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ast year the Earth Day Network, via, succeeded in signing up more than 1 billion people around the world eager to perform at least one act of green for Earth Day, which is annually observed on April 22. Their 2014 goal is 2 billion people making a commitment. I have pledged to slay my ghost energy usage once and for all, turning off the chargers and electronics I usually leave plugged in (and drawing down energy) even when I’m not using them. Mea culpa! Sometimes being part of the planetary solution simply means knowing some of the many doable steps we can take, so we can act on more of them. Some Louisianians say they still are not convinced that climate change is happening, regardless. Such a state of denial is perplexing. Ninety-seven percent of scientists working in the field of climate science agree that Planet Earth is warming and human activity is a driving force. They reference a huge body of peer reviewed scientific studies. Although 3 percent remain skeptics, they offer no evidence to back their criticism. Yet the media tend to give at least equal weight to the skeptics (burying journalistic heads in the sand, as well). As with any information we receive, it’s always wise to consider the source, and make up our own mind as to what we believe. Two books I have found enlightening are Hell and High Water: The Global Warming Solution, by Joseph Romm, and Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet, by Mark Lynas. I learned that the factors determining climate are complex; even climate researchers are still discovering how various factors contribute and interact. These and other experts are doing their best to predict future conditions and identify the political forces working overtime to prevent the human race from taking a more rational approach to solutions. Another good source of information I like is the Union of Concerned Scientists ( This collaborative started by Massachusetts Institute of Technology students and faculty now encompasses more than 400,000 member scientists, concerned citizens and others advocating for practical solutions for a healthy, safe and sustainable future based on independent and rigorously conducted studies. Just as we need to inform ourselves about how to stay well, we owe it to ourselves and following generations to be well-informed about the health of the environment in which we live. It will take us all working in concert to keep it healthy and safe for our families and communities. To that end, please join me and other sustainably-minded folks at the sixth annual Earth Day Festival and Green Business Expo presented by the Louisiana Bucket Brigade. It’s on April 19 at Armstrong Park, in New Orleans. In addition to superb local food and music, you’ll meet up with local green businesses and nonprofits helping to show us the way to a brighter future. It’s a good place to find the best way for you to get more involved in promoting sustainability in our region. Of course, Natural Awakenings staff will be there and we look forward to seeing you.

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ntegrated Pain and Neuroscience (IPN) has expanded to the heart of Uptown New Orleans at 2801 Napoleon Avenue. The Napoleon Avenue facility features an acupuncture suite, a procedure suite Dr. Friedman, for fluoroscopic and ultrasound guided Dr. O’Leary, intervention and convenient parking. In Dr. Royster (Left to Right) addition to this flagship clinic, IPN offers locations in Marrero, Chalmette, and Slidell. IPN was founded in 2013 by Eric Royster, MD to provide the most comprehensive pain management experience in the region. The staff consists of practitioners in neurology, psychiatry, orthopedics and acupuncture. “Our goal is to provide a coordinated, multidisciplinary approach for those suffering from chronic painful conditions of any kind. We understand that pain is unique to each individual. The more options we can offer, the more people we can ultimately help,”says Royster. Prior to founding IPN, Royster served as the Medical Director of Pain Management at a major regional hospital and trained many physicians entering the field. As a board certified and fellowship trained pain physician he is well versed in all manner of medical and interventional pain management techniques. He was the first physician in the area to offer minimally invasive lumbar decompression, peripheral stimulation for headache and facial pain, and medical acupuncture for chronic pain. Joining Royster at IPN are Andrea O-Leary, MD, a specialist in both adult and child psychiatry; Aaron J. Friedman, MD, a neurologist also trained in medical acupuncture; and Kim Adkins, PA-C, a physician assistant with experience in treating orthopedic complaints and disorders of the spine. IPN offers treatment for chronic pain including disorders of the spine, neurologic disorders and headache. In most cases, appointments are available within the week. In some cases, advanced treatments, including acupuncture and spinal interventions, may be available same day as the initial consultation appointment.

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he Earth Day Festival & Green Business Expo presented by the Louisiana Bucket Brigade will take place on April 19th at Armstrong Park in New Orleans from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Once again, and for the sixth year, this fun event will feature music, food, vendors and activities. The free event is sponsored by green businesses and the solar industry. Sixty food, craft, nonprofits and green businesses will be vendors, including Solar Alternatives, Whole Foods, Massey’s, Joule Solar Energy, PosiGen Green Grants, Alliance for Affordable Energy, Sierra Club, Gulf Restoration Network and others. There will be an area dedicated to kids activities. Throughout the day attendees will be entertained with live music by Stooges Brass Band, Chegadao, Daria & the Hip Drops and more. Hungry celebrators will be able to purchase and feast on food from such purveyors as Liberty’s Kitchen, Dat Dog, Woody’s Fish Tacos, La Divina Gelateria and Suis Generis. Retired General Russell Honoré of the GreenARMY will be a featured speaker. Learn more about the Louisiana Bucket Brigade’s work at See ad on inside front cover. 504.982.9642


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Maitreya Brings Ageless Wisdom Teachings to the World


piritual teacher M a i t r e ya , wh o s e mission is to function as a world teacher for all humanity, will begin his mission publically when i n v i t e d by h u m a n i t y, t h r o u g h t h e w o r l d ’s major media, to speak on Declaration Day. The date of that future event, when He will distribute International love energy to all, will be determined by humanity’s readiness to listen to His call for freedom and justice for people everywhere. True freedom and justice are based upon sharing resources so that all may have the basic necessities of life: nourishing food, safe housing, effective medical care and the education needed for self-sustainment. He will call to our innate divinity and we will all awaken to our purpose in living. Many will be healed.” Share International’s work is to awaken people to this historic opportunity to save the world through expressing Love, and to inform all peoples of their roles in blessing the world and hastening Declaration Day. This Spring, notices are being published across the U.S. in a campaign of awakening. They will also detail free public presentations in many cities and towns, offering clarification and insight and answering questions regarding Maitreya’s mission. “In order for humanity to survive, we, as a family, need to make the conscious decision to learn to cooperate and share resources so that all may live in dignity,” says Betsy Whitfill, correspondent for Share International magazine. “Maitreya stimulates that divine spark within each of us, and offers us the wisdom and experience of the ages. His teachings will engage your heart. It will fire your imagination and restore your purpose for living.”


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n Saturday, May 10, Massage therapist Linda L. Strickland (LA #1479) will present an introductory class for couples to learn basic massage techniques, including the do’s and don’ts. Sharing massage can help bring couples closer in their relationship. Strickland, who is a 15 year veteran of massage therapy, promises it will be a rewarding experience for all. The class will take place at a Mandeville location on the Northshore. Class begins at 9:30 a.m., ending at 12:30 p.m., leaving couples free to enjoy a leisurely lunch together afterwards. Special pricing is being offered for this class. Interested couples should call 985-727-9665 for details and to reserve a space. See ad on page 18.




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etired General Russell Honoré became well-known to the world as the man who brought order to the chaos in New Orleans in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Now he leads a coalition of environmental organizations with a mission to make big industry, specifically the petrochemical industry, take responsibility for environmental damage to Louisiana land and water done in the course of conducting business. Coalition allies include the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, Sierra Club, LEAN,, 350 and Restore Louisiana Now. The coalition is supporting the Southeast Flood Protection Authority – East’s lawsuit against 97 oil, gas and pipeline companies and plans to address a number of identified issues through legislative efforts. On March 8, the Green ARMY organized a Water Festival on the steps of the state capitol to increase awareness of the issues and to demand the damaging parties take responsibility for reparations. Honoré has pointed to lax standards and ineffective industry regulation as a reason for much of the environmental issues Louisiana now faces. He and the Green ARMY coalition aim to recruit citizens to help hold the industry responsible for any damage it does. Several identified issues include the sinkhole at Bayou Corne, the 60,000 orphaned wells in the state and the salt intrusion into coastal lands. To see all the activities of the Green ARMY or to enlist visit:


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Rain Gardens Keep Us Dry


ayor Mitch Landrieu and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy faced freezing rain and reporters in February when they unveiled a new rain garden in the Filmore neighborhood. The installation, on two adjacent vacant lots owned by New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA) at 5302 Wildair Drive, was designed to store and clean up to 88,000 gallons of water during storms. McCarthy’s appearance was part of her tour aimed at discussing climate change with cities, an effort following President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address where he outlined his policies on the matter. She discussed the need to reduce greenhouse gases but also, more importantly, resilience to climate change, because, as she was quoted saying: “It’s already happening.” Rain gardens are landscaping installations that store water underground and allow it to percolate back into the groundwater, instead of running directly into the drainage system. In New Orleans, 80 percent of which is below sea level, rainwater must be pumped out to Lake Pontchartrain to keep the city dry –a substantial carbon footprint and cost for the city. Moreover, it picks up pollutants along the way, especially chemicals from the streets. Rain gardens around the city would hold back some water, decrease the drainage burden, reduce subsidence, and mitigate flooding in low-lying areas. The rain garden in Gentilly encompasses approximately 12,000 square feet, is planted with 229 native plants, and cost a total of $38,498. The garden was designed by Dana Brown and Associates and built by Professional Grounds Maintenance; other, similar installations were done on vacant lots in Algiers, Lower 9th Ward, Gentilly Woods and Hollygrove.

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he construction of the long-awaited Lafitte Greenway, overseen by the City’s Department of Public Works, will be completed by Durr Heavy Construction, LLC. Durr Heavy Construction submitted the lowest of five bids ranging from $5.5 million to $7.9 million to construct a 2.4 mile linear park and bike path to be built from Mid-City to Treme. The City of New Orleans held a public meeting with Durr Heavy Construction to communicate important information about how the construction will take place and to allow for public input and questions. Funding for the construction comes from a Community Development Block Grant that allows for the construction of a 12-foot wide asphalt bike path from Basin Street to North Alexander Street through currently vacant city-owned land. The plan includes lighting, new trees and native plants, softball/baseball backstops, soccer goals, a walking path, bike racks and rain gardens. The construction is expected to take one year. The Lafitte Greenway is the latest incarnation of one of New Orleans’ most historic transportation corridors. Once a portage between Bayou St. John and the Mississippi River, the strip was then converted to a canal and eventually filled in and turned into a railway. Now the land will be a linear park where locals can cycle, walk and play. The Greenway is a 3.1-mile-long strip of land bounded by Basin Street, Lafitte Street, N. Jefferson Davis Parkway, and St. Louis Street. The Lafitte Corridor consists of the Lafitte Greenway and the surrounding neighborhoods located within approximately a quarter mile. Friends of Lafitte Corridor is a member-driven nonprofit organization, founded in 2006, devoted to revitalizing Lafitte Corridor by working to build, program, and promote the Lafitte Greenway as a great public space. For more information, please visit:

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Calm Restless Legs Naturally


estless Legs Syndrome (RSL) can wake both sufferers and their partners at night, and more people suffer than realize it. Even when both continue to doze through a bout of restlessness, it hampers the quality of sleep and can cause them to begin the day fatigued. Some people only notice that a problem exists by its absence when a vacation or business trip prompts sleeping in separate beds, the calmer partner will enjoy deeper, more restful sleep. Other problems can follow if the syndrome is left untreated. A 2011 study by the Interdisciplinary Pain Centre at University Medical Centre, in Freiburg, Germany, reported that untreated RSL patients exhibited depression, anxiety, compulsivity and other impaired behaviors. With topical application of appropriate herbs, oversensitive nerves in legs can be settled and the muscles can be made less responsive to such stimulation. Cramp bark, St. John’s Wort and wild yam have been used for centuries to relax oversensitive nerves and relieve residual tension in skeletal muscles. Sage also has a history of medicinal use, including modern-day application as an antispasmodic. Rosemary, another essential herb, is used to increase circulation and help flush toxins built up in stagnant muscle fibers. The journal International Clinical Psychopharmacology also recently reported that peppermint and lavender work to naturally relax the body. Combining all of these plants can prove an advantageous herbal treatment for RLS. Place tablespoon of each herb in a cup of in hot (not boiling) water to produce a decoction that can be spread or rolled on the legs. The liquid will be absorbed into the skin within a few minutes and leg restlessness will subside and motion will cease. For more information, call 888-465-4404 or visit See ad, page 9.


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Tomatoes Prevent and Even Treat Liver Disease


omatoes are widely known for their outstanding antioxidant content, anti-inflammatory and cancer-fighting properties, plus benefits to heart health. Now, research from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Research Center, at Tufts University, in Boston, Massachusetts, has found that consuming tomatoes— particularly their lycopene content—can also help prevent and even treat both liver disease and cancer of the liver. The researchers combed through 241 studies and scientific papers to connect the dots. They report that lycopene up regulates the sirtuin 1 (SIRT1) protein, meaning it increases the number of receptors on cell surfaces, thereby increasing cellular response to it. SIRT1 activation is recognized to protect against obesity-induced inflammation and degeneration of the liver, explain the study’s authors. Lycopene was found to protect against fatty liver disease, liver fibrosis and the formation of cancer in the liver and lungs. Multiple studies have shown cooked tomatoes and tomato sauce offer increased bioavailability of healthful lycopene.

Olive Leaf Outperforms Diabetes Drug


live leaf may provide nature’s answer to diabetes treatment. A recent study from the University of Auckland, in New Zealand, suggests that olive leaf extract can help reduce insulin resistance and increase insulin production by beta cells in the pancreas. The researchers tested 46 middle-aged, obese adults at risk for developing metabolic syndrome-related Type 2 diabetes. In the double-blind, placebo-controlled study, olive leaf extract outperformed the diabetes drug metformin and “significantly improved insulin sensitivity and pancreatic beta-cell secretory capacity,” according to the researchers. Insulin helps escort glucose into the body’s cells.

Orange Oil Calms Kids in Dental Chairs


or centuries, aromatherapy using orange oil has been heralded in traditional herbalism for its ability to alleviate anxiety. Research published in the journal Advanced Biomedical Research now finds that aromatherapy using the same ingredient can significantly reduce a child’s anxiety at the dentist’s office. The study, conducted at Iran’s Isfahan University of Medical Sciences and published in the peer-reviewed j o u r n a l Ad va n c e d B i o m e d i c a l Research, tested 10 boys and 20 girls between 6 and 9 years old. In this crossover design study, participants were assigned randomly into two groups. Half the children were treated with water instead of any essential oil (control) initially and received orange aroma in the second session (intervention). Another 15 children received treatment under orange aroma in the first encounter (intervention) and were treated without any aroma the second time (control). When the children were given orange oil aromatherapy, they experienced significantly reduced heart rates and lower salivary cortisol levels compared with those not receiving it. The results corroborate findings from a 2000 study from the University of Vienna, in Austria, published in Physiology and Behavior.

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Urban, suburban or rural, where we live incurs long-term repercussions on the natural environment. Choosing an established community within or close to an urban center tends to be more protective of air, water and land quality than living in a distant, car-dependent suburb, yet many families feel either drawn to or resigned to the suburbs for the lower housing prices. But as Ilana Preuss, vice president at Washington, D.C.-based Smart Growth America, explains, “There is more to housing affordability than how much rent or mortgage we pay. Transportation costs are the second-biggest budget item for most families. In locations with access to few transportation choices, the combined cost of housing and transportation can be more than 60 percent of the total household budget. For families with access to a range of transportation

Eco-friendly choices for housing, vehicles and food—generally perceived as expensive for the average individual or family— often are not only attainable when pursued in a thoughtful way, but can actually save us money compared to maintaining the status quo. choices, the combined cost can be less than 40 percent.� In most suburbs, where the only practical transportation choice is a personal vehicle, dependency on a car takes a toll on us financially and physically. Driving a personal vehicle 15,000 miles a year can cost about $9,122 annually in ownership and operating expenses, according to AAA’s 2013 Your Driving Costs report, and hours spent daily sitting behind the wheel being sedentary is eroding our health. Lack of transportation options is a leading detriment to the nation’s collective wellness, according to the federal agency Healthy People. Sustainable cities provide many

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We know two primary facts about cars: They are expensive and those with internal combustion engines pollute during operation. Still, many of us need one. Reducing the total impact and burden of owning a car can be as simple as prioritizing fuel efficiency. It helps that fuel-sippers now come in more sizes than just small, yet small subcompacts remain a good place to start our research because of their budget-friendly prices and high fuel economy. A subcompact that averages 32 miles per gallon (mpg) and has a sticker price below $15,000 can save us so much money compared with a top-selling compact SUV—upwards of $16,000 over five years, according to—that if we need a larger vehicle on occasion, we can more easily afford to rent one. Hybrid electric vehicles (HEV), both small and midsized, can be an even better choice, averaging 41 mpg. Cost comparisons show that an HEV can save a heavily travelling city driver nearly $1,000 in fuel costs annually versus a comparably sized conventional gasoline-powered car. Although a 2014 midsized HEV has an

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According to Consumer Reports, many shoppers prefer to buy products made in the USA, but with more than 60 percent of all consumer goods now produced overseas, finding American goods is not always easy. The good news is that buying American doesn’t mean only buying American made. We back the U.S. economy and jobs when we purchase used items that have been renewed or repurposed by enterprising citizens. Creative reuse supports new and existing businesses that collect, clean, sort, recondition, refurbish, remanufacture, update, refinish, reupholster, repair, tailor, distribute and sell used parts, materials and finished goods. Sarah Baird, director of outreach and communications of the Center for a New American Dream, an organization working to shift consumption away from wasteful trends, loves the history of used items. She says, “An item that has already lived one life has a story to tell, and is infinitely more interesting than anything newly manufactured.� Another reward is the big savings afforded by previously owned durable goods; not even America’s big-box discount retailers can beat these genuine bargains. Of course, not everything is available

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I fell in love with ice decades ago as a young mountaineer and scientist. I loved to get up before dawn and hike out on a glacier in Mount Rainier or one in the Alps, watch the light come up and hear the crunch of the frozen ice underfoot. On a trip to Iceland early in the project, I was looking at these little diamonds of ice that were left behind on the beach after the glaciers broke up. The surf had polished them into incredible shapes and textures. Walking the beach, you’d realize each one was a unique natural sculpture that existed only for that moment before the return of high tide stole it away. Nobody would ever see it again. That was an amazing aesthetic and metaphysical experience. I realized that I wanted people to share this experience, to see the glaciers disappearing. This visual manifestation and evidence of climate change is here, happening right before our

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sustainable and locally-sourced infant and toddler items, has competed in the Games from year one, has since reduced is carbon footprint by 6,526.6 pounds through green shipping, and is actively greening its supply chain. “The main thing is to be able to feel like you are walking the talk,” Pelias said. “…And you are held accountable – and have a reason to find ways to keep improving.” The Green Natties is the event

where all of this comes together - where environmental nonprofits are recognized for their work, businesses are honored for achieving their sustainability goals, and green consumers can mingle with the leaders in the city’s green business movement. They may even be inspired to be a part of it. “We were really honored,” Roberts said of the recycled wine bottle the organization received for its work last year, which included prodding the Public Service Commission to adopt energy efficiency rules and the city to increase the budget for the EnergySmart program. “It really meant a lot to us.” This year’s event begins with the patron party at 6 p.m. at the Eiffel Society at 2040 St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans. By 7 p.m. the awards ceremony begins. Early bird tickets are $35 until May 1. Tickets for the May 15th event can be purchased at www.greennatties2014. Colleen Morgan is a free-lance writer and environmental editor for Natural Awakenings-Southeast Louisiana. She may be reached as Colleen.


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sunday Kundalini Yoga – 5-6am. Taught by Elizabeth Eckman. Clear the obstacles that limit life and awaken to fullest potential. Morning meditation follows from 6-8:30am. Free. Divine Yoga Center, 1223 Baronne St, NOLA Contact: New Orleans Chapter AMORC Rosicrucian’s – 11am. Meetings held on Sundays and Wednesday evenings as listed in event calendar. 2801 Loyola Ave. Suite 4, Kenner Location. Call 504-472-5635 for times and more information. Do You Have Too Much Stuff? Free 20 min. phone consultations with holistic professional organizer Stasia Cymes. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by clutter and want advice on how to get started call 504-920-1800.

monday TRX Workout – 10-11am. (Also wed 10-11am). This all core, all the time fitness class incorporates the TRX, Pilates and other functional training to work the body as a whole to prevent injuries during fun activities. Appropriate for all fitness levels.First class $10. Transform NOLA, 8422, Oak St, NOLA 985-640-2648. Mindfulness Meditation – noon-1pm. A guided meditation in the style of Thick Nhat Hanh led by Patricia Stout, a student the peaceful Zen master and his monastics. Donations appreciated. Women’s Healing Center, 71667 Leveson St, Abita Springs. Info: 985-892-8111. Gentle Yoga – 6-7pm. (Also 7:15-8:15pm & 8:309:45pm) With Becky Bazile, ERYT200 & 500. Space limited. $70/6 week session or $13 walk-ins. Yoga Village Studio, 3443 Esplanade Ave, NOLA. Info: 504-782-4432 or

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Basic/Beginners Aikido Classes – 6:15-7:15pm. Practice a martial art of peace for every body whose benefits include self-defense, flexibility, strength, balance, stress reduction, concentration, community, and fun! First class is free. Comfortable, loose-fitting clothes suggested. NOLA Aikido, 3909 Bienville St., Suite 103 (near Canal and Carrolton intersection) in Mid-City. More info: 504-208-4861, Yoga Diva Harahan – 6:30-7:30pm. (Also Wed 6-7pm) Relax the body, focus the mind, deepen self-awareness. Navigate through postures and flow by gauging flexibility, strength, concentration, breath and range of motion. All levels. Props/ mats provided. Certified instructor. April special: $60/9classes; $15 drop-in. 5700 Citrus Blvd, Upstairs in Curves. Call before coming: 504-220-5325. Introduction to Nichiren Buddhism – 7-8:15pm. Learn how to activate your greatest potential, increase your compassion and achieve absolute happiness. Free. SGI-USA Buddhist Center, 1331 Prytania St, NOLA. Info: 504-310-2011. Do You Have Too Much Stuff? Free 20 min. phone consultations with holistic professional organizer Stasia Cymes. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by clutter and want advice on how to get started call 504-920-1800.

tuesday Crescent City Farmers Market/Uptown – 9am1pm. Open air market with fresh locally grown fruits, vegetables, seafood, baked breads and pies, bedding plants, dairy products, freshly cut flowers. Located in the parking lot of Uptown Square. Adaptive Yoga – 10am-11am. Designed for those with limited mobility. Gentle joint mobilization practices, poses adapted using props. Peaceful environment with mats/chairs/props provided. RYT 500 teacher. $5/60 min class. Yoga School, 603 Tyler St, Covington. For info contact Erin: 985-705-4110 or

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Lessons in Meditation – 11am-noon. Beginning 1/7. Join Ellen LaRocca, CPSM, in a weekly meditation including lessons in mindfulness, mantra, visualization, chant, and labyrinth. $8 suggested donation. Body Works & Wellness Center, 200 Mariners Plaza, Mandeville. More info: 985-373-6089.

Wednesdays at the Square – 5-7pm. From March 19 through June 4, a series of free spring music concerts with food and drink for sale to benefit the Young Leadership Council. Artisans village near entrance. Parking at metered spots. At Lafayette Square on St. Charles Ave in CBD.

Northshore Hatha Yoga – 5-6:30pm. Combine breath with movement in a balancing combination of gentle and challenging yoga postures designed to rejuvenate and relax the body. All levels. Peaceful environment. Mats/props provided. $10/90 min class or $48/6 classes. Yoga School, 603 S. Tyler St, Covington. Contact Erin, RYT 500: 985-705-4110 or

Northshore Yoga – 5:30-7pm. Gentle, challenging and relaxing classes focusing on breath and movement. Appropriate for beginners and seasoned students. Pleasant, stress-free environment. Mats/props provided. $10/90 minute class or $48/6 classes. 500 E-RYT /CYT teacher. Yoga School, 603 S. Tyler St, Covington. Info: Erin, RYT 500: 985-705-4110 or

Community Yoga Class – 7:30-8:45pm. (Also Sun 10-11am or 6-7:15pm) Taught by graduates of Transform NOLA’s 200 hr yoga teacher training. Vinyasa flow appropriate for all levels. Suggested donation of $5-$15. Transform NOLA, 8422 Oak St, NOLA. Info: 985-640-2648.

Gentle Yoga – 6-7pm. (Also Restorative Yoga 7:30pm-8:30pm) With Sally Meredith, ERYT200. Space limited. $70/6 week session or $13 walk-ins. Yoga Village Studio, 3443 Esplanade Ave, NOLA. Info: 504-782-4432 or

N.O. Insight Meditation Group – 7:30-9pm. This is a peer led group that meets for practice, study and discussion. No experience necessary. Location: 2134 Magazine St, 3d fl, NOLA. Info: call Larry at 504-343-8378.

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saturday Vietnamese Farmers Market – 6-9am. Over 20 vendors set up shop on blankets spread with produce, beyond the courtyards are shops selling Vietnamese baked goods and imported groceries. 14401 Alcee Fortier Blvd, New Orleans East. Crescent City Farmers Market/Downtown – 8-11am. Open-air market with great selection of fresh locally grown fruits, vegetables, seafood, baked breads and freshly made pies, bedding plants, dairy products, fresh flowers. Cooking demos by some of the city’s most acclaimed chefs. Located at 700 Magazine, corner of Girod, New Orleans. German Coast Farmers Market/East Bank – 8am-noon. Open-air market offering fresh produce, rotisserie meats, fresh meats, fresh pastries/breads, sausages, kettle corn, cracklins, prepared foods, soy candles, goat milk soap and lotions. Arts and crafts 2nd Sat. Ormond Plantation, 13786 River Rd., Destrehan. For info call 985-359-0190. Covington Farmers Market – 8am-noon. (also 10am-2pm Wed) Offering fresh produce, fresh baked breads, prepared foods and plants. Located at Covington City Hall, 609 N Columbia St, Covington. Camellia City Farmers Market – 8am.-noon. Featuring baked goods, herbs, vegetables, honey, jams, poultry, crafts, flowers, eggs, plants, soap, trees. 155 Robert St. (City Parking Lot), Olde Towne, Slidell. Info: 985-640-8291. Gretna Farmers Market – 8:30am-12:30pm. Featuring fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, baked goods, dairy, native fruit wines and garden plants. Located in the old train depot, 300 Huey P. Long Ave, between 3rd and 4th streets, Gretna. Info: 504-362-8661. Westwego Farmers & Fisheries Market – 8:30am12:30pm. Open year round, rain or shine. Free parking. Featuring fresh produce, seafood, bakery items, dairy, plants, prepared foods & handcrafted items. Plus live music & kids activities. 484 Sala Ave, corner of 4th St., Westwego. Contact 504341-3424, x 209. Mandeville Trailhead Community Market – 9am1pm. Fifty-plus vendors weekly: Gourmet foods, art, produce and plants. Tai Chi at 9:30am. Parking lot of the Mandeville Trailhead on the St. Tammany Trace off LA59. For vendor/entertainment info: Donna Beakley 985-845-4515. Sitting Meditation Group – 10-11am. Come practice zazen (sitting meditation) as well as walking meditation. Instruction and discussion also available. 3909 Bienville St, Ste 103 (near Canal and Carrolton intersection) in Mid-City. More info: contact Brian by email at or call 504-644-7351. . Hollygrove Market & Farm – 10am-7pm MonFri & 10-5pm Sat/Sun. CSA-style market selling each week assorted fresh local and organic fruit and vegetables. $25 boxes of selected seasonal produce available. 8301 Olive St, NOLA (across from Carrollton Boosters).

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La Leche League NOLA – 6pm. (also 9am. 3/19) LLL Meetings are open to all women interested in breastfeeding and are a chance to learn, get questions answered, receive help and benefit from community with other breastfeeding mothers.ZukaBaby, 2122 Magazine St, NOLA. Info:

How to Cleanse Naturally – 11:30am. Presented by Erin Kenning, licensed acupuncturist, diplomate and Master of Oriental Medicine. Learn how to cleanse the whole body naturally and safely with whole foods. Samples of a new product line, featuring a cleanse product that cleanses all 7 avenues of elimination. Acupuncture & Wellness, 9531 Jefferson Hwy, River Ridge. Reg/info: 504-715-2317.



First Degree Reiki Class – 11am-7pm. (2-day –4/5 & 4/6) w/Reiki Master Elizabeth Ohmer Pellegrin. Reiki promotes and accelerates healing of the body, mind and spirit. Learn to do Reiki for yourself and others. No experience needed. Private classes and retreats on request. Pre-registration required. $250. Info/registration: 504-376-8518 or text 504-388-2356. Freret Market/Festival – 11am-7pm. 200 vendors with food, art, flea market, children’s play area and pet adoption. Five stages of free live music. 4400 block of Freret St, NOLA. Info: 504-638-2589. Deep Tissue Massage Clinic – 6:15 & 7:45pm. (also 4/29)Help students with their education at the student massage clinic. Deep tissue is muscle specific and really works out the kinks. $30/by appointment. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info: 504-293-0972

Heart Healthy Tai Chi Class – 7-7:50pm. Reduce stress, relieve pain, gain flexibility and balance. Tamashii Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St. Uptown. Offering an intro program of 3 classes for $59. Reserve space by 4/9. Call 866-2241 for more info. Energy Healing Circle – 7:30-9pm. Participants will learn to integrate the Divine energies of will, wisdom, love, joy, abundance, peace and freedom throughout themselves and form a circle to receive guided meditation tailored to the group. No prior experience needed. $10. New Orleans Healing Center, Ste 220. Call David at 504-233-8555. Soul School Yoga Teacher Training Info Meeting 8-9:30pm. Open to anyone interested in Wild Lotus Yoga’s annual 200 hour yoga teacher program. Hosted by facilitators Sean Johnson and Mitchel Bleier. Free. Wild Lotus Yoga Downtown in the NOHC, 2372 St. Claude Ave. For more info: 504-899-0047.



Heart Healthy Tai Chi-Chi Gong Group Class – 9:30-10:20am. Reduce stress, relieve pain, gain flexibility and balance.Tamashii Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St. Uptown. Reserve space by 4/7. Call 866-2241 for more information. Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program – 5:30pm. Dr. Debbi Hannan presents: The Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program at Chiropractic Health Center, 101 Clearview Pkwy at Airline Dr. Free. Reservations required: 504-454-2000. Ladies Night Out/Garden Party – 6-8pm. Celebrate the taste of spring with an outdoor cooking demo by Lauren Homer. Meal planning made easy featuring local produce. A fun networking event open to all women. Food/wine included. $20 at the door at NOLA Green Roots, 724 S. Hennessey St. Info: 504-920-1800. Holistic Education Monthly Meeting/Metairie − 6:30-7:30pm. Sponsored by Holistic Center for Health & Healing, Inc. Speaker: Mike Robichaux, DDS – a fresh look at the holistic approach to dentistry. Free/open to public. Old Metairie Library, 2350 Metairie Rd, Metairie. Info: 504-812-1332.


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Happy Baby Bonding/Massage – 11:30am. Mother and infant experience cherished bonding through massage. Learn techniques for helping infants relax, release stress, and revel in blissful intentional touch. Suzanne Harper. Register: 985-892-8111 or


Cloth Diapers 101 – 9am. Learn about modern cloth diapers, how to care for them, hands on demos. $20 for up to two family members and receive a $20 coupon off a purchase of $100. ZukaBaby, 2122 Magazine St, NOLA. To register: 504-596-6540 or email Kitchen Gardens – 9am-noon. Speaker Piedad Scanlan at10am on developing a kitchen garden. Plants for sale at the Greenhouse: Fruit trees, vegetable and herb starts, pollinator flowering shrubs. Parkway Partners Greenhouse, 1137 Baronne Street, NOLA 70113. OCH Art Market – 10am-3pm. Local artists, food and music. 2nd Sat each month with different monthly themes. 1618 Oretha C. Haley Blvd, Central City, NOLA. Info: 985-250-0278. First Degree Reiki Class – 11am-7pm. (2-day –4/12 & 4/13) w/Reiki Master Elizabeth Ohmer Pellegrin. Reiki promotes and accelerates healing of the body, mind and spirit. Learn to do Reiki for yourself and others. No experience needed. Private classes and retreats on request. Pre-registration required. $250. Info/registration: 504-376-8518 or text 504-388-2356.

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Some Enchanted Evening with LA Philharmonic – 6-7pm. Free concert with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. Bring a picnic, lawn chairs or blanket to sit along the banks of the Bayou Bonfouca. Heritage Park, 1701 Bayou Ln, Slidell.


2020 Moms Project – 6pm. A monthly meeting for new moms to discuss challenges and feelings about caring for an infant. Licensed counselors specializing in maternal mental wellness will be available. Children welcome. 2nd Mondays at ZukaBaby, 2122 Magazine St., NOLA. Info:


Paint Drop-Off – 10am-2pm. Drop off old latex paint to The Green Project at Hollygrove Market and Farm, 8301 Olive St, NOLA. Earth Day Festival & Green Business Expo – 10am-7:30pm. Sixth annual Earth Day Fest presented by the Louisiana Bucket Brigade. Muscians: Stooges Brass Band, Chegadao, Daria & the Hip Drops and more. A second line led by The Treme Brass Band. Food, crafts, non-profits and green business vendors. Kids activities. Location: Armstrong Park, 701 N. Rampart St., New Orleans.

Om Chanting Workshop – 7:30-9pm. Om chanting is a powerful and beneficial form of meditation that creates a sense of balance, peace and clarity. No prior experience needed. $15. New Orleans Healing Center. Ste 220. Call David 504-233-8555. Women’s Spring Renewal Retreat – (4/24 to 4/27) Time to connect within, with nature and with women for spiritual renewal and growth. Guided balance of quiet activities and deep group process to resurrect one’s freedom and purpose. Women’s Center for Healing and Transformation. Register: 985-8928111 or

Metaphysical Fair – 12-6pm. Mediums, psychics, tarot readers, astrology readings, aura photography, Norse Rune Stone readings, jewelry and more. Healing & Vendor Fair, March 22, 12-6pm. with healers, yoga, Reiki, energy healing, meditation, aura photography, Biomat, vendors. Free admission. Metaphysical Resource Center, 1708 Lake Ave, Bucktown/Metairie. 504-708-8353.


Dream Works – 1:30pm. Dreams allow a glimpse into our unconscious minds. We may hear messages in our dreams. Participants follow a format to share and process dreams as a group. Register: 985-8928111 or

Sunset at the Landing – 6-9pm. Free concert series from March through October on the 3rd Saturday. Bring chairs and refreshments. Located at the foot of Columbia St, downtown Covington.

Second Degree Reiki Class – Inquire for further dates/time with Reiki Master Elizabeth Ohmer Pellegrin. Oku Den (The Deeper Knowledge) is available for Reiki Students with 6 months experience in Usui Shiki Ryoho. For private classes and residential retreat information call 504-376-8518 or 504-388-2356 text.

Easter Eggstravaganza at Big Sky Ranch – Celebrate the day with an Easter egg hunt and organic refreshments at Big Sky Ranch in Folsom. An all organic ranch and farm dedicated to educating consumers about good food choices for our health and the environment. 15442 Jack Fork Rd, Folsom. Reg: 985-276-0270.

First Degree Reiki Class – 11am-7pm. (2-day –4/26 & 4/27) w/Reiki Master Elizabeth Ohmer Pellegrin. Reiki promotes and accelerates healing of the body, mind and spirit. Learn to do Reiki for yourself and others. No experience needed. Private classes and retreats on request. Pre-registration required. $250. Info/registration: 504-376-8518 or text 504-388-2356.


Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program – 12:30pm. Dr. Debbi Hannan presents: The Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program at Chiropractic Health Center, 101 Clearview Pkwy at Airline Dr. Free. Reservations required: 504-454-2000.


Neuromuscular Therapy Clinic – 12:45 & 2:15pm. (also 4/23 & 30). Help students with their education at the student massage clinic. NMT is a partial body massage focused on a specific problem area. $30/ by appointment only. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info: 504-293-0972. Registration for Children’s Karate – 4:15pm. 7-11yrs group. Build self-confidence, leadership and discipline. Tamashii Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St Uptown. Info/Reserve space: 504-866-2241.


Neuromuscular Therapy Clinic – 6:15 & 7:45pm. (also 4/22). Help students with their education at the student massage clinic. NMT is a partial body massage focused on a specific problem area. $30/ by appointment only. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info: 504-293-0972. Light Body Activation – 7:30-9pm. Participants will learn to transport themselves to where they want to be in this life, bringing their higher self more into their lives, releasing what no longer serves them. A powerful breath-work meditation. No prior experience needed. $15. New Orleans Healing Center, Ste 220. Call David 504-233-8555.


Swedish Massage Clinic – 12:45 & 2:15pm. (also 4/25). Help students with their education at the student massage clinic. Swedish is good for overall relaxation & increasing flexibility. $30/by appointment only. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info: 504-293-0972.


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Cloth Diapers 101– 9am. Learn about modern cloth diapers, how to care for them, hands on demos. $20 for up to two family members and receive a $20 coupon off a purchase of $100. ZukaBaby, 2122 Magazine St, NOLA.To register: 504-596-6540 or email Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program – 5:30pm. Dr. Debbi Hannan presents: The Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program at Chiropractic Health Center, 101 Clearview Pkwy at Airline Dr. Free. Reservations required: 504-454-2000. How to Cleanse Naturally – 5:30pm. Presented by Erin Kenning, licensed acupuncturist, diplomate and Master of Oriental Medicine. Learn how to cleanse the whole body naturally and safely with whole foods. Samples of a new product line, featuring a cleanse product that cleanses all 7 avenues of elimination. Acupuncture & Wellness, 9531 Jefferson Hwy, River Ridge. Reg/info: 504-715-2317. Free Family Self Defense Class – 6 -7 pm. Learn quick, effective methods of personal safety techniques. Don’t be a victim. Tamashii Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St Uptown. Info/Reserve space by 4/21. Info/Reserve space: 504-866-2241.


Free Family Self Defense Class – 6 -7 pm. Learn quick, effective methods of personal safety techniques. Don’t be a victim. Tamashii Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St Uptown. Info/Reserve space by 4/21. Info/Reserve space: 504-866-2241. Swedish Massage Clinic – 6:15 & 7:45pm. (also 4/24). Help students with their education at the student massage clinic. Swedish is good for overall relaxation & increasing flexibility. $30/by appointment only. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info: 504-293-0972.

The Great Cloth Diaper Change – 10am. Join ZukaBaby for a Guinness World Record event to attempt to break the 2013 world record for the most cloth diapers changed simultaneously at locations around the world. Call ZukaBaby for details and pre-regestration: 504-596-6540.


Farm Fresh Breakfast at Big Sky Ranch – Enjoy a farm fresh breakfast on the veranda at Big Sky Ranch, an all organic ranch and farm dedicated to educating consumers about good food for health and environment. 15442 Jack Fork Rd, Folsom. Reg: 985-276-0270.


Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program – 12:30pm. Dr. Debbi Hannan presents: The Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program at Chiropractic Health Center, 101 Clearview Pkwy at Airline Dr. Free. Reservations required: 504-454-2000.

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Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off/Orleans – 8am-1pm. Annual Dept of Sanitation collection of household hazardous waste. Items must be separated from regular recycling and may include: paint, flammables, chemicals, aerosols, batteries, light bulbs, pesticides, propane tanks. Location: 2829 Elysian Fields Ave. Purrs & Spurs Fundraiser – Shindig at the Big Sky Ranch barn to fund the feral kitty project. Big Sky is an all organic ranch/farm dedicated to educating consumers about food choices for our health and the environment. 15442 Jack Fork Rd, Folsom. Reg: 985-276-0270.


Synergetic ® Myofascial Strategies Workshop – Two-day workshop 1-6pm (6/21) and 9am-6pm (6/22) . Covers: Low back, spine, sacrum, pelvis, legs and feet. Presented by Magnus Eklund, a Louisiana approved CE provider LAP 122. 12 NCBTMB hrs. 450063-06. Location: Swan River Yoga, NOLA. Details & Reg: or 601-500-0337.

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Erin Kenning, MSOM, Dipl.OM, LAc, LA Lic.# ACA.200039, NAET specialist 9531 Jefferson Hwy., River Ridge 504-715-2317

Experience a Pain-free body, a Peaceful mind, and a Greater overall vitality. Take the first step to a life of ultimate wellness. Visit us on the web or call for more information. See ad on page 8.


315 Lee Ln., Ste. 104, Covington 985-898-3623/504-466-9129

Offering a holistic, integrative approach to healing your beloved pet through acupuncture, herbal medicine/nutritional supplements, and food therapy. We treat the patient, not the symptoms. See ad on page 8.


1909 Airline Dr. (Inside Premier Fitness) Metairie, LA 70001 504.452.6964

Holistic approach to skincare using certified organic products. Customized sessions that will address and correct your skin conditions and concerns in a relaxed atmosphere. Holistic approach to skincare using certified organic products. See ad on page 12.


Linda L. Strickland, BA, CHt, RM, LMT 601 Lafitte St., Mandeville 985-727-9665

Discover the difference & feel the peace through massage/bodywork, select spa services & energy work. Integrative, intuitive, customized approach. Aromatherapy at all sessions. LA 1479/E2445. See ad on page 18.


Corey Schoff, LMT #7384 CH 504-232-3322


128 W. Harrison Ave., New Orleans 504-488-1800

Rebuild, repair and renew your body today! Family wellness consultant, Dr. Joshua Rilette, helps alleviate aches and pains through specific chiropractic care and offers weight loss plans, cold laser therapy, nutrition, body cleansing, detoxification and orthopedics. See ad on page 14.

Intuitive Healer, Massage Therapist, Hypnotherapist, Breathwork and Intuitive Counselor – assisting you with increasing your self-awareness, COUNSELING AND breaking limiting patterns and PSYCHOTHERAPY releasing “stuck” energy in a caring, effective way to bring new life to ANDREA SCHEELE, LCSW, your world. LMFT “You too can move away from the past andAttachment towards Psychotherapy a life of vitality, wholeness and fulfilling relationships.” 1303 Amelia St., New Orleans

ELLEN LA ROCCA, LMT#0107 Couples 200 Mariner’sIndividual, Plaza, Suite 209 & Family Therapy Mandeville, Louisiana, 70448 985-373-6089 Attachment Psychotherapy / EMDR

We offer therapeutic massage Andrea Scheele, LCSW, LMFT (integrating many modalities of 1303 Amelia Street massage), aromatherapy, meditation New Orleans, LA 70115 (504) 899-2686 classes, wellness lectures, and a resource for Macrobiotics and Ayurvedics. You’ll receive the highest quality care and service – soothing your mind, body and soul. See ad on page 15.


Relational Well-Being: in individuals and couples. Trauma Resolution (EMDR): loss, childhood neglect and abuse & other traumatic events. Alleviate Anxiety and Depression. Emotional Support for a Healthy Lifestyle: weight loss. See ad on page 27.



1515 Poydras St, Ste 1010, NOLA 70112 (504) 799-4260

The New Orleans Chamber supports local business development and growth through educational seminars and networking opportunities and more. In 2011 a Green Committee was formed to foster sustainable business development in the Greater New Orleans area. Check the website for the Chamber’s next networking event.


Dr. Debbi Hannan 101 Clearview Pkwy. at Airline, Metairie 504-454-2000 Experience the difference! We offer total wellness care: Chiropractic, detoxification, nutrition, endermologie, DRX-9000 nonsurgical spinal decompression, cold laser, EB-Cellular Cleanser, Far Infra Red Sauna and the Ideal Protein Diet plan. See ad page 29.

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4030 Canal St., New Orleans 504-482-NOLA (6652)

From beginning to end, our dedicated spa teams ensure your journey enhances your well-being and enlivens your spirit. Over 70 massage, facial, body and nail treatment options. Special packages and group events also available. See ad page 27.

DENTIST CYPRESS DENTAL, INC. 3138 McIlhenny Dr. Baton Rouge, LA 70809 225-248-8400

Offering services including cosmetic dentistry, full mouth rehabilitation, minimally invasive dentistry, mercury safe environment, non-titanium implants, laser dentistry and treatment for complex conditions; obstructive sleep apnea, snoring, head, neck and facial pain and TMJ dysfunction. See ad on page 25.

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MIKE ROBICHAUX, DDS 1101 Robert Blvd., Ste. A, Slidell 985-641-8058

Offering a holistic and patientcentered approach to dentistry, because we believe the health of the mouth and overall health cannot be separated. We help those we serve make decisions that are in their best interests, based on their values and goals, by providing state of the art information within a trusting relationship. See ad on page 29.






2259 Carey St. Slidell, La 985-285-9215 Find us on Facebook

Handmade in Olde Towne Slidell, we offer aromatherapy and herbal remedies for the body and home that are made from organic/organically raised earth origin ingredients: absolutely NO petro-chemicals, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, formaldehyde, or any other junk! See ad page 20.


KEHINDE ISHANGI Movement Coach 504-410-7315


Certified in Gyrotonics®, GYROKINESIS and Pilates and as a professional dancer, I use a combination of tools to help those who want to mature gracefully and stay flexible as well as dancers and athletes who desire performance enhancement. See ad page 13


Australian Bush Practitioner & Teacher 504-388-2356

2372 St. Claude Ave. 2nd Floor Upper, Ste. 220 985-467-0900

AHA! is a Community of Healing Arts Practitioners in a Healing Arts Center for the Professional Practice of Alternative, Complementary, Integrative, and Indigenous healing arts by independent practitioners in a shared space environment. See our website, contact a practitioner, make your appointment today! See ad on page 25.

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Dr. Jess specializes in a type of natural healing that makes you feel more relaxed, very peaceful, and much lighter! Release anxiety, sadness, anger, guilt, pain, and all other negative feelings! Gain your inner-freedom back!



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Natural Healing Specialist 504-352-6418

Beautiful non-profit center for women’s spirituality, ecopsychology and community building. Workshops, speakers, events, healing circles, support groups, and on-site professional mind/body/spirit services, for women, by women. Rent space for your workshop or office. See ad on page 21.

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Cindy utilizes powerful energetic healing methods to shift and balance the auric field, chakras and the cells of our body. Health, Joy, and Balance within, attracts the same externally. See ad on pages 9 and 11.

WOMEN’S CENTER FOR HEALING & TRANSFORMATION 71667 Leveson St,. Abita Springs 985-892-8111

Practitioner and teacher of Australian Bush Flower Essences. Many custom blended essences available, including: Detox, Calm & Clear, Stress Relief, Confidence, Cognis, Woman, Travel Ease, Adolescence, Yoga. National LMT/CEU classes available. See ad on page 15.

Cindy B. Daigle 504-931-6494 North shore and New Orleans area

Donna Accardo is a facilitator using energetic field tools and selfawareness practices to clear obstacles to your heart’s intention. Live your life with more authenticity, peace, and joy. Build the life you have been wanting. See ad page 15.

L.E. “Step” Stepteaux, Jr., C.Ht. 504-236-4687

Connecting People With People and Information Around The World. I enjoy helping people to reach their goals, from around the country to around the world via the Telephone & the Internet.


401 Veterans Blvd., Ste. 203, Metairie 504-838-9804 Experience the difference that Homeopathic Medicine and Functional Medicine can bring to your health. The safe alternative— Less need for prescription drugs— Stimulation of your innate healing force. See ad on page 29.


Eric Royster, MD and Aaron Friedman, MD offer the most comprehensive treatment experience for patients suffering from chronic pain, from acupuncture to more invasive techniques offered exclusively at IPN. New Orleans, Chalmette, Westbank and Slidell locations. See ad on page 19.

DR. KATHLEEN POSEY, M.D. 377 Hwy 21, Ste. 101, Madisonville 985-845-4111

Our mission is to improve health and reverse chronic disease through hormonal and energetic balancing and nutrition. A practice of preventive medicine and wellness with a holistic approach to women’s gynecological and overall health. We offer a healthy medically supervised weight loss program. See ad on page 23.


Multidisciplinary, Integrative approach to healthcare, including primary care, weight loss management, food intolerance testing, allergy testing, hormone balancing (in-house laboratory) and a vast array of aesthetic services. See ad page 17.


Life, Yoga, Fashion. A unique combination of services from an NLP Master Practitioner, Yoga Instructor, and Fashion Expert to support you in becoming your best Self. Overcome obstacles, regain enthusiasm, build confidence, improve overall health, and discover your personal style. See ad on page 7.


Shifu King Lam 8132 Willow St., Uptown 504-866-2241

Asian Arts to improve health, fitness, personal safety, rejuvenate energy. Achieve a better mind, body and spirit. Serving New Orleans community for 35 years. See ad on page 15 and calendar for classes.

MASSAGE SCHOOLS BLUE CLIFF COLLEGE Clearview Mall, Metairie 504-293-0972

Train for an exciting, new career as a Licensed Massage Therapist. Earn an Associates degree upon completion of advanced massage training. Inquire about financial aid. See calendar for information about our $30-student massage clinic. Visit our retail shop for massage supplies: Biotone & Therapro Cremes & Oils, aromatherapy products, books & more. Monthly specials! See ad on page 24.


2122 Magazine St., NOLA 504-596-6540

ZukaBaby specializes in cloth diapers, breastfeeding supplies, baby carriers, natural toys and locally made baby items. Hosting monthly community events: La Leche League, Babywearers Meetup, nutrition classes and Wee Hands baby sign language. See ad on page 10.

NATURAL FOODS & SUPPLEMENTS THE NUTRITION COMPANY 4350 Hwy 22, Ste H, Mandeville 985-727-3482

“Where Healthy Tastes Good.” Featuring organic juices, wheatgrass, all natural, sugar free smoothies, full service organic coffee bar. Also freshly prepared organic salads, soups, chilis, free range burgers and grilled sandwiches, wraps, paninis, vegetarian & vegan specialities. Delicious Sugar-free baked goods! Dine-in/take-out. Catering available. Open MonFri 7-6, Sat 9-5, closed Sun. See ad on page 22.


3308 Cleary Ave., Metairie 504-888-3077

Pharmaceutical quality nutritional products, vitamins, minerals, herbs and natural hormones. Natural hormone balancing consultations. Counseling on pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals by a registered pharmacist and clinical nutritionist. Alkaline water available as well as sessions with Photon Genius. See ad on page 39.


Nationally recognized weight loss & wellness expert, author of the book, Mending Your Metabolism. Stop treating symptoms and start getting well! Diabetes, blood sugar control, weight management, women’s health, detox, performance nutrition and more. Ask about out 12-week “Set on Success” Weight Loss to Wellness Program. End dieting forever!

KARIN NIELSEN, ND 225-229-6107

Offering non-invasive health assessments, Total Thermography, Lymphatic Therapy and many detox therapies. We have a high success rate using Homeopathic and Functional Medicine for men, women and children. Specializing in Lyme Disease, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue. See ad on page 13.


Jeanie Leclere 504-888-4464/504-319-3665

Nourish your body with all natural, food-sourced vitamins, minerals, glyconutrients and antioxidants. Simply mix with food or beverage without affect taste. Enjoy the benefits of energy boosting with immune system-supporting nutrition

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NUTRITIONIST DANIELLE PACIERA, LDN, RD, CCN 5002 Prytania St., New Orleans 504-889-8771

Cutting edge holistic nutrition services. Specializing in complementary and alternative medicine, therapeutic uses of foods, supplementation, vegetarian nutrition, women’s health, sports performance, eating disorders, depression, addiction, and more. See ad on page 7.


Guiding you through the process of decluttering, downsizing and getting your home organized. This green award winning business takes a holistic, hands on approach to creating space and peace of mind. Free consultations, weekend sessions available! See ad on page 24.


621 Opelousas Ave., New Orleans 504-905-4090

Elegant, donation based center in quaint, quiet Magnolia, MS just 1 1/2 hours from New Orleans, Baton Rouge or Jackson. Ongoing retreats in meditation and yoga. Ongoing meditation group in New Orleans. Vegetarian. Available for rental. Capacity for 40 people. See ad on page 27 and ongoing calendar.


2605 Ridgelake Dr., Metairie 504-529-SUN9

Since 2007, South Coast Solar has helped more than 500 clients start saving money with solar energy using best-in-class products and installation practices. 100% locally owned and operated. See ad on page 30.



Reiki Master Teacher & Practitioner 504-388-2356

Offering 24 years experience in Reiki – Usui Shiki Ryoho, upholding the highest standards in Reiki classes and Reiki sessions. Reiki can be a personal tool for healing and growth, a way to give energy to family and friends, or a gentle complementary therapy in holistic medicine. See ad on page 15 and calendar for classes.

Dr. Karin Nielsen, ND, CCT 1528 Delplaza Dr., Ste B Baton Rouge, LA 70815 225-229-6107

Offering full body Thermography, detects abnormalities in the earliest stages, to find underlying causes of disease as it looks at the entire body’s BEHAVIOR after being stressed. Consultations/ follow up care are offered as well. See ad on page 13.



Usui, Karuna & Rainbow Reiki Master 3939 Houma Blvd., Bld. 3, Ste. 15 Metairie 504-909-3723

Certified & experienced Master Teacher offering sessions & classes to the Greater N.O. Area. Healing Touch, Pranic Healing, Crystal Healing, Reiki Drumming and Animal Reiki practitioner. Visit our website for full information. See ad on page 10.


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Sue McCann, LPC-S, LMFT, LAC, RYT 504-832-4096

Insights of New Orleans, your easily accessible wellness center collaborating with each client to rejuvenate, restore, and inspire with offerings of compassionate holistic healing modalities. Metairie location.Visit our website for list of modalities. See ad on page 9.


1228 Baronne St.

Kundalini Yoga is considered to be the most comprehensive of yogas, combining meditation, physical practice and breathing exercises. All levels of experience are welcome to all classes. See ad on page 18 and calendar for events/classes.


4842 Perrier St, Uptown 2372 St Claude Ave, Downtown 504-899-0047

Voted Best Yoga Studio 11 years. Intro Offer: 30 Days Of Yoga For $33 (first time local residents), Intro To Yoga Courses + Over 60 classes a week including Prenatal, Kids, Tweens & Teen classes. See ad page 6.


Mia Oramous, RYT 500/ACE PT 8422 Oak St, New Orleans 985-640-2648

Yoga, Nia and TRX workout classes offered all week; private sessions also available. 300-hour advanced yoga teacher training starts August 2014. Sign up on our email list and receive “7 Yoga Poses for Strength” ebook FREE! See ad on page 24.


603 S. Tyler St., Covington 985-893-8834 YogaSchoolCovingtonLA

Offering Yoga Alliance registered teacher training with certification at the 200 hour and 500 hour levels. Also a state licensed Yoga Therapy training program. Visit website for more information. See ad on page 18.

YOGA THERAPY AMY ARCHINAL, RYT, PRYT Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy 504-899-6167

Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy combines meditation, assisted yoga postures, breathwork and client-centered dialogue to promote self-awareness. Discover the wisdom of your body.



Please return your hearts and lives to God. We need to remember our Health is like a four legged stool - Spiritual, Mental, Emotional & Physical; the stool’s stability is dependent on the balance of all four legs. God is Love. Love thrives because it is a Gift from God and has the power to destroy evil. Love is so important for with love, one can defeat evil but without love, evil spreads. Love is not selfish. Love is generous, forgiving and untainted by the sin of pride. You must ask God, every day, for the Gift of Love and when you are given this, use it as your armor against hatred. Love, when present in a pure soul, attracts hatred from those souls who have banished God from their lives. They cannot bear the Light of God, which shines from the souls of those who are filled with God’s Love. Where there is love, there is the Presence of God. The Evil One is incapable of love, but instead is self-obsessed with what he believes to be his power and greatness. When he infests souls, the first thing he does is to destroy love within the soul. When he achieves this, he will instill a terrible hatred in that soul and it is this hatred which causes division. Division and disagreements, inspired by hatred, can lead to desperate deeds carried out by one soul against another. These hate-filled deeds can very often lead to terrible cruelty and even murder. The sin of pride is instilled in souls, who open themselves up to the devil and this leads to ruthless ambition and greed. Go now in the knowledge that Love must be used to help the souls of all those who are in great need of God’s mercy. Please recite this Crusade Prayer for the Gift of Love.

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For the Gift of Love: O God, please fill me with Your Love. Help me to share the Gift of Love with all those in need of Your Mercy. Help me to love You more. Help me to love all those in need of Your Love. Help me to love Your enemies. Allow the love You Bless me with to be used to engulf the hearts of everyone I come into contact with. With the Love, which You infuse in my soul, help me to conquer all evil, convert souls and defeat the devil and all those wicked agents of his, who try to destroy the Truth of Your Holy Word.


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