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25 ladies attended another busy lunch at the lovely Forn de Sant Joan restaurant in Palma.

C/ Sant Joan 4, Palma de Mallorca

Forn de Sant Joan website | MAP: Forn de Sant Joan

The Association “Europeos por España” has organised a FREE presentation on Friday 22nd March at 18:30 at Mood Beach in response to the concerns and misinformation circulating regarding the new fiscal law that has just come in to force. All residents of whatever nationality are to make their first declaration BEFORE 30th April .

The meeting is without commitment or obligation of any kind.

Age Concern Mallorca are already planning for Europe Day on 12th May and are looking for prizes (however big or small) for their tombola, which was very successful last year.  So, if anyone has a prize to donate could they either bring it to the next LACE lunch or contact Jill Witkamp.  They are also planning to have a “jar” stall with anything edible in a jar (chutneys, jam, marmalade, sweets, nuts, olives), if you would like to make something please again bring it along to the lunch or contact Jill.  If possible no labels on the jars except for on the lid, with contents and date it was made.

Contact Jill Witkamp for donations & prizes at

or for any other info. on Age Concern Mallorca, contact Jackie Codd at

I never ever thought I would suffer from Insomnia, me? no… never ever…. I was a hit the pillow and sleep through WW3 type…. but as I became a women of a certain age… Insomnia hit me like a sledgehammer… and I could not function…. I couldn’t get off to sleep, and I couldn’t stay asleep and quite frankly it was actually very distressing on many levels. Not only are you exhausted mentally and physically, but to add to the mix, that the bogey men comes out at night and every teeny, tiny problem becomes enormous…   you see the start of a very tiring vicious circle.  So you lay there worrying and worrying… or get up, drink tea, watch night time TV (which I must tell you is complete rubbish!) and well tea is full of caffeine and makes you pee!  Then at 6 in the morning you crawl into the bed and yes, sleep like a log…. for an hour!!! Only to repeat the same exercise the following night…..sound familiar?

So Insomnia is something I have experienced and still do on some occasions… but I am lucky! This is one condition where I can actually poke myself with needles….

Acupuncture is REALLY effective in the treatment of Insomnia. There have been a few research projects conducted in the last few years and the results give an out right YES, acupuncture really is a wonderful way to treat insomnia…. in fact it is 90% effective!

Insomnia is quite complicated scientifically speaking. In order to sleep we need adequate levels of serotonin and melatonin racing around our body especially if we are anxious too. And guess what Insomnia makes us very anxious…. if we don’t have enough of these lovely neurohormones we just don’t sleep and become more anxious!

Melatonin is a Central nervous system depressant with anxiolytic, mild hypnotic and anticonvulsant actions …definitely what we need at bedtime… The pattern of melatonin secretion over a 24-hour period is widely accepted as a measure of circadian activity (our internal body clock… the one that makes us wake up at the same time each day without an alarm clock especially on Sunday morning!) in humans. This pattern is disrupted in insomnia. Compared to normal patients, those with insomnia have suppressed nocturnal outputs of melatonin and are more likely to have histories of depression.

The good news is…. Acupuncture consistently raises the Melatonin level (tested by 24 hour monitoring of levels in urine) Urine analysis showed that nocturnal physiological levels of ‘aMT6s’ (melatonin) increased following acupuncture and decreased during the morning and early afternoon.

So this is all wonderful proof that acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment for Insomnia…. So if you are counting sheep on a regular basis here is your answer.

You can find the research project here:

See original blog post written by Anne Verrinder on – 5th March 2013

LACE Member profile: Anne Verrinder

Acupuncture sessions at Acu-Nova priced at 50€ a session. LACE Member discount: 20%

Five simple, yoga-like exercises have succeeded in fascinating millions of people throughout the world with their rejuvenating effect.

During this 2 ½ hour workshop you will learn about the history, recent theories on why the Rites are so effective, and how to do them on your own at home.

This workshop will be offered in English by Linda Wenzek-Barth, a German-American Naturopath who visited Tibet while living and working in Beijing,China in the late ‘80’s.

  • Where:  Sa Taronja Cultural Centre, Andratx (directions will be sent upon registration)
  • When:   March 26th 2013  (10:00-12:30)
  • Investment:  € 25 (all proceeds for this workshop will go to help support the Cultural Association “Sa Taronja”)

Registration:  call Linda on +34 971 – 13 73 83 or e-mail (as I will be away March 14-24th, I will confirm your registration latest by the 24th)

(Please bring a bottle of water, a mat, and wear comfortable clothing.)

The Five Tibetan Rites

These five simple, yoga-like exercises made famous by Peter Kelder’s book “The Eye of Revelation” first published in 1939, and reissued as “Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth” in 1947, have succeeded in fascinating millions of people throughout the world with their rejuvenating effect. Credited for everything from increased energy to a better memory, weight loss and just looking and feeling younger,  they are simple to learn and require very little effort, other than the willpower to do them.

Even if you practice no other sports, the Five Tibetan Rites offer a very complete exercise program, for in contrast to most western sports,  the Rites address every system of the body – the endocrine system, the circulatory system, the lymphatic system, the nervous system, the musculatory system, every organ, as well as the body’s energy centers, the chakras are influenced in a positive way.

The second debate directed to European business men and women here in Mallorca takes place on Thursday 14th March.  It should be both interesting and relevant as they will be presenting the Government’s “star project” regarding foreign investment in to Mallorca.  The presentations will be brief as the main focus will be an inter-change of opinions and ideas between themselves and those present, as representing a cross-section of European business here.



DATE: Thursday 14th March, 2013

TIME: 18:30 h.

PLACE: Ed. Vicepresidència del Govern (Sala de prensa), C/ Palau Reial, 17, Palma de Mallorca


18:30h. Introduction by the Director of CBE, Vicente Enguídanos.

18:40h. Debate, with speakers:

  • Sra. Margalida Vidanya y  Sra. Vanessa Rosselló. Instituto Desarrollo Empresarial

“Balearic Islands, a place for intelligent business”

  • Enrique Dubois, company director “Mola”
  • Sr. Antoni Viader, Parc Bit

19:15h. Questions and debate.

20:00h. Close meeting

Moderator: Kate Mentink, Assistant Director of CBE.

Entrance free of charge. Information and enquiries: 971 784 339 or

Networking | Member Hotspots | Information | Laughter | Promotional Material Table

Spring is in the air, so we are heading to the beautiful country location of Santa Maria for our March Lunch, to the stunning Reads Hotel. Delicious food, informative hotspots and relaxed, yet effective networking are on the menu. All ladies welcome.

25€ (Members) 32.50€ (Non-members) Includes welcome glass of cava, 3-course lunch, water, glass of wine & coffee.


Avocado and Coriander Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette and Candied Walnuts


Roasted Marinated Chicken quartered and served with Grilled Seasonal Vegetables and Roast Potatoes

Vegetarian option: Cous Cous with Mediterranean Vegetables and a Yoghurt Dressing    (AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST AT TIME OF BOOKING)


Lemon Cheesecake with Raspberry Sorbet

NB: If you would like the vegetarian alternative for main course, or have any other dietary requirement, please advise when booking.

  • HOTSPOTS available (max 5 mins) – please request when booking. (Members only)
  • PROMOTIONAL TABLE – promote your business with cards, leaflets etc. (For all attendees)

All ladies welcome!

Booking essential – please email either

Spaces are limited so it is advisable to book as soon as possible.

Reads Hotel & Spa

Crta. Vieja Santa Maria Alaró s/n, 07320 Santa Maria del Camí

READS  website | MAP to READS

To experience it is to come out into a different world with a stronger YOU!

What participants said of the last workshop…

Bettina (Austria) says:I never thought I could reach such emotional depth of love.  It opened my heart and all my senses. To share this intense experience with women from different cultures of the world provided me with a nest of safety. Thank you for sharing and teaching us the Inner World in the way you do!”

Ines (Spain) says: “The retreat was an incredible experience for me. I came back full of energy and with lots of ideas and plans to make my life coincide with what I feel as woman. I recommend the retreat to any woman who would like to know herself better, feel alive again and heal her soul and her body.”

Anita (Sweden) says: “It was life changing, a transforming experience. We are led through … evoking… identifying with various aspects of our own inner selves, as women.  It is all very loving and free, and there is no pressure. Very different from what I have experienced in other workshops. All the women who attended with me felt profound changes and breakthroughs to a better place in their lives.”

Tel: +34 659 415 579

Petra Wigermo is a certified associated gourmet chef and instructor, pastery arts- unbaked chef from the Living Light Culinary Arts Institute, USA. She is originally from Sweden but currently lives in Mallorca.

A former System Analysist, Petra´s life changed after a car accident when she discovered the healing properties of yoga and went on to become a yoga teacher. This lead on to an interest in IIN ( Institute for Integrative Nutrition) where Petra becoming a Holistic Health Counselor. Here she got introduced to raw food, but initially thought it too extreme for her. It wasn’t until Petra became sick, that she realized that raw food could actually heal her. She went to Dr. Gabriel Cousens’ center to learn more about Counscious Eating and found it so facinating that she has returned on a number of occasions to assist with the same course.

Petra has now opened Mallorca’s first raw food café in Palma, Ziva to Go, in the heart of Santa Catalina behind the market. Her goal is to serve fast-healthy-fresh-food for busy people.

The café features raw cuisine with a gourmet flare. The menu has a little bit of everything from fruit smoothies to green juices, tasty dishes and even heavenly decadent desserts.

Please visit their web site or Facebook page to get more information on Ziva´s products, workshops, catering and special offers or if you just want to get healthy updates.

Ziva is open: Monday to Saturday 08:00–18:00

Plaza de la Navegación 11, Santa Catalina, Palma de Mallorca

Tel. 871 966 967

Zivatogo on Facebook

Anna Pink at CalviàVet Veterinary Clinic, Santa Ponça

Anna is a veterinary surgeon originally from South Africa. She moved to the UK after qualifying and worked there in small animal practice over a period of 10 years before coming to Mallorca.

She has worked in Puerto Pollensa for 4 years and as a mobile vet performing home visits island-wide.

She is now co-owner of CalviàVet, a new clinic specialising in small animals in Santa Ponça along with her husband, Juan Fernandez. Juan is a vet from Zaragoza and also worked in the UK for over 13 years.

The ethos of CalviàVet is to provide excellent patient care and client service with a big emphasis on the well-being of the animals while they are visiting. The aim is to make visits as calm and stress-free as possible for everyone!

It is the only practice in the Balearics to have been awarded “Cat Friendly Clinic” status by the International Society for Feline Medicine and is a fully-equipped hospital, offering a complete veterinary service.

CalviàVet is in The Boulevard Business Park, Santa Ponsa, with plenty of off-street parking.

Consultations are by appointment between 9:30 and 1:30 and 3pm to 7pm Mon-Fri ; 9:30-1pm Saturday

Telephone: +34 971 695108

24 hr emergency: +34 634524440


CalviaVet on Facebook

LACE Members offer: All LACE members receive 10% discount on all consultations, vaccinations and surgical procedures at CalviàVet.




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