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About Us

Mission Statement

We are here to provide insight and information to help our readers improve their quality of life, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Each month, we provide cutting-edge information on natural health, green living, nutrition, fitness, personal growth and creative expression, together with highlighting products and services that support a healthy lifestyle and sustainable planet.

About the Magazine

In 1994, healthy living entrepreneur Sharon Bruckman saw a need in her community for a better way to connect people seeking reliable information about natural health and green living with those qualified to provide helpful products and services. This desire spurred the birth of the first Natural Awakenings magazine in January, 1994, serving Naples and Fort Myers, Florida. Two years later, her team launched a second edition in Sarasota, Florida, that became a franchise prototype.

In 1999, Bruckman formed the Natural Awakenings Publishing Corporation to support the growing demand for the magazine in other communities.

Today, the original Southwest Florida edition has become the role model for an explosion of Natural Awakenings magazines across the country. Franchise owners now publish more than 80 local editions, with new areas being added every year.

With more than 1.3 million total monthly copies published, Natural Awakenings is one of the most widely read natural living magazines in North America. Magazines are published in cities as diverse as Miami, New York, Phoenix, Portland and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Florida alone hosts 14 active markets. In every community where we publish, thousands of loyal readers pick up their free monthly copy at hundreds of convenient public distribution points.

Natural Awakenings offers a synergy that other national publications in our field can't match, seamlessly integrating both local and national topics, expertise and resources. Our staff enjoys a long track record of exploring the cutting edge of the natural health and green living movements with our readers. We present original features, interviews with national figures and contributions by guest experts, along with local and national news briefs, resource directories and a local community calendar. Each month brings fresh perspective, centered on a timely theme that is sure to pique readers’ interest.

As Senior Publisher, Bruckman continues to oversee overall editorial quality, while local owners and staff work together to bring readers and advertisers a magazine that now reigns as an industry leader.

"The wellness and green living 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 websites. Our job is to keep our finger on the pulse of cutting-edge advances and keep readers abreast of the best green, healthy-life choices available."

We invite you to pick up a free copy of our local magazine at a nearby distribution location. You will find them in health food stores, health and wellness facilities, education and recreation centers, yoga studios, integrative and complementary practitioners' offices and wherever free publications are generally available. Let us know if you would like copies placed at your business.

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