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A Perfect Day by Rebecca Stringer Korpita Born and raised on the Gulf Coast, full-time artist Rebecca Stringer Korpita says she is continually inspired by her coastal surroundings. “My subject matter includes beach life, Southern culture, women and their friendships and the pets that own us all,” she notes. “I love humor and color and mine it daily.” On Korpita’s light-filled, seashore canvases, where bold hues and simple shapes create a playful, upbeat vibe, the beachgoers are clearly enjoying life. “The human figure is one of my favorite subjects and in my paintings, no one is self-conscious about their body—they have made peace with it and are just carrying on with life,” she says. Korpita has a degree in fine art and is also a registered nurse who has found laughter to be a healing medicine. “With my art, I hope to offer viewers a little escape from the stress of everyday life and to brighten their day just a bit,” she advises. “I consider a smile or chuckle one of my best rewards as an artist.” View the artist’s portfolio at Korpita.com. 8
letterfrompublisher Inspired Vision
A company, a couple and a country all need inspired vision if they are to achieve their potential. Without it, they will lose their way or at best, maintain the status quo. I’m grateful that Larry Levine found his way to Natural Awakenings Publishing Corporation, arriving with an inspired vision completely on mission and brimming with love, talent and a commitment to always giving his best. Everyone here is saddened by his unexpected passing last month. I hired Larry 12 years ago as our company president to support the continuing growth of our franchise publishing family. He lived on the other side of Alligator Alley, in Boca Raton, so we occasionally met in person, but talked almost every day. While I mothered our 95 publishers, he fathered them well. He had my back and I regularly let him know, “You are the best.” He’d say the same to me, and together, we were. When Larry spoke at our new publishers training sessions, we were all reminded of the big picture: why we do what we do and what we’re capable of achieving together. “Life is difficult and being in business is hard,” he’d say. “But when you align with a vision and mission that is bigger than you, Divine forces are at work.” Larry saw Natural Awakenings as a bright, guiding light in the world. He named the publishers his heroes. He cheered on staff members. He loved us all dearly, and we loved him. Comforting conference calls with staff and publishers trying to come to terms with our loss reflected how deeply this man has touched all of our lives, including our publishers’ collective 3.8 million readers each month. I will be forever grateful for having Larry in my life and continue to call upon his spirit when I need to keep my vision strong and feel inspired to reach for new peaks. This month, our country, founded on the beautiful vision of our forefathers, will go to the polls looking to vote for someone we feel can lead us well by upholding the lofty ideals in the Declaration of Independence. Media news and debates have left many feeling uninspired. We recognize that a fundamental shift is essential, beginning with depolarizing political parties. Stephen Dinan’s new book Sacred America, Sacred World: Fulfilling Our Mission in Service to All yields hopeful insight into how each of America’s diverse political philosophies represents a valuable perspective that is true, but only partial. The leaders of the fast-growing transpartisan movement hold a vision that honors the ideals of both the left and the right, calling on partisans to forsake excesses and embrace a sacred vision of national unity. Learn more beginning on page 48. I encourage you to hold a vision of what’s possible and do what you can to stoke the fires of constructive reform. Together, we are creating our world, and it’s up to each of us to play our part. Let us shine the light of sacred vision in our daily conversations and actions, no matter what plays out in the news. Holding the vision,
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newsbriefs A Farewell Tribute
atural Awakenings Publishing Corporation’s family of 95 magazines bid a fond farewell to company President Larry Levine, with many joining in on a call and sending notes, prayers and good thoughts prior to his passing on September 23. Levine enthusiastically contributed his all with a host of talents focused on forwardLarry Levine ing our collective mission of providing publishers and readers with the tools needed to help us all create a healthier, more sustainable world together. Founder and CEO Sharon Bruckman honors her partner, saying, “Our home office and publishers are truly saddened to lose the beautifully loving, guiding light that Larry generously shared with us throughout the past 12 years. His impact on our lives and Pat McGroder Natural Awakenings‘ success will continue to bless our readers. We will miss him dearly.” One of Levine’s last gifts to the company was recommending Pat McGroder as vice president of franchise development. “We welcome Pat, already feeling blessed by the 24 years of experience he brings in highly successful publishing and franchising endeavors,” says Bruckman. McGroder will now also assume some of the operational responsibilities formerly managed by Levine. Natural Awakenings Publishing Corporation’s home office is located in Naples, FL. For more information, call 239-4349392 or visit NaturalAwakeningsMag.com.
Concert Supports Storytellers Creative Arts Programs
torytellers Creative Arts, Inc., will present the nationally acclaimed Annie Moses Band in a benefit concert at 7:30 p.m., November 11, at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, in Fort Myers. The event will support the nonprofit organization’s arts outreach programs, along with mental health, homelessness and recovery efforts for individuals in Lee and Collier counties, including the David Lawrence Center and St. Matthew’s House. More than 65 volunteer artAnnie Moses ists, musicians, writers, performers, trained mental health counselors and other professionals that serve in the arts ministry reach hundreds of the underprivileged, homeless and those in recovery, including those in Immokalee. Along with further incorporation with St. Matthew’s House and David Lawrence, programs will reach other related agencies in both counties and beyond. Approximately 25 to 30 people attend monthly, weekly and biweekly classes in art, music, drama, culinary skills, dance, creative writing, drama and other artistic disciplines. Tickets cost $25 to $67. Location: Florida Southwestern College, 13350 FSW Pkwy. For tickets, call the box office at 239-481-4849 or visit bbmannpah.com. For more information, call 239-591-6649, email Bill.Barnett@Storytellers CreativeArts.org or visit StorytellersCreativeArts.org.
Mundt Offers Chair Yoga Classes in Naples
inda Mundt, a 200- and 500-hour certified alignment yoga practitioner, is conducting chair yoga classes on from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Mondays at Open Mind Linda Mundt Zen Naples. She moved to Naples last summer after teaching yoga for a large Wisconsin healthcare corporation, as well as for Madison’s original yoga studio. She is currently an assistant instructor for the Alignment Yoga YTT-500 Teacher Training Program. “Returning to yoga after an injury or surgery may best be accomplished by the transitional stage of chair yoga,” explains Mundt. “Others with arthritis, bone issues or a preference for staying off the floor may prefer yoga in a chair. It’s a fine practice on its own, or as a transitional stage between injuries and full mobility.” Mundt has taught yoga for restoration, healthy bones, better sleep, neck and shoulder relief, and healthy backs. She offers private sessions for those recovering from or wanting to prevent injury or surgery, individuals seeking help with a specialized topic or to explore the basics before joining a class.
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iving Happily: Solution-Focused Counseling for Modern Thinkers, a practice that began providing progressive and effective therapy in Fort Myers one year ago, offers iniMichelle tial no-fee consultations. Schoenfeld Owner and Licensed Psychotherapist Michelle Schoenfeld believes that it is â€œimportant and empowering for you to interview your therapist and see if this feels like the right fit, and it also honors your time and willingness to show up with a stranger and share your truths and challenges.â€? Schoenfeld combines intuitive and spiritual awareness with scientific modalities of clinical care in going beyond traditional therapies through her own meditation and spiritual experiences. Having navigated healing from trauma herself, she teaches and facilitates not just from clinical studies, but also from having traveled the journey herself, living a practical and manifested life in her clinical practice and at home as a wife and mother of school-aged children. Living Happily can submit claims and receive payment from all major insurance carriers and Medicare, significantly reducing out-of-pocket expenses. Fee: $110 per hour. Location: 10150 Elderberry Ln., Ste. 4. For more information or an appointment, call 239208-2217, email Michelle@LivingHappily.org or visit LivingHappily.org. See ad, page 36.
Great Outdoor Adventure Day at Lovers Key State Park
overs Key State Park, on Fort Myers Beach, will host its annual Great Outdoor Adventure Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., December 3.
Activities include guided kayak, walking and bike tours with all equipment provided; geocaching; fishing clinics; touch tanks; children’s activities, including a scavenger hunt and Junior Ranger Activity Kits; exhibits by area environmental organizations; outdoor equipment; healthy lifestyle vendors; food; and door prizes. The fun-filled, family-friendly program encourages participants to recreate responsibly while enjoying the park’s unique habitats and wildlife. Free admission with regular park entrance of $8 per vehicle for up to eight people, $4 for a single occupant and $2 per pedestrian or bicyclist. $10 for kayak tours with rental included. Location: 8700 Estero Blvd. For more information, call 239-463-4588 or visit FriendsOfLoversKey.org.
Fall Programming at Health and Wellness Sanctuary
he nonprofit Health and Wellness Sanctuary, in Naples, will be conducting a fall program that offers complementary and integrative modalities for health care that take care of the whole human being, treating more than just the physical symptoms. Highlights include free, early-morning meditation sessions daily and courses that include literature and audio recordings, ananda yoga classes several times a week and consultations for cancer patients. In addition, experts host year-round classes on nutrition, qigong, ayurveda, naturopathy, interactive and sound healing, yoga, homeopathy and conscious children courses. “Tap into the power of your natural healing force to experience vitality and well-being and bring vibrant health back,” says owner Yolanda Beckers. “We see you as a unique being. Nobody is the same, so each one needs a program suited to their individual needs.” For more information, location and to register, call 239-2692221 or email InnerLight@aol.com. See ad, page 33.
newsbriefs Fall Retreat at Shangri-La Springs
he Yin Harmony: Fall Retreat and Seasonal Tune Up, inspired by Chinese medicine, ayurveda and nature’s wisdom, will take place from 6 to 8 p.m., November 4, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., November 5, at Shangri-La Springs, in Bonita Springs. Mary Cline and Sue Lovett, co-owners of Hummingbird Energy Healing Arts, also in Bonita, and licensed massage therapists who have been practicing yoga for more than 25 years, will lead the activities, including yoga, meditation, sound therapy, acupressure, herbs, healthy food, crystals, aromatherapy and more. A Fall Bliss Nite Out will take place on November 4. Ayurveda and Nature’s Holistic Fall Practices will be presented the next morning, followed by Fall Lunch & Learn; and Yin Yoga & Acupressure Self-Care for Fall Well-Being. A continuation of the Seasonal Vitality Series, this Fall Energy Healing Arts workshop integrates meridian theory and Five Element teachings of Chinese medicine with ayurvedic holistic health practices in a beautiful retreat setting. Cost: $195 for weekend, $40 for Fri., $60 for Sat. morning or evening session; $35 Lunch and Learn. Discount pricing for spa services before or after the retreat are available. Location: 27750 Old 41 Rd. For more information or to preregister (payment required), call 239-949-0749 or visit ShangriLaSprings.com. See ad, page 23.
New Psychotherapy Group Forming in Bonita
new psychotherapy group for men and women living with depression is forming in the Bonita Springs area this month. Board-certified Clinical Nurse Specialist and Psychotherapist Peg Walsh is accepting participants for the program. The days and times of weekly Peg Walsh meetings involving five to nine participants will be set once preferences are determined. Individuals must be stable or in treatment with a medical provider or primary therapist. The group format fosters understanding for participants that they are not alone in their depression, and is an opportunity to find support in addition to their individual therapist or medical provider. No insurance is accepted,
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Cost: $100 for initial session (required for applicants) to discuss goals and $50 for each 1.5-hour meeting. Location: Executive Center, 9990 Coconut Rd. For more information, call 718-2086986. See ad, page 57.
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newsbriefs First Yoga Nidra Training Happehatchee Salutes Members at Shangri-La Springs at Annual Event
or the first time ever, a local training in the life-changing techniques of yoga nidra is being offered with Yogi Amrit Desai and the Amrit Yoga Institute staff at ShangriLa Springs, in Bonita Springs. This training, which is the first step in the professional Yogi Amrit Desai certification program in the transformational ancient practice of yogic “sleep” that can mitigate fear, anxiety, stress to help find balance, good health and joy in one’s life, will occur during the weekends of January 13 to 15 and 20 to 22, 2017. Presenter and personal development coach Peggy Sealfon, who is certified in Amrit Yoga Nidra, says, “Yoga nidra can be a transformational solution that induces complete physical, mental and emotional relaxation. It guides individuals into a place without struggle or tension; a place where limiting life patterns are effortlessly resolved. This training can benefit those with health imbalances, relationship issues, post-traumatic stress disorder, work frustrations and so much more. It can also help yoga instructors enter a deeper dimension of their practice and add to the skills and abilities of other professionals in serving their clients.” Cost: $1,125 before Dec. 1 and $1,225 after. Location: 27750 Old 41 Rd. For more information or to register, call 239-821-2266, email Peggy@StonewaterStudio.com or visit ZeroStressZone.info. See ad, page 35.
n the October health brief “Vitamin D3 Boosts Gut Health” we reported that the researchers administered more than 66,000 IU of vitamin D3 to study participants per day; it should read per week. We apologize for the error.
he Happehatchee Center, in Estero, will host its annual Members’ Day in the Park event from 1 to 4 p.m., November 6. Attendees will enjoy nature walks, canoe paddling, live music, labyrinth walks, prizes, refreshments and more at the eco-spiritual facility. The event is a celebration of the memory of founder Ellen Peterson and an expression of Happehatchee’s gratitude to its members that support their mission to protect the environment and serve our community. Location: 8791 Corkscrew Rd. For more information, including how to become a member, call 239-992-5455 or visit Happehatchee.org.
Labrador Retriever Rescue Festival at Academy Kennels
he Family and K-9 Friends Labrador Retriever Rescue Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., November 19, at Academy Kennels, in Fort Myers. All breeds are welcome to attend and participate in games, training demos, contests, instant pro pet photographs, free doggy snacks, silent auctions, giveaways and more activities. All proceeds benefit the nonprofit Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida, Inc, an all-volunteer organization dedicated to re-homing and saving the lives of labs throughout our state. Location: 2691 N. Airport Rd. Vendors must register by Nov. 10. For more information, call 239-936-1163 or visit lrrof.org.
Service with a Purpose Program at greenmonkey
he Naples-based greenmonkey yoga studio is offering its Service with a Purpose (SWAP) program for students to immerse themselves in the yoga experience and also dedicate their time to support other students. Participation provides discounts on merchandise, classes, workshops and scholarship opportunities for the studioâ€™s teacher training programs. SWAP is part of a longstanding tradition of programs that offer service opportunities for committed students that want to become a part of a supportive and empowering community with more Americans than ever participating in classes and yoga-based programs. Location: 6200 Trail Blvd. For more information, call 239598-1938.
Mystic Faire Returns to Naples
ore than 60 new and returning psychics, healers and other experts, along with vendors, will offer their artistic wares and health services at the 13th annual Naples Mystic Faire from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., November 26, at Etudes Dance Studio. 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, free for ages 15 and under. Location: 3285 Pine Ridge Rd. For more information, call 239-949-3387 or visit MysticFaires.com. See ad, page 70.
Wellbridges Moves Up
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he Avacen 100, a new U.S. Food and Drug Administration-cleared, over-the-counter, patented medical device that provides non-invasive, temporary arthritis and muscle pain relief and relaxation, is available in Naples. Free, 15-minute sessions are being offered at Holistic Health Solutions. “Anyone can get some firsthand experience with this amazing device,” says Rich Campanella, of Holistic Health Solutions. “People come in to the office, sit down and put their hand into this device for a soothing, relaxing session. The process has been used more than 750,000 times. We gently heat the palm of your hand while it’s in a vacuum. That’s the secret to its success.” According to San Diego-based manufacturer Avacen Medical, warmed blood is circulated and after a few minutes, a slight elevation in core body temperature dilates the vascular network to allow this thinner warmer blood to flow throughout the body into the capillary network to help radiate away excess heat. The result for most people is relaxation and reduced muscle and joint pain. Location: 4947 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 204. For more information or to schedule a session, call 239-566-1210. See ad, page 4.
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ellbridges Health Center is celebrating the recent move of its practice within its exist- (L to R:) Deborah Post, Michael Uphues and ing building in Evie Breedlove Bonita Springs with an open house from 3 to 7 p.m., December 2. Attendees can meet and discuss services that are provided with Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner Deborah Post and Registered Nurse Practitioner Evie Breedlove and Michael Uphues, DO, who will provide entertainment with some magic tricks. The expanded space upstairs offers a spacious presentation area for seminars and other wellness programs by the practitioners to enhance its service to the community. Location: 9200 Bonita Beach Rd., Ste. 213. For more information or an appointment, call 239-481-5600 or 239-2935216 or email DebPost@DebPost.com. See ad, page 15.
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s far back as she can remember, Christy Tromp, one of the professional matchmakers at Suncoast Singles, has been organizing dates for her close friends and family members. In fact, for over 20 years, her entire career has been dedicated to helping people find love. Tromp was 19 years old when she landed her first job at a matchmaking company in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She worked as the executive director for 10 years prior to moving to Florida where she has continued this passion for helping people find love here in the Sunshine State ever since. For more information, call 941-7131000, “like” Suncoast Singles, LLC on Facebook or visit SuncoastSingles.com. See ad, page 17.
Firefly Within Launches Scholarship Program
he Firefly Within Foundation, operated by Firefly Within LLC, a Bonita Springs-based nonprofit education organization that offers free workshops, seminars and events, is accepting applications for Karin Wolfe scholarships this month. Valued at more than $800, the scholarships include wellness coaching, one two-hour biofeedback session, five one-hour biofeedback sessions and two 45-minute reiki sessions. They will be awarded to one individual in December, with sessions beginning in January and continuing on a quarterly basis. Dan Gorny “Alternative health sessions can be costly, as they are often not covered by insurance,” says Certified Biofeedback Specialist and foundation member Karin Wolfe, a representative of Young Living Essentials who, with associate Dan Gorny, are reiki masters with more than 15 years of combined experience in holistic wellness coaching. “We urge anyone willing to make a commitment to change their physical or emotional health to apply. It’s a partnership in which the client will actively participate in their own wellness journey.” For more information or to apply, call 239-980-3257, email FireflyWithinFoundation@gmail.com or visit FireflyWithin.org.
Steffes Joins Andrea’s Organic Hair Studio & Day Spa
ndrea’s Organic Hair Studio & Day Spa, in Naples, is providing an incentive for customers to meet and experience the services of new staffer Mary Steffes. A licensed specialist in both cosmetology and skin care, she will offer a 25 percent discount on hair and nail services for first-time clients Mary Steffes throughout November. “My experience and compassion makes for a professional and relaxing experience,” says Steffes, who has worked for two Forbes five-star spas, the Kohler Water Spa, in Kohler, Wisconsin, and the Ritz Carlton Beach Resort, in Naples. “Come in to discuss a regimen that can be reasonably maintained,” she suggests. “I can work around your schedule, as I understand it can be very demanding. With our organic products, you can trust the healthiest form of services.” Location: 6714 Lone Oak Blvd. For more information or an appointment, call 239-514-4707 or email OrganicSalon@ gmail.com. See ad, page 52.
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he human brain does not function optimally in society’s noise-filled environment. The brain, like the body, needs rest to function, and that comes with silence. A recent study in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience discovered that the brain is able to integrate both internal and external information into a “conscious workspace” when resting. Constant distractions and noises can detract from the brain’s ability to process critical information. Noise also elevates stress hormone levels within the brain. Research published earlier in Psychological Science examined the effects that the relocation of the main Munich airport, in Germany, had on children’s health and cognition. Gary W. Evans, researcher and professor of human ecology at Cornell University, notes that when exposed to constant noise, children develop a stress response that causes them to ignore it. The study’s subjects tuned out both harmful sounds and stimuli that they should be paying attention to, including speech. Silence has the opposite effect, releasing tension in brain and body. Exposure to chronic noise can also hinder children’s cognitive development, according to a study from the World Health Organization and the European Commission Joint Research Centre; this includes language skills and reading ability. To help counter modern noise pollution, attention restoration theory suggests that individuals placed in environments with lower levels of sensory input can recover some of the cognitive abilities they have lost.
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istening to music during a workout or any extended, physically demanding activity can reduce fatigue and improve performance. New research published in Psychophysiology shows that as individuals work out, their attention gradually shifts from the activity around them to internal sensations. Over an extended period, this attention shift creates a sense of exertion. Listening to music while exercising can help shift focus away from the internal fatigue and back to the external world. Researchers from the UK’s Brunel University and University of London tested 19 healthy adults that performed two physical exertion tests while listening to either music or silence. The scientists monitored brain activity using EEG and measured task performance. While listening to music, participants showed both reduced fatigue and decreased stress-related brainwaves. They also performed their tasks more effectively than they did when music wasn’t being played.
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Air Pollution Contributes to More Than Lung Cancer
ccording to the August 2016 issue of the Natural Medicine Journal, air pollution contributes to more than just lung cancer. A study by Dr. Walter Crinnion, a naturopathic doctor and editor of the environmental medicine section of the Alternative Medicine Review, noted the cancer mortality risks to 66,820 adult Hong Kong residents. Followed from 2001 to 2011, investigators tracked the cause of death for all participants aged 65 or older throughout the study period, specifically documenting deaths due to cancer. In this study of urban residential areas, cancer mortality rose in relation to long-term exposure to increasing levels of fine, inhalable particulate matter with a diameter of generally less than 2.5 micrometers (PM2.5). For every 10 micrometer increase of PM2.5, the risk of dying from breast cancer increased by 80 percent; female genital cancer by 73 percent; cancers in the upper digestive tract by 42 percent; and cancers in accessory digestive organs (liver, bile ducts, gall bladder and pancreas) by 35 percent. Overall, cancer mortality risk increased 22 percent for every 10-micrometer increase in exposure. â€œIn short, poor air quality has been clearly linked to all of the most common pressing chronic health problems in our modern society,â€? says Crinnion, who now recommends that his patients purchase a high-quality air purifier for their bedroom. Urban air is highly polluted and has long been associated with cardiovascular and respiratory morbidity and mortality. Particulate matter from vehicular exhaust is consistently found to be more damaging to human health, with smaller particles causing the most damage. These smaller particles find their way into virtually all cells in the body, where they cause a great deal of oxidative damage. There are urban areas in the U.S. that have been found to have particulate matter pollution levels that reach the average levels found in the study. EnviroKlenz, located at 13421 Parker Commons Blvd., Ste. 102, in Ft. Myers, carries the EnviroKlenz mobile air purification system, air filters and other environmentally friendly products. For more information, call 239-330-9650 or visit EnviroKlenz.com. See ad, page 30.
Iodine and Breast Health
r. David Brownstein, author of Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It, and Dr. Jonathan Wright, author of Dr. Wright’s Guide to Healing Nutrition, along with other functional medicine practitioners, agree on the importance of eating a sufficient amount of foods such as seaweed and kelp that contain iodine or taking an iodine supplement. Brownstein and Wright were featured presenters on Ty Bollinger’s The Truth About Cancer online series. According to Brownstein and Wright, iodine deficiency is a recognized risk factor in the development of breast and prostate cancers. A fibrocystic condition of the breast, breast cancer and thyroid cancer are considered autoimmune disorders that that have been associated with iodine deficiency. Japanese researchers have found that iodine suppresses tumor growth in experimental animals and have demonstrated that seaweed, high in iodine, induces apoptosis (cell death) in human breast cancer cells. Japan and Iceland have the highest intake of iodine and the lowest incidence of goiter and breast cancer. The health professionals also agree that people are not getting enough iodine in their diet. “The amount you get from iodized salt is just barely enough to prevent you from getting a goiter,” says Wright. To enable iodine to work properly, and also for immune system help and cancer protection, selenium is also required. Consult a functional medicine practitioner before starting supplementation. Evie Breedlove-Mangapora is a board-certified nurse practitioner who practices and offers nutritional consultations at Wellbridges, located at 9200 Bonita Beach Rd., Ste. 113, in Bonita Springs. For more information call 239-777-4647 or visit Inner EssenceHealth.com. See ad, page 27.
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therapybriefs Feldenkrais Method of Awareness Through Movement
he Feldenkrais Method of Awareness Through Movement is a type of physical therapy developed by Moshe Feldenkrais in the 1950s. It is based on principles of physics, biomechanics and an empirical understanding of learning and human development. This form of somatic education uses gentle movement and directed attention to improve movement and enhance human functioning. The technique, which focuses on the relationship between movement and thought, can help individuals overcome limitations brought on by misuse or overuse of muscles, stress, accident or illness. This effective tool for improving the bodyâ€™s innate capacity to learn to move intelligently includes all body parts in every action. Positive results do not depend upon stretching or softening muscles, but on improving the effectiveness with which the brain coordinates and controls movements. Individuals learn to perceive consciously how they move; where there is tension in the body; where unnecessary effort is exerted; and when they are not making use of their full potential. This knowledge, and the rediscovery of our innate capacity for graceful and efficient movement, allows for the development of new and effortless movements, increases ease and range of motion and improves flexibility and coordination. A Feldenkrais practitioner directs attention to inefficient or strained habitual movement patterns and attempts to teach new patterns using gentle, slow, repeated movements. Slow repetition is considered necessary to impart a new habit and allow it to begin to feel normal. These movements may be performed by the practitioner on the recipientâ€™s body or by the subject. JoAnn Rahl, a licensed massage therapist and Feldenkrais student teacher located at 501 Goodlette Rd., Ste. D-304, in Naples, offers Awareness Through Movement. For more information, call 239-777-2597 or visit JoAnnRahl.com. See ad, page 46.
Muscle Energy Technique Provides Unique Isometrics
uscle energy technique (MET) is a form of stretching and/ or joint mobilization commonly used by sports massage therapists, sports therapists, osteopaths and some physiotherapists, chiropractors and fitness professionals. The technique involves the active contraction of a muscle by the client against a resistive force provided by a therapist. MET is believed to be particularly helpful in lengthening postural muscles, which are prone to shortening. Theoretically, the active contraction performed by the client against the resistance produced by the therapist is an isometric contraction and may therefore be helpful in strengthening muscles. Also, contraction of one muscle group decreases tone in the opposing muscle group, and MET may therefore be beneficial in helping to overcome cramping. MET is sometimes used with a pulsing motion (known as pulsed MET), which can help to reduce localized edema. It is used to stretch, strengthen and relax postural muscles, as well as to regain muscle function and reduce localized edema. Jake Berman is a doctor of physical therapy and owner of Berman Physical Therapy, located at 501 Goodlette Rd. N., Unit C-104, in Naples. He offers the muscle energy technique. For more information, call 239-564-0069 or visit BermanPT.com. See ad page 14.
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Turkeys and Thanksgiving go together for 88 percent of Americans surveyed by the National Turkey Federation. Each year, more than 46 million turkeys provide the entrée for gatherings, yielding leftovers for sandwiches, stew, chili, casseroles and turkey burgers. In 2011, 736 million pounds of turkey were consumed in the U.S., while a few lucky birds avoided the chopping block. The pardoning of a White House turkey began in 1863 when President Lincoln’s son, Tad, interceded on behalf of the bird and its life was spared. Now a tradition, two dressed birds and one live turkey are delivered to the White House each year. The live bird is “pardoned” and lives out its life on a historical farm. At the Farm Sanctuary, turkeys get sponsored or adopted instead of eaten. “Turkeys are friendly and follow you around like puppy dogs. They’ll try to sit on your lap to be petted,” says Gene Baur, president and co-founder of the sanctuary’s New York and two California locations. “At our Celebration for the Turkeys, we feed them cranberries, pumpkin pie and squash. People visit to see them enjoy it. Guests’ snacks are vegan.” Hundreds of turkeys have been adopted and given a lifelong home since the program’s inception in 1986. More than 8,000 people pledged to sponsor a turkey living at the sanctuary in a recent year, proving it’s not necessary to be a president to pardon a turkey.
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The temptation to buy inexpensive clothes whispers, “It’s smart to trend with the latest fad,” or “Disposable wear can be tossed if it gets stained,” or “I can wear this outfit only once for a special event.” The lure to buy future throwaways seems especially prevalent during the holiday season of gifting and gatherings. Consumers can fall into the cycle of buying from inexpensive chain stores, wearing items a few times and then discarding them during spring cleaning purges. According to The Atlantic magazine, Americans now buy five times as much clothing annually as they did in 1980, yet recycle or donate only 15 percent of it. They simply discard 10 million tons as waste, reports the Huffington Post. Conscious consumers consider the extended consequences of their purchases. The production and transporting of an average shirt, for example, can deliver about nine pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, reports Eve Andrews, culture editor for Grist.com. She offers five tips: buy less; shop smarter and only for what’s truly needed; look for durability and design that won’t fall apart or look dated in a few months; decrease frequency of laundering to increase the life of the garment; and donate what no longer works. Buying items that are durable, timeless and made under fair labor conditions from selected organic, resale and outlet stores that sell high-end clothing that lasts at reduced prices will save money over time and reduce resource abuse and waste. Five top outlet chains for superior and lasting value per a 2016 Consumer Reports readers survey are Bon Worth, L.L. Bean, Haggar, OshKosh B’gosh and Izod. Quality labels are welcomed by consignment stores, so the wearer can even retrieve some of the purchase price for gently-used classics. Giving used threads to thrift shops, churches, The Salvation Army and Goodwill Industries is another way to extend the life of items, help others and save landfill space. Another option is to cut up portions of clothing earmarked for disposal so they can live on as cleaning rags for home and vehicles.
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There are 12 strands of DNA in a physical body and much more on an etheric level. To fully understand and realize who we are, one must fully activate all 12 strands of our DNA. Within your consciousness there is the ability to talk to your DNA, to control and work with it and to become part of it. When you give instructions to your DNA and it starts to respond, you will awaken to your multidimensionality which is your true essence. Friday, January 13, 2017, 7:30-8:30pm FREE Introductory Lecture to DNA Activation Workshops Saturday, January 14, 2017, 1:30-7:30pm DNA Level I: Activation of our DNA Learn ancient Tones and Mudras, and receive Channeled teachings from Ascended Masters, Guides and Angels. Activate DNA strands.
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actionalerts Vote Yes for Conservation 20/20 on November 8
onservation 20/20 is Lee County’s willing-seller conservation lands acquisition and management program. In the early 1990s, Lee County had the lowest percentage of conservation lands of Florida’s Gulf counties. The 20/20 program was conceived by a broad based citizens’ group of business owners, Realtors, planners and residents in order to ensure that critical habitats, wetlands and corridors were protected to preserve economic property values, quality of life and natural resources. In 1996, a nonbinding referendum was passed by the majority of Lee County voters for the purpose of funding a conservation lands program through ad valorum property taxes. Because the majority of the county voted in favor, the program was funded on an annual basis per the direction of the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC). To date, the program has acquired nearly 25,000 acres of environmentally sensitive lands from preserves on barrier islands to upland habitats, wetlands and buffer land to rivers and streams. Many of these previously purchased 20/20 parcels are the reason our Caloosahatchee basin can handle three-quarters of the discharges with less of the blue/green algae than the east coast. Conservation 20/20 manages preserves throughout Lee County, and many of the preserves are open to the public for resource-based recreational opportunities. There are more than 30 miles of marked hiking trails and hundreds of unmarked maintenance/fire lines trails available to adventurous hikers to seek out and discover. The referendum: In early 2016, the BOCC voted to place the Conservation 20/20 program on the ballot in another nonbinding referendum. Voting Yes for 20/20 on November 8 is the citizens’ opportunity to help safeguard Lee County’s long-term economic and environmental sustainability and quality of life through continuing to protect the County’s exceptional natural resources. For more information, visit YesOnConservation2020.org.
The Real Facts about Medical Cannabis by Linda Sechrist
o find out how accurate or misleading the local political campaign attempting to negatively influence Florida voters regarding Amendment 2, the Florida Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative is, Natural Awakenings gave Dr. Michael Uphues, a board certified family physician and medical cannabis expert who practices locally at Well Bridges, in Bonita Springs, an opportunity to clarify important facts about cannabis. Amendment 2 has nothing to do with the legalization of pot, an emotionally charged term meant to sway public opinion, much like the myth of the 1936 film, Reefer Madness. It is a medical initiative that has nothing in common with the recreational use of marijuana, a botanical in the genus Cannabis. More than 20,000 clinical studies have been conducted worldwide, most in the last 10 years, on the medical properties of two particular cannabinoidsâ€”tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). Many studies are cited in PubMed and can be found at ncbi.nim.nih.gov. It is up to local ordinances to determine the type of preparations offered, therefore, there may or not be edible preparations such as baked goods. Doctors do not recommend smoking medical cannabis, which can be vaporized and inhaled, taken in a tincture, applied in a salve, oil, lotion or body butter, as well as administered via suppository. In whatever form, the dosage, as determined by a responsible
physician, will not necessarily have a psychogenic effect. Medical cannabis dosage standards are strict for a licensed physician that wants to get certified as a cannabinoid medicine specialist. They must first take a course offered by the Florida Board of Medicine at a cost of $1,000. A patientâ€™s prescription for medical cannabis must be filled at a licensed and state regulated dispensary, which is much like a compounding pharmacy. The patient recommendation, which is limited to a 45-day supply, can only be written by a licensed/ certified physician. Physicians and dispensaries work together just as physicians and pharmacies collaborate. Florida laws stipulate that dispensaries be set up in locations determined by local governments; for instance, not within 1,000 feet of schools, churches or childcare facilities. Regarding negative campaigns, follow the money. Entities such as pharmaceutical companies, the alcohol industry and private prisons stand to lose money with the legalization of medical cannabis. Individuals that medicate their pain with cannabis donâ€™t need alcohol and opioids, and prison systems will have smaller populations. Opioid use drops 25 to 33 percent in states with a medical cannabis program in which chronic pain is included as one of the qualifying conditions. For more information, call 239-315-04789, visit Tinyurl.com/ Amendment2Video. or email MUphuesMagic@gmail.com.
MassageLuxe/FaceLuxe Spa A Talent for Filling Needs by Lee Walker
f there’s any indication of an entreprehandled the photo shoots. We had a neurial gene, it might exist in Renee warehouse, a catalogue business, and Cofield’s family. A resident of Naples when the online boom hit, we added a and the owner of MassageLuxe/FaceLuXe full commerce website, which took off Spa, in Bonita Springs, Cofield grew up because there was a need in the maras an entrepreneurial fledgling amidst a ket. My dad excelled at seeing people’s family of creative risk-taking go-getters. needs as opportunities to help and be “It’s the only business model I’ve ever of service. This was something I greatly known. My grandparents had that entreadmired about him, and hoped to one preneurial spirit working in business, as day follow in his footsteps,” says Cofield. did my father, who opened his first retail After two years of college at the shoe store at the age of 19, in Warsaw, State University of New York at Geneseo, New York, our hometown. He grew his Cofield moved on to earn a bachelors shoe business and moved it to Geneseo, degree in marketing from Simmons Cola neighboring town with a bigger populege, in Boston, where she shared life lation. This was shortly after purchasing with her sister, a graduate student at the Swain Ski & Sports, a sporting goods store Boston Conservatory pursuing a master’s in Geneseo,” advises Cofield. degree in musical theatre. Afterwards, As young girl, Cofield thought that she returned to Geneseo to work in Renee Coﬁeld it was cool and exciting to work with her the family business at an assistant-level dad after school and during summers. “What kid doesn’t position. Throughout her 13 years of service, Cofield was like to hang out at a sporting goods store? My dad was promoted several times. During her final position as vice gracious. He was excited that I wanted to learn from president of marketing, the company launched their Girls him. Shadowing Dad and getting hands-on experience Got Game division, based on the model of Team Cheer. while he was growing his retail store each year gave me The division filled the need of female athletes in basketball, a head start in acquiring good business and marketing softball and volleyball. acumen,” she recalls. When the Cofields saw the need that individuals Cofield’s sister was a cheerleader in the early 1990s. have for affordable, proactive, preventive measures for Cheerleading coaches in the area frequented the sporthealth and wellness, they filled it by opening Massageing goods store in search of footwear and apparel. “Then, Luxe/FaceLuXe Spa. “My whole family shared a passion cheerleading footwear and apparel was hard to come by, for getting a regular massage for health and wellness especially for the coaches and participants. Many of the reasons, so it was a logical step for us to start a business local coaches approached Dad about carrying the items in this field,” Cofield says. in his store. His business sense went far beyond our store At MassageLuxe/FaceLuXe Spa, Cofield has a staff of walls, and he discussed a bigger idea of offering such more than 10 massage therapists that offer eight types of things to cheerleading coaches throughout the country massage—Swedish, deep tissue, prenatal, sports, trigger through national catalog production and distribution. Dad point, aromatherapy, reflexology and hot stone. The day spa reached out to the major suppliers with whom he had also offers facials. Four types of memberships are available. established a longstanding relationships—like Nike and Adidas—to gain their approval and support of the idea,” MassageLuxe/FaceLuxe Spa is located at 3300 Bonita explains Cofield. Beach Rd., Ste. 129, in Bonita Springs. For more informaAs a result, we opened Team Cheer and created tion call 239-992-5893 or visit FLMassageLuxe.com. See our own nationally mailed product catalogue, and even ad, page 48.
One-Person Pamper Party Natural Ways to Refresh and Renew by April Thompson
ampering ourselves isn’t a luxury so much as a necessity to refresh and renew mind, body and spirit.
A Spa Specialty
Spas have been synonymous with pampering throughout the ages. “Every civilization around the world has had some kind of communal gathering place for people to practice ‘self-healing’,” says Jeremy McCarthy, group director of Spa & Wellness for the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and author of The Psychology of Spas & Wellbeing. From ancient Greek bathhouses to Japan’s beloved natural hot springs, spas have long served as sacred places of healing and restoration. Indeed, many treatments provided at today’s eco-spas draw inspiration from traditional uses of herbs, honey and olive oil to care for skin and hair. Locally, natural spas’ pampering services may range from botanically based facials and mud masks to herbal body wraps and hot stone massage. Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design certified spas take extra strides toward sustainability through efficient use of renewable energy, green building materials and sound stewardship of resources. “Spas are more important to people today than ever,” says McCarthy. “In the modern age, we all need places to escape from technology, experience 36
moments of quiet contemplation and feel the touch of another human being.” He recently launched a new Digital Detox initiative at Mandarin Oriental hotels, where guests are encouraged to surrender their phones upon arrival at the spa to curtail online distractions. In spa relaxation rooms, they can instead access mindfulness activities such as journaling, note card writing, meditation or simply enjoying the silence.
More Pampering Spots
While busy people tend to put off selfcare, there are treats to suit any schedule or budget—from getting a quick manicure or pedicure at a neighborhood eco-nail salon to visiting a yoga or wellness center. “I build pampering into my week. If you don’t make time for you, who will?” asks Melanie Laporte, a makeup artist and freelance writer in Washington, D.C. “When your significant other or family members see you taking care of yourself, they’ll honor your time more. I remember Mom taking power baths and telling us, ‘This is my time. I’ll be back in 30 minutes and then we can read together.’ We respected that.” For a quick, healthy pick-me-up, visit an organic juice bar. Opt for businesses that feature fresh, whole ingredients rather than pre-mixed powders or sugar-laden juices; to give the immune system an extra lift, add a natural
booster shot of ginger or turmeric. Most grocery stores now carry cold-pressed juices that can pack as much as six pounds of produce into a single bottle. An honored ritual that continues to restore spent spirits is drinking a cup of tea. Whether sipped at home, as a British high tea featuring an organic Earl Grey or as part of a traditional Japanese green tea ceremony steeped in Zen, tea time allows us to slow down and savor the moment along with the aromas in our cup. Also, antioxidantrich tea is fortifying. Salt room visits, another healthy pleasure that has spread throughout the U.S., dates back 150 years to an indigenous Polish practice. Research indicates that salt therapy, or halotherapy, can help improve conditions such as asthma and allergies and support the immune, nervous and lymphatic systems
(see Tinyurl.com/SaltRoomPampering). Universally restful salt rooms also offer a unique sensory experience. Another highly accessible way to treat body and mind is to move in a joyful way. Consider taking up a playful new class for de-stressing and stretching such as trapeze yoga, conscious dance or any other dance. Aerial yoga, using suspended trapeze-like supports, helps lengthen the spine and strengthen muscles in ways not easily achieved on the ground. Dance delivers health and fitness bonuses in the midst of having fun. If we’re not in the habit of pampering ourselves, it’s time to stretch our beliefs about what we deserve. We’ll find bliss is an attainable luxury. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.
Make Home a Spa Zone by April Thompson etween professional spa visits, a do-it-yourself spa day at home can be a rewarding and economical treat. “You can create a full day of home spa treatments using ingredients most people have in their kitchen,” advises Lise Andersen, an expert in nature-based cosmetics from Copenhagen, Denmark, and the owner of LisaLise. com, offering custom skin and hair care products, individualized formulations and beginner-friendly DIY kits. One of Andersen’s home skincare favorites is simple raw honey, used as a cleanser and face mask. “You can use it alone or in conjunction with an added ingredient like almond meal or ground oats. It rinses off beautifully and both softens and cleanses,” she says. A “facial tea” made with herbs like chamomile, lavender and elder blossom is another of the Scandinavian’s at-home favorites. Simply boil water and pour it into a bowl with a handful of herbs, drape a towel over the head,
embracing the face and breathe deeply. “It smells wonderful while opening the pores and hydrating the skin,” Andersen says. Dry brushing with a mitt made with a natural fiber like sisal or jute serves as a quick, everyday pick-me-up. It stimulates and exfoliates the body and helps boost circulation. For beautiful cuticles, Andersen suggests a handmade scrub made from raw brown sugar or Himalayan salt combined with a carrier oil like almond or grapeseed. It exfoliates and hydrates, leaving hands feeling silky smooth. To get the most out of a home spa day, prep materials in advance and let family members know that it requires absolute solitude. Complete the spalike atmosphere with relaxing music and naturally scented beeswax candles. Poznyakov/Shutterstock.com
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WORKPLACE WISDOM Mindfulness in Corporate Life by April Thompson
he workplace can be filled with stress, egos and distractions that challenge the productive and happy atmosphere we desire. Both employees and employers are adopting mindfulness to help cope and transform both themselves and their work environment. Rooted in Eastern philosophies like Buddhism, most workplace mindfulness programs have stripped the techniques to a secular form more appealing to skeptics or adherents of other religions. The key practice—simply known as “sitting” or meditation—involves focusing our attention on our thoughts, breathing, emotions or bodily sensations for a set time period, while the term mindfulness refers to the ability to be aware of the present moment, whether meditating or in a business meeting. While Fortune 500 companies like Procter & Gamble, Aetna and General Mills have instituted formal mindfulness programs, Michael Carroll, meditation teacher, executive coach and the author of Awake at Work, says that the mindfulness revolution has been largely seeded from the ground up. It’s emerged through people exploring the practices in their personal lives, and then bringing them to work.
Personal and Professional Benefits
Jacqueline Gallo, operational excellence manager for Whitcraft Group, a manufacturing plant in Eastford, Connecticut, discovered meditation 12 years ago while seeking solace during a traumatic time. Today, Gallo does three short sits a week and occasionally participates in 10-day retreats. Whitcraft doesn’t offer meditation to employees, but Gallo says mindfulness enables her to be available to her staff and solve 38
problems without getting “swept off my feet so easily by all the desires, agendas and emotions confronted at work.” Carroll cautions that it’s not about trying to eliminate our own or others’ emotional agendas or personal biases at work; rather, individuals use mindfulness to become more conscious of and relaxed about them. “Meditation helps develop agility in viewing… to selfregulate, drop fixed mindsets, become self-aware,” explains Carroll, who has coached university presidents, CEOs and nonprofit executives in mindful leadership techniques. “You learn things from a competitor’s perspective or pick up on social cues you may miss if you instead had a fixed lens on a situation.”
While meditation may be on the upswing in the workplace, it was a battle to legitimize it, according to Tara Healey, program director for mindfulness-based learning at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (HPHC). A longtime meditation practitioner, Healey started the Mind the Moment program a decade ago while serving as an organizational capacity building consultant. Surveys had shown that employees were overwhelmed and dissatisfied, but lacked the skills to rectify their situation. “The leadership said, ‘Great, let’s do it, but not tell anyone,’” relates Healey. She notes that meditation, a core component of her multifaceted mindfulness course covering everything from workplace stress to mindful listening, wasn’t accepted in the workplace at that point. Today, 30 percent of her company’s 1,050 employees have completed a six-week class introducing them to the power of mindfulness; some go on to participate in a guided monthly group meditation practice or use company meditation rooms for individual practice. The health services company also offers the course to its member companies throughout New England. To date, more than 12,350 people in 174 companies have participated, encompassing varied fields from higher education and health to finance and technology. A survey of employees showed that initially 99 percent felt it was a good use of their time; another taken six months later found that 87 percent were still using the techniques.
HPHC informatics analyst Stephanie Oddleifson, who took the course nearly 10 years ago, says it transformed her way of thinking and behaving in the workplace and furnished a set of practices she uses every day. In times of conflict, “I was so quick to make up stories in my head and jump to conclusions previously,” she says. “Now I’m able to pause before responding and observe my thoughts without getting caught up in them. I can diffuse tense situations with humor and not take things personally.” Additional research substantiates the anecdotal evidence for meditation’s workplace benefits. In 2015, scientists from Canada’s University of British Columbia and Germany’s Chemnitz University of Technology compiled data from 20-plus neurology studies, finding significant correlations between meditation and areas of the brain related to capacities for selfregulation, introspection and complex thinking. A Rice University study specifically found a positive relationship between workplace mindfulness, job performance and employee retention. While workplace mindfulness programs vary and may incorporate helpful talks, encouraging readings and group discussions, Healey and Carroll both caution that reading or talking about mindfulness or meditation is no substitute for the practice itself, which many find challenging. “You won’t taste the benefits just reading about it,” remarks Healey. “The practice will come into play come showtime.”
Local Resources for Mindfulness and Meditation Practice AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. 239-433-5995. AHolisticApproach Center.com. See ad, page 63. Florida Community of Mindfulness, weekly sittings Sundays 6:30 p.m. at Green Monkey Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd., Naples. 813-237-0746. FloridaMindfulness.org. See ad, page 13. Hummingbird Energy Healing Arts and Boutique, 27785 Old 41 Rd., Bonita Springs 239-494-6983. HummingbirdEnergyHealingArts. com. See ad, page 49. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste. 102, Bonita Springs. 239-5909485. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. See ad, page 36. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Terrace, Naples. 239-325-9210. MonarchWellness.net. See ad, page 14. Open Mind Zen Center, 1250 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 205, Naples. 239-961-2491. OpenMindZen Naples.com. See ad, page 60.
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STAY SHARP Powerful Ways to Avoid Mental Decline by Lisa Marshall
slow descent into dementia seemed inevitable for a 66-yearold man that had been misplacing his keys, missing appointments and struggling at work. He failed doctoradministered cognitive quizzes and tested positive for a gene variant linked to an exponentially higher risk of Alzheimer’s disease. A brain scan revealed scattered clusters of sticky, amyloid plaque—a hallmark of the disease. His hippocampus, or memory center, had shrunk to rank in the lowest 17 percent of men his age. Told there wasn’t much that could be done, he sought the help of University of California, Los Angeles Alzheimer’s researcher Dale Bredesen, a neurologist and founding president of the independent Buck Institute for Research on Aging. He recommended a personalized, 36-point plan, including a high-fat/low-carb diet, intermittent fasting, strict sleep schedule, select 40
dietary supplements and other lifestyle changes. Within three months, family members reported marked improvements in his memory. At 10 months, brain scans revealed his hippocampus had grown 12 percent. “Such improvements are unprecedented,” says Bredesen, who described this and nine other hopeful cases in a provocative paper published in June in the journal Aging. “These are the first examples of a reversal of cognitive decline in pre- and early Alzheimer’s patients.”
Addressing the Sources
Bredesen is among a small but growing group of researchers, physicians, caregivers and patients challenging the conventional wisdom that the road to dementia goes one way, with no cure or repair of damage done. They argue that the key to both prevention and reversal, at least in early stages, is to
pinpoint its numerous drivers—from nutritional and hormonal deficiencies and exposure to infection to environmental toxins and harmful drugs—and attack them simultaneously. It’s a stark departure from the classic, often unsuccessful, one-pill treatment approach. Of the 244 clinical trials for Alzheimer’s drugs between 2002 and 2012, all but one failed. “Imagine having a roof with 36 holes in it, and your drug patched one hole. You still have 35 leaks,” says Bredesen, who believes his synergistic approach—the Bredesen Protocol—can likely make Alzheimer’s drugs work better or render them unnecessary. Skeptical colleagues point out that Bredesen’s paper described only 10 case studies, not a clinical trial. “It is intriguing, but not enough to make recommendations to physicians or patients,” says Keith Fargo, Ph.D., director of scientific programs and outreach for the Chicagobased Alzheimer’s Association. “The current consensus in the scientific community is that we do not have a way to reverse dementia.” While agreeing that a larger study is needed, Neurologist David Perlmutter, of Naples, Florida, whose bestsellers Brain Maker and Grain Brain promote nutritional changes for supporting brain health, considers Bredesen’s study revolutionary. “To reverse Alzheimer’s in one patient is monumental, much less 10,” says Perlmutter. They recently presented together at a conference organized by Sharp Again Naturally, a New York nonprofit that educates patients and caregivers about natural means of slowing and reversing cognitive decline. After losing her mother to Alzheimer’s, the nonprofit’s co-founder, Jacqui Bishop, 74, stopped her own frightening decline by changing her diet and getting her thyroid hormone levels under control via supplements. Now she’s helping others do the same. She says, “We are trying to change the conversation from one of despair to one of hope.”
Mending Body and Brain
Key to Bredesen’s approach is the notion that instead of being one disease, Alzheimer’s consists of three sub-types with distinct drivers: inflammation or
infection; harmful environmental exposures; and/or lack of neuron-nurturing hormones. To determine which one to target, he tests patients for blood-sugar, inflammation and hormone levels, heavy metals and critical nutrients such as D and B vitamins. Then he crafts a personalized plan. He notes that the 10 years it can take to progress from subtle decline to full-blown Alzheimer’s provides a huge opportunity. “Ideally, we want people to come in when they have mild impairment or are asymptomatic,” says Bredesen, advising that tests be done for the APOE4, or “Alzheimer’s gene” in one’s 40s. “People have not wanted to know in the past because they’ve been told there is nothing they can do about it. We completely disagree.” One way to stay cognitively sharp is to eat fewer carbs (which boost blood sugar) and eat more fat, says Perlmutter. “There is a clear relationship between elevated levels of blood sugar and increased risk of Alzheimer’s.” One study, published in 2013 in the New England Journal of Medicine, tracked 2,067 healthy adults for seven years and found that the higher their average glucose level, even if they weren’t diabetic, the more likely they were to develop dementia. For instance, those with a level of 115 milligrams per deciliter were 18 percent more at risk than those measuring 100 milligrams per deciliter. A 2012 study published in Neurology followed 266 adults for four years and found that those with higher blood sugar saw certain areas of the brain shrink 6 to 10 percent more than those with lower blood sugar. Gluten can also be problematic, advises Perlmutter, when it’s inflammatory and driving brain degeneration. In contrast, good fat, like that in avocados, fatty fish, coconut oil and walnuts, serves as a foundation for neurons and an efficient, clean-burning fuel source for the brain. This is particularly helpful in someone with early-stage Alzheimer’s, says Bredesen, because the disease can make it harder for the brain to use sugar for fuel. In some cases,
both doctors recommend an extremely low-carb, or “ketogenic” diet (fewer than 60 grams of carbs per day). Starved of carbohydrates, the liver produces fat-like compounds called ketones, a brain-fuel source shown to stimulate growth of new neural networks. Bredesen also recommends 12 hours of fasting each night, with zero food intake within three hours of going to sleep. Fasting promotes a process called autophagy, by which the brain essentially cleans itself of damaged cellular material. Eight hours of sleep is also vital. According to University of Rochester research, the space between brain cells opens up during sleep, allowing cleansing channels of fluid to flow more freely. “If you were operating your house 24/7 with no time to rest or clean, it would be disastrous,” says Bredesen. “The same is true of your brain.” Also, they say, keep teeth clean because bacterial infections, including those in the gums, have been shown to hasten formation of neuron-killing plaque. Also critically examine the prescription drugs being ingested. A recent study of 74,000 people published in JAMA Neurology found that regular use of heartburn drugs like Prilosec and Nexium increased dementia risk by 42 to 52 percent. Meanwhile, anticholinergic drugs like Benadryl and statin drugs prescribed to manage cholesterol have also been linked to increased dementia. “We see ‘statin brain’ all the time,” observes Perlmutter, who says once patients go off the drugs, they tend to get better.
False Hope or Sound Advice
Fargo says researchers are keenly interested in many of the ideas in Bredesen’s paper. Although it’s too early to endorse them, numerous studies are underway. But he wonders if some patients that assert that they’ve reversed dementia actually suffered from something else, like sleep apnea or depression. Bredesen stands by his research, asserting that the 10 patients in his paper had all been formally diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or its precursors. One
Lifestyle changes can prevent and slow cognitive decline. Some say they also reverse it.
Get-Smart Supplements Curcumin: This potent constituent in turmeric (the yellow spice that gives curry its flavor) has been shown to combat many of the problems that contribute to brain degeneration, including inflammation, free radical damage and high blood sugar. It also boosts growth of new brain cells. Take 500 milligrams (mg) twice daily or eat a diet rich in curry. DHA (docosahexaenoic acid): This omega-3 fatty acid serves as a key building block for brain cell membranes. Take 1,000 mg daily (derived from fish oil or algae) or eat lots of fatty fish. Coconut oil: It’s rich in mediumchain triglycerides, an efficient, cleanburning fuel source for the brain. Take one or two teaspoons daily. Probiotics: These help fortify the intestinal lining, reducing the gut permeability and inflammation that can impact cognitive health. They also support production of key neurotransmitters and the brain-derived neurotrophic factor brain growth hormone. Look for supplements or foods containing Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus brevis, Bifidobacterium lactis and Bifidobacterium longum. B vitamins: High levels of the amino acid homocysteine have long been linked to increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease; have levels checked and if they’re elevated, B6 and B12 can reduce them. Source: David Perlmutter
69-year-old entrepreneur that was planning to close his business after 11 years of mental decline is now expanding it. A 49-year-old woman that scored poorly on neuropsychological tests showed no signs of cognitive decline when she was tested again nine months later. In all, more than 100 people have participated in the program. “We have people that are fourand-a-half years out and doing very well,” he says, noting that such strategies aren’t likely to work for someone with advanced Alzheimer’s. In some cases, the results may be more subtle, but for those caring for a sick loved one, any positive progress means a lot. Paul Tramontozzi knows. After his father, then 75, was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia, the New York City financial advisor attended a Sharp Again Naturally meeting seeking advice. “I was skeptical, but when the answer you get from everyone else is, ‘There’s nothing you can do,’ you become more willing to listen.” He took his father off his cholesterol medication, fed him spoonfuls of coconut oil daily and put him on
Resources Alzheimer’s Association, alz.org Buck Institute for Research on Aging, BuckInstitute.org David Perlmutter, DrPerlmutter.com MPI Cognition, MPICognition.com Sharp Again Naturally, SharpAgain.org a specific supplement regimen. His balance improved and he could participate in family outings again. “If you had told me a few years ago we’d be able to take Dad to a restaurant for his 80th birthday, I would have said, ‘No way.’ But we did.” Tramontozzi says his father isn’t cured, but the advice he obtained facilitated more time together and insights on how to avoid a similar fate. “These are all things a healthy 37-year-old should be doing right now anyway. I just wish we’d found out earlier.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at LisaAnnMarshall.com.
Functional Medicine and Whole Body Health Local Practitioners Take the Time to Put Together the Puzzle Pieces of Cognitive Decline by Linda Sechrist
ocal functional medicine practitioners—from chiropractors, medical doctors and advanced nurse practitioners to acupuncturists, nutritionists and mental health professionals—are in agreement that the health of the entire body, including the brain, cognitive abilities and moods, begins with the condition of our gut and its microbiome. To stay up to date on lifestyle medicine that continues to evolve as more functional medicine practitioners report positive patient outcomes from prevention and wellness rather than pathology and sick care, local adherents rely on personal research and newsletters from organizations such as the Environmental Working Group, Institute for Functional Medicine, GreenMedInfo.com, PubMed and Functional Forum. By establishing more patient-focused relationships that grow naturally out of feedback from a comprehensive analysis of patients’ medical history and life experiences, this new set of standards for patient care affirms a continuum of whole body health, wellness and optimal living that includes mental health. In functional medicine, it takes time to put together the puzzle pieces of cognitive decline: nutrition, diet, stress, work and personal environments, sleep, toxins, supplementation and exercise as well as the impact of medications, inflammation and gut health. Dee Harris, a functional medicine diagnostician, registered dietician and owner of D-Signed Nutrition, in Bonita Springs, notes that patients have been responding posiDee Harris tively to lifestyle medicine that gives them a sense of
self-empowerment regarding the important role that they play in restoring their health. “Realizing how their diet affects their entire body, from autoimmune response to weight and mood management, is the most important thing we can help patients to understand. When they get that their condition, which took years to develop as a result of poor diet, vitamin deficiencies and a sedentary lifestyle takes time to restore, then they understand why there are no quick fixes,” advises Harris. “Finding the right balance between vitamin supplements, nutrients and existing medications can help to alleviate stresses on the body and mind, relieve chronic aches or pains and improve the balance of hormones and blood sugar levels, which all affect thoughts and moods,” says Harris. The results of University of California, Los Angeles, Alzheimer’s researcher Dale Bredesen caught the attention of Dr. Pamela Hughes. “This personalized, 36-point plan, Dr. Pamela Hughes including a highfat/low-carb diet, intermittent fasting, a strict sleep schedule, select dietary supplements and other lifestyle changes that yielded unprecedented results is good to share with patients when informing them about the brain/gut connection and how their lifestyle choices are impacting their brain health,” advises the owner of Hughes Center for Functional Medicine, in Naples. Hughes has personally observed significant improvement in stroke patients for which she prescribed time in the center’s hyperbaric oxygen chamber, a nutrient-dense, clean diet, a
brain support supplement and exercise. “I see a noticeable difference in these patients, as well as in 50-year olds with memory impairment,” she says. After Hughes read two eyeopening books, Mental Resilience: The Power of Clarity: How to Develop the Focus of a Warrior and the Peace of a Monk and Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges, she began recommending them to patients as resources for managing stress, which has a significant impact on the brain and cardiovascular system. “The brain needs to rest, and these books explain the benefits of mental calm and focus. I also encourage patients to do crossword puzzles and brain games such as Luminosity, which tracks their progress,” notes Hughes. “The mind was not designed for the onslaught of voluminous information we burden it with today,” says Terri Evans, DOM, and owner of TAE Healthy Aging, in Terri Evans Naples. She notes that with the emphasis on intellect and developing memory skill, the cognitive skill of creative reasoning has been ignored, and therefore atrophied. “Our ability to memorize is only one aspect of what the mind is capable of. Creating something new out of memorized information or using it for problem solving is an integral part of our human evolution. With the decline in creative reasoning, we have seen an increase in memory loss,” says Evans. From a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective, patients that present with depression in its beginning stages generally have stagnation in their energetic field. “This can eventually create biochemical changes that manifest in physical changes. Mucous-forming foods like gluten and dairy can also create stagnation, leaving the individual feeling heavy. Acupuncture moves stagnant energy, which is why it is beneficial in the treatment of depression. Addressing diet and lifestyle habits that contribute to the stagnation is an important aspect of Evans’ treatment plan.
For severe depression in individuals that do not respond to medication, Dr. Robert Gilliland, owner of Southwest Florida Natural Health, in Bonita Springs, recomDr. Robert Gilliland mends pulsed electromagnetic frequency therapy (PEMF). “Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for severe depression, it also improves cognitive health by increasing micro-circulation and cellular energy in all cells, including brain cells,” says Gilliland who has seen results in his patients. Wendy Law, co-founder of Yollo Wellness, in Fort Myers, can cite numerous examples of clients that have recovered from depression, brain fog and lethargy with the use of a Wendy Law hyperbaric oxygen chamber. “Saturating the brain with oxygen relieves stress, anxiety, and reduces blood pressure,” says Law, who jokes that she often has to first convince clients to trade their dependency on candy bars for energy. “We call the chamber the happy pill, because of its remarkable results in a short time,” says Law. Evie Breedlove Mangora, founder of Inner Essence Health, practices out of Wellbridges, in Bonita Springs. She previously practiced traditional primary Evie Breedlove care medicine in Mangora Michigan, working with patients that had high anxiety and depression. “Medications and dosage were a trial-and-error process, which is why I was excited to learn about functional medicine and the role that low-grade gut inflammation plays in all chronic disease, including depression,” says Mangora, who recalls that her 44
medical education included little about nutrition. We were given a list of health issues and matching possibilities for prescriptions. Patients tried them and then returned in three months to report the results. “No one could have predicted 10 years ago that medical science would discover the gut and brain connection, how we can use genetics in preventive medicine or how Deborah Post much damage antibiotics have done to our gut,” says Deborah Post, founder of Wellbridges. She encourages health professionals to find more ways of educating the public about the role they play in their health, as well as the necessity of taking probiotics and how toxins in food and the environment interfere with communication between gut and brain. Kimberly Rodgers, owner of Monarch Therapy, in Naples, works with patients suffering from depression and anxiety, which is often the result of difficulty in adjusting to life Kimberly Rodgers changes such as loss of a loved one, divorce, physical relocation and family illness. Rodgers uses a comprehensive assessment to look at their big picture, including dietary information, which is why she has a health coach on staff. “Dietary changes are huge transitions for patients who are without coping skills and accustomed to eating comfort foods, fast food, drinking coffee and consuming sugary snacks throughout the day,” explains Rodgers. Individuals seeking a quick prescriptive fix move on when Rodgers advises that it’s not offered. Clients that make the greatest progress are those willing to make adjustments in all areas of their life—self-care, diet, exercise, interactions with family and friends, and finding purpose and fulfillment. Severe cases such as anorex-
ia, bulimia and diabetes are referred out to a nutritionist. David Martin, DOM, and Deborah Martin, medicinal food consultant, owners of Lotus Blossom Clinic, in Fort Myers have a friendly and inviting method for teachDavid Martin ing individuals to understand food as medicine. Their Food Healing Classes (learning and tasting events), and occasional cooking classes include Making Probiotic Foods with 90 Billion Deb Martin Critters. “We are certified in and teach from a food healing system called Conquering Any Disease. Alzheimer’s and depression have food-healing protocols in this system,” says Deborah. Dr. David Perlmutter’s latest focus is on an impressive new term, “psychobiotics”, which he defines as living organisms that, when ingested in adequate amounts, Dr. David Perlmutter produce a health benefit in patients suffering from psychiatric illness. The author of Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect advises that the reason scientists have developed this terminology is because new research clearly demonstrates that certain probiotic organisms have a dramatic effect on regulating mood. His important take-home message from this research is that we should do everything we can to preserve and protect our gut bacteria by reassessing our food and medication choices, as well as various lifestyle factors. It makes sense that if we compromise the levels of these and other probiotic bacterial species within us, it may well pave the way for debilitating mood disorders.
Local Resources D-Signed Nutrition, 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd., Ste. 300 Bonita Springs. 239676-5249. D-SignedNutrition.com. See ad, page 49. Hughes Center for Functional Medicine, 800 Goodlette Rd., Naples, 239649-7400. HughesCenterNaples.com. See ad, page 79. Inner Essence Health, 239-777-4647. InnerEssenceHealth.com. See ad, page 27. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd., Ste. 2, Ft. Myers, 239-277-1399, AcupunctureInFortMyers.com. See ad, page 59. Monarch Therapy, 843 Myrtle Terr., Naples, 12264 Tamiami Tr. E., Ste. 202, Naples. 239-231-3208. Monarch Wellness.net. See ad, page 14. Southwest Florida Natural Health, 27499 Riverview Center, Ste. 255, Bonita Springs, SWFThyroid.com. See ad, page 47. TAE Healthy Aging Center, 11983 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 100A, Naples. 239430-6800. WhoAreYou-TheWay.info. See ad, page 42. Wellbridges, 9200 Bonita Beach Rd., Ste. 113, Bonita Springs, 239-4815600. DebPost.com. See ad, page 15. Yollo Wellness, 3033 Winkler Ave., Ft. Myers. 239-275-0039. YolloWellness.com. See ad, page 28.
All profound things and emotions of things are preceded and attended by silence. ~Herman Melville
Kelly Brogan on the Truth About Depression
Why Meds Don’t Work and What Does by Kathleen Barnes
ntegrative medical doctor Kelly Brogan, a women’s health psychiatrist and author of A Mind of Your Own, has turned the world of neuropsychiatry on its head by revealing that depression can be reversed without a single prescription drug. She asserts that depression is not caused by imbalanced brain chemistry, but by lifestyle choices that unbalance the entire human physiology. That’s why conventional antidepressants generally don’t work. She instead prescribes eliminating foods that trigger inflammation in order to rebalance all body systems. According to the National Institute for Mental Health, depression annually affects 15.7 million adult Americans, or about 8.3 percent of the population.
What’s your stand on the illness model of medicine and how you arrived there? My training as a conventional doctor was predicated on a disease care model that offers patients only one solution—a prescription. We have never had a shot at true wellness, having handed over our health to corporations loyal to their shareholders, rather than to us. Conventional medicine is based on the notion that we are born broken and need chemicals to feel better; the body is a machine that needs recalibration; and doctors always know what they are doing. After investing thousands of hours 46
researching what would aid my own journey back from health challenges, I saw how we have been duped. Health is our natural state, and we can restore it by natural means. The way to prevent and reverse illness is to communicate with the body in a language it understands. It’s so simple, yet society considers it an act of rebellion to consider this kind of lifestyle.
Which science supports your conclusion that antidepressant drugs don’t work for most patients? Taking an antidepressant for depression is like taking a Tylenol for a shard of glass in your foot. Wouldn’t you rather just remove it? Antidepressants don’t work the way we think they do and come with risks, including impulsive violence and debilitating withdrawal. They also can distract from an opportunity to identify the real cause of symptoms, one that is entirely reversible, in my experience. Selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors like Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil and Lexapro are commonly prescribed to treat depression by boosting serotonin levels. There are many studies debunking their use and effectiveness. The 2012 Ottawa Hospital Research Institute study led by Paul Albert, Ph.D., concluded, “Direct serotonin-enhancing effects of antidepressants disturb energy homeostasis and worsen symptoms.”
As far back as 1998, Irving Kirsch, Ph.D., an expert on the placebo effect at Harvard Medical School, published a meta-analysis of the treatment of 3,000 patients, finding that drugs improved depression in only 27 percent of the cases.
What’s the link between women, high blood sugar, diabetes, obesity and depression? When I meet a patient that complains about irritability, anxiety, foggy thinking, fatigue and insomnia, I visually plot her day-to-day symptoms on a mental graph. I find that the sugar rollercoaster accounts for the vast majority of diabetes, obesity, depression and other symptoms troubling my patients, especially women. Sugar disturbs mental health in at least three ways: It starves the brain by causing blood sugar highs and lows that can eventually cause insulin resistance, diabetes and even Alzheimer’s disease; promotes inflammation, which is closely linked to depression; and derails hormones by raising levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the body’s effort to balance blood sugars. Depression also has roots in thyroid imbalances, which are common in women more than 40 years old, and in food intolerances, especially to gluten, soy and corn, that can affect the brain in unpredictable ways.
Is there a general protocol that seems to work best? While there are no quick fixes, I see turnarounds every week because I help my patients see the benefits of simple choices like avoiding wheat and wheat products. You need a month of serious commitment to quit sugar, alcohol, coffee, wheat and dairy. Then you discover you aren’t an irritable, tired, forgetful person, which is its own incentive toward feeling better. It’s the basis to make choices with your own fully informed consent. Applying such information leads to long-term change and healing. Kathleen Barnes has authored numerous natural health books, including Food Is Medicine: 101 Prescriptions from the Garden. Connect at KathleenBarnes.com. natural awakenings
Stephen Dinan Outlines America’s Noble Destiny Bridging Our Political Divide is Key by Mary Magline
tephen Dinan, founder and CEO of The Shift Network, is a champion of the transpartisan movement that seeks to transcend America’s current political climate to realize greater unity and understanding. His new book, Sacred America, Sacred World: Fulfilling Our Mission in Service to All, offers innovative, practical solutions for engaging citizens in an emerging whole. Dinan has forwarded thinking in his work with the Institute of Noetic Sciences, where he helped shape the Shift in Action and One Minute Shift programs, and with the Esalen Center for Theory & Research, a think tank he helped create to explore human potential frontiers. He is also an active member of the Evolutionary Leadership and Transformational Leadership councils.
What political problem tops the list if we’re to make progress on anything? We all know that American politics suffers from extreme polarization. Just as the middle class has faded away
from our economy, the bipartisan “middle” has dropped out of our political process. In the last two decades, moderates have become far less prominent, giving way to ideologues on both sides of the aisle. As a result, Congress is virtually unable to legislate, because politicians on the left and right insist they have all the answers. They often refuse to work with the president if he is from the other party. This childish behavior is a far cry from the bipartisan approach to solving problems that once made this country great. Our country is falling apart and we need to renew ourselves by finding a sacred vision of national unity. The fast-growing transpartisan movement offers an answer that can be aided by perspectives of transpersonal psychology and a visionary spiritual dimension drawn from wisdom traditions of the East and West.
How is transpartisan best defined? Transpartisan means that Americans can rise above damaging divisions. It
provides hope that if we supply the right intention, we can hold to a vision that honors the ideals of a wide range of viewpoints. No one can be 100 percent right or 100 percent wrong, and we transcend limiting conservative and liberal categories by using dialogue and maturity in embracing the truths of all parties, while leaving behind their excesses and errors. We can belong to any party and claim an important piece of the truth; a singular truth we stand for, such as liberty or social justice or economic growth, but it represents only a personal selection from a larger set of sacred American principles. To attain insight into these principles, we must move to an enlightened vision that honors all political perspectives, seeing each as a valuable, yet incomplete contribution toward the emerging whole.
Why have you called for a sacred America? “Sacred” is a word that binds us together in the mystery of life and links us into a single human family in which ultimately no one is our enemy. A sacred worldview leads to a life filled with respect and reverence. It informs and enables us as we reach for our highest destiny as a country, not built on a desire to be number one, but a humble sense of calling, animated by a spirit of service to all. America is being called to explore new frontiers politically, economically and spiritually, in service to our own citizens and the world. We are to embrace a path away from the waste and tragedy of war and toward universal health, sustainability and prosperity.
It requires the best of both progressive and conservative values and a collaborative style of politics that seeks higher ground. Global accords and councils will replace the endless posturing of every military era.
What have you, as a progressive, learned from conservatives? Conservatives tend to focus on preserving what has worked in the past, which is a useful function. In the human body, we have strong elements required for health that basically protect its homeostasis. Too much change happening too quickly can be dangerous to us. Conservatives often play the same role in society, minimizing the risk of chaotic change and preserving core values, commitments and culture. Iâ€™ve found that embracing conservative values and perspectives is a good form of cross-training in my role as a spiritually based CEO, where itâ€™s imperative that I not risk everything on each new idea. A moderate path draws upon the best of conservative perspectives while opening to new possibilities for innovation and cultural expression, which tends to be a focus of progressives.
How can we replace political gridlock with a more perfect union? The ultimate solution comes in personally building bridges of curiosity, respect and understanding, and recognizing that true, lasting answers to extremely complex problems require the best thinking of all parties and ideologies so that some hybridization of solutions happens. We may not come to consensus on major issues, but we can come into deep dialogue and human exchange. Extending a hand of friendship across the aisle is ultimately one of the most important things we can do as citizens. The women members of the Senate have led the way in doing this, often creating breakthroughs through their personal connections with members of the other major party. For more information visit Stephen Dinan.com or TheShiftNetwork.com. natural awakenings
businessspotlight Silver Eagle Gallery is a Family Tradition by Yvette Lyn
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Living La Vida Yoga by Linda Sechrist
rom his early Miracles as a way of teens Alan talking about oneLowenschuss’s ness and non-duality, (Allowah Lani) love as well as a way of of philosophy, world helping students of religions and spirituYoga University and ality began laying the our yoga retreats path to his 20-year to understand our study of yoga. His Truly Helpful Yoga Bachelor of Arts and philosophy. Founder Alan Lowenschuss (Allowah Lani) Masters Degree in of Yoga University, Philosophy and Liberal Arts from the Lowenschuss brings his uniquely wellUniversity of Pennsylvania as well as rounded personal experience from more his postgraduate work in the ancient than 20 years of study and practice to wisdom of Kabbalah and yoga at New the traditional history and philosophy of York University, provided the perfect yoga, Sanskrit, asana, pranayama, kirtan, in-depth learning for enhancing what meditation and yoga as a way of life, he would eventually teach his students which are aspects sometimes missing as a certified yoga teacher. from yoga teacher training certification The Kabbalah’s technology of how courses today. the universe works at the core level “I am trying to lead people to the added to Lowenschuss’s evolving and root of yoga rather than addressing the broadening philosophy, deepening his external world and the stories that we understanding of how he was connecttell ourselves. I want to help people ed to that which he was seeking. Later, connect to their source and make sure his self-study of the non-sectarian, non- that they see yoga for all that it is. denominational spirituality of A Course Although I avoid being dogmatic and in Miracles, a spiritual thought system, giving students a set method, I do give added a new language of love and them basic guidelines and principles removed any remaining blocks to the to follow. I encourage my students to awareness of his natural inheritance: develop their own way of teaching and love’s presence. practice. I prefer to let them think for “I use the language and univerthemselves, ask questions and come to sal spiritual teachings of A Course in their own conclusions,” he explains.
“I feel it’s my job to expose people to the very wide and fascinating world of yoga and its many different teachings, styles and paths. Our upcoming 200hour yoga teacher certification training at the House of Prayer in Alva, Florida this December will be the next opportunity to do this,” advises Lowenschuss. The upcoming Make Light of Everything Yoga & Wellness Retreat at Pura Vida Retreat and Spa in Costa Rica, beginning December 31, is also a celebration of Lowenschuss’s book, Who Am I?: Yoga, Psychedelics & The Quest for Enlightenment as well as Truly Helpful’s first CD offering, Heart ‘n’ Hands. “The latter part of the Costa Rica retreat is a way of tuning more deeply into our own inner music and to access our unique offerings. By the end of our time together, hopefully all participants will learn to lighten up, laugh, love, and live with infectious joy. More importantly, I’m intending that they will feel inspired to truly live ‘la vida yoga’ and reap the great benefits of this ancient, timehonored practice and way of life. The most special part of the retreat will be the loving community that we co-create together,” enthuses the co-founder of the Naples Kirtan Community. Yoga University, an initiative of Truly Helpful, offers weekly yoga classes and breath work sessions. A 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training immersion at the House of Prayer Retreat Center located at 17880 Cypress Creek Rd. in Alva begins on Dec. 9. For more information call 844-723-5683 or visit TrulyHelpful. love. See ad, page 16.
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Pilates Unbound New Fusions with Yoga, Dance and Boxing by Aimee Hughes
ith 11,000 studios across the U.S., “Pilates continues to grow because an increasingly wide spectrum of people are discovering how it can benefit them,” says Elizabeth Anderson, executive director of the Pilates Method Alliance, in Miami. Pilates instructor Amanda January, who works at The Carriage Club, in Kansas City, eventually became an instructor because, “I love the challenge of it. I had always been a dancer, and found Pilates provides the movement therapy that my dance classes lack.” Current trends are combining Pilates not only with yoga, but also dance and even boxing. “My favorite fusion Pilates class is barre,” says Halley Willcox, a certified Pilates teacher originally from Austin, Texas, now a grad student at the University of Arizona, in Tucson. Barre classes mix classical ballet exercises with yoga and Pilates (see Tinyurl.com/Barre4Fitness). The boxing variation, called piloxing, incorporates pugilistic moves and barefoot interval training. “No prior
experience is necessary; the possibilities are endless,” comments Willcox. Anderson believes, “The growth we’re observing is due to the fact that Pilates addresses fitness across the entire body, rather than parts. It creates a wonderful feeling of overall well-being; the exercise is done in a balanced manner on all planes and is coordinated with conscious breathing. Plus, it doesn’t cause injuries, it prevents them.”
Fosters Self-Confidence “Through focus and breath awareness, Pilates, not unlike meditation and yoga, helps you become more aware of your body, which makes you more comfortable in your own skin,” says January. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy’s TED talk, “Change Your Posture, Grow Your Confidence, Follow Your Dreams,” shares the results of her Harvard University research, which demonstrates how people that assume what she calls “power postures” actually change the chemistry in their brains, boosting confidence on many levels. Pilates is
Helps Coordination and Rehabilitation Many dancers and professional athletes access the therapeutic qualities of Pilates to help them recover from injuries and enhance balance and coordination. Anderson remarks, “With a qualified teacher, Pilates can be applied as a post-rehabilitation modality once post-surgery physical therapy is completed, to further strengthen the body. Elite athletes such as professional dancers, baseball and football players, ice skaters and equestrians are also finding ways that Pilates can strengthen and assist them with their performances, wellbeing and injury prevention.” One of the ways that Pilates helps is by affecting body fascia. “Muscles work together, not individually, within the fascia, and the best way to change the muscle is through resistance,” says January. “It’s why Pilates uses spring tension, resistance bands and even jumping. Pilates improves balance and coordination because all the muscles work together. The entire body is learning how to dance in unison with itself.”
Boosts Immunity “The more I committed to a regular Pilates practice, the more I noticed I wasn’t getting sick as often,” says January. “Pilates helps boost the immune system through reducing stress, a well-known contributor to disease. It’s accessible to people of all ages. You don’t have to be flexible or strong to begin, just willing.” She offers this advice to beginners. “Check out all the local studios to see what they offer. It’s best to start out taking classes twice a week with a certified teacher for two to three months. That’s easy to commit to. Then you can see if Pilates is right for you.” Aimee Hughes, a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO, is a doctor of naturopathy on the faculty of the Yandara Yoga Institute. Connect at ChezAimee@gmail.com.
Balance the Body and Mind with Pilates by Savannah Noir
n 2011, Amy Lademann, owner of Beyond Motion, in Naples, decided to pique the interest of local residents by offering classes that fused Barre exercises with Pilates, once considered the “workout of the elite” for dancing icons such as George Balanchine and Martha Graham. Hoping that curious students would be as enthused about the benefits of Pilates as she was, Lademann began educating them from the perspective of Pilates architect Joseph Pilates. “Pilates is considered a thinking person’s sport for a good reason. Joseph, who was a physical fitness expert, believed in awakening people to an awareness of how their body moved, so they could correct unconscious and inefficient movements, learn to move in more effortless ways, grow stronger and become more balanced in body, mind and spirit. Few people remember that his original concept for building flexibility, strength and stamina was known as Contrology,” says Lademann, who offers Pilates teacher training certification. “Working with the body is like peeling an onion,” notes Lademann. “We start with the first layer of ‘what is’,
including any injuries for which we modify movements. As we peel away the layers peel away and do more training, you become more flexible and malleable. Your core becomes stronger and you have more symmetry in right and left of your body. Pilates is a practice where you can’t zone out, but rather have to stay zoned in and connected with your breath that corresponds with the contraction and lengthening of muscles in movement. “The practice of Pilates has no end. As one challenge is overcome through conscious movement and attention to proper form, alignment and function, another is revealed. Pilates is an ever-evolving practice that Joseph did throughout his life and I’ve done ever since I discovered it in my former years as a dancer.” Beyond Motion is located at 11985 Tamiami Tr. N., in Naples. For more information regarding the January Pilates Teaching Training, call 239-254-9300 or visit Go2Beyond Motion.com. See ad, page 35.
Curious Kids and Lake Okeechobee by Lily Viola
osie Emery is an international children’s entertainer who uses her singing and songwriting talents to teach children about their interconnectedness to the environment. Passionate about caring for the environment and as perky and playful as the youngsters in her audiences, Emery inspires Southwest Florida’s youngsters to celebrate Earth. Since 2004, this new media producer has been awakening in children a sense of wonder for the planet, as well as an understanding of the interconnection and relevance of all species. Under Emery’s direction, dozens of kids from Southwest Florida have starred in the WGCU Curious Kids show that has received numerous industry awards, including a NATAS Suncoast Chapter Emmy and the 2016 Education and Community Engagement Collective Impact Achievement award by the National Educational Telecommunication Association. “In the most recently filmed show, which airs in December, Curious Kids Sophie and Jaden spend the day on Lake Okeechobee with Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission biologist Barron Moody, who introduces them to the marine and wildlife that depend on this inland habitat. The kids learn the lake’s history—from its early formation more than 6,000 years ago, through the tragic hurricanes that led to the construction of the Herbert Hoover Dike—to its current status as a worldrenowned bass fishery,” explains Emery. From the lake, the cast moves down the Caloosahatchee to Matlache Pass Aquatic Preserve to meet educator, Susie Hassett and some of her students from Littleton Elementary School. Situated a few miles north of where the Caloosahatchee River flows into the ocean, the pass provides a glimpse into what happens when excessive amounts of fresh water are released into a fragile saltwater estuarine ecosystem. A visit to Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed (CREW) to meet Florida Gulf Coast University Professor Win Everham helps Curious Kids understand why it’s important for water to flow slowly across the land in Southwest Florida. A marsh might seem insignificant to some, but as Everham eloquently points out, its intrinsic value is a proven fact. From a civic perspective, a visit to the office of Repre-
sentative Heather Fitzenhagen, in Fort Myers, provides some answers regarding how citizens can affect change. A trip to the Naples Botanical Garden to meet Deputy Director Chad Washburn shows the kids how rain gardens, swales and mini wetlands can help to mitigate harmful runoff from roads and parking lots. In the show’s conclusion, Helen Wickert, mother to Curious Kids Jaden [full name?], invites the kids into the family home for a lesson on making effective non-toxic household cleaning products with essential oils, vinegar and baking soda. “Lake Okeechobee has frequently been in the news recently, and we felt that a new Curious Kids show was a good way to keep the conversation going without picking sides or pointing fingers. We were looking for solutions and information that could inspire kids to learn more about what is happening and think about what they can do to take care of the environment,” says Emery. Understanding natural capital, the world’s stock of natural resources and assets, makes sense to kids that are quick to understand how mangrove islands can buffer and offset storm surges along the coastline when hurricanes strike, and how plants remove pollutants from the slow-moving “river of grass”, making the water cleaner and clearer. In the opinion of John G. Heim, founder of the SWFL Clean Water Movement, this particular Curious Kids show couldn’t have come at a better time. Restoring the river of grass and making water a basic human right is what this Fort Myers resident and clean water activist lives for. “The Lake Okeechobee polluted discharges are largely received via the Caloosahatchee River. The Curious Kids who learned all about our unique ecosystem will share it with their parents, who will hopefully also become curious to know more. This chain reaction, which Rosie is well aware of, is how we get more local residents joining in our efforts to form a caring community that is willing to unite their voices in speaking up and demonstrating their commitment to our environment and clean water. Kids are the future and we need their voices now,” he says. For a complete schedule of Curious Kids Shows, visit WGCUCuriousKids.org.
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ing teachers each week. Client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 3259210. MonarchWellness.net.
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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4
Scarecrows in the Smith Children’s Garden – Nov 1-30. 9am-5pm. View the scarecrows entered in the Naples Botanical Garden community scarecrow competition. Scarecrows on view daily and is included with regular Garden admission. Members/free; non-members: $14.95/adults, $9.95/children (ages 4-14), 3 and under/free. Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr. 643-7275. NaplesGarden.org. Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – 10-11am. Introduction to internationally acclaimed eight-week stress-reduction course using mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga and scientific research pioneered by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn at U Mass. Free. Advance registration requested. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 590-9485. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Doris Miriam. The crystal bowls are a form of sound vibrational healing and gently remove energetic blockages and instantly align your chakras. Bring a blanket and/or pillow. $10. The Mystical Moon Bonita, 8951 SE Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 255. RSVP: 301-0655. TheMysticalMoon.com. Tarot Part I – 7pm. Learn the meaning of the cards and how to utilize this wonderful tool. A Rider Waite deck is required. $30. Part II on 11/8. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Complimentary Meditation – 7-8pm. Jennifer Stevens guides students through an hour of meditation and provides an opportunity to explore new ways to begin or deepen a meditation practice in a comfortable and supportive environment. Free. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or greenmonkey. com/naples-schedule.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2 Florida Fracking Summit – The summit will feature expert speakers from around the US, addressing the effects of unconventional oil and gas laws, examples of local government actions and the future of fracking in Florida. Keynote address: Cornell University Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Dr Anthony Ingraffea. Florida Gulf Coast University, Cohen Center, Ft Myers. Info/register: FLFrackingSummit.org.
Intro to ALCAT Testing – 10am. ALCAT is a labbased immune stimulation test which your white blood count are exposed to foods, additives, chemicals, herbs, molds and medicines. The response detects if these items are causing an inflammation in the body so we can correct it and restore the body’s pain-free environment. Attendees save $50 on test. YOLLO Wellness, 3033 Winkler Ave, Ste 170, Ft Myers. RSVP: 275-0039. Mastery of Asana – Nov 2-6. With Debi Grilo and Jacqueline Glasgow. Part of the 300-hour Mastery Module series (enrollment not required to attend). This comprehensive training will focus on traditional yoga asana. Move beyond the basics, deepen your knowledge and develop your capacity to see the individual in the pose. Receive specific tools that are applicable for vinyasa, slow flow restorative, hatha and gentle classes. $995. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 598-1938. greenmonkey.com.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Tarot Part I – 2pm. Learn the meaning of the cards and how to utilize this wonderful tool. A Rider Waite deck is required. $30. Part II on 11/17. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Stress Less Love More Series Workshop – 5:30-6:30pm. Also Nov 10, 17 & 24. A series of workshops designed to help people channel stress and anxiety into a positive experience. Having a life with less stress frees up emotional and mental energy to experience more love and share more love with others. $25/person. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Stress, Hormones and Health – 6:30pm. With Deb Post, ARNP. Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Learn how hormone imbalance could be robbing your zest for life. Bring a friend. 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 213, Bonita Springs. RSVP required: 560-8334. Restorative Sound – Peaceful Mind – 6:30-8pm. With William Ward. Allow the healing vibrations of crystal and Tibetan bowls in concert to soothe your soul and bring your body back into its original balance. Part of the Peaceful Mind series, with rotat-
Cruise for a Cause – 4:45-6:45pm. 4:15pm, boarding begins. Join the Stroke Recovery Foundation for their inaugural Naples fundraising event on the luxurious Naples Princess. Enjoy a scenic boat ride, heavy hors d’oeuvres, dessert, wine, champagne, raffle and more, all while benefiting a great cause. $125. 550 Port O Call Way, Naples. Info: 703-9263382. Bit.ly/CruiseForStrokeRecovery. Bliss Night Out: Yin Harmony Fall Retreat – 6-8pm. With Mary Cline and Sue Lovett of Hummingbird Wellbeing Center. Enjoy yoga, meditation, sound therapy, acupressure, herbs, food, crystals, aromatherapy and more. Workshop held on Nov 5. Shangri La Springs, 27750 Old 41, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 494-6983. HummingbirdWellbeing Center.com. See news brief, page 14. Women’s Gathering (CBC) – 7pm. A bimonthly gathering for women over 21 to discuss women’s issues in society, religion, relationships, etc. Support and empower other women and network. Vent in a safe environment. Refreshments will be served. $5. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Your Body, Life and Future – Nov 4-6. 7-9pm, Fri; 10am-5pm, Sat & Sun. The journey is a freeform channeled experience that restores the body’s natural ability to harmonize with the soul. Address beliefs and filters that distort the clarity and alignment with source. $200/prepaid or $250/door. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. GoddessIAm.com.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5 Yin Harmony Fall Retreat – 9am-5pm. With Mary Cline and Sue Lovett, of Hummingbird Wellbeing Center. Enjoy yoga, meditation, sound therapy, acupressure, herbs, food, crystals, aromatherapy and more. This workshop integrates meridian theory
and five element teachings of Chinese Medicine with ayurveda holistic health practices. Shangri La Springs, 27750 Old 41, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 494-6983. HummingbirdWellbeingCenter.com. See news brief, page 14. Vaccines: Pride and Prejudice – 9:30am-12:30pm. A commonsense and scientific explanation of vaccines and their role in your family’s health with Dr Brian Thornburg, DO, FAAP, recognized by Parents magazine as One of the top 7 pediatricians in the US making a difference. Sponsored by Thornburg Pediatrics. $25/person. Bayfront Inn, 1221 Fifth Ave S, Naples. 348-7337. Info@ThornburgPediatrics.com. Really, Really Free Market – 10am-2pm. 1st Sat. Potluck of reusable items. No money, barter or trade; everything is free. Fleischmann Park, Naples. Facebook page: Naples Really Really Free Market. Live Blood Cell Analysis – 10am-5pm. With Brandi Stewart. Utilizing one drop of blood, see 42 anomalies in your health relating to digestive dysfunction, liver stress, toxicity, inflammation markers, yeast imbalances, lymphocytes, health of white and red blood cells and more. $50 includes DVD and takehome information. For Goodness Sake, 7211 Radio Rd, Naples. RSVP: 353-7778. Mini Readings – 1-9pm. With psychic Candyce Strafford. Petunias of Naples, 825 5th Ave S, Naples. Appointment: 403-3550. Gratitude Costume Party – 7-9pm. A fun-filled costume party for teens and adults of the special needs community. Dress in costume, dance and celebrate gratitude. Parent participation required. Free. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. RSVP required: 239-272-6152 or Salima@HouseOfGaia.org.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6 Spiritual Discussion – 11am. Topic: Is God Listening? ECK Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034. See ad, page 24. Potato Bake and Craft Fair – 11am-1pm. This mini-fundraiser’s proceeds support Unity of Ft Myers Youth and Family Ministry. Enjoy baked potatoes with toppings of choice. Peruse and purchase painted shells, handmade jewelry and other handicrafts. Children’s activities include face painting, art projects and more. $8/potato. 11120 Ranchette Rd, Ft Myers. 278-1511. YouthAndFamilyMinistry@ yahoo.com. Happehatchee Members Day in the Park – 1-4pm. Members come together at the Happehatchee Center. Enjoy live music, eco-demonstrations, refreshments, canoe access, north and south labyrinth walks, gifts and more. The Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455 or Happehatchee@gmail.com. Happehatchee.org/join-us. See news brief, page 16. Psychic Fair – 1-5pm. Psychics, mediums, healers, artwork, minerals, crystals and more. Infinite Stones, 12911 Metro Pkwy, Ft Myers. 561-1981. Yin Stretch and Yoga Nidra – 1:30-3pm. Join Registered Yoga Teacher Bob Newman for this 90-minute class featuring gentle yin yoga to warm up, followed by the soothing guided relaxation of yoga nidra. No yoga experience necessary. $15. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Bonita Springs. 4049744. IntegrativeMindfulness.net.
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 7 Gentlemen's Appreciation Day – 9am-3pm. Call to set up an appointment for a free, confidential consultation with a professional matchmaker. All gentlemen will be treated to snacks, beverages and given a free gift just for coming in. Appointment is required. Like us on Facebook at Suncoast Singles LLC for upcoming events and activities. 4851 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 700, Naples. 800-833-1995. Book Giveaway – 9:30am-5pm. Dr Mark Corke will distribute the book The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Watch the video Evidence of Harm, a new documentary about mercury fillings. Call the office for a tour or with questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 936-5442. Mini Readings – 5:30-9pm. With Candyce Strafford. $20/10 minutes. Daniela’s Restaurant, 13500 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. RSVP: 514-4414.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8 Food Talk: Gut Science – 6:15-8:15pm. Learn the foods to consume (or avoid), to keep your intestinal tract in best order. They’ll discuss diseases and conditions which are impacted by the health of your gut. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP: 277-1399. LotusBlossomClinic.com. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Laurie Barraco. The crystal bowls are a form of sound vibrational healing and gently remove energetic blockages and instantly align your chakras. Bring a blanket and/or pillow. $10. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339. TheMysticalMoon.com. 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. The benefits of breastfeeding, the techniques for positioning and latching-on, timing and frequency of feeds will be discussed. Also learn about challenges and solutions and resources available. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 594-0400. Fee info/register: FBCNaples@gmail.com or NaplesBirthCenter.com.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9 The 5K Run/Walk for Freedom – 7am, registration; 8am-noon. The Florida Gulf Coast University’s Honor Students prepare to run to raise awareness about human trafficking with the SWFL Regional Human Trafficking Coalition. Members of the Florida State Massage Therapy Association will soothe aching muscles and volunteers will offer tips on signs to look for in human trafficking situation and to keep our community safe. $10 includes Tshirt and post-race massage.10501 FGCU Blvd S, Ft Myers. 813-727-2715. Register: Bit.ly/2dLtbaE. Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging – 10am. A totally non-invasive clinical imaging procedure for detecting and monitoring a number of diseases, inflammation and pain by showing thermal abnormalities present in the body. YOLLO Wellness, 3033 Winkler Ave, Ste 170, Ft Myers. RSVP: 275-0039.
Naples Botanical Garden – 3-5pm. The Garden will be closed until 3pm Wed, Nov 9, for their annual Hats in the Garden fundraising event. Fogg Cafe will be closed the entire day. Free admission to the Garden, this day only, from 3-5pm (last admission ticket sold at 4pm). Regular Garden hours and admission prices will resume Thur, Nov 10. Members/ free; nonmembers: $14.95/adults, $9.95/children (ages 4-14), 3 and under/free. Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr, Naples. 643-7275. NaplesGarden.org. Consciousness and Chocolate – 6-7pm. An introduction to unique tools and processes for creating a life you love. What if what you’re looking for and what you know is possible is actually available to you right now? Free to the public. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. Register: 305-331-7465. Info: KristinaAston.Access Consciousness.com. Art Reception and Community Night – 6-9pm. 2nd Wed. Earth-Scapes Art Reception: featuring the original works of Jim Freeman and Gareth Rockliffe in the Great House. Live music, live street painting, live dulcimer music, photo booth, Calusa storytelling, live poetry, trunk jewelry show, butterfly card making and community drum circle. Organic dinner served 5-8pm. Beer and wine bar. Yoga: 6:30-7:30pm. Local film screening: 7:30-9pm. Free. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10 Introduction to Nutrition and Services – Noon1pm. A free monthly class for new clients and patients who have not experienced the services offered. Come learn about basic nutrition and health, our philosophy and services provided. Book a comprehensive initial visit at this time and receive a free, high quality multivitamin for the month. D-Signed Nutrition, 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Springs. RSVP by Nov 7: 676-5249. D-SignedNutrition.com. Reiki Master Class – 2pm. Learn advanced energy work, master symbols, chakra diagnosis and crystal grids to enhance the reiki experience. Receive certification and attunement with this class. Prerequisite: Reiki I and II. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Zentangle – 2-4:30pm. With Meg Scott, certified Zentangle teacher. Learn the relaxing and meditative art of Zentangle. A creative outlet that promotes focus and boosts artistic confidence. Class size is limited. $35, all materials provided. AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. Register by Nov 8: 433-5995 or AHA@ AHolisticApproachCenter.com. Shaman Speaks: How to Awaken the Shaman Within You – 6-8:30pm. With Minazali (Ali) Bhinji,
LMT. How to access your inner shaman. A part of connects directly to the true source. Journey requires spiritual practices, medical science, experiential knowing. 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. $20. RSVP: 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter.com. Divine Feminine Chakra Activation – 6:30pm. Join on a journey to activate and explore the divine feminine chakras which connects you more deeply to the earth and her fairy, gnome, tree and crystalline helpers. $35 (anointing oil included). Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. GoddessIAm.com. Stress, Hormones and Health – 6:30pm. With Evie Breedlove-Mangapora. Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Learn how hormone imbalance could be robbing your zest for life. Free $10 gift card to Food & Thought for the first 10 to RSVP and attend. Bring a friend. 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 213, Bonita Springs. RSVP required: 777-4647 or 560-8334. Integrative Relaxation – Peaceful Mind – 6:308pm. With Peggy Sealfon. Combines Quantum Breath meditation and Amrit Yoga Nidra/Integrative Relaxation for harmony and peace. Part of the Peaceful Mind series. $20. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Terr, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:45-7:45pm. Experience the vibrational healing power of quartz
Calusa Storytelling – 6:30-8pm. The Calusa Indians gathered water at the Bonita Spring and regarded it as a sacred place. Calusa John will share his experiences and research into the Calusa Indians and the Spaniards. Come and see demonstrations of their indigenous technologies. Hear the haunting sound of the horse conch horn. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Community Yoga Class – 6:30-7:30pm. 2nd Wed. Enjoy yoga surrounded by lush nature and community drumming. Beginners to advanced for the whole family. Free. Shangri La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Mini Spa Treatments – 6:30-7:30pm. 2nd Wed. Free mini-treatments include massage, facials and energy work on a first-come first-served basis. Tips for therapists recommended. Shangri La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Community Drumming Circle – 6:30-8:30pm. 2nd Wed. With Mark Wagner. Show your community spirit and be a part of a family-oriented unity of rhythm and love on the beautiful grounds of Shangri La Springs. Great for beginners, dancers, hoopers and musicians. Free. 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Parent Support Circle – 6:30-8:30pm. With Jill Emmerich. Monthly workshop for parents of kids of all ages and levels of ability to come together, discuss challenges, solve difficult problems, support and teach each other. $30, $50/2 people; clients: $25, $40/2 people; members/free. Call for eightweek group dates. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Terr, Naples. Preregistration required: 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net. Fun with Feng Shui – 7pm. With Tina. Learn techniques using feng shui to improve cash flow, bring in prosperity and enhance balance and harmony in the home. $25. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
crystal bowls as you lie or sit in comfort. Jenny will also channel the healing energies of reiki. $10. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP: JennyLotusBlossom@gmail.com. LotusBlossomClinic.com.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11 Fundamentals and Flow – Nov 11-13. Asana, Alignment and Assisting Module. Part of the 200hour Teacher Training Module series (program enrollment not required to attend) This module delivers concrete tools needed to teach a powerful class with impactful results. Participants will acquire an in-depth understanding of the foundations of asana through intelligent alignment, action principles, assists, transitions and modifications in a fun and interactive environment. $695. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 598-1938. greenmonkey.com. Veterans Appreciation Day – 9am-5pm. To show our appreciation to our servicemen and women, military personnel (active or retired) will receive free admission to the Naples Botanical Garden (must present military ID). Regular garden admission applies for non-military personnel/guests. Members/ free; nonmembers: $14.95/adults, $9.95/children (ages 4-14), 3 and under/free. Last admission ticket sold at 4pm. Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr. 643-7275. NaplesGarden.org. Psychic Faire – 5-8pm. Offering mini-readings with experienced readers. Angelic, tarot, mediumship, psychic, past-life and readings, plus meet your angels, meet your animal spirit guide. $20/15 min (cash only for services). Shop in Naples’ largest metaphysical store. Appointments welcome. Goddess I AM Healing & Art Center, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949.
Movement and Breath for Labor – 6-7:30pm. Join Cheryl Bernardi with LifeBehold to prepare your mind and body for labor and birth through movement and breathing exercises. $25/early bird, $30/door. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 248-7931. Register: LifeBehold@gmail.com or LifeBehold.com. Reiki Healing Circle – 7pm. Let the power of reiki help promote healing on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Connect to the Healer Within –7-9pm. With Dan and Karin. Firefly Within hosts an evening of learning, conversation and sharing of reiki energy to awaken and connect to the healer within. $11 donation. Healing Light Center, 4810 Hickory Wood Dr, Naples. 980-3257. FireflyWithin.com. An Evening of Music and Arts Concert – 7:30pm. Headlined by the nationally acclaimed Annie Moses Band. This is a benefit concert, supporting the community arts programs and outreach to children, youth and adults that are underprivileged, homeless and in recovery. $25-$67. Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall, 13350 FSW Pkwy, Ft Myers. Tickets: 4814849 or BBMannPAH.com. See news brief, page 10.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12 Reiki Level I Intensive – 8:30am-8pm. With reiki master Silvia Casabianca. Become a reiki practitioner. Heal self, support others. Reiki history, principles, energetic anatomy, healing vs curing, hand positions, attunements. $165. 12 FL CEUs, nurses, MHC, LMTs, midwives, nutritionists, CSWs, MFTs. 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter.com.
Reiki for Pets – 10am-2pm. Bring your dog, cat, small animal or bird and receive a five-to-15-minute reiki session for them. Whether they are ill or healthy, animals benefit from the healing energy of reiki. Pets must be leashed or comfortably crated. Free; donations accepted. Bonita Springs. Call/email for location: 980-3257 or FireflyWithinFoundation@gmail.com. FireflyWithin.org. Fusion Extravaganza –10am-noon. Come celebrate our gratitude of life with two hours of yoga, tai chi, qigong and meditation. Raw juice samples provided for refreshment. Child care provided. Also accepting donations for Haiti; visit website for list of items needed. $20/person or $35/couple. 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. Preregister: 272-6152 or HouseOfGaia.org. Psychic Faire – 10am-5pm. Choose from a list of readers and healers offering many services, including readings, astrology, mediumship, tarot, palm readings, reiki, biofeedback and pet communication. $25/20 minutes. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339. TheMysticalMoon.com. Thyroid Seminar – 11am. With Dr Robert Gilliland, DC. Discover natural solutions to correct thyroid problems, specific foods to avoid, why you feel lousy taking thyroid hormones and more. 27499 Riverview Ctr Blvd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 4443106. See ad, page 47. Document Shredding Party – 11am-1pm. Join Keller & Koczara, CPAs, as they host their seventh annual shred event, helping the community destroy sensitive papers and documents. Bring up to three boxes or bags. They will also be collecting plastic bags for the Homeless Sleeping Mat Industry, who is making locals mats out of woven plastic bags. Free. 4636 SE 9th Pl, Cape Coral. 945-9111. KellerKoczara.com. Kids Helping Kids Festival – 11am-5pm. Bringing families together for fun and entertainment while raising funds for children’s charities in Southwest Florida. Eat. Play. Help. Empowering children to serve others. Free admission; food and activities available for purchase. Alico Family Golf, 16300 Lee Rd, Ft Myers. Info@KidsHelpingKidsSWFL. org. KidsHelpingKidsSWFL.org. Conscious CA$H Creation – 1-5pm. How would you like to create and generate more money in your life? Is now the time to finally destroy your limitations around money? Come learn powerful tools and techniques for having more cash in your life. Class special: $175 ($250 value). Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. Preregister: 305-331-7465. Info: KristinaAston. AccessConsciousness.com. Relax and Restore – 2-4pm. With Marjorie and Ali. Relax as Marjorie guides you through
restorative yoga poses and restore as Ali massages and melts away holiday stresses. $45/ early registration, $50/after 11/11. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. BKSYogaStudio.com. Pints and Pythons Fundraiser – 6-10pm. Raising awareness of invasive species in Southwest Florida, the event will feature live music, food, games and information on Conservancy of Southwest Florida work. The event will feature a Naples Beach Brewery specially created, original draught beer, Python Saison, for $6 a pint. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Conservancy. Naples Beach Brewery, 4120 Enterprise Ave, Ste 116, Naples. Conservancy.org.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13 Limitless Living, The Start – 10am-6pm. Access Consciousness BARS technique and tools. Would you like to clear the limitations you have that are stopping you from having the life and body you always dreamed of? Get relief from sadness, pain, stress, insomnia, money, relationship, sex, health, weight and anxiety issues and more. $300. CEUs available. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. Preregister: 305-331-7465. Info: KristinaAston.AccessConsciousness.com. ECK Worship Service – 11am. Topic: Divine Evolution: Soul’s Journey Home to God. ECK Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034. See ad, page 24. Full Moon Kundalini Yoga Gong Bath – 2-4pm. With DamaDe’. A kundalini class followed by the sound therapy of the gong charged by the energy of the full moon. $25/early registration, $30/ after 11/11. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. BKSYogaStudio.com. Laughter Yoga and Mindfulness – 4:30-6pm. With Jill Emmerich and Michelle Falco. Learn to cope with everyday life challenges through laughter and positive mindfulness. Manage stress through movement, breathing, humor and positive laughirmations. Sponsored by Monarch Wellness and the Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida. Free. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Terr, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net. Sacred Sounds Full Moon – 6:30pm. With Dana House. Evoke divine will through the empowering gongs and unconditional love through the gentle bowls, 3-D mandalas and ancient aromatic blends for helping, healing and transformation personal and planetary merging into blissful remembrances of unity with all creation. Bring mat, pillow and blanket. $20. Arthur Murray Vortex Center, 3339 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. RSVP: 571-5234. QuantumHealing-SacredSound.com.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14 Nature’s Peace – 2nd Mon. An award-winning series of programs for early-stage Alzheimer’s patients or persons that are visually impaired and their caregivers at the CREW Bird Rookery Swamp trail. Free. 1295 Shady Hollow Blvd W, Naples. For Alzheimer’s patients/caregivers, register: Alzheimer’s Support Network: 262-8388. For visually impaired persons/caregivers, register: Lighthouse of Collier: 430-3934. CrewTrust.org/natures-peace. Ladies’ Appreciation Day – 9am-3pm. Call to set up an appointment for a free, confidential consultation with a professional matchmaker. All ladies will be treated to flowers, snacks, beverages and given a
free gift just for coming in. Appointment is required. Like us on Facebook at Suncoast Singles LLC for upcoming events and activities. 4851 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 700, Naples. 800-833-1995.
Art Center, 585 Park St, Naples. 598-1938. greenmonkey.com/naples-schedule.
Full Moon/Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 4-7pm. With GAEA guides. Guided kayak nature tours on the Caloosahatchee River near Ft Myers. Dates are picked for optimal viewing of the moon and the sunset. Paddle on the Caloosahatchee and some wild creeks with thousands of birds going to roost for the night. This area is a perfect place to see sunset and moonrise. Includes all equipment and a Florida master naturalist as your guide. $40/person. RSVP: 694-5513.
Chakra Balancing – 11am-5pm. 3rd Tue. With John Cartwright. Chakras are an energetic reflection of your physical and emotional health. They assimilate, receive and express energy from yourself and the universe. Transform harmful emotional energy into positive healing energy. $65/45 minutes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com.
Introduction to Presence in Healing – 5:156:45pm. Introductory session for upcoming fourweek series with physical therapist, integrative practitioner and body worker Sara Pierce, MA, PT, BCTMB. Multiple modalities using mindfulness and movement. $15. Space limited. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 207266-9162. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. Breath of Life/Music of the Spheres – 6pm. Breathwork and reiki facilitated by Linda and transformational frequencies and vibrations provided by Dana’s dynamic gongs and bowls. Bring a desire to release what no longer serves you as well as pillow, blanket, mat for comfy body so spirit can soar. $25. Goddess I Am Healing & Art Center, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. RSVP: 571-5234. QuantumHealing-SacredSound.com. Full Moon Monday – 7-8pm. With Gus Kominos. A night of yoga under the light of the full moon. $5/in advance or $10/door. All proceeds benefit the Naples Art Association. Young Plaza at von Liebig
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Self-Care Stretches for Busy Professionals – 5:306:30pm. Learn four simple stretches to make part of your every day, to stay ahead of routine upper-back, neck and shoulder tightness and pain. Combined with deep breathing for muscle relaxation. $15. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP: Larry@LarryWitzleben.com. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Doris Miriam. The crystal bowls are a form of sound vibrational healing and gently remove energetic blockages and instantly align your chakras. Bring a blanket and/or pillow. $10. The Mystical Moon Bonita, 8951 SE Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 255. RSVP: 301-0655. TheMysticalMoon.com. Stress, Hormones and Health – 6:30pm. With Deb Post, ARNP. Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Learn how hormone imbalance could be robbing your zest for life. Bring a friend. 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 213, Bonita Springs. RSVP required: 560-8334.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16 Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy – 10am. Flood your
body with oxygen to rejuvenate your tired body, boost your metabolism, remove inflammation. Receive one free session today only. YOLLO Wellness, 3033 Winkler Ave, Ste 170, Ft Myers. RSVP: 275-0039. Mindfulness, Meditation and Cancer Care – 5-6:30pm. With guest speaker Madeline Ebelini, MA, RYT. Ebelini will discuss Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Eating Conscious Living (MECL) and how it relates to cancer care. D-Signed Nutrition, Estancia Tower, 4801 Bonita Bay Blvd, Social Room, Bonita Springs. RSVP by Nov 11: 676-5249. D-SignedNutrition.com. Mantras and Miracles Kundalini Yoga – 6-7:30pm. With Lizz Cohoon (Das Simran Kaur). Align with your highest potential using kundalini yoga, breath and mantra, mantra, mantra. $20/dropin. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Innovative Solutions for Promoting Brain Health and Reversing Cognitive Decline – 6:30-7:30pm. With Bill Bergman, MD. Join to learn effective ways of addressing this significant health challenge by preventing and helping those already affected with memory and cognitive decline. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, Colonial Square, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. 303-819-7072. BeWellNaples.com. Reiki Master Class – 7pm. Learn advanced energy work, master symbols, chakra diagnosis and crystal grids to enhance the reiki experience. Receive certification and attunement. Prerequisite: Reiki I and II. $50. 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. Whole Foods Market, Mercato, 9101 Strada Pl, Naples. Register: 774-5433 or LifeStrengthNaples.com.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17 Book Giveaway – 8am-5pm. Dr Mark Corke will distribute the book The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Watch the video Evidence of Harm, a new documentary about mercury fillings. Call the office for a tour or with questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 9365442. FortMyersLaserDentist.com. Meditation – Peaceful Mind – 6:30-8pm. Learn how to better your meditation practice at home with short discussions and practice with William Ward. This is part of the Peaceful Mind series with rotating teachers each week. Client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 231-3208. MonarchWellness.net.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18 Zen Awakening Festival – Nov 18-20. A transformational, music and arts festival featuring DJs, bands, yoga, meditation, 25-foot water slide, a suspended tent village, obstacle course, cirque performers, fire and flow artists, drum circle, healing sanctuary, workshops, themed campsites, kirtan, camping, organic food vendors and more. Orlando. ZenAwakeningFestival.com. Canna Conference Tampa – 9am-4:30pm. CannaCure Florida is an esteemed group of physicians and medical professionals gathering for an exclusive peer-to-peer medical cannabis educational conference. Panel discussions include respected and prominent medical practitioners and professional leaders from across North America examining what the latest medical cannabis legislation and research means for
the Florida healthcare community, as well as recommendations for the effective development of medical marijuana treatment plans. Noted author and event keynote speaker: Dr Gregory L Smith. Info: CannaConference.net. Follow: #CannaConferenceTampa. Community HU – 7pm. Chanting. Eckankar at Vineyards Community Center, 6321 Arbor Blvd, Naples. 482-4034. See ad, page 24. Spiritual Discussion – 7:45pm. Topic: Spiritual Wisdom on Inner Guidance. Eckankar at Vineyards Community Center, 6321 Arbor Blvd, Naples. 4824034. See ad, page 24. Women’s Gathering (CBC) – 7pm. A bimonthly gathering for women over 21 to discuss women’s issues in society, religion, relationships, etc. Support and empower other women and network. Vent in a safe environment. Refreshments will be served. $5. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19 Fruit Tree Sale – 9am-2pm. The Collier Fruit Growers is a nonprofit corporation, dedicated to the education of the general public in the propagation and growing of subtropical fruit trees. This semiannual subtropical fruit tree sale and information fair is co-sponsored by Collier County. Freedom Park, 1515 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples. 384-9630. Lab Fest and Pals – 10am-2pm. Help celebrate the nation’s most popular breed; The Labrador retriever. All breeds welcome to attend and participate in games, training demos, contests, instant pro pet photographs, free doggy snacks, silent auction, giveaways and more. Proceeds collected are donated to the Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida. Academy Kennels, 26901 N Airport Rd, Ft Myers. 936-1163. See news brief, page 16.
Weekend Childbirth Education – Nov 19-20. 10am-3pm, Sat & Sun. Learn about stages of labor, pain coping practices, moving beyond your birth worries and more. Breastfeeding class included. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 594-0400. Fee info/register: FBCNaples@gmail.com or NaplesBirthCenter.com. Family Constellations Workshop – 10am-5pm. With Tobey Burton, MS, and Coach Rhonda Shladand. Identify unconscious limiting emotional and family patterns and live a healthier, more fulfilled life. Break free from past entanglements, finding new ways of giving/receiving love. 6 FL CEUs. Limited space. 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. $95. RSVP: 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter.com. Be Well Natural Health Clinic Open House – 11am-4pm. Drop-in with your questions. Enjoy classes, demos, special offers and samples. Meet the health partners and learn about services: thermal imaging, hypnotherapy, essential oils, energy healing, massage, lymphatic drainage, foundation training, fitness, yoga, qigong and more. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. 250-9312. BeWellNaples.com. See ad, page 46. Psychic Faire –11am-4pm. Offering mini-readings with experienced readers. Angelic, tarot, mediumship, psychic, past-life and readings plus meet your angels, meet your animal spirit guide. $20/15 min (cash only). Shop in Naples’ largest metaphysical store. Appointments welcome. Goddess I AM Healing & Art Center, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. Psychic Fair – 11am-4pm. Get a spiritual tune-up with gifted readers and healers. Psychic readings, mediums, healers, tarot readings, jewelry, books, candles, sage, crystals, incense, angels. $25/25 minutes. Center of Eternal Light, 260 Professional Pl, N Ft Myers. 599-4700. CenterOfEternalLight.com.
Introduction to Food Healing – 1:30-4:30pm. Discover the power of phytochemicals in foods to reverse disease and support radiant health. Enjoy generous samples from the food healing protocols. $25. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP: 277-1399. LotusBlossomClinic.com. Master Yoga Class – 1:30-4:30pm. With Kandy Love, CIYT. This workshop offers insights on standing more firmly, bending more freely, twisting more deeply and inverting more confidently. Class size is limited. $60. AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. Register by Nov 16: 433-5995 or AHA@AHolisticApproachCenter.com. Yoga for Runners – 2-4pm. With Julia. Learn preand post-run yoga stretches, incorporating a twomile run, self massaging techniques and the benefits of using essential oils. $25/early registration, $30/ after 11/18. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. BKSYogaStudio.com.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20 Complimentary Reiki Circle – 1-2pm. With reiki master Addy Huff. Huff will explain the practice of reiki, how it is similar to the yoga philosophy and how channeling of reiki energy is used for healing purposes. Participants will enjoy a meditation and will receive reiki energy. Donations will be collected for a local charity. 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples. 5981938. greenmonkey.com/naples-events. Art and Soul at Happehatchee – 1-4pm. Create a personal set of prayer flags. Materials provided: a banner of blank flags, spray paints, dyes, stencils and beads. Bring a list of personal affirmations to put on your flag, ribbon or fabric scraps. Light refreshments will be served and a centering meditation facilitated. $25. The Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd,
Energetic Facelift Class – 11am-6pm. Learn the Access Consciousness Energetic Facelift, a non-invasive light touch, dynamic energy transformation system that naturally lifts sagging skin, diminishes wrinkles and revives skin. People have reported permanent looking results after 20 sessions. $250. CEUs available. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. Register: 305-331-7465. Info: KristinaAston.AccessConsciousness.com.
Estero. 992-5455 or Happehatchee@gmail.com. Happehatchee.org. Yin Stretch and Yoga Nidra – 1:30-3pm. Join Registered Yoga Teacher Bob Newman for this 90-minute class featuring gentle yin yoga to warm up, followed by the soothing guided relaxation of yoga nidra. No yoga experience necessary. $15. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Bonita Springs. 4049744. IntegrativeMindfulness.net.
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Yin-Thai Yoga – 2-4pm. With Jamie. Sink deeply into yin-style yoga poses as Jamie works the magic of Thai yoga. Limited to eight students. $45/early registration, $50/after 11/18. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. BKSYogaStudio.com. Recovery Yoga – 4:30-6pm. With Y12SR-certified Michelle Falco. Combines the practical tools of the 12-step program with the ancient wisdom of yoga. Suitable for trauma, loss, addictions (substances, food, gambling, etc) and other emotional challenges. Stay for candlelight yoga afterward. By donation. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Preregistration required: 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22 Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Laurie Barraco. The crystal bowls are a form of sound vibrational healing and gently remove energetic blockages and instantly align your chakras. Bring a blanket and/or pillow. $10. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339. TheMysticalMoon.com.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23 Micronutrient and Immune Testing – 10am. Are the prescriptions you are taking depleting your nutritional status? Are you taking the right supplements and the right amount? There’s a personalized blood test for that and your insurance covers more than 80 percent of the cost. YOLLO Wellness, 3033 Winkler Ave, Ste 170, Ft Myers. RSVP: 275-0039. Mindful Meditation – 2-4pm. 4th Wed. With Ana Marina. Learn ways to stay focused and grounded in the moment. Explore the benefits of meditation and how to maintain a regular practice. Includes silent sitting, moving, stretching and walking mindfully, followed by brief discussion. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Vibrational Angel Healing and Messages – 7-9pm. Healing and messages from the emissaries of light and Archangel Michael. Trance channeling with Candyce Strafford. $25. Mystical Moon, 8890 Salrose Lane, Ft Myers. 939-3339.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24 Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:45-7:45pm. Experience the vibrational healing power of quartz crystal bowls as you lie or sit in comfort. Jenny will also channel the healing energies of reiki. $10. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP: JennyLotusBlossom@gmail.com. LotusBlossomClinic.com.
Pet Walk – 6-8pm. 4th Fri. The River District Alliance invites well-trained and leashed pets and their owners to enjoy An Evening in the River District,
Sacred Sound Healing Circle – 6:30-8pm. Last Fri. With Sue Lovett. A variety of sacred sound vibration instruments will be integrated monthly including crystal singing bowls, gongs, chimes, flutes, kirtan chanting, singing and more. Breath work and gentle stretching may be included. Bring blanket, pillow, etc. $20/advance, $25/door. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 9490749. ShangriLaSprings.com.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26 Tai Chi Workshop – 10am-noon. Learn the history and philosophy; physical and mental benefits; styles and fundamentals; and how we teach. November classes forming now. $10/preregistered, $15/door. Studio One, 4184 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 214-3464. StudioOneNaples.com. See ad, page 25. 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. 13th Annual Mystic Faire – 10am-6pm. Largest psychic fair in SWFL. More than 60 psychics, healers and vendors. Door prizes all day with raffle proceeds going to local charities. Bring canned food for local food banks. $5/entry fee, free/15 and under. Etudes Dance Studio, 3285 Pine Ridge Rd, Naples. 949-3387. MysticFaires.com. See ad on page 70 and news brief on page 17. Complimentary Bikram Yoga Class – 11am; Free 90-minute hot yoga class. Bikram Yoga Naples, 6634 Willow Park Dr, Ste 100. 596-4549. Info: BikramYogaNaples.com. Your Sacred Shoulders: Versatile and Vulnerable – 2-4pm. With Meredith. Mastering healthy shoulders through safe and effective alignment and yoga postures. $30/early registration, $35/after 11/25. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. BKSYogaStudio.com.
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including pet-friendly exhibitors and vendors. Several downtown merchants will also be participating and welcoming pets. Owners assume all responsibility and risk for their pet. Downtown Ft Myers. FortMyersRiverDistrictAlliance.com.
Community HU – 11am. ECK Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034. See ad, page 24.
Sacred Sound New Moon – 5:30pm. With Dana House. Using the elevating frequencies of the dynamic gongs and the ethereal bowls in setting forth your intentions to manifest the highest and greatest good for yourself and the cosmos, evoking divine will for helping, healing, transforming. 3-D mandalas and ancient aromatic blends assist in the process. Bring pillow, blanket and mat. $20. Goddess I AM Healing Arts Center, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. RSVP: 571-5234. QuantumHealing-SacredSound.com.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29 Ecstatic Kirtan – 7:15-8:45pm. Last Tue. With Missy Balsam. An evening of connection, community building and heart-opening singing. No experience necessary. $15 love offering. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 272-6152. HouseOfGaia.org.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30 Inner Child Workshop – 6-7:30pm. With Salima Silverman. Nurture your inner child with this unique workshop. Silverman will focus on offering meditative and yogic techniques that will allow adults to reconnect with their inner child. Dress for movement. Ages 18 years and up. $30, $50/two people; clients: $25, $40/two people, client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 231-3208. MonarchWellness.net. Simple, Easy Everyday Meditation – 6-7:30pm. Four-week beginner series with certified instructor Kathy Hurst. Weds thru Dec 21. $175 includes book and guided audio for home practice. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 580-7700. IntegrativeMindfulness.net.
plan ahead FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2 Music of the Spirit Weekend Workshop Fundraiser – Dec 2-4. With Kat Epple and Nathan Dyke. Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the founding of Happehatchee Center and founder Ellen Peterson’s birthday. Epple and Dyke will share techniques of how to play music from your spirit, listening, breathing, healing with music and finding your own musical voice. On Sun, Dec 4, willing participants will perform a concert for the public with Epple and Dyke at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers. RSVP: tickets: 992-5455 or Happehatchee. org/our-events/music-of-the-spirit-workshop. Wellbridges Health Center Open House – 3-7pm. Meet the practitioners and see the new expanded location with Deborah Post, ARNP, Evie Breedlove, ARNP, and Michael Uphues, DO. Dr Uphues will
perform some magic, as well. 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 213 (upstairs), Bonita Springs. 481-293-5216. See news brief, page 18.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3 Reiki Clinic – 9am-noon. Curious about reiki? Want a session, but can’t afford it? Would prefer to experience it before starting reiki treatment? Come to the clinic where caring volunteers offer 45-minute private sessions. By appointment only. Limited space. $11. 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter.com. Great Outdoor Adventure Day – 10am-3pm. Food, touch tanks, children’s activities and rangerled programs. Guided kayak tours, walking nature tours, bike tours (bike and helmets provided), geocaching, fishing clinics and more. Exhibitors will include local environmental organizations, as well as outdoor equipment and healthy lifestyle vendors. Free with park admission. Located at the kayak launch/picnic area at Lovers Key State Park, 8700 Estero Blvd, Ft Myers Bch. 463-4588. FriendsOf LoversKey.org. See news brief, page 12. Loreto Lorca Concert – 6-7:30pm. Loreto Lorca travels from her home country, Chile, with her brilliant guitar player, Yayo Duran, to perform songs recently released in her new album, Viento Azul (Blue Wind), and other special songs for Gaia. In her exquisite music, Lorca sings the epic story of her dramatic land, Chile, while also expressing the journey of the soul. Tickets: $25/advance or $35/ door. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 272-6152 Tickets: HouseOfGaia.org.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4 Path of The Voice Workshop – 1-5:30pm. Experiential teachings facilitated by Taj Loreto, Chilean voice teacher and composer with broad international experience. The joy of transformation through sound, singing and movement; an intimate encounter with the voice of our soul. This workshop is for individuals that want to refine their expressive tools/skills to sing the voice of the soul by practicing sound meditation, vocal exercises, along with movements and dancing. $77/person. House Of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 272-6152. Register: HouseOfGaia.org.
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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15 Night Lights in the Garden – Dec 15-23, Dec 26-30 & Jan 2-4. 6-9pm. Experience a spectacular holiday light show. Tickets will become available to the general public on Nov 21. Advance tickets required. Adults: $9/members, $20/nonmembers; children (4-14): $5/members, $7/nonmembers; 3 and under/free. Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr. 643-7275. Tickets: NaplesGarden.org. See ad, page 11.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31 New Year’s Wellness Costa Rica Retreat – Dec 31-Jan 7. Through yoga, spa, great food, music, song, stories, humor, games, movies, lectures, excursions and more, we will find ourselves feeling better and better, smiling despite ourselves and seeing how infectious joy can be. Price varies. Pura Vida Retreat & Spa, Costa Rica. Details: 844-723-5683. TrulyHelpful.love. See ad, page 16.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 7 Yoga Nidra Restore and Renew Retreat – 9-5pm. Certified Amrit Yoga facilitator Tonya will teach a powerful technique to restore peace, reduce stress, quiet the restless mind and enter deep levels of relaxation. $125. Buckingham Yoga Barn, 4295 Orange River Loop Rd, Ft Myers. 772-485-0605. BalancedInLife.com.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 13 Amrit Yoga Nidra Immersion – Jan 13-15 & Jan
Spa Seminar – 11:30am-1pm, Naples; 3-5pm, Ft Myers. Light refreshments and presentation, followed by Q&A session with Medical Director Dr Prendiville. He will explain the benefits of intense pulse light (IPL) and other aesthetic procedures. Also, learn the latest information on wrinkle reduction, skin smoothing techniques and SculpSure (fat dissolving treatment). Assuage Spa Luxury, Ft Myers & Naples. RSVP: 2014762. AssuageCenters.com. See ad, page 45.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10 Seva Stress Relief: Acupressure for Self-Care – 10am-1pm. Learn acupressure points and daily routine for reducing stress. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18 Public Speaking Excellence – 9-11:30am. Also meets 1/25 & 2/1. With Peggy Sealfon and Arnold Klinsky. A three-week intensive to bust the fears and learn cutting-edge skills to inform, inspire and motivate audiences. $497/full immersion. North Naples. 821-2266. GreatPublicSpeaker.com.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training – Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 204, Naples. 6929747. Info/application: LoveYogaCenter@aol.com. LoveYogaCenter.com. See ad, page 62.
SATURDAY, MARCH 11 Holistic Holiday at Sea Cruise – Mar 11-18. Seven-night cruise on the environmentally friendly ship MSC Divina, featuring world-renowned chefs, teachers and healers. Lectures, workshops, cooking and boot camp classes. Vegan, gluten-free, oil-free and ship’s menu food options. Swim, snorkel and kayak in the Caribbean. Departs from Miami. 800-496-0989. Info@HolisticHolidayAtSea.com. HolisticHolidayAtSea.com. See ad, page 77.
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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training – Dec 9-29. With yoga master Allowah. His unique style incorporates the universal spiritual teachings of A Course in Miracles, while covering the ancient practice of asana, pranayama, Sanskrit, meditation and more. Price varies. House of Prayer, Alva. Details: 844-7BELOVE. TrulyHelpful.love. See ad, page 16.
20-22. A local training offered with the Amrit Yoga Institute staff and Yogi Amrit Desai, based on the life-changing techniques of yoga nidra. This is the first part of the professional certification program. Yoga nidra is a transformational ancient practice of yogic “sleep” that can mitigate fear, anxiety and stress. $1,125/before 12/1; $1,225/thereafter. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Peggy Sealfon: 821-2266. ZeroStressZone.info. See ad on page 35 and news brief on page 16.
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Scarecrows in the Smith Children’s Garden – Nov 1-30. 9am-5pm. View daily the scarecrows entered in the Naples Botanical Garden’s community scarecrow competition. Members/free; non-members: $14.95/adults, $9.95/children (ages 4-14), 3 and under/free. Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr. 643-7275. NaplesGarden.org. Yoga at the Garden – 10-11am. With greenmonkey yoga. All levels. Students can enjoy yoga surrounded by the beauty of the Naples Botanical Gardens on the Kapnick Caribbean Lawn. $10/garden members, $20/nonmembers (includes admission to the Garden). 4820 Bayshore Dr, Naples. 598-1938. Guided Tour, Organic Spa and Gift Shop – MonFri. 10am-3pm, gift shop open. 11am & 2pm, guided tour, $15; organic spa by appointment, 10am-3pm (off hours available). Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Organic Lunch and Meals to Go – Mon-Fri. 11am-2pm, lunch. 2nd Wed: 5-8pm, dinner. Garden to table, pasture to table and ocean to table. Organic, fresh, locally grown ingredients. Vegan, vegetarian, protein options. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Reservations: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com.
sunday Koreshan Farmers’ Market – 8am-1pm. Unique market in the historic settlement of the Koreshans.
Fresh and local goods; native plants and trees. Free park admission; $1 environmental impact fee. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-0311. Lions Club Farmers’ Market – Thru Apr. 9am2pm. Fresh produce, unique food items, indoor seafood market, arts and crafts and beach items. Rodes Restaurant, 3756 Bonita Bch Rd SW, Bonita Springs. 289-3786. 41Markets.com. Celebration Church Services – 9:30-10:30am. A church that meets outdoors, welcomes everyone and has a huge heart. Cambier Park, 580 8th St S, Naples. 649-1588. Church of Spiritual Light – 9:45-11am. Sunday service. Spiritual connection, meditation, ritual, prayer and song. 1939 Park Meadows Dr, Ste 1, Ft Myers. 560-6314. ChurchOfSpiritualLight.org. Unity of Bonita Springs Sunday Service – 10am. With Rev Phil Schlaefer, music by Jerry Stawski. Inspiring lesson, music and meditation. 28285 Imperial Pkwy. 947-3100. Unity of Ft Myers Sunday Service – 10am. With Rev Jim Rosemergy, senior minister. Youth ministry also at 10am. Open to all. 11120 Ranchette Rd. 2781511. UnityOfFortMyers.org. Unity of Naples – 10am. Service and Sunday school conducted in open, accepting and empowering environment. Children deepen their relationship with God. Nursery care provided. Naples. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org. Silent Meditation – 10-11am. Seated and walking meditation in the Zen tradition. Newcomers welcome. $10 suggested donation. Open Mind
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River and Creeks Manatee Kayak Tour – 10am2pm. Get up close and personal and learn about their history, habitat and habits. $55 includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. Ft Myers. 694-5513. Center for Spiritual Living, Cape Coral – 10:30am service. Celebration, connection, community and more. 406 SE 24th Ave, Cape Coral. 574-6463. CSLCapeCoral.com. Spiritual Study Group – 10:30am. Prayer and meditation with Rev Joyce Heist. Reading and discussion based on Basic Principles of the Science of Mind. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 516-909-7624.
Al-Anon Family Groups – Support for families and friends troubled by someone else’s drinking. Naples. 263-5907 or 888-425-2666 for 24/7 info. Schedule at SouthFloridaAl-Anon.org.
Yoga in Nature – Several days a week; see website for schedule. Multilevel yoga classes. $10/drop-in (cash/check). Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Schedule: Happehatchee.org.
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Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples – 10:30am. Service, youth classes and childcare. Celebrate freedom, reason and compassion. All welcome. 6340 Napa Woods Way, Naples. 455-6553. email@example.com. uunaples.org. Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft Myers Sunday Service – 10:30-11:30am. All welcome. 13411 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. 561-2700. uucfm.org. Gentle Yoga for Discovering a Path to Peace – 10:30am-noon. With Renee Newell. Through gentle yoga and stretching, learn to move with awareness and less effort, to be more and do less. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Ashtanga Yoga: Full Primary Series – 11:30am. A set sequence of postures as taught by the late Sri K Pattabhi Jois. $15 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 961-2491. OpenMindZenNaples.com. Cycling Class for Parkinson’s – 12:30-2pm. Find support from other people with Parkinson’s, feel better and reduce your symptoms. Physician referral required. Free. Bonita Springs YMCA, 27200 Kent Rd. Marla Ramsey: 221-7560. Rissho Kosei-kai Buddhist Group – 1:45-3:45pm. With dharma teacher Mary Tracy Sigman. Come explore practical Buddhism for everyday life. Service includes chanting from the Lotus Sutra, dharma study, circle of compassion and a short closing meditation. All are welcome. UUCFM, 13411 Shire Ln, Rm 1, Ft Myers. Info: 239-292-3182. Introductory Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 4:45pm. Last Sun each month. greenmonkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. FloridaMindfulness.org. Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 6:30pm. With dharma teacher Fred Epsteiner, in the
spirit of Thich Nhat Hanh. greenmonkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. FloridaMindfulness.org. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 6:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Cape Christian Fellowship, 2110 Chiquita Blvd, Cape Coral. 338-5948. Candlelight Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. With Michelle Falco, RYT. Gentle and meditative practice lit by candles. $15/drop-in or $50/four classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Terr, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net. Drum and Dance Circle – 6:30-9pm. Drummers, dancers, jugglers, everyone welcome. BYO chair and instrument or just listen. Under the pavilion by the water in Centennial Park, Ft Myers. Info: Facebook page: Fort Myers Drum Circle. 935-5551.
monday Nature’s Peace at CREW – Thru Apr. 2nd Mon. An award-winning series of programs for early-stage Alzheimer’s patients or persons that are visually impaired and their caregivers at the CREW Bird Rookery Swamp trail. Free. 1295 Shady Hollow Blvd W, Naples. For Alzheimer’s patients/caregivers, register: 262-8388. For visually impaired persons/caregivers, register: 430-3934. CrewTrust.org/natures-peace. Tai Chi – 8:30am. All levels. Studio One, 4184 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 214-3464, ext 0 StudioOneNaples.com. Chair Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. With Deb Rolfe. Chair yoga is gentle, utilizing either one or two chairs rather than a mat. Sit on the chair to perform modified poses or simply stand next to it for support. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. Chair Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. With Linda. Returning to yoga after an injury or surgery may best be accomplished by the transitional stage of chair yoga. $15/donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 961-2491. OpenMindZenNaples.com. Yoga for Anxiety Relief – 10:30-11:30am. With Michelle Falco. Four-week series. Learn tools to develop your own personal methods to use at home. Gentle class to calm the body with yoga while learning specific self-talk skills. $15/drop-in or $50/four classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net. Vinyasa Yoga – 12:15-1:15pm. With Raimonda Kerikaite. Traditional and therapeutic yoga style for beginners and seasoned yogis. Ends with restorative, relaxing savasana. $15/drop-in or $120/10 class pass. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Miracles Among Us – 1-3pm. 3rd Mon. Providing support for and education about the effects brain injuries have on people’s lives (the person with the brain injury and their caretakers). Fire Station 48, 16280 Livingston Rd, Naples. MiraclesAmongUs.org. Power Yoga – 1:30-2:45pm. With Drew Larman. Level 2-3 class. Strong asana alignment, coupled with breath awareness and powerful pranayama exercises. $15/drop-in or $120/10 class pass. ShangriLa Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Sunset Beach Yoga – 4:30-5:30pm. With Sue Rokela. Students can enjoy yoga while surrounded
by the beauty of nature. Check Facebook for weather cancellations. $5 plus state park entry fees. DelnorWiggins Pass State Park, 11135 Gulfshore Dr, Naples. 598-1938. greenmonkey.com/naples-schedule. Working Toward Wellness Support Group – 5:307pm. With Patrick Hendry. For people living with a mental diagnosis and still working in the community. The Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida, 2335 9th St N, Ste 404, Naples. 703-489-5742 or phendry@MentalHealthAmerica.net. Gentle Yoga – 6-7pm. Alyssa Centofanti, RTY200. Slow-flow mixed with restorative. You’ll be guided to move with your breath and with ease which cultivates strength, balance and awareness. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. Strength Class – 6-7pm. This co-ed, full-body conditioning class changes with a monthly theme for
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Clay Handbuilding and Raku Techniques – 6-9pm. Five-week class with Richard Rosen. $195 plus materials ($30). Rosen Gallery & Studios, Naples Art District, 2172 J&C Blvd, Naples. RSVP: 821-1061. firstname.lastname@example.org. A Course in Miracles – 7pm. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Fireplace Room, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Congregational Church, 15300 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527. Reiki Healing – 7pm. 1st and 3rd Mon. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Fellowship Hall, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org. Tango – 7pm. Studio One, 4184 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 214-3464. StudioOneNaples.com. Buddhism and Guided Meditation – 7-8pm. With JoAnne Lawrence. Discover how to practice the way of peace in the midst of our busy modern lives. Includes two guided meditations and a teaching on the way of inner peace and Buddhism. BYO meditation cushion, chairs provided. $10/drop-in. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Candlelight Yoga Flow – 7-8pm. With Dina Radcliffe. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Integrative Mindfulness Studio, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 280-9095. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. 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. TheGurdjieff SocietyOfFlorida.org. Zen Meditation and Dharma Talk – 7-8:30pm. With Andy Solis or Laurie Lyons. Includes silent seated and walking meditation. Concludes with open discussion. $10 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 961-2491. OpenMindZenNaples.com. Compassionate Friends: Collier County Group – 7:30pm. Second Mon. For bereaved parents. YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd, Naples. 690-7801. email@example.com. Nar-Anon Family Groups – 7:30pm. Providing support and hope to those in despair because of a relative or friend’s addiction. First Baptist Church, 4117 Coronado Pkwy, Cape Coral. 940-2615.
tuesday Connected Warriors: Complimentary Yoga for Veterans – 8:15-9:15am. Adaptive yoga with long sequences to calm your spirit. Slow, gentle movements with a long, final savasana/rest. Veterans free, $10/ drop-in/public. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Yoga – 8:30am. With Julie Christenbury. Beginners to intermediate. All ages. Strengthen/lengthen your muscles while calming, soothing your mind. $15. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter.com. Mindful Movement and Meditation – 9-10am. Meditative class to tune into a deep inner mind/ body connection. $15/drop-in or $50/four classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net. Barre Motion Class – 9:30-10:30am. Naples’ original Pilates-based cardio barre class. This highenergy class is ideal for dancers and non-dancers alike. Be prepared to sweat. $18/drop-in. Beyond Motion, 11985 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 254-9300. Go2BeyondMotion.com. Women’s Overeaters Anonymous Step Writing Meeting – 10am. Free. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Circle, Ste 104, Estero. Sandy: 973-809-5338 or Helen: 247-0385. Estuary Kayak Tour in Estero Bay – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins, manatees and more. $40. Includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Bonita Bch. 694-5513. Peer Support Group for the Blind and Visually Impaired – 10:30am-noon. Facilitated by Rick Hart. Learn to cope and feel less isolated while making connections with others. Lighthouse of Collier, 2685 Horseshoe Dr S, Ste 211, Naples. RSVP: 430-3934. Nia – 11am-noon. With Valeria Hill. Combines marital arts, dance and healing arts. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Caregiver Support Group for the Blind and Visually Impaired – 12:30pm. Facilitated by Rick Hart. Learn the importance of taking care of yourself, healthy ways to manage stress, relaxation techniques and the importance of connecting with other caregivers. Lighthouse of Collier, 2685 Horseshoe Dr S, Ste 211, Naples. RSVP: 430-3934.
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. Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement – 2-3pm. With JoAnn Rahl. Gentle movement classes, become more comfortable, move with less effort and learn how increased mental awareness and creativity accompany physical improvements. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. Integrative Relaxation/Amrit Yoga Nidra – 3:30-4:30pm. With Amrit Yoga Nidra Certified Practitioner and personal development coach Peggy Sealfon. For deep restoration and renewal. $18/ drop-in. Love Yoga, 4949 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. Hatha Yoga – 5:30pm. With Chris Neal. Beginners to advanced. Relax, improve balance, range of motion, performance. $15. Private classes available. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter.com. Tai Chi – 5:30pm. All levels. Studio One, 4184 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 214-3464, ext 0. StudioOneNaples.com. Qigong – 6-7pm. With Eddie Rose. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) Group – 6-7:30pm. 12-step program. A fellowship of men and women that have suffered from anxiety or depression and anger after growing up in highly stressful environments. 10051 Plantation Rd, Ft Myers. 931-9009. 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. Yoga for Anxiety Relief – 6:30-7:30pm. With Michelle Falco. Four-week class. Learn tools to develop your own personal methods to use at home. Gentle class to calm the body with yoga while learning specific self-talk skills. $15/drop-in or $50/four classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net. Hand Drumming Class – 6:30-8pm. With Marc Wagner. For beginners and intermediate levels. Learn the basics of hand drumming, African and Caribbean beats and rhythms. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com.
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Gulf Coast Church of Christ, 9550 Ben C Pratt (6 Mile Cypress), Ft Myers. 338-5948. Spano’s Meditation – 7pm. 2nd and 4th Tues. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org. 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 through Candyce. For experts and beginners, all are welcome. Love offering. Naples. 949-3387. Email for location: Canbria@aol.com. Ecstatic Kirtan – 7:15-8:45pm. Last Tue. With Missy Balsam. An evening of connection, community building and heart-opening singing. No experience necessary. $15 love offering. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 272-6152. HouseOfGaia.org.
wednesday Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 9am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Congregational Church, 15300 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527. Morning Beach Yoga – 9-10am. With Brittany Price. Students can enjoy yoga surrounded by the beauty of nature at Delnor-Wiggins State Park. Check Facebook for weather cancellations. $5 plus state park entry fees. 11135 Gulf Shore Dr, Naples. 598-1938. greenmonkey.com.
build self-confidence and enjoy fun exercise. $25/ drop-in or $80/four classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.com.
La Leche League – 7pm. 3rd Wed. Mother-to-mother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. Cape Coral Hospital Women’s Center, 2nd fl, 636 Del Prado Blvd S, Cape Coral. lllflorida.com.
Mat Pilates – 5:30-6:30pm. With Melanie Pefinis. A unique method of body conditioning that uses the body as an integrated system. A series of strengthening and stretching moves, based on both ballet and yoga. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 9490749. ShangriLaSprings.com.
Rhumba– 7pm. Studio One, 4184 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 214-3464. StudioOneNaples.com.
Healing, Prayer and Meditation Service – 6pm. First Wed. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Sanctuary, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org. Guided Meditation – 6pm. For beginners and advanced practitioners. Bethanny incorporates essential oils, reiki energies, oracle cards and crystals as she guides you on a journey to help you relax, release and heal from within. $10 love donation. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 2286949. GoddessIAm.com. Barre Motion Class – 6-7pm. Naples’ original Pilatesbased, cardio barre class. This high-energy class is ideal for dancers and non-dancers alike. Be prepared to sweat. $18/drop-in. Beyond Motion, 11985 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 254-9300. Go2BeyondMotion.com. Gentle Yoga and Meditation – 6:30pm. Yoga prepares body for meditation. Learn breathing and relaxation techniques; reduce stress. Donation. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter.com. Pet Loss and Grief Support Group – 6:30pm. 2nd Wed. Compassionate support: pet loss, medical crisis, chronic illness. Free. 1939 Park Meadows Dr, Ft Myers. 936-1732.
Families Anonymous – 7-8:15pm. For relatives and friends of those that suffer from a current, suspected or former problem of substance abuse or related behavioral problem. Open to all. No dues or fees. Moorings Presbyterian Church, Naples. 595-1938. FamiliesAnonymous.org. Yoga Nidra/Restorative/Reiki Class – 7-8:15pm. Former NHL player Drew Larman weaves a restorative yoga class with reiki and the ancient meditation practice of yoga nidra. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Nar-Anon Family Groups – 7:30pm. Providing support and hope to those in despair because of a relative or friend’s addiction. Cape Professional Center, 1216 SW 4th St, Ste 6, Cape Coral. 691-3653. Medical Qigong Movement – 8:30pm. Ancient Chinese practice of five-element theory. Purge turbid; maintain physical/mental health. $15. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter.com.
thursday Yoga – 8:30am. With Julie Christenbury. Beginners to intermediate. All ages. Strengthen/lengthen your muscles while calming, soothing your mind.
Beach Baptist Farmers’ Market – 9am-2pm. Beach Baptist Church, 130 Connecticut St, Ft Myers Bch. 41Markets.com. Pilates Bootcamp Class – 9:30-10:30am. More than a Pilates mat class; get your heart pumping and body moving with this challenging cross conditioning class. Beginners welcome. $18/drop-in. Beyond Motion, 11985 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 254-9300. Go2BeyondMotion.com. Yoga for Well-Being – 9:30-10:30am. With Mary Cline Golbitz. Gentle class; perfect for beginners, those suffering chronic illness or injury and anyone who wants a gentle meditative yoga class. $15/ drop-in or $120/10 class pass. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old US 41, Bonita. Carol: 405-1947. Cocohatchee River/Wiggins Pass Estuary Kayak Tour – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins and other critters. $45. Includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. N Naples. 694-5513. Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 2:30-4pm. Still feel responsible for your parent’s feelings? Dry Palms Foundation, 1251 Lamar Rd, N Ft Myers. Jane: 728-7106. AdultChildren.org. Locally Grown Produce Market – Thru May. 3-6pm. Purple Spoon Culinary, 25151 Chamber of Commerce Dr, Bonita Springs. Info: ChefKristina.com. Confident Caterpillars – 5-6pm. With Salima Silverman. Ages 5 and up learn healthy coping skills,
$15. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter.com. Mind-Body Renewal – 9-10am. With Peggy Sealfon. Gentle movement and integrative relaxation/ Amrit Yoga Nidra to restore and revitalize. $15/ drop-in. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Terr, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net. Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 9:30am. Free. Lamb of God Episcopal Lutheran Church, 19691 Cypress View Dr, Estero. Sally: 948-9162. World Fusion Dance – 9:30-10:45am. With Winnie Purple. A fun and exciting dance class that incorporates movements from different cultures around the world. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 9490749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Simplicity of Foundation Training – 10:30-11am. Eliminate back and neck pain naturally. Take your health and fitness to a new level with these pain relieving, injury reducing techniques. First class free. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. Harry Grimm: 227-0021. Connected Warriors: Complimentary Yoga for Veterans – 11am-noon. Adaptive yoga with long sequences to calm your spirit. Slow, gentle movement with long savasana/rest. Veterans free, $10/drop-in/ public. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Stretch and Strength – 11:30-12:30pm. With Sondra Dansby. This hour long class “does a little” with every part of the body. Using breath, core work,
stretching and the resistance of your own body to build strength, it varies each week. $10. AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. Qigong: Eight Pieces of Brocade – Noon-1pm or 4-5pm. Eight-week sessions, either time. Loosen your muscles, improve your posture, enhance your blood circulation and relax. $80/8 sessions or $15/drop-in. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. RSVP: 250-9312 or BeWellNaples.com. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 1:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. All Souls Episcopal Church, 14640 N Cleveland, N Ft Myers. 585955-3910. Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement – 2-3pm. With JoAnn Rahl. Gentle movement classes, become more comfortable, move with less effort and learn how increased mental awareness and creativity accompany physical improvements. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. Infant and Pregnancy Loss Support Group – 5:15-6:45pm. 2nd Thurs. 1095 Whippoorwill Ln, Naples. 298-9725. Facebook page: Grieving Together. Tai Chi – 5:30pm. All levels. Studio One, 4184 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 214-3464, ext 0 StudioOneNaples.com. The Edible Gardening Exchange Speaker Series – 5:30pm. Open and informal chat on edible topics. Bring seeds to share. 6:30pm, speaker. BYO cup for coffee and tea. Membership fee: $10; Lee Parks and
Rec lifetime membership card required $10. North Fort Myers Rec Center, 2000 N Recreation Park Way. 610-530-8883. Pilates Bootcamp Class – 6-7pm. More than a Pilates mat class; get your heart pumping and body moving with this challenging cross conditioning class. Beginners welcome. $18/drop-in. Beyond Motion, 11985 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 254-9300. Go2BeyondMotion.com. Yin Yoga – 6-7pm. With Marci Gillis. All levels. Passive poses held 3-5 minutes to release connective tissue holding patterns in the body. Focus: hips and lower back. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. ShangriLa Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 9490749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) Group – 6-7:30pm. 12-step program. A fellowship of men and women who have suffered from anxiety or depression and anger after growing up in highly stressful environments. 10051 Plantation Rd, Ft Myers. 931-9009. Reiki Circle – 6:30pm. 4th Thurs. With reiki master Silvia Casabianca. Open to all. Satsang; support each other, offer or receive reiki. Potluck. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. Info: 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter.com. Peaceful Mind – 6:30-8pm. With rotating teachers. Unwind and energize through use of transformational breath, restorative sound, yoga and integrative relaxation. $60/4 classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Therapy, 843 Myrtle Terrace, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net. La Leche League – 7pm. 1st Thurs. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. St Hilary’s Episcopal Church, 5011 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 454-1350. Meditation and Dharma Discussion – 7-8pm. Silent seated and walking meditation followed by open dharma discussion based on presented topic. $10 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 961-2491. OpenMindZenNaples.com. Transformational Breath – 7-8:30pm. 2nd & 4th Thurs. With Carrie Sopko. A self-healing system using conscious breath work. $20/drop-in. ShangriLa Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Let Your Yoga Dance – 7:15-8:15pm. With Elaine Camarda. A self-expressive dance through the chakras. Music is upbeat, energetic and soulful as attendees sing and connect with their spiritual energy centers. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Messages and Meditation – 7:30pm. With Deborah Noonon. Open discussion. Guided meditation, followed by spirit messages. $15. Center of Eternal Light, 260 Professional Pl, N Ft Myers. 599-4700. CenterOfEternalLight.com.
friday Tai Chi – 8:30am. All levels. Studio One, 4184 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 214-3464, ext 0 StudioOneNaples.com. Beach Yoga – 9-10am. With Michelle Falco, RYT. Gentle movement and meditation aided by the natu-
rally therapeutic and serene sounds and sensations of the outdoors. By donation. 3rd Ave N Beach. Call Monarch Wellness for more information. Preregistration required: 231-3208. MonarchWellness.net. St John Farmers’ Market – Thru Apr. 9am-2pm. About 40 vendors including three produce stands and arts and crafts. Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 625 11th Ave N, Naples Park. 289-3786. 41Markets.com. Barre Motion Class – 9:30-10:30am. Naples’ original Pilates-based, cardio barre class. This highenergy class is ideal for dancers and non-dancers alike. Be prepared to sweat. $18/drop-in. Beyond Motion, 11985 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 254-9300. Go2BeyondMotion.com. Restorative Yin Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. With Sue Lovett. Quiet the mind, soothe the nervous system and increase mind/body awareness as we connect with the nurturing energy of nature. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. La Leche League – 10am. 2nd Fri. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Center Point Community Church, 6590 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples. 404-4933. Laurielll@aol.com. Guided Meditation – 10am. With Beth. Journey to vast and varied healing spaces, inner sanctuaries and connections with higher beings, etc. Includes discussion following, oracle cards. $10 love donation. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. GoddessIAm.com. Ashtanga Yoga Basics – 10:45-11:45am. All levels, modifications offered. Based on the teachings of the late Sri K Pattabhi Jois. $15 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 961-2491. OpenMindZenNaples.com. Women’s Co-Dependents Anonymous – Noon. Women only. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Sally: 948-9162. Free Class Fridays – Noon-7pm. Learn about healthy tips, pain relief, stress reduction, weight loss, non-invasive testing and more. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. 2509312. Schedule: BeWellNaples.com. Cycling Class for Parkinson’s – 12:30-2pm. Find support from other people with Parkinson’s, feel better and reduce your symptoms. Physician referral required. Free. Bonita Springs YMCA, 27200 Kent Rd. Marla Ramsey: 221-7560. Chair Yoga – 2-3pm. With Dina Radcliffe, E-RYT. Breath work, mindful meditations, stretches and balance work. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 2:30-4pm. Still feel responsible for your parent’s feelings? Dry Palms Foundation, 1251 Lamar Rd. Jane: 728-7106. AdultChildren.org.
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 6:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Cape Christian Fellowship, 2110 Chiquita Blvd, Cape Coral. 338-5948. Vino-Yasa Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. With Diana Holding. Soothing wine yoga class for all levels and all bodies. Sip pinot, stretch, strengthen and smile. $15/ drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com.
saturday Compassionate Friends: Lee County Group – 9am. 4th Sat. For bereaved parents. Unity Church of Bonita, 28285 Imperial Pkwy, Bonita Springs. 690-7801. firstname.lastname@example.org. C3 Farmers’ Market – Thru Apr. 9am-2pm. Fresh produce, food vendors and arts and crafts. Community Congregational Church (C3), 15300 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 289-3786. 41Markets.com. Lions Club Farmers’ Market – Thru Apr. 9am2pm. Fresh produce, unique food items, indoor seafood market, arts and crafts and beach items. Rodes Restaurant, 3756 Bonita Bch Rd SW, Bonita Springs. 289-3786. 41Markets.com. Barre Motion Class – 9:30-10:30am. Naples’ original Pilates-based, cardio barre class. This highenergy class is ideal for dancers and non-dancers alike. Be prepared to sweat. $18/drop-in. Beyond Motion, 11985 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 254-9300. Go2BeyondMotion.com. A Day of Healing – 9:30am-noon or 1:30-4:30pm. 3rd Sat. With Dolores Gozzi. Enjoy a class or group healing and meditation; varies each month. $35. The Pines, 8192 College Pkwy, Ste B 37 & B 38, Ft Myers. 826-6960. NaturesCycles.com. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 10am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Dr, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527. Women Seeking Serenity through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Carol: 405-1947. Estuary Kayak Tour in Estero Bay – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins, manatees and more. $40. Includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Bonita Bch. 694-5513. Really, Really Free Market – 10am-2pm. 1st Sat. Potluck of reusable items. No money, barter or trade; everything is free. Fleischmann Park, Naples. Facebook page: Naples Really Really Free Market.
Healing the Healers/Reiki Healing Circle – 2:304pm. 4th Fri. With Lenka Spiska. Healers and reiki practitioners on all levels are encouraged to give and receive. $15 donation. Happehatchee Center, peace pavilion, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Happehatchee.org.
Soul Sisters Middle School Group – Noon1:30pm. With Jill Emmerich. Eight-week series. Helping girls navigate through the challenges of adolescence. Build self-confidence, peer support, communication and socialization skills, problem solving skills and self-expression through creative activities. $320. Client discount available. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Preregistration required: 2313208. MonarchWellness.net.
Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 5:30-8:30pm. On the Caloosahatchee River. See thousands of birds coming in to roost for the night. $40. Includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Ft Myers. 694-5513.
Happehatchee Drum Class/Circle – 3-4pm, class; 4-5:30pm, circle. 1st Sat. Bring your drums, shakers, open heart and dance. Donation. Drum class with Debo: $10. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Happehatchee.org.
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Kelly Swan, Licensed Colon Therapist 4720 SE 15th Ave, Ste 209, Cape Coral 239-549-7559 Colon hydrotherapy is an ancient art used to support natural healing. Releasing dormant toxins may improve issues with constipation, diarrhea, skin and overall wellbeing. MA77085, MM33594.
CLEANSING SPRINGS INC.
Rosalind (Roz) Fusco LMT, CT 239-596-1110 • 239-571-9816 • MA27876 CleansingSprings.com Internationally Certified with 30 years Licensed Nursing experience; offering a new dimension of colonics with stateof-the-art water system. Massage with Vodder trained Lymphatic Specialists. Facials, Body Wraps, and Far-infrared Sauna. MM13162.
RB INSTITUTE, INC.
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.
ECO-SPIRITUAL CENTER HAPPEHATCHEE ECO-SPIRITUAL CENTER 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero 33928 239-992-5455 • Happehatchee.org
A park in the heart of the village, with Yoga in Nature several days a week, drumming lessons and healing circles. Peace Pavilion and Historic Happehatchee House are available to rent for ceremonies and events. Happehatchee events calendar link and class descriptions: Happehatchee.org/ our-events/.
C. Robyn Berry, LMT, CRR, CCT, CLDT 13601 McGregor Blvd, Ste 13, Ft Myers 239-939-4646 • RobynBerry.com
CORE STAR – JIM CRABTREE
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 70.
CRYSTALS & MARBLE INFINITE STONES, LLC
Granite, Marble and Crystals 12911 Metro Pkwy, Ft Myers 33906 239-561-1981 InfiniteStonesllc.com Specializing in unique granite from oversea, precious stone slabs and crystals. We sell wholesale and retail. Please call for an appointment to visit our ware-house. See ad, page 71.
CHIROPRACTOR NETWORK CHIROPRACTOR
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 42.
DENTISTRY LASER DENTISTRY
Mark Corke, DDS 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers 33907 239-936-5442 • FortMyersLaserDentist.com Dr. Corke enjoys working with holistic patients and practitioners on the journey to wellness. His practice “gets it” and is worth the trip to Fort Myers to experience his many services. From dental lasers to ozone he has many tools and a sympathetic ear. See ad, page 11.
Graduate of Barbara Brennan School of Healing. Jim has conducted more than 9,000 healing sessions, using many techniques to help restructure the energy body and restore health.
239-910-6576 MariaHubbuch@aol.com HarmonizingAmbientEnergy.com Certified teacher and licensed practitioner offering classes and individual healing sessions inperson or distance: ThetaHealing®, Esoteric Healing ® , Seraphim Blueprint ® , Reiki, Axiatonal Alignments.
MAUREEN SANDERS, HOLISTIC ENERGETIC MEDICINE
Healing People & Animals since 2005 MaureenSanders.com • TheHorseShaman.com 239-253-9008 Opening the pathways to reveal the underlying causes that prevent humans and animals from truly healing. Difficult physical, emotional and behavioral issues are resolved to bring forth wellness, joy and spiritual growth.
ESSENTIAL OILS I LOVE OILS, INC.
Peter and Susie Bagwell 17030 Alico Commerce Ct, #303, Ft Myers 33967 • 239-362-0385 • 586-604-3500 ILoveOils.com Plants defend themselves from threats yet grow and thrive. Let them help you! Learn about essential oils and save money at our free classes.
9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 113, Bonita Springs 239-481-5600 • 239-481-5603 fax DebPost.com Comprehensive, fully integrated health care individualized for adults and children. Chronic fatigue, male and female hormone imbalance. Digestive disorders, women’s health care, autism, ADHD and related issues. See ad, page 15.
3840 Colonial Blvd, Ste 2, Ft Myers 33966 239-275-0039 • YolloWellness.com
FELDENKRAIS JOANN RAHL
Licensed Massage Therapist, Feldenkrais – Student Teacher Trainee, Kinesis Myo-Fascial Integration Practitioner 501 Goodlette-Frank Rd, Ste D-304, Naples 239-777-2597 • JoAnnRahl.com Learn to work smarter not harder using Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement. Use a flexible mind to create a flexible body. Discover how a gentle touch can yield strong results. MA26919, MM24629. See ad, page 46.
FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE EVIE BREEDLOVE-MANGAPORA, ARNP Inner Essence Health 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 113, Bonita Springs 239-777-4647 • InnerEssenceHealth.com
Dedicated to educating and coaching you to achieve your optimal health and wellness. Fatigue, thyroid disorders, hormone imbalances, digestive disorders, diabetes. Custom wellness plans. See ad, page 27.
HUGHES CENTER FOR FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE
Wendy Law is a wellness advocate that will empower you to take control of your health and wellness using FDA-approved modalities and testing. See ad, page 28.
HEALTHY DINING FOOD & THOUGHT ORGANIC FARM MARKET & CAFÉ
2132 Tamiami Trl N, Naples 239-213-2222 • FoodAndThought.com Open Mon-Sat 7am-8pm. Florida’s only 100% organic market and café. Fresh produce delivered daily. Homemade breakfast, lunch and dinner. See ad, page 10.
141 9th St N, Naples 239-261-7157 • WynnsOnline.com Discover what Wynn’s Family Market has to offer! Fresh, quality, healthy meals as well as your favorite comfort foods! Organic, natural and imported selections. Gluten-free offerings. See ad, page 63.
Pamela Hughes, D.O. 800 Goodlette Rd, Ste 270, Naples 34102 239-649-7400 • HughesCenterNaples.com
AHA! A HOLISTIC APPROACH CENTER
Honored to continue the traditions of the retiring Dr. David Perlmutter, Dr. Hughes, through functional diagnostic medicine and a comprehensive patient-specific approach, will provide adults and children the tools to restore normal body function by locating the root source of their illness or symptoms. See ad, inside back cover.
Come heal with us! We offer many natural healing options – acupuncture, clinical psychotherapy (RTR and couples therapy, massage, bodywork, Quantum Energetic, classes (yoga, tai chi, Stretch ‘n Strength), infrared sauna, reiki classes and much more! See ad, page 63.
ZORAYDA “JIJI” TORRES, MD, ABIHM, IFMCP
9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Stes 202-204 239-948-9444 • EyesWideOpenC.com
Internal Medicine, Functional Medicine Office: 239-444-5636 • UpstreamMD.com Dr. Torres is a board-certified internist with over 17 years of experience and knows the limitations of conventional internal medicine. She is among the few Certified Practitioner M.D.s, trained by the Institute For Functional Medicine. See ad, page 12.
15971 McGregor, Ft Myers • 239-433-5995 AHolisticApproachCenter.com
EYES WIDE OPEN CENTER
Regain Body Wisdom! Looking to eat healthier, reduce stress, recover joy, find purpose in life? Come for counseling & art therapy (individuals, couples & families); Nutrition Education; Medical QiGong; Trager Approach®, Massage, Reflexology; Reiki classes & sessions, and free Reiki circles on 2nd & 4th Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. CEUs. Call ahead. MM21921.
HYPNOTHERAPY CONCERNED HEALTH ALTERNATIVES Lynn D. Thomas, RN, CHt, Director Certified Medical Clinical Hypnotherapist & Energy Practitioner 239-494-1363 • HypnosisBasics.com
Achieve permanent, positive life and habit changes through safe, rapid, effective relaxation techniques. Work with your subconscious mind through direct suggestion and regression to reach your fullest potential. Release the Past = Gain Freedom. PL, LBL, EFT, NLP. See ad, page 24.
LIFE COACH VALORIE MORRIS
Licensed Louise Hay "You Can Heal Your Life" Coach, Workshop Leader, Teacher & Speaker • 239-404-2912 "You can't change what's going on around you until you change what is going on within you." Simple proven wisdom for complex lives. Individual private sessions and weekly group workshops. All sessions in a calm, patient, purposeful environment. Let's talk.
MEDICAL SPA ASSUAGE SPA
9407 Cypress Lake Dr, Ste C, Ft Myers 33919 1201 Piper Blvd, Unit 1, Naples 34110 239-333-1450 • AssuageCenters.com The finest relaxation treatments from around the planet have been brought to Fort Myers. Each technique is perfected for your mind, body, face and skin. See ad, page 45.
NATURAL & ORGANIC MARKET ADA’S NATURAL MARKET
7070 College Pkwy, Ft Myers 33907 Mon-Sat: 9am-8pm, Sun: 9am-7pm Ph: 239-939-9600 • Fax: 239-288-6210 AdasMarket.com Natural and organic produce and grocery items. Vitamins and supplements. Organic juice and smoothie bar. New Green Leaf Café. Market- prepared foods. 1000’s of gluten-free items. See ad, page 55.
NATURAL HEALTH JAMES OCCHIOGROSSO, MH
Natural Health Practitioner, Herbalist N Ft Myers • 239-652-0421 HealthNaturallyToday.com Improve your health naturally. Hormone testing. Bio-Identical Hormones. Powerful healing herbs and supplements. Male/ female anti-aging and sexual problems. Want to feel better? Call now! See ad, page 68.
DOROTHY RODWELL, LMFT & RTR THERAPIST
NUTRITION D-SIGNED NUTRITION, LLC
Dee Harris, RDN, LDN, CDE Bonita Bay Executive Center 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Sprgs 239-676-5249 • D-SignedNutrition.com Medical Nutrition Therapy and health coaching that personalizes your program to restore health and wellness. Improve digestion, elimination, brain health, immune support and hormonal balance. See ad, page 49.
PHYSICAL THERAPY INNERCONNECTIONS
Frederick B. Stahlman, BS, PT, CST-D InnerConnectionsPT.com Naples: 239-398-3154
Upledger Institute instructor. 30 years of experience. Holistic practice focusing on personal empowerment and teamwork. Craniosacral therapy, fascial mobilization, lymphatic drainage. Energy balancing, structural manual therapies with customized exercise. See ad, page 6.
GOTTMAN METHOD COUPLES THERAPY AND SEX THERAPY Peg Walsh, MS, CNS Clinical Nurse Specialist 9990 Coconut Rd, Bonita Springs 34135 718-208-6986 • FtMyersTherapy.com
Relationships are precious. Learn how to heal yours with researchbased methods from the Gottman Institute. Reconnect sexually with your partner using sex therapy. Explore individually the issues that are troubling and holding you back. See ad, page 57.
Dorothy Rodwell can help free you from anxiety, PTSD, grief and depression with Rapid Trauma Resolution (RTR), a newer, briefer and emotionally painless therapy. She is also trained in the Gottman method of Couples Therapy. See ad, page 63.
REALTOR KAREN L. BEATTY, ABR, GRI
Downing-Frye Realty, Inc Naples • 239-269-7788 Klbeatty48@aol.com • KarenBeatty.com Florida native, loving and selling Naples since 1977. Karen knows t h e m a r k e t , o ff e r s e x p e r t counseling with efficient reliability. She takes the stress out of buying or selling and gets the job done with a smile. Choose Karen for ease and joy in your real estate transaction!
RUG SPA NAPLES RUG SPA, LLC
AHA! A Holistic Approach Center 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers 239-433-5995 AHolisticApproachCenter.com
Area Rug Cleaning Specialist 4081 Mercantile Ave, Ste B Naples 34104 239-206-1481 · NaplesRugSpa.com At NRS we use a new technology that provides organic rug cleaning that is safer for your home. Our facility is suitable for all types and fibers including wool, silk and viscose rugs. See ad, page 45.
YOGA AWAKENING THROUGH SYNERGY
Jennifer Colucci 1084 Business Ln, Naples • 239- 529-7582 AwakeningThroughSynergy.com Brand new healing art space offering donation yoga classes in therapeutic, gentle, restorative, kundalini, kundaflow and crystal bowls.
BKS YOGA STUDIO
2900 Tamiami Trl N, Naples 239-213-9276 • BKSYogaStudio.com Variety of yoga classes daily, monthly workshops, child care and kids’ yoga. Massage, Thai yoga bodywork and private yoga sessions with master instructors. See ad, page 25.
(formerly Bala Vinyasa Yoga) GreenMonkey.com • 239-598-1938 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples 1800 Tamiami Tr E, Naples Two locations in Central and South Naples. Daily classes for all levels, monthly workshops and private sessions with exceptional teachers, plus awardwinning massage therapy and boutique. 200- and 300-hour Registered Yoga School. MM#19486.
MEREDITH MUSICK, LMT, E-RYT 2000 239-269-8846 MeredithMusick.com
Serving Naples since 1999. Hatha and therapeutic Yoga. Improve p o st u r e , b r e a th - w o r k , h e a l injuries, The Great Yoga Wall®. Massage therapy: sports, Swedish, Lomi Lomi. Nutritional counsel. Summer special: 3 for 2.
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