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ublishing the 2018 June issue feels like déjà vu. Once again, I’m sitting in my office surrounded by unpacked boxes just like five years ago when we moved to New Mexico. We moved a couple of days before June production deadlines and I didn’t have time to get organized. New beginnings are an equal blend of fun and challenging. We have to adjust to new surroundings overnight and retrofit what once comfortably fit in the old house to new spaces. Often, the old doesn’t fit into the new, and we’re “forced” to purge a second time. Our pets are affected as well, wondering what happened to their old surroundings. In celebration of Father’s Day, we’re happy to share an interesting article about the Oola Guys (see page 16). It’s their mission to change the world with a word (#Oola) by collecting 1,000,000 dreams in the form of handwritten stickers on the side of a vintage 1970 VW Surf Bus. By inspiring positive change, the Oola Guys are on a quest to guide people toward finding more balance and growth in the seven key areas of life—fitness, finance, family, field, faith, friends and fun. Get started by taking the lifestyle quiz at In this issue, focusing on men’s health, we also look at stress factors that cause erectile dysfunction (ED) in many men as early as their 40’s. Many of these men don’t want to rely on drugs such as Viagra and would prefer natural remedies. Santa Fe’s own Dr. Robyn Benson has helped many men overcome ED using natural options including lifestyle intervention, acupuncture and the highly effective P-Shot. (See article, page 17). And finally, a wonderful Father’s Day idea to help relieve stress and counteract heart disease is to fully relax in a flotation tank. You can read all about it on page 18. We are lucky to have an amazing spa called True Rest in Albuquerque that is offering a wonderful special in June—two floats for the price of one! Take advantage and learn the secret of many athletes and professionals. Our national feature article on page 26 highlights Livable Communities. I’m proud that Santa Fe is mentioned as a city that preserves history and supports the residents with outdoor spaces, cafes, farmer markets and, did I mention, art? Both Santa Fe and Albuquerque scored above the national average Local Livability Index Score on page 28. Also, Albuquerque is listed as one of the top friendly pet cities, see article on page 30. June 21st is the official beginning of summer. It’s time for family retreats, spending time outdoors or “doing nothing.” Wishing you Happy Father’s Day and Summer Solstice,

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anta Fe METHA School for Metaphysical and Holistic Healing Arts is pleased to announce their grand opening open house weekend celebration being held May 18 to 20 at 1900 Chamisa Street, Suite A, in Santa Fe. METHA is a sacred community collective and spiritual center for self-discovery, life enrichment and professional development focused on human potential, metaphysical studies, holistic resources and healing arts modalities. The Center aims to inspire and cultivate conscious awakenings, authentic spiritual emancipation and mindful leadership, opening doors for anyone and everyone who is seeking to experience and further develop personal breakthroughs and soul evolution.  The Open House event featured a free ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday evening, a raffle for private sessions, discounted mini-sessions on Saturday, a free healing circle on Sunday morning, and discounted enrollment for summer programs and classes. Santa Fe METHA is a 501c3 non-profit educational and spiritual organization. All donations, programs & sessions bookings are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. For more information about Santa Fe METHA School for Metaphysical and Holistic Healing Arts, email To learn more about the center offerings and how to get involved visit See ad, page 15.

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ntuitive and Equine Assisted Guide, Chantal Fidanza, shares that her six-month Intuitive Guide Certification Program begins July 7 near Santa Fe. The program, which includes a 3-day retreat featuring equine support, is not exclusively for those who seek to work with clients, but also perfect for anyone who wishes to deepen his or her intuition and master the ability to manage their own energy. “This training is ideal for empaths, whether they already work with clients or simply seek ongoing support for their own transformation and empowerment. In this training we learn to channel the gift of being an empath, our light, so that it supports us in every area of our lives,” says Fidanza. “So many people, including a large percentage of practitioners, struggle with overwhelm, with too much incoming energy. I understand those struggles intimately and I want to share with others how they can turn that burden into their greatest asset, as I have.” According to Fidanza, this deeply transformational training, covers all aspects of establishing one’s own successful practice. “But anyone is welcome to enroll, simply for the powerful lifetransforming benefits,” she affirms. For more information or to reserve your space visit or call 505-438-1074. See ad, page 20.

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Ancestral, Folk and Indigenous Medicine Summer Series


ative Roots is excited to announce several upcoming events including the Ancestral, Folk and Indigenous Herbalism and Healing Sunday Series, featuring seven different teachers, being held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 3, 17, 24 and July 1, 8, 22. at the Tierra Drala Permaculture farm in El Prado, New Mexico. Topics include medicinal plant walks and medicine making, herbal baths, Lakota herbal uses and songs for healing, permission and prayer, Andean cosmology, healing and movement meditation, connecting to plant medicine through art, joy in the midst of grief, and rock and stone bodywork.   Native Roots will also host an August Immersion August 6 to 11. Topics include herbalism, medicinal plant walks, medicine making, Mayan Abdominal Massage, rock medicine, Lakota songs and traditional uses for medicinal plants, land-based spirituality, and more.  In addition, Understanding Curanderismo In the Depths of the Heart, with curandera Tonita Gonzales and Rita Navarette, will take place August 2 to 5. The event features hands-on healing, fire cupping, healing with medicinal smoke, laugh therapy, releasing emotional congestion, and understanding the benefits of sweat lodges.  Other events include the Folk, Farm and Forest Youth Camp for children ages 12 to 17 being held July 23 to 29. Campers will have the opportunity to explore permaculture, medicinal plants and medicine making, art and folk traditions. There will also be two opportunities to journey to Guatemala to study yoga, Mayan Abdominal Massage and medicinal plants with Mayan medicine man Don Reginaldo Chayeux at Bioitza Rainforest Reserve. The trips will be held in September and February.  Cost: Sliding scale fees. Everyone welcome.  All classes by donation for all Tribally Affiliated Members of New Mexico.  Pre-register at or call 914-400-7558. Currently fundraising for youth camp scholarships. All donations tax deductible.  Contact for questions. See Calendar listings, page 34 and 35.

Creating Sustainable Partnership from the Inside Out


ina Twombly, certified Brennan Healing Science Practitioner since 2010, asserts that “attracting a healthy relationship is much more about your commitment to yourself, willingness to be vulnerable, and clarity than it is about your age, beauty, location or social status.” In her work, Twombly helps spiritually-minded men and women discover ways that their energy system is subconsciously keeping them stuck in cycles of loneliness, trauma and drama in relationships. “Together we will shift this, releasing past pain and idealistic expectations that keep you from experiencing the joy of authentic partnership,” she says. “Through this process, you will become able to naturally attract partnership to you, like a bee to a flower.” Twombly’s work is a blend of psychological understanding, intuitive guidance, and practical application. “I work with individuals to help bridge the gap between their inner dreams and outer manifestation.” To apply for a free clarity session, email See Community Resource Guide Listing, page 37. 8

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eing at the top of your game does not always mean living your best life,” shares Giovanna Rossi, founder of Well Woman Life. “Many of us reach our goals but find that they are not sustainable with all of life’s busyness and challenges. By June many of us find our ability to sustain those goals and overcome our challenges has either diminished completely, or is not at the top of our priorities.” Whether we are focusing on our personal goals or professional goals, shares Rossi, the roots of how we get there is only discovered by finding and activating the superpower that makes each of us unique. Part of the journey is understanding that focusing on only personal or professional development is not enough. “We must dig deeper to connect to the other half that makes the big transitions in our lives that move us forward,” she explains. “All of us have external and internal supports that affect the way we can connect to our unique superpower and activate the tools we need to live our best lives.” To support this journey, Rossi says there is a growing community of women who are working together to dive deep into their personal development by accessing a very specific framework that focuses on how to sustain one’s goals. “You are invited to join the Well Woman Life Community and start to identify the things that are holding you back, and the find your unique superpower that will help move you forward,” she says. Giovanna Rossi is the founder of Well Woman Life. Take the Well Woman Life quiz and get your free tools to start on the path to living a well woman life at WellWomanLife. com/quiz. See ad, page 14.

Harmonize the Brain with CranioSacral Therapy By Etienne Peirsman lthough the human body has a symmetrical appearance, in reality the two halves are never symmetrical. One leg will be slightly longer, one eye will be slightly bigger. Internally, the left kidney is slightly higher than the right due to the larger size of the liver on the right side. Brain asymmetry refers to anatomical, physiological, or behavioral differences between the two cerebral hemispheres. All of this is normal as the two hemispheres serve different functions in the body. What’s not normal is when trauma or a lack of oxygen interrupts communication and integration between the hemispheres and prevents them from working in harmony with each other. Advanced CranioSacral Therapy techniques deal specifically with harmonizing and restoring unity in the brain, and allow for repair of damaged structures through the use of neutral stem cells.


Etienne Peirsman, CS, founder of Cranio Sacral School of the Masters will teach Brain 1, July 21 to 24 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day at Blue Desert Hale in Escobosa, New Mexico. The cost for the class is $695. 32 CEUs for LMTs. Pre-requisite: Understanding and Working with the Alarm Systems. For more information and to register, call 505-503-5137 or visit to register. See ad, page 11.

Meditation Retreat Offers Healing, Renewal


he NM Center for Meditative Inquiry and Retreat is offering an extended retreat from June 23 to June 30. 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. Cost: $60 per day or $290 for 7 days, including food and lodging. For more information, call 505-281-0684 or visit See ad, page 5.

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ody & Brain Yoga and Tai Chi, a nationwide holistic health and wellness organization with three locations in New Mexico since 1999, invites all to Healthy Living Day being held June 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. in Albuquerque. Body & Brain Yoga believes that health begins with the actions and lifestyles of each individual, and that together we can create a supportive environment conducive to the health of body and brain. To create this environment and educate our community on simple ways they can take charge of their own health, we support SEED for Health, a national campaign run by the non-profit Earth Citizens Organization.” SEED stands for the aspects most important to managing a healthy life: stress, exercise, emotions and diet. Body & Brain Yoga and Tai Chi is contributing to this campaign by offering community classes and workshops providing simple tools for people to manage their SEED ( This year’s Healthy Living Day also features the concepts and advice in I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years: The Ancient Secret to Longevity, Vitality and Life Transformation, a new book by Body & Brain’s founder, Ilchi Lee. The audience will learn and experience 1. Rethinking ideas about aging 2. Shifting the paradigm of their life from success to completion 3. Three life habits for a long, happy life 4. Three powers for self-reliance 5. Longevity exercises and mindfulness techniques.

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arma and Yoga: The Art of Touch and Pranic Healing for Yoga Teachers is being held August 4 to 12 at The Source in Albuquerque. This 9-day intensive will offer students and teachers of yoga a grounded and practical approach to understanding the role of Marma Therapy within yoga and Ayurveda. Ayurveda describes marmani as energetic and transformational points that are healing to both body and mind. “This intensive training will offer theory alongside hands-on techniques that will transform the way you and your students understand and experience yoga,” says class facilitator Maria Garre. Garre has been studying Marma therapy for the past 10 years and has been refining the integration of Ayurvedic Marma within yoga therapy and practice. She has spent time with her teachers both in India and the U.S. to deepen her knowledge of this ancient healing pranic art. This immersion offers the culmination of Maria Garre’s studies, yoga teaching and clinical practice to offer students a grounded and practical approach to understanding the role of marma, energetic points within Ayurveda, and how they relate to the practice of yoga. During the immersion, students will learn the background and foundation of the history and use of marma in various components for pranic healing, apply the chakra system to marmani within the practices of meditation and pranayama, understand the relationship and application of pranayama, prana, nadis, marmani and asana and practice comprehensive hands-on techniques for activating marma points within various yoga asanas including savasana. Location: 1111 Carlisle Blvd. SE, Albuquerque. For more information, visit See ad, page 15.

Dancing with Nature Retreat


oin Wellness Chef Kristina Heim for a rejuvenating Summer Solstice Healthy Fasting Retreat being held June 21 to 23 at beautiful Ojo Caliente Hot Springs and Spa. “The time is now,” she says. “Jumpstart your summer and give yourself the gift of a healthy, nurturing retreat to energize your body, mind and life.” During this transformational weekend, participants will cleanse and nourish their bodies and minds with organic bone broth and healthy juicing. “Soak in healing water, move your body with gentle dance and yoga, journal, hike and re-evaluate your life and what is important to you,” invites Heim. “Shed weight, shed old ideas, shed what does not work for you any longer. Simplify; embrace your dreams, your creativity and reshape the way you want to live your life.” Cost: $350 includes all programs, food and drinks. Lodging options from $125 and up. For details visit or call 877-792-4527. See ad to the right.

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Calming Over Active Bladder with Hypnotherapy

by Christian Raphael ocal practitioner Christian Raphael, a medical support clinical hypnotherapist, associate instructor at the Hypnotherapy Academy of America, and Certified Fellow of the International Board of Hypnotherapy, states that, “According to the Urology Care Foundation, there are approximately 33 million people in the U.S. suffering from Over Active Bladder Syndrome. While over active bladder (OAB) affects both women and men, the majority of those affected are women.” During a three-year $3 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) clinical study concluded in October 2017, hypnotherapy was compared to drug therapy for treating OAB. “Early results from eight standardized therapy sessions indicated that hypnotherapy for calming OAB is not inferior to drug therapy, thereby scientifically proving hypnotherapy as a viable alternative to drug treatment,” says Raphael, who was a study hypnotherapist in this clinical trial. Raphael successfully guided his study patients to greater bladder control using their own mind power. “Unless otherwise indicated for therapeutic purposes, the standardized protocols and techniques that I use in private practice are the same ones used in the clinical trial,” he affirms.


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by Dr. Matthew G. Kreitzer Breast thermography is a safe and effective means of assessing breast cancer risk. Free of harmful, ionizing radiation, it uses non-invasive, advanced digital infrared equipment to image thermal patterns that naturally emanate from the surface of the body. A national board certified thermologist is then able to technically analyze the infrared images and evaluate the risk of breast cancer on an ascending scale. One of the greatest benefits of breast thermography is that, over time, it gives powerful feedback on the efficacy of holistic treatments in reducing cancer risk. Acupuncture and Chinese herbology, for example, can promote detoxification and hormonal balance; and clinical homeopathy can inspire healing at the deepest, core level. Daily breast self-massage and avoidance of excess phytoestrogens (soy and flaxseed contain high amounts) are simple self-care practices that can also reduce breast cancer risk, as can maintaining a balanced, organic diet, appropriate exercise, and a positive outlook on life. Matthew G. Kreitzer, DOM, is the founder of Mountain Acupuncture, with offices in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, NM, where he offers breast thermography, acupuncture/herbs and clinical homeopathy. For more information, call 505-226-1610, or visit See ad, page 7.

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geNation and Empower New Mexico ​invite the community into a journey of discovery and empowerment, music and community. Ageless Living: A Celebration of Life and Wisdom, is being held June 16 and 17 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe. “Experience this valuable celebration of life for yourself. Be inspired by the information, recommendations and valuable life strategies shared by the very gifted and talented authors who can support you in regaining your balance, renewing your hope and making plans for a future that is heathier, more meaningful, compassionate, joyful and committed to the greater good,” say event producers and AgeNation cofounders, George and Sedena Cappannelli. Attendees will be in the audience for the live taping. These inspiring authors and wisdom keepers will be live on stage: David Suzuki, Gay and Katie Hendricks, Thomas Moore, Lee Zlotoff, Kyle Cease, George and Sedena Cappannelli with an opening blessing by Grandmother Flordemayo, one of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers.

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At the North American Climate Summit in Chicago last December, more than 50 mayors from around the globe signed the Chicago Climate Charter, intended to guide cities toward reaching greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals similar to the Paris climate accord. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says each mayor will pursue a customized plan, noting, “We’re all going to get to the same destination in our own way.” President Trump’s intended exit from the Paris agreement has sparked an uproar from leaders worldwide, especially mayors in cities long committed to reducing emissions. Dozens of cities are committed to 100 percent clean and renewable energy goals and pledged to promote clean transit through using zero-emissions buses. Emanuel believes, “Climate change can be solved by human action.” Cities’ actions now may well pay off in the long run.

Cincinnati has contracted with the energy company Dynegy to purchase 100 percent renewable energy to operate most of its municipal facilities through at least 2021. The green energy will power police and fire stations, health clinics, recreation centers and most administrative buildings, including city hall. The city’s greenhouse gas emissions will be cut by more than 9 percent and its utility rates by more than $100,000 annually. The deal will bring the city closer to its goal of running on 100 percent renewable energy by 2035.

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A new Ukrainian homebuilding startup called Passivdom uses a 3-D printing robot to produce parts for tiny houses. The machine can print the walls, roof and floor of the company’s 380-square-foot model in about eight hours. The windows, doors and self-contained plumbing, sewage and self-electrical systems are then added by a human worker. Solar energy is stored in a battery. Filtered water collects from humidity in the air. Prices start at $64,000 per house (Passivedom). M.A.DI., in Italy, produces prefabricated A-frame houses in five sizes that can be set up anywhere. The basic model is rated an energy class B, but can be upgraded with an option of adding solar panels to make the structures energy-independent. Homes made by Lifehaus blend low-cost, off-grid appeal with holistic living and luxurious details. The Lebanon company is pioneering energy-neutral dwellings made from locally sourced and recycled materials. Green home dwellers will also be able to generate electricity and grow their own food.

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ola (originating from the word “oo-la-la”) is a lifestyle based on the international best-selling book, Oola: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World.

Oo-la (noun): That state of awesomeness. It is when your life is balanced and growing in the seven key areas of life—“the 7 F’s of Oola” (fitness, finance, family, field (career), faith, friends and fun).

Have you seen the bus of dreams— a 1970 Volkswagen surf bus covered in stickers where people have written their dreams? The bus is now 19 sticker layers deep and is traveling around the country with two men, fondly known as the OolaGuys, “Dr. Dave” Braun and “Dr. Troy” Amdahl, both doctors of chiropractic. They are on a mission to change the world with a word (#Oola) by collecting 1 million dreams in the form of handwritten stickers


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on the side of a vintage bus. The reason? Because they believe that the way people can achieve their dreams is to first find balance within the seven key areas of life, they refer to as the 7 F’s. The OolaGuys operate on the principle that all of us are “designed for greatness,” and as such, they have made it their mission to help people achieve balance in these seven areas so that they can attain an OolaLife. The OolaGuys are co-authors of the international bestselling Oola book series that started with Oola: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World. Dr. Dave (the OolaSeeker) and Dr. Troy (the OolaGuru) are renowned experts in teaching a proper work-life balance, and are committed to changing the world with their simple yet life-changing message.  These gentlemen began this journey in 1997 when Dr. Troy was working at his clinic in Las Vegas, Nevada. The two of them, along with some friends, met at a hotel to sit around and plan the areas of their life. For each area (each F), they asked, “Where are you, where do you want to go, and how do you want to get there?” The focus is on balance between these seven areas of your life. Once you lose balance—yup, you guessed it—you lose Oola. But not everyone is unbalanced; not everyone is an OolaSeeker. There are some that are OolaGurus. Back in 1997, Dr. Troy seemed to have it all together while Dr. Dave found himself at his lowest point. He had a failed marriage and was living in a low rent motel, having lost most of his wealth. Dr. Dave reached out to Dr. Troy to see how two men who started out with the same ideas and ideals found themselves at such opposite ends of Oola. It didn’t take long for Dr. Dave to realize that what Dr. Troy, the OolaGuru, was sharing with him and their friends—balance and growth in the 7 F’s—at this 1997 get-together was a profound concept that could help the masses. OolaLife is what is attained when a person focuses on and puts forth the effort to have a balanced life, maybe even an inspired one. The OolaGuys believe that “we are all designed by God for greatness and purpose,” and that Oola is just discovering

that purpose and utilizing these seven areas as a guide. While no “F” is more important than another, it is worth emphasizing the importance of family, field and finance, “given that 55 percent of marriages end in divorce, 53 percent of Americans hate their jobs, and 33 percent of the U.S. population has debt,” says Dr. Dave. “That means many of us are spending 12 hours a day at a job doing what we hate and coming home to an unhappy household. That has to change. That is not inspired living.” The men still say that all areas are equally important and that once one out-of-balance area is identified and focused on, the other areas will be helped inadvertently. For instance, if you start with finance and pull yourself out of debt, you will find an improvement in your relationship with your significant other because you will be under less pressure. Or, if you focus on family and improve your relationships, you discover that family members can help you figure out how to balance other areas of your life, including rediscovering a cherished dream. Many of the people the OolaGuys meet on the road tell them, “I haven’t had a dream in 30 years.” It’s true that these “dreamless folks” have lost Oola, but it’s never too late to find it. Visit OolaLife. com and try their free OolaLife tools to discover where you stand in each area. Are you an OolaGuru in the area of finance and field, but lacking in family and faith? Then those are the areas you need to pay more attention to. Are fitness and fun areas that are no longer strong as you age and become increasingly busy? Then take advice from the OolaGuys and make time for both, as they will power you through the aging process. In the end when it comes to dreams, the guys ask the question: “If you knew it would be a raging success what would you do?” That is the start. Ask yourself this question, take the online quiz to determine your balance, and then begin the process of attaining an OolaLife! Oola is a lifestyle brand, with a book series (HCI Books); a tour; a motivational event called OolaPalooza; a partnership with Young Living where they have developed Oola oils; and most recently, their attempt to share and give back with their own line of tea, which supports their newest mission to feed 1 million people (every bag of tea sold buys a meal for a child in need). For more information, visit To order Oola: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World, visit; and to order Oola for Women, visit Kelly Martinsen is publisher of Natural Awakenings Long Island and author of A Year of Inspired Living (HCI Books), which is available at and

A Proven, Natural Solution for Erectile Dysfunction by Robyn Benson, DOM good health practitioner will always encourage fitness, a healthy waistline, and overall wellness for any man. The discussion of overall health includes a healthy sexual vitality throughout a man’s life as we live active and longer lives. Why has Erectile Dysfunction (ED) become a big part of a health conversation for men? Research shows that ED rates have gone up dramatically over the last 20 to 30 years. While constant stress and living in an increasingly toxic world are contributing factors, the most common causes for ED include aging, pelvic injury, high blood pressure, kidney disease and prostate cancer. What is perhaps most surprising these days is that ED is increasing and is more common among younger guys. According to a study from the Journal of Sexual Medicine, one out of every four new ED patients is under 40 years old. Tobias Köhler, M.D., chief of the Division of Male Infertility at Southern Illinois University, stated that, “roughly 40 percent of men in their 40s suffer from ED, and 50 percent in their 50s.” More often than not, ED is a combination of issues including weight gain, trauma, poor diet, lack of exercise, and even sexual fears and feelings of inadequacy. Conventional medicine boasts the merits of Viagra and Cialis, but today men want their sexual vitality restored without the use of drugs. After all, there are serious side effects and these drugs are often inconvenient and uncomfortable. In addition to lifestyle guidance and acupuncture, natural options include the highly effective P-Shot or the Priapus PRP (platelet rich plasma) injection. The P-Shot is so effective for some men that it can replace ED prescriptions. For others, it can be used in conjunction with pharmaceuticals and help reduce dosages. “I have suffered from ED since I was 24 after contracting Malaria. After my P-Shot, I am having more frequent erections and finally I have found something that works other than Viagra, which does not make me feel good. Thank you, Dr. Benson for your integrative care, expertise and professionalism in dealing with a sensitive issue.” Joe K, Santa Fe


How the P-Shot Works The procedure promotes new tissue growth by stimulating unipotent stem cells (platelet rich plasma) from a person’s own blood to increase circulation within the penis. It is proven to work in multiple studies and involves minimal discomfort. Other benefits include increased sensation and pleasure (and can help correct the damage from diabetes). The P-Shot is also helpful for men with Peyronie’s Condition. Call 505-986-1089 and visit to find out more about this program. The Santa Fe Soul website, along with Robyn Benson’s personal website, includes a wealth of information about how to live better and age healthfully. June 2018


Cardiovascular Disease Prevention by James Dernocoeur


hile modern medicine has made great strides in treating cardiovascular disease it remains a major problem in America. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cardiovascular disease remains the number one killer of men in the U.S. Cardiovas-

cular disease includes problems such as myocardial infarction (heart attacks), heart failure, cerebrovascular accidents(strokes), and peripheral vascular disease. The American lifestyle is filled with risk factors for cardiovascular disease such as smoking, poor diet, and lack of exercise. One of the most underappreciated risk factors is stress. While our bodies are designed to manage stress, persistent stress or overstimulation of the stress system can be deleterious. To understand this risk factor, we must look at the body’s response to stress. Our bodies are filled with multiple systems that provide a metabolic balance; this balance is referred to as homeostasis. These homeostatic mechanisms will naturally bring our body to a healthy balance if the system is given the tools and opportunity to do so. The autonomic nervous system is one of these homeostatic mechanisms. The autonomic nervous system mediates our response to stress. The autonomic nervous system has two major branches: the adrenergic system

and the cholinergic system. The adrenergic system mediates the classic ‘fight or flight’ response. When confronted with a sudden risk, such as being attacked by a tiger, your body will respond with the fight or flight response. This readies your body to either fight or run from the tiger. When adrenaline is placed into the system the heart rate goes up, blood pressure increases, more oxygen is delivered to the muscles, and the brain becomes alert. In contemporary society, we are constantly bombarding our adrenergic portion of the autonomic nervous system. This means that the cardiovascular system is being overstressed. By managing stress, we can reduce one of the major risk factors for cardiovascular disease. One of the emerging and exciting tools involved in managing stress is flotation therapy: Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy (REST). Floatation is a sensory deprivation therapy, consisting of a tank filled with body temperature water and 1,500 pounds of Epsom salt. A person will float in this solution for about one hour. By cutting off the stress of over stimulation allows the body’s natural process to return to a natural balance. The cholinergic and adrenergic systems can now come into balance. This balance allows the body to naturally bring blood pressure down, reduce the heart rate, and decrease oxygen demand. This also allows for significant relaxation which allows for muscle and brain recovery. This type of therapy has also been shown to reduce problems with sleep deprivation—another stressor to the cardiovascular system. Modern medicine response to cardiovascular disease is the skillful use of medications and procedures. These are designed to treat the disease; flotation therapy is a nonpharmaceutical approach to reduce the risks of developing cardiovascular disease. With no side effects, flotation therapy allows the body’s built in mechanisms to provide appropriate balance, while naturally lowering blood pressure, heart rate and stress levels. James Dernocoeur is a physician assistant who has worked in the emergency department for over 20 years. See ad, page 16.


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isdom Healing Qigong is an ancient technology of energy healing, with effective positive outcomes that are acknowledged by modern medical science. By practicing the gentle movements, visualization, sounds and conscious intention we reconnect ourselves with our own healing capacity to practice energetic self-care and the self-healing of mind, body and heart. The foundation of qigong is understanding that everything we experience is energy—everything we are is energy. By learning to nurture that energy (qi), release blockages and let it flow, we can affect every aspect of our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual existence. Unreleased stress is the ultimate cause of all illness—especially chronic conditions. Stress causes energetic blockages and qigong releases that stress so we can finally relax, release and heal. There are thousands of reports about the benefits that Wisdom Healing Qigong students experience including more energy that leads them to better health, lifts them up to greater happiness, and creates more abundance in their lives. The data collected from hundreds of Chi Center Healing Intensive Retreat students was scored by an outside research organization and demonstrated that 94 percent of retreat participants improved, in terms of increased well-being and significantly reduced distress levels—including depression and anxiety. Many extensive scientific studies have reached the same conclusions: this kind of integrated, holistic mind-body practice can empower us to heal ourselves, and it can also empower us to live a more joyful, connected, and vibrant life. Modern neuroscience has confirmed that the brain can change its physical structure and function throughout our lifetime (positively or negatively), according to what we focus on, and what we do repeatedly. Studies measuring biological changes show that consistent practice of holistic mind-body therapies like qigong improves the symptoms of a wide range of challenges—such as neurological conditions, autoimmune illness, cancer, chronic pain and fatigue, depression and anxiety. These practices can even influence gene expression, improve our overall state of health, and give us a better quality of life. World-renowned Wisdom Healing Qigong Master Mingtong Gu operates the Chi Center right outside of Santa Fe. Learn more about his transformational retreats at For a free ebook, Ancient Chinese Healing Secrets go to To watch student testimonial videos, visit June 2018


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etting enough sleep—or not—has a trickle-down effect. A study in the Journal of Obesity shows that good quality shut-eye helps us reduce stress, lose weight and function better. Research also shows that most Americans would be healthier, happier and safer going about their daily activities if they slept 60 to 90 more minutes each night, according to the American Psychological Association. A consistent sleep routine helps enable a good night’s rest, with activities like going to bed at the same time whenever possible; shutting down the Internet, email and text messaging at least an hour before bedtime; and limiting intake of caffeine and alcohol. Another best practice is eating foods that help us relax, fall and stay asleep. Four primary sleep-promoting vitamins and minerals naturally found in foods are tryptophan, magnesium, calcium and vitamin B6. Some of these help the body produce melatonin, the hormone responsible for regulating the body’s sleep/wake patterns called circadian rhythms. Others enhance serotonin, which carries nerve signals and relays messages in the brain related to mood and sleep.

Some foods are naturally packed with these essential vitamins and minerals, and eating certain foods at certain times can help us tip the scale towards a successful night of restful sleep.


Kiwi. Full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate, kiwi can help us sleep longer. In a study at Taipei Medical University, in Taiwan, researchers had participants eat two kiwifruits one hour before bedtime for four weeks. Total sleep time improved by 13.4 percent.


Soy. In a Japanese study published in the Nutrition Journal, researchers surveyed 1,076 participants between 20 and 78 on how often they ate soy products, which are rich in sleep-enhancing isoflavones. Those that ate the most soy foods enjoyed deeper, more sustained sleep. Researchers concluded that soy’s isoflavones help regulate the sleep/wake cycle.

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Tart cherry juice. A study by the University of Rochester, in New York, found that older adults drinking two, eight-ounce servings of tart red cherry juice daily, one in the morning and one at night for two weeks, enjoyed moderate sleep improvement, comparable to taking the herb valerian and melatonin.

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Fish. Salmon, halibut, mackerel and tuna help boost the production of vitamin B6, which helps make melatonin. A recent study from the University of Pennsylvania published in Scientific Reports found that eating more fish led both to better sleep and improved cognitive function in children.

Research found that men that ate two bananas at a time for a week had a rise in melatonin that reached a peak two hours later; pineapple juice and orange juice also raised those levels.


Walnuts. Eating a handful of walnuts an hour before bedtime provides fibersupporting, restorative, slow-wave sleep, concluded a study in the journal Nutrition. Plus, walnuts are a good source of tryptophan, which helps make serotonin and melatonin; University of Texas researchers also found that walnuts contain their own source of melatonin.


Fiber-rich foods. Choices such as chia seeds, nuts and whole grains help promote restorative “slow-wave” sleep, according to the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.


Calcium-fortified yogurt. According to Dr. William Sears, a pediatrician in Pasadena, California, and author of The Baby Sleep Book: The Complete Guide to a Good Night’s Rest for the Whole Family, “Calcium helps the brain use the amino acid tryptophan to manufacture the sleep-inducing substance melatonin. This explains why dairy products, which contain both tryptophan and calcium, are some of the top sleep-inducing foods.”


Bananas. Rich in potassium, magnesium, tryptophan and vitamin B6, which are used to make melatonin, bananas help promote good sleep. A study in the Journal of Pineal

Dark leafy greens. Kale, spinach and collard greens are among the magnesiumrich greens that can help us de-stress and go to sleep, says Dr. Raj Dasgupta, a professor of pulmonary and sleep medicine at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.


Almonds and dates. Nerina Ramlakhan, Ph.D., a London sleep therapist and author of Fast Asleep but Wide Wake: Discover the Secrets of Restorative Sleep and Vibrant Energy, counsels her clients to start at breakfast by eating eight almonds and two dates. These two fiber-rich foods are able to slowly help produce melatonin for later in the day. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

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Health Concerns Revolutionize the Cosmetics Industry by Marlaina Donato


rom red carpets to Teen Vogue magazine, the natural beauty trend has taken the industry by storm. Consumer whims may have sparked its beginnings more than a decade ago, but demand is now spiking profits into the billions. “Consumer need is influencing retailers to offer cleaner formulas reflecting firm ecovalues,” says Karen Behnke, the pioneering entrepreneur who founded Juice Beauty, in San Rafael, California. Behnke aimed to create meaningful change in the industry when she assembled her dream team 13 years ago. The company now owns a trailblazing patent and sets the standard for clinical organics. “We’re excited that traditional department stores such as Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus and Holt Renfrew are adding our products to their beauty departments,” says Behnke, who attributes Juice Beauty’s tremendous growth in recent years to a surge of interest in chemical-free, luxury alternatives.

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consume seven pounds of lipstick containing petroleum-based emollients, synthetic preservatives and artificial dyes during a lifetime, undoubtedly another reason consumers are switching to natural options. Katey Denno, a Los Angeles makeup artist to the stars, noticed cosmetic red flags early in her career. “The first time I turned over a palette that most makeup artists carry and saw specific colors that couldn’t be used on eyes or lips, I was confused; if something isn’t safe for lips or eyes, how can it be good for any part of us?” queries Denno, who switched from social work to makeup artistry 11 years ago. “The change in the industry has been substantial. Now green is mainstream, and most artists have included some green beauty brands in their kits.” Millennials continue to drive consumer demand for higher standards. “Retailers understand that the skincare/makeup landscape is changing,” advises Behnke. “Traditional brands are no longer attracting younger consumers that are demanding organic, clinically validated products.” Denno concurs, stating, “The spotlight on clean products comes from the growing acknowledgement that we can and must do all we can to lower our overall toxic load.”

Demand Escalates Women are fueling the natural beauty movement, yet more men than ever are also seeking healthy alternatives. Grooming products with unisex packaging and fragrances are among top sellers. Informed

teen and 20-something buyers are inclined to choose people- and eco-friendly brands that are also cruelty-free. A wide selection of aluminum-free, natural, personal care products including underarm deodorants are showing up in supermarkets. Women are ditching toxic hair dyes and going silver to avoid thinning hair and allergies, and unwittingly, creating a new fashion statement. Plus, there’s growing interest in DIY cosmetics using everyday good-for-you ingredients found in the kitchen. Artisan perfumes are gaining popularity among women that want the mystery and allure of fragrance without the side effects of manmade, chemical-based brands. “Some new customers are frustrated by commercial products giving them headaches, while others say that they just don’t like perfume, when what they actually don’t like is synthetic fragrance chemicals,” says Ananda Wilson, a botanical perfumer and owner of Gather Perfume, in South Hadley, Massachusetts. “It’s inspiring when they smell real plant scents and see how their world lights up! The molecules in natural perfumes are active and interact with personal chemistry, so they unfold differently on each wearer, creating a unique signature and experience.” Wilson ventured into botanical blends when both awareness and supplies of appropriate ingredients were scarce. “Perfume history is largely rooted in natural materials, but until recently, there was a mass blackout of this precious lineage. When I started, there was barely anything available, and only through a handful of aromatherapy companies,” she explains. Now, Wilson bases her products on botanical infusions from plants she’s grown or collected, including wild beach roses, clover and spring poplar buds. It only takes a whiff to dispel the myth that natural perfumes lack sophistication or tenacity. “Naturals have a breadth of possibilities—opulent white florals, fresh and clean, or dirty and smoky,” expounds Wilson. Eco-beauty is emerging from conscious lifestyle choices and creating the next era of cosmetics. “It’s fun to be called a pioneer in organic beauty,” muses Behnke. “Our products, employees and happy customers comprise an encouraging accomplishment.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at


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n a harried world where our work is never done, it’s tough to take timeouts to do nothing. Yet, when we pump the brakes on Americans’ obsessive drive, we discover fresh productivity, creativity and contentment. “We’re socialized to pride ourselves on accomplishment and achievement, yet when you step back, you realize doing nothing produces a valuable currency, especially in enhanced mental health,” says Colleen Long, a Boston psychologist and author of Happiness in B.A.L.A.N.C.E: What We Know Now About Happiness. Italians call it la dolce far niente, or the sweetness of doing nothing, while the Dutch word niksen translates as “doing something without a purpose”. Here are a few tips to reclaim the art of be-ing over do-ing.

Create a “do nothing” ritual. Set aside a special time and make it known. It can start the morning or wind down an evening. It may be meditating a few minutes or enjoying a bit of aromatherapy, wherever the heart leads. Relax into the moment. Acknowledge

guilty feelings when they arise, but don’t heed them. It takes time to undo mental programming and learn to quiet the voice urging, “Don’t just stand there, do something!”

Mindfully do nothing. It’s not about

vegging out with passive activities like watching TV or checking email. It’s a time to come alive to our senses and surroundings, whether listening to music or peoplewatching, free of distractions from phone calls or anxious thoughts.

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Doing something is okay. The aim

is to let go of the compulsion to check off every item on our to-do list—but that doesn’t mean blankly staring off into space. These are purposeful moments without a specific purpose. Doodle in a sketchbook, wander around the neighborhood or lie in the grass and look at clouds. Spontaneously go with the flow.

There’s no one way or right way to do nothing. “Just by carving out space,

you’ll get a benefit even if it doesn’t feel like you’re doing it right or perfectly,” advises Long. It looks different for different people. “Before I had kids, my ‘nothing time’ might be just being out in nature or simply doing one thing mindfully at a time, like washing dishes. Now I incorporate the principle into family time. One day a week, I shut off the phone, get on the floor with my kids and just let life get messy.” Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at June 2018


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reeks, streams and rivers flow into ponds, lakes and oceans, carrying pollution. Keeping large bodies of water clean starts with local waterways. As awareness of this need rises, some rivers in Africa, India, New Zealand and elsewhere are being protected and recognized as living entities, with rights, values and the legal status of people. While court cases brought by commercial interests are challenging such decisions, progress continues on many fronts.

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“The Fox River’s been our treasure since Native Americans paddled there,” says Barbara Smits, part-owner of Old Northwest Frontier Tours, provider of self-guided auto, bicycle and walking tours via eBook, in De Pere, Wisconsin. “To see people sail, boat,

ice fish or sightsee here again is a joy.” The Fox River Cleanup Project, a multi-year effort covering 13 miles that began in 2009, reduces the health and environmental risks from polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) in the sediment. Lake Winnebago, source of the lower Fox River, is currently stewarded under the 2000 Lake Sturgeon Management Plan. Recent meetings have sought citizen input for updates in managing sturgeon stock. In Athens County, Ohio, Michelle Shively, in Trimble, is Sunday Creek’s watershed coordinator. “Every minute, 850 to 1,000 gallons of polluted water from an underground mine pool flows into the creek, turning the water orange from iron waste. Once the iron is removed, you need to do something with it,” she says. Guy Riefler, Ph.D., an associate profes-

sor of civil engineering, and John Sabraw, professor of art and chair of a painting and drawing program, both with Ohio University, in Athens, found a way to wash, dry and pulverize recovered iron. It will be sold to Gamblin Artists Colors to make oil paints for artists in mustardy ochre, rusty red and violet tones. Not yet widely available, 500 sample tubes of Reclaimed Earth Violet were featured at an initial fundraiser. “Cleaning water is expensive, but now we’ve turned the problem into a method to fund more work,” says Shively. Throughout history, river dams have been built to provide power or irrigation, prevent flooding and provide municipal water needs. Of approximately 80,000 three-foot-tall or higher U.S. dams, only about 2,500 produce hydropower. Removal of old dams no longer serving their original function can restore entire watershed ecosystems, provide habitat for fish and wildlife, add jobs, improve water quality, reinstate natural sediment and nutrient flow, and save taxpayer dollars. Built in 1929 and abandoned after World War II, demolition of an Eklutna River dam, in Alaska, began in 2016. Curtis McQueen, an Eklutna tribal leader and CEO of Eklutna Inc., which now owns the dam, reported that 300,000 cubic yards of sediment had amassed there, along with junked cars, TVs and other trash. The tribe is the first in the nation to be involved in such a massive project, intended to restore its historic salmon population. In 2017, dams were removed in Alaska, California, Connecticut, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee,

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Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin.A map at shows dams taken down since 1916. “The good news is that in meetings like the St. Louis River Summit, in Superior, Wisconsin, in March, clean water wasn’t viewed only in a strictly scientific sense, but added the human factor to produce more diverse solutions,” says Wallace J. Nichols, Ph.D., the Monterey Bay, California, author of Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do. “The bad news is that most projects are funded, directly or indirectly, by the federal government. Cuts add challenges and stress to looking for solutions.” Cities like Pittsburgh, Superior and Duluth are among many that are protecting, restoring and rejuvenating riverfronts with increased public access, thus rekindling residents’ love for and recognition of the mental and physical benefits provided by their waterways. “We’re in a period of big ideas,” says Nichols. Two can be easily implemented. First, he explains, don’t build right on the water; instead, sit in the “second row”. Second, gain perspective by experiencing changes in waterways. “One way to do this is to spend an hour a day, or even an hour a week, in, on or near the water. Take someone new with you each time,” suggests Nichols. “You’ll see how best to value, promote and defend our right to clean water.” Then teach the kids.

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any people define a livable city as one that is easy to get around in by foot, bike or public transportation. Many also prioritize ready access to fresh, local, organic food via farmers’ markets and community gardens. Others champion affordable housing and cost of living factors, safe neighborhoods with a diversity of people, careful stewardship of clean air and water, and plentiful amenities, including considerable open space and natural settings. Many work to preserve and enhance a sense of place suited to the locale. Partners for Livable Communities, a national nonprofit in Washington, D.C., that renews and restores communities, maintains, “Livability is the sum of the factors that add up to a community’s quality of life, including the built and natural environments, economic prosperity, social stability and equity, educational opportunity and cultural, entertainment and recreation possibilities.” The American Association of Retired Persons considers livable communities as age-friendly for young and old alike. 26

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Along with economic opportunities, a leading stimulus in moving to urban centers is, “More people are looking for a sociable environment where they can walk out of their door to the shops or transit and be among others they recognize who also recognize them,” observes Suzanne Lennard, director of the International Making Cities Livable Conferences, LLC, in Portland, Oregon.  “People who have traveled abroad, especially to Europe, and tasted the quality of life possible in a truly livable, walkable, beautiful and sociable city, often want to find such a place to live themselves.” Following are a few examples of America’s many livable cities. More are transitioning and evolving as city planners, government officials, businesses and nonprofit community organizations strive to make their hometowns both people- and planet-friendly, often through public and private partnerships.

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In Pittsburgh, revitalization is transforming 10,000 parcels of vacant or abandoned land—some where steel mills formerly



operated—into greenspace, bike lanes and other enticing and productive public areas. “Biking and our food scene have exploded,” says Chris Sandvig, director of policy with the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group, which advocates for equitable urban revitalization through their Vacant Property Working Group, helping communities access blighted areas for pennies on the dollar. “We’re now one of the top 10 bicycling commuter cities in the country. People also come here as food tourists due to vibrant local agricultural activity.” “A related ideal is to create compact, human-scale, mixed-use urban centers in the suburbs that are less expensive to construct— and thus remain more affordable—while placing shops, schools, parks, services, workplaces and public transit within walking and biking distance,” Lennard notes. “This ensures a healthy, affordable and high quality of life for all; suburban, as well as urban.” Fast-growing Carmel, Indiana, just north of Indianapolis, is following suit. “After years of watching the suburbs sprawl into subdivisions with large lawns, privacy fences and cul-de-sacs, we created a vibrant central core with apartments, townhomes, condos and new options for smaller homes—all within walking distance or a short bike ride to new places to work, shop and dine,” explains Mayor James Brainard. The design efforts serve people instead of cars. “Carmel has spent the last 20-plus years building more than 900 miles of trails and multi-use pathways, enabling residents to commute by bicycle to work and enjoy easy access to a growing number of parks and recreational areas,” says Brainard. To facilitate traffic flow, some 100 roundabouts replaced stoplights and four-way stops. “Reducing traffic congestion has improved our air quality, and saved gasoline and lives.” A new, mixed-use downtown Arts and Design District includes a Center for the Performing Arts with a Center Green that hosts a farmers’ market in summer and an outdoor Christkindlmarkt and outdoor skating rink in winter. “The old way of doing things in which cities and towns sat back and let the market dictate how a community should be grown must come to an end,” remarks Brainard, advocating the benefits of local governance.

Smart City Advantages

Key elements of smart cities—sensors, cameras, data analytics and powerful networks that capture and relay vital information— help them become more energy-efficient or quicker to respond to environmental and residential issues. Such products highlighted the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas. Reducing traffic can also contribute to safer highways and shorter commutes with decreased greenhouse gas emissions. “Citizens are using apps to monitor issues and alert city managers, improving the livability of their communities,” explains Steve Koenig, senior director of market research with the Consumer Technology Association. In Boston, the app BOS:311 allows residents to instantaneously notify government departments of pollution concerns, like blocked drains and other environmental or community needs, feeding the information directly into the city’s work order system via their mobile phone. This real-time collaboration results in a cleaner, safer and healthier city. The Envision Charlotte project encompasses interactive kiosks in 64 businesses and government buildings citywide, gathering energy usage data for office buildings to increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. So far, energy consumption has dropped 19 percent, saving companies about $26 million. The program has strengthened economic competitiveness and environmental sustainability.

Nature in the City

Some cities have focused on the natural environment for improving local livability while mitigating contributions to climate change. Forested open spaces, wetlands and protected watersheds improve air quality, protect drinking water and buffer intense storms. Such areas also connect more people with nature and engage them in communal and healthy outdoor recreation. Portland, Oregon, boasts more than 10,000 acres of parks, plus an innovative Biketown sharing program that has facilitated 160,000 bike trips since its launch in 2016. The city’s Bike Bill requires all new streets to accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians by design. Portland also embraces urban gardens and allows residents to raise chickens, bees, goats or rabbits in their backyards.

No one wants to live where pollution runs unchecked or water is unsafe to drink. Philadelphia’s Green City, Clean Waters program works to keep stormwater out of sewers and reduce rainwater runoff through decentralized soil-based and plant-based systems, including pervious pavement, green roofs and rain gardens. Begun in 2011, its goal is to reduce rainwater runoff by 85 percent by 2036. Rainwater has become a valuable community resource. The program is just one of many ways that the City of Brotherly Love is transforming itself into one of the greenest in the United States. Overseen by the city’s Office of Sustainability, Greenworks Philadelphia devises long-term sustainability strategies that encompass eight facets, including clean and efficient energy, carbon-neutrality and zero waste. Preparations are already underway to cope with a hotter, wetter future.

Preserving a Sense of Place

Making communities livable goes beyond infrastructure. Actions usually involve preserving, protecting and enhancing what appeals to residents. Santa Fe, New Mexico, is one example of many where livability priorities are guided by the values of its residents and its sense of place. “From our historic public square and marketplaces to outdoor cafes, farmers’ markets and community festivals; from human-scale architecture and balanced transportation to pedestrian and bicycle networks, this place represents shared values,” says Mayor Javier M. Gonzales. “Santa Fe is also full of public art. The city is designed to be safe, creative and inspiring for young and old, families of all kinds and everyone else that comes to see us.”

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Ultimately, making cities move livable for children can make them highly livable for all. “Children need the same things from a city that we all need, but their needs are greater than ours,” says Lennard. “The environment a child grows up in shapes their health and their mental and social development for the rest of their lives. Our modern, unwalkable suburban environments are contributing to childhood obesity, which has been widely linked to

chronic diseases that in the past were only associated with old age.” She notes, “Children need the exercise of walking or biking to school. They need safe streets so they can become independent and explore their neighborhoods; sidewalks and other outdoor areas where they can play, meet friends and interact with adults in the community; easy access  to nature; beauty in their environment; and intriguing architecture, works of art and other places to stimulate their affection and imagination. As they become teenagers, they need access by foot or bike to a wide variety of resources to broaden their horizons. Don’t we all need these things?” John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist, co-authors of ECOpreneuring, operate the Inn Serendipity, wholly powered by renewable energy, in Browntown, WI.

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s of last year, 90 million dogs lived in American homes. Including cats, birds, fish, small animals and reptiles, the grand total is 393 million, reports the American Pet Products Association. Pets are considered family members by 95 percent of their people. Accordingly, pets are a key consideration in choosing a friendly place to live or visit. The personal finance website WalletHub analyzed the most pet-friendly U.S. cities encompassing criteria inclusive of access to veterinarians and cost, pet insurance rates, pet-friendly restaurants, pet-centric businesses, dog parks and animal shelters. SmartAsset, a personal finance technology company, ranked cities by dog parks, pet-friendly restaurants and stores, walkability, weather and housing costs. Unsurprisingly, many high picks are in warmer climates.

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“First, look for pet-friendly landlords. Space to play, socialize and exercise animals is next on my list, followed by breweries and restaurants that allow dogs on their patios,”

says Alexandra Bassett, a professional dog trainer and owner of Dog Savvy Los Angeles. “I hike off-leash in Runyon Canyon and we visit the Pawbar at Pussy & Pooch, a pet lifestyle boutique, to mingle and sample treats. Food is the fastest way to make a dog comfortable in just about any setting.” Irvine and Carlsbad, California, and Portland, Maine, are among the first cities to ban use of toxic pesticides in public areas and homes, following pressure from local groups. Being closer to the ground and smaller in size, pets suffer adverse reactions faster than humans. Contact local environmental groups to help ban harmful insecticides and herbicides in public areas. In Pasco County, Florida, Epperson Community homes exemplify eco- and pet-friendly planning, with open spaces and solar power-lit trails for jogging and walking. Birdhouses throughout the property welcome wild feathered friends. A centerpiece lagoon enhances scenic walks and uses less water and energy than a traditional pool or golf course. Separate paths allocated for bikes and driverless cars keep dog walkers safe.


Colony Cove, in Find amenable lodging friendly pups can ride Ellenton, Florida, is along in a horse-drawn at a 55-plus retirement carriage from Doublecommunity that altree Carriage Comlows multiple pets, including some breeds pany, in Spring Valley. Dogs are welcome to banned elsewhere. It maintains a large dog watch or snooze through film showings at park, and at summer’s end, dogs are welthe Long Drive-In, in Long Prairie. come to take a dip in the pool. Further, the Birgit and Jim Walker, authors of Keep association offers mobile groomers, photos Your Paws on the Road: A Practical Guide to with Santa and costume contests. Traveling with Dogs, travel by RV in sumAll species are welcome at Rose Villa mer with their three dogs to favorite stops Senior Living, in Portland, Oregon, where like Tombstone, Arizona. “Some tourist residents’ request for an off-leash dog areas don’t welcome dogs, but in Tombstone, park play area was granted. One resident dogs can go for stagecoach rides and down owns two dogs, two cats and an African into a mine with you,” she says. gray parrot. Kim Salerno, president and founder The largest-ever Canadian residential of, in Wake Forest, project to earn Leadership in Energy and North Carolina, recommends Kimpton or Environmental Design platinum certificaAloft hotels. “Kimpton accepts any pet, any tion, Calgary’s University District, embraces size, weight, breed or species. Amenities ecological conservation, habitat restoration include a bed, treats, a water bowl and toys and long-term conservation management with no additional pet fee,” she says. principles. Designed for residents to age Salerno continues, “In Asheville, dogs in place with their families, recreational are allowed on the grounds of the Biltmore fitness amenities include on- and off-leash Estate. The Ernest Hemingway House, in dog parks, a pet-friendly activity space and Key West, Florida, allows small, cat-friendly paths leading to parks. dogs. Boutiques, feed stores, wineries and art galleries may say yes to pets. Ask first Favorite Activities and make sure your pet is well-behaved.” Sara Nick, chief content officer at SideWhether at home or traveling, families walk Dog Media, in Minneapolis, suggests can enjoy many opportunities to share new experiencing unique adventures. Dog padexperiences with pets. Just be sure they dling takes on new meaning via stand-up mind their manners to have a good time. paddleboarding with a pooch at Minnesota’s Split Rock Lighthouse and Tettegouche Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy state parks. Whatever the weather, equineat

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“The important thing is to show up. It’s about participation, not breaking personal bests,” Pullen continues. Kids can play a game while running, such as silently counting steps, trees or other runners.” Mindfulness can also include sharing how it feels to run and meeting challenges along the way. Bloom suggests tuning in to nature. “Being in beautiful surroundings or watching for animals can promote mindfulness,” he says. “It can be spiritual.”

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ombining regular exercise with quality family time can be an enjoyable and fun way to realize a healthier lifestyle. Running together in fresh air, preferably in natural settings, allows children as young as 5 to safely join in.

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Families and coaches agree that running benefits both body and psyche. “Running as a family is an incredibly bonding experience, putting aside some of the usual conflicts and perceived hierarchies and just coming together,” says William Pullen, a London, England, psychotherapist and author of Running with Mindfulness: Dynamic Running Therapy (DRT) to Improve Low-mood, Anxiety, Stress, and Depression. “Running also gives us a place where we can develop skills like building confidence and competency.” Marc Bloom, of Princeton, New Jersey, author of Young Runners: The Complete Guide to Healthy Running for Kids From 5 to 18 and The Runner’s Bible, concurs, stating, “Running as a family can give parents the opportunity to be good role models by instilling values of health, fitness and togetherness.” Experts emphasize the fun factor. Pullen encourages both parents and kids to get out of their heads and into their bodies. “Concentrating on breath, posture, sensation and location all help make running mindful,” he suggests. 32

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For beginners, experts recommend approaching running as a desirable pastime and adopting a slow, easy pace. “Always make running fun, not a chore,” encourages Bloom. “Frame it as being outside, playing and sharing with friends and family. Make a game of it as much as possible.” Whether a family chooses to run in the park or in a community race, experts stress the importance of not setting goals. “Make it pleasurable. Don’t worry about time and distance. Start with short distances, maybe a block or two for novice runners or very young children,” advises running coach Jeremy Sanders, from Winchester, Virginia. “Be patient. Some days, the kids will get cramps. They may whine or get moody. Other days, they will be happy and content. Don’t let one bad run ruin the opportunity to try again another time.” Running coaches and seasoned runners agree that it is wise to tailor runs according to age and fitness levels. “Kids can begin at school age, 5 or 6; but start them with a few minutes and then add more, up to 15 minutes to a half an hour or so a few days a week. Always mix in sprints for short attention spans. Keep it simple. No fancy running shoes are needed when starting, just regular sneakers,” advises Bloom. “For teens, 30 to 45 minutes at a time a few times a week is fine, provided that they have bona fide running shoes.”


Finding inspiration as a family can include running for worthy causes; most communities host charity runs. “This can become a focal point for getting in shape, raising money and running for the greater good, not just yourself,” says Bloom. Mindful running presents regular opportunities to explore new places, focus on details that often go unnoticed and make exercise an active meditation for all involved. “Show kids how to notice what is going on around them when they run,” suggests Pullen. “You can read up and educate yourselves on trees, geology or the change of seasons so they feel a powerful sense of connection and freedom.” Whether running as a family is motivated by a desire to stay fit, get someplace or simply share more quality time, being in the present moment is most important. “Life is not about striving all the time,” exhorts Pullen. “Take the kids out. Keep it fun and make it into an adventure.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

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Prana Vinyasa 300 Hr Certification – 8 am-6 pm, Begin your journey on this auspicious summer solstice weekend of light through our revolutionary, world-recognized Prana Vinaysa Flow certification program. Join a global community while also learning in the magical land of New Mexico. Modular format, element oriented, energetically based Yoga Alliance recognized 300 HR program. $500 weekend rate, $2950 early bird full. YTT, New Mexico School of Yoga, 1111 Carlisle Blvd SE, Albuquerque. 505-268-0918.

save the date SATURDAY JUNE 23 Healthy Living Day – 1-4pm. Come and celebrate a vibrant, inspired life The subject is “Start Living a Long, Happy Life Now”. Learn and experience: Rethinking your ideas about aging; 3 life habits for a long, happy life; 3 powers you can develop for self-reliance; Longevity exercises and mindfulness techniques. SEED for Health campaign presentation and exciting performances too. Ticket $25 including “I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years” book. Please call for ticket. ABQ NE 505797-2211, ABQ NW 505-792-5111, Santa Fe 505820-2211. Family Life Center, St. John’s Church, 2626 Arizona St NE, Albuquerque.

save the date SATURDAY, JUNE 23 -JUNE 30 Non-traditional Silent Meditation Retreat – Attend 1 to 7 days; June 23, 3pm – June 30, 5pm. Silent retreat. Daily schedule of sittings, group inquiry, and meetings with the retreat leader. Nontraditional approachmto this intimate, human work. Silent listening,deep opening, healing. $60/day, $290/week; includes food, lodging; in mountains near ABQ. NM Center for Meditative Inquiry and Retreat, 144 Sedillo Hill Rd, Tijeras, 505-281-0684. Orders@cuttsreviews. com. ways to choose intuitively with a pendulum or your sensitivity. Learn to clear and recharge your tools. Free book: Intuitive Choices: Four Ways to Choose from Your Heart. $75/preregister, $89/at door. METHA Holistic Center, 1900A Chamisa St, Santa Fe. 239-298-4839. Root to Rise: A Chakra Immersion into Earth & Air – 2-5pm, Harness the strength of the root chakra to create stability. Connect to the expansiveness of the heart chakra. Workshop includes discussion, creative exercises, pranayama and an asana practice. $35. New Mexico School of Yoga, 1111 Carlisle Blvd SE, Albuquerque. 505-2680918. Register:

SUNDAY, JUNE 17 Summer Solistice Celebration – 11am-12:30pm. Celebrate the Sun at its highest peak. This is the symbol of evolution; use your feelings to bring compassion and sensitivity into the world. Astrology discussion and pot luck celebration. Free. Donations Welcome. Church of Light, 2119 Gold Ave, Albuquerque. 505-247-1338. Holistic Voice Lab: Voice Singing Workshop – 4-5:30pm. A unique group learning experience. Discover some secrets of singing. Each person will receive a few minutes of individual attention and tips on how to gain more vocal power and agility; w/ Marie Black, voice teacher. Free. Jewish Community Center, Rm 102, 5520 Wyoming Blvd NE, Albuquerque, 503-688-0008. Connecting/Empowering the Feminine Plant Walk –10-3pm – Through wisdom of the elders, learn ways to empower and heal using Plants. Learn how to make

medicinal oil, water, infusions, and baths. Learn how to dose and gather plants ethically and respectfully. $40-75. Tierra Drala Farm, El Prado (Taos County), 914-400-7558.


Well Woman Deep Dive Workshop – 5-8pm. Becoming the Totally Responsible Person. Learn to manage stress, deal with difficult people, eliminate or diminish negative behaviors and turn negative emotions into positive actions. $97. Includes appetizers and drinks. Well Woman Life at WESST, 609 Broadway Blvd NE, Albuquerque. Loving Messages from The Other Side – 6:308pm. Intuitive medium Danelle Becklund delivers messages of love from loved ones on the other side. $10; seating limited. The Blue Room at The Source, 1111 Carlisle SE, Albuquerque. RSVP: 505-321-4121.

THURSDAY, JUNE 21 – 23 Summer Solstice Healthy Fasting Retreat – Join Wellness Chef Kristina Heim at Ojo Caliente Hot Springs and Spa. Cleanse and nourish body and mind with organic bone broth and healthy juicing. Soak in healing water, move with gentle dance and yoga, journal, hike, and re-evaluate your life and what is important to you. Shed weight, old ideas, what does not work for you any longer. Simplify, embrace your dreams and reshape the way you want to live your life. $350 includes all programs, food and drinks. Lodging options from $125. For details: 877-792-4527.

FRIDAY, JUNE 22 The Internal Work – Jun 22-24. 9am-5pm. Learn the latest research on myofascial pelvic floor therapy, brain mapping and orgasm, and the history of cultural/societal perception of the vagina. $675. Blue Desert Hale, Tijeras. 505-503-5137. Meditation with Horses – 5-7pm. Breathe deeply, relax and connect with the healing energy of sentient equine guides and nature. Includes orientation, guided meditation and silent time with the horses in a safe environment. No experience needed. $30-$50. Santa Fe. Questions or to RSVP: 505-231-5353.

SATURDAY, JUNE 23 Psychic Fair – 10am-12pm, Experience the new circle of healing for mind, body and spirit. Intuitive readings $20 ($1/min) Barbara Fox, Dominion Tarot; Michelle Vidal. Release all negativity through Limpia healing by Margarita Martinez, $45. Resonant Essentials, 7413 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque. 505-453-7646.

SUNDAY, JUNE 24 Curanderismo, Meso American Medicine and Ceremony –10-3pm –Curanderismo, Meso American Medicine and Ceremony, Laugh therapy, medicinal plants and foods for ailments of the body. $40-75. Tierra Drala Farm, El Prado (Taos County), 914-400-7558.

FRIDAY, JUNE 29 - 30 Herbal First Aid Class – .Fri, 6-8pm; Sat, 9am-3pm. Class has the dual focus of which herbs to carry in a kit for a day hike or extended backcountry trip (first day), and how to identify and use plants in the field (second day). $50 +tax. Limit 12 participants. Information and to register: Milagro Herbs, 505-820-6321

SATURDAY, JUNE 29 Reiki Class – 9:30am-4:30pm, Become a certified healing practitioner in this life-changing class. Reiki master Jan Walker has been teaching all levels of the Usui method since 1993. Preregistration required. $175. St Thomas Episcopal Church, 425 University Blvd NE, Albuquerque. 505-835-5440.

plan ahead SUNDAY, JULY 1 Astrology Discussion Group – 11am-12:30pm. Your dominant planet may show more about you than your sun sign. Find your dominant planet in our fun astrology discussion group. All levels welcome. Free. Donations Welcome. Church of Light, 2119 Gold Ave, Albuquerque. 505-247-1338. Traditional Lakota Healing – 10-3pm – Healing in the Lakota Tradition with song, dance & herbs. Lakota Songs for Healing, Permission & Prayer. Lakota Herbs Covered: Bear Medicine (Osha Root), Elk Medicine (Sweet Sicily), Sweetgrass, Sage, Cedar. $40-75. Tierra Drala Farm, El Prado (Taos County), 914-400-7558.

SATURDAY, JULY 7 – 10 Cranio Sacral Basics – Feb 10-13. 9am-6pm. Listen to and feel the inner movements of the body by connecting to the basic cranial rhythms. Learn to give a full basic; w/Etienne Peirsman. $575. Blue Desert Hale, 38 Pine Haven Rd, Tijeras. 505-5035137.

FRIDAY, JULY 12 – 15 Cranio Sacral Unwinding, Meridians & Rhythms – 9am-6pm. Follow-Up to Basics. Explore deeper cranial rhythms and the neutral touch. Unwind the neck and extremities. Use the meridians to open the heart; w/Etienne Peirsman. $575. Blue Desert Hale, 38 Pine Haven Rd, Tijeras. 505503-5137.

SATURDAY, JULY 21 – 24 Brain 1 – 9am-6pm. This class focuses on the special skills needed to experience Brain matter and harmonize the symmetry so that all brain parts can integrate. Use Neural Stem Cells to repair all places that are damaged or suffer from lack of oxygen. Unwind and experience a fully harmonized Brain, a Buddha Brain. Pre-requisite: Understanding and Working with the Alarms Systems; w/Etienne Peirsman. $575. Blue Desert Hale, 38 Pine Haven Rd, Tijeras. 505-503-5137.

save the date SATURDAY, JULY 7

Become an Intuitive Practitioner – 18 Saturday Tele-classes, 12-2pm + 3-day on-site training October 19-21. Do you feel called to take the next step? In this deeply transformational training we will connect deeply with our higher selves, the Earth and - during our 3-day retreat time - with equines, to identify and strengthen our unique intuitive gifts. No healing or equine background required. All aspects of setting up your successful intuitive practice will be provided. Call Chantal for info, pricing or to reserve one of 2 spaces left. Payment plan & pay in full discounts available. Your Divine Light, 505-438-1074.

save the date MONDAY, AUGUST 6-11

Ancestral, Folk, Indigenous Medicine Summer Series –10-3pm – Six extraordinary teachers. Herbalism, Medicinal Plant Walks, Medicine Making, Mayan Abdominal Massage, Rock Medicine, Lakota Song, Land Based Spirituality, growing drought resistant crops, Ceremony, Healing Intergenerational Trauma, Plant & People Ethics, Sustainability. $300-400 sliding scale. Tierra Drala Farm, El Prado (Taos County), 914-400-7558.

save the date FRIDAY, AUGUST 31

Red Awakening Sedona – Aug 31-Sept 3. 9am-6pm, A gentle, both guided and self-paced, spiritual immersion experience at the sacred and magical Sedona, AZ. Non-interrupted time away for self-discovery, healing, soul guidance, self-assessment and empowerment. $49-$1399 booking options. Santa Fe Metha, 561-325-8640.



Medicinal Plant Walk: Santa Fe Mountains – 9am-3m. Group will caravan, stopping at various locations for a diversity of medicinal plants. Topics include: plant identification and uses, sustainable wild-crafting, and more. Bring lunch and appropriate clothing. $35 +tax. Limit 12 participants. Information and to register: Milagro Herbs, 505-820-6321. Reiki Level 1 & 2 – 10am-3pm. Reiki Level 1 & 2. Traditional Usui Reiki Certification Class. $111; limited to 12 students. Santa Fe METHA, 1900 Chamisa St, Ste A, Santa Fe. RSVP:


SATURDAY, JULY 28 Wheels of Light: Balancing Your Chakras – 9:30am-5pm. Learn a simple daily program to replenish your energy, improve your performance. Learn the role of each energy center to your hormone system. Receive a mini-aura reading. $125/preregister, $135/ at door. METHA Holistic Center, 1900A Chamisa St, Santa Fe. 239-298-4839. Flow to Ignite: A Chakra Immersion into Water & Fire – 2-5pm. Unleash your creativity, release stagnation & tap into the sensuality of the Sacral Chakra. Awaken your personal power & channel the confidence of the Solar Plexus Chakra. This 3-hour workshop includes discussion, pranayama & asana. $35. New Mexico School of Yoga, 1111 Carlisle Blvd SE, Albuquerque. 505-268-0918. Register:

Dancing with Nature Women’s Retreat – Experience the transformative power of the present moment and explore the Infinite Love, Joy and Peace of your True Nature. Play with Majestic Horses (Equine Assisted Learning), Healing Waters, Deep Meditation, Mindful Yoga, Vibrant Organic Food, Drum and Dance under the Stars and rejuvenate with Luscious Self-Care. Joyful Journey Hot Springs, Moffat Colorado. Contact Kristina Heim at 877792-4527. Systemic Family Constellations – 9am-6pm. Family Constellations is a powerful method to help you recognize difficult entanglements, both in your family of origin as well as in your present family or relationship. Learn the basic dynamics of family constellations and we will apply what we’ve learned in a craniosacral session. Pre-requisites: Basics and Talking to the Heart; w/Etienne Peirsman. $575. Blue Desert Hale, 38 Pine Haven Rd, Tijeras. 505-503-5137.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 4 Marma and Yoga – Aug 4-12. 8am-5pm. The Art of Touch and Pranic Healing. Explore a practical approach to the role of marma, energetic points within Ayurveda, and how they relate to yoga. Training offers theory alongside hands-on techniques, transforms the way you experience yoga. $1008; 75 YA CEUs. New Mexico School of Yoga, 1111 Carlisle Blvd SE, Albuquerque. 505-2680918. Register:

June 2018


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daily(all month) Horses & Donkeys Helping You – By appointment. Equine assisted intuitive sessions allow you to relieve stress, embrace well-being, confidence, joy, peace, and empowerment. And it’s fun. $260/2-hr session, June BOGO - Get one free. Your Divine Light, Unicorn Mesa, LLC. 505-438-1074. Horses Can Lead The Way – By appointment. Horses can lead the way through your self-doubt and lack of clarity. Experience equine guided healing, a powerful alternative coaching/counseling approach, with Lynn Clifford, LMHC, EAGALA. No experience needed; all unmounted. 505-2315353.

sunday Transitions Radio Magazine – 9-10am. Celebrating the Voices of Love and Presence for 34 years. Whole Brain Radio with insightful, empowering interviews and stimulating and relaxing music tracks. Shows archived at Free. KBAC 98.1 FM. 505-670-1167.

monday Spiritual Naturopathy – 2pm CT. Online radio show helps listeners understand why they do what they do, eliminate stress or handle it from a position of strength. Listen to: Unity.FM/program/ SpiritualNaturopathy. Five Seasons Medical Qigong Class – 5:30-7pm. Medical Qigong for health in body, mind and spirit. Graceful movements are so easy, anyone can do them. Free consultation to scan health priorities and track progress for students who buy a 10-class card. $15/drop-in, $90/10-class card. Five Seasons Medicine, Santa Fe. 505- 216-1750. Vinyasa Flow Yoga – 5:45-7pm. Energetic, integrated prana flow yoga with teachers and students of the New Mexico School Yoga. Intelligent sequencing, seasonally aligned and joyful. Donation. New Mexico School of Yoga. 505- 268-0918. Register@

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: 505-466-3764. Qigong & Healing From Within – 10:30am12pm. Taoist, yogic and shamanic practices cultivate vitality, inner strength and awareness with energy healing, movement, sound, breathwork and meditation. $15, free/first class. Blue Moon Yoga, 826 Camino De Monte Rey, A5, Santa Fe. Allison Lasky: 505-984-8733.


Northern & Central New Mexico

Five Seasons Medical Qigong Class – 5:30-7pm. Medical Qigong for health in body, mind and spirit. Graceful movements are so easy, anyone can do them. Free consultation to scan health priorities and track progress for students who buy a 10-class card. $15/drop-in, $90/10-class card. Five Seasons Medicine, Santa Fe. 505- 216-1750. Vinyasa Flow Yoga – 5:45-7pm. Energetic, integrated prana flow yoga with teachers and students of the New Mexico School Yoga. Intelligent sequencing, seasonally aligned and joyful. Donation. New Mexico School of Yoga. 505-268-0918. Register@

thursday Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – For eight weeks. 5:45-8pm. This course leads participants through a comprehensive study and practice of mindfulness meditation: what it is, how to do it, and how it enables health and healing. $350/includes course book, meditations and an all-day retreat. UNM Center for Life, 4700 Jefferson St NE, Ste 100, Albuquerque. 505-925-4551.

friday Your Authentic Self is Calling – By appointment. Authentic life coaching and counseling sessions with Lynn Clifford, MA, LMHC. Topics may include self- care and sustainability, relaxation, mindfulness, prioritization, and relationship issues. Sliding scale fee available. Santa Fe office just off Route 25 near the hospital. 505-231-5353.

saturday Qigong in the Park – 9-10am. Qigong supports optimal health and well-being, and is easy and fun to do; w/certified Qigong instructor Loretta Shiver. Free. Altura Park, Morningside & Hannett NE, Albuquerque. 505-681-1924. Five Seasons Medical Qigong Class – 9:3010:45am. Medical Qigong for health in body, mind and spirit. Graceful movements are so easy, anyone can do them. Free consultation to scan health priorities and track progress for students who buy a 10-class card. $15/drop-in, $90/10-class card. Five Seasons Medicine, Santa Fe. 505- 216-1750. Jane@ Metaphysics for a Complicated World – Eleven week class. 10am-2pm. Metaphysics, the science and study of all, looks at every piece of information gathered from science (physical), religion (emotion), and philosophy (spirit). $26; RSVP for handout purposes. Resonant Essentials. 505-4537646.

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Teresa Betcher, M.S.W. 847-452-3198 - Albuquerque How would you live your life differently if you really understood your unique soul path? Together, ancient astrology and modern psychology can reveal the most profound of insights about your personal growth, relationships, career, spiritual development, and more. Begin now to direct your life more powerfully!


2119 Gold Ave SE, Albuquerque 505-247-1338 • Learning your personal astrology is fun in the casual environment of our discussion group. We blend Hermetic Astrology with Egyptian Tarot. Beginners thru advanced are all welcome. Donations accepted. Come join us on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month at 11am for a lively discussion of what makes you unique! See ad, page 21.


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Experience a permanent shift in consciousness for Whole body/mind/spirit. Facilitating with profound compassion and radical acceptance. Realizing your Infinite self is your birthright. 2nd & 4th Tuesdays. NE Albuquerque location. See calendar, page 34.


Leila G. von Stein Jesse R. Thomas Escobosa, NM Offering classes and sessions in Massage and Bodywork, Cranio Sacral Therapy, Ayurveda and Marma Therapy, and Reiki. Space also available for groups. See ad, page 11.


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EXPERIENCE REIKI ENERGY HEALING AND THAI MASSAGE – Reiki Healing: A Japanese technique that interacts with the life force energy that flows within us. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit. Thai Massage: A unique healing art that combines stretching with massage of the muscles, tendons, pressure points and meridians. Body and Mind Wellness, 2305 San Pedro Drive, NE, Albuquerque, 505-382-3406.


Insight Healing Arts 505-919-8296 - Santa Fe

Are you ready to attract sustainable love that lasts? Contact me to discover and transform the patterns that are keeping you from experiencing the relationship you want.


1300 Luisa St, Ste 1, Santa Fe 505-257-3733 3600 Cutler Ave (Green Jeans), ABQ 505-336-0900 642 S Alameda, Las Cruces 505-300-0154 We’re proud to offer the highest quality earth-based medicine and high frequency wellness products for human and animal health, healing, growth and evolution. We provide certified organic full-spectrum regionally-sourced CBD (cannabidiol) products, essential oils, flower and gem essences, stones and semi-precious gems, high frequency tools, sound healing supplies, artwork, clothing, jewelry, books and other wellness products. See ad, page 23.


4001 Juan Tabo Blvd NE, Ste C Albuquerque 505-234-4165 | fax 505-359-2206 com/CognosyPharm Chiropractic is the medicine. The healing is from the body. Chiropractic removes interference from the body’s systems and enables the healing to be retained. Let the Healing Begin!


575-758-2758 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 work, and I’ve been helping people this way for 20+ years. See ad, page 15.


Cate Clark, LMT Albuquerque - 505-401-4015 Lusciously Integrated Hot Stone Massage to melt away the over-stimulations of a frantic world! Fragrance-free and non-judgmental, your Sea of Tranquility is located east of Old Town in quiet, historic neighborhood. Empathic Bodywork and Highly Sensitive Massage since 1991. 


505-918-4388 • Albuquerque When you are serious about making an internal shift in your life, that’s the time to call me for coaching. We’re not talking about pushing beyond your limits. However, we are talking about life change. If we work together, I commit to supporting you. You won’t regret it. See ad, page 5.


Santa Fe - 505-252-1691 A unique blend of advanced Cranio Sacral Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release, find relief and balance in mind, body, and spirit. Specializing in Treatment, Conception Pregnancy, Pediatrics, Trauma Work and Chronic Depletion. See ad, page 23.


Santa Fe, NM Soul-Focused Business Coaching, Bookkeeping Services, QuickBooks Training and CFO Consulting for the WISE Busy Small Business Owners, Introvert CREATIVE Professionals, Overwhelmed WHOLEHEARTED Managers, MINDFUL Holistic Entrepreneurs and the AUTHENTIC Non-Accountants. See ad, page 15.


3620 Wyoming Blvd NE, Ste L-10 Albuquerque - 505- 435-1565 Certified Medical Support Clinical Hypnotherapist; Fellow with the International Board of Hypnotherapy. 500 hours of training in Integrative Hypnotherapy at the Hypnotherapy Academy of America. Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, Certified Medical Support Clinical Hypnotherapist, and Natal & Past Life Regressionist. See ad, page 7.


4700 Jefferson Street NE, Ste 100 Albuquerque 505-925-7464 An Integrative and Inter-Cultural Center for Prevention and Wellness, treating people with a wide range of health issues, combining the best of complementary and Western medicine. The Center emphasizes prevention and wellness along with disease management. Not-For-Profit. See ad, page 10.


Santa Fe 505-466-3764 Find clarity, insight and inspiration! Intuitive readings, coaching and animal communication. Clarify life choices and decisions. Activate practical solutions for your health, relationships, career and business.

June 2018



Chantal Fidanza 505-438-1074 Offering Intuitive Guide Certification (Training) & Intuitive Healing Sessions & Higher Self Attunements (both with and without equines) at my peaceful, mountain-view setting, or via phone. Everything I teach I continue to walk on my own path and offer with the intention of empowering others to merge with their divine light and to trust their own (guidance and) inner wisdom. Special support for empaths, those particularly sensitive to energy. Discounted Session Packages for ongoing support available. See ad, page 20.


Your Authentic Life Coaching & Counseling 505-231-5353 • In this beautiful yet busy world, experience unique transformation, where authenticity and self-care serve as your compass; compassion and curiosity guide your way. Sessions connect people with their optimal selves via inner guidance, creative process, the natural world, and/or other sentient beings, including horses. (Unmounted. No experience needed.) Phone, Skype and in person. See ad, page 23.


505-216-9686 1300 Luisa St, Ste 1, Santa Fe 505-257-3733 3600 Cutler Ave (Green Jeans), ABQ 505-336-0900 616 San Mateo Blvd. NE, ABQ 505- 257-3747 642 S Alameda, Las Cruces 505-300-0154 Sacred Garden takes pride in growing cannabis as a safe alternative to pharmaceutical drug therapies. Applicable for a wide spectrum of medical conditions, cannabis has assisted the health of countless people. We offer many different delivery methods, such as flowering buds, edibles, concentrates, oils, tinctures and salves. Our heart-based staff will help you find what works best for you and your needs. See ad, page 15.


Northern & Central New Mexico


& ORGANIC FOOD MARKET ABQ/Santa Fe/Gallup New Mexico’s largest community owned natural and organic grocer, with locations in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Gallup. All our stores are open to the public. You don’t have to be a member to shop, but if you are, you’ll save even more. La Montañita believes in the shared benefits of healthy food, sound environmental practices and a strong local economy. Stop by and shop with us today! See ad, page 18.


1142 Siler Rd, Santa Fe 505-955-2215 • Keep Santa Fe Beautiful is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization. Through our fundraising, Keep Santa Fe Beautiful is able to coordinate and implement community improvement projects to maintain our beautiful city. Our events include: two city-wide cleanups (one in spring and the other in fall); an electronic collection day; household waste collection; Recycle Santa Fe sponsor; and allocating money to help fund entry way signs for the city and programs for beautification, litter control and recycling projects. See ad, page 29.


505-908-9558 • Spirit mediumship, psychic readings, animal communication, medical intuition, Akashic records and energy healing. Sessions help optimize physical and emotional wellness, with clarity and peace.

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Santa Fe Soul Center For Optimal Health 2905 Rodeo Park Dr, East Bldg #3 Santa Fe • Regenerative medicine is the reverse of aging and degenerative disease. It’s the science of boosting healing naturally in damaged tissues and in under-functioning endocrine and immune systems. This is being achieved with nutrition therapy, stem cells and oxidative medicine (ozone and high dose vitamin C IVs). It also includes restoring healthy joints, hair growth, skin rejuvenation and sexual function with your own platelet rich plasma (PRP). See article, page 17.

REIKI ENERGY HEALING WITH LAGINA LaGina Glass - Reiki Master 505-819-0811- Santa Fe

I assist individuals in making meaningful changes in their lives by accessing deeper levels of emotional, physical, mental and spiritual healing. Classes, Treatments and Coaching.


Jan Walker, Reiki Master Teacher and Healing Practitioner Albuquerque 505-835-5440 If you are dealing with the daily stresses of life or a major health challenge, Reiki can help. Reiki’s restorative qualities bring warmth, calmness, balance and a sense of well-being. Reiki Classes offered every month.


Michelle Vidal 7413 Menaul NE, Albuquerque 505-453-7646 Michelle@ Resonant Essentials has three beautiful event/classrooms at below competitive rates. We fit up to 40 people with tables and chairs in our large space or reduce your cost with a smaller space. Rates start as low as $30 for two hours. Our referral program is set up to earn free rental space and/or classes. Refer three get yours of equal value free! Call or email Michelle today to get started. See ad, page 20.


808-639-7534 - Santa Fe

In greek, Doula means mother to the mother. As a Doula, I offer prenatal consultations, labor and delivery assistance, and postpartum services. Happy Birthing to You!


970-222-2710 - Santa Fe Life changing bodywork which restores the natural alignment of the body to feel grounded, empowered, and at ease. Be free of chronic pain with results that last! Also offering Craniosacral Therapy and therapeutic massage. See ad, page 6.

VEGAN RESTAURANT VIBRANCE–ART-FOOD-MUSIC 4500 Silver Ave SE, Albuquerque 505-639-3401

Since July 2016 Vibrance has offered organic vegetarian specialties locally sourced. We feature a menu that is vegan, raw food and cooked cuisine, gluten free and all non-GMO. We also keep it local with featured artists and live music as well. Join us on Facebook to hear about our latest events! Feel your Vibrance with beautiful art, food and music! See ad, page 5.


A Sacred School for the One 239-298-4839 - Santa Fe Heal pain from within, awaken to self-love, discover your natural powers with Genai Ellen Wachs, master vibrational healer, channel and teacher— the “soul doctor” of Santa Fe.

The most important thing in the world is family and love. ~John Wooden


Marie Black 503-688-0008 - ABQ, Santa Fe, Portland

Singing feels good and is good for us! Allowing oneself the joy of singing often brings life altering benefits. Do you allow past wounds to affect your relationship with your uniquely beautiful soundprint? Private, group, home events, classes, workshops. Community CircleSongs. Vocal Improvisation. Vocal Empowerment for speakers, singers, everyone who wishes to explore the dynamics of VOICE. (Meetup: Sing Anyway!) See ad, page 21.



Ready to get your health, energy and life back? What you eat matters and following a whole food “deep nutrition” approach to eating, along with eliminating food sensitivities, will transform your body and mind leaving you with so much more energy and clarity to live your best life ever! Whole Food Wellness offers culinary classes, elimination diet and other special diet protocols, fasting and wellness retreats, along with working with you on specific health goals.  Lose weight, gain energy and feel younger! See ad, page 11.


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Well Woman Life Community supports a global community of women to connect to their superpowers to achieve their highest level of fulfillment and well-being! See ad, page 14

YOGA NEW MEXICO SCHOOL OF YOGA The Source, 1111 Carlisle Blvd SE Albuquerque 505-588-1331

Yoga + Ayurveda Certification Programs. Offering Prana Vinaysa flow and Ayurvedicyoga specialist and therapy training. Workshops, certifications and retreat programs.Registered yoga school through Yoga Alliance. See ad, page 15.


The Center for Wisdom Healing Qigong 40 Camino Vista Clara Galisteo, NM 87540 800-959-2892

A place for healing,transformation, and empowerment. A physical portal dedicated to the healing of ourselves and the healing of our world – by connecting people globally through state-of-theart communication technologies and wisdom practice. The Chi Center and its Founder, Master Mingtong Gu, offer online programs, workshops, live-stream broadcasts, in-person Healing Intensive Retreats, and other exciting events at its New Mexico home just outside of Santa Fe at The Center for Wisdom Healing Qigong. Experience increasing health and happiness every day through the Practice of Wisdom Healing Qigong. See ad, page 19.

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