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cover Kimberly Snyder, New York Times best-selling author, nutritionist, teacher, yogi and heart warrior for the Realize Yourself movement, has helped millions transform their health, shed weight, look younger and feel better. Her blog is read daily by people in over 150 countries, and covers a wide range of topics in the areas of health, nutrition, beauty, empowerment, greenfriendly living, spirituality, healing and much more. See article, page 46. Photo credit: Ylva Erevall.

The Power to Change And the time came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. ~ Anaïs Nin Just as I was gathering my thoughts to write about our special Personal Empowerment issue, my phone rang. A nephew had hit bottom. Sobbing, distraught and feeling hopeless, he said he was going into rehab again the next day. Releasing the temptation to repeat all the wise advice I’d offered in the past, reminding him that his addiction is not who he truly is, I silently acknowledged that this is his journey. Then, I simply congratulated him for recognizing his need and taking constructive action. I urged him to envision his success all the way through to seeing himself as whole and healthy, but I doubt he heard it. Afterwards, I prayed that this time, my nephew would become empowered enough to make a deep and lasting breakthrough, so that his beautiful spirit could shine forth. That experience has caused me to reflect on other times I’ve witnessed how loved ones have weathered challenges and transitions. While some broke down in defeat, others broke open into transformation. We’ve all celebrated friends and family members that have risen from the ashes of illness, divorce or the loss of a job or a loved one to become stronger, wiser and more in touch with themselves. Thinking back on the heart-wrenching events in my own life, I am profoundly grateful for both finding the resources to support me in the transition and ultimately opening myself to new blessings. How do we become able to consistently make helpful changes in our life? In “Powerful You! Six Ways to Create the Life you Want,” on page 40, writer Judith Fertig explores how personal empowerment is about taking a stand—developing a vision, countering misguided beliefs and creating a plan to move forward one step at a time. In this month’s issue, you’ll find plenty of tools and resources to help you take your next step, whether it’s forgiving someone, making a career change, mastering a new yoga pose or honing a life skill. I believe we are innately wired to evolve, and experience shows me that when we get results, even in a small way, it helps fuel our desire to take more chances and set higher expectations. Beginning on page 42, we hear from eight local experts that offer a variety of methods for healing hindrances and expanding our personal sense of empowerment. This Thanksgiving, while we focus our energies on giving gratitude for the many blessings in our lives, let’s go a step further to also give thanks for the big hurdles that spark an opportunity to create a more authentic life. I look forward to celebrating with my nephew the fact that his current trials have become the impetus for life-changing growth that stands as a beacon for others. May your own journey provide you with abundant opportunities to fly fearlessly to new heights. In deep gratitude for all that is,

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Violin Music for the Elderly and Caretakers


Movement 4 Life Comes to Fort Myers


isa and Keith Banks, former owners of Studio 10 Dance for 25 years, are providing their unique Movement 4 Life (M4L) program in Southwest Florida, including free initial meetings and special introductory packages. Clients experience a fusion of dance, fitness and energy training for improved overall health and wellness in the comfort of their home, Lisa and Keith Banks workplace, school or any location. Ideal for all ages and recreational ability levels, M4L enhances range of motion, reduces perceived stress and eases day-to-day mobility. Dance fitness programs also help with core conditioning and arm and leg toning. Best known for coaching and mentoring Nick Lazzarini, season one winner of So You Think You Can Dance, Ryan Ramirez and many other industry notables, the Banks are certified Reconnective practitioners, dance and wellness specialists. For more information or to schedule a training sessions, call 239-841-4044 or email See ad, page 67.

ames Steven Farnsworth, a violinist specializing in providing beautiful music for seniors who also performs at weddings and funerals, is offering Sweet Breeze, informal mini-concerts designed for those with Alzheimer’s disease James Steven Farnsworth and individuals that are incapacitated, recuperating or in hospice care. The affordably priced service is available in homes, hospitals or care centers throughout Southwest Florida. Farnsworth enjoys performing on the violin and spreading loving communication to people through music. Live violin music and heart-centered interaction provides comfort and joy, and familiar songs bring peace of mind and deep emotional refreshment. These visits are also enjoyable for the caretakers, providing them a refreshing change of pace. Farnsworth, a member of the Sound Healers Association, will perform during the mornings of November 15, 22 and 29 at the Farmers’ Market at St. Paul Episcopal Church, in Naples. A classically trained violinist with a wide repertoire of well-loved music for clients, caretakers or family members to select from, Farnsworth also offers his services for holiday corporate and private parties and other events. For more information or to arrange a performance, call 239384-9491, email or visit or See ad, page 63.

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Wine and Wellness Day at Core360 Wellness


ore360 Wellness, a boutique personal training studio in Naples, will host a Wine and Wellness Day on November 14. Many classes Janet Herrberg will showcase the studio’s unique blend of core strengthening and functional movement training, including state-of-the-art MedX Core Spinal Fitness equipment for back rehabilitation and a private exercise room for small group training classes featuring Kinesis One, TRX and foam rolling, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. A Healthy Happy Hour, featuring provisions from The Wine Merchant and De Luca Eatery, will follow from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Registration is available online for classes or an appointment for Core360’s posture and movement assessment, a therapeutic massage or visit to tour the studio. Participants learn exercise and wellness tips and are entered to win a free one-hour massage and private personal training session. Owner Janet Herrberg is a nationally certified personal trainer with a degree in exercise science and a licensed massage therapist with more than 30 years of experience in the health and fitness industry. Location: 7700 Trail Blvd., Ste. 107, north entrance of Pelican Bay Blvd. For more information or to register for fitness opportunities and Happy Hour, call 239-325-9082, email or visit

Fall Return of Mystic Faire


ew and returning vendors and experts will offer their artistic wares and health services at a Mystic Faire from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., November 29, at Etudes Dance Studio, in Naples. The event features massage, Reiki, animal communications, tarot, mediums, angel portraits, feng shui, crystals, candles, incense, spiritual art, books, jewelry, Native American art and drums, angel art, mandalas and refreshments in a large food court. Proceeds from the sale of raffle tickets for door prizes will be donated to the Family to Family organization and the Freedom Waters Foundation. Attendees can bring canned goods to donate to the St. Matthew’s House food bank. Cost: $5, ages 12 and under admitted free. Location: 3285 Pine Ridge Rd. For more information, call 239-949-3387, email or visit See ad, page 68. natural awakenings

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For Goodness Sake Celebrates 30th Vino’s Picasso Celebrates Third Anniversary Anniversary he For Good-


ino’s Picasso, in Fort Myers, is celebrating three years as Southwest Florida’s original BYOB paint studio with a special offers and savings throughout the month. Three-hour day or night sessions are $30 each, which is 20 percent below regular cost, plus exhibited paintings are available at a discount. “No artistic talent is needed to paint with us,” exclaims owner Mercedes Price Harry. “Local artists take you through a fun, original painting in an eclectic and funky art gallery. We offer something different, fun and relaxing.” Vino’s Picasso has additional locations in Naples and seasonally on Matlacha Island. Beverages are available onsite. The gallery also conducts events at private homes, residential communities, offices, schools, churches and on boats. Location: 15250 S. Tamiami Trail, Ste. 109. For more information, call 239-2886953, email or visit See ad, page 20.

Organics of Naples Expands and Offers Discount


rganics of Naples is expanding their service areas to include Lee and Collier counties. New members will receive $5 off on their first delivery, along with a free, reusable, insulated lunch bag when entering “Natural5” upon registering. Established in 2011, Organics of Naples selects produce for weekly deliveries from U.S. Department of Agriculture 100 percent organic farms. Clients make their selections from a customized menu, based upon their individual tastes and preferences. The produce is delivered on a specified day each week. For more information or to order, call 239-776-0452, email or visit See ad, page 47.


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ness Sake Organic Marketplace will host a free 30-year anniversary celebration at both the Bonita Springs and Naples locations from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., November 7. Visitors in Bonita Springs can enjoy face painting for kids at 11 a.m., a pumpkin pie eating contest at 1 p.m.; and free chair massages from 2 to 4 p.m., followed by a drum circle and free samples of delicious healthy food all day long. The Naples location will offer a free wine tasting from 3 to 5 p.m., along with samplings of food throughout the event. The inspiration behind For Goodness Sake came from the understanding that simply changing a nutritional lifestyle can have profoundly positive effects on an individual, their family and society at large. The staff is knowledgeable, friendly, ethical and dedicated to helping customers achieve better health through products, direction and discussion. Locations: 9118 Bonita Beach Rd., Bonita Springs. For more information, call 239-992-583. 7211 Radio Rd., Naples. For more information, call 239-3537778. See ad, page 13.

New Plant-Based Food Service in Naples


n organic, plant-based whole food service, innerG healthfuel, is now open at 9331 North Tamiami Trail, unit 12, in the Naples Park Plaza. In addition to weekly meal plans, innerG offers fresh organic elixirs, smoothies, salads, muffins and desserts that contain no dairy, gluten, processed oils, preLori Quinn servatives, chemicals or refined sweeteners. This convenient, pre-made, plantbased, on-the-go packaged food accommodates individuals with dietary restrictions, including paleo, vegan and raw foodies. innerG also offers three-and five-day food-based cleanse packages just in time for the holiday season. Lori Quinn, owner and executive chef, is a certified holistic health counselor and detox specialist who has studied at the Natural Gourmet Institute, in New York City. She started her health journey shortly after the birth of her ailing second son. When conventional medicine failed to help him, Quinn turned to a whole food, plant-based diet free from wheat and her son is now a happy, thriving 5-year-old. For more information, call 239-572-1979, email Lori@ or visit

Beyond Motion Expands and Adds Conditioning Program


eyond Motion, in North Naples, has nearly doubled their space to more than 6,000 square feet in the Riverbend Center at 11985 Tamiami Trail North, and now includes a room dedicated to personal, athlete performance, team and Olympic lifting technical training. In addition, the studio is offering Meta60, a cutting-edge conditioning program which utilizes the most current scientific information about how the bodies perform on a daily basis. The new space includes two Pilates studios with elite Balanced Body equipment to facilitate private, semi-private and group Pilates classes, along with an updated fitness room, where Beyond Motion’s popular cardio Barre Motion and Floor Barre classes are held. The facility also features massage and physical therapy rooms. The Beyond Motion team, overseen by co-creators Amy and Rick Lademann, include certified personal trainers, Pilates instructors, massage therapists, physical therapists and barre instructors from around the country, all sharing a common passion for health and wellness. For more information, call 239-254-9300 or visit natural awakenings

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newsbriefs Andrea’s Studio & Spa Expands Offerings


ndrea Sorrenti, owner of Andrea’s Organic Hair Studio & Day Spa, in Naples, and Staff Esthetician Samantha Haight, have both Scott J. Erickson been certified as Evolve hair restoration specialists and are offering clients this wearable solution to lost and thinning hair. The studio has also added Scott J. Erickson to the staff, providing acupuncture, chiropractic and laser therapy for stress management, pain relief and wellness care. The Evolve hair integration system can be worn day and night for up to four or five weeks at a time and is non-invasive, free of chemicals and adhesives and will not damage existing hair. Consultations are offered to determine suitability of the procedure, along with all other aspects, including installation, haircut, style and ongoing maintenance. Erickson, a graduate of Indiana University and the National College of Chiropractic and a fellow of the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture, established and directed the Erickson Clinic in Champaign, Illinois, for 32 years before relocating to Naples. He uses computerized Acugraph meridian testing to help establish personalized care for each patient. Costs vary. Location: 6714 Lone Oak Blvd. For more information or to make an appointment, call 239-514-4707, email or visit To contact Erickson directly, call 239450-7073, email EricksonCare4You@ or visit See ad. page 23.


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Baby Booster Launches New Nutrition Product


aby Booster Supplements Inc., a Naplesbased prenatal supplement company, has introduced a holistic micronutrient and macronutrient solution to help women achieve optimum nutrition before, during and after pregnancy. Four delicious flavors help fulfill challenging nutritional gaps by providing additional protein and adequate DHA without the risk of ocean-borne pollutants found in fish and fish oil, plus folic acid. The product is the result of 16 months of development, including consultations with obstetricians, gynecologists, nutritionists, pregnant women, mothers and fathers. It can also be used by non-pregnant women and men to achieve optimum nutrition and promote healthy, active lifestyles. For more information, call 239-287-8717, email or visit

Weitzner Presents Muscle Activation Techniques Lectures


uscle Activation Techniques Certified Specialist and resistance training specialist Jay Weitzner, the owner of Naples-based Symmetry Fitness, will present Discover the Missing Link to Your Body’s Pain, Discomfort and Tightness and Learn What to Do About It, from noon to 1 p.m., November 1 and December 6, at Whole Foods Market in Naples. The presentations will detail how muscle activation techniques (MAT) are revolutionizing the identification and treatment of the hidden root causes of nearly every joint problem, including those typically labeled as age-related; pain or conditions that are aggravated by movement, activity or sports; excessively tight muscles or limitations in flexibility; muscle, joint or connective tissue injuries; and many common physical limitations in sports and activity performance. MAT can improve tendonitis, bursitis, fasciitis, arthritis, sciatica, chondritis, synovitis and piriformis syndrome, as well as issues related to anterior cruciate ligaments and rotator cuffs. Locations: Whole Foods Market, 9101 Strada Place. For more information, call 239-552-5100. Symmetry Fitness, 1750 J&C Blvd., Unit 10. For more information, call 239940-2121 or visit See ad, page 37. natural awakenings

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newsbriefs Hoop-A-Thon to Support Naples Alliance for Children


aples Alliance for Children will host the inaugural Whirl ‘n Twirl, a Hula Hoop-a-thon and fundraising event from 9 a.m. to noon, November 15, at Cambier Park. Each team of families, friends or co-workers are provided one hoop that they must keep twirling or moving during this fun-filled morning of contests and prizes. Collier County’s leading advocate and champion for children’s issues since 1987, Naples Alliance for Children is a nonprofit organization that connects the community through information, referrals and programming to help families navigate the resources that meet the education, health and welfare needs of children. Location: Park St. To register a team, call 239-513-7900 or email For more information on the event, visit CrowdRise. com/whirlntwirl2014 or

Produce 31 Offers Picking and Daily Lunches


rime picking season for strawberries has begun, and the Cracker Shack Café is open and serving lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily at Produce 31, in Alva. There is no admission fee to pick fruit and vegetables, which are all 25 cents off of market prices, and the café serves fresh-baked bread and pies, including pumpkin, banana and zucchini breads, made from owner Tracy Greenwell’s grandmother Phyllis Scott’s recipes, plus ice cream and milkshakes. Squash, zucchini, cucumbers, kale, Swiss chard, mustards, collards, turnips, okra and tomatoes are also available for picking, a fun activity for youngsters. Location: 18500 State Rd. 31. For more information, call 239-707-1119, email or visit See ad, page 61.


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Jackson Total Service Offers Discount


ackson Total Service, a family-run business in Naples for 50 years, is offering Natural Awakenings readers throughout Southwest Florida a 10 percent discount on air conditioning service, along with plumbing and electricity repair work, which is available on a 24-hour emergency basis. Licensed workers can help eliminate excessive dust, harmful chemicals, allergens and more. When airborne, these particles can cause headaches, sleep problems, nausea, asthma, nasal and throat irritations and other health problems. An air duct and home performance test can also help reduce energy bills. Location: 3727 Enterprise Ave. For more information or to make an appointment, call 239-643-0923, email or visit Mention ad on page 12 to obtain service discount.

Health Lectures at Ada’s Natural Market


ames Occhiogrosso, the local author of Your Prostate, Your Libido, Your Life, natural health practitioner and herbalist, will present a series of free lectures discussing ways to improve overall health James and minimize age-related changes in the Occhiogrosso body. The sessions, held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. every other Monday, beginning December 1, consist of a 45-minute to one-hour lecture, followed by a Q&A forum at Ada’s Natural Market, in Fort Myers. Occhiogrosso will discuss hormone balancing for men and women and how hormones are the chemical messengers of the body at the first session. As we age, these messages often become muted or misapplied, causing multiple, seemingly unrelated, symptoms. On December 15, Occhiogrosso will lead a discussion about the facts, myths, fears and treatments of osteoporosis and osteopenia, conditions that affect many older women and men with severe hormone imbalances. Two weeks later, Your Prostate, Your Libido, Your Life, will cover natural ways to avoid and sometimes rectify functional problems often brought on by aging prostate glands. Location: 7070 College Pkwy. For more information or to preregister (requested), call 239-652-0421, email DrJim@ or visit HealthNaturallyToday. com or See ads, pages 22 and 71.

Annual Fundraiser for Footsteps to the Future


omen can recycle used shoes and upgrade them at a discount at Footsteps to the Future’s In Her Shoes Extravaganza from 5 to 8 p.m., November 20, at Clive Daniel Home, in Naples. This much-anticipated annual fundraiser that also assists the organization’s Academic Achievement Program features raffles, live music, wine, champagne and hors d’oeurves. Used belts, purses and scarves can also be donated at the event or at a pre-party auction that includes wine and cheese servings from 5 to 7:30 p.m., November 6, at St. Monica’s Church, in Naples. Savvy, in Fort Myers, also serves as a dropoff location. Event cost: With donation $10, without $20. Location: 2777 Tamiami Trail N. For more information, call 239-2817378, email or visit

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newsbriefs New Classes and Presentations at Integrative Mindfulness


adeline Ebelini, a registered yoga teacher and founder of Integrative Mindfulness, will give two free introductory presentations on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at 10 a.m., November 10, and at 5:30 p.m., November 12, at the Bonita Madeline Springs facility. Ebelini will discuss the upcoming eight-week, Ebelini evidence-based course in mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga and scientific research pioneered by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. A personal mindfulness practice can improve sleep, decrease anxiety, improve listening, enhance relationships and make one more present for all life situations. In addition, Dina Radcliffe, registered yoga teacher, is offering Chair Yoga classes for individuals with special physical needs or limited flexibility from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesdays. This class helps calm the spirit with mindful meditation, breathing techniques, balancing strategies and strengthening poses. Sue Lovett, ERYT, a licensed massage therapist, will use crystal bowl sound therapy both in Mindful Yoga, from 9 to 10:15 a.m. Tuesdays and in Restorative Yoga, from 6 to 7:15 p.m. on the third Friday of each month, beginning November 21. The vibration of the crystal bowls helps release energy that gets stuck in the body’s cells to return it to a natural state of harmony, promoting a sense of well-being, relaxation and better sleep. Cost: Classes are $15, a 10-class discount is available. Location: 3372 Woods Ridge Cir., Ste. 102. To register for chair yoga, call 239-2809095 or email To register for crystal bowl, call 617921-1037 or email For more information or to register for Mindfulness presentations (requested), call 239-590-9485 or visit See ad, page 12.

Neighborhood Organics’ A Farmers Market Now Open


eighborhood Organics’ A Farmers Market is now open in the Galleria Shoppes at Vanderbilt, in Naples. The market will offer vendor products such as locally grown fruits and vegetables (both conventional and organic), fresh breads, baked goods, personal care products, pet-friendly products, fresh flowers, grass-fed meats, fresh seafood, dairy and nondairy items. On-the-go orders are also available, along with product demonstrations, artisan days and outdoor small bistro table seating where patrons can enjoy coffee, fresh juice or fruit-infused water. The new storefront includes Epiphany Gluten Free & Paleo Baked Goods, Top Dog Kitchen, Betsy’s Best Butters, Symphonie de Fleurs, The Green Ivory, Healthy Home Company, Scent Sense, No-See-Um Spray, Fresh Baked Breads, Organic Fruits & Vegetables, My Dinner Factory, Happy Healthy Treats, Date Nut Treats, Beach Bub, Caitlin Rosolen, Artist, The Sipping Cottage, Paradise Candles & Soaps, Tracy’s Jams and the Herb Appeal. Laura Sloat is manager of the popular, year-round outdoor market at the same location for the last two years and is co-owner of the new store, along with sisters Janet Blanchard and Jenny Breton, bringing 20-plus years of combined entrepreneurial experience in marketing and managing storefronts and small businesses. Location: Airport and Vanderbilt Beach rds., Ste. 406. For more information or to inquire about showcasing produce, call 239-273-2350 or visit

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newsbriefs Farm Fall Fest at Collier Family Farms


ollier Family Farms will host a Farm Fall Fest to celebrate the re-opening of their organic farm for the season from noon to 4 p.m., November 15, at the 45-acre location in Ave Maria, east of Naples. This free event features hay rides, cowboy demonstrations, live music by The Other Brothers, pony petting, barbecue from Jonesez, fried alligator, stone crab and ice cream from Scoopz Bistro, frozen lemonade, kettle corn and organic U-pick produce. “It’s a day of old-fashioned family fun on the farm,” states Stephen Massie, of Collier Family Farms. “Our fields will be filled with organic squash, tomatoes, peppers and leafy greens, and our farm store will be stocked with even more locally grown produce. Later this month, we’ll begin selling our organic produce at the Third Street South Farmers’ Market every Saturday.” Location: 5321 Ave Maria Blvd. For more information, call 239-207-5231 or visit See ad, page 43.


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Gyrotonic of Naples Hosts Open House in New Space


yrontonic of Naples will host an Open House from 4 to 7 p.m., November 13, to celebrate their new location at 3415 Radio Road, unit 107. The event will showcase the new and expanded studio geared to fulfill many fitness needs and interests. Attendees will receive a complimentary Pilates session. Gyrotonic of Naples provides all levels of Pilates training and instruction with Gyrotonic and other specialized equipment, plus anti-gravity yoga for enhanced core, stability and balance training from owner Patricia Wilborn, an accredited National Academy of Sports Medicine personal trainer, corrective exercise specialist and performance enhancement specialist, and four other certified instructors. For more information, call 239-2907499 or email See ad, page 13.

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newsbriefs Roberts to Host Two Wellness Lectures


arol L. Roberts, M.D., a functional medical practitioner for more than 20 years working at Perlmutter Health Center, Naples, and the author of Good Medicine: A Return to Carol L. Roberts Common Sense, will give two free wellness presentations this month and next at the center. The topics are Hormones: From Hell to Heaven from 6:30 to 8 p.m., November 20, and an Introduction to Weight Loss at the same time on December 20. The emotional balance, physical benefits and quality of life-enhancing properties of hormones and the differences between pharmaceutical hormones and natural, or bioidentical, hormones will be addressed at the first event. Roberts’ success in helping hundreds of men and women lose weight rapidly and safely with hormone balancing via a strict, but short program will be discussed in December. Donations for the Humane Society of Naples are accepted at both events. Location: 600 Goodlette Rd., Ste. 270. For more information or to register, call 239-649-7400. See ad, page 18.

Wiggins Pass Nature Festival


he annual Wiggins Pass Nature Festival, sponsored by the Friends of Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., November 15, in Area 3 of the park, in North Naples. Offering attendees a day of interactive and educational activities for adults and children, the festival features crafts, a fishing clinic,


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paddleboarding, demonstrations, live reptiles and indigenous animals. Additional exhibits will demonstrate the importance of water management and conservation. Food by Naples Beach Adventures will be available onsite for lunch and snacks, along with ice cream from the Royal Scoop and other refreshments. A portion of the proceeds from the festival will go to the Friends of Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park. Cost: Pedestrians and cyclists $2, one person vehicles $5, multiple passengers $7/car. Location: 11135 Gulf Shore Dr. For more information, visit

kudos WGCU-FM Station Manager and News Director Amy Tardif recently assumed the top leadership position in the national Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). By becoming chairwoman at the group’s annual conference in Nashville, Tardiff broke new ground as the first female public radio news director Amy Tardiff and the first woman in radio to head the organization, which was founded in 1946. RTDNA is the largest organization for members of the electronic news profession in the world. For more information, visit Twist 25 DHEA cream, developed and manufactured by Health2Go, Inc., has become available through two retailers of natural supplements: the Tahoma Clinic, located in Washington, and the Life Extension Foundation, based in Florida. The cream, which is applied to the skin to provide pharmaceutical-grade, bioidentical DHEA, and the website, have both been approved by the third-party consumer evaluation and protection company, Doctor Trusted. “Medical research from Dr. Fernand Labrie, et al at Laval University Research Center in Quebec, Canada, shows that DHEA is best absorbed and processed as a bioidentical cream through the skin, rather than as a pill or spray, because the liver filters out most DHEA before it can do any good,” explains Hugh Woodward, president of Health2Go. “The highly absorbable, bioidentical Twist 25 DHEA cream, made with coconut oil, coenzyme Q10 and vitamin E, provides DHEA in a form that the body can use most efficiently. “Its benefits for anyone over the age of 35 include maintaining hormone balance and a lean body naturally; sleeping better; improving mental acuity with improved focus and mood; increasing drive; supporting the health of the cardiovascular and immune systems; and promoting bone strength and softer, smoother skin,” says Woodward, citing studies by The Life Extension Foundation. For more information, call 281-370-0957, email Health2Go or visit See ad, page 30. natural awakenings

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tart the holiday season by hitting the pavement for a worthy cause at the annual Gobble Gobble Four-Miler on November 27 at Venetian Village, in Naples. The family-friendly event includes four running and walking events, with all proceeds benefiting St. Matthew’s House and the 95201 Kids on the Go program. The one-mile fun walk/run kicks off the event at 7:25 a.m., followed by a competitive, chip-timed event at 7:30 a.m., a four-mile fun run/walk at 7:35 a.m. and a Lil’ Gobbler’s Dash for kids up to 6 years old at 8:50 a.m. As a cup-free green event, the Gobble Gobble Four-Miler promotes sustainability and environmental impact awareness. Early registrants will receive hydropouches, a unique drinking vessel that’s clipped onto participants’ clothing and can be refilled at stations along the race routes. In addition, a bike valet service will operate to encourage racers and onlookers to bike to the event. There will also be a dedicated carpooling parking area to encourage ride sharing. Whole Foods Market will provide all-natural pumpkin pies and fruit following the races. Other sponsors include Fit2Run, Arthrex, Trek Bicycle Store, Naples Daily News, Fit Nation Magazine, Natural Awakenings magazine, Elite Events, Cabral Design Associates, CenturyLink, John R. Wood Properties and Tamiami Ford. The Whole Foods Market Kids on the Go program was developed to help children fulfill the one- hour physical activity portion of the NCH Safe & Healthy Children’s Coalition 95210 Let’s Go! campaign. Nonprofit St. Matthew’s House changes lives in a spiritual environment that is both compassionate and disciplined. and also. St. Matthew’s House has been providing housing for the homeless and food for the needy in Collier County, along with the Immokalee Friendship House, since 1987. Race prices vary from $2 to $20. Starting location: 4200 Gulf Shore Blvd. N. For more information or to register, call 239-285-2103, email GobbleGobbleFourMiler@ or visit See ad, page 39.


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Organics Boast More Nutrients, Fewer Toxins




onventionally grown foods contain pesticide residues that are three to four times higher than those found in organic foods (traces may be due to atmospheric drift from other fields or soils), according to a review of 343 research studies published last June in the British Journal of Nutrition. The review, which included studies of food grown in different regions and seasons, also determined that organic foods contained higher levels of healthy nutrients such as minerals, vitamins and antioxidants (specifically polyphenols), compared to conventional foods, which also contained significantly higher levels of cadmium, a heavy metal toxin. The study’s authors found evidence that the higher antioxidant and lower cadmium concentrations are linked to specific organic growing practices such as avoiding mineral nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizers, respectively. They commented, “Results indicate that switching from conventional to organic crop consumption would result in a 20 to 40 percent increase in crop-based antioxidant/polyphenolic intake levels.”

esearchers from the University of Kentucky have determined that snacking on raisins can decrease high blood pressure and reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes. For 12 weeks, 46 men and women snacked on either processed snack foods or raisins. At the beginning and end of each month, the researchers tested for blood glucose, diabetic risk markers and blood pressure. Raisin snacking was found to reduce blood pressure while improving blood glucose and diabetic risk factors. The researchers concluded, “Regular consumption of raisins may reduce glycemia and cardiovascular risk factors, including blood pressure.”

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Looking at Beautiful Art Bumps Up Brain Activity


esearchers from Japan’s Oita University have found that aesthetic appreciation of paintings may be linked to altering activities in specific areas of the brain. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of 39 people were taken as they looked at slides of still life and landscape paintings by 19th-century French painters and slides of photographs that closely replicated the paintings. While the subjects considered both the paintings and the photographic analogs to be beautiful during the experiment—with no significant differences between them—the most beautiful paintings were rated significantly higher than their corresponding photographic analogs in the pre-experimental phase. The researchers cite this as evidence of feeling greater pleasure from the paintings. The MRIs showed that during the experiment, portions of the brain’s frontal lobe related to emotions, memory, learning and decision making were activated. However, when the researchers compared the positive effects of aesthetic appreciation of the art paintings versus the photographs, they noted significantly more activity at the back of the subjects’ brains, specifically the bilateral cuneus, a part of the occipital lobe responsible for basic visual processing; and the left lingual gyrus, or ridge, associated with vision, encoding visual memory, logical ordering and dreaming. The findings suggested that these neural structures are associated with the aesthetic appreciation for paintings.

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Honey and Ginger Beat Antibiotics in Fighting Superbugs


esearchers from Ethiopia’s University of Gondar College of Medicine have recently found that the use of mixtures of honey and ginger extract can treat drug-resistant bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae. They note that further clinical evaluation and pharmacological standardization of the mixtures are needed before they can be used therapeutically. The scientists conducted laboratory testing with clinical isolations of five separate superbugs: methicillinresistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Staphylococcus aureus (non-MRSA), two strains of Escherichia coli plus Klebsiella pneumoniae. The inhibition of all five types of bacteria by three common antibiotics—methicillin, amoxicillin and penicillin—were compared with the antibacterial effects of ginger extract, honey and a combination of the two. The ginger extract and honey combination was found to have the greatest inhibiting effect on the bacteria; however, even the two applied separately were more effective against the bacteria than the antibiotics. Although in vivo studies are needed, the researchers believe that the honey and ginger extract combination is a promising source for treatment of resistant bacterial strains.


Licorice Root Reduces Dangerous Fat



new study published in the journal Nutrafoods has confirmed that licorice extract helps reduce visceral fat in obese adults. The study tested 60 men and 60 women that were clinically obese with body mass index (BMI) scores of over 30. For three months, they were given either a placebo pill or 300 milligrams per day of licorice root extract. Then they were tested for visceral fat using CT scans and measured for waist circumference, waist-to-hip measurements and BMI scores. The licorice extract group had significantly fewer visceral fat cells, lower BMI scores and reduced waist circumference compared with the placebo group. Previous research with the extract also showed similar weight-loss effects among human subjects.


n addition to improving fitness, University of Minnesota researchers found that treadmill walking at the desk also boosts productivity and morale. The study tested 40 adults that used treadmills for a year. Selfassessments, combined with supervisor assessments, found that treadmill walking while working increased performance levels. Work performance improved by an average of 11 percent based on supervisor assessments, and 7 percent based on the employee self-assessments. A study from Rutgers University tested 66 adults while they walked on treadmills set for low intensity versus when they were seated at desks, with two days separating the tests. Measurements of reading comprehension, attention span and response speed skills and performance show these were unimpeded by treadmill walking when compared with sitting.

G reat men are those

who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force— that thoughts rule the world. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Lead Lurks in Lipsticks and Skin Whiteners


ecent research has found several heavy metals in numerous lipsticks and cosmetics. These include mercury and lead in skin-whitening creams, and chromium, cadmium and lead in lipsticks. Scientists from the Loma Linda University School of Medicine and the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine tested 549 cosmetic skinlightening products manufactured in 32 different countries. The products were purchased online and from stores in the U.S., China, Taiwan, Japan and Sri Lanka. Thirty-three of the products contained more than 1,000 parts per million (ppm) of lead, and 45 percent of them contained more than 10,000 ppm of lead. Of those purchased in the U.S., 3.3 percent had mercury levels greater than 1,000 ppm. University of California scientists tested 24 lipsticks used frequently by teenagers and purchased at local stores. They found 75 percent contained lead and nearly half exceeded the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) maximum acceptable concentration of lead for candy (0.1 ppm). In 2010, the FDA tested 400 lipsticks and found lead in every sample tested—with concentrations ranging from 0.9 to 3.06 ppm. Other studies have confirmed similar findings. They also found significant concentrations of chromium and cadmium among some of the samples. There are currently no concrete international or U.S. standards for safe levels of these heavy metals in cosmetics. 26

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Cash Mobs

Collective On-the-Spot Buying Revives Local Businesses In most areas of the country, small, locally owned retail businesses are the lifeblood of local economies, but the rising costs of doing business often means they cannot compete with the lower prices of big-box retail giants that negotiate in volume. For several years, the growth and frequency of cash mobs have been breathing new life into struggling mom-and-pop businesses. Like a flash mob performing a dance or social protest, a cash mob gathers people together to have a tremendously positive effect on hometown businesses that may have served them and their families for decades. Most cash mobs agree to meet on a particular day, with each participant committing to spend a specified amount, typically $20 or more. The benefits for local businesses far exceed a one-day influx of cash— new customers are found, previous customers become active ones again and a new appreciation for businesses that fuel a local economy is realized. Participants can also have a little fun while further benefiting their communities as many cash mobs gather with old friends and new after a shopping frenzy at a local establishment for food and drinks. Source: natural awakenings

November 2014



Shark Snooping

Sea-Surfing Robot Tracks Marine Life An unmanned, solar-powered Wave Glider robot has been deployed off the U.S. coast near San Francisco as part of an arsenal of ocean-observing technologies revealing in real time the mysterious journeys of great white sharks and other marine creatures. A new network that also includes data receivers on fixed buoys picks up signals from acoustic tags on animals passing within 1,000 feet and transmits information to a research team on shore, led by Stanford University Marine Sciences Professor Barbara Block. The technology is central to Block’s Blue Serengeti Initiative, which builds on the Tagging of Pacific Predators project, part of the international Census of Marine Life (2000-2010). “The use of revolutionary technology increases our capacity to observe our oceans and census populations, improve fisheries management models and monitor animal responses to climate change,” says Block. Shark Net is a free IOS app available at the Apple store, created by Block and her colleagues to enable a direct, personal connection between the public and wild marine animals, and to raise awareness of the teeming ocean life just off North America’s West Coast. Source:


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Time Is Money, So Bank It Time banking is an updated, Web-savvy version of barter that allows users to accumulate the time they work and then “spend” it elsewhere. Unlike traditional bartering, it’s not limited to an individual transaction. The medium is so fluid that it can be exchanged many times as a form of currency. Most people do a variety of tasks that others may not want to do or are incapable of doing themselves, such as writing, preparing taxes, babysitting, housecleaning, plumbing or even dentistry. For example, an hour of gardening equals an hour of child care, dentistry, home repair or teaching someone to play chess. The idea is that people trade for what they need and do what they’re good at. Everyone gets what they need by exchanging their expertise. Time banking works for groups, too. Organizations, agencies, churches and businesses can all become members of TimeBanks USA, formed in 1995, and contribute time, energies, skills and resources. Source:

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globalbriefs Golden Years

Senior Roommate Service Combats Loneliness AARP, Inc., estimates that about 8,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day. With longer and healthier life expectancies, many are divorced or widowed and need roommates to have company and chat with; to share living costs and chores; and for emotional support. Women-only Roommates founder Sarah Venable says, “I went online to find a service that helps women over 50 find roommates, and found to my dismay that there were plenty of sites for finding roommates in their 20s and 30s, but nothing for boomer women.� For a $30 fee, the site uses a detailed algorithm to match women not only by location, but by interests, tastes, lifestyles, education, personal preferences and a host of other factors; much like a successful dating website.


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Strides Promised in Environmental Protection Following the lead of Jadav “Molai” Payeng, an Indian man who singlehandedly planted 1,360 acres of forest, India’s Rural Development Ministry will plant 2 billion trees along the nation’s 62,137 miles of highways to combat rural poverty and youth unemployment and improve the environment, which suffers from severe air pollution. According to the World Health Organization, India currently has a youth unemployment rate of 10.2 percent and six of the world’s 10 cities with the worst air pollution. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also announced a target of spreading electricity to every home by 2019, relying largely on solar power, and the government is furthering plans to clean up the Ganges and Yamuna rivers.

Big Fish

Whales’ Global Impact Underestimated

The governments of El Salvador and Costa Rica have successfully resisted demands by the gold mining industry, putting long-term environmental protection ahead of short-term financial gain. El Salvador stopped issuing gold mining permits several years ago, despite high gold prices and the contention by some that exporting gold was one of the country’s few chances to boost economic growth. The majority of its citizens obtain water from one large river system, the Lempa, and gold mining, which uses cyanide as a processing agent, invariably pollutes nearby rivers and watersheds. The government of Costa Rica has said no to open-pit mining, one of the most environmentally destructive mining methods. Popular opposition surged in the wake of a major accident that led to the closure of the Canadian-owned Bellavista open-pit gold mine.

Whales have long been considered too rare to be the focus of overall marine ecological research, with more attention going to much smaller essential organisms like algae and plankton. However, as whales recover from centuries of overhunting that reduced their numbers by two-thirds or more, scientists are realizing the important role they play in transferring fertilizers like iron and nitrogen from deep waters to feed plankton near the surface via plumes of fecal matter. A study at the University of Vermont, published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, evaluates decades of research on the ecological role of great whales. Lead author Joe Roman says, “Whale recovery could lead to higher rates of productivity where whales aggregate to feed and give birth, supporting more robust fisheries.” It seems that the longlived whales may even ease the impact of perturbations in climate and buffer marine ecosystems from destabilizing stresses. Roman states, “This warrants a shift in view from whales being positively valued as exploitable goods or negatively valued because they compete with people for marine fish to one what recognizes that these animals play key roles in healthy marine ecosystems, providing services to human societies.”

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Saying No

Two Countries Buck the Mining Industry

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ecotip USA Made

The Power of Patriotic Purchasing Buying products that are made in the USA supports both our neighbors and nation. Keeping the entire product cycle within our borders employs more Americans, enhances local and national economic security and ensures greater product quality because American environmental and health regulatory standards are often higher than in other countries. For companies, domestic production can be part of a larger emphasis on supporting local businesses and implementing eco-practices. provides examples of domestically made products in many categories, including personal apparel, handcrafts, household goods, green products, appliances, sporting goods and tools. About 95 percent of our clothing is now made in other countries, according to the Ecology Global Network (, mostly in China, where sweatshops and human rights abuses are prevalent. Polyester and nylon are derived from petroleum and processed and dyed using synthetic, often toxic substances such as copper, nickel and cobalt. The nonprofit Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture’s Fibershed and Grow Your Jeans programs ( and the Sustainable Cotton Project’s Cleaner Cotton program ( increase domestic production by assisting and connecting domestic growers and textile makers. In addition to spotlighting locally made products in its stores with special shelf tags, Whole Foods Market has made more than $10 million in low-interest loans to independent farmers and food artisans via its Local Producer Loan Program. Canyon Bakehouse, a gluten-free bakery in Boulder, Colorado; Buchi Kombucha, brewers of sustainably crafted, Earth-bermed tea in Asheville, North Carolina; and Fancypants Baking Company, makers of 100 percent natural and nut-free cookies in East Walpole, Massachusetts, are examples ( WholeFoodsLocalLoans). Iconoclastic ice cream maker Ben & Jerry’s (BenJerry. com), headquartered in Waterbury, Vermont, conducts a Caring Dairy program that assists farmers to apply more sustainable practices; buys eggs from hens in certified humane cage-free farms; and plans to transform all of its 50 flavors to non-GMO ingredients and earn fair trade certification by the end of this year. 32

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readersnapshot Who’s a Natural Awakenings reader? Meet Tina Crumpacker

Life’s mission: To inspire and empower leaders to follow their vision. Work: Life coach, author and personal growth trainer. Proudest Achievements: Raising two amazing children. Expectations for the Future: For myself, to continue giving and receiving love and knowledge in my own unique way. For our community, to achieve critical mass that leads to transformation and oneness. For the world, coming together as one to solve global issues. Favorite APP: Buycott. Favorite websites: Facebook. Local causes supported: Clean Water for Florida. Favorite thing about Natural Awakenings: Like-minded people networking their services. Most frequented healthy food restaurant: Pizza Fusion. How do you invest in your community: I am very active politically, informing others about issues that need exposure. Favorite quote: “Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, ‘It might have been.’” John Greenleaf Whittier. What are you doing to be the change you want to see in the world? As a life coach for 22 years, I write and deliver parenting, couples, singles, selfawareness, breakthrough and leadership courses.

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The Sunshine State Isn’t Solar-Friendly Expansion of Solar Power is Up to Voters by Linda Sechrist


review of newspaper articles and op-eds on Florida solar from this past summer reveals that the state’s utility companies are avoiding transparency on utility bills; discouraging the use of solar; and reducing both their energy conservation goals and energy efficiency programs, including rebates for the installation of solar panels and power-saving appliances. Concurrently, they are pushing for construction of costly new power plants. Florida law hinders solar development by outlawing third-party financing of independent power projects. While some states allow solar companies to sell electricity directly to consumers, Florida prohibits it. Florida power companies have undue influence over the relevant legislative agenda in Tallahassee, according to Power Play: Political Influence of Florida’s Top Energy Corporations, a new report by Integrity Florida. The nonprofit, nonpartisan Tallahassee research and watchdog group reports that since 2004, utility companies have spent $18 million on lobbying to sway state political campaigns and influence the Florida Public Service Commission. Twenty-nine states have renewable portfolio standards (RPS), which require utilities to buy renewable power and allow for solar installation financing, but not Florida. It also lags far behind in commercial solar installations because it’s the only state that applies a personal property tax on


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The 2014 elections will determine Florida’s energy future. Solar can be the solution, but voters must demand it. business solar systems that otherwise would be constructed by retail giants and other large-rooftopped companies. “The state of Florida has prevented what I estimate would be 10,000 new jobs created by solar companies eager to come to the Sunshine State to get in on the solar bonanza happening almost everywhere in the U.S. except here,” says Naples resident Neville Williams, author of Sun Power. Although certain legislators say they are tired of subsidizing solar, the federal government provides $22 in subsidies for coal, oil and nuclear for every dollar invested in clean energy. Nevertheless, installed solar capacity in Florida has shot up more than 400 percent since 2010 as the cost of raw silicon materials has dropped from $44 to $2 per pound. Solar electric systems, formerly installed for $50,000, now cost $18,000. Numerous large solar arrays are being built in Florida territories served by electric co-ops or municipal power companies, and Florida Power & Light (FPL) has installed more solar power than any other American utility. Since 2004, per capita electricity use in Florida has fallen nearly 12 percent. While the state’s economy and population are growing, power demand is not. Duke Energy, Tampa Electric Co. and FPL propose that the solution for projected energy needs is building more power plants, but freeing up energy markets would reduce the need for more power plants run by imported fossil fuels. The 2014 elections will determine Florida’s energy future one way or the other, and the battle for a sustainable future crosses party lines. Nationwide, many conservative organizations are among those that have joined the Sierra Club, Greenpeace and progressive solar organizations to fight for energy independence. Sunshine could make Florida energy independent, too, according to the Florida Solar Energy Center and the Florida Alliance for Renewable Energy. But Floridians will have to demand it. Visit the Florida Solar Energy Industries Association for a list of solar-friendly election campaigns at or call 407-339-2010.


Debra Florio Unfurls Her Entrepreneurial Spirit by Lisa Marlene


n 2002, while ruminating over the fact In the beginning of her new career, that four of their five daughters were either Florio flew solo as a massage therapist, but in college or planning for matriculation, her entrepreneurial spirit quickly nudged her Debra Florio and her husband agreed that in the direction of growth. Her first expansion their nearly empty nest presented them with occurred when she invited an esthetician to the perfect opportunity for a move from East collaborate and offer European facials, microIslip, New York, to Southwest Florida. From current facelifts and permanent makeup. In that realization, the couple decided the next 2008, while the Southwest Florida economy step was to combine a celebration of their was in a slump, Florio took a big risk and furwedding anniversary with a trip to Florida to ther expanded her business into a destination investigate job and housing possibilities from day spa. She moved Contour Bodyworks into Naples to Venice. its present 3,000-square-foot location and Florio, the owner of Contour Bodyadded even more services, including colon works, in Fort Myers, and Sculpted Beauty hydrotherapy, teeth whitening, an infrared Debra Florio by Cavi-Lipo, in Bonita Springs, fondly sauna, ionic foot detox, salt glow rubdowns recalls the adventure. “It was easy to fall in with Dead Sea salt and essential oils, body love with Fort Myers because we saw so many billboards wraps, deep tissue laser therapy, pulsating electromagnetic with signs for the hospitals in the area, noted the many therapy and a weight-loss program. car dealerships and found a four-bedroom, three-bath Her most recent addition to the spa is Cavi-Lipo technolhouse that cost $20,000 less than a similar one in Naples. ogy, which uses a high-frequency ultrasound cavitation wave My background was in the medical field and my husband to break down fat cells and liquefy them. In May, Florio exworked for Toyota, so we saw opportunities everywhere panded her business once again and opened Sculpted Beauty that would allow us to use our skills and talents. I think my by Cavi-Lipo, LLC, in Bonita Springs. Spa services there not angel did a good job of guiding us in the right direction,” only include different styles of massage, facials and peels, says Florio. but also anti-aging light emitting diode (LED) treatments, a Shortly after settling into their new home, Florio read weight-loss program and other natural therapies. about a job fair at the Harborside Event Center in the Fort Florio fits perfectly into the definition of an entrepreneur. Myers News-Press. At the fair, the flaming red hair of a A doer with a field of dreams, she built one from scratch, and woman sitting at a booth in the corner of the convention now they come. center captured her attention. “I went directly to the booth, which was representing a local massage school. I thought, Contour Bodyworks is located at 16120 San Carlos Blvd., ‘New state and new home, why not a new career?’ In just a Ste. 5, in Fort Myers. For more information, call 239-489few moments, I knew I wanted to be a massage therapist,” 3063 or visit Sculpted Beauty by advises Florio, a graduate of the Florida Academy of Massage Cavi-Lipo is located at 26381 S. Tamiami Trail, Ste. 136, in and Skincare. Bonita Springs. For more information, call 239-221-0921 or A strong desire to learn as much as possible about visit See ad, page 57. the massage business after she became a certified licensed massage therapist in 2003 led Florio to enroll in more than the required continuing education classes. “I wanted to be competent with tools and technologies that could help alleviate my clients’ pain,” comments Florio, who became a Blue Cross/Blue Shield provider in order to work with individuals that were in pain due to injuries from car accidents. Today, Florio is a continuing education provider for the state of Florida and serves on the board of directors of the Heritage Institute. “I teach classes that massage therapists are required to take in order to renew their license. I also collaborate with other providers to organize a cruise and teach the classes on board. It’s a vacation combined with learning,” explains Florio. natural awakenings

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Healthy Holiday at Sea Set Sail on the Caribbean’s Only Holistic Love Boat by Judith Fein


t’s a plant-based gourmet restaurant, state-of-the-art alternative health conference, healing retreat, Caribbean vacation and love boat. This combination was impossible to find until visionary health food guru Sandy Pukel originated the Holistic Holiday at Sea concept 12 years ago. He began by operating health food stores, undertook the production of miso and seitan and organized seminars and festivals, working with many health and nutrition leaders. “So my partner John Belleme and I figured, why not put it all together and create a floating vacation for mind, body and spirit?” says Pukel. He explains, “There are parties every night, singles events and open seating in the dining room, so you get to meet new people at almost every meal.” It’s easy to connect with likeminded folks on custom shore excursions, at yoga and fitness classes and attending exciting, informative and inspirational talks by a dream team of vegan and alternative health experts. “Romances that lead to weddings are a common occurrence,” Pukel says, grinning. “Honeymoons are planned during our voyages.”


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One of the most moving events is the recovery panel, where passengers share dramatic stories about how switching to a plant-based or macrobiotic diet literally saved their lives. Janet Vitt, a nurse and mother afflicted with metastatic cancer, weighed 72 pounds and was told that she had six weeks to live. She had run out of conventional options when she began a plant-based diet. Twelve years later, she married at sea on one of the first vegan cruises. Another memorable panelist, Betty Hoehn, was diagnosed with lymphatic leukemia and then lymphoma. She was so disabled that she considered canceling the cruise, but changed her mind, and completely changed her lifestyle buoyed by what she learned. Her stunned oncologist reported a few months later that she was cancer-free. Many such testimonials can be heard onboard about what happens when people take responsibility for their health and commit to a cleansing, balancing, healing, plant-based diet. “People love the healthy food from the cruise kitchen run by internationally renowned vegan Chef Mark Hanna,” observes Pukel. He and

Hanna co-authored Green and Grains on the Deep Blue Sea Cookbook. Cruises also include plant-based cooking classes by prominent teachers, including Chef AJ (Abbie Jaye), who signs her emails “love and kale,” and has been vegan since 1977. “I was pre-vet when I was asked to cut the heads off of salamanders,” she says. “I always say I became vegetarian rather than veterinarian.” The down-to-earth chef remarks, “You can make simple, uncomplicated plant-based cuisine or stretch and make it as gourmet or fancy as you like.” She considers cooking fun and wants passengers to feel the same way. Many of them return home with recipes, inspired and eager to experiment in their own kitchens. Passengers also receive helpful, informative materials and take copious notes from talks given by medical and nutritional luminaries like Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. Neal Barnard, Dr. Michael Greger and Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. Classes cover preventive care, holistic approaches to life and health, meditation, integrative relaxation, plant-based and whole food diets, alternative treatments and other solutions to problems that plague many people and erode their quality of life. Campbell, who will be featured in the 2015 lineup, is the author of 300plus research articles and the bestselling book, The China Study: Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and LongTerm Health. He counsels everyone, “Eat vegetables, fruits, legumes, whole grains and tubers, with little or no added fat, refined carbohydrates (sugar, white flour) or salt. The closer one gets to that kind of dietary lifestyle, the better.” National Geographic Traveler has chosen Holistic Holiday at Sea as “one of the l00 best worldwide vacations to enrich your life.” It’s hard to find a reason not to sail on a voyage to well-being. For more information on the Holistic Holiday at Sea Vegan Cruise, from Mar. 14 to 21, visit or call 1-800-496-0989. See ad, page 51. Judith Fein is an award-winning international travel journalist and the author of Life is a Trip: The Transformative Magic of Travel, plus The Spoon from Minkowitz, about honoring ancestors.

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Pizza Fusion Eco-Minded, Healthy Dining by Yvette Lynn


izza Fusion, America’s eco-friendly restaurant chain, easily stands out from its peers for more than fresh-made, organic pizza and glutenfree, vegan and dairy-free entrée and dessert selections. The company’s Earth-conscious, sustainable approach and sustainable to dining—from building construction to waste disposal are equally exceptional. Pizza Fusion builds its restaurants using the energy-efficient tactics and eco-friendly materials required under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification standards set forth by the United States Green Building Council. Companyowned, low-emission Smart Cars are the delivery vehicle for home orders, and compostable to-go utensils and containers reduce landfill waste. The restaurant’s motto—“Saving the Earth one pizza at a time”—may simply be the pízza de résistance for connoisseurs of the Italian pie. Brown Thompson IV and his friend and business partner, Jim Toffoli, along with the Thompson family members and friends that comprise the team of the Pizza Fusion franchise locations in Fort Myers and Naples, enthusiastically embraced the organic philosophy and sustainable mission even before the 2009 opening of the first location in Fort Myers. Thompson manages the newest location, which opened in 2013


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in The Gateway of Naples shopping center on U.S. Route 41. The Fort Myers location is run by Rose Gaglio, Thompson’s fiancée, who grew up in the restaurant business. “I began helping my parents with their restaurants when I was 14 years old,” she relates. “Eventually, they opened restaurants in Michigan, Georgia and Fort Myers.” Thompson particularly appreciates that Pizza Fusion, with its pub-like interior, is a fun place to dine. “Customers tell us that we have gourmet pizza in its purest form. I believe this is because we have no artificial additives and our ingredients are locally sourced and organically grown. Our patrons that have selective diets or food allergies appreciate the many health-conscious alternatives, as well as the organic and gluten-free beers and wines sourced from organic and sustainable wineries,” advises Thompson. Both locations of Pizza Fusion offer dine-in, takeout, catering and delivery within a five-mile radius: 12901 McGregor Blvd., in Bridge Plaza, Fort Myers, and 2146 Tamiami Tr. N., in the Gateway of Naples Shopping Center, Naples. For delivery, call 239-3377979 (Fort Myers) or 239-262-8111 (Naples). For menus and additional information, visit FortMyers or See ad, page 21.

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Powerful You!

Six Ways to Create the Life You Want

by Judith Fertig

and courageously reach for our highest visions,” says Straub. “Start with what’s working already and the vision of what life can be.” She likens self-empowerment to “spiritual surfing, riding the wave where the energy, momentum and passion are.” As workshop leaders, they encourage participants to transform limiting beliefs, determine what is meaningful for them, construct a compelling vision from that insight and then find ways to manifest that vision. They address six key areas in which to become more powerful and realize our personal best: physical health, emotional health, relationships, work, finances and spirituality.

Physical Health


ulitzer Prize winner Anna Quindlen had reached the top of the New York Times bestseller list more than once, yet she relates in her memoir, Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, that she also yearned to be able to do a headstand, but felt she didn’t possess the necessary sense of balance. “That’s just a little story you tell yourself,” advised her personal trainer. Our bodies, Quindlen observes, are major appliances that deliver decades of faithful service with precious little downtime. She admits, “If the human body had a warranty, mine would have run out ages ago.” Still, she clung to a vision: “I want to be strong; strong enough to hike the mountain without getting breathless, strong enough to take a case of wine from the deliveryman and carry it to the kitchen.” Quindlen, who lives in New York City and New England, was also maintain-


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ing an incorrect belief: It wasn’t her sense of balance that was holding her back, it was fear. After two years of trying, she was able to do a headstand. Along with a sense of accomplishment, this quirky achievement was a revelation as she ultimately concluded, “If I can do one thing like that, perhaps there are others.”

First, recognize what we’re already doing right—eating well, perhaps, or exercising—and then add another healthy activity. Cardiologist Suzanne Steinbaum, director of New York City’s Lenox Hill Hospital’s Women and Heart Disease, underscores that much of physical health is within our personal control. “Many lifestyle factors keep us from being physically healthy enough to lead a full life,” she says, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, lack of exercise, poor diet, excessive alcohol consumption or drug use, stress and depression. “The good news is that lifestyle factors are within our power to change.” Steinbaum recommends starting small by changing one bad habit and then seeing how we feel. “Quit the diet soda or the sugar-sweetened beverages. Get rid of potato chips. Go for a walk. Put down your smartphone and spend some focused time with your child, a friend or even your pet. Then breathe… and just listen to how you feel.”

Take a Stand

Emotional Health

Personal empowerment is all about taking a stand—developing the vision, countering misguided beliefs, having a plan and then moving forward to be the best version of one’s true self. David Gershon and Gail Straub, of West Hurley, New York, authors of Empowerment: The Art of Creating Your Life As You Want It, contend that empowerment always starts with a desire for a better life. “We need to learn how to dream, how to boldly

Our emotions can be allies in achieving personal empowerment, advises Straub. For example, fear can alert us to danger; joy can remind us to be grateful. However, when emotions cause pain and threaten derailment, it’s important to understand why, and then work through it. “Uncomfortable emotions let us know there is a problem to attend to, a wound to work on, thus allowing us to see our own truth,” explains don

Miguel Ruiz, Jr., of San Diego, California, author of The Five Levels of Attachment. “With awareness, we can observe our uncomfortable emotions, as they may be showing a belief we are holding that is no longer true for us.” “To work through our emotions, we have to be able to accurately sense what we are feeling and be able to express it in a healthy way,” adds Straub, like expressing anger after a tough commute by punching a designated pillow or shouting into a closet. Furthermore, “We need to change the belief we’ve identified that’s causing the painful emotional response.” Did the guy that cut us off in traffic really do it maliciously? Third, learn to let go of a negative emotion that’s automatically triggered when someone or something presses our “hot button” by immediately considering, “He must have been in a big hurry,” or “She doesn’t realize how offensive that remark could be,” realizing it’s their problem, not ours, and declining to make it ours. Achieving greater emotional calm is a huge step toward personal empowerment.


Acting on heartfelt emotions can help forge stronger and healthier relationships. “Sometimes, we say yes to a false image of ourselves or hide who we are in order to be accepted,” counsels Ruiz, noting that not presenting our authentic selves in relationships will weaken or replace true intimacy with a sense of loneliness and distance. “Say, ‘I forgive, I accept and I let go.’” This paves the way to being genuine, which naturally leads to greater unconditional love and more fulfilling and honest relationships. In romantic relationships, life coach Martha Beck, Ph.D., author of Finding Your Way in a Wild New World: Reclaiming Your True Nature to Create the Life You Want, suggests ditching the image of two people looking soulfully into each other’s eyes. “Realize that you’re both changing all the time,” she says. Instead, envision two people walking side-byside at the same pace, and a relationship that will continue to refresh and move forward, instead of getting stuck in well-worn patterns.

meditating. “You have to relax to start dissolving the disbelief in the possibility of having what you want,” she says. “Empty out the negative thoughts in order to gain the confidence that abundance is yours.”



Capability is one of the new guiding principles for self-empowerment at work, says Haydn Shaughnessy, a fellow at the University of California-Irvine’s Center for Digital Transformation and co-author, with Nicholas Vitalari, of The Elastic Enterprise. “It’s more about a broad-stroke capability,” he claims, such as public speaking, writing or troubleshooting and fixing machinery. Capability means a strong skill that can be fine-tuned for a specific circumstance; a talented generalist, rather than a narrow specialist. Shaughnessy recommends that we recognize and develop our best competencies in order to equip ourselves to both withstand economic adversity and help push our careers forward.


Fiscal self-empowerment involves cultivating the confidence that we will be able to obtain more money when needed. Beck maintains that anyone can create abundance that lasts. “Where people believe they get abundance, they will,” she says, as in friendships or creative problem solving. It’s the mixed internal messages of, “I need more money,” with, “There’s not enough to go around,” that can block the flow of abundance in our lives. Beck, who lives in San Luis Obispo, California, recommends throwing a “neurological toggle switch” to turn off the “lack-and-attack” part of our brains and turn on the “everything-is-goingto-be-all-right” area. This is realized through slowing down, relaxing and

Following all of these first five steps also helps enhance our spirituality. Dennis Merritt Jones, of Simi Valley, California, author of the new book, Your (Re)Defining Moments: Becoming Who You Were Born to Be, calls it “being pulled by vision,” rather than being pushed by pain. The motivational speaker believes that every encounter, event or circumstance is a portal to a redefining moment—a chance to connect with our authentic self. Jones cites seven characteristics of the authentic or timeless self: realizing our oneness in life, reverence for that life, fearlessness because we know we’re part of something bigger, integrity, humility, equanimity and unconditional love. “When these qualities become the norm in our daily lives, we’ll know we are living from the authentic self,” he says. Jones urges us to live “more vertically.” He explains, “We exist on what I call the surface of life, a horizontal pathway where we go about our daily routines. We often don’t hear the siren call from the depths of our being because we are so busy ‘doing’. It’s the authentic self that’s eternally calling us to be who we were born to be.” He describes a “sacred intersection” where we can turn from the horizontal everyday and move in a vertical direction to the depths of our souls or the heights of our imaginations via mindfulness and self-enquiry. Fortunately, every moment of every day offers this opportunity to expand our being. The key question is, “Will we be consciously present enough to recognize the opening and step through the door?” These experts concur there is no finish line for self-empowerment or attaining the perfect place to stay. It’s a “sustainable growth process,” says Gershon, an ideal project for the rest of our lives. Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFoodAnd from Overland Park, KS.

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Local Professionals Provide Tools to Strengthen Self-Empowerment by Linda Sechrist


ost of us believe that we are on Earth to realize our greatest self and to live meaningfully, allowing our life purpose to emerge, unfold and reveal our path forward. “We can do this even in the face of challenges and hardships when we have a sense of our worth and personal power, regardless of our current circumstances or level of performance,” says Denis Waitley, who was formerly responsible for performance achievement of all the U.S. Olympic athletes as the chairman of psychology on the U.S. Olympic Committee Sports Medicine Council. Waitley, who was also the founding director of the National Council for Self-Esteem, points out that when we get results, even in a very small way, we have the fuel to take more chances and have higher expectations for our capabilities. Natural Awakenings connected with eight local experts that offer methods and practices to help individuals of all ages overcome their false beliefs, gain confidence and increase their sense of personal power.

Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Hypnotherapy As a Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) master practitioner, Marc J. Wagner, founder of the Enlight Center for Holistic Health, in Bonita Springs, approaches self-empowerment from a subconscious perspective. “Our subconscious mind is responsible for our emotions and behavioral patterns,” explains Wagner, who is also a subconscious Marc J. Wagner mind specialist certified by the National Guild of Hypnotists. “Over time, continuous emotional and thought processes deeply imbed false beliefs in the subconscious mind. Generally, clients that have low self-esteem and confidence also have false beliefs about themselves, a situation or others. These individuals gain a sense of self-empowerment after they’ve dispelled the untrue stories they tell themselves. In order to establish and build new positive habits and beliefs, we have to construct new ones to replace the old ones.” According to Wagner, the motivation to take action or stick with a new habit is also a subconscious pattern formed, or “programmed”, through repetitive actions. “The majority of individuals struggle with building new healthy habits because they are unaware of the power of the subconscious mind, as well as useful tools such as hypnotherapy and NLP, which go straight to the source, the subconscious mind,” he notes. “Hypnotherapy works exceptionally well in accessing old negative thoughts that keep us from our fullest potential or the best version of our true self,” affirms Lynn Lynn Thomas Thomas, a registered nurse and certified 42

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hypnotherapist who owns Concerned Health Alternatives, in Estero. “When we access old programming, deal with it and neutralize and release old, compounded feelings associated with those habits, then we can reach our highest potential without fear, guilt, anger or sadness.”

Psychotherapy and Interactive Imagery Psychotherapy provides a unique and safe setting where individuals can heal and grow, change hurtful relationship patterns and increase life fulfillment. Marie S. Wright is a licensed psychotherapist in Naples who integrates traditional psychotherapy using Jungian active imagination and mindfulness meditation. She uses Marie S. Wright psychotherapy and interactive imagery to help clients identify their goals in each area of life and design the steps to reach them. Wright sees each of these approaches as essential aspects of self-empowerment. “Interactive imagery helps individuals develop their intuitive abilities and learn to connect to their own inner guidance. This connection enables them to exceed their expectations. When they feel selfempowered, they are better able to guide events in their lives in a direction that is more in line with their needs. This leads to increased satisfaction with life, as well as the extra confidence needed to make changes that improve quality of life,” explains Wright.

Mindfulness Meditation Madeline Ebelini, owner of Integrative Mindfulness, in Bonita Springs, teaches mindfulness meditation. The practice of focusing on the flow of breath through the nostrils and the sensations of breathing builds a strong mindfulness muscle. “Without mindfulness, which involves the quality of non-judgment, we live our lives Madeline Ebelini on automatic pilot—a bundle of repetitive conditioned patterns of thought, emotion and behavior that make up the unexamined life. The automatic pilot has absolute control in the absence of mindfulness, ensuring that nothing ever changes and robbing us of the choice to do things differently,” says Ebelini. “The key to turning off the automatic pilot and unlocking the door to self-empowerment is training our attention to stay on one thing,” she advises. “This allows us to learn how the mind works. Each time you catch yourself thinking and quickly return your attention to the here and now by anchoring into the feeling of your own breath, you cultivate the skill of being able to notice what’s arising in

the present moment and choosing how to respond. This skill translates into empowerment in daily life. By attending to the present moment and noticing the conditioned impulses of the automatic pilot, we can let go of a limiting belief, envision a different outcome or take a chance, rather than playing it safe.”

Fitness Training Jay Weitzner, a fitness trainer and owner of Symmetry Precision Fitness, in Naples, sees the role that physical health plays in developing selfempowerment on a Jay Weitzner daily basis. “It’s not only from the perspective of ‘being’ fit and healthy, but also from the process of achieving it. The more confident and self-empowered an individual feels, the more likely they are to move forward with courage, an increasingly strong will and the resilience to brave the short-term setbacks in order to experience the greater accomplishments,” he advises. Gen Bartolone, another fitness trainer at the facility, notes that there are definite changes in attitude and self-esteem when an individual meets their fitness goals. Gen Bartolone “One of my clients had issues with anxiety in social situations and struggled with bipolar disorder,” Bartolone recalls. “She trained to improve balance and coordination and ultimately, lost weight in the process. Her confidence came gradually, and she was able to perform as a featured dancer in a charity fundraiser in front of an audience of hundreds of people. She continues to improve each week.”

Ballroom Dancing

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to gain one of life’s greatest assets—the sense of feeling comfortable in social situations, communicating in any new environment and making new friends and contacts when networking. “Individuals that join dance studios to take lessons, attend open dance events or take group classes may have their different reasons, but their goal is the same; they want to look good and feel confident. Confidence and self-empowerment happen naturally because they are stepping out of their comfort zone

and trying something they’ve never done before,” asserts Kazmina.

Horseback Riding Joanne Jimenez, coowner of Pink Pony Farm, in Naples, who took her first riding lesson when she was 8 years old, knows that horseback riding is an Joanne Jimenez excellent way for a

child to develop confidence and a sense of personal power. As a quiet and shy young girl, she quickly made friends through riding. “Riding and doing things with my friends around the barn really helped to draw me out of my shell. We all shared the same love for horses, which created such a special bond that we remained close while growing up,” explains Jimenez, who now teaches children to ride. “The opportunity to be around the horses gave me such a sense of empowerment and kept me on the path of creating goals and being a very responsible child.”

Life Coaching “The path of selfempowerment is a continuous process, and it can take a lifetime,” says author David Essel, a master life/relationship coach and the founder of Life Coach David Essel Universe, in Fort Myers. To substantiate how the ongoing process builds and is compounded by a stream of small successes, Essel cites an example of a woman he worked with for several months in 2006. “Two months ago, she sent me an unsolicited email testimonial explaining that as she continued to use the tools that I gave her, which helped her to step out of her comfort zone and take risks, life continued to get better year after year, and she quadrupled her income.” Essel also uses the services of a life coach. “Every Wednesday, she empowers me to continue growing by asking me the type of challenging questions that I ask my clients. She encourages me to come up with seven answers and to choose the best one and go with it. I’ve grown and expanded my business as a result of our coaching relationship, which I find exciting.” Our local experts concur that rather than envisioning a finish line for self-empowerment, it may be more beneficial to entertain a sustainable growth process, with many meaningful rewards to which we can look forward for the rest of our lives. Waitley suggests that if we need inspiration 44

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and encouragement, we can read the biographies of successful people throughout the centuries. “There’s no problem that anyone has that someone else hasn’t already overcome,” he points out.

Helpful Resources for Self-Empowerment in Southwest Florida Marc J. Wagner, Enlight Center for Holistic Health, 9122 Bonita Beach Rd. SE, Bonita Springs. 239-6765009. See ad, page 26. Lynn Thomas, Concerned Health Alternatives. 239-597-1328. See ad, page 52. Marie S. Wright, The French Quarter, 501 Goodlette Rd. N., Ste. D-100, Naples. 239-529-7919. See ad, page 38. Madeline Ebelini, Integrative Mindfulness, 3372 Woods Edge Cir., Ste. 102, Bonita Springs. 239-590-9485, See ad, page 12. Jay Weitzner, Symmetry Precision Fitness, 1750 J and C Blvd., Ste. 10, Naples. 239-940-2121. See ad, page 37. Anastasia Kazmina, Arthur Murray Dance Center of Naples, 3339 Tamiami Trail N., Naples. 239-9198501, See ad, page 54. Joanne Jimenez, Pink Pony Farm, 239-207-1664, JimenezJumpers David Essel, Premier Executive Center, 5237 Summerlin Commons Blvd. Ste 234, Fort Myers. 941-266-7676, See ad, page 27.

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with gluten bread, animal protein and cheese with casein produces a mid-afternoon slump. They are hard to digest together and all at once, taxing body energy,” she explains. “Then, when you feel the inevitable drop in energy, you might turn to caffeine or sugary soda, but that only brings on another slump.”

Beauty Foods

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Kimberly Snyder Shows How to Eat for Radiant Skin, Eyes and Hair by Judith Fertig


ise food choices that optimize digestion and promote natural, ongoing detoxification can help us attain red-carpet shape, professes nutritionist and beauty expert Kimberly Snyder, New York Times bestselling author of The Beauty Detox Foods. She aims for optimum health as the basis for achieving a desirable outward glow. Snyder says she once struggled with several beauty issues. In seeking wellness on the way to becoming a nutritionist, she found that her daily energy level improved after she started making shifts in her diet. She then lost weight, her hair got healthier and her formerly troubled facial skin became clear and smooth. Blogging about her gradual transformation and lifestyle philosophies attracted media attention and a celebrity clientele by word of mouth. “I never looked for clients; they found me,” she says. Today, Snyder counts entertainers Fergie and her actor-husband Josh Duhamel, Kerry Washington, Channing Tatum and Drew Barrymore among the many celebrities she has helped get into better camera-ready shape. Early into her personal transformation, Snyder realized that digestion holds the key. “I never linked my constipation issues with my acne,” she says. “It’s a tremendous amount of work to digest food. It’s no wonder that eating a fast-food sandwich 46

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Snyder, who is now a vegan, suggests simplifying meals and starting them with whole, raw, plant-based foods like salads. She advises her clients to start the day with lemon juice in warm water. If they don’t feel like breakfast, she advises, “Don’t force yourself. Listen to your body, it knows best.” When hunger hits, Snyder blends a Glowing Green Smoothie—what she calls, “the star of the whole Beauty Detox program,” in her book. A batch of three to four servings requires seven cups of chopped spinach; six cups of chopped romaine lettuce; one-and-a-half cups of chopped celery; one banana; an apple and a pear, both peeled, cored and chopped; two tablespoons of fresh lemon juice and two cups of filtered water. She claims that drinking this smoothie can make a difference in just three days. She also lists 50 plant-based foods for specific body benefits because they are naturally alkaline-forming during digestion and assimilate more effectively than acid-forming animal protein, dairy, caffeine, alcohol and sugar. By improving digestion, we end up feeling more energetic.

Timely Eating

Carefully timed consumption is another key in Snyder’s beauty regimen. She recommends starting the day with a light smoothie, eating foods based on whole plants throughout the day, and then eating a raw salad and a vegetarian meal or some animal protein as an earlier dinner. Eating fruit by itself on an empty stomach helps it digest better than when combined with other foods that take longer to process. On hungrier days, Snyder suggests turning to whole grains such as oats or quinoa, which are high in fiber and lower in fat, or fibrous chia seeds. When energy is low, she advocates supplementing with bee pollen or a protein smoothie. She stresses, “Progress, not perfection,” as her mantra, advising that it’s better to take small steps and keep moving forward rather than try to change everything all at once. She believes that experiencing higher energy and beauty benefits provides effective incentives to continue instead of trying to stick to a strict, numbersbased plan that doesn’t take into account energy or digestion.

Ongoing Cleansing

“The metaphor I use for healthy digestion is a waterfall versus a stagnant pond,” says Snyder. “You want your system to be moving, dynamic.” To keep digestive “sludge” out of our body’s systems, Snyder recommends a proven detox approach of drinking liquid only between meals to help foods digest easier. She particularly recommends her own Probiotic & Enzyme Salad, made with four cups of shredded cabbage; one inch of fresh ginger, cut into strips; one teaspoon of caraway seeds; and cold, filtered water, all left to naturally ferment in a jar at room temperature for about five days—or refrigerated

raw sauerkraut from a health food store—to help flush out toxins. She also emphasizes supplementing with probiotics, such as her unique formula made from soil-based organisms. Infrared sauna treatments can also help leach heavy metals out of body fat and decrease cellulite. “These techniques have been around for a long time because they work,” says Snyder. “As I always say, outer beauty is a reflection of inner health.” Connect at Judith Fertig blogs at from Overland Park, KS.

Top 50 Beauty Detox Foods by Kimberly Snyder These foods work to improve specific body areas while promoting whole-body wellness. Such plant-based foods also improve digestion and raise energy levels.

For Beautiful Skin Youthful Red bell peppers Coconut (fresh, milk, oil) Avocados Spinach

Arugula Onions Raw applecider vinegar Garlic Lemon

For Beautiful Hair

For a Beautiful Body Fluid body movement Broccoli Brussels sprouts Sesame seeds Romaine lettuce

Radiant Watercress Figs Sweet potatoes Cucumbers Acai

Pumpkin seeds Dulse (a type of seaweed) Carrots Radishes Nutritional yeast

Cellulite-free Fresh cilantro and parsley Buckwheat and oat groats (whole oats)

Soft Pineapple Almonds Walnuts Flaxseed

For Beautiful Eyes

Toned body Kale Hemp seeds Quinoa Millet Chia seeds

Unlined, wrinkle-free Pears Cabbage Turmeric Clear, blemish-free Fermented vegetables (e.g., sauerkraut)

Bright eyes Papaya Beets Blueberries Apples Eliminating dark circles and puffiness Celery Collard greens Asparagus Bananas

For an Inner Glow Bee pollen Sunflower seeds Sprouts Spirulina (dried blue-green algae) or chlorella (high chlorophyll algae) natural awakenings

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Eco-Beauty Homemade Shampoos, Lotions and Perfumes Make Great Gifts by Kathleen Barnes

cial shampoos, but it gets hair much cleaner,” she advises. Homemade beauty products are a natural outlet for anyone that loves to cook or craft. Make a small batch—experiment with an array of essential oils to create a preferred scent to suit individual tastes, and add or subtract the amounts according to skin and hair types. “Take it a step further and make pretty gift packages with glass bottles, jars or tins embellished with ribbons, personal artwork or anything else that taps into your creative juices,” says Cox. “Your friends and family will be especially happy to receive and use them.” Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous natural health books and publisher at Take Charge Books. Connect at


any of us have grown disenchanted with expensive, commercial beauty products that include toxic and even cancer-causing ingredients. Fortunately, safe, natural and affordable alternatives—including homemade shampoos, conditioners, moisturizers, bath salts, body scrubs and butters—are stocked at many natural grocers and health food stores. We all want to avoid phthalates, cetyl alcohol, triclosan, sodium laureth sulfate, parabens and many other poisonous chemicals commonly found in lotions, creams, scrubs, oils, perfumes and makeup products that may not be listed on labels. “You want to know what’s in your product,” says Janice Cox, of Medford, Oregon, the bestselling author of Natural Beauty at Home and Eco-Beauty. “If you’re making your own, you’re in control.” Cox remarks, “Ingredients are absorbed through the skin, our largest organ. It’s why some medicines like birth control, pain relief and nicotine patches are effectively applied externally; it’s also why toxic ingredients placed on our skin can be so harmful.” Her recommended solution is simple: The kitchen cabinet harbors solutions to the dry and dull skin that plagues many this time of year, shampoo residues that result in drab hair,


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and less-than-glowing skin due to a suboptimal holiday diet. “Many products require only one or two ingredients and take minimal time to make,” says Cox. “Plus, they cost only pennies. Who wouldn’t choose that over a $30-an-ounce mysterious chemical soup?” Honey is a Cox favorite for several reasons, including its antimicrobial effects: a dab on a blemish or insect bite can zap it overnight. “Honey has high potassium content, making it almost impossible for bacteria to survive in,” she explains. It’s also a good source of B vitamins thiamine, niacin, riboflavin and pantothenic acid, plus minerals like iron, zinc and manganese. In this case, what’s absorbed through skin is literally nourishing our body’s entire system. Honey is also a powerful humectant, helping to prevent loss of moisture from skin and hair. Cox recommends dropping a tablespoon or two in a warm bath to soothe rough skin without stickiness, a conditioning mixture of honey and olive oil to produce silky hair and an apple-honey toner to facilitate glowing skin. She also recommends an easy shampoo that contains nothing more than natural soap (like Dr. Bronner’s), water and a little vegetable oil for dry hair. “It doesn’t foam up like commer-

Simple Natural Beauty Ingredients Here are a few favorite ingredients for home treatments: n Honey is perfect for conditioning dry, damaged hair and rinses out easily. n Sour cream makes a great facial mask for softening and cleansing a dull complexion. n Green tea is packed with antioxidants and tones skin with no need to rinse off. n Oatmeal can be used instead of soap to cleanse all skin types. n Pineapple juice soothes tired feet and softens rough patches. n Baking soda works head to toe as a hair rinse, facial scrub and bath soak. n Olive oil in a nail soak keeps nails clean, flexible and strong.

Muscle-Soothing Bath Salts

oil was poured off and the alcohol was mixed with water.

Yields 24 ounces


/4 cup vodka or witch hazel /4 cup water 2-3 drops of a favorite essential oil or a mixture of oils (lavender, sandalwood, bergamot, rose, frangipani, ylang-ylang or jasmine)


This is the perfect bath to relax and refresh the whole body. Add a few drops of essential oils to the mixture for scent. 1 cup kosher or sea salt 1 cup baking soda 1 cup Epsom salt Mix together all ingredients and pour into a clean, dry container. Pour one cup of the mixture into a warm tub slowly, allowing the salts to dissolve completely. Soak for at least 20 minutes, but no more than 40 minutes.

Raw Sugar Body Scrub Yields 10 ounces Raw sugar is well-suited for freshening skin. Using a body scrub helps rid skin of surface impurities, enabling it to retain more moisture and look healthier. It also boosts circulation, which energizes the whole body. 1 cup raw sugar 1 /2 cup light oil, such as almond or sunflower 1 /2 tsp vitamin E oil Mix together all ingredients and pour into a clean container. Massage a tablespoon or two at a time all over the body to gently exfoliate and moisturize skin.

Body Butter Yields 4 ounces This is a rich, buttery cream that makes a wonderful all-over body cream. It contains four well-known skin conditioning oils. /4 cup grated cocoa butter 1 Tbsp coconut oil 2 Tbsp light sesame oil 1 Tbsp almond oil 1 Tbsp grated beeswax


Combine all the ingredients in a heat-resistant container. In the microwave or on the stovetop using a double boiler, gently heat until the mixture just begins to melt.

Remove from heat and stir well until the wax and cocoa butter are melted and all ingredients are mixed together. Pour into a clean container and allow it to cool completely. Spread a small amount of the body butter on the skin.

Mix all ingredients together. Pour into a clean spray bottle or splash bottle. Spray or splash the scented cologne onto skin or hair.

Basic Shampoo

Solid Perfume

Yields 8 ounces

Yields 1 ounce

If hair is oily, the optional vegetable oil may be omitted, but if hair is dry or damaged, include it. This is a great shampoo for all hair types because it’s gentle on hair and won’t strip away the natural oils.

Solid perfume and scents have always been popular because they are longlasting, easy to carry and discreet—just rub them on—no need to waste them by spraying the air.

/2 cup water /2 cup mild natural liquid soap (like Dr. Bronner’s or any Castile soap) 1 /2 tsp light vegetable oil (optional)

1 Tbsp grated beeswax 1 Tbsp almond oil 8 drops essential oil or mixture of oils (peach, orange, sandalwood, vanilla or lavender)

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Gently stir all the ingredients together, being careful not to beat the mixture or it will create foam. Pour the shampoo into a clean plastic container. Shampoo as normal, and then rinse well with cool water.

Eau de Cologne Yields 4 ounces Eau de Cologne was originally made by steeping flowers in a jar with alcohol and a small amount of oil. The scented

In a heat-resistant container or small saucepan, gently heat the beeswax and oil until it melts. Stir in the scented oil, pour into a clean, small container and allow the mixture to cool completely. Rub a finger across the solid perfume and apply the scent to pulse points or anywhere else. Recipes courtesy of Janice Cox, author of Natural Beauty at Home, Natural Beauty for All Seasons, Natural Beauty from the Garden and Eco Beauty.

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Foundation Training Enhances Core Muscles by Lee Walker


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arry Grimm, owner of Southwest Florida Health and Self Defense, in Naples, became intrigued about the benefits of Foundation Training while watching an online interview that Dr. Joseph Mercola conducted with the creator of the program, Eric Goodman, DC. When the interview ended, Harry Grimm Grimm immediately purchased Goodman’s DVD to learn and practice Foundation Training exercises, which relieved his upper and lower back pain, as well as his knee pain. The relief from pain and discomfort was Grimm’s incentive to travel to Utah and train with Goodman. Now certified as a Foundation Training instructor, Grimm teaches others how to master the series of simple and innovative exercises, which are intended for daily at-home practice. Foundation Training enlarges the concept of core body training, which Grimm defines as including any muscle that connects to the pelvis, above and below, including hamstrings and glutes. The exercises strengthen and retrain the muscles to work together in integrated chains of movement, as opposed to the compartmentalized movements used in sit-ups or stomach crunches. Foundation Training reduces the friction on joints and puts the tension on the muscles, where it belongs. It also elongates muscles that have shortened in the front of the body due to sitting, driving or watching television. Lengthening and strengthening muscles in the back of the body eliminates upper and lower back pain and allows the body to move powerfully and gracefully with increased flexibility. “The overriding purpose of Foundational Training is for the muscles to carry the weight of the body,” explains Grimm. Grimm conducts free Foundation Training Discovery classes at local businesses, as well as in his studio on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. Classes consist of 15 to 30 minutes of exercise demonstrations. A practitioner of martial arts for 34 years and a teacher for 30, Grimm also offers Bucket List Martial Arts classes for individuals over the age of 50. “There are no killer workouts and hard training. The classes are for individuals who want to gain confidence by learning that the power for self-defense comes through correct movement,” says Grimm.

Southwest Florida Health and Self Defense is located at 1330 Rail Head Blvd., Naples. For more information, call 239-2270021 or visit See ad, page 64.

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Midday Pick-Me-Up Well-Planned Naps Boost Brainpower by Lane Vail


leep, along with nutrition and exercise, shapes the backbone of overall health, yet 40 percent of Americans get an insufficient amount, according to a recent Gallup survey, and the potential health risks are considerable. “Sleep deprivation affects every organ system and disease state,” and is associated with higher rates of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer and mortality, says Michael Breus, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist in Scottsdale, Arizona, and founder of “It’s best to get seven to eight hours of sleep in one big block at nighttime,” counsels Breus. Yet the circadian rhythm dictates two peaks of sleepiness every 24 hours—one in the middle of the night and another 12 hours later, says Dr. Lawrence Epstein, director of the sleep medicine program at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Interacting with the circadian rhythm is the homeostatic rhythm, which causes greater sleepiness the longer we’re awake. Both circadian and homeostatic sleepiness elevate by mid-afternoon, resulting in the familiar 4 p.m. slump. Siesta cultures split sleep, notes Epstein, slightly reduc-


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ing nighttime sleep, but devoting time midday to nap. “Naps are a double-edged sword,” observes Epstein. While they help relieve short-term sleepiness, poorly planned naps can perpetuate an unhealthy cycle of daytime sleepiness and nighttime wakefulness. Stepping outside for 10 minutes of sunlight and fresh air can stamp out sleepiness, says Breus, which is much healthier than reaching for a caffeine jolt or sugary snack.

Be a Better Napper

A study published in the Journal of Sleep Research suggests that merely falling asleep may initiate memory processing and cognitive consolidation, helping explain why German scientists found even six-minute naps to be rejuvenating. If substantial daytime sleep is needed to overcome a deficit, strive for 90 to 110 minutes, the length of time needed to complete a full sleep cycle. Here are other practical tips. Reflect on the rationale. “Boredom, laziness or avoiding work are the wrong reasons to nap,” says Amanda Chan, managing editor for healthy living at The Huffington Post, which instituted two cozy nap rooms in its New

York headquarters after founder Arianna Huffington collapsed from exhaustion several years ago. A quick pick-me-up to boost mental agility and mood is a reasonable excuse to snooze. Plan a prophylactic nap. Forestall late afternoon fatigue by napping between 1 and 3 p.m. Waiting until early evening to nap can interfere with nighttime sleep, advises Epstein. Embrace darkness, coolness and quietude. Melatonin, “the key that starts the engine of sleep,” is suppressed by even the slightest amount of light, so wear eyeshades, suggests Breus. Keep a blanket and earplugs handy. Lie down. If a bed or couch is unavailable, try napping on a yoga mat on the floor. A chair should be reclined to support the lower back and avoid straining the neck from “bobblehead” syndrome, says Breus. Power down. Setting an alarm for 10 to 25 minutes allows time for only the first two sleep stages: falling asleep and light sleep. Breus explains that sleeping longer than 25 minutes triggers deep sleep, from which waking results in

“Sleep is never a waste of time if it’s helpful.” ~ Dr. Michael Breus sleep inertia, or grogginess, that impairs mood, decision-making and motor skills.

Napping at Work

While many progressive businesses such as Google, Apple and Zappos permit or even promote workplace napping, most companies are still skeptical. “We live in a culture that minimizes the importance of sleep,” comments Epstein. “We prize productivity and think it shows worker loyalty to put in excessive amounts of time.” Ironically, mounting research suggests that napping may boost the brainpower needed to function at peak performance. A recent study found that nightshift air-traffic controllers that napped for 19 minutes showed better vigilance and reaction times than nonnappers. Other documented benefits

include better concentration, memory and creativity. Seek out a sleep sanctuary at work, such as an office with the door closed and blinds drawn, an unused conference room with a couch, or a first-aid office cot, suggests Chan. Another option is to nap in the car, but Breus insists that nappers tell colleagues where they’re going as a precaution. Better yet, bond with a “nap buddy” willing to read nearby during snooze time. “You’re very vulnerable when you’re asleep,” he says. “Be safe.” If sleeping is not currently condoned in the workplace, consider approaching the human resources department with information on the positive effects of appropriate napping on work performance, says Epstein. Suggest implementing a sleep wellness program, which can offer education on sleep deprivation, techniques to improve sleep and individual screening for sleep disorders. Lane Vail is a freelance writer and blogger at

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Cellulite Shrinkers Five Simple Exercises to Smooth Thighs

Back Kicks

by E.C. LaMeaux


nsightly cellulite, which is comprised of fat deposits just beneath the skin, appears as lumps or dimples, usually near the buttocks and upper thighs, and is most common in women. Building muscle can make cellulite harder to notice and help burn more calories. While cellulite deposits might not be eliminated, burning body fat will make them shrink and be less visible. Here are five top exercises to blast stubborn cellulite.

Cardiovascular Exercise

As long as we’re expending more calories than we’re taking in, we will begin burning the body’s fat deposits. As cardio workouts burn calories, they can reduce overall body fat, which also makes cellulite harder to see. Any exercise such as walking, running, hiking or cycling can help in the overall battle to burn calories and blast cellulite.


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Building muscle can make cellulite harder to notice and help burn more calories. While cellulite deposits might not be eliminated, burning body fat will make them shrink and be less visible.

Stair Climbing

Stair climbing burns at least 10 calories a minute, according to the nonprofit National Wellness Institute, that promotes healthy lifestyles worldwide. Plus, stair climbing has the added benefit of working all the muscle areas that tend to get hit with the greatest amounts of cellulite.

Leg Lifts

Janet Wallace, Ph.D., professor of kinesiology at Indiana University-Bloomington, advises that leg lifts are the best exercise for toning the outer thighs. Lie on the floor on your side, placing one elbow on the ground and prop your head up with that same hand. Place the other hand on the floor beside your waist. With legs straight and toes pointed, lift the top leg up as far as it will go, then slowly lower it back down. Do 10 to 15 reps, and then turn over and work the other leg.

An MSNBC health segment recommended this fat-busting move to target all the areas that are most susceptible to cellulite. While kneeling on hands and knees, lift a leg up behind you until it’s pointed upward at a 45-degree angle. Slowly bring the leg back down and repeat the movement with the other leg. Start with 15 reps and work up from there.


Stand comfortably with feet about a foot apart. Slowly bend the knees to lower your body until both thighs are parallel to the floor. Then gradually stand back up, squeezing gluteal and back-of-the-thigh muscles as you rise. If performed consistently, this exercise will increase muscle strength in the thighs and buttocks, which also helps burn fat, according to the Mayo Clinic. Less fat equals less noticeable cellulite. As with the other exercises, start with 15 repetitions per session and work up to more. E.C. LaMeaux posts a body of work at Gaiam Life (, from which this was adapted.


Safe Cellulite Reduction Techniques Abound by Savannah Noir


diposis edematosa, dermopanniculosis deformans, status protrusus cutis and gynoid lipodystrophy are sophisticated medical labels for an ordinary nonmedical condition known as cellulite. The dimpling on the skin’s surface, which is caused by a herniation of subcutaneous fat within fibrous connective tissue beneath, has been derided as the abomination of women’s buttocks and thighs since the 1960s, when the term first appeared in Vogue magazine. Although not harmful, cellulite is far more prevalent in women than in men, which may be because insulin and female hormones such as estrogen and prolactin are believed to play an important role in cellulite development. Although the causes of cellulite aren’t fully understood, medical science suggests that genetics, diet, lifestyle factors and tight clothing that limits blood flow are factors in its formation. More than ineffective anti-cellulite creams and invasive liposuction procedures, preventive measures such as regular aerobic exercise; strength training; maintaining a healthy weight by eating a high-fiber, low-carbohydrate diet; and reasonable healthy fat intake are recommended. Wearing looser-fitting undergarments is also advised.

Methods for Removing Cellulite

Advanced, non-invasive technologies presently used to sculpt the body—Exilis, Velashape, VacuStep Workout, Formostar InfraRed Body Wrap and CaviLipo—are effective in removing cellulite or significantly reducing its appearance. Exilis is a non-invasive device that melts fat cells and rejuvenates the production of collagen. Used for cellulite reduction and skin tightening, it harnesses the power of ultrasound vibrations and radio-frequency energy to liquefy cel-

lulite on the abdomen, hips and thighs. It can also be used to treat the face, neck, arms, knees, back and buttocks. VelaShape is the first and only U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)approved, non-surgical, non-invasive technology that combines powerful energies to reduce the volume and appearance of fat tissue and cellulite. Exilis and VelaShape treatments can be used together for quicker results. Effective against cellulite and fat, the VacuStep Workout features a lowimpact, fat-burning chamber. The elliptical machine delivers impressive results after four weeks because it directly activates blood circulation in the body’s major cellulite zones of hips, buttocks, stomach and thighs. The Formostar InfraRed Body Wrap for cellulite reduction, slimming and fat loss utilizes six silicone treatment pads placed at targeted areas such as thighs, abdomen, hips and arms. A cellulite reduction wrap helps eliminate inches of fat from the hips, thigh, waist and other parts of the body. The wrap uses herbal formulations that work externally to internally remove wastes that have become trapped in vulnerable areas. The cleansing of tissue underneath the skin also helps restore elasticity to loose and flabby skin. Detoxifying body treatments combine natural sea salts, muds and oils to help flush out toxins, reduce the appearance of cellulite and add definition to the soft areas of the body. Body vibration slimming therapy uses a vibration platform that increases bone density, as well as blood and lymph circulation. It affects weight loss and decreases cellulite. The ultrasound cavitation wave of Cavi-Lipo is a radio frequency that stimulates and vibrates fat cells at a high rate. Tiny air molecules form bub-

bles that rupture the fat cell when they force their way out. Released fat is then metabolized through the liver and other natural metabolic processes. The same ultrasound wave that passes through the skin’s surface also stimulates and oxygenates surface cells, causing a firming and tightening of the skin. Cleared by the FDA, Cavi-Lipo improves cellulite and lymphatic drainage.

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Growing Up with Wayne Dyer

Serena Dyer Reflects on Her Spiritual Upbringing by Lindsay McGinty


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you are born to live. Some missteps along the journey to her true calling included enrolling in law school to maintain her student identity, but her upbringing served as a light guiding her home to herself. She wrote the book after dropping out of law school, a big step toward her dream of inspiring others to live authentically. photo:


erena Dyer had a unique childhood being raised by spiritually progressive parents, including her bestselling celebrity dad, Wayne Dyer, Ph.D., who would write her notes on personal stationery printed with the motto, “Be realistic. Expect miracles!” It’s not a message her peers likely heard at home. Now 29, Serena shares her point of view in Don’t Die with Your Music Still in You: My Experience Growing Up with Spiritual Parents, co-authored with her father. The title reflects her parents’ key lesson for their children: Pursue the life

We were taught that within each of us is a purpose, a passion that we call dharma, and that dharma is what we are incarnated here to do. We were taught that the most important thing you could do in your life was to follow that dharma, and in doing so, you would be serving God. I often joke that my childhood was filled with unconditional love and security, but also a lot of weirdness! Not many kids learn transcendental meditation at the age of 5 and count monks as friends.

Were there any downsides to being raised by spiritual parents? I like to think that while there weren’t any real downsides, there were certainly challenges. For example, in a more traditional household, when someone gets the flu, their parents probably tell them that it’s flu season and it’s just going around. In my household, when one of us would get the flu, we were told that we aligned with it and allowed it in. In other words, part of the challenge of having spiritually progressive parents is that they make sure you are aware that you are responsible for everything happening in your life.

What was it like to grow up with Wayne Dyer as your father?

What is the greatest lesson you learned?

Growing up, my seven siblings and I were exposed to a lot of ideas that were different than what my friends heard.

Thus far, it is knowing that we are the creators of our destiny—the masters of our fate. I wholeheartedly believe

My parents followed their dreams and in watching them do so, I felt safe to go after mine, as well. ~Serena Dyer that we sign up for the experiences we have in this lifetime, as they are part of our soul’s desire to grow and expand. When we make the choice to view life as not happening to us, but responding to us, we become more consciously aware of how much our thoughts affect our daily experience. I am so grateful my parents taught me this at a young age because I have learned to choose my thoughts carefully.

What is the greatest gift your parents have given you? It’s not something they did for me; it was how they lived their lives in front of me. My parents did not encourage me to follow my dreams and then sacrifice theirs in order to raise me. My parents followed their dreams and in watching them do so, I felt safe to go after mine, as well. They taught me that there is no honor in sacrificing yourself or your dreams for anyone else, and demonstrated that the only time you have to make your life the way you want it is now. I am grateful to them for living their lives this way, which has allowed me to feel safe living my life this way, as well.

What advice would you give to people that wish they were raised in a more spiritual manner? I tell people that it doesn’t really matter what kind of parents you had, it matters how you feel about yourself. Everything in life starts with the self. If you don’t have love and acceptance and forgiveness for yourself, you won’t have these things to give to other people either. I was taught that we can’t give what we don’t have. When we learn to love and treasure every part of ourselves, we also have love to give to others. Contributor Lindsay McGinty lives in Orange County, CA. natural awakenings

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ccording to a poll by the Center for a New American Dream in 2005, three out of four Americans wish the holidays were less materialistic. Traditionally rooted in family, faith and joy, the season can be marred by commercialization. Instead, inspire the whole family to take a “buy less, get more” approach so that everyone can experience the essence of what many consider the most wonderful time of the year.

Raise Awareness

The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) reports that U.S. companies now spend about $17 billion annually marketing to children, up from $100 million in 1983. Many kids are formulating wish lists year-round, due to the continual bombardment of alluring commercials. CCFC Associate Director Josh Golin attests that the holiday season is a perfect time to start discussing the power of advertising and the techniques used. Teens are especially sensitive to the notion of being manipulated by adults. For children under 8 that can’t yet comprehend the persuasive intent of commercials, limit screen time with all devices. Golin advises that the scope of commercialism has changed radically. “It’s no longer just television commercials, but also Internet, cell phones and video games. Plus, children’s media characters are placed on every type of product imaginable. Think about limiting commercialism in all forms; you can’t just turn off the TV.”

Manage Expectations

Start before the holidays. “Talk to kids about how you’ll celebrate the holidays in your own home, noting that it might be unique. Focus on aspects that aren’t gift-related,” suggests Golin. Plan food-focused traditions such as baking together and special group meals. Generate excitement around

spiritual aspects of the season or visits from out-of-town family members. When shopping together for gifts, make a plan and stick with it, letting everyone know its purpose beforehand. Resist impulsive purchases trumpeted by store promotions.

Connect with Kids

New American Dream’s Simplify the Holidays guide at encourages families to reconnect by participating in meaningful activities such as neighborhood caroling, building a gingerbread house, preparing gift boxes for the homeless, taking a nature hike or making a feeder for backyard birds. Explore volunteer projects as a family, letting the children’s interests lead. If kids are attracted to water, pick up litter along a shoreline. In the spirit of the season, donate gently used clothing, books and toys to a shelter. For animal lovers, contribute time or materials to a local animal rescue or rehabilitation center. Attend community events such as musical performances, plays and art exhibits. Seek out inexpensive or free local activities. Kids are often enthralled by a simple tour of neighborhood Christmas lights.

Gift Buying

Make gift purchases consistent with the family’s values. Golin suggests resisting the temptation to buy the season’s “hot” products. “Resist buying what’s advertised the most. We have power as parents and as part of a larger culture to believe there’s no such thing as a must-have toy or holiday gift.” Instead, search for timeless, high-quality items that are eco-friendly and fair trade. Try wooden toys for babies and toddlers or a bamboo skateboard for teens. Ads can make a toy look appealing because it’s brandnew and ready-to-use, but homemade gifts can be a more meaningful alternative. New American Dream suggests constructing a rope swing or wooden sandbox for little ones. Given a comfortable timeframe, children can gift grownups homemade green cleaning products or re-potted herb and houseplant clippings. All ages can give away the last book they read and kick off a year-round book exchange. Forego more tangible items by gifting experiences like a zoo membership, bowling gift cards or movie tickets, or make a charitable donation to a cause that the recipient supports. Let friends and family make shopping easier by inviting them to create such a gift registry at


Always plan for quiet time. It reduces exposure to holiday marketing, creates opportunities for family bonding and fosters independent children. Golin observes, “We can all be better about trusting our kids to entertain themselves. When reducing screen time, we don’t necessarily need to suggest activities to kids. Give them the space to be bored for a minute and be amazed at what they come up with on their own.” Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Mobile/Baldwin, AL ( natural awakenings

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Animals Love Interactive Toys and Games by Sandra Murphy


hat’s on the family pet’s wish list this year? Family members can have fun creating interactive toys and games that are easy on the holiday budget. According to a recent American Pet Association survey, three out of four owners buy gifts for their pets during the holiday season to the collective tune of $5 billion. Dogs and cats receive new sweaters and boots, collars and leashes, toys and treats. Yet, what they really crave is attention. “Too often, pets are left alone for eight hours a day, leading to anxiety, frustration and unwanted behaviors. It’s important that they’re mentally challenged, learn new commands and have fun,” says Dr. Mary Gardner, co-founder of Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, in Los Angeles. “Cognitive decline and muscle wasting, common in older pets, can both be thwarted with games personalized for age and ability.”

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dog treat cookbooks will keep dedicated bakers in a canine’s good graces throughout the year. Write an activity—a walk, trip to the dog park, game of fetch or a doggie/human dance party—on a few index cards. “Teach the dog to choose by rubbing one card with a sodium-free bouillon cube,” suggests Eileen Proctor, a pet lifestyle expert in Denver. “As soon as the dog sniffs the card, reward with praise and the designated gift. Once the game is learned, there is no need to keep scenting the cards.” Turn up a corner of all the cards for easy pickup.

Purrfect for Cats

Cats may like to play it cool, but bring out a laser pointer and they act like kittens again. To mimic hunting instincts, play hide-andseek with kitty’s food; put holes in a closed box with special bits of dry food inside, then let her paw it out or roll the box. Place a too-largeto-swallow jingle bell inside an empty toilet paper roll and tape the ends shut for a charming-sounding toy. An orphaned sock filled

with crinkly cellophane and sewn shut makes an intriguing toy to drag around. Improvise a fishing pole from a colorful dowel rod and heavy twine with a petand planet-friendly item tied on the end for a pet to chase. Cats love to squeeze themselves into small spaces or relax in larger ones, so pass along gift boxes.

Pretty-Bird Specials

In the wild, birds spend most of their time foraging for food. Mimic a wilderness search by hiding food beneath an unused, unbleached coffee filter or a large lettuce leaf. Cut food in pieces big enough to hold in a claw to help hone balance. Hide seeds in a made-for-birds piñata, available at pet supply stores. Puzzle boxes range from reach-in-for-food versions to slide-a-door or pull-a-knob difficulty levels.

Fun for Fish

Betta (Siamese fighting) fish love to rest near the surface, so provide a leafy hammock, available where supplies are sold. Finned friends get exercise as they chase a laser pointer’s red dot through

the water. A new plant or ping-pong ball floating on the surface provides added entertainment. Moss balls are a good place to hide food and also help keep the water clean. A ceramic log lets fish hide inside.

Climbing Crabs

Hermit crabs are social animals, both curious and amusing. The gift of a new shell or two during molting season is appreciated. Flat-topped rocks with textured sides, large enough to not tip over, provide a different view. Fibers like those used for macramé, hung from the lid of the tank almost to the floor mimic rope climbing. Upside-down terra cotta flower pots, in different sizes and covered with netting, provide more surfaces and heights to explore. “Time spent together is a gift for both the giver and the recipient,” says Proctor. “It’s more thoughtful than anything you can find in a store. You always get back more than you give.” Sandra Murphy is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect at StLouis

Pet Precautions As with kids, don’t shower all the surprises on a pet at once. The choices will be overwhelming. Instead, rotate them while keeping one favorite on hand. 4 Check for loose knobs or small parts on toys and around the house; anything that can break off from a strong bite. Favor smooth, rounded edges. 4 Puzzles and other toys are for supervised play only. 4 Never point a laser light at a pet’s eyes—it can severely damage their vision. 4 Poinsettias can be poisonous to pets—keep them out of reach or out of the house. 4 Because a dog or cat’s tongue is rough, if they chew on tinsel, ribbon, yarn or other textured wrappings or decorations, it’s likely to get swallowed, which can lead to a medical emergency.

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Practice Gratitude and Change Your Life by April Thompson

“I have started a gratitude journal that I write in every day. When you run out of the ‘obvious’ blessings, it makes you dig deep and see all the small things. I commit to do my very best to never take anything or anybody, good or bad, for granted.” ~ Lisa Henderson Middlesworth

“A town can be such a blessing. Neighbors always pull together when there’s a tragedy or natural disaster. The boundaries diminish and yards become one... we eat in each other’s kitchens, supervise each other’s children, share vehicles and generally watch out for each other. I believe it is God’s way of reminding us that we’re one family and each of us provides the strength and foundation for the other.” ~ Colleen Epple Pine

“My losses have given me an inner compass by which I live my life. While I would not wish the tragedies I have experienced on anyone, I am eternally grateful for the blessings. I do not waste time, and I know how to love without fear.” ~ Joanie Weber Badyna


iddlesworth, Pine and Badyna are among thousands adopting a Gratitude Challenge to help develop their gratitude reflex and cultivate a more positive outlook on life. Gratitude can take many forms, but typically participants pledge to reflect upon and express it daily with the help of email prompts from a sponsoring organization. A gratitude practice can help grow appreciation for the strangers that better our lives. It can also deepen our 62

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gratefulness for the significant others we sometimes take for granted. Approaching a milestone birthday, retired businessman Walter Green set out on a year-long journey to visit 44 people that he credited with changing his life to initiate conversations about their influence, which he recounts in the book This is the Moment! While the relationships were already solid, according to Green, “In many cases, it was the most significant conversation we ever had.”

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” ~ William Arthur Ward Gratitude is a small act with a big payoff, Green observes. “The person receiving gratitude appreciates knowing they made a difference, but the giver is the greatest recipient. It feels good to express gratitude, plus you are freed from future regrets that you didn’t express it when you had the chance.” Patricia Brugioni, a Christian Science nurse from Chicago, has been sharing three things she’s grateful for on social media on a daily basis since taking a five-day online challenge earlier this year. “I am a grateful person by nature, but now I am claiming the good that is coming to me and learning to cherish things without feeling like I have to earn them,” she says. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson at

Grateful Kickstarts’s first online Gratitude Challenge brought together 11,000 people from 118 countries. The site now has an online portal, including a startup kit designed to help community organizations sponsor their own challenges. Gratitude can be good for business, too. Four Canadian branches of the bank TD turned its ATMs into “automatic thank-you” machines that provided high-value personalized gifts to its longest-standing customers to thank them for their loyalty. Any business can be creative in showing appreciation in meaningful ways to its customers. As with any new skill or habit, gratitude needs to be exercised until it becomes second nature. Simply writing a page a day in a gratitude journal or saying a morning thank-you prayer can help maintain the momentum.


SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2 Community Yoga Class – 9am. Led by local yoga teachers. Come for a free community yoga class with tea in the orchid garden afterwards. Cypress Cove in Golden Gate Estates on Golden Gate Blvd. RSVP/directions: 777-0186.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1 Reflexology Class – 9am-3pm with lunch break. With Alvina Quatrano. Topic: Release Stress from the Whole Body through the Hands and Feet. $100. Six CEUs. Holistic Healing Arts, Naples. RSVP: 732-266-5276.

Yoga in the Gardens – 10-11am. With Susi Lentz. Take your practice outdoors with Bala Vinyasa Yoga at the newly re-opened Naples Botanical Gardens for an all-levels class. $10 members, $20 nonmembers and includes admission. 4820 Bayshore Dr, Naples. 598-1938.

Really, Really Free Market – 10am-2pm. 1st Sat. Potluck of reusable items. No money, barter or trade; everything is free. Fleischmann Park, Naples. Live Blood Cell Analysis – 10am-5pm. With Brandi Stewart, of Stewart Analysis, nutritional microscopist and wellness educator. Utilizing one drop of blood, see 42 anomalies of your health relating to digestive dysfunction, liver stress, toxicity, inflammation markers, yeast imbalances, lymphocytes, health of white and red blood cells and more. $50 includes DVD and personal score sheet. For Goodness Sake, 7211 Radio Rd, Naples. RSVP: 353-7778. Psychic Development Class – 11am. This is a series of 10 bimonthly classes for psychic development. Class 1: A progressive class to form a foundation for psychism, as well as exercises to enhance your intuition. Each class will build upon the previous class. $20. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Muscle Activation Techniques Lecture – 12-1pm. With Jay Weitzner, MS, MATcs, RTS of Symmetry Precision Fitness. Discover the missing link to your body’s pain, discomfort and tightness and learn what to do about it. Whole Foods Market, Naples. 940-2121. See news brief, page 13. Mini Readings – 1-9pm. With Candyce Straf-

Concerned citizens picketing Gov. Rick Scott's beachfront home during the All About the Water March from the Naples Pier on Oct. 18. ford. Petunias of Naples, 825 5th Ave S, Naples. 403-3550. Crystal Grids – 2pm. Learn how to lay out stones on a crystal grid in your space to enhance and bring in what you choose. Used for protection, prosperity, healing, stress relief, connecting to spirit energies and more. Based on using the “flower of life” known as sacred geometry. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108. Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Bhakti Yoga: The Path of the Heart Workshop – 3-5:30pm. With Missy Balsam. Learn about gods and goddesses such as Shiva, Ganesha and Durga and the powerful mantras associated with each. Explore interactive chanting of kirtan, mantra and more. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trail N, Ste 206, Naples. 592-4809.

Streets Alive – 11am-4pm. Kicks off with a People’s Parade at 11am. A day to come play downtown, try activities and eat healthy fare offered by local merchants and vendors. Join other local residents in an afternoon of fun in the streets by walking, jogging, biking, skating, dancing and more. Downtown Ft Myers. 489-2616. Intro to Wicca – 2pm. In this weekly progressive class, learn what Wicca is, concept of deity, altars, holidays, magick and more. This is the first class in the new series. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3 The Poison in Your Teeth Book Giveaway – 9:30am5pm. Dr Mark Corke will give out the book The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Let the office know if you would like a tour or have questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 936-5442. Mini Readings – 5:30-8:30pm. With Candyce Strafford. $20/10 minutes. Daniela’s Restaurant, 13500 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. RSVP: 514-4414.

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4 Guided Mindfulness Practice – 10am. Every Tuesday. Guided meditation practice with Madeline Ebelini, MA, RYT. For beginners and more experienced practitioners. The Brooks Common Club/Outdoor Pavilion (behind the fitness center), 9930 Coconut Rd, Bonita. 590-9485. Chelation Therapy Lecture – 12pm. Learn how heavy toxic metals bind to your tissues and an accumulation of toxic metals may contribute to many unhealthy conditions. Free. Chelation Center of Naples, 975 Imperial Golf Course Blvd, Ste 107, Naples. RSVP: 594-9355. See ad, page 57. 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 on 11/11. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Complimentary Meditation – 7-8pm. With Jennifer Stevens. Whether you have never meditated or have years of experience, this class will provide you the opportunity to explore new ways to begin or deepen your practice in a supportive and relaxed environment. Free. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5 Birds Preschool Program – 10-11:30am. Preschoolers ages 3-7 will learn about birds like owls, hawks, hummingbirds and turkeys. There will be a story about birds, a hike to find birds outside, a game and craft to take home. BYO binoculars. $5 and parking fee. Caloosahatchee Regional Park, main entrance, 18500 N River Rd, Alva. Preregister: 533-7440. Full Moon/Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour on the Caloosahatchee – 3:15-6:15pm. See thousands of birds, sunset and moonrise. Lots of nesting birds flying in to roost for the night. $40 includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Ft Myers. 694-5513. Community Drum Circle – 6-9pm. Free to the public. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd,

Yoga Journal Live comes to Hollywood, Florida November 13-17. Join hometown favorites Kiersten Mooney and Bala Vinyasa Yoga for a weekend retreat, or make it a day-trip. Use promo code “Kiersten” at to save 15% off classes! See calendar listing on November 13 for more details. Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Full Moon Sacred Sounds: Honoring the Temple – 6:30pm. With Dana House. Experience the energy of vibrational awakening, cosmic connection. Sacred sounds of the empowering gongs and bowls accelerate energetic healing, spiritual awakenings and immersion into blissful remembrances of unity with all creation. $15. Anahata, 5th Ave N, Naples. RSVP: 262-0811. GMOs: The Politics and the Grand Experiment – 6:30pm. With Deborah J Post, ARNP. There weren’t any studies on genetically modified foods before they were introduced in 1995. We became

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whatever gives joy. ~Edna St. Vincent Millay

the experiment; so how’s it going in the USA? Food & Thought Café, Naples. 481-5600. Guided Meditation – 7pm. Let the stress of the season melt away with a guided meditation. The group will decide which ones we use. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. 939-2769.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6 Process Acupressure I: Gateway to Soul – Nov 6-9. A four-day class through Soul Lightening International. Traditional acupressure combined with psychological processing. Learn a simple, but powerful acupressure method to balance body energy. $795. NCBTMB and Fl 24 CEUs. Naples. Alvina: 732-266-5276. Register: Oxbow Kayak Clinic – 9-11am. Learn the basic techniques of paddling and use the new skills on a guided trip. Paddle the beautiful Oxbow Islands of the Caloosahatchee River. All ages and abilities. $25. Kayaking equipment provided. Caloosahatchee Regional Park, campground entrance, 19130 N River Rd, Alva. Preregister: 533-7440. Tarot Part I – 2pm. Learn the meanings of the cards and how to utilize this wonderful tool. A Rider Waite deck is required. $30. Part II on 11/13. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Community Style Acupuncture – 4-8pm. $15. Silver Wave Acupuncture, Massage and Herbal Medicine, 24850 Burnt Pine Dr, Ste 2, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 949-6002. Full Moon Celebration – 4:45pm. With Cathy Blair. Honor the moon, Mother Earth and the divine creator. Heal the waters of the planet. Bring beach chair or towel. Love offering going to wildlife rescue. Horizon Way Public Beach on Gulf Shore Blvd N off Park Shore Dr, Naples. 398-3953.


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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7 Bird Beaches and Mangrove Creeks Kayak Tour – 10am-2pm. A protected wild area of shallow waters, lots of birds and a variety of creatures, including dolphins and manatees. $50 per person, includes all equipment and a FL master naturalist guide. At Bunche Beach and San Carlos Bay with GAEA guides. RSVP required: 694-5513. For Goodness Sake’s 30th Birthday Celebration – 10am-6pm. Bonita location: Face painting for kids at 11am, pumpkin pie eating contest at 1pm, free chair massages 2-4pm, drum circle at 4pm and free samples of health food all day. Naples location: free samples of health food all day and wine tasting 3-5pm. 9118 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita and 7211 Radio Rd, Naples. Bonita: 992-5838 or Naples: 3537778. See ad on page 13 and news brief page 10. Shamanic Yoga Dance – 7-9pm. With Leonor Reales. Change the perspective of your life. Free. 2335 Tamiami Trail N, Ste 206, Naples. RSVP: 692-6211 or

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8 Bija Yoga 10 Year Anniversary Open House – Nov 8-9. The community is invited to join the celebration with two days of yogic adventures by donation. Classes and workshops will be held throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday. Bija Yoga, North Trail Building, 1250 Tamiami Trail N, Ste 205, Naples. 200-0680. Soul Whispers and the Sacred Remembering – Nov 8-9. 10am-4pm. Bubbling up from the depths of innermost consciousness are soul whisperings; awakening the memory of who you are and why you have come. Permanently embody your deepest divine self and unleash your long awaited spiritual career in the new world. Innovative. Explosive. Loving. $399. 1403 Milkwort Lane, Naples. 352362-5417. Walk for Life and Diaper Derby  –  8am-12pm. Celebrate the lives of women and their babies in the community and walk to support the Pregnancy Resource Center. The Diaper Derby is about babies helping babies. Children 36 months and younger will crawl, waddle, walk or run their way to the finish line with their parents cheering them on to raise funds for the babies’ mothers. Golden Gate Community Park, 3300 Santa Barbara Blvd. FundEasy. com/m/1990809. Thai Yoga Basics – 12-2pm. With Jamie Shane. Learn the basic movements of Thai yoga massage to soothe and heal the body. Donation. Bija Yoga, Naples.

The Unresolved Thyroid Seminar – 1pm. With Dr Robert Gilliland, DC, DM(P). Learn about a drugfree alternative. Free. Southwest Florida Natural Health Center, 27499 Riverview Center Blvd, Ste 255, Bonita. Seating limited; reserve: 444-3106. See ad on back cover.

tions and relationships of the human chakra system above and beyond the common core knowledge will be discussed. Donation. Bija Yoga, Naples. ECK Worship Service – 11am. Topic: Graceful Change Will Keep You Spiritually Young. SW Florida Eckankar Center, 16387 S Tamiami Trail, Ste H, 2nd floor, Ft Myers. 482-4034.

Cool Yoga Tricks Workshop – 1-4pm. With bestselling yoga author, Miriam Austin. Enhance your yoga practice and learn the tricks that will: Improve alignment in your poses. Give you more freedom in your body, mind and spirit. Increase your flexibility, strength and endurance. Allow you to practice with injuries and to heal them and more. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trail N, Ste 206, Naples. 592-4809.

Community-Style Acupuncture – 11am3pm. $15. Silver Wave Acupuncture, Massage and Herbal Medicine, 24850 Burnt Pine Dr, Ste 2, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 949-6002.

Core to Handstand Workshop – 1:30-3:30pm. With Matt Rowen. Focus on core exercises that will create heat, stability and alignment to empower you in your yoga practice. Bring yoga mat, towel and electrolyte replenisher. $35 or $30 prepaid and registered by 11/07. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or


Mindful Eating Webinar – 2pm. Diets, restriction and self-criticism are ineffective and unhealthy. Learn through this live webinar about Mindful Eating with Heart, an eight-week training program in mindfulness, self-compassion and integrative health coaching, to change automatic behaviors and discover your healthy mind and body. Free. Online. 561-320-0037. Pendulum Workshop – 2pm. Learn how to choose, cleanse and program your pendulum. Also learn how to use your pendulum for divination, to find lost objects, 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, NOVEMBER 9 Community Yoga Class – 9am. Led by local yoga teachers. Come for a free community yoga class with tea in the orchid garden afterwards. Cypress Cove in Golden Gate Estates on Golden Gate Blvd. RSVP/directions: 777-0186. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 10am, 1pm and 7:30pm. With Cathy Blair. Move into higher levels of awareness as you begin to experience your multidimensionality. Let the loving harmonics expand your soul into the new light codes. Bring pillow, mat and blanket. $10. Winterview Ct, 2960 Immokalee Rd, Ste 3, Naples. 398-3953. Advanced Chakra Study – 10am-4pm. This workshop can be attended in its entirety or in two-hour segments. Advanced energetic signatures, connec-

Wah! Kirtan – 7:30pm. $40. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Trail N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. Register:

Yoga with Wah – 6-8pm. $40. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Trail N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. Register: Talk on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – 10am. Introduction to internationally acclaimed eight-week stress reduction course using mindfulness, gentle yoga and scientific research pioneered by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn at U Mass Medical Center. Free. 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita. RSVP: 590-9485. Healing on the Spiritual Path – Medically Verifiable – 7pm. A public lecture with speaker Dr Cornelia Wehr, MD, Austria. Based on the teachings of Bruno Groening (1906-1959). Medically documented healings will be explained. People that have been healed from incurable diseases will share their experiences. Hear stories about liberation from addiction, depression and anxiety and more. Free. Donations appreciated. Naples Abundant Health Chiropractic, Green Tree Shopping Center, 2310 Immokalee Rd, Naples. 610-783-6986.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11 The Bruno Groening Friends of the Circle Meeting – 7pm. Also see event listing on 11/10. Light the Way Spiritual Center, 5600 Trail Blvd, Ste 15, Naples. 610-783-6986.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12 Community HU Sing – 3-3:30pm. Join in singing this love song to God. The Grind Coffee House, 16250 Summerlin Rd, Ste 101, Ft Myers. Info: 482-4034.

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Talk on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – 5:30pm. Introduction to internationally acclaimed eight-week stress reduction course using mindfulness, gentle yoga and scientific research pioneered by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn at U Mass Medical Center. Free. 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita. RSVP: 590-9485. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. Combine the healing therapies of the Himalayan salt and the alchemical singing bowls. Restore your spirit and rejuvenate your body in the loving frequencies of light. Bring beach chair and blanket. $25. Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Trail N, Naples. 403-9170. Mediumship Audience Night – 7pm. With Candyce Strafford. Messages from passed over loved ones. Everyone will receive a message. $45. Mystical Moon, Ft Myers. 939-3339. Reiki Master Class – 7pm. Learn advanced energy work, master symbols, chakra diagnosis and crystal grids to enhance the Reiki experience. Certification and attunement with this class. Prerequisite Reiki I and II. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13 Yoga Journal Live – Nov 13-17. Dive deep into your yoga practice or explore a new style of yoga as you spend the day with master instructors including: Seane Corn, Kiersten Mooney, Jason Crandell, Dharma Mittra, Sadie Nardini and Gabrielle Bernstein. Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa, Hollywood, Fl. Register: Cypress Creek Kayak Tour – 9-11am. A slowpaced paddle for all experience levels. BYO water, sunscreen, binoculars, clothing and shoes that can get wet. $25 per person. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Caloosahatchee Regional Park, campground entrance, 19130 N River Rd, Alva. Registration required: 533-7440 or Gyrotonic of Naples Open House – 4-7pm. Tour the new and expanded fitness studio offering personal training, Pilates, Anti-Gravity Yoga and Gyrotonic instruction. Attendees can sign up for a free semi-private Pilates class. 3415 Radio Rd, Ste 107, Naples. 290-7499. See ad on page 13 and news brief on page 19.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14 Wine and Wellness Day – 8-4pm. Register online for classes and events throughout the day. Register to win a 60-minute massage and private personal training session. Complimentary Healthy Happy Hour 5:30-7:30pm. Core360 Wellness, 7700 Trail Blvd, Ste 107, Naples. RSVP before 11/5: 325-9082. Mini Readings – 10am-3pm. With Candyce Strafford. $25/15 minutes. Summer Day Market and Café, Towne Center, Marco Island. 394-8361. See ad, page 70. Rejuvenating the Face Seminar – 11:30am. With Dr Prendiville. Light lunch will be served. Free seminar with reservation. Hilton Garden Inn/Fort Myers Airport, 16410 Corporate Commerce Way, S Ft Myers near Gulf Coast Town Center. RSVP: 437-3900. Breath of Life/Music of Spheres – 6:30pm. Breathwork and Reiki attunements facilitated by Linda Burton. Transformational frequencies and vibrations provided by Dana House’s dynamic gongs


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and bowls. $25. Anahata, 1065 5th Ave N, Naples. RSVP: 262-0811.

natural ways to increase your energy and decrease your pain using PEMF therapy. Free. Receive a free PEMF session for attending. 27499 Riverview Center Blvd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 444-3106. See ad on back cover.

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.

Crystal and Gemstones Workshop – 2pm. Learn how to choose, cleanse and work with crystals and gemstones. Crystal grids will be demonstrated using the “flower of life” pattern known as sacred geometry. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15 Violinist James Steven Farnsworth – 8:3011:30am. Come out and sing, dance or both. Performance held at the Farmers’ Market of St Paul’s Episcopal Church, 3901 Davis Blvd, Naples. Info: 643-0197. See news brief, page 8. Reiki Level I Intensive – 8:30am-8pm. With Silvia Casabianca RM. Become a Reiki practitioner. Heal self, support others. History, principles, energetic anatomy, healing vs curing, hand positions, attunements. $165. 12 Fl CEUs, nurses, MHC, LMs, midwives, nutritionists, CSWs, MFTs. 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 204, Bonita. Preregister: 948-9444. Whirl ‘n Twirl Hula Hoop-a-thon Fundraiser – 9am-Noon. Support the mission of Naples Alliance for Children. Teams are needed to compete. Each team will be provided one Hula Hoop that they will be challenged to keep twirling or moving during this fun-filled morning of contests and prizes. Cambier Park, Park Street, Naples. 513-7990. See news brief, page 14. Document Shredding Party – 10am-1pm. Join Keller and Koczara CPAs as they host their fourth annual event, helping the community destroy sensitive papers and documents. Bring up to three boxes or bags. Free. 4636 SE 9th Pl, Cape Coral. 945-9111. Wiggins Pass Nature Festival – 10am-3pm. Offer-

ing interactive and educational activities for adults and children of all ages. Learn about SW Florida native plants and wildlife and participate in a variety of activities. Exhibits will demonstrate the importance of water management and conservation and include other state parks and local environmental agencies. Food will be available for purchase. Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, Area 3, 11135 Gulf Shore Dr, Naples. 597-6196. Ayurveda Lunch – 12-1pm. With Leonor Reales. Learn about the benefits of this traditional lifestyle and delight your palate with various samples. $15. 2335 Tamiami Trail N, Ste 206, Naples. RSVP: 692-6211 or Farm Fall Festival – 12-4pm. Celebrate the reopening of Collier Family Farms for the season. Featuring hayrides, cowboy demonstrations, live music, pony petting, BBQ, fried alligator, stone crab and ice cream, frozen lemonade and kettle corn and organic U-pick produce. Collier Family Farms, 5321 Ave Maria Blvd, Ave Maria. 207-5231. See news brief, page 18. Increase Your Energy and Decrease Your Pain Seminar – 1pm. Dr Robert Gilliland will discuss

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16 Community Yoga Class – 9am. Led by local yoga teachers. Come for a free community yoga class with tea in the orchid garden afterwards. Cypress Cove in Golden Gate Estates on Golden Gate Blvd. RSVP/directions: 777-0186. ABCs of Yoga: In Introduction to Yoga – 1:303:30pm. With Amy Voelkl. ABCs of Yoga (all beginners’ class) is a comfortable, safe and stress-free way to take the mystery out of yoga for first-time students of all fitness levels. Ask questions during the tour and beginner-level non-heated class. $10. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17 The Next Chapter: Authentic Power Workshop Series – 7-9:15pm. With Jill Wheeler. Going through a transition? Create more freedom, joy and success in your life. Change habits and thoughts that keep you rereading the same chapter and start a new one. $45/session or $120/series. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Register: 598-1938 or

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18 Chelation Therapy Lecture – 12pm. Learn how heavy toxic metals bind to your tissues and an accumulation of toxic metals may contribute to many unhealthy conditions. Free. Chelation Center of Naples, 975 Imperial Golf Course Blvd, Ste 107, Naples. RSVP: 594-9355. See ad, page 57. Why Can’t I Lose Weight? – 6:30pm. With Dr Gary Gendron. Learn how to enjoy the holidays and not gain weight. Free. Whole Foods Market, 9101 Strada Place, Naples. RSVP: 947-1177. Crystal Bowl Celebration – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. Move into higher states of joy and peace through the loving harmonics of the singing bowls. Open your heart to receive more love. Bring mat, pillow and blanket. $10. Peaceful Escapes, 601 E Elkcam Circle, Marco. 398-3953.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19 Wynn’s Market Aisle 7 Grand Opening – 3-7pm. Featuring new aisle 7 – gifts and beauty aids. There will be samples and a De Vita Body Lotion giveaway. Drop your business card off to be eligible. Wynn’s Market, 141 9th St N, Naples. 261-7157. Wynn’s Market Holiday Open House – 5-8:30pm. Showcasing holiday meals and hors d’oeuvres. There will be samples available throughout the store and music. Wynn’s Market, 141 9th St N, Naples. 261-7157. Mindful Eating Webinar – 6-7pm. Diets, restriction and self-criticism are ineffective and unhealthy. Learn through this live webinar about Mindful Eating with Heart, an eight-week training program in mindfulness, self-compassion and integrative health coaching, to change automatic behaviors and discover your healthy mind and body. Free. Online. 561-320-0037. How to Stop GERD or Heartburn without Drugs – 6:30pm. With Deborah J Post, ARNP. There are times when drugs may be a short-term solution to heartburn. but never long-term. Learn what to do and what the problem might be. Food & Thought Café, Naples. 481-5600. Candle Magick – 7pm. Learn how to anoint and infuse candles with energy for healing, blessing, prosperity, and more. A personal candle will be made. $30 includes supplies. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Nutrition Class – 7pm. Nutrition for pregnancy, lactation, postpartum and family. Pregnant moms receive a free gift. Free. The Family Birth Center,

2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. Preregister:

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20 The Poison in Your Teeth Book Giveaway – 8am5pm. Dr Mark Corke will give out the book The Poison in Your Teeth by Dr Tom McGuire. Let the office know if you would like a tour or have questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 936-5442. Reiki Master Class – 2pm. Learn advanced energy work, master symbols, chakra diagnosis and crystal grids to enhance the Reiki experience. Certification and attunement with this class. Prerequisite Reiki I and II. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Astronomy Home School Evening – 5-7pm. This program starts with hands-on astronomy activities to learn about the planets and distance of our galaxy, followed by an evening sky tour and telescope observing. Bring binoculars, water, bug spray, flashlight and lawn chair. $5 per student and parking fee. Ages 8-18. Main entrance, 18500 N River Rd, Alva. Preregister: 533-7440. In Her Shoes Extravaganza – 5:30-8pm. Raffle, live music, wine, champagne, silent auction, hors d’oeuvres. Collecting gently worn designer and brand-name shoes, belts, scarves and purses until 11/10 at the pre-parties. Items will be available at the main event for a fraction of the original cost. Proceeds will benefit Footsteps to the Future and their Academic Achievement program. $20 at the door or $10 with a donation. Clive Daniel Home, 2777 Tamiami Trail N, Naples. 281-7378. See news brief, page 15. Meditation: Yoga Nidra – 6-7:15pm. Dr Joel Ying, MD, guides this relaxing and rejuvenating meditation moving healing awareness through the body. Bring yoga mat or towel. $20. 2335 Tamiami Trail N, Ste 206, Naples. 200-6796. Hormones: From Hell to Heaven – 6:30-8pm. Donations accepted for the Humane Society of Naples. Perlmutter Health Center, 800 Goodlette Rd, Ste 270, Naples. 649-7400. See news brief, page 20. Reiki Circle – 7-8:30pm. With Pam Bzoch. Focus on the Root Chakra – Grounding. $20 preregister. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21 Mini Readings – 9am-1pm. With Kim Brown.

$15/15 minutes. Register for a free Tarot reading. Awaken to the tarot at Lakes Park Farmers’ Market, 7330 Gladiolus Dr, Ft Myers. 910-0883. Functional vs Traditional Medicine: Why You Need Both – 4pm. With Dr Nancy Vance, MC, FAARFM. Increase your knowledge about the complex human body and how you can avoid or delay the development of chronic disease. Hear evidence-based information about how an integrative approach can help identify and treat the cause of your health concerns rather than just managing the effect of your symptoms. Free. For Goodness Sake, 7211 Radio Rd, Naples. RSVP: 353-7778. Movement and Breath Workshop for Labor – 6-7:30pm. With Cheryl Bernardi, LMT, Birth Doula. Experience a hands-on practice of specific exercises for labor. Movement, breathing, self-hypnosis techniques for pain management. Detailed instructions for the “pushing” phase. $25 in advance/$30 at the door. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Naples. Preregister: 248-7931. New Moon Sacred Sound Intention Evocation – 6:30pm. With Dana House. Align with the still, small voice within that opens through the portal of the sacred sounds of the empowering gongs and blissful bowls. Bring pillow, blanket and mat. Suggested $15 love offering. Light the Way Spiritual Center, 5600 Trail Blvd, Ste 15, Naples. RSVP: 571-5234. Tea Leaf Reading: The Art of Tasseography – 7pm. A tea party with extras. Learn how to read the tea leaves for yourself and others. Also receive a free tea leaf reading during this class. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22 Violinist James Steven Farnsworth – 8:3011:30am. Come out and sing, dance or both. Performance held at the Farmers’ Market of St Paul’s Episcopal Church, 3901 Davis Blvd, Naples. Info: 643-0197. See news brief, page 8. Reiki Level I – 11am-5pm. With Lenka Spiska. $150. Reiki Level II meets 1/17, $150. Reiki Master Level meets 2/21, $250. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 922-5455. Toxicity Lecture – 12-1pm. An advanced workshop that will teach easy steps to minimize exposure to toxins and maximize health. For Goodness Sake, 9118 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 992-5838. Scrying into the Looking Glass – 2pm. Learn how to use a crystal ball or a mirror to get intuitive visual information. Cleansing and preparing of the tools will be discussed as well as different techniques used for scrying and how to interpret messages. Bring your own crystal ball, crystal or mirror or borrow one of ours. $20. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. New Moon Celebration – 5pm. With Cathy Blair. Set an intention for the new you, envision for you, Mother Earth and all of humanity. Let the singing bowls carry your request up into the universe. Bring beach chair and blanket. $25. Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Trail N, Naples. 403-9170.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23 Bryan Kest Master Class – 12-3pm. Discussion followed by an all-levels yoga class. Bryan Kest is an internationally recognized American


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yoga teacher known as the creator of Power Yoga and the founder of Santa Monica Power Yoga, in Santa Monica, California. He has led yoga classes, retreats and workshops worldwide. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trail, N Naples. 592-4809. See ad, page 17.

self-care modality whether you’re an athlete, yogi, or think your body has become shaped like your office chair. BYO foam roller. $55. $5 off if preregistered/ prepaid by 12/5. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Register: 598-1938 or


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 26 Vibrational Angel Healing and Messages – 7-9pm. Healing and messages from the emissaries of light and Archangel Michael. Trance channeling with Candyce Strafford. $22. Mystical Moon, 8890 Salrose Lane, Ft Myers. 939-3339.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 27 Gobble Gobble Four-Miler – 6am, race day registration/packet pick up. 7:25am, 1-mile fun walk/run. 7:30am, competitive chip timed. 7:35am, fun run/ walk 4-miler. 8:50am, lil’ gobbler’s dash. Costume contest, free pumpkin pie and other family-oriented activities. Proceeds benefit St Matthew’s House and 95210. Venetian Village, Naples. Register: See ad on page 39 and article on page 22. Thanksgiving Day Flow – 9-10:15am. With Jacqueline Glasgow. Start the holiday on your mat and flow right into the day’s festivities with this heart-opening, body-centering, mind-clearing vinyasa flow class. Use your class package or make a donation to Make-A-Wish SW Florida. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trail N, Ste 206, Naples. 592-4809.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 28 Mini Readings – 9am-1pm. With Kim Brown. $15/15 minutes. Register for a free Tarot reading. Awaken to the tarot at Lakes Park Farmers’ Market, 7330 Gladiolus Dr, Ft Myers. 910-0883.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 29 Violinist James Steven Farnsworth – 8:3011:30am. Come out and sing, dance or both. Performance held at the Farmers’ Market of St Paul’s Episcopal Church, 3901 Davis Blvd, Naples. Info: 643-0197. See news brief, page 8. Psychic Faire – 10am-4pm. Choose from an assortment of well-established and gifted psychics and healers. Tarot readers, soul chart progression, astrology, oracle card reader, energy matrix healer, rune caster, medium, chakra cleansing and alignment and shamanic journeys. 25 min for $25. The

Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. 939-2769. Mystic Faire – 10am-6pm. Many psychics and healers to choose from. Lots of new vendors and a great food court. Door prizes all day long, with raffle proceeds going to local charities. Bring canned goods for local food banks. $5 cover at the door. 12 and under free. Etudes Dance Studio, 3285 Pine Ridge Rd, Naples. 949-3387. OneWorldOneLight. org. See ad on page 68 and news brief on page 9. Why Can’t I Lose Weight? – 1pm. With Dr Gary Gendron. Learn how to enjoy the holidays and not gain weight. Free. Receive 10 percent off meal purchase day of the event. Food & Thought, 2132 Tamiami Trail N, Naples. RSVP: 947-1177.

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Yoga Teacher Training Program – Dec 15-22. 9am-5pm. The first part of two, week-long editions. Features transformational yoga practice of kirtan, satsangs, vinyasa flow, flying yoga, pranayama and Thai massage, plus yoga films and books to read for heart-opening experience of a lifetime. Cypress Cove, 2481 Golden Gate Blvd E, Naples. Info/register: 777-0186. Preventing Osteoporosis – 6-7:30pm. With James Occhiogrosso. A discussion of the facts, myths, fears and treatments of osteoporosis and osteopenia, conditions that effect many women and men with severe hormone imbalances. Free. Ada’s Natural Market, 7070 College Pkwy, Ft Myers. 652-0421. See news brief, page 15.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20 Intro to Weight Loss – 6:30-8pm. With Dr Carol Roberts. Learn how to lose weight rapidly and safely with hormone balancing and a strict, but short, program. Donations accepted for the Humane Society of Naples. Perlmutter Health Center, 800 Goodlette Rd, Ste 270, Naples. 649-7400. See news brief, page 20.


MONDAY, DECEMBER 1 Hormone Balancing for Men and Women – 6-7:30pm. With James Occhiogrosso. Learn about hormone testing and ways to maintain hormone balance. Free. Ada’s Natural Market, 7070 College Pkwy, Ft Myers. 652-0421. HealthNaturallyToday. com. See news brief, page 15.

Your Prostate, Your Libido, Your Life – 6-7:30pm. Every man has a prostate gland. For some it becomes very troublesome with aging causing numerous functional problems. This lecture discusses natural ways to avoid and sometimes rectify these problems. Free. Ada’s Natural Market, 7070 College Pkwy, Ft Myers. 652-0421. See news brief, page 15.



Community Garage Sale – 9am-1pm. Donate, buy, sell or trade. Vendors will offer food, crafts and more. Inquire about volunteering and participating. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 and 3, Naples. 272-6152.

Naples Yoga Center Teacher Training Begins – 4-10:30pm. Presented in five weekend modules. Facilitated by Jacqueline Glasgow, RYT 500, ERYT 200, certified yoga therapist, certified power yoga instructor, certified yoga life coach. Assisted by Naples Yoga Center master teachers that have trained and been certified with masters in their field. Yoga Alliance-approved school. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trail N, Ste 206, Naples. 592-4809.

Foam Rolling for Anyone with a Human Body – 1-3:30pm. With Dr Danny Porcelli and Hanna Riley. In this workshop, you will be richly educated in a technique called self-myofascial release. Working with a foam roller, learn the basics of this enhancing

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Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Mindfulness Meditation Classes – 5:30-7:30pm. Crystal-clear mindfulness meditation instruction and Buddhist philosophy. UUCFM, 13411 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. 910-6598.


Drum Circle – 6-9pm. Drummers, dancers, jugglers, everyone welcome. BYO chair and instrument. Under the pavilion by the water in Centennial Park, Ft Myers. Facebook page: Fort Myers Drum Circle. 935-5551.

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

Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 6:30pm. With dharma teacher Fred Epsteiner, in the spirit of Thich Nhat Hanh. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples.


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.

Gentle Vinyasa Flow – 9-10am. With Meredith Musick. Yoga Loft, Naples Strada at Mercato. Naples. 269-8846.


Unity of Ft Myers – 9:15am and 11am service. With Rev Jim Rosemergy, minister; Susie Hulcher, music. Children’s ministry. Open to all. 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. Celebration Church Services – 9:30-10:30am. A church that meets outdoors, welcomes everyone and has a huge heart. 580 8th St S, Naples. 649-1588. Church of Spiritual Light – 9:45-11am. Sunday service. Spiritual connection, meditation, ritual, prayer and song. 1939 Park Meadows Dr, Ste 1, Ft Myers. 560-6314. Unity of Bonita Springs Sunday Service – 10am. With Rev Phil Schlaefer, music by Jerry Stawski. Inspiring lesson, music and meditation. 28285 Imperial Pkwy. 947-3100. Unity of 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. Rivers and Creek Tour from Caloosahatchee Creeks Preserve – 10am-2pm. Mangrove forest and nesting birds. 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.

Lotus Patton hosted X eclectic at Venture X, in Naples, on Oct. 10. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples – 10:30am. Service, youth classes and childcare. Celebrate freedom, reason and compassion. All welcome. 6340 Napa Woods Way, Naples. 455-6553. Spiritual Study Group – 10:30-11:30am. Based on the Science of Mind book, This Thing is You, by Ernest Holmes. Donation. Happehatchee Nature Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 922-5455. Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft Myers Sunday Service – 10:30-11:30am. All welcome. 13411 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. 561-2700. Yoga Lab – 10:30am-12pm. With Meredith Musick. Yoga Loft, Naples Strada at Mercato. Naples. 2698846. Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) – 3:30-5pm. Feel responsible for your parents’ feelings? Break free with ACA. YANA Foundation Building, 1185 Lake McGregor Dr, Ft Myers. Jane: 728-7106. Introductory Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 4:45pm. Last Sun each month. Bala

Heated Power Vinyasa Yoga – 8:45-9:45am. With Liz Ross. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at The Club at Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trl E, Naples. Register: 598-1938. Gentle Yoga – 10:15-11:15am. With Barb Stratton. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at The Club at Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trl E, Naples. Register: 5981938. Caterpillar Kids Club – 4-5pm. Ages 5-12 build positive coping skills, improve focus, self control, self-regulation. With rotating teachers. $20. $70/4 sessions, or $10 for current clients. Monarch Therapy, Naples. 325-9210. Emotions Anonymous (EA) – 5:30-6:30pm. A 12-step program. Recovery work from emotional difficulties. Crossroads Community Church, 1055 Pine Ridge Rd, Naples. Ron: 450-1662. Prenatal Yoga – 6-7pm. With Cheryl Bernardi. Yoga and movement exercises for pregnancy. Breathing techniques, relaxation, pain management. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way. 248-7931. Slow Flow Restorative Yoga – 6-7:15pm. With Nicole Hills. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at The Club at Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trl E, Naples. Register: 598-1938. Clay Handbuilding and Raku Techniques – 6-9pm. Five-week class with Richard W Rosen. $195 plus materials ($20). Rosen Gallery & Studios, Naples Art District, 2172 J&C Blvd, Naples. RSVP: 821-1061. Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) – 6:30pm. 12step meeting. Lamb of God Church, 19691 Cypress View Dr, Ft Myers. Rob: 948-9162. A Course in Miracles – 7pm. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Fireplace Room, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Congregational Church, 15300 Tamiami Trail N, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527. Reiki Healing – 7pm. 1st and 3rd Mon. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Fellowship Hall, 2000


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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.

Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. Gurdjieff Fourth Way Study Group – 7-8pm. An exploration of the teachings of GI Gurdjieff with readings and discussions. Introductory sessions meet at Unity Church of Bonita Springs. Info: 565-1410.

Gentle Yoga – 10:15-11:15am. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at The Club at Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trl E, Naples. Register: 598-1938.

Meditation – 7-8pm. With JoAnn Lawrence. Fourweek series: Transforming Life into the Spiritual Path. $10 preregistered. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Basic Hatha Yoga – 7:15-8:15pm. With Cheryl Bernardi. Emphasis on structural alignment. Postures and traditional breath-enhancing techniques. Guided meditation. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way. 248-7931. Glow with the Flow – 7:30-8:30pm. With Nico Sanchez. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938.

NIA – 10:30-11:30am. With Valerie Hill. Limit 15 people. $15. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749.

Kirtan songwriter Missy Balsam and Mitch Fogelman performed at X eclectic last month at Venture X, in Naples. Jessica Smith. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at The Club at Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trail E, Naples. Register: 598-1938.


Guided Walk – 9-11am. 1st Tue. Through May. Explore natural plant communities. Limit 25 participants. Free with paid parking. Hickey’s Creek Mitigation Park, Alva. Info: 822-5212.

Yoga – 8:30am. With Julie Christenbury. Beginners to intermediate. All ages. Strengthen/lengthen your muscles, while calming, soothing your mind. $15. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita. RSVP: 948-9444.

Guided Walk – 9-11am. 3rd Tue. Through May. Walk through natural plant communities. Limit 25 participants. Free with paid parking. Caloosahatchee Regional Park, Alva. Info: 694-0398.

Beach Yoga – 8:45-9:45am. With Caryn Gallagher. All levels. Bring a large beach towel. Ideal shade area behind highrise at Sea Gate/North Gulf Shore Public Beach, Naples. CC Yoga: 312-505-9642. Heated Power Vinyasa Yoga – 8:45-9:45am. With

La Leche League – 10am. 2nd Tue. Motherto-mother breastfeeding support group. Summit Church, 19601 Ben Hill Griffin Pkwy, Ft Myers. 489-3095. Women’s Overeaters Anonymous – 10am. Free. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Circle, Ste 104, Estero. Sandy: 973-809-5338 or Carol: 676-7793.

Tai Chi – 11am-Noon. Dr Joel Ying guides Chenstyle exercise and moving meditation. Beginners welcome. Love Yoga Center, 2335 Tamiami Trail N, Ste 206, Naples. Hatha Yoga – 5:30pm and 6:30pm. With Chris Neal. Beginners to advanced. Quiet your mind, improve balance, range of motion, performance. $15. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita. 948-9444. Heated Power Vinyasa Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. With Melissa Saitta. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at The Club at Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trail E, Naples. Register: 598-1938. Family Drumming Event – 6pm. 1st Tue. With Cheryl Lynn Patton. You do not need a drum to join our magical event. We have many drums from Africa, Cuba, Brazil, etc. For parents and children of all age. $10 per family. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 and 3, Naples. RSVP: 272-6152. Rotating Meditation/Classes – 6:30-8pm. Enlight Center, Sunshine Ace Plaza, 9122 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs. 676-5009. For schedule visit

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Men’s Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA) – 6:30-8pm. A 12-step program. Common purpose is a desire for healthier relationships. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Cir, Ste 104, Estero. David: 470-0899.

1:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Church of Christ, 368 Herron Rd, N Ft Myers. 585-955-3910. Heated Power Vinyasa Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. With Melissa Saitta. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at The Club at Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trail E, Naples. Register: 598-1938.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Riverside Church, 8660 Daniels Pkwy, Ft Myers. 338-5948. Spano’s Meditation – 7pm. 2nd and 4th Tues. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. Ecstatic Kirtan – 7:15-8:45pm. Last Tue of the month. With Missy Balsam. An evening of connection, community building and heart-opening singing. No experience necessary. $15 love offering. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 and 3, Naples. 272-6152.

wednesday Heated Power Vinyasa Yoga – 8:45-9:45am. With Candice Oligney. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at The Club at Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trail E, Naples. Register: 598-1938. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 9am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Congregational Church, 15300 Tamiami Trail N, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527. Power Yoga Basics – 9-10am. With Lizz Cohoon. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at The Club at Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trail E, Naples. Register: 598-1938. Yamuna Body Rolling Class – 9-10am. $18. Self-massage techniques to create space back into the body and tone muscles. Call to reserve balls. Arthur Murray Dance Center, Naples. Patti: 649-0814. Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old US 41, Bonita. Carol: 676-7793. 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. Art & Nature Day – 10am-4pm. Tour the historic property and buildings. Gift shop open. Intuitive Readings by Katie Sinex. $10/adults, kids free. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Gentle Yoga – 10:15-11:15am. With Candice Oligney. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at The Club at Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trl E, Naples. Register: 598-1938. Urantia Book Study Group – 11:45am-1:15pm. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd, Ft Myers. 989-4052. Power Yoga Basics – 5:30-6:45pm. With Nico Sanchez. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at The Club at Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trl E, Naples. Register: 598-1938. Belly Dance with Ansuya – 6pm, beginners or 7:15pm, mixed levels. Experience the mind, body, soul and lifestyle enhancing benefits of bellydance. $15. Fleischmann Park Community Center, 1600 Fleishmann Blvd, Naples. 213-3020. local-classes.


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Healing, Prayer and Meditation Service – 6pm. 1st Wed. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Sanctuary, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. Conversations with Ken – 6:30pm. Discussion on creating a fruitful life. Free. Food & Thought, 2132 Tamiami Trail N, Naples. Deb: 228-4858. Pet Loss and Grief Support Group – 6:30pm. 2nd Wed. Compassionate support: pet loss, medical crisis, chronic illness. Free. Coral Vet Clinic 9540 Cypress Lake Dr, Ft Myers. 481-4746. Psychic Development – 6:30-8pm. With Donna Payne. Learn techniques that can be used everyday to solve problems, psychically shield yourself, contact your guides and boost your listening and psychic reading skills. $20. Enlight Center, 9122 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita. 676-5009. ARTS Anonymous – 6:30-8pm. Only requirement is a desire to develop creative potential. Crossroads Community Church, 1055 Pine Ridge Rd, Naples. Dennis: 608-345-2726. A Course in Miracles – 7-8pm. 2nd and 4th Wed. We read from the text and give our interpretation. Everyone is welcome. Love offering. Unity Church of Bonita Springs, 28285 Imperial Pkwy, Bonita. 272-5456. Compassionate Friends: Collier County Group – 7:30pm. 1st and 3rd Wed. For bereaved parents. YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd, Naples. Anne Arbelaez: 287-5968. Compassionate Friends: Lee County Group – 7:30pm. 3rd Wed. For bereaved parents. YMCA, 1360 Royal Palm Sq Blvd, Ft Myers. Anne Arbelaez: 287-5968. Glow with the Flow – 7:30-8:30pm. With Ewa McLane. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938.

thursday Heated Power Vinyasa Yoga – 8:45-9:45am. With Jessica Smith. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at The Club at Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trail E, Naples. Register: 598-1938. Oxbow Kayak Clinic – 9-11am. 1st Thurs. Through May. Learn the basic techniques of paddling and tour the Caloosahatchee River with a guided informational tour. All ages and abilities. $25. Caloosahatchee Regional Park, campground entrance, 19130 N River Rd. Registration required: 533-7440 or Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 9:30am. Free. Lamb of God Church, 19691 Cypress View Dr, Estero. Helen: 992-4864. Gentle Yoga – 10:15-11:15am. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at The Club at Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trl E, Naples. Register: 598-1938. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) –

New Hope Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) – 5:30-6:45pm. New Hope Presbyterian Church, 3825 McGregor Blvd, Room 106, Ft Myers. 931-9009. Reiki Circle – 6:30pm. 2nd Thurs. With Reiki master Silvia Casabianca. Open to all. Meditation, brief treatment. Contribute healthy snack. Love offering. Eyes Wide Open Center, Bonita. 948-9444. Ecstatic Dance – 6:30-8:30pm. 1st Thur. With Andrea Bowes. Move to a playlist that will rise and fall like a wave. Wear comfortable and moveable clothing. Bring water. $15. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 and 3, Naples. RSVP: 272-6152. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Riverside Church, 8660 Daniels Pkwy, Ft Myers. 338-5948. La Leche League – 7pm. 1st Thurs. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. St Hilary’s Episcopal Church, 5001 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 454-1350. Intro to Bellydance – 7-8pm. Dance Every Rhythm Studio, 9510 Corkscrew Palms Cir, Ste 1, Estero. 293-1979. Peaceful Mind – 7-8:30pm. (canceled Thanksgiving). Relax, release and reset. Unwind and energize through use of breath, sound, humor and relaxation exercises. With rotating teachers. $20, $70/four weeks or $10 for clients. Monarch Therapy, Naples. 325-9210. Transformational Breath – 7-8:30pm. 2nd and 4th Thurs. With Carrie Sopko. Limit 12 people. $15. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. Spiritual Connection, Guided Meditation and Messages – 7-9pm. With Candyce Strafford, psychic/medium. Connect to higher consciousness, be more intuitive and feel better. Love offering. Naples. 949-3387.

friday Heated Power Vinyasa Yoga – 8:45-9:45am. With Liz Ross. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at The Club at Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trl E, Naples. Register: 598-1938. Yoga for Fascia Release – 9-10am. With Tania Melkonian. Using foam rollers and other props, this class heals soft tissue which is essential to a well-being body and complements all other forms of exercise. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trail N, Ste 206, Naples. 592-4809. La Leche League – 10am. 2nd Fri. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Center Point Community Church, 6590 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples. 404-4933. Gentle Vinyasa Flow Yoga – 10:15-11:15am. With Meredith Musick. Yoga Loft, Naples Strada at Mercato. Naples. 269-8846.

Gentle Yoga – 10:15-11:15am. With Liz Ross. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at The Club at Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trl E, Naples. Register: 598-1938. Co-Dependents Anonymous – 12pm. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita. Sally: 948-9162. Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 3:15-6:15pm. 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.

Green Market – 9am-1pm. Alliance for the Arts, Ft Myers. 939-2787. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 10am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Dr, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527. La Leche League – 10am. 3rd Sat. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. Lee County Public Library, Lehigh Acres. 823-8219.

Toddler and Me – 3:30-4:15pm. With Lizz Cohoon. Ages 1-4. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or

Women Seeking Serenity through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita. Carol 676-7793.

Yoga for Sobriety – 5:15-6:30pm. With BVY teachers. Free. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. More info: 598-1938.

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.

Reiki Healing Circle with Sound and Crystal Bowls – 6-9pm. 1st Fri. Combined healing energy of Reiki, Restorative Yoga and crystal bowls in the Peace Pavilion with Nancy Nevision. Dress appropriately for the weather, bring a mat, flashlight and blanket. $15 donation. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 922-5455. Sacred Sound Healing Circle – 6-9pm. 2nd Fri. With Mary Cline and Sue Lovett. Includes sound elements such as crystal bowls, chanting and kirtan. $15 donation. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 922-5455. Sacred Women’s Circle – 6-9pm. 3rd Fri. With Dolores Gozzi. Gatherings will connect each woman to the divine in themselves and others and work with the natural flow of seasons, cycles and patterns of nature so that each woman can be enlightened in their own empowerment. $15 donation. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 922-5455. Ansuya’s Bellydance Show – 6:30pm. Enjoy Greek food plus superstar bellydance entertainment by Ansuya. Olympia Dining, 2800 Davis Blvd, Reservations: 732-5400. 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.

saturday Outdoor Farmers’ Market – 8am-1pm. Through May. Galleria Shoppes at Vanderbilt, NW corner of Airport and Vanderbilt Beach Rd, N Naples. 273-2350. Heated Power Vinyasa Yoga – 8:45-9:45am. With Candice Oligney. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at The Club at Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trail E, Naples. Register: 598-1938. Power Vinyasa Yoga – 9-10am. With Jacqueline Glasgow. A challenging yet accessible heated flow class. $5 for high school students with ID. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trail N, Ste 206, Naples. 592-4809. NaplesYogaCenter. Guided Walk – 9-11am. 1st Sat. Walk through natural plant communities. Limit 25 participants. Free with paid parking. Caloosahatachee Regional Park, Alva. Info: 694-0398.

Really, Really Free Market – 10am-2pm. 1st Sat. Potluck of reusable items. No money, barter or trade; everything is free. Fleischmann Park, Naples. Gentle Yoga – 10:15-11:15am. With Candice Oligney. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at The Club at Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trail E, Naples. Register: 598-1938. Law of Attraction and the Art of Allowing – 1-3pm. 2nd Sat. End your struggle with money, relationships, health or simply the daily grind of life. Learn how to manifest what you really desire. $35 preregistration. $50 day of workshop. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 233-4818. David Essel Alive – 6-9pm EST. Get inspired. Join the national radio show with guests like Deepak Chopra and Wayne Dyer. Tune in at

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ACUPUNCTURE/PSYCHOTHERAPY John E. Patton, Board Certified Acupuncture Physician Licensed Mental Health Counselor 971 Michigan Ave, Naples 34103 239-262-6828

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

ACUPUNCTURE 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 24 years experience. Charles specializes in complex symptomology, chronic pain conditions, expert facial rejuvenation, side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. See ad, page 21.

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

Licensed acupuncture physician with 28 years experience in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Experienced in pain management, women’s health, insomnia, migraines, digestion issues and much more. See ad, page 19.

Graydon Snow, AP, DOM Board Certified Acupuncture Physician Keri Garcia, LMT – Massage 7680 Cambridge Manor Pl, Ste 100; Ft Myers: 239-288-0900 All Natural Primary Care. Providing acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage therapy, biopuncture and B12 injections to treat pain, stress, insomnia, fibromyalgia, asthma and more. Come in for a free consultation to learn how we can help you feel well again. AP2378, MM29338.


Office in Naples & Ft Myers 239-821-4482 Dr. Pan graduated from the department of acupuncture in Hubei College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and post-graduated from Tongji Medical University. He is proficient in both Eastern medicine and Western medicine with over 25 years of experience. See ad, page 18.

PHYLLIS C. WEBER, AP Oriental Medicine 239-841-6611, Naples 239-936-4199, Ft Myers

Specializing in treatment of allergies, hormonal imbalances, auto-immune problems and pain using acupuncture, herbs, NAET, Biomagnetic Pairs Therapy. AP771. See ad, page 16.


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


Ayurveda Clinic, Massage & Yoga Therapy Naples • 239-450-6903 Practicing holistic medicine since 1987. Specializing in highly personalized Ayurvedic treatments and lifestyle consulations, 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 4.


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


Certified Advanced Rolfer™ Member – The Rolf Institute, since 1995 Member – The International Association of Structural Integrators, since 2004 2335 Tamiami Tr N, #206, Naples 239-825-8555 You can stand straighter, breathe deeply, move more easily with Rolfing®. Injuries, repetitive strain, even favorite sports and hobbies can create chronic tightness and pain; Rolfing unwinds patterns of pain and restriction. Call for free initial consultation and brief sample of the technique. MA32084/MM29763.


ive each moment completely and the future will take care of itself. Fully enjoy the wonder and beauty of each moment. ~Paramahansa Yogananda natural awakenings

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

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


Cindi Curci-Lee, RN, BSN Advanced Certified Rolfer Movement Practitioner Yamuna Body Rolling Instructor 5600 Trail Blvd, Ste 15, Naples 7680 Cambridge Manor Pl, Ste 100, Ft Myers • 239-777-4070 Longing for relief from headaches, backaches, joint restrictions, or pain? Love to improve your posture or sport performance? Rolfing’s the 21st century solution! MA38152, MM28692, MM66086.


George Beahan Certified Advanced Rolfer Egoscue Postural Alignment Specialist Board Certified Structural Integrator Advanced Myoskeletal Therapist 239-919-4413 • Advanced Rolfing techniques & Egoscue structural exercises used to provide lasting relief from chronic pain & sports injuries. Improves alignment athletic performance,balances golf swing. MA50132.


239-821-3088, by appt. (Collier & Lee) Trained at the Upledger Institute, Paula utilizes CranioSacral Therapy combined with HeartCentered Therapy, Somato Emotional Release™, Lymphatic Drainage, love and nurturement to foster the healing your body needs. Doula services. MA35358.


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.


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


Business & Residential Green Cleaning Services Naples • 239-404-7102 • Let us take care of your mess while you do what you do best. Offering summer specials, group discounts and familyfriendly personal services. Do not confuse familiarity with safety. Call today for a free estimate. See ad, page 44.


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


C. Robyn Berry, LMT, CRR, CCT, CLDT 13601 McGregor Blvd, Ste 13, Ft Myers 239-939-4646 • Colon therapist since 1994. Enclosed gravity method, uv/ozone purified water, superior to others. Massage, Reflex-ology, Upledger CranioSacral/SER & Lymph Drainage, Visceral Manipulation, Raindrop, Ear Candling, Ozone/ Oxygen Steam cabinet, BEFE foot detox, Far-Infrared Sauna. MM7376, MA018351. See ad, page 52.


Granite, Marble and Crystals 12911 Metro Pkwy, Ft Myers 33906 678-717-8584: Debbie Randolph for Crystals 561-541-3437: Dominique Fuentes for Granite Specializing in unique granite from oversea, precious stone slabs and crystals. We sell wholesale and retail. Please call for an appointment to visit our warehouse. See ad, page 28.


Mark Corke, DDS 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers 33907 239-936-5442 • Dr. Corke enjoys working with holistic patients and practitioners on the journey to wellness. His practice “gets it” and is worth the trip to Fort Myers to experience his many services. From dental lasers to ozone he has many tools and a sympathetic ear. See ad, page 51.


860 111th Ave N, Ste 5, Naples 239-593-4911 • Dedicated to mercury-free dentistry for over 25 years, preserving teeth and gums for a lifetime, high quality restorative dentistry, and preventative measures with cancer patients during radiation and chemotherapy. See ad, page 9.


9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 111 Bonita Springs, 34135 • 239-676-8730 Dr. Pint can join your health journey and play a role in minimizing toxicity; this includes protection while removing dental materials plus consultation. All X-rays are digital and minimal. See ad, page 65.


8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero 33928 239-992-5455 • A sanctuary in nature with weekly Healing Circles and Yoga in Nature Tuesdays through Saturdays at 9 a.m. The Peace Pavilion and Meeting Room are available to rent for ceremonies and classes.


Naples Abundant Health Chiropractic Greentree Shopping Ctr, 2310 Immokalee Rd 239-287-7450 Techniques which include Chakra Color/Sound Tuning, Brazilian Light Energization, Crystal and other energy therapies (e.g., John of God crystal bed) are designed to release energy blocks and improve physical energy/health. Doctor of Metaphysics, Delphi University.


Graduate of Barbara Brennan School of Healing. Jim has conducted more than 9,000 healing sessions, using many techniques to help restructure the energy body and restore health.


Healing Mind, Body & Spirit since 2005 • 239-253-9008 Maureen’s work opens the pathways to reveal the underlying causes that prevent humans and animals from truly healing. Difficult physical, emotional and behavioral issues are resolved, spiritual growth is achieved and a more joyous life is possible.


1201 Piper Blvd, Ste 26, Naples 34110 239-631-2500 Your gourmet, raw vegan dining destination! Our menu is 100% gluten free. Experience flavors that pop. Discover how delicious healthy food can be. See ad, page 31.


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


Take-Out/Dine-in/Catering 2500 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 111, Naples 239-263-8009 • Homemade healthy food cooked Sous-Vide, from scratch without any fat or preservatives. Offers customized weekly meal plans to meet individual health needs. Open Mon-Sat 4-9pm. See ad, page 34.


Ft Myers: 12901 McGregor Blvd, Ste 5 239-337-7979 • and Naples: 2146 Tamiami Tr N 239-262-8111 • Pizza Fusion offers gourmet pizza, organic, gluten-free, vegan and dairy-free entrees, desserts, beers and wines, and eco-friendly dining. Dine in, take out, delivery within five-mile radius. Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-10pm; Sun 11am-9pm. See ad, page 21.

INTUITIVE READINGS AWAKEN TO THE TAROT WITH KIM 1342 Royal Palm Square Blvd, Ft Myers 239-910-0883 by appointment only

A Tarot reading is a gift to the soul. It provides positive information to encourage you towards spiritual growth and peace. $70/hour; $40/30 minutes.


239-272-2583 Phone readings also available.


141 9th St N, Naples 239-261-7157 •

Align your unique soul connection through the guidance of healing words infused with vibrational attunements of higher wisdom for your present need and personal transformation.

Discover what Wynn’s Family Market has to offer! Fresh, quality, healthy meals as well as your favorite comfort foods! Organic, natural and imported selections. Gluten-free offerings. See ad, page 26.





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

INTEGRATIVE HEALING CENTER Monarch Therapy 4500 Executive Dr, Ste 100, Naples 239-325-9210 •

“ Tr a n s f o r m , E m e rg e , Become…” Empowering children, families, adults. specializing in stress, anxiety, trauma, adjustment to life challenges. professional counseling/psychotherapy, yoga, laughter yoga, Transformational Breath®, sound therapy, integrative relaxation.

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

18500 State Rd 31, Alva, FL 33920 239-313-8213 • Family owned U-Pick Farm. Open all year-round from 9am5:30pm everyday! Farmers’ Market selling our produce along with local farms produce and local artist crafts, crystals and furniture. See ad, page 61.


9407 Cypress Lake Dr, Ste C Ft Myers 33919 239-333-1450 • The finest relaxation treatments from around the planet have been brought to Fort Myers. Each technique is perfected for your mind, body, face and skin. See ad, page 27.


Lucy Finch Certified Crystal Healer Seraphim Blueprint Teacher 532 Park St, Naples 34102 239-430-0654

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 52.

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Stand in the healing center surrounded by chakra balancing crystals and receive refreshing reenergizing relief. Enjoy the eclectic variety of jazzy jewelry, art and specimen rocks, crystals and healing tools. See ad, page 14.

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7070 College Pkwy, Ft Myers 33907 Mon-Sat: 9am-8pm, Sun: 9am-7pm Ph: 239-939-9600 • Fax: 239-288-6210 Natural and organic produce and grocery items. Vitamins and supplements. Organic juice and smoothie bar. New Green Leaf Café. Market- prepared foods. 1000’s of gluten-free items. See ad, page 22.


Certified Ayurveda & Master Clinical Hypnosis 2335 Tamiami Trail N, Ste 206, Naples 239-692-6211 • I’m here to assist you in fulfilling your life’s purpose using simple and natural methods: hypnosis, stress relief, natural wisdom, shamanism, healing encounters, ayurveda, dance and yoga.


Natural Health Practitioner, Herbalist N Ft Myers • 239-652-0421 Improve your health naturally. Hormone testing. Bio-Identical Hormones. Powerful healing herbs and supplements. Male/ female anti-aging and sexual problems. Want to feel better? Call now! See ad, page 71.


9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 113, Bonita Springs 239-481-5600 • 239-481-5603 fax Comprehensive, fully integrated health care individualized for adults and children. Chronic fatigue, male and female hormone imbalance. Digestive disorders, women’s health care, autism, ADHD and related issues. See ad, page 20.

NUTRITION SPECIALISTS OF FLORIDA 28315 S Tamiami Tr, Ste 101 Bonita Springs 34134 239-947-1177 •

State Board Certified Expert and Specialist in Nutrition. We use an individual, customized and systemic approach. Consult, exam and reassessment for optimum results. See ad, page 2.


Naples • Bonita Springs • Estero • Ft Myers 239-398-9123

Offering a unique holistic approach to personal training, helping to improve all aspects of one’s life. Includes: cardio fitness, strength training, yoga, nutrition counseling, life and meditation coaching. Also specializing in sports specific and mental skills training.



Frederick B. Stahlman, BS, PT, CST-D Naples: 239-398-3154

Upledger Institute instructor. 30 years 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 4.


1722 Del Prado Blvd S, Ste 12, Cape Coral 239-573-9200 • Specializing in painless, noninvasive treatment promoting a natural approach to healthy living. Gentle homeopathic management for foot and ankle problems. Traumeel, Prolo Therapy. Boardcertified.


Psychotherapy/Counseling/Life Coaching 2335 Tamiami Tr N, #206, Naples 239-595-3199 • Looking for support and guidance through a challenging situation? Ready for a fresh start? Let me help you fulfill your true potential, accomplish your goals and live your dreams.


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

YOGA BALA VINYASA YOGA • 239-598-1938 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples 1800 Tamiami Tr E, Naples New South Naples location. Baptiste Power Vinyasa Affiliate studio. 200and 300-hour Registered Yoga School (RYS). Daily classes, monthly workshops and private sessions with excep-tional teachers, plus massage therapy and BV Boutique. See ad, page 29.


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