Natural Life Celebration

Natural Life Celebration

Thank you to all that attended the Natural Life Celebration on Sunday, April 26, 2015! We appreciate everyone!

Natural Life Celebration

Come Celebrate Healthy Living on a Healthy Planet


Why? The event was created to celebrate healthy living on a healthy planet while bringing like-minded people together. The intention is to create an opportunity for the local community to be transformed, enlightened and inspired by our visionary presenters, expert exhibitors and fun activities.

Highlights: The event highlights keynote speakers Roland Comtois, Kurtis Lee Thomas and Brian Sean Reid. Other featured presenters include Lauren Canuel, Dr. Stephen Petteruti, Dr. Tad Sztykowski, Kerry Cudmore, Gladys Ellen, Dr. John McGonigle, and Amisha Patel. What an amazing line up to have all in one place. Bringing the best in Rhode Island together! Services and products from the expert exhibitors are available throughout the day. Also, fun activities such as a scavenger hunt have been included into the day for all ages to enjoy.

The Hope Artiste Village is a perfect place to create community and connect with like-minded people. Many tenants are supporting our event including Ahlers Designs, Candita Clayton Gallery and Team Awesome RI.

Who should attend? The local community looking for the opportunity to be transformed, enlightened and inspired. People that want celebrate healthy living. Those who are looking for the opportunity to live a healthier life or enjoy learning what the local community has to offer. Like-minded people that enjoy attending events to bask in the amazing energy created. The intention is that everyone who attends leaves with what they came for whether consciously or unconsciously.

Families are encouraged to attend the Natural Life Celebration, to take part in arts and craft activities, as well as a scavenger hunt, to get familiar with Hope Artist Village.

Admission: $10 in advance or $15 at the door. It includes all of the presenters, exhibitors and activities. Children welcomed. Under 12 is FREE. Click button below to buy your tickets now.

About us: The Natural Life Celebration was created by Susan Lataille of DiscoverYou Events and Maureen Cary of RI Natural Awakenings Magazine. The two met about 8 years ago when starting in business. They were very much alike in many ways and supported each other in the community. Maureen sponsored many events that Susan produced so it was a natural fit for them to create an event together. Their common goal is to bring the community together in living naturally. The vision is that everyone involved takes a bit of something with them that makes their life better in body, mind or spirit.

Health & Wellness Exhibitors - Keynote Speakers - Featured Presenters - Activities for all ages - Cheese Samples - Scavenger Hunt - Door Prizes - and more... 

Presented byDYElogosimple158ocean state business expo sponsor


When: Sunday, April 26, 2015

Time: 10am - 5pm

Where: Hope Artiste Village, 999 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI 1st & 2nd Floors  

(Not handicap accessible) 

Click here to get directions Parking available across the street, in courtyard between buildings, behind building as well as on street parking on Main Street, Warren Ave, Belmont Street and Dudley Street. 

Did you miss advanced registration? Click here to print a $5 off coupon.

 $15 at the door (Under 12 FREE)

Admission includes all keynote and featured presenters


Keynote Speakers and Featured Presenters Schedule: (Details below)

Candita Clayton Gallery - Room 105

11:00am Dr. John McGonigle - The Other, Undeserved

11:30am Amisha PatelEmotional Intelligence - The Hidden Gift We All Possess

KEYNOTE   12:00 pm Brian Sean Reid - Make your Move, Create that Change, TransPort your Life… 

KEYNOTE   1:00pm Kurtis Lee Thomas - The Power of Perception; Learn how to control the 'uncontrollable'

2:00pm Lauren Canuel - Holistic Approach to Weight Loss and Relapse Prevention

KEYNOTE   3:00pm Roland Comtois’ Inner Circle presents 'Connecting Spirit to Heart'

Team Awesome RI - Room 1215

11:30am Gladys Ellen - Understanding the New Role of the Caregiver

12:30pm Dr. Stephen Petteruti - Living Longer, Leaner, Younger

1:30pm Dr. Tad Sztykowski - Integrative Medicine

3:30pm Kerry Cudmore - RADICAL Spirituality, The art of challenging your “reality”

Empowerment Factory (Ahlers Designs) - Room 707 - Activities for all ages

11:00 - 12:00 Painting pet rocks led by holistic arts professional Debbee Radcliff of CreatIgo, as she guides you through the creative process using your positive energy.

12:15 - 1:00 Picnic with the animals – Bring your snacks, relax, laugh and play with puppets. Engage your imagination. Have fun.

1:15 - 2:15 Arts & Crafts - Enjoy a fun and easy activity led by artist Gail Ahlers; Make your own Treasure Box or “Blessing Board”. While Storywalker Wendy Fachon will entertain you with some of her magical stories.

2:30 – 3:30 Arts & Crafts - Enjoy a fun and easy activity led by artist Gail Ahlers; Make your own Treasure Box or “Blessing Board”. While Storywalker Wendy Fachon will entertain you with some of her magical stories.

3:45 – 4:45 Tea & Chat - The power of words – Meet some of the teachers from the Empowerment Factory as we discuss the power of words. Reading excerpts and discussing inspirational books, Angel Words by Doreen Virtue,  Messages from Water by Masuru Emoto, and You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hayes

Room 1230 - Expert Exhibitors

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Roland Comtois

KEYNOTE Roland Comtois’ Inner Circle presents 'Connecting Spirit to Heart'

Join Roland’s Inner Circle where he will take you on a journey of his Signature Purple Papers. The session will open as his prayer and meditation reaches the higher realm and the interlocking of the energies, from here and beyond, ensues. Roland expresses the important information imparted to him by transcribing the message onto the Purple Paper. As the story continues to unfolds, Roland will take you through all of the intimate details he experienced. It will be hard not to feel the personal and unconditional love being so strongly sent … maybe there will be a Purple Paper for you.

Roland Comtois is a nationally acclaimed inspirational speaker, spiritual medium, and radio host. He is the author of two books And Then There Was Heaven, a memoir chronicling the author’s personal near death experience and the after-life insights that define his life today, and 16 Minutes, a poignant personal journal about the last earthly moments between a mother and son and a guidebook through grief. Roland is a professional healer and spiritual medium with over 30 years experience as a gerontology nurse, Reiki Master,metaphysical teacher and grief specialist. His expertise extends from the physical to the spiritual, as he shares healing modalities and messages that nurture and balance mind, body and soul. His mission is to help people find comfort in life in spite of loss, show them how to move beyond grief with love and hope and to pass on the message that heaven and eternal love are real and always close at hand. He is the founder of Talk Stream Spiritual Radio, and the After Loss Expo, now in its 9th year. His work is currently sought after by television production companies eager to showcase his signature “Purple Papers.”

Kurtis Lee Thomas

Kurtis Lee Thomas

KEYNOTE Kurtis Lee Thomas -The Power of Perception; Learn how to control the 'uncontrollable'-  Many people get excited when they discover the powers of the Law of Attraction for themselves. However, many people get discouraged when they feel that the Law of Attraction isn't working for them and realize they cannot control the uncontrollable. Kurtis teaches us how to control the 'uncontrollable' and transform our lives by exercising and expanding our consciousness using the power of perception.

Kurtis Lee Thomas is a successful entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and business intuitive that has dedicated his life to following his passion and paying it forward. His mantra of “First you must LEARN, then you should EARN, so eventually you can RETURN”, led Kurtis to become a philanthropist and certified Life Coach. Kurtis adamantly believes that the harmonious communion of the body, mind, and spirit is the key to living a happy and healthy life. This thought pattern and diligent lifestyle choice are what eventually led Kurtis to becoming a certified Reiki Master, certified Hypnotherapist & Neuro-linguistic programming practitioner, as well as a certified International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) fitness professional.

In 2011, Kurtis had an amazing and eye-opening spiritual experience that changed his world forever. Kurtis discovered amazing abilities and mysteries about himself and the universe that he not only felt compelled to share with the rest of the world — he felt obligated!


Brian Sean Reid

Brian Sean Reid

KEYNOTE  Brian Sean Reid - Make your Move, Create that Change, TransPort your Life… We are all on this journey called life. Join me as I interview fellow authors, entrepreneurs, and speakers: Maureen Carey,  Amisha Patel, Michelle Girasole, Curtis Lee Thomas, and Kerry Cudmore.

Together we will go on their Hero’s/ Heroine’s Journey and discover how you too, can, make Your move, create That change, transport Your life, aligned with your nature so nature herself can move you towards what matters!!!!

Brian Reid - World-renowned fitness expert and life coach Brian Reid is the Keynote Speaker for the Living Well Festival. Inner Fitness Center founder, Reid is a life coach, author, motivational speaker and fitness expert. He will introduce gems from his HorsePower Personal TranSPORTation workshops and curricula. Reid gives you practical and easy to apply tools and strategies to create a healthy body and take your current fitness to the next level. Reid’s principles have been broken down to its core so that you can implement them in your current lifestyle or design your own lifestyle around them.

Lauren Canuel - Holistic Approach to Weight Loss and Relapse Prevention -Lauren will be speaking about the different parts of our personality that determine

Lauren Canuel

Lauren Canuel

whether we can succeed at weight loss forever! Through identification of negative beliefs systems, negative thought patterns, and discussion of the emotional eating cycle, she will give an overview of the types of cognitive behavioral therapy that she has been utilizing with her patients for almost 26 years. Lauren knows what works in weight loss, she lost 150 pounds 29 years ago and has kept it off!

Improving your body image enhances the way you look and the way you feel about yourself. Take this important step with Ms. Lauren Canuel. A high regarded psychotherapist with over twenty eight years of weight loss experience, Lauren has a reputation as a leader and educator with the highest professional standards. After 25 years in clinical practice, Lauren knows what works in weight loss and relapse prevention. She has lost and kept off 150 pounds for almost 3 decades! Ms. Canuel’s experience allows for a thoughtful consultation with the best care and results that are achievable. Hundreds of people have benefited by choosing Lauren as their path toward the quest for a happier and healthier life.

Kerry Cudmore - RADICAL Spirituality, The art of challenging your “reality” ... Personally and professionally, Kerry Cudmore practices a unique brand of radical spirituality. From walking on hot coals

Kerry Cudmore
Kerry Cudmore

and broken glass, breaking arrows and bending steel bars with her throat, to embracing the truth that we--literally--create each and every aspect of our reality, she empowers herself and others to question the typical perspectives of our culture, in order to create a reality that is limitless in its capacity for self-fulfillment and happiness. Find out how ... and why!

Kerry Cudmore, MS, CPCC, PCC is a professional certified life and business coach, empowerment trainer, and firewalking instructor, who has made a lifetime study of human expression. She practices a unique brand of radical spirituality; from walking on hot coals and broken glass, breaking arrows and bending steel bars with her throat, to embracing the truth that we--literally--create each and every aspect of our reality, she empowers herself and others to question the typical perspectives of our culture, in order to create a reality that is limitless in its capacity for self-fulfillment and happiness.

Dr. Tad Sztykowski- Integrative Medicine Integrative Medicines amazing benefits and effects on everyday health as well as the effect it has on our healthcare system.

Dr. Tad Sztykowski

Dr. Tad Sztykowski

Dr. Tad Sztykowski is the founder and owner of the Centers for Integrative Medicine and Healing. Dr. Tad established his first practice in September of 1990, since them Centers for Integrative Medicine and Healing have assisted over 12,000 patients with their health

problems. Dr. Sztykowski was born in Poland and stated his medical studies in 1975. He graduated from Medical School in Gdansk in 1982. His postgraduate training took him to the Institute of Female Disorders in Gdansk where he completed his Obstetrics and Gynecology residency obtaining board certification in OB/GYN in 1987. Dr. Sztykowski has successfully treated over 40,000 patients, first with Western Medicine and later with Chinese Medicine. He has performed over 1,000 surgeries including C-sections and has delivered over 4500 newborns. He is renowned for his superior diagnostic skills, which make is clinic one of the largest and most sought for in the U.S.

Gladys Ellen - Understanding the New Role of the Caregiver - Do you identify with the role of Caregiver, Healer, Earth Angel or Lightworker?  This seminar is designed with you in mind.

Let’s face it, times have changed.  The old belief that caregivers must fix, change, save, and make better is way behind us.  It’s time to willingly unplug from draining people, places,

Gladys Ellen

Gladys Ellen

and ideas.  In this seminar you'll learn effective ways to take back your power while fulfilling your soul mission as a Caregiver.  Gladys takes a spiritual approach to change.  She believes minor adjustments make huge changes in the long run. Feeling good is a priority in order to maintain rhythm and harmony in your life. When you feel good, the people around you will naturally feel good; and when they feel good, the people around them will feel good; and so on.  True “peace on earth” begins with you. Come learn how to inspire, teach, comfort, and support others by living your best life.

Gladys Ellen is one of Rhode Island's most credible and authentic spiritual intuitives. A triple Cancer, she is compassionate, sensitive, highly intuitive, psychically aware, and dedicates her life to nurturing others. She is ruled by the Moon---the Great Mother of the heavens in ancient times.

Gladys is the owner of Heavenly Hugs Holistic Healing Center, a very special meeting place where one can re-connect, re-energize, learn, grow, raise the spiritual Love vibration, and Be with others in a supportive environment. As an Angel Intuitive, Spiritual Medium and Energy Therapy Master-Teacher, she offers private one-on-one sessions along with a variety of professional training programs to include Angel Intuitive Practitioner Certifications, Basic Mediumship, Usui Reiki, Integrated Energy Therapy® (IET), and Magnified Healing®.

Gladys is a facilitator of change, empowering you with the tools you need to attract healthy, positive experiences into your life. Her mission is to gather like-minded people together for inner peace and spiritual growth. She takes a heart-based, whole-istic approach to Wellness ------> The Next Frontier in Healthcare. You can find her short story published in Doreen Virtue's book, “The Miracles of Archangel Michael”.

Dr. John McGonigle The Other, Undeserved - John McGonigle MD teaches and practices Integrative Family Medicine in Providence, RI. John McGonigle is a Family Medicine doctor who uses both conventional and holistic strategies for treating illness and enhancing well-being.

The basis of health is five-fold: Finding and nourishing the sense of meaning and purpose in life; the cultivation of healthy, loving relationships; good sleep and an accessible dream life; physical activity and

Dr. John McGonigle

Dr. John McGonigle

joy; a dynamic and balanced diet.

Accordingly, Dr. McGonigle explores with patients the ways in which these five fundamentals are being met, or may be enhanced. In addition, specific therapies including vitamin and mineral supplements, herbal remedies, archetypal dream analysis, and counselling are employed. When pharmaceutical

preparations, conventional diagnostic tests, or collaboration with a medical specialist are indicated his position as a licensed physician enables him to guide and advise his patients in a holistic or integrative way. He has a special passion for the amazing healing properties of Homeopathic Medicine. Dr. McGonigle has been studying and using homeopathic remedies for over ten years and considers it the most dynamic - as well as poised - approach to that place where body, mind and spirit join in the space/time known as life.

Dr. Stephen Petteruti - Living Longer, Leaner, Younger 

Dr. Stephen Petteruti

Dr. Stephen Petteruti

Traditional aging is soon to be a thing of the past.  Thinning bones, shrinking brain, withering muscles, thickening midsection, fading sexual vitality, is no way to spend the second half of your life.

Advances in science, nutrition, hormone management and medicine  are rapidly changing the aging process. Dr. Petteruti is one of the nations foremost experts in antiaging medicine and advanced weight-loss medicine. He will explain the three key elements to an extended youthful lifespan. It's never too late to start getting younger! Don't miss this groundbreaking and informative topic.

Dr. Stephen Petteruti DO is board certified in family medicine, weight-loss medicine, anti-aging and regenerative medicine.  He is also certified in Chelation therapy. At the "The Petteruti Center" in Warwick he and his staff deliver comprehensive advanced Antiaging medicine, weight-loss medicine and concierge primary care.

Amisha Patel - Emotional Intelligence - The Hidden Gift We All Possess

Intelligence is normally associated with the rational mind. Amisha Patel M.F.A. shares an alternate

Amisha Patel

Amisha Patel

perspective. Perhaps humanity's true opportunity for wisdom lies not in the world of rational intelligence, but in the realm of emotional intelligence. In this talk, sensitivity won't be discussed as a weakness, but as a strength.

Amisha Patel is a writer, professor, and consultant living in Providence, Rhode Island. She currently teaches at Providence College. A published poet, Amisha's writing can be found in New Letters, The Madison Review, Third Coast, Verse Daily, and the Georgetown Review, amongst others. To learn more about her, visit