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Some of my fondest memories are of simple family times with my two children when just the four of us headed to the beach on Sunday mornings with breakfast and beach gear in tow. Swimming, shelling and just relaxing together in easy playtime fed us on many levels, breathing needed space into busy weeks. On many weekends, we boated to our favorite offthe-grid screened bungalow on Little Marco Island. Nature activities filled our days, and card or board games kept the fun going at night by the light of oil lanterns. Being free of TV and cell phones, gentle woodland noises and the sound of lapping water drew us close in our happy cocoon. Can having less and doing less help create more happiness? This month’s feature story, “Simplified Parenting: Why Less Means More Happiness,” by Deborah Shouse, makes a good case for it as a cure to today’s overstimulated and overscheduled families. From learning and practicing your child’s love language to appreciating them for just being the individuals they are, we discover the power of trusting our intuition. Creating rituals and de-cluttering every facet of life, too, can bring more peace and balance to the household (page 30). My daughter Alina and I visited an off-the-grid intentional community a couple of years ago for their annual Harvest Festival. Earthaven Ecovillage, outside of Asheville, North Carolina, readily illustrates the rich benefits of living in a holistic, sustainable culture. Yet what impressed us both the most was the young people’s verbal and social skills; we loved sharing thoughtful, lighthearted conversations and were struck by their confident freedom of expression. Freely roaming Earthaven’s 329 acres provides the luxury of silence for its inhabitants. Explorer and author Erling Kagge observes that external places of silence have become nearly extinct, but that we don’t have to go as far as we think to find silence. After walking alone to the South Pole for 50 days and nights in search of total silence, he says he never found it until he turned inward toward the inner silence that can be achieved anywhere. He maintains that silence is essential to our sanity and happiness (page 38). Such internal discovery is what Linda Sechrist explores in “Multilevel Healing: Embracing All Dimensions of Well-Being,” on page 26. Dr. Wayne Jonas emphasizes, “Healing emerges when we strengthen the connections within ourselves.” Cultivating the inner silence and well-being that sages have taught through the centuries usually requires a commitment to designing our lives in ways that support that desire. Since my child-rearing days, I’ve discovered new tools along the way to nurture my internal well-being. Some days I do better than others, but when I silently tap into my wise inner witness, my life is much more in the flow. You’ll find plenty of resources in this month’s issue of Natural Awakenings to help keep you in the flow. B-r-e-a-t-h-e,

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Communities Get Creative in Urging Conservation


Cultivating a Life of Compassion


Local Yoga Teachers Help Kids Cope with Daily Stress

26 MULTILEVEL HEALING Embracing All Dimensions of Well-Being




Why Less Means More Happiness

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Holistic Chamber of Commerce Partners with Natural Awakenings


aunched earlier this year, the Holistic Chamber of Commerce (HCC) – Fort Myers and Cape Coral recently engaged the Natural Awakenings Collier/Lee magazine edition as a founding partner. The Chamber, part of an international organization encompassing cities nationwide, including Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Miami, plus Canada, connects member practitioners of many techniques, modalities and healing specialties, as well as providers of organic, eco-friendly and socially responsible services and products with the public. Monthly member meetings are held in Fort Myers on the first Tuesday morning and second Tuesday evening, and in Cape Coral on the third Wednesday morning and fourth Wednesday evening. Becoming an HCC member via an application process that includes submitting references to the corporate headquarters in one chapter also entitles privileges for the other. A monthly virtual meeting will also be available. Lisa Doyle-Mitchell, director of advertising for the Lee County edition of Natural Awakenings magazine, says, “We look forward to all the magic, growth and fun we all can create and to expanding our reach to many businesses who, like us, look for holistic, natural and eco-friendly products, services and solutions.” For more information, visit CapeCoral or, call 239-785-0809 or email CapeCoral@HolisticChamber See ad, page 22.


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Rejuvenate Active Recovery Center Opens in Naples


o-owners Mark and Susan Stephenson have opened the Rejuvenate Active Recovery Center at 2700 Immokalee Road, Suite 4, in Naples. To introduce their services, clients can experience initial cryostimulation, flotation or photobiomodulation therapy (PBT) sessions for $30, more than half off the regular cost. The state-of-the-art technologies can help to recover from life’s daily stressors, provide relief from stress and pain, create a balanced autonomic nervous system and improve physical and mental performance and well-being. Mark, who worked for the past eight years researching these technologies as a director of human performance for Navy SEALs, is also currently director of player performance for the Detroit Lions national football league team. Whole body cryotherapy treatments remove toxins and inflammatory properties, leading to blood replenishment, recovery and restoration. Floating in 10 inches of warm water saturated with 1,000 pounds of Epsom salts with no light or sound can produce a parasympathetic response for natural healing and rejuvenation. A NovoTHOR whole body light pod applies red and near-infrared light to damaged or degenerated tissue to repair and reduce inflammation and pain via photobiomodulation therapy. The center also provides NormaTec compression therapy that uses sequential pulse technology to speed recovery to legs, arms, shoulders, lower back or hips. For more information or an appointment, call 239-216-8105, email or visit See ad, page 11.

Skincare Event at Woodhouse Day Spa


he Woodhouse Day Spa will host a skincare event from 2 to 7 p.m., August 22 and 23, in Naples. Attendees can purchase 25-minute Hydrafacial and DermaFlash mini-treatments for $50 (a $65 to $100 value), obtain 10 percent off SkinCeuticals and Voya skincare products, and enjoy complimentary spa cuisine.   Hydrafacial, the popular worldwide facial treatment, comfortably exfoliates, peels, extracts, hydrates, infuses and protects the skin. DermaFlash is a facial exfoliating method that helped popularize the practice of dermaplaning with sonic pulses that remove peach fuzz, exfoliate and more.

Location: 2059 9th St. For an appointment (required), call 239-4037727. For more information, visit See ad, page 17.

O’Rourke Joins Organic Skincare & Bodyworx


icensed Massage Therapist Deanna O’Rourke recently joined the staff at Organic Skincare & Bodyworx, in Naples. To introduce her exceptional massage skills to the public, her 60-and 90-minute massages will be provided at 20 percent off regular Deanna O'Rourke rates through Labor Day. O’Rourke is from New York, where she graduated at the top of her class in 2006 from the New York Institute of Massage with advanced certification in medical/therapeutic massage and pre/ postnatal massage. She is proficient in trigger point therapy, acupressure, myofacial release and integrative bodywork in pranakinetic healing, and is a reiki master teacher with certifications in sports massage/active isolated stretching. Location: 13240 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 207. For more information or an appointment, call 239-514-4494. See ad, page 3.

Drum Circle Revival at Cambier Park


he SWFL Community Drum Circle will gather from 7 to 9:30 p.m., August 11, to reunite at the Cambier Park Bandshell, in Naples, after an extended hiatus. Drummers from everywhere, along with the public, can attend for community drumming, dancing, Hula-Hooping and self-expression. Visitors should bring their own drum and percussion items or attendees may ask permission to borrow an instrument from the group. The Naples drum circle has been spreading positive vibrations in the area since 2002. Location: 755 8th Ave. S. For more information, visit Facebook. com/groups/drummingswfl.

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Two Area Global Big Latch-On Events


omen will gather together to breastfeed and share support at two local Global Big Latch On events on August 3. Lactation Whisperer will host a gathering from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. by the pavilion at Centennial Park, in Fort Myers, and Family Birth Place will host an event from 10 to 11 a.m. at Cape Coral Hospital’s Special Care Nursery section in the Healthy Life Center in the Wellness Center of Cape Coral. Part of the annual weeklong World Breastfeeding Week, this celebration promotes breastfeeding and improves the health of women and children worldwide, as well as advocating for breast milk as a sustainable resource. Volunteers from within the community host each event, helping create a lasting support network for the community. Other related initiatives include Working Wednesdays and Express Yourself. Organizers suggest participants arrive 30 minutes beforehand. Locations: 2000 W. First St., Fort Myers; 636 Del Prado Blvd. S., Cape Coral. For more information, visit

Assuage Spa Supports Captains for Clean Water


uring the month of August, Dr. Stephen Prendiville and Dr. James Newlon will be donating 10 percent from all filler and injectable procedures conducted at both Assuage Spa locations in Naples and Fort Myers to Captains for Clean Water. In response to the long-term decline of the quality of our estuaries across South Florida, Captains for Clean Water contends the solution to this problem has been obstructed by large corporate agricultural interests and government mismanagement, and that science has shown


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that the state needs to acquire land south of Lake Okeechobee to store, treat and convey water south. Locations: 9407 Cypress Lake Dr., Ste. A and C, Fort Myers; 1201 Piper Blvd, Ste. 1, Naples. For more information, call 239-3331450, email or visit DrPrendiville. com, or See ad, page 35.

Kundalini Yoga Classes at AHA! A Holistic Approach Center


indy Bender, a 200-hour Kundalini Research Insititute (KRI)-certified kundalini yoga teacher, is teaching classes in the style that combine movement, breathing, meditation, mantra and deep relaxation from 11 a.m. to noon on Mondays at AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, in Fort Myers. The combination of techniques strives to increase awareness of Cindy Bender the body/mind/spirit connection, balance the glandular system, strengthen the nervous system, expand lung capacity and remove emotional blocks. Bender, a 200-hour RYT-certified hatha yoga teacher, is currently completing her 500-hour KRI-certified kundalini yoga teacher training, and regularly takes part in other yoga training workshops and practicums. Cost: $10 drop-in or packages available. Location: 15971 McGregor Blvd. For more information or to register, call 239-4335995, email or visit See ad, page 16.

CranioSacral Therapy Discount at FloYo Naples Massage


loYo Naples Massage is offering a more affordable way for customers to experience CranioSacral Therapy. The gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system that was pioneered by John E. Upledger at Michigan State University can be experienced at half off the regular cost through September 15. Practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve functioning of the central nervous system. The approach is used as a preventative measure for disease, as well as managing pain and dysfunction for many issues, including migraines, neck and back pain, motor coordination, colic, autism, central nervous system disorders, orthopedic issues, concussions and traumatic brain injuries, Alzheimer’s and dementia, spinal cord injuries, scoliosis, learning disabilities, chronic fatigue, stress and tension, emotional difficulties, fibromyalgia, temporomandibular disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, neurovascular and immune disorders, and post-surgical dysfunction. Location: 6200 Trail Blvd. For more information or an appointment, call 239-598-1938 or email See ad, page 4. August 2018


Holding Hands Reduces Pain Holdings hands with a loved one reduces physical pain, report researchers at the University of Colorado and University of Haifa that studied the brainwaves of 22 heterosexual couples between ages 23 and 32. When in each other’s presence, the couples’ brainwaves tended to synchronize, especially in the alpha mu band, a measure of focused attention; holding hands amplified this effect and markedly lowered pain levels. The more empathetic the man was to the woman’s pain, the more their brain activity synced and her pain decreased. Men that were less empathetic did not produce the same effect. 14

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Turmeric Helps Heal Skin Ailments Turmeric, with its renowned anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties, seems to improve a number of skin conditions when taken topically or orally, concludes a review of clinical studies published in Phytotherapy. Researchers at Drexel University, in Philadelphia, and the University of California, Sacramento, selected the 10 strongest clinical studies on turmeric out of 234 published. They concluded that this spice, with its active ingredient curcumin, was effective in treating acne, oral lichen planus (mouth inflammation), pruritus (itchy skin), psoriasis, radiodermatitis (a side effect of radiation treatment), diabetic microangiopathy (bleeding of small blood vessels) and diabetic edema (swelling). Studies on other skin conditions were either inconsistent or ineffective, the report concluded.

Mediterranean Diet Cuts Risk of Prostate Cancer In a five-year study published in The Journal of Urology of 2,000 older Spanish men, those following a Mediterranean diet rich in fish, boiled potatoes, whole fruits, vegetables, legumes and olive oil that was low in juices had a significantly lower risk of aggressive prostate cancer compared to those eating a Western diet. This protective effect was not found in diets higher in fatty foods, red and processed meat, refined grains and sweets. The researchers also reviewed other science to date, confirming the protective effect of the Mediterranean diet as well as “healthy” and “prudent” diets, all consisting of greater portions of fruits and vegetables.


Vitamin D can’t be metabolized without sufficient magnesium levels. Thus, it remains stored and inactive for as many as 50 percent of Americans on nutrient-poor diets, reports a research review in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. “Without magnesium, vitamin D is not really useful or safe,” says study co-author Mohammed S. Razzaque, Ph.D., a professor of pathology at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, in Erie, Pennsylvania. As a consequence, taking vitamin D supplements can increase a person’s calcium and phosphate levels, even if they remain vitamin D deficient, he explains; and that can lead to vascular calcification if their magnesium levels aren’t sufficient. The magnesium factor may explain why vitamin D supplementation doesn’t necessarily help vitamin D deficiency-related disorders such as skeletal deformities, cardiovascular diseases and metabolic syndrome. Natural sources of magnesium include almonds, cashews and other nuts, bananas, beans, broccoli, brown rice, egg yolks, fish oil, green vegetables, mushrooms, oatmeal, soybeans, sweet corn, tofu, whole grains, and pumpkin, sesame, sunflower and flax seeds.

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Picking Up Litter While Jogging Becomes a Winning Trend

Sweden’s latest fitness craze, plogging, is a mashup of jogging and the Swedish plocka upp, meaning pick up, in this case, litter. There are plogging groups in Scandinavia, Germany and other parts of Europe. According to the Swedish fitness app Lifesum, which makes it possible for users to track plogging activity, a half-hour of jogging while picking up trash will burn 288 calories for the average person, compared with 235 via jogging alone. A brisk walk expends about 120 calories. The Washington Post reports that in the U.S., it’s just starting to catch on among exercisers fed up with rubbish along their routes. They carry trash bags and pluck litter and recyclables off sidewalks and bushes wearing gardening gloves for safety. The environmental organization Keep America Beautiful recently started promoting plogging to encourage trash-free communities, putting out the #plogging message to its 600 affiliates. Spokesman Mike Rosen reports that response has been surprisingly robust.


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Innovative Shortcut to Faster Travel A Hyperloop is a proposed vacuumtube mode of passenger or freight transportation moving enclosed capsules along on thin cushions of air; it was first named in an opensource “vactrain” design released by a joint team from Elon Musk’s Tesla and SpaceX companies. It could offer an affordable, lowcarbon and super-fast alternative to current transportation systems. Flying between Amsterdam and Paris usually takes an hour, but can be longer due to security procedures. Currently, the same trip on a Thalys railway fast train takes three hours and 17 minutes. Hyperloop passenger group and cargo capsules can theoretically travel at more than 700 miles per hour, thus making the journey in about 30 minutes. Hyperloop seems ideally suited to a small continent with many large urban centers. The Dutch team that won the SpaceX Hyperloop competition is rapidly working toward a commercial solution to connect all of Europe. Hardt Global Mobility has the backing of the Technical University of Delft, Dutch railway company Nederlandse Spoorwegen and multinational construction company BAM. August 2018


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s fresh water becomes increasingly scarce worldwide, communities are coming together to find creative solutions to conserve it. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average American family uses some 300 gallons of water a day at home, nearly a third of which lands on lawns and yardscapes. Yet simple solutions like installing lowflow showerheads, turning off the tap while brushing teeth and installing drought-friendly landscaping can save a householder thousands of gallons a year and big money on water bills. The Irvine, California, Wyland Foundation created the Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation seven years ago to stimulate awareness and action around water waste by tapping into civic pride and a healthy sense of competition. “What we do at home has a big impact on what happens to natural resources 1,000 miles downstream,” says Steve Creech, executive director of the nonprofit, founded by marine life artist Robert Wyland to foster healthy oceans and waterways. The program pits cities against each other every April to see which one can garner the most water-saving pledges from residents. Prizes for participants include a year’s worth of utility bills paid, green home cleaning kits and low-flow shower heads. It also provides immediate feedback on rankings at MyWaterPledge. com. As of May, 616,000 participants in 4,800 towns and cities had pledged to save 3 billion gallons per year. “Many are attracted by prizes, but over time, become more interested in conservation and sustainability,” observes Creech. “Social modeling is important because people get activated when they see friends and family involved. Surveys also show that we


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Calculate a personal water footprint at look to local leaders on issues like this, so it makes a difference when mayors take a stance.” Mesa, Arizona’s thirsty desert lawns and gardens suck thousands of gallons of precious water a day. Nearly 20 years ago, the city joined forces with Phoenix and Scottsdale to launch a water conservation campaign that has become among the largest of its kind. Today, hundreds of private and public partners across North America use the Water – Use It Wisely program to turn the tide on water waste ( Creative approaches go a long way in encouraging households to save water, says Donna DiFrancesco, conservation coordinator for the city of Mesa. Its campaign newsletter speaks to 26,000 subscribers. Some 100 water-saving devices and symbols remind consumers to think about how they use water in everyday life. A traveling, 16-foot water tower made of water jugs represents the 120 gallons of water the average person uses per day in Arizona. They even challenge residents to “help your yard drink responsibly” through the Drab to Fab Backyard Rehab campaign, rewriting the narrative that sustainable is synonymous with sacrifice. In its second year, more than 11,500 entrants throughout the state put their creativity to work in revamping their backyards. To promote behavior change, Creech suggests that providing justifications for each water-saving action is key. When citizens become more conscious of how they waste the most water, they are more motivated to act. Repairing toilet and pool leaks and exchanging baths for showers are common fixes. “The 40 Gallon Challenge is designed to help people find the ‘low-hanging fruit’ in their water use—such as a leaky faucet or a long shower—that can readily help save 40 gallons a day,” says Ellen Bauske, program coordinator for this initiative of the Center for Urban Agriculture at the University of Georgia, in Griffin ( It’s designed to be flexible so states and municipalities can address the local context. “It’s been great to see the creative ways it’s been adapted; for example, one agent used the pledge as a scavenger hunt item for 4H clubs,” Bauske notes. More than 11,000 people have taken this pledge across America, potentially saving 1.9 million gallons a day. It can be difficult to measure the real water savings of such challenges, but DiFrancesco says that Mesa has seen a roughly 20 percent reduction in water use since 1999, when the local campaign began to take off. Drop by drop, small acts taken collectively by engaged citizens add up to big savings. Find water-saving tips at and Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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ccording to the Alliance for Water Efficiency, if every American cut their water use by 25 percent, the nation would save 2.8 trillion gallons in a year; household faucet leaks alone are estimated to waste 1 trillion gallons annually. Opportunities to save water are everywhere. Here are a few examples for the home, office and lawn, from Water – Use It Wisely’s 100+ Ways to Conserve Water ( Kitchen: Wash produce in a pot of water instead of running the tap, then reuse the water to quench house plants. Bathroom: Save up to 1,000 gallons per month simply by showering for less than five minutes. Laundry room: If city and county codes allow it, have a plumber reroute household gray water to irrigate exterior landscaping rather than losing it to the sewer line. Lawn: Save up to 1,000 gallons a year by refraining from watering the lawn on windy days, when most of the water can blow away. Landscape: Spreading organic mulch around plants helps them retain moisture and fend off evaporation, while deterring the growth of water-sucking weeds. Watering in the early morning, when temperatures are low, minimizes evaporation. Use a rain barrel for hand-watering and zone plants by level of drought tolerance. Pool: Use a pool cover and keep water levels to a minimum to reduce water loss and additions of fresh water and chemicals. Office: Conduct a water audit to see where it’s easiest to save water and put in place a water management plan to address any issues. Promote awareness through a company newsletter to encourage employee water-saving efforts. August 2018


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Success Under a Mystical Moon by Linda Sechrist


path to self-discovery and our inherent talents are sometimes revealed early in life, although more often they make themselves known through a gradual awakening process, as Laurie Barraco discovered. The owner of The Mystical Moon, with locations in Fort Myers and Bonita Springs, is a former resident of New York who moved to Florida Laurie Barraco with her fiancé in 1990. “After Jim’s parents relocated to this area in 1989, we made several trips to visit them, which sparked our interest in living in a warmer climate. Jim and I got married and moved to Bonita Springs because it had and still does have a lovely small town vibe,” says Barraco. After trying on several careers, Barraco finally found her perfect fit in the field of metaphysics. “After high school, I recognized that I liked working with children, so I became a kindergarten teacher. Several years later, I worked at Mel’s Diner part-time so that I could attend school to become a paralegal. I did that work in the late 90s and early 2000s until I realized that while I didn’t fully resonate with it, I did like helping people solve their problems. I just needed to find another way to do it,” says Barraco, who was noticing that she felt pulled in the direction of self-discovery. Barraco followed her interests and studied meditation and metaphysics so she could use them as tools to dive deeply into the psychic realms. She took classes with John Holland, a psychic medium, author and spiritual teacher, as well as classes at Sacred Space, in Bonita Springs. These included the teachings of Alan


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Arcieri, a local spiritual teacher who wrote in Earth School 101 about the mystery of existence. “I was interested in metaphysics during my teenage years and knew my mom went to readers for personal guidance. Later in life, I recognized how excited I would get about going to psychic development workshops presented by Hay House authors such as Sylvia Browne, a psychic and spiritual teacher.” While Barraco never dreamed she would ever be doing what her mentors were doing, her astrological sign of Pisces was pointing the way. “From an astrological perspective, Pisces people are intuitive, creative, follow their instincts, are in touch with their spiritual side and have a knack for reading people, which are some of my best qualities,” remarks Barraco. Barraco left paralegal work to enjoy life as a stay-at-home mom for several years. “I wanted to spend quality time with my two children—my daughter, who is now age 22, and my son, now age 25. I also wanted time to contemplate what was next for me.” What showed up next was a call from the owner of Sacred Space, Lani Fleming, offering Barraco the irresistible opportunity to manage the store and offer psychic readings and spiritual guidance to customers. “I’d already been doing readings for friends who affirmed my accuracy, so it felt very natural when spirit opened the door to my real calling. Eventually, I did readings fulltime and Lani hired someone to run the shop,” recalls Barraco, who opened her first shop in 2007, followed by a second in 2015. Since then, she’s developed a set of Mystical Moon Oracle Cards, written a book, Psychic Development 101, created CDs and a Mystical Moon product line, and taught her own classes in psychic development, mediumship and the magic of manifesting. In her latest endeavor, Working Girl’s Magic, Barraco teamed up with Kelly Parsons, an intuitive business owner, consultant marketer and graphic designer. The duo offers business consultations, as well as tools and products for women interested in designing a business that blends and balances the business world with conscious, spiritual living. The Mystical Moon locations are 8890 Salrose Ln., Ste. 107, in Fort Myers, and 8951 SE Bonita Beach Rd., in Bonita Springs. For more information, call 239-939-3339 or 239-301-0655 and visit and See ad, page 46.

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he path to mentally transcending the world’s intrusive bustle is to be compassionate with our self and others. It begins in a relaxed heart from which emanate daily thoughts, words and deeds. Here’s a helpful centering exercise. Sit or lie in a quiet spot for about 10 minutes with eyes closed and become aware of breaths moving in and out, then feel each one fully by filling the lungs from bottom to top. With each exhale, slowly and completely empty the lungs. On each inhale, refill the lungs again. Mentally reciting “optimum oxygen” three times helps the body deeply absorb the nourishing element. Then bring both hands to the center of the chest to connect with the emotional heart centered there. Feel it pulsing beneath palms and fingers while quietly saying aloud, “I relax my heart.” Let the shoulders release coiled tension and drop gently. Repeat saying, “I relax my heart” and sense the heart fluttering open a bit more. Rest in this feeling. Again say, “I relax my heart” and notice awareness drop into it, a feeling of being present in the heart. Feel all tension and holding-on melting down and out onto the floor.

Then fill the lungs deeply and release the air through puckered lips; blow out with strength and purpose. Continue for a minute or two, allowing each exhalation to come straight from the center of the chest. When it feels complete, the feeling of active release will subside. Sense how much lighter the heart feels. Further relax the heart and shoulders, letting go into the ocean of love native to our heart. Envision floating safely in this ocean. See it stretched into infinity. Feel its warm embrace. Now choose kindness in this moment. Relax into kindness without judgment or pressure, only loving acceptance. Accept the infinite ocean of love available and open to it. It is filled with compassion, and now so are you. Rest gently for a few minutes, until once again aware of everyday surroundings. Rub hands over both arms, legs, hands and feet to feel present in the room. Then go about a heart-centered day with the waves of the infinite ocean of love gently lapping there. Amy Leigh Mercree, of Naples, FL, author of The Compassion Revolution, is a medical intuitive and relationship and wellness coach. Learn more at August 2018


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by Linda Sechrist they are enjoying a more playful form of learning and having fun doing it. On Saturdays at 1 p.m., a small group of children ranging in age from 6 to 11 years old arrive at Love Yoga Center, where two or three yoga teachers are waiting to greet them with a welcoming warm smile. “Kids classes are different, in that it’s not all about yoga poses and breathing exercises. For instance, while we are sitting on the floor in a circle, we experience enjoyable learning games getting to know our names and each other. Every activity, whether it’s a yoga posture, a fun game or craft, is done

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hile the mental and physical benefits of yoga for adults have been appearing in mainstream publications such as TIME magazine for several years, the benefits of yoga and mindfulness for children are just beginning to garner the attention of parents and teachers. Although children in kids yoga classes at Love Yoga Center, in Naples, and the Path of Being, in Fort Myers, are experiencing the same thing as adults that practice yoga—from learning self-awareness and calming techniques to gaining self-acceptance and developing focus—

mindfully. We end with a guided meditative relaxation experience, a child’s version of savasana, a reclining pose aimed at relaxing them. We close by singing a song together,” says Lahoma Nachtrab, a certified yoga teacher and owner of Love Yoga Center, in Naples. Nachtab believes that kids yoga classes are a good way for children to interact with each other in a non-competitive environment that is free of judgment. “Feedback from parents has been good. They see that their children are calmer, and that while they get excited, it’s different because it’s not from being overstimulated,” she says. Shelly Sager, a certified Kidding Around Yoga teacher and Deb White, a crystal bowl practitioner, combine their efforts at The Path of Being’s Mommy & Me with Daddy Too Yoga and meditation classes the fourth Tuesday of each month from 6:00 to 7 p.m. “We incorporate yoga elements with the soothing vibrational tones of crystal bowls. Shelly leads the first half-hour of the class, in which the kids do yoga poses and fun activities with their mom, dad or both. When the kids are

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Feedback from parents has been good. They see that their children are calmer, and that while they get excited, it’s different because it’s not from being overstimulated.


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relaxed from doing yoga poses and mindful play with a parent, Shelly speaks about mindfulness and how to quiet the monkey brain,” says White. White follows up Sager’s portion of the class with a half-hour in a Secret Garden crystal bowl meditation. “I have the children gather around the bowls, one of which is with filled with water. I want them to see what the vibration looks like in their body, which I explain is 60 percent water, as well as how important it is for them to drink water and not soda. They get to play the bowls and discuss how they feel in their secret garden. Kids use words such as relaxed, calm and peaceful.” White also explains to the children that they have super powers which they can use to control the weather in their

mind when it feels cloudy. “I tell them that it’s as easy as breathing and turning the storm into sunshine,” she says. Nachtrab, Saeger and White are in agreement that from their experiences with kids and yoga, while children don’t realize that they are cultivating health, relaxation and body awareness, they are benefitting and building a foundation for dealing with the stressors and pressures that naturally come with adolescence and adulthood. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr., N. Ste. 204, Naples. 239-692-9747. See ad, page 19. Path of Being, 15248 S Tamiami Tr., Ste. 300, Fort Myers. 239-437-5141. See ad, page 58.

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r. Wayne Jonas’ curiosity was piqued after hearing stories of patients that have experienced healing from chronic illnesses or reclaimed well-being without following conventional medical advice. So he focused on researching dimensions of healing that Western medical schools never taught him. The rewards were radical discoveries: whole system science exploring the web of connections within the body; the need to acknowledge an individual’s core multi-dimensions—body/ external, behavior/lifestyle, social/emotional and spiritual/mental—and what’s needed to unlock each person’s inherent capacity for health and healing. The author of How Healing Works: Get Well and Stay Well Using Your Hidden Power to Heal, Jonas concludes, “Only 20 percent of healing comes from the treatment agent the doctor applies. A full 80 percent of the healing potential, which lies dormant in everyone, comes from constructing a meaningful treatment response unique to you. This is internal, highly personal and uses simple principles and components.” During his 40-year career, Jonas was able to observe multi-level healings with

patients, as well as through other professional roles. He’s served as director of the Office of Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health, a research scientist at the World Health Organization, CEO and president of the former Samueli Institute and director of the medical research fellowship at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. Applying whole system science, Jonas developed the view of a patient as a veritable ecosystem. “We are more like a garden to be cultivated than a car to be fixed. Healing emerges when we support and strengthen the connections within us—body, behavior, social and spirit— making us more whole,” says Jonas. His broader approach for healing now includes the impacts of beauty, order, an optimal healing environment, connecting with nature, elements that induce an individual’s greatest meaning response, nourishment of the spiritual self, making time for joy, the roles of love and the physical presence of loved ones and a supportive social network, as well as the energetic contributions of other social interactions and emotional dimensions.

Healing emerges when we support and strengthen the connections within us—body, behavior, social and spirit—making us more whole. ~Wayne Jonas For nearly 40 years, James Oschman, Ph.D., author of Energy Medicine: The Scientific Basis, has been conducting research in physiology and the biophysics of energy medicines worldwide, including at Cambridge University, in England, and Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland, Ohio. “Medical doctors are unaware of the body’s energy field because they aren’t taught anything about it or physics in medical school. Although the vast majority believe there is no science behind energy medicine or any that proves the body even has an energy field, it is real and has been measured,” says Oschman. He’s passionate about including energy medicine in healing, and says, “To understand the human body, health and healing, you have to look at all dimensions without any exclusions. No aspect of science, medicine or life should be left out. All medical interventions and everything you do to the body involves energy. An awareness of this can fully transform any medical approach.” Jonas experienced the energetic dimension of healing when his wife, Susan, was undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer. Although skeptical, he tried the process of laying his hands on her while imagining a soft, white light filled with love being transmitted through the top of his head, down through his hands and into her body. “I knew of the dozens of experiments done at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. When meditating individuals put their hands around test tubes containing immune cells, the amount of infrared radiation emanating from their hands increased, which stimulated the immune cells to produce more adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the energy-producing molecule found in all cells. After this exposure, those cells survived better when hit with stresses such as heat and chemical shocks,” says Jonas. “Susan said that she could feel something and fell asleep. The next day, she felt less fatigued, slept less and was more active. From then on, I cut back on travel and made sure my body—in all its physical, social and emotional dimensions—was around,” says Jonas. To help patients and doctors expand their own perspectives, Jonas has developed a healing-oriented practices and environments (HOPE) consultation protocol ( resources). It includes questions a doctor or patient can use to spark pivotal lifestyle changes that cover optimal healing dimensions—inner, interpersonal, behavioral and external—to evaluate measures that facilitate or hamper healing. Sincerely responding to the answers shows results. “With chronic diseases, it can almost always enhance wellness and well-being, and improve function, whether the disease is cured or not,” says Jonas. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at August 2018


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Why we need it: fluid balance, nerve transmission, muscle contraction Food sources: sodium combines with chlorine in salt; Himalayan sea salt also contains 84 trace elements

Minerals—inorganic chemical elements or compounds that Recommended Daily Intake: 1,500 milcannot be produced by the body, but occur in nature—play a key ligrams (mg) of sodium role in helping us function at our best. Potassium


ccording to the authors of Minerals: The Forgotten Nutrient - Your Secret Weapon for Getting and Staying Healthy, they are integral to our health. Joy Stephenson-Laws, the lead author and founder of the nonprofit Proactive Health Labs, in Santa Monica, California, suggests getting a full-spectrum mineral test through a healthcare provider to identify any deficiencies or imbalances.


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Why we need it: fluid balance, nerve transmission, muscle contraction Food sources: bananas, dried figs, nuts, avocadoes Recommended Daily Intake: 4.7 grams (g)


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Why we need it: joint function Food sources: fish, beef, poultry, egg yolks, beans, coconuts, bananas, garlic Recommended Daily Intake: 6 mg of sulfur-containing amino acids per pound of adult weight


Why we need it: works with calcium to build strong bones, repair cells Food sources: salmon, yogurt, turkey, lentils, almonds Recommended Daily Intake: 700 mg



Why we need it: to ward off colds, aid sexual function Food sources: oysters, shellfish, red meat, whole grains, nuts Recommended Daily Intake: 9 mg for women, 11 mg for men


Why we need it: facilitates enzymes action Food sources: organ meats, whole grains, shellfish, dark leafy greens Recommended Daily Intake: 900 micrograms (mcg)


Why we need it: thyroid function, healthy skin and nails Food sources: seaweed, turkey, cranberries, navy beans, iodized table salt Recommended Daily Intake: 150 mcg


Why we need it: lowering cancer risk Food sources: Brazil nuts, tuna, halibut, turkey Recommended Daily Intake: 55 mcg

Why we need it: strong bones, energy, mental health Food sources: leafy green vegetables, nuts, seeds and foods with fiber Recommended Daily Intake: 310 to 320 mg for adult women, 410 to 420 mg for adult men



Why we need it: reduces insulin resistance, helps lower cholesterol Food sources: lean meats, whole grains, broccoli, green beans Recommended Daily Intake: 25 mcg for adult females, 35 mcg for adult males

Why we need it: helps make blood hemoglobin Food sources: breakfast cereals fortified with iron, white beans, dark chocolate, beef liver, spinach Recommended Daily Intake: 18 mg for adult women, 8 mg for adult men


Why we need it: healthy immune system Food sources: nuts, seeds, green leafy vegetables Recommended Daily Intake: 11 mg

Why we need it: facilitates production of natural enzymes Food sources: lima beans, cauliflower, peas, soybeans Recommended Daily Intake: 45 mcg


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Parents wishing to simplify child-raising seek less stress and more fun; less scheduling and more casual time; less “shoulds” and more “want-tos” less second-guessing and more confidence.


or a happier family life, experts encourage parents to stay true to their own values, strengths and sense of family purpose, focusing on the wonders of their children instead of endless daily tasks. It begins with each child feeling loved.

Learn Love Languages

For Gary Chapman, Ph. D., author of The 5 Love Languages of Children: The Secret to Loving Children Effectively, understanding each child’s particular needs for touch, affirming words, quality time, gifts or acts of service is foundational to parenting success. “Other than security, a child’s deepest need is to feel loved,” says Chapman, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. “If their love tank is full, children grow up emotionally healthy. Knowing a child’s preferred language helps parents effectively communicate their feelings. The question is not, ‘Do you love your children?’ It’s, ‘Do your children feel loved?’” As Chapman arrives home, his son rushes to hug him, grinning while his dad tousles his hair. Chapman’s daughter often 30

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calls out, “Dad, come into my room. I want to show you something.” This is how he communicates with each child in their primary love language. Parents learn their children’s preferred communication style by observing their behavior, noticing how they express love and listening to them. They can also offer options and track results. For example: n Would you like to take the dog to the park (quality time) or for me to help you study for a test (acts of service)? n Would you like to wrestle (touch) or shop for your new shoes (gift)? “Ideally, we offer heavy doses of the child’s primary language and sprinkle in the others,” says Chapman. “Children who feel loved respond better to suggestions and discipline. They also learn how to express their feelings.”

Avoid Unreal Idealizing

Some parents carry a mental snapshot of their ideal child, perhaps envisioning a kid that is into sports or even-tempered or academically gifted. Often, that picture is very different from the actual child. The first step to truly accepting the child is to allow ourselves to feel whatever authentic feelings pop up. The parent might think, “I love my son, but am struggling; I adore sports and may never get to share that with him.” “Give yourself time to process disappointment,” advises Susan Stiffelman, a Los Angeles marriage and family therapist, mother of one and author of Parenting Without Power Struggles: Raising Joyful, Resilient Kids While Staying Cool, Calm and Connected. “Then identify the things you love about your kids and share those with them.” As just one example, we might convey that we love the sound of their voice and how gentle they are with the baby. “Appreciating our children as they are is one way to keep our hearts open,” says Stiffelman.

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Focus on the Good

When Barbara Unell, a parent educator and author of Discipline With Love and Limits: Calm, Practical Solutions to the 43 Most Common Childhood Behavior Problems, birthed twins, she was initially daunted by the work of caring for them. Then she began simplifying by focusing on the “wow” factors. “Being a parent speaks to the core of our humanity. Experiencing the growth and development of a human being is miraculous. I started looking at parenting through that lens,” says Unell, who lives in the Leawood, Kansas, area. Asha Dornfest, of Portland, Oregon, a podcaster, co-author of Minimalist Parenting: Enjoy Modern Family Life More by Doing Less and mother of two, relates, “I paid more attention to my values and my family’s unique needs and was less influenced by parenting experts, social pressures and well-meaning peers.” Dornfest explored her own values by asking, “What did I learn from my parents?” and, “How do I want my family to be different?” She also practiced trusting her intuition. “Even when I’m not certain I’m right, I know I love my children, I’m doing my best, and I’ll make adjustments if necessary,” she says.

Create Rhythm and Rituals

Rhythmic activities ease the anxiety of family transitions and furnish warm solidarity, consistency and connectedness. “Increasing the predictability of meals, bedtime and other rituals also improves family life,” says Davina Muse, a mental health counselor and mother of two from Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Muse serves as training director for Simplicity Parenting, a program based on Kim John Payne’s book Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power

of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids that offers a connective ritual families can merge with mealtimes. Each person describes a “rose” (one good thing from the day) or a “thorn” (one challenging thing) and a “bud” (one thing they’re anticipating). Such sharing builds a family connection and helps kids discuss difficult issues, notes Muse. Also, “Describing the bud lifts everyone’s mood.” Every Friday evening, the Dornfests share a Sabbath dinner, a low-key way for them to gather and talk. “This ritual adds a rhythm to our week and anchors us,” says Dornfest.

Elect De-Stress Over Distress

Everyone can sometimes become overscheduled and overwhelmed; a balance between scheduled time and downtime is necessary to well-being. In her daily checkin, Dornfest confers with herself and her husband, inquiring, “How are things going? Are they too hectic? Is our schedule energizing or draining?” She advises, “When I feel like I’m riding a runaway train, I slow down. There seem to be so many ‘shoulds’ in parenting; we instead need to discover what our family loves.” Before enlisting a child for an activity, Dornfest suggests we ask why it’s important: Are you making up for your own missed opportunities as a child? Are you worried your child will miss out? Do you equate these lessons with being a good and caring parent? Parenting is more than checking off lists and tasks. It’s about being connected with children. Build in playtime, roughhousing, chase each other around the yard, toss balloons or balls together, blow bubbles and welcome opportunities for laughter.

Soothing Quiet Time

Children that act out or withdraw may not have enough downtime. Take the kids outside to play. “Nature is very soothing,” says Muse. “Climb

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ncorporating love throughout the day keeps a child’s tank full. Consider these tips from love languages expert Gary Chapman.

Physical Touch – Get Close ¤ Greet the child with a hug ¤ Stroke their hair while they talk about a challenging day ¤ Snuggle while watching TV

Affirmations – Encouraging Words ¤ Put a positive note in the child’s lunch box ¤ Appreciate something the child did or said ¤ Create an encouragement jar, with praising words to use as needed

Quality Time – Periods of Undivided Attention ¤ Ask a specific question about their day that elicits discussion ¤ Schedule a date with each child ¤ Create something together, like a photo album

Gifts – Tangible Expressions of Love ¤ Make a special meal or dessert; maybe do it together ¤ Have some small gifts the child can choose from as rewards for positive actions ¤ Seek natural gifts, like a special feather, stone or flower

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Know the Power of Space

Most parents think their children would go crazy if half their toys and books were removed, but this isn’t true. “My trainers and I have worked with thousands of parents on decluttering, and the results have been powerful,” says Muse. The Simplicity Parenting approach encourages parents to discard broken toys, give away anything no longer being played with and attractively store current playthings. She observes, “As you decrease the quantity of toys and clutter, you increase the child’s attention and capacity for deep play.”

Build Resilience

Simplifying parenting means releasing the notion that children must be happy, wellbehaved and delighted with life and their parents at all times. Unell used the daily multitasking challenges with her twins as exercises in developing resilience and modeling these skills for them. If children spill milk, the parent comments, “No big deal. We all spill things.” When there’s a minor accident, “Let’s just get towels and clean it up.” A resilient attitude is, “Something goes wrong, we fix it.” It’s also about being flexible and coping with disappointment. “To build resilience, parents need to feel comfortable in the presence of an unhappy child,” says Stiffelman. “If parents don’t allow children to be disappointed, kids can become rigid, lack confidence and struggle with unreasonable expectations.” During meltdowns or disappointments, she recommends sitting quietly, listening, and then empathizing and helping put the children’s feelings into words. “This is not the time to lecture

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When there’s a little time and energy, use these ideas to connect. ¤ Start by smiling upon seeing the kids. ¤ Throw together an impromptu picnic and eat on the living room floor, in the yard or at the park. ¤ Ask the kids to read aloud while parents cook. ¤ Balance a soft item on a spoon held between the teeth and stage a fun race. ¤ While cooking, keep kids busy preparing a restaurant-style menu, a place setting with utensils wrapped in paper napkins and a way to take orders. ¤ Put on aprons and whip up homemade pizza, cupcakes or something unusual, like BLT pancake sandwiches. ¤ Buy write-on, wipe-off place mats and have kids doodle while they wait to eat. ¤ Dress up for dinner. Wear old Halloween costumes, put clothes on backwards or eat in pajamas. ¤ Share thanks. Everyone shares one thing they are grateful for. Source: Adapted from 101 Fun Things To Do With Kids To Enjoy Everyday Family Life, by Sumitha Bhandarkar


ing trees, searching for rocks and pine cones, playing with dirt, sticks, water and leaves all offer healing down time.” To escape from worries and distractions, Stiffelman suggests three or four minutes of meditation or simply designated quiet time. For little ones, lay a stuffed teddy bear on the child’s tummy and have them notice how the animal is moving. A parent and child can also be aware of the sounds they are hearing, plus incorporate a little mindful breathing into the bedtime ritual.

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Essential Oil Room Sprays

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trong immunity is a cornerstone of optimum health, and may be weakened or enhanced by what we eat and how we manage our emotions. Starting young in incorporating good ongoing habits can go a long way toward building a better immune response to whatever a person encounters.

Kid-Friendly Foods Organic strawberries, brightly colored peppers, vitamin D-rich eggs or almond trail

mix can turn a child’s brown bag lunch into an immune-boosting power meal. “Diet is one of the main pillars for children’s health. I teach parents and kids that food can be fun, and not to be obsessed with counting calories or portions,” says Dr. Alina Olteanu, a holistic pediatrician in Dallas, Texas. “I recommend an anti-inflammatory diet based on lots of colorful vegetables and fruits, and healthy fats like fish, nuts, seeds, avocado and olive oil. Eating fermented foods like sauerkraut, pickled vegetables and kimchi

Germs Can Be Helpful Research from Professor Linda Harrison, of Charles Sturt University, in Australia, reveals that children that are exposed to other children in a daycare or school environment at an early age develop stronger immunity, even though they might sometimes get sick at the outset. According to a study in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, daycare kids have a decreased risk 34

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of developing asthma and allergies later in life. Children also benefit from getting their hands into microbe-rich soil, say Brigham and Women’s Hospital researchers in a study published in Science. While germs can help kids build stronger immunity, common good habits like regular hand-washing curb the spread of viruses.

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supports a healthy microbiome.” Adequate protein supports healthy immunity, as does reducing inflammatory foods containing monosodium glutamate (MSG), caramel color, sodium nitrite, food dyes and chemical preservatives. Such measures help reduce the burden on a child’s immune system. According to Naturopathic Doctor Sarah Anne Rothman, of Thyme Integrative Health, in Pacifica, California, limiting or eliminating processed sugar is also recommended; studies by Loma Linda University, in Loma Linda, California, show that sugar consumption suppresses immune response for five hours. Olteanu notes, “Desserts can be fruits and a small amount of dark chocolate, which is rich in antioxidants and actually healthy.” Her favorite sweetener for kids older than 1 year is raw honey; however, she cautions against giving honey to infants during their first year.

Exercise and Herbal Allies Exercise has been shown to increase blood and lymphatic circulation and in turn, helps move antibodies through the system and do a better job at fighting invaders, according to Harvard Health Publishing. Exercise is also a renowned stress-reliever, especially outdoors, which manifests the bonus of vitamin D fortification from healthy sun exposure. “I strongly encourage all my patients to spend at least an hour a day playing outside,” says Olteanu. Childhood stress is a real factor that can weaken immunity, yet juvenile anxieties may be dismissed or go unnoticed by adults. Caffeine-free herbal teas and glycerin-based tinctures such as chamomile, lemon balm, passionflower and lavender can be reliable double-duty al-

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lies for children, calming them while also promoting immune response. Essential oils are another boon. “The benefits of using essential oils on children are immense. Many oils are safe for all age groups and can elevate mood, induce relaxation and boost natural defenses,” says holistic nurse and certified clinical aromatherapist Patricia Springer, in Mason, Ohio. Springer recommends diffusing organic lemon or orange essential oil for 30 minutes two to three times a day in the house or applying one to two drops on a cotton ball and inhaling. Adding a few drops of Roman chamomile or lavender essential oil to Epson or sea salt makes a calming, immuneboosting bath.

Homeopathy Homeopathy is a system of natural healing to which kids often respond positively. There are well-known over-the-counter remedies that treat acute conditions without side effects, but certified classical homeopath Julia Eastman, a doctor of Oriental medicine in Naples, Florida, recommends a more thorough approach. “Homeopathy can be life-changing, but it’s a system based upon the unique physical, emotional and energetic constitution of the individual. Going to a board-certified classical homeopath is the ideal route, because they can profile the child’s complete constitution, including patterns of illness and personality for the best possible result.” Treating children’s illness homeopathically when symptoms arise without taking the big picture into account can sometimes cause more harm than good. “Homeopathic remedies are not preventive medicine unto themselves, but using them constitutionally can help to improve overall health, immunity included,” says Eastman, who has witnessed dangerously high fevers in infants relieved within minutes when whole-care homeopathy has been applied. Health is wealth, and fortifying the next generation benefits us all. Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at August 2018


find their true and deepest self and reach the ultimate in personal growth and spirituality: the discovery of truth and light. What I Thought I Knew: A Memoir, by Alice Eve Cohen, delivers a candid tale of hope and renewal that turns all “knowns” upside-down. After a difficult divorce, Cohen was happy for the first time in years, until her mysterious symptoms, months of tests, X-rays, inconclusive diagnoses and an eventual CAT scan revealed she was six months pregnant at age 44.

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SUMMER READING Top Picks from Local Booksellers by Linda Sechrist


eading by the season was a decadesold phenomenon by 1894 when a Boston Globe reporter asked a Boston, Massachusetts librarian to tabulate the reading habits of the city’s inhabitants. Today, whether it occurs under an umbrella or on a lounge chair, the tradition of summer reading is still enjoyed in Bean Town, as well as on Southwest Florida beaches. Natural Awakenings queried local bookstores owners that carry metaphysical and spiritual books to learn what titles are being tucked into the beach totes of readers in search of help in navigating the perplexing and uncertain times in which we are living. The Path of Being, in Fort Myers, The Mystical Moon, with locations in Bonita Springs and Fort Myers, Goddess I AM, in Naples, as well as Unity of Naples and Unity of Fort Myers were happy to divulge that readers are purchasing an interesting diversity of fiction and nonfiction titles.

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some Life, by Jen Sincero, is an entertaining how-to-guide full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice and easy exercises that help readers identify and change self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors, as well as how to use The Force to kick some serious ass. Novel Women, by the Between Friends Book Club, tells the story of six women hit hard by middle age. Marriages fall apart, children leave for college and jobs disappear. Facing confusion and rediscovery, heartache and loss, the women manage to grow closer by the enduring power of love and friendship. The Art of Losing Myself, by Katie Ganshert, is the story of the Florida panhandle’s favorite meteorologist. From the outside, Carmen Hart appears to have it all together. Inside, she struggles with doubts until her 17-year-old runaway sister changes everything. The book explores how two half-sisters make each other whole and put a marriage back together. The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment, by Eckhart Tolle, takes readers on an inspiring spiritual journey to

The Empath’s Survival Guide, by Judith Orloff, M.D., is a practical guide that explains how empathic people can stay fully open while building resilience, exploring gifts of deep perception, raising empathic children and feeling welcomed by a world that desperately needs what they have to offer. Psychic Development 101, by Laurie Barraco, focuses on helping readers grow spiritually, psychically, physically, mentally and emotionally. It is a compilation of Barraco’s wisdom, psychic tips, meditations and insights on using sage, crystals, the tarot, pendulums, meditation, channeling and spirit guides. Alchemical Healing, by Nicki Scully, combines techniques of shamanism and energetic healing with the principles of alchemy, creating a practical form of physical healing, therapeutic counseling and

Some books you read. Some books you enjoy. But some books just swallow you up, heart and soul. ~Joanne Harris spiritual growth. The author helps readers to co-create the future with the wisdom of the spirit world. The Seth Material, by Jane Roberts, is a classic work in the area of spiritual growth, spiritual wisdom and practical advice to solve everyday problems, expand consciousness and directly connect with greater knowledge and being. Seth Speaks: The Eternal Validity of the Soul, is a Seth book. An essential guide and map to inner reality and conscious living, it articulates the furthest reaches of human potential and presents the concept that we are independent of our physical image and have access to intuitional knowledge and other dimensions of reality. Animal Speak: The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great and Small, by Ted Andrews, is a reference guide for forging a spiritual connection with animals, birds, insects and reptiles. Andrews provides techniques for recognizing and interpreting the signs and omens of nature, as well as how to meet and attune to animals as totems and spirit guides. Earth School 101: Who We Are, Where We Are and Why We Are Here, by Alan Arcieri, offers spiritual insights addressing the mystery of our existence and how to live meaningful lives, as well as inspiring, healing and self-empowering wisdom and compelling answers to timeless questions.

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Goddess Wisdom: Connect to the Power of the Sacred Feminine Through Ancient Teachings and Practices, by Tanishka, explains how ancient civilizations worshipped female deities and women’s wisdom was once deeply revered. The author helps readers reconnect with sacred Goddess traditions. The Reluctant Messenger: Tales from Beyond Belief, by Candice M. Sanderson, is the story of the author’s life-changing experience in 2013, when her training as a psychologist failed to explain events that

eventually led Sanderson on an adventure into the unknown.

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The Five Levels of Attachment, by Don Miguel Ruiz, Jr., builds on the principles found in his father’s bestselling book The Four Agreements, and explores the ways in which we attach ourselves inappropriately to beliefs that cause suffering in our lives and the world. The Unity bookstore has a free lending library, $5 used books and free books donated by members. A weekly book study group meets on Wednesday afternoons during season. Book titles vary according to member preferences.

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The Isaiah Effect: Decoding the Lost Science of Prayer and Prophecy, by Gregg Braden, addresses how the Great Isaiah Scroll, one of the Dead Sea Scrolls discovered in the mid-1900s, offers insight into a nonreligious, nondenominational form of prayer that transcends time and distance to bring healing to our bodies and peace to the our modern world. (This is a selection for a book study group led by Reverend Clive deLaporte beginning August 22.) The I of the Storm: Embracing Conflict Creating Peace, by Gary Simmons, uses spiritual principles, biblical quotes and martial arts philosophy, as well as concepts from modern science to go beyond managing conflict to embracing and allowing it to teach readers what they otherwise might not learn. (A book study group led by Christina Bowman begins August 25.) These book titles and their descriptions indicate that Southwest Floridians are seeking new tools and practices that can take them to the calmer and more peaceful harbor of the higher self, where beneath the activity of any surface waves, there exists a stillness that the storm cannot touch.

Local Resources

Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd. N., Naples. 239-228-6949. GoddessIAM. com. See ad, page 51. Path of Being, 15248 S. Tamiami Tr., Ste. 300, Fort Myers. 239-437-5141. The Mystical Moon, 8890 Salrose Ln., Ste. 107, Fort Myers. 239-939-3339; 8951 SE Bonita Beach Rd., Bonita Springs 239-301-0655. See ad, page 46. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd., Fort Myers, 239-278-1511. See ad, page 41. Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way, Naples, 239-775-3009. See ad, page 43.

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Erling Kagge on Our Deep Need For Silence by Randy Kambic


xplorer, publisher, art collector and author Erling Kagge inspires us to find silence around and within us as a transformative experience. The lengths he’s gone to make himself an authority in this pursuit include being the first person to complete the Three Poles Challenge on foot—the North and South poles and Mount Everest summit. He has also traveled to Japan to meditate and practice yoga. The Norwegian’s seventh book, Silence: In the Age of Noise, selected as a 2017 Great Read from the Indie Next List, recounts his experiences and presents observations of many past and present poets, philosophers, artists and other explorers—including Plato, Aristotle, Søren Kierkegaard, Oliver Sacks, Blaise Pascal, Martin Heidegger, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Stendhal, Denis Diderot and Mark Rothko—in exploring where we find silence and how to invoke it to improve well-being. It provokes reader reflection, demonstrating the kind of active engagement Kagge believes silence invites. He explores why it’s essential to our sanity and happiness and how it can open doors to wonder and gratitude. Kagge, whose previous books address exploration, philosophy and art collecting, runs Kagge Forlag, a publishing company in Oslo, where he lives.

Why do you consider silence, “the new luxury”, more important now than ever before? Silence in itself is rich. It is a quality, something exclusive and luxurious, and also a 38

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When they come to the end of it, the poor wretches realize too late that for all this time, they have been preoccupied in doing nothing.” Everything Earthly can be snatched away in an instant. Life is long if you know how to use it. Even if we were to live 1,000 years, our lives would feel short if we threw away this present time. We exist, but few of us actually live.

What have been the most helpful takeaways from your experiences? Your mind—in silence—can be wider than the sky. Silence is about getting inside what you are doing—experiencing, rather than overthinking, and not living through electronic devices and other people.

Where may silence be found? It’s easier to find silence than many people think or believe. I walked alone to the South Pole for 50 days and nights under the midnight sun in search of total silence; but I never found it before I turned inwards toward inner silence and uncovered forgotten sides of a universe just as mysterious as outer space. One universe stretches outward, the other inward.

Are there practical steps to achieve a state of silence?

Which insight from the great thinkers cited in your latest book means the most to you?

You can shut out the world and fashion your own inner silence whenever you run, cook food, have sex, study, chat, work, think of a new idea, read or dance. Silence is not about turning your back on your surroundings, but the opposite; it’s seeing the world a bit more clearly, staying on a course and aiming to love your life as much as you can. I had to use my legs to go far away in order to discover this, but I now know it’s possible to reach silence anywhere. One only needs to subtract. It’s about finding your own South Pole.

The Roman philosopher Seneca, 2,000 years ago, said, “Life is very short and anxious for those who forget the past, neglect the present and fear the future.

Randy Kambic, an Estero, FL, freelance writer and editor, regularly contributes to Natural Awakenings.

practical resource for living a richer life. Silence is a deep human need that in our age, has ended up being scarcer than plastic bags from Louis Vuitton. To me, silence is a key to unlock new ways of thinking. I wanted to write about silence because I consider it nearly extinct.

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A Reluctant Author Comes Forth

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ing. “I struggled to write very individual’s some of my story, but story matters when it would begin and adds their flowing it was hard piece to the collective to stop the memories jigsaw puzzle of life. and feelings and go to However, some are bed or go to work. It seriously reluctant to was difficult. I dallied, tell them, sometimes thinking it looked as if doing everything posI was doing something. sible to avoid the tellI bargained, because I ing. Fran Fidler, whose was terrified for people book Tiny’s Wall is to know my backstory. being released this I kept saying, ‘I’ll do it month, is overqualified Fran Fidler after Sam, my son, is out to speak about being of elementary school. reluctant and what it’s Then it was after he was out of middle like to run away from the still, small school, high school and finally college. voice that directed him more than 30 Sam has his MBA and will soon be apyears ago to tell his story in a book. plying to law school. I got the time and Twelve years of childhood sexual the help to finish the book when I blew abuse wasn’t something that Fidler out my knee,” says the Naples resident wanted to remember, let alone talk and personal fitness trainer. about to anyone—a friend, family Fidler hopes that his male readers member, his David Lawrence Center will resonate with the book’s message. therapist or even his non-judgmental “You can have a life after healing from fellow Alcoholics Anonymous buddies. the memories and abuse. You don’t have Just as the biblical Moses, who refused to pour your feelings and memories his life’s mission, and Jonah, who ran into a bottle, live with anger and rage or away from his, Fidler declared to his through failed relationships. You can be higher power umpteen times that he healthy, athletic, have friendships and rewasn’t the man for the job. No matlationships, be married and raise healthy ter how many circumstances—arrest, children. I think that as a man we think heart attack, an arm paralyzed by pain if I suck it up, work harder, be a nicer guy and a resulting hospital stay—as well or a more accomplished athlete, our selfas emotionally bare-naked AA meetesteem will improve and we’ll be just fine. ing moments—presented the recurring These are only temporary fixes.” message, “Write that book”. At age 62, Fidler reflects, “Get help The Naples resident railed back, early in life. Don’t wait like I did.” “You’ve got the wrong guy. I’m not a writer. I don’t have the talent.” Fidler’s railing turned into bargainFor more information, visit

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Imperfectly Perfect Pets

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Natural Therapies Transform Lives by Sandra Murphy

Pets, like humans, can face physical and mental challenges. Today’s fresh approaches help pets replace disabilities with abilities and lead fuller, happier lives. Zach, a rescued cat, welcomes foster pets to Paw Prints in the Sand Animal Rescue, in Newport Beach, California, teaching kittens cleanliness, and good manners to dogs. “We can’t imagine life without him,” says Monica Sederholm, co-founder of the organization. A congenital condition causing irregular bone growth in his shoulder blades, fused bones and a missing kneecap hasn’t stopped him. Muscle pain keeps him from retracting his claws, but daily massages help him relax. Although Zach remains mobile, walking is difficult or sometimes impossible when an animal is missing a limb or paralyzed. Designed for specific disabilities and fitted for size, a wheelchair cart provides freedom most cats and dogs embrace. Rescue volunteers and adoptive parents must keep clutter off the floors, supervise and remove the cart to allow for comfortable naps. Gwen Cooper, author of Homer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned about Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat and the Curl Up with a Cat Tale series, adopted Homer, a blind kitten from Miami. “Never 40

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having sight, he wasn’t afraid to take risks,” she explains. “He climbed, explored and played with our other cats.” When a move to Manhattan, New York, presented a scary prospect for Cooper, Homer inspired her, saying, “Homer didn’t let fear of the unknown trip him up. He taught me the relationships you’re sure you don’t want can be the most meaningful.” “Dottie CrazyPants, a rescued Harlequin Great Dane with severe skin and ear infections and a dysfunctional Eric Isselee/

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One receives an unlimited amount of love and gratitude from saving a special needs pet. ~Kelly Reeves, co-founder, Paw Prints in the Sand Animal Rescue immune system, had no quality of life until I tried holistic treatments,” says Lara Katz, executive director of the North Carolina Therapeutic Riding Center, in Mebane. Dottie didn’t gain weight, even though she ate a lot and drank gallons of water a day, resulting in indoor accidents. “A raw food diet resolved many health and housebreaking issues.” Discontinuing regular medications left Dottie miserable and nearly unable to walk. “A massage therapist said her energy centers were blocked,” Katz says. “After an energy medicine treatment, Dottie slept through the night for the first time in months. Her paws looked better short term.” A combination of holistic treatments including cold laser and red-light therapy, Chinese herbs, an anti-yeast protocol and probiotics works best. Katz also uses only eco-friendly cleaning and laundry products. “Certified through the Alliance of Therapy Dogs, Dottie’s visits take a bit of management because of the types of cleaning products used in nursing homes. It’s worth it. She’s completely changed my lifestyle regarding how many toxins we’re exposed to daily.”

Emotional Relief Tracy Krulik, a certified canine separation anxiety trainer in northern Virginia and the Washington, D.C. area, is a graduate of Jean Donaldson’s Academy for Dog Trainers. “Using videoconferencing, I can watch my client’s dogs at home, see when panic starts and create daily training plans to keep them safely calm.” Feldenkrais practitioner and author of Grow Young with Your Dog: Learn How You and Your Canine Companion Can Feel Better

at Any Age! Mary Debono, of Encinitas, California, sees a variety of pets. “I invited an Arabian named Easy to be the demo horse during a class I taught,” she recalls. “Sore all over, he couldn’t lift his feet high enough to step over a pole lying on the ground.” Easy showed dramatic improvement through Feldenkrais, which focuses on improved function, rebooting the body by interrupting the cycle of pain and tension, so that the patient realizes change is possible. Debono also treated a rabbit that didn’t like to be touched. “I used the eraser end of a pencil through an opening in his crate. Non-habitual touch gets the attention of the nervous system; areas of tension are sore, so gentle lifts provide relief.” Without pain, movement is easier and behavior improves.

Lesson Learned Sandy Johnson, former actress and author of The Pet Healer Project and Miracle Dogs: Adventures on Wheels, in Los Angeles, was in recovery from Stage 4 kidney cancer when she adopted Charley, a Brussels Griffon. “Her singlemindedness taught me my greatest lesson about the body’s ability to heal,” she says. Animals show less concern about blindness, a bum knee or even the need for a wheelchair than humans do. People that live with special needs animals are quick to say the benefits far outweigh the cost. When we’re open to the possibilities, such pets offer lessons in living life to the fullest. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at

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Educational Resources

n Video of Feldenkrais practitioner Mary Debono working with a cattle dog at n Help for rescuing blind, deaf and wheelchair dogs and cats at n Equipment for special needs pets at n Answers to questions about animal wheelchairs, from a no-kill-shelter advocacy group courtesy of

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n Beaux Tox, a Labrador with a smooshed face, loves his transformed life, n Starfish, the dog, learned to walk and run after a rough start, n Pumpkin, a dwarf mini-pony, not only walked, but ran after receiving custom braces, August 2018



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ships, etc, and to have women support and help empower one another and network. There will be fun after venting in a safe environment. Refreshments served. $5. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1 Your Body, Your Health: EFT Tapping – 6:308pm. Also 8/8, 8/15, 8/22 & 8/29. With Jenny Li Ciconne. Tap into your body for reconnection, to balance and activate healing. Begin practicing this skill in earnest to find greater peace and health. $30. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. Info: 851-5415. RSVP: 277-1399. Reiki Master Class – 7pm. Learn advanced energy work, master symbols, chakra diagnosis and crystal grids to enhance the reiki experience. Certification and attunement available upon completion. Prerequisite: Usui Reiki Levels I & II. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 2 BioMat Treatments – 11am-5pm. Enjoy a BioMat treatment infused with tourmaline, jade and amethyst to help raise vibrations, open the third eye and realize your potential. Also helps with dreams and peaceful sleep. Emotional Freedom Technique, chakra clearing and cleansing offered with Joan. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 3 Big Latch On Event –10-11am. Women will gather together to breastfeed and offer support for each during World Breastfeeding Week at Cape Coral Hospital’s Special Care Nursery section in

SATURDAY, AUGUST 4 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.

the Healthy Life Center in the Wellness Center of Cape Coral hosted by Family Birth Place. 636 Del Prado Blvd S, Cape Coral. See news brief, page 12. Big Latch On Event – 10am-1pm. Women will gather together to breastfeed and offer support for each during World Breastfeeding Week hosted by Lactation Whisperer. Centennial Park, 2000 W First St, Ft Myers. See news brief, page 12. Art Walk – Aug 3-4. 6-10pm, Fri; 11am-4pm, Sat. 14 art galleries invite locals and visitors to a selfguided walking tour throughout downtown Fort Myers River District core and the Gardener’s Park area. Art enthusiasts can meet the artists and enjoy the live art demonstrations. Women’s Gathering (CBC) – 7pm. A monthly gathering for women over 21. The purpose is to discuss women’s issues in society, religion, relation-

Weekend Childbirth Education – Aug 4-5. 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 Psychic Fair Road Event – 10am-5pm. Goddess I AM psychic readers available for readings, healings, pet readings, mediumship. Fifteen-minute sessions. Each session is $20 with a portion of the proceeds going to support local children. $5 entry raffle/prizes. Unity Church Bonita Springs, 28285 Imperial Pkwy. 228-6949. Back to Basics – 12:15-1:45pm. $35 or $30/paid by 8/3. FloYo North, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 5981938. Visit: Crystals and Gemstones Workshop – 2pm. Learn how to choose, cleanse and work with crystals and gemstones. Crystal grids will also be demonstrated using the flower of life pattern known as sacred geometry. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 6 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.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 7 Breastfeeding Class – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn how to successfully breastfeed a 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. 594-0400. Info/register: or Intro to Wicca – 7pm. 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.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8 Reiki Master Class – 2pm. Learn advanced energy work, master symbols, chakra diagnosis and crystal grids to enhance the reiki experience. Certification and attunement available upon completion. Prerequisite: Usui Reiki Levels I & II. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Eckankar Sound of Soul Event – 5pm. Collier County Public Library, 650 Central Ave, Naples. 482-4034. 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. RSVP: 3010655.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 9 BioMat Treatments – 11am-5pm. Enjoy a BioMat treatment infused with tourmaline, jade and amethyst to help raise vibrations, open the third eye and realize your potential. Also helps with dreams and peaceful sleep. Emotional Freedom Technique, chakra clearing and cleansing offered with Joan. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:45-7:45pm. With Jenny Hong. Experience the vibrational healing power of quartz crystal bowls as you lie or sit in comfort. Hong will also channel the healing energies of reiki. $10. RSVP: JennyLotusBlossom@gmail. com. 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 on 8/16. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 10 Reclaim Health: Sexual Wellness and Removing Toxic Loads – 9am-4pm. With Dr Yolie (Yolanda Cintron). Do you have cancer or issues with your prostate, testicles, ovaries, urinary tract, kidneys or bladder? Join to learn more about how to heal


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from the inside out. $45. Renaissance Hotel Boca Raton, 2000 NW 19th St, Boca Raton. 954-9384599. See ad, page 42. Psychic Fair – 5-8pm. Mini readings with some of Naples’ most experienced psychics and healers. Services include: mediumship, tarot, reiki, angel, past-life, chakra balancing, intuitive, body scanning, oracle and more. $30/20 minutes. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 11 John of God 14-Day Spiritual Journey – Aug 11-26. With John of God Casa guides Rev Karen CoratelliSmith and Rev David Karg. Fly direct from Miami to Brasilia and experience The House of ST Ignatius of Loyola, John of God, the Entities of Light, crystal bed sessions, sacred waterfalls and more. $2,200 includes R&B, transport, guide, tips. Air fare: $1,395, plus personal expenses. Passport and visa required. Karen: 692-9120 or One-Day Childbirth Education – 10am-3pm. Learn about stages of labor, pain coping practices, moving beyond your birth worries and more. Breastfeeding class included. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 594-0400. Info/register: FBCNaples@ or 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.

Usui/Holy Fire Reiki I and II Workshop – Aug 11-12. 10am-5pm. With Patti Carney, Usui/Holy Fire Reiki Master and trainer. She is also an animal communicator, and there will be discussion about helping our animal friends with reiki, and people. Saturday: Level I; Sunday: Level II. $225 or $150/ day (includes class manual). Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. Register: 2771399. Reiki I – 11am-4pm. This class provides Reiki I attunement, lecture, discussion and experience. Empower yourself and learn the tradition of Usui reiki. Included will be the teachings of the shamanic movement of energies. $150. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. Yin Yoga: Journey into Bliss – 12:30-2:30pm. $35 or $30/paid by 8/10. FloYo North, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 598-1938. Visit: Pendulum Workshop – 2pm. Learn how to choose, cleanse and program your pendulum. Also learn how to use your pendulum for divination, to find lost objects, dowse and test energy fields and chakras. Free; free charts available. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Naples’ Drum Circle Revival – 7-9:30pm. Drummers of all nations and spectators are welcome to attend for community drumming, dancing, hulahooping and self-expression. Bring your own drum and/or percussion items or attendees may ask permission to borrow a rhythm maker from the group. Cambier Park Bandshell, 755 8th Ave S, Naples. Facebook group: SWFL Community Drum Circle. See news brief, page 11.

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 12 Eckankar Light and Sound Service – 11am. Topic: Catching the Wave of the Light and Sound. ECK Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15 Introduction to Reflexology – 9am-3pm. With Alvina Quatrano. Release stress from the whole body through the feet and hands. Great for couples, friends, family, nurses, etc. $100. 6 CEs for LMTs. Naples. Register: 732-266-5276. Tarot Part I – 2pm. Learn the meanings of the cards and how to utilize this wonderful tool. A Rider Waite deck is required. $30. Part II offered on 8/22. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Nutrition Class –7-8:30pm. Nutrition for pregnancy, lactation, postpartum and family. Pregnant moms receive a free gift. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2. 594-0400. Register:

THURSDAY, AUGUST 16 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. BioMat Treatments – 11am-5pm. Enjoy a BioMat treatment infused with tourmaline, jade and amethyst to help raise vibrations, open the third eye and realize your potential. Also helps with dreams and peaceful sleep. Emotional Freedom Technique, chakra clearing and cleansing offered with Joan. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Elemental Magic – 6-7pm. Learn to focus and work with a different Earth element each month. Topic: Water – what does it represent; how can you use the water element to heal and grow; what are water elementals; are they friendly or foe? $25. The Path of Being, 15248 S Tamiami Tr, Ste 300, Ft Myers. 437-5141.


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FRIDAY, AUGUST 17 Friday Night Intuitive Arts Fair – 5-8pm. Bring your friends and start your Friday night with an intuitive reading. Mini-services include tarot reading, medium, intuitive healing, chakra balancing, cord cutting and DNA activation. $25/20 minutes. The Path of Being, 15248 S Tamiami Tr, Ste 300, Ft Myers. 437-5141. 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. Reiki Healing Circle – 7pm. Let the power of reiki help promote healing on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Connect to the Healer Within – 7-9pm. With Dan and Karin. Firefly Within hosts an evening of learning, conversation and sharing of reiki energy to awaken and connect to the healer within. Donation for local charity groups. Kunjani Café, 780 Seagate Dr, Naples. 980-3257.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 18 Healing Touch Level II – Aug 18-19. Review Healing Touch I; expanded assessment/documentation/ application in clinical settings; one-hour healing sequence, back techniques and more, legal/professional aspects. CEs. Hope Hospice, 2430 Diplomat Pkwy, Cape Coral. Maria Benninghoven: 898-4876.

Psychic Fair – 11am-4pm. Mini readings with some of Naples’ most experienced psychics and healers. Services include: mediumship, tarot, reiki, angel, past life, chakra balancing, intuitive, body scanning, oracle and more. $30/20 minutes. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. Dowsing with Ross – 2pm. Learn what dowsing is and how to use this method for finding objects underground, testing energy fields, spirit energies, and learn the different tools used for dowsing. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 19 Eckankar Sound of Soul Event – 11am. ECK Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 21 Seasons for Success – 5:30-7:30pm. Hosted by CCCR Business 100, this exclusive group of philanthropic businesses helps local children by supporting Collier Child Care Resources (CCCR) mission and programs. Free networking event with hors’ d’oeuvres and a free drink ticket for each attendee that RSVPs online. Seasons 52, 8930 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. RSVP: CollierChildCare. org/free-networking-event-seasons-52.

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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. Meditate, Read and Share – 6:30-8pm. Following

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a half-hour meditation, Rev Clive deLaporte hosts a seven-week class based on Greg Braden’s book The Isaiah Effect: Decoding the Lost Science of Prayer and Prophecy. Explore where science and miracles are merged into a new wisdom based on precise instructions from the ancient Great Isaiah Scroll to the people of the future. Love donation. Unity of Ft Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. Yoga for Runners – 6:45-8:45pm. $30 or $25/paid by 8/21. FloYo North, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 598-1938. Visit:

THURSDAY, AUGUST 23 BioMat Treatments – 11am-5pm. Enjoy a BioMat treatment infused with tourmaline, jade and amethyst to help raise vibrations, open the third eye and realize your potential. Also helps with dreams and peaceful sleep. Emotional Freedom Technique, chakra clearing and cleansing offered with Joan. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:45-7:45pm. With Jenny Hong. Experience the vibrational healing power of quartz crystal bowls as you lie or sit in comfort. Hong will also channel the healing energies of reiki. $10. RSVP: JennyLotusBlossom@gmail. com. Naples Storytelling Guild – 7-9pm. Community of storytellers and story-listeners. Bring a story, or just come to listen. Discover the power of storytelling to connect, inspire, and entertain. Office of Dr Joel Ying, 2335 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 206, Naples.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 24 Full Moon/Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 5:30-8:30pm. 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. $50/person. Caloosahatchee River near Ft Myers. RSVP: 694-5513.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 25 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. Intuitive Arts Fair – 10am-5pm. Mini-readings with gifted readers and healers include tarot reading, Medium, intuitive healing, chakra balancing, cord-cutting and DNA activation. $25/20 minutes. The Path of Being, 15248 S Tamiami Tr, Ste 300, Ft Myers. 437-5141. 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, 8951 Bonita Beach Rd SE, Ste 255, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 3010655. Restore and Renew – 12:30-2:30pm. $40 or $35/ paid by 8/24. FloYo North, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 598-1938. Visit:


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TUESDAY, AUGUST 28 SWFL Health and Wellness MeetUp – 11:30am1pm. This group meets the first Tuesday of every month with Diane Leddy and Cathi Fitzpatrick of BEssentially Green. Square1 Burger (meeting room), 5031 S Cleveland Ave, Ft Myers. RSVP: 941-356-3688.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29 Candle Magick for Beginners – 7pm. Learn how to anoint and infuse candles with energy for healing, blessings, prosperity and more. Make your own personal candle. $30 includes supplies. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Full Moon Yoga – 7-8pm. Donation. FloYo North, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 598-1938. Visit:

THURSDAY, AUGUST 30 BioMat Treatments – 11am-5pm. Enjoy a BioMat treatment infused with tourmaline, jade and amethyst to help raise vibrations, open the third eye and realize your potential. Also helps with dreams and peaceful sleep. Emotional Freedom Technique, chakra clearing and cleansing offered with Joan. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. SWFL Health and Wellness MeetUp – 11:30am1pm. This group meets the first Thursday of every month with Diane Leddy and Cathi Fitzpatrick of BEssentially Green. Casamigos Mexican Cantina, 4947 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 110, Naples. RSVP: 941-356-3688. Soulful Transformation: Guided Meditation and Frequency-Harmonizing – 6:30-8pm. Join a small group of people to experience the first and only guided meditation that utilizes the frequency-harmonizing benefits of the BioCharger NG. Harmonize your mind, body, heart and soul with the nation’s leading Soul Mentor. Group session; six people max – three minimum.  $42/person. The Soul Medic at OMNI Balanced Life Center, 720 Goodlette Rd, Ste 205, Naples. 234-1608.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 31 Tea Leaf Reading – The Art of Tasseography – 7pm. Learn how to read tea leaves for yourself and others and receive a free tea leaf reading at this tea party with extras. All materials included. $30. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

plan ahead SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 Healing Touch Level I – Sept 8-9. Basic energy system/aura/chakras, how they affect health, assessment, principles/practice, techniques, self-healing, personal development, legal/professional issues. CEs. Hope Hospice, 2430 Diplomat Pkwy, Cape Coral. Maria Benninghoven: 898-4876.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7   Ixtapan Spa Mexico Mountains – Oct 7-14. Seven nights include: meals, massages, mineral baths, facials, manicure, pedicure, taxes, tips, exercises, transfers, and more.  $1,525/person/ double  or $1,895/single. Merrill: 430-2000.

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the fertilizer ordinance and invasive exotic plants. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 273-8945. Celebration Church Services – 9:30-10:30am. A church that meets outdoors, welcomes everyone and has a huge heart. Cambier Park, 580 8th St S, Naples. 649-1588.


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

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

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

Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Groups – Days/ times/locations vary. Monthly meetings for those caring for loved ones in various stages of Alzheimer’s disease or related memory impairments. Bonita Springs/Cape Coral/Ft Myers. Schedule at Yoga and Meditation in Nature – Several days a week; see website for ongoing schedule. Multilevel and kids yoga classes. $10/drop-in (cash/check). Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Schedule:

sunday Koreshan Farmers’ Market – 8am-1pm. Unique market in the historic settlement of the Koreshans. Fresh and local goods; native plants and trees.

Unity of Ft Myers Sunday Service/Youth and Family Ministry – 10am. Join at 9:30am for The Gathering, a 20-minute meditation. Enjoy reiki sessions before and after service. Monthly lessons include how to use the 12 powers in our lives today. 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. Free park admission; $1 environmental impact fee. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-0311. Native Plant Sale – 8am-1pm. Learn about and purchase native plants from The Coccoloba Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society. Expert volunteers on hand will answer questions and explain

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 – Thru Dec. 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. Wildflower Kayak Tour on Orange River – 10am2pm. It is Summer and Southwest Florida is full of gorgeous wildflowers. $60 includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. Ft Myers. 694-5513. Rivers and Creek Tour – 10am-2pm. Mangrove forest and nesting birds at Caloosahatchee Creeks Preserve. $60 includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA Guides, Ft Myers. 6945513. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples – 10:30am. Service, youth classes and childcare. Celebrate freedom, reason and compassion. All welcome. 6340 Napa Woods Way, Naples. 455-6553.

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Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft Myers Sunday Service – 10:30-11:30am. All welcome. 13411 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. 561-2700. 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 – 7-9pm. Drummers, dancers, jugglers, everyone welcome. BYO chair and


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instrument or come just to enjoy. Under the pavilion by the water in Centennial Park, Ft Myers. Facebook page: Fort Myers Drum Circle.

monday Chair Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. With Cindy Bender. Chair yoga is gentle, utilizing either one or two chairs rather than a mat. Use the chair to sit on or simply stand next to it for support. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. Kundalini Yoga – 11am-noon. With Cindy Bender. This practice combines movement, breathing, meditation and deep relaxation. No yoga experience necessary. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. 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. Art Social Inclusion – 5-6pm. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. Community Drum Circle Social Inclusion – 6-6:30pm. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. Journey Within Meditation – 6-7pm. 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. Clay Handbuilding and Raku Techniques – 6-9pm. Reduce stress in this five-week class with Richard Rosen. $200 plus materials ($50). Rosen Gallery & Studios, 2172 J&C Blvd, Naples Art District. RSVP: 821-1061. Visit: Rosen.Gallery. Moral Monday Meetup – 6:30pm. 1st Mon. With SWFL Justice4All Coalition. 3640 Napa Wood Way. Info: 917-553-3776 or PeterSuzanne2@ A Course in Miracles – 6:30-7pm, Q&A for beginners; 7-8:30pm, formal class reading and discussion.

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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. Meditation Class – 7-8:15pm. (Closed Aug 1-14). Guided meditation and practical advice with Buddhist monk Gen Chodor. No experience necessary. $10. Samudrabadra Buddhist Center, 6338 Presidential Ct, Ft Myers. 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. Nar-Anon Family Groups – 7:30pm. Providing support and hope to those in despair because of a relative or friend’s addiction. First Baptist Church, 4117 Coronado Pkwy, Cape Coral. 940-2615.

tuesday Sunrise Yoga – 6-7am. All levels class; includes vinyasa, balance and posing. Mats, bolsters, blankets, blocks and sanitizing spray available at no extra cost. $10.The Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. 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. $50. 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. Tuesdays with Rev Clive – Noon-1:30pm. With Rev Clive deLaporte. Prayer and discussion group with optional half-hour meditation plus interactive discussion based on the lesson from the previous Sunday message. Unity of Ft Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511.

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Belly Dance Classes – 6-6:50pm (beginners); 7:508:40pm (intermediate). With Sherry Coffey. Have fun learning the ancient art and modern styles of this dynamic dance. $60/5-week series. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. 768-5575. 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. Hawaiian Hula Classes – 6:50-7:40pm. With Sherry Coffey. Explore authentic dances of the Polynesian islands. $50/month. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. 768-5575. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. St John Catholic Church, 625 111th Ave N, Naples. Mary: 216-870-0653.

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.

wednesday Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 9:30am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. St Leo Catholic Church, 28290 Beaumont Rd, Bonita Springs. Sandy: 301938-7503. Hatha Yoga – 9:30-11am. With Erin LaTessa. This all-levels class incorporates asana, pranayama and meditation for a safe, yet effective yoga experience. $17 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. 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. $55. Includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. N Naples. 694-5513. 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. Bachata Dance Class – 7-8pm. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. 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. 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. Salsa Dance Class – 8-9pm. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples.

thursday Sunrise Yoga – 6-7am. All levels class; includes vinyasa, balance, and posing. Mats, bolsters, blankets, blocks and sanitizing spray available at no extra cost. $10. The Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Basic Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. With Cindy Bender. This class emphasizes the practice of posture with focus on alignment, using props, Sanskrit names, breathing and meditation. All-level students. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. Classical Hatha Yoga – 11am-12:30pm. With Meredith Musick. The Yoga House, Naples. Register/ location: 269-8846. Yoga for Trauma Survivors – 1pm. Find relief from symptoms of PTSD and begin to heal the nervous system using breathing, meditation, mindful

Women’s Co-Dependents Anonymous – Noon. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Sally: 920-279-2388. UniTeens Night – 6-8:30pm. Teenagers are invited to enjoy activities, discussions, meditations, crafts, fun and food. To assure plenty of refreshments and supplies, notify in advance how many teens are coming to connect with established friends and make new ones. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. RSVP: 278-1511. Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 6-9pm. On the Caloosahatchee River. See thousands of birds coming in to roost for the night. $50. Includes equipment and FL Master Naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Ft Myers. 694-5513.

movement, guided rest, and gratitude. $12/class, N Naples. 503-4515. Clay Handbuilding and Raku Techniques – 1-4pm. Reduce stress in this five-week class with Richard Rosen. $200 plus materials ($50). Rosen Gallery & Studios, 2172 J&C Blvd, Naples Art District. RSVP: 821-1061. Visit: Rosen.Gallery. 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. Infant and Pregnancy Loss Support Group – 5:15-6:45pm. 2nd Thurs. 1095 Whippoorwill Ln, Naples. 298-9725. Facebook page: Grieving Together. 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. Pachamama Game Changer Gathering – 6:30pm. 1st Thur. Pachamama Alliance of SW Florida. Be a part of this next step in conscious evolution towards carbon neutrality and a sustainable future. Hot cider and tea will be served. Bring a dessert. UU Church of Fort Myers Campus. Info: HolleyRauen@gmail. com or

friday Hatha Yoga – 9:30-11am. With Erin LaTessa. This all-levels class incorporates use of asana, pranayama and meditation for a safe, yet effective yoga experience. $17 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. La Leche League – 10am. 2nd Fri. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Center Point Community Church, 6590 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples.

saturday 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: 208-6102096. Junior Ranger Program – 10am. 3rd Sat. Join for a fun learning experience; discover cool stuff about Florida. Meet in the picnic area. Kids ages 6-12. Parental presence required. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-0311. Women Seeking Serenity through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Carol: 405-1947. Guided Historic Tours – Thru Dec. 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. $50. 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. Mindful Movement Yoga – 1pm. Mindful Movement Yoga is the practice of cultivating awareness during a yoga practice. Find a deeper connection to yourself through movement. Afterwards participants feel relaxed and calm. $12/class, N Naples. 5034515. Adult Special Needs Yoga – 1-2pm. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. Drum Circle – 4-5:30pm. 1st Sat. With Debo Kumi. Bring your drums, shakers, open heart and dance. Some drums are provided. $10. The Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455.

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ACUPUNCTURE 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.

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

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

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

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


Oriental Medicine Naples & Ft Myers • 239-841-6611 Specializing in pain, chronic disorders, overall wellness, allergy treatments (NAET) and kinesiology. Acupuncture stimulates the body’s ability to heal all on its own! AP771. See ad, page 47.

ADVANCED SPIRITUAL STUDY 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!


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.


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


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

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.


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 Heart-Centered 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.

CHIROPRACTOR NETWORK CHIROPRACTOR 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.

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Yolanda Cintron, DMD 2021 E Commercial Blvd., Ste 208 Ft Lauderdale, FL 33308 954-938-4599 •

Internationally certified with 30 years licensed nursing experience; offering colonics with stateof-the-art water system. I am a Vodder Lymphatic Specialist enhancing your progress with free sessions on the BEMER micro circulation mat and ionic footbaths. MM13162.

All phases of dentistry for optimum health, holistic, bio-compatible dentistry: sedation dentistry, removing of toxic metals, replacing them with bio-compatible materials, laser dentistry for painless surgeries and extractions, Zirconia/ceramic implants, natural bone augmentation/ Plasma Rich Growth Factor, oral DNA testing and add gums to receding gums. See ad, page 42.

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


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, reflexology, Upledger CranioSacral/SER and lymph drainage, Visceral Manipulation, Raindrop, ear candling, ozone/ oxygen steam cabinet, BEFE foot detox, far-infrared sauna. MM7376, MA018351. See ad, page 51.


Mary Radewahn 4156 Tamiami Trl N, Naples 239-571-2903 • Cupping helps reduce inflammation by improving circulation to the area that hurts. As the blood flows in, new vessels are created to bring healing oxygen and nutrients to wound. Cupping speeds healing. See ad, page 27.


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 35.


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 45.


A park in the heart of the village, with Yoga in Nature several days a week, drumming and healing circles. Rental spaces available for events/ceremonies in nature. Happehatchee events calendar link and class descriptions: Happehatchee. org/our-events.

ENERGY HEALING REV. KAREN CORATELLI-SMITH 239-692-9120 • Certified instructor & practitioner, NFSH-The Healing Trust & ThetaHealing. Past Life Regression Counselor, Shaman Mesa Carrier, CranioSacral therapy, Esoteric Healing, Seraphim Blueprint, spiritual counselor.

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.


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Learn Healing Touch, through an accredited program offered locally and help others feel better. Experience a Healing Touch session for yourself to have less pain, stress and anxiety. I will come to you. Call for information.


Peter and Susie Bagwell 17030 Alico Commerce Ct, #303, Ft Myers 33967 • 239-362-0385 • 586-604-3500 Southwest Florida's primary resource for essential oils, educational classes, kits, diffusers and more. Check our website to RSVP for classes and special events.


Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach Telehealth Coaching: 518-423-1399 Health coaching specializing in Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia and cognitive decline. Prevent/reverse symptoms using Dr. Bredesen’s ReCODE protocol – using recommended nutrition, sleep, exercise, and brain training techniques.

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.

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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 49.

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Non-toxic, non-chemical, eco-friendly housecleaning. Homemade products, Norwex cloths and essential oils will make your home sanitized and safe for family and pets. Serving both Lee and Collier.


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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.


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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 48.

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

Offering many natural healing options in a single location: acupuncture, clinical p s y c h o t h e r a p y ( R RT, h y p n o t h e r a p y, c o u p l e s therapy), energy work, therapeutic massage, Transformational Breath®, full-spectrum infrared sauna, classes (yoga, tai chi, stretch ’n strength), workshops, retail therapy and more. See ad, page 16.

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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.


A Gift and Book Store for Conscious Lifestyles 15248 S Tamiami Trl, #300, Ft Myers 239-437-5141 • We offer classes and meditation that will help you find peace. Join us and share your journey of selfdiscovery.


Amanda Laukaitis Certified Holistic Health Coach 978-257-3238 • Amanda holds a certificate in PlantBased Nutrition and a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition & Dietetics. She helps busy women who want to transform their bodies using a plantbased diet easily transition with personalized coaching programs.

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

Achieve permanent, positive life and habit changes through safe, rapid, effective relaxation techniques. Work with your subconscious mind through direct suggestion and regression to reach your fullest potential. Release the Past = Gain Freedom. PL, LBL, EFT, NLP. See ad, page 29.


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 35.


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 2.


6200 Trail Blvd, Naples 1800 Tamiami Trl E, Downtown Naples 239-589-1938 • FlōYō welcomes students of all experience levels delivering a total mind-body workout that renews the mind, body and spirit ranging in challenge, flow and style. See ad, page 4.

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.


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 48.


AHA! A Holistic Approach Center 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers 239-433-5995 • Specializing in Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT), Dorothy can help free you from trauma (sexual, PTSD, illness), anxiety, depression, grief and more. RRT is a newer, briefer and emotionally painless therapy. She is also trained in the Gottman method of couples therapy. See ad, page 16.


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!


Eric Gerken, DC 239-415-1122 • DrGerkensHealthSpa

Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) trained, Dr. Eric Gerken now offers internet services. Go to drgerkenshealthspa to get started with your free e-consultation.

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

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