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is the season for grand celebrations, elaborate decorations, special foods and tales of holiday miracles. While few would give up all of that, it is true that what we remember best are the simple things that carry the most meaning. We’ve always honored Christmas traditions in my family. Maybe that’s why the years tend to blend together. What I clearly remember with great fondness circles around people rather than things. I recall, for instance, playing with my cousins and getting to join the adults to play cards and favorite board games. I love how laughter rang out. We looked forward to holiday dishes and indulged in special treats. The one tangible gift that stands out is the wardrobe my grandmother made for my Ginny doll, which I purchased with a cereal box coupon. My best friend had the same doll, so grandma made hers some outfits too, because you couldn’t buy them. What a gift of love that was. I cherish it to this day. I hope that my son Ben’s memories of his childhood holidays are as dear to him someday. I particularly relished baking cookies together while listening to holiday music and decorating the tree. The best part of any day was reading bedside stories. During winter holidays, Morris and the Disappearing Bag was a must read as was Silver Bells, a book that explained how the man in the red suit got into places without a chimney. You see, Santa’s tiniest elf, Silver Bells, could fit through key holes and then open the door to let him in. It all gifted us with some fun discussions. I also remember being stressed out trying to get everything prepared for a perfect holiday, often snatching scarce hours at the end of a workday after Ben went to bed. Rather than worry about keeping every possible ball in the air trying to create a major celebration, I later learned the blessing of keeping celebrations simple. It yields more joy for everyone, granting luscious time to engage with loved ones in memory-making moments and activities. The best ones live on in family stories. A poignant piece offered in this issue to help get us into the right frame of mind for setting priorities is Bronnie Ware’s article, “Be Happy Right Now.” Her advice is apt anytime. As for me, I will be happy with my rosemary tree and a few trimmings. I’ll bake a batch of cookies and do some thoughtful shopping, looking through our Conscious Gift Guide section again for gift ideas (page 24). Then I plan on catching up with all the folks I care about. I don’t want to regret someday that I let those connections slip away, for they are what we celebrate.

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aving moved to new digs, the New Orleans Food and Farm Network(NOFFN) recently launched two new and exciting initiatives – the FarmCity Initiative and Growing Local NOLA. FarmCity, which is being developed through NOFFN’s participation in the Propeller Social Venture Accelerator program, aims at helping people access land to start a farm, community garden or other land-based project. The program will also help these aspiring farmers and gardeners with training, apprenticeships, and identifying financing and markets. On November 6, NOFFN and Recirculating Farms Coalition broke ground on Growing Local NOLA, an urban farming and food center to be located on two vacant lots in Central City, near St. Charles Avenue. The center will include a community garden with raised soil beds and fruit trees, event space, an outdoor classroom, farmers market, and an agriculture resource center. Uniquely, this project will feature waterbased techniques that do not require soil, such as hydroponics (growing plants in recirculating, nutrient-rich water) and aquaponics (growing fish and plants together in a single system where water and waste are recycled and reused). The sites are being developed in collaboration with the Gulf Coast Housing Partnership. NOFFN invites visitors to their new home at 1838 Feliciana, in the Upper Ninth Ward neighborhood, where residents interested in growing their own food can also pick up free seeds provided free of charge thanks to Ed Hume and Parkway Partners. “Exciting times indeed!” a recent NOFFN newsletter reads. “Our work is advancing the growth of urban agriculture while also helping neighborhoods reduce blight and create vibrant projects.” For more information on NOFFN, FarmCity and Growing Local NOLA, visit or call 504-872-0745.


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innamon is known as an excellent antioxidant that improves fasting blood sugar levels and prevents heart disease. Now new research offers yet another benefit and reason to add this potent spice to our daily diet. Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara, have confirmed that cinnamon helps protect against Alzheimer’s disease. They found that the cinnamon compounds cinnamaldehyde and epicatechin help stop the formation of “tangles” of tau protein in the brain, hallmarks of the memory-robbing neurodegenerative disease. The study, published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, says these powerful antioxidants that give cinnamon its potent flavor and scent defend mental function in a unique way. “Take, for example, sunburn, a form of oxidative damage,” explains Roshni Graves, of the university’s Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. “If you wore a hat, you could protect your face and head from oxidation. In a sense, this cinnamaldehyde is like a cap,” protecting against tau proteins. The findings suggest that sufficient cinnamon consumption might stop the progression of Alzheimer’s or even prevent it.


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Roecklein, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and prominent SAD researcher at Pennsylvania’s University of Pittsburg. Practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), like Freda, view decreased energy in nature’s wintertime as a reflection of the season’s energy. In this philosophy, rising (yang) and falling (yin) energies cycle as the seasons turn. Winter is governed by quiet, slow, introspective and creative yin energy. As winter yields to spring, the bright, fast, expansive and extroverted yang energy gains momentum to peak in summer. “Nature expresses universal energies in a big way,” says research psychologist and mind-body medicine expert Joseph Cardillo, Ph.D., author of The Five Seasons.

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In TCM, the element of water, symbolizing focus and purity, is closely associated with winter. Highly adaptable, water can be solid, liquid or formless vapor; it can flow over, under, around or through obstacles with ease; and it can be still and contained. Contemplating the power of water in any of its forms can help synchronize one’s consciousness with the season’s gifts. “When your mind is unstuck and flowing like water, your dreams start becoming real to you, simply because you’re in the flow, the present moment,” observes Cardillo, who also authored Be Like Water. He suggests looking to water for guidance in creating solutions, sharpening focus or moving effortlessly on to the next step.

socializing, working or rushing through the day. “An excess of yang during the winter,” counsels Freda, “rather than a glimpse of it, can deplete us,” contributing to stress, fatigue and depression. Conversely, for those with an already predominantly yin personality (quiet, introverted, low energy) that overindulge in the yin energy of winter, an attempt at restoration and quietude can lead to lethargy and isolation. “I see this clinically,” says Freda. “Instead of embracing a little extra rest and relaxation, some people become exhausted and lose their motivation altogether. They become stuck in the yin.” Cardillo recommends that such individuals engage in mood-brightening outdoor activities to help restore balance. Roecklein agrees, noting that SAD sufferers undergoing cognitive behavioral therapy (which emphasizes positive thinking and beneficial behaviors) likewise are encouraged to participate in physical and social activities that bring joy and meaning. Lane Vail is a freelance writer in South Carolina. Connect at

Unpleasant winter memories can affect one’s emotional experience of the season every year like clockwork, says Dr. John Sharp, a physician, psychiatrist and author of The Emotional Calendar. Fortunately, it is possible to take a personal inventory, be aware of such behaviors, innovate on traditions and create a new experience. Holistic Psychologist Joseph Cardillo goes further, suggesting that we create a “personal prescription” to mindfully manage difficult emotions during wintertime. He encourages activating the senses and combining two or more sensory experiences to amplify the effectiveness. Appealing options include: n Light scented candles or diffuse essential oils (citrus brightens; lavender soothes) n Invite bright colors into living spaces (reds excite; greens, blues and whites calm) n Nourish the palate with winter vegetable stews n Create a playlist of soothing nature sounds or uplifting music n Warm up near a cheery fire after spending time in the frosty outdoors

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he advice that the White Queen gave to young Alice in Lewis Carroll’s Through the LookingGlass might be some of the best to offer non-believers and skeptics that question the credibility of near-death experiences (NDE). When Alice protests, “One can’t believe impossible things,” the White Queen famously retorts, “I daresay you haven’t had much practice. When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

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I was overwhelmed by the realization that God isn’t a being, but a state of being… and I am that state of being… pure consciousness. ~ Anita Moorjani brain runs out of oxygen. However, according to a Gallup poll, the 8 million Americans whose transcendental NDEs freed their consciousness to leave the body and enter into a wondrous reality that exists completely free of physicality, believe them to be real, meaningful and life-changing experiences. Recently, the renowned NDE


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the supremely conscious and superbly blissful state that exists beyond both limitations of the senses and intellect and the confines of space and time—the pure conscious form of each one’s truly real Self.

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Rushed to the hospital in a coma, Moorjani, whose body had been devoured for four years by cancer of the lymphatic system, describes the real self that she discovered during her NDE. “There I was, without my body or any physical traits, yet my pure essence continued to exist. It was not a reduced element of my whole self; in fact, it felt far greater and more intense and expansive than my physical being. “I felt eternal, as if I’d always existed and always would, without a beginning or end. I was filled with the knowledge that I was simply magnificent,” explains Moorjani, whose cancer completely disappeared within five weeks after her release from the hospital. “Not only did I come back with a clean slate, I brought back one of my biggest lessons—to love myself and be an instrument of love. I also returned to life here with a sense of purpose—to fearlessly be as authentically me as I can be. This means,” she clarifies, “that in whatever I do, I am acting from my sense of passion and the sheer joy of doing it.” During Alexander’s seven-day coma in a hospital, brought about by antibiotic-resistant E. coli meningitis that attacked his brain, he left his mortal identity behind. “My brain wasn’t working at all,” he relates. “My entire neo-cortex, the part that makes us human, was entirely shut down. I had no language, emotions, logic or memories of who I was. Such an empty slate granted me full access to the true cosmic being that I am, that we all are,” says Alexander. He further recalls that as his NDE unfolded, it occurred to him that he was being granted a grand overview of the invisible side of existence. He also had a lovely ethereal companion that floated along on a butterfly wing, telepathically teaching him to accept the universal truth that, “You are eternally loved and cherished, you have nothing to fear, and there is nothing you can do wrong.” “If I had to boil the whole message down to just one word, it would be Love—the incomprehensibly glorious truth of truths that lives and breathes at the core of everything that exists or will ever exist. No remotely accurate understanding of who we are and what we are can be achieved by anyone who does not know it and embody it in all their actions,” Alexander now understands. Prior to his life-threatening illness, this neurosurgeon’s sophisticated medical training had led him to dismiss the possibility of NDEs. Today, he works at returning to his NDE state of oneness and unconditional love by using meditation and sacred acoustics, as well as quantum mechanics, to explore the nature of consciousness and higher brain function. Like Moody, Alexander studies the ancient Greek

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In The Hidden Face of God: Science Reveals the Ultimate Truth, author Gerald L. Schroeder, Ph.D., suggests that each of us is a part of the universe seeking and finding itself. Could it be that without the mental filter and self-limiting beliefs, we are free to consciously know our higher state of wholeness and the truth of our magnificence? Upwards of 8 million people that have experienced their own NDE are trending the world toward a tipping point into the comforting awareness that anything is possible. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit for the recorded interviews. 20

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sked why she thought she had cancer, Anita Moorjani, author of Dying to Be Me, sums up her answer in one word: Fear. “I was killing myself, and cancer saved me,” says Moorjani, whose book documents her near-death experience (NDE) and the higher realm she encountered when her body shut down. Allowed to identify with her true magnificence, undistorted by the fear generated by her own lifelong self-judgment, self-criticism, worry and lack of self-forgiveness, she returned with a vital, heartfelt message. “Everyone is an amazing,

“I’ve become focused on seeing the perfection of life in this moment.” magnificent being, with great capacity for health, happiness and joy. Although we’ve been conditioned to believe that we need to pursue success and learn to improve ourselves to be happy, such steps are unnecessary, because we already are all we are trying to attain,” she says. “I’d spent a lifetime feeling inadequate, beating myself up for

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hroughout the year, Santa’s good girls and boys of all ages make every effort to buy only what’s needed, plus recycle, reuse and repurpose. Then the holidays hit and discipline often gives way to indulgences. The season seems consumed by up-tempo decorating, feasting, shopping, gift-giving and merrymaking at any cost. Yet, creative green living experts show us how easy it is to tweak time-honored family traditions to align with the green way we wish to live and feel even more satisfied with festivities.

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For Danny Seo, author of Upcycling Celebrations:  A Use-What-You-Have Guide to Decorating, Gift-Giving &

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Many families enjoy giving traditional gifts to children at certain ages, like dollhouses or train sets. Re-imagine these and, when possible, buy local to save energy and support area businesses, suggests Eisenberg. Cintia Gonzalez, an Australian mom, crafted a dollhouse from an old suitcase, inventively using black chalkboard paint for the exterior, wooden shelves as floors and fast food ketchup cups as lampshades ( UpcycleDollhouse). Another mom transformed a discarded coffee table into a painted train table for her boys. Upcycle paint chip cards into colorful gift tags, suggests Seo. Plus, use gift wraps that become part of the gift itself, such as placemats swaddling a bottle of wine, fabric to encase quilting supplies or sheet music enveloping concert tickets. As a general rule, “Give experiences, not gifts,” counsels Eisenberg. “Giving loved ones experiences reduces wrapping paper, ribbon and packaging and is an easy way to be a bit more personal over the holidays. Your teenage niece may love a spa day, complete with hair styling, while your favorite aunt and uncle may be thrilled to attend a local wine tasting. If you think a young child can tolerate a few less presents in exchange for a pass to an ice show or dance class, go for it.” “It’s the holiday experience that counts,” counsels Seo. “It’s what makes memories.” Claire O’Neil is a freelance writer from Kansas City, MO.



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e know it as the most wonderful time of the year, yet too often the holiday season pushes wellness to the back burner and heightened consumption trumps efforts to go green. For this year’s gift-giving season, Natural Awakenings has gathered meaningful and practical gift ideas from local businesses to ease the stress of holiday shopping. To make gifting even simpler, pair our findings with creative themes that initiate new traditions. Try the four-gift rule with kids: one thing they want, one thing they need, one thing to wear and one thing to read. Suggest exchanging locally crafted items with out-of-town family members so everyone receives a unique gift they’ve never encountered before. Consider shopping throughout the year when inspiration strikes, and then store items in a gift closet; it cuts down on holiday to-dos. Or turn from packaged products altogether to gift certificates, prepaid memberships and charitable donations. With friends and family in mind, have fun practicing conscious consumerism with these ideas for gifts of wellness and sustainability. You’ll also find naturally appealing gift ideas for kids, pets, relatives and friends at the Natural Awakenings webstore,


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Accessories are always good gift options. Look for pieces that are made of sustainable or recycled material or are fair trade. Passion Lilie Locally designed and fair trade manufactured dresses, skirts and scarves. Available online at Uniquitys Purses made of repurposed materials, each one of a kind. Available at the Frenchman Art Market and Verve (1110 Canal St.), or online at Art of Sole Individually designed contemporary jewelry and crafts Available online at

For Furry Family Members

Before purchasing another squeaky toy or rawhide bone for the four-legged members of the family, consider conscious gift alternatives for Fifi and Fido, too. Here is a local one. Marsh Dog All natural treats made from mainly locally sourced fresh ingredients including: nutria, sweet potatoes, oats, eggs, molasses, parsley and cayenne pepper. The company has been named Business conservationist of the Year by the Louisiana Wildlife Federation for helping to support saving Louisiana wetlands. Check their website for retailers carrying the product or purchase online.

Avoid the commercialism of big-box store toy aisles by instead visiting a smaller, locally owned retailer in search of ecofriendly and educational gifts for the little ones. ZukaBaby Specializing in eco friendly and nontoxic toys and other baby and child products, including cloth diapers, breastfeeding supplies, baby carriers, natural toys and locally made baby items, available at the store, 2122 Magazine St, NOLA and at See their ad on page 28.

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Local food products for loved one’s near and far are always welcome. Louisiana Sisters Unique gourmet food products with a Louisiana flavor. Products: spiced olives, pepper jelly, spiced Martini olive juice, bloody Mary mix, spiced tapenade. Gift boxes and giftware. Available at and at Rouses and Acquistapace’s markets. GoodEggs/nola Gift certificates for locally sourced produce and food products ordered directly from the farmer/producer for pickup at a number of locations or delivery for a fee. View products available at


With busy calendars and long to-do lists, everyone can use a little pampered relaxation at this time of year. Many styles and settings available in our area. Check pages listed for more details on these massage options:

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New Orleans Green Artistically arranged indoor and outdoor potted plants in antique, vintage or repurposed pots. Plants locally grown sustainably. See ad on page 27. Available online at

Zombeads Locally designed and made Mardi Gras throws from repurposed materials. Products: window shutter key chains,ceramic doubloons, recycled paper necklaces, rice zipper pouch, bead n bra tote. Give yourself or a loved one who rides in a parade a gift that gives back to the earth. Call 504-345-9734 or email for a catalog. View products at Home Décor Exchange Previously used home décor and accessories, jewelry and designer handbag & small furniture. See ad on page 14. Available exclusively online at Unique Products UP is an environmentally friendly retail gallery providing green themed home decor, accessories and lighting. Every item is individually designed and handmade by artists. Store located at 2038 Magazine Street, NOLA. See ad on page 27. Viw products or purchase at

Personal Pampering

Just about everyone loves to receive special personal care products. Here are some options that are locally offered, unique, luxurious, eco friendly and won’t break the bank. Cake Face Soaping All natural handmade vegan soaps and skin care line, including bar and liquid soaps, scrubs, and baby products packaged in cute tree-less paper packaging. See ad on page 10. Purchase online at Green Oaks Apothecary Handmade aromatherapy and herbal remedies for the body and home. See ad on page 36 for list of products. Available at the store, 2259 Carey Street and

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Pangea Organics Organic and eco friendly skin care products free of GMO’s, gluten, sulfites and synthetic ingredients. Call Rachelle at 520-907-5314 for information. See ad on page 8. Elite Skin Care Holistic approach to skin care using certified organic products. Call for special pricing on services such as facials and products. See ad on page 31. Located at 1909 Airline Drive, Metairie (inside Premier Fitness). 504-452-6964 or Milkfancy Skincare and haircare products as well as make-up made from goat milk. Particularly good for the acne prone and skin sensitive person. Liquid mineral makeup, eye shadow, blush, blueberry Lemon Shampoo and conditioner, foot and face scrubs, acne goat milk treatment set. Very reasonably priced. Available at store, 410 Covington St., Madisonville or online at Simply Sustaining The possibilities for giving gifts of love and well-being are endless. Consider also gift certificates for any of the following as well: classes for yoga, pilates, Tai chi, Karate, Aikido, meditation, sewing, knitting and art. Not to be left off the list are sessions of Reiki, acupuncture, ayurvedic, chiropractic, professional organizing or life coaching. Perhaps a consult with a nutritionist or home energy efficiency expert would be appreciated. Resources can be found in this issue.

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A Short History of Private Life, Bill Bryson relates that until very recently, most domiciles centered around a central room, or hall, where everyone slept together. Even today, adults and children almost always sleep together in the same beds in nonindustrialized, traditional societies worldwide. The modern practice of placing babies in separate rooms at night, often to cry themselves to sleep, appears to be a historical aberration. Cosleeping, conversely, is the age-old norm because it offers so many benefits to both parents and children.


Sweet Slumber Co-Sleeping in the Family Bed by Mark Sisson


very young mammal on Earth sleeps in close contact with its mother and other family members. They’ve been co-sleeping for security, warmth, comfort and protection for millions of years of evolution.

Although it is generally frowned upon in the United States, many human cultures, including most in East Asia, the Pacific islands, South America, Africa and much of southern Europe, have a rich tradition of co-sleeping. In At Home:

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Co-sleeping makes breastfeeding easier. Studies published by the Acta

Paediatrica, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Journal o f Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics confirm a consistent link between cosleeping and breastfeeding in countries as disparate as Brazil, Britain, Malaysia and Sweden. Breast milk provides immunological benefits, transfers symbiotic gut bacteria and promotes bonding between mother and child. It’s especially nutritious if the mother’s diet is healthy, and breast milk is the only food experts agree the human body is unquestionably designed to consume.

Co-sleeping improves sleep. A mother that can breastfeed without leaving the bed will get more sleep. Also, more research from the American Academy of Pediatrics shows a lower incidence of sudden infant death syndrome when breastfeeding is practiced. In the clinical experience of James McKenna, Ph.D., a University of Notre Dame professor and leading anthropologist in the field, “Breastfeeding mothers typically keep their babies away from pillows, positioning their infants on their backs, while placing them below the parents’ shoulders and raising their arms above them.” Plus, the adults “lay on their sides in ways that can prevent accidental overlays.” Co-sleeping builds parent-child bonds. Research published by the Sleep

Research Society shows that mothers who co-sleep with their babies are more attuned to their sleep/wake habits and can respond quicker to their needs. According to the journal Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, skin-to-skin touch increases the secretion of oxytocin, a bond-building hormone.

Co-sleeping fosters maturation.

Studies in the Infant and Child Development journal show that kids that share a bed or sleep in the same room with their parents grow up to be more self-reliant and socially independent, better behaved, less anxious about intimacy as adults and more likely to be happy. Parents that are nervous about sharing beds can try room sharing, where the baby sleeps in an adjoining crib or cot; family members will experience many of the same benefits. Mark Sisson is a former marathon runner and triathlete. He is the author of the bestselling health and fitness book, The Primal Blueprint, and publisher of the health blog,

Safe Co-Sleeping Habits by Mark Sisson


4 Don’t drink alcohol or take drugs that affect awareness and judgment, especially before bed. 4 Don’t smoke tobacco. The tars and toxins cling to an adult’s body, hair and clothes, exposing the baby to dangerous chemicals that increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). 4 Don’t co-sleep if the parent is sleep-deprived, a heavy sleeper, has sleep apnea or is obese. 4 Don’t allow pets or other children to sleep next to babies. 4 Don’t co-sleep on a sofa, loveseat or reclining chair. The cushions create crevices for infant heads to slip into and the elevation creates a fall risk. 4 Don’t use overly soft mattresses that babies can sink into. Think firm. 4 Don’t use thick bedding, which can cause rapid overheating or lead to smothering. 4 Don’t co-sleep unless everyone is on board. If a spouse isn’t agreeable, try a room share instead.


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Humanity’s Eternal Quest Eckhart Tolle on the Kingdom of Heaven Within

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o listen to Eckhart Tolle is to be reminded that anything is possible— for anyone. We’re not talking about living a life of leisure, filled with expensive cars, beach homes and extravagant vacations, but an experience brimming with the kind of spiritual insights that make this life not only worth living, but decidedly more fulfilling.

The problem is that when people hear the words “spiritual insight”, there’s often an assumption that it’s about something too ethereal to be practical or too elusive to be achieved in this lifetime. This is exactly the point that Tolle, one of the world’s most well-known spiritual teachers and authors, rebuffed during a talk earlier this year at California’s Stanford University.

Spiritual insights aren’t the least bit ethereal or elusive, but decidedly practical. “Some people awaken spiritually without ever coming into contact with any meditation technique or any spiritual teaching,” he said. “They may awaken simply because they can’t stand the suffering anymore.” He went on to cite examples of those that have either been told they have a short time to live or have been given an exceptionally long prison sentence. In both cases, any thought of a future has been effectively dashed, forcing these individuals into what Tolle describes as an intense awareness that there is only the present moment, with no more future to escape into mentally. The result is a lot less suffering. “That is the real spiritual awakening, when something emerges from within you that is deeper than who you thought you were,” says Tolle. “So, the person is still there, but one could almost say that something more powerful shines through the person.” The good news, according to Tolle, is that in order to experience this awakening, “You don’t have to wait for the diagnosis by the doctor or to be put in prison… nor do you have to do 30,000 hours of meditation or live in an ashram

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iven family hopes and often unrealistic expectations that everything will go perfectly, holiday gatherings can sometimes be a recipe for untoward stress. One of the best ways to keep potential ’tisthe-season tensions under control is to carve out some time for exercise, a move supported by research findings at Princeton University. Other experts suggest that from practicing a favorite Eastern modality to taking a natural spin

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the quiet settle in. Resistance-training exercises are another option. Release pent up tension by pushing against a wall. Stand about three feet away, lean in and push. Position feet at an angle so that a straight body line forms the hypotenuse of a triangle with the wall and floor. This activity drains the limbs of tightness and stretches out hamstrings and calf muscles, enabling us to walk away feeling light and limber. While some people can happily greet a nd maintain cheerfulness throughout holiday family times, others may feel a bit anxious. For a sure-fire endorphin boost, try a cardiovascular workout like running, which German researchers published in Cerebral Cortex confirm produces a flood of euphoria on cue. A quick jog or spirited walk outside helps elevate mood while strengthening the immune system, helping to keep feelings of melancholy at bay. Before heading for the door, those stretching their legs outside in colder climates need to dress as if it’s 20 degrees warmer than the thermometer reads. This helps prevent the body from overheating, especially after being sedentary for an extended period. To get the blood flowing beforehand, do some simple stretching or take a few trips up and down the stairs. Exercisers that prefer to stay sheltered from wintry weather entirely have a solid alternative; an indoor cardiovascular workout can mimic jogging’s mood-lifting effects. Try alternating 12 reps of jumping jacks, lunges, squats and crunches to get the heart pumping. Consider a second series for a higher intensity workout. All of it will give muscles that often go slack during holiday loafing a chance to flex. Because these moves don’t require any equipment, such electives are as portable as a travel hair dryer during holiday visits anywhere. After one or more of these solo workouts, many revelers may be ready to up the ante on family togetherness. For a healthy dose of quality time, round up the gang and enlist them in a high-energy outdoor activity like hiking, sledding or even Ultimate Frisbee. Participating in friendly family competition is healthy fun and gives everyone something else to talk about later.

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I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends. Many were disappointed they had not truly realized the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks, and it was not always possible to track them down. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip away. Many deeply regretted not giving important friendships the time and effort that they deserved. I wish that I had let myself be happier. Many did not understand until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called comfort of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others and to themselves that they were content, when deep within, they longed to laugh with gusto and cultivate some silliness in their life.

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irst-aid is the first thing you can do to help an injured animal if you are prepared,” says Dr. Jason Nicholas, owner of The Preventive Vet, in Portland, Oregon. Attention in cases of injury or sudden illness can help a dog or cat stay more comfortable, stop bleeding and provide temporary relief. A pet first-aid kit can resemble a pantry more than a medicine cabinet. Natural components include: Cool water. Purified water kept in a spray bottle can cool overheated pets. For the fastest results, spray near the pulse points, the “armpits” and where fur is the thinnest. Further, a vet will assess if clinical hydration is needed beyond the water bowl. Saline solution. Versatile saline is available at the vet’s office or any pharmacy, and also easy and inexpensive to make at home. Use it to flush debris from eyes, clean wounds and promote healing from incisions. Two teaspoons of non-iodized salt in four cups of boiled water mimics body fluids. The Ohio State University Medical Center website provides a recipe for normal saline solution at Vinegar. It acts as a drying agent, especially for floppy-eared dogs taking a dip in a pool or natural waterway, which can leave the inner ear moist. “Don’t use vinegar if the skin is red or broken because it will be painful,” says Dr. Jules Benson, vice president of veterinary services at Petplan Pet Insurance, in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. Never use it more than twice a week.

Honey. Apply this sweet unguent to gums to help counteract low blood sugar and shock, particularly when a diabetic pet’s insulin levels are off. Maple syrup is a good substitute. Sugar. Although not recommended in a regular pet diet, sugar can be a topical antibacterial for the short term. Sugar draws water from the wound and dehydrates bacteria, supporting growth of new tissue. Plain yogurt. Adding this healthy refrigerated topping to dry food will activate a sluggish appetite and supply needed cultures to help balance the digestive system. Cornstarch. This non-toxic remedy helps stop minor bleeding from cuts, scrapes and pedicure accidents. Calendula. Also known as pot marigold, calendula cream may be used as an anti-inflammatory. Bug bites, scrapes, sunburn and itching from allergies also benefit from its application. Aloe. Easily grown in a garden or pot and available in gel form, aloe sooths burns, prevents blisters and speeds healing. It also serves as canine Chapstick. “Older dogs often have cracked skin on their noses,” notes Benson. “Aloe helps to heal the skin and keeps the dog comfortable.” Rescue Remedy. Illness or injury brings stress, and one common solution is Rescue Remedy. To relieve fear or anxiety, rub it onto a paw, nose or ears or add the recommended number of drops to water, a treat or food. It helps dogs, cats, horses, birds, fish and even iguanas.

Dosage relies on the extent of stress rather than weight or species. Clean cloths. For bee stings or insect bites on the body, cool compresses can reduce swelling and itching. Wet a washcloth with cold water or for larger welts, wrap an ice pack in a towel and apply for a few minutes at a time. For stings on the face or mouth, it’s best to go to the vet’s office immediately, so that airways don’t swell up and hinder breathing. Miscellaneous supplies. Keep on hand gauze, tape, small scissors, tweezers (for removing objects from the roof of the mouth or splinters), a small flashlight, clean socks to cover a bandage and disposable gloves to keep human germs out of open wounds. A dog in pain may bite without realizing it. Nicholas recommends a basket muzzle, so the dog can easily breathe and pant. When a pet eats or drinks non-food items or foods they shouldn’t, such as chocolate, grapes or onions, head to the local vet. Veterinarian Jeff Levy, in New York City, who is also a certified veterinary acupuncturist, counsels, “Always keep contact information for your vet, an emergency hospital and animal poison control center handy.” Also, find out where emergency services are located when traveling. Pe t s c a n g o into shock just like humans. To prevent or reduce the impact, keep the animal warm and provide a deep massage of the ears, at the base, where ears meet the head. A couple of drops of lavender oil on a collar or bandana will help everyone relax. Do not put essential oils directly on the pet, especially cats, as it can be toxic. Just like children, pets may have accidents or get sick after office hours. Stay calm, head for the natural pet pantry and then call the family’s holistic veterinarian. Sandra Murphy is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect at StLSandyM@

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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 – Meetings held on Sundays and Wednesdays 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. consultations by professional organizer, Stasia Cymes. If you’re open to the process of change, you can reclaim your space & peace of mind. 3 hr sessions are available. Call 504-920-1800 for appt.

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 when doing the fun stuff. All fitness levels appropriate. First class only $10. Transform NOLA, 8422 Oak St, NOLA. Info: 985-640-2648. Yoga Classes– 4:30-5:30pm Chair Yoga, 6-7pm Gentle Yoga, 7:15-8:15pm Gentle Yoga or 8:30-9:45pm Yoga, Breathing & Meditation. Becky Bazile, 500 RYT, certified yoga teacher. 6-Week Ongoing Sessions. Space limited to 8 students, pre-registration required. $60/ session or $12/walk-in. Yoga Village Studio, 3443 Esplanade Ave. NOLA. Info/Register: 504-782-4432 or Guided Meditation – 5-6:30pm. Strengthen your overall health as you are guided through meditation. Great for beginners and those experienced. Uptown Holistic Center, 723 Hillary, New Orleans. Dr. Jess Tregle 504-352-6418. 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 5:156:15) Relax the body, focus the mind, deepen selfawareness. Learn to navigate through postures and flow by gaging flexibility, strength, concentration, breath and range of motion. All levels. Props/mats provided. Certified teacher. $60/month-4classes. 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.

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Got Pain? – 7-8:30pm. Learn to diminish pain without drugs, side-effects or surgery through gentle selfadministered acupressure stimulation. Effective for migraines, chronic, or short-term physical pain. $10/ class. New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave. Call Gail Gillespie 442-8762.

tuesday Pro-FIT Training Group Exercise – 5am. (also 6am, 12pm & 7pm) Not a typical boot camp class. Reach max potential through encouragement, nutritional tips, progress tracking, and a full body, cardiovascular, fat blasting workout. Bring a mat and towel. 3708 4th Street, Ste 102, Harvey. Sign up with Renata at info@ Crescent City Farmers Market/Uptown – 9am-1pm. 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. Northshore Chair Yoga – 10am-11am. A therapeutic combination of gentle and challenging yoga poses modified in a chair. Appropriate for beginners, seasoned students and those with limited mobility. Peaceful environment with mats/chairs/props provided. 60 minutes at $5/class. 200 RYT teacher. Yoga School, 603 S. Tyler St., Covington. Erin: 985-705-4110 or 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 sugg. Donation.Body Works & Wellness Center, Louisburg, Mandeville. More info: 985-373-6089. Northshore Hatha Yoga – 5-6:30pm. Balancing combination of gentle and challenging yoga poses to rejuvenate and relax the body. Beginners to advanced students. Peaceful environment with mats/props provided. $10/90 minute class or $48/6 classes. 200 RYT teacher. Yoga School, 603 S. Tyler St., Covington. Erin 985-705-4110 or

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Emotional Intelligence (EQ) & Peacebuilding Class – 6:30-8:30pm. No experience necessary. Bring unlined journal/sketch pad. $10/class or $80/10 classes. Call to RSVP and location: 504-669-1020 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.

wednesday Happy Healthy Homeschoolers – 10-11am. With Lisa Guillot and Sally Dunn explore each week different ways to incorporate healthy & fun activities such as meditation, mandala drawing, yoga, hula hooping and nutrition through cooking and smoothie making. $40/4 week series. Bayou DeZaire Healing Arts Studio, 149 Hwy 1077, Madisonville. Info/reg: 985-792-0003. German Coast Farmers Market/West Bank – 2:306pm. Open-air market offering fresh produce, rotisserie & fresh meats, fresh pastries/breads, sausage, kettle corn, cracklins, prepared foods, soy candles, goat milk soap and lotions. Arts and crafts 4th Wed. Located at 12715 Highway 90, St. Charles Plaza Shopping Center, Site of the old K-mart building, Luling, LA

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Northshore Yoga – 5:30pm. 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 RYT /CYT teacher. Yoga School, 603 S. Tyler St, Covington. Info/Mary Ann: 985-630-7242.

Crescent City Farmers Market/Downtown – 8amnoon. 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.

Yoga Classes – 6-7pm Gentle/Moderate Yoga and 7:308:30pm Restorative Yoga with Sally Meredith, 200 RYT, certified yoga teacher. 6-Week Ongoing Sessions. Studio space limited to 8 students, pre-registration required. $60/session or $12/walk-in. Yoga Village Studio, 3443 Esplanade Ave. NOLA. Info/Register: 504-782-4432 or

German Coast Farmers Market/East Bank – 8amnoon. 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.

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,

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.

Wednesday Night Class – 6:30-8:30pm. 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of month. Topic: Universal Laws. Open to the public. By donation. Journey into Wellness Ctr, 3939 Houma Blvd 3, ste 15, Metairie. Call Cindy Daigle for details 504-931-6494. Get All Wrapped Up – 6:30pm. Every 3rd Wed. Chance to try a wrap treatment that firms and tightens skin and decreases cellulite in as little as 45 minutes. $25 per section. Elite Skin Suite (inside Premier Fitness Ladies Lounge). Ask for Lessie. More Info: 504-452-6964.

thursday Crescent City Farmers Market/Mid-City – 3-7pm. Farmers Market at 3700 Orleans Ave, American Can Co. building, New Orleans, rain or shine. Northshore Yoga – 6:15-7:45pm. Explore the benefits of yoga and unwind with a blend of yoga postures, breath and relaxation. All levels welcome. Mats and props provided. $10/90 minute class or $48/6 classes. 200 RYT teacher. Yoga School, 603 S. Tyler St, Covington. Contact Erin: 985-705-4110 or Shirley: 985-264-9252.

friday Body Meditation – 7-8pm. (Also Mon 1:30-2:30pm). A series of poses designed to strengthen and create flexibility with plenty of savasanas (corpse poses) helps achieve a meditative state in body and mind. Appropriate for all skill levels. Transform NOLA, 8422 Oak St, NOLA Info: 985-640-2648. Aikido of New Orleans – 7-8:15pm. The martial art of power and movement. Free introductory class for adults. 2134 Magazine St, 3d fl, NOLA. Info: dojo@ or 504-561-0123.

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.

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 & hand-crafted items. Plus live music & kids activities. 484 Sala Ave, corner of 4th St., Westwego. Contact 504-341-3424, x 209. Covington Farmers Market – 8am-noon. (also 10am2pm Wed) Offering fresh produce, fresh baked breads, prepared foods and plants. Located at Covington City Hall, 609 N Columbia St, Covington. 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. Sankofa Farmers Market – 10am-2pm. Weekly market in the Ninth Ward offering fresh produce, seafood, baked goods, and plants from local farmers and fishermen. New location at 3819 St. Claude Ave. Info: 504872-9214 or Hollygrove Market & Farm – 10am-7pm Mon-Fri & 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). Instore Tasting Series – 1-3-pm. Stop by for a World of Taste at Oil & Vinegar. Taste samples from salad dressing combinations to risotto to simple appetizers. Oil & Vinegar, Colonial Pinnacle Shopping Center, 6111 Pinnacle Pkwy, Covington (between Hobby Lobby & Kohl’s). Contact: or call 985-809-1693. Do You Have Too Much Stuff? Free 20 min consultation by professional organizer, Stasia Cymes. If you’re open to the process of change, you can reclaim your space & peace of mind. 3 hr sessions available. Call 504-920-1800 for appt.

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First Degree Reiki Class – 11am-7pm. (2-day – 11/30 & 12/1) 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. New Orleans Chapter AMORC Rosicrucian’s – 12:30pm TMO Home Oratory Discussion Group; 2pm Chapter Pronaos Rehearsal; 2:30pm Chapter Pronaos Ritual/Open Forum. 2801 Loyola Dr, Ste 4, Kenner. More Information: 504-472-5635.


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. Neuromuscular Therapy Clinic – 6:15 & 7:45pm. (also 12/12). 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. C.G. Jung Society Lecture: The Animus – 7:30pm. “The Animus: Yours, Mine and Ours,” presented by analyst Marilyn Marshall, MA, LPC, who will explore the animus, Jung’s term for a woman’s inner masculine and whether the concept is significant for the 21st century. $15/members free. Parker UMC, 1130 Nashville Ave, NOLA.


La Leche League/Jefferson – 11am-noon. LLL of Jefferson meets 3rd Thurs each month. Open to all women interested in breastfeeding. Learn more, ask questions and benefit from a community of breastfeeding mothers. Free. Destination Maternity meeting room, Causeway & 17th St, Metairie. Info: 504-952-3951 or Neuromuscular Therapy Clinic – 12:45 & 2:15pm. (also 12/11, 13, 18). 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.


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Grandmother’s Group – 12:30 - 2:30pm. Enjoy wise woman teachings from Native American and other indigenous cultures and traditions. Talking circle, song, movement, ceremony and silence. Women 50+ welcome. Free. Women’s Center for Healing & Transformation, 71667 Leveson St, Abita Springs. Contact Mary Ann McClellan and Mary Frost 228-342-1519 La Leche League/New Orleans – 6pm. Monthly meetings. (also 12/18 @ 9am). Open to all women interested in breastfeeding. Chance to learn more, receive help and meet other breastfeeding mothers. Led by trained and accredited La Leche League leaders. ZukaBaby, 2122 Magazine St, NOLA. Contact: Courtney Landry Swedish Massage Clinic – 6:15 & 7:45pm. (also 12/19). 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. Holiday Tai Chi-ChiGong Group Class – 7-8pm. Reduce stress, relieve pain, gain flexibility and balance. Improve self-esteem. Tamashii Tai Chi Center, 8132 willow St, Uptown NOLA. Call 504-866-2241 and reserve space by 12/3. Geauxgeous ‘n Green Celebration – 7:30-10pm. Fundraiser for Global Green NOLA. An evening of festive food, cocktails, music, silent auction and raffle and more. Chance to show off fabulous recycled/repurposed glam fashions. Costume as favorite celeb. Gen Admin + one raffle ticket $75. Additional raffle tickets $10. See ad on back cover for ticket sales.


Swedish Massage Clinic – 12:45 & 6:15pm. (also 12/20). 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.


Saturday Morning Massage Clinics − 9:15 & 10:45am. (also 12/14 & 21) Help students with their education at the student massage clinic. Deep Tissue: 12/7; Swedish: 12/14; NMT: 12/21. $30/by appointment only. Blue Cliff College, Clearview Mall, across from food court, Metairie. Info: 504-293-0972. Paint Drop-Off/Uptown – 10am-2pm. Drop off old paint to Arabella Station Whole Foods Market. The Green Project’s tent is at the corner of Magazine & Joseph St in good weather and inside near the massage table in bad weather. First Degree Reiki Class – 11am-7pm. (2-day – 12/7 & 8) 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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Freret Market – Noon-5pm. 90 vendors with food, art, music, flea market, children’s play area and pet adoption. 4400 block of Freret St, NOLA. Info: 504-638-2589.


LPO Concert Yultide Celebration – 4:30pm. Guest Conductor Michael Hall directs the LPO in a night of holiday musical favorites featuring local school choirs, scenes from the Nutcracker, and sing alongs. Food and festivities for the entire family. $20-35. Slidell Municipal Auditorium, 2056 Second St, Slidell. Free Parking. 985-656-4375 or


Tai Chi Group Class – 9:30-10:20am. Reduce stress, relieve pain, gain flexibility and balance. Improve self-esteem. Special intro program of 3 classes offered for $59. Reserve space by 12/9. Tamashii Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St, Uptown NOLA. For info call 504-866-2241. 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. Ladies Night Out/Glitter & Gold Holiday Market – 6-8pm. Sell gold/silver jewelry & make instant cash to spend on gifts made by local vendors. An evening of food, wine, shopping and meeting other women. At Propeller, 4035 Washington Ave, NOLA. More info: 504-920-1800 Deep Tissue Massage Clinic – 6:15 &7:45pm. (also 12/17). 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.


Cloth Diapers 101 – 6:30-8pm. Learn about modern cloth diapers, how to care for them, the pros and cons, hands-on demo. $20 for 2 family members. Attendees receive $20 coupon towards a $100 purchase. ZukaBaby, 2122 Magazine St, NOLA. To register: 504-596-6540 or


Christmas Under the Stars – 6-9pm. A holiday celebration featuring live entertainment, storytelling and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Also Christmas train and village display in City Hall. Free. 333 Erlanger St, Slidell. Info: 985-646-4375. Caroling at Mandeville Trailhead – 7pm. Admission and parking free. Mandeville Trailhead on Girod St in Old Mandeville. Full Moon Drumming – 7-8:30pm. No experience needed. Bring a drum and rattle or share. Teen and adult women welcome. Find the rhythms for de-stressing and re-creating. Free/donations accepted. Potluck prior 5:45 to 6:45pm. Women’s Center for Healing, 71667 Leveson St, Abita Springs.


Mushroom Madness – 9am-noon. Learn how to grow mushrooms and about local varieties. Orleans Parish Horticultural Extension Agent, Andrew Loyd speaks at 10am. Free talk. For sale: poinsettias, trees, winter color & fruit trees. Parkway Partners, 1137 Baronne St, NOLA. 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.

December 2013


First Degree Reiki Class – 11am-7pm. (2-day – 12/14 & 15) 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. Stepping Into Life – noon-5pm. (also 12/15) Presented by Isaac Hart, a contemporary teacher of modern connection exercises and meditation designed to develop interpersonal relationships and authenticity with the purpose of of developing spiritual awareness. $88 before 12/1; $108 after. Divine Yoga Center, 1223 Baronne St, NOLA. Register at No Mess No Stress Office Organizing Bootcamp – 2:304:30pm. Nadine McCoy of Organized Impressions presents setting up an efficient, easy to maintain filing system. Bring paperwork and the rest is taken care of. $45. Bluebag Showroom 651 Richard St, NOLA. Limited space-pre-reg required. Call 504-421-2539 or email Winter on the Water – 4pm. Santa parade at 4pm starts at the harbor and ends at the gazebo, where seasonal favorites are featured: Benny Grunch & the bunch, Mandeville Elem. School and Ballet Apetrei perform Nutcracker scenes. Ends with annual lighted boat parade. 675 Lafitte St, Old Mandeville. Info: 985-624-3144.


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. Tai Chi Group Class – 7-8pm. Reduce stress, relieve pain, gain flexibility and balance. Improve self-esteem. Special intro program of 3 classes offered for $59. Reserve space by 12/9. Tamashii Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St, Uptown NOLA. For info call 504-866-2241. New Orleans Chapter AMORC Rosicrucian’s – 7-8pm Open house/open forum. Also monthly traveling radius. Presentation week. 2801 Loyola Dr, Ste 4, Kenner. More information: 504-472-5635.


Nutrition for Moms – 6:30-8pm. Taught by Erin Reho Pelias, certified holistic health counselor, focusing on topics such as how to convert to healthier lifestyle, making healthy foods on a budget, healthy lunches, cooking with kids, feeding babies. Free/reg required. ZukaBaby, 2122 Magazine St. Call 504-596-6540.


Candlelight Meditation & Restorative Yoga – 7-8:30pm. Appropriate for all levels. Begins with a brief explanation of meditation techniques, followed by a sitting meditation, then flows into a yoga practice designed to get rid of the week’s tensions and help begin the weekend with a smile. Transform NOLA, 8422 Oak St, NOLA 985-640-2648.


Winter Solstice First Degree Reiki Class – 11am-7pm. (2-day – 12/21 & 22) 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.

Registration for New Classes – Give the gift of health, wellness and personal safety to yourself and others. Tamashii Karate & Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St, NOLA. Call 504-866-2241. NativeNOW Wild Walk Series – 10-11:30am. Winter’s Verdant Garden at Longue Vue House and Gardens. Naturalist Tyrone Foreman will lead a wild garden tour focused on pines, hollies and other evergreens. $3 members/$8 nonmembers. 7 Bamboo Rd, NOLA. Info: Hilairie 504-293-4726 or



New Orleans Chapter AMORC Rosicrucian’s – 11am Open House Discussion Group; 1pm Council of Solace; 2pm Festival of Lights Rehearsal; 3pm Festival of Lights Ritual. 2801 Loyola Dr, Ste 4, Kenner. More Information: 504-472-5635.


Merry Christmas!

Registration for New Classes – Give the gift of health, wellness and personal safety to yourself and others. Tamashii Karate & Tai Chi Center, 8132 Willow St, Uptown NOLA. Call 504-866-2241.



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Journal to the Self®Workshop – 8:30am-4pm. Jumpstart the New Year with dynamic personal reflection and therapeutic writing. Experience 10 journaling techniques that bring more meaning to one’s personal writing, improves mental and physical health and boosts creativity. $75. Northshore Pastoral Center, 6909 East Hwy 190 Service Rd, Covington. Register: 504-5830461 or

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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 10.

PANGEA ORGANICS Rachelle 520-907-5314 Cynthia 985-768-0691

Your Beauty Ecologists! Our organic and eco-friendly skin care products are free from GMO’s, Gluten, Sulfates and Synthetic Ingredients. What goes on your body is as important as what goes in. See ad page 8.

LA Lic.# ACA.200012 530 E. Rutland St., Covington 985-869-3299

animal holistic medicine JANICE E. POSEY, DVM

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 38.

Beauty & SkinCare ELITE SKIN SUITE

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 31.

Karen Boudreaux, LMT#5214, CHHC 985-276-8119

We offer a “Whole Person” Approach to Health, Wellness, Stress Reduction and Balance. Personalized massage modalities support you in Nurturing Yourself. We add result-oriented health and diet coaching, to help you reach your Goals! See ad page 12.

breathwork JACK ANTHONY FONTANA Breathing Coach 3200 Lake Villa Dr., Metairie 504-453-9161

Let me guide you through a breathing experience that can release stress, fear, suppression, anxiety and create a space of healing, acceptance and physical and emotional well being. Come Breathe, Relax and Let Go!


Acupuncture Works! It is a safe, drug-free approach to managing many common health concerns. Specializing in herbal medicine, pain, stress, women’s health, and more.



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 31.


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

Intuitive Healer, Massage Therapist, Hypnotherapist, Breathwork and Intuitive Counselor – assisting you with increasing your self-awareness, breaking limiting patterns and releasing “stuck” energy in a caring, effective way to bring new life to your world.

ELLEN LA ROCCA, LMT#0107 200 Mariner’s Plaza, Suite 209 Mandeville, Louisiana, 70448 985-373-6089

We offer therapeutic massage (integrating many modalities of massage), aromatherapy, meditation 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 26

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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.

I don’t know what your spiritual beliefs are, but I believe that when I leave this world, I’m going to somehow measure my success by those I’ve helped along the way. ~John R. Voell II

December 2013


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Upscale Home Décor Boutique at economical prices. Large & small furniture, home, décor & accessories, jewelry, handbags and home party products. Shop exclusively online. Shipping available for an additional fee. Local pickup available. See ad page 14.

Traditional approaches are combined with powerful yet gentle acupressure point stimulation (Emotional Freedom Technique) to efficiently and effectively reduce or eliminate physical and emotional pain. Family-centered and holistic treatment for mind/body/spirit healing.

Child and Adolescent Psychologist The Healing Center 2372 St. Claude 504-442-8762


day spa THE WOODHOUSE DAY SPA 4030 Canal St., New Orleans 504-482-NOLA (6652)

chiropractic/wellness CHIROPRACTIC HEALTH CENTER

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 16.


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 37.

counseling and psychotherapy ANDREA SCHEELE, LCSW, LMFT

past andAttachment towards Psychotherapy ing relationships.” 1303 Amelia St., New Orleans


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 23.


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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 18.


2313 Metairie Rd., Metairie 504-338-4268

Quaint oasis in the heart of Old Metairie, with a massage therapist with over 10 years experience. Physician, Dr.Edmond Wood combines western medicine with eastern philosophy. Other services offered: Massage, Facials, Body wraps, botanical peels, Weight loss, B-12. 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 13.


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 30.


PSYCH-K & Mediation 504-723-2899

A results oriented approach to growth & healing that is designed to restore balance & harmony to body, mind and emotions. Marylou also guides couples in conflict to peace through the gentle process of sacred mediation. See ad on page 23.


Australian Bush Practitioner & Teacher 504-388-2356

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.

Health Coach EARTH GIRL HEALTH Lisa Guillot 985-231-8006

Together, we will discover the food and lifestyle choices that best support you. Making gradual, lifelong changes enables you to reach your current and future health goals. Schedule a free one-hour health consultation. See ad on page 7.

HOLISTIC LIFE APPROACH, LLC Karen Boudreaux, LMT#5214, CHHC 985-276-8119

We offer a “Whole Person” Approach – customized to fit YOU, Your Lifestyle! One-on-One Support, Kitchen Raids, Grocery Field Trips. We support you in reaching YOUR Goals of Health, Wellness, and Balance. See ad on page 12.


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GREEN OAKS APOTHECARY 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 36.

holistic healing Centers AFFORDABLE HEALING ARTS 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 3.

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

Non-profit center with events, classes, support groups and on-site professional appointments for women, by women. Massage, health and fitness coaching, holistic and body-based psychotherapy, spiritual consultations, and more. Large room rental for women’s workshops. See ad on page 11.

holistic/energy healing CENTER FOR ENLIGHTENED TRANSFORMATION Cindy B. Daigle 504-931-6494 North shore and New Orleans area

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 page 33.


Natural Healing Specialist 504-352-6418

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!


Donna Accardo 504-234-1388

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 35.

STEP’S HOLISTIC INFORMATION & REFERRAL SERVICES 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.

integrative medicine IRENE SEBASTIAN, M.D., Ph.D

401 Veterans Blvd., Ste. 203, Metairie 504-838-9804

PMA MEDICAL TREATMENT AND WELLNESS CENTER OF LOUISIANA Kenner and Metairie Locations 504-441-5555 PMAWellness.US

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 21.

life coach APRIL STOLF MNLP, RYT 504-982-9642

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 19.

martial arts TAI CHI-QI GONG

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 20 and calendar for classes.

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 22.

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 11.

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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 7.

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3308 Cleary Ave., Metairie 504-888-3077

natural baby & child ZUKABABY

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 28.

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 Swerve baked goods! Dine-in/take-out. Catering available. Open Mon-Fri 10-6, Sat 10-5, closed Sun. See ad on page 26.

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 34.

naturopathic doctor DR. CATHERINE WILBERT, ND Phone: 985-727-3482

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 17.


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


6111 Pinnacle Pkwy., Covington 985-809- 1693

An interactive gourmet specialty shop packed with international food and cooking products in alluring, Mediterranean-style surroundings. See, Smell and Taste the many flavors while enjoying an un-matched shopping experience with an international flair. See ad on page 13.


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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.

personal Care Products CAKE FACE SOAPING Kelsey Foreman

All natural, vegan soaps, skin care, and other thoughtful gifts made by hand and packaged in cute and quirky designed packaging, printed on tree-less paper. Born and bred in Louisiana, based in New Orleans. See ad on page 10.

professional organizer CLEAR THE CLUTTER Stasia Cymes 504-920-1800

Guiding you through the process of decluttering, downsizing & getting your home organized. This Grade A business on Angie’s List offers 3 hour sessions & free consultations. Removal of recycling & donations included! See ad on page 6.

ORGANIZED IMPRESSIONS, LLC Nadine McCoy 504-421.2569

Boost productivity and work more efficiently. Easy to maintain office organizing systems. Customize your office space with hands on approach & support designed to manage your time and paperwork. Hourly sessions & package rates available. See ad on page 10.


Reiki Master, PSYCH-K Facilitator 504-233-8555

Offering healing support for relief from mental, emotional, and physical issues; especially anxiety, depression, stress, and physical pain. Reaching for peace on all levels. Working with universal will, wisdom, love, joy, wholeness, peace, and freedom. See ad on page 20.



Reiki Master Teacher & Practitioner 504-388-2356

Offering 23 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.


1228 Baronne St.


FIVE DIRECTIONS WELLNESS Geryll Robinson-Dr. G. Love, DN Naprapath,Reiki Master, Shamanic Practitioner New Orleans 917-881-8507

Enter our r/Evolutionary healing space and connect to your birthright as a Universal Energetic Be-ing! We offer Usui Reiki Attunements, Community Supported Continuing Education, Spiritual/Emotional Healing, Spinal Alignment, Food/ Lifestyle Counseling, and Cross-cultural Shamanic Apprenticeships.


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 8.

retreat center DOLORES WATSON

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

Elegant, donation based retreat 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 9 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 33.



The Avatar® Course is a series of experiential exercises that empowers a person to spiritually awaken as a source being. Free mini-courses on forgiveness and belief management are offered by appointment. Two-day workshops also available. Peggy Verret & Michele Beisler Licensed Avatar Masters. See ad on page 14.

thermoGRAPHY THE WELLNESS CENTRE OF BR 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 17.


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 26.

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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 14 and calendar for events/classes.


4842 Perrier St., New Orleans 504-899-0047

Gambit’s ”Best Place to Take a Yoga Class” ten years in a row. Over 40 ongoing classes per week for beginners and experienced taught by skilled teachers in a peaceful, positive atmosphere. Offering courses, workshops, retreats and concerts. See ad on page 12 and calendar for events/classes.

yoga teacher training TRANSFORM NOLA

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. 200-hr yoga teacher training starts March 2014. Sign up on our email list and receive “7 Yoga Poses for Strength” ebook FREE! See ad on page 8.


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 23.

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.

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