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letterfrompublisher Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.

~William Arthur Ward 

As I released a deep, restorative breath at the end of

Autumn Harvest Jordan Parker Cover artist Jordan Parker uses watercolors and acrylics to capture nature’s beauty and bounty across the seasons, from spring daffodils to fall leaves. “Autumn is my favorite season; I get inspired when I see the colors start to change,” says Parker. The cover image, Autumn Harvest, was inspired by a still life from the artist’s garden. “I had picked some pumpkins, corn and grape leaves and set it up as a table arrangement. It was so beautiful that I just had to paint it,” says Parker. “I put the painting up in my home every fall now.” At a very young age, Parker was fascinated with horses and persistently worked at drawing them until “they eventually started to look like horses,” she says. Parker continued her artistic journey into adulthood, teaching herself how to paint and experimenting with techniques until she began to develop her own colorful style. Today, Parker’s prints and original paintings can be found in private collections across the Pacific Northwest. The artist’s work is also sold in Revolution Gallery, in Issaquah, Washington, where Parker lives with her husband, daughter, dog and two cats. View the artist’s portfolio at FineArt 8

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my yoga class, I felt satisfyingly rich in health, love and creativity, simply grateful to be in this fine moment of life. Recent travels to points north and west to bathe in magnificent autumn landscapes were still reverberating. Yet I believe the truest reason is that I’ve recently become more disciplined in being grateful for everything and everyone all day long and then recording daily blessings in my gratitude journal. It’s created an upward soaring spiral that invites even more reasons to be grateful. What inspired this was meeting local Life Coach Mary Lynn Ziemer and inviting her to speak at our magazine’s spring Publishers Conference. I was so impressed with her presentation that I asked her to assist me in turning my normal gratitude lens into a microscope for everything. In addition to the “usual suspects”, I regularly praise my car and computer, and manage to find a silver lining even in a situational hiccup. It’s all providing unparalleled adventure. The value of an attitude of gratitude isn’t new to most of us, including Natural Awakenings’ 95 publishers nationwide, but many of us that are now recommitting to it as an ongoing exercise are feeling more empowered than ever in creating the life we want. You’ll find Ziemer’s tips for keeping a gratitude journal on page 38. Judith Fertig’s timely feature article, “True Wealth: Living a Life We Love is Real Affluence,” on page 42, explores the dynamics of riches that go far beyond money. I’m reminded that “time affluence” suggests itself as a scarce commodity when most of us feel continually time challenged. We often hear “I’m too busy,” “I feel overwhelmed,” or “I don’t have enough time.” I admit to being among the afflicted. In his book Faster: The Acceleration of Just About Everything, James Gleick calls it “hurry sickness.” Researchers name it “time famine”. Feeling like we’re experiencing a personal time famine has consequences from increased stress to diminished satisfaction with life. On the flip side, it’s possible to enjoy time affluence, the feeling of having enough time and even a surplus. Studies have shown that feeling affluent in this way is powerfully uplifting—more so than material wealth—improving personal happiness, physical health and civic involvement. Marci Shimoff reports that when interviewing hundreds of people for her bestselling books, Happy for No Reason and Love for No Reason, she discovered that those that are happiest and most love-filled have a unique relationship with time. They tend to be fully present and engaged in the moment, recognize the importance of “right now” and have often mastered their relationship with “getting things done.” I’ve now added creating a new relationship with time to my to-do list. A helpful first step is becoming present and grateful for even the tiniest of things that greet me during my day. These little awakenings fill me with joy and somehow expand my perception of having more time and always discovering more to be grateful for. Happy Thanksgiving,

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newsbriefs Thanksgiving Tradition Resumes Childhood Development with Gobble Gobble Event Conference at Florida 15th annual Gobble Gulf Coast University TheGobble Four Miler

benefiting St. Matthew’s House and the 95210 Kids on the Go program will take place Thanksgiving morning, November 26, at The Village on Venetian Bay, in Naples. The cup-free green event will feature four races: a one-mile walk/run at 7:25 a.m., a competitive chiptimed event at 7:30 a.m., a four-mile fun run/walk at 7:35 a.m. and a Lil’ Gobbler’s Dash for children up to 6 years old at 8:50 a.m. The event includes a costume contest with prizes, and Whole Foods Market will provide all-natural pumpkin pies and fruit following the race. The Whole Foods Market Kids on the Go program helps fulfill the one-hour physical activity portion of the Naples Community Hospital Safe & Healthy Children’s Coalition 95210 Let’s Go campaign. The nonprofit 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. Cost: $2 to $17, depending on race (subject to change). Starting location: 4200 Gulf Shore Blvd. N. For more information or to preregister, call 239-285-2103, email or visit See ad, page 39.


he fifth annual Childhood Development Conference, offering comprehensive coverage of growth and development issues for early and intermediate childhood and children’s mental health, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., November 21, at Florida Gulf Coast University’s Cohen Center, in south Fort Myers. Ross W. Greene, Ph.D., who served on the faculty of Harvard Medical School for more than 20 years and is now an associate professor of psychology at Virginia Tech and the author of The Explosive Child, will be the keynote speaker. The conference will focus on key topics that include early childhood education, strategies for dealing with challenging behavior, mental health disorders and best practices for teachers. In addition, Firefly Within owner Karin Wolfe, a certified biofeedback specialist with the National Therapies Board, will be available at her company’s booth to answer questions regarding the positive role of biofeedback and essential oils in the health Karin Wolfe of children. Costs: $20 students, $40 parents, teachers, professionals; $60 CEUs and registration. Location: 10501 FGCU Blvd. S. For more information, call 239-425-3273 (conference) or 239980-3257 (Firefly Within), email FireflyBiofeedback@gmail. com or visit






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Memberships Available at Everglades Wonder Gardens


verglades Wonder Gardens, a 3.5-acre tropical jungle featuring many exhibits and habitats in Bonita Springs, is offering several membership options with benefits for those that sign up within the first year. Memberships support the new programs, exhibits, educational and volunteer opportunities and visitor services being developed by Bonita Wonder Gardens, the nonprofit entity that recently purchased and is revitalizing the 79-year-old attraction. Membership levels include individual, senior couple, family, Friends of the Flamingo, Friends of Big Joe and Wonder Gardens Founding Members. “Becoming a member is a wonderful way for Southwest Florida residents to support this historic and important community resource while making a potential charitable contribution,� says Trish Leonard, board president. All or part of the membership fees is tax deductible; members are advised to consult with their tax advisor. Location: 27180 Old 41 Rd. For more information, call 239992-2591 or email or visit

First Community Yard Sale at Lovers Key State Park


o celebrate America Recycles Day, Lovers Key State Park, on Fort Myers Beach, will hold its first Community Yard Sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., November 14, in the event field adjacent to the boat ramp. Participants are encouraged to bring items that have been earmarked to be recycled, repurposed or reused, and Goodwill of Southwest Florida will also be accepting donated items. A partnership with Lovers Key State Park, Friends of Lovers Key, Goodwill of Southwest Florida, Keep Lee County Beautiful and the city of Bonita Springs, this inaugural event includes informative exhibits and activities about recycling, reusing and repurposing items. Cost: free admission, $10 sale space (limited). Location: 8700 Estero Blvd. To register for space by Nov. 11, download form at or pick one up at the Ranger Station. For more information, call Park Services Specialist Katie Moses at 239-463-4588, email Catherine.Moses@Dep. or visit natural awakenings

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newsbriefs Artful Holiday Shopping at Alliance for the Arts


his holiday season, shoppers can find locally made, unique gifts for loved ones while supporting local artists at Gift Shop Explosion from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., November 14, at the Alliance for the Arts, in Fort Myers. More than a dozen local artists will display their handcrafted items throughout the Alliance gallery and coffee and refreshments will be served. Participating artists include Alicia Schmidt, Jayne Baker, Lucia Garcia, Susan Mill, Gay Cable, Patricia Johnson, Patricia Viela, Stacey Brown, Rose Young, Solymar Creations’ Marcella Paz, Susan Vorobel, Diana Urso, Union Artist Studios and VEMA. The artists will showcase jewelry, sculpture, paintings, clothing, ornaments, candles, purses, furniture, ceramics, prints, picture frames, masks, boxes and more. Alliance members will receive a 10 percent discount on every purchase. All gift shop items are created by local artists and artisans, and purchases help support the local economy. Location: 10091 McGregor Blvd., just south of Colonial Blvd. For more information, call 239-939-2787 or visit

Mystic Faire Returns to Naples


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 28, at Etudes Dance Studio, in Naples. The event will feature 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 are encouraged to bring canned goods for the St. Matthews House food bank. Cost: $5, ages 12 and under free. Location: 3285 Pine Ridge Rd. For more information, call 239-949-3387, email or visit See ad, page 77. natural awakenings

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Open House at Trim & Tone Spa

New Price Options at Pure Barre Fort Myers


ennifer Hissam, co-owner of Pure Barre Fort Myers, is offering a new client special for 30 days of unlimited classes for $99 and the first class for $15. This promotion allows people of all fitness levels to experience the modality’s total body workout of movements and positions set to music. “Both are perfect options for those who aren’t sure what to expect and want to give it a try,” says Hissam. “We’re constantly changing our music and moves to keep each class fresh and exciting. You’ll never experience the exact same class twice. You can see results in just 10 classes. For optimal results, classes should be taken at least three to four times per week. Actual results will vary, as it depends on how often you are coming and what you are eating.” Utilizing the ballet barre to perform small, isometric movements, Pure Barre is designed to lift the seat, tone thighs, abs and arms and burn fat in a brief amount of time. Location: 7381 College Pkwy., Ste. 100. For more information, call 239-2407777, email or visit See ad, page 48.

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rim & Tone Spa, in Naples, will host an open house featuring free treatment demonstrations from 3 to 7 p.m., November 18. Attendees can experience the results of the U.S. Food and Drug Administrationapproved, non-surgical skin tightening and fat reducing Exilis Elite Laser, Lunch Time Face Lift Microccurrent muscle stimulation and skin tightening or Ultrasonic Epiwave facial treatment. Shelle Misiorowski, the owner and operator of the Exilis Elite Laser for the last eight years, says participants will “enjoy and learn about how we combine treatments for better results by feeling, touching and asking questions with one-on-one attention.” She is joined by Donna Fiorent, who has also been performing facials for eight years. Location: 1201 Piper Blvd., Ste. 20. For more information or an appointment, call 239-596-5522, email TrimAnd or visit TrimAnd See ad, page 15.

New Program at Eyes Wide Open Center in Bonita yes Wide Open Center, in Bonita Springs, will launch Galleria, Libro, SoirĂŠe, a new program that brings together art, writing, conversation, music and healthy foods, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., November 18. Featured presenters include photographer Karen Longordo, displaying images covering themes of maternity, newborn, boudoir, beauty, portrait and engagement; poet Salvatore Marici, the 2010 Midwest Writing Center poet-in-residence selected to participate in the Alliance for Arts Broadsides Poetry Off the Shelf 2016, and author of Mortals, Nature and their Spirits and Swish Swirl & Sniff; and Hanna Peterson and Nicholas Fina, co-founders of Joyful Juicing, which uses a cold-pressed method to extract organic fruits and vegetables. The staff at Eyes Wide Open believe that all of the arts help people change perspectives, moods and relationships, having a positive impact on overall health. The wellness and awareness center supports regaining body wisdom through services and events, including counseling, hypnosis, yoga, medical qigong, Trager Approach, Reiki and massage, and offers continuing education to health professionals and the general public.

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Free. Location: 9200 Bonita Beach Rd., Ste. 204. For more information or to RSVP (requested), call 239-948-9444 or visit

Introductory Offer at Corrective Body Therapy


ichelle Fisch and Paige Mateyka, co-owners of Corrective Body Therapy, LLC, are celebrating the opening of their new location at 2575 Northbrooke Plaza Drive, Suite 204, in Naples, by offering an introductory special to clients. The offer includes a discount of $20 off a regular-priced session, a free workout band and ionized water to help replenish the body. Fische and Mateyla plan to provide the highest standard of care at Corrective Body Therapy by realigning the body and rehabilitating the muscles and ligaments so that posture and quality of life can be maintained by the client. With a strong background in chiropractic massage, both women also have experience with structural integration and physical therapy, providing clients with the means to improve overall health and prevent physical degeneration. For more information, call 239-596-7756, email Corrective or visit natural awakenings

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newsbriefs Swanstar Essences Offers New Pain Relief Cream


ibrational alchemist Genai Ellen Wachs, owner and creator of Swanstar Essences, a line of holistic flower, star and sacred site essences offered by All One Peace, A Sacred School for the One, now offers Thousand Petals Organic Cream for pain relief of arthritis, joint and muscle and repetitive injuries. The new cream can also provide emotional soothing and features a blend of organic shea butter, organic jojoba oil and six nature essences. The artisan-made product sells for $22 for two ounces and is available on the Naples-based company’s website. “Our goal was to alleviate suffering gently without drugs or alcohol,” says Wachs. “After 15 years of research and development, collecting the natural plant and sacred site essences from around the world, plus five more years of testing the blended cream for comfort and effectiveness, we can now offer a safe and gentle, luxury organic pain relief cream.” For more information and to order products, visit


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Vino’s Picasso Fundraiser for Special Equestrians


ino’s Picasso, in Fort Myers, will host an evening of painting and refreshments to support Special Equestrians, a therapeutic riding organization, from 7 to 9 p.m., November 17. Participants will paint their own masterpiece, with all materials provided, and have opportunities to win raffle prizes while supporting the cause. Special Equestrians is an all-volunteer, self-administered organization that provides therapeutic horseback riding classes and equine-assisted activities for those with physical and mental disabilities from Lee, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. Established in 1987, its riders range in ages from 4 to 75 years old. Vino’s Picasso also has a location in Naples, a seasonal studio on Matlacha Island at Leoma Lovegrove’s gallery and garden and a mobile division that can bring its art-creating experience to homes, restaurants and other settings. Cost: $36. Locations: 15250 S. Tamiami Tr., Unit 109, Fort Myers; 2367 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Ste. 805, Naples. For more information, call 239-288-6953 (Fort Myers) or 239431-8750 (Naples) or visit For more information on Special Equestrians, call 239-226-1221, email or visit See ad, page 59.

Vivasana Offers Scholarships and Discounts for Yoga Teacher Training


oga enthusiasts can apply by the end of this month for a $2,300 tuition reduction scholarship to Vivasana’s January 15 to 31, 2016, residential teacher training program (TTP). This Yoga Alliance-approved, 200-hour training program helps prepare aspiring yoga teachers, mental Monique Danielle health professionals and other certified mind-body professionals to teach psychologically informed yoga within a traumaaware environment. Monique Danielle, of Vivasana, explains that the program is well-suited for self-help seekers that wish to take their personal practice to another level. Attendance at the two-week TTP includes instruction, wholesome food, take-home handouts and manuals, and complimentary dormitory/camping accommodations at its three-plus-acre, waterfront facility in Naples. Vivasana plans to provide scholarships to at least one local person and one out-of-area applicant. Those that are not accepted for the full scholarship, yet meet all application and eligibility requirements, may receive 35 percent off of the base tuition fee, for a savings of $1,225. Cost: $3,500 tuition, $300 registration, $150 materials. For application information, email For more information, visit See ad, page 37.

Another Crazy Fingers Concert in Naples


resh from their soldout show last summer, Crazy Fingers, widely regarded as our area’s premier Grateful Dead tribute band, will return to play some favorite tunes from 8 to 11:30 p.m., November 28, at Opera Naples. A Happiness Hour of food, beer and wine will be available at the concert starting at 7 p.m. amidst the frolicking dancing bears. Tickets: $35. Limited preferred VIP sponsor seats available in packages of six. Location: 2408 Linwood Ave. For more information or tickets, email or visit See ad, page 52.

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newsbriefs Free Yoga at Cypress Cove Conservancy


he Cypress Cove Conservancy is offering a free community yoga class on its picturesque deck at 9 a.m., November 8. Local yoga teachers will lead the session in this beautiful outdoor natural setting. Tea will be served afterward in the nearby orchid garden. Location: Golden Gate Estates, on Golden Gate Blvd. For more information, reservations and directions, call Bobbie Lee Davenport at 239-777-0186 or email BLeeGruninger@

Art in the Woods Returns to Fort Myers


he annual Art in the Woods event, showcasing the works of local artists in a pristine natural setting, will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., November 14, on the property of Kim Hambor, in Fort Myers. Proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Footsteps to the Future organization. Attendees can enter a raffle for original artwork created by Hambor and designed exclusively for the event. Visitors can also bid on silent auction items that include goods and restaurant gift certificates; watch a performance by the Calendar Girls; and enjoy food, live music and a children’s activity area. Footsteps to the Future is a unique mentoring and tutoring program serving the needs of young women in and aged out of our area’s foster care system. This volunteer organization has been successfully influencing positive change and aiding in the academic achievement of young women for the past 14 years. Donation requested. Location: 16341 Arbor Ridge Dr., off of McGregor Blvd. in Iona area. For more information, call 239-281-7378 or 239-454-7173, email or visit

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Past-Life Regression Workshops in Bonita


ertified Clinical Hypnotherapist Carolyn Beauchamp, of Inquire Within, is leading Past-Life Regression workshops from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays at Unity of Bonita Springs. These interactive events will allow participants to explore possible past-life connections that shed light on and allow understanding and/or healing for present-life issues, relationships, obstacles, talents, current-life purpose Carolyn Beauchamp and more. “Uncovering possible past-life incarnations can heal present-day issues simply by understanding the past relationship that we have brought into our current incarnation,” says Beauchamp. “It allows an individual to open to their multidimensional self and expand their awareness greatly, allowing them to function in a more ‘whole-istic’ way in mind, body and spirit.” Beauchamp is also a registered yoga instructor, teaching yin yoga. She maintains a private practice specializing in age regression, is a member of International Medical & Dental Hypnotherapy Association and works in collaboration with Dr. Carol Roberts in the holistic medical Lighten Up weight-loss program. Location: 28285 Imperial Pkwy. For more information or to register, call 239-300-1633 or email CarolynBeauchamp@ or See ad, page 49.

D-Signed Nutrition Relocates in Bonita


-Signed Nutrition has relocated to 3531 Bonita Bay Boulevard, Suite 300, in Bonita Springs. Owner Dee Harris, a registered dietitian and an Institute for Functional Medicine-certified practitioner, expects the new development to make the practice more efficient and streamlined in identifying and remedying a wide range of complex chronic diseases, more comfortable and accommodating for nutrition counseling and enhance the overall patient experience. In January, an open house event will be held to formally introduce the new staff and location to the community. For more information or an appointment, call 239676-5249, email or visit See ad, page 66.

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newsbriefs Presentation on Joint Health at Unity of Naples


he Women of WOW! will present Keeping Your Joints Healthy with Sue Graziano, from 10 a.m. to noon, November 14, at Unity of Naples. Graziano, the director at NCH Healthcare System for orthopedics, neurosciences, oncology and medical-surgical nursing units, will focus on a wellness plan designed to keep joints healthy for all ages, including nutrition, supplements, exercise,and natural remedies to ease pain and promote tissue healing and recovery from injury or Sue Graziano overuse. A practicing nursing, specializing in musculoskeletal health for more than 30 years, Graziano was the nursing director for arthroplasty, spine services and patient education programs at the Hospital for Special Surgery, a world-renowned orthopedic and rheumatology specialty hospital in New York City. As an experienced clinician, educator, researcher, professor and consultant, she has developed and implemented many care programs in the fields of orthopedics, patient education, holistic health and stress management. Cost: $7 registration fee. Location: 2000 Unity Way. For more information, call 239-775-3009 or visit See ad, page 67.

Open Mind Zen Naples Offers Meditation and Yoga


pen Mind Zen Naples, co-founded by longtime leaders in the area’s Buddhist community Andy Solis and Laurie Lyons, is now open in the space that was formerly Bija Yoga at 1250 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 205, in Naples. To celebrate the launch of this nonprofit meditation center practicing in the Soto Zen tradition, an all-day meditation will be conducted from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., November 21, with an optional all-levels yoga class. In addition to offering donation-based silent and guided meditation and yoga classes as part of a unique dharma center where people from all backgrounds and all levels of experience can come to practice meditation and yoga together, Open Mind Zen Naples will also offer a monthly full-day retreat called zazenkai. Membership for meditation will also be available and formal students looking for traditional Zen training are welcome. “Our intention is to offer a balanced approach to mind-body practice,” says Lyons. This practice includes providing students with direct regular access to a meditation teacher. Costs: $65 all-day meditation, $15 suggested donation for all yoga classes, $10 meditation. For more information, call 239-961-2491 or 239-595-9502, email Info@ or visit See ad, page 40.

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Demonstrate to Educate Volunteers Needed


olunteers are needed to join John G. Heim and other clean water activists that have been demonstrating non-stop on Fort Myers Beach Bridge since September 8. A rally is planned for 11 a.m., November 8, on the bridge, to show the city’s leadership that the activists are here to stay until action is taken to provide continuing education about clean water issues to the community. “Our Southwest Florida Clean Water demonstrations are about taking a stand for clean water as a basic human right,” explains Heim. “They are also about getting the leadership in Fort Myers to agree to provide weekly updates and education material in our local newspapers for the general public so they understand the dangers of the flesh-eating bacteria in the water. Of course, the overall goal is to clean up Lake Okeechobee and stop the dirty water discharges via the Caloosahatchee River that are impacting the water in our area.” Major rallies are also planned during the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s holidays. These rallies and demonstrations are in response to damage that the flesh-eating bacteria in the water has caused, including one death and multiple losses of limbs. For more information call 407-4606452, email LowTideFilms@gmail. com or visit swflcleanwater.

Living Well Chiropractic Celebrates Fifth Anniversary


iving Well Chiropractic, in Bonita Springs, will celebrate its fifth anniversary with a free Open House from 5:30 to 7 p.m., NovemVivian Ebert ber 17. The event includes light refreshments, music and door prizes. Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food donation for Interfaith Charities of South Lee County. In practice for more than 30 years, owner Dr. Vivian Ebert was honored in 2011 as the Chiropractic Physician of the Year in Southwest Florida by the Florida Chiropractic Association. She previously owned Booker Chiropractic Clinic, in Naples, WellnessOne of Naples and Sports Physicians of Naples. Ebert worked at Cederquist Medical Wellness Center and was co-owner of Jon Ebert’s Golf Learning Center, both in Naples. The staff of five, including Medical Massage Therapist Jeanne Reese, focuses on spinal manipulation, rehabilitation, nutrition and massage related to low back pain, sciatica, neck pain, headaches, tennis and golfer’s elbow, plantar fasciitis, scoliosis and pinched nerves. New patients are welcome and most insurance plans are accepted. Location: 10020 Coconut Rd., Ste. 134. For more information or an appointment, call 239-498-2225 or visit See ad, page 19.

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Having Gratitude Yields More Happiness than Having Things


wo studies from Baylor University have confirmed that materialism can lead to feeling less satisfied with life, while a sense of gratitude reverses some of the negative effects of the pursuit of things. The research, led by Professor James Roberts, Ph.D., included questionnaires sent to 246 marketing students from another university, focusing on happiness and satisfaction with a 15-minute survey that included a 15-point materialism scale. The study found that individuals that focused on achieving material goals were less satisfied with their lives, less happy and had lower self-esteem. Meanwhile, the study found that grateful students found more meaning in their lives and felt a greater sense of satisfaction. “Individuals high in gratitude showed less of a relationship between materialism and its negative affect. Additionally, individuals high in materialism showed decreased life satisfaction when either gratitude or positive affect was low,” note the researchers.


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Animal Friends Soothe Autistic Children


ccording to the Centers for Disease Control, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) now affects about 1 in every 68 children in the U.S., up from 1 in 150 in 2000. This includes 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls. Contact with animals may help ameliorate this troubling trend. A recent study of 114 children between 5 and 12 years old has found that autistic children having greater contact with animals have less anxiety related to social situations. The research was led by Marguerite O’Haire, Ph.D., from the Center for the Human-Animal Bond at the College of Veterinary Medicine of Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Indiana. Colleagues from the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland, in Brisbane, Australia, also participated in the study. The researchers divided the 114 children into 38 groups of three. Each group had one ASD child and two children without ASD. Skin conductance, which provides an objective way for researchers to gauge social anxiety, was measured among the children as they read silently and aloud. As expected, skin conductance was significantly higher among the ASD children as they read aloud in front of their peers. In successive sessions, when researchers introduced pet guinea pigs for the children to pet prior to their readings, the ASD children’s skin conductance levels dropped significantly. “Previous studies suggest that in the presence of companion animals, children with autism spectrum disorders function better socially,” says James Griffin, Ph.D., of the Child Development and Behavior Branch of the U.S. National Institutes of Health. “This study provides physiological evidence that the proximity of animals eases the stress that children with autism may experience in social situations.”

Formaldehyde Found in GMO Soybeans


esearchers from the International Center for Integrative Systems, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, have determined that genetically modified (GM/ GMO) soybean plants accumulate the carcinogen formaldehyde. The researchers utilized a scientific method called CytoSolve to analyze 6,497 diverse laboratory studies conducted by 184 scientific institutions in 23 countries worldwide. The study data showed that GMO soybeans significantly accumulate formaldehyde, a class-one carcinogen. The research also found that genetic modification forces a depletion of glutathione among the plants, which weakens their immune system. This contrasts with the proposals put forth by the GM industry that GMO soybean plants are stronger, allowing them to endure environmental hardships better than non-GMO soybean plants. The research was led by V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai, Ph.D., a biologist trained at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and published in the peer-reviewed journal Agricultural Sciences. “The results demand immediate testing, along with rigorous scientific standards to assure such testing is objective and replicable. It’s unbelievable such standards for testing don’t already exist. The safety of our food supply demands that science delivers such modern scientific standards for approval of GMOs,” states Ayyadurai. Former Environmental Protection Agency Senior Scientist Ray Seidler, Ph.D., comments about the study, “The discovery reported by Ayyadurai reveals a new molecular paradigm associated with genetic engineering that will require research to discover why the extent of formaldehyde and glutathione concentrations are altered, and what other chemicals relevant to human and animal health are affected. We need the kinds of standards Ayyadurai demands to conduct such research.” natural awakenings

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Antidepressants in Pregnancy Raises Risk of Hypertension in Kids


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n a large study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers from participating universities found mothers that take antidepressant drugs during pregnancy face the risk of heart issues for their children. The researchers tested 3,789,330 pregnant women between 2000 and 2010. Of these, 128,950 took at least one prescription for antidepressants during their pregnancy. High blood pressure among children of mothers that didn’t take antidepressants was about 21 percent. Children that were exposed to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant drugs during pregnancy experienced high blood pressure in 31.5 percent of the cases. Those that were exposed to non-SSRI antidepressants experienced high blood pressure 29 percent of the time. This represents a 50 percent increased risk of hypertension for babies of mothers that take SSRIs during pregnancy and a 40 percent increased risk for children exposed to non-SSRIs. In their conclusion, the researchers note, “Evidence from publicly insured pregnant women studied may be consistent with a potential increased risk of persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn associated with maternal use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors in late pregnancy.”

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Agricultural Drones May Boost Sustainability Beginning November 15, farmers will be able to implement flying drones to perform important tasks in their fields. That’s when changes in Federal Aviation Administration regulations will loosen many of the current restrictions on this new technology. Advocates believe the devices can improve precision agriculture management that uses GPS and data collection to boost crop yields and profits while aiding water conservation. For the first time, the drones will be operated legally during an entire growing season, allowing companies to test their business models and technologies together. This boost in crop intelligence should make farms more efficient and help smaller operations compete with well-funded big agribusiness conglomerates whose fields are typically rife with genetically modified (GMO) crops. “This is the first year we’ll actually be able to see, by the time the growing season is over, the impact on the farmer and the impact of the quality of the grapes,” says David Baeza, whose precision agriculture startup Vine Rangers uses drones and ground robots to gather data on vineyard crops. “The biggest thing to watch is what’s going to happen to giants like Monsanto. How you define this market is changing, and the incumbents are in for a battle.” Source: Fortune magazine

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France Tackles Food Waste with New Law French supermarkets will be banned from throwing away or destroying unsold food and must instead donate it to charities or for animal feed under a law set to crack down on food waste. Supermarkets will also be barred from deliberately spoiling unsold food so it cannot be eaten. Larger stores will have to sign contracts with charities by July 2016 or face penalties. The law will also introduce an education program about food waste in schools and businesses, and follows a measure enacted last February to remove best-before dates on fresh foods. The Gars’pilleurs, an action group founded in Lyon, warns that simply obliging supermarket giants to pass unsold food to charities could give a “false and dangerous idea of a magic solution” to food waste, failing to address the core issues of overproduction in the food industry and wastage in food distribution chains. Source: The Guardian

Global Rise Bolsters Sustainability On November 15, thousands of events in communities nationwide will celebrate America Recycles Day (America A program run by national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful since 2006, the event is dedicated to promoting recycling in the U.S. via special material collection drives and educational activities. Materials available to groups include advice on setting up collectibles stations and customizable templates for promoting activities to increase recycling awareness, commitment and local action. There’s plenty of room to grow: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the amount of waste that the average citizen composts or recycles has increased from 17 percent in 1990 to 33 percent today. Some other countries have been conducting their own national programs longer. For the 19th year, Australia will celebrate a weeklong National Recycling Week ( in November. More than 90 percent of Aussies feel it’s the right thing to do. Recycle Now (, England’s national program, supported and funded by the government and implemented by 90 percent of municipalities, conducts its annual weeklong program in June. Organizers contend that six out of 10 citizens now describe themselves as committed recyclers, compared to fewer than half when the campaign launched in 2004. Germany also celebrates recycling for two days in June; many other countries do so in July.

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Shared Laughter Creates Happier Workers Researchers Nale Lehmann-Willenbrock and Joseph A. Allen have written in the Journal of Applied Psychology about their research into the effect of group humor on workers by studying the behavioral patterns of 54 real-world teams from two businesses. Humor and laughter were examined and each interaction was coded, based on recordings made at meetings. Performance ratings were collected immediately afterward and also several years later. Results showed that levity can reduce body pain and stress and help with relaxation. Cognitively, it bolsters creativity, memory and problemsolving ability. Humor reduces anxiety, elevates mood and increases self-esteem, hope, optimism and energy. In terms of society, it attracts connections, promotes bonding and altruism and leads to happier partnerships. The researchers also found, “At the team level, humor patterns [but not humor or laughter alone] positively related to team performance, both immediately and two years later.” The positive aftereffects of humor on team performance include question-asking, proposals of innovative ideas, new people speaking up and kudos given for jobs well done or problems solved. Source:

Monsanto Pushback More Countries Ban Toxic Roundup

Countries are gradually banning the use of Monsanto Roundup herbicide around the world as a danger to the environment and human health, and Bermuda is one of the latest to join the ranks. These moves come soon after a recently published metastudy conducted by the World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer published in The Lancet Oncology determined that glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup, is probably carcinogenic to humans. Colombia stopped using Roundup to kill illegal coca plants. France banned the sale to homeowners, and Germany is poised to do the same. A group of 30,000 Argentine physicians are calling for a ban there, where it’s blamed for boosting birth defects and cancer. Others, including the Brazilian federal prosecutor, are demanding that Roundup’s active ingredient, glyphosate, be pulled off the shelves. In the U.S., the Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT) is assisting efforts in cities, counties and school systems to enact immediate bans of glyphosate-based sprays. IRT is also calling for schools to measure the amount of glyphosate residues in school meals and to take steps to eliminate them if found. Source: EcoWatch


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Pay Tied to Sustainability While sustainability is often categorized as a long-term strategy to mitigate both corporate reputational and financial risk, a small but growing number of companies are beginning to tie environmental goals to executive compensation. That means leaders of participating firms now must weigh operational variables such as greenhouse gas emissions against short-term financial outcomes. In a report published by Sustainalytics and the sustainability nonprofit Ceres, 24 percent of the 613 largest publicly traded companies have now tied sustainability to executive compensation, up from 15 percent in 2012. “At the end of the day, people are motivated by their pocketbooks,” says Veena Ramani, Ceres senior director of corporate programs. “I think investors have come to recognize that if you want companies to take this stuff seriously, you’re going to have to link it to people’s compensation.” The shift is part of a broader push to tie corporate social responsibility areas such as environmental, social and governance metrics, as well as labor and local community impacts, to core business models. Source:

Adopt the pace of nature—

Making the most of the original spirit and intention of the season’s holiday of gratitude feeds mind, body and spirit. Consider these happy and healthy choices. Turkey: Free-range and organic gobblers are less likely to carry diseases and contain synthetic additives. Heritage turkeys are raised outdoors, freely roam pastures, are genetically diverse and eat the varied diet that nature intended ( Spare a bird: Turkey alternatives include fun, seasonal staples such as vegetable lasagna, butternut ravioli and acorn squash filled with onions, beans and dried fruits. Beverages: Serving locally made apple cider, beer or wine supports local farmers and businesses, plus avoids the carbon footprint that distant choices incur in transport. Festive preparations: Refrain from using Styrofoam, as it isn’t recyclable and can emit chemicals when meeting up with hot turkey; use washable cloth napkins instead of paper brands that go to the incinerator or landfill; and ask guests to bring a container to take leftovers home to avoid food waste. Get kids involved: suggests giving children construction paper that can be made into decorations and recycled later. Baker’s clay, a mixture of flour, salt and water, can also be molded into creative pieces. Revive the traditional atmosphere: The first Thanksgiving was a communal affair, so invite neighbors to join family members. Besides enhancing friendships, their proximity reduces auto emissions by keeping them off the road or encouraging shorter trips. Honor peace and brotherhood across all races and ethnicities by sharing with guests the essence of the first successful summer harvest by pilgrims in 1621. According to Listening to America, by Stuart Berg Flexner, members of the Native American Wampanoags were also invited to the celebration because the tribe had taught them to plant native Indian corn, a key to recovery after their first difficult winter. Perhaps read a passage from the Iroquois Thanksgiving Prayer, encouraging us to “return to our mother, the Earth, which sustains us.” Visit

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Support the Pivotal Paris Climate Change Conference As part of its Off + On initiative and ongoing efforts to get governments and businesses worldwide to address climate change and switch to renewable energy sources, and affiliated organizations will spearhead a number of events in the host city and internationally surrounding the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, in Paris, from November 30 to December 11.   Bill McKibben and May Boeve, co-founders of, encourage everyone to particularly follow November 28 and 29 events working to influence summit participants and spread news of their stance through social media. Volunteers are encouraged to travel to Paris to help ask all attending government officials, politicians and business leaders to pledge to work toward divesting state and local government and university pension and endowment funds of all fossil fuel stock holdings.   In addition, individual investors are urged to direct their financial advisors to eliminate fossil fuel stock holdings and switch to alternative energy companies. Graduates and college students can promote a movement to pressure their alma maters to similarly shift investments. More than 300 institutions worldwide have already made such commitments, including the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Norwegian Soverign Wealth Fund, University of Glascow, World Council of Churches, the California Public University System and Syracuse University. For more information on how to take action, donate and join in, visit 28

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readersnapshot Who’s a Natural Awakenings reader? Meet John G. Heim

Life’s mission: To leave the world a better place, insure that clean water is recognized as a basic human right and restore the “river of grass”.

the Gulf of Mexico and organize the local Hands Across the Sand on Fort Myers Beach.

Work: I manage The Dog House, an open-air restaurant on Fort Myers Beach. Proudest Achievements: During his first term, I not only got to shake President Obama’s hand at the demonstration for the Coalition of Immokalee Worker’s Rights, held at Harborside Event Center, I also got to speak to him one-on-one for about 10 minutes. In 2013, out of 400 clean water activists who participated in organized bus trips to Washington, D.C., I got to speak directly to Congress about clean water. In 2014, I was selected by American Rivers, which protects wild rivers, restores damaged rivers and conserves clean water for people and nature, as a U.S. River Champion. The award recognized my efforts to promote clean water consciousness for the Southwest Florida Gulf waters, stop the flow of dirty water from Lake Okeechobee into


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Expectations for the Future: I would like to see more local residents joining our efforts to form a caring community that is willing to unite their voices in speaking up and demonstrating a commitment to the issue of educating visitors about the dangers of the bacteria and unhealthy algae growth (red tide) that kills sea life, and the Gulf waters upon which our local economies depend. The Lake Okeechobee polluted discharges are largely received via the Caloosahatchee River. I also expect clean water to be recognized as a human right, as well as the sugar industry held accountable for the cleanup of Lake Okeechobee and highly regulated discharges. Favorite app: Any that offers education on water quality. Favorite website:, which is dedicated to stopping polluted discharges into the St.

Lucie River, Caloosahatchee River and Indian River lagoon. Local causes supported: I support the Southwest Florida Clean Water Movement and the end of Lake Okeechobee discharges. Favorite thing about Natural Awakenings: I appreciate how the calendars keep our communities connected to the important things happening in Collier and Lee counties. How you invest in your community: I have been a community activist for 20 years. Favorite quote: “If you aren’t part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.” Eldridge Cleaver What you are doing to be the change you want to see in the world: As a clean water activist for 20 years, I’ve been working to make sure that future generations have clean water to drink and that all the marine life can thrive. Due to Lake Okeechobee discharges, 100 percent of our oyster beds have been wiped out. The effects of the discharges have been creeping further south, into the Bonita Beach area, and eventually will reach Naples. These are reasons why I will continue to demonstrate. I believe that polluted water and killing our marine life should not be acceptable side effects of progress.

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Gottman Method Couples Therapy ccording to medical doctors Julie and John Gottman, founders of The Gottman Institute, a strong friendship is the basis of a lasting couple relationship. The Gottmans’ knowledge and wisdom was gained from John’s 40 years of clinical research studying more than 3,000 couples and Julie’s years as an expert therapist. This led the masters of relationship to create a practical model of the skills that were employed in the research. They identify seven principles that make for a healthy, lasting relationship and capture this in an image called The Sound Relationship House. Gottman Method Couples Therapy involves building love maps (knowing a partner’s world), sharing fondness and admiration, treating the small moments of everyday life as the building blocks of relationship, learning to listen and validate each other, turning toward each other’s bids for attention, establishing reliable ways to repair their relationship when there is conflict or disconnection,


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distinguishing when conflicts are solvable and when they are perpetual. Sixtynine percent of every couple’s issues are perpetual, meaning they cannot be solved, but can be understood, appreciated and lived with. The Gottman method helps couples learn to compromise, but not to violate their core self. They learn to talk honestly about hopes, values, convictions and aspirations. This capacity to dialogue with and influence each other fosters trust and commitment. Supporting each other in living their dreams and having a sense of meaning in their relationship holds couples together in a vibrant bond that brings greater vigor and resilience.

Peggy Walsh is a board-certified clinical nurse specialist who offers Gottman Method and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy. For more information or to make an appointment, call 718-208-6986 or mail PWalshFlorida@ See ad, page 16.

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Cold that Heals and Energizes


he scope of cold therapy, which has been used for centuries to reduce inflamed and swollen parts of the body, has recently been enlarged to include the whole body. First developed in physical medicine to help athletes recover and improve their performance, prevent relapses for different illnesses and in the treatment of muscular and inflammatory pathologies, the latest in cyrotherapy is now the equivalent of a whole body ice bath that shocks the outer layer of skin with extreme cold temperatures. Developed in Japan in 1978 to treat rheumatoid arthritis, an inflammatory, autoimmune disease of the joints, the walk-in cryo spa chamber, cooled by nitrogen mist, lowers an individual’s skin surface temperature by 30 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit over a period of two to three minutes. The body, which is not in contact with the gas, responds to the lower temperature by revving up the metabolic rate to literally “warm up”. The skin reacts to the cold and sends messages to the brain that act as a stimulus to the regulatory functions of the body, which results in the scanning of all areas that may not be working to their fullest potential. This exposure to the extreme temperature also triggers the release of anti-inflammatory molecules and endorphins that elevate feelings of well-being. Studies published in the Journal of Athletic Training and the International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health indicate that in order to realize the anti-inflammatory effects, reduce or minimize pain and soreness in injured or affected areas, icing on an “overall” level is only necessary for a short period of time. Dr. Ron Repice, owner of Rejuvenations Total Health & Cool Cryo Spa, 1575 Pine Ridge Rd., in Naples, offers private cryotherapy sessions. For more information or to make an appointment, call 239-658-2665 or visit See ad, page 29.


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A Non-Invasive Look Into the Body Through the Eyes by Linda Sechrist


ith one foot health. This method is also in the concalled the homunculus apventional proach—the idea that one medicine model and the part of the body maps to the other in a holistic model, rest of the body, including Laura James, a holistic organ systems. Reflexology, iridologist, is working auricular acupuncture and to make her dream of even basic chiropractic folcreating a flourishing low this approach. full-time business that A native of New Jersey, allows her to pursue her James and her family decidpassion—helping people Iridologist Laura James ed to move to Florida after to address their health several visits to spend time challenges with less invasive and more with her parents, which had retired to natural solutions. Estero. “We always hated to go back to James, a graduate of the Internathe cold weather, so we became permational Institute of Iridology, in Waynes- nent residents in 2003,” says James, ville, North Carolina, studied with Dr. who discovered iridology after investiDavid J. Pesek, who pioneered holistic gating many aspects of natural health iridology and was in turn mentored by and healing modalities. “I believe that Bernard Jenson, the father of modern self-education has led many people like iridology and the author of The Scimyself to prefer natural healing methence and Practice of Iridology. Pesek, ods. I also believe that others develop who has earned five degrees includan aversion to prescription drugs after ing doctorates in psychology and learning about all the dangerous side iridology, is a clinical nutritionist and effects they cause. My learning adpsychotherapist who studied differventures began after I started drinking ent aspects of iridology from around green smoothies, working with GreenSthe world and blended them into his and experiencing system of holistic iridology. what whole foods and good nutrition Iridology is an alternative medicould do for my own health and that of cine technique based on an ancient my family,” says James. belief that patterns, colors and “In my Western medicine profesother characteristics of the iris can sion, I work with nurses who are also be examined to determine informainterested in natural health and healing. tion about an individual’s systemic One registered nurse was a doctor in

Laura James conducting an iris assessment on a client Ecuador, and is now studying to be a physician here. She informed me that in her country and in many others, prevention and wellness are at the forefront of conventional medicine, which is largely based on natural health and healing,” advises James. “I hear people frequently say that they are sick and tired of only being offered drugs or surgeries that haven’t worked,” says James. “More people are searching for natural answers that work, and I’m excited to be part of this movement. I believe that iridology offers solutions for prevention and wellness. On a personal note, the iridologist who examined my eyes picked up on a weakness in my kidneys and stagnation in my lymphatic system. He gave me suggestions for supporting these weaker systems and I found his guidance was most helpful.” To schedule an appointment with James, call 239-431-9172 or email For more information, visit SWFLNatural See ad, page 18.

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everyone wants to come to a class and see what it’s about.” “Seniors love it because barre helps improve their balance. It’s also perfect for people working to overcome injuries,” says Juliet. She notes that while women are predominant in classes, the tide is turning a bit toward more gender equity. “Men that enter classes as skeptical come out sweating.” One recently earned his barre teaching certificate.

Benefits of Barre

Barre Your Way to Better Fitness

Ballet-Inspired Workouts Create Long and Lean Muscles by Lynda Bassett


magine having a ballerina’s physique, grace, strength and flexibility. That’s the potential of barre. “Barre is a combination of ballet, yoga and Pilates principles. We use small, isometric movements to temporarily fatigue muscles and make them long and lean. The so-called fatigue is what causes muscles to shake, and therefore, change,” explains Nadia Yokarini-Kotsonis, a certified barre instructor at Physique Fitness Studio, in Grove City, Ohio. Students use a ballet barre to support themselves while doing the exercises. Yokarini-Kotsonis is among many former dancers that have embraced barre fitness. Trained in ballet, tap, contemporary and traditional dance in Athens, Greece, she discovered barre when she moved to the U.S. “I fell in love with how challenging it was and the effects and changes I saw in my body. I got certified a year later and have been teaching ever since. I’m still in love


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with practicing it, no matter how tired I might be beforehand,” she says. Rather than a cardiovascular regimen, “Barre is good for developing core strength. You gain overall flexibility, muscle strength, improved posture and range of motion,” says Lisa Juliet, West Coast regional director of the teacher certification program (Barre

Not Just for Dancers

While barre has had some U.S. presence since the 1950s, “It’s having a resurgence now,” says Charlene Causey, a certified natural health professional and ballet body barre instructor in Pueblo, Colorado. Newfound interest began on both coasts and is quickly becoming a Midwest mainstay, according to YokariniKotsonis, who says it’s one of the most popular classes she teaches, and other studios are following suit. She remarks, “Everyone wants to offer barre, and

“What makes this workout brilliant is that the classes are designed to fit the goals and ability levels of all participants. Each set of exercises provides options ranging from the beginner to the more advanced barre enthusiast. Effective, yet safe, lowimpact techniques provide ongoing challenges,” says Causey. Those that regularly practice realize many positive effects. “Your body becomes long and lean, similar to a ballet dancer’s. You learn to stand tall and become stronger with each class,” says Yokarini-Kotsonis. However, don’t expect it to be easy. “Even when you do it every day, you’ll still find it extremely challenging,” she adds. Most teachers individualize modifications for beginners. “I tell my students to do what they can. There’s no judgment here,” says Causey. Many yoga teachers offer barre classes as a beneficial complement to other sports and activities such as running. “It supplements your other endeavors,” notes Causey. Today’s barre classes feature bare feet and typical workout wear, specialized equipment and props, contemporary music and of course, the ballet barre. The whole experience is highly positive and upbeat, says Causey. Most fitness experts would agree that it’s good to add variety to workouts, and trying something new adds spice to the mix. Plus, for those that keep at it, says Yokarini-Kotsonis, “Barre can be the fastest results-oriented program you can undergo. Expect to see a change in your body in a month if you attend three to four classes a week.” Lynda Bassett is a freelance writer near Boston, MA. Connect at LyndaBassett@

Pure Barre, Fort Myers


ure Barre, considered the leader in the barre industry by many, delivers a total body workout, lifts the seat and tones the thighs and abs, as well as the arms. It also burns fat in recordbreaking time. No dance experience is needed to pulse and tuck to the beat of great motivational music in every 55-minute class designed for all levels of fitness— from beginners to advanced. “Movements are tiny, but deceptively challenging. Through repetition, they cause your muscles to shake from fatigue, which in turn builds strength and endurance. If you can hold a ballet barre, you can do Pure Barre,” says Jennifer Hissman, owner of Pure Barre, in Fort Myers. Pure Barre, 7381 College Pkwy., Ste. 100, Fort Myers. For more information, call 239-240-7777 or visit See ad, page 48.

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Grateful for EVERYTHING Create an Attitude of Gratitude All Day Long by Mary Lynn Ziemer


he secret to happiness and finding the enduring joy we all seek is Thanksgiving—the simple act of continually giving thanks. To realize wonderful positive outcomes, up to and including seeming miracles, do one thing: Show gratitude all day long. Seeing everything in a new light, through a refreshing prism of love and appreciation, imparts a deep inner well of peace, calm and joy, making us feel more alive. We can feel that way every day, in every aspect of life, awaking each morning excited to create the day ahead and enthusiastic about each moment and then falling asleep at night embracing a profound feeling of gratitude for all the good we know and have. Happiness is contagious and becomes an upward spiral of joy naturally shared with others.


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Start today by launching a daily gratitude journal. This single action, the simplest and quickest way to get results, will foster a habit geared to change everything forever. It fills up our love tank, sparks success and benefits everyone. To embrace better relationships, health, clarity, life and tangible and intangible wealth: n Set a daily time for journal writing. n Pick a handful of things that prompt gratitude that day. Perhaps begin with people that support you in some way. Everything counts, from expressions of beauty to basic conveniences. Eventually the daily list will grow, generating the joy of gratitude at everhigher levels. n It’s important to write with love and joy, because such feelings create your world. Even if something’s

a work in progress, like encouraging steps in a relationship, focus on what makes you feel good and want more of and you’ll start seeing more evidence of them. n Elaborate in detail about a particular thing that earns extra gratitude. This carries more benefits from intense feelings than creating a list. When we see how blessed we are with what we already have, it creates more of what we are grateful for, generating an endless cycle of gratitude. n Take notice of the surprises and little miracles that occur, and be sure to make note of them to evoke an even stronger level of awe and gratitude. Robert Emmons, Ph.D., of the University of California-Davis, a leading authority in researching the science of gratitude and its impact on well-being, instructs his study participants, “Be aware of your feelings and how you ‘relish’ and ‘savor’ this gift in your imagination. Take the time to be especially aware of the depth of your gratitude.” In other words, don’t hurry through this exercise like a todo list. An all-day-long attitude of gratitude ramps up our awareness of life’s pleasures. It takes an already good life to a whole new zone of zest. Mary Lynn Ziemer is the founder and CEO of Living A Joyful Life, a Certified Master Life and Business Coach, motivational speaker and author. She can be reached at her Bonita Springs office at 239-4987290 or

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Sharing Our Bounty Food Drives Need Healthy Donations by Avery Mack


hat’s on the Meat: Tinned tuna, Please be table can help chicken and salmon store generous at lower risks easily for use in salads or of stroke, heart attack, the holidays and casseroles, on a sandcancer and diabetes, acwich and in whole wheat year-round. cording to the American pasta, brown rice or Heart Association. Not all low-fat stir fries. Avoid the families are able to afford the healthibisphenol-A (BPA) associated with cans est foods, but fatty, high-sugar options and plastic containers. Instead choose can be avoided. The most-needed BPA-free pouch packaging and cans donations are nonperishable and high with BPA-free liners (see in protein, but low in sodium, sugar BPAFreeCannedFood). and fats. Soup and Stew: Containing meat Give the best, most affordable and veggies, soups and stews provide products, according to these tips and filling, hearty comfort foods. the food drive’s guidelines. Organic and Vegetables: Yams and wholenon-GMO (genetically modified) foods berry cranberry sauce turn dinner into are welcome. Note that not all pantries a holiday feast. Add color to the plate can store fresh produce, glass containwith mixed veggies. Lentils, pinto, ers or personal hygiene items. black and kidney beans in stew, chili or “Pantries rely on informed commu- salad provide fiber, calcium, zinc and nity support,” explains Jim Byrnes, diiron. Spices add zing. Tomatoes, sauce rector of Pennsylvania’s Nazareth Area and salsa add flavor; choose glass jar Food Bank. “Area churches, schools products only in order to be BPA-free, and businesses keep us supplied. We’ll due to the acidic effect on cans. help 300 families this year, compared Pasta, Rice and Grain: In Kansas to 100 in 2006, balancing nutrition City, Missouri, Katie Thomas, owner with practical needs.” of Crazy Daisy Cleaning, regularly California’s San Diego Food Bank organizes food drives. She says, “Pasta feeds better choices to 370,000 people and sauce make a variety of dishes and each month, including military families, extend the number of meals.” Whole seniors and children. Such community grain pasta, brown or wild rice, quinoa efforts change lives. and couscous are better choices than


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Search for a generic food item at to see how brand-name products rank in nutritional value. white pasta. Bulgur provides nearly 75 percent of a day’s fiber requirement when added to soup or salad. Cereal: Steel-cut or rolled oats, farina (Cream of Wheat) and grits are low-calorie and nutritious options for a warm start to the day. All can be found as organic; farina in whole wheat or white wheat that is certified kosher. Cold cereals should list whole grains as the first ingredient and be high in fiber and low in sugar, like organic Oat O’s. Snacks: Unsalted nuts, full of fiber, protein and vitamins, are highly prized at food pantries. Packed in juice, fruit cups make a healthy treat. Dried fruit and sunflower seeds are another favorite. Low-salt, low-sugar peanut or sunflower butter packs protein. Honey is a healthy sweetener. Collecting Party: “A group of us collected and donated 600 pounds of food for babies, pets and adults to

Extended Hands Food Bank,” says Dee Power, in Fountain Hills, Arizona. For babies, include food without added sugar or salt and single-grain cereal. Alternative Giving: Especially popular during the December holidays, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank offers prepacked bags to grocery store patrons, paid for at checkout. Customers can see what’s included and the food bank picks them up. (Tip: Cash donations allow lower cost bulk purchases with no need to transport or sort items.) Non-Food: Make sure the food pantry has storage space before donating wet or dry food for cats and dogs and birdseed; baby wipes, shampoo and soap; and adult soap, deodorant, shaving supplies, toothpaste, shampoo and toilet paper. “A $5,000 grant gave us added storage space,” says Byrnes. The bottom line is what food pantries need is much the same as what’s found in any healthy home pantry—comestibles rich in flavor, vitamins and fiber and free of unhealthy additives. Please be generous year-round, sharing well beyond the holidays. Connect with the freelance writer via

Annual Food Drives Local Boy Scout troops remind us to prepare for their annual food drive. On November 7, be on the lookout for a door hanger reminder; on November 14, they’ll pick up food for delivery to local food banks. The National Association of Letter Carriers’ (U.S. Postal Service) annual nationwide food drive is May 14, 2016. Since 1992, they’ve collected more than 1.3 billion pounds of food. Feeding America’s drive benefits from a matching gift from motivational speaker and author Tony Robbins through December 3, aimed to provide a total of 100 million meals for the 49 million Americans that struggle with hunger. Each $1 given and matched helps secure and distribute 20 meals through its network of food banks. Donate at Tinyurl. com/TonyRobbinsFeedingAmerica.

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Choose Lasting Wealth

“Imagine an economy in which life is valued more than money and power resides with ordinary people that care about one another, their community and their natural environment,” says David Korten, Ph.D., the co-founder of Positive Futures Network and author of Change the Story, Change the Future: A Living Economy for a Living Earth. “When we choose real wealth,” says Korten, of Bainbridge Island, Washington, “we can have exciting hobbies and adventures; work that challenges and stimulates us; and spiritual connection with a universe that’s infinitely larger than a stock portfolio. Instead of more stuff in our alreadystuffed lives, we can have fewer things, but better things of higher quality—fewer visits to the doctor and more visits to museums and friends’ houses.”

Step One: Taking Inventory of Our Stuff

Suze Orman, owner of the Suze Orman Financial Group, in Emeryville, California, and the bestselling author of The Courage to Be Rich: Creating a Life of Material and Spiritual Abundance, ponders whether having stuff is worth it and suggests we take an inventory of what we own. “Think about the value of each object—what it cost you when you bought it, what it’s worth in dollars today, and what it’s worth in an Earthly, material representation of who you are now,” she says. Orman suggests that we go through every closet and cupboard and recycle or throw away items that no longer serve us well, and then reconnect with items we cannot part with, such as family mementos. “Think of these items so precious to you and how little, in fact, they cost you,” she says. In this way we define for ourselves the true meaning of worth, and it’s never about the stuff. Once we have a handle on what we own, it’s time to turn to what we want and how we can get there.

TRUE WEALTH Living a Life We Love is Real Affluence by Judith Fertig


raditional economics has us thinking in opposites—in terms of assets and liabilities. We consider the value of the material things we’ve accumulated: We add up our assets, which may include stocks, bonds, real estate, bank accounts and retirement savings. Then we subtract what we owe: Our liabilities may include a home mortgage, credit card debt, insurance premiums and student and vehicle loans. The balance is deemed our net worth. Figured this way, our net worth changes every minute and can sometimes shift dramatically. There is a better way to assess our wealth, because we are overlooking, dismissing or squandering valuable resources and benefits such as time, personal health, spiritual well-being, social connections or community in order to buy temporal things that will only depreciate over time. Golden, Colorado, author David Wann explores this theme in his book Simple Prosperity: Finding Real Wealth in a Sustainable Lifestyle. He remarks, “The U.S. may be on top when it comes to spending, but we also lead the world in debt per capita, children in poverty, percent of people in prison, obesity and infant mortality.” In fact, the U.S. has recently been ranked 42nd among countries in longevity— right below Guam and just above Albania. “So where is all the spending really getting us?” he asks. “We need to be getting more value out of each dollar, each hour, each spoonful of food, each square foot of house and each gallon of gas. The secret of success at the local, national and global scale is not really a secret; it’s in plain sight, and it’s called moderation.” 42

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Step Two: Re-Evaluating Life Goals

Just as we would do a personal financial assessment before we make plans to achieve financial goals, a life audit helps us determine our priorities for living happily and productively. Ximena Vengoechea, a design researcher for Twitter, Inc., in San Francisco, recently did this using 100 sticky notes during one dedicated afternoon. She wrote a single wish, one thing she’d like to do, on each note. During this “spring cleaning for the soul,” as she calls it, Vengoechea reaffirmed her thirst for learning and adventure. Taking it a step further, she analyzed how she spent her time and how often she saw the people most important to her, mapping the data as pie charts. She discovered that most of her time was spent in work-related activities and not enough in adventure or seeing the people she loved. Drawing it up in the visual medium of charts

helped her identify her life goals and see the changes she needed to make. Doubtless, we can all find better ways to utilize our assets.

a research-based model for prosperity. In socially abundant communities and nations, individuals don’t have to earn as much money to be comfortable, because their quality of life is partly provided by the strength of social bonds.

Our Time

Arianna Huffington, of New York City, founder of The Huffington Post, knows firsthand about havHeeding the Call to Change ing so many demands on our time that days feel Finding and doing what “lights us up” will bring us rushed, which can increase our stress and negatively abundance, claims David Howitt in Heed Your Call. impact our productivity. She says, “On the flip side, the The Portland, Oregon, Meriwether Group entrepreneur feeling of having enough time, or even surplus time, who consults for consumer companies, maintains that is called ‘time affluence’. Although it may be hard to finding our heroic purpose (that heart-centered thing believe, it’s actually possible to achieve.” Huffington we feel we were meant to do) is the first step toward recommends simple steps like getting enough true wealth. Howitt says the secret is in one sleep and putting time limits on work and Finding and doing small word—and. Instead of choosing either/ online activities. what “lights us or, our world expands with “and”. He urges us Belinda Munoz, a social change activist to integrate the intuitive and analytic parts of in San Francisco who blogs at TheHalfwayup” will bring ourselves: “poet and professional, prophet and, observes, “Time is neutral. We profit, soul and success.” us abundance. either use it wisely or waste it, so the onus is It’s not just about philanthropy, but truly on us to make it an asset.” Munoz can both making your community and your world a ~David Howitt let go of stress and be more productive when better place through your work, he observes. she blocks out day parts. “When I focus, I shut out inter“You’re doing good in the world, and when you live that way, ruptions, stop feeling rushed and get my work done with money follows you.” ease,” she says.

Our Health

One high-impact way to support personal health is to value food more, maintains Wann. “We need to spend more of our household budget for food, not less,” he says. “By rearranging both our household and national expenditures, we should give a higher priority to fresh, healthy food and a lower priority to electronic gadgets, shopping, cars, lawns and even vacations. Our overall expenses don’t have to go up, they just need to be realigned with our changing values. By choosing higher quality food and supporting better ways of growing it, we also begin to reshape the American culture,” he says.

Our Community

The community, rather than the stock market, is the better source of real wealth—both personal and global—maintains Korten. “Your community economy is part of the glue that binds people together. It’s the key to physical and mental health and happiness.” Giving less control over our financial well-being to Wall Street and more to Main Street will help us think in terms of livelihoods, instead of mere jobs. For Korten, this equates to not only how we make money to live, but also how we live—valuing our homes, communities and natural environment. Priceless social capital comes from investing our time and money in local communities. Korten observes how, when freely and wisely spent, these efforts can lower crime rates, make schools more productive and help economies function better. Korten cites Oakland, California’s Well-Being in Business Lab, which works with the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley, to provide local communities with

Judith Fertig blogs about living well at from Overland Park, KS.

Conducting a Life Audit by Ximena Vengoechea


ere’s one approach to doing a life audit in order to both discern more keenly what’s important and figure out how to allocate resources better to make those things happen. Step 1: Take a few hours and 100 sticky notes. Write a wish—something you’d like to do or have happen in your life—on each one. Arrange them on a flat surface. Step 2: See what patterns evolve. Rearrange the notes by themes or categories, such as family, physical health, adventure, profession, giving back and skills. Those that contain the most notes indicate the realm of your most powerful wishes. Step 3: Evaluate your time. Take stock of a typical day, week and month to analyze how you are spending it. Step 4: Prioritize. Some wishes need to be fulfilled every day or soon, while long-term wishes aim for “someday”. Step 5: Make a plan. Just as with a smart financial strategy, which typically involves investing money over time, you can now allocate your time to make your wish list happen. For more details, visit natural awakenings

November 2015


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Local Experts Helping Others to Find True Wealth by Linda Sechrist


s Judith Fertig points out this month in “True Wealth,” we cannot look to our physical life of paradoxes and fluctuating net worth as the source of our happiness. Instead, we must choose lasting wealth, reevaluate life goals, invest in community, make time an asset, realign our overall expenses with our changing values and give a high priority to our health. Natural Awakenings tapped some local experts to find out how they help others to discover their sources of real wealth. Founder of Concerned Health Alternatives, Registered Nurse Lynn Thomas is a certified hypnotherapist who uses regression to take patients back to early sensitizLynn Thomas ing events that can result in later negative responses. “I help them deal with their triggers on a subconscious level, neutralizing and clearing their history, which generally creates a natural pathway for discovering their true wealth. After my recent health scare, which was totally unnecessary, I have an even deeper appreciation for releasing these triggers and how much lighter and more free anyone can feel when they recognize and release them,” says Thomas. Renewed appreciation for her true wealth was exactly what Thomas felt upon receiving the negative results of a colonoscopy. When the cancer survivor of more than 40 years followed her gastroenterologist’s orders and had a Colorguard DNA test, she sent her sample for analysis to the parent company, Exact Sciences Corporation. “I was shocked when it came back positive for colon cancer, which was why I booked my 18th colonoscopy and actually began thinking that this time I was going to cross into the spirit world. The excruciating three-week wait and

undue stress made me aware of my own 40-year-old trigger,” she notes. Peggy Walsh, a board-certified clinical nurse specialist, helps her clients find happiness within and in their relationship by introducing them to Gottman Method Peggy Walsh Couples Therapy, a process which teaches couples how to be better friends and lovers. They learn how to have dialogue and the importance of communicating admiration, acknowledgement, appreciation, affection and playfulness. “Tomorrow is promised to no one,” says Walsh. “By really being present to your partner as they are and treasuring what they bring to you, happiness emerges.” Barbara Cook, founder of BioLight Medicine, encourages her students of light medicine to feel the happiness that comes from living in the present, with an Barbara Cook eye toward an imminent future where their inherent gifts and talents used to create kindness and abundance for all will become more highly valued. “Any benefit that magnifies good opens up an energetic pathway where abundance can flow freely. To date, this abundance hasn’t always materialized in the form of money. However, I believe that a movement is growing where feelings and acts of kindness and compassion will allow one to trust in heartfelt feelings and thoughts, as well as to share and give from a place of felt abundance. Happiness and increased true wealth are the side effects of giving from the heart. As one volunteers their time to

increase another’s true wealth, the giver is simultaneously receiving and being supported with love, the most valued gift of all,” enthuses Cook. When Fred Eppsteiner counseled members of his Florida Community of Mindfulness through dharma talks during the economic downturn that began Fred Eppsteiner in 2008, he noted that money and other accumulated stuff should not be part of what they considered their true wealth. “I asked them to make a list of 20 things that generated a feeling of happiness. Much to their surprise, money was not on their lists. By practicing their capacity to be present to the simple things in life that generated feelings of happiness—the sky, trees, flowers, sunrise, sunset, a good meal, friends, family, loving kindness, reading, a good movie and their spiritual and meditative life—they were able to navigate their difficulties and grasp a solid understanding of where their real wealth and true value is found,” says Eppsteiner. “I didn’t say that the means to provide for yourself or your family wasn’t important. I simply suggested that they shift their focus to things of the heart/mind that are readily available to anyone, even those who don’t have a spiritual practice,” he remarks.

Local Resources Concerned Health Alternatives, 239494-1363. See ad, page 74. Peggy Walsh, Brooks Executive Center, 9990 Coconut Rd., Bonita Springs. 718208-6986. See ad, page 16. Barbara Cook, 801 Anchor Rode Dr., Ste. 203, Naples. 239-777-4578. See ads, pages 24 and 45. Florida Community of Mindfulness conducts weekly sittings at 6:30 p.m. Sun., Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd., Naples. See ad, page 73. natural awakenings

November 2015



Natural Facial Essentials Few Skincare Product Labels Tell the Whole Story by Linda Sechrist


t age 25, Paula natural include synthetic The skin, your Begoun, author chemicals, meaning that protective organ, the term organic doesn’t of The Original Beauty Bible and other apply to the entire formula. is meant to be bestselling books on Fragrances are common “worn” for life. It is synthetic ingredients, as is skincare, makeup and hair care, read her first not a luxury, but a the triethanolamine that’s label on a skincare prodoften used to adjust the necessity to take pH or as an emulsifying uct she was using. Although she’d tried many the best possible agent to convert acid to different products to cona salt, or stearate, as the care of it. trol her acne and eczema base for a cleanser. since age 11, she hadn’t To help consumers ~Charlene Handel avoid overpaying for skinthought about the contents, which was partially care products which may why she was distraught to discover that not be as natural or organic as touted, acetone (nail polish remover) was the Begoun encourages skepticism regardfourth ingredient listed. ing marketing messages. She suggests That moment became the inspirathat an important key is to choose the tion for Begoun’s lifetime devotion to best formulation for an individual’s skin skincare research and education and type and specific skin concerns. customer advocacy. Today, as founder “There are no U.S. Food and Drug of the Seattle-based Paula’s Choice Agency-approved standards for the Skincare, she continues to help women organic labeling of skincare products understand when product claims are sold in salons and spas or over-themisleading or factual. counter. The cosmetics industry hasn’t agreed on one set of standards either. Buyer Be Aware U.S. Department of Agriculture certifiOne of Begoun’s core conclusions is cation is cost-prohibitive for most small that the terms organic and all natural are cosmetic companies that use clean, largely responsible for fueling the miscertified organic ingredients, so some conception that all synthetic ingredients uncertified organic products exist and in cosmetics are automatically bad and it’s wise to read labels,” explains Elina that all organic or natural ingredients are Fedotova, founder of the nonprofit Asautomatically good. She further notes sociation of Holistic Skin Care Practithat many products labeled organic and tioners. She counsels that we Google 46

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any unfamiliar ingredient to learn if it’s toxic or safe. Fedotova, a cosmetic chemist and aesthetician who makes her professional skincare line, Elina Organics, by hand in a laboratory, compares the difference between salon and commercial products to fine dining versus fast food. “Salon products are made in far smaller quantities than mass-produced brands and offer higher concentrations of ingredients. They are generally shipped directly to the salon and have a higher turnover rate. Because they don’t have to be stored for indeterminate periods or endure warehouse temperatures, they are fresher and more potent,” she says. Although a facial can easily be performed at home with salon or commercial products, Fedotova, who owns spas in Chicago and Kalamazoo, Michigan, recommends having a professional facial every four to five weeks. Charlene Handel, a certified holistic esthetician, holistic skin care educator and owner of Skin Fitness Etc., in Carlsbad, California, agrees.

Sequenced Steps

Handel chooses treatments that penetrate and nourish the layer of skin below the epidermis, the outermost layer, consisting of mostly dead cells, with 100 percent holistic (edible) products and freshly brewed organic tea compresses. “Without a gentle exfoliation, the first step in any effective facial, not even skincare formulas with penetration enhancers, can nourish the lower layer of live cells. One key nourishment among others is vitamin C, an antioxidant which brightens, protects against sun damage and promotes collagen production,” advises Handel. She explains that skin cells produced in the deepest layer gradually push their way to the epidermis every 30 days and die. Dead cells can pile up unevenly and give the skin’s surface a dry, rough, dull appearance. As we age, cell turnover time increases to 45 or 60 days, which is why gentle sloughing is necessary. This can be done at home three times a week with a honey mask. Another form of exfoliation performed in a salon uses a diamondtipped, crystal-free microdermabrasion

machine to gently buff away the surface layer of skin. An additional option is a light glycolic acid and beta hydroxy acid treatment. This can be purchased over the counter or prepared at home using organic papaya (glycolic) and pineapple (beta hydroxyl) for more even skin tone. These treatments, sometimes referred to as acid peels, can be applied to the face for no more than 10 to 15 minutes, typically every two to four weeks or every few months.

Treatment serums, moisturizing lotions and eye and neck creams are all elements of a complete facial. The simplest sequence of application is layering from the lightest to heaviest—eye cream, serum and moisturizer. Give them a minute or two to absorb. No facial is complete without a sunscreen with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, applied last. Linda Sechrist is a Natural Awakenings senior staff writer.

DIY Facial Treats Elina DIY Facial

Follow with organic toner per skin type.

Dry complexion: Cleanse the skin with a mix of baking soda and coconut oil. Gently scrub on and rinse off. Oily complexion: Cleanse the skin using a mixture of yogurt and baking soda. Gently scrub on and rinse off. Refresh the skin after cleansing with distilled rose water or herbal tea, adding in a few drops each of lemon juice and a favorite essential oil. For dry skin, choose chamomile tea; for oily skin, go with burdock root tea and juniper berry essential oil.   Exfoliate the skin with a gentle, healthy alternative to chemical peels by massaging with organic papaya; its enzymes help dissolve dead cells. It also infuses skin with beta carotene and other beauty nutrients.   After rinsing skin, apply a mashed banana mask, which benefits all complexions by nourishing and moisturizing the skin. It’s also high in antiinflammatory vitamin B6. Remove the banana with a wet wash cloth, and then apply a favorite moisturizer. Dry skin does well with coconut oil. For very dry skin, use shea butter or sesame oil. Use a zinc oxide-based natural sunblock, especially after a facial, because the skin is more sensitive to ultraviolet rays after exfoliation. Eating foods rich in antioxidants helps prevent sun damage.

Source: Courtesy of Charlene Handel

Source: Courtesy of Elina Fedotova

Fruit Smoothie Mask Prep time: 15 minutes Increase sun protection with this antioxidant- and resveratrol-rich soothing smoothie mask. Use fresh, organic ingredients. 6 medium strawberries 12 red grapes 1 /2 banana 1 Tbsp honey Combine first three ingredients in a standard or bullet blender until mixture becomes creamy. Remove and put in a bowl. Gently fold honey into mixture. Cleanse face. Apply mask to skin, preferably with a fan brush, and lightly massage with fingertips for two minutes. Allow to sit on skin for 20 minutes. Remove mask with warm water.

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November 2015



Dangers in the Cosmetic Bag

Choose Safe and Healthy Natural Beauty Aids by Kathleen Barnes


e all want to look and feel beautiful, often enhancing our best features with assistance from cosmetics. Yet many of us may not be aware of the toxic ingredients contained in products we’re using. “When the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act was passed 77 years ago, it contained 112 pages of standards for food and drugs, and only one page for cosmetics,” says Connie Engel, Ph.D., science and education manager at the Breast Cancer Fund and its Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, in San Francisco. While most cosmetic ingredients must be listed on product labels, some-


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times their names are hard to recognize, many are toxic and some of the most dangerous ones may not even be listed. Labeled toxins commonly found in cosmetics include endocrine disruptors that can affect our developmental, reproductive, neurological and immune systems. Here are just a few: Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), also known as Teflon, is found in foundation, pressed powder, loose powder, bronzer, blush, eye shadow and mascara. It can even enhance the toxicity of other chemicals, according to Danish research published in the International Journal of Andrology, and due to its fluorine base,

can disrupt iodine absorption, contributing to breast disease including cancer. Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and its cousin, hydroxytoluene (BHT), are common preservatives found in lip products, liquid makeup and moisturizers that the European Commission on Endocrine Disruption cites as interfering with hormone function. They’ve also been shown to cause kidney damage, according to research from Spain’s Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Formaldehyde in many forms, including quaternium-15, coal tar, benzene and mineral oils that are prohibited in the European Union and Japan, are classified as carcinogens by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. These examples represent the tip of the iceberg of toxic chemicals of concern commonly used in cosmetics. They further range from allergens and substances that cause non-cancerous and cancerous tumors and organ toxicity to developmental and reproductive impairment, miscarriage and bioaccumulation leading to toxic overload when not excreted. Fragrances don’t have to be included in label ingredient lists, constituting another major concern, explains Engel. “Most cosmetics, even eye shadow, contain fragrance, and those fragrances can contain several dozen unlabeled ingredients, including hormone-disrupting phthalates.” The European Union is the authoritative source on all of these issues.

Based on its CosIng (cosmetic ingredients) database accessed via ec.europa. eu/consumers/cosmetics/cosing, it has banned scores of toxic chemicals from makeup sold in EU countries.

Safe and Healthy Alternatives Fortunately, safe alternatives are available to enhance our natural beauty. “Become an educated consumer and read the list of ingredients,” advises Janice Cox, the Medford, Oregon, author of Natural Beauty at Home. “Fewer ingredients and organic components mean safer products.” Better yet, we can make our own more natural beauty aids. “One advantage of making your own is that you’re in control. You know yourself and your skin and sensitivities,” says Cox. DIY products are easy if intense color isn’t a requirement. “The color many people want is hard to produce with kitchen ingredients,” Cox explains. “You can make clear mascara and eyebrow tamer with castor oil. It’s easy to make lip balms and maybe get a little color by adding berry juice or beet root powder.” For those that want the look of highquality makeup without toxins, other good alternatives come into play, says Hollywood makeup artist Lina Hanson, author of Eco-Beautiful. “I had been working in the industry for several years before I discovered the toxic ingredients in makeup; I was shocked,” she says. Equally unsettling, “I also learned that many of the ingredients allowed in the U.S. are banned in the European Union because of their toxicity.” That knowledge launched Hanson’s quest to create safe, organic, beauty-enhancing products for women, celebrities and everyday people alike. “So many people these days pay close attention to what they put in their bodies, but not everyone is as careful about what they put on their bodies,” she says. “I want people to understand that you don’t have to sacrifice beauty in going green.” Hanson warns against so-called “natural” cosmetics that abuse the term and may include harmful preservatives and synthetic ingredients. She assures, “Any product labeled ‘USDA certified organic’ contains 100 percent organic

ingredients.” Her book mentions numerous brands she recommends.

Beauty Bonus Tip Healthy, moisturized skin is essential to natural beauty, many experts agree, noting that younger women need to unclog pores to prevent acne. They don’t need much moisturizing, but skin generally becomes drier with age, making good moisturizers important. Cox recommends jojoba oil to effect glowing skin. Hanson likes coconut oil, although she recommends rubbing it in, removing makeup and then taking it off with a hot, wet towel. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics ( has created a helpful app for iPhone and Android users at Simply download it and scan a store item’s barcode to immediately access information on the product’s toxic ingredients, along with recommendations for healthier alternatives. Kathleen Barnes is the author of many natural health books, including Food Is Medicine. Connect at Kathleen

Toxic Ingredients to Avoid n Benzophenone n Butylated compounds, including BHA, BHT n Carbon black n Ethanolamine compounds including DEA, MEA, TEA n Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives (quaternium-15, imidazolidinyl urea) n Heavy metals, including lead (may not be labeled) n Phthalates n PTFE (Teflon) n Silica n Talc n Titanium dioxide n Triclosan Source: Campaign for Safe Cosmetics

DIY Island Lip Gloss 1 tsp grated beeswax 1 tsp grated cocoa butter 1 tsp coconut oil 1 tsp macadamia or other nut oil 1 tsp light sesame oil 1 /8 tsp vitamin E oil Choose organic ingredients when possible. Melt ingredients together in a double boiler or microwave. Add a pinch of beetroot powder for color. Stir well until all are mixed. Store in a small, clean container. Recipe courtesy of Janice Cox, EcoBeauty natural awakenings

November 2015


The Silver Bullets that Defy Aging Southwest Florida Offers Myriad Natural Approaches toward Lasting Health and Beauty


by Linda Sechrist

here’s a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age,” avows actress Sophia Loren. The Italian beauty that took Hollywood by storm in the 1960s is now 81 years young and still defying the aging process beautifully. While mastering Loren’s definition of the fountain of youth can sometimes take nearly a lifetime, the realization that there is no one silver bullet for defying the aging process dawns much earlier. Today, thanks to organizations such as the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, the Institute of Functional Medicine and the Metabolic Medicine Institute, much more is known about the possibilities for slowing the body’s aging process naturally. Choosing to appear as young as we feel can be accomplished through myriad options offered by health professionals. From massage and good nutritional advice on an anti-inflammatory diet to mindfulness and meditation, as well as chelation, acupuncture, yoga and age-defying face and body treatments, Natural Awakenings readers have access to a comprehensive systems approach to ageless beauty and anti-aging right here in Southwest Florida. 50

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Meditation Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, taught by Madeline Ebelini at Integrative Mindfulness, in Bonita Springs, and meditation taught by Fred Eppsteiner at The Florida Community of Mindfulness, in Naples, provide anti-aging benefits. According to a 2005 breakthrough study published in Neuroreport, meditation, which Eppsteiner describes as being “present to what is,” improves brain function and decreases the risk of age-related cognitive decline that has been cited as an inevitable aspect of growing older.

Acupuncture From an anti-aging and ageless beauty perspective, acupuncture is a valuable ally. According to Teri Evans, acupuncturist, doctor of Oriental medicine and owner of TAE Healthy Aging, in Naples, facial rejuvenation acupuncture (FRA) provides benefits beyond skin-deep. “General acupuncture for health, energetic balancing and stress reduction helps to slow the hands of time. FRA, a specific system for the face, turns back the clock and takes years off your appearance. By treating the whole body systemically via the energetic channels of the face, its muscular structure also benefits. FRA can reshape patterns of aging, reduce lines and wrinkles, improve

complexion and provide a natural acupuncture facelift,” says Evans.

Exercise and Nutrition

Developing healthy habits such as a regular exercise and good nutrition is critical to beauty and aging well. Bonita Springs health practitioners such as Dr. Gary Gendron, owner of Nutrition Specialists, Dee Harris, founder of D-Signed Nutrition and Deborah Post, a board-certified advanced nurse practitioner and owner of Wellbridges, Inc., agree that regular exercise and an anti-inflammatory diet protects the aging brain. “A diet that reduces chronic inflammation and optimizes health is the lifelong eating plan that we should follow,” says Gendron.

An Anti-inflammatory Diet Harris and Post describe an antiinflammatory eating plan as one that includes unrefined and unprocessed whole foods, omega-3s, healthy fats and anti-inflammatory spices, such as turmeric, along with a significant reduction in the intake of rapidly digestible carbohydrates. It also includes avoiding fast food and products containing partially hydrogenated oils or vegetable shortening, and minimizing the use of polyunsaturated oils such as sunflower, safflower, soy and corn.

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Types of massage: bamboo (left), four hands (center) and hot stone (right)

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Exercise Aging results in chronic, low-grade inflammation. “While regular exercise is recommended for a variety of reasons, including increasing muscle mass and reducing risk for chronic diseases of the heart and metabolic systems, only recently has it been examined in the context of inflammation,” says Marcy Hess, owner of Perfect 10 Strength Training, in Naples. Prevention magazine recently published results on exercise and lowgrade inflammation from a 10-year study by a team of researchers led by Mark Hamer, Ph.D. The epidemiologist at University College London believes that it’s likely that the resulting lowgrade inflammation of aging has to do with the loss of muscle mass and other physical changes that occur. His new research offers an easy way to overcome the blood-flow-gumming effects of inflammation: 2.5 hours of moderate exercise each week—about 20 minutes a day—lowers markers of inflammation by at least 12 percent.

Chelation Another way to slow aging is chelation. Beyond its effects on heavy metals, chelation administered intravenously with ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration) helps to remove accumulations of calcium from tissue. Calcium gravitates to atherosclerotic plaque in blood vessels, leading to arterial narrowing and blockage. “Chelation gently and gradually mobilizes calcium from plaque, restoring elasticity and flow to blood vessels,” advises Gary Galoo, a medical doctor with the Chelation Center of Naples.

Yoga Yoga increases the body’s ability to successfully respond to stress by activating the parasympathetic nervous system, which slows the heart and lowers blood pressure. This corresponds to a suppression of sympathetic activity, reducing the amount of stress hormones in the body. While yoga helps to reduce stress, the root cause of 70 to 90 percent of all disorders, a regular practice is helpful in maintaining flexibility and the good posture of youth, as well as good circulation and glowing skin.

Massage According to John Preston, chief operating officer for two locally owned Massage Envy franchises—Naples and Estero—massage brings relief from chronic stress. He sites a study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine which reports that massage may add as many as six years to our life by reducing the sustained fightor-flight response brought on by chronic stress. The study also reveals that a single deep-tissue massage can lower systolic and diastolic blood pressures, as well as decrease resting heart rate. “The benefits of massage actually last for days, and the more you experience them,” says the study’s author, Alan Kaye, M.D., Ph.D.

Functional Medicine When inflammation, blood sugar imbalance, insulin resistance, oxidative stress, hormonal problems and other systemic upset occur, the body spirals out of balance. Functional medicine practiced by Bonita Springs physicians Robert Gilliland DC, founder of Southwest Florida Natural Health Center, and Gigi Torres, owner of Upstream MD, as well as Carol Roberts, M.D. and Pamela Hughes, M.D., founder of the Hughes Center of Naples, can help to restore balance. This personalized form of medicine is an important piece of the 21st-century healing puzzle that is based on cutting-edge science and a core concept that accelerated aging and chronic illness are the outcome of imbalances in the body’s underlying physiological systems. A poor diet, lack of essential nutrients, emotional stress, environmental toxins, lack of exercise and other lifestyle issues set the stage for accelerated aging and chronic disease to develop.

Numerous non-invasive spa services can reduce the visible signs of aging. Naples spas such Trim & Tone Spa, Spa de Larissa, Purely You, Organic Skincare & Bodyworx, as well as Stillwater Spa, Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa, in Bonita Springs, or Skin Renewal Systems of Marco Island and Assuage Spa, in Fort Myers, offer customized facials and unique technologies that address the effects of aging, wrinkles, damaged skin and cellulite. From microdermabrasion or the popular lunchtime micro-current and ultrasound nonsurgical facelift to EXILIS Elite, recognized as the “best skin tightening device by New Beauty magazine, today’s technologies for the face and body address the effects of aging, wrinkles, damaged skin and cellulite.

Hair Color and Teeth Whitening “Organic color and an attractive haircut gives the face a quick lift,” says Andrea Sorrenti, owner of Andrea’s Organic Hair Studio & Day Spa, in Naples. Teeth are one of the first things we notice about a person. “Stained, yellow teeth, which age everyone, can be easily whitened, providing a bright, white smile,” says William Lovett, DDS, a Naples-based holistic dentist. As we consider all that it requires of us to stay healthy and slow the aging process, it’s easy to see that we need to not only have an awareness of what is available, but also a village of health practitioners skilled in their disciplines.

Local Resources Andrea’s Organic Hair Studio & Day Spa, 6714 Lone Oak Blvd. 239-5144707. See ad, page 30. Assuage Centers, 9407 Cypress Lake Dr. Ste. C, Fort Myers. 239-333-1450. See ad, page 21. Chelation Center of Naples, 975 Imperial Golf Course Blvd., Ste. 107, Naples. 239-594-9355. See ad, page 57. D-Signed Nutrition, LLC, 27499 Riverview Center Blvd., Ste. 214, Bonita Springs. 239-444-4204. See ad, page 66.

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Florida Community of Mindfulness. See ad, page 73. Hughes Center for Functional Medicine, 800 Goodlette Rd. N., Ste. 270. 239-649-7400. See ad, page 87. Integrative Mindfulness, 3372 Woods Edge Cir. Ste. 102. 239-590-9485. See ad, page 47. William E. Lovett, DDS, 860 111th Ave., N., Ste. 5, Naples. 239-593-4911. See ad, page 11. Massage Envy, 6345 Naples Blvd., The Boulevard Shoppes of Naples. 239-325-3689. 8001 Plaza Del Lago, Coconut Point Shopping Center, Estero. 239-947-3689. Nutrition Specialists of Florida, 28315 S. Tamiami Tr. Ste. 101, Bonita Springs. 239-947-1177. See ad, page 2. Organic Skincare & Bodyworkx, 13240 Tamiami Tr., N., Ste. 207, Naples. 239-514-4494. OrganicSkinCareAndBody See ad, page 3. Purely You Spa, 3066 Tamiami Tr., N., Ste. 301, Naples. 239331-8266. See ad, page 17. Skin Renewal Systems, 1000 N. Collier Blvd., Ste. 11 and 13, Marco Island. 239-394-1083. See ad, page 5. Spa de Larissa, Airport Professional Center, 3811 Airport Rd., N., Ste. 201-B, Naples. 239-571-9900. See ad, page 13. Stillwater Spa, Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa, 5001 Coconut Rd., Bonita Springs. 239-444-1234. See ad, page 31. TAE Healthy Aging Center, 11983 Tamiami Tr. N, 100A, Naples. 239-430-6800. See ad, page 40. The Perfect 10 Strength Training, 501 Goodlette Rd. N., Ste. C 208, in Naples. 239-231-6028. ThePerfect10Strength See ad, page 32. Trim and Tone Spa, 1201 Piper Blvd., Ste. 20, Naples. 5965522. See ad, page 15. Southwest Florida Natural Health Center, LLC, 27499 Riverview Center Blvd., Ste. 255, Bonita Springs. 239-444-3106. See ads, pages 21 and 37. Upstream MD, 27499 Riverview Ctr. Blvd., Ste. 255, Bonita Springs. 239-444-5636. See ad, page 7. Wellbridges, Inc., 9200 Bonita Beach Rd., Ste. 113, Bonita Springs. 239-481-5600. See ad, page 57. 52

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Are all animal proteins harmful to health, or is dairy particularly detrimental? The casein effect of dairy products on cancer can be generalized to all animal proteins, based on comparing its adverse effects on serum cholesterol, development of cardiovascular disease, excessive cell replication and inflammation. Just as important, diets with more animal protein are prone to include less plant-based foods that provide many essential health benefits.

Dr. T. Colin Campbell on the Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet by Sandy Pukel


r. T. Colin Campbell, the Jacob Gould Schurman professor emeritus of nutritional biochemistry at Cornell University, is the co-author of The China Study, author of Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition and was featured in the film Forks Over Knives. In his 70-plus years, he has written more than 300 research papers on diet, nutrition and health based on laboratory research and largescale human studies in China and the Philippines. He founded the nonprofit T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, in Ithaca, New York. The terms “vegan diet” and “plantbased diet” are often used interchangeably, but is there a difference? In past years, most people that chose a vegan diet did so for ideological reasons, without fully understanding the scientific basis for this choice. As a result, the average vegan diet is not very healthy, nutritionally speaking—it’s much too high in total fat (about 30 percent of total calories) and refined carbohydrates (sugar and flour), often in the form of processed foods.

What are the main ecological and environmental benefits of a plantbased diet? Methane production by livestock is a major contributor to climate change, responsible for as much as 50 percent of current greenhouse gas production, according to some sources. Even the livestock interest group with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has estimated for at least the past 10 years that this contribution, although cited lower at 14.5 to 18 percent, outranks even the transportation sector. The significance relates to methane production, which has a far higher capacity on a molecular level to trap and hold heat energy in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide, although it has a shorter life. Its effect multiplies because a faster rise in temperature leads to permafrost melting and an additional release of methane. Other serious problems associated with livestock production include loss of topsoil, contamination of groundwater, depletion of deepwater aquifers and pollution of oceans and reefs. 

Is there any evidence indicating that a diet that includes 5 to 10 percent of high-quality animal protein is less healthy than a 100 percent vegan diet? To my knowledge, absent published direct evidence, there is a strong commonsense impression that a 100 percent plant diet is better than anything less. This is probably best answered by evidence from population-based studies showing a linear association of disease occurring with increasing consumption of animal-based foods, with zero disease at zero consumption of animal products. However, it’s also true that individual susceptibilities vary considerably.  My best estimate is that it’s easier and safer to consume no animal-based food because it better allows emergence of new taste perception. What can healthy eaters do to spread awareness of the benefits of such a lifestyle?  Opportunities abound, including organizing a local showing of the film PlantPure Nation and a PlantPure pod program. You might enroll in the online plant-based nutrition certificate program partnered by the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and Cornell University’s online curriculum and/or enroll in the Global Roots Health Experience conference this April in the Dominican Republic. T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., will be a keynote speaker on the Holistic Holiday at Sea cruise, departing on its 13th Caribbean Voyage to Well-Being on Feb. 27, 2016. For more information, call 800-4960989 or visit See ad, page 65.

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What’s Your Child’s EQ? Six Ways to Raise Emotional Intelligence by Teal Swan


uch of our identity is shaped in childhood by key events and the emotions and perspectives we associate with them.

All Emotions Count

Emotional intelligence, sometimes referred to as EQ, is often overlooked as a skill set in today’s world. The recent animated film Inside Out calls attention to effective ways of addressing a child’s journey by embracing and better understanding their emotions; particularly those that don’t feel positive. A recent study by the London School of Economics Centre for Economic Performance found that a child’s emotional health is far more important in determining future happiness than factors such as academic success or wealth. Parents can help ensure a healthy emotional upbringing by avoiding making three mistakes. Disapproval of a child’s emotions: This involves being critical of a child’s displays of negative emotion and reprimanding or punishing the child for expressing them. Dismissing a child’s emotions: This comes across as regarding a child’s emotions as unimportant, either through ignoring their emotions, or worse, trivializing them. Offering little relevant guidance: While parents may empathize, they don’t set limits on behavior or 54

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assist each child in understanding and coping with their emotions.

Recipe for a High EQ

Parents can successfully form deeper connections with their kids by recognizing, respecting and acknowledging their emotional range, rather than telling kids they should feel a certain way. Telling someone how they should or shouldn’t feel only teaches them to distrust themselves and that there’s something wrong with them. As a communication aid, Inside Out may speak best to older children, because younger viewers may get the erroneous impression that emotions can control them, rather than that they can control their own emotional reactions. The recipe for healthy bonding and emotional development is for all parties to model how they value the importance of each other’s feelings and respectfully listen for the feelings behind the words. In opening ourselves to being understood, we open ourselves to understanding others. Good parenting involves emotion. Good relationships involve emotion. The bottom line is that emotions matter. We all struggle with negative emotions from time to time, and the way we address and deal with them influences our emotional health. The goal is to develop a trustworthy emotional connection with the other person that is important to us, which enhances intimacy and the effectiveness of the

relationship in accomplishing good. Using this six-part process of helpful concrete steps applies equally to the children and adults in our lives. n Become aware of the other person’s emotions. n Care about the other person by seeing their emotions as valid and important. n Listen empathetically to better understand the way they feel, allowing them to feel safe to be vulnerable without fear of judgment. Seek to understand, rather than to agree or redirect. n Acknowledge and validate their feelings. We don’t need to validate that the thoughts they have about their emotions are correct; instead, simply let them know that it’s valid to feel the way that they do. For example, if a friend says, “I feel useless,” we could validate them by saying, “I can see how you might feel that way.” n Allow the person to experience their emotions fully before moving toward any kind of improvement. We cannot impose our idea of when they should be ready or able to feel differently. This is when we practice unconditional presence and unconditional love. We are there as support, without trying to fix them or anything else. Don’t be offended if they don’t accept support that’s offered at this time. A benevolent power is inherent in offering love that exists regardless of what someone does or does not do with it. n Help the other person to strategize ways to manage the reactions they might be having to their emotions after—and only after—their feelings have been validated, acknowledged and fully felt. This is when we can assert new ways of looking at a situation that may improve the way another person is feeling. This is when advice may be offered. When done successfully, this process can transform a conflict encountered in a relationship into solid gold. Teal Swan is the author of Shadows Before Dawn: Finding the Light of SelfLove Through Your Darkest Times, on how healing hidden wounds reveals our authentic selves ( Inside Out will be released next month on DVD. natural awakenings

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Kristen Bell on Planet-Friendly Living Eco-Activist Actress Takes Steps that Make a Difference by Gerry Strauss

Which core beliefs catalyze your passion for consciously stewarding the environment? I wholeheartedly believe: Every problem has a solution. We are all global citizens. Kindness is always in fashion. We have to laugh at ourselves. There is strength in forgiveness. Honesty without tact is cruelty. No one can make me feel inferior without my consent. Ultimately, we are responsible for one another and for the creatures and places around us. I felt good about caring for the world around me before I had kids, but now I also derive a ton of self-esteem from being a good example for them.  

How has celebrity supported your role in speaking out on behalf of your favorite causes?

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to be a conduit to support causes I believe in. People don’t have to listen… but when they do, helpful things happen. My approach is to spotlight an issue while also shedding light on a solution. I particularly like talking about childhood malnutrition and telling people about ThisBarSavesLives (, which donates a life-saving nutritional packet to a child in need every time we buy this organic, gluten-free snack bar. I love their motto, “We eat together.” S. Bukley/


rom Veronica Mars to Forgetting Sarah Marshall, her face is unmistakable. Thanks to the worldwide popularity of Frozen, her voice is now unforgettable, as well. Kristen Bell, though, believes the greatest contribution she can make is embodying an ecofriendly lifestyle together with her husband, actor Dax Shepard, and their two daughters, finding ways to help the planet survive and thrive for generations to come.

What Earth-friendly actions do you and your family embrace in day-to-day living?

Our fun time revolves around being active outdoors. We love hiking as a family, walking a mile to dinner or biking along the river. We often go exploring and make up outdoor games such as: How far can you jump? How far can I throw this? and Let’s race! The kids like to get dirty and my husband and I like to breathe fresh air at the end of a workday. We have a garden where the girls and I are learning about growing and caring for edible plants and how to cook what we grow. Our thumbs aren’t very green just yet but we are trying.

As PETA’s “Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrities” of 2013, why are you and Dax convinced that healthy vibrancy doesn’t rely on eating meat?

I have been a vegetarian since I was 11. I have never wanted to eat meat, even before I knew the positive environmental effects of a vegetarian diet. People need to be conscious of what they are eating. Most edible supermarket items aren’t real food. I like knowing where my meal comes from and who handles it. It makes both my mind and body feel better.

How did the animated film Frozen enable you to reach a larger young audience than ever before?

My goal with the character Anna was to play an imperfect princess, giving voice to the heroine I had been searching for when I was young: Someone who was awkward, clumsy, optimistic, too talkative, caring and didn’t have perfect posture. I wanted girls that feel like they don’t always fit in to have a fearless heroine to identify with. I want to be a real-life Anna, someone who doesn’t apologize for her flaws and stands up for herself and others because she’s strong. Thanks to Frozen, I have been invited to do more projects that reach young people. I hope to extend my voice as a trustworthy source supporting projects that can benefit them.   

You are passionate about the universal need for water conservation. What steps has your own family taken to be water-conscious?

Living in California and dealing with drought firsthand teaches about water conservation by necessity. We carefully consider how the food we eat directly impacts water use; we all understand that producing meat and dairy is water intensive. Replacing our lawn with AstroTurf cut our household water bill dramatically. We never run water from the tap when we are brushing our teeth, and always ‘let it mellow if it’s yellow’, that is, flush selectively. We even reuse the water used to sterilize baby bottles to water houseplants.   Gerry Strauss is a freelance writer in Hamilton, NJ. Connect at natural awakenings

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Skin Renewal Systems of Marco Island by Lillie Viola


rganically grown by word of mouth” is a phrase that Elizabeth Havens takes pride in when describing Skin Renewal Systems of Marco Island, her multi-tiered medical spa. What began in 1999 as an esthetician’s offering of facials and microdermabrasion out of a one-room office has grown into one of Marco Island’s destination experiences for health and wellness. “While I was working for a plastic surgeon in Naples, I was also building a business on Marco Island. When I added a massage therapist, we moved to an adjacent space in the Heritage Square Shopping Area. Next came the nail technician and hair stylists. For the benefit of our guests, I’ve always kept the salon, which is a high-energy, fun-filled place, separate from the spa’s soothing and serene ambiance,” says Havens, who notes that she is particularly proud of the relationship she, as well as her therapists and stylists, have with each client. A premier provider of skin care, Skin Renewal Systems Spa and Hair Salon offers massage therapy, acupuncture, private yoga classes, wellness therapies, permanent makeup, spray tanning, hair styling, manicures and pedicures. From haircuts, blow-drying and styling to hair color and complex hair smoothing therapy ,as well as nail care covering everything from traditional manicures and pedicures to full nail sets, fills and overlays, the spa has all as-

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pects of beauty covered, inside and out. Looking younger and more vibrant is possible with the spa’s numerous varieties of facial services, which include several types of peels, dermaplaning, microdermabrasion, microcurrent non-surgical lift-up, LED light therapy and skin needling. Spa services that vary, from waxing to airbrush tanning and an offering of different massage therapies, aromatherapy, reflexology and raindrop therapy allow for deep relaxation and rejuvenation. The spa specializes in shirodhara, a form of ayurveda therapy that clears the mind and senses, allowing the body’s natural healing mechanisms to release stress from the nervous system. It involves gently pouring ayurvedic essential oils in a steady stream over the forehead and scalp. This unique treatment begins with the placement of hot stones and hot packs on the belly and legs for grounding and relaxation. A special mixture of fresh lemon, lime, salt and warm castor oil is massaged into the feet to encourage the body to detoxify. A neck, head and face massage stimulates specific body sites to promote energy flow and healing. Skin Renewal Systems of Marco Island, Heritage Square is located at 1000 N. Collier Blvd., on Marco Island. For more information call 239-394-1083 or visit See ad, page 5.

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The sense of self-empowerment that follows yoga practice, which integrates the body, mind, and spirit, also includes qualities that lead human beings to cultivate wellness and healing. ~Bryan Kest gentleness, humility and passion, which is what Power Yoga cultivates. The truth is that there is no performance pressure, and everyone at any level is welcome. The self-empowerment that I refer to is the result of how students feel when they leave class—light, free, energetic, crystal-clear, calm and connected. Students walk away feeling whole, complete and satisfied. I compare it to the moment after an orgasm when you feel satiated, contented, peaceful and non-desirous. The sense of self-empowerment that follows yoga practice, which integrates the body, mind, and spirit, also includes qualities that lead human beings to cultivate wellness and healing. These qualities—gentleness, calmness, patience, humility, compassion and gratitude—are the same qualities that not only enhance all relationships on Earth, but also reduce stress, which is cited by medical science as the largest precursor to disease.

An Interview with Yogi Bryan Kest by Lee Walker


ryan Kest, the founder of Power Yoga, began his yoga practice at age 14. He initially studied in Hawaii with David Williams, the first individual to bring ashtanga yoga to America. He later moved to India to study with K. Pattabhi Jois, the main proponent of ashtanga yoga. Kest will conduct a Power Yoga Master Class at greenmonkey Studio on November 22.

What is ashtanga yoga, the foundation of your Power Yoga? Ashtanga yoga is a vigorous, dogmatic sequence of poses that doesn’t change. It’s the original form of flow yoga. What was the inspiration for your Power Yoga? Power Yoga is just what I thought was a super cool name back in the 1990s. Unfortunately, because of today’s stereotype of the word “power”, my form of incredibly empowering yoga is misunderstood. In fact, it alienates individuals who think they need to have strength, work hard and be athletic to do it. In my opinion, this stereotype is wrong. Nothing could be more powerful than 60

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What is the most significant truth you have learned from your yoga practice? I’ve learned that my greatest yoga teacher is within. The knowledge I’ve acquired is a direct result of me quieting my mind and being open to receive the teachings coming through. The real work of a yoga instructor is to create the right environment for the practice of yoga (quieting the mind) and reinforcing the truths being exposed. Yoga practice is my opportunity to quiet my mind and step away from the judgments and labels that separate me from my true self and all things. Quieting my mind gives me the opportunity to tap into the universal depository of all knowledge. Reflecting on my experiences in yoga, any and all of the spiritual information I have acquired has come from within. I do not parrot what a great yogi or saint has said. What I teach, the message and knowledge come from me. I find the knowledge that I have is congruent with the majority of the teachings from yoga philosophy, as well as that of many great saints. I feel that I am on the right track when my understanding parallels that of great teachers and saints and the parallels make sense, because truth is truth. For more information, contact greenmonkey Studio,located at 6200 Trail Blvd., in N. Naples. Call 239598-1938 or visit Naples Yoga Center is co-hosting Kest. See ad on back cover.

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Choosing the Perfect Pet Not Just Any Dog or Cat Will Do by Sandra Murphy


he old line, “He followed me home, can we keep him?” used to get a kid a dog or cat of his own. In today’s homes, it’s not that easy. Choosing a pet is a personal choice not to be taken lightly nor made on another person’s behalf. A surprise pet is a bad idea. Rather than gift a pet during the holidays or at any other time, give a coupon to be redeemed after extensive and careful consideration. Involve the whole family in listing pros and cons, deal breakers and must-haves. Lifestyle adjustments by everyone are to be expected, but pets shouldn’t make all the sacrifices. Available time and space, daily routines and costs all matter in determining the perfect pet.


Account Coordinator for z11 Communications, public speaker and author Michael Holtz, of Knoxville, Tennessee, admits he would’ve fallen in love with any dog. His wife, Sarah, searched to find the one that would work best for them. Based


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on past experience, Sarah knew that she didn’t When a dog or Not Quite Perfect want a herding, massive, shedding or miniature perfect pet doesn’t have to be perfect in cat won’t do, try The pet. She was drawn to Labrador types and found looks or health. Dorie Herman, of Jersey City, Marley, a golden/basset mix rescue that moved something in a New Jersey, a graphic designer for Martha in as Michael was undergoing cancer treatment. Living, in New York City, is the human tank—freshwater Stewart “She’s calm, playful and wants to be near, behind Chloe Kardoggian, a Chihuahua and but doesn’t smother, is stubborn, yet trainfish, lizards puppy mill rescue, age 11, which she describes able, and mostly obedient,” Sarah says. “Plus, as “three pounds, two teeth, one giant tongue or hamsters. she’s content to nap or go on three-mile walks. and an Instagram sensation.” Due to poor nutriWalking Marley helped Michael’s recovery after tion, mill dogs often lose their teeth as young surgery. She was good with just sniffing the green off of a adults, causing their tongues to hang out. She advocates for blade of grass until he was ready to head home.” older dogs and an adopt/don’t buy policy. “With senior ani-


Small dogs and those that need extensive grooming were on Melinda Carver’s no-adopt list. “I read books, visited websites, shelters, adopt-a-thons and rescue groups,” she says. “As a single person with a full-time job, I wanted a dog that would fit with my work, volunteer and exercise schedules.” Riley, a bloodhound/Lab mix, fit the bill. Shelter workers can project how large a dog will get when fully grown, as well as their temperament and other breed traits. Carver was cautioned that Riley was an active animal, needed long walks and would ultimately top 100 pounds. Now age 11, he’s a companionable 135 pounds. “I was surprised at how easy it was to change my routine to accommodate playtime, mile-long walks and training. He’s laid back and gentle for his size,” comments Carver, a blog talk radio show host in Parma, Ohio. Danielle Nay, an expat from the UK, researched for two years before choosing Freeway, her neighbor-friendly löwchen. He’s a mid-size dog, big enough to be a manly companion, but the right size for a high-rise apartment. “When his humans are busy, Freeway flings his own ball down the hall and then runs after it,” she says.

mals, you know what you’re getting. They have personality,” says Herman. “With my work schedule, I wanted an older pet, small and piddle-pad trained.”

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Herbert Palmer, of Morris Plains, New Jersey, now with Green the Grid Group, worked for a moving company when three kittens showed up near the loading dock. A co-worker took one. Not in the market for a cat, much less two, Palmer tried to find them good, safe homes. After five days, he realized, Lucky and Day had a home—with him. “Sometimes we adopt them. Many times they adopt us,” he confides. Falling in love doesn’t depend solely on what looks good on paper. Everyone deserves to find their “heart” pet— when that first exchanged look proclaims, “He’s mine.” Connect with Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@

More Factors to Consider n A yard isn’t a must, but dogs need regular exercise and socialization. n Adult children boomerang home after college or a divorce, often with pets. A new baby also alters a home’s equilibrium. Many hours away due to work, school activities, elder care and/or volunteering can lead to a bored pet that will produce its own entertainment, often to the family’s dismay. n Some pets are easily washable, while others need professional grooming. Daily brushing minimizes shedding. n Family members’ tolerance for pet drool and snoring counts. n A yearly wellness exam, required inoculations, a microchip and pet insurance add to the tab.

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Explore Your Past to Empower Your Present – 7-9pm. An evening of past-life regression with Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist Carolyn Beauchamp. In this exploratory workshop, participants will be taken through a hypnotic relaxation technique to explore past-life memories. Bring yoga mat and small pillow. $15. Unity Church of Bonita Springs, 28285 Imperial Pkwy. RSVP required: 300-1633 or See news brief, page 18.

Holiday for Heroes Fundraiser – Noon. Help send troops a care package for Christmas with Vino’s Picasso and Lovegrove Gallery & Gardens. Create a popular version of the American flag; paint session, wine and munchies. $60. Proceeds benefit Holiday for Heroes. Leoma Lovegrove’s Garden, 4637 Pine Island Rd NW, Matlacha Island. 283-6453. Intro to Wicca – 2pm. In this weekly progressive class, learn what Wicca is, concept of deity, altars, holidays, magick and more. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2 The Poison in Your Teeth Book Giveaway – 9:30am-5pm. Dr Mark Corke will distribute the book, The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Call the office for a tour or with questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 936-5442. Mini Sessions – 5:30-9pm. With psychic Candyce Strafford. Daniela’s Restaurant, Wiggins Pass Plaza, 13500 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. RSVP: 514-4414.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Private Psychic Readings – Nov 3, 5, 10 & 12. 1-5pm. With Jill M Jackson, winner of the prestigious Psychic of the Year award for 2015 and international psychic medium with a television show. Altered Elements, 5630 Yahl St, Ste 1, Naples. Preregister: 828-414-4765.

ways to begin or deepen a meditation practice in a comfortable and supportive environment. Free. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or greenmonkey. com/naples-schedule.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4 Introduction to Alignment Yoga – 5:30-6:45pm. A five-week beginner’s course with Brittany Speakman. Learn the correct body alignment and props for basic poses and breathing techniques to relax the mind and body. Cultivate a successful home practice. $75 includes yoga block and course material. AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. RSVP: 433-5995 or Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Nicole Sandhu. Enjoy the benefits of sound vibration healing. Relax and heal from the vibrations of a variety of the seven bowls which help to heal and open one’s heart, helping to align self to its higher purpose. $10. Ages 12 and up. The Mystical Moon Bonita, 8951 SE Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 255. RSVP: 301-0655. Complimentary Meditation – 7-8pm. Jennifer Stevens guides students through an hour of meditation and provides an opportunity to explore new

Multilevel Gentle Yoga – 9-10am. With Sarah. Open to the public and conducted in the group fitness room. Yoga mat and yoga props provided. $15. Anytime Fitness, 9211 College Parkway, Ft Myers. Preregistration required: 825-0126 or Multi-level Gentle Yoga – 11am-noon. With Sarah, yoga therapist. Guided pranayama, deep stretching; flow through gentle asanas. $15/class; class pass packages available. Therapeutic Bodywork Center of Ft Myers, 6202 Presidential Cr, Ste B. Preregistration required: 825-0126 or Private Psychic Readings – 1-5pm. With Jill M Jackson, winner of the prestigious Psychic of the Year award for 2015 and international psychic medium with a television show. $225/hr or $125/30 min. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Wild Life Art Opening and Drumming Circle – 6-9pm. Featuring the fine art works of Ed Takacs, Christine Reichow and Leigh Herndon. Live music by Alchemie, live street chalk art by Jane Portaluppi Durand, community drumming circle and community yoga class. Free. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Sacred Sounds/Music of Spheres – 6:30pm. With Dana House. Connect to your initiating spark that shines through the holistic resonance of the invocative gongs and grace filled bowls using 3-D mandalas and ancient aromatic blends. Bring pillow, blanket, mat. $20. Peaceful Escapes, 601 E Elkcam Cir, B-3, Marco Island. 571-5234. Paint Your Pet – 6:30-9pm. Send in a clear headshot of your fur baby and a pre-sketch of your painting will be prepared. BYOB (beer/wine only) or try something from the wine bar and craft beer selection. $50 includes supplies. Vino’s Picasso, 15250 S Tamiami Tr, Ste 109, Ft Myers. RSVP: 288-6953. Pictures to: Tea Leaf Reading: The Art of Tasseography – 7pm. Learn how to read the tea leaves for self and others. Receive a tea leaf reading during class. A tea party with extras. $30 includes materials. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Kirtan – 7:30pm. With Prema Hara. $20/in advance, $30/at the door. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. LoveYogaCenter. com. See ad, page 49.

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and kick off a healthy lifestyle throughout Lee and Collier counties. Healthy Eating Toolkit available at Info: 495-4900 or Reiki Master Class – 2pm. Learn advanced energy work, master symbols, chakra diagnosis and crystal grids to enhance the Reiki experience. Certification and attunement provided. Prerequisite Reiki One and Two. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Chocolate Extravaganza – 5:30-7:30pm. A fundraiser featuring an abundance of decadent sweets donated by area restaurants, bakeries, chocolatiers and caterers. Includes hot and cold hearty hors d’oeuvres, wine and soft drinks and auctions. Proceeds benefit Project HELP. $95. Design Studio by Raymond, 990 1st Ave N, downtown Naples. Tickets: 649-1404 or Multi-Level Gentle Yoga – 6-7pm. With Sarah, yoga therapist. Guided pranayama, deep stretching; flow through gentle asanas. $15/class; class pass packages available. Therapeutic Bodywork Center of Ft Myers, 6202 Presidential Cr, Ste B. Preregistration required: 825-0126 or Psychic Fair – 6-9pm. Infinite Stones, 12911 Metro Pkwy, Ft Myers. 561-1981. See ad, page 64. Reiki Master Class – 7pm. Learn advanced energy work, master symbols, chakra diagnosis and crystal grids to enhance the Reiki experience. Certification and attunement provided. Prerequisite Reiki One and Two. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

Spirit Sound Healing Circle – 7-8:30pm. With Johnny Freedom and Isabel Silva. Chant the names of the Hindu gods and goddesses that are truly aspects of our own divine inner selves. Evening includes crystal singing bowls, drums, gongs, flutes and call-and-response chanting. $10. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6 ThetaHealing Basic DNA Class – Nov 6-8. 10am5pm. With Diana Palm. Learn intuitive body scans, readings, heal past and current life issues and work with the spirit world. Masters welcome. $500. Center of Eternal Light, 260 Professional Pl, N Ft Myers. 599-4700. Crystal Bowl Sound Bath – 6:30-8pm. With Sue Lovett. Allow your cells to naturally attune to the meditative, balancing and healing powers of sound vibration. Meditation can be done seated or lying down. $20. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. Gallery Mediumship Demonstration – 7-9pm. With Jill M Jackson, winner of the prestigious Psychic of the Year Award for 2015 and international Psychic Medium with a television show under her contract. $33/ticket. Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way. 828-414-4765.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7 Life Coach Certification Level I – Nov 7-8. Life coach training and certification with David Essel. Participate in person or via teleconference from any-

where. 5237 Summerlin Commons Blvd, Ft Myers. Preregister: Psychic Development Class: Level I – 9am-6pm. With Jill M Jackson, 2015 Psychic of the Year. $222. Altered Elements, 5630 Yahl St, Ste 1, Naples. Preregister: 828-414-4765. Really, Really Free Market – 10am-2pm. Potluck of reusable items. No money, barter or trade; everything is free. Fleischmann Park, Naples. Facebook page: Naples Really Really Free Market. Weekend Childbirth Education – Nov 7-8. 10am3pm, Sat; 12-4pm, Sun. Learn about stages of labor, pain coping practices, moving beyond birth worries and more. Breastfeeding class included. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 594-0400. Info/register: Live Blood Cell Analysis – 10am-5pm. With Brandi Stewart. 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 takehome information. For Goodness Sake, 7211 Radio Rd, Naples. RSVP: 353-7778. Reiki Level I and Intro to Medical Intuition – 11am-5pm. With Lenka Spiska. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. ABCs of Yoga 1-3pm. With Amy Voelkl. This allbeginners class is a comfortable, safe and stress-free way to take the mystery out of yoga for first-time students of all fitness levels. $10. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or naples-events. Mini Readings – 1-9pm. With Candyce Strafford. Petunias of Naples, 825 5th Ave S, Naples. RSVP: 403-3550. 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, dowse and test energy fields and chakras. Free, includes charts. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 2-3pm. With Cathy Blair. Align and attune through the loving harmonics of the crystal singing bowls. Bring a mat, pillow and blanket. $20. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. Info: 213-9276. workshops.html.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8 Complimentary Community Yoga Class – 9am. With local yoga teachers. Become one with nature in this yoga class held in an outdoor setting. Free. Cypress Cove Conservancy, Golden Gate Estates, Naples. RSVP/directions: 777-0186. See news brief, page 18. Psychic Development Class: Level II – 9am-6pm. With Jill M Jackson, 2015 Psychic of the Year. $222. Altered Elements, 5630 Yahl St, Ste 1, Naples. Preregister: 828-414-4765. Demonstrate to Educate Rally – 11am. Rally for clean water to encourage city leaders to educate the public about flesh-eating bacteria in the water. Bring your own signs. Ft Myers beach. Info: 407460-6452. Facebook page: The SWFL Clean Water Movement. See news brief, page 20.


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Eckankar Worship Service – 11am. Special guest speaker Diane Sterling on Dreams and Your Spiritual Journey. Eckankar Center, Ft Myers. Call for directions: 482-4034.

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Eckankar 50th Anniversary – 12:15pm. Covered dish supper, followed by free Internet broadcast of 2015 ECK Worldwide Conference talk by Harold Klemp, spiritual leader of Eckankar. Ft Myers. Call for directions: 482-4034. Restorative Yoga and Sound Healing – 2-4:30pm. Experience yoga poses designed to relax your nervous system while listening to the healing sound vibrations of Robert Austin’s Tibetan and crystal bowls. $40/ prepay; $45/door. AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. RSVP: 433-5995 or

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10 The Truth Regarding Glaucoma Treatment – 6pm. With Dr Edward Kondrot, MD, best-selling author and alternative medicine doctor. Find out what traditional medicine isn’t telling patients receiving glaucoma treatments. Free with bonus for all registrants. 2666 Cabbage Ct, Ft Myers. RSVP: 800-430-9328. See ad, page 33. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Nicole Sandhu. Enjoy the benefits of sound vibration healing. Relax and heal from the vibrations of a variety of the seven bowls which helps to heal and open one’s heart, helping to align self to its higher purpose. $10. Ages 12 and up. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339. 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 11/17. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training – Nov 13-15. Six-weekend intensive. Mix-and-match the modules based on your needs. Student-centered learning, comprehensive curriculum and world-class faculty. greenmonkey, 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples. Register: 598-1938. See ad, back cover. or Injections – 10am. With Dr Edward Kondrot, MD, best-selling author and alternative medicine doctor. Learn innovative, natural methods to help reverse macular degeneration safely and effectively. Free with bonus for registrants. 2666 Swamp Cabbage Ct, Ft Myers. RSVP: 800-430-9328. See ad, page ##. 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 11/19. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Goddess Circle – 7pm. With Pam Bzoch. Explore and connect with the energy of the divine feminine. The evening includes a sacred altar dedicated to a different Goddess each month, guided meditation, discussion and sacred altar keepsake. $25. The Mystical Moon Bonita, 8951 SE Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 255. RSVP: 301-0655. The Transfiguration of Our World: How a Light Alliance is Transforming Darkness and Creating a New Earth – 7pm. An introductory talk based on the latest information from spiritual sources about energies affecting earth and how to respond, with authors Gordon Davidson and Corinne McLaughlin.

Accelerating Your Spiritual Evolution – 9:30am4:30pm. A two-day training in Co-creating an Integrated Self and Transfigured World with Gordon Davidson and Corinne McLaughlin. The first in a series of ongoing trainings to accelerate your spiritual growth creating healthy relationships with people, time, money and the world. Part two 11/15. $225/both days. Bonita Shores Club, 315 West Ave. 777-2983. Register: Evening Psychic Faire – 5-8pm. Mini-readings with experienced readers. Angelic, tarot, mediumship, psychic, Reiki, past-life and animal/pet readings, angels. $20/15 min. Goddess I AM Healing & Art Center, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. RSVP: 228-6949. Breath of Life/Music of the Spheres – 6:30pm. With Dana House and Linda. Conscious connective breathing, Reiki attunements, percussive music and the sounds of gongs and bowls. Bring pillow, blanket and mat. $25. Anahata, 1065 5th Ave N, Naples. RSVP: 571-5234. Psychic Development – 7pm. With Laurie Barraco. Learn how to use your natural psychic abilities the way spirit intended. Tools of divination and how to

New Moon Meditation – 7-8pm. With Marc Wagner. Participants of this guided meditation will feel refreshed and enjoy an improved sense of well-being as the singing bowls and their vibrations help accelerate new potential. $25 or $5 off by 11/9. greenmonkey, Trail Blvd N, Naples. 598-1938. Explore Your Past to Empower Your Present – 7-9pm. An evening of past-life regression with Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist Carolyn Beauchamp. In this exploratory workshop, participants will be taken through a hypnotic relaxation technique to explore past-life memories. Bring yoga mat and small pillow. $15. Unity Church of Bonita Springs, 28285 Imperial Pkwy. RSVP required: 300-1633 or See news brief, page 18.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11 New Moon Celebration – 7pm. 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 Tr N, Naples. 403-9170. Living the Good Life and the Divine Life – 7-9pm. Presented by Cary Bayer. Learn how to be spiritually awakened and materially abundant. $30. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

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use them will be discussed. Topic: Mediumship. $20. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Lane, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339.

avoid energy drains. $60; $14/lunch. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 949-0749.

Gallery Mediumship Demonstration – 7-9pm. With Jill M Jackson, winner of the prestigious Psychic of the Year Award for 2015 and international psychic medium with a television show. $33/ ticket. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 828-414-4765.

Transfiguration of Our World II: Latest Developments in the Unfolding Plan – 9:30am-4:30pm. With Gordon Davidson and Corinne McLaughlin. Presentations and meditations to explore accelerating your spiritual process, integrating your subconscious, conscious and superconscious and giving latest updates on Light Alliance activities worldwide. $95. Bonita Shores Club, 315 West Ave. 777-2983. Register:

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14 Lovers Key Community Yard Sale – 8am-1pm. Celebrate America Recycles Day and bring your items that have been sitting and waiting to be recycled, repurposed or reused. Goodwill of SWFL will be accepting donations including unsold items after the sale. Exhibits and activities about recycling, reusing and repurposing items. Lovers Key State Park, 8700 Estero Blvd, Ft Myers Beach. 463-4588. Register: See news brief, page 11. Emotional Intelligence: Navigate Life’s Transitions – 9am-noon, workshop; noon-12:30pm, organic lunch with Claudia Monte (optional). Retreat from the world to a healing space and learn about the role emotions play in your wellness spectrum. Learn how to sustain positive relationships and

The Power of Food and Movement – 10amnoon. With Suzanne Graziano. An educational, healthy living seminar to promote musculoskeletal health using the power of food and movement. Includes a wellness plan designed to keep the joints healthy for all ages. Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. See news brief, page 20. Alliance Gift Shop Explosion – 10am-1pm. Avoid malls and retail stores this holiday season and find locally made, unique gifts while supporting local artists. Coffee and refreshments will be served. Coincides with the Green Market and free yoga class begins at 9:30am. The Alliance for the Arts,

10091 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 939-2787 ext 126. See news brief, page 13. Art in the Woods – 10am-5pm. An art show and sale presented by local artists, with a percentage of proceeds benefiting the nonprofit Footsteps to the Future. Food, live music and children’s activities held in the natural wooded surroundings on the property and gallery of Kim Hambor. Free admission/donations accepted. 1634 Arbor Ridge Dr, Ft Myers. 281-7378. See news brief, page 19. Psychic Faire – 10am-5pm. Choose from a list of readers and healers offering many services including readings, astrology, mediumship, tarot, palm readings, Reiki, biofeedback, pet communication. $25/20 minutes. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Lane, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339. Thyroid Seminar – 10:30am. With Dr Robert Gilliland, DC. Fatigue, unexpected weight gain, thinning hair, always feeling cold, anxiety, night sweats, morning headaches, brittle nails, brain fog? Discover natural solutions to correct thyroid problems, specific foods to avoid, why you feel lousy taking thyroid hormones and more. 27499 Riverview Ctr Blvd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 4443106. See ad, page 21. Complimentary Reiki Circle – 1-2:30pm. With Addy Huff and other Reiki practitioners. Huff will explain the practice of Reiki, how it is similar to the yoga philosophy and how the channeling of Reiki energy is used for healing purposes. Free. greenmonkey, 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples. 598-1938. 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 also known as sacred geometry. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Beyond Deep Breath – 2-4pm. With Jamie Shane. An advanced breathing workshop designed to teach different breathing techniques to master different qualities of the mind. $25. Two CEUs. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. Info: 213-9276.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15 Accelerating Your Spiritual Evolution – 9:30am4:30pm. Training in Co-creating an Integrated Self and Transfigured World with Gordon Davidson and Corinne McLaughlin. Part two in a series of ongoing trainings to accelerate your spiritual growth creating healthy relationships with people, time, money and the world. $125 or $225/both days, see 11/13 listing. Bonita Shores Club, 315 West Ave. 777-2983. Register: Crystal Bowl Meditation – 10am & 1pm. With Cathy Blair. Discover and align to all of your multidimensional aspects to become who you’re meant to be. Let the loving harmonics of the crystal singing bowls expand your soul into your new light codes to radiate more light from your heart center. Bring pillow, mat and blanket. $10. Winterview Ct, 2960 Immokalee Rd, Ste 3, Naples. 398-3953. Soaring Sacred Sounds – 6:30pm. With Dana House. Evoke divine will through the empowering gongs and unconditional love through the gentle bowls and ancient aromatic blends for helping, healing and transformation personal and planetary.


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Bring musical creative expression, mat, pillow, blanket. $15. Arthur Murray, 3339 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. RSVP: 571-5234.

Trim and Tone Spa Open House – 3-7pm. Demonstrations of your choice of either the FDA nonsurgical skin tightening and fat reduction Exilis Elite Laser, Lunch Time Face Lift microcurrent muscle stimulation and skin tightening or Ultrasonic Epiwave facial treatment. Free. 1201 Piper Blvd, Ste 20, Naples. 596-5522. See ad on page 15 and news brief on page 14.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17 Living Well Chiropractic Fifth Anniversary Open House – 5:30-7pm. Vivian Ebert, DC, and staff invite current and past patients, as well as the general public to celebrate with light refreshments, music and door prizes. Bring a non-perishable food donation for Interfaith Charities of South Lee County. 10020 Coconut Rd, Ste 134, Bonita Springs. 4982225. See news brief, page 21. Bio Identical Hormones: Are They For You? – 6pm. Refreshments provided. Hughes Center for Functional Medicine, 800 Goodlette Rd, Ste 270, Naples. RSVP: See ad, page 87. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Nicole Sandhu. Enjoy the benefits of sound vibration healing. Relax and heal from the vibrations of a variety of the seven bowls which help to heal and open one’s heart, helping to align self to its higher purpose. $10. Ages 12 and up. The Mystical Moon Bonita, 8951 SE Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 255. RSVP: 301-0655. Breastfeeding Class – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn how to successfully breastfeed your newborn baby, use breast pumps and transition to returning to work while breastfeeding. Benefits of breastfeeding, techniques for positioning and latching-on, timing and frequency of feeds will be discussed. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 594-0400. Info/register:

Crystal Bowl Celebration – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. Move into higher states of joy and peace thru the loving harmonics of the singing bowls. Open your heart to receive more love. Bring mat, pillow and blanket. $20. Peaceful Escapes, 601 E Elkcam Cir, Marco. 398-3953. Explore Your Past to Empower Your Present – 7-9pm. An evening of past-life regression with Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist Carolyn Beauchamp. In this exploratory workshop, participants will be taken through a hypnotic relaxation technique to explore past-life memories. Bring yoga mat and small pillow. $15. Unity Church of Bonita Springs, 28285 Imperial Pkwy. RSVP required: 300-1633 or See news brief, page 18. Special Equestrian’s Fundraiser – 7-9pm. Support a great cause with a guided paint session. BYOB (beer/wine only) or try something from the wine bar and craft beer selection. $36 includes all supplies. Vino’s Picasso, 15250 S Tamiami Tr, Ste 109, Ft Myers. RSVP: 288-6953. See news brief, page 16.

Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – 5:30-6:30pm. Introduction to internationally acclaimed eight-week stress-reduction course using mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga and scientific research pioneered by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn at U Mass. Free. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 280-9095. Bad Foods That Do Good Things – 6:30pm. With Dr Gary Gendron, of Nutrition Specialists of Florida. Refreshments will be served. Free. Whole Foods Market, Mercato, 9101 Strada Place, Naples. RSVP: 947-1177. See ad, page 2. Oh No, My Hair is Falling Out! What Can I Do? – 6:30pm. With Deborah J Post, ARNP. Learn the causes and how to slow down the uncomfortable issue of hair loss that both men and women face. Food & Thought Café, 2132 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 481-5600. Galleria, Libro, Soirée – 6:30-8:30pm. Lights dim to allow the magic of art (Karen Longordo’s artistic photographs), poetry (Sal Marici’s reading), aromas (Joyful Juicing bar) and music impress your senses for a truly meaningful social experience. 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. Space is limited, RSVP: 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter. com. See news brief, page 15. Guided Meditation – 7pm. Let the stress of the season melt away with a guided meditation. The group will decide which ones to use. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Nutrition Class – 7-8:30pm. Nutrition for pregnancy, lactation, postpartum and family. Pregnant moms receive a free gift. Free. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 594-0400. Info/register: Vibrational Angel Healing and Messages – 7-9pm. Trance channeling with Candyce Strafford. Healing and messages from the emissaries of light and Archangel Michael. $22. Mystical Moon, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ft Myers. 939-3339.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19 The Poison in Your Teeth Book Giveaway – 8am5pm. Dr Mark Corke will distribute the book, The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Call the office for a tour or with questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 9365442. Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – 10-11am. Introduction to internationally acclaimed eight-week stress-reduction course using mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga and scientific research pioneered by Dr Jon KabatZinn at U Mass. Free. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 280-9095. Home Garden Irrigation – 5:30pm, open and informal


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chat on edible topics; 6:30pm, Edible Gardening Exchange guest speaker: Fred Geist. Learn how to irrigate your home garden. Bring something to share: seeds, plants, and a snack. Bring your own cup for free coffee and tea. $10/membership fee plus $10 for Lee Parks and Rec lifetime membership required. North Ft Myers Rec Center, 2000 N Recreation Park Way. 610-530-8883. Reiki Circle – 7-8:30pm. With Reiki master Pam Bzoch, owner of Saith Seren. The group will focus on opening and clearing one of the chakras. Receive healing energy for self or to a loved one. $20. ShangriLa Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20 Infant Massage – 1-2pm. Learn skills for helping your baby sleep and enhance bonding while also improving baby’s physical and emotional health. $15. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 594-0400. Info/register: Reiki Healing Circle – 7pm. Let the power of Reiki help promote healing on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Connect to the Healer Within –7-9pm. With Dan Gorny. Firefly Within hosts an evening of learning, conversation and sharing of Reiki energy to awaken and connect to the healer within. $11 donation. Healing Light Center, 4810 Hickory Wood Dr, Naples. 980-3257. Healing Sound Concert – 7-9pm. With more than 50 Tibetan and crystal bowls, Robert Austin opens the door to healing for all levels of consciousness. Experience the healing vibrations of sounds soothing to your ears and soul. $20. AHA! A Holistic Approach

Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. RSVP: 433-5995 or Sacred Sound/Sacred Space – 7-9pm. With Dana House. Connect to the divine spark within through the energies of the grace-filled gongs and the blissful bowls using 3-D mandalas and ancient aromatic blends to enhance your powers of creative expression and manifest your greatest potential. Bring mat, pillow, and blanket. $20. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 949-0749.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21 Ancient Touch Shiatsu – 7:30am-4:30pm. With Minazali Bhimji (Ali), LMT. Integrate a powerful set of techniques into your existing massage. Identify tsubos. Ying/yang theory, meridians, five-element theory for self healing and supporting others. Clinical applications. $345. 18 FL CEUs for LMTs. 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 948-9444. Chakra Energy Balancing Group Class – 8:30am. With Terry Flynn. Learn how to open and balance the energy centers of your body. $18 includes green tea and organic fruit. Attendees will receive a complimentary $50 gift certificate towards a private energy healing session. Purely You Spa, 3066 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 302, Naples. Preregister: 331-8266. The Fifth Annual Childen and Youth Conference – 8:30am-4:30pm. Learn about STEAM for early childhood, early childhood development, strategies for challenging behavior, mental health disorders, trauma, successful parenting tips and more. Keynote Speaker: Ross W Greene, PhD. $20/students; $40/parents, teachers and professionals; $60/CEUs and registration;

includes continental breakfast. Cohen Center, Florida Gulf Coast University, 10501 FGCU Blvd S, Ft Myers. 425-3273. See news brief, page 10. Yoga on the Lawn – 9am. Instruction provided by Joyful Yoga. Bring yoga mat and water bottle. Donation of books for preschoolers will be taken on behalf of the Bonita Literacy Council. Free. Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa, 5001 Coconut Rd, Bonita Springs. 390-4360. See ad, page 31. Zazenkai Retreat – 9am-4pm. A full day of meditation. Optional all levels yoga class is included. $65 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205. 961-2491. See news brief, page 20. Unity of Naples Arts and Crafts Festival – 10am3pm. Family friendly event with activities and music. 2000 Unity Way, Naples. Jerrine: 285-1733. Reshape Your Subconscious: A Guided Healing Journey – 10am-4pm. With Dona Matera. Identify and transform self-limiting attitudes. Matera will guide participants into a relaxed state of heightened awareness, opening the doors to your inner wisdom, essence and wholeness. $114, includes organic lunch. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 949-0749. Psychic Fair – 11am-4pm. Get a spiritual “tune-up” with gifted readers and healers. Psychic readings, mediums, healers, tarot readings, jewelry, books, candles, sage, crystals, incense, angels. $25/25 minutes. Center of Eternal Light, 260 Professional Pl, N Ft Myers. 599-4700. Psychic Faire – 11am-4pm. Mini-readings with experienced readers. Angelic, tarot, mediumship, psychic, Reiki, past-life and animal/pet readings,

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angels. $20/15 min. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. RSVP: 228-6949. Dowsing – 2pm. With Ross. Learn what dowsing is and how to use this method for finding objects underground, testing energy fields, spirit energies and more. Learn the different tools used for dowsing. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. How to Heal the Body Through Sound – 2-4:40pm. Learn the placement of crystal and Tibetan bowls upon the body and the use of handle bowls to restore the body’s harmony. $45. AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. Register: 433-5995 or

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22 Bryan Kest Master Class – 12:30-3:30pm. Cohosted by greenmonkey and Naples Yoga Center. Join Bryan Kest, an internationally recognized yoga teacher known as the creator of Power Yoga and the “yoga teacher to the stars” in a heated three-hour, all-levels master class that includes 45 minutes of discussion followed by a vinyasa class. $95. greenmonkey, 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples. 598-1938. See article, page 60.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23 Full Moon/Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 3:15-6:15pm. With GAEA guides. Paddle on the Caloosahatchee River and on wild creeks with thousands of birds preparing to roost for the night. Watch the sunset and moonrise. $40 includes equipment and a Florida master naturalist guide. Caloosahatchee River near Ft Myers. RSVP: 694-5513.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24 Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Nicole Sandhu. Enjoy the benefits of sound vibration healing. Relax and heal from the vibrations of a variety of the seven bowls which helps to heal and open one’s heart, helping to align self to its higher purpose. $10. Ages 12 and up. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339. Childbirth Education Series – 6:30-8:30pm. Tuesdays thru Dec 24. Learn about stages of labor, pain coping practices and more. Breastfeeding class included. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 594-0400. Info/ register: Explore Your Past to Empower Your Present – 7-9pm. An evening of past-life regression with Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist Carolyn Beauchamp. In this exploratory workshop, participants will be taken through a hypnotic relaxation technique to explore past-life memories. Bring yoga mat and small pillow. $15. Unity Church of Bonita Springs, 28285 Imperial Pkwy. RSVP required: 300-1633 or See news brief, page 18. Ecstatic Kirtan – 7:15-8:45pm. With Missy Balsam. An evening of connection, community building and heart-opening singing. No experience necessary. $15 love offering. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 272-6152.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25 Multilevel Gentle Yoga – 9-10am. With Sarah. Open


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to the public and conducted in the group fitness room. Yoga mat and yoga props provided. $15. Anytime Fitness, 9211 College Parkway, Ft Myers. Preregistration required: 825-0126 or Multilevel Gentle Yoga – 11am-noon. With Sarah, Yoga Therapist. Guided pranayama, deep stretching; flow through gentle asanas. $15/class; class pass packages available. Therapeutic Bodywork Center of Ft Myers, 6202 Presidential Cr, Ste B. Pregistration required: 825-0126 or Bat Kayak Tour – 4-7pm. Visit a lovely creek in the wilderness; part of an estuary system with many plants and animals. At dusk see the bats come out of their hiding places. Learn about these very interesting, ancient and important creatures from a certified Florida master naturalist guide. $40. GAEA Guides, North Ft Myers. RSVP: 694-5513. Full Moon Celebration – 4:30pm. 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.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26 Gobble, Gobble Four Miler – 6am, race day registration/packet pickup; 7:25am, one-mile fun walk/run; 7:30am, competitive chip timed event; 7:35am, fun run/walk four miler; 8:50am, lil’ gobbler’s dash. All race proceeds benefit St Matthews House and 95210 Kids on the Go. Venetian Village, 4200 Gulf Shore Blvd N, Naples. See ad on page 39 and news brief on page 10. Thanksgiving Pre-Turkey Burn – 9-10:15am. With Kiersten Mooney. Live your yoga practice with gratitude at greenmonkey’s annual pre-turkey burn. 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples. 598-1938. greenmonkey. com/naples-schedule.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27 Red Tent Gathering – 6-9pm. Bring a dish to this potluck gathering. Different activities offered each month to connect deeper with self, each other and the planet. Women only. $20. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. RSVP: 228-6949. 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, 1065 5th Ave N, Naples. RSVP: 5715234. Psychic Development – 7pm. With Laurie Barraco. Learn how to use your natural psychic abilities the way spirit intended. Various tools of divination and how to use them will be discussed. Topic: Clairvoyance. $20. The Mystical Moon Bonita, 8951 SE Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 255. RSVP: 301-0655.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28 Psychic Faire – 10am-4pm. Choose from an assortment of well-established and gifted psychics and healers. Tarot readers, soul chart progression, astrology, oracle card reader, energy matrix healer, rune caster, medium, chakra cleansing and alignment and shamanic journeys. $25/25 minutes. The

Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. 939-2769.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 15 200-Hour Residential Yoga Teacher Training and Retreat 2016 – Jan 15-31. A two-week all-inclusive residential yoga retreat for aspiring teachers and serious self-help seekers. Focus on psychological strength, trauma sensitively and neurohealth. Founded by a 10-year veteran of yoga with training and experience in recovery and trauma awareness. Yoga Alliance registered school. Naples. 444-8160. See ad on page 37 and news brief on page 17.

Mystic Faire – 10am-6pm. Largest psychic fair in SW FL. 60 exhibitors, psychics, healers and vendors. Door prizes all day long, with raffle proceeds going to local charities. Bring canned goods for local food banks. $5/entry fee. 12 and under free. Etudes Dance Studio, 3285 Pine Ridge Rd, Naples. 949-3387. See ad on page 52 and news brief on page 17. Grateful Jam Holiday Party: Crazy Fingers Band – 7-11:30pm. Southwest Florida’s premier Grateful Dead tribute band. $35/reserved seats. Opera Naples, 2408 Linwood Ave, Naples. PromoterMan1@gmail. com. Facebook page: Grateful Jam Holiday Party. Tickets: See ad on page ## and news brief on page ##.

plan ahead SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5 Reiki Level I Intensive – 8:30am-8pm. With Silvia Casabianca, Reiki master. Become a Reiki practitioner. Heal self, support others. History, principles, energetic anatomy, healing vs curing, hand positions, attunements. $175. 12 Fl CEUs, nurses, MHC, LMTs, midwives, nutritionists, CSWs, MFTs. 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 948-9444. Great Outdoor Adventure Day – 10am-3pm. Food touch tanks, children’s activities, ranger-led programs. Kayak tours, walking nature tours, bike tours, geo-caching, fishing clinics and more. Exhibitors include local environmental organizations,

outdoor equipment and healthy lifestyle vendors. Parking fee: $8/up to eight passengers; $4/single occupant; $2/pedestrian or bicyclist. Lovers Key State Park, 8700 Estero Blvd, Ft Myers. 463-4588.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15 Enneagram Evening – 6-8pm. An ancient Sufi teaching that describes nine different personality types and their interrelationships. Originated in Jesuit monasteries so people would know how to get along. Includes a video and some experiential movement. Insights into your personality and life. $55. Three CEUs Fl MTs. Naples. Register: Alvina: 732-266-5276.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 8 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training 2016 – Jan 8-May 29. 6-9pm, Fri; 10am-6pm, Sat & Sun. Meets every other weekend. This comprehensive training covers: yoga philosophy, alignment, chakras, anatomy and physiology, chanting, Sanskrit, assists and much more. $3,500; payment plans available. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 204, Naples. 6929747.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 24 Israel Yoga Retreat 2016 – Explore the beauty and rich culture of Israel with Kiersten Mooney. Delve deeper into your yoga in the spiritual epicenter of the world and enjoy exclusive tours to colorful markets and historical locations. Daily yoga and meditation. Five to seven day options.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19 Jean Shinoda Bolen Event Fundraiser – Feb 1921. Compass for Activism on the Path with Heart. Includes wine, tea and cheese reception. Lecture Friday night, Saturday workshop and lunch. Sunday temple Artemisia Healing Circle and light lunch (Bolen will not be present on Sun). Happehatchee, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27 Holistic Holiday at Sea 2016 – Feb 27-Mar 5. Experience seven nights on the MSC Divina, one of the mot ecologically friendly and elegant cruise liners on the seas. Bask in gracious Italian hospitality and service while enjoying inspiring lectures and vegan natural foods. Departs from Miami, FL. 877-8447977. See ad, page 65.

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daily 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

Guided Tour and Organic Lunch – Mon-Fri. 10am-3pm, gift shop open. 11am & 2pm, guided tour, $15; 11:30am-2:30pm, organic lunch: vegan, vegetarian and protein offerings. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Yoga in Nature – Tue-Sun. Multilevel yoga classes mornings and evenings. $10/drop-in (cash/check). Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Schedule:

sunday Facial Marma Point Massage Tutorial – 8am2pm. Sample a handcrafted, ‘bliss’ aromatherapy lotion (contains 20+ essential oils) and learn how to do a marma point facial massage at the Vivasana booth. Free. Venetian Village Green Market, 4200 Gulf Shore Blvd Naples. 444-8160. Unity of Ft Myers – 9:15am & 11am services. With Rev Jim Rosemergy, minister. Susie Hulcher, music. Youth 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. Cambier Park, 580 8th St S, Naples. 649-1588.

Cycling Class for Parkinson’s – 12:30-2pm. Find support from other people with Parkinson’s, feel better and reduce your symptoms. Physician referral required. Free. Bonita Springs YMCA, 27200 Kent Rd. Marla Ramsey: 221-7560. Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 3:30-5pm. Still feel responsible for your parents’ feelings? You don’t need to. YANA Foundation Building, 1185 Lake McGregor Dr, Ft Myers. Jane: 728-7106.

David Essel Alive – Get inspired. Join the archived national radio show with guests like Deepak Chopra. Tune in 24/7 at The Mat Crawl – Get out of your comfort zone by doing 30 different teacher/class style combinations over 30 days to live your yoga practice. Prizes at major milestones. Regular class packages apply. 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples. 598-1938. greenmonkey. com/naples-events.

Intuitive Consultations and Energy Healing – 11am-4pm. With Patrick Giordano. Psychic readings, mediumship, Reiki healing and sound therapy. The Mystical Moon, 8951 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 255, Bonita Springs. 301-0655.

month, 9-9:45am. $10 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 961-2491. Yoga in the Garden – 10-11am. With Susie Lentz. Practice in the great outdoors surrounded by beauty of the Naples Botanical Gardens on the Kapnick Caribbean lawn. $10/members; $20/nonmembers. 4820 Bayshore Dr, Naples. 598-1938. Rivers and Creek Kayak Tour – 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. 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. Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft Myers Sunday Service – 10:30-11:30am. All welcome. 13411 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. 561-2700. Gentle Yoga for Discovering a Path to Peace – 10:30noon. With Renee Newell. Through gentle yoga and stretching, learn to move with awareness and less effort, to be more and do less. $15/drop-in or $120/10

Ashtanga Yoga: Full Primary Series – 4:30-6pm. A set sequence of postures as taught by the late Sri K Pattabhi Jois. $15 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 961-2491. Introductory Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 4:45pm. Last Sun each month. Green Monkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 6:30pm. With dharma teacher Fred Epsteiner, in the spirit of Thich Nhat Hanh. greenmonkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 6:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Cape Christian Fellowship, 2110 Chiquita Blvd, Cape Coral. 338-5948. Drum and Dance Circle – 6-9pm. Drummers, dancers, jugglers, everyone welcome. BYO chair and instrument. Under the pavilion by the water in Centennial Park, Ft Myers. Info: Facebook page: Fort Myers Drum Circle. 935-5551.

monday Pilates Reformer – 8am. With Patricia Wilborn. Gyrotonic of Naples, 3415 Radio Rd, Ste 107, Naples. 290-7499. Aerial Yoga Pilates Reformer – 9am. With Patricia Wilborn. Gyrotonic of Naples, 3415 Radio Rd, Ste 107, Naples. 290-7499.

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. Silent Meditation – 10-11am. Meets weekly. Basic instruction on meditation postures and walking meditation for beginners the last Sunday of the

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Mindful Movement Qigong Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. With Francis Reilly. Qigong, yoga, breath awareness and guided relaxation. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Aerial Yoga – 10am. With Patricia Wilborn. Gyrotonic of Naples, 3415 Radio Rd, Ste 107, Naples. 290-7499. Yoga for Anxiety – 10:30-11:30am. With Michelle Falco. Gentle class for all levels. Calm your body with yoga while learning specific self-talk skills. $15/drop-in or $50/four classes; clients: $12/dropin or $40/four classes. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. Women’s Empowerment Workshop – 2:30-4pm. 2nd & 4th Mon. With Annie Addington. Connect with your own inner power, release the feeling of victimization and tap into your creative energies. $30/drop-in or $110/four classes; clients: $27/dropin or $100/four classes. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. Cooperative Caterpillar Kids Club – 5-6pm. With Jill Emmerich. Build social and communication skills. Practice getting along better with others, sharing, taking turns, following directions, healthy expression of emotions. Ages 4 and up. $20/dropin or $60/four classes; clients: $15/drop-in or $55/ four classes. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. Restorative Yoga – 5:30pm. Learn yoga poses designed to relax your nervous system, reduce stress and relieve fatigue in this candlelight class. $17/dropin; packages available. AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. RSVP: 433-5995 or Qigong for Everyone – 5:30-6:30pm. With Dona Matera. Standing, or sitting if needed, with slow movements to harmonize physical health. $15/ drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) – 6pm. 12step meeting. Lamb of God Church, 19691 Cypress View Dr, Ft Myers. Rob: 948-9162. Prenatal Yoga – 6-7pm. With Meryl Sykes. Vinyasa yoga class, no experience necessary. $20/class, $90/ five class pack, $150/10 class pack. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 646226-1471. Adult Children of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional Families (ACA) – 6-7:30pm. 12-step meeting.

Unity Church of Naples, choir room, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. Lissa: 908-752-0068. FloridaState. Clay Handbuilding and Raku Techniques – 6-9pm. Five-week class with Richard W Rosen. $195 plus materials ($30). Rosen Gallery & Studios, Naples Art District, 2172 J&C Blvd, Naples. RSVP: 821-1061. Women’s Empowerment Workshop – 6:30-8pm. 1st & 3rd Mon. With Annie Addington. Connect with your own inner power, release the feeling of victimization and tap into your creative energies. $30/drop-in or $110/four classes; clients: $27/dropin or $100/four classes. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. A Course in Miracles – 7pm. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Fireplace Room, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Congregational Church, 15300 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527. Reiki Healing – 7pm. 1st & 3rd Mon. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Fellowship Hall, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. Candlelight Yoga Flow – 7-8pm. With Dina Radcliffe. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 280-9095. Gurdjieff/Ouspensky Study Group – 7-8pm. An exploration of the teachings of G I Gurdjieff, with readings and discussion. Introductory sessions meet in Bonita Springs. Info: 565-1410. Zen Meditation and Dharma Talk – 7-8:30pm. With Andy Solis or Laurie Lyons. Includes silent seated and walking meditation. Concludes with open discussion. $10 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 961-2491. Compassionate Friends: Collier County Group – 7:30pm. Second Mon. For bereaved parents. YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd, Naples. 690-7801. Beginner’s Yoga – 7:15-8:15pm. With Meryl Sykes. No experience necessary. $20/class, $90/ five-class pack, $150/10-class pack. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 646-226-1471.

Crystal Bowls Meditation Class – 7:30pm. With William Ward. A guided meditation with healing energies of the crystal and Tibetan bowls. $15. Center of Eternal Light, 260 Professional Pl, N Ft Myers. 599-4700. Nar-Anon Family Groups – 7:30pm. Providing support and hope to those who are in despair because of a relative or friend’s addiction. First Baptist Church, 4117 Coronado Pkwy, Cape Coral. 940-2615.

tuesday Yoga – 8:30am. With Julie Christenbury. Beginners to intermediate. All ages. Strengthen/lengthen your muscles while calming, soothing your mind. $15. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 948-9444. Hatha Yoga Level I/II – 9-10:15am. With Meredith Musick. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. 213-9276. Kundalini Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. With Jessica Hesser. Asana-based kriyas, pranayama and meditations. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Women’s Overeaters Anonymous Step Writing Meeting – 10am. Free. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Circle, Ste 104, Estero. Sandy: 973-809-5338 or Helen: 247-0385. Estuary Kayak Tour in Estero Bay – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins, manatees and more. $40. Includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Bonita Bch. 694-5513. Nia – 11am-noon. With Valeria Hill. Combines marital arts, dance and healing arts. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. Caregiver Support Group for the Blind and Visually Impaired – 12:30pm. Facilitated by Rick Hart. Learn the importance of taking good care of yourself, healthy ways to manage stress, relaxation techniques and the importance of connecting with other caregivers. Lighthouse of Collier, 2685 Horseshoe Dr S, Ste 211, Naples. RSVP: 430-3934. Cycling Class for Parkinson’s – 12:30-2pm. Find support from other people with Parkinson’s, feel better and reduce your symptoms. Physician referral required. Free. Bonita Springs YMCA, 27200 Kent Rd. Marla Ramsey: 221-7560. Chair Yoga – 1-2pm. With Dina Radcliffe. $15/ drop-in or $120/10 classes. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 280-9095. Peaceful Mind Qigong – 2:30-3:15pm. With Sensei Dave Kelley. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 280-9095. Hatha Yoga – 5:30pm. With Chris Neal. Beginners to advanced. Quiet your mind, improve balance, range of motion, performance. $15. Private classes available. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita. 948-9444. All Levels Yoga – 6-7pm. With Salima Silverman.


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Yoga for Well-being – 9:30-10:45am. With Stephanie Brinkerhoff. Gentle class for beginners or those suffering from chronic illness or injury. Yoga postures, breath work, sound and wellness practices based on ayurveda, qigong and other disciplines. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Aerial Yoga – 10am. With Patricia Wilborn. Gyrotonic of Naples, 3415 Radio Rd, Ste 107, Naples. 290-7499.

A yoga class designed for everyone. Great for advanced or first-time students. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Yoga for Anxiety – 6:30-7:30pm. With Michelle Falco. Gentle class for all levels. Calm your body with yoga while learning specific self-talk skills. $15/drop-in or $50/four classes; clients: $12/dropin or $40/four classes. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 6:30-8pm. Still feel responsible for your parents’ feelings? You don’t need to. YANA Foundation Building, 1185 Lake McGregor Dr, Ft Myers. Jane: 728-7106. 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. 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 & 4th Tues. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. Ecstatic Kirtan – 7:15-8:45pm. Last Tue. With Missy Balsam. An evening of connection, community building and heart-opening singing. No experience necessary. $15 love offering. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 272-6152.

Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old US 41, Bonita. Carol: 405-1947. Cocohatchee River/Wiggins Pass Estuary Kayak Tour – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins and other critters. $45. Includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. N Naples. 694-5513. Mindful Parents – 10:30am-noon. With Jill Emmerich. Positive space for parents of kids of all ages and levels of ability to come together, discuss challenges, problem solve difficult situations, support and teach each other. $20/drop-in or $60/four classes; clients: $15/drop-in or $55/four classes. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. Emei Qigong – 11am-noon. With Melanie Hope. Slow, easy movements that cleanse, strengthen and balance. Harmonize organ and energy systems and realize many proven health benefits. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Lunchtime Meditations – 12:15-1pm. With Joann Lawrence. Two guided meditations and a teaching on the way of inner peace. $10/drop-in. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 9490749. Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 2:30-4pm. Still feel responsible for your parents’ feelings? You don’t need to. Dry Palms Foundation Building, 1251 Lamar Rd, N Ft Myers. Jane: 728-7106. Complimentary Multilevel Gentle Yoga – 5:306:30pm. With Sarah. A relaxing class designed to improve health, performance and mental activ-

ity. Bring yoga mat, wear comfortable clothes. Free. Florida Blue Coconut Point, 8041 Plaza Del Lago Dr, Estero. Preregistration required: 825-0126 or Advanced Purna – 5:30-7:30pm.With Meredith Musick. With great yoga wall. Call for directions. Naples. RSVP: 269-8846. Healing, Prayer and Meditation Service – 6pm. First Wed. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Sanctuary, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. Meditation – 6pm. With Cici. Quiet mind; relaxed body. Practice conscious focusing; improve physical, mental, emotional health. Donation. 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. 948-9444. Ra-African Dance – 6pm. With Lulu Carter, queen mother of Torgome. Ultimate energy dance, fusion dance moves from Africa to Brazil. $12. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 272-6152. Prenatal Yoga – 6-7pm. With Cheryl Bernardi. Yoga and movement exercises for pregnancy. Breathing techniques, relaxation, pain management. $15/dropin or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, Bonita Springs. Pet Loss and Grief Support Group – 6:30pm. 2nd Wed. Compassionate support: pet loss, medical crisis, chronic illness. Free. 1939 Park Meadows Dr, Ft Myers. 936-1732. The Artist’s Way – 6:30pm. An ongoing study group for discovering your creative self, text by Julia Cameron. Crossroads Community Church, 1055 Pine Ridge Rd, Naples. Dennis: 608-345-2726. Soul Sisters Middle School Girls Group – 6:308pm. With Jill Emmerich. Build peer support, communication skills, self-confidence and selfexpression through connection and creative expression. $20/drop-in or $60/four classes; clients: $15/ drop-in or $55/four classes. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. La Leche League – 7pm. 3rd Wed. Mother-to-mother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome.

wednesday Pilates Reformer – 8am. With Patricia Wilborn. Gyrotonic of Naples, 3415 Radio Rd, Ste 107, Naples. 290-7499. Aerial Yoga – 9am. With Patricia Wilborn. Gyrotonic of Naples, 3415 Radio Rd, Ste 107, Naples. 290-7499. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 9am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Congregational Church, 15300 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527. Morning Beach Yoga – 9-10am. With Aleksandra Eifler. Students can enjoy yoga while being surrounded by the beauty of nature at Delnor-Wiggins State Park. $5 plus state park entry fees. 11135 Gulf Shore Dr, Naples. 598-1938. Yamuna Body Rolling Class – 9-10am. Self-massage techniques to create space back into the body and tone muscles. Call to reserve balls. $20. Arthur Murray Dance Center, Naples. Patti: 649-0814.

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Free. Cape Coral Hospital Women’s Center, 2nd Flr, 636 Del Prado Blvd S, Cape Coral.

27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749.

A Course in Miracles – 7-8pm. 2nd & 4th Wed. Readings and interpretation. Everyone is welcome. Love offering. Unity Church of Bonita Springs, 28285 Imperial Pkwy, Bonita. 272-5456.

Warrior2Warrior: Yoga for Veterans – 11amnoon. With Gary Granza and Keady. Adaptive yoga with long sequences to calm your spirit. Followed by coffee, water and snacks. Free. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749.

Families Anonymous – 7-8:15pm. For relatives and friends of those who suffer from a current, suspected or former problem of substance abuse or related behavioral problem. Open to all. No dues or fees. Moorings Presbyterian Church, Naples. 595-1938. Nar-Anon Family Groups – 7:30pm. Providing support and hope to those who are in despair because of a relative or friend’s addiction. Cape Professional Center, 1216 SW 4th St, Ste 6, Cape Coral. 691-3653.

thursday Yoga – 7:15am & 8:30am. With Julie Christenbury. Beginners to intermediate. All ages. Strengthen/ lengthen your muscles while calming, soothing your mind. $15. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 948-9444. Qigong Movement and Relaxation – 9-10am. With Peggy Sealfon. Energizing and revitalizing; yoga, qigong and integrative relaxation (yoga nidra) helps you feel refreshed and recharged. $15/dropin or $50/four classes; clients: $12/drop-in or $40/ four classes. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. Hatha Yoga Level I/II – 9-10:15am. With Meredith Musick. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. 213-9276. Coconut Point Farmers’ Market – 9am-1pm. Thru Apr 28. Offering local produce, cheeses, fresh pastas, seafood, baked breads, meats, herbs, organic vegetables, plants, ready-to-eat meals, flowers, soaps, candles and more. 23106 Fashion Dr, Estero. Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 9:30am. Free. Lamb of God Episcopal Lutheran Church, 19691 Cypress View Dr, Estero. Sally: 948-9162. World Fusion Dance – 9:30-10:45am. A fun and exciting dance class that incorporates movements from different cultures around the world. $15/ drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs,

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 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. Caterpillar Kids Club – 5-6pm. With rotating teachers. Develop healthy coping skills from an early age through the use of movement, breath, sound and relaxation. $12/drop-in or $45/four classes; clients: $11/drop-in or $40/four classes. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. Infant and Pregnancy Loss Support Group – 5:15-6:45pm. 2nd Thurs. 1095 Whippoorwill Ln, Naples. 298-9725. Vinyasa Flow – 5:45-6:45pm. With Karen Lepree. Sun salutations, movement and stretching. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Reiki Circle – 6:30pm. 2nd & 4th Thurs. With Reiki master Silvia Casabianca. Open to all. Satsang, meditation, tea potluck and receive healing. Love offering. Eyes Wide Open Center, Bonita Springs. 948-9444. Peaceful Mind – 6:30-8pm. With rotating teachers. Unwind and energize through use of breath, sound, humor and relaxation exercises. $20/drop-in or $60/ four weeks; clients; $15/drop-in or $55/four classes. Monarch Therapy, 843 Myrtle Terrace, Naples. 3259210. 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, 5011 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 454-1350. Meditation and Dharma Discussion – 7-8pm. Silent seated and walking meditation followed by open dharma discussion based on presented topic. $10 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 961-2491. Transformational Breath – 7-8:30pm. 2nd &

4th Thurs. With Carrie Sopko. A self-healing system using conscious breath work. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. 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 your higher consciousness, feel yourself grow and receive a message from your guides/angels. Love offering. Naples. 949-3387.

friday Hatha Yoga Level II – 9-10:30am. With Meredith Musick. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. 213-9276. Restorative Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. With Sue Lovett. Quiet the mind, soothe the nervous system and increase mind/body awareness and connect with nature. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 9490749. La Leche League – 10am. 2nd Fri. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Center Point Community Church, 6590 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples. 404-4933. Ashtanga Yoga Basics – 10:45-11:45pm. All levels, modifications offered. Based on the teachings of the late Sri K Pattabhi Jois. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 961-2491. Chakra Connection – 11-11:45am. With Terry Flynn. Designed to connect, open and balance the energy centers and enhance the flow of energy throughout the body. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Co-Dependents Anonymous – 12pm. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Sally: 948-9162. Cycling Class for Parkinson’s – 12:30-2pm. Find support from other people with Parkinson’s, feel better and reduce your symptoms. Physician referral required. Free. Bonita Springs YMCA, 27200 Kent Rd. Marla Ramsey: 221-7560. Chair Yoga – 2-3pm. With Dina Radcliffe, ERYT. Breath work, mindful meditations, stretches and balance work. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 4:30-7:30pm. On the Caloosahatchee River. See thousands of birds coming in to roost for the night. $40. Includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Ft Myers. 694-5513.


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Slow Flow Glow Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. With Amy Voelkl. A candlelit slow flow restorative class designed to warm your body, stretch your muscles and deepen your breath. $20/drop-in; regular class packages apply. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 5981938 or Recovery Yoga – 5:30-7:30pm. With Michelle Falco. Discussion, gentle movement and relaxation along your journey of recovery. Suitable for trauma, loss, addictions (substances, food, gambling, etc) and other emotional challenges. Donation. Monarch Therapy, Naples. 325-9210. 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. Healing the Healers/Reiki Healing Circle – 6:308pm. 4th Fri. With Lenka Spiska. Healers and Reiki practitioners on all levels are encouraged to give and receive. $15 donation. Happehatchee Center, peace pavilion, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Mantra Sound Healing Circle – 6:30-8pm. 2nd Fri. With Johnny Freedom and Isabel Silva. Evening includes kirtan, devotional call and response signing, with crystal singing bowls meditation. $15 donation. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Bonita Springs Drum Circle – 6:30-8:30pm. Everyone welcome; kids, dogs, the whole family. Drum, dance, hoop, have fun. Riverside Park, 10451 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Facebook Page: Drum Circle of Bonita Springs. Women’s Sacred Circle – 7-9pm. 3rd Fri. With Dolores Gozzi. Celebrate the divine feminine through ritual, ceremony, meditation, prayer and sharing openly in love and trust. $15 donation. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455.

saturday Facial Marma Point Massage Tutorial – 8am1pm. Sample a handcrafted, ‘bliss’ aromatherapy lotion (contains 20+ essential oils) and learn how to do a marma point facial massage at the Vivasana booth. Free. Vanderbilt Farmers Market, NW corner of Airport Pulling and Vanderbilt Rd, Naples. 444-8160. Aerial Yoga – 9am. With Patricia Wilborn. Gyrotonic of Naples, 3415 Radio Rd, Ste 107, Naples. 290-7499. Compassionate Friends: Lee County Group – 9am. 4th Sat. For bereaved parents. Unity Church of Bonita, 28285 Imperial Pkwy, Bonita Springs. 690-7801. Green Market – 9am-1pm. Alliance for the Arts, Ft Myers. 939-2787. Pilates Mat – 9:30am. With Patricia Wilborn. Gyrotonic of Naples, 3415 Radio Rd, Ste 107, Naples. 290-7499. Yoga for You – 9:30-10:30am. 1st & 3rd Sat. With Michelle Falco and Peggy Sealfon. Gentle class for all levels. Connect to the joy and beauty of your true self through mindful movement and increased selfawareness. $15/drop-in or $50/four classes; clients: $12/drop-in or $40/four classes. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210.

Purna Power Yoga – 9:30-11am. With Meredith Musick. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276.

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

Aerial Yoga – 10am. With Patricia Wilborn. Gyrotonic of Naples, 3415 Radio Rd, Ste 107, Naples. 290-7499.

Really, Really Free Market – 10am-2pm. 1st Sat. Potluck of reusable items. No money, barter or trade; everything is free. Fleischmann Park, Naples. Facebook page: Naples Really Really Free Market.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 10am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Dr, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527. Women Seeking Serenity through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Carol: 405-1947. Postnatal Yoga – 10-11am. With Meryl Sykes. Vinyasa yoga class, no experience necessary. $20/class, $20/five class pack, $150/10 class pack. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. Preregistration required: 646-226-1471. 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.

Stretch and Strengthen – 11:30am-12:30pm. Use breath, core work, stretching and the resistance of your own body to build strength. $10. AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. RSVP: 433-5995 or Eckhart Tolle Meditation Group – 2:30pm. Meets 11/14 & 11/28. DVDs, CDs and discussion. Free. Unitarian/Universalist Church, 6340 Napa Woods Way, Naples. 249-6916. Happehatchee Drum Circle – 5:30-7:30pm. 1st Sat. With Marc Wagner. All levels welcome. Bring your drums and shakers. $15 suggested donation. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455.

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Connecting you to the leaders in natural health care and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide email to request our media kit.


Patricia Acerra, LAc, Dipl Ac (NCCAOM), CCht 2335 9th St N, #303B, Naples 34103 239-659-9100 • Supporting your goals toward peace, wellness and personal growth in mind, body and spirit using traditional and Esoteric Acupuncture and Interpersonal and Transpersonal Hypnotherapy, NLP and holistic psychology. Serving Naples since 1994.

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

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


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

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ACUPUNCTURE CARE OF NAPLES Charles Caccamesi, Acupuncture Physician, DOM 501 Goodlette Rd N, Unit D100, Naples 239-877-2531

New England School of Acupuncture graduate with 25 years experience. Charles specializes in complex symptomology, chronic pain conditions, expert facial rejuvenation, side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. See ad, page 32.

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

Licensed acupuncture physician with 28 years experience in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Experienced in pain management, women’s health, insomnia, migraines, digestion issues and much more. See ad, page 45.


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 26.


Oriental Medicine 239-841-6611, Naples & Ft Myers Specializing in treatment of allergies, hormonal imbalances, auto-immune problems and pain using acupuncture, herbs, NAET, Biomagnetic Pairs Therapy. AP771. See ad, page 14.


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.


239-261-2840 • Picture Plan for your future. Understand your past. Have a blueprint for your life. Bob is a professional astrologer with over 40 years’ experience in achieving success for his clients. Confidential and Objective. Astrology Consulting. See ad, page 75.


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


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


Certified Advanced Rolfer™ Member – The Rolf Institute, since 1995 Board-Certified Structural Integrator 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.

CORRECTIVE BODY THERAPY, LLC 2575 Northbrooke Plaza Dr, Ste 204 Naples 34119 • 239-596-7756

We realign body posture through the use of therapeutic services including Structural Integration, massage and CPT. Visit us online for more details! MM34131, MA62926, MA77112.



Offices in Naples & Fort Myers 239-263-7089 MA66792

239-821-3088, by appt. (Collier & Lee)

Lillian Deng is proficient in Chinese Message, Shiatsu, and Swedish Message. She specializes in pain management, relaxation, and weight loss with over 20 years of experience in medical therapy and 10 years of experience in massage therapy. See ad, page 26.

FEET FIRST REFLEXOLOGY Mary Ann Mugaas, NCR 5051 Castello Dr, Naples 261-8833

Reflexology is a natural system of relaxation based on the principles that the body is reflected on the feet. The application of pressure to these areas promotes circulation, balance and relaxation. Nationally certified. Practicing since 1986. MA24479, MM8962.

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

Trained at the Upledger Institute, Paula utilizes CranioSacral Therapy combined with HeartC en ter ed Th er ap y, S o mato Emotional Release™, Lymphatic Drainage, love and nurturement to foster the healing your body needs. Doula services. MA35358.


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


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.

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.

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

Uniquely qualified, Expertise in Nutrition, Certified Sports Physician. Palmer graduate with 28 years experience. Integrative Chiropractic with Nutrition to effectively reduce pain in the body. Getting you back to enjoying sports and leisure. See ad, page 2.



Business & Residential Green Cleaning Services Naples • 239-404-7102 •

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

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 37.

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860 111th Ave N, Ste 5, Naples 239-593-4911 •


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


C. Robyn Berry, LMT, CRR, CCT, CLDT 13601 McGregor Blvd, Ste 13, Ft Myers 239-939-4646 • Colon therapist since 1994. Enclosed gravity method, uv/ ozone purified water, superior to others. Massage, Reflex-ology, Upledger CranioSacral/SER & Ly m p h D r a i n a g e , Vi s c e r a l Manipulation, Raindrop, Ear Candling, Ozone/Oxygen Steam cabinet, BEFE foot detox, Far-Infrared Sauna. MM7376, MA018351. See ad, page 74.


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 ware-house. See ad, page 64.

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 11.


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 28.


A park in the heart of the village, with Yoga in Nature Tuesdays through Sundays, drumming lessons and healing circles. Peace Pavilion and meeting rooms are available to rent for ceremonies and events.


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.


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 24.


Leon & Suzie Favreau 2 locations in Fort Myers • 603-723-5175

A unique spiritual healing experience that combines hands off energy healing with intuitive information. Healing can take place on physical, mental, emotional and/or spiritual levels.

T here’s no happier person than a truly thankful, content person. ~Joyce Meyer 84

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Healing People & Animals since 2005 • 239-253-9008 Opening the pathways to reveal the underlying causes that prevent humans and animals from truly healing. Difficult physical, emotional and behavioral issues are resolved to bring forth wellness, joy and spiritual growth.


Night Owl Vision Associates, PA Inside Super Target by I-75 & Immokalee Rd Appointments: 239-514-4715 Having graduated with honors from Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry in 2006, I have been providing quality eye care for almost 10 years. See better and live better! Our office takes walk-ins and appointments. Many insurances accepted. FL License: OPC4132. See ad, page 23.

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

Honored to continue the traditions of the retiring Dr. David Perlmutter, Dr. Hughes, through functional diagnostic medicine and a comprehensive patient-specific approach, will provide adults and children the tools to restore normal body function by locating the root source of their illness or symptoms. See ad, page 87.


Internal Medicine, Functional Medicine Office: 239-444-5636 • Dr. Torres is a board-certified internist with over 17 years of experience and knows the limitations of conventional internal medicine. She is among the few Certified Practitioner M.D.s, trained by the Institute For Functional Medicine. See ad, page 7.


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 57.


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


Dine-in/Take-Out/Catering 2500 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 111, Naples 239-263-8009 • Homemade, healthy food cooked Sous-Vide, from scratch without any fat or preservatives. Everything gluten-free! Open Mon-Sat 4-9pm. See ad, page 38.


141 9th St N, Naples 239-261-7157 • Discover what Wynn’s Family Market has to offer! Fresh, quality, healthy meals as well as your favorite comfort foods! Organic, natural and imported selections. Gluten-free offerings. See ad, page 28.


Come heal with us! From Iyengar and Alignment yoga to Quantum Energetics, CranioSacral Therapy, Rapid Tr a u m a R e s o l u t i o n a n d Acupuncture, we can help. See ad, page 52.


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 843 Myrtle Terrace, Naples 34103 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 •

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 74.


10251 Metro Pkwy, #121, Ft Myers 33966 239-939-4769 •

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We offer life coaching and personal growth courses for self awareness, breakthrough, leadership, couples or parenting. Free vision workshops monthly, call for dates. Since 1992. See ad, page 59.


18672 SR 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 67.


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 21.

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

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 41.


Upledger Institute instructor. 30 years of experience. Holistic practice focusing on personal empowerment and teamwork. Craniosacral therapy, fascial mobilization, lymphatic drainage. Energy balancing, structural manual therapies with customized exercise. See ad, page 6.




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 73.

AHA! A Holistic Approach 15971 McGregor, Ft Myers • 239-433-5995 Dorothy Rodwell can help free you from anxiety, PTSD, grief and depression with Rapid Trauma Resolution (RTR)—a newer, briefer and emotionally painless therapy. See ad, page 52.




Dee Harris, RDN, LDN, CDE Bonita Bay Executive Center 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Sprgs 239-676-5249 • Medical Nutrition Therapy and health coaching that personalizes your program to restore health and wellness. Improve digestion, elimination, brain health, immune support and hormonal balance. See ad, page 66.


Downing-Frye Realty, Inc Naples • 239-269-7788 • Florida native, loving and selling Naples since 1977. Karen knows the market, offers expert counseling with efficient reliability. She takes the stress out of buying or selling and gets the job done with a smile. Choose Karen for ease and joy in your real estate transaction!

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.

ThetaHealing Instructor, Medium Center of Eternal Light, 260 Professional Pl, N Fort Myers • 239-599-4700 Diana is a medical intuitive, medium and healer who specializes in ThetaHealing. She clears hauntings for people and locations. Available by phone or in person.


9122 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs 239-676-5009 One of the most unique holistic wellness centers in Florida. Providing a whole-person approach to physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. Call for consultation.


(formerly Bala Vinyasa Yoga) • 239-598-1938 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples 1800 Tamiami Tr E, Naples Two locations: in Central and South Naples. Daily classes for all levels, monthly workshops and private sessions with exceptional teachers, plus awardwinning massage therapy and BV Boutique. 200- and 300-hour Registered Yoga School. See ad, back cover.


Master Yoga Teacher and Massage Therapist • 239-269-8846


Positively change your life physically and mentally using time-tested, classical Hatha yoga and Hawaiian Lomi-Lomi bodywork. Specializing in therapeutic yoga and The Great Yoga Wall®. See ad, page 66.

Southwest Medical Thermal Imaging 9148 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 202 Bonita Springs, FL 34135 239-949-2011 • Thermography is a non-invasive, painless and radiation-free procedure that can detect abnormal physiology throughout the entire body. It is a screening test used globally in the evaluation of breast health by marking indicators and risk factors for the development or existence of cancer. Early detection and treatment are the keys to better health. Owner Taryn Kean is also an instructor for the American College of Clinical Thermology. See ad, page 62.

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Teacher Training/CEs/Privates/Corporate • 239-444-8160 We balance ancient wisdom with modern research to create psychologically informed teacher trainings, CEs, private sessions and workshops designed for deep, physical and emotional transformation. See ad, page 37.

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