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The Sacrament of Letting Go by Macrina Wiederkehr
Slowly she celebrated the sacrament of letting go. First she surrendered her green, then the orange, yellow, and red. Finally she let go of her own brown. Shedding her last leaf she stood empty and silent, stripped bare. Leaning against the winter sky, she began her vigil of trust. Shedding her last leaf, she watched it journey to the ground. She stood in silence wearing the colors of her emptiness, her branches wondering, how do you give shade with so much gone? And then, the sacrament of waiting began. The sunrise and the sunset watched with tenderness. Clothing her with silhouettes that kept her hope alive. They helped her to understand that her vulnerability, her dependence and need, her emptiness, her readiness to receive, were giving her a new kind of beauty. Every morning and every evening they stood in silence, and celebrated together the sacrament of waiting. As your seasons turn, I wonder, what are you letting go of? What are you opening to receive?
I’m too fresh from the eye of Hurricane Irma to be able to offer deep perspective on her full impact in Southwest Florida. What I’ve learned is that there are as many individual realities and personal catharsis stories as there are people that felt her fury. My intention was to get out of Irma’s path, and a pathway opened for me to secure a last-minute flight to a whole different experience, courtesy of a retreat in Mount Shasta, California. I had wanted to attend this two-week inner and outer journey, but didn’t feel I could allow myself the time away from work. (See our special Transformative Travel features on pages 36 and 40 to inspire your next adventure). Mornings and evenings, I would report updates to my retreat companions on progress with my parallel “hurricane reality”, including pulling a huge oak tree from my backyard pool and finding resources for other property damage recovery. The retreat was my alternate reality, supporting me in strengthening my relationship with the eternal life force within that can never be harmed. After two weeks of extensive hiking and meditating, supported by my fellow travelers and group leader, I felt like any wind that blew my way would be met with firm, strong roots connected to the One True Source Energy by any name it is called. Upon returning to Naples, I found friends still spinning through the aftermath, the storm having impacted their “normalcy”. Some showed symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, so I shared tools that have helped bring me back into balance. Many of them held their center throughout the ordeal, already deeply rooted within; others were grateful they were less challenged by outside conditions. Perhaps the acceleration in extreme weather and other world events, the result of a world out of balance, are designed to cleanse and awaken us to something better. When I intuitively approached Irma as the living energy force she was, I acknowledged her for trying to do her job, caring for Mother Earth by cooling warm ocean waters and cleansing the land humans systematically destroy. I continue to ponder how our Natural Awakenings family of publishers can be of greater service by more gently awaking humanity to the intense environmental corruption and mental negativity and polarity people create around the world. A good place to start is tuning into where we might be out of balance and aim to ensure that how we treat people and our planet consistently aligns with our highest values and integrity. It is possible for us to all dance together in our universal home so that all living things are honored and cared for. Thank you for the important role you play in our community. We are each a key part of the solution, and love is the glue that holds us together. Holding Strong in a Circle of Light,
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newsbriefs Water Quality Event and Dinner at Purple Spoon
dvanced Registered Nurse Practitioner Deborah J. Post, owner of Wellbridges Health Center, in Bonita Springs, and chef Kristina San Filippo, of Purple Spoon Culinary, will make a presentation, Water=Life, from 6 to 8 p.m., October 5. It includes a three-course dinner at Purple Spoon, in Bonita Springs. Attendees will learn about both the quantity and quality of the status of water in our area, and how and why the cost of bottled water has increased dramatically. Other topics include the function of water in our bodies and the issues we face in getting enough good Deb Post water to sustain us. The meal will feature sustainably raised, locally sourced ingredients served with wine or juice selections. Cost: $68. Location: 25151 Chamber of Commerce Dr. For more information or to register (required), call 239-908-3842, email Events@PurpleSpoonfl.com or visit ChefKristina.com. Wellbridges Health Center is located at 9200 Bonita Beach Rd., Ste. 213. For more information, call 239-231-8354 or visit Wellbridges.com. See ad, page 53.
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Events and Sacred Wedding Spaces in Nature
ith fall and the end-ofyear holidays approaching, the natural surroundings of the Happehatchee Center, in Estero, offer a suitable location for family and social special events, including wedding ceremonies, receptions, life celebrations, birthday parties for all ages, engagement parties, bridal showers, baby showers and more. Encompassing five-and-a-half acres of native Florida landscape, it houses the Happehatchee Historic House and the Peace Pavilion that are available for rent. The center also conducts classes, conferences, retreats and other events. Location: 8791 Corkscrew Rd. For more information, call 239-9925455 or visit Happehatchee.org. See resource guide listing, page 68.
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newsbriefs New Activities for ‘Ding’ Darling Days
ew activities and programs will mark the 29th annual “Ding” Darling Days birding and eco-festival from October 15 to 21 at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, on Sanibel Island. Family Fun Day will take place on October 15 and includes the debut of the new #LearningLav exhibit, transforming the Visitor and Education Center restrooms into marine life exhibits, beginning with a ceremony at 10 a.m., followed by a free goodie bag giveaway, Kids’ Animal Yoga by Ambu Yoga and Ranger Toni, live animal presentations by CROW, the 97.7 Latino Hits Van from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the inaugural performance of the Sanibel School Drumming Band from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Free refuge tours, archery clinics, hot dogs, a butterfly house and kids’ nature crafts will also be available, along with the Florida WaterVentures Traveling Lab, a 53-foot traveling science center arriving on October 16. New free programs throughout the week include horseshoe crab clinics, a bee presentation, a Making Calusa Mounds of Midden program by archaeologist Theresa Schober and film showings. Location: 1 Wildlife Dr. For the full calendar of events, visit DingDarling Days.com. For more information, call 239-472-1100 or visit fws.gov/ dingdarling.
Pathways to Wellness Event to Improve Cancer Care
urvive and Thrive will present the first annual Pathways to Wellness event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., October 28, at the Hilton Naples. This free event will assist those affected by cancer, including patients, survivors, loved ones and healthcare professionals. Featured activities include yoga for cancer classes led by Survive and Thrive Executive Director Wendy Campbell; keynote speaker oncologist James C. Salwitz, M.D., discussing survivorship and the importance of integrative care after treatment; a group discussion on the growth and intimacy in relationships for those touched by cancer, led by Clinical Psychologist Meredith B. Frankel; a lecture by holistic doctor Brian Thornburg, DO, on the importance of gut health in reducing inflammation and cancer; and Sue Lovett, a registered yoga teacher, leading an acupressure self-care workshop and closing group meditation with healing sound therapy. Campbell founded the nonprofit organization in October 2016 to empower those affected by cancer in Collier and Lee counties with yoga and mindfulness techniques through specialized instruction, workshops, retreats and events. Admission is free. Location: 5111 Tamiami Tr. N. Register for the event at Eventbrite.com. For more information, call 828-273-6354, email Wendy@SurviveThriveYoga.org or visit WendyCampbellYoga.com/survive-thrive.
Raw Hair Salon Offers New Pet Product Line
wners can help their pets stop itching and have healthier, more enjoyable baths and smoother, softer, coats with Raw Paws organic pet products, available at the Raw Hair Organic Salon, in Naples. The line includes an all-natural and organic shampoo, conditioner, detangler, bug repellent and a spray for rashes, irritation or bleeding. The detangler straightens hair quickly and painlessly, and eliminates insects without the use of chemical toxins. The spray, which includes a patented ingredient used by the military, has been shown to heal irritated spots and rashes overnight. Location: 2940 Immokalee Rd., Ste. 4. For more information, call 239-206-0939 or visit RawHairOrganics.com. See ad, page 17. natural awakenings
newsbriefs Victor Lutheran Church Hosts Circle Conversation
he Community Café Coalition’s Conversation on Caring for Creation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m., November 7, at the Christus Victor Lutheran Church, in North Naples. Helping to shift participants from small talk to meaningful results, this circle conversation is for people of all ages that support the protection, preservation and celebration of creation. In this safe environment, attendees are encouraged to share healing ideas and suggestions for promoting and protecting nature. Location: 15600 Tamiami Tr. For more information or to RSVP, email AnnLSmith714@gmail.com or SeniorMinistry@cvlcfl.org, or visit Facebook.com/ groups/1871966173063426/.
October 7 Climate Conversation Cancelled
et’s Continue the Climate Conversation event, scheduled for October 7, has been cancelled due to complications that were the result of Hurricane Irma. This important event, that includes a hands-on personalized Climate Change Workshop to empower climate change communicators, will be rescheduled for November or early December. For more information call KC Schulberg at 239-784-0880.
Become Lighter and Brighter in Sedona
eather Faun Basl and Johanna Davis are celebrating this fall with a Soul Shift Retreat from November 7 through 9 in Sedona, Arizona, focusing on transformation and restoration. They help participants remove what blocks and holds them back from their highest potential. The event incudes a Heather Faun Basl group sound healing session at one of the International Reiki Center sites, yoga, group meditation/journeying, three vortex sites and more. Basl is a well-known spiritual counselor, psychic medium and intuitive healer who provides sessions via phone, Internet and in-person visits. She gives loving care and assistance to bring peace to our Earthly experience. She says, “Get ready to fly! Remove what blocks you and holds you back—become magnificent and great. Realize your true potential—a lighter, brighter you.” Register at HeatherFaun.com/Sedona. For more information, call 630-210-8688, email Heather@GraceAngels.com. See listing in the resource guide, page 70.
kudos Jennifer Barrell, of D-Signed Nutrition, in Bonita Springs, has been licensed as a dietician nutritionist in Florida. One of two fully licensed nutritionists at the practice owned by Dee Harris, Barrell, a highly qualified nutritional professional with an advanced degree from an accredited university in nutrition, 1,000 hours of supervised internship and passing the rigorous exam Jennifer Barrell administered by the Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists, is also accredited as a certified nutrition specialist. Location: 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd., Ste. 300. For more information or an appointment, call 239-676-5249, email Jennifer.Barrell@D-SignedNutrition.com or visit D-SignedNutrition.com. See ad, page 21.
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healthbriefs WOMEN LIVE LONGER WHEN SURROUNDED BY GREENERY
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esearchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Brigham and Womenâ€™s Hospital, in Boston, followed 108,630 U.S. women enrolled in the Nursesâ€™ Health Study between 2000 and 2008, comparing their mortality rates with the amount of vegetation around their homes. The researchers also accounted for related risk factors such as age, socioeconomic status, race and ethnicity, and smoking behaviors. They concluded that subjects living in the greenest areas had a 12 percent lower mortality rate than those living in the least lush areas during the study period.
leven counties in New York instituted restrictions on trans fatty acids in restaurants in 2007. Researchers from Yale University School of Medicine used data from the New York State Department of Health statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System and U.S. Census population estimates to determine the impact of these restrictions on the health of the community; they compared the 11 counties that had the restrictions to 25 counties without them. The scientists concluded that hospital heart attack admissions were significantly lower for the 11 counties with the restrictions.
Walking Reduces Symptoms of Dementia
study from the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, examined the impact of regular walking on people with vascular cognitive impairment, the secondmost common form of dementia. The ailment occurs when blood vessels become damaged by cardiovascular disease, impeding good blood circulation and making the brain work harder. The researchers scanned the brains and conducted computerized decision-making and attention tests on 38 people with mild, early forms of vascular cognitive impairment. Half of the subjects were asked to participate in supervised, one-hour walking sessions three times per week for a six-month period. The remaining subjects did not walk. After six months, the walking group showed improvements in both blood pressure and brain function, with their brains requiring less effort during the decisionmaking and attention tests.
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Resveratrol May Help Eye Health
esveratrol is a natural substance found in grapes, peanuts, blueberries and other foods thatâ€™s known for its heart-protective nature. Researchers believe it may also help promote eye health, including prevention of glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration, but not much is known about its presence in the eyes. Scientists from Tongji Medical College, in China, set out to measure the concentration of trans-resveratrol in the eyes after oral supplementation. Three daily doses of Longevinex, an oral trans-resveratrolbased capsule supplement, was administered to 35 adults prior to eye surgery on one of their eyes, and tissue samples of the conjunctiva, aqueous humor and vitreous humor were taken. Researchers measured the tissues for resveratrol concentration to determine how much of the supplement penetrated the eyes. Resveratrol metabolites were detected in the conjunctiva of 25 of the eyes, indicating that the beneficial substance does pass through the brain. natural awakenings
Music Soothes Pain after Surgery
esearchers from the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, in New York City, studied the impact of music therapy on 60 patients that had undergone spinal fusion surgery. Half received a 30-minute music therapy session, along with standard postoperative care, within 72 hours of surgery. The other half received only standard care. The scientists used the visual analog scale to measure pain before and after music therapy in both groups concurrently. The patients receiving music therapy experienced average pain level reductions from 6.2 to 5.09, while the control group averaged slight increases in pain, from 5.2 to 5.87. “The degree of change in the music group is notable for having been achieved by non-pharmacologic means, with little chance of adverse effects,” explains Center Director and study co-author Joanne Loewy. “Pain is subjective and personal, and warrants an individualized approach to care. Certified, licensed music therapists can tailor treatment to each patient’s musical preferences and address their pain level.”
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Decaying Autumn Leaves Feed Summer Gardens In many parts of the U.S., autumn brings fallen leaves, and the benefits of composting can be extended via leaf molding. “You get new leaves every year. You don’t need to take leaves to a landfill or burn them,” advises Lee Reich, Ph.D., a garden and orchard consultant in New Paltz, New York (LeeReich. com). Digging or tilling leaves into garden beds and containers, using them as mulch, fosters natural soil conditioning, supplies beneficial nutrients and enriches earthworm habitat. PlanetNatural.com estimates that 50 to 80 percent of tree nutrients end up in their leaves. According to FineGardening.com, “Leaf mold prevents extreme fluctuations in soil temperature, keeps the soil surface loose so water penetrates easily, retains soil moisture by slowing water evaporation and stimulates biological activity, creating a microbial environment that helps thwart pests.” One method comprises piling leaves in a corner of the yard or in a wood or wire bin at least three feet wide and tall. Thoroughly dampen the entire pile and let it sit, checking the moisture level occasionally during dry periods and adding water if necessary. Another option is to fill a large plastic bag with leaves and moisten them. Seal the bag, and then cut some holes or slits for airflow. Check every month or two and add water if the leaves are dry. Either way, the decomposition process for most leaves can take six to 12 months; DIYNatural.com reports that some leaves, like oak, can take up to three years to decompose. Hasten the process by mowing the leaves a couple of times before adding them to the pile or bag; turning them over every few weeks with a shovel or garden fork; or covering the contained pile with a plastic tarp to keep the leaves wetter and warmer.
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Everything is Connected in the Body
he human body is a collection of 11 major systems— cardiovascular/circulatory, respiratory, digestive/excretory, endocrine, integumentary/exocrine, lymphatic/immune, muscular/ movement, nervous, urinary/ renal, reproductive and skeletal. Each of the parts in these systems not only interacts with Jay Weitzner each other, but also with other systems to produce a result. For example, the eyes interact with the brain, nerves, muscles, circulatory system and the vestibular system within the ears, providing sensory information about motion, equilibrium and spatial orientation. In other words, every part and system of the body is about more than just one thing. To solve a health challenge, a functional health practitioner examines more than one aspect of one system. For example, should the muscular system begin to experience deficits, the body is likely to send messages to several areas. There may be pain, tightness or a loss of strength or stability. Any one of these sensations might be felt in the joints or muscles. Occasionally, they might feel as though they are originating from the bones. The message does not need to be in the same place as where the muscular system is functioning with a deficit. If black-and-white medical answers such as pills, physical therapy, injections, surgery, chiropractic adjustments or massage therapy does not eliminate pain, tightness, loss of strength or stability, and fitness answers such as personal training, foam rolling or stretching also haven’t solved the problem, it is likely that the issue is in a gray area. Ambiguous movement challenges are best addressed by a certified medical exercise specialist that employs muscle system strategies via physical fitness and identifies aspects of the muscular system functioning at a deficit in quality movement. Improving the quality of movement enhances how the body can move, which leads to feeling better. Jay Weitzner, owner of Symmetry: No Fads All Fitness, located at 1750 J and C Blvd., Ste. 10 in Naples, is a certified medical exercise specialist. For more information, call 239-940-2121 or visit SymmetryPrecisionFitness.com. See ad, page 2. 22
Antioxidants Counterbalance Free Radicals in the Body
ntioxidants are molecules that inhibit oxidation, the chemical reaction that produces free radicals, which damage cells. Antioxidant enzymes such as selenium methionine peroxidase, catalase, glutathione peroxidase and superoxide dismutase are produced by the body. Fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices that are considered part of a healthy diet also contain antioxidants, in addition to food-based supplements. The level of antioxidants present in foods is measured by oxygen radical absorption capacity (ORAC), which also tests the capacity of the body to absorb and eliminate free radicals. Berries such as goji, acai, wild blueberries, elderberries, cranberries and blackberries have the highest ORAC measurements between 9,500 and 25,000. Cocoa, dark chocolate, artichokes, beans (kidney, red, black and pinto) and green tea have ORAC measurements between 9,400 and 21,000. In a 2011 study conducted by Loma Linda University, pecans, with an ORAC level of 17,000, were shown to prevent heart disease. Herbs and spices such as clove, cinnamon, oregano, rosemary, fresh cilantro, garlic, cayenne pepper, turmeric, cumin, dried parsley, basil, ginger and green tea rank as some of the highest antioxidant-rich foods in nature. According to Dr. Josh Axe, when antioxidant levels in the body are lower than that of free radicals—due to poor nutrition, toxin exposure or other factors—oxidation wreaks havoc in the body, causing accelerated aging, damaged or mutated cells, broken-down tissue, the activation of harmful genes within DNA and an overloaded immune system. Keith I. Block, M.D., medical director of the Block Center for Integrative Cancer Treatment and director of integrative medical education at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, notes that antioxidants are necessary in terms of laying a solid health foundation to prevent and combat illness. He highly recommends that a vitamin supplement program should enhance a healthy diet,rather than be a substitute for it. Caroline Thonton is the owner of Spa One Day Spa, in Punta Gorda, a nutritional consultant and health advocate for Modere, a 30-year-old international leader in organic personal care and home health products. For more information, call 941-457-6806 or visit BeautifulHealth.Today. See ad, page 14.
Near-Infrared Light Technology
n the 1990s, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and a sponsored research team from the University of WisconsinMadison carried out the first red-light therapy experiments using near-infrared light technology (NIRLT) in plant growth chambers on space shuttle missions. While testing red light, the astronauts noticeably benefitted from the exposure. Clinical treatment trials into collagen red light therapy soon followed in the U.S. and across much of Europe. Today, NIRLT is used in varied fields of medicine, including anti-aging medicine. Results from a 2014 study published in Photomedicine and Laser Surgery demonstrated both efficacy and safety for red light therapy in promoting anti-aging skin rejuvenation and an increase in intradermal collagen. Subjects that were treated experienced significant improvements in skin complexion, skin tone, texture, reduced skin roughness, reduced signs of wrinkles and fine lines, and an increase in collagen density. A series of NIRLT sessions has been successful as a treatment for rosacea and acne, as well as for healing wounds, scar tissue and many skin, joint, and muscle problems. The Salt Therapy Grotto, located at 3443 Pine Ridge Rd., Ste.102 (Cambridge Square), in Naples, offers NIRLT. For more information or to schedule a session, call 239-598-0990 or visit SaltTherapyGrotto.com. See ad, back cover.
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Wind Turbines Kill Winged Creatures Wind turbines make cleaner energy, but are dangerous to birds and bats. According to a study in the Wildlife Society Bulletin, approximately 573,000 birds and 888,000 bats are killed annually by wind turbines, which are providing increased wind power capacity nationwide. At one solar power plant in California, an estimated 3,500 birds died in just the plant’s first year of operation. What would help most is offshore turbines and knowledge about migration routes. The safest place for wind turbines is in the ocean, because songbirds and bats don’t migrate over such waters. On land, many songbirds fly at night and can’t see the wind turbines until it’s too late. Once they’ve discovered the unsafe area, they avoid it. Because migration routes are based on availability of food, water and resting areas, birds are forced to fly around the turbines, adding miles to their trip and the burning of more calories. Estimates of just how many bats are dying each year range from the tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands. Radar installations help to keep bats away from the deadly blades. Other remedies include slowing the blades at night to reduce collisions, which has proved to reduce overall wildlife deaths by 73 percent. In 2016 the American Wind Energy Association announced voluntary guidelines to halt turbines during low wind speeds, when bats are most active, to reduce bat fatalities by 30 percent. With two more industry changes, bat fatalities could drop 90 percent: feathering, or turning the blades parallel to the wind so the turbines don’t rotate; and higher cut-in speeds so they don’t rotate in light winds. Take action at NationOfChange.org/petitions/protect-bats-lethal-wind-turbines. 24
A collaborative study published in the journal Pediatrics concludes that toddlers under the age of 2 are more likely to eat French fries than vegetables on any given day; one in four 6-to-11month-olds and one in five 1-year-olds consumed no vegetables at all. This concerning downward trend began more than a decade ago. The percentage of babies and toddlers eating canned or frozen fruits and vegetables declined by 10 percent between 2005 and 2012, and the consumption of dark, leafy greens among those under 2 has halved since 2005. Dr. Annemarie Stroustrup, an associate professor with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, in New York City, says, “You often have to offer a new food to a toddler up to 10 times before they will eat it.”
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Columbus Day Renamed to Honor First Peoples Many people feel that Christopher Columbus is partly responsible for the genocide of Native Americans, and bestowing him a day of celebration adds insult to injury. In a progressive move, the Anadarko City Council, in Oklahoma, unanimously voted to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day—observed this year on October 9. City employees get the holiday off, and other municipalities in Oklahoma have followed suit.
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Forests Shift West with Climate Change The consequences of climate change are impacting plant species in unanticipated, but logical ways; for instance, conifers and other needle trees are moving northward because they are more sensitive to temperature than flowering, deciduous trees. They already populate the boreal forest of eastern North America, so they’re well-adapted to expand into colder, drier conditions. Individual trees can’t move, but populations can shift over time as saplings expand into a new region while older growth dies in another. A new study published in Science Advances also shows that about three-quarters of tree species common to eastern American forests, including white oaks, sugar maples and American holly, have shifted their population centers westward since 1980 due to drier conditions in the East. Global warming has significantly altered rainfall totals. Songlin Fei, a professor of forestry at Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Indiana, and one of the study authors, observes, “Different species are responding to climate change differently. Most of the broadleaf species of deciduous trees are following moisture that’s moving westward.” Changes in land use, conservation efforts, wildfire frequency and the arrival of pests and blights all play parts in shifting populations. Forest ecosystems are defined as much by the mix of species and the interaction between them as by the simple presence of many trees. If different species migrate in different directions, then ecological communities could eventually collapse.
Concrete and steel allow us to build immense houses, skyscrapers and dams, but in 2012, the U.S. Energy Information Administration determined that cement manufacturing uses more energy than any other industry. A new substitute process of growing biodegradable bricks via millions of bacteriadepositing chemicals, similar to the way coral grows, is now coming into use. The bacteria are injected into a brick mold with an aggregate material such as sand. After a short time, the bacteria turn it into a solid brick. Not only is this a renewable resource, it uses relatively little energy and is a viable option for future methods of construction, including terraforming other planets (Tinyurl.com/Biodegradable BuildingMaterials).
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A legal challenge in Washington state may require spending nearly $2 billion to restore salmon habitat by removing barriers that block fish migration. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a 2013 ruling ordering the state to fix or replace hundreds of culverts that allow streams to pass beneath roads, but block the salmon. Lorraine Loomis, chair of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, states, “This is a win for salmon, treaty rights and everyone that lives here.” The group represents 21 tribes in western Washington that challenged the state over the culverts in 2001, part of decades-long litigation over tribal fishing rights. She advises, “Fixing fish-blocking culverts under state roads will open up hundreds of miles of habitat and result in more salmon.”
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Where Community and Good Food Are a Recipe for Success by Lee Walker
n 2015, after moving back to will make her entrance into the world Naples from California, Kylee around the end of October. “In memory Brinkman, owner of The Bowl, of my son’s arrival, I named the Barediscovered that she and her husband foot Bodie after him,” quips Brinkman. Mike missed the clean, healthy eating “I feel like there is a community options that were readily available forming around the store. Customers on the majority of the golden state’s gather and socialize here. Every day, juice bar and deli menus. it’s fun to watch someone in line turn Brinkman’s strong entrepreneuraround and see someone they know ial spirit provided the motivation for coming through the door. It feels good rising to the challenge of filling the to hear them say, ‘Hey want to sit Naples gap. A trained Bikram yoga down together?’ It’s also great to see teacher who lives a healthy lifestyle, the news of our nutritious food spreadshe was already familiar with how to ing to a younger crowd of middle and Kylee Brinkman, her son Bodie experiment with different antioxidanthigh school students. They come in and husband Mike rich fruit blends to create her signature with each other, discover how delifruit bowls with acai berry based recipes. cious the bowls are and then tell their parents about us. “Food & Thought, the best place to find fresh, locally They come in informing us that their kids sent them. I think grown organic produce, was a car ride away from my house. it’s great to see young people eating healthy as early as posI was accustomed to riding a bike to multiple delis and juice sible, which is why I so appreciate that we’ve been asked bars within a short radius of my Newport Beach, Califorto deliver twice a week to the Community School of Naples nia, neighborhood. I was also aware of the robust, healthy student café and to Seacrest Country Day School café,” minded community in Naples, and I knew they would be remarks Brinkman. interested in my bowls,” says Brinkman. Passionate and excited to see the evidence of news Brinkman’s intuitive business sense has been proved about The Bowl spreading around town, Brinkman says, “It’s right. The Bowl, not only a gathering place for the Naples heartwarming to see demographics from kids to 90-year-olds. healthy minded community, has been a blessing for local My heart smiles every time I hear a child ask their parent if high school students looking for their first job. “It was part of what they are eating is ice cream.” my business plan to provide a positive workspace for young Brinkman’s bowls aren’t an overnight success story. She people to experience their first job. It’s not your typical got her start selling them at four different local farmers’ marpunch-in and punch-out workplace, but rather the kind of kets and continues to sell them at the Third Street Farmers’ atmosphere where they can have fun working together as a Market throughout the year. “I do it because I live locally and team and get the respect they deserve for working hard and own a local business. It’s a fun thing to do because the marproviding great customer service,” explains Brinkman. ket draws such a great group of people. Many are Saturday The Bowl has completed the requirements for bemorning regulars that I sometimes see during the week at the come an approved restaurant in the Blue Zones project, a store,” she notes. community-wide well-being improvement initiative to help Food costs for Brinkman’s store are much higher than make healthy choices easier for everyone in Southwest the average business. “People always ask me if I think the Florida. “I wanted to be part of the wave of support and higher costs are really worth it. Although I spend a lot on nurturing this important movement needs to grow and be fresh, organic berries, which are four times the cost of consuccessful. By opening The Bowl, we’re offering the comventional ones, I feel good about it because I believe this is munity healthier options that are quick and readily availthe wave of the future. I also spend more on totally comable,” advises Brinkman. postable utensils, cups, lids and straws. I wouldn’t want it Brinkman’s life has been hectic since she opened The any other way,” advises Brinkman. Bowl in February 2016. Three days after getting the keys to her Pine Ridge location, she gave birth to her son, Bodie. The Bowl is located at 1427 Pine Ridge Rd., in Naples. For Presently, while planning for the opening of her second Namore information about the menu or the opening of the secples location at 1200 Central Avenue in early October, she is ond, 1200 Central Ave., Naples location, call 239-734-3867 eight months pregnant with her second child, a daughter, that or visit The-Bowl.com. See ad, page 34. natural awakenings
Bouncing, Leaping and Lunging Our Way to Bone Health by Kathleen Barnes
Success in the quest for stronger bones is possible at any age.
Start and Stay Young
“Peak bone strength is reached by the age of 30, so it’s vital for young people to engage in dynamic impact movement through their teen years and 20s,” says Sherri Betz, chair of the American Physical Therapy Association bone health group, a doctor of physical therapy and geriatric-certified specialist with a private practice in Santa Cruz, California. Engaging in sports during our youthful developing years helps build
strong, wide and dense bones that will carry us well into old age, literally giving us a firmer base to stand on. It’s paramount to encourage children and young people to be physically active and for us all to continue with athletic activities throughout adulthood to preserve the bone health peak we reach at age 30.
Optimal Bone Exercises
“Adulthood is a perfectly good time to start building and improving bone
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The most common way of testing bone density is a DEXA (dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry) scan. The result is called a T-score and is one case where a zero is perfect. A score of +1.0 to -1.0 is considered normal. A score between -1.0 and -2.5 is considered osteopenia, or weakened bones. A score lower than -2.5 indicates some level of osteoporosis. The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends bone density testing for women and men older than 65 and 70, respectively, and those that are petite, prone to breaking bones or have other risk factors. For more information, visit Tinyurl.com/BoneDensityTest. 28
BUILDING BETTER BONES
fitness and health. The outcome is just a little bit less,” says Steven A. Hawkins, Ph.D., a professor of exercise science at California Lutheran University, in Thousand Oaks. “Bone responds to exercise much like muscle,” explains Larry Tucker, Ph.D., professor of exercise sciences at Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah. “Bone doesn’t grow, per se, but like muscle, it does get denser and stronger according to the stresses and strains put on it.” “The key is to put a heavy load on bones to stimulate them to grow,” Hawkins notes. Standing exercises are recommended, because the bones most likely to benefit from strengthening exercise are 30 targeted leg and hip bones, says Tucker. “Surprising the bone is your best bet,” points out Betz. “Don’t do the same things over and over again at the same time, either repetitive exercises like running or weight lifting or consistent combinations; even high-intensity exercise can diminish the effects.” The most highly recommended exercises involve those that require changing directions, bouncing and leaping—from basketball to lively dances, and even some intense yoga postures. Hopping and jumping are probably the best way to strengthen bones, but must be done in the proper way, according to Tucker and others. Research by Tucker’s team published in the American Journal of Health Promotion studied the effects of jumping on hip bone density in premenopausal women. It may seem counterintuitive, but Tucker reports that most benefits are gained from jumping as high as possible, resting 30 seconds and repeating up to 10 times twice a day in intervals at least eight hours apart. “If you jump continuously, the exercise loses effectiveness pretty quickly,” he says. Those that enjoy circuit training should do something else during the 30-second rests between repetitions, Tucker advises. Because it’s the jolt of jumping that stimulates bone strength, using a mini-trampoline or another cushioning device to lessen impact on the body won’t increase bone density. Betz cautions against starting a
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Walking Isn’t It
Walking, running, weight training and other repetitive exercises don’t improve bone density, says Hawkins. “Walk and do other repetitive exercises for cardiovascular health and general fitness. While these might help maintain current bone strength, they won’t improve bone density.” Walking reduced the risk of hip fracture by 41 percent for postmenopausal women walking four hours a week, with fewer falls due to improved strength, balance and other factors per the Journal of the American Medical Association. Numerous studies confirm that exercise of any kind keeps us healthy, but for bone health, the answer is to start weight-bearing exercises early and sustain the practice for a lifetime. Kathleen Barnes is a health writer and author of The Calcium Lie II: What Your Doctor Still Doesn’t Know, with Dr. Robert Thompson. Connect at KathleenBarnes.com. natural awakenings
Local Experts on Building Bone Density by Linda Sechrist
ccording to local experts Marcy Hess, owner of Perfect 10 Strength Training, and Jay Weitzner, a certified medical exercise specialist and owner of Symmetry: No Fads All Fitness in Naples, although it’s best to engage in building bone strength through dynamic impact movement at a young age, it’s never too late for adults, even though the outcome may be a little less noticable.
Reversing Osteopenia A decade ago, Hess was introduced to the scientifically proven concept of a once-a-week, 20-minute strength training program supervised by a certified personal trainer. The nutritionist and longtime health and fitness enthusiast immediately saw the potential. For the past six years in the studio that she co-operates with her husband, Bill, she sees how the program has made a difference in the lives of clients. Hess has many stories about the results that Perfect 10 Strength Training clients achieve. “A 60-year-old woman had osteopenia, an early stage of bone loss, before osteoporosis. Her doctor
gave her a six-month reprieve and told her that if she could change her bone density with our training that he would not put her on medication. Within six months, the osteopenia was completely reversed,” says Hess, who adds that the woman also noticed big changes afterward in her tennis and golf games. “I didn’t find that surprising, because I know that one of the outcomes of having stronger and denser bones is better balance, which both play a significant part in sports. “Every client has an inspiring story. Nearly everyone who walks through out door says, ‘I saw your ad in Natural Awakenings and I wanted to come in, because I can’t believe that it actually works.’ But they do believe it when they feel and see the results,” enthuses Hess.
Weight Training and Wolff’s Law According to Weitzner, who quotes statistics from the National Osteoporosis Foundation, “More than 50 percent of American woman and 20 percent of men over 50 years of age will suffer an osteoporotic fracture in their lives.
Adults who fracture their bones are 50 to 100 percent more likely to fracture a bone in a different location.” He says, “With such a high likelihood of experiencing a bone fracture, it just makes sense to do what you can to avoid it. While you can’t control your genetics, there are things you can control. Don’t smoke cigarettes and make sure to weight train. “Weight training’s role in improving bone density is largely founded on what is known as Wolff’s Law. This basically states that bone placed under load will adapt to the loads by increasing both volume and density. In practical terms, this means the greater the loads, the greater the opportunity to improve bone health (density and volume). Running, jumping and weightlifting have greater forces, and therefore offer a greater opportunity to build bone than Pilates, yoga or tai
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chi,” explains Weitzner. “Clearly, there are upper limits to how much force a bone can handle before it fractures. The efficiency and safety of improving bone health is in the individualized progressions—in other words, knowing where to begin and how quickly to progress. You must make sure your body is capable of tolerating the forces you place on it. The best way to do that is to keep your muscle system healthy. Your muscle system’s health is the gatekeeper to your bones’ health,” advises Weitzner.
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Fermented foods are meant to be eaten as condiments, not consumed in large quantities. Overdoing such intake might cause bloating, cramping and other digestion problems.
Fermented Foods Revival Rediscover Probiotic-Rich Foods by Judith Fertig
Colorful jars of fermented Korean kimchee, Indian chutney, German sauerkraut and bottles of kombucha line many grocery store shelves today. We’re in the midst of a fermented food revival.
“I grew up in New York City as the grandson of immigrants from Belarus, and sauerkraut and pickles were common foods I always loved, but neither my grandparents nor anyone else I knew made them,” says Sandor Katz. This Woodbury, Tennessee, writer who travels the world giving related workshops is credited with bringing fermented foods back into the limelight. He explains, “I am self-taught and learned to ferment by experimentation. It was that first successful batch of sauerkraut that sparked my obsession. I also love eating cheese, beer, chocolate, coffee, yogurt and many other products of fermentation.” Kirsten and Christopher Shockey, the authors of Fermented Vegetables: Creative Recipes for Fermenting 64
Vegetables & Herbs in Krauts, Kimchis, Brined Pickles, Chutneys, Relishes & Pastes, homestead in Oregon’s Jackson Valley. “A fateful Christmas gift—a ceramic crock full of bubbling, fermenting cabbage under the tree, funky fermenty smell and all,” first piqued their interest, Kirsten recalls. “Eventually, we started our own small farmstead fermentation company.” Christopher explains that the combination of salt and shredded or chopped vegetables can launch the production of probiotic lactic acid bacteria that preserves the food and drives off “bad bacteria”. Jennifer McGruther, who lives in the Pacific Northwest, is the author of The Nourished Kitchen cookbook, an offshoot of her blog of the same name. Her first batch of fermented food was yogurt. Now she visits her local farm-
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ers’ market every Saturday before spending Sunday prepping foods for the rest of the week. “Traditional foods like fermented vegetables, yogurt or kombucha don’t take long to prepare; they take time to culture, but it’s so rewarding,” she says.
How Much Is Enough?
Fermented foods offer a variety of positive effects on health. “If you’re consuming a diet rich in fermented foods, you’re essentially bathing your GI tract in healthy, food-related organisms,” says food research scientist Robert Hutkins, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Fermented foods with live probiotics can also improve brain function, according to a study in the journal Gastroenterology. Fermented foods are meant to be eaten as condiments, not consumed in large quantities. Overdoing such intake might cause bloating, cramping and other digestion problems. Dr. Leonard Smith, a gastrointestinal and vascular surgeon and medical advisor for the University of Miami Department of Integrative Medicine, recommends “a half-cup of cultured vegetables or two ounces of your favorite probiotic liquid per day to start.” He says it’s possible to eventually work up to having a serving of cultured vegetables and probiotic liquids at every meal, or possibly as a between-meal snack. Christopher Shockey adds, “We don’t see these foods as a ‘medicine’ to be eaten daily because you have to force yourself; instead, we see it as a fun, delicious, easy, healthful addition to mealtime.” Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (JudithFertig.com).
A Few Fermented Recipes to Start by Judith Fertig
ermented foods are well known for building gut health. Now a growing body of research shows that they improve immunity, brain and heart functions,” says Michelle Schoffro Cook, Ph.D. The board-certified doctor of natural medicine, certified herbalist and author blogs from Vancouver, Canada. Get started with these simple, plantbased recipes from her latest book, The Cultured Cook: Delicious Fermented Foods with Probiotics to Knock Out Inflammation, Boost Gut Health, Lose Weight & Extend Your Life.
Salvadoran Salsa Yields: about 1 quart This gingery and spicy salsa, also known as curtido, is a traditional Salvadoran food. The twist here is added turmeric and green apple. Serve on its own, as a condiment with chips, on sausages or over salad. Maybe mix a couple of heaping spoonfuls with freshly mashed avocado for a fresh take on guacamole. /2 green cabbage 1 to 2 carrots 1 green apple, cored and quartered One 2-inch piece fresh ginger 1 /2 cayenne chili 1 /2 small purple or red onion One 2-inch piece fresh turmeric 3 Tbsp unrefined fine or 6 Tbsp unrefined coarse sea salt 1 quart (or liter) filtered water 1
Use a food processor with a coarse grating blade to shred the cabbage, carrots, apple, ginger, chili, onion and turmeric. (Consider wearing food-safe gloves to avoid touching the chili.) Transfer to a crock or a large glass or ceramic bowl, and mix well. In a pitcher or large measuring cup, dissolve the salt in the water, stirring if necessary to dissolve the salt. Pour the saltwater over the salsa mixture until all ingredients are submerged, leaving a couple of inches at the top for expansion. Place a snug-fitting plate inside the crock or bowl over the salsa-water mixture; then weigh it down with food-safe weights or a bowl or jar of water, so the vegetables remain submerged under the brine as they ferment. Cover with a lid or a cloth, and allow it to ferment five to seven days, checking periodically to ensure the salsa is still submerged below the water line. If any mold forms on the surface, simply scoop it out. It won’t spoil the salsa unless it gets deeper inside the crock. (It may form where the mixture meets the air, but it rarely forms deeper.) After one week, put the salsa in jars or a bowl, cover and place in the fridge, where it usually lasts up to a year.
Vegan Kefir Yields: about 1 quart Traditional kefir is made with cow’s milk, but can be made with plantbased milks like cashew, almond, sunflower seed or coconut. The sweetener feeds the kefir microbes, leaving minimal sugar in the end product. The grains will grow over time; only about one tablespoon of kefir grains is needed to keep the kefir going; remove
the extras to eat, give to friends or add to compost. 1 quart (or liter) filtered water 1 /2 cup raw, unsalted cashews 1 tsp coconut sugar, pure maple syrup or agave nectar 1 Tbsp kefir grains (a natural starter, available at health food stores and online) Mandarin sections for garnish (optional) Use a blender to blend the water, cashews and coconut sugar (or maple syrup or agave nectar) until it’s smooth and creamy. Pour the cashew milk into a 1½- to 2-quart glass jar, making sure it is less than two-thirds full. Add the kefir grains, stir and then place the cap on the jar. Leave the jar at room temperature for 24 to 48 hours, gently shaking it periodically. The cashew milk will become somewhat bubbly, then will begin to coagulate and separate; shake it to remix the kefir or scoop out the thicker curds and use them like soft cheese or sour cream. Refrigerate up to one week. When ready to serve, pour the kefir into a glass and garnish the rim with mandarin orange sections, if desired.
Fermented Chopped Salad Yields: about 6 cups Unlike other salads, this version stores for many months in the fridge. Serve
on its own or toss it in vinaigrette and serve over brown rice for a quick and nutritious rice bowl dinner. 1 radish, finely chopped 1 /2 small onion, finely chopped 1 turnip, chopped into 1/2-inch chunks 1 carrot, chopped into 1/2-inch chunks 3 small apples, chopped into 1 /2-inch chunks Handful of green beans, cut into 1-inch lengths 1 rutabaga, chopped into 1 /2-inch chunks 1 to 2 grape leaves, kale leaves or other large leafy greens (optional) 3 Tbsp unrefined fine or 6 Tbsp unrefined coarse sea salt 1 quart (or liter) filtered water In a medium bowl, mix the radish, onion, turnip, carrot, apples, green beans and rutabaga; then transfer to a small crock. Place the grape leaves or other leafy greens on top of the chopped ingredients to help hold them under the brine; then weigh the mix down with foodsafe weights or a jar or bowl of water. In a pitcher or large measuring cup, dissolve the salt in the water, stirring if necessary to dissolve the salt. Pour the brine over the salad, cover with a lid or cloth, and let ferment for one week. Remove the covering, weights and grape leaves or other leafy greens. Dish out into jars or a bowl, cover and refrigerate, where the salad should last six to 12 months. Recipes and photos are courtesy of Michelle Schoffro Cook and New World Library; visit DrMichelleCook.com.
Southwest Floridians Favor Fermented No-Pill Probiotics by Linda Sechrist
ithin the last several years, bathing the gastrointestinal tract in the healthy, food-related organisms that are found in fermented foods has been growing in popularity. Initially, shopping in a Southwest Florida grocery store for more fermented foods than yogurt, sour cream, cottage cheese or pickles felt more like participating in a treasure hunt, with few clues. The more widespread recognition of how beneficial bacteria aid in the digestion process combined with consumer demand has resulted in a resurgence of interest in fermented foods, which were once preserved by our ancestors that stocked them on their pantry shelves. Today, not only are the more exotic examples such as kimchi and kombucha, sold in local health food stores, but also in big local chain grocery stores.
Earth Origins Market, Fort Myers Melissa Bystry, marketing specialist for all Earth Origins Market locations, advises, “Many customers who come into the store ask for probiotic foods because they don’t want to take a pill. Our associates direct them to the foods we carry such as sauerkraut, kimchi, pickles, kombucha (bottled and on tap), tempeh, which is fermented soy, and kefir. Many of our associates at each location are educated on fermented foods and their benefits. One associate in particular was raised in a household where it was an important factor, and most have picked up the knowledge from working in our stores for many years. Earth Origins Market carries fermented supplements, which increase bioavailability, and kevita, a probiotic drink similar to kombucha, as well as a raw and unpasteurized apple cider vinegar and assorted juices as a byproduct of the sauerkraut-making process. A line of sour cream, cottage cheese and cream cheese, which is fully cultured with live probiotics, is also available. “All of these foods are suggested over yogurt because yogurt only has up to three strains of probiotics. The others have much more,” says Bystry.
Ada’s, Fort Myers At Ada’s, in Fort Myers, Winfield Lentz, director of analytics and infrastructure development, confirms that many regular customers are now more informed regarding fermented foods and come to purchase probiotics that are not in pill form. Most requests are similar to those reported by Bystry. “Customers are enjoying our 221 BC Kombucha on tap. They appreciate that it is a living beverage produced and bottled in Sarasota. We carry several popular flavors—berry/ hibiscus, ginger, mint matcha honey, lavender moringa and orange turmeric,” says Lentz.
Food & Thought, Naples Maintaining a militantly organic approach to purchasing products that allows shoppers to relax about reading labels and not be concerned about what they are eating in the café or at the coffee and juice bar keeps the staff hopping to stay ahead of savvy longtime customers. “We’ve been carrying customer favorites such as sprouted bread, miso, tempeh and kombucha since we opened in 2006. We’ve also continued to research products and expand our offerings of fermented foods such as the kefir made from coconut water. It’s totally nondairy and sometimes a little too vinegary for some people’s taste buds,” says Food & Thought’s Michael Monteleone. He notes that the store carries a line of multivitamins that are fermented with whole foods and beneficial probiotics. They include a nutrient-packed fermentate that delivers beneficial factors including beta-glucans. Found in the cell walls of bacteria and plants, these boost the immune system.
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TRAVEL Outer Adventures, Inner Journeys by April Thompson
An open-hearted journey can take unexpected paths. More travelers today are searching for deep and lasting changes in their view of themselves and the world.
Declare Your Intentions
Part of the intention setting is clarifying what we hope to accomplish through making a journey, suggests Nathaniel Boyle, creator of The Travelers podcast and the travel platform Holocene that facilitates community among transformation-seeking travelers. It might be climbing a mountain with our spouse to strengthen a marriage, or taking a cooking class in Italy or a basket weaving workshop in Indonesia to rekindle a sense of fresh input and creative expression.
Cousineau suggests that travelers prepare to open their thinking by reading about the history, culture and geography of a place, and then continue to learn en route by talking to locals for insight rather than relying only on a guidebook. “Make yourself vulnerable. Ask questions and be humble. Talk to your waiter or cab driver about their lives and conditions in their country. Those that become most delighted and transformed by their experiences are the most curious,” observes Cousineau. Anna Pollock, of London, England, founder of Conscious Travel and a sustainable travel expert, elaborates on potential results. “Travelers may see the world and their part in it differently or feel greater clarity, peace, freedom or hope. For some, it’s about insights into their personal purpose. Others may return with a deeper sense of connectedness or feeling of mastery that comes from trying something completely new.” Jake Haupert, of Seattle, owner of Evergreen Escapes International, co-founded the Transformational Travel Council to help people embark on such life-altering journeys, and translate “Aha!” moments on the road into meaningful changes back home. He has witnessed individuals undergo radical shifts from changing careers to becoming parents. One couple was so moved by their experiences on an African safari that they adopted their first child from Kenya.
Attention and intention are the main ingredients for transformative travel for Phil Cousineau, acclaimed author of The Art of Pilgrimage. “Ask yourself what is motivating the journey: Are you going just to check something off your bucket list because you read about it or are you going because your grandma told you how magical her visit there was in the 1920s? Are you going because you’re at a crossroads in your life, marriage or work?” queries Cousineau. Naming your intention helps open up the heart and psyche for transformation. Cousineau recommends sharing our choice beforehand with a friend or even a casual acquaintance. Writing it down can also unpack those yearnings and understand the pull to a place.
times, and some travelers feel unhappy, unprepared, bored or disappointed,” remarks Cousineau. “But the flip side is that travels can stretch us, just like a medieval rack.” If you have stretch goals, you can build them into an itinerary, advises Haupert, whether it’s getting up the courage to skydive or negotiating a purchase in a foreign street market.
Do Less, Experience More If we truly want to know the secret of soulful traveling, we need to believe there is something sacred waiting to be discovered in virtually every journey. ~Phil Cousineau
Move Beyond Comfort
“Travel can serve as a vehicle for expansive personal growth. Through it, we learn to explore the world and ourselves,” Boyle observes. “When you venture outside the controlled environment of prepackaged trips for tourists to face difficult decisions and confusing and chaotic situations that require problem solving, that’s where real change can occur,” says Haupert. “My 12,000-mile journey from Washington, D.C., to Antarctica was transformative in so many ways,” says journalist Andrew Evans, author of The Black Penguin memoir. “I’m a geographer by training and spent four years studying maps, but I never understood the true size of the world until I traveled across it on a Greyhound bus. I now see the world as much smaller and much more accessible. The trip made me a stronger, more confident person, and less afraid of what other people think of me; it also made me want to keep traveling.” “Travel comes from the word travail, to labor, and trip from tripalium, Latin for a medieval torture rack. Metaphorically, travel can feel like torture at
To heighten experiential awareness while traveling, build fewer to-dos into an itinerary, the experts recommend. “Immerse yourself in a place. Leave time for unplanned explorations, rather than bouncing between destinations without space for spontaneity and restful reflection,” says Haupert. “Also build in time for meditation, yoga, simple relaxation or other intentionally restorative moments in-between the high-intensity peak experiences.” Haupert suggests staging a ceremonial start to a journey, such as a special dinner or bike ride upon arrival. Similarly, Cousineau recommends starting a new journal on every journey, to ceremoniously start anew in one’s thinking. Engaging in ritual can also help awaken the traveler, says Cousineau. He suggests walking in silence as we approach a sacred site, or physically engaging with it, as pilgrims might do when they palm the feet of a Buddha statue or press their forehead to the Wailing Wall. Sacred sites are fertile ground for transformative experiences, says Lori Erickson, an Episcopal deacon, travel writer and author of Holy Rover: Journeys in Search of Mystery, Miracles, and God, a memoir of her trips to a dozen of the world’s holy sites. “So many people have prayed and opened their hearts in a holy place that you can feel the energy,” she says. Erickson suggests that travelers seek out hallowed ground from different traditions, which can help heal divides among people of divergent faiths. “The art and architecture of holy sites are beautiful manifestations of spiritual longing and human creativity. These places have the power to move you, regardless of your own spiritual background.”
Journey Jump-Offs Here’s a short list of resources to inspire transformative adventuring. n The blog at AyanaJourneys.com explores Cambodia’s sacred Buddhist sites. n Evergreen Escapes at Evergreen EscapesIntl.com specializes in unforgettable locales tailored to the traveler’s inner calling. n “The Travelers” podcast via Holocene.io/travelers features stories and advice from 200-plus changemakers on topics ranging from creativity, fear and gratitude to travel-related careers. n Muddy Shoe Adventures at MuddyShoeAdventures.com offers small-group trips that challenge participants with combinations of physical activities and cultural experiences. n OuterTravelsInnerJourneys.com connects people through shared spiritual adventures like mind-body healing and immersion in nature. n Phil Cousineau (PhilCousineau.net) hosts writer’s retreats, literary tours and pilgrimages to historic sacred sites. n Responsible Travel at Responsible Travel.com offers socially and environmentally conscious tours to all seven continents, including small-ship cruises to more authentic, lesserknown ports of call. n Transformational Travel Council’s website Transformational.travel conveys uplifting stories, a travelers’ forum and other tools for changeseekers. n World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (wwoof.net) links volunteers with organic farmers to help build a sustainable global community.
When you give while traveling, you often get back even more, says Cousineau. “A pilgrim never travels empty-handed. Bring gifts; even postcards from home can make a meaningful connection.” He recently brought baseball equipment along on a group tour he led to give to kids in baseball-crazed Cuba. Giving appreciation is as important as tangible mementos, he notes. “Gratitude makes transformation possible; that’s what modern people are longing for, to be touched.” Boyle suggests that finding ways to give back can unlock unique opportunities. Quinn Vanderberg and Jonathon Button, guests on Boyle’s podcast, left stable lives and jobs in California for Nicaragua in 2012 with only their travel bags and a shared dream. Brainstorming a vision for a new life together, the 25-year-old pair had realized, “We wanted life to be filled with travel, culture and people, and to make an impact along the way,” says Vanderburg. “We went knowing we wanted to create a social venture, but first wanted to see what was really needed by the community.” They went on to partner with local educational nonprofits and artisans to launch Life Out of the Box, a line of
clothing and accessories modeled after Toms’ “Buy one, give one” business model. For every product sold, the entrepreneurs donate school supplies to a child in need. Since 2012, the project has expanded to also support kids in Guatemala, Kenya, Mexico and Morocco.
Drive Home Transformation
Starting with a moment of reflection before departing a place, take advantage of a trip’s afterglow to recall insights learned, gel memories, share insights and move to make changes stick. Haupert sees this as a good time to develop an action plan to “express gratitude for the journey and create a framework for your homecoming.” Then, take a day to reflect upon returning home before jumping back into work or other obligations, internalizing your experience and integrating your “traveler self” back into normalcy. It might involve a trip to the spa, an afternoon of journaling or organizing trip photos, suggests Haupert. “Resist the urge to check emails the minute the plane touches down or start planning the next trip. Take time to remember the journey and see your home turf with fresh eyes,” adds Cousineau.
Close Encounters Eager for a transformative adventure without traveling afar? Here are some ideas for exploring cultures and connecting with others closer to home. 4 Attend festivals celebrating varied cultures in your local community. Every spring in Washington, D.C., embassies showcase the cuisine, art and history of 70 countries. Frackville, Pennsylvania’s 103-year-old Lithuanian Days is the oldest ethnic festival in the country. 4 Host a traveling cyclist and hear tales from the trails via WarmShowers.org, a hospitality exchange for 90,000 touring cyclists and hosts. 4 Take advantage of local, state and national parks, including 88 ocean and coastal parks within the National Park Service (nps.gov). Along with wilderness sites, the service also stewards important cultural heritage sites nationwide. 4 Find a spiritual retreat center at RetreatFinder.com. 4 Overnight on an organic farm. Visit FarmStayUS.com to sample what’s in season in the region. 4 Meet and host individual travelers via CouchSurfing.com, a network of 11 million globetrotters in 150,000 cities. 38
Lasting Travel Gifts
Adventure travelers named transformation and an expanded worldview as top motives for their explorations. ~Adventure Travel Trade Association The returned pilgrim has a responsibility to memorialize the journey, an ancient tradition of Judeo-Christian and Islamic faiths, advises Cousineau. The San Francisco writer traveled with a group on foot from Louisville, Kentucky, to Thomas Merton’s Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani, near Bardstown, Kentucky, to celebrate the legacy of Merton and Mahatma Gandhi. One of the women inked a footprint from each of 100-plus travelers, sewing them into a quilt to commemorate the pilgrimage. Chronicling the journey can be as simple as a dinner party with friends to share what we have learned, says Cousineau, but suggests that travelers engage attendees to also contribute their own stories and reflections. “We have a choice upon returning; do nothing and just let that experience fade or own it for ourselves,” concurs Boyle. “It’s incumbent to extract the meaning of our experiences and find a way to express them, whether through a photo series, article, painting or video. The traveler’s ‘third act’ of creativity after preparation and execution is how we process change.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.
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Local Residents Experience Transformational Travel by Linda Sechrist
aples residents Barbara Williams, Karen Beatty, a Realtor for Downing-Frey Realty and Terri Evans, owner of TAE Healthy Aging, fully appreciate how traveling lightly without a suitcase full of plans, expectations and agendas can serve as a vehicle for transformation and expansive personal growth.
World Service Intergroup While mulling over two esoteric workshops offered in the United Kingdom, one by the World Service Intergroup and the other by the Deborah Mills’ School of Healing and Enlightenment, Williams opted to follow her inner guide and attend both. “Initially, I considered that the month in-between the two workshops was too long. However, I know how Barbara Williams I benefit from being in the presence of individuals who are working together to generate a focused field of intergroup love and purpose through inner meditative work and enhanced intergroup cooperation,” explains Williams, who now reflects upon how beautifully the whole 30 days unfolded. “Transformational travel is what I do for self-care. It allows me to fine-tune my energy frequency that I have learned to maintain no matter where I am. I am more selective of where I travel to now, and don’t have to travel as much to connect and strengthen my spiritual muscle,” advises Williams.
Sunrise Ranch In 2016, Beatty traveled to Sunrise Ranch, a spiritual retreat center in Loveland, Colorado, that allows individuals to volunteer for service work. “A friend of mine lives there, and I wanted to experience what it was like to live in an intentional community that is a thriving, teaching and demonstration site for personal 40
growth and spiritual renewal. Beatty stayed for two weeks at the ranch and worked in the dining room and helped to tend a small cafeteria buffet, which is largely provided with fresh produce and free-range meats from the ranch’s organic farm. She interacted with chefs and did what was asked of her before, during and after ARISE, a three-day music, yoga, activism and coKaren Beatty creative camping festival. “Working for seven hours a day on my feet was a little beyond my comfort zone. On the other hand, I enjoyed the camaraderie of likeminded people and got to attend the festival,” she says. The enriching experience gave Beatty the opportunity to tap into group energy and discover that Sunrise Ranch is a microcosm of the macrocosm. “In other words, the same challenges exist in a spiritual community that exist in the outer world. I’m glad that I had this experience and hope to return some day,” says Beatty.
Willow Crossing Farms In February, Evans traveled to Willow Crossing Farms, in Johnson, Vermont, to present an introduction to her workshop, The Way: Who Are You?, for women ranging in age from their early 20s to mid-30s. While providing a transformational workshop for the Medicine Womyn’s Retreat Sister Circle, which gathers quarterly for Terri Evans retreats, Evans experienced a personal transformation that reignited her passion for teaching. “From my perspective as a teacher, I don’t get to see a ship full of newbies turn. This is largely because I’m in the bowels of the engine room, making sure that there is enough energy to move the vessel forward. Transformational changes,
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View from Willow Crossing Farm, Johnson, Vermont
which I’m setting the stage for, happen so slowly that they are nearly invisible. At the end of the weekend, everyone returns home, where the experience of the workshop continues to unfold,” explains Evans. Evans noticed that the workshop had a refreshing, palpable energy. “These were not newbies to spiritual wisdom. They were women emanating a sense of full-throttle freedom in their expression of feminine energy. They showed a deep respect for my wisdom and that of the other teacher. I felt for the first time that I was among women who had tapped into the unimpeded energy of the feminine in order to honor feminine values and their diverse gifts, rather than gathering to compete. I was immersed in the energy of transformation that I was there to bring about. Renewed and refreshed, I’m ready to help women write herstory, an unfettered version from the perspective of the feminine, rather than through the filter of the masculine. Nearly every night I have dreams and revelations of what that looks and feels like,” enthuses Evans.
Local Resources Karen L. Beatty, Downing-Frye Realty, Inc., Naples; 239-2697788. See resource guide listing, page 70. TAE Healthy Aging Center, 11983 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 100A, Naples; 239-430-6800. See ad, page 16.
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solution. Consider using Robert’s Rules of Order or other guidelines for discussions that maintain civility, discourage competitiveness and peacefully resolve conflicts in order to reach consensus.
Storytelling. Humans learn best when seeing and hearing stories. Facts don’t arouse us as much as narratives and full-body experiences do. Bombarding people with facts won’t create desired change. We must be inspired to act on the knowledge.
Elders. Shared history, respect and affection are vital to belonging. Adults coping with a high-stress, industrialized culture might tend to find elders’ stories slow-moving and boring, but they are a critical resource for our collective survival. Beware of the “star from afar” syndrome that posits outsiders as experts, rather than honoring and developing our own community resources, which won’t disappear at the end of an event.
Creating Community 9 15 Ways to Craft a Circle of Caring by Linda Buzzell
n facing up to today’s often degrading environmental, economic, political, social and hyper-individualistic cultural conditions, we instinctively know that survival requires coming together to effect constructive change. Here are proven approaches to community building that work.
People that feel seen and known are more likely to stay involved.
Provide food and drink. Traditional societies have always taken hospitality seriously. Having people bring items to add to the collective feast is better than catering.
Build a campfire. Whether literal or metaphoric, create a clear, focused attraction that draws people into a circle.
Connect with nature and the seasons. Tying gatherings into what’s happening seasonally with all life forms is a traditionally effective way of fostering community. Welcome each person. Either designate greeters or go around the circle welcoming and acknowledging each participant before proceeding with the event’s main activity.
Ceremony, ritual and the sacred. Deep in our collective human memory lie countless spring and harvest festivals, ceremonial or religious events, meals and celebrations that included a strong sense of passage, initiation and the sacredness of all life. Use one as a springboard to add meaning to a contemporary gathering.
Collective problem solving. People bond into a community when they participate in solving a real-world community problem, helping someone in need or addressing a situation that demands a community
Gifts and sharing. As we focus on creating a sharing society versus a gimme culture, it’s nice to give small gifts such as a plant or garden flower, organic seeds or regifted items to event attendees. It’s a simple way to help everyone feel valued, appreciated and welcomed. The key is keeping events local, simple and created by the community for the community. Many hands make light work, and some of the best community events cost the host little, while everyone involved brings their own chair or blanket, serving ware and potluck dish.
Shopping. People have been bonding through meeting others in the marketplace since ancient times. Sales or silent auctions are popular when the money paid becomes a gift to the community.
A little excitement. Raffles and door prizes add fun as long as any money raised goes into the common coffers as a gift to all. Child care. Children provide a necessary source of untamed energy and entertainment for any gathering. Multigenerational exchanges also help form and shape them through exposure to
role models and life education, even if they might not feel engaged at the time.
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Transportation. Facilitating carpools and providing transportation for those without cars or unable to walk builds community even before the event starts. Dance and body movement. Modern society makes us sit a lot. Physical action connects us in a way nothing else can.
Beauty and music. Our eyes and ears are portals to the soul and spirit of the human psyche. Even a simple drum can bond individuals into a coherent group. Community singing can be powerful medicine, as places of worship ever demonstrate. A simple flower on the table or painting on the wall brings powerful archetypal energies to bear as we come together. An outdoor meeting brings nature’s magnificence to our senses, adding extraordinary power to events.
The bottom line is that any community gathering, organization or event that engages body, mind and spirit has a far greater chance of surviving and thriving. Linda Buzzell is a psychotherapist, ecotherapist, blogger and co-editor of Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind. She co-founded a local permaculture guild, and a voluntary simplicity circle which met for 10 years in her local community. Connect at EcotherapyHeals.com.
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MOVING FROM LOOKING TO SEEING by April Thompson
F We travel initially to lose ourselves; and we travel next to find ourselves. ~Pico Iyer
or the past 40 years, Robert Llewellyn has photographed thousands of unique beauties— many of them trees, flowers, seeds and other landscape elements. “For a photographer, anything can be a good subject, even dirt,” he says. “My mission is to move people from merely looking at things to deeply seeing things as they are.” For Llewellyn’s first collaboration with garden writer Nancy Ross Hugo, Remarkable Trees of Virginia, published in 2008, the pair drove 20,000 miles in four years observing and capturing the complex lives of 100 notable trees. It was on this assignment that the Earlysville, Virginia, photographer developed his now-signature technique, subsequently used to illustrate one of their follow-up books, Seeing Trees.
“I wanted to photograph small parts—leaves, fruit, bark and flowers— so I would cut off a bloom, twig or seed pod and put it on a light table and take hundreds of photos, which, strung together, were infinitely sharp, like a botanic drawing. I found I could zoom into my subject up to a pollen grain this way.” Llewellyn lives with his wife on a 60-acre farm in tree-studded Albemarle County, enjoying 200-year-old oaks outside their front door. His latest of nearly 40 books, The Living Forest, is due out in October.
Why are trees, to your eyes, so captivating? When I first started photographing trees, I thought of them as objects in the design of a photograph, rather than something that’s alive. When I
began to look at a tree’s acorns, flowers and pollen, I realized that this tree is doing what we do: it’s born, grows, has offspring and dies; it seeks air, nutrients and light. Trees all have a fascinating master plan for survival and reproduction. Some trees can build an architectural structure that grows 150 feet high and can withstand 100-milean-hour winds.
How do you suggest that a newbie tree-watcher start learning how to see trees more intimately? Read a book like Seeing Trees, then get up, go out and observe trees in real time, at different times of the year and track what they do. Take pencil and paper and draw them, or take pictures. Start by exploring trees in your backyard or a nearby park. Share a quality magnifying glass to encourage youngsters to get closer to the trees, too. Challenge them to find flowers, fruit or spots where last year’s leaves fell off. Kids love that. I visit schools and have kids go out and collect fallen tree debris that we look at together.
What makes some of your favorite trees so distinctive? Red maples make an early entrance in spring, their flowers appearing before the leaves, and drop their “helicopter” seeds in spring to germinate before anything can eat them. In spring, an entire hill will turn red with these maples, but it’s not their leaves; it’s the trees’ flowers, getting ready to drop their showy red dresses on the ground before anything else is blooming. You can learn a lot about trees by seeing what’s on the ground through their life cycles. Sycamore, for example, has both male and female flowers. The female flowers develop into fruiting seedpods that dry out and hang on through winter until a spring wind blows them apart.
Rather than seeing trees as dead in winter, what can we look for? Trees are very much alive in winter. When leaves fall off, they leave behind little pointed leaf buds. You can cut them open and find tiny green leaves encapsulated which remain unfrozen, waiting to open up in the spring. Twigs
in winter show leaf scars where the leaves dropped. We can also witness the diverse life in and on trees in all seasons. That includes bugs, plants, fungi and parasites, in addition to the animals that nest in them and eat their fruits and nuts. I once found a round ball on an oak tree that turned out to be a wasp gall for its offspring, its larvae hanging in the middle.
How are tree-viewing skills transferrable to other aspects of our lives? The skill of observation is vital: moving from looking to seeing. At a party, you can just mindlessly chatter with people or you can really see them—what their bodies, gestures and emotions are communicating. Labels and names get in the way of seeing things as they are. Stop labeling things or worrying about what they are called; as in meditation, just relax into observing, to embrace things as they are. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.
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Choosing a Chiropractor How to Find the Best One by Marlaina Donato
hiropractic medicine is known for its non-surgical approach to chronic pain and other musculoskeletal conditions, but also has much more to offer. However, finding the right doctor can be as daunting as shopping for a comfortable pair of shoes. Here, three reputable practitioners talk about securing individualized care and getting the most out of chiropractic.
Address Specific Needs
Clarifying the desired outcome is helpful, because some clients are just looking for a quick fix to reduce pain, while others may be seeking overall better health, lasting wellness and an improved quality of life. “Due to insurance issues, we’ve become known as pain doctors, but that’s not the full extent of chiropractic,” explains Dr. Michelle Robin, owner of Your Wellness Connection and the educational DrMichelleRobin.com website, in Shawnee, Kansas. “Also, you can see more than one chiropractor, as each has their own strength.” Dr. Michael Aho, of Crosstown Chiropractic, in Chicago, agrees. “Chiropractic care encompasses many 46
styles, so one of the biggest variables is the type of treatment the doctor uses. Most offices commonly treat neck, mid-back and low back pain. If you have a specific shoulder, knee or foot problem, you may want to find a doctor that frequently treats those issues. If you are pregnant, choose a chiropractor that has experience working with pregnant women.” “There are more than 140 different chiropractic techniques. Some are light touch, while others are aggressive. Some are hands-on and some use instruments for adjusting. It’s important that the doctor’s approach resonates with your nature,” advises Dr. Jackie St.Cyr of the Innate Chiropractic Healing Arts Center, in Houston. Robin advises that sitting in a doctor’s reception room to just observe and trusting our intuition is helpful before moving forward with a consultation.
First, find out if a chiropractor has embraced either a conventional medical or holistic model, and then delve more deeply to find the right approach and level of care. “Ask how long a doctor
has practiced and their governing philosophy. Do they treat the full spine or focus on the point of pain, and what range of techniques do they apply? You want them to know your spine before they adjust it; make sure they conduct a new patient exam,” suggests St.Cyr. An exam may include a thermography scan and X-rays. Helpful questions include what to expect during the initial visit, recommended frequency of treatment, the desired doctor’s office hours and how treatment might benefit a particular condition. Because most chiropractic offices offer compatible treatments, also ask about complementary modalities such as acupuncture, massage therapy, heat therapy, and interferential current therapy using minute electrical pulses for deep tissue pain relief.
“You shouldn’t expect instant results,” says Aho. “You’ll benefit the most if you don’t wait too long after first experiencing symptoms of a problem before starting treatment, and are consistent with your treatment.” Being proactive can foster good results. St.Cyr concurs, stating, “When patients follow their chiropractor’s recommended routine of regular corrective care, they get the best results. Be consistent with visits and do your customized spinal exercises; they’ve been proven to work.” Robin expounds that not following through with homecare is a common pitfall for patients. “Like dental care, you always need to do something for your spine every day, be it stretching, other exercise or good nutrition.” She notes that everyone’s response to chiropractic is different. “Be realistic. If you’ve experienced injuries or accidents, it will take longer, and your healing might look different from that of someone else that is free of injuries and follows a healthier diet. Sometimes people give up on chiropractic instead of finding a chiropractor that is good for them. You wouldn’t give up going to the dentist, and the same should apply to chiropractic care.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at MarlainaDonato.com.
Kinesiology – This common diagnostic technique—often for sports-related injuries—targets specific muscle groups via massage and pressure points to gauge overall body functioning. Logan Basic Technique – A low-force way to realign bones via gentle, sustained pressure at the base of the spine, it’s considered beneficial for headaches, including migraine, neck and low back pain and stress. A safe form of physical rehabilitation that’s considered effective for all ages. Myofascial Technique – This soft tissue therapy resolves trigger points deep within muscles and joints. Beneficial for muscle spasms, it’s thought to be useful for sciatica and piriformis syndrome. It’s also used by massage therapists.
Chiropractic Techniques Sampler Activator Method – A small, handheld instrument is used to gently address targeted areas for many conditions, especially low back pain and specific types of headaches including migraine. It’s considered safe for children and patients with severe arthritis and osteoporosis. Active Release Technique – This approach is used for soft tissue conditions, both acute and from repetitive motion, or recurring injuries such as those experienced by athletes. It targets adhesions in muscles and connective tissues that tighten around nerves to limit joint mobility. Atlas Orthogonal Method – Adjustment of the atlas—the first spine vertebra that supports the skull and provides a path for the spinal cord— helps reduce stress in the brain stem and nervous system. Blair Technique – Adjustment of the upper cervical (neck) area, especially the first two vertebrae, is especially beneficial for nerve function. Directional Non-Force Technique – This gentle method stimulates reflex reactions to determine potential discrepancy in leg lengths and corrective measures. It improves structural alignment and function and aids natural healing responses. Diversified Technique – Widely used among chiropractors to generally improve neurological function, reduce
neck, back and leg pain, especially from herniated disks, this technique may also be helpful for carpal tunnel syndrome. Extremity Manipulation FlexionDistraction – This involves manipulation of the extremities (arm/shoulder, leg/ hip). It helps improve joint mobility and reduce stress along the spine and is especially useful for carpal tunnel syndrome and problems with posture and gait. Flexion-Distraction (Cox Method) – Mechanical and hands-on adjustment aids in stretching of the back. This method is especially beneficial for degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, scoliosis, neck and back pain and restricted spinal joints. Gonstead Technique – The most recognizable form of chiropractic manipulation and similar to Diversified Technique, this approach addresses misalignment and involves variable-pressure spine adjustment and realignment. It includes X-ray analysis to pinpoint problem areas and is deemed safe for children, pregnant women and the elderly. Graston Technique – Instrument-assisted, soft tissue mobilization helps reduce scar tissue and persistent pain from acute and old injuries, as well as resolve longstanding trigger points in muscles and joints. It promotes circulation in affected areas to reduce pain and inflammation. It also may allay non-systemic causes of fibromyalgia.
Network Spinal Analysis (network chiropractic) – This low-force technique addresses the entire body to improve communication between the brain and nerves via points along the spine and is suited to all ages. Pettibon System – Based on a total body assessment, both structural and nutritional, this system focuses on posture correction and spinal alignment, diet and muscle development. Sacro-Occipital Technique – Focused on the relationship between the bases of the spine and skull, it employs triangular-shaped blocks under the pelvis to target lower back issues; low-force adjustments include slow pressure to address issues related to the skull. It is considered especially beneficial for hiatal hernia and gastro-esophageal reflux. Somato Respiratory Integration – Special exercises leverage the body-breath connection to assist stress management, tension release and whole body awareness. It employs focus, breath work, touch and movement. Compatible with other treatments, it can also be done at home. Thompson Drop Technique – Employed via a “drop table” and thrust of the chiropractor’s hands. It can help determine discrepancies in leg lengths. Benefits include improved posture, flexibility and sleep, and decreased pain.
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Kids Calm Themselves with Meditation by April Thompson
choolchildren are learning the calming effect of tuning into their minds and bodies through a pioneering program in Baltimore, Maryland, that’s replacing time outs and school detentions with mindful moments. Trained staff—including many former students—teach yoga, mindfulness practices, meditation, centering and breath work that empower kids to resolve conflicts peacefully. Brothers Atman and Ali Smith and friend Andres Gonzalez founded the nonprofit Holistic Life Foundation (HLF) in 2001 in response to the pressing need to help kids living in challenging urban environments better manage stress, anger and other heightened emotions. Today, the organization is sowing the seeds of mindfulness with some 7,500 students a week across 18 Baltimore-area schools, usually beginning through daylong, school-wide interventions and afterschool programs supporting targeted populations. Frustrated kids cool off and center themselves through breathing exercises and meditation in the Mindful Moment Room in the HLF flagship Robert W. Coleman Elementary
School. “Sometimes when I get mad, I just breathe deep. I picture being in a certain place I like and I just stop being mad… I think of being a bigger person and doing something maybe a wise man would do,” advises one fifth-grade participant. “When we had to take a big test, before I took it and in the middle, I took deep breaths to stay calm and finish the test. When everybody around you is making a lot of noises, you just try to tune them out and be yourself, do your breathing,” says another fifth-grader. The training starts with educators learning mindfulness techniques both to help their students and also manage their own stress in the classroom. “The program was a fantastic experience,” says Lori Gustovson, a teacher at Baltimore’s Lincoln Elementary School. “We integrated the exercises into our daily schedules, helping many students and teachers focus their attention and regulate emotions such as anxiety, anger and frustration. We are a better school because of the time they spent in our classrooms teaching us the beauty of paying attention to breath, movement and each other,” she observes.
These are tools kids can rely on for the rest of their lives, and use them to get back to their center.
~Ali Smith Participating schools have reported fewer fights, better attendance and higher grades, among other benefits, according to Ali Smith, all results backed by independent research. Recent studies in schools from San Francisco to Columbus, Ohio, have shown that teaching kids mindfulness practices can heighten attentiveness, self-control and empathy, while reducing stress, hyperactivity and depression, and improving academic performance. The kids also apply their newfound skills at home. “To take ownership of the practice and understand the benefits, you have to know how to explain it, so we use a reciprocal teaching model,” says Ali. “We teach the kids to say, ‘Mom, Dad, you look stressed; can you take a breather with me?’” Martin, a Lincoln Elementary student, was pleased to report, “I went to my house and taught my mom how to do all the things you guys taught us.” Virginia, another student, noted, “This
morning I got mad at my dad, but then I remembered to breathe, and then I didn’t shout.” Other schools are following suit. Mindful Schools began in 2007 as a single-school program in Oakland, California, and then expanded to support online and in-person courses and a network of mindful educators spanning all 50 states and more than 100 countries. The David Lynch Foundation funds efforts to bring transcendental meditation to underserved kids in classrooms like the Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School, in Queens, New York; Wilson High School, in Portland, Oregon; and Wayzata West Middle School, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, among others. Find easy instruction at Tinyurl.com/ MindfulnessStarterLesson. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.
This meditation exercise is recommended by the Holistic Life Foundation to help kids slow down, relax, de-stress or clear their heads:
Sit comfortably with one hand on your belly, with your head, neck and spine in alignment. Breathe through your nose. As you inhale, feel your belly expand and pause for a second. Then, exhale and feel the belly fall. Repeat for 10 breaths.
This mindfulness instruction is excerpted from a starter lesson at MindfulSchools.org:
Mindfulness is noticing what is happening in the present moment. It can help calm us when we are angry, sad or frustrated. It can help us notice when we are happy or grateful and also to focus, whether in school or in sports. It’s important to let our bodies be very still. When that happens, it gets very quiet. When we have still and quiet bodies, that’s what we call our mindful bodies. Now, let’s close our eyes and just sit like this for one minute.
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or even an old-fashioned ticking alarm clock that we occasionally use. When the teacher whispers a child’s name, they quietly get back up and go back to what they were doing,” says Khatib who notes that our world is noisier now than it was in Montessori’s time. “Today, it is filled with the sounds of the television, electronics, phone conversations, leaf blowers, sirens and traffic. The Silence Game can give children the precious ability to cultivate and appreciate silence for the rest of their life,” says Khatib.
Mindfulness for Children A Needle in a Southwest Florida Haystack by Linda Sechrist
lthough a search for a mindfulness class for children in local Southwest Florida public schools could be compared to the exercise of looking for a needle in a haystack, an appreciation for the positive results that children can realize from the practice that is not going unnoticed by Kathy Khatib, founder and Director of the Garden School of Naples, and Kimberly Rodgers, a licensed clinical social worker and owner of Monarch Wellness in Naples.
The Silence Game “Dr. Maria Montessori wrote about her idea for the initial development of the Silence Game in The Secret of Childhood. The Silence Game, which is part of every child’s day here at the Garden School, is much like what we now call mindfulness for children. Reading what Maria wrote in her books gives one a deeper appreciation for it than just describing the benefits,” advises Khatib. “One day I had the idea of using silence to test the children’s keenness of hearing, so I thought of calling them by name, in a low whisper, from a certain distance, as 50
is the custom in certain medical tests. The child called was to come up to me, walking so as not to make a sound. With 40 children this exercise inpatient waiting demanded a patience that I thought impossible, so I brought with me some sweets as a reward for each child who came to me. But the children refused the sweets. They seemed to say, ‘Don’t spoil our lovely experience, we are still filled with delight of the spirit, don’t distract us.’ And, so I realized that children were sensible not only to silence but to a voice calling imperceptibly in silence. They came up slowly, walking on tiptoe, taking care not to knock into things, and their footsteps could scarcely be heard. “Not much has changed in the Silence Game. We don’t have a special time for calling children from their work in the middle of their school day. It happens whenever the teacher rings a bell. The children stop what they are doing and tiptoe over to place in the classroom to sit down, close their eyes and listen carefully for five minutes. Sounds are whatever they hear, a truck passing by
Rodgers noticed the difference in in her young patients after they participated in one of Salima Silverman’s yoga classes. Silverman, who is part of Rodger’s referral network, teaches classes at Monarch Wellness and is also available for private sessions. “Salima’s classes demonstrate to children and adults with special behavior challenges such as anxiety, introversion, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and other issues how they can connect with their body and self-regulate. Parents also notice behavior improvement and say that their children felt less anxious, could focus better, sleep better at night and realize improvements in their schoolwork. The most progress is noticeable in children or adults who not only participate in classes consistently but also continue to practice outside of counseling,” advises Rodgers, who believes that what happens when children tune into their mind and body in Silverman’s yoga classes is similar to what happens during mindfulness classes for children. “The benefits of these kinds of practices are far reaching. They not only impact children, but also their parents and teachers, as well as our overall community.” The Garden School of Naples, 6051 Bayshore Dr., Naples. For information on enrollment, call 239-424-9084, email Kathy@GardenSchoolNaples. com or visit GardenSchoolNaples.com. See ad, page 57. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Terr. 239-325-9210. MonarchWellness.net. See ad, page 41.
SOUL SHINE by Marianne Williamson
ur deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?” Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
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Why a Job is the Cat’s Meow by Sandra Murphy
ome cats started their careers in barns with minimal job opportunities. With updated skills, they now boost office morale, encourage reading, promote products and provide therapy. Community cats even work in private security.
In the Office Millennials, now comprising a third of this country’s stressed-out labor force, according to the Pew Research Center and American Psychological Association, are among those that can benefit from having a cat around. Lowered blood pressure is one result, according to research by psychologist Karen
Allen, Ph.D., conducted at the University at Buffalo. Even when comfort breaks are hard to schedule, insistent cats cannot be ignored. “Pompous Albert, a rejected show cat, works at SafeWise, in Salt Lake City,” relates Sage Singleton, who handles Albert’s Instagram account. “He boosts morale, reduces stress and provides entertainment.” Carlos, a former rescue kitten, greets employees at PetNovations, in Norristown, Pennsylvania, each morning. He’s the star of the corporate Instagram account and blog, and promotes the company’s ecofriendly Cat Genie litterless cat box.
Therapists At the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco, Duke Ellington Morris visits with patients while nurses check vital signs; he’s part of an animalassisted therapy program through the city’s Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. With the help of his humans, Jessica and Eric Hagan, of Pennsylvania’s Wolf Creek Township, Draven was certified through a local Love on a Leash chapter that qualifies pet-provided therapy animals. He showed My Cat From Hell host Jackson Galaxy his hospital routine for a segment called “My Cat From Heaven.” Draven regularly visits the Grove City Medical Center, in Pine Township, local nursing homes and service groups.
Literacy Aids “At 18, Cleo, my small, gray cat, retired from therapy visits and missed the attention,” says Michelle Cardosi, a retail clerk in Silt, Colorado. “Kids reading to her at the school library provided a solution that satisfied everyone.” In 2010, the public library in White Settlement, Texas, adopted Browser to remedy a rodent problem. Five years
later, the city council cited pending renovations and a potential impact on allergies in backing a motion to oust Browser. Supporters, pointing out that the cat brought children through the doors, successfully petitioned to keep the four-legged employee.
Private Security Less socially developed feral felines can provide needed services. The Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats rescues such cats from Los Angeles shelters. Each is vetted, spayed/neutered and microchipped. “When they’re adopted out in threes, community cats are more likely to stay on the job,” notes founder and headmistress Shawn Simons. “In Southern California, working cats are employed as assistants to brewmasters at the Monkish Brewery to protect the grain and hops and at Saluti Cellars as vintner support in charge of gopher population control,” says Simons. “More traditionally, cats at the Portuguese Bend Riding Club barn discourage mice and make friends with horses and riders.” The school’s Working Cat Program partners with area recycling centers, golf courses, warehouses and industrial parks that could otherwise lose hundreds of millions of dollars annually due to vermin-related structural damage, including gnawed wiring and other potential fire hazards. “Businesses get an all-natural, safe and effective way to control pests and cats live life naturally,” says Simons. Working cats of many stripes are becoming increasingly common. For a business, it’s a money-saver; for a cat, it’s a lifesaver. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@ mindspring.com.
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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1 Spa, Fitness and Yoga – Oct 1-7. Seven-night vacation includes tips, transfers, taxes, spa meals, daily massage and three facials with reflexology, loofa salt glow, fango, kundalini yoga, walks, aquatic exercises and more. $1,522/double or $1,706/single; extra $530/airfare. Ixtapan Spa Mexico. Sun Bird Travel: 430-2000.
Reiki for Pets – 9am-noon. Bring your dog, cat, small animal or bird and receive a five to-15-minute reiki session for them. Whether ill or healthy, animals benefit from the healing energy of reiki. Pets must be leased or comfortably crated. Donations only, with all proceeds going to local charities. Kunjani Cafe, 780 Seagate Dr, Naples. 980-3257. FireflyWithinFoundation@gmail.com or FireflyWithin.org.
Argentine Milonga Dance – 4-8pm. $15. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013. AllstarDanceStudio.com.
Really, Really Free Market – 10am-2pm. Potluck of reusable items. No money, barter or trade; everything is free. Fleischmann Park, Naples. Facebook page: Naples Really Really Free Market.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 2 Book Giveaway – 9:30am-5pm. Dr Mark Corke will distribute the book The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Watch the video Evidence of Harm, a new documentary about mercury fillings. Call the office for a tour or with questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 936-5442.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3 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 pillow and/or blanket. $10. The Mystical Moon, 8951 Bonita Beach Rd SE, Ste 255, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 301-0655. TheMysticalMoon.com. Intro to Wicca – 7pm. In this weekly progressive class, learn what wicca is, concept of Deity, altars, holidays, magick and more. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4 Usui Reiki Level II – 2pm. Learn long-distance healing method using channeled universal life-force energies. Symbols, visualizations, meditations and exercises and included. Attunement and certification available upon completion. Prerequisite: Usui Reiki Level I. $50. The Labyrinth 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Feel Relaxed and Supported EFT Tapping – 6:308pm. Also Oct 11, 18 & 25. With Jenny Li Ciconne. An introduction to unlocking your personal journey to peace and joy, this series will focus on relationships and lights the way to bring the calm success we all seek. $30/class. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft. Myers. RSVP: 277-1399. LotusBlossomClinic.com.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5 Water Equals Life – 6-8pm. With Deborah J Post, ARNP, and chef Kristina San Filippo. Learn about water, its function in our bodies and the issues that face us in getting enough good water to sustain us and how to obtain it. A three-course dinner featuring sustainably raised, locally sourced ingredients served with wines or juice selections. $68/person. Purple Spoon, 25151 Chamber of Commerce Dr, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 908-3842. ChefKristina.com. Tarot Part I – 7pm. Learn the meanings of the cards and how to utilize this wonderful tool. A Rider Waite deck is required. $30. Part II offered on 10/19. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6 Art Walk – 6-10pm. Fourteen art galleries invite locals and visitors to a self-guided walking tour throughout downtown Fort Myers River District core and the Gardener’s Park area. Art enthusiasts can meet the artists and enjoy the live art demonstrations. FortMyersArtWalk.com.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7 Weekend Childbirth Education – Oct 7-8. 10am3pm. 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. 594-0400. Info/register: FBCNaples@gmail.com or NaplesBirthCenter.com. Vianna Stibal’s ThetaHealing Manifesting and Abundance Advanced ThetaHealing Weekend Class – Oct 7-8. With Karen and David. Class offers
Introduction to Food Healing – 1:30-4:30pm. Discover the power of 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 required: 277-1399. LotusBlossomClinic.com. Dowsing with Ross – 2pm. Learn what dowsing is and how to use this method for finding objects underground, testing energy fields and spirit energies, and learn the different tools used for dowsing. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8 Eckankar Light and Sound Service – 11am. Topic: The Golden Heart. ECK Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034. ECK-Florida.org. Yin Yoga Nidra Restore and Renew – 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. 404-9744. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. Sacred Sound Ceremony – 6:30-8:30pm. $20. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013. AllstarDanceStudio.com.
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Breastfeeding Class – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn how to successfully breastfeed your newborn baby, use breast pumps, and transition to returning to work while breastfeeding. Benefits of breastfeeding, the techniques for positioning and latching-on, timing and frequency of feeds will be discussed. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 594-0400. Info/register: FBCNaples@ gmail.com or NaplesBirthCenter.com.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11 Equine Assisted Wellness Course – 6-7:30pm. Where horses and humans heal. Four-week course. $200 or $100/under 12. Track to Trail Thoroughbreds, Naples. 963-7296. HorseRescueFlorida.com. Tarot Part I – 7pm. Learn the meanings of the cards and how to utilize this wonderful tool. A Rider Waite deck is required. $30. Part II offered on 10/18. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12 Usui Reiki Level II – 2pm. Learn long-distance healing method using channeled universal life force energies. Symbols, visualizations, meditations and exercises are included. Attunement and certification available upon completion. Prerequisite: Usui Reiki Level I. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13 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.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14 Psychic Faire – 10am-5pm. Choose from a list of readers and healers offering many services: psychic readings, palm readings, mediumship, reiki and more. $25/20 min. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Lane, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339. TheMysticalMoon.com. Crystals and Gemstones Workshop – 2pm. Learn how to choose, cleanse and work with crystals and gemstones. Crystal grids will also be demonstrated using the flower of life pattern also known as sacred
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geometry. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Movement and Breath for Labor –2-3:30pm. Join Cheryl Bernardi with LifeBehold to prepare your mind and body for labor and birth through movement and breathing exercises. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2. 248-7931. $25/ early bird, $30/door. Register: LifeBehold@gmail.com.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15 “Ding” Darling Days Birding and Eco-Festival – Oct 15-21. Narrated refuge tram tours, live animal presentations, a butterfly house, fly-fishing demos, music, hot dogs and archery lessons. Check schedule daily for more unique topics and activities. JN “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island. DingDarlingDays.com. See news brief, page 12.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 16 Acupressure for Anyone SEVA I – 9am-noon. SelfCare; 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. 3 CEUs MTs, nurses. Naples. 732-266-5276. SEVA II 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. 3 CEUs, MTs, nurses. Naples. 732-266-5276.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17 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 pillow and/or blanket. $10. The Mystical Moon, 8951 Bonita Beach Rd SE, Ste 255, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 301-0655. TheMysticalMoon.com.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18 Nutrition Class –7-8:30pm. Nutrition for pregnancy, lactation, postpartum and family. Pregnant moms receive a free gift. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 5940400. Register: FBCNaples@gmail.com.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19 Book Giveaway – 8am-5pm. Dr Mark Corke will distribute the book The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Watch the video Evidence of Harm, a new documentary about mercury fillings. Call the office for a tour or with questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 9365442. FortMyersLaserDentist.com. New Moon Celebration –7pm. With Cathy Blair. Set an intention for the new you envision. Let the singing bowls reveal your piece in the divine plan and carry your requests up into the universe. Wrap yourself in the loving harmonics of the singing bowls. Bring beach chair and blanket. $25 cash or check. The Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 403-9170.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20 Music Walk – 6-10pm. The River District comes alive on the third Friday of the month as local and regional musicians line the streets. From jazz and blues to rock & roll, many genres can be heard and vary each month. Free to the public with many venues featuring additional attractions and specials. Downtown Ft Myers. RiverDistrictEvents.com. Cupping and Auricular Therapy – 6-7pm. With Tasha Perez MS, LMT. The Olympics brought one of these ancient therapies to the forefront and people want to know more; learn how these therapies can enhance health and wellness. Free. Wellbridge Health Center, 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 213, Bonita Springs. RSVP/info: 246-6622. Women’s Gathering (CBC) – 7pm. A monthly gathering for women over 21. The purpose is to discuss women’s issues in society, religion, relationships, etc, and to have women support and help empower one another and network. There will be fun included after venting in a safe environment. Refreshments served. $5. 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. Donation for local charity groups. Kunjani Café, 780 Seagate Dr, Naples. 980-3257. FireflyWithin.com.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21 Wanderlust 108 – 7:30am-3:30pm. The world’s only mindful triathlon, join for a 5K run/walk, an outdoor yoga experience and a guided meditation. Then, grab organic lunch, hear the DJ on the main stage, experience lawn activities such as acro yoga
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. RSVP: JennyLotusBlossom@gmail.com. LotusBlossomClinic.com.
and hooping, vendors, teachers, speakers and musical talent. Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, 4020 Virginia Beach Dr, Miami. Wanderlust.com/108s. 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. CenterOfEternalLight.com.
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Pendulum Workshop – 2pm. Learn how to choose, cleanse and program a pendulum. Also learn how to use a pendulum for divination, to find lost objects, to dowse and to test energy fields and chakras. Free charts available. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22 Crystal Bowl Meditation –10am. With Cathy Blair. Relax, revitalize and recalibrate through the loving harmonics of the crystal singing bowls. Find your peaceful center so you move through your days with grace and ease while shining your light. Bring pillow, mat and blanket. $20 cash or check. The Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 398-3953. Yin Yoga Nidra Restore and Renew – 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. 404-9744. IntegrativeMindfulness.net.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 23 Food Talk: Medicinal Mushrooms – 6:15-7:45pm. Explore an amazing world of medicinal mushrooms, as used in ancient Chinese medicine and now in the modern world. Healthy appetizers. $15. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP: 277-1399. LotusBlossomClinic.com.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24 Reflexology – 9am-3pm with lunch break. Release stress from the whole body through the feet and hands. $100. Six CEUs. Naples. 732-266-5276. Dementia Lecture – 6pm. Discover how to prevent and reverse dementia with Dr Pamela Hughes. Food & Thought/Thoughtful Threads, 2132 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 649-7400. HughesCenterNaples.com. See ad, page 71. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Laurie Barraco. The crystal bowls are a form of sound
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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25 Candle Magick – 2pm. Learn how to anoint and infuse candles with energy for healing, blessings, prosperity and more. Attendees will be able to make their own personal candle in this class, which is included in the fee. $30. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Healing Night Sound Immersion –7pm. With Cathy Blair. Bathe in the loving frequencies of the singing bowls and the healing vibrations of the Himalayan salt. Bring all aspects of self into alignment for your soul’s expansion into oneness. Bring beach chair and blanket. $25 cash or check. The original Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 398-3953.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26 Introduction to Craniosacral Therapy and Lymphatic Drainage – 6-7pm. With Karen Lauchlan, RN, LMT. The creation of health and wellness outside the usual medical therapies is not wellknown to many people, but they are very powerful treatments; learn how these therapies can enhance health and wellness. Wellbridge Health Center, 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 213, Bonita Springs. RSVP/ info: 246-6622.
Couples Massage – 6-9pm. Learn what good touch feels like and how to give it. Meditation; chakra alignment; set the environment; massage routine. Private classes available by appointment. 3 CEUs, MTs. Naples. 732-266-5276. National Federation of Spiritual Healers (NFSH)/The Healing Trust community healing session – 6:30-8:40pm. Non-denomination session with healing members Rev Karen CoratelliSmith and Rev David Karg. Arrive by 6:15pm. Reservations required. No walk-ins. $20 cash or check. Unity of Naples, Fellowship Hall, 2000 Unity Way. Info/RSVP: 692-9120 or kSmith727@ comcast.net. De-Stress after Irma! The Work with Byron Katie – 6:30-9pm. Free introductory – love-offerings welcome. This free intro is followed by a workshop on Sat, Oct 28. Unitarian Universal Congregation of Greater Naples, 6340 Napa Woods Way. Info/ RSVP: WorkOfByronKatie.com.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28 First Annual Pathways to Wellness – 9am-1pm. Presented by Survive and Thrive. This event will offer those affected by cancer including; cancer patients, survivors, loved ones and healthcare professionals an opportunity to learn more about “the missing peace in healthcare”. Experience yoga, group meditation and sound therapy and learn the importance of gut health. Hilton Naples. Register: Eventbrite.com. See news brief, page 15. De-Stress after Irma! The Work with Byron Katie – 10am-4pm. This workshop is preceded by a free intro on Friday evening, October 27. Unitarian Universal Congregation of Greater Naples, 6340 Napa Woods Way. Info/register: WorkOfByronKatie.com. Psychic Faire –10am-4pm. Choose from an assortment of well-established and gifted psychics and healers. Tarot readers, soul chart progression, full chart astrology analysis, oracle card readers, rune caster, mediums, chakra cleansing and alignment, and shamanic journeys. $25/25 minutes. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. 939-2769. Psychic Faire – 10am-5pm. Choose from a list of
readers and healers offering many services: psychic readings, palm readings, mediumship, reiki and more. $25/20 min. The Mystical Moon, 8951 Bonita Beach Rd SE, Ste 255, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 3010655. TheMysticalMoon.com.
Sedona. See news brief, page 15. Circle Conversation – 7-9pm. The Community Café Coalition’s Conversation on Caring for Creation that helps to shift us from small talk to meaningful results will take place for people of all ages that support the protection, preservation and celebration of Creation. Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 15600 Tamiami Tr, Naples. Info/RSVP: AnnLSmith714@gmail.com or SeniorMinistry@ cvlcfl.org. See news brief, page 14.
Eckankar Spiritual Discussion Class – 10:30amnoon. Topic: Listening to Inner Guidance to Solve Problems. Lakes Regional Library, 15290 Bass Rd, Ft Myers. 482-4034. ECK-Florida.org.
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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31 Seance – 8pm. Séance on the night when the veil is 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. Seating limited to 12 people only, so reserve a seat early. Absolutely no admittance after 7:50pm. $40. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
plan ahead FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Vianna Stibal’s ThetaHealing Basic DNA Weekend Class – Nov 3-5. With Karen and David. Includes Vianna Stibal’s ThetaHealing book. First class in the series. Class offers practitioners’ authority to practice
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Eckankar Community HU Chant – 11am. ECK Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S. Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034. ECK-Florida.org.
the work. Private home in Naples. $444. Preregistration required: Karen Coratelli-Smith, licensed ThetaHealing instructor: 692-9120 or KSmith727@ comcast.net. Info: ThetaHealing.com.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7 Soul Shift in Sedona – Nov 7-9. With Heather Faun Basl and Johanna David. Get ready to fly. Remove what blocks you and holds you back. Become magnificent and great. Realize your true potential, a lighter bright you. Includes three vortex sites, a group sound healing session, meditation and yoga. Register: 630-210-8688 or HeatherFaun.com/
India Trip – Nov 16-Dec 2. Visit the Taj Mahal, temples and Himalayas, stay in a palace, dip your toes in the holy Ganga River and more. Includes daily yoga with Carla, three vegetarian meals per day, accommodations, ground transportation and airfare in India. Airfare to and from India not included. No alcohol or meat permitted on this trip. $3,300/dbl occupancy, $4,300/private room. 692-9747. LoveYogaCenter.com. See ad, page 25.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8 National Federation of Spiritual Healers (NFSH)/The Healing Trust Energy Healing Therapy training – Dec 8-10. 9am-5pm. With Karen Coratelli-Smith and David Karg. Learn the energy healing technique of Harry Edwards, the world-famous UK spiritual healer. This threeday class offers hands-on experience and tools to self-heal and to heal others; physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Preregister: 692-9120 or kSmith727@comcast.net.
ongoingevents Church of Spiritual Light – 9:45-11am. Sunday service. Spiritual connection, meditation, ritual, prayer and song. 1939 Park Meadows Dr, Ste 1, Ft Myers. 560-6314. ChurchOfSpiritualLight.org.
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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/youth and family ministry – 10am. Join at 9:30am for The Gathering, a 20-minute meditation and reiki session before and after service. 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. UnityOfFortMyers.org.
Yoga in Nature – Several days a week; see website for schedule. Multilevel yoga classes. $10/ drop-in (cash/check). Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Schedule: Happehatchee.org.
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Al-Anon Family Groups – Support for families and friends troubled by someone else’s drinking. Naples. 263-5907 or 888-425-2666 for 24/7 info. Schedule at SouthFloridaAl-Anon.org.
Koreshan Farmers’ Market – 8am-1pm. Unique market in the historic settlement of the Koreshans. Fresh and local goods; native plants and trees. Free park admission; $1 environmental impact fee. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-0311.
and chairs provided. $10 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205. 961-2491. OpenMindZenNaples.com.
Beginners’ Orientation: An Introduction to Meditation Postures and Techniques – 9:15-10am. Last Sunday. Get to know our style of practice, our lineage, ways to practice Open Mind Zen. Cushions
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.
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Unity of Naples – 10am. Service and Sunday school conducted in open, accepting and empowering environment. Children deepen their relationship with God. Nursery care provided. Naples. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org. Guided Historic Tours – 10-11:30am. Explore the 19th-century Koreshan religious settlement, its structures and gardens. Join our guided walking tours and learn about these idealistic pioneers. $2/ adults, $1/kids under 6 years old. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. Tickets: Ranger Station: 992-0311. Zen Meditation and Dharma Talk – 10-11:30am. 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. 961-2491. OpenMindZenNaples.com.
River and Creeks Manatee Kayak Tour – 10am2pm. Get up close and personal and learn about their history, habitat and habits. $55 includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. Ft Myers. 694-5513. Center for Spiritual Living, Cape Coral – 10:30am service. Celebration, connection, community and more. 406 SE 24th Ave, Cape Coral. 574-6463. CSLCapeCoral.com. Fort Myers Quakers – 10:30am. Refresh yourself with silent worship. Iona House, Calusa Nature Center, 3450 Ortiz Ave, Ft Myers. 437-4615. FortMyersQuakers.org or FtMyers.Quakers@gmail.com. Spiritual Study Group – 10:30am. With Rev Joyce Heist. Study and discuss Science of Mind principles. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. SJoyceH@aol.com.
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Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples – 10:30am. Service, youth classes and childcare. Celebrate freedom, reason and compassion. All welcome. 6340 Napa Woods Way, Naples. 4556553. Office@uunaples.org. uunaples.org. Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft Myers Sunday Service – 10:30-11:30am. All welcome. 13411 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. 561-2700. uucfm.org. Southwest Florida Amma Satsang – 2-5pm. 2nd Sun. Share in Amma’s blessings; meditation, bhajans, videos of Amma and her teachings. Vegetarian potluck afterwards. Free. Cape Coral. Info: 671-6058 or Kessel.Joyce@gmail.com. Shamatha Meditation and Intro to Tibetan Buddhism Study Group – 4-6pm. Begins Oct 15. Every other Sunday in Naples. Free. Info: Mary: 505-310-3811. Introductory Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 4:45pm. Last Sun each month. greenmonkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. FloridaMindfulness.org. Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 6:30pm. With dharma teacher Fred Epsteiner, in the spirit of Thich Nhat Hanh. greenmonkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. FloridaMindfulness.org. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 6:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Cape Christian Fellowship, 2110 Chiquita Blvd, Cape Coral. 338-5948.
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Drum and Dance Circle – 6:30-9pm. Drummers, dancers, jugglers, everyone welcome. BYO chair and instrument or come just to enjoy. Under the pavilion by the water in Centennial Park, Ft Myers. Info: Facebook page: Fort Myers Drum Circle.
monday Reverse the Age of the Spine Series – Noon1pm. Using the Great Yoga Wall, with Meredith Musick. For private location in Naples and more info: 269-8846. 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). North Collier Fire Station 45, 1885 Veterans Park Dr, Naples. MiraclesAmongUs.org. Journey Within Meditation – 6-7pm. Crystal bowls and guided meditation will lead you into relaxation followed by reiki energy healing. Receive a personal message to continue your journey. 100
Integrative Mindfulness studio, Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita. 201-6648. IntegrativeMindfulness.net.
Adult Children of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional Families (ACA) – 6-7:30pm. 12-step meeting. Unity Church of Naples choir room, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. Lissa: 908-752-0068. FloridaState. ACAIntergroup.org.
Hatha Yoga – 9-10:30am. With Meredith Musick. All levels. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 269-8846. MeredithMusick.com.
Clay Handbuilding and Raku Techniques – 6-9pm. Reduce stress in this five-week class with Richard Rosen. $195 plus materials ($50). Rosen Gallery & Studios, Naples Art District, 2172 J&C Blvd, Naples. RSVP: 821-1061. rictra@ earthlink.net. A Course in Miracles – 6:30-7pm, Q&A for beginners; 7-8:30pm, formal class reading and discussion. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church Fireplace Room, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org.
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percent of donations go to local charity groups. Kunjani Craft Coffee and Gallery, 780 Seagate Dr, Naples. 980-3257 or FireflyWithin.org.
donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205. 961-2491. OpenMindZenNaples.com. Compassionate Friends: Collier County Group – 7:30pm. 2nd Mon. For bereaved parents. YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd, Naples. 690-7801. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Congregational Church, 15300 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. Mary: 216-870-0653.
Crystal Bowls Meditation – 7:30pm. With William Ward. Relax to the sounds of crystal and Tibetan bowls. $20. Center of Eternal Light, 260 Professional Pl, N Ft Myers. 599-4700. CenterOfEternalLight.com.
Candlelight Yoga Flow – 7-8pm. With Dina Radcliffe, RYT. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Integrative Mindfulness studio, Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102 Bonita. 280-9095. IntegrativeMindfulness.net.
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.
Gurdjieff/The Fourth Way Discussion Group – 7-8pm. An exploration of the teachings of G I Gurdjieff, with readings and discussion. Introductory sessions meet in Bonita Springs. Info: 565-1410. TheGurdjieffSocietyOfFlorida.org. Mindfulness Meditation – 7-8:15pm. This informal class will explore the techniques of mindful meditation. Chairs and cushions provided. $10/suggested
Nu Tango Practica – 8-9:30pm. 1st, 3rd & 5th Mon. $10. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013. AllstarDanceStudio.com.
tuesday Gentle Hatha Yoga Flow – 9-10am. With David Sawtelle, CYT. $15 drop-in or $120/10 classes.
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. Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy for Personal Growth – Thru Oct 3. 10:15-11:45am. Guided by Christina Bowman. Based on the book by Sheryl Sandberg, author of Originals and Give and Take. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. UnityOfFortMyers.org. Mid-Day Meditation – Noon-12:30pm. Enjoy your lunch time in mindful meditation overlooking the Peace Lake. Kathleen Kerswig, licensed Unity teacher, guides participants into silent self-reflection, allowing each person to connect with one’s own God-self. Love donation. Unity of Ft Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. UnityOfFortMyers.org. FUNdamentals of Yoga – 6-7pm. With Ellen Duff. An introduction to yoga that will help participants slowly build strength, flexibility and great technique. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. Hawaiian Hula Classes – 6-7pm. With Sherry Coffey. Explore authentic dances of the Polynesian islands. $50/month. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade
Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. 768-5575. Facebook. com/HulaConnection. Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) Group – 6-7:30pm. 12-step program. A fellowship of men and women that have suffered from anxiety or depression and anger after growing up in highly stressful environments. 10051 Plantation Rd, Ft Myers. 931-9009. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Gulf Coast Church of Christ, 9550 Ben C Pratt (6 Mile Cypress), Ft Myers. 338-5948. La Leche League – 7pm. 1st Tue. Mother-to-mother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. St Hilary’s Episcopal Church, 5011 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. lllFlorida.com. Belly Dance Classes – 7:30-8:30pm. With Sherry Coffey. Have fun learning the ancient art and modern styles of this dynamic dance. Adults; beginners welcome. $50/month. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. 768-5575. BellyDanceSWFL.com.
wednesday Dynamic Hatha Yoga Flow – 9-10am. With David Sawtelle, CYT. $15 drop-in or $120/10 classes. Integrative Mindfulness studio, Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102 Bonita. 201-6648. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 9:30am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Congregational Church, 15300 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. Sandy: 301-938-7503. Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old US 41, Bonita. Carol: 405-1947. Cocohatchee River/Wiggins Pass Estuary Kayak Tour – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins and other critters. $45. Includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. N Naples. 694-5513. Peer Support Group for the Blind and Visually Impaired – 12:30-2:30pm. 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. Tai Chi Eight-Form – 2-3pm. With Sondra Dansby.
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Improve posture, balance, fall prevention, reduce blood pressure and restore emotional balance. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. 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. Art Alive – 5-8pm. 1st Wed. Naples Art District Studio and Gallery Tours consist of more than 36 professional artists showcasing their recent works of art and demonstrating their medium. Meet the artist, party and bring home unique treasures for your home. Look for the magenta and white art flags in the district. 596-5099. Directions/map: NaplesArtDistrict.com. Healing, Prayer and Meditation Service – 6pm. First Wed. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Sanctuary, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org. Vinyasa Yoga – 6-7pm. With Ellen Duff. Flow yoga is the smooth way that poses run together and become like a dance. The breath acts as an anchor to the movement as you flow from one pose to the next in time with an inhale or exhale. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. Open Social Dancing – 6:30-7pm. Group class. $5. 7-9pm. Dancing. $12. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013. AllstarDanceStudio.com. Pet Loss and Grief Support Group – 6:30pm. 2nd Wed. Compassionate support: pet loss, medical crisis, chronic illness. Free. 1939 Park Meadows Dr, Ft Myers. 936-1732. Evening Meditation – 6:45-7:15pm. Quiet yourself mid-week during this time of calming self-reflection, connecting with one’s own God-self. Love donation. Unity of Ft Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. UnityOfFortMyers.org. La Leche League – 7pm. 3rd Wed. Mother-to-mother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. Cape Coral Hospital Women’s Center, 2nd fl, 636 Del Prado Blvd S, Cape Coral. lllflorida.com. Families Anonymous – 7-8:15pm. For relatives and friends of those that suffer from a current, suspected or former problem of substance abuse or related behavioral problem. Open to all. No dues or fees. Moorings Presbyterian Church, Naples. 595-1938. FamiliesAnonymous.org. Meditation Class – 7-8:15pm. Guided meditation and practical advice with Buddhist monk Kelsang Chopag. No experience necessary. $10. Open Mind Zen, 1250 N Tamiami Tr, Ste 205, Naples. MeditationInNaples.org. Nar-Anon Family Groups – 7:30pm. Providing support and hope to those in despair because of a relative or friend’s addiction. Cape Professional Center, 1216 SW 4th St, Ste 6, Cape Coral. 691-3653.
thursday Gentle Hatha Yoga Flow – 9-10am. With David Sawtelle, CYT. $15 drop-in or $120/10 classes. Integrative Mindfulness studio, Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita. 201-6648. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. Hatha Yoga – 9-10:30am. With Meredith Musick.
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Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 2:30-4pm. Do you judge yourself harshly? Learn to love yourself. Dry Palms Foundation, 1251 Lamar Rd. Jane: 728-7106.
All levels. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 269-8846. MeredithMusick.com. Stretch and Strength – 11:30-12:30pm. With Sondra Dansby. Using breath, core work, stretching and the resistance of your own body to build strength, it varies each week. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 1:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. New Image Tabernacle Church, 81 Pondella Rd, N Ft Myers. 585-955-3910. Infant and Pregnancy Loss Support Group – 5:156:45pm. 2nd Thurs. 1095 Whippoorwill Ln, Naples. 298-9725. Facebook page: Grieving Together. Restorative Yoga – 6-7pm. Nourish, nurture and create balance in the body, mind and spirit. Connect to the body through sequencing that supports digestion. Breath awareness, visualization, and auditory guidance creates an imprint empowering the student. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. Zumba – 6-7pm. An easy-to-follow, calorie-burning, dance fitness party. No experience needed. All fitness levels welcome. $13/drop-in. Gateway Yoga, 11300 Lindbergh Blvd, Ste 111, Ft Myers. 464-4676. email@example.com. Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) Group – 6-7:30pm. 12-step program. A fellowship of men and women that have suffered from anxiety or depression and anger after growing up in highly stressful environments. 10051 Plantation Rd, Ft Myers. 931-9009. Salsa Night – 7-7:45pm. Group class. 8:30pm. Practica $15. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013. AllstarDanceStudio.com. Silent Meditation – 7-8:15pm. Seated and walking meditation in the Zen tradition. Discussion on presented topic. $10/suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205. 961-2491. OpenMindZenNaples.com. Messages and Meditation – 7:30pm. With Deborah Noonon. Open discussion. Guided meditation, followed by spirit messages. $20. Center of Eternal Light, 260 Professional Pl, N Ft Myers. 599-4700. CenterOfEternalLight.com.
Healing the Healers/Reiki Healing Circle – 2:304pm. 4th Fri. With Lenka Spiska. Healers and reiki practitioners on all levels are encouraged to give and receive. $15 donation. Happehatchee Center, peace pavilion, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Happehatchee.org. Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 5:30-8:30pm. On the Caloosahatchee River. See thousands of birds coming in to roost for the night. $40. Includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Ft Myers. 694-5513. UniTeens Night – 6-8:30pm. Activities, discussions, meditations, crafts, fun and food for teenagers to connect with established friends or make new ones. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. RSVP: 278-1511. UnityOfFortMyers.org. BellyDancing Group Classes –7-7:45pm, 8-8:45pm or 9-9:45pm. Group class specials. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 3049013. AllstarDanceStudio.com.
saturday Compassionate Friends: Lee County Group – 9am. 4th Sat. For bereaved parents. Unity Church of Bonita, 28285 Imperial Pkwy, Bonita Springs. 690-7801. firstname.lastname@example.org. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 10am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Dr, Naples. Dallas: 208-610-2096. Women Seeking Serenity through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Carol: 405-1947. Guided Historic Tours – 10-11:30am. Explore the 19th-century religious Koreshan settlement, its structures and gardens. Join our guided walking tours and learn about these idealistic pioneers. $2/ adults, $1/kids under 6 years old. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. Tickets: Ranger Station: 992-0311. 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.
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Really, Really Free Market – 10am-2pm. 1st Sat. Potluck of reusable items. No money, barter or trade; everything is free. Fleischmann Park, Naples. Facebook page: Naples Really Really Free Market. Drum Class/Circle – 3-4pm, class; 4-5:30, circle. 1st Sat. With Debo Kumi. Bring your drums, shakers, open heart and dance. Learn new rhythms for the circle. $10/class; donation/circle. The Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Happehatchee@gmail.com Happehatchee.org.
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ACUPUNCTURE ACUPUNCTURE/PSYCHOTHERAPY John E. Patton, Board Certified Acupuncture Physician Licensed Mental Health Counselor 1063-1065 Fifth Ave N, Naples 239-262-6828
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ACUPUNCTURE CARE OF NAPLES Charles Caccamesi, Acupuncture Physician, DOM 501 Goodlette Rd N, Unit D100, Naples 239-877-2531
New England School of Acupuncture graduate with 26 years experience. Charles specializes in complex symptomology, chronic pain conditions, expert facial rejuvenation, side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. See ad, page 19.
ACUPUNCTURE CENTER OF NAPLES Dr. Xiu Qiong Cen, AP, OMD (China) 5683 Naples Blvd, Naples 34109 P: 239-513-9232 • F: 239-513-9293 DrCenAcupuncture@gmail.com
Licensed acupuncture physician with 28 years experience in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Experienced in pain management, women’s health, insomnia, migraines, digestion issues and much more. See ad, page 12.
DR. ROBERT MURDOCH, BOARDCERTIFIED ACUPUNCTURE PHYSICIAN AHA! A Holistic Approach Center 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers 33908 239-433-5995
An acupuncture physician since 1986, Dr. Murdoch has devoted his life to helping people recover from mild and severe injury and illness. Also utilizing functional medicine, he has worked in hospitals and has treated patients of all ages and states of health. In addition to television and radio appearances, Dr. Murdoch has authored three books and has been published in the British Medical Journal, Red Flags, and Acupuncture Today.
PHYLLIS C. WEBER, AP
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ADVANCED SPIRITUAL STUDY ECKANKAR CENTER & READING ROOM Pinebrook Park, Unit #155 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ft Myers 33907 239-482-4034
Eckankar, the path of spiritual freedom, offers a way to explore your unique relationship with the Divine through a personalized study program. Discover your true nature: Soul!
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE DR JOEL YING, MD
2335 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 206, Naples 239-200-6796 • JoyHealthWellness.com Support body, mind and spirit with a holistic approach to health and wellness. Integrate natural medicine, wellness, craniosacral therapy. As a physician and educator, visit LivingthePresentMoment.com for blog, newsletter, online study group and courses.
AYURVEDA CHRISTINA CARLIN, AYURVEDIC PRACTITIONER
Ayurveda Clinic, Massage & Yoga Therapy 501 Goodlette-Frank Rd N, Ste A107, Naples 34102 • 239-450-6903 Practicing holistic medicine since 1987. Professional Member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, specializing in highly personalized Ayurvedic treatments and lifestyle consultations, Massage and individual Yoga sessions for chronic and acute problems. Pancha Karma, Shirodhara and skin care. Ayurveda and Yoga Study program available. MA0023929, MM0008584, FB0716888. See ad, page 6.
BIOFEEDBACK FIREFLY WITHIN, LLC
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TERESA KENNEDY (MA71100) Therapy of the Gulf (MM21480) 824 Anchor Rode Dr, Naples 928-444-0606 • 239-262-8722
Licensed massage therapist with 14 years of experience. Myofacial orthopedic and sports massage therapist. Educated, trained and worked with patients, including individuals with cancer, in Connecticut.
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PAULA TERRY, LMT
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STUART WRIGHT, ND
Certified Advanced Rolfer Advanced Cranial Therapist Advanced Visceral Therapist Certified Movement Educator Naturopathic Wellness Consulting By Appointment: 239-272-6443 Over 30 years excelling in Quick Pain Relief. Specializing in Back Pain, Structural Integration & Alignment, All Joint Pain Related Issues, Mobility Improvement, Sports Injuries, Non- Chiropractic Spinal Release. MA36890.
Frederick B. Stahlman, BS, PT, CST-D InnerConnectionsPT.com Naples: 239-398-3154
Upledger Institute instructor. 30 years of experience. Holistic practice focusing on personal empowerment and teamwork. Craniosacral therapy, fascial mobilization, lymphatic drainage. Energy balancing, structural manual therapies with customized exercise. See ad, page 6.
Dr. Michele Pelletiere 3411 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 302, Bonita Springs • 239-949-1222
Mark Corke, DDS 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers 33907 239-936-5442 • FortMyersLaserDentist.com
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CAPE CORAL COLONICS
Kelly Swan, Licensed Colon Therapist 4720 SE 15th Ave, Ste 209, Cape Coral 239-549-7559 Colon hydrotherapy is an ancient art used to support natural healing. Releasing dormant toxins may improve issues with constipation, diarrhea, skin and overall wellbeing. MA77085, MM33594.
9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 111 Bonita Springs, 34135 • 239-676-8730 BonitaDentalStudio.com Dr. Pint can join your health journey and play a role in minimizing toxicity; this includes protection while removing dental materials plus consultation. All X-rays are digital and minimal. See ad, page 31.
CLEANSING SPRINGS INC.
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RB INSTITUTE, INC.
C. Robyn Berry, LMT, CRR, CCT, CLDT 13601 McGregor Blvd, Ste 13, Ft Myers 239-939-4646 • RobynBerry.com Colon therapist since 1994. Enclosed gravity method, uv/ ozone purified water, superior to others. Massage, Reflex-ology, Upledger CranioSacral/SER & Ly m p h D r a i n a g e , Vi s c e r a l Manipulation, Raindrop, Ear Candling, Ozone/Oxygen Steam cabinet, BEFE foot detox, Far-Infrared Sauna. MM7376, MA018351. See ad, page 23.
HAPPEHATCHEE ECO-SPIRITUAL CENTER 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero 33928 239-992-5455 • Happehatchee.org
A park in the heart of the village, with Yoga in Nature several days a week, drumming lessons and healing circles. Peace Pavilion and Historic Happehatchee House are available to rent for ceremonies and events. Happehatchee events calendar link and class descriptions: Happehatchee.org/ our-events/.
ENERGY HEALING REV. KAREN CORATELLI-SMITH 239-692-9120 HealingInAmerica-Southeast.org HugsForHappiness.com KSmith727@comcast.net
Licensed teacher and certified practitioner of ThetaHealing and Healing in America. Past Life Regression Counselor and Spiritual Counselor, Cranio-Sacral Therapist, Seraphim Blueprint and Esoteric practitioner.
CORE STAR – JIM CRABTREE CoreStarEnergyHealing.com 239-597-7372
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MAUREEN SANDERS, HOLISTIC ENERGETIC MEDICINE
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Peter and Susie Bagwell 17030 Alico Commerce Ct, #303, Ft Myers 33967 • 239-362-0385 • 586-604-3500 ILoveOils.com Plants defend themselves from threats yet grow and thrive. Let them help you! Learn about essential oils and save money at our free classes.
FENG SHUI LINDA MUNDT DESIGN
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HUGHES CENTER FOR FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE
AHA! A HOLISTIC APPROACH CENTER
Pamela Hughes, D.O. 800 Goodlette Rd, Ste 270, Naples 34102 239-649-7400 • HughesCenterNaples.com
Honored to continue the traditions of the retiring Dr. David Perlmutter, Dr. Hughes, through functional diagnostic medicine and a comprehensive patient-specific approach, will provide adults and children the tools to restore normal body function by locating the root source of their illness or symptoms. See ad, inside back cover.
ZORAYDA “JIJI” TORRES, MD, ABIHM, IFMCP
Internal Medicine, Functional Medicine Office: 239-444-5636 • UpstreamMD.com Dr. Torres is a board-certified internist with over 17 years of experience and knows the limitations of conventional internal medicine. She is among the few Certified Practitioner M.D.s, trained by the Institute For Functional Medicine. See ad, page 12.
9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 213, Bonita Springs 239-481-5600 • 239-481-5603 fax DebPost.com Comprehensive, fully integrated health care individualized for adults and children. Chronic fatigue, male and female hormone imbalance. Digestive disorders, women’s health care, autism, ADHD and related issues. See ad, page 53.
HEALTHY DINING FOOD & THOUGHT ORGANIC FARM MARKET & CAFÉ
2132 Tamiami Trl N, Naples 239-213-2222 • FoodAndThought.com Open Mon-Sat 7am-8pm. Florida’s only 100% organic market and café. Fresh produce delivered daily. Homemade breakfast, lunch and dinner. See ad, page 10.
141 9th St N, Naples 239-261-7157 • WynnsOnline.com Discover what Wynn’s Family Market has to offer! Fresh, quality, healthy meals as well as your favorite comfort foods! Organic, natural and imported selections. Gluten-free offerings. See ad, page 53.
15971 McGregor, Ft Myers • 239-433-5995 AHolisticApproachCenter.com
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 18.
EYES WIDE OPEN
239-948-9444 • SilviaCasabianca.com Regain Body Wisdom! Innovative, holistic support to reduce stress and anxiety, improve lifestyle, find life purpose or simply cultivate wellness for self, the community or the planet. Psychotherapy, couples counseling, parenting guidance. CEU classes for health professionals. Call for consultation or further information.
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HYPNOTHERAPY CONCERNED HEALTH ALTERNATIVES Lynn D. Thomas, RN, CHt, Director Certified Medical Clinical Hypnotherapist & Energy Practitioner 239-494-1363 • HypnosisBasics.com
Achieve permanent, positive life and habit changes through safe, rapid, effective relaxation techniques. Work with your subconscious mind through direct suggestion and regression to reach your fullest potential. Release the Past = Gain Freedom. PL, LBL, EFT, NLP. See ad, page 23.
INSPIRATION REVEREND GREGORY KEHN
Medium, Teacher, Lecturer, Counselor RevGregoryKehn.com 716-595-3529 Dedicating his life to help others in their quest for answers in all areas of their life. Available for in-person or phone readings.
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MEDICAL SPA ASSUAGE SPA
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Dee Harris, RDN, LDN, CDE Bonita Bay Executive Center 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Sprgs 239-676-5249 • D-SignedNutrition.com Medical Nutrition Therapy and health coaching that personalizes your program to restore health and wellness. Improve digestion, elimination, brain health, immune support and hormonal balance. See ad, page 21.
PSYCHOTHERAPY GOTTMAN METHOD COUPLES THERAPY AND SEX THERAPY Peg Walsh, MS, CNS Clinical Nurse Specialist 9990 Coconut Rd, Bonita Springs 34135 718-208-6986 • FtMyersTherapy.com
Relationships are precious. Learn how to heal yours with research-based methods from the Gottman Institute. Reconnect sexually with your partner using sex therapy. Explore individually the issues that are troubling and holding you back.
DOROTHY RODWELL, LMFT & RTR THERAPIST
AHA! A Holistic Approach Center 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers 239-433-5995 AHolisticApproachCenter.com Dorothy Rodwell can help free you from anxiety, PTSD, grief and depression with Rapid Trauma Resolution (RTR), a newer, briefer and emotionally painless therapy. She is also trained in the Gottman method of Couples Therapy. See ad, page 18.
REALTOR KAREN L. BEATTY, ABR, GRI
Downing-Frye Realty, Inc Naples • 239-269-7788 Klbeatty48@aol.com • KarenBeatty.com Florida native, loving and selling Naples since 1977. Karen knows 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!
YOGA GREENMONKEY YOGA
(formerly Bala Vinyasa Yoga) GreenMonkey.com • 239-598-1938 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples 1800 Tamiami Tr E, Naples Two locations in Central and South Naples. Daily classes for all levels, monthly workshops and private sessions with exceptional teachers, plus awardwinning massage therapy and boutique. 200- and 300-hour Registered Yoga School. MM#19486.
MEREDITH MUSICK, LMT, E-RYT 2000 239-269-8846 MeredithMusick.com
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change my life. No one can do it for me. ~Carol Burnett
Serving Naples since 1999. Hatha and therapeutic Yoga. Improve posture, breath-work, heal injuries, The Great Yoga Wall®. Massage therapy: sports, Swedish, Lomi Lomi. Nutritional counsel.
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