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letterfrompublisher What the World Needs Now

I’ve slowed up a lot lately, courtesy of a broken ankle. I needed to slow up, but didn’t see how I could. Once the disappointment of the inconvenience passed, I decided to look for the gifts available in this “interesting adventure.” The upshot will be that instead of a tale of woe, I’ll have an inspiring story to share. So far, I have newfound appreciation for the ease with which we normally perform everyday tasks. I’ll never again take for granted the ability to jump in my car to exchange solitude for face time with the outside world. Being forced to stay put has enriched my inner world in new ways. I wasn’t crazy about needing extra help from others, but once members of my tribe showed up, I’ve been learning anew the art of receiving. It’s made me contemplate the pivotal roles that friends and family have played in my life every step of the way. Growing up in a small Michigan town, my seven siblings and neighborhood playmates constituted my tribe all the way through high school, along with a host of local aunts, uncles and cousins. I felt safe and connected in this community. Christmas mornings were an enchanting bubble of flying wrapping paper and Santa gifts from my wish list. It wasn’t all perfect… but it’s sure been a hard act to follow in later years through long-distance moves, divorce and the loss of loved ones. I see holidays as a barometer of how connected I feel, both to good people and my innermost self. Some holidays I just wanted to get through. One memorable season, in spite of everything, I decided on the purposeful intention to find and experience every magical event and encounter available to me and to acknowledge perfection in everything. I was amazed by the consequences… I found miracles and love everywhere and felt spiritually reconnected to Source energy. Loving life animates us. This month’s Uplifting Humanity feature article, “Loving Large,” by Editor Linda Sechrist, underscores how we are all inherently connected. Even scientists are confirming that love is the glue that binds us and makes the whole universe work. Read more on page 42. We crave the feeling of being part of something bigger than ourselves; to feel safely supported and loved. Actively participating in our tribes—whether our immediate family, work group, spiritual circle or good people from diverse cultures and belief systems—we can commit to seeing the divine spark in all that show up in our world. I’m learning more than ever before the necessity of spending quiet time filling up our own love cup, starting by loving everything about our self, flaws and all, so that we can live in a state of compassionate forgiveness, grace and gratitude for all. Let’s have a love-in this holiday season, our heart singing along with Diana Ross. “What the world needs now is love, sweet love. It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of. What the world needs now is love, sweet love. No not just for some, but for everyone.” Happy Holidays from all of us at Natural Awakenings,

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newsbriefs Naples Art District Launches Series of Events

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he Naples Art District will present an Art Alive gallery tour of more than 36 professional artists showcasing and demonstrating their talents from 5 to 8 p.m., December 7. The series kickoff features ceramic bowls that will be sold at an Empty Bowls event to support the Harry Chapin Food Bank on January 28 at Cambier Park. Shirley Street Studios of Barbara Groenteman and Deborah Martin will offer a special group of bowls for the event. Other artists that will be displaying bowls include Gary Day of smallwalls; Carol Lader and Alice Jacobs, Connie Bransilver and Marianne Megela of The Artists’ Gallery; and Reba George of Arts on Fire. Beginning next month, the members of the Naples Art District will present an Evening with the Artists on the first Wednesday of each month and a Daytime Artistic Experience each third Saturday. Artists offer quality paintings in oil, acrylic, watercolor or mixed media, photography, jewelry, functional and decorative pottery, sculpture, fiber art, wood and furniture for purchase. For more information, call 239-596-5099 or visit NaplesArt District.com to see a map of galleries and studios.

Mindful Eating Event and Training Program in Bonita Springs

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atti Badiner, a qualified MindfulnessBased Eating Awareness Training (MB-EAT) instructor and mindful eating coach, will conduct two Tis the Season to be Mindful… Not Mindless! presentations on enjoying holiday foods, including desserts, without overeating, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., December 1 and 8, at Shangri-La Springs, in Bonita Springs. An eight-session MB-EAT weekly training Patti Badiner program will take place from 6 to 8 p.m., beginning January 5. MB-EAT is an evidence-based program that addresses mindless and stress-related eating, emotional eating, hunger and satiety, mindfulness meditation, and science-based nutritional information and tools for weight loss. With more than 25 years of experience in the health and weight-loss industry, Badiner has helped many achieve a healthier lifestyle. She says, “Through mindful eating, one will discover permanent weight management without struggle and learn to eat like a connoisseur by appreciating the quality of food over the quantity.” She also provides private coaching and motivational speaking.   Costs: $25 for Dec. 1 or 8. $395 for MB-EAT program or $375 for early bird registration by Dec. 22. Location: 27750 Old 41 Rd. For more information or to register, call or email Badiner at 612-718-1416 or PersonalWeigh@gmail.com. See listing, page 78.

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ulie Capell and Terri Potts have joined the staff at Raw Hair Organics, in Naples. The studio, which provides organic, non-toxic, chemical-free salon services and products for all hair types in a beautiful, relaxing new setting, is offering a 25 percent discount for firsttime clients. A pioneer of organic salons in the Naples area, Raw Hair Organics has extensive experience with ammoniafree hair coloring, cutting and styling all hair types. The salon also offers hair extensions, formal updo styles, balyage and ombre highlights, and fashion colors. Location: 2940 Immokalee Rd., Ste. 4. For more information or an appointment, call 239-597-0939, email Melanie@RawHairOrganics.com or visit RawHairOrganics.com. See ad, page 52.

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newsbriefs New Name and Location for Root Causes

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ntegrated Skin Care has changed its name to Root Causes: Holistic Health and Medicine and relocated to 12734 Kenwood Lane, Unit 84, in Fort Myers. To celebrate, Doreen the practice will host DeStefano an informative discussion on the signs, symptoms and ways to address adrenal fatigue, led by Dr. Doreen DeStefano, at 4 p.m., December 17. Organic hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served, and energyand immune-boosting injections will be available at reduced prices. “We still practice holistic antiaging medicine, but we found our patients steering our practice more toward holistic health and wellness,” says DeStefano. “The number one complaint in our practice is, ‘I am so tired.’ We can help so the holidays don’t pass you by because you’re too tired to enjoy them and help people learn how to feel great again.” Root Causes provides nutrient intravenous therapy, hyperbaric oxygen, ozone therapy, supplements, nutrition and lifestyle management options using a comprehensive intake and health review, lab work and sign/symptom descriptions to get the whole picture of the patient. For more information or to RSVP (suggested), call 239-425-2900 or email rtCausesHHM@gmail.com. See ad, page 16.

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Beyond Motion Offers Pilates Teacher Training

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eyond Motion’s Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training Program will begin next month with the full Pilates Mat Series. The three-weekend course will explore beginner through advanced level Pilates Mat exercises from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., January 20, noon to 7 p.m., January 21, and 10 a.m. to 4 Amy Lademann p.m., January 22, and the same times from February 10 to 12 and March 3 to 5. The training modules for Pilates equipment will be conducted through June. Amy Lademann, co-founder of Beyond Motion, director of Pilates and creator of Barre Motion, Southwest Florida’s original cardio barre class, will lead the sessions. A Pilates Method Alliance-certified pilates teacher, she has been teaching fitness for more than 20 years and specialized in Pilates for more than 14 years. Natural Awakenings readers receive $150 off training for registrations between Dec. 1 and 15. Location: 11985 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. A. For more information or to register, call 239-254-9300, email Info@Go2BeyondMotion.com or visit Go2BeyondMotion.com. See ad, page 61.

Montessori Preschool Coming to Naples Next Fall

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he Garden School of Naples, a new Montessori preschool, will open in the fall of 2017 at 6051 Bayshore Drive, across from the Naples Botanical Garden. The environmentally conscious, academic preschool program will offer morning, afternoon and full-day programs for children 2 to 6 years old. Montessori-trained in Italy, School Director Kathy Khatib served as a training course assistant for four years. In addition to teaching for many years, she created and directed Montessori schools in Pennsylvania and Kentucky. For more information or to apply, call 239-424-9084, email Kathy@GardenSchoolNaples.com or visit GardenSchool Naples.com. See ad, page 28.

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newsbriefs AHA! Adds Yoga Styles and Teachers

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HA! A Holistic Approach Center for Health and Harmony, in Fort Myers, is offering new yoga classes and has added two new teachers; Alyssa Centofanti and Ellen Duff. Ongoing classes include Gentle Alyssa Centofanti Yoga on Mondays, FUNdamentals of Yoga on Tuesdays and Vinyasa on Wednesdays, all from 6 to 7 p.m. Beginner, restorative and other yoga style classes are currently being added. The studio still offers Iyengar classes, as they have for 26 years, along with chair, stretch ‘n strength and tai chi. Ellen Duff Cost: $10 for one-hour classes. Packages are available. Location: 15971 McGregor Blvd. For more information, call 239433-5995, email Info@AHolisticApproachCenter.com or visit AHolisticApproachCenter.com. See ad, page 11.

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OLLO Wellness, in Fort Myers, is providing free, onehour, whole-body immersion into a uniform electromagnetic field (EMF) therapy sessions for new clients this month. The magnetic resonance therapy device reportedly addresses pain, stiffness, inflammation, energy, sleep and many more by producing a gentle and continually flowing, low-level magnetic field that is equal to that found in the body. The staff at YOLLO Wellness contend that EMF provides instant relaxation response and improves symptoms specifically tuned for particular types of tissues that play a role in health profiles covering more than 100 protocols, including pain, inflammation, migraines, digestion and depression. It’s also safe for those with pacemakers.

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American Classics at Unity of Fort Myers

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otable songs written by such legendary composers as George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael, Irving Berlin and others will fill the air during the Great American Songbook concert at 7 p.m., December 7, at Unity of Fort Myers. The show will feature the talents of vocalist Susie Hulcher, keyboardist Brad Brown, drummer Darrell Nutt, guitarist Ricky Howard and bassist Don Mopsick. Cost: $20. Location: 11120 Ranchette Rd. For more information or tickets, call 239-707-0740 or visit UnityOfFortMyers.org. See ad, page 51.

Annual Concert Returns to Alva

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newsbriefs Wellbridges Hosts Open House and Food Drive

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he Wellbridges Health Center, in Bonita Springs, will collect gluten-, GMO- and dairy-free foods during its Healthy Holiday Food Drive from December 2 through 9. All items will be donated to the Harry Chapin Food Bank and everyone that makes a donations will be entered Deborah Post (left), Michael into a raffle for a $50 gift certificate to Joyful Juice, Uphues, Evie Breedlove in Bonita Springs. Â Wellbridges will also host an Open House from 3 to 7 p.m., December 2. Attendees can meet Advanced Nurse Practitioner Deborah Post and Advanced Nurse Practitioner Evie Breedlove, along with Michael Uphues, DO, who will provide entertainment with some magic tricks. Location: 9200 Bonita Beach Rd., Ste. 213. For more information or an appointment, call 239-481-5600 or 239-293-5216 or email DebPost@DebPost.com. See ad, page 15.

Sugar in the City Opens in Naples

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ugar in the City, a new skin and beauty loft, has opened at 1063 5th Avenue North, in Naples, providing organic, natural and holistic body sugaring treatments for smooth and healthy skin. Body sugaring is a gentle, safe and progressive method of hair removal for all parts of the body and is effective on all skin types and hair textures for both men and women. The sugaring paste contains a blend of natural ingredients without chemicals that also removes dead skin cells and doesn’t harbor or foster growth of bacteria. Sugar in the City also offers custom facials and body wraps. For more information or an appointment, call 239-330-0396, email SugarInTheCityNaples@gmail.com or visit SugarInTheCityNaples.com. See ad, page 29.

Holistic Holiday Party at Infinite Stones

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nfinite Stones will host a free Holistic Holiday Party from 1 to 5 p.m., December 4, in Fort Myers. Attendees are encouraged to bring a wrapped gift valued at $10 to participate in a gift swap at the conclusion of the event. Psychic readings, energy healing and other services will be available, along with an open group discussion at 4 p.m. Attendees can participate in a raffle to raise money for Toys For Tots. Cost: $20 average per session. Location: 12911 Metro Pkwy. For more information, call 239-561-1981 or email Sales@InfiniteStones.us. See ad, page 71.

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kudos Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp. (NAPC) welcomed four new publishers to a November training session at the corporate headquarters in Naples, Florida. The NAPC staff spent Natural Awakenings new franchise several days with owners/publishers at their November these entrepreneurs training graduation discussing the ins and outs of publishing a new Natural Awakenings edition in Spokane, Washington, and taking over publication of existing magazines in Oklahoma City, Wayne County, Michigan, and Volusia and Flagler counties, Florida. Founded by Chief Executive Officer Sharon Bruckman with a single edition in Naples in 1994, Natural Awakenings has grown to become one of the largest, free, local, healthy living publications in the world, serving 4 million readers each month via 95 magazines published in cities across the U.S. and in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. “Our devoted family of publishers, supported by advertisers, informs readers of many national and local resources that offer paths to a happier, healthier and longer life,” says Bruckman. “Our active and growing readership has helped increase interest in naturally healthy living that has impacted mainstream America and is beneficial for Earth and its inhabitants.” For a list of locations where Natural Awakenings is published or to learn more about franchising opportunities, call 239530-1377 or visit NaturalAwakeningsMag.com. See ad, page 50.

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DNA Activation to Achieve Higher Consciousness by Stephanie Bowers

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ae Chandran will travel from his home in Tokyo, Japan, to Unity Church of Bonita Springs to present a DNA Activation & Sound Healing workshop on January 14 and 15. This spiritual teacher, energy healer and author of six books will begin with a free introductory lecture to his DNA Activation workshop on January 13. Chandran’s workshops around the world in countries such as Taiwan, India, Malaysia and others, as well as his small, custom-guided sacred group tours to Egypt and Israel, are virtually spiritual expeditions to the inner self, intended to help individuals connect with their vibrational essence. Whether on a journey to destinations believed to hold high spiritual energy, which he believes aids in connecting with higher states of consciousness and an experience of our multidimensionality, or conducting a workshop that includes sacred geometry, sound therapy, healing symbols and channeled

teachings of the ascended masters, Chandran’s wealth of knowledge in the areas of ancient tones, mudras and creation codes supports participants in achieving their highest potential. Chandran’s work in DNA activation is best understood in terms of cellular biologist Bruce Lipton’s breakthrough research in cell biology and quantum physics. Lipton’s pioneering research in the field of vibrational medicine, known as the science of epigenetics, shows how forces operating outside the DNA sequence, including extracellular, environmental and energetic influences, affect the development, functioning and evolution of biological systems. Chandran teaches workshop participants about our ability to communicate with DNA. How is DNA connected to spiritual awakening? DNA is the core element of who we are, both physically and spiritually. If

there is a place in our body that we can identify as where the higher self lives, it is in our DNA. Our whole story is in the DNA. All the gifts, talents and abilities that we have are imprinted into our DNA. The energy of all the actions we’ve ever taken and all the choices we’ve ever made are in our DNA. The spiritual history of the human race and our essence as a part of the grand universe is also imprinted in our DNA. It carries our spiritual blueprint and all the spiritual journeys we’ve ever taken on our incarnation cycle. The knowing and understanding of our DNA is the knowing of our creation, our higher self and our spiritual lineage. Within our consciousness is the ability to communicate and work with our DNA. When we communicate with our DNA, it responds, and we begin to awaken to our true essence as multidimensional beings. DNA activation means a return to living from this multidimensional quantum state of consciousness, which is one with everything. Within this new age, we are slowly bringing back an original energy which I think was designed for today. It is time to return to living in this quantum state, which is the spiritual state that our forefathers gave us thousands of years ago. To register for workshops or Egypt and Israel tours in April and July or for more information, call Susan Deflavis Winters at 239-340-1036 or email PanguSwf@gmail.com. For more information about Rae Chandran, visit RaeChandran.com. See ad, page 25.

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A Cup of Peppermint Tea Boosts Alertness

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esearchers from Northumbria University, in England, have discovered that drinking peppermint tea can improve working and long-term memory. After 180 healthy adults filled out questionnaires about their mood, they were selected at random to consume one of three drinks—peppermint tea, chamomile tea or water—and then rested for 20 minutes. The subjects were then tested for memory and other cognitive factors and given a second mood questionnaire. Those that drank peppermint tea exhibited improvements in both types of memory and were more alert than the other two groups. The participants that drank chamomile tea displayed reductions in both memory and attention functions compared to the others. Researcher Mark Moss, Ph.D., notes, “The enhancing and arousing effects of peppermint and the calming, sedative effects of chamomile observed in this study are in keeping with the claimed properties of these herbs and suggest beneficial effects can be drawn from their use.”

Why Some Kids Grow Up with Fewer Allergies

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Bright Lights Encourage Healthy Eating

esearch published in the Journal of Marketing Research links bright light to healthier food choices. The study observed 160 diners at four separate metropolitan locations of a chain dinner restaurant between 6 and 8 p.m. Two of the restaurants used bright lighting (250 lux luminance) and the other two locations had dim lighting (25 lux luminance). The researchers found that diners at the well-lit locations were more likely to choose healthy options such as baked or grilled fish and chicken than the patrons at the dimly lit restaurants. These results were replicated in a laboratory test of 700 college students where scientists attributed students’ healthier choices to the alert feelings that being in a bright room elicits.

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Fracking Linked to Asthma Attacks

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esearchers from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health have found that individuals living close to a natural gas hydraulic fracking site have a significantly higher occurrence of asthma attacks. The study examined health records from the Geisinger Health System, a healthcare provider in Pennsylvania, where the fracking industry has experienced incredible growth of more than 9.000 natural gas wells in the past decade. The records of more than 35,000 Geisinger asthma patients between the ages of 5 and 90 were studied between 2005 and 2012. Patients that reported attacks were mapped and studied in relation to the fracking well locations, and the results compared with other patients not reporting attacks in the same year. The researchers discovered that those that lived in close proximity to multiple or larger active natural gas wells were 1.5 to four times more likely to experience asthma attacks. Brian S. Schwartz, a medical doctor and a professor in the Department of Environmental Health Services at the Bloomberg School, in Baltimore, Maryland, was the senior author of the study. He states, “We are concerned with the growing number of studies that have observed health effects associated with this industry. We believe it’s time to take a more cautious approach to [fracking] well development with an eye on environmental and public health impacts.”

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Taking the Pulse of the Nervous System

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ew structures exert as much control over the body’s ability to function properly as the central nervous system, which consists of the brain and spinal cord. This system, in turn, is heavily influenced by the membranes and fluid of the craniosacral system that surrounds, protects and nourishes it. Daily stress or strain can cause body tissues to tighten and distort the craniosacral system, resulting in restrictions that create a barrier to the healthy performance of the central nervous system and potentially, every other body system with which it interacts. Restrictions can be detected and corrected with simple, soft-touch methods such as those used in CranioSacral Therapy (CST) or Cranial Release Technique (CRT). Practitioners use their hands to evaluate the craniosacral system by gently touching the synarthrodial joints of the skull to test for the ease of motion and rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid pulsing around the brain and spinal cord. A light touch, about the weight of a nickel, is then used to release restrictions in any tissues influencing the craniosacral system. The CranioSacral therapist may also apply light touches to the spine and pelvis. By normalizing the environment around the brain and spinal cord and enhancing the body’s ability to self-correct, CST and CRT may alleviate a wide variety of dysfunctions that range from chronic pain and sports injuries to migraine headaches and chronic fatigue. The therapies are also used to ease the effects of stroke and other neurological impairment. CST therapists are certified by the Upledger Institute, based in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. CRT therapists are certified by Cranial Release Technique, Inc., headquartered in New York City. Janice Jackson, a licensed massage therapist located at 5051 Castello Dr., Ste. 226, in Naples, offers CranioSacral Therapy and Cranial Release Technique. For appointments, call 239-272-8539, email Janice@MassageNaplesFL.com or visit MassageNaplesFL.com.

Trigger Point Therapy Brings Long-Term Pain Relief

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trigger point in the body is a tender spot or muscle knot that can affect any muscle group. When stimulated, the trigger point site generally causes shooting pain in another area beyond the isolated area in which it is located. A common ailment, trigger points are painful and can cause tingling, numbness and other discomforts. In comparison to other types of massage therapy used to manage and treat pain, Trigger Point Therapy identifies and works very specific points of the body where pain occurs. This approach, while temporarily uncomfortable, offers long-term relief from pain and future problems. Hydration is particularly important after the trigger point has been effectively treated because the breaking down of a trigger point releases toxins that have built up in the area. With proper hydration, toxins are flushed from the site and removed via the bloodstream, liver, the lymph system, digestive tract and kidneys. An Epsom salt bath might be recommended by the therapist to assist with removing toxins and muscle soreness. Organic Skincare & Bodyworx, located at 13240 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 207, in Naples, offers Trigger Point Therapy. For more information, call 239-514-4494 or visit Organic SkincareAndBodyworx.com. See ad, page 3.

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Hospital Allows Cats and Dogs Pet dogs and cats are visiting with their seriously ill owners, reducing stress and improving morale, at the Juravinski Hospital, in Hamilton, Ontario. The Zachary’s Paws for Healing program, the first of its kind in Canada, was founded by Zachary Noble and his aunt, Donna Jenkins. Before each visit, the animals are thoroughly cleaned so as not to introduce harmful germs, and brought in on covered, wheeled carts away from all other patients during their onehour weekly visits. The all-volunteer program plans to offer foster care to pet owners that enter the hospital for treatment.

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Ocean Watch

Sea Mammals Update 2016 was a mixed year for whales and dolphins and by extension, humans. Marine Biologist Sylvia Earle states the importance of ocean health this way: “With every drop of water you drink, every breath you take, you’re connected to the sea. The ocean is the blue heart of the planet. There’s still time, but not a lot, to turn things around.” Scientists have discovered a new, black-colored species of whale that’s one-third the size of a Baird’s beaked whale. Yet to be named, it’s rarely seen, feeding in deep canyons in the Bering Sea. The oldest-known orca whale, Granny, at 105, swims Washington’s coastline. Wild orcas usually live 60 to 80 years; captives, 40 years at most. Iceberg, the only known adult white orca, age 22, was spotted in Russian coastal waters earlier this year. In 2013, a Korean marine park retrained five dolphins to feed naturally and released them into the sea, where they rejoined their original pod. Recent sightings found them thriving, affording hope for the 2,900 dolphins in marine parks, aquariums and zoos worldwide. Pink dolphins in Hong Kong’s bustling harbor remain endangered. In 2003, there were 158; by 2014, only 61. The Baiji River dolphin, only found in China, has been declared extinct. Vaquitas, small porpoises in the Gulf of California, declined from 97 in 2014 to 60 this year, most drowned in commercial fishing nets; it may be extinct by 2018.

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Extinction Scenario

Humans an Endangered Species The UK-based nonprofit Global Challenges Foundation’s annual report on global catastrophic risk (Tinyurl.com/ GlobalExtinctionReport) has found that the risk of human extinction is higher than we might expect. The Stern Review (Tinyurl.com/The-Stern-Review), the British premier government report on the economics of climate change, estimates a 0.1 percent risk of human extinction every year. “We don’t expect any of the events that we describe to happen in any specific 10-year period. They might—but on balance, they probably won’t,” says Sebastian Farquhar, director of the Global Priorities Project. United Nations-approved climate models estimate that temperatures might rise six to 10 degrees Celsius, which pushes the probability of extinction beyond 3 percent, even with a considerable decrease in carbon emissions. Nuclear war, natural disasters such as volcanic eruptions, genetic engineering gone awry and pandemic plagues figure in too, but the biggest threat might be the ever-increasing human population. According to a paper published in the journal Nature by Elizabeth Hadly, a professor of environmental biology at Stanford University, such growth has followed the trajectory of a typical invasive species and suggests there may be a looming global population downturn. Still, humans are capable of exponentially growing their population several times over through the invention of new technologies and cultural shifts, regardless of Earth’s natural carrying capacity. 30

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Berman Physical Therapy

Helping People Make Better Healthcare Choices by Lee Walker

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ourteen years after leaving his boss, I was required to see two or three hometown, second-generation patients per hour, and occasionally, Neapolitan Dr. Jake Berman, depending upon the clinic’s caseload, owner of Berman Physical Therapy, is three to four. There was no way that I back in Naples. “Some of those years could spend quality time with a patient away were spent at the University of or provide them with what was best— Florida, where I earned my bachelor’s the amount of quality manual therapy degree in health science and my they really needed. Once, where I Doctorate of Physical Therapy, while often saw patients who showed some others were spent working in the ofimprovement in 15 to 20 visits, I now fices of orthopedic and sports physical see individuals who show much more therapy specialists located in the Flordramatic improvements in far fewer ida panhandle and Jacksonville area. appointments,” he remarks. I sought out physical therapists that The main reason that Berman offered the best in manual therapy so opened a private practice is somethat I could learn from them while I thing he takes pride in. “I opened this practiced and developed my own spepractice to help people make better cialty treating dysfunction of the feet decisions about their health care, and elbows, using functional manual whether or not it affects my wallet. If I Dr. Jake Berman therapy,” advises Berman. can restore their function, reduce their Although the majority of the individuals that Berpain and improve their ability to move, I do; if I can’t, I man treats seek him out for lower back pain, others want refer them out,” he says. relief from neck or shoulder pain or knee or elbow pain, Berman cares about what his patients want and feels as well as relief from plantar fasciitis, the most common a great sense of personal reward in helping them to atreason for heel pain, caused by straining the ligament tain it. “Some individuals want to be able to get down that supports the arch of the foot. on the floor and play with their grandkids. Some want to Berman appreciates his one-man office where he shoot par or play tennis five times a week, while others has an hour to invest in each patient. “I greet them at the simple want to enjoy a walk on beach. I don’t agree with door. We talk about what’s going on with their body, and many healthcare professionals who tell their patients, the remainder of the time they are on my treatment table, ‘Your problems are just part of getting older. Take this where I manually work on their problem areas. I finish pain medication and if that doesn’t work, we’ll find you each session by showing them one to three techniques a surgeon.’ I don’t agree with that perspective because I they can do to maintain the improvements they experifeel that people can stay active and mobile at any age. ence in my office. It’s my opinion that each office treatIt just takes some time, attention, exercise, functional ment should build on the previous one, rather than being manual therapy and someone who cares,” says Berman. repetitive. This approach applies to their in-between homework of exercises or stretches which should also Berman Physical Therapy is located at 501 Goodlette have an accumulative effect,” explains Berman. Rd. N, Bldg. C, Unit 104,in Naples. For appointments, Berman has no obligation to health care providcall 239-564-0069 or visit BermanPT.com. See ad, ers. “Before I owned this practice and became my own page 14.

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A Gorgeously Greener Holiday Fresh Thinking About Décor by Avery Mack

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ature’s holiday decorations can transcend cliché pine wreaths or farmed trees to make highly personalized indoor décor that supersedes traditional greenery. Yet mistletoe, holly leaves and berries, eucalyptus, poinsettias, tree needles, acorns and a cut tree’s water reservoir can be harmful to both pets and children. Here are some better choices.

The Tree

For smaller spaces or to make a statement, try grouping topiary trees of

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varying heights draped with solar twinkle lights and small ornaments or fresh flowers to create a focal point in a bay window. “A lemon-lime cypress lends another burst of unexpected color on an entry hall table,” says freelance floral designer Janet Corrao, in Nutley, New Jersey. “It smells good, too.” Plants six inches tall work well. Corrao suggests setting the pots in colorful, inexpensive metal buckets from craft stores for added glamour. Unless deemed a hazard to active

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kids or pets, set up a mid-sized stepstool on a table or open a six-foot ladder in a corner and hang ornaments down the center space; add garlands and lights and set potted flowers and small gift boxes on the steps. Search “alternative Christmas trees” at Pinterest. com for more ideas. Another option uses hedge-like plants in lieu of a tree. Consider an English or Japanese boxwood plant or evergreen lilly pilly, and then trim to the desired size and shape. Plant it outdoors as weather and climate permit.

The Table

“While we were working on a photo shoot, the photographer decided to include a Christmas scene. I was able to add fresh greenery from the property to the red ornaments and white orchids that I’d brought along. It made a striking centerpiece running the entire length of the table,” says florist Angie Zimmerman, of Angie Zimmerman Designs, in El Dorado Hills, California. “For the fireplace mantel I used branches with red berries to add height on either side of the central mirror and then duplicated the centerpiece design between them.” A festive table can be dressed with appealing edibles. Use a bread wreath as a base and stud it with skewered basil leaves, cherry tomatoes and small balls of fresh mozzarella cheese for an easy, self-serve, Caprese appetizer. A colorful dish of balsamic dressing or another dip in the center, along with small plates and holiday napkins, completes the offering. For a sit-down dinner variant,


The Front Door

“I love to use pine cones for centerpieces,” Corrao says. “Our weather is cold enough that I don’t have to worry about bugs when collecting cones in the neighborhood.” For warmer climates, bake the pine cones for 30 minutes in a 200-degree oven to melt excess sap, kill insects and fully open them. Sold online or in kitchenware stores, a bay leaf wreath offers cheer at the door. After the holidays, hang it in the

kitchen for easy access. “Kumquats, lemons, tangerines, small oranges and crabapples add color to green wreaths,” notes Corrao. photo courtesy of Angie Zimmerman Designs

place a few Caprese skewers in small, clear, glass vases along the table with individual finger bowls of dip. Flat-leafed green parsley sprigs add another special touch. Zimmerman further suggests using deep-red Roma apples, cored, as candle holders. Make living place cards with small pots of herbs. Chalkboard paint identifies the plant and guest seating. Also consider colorful painted pots sporting a small cactus. Transform oranges into aromatic pomanders by scoring the rinds with a citrus stripper in a spiral, circle or other pattern. Use a small nail to make holes and stud the fruits with whole cloves. Adding seasonal greenery and sterilized pine cones makes a beautiful and fragrant centerpiece.

Garlands

For many, Christmas demands the smell of fresh pine boughs. Spice up the traditional greenery with carnations or other light-hued flowers colored with the juices of fresh, canned or frozen fruits and veggies—red from cranberries, beets and cherries; yellow and orange from yellow onions and carrots; purple from blackberries; green from spinach; pink from strawberries; and blue from red cabbage or blueberries. Freshly cut the flower stems and put them in the liquid from crushed produce or the can to absorb color. Hang garlands out of reach of young children and pets. Navjot Kaur, of Navjot Designs, in Chicago, says, “We all have greenery in our yard or patio gardens that can be used for the holidays. It’s fun to alter the design based upon what is available.” Imagination and inspiration can spark new, greener traditions. Connect with the freelance writer via AveryMack@ mindspring.com.

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Healthy Holiday Restorative Drinks Revive Good Cheer by Judith Fertig

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uring jam-packed special occasions like holidays, our drinks should multitask, too. We need festive tipples to refresh us without overdoing it, restore equilibrium if we overeat or drink or revive us when we’re feeling low from a seasonal cold or flu. In addition to traditional offerings that family and friends might expect, why not add a new and improved signature drink to everyone’s repertoire? These feel-good beverages, featuring winter fruits high in vitamin C, anthocyanins, therapeutic herbs and fresh ginger, deliver delicious boosts to help us feel our best.

Refresh

The season of hospitality is happily also the season of pomegranates, blood oranges and Meyer lemons (a sweeter, thin-skinned, aromatic variety). These vibrant fruits give a taste of good cheer to anything we can pour, shake, muddle or simmer. Whether we offer fresh-squeezed blood orange juice in the morning, a nonalcoholic cocktail of pomegranate juice and sparkling water, or a squeeze of Meyer lemon juice in a hot toddy or tea, the tart flavor is a sure pick-me-up. The red color in antioxidant-rich blood oranges and pomegranates indicates the presence of anthocyanins, compounds that might help prevent cancer and heart disease, as well as treat eye disorders, according to an article published in the Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology. Meyer lemons are a good source of vitamin C, essential for producing collagen needed to support the formation of new bone, blood vessels, ligaments and tendons, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. 36

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Restore

After an evening of over-imbibing, our systems need to reboot. The stomach needs help in processing alcohol, plus we may be dehydrated and feeling a little queasy. Filtered water, coconut water or a sweet, caffeine-free coffee or carbonated beverage of the lemon-lime variety rehydrate, as well as help our digestive system break down and flush out the alcohol. According to Registered Dietitian Aicacia Young, in Austin, Texas, founder of ClimbHealthy.com, the simple act of drinking water before we go to bed can assist in the recovery process. Research published in the Food & Function journal found that lemonlime soda helps the body metabolize alcohol better by speeding up its ability to process the compound aldehyde dehydrogenase, the main cause of hangover symptoms. For nausea and motion sickness, ginger or peppermint tea can help, according to studies in the American Journal of Physiology and the French Prescrire International.

Revive

Sometimes the stress of holiday to-dos, often combined with travel, can lower the resilience of our immune system. When we feel symptoms of a cold or flu coming on, the classic hot toddy can help us feel human again. The alcohol in whiskey is a natural decongestant; plus, it helps get us to sleep. Honey soothes and perky lemon juice gives us hope that we’ll feel better the next day. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS. Connect at JudithFertig.com.

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Perk-Me-Ups

Seasonal Drinks that Revitalize

and simmer for 15 minutes. Strain out the ginger slices and serve in a mug.

Blood Orange French 75 Yields: 1 serving In a champagne flute, pour a jigger of gin, the juice of half a blood orange and a squeeze of Meyer lemon juice. Top up with champagne.   Courtesy of Kathryne Taylor, a whole foods and vegetarian blogger; Search CookieAndKate.com.

Holiday Sangria Yields: 8 servings Combine 1 liter of cabernet sauvignon, a quart of pomegranate juice, ¼ cup agave nectar, 1 thinly sliced Meyer lemon and 1 thinly sliced pear in a pitcher. Add ice and stir. Pour into glasses to serve.

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The best holiday drinks are festive and taste great. They should also be easy to fix. Here are five to get us started.

Meyer Lemon Hot Toddy Yields: 1 serving Bring 1 cup of water to a boil. Remove from the heat. Stir in the juice of half a Meyer lemon, a tablespoon or two of honey and a jigger of whiskey. Serve hot in a mug. Courtesy of Judith Fertig, Alfresco FoodAndLifestyle.blogspot.com.

Fresh Hot Peppermint Tea Yields: 1 serving Bring 1 cup of water to a boil. While it’s boiling, place 7 to 10 fresh organic mint leaves in a tea cup. Pour the hot water over the mint leaves and let them steep in the cup for 5 minutes. Strain out leaves as desired, and enjoy. Courtesy of Heather Crosby, author of YumUniverse: Infinite Possibilities for a Gluten-Free, Plant-Powerful, WholeFood Lifestyle; YumUniverse.com/ fresh-peppermint-tea.

Fresh Hot Ginger Tea Yields: 2 servings Bring 2 cups of water to a boil, and then add 1 small knob of fresh ginger, precut into thin slices. Reduce the heat

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inspired by The Nutcracker’s Sugar Plum Fairy.

MERRY MUNCHING Sugar-Free Treats Kids Love

Christmas Stocking Stuffer and Hanukkah Gelt

by Judith Fertig

For healthy alternatives to sugary candy, savvy parents source sweet treats made with 100 percent fruit juice and fair trade chocolate available at health food stores and markets. Registered Dietitian Abbie Gellman, in New York City, reinvents the Hanukkah gelt, or foil-wrapped chocolate coins, that Jewish children traditionally receive. She flattens dried apricots with a kitchen mallet, dips them in melted dark chocolate and then sprinkles the treats with sea salt. We can always make wonderful memories true to the spirit of holiday traditions, and do it today in a healthier way.

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hen sugar was a commodity only the wealthy could afford, “visions of sugarplums” danced in the heads of children ensconced in Clement Moore’s ’Twas the Night Before Christmas. Now, cheap candy is everywhere and not all that special. What is special is making memories aligned with contemporary traditions while enjoying naturally sweet, healthy treats that kids will remember helping to create. “It’s important to limit sugary snacks, even during the holidays,” says Claire McCarthy, a Boston Children’s Hospital pediatrician, Harvard Medical School assistant professor of pediatrics and senior editor for Harvard Health Publications. She is also a mother of elementary school kids. “We need to use the opportunity—any opportunity these days—to teach children and families about eating healthy.”

Healthier Holiday Snacks Mothers Amy Roskelley and Natalie Monson, of Provo, Utah, agree that raising healthy kids is a challenge. Dealing with picky eaters, getting family members to exercise and sourcing organic baby care products are all in a day’s work for them. It’s why they founded SuperHealthyKids.com. Subscribers have access to meal plans, recipes and healthy parenting tips. Recent advice includes ditching prepackaged popcorn (listing unpronounceable ingredients) and instead making the treat at home— popping kernels in coconut oil and topping the result with maple snickerdoodle flavorings. Many moms turn to online boards for party ideas. Fun photos posted there guide kids in creating naturally sweet treats, such as fresh fruit skewers shaped like elves or magic wands

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“Building a gingerbread house is a time-honored tradition for many families,” says Jacquie Fisher, a Kansas City, Missouri, mom who masterminds the educational blog and kid-friendly adventure postings at KCEdventures. com. Learning to construct the edible structure is intriguing fun. “Testing out how to balance the walls, construct a roof and put together a fun little structure is the perfect intro to some basic physics principles,” she notes. Because she’s not a fan of sugar icing and candy add-ons, Fisher’s kids connect over how to make Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’s stable with whole-wheat graham crackers “glued” together with a homemade maple caramel mixed with coconut milk. They decorate using dried fruit, nuts, dry cereal and flaked coconut.

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Gingerbread House Update


Sugarplums Update Healthy Sweets for Kids Apricot Gelt Yields: 12 servings (6 pieces per person) 11/2 lb dried apricots 1 lb dark chocolate chips 1 Tbsp coarse sea salt Using a heavy skillet or mallet, flatten apricots to ¼-inch thickness and set aside.

Maple Snickerdoodle Popcorn

Place chocolate in the top of a doubleboiler over simmering water and stir until the chocolate has melted.

Popcorn: 1 tsp coconut oil, melted 1 /2 cup popcorn kernels

Dip each apricot in chocolate, coating ½ to ¾ of the apricot. Place on wire racks set over parchment or wax paper and sprinkle with sea salt. Let stand until set.

Maple Snickerdoodle Topping: 1 Tbsp coconut oil 2 Tbsp pure maple syrup 1 /2 tsp cinnamon Sea salt to taste

Transfer apricots to baking sheets lined with parchment or wax paper and refrigerate until firm. The gelt may be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to three days.

Heat the coconut oil in a medium saucepan, with a lid, over medium heat. Add 3 kernels of popcorn and wait for them to pop. Once the test kernels start to pop, add the rest, cover and allow to pop, shaking occasionally until popping slows to a near stop.

Adapted from a recipe by Abbie Gellman, SPECertified.com/blog/view/ apricot-gelt-recipe.

Yields: About 5 cups

enjoy!

Pour the popcorn into a large bowl and set aside.

Serve immediately making additional sea salt available. Courtesy of Amy Roskelley and Natalie Monson, SuperHealthyKids.com/ maple-snickerdoodle-popcorn.

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For the topping, whisk together the coconut oil, maple syrup and cinnamon, until well combined. Pour over the popcorn and mix well. Sprinkle the top with a few pinches of sea salt, mix again and taste.

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Fruit Skewer Elves

Rudolph the Reindeer’s Stable

12 cocktail sticks or short bamboo skewers 12 seedless green grapes 12 strawberries, hulled 1 firm banana, peeled and cut into 12 thin rounds 1 mozzarella stick, cut into 12 rounds

Yields: 1 stable

Yields: 12 servings

Graham crackers Small paintbrushes Assorted fresh and dried fruits for decoration, such as blackberries, pomegranate arils and kiwi fruit Dry cereal, such as Rice Chex, and flaked coconut for decoration Pecan halves for roof shingles

For each skewer, thread a green grape to the bottom of the skewer to create the elf face. Top with a round banana slice to make the pale trim around the hat, then an upside-down hulled strawberry to form the pointy hat. Add a mozzarella round to make the pompom at the point of the hat. Serve right away.

photo by Stephen Blancett

Vegan Maple Caramel “Glue”: 1 cup canned coconut milk (shake the can well before opening and measuring) 3 Tbsp maple syrup 1 tsp vanilla extract Pinch sea salt 

Holiday Fairy Wands Yields: 12 servings

12 long bamboo skewers 24 seedless green grapes 12 chunks of fresh pineapple 12 strawberries, hulled 2 starfruit (carambola), cut into 12 slices For each skewer, thread a green grape 3 inches from the bottom of the skewer, leaving room to hold the wand. Next, thread a chunk of pineapple, then another grape. Thread a strawberry, pointed end up. Add a slice of starfruit to make the star on the end of the wand. Serve immediately. 40

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For the vegan maple caramel, place all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir until the mixture comes to a boil. Keep cooking until the caramel thickens and darkens to a caramel color, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and let cool until just warm to the touch, then use for glue. If you like, make the caramel mixture ahead, store in the refrigerator and then microwave until just warm. Dab the bottom of 1 double graham cracker with the maple caramel glue; then attach it to a dinner plate to make the stable floor. Glue on three walls, a fence and a roof. When the structure is solid, use more warm caramel mix to attach the desired decorations on the stable, fence and perhaps a courtyard out front. If necessary, reheat the edible glue in the microwave. Let dry for 1 hour. Courtesy of Jacquie Fisher, KCEdventures.com/blog/healthygingerbread-house-ideas.


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LOVING LARGE Scientists Say We’re All Connected

Cosmic View

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rue love is not something reserved exclusively for soulmates, couples, children, friends or family. Observations by sages for millennia and by enlightened scientists more recently are increasingly aligned with the point of view articulated by renowned meditation teacher Jack Kornfield that true love and awareness—a sense of universal connectivity and the idea that divinity, or the sacred, is found in all things—are indistinguishable.

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This state of being, generally denoted by strong feelings of love or acceptance toward others, brings us into contact with universal energy which connects all of humanity with the natural world. Clues to our united commonality are explored in two 21st-century books, Love 2.0: How Our Supreme Emotion Affects Everything We Feel, Think, Do, and Become, by Barbara L. Fredrickson, Ph.D., and A General Theory of Love, by medical doctors Thomas Lewis, Fari Amini and Richard Lannon. These authors explore the brain science that’s related to love and awareness. 42

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Although trying to grasp love intellectually may be like eating soup with a fork, the authors of A General Theory of Love cite feelings as a good starting point. Fredrickson describes love as “the momentary upwelling of three tightly interwoven events: a sharing of one or more positive emotions between you and another; a biochemical synchrony between your and the other person’s biochemistry and behaviors; and a reflected motive to invest in each other’s well-being that brings mutual care.” Fredrickson, director of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, believes love is a complex physiological response; a “positivity resonance.” She describes key factors in love’s ability to biologically transform us as oxytocin, a hormone active in social bonding and attachments, and the vagus nerve deep within the brain stem that connects with numerous organs, including the lead “character” in this relationship, the heart. The neural synchrony of positivity resonance between the brains of two individuals is a connected oneness that

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During their 30-year friendship, Bob Staretz collaborated with astronaut Edgar Mitchell, Sc.D., the lunar module pilot on Apollo 14 and founder of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, to research and write “The Quantum Hologram and the Nature of Consciousness,” published in the Journal of Cosmology. Their scientific theory explains how all of creation learns, self-corrects and evolves as a selforganizing, interconnected holistic system through love. “Without exception, everything in nature exists and works together in total balance, resonance and harmony, interacting as one. From this perspective, Edgar and I reached the obvious conclusion—the organizing principle of the cosmos is agape love, an ultimate form of unconditional love that accepts all things existing in nature without regard to conditions, expectations, shortcomings, flaws or faults,” explains Staretz. The former executive director of Eternea, an organization focused on spiritually transformative experiences and the study of consciousness, Staretz says individuals that undergo such an experience attest that loving one another and all

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Fredrickson notes is far more ubiquitous than previously thought possible. Her research shows that it requires only connection, not the intimacy or shared history that comes with any special bonds. Micro-moments of the connected oneness we feel as life-giving reverberations occur via shared smiles or laughter, a common compassion or an engaging story. Humans all hunger for such moments. The prerequisites are perceived safety and authentic sensory connection with another, even if it’s fleeting. In Fredrickson’s perspective, such neural coupling is a biological manifestation of oneness in which a habitual focus on “me” expands to a life-expanding “we”.


of nature, of which we are a part, is the central reason for our existence. Anita Moorjani’s latest book, What If This Is Heaven? reiterates the life lesson she learned from her dramatic near-death experience in which she identified herself as a state of pure consciousness connected with everything in the cosmos. She clearly heard: “Your only work is to love yourself, value yourself and embody this truth of self-worth and self-love so that you can be love in action. That is true service, to yourself and to those who surround you.” This message continues with her, and she explains that by not loving ourselves, we are denying the part of God that expresses itself through us. An overarching insight from her lifechanging journey is, “Unconditional love is a state of being, not an emotion. It’s not just one side of the coin—it’s the whole coin.”

If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. ~William Blake

How-to Resources Interest in this deeper perspective led The Shift Network, which offers online transformative education, to host a recent Advanced Teachings for Truly Loving Yourself with Margaret Paul, P.h.D., co-author of Do I Have to Give Up Me to Be Loved By You? Many others are working to spread the word about a larger sense of lifegiving love, including Cleveland, Ohio, intuitive psychologist Debra L. Reble, Ph.D., author of Being Love: How Loving Yourself Creates Ripples of Transformation in Your Relationships and the World. She says, “Our soul’s purpose is to be and express love. We dream of love, yearn for love and make love, but rarely do we realize that we are love, a source of divine energy.” Reba Linker, a New York City life coach and author, hosts a Leaders in Self-Love Facebook page and the Paint Yourself into The Picture online coaching show. Linker’s philosophy on love resembles that of New Thought leader Michael Beckwith, minister, author and founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center, in Culver City, California—

to discern that our true nature is love is to know that we are created in the very image and likeness of love, the essence of life itself. Gary Sinclair, author of Healing Memories in Seconds, views his life from an altitude of oceanic oneness. His 35 years of study in a field that uses energy to heal spirit, mind and body led him to develop Soul Link, a memory energy therapy. His work is changing the face of therapy for those with post-traumatic stress disorder and led to the revelation, “Love pulls whatever it touches to its highest potential.” Teaching what he knows “beyond a shadow of a doubt” helps to shift his students’ worldview. “All of creation is made up of electromagnetic energy vibrating at different frequencies. We are energy beings who can learn to manage our energy to heal ourselves. We are all connected by omnipres-

ence, the energy of love, a heart connection of life. Consciously choosing this awareness allows us to be ‘love living life.’” Kamini Desai, director of education for the Amrit Yoga Institute, in Salt Springs, Florida, lends her yogic perspective to love. “We are each a wave on the ocean of existence. Even though we are separate waves, we carry the essence of the same ocean. When that essence manifests in us as spirit, its quality is a healing force of love surrounding our cells, causing our heart to beat and regenerating our organs. This intelligence guides and directs the universe in the same manner that it heals and maintains our body. In yoga, we learn to listen to its subtle voice so that we can follow its urges and energetic impulses to the source from which it springs.” The perceptions of California’s HeartMath Institute founder Doc Childre, dedicated to helping people access their intuitive insight and heart intelligence, are generally aligned with those of Fredrickson. Both approaches recognize how order and balance in the nervous system and smooth, harmonious and coherent heart rhythms enhance our ability to clearly perceive a far larger universe of experience. The ensuing connections widen the windows of perception to view ourselves as no longer separate, but part of a unified whole. Accumulated micro-moments of love communicated through synchronized gazes, touches and vocalizations forge a shared subjective appreciation of connection and oneness. We feel ourselves embodying positive resonance and experience easier and more immediate rapport in familial, familiar and even new relationships. We discover abundant opportunities to feel love, loved and loving as we make ourselves available to them. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at ItsAllAboutWe.com.

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Krista Tippett on Our Evolving Spirituality Why it Evokes Hope by Randy Kambic

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rista Tippett helps us ponder the meaning of life as host and executive producer of On Being, the award-winning weekly radio program and podcast produced in Minneapolis for more than 400 public radio stations. The bestselling author of Einstein’s God: Conversations About Science and the Human Spirit has been acclaimed for thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence. Her latest book, Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living, reflects upon how spirituality intersects with science, technology, health, art and politics. This daughter of a Southern Baptist minister first launched her show, originally titled Speaking of Faith (also the title of her first book), on Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media in 2003. Today, Tippett continues to discuss faith, spirit, inner growth and what it is to be human with leading authors, thought leaders and pioneering change makers. She also hosts online classes and a blog.

How has On Being evolved to reflect existing dimensions of spirituality that have proven surprising? I am fascinated with how spiritual life and religious identity have evolved in the last decade. This part of life is more fluid than it’s ever been in human history. We are the first generation that didn’t inherit religious identity like we 44

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do a hometown. We craft our spiritual lives and choose our faith, even if it’s the faith of our families. In many that don’t claim a religious affiliation, especially Millennials, I encounter a spiritual curiosity and ethical passion akin to religion at its best. Because seekers dwell both inside and outside of traditions, my life of conversation stretches beyond boundaries in ways I did not expect when I began. I also never imagined that I’d interview physicists, evolutionary biologists and neuroscientists exploring territory previously reserved for theologians and philosophers. Together, they are illuminating the ancient questions related to our place in the cosmos; the nature of human freedom and consciousness; even beauty and the reality of mystery.

Which guests do you feel have resonated the most with listeners and why? A show that seems to have touched more people most deeply is my interview with the Irish poet, philosopher and author John O’Donohue just before he died in his early 50s. He radiated such an unusual combination of qualities: wisdom, tenderness and playfulness; mysticism, theology and a raw Celtic earthiness. He’s someone who could speak of God with great wildness, strangeness—and authority. He inspired with his vision of beauty as a human calling and somehow embodied it for


the listener. I meet all kinds of people that keep that show on their playlist and listen again and again. In general, my favorite guest is the most recent person interviewed. At the moment, it’s Jimmy Wales, the Wikipedia co-founder, who stunned me with his insistence on kindness as the virtue that’s made this nonprofit’s ethos and accomplishments possible. Another is civil rights veteran Ruby Sales, who wisely works to uplift the human drama of our political/social moment, like the way we must come to be as articulate about what we love as about what outrages us.

How do you see people’s awakening sensibilities influencing local and global issues? I am drawn to the notion that we are in the adolescence of our species. The globe right now is like a map of the teenage brain, prone to recklessness and destruction in places and simultaneously possessing vast potentials for creativity and advances. So many are relentless in telling the story of destruction that it seriously colors how we tell the story of our time. I stand among those shining a light on the abundant beauty, goodness and courage in our world so these become more visible and evident at a global level.

Are you optimistic about the future? I am hopeful about the future. My life of meaningful conversation has led me to re-imagine the meaning of hope. It has nothing to do with wishful thinking, but rests on the lives of beauty and goodness I see everywhere I turn. It’s a choice—a more exacting and courageous choice than cynicism or resignation. The pain and fear alive in the world surface as anger and violence, and some of us are called to be calmers of fear. We must create the world we want our children to inhabit and do so together. Hope isn’t an option on this path; it is one of our primary resources for getting there. Randy Kambic is a freelance writer and editor in Estero, FL, and regular contributor to Natural Awakenings. natural awakenings

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Live as Your Heart Lives by Lyric Benson Fergusson

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here your mind wavers, your heart overcomes.

Your heart can tame any monster, your heart can devour any fear. Your heart’s chivalry is incomparable. Your heart’s genius outsmarts what’s written on parchment or etched on stone tablets. Your heart sees an ogre as an angel, Just waiting to be born… (with a soft kiss). Are you brave enough to pucker up? Your mind would rather run from sleeping tigers that had, several decades ago, promised to eat you, than face the unknowns of life. Your heart knows that overwhelming darkness is a miracle waiting to happen. Which lens do you choose to see this world through? Your heart or your mind? Baby, it’s all about perspective. Source: French Kissing God, a collection of poems by Lyric Benson Fergusson (FrenchKissingGod.com). 46

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Adrenal Fatigue and Hormonal Health by Linda Sechrist

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ccording to the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org), “There is no end to the tricks that endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) can play on our bodies: increasing production of certain hormones; decreasing production of others; imitating hormones; turning one hormone into another; interfering with hormone signaling; telling cells to die prematurely; competing with essential nutrients; binding to essential hormones; and Dr. Carol Roberts accumulating in organs that produce hormones.” After the research on endocrine disruptors had been in the scientific literature for years and the harms were well known, Dr. Aviva Romm, author of Adrenal Thyroid Revolution: A 4-Week Program to Rescue Your Metabolism, Hormones, Mind & Mood, approached a prominent endocrinology professor at her Ivy League medical institute to ask his opinion on their ability to mimic estrogen in the body and cause serious hormonal imbalances, Dr. Zorayda Torres adrenal fatigue and even cancer. His response, “You don’t really believe in that BPA crap, do you?” BPA stands for bisphenol A, an industrial chemical that has been used since the 1960s to make certain resins and plastic containers for storing food and beverages. There is an answer to the perplexing problem of why the majority of M.D.s, like Romm’s academic colleague, have not yet been trained in the adverse health challenges connected to the Dee Harris complex array of nutritional, environmental and lifestyle factors contributing to chronic diseases such as adrenal fatigue and chronic fatigue syndrome. It lies in a 2011 study, published in the Journal of Royal Society of Medicine that reviewed the literature quantifying the time lag in the development of health intervention research and its translation into potential patient benefit. Researchers estimated a 17-year lag for new scientific and medical information to reach most Deborah Post doctors and change the way they practice. This is

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unfortunately why functional medicine’s answer of nutritional and lifestyle solutions for chronic health problems is still met with skepticism. Local health practitioners such as Dr. Carol Roberts, who practices at Hughes Center for Functional Medicine, in Naples, Dr. Zorayda “JiJi” Torres, owner of Upstream Medical Consultants, Dee Harris, registered licensed dietitian-nutritionist (LDN) and owner of D-Signed Nutrition, and Deborah Post, advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP) and owner of Wellbridges, all located in Bonita Springs, as well as doctors such as Romm, have turned to functional medicine and practicing whole systems health care. Their approach takes into consideration the interconnectedness of all the body’s organs and systems, as well as how diet, supplementation, sleep, stress and exercise affect them. From their knowledge, experience and cuttingedge training backed by research, Roberts, Torres, Harris and Post educate patients on interconnectedness among the nervous system, immune system, hormones, mood, cognitive function, digestion, circulation and the stress response that are all involved with chronic health problems such as adrenal fatigue and chronic fatigue syndrome. Their patient education also includes what it takes to maintain or restore health to the major endocrine glands, such as the thyroid, as well as how EDCs wreak havoc on it. No patient education is complete without EWG’s list of the Dirty Dozen EDCs that are found in food, water, plastics, industrial agriculture, fire retardants, cookware, personal care products, household cleaning products and paints.

Iodine Competitors and Thyroid Function “Thyroid and adrenals are closely connected. If the adrenals are fatigued from too much stress, poor nutrition or lack of sleep, the thyroid doesn’t


work, either,” says Roberts. Fatigue due to low thyroid function can be due to the massive amounts of iodine competitors in our environment. “Fluorine, bromine and chlorine all interfere with the utilization of iodine by the thyroid through competitive inhibition. Very few of us pay attention to the fact that there is little to no iodine in the average diet, so we can’t make functional thyroid hormone. The fix is to take an iodine supplement, cook with sea vegetables such as kelp and nori, eat wild caught shellfish or use iodized salt, if we salt at all,” advises Roberts. Progesterone is crucial for adrenal function, so when women stop ovulating, adrenals are at risk. “The progestin’s that the pharmaceutical companies make, that most doctors use, are unable to support adrenal function. Only real progesterone, given in a capsule at night, will boost adrenal function naturally,” says Roberts.

Sleep Adrenal fatigue is rampant largely caused by a lifestyle that disrupts circadian rhythm and sleep cycles. “A most disruptive factor is electronic screens, which emit blue light that inhibit the body’s production of melatonin, a hormone that helps people fall asleep. Young people who spend a lot of time on computers and cell phones are particularly affected. Blue-blocker, orange tinted glasses can help,” advises Torres. Torres advises that individuals with night owl schedules and bedtimes beyond 10 p.m. find it challenging to adapt to sleep-inducing requirements such as dimming the lights at home in the evening, refraining from the bright light of computer or TV screens and reliance on sleep medications. Lack of sleep impacts the immune system. “It’s not just lack of sleep, but also an erratic sleep schedule and the hours during which you sleep that increase the levels of cortisol, a crucial hormone that usually protects health and well-being. Poor sleep habits create excess cortisol which then raises blood sugar, promotes weight gain and inflammation, alters mood and impairs brain function,” says Torres. Add the problem of unhealthy diet, gut dys-

Deborah Post sums up adrenal fatigue as a cascade of problems which are caused by poor nutrition, inflammation, sleep deprivation, gut microbiome disruption, stress and dysfunctional hormones. function, and chemicals like parabens, phthalates, and others, and challenging health problems such as adrenal fatigue begin to develop.

It’s Never Just One Thing When Harris works with a patient that has adrenal fatigue, she’s not focused only to on adrenal glands. “I don’t look myopically at one organ or system. In adrenal fatigue, brain research shows that sleep deprivation increases junk food cravings and appetite control. Junk food lacks nutrients, so my first consideration is to improve the level of nutrients by replacing bad food choices with nutrient-dense, healthy food and to consider any food allergies, intolerances and sensitivities. High on Harris’ checklist for nutrient sufficiency are essential fatty acids, iodine, vitamin D and B-complex, as well as improving intestinal ecology. She considers proper hydration with filtered water that does not contain fluoride and an anti-inflammatory diet as important tools the body needs to heal. “We also work on sleep patterns and gentle exercise. The last thing someone with low energy needs is strenuous exercise. Adrenal fatigue can progress into chronic fatigue syndrome when burnout occurs,” she explains.

The Stress Factor Post uses a metaphor to describe the adrenal fatigue scenario. “Someone pushed their accelerator to the floor and now they’re running at high speed with no brakes. If they have two or three genes with a faulty switch and keep running only on fuel provided by chronic stress caused by revved up levels of cortisol or endocrine disruptors that mimic the hormone, they get

in trouble faster. The brain doesn’t shut down and cortisol continues to increase, keeping them awake until 2 or 3 a.m.,” says Post. Sometimes increased cortisol is about the gut—what someone ate for lunch or dinner, constipation, an imbalance in gut ecology or even sleep apnea. “Test for nutrient deficiencies and environmental toxins, and never kick start a dysfunctional thyroid with medication before first giving it the raw materials to make what it needs on its own,” emphasizes Post. Regarding environmental toxins such as BPA, Post is adamant about teaching her patients not to use plastic bottles. “If someone comes into my office with a plastic water bottle, I tell them why I’m taking it from them and then go to my kitchen and bring back a bottle of filtered water I’ve poured into a recycled glass bottle. The majority of patients who drink out of plastic bottles and store food in plastic containers have higher than normal levels of BPA in their system. This disrupts hormones, the immune system, stimulates antibody production and it causes weight gain, insulin resistance and diabetes. Post sums up adrenal fatigue as a cascade of problems which are caused by poor nutrition, inflammation, sleep deprivation, gut microbiome disruption, stress and dysfunctional hormones. “All of these can be restored to normal when an individual accepts health as a personal responsibility,” she says.

Local Resources Dr. Carol L. Roberts, Hughes Center for Functional Medicine, 800 Goodlette Rd., Naples, 239-649-7400, Hughes CenterNaples.com. See ad, page 79. Upstream Medical Consultants, PLLC, 27499 Riverview Center Blvd., Ste. 255, Bonita Springs, 239-444-5636, UpstreamMD.com. See ad, page 12. D-Signed Nutrition, 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd., Ste. 300, Bonita Springs. 239676-5249, D-SignedNutrition.com. See ad, page 22. Wellbridges, 9200 Bonita Beach Rd., Ste. 113, Bonita Springs, 239-481-560, DebPost.com. See ad, page 15.

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EWG’s Dirty Dozen Hormone-Altering Chemicals BPA BPA in plastics is linked to breast and others cancers, reproductive problems, obesity, early puberty and heart disease. Eat fresh rather than canned food. Avoid thermal paper receipts, as well as plastics marked with a “PC” or recycling label #7.

Dioxin Dioxins, which form during many industrial processes when chlorine or bromine are burned in the presence of carbon and oxygen, accumulate in the body and disrupt male and female sex hormone signaling. Reduce exposure by eating fewer animal products.

Atrazine Even low levels of the herbicide atrazine, used on the majority of U.S. corn crops, can turn male frogs into females. Pervasive in drinking water, it has been linked to breast tumors, delayed puberty and prostate inflammation in animals. Some research links it to prostate cancer in humans. Buy organic produce and pur-

chase a drinking water filter certified to remove atrazine.

Phthalates Phthalates, which can trigger “deathinducing signaling” in testicular cells, are linked to hormone changes, lower sperm count, less mobile sperm, birth defects in the male reproductive system, obesity, diabetes and thyroid irregularities. Avoid plastic food containers, children’s toys and plastic wrap made from PVC, which has the recycling label. Read personal care product labels and avoid products that list added “fragrance”.

Perchlorate Perchlorate in rocket fuel contaminates much of our produce, milk and drinking water. It competes with iodine needed by the thyroid gland to make thyroid hormones. Install a reverse osmosis filter, eat organic and make sure your diet includes iodine.

Fire Retardants Polybrominated diphenyl ethers or PBDEs in fire retardants imitate thyroid

hormones and disrupt their activity. PBDEs are nearly impossible to avoid. Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter and avoid reupholstering foam furniture. Use caution when replacing old carpet; padding may contain PBDEs.

Lead Lead, especially toxic to children, harms almost every organ system in the body and has been linked to an array of health effects. Carefully remove crumbling old paint. Use a good water filter.

Arsenic In food and drinking water, arsenic interferes with normal hormone functioning in the glucocorticoid system that regulates how the body process sugars and carbohydrates. Use a water filter that lowers arsenic levels.

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EWG’s Dirty Dozen Hormone-Altering Chemicals (Continued from page 51.) seafood. It binds directly to a hormone that regulates women’s menstrual cycle and ovulation, interfering with normal signaling pathways. It’s also been shown to damage insulin-producing cells critical for the body’s ability to metabolize sugar. Eat only sustainably raised or wild caught seafood with lots of healthy fats.

Perfluorinated Chemicals (PFCs) Perfluorinated chemicals used to make non-stick cookware are widespread. Exposure is linked to sperm quality, low birth weight, kidney and thyroid disease, highcholesterol and health issues. Skip non-stick pans, as well as stain and water-resistant coatings on clothing, furniture and carpets.

Organophosphate Pesticides Despite studies linking neurotoxic organophosphate compound exposure to effects on brain development, behavior and fertility, they are still among the more common pesticides used today. Buy organic produce and use EWG Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce.

Glycol Ethers In studies, glycol ethers, common solvents in paints, cleaning products, brake fluids and cosmetics, shrink rat testicles. Children exposed had substantially more asthma and allergies. Visit ewg.org/guides/cleaners and avoid products with ingredients such as 2-butoxyethanol (EGBE) and methoxydiglycol (DEGME).

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Four-Legged Fun and Exercise by Yvette Lynn

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C and Linda Nall, co-owners of Naples it vertically on the ground and coax the Dog Center & Salon, have a passion dog to walk through it. Gradually, after for keeping dogs (and cats) naturally they get comfortable walking through, lift happy and healthy. They are with their it higher and use a “Jump!” command. dogs, Elijah and Moses, virtually 24/7 There is a YouTube video on this, too. and love telling personal stories about fun Dogs love playing “volley balloon” experiences shared with their pets. with their owners. Lob a balloon over Naples Dog Center & Salon provides to the dog; it may take a time or two for healthy choices in nutrition, as well as them to lob it back versus pounce on it, working with clients on an individual pet’s but most pups love the game and it can behavioral issues. “Exercise is one of the be done inside the house with no damprimary ways to eliminate behavioral probage to furnishings and decorations. Be lems,” advises Linda, who explains fun sure to pop a balloon or two away from ways guardians can increase bonding time the dog’s face so they are aware of the with their pets and squeeze a little more potential noise should one pop when exercise time into their daily schedules. they hit it. Treadmills are fun for dogs because “Our very favorite times with our they help to drain excess energy and bal- Moses (left) and Elijah waiting patiently dogs are walking in the woods on paths to go on their nightly power walk ance a dog’s psyche. The trot is a dog’s or power line roads. Train your dog to natural gait, so start them at a walking pace. Let them see us come on call, so they can be unleashed for freedom runs and use the treadmill, which will familiarize them with its funcexplorations.” It’s like a vacation in a nutshell,” says JC. tion, and then slowly increase the speed to a nice, even trot. Linda goes for nightly one-to-three-mile power walks It is never a good idea to leave a dog unattended or tie them with her dogs using a hands-free leash. “The command I use to the treadmill. In many cases, with regular sessions, the dog is, ‘Let’s go!’, which signals to them that it’s my walk and not will voluntarily get on the equipment and enjoy a nice trot. their free time. They get a bathroom break at the beginning Dog dancing takes communication and coordination of our walk, midway and at the end. This teaches them they between owner and dog. While the owner doesn’t necescan’t pull over to sniff something or go relieve themselves sarily get a lot of intense physical exercise, the bond and anywhere and anytime they want. These lovely walks keep connection between handler and dog is beautiful to behold. our Old English sheepdog and standard poodle at a comfortGet great dance ideas by watching the amazing routines from able trot, which is a dog’s favorite gait. I highly recommend the FCI Dog Dance World Championship, held within the the app Map My Walk which will show your path, how many framework of the annual World Dog Show. Many are posted calories burned, your speed and mileage.” on YouTube.com. Hula Hoops are back and good for loosening the lower Naples Dog Center & Salon is located at 630 Tamiami Tr. N., back, toning the midsection and giving our companion a in Naples. For more information, call 239-530-3647 or visit fun circus routine. After we finish with the Hula Hoop, hold NaplesDogCenter.com. See ad, page 55.

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FITNESS 2017 New Year’s Resolutions that Stick by Aimee Hughes

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very January, we rally our hopes, vowing that this time our New Year’s resolutions will finally stick. However, “If you don’t have a plan, plan to fail,” says Kansas City, Missouri, personal trainer Jake Albracht. We can make our health and fitness goals for 2017 a reality instead of just wishful thinking. Find a good trainer. “A personal trainer provides a helpful base of knowledge because the hardest part for most people is a lack of planning and diligence in following up. Trainers can step in to help a client achieve their goals,” says Albracht. Jeanne Rankin, assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Kentucky, in Lexington, adds, “A personal trainer can also help you set lofty goals that you wouldn’t have considered on your own due to fear of failure in achieving them.” Secure personal attention. Individual attention is invaluable. Albracht notes, “There’s nothing like the instant feedback with technique, information and support that one-on-one training provides.” Rankin adds, “In ongoing individual evaluation, a personal trainer can see exactly what’s going well and what

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isn’t, providing a better assessment than in a group.” “Group settings can also be positive and mimic a team environment, but a one-on-one relationship allows for a deeper bond of trust. Sometimes that can make all the difference in the world,” Albracht explains. Ask questions. If engaging a personal trainer isn’t in our available budget, they are often willing to answer a few burning fitness questions. Most of us have had volunteer teachers at some point in our lives that expected nothing in return because they loved sharing what they know. It’s a slower process, but can be a viable option. Set realistic goals. “I tell clients that structuring a program of specific goals will always trump a non-structured program,” says Albracht. “They need to fill out a goals sheet and develop a personal model that is repeatable, sustainable and successful. We use the SMART acronym for specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely.” Sometimes writing things down is just what’s needed to make them actually happen. “When you look at pictures of famous people in magazines, realize

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that the images have been Photoshopped. They also have access to the best and most expensive resources in the world, and looking good is their job,” reminds Rankin. “Set a goal, and then set a bunch of small, achievable, measurable and quantifiable steps along the way that’ll push you towards that bigger goal.” For example, If the goal is to lose 50 pounds in a year, then maybe shoot to lose 30 pounds in the first six months and 20 in the second six months. “Breaking it up into what feels doable for you is key,” says Rankin. Establish intentions. Krysten Clark, a Los Angeles personal trainer, yoga teacher and founder of Yogva Nutrition, uses the SMART elements along with establishing an intention for each session. She states, “It’s important to recognize what ‘being healthy’ means to you. I always have my clients set an intention for their workout in the moment, which allows them to be fully present with what they’re doing and why they’re doing it. Connecting with their ‘why’ proves powerful in a day-to-day practice.” She also strives to bring mindfulness into any fitness workout that evolves from a mind-body connection. The accompanying sense of self-compassion furthers progress in the neverending process of personal growth and healthy living. Acquire a fitness posse. An accountability partner can be a friend or a personal trainer—someone that’s only a phone call away. Rankin observes, “If you know that you are letting someone down by not working out, then you are more likely to stick to a plan, especially if you’re paying that person.” Hit the reset button if needed. “Set a deadline to attain a goal and work backwards from there to achieve it,” advises Albracht. “If the goal is missed, reassess and plan again.” Be patient and forgive yourself as often as necessary if slip-ups occur. The ultimate results of feeling good and healthier provide their own payoff. Aimee Hughes, a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO, is a doctor of naturopathy and consultant for the Yandara Yoga Institute. Connect at ChezAimee@ gmail.com.


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he number of personal trainers in America will jump 24 percent by 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. As the field of fitness expands, so does the challenge of finding the right personal trainer. “It’s already difficult and confusing because the market is diluted now,” says Rick Lademann, Rick Lademann co-owner of Beyond Motion, in Naples. Lademann, who began learning about the science and art behind how the body becomes bigger, faster and stronger in his 20s, has more than 18 years of performance enhancement experience. He also has several important “make sures” for everyone’s fitness trainer wish list. “A weekend certification for personal fitness trainer is easy to obtain, so make sure you select a trainer that has the proper schooling and experience behind them. You’ll want to put your trust in someone whose passion is health and wellness, which is why their background should coincide with that. A degree in exercise science, as well as past experience, is essential,” says Lademann. The best trainer is not always the cheapest one. It’s important to invest in yourself; therefore, be ready to make a personal and financial commitment. Be ready to train at least twice a week. A good trainer motivates clients by creating change and helping them to achieve and surpass all of their goals. In order to do this, consistency is essential. Jay Weitzner’s business is the mechanics and physiology of exercise. The owner of Symmetry Precision Fitness, in Naples, is a resistance training and muscle system specialist with 11 years experience in muscle activation techniques (MAT). Weitzner, who knows the science of the body’s muscular system, evaluates and treats muscle systems to improve and restore function. Weitzner recommends that a personal trainer should be extremely competent in the study of forces; have an absolute understanding of where muscles attach, the joints they cross and which sides of the axis they lie; and possess a high competency in human physiology. “With this type of background, knowledge and experience, your trainer will be able choose

the best exercises that are right for your body. Also, make sure they are committed to continuing education,” he says. “Knowing the science allows the trainer to understand the client on a level beneath the skin. It’s more than how the trainer sees the client move, it’s about what’s happening inside. You’re not exercising at your Jay Weitzner full potential if all of your muscles aren’t communicating effectively with your brain. If only 50 percent of your muscles are functioning, then you could literally double your strength with MAT,” advises Weitzner. Both Lademann and Weitzner agree that trends and the latest fads are not the best form of training. In fact, Weitzner is so adamant about this that the tag line for Symmetry Precision Fitness is, “No Fads. All Fitness.” “The masses unfortunately don’t always get it right. They try to find the easiest way they can, rather than looking for an individualized plan that focuses on an individual’s specific needs. I tell all my clients to look at the elliptical or treadmill user in front of you next time you’re at the gym. Has the person you’ve seen on that machine changed their body composition? If they look the same, it’s because they need a combination of cardio and strength training to create ultimate change, and their trainer didn’t put that in their plan. You have to be prepared to use both modalities to see real change,” notes Lademann. Both Lademann and Weitzner emphasize that there is no fast track to optimal fitness. “It’s a marathon, not a sprint. The key is finding someone you want to do that journey with,” they say. Local Resources Beyond Motion, 11985 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples. 239-2549300. Go2BeyondMotion.com, Info@Go2BeyondMotion. com. See ad, page 61. Symmetry Precision Fitness, 1750 J and C Blvd., Ste.10, Naples. 239-940-212. NoFadsAllFitness.com, Jay@NoFads AllFitness.com. See ad, page 2.

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scientific research pioneered by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn at U Mass. Free. Advance registration requested. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 590-9485. IntegrativeMindfulness.net.

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Wellbridges Health Center Open House – 3-7pm. Meet the practitioners and see the new expanded location with Deborah Post, ARNP, Evie Breedlove, ARNP, and Michael Uphues, DO. Dr Uphues will perform some magic, as well. 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 213 (upstairs), Bonita Springs. 481-293-5216.

Songwriters at Sunset Concert – 3:30pm. Come hear original music and the stories behind the songs in an intimate “Bluebird Café” style on the beach in the gazebo. Each show will finish with a fabulous Lovers Key sunset. Free concert admission with park entry fee. $8/parking fee (2-8 people), $4/ single person/vehicle, $2/pedestrian/bicyclist. Lovers Key State Park, 8700 Estero Blvd, Ft Myers Bch. FriendsOfLoversKey.org. Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – 5:30-6:30pm. Introduction to internationally acclaimed eight-week stress-reduction course using mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga and scientific research pioneered by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn at U Mass. Free. Advance registration requested. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 590-9485. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. Mindfulness-Based Eating with a Holiday Twist – 6-7:30pm. Join Patty Badiner, Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training (MB-EAT) instructor and discover the freedom in enjoying your holiday foods more and eating less. Participate in mindfully eating a holiday dessert; learn eating tips on surviving the holidays and gain information about the upcoming MB-EAT eight-week training in Jan. $25. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Essential Oils and Animals – 6:30pm. Learn how to take care of your animals with certified pure therapeutic-grade essential oils. Free. ILO Training Center, 17030 Alico Commerce Ct, Ste 303, Ft Myers. RSVP: 464-3739. ILoveOils.com. Integrative Relaxation – Peaceful Mind – 6:308pm. With Peggy Sealfon. Combines quantum breath meditation and Amrit yoga nidra/integrative relaxation for harmony and peace. Part of the Peaceful Mind series. $20. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Terr, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net. Holiday Soul Jam Fundraiser – 6:30-9pm. Experience a variety of music performed by talented live musicians, hors d’oeuvres, raffle prizes and auction. Socialize, connect and spread the peace and joy with community. All proceeds will support the Special Needs Social Inclusion programs at House of Gaia. Tickets: $20/person or $35/couple. 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 272-6152. Tickets: HouseOfGaia.org. 

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. Let’s Get Real! Gathering – 7-8:30pm. A group of spiritually, religiously and culturally diverse women who come together to support and encourage each other on their spiritual journeys by telling stories, laughing, crying and most importantly, offering their presence. Free. Sanibel Island. Meetup.com/ Lets-Get-Real.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2 Music of the Spirit Weekend Workshop Fundraiser – Dec 2-4. With Kat Epple and Nathan Dyke. Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the founding of Happehatchee Center and founder Ellen Peterson’s birthday. Epple and Dyke will share techniques of how to play music from your spirit, listening, breathing, healing with music and finding your own musical voice. On Sun, Dec 4, willing participants will perform a concert with Epple and Dyke at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers. RSVP/ tickets: 992-5455 or Happehatchee.org. Healthy Holiday Food Drive – Dec 2-9. Drop off gluten-free, GMO-free and dairy-free foods to give to Harry Chapin Food Bank for distribution locally. Participants will be entered into a raffle for a $50 gift certificate to Joyful Juice. Wellbridges Health Center, 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 213, Bonita Springs. 481-5600 or DebPost@DebPost.com. Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – 10-11am. Introduction to internationally acclaimed eight-week stress-reduction course using mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga and

Youth Ministry Christmas Pageant – 6pm. Visit and share in reflection and joyous song while members of the youth and family ministry present a Christmas celebration. Love donation. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. UnityOfFortMyers.org. See ad, page 51. Movement and Breath for Labor – 6-7:30pm. Join Cheryl Bernardi with LifeBehold to prepare your mind and body for labor and birth through movement and breathing exercises. $25/early bird, $30/door. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 248-7931. Register: LifeBehold@gmail.com or LifeBehold.com. Gong Bath Meditation – 6:45-7:45pm. With DamaDe’.  Enjoy one hour of rest and relaxation as you settle in for a deep meditation while listening to the sound therapy of the gong. $20. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. BKSYogaStudio.com. Women’s Gathering (CBC) – 7pm. A bimonthly gathering for women over 21 to discuss women’s issues in society, religion and relationships. Support and empower other women and network. Vent in a safe environment. Refreshments will be served. $5. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3 Reiki Clinic – 9am-noon. Come to the clinic where caring volunteers offer 45-minute private sessions at an affordable rate. By appointment only. Limited space. $11. 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter.com. Really, Really Free Market – 10am-2pm. Potluck of reusable items. No money, barter or trade; everything is free. Fleischmann Park, Naples. Facebook page: Naples Really Really Free Market. Great Outdoor Adventure Day – 10am-3pm. Food, touch tanks, children’s activities and rangerled programs. Guided kayak tours, walking nature tours, bike tours (bike and helmets provided), geo-

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caching, fishing clinics and more. Exhibitors will include local environmental organizations, as well as outdoor equipment and healthy lifestyle vendors. Free with park admission. Located at the kayak launch/picnic area at Lovers Key State Park, 8700 Estero Blvd, Ft Myers Bch. 463-4588. FriendsOfLoversKey.org. Weekend Childbirth Education – Dec 3-4. 10am3pm. Learn about stages of labor, pain coping practices, moving beyond your birth worries and more. Breastfeeding class included. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2. 594-0400. Register/fee: FBCNaples@gmail.com. NaplesBirthCenter.com. Live Blood Cell Analysis – 10am-5pm. With Brandi Stewart. Utilizing one drop of blood, see 42 anomalies in your health relating to digestive dysfunction, liver stress, toxicity, inflammation markers, yeast imbalances, lymphocytes, health of white and red blood cells and more. $50 includes DVD and takehome information. For Goodness Sake, 7211 Radio Rd, Naples. RSVP: 353-7778. Grand Re-Opening Party – Noon-2pm. YOLLO Wellness, 3033 Winkler Ave, Ste 170, Ft Myers. RSVP: 275-0039. Loreto Lorca Concert – 6-7:30pm. Loreto Lorca travels from her home country, Chile, with her brilliant guitar player, Yayo Duran, to perform songs recently released in her new album, Viento Azul (Blue Wind), and other special songs for Gaia. In her exquisite music, Lorca sings the epic story of her dramatic land, Chile, while also expressing the journey of the soul. Tickets: $25/ advance or $35/door. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 272-6152. Tickets: HouseOfGaia.org.

Spiritual Discussion – Noon. Topic: Spiritual Wisdom on Health and Healing. ECK Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034. See ad, page 62. Music Under the Oaks – Noon-4pm. Music, food and fun for all. Featuring Krysti Subieta (contemporary), Mike and Owen (classic rock) and Bear Hill (bluegrass). Bring items for the local food bank. Free admission/parking. House of Prayer Retreat Center, 17880 Cypress Creek Dr, Alva. HOPRetreatCenter. org. See news brief, page 15. Holistic Holiday Party – 1-5pm. Psychic readings, crystals for sale, energy healing, other services. Bring a $10 wrapped gift to participate in the gift swap at 5pm. Participate in the raffle to raise money for charity. Infinite Stones, 12911 Metro Pkwy, Ft Myers. 561-1981. See ad, page 71. Path of The Voice Workshop – 1-5:30pm. Experiential teachings facilitated by Taj Loreto, Chilean voice teacher and composer with broad international experience. The joy of transformation through sound, singing and movement; an intimate encounter with the voice of our soul. This workshop is for individuals that want to refine their expressive tools/skills to sing the voice of the soul by practicing sound meditation, vocal exercises, along with movements and dancing. $77/person. House Of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 272-6152. Register: HouseOfGaia.org.

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Yin Stretch and Yoga Nidra – 1:30-3pm. Join Registered Yoga Teacher Bob Newman for this 90-minute class featuring gentle yin yoga to warm up, followed by the soothing guided relaxation of yoga nidra. No yoga experience necessary. $15. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Bonita Springs. 4049744. IntegrativeMindfulness.net.

Crystal Bowl Meditation – 10am & 1pm. With Cathy Blair. Expand into the new frequencies of this ever changing time. Let the loving harmonics soothe your soul as you integrate the new light codes and prepare for the Super Full Moon and Winter Solstice.  Bring pillow, mat and blanket. $20/cash. The Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 398-3953.

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.

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Community HU –11am. ECK Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034. See ad, page 62.

Book Giveaway – 9:30am-5pm. Dr Mark Corke will distribute the book The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Watch the video Evidence of Harm, a new documentary about mercury fillings. Call the office for a tour or with questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 936-5442.

Astrology 101 – 11am-2pm. With Jamie. Learn about signs, houses and planets and how they form relationships to create your chart. Pack a light snack. $40/early registration, $45/after 12/2. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276.  BKSYogaStudio.com.

Essential Oils: Sprays, Scrubs and Perfumes –1pm. Learn how to make sprays, scrubs and per-

fumes using essential oils. Materials available. Free. ILO Training Center, 17030 Alico Commerce Ct, Ste 303, Ft Myers. RSVP: 464-3739. ILoveOils.com. Essential Oils and Fitness – 6:30pm. CrossFit Level I Trainer Peter Bagwell explains how essential oils help elevate your fitness routine. Free. ILO Training Center, 17030 Alico Commerce Ct, Ste 303, Ft Myers. RSVP: 464-3739. ILoveOils.com.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6 Food Talk: Holiday Weight-Loss Aids – 6:158:15pm. Fun foods to make and bring to events. Bring an assigned appetizer or dessert dish or $15 and come enjoy a variety of dishes. Learn weight loss properties of some tasty dishes which family and friends will also enjoy during the holidays. $15 or an assigned dish. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP: 277-1399. LotusBlossomClinic.com. Crystal Wire Wrapping Class – 6:30pm. Learn how to wrap crystals for necklaces. $40 for class includes silver wire and one crystal. Bring your own crystals for extra wrapping or purchase some available. Materials provided. Genesis Non-GMO Vitamins, 877 91st Ave N, Naples. RSVP: 596-9017. Sacred Sound Attunement – 6:30pm. With Dana House. Connect to your initiating spark that shines through the holistic resonance of the invocative gongs and the grace filled bowls using 3D mandalas and ancient aromatic blends to enhance our powers of creative intension. Bring pillow, blanket, mat for comfy body so spirit can soar. $20. Peaceful Escapes, 601 E Elkcam Circle B-3, Marco Island. RSVP: 5715234. QuantumHealing-SacredSound.com. Breastfeeding Class – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn how to successfully breastfeed your newborn baby, use breast pumps and transition to returning to work while breastfeeding. The benefits of breastfeeding, the techniques for positioning and latching-on, timing and frequency of feeds will be discussed. Also learn about challenges and solutions and resources available. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 594-0400. Fee info/register: FBCNaples@gmail.com or NaplesBirthCenter.com. 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 12/13. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Complimentary Meditation – 7-8pm. Jennifer Stevens guides students through an hour of meditation and provides an opportunity to explore new ways to begin or deepen a meditation practice in a

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comfortable and supportive environment. Free. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or greenmonkey. com/naples-schedule.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7 Blood Work – 9am-5pm. For Medicare red, white and blue card members. Free. YOLLO Wellness, 3033 Winkler Ave, Ste 170, Ft Myers. RSVP: 275-0039. Black Wednesday – Noon-4pm. Free Salt Cave therapy sessions and gift certificate sales. Salt Therapy Grotto, 3443 Pine Ridge Rd, Ste 102, Naples. 598-0990. Frankincense and Myrrh – 2pm. Learn the history and uses through the ages of frankincense and myrrh. Learn the spiritual application of these wonderful resins for the holidays and other times as well. $30. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Art Alive – 5-8pm. Naples Art District Studio and Gallery tours consists of more than 36 professional artists showcasing their recent works of art and demonstrating their mediums. Meet the artist, party and bring home unique treasures for your home. Look for the magenta and white art flags in the district. 596-5099. Directions/map: NaplesArtDistrict.com. See news brief, page 10. The Great American Songbook Jazz Concert – 7pm. Enjoy the seminal music of Cole Porter, Gershwin brothers , Irving Berlin, Hoagy Carmichael and more performed by Susie Hulcher (vocals), Brad Brown (keyboard), Darrell Nutt (drums), Ricky Howard (guitar) and Don Mopsick (stand-up bass). $20. Unity Of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. Tickets: UnityOfFortMyers.org. See ad on page 51 and news brief on page 15.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8 Introduction to Nutrition and Services – Noon-1pm. This is a free monthly class for new clients and patients who have not experienced our services yet. Come learn about basic nutrition and health, our philosophy and services provided.  Book a comprehensive initial visit at this time and receive a free, high-quality multivitamin for the month. D-Signed Nutrition, 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd,

Ste 300, Bonita Springs. RSVP by 12/5: 676-5249. D-SignedNutrition.com.

YOLLO Wellness, 3033 Winkler Ave, Ste 170, Ft Myers. RSVP: 275-0039.

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.

Spa Seminar – 11:30am-1pm, Naples; 3-5pm, Ft Myers. Light refreshments and presentation, followed by Q&A session with Medical Director Dr Prendiville. He will explain the benefits of intense pulse light (IPL) and other aesthetic procedures. Also, learn the latest information on wrinkle reduction, skin smoothing techniques and SculpSure (fat dissolving treatment). Assuage Spa Luxury, Ft Myers & Naples. RSVP: 201-4762. AssuageCenters.com.

Breath of Life/Music of the Spheres – 6pm. Breathwork and reiki facilitated by Linda and transformational frequencies and vibrations provided by Dana’s dynamic gongs and bowls. Bring a desire to release what no longer serves you as well as pillow, blanket, mat for comfy body so spirit can soar. $25. Goddess I Am Healing & Art Center, 600 Goodlette Road N, Naples. RSVP: 571-5234. QuantumHealing-SacredSound.com. Mindfulness Based Eating with a Holiday Twist – 6-7:30pm. Join Patty Badiner, Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training (MB-EAT) instructor and discover the freedom in enjoying your holiday foods more and eating less. Participate in mindfully eating a holiday dessert; learn eating tips on surviving the holidays and gain information about the upcoming MBEAT eight-week training in January. $25. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Stress, Hormones and Health – 6:30pm. With Evie Breedlove-Mangapora. Learn how hormone imbalance could be robbing your zest for life. Free $10 gift card to Food & Thought for the first 10 to RSVP and attend.  Bring a friend. 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 213, Bonita Springs. RSVP required: 777-4647 or 560-8334. Restorative Sound – Peaceful Mind – 6:30-8pm. With William Ward. Allow the healing vibrations of crystal and Tibetan bowls in concert to soothe your soul and bring your body back into its original balance. Part of the Peaceful Mind series, with rotating teachers each week. Client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 3259210. MonarchWellness.net. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:45-7:45pm. Experience the vibrational healing power of quartz crystal bowls as you lie or sit in comfort. Jenny will also channel the healing energies of reiki. $10. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP: JennyLotusBlossom@gmail.com. LotusBlossomClinic.com.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9 Unleash the Teacher Within – Dec 9-11. Methodology and Teaching module. Part of the 200-hour Teacher Training Module series (enrollment in the 200-hour program not required to attend). Learn techniques and methodology needed to be a powerful and effective teacher. Through practical teaching experience and in the moment coaching, participants will embody the principles required to deliver inspirational classes confidently. $695. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 598-1938. greenmonkey.com/naples-events. 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training – Dec 9-29. With yoga master Allowah. His unique style incorporates the  universal spiritual teachings of A Course in Miracles, while covering the ancient practice of asana, pranayama, Sanskrit, meditation and more. Price varies. House of Prayer, Alva. Details: 844723-5683. TrulyHelpful.love. Magnesphere Session Day – 9am-5pm. Must be established as a client to redeem the session. Free.

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Psychic Faire – 5-8pm. Offering mini-readings with experienced readers. Angelic, tarot, mediumship, psychic, past-life and readings, plus meet your angels, meet your animal spirit guide. $20/15 min (cash only for services). Shop in Naples’ largest metaphysical store. Appointments welcome. Goddess I AM Healing & Art Center, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. Creative Arts Market – Dec 9-10. 5-9pm, Fri; 11am-5pm, Sat. Stroll through a variety of vendors and enjoy local handicrafts, original and upcycled artwork, photography, diverse gift items, food and more. Hendry Street median and historic downtown Ft Myers between Bay St & Edwards Dr. Vendor info: RiverDistricEvents@gmail.com. FortMyersRiverDistrictAlliance.com. Reiki Healing Circle – 7pm. Let the power of reiki help promote healing on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Nutrition Class – 7-8:30pm. Nutrition for pregnancy, lactation, postpartum and family. Whole Foods Market, Mercato, 9101 Strada Pl, Naples. Register: 774-5433 or LifeStrengthNaples.com. Connect to the Healer Within –7-9pm. With Dan and Karin. Firefly Within hosts an evening of learning, conversation and sharing of reiki energy to awaken and connect to the healer within. $11 donation. Healing Light Center, 4810 Hickory Wood Dr, Naples. 980-3257. FireflyWithin.com.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10 Skin Care Seminar – 9:30-11am. With Dr Michael Tick, ND, PhD, FACMT, CTN. Dr Tick is a natural genius in creating an all-natural approach to achieve beautiful skin. Free. Salt Therapy Grotto, 3443 Pine Ridge Rd, Ste 102, Naples. 598-0990. Seva Stress Relief: Acupressure for Self-Care – 10am-1pm. Learn acupressure points and daily routine for reducing stress. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 494-6983. Info: HummingbirdWellbeingCenter.com. See ad, page 21. Art-in-the-Glades – 10am-2pm. A vast array of artisans will be selling their wares under the pavilion in McLeod Park (near the majestic City Hall building). Everything from jewelry to soaps to historical books available. Baked goods from local charities and hot dogs, burgers and drinks available for purchase. Everglades City. 695-2905. EvergladesHistorical.org. Reiki for Pets – 10am-2pm. Bring your dog, cat, small animal or bird and receive a five-to-15-minute reiki session for them. Whether they are ill or healthy, animals benefit from the healing energy of reiki. Pets must be leashed or comfortably crated. Free; donations accepted. Bonita Springs. Call/email for location: 980-3257 or FireflyWithinFoundation@gmail.com. FireflyWithin.org. Psychic Faire – 10am-5pm. Choose from a list of


readers and healers offering many services, including readings, astrology, mediumship, tarot, palm readings, reiki, biofeedback and pet communication. $25/20 minutes. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339. TheMysticalMoon.com. Quantum Touch Level I Workshop – Dec 10-11. 10am-5:30pm. An interactive and hands-on certification workshop with Rick and his wife Paula. They are both experienced practitioners of Quantum Touch. Attendees will receive the benefit of both of their expertise coming from the male and female perspective – ying and yang. $350. House Of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 2726152. Register: HouseOfGaia.org. Thyroid Seminar – 11am. With Dr Robert Gilliland, DC. Discover natural solutions to correct thyroid problems, specific foods to avoid, why you feel lousy taking thyroid hormones and more. 27499 Riverview Ctr Blvd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 4443106. See ad, page 30. Smudging Class – 1pm. With Tina. Learn the yin/ yang (taking out negative and bringing in positive energies) of smudging to clear your space, yourself or workspace. Tina will go over which other herbs to use for smudging, the purpose of smudging and the materials needed for smudging, as well as the dos and don’ts. $25. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2760. Introduction to Food Healing – 1:30-4:30pm. Discover the power of the phytochemicals in foods to reverse disease and support radiant health. Enjoy generous samples from the food-healing protocols. $25. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP: 277-1399. LotusBlossomClinic.com. Psychic Development – 1-5pm. With Beth BrownRinella. Open to the psychic energies that everyone has. Learn about energy and working with it to access and use it for doing psychic work. Clear and heal past life wounds related to being intuitive. $65. Goddess I AM Healing & Art Center, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Empire Plaza, Naples. RSVP: 228-6949. Powerful You Lecture and Book Signing – 5-7pm. Join local author Julie Frizzie for a lecture on her new book Powerful You and book signing. Powerful You contains real life stories of children and is a resource for anyone working with children. Free. Barefoot Beach Club, 5025 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 287-8047. PowerfulYou.info.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11 ECK Worship Service – 11am. Topic: Law of Noninterference: Allowing Others Their Freedom. ECK Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034. See ad, page 62. Full Moon Kundalini Yoga Gong Bath – 2-4pm. With DamaDe’. A kundalini class followed by the sound therapy of the gong charged by the energy of the full moon. $25/ early registration, $30/ after 12/9. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples.  213-9276. BKSYogaStudio.com. Laughter Yoga and Mindfulness – 4:30-6pm. With Jill Emmerich and Michelle Falco. Learn to cope with everyday life challenges through laughter and positive mindfulness. Manage stress through movement, breathing, humor and positive laughirmations. Sponsored by Monarch Wellness and the Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida. Free. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Terr, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net.

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Sacred Sounds Full Moon – 6:30pm. With Dana House. Evoke divine will through the empowering gongs and unconditional love through the gentle bowls, 3-D mandalas and ancient aromatic blends for helping, healing and transformation personal and planetary merging into blissful remembrances of unity with all creation. Bring mat, pillow and blanket. $20. Arthur Murray Vortex Center, 3339 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. RSVP: 571-5234. QuantumHealing-SacredSound.com.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 12 Full Moon/Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 3-6pm. With GAEA guides. Guided kayak nature tours on the Caloosahatchee River near Ft Myers. Dates are picked for optimal viewing of the moon and the sunset. Paddle on the Caloosahatchee and some wild creeks with thousands of birds going to roost for the night. This area is a perfect place to see sunset and moonrise. Includes all equipment and a Florida master naturalist as your guide. $40/person. RSVP: 694-5513. Full Moon Monday: Winter Solstice Edition – 6-7pm. With Gus Komninos, greenmonkey yoga. Join outside for a night of yoga under the light of the full moon. This special edition will consist of 108 Sun Salutes. Four groups of 27 sun salutes, beginning with the most accessible version will be facilitated. All levels. $5/prior, $10/door. Proceeds benefit the Naples Art Association. Young Plaza at the von Liebig Art Center, 585 Park St, Naples. 5981938. greenmonkey.com/naples-events. Full Moon Meditation – 7-8pm. With Mark Wagner. Find peace and improve your sense of wellbeing through a mix of guided meditation, chanting and the healing vibrations of the singing bowls. $15/ drop-in. Shangri-La Springs, Long House, 27750

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13 Super Full Moon Celebration – 4:30pm. With Cathy Blair. The final full moon of 2016, the third of three super full moons and 10th anniversary. Receive the wisdom teachings from the Hierarchy of Light to weave the tapestry of the new paradigm. 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. Chakra Journey: Solar Plexus – 6pm. With Bethanny Gonzalez. Join for ongoing classes deeply examining one chakra per month. Learn how to clear, open and understand the solar plexus chakra as well as essential oils and crystals to support. $20. Goddess I AM Healing & Art Center, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Empire Plaza, Naples. RSVP: 228-6949. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Laurie Barraco. The crystal bowls are a form of sound vibrational healing and gently remove energetic blockages and instantly align your chakras. Bring a blanket and/or pillow. $10. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339. TheMysticalMoon.com.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14 Hyperbaric Session – 9am-5pm. Must be established as a client to redeem the session. Free. YOLLO Wellness, 3033 Winkler Ave, Ste 170, Ft Myers. RSVP: 275-0039. Brain Vitality – 2-4pm. With Ann Marina. Learn simple techniques to boost your brain: hand and eye movements, “crossovers” with arms and legs, breathing

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Black Wednesday – 4-8pm. Free Salt Cave therapy sessions and gift certificate sales. Salt Therapy Grotto, 3443 Pine Ridge Rd, Ste 102, Naples. 598-0990. Art Reception and Community Night – 6-9pm. 2nd Wed. Natures Eye Art Reception: featuring the original works of Peggy Macnamera, Megan Kissinger and Ed Takacs in the Great House. Live music, live street painting, live dulcimer music, photo booth, Calusa storytelling, live poetry, trunk jewelry show, butterfly card making and community drum circle. Organic dinner served 5-8pm. Beer and wine bar. Yoga: 6:30-7:30pm. Local film screening: 7:309pm. Free. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Community Yoga Class – 6:30-7:30pm. 2nd Wed. Enjoy yoga surrounded by lush nature and community drumming. Beginners to advanced for the whole family. Free. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Mini Spa Treatments – 6:30-7:30pm. 2nd Wed. Free mini-treatments include massage, facials and energy work on a first-come first-served basis. Tips for therapists recommended. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Calusa Storytelling – 6:30-8pm. The Calusa Indians gathered water at the Bonita Spring and regarded it as a sacred place. Calusa John will share his experiences and research into the Calusa Indians and the Spaniards. Come and see demonstrations of their indigenous technologies. Hear the haunting sound of the horse conch horn. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Community Drumming Circle – 6:30-8:30pm. 2nd Wed. With Mark Wagner. Show your community spirit and be a part of a family-oriented unity of rhythm and love on the beautiful grounds of Shangri-La Springs. Great for beginners, dancers, hoopers and musicians. Free. 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Managing Anxiety – 6:30-8pm. With Michelle Falco, registered yoga teacher and certified holistic nutritionist. Through her personal experience with anxiety, Falco has researched and developed different techniques and tools that she teaches in her classes at Monarch. Topics include: anxiety, panic attacks, getting a better sleep, proper nutrition, relaxation and empowerment. $25/person, $40/two people; clients: $20/person, $30/two people). Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Terr, Naples. 231-3208. MonarchWellness.net. Let’s Get Real! Gathering – 7-8:30pm. A group of spiritually, religiously and culturally diverse women that come together to support and encourage each other on their spiritual journeys by telling stories, laughing, crying and most importantly, offering their presence. Free. Sanibel Island. Meetup.com/ Lets-Get-Real.

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Book Giveaway – 8am-5pm. Dr Mark Corke will distribute the book The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Watch the video Evidence of Harm, a new documentary about mercury fillings. Call the office for a tour or with questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 9365442. FortMyersLaserDentist.com.


Cardiovascular Disease Lecture – 6pm. With Dr Pamela Hughes. Prevention is key, learn about the hidden risks your doctor may not tell you. Refreshments provided. Hughes Center for Functional Medicine, 800 Goodlette Rd, Ste 270, Naples. 649-7400. RSVP: HughesCenterNaples.com. See ad, page 79. Night Lights in the Garden – Dec 15-23, Dec 26-30 & Jan 2-4. 6-9pm. Experience a spectacular holiday light show. Advance tickets required. Adults: $9/members, $20/nonmembers; children (4-14): $5/members, $7/nonmembers; 3 and under/ free. Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr. 643-7275. Tickets: NaplesGarden.org. Mastery in the Matrix – 6:30pm. With Samantha Banks. Examine your own personal matrix and see the patterns imposed by others, how it is formed and creates our reality. Work with Archangel Raphael, the Karmic Council and Metatron to heal, balance and move forward in your life work. $35. Goddess I AM Healing & Art Center, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Empire Plaza, Naples. RSVP: 228-6949. Shamanic Meditation – 6:30pm. With Annia. Find, discover and connect with higher spiritual guides to heal the mind and gain a better understanding of your world. $15. The Mystical Moon, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-3339. Meditation – Peaceful Mind – 6:30-8pm. Learn how to better your meditation practice at home with short discussions and practice with William Ward. This is part of the Peaceful Mind series with rotating teachers each week. Client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 231-3208. MonarchWellness.net.

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meet your animal spirit guide. $20/15 min (cash only). Shop in Naples’ largest metaphysical store. Appointments welcome. Goddess I AM Healing & Art Center, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. Psychic Fair – 11am-4pm. Get a spiritual tune-up with gifted readers and healers. Psychic readings, mediums, healers, tarot readings, jewelry, books, candles, sage, crystals, incense, angels. $25/25 minutes. Center of Eternal Light, 260 Professional Pl, N Ft Myers. 599-4700. CenterOfEternalLight.com. Complimentary Reiki Circle – 1-2pm. With Addy Huff and Joseph Zordich. Huff will explain the practice of reiki, how it is similar to the yoga philosophy and how the channeling of reiki energy is used for healing purposes. Participants will meditate and receive reiki energy. Wear comfortable clothing and bring water, journal and pen. Donations collected with proceeds going to Freedom Waters Foundation. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 598-1938. greenmonkey.com/naples-events. Pelvic Floor Health for Women – 2-4:30pm. With JoAnn Rahl.  Develop the ability to know how to contract and relax the pelvic floor, from a Feldenkrais integrated systems perspective. Limited to 20 students.  $30/early registration, $35/after 12/16. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. BKSYogaStudio.com. See ad, page 26. Open House – 4pm. An afternoon of information and Christmas cheer with Root Causes: Holistic Health and Medicine. Dr Doreen DeStefano will discuss Adrenal Fatigue: Signs, Symptoms and Hope. Organic hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served. Energy and immune-boosting injections available at a reduced price. 12734 Kenwood Ln, Unit 84, Ft Myers. RSVP: 425-2900. See ad, page 16.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18 Yin Stretch and Yoga Nidra – 1:30-3pm. Join Registered Yoga Teacher Bob Newman for this 90-minute class featuring gentle yin yoga to warm up, followed by the soothing guided relaxation of yoga nidra. No yoga experience necessary. $15. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Bonita Springs. 4049744. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. Recovery Yoga – 4:30-6pm. With Y12SR-certified Michelle Falco. Combines the practical tools of the 12-step program with the ancient wisdom of yoga. Suitable for trauma, loss, addictions (substances, food, gambling, etc) and other emotional challenges. Stay for candlelight yoga afterward. By donation. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Preregistration required: 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net. Yoga Fusion Extravaganza –10am-2pm. Come together as a yoga community to fundraise for the Special Needs Yoga program. Raw juice samples provided for refreshment. Child care provided. Local yoga studios can sponsor this event by offering gift certificates for raffle, give a sample of classes and participate with a table representing your studio. $20/person or $35/couple. House of Gaia,1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 272-6152. Register: HouseOfGaia.org.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 19 Live Blood Cell Analysis Day – 9am-5pm. Must be established as a client to redeem the session. Free. Yollo Wellness, 3033 Winkler Ave, Ste 170, Ft Myers. RSVP: 275-0039.

Christmas Concert – 7pm. The Voices of Unity Choir, combined with the High School choir of Seacrest Country Day School, will present a program of holiday classics and Christmas favorites. Enjoy holiday food, fun and music. Children’s choir and Santa will also make an appearance. Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org. Community HU – 7pm. Chanting. Eckankar at Vineyards Community Center, 6321 Arbor Blvd, Naples. 482-4034. See ad, page 62. Spiritual Discussion – 7:45pm. Topic: Is God Listening? Eckankar at Vineyards Community Center, 6321 Arbor Blvd, Naples. 482-4034. See ad, page 62. Women’s Gathering (CBC) – 7pm. A bimonthly gathering for women over 21 to discuss women’s issues in society, religion and relationships. Support and empower other women and network. Vent in a safe environment. Refreshments will be served. $5. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17 Be Well Natural Health Clinic Open House – 11am-4pm. Drop-in with your questions. Enjoy classes, demos, special offers and samples. Meet the health partners and learn about services: thermal imaging, hypnotherapy, essential oils, energy healing, massage, lymphatic drainage, foundation training, fitness, yoga, qigong and more. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. 250-9312. BeWellNaples.com. See ad, page 40. Psychic Faire –11am-4pm. Offering mini-readings with experienced readers. Angelic, tarot, mediumship, psychic, past-life and readings plus meet your angels,

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Santa on the Sand – 1-4pm. Enjoy an afternoon of lunch, games and prizes on the beach with Santa. Each child aged 8 and under that brings a toy will visit with Santa and receive a small gift. Unwrapped toys will be distributed by the Rotary Club to local children. Attendees are eligible to win a fully decorated Christmas tree. $8/parking fee (2-8 people), $4/single person/ vehicle, $2/pedestrian/bicyclist. Lovers Key State Park, 8700 Estero Blvd, Ft Myers Bch. Preregistration required: 708-359-0466 or FJGreenWood@gmail.com.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20 Chakra Balancing – 11am-5pm. 3rd Tue. With John Cartwright. Chakras are an energetic reflection of your physical and emotional health. They assimilate, receive and express energy from yourself and the universe. Transform harmful emotional energy into positive healing energy. $65/45 minutes. ShangriLa Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. 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 12/27. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Self-Care Stretches for Busy Professionals – 5:306:30pm. Learn four simple stretches to make part of your every day, to stay ahead of routine upper-back, neck and shoulder tightness and pain. Combined with deep breathing for muscle relaxation. $15. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP: Larry@LarryWitzleben.com. Winter Solstice Labyrinth Walk – 6pm. Meditation and candlelight labyrinth walk followed by herbal tea and dessert. Create sacred space. Intention setting and grounding. Incense, medicinal herb and harvesting flower bundle intentions written on parchment and (invocation) burn/release to the universe (goddess). Donations accepted. The Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Happehatchee@ gmail.com. Happehatchee.org.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21 Frankincense and Myrrh – 2pm. Learn the history and uses through the ages of frankincense and myrrh. Learn the spiritual application of these wonderful

resins for the holidays and other times, as well. $30. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Black Wednesday – 4-8pm. Free Salt Cave therapy sessions and gift certificate sales. Salt Therapy Grotto, 3443 Pine Ridge Rd, Ste 102, Naples. 598-0990. Mantras and Miracles Kundalini Yoga – 6-7:30pm. With Lizz Cohoon (Das Simran Kaur). Align with your highest potential using kundalini yoga, breath and mantra, mantra, mantra. $20/dropin. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Winter Solstice Sound Immersion – 7:30pm. With Cathy Blair. The final initiation of 2016 as you enter the portal of light to receive your seed packets of divine clarity, wisdom and grace. Drink from the chalice of divine love and become a vessel of light.  Bring beach chair and blanket. Space is limited. $30/cash. The Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. RSVP: 398-3953.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22 Peaceful Mind Yoga – 6:30-8:00pm. With Peggy Sealfon. Combines a gentle practice of yoga with a relaxation segment to soothe the soul. This is part of the Peaceful Mind series with rotating teachers each week. Client discount available; members/ free. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Terr, Naples. 231-3208. MonarchWellness.net. End of Year Potluck – 6:30-8:30pm. Let’s gather to say adieu to 2016 meaningfully with a forgiveness ritual. Bring a friend or relative and red candle. Family friendly. Free. 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter.com. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:45-7:45pm. Experience the vibrational healing power of quartz crystal bowls as you lie or sit in comfort. Jenny will also channel the healing energies of reiki. $10. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP: JennyLotusBlossom@gmail.com. LotusBlossomClinic.com.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23 Pet Walk – 6-8pm. 4th Fri. The River District Alliance invites well-trained and leashed pets and their owners to enjoy An Evening in the River District, including pet-friendly exhibitors and vendors. Several downtown merchants will also be participating and welcoming pets. Owners assume all responsibility and risk for their pet. Downtown Ft Myers. FortMyersRiverDistrictAlliance.com.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24 Christmas Eve Services – 4pm & 6pm. Christmas Eve candle-lighting services are family oriented and include a children’s lesson. Bring your family and invite your friends and neighbors to celebrate this magical night. Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service – 5pm. Join for this holy season for a sacred, yet joyous celebration of light. Life and love shared by Rev Jim Rosemergy in the newly built sanctuary. Unity Of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. UnityOfFortMyers. org. See ad, page 51.

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rain forest, deserts and jungle through drama, music, art, yoga and fun. $100/person. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Naples. 272-6152. Register: HouseOfGaia.org. Kids Winter Camp – Dec 26-30. 10am-2pm. Kids ages 4-10 years old will explore the rain forest, deserts and jungle through drama, drums, art, yoga and fun. $175/child and 10 percent discount for siblings. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Naples. 272-6152. Register: HouseOfGaia.org.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 27 Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Laurie Barraco. The crystal bowls are a form of sound vibrational healing and gently remove energetic blockages and instantly align your chakras. Bring a blanket and/or pillow. $10. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339. TheMysticalMoon.com. Ecstatic Kirtan – 7:15-8:45pm. Last Tue. With Missy Balsam. An evening of connection, community building and heart-opening singing. No experience necessary. $15 love offering. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 272-6152. HouseOfGaia.org.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 28 Mindful Meditation – 2-4pm. 4th Wed. With Ana Marina. Learn ways to stay focused and grounded in the moment. Explore the benefits of meditation and how to maintain a regular practice. Includes silent sitting, moving, stretching and walking mindfully, followed by brief discussion. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Sacred Sound New Moon – 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, evoking divine will for helping, healing, transforming. 3-D mandalas and ancient aromatic blends assist in the process.  Bring pillow, blanket and mat. $20. Goddess I AM Healing Arts Center, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. RSVP: 5715234. QuantumHealing-SacredSound.com.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29 New Moon Celebration –7pm. With Cathy Blair. Set an intention for the new you envision for 2017. Let the singing bowls reveal your piece in the divine plan and carry your requests up into the universe. Bring beach chair and blanket. $25/cash. The Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 403-9170. Let’s Get Real! Gathering – 7-8:30pm. A group of spiritually, religiously and culturally diverse women


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harmonious relationship with food. $375/by 12/22, $395/thereafter. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 612-718-1416.

kid zones, food competitions, animal adoptions, free bike valet and special guest speakers. Centennial Park, Ft Myers. SWFLVegFest.org. See ad, page 47.

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Yoga Nidra Restore and Renew Retreat – 9am5pm. Certified Amrit  Yoga facilitator Tonya will teach a powerful technique to restore peace, reduce stress, quiet the restless mind and enter deep levels of relaxation. $125. Buckingham Yoga Barn, 4295 Orange River Loop Rd, Ft Myers. 772-485-0605. BalancedInLife.com.

Evidence of Eternity with Mark Anthony – 7pm. Mark Anthony, the psychic lawyer, is a fourthgeneration psychic medium, best-selling author and media personality. During his presentation, he will connect random audience members with loved ones in spirit. Evidence of Eternity is a bestseller which brings his years of experience, wisdom and spiritual study together. $50/ticket. Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way. Tickets: 775-3009 or NaplesUnity. org. See ad, page 45.

Sacred Sound Healing Circle – 6:30-8pm. Last Fri. With Sue Lovett. A variety of sacred sound vibration instruments will be integrated monthly including crystal singing bowls, gongs, chimes, flutes, kirtan chanting, singing and more. Breath work and gentle stretching may be included. Bring blanket, pillow, etc. $20/advance, $25/door. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 9490749. ShangriLaSprings.com.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31 New Year’s Wellness Costa Rica Retreat – Dec 31-Jan 7. Through yoga, spa, great food, music, song, stories, humor, games, movies, lectures, excursions and more, we will find ourselves feeling better and better, smiling despite ourselves and seeing how infectious joy can be. Price varies. Pura Vida Retreat & Spa, Costa Rica. Details: 844-723-5683. TrulyHelpful.love. Mantras and Miracles –1:30-3pm. With Lizz. Set your intentions for the New Year through Kundalini yoga, breath and mantra, mantra, mantra.  $20/early registration, $25/after 12/30. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. BKSYogaStudio.com or MantrasAndMiracles.com. Psychic Faire – 10am-4pm. Choose from an assortment of well-established and gifted psychics and healers. Tarot readers, soul chart progression, astrology, oracle card reader, energy matrix healer, rune caster, medium, chakra cleansing and alignment and shamanic journeys. $25/25 minutes. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. 939-2769. New Year’s Eve Burning Bowl Service – 5pm. Everyone is invited to participate in this sacred practice of releasing all that no longer serves us. Participants will be guided to write down on special paper what to let go of and place it in the burning bowl. Then mediate in gratitude for what is to come in 2017 and beyond. Unity Of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. UnityOfFortMyers.org. See ad, page 51. New Year’s Eve Service – 5pm. This is an amazing time to let go of the old and visualize how to be open to welcome the new. Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org.

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11 Private Channeling – Jan 11-13. Rae Chandran channels symbols for healing and transformation. Through these tones, Chandran facilitates shifts in your DNA to manifest to a higher frequency to manifest your life’s purpose. $250/one-hour session. Unity of Bonita Springs, 28285 Imperial Pkwy. Susan Deflavis Winters: 340-1036 or Panguswf@ gmail.com. RaeChandran.com. See ad, page 25.

200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training – Apply and pay in full by Dec 15 for early-bird pricing. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 204, Naples. 6929747. Info/application: LoveYogaCenter@aol.com. LoveYogaCenter.com. See ad, page 63.

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DNA Activation Workshop Intro Lecture – 7:308:30pm. With Rae Chandran, spiritual teacher, channel, author of numerous books and a healer in India, now residing in Tokyo, Japan. Learn about upcoming DNA Activation workshops in this introductory lecture. Unity of Bonita Springs, 28285 Imperial Pkwy. Susan Deflavis Winters: 340-1036 or Panguswf@gmail.com. RaeChandran.com. See ad, page 25.

Holistic Holiday at Sea Cruise – Mar 11-18. Seven-night cruise on the environmentally friendly ship MSC Divina, featuring world-renowned chefs, teachers and healers. Lectures, workshops, cooking and boot camp classes. Vegan, gluten-free, oil-free and ship’s menu food options. Swim, snorkel and kayak in the Caribbean. Departs from Miami. 800-496-0989. Info@HolisticHolidayAtSea.com. HolisticHolidayAtSea.com. See ad, page 77.

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Rae Chandran DNA Level I: Activation of DNA – 1:30-7:30pm. With Rae Chandran. Learn ancient tones and mudras and receive channeled teachings from ascended masters, guides and angels. Activate DNA strands. $250. Unity of Bonita Springs, 28285 Imperial Pkwy. Susan Deflavis Winters: 340-1036 or Panguswf@ gmail.com. RaeChandran.com. See ad, page 25.

Sacred Pilgrimage to Egypt – Apr 1-10. With Rae Chandran. This unique tour offers a once-in-alifetime opportunity to experience Egypt with a custom guided program that combines nature, history, adventure and spiritual experiences in some of the most magnificent spots in the world. $3,800-$4,200 (airfare not included). Susan Deflavis Winters: 3401036. Panguswf@gmail.com. RaeChandran.com. See ad, page 25.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 15 Rae Chandran DNA Level II – 1:30-7:30pm. With Rae Chandran. Learn how to use tones and mudras specifically to heal others. Channeled teachings. Activate DNA strands. $400. Unity of Bonita Springs, 28285 Imperial Pkwy. Susan Deflavis Winters: 3401036 or Panguswf@gmail.com. RaeChandran.com. See ad, page 25.

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Big Dave’s Polar Plunge – 9am. Event follows Dave Cranor’s 5K. Proceeds go to Drug Court Kids. First 100 participants donating $20 receive an event shirt. No wet suits allowed. Lowdermilk Park, entrance at North end of park, Naples. Big Dave: 435-0939. Register: GCRunner.org.

Pilates Teacher Training Program – With Amy Lademann. Three-weekend course thru June. Learn more about the foundation of Pilates. This course will explore from beginner to advanced level Pilates mat exercises, the foundation to the Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training program through Beyond Motion. Register by 12/15 to receive $150 off. 11985 Tamiami Tr N, Ste A, Naples. 254-9300. See news brief, page 13.

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Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training Program (MB-EAT) – Jan 5-Feb 23. 6-8pm. Eightweek session. Lose the diet mentality and gain a new relationship with food. Imagine what it would be like to forget words like diet, will power, guilt, and deprivation and discover a more balanced and

2017 SWFL Veg Fest – 10am-4pm. Come see how easy it is to find healthy, plant-based foods in Southwest Florida. Find local sources of eco-friendly and cruelty-free products. Learn about the science behind the benefits of a plant-based diet. Food vendors and samples, entertainment, cooking demos,

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Al-Anon Family Groups – Support for families and friends troubled by someone else’s drinking. Naples. 263-5907 or 888-425-2666 for 24/7 info. Schedule at SouthFloridaAl-Anon.org.

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

Yoga in Nature – Several days a week; see website for schedule. Multilevel yoga classes. $10/drop-in (cash/check). Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Schedule: Happehatchee.org.

Yoga at the Garden – 10-11am. With greenmonkey yoga. All levels. Students can enjoy yoga surrounded by the beauty of the Naples Botanical Gardens on the Kapnick Caribbean Lawn. $10/garden members, $20/nonmembers (includes admission to the Garden). 4820 Bayshore Dr, Naples. 598-1938. Guided Tour, Organic Spa and Gift Shop – Mon-Fri. 10am-3pm, gift shop open. 11am & 2pm, guided tour, $15; organic spa by appointment, 10am3pm (off hours available). Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com.

Lions Club Farmers’ Market – Thru Apr. 9am2pm. Fresh produce, unique food items, indoor seafood market, arts and crafts and beach items. Rodes Restaurant, 3756 Bonita Bch Rd SW, Bonita Springs. 289-3786. 41Markets.com. Beginners Orientation: An Introduction to Meditation Postures and Techniques – 9:15-10am. Get to know our style of practice, our lineage, ways to practice Open Mind Zen. $10 suggested dontation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 961-2491. OpenMindZenNaples.com. Celebration Church Services – 9:30-10:30am. A church that meets outdoors, welcomes everyone and has a huge heart. Cambier Park, 580 8th St S, Naples. 649-1588.

Organic Lunch and Meals to Go – Mon-Fri. 11am-2pm, lunch. 2nd Wed: 5-8pm, dinner. Garden to table, pasture to table and ocean to table. Organic, fresh, locally grown ingredients. Vegan, vegetarian, protein options. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Reservations: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com.

Church of Spiritual Light – 9:45-11am. Sunday service. Spiritual connection, meditation, ritual, prayer and song. 1939 Park Meadows Dr, Ste 1, Ft Myers. 560-6314. ChurchOfSpiritualLight.org.

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Unity of Ft Myers Sunday Service/Youth and Family Ministry – 10am. With Rev Jim Rosemergy, senior minister. Join before the service for “The Gathering”, a 20-minute meditation and reiki session before and after service. 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. UnityOfFortMyers.org.

Koreshan Farmers’ Market – 8am-1pm. Unique market in the historic settlement of the Koreshans. Fresh and local goods; native plants and trees. Free park admission; $1 environmental impact fee. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-0311.

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.

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Zen Meditation and Dharma Talk – 7-8:30pm. With Andy Solis or Laurie Lyons. Includes silent seated and walking meditation. Concludes with open discussion. $10 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 961-2491. OpenMindZenNaples.com. River and Creeks Manatee Kayak Tour – 10am2pm. Get up close and personal and learn about their history, habitat and habits. $55 includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. Ft Myers. 694-5513.

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Spiritual Study Group – 10:30am. Prayer and meditation with Rev Joyce Heist. Reading and discussion based on Basic Principles of the Science of Mind. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 516-909-7624. 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. uunaples@earthlink.net. uunaples.org. Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft Myers Sunday Service – 10:30-11:30am. All welcome. 13411 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. 561-2700. uucfm.org. Gentle Yoga for Discovering a Path to Peace – 10:30am-noon. With Renee Newell. Through gentle yoga and stretching, learn to move with awareness and less effort, to be more and do less. $15/dropin or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, Long House, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Cycling Class for Parkinson’s – 12:30-2pm. Find support from other people with Parkinson’s, feel better and reduce your symptoms. Physician referral required. Free. Bonita Springs YMCA, 27200 Kent Rd. Marla Ramsey: 221-7560. Rissho Kosei-kai Buddhist Group – 1:45-3:45pm. With dharma teacher Mary Tracy Sigman. Come explore practical Buddhism for everyday life. Service includes chanting from the Lotus Sutra, dharma study, circle of compassion and a short closing meditation. All are welcome. UUCFM, 13411 Shire Ln, Rm 1, Ft Myers. Info: 239-292-3182. Introductory Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 4:45pm. Last Sun each month. greenmonkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. FloridaMindfulness.org.


Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 6:30pm. With dharma teacher Fred Epsteiner, in the spirit of Thich Nhat Hanh. greenmonkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. FloridaMindfulness.org. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 6:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Cape Christian Fellowship, 2110 Chiquita Blvd, Cape Coral. 338-5948. Candlelight Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. With Michelle Falco, RYT. Gentle and meditative practice lit by candles. $15/drop-in or $50/four classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Terr, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net. Drum and Dance Circle – 6:30-9pm. Drummers, dancers, jugglers, everyone welcome. BYO chair and instrument or just listen. Under the pavilion by the water in Centennial Park, Ft Myers. Info: Facebook page: Fort Myers Drum Circle. 935-5551.

Yoga – 5:15pm. Knowledgeable teachers, small groups. $15. Health and Wellness Sanctuary, Naples. 269-2221. Working Toward Wellness Support Group – 5:307pm. With Patrick Hendry. For people living with a mental diagnosis and still working in the community. The Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida, 2335 9th St N, Ste 404, Naples. 703-489-5742 or phendry@MentalHealthAmerica.net. Gentle Yoga – 6-7pm. Alyssa Centofanti, RTY200. Slow-flow mixed with restorative. You’ll be guided to move with your breath and with ease which cultivates strength, balance and awareness. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. Strength Class – 6-7pm. This co-ed, full-body conditioning class changes with a monthly theme for a completely unique workout each time. $18/drop-

Chair Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. With Deb Rolfe. Chair yoga is gentle, utilizing either one or two chairs rather than a mat. Sit on the chair to perform modified poses or simply stand next to it for support. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. Chair Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. With Linda. Returning to yoga after an injury or surgery may best be accomplished by the transitional stage of chair yoga. $15/donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 961-2491. OpenMindZenNaples.com. Yoga for Anxiety Relief – 10:30-11:30am. With Michelle Falco. Four-week series. Learn tools to develop your own personal methods to use at home. Gentle class to calm the body with yoga while learning specific self-talk skills. $50/four classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net. Vinyasa Yoga – 12:15-1:15pm. With Raimonda Kerikaite. Traditional and therapeutic yoga style for beginners and seasoned yogis. Ends with restorative, relaxing savasana. $15/drop-in or $120/10 class pass. Shangri-La Springs, Long House, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Miracles Among Us – 1-3pm. 3rd Mon. Providing support for and education about the effects brain injuries have on people’s lives (the person with the brain injury and their caretakers). Fire Station 48, 16280 Livingston Rd, Naples. MiraclesAmongUs.org. Sunset Beach Yoga – 4:45-5:45pm. With Sue Rokela. Students can enjoy yoga while surrounded by the beauty of nature. Check Facebook for weather cancellations. $5 plus state park entry fees. DelnorWiggins Pass State Park, 11135 Gulfshore Dr, Naples. 598-1938. greenmonkey.com/naples-schedule.

Adult Children of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional Families (ACA) – 6-7:30pm. 12-step meeting. Unity Church of Naples choir room, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. Lissa: 908-752-0068. FloridaState. ACAIntergroup.org. Positive Behavior Program – 6-7:30pm. With Salima Silverman and Jill Emmerich. Eight-week program. Ages 5 and up. Mindful Parenting Group focuses on effective parenting and behavior management skills, while children develop self-control, cooperation skills, and healthy expression of emotions in the Mindful Caterpillars Group. Two adults/two children. Client discount available. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Preregistration required: 231-3208. MonarchWellness.net. Clay Handbuilding and Raku Techniques –

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6-9pm. Five-week class with Richard Rosen. $195 plus materials ($30). Rosen Gallery & Studios, Naples Art District, 2172 J&C Blvd, Naples. RSVP: 821-1061. rictra@earthlink.net. A Course in Miracles – 7pm. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Fireplace Room, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Congregational Church, 15300 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527.

Mindful Movement and Meditation – 9-10am. Meditative class to tune into a deep inner mind/ body connection. $15/drop-in or $50/four classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net. C3 Farmers’ Market – Thru Apr. 9am-2pm. Fresh produce, food vendors and arts and crafts. Community Congregational Church (C3), 15300 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 289-3786. 41Markets.com.

Reiki Healing – 7pm. 1st and 3rd Mon. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Fellowship Hall, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org.

Barre Motion Class – 9:30-10:30am. Naples’ original Pilates-based cardio barre class. This highenergy class is ideal for dancers and non-dancers alike. Be prepared to sweat. $18/drop-in. Beyond Motion, 11985 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 254-9300. Go2BeyondMotion.com.

Buddhism and Guided Meditation – 7-8pm. With JoAnne Lawrence. Discover how to practice the way of peace in the midst of our busy modern lives. Includes two guided meditations and a teaching on the way of inner peace and Buddhism. BYO meditation cushion, chairs provided. $10/drop-in. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com.

Women’s Overeaters Anonymous Step Writing Meeting – 10am. Free. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Circle, Ste 104, Estero. Sandy: 973-809-5338 or Helen: 247-0385. Estuary Kayak Tour in Estero Bay – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins, manatees and more. $40. Includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Bonita Bch. 694-5513.

Gurdjieff/The Fourth Way Discussion Group – 7-8pm. An exploration of the teachings of G I Gurdjieff, with readings and discussion. Introductory sessions meet in Bonita Springs. Info: 565-1410. TheGurdjieffSocietyOfFlorida.org.

Simplicity of Foundation Training – 10:30-11am. Eliminate back and neck pain naturally. Take your health and fitness to a new level with these painrelieving, injury-reducing techniques. First class free. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. Harry Grimm: 227-0021.

Silent Meditation – 7-8:15pm. Seated and walking meditation in the Zen tradition. Newcomers welcome. $10 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 961-2491. OpenMindZenNaples.com. Compassionate Friends: Collier County Group – 7:30pm. Second Mon. For bereaved parents. YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd, Naples. 690-7801. swflcf@live.com. Nar-Anon Family Groups – 7:30pm. Providing support and hope to those in despair because of a relative or friend’s addiction. First Baptist Church, 4117 Coronado Pkwy, Cape Coral. 940-2615.

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

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Peer Support Group for the Blind and Visually Impaired – 10:30am-noon. Facilitated by Rick Hart. Learn to cope and feel less isolated while making connections with others. Lighthouse of Collier, 2685 Horseshoe Dr S, Ste 211, Naples. RSVP: 430-3934. Nia – 11am-noon. With Valeria Hill. Combines marital arts, dance and healing arts. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, Long House, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Caregiver Support Group for the Blind and Visually Impaired – 12:30pm. Facilitated by Rick Hart. Learn the importance of taking care of yourself, healthy ways to manage stress, relaxation techniques and the importance of connecting with other caregivers. Lighthouse of Collier, 2685 Horseshoe Dr S, Ste 211, Naples. RSVP: 430-3934. Cycling Class for Parkinson’s – 12:30-2pm. Find support from other people with Parkinson’s, feel better and reduce your symptoms. Physician referral required. Free. Bonita Springs YMCA, 27200 Kent Rd. Marla Ramsey: 221-7560.

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Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement – 2-3pm. With JoAnn Rahl. Gentle movement classes; discover how to move easily with less pain. Regardless of age or condition increase your ability to learn and improve. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. Hatha Yoga – 5:30pm. With Chris Neal. Beginners to advanced. Relax, improve balance, range of motion, performance. $15. Private classes available. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter.com. Meditation – 6pm. Donation. Health and Wellness Sanctuary, Naples. 269-2221. FUNdamentals of Yoga – 6-7pm. With Ellen Duff. An introduction to yoga that will help to slowly build strength, flexibility and great technique. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. Qigong – 6-7pm. With Eddie Rose. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, Long House, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) Group – 6-7:30pm. 12-step program. A fellowship of men and women that have suffered from anxiety or depression and anger after growing up in highly stressful environments. 10051 Plantation Rd, Ft Myers. 931-9009. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Doris Miriam. The crystal bowls are a form of sound vibrational healing and gently remove energetic blockages and instantly align your chakras.  Bring a blanket and/or a pillow. $10.  The Mystical Moon Bonita, 8951 SE Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 255, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 301-0655. Men’s Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA) – 6:30-8pm. A 12-step program. Common purpose is a desire for healthier relationships. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Cir, Ste 104, Estero. David: 470-0899. Yoga for Anxiety Relief – 6:30-7:30pm. With Michelle Falco. Four-week class. Learn tools to develop your own personal methods to use at home. Gentle class to calm the body with yoga while learning specific self-talk skills. $50/four classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net. Hand Drumming Class – 6:30-8pm. With Marc Wagner. For beginners and intermediate levels. Learn the basics of hand drumming, African and Caribbean beats and rhythms. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com.


Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Gulf Coast Church of Christ, 9550 Ben C Pratt (6 Mile Cypress), Ft Myers. 338-5948.

those suffering chronic illness or injury and anyone who wants a gentle meditative yoga class. $15/ drop-in or $120/10 class pass. Shangri-La Springs, long house, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com.

Spano’s Meditation – 7pm. 2nd and 4th Tues. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org.

Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old US 41, Bonita. Carol: 405-1947.

Ecstatic Kirtan – 7:15-8:45pm. Last Tue. With Missy Balsam. An evening of connection, community building and heart-opening singing. No experience necessary. $15 love offering. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 272-6152. HouseOfGaia.org.

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.

wednesday Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 9am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Congregational Church, 15300 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527. Morning Beach Yoga – 9-10am. With Brittany Price. Students can enjoy yoga surrounded by the beauty of nature at Delnor-Wiggins State Park. Check Facebook for weather cancellations. $5 plus park entry fee. 11135 Gulf Shore Dr, Naples. 5981938. greenmonkey.com. Beach Baptist Farmers’ Market – 9am-2pm. Beach Baptist Church, 130 Connecticut St, Ft Myers Bch. 41Markets.com. Body/Mind/Soul Consultations – 9am-5pm. By appointment. Health and Wellness Sanctuary, Naples. 269-2221.

Yang Style Tai Chi – 11am-noon. With Suzanne Jefferies. A fun, gentle way to relax, reduce stress, improve balance and feel great. $15/drop-in or $120/10 class pass. Shangri-La Springs, long house, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 2:30-4pm. Hanging onto sick relationships? We offer healthy ones. Dry Palms Foundation, 1251 Lamar Rd, N Ft Myers. Jane: 728-7106. Locally Grown Produce Market – Thru May. 3-6pm. Purple Spoon Culinary, 25151 Chamber of Commerce Dr, Bonita Springs. Info: ChefKristina.com. Confident Caterpillars – 5-6pm. With Salima Silverman. Four-week class. Ages 5 and up learn healthy coping skills, build self-confidence and enjoy fun exercise. $80/four classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.com. Art Alive – 5-8pm. 1st Wed. Naples Art District Studio and Gallery Tours consists of more than 36 professional artists, who will be showcasing their recent works of art and demonstrating their me-

dium. Meet the artist, party and bring home unique treasures for your home. Look for the magenta and white art flags in the district. 596-5099. Directions/ map: NaplesArtDistrict.com. Mat Pilates – 5:30-6:30pm. With Melanie Pefinis. A unique method of body conditioning that uses the body as an integrated system. A series of strengthening and stretching moves, based on both ballet and yoga. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, long house, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Healing, Prayer and Meditation Service – 6pm. First Wed. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Sanctuary, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org. Barre Motion Class – 6-7pm. Naples’ original Pilates-based, cardio barre class. This high-energy class is ideal for dancers and non-dancers alike. Be prepared to sweat. $18/drop-in. Beyond Motion, 11985 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 254-9300. Go2BeyondMotion.com. Vinyasa Yoga – 6-7pm. With Ellen Duff. Flow yoga style with poses that run together and become like a dance. The breath acts as an anchor to the movement as you flow from one pose to the next in time with an inhale or exhale. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. Gentle Yoga and Meditation – 6:30pm. Yoga prepares body for meditation. Learn breathing and relaxation techniques; reduce stress. $11. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter.com. Pet Loss and Grief Support Group – 6:30pm. 2nd Wed. Compassionate support: pet loss, medical

Pilates Bootcamp Class – 9:30-10:30am. More than a Pilates mat class; get your heart pumping and body moving with this challenging cross-conditioning class. Beginners welcome. $18/drop-in. Beyond Motion, 11985 Tamiami Tl N, Naples. 254-9300. Go2BeyondMotion.com. Yoga for Well-Being – 9:30-10:30am. With Mary Cline Golbitz. Gentle class; perfect for beginners,

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crisis, chronic illness. Free. 1939 Park Meadows Dr, Ft Myers. 936-1732. La Leche League – 7pm. 3rd Wed. Mother-to-mother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. Cape Coral Hospital Women’s Center, 2nd fl, 636 Del Prado Blvd S, Cape Coral. lllflorida.com. Families Anonymous – 7-8:15pm. For relatives and friends of those that suffer from a current, suspected or former problem of substance abuse or related behavioral problem. Open to all. No dues or fees. Moorings Presbyterian Church, Naples. 595-1938. FamiliesAnonymous.org. Nar-Anon Family Groups – 7:30pm. Providing support and hope to those in despair because of a relative or friend’s addiction. Cape Professional Center, 1216 SW 4th St, Ste 6, Cape Coral. 691-3653.

thursday Yoga – 8:30am. With Julie Christenbury. Beginners to intermediate. All ages. Strengthen/lengthen your muscles while calming, soothing your mind. $15. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter.com. Mind-Body Renewal – 9-10am. With Peggy Sealfon. Gentle movement and integrative relaxation/ Amrit Yoga Nidra to restore and revitalize. $15/ drop-in. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Terr, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net. World Fusion Dance – 9:30-10:45am. With Winnie Purple. A fun and exciting dance class that incorporates movements from different cultures around the world. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 9490749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Simplicity of Foundation Training – 10:30-11am. Eliminate back and neck pain naturally. Take your health and fitness to a new level with these pain relieving, injury reducing techniques. First class free. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. Harry Grimm: 227-0021. Chair Yoga – 11am-noon. With Sue Lovett. A gentle form of yoga while sitting comfortably in a chair or standing using a chair for support. $15/ drop-in or $120/10 class pass. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Connected Warriors: Complimentary Yoga for Veterans – 11am-noon. Adaptive yoga with long

sequences to calm your spirit. Slow, gentle movement with long savasana/rest. Veterans free, $10/ drop-in/public. Shangri-La Springs, Long House, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Stretch and Strength – 11:30-12:30pm. With Sondra Dansby. This hour-long class does a little with every part of the body. Using breath, core work, stretching and the resistance of your own body to build strength, it varies each week. $10. AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 1:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. All Souls Episcopal Church, 14640 N Cleveland, N Ft Myers. 585955-3910. Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement – 2-3pm. With JoAnn Rahl. Gentle movement classes; discover how to move easily with less pain. Regardless of age or condition increase your ability to learn and improve. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. Qigong – 3-4pm. $15. Health and Wellness Sanctuary, Naples. 269-2221. Infant and Pregnancy Loss Support Group – 5:15-6:45pm. 2nd Thurs. 1095 Whippoorwill Ln, Naples. 298-9725. Facebook page: Grieving Together. The Edible Gardening Exchange Speaker Series – 5:30pm. Open and informal chat on edible topics. Bring seeds to share. 6:30pm, speaker. BYO cup for coffee and tea. Membership fee: $10; Lee Parks and Rec lifetime membership card required $10. North Fort Myers Rec Center, 2000 N Recreation Park Way. 610-530-8883. Brew Yoga – 6-7pm. With Diana Holding. Passive poses held 3-5 minutes to release connective tissue holding patterns in the body. Enjoy a nice cold brew while changing poses. All levels. Shangri-La Springs, Long House, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Pilates Bootcamp Class – 6-7pm. More than a Pilates mat class; get your heart pumping and body moving with this challenging cross-conditioning class. Beginners welcome. $18/drop-in. Beyond Motion, 11985 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 254-9300. Go2BeyondMotion.com. Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) Group – 6-7:30pm. 12-step program. A fellowship of men and women who have suffered from anxiety or

depression and anger after growing up in highly stressful environments. 10051 Plantation Rd, Ft Myers. 931-9009. Yoga – 6:15pm. Knowledgeable teachers, small groups. $15. Health and Wellness Sanctuary, Naples. 269-2221. Peaceful Mind – 6:30-8pm. With rotating teachers. Unwind and energize through use of transformational breath, restorative sound, yoga and integrative relaxation. $60/4 classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Therapy, 843 Myrtle Terrace, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchWellness.net. La Leche League – 7pm. 1st Thurs. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. St Hilary’s Episcopal Church, 5011 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 454-1350. Meditation and Dharma Discussion – 7-8pm. Silent seated and walking meditation followed by open dharma discussion based on presented topic. $10 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 961-2491. OpenMindZenNaples.com. Transformational Breath – 7-8:30pm. 2nd & 4th Thurs. With Carrie Sopko. A self-healing system using conscious breath work. $20/drop-in. ShangriLa Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Let Your Yoga Dance – 7:15-8:15pm. With Elaine Camarda. A self-expressive dance through the chakras. Music is upbeat, energetic and soulful as attendees sing and connect with their spiritual energy centers. Shangri-La Springs, Long House, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Messages and Meditation – 7:30pm. With Deborah Noonon. Open discussion. Guided meditation, followed by spirit messages. $15. Center of Eternal Light, 260 Professional Pl, N Ft Myers. 599-4700. CenterOfEternalLight.com.

friday Beach Yoga – 9-10am. With Michelle Falco, RYT. Gentle movement and meditation aided by the naturally therapeutic and serene sounds and sensations of the outdoors. By donation. 3rd Ave N Beach. Call Monarch Wellness for more information. Preregistration required: 231-3208. MonarchWellness.net. St John Farmers’ Market – Thru Apr. 9am-2pm. About 40 vendors including three produce stands and arts and crafts. Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 625 11th Ave N, Naples Park. 289-3786. 41Markets.com. Barre Motion Class – 9:30-10:30am. Naples’ original Pilates-based, cardio barre class. This highenergy class is ideal for dancers and non-dancers alike. Be prepared to sweat. $18/drop-in. Beyond Motion, 11985 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 254-9300. Go2BeyondMotion.com. Restorative Yin Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. With Sue Lovett. Quiet the mind, soothe the nervous system and increase mind/body awareness as we connect with the nurturing energy of nature. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, Long House, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. La Leche League – 10am. 2nd Fri. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Center Point

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Community Church, 6590 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples. 404-4933. Laurielll@aol.com. Guided Meditation – 10am. With Beth. Journey to vast and varied healing spaces, inner sanctuaries and connections with higher beings, etc. Includes discussion following, oracle cards. $10 love donation. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. GoddessIAm.com. Open and Volunteer Day – 10-4pm. Free historic walking tours at 1pm. Spend some time in nature and volunteer. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Happehatchee@gmail. com. Happehatchee.org. Women’s Co-Dependents Anonymous – Noon. Women only. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Sally: 948-9162. Cycling Class for Parkinson’s – 12:30-2pm. Find support from other people with Parkinson’s, feel better and reduce your symptoms. Physician referral required. Free. Bonita Springs YMCA, 27200 Kent Rd. Marla Ramsey: 221-7560. Chair Yoga – 2-3pm. With Dina Radcliffe, E-RYT. Breath work, mindful meditations, stretches and balance work. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, Long House, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 2:30-4pm. Hanging onto sick relationships? We offer healthy ones. Dry Palms Foundation, 1251 Lamar Rd. Jane: 728-7106. Healing the Healers/Reiki Healing Circle – 2:304pm. 4th Fri. With Lenka Spiska. Healers and reiki practitioners on all levels are encouraged to give and receive. $15 donation. Happehatchee Center, peace pavilion, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Happehatchee.org. Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 3-6pm. On the Caloosahatchee River. See thousands of birds coming in to roost for the night. $40. Includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Ft Myers. 694-5513. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 6:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Cape Christian Fellowship, 2110 Chiquita Blvd, Cape Coral. 338-5948. Vino-Yasa Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. With Diana Holding. Soothing wine yoga class for all levels and all bodies. Sip pinot, stretch, strengthen and smile. $15/ drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, Long House, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com.

saturday Sunrise Yoga –7-8am. With Konrad Umpenhour, greenmonkey yoga. Students can enjoy yoga at sunrise in the beautiful, serene setting of The Pointe, at the Naples Bay Resort Hotel, surrounded by palm trees and tranquil water. All levels class. Check Facebook page for weather cancelations. $20/drop-in. 1500 Fifth Ave S, Naples. 598-1938. greenmonkey.com/naples-schedule. Compassionate Friends: Lee County Group – 9am. 4th Sat. For bereaved parents. Unity Church of Bonita, 28285 Imperial Pkwy, Bonita Springs. 690-7801. swflcf@live.com.

2pm. Fresh produce, unique food items, indoor seafood market, arts and crafts and beach items. Rodes Restaurant, 3756 Bonita Bch Rd SW, Bonita Springs. 289-3786. 41Markets.com.

Estuary Kayak Tour in Estero Bay – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins, manatees and more. $40. Includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Bonita Bch. 694-5513.

Barre Motion Class – 9:30-10:30am. Naples’ original Pilates-based, cardio barre class. This highenergy class is ideal for dancers and non-dancers alike. Be prepared to sweat. $18/drop-in. Beyond Motion, 11985 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 254-9300. Go2BeyondMotion.com.

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

A Day of Healing – 9:30am-noon or 1:30-4:30pm. 3rd Sat. With Dolores Gozzi. Enjoy a class or group healing and meditation; varies each month. $35. The Pines, 8192 College Pkwy, Ste B 37 & B 38, Ft Myers. 826-6960. NaturesCycles.com. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 10am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Dr, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527. Women Seeking Serenity through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Carol: 405-1947.

Open and Volunteer Day – 10-4pm. Free historic walking tours at 1pm. Spend some time in nature and volunteer. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Happehatchee@gmail. com. Happehatchee.org. Soul Sisters Middle School Group – Noon1:30pm. With Jill Emmerich. Eight-week series. Helping girls navigate through the challenges of adolescence. Build self-confidence, peer support, communication and socialization skills, problem solving skills and self-expression through creative activities. $320. Client discount available. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Preregistration required: 2313208. MonarchWellness.net.

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FOR RENT ORGANIC SPA ROOM – European classy-style spa room for rent at a medical wellness center in Olde Naples. Perfect for acupuncturist, nutritionist, counselor, energy healer or other. $650/month. 777-0344. ROOM FOR RENT – 12-by-13 room in medical massage office with wood floors, window. Anchor Court. $725/month includes utilities. 293-0960. ROOM FOR RENT – In an upscale professional massage therapy office on the corner of Immokalee Rd and US 41, in Naples. $700-$900/month. Ron DeSalvo: 250-1105. SPACE/OPPORTUNITY – Four spaces available in 5,000-sq-ft holistic clinic near downtown Naples. Seeking doctor and/or complementary modalities. 250-9312.

OPPORTUNITIES NEW ORGANIC SKIN AND BEAUTY LOFT – Space available for a nail tech and separate room for a specialist or esthetician. Terms are negotiable. 330-0396. SEEKING LICENSED MASSAGE THERAPIST – Located in an organic, upscale spa. Must be experienced. Email resume: Info@PurelyYouSpa. com with Dec-NA-HireMeLMT as the subject. SEEKING PERSONAL BUSINESS ASSISTANT – Acting/improv experience useful, not required. My

work includes recognizing and energizing potential business projects while confronting boredom and distractions. The opportunity will include creating goals, marketing, managing timelines and supporting focus and personal motivation to empower a senior citizen to continue to produce value to humanity. The initial agreement will include a five-to-10-hour/week work commitment that will be renegotiated as the work relationship develops. Bill: 597-7372. START A CAREER YOU CAN BE PASSIONATE ABOUT – Publish your own Natural Awakenings magazine. Home-based business, complete with comprehensive training and support system. New franchises are available or purchase a magazine that is currently publishing. Call 530-1377 or visit NaturalAwakeningsMag.com/MyMagazine.

PRODUCTS EXCALIBER DEHYDRATOR – Nine-tray Excalibur dehydrator with non-stick sheets. $100. 791-8767.

RETREATS JULY 2017 SPIRITUAL RETREAT IN ISRAEL – Meditations, initiations and channeling with Rae Chandran. Join Natural Awakenings publisher Sharon Bruckman and Naples medical qigong practitioner Dr. Susan Deflavis Winters on these lifechanging tours of Egypt and Israel with this very special guide. 340-1036 or Panquswf@gmail.com.

SERVICES THE HEALING VIOLIN – Violinist and Music Therapist JamesSteven Farnsworth brings beautiful music to the elderly and clients with disabilities in Lee and Collier counties. 40-minute sessions are $60 in Naples. Tele/text 510-292-7786. JamesSteven. com/TheHealingViolin. 

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communityresourceguide Connecting you to the leaders in natural health care and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide email NAadvertising@naturalawakeningsmag.com to request our media kit. ACUPUNCTURE CENTER OF NAPLES

ACUPUNCTURE ACUPUNCTURE/CUPPING

Jack Morris, AP, Dipl Ac (NCCAOM) Advanced Certified Cupping Specialist, MPS Certified • 239-293-4005 Specializing in long- and short-term pain issues, detoxification, cupping (reverse pressure therapy), migraines and TMJ, menses irregularity, PMS and infertility, smoking cessation and PTSD. See ad, page 51.

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

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

ACUPUNCTURE/TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE

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

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

New England School of Acupuncture graduate with 26 years experience. Charles specializes in complex symptomology, chronic pain conditions, expert facial rejuvenation, side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. See ad, page 26.

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Dr. Xiu Qiong Cen, AP, OMD (China) 5683 Naples Blvd, Naples 34109 P: 239-513-9232 • F: 239-513-9293 DrCenAcupuncture@gmail.com

Licensed acupuncture physician with 28 years experience in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Experienced in pain management, women’s health, insomnia, migraines, digestion issues and much more. See ad, page 12.

DR. ROBERT MURDOCH, BOARDCERTIFIED ACUPUNCTURE PHYSICIAN AHA! A Holistic Approach Center 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers, 33908 239-433-5995

An acupuncture physician since 1986, Dr. Murdoch has devoted his life to helping people recover from mild and severe injury and illness. Also utilizing functional medicine, he has worked in hospitals and has treated patients of all ages and states of health. In addition to television and radio appearances, Dr. Murdoch has authored three books and has been published in the British Medical Journal, Red Flags, and Acupuncture Today.

PHYLLIS C. WEBER, AP

Oriental Medicine 239-841-6611, Naples & Ft Myers Specializing in treatment of allergies, hormonal imbalances, auto-immune problems and pain using acupuncture, herbs, NAET, Biomagnetic Pairs Therapy. AP771. See ad, page 16.

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE DR JOEL YING, MD

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

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AYURVEDA CHRISTINA CARLIN, AYURVEDIC PRACTITIONER

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

BIOFEEDBACK FIREFLY WITHIN, LLC

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

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

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.

ROLFED IN PARADISE, INC.

Cindi Curci-Lee, RN, BSN Advanced Certified Rolfer Movement Practitioner Yamuna Body Rolling Instructor 5100 N Tamiami Trl, Ste 126, Naples 7680 Cambridge Manor Pl, Ste 100, Ft Myers RolfedInParadise@gmail.com • 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, MM35843 (Naples), MM29338 (Ft Myers).


ROLFING NAPLES

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

PAULA TERRY, LMT

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

STUART WRIGHT, ND

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

CHIROPRACTOR NETWORK CHIROPRACTOR

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.

COLON THERAPY CAPE CORAL COLONICS

Kelly Swan, Licensed Colon Therapist 4720 SE 15th Ave, Ste 209, Cape Coral 239-549-7559 Colon hydrotherapy is an ancient art used to support natural healing. Releasing dormant toxins may improve issues with constipation, diarrhea, skin and overall wellbeing. MA77085, MM33594.

CLEANSING SPRINGS INC.

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

RB INSTITUTE, INC.

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

ECO-SPIRITUAL CENTER HAPPEHATCHEE ECO-SPIRITUAL CENTER 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero 33928 239-992-5455 • Happehatchee.org

A park in the heart of the village, with Yoga in Nature several days a week, drumming lessons and healing circles. Peace Pavilion and Historic Happehatchee House are available to rent for ceremonies and events. Happehatchee events calendar link and class descriptions: Happehatchee.org/ our-events/.

ENERGY HEALING

Colon therapist since 1994. Enclosed gravity method, uv/ ozone purified water, superior to others. Massage, Reflex-ology, Upledger CranioSacral/SER & Ly m p h D r a i n a g e , Vi s c e r a l Manipulation, Raindrop, Ear Candling, Ozone/Oxygen Steam cabinet, BEFE foot detox, Far-Infrared Sauna. MM7376, MA018351. See ad, page 70.

CRYSTALS & MARBLE

CORE STAR – JIM CRABTREE CoreStarEnergyHealing.com 239-597-7372

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.

MARIA HUBBUCH

239-910-6576 MariaHubbuch@aol.com HarmonizingAmbientEnergy.com

INFINITE STONES, LLC

Granite, Marble and Crystals 12911 Metro Pkwy, Ft Myers 33906 239-561-1981 InfiniteStonesllc.com Specializing in unique granite from oversea, precious stone slabs and crystals. We sell wholesale and retail. Please call for an appointment to visit our ware-house. See ad, page 71.

Certified teacher and licensed practitioner offering classes and individual healing sessions inperson or distance: ThetaHealing®, Esoteric Healing ® , Seraphim Blueprint ® , Reiki, Axiatonal Alignments.

MAUREEN SANDERS, HOLISTIC ENERGETIC MEDICINE

LASER DENTISTRY

Healing People & Animals since 2005 MaureenSanders.com • TheHorseShaman.com 239-253-9008

Dr. Corke enjoys working with holistic patients and practitioners on the journey to wellness. His practice “gets it” and is worth the trip to Fort Myers to experience his many services. From dental lasers to ozone he has many tools and a sympathetic ear. See ad, page 11.

I LOVE OILS, INC.

DENTISTRY Mark Corke, DDS 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers 33907 239-936-5442 • FortMyersLaserDentist.com

ROGER J. PINT, MPH, DMD

9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 111 Bonita Springs, 34135 • 239-676-8730 BonitaDentalStudio.com Dr. Pint can join your health journey and play a role in minimizing toxicity; this includes protection while removing dental materials plus consultation. All X-rays are digital and minimal. See ad, page 52.

Opening the pathways to reveal the underlying causes that prevent humans and animals from truly healing. Difficult physical, emotional and behavioral issues are resolved to bring forth wellness, joy and spiritual growth.

ESSENTIAL OILS Peter and Susie Bagwell 17030 Alico Commerce Ct, #303, Ft Myers 33967 • 239-362-0385 • 586-604-3500 ILoveOils.com Plants defend themselves from threats yet grow and thrive. Let them help you! Learn about essential oils and save money at our free classes.

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FELDENKRAIS JOANN RAHL

Feldenkrais ATM-Student Teacher Kinesis Myo-Fascial Integration Practitioner Licensed Massage Therapist 501 Goodlette-Frank Rd, Ste D-304, Naples 239-777-2597 • JoAnnRahl.com Discover how to move more easily with less pain using Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement. Learn how a gentle touch can yield strong results. Use a flexible mind to create a flexible body. MA26919, MM24629. See ad, page 40.

FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE EVIE BREEDLOVE-MANGAPORA, ARNP

Inner Essence Health 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 213, Bonita Springs 239-777-4647 • InnerEssenceHealth.com Dedicated to educating and coaching you to achieve your optimal health and wellness. Fatigue, thyroid disorders, hormone imbalances, digestive disorders, diabetes. Custom wellness plans. See ad, page 27.

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

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

ZORAYDA “JIJI” TORRES, MD, ABIHM, IFMCP

Internal Medicine, Functional Medicine Office: 239-444-5636 • UpstreamMD.com Dr. Torres is a board-certified internist with over 17 years of experience and knows the limitations of conventional internal medicine. She is among the few Certified Practitioner M.D.s, trained by the Institute For Functional Medicine. See ad, page 12.

WELLBRIDGES, INC

9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 213, Bonita Springs 239-481-5600 • 239-481-5603 fax DebPost.com

3840 Colonial Blvd, Ste 2, Ft Myers 33966 239-275-0039 • YolloWellness.com Wendy Law is a wellness advocate that will empower you to take control of your health and wellness using FDA-approved modalities and testing. See ad, page 29.

HEALTHY DINING FOOD & THOUGHT ORGANIC FARM MARKET & CAFÉ

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

WYNN’S MARKET

141 9th St N, Naples 239-261-7157 • WynnsOnline.com Discover what Wynn’s Family Market has to offer! Fresh, quality, healthy meals as well as your favorite comfort foods! Organic, natural and imported selections. Gluten-free offerings. See ad, page 63.

HOLISTIC CENTER AHA! A HOLISTIC APPROACH CENTER 15971 McGregor, Ft Myers • 239-433-5995 AHolisticApproachCenter.com

Come heal with us! We offer many natural healing options – acupuncture, clinical psychotherapy (RTR and couples therapy, massage, bodywork, Quantum Energetic, classes (yoga, tai chi, Stretch ‘n Strength), infrared sauna, reiki classes and much more! See ad, page 11.

EYES WIDE OPEN CENTER

9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Stes 202-204 239-948-9444 • EyesWideOpenC.com 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.

Comprehensive, fully integrated health care individualized for adults and children. Chronic fatigue, male and female hormone imbalance. Digestive disorders, women’s health care, autism, ADHD and related issues. See ad, page 15.

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

Achieve permanent, positive life and habit changes through safe, rapid, effective relaxation techniques. Work with your subconscious mind through direct suggestion and regression to reach your fullest potential. Release the Past = Gain Freedom. PL, LBL, EFT, NLP. See ad, page 67.

LIFE COACH VALORIE MORRIS

Licensed Louise Hay "You Can Heal Your Life" Coach, Workshop Leader, Teacher & Speaker • 239-404-2912 "You can't change what's going on around you until you change what is going on within you." Simple proven wisdom for complex lives. Individual private sessions and weekly group workshops. All sessions in a calm, patient, purposeful environment. Let's talk.

MEDICAL SPA ASSUAGE SPA

9407 Cypress Lake Dr, Ste C, Ft Myers 33919 1201 Piper Blvd, Unit 1, Naples 34110 239-333-1450 • AssuageCenters.com The finest relaxation treatments from around the planet have been brought to Fort Myers. Each technique is perfected for your mind, body, face and skin. See ad, page 30.

NATURAL & ORGANIC MARKET ADA’S NATURAL MARKET

7070 College Pkwy, Ft Myers 33907 Mon-Sat: 9am-8pm, Sun: 9am-7pm Ph: 239-939-9600 • Fax: 239-288-6210 AdasMarket.com Natural and organic produce and grocery items. Vitamins and supplements. Organic juice and smoothie bar. New Green Leaf Café. Market- prepared foods. 1000’s of gluten-free items. See ad, page 35.

NATURAL HEALTH JAMES OCCHIOGROSSO, MH

Natural Health Practitioner, Herbalist N Ft Myers • 239-652-0421 HealthNaturallyToday.com Improve your health naturally. Hormone testing. Bio-Identical Hormones. Powerful healing herbs and supplements. Male/ female anti-aging and sexual problems. Want to feel better? Call now! See ad, page 68.


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MARCH 11 - 18, 2017

Join our 14th annual Holistic Holiday at Sea cruise for 7 nights on the luxurious MSC Divina, one of the most ecologically-friendly and elegant cruise liners on the seas. Bask in gracious Italian hospitality and service all while enjoying inspiring lectures and vegan natural foods prepared by our own chefs. Departing from Miami, FL and sailing to lush Ocho Rios, Jamaica; historic Georgetown, Cayman Islands; sunny Cozumel, Mexico; & the paradise of Nassau, Bahamas. Learn more about the classes, cuisine and itinerary at holisticholidayatsea.com.

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FEATURING WORLD-RENOWNED CHEFS, TEACHERS & HEALERS Co-author of The China Study and author of Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition; featured in the film Forks Over Knives

T. COLIN CAMPBELL, PH.D.

Physician, author, & internationally-recognized speaker on nutrition; founded NutritionFacts.org; spoke at Congress, on Dr. Oz, & the Colbert Report

MICHAEL GREGER, M.D.

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Creator of the popular vegan food blogs HealthyHappyLife.com and FindingVegan.com; author of two best-selling cookbooks

Best-selling author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease; starred in the film Forks Over Knives; featured on CNN’s special The Last Heart Attack

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FOOD OPTIONS FOR EVERYONE - VEGAN, GLUTEN-FREE, OIL-FREE AND SHIP’S MENU SWIM, SNORKEL AND KAYAK IN THE CRYSTAL WATERS OF THE CARIBBEAN AWARD-WINNING ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY SHIP DAILY YOGA, MEDITATION, PILATES, QI GONG, DO-IN, RUNNING, FITNESS & BODY BUILDING CLASSES 45 TEACHERS • 145 LECTURES & WORKSHOPS 11 COOKING & BOOTCAMP CLASSES CEU & CME CREDITS AVAILABLE DANCING, SOCIALS & SINGLES EVENT VEGAN PIZZA & ICE CREAM PARTIES CANCER SUPPORT GROUP & RECOVERY PANEL PRIVATE CONSULTATIONS & TREATMENTS AVAILABLE

Founder of the Physicians Commitee for Responsible Medicine; author of Food for Life & Power Foods for the Brain; active health advocate Emmy Award-winning author of seven bestselling cookbooks; host of the television show Christina Cooks; health educator for 25+ years

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PSYCHOTHERAPY

PATTI BADINER, MB-EAT + ONE-ONONE COACHING

GOTTMAN METHOD COUPLES THERAPY AND SEX THERAPY

NAPLES RUG SPA, LLC

Lose the dieting mentality and gain a balanced relationship with food through Mindful Eating. Discover the power of tuning into your body and mind by combining mindfulness meditation practices with eating awareness, and achieve permanent weight management without struggle.

Relationships are precious. Learn how to heal yours with researchbased methods from the Gottman Institute. Reconnect sexually with your partner using sex therapy. Explore individually the issues that are troubling and holding you back. See ad, page 55.

At NRS we use a new technology that provides organic rug cleaning that is safer for your home. Our facility is suitable for all types and fibers including wool, silk and viscose rugs. See ad, page 18.

D-SIGNED NUTRITION, LLC

DOROTHY RODWELL, LMFT & RTR THERAPIST

Mindfulness Based Eating Awareness Training Instructor 612-718-1416 • PersonalWeigh@gmail.com

Dee Harris, RDN, LDN, CDE Bonita Bay Executive Center 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Sprgs 239-676-5249 • D-SignedNutrition.com Medical Nutrition Therapy and health coaching that personalizes your program to restore health and wellness. Improve digestion, elimination, brain health, immune support and hormonal balance. See ad, page 22.

PHYSICAL THERAPY INNERCONNECTIONS

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

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

Peg Walsh, MS, CNS Clinical Nurse Specialist 9990 Coconut Rd, Bonita Springs 34135 718-208-6986 • FtMyersTherapy.com

AHA! A Holistic Approach Center 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers 239-433-5995 AHolisticApproachCenter.com Dorothy Rodwell can help free you from anxiety, PTSD, grief and depression with Rapid Trauma Resolution (RTR), a newer, briefer and emotionally painless therapy. She is also trained in the Gottman method of Couples Therapy. See ad, page 11.

REALTOR KAREN L. BEATTY, ABR, GRI

Downing-Frye Realty, Inc Naples • 239-269-7788 Klbeatty48@aol.com • KarenBeatty.com Florida native, loving and selling Naples since 1977. Karen knows t h e m a r k e t , o ff e r s e x p e r t counseling with efficient reliability. She takes the stress out of buying or selling and gets the job done with a smile. Choose Karen for ease and joy in your real estate transaction!

RUG SPA Area Rug Cleaning Specialist 4081 Mercantile Ave, Ste B Naples 34104 239-206-1481 · NaplesRugSpa.com

YOGA AWAKENING THROUGH SYNERGY

Jennifer Colucci 1084 Business Ln, Naples • 239- 529-7582 AwakeningThroughSynergy.com Brand new healing art space offering donation yoga classes in therapeutic, Hatha, gentle, Yin, restorative, KundaFlow, crystal bowls and Thai-Yoga.

BKS YOGA STUDIO

2900 Tamiami Trl N, Naples 239-213-9276 • BKSYogaStudio.com Variety of yoga classes daily, monthly workshops, child care and kids’ yoga. Massage, Thai yoga bodywork and private yoga sessions with master instructors. See ad, page 26.

GREENMONKEY YOGA

(formerly Bala Vinyasa Yoga) GreenMonkey.com • 239-598-1938 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples 1800 Tamiami Tr E, Naples Two locations in Central and South Naples. Daily classes for all levels, monthly workshops and private sessions with exceptional teachers, plus awardwinning massage therapy and boutique. 200- and 300-hour Registered Yoga School. MM#19486.

MEREDITH MUSICK, LMT, E-RYT 2000 239-269-8846 MeredithMusick.com

Serving Naples since 1999. Hatha and therapeutic Yoga. Improve p o st u r e , b r e a th - w o r k , h e a l injuries, The Great Yoga Wall®. Massage therapy: sports, Swedish, Lomi Lomi. Nutritional counsel. Summer special: 3 for 2.

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