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Eco-Film Festival + Expo
Sunday, January 9, 6-10 p.m.
Ocala Civic Theatre, 4337 E. Silver Springs Blvd.

Showing the Film “Tapped”


The award-winning movie explores our water supply.
It gradually reveals a stunning story about not only
municipal water but also the bottled water we con-
sume. A fast-moving and eye-opening documentary!

GLOW Expo
Green, Local, Organic, and Wholistic products,
services and practitioners

Admission
$5 in advance, $7 at the door. Tickets are available
for purchase by calling 352-629-4000, or online at
www.naturalawakeningsncfl.com/filmfestival.html.
Tickets are going fast—Reserve yours today!

To Exhibit
To exhibit, call 352-629-4000 or email us at GoNat-
uralAwakenings@gmail.com. We still have room for
selected exhibitors including organic growers, nu-
tritionists, health food stores, wholistic/integrative
physicians, solar companies, hybrid cars, chiroprac-
tors, etc. To reserve a display space, email GoNatu-
ralAwakenings@gmail.com or call 352-629-4000.

Confirmed Exhibitors:
n Clark Dougherty Therapeutic Massage Clinic (MA27082, MM9718), www.ClarkDougherty.com
n EcoWater of North Florida, www.EcoWaterFlorida.com
n ELISA Technologies Inc., www.ezgluten.com, www.elisa-tek.com
n Florida Organic Growers, www.foginfo.org
n Hypknow, Inc., http://hypknowinc.com/
n Marion County Master Gardeners, http://gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu/mastergardener/index.html
n Orange Salon, Inc., www.ocalahairstylist.com
n UF/IFAS Extension Office: John Linhoss, Community Sustainability Extension Agent,
www.marioncountyfl.org/CountyExtension/Ag_sustainableWater.aspx
n Vitamark, Ed Galoustian, www.710979.ShopVitamark.com
n WOCA Radio will be there to cover the event live
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~ Features ~
Natural Awakenings is your guide to nutrition,
fitness, personal growth, sustainable building,
“green” living, organic food, Buy Local, the
Slow Food and Slow Money movements,
creative expression, wholistic health care,
and products and services that support a 14 The Full Monty
healthy lifestyle for people of all ages. by Clark Dougherty
Publisher No Ifs, Ands, or Buts—Well, okay, six butts. Anyhow,
Carolyn Rose Blakeslee, Ocala this cheeky live musical play is being staged in Ocala,
Managing Editor December 30-January 16!
Clark Dougherty
Editors
Sharon Bruckman, National CEO, Naples, FL
16 Inspiration
S. Alison Chabonais, National Editor, Naples
by Anneli Rufus
Kim Marques, Regional Calendar, Ocala “I’m stuck!” Hints for overcoming this familiar
Linda Sechrist, National Editor, Naples New Year refrain.
Design + Production
Stephen Gray-Blancett, Naples 18 WATER. Tapped vs. Bottled
Carolyn Rose Blakeslee by S. Alison Chabonais
Stephanie Ricketson
Contact Us
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Mail to: P.O. Box 1140, Anthony, FL 32617
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20 WATER. Planet Water: Another Name for Earth
by S. Alison Chabonais
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by Jo Leyte-Vidal
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NewsBriefs 6
EcoBriefs 10
HealthBriefs 13
CommunityResource Guide 32
ClassifiedAds 33
CalendarofEvents 34

February
n Love, and Hello, Friends,
n Health & Well-Being: Keeping it Normally I am skeptical of the Chicken Little crowd
simple, affordable, and natural (you know, “The sky is falling!”) and I love to bring you
good news. However, preparing for this January’s Eco-
Film Festival and Expo has brought a splash of harsh
For more information about reality: Where our water is concerned, we’re honestly in
advertising and how you can participate, call trouble.
For example, we think we’re doing the right thing
352-629-4000 by drinking bottled water. After all, it’s good for us ... so
much better than soda. So far so good. But as it turns out,
Advertising & Submissions the only ones truly benefiting are the bottled water com-
panies, to the tune of more than $11 billion each year.
In many cases, when their water truly comes from
springs, these companies are “tapping out” communities
AdvertisING
and endangering their water supplies. And 40 percent of
n To advertise with us or request a media kit, please call
352-629-4000 or email GoNaturalAwakenings@gmail.com. bottled water is actually tap water!
n Our media kit is online at www.GoNaturalAwakenings.com. To make matters worse, the plastic bottles are dan-
n Design services are available, FREE (limited time offer). gerous in and of themselves, including the small bottles
n Advertisers are included online FREE and receive other (particularly if they have been exposed to heat dur-
significant benefits including FREE “Calendar of Events” ing shipping or storage) and even the large five-gallon
listings (normally $15 each). water-cooler bottles. All of them contain chemicals such
as PVC and BPA, known to be neurotoxins or to cause
Editorial AND CALENDAR submissions gender-bending effects.
n For article submission guidelines, please visit Then there are threats of ownership. Did you know
www.GoNaturalAwakenings.com/services.htm. that in many western states, it’s illegal to collect rainwa-
n Calendar: visit www.GoNaturalAwakenings.com /news.htm. ter because the states “own” it?
n Email all items to GoNaturalAwakenings@gmail.com. It is said that he who controls water, controls life.
For more information, come to our Eco-Film Festival
MATERIALS DUE
and Expo, Sunday, January 9, from 6-10 pm. We will
n Deadline for all materials is the 15th of the month (i.e.
be showing the award-winning documentary “Tapped”
January 15th for February issue).
about water. Please join us as we learn to take back some
NATIONAL markets control of our own water. For tickets, call 352-629-4000
Advertise your products or services in multiple markets. or visit www.naturalawakeningsncfl.com/filmfestival.html
Now serving 80+ communities and printing 3,000,000 to order online.
copies. To advertise in other markets, call 239-449-8309.
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From Carolyn, Clark & all of us
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NewsBriefs
Arbor Day Tree Give- in recognition of Florida’s Arbor Day.
The first Arbor Day was celebrated
Away January 22 in Nebraska on April 10, 1872, thanks
to a resolution proposed by Nebraska

M arion Soil and Water Conserva-


tion District is proudly hosting
the First Annual Native Tree Give-Away
City resident, J. Sterling Morton.
Morton, a civic leader, agriculturist,
and former newspaper editor, urged
Nebraskans to “set aside one day to
plant trees, both forest and fruit.” The
tree-planting holiday was so popular
that by 1920, more than 45 states and
U.S. territories annually celebrated Ar-
bor Day. Today, Arbor Day is observed
in all 50 states and in many countries
around the world.
In Florida, late winter is an ideal
time for planting native trees, includ-
ing the sabal palm (pictured, right),
Florida’s State tree, making Florida’s
Arbor Day several weeks earlier than
the national observance; Florida cel-
ebrates the third Friday in January.
The sponsor of the event, Marion Sabal palm
Soil and Water Conservation District
(SWCD) was established in 1941 as a
serves as a liaison between landown-
governmental subdivision of the State
ers and regulatory agencies. Marion
of Florida for the purpose of promoting
SWCD is staffed by a five-person vol-
and encouraging the voluntary wise
unteer board and one county employ-
use, management and general con-
ee, who works with the USDA-NRCS
servation of the County’s soil, water
District Conservationist, advising and
and related natural resources. It often
assisting landowners with best man-
agement practices and soil investiga-
tions. A major part of the workload
includes overseeing the seven annual
conservation contests the District
sponsors each year, including an essay
contest, poster contest, public speak-
ing contest, conservation landscape
tray contest, land judging, Envirothon,
and Youth Conservationist of the Year.
On January 22, 2011, Marion
SWCD will be giving away more than
1,500 native trees, including dog-
wood, redbud, red maple, shumard
oak, bald cypress, sabal palm, live oak
and pine. Experts, from the Division
of Forestry and Marion County Native
Plant Society, will be available onsite
to consult on proper planting tech-
niques. Members of the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Commission and National
Wild Turkey Federation will be avail-
able to consult on how and what trees
to plant to specifically attract native

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wildlife. Related agencies and local throwers and gypsy dancers add to the for children younger than 5). School
business will also be present to assist excitement as they fill the streets of Day, Friday, Feb. 4, is open from
in answering any questions you may Hoggetowne. 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and admission is
have. The District is committed to One of the Faire’s most popular half-price. Pets are not permitted. The
preserving and enhancing the qual- attractions is the joust, where knights Alachua County Fairgrounds is located
ity of life in Marion County through in full body armor battle on horseback. east of Gainesville at 2900 NE 39th
conservation of its natural resources. Children can meet the knights and Ave. adjacent to Gainesville Regional
Stop by early—giveaway starts at 10 their magnificent steeds, or they can Airport. For more information, visit
a.m. on Saturday, January 22, 2011 in watch the Living Chess Match, where www.gvlculturalaffairs.org or call 352-
the McPherson Government Complex the wizard Merlin will battle Mor- 334-ARTS (2787).
Field. gause, the overbearing headmistress of
For more information, contact Orkney, to decide who wins the Sword
Marion Soil and Water Conservation at of Power.
352-622-3971, Option 3. Visitors can also engage in tradi- Happy Balancing
tional medieval games of chance and
skill such as shooting arrows or hurl- Center
ing battleaxes at targets, or they can Seminar: Foundations of
navigate their way through a winding Medical Qigong
maze. And on Friday, February 4, the
Faire’s special School Day offers face Teacher: Paul Fraser
painting, hair braiding and medieval Date: January 7-9, 2011
crafts. General admission is half-price,
and larger discounts are available to CEUs: 16.5 CEUS Available
school groups that register in advance for Acupuncturists
to see the Middle Ages come to life. Cost: $200 if registered by
A sumptuous Food Court is avail- November 1st
able.
Produced by the City of Gaines- Info/Register: Contact Angela
ville Department of Parks, Recreation at Happy Balancing Center
and Cultural Affairs, the Hoggetowne
Medieval Faire draws more than 211 SW 4th Ave., Suite 6
50,000 guests each year. On Saturdays Gainesville u 352-871-6703
and Sundays, the Faire is open from 10 By appointment
Hoggetowne a.m. to 6 p.m. and costs $14 for adults
and $7 for children ages 5 to 17 (free
Monday-Saturday, 8am-8pm

Medieval Faire, Jan.


29-30 and Feb. 4-6

F or two weekends each year, the


kingdom of Hoggetowne opens its
gates. Performers in period garb sing
and dance in the streets, while knights
joust on horseback (pictured, below)
and magicians captivate the crowds.
This medieval marketplace will come
to life on Jan. 29-30 and Feb. 4-6 at
the Alachua County Fairgrounds in
Gainesville.
More than 160 artisans from
across the country will journey to the
Faire to sell and demonstrate their
wares, offering medieval crafts such as
weaving, blacksmithing, leatherwork-
ing, wood-carving and glass-blowing.
Eight stages will feature shows of
full-flight falconry, aerial acrobatics,
and old-world magic. Jugglers, knife

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NewsBriefs Spirit of Truth Events Unity of Gainesville

Ayurveda and O n Sunday, January 23, a 12-week


course on metaphysics will be
held from 1-2:30 p.m. on a love-offer-
U nity of Gainesville is kicking off
its 2011 concert series with the
return of Jack Williams. His mastery of
Astrology, Feb. 11-13 ing basis. the guitar, unique voice, and storytell-
Beginning Thursday, January 20, ing skills make for some of the finest

T he Friends of Ayurveda and Rad-


hadesh Retreat are co-sponsoring
the “Ayurveda and Astrology Confer-
from 7-8:30 p.m., a 4T Prosperity
Program course will be held. 4T is
tithing of your time, talent and trea-
entertainment anywhere. His concert
will be held on January 2, 2011 at
7:00. Reservations strongly suggested.
ence February 11-13, 2011 in Alachua. sure. This powerful spiritual program is A six-week class in the Nia Tech-
This is a rare opportunity to partic- designed to change your life by open- nique will be held every Wednesday
ipate in seminars given by renowned ing your mind and heart to Prosper- from January 12-February 16, 10-11
Ayurvedic Physician Dr. Vasant Lad, ity Principles. Participants will learn a.m. in the sanctuary, taught by Marty
MASc, along with the renowned Vedic about the areas of lack consciousness Henneka. Nia is an exciting way to
Astrologers Sri Sneha Amritananda, in your thinking and transform these discover how to use your entire body
Chakrapani Ullal, Gudrun Schellen- into abundance and prosperity beliefs. to stay fit and healthy in more enjoy-
beck, and Nalini. If you’ve heard about The Secret or able ways. It is pleasurable, sensual,
This special three-day event The Law of Attraction and wondered fun, grounded, fluid, and lyrical,
includes yoga, pure food, bhajans and what they are teaching, come to this steeped with diversity and variety of
live music at the scenic Radha Desh class and experience it in your life. The the Martial Arts, Dance Arts, and Heal-
Retreat. The Radhadesh Retreat is an course costs $49.50 and includes a ing Arts. The fee is $40 for the 6-week
oasis for the body, mind and spirit of- manual and set of 12 CDs. session or $12/session drop-in fee. For
fering many Ayurvedic services. Spirit of Truth Independent Unity more information, go to www.nianow.
To sign up or for more informa- Church, 2251 N.W. 41 St., Gaines- com or call Marty at 352-371-6965.
tion, visit www.friendsofayurveda.com/ ville, FL 32606. Services held every Unity of Gainesville, 8801 NW
events.php, or call 386-418-1147. Sunday at 10 a.m. 39th Ave., 352-373-1030.

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EcoBriefs
Great Lakes Restoration
T he administration has released a five-year blueprint for
applying $2.2 billion to repair a century’s worth of dam-
age to the Great Lakes. That resource is the backbone of
several U.S. regional economies dependent on tourism, out-
door recreation, shipping and manufacturing, and a source
of drinking water for 30 million people. Last year, Congress
approved the first installment of $475 million. The giant eco-
system has been plagued by toxic contamination, shrinking
wildlife habitat, and invasive species, the latest threat being
Asian carp.
The massive national and regional effort intends to im-
prove water quality, clean up toxic hot spots and phospho-
rus runoff, eliminate invasive species and protect wetlands.
Goals include saving key species like the lake sturgeon,
now endangered.
Canadian activists have released a complementary plan
calling for their government to get busy eliminating pollu-
tion and invasive species, and protecting water flows. Four
of the five lakes border on both countries. “To see the Amer-
icans move on [this issue] will, we hope, force our federal
and provincial governments to move in the same direction,”
says Ontario Environment Minister John Gerretsen.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agen-
cy, the Great Lakes contain about 84 percent of the surface
freshwater in North America and 21 percent of the world’s
total supply.

We don’t just talk about the environment—


We respect it.
At Natural Awakenings, we know the cost of glossy coatings on a magazine’s pages:
n 33-54% increase in energy consumption, wastewater, air pollution emissions, solid waste
n Coated paper is very difficult to recycle (the quantity of waste clay coating removed nearly
equals that of the usable paper fiber)
n The sealant coating/varnish commonly contains volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
n Inks that often contain heavy metals and VOCs
n Higher costs to print, resulting in higher costs for advertisers
—Sources: Buy Recycled Business Alliance; Turning the Page by the PAPER Project
partnership; Magazine PAPER Project (CoopAmerica.org/programs/woodwise/publishers/
magazines/index.cfm

For more information, visit www.GoNaturalAwakenings.com/WhyRecycled.pdf

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Waterway Wisdom
Progress for the
Mississippi River

E arlier this year, a new, $320 million, four-year U.S. De-


partment of Agriculture farmers incentive program was
initiated. It will help farmers in 12 states improve their land
management practices to curb nutrient runoff and benefit
water quality in the Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico.
The move has the potential to significantly improve drink-
ing water quality for tens of millions of
Americans in the Mississippi River
Basin, according to the Environmental
Defense Fund, which helped forward
passage of the 2008 Farm Bill that is
providing $200 million of the total. It
should also lighten the nutrient over-
load contributing to the northern Gulf’s
oxygen-starved dead zone.
Participating states include Arkan-
sas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky,
Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Mis-
souri, Ohio, Tennessee and Wisconsin.

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EcoBriefs Bottled water companies:
Bleeding communities’ natural springs dry, and
Water Bubble bottling municipal tap water and calling it natural
Two Reports Project Fresh Water
Scarcity by 2030
A n international corporation descending on a rural
town, bent on extracting natural resources. Africa?

A recent report by the World Economic Forum


warns that half the world’s population will be
affected by water shortages within 20 years. Con-
South America? Nope: New England. Nestlé Waters North
America Inc., purveyors of Poland Spring water, mines its
“blue gold” in the western Maine wilderness. From Page 3
ditions are headed toward what the researchers of www.nestle-watersna.com/pdf/PS_BWQR.pdf: “Spring
term “water bankruptcy,” that could incite a crisis water ... sources: Poland Spring, Poland Spring, ME; Clear
greater than the current global financial downturn. Spring, Hollis, ME; Evergreen Spring, Fryeburg, ME; Spruce
Crops and people are in danger, as geopolitical conflicts are Spring, Pierce Pond Township, ME; Garden Spring, Poland,
expected to rise due to dwindling water resources. ME; Bradbury Spring, Kingfield, ME; and/or White Cedar
During the 20th century, world population increased Spring, Dallas Plt, ME.” And, “We continue to review our
fourfold, but the amount of fresh water that it used increased current sources and occasionally seek new sources.”
nine times. Already, 2.8 billion people live in areas of high Aquafina (Pepsi) is bottled from municipal tap water. So
water stress, according to the analysis. A concurring UN is Dasani (Coca-Cola). http://money.cnn.com/2007/07/27/
World Water Development Report adds that shortages are news/companies/pepsi_coke/
already beginning to constrain economic growth in areas as For more information, come to our Eco-Film Festival
diverse as California, China, and Australia. The Associated and Expo, Sunday, January 9, from 6-10 pm. We will be
Press reports that the pivotal Ogallala Aquifer, in America’s showing the award-winning documentary “Tapped” about
Great Plains breadbasket, stretching from South Dakota to water. For tickets, call 352-629-4000 or order online at
North Texas, continues to be drained at alarming rates. http://www.naturalawakeningsncfl.com/filmfestival.html.

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HealthBriefs
Organic Milk
80 Percent Healthier
P reliminary evidence from a recent
European-wide study on Quality Low
Input Food (QLIF) has found that levels of
antioxidants in milk produced by organi-
cally-raised cattle were 50 to 80 percent
higher than in normal milk, just as organically-grown wheat, tomatoes, potatoes,
cabbage, onions and lettuce delivered 20 to 40 percent more antioxidants than
non-organic produce. Higher levels of other nutrients, such as iron, zinc and vita-
min E, also showed up in the findings.
With sales of pasteurized organic milk on the upswing, Dr. Joseph Mercola,
founder of a natural health website, reports that more local dairies nationwide
also are offering unpasteurized, or raw, milk to meet demand. Proponents like raw
milk’s easy-to-digest amino acids, proteins and enzymes, many of which would be
destroyed by pasteurization. Some states have, nevertheless, banned raw milk; for
discussion of the issue, start with RealMilk.com.

Energize Body Natural milk activist Rahman Dalrymple notes that, in any case, it’s crucial to
know the source of the milk: the health of the animals, how they are fed (organic
green grass versus starchy grains), where they are confined (clean pastures or
and Mind manure-laden pens) and how the milk is collected.
Sources: QLIF.org, Mercola.com, Raw-Milk-Facts.com
W hen a sedentary lifestyle leads
to complaints about listless-

Calcium News
ness and fatigue, consider engaging
in regular, low-intensity exercise,
suggests a new University of Georgia
study. “Too often, we believe that a
quick workout will leave us worn A lthough calcium supplements often are prescribed
for postmenopausal women to help maintain bone
health, a recent study by the University of Auckland
out, especially when we are already
fatigued,” says researcher Tim Puetz, suggests that these may actually increase the risk of heart
lead author of the study. “We have attack. More research is under way.
shown, however, that regular exer- Source: British Medical Journal, 2008
cise can actually go a long way in
increasing feelings of energy—partic-
ularly in sedentary individuals.”
Working with volunteers who MSG by Any Other Name
did not exercise on a regular basis
and had reported persistent fatigue,
the researchers found that those who
C ousins of monosodium glutamate (MSG) continue to lurk in
our food, often under innocuous-sounding names such as
hydrolyzed protein, autolyzed yeast or protein concentrate. The
engaged in low-intensity workouts
U.S. Department of Agriculture requires labeling when MSG is
experienced a greater reduction in
added as a direct ingredient to any food, but these related glu-
fatigue than others who exercised at a
tamates need only be identified by their own names or
moderate intensity level. The research
certain terms, such as vegetable broth or chicken broth
team’s analysis found, too, that
(vegetable broth contains hydrolyzed soy protein).
exercise acts directly on the central
Canned tuna, canned soup and stock, frozen dinners
nervous system to increase energy
and seafood, most fast food, low-fat yogurts and ice
and reduce resulting fatigue. They
creams, chips, and nearly everything ranch or cheese-
associated such activity with both
flavored contain these synthetically produced glutamates.
physical and mental health. Thus,
The healthier choice? Emphasize whole grains, plus fresh fruits and vegetables
every step closer to a healthier body
at mealtime.
also facilitates a healthier mind.
Source: En.Wikipedia.org

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The Full Monty
by
Clark
Dougherty

Y
es, it’s true. “The Full Monty,“ a If you haven’t seen the film, then dreams, are great lessons for all. And
cheeky musical comedy based just sit back and enjoy a show that is truth be told, the final impact of “The
on the wildly popular British time appropriate for America’s econo- Full Monty” could be achieved with-
movie, is onstage at Ocala Civic The- my and situation today. When unem- out ever dropping the boxers. How-
atre. And for those who doubt it, be ployed steelworkers in Buffalo see how ever, in both the movie and the stage
assured it is the Full Monty! much their wives enjoy watching male musical, the “Full Monty” means no
If you have seen the movie, then strippers during their “Girls’ Night g-strings; it’s all the way—but as Tom
you will appreciate the musical stage Out,” the guys come up with a unique Jones relates in the pop music song,
version incorporating more than and bold way to turn some quick cash. “You Can Leave Your Hat On.“
a dozen songs and dynamite
dance numbers staged by Myles The live stage production
Thoroughgood, Ocala Civic opens on Thursday, December 30
Theatre’s director/choreographer and runs through Sunday, Janu-
for this show. He has dozens of ary 16 at the Ocala Civic Theatre,
well-known musicals to his long located in the Appleton Mu-
resume of successes in Philadel- seum complex at 4337 East Silver
phia, Los Angeles, Atlantic City, Springs Blvd. Evening performanc-
and Orlando. es are Wednesday through Sat-
Myles, currently based in urday with matinees on Saturday
Orlando, has choreographed and Sunday. Reservations should
and directed several of today’s be made in advance. Adult tickets
top young TV performers as are $20.
well as Britney Spears, Christina New Year’s Eve (Friday,
Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, Keri December 31) marks a special
Russell and Ryan Gosling, among “Full Monty“ evening with a party
many others. His work is featured following the performance. The
and enjoyed in major theme party requires a separate and spe-
parks in the U.S. and internation- cial admission for seats at tables
ally including Disney World, onstage with the cast, crew and
Universal Studios, Great America, party-goers. The soiree includes
King’s Dominion, King’s Island, New Year’s favors, heavy hors
Carowinds, Canada’s Wonder- d’oeuvres, finger foods, desserts,
land, and Lotte World in Seoul, and a midnight champagne toast.
South Korea. A cash bar is offered that night for
Under Myles’ direction are both the performance and the gala
some of OCT’s favorite perform- immediately following. The New
ers. The 21-person cast includes Chip In the process they find renewed self- Year’s Eve Party is priced at $32 per
Morris, Patrick Stanley, Jonathan Wil- esteem, the importance of friendship, person. Attendance at the performance
liams, Andrew Davenport, Scotty Rob- and the ability to have fun. is not required to make reservations
erts, Jeff Cole, Dani Moreno-Fuentes, As they work through their fears, for the party. Non-alcoholic toasts will
Richard Price, and Martie McLean. self-consciousness, feelings of worth- be available at the New Year’s celebra-
“The Full Monty” stage musical is lessness, and anxieties over every- tion; minors, if accompanied by a par-
similar to the movie, with just a few thing from being overweight to child ent, are permitted for the event.
differences. The film is set in working custody, bigotry to being gay, the guys “The Full Monty” has profanity,
class Sheffield, England, while the live discover not only are they stronger as adult themes and situations, and brief
production uses a blue-collar Buffalo, a group, but the strength they find in nudity. This play may be offensive to
N.Y. backdrop. Several new characters each other gives them the individual some people. The show is not recom-
are added for the play, most notably courage to face their demons and mended for children, as it is rated a
Keno, the much adored and featured overcome them. strong “R.”
male stripper at Tony Giardono’s club, There is great heart to “The Full Reservations: Call the box office
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Inspiration

I’m Stuck!
We say it in despair, desperation, denial. We say
it when we can’t, won’t or simply don’t move on.
COMING IN FEBRUARY by Anneli Rufus

W
hether we’re striving to eat
healthier, spend less, or
listen more, we refer to our
stuckness with exquisite metaphors:
We say “I’m frozen, paralyzed, ma-
rooned.” We say, “I can’t get started”
or “I just can’t stop.”
When we make New Year’s reso-
lutions, we are promising to become potential failure. So, try this: Think
unstuck. But only 63 percent of us of becoming unstuck as moving to a
manage to keep those resolutions, ac- non-English-speaking country. How
cording to a University of Washington would you prepare—or help a friend
study. The researchers reported that 40 prepare—for that? By calmly research-
percent of the participants kept their ing the destination before making the
resolutions on the first try; for the oth- leap: Learn its language. Study its maps.
ers, it took multiple attempts. Reach out to kind folks who already live
The passive verbs we use to de- there. Have coping strategies in place
scribe being stuck infer that it isn’t our to deal with issues that will inevitably
fault. The hardest bit is admitting that come up.
our own choices got us here and keep Change means facing our own
us here. Sure, accidents occur—but limitations; our own breadth. Can we
humans are uncannily skilled at affix- change? Yes, but how much? The an-
ing balls and chains to our own ankles swer requires clear-sighted self-knowl-
and swan-diving into quicksand. edge and crucial honesty. So, try this:
Becoming unstuck means first ac- Imagine the contest American Idol,

LOVE &
cepting a harsh truth: that we’re lazy, with a twist; make it about the desired
scared and/or strangers to our true change. Then, imagine yourself as both
selves. Laziness often comes disguised contestant and judge. Give construc-

WELL-BEING as denial or avoidance.


Reforming means making a
change, and change is strenuous. So,
try this: Think of becoming unstuck as
tive criticism—and gracefully take it.
Clinical Psychologist and study
researcher Elizabeth Miller, Ph.D., con-
cludes: “The keys to making a success-
Keeping it simple, a new sport or exercise you want to ful resolution are a person’s confidence
effective, natural learn. Think of your weak, sore spots
as muscles—mental, spiritual or finan-
that he or she can make the behavior
change, and the commitment to mak-
and affordable. cial ones—and find safe, small ways ing that change.”
to “exercise” them gradually. Like any We do get to try again and can
For more information about form of fitness, this takes more than make behavior changes throughout the
advertising and how you can one muscle and more than one day. year, not only at New Year’s.
participate, call Move ahead gently and keep track of
progress. Anneli Rufus is the author of Stuck:
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Tap vs. Bottled
such. Conversely, Coca-Cola declined
to identify its Dasani as municipal,
although it is.)
Yet, we continue to buy back
these more-or-less filtered versions of
our own tap water from packagers at
water,” says Wenonah thousands of times the price ($0.0002
Hauter, executive di- per gallon from the tap vs. $0.69 to
rector of Food & Wa- $8.26 per gallon bottled). Economist.
ter Watch, a nonprofit com reported that in 2007 Americans
organization working spent nearly $11 billion on 8.25 bil-
to get us off the bottle. lion gallons of the store-bought stuff.
Hauter says research We Americans enjoy some of the
shows that the federal safest municipal drinking water in the
government requires world. For even the most health-con-
rigorous and frequent scious among us, proper filtration at
testing and monitoring the tap will do the job. Barbara Hen-
of municipal drinking del and Peter Ferreira, authors of Water
water. (Bottled water is & Salt: The Essence of Life, further sug-
nearly unregulated in gest that steeping a handful of quartz

As Fortune magazine observes, “Water promises


to be to the 21st century what oil was to the 20th
century; the precious commodity that determines
the wealth of nations.

comparison. That’s be- crystals overnight in a day’s supply of


cause water is defined home-filtered drinking water will re-
as a “food” and is thus vive its natural crystalline quality. The
under the authority of authors concur with those who warn
the FDA, whose regu- against drinking distilled water, includ-
lations are far more ing that used in soft drinks, saying that
lax than those of the it pulls electrolytes and trace minerals
by S. Alison Chabonais EPA, which regulates tap water.) out of the body, increases acidity, and
may open the door to disease.

N
Similarly, researchers at the Natu-
ews Flash: In the great debate ral Resources Defense Council con-
about tap vs. bottled water, tap cluded that “If you are an adult with A Waste of Money That
has been declared the winner no special health conditions, and you Creates More Waste
by every environmental health orga- are not pregnant, then you can drink The mounting case against pack-
nization that has researched the issue. most cities’ tap water without having aged water is being led by environ-
Those experts weighing in say that the to worry.” mentalists and consumer activists
best quality drinking water comes from Why, then, the confusion? alike. TheGreenGuide.com reports that
the tap—filtered, served fresh, and “The bottled water industry last year alone Americans collectively
transported in refillable steel bottles. spends millions of dollars a year to tossed 22 billion plastic water bottles.
convince us that their product is Less than 15 percent of them made it
Real or Faux H2O somehow safer or healthier than tap into recycling bins.
Americans are heeding the mes- water when in fact that’s just not true,” Making matters worse, “The
sage that healthy bodies need lots says Victoria Kaplan of Food & Water plastic used in both single-use and
of water, to the tune of 26 gallons of Watch. reusable bottles can pose a contamina-
bottled water per person last year. And Ironically, as much as 40 percent tion threat,” writes Solvie Karlstrom at
so, while water has rightly become of store-bought water starts out as the TheGreen Guide.com. Debate current-
the nation’s No. 1 beverage of choice, same tap water that we get at home. ly rages over the safety of chemicals
most of us are probably getting it from (In 2007, the Pepsi-Cola company ac- that are potentially leaching from the
the wrong source. knowledged that its Aquafina bottled #1 PET and #7 polycarbonate plastics
“Bottled water generally is no water was sourced from tap-water, frequently used to package and store
cleaner, or safer, or healthier than tap and that its label would identify it as food products such as water.

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There are also energy costs to The Case for Home Filtration found nearly 100 percent compliance
consider. Research cited in Food & Home carbon filtration is a more with enforceable health standards on
Water Watch’s Take Back the Tap says earth-friendly solution at a fraction of the part of the nation’s water utilities.
that the production of all that plastic the cost. Options include a countertop In any case, the solution is to
drains 1.5 million barrels of oil each pitcher, faucet-mount unit, under-sink bring your own water rather than buy
year. Transporting the product eats up model or whole-house installation. a manufacturer’s version. Choosing to
more energy and creates more pol- Many filters are designed to remove drink home-filtered tap water protects
lution. Eliminating this market would trace chemicals and bacteria as well as our environment and our pocketbooks
have the same effect as removing chlorine and fluoride. while keeping our bodies just as
100,000 cars from the road and 1 Whatever recommended filtra- happy.
billion pounds of carbon dioxide from tion system we choose, health experts
the atmosphere. agree that the best containers are glass
Adding insult to injury is the fact refrigerator bottles or portable, reus-
that each bottle requires nearly five Water Resources
able stainless steel bottles. (Aluminum
times its volume in water to manufac- n AllAboutWater.org
is not recommended.)
ture. “The whole bottled water industry n GreenAmerica.org
Experts suggest first securing a
just doesn’t make sense,” says Susan (search “bottled water”)
Water Quality/Consumer Confidence
Leal, general manager of San Francisco Report from the local utility. n ewg.org/tap-water/home
Public Utilities, “when utilities all over Next, find a filter that can re- (look up city water test results by
the country spend millions of dollars move the pertinent local contaminants Zip Code)
to deliver clean, safe, affordable water among the 315 potential contaminants n FoodAndWaterWatch.org
right to the kitchen sink.” Finally, the that a recent Environmental Working n nrdc.org (Natural Resources
water-bottling companies are stressing Group (EWG) assessment found pres- Defense Council)
the communities from which they are ent in the nation’s water supplies. It’s n TheGreenGuide.com
“mining” their water. worth noting that the EWG analysis

Plastic Codes, Decoded


L earn the codes on the underside of
the bottle or packaging. The safer
plastic choices are coded 2, 4, and 5.
This code commonly appears on milk
and water jugs, juice bottles, clean-
ing and hygiene products, and toys.
rigid plastics, such as those used for
yogurt containers, syrup bottles, drink-
ing straws, hard-plastic carryout pack-
Try to avoid 3, 6, and most plastics la- Unlike Code 1 bottles, these are safe ages, and even diapers. It’s a fairly safe
beled with number 7. We also suggest to refill and reuse. This type of plastic plastic, and it can be recycled.
steering away from Code 1. can be recycled, once, into products n Code 6: PS (polystyrene). This type
similar to the Code 1 recyclables. of plastic is used to make disposable
n Code 1: PET or PETE (polyethylene n Code 3: PVC (polyvinyl chloride). utensils as well as Styrofoam products
terephthalate). Appearance: Clear. This This code often appears on containers such as coffee cups and carryout con-
code commonly appears on the bot- of peanut butter, squeeze-bottles, and tainers. These leach styrene, a neuro-
tom of bottles of water, soda, cooking other foods. It can also be present in toxin. Our advice: Avoid it at all costs.
oil, and so on. These bottles, debat- bibs and mattress covers. It contains n Code 7: Other (including acrylic,
ably safe for single use, should not be PVC and phthalates, which are known nylon, and polycarbonate). This type
reused, refilled, or heated. This type to cause significant harm including of plastic isn’t just one type; the “7”
of plastic can be recycled, once, into gender-bending effects. Our advice: is the “miscellaneous” symbol. It
products such as parking lot bumpers. Avoid it, especially since this type of includes polycarbonate (endocrine
Our advice: Avoid buying any con- plastic cannot be recycled. disruptor BPA), commonly found in
sumables with #1 on the bottom, as n Code 4: LDPE (low-density polyeth- five-gallon water bottles, baby bottles,
you never know whether the product ylene). This type of plastic is used to sports bottles, clear plastic cutlery, and
has been exposed to extreme heat on make grocery store bags, plastic wrap, other products. However, because it’s
the way to its retail destination. (After and garbage bags. This type of plastic “other,” Code 7 also includes some of
all, we live in Florida.) Replace plastic is fairly safe, and many of these prod- the newer green plastics. Nonetheless,
water bottles with refillable stainless ucts can be used again and again. Still, our advice is to avoid it at all costs.
steel bottles, and use glass jars instead some of these bags could be replaced
of plastic storage containers. with reusable ones. Summary: One, run. Three, flee. Six,
n Code 2: HDPE (high-density poly- n Code 5: PP (polypropylene). This nix. Seven, never. (Two, do. Four, open
ethylene). Appearance: Milky/opaque. type of plastic is used to make semi- door. Five, alive.)

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per person each day, ranking us third
after Canadians and New Zealand-
ers. Municipal water conservation
programs repeatedly prove that at least
p l a n e t 30 percent of this is wasted inside and
outside the home. Making matters

w a t e r worse, upwardly mobile populations


in the East are catching up to the de-
veloped West and now far exceed the
daily minimum of 5 to 13 gallons of
water needed for sustenance, reports
U.S. News & World Report. Add in
water-hungry industries that support a
modernized society, and the statistics
soar.
a n o t h e r n a m e f o r e a r t h
Precious Fluid
“Everyone knows that water is the
basis of life, but we don’t behave that
way,” says Dr. Christine Feurt, director
by S. Alison Chabonais of the Center for Sustainable Commu-

R
ecently, the United Nations’ Currently, global water consump- nities at the University of New Eng-
World Water Day 2007 tion is doubling every 20 years, at land. “It’s time for a wholesale change
renewed the global S.O.S. for more than twice the rate of human in how we think about water in this
a vigorous response to a worldwide population growth. Water research country.”
scarcity of water—a resource we agency projections reviewed by Lenn- Harvesting rainwater appears to
no longer can take for granted. Our Tech.com show that world water use is be the most promising solution. How-
planet’s surface is 70 percent water expected to triple in the next 50 years. ever, this is complicated by the fact
and blessed with moisture-rich air and Researchers have determined that in several states it’s actually illegal
soils, yet less than 13 percent of that
is the freshwater that humans need to
survive, according to the International
Atomic Energy Agency. We rely on EPA: “If all U.S. households installed water-
water for everything from drinking,
bathing and cleaning our homes to efficient appliances, the country would save
raising food and running industry. But
much of our good water is fast becom- more than 3 trillion gallons of water a year.”
ing unsanitary, and it’s costly to clean
it up.

Current Crisis that Planet Earth’s 6.6 billion people to do so due to states’ having passed
According to the United Nations, already use at least 54 percent of all bizarre laws claiming ownership of
31 countries are now facing water the accessible freshwater found in rain.
scarcity, including the United States, rivers, lakes and underground aqui- Australia, India and the American
where seven western states are suffer- fers. By 2025 the human share will be Southwest are among the thirsty spots
ing a seven-year drought. The number 70 percent, based on the anticipated planning to capture more rainwater,
of states could rise to 36 by 2013, as increase in population. If per capita both through storage cisterns and
even America’s Great Lakes are show- consumption of water resources con- landscapes that encourage infiltra-
ing signs of distress. “With some 700 tinues to rise at this rate, humankind tion. That can make a huge difference,
million [people] around the world could be using more than 90 percent particularly in the United States where
currently suffering from water scarcity, of all available freshwater within 25 residents spray anywhere from one-
a figure that could increase to more years. The United Nations projects third to half or more of all municipal
than 3 billion by 2025, integrated that by 2025 two-thirds of the world’s water on their lawns and gardens.
cross-border management of this vital population will face water shortages or In Kansas City, Missouri, a vol-
resource is crucial,” said United Na- a lack of clean water. untary 10,000 Rain Gardens project
tions Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Americans are among the heavi- has already built more than 250 na-
in his message marking World Water est domestic consumers, typically tive plant basins designed to capture
Day. using 147 gallons of household water storm-water and improve the quality

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of its flow into waterways. The idea’s
also growing in popularity in Oregon,
23 Ways to Save Water at Home
Michigan and Minnesota.
Seattle, Washington’s water
utilities are now targeting a 1 percent
W e’re privileged to drink the same water the dinosaurs drank. They left it in great
condition for us. Can we do less for the next generation? Saving water not only
preserves water supplies and lowers utility bills, it prevents additional polluted water
savings per person per year, based on from contaminating nearby waterways and watersheds. Today every drop counts. And
a 1990 conservation initiative. Since following these simple everyday tips for wise water use makes it easy to save up to
then water use has dropped citywide hundreds of gallons of household water each week.
by 24 percent even as the population
grew 11 percent. Individual consump- In the Kitchen:
n Rinse fresh produce in a sink or pan of water
tion has dropped from 150 to 100 instead of under running water.
gallons a day. n Chill drinking water in the fridge instead of
The U.S. Environmental Protection running the tap until it’s cool.
Agency’s (EPA’s) comprehensive “Wa- n Run the garbage disposal only every other day
terSense” education program launched or abandon it for a compost pile.
in 2006 cites old, inefficient toilets n Run a dishwasher only when full. Use a short
as the primary culprit behind water cycle. No pre-rinsing is needed.
wasted inside American homes. EPA n Stack hand-washed dishes in a rack or
officials say that replacing those toilets stoppered basin and spray-rinse all at once.
with WaterSense-labeled models could n Think of ways to reuse cooking water, maybe to
save at least two gallons per flush, or water houseplants.
“approximately 2 billion gallons per
day across the country.” In the Bath & Laundry:
With the average person flushing n Close the drain while waiting for hot water to come. A ShowerStart device
automatically pauses a running shower once it’s warm.
a toilet eight times a day, in just one
year, San Diego, California’s low-flow n Take short showers and consider a bath a treat. But be aware that a shallow bath
consumes less water than a long shower.
toilet program has saved enough water
n Turn off the tap while brushing teeth and shaving. Run a shallow basin of water for
to support 80,000 residents. “It’s very
wash-ups, which does double duty for rinsing a razor.
easy to have a grasp of the savings
n Install low-flow showerheads, water-saving aerators on faucets, and low-flow or
every time you flush,” observes Don ultra-low-flow toilets. In old toilets, sink a pair of water-filled sealed plastic bottles in
Schultz of the Water Conservation the tank safely apart from the mechanism.
Garden at Cuyamaca College. n Flush less. And never for some bug or bit of trash; use a wastebasket instead.
Low-flow showerheads, faucets, n Install instant water heaters in bathrooms and kitchen and insulate hot-water pipes.
appliances and irrigation systems, n Wash only full loads of clothes in an Energy Star water-saving front-load machine.
along with smaller lawns, will also
help. According to the EPA, “If all U.S. In the Yard & Garden:
households installed water-efficient n Replace grass with less-water-intensive plants. Smaller lawns rule.
appliances, the country would save n Cut grass to three inches or higher to reduce evaporation. Adding compost, mulch or
more than 3 trillion gallons of water a peat moss improves water retention. So does root-filled, aerated soil.
year.” n Water only at dawn or dusk and only as needed. Avoid windy days. Do an
A grander and more costly occasional deep soak instead of multiple light waterings. A maximum one-half to
solution presented in a recent World three-quarters of an inch is enough (measure via a tuna can set on the lawn).
Wildlife Federation study of the world’s n Use a drip system or soaker hose. Put any sprinkler system on a timer with a rain
shutoff and consider using automatic soil moisture sensors. At least set a kitchen
diminishing water supply calls for re-
reminder timer. Don’t overspray pavement.
pair of aging infrastructure. “In nearly
n Look for drought-tolerant plants, then water roots not leaves. Group plants according
all the megacities, 40 to 60 percent [of
to water needs. Pull out thirsty weeds.
water] never reaches the consumer”
n Don’t use a running hose to “sweep” drives and walkways. Instead use a broom or
due to leaks and poor maintenance of blower. Cap the hose with a shut-off nozzle.
the water system, states Asit Biswas, n Plant a rain garden catchment landscape and set rain barrels under downspouts to
renown advocate of realistic water capture stormwater.
management practices and winner of n Wash the car from a soapy bucket, quickly rinsing with the hose afterwards. Washing
the 2006 Stockholm Water Prize. the car on a lawn makes the water do double duty.
Drought-stricken Australians have n Use a pool cover to slow evaporation.
had to take more immediate measures,
instituting residential and commercial Finally, remember that toilets, faucets, pipes, taps and hoses inside and out
water restrictions that are enforced by do well with a regular checkup for leaks. Detect them by watching for water meter
hefty fines for non-compliance. The movement when no water is in use. Tip: Replace a rubber washer with a new drop-stop
—Continued on the next page valve to stop leaks for life. Finding and fixing drips is the first best thing we can do. For
more information, visit http://eartheasy.com.

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city of Sydney has consequently re-
duced its consumption by 13 percent
over the past three years. Meanwhile,
the country is moving forward on
plans to build costly plants to desali-
nate seawater and turn sewage into
drinking water. They’ve even flirted
with the concept of a 2,300-mile-long
pipeline or canal to carry water from
a rain-soaked wilderness to residential
areas.

Looking Forward
Among these efforts to secure water
for humanity’s future is Public Citizen’s
“Water for All” campaign to retain

Homegrown Organics
Harvesting rainwater is a
Organic buying club. promising solution. How-
Start eating right today!
ever, in several states it’s
n Fresh organic fruit and veggies actually illegal to do so due
n Organic and free-roaming poultry
n Grass-feed beef
to bizarre laws establishing
state ownership of rain.
Doreen, 352-598-4184
HomeGrownOrganics.vpweb.com
water supplies as a public trust. Cam-
paign leaders proclaim that privatiza-
tion is not the answer for any of the
60,000 publicly owned and operated
non-profit water systems in the United
States. The Public Citizen website
documents several chilling case stud-
ies where taxpayers have footed the
bill while companies have profited
after corporate takeover of a municipal
water system. As Fortune magazine
observes, “Water promises to be to the
21st century what oil was to the 20th
century; the precious commodity that
determines the wealth of nations.”
At issue is the basic human right
for universal access to water resources,
and the ongoing need for everyone to
use vital water resources more ef-
ficiently. Doing so will help maintain
supplies at safe levels while more
long-lasting solutions are developed.
Citizens of the world already are
adapting to what could be a very dif-
ferent future.

Additional sources: BottledWater.org,


Citizen.org/cmep/water, CS Monitor.
com, RainKC.com, SavingWater.org,
WorldWaterDay.org.

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Gardening in
can escape. The veg- tion, pick up Louise Riotte’s book,
etable garden is an Carrots Love Tomatoes.
interesting place to Along with planning for spring

January
learn about compat- planting, we need to begin 2011 with
ibility and incompat- thinking about gardening education.
ibility among plants. Just as gardening is an ongoing pro-
Plants have friends cess, so is learning. A good plan:
and enemies in rela- n Curling up next to the fireplace and
by Jo Leyte-Vidal, UF/IFAS
tion to their ability to reading a good book on gardening in
Marion County Master Gardener help or hinder each the South.

J
anuary is the month when many other. Some help n Checking out public gardens for
trees and shrubs are in dormancy, by producing hormones that attract or native plant varieties that can flourish
and we are watching the thermom- repel specific insects, stunt or enhance in our area.
eter for the danger of a freeze. It is the growth of another, and may act n Learning about invasive plants that
also the best month for vegetable bed as support or shade. Tomatoes and all are harmful to our environment.
preparation. Add a generous amount members of the cabbage family repel n Identifying good and bad caterpil-
of organic material (compost) and each other. Tomatoes are inhibited by lars; ask, “Is it going to be a butterfly?”
composted manure at a rate of 25 kohlrabi and fennel. They are compat- n Looking into water-saving practices.
pounds for each 100 square feet of ible with chives, onion, parsley, mari- n Getting your soil pH tested.
bed. Your soil will be able to deter gold, nasturtium, carrot, garlic, and The camellias are beginning to
nematodes and feed the new plants roses. Planting garlic among tomatoes bloom. Did you fertilize yours last
which will be planted in the spring. helps protect the tomatoes form red month? Did you clean the area under
February 14 is the earliest your plots spider mites. Do not plant tomatoes them and refresh the mulch? There are
can be seeded with spring crops. We near corn, since the tomato fruitworm lots of leaves and pine needles falling.
can have frosts during February and is identical to the corn earworm. Do Rake and recycle them under your
March. A stash of gallon milk jugs with not plant them near potatoes, because camellias. They will love you for it.
their bottoms removed can be used as the potatoes become more susceptible
cloches over your seedlings. Remove to potato blight. “Near” means in the Call UF/IFAS Marion County Master
the caps during the day so excess heat same planting bed. For more informa- Gardeners at 352-671-8400.

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NaturalHorse
Building Your
Horse’s
Confidence
by Julie P. Scott him to fall, so it is with the horse that

Yoga
is pushed to do something beyond his
scope of reason or ability, upsetting

O
ften, the thought of a horse’s mind and balance. He is often pun-
Gentle Yoga Studio confidence does not extend ished by his rider, and quickly loses
much farther than being able confidence in the human touch; then
Gentle Yoga to go trail-riding or to a horse show he is labeled as an unruly beast.
Chair Yoga without spooking. I want to broaden Taking the confidence issue into
your horizons a little, though, concern- account, one must govern oneself
ing building your horse’s confidence. accordingly for each horse’s tempera-
Every time you work with your ment and personality. That is one of
horse, you are either building or tear- the elements of riding and training
ing down his confidence. This is a horses which increases the level of
subject that extends beyond just being understanding of the rider and con-
a Steady Eddie with good nerves. tinually piques a sensitive, thinking
You see, if you ride your horse in rider’s interest. Each mount comes
Claudia Saldarriaga
the safest arena, yet make requests that with a varying degree of intelligence,
Certified Yoga Instructor are above his level of understanding or sensitivity, and physical ability. Work-
www.gentleyogabyclaudia.com physical ability, you are tearing down ing with a horse’s God-given attributes
352-362-2791 his confidence in you as the decision
maker. If what you ask him causes him
is far more beneficial than trying to
transform a bulky linebacker type into
to lose his balance, and you do not a twinkle-toed ballerina.
recognize this, make no mistake—your I hope this article has been help-
request and its result did not slip by ful in broadening your understanding
Alternative Wholistic your horse. of riding your horse with empathy and
Health Care Therefore, when it comes to confi- finesse. May all your riding endeavors
Michael Badanek, BS, DC, CNS, dence, you must never make demands prosper and be in harmony, and may
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such as acupuncture, Reiki, Touch for
Health or the services of a medical in-
tuitive in a hospital setting, would have
been considered preposterous. Today,
however, more medical institutions
are combining these types of treatment
with allopathic medicine.
Children’s Memorial Hospital, in
Chicago, a research-oriented emblem
of Western medicine, now employs
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tal, which perennially ranks among
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principal pediatric teaching hospital
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School of Medicine.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, leading U.S.
cardiovascular surgeon, was the first
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department at Columbia University
Medical Center, in New York City. Oz
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More Insight
Medical intuitives say they can
recognize problems in the flow of

HONORING OUR
the body’s energies and are able to
accurately predict the kinds of physi-
cal problems that are likely to emerge

LIFE FORCE
before any symptoms are detected.
Eden, who has had a lifelong ability
to make health assessments that are
confirmed by medical tests, can look
at an individual’s body and see and
feel where the energies are not flow-
Energy Medicine Helps Restore Balance and Harmony ing, out of balance, or not in harmony,
then works to correct the problem. “I
by Linda Sechrist was 22 before I learned that everyone
didn’t make their decisions after first

I
n William James’ famous manifesto, the body’s electromagnetic fields, in seeing and sensing energy,” says Eden.
“A new idea is first condemned as order to achieve a healthy balance in Carolle Jean-Murat, a California
ridiculous, then dismissed as trivial, the body’s overall energy system. obstetrician and gynecologist now
until finally, it becomes what everybody The modality has to do with en- practicing as a medical intuitive and
knows.” In the field of energy medicine, ergy pathways, or meridians, that run healer, left her 30-year allopathic prac-
the experiences of pioneers such as through our organs and muscles. The tice to focus on natural healing. Today,
medical intuitives Caroline Myss and idea is to uncover the root causes of she specializes in helping women
Donna Eden, natural healer Dr. Carolle imbalances and harmonize them at an restore their mental, physical and spiri-
Jean-Murat, and Doctor of Chiropractic energetic level before they solidify in tual health. “I am a healer who has the
Eric Pearl validate James’ postulate. the physical body and manifest as ill- capacity to see, feel and hear whatever
Initially disregarded by allopathic ness. Such imbalances may be brought a client is going through, because I see
medicine, the energy medicine these on by such things as emotional stress them as a whole: energy, body, mind,
healers practice operates on the belief and physical trauma. soul and emotions,” says Jean-Murat.
that changes in the “life force” of the Dr. Eric Pearl, author of The Re-
body can affect human health and Aid to Conventional connection: Heal Others, Heal Your-
healing. They maintain that applying Treatment self, demystifies the healing process.
energetic perspective allows them to As recently as 1990, the idea of He teaches others (75,000 and count-
clinically assess and treat what they call using any form of energy medicine, ing) how to activate and use what he

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refers to as an all-inclusive spectrum of healing frequencies.
“Reconnection teaches people how to transcend the
ego and its judgment, and reach a state of non-judgment
observation,” explains Pearl. “Many of them describe their
experience simply as an internal activation of an advanced
level of consciousness, in which awareness allows the per-
ception of a multi-dimensional universe.”
Pearl posits that as part of our growth as human beings,
“We understand that we can’t stand in fear, lack and limita-
tion, and we can only offer ourselves as a vessel for healing
for ourselves and others when we reside in oneness and
love.” Pearl believes that it is part of everyone’s life journey
to discover that they are an empty vessel, born to be filled
with Spirit. By letting go of beliefs that block our ability to
deeply understand this, we can harmonically converge with
others where we are all energy, as physics indicates.
These practitioners agree that while we all have some
subtle sense of an animating force within us that is pure ener-
gy, we often ignore it. We go about our daily lives using this
life force to perform our activities until it becomes depleted
and illness manifests in a physical or emotional imbalance.
While energy medicine practitioners are trained to sense
and honor the body’s animating life force and recognize its
excesses and deficiencies, they also believe we can all learn
how to work with this important facet of our being. It is our
birthright to realize balance and harmony, and we can do
this by learning to re-establish a healthy flow of communica-
tion within the body’s subtle energy system.
Linda Sechrist is a Natural Awakenings editor and freelance
writer.

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by
Melody
Murphy

Resolved: of the holiday season. We are going to


get up earlier and exercise. Go to bed
earlier. Spend more thriftily. Save more

We All Have money. Take better care of ourselves.


Take more pains with our appearance.
Drink less. Stop smoking. Stop swear-
Baggage. ing. Adopt healthier eating habits. Lose
weight. Get in shape. Get organized.
Be nicer. Be kinder. Be more patient.

J
anuary is the Emma Lazarus Be on time. Put down the remote and
of months, dressed up like the be vertical more often. Stop wasting
Statue of Liberty in a ratty flan- time with {insert mindless habit here}.
nel version of her usual robes. She Stop procrastinating … when we get
says, “Give me your tired, your around to it. The list is endless and
poor, your huddled masses yearn- personalized. It’s all about what you
ing to breathe free, your wretched think you need to do and be.
refuse, your tempest-tossed.” After Some disillusioned individu-
the holidays, we are all of the als resolve to swear off resolutions.
above. They lose patience with the cycle of
Tired after the holidays? resolving and trying and falling short.
Check. So they vow to quit altogether, and
Poor after Christmas? Check. resolutely refuse to resolve anything
Huddled masses in the cold? but not to make a resolution.
Check, and brrr. This is a freeing refusal for some,
Yearning to breathe freely in but I can’t completely give up on
the midst of cold and flu season? making New Year’s resolutions. I think
Check, cough, hack, sneeze, and there’s something healthy and positive
double-check. about trying to improve, even if it does
Wretched refuse? Well, I hope seem like you take two steps back for
your self-esteem is better than that, every step forward. Garth Brooks sang
but after the holiday pounds most She’s our Ellis Island, stamping pass- it best: “Life’s a dance you learn as you
of us put on, there probably isn’t one ports right and left as we enter 2011. go.” Think of the process of improving
of us alive who hasn’t looked into the Most of us immigrate into the har- yourself as a two-step; the two steps
terrors of a full-length mirror in January bor of the new year with the baggage back are not a failure, simply part of
and had some variant of the thought, of resolutions, often the same suitcases the footwork of the dance.
“I look like wretched refuse.” So check we lug around from year to year and Saying that there is no need to
to that one, too. sometimes even decade to decade, change or even resolve to change any-
Tempest-tossed? Check. Maybe though unfortunately we don’t always thing about yourself is a fallacy. There
not as much here in Florida, but recall get around to unpacking them. is not one of us who could not stand
that last January, it snowed, so any- We have such good intentions, some improvement. You are not as per-
thing can happen. bless our hearts. Enough to four-lane fect as your dog or your mama think
Yes, January is the month that says, the road to hell. We are determined to you are. It really does not behoove
“Give me all of that. Come on in.” try to make up for all the indulgences you to think of yourself as endlessly

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delightful and in a radiant state of per- her lamp beside the golden door, to to write your continuing story. There is
petual perfection. You will be the only give us light by which to see our way great liberty in a land of opportunity.
one giving yourself shiny gold stars and ourselves more clearly. January is That’s what a new year is.
on your chart every day if you think the lamp lighting the way, the golden So, January 2011, stamp my
this. It is good to encourage yourself, door we pass through to the new year. passport. Let me set down my suit-
it is good to say “Yay! Go me! I win!” Beyond that door is a blank book filled cases and find a good place to review
to a certain extent, but when you start with pages of opportunity, a perfect my manuscript. Once I unpack, I will
thinking you are wonderful regardless place to rewrite the latest revision of a need a desk by a window with good
of what you do, this is when you are manuscript. clear winter light from a southeastern
shortly due for a rude awakening. It is Winter light is a clear light, yet a exposure, a comfortable chair, and a
best to go ahead and disabuse yourself gentler light. It’s a good light by which red pencil with a sturdy eraser.
of these notions before the world does to assess yourself and the luggage And I also will need a full-length
it for you. you’ve brought with you from last year, mirror, into which I will look sensibly
Believing yourself to be without to unpack it and see what’s in there, and say, as Claree did in Steel Magno-
need of improvement is rather like what to keep, what to discard. It’s also lias, “Ouiser ... you know I love you
a caterpillar disdaining its chrysalis. a good light to read by, and to revise more than my luggage.”
It’s like saying, “Why fly when I can by. In one suitcase you’ll find a book,
crawl?” Well, yes, you can still get partly written in, partly blank. You Melody Murphy looks forward to the
around, but your progress is going to can’t tear out the written pages, but new year and wishes you all a happy
be a lot slower ... inch by tiresome you have all those lovely blank pages one. Pack light and revise in pencil.
inch. You’re probably pretty great
already, but imagine how much better
and more brilliant you could be if you
resolved to work on just a couple of
shortcomings. Mother Theresa didn’t
just wake up like that one day in her
early teens. We all transform, and it’s
rarely by happy accident.
Making resolutions is a good
thing. Even if you aren’t fully success-
ful, at least you are trying. To say, “Yes,
I do think I could be better in these
ways, and here’s how I’m going to try
to improve”—that’s a healthy sign of
hope and optimism and a desire to
be the best version of yourself. Books
and magazines require editing. So do
people. We’re each a walking manu-
script in need of gentle revision, so
that we can best tell our own story.
There’s a clear distinction between
self-loathing, which is terribly un-
healthy, and recognizing the need for
self-improvement. The latter says, “OK,
I’m not bad already. But I could be
better. I have enough faith in myself to
know that I am capable of being even
better, and I am confident enough
in my abilities to try.” It’s reasonable
to see both the virtues and vices in
yourself—to be modest enough to ac-
knowledge the good, humble enough
to admit the bad, and sensible enough
to do some editing.
Picture again the Statue of Liberty.
She’s holding a torch, to light the way
for people coming into the harbor.
That’s January’s role in our year: to lift

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9-month program, 1 weekend/month. St., Wildwood, 352-748-3279, www. Free, 5:30 pm, Genesis Heart MedSpa,
Inspiration Yoga Institute, 14616 NW dancedancedance.biz. 3365 Wedgewood Lane, The Villages,
140th St, Alachua, 352-870-7645, Lecture on “Healthy Weight 352-750-4333, www.lifefamilyprac-
www.inspirationyogainstitute.com. Healthy Life: All about your thyroid, tice.com.
nutrition and weight loss.” 6:00 pm,
January 7-9 Life Family Practice Center, 1501 US Thursday, January 20
Foundations of Medical Qigong, Hwy 441 North, #1702, The Villages. Lecture: Hypnotherapy and
with Paul Fraser. 16.5 CEUs available RSVP: 352-750-4333, www.lifefamily- Weight Loss, with Joshua Vlahos. Free,
for Acupuncturists. To register, call practice.com. 7-8 pm, Millhopper Branch Library,
Angela, Happy Balancing Center, 352- Lecture on “How Does Blame Room A, Gainesville, 352-443-0007.
871-6703. Make You Sick?” Free, 7-9. Millhopper  
Library, Gainesville. Cynthia Chris- January 21-22
Saturday, January 8 tianson, 352-374-7982, http://www. Mexican Beach Getaway & Work-
African Shell readings for the New avanticoaching.com. shop. Bring tantra, greater joy, inti-
Year with Omialadora Ajamu, Priestess macy and passion to your relationship.
of Yemonja. 1-5 pm, $60. High Springs January 14-16 $1,195/couple. Tulum Beach, Mexico.
Emporium, 660 NW Santa Fe Blvd., Couples Beach Getaway & 1-877-282-4244. 
High Springs, 386-454-8657. Workshop. Bring tantra, greater joy,
New Year, Fresh Start: Purify intimacy and passion to your relation- Saturday, January 22
Negative Karma. 10-11:30 am. Detox ship. $595/couple, Siesta Key Beach, First Annual Florida Native Tree
with Shakyamuni Buddha practices. Sarasota, FL. 1-877-282-4244. Giveaway. 10 am, free. Marion Soil
Teaching, meditations, chanted prayers and Water Conservation District,
with Kadampa Buddhist teacher Carol January 14-16, and 28-30 McPherson Complex Field, 601 SE
Lutker. $25 (students $15). Sacred Introduction to Thai Massage. Flor- 25th Ave, Ocala, 352-622-3971, Op-

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tion 3, becky.tindale@fl.nacdnet.net. membership to MwB International nola. 1-6 pm, $20. High Springs Em-
Lightworkers Networking event. Society of Conflict Resolution. porium, 660 NW Santa Fe Blvd, High
Networking, aura photography, guest Amrit Yoga Institute, Salt Springs, Springs, 386-454-8657.
speakers. 6:00, Free. Nexus Alterna- FL. $995 plus accommodations.
tive Healing Center, 500 SW 10th St., 1-877-268-5337, x.114, www. January 29-30 and February 4-6
Ocala. 352-817-7130, Nexushealing@ mediatorswithoutborders.com. Hoggetown Medieval Faire. Medi-
yahoo.com. eval artisans, jousting, food, falconry,
Spiritual Development Class, Saturday, January 29 magic, children’s events, more. 10-6,
2-4:30 pm, $25. Unity of Gainesville, Dance Gala, 6:30-9. Professional $14/adults, $7/children ages 5-17, free
8801 NW 39th Ave. International and ballroom dancing. Information: for children younger than 5. School
Foundation for Spiritual Knowledge, Dance Dance Dance, 307 North Main Day, Friday, Feb. 4, 9:30-3, half-price.
www.ifsk.org, 407-673-9776. St., Wildwood, 352-748-3279, www. Pets are not permitted. Alachua County
Using the Power of Light - Crystals dancedancedance.biz. Fairgrounds, 2900 NE 39th Ave.,
Workshop with Sharron Britton. 1-4 Readings with Katarina Campag- Gainesville. Info: www.gvlculturalaf-
pm, $20. High Springs Emporium, 660
NW Santa Fe Blvd, High Springs, 386-
454-8657.

January 22-23
A Level I Biosyntonie professional
workshop at Gainesville Holistic
Center, 4041 NW 27th Lane, Suite C,
Gainesville. The fee is $500 (for re-
viewers, $350). For more information,
call Dr. Hanoch Talmor, M.D., 352-
377-0015, or visit www.betterw.com.

Sunday, January 23
Kirtan with Wah and Satsang with
Gurudev. Amrit Yoga Institute, Salt
Springs, 352-685-3001, www.Amri-
tYoga.com.

January 25-27
Christopher Moon Spirit Phone
Tour, 7 pm, followed by two days of
private readings. Realms Beyond, 500
SW 10th St., Ocala. 352-433-2624,
realms.beyond@yahoo.com.

Thursday, January 27
Dismantling Stress w/Integrative
Relaxation, with John Ernest Hiester
(Chandrakant), 7-8:30 pm, following
Amrit Yoga w/Veda 5:30-6:30. Down-
town Public Library, 401 E. Univer-
sity Ave, Gainesville, 4th floor. Both
classes are free; dress warmly, bring a
light blanket. jehiester@amrityoga.org,
vedalewis@aol.com.

January 28-30
Core Mediation Intensive with
Shauna Ries. Become a professional
mediator. Course includes 60 hours of
professional training, a 3-day on-site
Core Mediation Intensive Training; 36
hours of distance learning, 6-month

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CalendarofEvents
fairs.org, 352-334-ARTS (2787).

January 29-February 4
Botany Course. Academy for Five Element Acupuncture,
305 SE 2nd Ave., Gainesville, www.acupuncturist.edu, 352-335-
2332.

January 31-February 1
Auditions, “When Bullfrogs Sing Opera.” Ocala Civic The-
atre, 4337 W. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, 352-236-2274, www.
OcalaCivicTheatre.com.

February 11-13
Ayurveda and Astrology Conference with Ayurvedic Physi-
cian, Dr. Vasant Lad, MASc, aand Vedic Astrologers Sri Sneha
Amritananda, Chakrapani Ullal, Gudrun Schellenbeck, and
Nalini. Event includes yoga, pure food, bhajans and live music.
Held at Radhadesh Retreat, Alachua. www.friendsofayurveda.
com/events.php, http://nalinikanta.com, 800-505-3887 or 386-
418-1147.

ONGOING EVENTS
Sundays
Beginning January 23, a 12-week course on metaphysics
begins. Every Sunday, 1-2:30 pm. Love-offering. ALSO, services
held every Sunday at 10 am. Spirit of Truth Independent Unity
Church, 2251 N.W. 41 St., Gainesville, FL 32606, 352-377-6825.
Celebrating Community and Inspiring Message – Science of
Mind and Spirit, Every Sunday, Meditation 9:45 am, Celebration /
Message 10:30 am, Youth and Children’s Celebration 10:30 am,
Love Offering, OakBrook Center for Spiritual Living, 1009 NE 28
Ave, Ocala, www.oakbrookcsl.org
Master Mind Prayer Circle, 9:30; Healing Hands Circle, 10;
Sunday Service and Youth Education, 11; NGU, 12:30. Unity of
Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th Ave., 352-373-1030, www.unityof-
gainesvillefl.org.
Meditation and Spiritual Lesson, 10 am. Unity of Ocala,
Unity of Ocala, 101 Cedar Rd., Ocala, 352-687-2113, www.
unityocala.org.

Mondays
Abraham Study Group, 6 pm; A Course in Miracles Study
Group, 7:30 pm. Unity of Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th Ave., 352-
373-1030, www.unityofgainesvillefl.org.

Monday-Friday
Organic Food Pickups. Monday, Ocala; Tuesday, Eustis and
Mt. Dora; Wednesday, Ocala and Gainesville; Friday, Oxford/The
Villages. Homegrown Organics by Doreen, 352-598-4184, http://
www.homegrownorganics.vpweb.com. Recipes: http://home-
growngainesville.wordpress.com/
Yoga with Joe Ferrara. Monday, 7-8:30 pm, Amrit Yoga
Institute. Tuesday, 12-12:45 pm, Serenity of Central Florida, 301
Skyline Dr., Ste 1, Lady Lake. Wednesday, 8:30-10 am, Ocala
Inner Center, 205 S. Magnolia; and 5-6 pm, Serenity of Central
Florida, Lady Lake. Thursday, 6-7:30 pm, Ocala Inner Center.
Friday, 7-8 am, Premier Medical Center of Ocala, 7960 SW 60th
Ave. prakash@amrityoga.org.

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Monday-Saturday nianow.com, 352-371-6965, breathing- Friday
Dance and movement classes. T’ai mhenneka@yahoo.com. I Love My Body Yoga, 10 am. Unity
chi, Ladies and Gents Styling, Samba, Phone Practice Class for ThetaHealing of Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th Ave., 352-
Adult Jazz, Belly Dancing, Yoga, Zumba, practitioners. 7-9 starting January 5. $80/ 373-1030, www.unityofgainesvillefl.org.
Ballroom, Children’s classes, Dance Work- month. Cynthia Christianson, 352-374-
out. Dance Dance Dance, 307 N Main 7982, http://www.avanticoaching.com. Saturdays (except New Year’s Day)
St., Wildwood, 352-748-3279, www. Quest Study Group, 7 pm; AlaTeen, Ayurvedic Vegetarian Cooking
DanceDanceDance.biz. 7:30. Unity of Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th Classes, 5-7. Ayurveda Health Retreat,
Ave., 352-373-1030, www.unityofgaines- 14616 NW 140th St, Alachua,
Tuesdays villefl.org. Alachua, 352-870-7645, www.
A Course in Miracles, 12 noon and 7 Yoga w/Marque Kolack, 10 am. Unity ayurvedahealthretreat.com.
pm. Unity of Ocala, Unity of Ocala, 101 of Ocala, 101 Cedar Rd., Ocala, 352-687- Farmstead Saturdays. Free, 9-3
Cedar Rd., Ocala, 352-687-2113, www. 2113, www.unityocala.org. pm. Crones Cradle, 6411 NE 217
unityocala.org. Pl, Citra. 352-595-3377, www.
Thursdays cronescradleconserve.com.
Wednesdays Amrit Yoga class w/Veda, 5:30-6:30, Open House, 9-3. Free samples,
Farm to Fare Basket Pickup, Ocala free. Gainesville Public Library, 401 E. special prices. Rosas Farms, 13450 N
and Crones Cradle. Crones Cradle, 6411 University Ave, 4th floor. vedalewis@aol. Hwy. 301, Citra, 352-620-2737, www.
NE 217 Pl, Citra. 352-595-3377, www. com. SupportLocalFood.com.
cronescradleconserve.com. Readings with Catherine, 1-5 pm. Readings with Kayla, 1-5 pm. $25.
Meditation and Visioning, 6 pm, $25. Mystic Glenn, 3315 E Silver Springs Mystic Glenn, 3315 E Silver Springs
followed at 7:15 with Speaker, Spiritual Blvd., Ocala 352-401-1862, www.mystic- Blvd., Ocala 352-401-1862, www.mystic-
Craft, Drumming, or Spiritual Film, de- realms.com. realms.com.
pending on the week. Love Offering, Oak- Beginning January 20, from 7-8:30
Brook Center for Spiritual Living, 1009 NE p.m., 4T Prosperity Program course. 4T is Seven days/week
28 Ave, Ocala, www.oakbrookcsl.org. tithing of your time, talent and treasure. Bellydancing, fitness, yoga classes,
Nia dancing with Marty Henneka $49.50 includes a manual and set of 12 personal training as early as 5:30 am, as
every Wednesday starting January 12 CDs. Spirit of Truth Independent Unity late as 7:30 pm. Hip Moves, 708 NW
(through February 16). 10-11 am, $40/6 Church, 2251 N.W. 41 St., Gainesville, FL 23rd Ave, Gainesville, 352-692-0132,
weeks or $12/session drop-in. Unity of 32606, 352-377-6825. www.hipmoves.com.
Gainesville, 8801 NW 39th Ave., www. Yoga classes as early as 5:30 am, as
late as 8:30 pm, beginners (including “Stiff
Guys”) to experienced Hot Yoga. Big Ron’s
Yoga College, Gainesville, 352-367-8434,
www.bigronsyoga.com.
Yoga classes at 8-9:15 am and other
times. Ayurveda Health Retreat, 14616
NW 140th St, Alachua, Alachua, 352-870-
7645, www.ayurvedahealthretreat.com.

Ongoing Monthly Development Classes


British Medium Jan Marshall
Coming in March
4-Day Intensive Mediumship
Workshop in August
Check our complete program
for 2011 on the website

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