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Miracles Everywhere Holidays are filled with magic and miracles; sometimes, we just have to focus our view to see them. Years ago, I decided to do just that during a particularly challenging holiday season. In preparation for every gathering with friends and family I paid attention to how much I loved and appreciated them, and then expressed such thoughts openly. I felt gratitude for my life and looked for fresh ways to bring ceremony and celebration to activities. I regularly reminded myself to slow down, take a deep breath into my heart and radiate from this place of loving connection. In this month’s annual Uplifting Humanity issue, you’ll find expressions and evidence of love amid messages of our ultimate oneness. I am continually inspired by the open-hearted people and enlightened activities that fill these monthly pages. This month’s interview with award-winning author Lynne McTaggart about her most recent of seven books, The Power of Eight: Harnessing the Miraculous Energies of a Small Group to Heal Others, Your Life, and the World, examines the transformative power of joining together to hold good thoughts for a common goal. Some of these scientific experiments have been undertaken in partnership with research institutions. Lynne told us, “I’ve discovered all that’s needed is a group, whether it’s eight or 8,000. In a group, we seem to lose our sense of individuality and separation from the world. We experience an overwhelming sense of oneness with the other intenders, which may be why our influence then becomes more powerful.” People also find that when they focus on healing intentions for the well-being of others, a healing shift takes place in their own life. Whether sitting with others or individually at their computers, those participating in McTaggart’s studies reported positive shifts in their relationships, health, careers and well-being. Read more on page 34. I recently experienced this phenomenon through sharing in exercises, intentions and miraculous stories at a local Miracle Group. Following guidelines outlined in their new book Ask and You Shall Receive Joy, group leaders Carisa Jones and Sylvia Lehman encourage weekly participants and readers of their work to create and define a direction and plan for their life. Discover more on page 35. In Linda Sechrist’s feature article, “Peace on Earth: Conflict Resolutions that Work to Bridge Divides,” we learn about the healing power of recognizing our core oneness. Locally, we highlight groups working to help build community connections and heal divisiveness through classes on non-violent communication, community café coalitions, and creating safe spaces where strangers with differing worldviews can engage in meaningful conversations (pages 36 and 40). May you find the gifts of this holiday season everywhere you look and ring in a new year with clear intentions, claiming full gratitude for receiving them. Write them down. Then go out and give what you wish to receive! Happy holidays and a bright, shiny New Year from all of us at Natural Awakenings,

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newsbriefs Paradise Wellness and Event Center Opens in Bonita


he Paradise Wellness and Event Center has opened in the Bonita Professional Park at 28410 Bonita Crossings Boulevard, Suite 11, in Bonita Springs. The 8,400-square-foot concept spa provides aerial and other varieties of yoga, dance, meditation, massage, spa treatments, hair, nails, facials, bungee fitness, children’s dance and theater, life coaching, spiritual empowerment workshops, a Power Plate Studio, Bemer and Migun treatments, personal sauna, Himalayan salt wall, organic care products and transformational breath, as well as rental space for events. “Paradise Wellness is ecstatic to be a reflection of the self-love practiced by so many,” says owner Kelly Messmer. “Our practitioners have more than 300 years of collective experience helping others to live more peaceful, healthful, fulfilling lives, and are here to provide a peaceful, healing haven for the mind, body and soul by acknowledging and nurturing our inherent divine ability to recreate ourselves physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.” For more information, call 239-253-4862, email or visit See ad, page 39.


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Annual Great Outdoor Adventure Day


overs Key State Park, on Fort Myers Beach, will host the annual Great Outdoor Adventure Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., December 2, at its kayak launch/picnic area. Food, touch tanks, children’s activities, nature outings and ranger-led programs will highlight the fun-filled day. Participants will learn about responsible recreation while enjoying the unique habitats and variety of wildlife. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience guided kayak, nature walking and bike tours (equipment and gear is provided), geocaching and fishing clinics, win prizes and peruse local environmental organizations, outdoor equipment and healthy lifestyle exhibitors and vendors. Paddle boarding clinics for kids, beginners and advanced paddlers will also be available. Youngsters can pick up a Junior Ranger Activity Kit and start the self-guided program to earn a certificate, membership card and Junior Ranger patch, badge or pin. Cost: $8 per vehicle of up to eight people, $4 for a single occupant and $2 per pedestrian or bicyclist. Kayak tours are $10/per person, rental included. Location: 8700 Estero Blvd. For more information, call 239-463-4588 or visit

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newsbriefs Mystical Moon Celebrates 10 Years


he Mystical Moon will celebrate 10 years of service to the Southwest Florida spiritual/metaphysical community at both its Fort Myers and Bonita Springs locations beginning at 10 a.m., December 29. Customers will receive a 10 percent discount on all products and services and have the option to purchase raffle tickets for many mystical goodies and prizes every hour. “We are eternally grateful for the support of the community for the last 10 years,” says owner Laurie Barraco. “We have seen so much growth and change over this past decade and would love the opportunity to share our gratitude.” Locations: 8890 Salrose Lane, Ste. 107, Fort Myers, 239-939-3339; 8951 Bonita Beach Rd. SE, Ste. 255, Bonita Springs, 239-301-0655. For more information, email or visit See ad, page 63.

Savings on Cellular Energy Sessions


r. Robert Gilliland, of the Florida Natural Health Center, in Bonita Springs, is providing 30-minute sessions to jumpstart clients’ cellular energy level at a reduced cost of $49 through December. These sessions can help individuals increase energy, lose weight, decrease nerve pain and improve other conditions. Either sitting in therapy chairs or lying down on mats, patients receive electromagnetic pulse field therapy. Gilliland contends that the treatment can reduce joint pain, improve thyroid and autoimmune conditions, mood and more. Location: 27499 Riverview Center Blvd. For more information or an appointment, call 239-444-3106 or visit See ad, page 5.


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Naples Art District Show Supports Food Drive


ifty working artists in the Naples Art District, the largest concentration of professional artist studios in Southwest Florida, will participate in Art with a Heart from 5 to 8 p.m., December 6. Artists will donate a percentage of all proceeds from art purchased to help restock our local food pantries, in dire need after Hurricane Irma. Visitors can enjoy refreshments, artist demonstrations and sign up for classes as they participate in the gallery hop. “We appreciate the support the community has provided to artists, and we wanted to give back,” says Paula Brody, events chairperson of the nonprofit Naples Art District and principal artist and owner of the Inspirations Artists and Design Gallery. “It’s also a great way to meet local artists.” Visit for a map of participating studios and galleries on and near Shirley St.

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newsbriefs Medical Cannabis Presentation and Dinner


dvanced Registered Nurse Practitioner Deborah Post, along with Wellbridges Health Center and Purple Spoon Culinary, will present Medical Cannabis: Is it a Gateway Drug or Deb Post the Potential Answer to Disease? Demystifying an Unusual Plant, from 6 to 8 p.m., December 14, at the Purple Spoon, in Bonita Springs. The presentation includes a sustainably raised, locally sourced three-course meal. Attendees will learn from Post and chef Kristina San Filippo about how this plant could be at the forefront of medicine in the future and how working with the concerns of the past will dictate our ability to integrate the newer information from research around the world. The speakers will also address the opioid crisis, which claims an American life every 15 minutes, increases in chronic depression, anxiety, autoimmune disease and cancer, and the potential impact of this ancient herb on these conditions. Cost: $68. Location: 25151 Chamber of Commerce Dr. For more information or reservations (required), call 239-9083842, email or visit Wellbridges: 9200 Bonita Beach Rd., Ste. 113, 239481-5600, See ad, page 29.

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New Minister Leads Services and Workshop at Unity of Fort Myers


everend Clive deLaporte will join Unity of Fort Myers as the new senior minister and spiritual leader in January 2018, but he will be introduced the congregation this month during four events. deLaporte will Rev. Clive be leading the Sunday service and deLaporte presenting a workshop, Keeping a True Advent: Rediscover the Spirituality of Christmas, on December 3. He will also bless those that gather for the services at 10 a.m., December 24, for the Christmas Eve Service and December 31 for New Year’s Eve services. deLaporte is a speaker, teacher and counselor, offering positive and practical insight and inspiration for holistic, joyful and abundant spiritual living. In addition to leading Sunday services, he will provide spiritual counseling, monthly workshops and classes. Location: 11120 Ranchette Rd. For more information, call 615-596-8917, email or visit See ad, page 46.

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newsbriefs Fort Myers Spa to Raise Funds for Stroke Recovery Foundation


ssuage Spa, in Fort Myers, will host a holiday fundraising event for the Stroke Recovery Foundation from 5 to 7 p.m., December 12. Attendees can enjoy a silent auction, chair massages, complementary skin consultations, hors d’oeuvres, wine, raffle prizes and giveaways. Stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death in the U.S. and the leading cause of long-term disability. The foundation assists Southwest Florida’s stroke survivors, particularly younger patients, to maximize recovery by providing resource support, stroke recovery coaching and education, and funding needed therapy for economically challenged survivors. Cost: $15 in advance or $20 at door. Location: 9407 Cypress Lake Dr., Ste. C. For more information or to register, call 239-333-1450, email or visit See ad, page 23.

Hours and Services Extended at Lee Physician Group


ee Physician Group Integrative Medicine, in Bonita Springs, has extended its hours of operation to 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. The office has also added acupuncture, massage, Cranio(L to R) Heather Auld, Teresa Spano Sacral Therapy, energy and Diane Renee Sarra medicine, biofeedback, infrared amethyst mat and cupping to their service offerings. Board Certified Integrative Medicine and Obstetrician/ Gynecologist Heather Auld, M.D., naturopathic consultant and Certified Nutrition Specialist Teresa Spano and acupuncture physician, Doctor of Oriental Medicine and massage therapist Diane Renee Sarra hope these changes will allow patients to miss less work, travel and personal time, and allow the staff to help patients heal from within more effectively.

Location: 26800 S. Tamiami Tr., Ste. 350. For more information or an appointment, call 239-495-4480, email Angela.Snyder@ or visit See ads, pages 23 and 43.

Urrea Offers Natural Home Treatments


egistered Physical Therapist Sandra Urrea, of Circuit Tree Healing, in Naples, is offering many all-natural, noninvasive treatments with no adverse side effects at private residences while she works to establish a new office. A Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer and vascular technologist, Urrea offers auriculotherapy, needleless stimulation of the external ear, CranioSacral Therapy, scar tissue therapy release, microcurrent point stimulation, rapid release vibrational therapy, total motion release and more to help reduce the symptoms of acute and chronic pain, improve mood and treat a variety of health conditions, including migraines, temporomandibular joints, plantar fasciitis and carpal tunnel syndrome. For more information or an appointment, call 239-776-4164, email or visit See ad, page 18.


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Holiday Offers at Purely You Spa


ennifer Alvarez Linguidi, owner of Purely You Spa, in Naples, is offering a special on organic spa experiences this holiday season. Customers that purchase six spa services will receive one free service to give as a gift. In addition, gift certificates can be obtained online to save shopping and driving time, and complimentary gift wrapping is provided on all purchases made before December 23. Purely You Spa offers facial and skin care, body treatments, massage, nails, makeup and tanning. Location: 3066 Tamiami Tr. N. For more information, an appointment or to place orders, call 239-537-1166 or visit See ad, page 15.

Kennedy Offers Special Savings at Therapy on the Gulf


eresa Kennedy, who recently became a full-time therapist at Therapy on the Gulf, in Naples, is offering new clients a 15 percent discount Teresa Kennedy on their first visit this month and in January 2018. She provides sports, orthopedic, trigger point, myofascial, deep tissue, neuromuscular and other therapy, as well as rehabilitation fitness and free infrared sauna therapy sessions. Kennedy trained in a hospital working with cardiac, physical therapy, orthopedic, palliative care, college athletes and cancer patients. Location: 824 Anchor Rode Dr. For more information or an appointment, call Kennedy at 928-444-0606 or the facility at 239-262-8722. See ad, page 26.

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Alcohol Affects Our Heartbeat

erman researchers studied the correlation between cardiac arrhythmia and alcohol consumption by monitoring 3,000 middle-aged volunteers for 16 days during Oktoberfest. Portable electrocardiographs and breathalyzer machines tested for heart activity and breath alcohol concentration. Arrhythmia showed up in 30 percent of the participants, significantly higher than an estimated 4 percent or less among the general population according to an earlier study. An irregular heartbeat often causes discomfort in the short term and possible heart failure and stroke later.

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esearchers from the Dana Farber Cancer Institute examined nutrition and cancer recurrence data from 826 patients with Stage III colon cancer and found those that consumed two or more ounces of tree nuts a week experienced a 42 percent reduction in cancer recurrence and a 57 percent lower risk of death on average compared to those that ate no nuts.

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Naps Boost Toddler Talk


esearchers from the University of Oxford, in the UK, have found that infants that take more daytime naps tend to develop a larger vocabulary at an earlier age than their peers by examining sleeping patterns of 246 babies between the ages of 7 months and 3 years for 10 days. Parents also completed a language analysis at the start of the study and three and six months later to determine how many words each child understood from a list 416 words typically learned in infancy. Infants that napped more frequently during the day performed better on both understanding and expressing vocabulary than the others.

Pink Noise While Asleep Helps Memory

esearchers from Northwestern University have found that acoustic stimulation using pink noise (random sound with more low frequencies than white noise) increases slow-wave brain activity, thus improving sleep-dependent memory retention. Thirteen mature adults completed two nights of sleep; one with the pink noise and one without, in random order. Specific brainwave activity increased during the periods when the pink noise was being delivered, suggesting that it could help older adults preserve some memory functions.

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therapybrief Massage and Sound for Self-Healing


lthough the appeal of massage has always been linked to the body’s response to touch, other modalities that encourage healing have been slowly added that set the mood and help the body to relax. Aromatherapy, soft spa music and vibroacoustic (sound) therapy using tuning forks, Tibetan metal singing bowls and crystal bowls are the most common modalities used in a massage session to elicit a deeper relaxation and self-healing response. Each tuning fork that is tuned to a frequency in the body emits a vibration through the air when struck. When applied to an acupuncture point on the body, the tuning fork vibrates the soft tissue around it, and the vibration travels up the meridian pathway. While some individuals feel the subtle vibration, there is no pain or discomfort. Vibroacoustic technology was developed based on the recognition that external vibration can influence body function. Since 1995, the results of ongoing studies reported through the National Institutes of Health have noted that vibroacoustic therapy is a modality for managing pain, symptom reduction and anxiety relief, as well as for the management of postoperative nausea. Nurses have noted that using vibroacoustic therapy can promote patient well-being and improve the therapeutic environment. Growing interest in vibroacoustic therapy for self-healing has led to the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMT) approving continuing education classes offered by the Emotional Sound Techniques Association. Ann M. Raquet is a licensed massage therapist who uses tuning forks and Tibetan singing bowls at SkinCare Therapy, located at 16050 S. U.S. 41, in Horizon Plaza, S. Fort Myers. For more information, call 239-839-4195. See ad, page 57.


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When replacing holiday purchases of smartphones and other electronic devices, don’t just trash the old ones. Manufacturing electronics consumes many resources and discarded waste can leak harmful chemicals into ecosystems. There are far better ways to redirect and repurpose them. Besides trading in phones for a rebate, another good option is transferring them to an official recycling program that makes sure all components are dealt with properly. Some states offer special provisions. Check the E-Cycling Central website at Major phone makers and carriers offer recycling programs, and some retailers accept select electronic devices. Best of all, give a device a new life by gifting it. accepts obsolete personal electronic devices by mail; the donor selects a charity to receive the proceeds., and are kindred organizations. lets users find nearby charity recycling initiatives via zip code. It provides scholarships for U.S. children that have lost a parent through warfare or terrorism, feeds malnourished children in Asia, builds lowincome housing and donates prepaid calling cards to military personnel. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, other unwanted electronic devices can be recycled so that incorporated copper, steel and glass can be recovered and reused. Other materials like lead (in circuit board solder, glass cathode ray tubes of many TVs and computer screens, and batteries) and mercury (in fluorescent backlights of many flat-panel screen displays) can be captured and recycled, instead of polluting the environment. Small appliances like toasters, coffee makers and clothing irons aren’t considered e-waste and generally aren’t recyclable because they are made of a mix of plastic and metal. Using them for many years helps.

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

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Approximately a third of those older than 65 and half of elders at least 85 live alone, as do many people with illnesses and mental disorders. All can suffer from feelings of profound loneliness. Emerging virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies provide avenues to alleviate such isolation, instilling contentment, peace of mind, enrichment, fun, a sense of companionship and contributing to physical and mental health. Instead of passively watching TV, seniors can travel virtually to World Heritage sites, revisit old haunts or even attend family events they would otherwise miss. In terms of benefits attained, VR is predicted to measurably improve seniors’ quality of life. Healthcare applications of AI and telemedicine include reminders to eat, be active or take medications, perhaps assisted by a robotic companion that can share information with practitioners, children, caregivers and emergency personnel. Social applications include helping to form and maintain social connections. It may also serve as a personal concierge by reminding seniors of appointments, playing games with them and initiating dialogue to spark outward engagement.

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Chimps, Zebrafish and Birds Communicate Like We Do

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Chimps, orangutans and bonobo apes are now known to be capable of understanding what others are thinking and recognize human thoughts, an ability once thought to be impossible. A team led by Christopher Krupenye, of Duke University, had apes take part in a visual experiment where they watched videos on a monitor while their gaze was being tracked. They discovered an anticipation of events that went beyond the visual cues presented. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has determined that zebrafish are social animals, similar to humans and other mammals— they form friendships, experience positive emotions and have individual personalities. The group advises people that eat fish or keep them as pets to consider the moral implications. Honey hunters in sub-Saharan Africa have a unique form of communication with honeyguide birds that fly ahead to point out beehives which the hunters raid, leaving wax for the birds to eat. A study in the journal Science reports that they listen for a specific call made by their human collaborators. Dr. Claire Spottiswoode, of the University of Cambridge, in England, and University of Cape Town, in South Africa, observes, “It seems to be a two-way conversation between our own species and a wild animal.”


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Tree Tally

Digitalizing Data Helps Rainforest Census The Amazon rainforest is thought to harbor a greater diversity of trees than anywhere else on Earth, but the exact number has long been a mystery. In 2013, scientists estimated that the number of species was around 16,000, but no actual count had been done. In a new paper in Scientific Reports, researchers delved into museum collections from around the world to confirm the current number of tree species recorded in the Amazon and assess possibilities of those yet to be discovered. “Since 1900, between 50 and 200 new trees have been discovered in the Amazon every year,” notes Nigel Pitman, a Mellon senior conservation ecologist with the Field Museum. “Our analysis suggests that we won’t finish discovering new tree species there for three more centuries.” The study relied upon the digitization of museum collections data— photographs and digital records—of the specimens housed there and shared worldwide through aggregator sites like “It gives scientists a better sense of what’s actually growing in the Amazon Basin, aiding conservation efforts,” says Pitman. natural awakenings

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Microplastic Mess Threatens World Oceans


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Scientists from the University of Hull and the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) have published research in the journal Science of the Total Environment showing levels of microplastics are five times higher in the Antarctic than previous estimates. Co-author Dr. Claire Waluda, a BAS biologist, says, “We have monitored the presence of large plastic items in Antarctica for more than 30 years. While we know that bigger pieces can be ingested by seabirds or cause entanglements in seals, the effects of microplastics on marine animals in the Southern Ocean are as yet unknown.” The tiny beads of plastic come from cosmetics or are shreddings from larger plastic items like clothing or bottles. According to United Nations sources, they may number as many as 51 trillion particles across the seafloor, throughout the oceans and on beaches worldwide. They are considered a serious threat to marine life in general. More international monitoring of the situation is needed, including a requirement for all polar research stations to provide waste treatment options.

For 20 years, Maria Brenton, an outspoken proponent of older people living independently, has been campaigning and planning for the opening of a different kind of retirement home run by its residents, supporting each other through old age. She says, “Attitudes to older people in this country are out of date. Most members of the older population don’t wish to have everything done for them.” She attests that institutions and agencies dealing with older people encourage dependency and are patronizing and paternalistic. “Older people internalize it, and they learn to wait for people to do things for them,” advises Brenton. New Ground, in Barnet, North London, is the first UK cohousing development set up just for older women, with 26 women from age 50 to 87. Also in London, The Collective has created something similar with enhanced amenities such as a cinema room and a launderette with a disco ball. WeWork is an American company that has set up communal offices, and recently established WeLive, in New York City.


Grow Wings and Become an Earth Angel by Linda Sechrist


outhwest Florida communities can build bridges across divides and reestablish bonds of trust, love and caring. Naples resident Yolanda Beckers, a meditation teacher and leader of workshops on related subjects, suggests that we become Earth angels and exercise our human potential to create a world we all value. “When, one by one, we learn how to raise the frequency of our energy through the America Grows Wings, in Love We Trust program, which is intended to increase awareness, mindfulness and love, as well as cultivate virtues and values within, we can shine our amplified light into the darkness to dispel fear,” says Beckers, whose nonprofit Health and Wellness Sanctuary of Naples conducts programs for adults and children.

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For hospital staffs that are stretched to the limit, America Grows Wings offers relaxation techniques that stimulate mindfulness and promote positive communications. Participants learn that in every action, the energy of love can flow and provide many benefits, not only for staff, but also for patients.

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To help create a better world in challenging times, the American Grows Wings, in Love We Trust program is being launched locally in schools, businesses, colleges, universities and hospitals. After completing the program, participants and organizations will have an option to purchase a beautiful statue of wings as a symbol for belonging and supporting the program. “Each participant can stand behind the wings and pledge, ‘I will create the energy of love by eliminating fear in my life and working to do the same for others. I respectfully accept my wings so that I can become an angel of love to create a better world in my community,’” explains Beckers.

Beckers feels that today, children especially need programs to support emotional stability, develop life skills (values and virtues) and promote heart relationships. “Our program helps kids grow up with self-worth. Through communication, art, acting and storytelling, kids learn how they are in charge of their own happiness and well-being. They also receive tools that benefit them for the rest of their lives,” notes Beckers.

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Businesses can learn how to improve their focus by creating mindfulness, stress reduction, positive thinking, attentive listening, kindness, love and compassion within the work environment. America Grows Wings, in Love we Trust programs are enjoyable and filled with tools that help individuals to shift their mindset from living in fear to living in love.

America Grows Wings, in Love we Trust launches in Collier County with Sample America Grows Wings two events, Dec. 7 from 5 to 8 p.m., participant at the 3rd Ave. tree lighting ceremony and Jan. 12, at 7 p.m. at the Healing University Programs Light Center, 4810 Hickory Wood Dr., Naples. For Programs for universities balance right- and left-brain more information on the location, call 239-269-2221 activities, stimulate natural intelligence and problemor email See ad, page 31. solving abilities and build a heart/mind connection.

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AWAKE PARENTING Raising Connected, Confident Kids by Judith Fertig


ne of the greatest challenges parents face is connecting with their children in deep and meaningful ways. The aim of awakened families is to raise strong and emotionally resilient children. Parenting expert and clinical psychologist Shefali Tsabary, Ph.D., author of The Conscious Parent: Transforming Ourselves, Empowering Our Children and The Awakened Family: A Revolution in Parenting, offers mindful approaches to benefit the family—and the community. Via her practice in New York City, appearances on Oprah and online courses, Tsabary provides awareness, skills and strategies to revolutionize families. She posts videos and blogs at  

How do parents know if they’re on the right track? To be awakened or conscious means to realize that we carry emotional baggage and conditioning from childhood that affects our relationship with our children. Our old ways of thinking and 26

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being from our own childhood shape the manner in which we react and interact today. Awakened parents are constantly evolving into their truest and most authentic selves. When parents undertake a daily practice of mindfulness and awareness, they begin to extricate themselves from blind reactivity to see how every problem with their children is a call to their own awakening. Parents will know they are on the right track because they will connect more with their children, empowering them to think and live autonomously—separate from a parent’s fantasies and expectations.

How can each family member connect with their true self? Parents need to understand that the path to creating a connected relationship with their children is to first create one with themselves. Realizing this, they consider their own inner growth a high priority. Children need to learn who they are and what they really enjoy. Parents



can help by allowing children to just sit by themselves. If inundated with activities and subjected to numerous lessons, how can young people hope to recognize their authentic voice amid the din of all this “doing”?

Conscious parenting mandates that we place the task of connecting with our children front and center, especially before correcting them. Admonishing and punishing them becomes secondary to the main imperative of conscious connection. It’s crucial we realize we aren’t raising a “mini-me”, but a spirit throbbing with its own signature. Thus, it’s vital to separate in our mind who we are from who each child is. Children aren’t ours to possess or own in any way. When we know this in the depths of our soul, we tailor their raising to their needs, rather than molding them to fit our needs. Children raised in this way grow up to be fearless and infinitely resilient, knowing that their purpose in life is to live in their most authentic and true

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How do children benefit from conscious or awakened parenting?

way. Conflicts decrease and conscious, connected communication increases.  

What can parents do when they fall back into old patterns, shaming children or doing other things that create distance?

When this happens, parents need to sit with themselves and look deeply within, asking: “What is it about me that feels the need to deride, scorn

and shame my children?” In such introspection, they might discover triggers from old wounds that have nothing to do with a child’s behavior. When they can see the internal link, they can begin to make the transformations they need. As a parent, I have learned that my role is to step aside, stay in infinite possibility, heal my own wounds, fill my own bucket and let my child fly.  

How can closer, awakened families co-create a better world via the ripple effect?

When children grow up feeling connected with their parents and deeply seen by them, they march into the outer world feeling self-confident and aware of who they truly are, secure in their own inherent inner-connectivity. Children raised in this manner naturally help advocate for peace and harmony in all of their relationships; incidents of bullying, anxiety and discrediting one’s self and others decrease exponentially. Judith Fertig is a freelance writer from Overland Park, KS (

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CHAMPIONING HOLISTIC ATHLETES The New Face of Sports Medicine by Marlaina Donato

From college athletics to Olympic training, sports medicine has a new, holistic face.


oaches and athletes nationwide are attributing quicker recovery time, less inflammation and better focus to a whole body approach to health care. A nutrient-dense diet tailored to individual needs is at the heart of overall fitness. Like Venus Williams and Tom Brady, tennis and football superstars who prefer raw vegan and organic whole foods, respectively, many of today’s outstanding athletes choose to eat clean and incorporate mind-body practices.

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Paralympic snowboard cross racer gold medalist, world champion and International Ski Federation para Nordic World Cup gold medalist Evan Strong, of Nevada City, California, was raised on an organic farm in Hawaii and continues to adopt many holistic practices. “I have a superfood smoothie every day. Liquid food helps me feel lighter and I have more usable energy for training,” says Strong. His regimen also includes organic produce, sprouted grains, occasional raw goat milk products, homeopathic formulas and wildcrafted medicinal herbs. 28

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Strong credits achieving his personal best to a healthy lifestyle and recovery from an automobile accident that led to amputation of his lower left leg as a teen. “After the accident, my family and I opened a raw vegetarian restaurant. We produced as many cultured foods as possible—sauerkraut, kombucha and kefir. Improving my gut health gave me the biggest strides in healing. Yoga and meditation also contributed. It all saved me.” Six-time Ironman triathlete, U.S. Senior Olympic gold medalist and marathoner Ruth Heidrich, Ph.D., of Honolulu, attributes surviving stage IV breast cancer primarily to her low-fat vegan diet. Already an avid runner and nutritionally conscious, Heidrich was shocked to hear the diagnosis. “I was 47 years old when I was told the results of the biopsy. I thought I was going to die because of the symptoms I was experiencing,” recalls the 82-year-old, who not only beat multiple malignancies without chemotherapy or radiation, but was the first cancer patient to complete an Ironman Triathlon. This “Ironlady’s” holistic approach in-



including the bones, to make a stock,” she says. Her holistic approach includes a consistent yoga regimen, meditation and application of essential oils.

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Even under the best of circumstances, professional athletes encounter difficulties, but when faced with enormous obstacles, the best can get even better. “I’ve faced injuries and illness during pivotal times in my life and career, but I always approached it with the intention to be proactive, rather than being reactive,” advises Coughlin. For Strong, confronting tragedy

with the right attitude offers possibility. “Thirteen years ago, I was hit by a car and lost my leg, but now I see that moment as a blessing instead of a curse. It was a hardship that tested my limits, but in the end, it propelled me to achieving dreams I didn’t even know I had.” Nearly four decades after her grim diagnosis, Heidrich embodies hope for all of us when she says, “It is never too late to adopt a better way.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

Ruth Heidrich cludes a whole food, 100 percent plantbased diet, featuring oats, quinoa and brown rice. “When we give our body its proper fuel, it will function at its optimal level,” remarks Heidrich, who has dedicated her life to re-educating others about diet and investing in her ongoing athletic achievements.

On the Road

Maintaining good habits while traveling can be challenging. Strong adds healthy salts to structure his drinking water and brings along superfoods such as green vegetable powders to use when he can’t access organic produce. To optimize his air quality while away from home, Strong uses a personalized air purifier that creates ozone. San Francisco-based, three-time Olympic swimming gold medalist and world champion Natalie Coughlin remains dedicated to better diet choices without deprivation. “When I travel, I always bring my own snacks. I like dark chocolate-covered almonds, a natural sweet that also supplies protein and fiber. To stay hydrated, I drink herbal teas, especially mint,” says Coughlin, who also incorporates a tart green smoothie every morning with kale, parsley, collards, celery, citrus and frozen pineapple. At home, “I like to be informed about where my meat comes from and how the conditions are for the animal. If I roast a chicken, I will use every part, natural awakenings

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12 Happy Holiday Tips

How to Really Enjoy the Season by Dianne Bischoff James


eelings of comfort and joy can seem elusive when the holiday to-do list looms or runs amok. The season can seem more like an endless burden than a parade of cheerful events and glad tidings. Amidst celebratory chaos, these simple rules will help restore inner peace and create greater happiness.


Eschew Perfection Guests are much more interested in filling their stomachs with great food than judging the scuff marks and wall dings. The perfection of the season is found in the special moments when families and friends sit down together.


Pay Attention to the Smiles The approaching holidays encourage more shared smiles, kind words and thoughtful gestures. While out and about, look for the grins and well wishes. Hold the door open for others and offer a friendly greeting to store clerks. We’ll find ourselves smiling even more, because thoughtfulness is contagious.


Do Nothing for 15 Minutes It’s amazing how refreshed we feel when we take a few minutes to sit in a comfortable chair and simply expe-


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rience a moment of stillness. Inner quiet allows the mind to relax and reinvest energy in the body, so we can return to holiday activities with renewed zest.


Give Each Person a Special Gift Think of something thoughtful that both the giver and receiver enjoy doing together and write a promissory note for the shared experience, such as a free backrub, a day spent downtown, a personal manicure or a movie the other person wants to see.


Take Advantage of Extended Shopping Hours To avoid crowds and lines, schedule a late-night power-shopping trip. This is the easiest way to manage a department store visit with sanity, have easy access to the shelves and get immediate service.


Take a Holiday Binge Day Designate a day with no limits and no self-judgment. For anyone that mentally monitors their calories or sweets, claim a binge day out loud with permission for total holiday munching freedom. The next day, we can reinstate discipline.


Sing While We Work Nothing makes meal preparation tasks go faster than crooning along to our favorite carols. Turn up Susan Boyle’s O Holy Night and soon your lungs will be full of air, your heart filled with sentiment, and the turkey stuffed with seasonal goodness will be ready to go into the oven.


Express Feelings in a Healthy Way Family gatherings can sometimes test our boundaries and patience. Avoid repressing feelings by finding a way to speak a personal truth in the moment, in a calm and healthy fashion. It’s better than returning home stewing about what we wish we could or should have said.


Assign Roles to Household Helpers The holiday load is lighter when everyone pitches in. Assign specific roles to household members with clear responsibilities, from taking out the garbage to setting the table and washing up.


Leave Some Tasks for Later It’s unrealistic to think the house has to be in perfect order after festive gatherings. After guests leave, put the leftovers in the fridge and watch a movie. Cleanup will feel easier and faster after a good night’s rest.


Express Gratitude at the Table Loving feelings can never be expressed enough, so use the holiday as an opportunity to tell others how important they are to you. Create a heartfelt moment at the table by sharing at least one thing that you’re truly grateful for, and ask everyone else to do the same.


Go Outside for Fun in Nature Hiking in a nearby forest preserve, skating, sledding or building a snow fort with the kids not only burns energy, but is emotionally exhilarating for the whole family. Pick an outdoor activity, don appropriate togs, and share in the laughter and serenity of a sparkling winter day. Dianne Bischoff James is a life transformation coach, actor, business consultant and author of The Real Brass Ring: Change Your Life Course Now. She specializes in facilitating the midlife reboot and lives in Boston, MA.

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Nasturtium leaves are fermented, seeds and stems pickled and flowers puréed. “I make nasturtium flower coulis, bright orange and spicy, to dollop on freshwater fish,” Russell says. “Stems are minced into grain salads and seeds sprinkled on slabs of beefsteak tomatoes. Leaves, soft from fermentation, wrap around fresh goat cheese, shred into coleslaw or pair with steamed basmati rice.”

Go Eco Like Grandma

Honor Her Wisdom in New Ways by Avery Mack


Preserve Food “There are tradeoffs between convenience and environmental impact,” says Kathleen Hanover, executive creative director at Imagine That Creative Marketing Services, in Dayton, Ohio. “I’d love to freeze all of our family’s produce, but after two power outages, I can veggies, too. Steam canners for jams, jellies, tomatoes and high-acid foods use three inches of water and 10 minutes of energy.” Shel Horowitz, a consultant for Green and Profitable and co-author of Guerrilla Marketing to Heal the World, joined a food co-op in the 1970s. Today, it has 9,000 members. “I dehydrate Collier/Lee Counties

Containers ease gardening, especially for tomatoes. Hanover repurposes plastic cat litter buckets. “They’re sturdy and hold up in cold weather,” she says. “Alpaca poop fertilizer supplied by a neighbor doesn’t smell and plants thrive.” Ocala, Florida, reiki master and teacher Debi Goldben employs nature’s bounty at home. “Downspouts collect rainwater for the garden, and it’s much better than chemically treated city water,” she says. Some municipalities, including in Colorado, regulate rainwater collection, mandating the size and number of barrels per property “for outdoor use only”.

Sew Up Repairs

se it up, wear it out, make do or do without,” was the motto of past generations. Today, it’s recycle, repurpose and reinvent. Nostalgia is making a comeback. It’s tempting to revert to successful old-fashioned ways; it’s even better to update the how-to of natural eco-living.


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veggies for soup, pasta, stir-fry dishes or as tomato or zucchini chips,” he says. “Onions, shallots, garlic, leeks, celery, kale, hot peppers, tomatillos and fruit were successful; eggplant, cucumbers and rhubarb were not.”

Use It All The Traditional Line menu devised by executive chef Mark Russell, of Great Performances, a sustainability-oriented high-end catering and food service company in New York City, remarks, “Food trends have changed,” noting preserving, freezing, pickling and canning remain sound. He salutes thrifty Depression-era practices. “My grandparents picked dandelion greens to fry in bacon fat,” he says. “A salad with olive oil and fresh tomato is healthier.” Fermented grape leaves can be rolled up into dolmas filled with local grains and feta cheese instead of meat. He also blanches and freezes cauliflower leaves, warmed in butter to serve; he’s then used the whole vegetable.

Anca Gooje, owner of Chid Kala, a natural ingredient lotion maker in Scarborough, Maine, uses colorful patches to repair tears and update the look of her two children’s clothing. She also recompressed their sofa’s inner springs to their original shape by encasing them in fabric. “It was timeconsuming, but only cost a few dollars for fabric,” she relates. “Updating avoided creating more landfill. For a fresh look, I made a new cover.”

Multipurpose a Cook Pot “My mother believed pressure cookers would explode, so I bought an Instant Pot and changed the way I cook,” says Sue Ann Jaffarian, a Los Angeles paralegal and mystery writer. “I have a demanding day job and writing deadlines. I toss in healthy ingredients and have a simple homemade meal, often vegan, in a minute. Soup, stew, risotto, pasta, chili, pudding, brown rice and oatmeal work well. It doesn’t heat up the kitchen, either.”

The Instant Pot works like a crock pot, pressure cooker, steamer, sauté pan, warming pot, rice cooker and yogurt maker, replacing seven appliances.

Employ Onsite Power

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“My Hadley, Massachusetts, farmhouse, built in 1743, might be the oldest solar home in the country,” muses Horowitz. “Our farmer neighbors have a methane digester to turn cow poop and restaurant waste into electricity and heat. We’ll hook up to it to replace heating oil.”

Make Holiday Décor “Retro-style repurposing is smart, fun and easy,” says upstate New York lifestyle writer and cookbook author Cynthia O’Connor O’Hara. “I glued together assorted cups, saucers and plates with glass-specific glue to create tiered servers that double as a centerpiece. Check your house to find dishware that will look nice together.” It’s satisfying to combine experiences with updated technology, save time and support a healthier planet, both during the holidays and year-round.

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hirty years ago, speaker, author and journalist Lynne McTaggart recovered from an illness using alternative approaches to health. Since then, she’s been exploring the frontiers of healing through consciousness and alternative medicine. In the 1990s, McTaggart, who lives in London, started a newsletter called What Doctors Don’t Tell You, now an international magazine and popular platform at that cites thousands of resources showing what works and doesn’t work in conventional and alternative medicine and how to beat chronic conditions naturally. McTaggart’s seven books include The Intention Experiment, The Field, The Bond and most recently, The Power of Eight. Her latest work examines the transformative power of small groups of people sending thoughts together for a common goal.

Can you summarize the results of your experiments of healing through collective intentions? We’ve done hundreds of experiments using small and large groups; 30 were

tightly controlled scientific studies conducted in conjunction with researchers at institutions such as the University of Arizona, University of California and Penn State University. The experiments have involved all kinds of intentions, ranging from the relatively simple to the impossibly complex. The large-scale intention experiments involved upwards of 25,000 participants remotely logging onto a website to view photos of the targets, sometimes 8,000 miles away, and sending them a welldefined intention, like changing the pH balance of water or healing a war veteran of post-traumatic stress disorder. To date, 26 of those 30 experiments resulted in positive, measurable, mainly scientifically significant effects. We’ve seen the pH of water change by a full pH number and seen seeds grow twice as much as control seeds. We also conducted three peace intention experiments with interesting results: After our eight-day intention for Sri Lanka during its civil war, violence levels fell; the government had won several decisive battles that week; and

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within a few months that 25-year war was over. We can’t say with certainty that we had a hand in this, but our other peace experiments showed similar results. If it happens a few more times, that becomes compelling.

What conditions were the most conducive to manifesting positive results? Was it intention, the power of the group or altruism? I think it’s a little of all of these. We’ve found that larger groups do not have a larger effect, which brought about the “power of eight” concept. I’ve discovered all that’s needed is a group, whether it’s eight or 8,000. In a group, we seem to lose our sense of individuality and separation from the world. We experience an overwhelming sense of oneness with the other intenders, which may be why our influence then becomes more powerful.

How did the act of sending positive intentions affect the senders? I was most surprised by the rebound effects reported by participants, whom I starting surveying after the Sri Lankan peace experiment. Thousands of extraordinary comments related not only how participants felt during the activity, but also afterwards; they were experiencing major shifts in their relationships, health, careers and well-being. All they had done was sit individually in front of their computer holding an intention, yet they experienced the altered and mystical states of consciousness described by psychologist Abraham Maslow as “peak experiences”. Life University, a large chiropractic university in Atlanta, worked with us to study the brainwaves of participants in six “power of eight” groups and found that senders had decreased activity in their frontal and parietal lobes, which govern the sense of self. It was like the boundaries between participants were dissolving into a state of oneness. To me, this partly explained the sense of oneness, compassion and love they experienced. Andrew Newberg, director of research at the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health, in Philadelphia, recorded similar effects in Sufi masters, and nuns and monks engaged in prayer and meditation, but only after years of learning certain techniques. My participants, all novices, were primed only by watching a 13-minute YouTube video of me explaining how to send intention in a group. Group intention appears to be a fast-track to the miraculous—no experience necessary.

Why does “groupthink” have such a powerful, multiplicative effect? I think a huge part of it has to do with the power of getting off of yourself and setting an intention for someone else. Another is the connection created in a group. When we engage together in an activity like praying or setting altruistic intentions, we create a powerful virtual circle that proves healing to both the receivers and senders. Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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PEACE ON EARTH Conflict Resolutions that Work to Bridge Divides Healing happens when we handle conflict in a healthy and transformative way.

Call to Action

Roughly 30 years ago, notable voices began urging Americans to embrace a sustainable worldview of unity in diversity, recognizing our core oneness as a solution to an increasingly out-of-balance society. Success in this endeavor depends primarily on the “habits of the heart” of our citizens, developed in local milieus of families, neighborhoods, classrooms, congregations, voluntary associations, workplaces and public places where strangers gather.

Activating Answers

While mainstream media often largely focuses on the negative aspects of conflict—discord, divisiveness, intolerance, violence, incivility, injustice, chaos and complex problems—a countermovement is convening constructive conversations. Participants are initiating dialogue and deliberations intended to resolve conflicts and create cohesiveness, collaboration, cooperation and compromise among local factions that disagree on how to deal with everything from health care and social justice to environmental protection and climate science. Educational training materials and books are giving outdated models of conflict resolution a facelift. In The Revolution Where You Live: Stories from a 12,000 Mile Journey Through a New America, Sarah Van Gelder devotes a chapter to a Greens36

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boro, North Carolina, battle over a story about a deadly, racially charged incident from the city’s recent past. She quotes James Lamar Gibson, a 20-something AfricanAmerican activist and core organizer for the Counter Stories Project: “We’ve been stuck in an old conversation for a couple of decades. We want to have an army of people with restorative conversation skills, so we can get past the divisiveness and imagine together a different sort of Greensboro,” he says. The project began with facilitator training, and then developed story circles in which residents were able to have the difficult discussions that don’t ordinarily take place among the police, city council, churches and social agencies. Today’s conflict resolution experts are discovering that conflict is an essential and powerful call for applying spiritual principles and exercising spiritual practices.

Provocative Questions

“What if we considered conflict as a secret ally or a guidepost, showing us what really matters to us and how much we care? What if our intense emotions are sources of invincible energy, with the power to build the world we want, together? What does having conflict in a healthy and transformative way look like?” queries Ma’ikwe Ludwig, executive director of Commonomics USA,

an organization which educates and advocates for a world where a commons-based economy creates economic and ecological security for all. “Conflict has the power to bring to the surface what’s really at stake and to unite people toward a common goal,” advises Ludwig. Her thought-provoking questions can help shift perceptions toward the idea that we need to use conflict; maybe even welcome it. Ludwig, author of Together Resilient: Building Community in the Age of Climate Disruption, recently helped present new perspectives on conflict resolution during a webinar for Transition US members interested in creating inclusive and diverse communities through collaboration. The nonprofit inspires, encourages, supports and provides networking and training for grassroots initiatives seeking to build community resilience in the face of such challenges as oil spills, climate change and economic crises. Courtney Breese, managing director for the nonprofit National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) and her colleagues, together with thousands of innovative thinkers, are helping by introducing people to simple dialogue and deliberation structures, processes and resources that invite meaningful and productive conversations leading to constructive civic

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A community is a group that can fight gracefully… Chaos is not just a state; it is an essential process of community development. ~Dr. M. Scott Peck, The Different Drum: Community Making and Peace engagement. Breese remarks, “We’re open to working with anyone interested in learning processes that can help bridge divides. We also like sharing stories about what is working.”


The group’s downloadable free tools help newcomers: A beginner’s guide for exploring dialogue ( beginners-guide); a how-to-guide for Conversation Café (CC) hosts (Tinyurl. com/ManualForConversationCafe); and the American Library Association Libraries Transforming Communities: Models for Change Project ( “To date, we’ve had at least 800 librarians participate in free NCDD webinars,” Breese notes. CC is a simple tool useful in exploring difficult topics and provides a safe space to process different perspectives. “Initial agreement on basic rules includes suspending judgment while listening and seeking to understand others, refraining from persuading or converting and talking only from personal experience,” explains Breese.

One new network member, J. Scott Wagner, author of The Liberal’s Guide to Conservatives, speaks about the importance of using neutral language in dialogue. “I learned from him how words can be emotional triggers and signal one-sided perspectives, leaving some group members feeling angry or excluded because they feel the speaker won’t be open to hearing their perspective,” says Breese. After three tours of the U.S. and hundreds of interviews with conservative individuals, Wagner, founder of the nonprofit Reach the Right, was inspired to use his knowledge of five arenas—neurology/cognitive psychology, personality, bias, social conformity and morality—to help progressives understand conservatives that are not only their political leaders, but also their relatives, partners, friends and managers. He offers a simple explanation for anyone drenched in inaccurate biases. “We inherit unconscious genetic personality characteristics that lead us to develop our ideology, with which we construct our world and align with others that are in agreement. Differences in our personality characteristics are the culprits that create conflict.”

Community Needs Erase Enmity

Drawing on 25 years of experience of enabling sworn enemies to create peace in places such as South Africa, Northern Ireland and Colombia, Adam Kahane, author of Collaborating with the Enemy: How to Work with People You Don’t Agree with or Like or Trust, shares insights into the “enemyfying syndrome” that instigates conflict. This habit of thinking and acting as if people we are dealing with are our enemies and the cause of our problems is all around us and dominates the media. “The enemies are always the others, ‘those people’. Enemyfying, which feels exciting and satisfying— even righteous and heroic—usually obscures, rather than clarifies, the reality of the challenges we face. It amplifies conflicts, narrows the space for problem solving and creativity, and distracts us with unrealizable dreams of decisive victory from the real work we need to do,” observes Kahane.

Kahane sees the challenge of conflict becoming more acute. “People today are generally more free, individualistic and diverse, with stronger voices and less deference. Volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity are growing.” Yet, contrary to the common view, it is possible for people that hold contradictory positions to find ways to collaborate. That’s what he and 40 others representing military officers, guerrillas and paramilitaries; activists and politicians; businesspeople and trade unionists; landowners and farmers; and academics, journalists and young people, accomplished in the Destino Colombia project. They organized to contribute to ending their country’s 52-year civil war.


orld Café-style conversations used in Conversation Cafés to discuss issues that matter offer a powerful social technology to engage people in meaningful and constructive dialog in corporate, government and community settings. Understanding that conversation is the core process that drives personal, business and organizational life, it’s a way of thinking and being together sourced in a philosophy of conversational leadership. Embracing a combination of these guiding principles can foster collaborative exchanges, active engagement and helpful possibilities for action. n Clarify the Purpose n Create a Hospitable Space n Explore Questions that Matter n Encourage Everyone’s Contribution n Connect Diverse Perspectives n Listen for Insights and Share Discoveries Source: Principles

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Jonathan Bender, founder of The Performance of Your Life, a public speaking and personal development business, has been on a lifelong quest of fostering personal growth and societal transformation. His therapeutic classes and workshops demonstrate how to connect, honor and deeply resonate with others, even if they have different worldviews, and how to listen and hear in the same way we want to be heard. Acknowledging the adrenalin rush that’s a common response to fear of conflict, Bender says, “When we learn to be mindful and speak from our entire body, rather than just from our head, we notice that the voice resonates and originates from a much bigger place. This teaches us to cultivate greater awareness of our emotions and how we express them. “Begin by acknowledging an emotion, and then reduce its intensity through slow, deep breaths, paying attention to the correlating physical sensation. Shifting our focus back to the heart allows us to recognize parts of ourselves in the stories of others and come to understand that our personal history is


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Motivated to Act

Intense emotions can become sources of invincible energy with the collective power to build the world we want.

the filter through which we ‘enemyfy’,” says Bender, who speaks and presents publicly, educating audiences and clients about the universally challenging performances of everyday life. According to Robert Atkinson, Ph.D., author of The Story of Our Time: From Duality to Interconnectedness to Oneness, today’s rugged individualism amid conflicts comprises a crisis of consciousness. “No longer can we settle only on seeing things in opposition to one another; we need to shift our consciousness to be able to see the parts coming together in a new whole. Accepting the oneness of humanity as a biological fact, a social necessity and a spiritual reality will lead us further along our journey toward lasting world peace.” His observation fits with what Joanna Macy, author and scholar of Buddhism and deep ecology, believes is the call of our time: “As planetary citizens, we are being called to wake up together.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings who blogs at

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Southwest Floridians Working on Relational Listening and Unity


by Linda Sechrist

need for relational health and unity as a path to personal and planetary peace is leading some local residents to address the challenge of divided worldviews that will continue to widen until steps are taken to build bridges and extend hands across the aisle. From classes on non-violent communication, a community café coalition, and America Grows Wings, Southwest Florida communities are being given opportunities to create safe spaces where strangers with differing opinions can gather, learn to use nonconfrontational and less provocative language, and engage in conversations regarding issues that range from concerns around the aftermath of Hurricane Irma to social justice, clean water, pollution, fracking, climate reality and more.

Non-Violent Communication Christina Bowman, a licensed Unity teacher, recognized that the time was ripe for presenting transformative material based on Marshall B. Rosenberg’s book, Non-Violent Communication: A Language of Life. “I was excited to get an invitation from Jim Toth to co-facilitate the class in compassionate communications at Unity of Fort Myers. “I’m so grateful that he asked for my help, because what I’ve learned in only two sessions has not only been beyond what I expected, but also what will continue to play a significant role in my life. Marshall’s emphasis on observation, evaluation and resisting the urge to add judgmental comments is causing everyone in the group to think before they speak and to consider the words they choose. While I’m just starting this journey, Jim is seasoned,” advises Bowman. The principles of non-violent communication (NVC) guide us to connect with everyone in a way that allows our natural compassion to flourish. NVC begins by assuming that we are all compassionate by nature. Violent actions— whether verbal or physical—are learned behaviors taught 40

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and supported by the prevailing culture. These behaviors can be unlearned. NVC also assumes that we all share the same basic human needs and that each of our actions are a strategy to meet one or more of these needs. Toth, a retired electronics engineer and resident of Fort Myers, stumbled upon Rosenberg’s book while he was running his wellness organization in Cleveland, Ohio. “I was impressed with the book and did a successful discussion group with it. Fifteen years later, while co-facilitating a men’s group at Unity, we were looking for a topic and I pulled out the book. By then, there was an abundance of YouTube videos of Marshall’s teaching materials, so I’ve integrated video clips with our discussions. The result is a far deeper understanding of the process for creating heart connections with others,” advises Toth. “From childhood to adulthood and beyond, we learn dysfunctional patterns of speech. There are bad examples everywhere of the most popular, ‘the blame game’, simply because we’ve learned to fault others for how we feel. So much is inconsiderate, ego-centered expression that makes others feel attacked, wrong, uncomfortable and upset. This class is allowing participants to learn to take responsibility for their feelings and that what they say can be expressed in a more compassionate, non-violent way. People who practice NVC have experienced greater authenticity in their communication, increased understanding, deepening connections and the resolution of conflicts,” says Toth, who invites anyone interested to experience a session after calling for meeting dates and times.

Emotional Hijacking Peg Walsh, a couples therapist who practices the Gottman Method in Bonita Springs and Fort Myers, explains the inner emotional storm that blaming causes. “When individuals are educated about the physical aspects of their feelings, which result from the ‘emotional hijacking of their rational brain’, they begin to recognize when Peg Walsh they flood with a mix of powerful emotions that are the result of their perceptions being dangerously alarmed. The sympathetic nervous system takes over and starts to prepare for self-protection—‘fight, flight or freeze’. The mind is in overdrive and they are listening only for negativity, danger and blame. “You lose touch with what is actually happening. You feel defensive and often can’t stop yourself from saying mean things. Defensiveness happens when you feel criticized and held in contempt by someone who uses mocking, eye rolling, belittling, mean humor or disparagement. This downward spiral sucks you in,” advises Walsh. To avoid or abort emotional hijacking when it begins Walsh recommends eliminating criticism and making complaints from an “I” position, rather leading with, “The problem is you.” “Probably the most important skill is the ability to recognize emotional hijacking in yourself or another,” notes Walsh. Whenever Lisa Gruenloh, founder and president of Purpose Journey, Inc., in Naples, describes emotional hi-

jacking during a consulting or training session, she notices the same response. “People smile in recognition that it’s happened to them,” advises the certified emotional and social intelligence coach, who offers presentations and workshops on cultivating understanding, civility and collaborative problem-solving competencies through her Seeing Purple ( initiative. Gruenloh, a proponent of emotional intelligence and individual self-awareness in the context of group dynamics, notes that while emotional competency can be learned and cultivated, an individual must have the awareness that there is something that needs to change, as well as the will and tools to cultivate the change. “Lack of personal accountability can be a huge barrier, because it’s difficult to look at ourselves and our impact honestly and objectively. Start with asking yourself, ‘Am I playing a role in the unhealthy conflict that seems to be all around me?’” she says. Recognize that the opinions and values of others are based upon their unique life experience, which is very different than our worldview, which is the lens through which we interpret everything. “If we don’t understand that each of us has one or that it’s different and creates conflict, then it’s hard to see other points of view, because we think our view is ‘right’. The way to make progress in personal or business relationships, as well as in public policy and lawmaking, is to understand, appreciate and leverage differing viewpoints. This is a more sophisticated way of perceiving the world than many of us are accustomed to,” says Gruenloh, who also teaches a Purpose Journey workshop through the Blue Zones Project.

No Labels Gruenloh is involved with No Labels as the citizen leader for the state of Florida. The Washington-based bipartisan citizens’ movement has been working for seven years to build bridges across the congressional aisle. “From a citizen’s perspective, we encourage members of congress to work in bipartisan fashion toward effective problem solvLisa Gruenloh ing. No Labels (, in which anyone can participate, encourages elected officials to do the jobs they were elected to and work together for the health of democracy, rather than driving a personal partisan agenda,” says Gruenloh.

Community Café Coalition Circle Conversations The Community Café Coalition (CCC) provides Collier and Lee county citizens a safe place for bipartisan discourse regarding how to create healthy and resilient communities. Citizens of all ages are invited to gather in a circle conversation that uses a simple process. Similar to the World Café, it helps shift participants from small talk to meaningful results, and often leads to heartfelt connections that continue beyond café gatherings. “In conversations about what we

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want to have happen, every voice is listened to,” says Ann Smith, who helped to facilitate circle conversations at the November gathering. Citizens ranging in age from 20 to 70 focused conversations on their concerns for the environment that were related to the denial of climate change and the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. “A question that was frequently posed—are we just going to be bystanders or are we going to be proactive?” advises Smith, who notes that the next café conversation on December 7 will be held at Hummingbird Energy Healing Arts, in Bonita Springs. A Naples resident who attended the CCC gathering, Dianne Rhodes speaks locally on rights for the next generations that deserve to live on a healthy planet. She made several meaningful connections with individuals interested in learning more about the Children’s Trust and moving from conversation to local actions, which address concerns. “In circle conversations, we not only make heartfelt connections, we become better informed and decide to move forward to organize grassroots efforts around what we can do to be the change we want to see, and educate others on non-violent communication and circle principles that they can use to more effectively speak and communicate with others about the things that are most important to all of us,” explains Rhodes.

Local Resources America Grows Wings, in Love We Trust. For more information call 239-269-2221 or email InnerLightNaples@gmail. com. See ad, page 31. Lisa Gruenloh, 239-207-4572. Hummingbird Energy Healing Arts, 27750 Old 41 Rd., (next to Shangri-La Springs), Bonita Springs. RSVP to for 7 to 9 p.m., Dec. 7, Community Café Coalition conversation. Principles for Compassionate Communication, Unity of Ft. Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd., Ft. Myers. For dates and times, call 278-1511 or visit See ad, page 46. Peg Walsh, 9990 Coconut Rd., Bonita Springs. Steven Machlin, M.D., 6820 Porto Fino Circle, Ste. 1, Ft. Myers. For appointments call 718-208-6986 or email PWalshFlorida@ See ad, page 13. natural awakenings

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THE GIFTS OF CITRUS Colorful Good Health in Holiday Dishes by Judith Fertig


inter citrus fruits that arrive in a gift basket or show up on sale at the grocer present a welcome bright spot on winter’s darker days. Valencia and blood oranges, limes and Meyer lemons are delicious in their own right, and deserve their place on the breakfast table. Yet there are many other intriguing ways to enjoy them in vinaigrettes, salads, main dishes, baked goods and desserts. Winter citrus is full of health benefits, just when we need them most:

during the busy holiday season. To start, they help bolster our immune system, guarding against colds or helping us recover faster. Their high vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, content is water soluble. According to a comprehensive study by the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, a daily intake of 400 milligrams of vitamin C can halve the incidence of colds in adults and cut their duration by 14 percent. The flavonoid hesperidin in citrus helps boost “good” HDL cholesterol and

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lowers “bad” LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, report researchers in the Journal of Nutrition. In a new study in Nutritional Neuroscience, hesperidin in citrus also was found to ameliorate brain deterioration found in Alzheimer’s patients. Other studies further show that the grapefruit diet wasn’t wrong; eating half a fresh grapefruit before each meal can help us lose weight. In a study conducted at the Scripps Clinic, in La Jolla, California, and published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, researchers put overweight volunteers on an exercise plan for 12 weeks and asked them to eat either half a fresh grapefruit or drink apple juice and pop a placebo pill before each meal. The grapefruit group dropped an average of three-and-a-half pounds, compared to only one-half pound for the apple group. Limonoids, an antioxidant found in most citrus, may help guard against stomach, lung, breast and skin cancer, according to the U.S. Agricultural Research Service. Animal and human cell studies found that limonoids—especially those in fresh oranges—harbor potential as anticancer compounds. Another study in Nutritional Neuroscience showed that the volatile compound limonene, found in the rind of a lemon, can enhance memory. As nights grow colder and longer, winter citrus “adds a little sunshine to every meal,” says Jamie Schler, author of the recently released cookbook Orange Appeal: Savory & Sweet. Schler grew up in Florida, surrounded by citrus groves between the Atlantic Coast and Indian River. “Winters meant Dad’s workbench in the garage groaning under the weight of brown paper grocery bags filled to bursting with navels, tangerines, grapefruits, Valencias and tangelos,” writes Schler. “I fondly recall trips in the old green station wagon to the groves on chilly weekend mornings where we could pick them ourselves.” Today, Schler and her husband own and operate the boutique Hotel Diderot, in Chinon, France, where life’s a feast—especially during citrus season. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (


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Meyer Lemon Chia Seed Bowl with Tangerines

Moroccan Spiced Orange Slices with Orange Blossom Water

Yields: 2 servings for breakfast, or as a snack or dessert /4 heaping cup chia seeds 11/2 cups dairy or non-dairy milk 2 Tbsp maple syrup, or to taste 1 Tbsp Meyer lemon juice (or other citrus juice) Pinch of sea salt 1 /2 tsp lemon zest Fresh tangerine segments for garnish 1

Orange blossom or orange flower water is available at better grocery stores, kitchen shops, Middle Eastern markets or online. Yields: 4 to 5 servings 5 medium to large navel or large blood oranges 3 Tbsp orange blossom water 1 tsp ground cinnamon 2 Tbsp honey or date sugar ½ pomegranate, seeded 11/2 to 2 Tbsp coarsely chopped unsalted pistachios 8 to 10 mint leaves, chopped or torn, for garnish

Slice each orange across the core into Âź-inch slices, six per orange, reserving any juice that runs off. Push out and discard any spongy white core. Fan the slices in concentric circles, slightly overlapping the fruit, on a large round serving platter.

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Cover and chill for at least 1 hour. To serve, spoon the chia seed mixture into bowls and garnish with tangerine segments.

Drizzle the orange blossom water and any reserved runoff juice over the fruit. Using a fine sieve, lightly and evenly dust with cinnamon and a generous drizzle of honey. Chill the oranges for at least 1 hour or longer in the refrigerator before serving.

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Peel the oranges and cut away all of the white pith and outer membrane.

In a bowl, stir together the chia seeds, milk, maple syrup, Meyer lemon juice, salt and lemon zest.

When ready to serve, sprinkle the pomegranate seeds, pistachios and mint leaves evenly over the top.

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Shiitake Mushroom and Pea Risotto with Orange

Add the rice and zest and toss with the onions until all the grains are coated in oil. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes more, stirring, until the rice becomes translucent. Add 2 ladles (about 2/3 cup) of stock and cook, stirring constantly and gently, until the liquid is almost absorbed.

2 Tbsp butter or margarine, divided 2 Tbsp olive oil, divided, plus more as needed 8.8 oz shiitake mushrooms, stems removed, caps sliced into 1 /4- to 1/2-inch strips Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste Zest of 1 orange 2 large oranges, juiced, about 1 cup, divided 1 small yellow onion, peeled and chopped 9 oz Arborio rice 4 cups warm chicken or vegetable stock or broth 2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil or 2 tsp dried; or 1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh sage leaves or 1 tsp dried 11/2 cups young, tiny sweet peas, fresh or frozen Heat 1 tablespoon each of the butter and oil in a large skillet over mediumlow heat until sizzling starts. Add the mushrooms and salt and pepper and cook, stirring, until ten-


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Yields: 6 servings as side dish or starter or 4 as main dish

der, 4 to 5 minutes, adding more oil if needed. Add Âź cup orange juice and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes until the juice evaporates and the mushrooms are very tender and glazed. Transfer the mushrooms to a bowl and set aside. Add the remaining butter and oil to the skillet and return to the heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring, for 3 to 4 minutes over medium heat until softened, transparent and just starting to turn golden.

If using fresh peas, add them with the first addition of stock. Stir in the fresh or dried herbs at the same time. Continue cooking the risotto over medium heat, adding 2 more ladles (about 2/3 cup) of stock at a time, stirring constantly, allowing each addition of liquid to be almost absorbed before adding more broth. When the rice has cooked for 10 minutes in this manner, add all the remaining juice and cook until it’s absorbed. Continue cooking the rice, stirring, adding 2 ladles (about 2/3 cup) of broth at a time until the liquid is absorbed, about another 10 minutes. When the rice has cooked for a total of 20 minutes, if using frozen peas, stir in the peas, as well as the mushrooms. Add any remaining stock and cook, stirring, until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender and creamy. Total cooking time should be 20 to 25 minutes from the moment the rice is added to the skillet. Taste and add more salt or pepper if needed.

Baby Vegetables and Microgreens with Charry Lime Vinaigrette

Zest the limes and set the zest aside. Halve the limes and grill, cut sides down, for 1 to 2 minutes or until they have good grill marks; adds a smoky, caramelized flavor.

Yields: 4 servings Charry Lime Vinaigrette: Zest of 2 limes Juice from the grilled limes 1 Tbsp seasoned rice wine vinegar 1 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro 1 tsp Dijon mustard 1 tsp sorghum or maple syrup 1 /4 cup extra-virgin olive oil Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

Prepare a medium-hot fire in the grill. Brush the radishes, carrots and leeks

photo by Steve Legato

Vegetables: 4 oz baby radishes 4 oz baby carrots, with some of the green top 4 oz baby leeks, trimmed 4 oz baby yellow pattypan squash 2 oz microgreens

For the Charry Lime Vinaigrette, squeeze the juice of the grilled lime halves into a bowl. Whisk in the reserved lime zest, rice wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, sorghum and olive oil together until well blended. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Arrange the vegetables on salad plates and garnish with microgreens. Spoon the vinaigrette over all and serve.

with olive oil and place in a grilling basket or on a perforated grill rack.

Adapted lemon and lime recipes are from Red, White, and ’Que: Farm Fresh Foods for the American Grill by Karen Adler and Judith Fertig, permission of Running Press.

Grill for 4 to 5 minutes, turning often, until the vegetables have just started to brown at the edges.

Adapted orange recipes are from Orange Appeal, by Jamie Schler, permission of Gibbs Smith.

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Vitality is a Way of Life for Linell King by Lee Walker


Naples them to be released resident since and then return later 2004, Linell for treatment of the King, M.D., owner same or related illof Ultimate Vitality nesses. I also felt Partners, combines that my partners and medical science, I weren’t making a behavioral health and serious impact on spirituality to help our communities’ people transform health care crisis,” their lives. That mosays King, author of tivation is the recipe Mastering Vitality. for success that he King went through used to transform his his own personal own life. A wellnesscrisis when his mom Linell King focused physician was diagnosed with who specializes in internal medicine, cancer. “I took care of her for many King is the former co-owner of the years. I went on a spiritual journey that Pandya/King Group, a group hospital- included a trip to Oneness University ist practice consisting of in-patient near Chennai, India, where I developed physicians that practiced their field a respect for the universal need in all of of medicine exclusively in a hospital. us to connect with something greater “For nine years, we were very than ourselves. I knew for certain that I wanted to be on the wellness side of successful working in large hospitals health care. Being involved in educatin four cities. Although we did well, I didn’t feel fulfilled with taking care of ing and working with individuals to teach them what the body needs to people in a hospital setting only for

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INSPIRED LIVING Five Ways to Make the New Year Sparkle by Kelly Martinsen


nspiration may strike anywhere, at any time. The trick is nurturing the process to appear on demand when we need it most. Often, an inspiration is sparked when we perceive someone being selfless, courageous, physically extraordinary or deliciously creative. However, we don’t need to wait for outside stimulus when we can discover internal stirrings by invoking any of these self-inspiring tips. Just Do It – The Nike slogan has never been more appropriate. We all have something we’ve thought about doing or trying. Whether traveling to a new location, trying a different sport, joining a new-to-us group or club, or making more friends, don’t put it off—just do it.

between volunteering and happiness in a large group of American adults, they found that the more people volunteered, the happier they were. Journal – People often journal as a way to reflect upon their lives. This can be helpfully revealing, but rather than looking back, look forward, using a journal as a blueprint to manifest the most inspired year yet. Write out plans and dreams with the steps needed to achieve them.

Volunteer – A common excuse for not volunteering is, “I don’t have the time.” Next year, make the time. When researchers at the London School of Economics examined the relationship

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Gratitude – This is the big one. One way to be and stay inspired is by starting off each day in a state of gratitude. Every morning before getting out of bed, think of at least three things to be grateful for. By doing this, we recognize the blessings we have and greet the day in a positive frame of mind. It’s a perfect way to end each day, too. When someone routinely inquires, “How are you?” answer, “I am grateful.” Our time on Earth is not infinite. With only so many days promised, let’s vow to live them inspired.


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have used the knowledge, products and or more than 15 years, Caroline Thonon, technologies that I found to help my clients owner of Beautiful Health, LLC, in Nadiscover that beauty is an inside job,” says ples, has been doing extensive research the former spa owner. on tools, modalities and nutrition that could As a Guardian Ad Litem, Thonon is a help in restoring her health. “Eating healthy keen observer who advises the court regardfood wasn’t sufficient for me to overcome ing what is best for a child involved in a obesity and cure the asthma and Epstein-Barr custody or visitation case. “I’ve noted a com[mononucleosis] with which I had been diagmon mindset held by the adults that I consult nosed,” says Thonon. with regarding health and wellness and the After several years of teaching herself children for whom I make recommendations what she needed to know about nutrition and to the court. It is a lack of self-esteem, worthifood combining, Thonton studied ayurveda, ness and belief in themselves. An individual an Eastern modality. “Healing was a personal who doesn’t believe in his or her self also quest, because I intuitively knew that beyond doesn’t believe that they are worthy and the logic of mainstream medicine’s reasons Caroline Thonon capable of healing their body,” says Thonon, for my health problems, I had to have deeper reasons for my breathing issues, overeating and excess weight. a health advocate for Modere, a 30-year old international social retailer with an organic approach to overall wellness. I turned to meditation, self-reflection and contemplative Four key products that Thonon works with are a nutrapractices. There, I discovered my own answers that held more ceutical shown to promote healthy aging, active joints and promise than the diagnosis of doom and gloom that doctors younger looking skin; an authorized medical device used to offered. They told me that I would never be cured of asthma, but I proved them wrong,” says Thonon, who customized a improve microcirculation, a brand of CBD oil that offers a delivery system with increased bioavailability, and organic healthy diet to suit her constitution and digestion. “I’m 50 pounds lighter and I have no problem maintaining my weight.” home and health beauty products. Thonon, originally from Belgium, searched for supCaroline Thonon is the owner of Beautiful Health, LLC, in plements, cutting-edge technologies and modalities on Naples. For more information, call 941-457-6806 or visit American health food store shelves and in health practitioners offices. “I used them to heal myself, and since then BeautifulHealth.Today. See ad, page 14.

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Horses Hear Up to 33,500 Hz Marlow found that horses prefer rhythmic pieces matching their natural movements. “When a Tennessee walking horse breeder played music during a birth, the foal and mother recovered faster than usual.” After that, “The horses ran to the barn upon hearing the same music.” Sally Morgan, a physical therapist and advanced certified Tellington TTouch practitioner in Northampton, Massachusetts, who has enjoyed freestyle performance riding, says, “I liked to play our songs in the barn. Five CD players can keep horses relaxed most

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ust as dogs’ and cats’ noses are more efficient than ours, they also have better hearing, reacting to a broader and higher range of frequencies and vibrations. “We sense our world from where our ears are. Our plane is generally five to six feet high; animals closer to the ground hear things differently,” says Janet Marlow, founder and CEO of Pet Acoustics, in Washington Depot, Connecticut. The internationally renowned musician, composer and sound behaviorist has invented species-specific music based on her 30 years of research. Humans hear up to 23,000 Hertz (Hz), which differs substantially from that of many other creatures ( HearingRange.html). A Hertz is a standard unit of frequency set at one cycle per second.

Rabbits Hear Up to 42,000 Hz “Rescued rabbits like long tones, common in music accompanying yoga or reiki,” Morgan relates. “Long tones hold a chord with layers of notes on top.”

Dogs Hear Up to 45,000 Hz “People hear in stereo, animals in mono,” says Marlow. It’s why dogs tilt their heads left to right—to allow more sound waves into their ears—collecting information from various angles. Sound frequency and intensity keeps an animal alive in nature; they learn to flee in another direction, not analyze. Separation anxiety is often due to a sound the dog doesn’t recognize, Marlow explains. Sound triggers behavior, whether good or bad, as dogs relax or are stressed. Music releases tension from their being ever-vigilant as seen in their posture. To understand what a dog hears, sit or crawl on the floor. Electronic speakers are usually positioned at heights conducive for our ears, not theirs. “For the holidays, my dogs and horses like We Three Kings, The Holly and the Ivy and especially Greensleeves for their baroque roots and repeating patterns,” notes Morgan.

Cats Hear Up to 64,000 Hz Marlow credits her cat, Osborn, with inspiring her interest in music for animals. When Osborn was injured, she visited the veterinary hospital and sang to him to keep him calm. Her home state’s Litchfield Veterinary Hospital became her initial testing ground for species-specific music. “We use Pet Acoustics music boxes in the cat ward, recovery rooms and

exam rooms,” says Heather Florkowski, a certified technician at the facility. “In our experience, stress inhibits the healing process. Like people, animals are anxious when ill and visiting the doctor’s office. Music helps ease their stress. At home, when I move the music box to another room, my dog follows it.” “During a TTouch session, cats are completely relaxed when I play New Age music for them,” says Morgan. “Pick music that fits the cat’s personality. You can tell what they like from their body language; it’s not always what you’d expect.”

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of the day. They don’t like country-western music; it’s often sad and in the wrong cadence. Classical music like Bach is calming. When I played Pachelbel’s Canon in D on my flute, my Morgan gelding, Ten Penny Moonshine, listened for hours.”

Aquarium Fish Hear Up to 3,000 Hz “Fish are frantic animals that must always anticipate their next meal,” says Sam Williamson, a former marine biologist in Edinburgh, Scotland. “When I started playing classical music at feeding time, I noticed my three betas became calmer. A piece by Benjamin Britten, started two minutes before feeding, led to them expect food only when the music played.”


Domesticated Birds Hear Up to 8,500 Hz In the wild, birds are part of a flock. At home, they’re often solitary. “Birds are the most musical and communicative of all animals,” remarks Marlow. “Without companionship, birds can get neurotic and pull their feathers out. Provide a sense of the outdoors by including nature sounds in played music.” “Animals need us to be aware of their hearing,” Marlow advises. “Holistic pet people have addressed improved diet and medical procedures. Understanding how music supports their well-being also enables us to better care for them.” Connect with Sandra Murphy at natural awakenings

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calendarofevents FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1

Vegan and Plant-Based Drinks – 6-11pm. A community-building event hosted by the SWFL Veg Fest. Featuring food vendors dishing out vegan food and a custom sweet potato brew. A portion of beer sales will benefit SWFL Veg Fest. Free. RipTide Brewing, 987 3rd Ave N, Naples. events/128174331149101.

Hatha Morning Flow Yoga – 8-9am. Four weeks. Get into your body with flexibility, centering, relaxing, stretching and strengthening; powerful breathing asanas to live and recorded music with Marque Kolack. Paradise Wellness and Event Center, 28410 Bonita Crossings Blvd, Bonita Professional Park, Ste 11. 253-4862. Full Moon/Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 4-7pm. With GAEA guides. Paddle on the Caloosahatchee and 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. Caloosahatchee River near Ft Myers. RSVP: 694-5513. Festival of Trees, Art Walk and Holiday Stroll – 6-10pm. Visit the Festival of Trees at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, and then visit many other galleries, exhibitions, and performances. 2301 First St, Ft Myers. Telling Your Story: Touching Hearts, Changing Minds – 7-9pm. With Dr Joel Ying. Learn what makes a good personal story and how to tell them effectively. Beginners, writers, speakers, students, grandparents; everyone welcome. $20. Office of Dr Joel Ying, 2335 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 206, Naples. Tickets:

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2 Elevate Wellness Series – 8-10:30am. David Lawrence Center Young Executives Group has launched a new series designed to enhance personal health and well-being through physical activity. Attendees will learn about the connection between the mind, body and spirit and engage with like-minded members of the community. Browse the vendor village; participate in a boot camp session. $30/donation. Creekside Corners, 1514 Immokalee Rd. Naples. Tickets: 455-8500 or


vendor event featuring affordable unique products and gifts such as jewelry, clothing, books and items for the home, Young Living essential oils, Sweet Savvy minerals and more. Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 671-3822. World Wildlife Conservation Day – 9:30am4:30pm. Every year, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida cares for approximately 3,800 injured, sick and orphaned native animals. In honor of World Wildlife Conservation Day, the Conservancy is hosting a special day of family-friendly activities. Free for members, regular admission for non-members. Naples. Info: 262-0304 or 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, geo-caching, fishing clinics and more. Exhibitors include local environmental organizations, outdoor equipment and healthy lifestyle vendors. Free with park admission. Located in the SW region of Lovers Key State Park, 8700 Estero Blvd, Ft Myers Bch. 463-4588. See news brief, page 10.

Reiki for Pets – 9-11am. Bring your dog, cat, small animal or bird and receive a five-to-15-minute reiki session for them. Whether ill or healthy, animals benefit from the healing energy of reiki. Pets must be leased or comfortably crated. Donations support local charities. Kunjani Cafe, 780 Seagate Dr, Naples. 980-3257. or

Weekend Childbirth Education – Dec 2-3. 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. Info/register: or

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to use them using several different methods. Sigils can be used for manifestation of many intents. All materials included. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

First Annual Old-Fashioned Holiday Bazaar – 10am-4pm. Enjoy shopping for unique gifts and crafts in the decorated Koreshan settlement. Get family and pet picture taken with Santa and take a free ride in Santa’s carriage. Eat and be merry. Koreshan State Park, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-0311. Sunday Service and Workshop – 10am. Keeping a True Advent: Rediscover the Spirituality of Christmas following the service with Reverend Clive deLaporte. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. See news brief, page 15. Yin Yoga Nidra Restore and Renew – 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. 404-9744. 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. Argentine Milonga Dance – 4-8pm. $15. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 4 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. Candlelight Yoga Flow – 7-8pm. With Dina Radcliffe, RYT. With soft music and candlelight, gently flow from pose to pose, integrating breath with movement. Combines working postures to stretch and tone

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5 Sacred Sound Circle – 6-8pm. Co-create a magical expression of song and celebration hosted by medicine music duo, MaKa (Matt Maclean and Katrina Lilly). They use the science of sound to facilitate dynamic healing through music with kirtan/ mantra. Bring your instruments and an open heart. Happehatchee center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. 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 pillow and/or blanket. $10. The Mystical Moon, 8951 Bonita Beach Rd SE, Ste 255, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 301-0655. Breastfeeding Class – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn how to successfully breastfeed your newborn baby, use breast pumps and transition to returning to work while breastfeeding. Benefits of breastfeeding, the techniques for positioning and latching-on, timing and frequency of feeds will be discussed. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 594-0400. Info/register: FBCNaples@ or Reiki Level I – 7pm. Learn hands-on healing method of universal life-force energies. Information will be given on the chakras, auras, connecting to energies and crystal works. Attunement and certification available upon completion. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6 Candle Magick – 2pm. Learn how to anoint and infuse candles with energy for healing, blessings, prosperity and more. Attendees will make their own personal candle. $30 includes materials. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. An Evening with Artist Al Razza – 5-8pm. Exhibition and book signing. Razza is known for developing the “paint skin” process using acrylic paint. He will be showing a collection of his latest artworks and signing his new book Razza, A Survey of Artwork. Sweet Art Gallery, 2100 Trade Center Way, Naples. 597-2110.

Waite deck is required. $30. Part II offered 12/14. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Songwriters at Sunset – 4-6pm. Original Americana/acoustic songs and background stories performed by members of the Americana Community Music Association (ACMA). Co-sponsored by FOLKS and the ACMA, the concerts are at the gazebo and end with Lovers Key’s fabulous sunset. Free with paid park admission. 8700 Estero Blvd, Ft Myers Bch. America Grows Wings, In Love we Trust – 5-8pm. This unique program is intended to increase awareness, mindfulness, and love and cultivate virtues and values within, especially in these challenging times. This program will be offered at schools, businesses, colleges, universities and hospitals. Part of the tree lighting ceremony on 3rd Avenue. Info: 269-2221 or See article on page 25 and ad on page 31. Holiday and Winter Wellness Workshop: Essential Oils – 6:15-8pm. Learn specific oils to use to stay healthy during the holidays and beyond. Make and take home customized blends for yourself, or make a gift. $15 includes doTERRA oils and other supplies. Ft Myers. Info/register: 277-1399. The Personal Empowerment Program – 6:30-8pm. With Marque Kolack. Uncover the light of your soul with proven activations and insights. Get life and career on track by awakening your vision for your highest contribution. $99/4-weeks. Paradise Wellness and Event Center, 28410 Bonita Crossings Blvd, Bonita Professional Park, Ste 11, Bonita Springs. 253-4862.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8 Strolling Science Seminar – 9am-noon. Mosquitoes of the Marsh, with CREW Land and Water Trust. Learn the life histories of fresh floodwater and natural container species of mosquitoes common to Southwest Florida. $15-$25. CREW Marsh Hiking Trails, 4600 Corkscrew Rd, Immokalee. National Federation of Spiritual Healers (NFSH)/ The Healing Trust Energy Healing Therapy train-

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7 Tarot Part I – 2pm. Learn the meanings of the cards and how to utilize this wonderful tool. A Rider

Managing Cancer with Nutritional Medicine: What to Know Before, During and After Treatment – 6pm. With Dr Victor Marcial-Vega. Food & Thought (Thoughtful Threads), 2144 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 649-7400. See ad on inside back cover. Christmas Party with Tree Trimming and Pageant – 6-8pm. Performed by the children and teens in the youth and family programs and includes a choir that’s open to their entire congregation. The Nativity story unfolds to the theme of the Twelve Lights. Refreshments will follow the pageant. Love offering. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9 Esoteric Healing Part III: The Bigger Picture – Dec 9-11. With Maria Hubbuch. Learn to move your healing treatments to a new level by working in the brain and through the crown chakra. Prerequisite: Esoteric Healing II. $444. 26 CEUs for LMTs. Naples. 910-6576. Reiki Level I Intensive – 8:30am-8pm. With reiki master Silvia Casabianca. Become a reiki practitioner. Heal self, support others. Reiki history, precepts, chakras, qigong applied to reiki, hand positions, attunements. $165. 12 FL CEUs, nurses, MHC, LMTs, midwives, nutritionists, CSWs, MFTs. Bonita Springs. Preregister: 948-9444. Saturday Specialty Walk – 9am-noon. Join a volunteer naturalist for a stroll through pine flatwoods and oak hammocks to the observation tower overlooking a 5,000-acre sawgrass marsh. Your guide will discuss the history of the CREW Project, facts about the watershed and point out the flora and fauna that call the trails home. CREW Marsh Trail, 4600 Corkscrew Rd, Immokalee.


Art with a Heart – 5-8pm. Interact with more than 50 working artists in the Naples Art District. Artists will donate a percentage of all proceeds from art purchased to help restock local food pantries to feed the hungry and homeless after Hurricane Irma. Visit for a map of more than 40 artists’ studios and galleries on and beyond Shirley St, in Naples. See news brief, page 13. Feel Relaxed and Supported EFT Tapping – 6:308pm. Also Dec 13, 20, 27. With Jenny Li Ciconne. An introduction to unlocking your personal journey to peace and joy, this series will focus on relationships and lights the way to bring the calm success we all seek. $30/class. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP: 277-1399.

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Art-in-the-Glades –10am-2pm. An array of artisans will be selling their wares; from jewelry to soaps and decorated buoys. Support local crafters in this laid-back little town. Food will be on sale, plus baked goods from local charities. Kids can play on the swings while parents shop. 695-2905. Psychic Faire – 10am-5pm. Choose from a list of readers and healers offering many services: psychic readings, palm readings, mediumship, reiki and more. $25/20 min. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Lane, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339. Discover Your Transformational Breath – 2pm. With Alva. Feel lighter, brighter and more empowered through powerful breath work; deeper, more open, healthy breath. Utilize your full breath now. Paradise Wellness and Event Center, 28410 Bonita Crossings Blvd, Bonita Professional Park, Ste 11, Bonita Springs. 253-4862. Pendulum Workshop – 2pm. Learn how to choose, cleanse and program your pendulum. Also learn how to use it for divination, to find lost objects, to dowse and to test energy fields and chakras. Free charts available. Free admission. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Movement and Breath for Labor –3-4:30pm. Join Cheryl Bernardi with LifeBehold to prepare your mind and body for labor and birth through movement and breathing exercises. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2.  248-7931.  $25/ early bird, $30/door.  Register:

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10 Eckankar ECK Light and Sound Service – 11am. Topic: Recognizing God’s Love: Through Hard Times and Good Times. ECK Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034. Sacred Sound Ceremony – 6:30-8:30pm. Experience vibrational awakening and profound cosmic connections. Evoke divine will through the empowering gongs and unconditional love through the gentle bowls, 3-D mandalas and ancient aromatic blends. Bring mat, pillow, blanket and musical expression. $20. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 11 Open House – 2pm. Learn how to change the way you age. Discover and try a powerful nutraceutical, Biocell, which rebuilds cartilage, connective tissue

and collagen in eight weeks. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, drinks and an opportunity to receive a complementary bottle of Biocell ($45 value) 699 104th Ave N, Naples. 941-457-6806. Candlelight Yoga Flow – 7-8pm. With Dina Radcliffe, RYT. With soft music and candlelight, gently flow from pose to pose, integrating breath with movement. Combines working postures to stretch and tone with gentle postures to free the joints and rest deeply. For beginners to intermediate. $15/ drop-in or $120/10 classes. 280-9095.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12 Vitality Talk – 6pm. With Dr Linell King and Ronnie George. Learn how hormone imbalances affect sleep cycles, carbohydrate cravings, fat burning; what works for permanent loss of belly fat. George will demo the Beamer. Healthy meal provided. Paradise Wellness and Event Center, 28410 Bonita Crossings Blvd, Bonita Professional Park, Ste 11. 253-4862. 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 pillow and/or blanket. $10. The Mystical Moon, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107, Ft Myers. RSVP: 9393339. Tarot Part I – 7pm. Learn the meanings of the cards and how to utilize this wonderful tool. A Rider Waite deck is required. $30. Part II offered 12/19. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13 Paradise Wellness Holiday Event – 11am-3pm. Celebrate the dawn of the new humanity founded in love. View the new, 8,400-square-foot facility, treats from the juice bar, mini-spa treatments, massages, class demos, meditation, bungee, aerial yoga, Power Plate, Beamer and kids Zumba. Live music. Prize drawings. Free. 28410 Bonita Crossings Blvd, Bonita Professional Park, Ste 11. 253-4862. Reiki Level I – 2pm. Learn hands on healing method of universal life-force energies. Information will be given on the chakras, auras, connecting to energies, and crystal works. Attunement and certification available upon completion. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Survivor Holiday Fundraiser – 5-7pm. Help support the Stroke Recovery Foundation and raise

awareness for stroke survivors. Experience chair massage, complimentary skin consultations, hors d’oeuvres, wine, raffles, silent auction items and giveaways. Donation: $15/advance, $20/door. Assuage Spa Luxury, 9407 Cypress Lake Dr, Ste C, Ft Myers. RSVP: 201-4762. See ad on page 23 and news brief on page 16. Eckankar Sound of Soul – 6pm. Experience chanting HU, contemplative time and spiritual conversation with others of like heart. Collier County Public Library, 650 Central Ave, Naples. 482-4034. Natural Health Lecture – 6:30pm. James Occhiogrosso will discuss causes and prevention of osteoporosis and cancer. The 45-minute talk is followed by Q&A forum. Ada’s Natural Market, 7070 College Pkwy, Ft Myers. Info: 652-0421 or

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14 Stress, Hormones and Health Lecture/Dinner – 6pm. With Dr Linell King, MD. Learn how hormone imbalances can affect your sleep cycles, carbohydrate cravings and fat burning; why counting calories doesn’t work for belly fat; and more. Free admission/free meal. Agave Restaurant, 2380 Vanderbilt Beach Rd, Naples. RSVP: 465-0098. See article, page 46. Auricular and Moxa Therapy – 6-7pm. With Tasha Perez MS, LMT. These ancient therapies still work today for conditions like weight loss, insomnia and lower back pain, etc. Learn how these therapies can enhance health and wellness. Wellbridges Health Center, 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 213, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 246-6622. Health Lecture/Dinner – 6-8pm. With Deb Post, ARNP, and Purple Spoon Culinary. Topic: Medical Cannabis: Is It A Gateway Drug or the Potential Answer to Disease, Demystifying an Unusual Plant. Enjoy a three-course dinner featuring sustainably raised, locally sourced ingredients and beverage. $68/person. 25151 Chamber of Commerce Dr, Bonita Springs. Reservations: 908-3842. See news brief, page 14. 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. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP:

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15 Holiday Party – 5-7:30pm. Discover a party with special surprises. Ask your questions of the healing providers at Lotus Blossom Clinic who serve our community with Chinese medicine, the use of food as real medicine, educational classes and


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workshops, and a variety of massage and energy healing modalities. Free. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP: 277-1399. Open House – 5pm. Learn how to change the way you age. Discover and try a powerful nutraceutical Biocell which rebuilds cartilage, connective tissue and collagen in eight weeks. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, drinks and an opportunity to receive a complementary bottle of Biocell ($45 value) 699 104th Ave N, Naples. 941-457-6806. Women’s Gathering (CBC) – 7pm. A monthly gathering for women over 21. The purpose is to discuss women’s issues in society, religion, relationships, etc, and to have women support and help empower one another and network. There will be fun included after venting in a safe environment. Refreshments served. $5. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Connect to the Healer Within –7-9pm. With Dan and Karin. Firefly Within hosts an evening of learning, conversation and sharing of reiki energy to awaken and connect to the healer within. Donation for local charity groups. Kunjani Café, 780 Seagate Dr, Naples. 980-3257.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16 Women of UniTea – 10am-noon. Theme: FestiviTEA. Celebrate with musicians Missy Simmons and Susie Hulcher for a holiday musical show and sing along. Bring a dish to share and your own place setting. $5/love offering. 11120 Ranchette Rd. RSVP: 278-1511. 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 min-

utes. Center of Eternal Light, 260 Professional Pl, N Ft Myers. 599-4700.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17 Breakfast with Santa – 9-11am. Children will celebrate with gifts, holiday-focused arts and crafts, and wonderful food to share. Sunday youth and family lesson at 10am includes a deeper exploration of the birth of Jesus and what lessons this historic event has for each of us. Public is invited. Free. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 784-2044. Eckankar Sound of Soul – 11am. Experience chanting HU, contemplative time, and spiritual conversation with others of like heart. ECK Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034. Yin Yoga Nidra Restore and Renew – 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. 404-9744. Crystals and Gemstones Workshop – 2pm. Learn how to choose, cleanse and work with your crystals and gemstones. Crystal grids will also be demonstrated using the flower of life pattern also known as sacred geometry. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 18 Candlelight Yoga Flow – 7-8pm. With Dina Radcliffe, RYT. With soft music and candlelight, gently flow from pose to pose, integrating breath with

movement. Combines working postures to stretch and tone with gentle postures to free the joints and rest deeply. For beginners to intermediate. $15/ drop-in or $120/10 classes. 280-9095. New Moon and Winter Solstice Celebration –7:30pm. With Cathy Blair. Set an intention for the new you, envision for self and the planet. Through the portals of light offered during the winter solstice, let the masters reveal your piece in the divine plan and carry your requests up into the universe. Bring beach chair/blanket. $25 cash/check. The Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. RSVP: 403-9170. Maya New Moon Manifestation Meditation – 8pm. Join author John Kralovec for a free guided meditation teleconference to connect with the Maya Moon Goddess Ix-Chel and Sacred Earth Mother IxMucane to harness the power of the divine feminine, new Moon and Venus to aid in manifestation for the upcoming month and year. 319-527-3182.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19 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 pillow and/or blanket. $10. The Mystical Moon, 8951 Bonita Beach Rd SE, Ste 255, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 301-0655.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20 Tea Leaf Reading – The Art of Tasseography – 7pm. Learn how to read the tea leaves for yourself as well as others. Attendees will receive a free tea leaf reading during this class. A tea party with extras. All materials included. $30. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

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Nutrition Class –7-8:30pm. Nutrition for pregnancy, lactation, postpartum and family. Pregnant moms receive a free gift. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 5940400. Register:

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21 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. Candle Magick – 2pm. Learn how to anoint and infuse candles with energy for healing, blessings, prosperity and more. Attendees will make their own personal candle. $30 includes materials. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22 Music Walk – 6-10pm. The River District comes alive on the third Friday of the month as local and regional musicians line the streets. From jazz and blues to rock & roll, many genres can be heard and vary each month. Free to the public with many venues featuring additional attractions and specials. Downtown Ft Myers. National Federation of Spiritual Healers (NFSH)/ The Healing Trust Community Healing Session – 6:30-8:40pm. Non-denominational session with healing members Rev Karen Coratelli-Smith and Rev David Karg. Arrive by 6:15pm. Reservations required. No walk-ins. $20 cash or check. Unity of Naples, Fellowship Hall, 2000 Unity Way. Info/ RSVP: 692-9120 or 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.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 23 Frankincense and Myrrh – 2pm. Learn the history and uses of these sacred and popular resins. Learn how to use them in a variety of ways for the holidays. All materials included. Free. RSVP. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. 939-2769. Psychic Faire – 10am-5pm. Choose from a list of readers and healers offering many services: psychic readings, palm readings, mediumship, reiki and


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more. $25/20 min. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Lane, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24 Christmas Eve Service – 10am. With Reverend Clive deLaporte. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. See news brief, page 15.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 26 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 pillow and/or blanket. $10. The Mystical Moon, 8951 Bonita Beach Rd SE, Ste 255, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 301-0655.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28 Tea Leaf Reading – The Art of Tasseography – 7pm. Learn how to read the tea leaves for yourself and others and receive a free tea leaf reading during this class. A tea party with extras. All materials included. $30. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28 Naples Storytelling Guild – 7-9pm. Community of storytellers and story-listeners. Bring a story or just come to listen. Practice stories, get feedback, have fun. Free. Office of Dr Joel Ying, 2335 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 206, Naples.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 29 The Mystical Moon 10-Year Anniversary – Celebrating 10 years of service to the Southwest Florida spiritual/metaphysical community with 10% off all products and services at both locations. Hourly raffles with many chances for attendees to win some mystical prizes also offered. 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107, Ft Myers. 939-3339. 8951 Bonita Beach Rd Se, Ste 255, Bonita Springs. 301-0655. TheMysticalMoon. com. See ad on page 63 and news brief on page 12. Chakra Cleansing and Clearing – 11am-5pm. Become astrally clean for the new year; balancing your chakras and adding protection included. $20. Call to reserve your time. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Pet Walk – 6-8pm. 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.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 30 Psychic Faire –10am-4pm. Reduced price readings; choose from an assortment of well-established and gifted psychics and healers. Tarot readers, soul chart progression, full chart astrology analysis, oracle card readers, rune caster, mediums, chakra cleansing and alignment, and shamanic journeys. $25/25 minutes. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. 939-2769.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31 New Year’s Eve Service – 10am. With Reverend Clive deLaporte. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. See news brief, page 15.

plan ahead MONDAY, JANUARY 1 Yoga Class – 10am. All levels. Free. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 204, Naples. 6929747. See ad, page 21.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10 Spiritual Development Circles – Jan 10-Mar 28. 7-8:30pm. Traditional-style weekly development circle with instruction in meditation and message work. Attendees will practice, share and develop their mediumistic abilities. Open to all levels. $20. Brooks Executive Suites, 9990 Coconut Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 716-680-0379 or

SATURDAY, JANUARY 12 America Grows Wings, In Love we Trust – 7pm. Increase awareness, mindfulness, and love and cultivate virtues and values within, especially in these challenging times. This program will be offered at schools, businesses, colleges, universities and hospitals. Healing Light Center, 4810 Hickory Wood Dr, Naples. Info: 269-2221 or InnerlightNaples@gmail. com. See article, page 25.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 13 Intro to Iyengar Yoga – 10:30-11:45am. This six-week Saturday series will focus on the proper alignment for each pose and how to use props to achieve the best results. $99/series. AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. Preregister: 433-5995.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 23 Mindfulness Foundations – Four-week series with Angela Tarquini-Sanders. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Bonita Springs. 590-9485. Register: See ad, page 24.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 25 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – Eight-week series with Madeline Ebelini. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Bonita Springs. 590-9485. Register: See ad, page 24.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 27 Plant the Seed – 4-7pm. A fundraiser for the SWFL Veg Fest. Sample an assortment of irresistible plantbased foods while relaxing away the evening lakeside. Enjoy complementary wine and entertainment while mingling with the stellar lineup of presenters scheduled to speak at the 2018 SWFL Veg Fest. Plus, a chance to win fabulous prizes. Early-bird tickets $55 until 12/31. The Commons Club at The Brooks, 9930 Coconut Rd, Estero.

Southwest Florida. Learn about the science behind the benefits of a plant-based diet. Featuring expert speakers, cooking demos, vendors and animal rescues – with entertainment and activities for the whole family. Free. Riverside Park, 10451 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. See ad, page 61.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2 Vianna Stibal’s ThetaHealing Basic DNA Weekend Class – Feb 2-4. With Karen and David. Includes Vianna Stibal’s ThetaHealing book. First class in the series. Class offers practitioners authority to practice the work. Private home in Naples. $444. Preregistration required: Karen Coratelli-Smith, licensed ThetaHealing instructor: 692-9120 or KSmith727@ Info: 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15 Holistic Holiday at Sea – Feb 15-25. Join more than 1,800 like-minded vegans during a vacation that will nourish your body, stimulate your mind and rejuvenate your spirit. Featuring renowned chefs, teachers and healers, learn the latest in diet and nutrition science, cooking classes, yoga, exotic ports and more. 1-800496-0989. See ad, page 47.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20 Mindful Self-Compassion – Eight-week series with Paulette Grotrian. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Bonita Springs. 590-9485. Register: See ad, page 24.



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Spiritual Tools from the Ancient Maya Indians – Feb 24-25. For self-healing, manifestation, and rising

above life’s challenges. Immerse yourself in the deeply spiritual world of the Maya Indians with bestselling authors and master shamanic teachers Molly Larkin and John Kralovec. This workshop uses ceremony and guided meditation to share ancient spiritual wisdom. Unity of Naples. Info/registration: Peace@mollylarkin. com.

FRIDAY, MARCH 2 National Federation of Spiritual Healers (NFSH)/ The Healing Trust Energy Healing Therapy Training – Mar 2-4. 9am-5pm. With Karen CoratelliSmith and David Karg. Learn the energy healing technique of Harry Edwards, the world-famous UK spiritual healer. This three-day class offers hands-on experience and tools to self-heal and to heal others; physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Preregister: 692-9120 or

SATURDAY, MARCH 3 Birth Arts International Doula Certification Workshop – Mar 3-4. Become a Doula – Make Birth Better with instructor Demetria Clark. Learn the essential skills to become an incredible doula and how to run a business that makes it all come together. $450. Hampton Inn, 619 SE 47th Terr, Cape Coral. 336-280-8414. BirthArts. com/cape-coral-doula-certification.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7 Ixtapan Spa Retreat – Oct 7-14. Stress relief before season starts. $1,710 includes: taxes, tips, transportation from Mexico City, spa meals, six massages and three facials with reflexology foot massage, loofa/fango, hair treatment, manicure and pedicure. Kundalini yoga, meditation, aquatic fitness, morning walks and more. Merrill: 430-2000

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

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. The Gypsy Sea Witch – 8am-1pm. Vendor booth specializing in crystals, sage, incense, herbs and other spiritual tools. $1 environmental impact fee. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 754-444-9779. Rodes Farmers’ Market – Thru Apr. 9am-2pm. Produce, seafood, specialty foods, BBQ, arts and crafts. Supporting the Bonita Springs Lions Club. Rodes Fresh & Fancy Restaurant, 3756 Bonita Beach Rd SW, Bonita Springs. 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.

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. 4556553. Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft Myers Sunday Service – 10:30-11:30am. All welcome. 13411 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. 561-2700. Children’s Crystal Circle – 11am. With Nikki D. Children ages 5-17 will explore the world of crystals and meditation and touch, feel, experience and learn about the magic and history of crystals. $10. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 754-444-9779.

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:


Spiritual Study Group – 10:30am. With Rev Joyce Heist. Study and discuss Science of Mind principles. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero.

Unity of Bonita Springs Sunday Service – 10am. With Rev Phil Schlaefer, music by Jerry Stawski. Inspiring lesson, music and meditation. 28285 Imperial Pkwy. 947-3100. Unity of Ft Myers Sunday service/youth and family ministry – 10am. Join at 9:30am for The Gathering, a 20-minute meditation and reiki session before and after service. 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. Unity of Naples – 10am. Service and Sunday school conducted in open, accepting and empowering environment. Children deepen their relationship with God. Nursery care provided. Naples. 775-3009. Guided Historic Tours – 10-11:30am. Explore the 19th-century Koreshan religious settlement, its structures and gardens; learn about these idealistic pioneers. $2/adults, $1/kids under 6 years old. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. Tickets: 992-0311.

Church of Spiritual Light – 9:45-11:30am. Sunday service. Spiritual connection, meditation, ritual, prayer and song. 1939 Park Meadows Dr, Ste 1, Ft Myers. 560-6314.

River and Creeks Manatee Kayak Tour – 10am2pm. Get up close and personal and learn about their history, habitat and habits. $55 includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. Ft Myers. 694-5513.

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

Fort Myers Quakers – 10:30am. Refresh yourself with silent worship. Iona House, Calusa Nature Center, 3450 Ortiz Ave, Ft Myers. 437-4615. or

Southwest Florida Amma Satsang – 4:30-6:30pm. 2nd Sun. Share in Amma’s blessings; meditation, bhajans, videos of Amma and her teachings. Vegetarian potluck afterwards. Free. Cape Coral. Info: 671-6058 or Shamatha Meditation and Intro to Tibetan Buddhism Study Group – 4-6pm. Every other Sunday in Naples. Free. Info: Mary: 505-310-3811. Introductory Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 4:45pm. Last Sun each month. greenmonkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 6:30pm. With dharma teacher Fred Epsteiner, in the spirit of Thich Nhat Hanh. greenmonkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 6:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Cape Christian Fellowship, 2110 Chiquita Blvd, Cape Coral. 338-5948. Drum and Dance Circle – 6:30-9pm. Drummers, dancers, jugglers, everyone welcome. BYO chair and instrument or come just to enjoy. Under the pavilion by the water in Centennial Park, Ft Myers. Info: Facebook page: Fort Myers Drum Circle.

monday Pilates Level I – 8:40am. With Lisa. $35/drop-in (packages available). Barre Fusion, 13040 Livingston Rd, Naples. 231-4178. Chair Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. With Deb Rolfe. Participants may sit on the chair for support 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. Meditation Class – 9:30-10:30am. Guided meditation and practical advice with Buddhist monk Kelsang Chopag. No experience necessary. $10. Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. Depression Support Group – 11am. With Peg Walsh, MS. Offering participants intensive and selfcare ways to work through issues and develop bonds with others that are undergoing similar challenges and struggles. 9990 Coconut Rd, Bonita Springs. 718-208-6986.


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Beginners Music Classes – 9:30am-1:30pm. Piano/ voice/guitar lessons with Jodie Fox. Children, adults and homeschool community. $25/half-hour lesson. Academy of Light – Home of the Light Warriors, 9132 Aster Rd, Ft Myers. 707-0253. bjsriyantra@

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). North Collier Fire Station 45, 1885 Veterans Park Dr, Naples. Journey Within Meditation – 6-7pm. (Off 12/25) Crystal bowls and guided meditation followed by reiki energy healing. Receive a personal message. 100% of donations go to local charity groups. Kunjani, 780 Seagate Dr, Naples. 980-3257. Adult Children of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional Families (ACA) – 6-7:30pm. 12-step meeting. Unity Church of Naples choir room, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. Lissa: 908-752-0068. FloridaState. Clay Handbuilding and Raku Techniques – 6-9pm. Reduce stress in this five-week class with Richard Rosen. $195 plus materials ($50). Rosen Gallery & Studios, Naples Art District, 2172 J&C Blvd, Naples. RSVP: 821-1061. Moral Monday Meetup – 6:30pm. 1st Mon. With SWFL Justice4All Coalition. 3640 Napa Wood Way. Info: 917-553-3776 or PeterSuzanne2@hotmail. com. A Course in Miracles – 6:30-7pm, Q&A for beginners; 7-8:30pm, formal class reading and discussion. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church Fireplace Room, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. 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.

Pilates for Beginners – 9:45am. With Gina. $35/ drop-in (packages available). Barre Fusion, 13040 Livingston Rd, Naples. 231-4178. BarreFusionFL. com. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7-8:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. St John the Evangelist Church, 625 111th Ave, N Naples. Mary: 216-870-0653. Crystal Bowls Meditation – 7:30pm. With William Ward. Relax to the sounds of crystal and Tibetan bowls. $20. Center of Eternal Light, 260 Professional Pl, N Ft Myers. 599-4700. 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. Nu Tango Practica – 8-9:30pm. 2nd Mon. $10. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013.

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. Classical Hatha Yoga – 11am-12:30pm. With Meredith Musick. The Yoga House, Naples. Register/ location: 269-8846. Mid-Day Meditation – Noon-12:30pm. Mindful meditation overlooking the Peace Lake, Kathleen Kerswig guides participants into silent self-reflection. Love donation. Unity of Ft Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. UnityOfFortMyers. org.


Hawaiian Hula Classes – 6-6:45pm Keiki Hula (kids 5+); 6:45-7:30pm Adult Hula. With Sherry Coffey. Explore authentic dances of the Polynesian islands. $50/month; family discounts. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. 7685575.

Guided Walks – Thru Mar. 9am-noon. CREW Marsh Trails, 4600 Corkscrew Rd (CR 850), Immokalee. Registration required:

Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) Group – 6-7:30pm. 12-step program. A fellowship of men and women that have suffered from anxiety or

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depression and anger after growing up in highly stressful environments. 10051 Plantation Rd, Ft Myers. 931-9009. Co-Ed Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA) – 6:30-7:30pm. A 12-step program for men and women whose common purpose is a desire for healthier relationships. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Cir, Ste 104, Estero. David: 470-0899. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Gulf Coast Church of Christ, 9550 Ben C Pratt (6 Mile Cypress), Ft Myers. 338-5948. La Leche League – 7pm. 1st Tue. Mother-to-mother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. St Hilary’s Episcopal Church, 5011 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. Belly Dance Classes – 7:45-8:45pm. With Sherry Coffey. Have fun learning the ancient art and modern styles of this dynamic dance. Adults; beginners welcome. $50/month. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. 768-5575.

wednesday Pilates Level I – 7:05am & 6:30pm. With Cathy. $35/drop-in (packages available). Barre Fusion, 13040 Livingston Rd, Naples. 231-4178. Guided Walks – Thru Mar. 9am-noon. Bird Rookery Swamp Trail, 1295 Shady Hollow Blvd, Naples. Registration required: Beach Baptist Farmers’ Market – Thru Apr. 9am2pm. Large selection of fresh produce, seafood, specialty foods, BBQ, local arts and crafts. Beach Baptist Church, 130 Connecticut St, Ft Myers Beach. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 9:30-11am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. St Leo Catholic Church, 28290 Beaumont Rd, Bonita Springs. Sandy: 301-938-7503. Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old US 41, Bonita. Carol: 405-1947. Cocohatchee River/Wiggins Pass Estuary Kayak Tour – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins and other critters. $45. Includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. N Naples. 694-5513. Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 2:30-4pm. Tired of sick relationships? Learn how to have healthy ones. Dry Palms Foundation, 1251 Lamar Rd, N Ft Myers. Jane: 728-7106. Art Alive – 5-8pm. 1st Wed. Tour the district, meet the artists, party and bring home unique treasures for your home. Naples Art District. 596-5099. Directions/map: Vinyasa Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. With Ellen Duff. Flow yoga where movement is synchronized to the breath and poses run together and become like a dance with the breath as an anchor. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. Healing, Prayer and Meditation Service – 6pm. First Wed. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Sanctuary, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009.

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La Leche League – 6:30pm. 3rd Wed. Motherto-mother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. Cape Coral Hospital Women’s Center, 2nd fl, 636 Del Prado Blvd S, Cape Coral. Open Social Dancing – 6:30-7pm. Group class. $5. 7-9pm. Dancing. $12. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013. Evening Meditation – 6:45-7:15pm. Quiet yourself mid-week during this time of calming self-reflection, connecting with one’s own God-self. Love donation. Unity of Ft Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. Crystal Bowl Meditation and Spirit Messages – 7pm. With Nikki D. Recharge, rebalance reconnect to your higher self and strengthen your connection with spirit. $15. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corckscrew Rd Estero. Preregister: 754-4449779. 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. Meditation Class – 7-8:15pm. Guided meditation and practical advice with Buddhist monk Kelsang Chopag. No experience necessary. $10. Open Mind Zen, 1250 N Tamiami Tr, Ste 205, Naples. 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 .


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Serenity Nature Yoga – 9-10am. With Jodie Fox. Homeschooled families encouraged. $15/sign up, $20/drop-in or $60/4 weeks. Academy of Light –Home of the Light Warriors, 9132 Aster Rd, Ft Myers. 707-0253.

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Basic Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. With Deb Rolfe. A practice of posture with focus on alignment, using props, Sanskrit names, breathing and meditation. All levels. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995.

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Vinyasa Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. With Ellen Duff. Flow yoga poses run together and become like a dance. The breath is an anchor 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.

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Beginners Spanish Class –10-11am. With Jodie Fox. Homeschool families encouraged. $15/sign-up, $20/drop-in or $140/8-week course (certificate and celebration). Academy of Light, Home of the Light Warriors, 9132 Aster Road Fort Myers.707-0253. Classical Hatha Yoga – 11am-12:30pm. With Meredith Musick. The Yoga House, Naples. Register/ location: 269-8846. Dementia/Chronic Illness Support Group – 11am. With Peg Walsh, MS. Offering participants intensive and self-care ways to work through issues and develop bonds with others that are undergoing similar

Women’s Co-Dependents Anonymous – Noon. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Sally: 920-279-2388.


Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 2:30-4pm. Tired of sick relationships? Learn how to have healthy ones. Dry Palms Foundation, 1251 Lamar Rd. Jane: 728-7106.

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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. challenges and struggles. 9990 Coconut Rd, Bonita Springs. 718-208-6986. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 1:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. New Image Tabernacle Church, 81 Pondella Rd, N Ft Myers. 585-955-3910. Chair Yoga – 3:30pm. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. Pilates Level II – 4:15pm.With Lisa. $35/drop-in (packages available). Barre Fusion, 13040 Livingston Rd, Naples. 231-4178. Infant and Pregnancy Loss Support Group – 5:15-6:45pm. 2nd Thurs. 1095 Whippoorwill Ln, Naples. 298-9725. Facebook page: Grieving Together. Restorative Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. Create balance; connect to the body through sequencing that supports digestion. Breath awareness, visualization, and auditory guidance provided. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. 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. Zumba – 6:30-7:30pm. An easy-to-follow, calorieburning, dance fitness party. No experience needed. All fitness levels welcome. $13/drop-in. Gateway Yoga, 11300 Lindbergh Blvd, Ste 111, Ft Myers. 464-4676. Salsa Night – 7-7:45pm. Group class. 8:30pm. Practica  $15. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013. AllstarDance Messages and Meditation – 7:30pm. With Deborah Noonon. Open discussion. Guided meditation, followed by spirit messages. $20. Center of Eternal Light, 260 Professional Pl, N Ft Myers. 599-4700.


Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 4-7pm. 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. UniTeens Night – 6-8:30pm. Activities, discussions, meditations, crafts, fun and food for teenagers to connect with established friends or make new ones. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. RSVP: 278-1511.

saturday Pilates Level I – 8:30am. With Cathy. Barre Fusion, 13040 Livingston Rd, Naples. 231-4178. Rodes Farmers’ Market – Thru Apr. 9am2pm. Produce, seafood, specialty foods, BBQ, arts and crafts. Supporting the Bonita Springs Lions Club. Rodes Fresh & Fancy Restaurant, 3756 Bonita Beach Rd SW, Bonita Springs. 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. Dallas: 208-610-2096. Women Seeking Serenity through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Carol: 405-1947. Guided Historic Tours – 10-11:30am. Explore the 19th-century religious Koreshan settlement, its structures and gardens; learn about these idealistic pioneers. $2/adults, $1/kids under 6 years old. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. Tickets: 992-0311. Estuary Kayak Tour in Estero Bay – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins, manatees and more. $40. Includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Bonita Bch. 694-5513. Really, Really Free Market – 10am-2pm. 1st Sat. Potluck of reusable items. No money, barter or trade; everything is free. Fleischmann Park, Naples. Facebook page: Naples Really Really Free Market.

St John Farmers’ Market – Thru Apr. 9am-2pm. Produce, seafood, specialty foods, BBQ, arts and crafts. Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 625 111th St N, Naples Park.

Drum Class/Circle – 3-4pm, class; 4-5:30, circle. 1st Sat. With Debo Kumi. Bring your drums, shakers, open heart and dance. Learn new rhythms for the circle. $10/class; donation/circle. The Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455.

La Leche League – 10am. 2nd Fri. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Center Point Community Church, 6590 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples.

Club Dance – 5-6pm. 1st & 2nd Sat. Group class. $15/drop-in or $100/10 class card. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 3049013.

FOR RENT LUXURY SEPARATE TREATMENT ROOM/ OFFICE – Available in Castello Professional and Wellness Center. Perfect for massage, acupuncture, aesthetics or similar. Super location, close to Park Shore and Pelican Bay, just off US 41 and Pine Ridge. $400/month all-inclusive. 24-hour access. 398-5578. OFFICE SPACE – North Naples full-time professional office with shared waiting room and storage available Dec 1. $600/month includes internet, electric, cleaning, parking. Linda: 596-3366. SHARE MASSAGE OFFICE – 11-by-18 treatment room available in quiet, scent-free setting. Newly renovated building in great location. $700/ month plus half utilities. Call Kim at 269-1110.

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ACUPUNCTURE 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 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 39.


Oriental Medicine Naples & Ft Myers • 239-841-6611 Specializing in pain, chronic disorders, overall wellness, allergy treatments (NAET) and k i n e s i o l o g y. A c u p u n c t u r e stimulates the body’s ability to heal all on its own! AP771. See ad, page 55.

ECKANKAR CENTER & READING ROOM Pinebrook Park, Unit #155 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ft Myers 33907 239-482-4034

Eckankar, the path of spiritual freedom! Explore your unique relationship with the Divine through a personalized study program. Discover your true nature as Soul!


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.

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



2335 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 206, Naples 239-200-6796 • Support body, mind and spirit with a holistic approach to health and wellness. Integrate natural medicine, wellness, craniosacral therapy. As a physician and educator, visit for blog, newsletter, online study group and courses.

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






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



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

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



Therapy of the Gulf (MM21480) 824 Anchor Rode Dr, Naples 928-444-0606 • 239-262-8722 239-259-7472

Specializing in Mystic Astrology, Numerology, Fortune Card Readings and Cartomancy. I have over 30 years experience in making a difference. Phone and email consultations available.

Licensed massage therapist with 14 years of experience. Myofacial orthopedic and sports massage therapist. Educated, trained and worked with patients, including individuals with cancer, in Connecticut. See ad, page 26.

Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous new year by believing. Believe in yourself. And believe that there is a loving Source—a Sower of Dreams—just waiting to be asked to help you make your dreams come true. ~Sarah Ban Breathnach natural awakenings

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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 • 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).


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


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


Internationally Certified with 30 years Licensed Nursing experience; offering a new dimension of colonics with stateof-the-art water system. Massage with Vodder trained Lymphatic Specialists. Facials, Body Wraps, and Far-infrared Sauna. MM13162.


C. Robyn Berry, LMT, CRR, CCT, CLDT 13601 McGregor Blvd, Ste 13, Ft Myers 239-939-4646 • Colon therapist since 1994. Enclosed gravity method, uv/ ozone purified water, superior to others. Massage, Reflex-ology, Upledger CranioSacral/SER & Ly m p h D r a i n a g e , Vi s c e r a l Manipulation, Raindrop, Ear Candling, Ozone/Oxygen Steam cabinet, BEFE foot detox, Far-Infrared Sauna. MM7376, MA018351. See ad, page 30.


Frederick B. Stahlman, BS, PT, CST-D 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.


Dr. Michele Pelletiere 3411 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 302, 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.


Mark Corke, DDS 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers 33907 239-936-5442 • Dr. Corke enjoys working with holistic patients and practitioners on the journey to wellness. His practice “gets it” and is worth the trip to Fort Myers to experience his many services. From dental lasers to ozone he has many tools and a sympathetic ear. See ad, page 17.



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.

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Rosalind (Roz) Fusco LMT, CT 239-596-1110 • 239-571-9816 • MA27876





9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 111 Bonita Springs, 34135 • 239-676-8730 Dr. Pint can join your health journey and play a role in minimizing toxicity; this includes protection while removing dental materials plus consultation. All X-rays are digital and minimal. See ad, page 20.


A park in the heart of the village, with Yoga in Nature several days a week, drumming lessons and healing circles. Events/ceremonies and sacred wedding spaces available in nature.


Licensed teacher and certified practitioner of ThetaHealing and Healing in America. Past Life Regression Counselor and Spiritual Counselor, Cranio-Sacral Therapist, Seraphim Blueprint and Esoteric practitioner.


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


239-910-6576 Certified teacher and licensed practitioner offering classes and individual healing sessions inperson or distance: ThetaHealing®, Esoteric Healing ® , Seraphim Blueprint ® , Reiki, Axiatonal Alignments.

MAUREEN SANDERS, TRANSFORMATIONAL HEALING ENERGY Healing People & Animals since 2005 • 239-253-9008

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


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





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



239-405-7330 • Creating space for a peaceful mind. More than 10 years creating homes, schools and businesses to enhance relationships, health, clear thinking and project start-up energy. Color and space design. Staging. Clutter clearing.

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

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


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


9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 213, Bonita Springs 239-481-5600 • 239-481-5603 fax Comprehensive, fully integrated health care individualized for adults and children. Chronic fatigue, male and female hormone imbalance. Digestive disorders, women’s health care, autism, ADHD and related issues. See ad, page 29.

141 9th St N, Naples 239-261-7157 • Discover what Wynn’s Family Market has to offer! Fresh, quality, healthy meals as well as your favorite comfort foods! Organic, natural and imported selections. Gluten-free offerings. See ad, page 29.

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

Achieve permanent, positive life and habit changes through safe, rapid, effective relaxation techniques. Work with your subconscious mind through direct suggestion and regression to reach your fullest potential. Release the Past = Gain Freedom. PL, LBL, EFT, NLP. See ad, page 30.

BARRY WOLFSON, MS, DIRECTOR Hypnosis Counseling Center Washingtonia Palm Way, Ft Myers • 908-303-7767

With 31 years of experience, Hypnosis Counseling Center utilizes hypnotherapy in private and group settings. We specialize in weight loss, stress and smoking. Office in Fort Myers.


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 19.


Medium, Teacher, Lecturer, Counselor 716-595-3529 Dedicating his life to help others in their quest for answers in all areas of their life. Available for in-person or phone readings.


239-948-9444 • Regain Body Wisdom! Innovative, holistic support to reduce stress and anxiety, improve lifestyle, find life purpose or simply cultivate wellness for self, the community or the planet. Psychotherapy, couples counseling, parenting guidance. CEU classes for health professionals. Call for consultation or further information.


PrimeMyBody Independent Affiliate 203-536-1873 • Enjoy the health promoting benefits of hemp without the high. CBD oil is the cannabinoid rich whole plant Hemp extract, legal in all 50 states. Hemp oil provides all of the plant powered wellness benefits of cannabis for the body and brain – without the psychoactive effects of THC.


630-210-8688, 312-502-1539 Specializing in intuitive counsel and psychic work including Akashic records, card readings, connection with loved ones, home and business readings/clearings, energy healing, personal mentoring and angel work with children. Working with individuals that have health concerns, mental stress and/or want to find clarity with their life situations.

Put your heart, mind and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. ~Swami Sivananda natural awakenings

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Coming Next Month Understanding


Plus: Natural Stress Relief

January articles include: Just What Are Nutraceuticals? Answers for Stress Reduction Solutions for Digestive System Health and so much more!

Sylvia Dreiser Farnsworth, Life-Transition Coach, Certified Facilitator for The Work of Byron Katie, Certified in Core-Process Psychotherapy, Author, Speaker • Do you experience stress, angst regarding financial security, fear around health or aging? I did, too. Today I use The Work of Byron Katie to find peace and clarity when stressful thoughts hit me. Let me help you to find back to your inner peace and joy!


9407 Cypress Lake Dr, Ste C, Ft Myers 33919 1201 Piper Blvd, Unit 1, Naples 34110 239-333-1450 • The finest relaxation treatments from around the planet have been brought to Fort Myers. Each technique is perfected for your mind, body, face and skin. See ad, page 23.


7070 College Pkwy, Ft Myers 33907 Mon-Sat: 9am-8pm, Sun: 9am-7pm Ph: 239-939-9600 • Fax: 239-288-6210 Natural and organic produce and grocery items. Vitamins and supplements. Organic juice and smoothie bar. New Green Leaf Café. Market-prepared foods. 1000’s of gluten-free items. See ad, page 45.


D-Signed Nutrition 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Sprgs 239-676-5249 • Family medical nutrition therapy providing individualized programs for every life stage to restore health and wellness. Detox, GI issues, weight management, food sensitivities and allergies.


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Dee Harris, RDN, LDN, CDE Bonita Bay Executive Center 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Sprgs 239-676-5249 • Nutrition is our lifeblood. Healing with food starts with a personalized plan to address inflammation, nutrient insufficiencies, toxic burden and imbalances in the body. See ad, page 44.

PSYCHOTHERAPY GOTTMAN METHOD COUPLES THERAPY AND SEX THERAPY Peg Walsh, MS, CNS Clinical Nurse Specialist 9990 Coconut Rd, Bonita Springs 34135 718-208-6986 •

Relationships are precious. Learn how to heal yours with research-based 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 13.


AHA! A Holistic Approach Center 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers 239-433-5995 • Dorothy Rodwell can help free you from anxiety, PTSD, grief and depression with Rapid Trauma Resolution (RTR), a newer, briefer and emotionally painless therapy. She is also trained in the Gottman method of Couples Therapy. See ad, page 19.


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


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

MEREDITH MUSICK, LMT, E-RYT 2000 239-269-8846

Serving Naples since 1999. Hatha and therapeutic Yoga. Improve posture, breath-work, heal injuries, The Great Yoga Wall®. Massage therapy: sports, Swedish, Lomi Lomi. Nutritional counsel. Posture and stretching classes.

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Southwest Florida (SWFL) - Collier/Lee Counties - Natural Health, Green Living Magazine

Natural Awakenings Naples/Fort Myers December 2017  

Southwest Florida (SWFL) - Collier/Lee Counties - Natural Health, Green Living Magazine