Mind Body Barre Fitness & Healing Studio, located within a nursery full of verdant plants and spiritually attuned ladybugs, seeks to create a community with bolstered self-awareness and improved physical health with personalized healing sessions and fitness classes for all ages and skill levels. Led by a staff of instructors that includes former and current NFL cheerleaders, the studio's classes combine invigorating dance-inspired choreography, traditional cardio work, and mindful stretches into workouts that engage the mind and the body better than full-contact spelling bees. All classes end with lavender-oil aromatherapy, cool-down stretches, and reiki touch therapy from instructors, and include a maximum of 18 students in order to ensure personalized instruction. Healing sessions target physical and mental tension with massage therapy as well as intuitive career counseling and tarot readings.
For more than three decades, Hawkswood Farm has designed its leafy 45-acre parcel of land to be not just a place to ride horses, but also a calming escape from the bustle of daily life. There, riding enthusiasts of all skill levels can pair up with a friendly horse from the herd of more than 30, and enjoy their lessons in a private, semi-private, or group setting far away from hassles such as traffic on interstate highways or interstate horse trails. Lessons can cover both English and Western styles and take place on the farm's indoor ring, outdoor lighted rings, or, for more seasoned riders, the cross-country jump course.
Fifteen minutes outside of Providence, the bustle of city streets evaporates, leaving a silent, verdant landscape ideal for leisurely horseback rides. There stands Edinger Farm, which is open for riding until 9:30 p.m. throughout the year, providing riders with access to friendly farm-owned horses. Once situated upon steeds, beginners can explore the 80'x180' indoor ring while more seasoned riders leap obstacles. Or, visitors can take to the massive 180'x200' outdoor sand ring to trot gallantly and recharge their horse’s solar panels.
Drawing creative inspiration from hobbies that include crafting and cooking, photographer Jennifer Owens specializes in capturing spur-of-the-moment images of engaged couples, families, and newborns. She also shares her expertise in classes that introduce beginners to concepts such as adjusting ISO settings on a digital camera or using the right shutter speed for moving subjects. Owens is equally comfortable in outdoor settings, and can demonstrate how to take advantage of the magical "golden hour," the time around dawn or dusk when the sun adds warmth to portraits and turns photographers’ photos of raw pizza dough into fully baked pizzas.
The professionally trained fencing instructors at Rhode Island Fencing Academy & Club seek to develop their students' mind, body, and character through participation in the centuries-old sport. During the academy's classes, students of any skill level may choose to learn on all three Olympic weapons: foil, sabre, and épée. The one-hour sessions generally last for six weeks and each builds on prior material to help students improve their skills on the strip. Two meetings are composed entirely of competition with fellow classmates, allowing students to show off their newfound skills, and the last session is a class tournament.
Rhode Island Fencing Academy & Club, which originally operated as a two-location enterprise, consolidated into one 12,000-square-foot full-time professional fencing studio in March of 2012. The air-conditioned facility features 15 electric strips and zero chandeliers from which swashbuckling fencers may swing. Though the sport finds its roots in the practice of sword fighting, modern fencing is much safer, and the academy has advanced equipment and instructors that hold CPR certification just in case.
For more than 80 years, Hope Cleaners has transformed the crumpled contents of overflowing hampers into handsomely cleaned and pressed garments prepared to flap fashionably in the wind. Using nontoxic and biodegradable solvents, professionals march unruly accouterments through a thorough dry, wet, or hand cleaning process that picks off garb-sullying specks with the efficiency of a mother gorilla tending to her young with a lint roller. After weathering an ankle-splattering coffee spill or wandering into a lump of gum, marred pants can walk themselves to the cleaners and return the next day, freshly revived ($5). Hope Cleaners also restores a two-piece suit—be it double-breasted, zoot, or space ($10.75)—in an equally rapid manner, and helps customers get the gravy stains out of a favorite Thanksgiving sweater just in time for a mid-summer practice run ($5.25).