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s you, our dear reader, enjoy this month’s issue of Natural Awakenings, know that it takes a whole team of angels united with you in our joint mission of Awakening Humanity, the theme of this month’s issue. I am gifting my usual letter space this month to the one who has been on this journey with me the longest, Alison Chabonais. Although she isn’t as visible to readers as she was 15 years ago when she first bylined articles for this flagship edition of the magazine, her uplifting presence is felt throughout the organization. She’s grown from being our local editor to become the national content editor for the monthly editorial we provide to our 95 franchise publishers serving communities throughout the country. I am grateful that Alison was inspired this holiday season to share some special thoughts with us all as we continue to wake up to the shining lights we are and the kind of world we can create together. Happy Holidays from all of us at Natural Awakenings,

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ties and distinctions among faith traditions. As a student of a small, worldwide Christian denomination, I have attended such classes and until recently, sought to use the usual few minutes of casual inquiry by a friend or new acquaintance as an opportunity to briefly differentiate my own frame of reference from others. I guess I thought I was doing everyone a service to let them know where I stand and perhaps plant a good seed of thought that they might find useful in their own spiritual journey, such as why choosing Genesis I over Genesis II as the truth of our being—perfect God and perfect spiritual man as God’s image and likeness—changes one’s whole paradigm. Or, how everyone can learn to heal physical disease and injury, hereditary beliefs, financial challenges, relationship woes and more through prayer, like Jesus did and as his Jewish and Gentile disciples did for the first 300 years of the early Christian church. Recently, I am learning the great value for us all in mutually seeking common ground. For example, acknowledging how anyone that prays for physical healing and answers to other problems is appealing to their knowledge of a higher universal law, or foundational truth, which we trust is lovingly operating on our behalf. Mary Baker Eddy, cited by Religion and Ethics News Weekly as among the 25 most influential religious figures in the 20th century, noted that in 21 languages, the word for God is the same as the word for good. The Declaration Towards a Global Ethic, from the 1993 Parliament of the World’s Religions, cites the Golden Rule, “We must treat others as we wish others to treat us,” as a common foundational principle for realizing good in our lives. The initial declaration was signed by 143 leaders from all of the world’s major faiths, including Baha’i Faith, Brahmanism, Brahma Kumaris, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Indigenous, Interfaith, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Native American, Neo-Pagan, Sikhism, Taoism, Theosophist, Unitarian Universalist and Zoroastrian ( Muslims, Jews and Christians all turn to one god, one lawmaker for help in all avenues of life. Christians, who share the affirming Lord’s Prayer, generally frame the Golden Rule as, “Do to others as you want them to do to you.” Islam admonishes, “Seek for mankind that of which you are desirous for yourself.” Sanskrit Tradition posits, “… treat others as you treat yourself.” Buddhists advise, “Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.” Hinduism says, “One should never do that to another which one regards as injurious to one’s own self.” Practicing such good-spirited teachings contributes to and supports our own wellness and helps us help others. When we build bridges of kindly understanding, we also heal rifts and better bless one another, and so forward peace. Much good always,

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newsbriefs Beauty Partnership Provides Holiday Savings


eMasque Facial Bar and Luxe Nail Lounge, located two doors apart in Naples, have joined together under the same ownership. To celebrate, customers will receive a bonus when they purchase $100 gift cards at either location. Bonuses include a free Nail Envy manicure set with clippers, nail file, cuticle pusher, buffer, hand and nail cream and cuticle oil ($24.95 value) at LeMasque, and a dfi Aging Exfoliating Body Scrub ($19.99 value) at Luxe. LeMasque offers organic facials, body wraps, waxing, wellness drinks and an oxygen bar, while Luxe Nail Lounge offers pedicures, manicures and massages. “We have joined these amazing establishments together to offer Naples two great holistically oriented spas to pamper you while improving health and wellness,” says Wendy Sharon, who co-owns the businesses with Nir Sharon. Contact information: LeMasque Facial Bar, 2126 Tamiami Trail N. Call 239-234-6473 or visit; Luxe Nail Lounge, 2120 Tamiami Trail N. Call 239-261-5893 or visit See ads, page 29.

Naples Chiropractic Group Offers SAVE Program


r. Michael Shaffer and Dr. Paul Baumgardner, of the Naples Chiropractic Group, are now offering the sensorymotor auditory visual education (SAVE) program, only the fourth edition of this accelerated, integrated sensory program in the U.S. The non-invasive and drug-free approach, developed by Dr. Mary Ann Block, author of No More ADHD, was created to help athletes and others with symptoms of ADD, ADHD, autism, Asperger’s Dr. Michael Dr. Paul syndrome and learning Shaffer Baumgardner and behavior problems by improving speech, memory, attention, focus, concentration, motor and social skills, reading, listening and balance. The three-pronged process, taught in 10 hours, consists of sensory-motor, audio and visual stimulation that helps develop, retrain and expand the ability to process information more effectively. Shaffer has been practicing in Naples since 1981 and is on staff at the Physicians Regional Medical Center. Baumgardner began his career serving for 14 years with the Emergency Medical Services and then earned a chiropractic physician degree from Palmer College. Location: 2663 Airport Rd., Ste. D104. For more information, call 239-793-3200, email or visit See ad, page 18.






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Yoga and Surf Adventure Retreat is set for March 14 to 20, 2015, at Villa Shambalah, in Playa Negra, Costa Rica. The retreat is hosted by Jennifer Lynn Colucci, LMT, a Yoga Alliance-registered instructor, the owner of Awakening Through Synergy and a partner with 3rd Eye Yoga Surf Adventures. She currently works at Bala Vinyasa Yoga, in Naples. With 20 years of experience in the healing arts, Colucci has supervised many Costa Rican retreats. In the spring of 2012, she studied vinyasa flow yoga with Hali and Kevin Mcquillan at the Peace Retreat, in Playa Negra, and has returned to the country on multiple occasions to study yoga and work at different eco-lodges and retreat centers. For more information, call 239-529-7582 or 805-626-8400 or visit or AwakeningThroughSynergy. See ad, page 27.

Firefly Within Expands to Health & Harmony Center


irefly Within has expanded and is now booking appointments at the Health & Harmony Center, in Fort Myers. Karen Wolfe provides biofeedback and essential oils by Young Living at the center, along with continuing at Joyful Yoga, in Bonita Springs, and on the East Coast in Coral Springs. Dan Gorny is now practicing Reiki at Health & Harmony, as well. Wolfe is a biofeedback technician certified by the Natural Therapies Certification Board, and Gorny is a Reiki master and skilled in the arts of tong ren, kinesiology, reflexology and therapeutic touch. Costs: two to two-and-a-half hour biofeedback intake sessions $195, one-hour follow-up sessions $95, one-hour Reiki sessions $85, biofeedback and Reiki packages $255. Location: 15951 McGregor Blvd. For more information or to make an appointment (required at least 24 hours in advance), call 239-980-3257, email FireflyBiofeedback@gmail. com or visit See listing, page 74. natural awakenings

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newsbriefs Schlachter Joins Thornburg Pediatrics in Naples


hornburg Pediatrics, in Naples, has added Dr. Howard C. Schlachter to its staff. Affectionately known as “Dr. Rusty”, he is admired for his quick wit and the impressive knowledge accumulated from 25 years of providing holistic medicine, alternative therapies and pediatrics. Schlachter’s extensive credentials include president of both the board of health and board of education for Dr. Howard C. Essex Fells, New Jersey, where he operSchlachter ated his own successful pediatric practice and was also an attending physician at St. Barnabas Hospital; and clinical assistant professor at Rutgers Medical School, in New Jersey. After graduating from Georgetown University Medical School in the 1960s, Schlachter spent some time at Tampa General Hospital and the Children’s Hospital, in San Francisco. He served as chief of pediatrics for the U.S. Air Force Medical Facility at Patrick Air Force Base, in Brevard County, Florida, for several years. Location: 6017 Pine Ridge Rd., Ste. 148. For more information or to make an appointment, call 239-348-7337, email or visit See ad, page 42.

Happehatchee Center Offers Inaugural Membership Program


he nonprofit eco-spiritual Happehatchee Center has launched the Help Happy Stay Happe membership drive, the first-ever opportunity for the public to purchase a membership to the center’s many facilities and programs on five beautiful acres that include a butterfly garden and native plant nursery, in Estero. Upper level memberships can be billed on a monthly basis and include free and reduced costs for renting the Peace Pavilion and the historic Girl Scout House for classes, workshops, events and family gatherings. All memberships provide access to Happehatchee whenever it is open and during many events that include yoga classes and Friday evening healing circles. Members also receive a bumper sticker and recognition on the Happehatchee website. The next Mangrove Café meeting will feature a free concert by Glory Chamber, starting at 7 p.m., December 20. Renowned nature photographers Clyde and Niki Butcher will be on hand to showcase their work, and Clyde will sign copies of his latest book to raise funds for the center from 4 to 7 p.m., January 17, 2015. Cost: $25-$5,000 per year. Location: 8731 Corkscrew Rd. For more information, call 239-992-5455, email or visit

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Meal-in-the-Field Events in North Naples


he next editions of the free, monthly Meal-in-theField series will take place at 6 p.m., December 6 and January 17, 2015, on the grounds of the Cornerstone United Methodist Church, in North Naples. These events offer experienced and aspiring gardeners the opportunity to meet and learn from experts, share experiences and see and taste exotic and authentically grown tropical fruits, herbs and vegetables. The sessions will be led by David and Jan-Marie Etzel, of the cooperative small farm Cornerstone Edibles, a quarter-acre plot that includes 12 raised beds, herbal coils, many native plants, an orchard and a new nursery. Attendees are asked to bring a covered meal, recipes, questions and drums or other instruments to the events, which help build the gardening community on the local level around locally grown food. Informal music will be played after the meal. Location: 8200 Immokalee Rd., east of Gulf Coast High School. For more information, call 239-269-7341, email or visit

Unity of Naples Hosts Holiday Events


nity of Naples will celebrate the holidays with three events this month. A Voices of Unity Choir Christmas Concert will be held at 7 p.m., December 17, followed by a Christmas Eve Candle Lighting Service at 4 and 6 p.m., December 24 and A New Year’s Eve Burning Bowl Ceremony at 5 p.m., December 31. Santa will make an appearance at the concert of holiday favorites. Parents can bring their children, ages 3 and under, to the nursery during the 4 p.m. candle lighting service, which includes a children’s lesson. Attendees to the New Year’s Eve ceremony will enjoy a heartwarming, nondenominational service and the opportunity to write and release whatever they are ready to give up, envision the year ahead and write a gratitude letter to God for 2015. Location: 2000 Unity Way. For more information, call 239775-3009 or visit See ad, page 61. natural awakenings

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newsbriefs Assuage Spa in Fort Myers Offers Ultherapy Discount


ssuage Spa, in Fort Myers, is offering a discount on Ultherapy procedures throughout December. The noninvasive, U.S. Food and Drug Administration Before (left) and after 90 days (right) (FDA)-cleared process to lift skin on the neck, under the chin and on the eyebrows to improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles and achieve a fresher, more youthful look, is available for $500 off full face, $350 off neck and dÊcolletage combination and $250 off lower face regular prices. The procedure stimulates collagen production by delivering focused ultrasound energy to the skin’s foundational layer, which is typically addressed in cosmetic surgery, without cutting or disrupting the surface of the skin. Unlike lasers, radio frequency, surgery and other methods, non-surgical Ultherapy bypasses the surface of the skin to deliver the right amount of ultrasound at the right depths and temperature, triggering a natural response under the skin that jumpstarts the regenerative process and produces fresh, new collagen. The spa notes that while some patients can see an initial effect right after their first treatment, real results often appear in two to three months, as new collagen works to lift and tighten the skin on the neck, chin and brow, and smooth the skin on the chest. Location: 9407 Cypress Lake Dr., Ste. C. For more information or to make an appointment, call 239-333-1450 or visit See ad, page 28.

Special Holiday Offer at Wild Orchid


ild Orchid Salon and Spa, a Naples nail spa featuring organic and all-natural Pure Fiji products, is celebrating the holidays by offering the Essential Mani/Pedi Combo for $49 instead of the usual $60. Natural nail services feature Zoya all-natural polishes, Trind nail repair solutions, specialized nail services and treatments that include nail art and shellac, reflexology, hot stone and paraffin. Wild Orchid also offers the latest trends in cutting-edge hair styles, formaldehyde-free Marcia Brazilian Keratin treatments and specializes in Redken hair color and dimensional highlighting. Other services include on-site weddings, formal hair and makeup artistry, and Hair Dreams hair extensions. Location: 809 Walkerbilt Rd., Ste. 1. For more information or to make an appointment, call 239-825-8827, email KellyL or visit See ad, page 62.


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New YoPiBa Fitness Program in Bonita Springs


oPiBa, a new, effective fitness program that takes the best key elements from yoga, Pilates and barre and fuses them into one, is now being offered at ShangriSusie Birchenough La Springs, in Bonita Springs. Susie Birchenough, who is certified in all three modalities, has taught them for more than 30 years and developed this fusion method, will lead a workshop that teaches basic techniques; correct alignment and posture; breathing while moving; and the keys to effective body toning and shaping, from 1 to 3 p.m., December 13. Birchenough is also leading one-hour YoPiBa classes starting at 5 p.m. Mondays, 9:15 a.m. Tuesdays, 6:15 p.m. Wednesdays and 5:45 p.m. Thursdays at Shangri-La. “So many people have been going to the gym, yoga or barre studio and gain little result, and sometimes injure themselves,” says Birchenough, a wellness life coach who is registered with the national Yoga Alliance at the highest teaching level, RYT-500. “YoPiBa’s philosophy is that it’s not what you do, it’s how you do it. Many years of practice and experience of studying complete wellness and movement are incorporated into this practice.” She adds that the program can “enhance the health of all individuals. Regardless of your current state, age or experience, it’s a safe, fun and effective way to create greater strength, flexibility, toning and balance in mind and body.” She also offers certifications in becoming a YoPiBa teacher.

Cost: workshop $40, class fees vary. Location: 27750 Old 41 Rd. For more information or to register, call 315-7307182, email or or visit or See ads, pages 25 and 33. natural awakenings

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newsbriefs Skinny Pantry Launches Delivery Service


he Skinny Pantry, in Fort Myers, is now offering a home delivery service covering all of Lee and Collier counties. Busy moms, working professionals, seniors or those planning a trip to the area can order from the store’s large selection of gluten-, sugar- and dairy-free, low-carb, plant-based natural and organic foods, and have the products delivered to their home, apartment or office. Vitamins, supplements and healthy prepared meals are also available. The Skinny Pantry can also order items that may not be regularly stocked from its extensive collaboration of industry resources. Location: The Park Shops at Andrea Lane, 14261 S. Tamiami Trail, Ste. 17. For more information or to place a delivery order, call 239-935-5093 or email See ad, page 23.

Gift Items and Holiday Menu at Happiness Healthy Café


appiness Healthy Café, in Fort Myers, is offering a new line of holiday gift cards, beautifully crafted wood baskets and other gift items to help fulfill holiday buying needs. The café is also serving special holiday menu items this month, including Turkey Pesto Panini, Tandoori Turkey Naanwich and Turkey Club Wrap. Fresh ingredients and locally grown produce are prepared for panini, wraps, Naanwich, soups, veg-curry and non-veg curry, combo dishes, smoothies and other beverages. Location: 3332 Cleveland Ave. For more information, visit HappinessHealthy See ad, page 66.


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Wagner to Launch Hypnotism Classes


icensed and National Guild of Hypnotists-certified hypnotherapy trainer Marc Wagner will begin teaching classes for certifications in the healing process next month. The first Marc Wagner sessions take place from January 25 to February 1, 2015, in Bonita Springs. “Becoming a hypnotist to help your friends and family or to make it a career is a great choice,” says Wagner. “You can help yourself and others in their healing process on a very deep level. A good hypnotist can make anywhere between $85,000 to $150,000 per year with only 20 to 40 hours of work.” Wagner plans to provide life coaching certification programs soon. Cost: $1,795, $900 due at registration, balance due one week before start date. Times and location provided upon registration. For more information or to register (required), call 239-676-5009, email or visit MarcJWagner. com or See ad, page 29.

Next Holistic Holiday at Sea to Set Sail


he 12th Holistic Holiday at Sea cruise for life-transforming discussions on the benefits of a plantbased diet, plus a host of other health and wellness activities with a community of 1,700 fellow passengers, will take place aboard the luxurious, eco-friendly, Italian MSC Divina from March 14 to 21, 2015. Departing from and returning to Miami, cruisers will dock at Falmouth, Jamaica; Georgetown, Grand Cayman Islands; Cozumel, Mexico; and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas. Thirty-five expert presenters and teachers include Ann Crile Esselstyn, the author of the new book, The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook, a current bestseller on Amazon, who is known for her life-changing, plant-based meals; her husband, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, whose groundbreaking research and dietary advice found the book’s 125 recipes; Dr. T. Colin Campbell; Dr. Neal Barnard; Dr. Michael Greger; Colleen Patrick-Goudreau; Chef AJ (Abbie Jaye); and Bhava Ram. More than 130 classes cover food preparation, yoga, Pilates, meditation and other topics related to natural wellbeing. Cruise passengers will dine on non-dairy, vegan, natural cuisine, expertly prepared under the supervision of Mark Hanna, an internationally known natural food chef. Evenings bring opportunities to socialize in the Golden Jazz Bar and enjoy nourishing time in the Aurea Spa. For more information or to register, call 828-749-9537 or 800-496-0989, email or visit

Epiphany Relocates and Expands Hours


he Epiphany Gluten Free and Paleo Bakery has relocated to Neighborhood Organics, at 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite 406, in Naples, and is now open six days a week. The store had been serving customers at the Vanderbilt Farmers’ Market on Saturdays exclusively for the last three years. “People have been asking and waiting for this development to add convenience to their schedules and dietary needs,” says owner and baker Ruth Wardein. “They are now able to purchase fresh gluten-free and paleo baked goods all week long.”

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For more information, call 239-398-4428, email Ruth@ or visit See ad, page 26. natural awakenings

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kudos CURA Holistic Health and Massage Center by TEO-SSAGE, Inc. is celebrating its first anniversary at the center’s Teofil “Teo” current locaNikolov tion in Naples. Europeantrained owner Teofil “Teo” Nikolov, LMT, has been practicing since 1995 and was a massage therapist for athletes at two Olympic Games. To celebrate, Nikolov is offering $10 off his regular massage price from December 1 to 22 and a holiday gift of a reusable cold/hot gel pack. He describes his business as a “boutique practice, where sports injuries are addressed and medical massage performed, a place where you can truly feel the benefits of therapeutic massage and bodywork; a place where the East meets the West, where yin and yang is united and re-balanced using qigong, Reiki and other energetic modalities.” Location: 3411 Tamiami Trail N., Ste. 200. For more information or to make an appointment, call 239450-4325 or visit See ad, page 30.



n our October local feature, “The New Face of Chiropractic Medicine,” the website for the Pelletiere Healing Center, in Bonita Springs, the private practice of Dr. Michele Pelletiere, was misstated. It is We apologize for the error.


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new study published in the Israel Medical Association Journal found that older adults are more likely to have hip fractures in the wintertime, except during weekends and on religious holidays. The study’s authors checked the records of 2,050 patients that were at least 65 years old and had suffered a hip fracture. Analyzing the dates of each fracture revealed that significantly more of them occurred during the wintertime; the injuries corresponded directly with lower temperatures and greater rainfall. Fewer fractures took place on the Sabbath and during weekends in general, as well as on Yom Kippur and other holy days, with the exception of Passover.


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Calcium Supplements Raise Risk of Brain Lesions


Duke University study published in the British Journal of Nutrition this summer found that calcium supplements taken by elderly persons may increase the risk of brain lesions that are identified as hyperintensities on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) brain scans. The researchers studied 227 adults over the age of 60. The patients were assessed for supplemental calcium intake and received brain scans via MRI. Those taking calcium supplements had more lesions of a volume typically associated with hypertension. They noted no dose-dependent relationship between lesion size and the amount of calcium being supplemented. The scientists commented that other studies have found calcium supplementation also associated with greater risk of artery disease. Hyperintensities are observed in normal aging, plus several neurological, psychiatric and autoimmune disorders that affect the brain. They constitute damage to brain tissue caused by restricted blood flow and have been linked to mild cognitive deficits and disturbances.


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vidence of the effects of wireless technologies on human health continues to be controversial, with agreement on results remaining elusive. Now a new study published in the Journal of Plant Physiology found that humangenerated microwave pollution can potentially be stressful to plants. Researchers from Romania’s Estonian University of Life Sciences tested three common garden plants—parsley, celery and dill weed. They exposed each to the types of microwave radiation equivalent to those produced by cell phones and wireless routers. Then these radiation-exposed plants were compared with identical plants not exposed to the radiation. The scientists noted that the irradiated plants had thinner cell walls; smaller chloroplasts (cellular sites of photosynthesis); smaller cell mitochondria (centers of energy production); and greater emission of volatile compounds, particularly monoterpenes and green leaf volatiles, which are protective, life-promoting components of the plants’ essential oils. The effects were stronger for the type of radiation produced by wireless routers. While essential oil production overall was increased by the frequency of the microwaves produced by cell phones, it was decreased by the frequency emitted by the routers. natural awakenings

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Knotweed and Hawthorn Outperform Lovastatin in Trial


hinese researchers recently discovered that two herbal extracts may treat atherosclerosis, the hardening of the arteries, as well as or more effectively than the pharmaceutical drug Lovastatin. Sixty-four patients with atherosclerosis of the carotid artery were studied. For six months, half the patients received 20 milligrams of Lovastatin per day, while the other half took an herbal extract combination of Japanese knotweed and hawthorn. After six months, tests showed artery plaque thickness and inflammation were significantly lessened among both groups. However, the herbal extract-treated group showed a greater reduction of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) levels, a marker of risk for cardiovascular disease. Relatively high levels of hs-CRP in otherwise healthy individuals are predictive of heart health crises even when cholesterol levels are within an acceptable range. People with lower values have less of a risk.


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Hospice Care Adds Months for Cancer Patients


esearchers from Houston’s MD Anderson Cancer Center determined that hospice care significantly increases survival rates among patients with metastatic (stage IV) melanoma, a difficultto-treat form of cancer that occurs when melanoma cells have spread through the lymph nodes to other parts of the body. The study’s authors followed 862 metastatic melanoma cancer patients. Of these, 523 patients received one to three days of hospice care, 114 patients received four or more days and 225 people received no hospice care through their survival period. Those that received four or more days had an average survival period, which typically dates from the original diagnosis, of 10.2 months, while those that received none averaged 6.1 months. In addition, the end-of-life hospital costs for those receiving the most hospice visits were nearly half of what was incurred by patients not receiving hospice attention.

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Mistletoe Extract Benefits Pancreatic Cancer Patients


study published in the European Journal of Cancer revealed that a mistletoe extract may lengthen life for patients with severe pancreatic cancer. German researchers tested 220 patients with advanced stage pancreatic cancer, an aggressive, often fatal disease. The patients were divided into two groups; one was given up to 10 milligrams of Viscum album (European mistletoe) three times a week for up to 12 months. Both groups received supportive care throughout the study period. The average length of survival for those taking the mistletoe extract, 4.8 months, was nearly twice that of the other group, 2.7 months; a survival period typically dates from the original diagnosis. Within a group considered to have a good prognosis, the survival period for those that consumed the extract, averaging 6.6 months, was more than double that of the no-extract group, which averaged 3.2 months.


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globalbriefs News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.

Bye-Bye Birdie

230 Avian Species on the National Watch List Scientists from 23 organizations, including the federal government, universities and conservation groups, have spent years on the State of the Birds Study, looking at 230 species of birds from different habitats compiling its watch list. Peter Marra, a migratory bird specialist at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Zoo, in Washington, D.C., attributes the population drops of the birds in the most trouble to disappearing habitat or reduced range. Some coastal birds are doing better, and previously endangered wetland birds are recovering due to laws that are protecting them. Marra says, “These populations come back when we create the habitat. The report emphasizes that it’s better to focus on birds that aren’t yet in decline and keep them that way.” Ken Rosenberg, a bird biologist at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, in Ithaca, New York, and an author of the report, says that hunters, as well as conservationists, deserve credit for preserving ducks. He acknowledges, “We’ve put a tremendous amount of resources and money into wetland and waterfowl conservation because of the hunters that contribute financially.” But lots of songbirds are in trouble, and Florida, where bird habitat is disappearing fast, is a crucial stopover for migrating birds. It’s the kind of place that birds both common and endangered urgently need to survive. Source: National Public Radio 28

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Youth Activists

World Peace Caravan to Travel in the Middle East in 2015 The World Peace Caravan, founded by the nonprofit D. Gary Young Foundation, is a global peace movement scheduled to conduct a 12-day camel caravan from Petra, Jordan, to Jerusalem, Israel, from December 15 to 26, 2015. It will be spearheaded by a delegation of 12 youth ambassadors, ages 16 to 24, selected from a worldwide pool of candidates. Their goal is to foster an online youth community to provide young people everywhere a platform to share ideas, voice opinions and educate and learn from their peers. The youths intend to collaborate on solutions-centered projects to help eradicate poverty and hunger, ensure environmental sustainability and attain healthy lives for all. Inspired by a recurring vision, D. Gary Young, CEO of Young Living Essential Oils, chose the ancient Frankincense Trail upon which the Queen of Sheba once journeyed to bring peace offerings to King Solomon. This modern-day journey for peace invites people of all cultures, faiths and backgrounds to retrace the steps of that pioneering peace movement, culminating in a blockbuster World Peace Caravan Concert for Peace in Jerusalem. For more information, visit 30

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T he sole meaning of life is to serve humanity. ~Leo Tolstoy

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Bamboo Bamboozle ‘Green’ Clothing Made with Toxic Chemicals

Bamboo is rapidly renewable and requires few pesticides to grow. However, bamboo fabric manufacturing is a chemically intensive process that doesn’t provide clear and legitimate product labeling. Misleadingly using the terms eco-friendly and green becomes greenwashing when applied to items such as bamboo clothing. As the Fair Trade Commission describes the overall process, “Most bamboo textile products, if not all, are actually rayon, which typically is made using environmentally toxic chemicals. While different plants, including bamboo, can be used as a source material to create rayon, there’s no trace of the original plant in the finished rayon product.” This example points out the public vigilance required to secure more sustainable, environmentally friendly products. Third-party verification of all claims is recommended. Products made of the bamboo stalk itself, such as poles for furniture or planks for flooring, remain true to their naturally sustainable source. Source: BambooFraud

I long to see you so that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift. ~St. Paul


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Microdermabrasion Brings Subtle Benefits


icrodermabrasion is one of the more recent cosmetic esthetic procedures to cross over from the exclusive Hollywood celebrity “youthenizing” scene to mainstream spas. Performed by a dermatologist or esthetician, the noninvasive exfoliation and mild skin resurfacing technique is completed by using a tool that applies super-fine exfoliating crystals to the surface layer of skin on the face, chest, neck, arms or hands to buff away the dead skin cells from the outermost layer of the skin, which shows fine lines, wrinkles, tone, texture and blemishes. Sometimes described as an instant facelift, the painless procedure requires no recovery time and is a good alternative to the more aggressive options of chemical peels, cosmetic surgery and Botox injections. The skin rejuvenation treatment requires no anesthesia and makes only subtle changes, because it targets the outermost of the five layers of the epidermis, the barrier between the outside world and the lower skin layers. It works on all skin types and colors and causes no skin color changes or scarring. Microdermabrasion leaves the skin looking softer and brighter, but will not remove deep wrinkles, deep acne scars or severe imperfections. Local Resources: Andrea’s Organic Hair Studio & Day Spa, 6714 Lone Oak Blvd., Naples. 239514-4707. See ad, page 19. Assuage Spa, 9407 Cypress Lake Dr., Ste. C, Fort Myers. 239-333-1450. See ad, page 28. Organic Skincare & Bodyworx, 13240 Tamiami Trail N., Ste. 207, Naples. 239514-4494. See ad, page 3. Purely You Spa, 3066 Tamiami Trail N., Ste. 301, Naples. 239-331-8266. See ad, page 20.

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Tweet Treats

Trim a Tree, Feed the Birds From December 14 through January 5, citizen scientists of all ages will participate in the National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count ( Count), the country’s longest-running wildlife census. Audubon and other organizations use the data collected by volunteers to monitor population trends and guide conservation efforts. Whether or not families plan to help Audubon volunteers keep track of feathered visitors, they might consider providing backyard birds with gifts of food during the winter, when natural food sources can be scarce. Adorning outdoor trees with edible decorations can also help brighten landscapes, reduce kitchen scraps, creatively involve children in nature and make yards more bird-friendly. Salvage citrus rinds for feeders. Poke holes along the edge of hollowed halves of grapefruit and orange peels and run twine through them so they can hang from a branch. Fill with bird seed or suet. Create ornaments from bread heels or stale loaves. After cutting out shapes with a cookie cutter, spread them with unsalted nut butter and cover with birdseed. Bagels, rice cakes and pinecones can be frosted and sprinkled in the same way. Avoid using anything moldy. For more colorful ornaments, hang orange and apple slices. Drape edible garland around tree branches. Thread unsalted popcorn (stale popcorn strings more easily), fresh cranberries, citrus slices, unshelled peanuts, dried apples or grapes into a garland. Use natural string, wool or raffia for hanging decorations. Wild Birds Unlimited suggests selecting these materials so they can be used by birds as nesting materials in the spring. Collect seed heads and berries to tuck among the branches. According to the National Wildlife Federation, good food sources include seed heads from flowers such as goldenrod, sunflower, coneflower, sumac and mullein; seed heads from grasses such as millet, wheat, foxtail and switchgrass; and berries on sprigs of holly, juniper, cedar, hawthorn and mountain ash. Make sure decorations are hung on a tree or shrub near a window so the whole family can enjoy watching the wildlife they attract. Contributing source: The Humane Society 34

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readersnapshot Who’s a Natural Awakenings reader? Meet Lulu Carter, visionary, world traveler and curriculum specialist Life’s mission: To educate and connect people from all over the world through programs that lead to world peace. Work: As the owner of Destination Partners, a specialty travel company, for the past 20 years I have been organizing, creating and developing educational programs abroad for institutions of higher education such as New York University, the University of Virginia and others. As the founder of the nonprofit Bee Gaia, which has more than 500 members in Naples, I am involved in projects in the Amazon, Haiti, Ghana and Bhutan. Learn more at and My community service work is organized around my travels. For example, I’ve served at the Mother Theresa Orphanage, in India. For two years, I was the curriculum coordinator at Guadalupe Center, in Immokalee, and was the first Guadalupe preschool director. Proudest Achievements: Being honored as the queen mother of Torgome Village, in Africa. Expectations for the Future: To build an eco-friendly cultural and holistic center in Naples, which is the home of The House of Gaia, and to continue this work around the world. Favorite websites:,, Local causes supported: House of Gaia Community Learning Center, Naples, St. Mathews House ( Favorite thing about Natural Awakenings: It contains intelligent articles and connects like-minded people. Most frequented healthy food restaurants: Food & Thought and Loving Hut. How do you invest in your community? Financially, emotionally and spiritually, by working 100 percent philanthropically for the nonprofit, serving over 40 hours a week, to keep the community learning center healthy and happy. Favorite quote: “You must be the change you want to see in the world.”—Mahatma Gandhi.

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Tasty Rituals that Deepen the Holiday Spirit by Lane Vail

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he holiday season is ripe with an array of spiritual, cultural and family rituals. We celebrate, reflect, give gifts and, of course, feast. Fortunately, the media also teems with tips on how to avoid high-calorie holiday goodies, says Dr. Michelle May, author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat. For our diet-driven culture to resolve its struggle with food, she says we must learn to honor its intrinsic value. Ritualized eating can help; a recent study published in the journal Psychological Science found that engaging in food rituals evokes mindfulness that enhances the enjoyment of eating.


Hunger, the body’s fuel gauge, manifests in physical symptoms like a growling stomach or low blood sugar, says May, citing a useful analogy. “You wouldn’t drive around and pull into every gas station you see; you’d check your fuel gauge first. Before filling up with food, pause and check your fuel gauge. Am I actually hungry, or is this desire coming from something else?” May suggests practicing FEASTing: First, focus on physical sensations, thoughts and emotions; perhaps we’re thirsty, rather than hungry, rationalizing that holiday foods are special, or feeling stressed or lonely. Next, explore why the feelings or thoughts are present, and

then accept them without judgment. Strategize ways of satisfying the need and take a small step toward change.


Complex preparations for a major holiday can provoke anxiety and impatience, and likewise, feelings of longing or disappointment when it’s over. Sarah Ban Breathnach, bestselling author of Simple Abundance and Peace and Plenty, recommends allowing Christmastide to unfold at its own pace and celebrating all of December with a homemade Advent calendar. Craft a tree-shaped tower of tiny boxes or a garland of burlap mini-bags clipped with clothespins. Place an almond covered in organic dark chocolate in each container and use the treat as a daily mini-meditation. “Drop into the present moment, fully savor the luxurious, small bite and experience the pleasure of eating,” suggests May. Consider it symbolic of the season’s sweetness.


“Food connects us with one another, our heritage and our culture,” says May. Heather Evans, Ph.D., a Queen’s University professor and a holiday culinary history expert in Ontario, Canada, suggests creating a food diary of traditions to reinforce a connection with the past and support a holiday food legacy for the future. Ask grandparents about their childhood culinary memories, peruse family recipe books or discover new dishes that honor everyone’s ethnic heritage. Then create an heirloom holiday cookbook with handwritten recipes arranged alongside favorite photos and stories.

“December 26 was a chance for landowners and homeowners to give back to household staff and local tradespeople,” says Evans. “It’s a tradition worth reviving to pause, reflect on our own good fortune and contribute to others’ comfort.” Consider serving a meal at a local soup kitchen, collecting items for a food drive or offering a box of healthy culinary treats to community stewards at a fire station, post office or library. On Christmas Day, says Ban Breathnach, “Our kids have the world lying at their feet.” Boxing Day, she says, provides a natural transition to reach out in charity. Lane Vail is a freelance writer and blogger at


According to pagan philosophy, sharing seasonal food with loved ones during the winter solstice on December 21 symbolizes the shared trust that warmth and sunlight will return. Eating warm foods provides physical comfort and eating seasonally and locally connects us to the Earth, observes May. Sync body and spirit with the season by stewing root vegetables, baking breads, sipping hot cider and tea, and nibbling on nuts and dried fruits. “The repetition of predictable foods is reassuring,” remarks Evans, and it celebrates nature’s transitions.


Stir-Up Sunday is a Victorian amusement filled with fun, mystery and mindfulness, says Ban Breathnach. Some December Sunday, have each family member help stir the batter of a special Christmas cake while stating a personal new year’s intention. Drop a clean coin, bean or trinket into the mix and bake. Serve it with a sprig of holly on Christmas Day, and the person with the piece containing the lucky charm will be rewarded with a prosperous, wholesome and positive new year, according to tradition. Evans remarks, “This is a wonderful ritual for nurturing the health and spirit of the family.”


Boxing Day offers something far more meaningful to celebrate than postholiday sales. Originating as a tradition that thrived during the 19th century,

HEALTHY HOLIDAY TOPPERS Creating a repertoire of delicious wintery foods can help evoke health, mindfulness and delight during the holiday season. Dr. Michelle May advises approaching the entire process of eating, including the menu planning, shopping and food preparation, with a spirit of mindfulness, which adds a deeper dimension of pleasure to the experience. “Cake becomes more than just cake,” she says. “It becomes something the family creates and enjoys together.” Savor these rituals and recipes with loved ones.

Memory-Making Christmas Cake

A Revitalizing Ritual for the New Year Start the new year with a tabula rasa (clean slate) by hosting a New Year’s Eve Good Riddance Tea Party. Gather family and friends over warm ginger tea, spiced apple cider, hot chocolate and festive finger foods. Guests write down on slips of paper any mistakes, disappointments, regrets, hurts or failings they wish to be forgiven or forgotten. One by one, put them into a crackling fireplace or bonfire to symbolize surrendering of the past. “This ties the heart strings in a comforting bow,” comments author Sarah Ban Breathnach. Then, inscribe fresh intentions for the year to come and tuck them away in a special place. “This is the most mystical part, because so many prayers get answered,” Ban Breathnach says. Lastly, toast the new year with optimism and joy.

This nontraditional, healthy Christmas cake is alcohol-, sugar- and gluten-free. It relies on fruit for sweetness, almond meal for moistness and vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and orange essences for a perfect mingling of flavors. Prepare the cake with the whole family as a Stir-Up Sunday ritual, and keep it tightly sealed in the refrigerator until Christmas Day. Serve in small portions at room temperature or warmed in the oven and alongside vanilla bean custard or plain yogurt swirled with orange blossom honey. Yields 20 servings 21/2 cups (600 grams) mixed and chopped dried fruit (raisins, prunes, figs, apricots, currants, sultanas and/ or dates) 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1 /4 tsp nutmeg 1 tsp vanilla bean extract Zest and juice from 1 organic orange 3 Tbsp olive oil 3 organic free-range eggs 2 cups (200 gm) ground almonds (almond flour) 1 /4 cup (50 gm) walnuts Preheat the oven to 300° F. Line the sides and base of a 7-inch round cake tin with parchment paper.

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Bake for an hour-and-a-half. Insert a skewer or toothpick to see if it comes out moist, but clean; if not, bake for up to 30 minutes more. (Cover the top if necessary to prevent over-browning.) After cooling, remove from the tin and store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one month. Courtesy of Teresa Cutter, author of The 80/20 Diet and founder of

The Perfect Custard

Yields 6 servings   A velvety-smooth custard, also called crème anglaise, may be used as a foundation of many desserts. It can be flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg, chocolate, citrus, coffee or pistachio. Pour this vanilla bean custard over a

Beat eggs and cornflour in a stainless steel mixing bowl until combined. Pour the hot milk over the eggs and whisk in well. Pour the egg mixture back into the saucepan and cook over a gentle heat, stirring with a wooden spoon until it thickens and coats the back of the spoon. Remove from the heat quickly and pour back into the mixing bowl. Whisk well to slightly cool and smooth it out. If any lumps appear, strain the mixture through a sieve. Serve hot or cold. To warm up cold custard, put in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water; stir and heat through gently.   NOTE: For an egg-free custard, heat 17 oz almond milk with 2 Tbsp honey or 100 percent maple syrup and 2 tsp vanilla extract until near boiling. Thicken with a slurry made from 2 Tbsp corn-

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Combine the dried fruit, spices, vanilla, orange zest and juice, olive oil and eggs. Mix in the almond flour and walnuts, then spoon the batter into the baking tin.

warm Christmas cake or serve it straight up as eggnog, adding a touch of brandy and dusting of nutmeg. 2 cups milk of choice (organic, almond, coconut, soy or rice) 2 organic free-range eggs 2 tsp vanilla bean extract 2 Tbsp organic maple syrup or 1 Tbsp honey 1 Tbsp cornflour or kudzu Pinch nutmeg   Heat milk in a saucepan with vanilla and honey and bring to near boiling, then remove from heat.

flour, arrowroot or kudzu. Finish with a sprinkling of nutmeg. Courtesy of Teresa Cutter, author of The 80/20 Diet and founder of

Melody Moonlight’s Magical Monster Loving Potion Yields 4 servings Melody Moonlight’s story, which birthed the potion 32 oz apple juice 1 /2 cup dried holy basil leaf 2 Tbsp dried orange peel 2 Tbsp dried rosemary 11/2 Tbsp crushed cardamom 11/2 Tbsp dried ginger root 1 Tbsp dried peppermint leaves 1 /2 Tbsp ground nutmeg 11/2 cinnamon sticks 13 drops each of essences of chicory flower, beech flower and rose quartz (all available at natural grocers) In a large pot, bring the apple juice to a near boil. Add all the other ingredients and turn off the heat.

we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word.

Read Melody Moonlight’s story at to infuse it all with magic and meaning.

~Goran Persson

Courtesy of Andy Bottagaro, potion maker at Shine Restaurant & Gathering Place, in Boulder, CO.

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Vino’s Picasso

BYOB, Pour, Paint and Play by Linda Sechrist


ercedes Price Harry’s typical work attire—sandals, tie-dyed T-shirt and a pair of jeans ruined by vivid splashes and spatters of acrylic paint—is a significant divergence from the business suit and heels she once wore as a pharmaceutical sales representative. The contrast reflects the radical change that the owner of Vino’s Picasso has experienced since 2010. The Fort Myers resident’s story is a colorful one of a four-year emotional rollercoaster ride that sometimes left her breathless. From her and her husband’s simultaneous losses of lucrative careers to tapping into retirement savings to pay the mortgage, the family’s financial challenges were compounded by her husband’s back surgery and her 4-year old son’s exorbitant medical bills from bouts with asthma. Additional learning trials came with creating a new business from scratch. At ease with telling stories that reveal her vulnerability, Price Harry is happy to have such chaotic times more distant than the backseat of her car, where the latest addition to her family, a 4-month-old daughter, is safely buckled into her car seat. At present, Price Harry’s mind is more occupied with a business that nourishes her soul. The idea reignited a passion for art and wine that she developed during her college years while waiting on tables at a bed and breakfast. “When I started this, no one in our area had ever heard of my unusual concept for combining painting lessons for every skill level with entertaining art instructors, upbeat music and a boutique wine bar with a funky eclectic menu of wines and craft beers,” she says. While in South Carolina with her sister in early 2011, Price Harry experienced the basic model for the first time. “I had so much fun that I was euphoric when I departed with my painting. I also had thoughts about what I could do to improve it,” says Price Harry, who expanded on the idea in her Fort Myers

and Naples locations by adding a boutique wine bar and Starving Artists’ art gallery, where she features local artists. Her seasonal location at the Matlacha Island gallery of well-known artist Leoma Lovegrove allows for fun and artistic expression using Lovegrove’s gardens and impressionist art. “Leoma and I were friends before I opened my first studio in Fort Myers. When she found out about what I was doing through our newsletter, she called me and wanted us to work together in some way,” recounts Price Harry. “We decided on a few paint, pour and play dates in her gardens, which are a fun assemblage of plants and flowers indigenous to the island, colorful painted bridges, mosaic walkways, wrought-iron tables and chairs under coconut palms with painted trunks and multitudes of midnight blue bottle trees.” In all of the studios, Price Harry provides the paint, palette, brushes, canvas, apron and corkscrew for opening the participant’s personal bottle of wine, as well as casual instruction and cleanup. “Of course, I also add the fun. You leave with your new masterpiece,” she quips. “Enjoying wine and learning how to paint is a great combination and makes my heart sing,” she adds. “It frequently does the same for anyone who picks up a brush and joins us. Painting is proven therapy for the soul, which is why our local artists, who provide the lessons and tips, trade pretension and structure for sheer fun and enjoyment.” For people interested in learning to paint for personal pleasure and satisfaction, Vino’s Picasso is a great outlet. The company also offers open paint sessions, Kiddo Picasso sessions, mobile paint parties in private homes and private parties at Vino’s locations. Vino’s Picasso, 15250 S. Tamiami Trl., Ste. 109, Fort Myers, 239-2886953; 2367 Vanderbilt Beach Rd. Ste. 805, Naples, 239-431-8750. Visit See ad, page 22. natural awakenings

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Sacred Activism Love in Action Can Change the World by Judith Fertig

Fe, New Mexico, that’s also reflected in his book, The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism. Born in India, educated at England’s Oxford University and in the religious traditions of Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity, he now resides in Melbourne, Arkansas, where he’s founder and director of the Institute for Sacred Activism. The goal of his international travel is to bring concerned people together to proactively face global crises. Says Harvey, “Sacred activism is a fusion of two of the most powerful fires of the human psyche—the mystic’s passion for God and the activist’s passion for justice.”

Hallmarks of Spiritual Intent

“Sacred activism is the fusion of the mystic’s passion for God with the activist’s passion for justice, creating the burning sacred heart that longs to help, preserve and nurture every living thing.” ~ Andrew Harvey


he butterfly, a universal symbol of transformation, reminds us that becoming our best selves is an ongoing process. Yet these delicate, fluttering creatures are suffering a decline, especially the vivid orange and black monarch butterflies that depend on milkweed flowers for sustenance during their migration to and from Mexico and Canada. “When I heard about the monarch butterfly crisis, I also noticed that I had milkweed vines all along my back fence,” says Karen Adler, a Kansas City, Missouri, gardener. “In years past, I would have pulled them out because 40

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they can strangle other plants. But I talked it over with my neighbor and we agreed to let them grow. This year, we had more monarchs than ever.” These two women might not realize it, but they had engaged in spiritual activism. They became aware of a problem, approached it with compassion, learned about the issue, realized life’s interdependence and committed themselves to positive action for a result that is good for all. It’s a process that Andrew Harvey first described in a 2005 talk he gave at the Santuario de Guadalupe, in Santa

The Awakening – Progressing from concerned citizen to spiritual activist is a gradual process. It may begin with an issue to which one feels called. “Our life in the world is a continual call and response,” observes Kabir Helminski, of Santa Cruz, California. He authors and translates books on the Muslim Sufi tradition, which tends to have an open relationship with other religions, and is a core faculty member of the Spiritual Paths Institute, which encourages seekers to find the sacred traditions that speak to them. “Sometimes events are a waking dream calling for interpretation, and sometimes the heart is directly addressed from within,” says Helminski. Compassion – Once an event moves us, prayer can be a pathway that opens our hearts to compassion, according to Jagadish Dass, of Granada Hills, California. The healer and teacher wrote The Prayer Project: The 3-Minute, 3 Times a Day Solution for World Change, which encourages involvement with something bigger than ourselves. Dass maintains that praying for three minutes, three times a day, will help us transmute into expressing a quiet power. “As we take responsibility for our lives, a transformation occurs within,” he says. We begin to inspire others to also take up the cause of working for change and bringing more peace, joy and love to the world. Likewise, Harvey urges each of us to make a real commitment to daily spiritual practice on the road to

“When you put spirit and activism together, you realize that all actions are connected to spirit. It makes you think about your duty in every instance—from how you treat people throughout your day to how you treat the environment. It becomes a satisfying way of living.” ~ Carla Goldstein spiritual activism. He suggests, “Start with a short prayer that aligns you with the pure deep love that is longing to use you as its instrument in the world.” Options include prayers from many of the world’s spiritual traditions shared in Dass’ book; a free download is provided at Interconnectedness – Just as everything in the universe is connected by the simple act of being, like-minded people can connect to do good in the world. Sacred activists pursuing their own spiritual paths need to work with others, according to Harvey. “They form empowering and encouraging networks of grace—beings of like heart, brought together by passion, skill and serendipity to pool energies, triumphs, griefs, hopes and resources of all kinds. When people of like mind and heart gather together, sometimes miraculously powerful synergy can result.” Harvey has found that groups of six to 12 people become the most efficient and productive, whether joined together through a profession (such as physicians on medical missions), a passion for animal rights or the environment, or a strong sense of social justice. Knowledge – Knowledge, both inward- and outward-seeking, is another key to doing good for all. Carla Goldstein, JD, chief external affairs officer at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, in Rhinebeck, New York, and cofounder of its Women’s Leadership

Center, used her interest in women’s empowerment issues as a springboard to spiritual activism. “For the first 20 years of my professional life, I focused on public policy and politics,” she says. “But something was missing in the rhetoric of taking care of each other.” Practicing yoga and meditation and receiving support during a personal health crisis prompted what she terms “an awakening understanding of a gap between personal change and systems change.” Goldstein came to question her own “rugged individualism” versus the interconnectedness she felt when people took care of her. “Can we actually move towards integrating these two ideals?” she asked herself. Knowledge about issues is readily available from experts and organizations that experts recommend; she observes, “The big question is: What is needed for us to be of help?” Sometimes listening and understanding can be powerful. Under the auspices of the Omega Women’s Leadership Center, Goldstein invited women on both sides of the reproductive rights issue to meet in 2005. They had been part of the Public Conversations Project in the Boston suburb of Watertown, Massachusetts, begun after medical staff members were killed and wounded at an area women’s health clinic providing abortions in 1994. “Women from the divided community initially came together to tell their

stories,” Goldstein relates. “Over time, they developed a deep love for each other. Nobody changed their positions, but they did change how they interacted with one another.” They experienced a shift from emotional and verbal turbulence to, if not agreement, feelings of peace and understanding. Since then, the project has grown to facilitate such conversations in 38 states and 15 countries ( Positive Action – While many thorny issues take long-term, dedicated efforts to be resolved, others only need smaller individual or collaborative actions for positive outcomes. For Mark Nepo, a New York City poet, philosopher and author of the New York Times bestseller, The Book of Awakening, kindness is the force behind positive action, no matter how modest at first. “Kindness reveals kinship. It gives us connection to everything greater than us and everything else that is kind in the universe,” he says. “I think it’s powerfully effective, yet it’s such a small thing.” Nepo is active in Bread for the Journey, an international nonprofit that encourages community grassroots philanthropic projects that generate microgrants. One involved a small town in northern New Mexico that sought to improve the lives of local teenagers when the town’s elders wanted to open a youth center as a positive alternative to the drug scene. Just before the center was scheduled to open, the project ran out of money for required floodlights, so Bread for the Journey funded them and the center opened. “Within a few years, the whole culture shifted,” reports Nepo. This small contribution made a big difference to the whole community. Once awakened and nurtured, spiritual activism can become an omnipresent part of our lives. Says Goldstein, “When you put spirit and activism together, you realize that all actions are connected to spirit. It makes you think about your duty in every instance—from how you treat people throughout your day to how you treat the environment. It becomes a satisfying way of living.” Judith Fertig is a freelance writer from Overland Park, KS.

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olunteering provides rewarding satisfaction and progress for adults and children alike. Seniors stay involved and parents work alongside kids to experience the value of helping others. Local places of worship often maintain a list of opportunities to serve a community through helping and healing ministries and special projects. The Red Cross is best known for supplying aid in emergency situations, but many needs are year-round ( A call to city hall can steer willing participants to the right local organization. Here are other examples from around the country to spark loveinspired ideas.


Meals on Wheels does much more than deliver lunches to those in need ( In Austin, Texas, the Healthy Options Program for the Elderly program brings a bag of groceries monthly to clients most nutritionally at risk, plus Groceries to Go volunteers shop for or with clients every two weeks. Minor safety-related home repairs are provided through the Handy Wheels project. In Seattle, community helpers paint classrooms, install new playground 42

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equipment and donate books and supplies at the city’s public schools. Berkley, California, YMCA volunteers teach classes like mindful meditation or restorative yoga, work the front desk, read to preschoolers and do fundraising.


Homeless dogs in shelters learn leash manners while participating in the Walk a Hound, Lose a Pound program at South Carolina’s Aiken County Animal Shelter. Leashes and treats are supplied to encourage volunteers to walk dogs at least once a week. It’s healthy exercise for both dogs and humans. To calculate the calorie burn, visit Tinyurl. com/WalkOffCalories. Shelter cats need socialization, too. Visits that include playtime and gentle petting make them more adoptable.


New York Cares has family projects available with no minimum age requirement ( Either on an ongoing or a one-day basis, volunteers improve parks, plant community gardens and refresh public spaces. Trails require refurbishing after bad weather. Streams and waterways need a good cleanup after floods. Check with the park ranger for more information. With a little research, volunteers can find the right activity, whatever their location, interest, age or abilities. Another good place to start is VolunteerMatch. org, which is easy to search by zip code and personal interests. A perfect opportunity to help others awaits. natural awakenings

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All Things Organic in Southwest Florida by Linda Sechrist


arrots have always been a staple in the produce section of conventional grocery stores. Today, shoppers that venture into the organic produce section get to choose carrots grown without poisons, carcinogens, heavy metals and other toxic chemicals that, according to an international team of experts led by Newcastle University, are also up to 60 percent higher in certain important antioxidants than conventionally grown varieties. When it comes to choosing between increased nutrition for a slightly higher price and the risk of ingesting the toxic metal cadmium found in lower-priced conventional produce, what are Southwest Floridians deciding? Based on tangible evidence found locally, we might surmise that organics are leading. It’s impressive to see the growing size of the organic produce section of several mainstream grocery chains, such as Publix and even the Walmart Neighborhood Market, as well as the local smaller and less conventional national grocers such as Wynn’s Market and, of course, the seemingly always burgeoning number of shoppers at Naples’ Whole Foods Market and Trader Joe’s. Add to that the increasing number of local organic farmers in Lee and Collier counties and the recent addition of Neighborhood Organics–A Farmers’ Market, open seven days a week in the Galleria Shoppes at Vanderbilt, where you’ll find the Epiphany Gluten-Free Bakery. Local restaurants such as Cider Press Café, Loving Hut, Kitchen 41 and Pizza Fusion reflect the trend, sourcing


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predominantly local, organic produce for their menus. Yet, that hasn’t taken away from the lunch and dinner lines at Food & Thought–The Organic General Store and Cafe. The reopening of Ada’s Natural Market, the Happiness Healthy Café and the Skinny Pantry, in Fort Myers, and the upshot of similar organic businesses such as Joyful Juicing, InnerG Health Fuel , Personal Chef Jude and Organics of Naples, all located in Naples, indicate more good news for organic eaters. Lee and Collier counties offer concrete evidence of the market trend that represents just 4 percent of total U.S. food sales now, but is forecast to maintain a compound annual growth rate of 14 percent until 2018, according to a TechSci Research report. Organic products are now available in three out of four conventional grocery stores, as well as nearly 20,000 natural food stores throughout the country. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) points to consumer demand as the driver of this growth, especially as it provides incentives for farmers and small businesses. All of this suggests the

FGCU Food Forest

strength of a swelling grassroots movement of educated consumers choosing to see food as medicine, an idea promoted centuries ago by Hippocrates. Natural Awakenings invited local farmers, natural grocers and organic entrepreneurs to weigh in on the health of the organic movement in Southwest Florida.

FGCU Food Forest

Ideally, organic farming and the fruits of its labors are having a ripple effect on the lives of farmers, as well as on the lives and health of millions of individuals. The half-acre Food Forest at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU), in Fort Myers, is an example of how the undulating waves are touching the lives of students learning about permaculture and training to become botanical farmers. As these Food Foresters initiate, design and maintain their project, they get to eat what they grow and harvest a bumper crop of other dividends; hands-on learning about native plants, soil science and sustainable agriculture, contemplative time and service-learning opportunities. Once graduated, they will transplant their Food Forest experience into the business world, often as entrepreneurs that create jobs. The Food Foresters’ active student group is advised by Associate Professor of Management Gerry Segal, who teaches courses in green business, entrepreneurship, permaculture and environmental sustainability, and Dean of Undergraduate Studies James Wohlpart. The group’s President, Arlo Simonds, is a senior environmental science major from Islamo-

rada. He describes the program’s positive effects on students and the greater the Fort Myers community: “Dirty hands from digging in soil and sweating through hours of physical labor to grow food sustainably have altered the perspectives and paths of the nearly 1,300 students who’ve worked in the Food Forest.” Simonds coordinates Food Forest volunteers for service-learning work at the Roots Heritage Urban Food Hub, near Martin Luther King Boulevard, supplying them with a planting guide and simple recipes that coordinate with the crops they are growing. “The hub grows fresh produce in a food desert,” says Simonds who, after graduation in 2015, plans to expand on his experience by applying for culinary scholarships or working on a sustainable ranch in another country to experience growing food in different climates. “My big dream is to have a farm-to-table restaurant or a bed-and-breakfast where I can host classes,” he enthuses.

31 Produce

Farther north, in Alva, the farming operations of 31 Produce, owned by Mike Greenwell, include an on-site farmers’ market and the Cracker Café. The farm-to-table restaurant serves side dishes made daily from the farm’s freshpicked produce. The 80-acre farm, which uses organic methods of fertilization and pest control, grows 70 percent of the produce sold at the on-site farmers’ market. Greenwell also purchases from other local farmers for resale. The retired major league baseball player was able to add the on-site café and farmers’ market thanks to Florida Senate Bill 1106, passed in 2013. “The bill promotes Florida’s agritourism, allowing us to offer cooking and canning classes, as well as summer camps and yearround farm tours. As a destination, we are better able to impact the health and lives of more individuals and families,” advises Greenwell. “Local organic farms give people the opportunity to support the local economy, buy fresher organic produce and receive education on why buying

local leaves a more sustainable footprint. Customers are surprised to hear about how the watermelon at the local grocery store may have been grown in Florida, but shipped out of state to be sorted or packaged and then shipped back. The added travel day, as well as the packaging time means that food isn’t as fresh as it would be if it were purchased a local farmers’ market,” says Greenwell.

Inyoni Certified Organic Farm

Collier County boasts Inyoni, the sixacre, certified organic farm of Nick Batty, who attributes significant growth in local food enterprises to Florida’s 2011 cottage food legislation, House Bill 7209, which allows individuals to manufacture, sell and store certain types of cottage food products in an unlicensed home kitchen. Batty believes that local food-related cottage businesses will continue to grow, along with the number of small agricultural entrepreneurs. “I’ve already seen a number of individuals offering cooking classes, fresh juices, home deliveries of glutenfree prepared foods, and still others that are in alignment with new trends such as the Paleo diet,” he notes. Batty’s farming business changes annually. “Demand for different varieties of produce grows as people learn how to prepare them, which is why cooking and canning classes are valuable. Ten years ago, kale was a garnish largely used by catering businesses and restaurants. Today, people use it for juicing, smoothies and salads because of its nutritional value,” he notes.

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InnerG Health Fuel

Encouraged by the local availability of organic produce, Lorie Quinn initially created InnerG Health Fuel to fill a need at Bikram Yoga Naples. “In 2012, the studio owner wanted someone to supply healthy organic drinks for yoga students. I began making organic juices, smoothies, snacks and eventually, meals,” says Quinn. The business grew in leaps and bounds, and now largely focuses on prepared vegan meals. “My business is a testament to the growing awareness for eating cleaner food. The first year, I had 10 customers, the second 200 and now I have 400. New customers find me by word of mouth every week,” she affirms.

Joyful Juicing

Nicolas Fina, Hannah Peterson and Vonn Peterson, owners of Joyful Juicing, are riding the popular juicing wave. The trio officially opened their retail storefront and commissary kitchen in north Naples in November. Their coldpressed organic juices are offered for

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pick-up and home delivery three days a week on a subscription basis. “Local strategic alliances with registered dieticians such as Dee Harris, owner of D-signed Nutrition, health coaches and personal trainers are helping us to build our business, which is a subset of the movement within the health food industry. Individuals who now consistently eat organically grown produce are on the early end of the learning curve because they understand the long-term effects of the diminished nutrients in foods grown conventionally,” says Fina.

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Dee Harris, a registered, licensed dietician/functional nutritionist and certified diabetes educator associated with the Perlmutter Center for Health, in Naples, Dee Harris encourages patients to eat organically because the glyphosate in the Roundup herbicide, used to kill weeds and grasses that compete with commercial crops, is a known


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endocrine disruptor. According to research published in the journal Entropy by Dr. Stephanie Seneff, a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Anthony Samsel, a retired science consultant, glyphosate enhances the damaging effects of other food-borne chemical residues and toxins in the environment to disrupt normal body functions and induce disease. “I believe the choice is simple: pay now in the minimally higher cost of organics or pay later in exorbitant medical bills,” advises Harris.

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Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner Deborah Post, who owns the functional medicine practice Wellbridges, Inc., in Bonita Springs, lecturDeb Post ers locally on why to buy organic grown food. Her recent presentation, Good Food Bad Food, at the Naples campus of Hodges University, was laden with startling statistics, including the fact

that more than 50 tons of sludge that results from the treated sewage removed annually from homes and businesses is used as fertilizer on conventional farmlands in North Carolina and that more than 60,000 substances and chemical compounds are found in conventionally grown food. “I can’t compromise my integrity as a health practitioner by telling people that it’s safe to eat anything other than organics,” Post states. The consumption of non-organic foods often leads to allergies and reactions in the gut that escalate into autoimmune disease and other long-term health issues. This is one of the reasons that I find it very distressing that the USDA is attempting to weaken the national organic standards and that the FDA is moving to stop research on nutrients and dietary supplements.”

Collier Family Farms

The USDA-certified organic Collier Family Farms, now in its third growing season, is managed by Stephen Massie, who says he is learning what produce sells and what doesn’t and is making changes to better satisfy members of its

community supported agriculture (CSA) program. “We started with 60 different crops. We began making changes after we saw that our CSA members were unfamiliar with how to prepare some items such as kohlrabi and rutabaga, even though we included recipe suggestions with our CSA boxes,” says Massie.

Wild Heritage Farm

The five-acre, certified organic Wild Heritage Farm has been operating in Naples for three years and is owned by Terrence Tessarzik. Until recently, they were farming only one acre, so it was little known outside its CSA members, local restaurants and farmers’ markets, but now the business is growing. “We are planting all five acres for this growing season,” notes Tessarzik. Tessarzik designated their farm as “biological” rather than “organic”. “We spent three years building up our land by focusing on very healthy soil, so we don’t have to use even the chemical fertilizers allowed for in the national organic certification program. We believe in letting the soil do the work. The growth of our business and that of Food & Thought is a reflection of the growth

in local demand for more nutritious and fresh food that you can’t get in grocery stores,” Tessarzik comments.

Food & Thought

Jameson Johnson, who manages Food & Thought: The Organic General Store, in Naples, loves working with Alfie Jameson Johnson Oakes— continuing the work of founder Frank Oakes, who built a network of small business relationships that help small local business owners to grow. “Two current examples in this network are Pizza Fusion and Cider Press Cafe, which buy their organic produce from us. This saves them money, adds to our volume and gives them the freshest ingredients for their menu items,” remarks Johnson. Oakes’ standards of growing continue at the market’s growing fields in the eastern portion of Collier County. “We still place a bucket of worm castings in each row and use a cold-pressed fish and seaweed foliar spray with the perfect blend of micronutrients on the

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leaves of plants. We also compost,” notes Johnson. Food & Thought, Oakes Farm Market, and the growing and farming divisions for both markets are now owned and operated by Alfie Oakes. Alfie’s “seed-to-table” Alfie Oakes agribusiness model for Oakes Farm Market, in Naples, connects locally grown produce with customers seeking fresh and nutritious solutions.

Organics of Naples

Craig Demange and Anthony Calderone jump-started Organics of Naples, a home delivery service of fresh organic fruits and vegetables, using social media and a robust email list of the 2,500 members of Southern Organics, Demange’s previous company. “Residential deliveries are scheduled online when produce orders are placed. In each box, we include a product called Bluapple, which prolongs produce freshness in your refrigerator by absorbing ethylene gas,” says Demange.

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In Southwest Florida, local farmers, health advocates, conscientious shoppers and enthusiastic restaurateurs and retailers of organic food are collectively building upon the 81 percent of American families report that, according to the Organic Trade Association, report purchasing organic food at least some of the time. One of those passionate movers of the movement is Kenny McCabe, the Produce Manager at Ada’s Natural Market, in Fort Myers. “Our customers are into eating clean food and juicing,” he affirms. “Our produce department is 95 percent certified organic. I sell eight to 10 cases of kale weekly, five to seven cases of five-pound bags of carrots and between 60 and 80 one-pound bags of wheatgrass, and this doesn’t include what we use in our juice bar,” enthuses the 43-year veteran of the grocery business, who believes that the organic movement is just going to get bigger. “This is only the beginning,” he says.

Where to Find Organic Food in Southwest Florida 31 Produce, 18500 SR 31, Alva. 239313-8213. See ad, page 61. Ada’s Natural Foods Market, 7070 College Pkwy., Fort Myers. 239-939-9600. See ad, page 21. Collier Family Farms, 5321 Ave Maria Blvd., Ave Maria. 239-207-5231. See ad, page 30. D-Signed Nutrition, Riverview Suites, 27499 Riverview Center Blvd., Ste. 214, Bonita Springs. 239-444-4204. See ad, page 18.

InnerG Health Fuel, 239-572-1979. Inyoni Organic Farm, Rock Rd., Naples. 239-980-3605. InyoniFarms. Joyful Juicing, 1035 Collier Center Way, Naples. 239-908-6879. Oakes Farm Market, 2205 David Blvd., Naples. 239-732-0144. Organics of Naples. 239-776-0452. See ad, page 53.

Food & Thought: The Organic General Store, 2132 Tamiami Trail N., Naples. 239-213-2222. See ad, page 10.

Wellbridges Inc., 9200 Bonita Beach Rd., Ste. 113, Bonita Springs. 239-4815600. See ad, page 22.

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Hair Dyes and Extensions


BEAUTY SALONS Pure Pampering Feels Natural and Safe by Sarah Tarver-Wahlquist


hen clients walk into New York City’s Swing Salon, they may be surprised by what they don’t smell—the range of chemicals usually wafting around hair salons. That’s because the owners have decided to use only natural and organic products. While many people may assume that all salon hair and body treatments are regulated and safe, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has no authority to require companies to test cosmetic products for safety, due to loopholes in the Toxic Substances Control Act. So, people are being exposed to dangerous toxins through salon products like nail polish, hair color processors and hair straighteners. Be aware that while labels of overthe-counter body care products are required by law to list ingredients, with the exception of the chemical soup often hidden under the term “fragrance”, the loophole for salon products is large. Jamie Silberberger, with the Women’s Voices for the Earth’s National Healthy Nail & Beauty Salon Alliance, reports, “Products sold for professional use in spas and salons are not required to be labeled with ingredients.” Fortunately, healthy alternatives are available, either by patronizing a


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green salon or using natural beauty treatments at home.

Hair Straighteners One salon treatment—Brazilian Blowout hair straightening—can continue to expose customers and salon workers to toxic fumes even months after application. It’s among the conventional straightening products that contain formaldehyde, a known human carcinogen. “Exposure to formaldehyde doesn’t end with the treatment—the fumes are reactivated every time heat is applied to the hair,” says Jennifer Arce, a San Diego, California, salon worker who became sick after applying a single Brazilian Blowout treatment. “So, when a client who’s had a Brazilian Blowout done elsewhere comes into the salon to get a haircut or color and has her hair blow-dried, flat-ironed, curled or processed under the hood dryer, the fumes that come out of her hair make me and several of my coworkers sick all over again.” Solution: Avoid chemical hairstraightening treatments. Sign on to the Women’s Voice for the Earth letter campaign petitioning the FDA to remove Brazilian Blowout from U.S. shelves by visiting BanBrazilianBlowout.

About two-thirds of conventional hair dyes in the U.S. contain para-phenylenediamine (PPD), a chemical banned for use in such products in Germany, France and Sweden. Exposure to PPD can cause allergic reactions ranging from skin irritation to death by anaphylactic shock, which happened to a teenager in 2010. When Spain’s University of Santiago de Compostela researchers conducted a metastudy examining the risk of cancer among hairdressers and related workers, all reported that employees had a higher risk of cancer than the general population. Hair extensions also warrant attention. Many adhesives used on extensions may contain 1,4 dioxane, listed as a probable carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and styrene, a neurotoxin and suspected endocrine disruptor. Solution: Look for a clean, green salon that uses natural hair color treatments free from synthetic chemicals, ammonia or PPD. Individuals can also order nontoxic organic color kits direct from

Nail Polish When getting a manicure or pedicure, beware of the toxic trio of dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde and toluene. Used to help nail products hold color, they’re linked to reproductive and development problems, plus dizziness and eye and lung irritation, according to the Environmental Working Group. Facing pressure from consumer groups and salon workers, some polish companies are now producing so-called “nontoxic” nail polish, although their labels aren’t verifiable. California’s

Department of Toxic Substances Control recently tested 25 nail polishes sold to salons, 12 of which claimed to be toluene-free, including seven said to be free of the toxic trio. The researchers found toluene in 10 of those, and one or more of the three ingredients in five out of the seven. Solution: Customers should bring their own safe nail polish and only patronize well-ventilated salons.

Find a Green Salon Many conventional body products like shampoos and massage oils contain a litany of ingredients that add to our chemical exposure. Ask questions to ensure all of a salon’s products are nontoxic or as low in toxicity as possible. For example, a large network of independently owned “concept salons” across America are connected with the Aveda Corporation (, a national leader in developing hair and body products that are free from the most dangerous ingredients. More than 90 percent of Aveda’s essential oils and 89 percent of its raw herbal ingredients are certified organic. Also look for members of the Green Spa Network, a nationwide coalition of spas that pledge to be energy efficient and sustainable in all of their practices ( If a green salon hasn’t yet arrived locally, bring nontoxic products for appointments and ask the stylist to use them. Visit the Skin Deep Database at to find the least-toxic products for at-home use. Sarah Tarver-Wahlquist is a freelance writer in Tucson, Arizona.

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lthough the condition of our hair depends partly on the inner dynamics of our body, maintaining healthy tresses also requires us to read the labels on over-thecounter topical hair care products so that we can avoid the many tongue-twisting synthetic ingredients that do not belong in the body or on it. Commercial hair products often contain synthetic silicones, for example, which are inexpensive ingredients that coat the hair to give it a smooth, healthy feeling. Unfortunately, if not removed correctly, synthetic silicone can build up on the scalp and clog the hair follicle, causing it to die and the hair to fall out. Avoid commercial products that contain synthetic silicones or any other synthetic polymer coatings, including dimethicone, propylene glycol or cyclomethicone and sodium polyacrylate. Natural silicones derived from proteins in sand, cellulose and trees create smooth, shiny hair, but don’t accumulate on the scalp. Additionally, according to The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, additives such as para-phenylenediamines, organic compounds used in hair dyes, can create difficult skin reactions on the scalp, ears or neck. Studies have identified the chemical as the third-most common ingredient, after fragrances and preservatives, that can cause contact dermatitis.

Coal tar and toluene are additional irritants to the body. Toulene occurs at low levels in crude oil and is usually produced in the process of making gasoline. According to the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Base, Resorcinol, an anti-dandruff agent in shampoo and sunscreen cosmetics, is a known irritant to the skin, eyes, or lungs, is toxic to the immune system and has been shown to disrupt healthy thyroid function in animal studies. To look up a particular ingredient or to research safer alternatives, visit the database of the Environmental Working Group at, which educates consumers about how to reduce their exposure to toxic additives found in many personal care products.

Local Resources for Green and Healthy Hair Products Andrea’s Organic Hair Studio & Day Spa, 6714 Lone Oak Blvd., Naples. 239-514-4707, NaplesOrganicHair See ad, page 19. Genesis Non-GMO Vitamins and More, 877 91st Ave. N., Ste. 4, Naples. 239596-9017. See ad, page 70. Organic Skincare & Bodyworx, 13240 Tamiami Trai. N., Ste. 207, Naples. 239-514-4494. SkinCare-Bodyworx. See ad, page 3.

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Music and sound are the language and architecture of the cosmos.

Singing the World Awake



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I become like a tuning fork to the information that is coming to me. In shamanism, this is called being the hollow reed. I step out of the way. In terms of brain frequencies, I go into an alpha state, in which I can attend to what I need to do vocally, but for that moment surrender my voice to the energy. When I work shamanically with drums, animal spirits come through my voice, as do beings from other traditions. I feel like a doorway, or a chauffeur looking in the back seat to see who I’m driving. I live in two diametrically opposed worlds. I’m logical in how I look at things and am fascinated by brain neurology. Then there’s this other side that’s off the charts. I never know when the whales are going to appear. As I operate in an altered state, I can see humpbacks psychically approaching until one of them enters my energy field. Subjectively, I become as large as a whale, at the same time I’m aware of my physical body. I have dual realities, and then the whale sounds emanate through me. In a visionary experience on my 40th birthday, the quesby Tom Kenyon tion arose, “Will you sing the song of the new Earth?” I believe that we’re not going to survive much longer as a species if Article adapted from the film, Song of the New Earth we don’t change how we are living, and that’s hen I was a youngster, I clearly what my work is about. Many people are having Sound opens remember reading a book, The Boy spiritual emergences, yet we don’t, as a culture, consciousness. Who Sang to the World, although I have a place to harness its potential. What I do later learned it doesn’t exist. I read it in some groups is a type of sound healing, working If consciousness with other realm of consciousness and that’s what collectively with the energy of a large gathering. is higher, life on Each person responds in ways unique to them, I became. I sang to the world, sun, moon, stars into some inner emotion and making a Earth will change. breathing and all life. I sang in church and choirs and sound that matches how it feels inside. later took up guitar and piano. One day, a Something happens with people visitor to our house said, “You’re going to heal many people that attend these events. It’s about the transformation in this world with that voice.” and beauty of being able to step into the unknown to When I attended the University of North Carolina, I discommune with a knowledge and intelligence that’ll sing covered that neurophysiology could be used as a language to through my voice. Together, we’ll see what will come explain mystical experiences. The whole time I was engaged forward. in scientific training, I was also going deeper into the mysti A major message I’ve received is that if we are to cism of the East, the yoga of India, Taoism of China, Egyptian survive, we must raise the feminine out of the ashes created alchemy and Tibetan Buddhism. I was practicing every medi- by millennia of cultural traditions and have the male and tation from every tradition, sometimes for five hours a day. female meet together, not one above the other, but in equalWithout realizing it, I was changing my neurophysiology. ity, and with that union, create a new world. Brain research shows that when we experience pure The boy who sang to the world has grown up to sing a sound without language, the right side of the brain lights space that allows people to create their hopes and dreams up like a Christmas tree. I’d worked in brain research for into existence. about 13 years when, while meditating, I received new information about brain geometry that I recognized as the Psychologist and musician Tom Kenyon is trained in geometry of consciousness in its relationship to sound Ericksonian medical hypnosis and whole brain learning. and emotion. His 25 years of practicing psychotherapy led to the for I understood that if I taught this to others, I would obmation of Acoustic Brain Research to scientifically study serve rapid change and improvement in brain function and neuropsychology and psychoacoustics. He teaches Tibetan creativity, which took place when I conducted beta testing Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism, Egyptian high alchemy and at three sites. One day, I was in California doing a workesoteric Christianity. He has authored Brain States, many shop when these sounds just came through me. That’s what CDs and the new documentary about his journey, Song of spawned my current sound work. the New Earth (


Jackson Total Service

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ackson Total Service has been a family business since it was started by Naples residents Bettyjean and Neil Jackson in 1964. They retired in 1989 and passed the baton to their children, Paul, who started working as an electrician after high school graduation, and Lisa. Initially limited to electrical contracting work, the business expanded in 1971 to include plumbing and HVAC installations and service. “Our highly skilled, professional staff provides estimates for any of our air conditioning, plumbing and electrical installations and repairs in the areas of Naples, Bonita Springs, Marco Island, Fort Myers and Cape Coral. We are a one-stop source for installing and repairing all brands of air conditioners, electrical equipment, generators, water heaters and softeners and plumbing fixtures and faucets,” says Paul, adding that the company takes great pride in its fast and friendly customer service. Rather than just fixing problems, the company prefers to solve problems, which is the reason that its most re-

cently added diagnostic service, a Whole Home Comfort Test, is designed to allow homeowners to have a safe, healthy, clean, comfortable and affordable indoor environment year-round. “This in-home service is performed by specifically trained comfort and indoor air quality consultants that use advanced diagnostic instruments and testing procedures to identify problems that affect the indoor living environment. It can cut energy bills and reduce indoor allergens, giving homeowners cleaner air to breathe,” Paul advises. The company can also design a backup power system that homeowners can depend upon during hurricane season. “We can also provide routine service to ensure it will remain dependable,” notes Paul. Annual maintenance contracts are offered to keep the whole home in peak condition. Jackson Total Service is located at 3727 Enterprise Ave., in Naples. For more information, call 239-643-0923 or visit See ad, page 24.

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Find Your Fitness Style Workouts that Suit Your Personality by Wendy Worrall Redal


hile some people find repetitious workouts boring, others like doing predictable routines at regular locations. Ensuring that our fitness regimen jives with our “fitness personality” is integral to making exercise a consistent part of our lifestyle, a concept that has traction among exercise experts. Jonathan Niednagel, founder and director of The Brain Type Institute, in Mountain Home, Arkansas, and an athletic consultant for professional teams, explains in his book, Your Key to Sports Success, that understanding our inborn brain type can help us to determine which sport is best suited to motivate us. In Suzanne Brue’s book, The 8 Colors of Fitness, she applies principles from the Myers-Briggs personality inventory to help readers develop a personalized exercise program. Susan Davis-Ali, Ph.D., in St. Paul, Minnesota, a professional coach for working women, created a Fitness Interest Profile survey for the Life Time Fitness health club chain. She points to research that suggests people that engage in activities appropriate for their personalities enjoy their workouts more and are likely to stay with them longer. Identifying our fitness personality can help us find a program that suits our rhythms and interests. Based on composites from growing research, here are six categories that assess and capture the way we may feel about exercise; more than one can apply to any individual. Disciplined and driven. This is an image to which many of us may aspire, even though not everyone fits the mold. These exercisers are self-motivated and goal-oriented. Commitment and consistency go hand-in-hand. They like to use devices to track progress, maintain a training log and/or work with a personal trainer in systematic workouts geared to measure improvement. Disciplined types are often early risers; starting the day with regular exercise is second nature. Compatible fitness regimens include cardio workouts, interval and weight training, running, swimming and martial arts. 54

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Relishes routine. While these folks are disciplined and driven in some ways, they tend to be more relaxed about regimens. The key to success here is consistency. They like order and familiarity in exercise settings and practice and may enjoy reading or watching a screen during workouts. Whatever the preferred approach, whether it’s a favorite training video, Wii Fit video game, favorite teacher or memorized Pilates moves, these exercisers like to stick with it, even working out at the same time every day—often first thing in the morning or after work—finding that regularity can be habit-forming. Conscious contemplative. Reflective individuals enjoy quiet, solo activities like long-distance running, biking, hiking and swimming, that allow opportunities to look inward, often without thinking too much about the physical details. Exercise offers a chance to clear the mind and renew the spirit while strengthening the body. These types naturally gravitate to outdoor pursuits, but some indoor practices may also suit them, like yoga, Pilates, tai chi or even karate, which incorporate a strong mind-body component. Workouts are often soothing, rather than intense. Plays well with others. For many people, exercise is best enjoyed with others, combining the social and fitness benefits of both. Connections and camaraderie get them off the couch, revved up and ready to go. Whether it’s a committed group of friends chatting during water aerobics or a high-powered cardio class that compares notes, motivation comes primarily from the presence—and accountability factor—of others. A lunch-hour class at a nearby studio or gym may be a fun break in the workday. On weekends, consider golf, tennis, dance or a local recreation team. Compulsive competitor. While the communal aspect is appealing, the greater gratification for this type comes through the thrill and challenge of competition. Trying to win is the great motivator, unlike driven and disciplined types that are happy to push through to their personal best. Team sports are a natural outlet, including soccer, rugby, lacrosse, basketball or swimming, plus disc golf, tennis or racquetball matches and running events. Avid for adventure. It’s tough for any formal exercise program to keep the attention of adventurers. They crave freshness and spontaneity in fitness venues, activities that engage their interest and animate enthusiasm. It’s crucial for adventurous types to mix things up and not rely on any one exercise practice. Outdoor endeavors such as snowshoeing or cross-country skiing, inline skating or mountain biking have appeal. They may gravitate to the variables of Nia, Zumba’s highenergy Latin dance groove, kickboxing, exercise balls or hot yoga. A midday exercise escape can break the work routine. Their key to keeping active is to keep things stimulating. Wendy Worrall Redal blogs at Gaiam Life (Life., from which this was adapted.


The 31 Produce Cracker Shack Café by Lee Walker


arming may be hard work, but for Mike Greenwell, a retired major league baseball player and the owner of 31 Produce, in Alva, it’s a labor of love. Since opening in 2009, Greenwell’s business on the 80-acre family farm has been expanding. It includes an on-site farmer’s market and a mining operation that attracts individuals and families that enjoy mining for precious gems and fossils. The most recent addition to the property is the Cracker Shack Café, open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. The café prepares produce that is either freshly harvested from Greenwell’s farm or purchased from other local farms. Entrées and side dishes are made from scratch, using family recipes: Monday is meatloaf; Tuesday, ribs; Wednesday, baked chicken; Thursday, pot roast; and Friday, fried catfish.

Pulled pork and chicken are available every day. The price of the entrée with all-you-can-eat side dishes is $10.99. The single plate price is $8.99. Depending upon the growing season, side dishes can include tomatoes, greens, squash, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, eggplant, cucumbers, melons, dragon fruit, star fruit peppers, okra, beans or Brussels sprouts. Beverages comprise coffee and tea, as well as sweetened and unsweetened iced tea. Homemade pumpkin, zucchini and banana breads, soft-serve ice cream and freshly baked pies are dessert options. Location: 18500 State Rd. 1, Alva. For more information, call 239-8188213 or visit See ad, page 61.

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Opening Up to Miracles Gabrielle Bernstein on Creating More Happiness by April Thompson


otivational speaker and bestselling author Gabrielle Bernstein knows the gravitational pull of addiction firsthand. Although introduced to spiritual practices from an early age, she turned away from that upbringing in her 20s, pulled instead into a vortex of drugs, alcohol and unhealthy relationships while running a public relations firm promoting Manhattan nightclubs. After hitting rock bottom at age 25, Bernstein made the unwavering decision to seek spiritual help and change her life. The entrepreneurial young woman found her groove as a spiritual teacher, introducing millions to new ways of thinking and living through her books, lectures, blogs and videos. Her no-


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nonsense approach to spirituality and knack for making practices like meditation and prayer accessible to beginners and cynics have attracted a new generation of seekers. Bernstein’s latest book, Miracles Now:108 Life-Changing Tools for Less Stress, More Flow, and Finding Your True Purpose, offers simple, yet powerful tips to short-circuit unhealthy thought patterns and take a shortcut to transformational change.

Why do you reframe a miracle as simply a shift in perception? Shifting your perception and choosing again is a core principle from A Course in Miracles, a metaphysical text that I study and teach from. When you choose to reorganize your belief system

and align it with a loving, forgiving perspective, rather than a fear-based reality, that’s when miracles can happen.

Some people shift away from a harmful relationship with addictive drugs and alcohol like you did, while others take such unhealthy behaviors to the grave; what makes the difference? Often when we get caught in unhealthy behavior, we aren’t willing to ask for help. I think the reason I was able to leave those behaviors behind and create a new path was my willingness to live a different way. I was able to witness my life and see that it wasn’t working. It’s an ongoing process; I’ve been on my current path of turning to spiritual principles for many years, but I’m still constantly working to apply them throughout my moment-tomoment experiences.

How does meditation help create radical change? I think meditation is a key tool for health, happiness and well-being. It can help reorganize the nervous system, lower stress levels, calm the mind and recalibrate energy. It can help us experience more synchronicity in our lives and a greater sense of interconnectedness, as well.

What do you struggle with the most and what personal

miracle are you still trying to realize? I’m in constant conversation with myself over my thoughts and beliefs about judgment and separation. People are programmed by society to believe we are separate and to judge ourselves and others. My practice suggests a reinterpretation of that general belief system in order to perceive things differently. I also try to forgive limiting thoughts I was holding onto; for example, judging myself for not performing well at a lecture. Talking too much in conversations is a big challenge for me. A practice in my Miracles Now book called WAIT, for “Why am I talking?” reminds me to notice when I’m saying too much, commenting unnecessarily or not supporting the greater good.

How do you think about money, and has that proven helpful in broader terms? I believe that we have the power to attract healthier relationships in our financial circumstances in the same way that we have the power to attract healthier relationships with people in our lives. Some people think that you can’t both be spiritual and secure financial abundance; I think that’s nonsense. When you start to reorganize your beliefs around your self-worth and capacity to earn, and open up to your intuitive voice and the creative possibilities for earning, then your financial situation can change dramatically. I have lived that principle fully. I was brought up in a poverty mindset, but with a shift in perception, I was able to release my fears of financial insecurity.

Do you have a go-to practice that you reach for first when faced with a difficult situation? When I’m faced with a complicated situation or feeling powerless, I say a prayer in stillness. Such a practice asks through prayer and listens through meditation. It’s in that stillness that I can hear the voice of intuition and the voice of forgiveness, and love can come forward. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson at natural awakenings

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Can-Do Kids Changing Our World at Any Age by Ellen Sabin

n Giving to other people is important, but the planet needs us, too. You can practice giving by picking up litter, recycling and even turning off lights when you leave a room. When we pay attention to the environment around us, we can learn how to respond in a giving way. Ellen Sabin is the founder and president of Watering Can Press (, a publishing company committed to growing kids with character. Her series of award-winning books include The Giving Book: Open the Door to a Lifetime of Giving; The Greening Book: Being a Friend to Planet Earth; and The Healthy Body Book: Caring for the Coolest Machine You’ll Ever Own.

Fun Activity Who’s Been Giving to You?

This article is written especially for young readers eager to embrace the true spirit of the holiday season. Sharing it with them can help cultivate a lifelong practice of giving.


ave you ever seen someone do something that changed a situation from bad to good? Maybe your parents helped someone whose car broke down, or a teacher spent extra time after class helping you with schoolwork. No matter your age, where you live or what you own, you have the power to do good, too. What you do can make other people happy and make the world a better place. Here are some ideas to help you figure out how. n A good place to start is to think about what’s important to you. This will help you find a way of giving back that you’ll enjoy and want to do again and again. For example, if you love taking care of animals, offer to walk an elderly person’s dog for them. If you get sad when you think about someone being lonely, visit a neighbor that lives alone


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or send a special card to a relative as a way to show your love. n It’s nice to help strangers, but you can also do little things close to home that’ll make life easier and better for your family. You can call your grandma to say hello, help your mom or dad with the dishes or play a favorite game with your little sister or brother. n You can also use your own special talents to help others. If you are a good cook, bake a healthy holiday treat to bring to someone that is feeling sick. You can read out loud a story to a younger child. If you’re strong and have lots of energy, you can help your neighbor take out the trash or do other household chores. n You can have fun and make an even bigger difference by doing good things with others. One way to get your friends excited about joining you is to plan a “Giving Party”. Ask your parents to help you download a free guide ( parents.html) that has fun ideas and activities for creating a holiday-time or birthday party or rainy day get-together.

Whether it’s time, love or things, the people around us give to us all the time. Sometimes we don’t stop to think about what people do for us, so we forget to say, “Thank you.” Appreciating what people give us is just as important as giving to others. Here are some questions to ask yourself. After you have answered each question, think about what you can do to thank people for their kindness. Who shared with you? What did they share? Who taught you something? What did they teach you? Who showed you love? How did they show you love? Who made you happy? How did they make you happy? Source: Adapted excerpt from The Giving Book: Open the Door to a Lifetime of Giving by Ellen Sabin.

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Hymn to Living in Silence by Robert Rabbin


here’s one truth, and Celebrate the Then, by letting everyit is silence. All truths thing go the second it dawn of the occurs, we return to clarity, come from, exist as and return to silence. winter solstice freedom and eternal openSilence is behind every ness. We live in silence. For on December 21 it is in silence that God is holy thought, word and act. All holiness is silent. in nature and working, playing and loving. This is what all sages In silence, we become perin silence. know and say: Enter silence fectly one with that divine and we leave behind the working, playing and loving. rubble of self and no-self, time and When absolutely all has been given death. Enter silence and we see the up and only emptiness remains, even world that God created; that we are the then, take one more step towards silence. created. God, the world and being are Give away the emptiness. Hold back one. Life is suddenly real—beautiful and nothing. Even the giver is given away. perfect in each curve and angle. In silence, we transform and are This awakening into truth hapreborn. We become real with more joy, pens as we surrender everything pleasure, peace and contentment than to silence. We must give away our we ever hoped for. Our highest purpose inventory of unreleased thoughts and is fulfilled, our greatest longing is realcherished beliefs, undigested experiized in ways we know not. ences and dogma, disappointments, In becoming nothing, we become fears, worries, resentments and soreverything. We need nothing, and thus rows; even personal desires and joys. have everything. With nothing to pro If it’s difficult to do: throw it away, tect, only peace remains. It cannot be fling it off, kick it out. Just don’t let it controlled or fathomed, only lived. We stay. We must empty our storehouses of love this about the holy ones, the sages. past, present and future, and then burn No one knows how it happens, only them down so that nothing can ever that it does. accumulate again. In silence, we are moved by what Now give more. Let go of ego, will moves all else without knowing how, why and humility, ignorance and knowledge, or when. This is freedom, love and truth. the body and its faculties. Surrender what is and is not yourself. Give away Robert Rabbin is a self-awareness meaning, purpose and happiness, even teacher and author. Connect at precious life itself. Nothing can remain.


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12911 Metro Pkwy, Ft Myers. RSVP: Deborah Randolph: 678-717-8584 or DeborahRandolph101@


Complimentary Meditation – 7-8pm. With Jennifer Stevens. Whether you have never meditated or have years of experience, this class will provide you the opportunity to explore new ways to begin or deepen your practice in a supportive and relaxed environment. Free. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or

The Poison in Your Teeth Book Giveaway – 9:30am-5pm. Dr Mark Corke will distribute the book, The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Let the office know if you would like a tour or have questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 936-5442.


Origami Class – 10am-noon. With Rosemary Claire. A fun beginner’s class in the art of Origami. $25 includes all materials and instruction. Goddess I AM Healing & Art Center, Empire Plaza, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. RSVP: 228-6949. Hormone Balancing for Men and Women – 6-7:30pm. With James Occhiogrosso. Learn about hormone testing and ways to maintain hormone balance. Free. Ada’s Natural Market, 7070 College Pkwy, Ft Myers. 652-0421.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2 Mindful Yoga – 9am. Tuesdays and Thursdays. All levels. A gentle practice to start your day. Breath work, mindful movement and crystal bowl meditation. Pose modifications and props provided for additional support. $15. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita. 617-921-1037. Guided Mindfulness Practice – 10am. 30-minute guided mindfulness meditation practice with Madeline Ebelini, MA, RYT. Meets every Tuesday. Suitable for beginners and more experienced practi-

tioners. Free. The Brooks Commons Club/ Outdoor Pavilion (behind the fitness center), 9930 Coconut Rd, Bonita. 590-9485. Chelation Therapy Lecture – 12pm. Learn how heavy toxic metals bind to your tissues and an accumulation of toxic metals may contribute to many unhealthy conditions. Free. Chelation Center of Naples, 975 Imperial Golf Course Blvd, Ste 107, Naples. RSVP: 594-9355. See ad, page 57. Chair Yoga – 1pm. With Dina Radcliffe, RYT. Tuesdays. All levels. A heart-centered practice to calm the spirit and restore the body. Balancing strategies, strengthening poses, breathing techniques and mindful meditation. $15. Integrative Mindfulness, the Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita. 280-9095. Crystals and Singing Bowls Class – 5-6pm. Psychic readings and healings, 5-9pm. Infinite Stones,

Camouflage Critters Preschool Program – 10-11:30am. Animals play hide-and-seek, too. Preschoolers will learn why animals are different colors. Story, hike, games, fun lesson and craft. $5 for 3-6-year-olds. Caloosahatchee Regional Park, campground entrance, 19130 N River Rd, Alva. Registration required: 533-7440 or

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4 Reiki Level I – 2pm. Learn hands-on healing method of universal life force energies. Information will be given on the chakras, aura, connecting to energies and crystal works. Attunement and certification upon completion. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Full Moon/Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour on the Caloosahatchee – 3-6pm. See thousands of birds, sunset and moonrise. Lots of nesting birds flying in to roost for the night. $40 includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Ft Myers. 694-5513. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Intro Talk – 5:30pm. Introduction to internationally

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acclaimed eight-week stress-reduction course using mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga and scientific research pioneered by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn at U Mass Medical Center. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita. 590-9485.

ordinary” reality to answer questions, receive insights and heal others. Learn how to journey to the lower world and how to find and work with your power animal. Learn about the upper world the next day. $90 for both classes. Goddess I AM Healing & Art Center, Empire Plaza, 600 Goodlette Rd N, RSVP: 228-6949.

Regain Body Wisdom Series (3/4) – 6:30-8:30pm. With Reiki master Silvia Casabianca, LMHC. Topic: How does your mind affect health outcome? Awareness is key to health. How are you approaching symptoms? What’s the body telling? Standalone session. $15. 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 204, Bonita. Preregister: 948-9444.

Pilgrimage and Adventures of the Spirit Through out the Life Cycle – 8:30am-noon. With Walter Schuman and Mary Ann Whalen. $25. Institute for Evolving Spirituality at Lamb of God Church, 19691 Cypress View Dr, Estero. Mary Ann Whalen:

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5 Mini Readings – 9am-1pm. With Kim Brown. $15/10 minutes. Register to win a free 10-minute tarot reading. Awaken to the Tarot, at Lakes Park Farmers’ Market, 7330 Gladiolus Dr, Ft Myers. 910-0883. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Intro Talk – 10am. 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 Medical Center. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita. 590-9485. Bird Beaches and Mangrove Creeks Kayak Tour – 10am-2pm. A protected wild area of shallow waters, lots of birds and a variety of creatures, including dolphins and manatees. $50 per person, includes all equipment and a FL master naturalist guide. At Bunche Beach and San Carlos Bay with GAEA guides. RSVP required: 694-5513. Celebration of Lights – 5-9pm. Music, outdoor ice skating rink, horse and carriage rides and photos with Santa and more. The Town of Ave Maria, Oil Well and Camp Keais Rd to the Town Center. 3523903. The Work of Byron Katie Class – 6-7:30pm. The Work of Byron Katie is a gentle, yet powerful way to bring peace and joy back into your life. Learn the basics of The Work and how to use The Work independently. Free. Heritage Trail, East Naples.


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RSVP required: 384-9457 or TheWorkWithSylvia@ Info: Full Moon Sacred Sounds: Honoring the Temple – 6:30pm. With Dana House. Experience the energy of vibrational awakening, cosmic connection. Sacred sounds of the empowering gongs and bowls accelerate energetic healing, spiritual awakenings and immersion into blissful remembrances of unity with all creation. $15. Anahata, 5th Ave N, Naples. RSVP: 262-0811. Crystal Bowl Sound Bath – 6:30-8pm. With Sue Lovett. Experience good vibrations. $20. Limited space. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. House Cleansings and Blessings – 7pm. Learn how to start the New Year off with cleansing energies from your home or work space. Also learn materials used and different techniques for brining in blessings for the New Year. $30 includes your own packet of cleaning materials with written instructions. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6 Shamanic Journeying I and II – Dec 6-7. 6-9pm. With Brad Hudson. Shamanic Journeying allows you to work with compassionate helping spirits in “non-

Community Garage Sale – 9am-1pm. Donate, buy, sell or trade. Vendors will offer food, crafts and more. Inquire about volunteering and participating. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 and 3, Naples. 272-6152. Really, Really Free Market – 10am-2pm. 1st Sat. Potluck of reusable items. No money, barter or trade; everything is free. Fleischmann Park, Naples. Great Outdoor Adventure Day – 10am-3pm. Encouraging participants to recreate responsibly while enjoying the park’s unique habitats and wide variety of wildlife. Food, touch tanks, children’s activities, ranger-led programs, kayak tours, walking nature tours, bike tours, geocaching, fishing clinics and more. Exhibitors include local environmental organizations, outdoor equipment and healthy lifestyle vendors. Free with regular park entrance fee. Lovers Key State Park, 8700 Estero Blvd, Ft Myers. 463-4588. Muscle Activation Techniques Lecture – 12-1pm. With Jay Weitzner, MS, MATcs, RTS, of Symmetry Precision Fitness. Discover the missing link to your body’s pain, discomfort and tightness and learn what to do about it. Whole Foods Market, Naples. 9402121. Mini Readings – 1-9pm. With Candyce Strafford. Petunias of Naples, 825 5th Ave S, Naples. 403-3550. Talismans and Amulets – 2pm. Learn the difference between talismans and amulets and learn how to make your own using various materials from simple to exotic. Also learn how to use them once they

have been activated. $25 includes making your own simple talisman in class. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Full Moon Celebration – 4:30pm. With Cathy Blair. Honor the moon, Mother Earth and the divine creator. Heal the waters of the planet. Bring beach chair or towel. Love offering going to wildlife rescue. Horizon Way Public Beach on Gulf Shore Blvd N off Park Shore Dr, Naples. 398-3953. Meal In The Field – 6pm. Bring a covered dish to share for a pot luck in the field. Bring family, friends and stories to tell. 8200 Immokalee Rd, East of Gulf Coast High School, Naples. Text your RSVP: 2697341. See news brief, page 13. Kid’s PJ Party and Movie Night – 6-8pm. With Heather Pilling. Get the kids into their pajamas early and drop them off for snacks, fun and a viewing of Frozen while you get some solo shopping, dining or resting done. Kids ages 4 to 9. Free. Space is limited. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples. Preregister: 598-1938.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7 Crystal Bowl Meditation – 10am, 1pm and 7:30pm. With Cathy Blair. Move into higher levels of awareness as you begin to experience your multidimensionality. Let the loving harmonics expand your soul into the new light codes. Bring pillow, mat and blanket. $10. Winterview Ct, 2960 Immokalee Rd, Ste 3, Naples. 398-3953. Family Yoga Class – 1-2:30pm. With Heather Pilling. Learn, play and practice yoga together to expand imaginations. Children ages 3 to 6 are invited to explore poses with their parents in this fun and interactive family class. $10/adults, $5/children. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples. Preregister: 598-1938. 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, DECEMBER 8 Mini Readings – 5:30-8:30pm. With Candyce Strafford. $20/10 minutes. Daniela’s Restaurant, 13500 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. RSVP: 514-4414. Meditation – 7-8pm. With JoAnn Lawrence. Fourweek series: Peaceful Mind in a Wild World. $10 preregistered. Also meets 12/15, 12/22 and 12/29. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9 Sacred Jewelry Making – 10am-Noon. With Beth Brown-Rinella. Create a sacred necklace that will enable you to feel empowered, protected, strong, creative or whatever you feel you need. All materials provided. $15 plus wholesale materials. Goddess I AM Healing & Art Center, Empire Plaza, 600 Goodlette Rd N, RSVP: 228-6949. 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 12/16. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10 Community HU Sing – 3-3:30pm. Join in singing this love song to God. The Grind Coffee House, 16250 Summerlin Rd, Ste 101, Ft Myers. Info: 482-4034. Earth Art Opening and Drumming Circle – 6-9pm. Featuring the works of Andrew McClure, Betty Newman, Cesar Aguilera, Danielle Branchaud. Live street chalk art by Jane Portaluppi Durand, live piano and Native American flute by Alchymie and drumming circle. Free to the public. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Viruses and Vaccines, Lots of Hype and Fear – 6:30pm. With Deborah J Post, ARNP. Most people don’t understand viruses and how they are spread and the different types, but we are being overwhelmed with the information that vaccines are the answer. Are they? It depends. Let’s look at the track record. Food & Thought Café, Naples. 481-5600. Guided Meditation – 7pm. Let the stress of the season melt away with a guided meditation. The group will decide which ones we use. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

THURSDAY, DECMEBER 11 Cypress Creek Kayak Tour – 9-11am. A slowpaced paddle for all experience levels. BYO water, sunscreen, binoculars, clothing and shoes that can get wet. $25 per person. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Caloosahatchee Regional Park, campground entrance, 19130 N River Rd, Alva. Registration required: 533-7440 or 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 12/18. The Laby-

rinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Community-Style Acupuncture – 4-8pm. $15. Silver Wave Acupuncture, 24850 Burnt Pine Dr, Ste 2, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 949-6002. D-Signed Nutrition Open House – 5-6pm. Join Dee and Kristi to learn more about healing with food, medical nutrition therapy, health coaching services, group and individual weight-loss and detox programs and tips to get through the holidays. Riverview Suites Conference Room, 27499 Riverview Center Blvd, Bonita Springs. 444-4204. Transformational Breath – 7-8:30pm. With Carrie Sopko. Space limited to 12 people. $15. ShangriLa Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 949-0749.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12 Mini Readings – 10am-3pm. With Candyce Strafford. $25/15 minutes. Summer Day Market and Café, Towne Center, Marco Island. 394-8361. See ad, page 72. Music of the Spheres Sacred Sounds – 6:30pm. Join Dana House and other cosmic counterparts. Connect to your initiating spark that shines through the holistic resonance of the invocative gongs and the grace-filled bowls and aromatic blends. Bring pillow, blanket and mat, bowls, chimes and cellos. $15 donation. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. RSVP: 571-5234.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13 Frankincense and Myrrh – 11am. Learn the history and uses of these sacred and popular resins. Learn how to use them in a variety of ways for the holidays. Free. All materials included. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Happy Bird-Day and Holiday Bazaar – 12-9pm. A Holiday Bazaar to benefit Audubon of Western Everglades. Artwork featured will include paintings, blown glass, pottery, books and other ornithological objects d’art. At 2pm the gallery will host a celebration of the 90th birthday of avian ecologist Ted Below, Naples’ preeminent “bird man”. Arsenault Gallery, 764 12th Ave S, Old Naples. 263-1214. YoPiBa Workshop – 1-3pm. With Susie Birchenough. Learn about a technique that combines the benefits of yoga, Pilates and barre. A step-by-step approach will be provided. Correct alignment and ways to improve your posture with be emphasized

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and more. $40. Shangri La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita. 315-730-7182. See news brief, page 15. Pendulum Workshop – 2pm. Learn how to choose, cleanse and program a pendulum. Also learn how to use a pendulum for divination, to find lost objects, to dowse and to test energy fields and chakras. Free charts will be available. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. 12/13/14 Celebration – 5pm. With Cathy Blair. Align and attune to the unity consciousness gateway to seed your sacred heart with the oneness of the galaxy. Let the crystal singing bowls open you to the limitless potentials of manifestation. Bring beach chair and blanket only. $25. Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Trail N, Naples. 403-9170.


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

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16 Lecture and Organic Lunch – 11:30am-2pm. With ARC of Life, Deborah Post and Dee Harris. Topic: Radical Recovery - Live Life Pain Free. Enjoy an organic lunch and learn how you can live life free of pain. $25. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregistration required: 949-0749. Chelation Therapy Lecture – 12pm. Learn how heavy toxic metals bind to your tissues and an accumulation of toxic metals may contribute to many unhealthy conditions. Free. Chelation Center of Naples, 975 Imperial Golf Course Blvd, Ste 107, Naples. RSVP: 594-9355. See ad, page 57. Crystal Bowl Celebration – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. Move into higher states of joy and peace through the loving harmonics of the singing bowls. Open


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your heart to receive more love. Bring mat, pillow and blanket. $10. Peaceful Escapes, 601 E Elkcam Circle, Marco. 398-3953.


Mini Readings – 9am-1pm. With Kim Brown. $15/10 minutes. Register to win a free 10-minute tarot reading. Awaken to the Tarot, at Lakes Park Farmers’ Market, 7330 Gladiolus Dr, Ft Myers. 910-0883.

How to Reduce or Avoid Medical Bills Through Diet – 6:30pm. With Dr Gary Gendron, of Nutrition Specialists of Florida. Whole Foods Market, Mercato, 9101 Strada Place, Naples. RSVP: 947-1177. See ad, page 2. Voices of Unity Choir Christmas Concert – 7pm. Come enjoy with us the joyful music of the season. Santa will be making a special appearance, so bring the whole family to this happy, magical and wonderful event. Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. Vibrational Angel Healing and Messages – 7-9pm. Healing and messages from the emissaries of light and Archangel Michael. Trance channeling with Candyce Strafford. $22. Mystical Moon, 8890 Salrose Lane, Ft Myers. 939-3339.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18 Woodburning Home School Program – 2-4pm. Practice the art of pyrography by burning designs onto tree cookies or wood plaques. Instruction and all materials provided. $5 for students ages 12-18. Caloosahatchee Regional Park, campground entrance, 19130 N River Rd, Alva. Registration required: 533-7440 or The Unresolved Thyroid Seminar – 6pm. With Dr Robert Gilliland, DC, DM(P). Learn about a drugfree alternative. Free. Southwest Florida Natural Health Center, 27499 Riverview Center Blvd, Ste 255, Bonita. Seating limited; reserve: 444-3106. See ad on back cover.

End of Year Potluck – 6:30-8:30pm. Let’s gather to say adieu to 2014 meaningfully. Bring a friend or relative. Share highlights of 2014. We’ll play music, dance, paint, give Reiki and eat healthy refreshments. Family friendly. Free. 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 204, Bonita. Preregister: 948-9444. Intro to Weight Loss – 6:30-8pm. With Dr Carol Roberts. Learn how to lose weight rapidly and safely with hormone balancing and a strict, but short, program. Donations accepted for the Humane Society of Naples. Perlmutter Health Center, 800 Goodlette Rd, Ste 270, Naples. 649-7400.

Movement and Breath Workshop for Labor – 6-7:30pm. With Cheryl Bernardi, LMT, birth doula. Experience a hands-on practice of specific exercises for labor. Movement, breathing, self-hypnosis techniques for pain management. Detailed instructions for the “pushing” phase. $25 in advance/$30 at the door. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Naples. Preregister: 248-7931. Breath of Life/Music of the Spheres – 6:30pm. With Dana House and Linda. Conscious Connective Breathing is a dynamic mediation of breathing in a room filled with sounds of trans-ambient, ethereal and percussive music. Take a powerful journey from the superficial daily experience to the depths of your heart and soul. $25. Anahata, 1065 5th Ave N, Naples. RSVP: 262-0811.

Reiki Circle – 7-8:30pm. With Reiki Master Pam Bzoch. Focus on the Sacral Chakra: Living in the flow of creativity. $20. Limited seating. ShangriLa Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 949-0749.

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.



The Poison in Your Teeth Book Giveaway – 8am5pm. Dr Mark Corke will distribute the book, The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Let

BYOB Matlacha Paint Session – 11am. Create your own Florida-famous Lovegrove painting. $42 includes all art supplies. 4637 Pine Island Rd NW,

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Matlacha Island. RSVP: 288-6953 or VinosPicasso. com. Psychic Fair – 11am-4pm. Get a spiritual “tune-up” with gifted readers and healers. Psychic readings, mediums, healers, tarot readings, jewelry, books, candles, sage, crystals, incense, angels. $25/25 minutes. Center of Eternal Light, 260 Professional Pl, N Ft Myers. 599-4700. Psychic Faire – 11am-4pm. Join us at Naples’ largest metaphysical store for mini readings with our experienced readers. Tarot, angel readings, past life, meet your sacred animal helper or spirit guide, crystal intuitive and more. $20. Goddess I AM Healing & Art Center, Empire Plaza, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. RSVP: 228-6949. ABCs of Yoga: In Introduction to Yoga – 1:303:30pm. With Amy Voelkl. ABCs of Yoga (all beginners class) is a comfortable, safe and stress-free way to take the mystery out of yoga for first-time students of all fitness levels. Non-heated class. Bring water and wear comfortable clothes to move in. Towels and mats available to rent. $10. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or Crystal and Gemstones Workshop – 2pm. Learn how to choose, cleanse and work with your crystal and gemstones. Crystal grids will also be demonstrated using the flower of life pattern also know as sacred geometry. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Mangrove Gathering Café – 6-9pm. The local and popular band Glory Chamber will perform. All environmental groups are encouraged to attend and make announcements about what their groups are doing and how folks can plug in. Free. Happehatchee Nature Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 9225455.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21 Guided Meditation: Messages of Guidance – 4-6pm. With Alaine Portner. This workshop features guided meditation techniques that balance the mind, body and spirit. Healing sound recordings will allow you to experience release from congestion of the mind. Portner will communicate the energies, loved ones and symbolic messages that appear to attendees that receive a personal message. $55. Bring a journal. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Preregister: 598-1938 or New Moon Winter Solstice Sacred Sound Intention Evocation – 6:30pm. 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. Bring pillow, blanket and mat. Suggested $15 donation. PB Light Center, Naples. RSVP: 571-5234. Winter Solstice Sound Bath – 7:30pm. With Cathy Blair. A 33-crystal bowl attunement allowing your DNA to shift upward into the universal truths of unity, truth and integrity. A multidimensional experience for the upliftment of humanity. Bring pillow, mat and blanket. $25. Winterview Ct, 2960 Immokalee Rd, Ste 3, Naples. RSVP required: 398-3953.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 22 New Moon Celebration – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. Set an intention for the new you, envision for you, Mother Earth and all of humanity. Let the singing bowls carry your request up into the universe. Bring beach chair and blanket. $25. Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Trail N, Naples. 403-9170.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 23 Painting and Pints – 6:30pm. Enjoy a guided paint session at the Dublin Ale House Pub. Full bar and food available. $36 includes all art supplies. 1708 Cape Coral Pkwy W, Cape Coral. RSVP: 288-6953 or

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 27 Psychic Faire – 10am-4pm. Choose from an assortment of well-established and gifted psychics and healers, tarot readers, soul chart progression, astrologer, oracle card readers, 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. Carole Westerman Workshop – 1-2:15pm. Based on the teachings of Shiva Rea. $25 in advance, $35 day of event. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Trail N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. LoveYogaCenter. com. See ad, page ##.


Reiki Level I – 7pm. Learn hands-on healing method of universal life force energies. Information will be given on the chakras, aura, connecting to energies and crystal works. Attunement and certification upon completion. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.



Holidays Without Hunger – 9am-11am. A food packaging event hosted by Meals of Hope that aims to package 500,000 meals in just two hours. All ages are welcome to attend this fun, festive event and join Meals of Hope in giving the gift of hope to end hunger this holiday season. 1250 people are needed to work 10-person tables. Harborside Event Center, 1375 Monroe St, Ft Myers. 537-7775. Christmas Eve Candle Lighting Services – 4pm and 6pm. These services are family oriented and include a children’s lesson. Bring your family and invite your friends and neighbors to celebrate this magical night. The nursery will be open for infants to age 3 during the 4pm service. Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009.

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Heated Holiday Power Vinyasa – 11am-12:15pm. With Jim Conlan. After the presents are unwrapped, come and get an extra dose of “presence” with BV Yoga’s Heated Holiday Power Vinyasa class. $20 drop in or regular class packages apply. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or

Candlelight Yin Yoga/Thai Massage Workshop – 3:30-5:30pm. With Cesar Rios and Jacqueline Glasgow. By deepening into sustained yin poses, we will release connective tissue while allowing the emotional energetic bodies to open up and release through Thai yoga massage techniques. $35. Yoga Alliance CEUs available. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trail N, Ste 206, Naples. 592-4809.



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

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 31 New Year’s Eve Burning Bowl Ceremony – 5pm. A heartwarming nondenominational service that affords you the opportunity to write and release whatever you’re ready to give up, in-vision your upcoming New Year and write a Gratitude Letter to God for 2015. Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009.


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Wines, Cheese and Teas: An Evening with Clyde & Niki Butcher – 5-8pm. Admission includes a keynote speech by Clyde Butcher, social time with Clyde and his wife Niki and an assortment of wines, cheese and teas under the stars in our beautiful Peace Pavilion. Butcher’s most recent book and 2015 calendar will be available for purchase. $100. Happehatchee Nature Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 922-5455.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 1 Yoga Class – 10-11:30am. With Carla Olla and Julie Kirkpatrick. All levels. Free. Make a donation toward helping a deserving student study yoga. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Trail N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. See ad, page 70.


MONDAY, JANUARY 5 40-Day Challenge – 7-8pm. With Debi Grilo. Weekly meetings 01/05-02/16. It takes 40 days to establish new habits. The 40-Day Challenge utilizes yoga, meditation, weekly meetings and a balanced diet, based on the book by Baron Baptiste, to help you live your life to its highest power. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 598-1938. Details:

SATURDAY, JANUARY 10 Breathwork – 8:30am-Noon. Christian de la Huerta, author of Coming Out Spiritually, will facilitate a morning of healing breathwork. $25. Institute for Evolving Spirituality at Lamb of God Church, 19691 Cypress View Dr, Estero. Mary Anne Whalen: Reiki Level I Intensive – 8:30am-8pm. With Silva Casabianca, RM. Become a Reiki practitioner. Heal self, support others. History, principles, energetic anatomy, healing versus curing, hand positions, attunements. $165. 12 FL CEUs, nurses, MHC, LMTs, midwives, nutritionists, CSWs, MFTs. 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 204, Bonita. Preregister: 948-9444. Sight Unseen: Elevating Your Practice – 11:30am1pm. With Rina Jakubowicz, founder of Rina Yoga. Come practice yoga blindfolded, heightening the connection to your breath, movement and inner guidance. $35. Blindfold provided. Ruby and Pearls, 6420 Plantation Park Court, Ste 104, Ft Myers. 768-1021. See ad, page 63. Foam Rolling for Anyone with a Human Body – 1-3:30pm. With Dr Danny Porcelli and Hanna Riley. In this workshop, you will be richly educated in a technique called self-myofascial release. Working with a foam roller, learn the basics of this enhancing self-care modality, whether you’re an athlete, yogi or think your body has become shaped like your office

chair. BYO foam roller. $55. $5 off if preregistered/ prepaid by 12/5. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Register: 598-1938 or The 7 Wonders of Your World: A Chakra Workshop – 2:30-5:30pm. With Rina Jakubowicz, founder of Rina Yoga. Travel through different points in your body to map out your road to deeper healing. Dance through poses and affirmations that fuel your seven chakras and their emotional connections or disconnections. $75. Bring pen and paper. Ruby and Pearls, 6420 Plantation Park Court, Ste 104, Ft Myers. 768-1021. See ad, page 63.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14 A Wandering Mind: An Evening of Storytelling – 7-9pm. Kim Weitkamp, nationally acclaimed storyteller, humorist and musician, will perform her best loved stories from her award-winning albums, The Lap, Penny Candy Love and Pickle in the Middle Blues. Featured on Sirius XM radio and NPR. $15. Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. Info: 939-2787. See ad, page 67.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 16 Naples Yoga Center Teacher Training Begins – 4-10:30pm. Presented in five weekend modules. Facilitated by Jacqueline Glasgow, RYT 500, ERYT 200, certified yoga therapist, certified power yoga instructor, certified yoga life coach. Assisted by Naples Yoga Center master teachers that have trained and been certified with masters in their field. Yoga Alliance-approved school. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trail N, Ste 206, Naples. 592-4809. See ad, page ##.

Empty Bowls Naples – 11am-2pm. Volunteerpainted bowls and local restaurants will donate soup and bread to participants in exchange for a $15 cash donation. Participants keep the bowl as a reminder of all the “empty bowls” in the world. The Harry Chapin Food Bank of SW Florida Empty Bowls Project is an international grassroots effort to raise both money and awareness in the fight to end hunger. Cambier Park, Naples. Betsy Dawson: 591-8848. Yin Harmony Retreat: Winter Season Tune-Up – 1-4:30pm. With Sue Lovett. Based on the Five Element theory of Chinese medicine, discover self-care practices to balance the meridian energy specific to each of the five seasons. Yin and restorative yoga, mindful movement, breath work and meditation to balance the water element of winter. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregistration required: 949-0749.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 25 Guild Certified Hypnotist Course – Jan 25-Feb 1. With Marc Wagner, licensed and certified hypnotherapy trainer. Help yourself and others with the healing process on a very deep level as a hypnotherapist. Great income potential. $1,795. $900 registration down payment and the balance one week before class starts. Bonita Springs. 676-5009. See news brief, page 16.

SATURDAY, MARCH 14 Costa Rica Yoga and Surf Adventure Retreat – Mar 14-20. With Jennifer Colucci, owner of Awakening Through Synergy and partner in 3rd Eye Yoga Surf Adventures. Villa Shambalah, Playa Negra, Costa Rica. Elisa Perez: 805-626-8400. See ad on page 27 and news brief on page 11.

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daily Al-Anon Family Groups – Support for families and friends troubled by someone else’s drinking. Naples. 263-5907 or 888-425-2666 for 24/7 info. Schedule at Shelling in the Ten Thousand Islands – 8am-2pm. An approximately 20-minute scenic boat ride to a barrier island. Choose from a 1.5-hr to 3.5-hour trip. Goodland Boat Park, Goodland. Info/RSVP: 249-9878.

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. Science of Mind Spirit Study Group – 10:3011:30am. Based on the Science of Mind book, This Thing is You, by Ernest Holmes. Donation. Happehatchee Nature Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 922-5455.


Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft Myers Sunday Service – 10:30-11:30am. All welcome. 13411 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. 561-2700.

Unity of Ft Myers – 9:15am and 11am service. With Rev Jim Rosemergy, minister. Susie Hulcher, music. Youth ministry at 11am. Open to all. 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511.

Yoga Lab – 11:30-12:45pm. With Meredith Musick. Yoga Loft, Naples Strada at Mercato. Naples. 2698846.

Church of Spiritual Light – 9:45-11am. Sunday service. Spiritual connection, meditation, ritual, prayer and song. 1939 Park Meadows Dr, Ste 1, Ft Myers. 560-6314. Unity of Bonita Springs Sunday Service – 10am. With Rev Phil Schlaefer, music by Jerry Stawski. Inspiring lesson, music and meditation. 28285 Imperial Pkwy. 947-3100. Unity of Naples – 10am. Service and Sunday school conducted in open, accepting and empowering environment. Children deepen their relationship with God. Nursery care provided. Naples. 775-3009. Yoga in the Garden – 10-11am. With Susie Lentz. Join Bala Vinyasa Yoga at the newly re-opened Naples Botanical Gardens for a fun, all levels, rain or shine class. $10/members, $20/nonmembers and includes admission. 4820 Bayshore Dr, Naples. 5981938. Manatee Kayak Tour on Rivers and Creek – 10am-2pm. Get up close and personal and learn about their history, habitat and habits. Includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. Ft Myers. 694-5513. Gentle Vinyasa Flow – 10:15-11:15am. With Mer-

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Center for Spiritual Living, Cape Coral – 10:30am service. Celebration, connection, community and more. 406 SE 24th Ave, Cape Coral. 574-6463.

Yoga in Nature – 9am, Tues-Sat and 6pm, Wed and Thurs. $10. Happehatchee Nature Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 922-5455.

Celebration Church Services – 9:30-10:30am. A church that meets outdoors, welcomes everyone and has a huge heart. 580 8th St S, Naples. 649-1588.


edith Musick. Yoga Loft, Naples Strada at Mercato. Naples. 269-8846.

Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 3:30-5pm. Do you guess at what “normal” is? YANA Foundation Building, 1185 Lake McGregor Dr, Ft Myers. Jane: 728-7106. FloridaState. Introductory Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 4:45pm. Last Sun each month. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Drum Circle – 5-9pm. Drummers, dancers, jugglers, everyone welcome. BYO chair and instrument. Under the pavilion by the water in Centennial Park, Ft Myers. Facebook page: Fort Myers Drum Circle. 935-5551. Mindfulness Meditation Classes – 5:30-7:30pm. Crystal-clear mindfulness meditation instruction and Buddhist philosophy. UUCFM, 13411 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. 910-6598. Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 6:30pm. With dharma teacher Fred Epsteiner, in the spirit of Thich Nhat Hanh. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 6:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Cape Christian Fellowship, 2110 Chiquita Blvd, Cape Coral. 338-5948. Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 6:30-8pm. Do you guess at what “normal” is? YANA Foundation Building, 1185 Lake Mc-

Gregor Dr, Ft Myers. Jane: 728-7106. FloridaState.

Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) – 6:30pm. 12step meeting. Lamb of God Church, 19691 Cypress View Dr, Ft Myers. Rob: 948-9162.


A Course in Miracles – 7pm. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Fireplace Room, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009.

Mindful Teens – 3-4pm. Build positive healthy coping skills, improve self-regulation. With rotating teachers. $20. $70/4 sessions, or $10 for current clients. Monarch Therapy, Naples. 325-9210.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Congregational Church, 15300 Tamiami Trail N, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527.

Caterpillar Kids Club – 4:30-5:30pm. Ages 5-12 build positive coping skills, improve focus, self control, self-regulation. With rotating teachers. $20. $70/4 sessions, or $10 for current clients. Monarch Therapy, Naples. 325-9210. YoPiBa Class – 5-6pm. With Susie Birchenough. A fusion of movements that integrates elements of yoga, dance exercises, Pilates, barre, toning and breathing. $22 drop in. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Emotions Anonymous (EA) – 5:30-6:30pm. A 12-step program. Recovery work from emotional difficulties. Crossroads Community Church, 1055 Pine Ridge Rd, Naples. Ron: 450-1662. Prenatal Yoga – 6-7pm. With Cheryl Bernardi. Yoga and movement exercises for pregnancy. Breathing techniques, relaxation, pain management. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way. 248-7931. Clay Handbuilding and Raku Techniques – 6-9pm. Five-week class with Richard W Rosen. $195 plus materials ($20). Rosen Gallery & Studios, Naples Art District, 2172 J&C Blvd, Naples. RSVP: 821-1061.

Reiki Healing – 7pm. 1st and 3rd Mon. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Fellowship Hall, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. Gurdjieff Fourth Way Study Group – 7-8pm. An exploration of the teachings of GI Gurdjieff with readings and discussions. Introductory sessions meet at Unity Church of Bonita Springs. Info: 565-1410. Basic Hatha Yoga – 7:15-8:15pm. With Cheryl Bernardi. Emphasis on structural alignment. Postures and traditional breath-enhancing techniques. Guided meditation. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way. 248-7931.

Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita. RSVP: 948-9444. Guided Walk – 9-11am. 1st Tue. Through May. Explore natural plant communities. Limit 25 participants. Free with paid parking. Hickey’s Creek Mitigation Park, Alva. Info: 822-5212. Guided Walk – 9-11am. 3rd Tue. Through May. Walk through natural plant communities. Limit 25 participants. Free with paid parking. Caloosahatchee Regional Park, Alva. Info: 694-0398. Santini Sunrise Fresh Market – 9am-1pm. Live music. Optional pet food donation for Find a Home/ Give a Home Island Pet Rescue. Santini Marina Plaza, 7225 Estero Blvd, Ft Myers Beach. 443-8810. YoPiBa – 9:15-10:15am. With Susie Birchenough. A fusion of movements that integrates elements of yoga, dance exercises, Pilates, barre, toning and breathing. $22 drop in. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Susie: 315-730-7182. La Leche League – 10am. 2nd Tue. Motherto-mother breastfeeding support group. Summit Church, 19601 Ben Hill Griffin Pkwy, Ft Myers. 489-3095. Women’s Overeaters Anonymous – 10am. Free. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Circle, Ste 104, Estero. Sandy: 973-809-5338 or Carol: 676-7793.

tuesday Positively Yoga – 8-9am. With Susie Birchenough. $22 drop-in. Multiple class discounts available. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Yoga – 8:30am. With Julie Christenbury. Beginners to intermediate. All ages. Strengthen/lengthen your muscles, while calming, soothing your mind. $15.

Estuary Kayak Tour in Estero Bay – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins, manatees and more. $40. Includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Bonita Bch. 694-5513. NIA – 10:30-11:30am. With Valerie Hill. Limit 15 people. $15. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749.

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Hatha Yoga – 5:30pm and 6:30pm. With Chris Neal. Beginners to advanced. Quiet your mind, improve balance, range of motion, performance. $15. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita. 948-9444. Family Drumming Event – 6pm. 1st Tue. With Cheryl Lynn Patton. You do not need a drum to join our magical event. We have many drums from Africa, Cuba, Brazil, etc. For parents and children of all age. $10 per family. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 and 3, Naples. RSVP: 272-6152. Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 6:30-8pm. Do you guess at what “normal” is? YANA Foundation Building, 1185 Lake McGregor Dr, Ft Myers. Jane: 728-7106. FloridaState. Rotating Meditation/Classes – 6:30-8pm. Enlight Center, Sunshine Ace Plaza, 9122 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs. 676-5009. For schedule visit Men’s Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA) – 6:30-8pm. A 12-step program. Common purpose is a desire for healthier relationships. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Cir, Ste 104, Estero. David: 470-0899. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Riverside Church, 8660 Daniels Pkwy, Ft Myers. 338-5948. Spano’s Meditation – 7pm. 2nd and 4th Tues. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. Ecstatic Kirtan – 7:15-8:45pm. Last Tue of the month. With Missy Balsam. An evening of connection, community building and heart-opening singing. No experience necessary. $15 love offering. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 and 3, Naples. 272-6152. Metaphysical Energy Class – 7:30pm. With medium Jay Higgins. Join this interactive class of learning about spirit guides, energies and how to connect with them. $15. Center of Eternal Light, 260 Professional Pl, N Ft Myers. 599-4700.

wednesday Budokon Yoga – 7-8am. With Sensei Gary Granza. Combining the essence of marital arts and yoga, this

core-centered flow class is unique, inspiring and fun. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trail N, Ste 206, Naples. 592-4809. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 9am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Congregational Church, 15300 Tamiami Trail N, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527. Yamuna Body Rolling Class – 9-10am. $18. Selfmassage techniques to create space back into the body and tone muscles. Call to reserve balls. Arthur Murray Dance Center, Naples. Patti: 649-0814. Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old US 41, Bonita. Carol: 676-7793. Cocohatchee River/Wiggins Pass Estuary Kayak Tour – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins and other critters. $45. Includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. N Naples. 694-5513. Art and Nature Day – 10am-4pm. Tour the historic property and buildings. Gift shop open. Organic lunch available. Intuitive Readings by Katie Sinex. $10/adults, kids free. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Urantia Book Study Group – 11:45am-1:15pm. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd, Ft Myers. 989-4052. Noon-Time Yoga with Organic Lunch – 12-1pm. Yoga with organic lunch in the gardens. $22 drop in. Shangri La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Susie: 315-730-7182. Sunset Beach Yoga – 4:30-5:30pm. With Candice Oligney. Take your practice outdoors at Delnor-Wiggins State Park. Enjoy yoga while being surrounded by the beauty of nature. $5 per class and state park entry fees. Naples. Info: 598-1938 or YoPiBa – 5-6pm. With Susie Birchenough. A fusion of movements that integrates elements of yoga, dance exercises, Pilates, barre, toning and breathing. $22 drop in. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Susie: 315-730-7182. Healing, Prayer and Meditation Service – 6pm. 1st Wed. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Sanctuary, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. Hot Vinyasa Flow – 6-7pm. With Cesar Rios. Float and flow in a heated room. Great playlist, innovative sequencing, challenging, yet accessible movement. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trail N, Ste 206, Naples. 592-4809.

Positively Yoga – 6-7pm. With Susie Birchenough. $22 Drop in. Multiple class discounts available. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Conversations with Ken – 6:30pm. Discussion on creating a fruitful life. Free. Food & Thought, 2132 Tamiami Trail N, Naples. Deb: 228-4858. Five-Element Qigong – 6:30pm. With Silvia Casabianca. Heal your body, calm your mind, and regulate energy flow with movement/breathing. $11. Eyes Wide Open, Bonita. 948-9444. Pet Loss and Grief Support Group – 6:30pm. 2nd Wed. Compassionate support: pet loss, medical crisis, chronic illness. Free. Coral Vet Clinic 9540 Cypress Lake Dr, Ft Myers. 481-4746. Psychic Development – 6:30-8pm. With Donna Payne. Learn techniques that can be used everyday to solve problems, psychically shield yourself, contact your guides and boost your listening and psychic reading skills. $20. Enlight Center, 9122 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita. 676-5009. ARTS Anonymous – 6:30-8pm. Only requirement is a desire to develop creative potential. Crossroads Community Church, 1055 Pine Ridge Rd, Naples. Dennis: 608-345-2726. A Course in Miracles – 7-8pm. 2nd and 4th Wed. We read from the text and give our interpretation. Everyone is welcome. Love offering. Unity Church of Bonita Springs, 28285 Imperial Pkwy, Bonita. 272-5456. Compassionate Friends: Collier County Group – 7:30pm. 1st and 3rd Wed. For bereaved parents. YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd, Naples. Anne Arbelaez: 287-5968. Compassionate Friends: Lee County Group – 7:30pm. 3rd Wed. For bereaved parents. YMCA, 1360 Royal Palm Sq Blvd, Ft Myers. Anne Arbelaez: 287-5968. Healing Circle – 7:30pm. With Deborah Noonan. Receive healing energies from our gifted spiritual healers. $15. Center of Eternal Light, 260 Professional Pl, N Ft Myers. 599-4700.

thursday Gentle Yoga – 9am-10am. Free. For Goodness Sake Organic Market, 7211 Radio Rd, Naples. Register: 353-7778. Oxbow Kayak Clinic – 9-11am. 1st Thurs. Through May. Learn the basic techniques of paddling and tour the Caloosahatchee River with a guided informational tour. All ages and abilities. $25. Caloosahatchee Regional Park, campground entrance, 19130 N River Rd. Registration required: 533-7440 or The McGregor Fresh Market – 9am-1pm. A fresh and artsy market with a twist. Faith United Methodist Church, 15690 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 443-8810. Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 9:30am. Free. Lamb of God Church, 19691 Cypress View Dr, Estero. Helen: 992-4864. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 1:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community


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Church of Christ, 368 Herron Rd, N Ft Myers. 585-955-3910. Positively Yoga – 4:30-5:30pm. With Susie Birchenough. $22 Drop in. Multiple class discounts available. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. New Hope Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) – 5:30-6:45pm. New Hope Presbyterian Church, 3825 McGregor Blvd, Room 106, Ft Myers. 931-9009. YoPiBa – 5:45-6:45pm. With Susie Birchenough. A fusion of movements that integrates elements of yoga, dance exercises, Pilates, barre, toning and breathing. $22 drop in. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Susie: 315-730-7182. Reiki Circle – 6:30pm. 2nd Thurs. With Reiki master Silvia Casabianca. Open to all. Satsang, meditation, brief treatment. Contribute tea, crackers, and spread. Love offering. Eyes Wide Open Center, Bonita. 948-9444. Ecstatic Dance – 6:30-8:30pm. 1st Thur. With Andrea Bowes. Move to a playlist that will rise and fall like a wave. Wear comfortable and moveable clothing. Bring water. $15. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 and 3, Naples. RSVP: 272-6152. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Riverside Church, 8660 Daniels Pkwy, Ft Myers. 338-5948. La Leche League – 7pm. 1st Thurs. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. St Hilary’s Episcopal Church, 5001 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 454-1350. Intro to Bellydance – 7-8pm. Dance Every Rhythm Studio, 9510 Corkscrew Palms Cir, Ste 1, Estero. 293-1979. Peaceful Mind – 7-8:30pm. (not on Christmas Day). Relax, release and reset. Unwind and energize through use of breath, sound, humor and relaxation exercises. With rotating teachers. $20, $70/four weeks or $10 for clients. Monarch Therapy, Naples. 325-9210. Spiritual Connection, Guided Meditation and Messages – 7-9pm. With Candyce Strafford, psychic/medium. Connect to higher consciousness, be more intuitive and feel better. Love offering. Naples. 949-3387. Messages and Meditation Class – 7:30pm. With Deborah Noonan. Class includes group discussion, guided meditation and spirit messages. $15. Center of Eternal Light, 260 Professional Pl, N Ft Myers. 599-4700.

friday Restorative Yoga and Crystal Bowls – 9am10:15am. With Sue Lovett. Quiet the mind, soothe the nervous system and increase mind/body awareness in nature. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. La Leche League – 10am. 2nd Fri. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Center Point Community Church, 6590 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples. 404-4933. Gentle Vinyasa Flow Yoga – 10:15-11:15am.

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

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

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

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

New England School of Acupuncture graduate with 24 years experience. Charles specializes in complex symptomology, chronic pain conditions, expert facial rejuvenation, side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. See ad, page 21.

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

Licensed acupuncture physician with 28 years experience in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Experienced in pain management, women’s health, insomnia, migraines, digestion issues and much more. See ad, page 20.

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


Office in Naples & Ft Myers 239-821-4482 Dr. Pan graduated from the department of acupuncture in Hubei College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and post-graduated from Tongji Medical University. He is proficient in both Eastern medicine and Western medicine with over 25 years of experience. See ad, page 22.

NICHOLAS A. SHIRGHIO, A.P. D.O.M 3811 Airport Pulling Road N, #206 (Across from Grey Oaks), Naples 239-777-7063

Licensed Acupuncture Physician helping relieve pain in Naples for 17 years. Specializing in relieving painful conditions with acupuncture, and bio-puncture. See ad, page 32.

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

Specializing in treatment of allergies, hormonal imbalances, auto-immune problems and pain using acupuncture, herbs, NAET, Biomagnetic Pairs Therapy. AP771. See ad, page 18.


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


239-261-2840 • Picture Plan for your future. Understand your past. Have a blueprint for your life. Bob is a professional astrologer with over 40 years’ experience in achieving success for his clients. Confidential and Objective. Astrology Consulting. See ad, page 71.


Ayurveda Clinic, Massage & Yoga Therapy Naples • 239-450-6903 Practicing holistic medicine since 1987. Specializing in highly personalized Ayurvedic treatments and lifestyle consulations, Massage and individual Yoga sessions for chronic and acute problems. Pancha Karma, Shirodhara and skin care. Ayurveda and Yoga Study program available. MA0023929, MM0008584, FB0716888. See ad, page 6.


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

Without change, something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken. ~Frank Herbert


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

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

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

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

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


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


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


Business & Residential Green Cleaning Services Naples • 239-404-7102 • Let us take care of your mess while you do what you do best. Offering summer specials, group discounts and familyfriendly personal services. Do not confuse familiarity with safety. Call today for a free estimate. See ad, page 66.



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


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


Certified Advanced Rolfer Advanced Cranial Therapist Advanced Visceral Therapist Certified Movement Educator Naturopathic Wellness Consulting By Appointment: 239-272-6443


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

Over 30 years excelling in Quick Pain Relief. Specializing in Back Pain, Structural Integration & Alignment, All Joint Pain Related Issues, Mobility Improvement, Sports Injuries, Non- Chiropractic Spinal Release. MA36890.


Colon therapist since 1994. Enclosed gravity method, uv/ozone purified water, superior to others. Massage, Reflex-ology, Upledger CranioSacral/SER & Lymph Drainage, Visceral Manipulation, Raindrop, Ear Candling, Ozone/ Oxygen Steam cabinet, BEFE foot detox, Far-Infrared Sauna. MM7376, MA018351. See ad, page 62.



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.


Granite, Marble and Crystals 12911 Metro Pkwy, Ft Myers 33906 678-717-8584: Debbie Randolph for Crystals 561-541-3437: Dominique Fuentes for Granite Specializing in unique granite from oversea, precious stone slabs and crystals. We sell wholesale and retail. Please call for an appointment to visit our ware-house. See ad, page 26.

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

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

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Mark Corke, DDS 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers 33907 239-936-5442 • Dr. Corke enjoys working with holistic patients and practitioners on the journey to wellness. His practice “gets it” and is worth the trip to Fort Myers to experience his many services. From dental lasers to ozone he has many tools and a sympathetic ear. See ad, page 43.


860 111th Ave N, Ste 5, Naples 239-593-4911 • Dedicated to mercury-free dentistry for over 25 years, preserving teeth and gums for a lifetime, high quality restorative dentistry, and preventative measures with cancer patients during radiation and chemotherapy. See ad, page 11.


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

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


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

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Reconnective Healing® is a holistic health philosophy of returning the body mind and spirit to an optimal state of balance by directly tapping into the universal healing intelligence.


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


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




Terry Hiduke, Reconnective Healing Foundational Practitioner & ReconnectionCertified Practitioner 239-691-9112 •

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


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


Take-Out/Dine-in/Catering 2500 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 111, Naples 239-263-8009 • Homemade healthy food cooked Sous-Vide, from scratch without any fat or preservatives. Offers customized weekly meal plans to meet individual health needs. Open Mon-Sat 4-9pm. See ad, page 25.


141 9th St N, Naples 239-261-7157 • Discover what Wynn’s Family Market has to offer! Fresh, quality, healthy meals as well as your favorite comfort foods! Organic, natural and imported selections. Gluten-free offerings. See ad, page 24.


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

INTEGRATIVE HEALING CENTER Monarch Therapy 843 Myrtle Terrace, Naples 34103 239-325-9210 •

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

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

Achieve permanent, positive life and habit changes through safe, rapid, effective relaxation techniques. Work with your subconscious mind through direct suggestion and regression to reach your fullest potential. Release the Past = Gain Freedom. PL, LBL, EFT, NLP. See ad, page 62.

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

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


239-272-2583 Phone readings also available. Align your unique soul connection through the guidance of healing words infused with vibrational attunements of higher wisdom for your present need and personal transformation.


8359 Beacon Blvd, Ft Myers 33907 239-939-4769 • We offer life coaching and personal growth courses for self awareness, breakthrough, leadership, couples or parenting. Free vision workshops monthly, call for dates. Since 1992. See ad, page 14.


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


9407 Cypress Lake Dr, Ste C Ft Myers 33919 239-333-1450 •



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

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

Stand in the healing center surrounded by chakra balancing crystals and receive refreshing reenergizing relief. Enjoy the eclectic variety of jazzy jewelry, art and specimen rocks, crystals and healing tools. See ad, page 16.


7070 College Pkwy, Ft Myers 33907 Mon-Sat: 9am-8pm, Sun: 9am-7pm Ph: 239-939-9600 • Fax: 239-288-6210 Natural and organic produce and grocery items. Vitamins and supplements. Organic juice and smoothie bar. New Green Leaf Café. Market- prepared foods. 1000’s of gluten-free items. See ad, page 21.

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

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



Natural Health Practitioner, Herbalist N Ft Myers • 239-652-0421

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

Improve your health naturally. Hormone testing. Bio-Identical Hormones. Powerful healing herbs and supplements. Male/ female anti-aging and sexual problems. Want to feel better? Call now! See ad, page 71.


9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 113, Bonita Springs 239-481-5600 • 239-481-5603 fax Comprehensive, fully integrated health care individualized for adults and children. Chronic fatigue, male and female hormone imbalance. Digestive disorders, women’s health care, autism, ADHD and related issues. See ad, page 22.

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 28.

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

Upledger Institute instructor. 30 years experience. Holistic practice focusing on personal empowerment and teamwork. Craniosacral Therapy, Fascial Mobilization, Lymphatic Drainage. Energy Balancing, Structural Manual Therapies with customized exercise. See ad, page 6.



Psychotherapy/Counseling/Life Coaching 2335 Tamiami Tr N, #206, Naples 239-595-3199 •

1722 Del Prado Blvd S, Ste 12, Cape Coral 239-573-9200 • Specializing in painless, noninvasive treatment promoting a natural approach to healthy living. Gentle homeopathic management for foot and ankle problems. Traumeel, Prolo Therapy. Boardcertified. • 239-598-1938 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples 1800 Tamiami Tr E, Naples

Looking for support and guidance through a challenging situation? Ready for a fresh start? Let me help you fulfill your true potential, accomplish your goals and live your dreams.

New South Naples location. Baptiste Power Vinyasa Affiliate studio. 200and 300-hour Registered Yoga School (RYS). Daily classes, monthly workshops and private sessions with excep-tional teachers, plus massage therapy and BV Boutique. See ad, page 31.




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Master Yoga Teacher and Massage Therapist 239-269-8846

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

Positively change your life physically and mentally using time-tested, classical Hatha yoga and Hawaiian Lomi-Lomi bodywork. Specializing in therapeutic yoga and The Great Yoga Wall®. See ad, page 51.

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