchises are available or purchase a magazine that is currently publishing. Call 530-1377 or visit

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


Jack Morris, AP, Dipl Ac (NCCAOM) Advanced Certified Cupping Specialist, MPS Certified • 239-293-4005 Specializing in long- and short-term pain issues, detoxification, cupping (reverse pressure therapy), migraines and TMJ, menses irregularity, PMS and infertility, smoking cessation and PTSD. See ad, page 27.

ACUPUNCTURE/PSYCHOTHERAPY John E. Patton, Board Certified Acupuncture Physician Licensed Mental Health Counselor 1063-1065 Fifth Ave N, Naples 239-262-6828

Specialty: acupuncture, psychotherapy, nutritional counseling, meditation—wellness through maintenance and prevention. Indigestion, hormone imbalance, pain, headaches, anxiety, depression, detoxification. AP488/MH2616.


Rosemary Harris, Lic. Acupuncture Physician Complete Well-Being Center 684 Goodlette Rd N, Naples 34102 239-404-0648 We combine modern medicine with the wisdom of ancient healing utilizing acupuncture, auricular therapy, herbal medicine, cupping, dietary therapy, electrical acupuncture, facial rejuvenation, a therapeutic massage chair and cold laser pain therapy. “We treat you like family!”

ACUPUNCTURE CENTER OF NAPLES Dr. Xiu Qiong Cen, AP, OMD (China) 5683 Naples Blvd, Naples 34109 P: 239-513-9232 • F: 239-513-9293

Licensed acupuncture physician with 28 years experience in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Experienced in pain management, women’s health, insomnia, migraines, digestion issues and much more. See ad, page 12.


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

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


Oriental Medicine 239-841-6611, Naples & Ft Myers Specializing in treatment of allergies, hormonal imbalances, auto-immune problems and pain using acupuncture, herbs, NAET, Biomagnetic Pairs Therapy. AP771. See ad, page 11.


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


Ayurveda Clinic, Massage & Yoga Therapy 501 Goodlette-Frank Rd N, Ste A107, Naples, 34102 • 239-450-6903 Practicing holistic medicine since 1987. Professional Member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, specializing in highly personalized Ayurvedic treatments and lifestyle consultations, Massage and individual Yoga sessions for chronic and acute problems. Pancha Karma, Shirodhara and skin care. Ayurveda and Yoga Study program available. MA0023929, MM0008584, FB0716888. See ad, page 6.


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

BODYWORK HOLISTIC HEALING ARTS Est. 1991 Alvina Quatrano, LMT FL MA 50896 For Info or Appt: 732-266-5276

Enjoy a relaxing and healing massage to suit your needs. Integrating a lifetime of experience. Swedish, Zero Balancing, Process Acupressure, Reflexology, Reiki, Sports, Cranio-Sacral, Pregnancy and facials. Facial Specialist FB9742820. FL Provider #50-9777 – Classes.


Cindi Curci-Lee, RN, BSN Advanced Certified Rolfer Movement Practitioner Yamuna Body Rolling Instructor 201 8th St S, Ste 307, Naples 7680 Cambridge Manor Pl, Ste 100, Ft Myers • 239-777-4070 Longing for relief from headaches, backaches, joint restrictions, or pain? Love to improve your posture or sport performance? Rolfing’s the 21st century solution! MA38152, MM33202 (Naples), MM29338 (Ft Myers).


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


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


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

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 54.


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.


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.


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



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


Colon therapist since 1994. Enclosed gravity method, uv/ ozone purified water, superior to others. Massage, Reflex-ology, Upledger CranioSacral/SER & 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 27.


Granite, Marble and Crystals 12911 Metro Pkwy, Ft Myers 33906 239-561-1981 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.


Mark Corke, DDS 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers 33907 239-936-5442 • Dr. Corke enjoys working with holistic patients and practitioners on the journey to wellness. His practice “gets it” and is worth the trip to Fort Myers to experience his many services. From dental lasers to ozone he has many tools and a sympathetic ear. See ad, page 52.


9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 111 Bonita Springs, 34135 • 239-676-8730 Dr. Pint can join your health journey and play a role in minimizing toxicity; this includes protection while removing dental materials plus consultation. All X-rays are digital and minimal. See ad, page 11.


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: our-events/. 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 Certified teacher and licensed practitioner offering classes and individual healing sessions inperson or distance: ThetaHealing®, Esoteric Healing ® , Seraphim Blueprint ® , Reiki, Axiatonal Alignments.


Healing People & Animals since 2005 • 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.


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


LMT – Conscious Posture, Feldenkrais – Student Teacher Trainee, Kinesis Myo-Fascial Integration Practitioner 501 Goodlette-Frank Rd, Ste D-304, Naples 239-777-2597 • 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.

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

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 29.

HUGHES CENTER FOR FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE Pamela Hughes, D.O. 800 Goodlette Rd, Ste 270, Naples 34102 239-649-7400 •

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.


Internal Medicine, Functional Medicine Office: 239-444-5636 • 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 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 • 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 61.


2132 Tamiami Trl N, Naples 239-213-2222 • Open Mon-Sat 7am-8pm. Florida’s only 100% organic market and café. Fresh produce delivered daily. Homemade breakfast, lunch and dinner. See ad, page 10.


141 9th St N, Naples 239-261-7157 • Discover what Wynn’s Family Market has to offer! Fresh, quality, healthy meals as well as your favorite comfort foods! Organic, natural and imported selections. Gluten-free offerings. See ad, page 33.


Come heal with us! We offer many natural healing options – acupuncture, clinical psychotherapy (RTR and couples therapy, massage, bodywork, Quantum Energetic, classes (yoga, tai chi, Stretch ‘n Strength), infrared sauna, reiki classes and much more! See ad, page 26.


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


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HYPNOTHERAPY CONCERNED HEALTH ALTERNATIVES Lynn D. Thomas, RN, CHt, Director Certified Medical Clinical Hypnotherapist & Energy Practitioner 239-494-1363 •

Achieve permanent, positive life and habit changes through safe, rapid, effective relaxation techniques. Work with your subconscious mind through direct suggestion and regression to reach your fullest potential. Release the Past = Gain Freedom. PL, LBL, EFT, NLP. See ad, page 59.


Licensed Louise Hay "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.


9407 Cypress Lake Dr, Ste C, Ft Myers 33919 1201 Piper Blvd, Unit 1, Naples 34110 239-333-1450 • The finest relaxation treatments from around the planet have been brought to Fort Myers. Each technique is perfected for your mind, body, face and skin. See ad, page 33.


7070 College Pkwy, Ft Myers 33907 Mon-Sat: 9am-8pm, Sun: 9am-7pm Ph: 239-939-9600 • Fax: 239-288-6210 Natural and organic produce and grocery items. Vitamins and supplements. Organic juice and smoothie bar. New Green Leaf Café. Market- prepared foods. 1000’s of gluten-free items. See ad, page 51.


Natural Health Practitioner, Herbalist N Ft Myers • 239-652-0421 Improve your health naturally. Hormone testing. Bio-Identical Hormones. Powerful healing herbs and supplements. Male/ female anti-aging and sexual problems. Want to feel better? Call now! See ad, page 17.

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Dee Harris, RDN, LDN, CDE Bonita Bay Executive Center 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Sprgs 239-676-5249 • 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.


Frederick B. Stahlman, BS, PT, CST-D 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 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 26.


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


PSYCHOTHERAPY GOTTMAN METHOD COUPLES THERAPY AND SEX THERAPY Peg Walsh, MS, CNS Clinical Nurse Specialist 9990 Coconut Rd, Bonita Springs 34135 718-208-6986 •

Relationships are precious. Learn how to heal yours with researchbased methods from the Gottman Institute. Reconnect sexually with your partner using sex and individual therapy. Explore individually the issues that are troubling and holding you back. See ad, page 57.

Area Rug Cleaning Specialist 4081 Mercantile Ave, Ste B Naples 34104 239-206-1481 · 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 22.


Jennifer Colucci 1084 Business Ln, Naples • 239- 529-7582 Brand new healing art space offering donation yoga classes in therapeutic, gentle, restorative, kundalini and crystal bowls.


2900 Tamiami Trl N, Naples 239-213-9276 • 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 28.


(formerly Bala Vinyasa Yoga) • 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

Serving Naples since 1999. Hatha and therapeutic Yoga. Improve p o st u r e , b r e a th - w o r k , h e a l injuries, The Great Yoga Wall®. Massage therapy: sports, Swedish, Lomi Lomi. Nutritional counsel. Summer special: 3 for 2. RIVERSIDE COMMUNITY & FARM OBTAIN THE PROPERTY REPORT REQUIRED BY FEDERAL LAW AND READ IT BEFORE SIGNING ANYTHING. NO FEDERAL AGENCY HAS JUDGED THE MERITS OR VALUE, IF ANY, OF THIS PROPERTY. This is not intended to be an offer to sell, nor solicitation of an offer to buy real estate in North Carolina to residents of any state or other jurisdiction where prohibited by law.


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