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n that note we need to think about our environment not just on Earth Day, but every day. Unfortunately, there are those that believe climate change does not exist. Green-ing up our everyday routine is something we should do no matter who is president. In addition to following the “reduce, reuse, recycle,” way of life, we can vote with our consumer spending dollars by supporting companies and new technologies that run off renewable energy. We can also donate to the World Wildlife Fund, the National Resources Defense Council, or any number of organizations dedicated to keeping our planet healthy. Visit to review data on how effectively funds are being used. Once you’ve donated, follow that organization’s account on Twitter to keep up-to-date on the work they’re doing. To stay informed, subscribe to Sierra Magazine or National Geographic, or try donating to the National Geographic Society—one of the longest running environmental organizations in the world. I’m excited to announce that Natural Awakenings is expanding in Northern and Central New Mexico. We are seeking an Equity Partner/Co-publisher to assist in the growth of our existing business. Established since 2004, Natural Awakenings of Northern & Central New Mexico is the area’s leading healthy lifestyle magazine. Each month our 35,000 local readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, sustainability and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle. With so much opportunity in this market segment, our vision is to publish a larger volume magazine with expanded distribution. There simply is no other publication in the marketplace that offers this type of cutting edge, wellrounded, educational and inspiring editorial. At the same time our magazine connects many local practitioners with the readers that are looking for their services. Publishing is a fun job that can be done from a home office. Perks for me have included the opportunity to interview world-renowned visionaries including Deepak Chopra, Dr. Andrew Weil, Barbara Marx Hubbard and the late Dolores Cannon. In addition, as publisher I get to partner with the creative teams behind many amazing local events such as the Santa Fe Yoga Festival, Unify Fest and the Albuquerque Film Festival. I am also blessed and honored to have the most caring and talented group of people as my clients. Natural Awakenings headquarters ’new corporate management team has a strong vision to leverage the Natural Awakenings brand while continuing to maintain the integrity of our different individual markets. We are all very excited about the future. If you know of anyone that’s interested, please have them call 704-657-3886 or email I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of our loyal readers for continuing to support us as well as our committed advertisers that work so hard to provide the best services possible. We appreciate you all. Finally, we’re happy to announce that as of April you can pick up Natural Awakenings Northern New Mexico in 23 Smiths and Albertson’s locations in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Andrea Publisher, Natural Awakenings Northern New Mexico

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Finding Inner Peace:

Balayogi Returns to Albuquerque to Bring Meditation and Discourse

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he next 500-hour hypnotherapy course begins June 5, 2017, at the Hypnotherapy Academy, in Albuquerque. After completing the first 300 hours of modules one through three, students are eligible for certification as hypnotherapists with the International Board of Hypnotherapy. By also completing the 400 hours of module four, which covers pain management techniques and accelerated healing, they become eligible for the professional designation of clinical hypnotherapist and certified medical support clinical hypnotherapist. Module five is a 500-hour elective that covers natal regression and past-life therapy, for 500 hours. Students have traveled from 28 countries and all 50 states to attend the school. Academy Director Tim Simmerman Sierra states, “Our state licensed hypnosis courses and clinical hypnotherapy training have led the field in hypnotherapy education for almost 30 years. The 500-hour accelerated certification course in hypnotherapy is held three times a year and is taught in two-week modules.” Location: 2132 Osuna Rd., NE, Ste. B, Albuquerque. To register, call 505-767-8030 or toll free at 877-983-1515 or visit course-content. See ad on page 7.


aba Shiva Rudra Balayogi, who is recognized as one of the great self-realized yogis of our era, will be visiting Albuquerque and Santa Fe to conduct a series of free meditation classes and answer questions on meditation, selfrealization and finding inner peace. He will appear at a residence in Albuquerque from 4 to 6:30 p.m. May 13, and in Santa Fe, at the Santa Fe Center for Spiritual Living from 3 to 5:30 p.m. May 14. All programs are suitable for beginner or advanced meditators. The core of Baba’s teaching is, “People are suffering because they have forgotten the liberating truth of who they are. Among the thousands of thoughts that appear in our busy mind each day, there is a one thing that is not a thought—our consciousness of existing. The silent witness to the mind is the true self. Without direct experience of this higher reality, it is not possible to stop suffering. By silencing the mind with meditation, we come face-to-face with the truth of existence, a state of consciousness in which supreme peace is the reality.” Cost: free, donations appreciated. Albuquerque location: Residence at 5431 Eakes Rd. NW, Los Ranchos; Santa Fe location: Santa Fe Center for Spiritual Living, 505 Camino de los Marquez, Santa Fe. For more information on the Albuquerque visit, call 505-307-8892. For more information on the Santa Fe visit, call 505-466-7662 or visit See ad, page 24. Mandarin Firming Cream Improves the skin of our neck area one of the most obvious signs of aging!

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other Root Studio, an art therapy and expressive arts studio located in Santa Fe, will host an Open House from noon to 4 p.m. on April 15 to celebrate the opening of their new space. According to owner Bethany MooreGarrison, the new studio provides more room for therapy, energy work, groups and workshops. Moore-Garrison, an artist and LMHC, is a heartcentered practitioner that guides her clients through deep, transformative work. Her eclectic practice offers art therapy, counseling, EMDR, sand tray therapy, energy therapy, mindfulness and expressive art studio experiences for individuals and groups. She utilizes her intuitive skills to facilitate an experience that fosters awareness, self-love, growth and a deep connection to life and loving. “Are you experiencing a lack of passion? Not sure who you are anymore? Feeling disconnected from life and wanting more?” asks Moore-Garrison. “Perhaps you have always wanted to express yourself and explore the art process. This is a space that supports the journey to wholeness.” Visit the community calendar for details on an upcoming Introduction to SoulCollage workshop on Saturday, April 22. Location: 1413 Second St. #4, Santa Fe. For more information visit See ad, page 37.

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a Montañita Co-op Food Market is proud to announce EarthFest 2017. Join the tradition and celebrate with us behind La Montañita’s Nob Hill store from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 23.   Each year La Montañita takes over Silver Avenue between Carlisle Boulevard and Tulane Avenue and makes room for hundreds of local vendors, social and economic justice organizations, environmental advocacy groups, performers and, of course, La Montañita’s delicious deli foods.  The two-block party has a large stage front and center where attendees can enjoy a variety of performances throughout the day while walking about to purchase starter plants early in the spring season and receive gardening and farming information from experts in their field. There will also be a petting zoo with baby goats from one of La Montañita’s local vendors, The Old Windmill Dairy. With so much going on, be sure to come early and enjoy all that La Montañita Coop EarthFest has to offer as it celebrates our local community and planet. Cost: free. Furry friends welcome. For more information and questions about La Montañita Co-op’s EarthFest, contact Robin Seydel, Community Advocacy, at See ad, page 9.

Aromatouch Body Treatment Now Available


he team at Casa Verde Salon Spa in Albuquerque is excited to now offer the Aromatouch Body Treatment—a holistic approach to support and compliment medical massage. The treatment is an application of eight essential oils in combination with energy work and light relaxation massage techniques to the spine and bottoms of the feet. “The powerful properties of these essential oils will radiate out from the spine and feet to affect your emotional and physical well-being,” shares co-owner Jack Maestas. The first two oils, Balance and Lavender, are specifically for stress reduction. The next two, Meleleuca and On Guard, are for immune support. Next, Aromatouch and Deep Blue help combat inflammation in the body while Wild Orange and Peppermint help usher in a sense of homeostasis or (Balance). “In general, we all get through our daily lives dealing with stress, sickness, aches and pains, while striving for a feeling of balance. The Aromatouch Treatment can be that extra support, so you don’t have to do it all on your own,” says Maestas. Location: 5113 Comanche Rd., Albuquerque. For more information call 505-881-0464. See ad, page 7.

Award Winning Climate Change Film Returns to New Mexico for Earth Day

Annual Albuquerque Recycled Art Fair

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he 8th annual ABQ Recycled Art Fair he Remedy Day Spa and Youth Market is in Nob Hill will be being held April 29 hosting an Earth Day and 30 from 10 a.m. Celebration from 6:00 to 4 p.m. both days at p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on the Open Space Visitor April 22. Center in Albuquerque. Elizabeth Gaylynn This year’s fair, Baker, writer and an inspiration to director, left the Land rethink “reduce, of Enchantment a year reuse, recycle” and ago to go a wandering keep Albuquerque with her latest film clean, features over and book, We Know 40 New Mexico art vendors, a youth market, educational Not What We Do. activities, fun contests, and live musical performances. “It was completely Recycled or upcycled art is work created from 75 unexpected; no one was more surprised than me, but our art percent or more discarded material—stuff that would have can do that, and actually should do that—shake us up and otherwise piled up in storm water drains, vacant lots, or in change our lives, by simply changing our perceptions.” the landfill. After finishing the film, Baker wrote a companion book, Saturday’s schedule features art workshops with Art winding together 12 of the amazing interviews captured while Street and Kent Swanson, a watermelon seed spitting making the film with the story of how the film had changed her contest, and music by Last Call. Sunday will feature life. She returns home on Earth Day, April 22, bringing both the music by Frank & Debo’s Jazz Head Duo, art workshops film and the book with her. with Off Center Arts and Rachel Zollinger and a Trashy This Earth Day event will be a gathering of oneness ‘n Flashy pet costume contest, and much more. For a featuring a screening of the film followed by a Q&A, Book schedule of events and more activities visit the Open Signing, great food and amazing music at the Afterparty Space Visitor Center website. featuring James Whiton.


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newsbriefs Meditation Retreat Offers Healing, Renewal


he NM Center for Meditative Inquiry and Retreat is offering an extended retreat from June 24 to July 1. Participants are welcome to attend from 1 to 7 days of silence and meditation in a spacious lodge in the national forest just 15 minutes east of Albuquerque. The retreat is free of traditional trappings and is accessible to people from any background. There are formal and informal periods of sitting, walking, a daily group inquiry/dialogue, a daily talk, and individual meetings with the resident teacher. The spirit of the retreat is a simple, deeply honest inquiry— together and alone. The resident teacher, Jay Cutts, has attended retreats for over 40 years and is a senior student of the late Toni Packer, of the Springwater (NY) Center. Packer began in Zen practice but evolved a direct, simple and very human approach to meditation and the unfolding of our human condition, in much the same way as teachers like Krishnamurti, Eckhardt Tolle and Byron Katie.

Women’s Health Fair Returns to Santa Fe


eVargas Center is pleased to announce that back by popular demand and community interest the Women’s Health Fair will be hosted by the DeVargas Center Merchants Association from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 29. Vendor registration is currently still open. In addition to vendors from all over northern New Mexico, DeVargas Center will feature its own strong pulse on health and wellness through its tenants Light Vessel, Love Yourself Café, Cost: $60 per day or $290 for 7 days, including food and lodging. There are free Spirit Massage, & Sprouts Farmers Marintroductory seminars on April 15, May 13 and June 3. For more information, call ket. Light Vessel will join an impressive lineup including vendors and health pro505-281-0684 or visit viders ranging from the traditional to the alternative while mixing in a plethora of heralded services such as medical health screenings, massages, spiritual readings and makeovers. All vendors come with the desire to reach out to, educate and n 2002 Juli Somers founded the Center for Inner heal northern New Mexico women and Truth (CFIT), a non-profit organization offering spiritual techniques and training to awaken the spir- their families. This year DeVargas Center is partnerit, to heal, and to create consciously in the physical ing with CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional world. This grounded active form of meditation focused on learning to perceive energy as it circulates Medical Laboratory as the event’s health screening provider with discounted lab within our bodies. fees. Entertainment, demonstrations, and The philosophy of the Center for Inner Truth the ever popular giveaways round out community was to convey tools rather than teachthe day. ing “truths,” following that of the ancient mystery DeVargas Center is the only groceryschools and based on the curriculum of the Berkeanchored community mall in north Santa ley Psychic Institute. “Spiritual knowledge is regardFe featuring over 50 stores—many of ed as something that is to be found within rather them unique and locally owned—and than taught by others,” shares Somers. several restaurants including Sabor PeAt the present time, the Center is transitioning ruano, a new authentic Peruvian cafe. away from being primarily a training center and Somers will focus more on offering individual sessions, such as clairvoyant Cost: free parking & entrance to event; readings and breathwork; carrying on the same work in a slightly different fornominal fee for health screenings. mat. Small classes will still be offered on an occasional basis. Located at the corner of Paseo de April will be the last month of events offered at the current location in SanPeralta and N. Guadalupe St. For ta Fe. A farewell party will be held after the Spiritual Happy Hour being held more information, including vendor April 23. Beginning in May, Juli will be continuing her work at a new location. registration, call Ellen at 505-982-2655 Location: 1807 2nd St., #84. For more information, call 505-920-4418 or visit or visit See ad page 13. See ad page 8.

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Women Businesses Supporting Women’s Wellness


oin us next month in honor of Mother’s Day and Women’s Wellness as Zeta Global Radio and Natural Awakenings magazine have combined their media outlets to bring you four extraordinary businesses that not only support the needs of women, but are also owned by them. ZGR, owned and hosted by Lainie Sevante’ Wulkan, is a global podcast based out of Albuquerque that is currently airing in more than 50 countries. Natural Awakenings Northern New Mexico is the New Mexico edition of Natural Awakenings magazine that publishes monthly in over 85 different markets in the U.S. Like Natural Awakenings, ZGR creates content to support conscious businesses and leaders moving the world forward in a positive way. Next month, we’ll showcase the following local businesses serving our community including Remedy Day Spa, a sacred sanctuary for daily getaways featuring a variety of treatments to help each client reach a state of bliss; healer and speaker Rebecca Baines of Standing Bear Healing, who facilitates major life transformations; Organizational Intuitive Barbra Portzline of, and Chantal Fidanza with, who offers equine assisted healing in Santa Fe.

Deva Premal and Miten’s Temple at Midnight Tour


antra music superstars Deva Premal and Miten will bring their Temple at Midnight Tour to James A. Little Theatre in Santa Fe on May 22. With over 1.5 million albums sold worldwide and devoted audiences of thousands across the globe, these musicians have revitalized mantras, music and meditation in the Western world. If you’ve never attended a Deva Premal and Miten gathering, imagine a concert where you sit in silence after each song so you can absorb the vibration of each mantra and settle into a space of meditation with over 1,000 people searching for solace and peace. Intended to heal and unite all people through meditation, Deva Premal and Miten’s concerts blend elements of folk, rock, reggae, gospel and blues with New Age soundscapes, Miten’s spirituallyinspiring songs, and Deva Premal’s lovingly rendered mantras from India and Tibet. The concert will likely feature original songs from Miten’s muchlauded new album, Temple at Midnight; as well as mantras, chants and songs from Deva Premal and Miten’s inspired musical catalog. Along with their longtime collaborator, Nepalese bansuri flutist Manose, and two special guests, Danish percussionist Rishi and Canadian bassist Joby Baker, Deva Premal and Miten share an intense but joyful path to centering in these turbulent times, creating moments of what Miten describes as “luminous pools of deep celebration.” The pair fell in love at an ashram in India and have been sharing sacred music concerts around the world for 25 years. They see themselves as flame carriers of a 5,000-year-old-tradition, offering ancient Sanskrit mantras from India and Tibet for the growing legions Be on the lookout for the Natural Awakenings May of listeners worldwide who are embracing mantra meditation as an antidote to the stress of 21st Century life. issue with more information about the featured businesses and tune into the radio show on May 6 at starting at 9:00 a.m. at For more information, visit You can find them See ad page 29. on Facebook and Twitter @DevaPremalMiten.

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healthbriefs Smooth Out the Kinks with Tai Chi by Michael DeMarco


hen it comes to health, many are seeking an exercise that fits their own physical and mental makeup. If you are considering tai chi as an exercise, it is important to become familiar with its fundamental theory and practice. Tai chi chuan is a boxing system. Through its development as a combative art, leading practitioners grained profound insights into the human condition. They sought perfection in natural movement, uninhibited by faulty techniques or disruptive emotions. Tai chi proved its worth through the centuries, conditioning master fighters for peak performance. Fortunately, a branch of tai chi evolved into a holistic exercise system to be shared with the general population. Rather than focus on the combative elements, its health benefits and spiritually nurturing aspects became the focus of instruction. What makes tai chi extraordinary? There is a simple explanation: its practice helps remove kinks that are present in the body; kinks that impair one’s health and invite disease. Tai chi looks simple, yet it takes practice to do well: finding a kink, learning how it got there, and repeating movements for hours, over days and months, until the kink dissolves. The goal is to eventually become supple and light, yet strong. To smooth out the kinks, the tai chi principles are put to use in one’s daily life, in thoughts and mundane actions.

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our body gracefully carries you through all of your life experiences, thoughts, injuries, surgeries and illnesses. Yet adaptations that were at one time life-giving can remain in your body and become life-draining. How is your body managing life for you in this moment? Reflexology is an authentically Michael A. DeMarco, MA, teaches in Santa Fe. For more information visit holistic modality that honors the and check calendar listing for the Santa Fe Tai Chi Event on 4/29. highly evolved wisdom of your body to create healing. Any discomfort you experience may be a clue that some housekeeping is in order. Reflexology resonates with rehe Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) Foundation flection: directed or turned into itself, estimates that 10 percent of Americans suffer capable of reflection. There are thoufrom an irresistible urge to move the legs that sands of nerve endings in the feet can cause difficulty in falling or staying asleep. that run through the glands, organs According to Tufts University, nocturnal leg and systems of the body. Reflecting cramps—sudden, painful, involuntary contractions of the muscles in the leg—affect this information back to itself, the middle-aged individuals, and up to 70 percent of the elderly. body is prompted to reorganize to a They suggest holistic remedies of: hydrating with six to eight glasses of water state of greater harmony. daily; eating a diet that provides magnesium, calcium, potassium and vitamins A Reflexologists do not diagnose or and E; cutting back on sugar and caffeine; and regular exercise and leg stretches. treat for a specific condition. Instead, According to Master Herbalist text, “The Complete Medicinal Herbal,” Native the work of reflexology highlights Americans rubbed Rosemary on their legs to enhance the suppleness of their musinformation that helps your body crecles. Cramp bark was named for the way it relaxes skeletal muscle spasms. Mexican ate healing. Those of you who expeWild Yam and Sage relax tight muscles and relieve cramping. Peppermint, Lavender rience chronic pain, seek pre/post-op and St. John’s wort are useful in relieving the over-sensitivity of the sympathetic ner- healing or regularly prioritize health vous system. Using these herbs in your decoction will help to reduce discomfort and maintenance may find this modalirritation while helping to flush waste products. ity to be an especially worthwhile A simple water decoction of these roots, herbs and bark can be applied to ach- investment in your health. ing muscles to relax cramps, settle restless legs and quell over-active nerves. “Thirty year’s experience has shown that when bananas, supplements and water don’t For more information or to make an work… these herbs will do the trick,” says Master Herbalist, Steven Frank. appointment contact Julie Glassmoyer, owner of Santa Fe Reflexology, Contact Steven Frank of Nature’s Rite Remedies at 888-465-4404 or LLC at 505-414-8140 or visit See ad, page 26. See ad, page 39.

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distilled water and organic fruit and vegetable juices—and avoiding milk and sodas. It is also best not to consume liquids by Michael Schwartz at meals, which dilutes the digestive juices and could cause fermentation of foodstuffs, resulting in gas and bloating. onstipation symbolically represents holding onto the past. Taking probiotics, such as acidophilus, can help digestion, assimilation and elimination. Taking multi-minerals is also of When you hold onto past ideas and primary importance because minerals participate in enzyme concepts, and do not allow yourself transactions as well as muscular transactions. Drinking aloe to change, you limit yourself, and this, in turn, could create frustration, vera juice after each meal is another suggestion because this can act as a lubricant, as can olive oil and vinegar dressing on resentment and anger. All of these salads. energies are the beginnings of Finally, do not forget to exercise, which benefits different diseases, and this is exactly circulation to the entire body, including the muscles involved what happens when a person is constipated; the toxic in digestion and evacuation. material is not purged from the system, so the poisons reNutrients and herbs for constipation enter the body and corrupt it. Calcium and magnesium: Both support contractibility and Concepts are something that must be purged and replaced with healthy ideas on how to live in keeping with relaxation of muscle. This facilitates the muscular transactions necessary to move matter through the intestinal tract. They are also the Universal Teachings that govern all life. It does not vital for proper elimination, as this too is controlled by muscles. matter what causes the constipation—diet, medication, lack of minerals, or a blockage—all these situations are also Apple pectin: Along with other fibers, apple pectin is excellent for the intestinal tract. Butternut root bark, prunes symbolic. and senna: All of these agents are well-known for aiding Although constipation has many causes, a poor diet is in bowel movements. They act like laxatives without the known to be a major contributing factor. American eating habits and food manufacturing processes have combined to addictive nature of those types of products. render ours a diet lacking in fiber, another major cause of Michael Schwartz, President of Michael’s Naturopathic Programs, has worked constipation. in the natural food industry since 1975 as a sales rep, retailer, teacher, Constipation can be eliminated by increasing fiber naturopathic counselor and as a producer of nutritional supplements and in the diet, eating more organically grown raw fruits and other products. He can be reached at or by visiting vegetables, increasing liquid consumption—particularly See ad, page 24.


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esearchers from the Mount Sinai Medical Center, in Miami Beach, concluded in a 2016 review of research that chelation therapy using agents such as ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) can significantly reduce risk of cardiovascular events. The review highlighted research showing that heavy metals such as cadmium have been linked with increased cardiovascular disease risk, and chelation therapy has been shown to effectively remove heavy metals from the body. Of particular interest was a study that specifically tested the effectiveness of chelation therapy on reducing cardiovascular events. The randomized, doubleblind study involved 1,708 patients ages 50 and up that had experienced a heart attack at least six weeks prior. Half were given 40 infusions of a 500 milliliter chelation solution with EDTA. The other half received a placebo. Researchers measured deaths, heart attacks and strokes, along with other heart conditions and subsequent hospitalization for an average period of 55 months. They found that the chelation therapy reduced heart attacks and strokes by 23 percent and reduced hospitalization for heart attacks by 28 percent.

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he Natural Awakenings healthy living, healthy planet lifestyle app has been upgraded with a brand-new look and updated features. The changes to the free app, which has already been downloaded by 40,000-plus users, will make keeping up with the best choices for a green and healthy lifestyle easier than ever. New features include being able to sign up for promotions, updates and newsletters plus linking to the Natural Awakenings website. Visitors can find local magazines nationwide; a national directory of healthy and green businesses and resources with products, practitioners and services, complete with directions; updated national monthly magazine content; archives of hundreds of previously published articles on practical, natural approaches to nutrition, fitness, creative expression, personal growth and sustainable living by national experts that are searchable by key words; and an archive of articles in Spanish. “These upgrades and expanded accessibility will empower people to enjoy healthier, happier and longer lives more easily than ever before,” notes Natural Awakenings founder Sharon Bruckman. “Offering free access to Natural Awakenings’ powerful network of healthy living resources through this exclusive app is another way we can serve our users.” To download the free app, search for Natural Awakenings on Google Play or the Apple app store or visit 14

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How to Create Helpful Home Habitats We watch the graceful flight of colorful butterflies and appreciate their crucial role as pollinators. Establishing butterfly gardens or accommodating them in yard plantings increases food sources radically threatened by reductions in blossom-rich landscapes due to development, intensive agriculture, insecticides and climate change. The National Wildlife Federation ( reports that butterflies are particularly attracted to red, yellow, orange, pink and purple blossoms that are flattopped or clustered for landing or hovering, with short flower tubes that present easy access to nectar. Regional planting. In the Southeast, goldenrod, with its arching, yellow flowers, appeals to Buckeye species. Tiger Wing, Dainty Sulphur and Malachite lead the way in Florida. Some other suitable plants and trees for attracting butterflies, according to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center ( are yarrows, red and white baneberries, and red, scarlet and soft maples in the Northeast; Butterfly and Honey daisies, Indian Mallow, American Century and Husiache, in the Midwest; and Giant, Ground, Subalpine and Noble firs, Vine Maple and Columbian Monkshoods in the Northwest. Inspiring individual efforts. reports that California Academy of Sciences aquatic biologist Tim Wong cultivated California Pipevine plants in his backyard butterfly home four years ago upon learning that it is the primary food

for California Pipevine Swallowtails in the San Francisco area. Starting with just 20 caterpillars, he was able to donate thousands of the swallowtails to the San Francisco Botanical Gardens last year and has grown more than 200 plants. Milkweed. Populations of iconic Monarch butterflies have plummeted 90 percent in the past 20 years, reports the National Wildlife Federation, primarily due to decline of 12 native milkweed species. They need support for their annual 2,000-plus-mile migration from the U.S. Northeast and Canada to central Mexico and back. Joyce Samsel, curator of the Florida Native Butterfly Society (, notes that the Florida Monarch stays south of Tampa year-round. Learn about milkweed host plant growing conditions at LocalMilkweedByState. Find milkweed seeds via Donate to help. Adopt milkweed habitat land through an Environmental Defense Fund ( program by donating $35 for one acre up to $350 for 10 acres. Their goal is to retain and protect 2 million acres. Sean Xu/


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Eggs-pert Advice How to Buy Good Eggs from Happy Hens by Judith Fertig


anice Cole, the author of Chicken and Egg: A Memoir of Suburban Homesteading with 125 Recipes, knows how delicious a really fresh egg tastes. She keeps three chickens she calls “the girls” in the backyard of her suburban Minneapolis home. “Jasmine, a white Silkie, lays small, beige-colored eggs; Keiko a black and white Ameraucana and Silver Wyandotte cross, green eggs; and Peanut, a brown, feathery Cochin mix, brown eggs,” relates Cole. Cole has learned a lot about the natural lives of chickens. They need 14 hours of sunlight to produce eggs and lay about one per day. Chickens must be protected from predators, locked up at night in their coop for optimal well-being and let out in the morning to roam. Here are some tips for buying the freshest, most delicious and humanely raised chicken eggs.

How to Read an Egg Carton Deciphering the language on an egg carton is a first step. Diet affects flavor. “Eggs from pasture-raised chickens allowed to roam—eating grass, worms and bugs in the backyard or a pasture—will look and taste better than eggs from chickens limited to an inside space eating chicken feed,” says Cole. “Pasture-raised eggs will have a fresh herbaceous, or grassy, flavor with an 16

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‘egg-ier’ essence.” “Look for the terms organic, free range or ideally, pastured or pasture-raised,” advises Adele Douglass, in Herndon, Virginia, executive director of Humane Farm Animal Care ( “USDA Organic” is a U.S. Department of Agriculture label confirming that the food the chicken ate was certified organic. “Non-GMO” indicates a diet free of genetically modified ingredients. “Free-range”, another USDA label, means the chicken had continuing access to the outdoors. “Pasture-raised” assures that the chicken roamed outdoors daily, eating what they wanted; the ideal scenario. “Cage-free” is a USDA-regulated designation ensuring that the chickens were allowed to roam freely about within their building to get food and water. “Natural” has no real meaning says Douglass; the term invokes no USDA regulation and nothing about actual farming practices. “Certified Humane” or “Animal Welfare Approved” means that each free-range hen has at least two square feet of outdoor space; it’s the most desirable designation, says Douglass.   When farmers want to raise egglaying chickens, they need to provide physical conditions similar to those Cole affords, but on a larger and more

effi-cient scale, usually without the love. In regions where 14 hours of daylight are not a given, farmers use artificial lighting. When snow is too deep for the birds to venture out and it’s too cold for bug life, farmers supply indoor coops and feed. How well and humanely they do this is up to consumers to find out.

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Eating one egg a day, or moderate consumption, will not raise cholesterol levels in healthy adults, concludes a 2012 review in the journal Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care. While egg yolks contain cholesterol, they also possess nutrients that help lower the risk for heart disease, including protein, vitamins B12 and D, riboflavin and folate, according to the Harvard School of Public Health, in Boston. A study by Kansas State University researchers published in the 2001 Journal of Nutrition also found that phosphatidylcholine, another substance in eggs, can decrease the amount of cholesterol the body absorbs from them. Plus, eggs are great sources of micronutrients and antioxidants, says Kristin Kirkpatrick, a registered and licensed dietitian and wellness manager for Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute, in Ohio. “I’ve always been a huge proponent for eggs. As lean sources of protein, they help us stay full, are easy to prepare and can be part of a healthy eating regime because they’re packed with freeradical- and inflammation-fighting antioxidants.” Kirkpatrick adds, “Eggs also help protect eyes. Their nutrient-rich yolks, like leafy green vegetables, are high in lutein and zeaxanthin, carotenoids that studies have repeatedly shown help protect against macular degeneration.”   Ideally, all chickens would be treated like Cole’s “girls.” For now, the best most of us can do is choose “Pasture-Raised,” “Organic” and “Certified Humane”. Getting to know more about the farmers that produce our eggs is even better.    Judith Fertig writes food health articles and cookbooks from Overland Park, KS (

Want to improve your memory and mental clarity? The answer is right under your nose

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mproving memory is unquestionably on all our minds. We’re living longer and need to maintain and enhance our cognitive function, memory, mental clarity, and concentration: Memory is usually thought of as connecting us to the past but what about prospective memories, long and short term, the ones that connect us to our future... More than half of what we forget every day is due to failing Prospective Memory, it affects every aspect of our lives, we use it to manage everything we do. Prospective Memory is the ability to remember intentions, planned actions, tasks, responsibilities, events, locations and information at an appointed future time, it’s about “remembering to remember”—Prospective memory progressively diminishes as we grow older and our lifestyles can impair it but regardless of age or gender, everyone is susceptible. The Neurobiology of Olfaction, Odor Cued Memory: We’ve all experienced this natural process before—a smell engages you and suddenly you’re transported to another time remembering the information and experience that underpinned odor evoked memory your brain has provided. It’s called “Autobiographical Olfactory Memory.” What if we could deliberately create memory links needed for future applications? There’s a great deal of science information from accredited psychologists, doctors, neurologists and scientists that say you can, and the ‘natural’ road appears to lead to aromatherapy and essential oils. When we inhale the aroma of certain essential oils their odor molecules are detected by the olfactory receptor bulb in our nose. The olfactory neurons generate an impulse, which is processed and passed to the brain’s limbic system and the hippocampus, as well as other areas of the brain connected with associative learning, memory, concentration and focus. The brain recognizes and remembers these impulses and creates Memory Links, through association and conditioning. When you want to remember, you can essentially revisit the aroma and your Memory Center forges a connection to the original memory link. Our sense of smell is thousands of time more powerful than any of our other senses. Our new understanding of our sense of smell and memory, focusing on key receptors is becoming one of the biggest subjects in neuroscience today— that’s something you will want to remember for your future. Resources:;;; Michael Peters is a freelance writer and can be reached at 505-492-5335. To order the product and more details on research sources, go to See ad on this page.

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tion Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork provides an accredited, voluntary certification beyond entry-level state licensure. To maintain their status, therapists must complete 24 hours of continuing education and 100 hours of work experience, and pass a criminal background check every two years. The certifying board also approves continuing education providers that teach specialty techniques, including integrative health care, sports massage and military veteran massage. The result by Linda Sechrist is therapies administered according to a national standard of excellence requisite for therapists working in collaboration with doctors, chiropractors, wellness centers, retirement care communities and other medical settings. Puszko, an approved provider who founded her service in 2000, offers beginning and advanced weekend workshops for therapists on the complexities of physiological changes and technical haron Puszko, Ph.D., founder of us. Thank God for massage therapy.’” skills required to work with geriatric the Daybreak Geriatric Massage Specialty certificate programs such or senior clients. She works from three Institute, in Indianapolis, teaches as Puszko’s, representing advanced offices in upscale retirement communiand certifies massage therapists workeducation and training within a modal- ties and teaches approved continuing ing in assisted living, long-term care ity qualified as therapeutic massage and education curricula throughout the and memory care facilities. She relates, bodywork, are benefitting both massage U.S. and internationally. “These individuals appreciate not only therapists and clients. Some outcome “Although the skills I teach are not the physiological benefits of massage based specialty modalities considered taught in massage school, they are in but also having a therapist touch and ad- as requirements for specific populademand at independent and assisted dress them by their names. A 105-yeartions such as seniors, athletes, infants living facilities where massage is conold woman jokes, ‘Now that they’ve and cancer patients and survivors, are sidered a vital aspect of health care,” figured out how to keep us alive for so referred to as “medical massage”. says Puszko. “Older Americans reprelong, they don’t know what to do with The nonprofit National Certificasent the greatest challenge to massage therapists. For elderly residents, stretching and pulling on delicate skin and joints, as well as pushing one’s elbow into gluteus maximus muscles, are unacceptable approaches.” She explains that they might be called upon for a range of needs from helping prepare MASSAGE AND SPA, LLC a 70-year-old marathoner for a race 505- 883-1212 to reducing the stress of an exhausted 9204 Menaul Blvd NE, Suite 4, hospice patient. Albuquerque, NM 87112 Geri Ruane is one of four ing directors of Oncology Massage Alliance, in Austin, Texas. She manages the operations for this nonprofit Massage is an investment in your health. Ocean Blue Medical Massage created in 2011 to help therapists that volunteer to administer complimenoffers Medical massage, Deep tissue and Swedish Relaxation massage. tary hand and foot massage therapy We will bill your insurance. Discounted massage packages available. Treat to cancer patients and caregivers in yourself to better sleep, more energy and inner calmness. chemotherapy infusion rooms and prior to radiation treatment. The alliance of-

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fers financial assistance to licensed massage therapists for advanced training through approved third-party oncology massage classes and provides hands-on experience with cancer patients. Ruane defines the essential aspects of an oncology massage therapist’s (OMT) skill set. “A properly trained therapist has an informed understanding of the disease itself and the many ways it can affect the human body; the side effects of cancer treatments, such as medications, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation; and the ability to modify massage techniques in order to adapt accordingly. Our main purpose is to reduce stress and provide emotional support for cancer patients and caregivers in radiation and infusion rooms.” For example, an OMT will ask a patient about their cancer treatment history, including particulars of related individual health issues, prior to the massage. Hospitals in 35 states and Washington, D.C., now offer massage therapy to individuals during cancer treatment. MK Brennan, president of the Society for Oncology Massage, created in 2007, in Toledo, Ohio, is a registered nurse with a longtime practice in Charlotte, North Carolina. Brennan observes, “In nursing school, I was taught how to give a back rub, an aspect of patient care once provided by all nurses, but no longer part of a nurse’s education. It now appears that there could be a resurgence of interest in offering massage therapy in hospitals that would encompass more medical aspects and require modified techniques for different patient populations.” In addition to oncology and geriatric massage, other select massage therapy modalities such as orthopedic, bodywork, Asian techniques and those related to pregnancy, infant and child health care as well as other special needs require advanced education and training. Before making an appointment with a massage therapist/bodyworker for a specific type of help, inquire about their knowledge, experience, training and continuing education. Ask about additional credentials above entry-level core education that are specific to special needs. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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RUN FUN Races Beckon Beginners by Aimee Hughes


’ve run in cities, rural areas and suburbs. I’ve run while deployed to military bases in the Middle East, in cities on four continents, in blazing heat and winter snowstorms,” says Maria Cicio, a licensed professional counselor candidate and marathoner in Grove, Oklahoma. “I’ve been running regularly for 25 years, mostly injury-free, and have found what works best for me.” For beginners, Cicio recommends starting with a 5K race. “There are a hundred reasons why a full marathon would not be fun for a beginner, but trail running, charity races and 5K road races are perfect,” she says. Cicio attests the physical health benefits come from the training and preparation more than from the race itself. “You can run for many years before deciding to run an official race, in which case you’ll probably have already experienced increased cardiovascular health, improved muscle tone and strength. “Running your first race can focus your running and turn it into training. You might increase your daily or weekly mileage, depending on the planned length of the race, or add some speed work to your regular running routine. When I’m training for a race, I’m more in tune with what my body needs; I also sleep better,” she says. The mental benefits are what keep many people running, even after the physical ones seem to plateau, advises Cicio. “Running means regular exercise, so it can improve our general mood. While numerous studies show this to be true, the best evidence comes from runners themselves.” Almost everyone has heard of a runner’s high, even if we haven’t experienced it ourselves. It’s long been accepted that endorphins released during exercise create a feeling of 20

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euphoria after a satisfying workout. Recent research on mice by the Central Institute of Mental Health at the University of Heidelberg Medical School, in Germany, suggests that it might be natural endocannabinoids that lighten our mood and contribute to the high. Meditation master Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, in Halifax, Canada, teaches an online course, The Art of Mindful Running. He points out that running, or doing any physical activity, in a meditative state can deepen, train and enhance the mind. “Within 20 to 30 minutes, you have an opportunity to work with your mind. Instead of just spacing out or trying to get exercise, you can actually say, ‘I am going to be present, I am going to relate to my breathing and my movement a little bit,’” says Mipham. “This is healthy both for the mind and the body.” Those looking for an alternative to running on concrete and asphalt find that trail running ups the fun factor while nature nurtures us. “While I’d always loved running races, the roads rarely changed. Even the same trail tends to change daily, with a new puddle or a log to jump or crawl over, or a new offshoot. The natural running landscape is full of surprises,” says Nikki Partridge, an avid trail runner, American College of Sports Medicine-certified personal trainer and Stott Pilates instructor in Auburn, California. “Trail running healed me,” says Partridge. “I always had some injury from running: tendonitis, sprained ankles, runner’s knee, pulled hamstrings, illiotibial band syndrome, shin splints or plantar fasciitis. I became a walking encyclopedia on injury and recovery. But the trails saved me. I no longer pronated when I ran, I had no more tendonitis from running on canting sidewalks—even my knee pain disappeared—my balance improved and my body was happy.” When winding down after a race, carve out ample time for recovery and reflection. “I always ask myself what I liked about how it was organized, course conditions, support staff and the after-party, and then look for another race that fits my preferences,” says Cicio. “Consider taking a vacation around a particular race that interests you or find a local road race the next time you travel. For a modest fee, you get to run a race and typically luck into a T-shirt, food and party camaraderie.” The running world can open our eyes to new places, good people and greater self-awareness, along with physical fitness. Spring is a good time to lace up our shoes and begin the expansive journey. Aimee Hughes, a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO, is a doctor of naturopathy and senior staff writer for LongevityTimes online. Connect at

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ECO YARDS Turning Lawns into Native Landscapes by Lisa Kivirist and John D. Ivanko


raditional turf lawns are an ecological nightmare,” says John Greenlee, author of The American Meadow Garden, who notes that most monoculture turf lawns never even get used. His company, Greenlee and Associates, in Brisbane, California, designs residential and other meadows throughout the U.S. as an engaging alternative. Many other appealing options likewise use native plants appropriate to the local climate. For instance, replacing Kentucky bluegrass, Bermuda grass or another non-native species with natives can deliver drought resistance and lower irrigation needs; eliminate any need for fertilizers or toxic pesticides; reduce or eliminate labor-intensive and often polluting mowing and edging; enhance the beauty of a home; and attract birds, butterflies and other wildlife. 22

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Before replacing a lawn, determine the desired result. It may simply be achieving a low-maintenance, lawn-free yard; growing food like vegetables, herbs, fruit or nuts; or supplying ample flowers for a fresh weekly bouquet. Other benefits might include increasing privacy, dining al fresco, escaping into nature or even sequestering carbon dioxide to reduce climate change. To be successful, choices must be appropriate to the climate, plant hardiness zone, local zoning ordinances and homeowner association rules. Also consider the soil quality and acidity, moisture content and whether plantings will be in full sun or shade, or both.

From the Midwest to New England, “Wild ginger makes a nice, low groundcover with heart-shaped leaves in shade or part shade, where lawn grass often struggles,” suggests Pam Penick, of Austin, Texas, author of Lawn Gone: Low-Maintenance, Sustainable Attractive Alternatives for Your Yard. “Pennsylvania sedge, a low, grassy, meadow-like groundcover, can also work. For areas with full sun, bearberry, an evergreen creeping shrub with red berry-like fruit in fall, or prairie dropseed, a beautiful prairie grass with sparkling seed heads in fall, might be worth trying.” “Stick with the Carex family of plants, the sedges, for a native meadow,” echoes Greenlee. “They vary in color, texture and height. Follow nature’s lead and create a tapestry of commingled plants. Start slow and add flowering plants like Queen Anne’s lace, daisies, asters and poppies.”

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In sunny and well-drained areas of the South, Penick suggests Gulf muhly, an ornamental grass. “Its fall blooms resemble pink cotton candy floating

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The right regional native plants often include grasses and ferns, herbaceous plants like flowering perennials and woody ones like shrubs, vines and trees. Native plants provide shelter and food for wildlife and help preserve a sense of place. “Work with a professional landscaper in your area, ideally a member of the Association for Professional Landscape Designers,” advises Greenlee. Tap a local university extension service, master gardener and garden club for local expertise, often available at no or low cost via classes or club membership.

above its green leaves.” In Florida, flowering sunshine mimosa with fern-like leaves and other natural groundcovers are low maintenance. “Basket grass is a low, evergreen grass-like plant with long, spaghetti-type leaves that puddle around it, suitable for shade or partially shaded areas,” advises Penick. “It’s slow to grow, but highly droughttolerant and nicely covers a dry slope or spills over a retaining wall. Texas sedge makes a low-growing, meadowy alternative that’s evergreen and needs mowing only once every year or two.” Moss is a fine option for shady and moist areas. “If moss is naturally colonizing a patch of yard, allow it to fill in where the lawn doesn’t want to grow,” Penick counsels. “It makes a springy, evergreen groundcover needing only brief misting to keep it looking good during dry periods.” “For part shade, experiment with gooseberry, red flowering currants, western amelanchier, deer fern, trillium and wild ginger.” Adding some clover to a traditional lawn may eliminate the need for fertilizers while retaining some turf, says Erica Strauss, of Gamonds, Washington, in her Northwest Edible Life blog. “When the clover loses leaf mass from mowing, its roots die off to compensate and nitrogen enters the soil for neighboring plant roots to use.” White clover works well for those on a budget; microclover costs more and is even better. For shady, north-facing or boggywet areas, Strauss recommends sweet woodruff. Moss is another option.

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“If you crave a lawn but want to go native, Habiturf is perfect for the hot, dry Southwest,” says Penick. Developed by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, in Austin, Texas, it’s a mix of several native turf grasses, looks like a shaggy traditional lawn and can be occasionally mowed on a high setting to keep it neat. Once established, it needs far less water than traditional turf. “Silver ponyfoot grows well in many regions as an annual; as a perennial, it needs mild winters,” Penick continues. “Native to western Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, it likes good drainage, gravelly soil and full-to-part sun.” Xeriscaping—landscaping that requires little to no water—is especially prevalent in hot, dry regions. Plant picks typically include cactus, succulents, agave and herbs like rosemary or sage. John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist, co-authors of ECOpreneuring and Farmstead Chef, operate the Inn Serendipity, in Browntown, WI.

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Plentiful sunshine, rare frosts and modest rainfalls make many California coastal areas perfect for growing lots of plants, rather than plots of water-thirsty turf. “For full sun, work with California yarrow, purple sage, Indian mallow, white sage, lupines and California sagebrush,” recommends Charlie Nardozzi, of Ferrisburgh, Vermont, author of Foodscaping. “In shade, try mountain yarrow, mimulus monkey flower, California honeysuckle, California flannel bush and coyote mint.” “Blue grama grass is native to many states, and buffalo grass is native to states west of the Mississippi River in the right places,” adds Greenlee. They’re especially suited for meadows established in drought-prone regions.

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Those that need forgiving are just the bringers of karma; the karma is yours to resolve. The Universe will act on the bad actions of others bringing them universal karma for their ways, but the specific karmic debt to you is washed away through forgiveness. To have this attitude of forgiveness of self for the karma in the first place is very important. The karma that can be mitigated through forgiveness is vast, but how do we get to this place of forgiveness? Start by seeing your life in Truth, as a vessel for change and growth. Once this is accepted you can see karma as a way to ascend and become Love. Much of the suffering that takes place between people can be avoided with this attitude based on forgiveness. As you learn to live in loving forgiveness of others it releases you from the karmic debts you have with others. This wisdom to turn the other cheek is old, but without the understanding of karma, action and reaction as a universal law, it goes undone. Many think the bringers of karma deserve to be punished or banished; this is not so. If in the now the relationship is still one based on karma, forgiveness is the way through. This does not mean to befriend those that do harm to you. It does mean that somewhere along your soul’s journey you have done this to another and the universe is bringing it back to you to resolve. This resolution helps you to move forward in life and spiritual growth, leaving the karmic relationships behind you. Many want revenge for wrongdoings; this only keeps the karma alive. Even justice for wrong doings should be left to the Universe and not you. Once you are in a place of forgiveness you can decide whether this person (or people) belongs in your life. ​ Ananda Mayi works with all aspects of the individual, mind, body, soul. In her work, she utilizes Medical Intuitive Arts, Spiritual Healing, Holistic Health Care, Transpersonal Psychology. To learn more or book an appointment go to See ad page 2.


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or thousands of years cannabis has been used by many cultures for its vast healing properties. This sacred, plantbased medicine is legally available in 28 states including New Mexico. With 21 covered medical conditions including PTSD, chronic pain, cancer, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and many others, New Mexico has one of the most expansive medical programs in the country. In addition, many people with anxiety, insomnia and stress use cannabis as a natural relief. Cannabis is also effective for some to enhance their focus and creativity. The New Mexico medical cannabis program currently has 34,000 patients enrolled, which grows at a rate of about 600 per week. More and more people are casting aside the outdated misconceptions and stigmas associated with cannabis and turning away from expensive pharmaceuticals with their negative side effects to embrace the natural healing properties of this vibrant plant. The fastest growing segment of the population using medical cannabis is the Baby Boomer generation who is actively seeking ways to enhance their enjoyment of life while managing chronic disease and alleviating the aches and pains of aging.

Using cannabis is more accessible than ever before. For people who don’t like to smoke, edibles in the form of baked goods, candies, drinks and honey are enjoyable ways to take the medicine. In addition, there are a variety of tinctures, creams and salves to help with pain relief and to reduce inflammation. For the high tech crowd, vaporizing (vaping) the flower or hash oil has become a favorite way to consume. For the old school folks smoking the flower is still very popular. Entering the world of medical cannabis can be overwhelming. How do I get a medical card? How do I learn what products are right for the conditions I’m trying to relieve? Indica, sativa, wax, tincture, flower, THC, CBD— what do they all mean and how should I choose? This is where a licensed dispensary like Sacred Garden comes in. Sacred Garden has been serving patients for seven years answering questions like these and supplying the highest quality products with compassion, knowledge and a smile. Their passionate staff of informed cannabis geeks is led by Zeke Shortes, the visionary founder and president who has built “The Garden” into one of the leading dispensaries in the state. Among patients, Sacred Garden is known for serving a wide range of high quality products and providing an exceptional customer experience. “In fact, 90 percent of the products we offer are produced in-house. We grow a variety of aromatic, potent strains of cannabis flower to choose from. Our very popular, delicious edible treats include candies, gummy bears, brownies, cookies and beverages. We have a full line of medicated topical salves for pain relief. There are over a dozen tinctures to treat various ailments incorporating essential oils, mushrooms, gemstones and other herbs that work synergistically with cannabis,” explains Shortes. “We also have a line of CBD products used for its calming, anti inflammatory effects which can be purchased by the general public without a medical card.” Is medical cannabis right for you? One of the best ways to know is to talk to a qualified person who can answer your questions. Visit a dispensary and schedule a time to receive an evaluation to be certified for a medical card by a licensed physician on staff. Locations: 1300 Luisa St., Ste. 1, Santa Fe. Call 505-2169686 and 3600 Cutler St. NE,Albuquerque. Call 505-3485599. Visit See ad page 2. natural awakenings

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How a Baby Boomer Can Catch Up for Retirement Savings by Thinking outside the Box by Kelly Chisholm

Passive income: Add extra income and make it passive. Have you ever considered purchasing a rental property that can become a great source of passive income? If you have enough money saved, you can obtain a vacation property for yourself as well as gaining a passive rental income. Think outside the box: Invest in the non-traditional and be surprised at the potential. For example, a retired computer programmer could decide to turn her garage into an antique store that serves the community by appointment only. Now she’s spending her time ‘rehabbing’ old furniture which she finds rewarding and relaxing, and sells it from home or online. There are so many more options for baby boomers who think outside the box. Saving for that rainy day will make your retirement more comfortable than you might imagine.


nlike their parent’s generation, baby boomers are having a hard time saving for retirement. While company pensions silently waltzed out of the room, long-term, one-track careers were also on the decline for those born between 1946 and 1964. It is even more common these days for people to have multiple jobs throughout their career as opposed to their senior counterparts with a steadier track record. Sadly, many baby boomers do not have enough savings to retire. In fact, a staggering 45 percent have no retirement savings at all. If you’re in one of these sticky situations, follow these tips for saving for retirement in your later years. Save for yourself first: Saving for yourself first is now your top priority. Whether your income comes from working or social security, make sure to tuck away something you can handle and it will accumulate. The more you can save the faster it will add up. And, don’t forget the miracle of compound interest, so make sure you are getting a good rate of return in interest from your bank. (E.g. Credit union accounts, CDs, or Money Market Accounts.)

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broader spectrum of activity because they are stable and active through a wide pH range of 3.0 to 8.0. Enzymes may be helpful for pets with inflammatory conditions, including arthritis, dermatitis, allergies, asthma and cancer. In such cases, they should not be administered with food, because otherwise they will be “used up” before the pet digests the food. It’s also possible to use enzyme supplementation to reduce excessive shedding because enzyme supplementation is widely recognized to increase the absorption of nutrients, some possibly involved in controlling hair growth. Some of these nutrients may be used in thyroid hormone synthesis, which can positively affect hair growth and reduce shedding. A novel use for enzymes is to help pets practicing coprophagia, or the eating of their own or another animal’s feces. Adding the proper enzymes to the diet is believed to curb this problem, which could result from a nutrient deficiency caused by incomplete digestion and absorption. For pets with behavioral coprophagia, enzyme supplementation is unlikely to help the problem but will

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Depression is an emotional fall, sometimes into a very deep, dark valley. That is true. Yet a life of spiritual triumph is not one in which we never fall into that valley; it is one in which, if and when we do fall, we’ve learned how to get ourselves out of it.

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t times the light derives from realizations that we come to while we are in the darkness. Periods of suffering are not always detours on the journey to enlightenment but can serve as significant stops along the way. Personal demons that emerge from the dark cave of deep sadness cannot just be “treated”; they must be dissolved through the light of selfawareness. Everything that needs to be looked at must be looked at; everything that needs to be understood must be understood; and every prayer that needs to be prayed must be prayed. And this can take time. A period of emotional suffering is often not simply a symptom of our depression as much as a necessary factor in healing it. It can be what we need to move through, and best not avoid, in journeying to the place where we suffer no more. 28

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Sometimes, therefore, we have to make room for our emotional pain. Months of grief might be at times what we need to go through, processing the mysteries of love and loss in order to finally see that in spirit there is no loss and that in God there is always hope. Such mourning is a sacred journey, and it cannot and should not be rushed. If we have forty-five tears to cry, then crying seventeen is not enough. Deep sorrow is a fever of the soul, and within the psyche as within the body, the fever breaks when the fever breaks. The tendency to repair—an inborn immune system always moving in the direction of healing—exists in the mind as well as in the body. We simply need to give it time. The potential for heartbreak always exists; it is part of the human experience. Where there is love, there is happiness. But where the bonds of love are broken, there is pain. Given the fact that the world is so dominated by fear, and so resistant in many ways to love, how could our hearts not be torn at times by the pain of simply living here? And once you’ve lived enough, you know this. You come to live with it, and to live with it gracefully. You learn to take the hits, and to know that they’re simply part of living. “Hello darkness, my old friend; I’ve come to talk with you again” is more than a song lyric by Simon and Garfunkel; it describes an attitude of acceptance that this week, or this month, or even this year might be hard—but you know you will live through it. And in some ways, who we become because we lived through it is someone more alive—perhaps even more beautiful— than who we were before. In the words of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, “Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see the true beauty of their carvings.” Depression is an emotional fall, sometimes into a very deep, dark valley. That is true. Yet a life of spiritual triumph is not one in which we never fall into that valley; it is one in which, if and when we do fall, we’ve learned how to get ourselves out of it. We need emotional muscles in order to rise up emotionally, just as we need physical muscles in order to rise up physically. And developing those muscles is the work of the soul. It is the search for God and the finding of our true selves. God is not outside us but within—the Love that is the essence of who we truly are. We live within God and God lives within us. The pain of the world is the unbearable suffering of living outside the circle of our relationship to God, for outside that relationship we are separate from ourselves. What could be more depressing

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t was standing inside I learned early Nothing. I was held in a Timpanogos Cave (a darkness so deep that my on we live by eyes seemed shut even national monument) as an 8-year-old child that marked wild mercy. though they were open. All me. Hiking to the entrance I could hear was the sound of the cave with our church group, we of water dripping and the beating heart were ushered in by a park ranger. Imof the mountain. mediately, the cool air locked inside the I don’t know how long I stood inside mountain enveloped us and we wore Timpanogos Cave before our church it as loose clothing. Immense stalacleader realized I was missing, but it was tites and stalagmites hung down from long enough to have experienced how the ceiling and rose up from the floor, fear moves out of panic toward wonder. declaring themselves teeth. We were Inside the cave, I knew I would be found. inside the gaping mouth of an animal What I didn’t know was what would find and we were careful not to disturb the me—the spirit of Timpanogos. beast, traversing the cave on a narrow To this day, my spiritual life is found constructed walkway above the floor so inside the heart of the wild. I do not fear as not to disturb its fragility. But it was it, I court it. When I am away, I anticipate the Great Heart of Timpanogos Cave my return, needing to touch stone, rock, that captured my attention. water, the trunks of trees, the sway of When everyone else left the chargrasses, the barbs of a feather, the fur left ismatic form, I stayed. I needed more behind by a shedding bison. time to be closer to it, to watch its red Wallace Stegner, a mentor of mine, orange aura pulsating in the cavernous wrote: “If we preserved as parks only space of shadows. I wanted to touch those places that have no economic the heart, run the palms of my hands on possibilities, we would have no parks. its side, believing that if I did, I could And in the decades to come, it will not better understand my own heart, which be only the buffalo and the trumpeter was invisible to me. I was only inches swan that need sanctuaries. Our own away, wondering whether it would be species is going to need them, too. It cold or hot to the touch. It looked like needs them now.” ice, but it registered as fire. Suddenly, I heard the heavy door Excerpts from The Hour of Land: A slam and darkness clamp down. The Personal Topography of America’s group left without me. I was forgotNational Parks by Terry Tempest Williams, ten—alone—locked inside the cave. reprinted with permission. Learn more I waved my hand in front of my face. at

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MONDAY, APRIL 3 Discover Unknown Beliefs in Dreams – 6:308:30pm. Our minds hold beliefs to keep us safe, but some of them have outlived their function. Learn to find and verify potential beliefs from an example dream. Bring a dream. Free. North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center, 7521 Carmel Ave NE, Albuquerque. 505-508-5805.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5 Pachakuti Mesa Tradition Link Up – 7-8:30pm. A time for mesa carriers to gather in community to link up with mesa carriers worldwide and locally. Free. Directions, details: Phyllis Clay 505918-4388.

THURSDAY, APRIL 6 Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction 8-week series – 5:45-8pm. Learn how to meditate to reduce stress, manage chronic pain, lower blood pressure, and pressure, and reduce worry, anxiety and depression. Course includes weekly sessions, day retreat, course book, and downloadable guided meditations. $350, UNM Center for Life, 4700 Jefferson Street NE, Ste. 100, Albuquerque. 505925-455.

FRIDAY, APRIL 7 Yoga Art Space Grand Opening – Apr 7-9. Fri, 4:30-8pm; Sat, 9:30am-5pm; Sun, 9-5pm. Workshops, classes, giveaways, and special deals available for only one weekend at ABQ’s newest center for creativity, healing and wellness. Free. Yoga Art Space, 8338 Comanche Rd NE, Albuquerque. Channeling Archangel Sandalphon – 6:157:30pm. Archangel Sandalphon will address concerns many have about the ascension journey. Then travel to the New Earth for healing in our crystalline bodies. Arcturians will assist in bringing in this new reality. $20. Resonant Essentials, 7413 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque. 505-5155088.

SATURDAY, APRIL 8 ABQ’s Second Saturday: What you Absolutely Need to Know About Divorce – 8:30am-12pm. Non-biased financial, emotional and legal advice from qualified local professionals, providing people with the knowledge, support, resources and trust that they need to survive the divorce process. $30 registration fee. One Executive Center, 8500 Menaul Blvd NE, 3rd Fl Conf Rm, Albuquerque. Kelly Chisholm: 505-974-1358. Bit.LY/2blwejU. Writers Conference: Writing From Start to Sales XIII – 8:30am-4:30pm. Editors and agents from New York City will join with authors and teachers to explore the latest trends in publishing including short stories, novels, narrative non-fiction, poetry and memoir. $150. UNM Continuing


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and quality of sleep, stabilize your moods, release stress and anxiety. $25. UNM Center for Life, 4700 Jefferson St. NE, Ste. 100, Albuquerque, 505- 9254551.

Pachakuti Mesa Tradition: Part 1of 5 – April 1516. Cross cultural shamanic arts for personal and planetary renewal, Apprenticeship Series Part 1: The Call to Heal (Releasing the Past). This is a makeup SUNDAY, APRIL 9 workshop for those who missed the Feb 24-26 PMT Psychic Fair and Pet Adoption – 12-5pm. Tarot/ I. $275. Info, Phyllis Clay: 505-918-4388. direct readings – $20/20 minutes. Soul portraitures with reading by Elizabeth Prosapio – $60/hour. Aura Mother Root Studio Grand Re-Opening – 12cleansing and chakra balancing – $20. Lectures on 4pm. The studio moved to new space in Santa Fe. coming workshops. Check website for details. Reso- It provides more room for therapy, energy work, nant Essentials, 7413 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquer- groups and art workshops. Participate in a comque. 505-453-7646. munity art project. Free. Mother Root Studio, 1413 Second St, #4, Santa Fe. 505-252-2215. MONDAY, APRIL 10 Messages from Spirit – 6-7:30pm. The group will explore ways to connect with spirit though meditation, oracle and tarot cards, channeled messages and mediumship. $10. Danelle Becklund’s office, The Source, 1111 Carlisle SE, Albuquerque. RSVP: 505-321-4121 or

Clarifying Meditative Work: A Fresh Look – 2-5pm. Explore how meditative work sheds light on our concerns, not theoretically, but from a simple, direct listening. Tradition-neutral, a la Eckhart Tolle, Krishnamurti, Toni Packer. $2/donation. Wat Temple, 145 Madison NE, Albuquerque. 505-2810684.

Shamanic Healing Circle – 6-8 pm. 2nd Mon. An exploration of shamanism and healing through jour- MONDAY, APRIL 17 neying and ceremony. Awaken your inner source of wisdom and experience the healing power of work- Change Unwanted Beliefs – 6:30-8:30pm, Learn ing in community. Donation. Unity Santa Fe, Santa about beliefs and how we acquire them. You found and tested beliefs in your dream. Observe a demonFe. 505-424-7725. stration to replace a limiting belief with a supporting belief. Free. North Domingo Baca MultigenerWEDNESDAY, APRIL 12 ational Center, 7521 Carmel Ave NE, Albuquerque. Healing Clinic – 5:30-6:30. Students and staff do 505-508-5805. brief spiritual healings for the public, working on specific issues or providing an energy tune-up. Free. TUESDAY, APRIL 18 Center For Inner Truth, 1807 2nd St, #84, Santa Fe. Moving Towards Clearer Vision 4-week series 505-920-4418. – 12:30-1:30 pm. This Awareness Through Movement® lesson series focuses on exploring the reTHURSDAY, APRIL 13 lationship of the eyes to the rest of the body to Writing in the Divine Author State – 1-4:30pm. enhance vision, self-organization, and overall funcMany are drawn to the art form of writing to allow tioning. $15/session or $50/series. UNM Center for healing, transformation and the release of divine Life, 4700 Jefferson St. NE, Ste. 100, Albuquerpotential. Write with best-selling author Tom Bird que. 505- 925-4551.

using his most successful technique. $59. UNM Continuing Education North Building, 1634 Uni- WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19 versity Blvd NE, Albuquerque. Registration: 505- Moving Towards Clear Vision 4-week series 277-0077 or – 5:45-6:45 pm. This Awareness Through Movement® lesson series focuses on exploring the relationship of the eyes to the rest of the body to FRIDAY, APRIL 14 enhance vision, self-organization, and overall funcLimpia Healing – 12-4pm. Margarita Martinez, tioning. $15/session or $50/series. UNM Center for Curandera from Mexico, will spiritually cleanse us- Life, 4700 Jefferson St. NE, Ste. 100, Albuquering limpia. Blessings open as negativity is removed. que. 505- 925-4551. Reading the egg will show what was removed through prayer cleansing. By appointment. $30. Resonant Essentials, 7413 Menaul Blvd NE, Albu- THURSDAY, APRIL 20 querque. 505-453-7646. Sacred Garden 4/20 Celebration – 10am-7pm. Celebrate this festive date for cannabis lovers. RafSpiritual Counseling – 12- 4pm. Michelle Vidal, fle prizes, and giveaways for the first 50 patients. Clair-sentient and healer available by appointment. Enjoy edibles, drinks, sandwiches, and cannabis Emphasis is on bringing balance and healing to juice from 11am-2pm. CBD edibles for public conyour mind, body and spirit through the guidance of sumption. Free. Sacred Garden, 1300 Luisa St, Ste her spirit teachers. $30/30 minutes. Resonant Es- 1, Santa Fe. 505-216-9686. sentials, 7413 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque. 505Sacred Garden 4/20 Celebration – 4-7:10pm. 453-7646. Celebrate this festive date for cannabis lovers at Green Jeans. Music, raffle prizes and CBD edibles SATURDAY, APRIL 15 for public consumption. Learn about the benefits Heal Your Gut, Heal Your Hormone Intro Class of cannabis and if it’s a fit for you. Free. Sacred – 10am-12pm. You will learn the link between your Garden, 3600 Cutler Ave NE, Albuquerque. 505Gut and your Hormones and the tools you need to 348-5599. naturally balance your hormones, increase energy



Soul Channeling – 6:30-8pm. Susan provides insight to help others advance spiritually and review their lives from their soul perspective. A short meditation on the soul followed by channeling a message for attendees. $15. Resonant Essentials, 7413 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque. 505-757-4071.

De-Stress Yoga – 8:30am-4:30pm. Stressed? Try relaxing with yoga. De-stress yoga combines mindfully aligned postures and body awareness with calming breathing techniques to help you unwind and find your center of balance. $85. High Desert Yoga, 4600 Copper NE, Albuquerque. Registration: 505-277-0077 or



Movement, Meditation & Expressive Arts – 1-3pm. This workshop will include gentle yoga, qi gong, dance/movement and expressive art. We will have a time of meditation as well as discussion and interpretation of your experience. Please wear comfortable clothing for working with water-based paints. $39. UNM Center for Life, 4700 Jefferson St. NE, Ste. 100, Albuquerque. 505- 925-4551.

Healing Touch Certificate Program Level III – Apr 29, 30. 8:30am-6pm both days. Instructor Vickie Smith. Course for students who have completed level I/II, includes; development of higher sense perception, sequencing of healing techniques, working with guidance, self-healing, and self-development. 16-18 CEUs, preregistration required. $340/paid by Apr 1, $365/thereafter; notebook included; eligible for UNM tuition remission. UNM Center for Life, 4700 Jefferson Past-Life Regression – 1-3pm. Regress to a past Ave NE, Albuquerque. Registration, Barbara Wellife where you will discover, access and activate cer: 248-882-1706. a positive inner resource to benefit you and other people in your life today. Group session. $50. Crys- Reiki Class – 9:30am-4:30pm. Become a tal Dove Metaphysical Book Store, 525 Central Ave certified practitioner. Class includes mediNE, Albuquerque. 505-918-6555. tation, attunements, history of Reiki, and learning basic hand positions for treatPerfect Lasagna – 1-4pm. You will walk through ment. Reiki master Jan Walker has taught all the steps of preparing traditional lasagna; with the Usui method since 1993. Preregistrameat and vegetable ragu, besciamelle sauce, moz- tion required. $175. St Thomas of Canzarella, and parmigiano – no ricotta. $59. Los Altos terbury Episcopal Church, 245 UniverChristian Church, 11900 Haines NE, Albuquer- sity Blvd NE, Albuquerque. 770-658-7323. que. Registration: 505-277-0077 or Intro to Soul Collage – 1-4:30pm. Soul Collage is a creative process for self-discovery, self-acceptance, and personal empowerment that embraces one’s intuition and creativity. Tawana Murphy, facilitator. Join this nurturing group and explore the process. $60, includes all materials. Mother Root Studio, 1413 Second St, #4, Santa Fe. 505-2522215.

Horses & Donkeys Helping Humans – 12-4pm, Gift yourself an unusual and empowering experience. Explore anything you wish to heal or manifest in a tranquil, supportive setting, assisted by equine friends. $80/prepaid; space limited. Unicorn Mesa, LLC, San Marcos Area, Santa Fe. 505438-1074.

Tai Chi Day in Santa Fe – 1-4pm. Presentations, two short lectures, book raffle, and a twoSUNDAY, APRIL 23 hour workshop. See what Tai Chi can do for you. Sunday Meditation Service – 10-11am. Explore a Free. Genoveva Chavez Community Center, topic through guided meditation, inspirational read- 941 Calle Mejia, #822, Santa Fe. 505-470-7842. ing, music, and the opportunity for personal shar- ing. Free. Center For Inner Truth, 1807 2nd St, #84, Santa Fe. 505-920-4418. EarthFest 2017 – 10am-5:30pm. Join La Montañita for EarthFest 2017, a celebratory festival behind the Nob Hill store. Free. La Montañita Co-op Food Market, 3500 Central Ave SE, on Silver Ave between Carlisle and Tulane, Albuquerque.

savethedate WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26 Lecture with Guided Meditation – 7-8:30pm. A lecture with guided meditation on the Kriya Yoga teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda will be presented by Brother Bhumanada of Self Realization Fellowship. Free. St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 601 Montaño Rd NW, Albuquerque. 505-2983640.

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Meditation & Discourse with a Yogi – 4-6:30 pm. Shiva Rudra Balayogi will conduct a series of free meditation classes and answer questions on meditation, selfrealization and finding inner peace. Free. Residence, 5431 Eakes Rd NW, Albuquerque. Info: Al, 505-307-8892.

SATURDAY, MAY 13 Clarifying Meditative Work - A Fresh Look – 2-5pm. Explore how meditative work sheds light on our concerns, not theoretically, but from a simple, direct listening. Tradition-neutral, a la Eckhart Tolle, Krishnamurti, Toni Packer. $2/donation. Wat Temple, 145 Madison NE, Albuquerque. 505-281-0684. Email orders@cuttsreviews. com or

savethedate SUNDAY, MAY 14 Meditation & Discourse with a Yogi – 3-5:30 pm. Shiva Rudra Balayogi will conduct a series of free meditation classes and answer questions on meditation, self-realization and finding inner peace. Free. Santa Fe Center for Spiritual Living, 505 Camino de los Marquez. Info: Ivy, 505-466-7662.

SATURDAY, MAY 27 Horses & Donkeys Helping Humans – 12-4pm, Gift yourself an unusual and empowering experience. Explore anything you wish to heal or manifest in a tranquil, supportive setting, assisted by equine friends. $80/prepaid; space limited. Unicorn Mesa, LLC, San Marcos Area, Santa Fe. 505-438-1074.

FRIDAY, JUNE 2 Pachakuti Mesa Tradition: Part 2 of 5 – June 2-4. Cross cultural shamanic arts for personal and planetary renewal, Apprenticeship Series Part 2: A Balance of Power (Transforming the Present). $275. Info, Phyllis Clay: 505-918-4388. 

SATURDAY, JUNE 3 Clarifying Meditative Work - A Fresh Look – 2-5pm. Explore how meditative work sheds light on our concerns, not theoretically, but from a simple, direct listening. Tradition-neutral, a la Eckhart Tolle, Krishnamurti, Toni Packer. $2/donation. Wat Temple, 145 Madison NE, Albuquerque. 505-2810684.

savethedate MONDAY, JUNE 12 Amma in June, Santa Fe – 10am-7pm. Amma will offer three free public programs and a paid retreat. You are warmly invited to meet Amma, Mata Amritanandamayi, and receive her individual, loving embrace. Millions worldwide have been inspired by her practical initiatives to address global issues, and her message of selfless service. June 12: Free. June 13-15: Retreat (by pre-registration only). June 15 Evening: Devi Bhava (Free Program), 7pm. Numbered Tokens available 1 1/2 hours prior to each program. For more information and details visit, email or contact the Amma Center of New Mexico at 505982-9801. Hilton Buffalo Thunder Resort, 30 Buffalo Thunder Trail, Santa Fe.

SATURDAY, JUNE 24 Silent Nontraditional Meditation: 1-7 Day Retreat – Daily schedule of sittings and dialogue. Nontraditional and flexible approach. Silent listening, deep opening, healing, in a safe group setting. Near Albuquerque in a national forest lodge. $60/ day, $290/week; includes food, lodging. Camp Patten, Hwy 14, Tijeras. 505-281-0684.

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Hot Hatha Yoga – 9-10am. Tues, Thur. With Giancarlo. $15, class pass. Blue Moon Hot Yoga. Info, details: 505-795-7778. Shearollins@mac. com.


Hot Vinyasa Classes – 9-10:30am. Sun, Mon, Fri & Sat. Hot vinyasa flow. $15, class pass. Blue Moon Hot Hot Fundamental Vinyasa – 6:15-7:15pm. Tues, Yoga. Info, details: 505-795-7778. Info@bluemoon- Thur. With Bea. $15, class pass. Blue Moon Hot Yoga. Info, details: 505-795-7778.

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wednesday Intuitive Readings, Coaching and Animal Communication – 9am-5pm. Galaya, intuitive and animal communicator, offers practical solutions for health, relationships, career, business and pets. Appointments: 505466-3764. Qigong & Healing From Within – 10:30am-12pm. Taoist, yogic and shamanic practices cultivate vitality, inner strength and awareness with energy healing, movement, sound, breath- work and meditation. $15, free/first class. Blue Moon Yoga, 826 Camino De Monte Rey, A5, Santa Fe. Allison Lasky: 505-984-8733.

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Metaphysics for a Complicated World – 6-8pm. Times of spiritual awakening/progression bring negative impacts from society. Advanced techniques for spiritual knowledge; learn unique ways to navigate through life with less drama. Check website for details. $30. Resonant Essentials. 505-453-7646.

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Transitions Radio Magazine, FM 98.1 – 8-11am. With Alan Hutner, Elizabeth Rose and co-hosts, celebrating 33 years in broadcasting. The Voices, Content and Music of Presence. Online, live streaming and archiving. 505466-2616.

saturday Qigong in the Park – 9-10am. Qigong supports optimal health and well-being, and is easy and fun to do; with certified Qigong instructor Loretta Shiver. Free. Altura Park, Morningside & Hannett NE, Albuquerque. 505681-1924. Community ELDOA Class – 10-11am. ELDOA is a treatment for general back pain, arthritis, intervertebral disc compression, proprioceptive difficulties and pathology, scoliosis and articular lesions, and a large influence on the postural system. $10, or punch card options available. Awakened Center for Holistic Health. 505-639-4087.

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Dr. Marilyn is a world-renowned healer; a medical intuitive who uses her knowledge and abilities to diagnose and treat children, adults, animals locally and globally (through long-distance healing). Specializing in allergies, pain, injuries, headaches, chemical sensitivities, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, autoimmune, PTSD and others. By utilizing advanced biofeedback, the body’s pharmacy will heal itself. “BE THE HEALER YOU ARE”.


Pet Readings. Communicate with your animal companions. Receive insight into your pet’s thoughts and feelings. Understand and facilitate changes in your pet’s behavior. 19 years experience Phone Consultations and House Calls.


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New! Destiny & Love Cards. Find the deeper answers you seek to the important questions in your life! Through the combined wisdom of astrology and psychology, you will be given significant insights from “the best of both worlds.” Rio Rancho astrologer providing in-depth astrology consultations for adults, couples, and parents. Forecasts, personal insights, relationships, career, relocation, spirituality, and more. FREE 15-minute telephone consultation!

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From a meditative space, I look for pertinent information to help you remove blocks that keep you from living the life you want. I complete the reading with a healing, replacing old beliefs and energy patterns with new ones that align with your current goals. I absolutely love this EDUCATION work, and I’ve been helping people this way for 20+ years. See ad, page 9. ACADEMY FOR THE LOVE OF



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The Academy for the Love of Learning stimulates and supports the rebirth and renewal of learning and education in Santa Fe through ongoing programs and free monthly Evenings of Exploration. See ad, page. 3.

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Accelerated Hypnotherapy 500 hour complete Training for Certification in Hypnotherapy. Experiential Education Format. Scope of Practice Protocols. Free Introductory Classes. Support after Graduation. Medical Hypnosis Training. See ad, page 7.

Welcome Transformation & Change into your life with Grace & Ease. Art Therapy & Counseling Services, EMDR, Sand Tray, Noetic Balancing and Women’s Groups.

Offering equine assisted coaching, intuitive guidance and Reiki both distance and at my peaceful Santa Fe location. Support for releasing grief, trauma, physical pain, healing your relationship with yourself and others and embracing the joy and ease that are your birthright. Sliding scale and discounts for seniors, veterans, equine assisted coaching packages and first-time sessions. See ad, page 15.

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Holistic financial planning for women Specializing in women’s financial transitions- marriage, divorce and death Call me for your complimentary discovery session to understand your money better and plan for the future. See article on page 26.


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Enter a magical space where the flowers and oils await you! Hundreds of flower essences and a great supply of various essential oils, including oils directly from Egypt. You have the option to create your own flower essence blends & oils. I can assist you in different selection methods and I specialize in creating personalized flower essence and essential oil combinations to meet your individual needs.


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The Foundation is dedicated to Awakening Consciousness and bringing balance and harmony to the mind – body - spirit. The Institute for Ascension and Medical intuitive Arts are both within its preview. New Spiritual Blog See ad, page 2.

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Casa Verde is an Aveda lifestyle Hair Salon & Spa. We offer hairstyling, cuts, natural hair color and facials. We can make your hair and skin look stunning in a welcoming professional environment. See ad, page 7.


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Natural Awakenings Northern New Mexico April 2017 Issue  
Natural Awakenings Northern New Mexico April 2017 Issue