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About Us

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide insight and information to improve the quality of life physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression, and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.

About the Magazine

Healthy living entrepreneur Sharon Bruckman established Natural Awakenings magazine in 1994 in Naples, Florida, in response to her local holistic health community's need for an effective way to share information and connect with people searching for alternative therapies. Success of the original Naples/Ft. Myers edition was immediate.

Two years later, an avid reader convinced her to launch a second edition in Sarasota, Florida. Its destiny was to become the prototype for an unprecedented franchise network of like-minded people who value what this magazine brings to their communities.

In 1999 Bruckman formed Natural Awakenings Publishing Corporation to support the growing network of publishers. Today, franchise owners publish more than 75 local editions with new magazines being added each year. Currently, magazines are being published in cities and regions of the country as diverse as Miami, New York, Toronto, Phoenix, Portland, and San Juan, PR. There are fourteen in Florida alone. In each market, thousands of free copies are circulated at hundreds of public distribution points.

When the Sarasota franchise became available again in the spring of 2007, a local team of health gurus jumped at the opportunity to take the helm. Chiropractor Jason Cross and publishing entrepreneur Jeff Taylor linked arms to bring Natural Awakenings Sarasota/Manatee's edition to a higher level locally.

"The wellness revolution I saw emerging years ago is now in full swing," says Bruckman. "It's propelled by the kind of people who read our magazines and website. Our job is to keep our finger on the pulse of cutting-edge advances and keep readers apprised of the best healthy-life choices available."

Natural Awakenings offers a synergy that other national publications just can't match, with both a national and local focus seamlessly integrated into each issue. It's a free monthly publication dedicated to providing insights and information to improve the quality of life physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. We present special features, interviews with national figures, and guest columns right along with local news briefs, stories, resource directories and a community calendar. Each month brings fresh perspective around a timely theme sure to pique their interest.

Please look for our magazine in more than 950 locations From Port Charlotte to the Manatee River. You can find our magazine at health food stores, health and education centers, recreation centers, libraries, healing centers, practitioners' offices and wherever free publications are generally seen. Please contact us if you would like copies placed at your business. Natural Awakenings has been expanding locally over the past two years. Our editions cover the following Counties: Manatee, Sarasota, Desoto and Charlotte. Our monthly publications far surpass the circulation of any other local monthly publication.

We welcome your feedback and participation. Please contact us to share your thoughts with us.

Current and Resourceful Information

Each month Natural Awakenings advertisers and writers provide the tools you need to assist you on your personal path to wellness. We feature articles by national authors as well as from local leaders in the natural health field.

Additionally, we bring you news and events that are happening in our communities and around the globe. We invite you to explore our site.

Health, Fitness, Sustainable Living, Personal Growth, and Creative Expression

As one of the largest natural living magazines in the United States, Natural Awakenings has become an indispensable personal resource for people seeking a healthy, natural lifestyle. Our rapidly growing family of more than 75 independently owned magazines brings positive solutions to life's challenges to nearly three million readers each month. We at the Sarasota Gulf Coast region Natural Awakenings are committed to providing services and information to our community to improve your quality of life physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Here and in our monthly publication you will find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.