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ur June Men’s Wellness issue is overflowing with nourishing articles of inspiration. The feature article “Rethinking Recovery” on page12 states that 60 percent of addicts will relapse after one year and only 5 percent continue with AA meetings. Making the first step takes so much courage. How painful must it be to repeat the recovery process over and over? We like to share new tools with long lasting success rates that complement and support the traditional methods of rehab, AA meetings and therapy. Did you know about the many ways men can benefit from yoga? Professional athletes add yoga for flexibility and injury prevention. Yoga helps men balance out work stress and provides not only a physical but also a mental workout: being focused while holding a pose gives the mind a wonderful break from the daily overload. Don’t be surprised if your mind suddenly resolves a problem after taking a yoga class. To find out more read “Yoga for the Bros” on page 22. Do you often have brain fog? Neurologist Dr. David Perlmutter, recently seen on Dr. Oz, shares the connection between the gut and mind on page 24. I feel much honored to have interviewed renowned futurist and visionary leader Barbara Marx Hubbard. She is conducting a four day retreat at Hummingbird Community in Mora near Santa Fe from June 10 to 14. The interview shares her vision for us and the planet on page 19. We encourage you to join the Qi Revolution, June 13 to 16 at the Santa Fe Convention Center (see ad page 3). Qigong is great for any age group and prior experience is not necessary. People are raving about the health benefits of qigong and the many practical tips learned during this event. The following week Amma Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, known as simply ‘Amma’, will visit Santa Fe June 20 to 23. Amma’s love has touched millions of people all over the world. We share the magnitude of her work in an article on page 16. Details about her visit can be found in the calendar and on page 6. Let’s all take the opportunity presented by this special men’s issue to thank all the males in our lives that have been there for us. To all the fathers and male nurturers in our lives,

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newsbriefs Hugging Saint Visits Santa Fe


piritual leader, humanitarian and visionary Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, known to millions simply as ‘Amma’, will visit Santa Fe June 20 to 23. During her stay, Amma will host three free public programs at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. on June 20 and at 7 p.m. on June 23. A retreat will also be held from June 21 to 23. Amma travels throughout the world, guiding people to emotional fulfillment as well as offering insights and solutions to global issues such as environmental pollution, mistreatment of women, and religious disharmony. She inspires those she meets to make more space in their hearts for others and dedicate time to social service. At the center of Amma’s life is her darshan: the tender, caring embrace that has been sought out by millions. It is in this intimate manner—a heartfelt hug—that she meets one and all, listens to their problems and gives them the inspiration and knowledge to uplift themselves and, ultimately, others. Location: Hilton Buffalo Thunder Resort, 20 Buffalo Thunder Trail, Santa Fe. Pre-registration required for retreat. To register and for more information, visit Visit for more details about Amma’s charitable activities. See page 16 for article.

Buddha’s Ancient Relics Exhibit Returns to Santa Fe


or the last fifteen years the relics in the Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour have been shown around the world bringing inspiration and kindness to people of all faiths. This year, the relics return to Santa Fe June 19 to 21. This public exhibition includes ancient and sacred relics of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni and 44 other Eastern masters from India, Tibet and China. Most of the relics in this precious collection were found in the ashes of cremated Buddhist masters. His Holiness Dalai Lama donated several of the relics. “Being in the presence of the relics is the same as being in the presence of the actual, living Buddha himself. People should understand that this is what is happening,” says His Eminence Venerable Choden Rinpoche. The opening ceremony and viewing will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on June 19. The exhibit will also be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on June 20 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 21. Cost: free. Location: Southwest Acupuncture College, Santa Fe Campus, 1622 Galisteo St. For more information or to support this event, call 505-660-7056. See ad on page 9.

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Qi Revolution with Qigong Practitioner Jeff Primack


i Revolution” comes to Santa Fe Convention Center June 13 to 16. Teacher Jeff Primack and 25 instructors will teach four days of qigong training for $149. “Breathing will never be the same again,” affirms Primack. “For 15 years, Supreme Science Qigong Center has hosted seminars to 50,000 people and we invite you to create a stronger, more energy filled body in the coming year. We believe people want to be inspired and a qigong conference should rock. We teach qigong exercises creating a highly tangible energy, even for skeptics.” In addition, attendees will learn a proven food healing system entitled “Conquering Any Disease.” “Experience the best of qigong healing for unlocking your highest potential,” says Primack. “Stimulating your energy to grow requires the right techniques and no other program is this well-tested with rave reviews from all walks of people.” According to Primack, “Standing still, relaxed in a qigong posture, a person can circulate as much blood as they could running for three miles. Jogging releases a flood of cortisol and negative stress hormones that close off small capillaries, but qigong does not. There is no stress response from qigong and the level of full body circulation is even greater. Qigong noticeably improves blood circulation, digestion, etc. A pleasant heat builds in the navel center bringing a quiet confidence and power within.” Cost: $149. For more information and to reserve tickets, call 800-298-8970 or visit See ad on page 3.

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he third annual Raw Living Expo has been renamed the Pure Living Expo & Conference to concentrate on exploring the connection between food, health and ecology from July 23 to 27 at the Arizona Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa, with a motto of “Rejuvenate, Cleanse, Empower.” The world’s premiere enlightened eating celebration showcases two of the fastest-growing segments of the food marketplace: gluten-free and raw living foods. With a lineup of potent yoga and wellness classes, personal growth workshops and an all-new Pure Earth School, the Expo attracts a global group of health enthusiasts hungry for change for three days of panels, demos, meals and parties. With more than 45 presenters and 50 top companies, the Pure Living Expo & Conference features professional chef demonstrations, keynotes, workshops, the Best of Raw Awards gala, receptions, outdoor gardening skills, after parties and more. VIP platinum and silver tickets afford special access to workshops, parties and events. For more information, visit See ad on page 25.

Natural Awakenings Publisher’s Conference


atural Awakenings publishers from around the nation attended a company conference from May 1 to 3 at the Marco Beach Ocean Resort, in Marco Island, Florida. Highlights included separate presentations by two prominent master life and business coaches, David Essel and Mary Lynn Ziemer, who also participated in discussions on how publishers can become more personally empowered in awakening and uplifting their communities. In addition, special topics included expanding editorial exposure for a strong advertiser base, effectively managing reach and keeping operations efficient. Subsequent breakout sessions afforded the opportunity for franchisees to share progressive ideas. The conference was followed by a three-day training program for new publishers taking over the production of three existing magazines. Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp. training staff worked with the new publishers of the Bucks and Montgomery counties, Pennsylvania; Hudson County, New Jersey; and South New Jersey editions from May 4 to 6 at the corporate headquarters in nearby Naples. Launched by founder and CEO Sharon Bruckman with a single edition in Naples in 1994, Natural Awakenings has grown to become one of the largest free, local, healthy lifestyle publications in the world, serving approximately 4 million readers in 95 cities across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. For more information, visit See ad, page 31.

Spiritual Journalism


n a world of multi-sensory technology with over 100,000 internet radio stations, ZETA Global Radio (ZGR) joins the airwaves with their own unique brand of conversation called Spiritual Journalism. ZGR’s platform focuses on bringing forward conscious topics that inspire change, growth and expansion. On air just a few short months, the show has captured a global listening audience in over 50+ countries. “ZETA Global Radio was started as a special on-air/online gathering of people to connect as ONE with topics in the arts, including music, dance, visual arts and literary,” says show host Lainie S. Quirk and former Co-Director/Founder of the Albuquerque Film & Music Experience. “We want to invite all those out there looking for great content to be part of our spiritual journalism community; one in which we share story about what’s really happening in the world and how we may be of service for the greater good.” ZETA Global Radio airs every Saturday at 1 p.m. PST online at “Visit often to learn about future shows and to enjoy archives of past episodes,” adds Quirk.

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anta Fe’s premier indoor cycling and hot power yoga studio, Santa Fe Thrive, is now open. The studio features top-of-the-line equipment; antimicrobial yoga flooring; a custom-built heating, humidifying and air purifying system; free showers and towel service; and a carefully selected group of Santa Fe’s favorite and best Spinning and yoga instructors. Classes are offered daily, from 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. “The schedule is staggered to encourage students to do both complimentary practices,” says Thrive owner, Mira Rubiano. “The combination of a high-intensity cardiovascular cycling workout that is inspirational, empowering and most importantly, fun, with the strength training, stretching and balance-building of a sweaty, meditative yoga practice builds full-body fitness through safe, low-impact activities that reduce the risk of injury and increase overall mind-body wellness.” All Thrive classes are sweat inducing, which promotes detoxification, increased immunity and glowing skin. Mira Rubiano, MA, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, is a Mad Dogg-certified Spinning instructor and a Hot 108 and Bhakti Flow-certified Yoga instructor. Her vision for the studio, in addition to offering the best of the best, is to create a platform for inclusive, communityconscious empowerment in the spirit of holistic health and vitality. Location: 947 W. Alameda St., Santa Fe. For more information, visit and follow Santa Fe Thrive on Facebook and Twitter. See ad on page 25.

Midsummer Community Sand Mandala


he Midsummer Community Sand Mandala event is being held from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on June 14 at somewhere in Santa Fe. “Creating a community sand mandala is a unique way to celebrate midsummer as a community,” says facilitator Suchinta Abhayaratna. Mandalas are circular symbolic pictures that are created using a variety of materials. “Mandala art is a spiritual practice found in traditional cultures globally. Tibetan and Native American mandala art are examples of traditional sand mandalas that require years of very detailed training,” explains Abhayaratna. According to Abhayaratna, creating sand mandalas is a form of vibrational healing that combines intention and creative expression using colored sand. “Participants collectively create the mandala to support personal and collective intentions. After a brief meditation, each participant asks for a symbol to manifest the intention. When they receive a symbol they use the colored sand to draw it in the mandala,” she says. No previous experience required. Children over five years old are welcome. Pre-register and pay online at For more information, call or text 571-422-6734 or email See ad on page 12.


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La Montañita Co-op Switches to Phenol-free Register Receipt Paper


a Montañita Co-op, New Mexico’s largest community-owned natural and organic food market, believes in the shared benefits of healthy food, sound environmental practices, and a strong local economy. As a leader in the local foods movement, the co-op will be switching to phenol-free register receipt paper at its six locations on June 15. This new receipt paper is free of BPA (Bisphenol-A) and BPS (Bisphenol-S), which have been linked to a variety of health concerns, including hormonal disruption. The phenol-free paper is manufactured using a vitamin C-based thermal coating, which allows images to be produced when exposed to heat. The tape is yellow in color and the image is lighter, but will remain legible for at least five years if the receipt is properly stored under normal filing conditions. La Montañita’s Distribution Center is selling the phenol-free receipt paper in New Mexico. For ordering information, contact the Distribution Center customer service department at 505-217-2010. Switching to phenol-free register receipt paper continues La Montañita’s dedication to cultivating a sustainable future for our community and our planet. Visit to learn more about becoming a co-op member and to find a location near you. See ad on page 14.

Golden Acorns June Summer Camp


olden Acorns Summer Camp of Living Arts and Culture, Inc. is accepting enrollment for this summer’s camp, which runs from June 15 through July 24. Children ages 4 through 11 will be introduced to different world cultures, healing arts, gardening, sustainability and mediation skills. During this transformational summer camp, children will gain a greater understanding of the world and it’s customs through direct experience with teachers from around the world. Golden Acorns aims to foster a peaceful and sustainable future by encouraging youth to communicate better, celebrate and embrace one another’s diversity, and care for our planet. Each week focuses on different world cultures and healing arts. This summer Golden Acorns will feature Cameroon and Nigeria; New Mexico and camping; Mediterranean and Middle East; urban culture; Zimbabwe, Guinea and Mali; and India. Camp runs from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays for weekly camp performances and sharing. Pre and after-care is available from 7:30 to 9 a.m. and 3:30 to 6 p.m. Cost: $250 week, with extra fees of $30-100 for overnight camping (week 2); payment plans and some financial aid is available. Location: Santa Fe Waldorf School, 26 Puesta Del Sol, Santa Fe. For more information, call 505-795-9079 or visit See ad on page 16.

Discover Your Sacred Ambition


isdom teacher and mentor Rebecca Skeele is excited to announce her event Your Sacred Ambition: Lead from Your Divine Power so You Can Do Well While Doing Good being held August 6 to 8 at the Tamaya Hyatt near Albuquerque. “As a professional man or woman, are you feeling called to step forward and lead from a deep place inside in service to what you hold sacred and the greater good?” asks Skeele. “Your sacred ambition is the outer expression of a much deeper knowing of the truth of who you are and the sacred calling you have come to share.” During this 3-day event, attendees will discover their sacred calling and the tools necessary to harness their ambition and power in service to their greater work. “Gather with this group of Sacred Ambition leaders, world servers and visionaries—to be seen, heard and witnessed as a change agent for the greater good,” invites Skeele. “At the end of this event you will be emboldened to step out with your sacred ambition.” Cost: Registration in June $297 and you can bring a friend for $97. For more information, call 505-984-1739 or visit See ad on page 16.

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olistic health practitioners must know the nature of a patient’s problem before they can design a protocol to address it. Advocates of natural medicine tend to disagree with the conventional medical community, but it is important to remember that although their methods may be different, traditional tools of investigation can still be valuable to holistic practitioners.

“While there are some good natural diagnostic tools to determine a problem’s origin, sometimes the tools of allopathic medicine are simply superior. Ultrasound, MRI, blood tests and pathogen screening can all be of enormous value when considering how to heal a condition of damage or sickness,” says Nature’s Rite Founder Steven Frank. “If someone is bleeding internally, knowing the source—ulcer, tumor, hemorrhoids or liver disease—is of paramount importance. All of these have dramatically different treatment protocols. When a patient’s energy is low, knowing their blood work and pathogen load is of tremendous value towards designing a healing program.” While allopathic medicine may seek to poison, cut or irradiate the problem, natural medicine professionals may choose the appropriate combination of herbs, acupuncture, qigong or other natural products and modalities. “Having the knowledge of exactly what is damaged and then using the techniques that we know are most suited for healing this condition is what collaborative medicine is all about,” explains Frank. “In our quest to bring natural medicine to the community, we don’t have to shun the diagnostic benefits of the high-technology hospitals. We can use their tools to accentuate our skills.”

SAFE uSE oF tEChnologY iS CritiCAl For gooD hEAlth


here are now an estimated 6,000 studies demonstrating the damaging health effects from cell towers, antennas and Wi-Fi technology. A May 2010 study by the World Health Organization (WHO) found there was a 40 percent increase in glioma brain tumors among those who used cell phones 30 minutes daily for a decade. This study predates the introduction of 4G technology and Smart phones. On May 11, 2015, 190 scientists from 39 nations submitted the International EMF Scientist Appeal to the United Nations, its member states, and WHO, requesting more protective exposure guidelines for electromagnetic fields (EMF) and wireless technology due to the increasing evidence of risk. According to Martin Blank, Ph.D., of Columbia University, “International exposure guidelines for electromagnetic fields must be strengthened to reflect the reality of their impact on our bodies, especially on our DNA.” Simple, common sense ways are available to decrease daily exposure to EMF pollution. Learn about these options, as well as the health issues associated with EMF pollution and cost effective, patented products that help neutralize the effects of EMF pollution at monthly presentations in Santa Fe. Submitted by John McPhee. For more information call Jennifer Downey, RN, at 505-780-8283.

Acupuncture Treats Prostate Enlargement R

esearch from China has found that a combination of acupuncture and moxibustion, a form of heat therapy in which dried plant materials are burned on or near the surface of the skin to warm and invigorate the inner flow of qi, or energy, can effectively reduce the symptoms of benign prostate enlargement. Researchers tested 128 patients with prostate enlargement for three months, dividing them into two groups. One group was given acupuncture and moxibustion; the other took a traditional Chinese herbal medication for prostate enlargement called Qianliekangi. The patients’ prostate symptoms were tested using the International Prostate Symptom Score, maximum urine flow rate and residual urine tests. At the study’s end, the patients given the acupuncture/moxibustion treatment reported significantly reduced levels in all three tests—calculated at an 89 percent total effective rate—compared to the herbal medication group.

Stroke Risk Rises with Two Drinks a Day N

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ew research published in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke has determined that drinking two alcoholic beverages per day during middle-age years increases the risk of stroke more than other known factors, including high blood pressure and diabetes. The study followed 11,644 twins from Sweden for 43 years, starting between 1967 and 1970. All began the trial when they were under the age of 60. The scientists compared the effects of having less than half a drink—classified as four and two ounces of wine for a man and a woman, respectively—daily to drinking two or more daily. The study found that consuming two drinks per day increased the risk of stroke by 34 percent compared to drinking less than half a drink per day. Those that downed two or more drinks a day during their 50s and 60s had strokes an average of five years younger than light drinkers. The increase in stroke risk was found to be higher than the danger generally posed by diabetes and hypertension.


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globalbriefs Going Solar Easier than Ever


re you tired of dirty, coal-fired electricity and radioactive nuclear power coming into your living room every day?” asks Craig O’Hare, Santa Fe County Energy Programs Specialist. “Then go solar now! If you’re a PNM customer, around 90 percent of your electricity is coming from coal, nuclear and natural gas power plants hundreds of miles away. Why not get most of your electricity from the clean, renewable sun via panels on your roof?” According to O’Hare, solar energy is 60 percent cheaper than it was five years ago. Additionally, 40 percent income tax credits are available along with favorable financing. “Solar can be cash-neutral or even cash positive from the first month. How so? The finances work out such that you’re basically trading your usual monthly electric utility bill payment for a monthly loan payment of about the same amount. For example, instead of making an average payment of $80 per month to your electric utility, you’re making a $70 to $80 per month loan payment,” explains O’Hare. Furthermore, solar customers are immune to future electric utility rate increases. “The resale value of your home is higher now that you have a solar electric power plant on your property,” says O’Hare, who says the most common misunderstanding he hears from homeowners is that only the wealthy can afford solar. “This is the perfect time to pursue a solar system because the 40 percent income tax credits expire at the end of 2016,” he says. “And if you live in Santa Fe County, feel free to contact me for free solar advice. That’s my job!” Craig O’Hare can be reached at 992-3044 or To learn more visit energy. See ad on page 14.

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RETHINKING RECOVERY Holistic Approaches to Healing Addictions by lisa marshall


hrough 15 years of alcohol and prescription drug addiction, one prominent Virginia business owner tried it all to get clean: three inpatient rehab centers; talk therapy; Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA), spending roughly $200,000 in the process. “I would follow through for about a year, and then start to feel like I was on top of things and get complacent,” says the 52-year-old, who asked that her name not be used. She’d treat herself to “just one drink” and soon find herself in a familiar downward spiral. She last relapsed in October 2012. Three months later, she was on the interstate in the morning, a half-empty four-pack of mini wine bottles on her front seat, when she swerved and slammed head-on into a semi-trailer truck. She escaped her flattened car with

minor head trauma, gratitude that her children didn’t have to “bury their drunk mother,” and a renewed will to sober up and rediscover happiness. Today, she’s done just that, thanks to a comprehensive, holistic approach that included hiring a life coach that specializes in addiction, overhauling her diet, making time for daily physical and spiritual exercises and reframing her addiction, not as a disease she is cursed with, but as a predisposition she has the power to keep at bay. “Yes. I was passed a gene by my alcoholic father. Yet that only becomes a threat to me when I make a choice to ingest something that cuts the beast loose,” she says. “I work hard every day, using a whole bunch of different tools to keep that from happening again.” She is one of a growing number

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of alcoholics and addicts reaching beyond the standard trifecta of 28-day rehabs, 12-step programs and psychotherapy toward an approach that addresses mind, body and spirit. More than 40 million Americans over the age of 12 (16 percent of the population) are addicted to alcohol or drugs, according to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at New York City’s Columbia University. Yet the standard treatments yield lessthan-stellar success rates. Sixty percent of addicts return to drug use within a year after rehab, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and only 5 percent of AA attendees continue with meetings after 12 months, according to AA research. David Essel, a Fort Myers, Florida, life coach who specializes in working with substance abusers, says that when examining all the data, only about one in 10 addicts or alcoholics that use conventional means alone are still clean after one year. Fortunately, because people vary widely in emotional needs and physiologies, other complementary options are also catching on.

Mending Brain and Body

Enter a group meeting for recovering addicts or alcoholics and chances are there will be a pot of black coffee, plus donuts or cookies. “Having poor eating habits is a primary contributing factor to relapse,” says Registered Dietitian David Wiss, founder of, which provides nutrition consulting for recovery programs in Los Angeles. Because substance abuse can deaden appetite and many of the same neurological circuits that drugs and alcohol stimulate are also activated by salty or sugar-laden foods, newly recovering addicts tend to

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be ravenous and drawn to junk food. “After 30 days in treatment, people can gain 10 to 30 pounds. They often turn back to addictive substances they’ve abused to get their appetite back under control,” says Wiss. (Because smoking deadens taste buds, drawing people to seek out more intense salty or sugary flavors, it exacerbates the problem.) In a subconscious attempt to get maximum stimulation of now-neglected reward centers in the brain, users often eat little most of the day, then binge later, leading to erratic blood sugar levels that can impact mood, further sabotaging recovery. After years of abuse, addicts also tend to suffer deficiencies of proteins and good fats—key building blocks of a healthy brain. “The brain has been rewired due to the use of substances. Without healing it, you can attend all the meetings in the world and you’ll still struggle with cravings,” reports Essel. He starts new clients with 500 milligrams (mg) daily of the dietary supplement DLphenylalanine, an amino acid precursor to feel-good neurotransmitters such as

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norepinephrine. He also gives them tyrosine, an energizing amino acid said to quell sugar cravings. For relieving a craving in progress, he recommends 500 to 1,000 mg of glutamine, placed under the tongue. Wiss says he generally recommends food over supplements, yet asking newly recovering addicts to also revamp their diets can be tough. “I wouldn’t expect anyone to make a big nutritional change in their first week of sobriety,” he says. After that, he encourages small steps: Drink eight glasses of water per day. Eat three meals and three snacks to keep blood sugar stable. Load up on fiber, which can help heal the gut and replenish it with healthy bacteria. Eat plenty of lean protein to promote production of feel-good brain chemicals. Load up on nuts, seeds, fatty fish and other omega-3 fatty acids that suppress inflammation in the brain and have been shown in some studies to quell depression. Daily exercise is also key as Wiss notes that it “circulates our blood and gets all those healthy nutrients into our brain.”

Physical activities can also help fill the void and even provide a new sense of identity for someone whose selfesteem has been shattered, says Scott Strode, founder of Denver, Colorado’s Phoenix Multisport, which hosts group cycling, running and climbing outings for recovering addicts and alcoholics. Strode kicked his own cocaine habit 18 years ago by immersing himself first in boxing, then climbing and triathlons. He founded Phoenix in 2007 to help fill what he sees as a gaping hole in recovery support services—a place where people with similar pasts can gather and talk without dwelling exclusively on their dependence issues. He has since served 15,000 people in Colorado, California, and Boston, offering 60 free outings a week for anyone at least 48 hours sober. “By being part of something like this, you can let go of the shame of being the addict, the junkie or the one that let down the family. Now you are the climber or the mountain biker,” says Strode. He stresses that Phoenix programs aren’t intended to replace treatment. Still, “For some, just that redefining of self may be enough. For others, it’s a powerful tool in a broader toolbox.”

Beyond AA

Co-founded in 1935 by an alcoholic named Bill Wilson, Alcoholics Anonymous now has 2 million members and has played an important role in many successful recoveries. However, its Godbased approach (five of the 12 steps refer to God or Him), a credo that alcoholics must admit “powerlessness” and its emphasis on alcoholism as a defining disease aren’t for everyone. Naysayers point to a 2006 finding by the nonprofit Cochrane Collaboration that states, “No experimental studies unequivocally demonstrated the effectiveness of AA or 12-step approaches for reducing alcohol dependence or problems.” Such concerns have prompted some alternative recovery fellowships, including Moderation Management (, which helps people that want to drink less; and Smart Recovery (, which supports an ethos of self-empowerment via cognitive behavioral therapy, nutritional changes and group discussions. Other programs focus on renewing the soul by applying metaphysical practices to the

traditional 12 steps. “The conventional 12 steps talk about a higher power outside of you,” says Ester Nicholson, a singer, author and addictions counselor. In her book Soul Recovery: 12 Keys to Healing Addiction, she describes a descent into crack cocaine addiction beginning in her teens, and the long climb out of it. At first, she says, the 12 steps helped her break free of what she calls the “spiritual malady, mental obsession and physical allergy,” that is addiction. But after a decade of being clean, followed by a near-relapse, she discovered meditation and other spiritual practices. “I realized that this higher power can restore me to sanity, but the higher power is actually within me. I found this wonderful bridge between the 12 steps and universal spiritual principals, and it is rocking my world.” Patti Lacey, 54, an Essel client, likewise found lasting sobriety by extending her toolbox, learning to focus not only

on past pain, but on bringing forth her best self. According to the International Coach Federation, which reports an uptick in interest in recovery coaching, a coach helps to establish individual goals and map a journey to success. Two years into recovery, Lacey still takes her supplements daily, rises at dawn to meditate, attends 12-step meetings and is part of a nondenominational church community. She also regularly meets with her coach to report progress and update goals, including getting a handle on her finances, a frequent casualty of addiction. “Everybody’s journey is different,” Lacey confirms. “What I needed was someone to tell me exactly what to do in the beginning, and then be around to hold me accountable. That changed everything.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at

Complementary Healing Tools by lisa marshall Ear acupuncture: Since 1974, addiction specialists have used an ear acupuncture needling protocol to ease cravings, decrease anxiety and improve sleep during withdrawal. Numerous published studies in The Lancet, the Archives of Internal Medicine and others support its efficacy. More than 1,000 U.S. programs now use it, according to the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association ( Neurofeedback: Also known as EEG biofeedback, this technique uses electroencephalography sensors attached to the head to enable someone to observe their own brain wave activity on a computer and learn to intentionally alter it via visualization and relaxation techniques ( Aromatherapy: Life coach David Essel recommends three aromatherapy oils to clients in recovery: lavender, a relaxant; lemon grass, for energy; and frankincense, a mood-balancer. Ibogaine: This psychoactive brew derived from the West African shrub Tabernanthe iboga has been used cer-

emonially for centuries. In the 1960s, an opioid addict accidentally discovered that after experiencing an intense, four-to-eight-hour dreamlike “trip”, his cravings for heroin ceased. Deborah Mash, Ph.D., a professor of neurology and molecular and cellular pharmacology at the University of Miami, traveled to Amsterdam in the early 1990s to see if there was any truth to such cases. “I saw a man that was on heroin and cocaine and addicted to benzodiazepines undergo detox with no withdrawal signs, and in 36 hours look like a new person,” she recalls. She has been studying it ever since. The drug is believed to serve as an addiction interrupter, acting on opioid receptors in the brain to quell withdrawal symptoms. Some describe it as “resetting the brain” to a pre-addicted state. Ibogaine is illegal in the U.S. Some offshore clinics are providing it, but Mash warns that some are unscrupulous, so buyer beware. ( offers medically supervised Ibogaine therapy in Cancun, Mexico).

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33 Million and Counting: India’s Renowned Humanitarian to visit Santa Fe by Faith Pomeroy-Ward

Spiritual leader, humanitarian and visionary Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, known to millions around the world simply as “Amma”, will host three free public programs at Buffalo Thunder Resort in Santa Fe, at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. on June 20, and at 7 p.m. on June 23. A retreat will also be held from June 21 to 23.


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mma travels throughout the world, guiding people to emotional fulfillment as well as offering insights and solutions to global issues such as environmental pollution, the mistreatment of women, and religious disharmony. She inspires those she meets to make more space in their hearts for others and dedicate time to social service. Amma’s teachings are universal. Whenever she is asked about her religion, she replies, “My religion is love.” Amma does not ask anyone to believe in God or to change their faith, but only to inquire into their own real nature and to believe in themselves. Amma’s dedication to uplifting others has culminated in a vast network of charitable projects in India and around the world, under the global banner of Embracing the World. For this work, Amma has been honored with a number of international awards including the prestigious Gandhi-King Award for Non-Violence (2002), the James Parks Morton Interfaith Award (2006), and the Cinema Verite Award (2007) for humanitarian and human rights work. In December 2014, Amma joined Pope Francis and 10 other global spiritual leaders from a range of faiths to sign the

Declaration of Religious Leaders Against Modern Slavery. More recently, after the Nepal earthquake, Embracing the World representatives were on site the day after the disaster, working hard to provide immediate relief and evaluate options for longer-term aid. In fact, one of the most remarkable things about the Embracing the World initiatives is the long-term solutions provided for disaster-struck zones. Embracing the World is often one of the first organizations to supply vital aid, and one of the last to leave. At the center of Amma’s life is her darshan: the tender, caring embrace that has been sought out by millions. It is in this intimate manner— a heartfelt hug—that she receives one and all, listens to their problems, and gives them the inspiration and knowledge to uplift themselves and, ultimately, others. Those that attend one of Amma’s free programs notice that people come to Amma from all religions and all walks of life. Some have been walking the spiritual path for decades, others have never picked up a spiritual book in their lives. Some come because they are suffering mentally, physically or materially, and they hope Amma can help

them. Some are simply curious. Perhaps they have seen Amma in a newspaper or on TV, and they want to see for themselves what Amma is all about. Regardless of why they have come, many describe experiencing a feeling of radiant and unconditional love in Amma’s presence. Some are moved to tears and feel a cleansing of old wounds; others experience profound peace and even joy. Regardless of people’s different backgrounds or cultures, the experiences of the heart reveals how we are all seeking love and a direct experience of our own true nature. The stories of people who have met Amma are incredibly powerful, and provide an insight into the way in which Amma is able to deeply affect so many people and open so many hearts: “I felt overwhelmed to realize what a great saint Amma was. She sat there, hour after hour, sweetly hugging everyone with the same love and compassion, without stopping for even a few minutes. It was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. I understood that to really know God, one had to be able to love everyone like that, and it was not as easy as de-

scribed in books.” – Berta Petasny, Buenos Aires, Argentina “When I approached Amma to receive her darshan (hug), I felt her look penetrate my entire being. As if I could not hide any feelings or thoughts from her. Amma embraced me and I felt so deeply loved.” – Maria Isabel Harker, Bogota, Columbia “Meeting Amma has changed my life immensely. Over time I understood that it is the small, small stones…of rage, guilt, longing, pain, nostalgia…that form the great wall in our hearts that imprison the inner child. We trip over these stones every day in our ignorance. The greatest blessing we receive from Amma is that she offers to take these stones from us.” – Cristina Rodriguez, Barcelona, Spain

Amma’s message of love and compassion resonates powerfully in today’s world, and Amma’s record of tireless service—or compassion in action—inspires volunteers all over the world to selflessly serve others. In the words of Professor Muhammad Yunus, 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, “Amma has done more work than many governments have ever done for their people…her contribution is enormous.” This year in Santa Fe, thousands of people are expected to seek Amma’s life-changing embrace during Amma’s programs at the Buffalo Thunder Resort, located at 20 Buffalo Thunder Trail. Whether you feel drawn to meet Amma because of her message of unconditional love or her inspiring charitable works, Amma’s programs have much to offer everyone. For more information about Amma and her Santa Fe programs, visit Amma. org. Visit for more details about Amma’s charitable activities.



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Boost Testosterone with the Right Choices

ohns Hopkins School of Medicine epidemiologists estimate that 18.4 percent of all American men over the age of 20, totaling 18 million, have reported experiencing erectile dysfunction. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 7.5 percent of all sexually experienced men under 45, or more than 4 million, have consulted a fertility doctor, suggesting it’s a serious problem among younger men. “Both erectile dysfunction and infertility reflect elements of lifestyle choices, especially obesity, smoking and exposure to environmental toxins,” says Naturopath James Occhiogrosso, of Fort Myers, Florida, author of Your Prostate, Your Libido, Your Life: A Guide to Causes and Natural Solutions for Prostate Problems and He says there are many ways to address low testosterone, a factor in both issues, and a healthy diet is crucial for healthy sexual function in both men and women. Some foods can help, while others can hinder a man’s sexual vitality, advises Craig Cooper, of Newport Beach, California, founder of the CooperativeHealth network of men’s health websites and author of Your New Prime: 30 Days to Better Sex, Eternal Strength, and a Kick Ass Life After 40. He identifies key

no-nos that decrease testosterone as eating excess sugar, drinking excessive alcohol and being sedentary. Here are the best foods for increasing testosterone. Shrimp: Like fatty fish, this tiny crustacean is one of nature’s few food sources of vitamin D, which Harvard School of Public Health research confirms is linked to testosterone levels. Four ounces of shrimp contain 162 IU (international units), about 40 percent of recommended daily intake. Oysters, red meat and pumpkin seeds: All of these are rich sources of zinc, which Cooper notes has a direct link to higher testosterone levels. He cautions, however, that too much zinc can cause its absorption to diminish. Men need 11 milligrams (mg) of zinc a day. Oysters are considered a food of love for a reason: One shelled oyster contains 12.8 mg of zinc. Pumpkin seeds are zinc powerhouses with 7 mg in 3.5 ounces. By comparison, 3 ounces of beef liver or dark chicken meat deliver 4.3 mg and 2.4 mg, respectively. Lean, grass-fed beef, tuna and nuts: These are high-quality sources of omega-3 fatty acids. “Without obtaining at least 20 percent of our daily calories from fat (no less than 15 percent) we can’t function at optimum capacity, as hormones are produced through the components of dietary fats, including the sex hormones like testosterone,” advises Virginia Beach, Virginia, Registered Dietitian Jim White, a spokesman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “A diet high in carbohydrates and too much dietary fat—more than 35 percent—will cause a gain in body


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fat, which can decrease testosterone levels. Balance is the key.” Broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage: Cruciferous vegetables are rich sources of indole-3-carbinol, which helps both balance testosterone and estrogen, and neutralize excess estrogen in men and women, says Occhiogrosso. Yes, men have estrogen, too, just less than women, and too much blocks testosterone production. Red grapes: This whole food is a good source of resveratrol and proanythocyanidin, which block harmful estrogen production, says White. Excess estrogen production spurred by eating foods like soy and flax and the growth hormones contained in big agriculture’s meat and dairy products lowers testosterone production in men. Strawberries: Due to their cortisollowering vitamin C, all berries help reduce stress, including when hormones are released during a heavy workout that can hamper testosterone production. One study published in the International Journal of Sports Medicine confirms that more cortisol equals less testosterone; another in the World Journal of Men’s Health shows that high cortisol lowers sex drive and results in delayed ejaculation. Plus, two Brazilian studies showed animals with the highest vitamin C intake had the highest sperm counts among study subjects. Another good cortisol fighter is the allicin in garlic. Pomegranates: Occhiogrosso likes pomegranates for building testosterone levels. An impressive study from the International Journal of Impotence Research showed that the performance of 47 percent of the impotent male study participants improved after consuming a daily glass of pomegranate juice for four weeks. “Food is always the first choice when I’m treating men with testosterone and fertility issues,” says Occhiogrosso. “It’s often effective without the dangers of testosterone injections.” Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous health books, including Food Is Medicine: 101 Prescriptions from the Garden. Connect at

Natural Awakenings Catches up with Barbara Marx Hubbard by Andrea Schensky Williams


arbara Marx Hubbard, author of Conscious Evolution: Awakening the Power of our Social Potential, will host a retreat titled “Coming Home Together” June 10 to 14 at the Hummingbird Community, located in the Sangre Cristo Mountains north of Santa Fe. During this event, Hubbard will speak on conscious evolution, which she describes as evolution by choice and not chance. She believes that humanity is facing the sixth mass extinction and offers her book as a guide for our entire generation to get through it together. Natural Awakenings had the opportunity to speak with Barbara Marx Hubbard to learn more.

Andrea Schensky Williams: Tell us about Hummingbird Community. Barbara Marx Hubbard: Aside from connecting with many old friends and colleagues, HBC is a community modeled after the theme of conscious evolution and co-creation. ASW: Your book Conscious Evolution was first published in 1998. You re-issued and edited the book in 2015. What were the most important changes? BMH: The awareness in general that we have a very serious crisis, in the environment in particular, and therefore an interest of what would be the solution. It offers a very practical solution which is to connect and communicate what is already working in the world. You begin to get a vision of the new world arising which is here but not known yet, because the media does not think it’s news. The public has no idea of what’s working. I feel that connecting and communicating what’s positive is the best solution. ASW: What do you mean by conscious evolution? BMH: Conscious evolution means evolution by choice not chance. For billions of years nature has been evolving through five mass extinctions, but no species was aware of it. Now, we are aware that we are facing the sixth mass extinction, and that humanity has some role to play in this crisis. We are affecting our own evolution by everything we do— the food we eat, the cars we drive, the number of babies we have, the energy we use, etc. We have entered the first age of Conscious Evolution. ASW: What is the “New Story” that Conscious Evolution is based on? BMH: The book outlines that there is a new story of creation, the story of our evolution and that the universe has been and is now evolving through us in a direction of higher consciousness, greater freedom and more complex order from

a single cell to human. The idea that there is no direction in evolution is simply not true. I believe this concept is very encouraging. ASW: The book mentions that we are accelerating our maturity as a species through the vast use of technology. Seven billion people in the world own cell phones. We use the internet and social media equating our technology to the planet’s central nervous system. How long do we have to co-create the world before we reach maturity? BMH: We don’t have much time. The young generations will either witness a radical breakdown or breakthrough. ASW: Do you envision mankind utilizing new technology to help the planet convert to the new world? BMH: We have the choice to use our new capacities to heal the earth, free ourselves from deficiencies and explore the universe. The questions is: what will our choice be? We are the first generation to actually know that we are affecting our own evolution and that we are responsible. I think this awareness is as important as the jump from Neanderthal to Homo Sapiens or from a self-centered species on this earth to eventually the universe. ASW: What is the “new” news? BMH: A new way of broadcasting news that share the positive things that are happening. News that offer solution and empower people to heal themselves. People sharing with each other what is working, sharing successes. Many people already are practicing this. It is just not being shared through mainstream media. It is ridiculous that this topic has to be discussed. When there is a health crisis and you hear positive things you get better. Hearing something positive is not just an esoteric idea. ASW: What are the characteristics of the new co-creative human beings? BMH: Co-creation equals creativity. Your creative impulse natural awakenings

is also a spiritual impulse. A co-creator tunes into the creator within themselves. Many of us are already there but may be unaware. Everybody is a unique human being with a unique talent and expression. Once you tap into your own creativity you need to find an audience or group of people. It is difficult to express it by yourself. Through this process you begin to develop better relationships, more love, compassion and understanding of each other thought the process of creating.

ASW: Another new term you refer to is Supra Sex. Can you expound? BMH: Sex is joining genes to have the baby. If we doubled the population we would destroy all life on earth. Women’s’ impulse to have children has shifted to creating their own freedom and power. The next stage of sex is not to join genes to have more babies but to join geniuses. Genius is the unique creativity in each person. You have to share it with others to release it into the world.

ASW: The flow state is a wonderful state where we are in the process of passionate creation losing track of time. How do we experience more of the flow state? BMH: It take practice. Take time to create love and creativity in yourself. Make conscious choices in how you express yourself in the world. If we focus on that inner impulse of grace or resonance we will create more of it. Synchronicity is a beautiful assurance that we are in the flow.

ASW: In the last chapter of you mention how we can participate in this quantum change. BMH: It starts with yourself and identifying what is inside of you that wants to be expressed and aligned with your purpose. You must take steps towards it and create small groups of like-minded people and begin your roles as an evolutionary leader. No one else can do it for you. In the process we need to use the internet and media until we have a massive connectivity of positive solutions, creative ideas and people.

ASW: You mention the term Syntony in the book. What is that? BMH: It is the resonance or vibration of our own inner being. When we are tuned in we can build a life based on our own vibration or pattern. Not being in syntony means to live a life that is unsupportive of who we really are leading to suffering and misery.

ASW: How close are we? BMH: I think there are enough people on earth right now that could, if connected, shift the behavior patterns of consciousness on the planet. We are still scattered. One of the most important steps will be to create internet sites of connectivity.

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Life Benefits Physically, yoga can complement traditional workout routines by increasing flexibility, strength and balance, and also play a role in pain management and injury prevention. Kest says, “Yoga is the best fitness-related activity I know of, but the tone and shapeliness that results is a byproduct. The focus is on balance and healing.” He encourages students to challenge themselves without being extreme. “The harder you are on anything, the faster you wear it out. If our objective is to both last as long and feel as good as possible, it makes no sense to push hard. Instead we should be gentle and sensitive in our practice.” Men will do well to learn how to stop what they’re doing and breathe, says Kreg Weiss, co-founder of My Yoga Online (now on Gaiam TV), from Vancouver. He emphasizes the importance of modifying poses as needed during classes and notes that doing so takes vulnerability that doesn’t come naturally to most men. “If you find yourself shaking while holding downward dog, allow yourself to go down to the floor without worrying about what others will think.” Societal pressures of masculinity sometimes dictate who a man thinks he should be. Breaking through such barriers enables a man to be relaxed with himself and unafraid as, “It changes what goes on off the mat, too,” observes Weiss. Bhava Ram (née Brad Willis), founder of the Deep Yoga School of Healing Arts, in San Diego, points out, “Men need yoga because it helps us deal better with stress and emotional issues. When we have

more inner balance, we show up better for ourselves, spouses, friends and loved ones.”

Therapeutic Benefits

As modern science begins to document yoga’s healing effects, it’s being used in treatment plans for conditions ranging from addiction and trauma to multiple sclerosis and cancer. Ram was a Type A aggressive reporter and network war correspondent and, “Like many men with similar personality types, I struggled with anger and control issues. I had no interest in yoga; it seemed strange and unnecessary to me,” he recalls. After a broken back, that ended his journalism career, failed surgery, advanced cancer and dependance on prescription drugs, he found himself facing death. Inspired by his young son to take control of his health, he embraced yoga as a healing way forward. After two years of dedicated practice, Ram says he turned 80 pounds of physical weight and 1,000 pounds of emotional toxins into gratitude, forgiveness and loving kindness. “I left 90 percent of my back pain behind and the cancer is gone.” Kest explains that yoga’s significant therapeutic value is based on its capacity to reduce stress and its effects, while teaching and strengthening techniques to cope with it. “Ninety percent of the stress we put on our bodies originates in the stress we put on our minds,” he says. “If you want to be healthy, you have to look at mental fitness, not just the size of your biceps or the strength of your cardiovascular system. It’s calmness and peacefulness of mind that matter.”

Tips for First-Timers

Weiss urges men new to yoga to take time to find the right class. “When men that can’t touch their toes walk into some preconceived

notion of a class full of women Om-ing, they feel apprehensive and the experience does them no service.” Regardless of one’s state of fitness, it’s important to start slowly, with a focus on the breath. “If you don’t have a good foundation, you can miss a lot of yoga’s benefits. Seek teachers with a solid yoga background educated in anatomy.” Walrabenstein recommends that first-timers find a class that meets their expectations of targeted benefits. “Remember that yoga is supposed to serve you in enabling your best life possible. If for you that means a vigorous workout, go for it. Even the most physicallyoriented yoga styles can carry profound mental and spiritual benefits—and can lead to a deeper, more rewarding practice over time.” Arrive early to class to get settled and talk with the teacher about physical status, potential limitations or other concerns. Yoga is practiced barefoot and clothing should be loose and comfortable, allowing the body to sweat and move. Walrabenstein reminds men to have fun. “Yoga, like anything, can be awkward at first. Make space for your learning curve and remember, no one in class is judging you.” Meredith Montgomery, a registered yoga teacher, publishes Natural Awakenings of Mobile/Baldwin, AL (

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The Gut-Mind Connection David Perlmutter on How Stomach Microflora Affect Brain Health by linda Sechrist


r. David Perlmutter, a board-certified neurologist and recipient of the Linus Pauling Award for his innovative approaches to addressing neurological disorders, has recently released Brain Maker, the latest in a series of books on brain health. This medical advisor to the Dr. Oz Show demonstrates how brain problems can be prevented by adopting lifestyle changes that nurture the bacteria living in the digestive system.

Why did you begin your book with the quote, “Death begins in the colon,” rather than “Brain health begins in the gut”? I wanted to draw attention to the real life-or-death issues mediated by what goes on inside the gut. Individuals with an immediate concern for their heart, bones, immune system or brain must recognize that the health of these parts and functions are governed at the level of commensal gut bacteria, the normal microflora that eat what we eat. This relationship is the most powerful

leverage point we have for maintaining health.

How were you led to expand from studying the nervous system and brain to investigating gastrointestinal medicine? Early on in my career, I was taught that everything that goes on in the brain stays there. But leading-edge research now reveals that seemingly disparate organs are in close communication, regulating each other’s health. As scientific literature began supporting the notion that gutrelated issues have a huge bearing on brain health, and specifically on brain disease, it became important to me to be able to leverage deep knowledge of this empowering information in terms of being able to treat brain disorders.

What is the Human Microbiome Project (HMP)? HMP, launched in 2008 by the National Institutes of Health, is a $115 million exploration of the gut microbiome. In

the ongoing research project involving genetic and DNA assessment, researchers are looking at the microbiome array in the gut of individuals suffering from various diseases. They are drawing correlations between emerging patterns in the abnormalities of gut bacteria and specific diseases. For example, autism correlates with an overabundance of the Clostridia species. In diabetes, there are more Firmicutes than Bacteroidetes, which we also see in obesity characteristic of the Western cosmopolitan diet. This is paving the way for interventions designed to restore a normal balance of gut bacteria. An example in my book is Dr. Max Nieuwdorp’s research at the University of Amsterdam, in which he discovered an array of abnormal bacteria that characterize Type 2 diabetes. In the more than 250 individuals diagnosed with diabetes that he treated in a double-blind study, he was able to reverse the disease by inserting a series of fecal material transfers from healthy, lean donors into diabetic patients.

What is the most eye-opening information about the roles played by gut organisms? More than 100 trillion bacteria live in our gut. Plus, there are viruses, yeast species and protozoa. When we factor in their genetic material, it means that an astonishing 99 percent of the DNA in our body is bacterial. It’s humbling to realize they influence all manner of physiology, from our immune system to our metabolism, making vitamins, maintaining the gut lining and controlling inflammation, the key mechanism

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calendarofevents MONDAY, JUNE 1 Women’s Mentoring Pastel Workshop – June 1-7. The scenery at Ghost Ranch is an inspiration for Jan Myers. Sharing her years of experience in pastels is the goal for this special workshop. Group sessions and one-on-one time. $655-$1,330/ all-inclusive. Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, NM. 505-6851000.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3 Living Co-Creation: Accelerating Our Mutual Awakening – June 3-7. Deepen in the practices of co-creation in a resonant field that calls forth our love-intelligence and creates an experience of expanded awareness and embodied presence. $275-$425/food, $260-$420/lodging; camping/ indoor accommodations. Hummingbird Community, Mora. 303-877-4341. RSVP: Herb Walk – 10am-12:30pm. Herbalist Tomas Enos leads a group to learn about native medicinal and edible plants, when to harvest them, how to use them, and their benefits to your health. $20. Meet at Milagro Herbs before 10am, 419 Orchard Dr, on Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe. RSVP: 505-820-6321. EarthWisdom Up Close – 11am-3pm. Maria Yraceburu’s lecture and ritualistic action will cover Spinning Time. Learn ways to navigate the waters of possibilities in your life. Bring a crystal to use for the meditation, and a bag lunch. $35. Taa-naash-kaa-da, Las Vegas. RSVP

Our Sacred Bodies Workshops: Body of Self – 1-5pm. Explore how we dwell in our bodies, experience our sacredness, and how this relates to the world that we live in. First of the Our Sacred Bodies series fosters connections between our sensual body, relational human body and earth body. $40, $100/ three workshops. Academy for the Love of Learning, 133 Seton Village Rd, Santa Fe. Kim: 505-995-1860. Your Inner Healer and Stress Management – 3-5pm. Learn about your inner healer and how to harness this innate power to care for and heal yourself. Practice a quick and easy way to manage stress. $20. Suchinta: 571-422-6734. ChiSuchinta@

SUNDAY, JUNE 7 Intuitive Readings and Animal Communication – Jun 7, 21, 28. 10am-4pm. Artisan Railyard Market, Farmer’s Market Pavilion, Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe. 505-466-3764.


savethedate Coming Home Together: A Communion of Pioneering Souls – Jun 10-14. This gathering with Barbara Marx Hubbard will use the power of the resonant field to raise consciousness in service to personal and collective evolution. $275-$425/food, $260-$420/lodging; camping/ indoor accommodations. Hummingbird Community, Mora. 303-877-4341. RSVP: lccaeventbee. com.

SATURDAY JUNE 13 Introductory Process Painting Workshop – 10am4pm. Expand your creativity, release creative blocks; paint without regard to technique, skills or meaning. Find new passion and in your creativity, within a community of painters. $45. Creative Wings Studio, just east of Nob Hill, Albuquerque. 630-530-5697. Past-Life Regression – 1-3pm. In this group session, regress to a past life where you will discover, access and activate a positive inner resource to benefit you and other people. $40. Crystal Dove Metaphysical Book Store, 525 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque. 505-918-6555. Soul Retrieval Workshop – 1-4pm. When an upsetting or traumatic experience occurs, part of your soul can leave. Through meditation, breathing and guided exercises, reclaim your life force during this powerful inner journey. $35. Center For Inner Truth, 1807 2nd St, Unit 84, Santa Fe. 505-920-4418.

SUNDAY, JUNE 14 Self-Differentiation Workshop – 1-3pm. Workshop, with a certified facilitator of The Work, is designed to develop healthy patterns of relationships, boost confidence in responding to challenges and cultivate personal and professional leadership capacities. Unity Santa Fe, 1212 Unity Way, Santa Fe, at mile marker 12, off Camino de los Montoyas. 505-989-4433 Midsummer Community Sand Mandala – 3-5:30pm. Create a collective mandala with white and colored sand to support healing intentions. $20. Santa Fe. Venue details, Suchinta: 571-422-6734.

META-Health Presentation – Jun 3 & 17. 6-7:30 pm. Healing that addresses the connections of how traumatic experience processes through our thoughts to our beliefs, our emotions and organs, resulting in certain stress or disease states that manifest outwardly. Free, space limited. OBSIDIAN HEALth and WELLness, 2420 Juan Tabo NE, Albuquerque, RSVP: 505-715-3452.

BIO-Energetics – Jun 10, 24. 6-7:30 pm. OBSIDIAN HEALth and WELLness, 2420 Juan Tabo NE, Albuquerque. Pre-register: 505-715-3452.

An Evening with the Ascended Masters – 7-9pm With Rev. AliceAnn Melchizedek. Receive clear, up-to-date guidance about nova earth and ascension from the ascended master-teachers. Teleconference: 619-326-2772, access code 7325118. 109 Michelle Dr, Santa Fe. 505-490-8855.




Personal Healings: The Monks of Gaden Shartse Phukhang Monestary - 9am-4pm. The Monks will be offering personal healings all day. $75/suggested donation per ½ hour healing session. OBSIDIAN HEALth and WELLness, 2420 Juan Tabo NE, Albuquerque. RSVP: 505-715-3452.

Traditional Vedanta Seminar – Jun 11-14. Vedanta is “the knowledge that ends the quest for knowledge” and once this knowledge is assimilated, existential suffering ends. Short talk and book signing at the Ark Book Store Jun 10, 4-6 pm. Spencer or Paddy: 808-639-6420, 808-639-6466.

Chay Drol Ritual – 7pm. Cutting Away of Obstacles evening ritual. $10-$20/suggested donation. Preregistration required. OBSIDIAN HEALth and WELLness, 2420 Juan Tabo NE, Albuquerque. 505-715-3452.


FRIDAY, JUNE 5 Open Mic – 7-9pm. There’s nothing like performing in front of a live audience, surrounded by likeminded people that share your passion for your art. Check out the open mic at ECSL. Free. Paul Dillon: 505-629-7706.


savethedate Qi Revolution – June 12-16. Receive a worldclass education with music and animation. Learn breathing exercises that deliver a full body vibration in 45 seconds, qigong exercises that create a tangible healing energy and a proven food-healing system, Conquering Any Disease. $149. Santa Fe Convention Center, 201 W Marcy St, Santa Fe.

A Transformation Playshop – 10am-4pm. Invite your own inner powers to come out and play with magical storytelling, deep guided meditation and art. Facilitated by Lin Nowicki, RScP. $25. Rev Gayle: 505-629-9633.

Sandia Crest House Reopening - 2-6 pm. The (organic) Living Room Trunk show is part of the celebrations of the newly renovated Sandia Crest House. At the end of NM-536 Scenic Byway from Sandia Park. Call Asaera: 505-288-2233.


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Archaeo-Astronomy in the American Southwest – June 15-21. An historical overview of the pueblo cultures as well as visits to important and relevant sites; Chaco Canyon and sites near Ghost Ranch are central to the course. $680-$1,355 all-inclusive. Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, NM. 505-685-1000. Botanical Drawing & Painting: Plants of the High Desert – June 15-21. Ghost Ranch hosts a surprising diversity of plant species. Learn and practice botanical illustration techniques for drawing/ painting them artfully and accurately. $695-$1,370 all-inclusive. Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, NM. 505-6851000. Golden Acorns Summer Camp – Jun 15 - July 24. Children ages 4-11 learn healthy/sustainable living practices and the story, song and healing arts of a variety of world cultures. Camp is hosted at the SF Waldorf School. $250/week. Payment plans and some financial aid available. 505-795-9079.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 18 TurtleWomyn Moon Lodge: EarthWisdom Ritual – 6:30-9:30pm. Coyote Dancing the Crack Fire Ceremony is open to all womyn and girls desiring experiential work with Earth Mother/Goddess in ritual. Advance registration required. Bring your drums & rattles. $25. Taa-naash-kaa-da, Las Vegas. RSVP

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savethedate AMMA: Meet Mata Amritanandamayi – Jun 20-23. The humanitarian and spiritual leader brings a message of selfless service and equality for all. Meet Amma and receive her individual, loving embrace. Free programs Sat 10am and 7pm, and Tue 7pm; numbered tokens distributed 90 minutes before free programs. Preregistration required for June 21-23 retreat. Hilton Buffalo Thunder Resort, 20 Buffalo Thunder Trail, Santa Fe. 505-982-9801.

SUNDAY, JUNE 21 Albuquerque Museum’s Sustainability Community Day – 12-4pm. Community Days are programs developed in conjunction with a new exhibit, Only in Albuquerque. La Montañita Co-op and Edible magazine team up to bring you local chefs Jonathan Perno (Los Poblanos) and Jason Greene (The Grove) with cooking demonstrations featuring in-season produce. Free. The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, 2000 Mountain NW, Albuquerque. 505243-7255. Info, Stephanie Cameron: Stephanie@ Summer Solstice: Wheel Dance – 1-5pm. An integration of drumming, chanting and dancing, the Solstice Wheel Dance is based in Maria Yraceburu EarthWisdom ritual and storytelling. Mystical teachings are the theoretical groundwork. Donation, bring a dish for the potluck afterwards. Taa-naash-kaa-da, Las Vegas. RSVP Summer Solstice 2015 – 6pm MST. Meditation 7am & 7pm Sat, 6/20 & Mo, 6/22. Celebrate the light of the coming age and receive divine encodings of light and consciousness. Support other light workers worldwide. Attendance at the Academy in Santa Fe is requested; worldwide teleconference available.. Vegetarian potluck to follow. Limited parking. OakRose Academy. Call Rev. AliceAnn at 505-490-8855 for directions.



Exhibition of Buddhist Relics: The Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour – 6:30pm-8:30pm, Friday, June 19th, Opening Ceremony and Viewing; Saturday, June 20th 11am-7pm; Sunday, June 21st 11am -5pm. Southwest Acupuncture College 1622 Galisteo Street, Santa Fe, NM. For more information call 505-660-7056.

Watercolor and St John: A Spiritual Odyssey – June 22-28. Workshop offers the opportunity to create your personal response to St John. With meditation, study and watercolor we open the book of St. John to personal discovery and understanding. $695-$1,370 all-inclusive. Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, NM. 505-685-1000.



Mystical Mandala Workshop – 9am-12pm. An overview of sacred geometry symbols; guided meditation, inspiring music and play with shapes and color. Leave with a mandala activated in ceremony. With Jade Elk. $35/class, $90/3 workshops; materials provided. Center For Inner Truth, 1807 2nd St, Unit 84, Santa Fe. 505-920-4418.

Peaceable Kingdom, The Journey Home Screening – 7pm. This story of transformation and healing explores the awakening conscience of several people who grew up in traditional farming culture and come to question the basic assumptions of their way of life. Unity Santa Fe, 1212 Unity Way, Santa Fe. 505-989-4433.

Herb and Lavender Festival – June 20-21. 10am4pm. The (organic) Living Room collaborators booth presents an herb and lavender festival. El Rancho de Las Golondrinas, Santa Fe. Asaera: 505288-2233. La Montañita Co-op Rockin’ BBQ – 11am-4pm. Food, live music, raffle giveaways, in-store samples, a live radio remote and musical performances from 2-4pm from the students at Rock 101, New Mexico’s premiere music academy. Karolyn Cannata-Winge: 505.217.2024, The Passion Test for Midlife and Beyond – 1-4pm. Living your passions is a lifelong journey. Identify what matters most, learn strategies for growing your passions and create markers for when you are living them fully. $135/includes The Passion Test and From Sad to Glad. Unity Santa Fe, 1212 Unity Way, Santa Fe, mile marker 12, off Camino de los Montoyas. 505-989-4433 Empower Your Inner Healer – 2-5pm. Meetup topics: Introduction to Your Biocomputer and Body-Mind Communication. $20. Santa Fe. Details, Suchinta: 571-422-6734.

FRIDAY, JUNE 26 Empowering Energy Medicine – 6:30-7:30pm. Join Angela T. Melton, EEM-CP, CNHP, discussing energy medicine and the use of essential oils. Attendees will also receive osteoporosis screenings. Free. OsteoStrong Wellness Center, 9577 Osuna Rd NE, Ste J, Albuquerque. 505-294-8227.

SATURDAY, JUNE 27 Psychic Reading and Healing Faire – A psychic reading is a reading of a soul. Find out what is behind the scenes and how to move beyond limits. $10/fifteen minute reading. Center For Inner Truth, 1807 2nd St, Unit 84, Santa Fe. 505-920-4418. Learn the Art of Flower Essences – June 27 & 28. 10am-12pm. Experiential workshop on flower essences and how to make them; history of essences, how they are made and work with us, and selecting essences for use. Leave with your own flower essences. $25/materials provided. Milagro Herbs, 419 Orchard Dr, on Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe. RSVP: 505-820-6321.

SUNDAY, JUNE 28 TRE Release Tension and Trauma – 10:30am12:30pm. Explore a gentle yet powerful method for recovery and self-healing using the body’s own tremor response. Learn exercises to help release stored tension and trauma. $45/by Jun 20. 227 E Palace Ave, Ste T North, Santa Fe. RSVP: 505-4632043. Spiritual Cinema Circle Potluck – 11am-4pm. Contemporary films of inspiration, motivation and thought-provoking up-lifting stories. Enjoy full-length features, documentaries, short films and discussion with other participants. Free, space limited. OBSIDIAN HEALth and WELLness, 2420 Juan Tabo NE, Albuquerque. 505-715-3452.

TUESDAY, JUNE 30 Meet the Herd – 10 am-12pm. Philosopher, author and master ceremonialist Maria Yraceburu, traditional Gypsy healer Lynda Yraceburu, and the newest members of our Helping Hooves. Free. Taa-naash-kaa-da, Las Vegas. RSVP Taa-naash-kaa-da. Post Traumatic Stress Healing in Womyn – 10am3pm. Helping Hooves HeartFire Project. First group one-on-one horse sessions on relationship building. Schedule two more sessions on a Mon or Tue in Jul; the final group field trip is scheduled Aug 11. $280/full registration required; all ground work. Taa-naash-kaa-da Sanctuary, Las Vegas. Yraceburu. org/Women.html. Practical Solutions for Safe Use of Wireless Technology – 6-7:30 pm. Learn about health issues with wireless technology. Free solutions, plus mitigating products to combat electronic pollution will be discussed. Free. La Montanita Co-op, Community Room, 913 W Alameda, Santa Fe. Jennifer: 505-780-8283.

planahead Cultivating Creativity for Emotional Resilience – July 6-12. A supportive, playful environment to explore change through drawing, mixed-media collage and reflective writing. Ideal for those in helping professions or care-giving positions – some simple exercises for people for whom they are caring. $685-$1,360/all-inclusive. Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu. 505-685-1000. Mayan Personal Consultations – July 7-17. Lina Barrios, a Mayan spiritual guide from Guatemala, will offer consultations for healing and guidance including: Mayan astrology, divinations, healing

and energy cleansing. $52/50-minute session. Various Santa Fe locations. Schedule: 505-216-6766. Our Sacred Bodies Workshops: Body of Humanity – Jul 11. 1-5pm. Explore how we bring ourselves to our interpersonal relationships. Second in Our Sacred Bodies series, builds our personal and collective capacity through fostering connections between our sensual body, relational human body and the larger earth body. $40, $100/three workshops. Academy for the Love of Learning, 133 Seton Village Rd, Santa Fe. Kim: 505-995-1860. Programs@

Fall Massage Foundation Diploma Program – August 31. If you are looking for a career where you can work in the world of healing in a healthy way with other like-minded healers, come talk about our diploma program. New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts. 505-982-6271. Rec@nmhealingarts. org.

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Healing with the Mayan Calendar of Life – July 13. 6pm. Lina Barrios, a Mayan spiritual guide from Guatemala, discusses the potential to bring healing to the physical, emotional and spiritual bodies using the Calendar of Life. $10/suggested donation. New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts, 501 Franklin Ave, Santa Fe. Info: 505-216-6766.

Transitions Radio Magazine, FM 98.1 – 8-11am. With Alan Hutner, Elizabeth Rose & Co-Hosts. Celebrating 30 years in broadcasting. Online, live streaming & archiving. 505-466-2616.

Healing with the Mayan Calendar of Life – July 14 & 15. 5:30pm. Lina Barrios, a Mayan spiritual guide from Guatemala, presents a workshop on how to bring healing to the physical, emotional and spiritual bodies using the Calendar of Life. $60/workshop, $35/single day. New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts, 501 Franklin Ave, Santa Fe. Adam Rubel: 505-216-6766.


Healing Arts Community Gathering - July 17. 5:30-8:00pm. A gathering to celebrate and honor healers and our community. Meditations for healing and prosperity, free mini sessions, community potluck. Free, preregistration requested. New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts, 501 Franklin Ave, Santa Fe. 505-982-6271. Your Sacred Ambition Live Event - Aug 6-8. Is something calling you to step forward and lead from what you hold most sacred? Does doing well also mean doing good for others and the world? Discover your sacred ambition and how to live it. $197/thru May 31, $297/ after. Info: 505 984-1739. Our Sacred Bodies Workshops: Our Body Earth – Aug 15. 1-5pm. Focus on how our interconnection with the Earth relates to our personal and collective ecological leadership. Third in a three-part series, Our Sacred Bodies, fosters connections between our sensual body, relational human body and Earth body. $40, $100/three workshops. Academy for the Love of Learning, 133 Seton Village Rd, Santa Fe. Kim: 505-995-1860.

Qigong in the Park – 11am-12pm. Qigong supports optimal health and well-being; it’s easy and fun to do. Qigong instructor: Loretta Shiver. Free. Robinson Park, 8th & Central, Albuquerque. 505681-1924.

Taos Cancer Support Group – 5-6pm. Support group for cancer survivors with all types of cancer diagnoses and caregivers. Free. Diamond Plaza, 118 Este Es Road, Ste G, Taos. 505-242-3263. Santa Fe Cancer Support Group – 5:30-7pm. 2nd & 4th Tue. Support group for cancer survivors with all types of cancer diagnoses. Free. 2098 Calle Ensenada, Santa Fe. 505-242-3263. Pranic Healing Clinic – 6:30-8pm. 1st & 3rd Tue. Experience no-touch clearing of congested energies and energizing and balancing of the energy body. Free. First Unitarian, Social Hall, 3701 Carlisle Blvd NE, Albuquerque. Rita: 505-298-4823. Process Painting Workshop – Jun 9-July 14. 6-9pm. Join Debbie Purdy in a three-day process painting workshop. Reengage your creative passion and connect with your intuition, without regard to technique, skills or meaning. $195, $100/deposit to hold space. Creative Wings Studio, just east of Nob Hill, Albuquerque. 630-530-5697.

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imbalances and pain. Sessions offered by Chantal Fidanza. $150/90 min, $75 with a trainee present. The Center for Spiritual Living, 505 Camino de los Marquez, Santa Fe. 505-438-1074. Intuitive Readings, Coaching and Animal Communication – 9am-5pm. An intuitive, life coach, medium and animal communicator. Activate practical solutions for health, relationships, career, business and one’s pets. By phone or in person. Appt/ info: 505-466-3764. Process Painting Workshop – Jun 10-July 15. 1-4pm. Join Debbie Purdy in a three-day process painting workshop. Reengage your creative passion and connect with your intuition, without regard to technique, skills or meaning. $195, $100/deposit to hold space. Creative Wings Studio, just east of Nob Hill, Albuquerque. 630-530-5697. Breast Cancer Support Group – 6-7:30pm. Join facilitators from People Living Through Cancer for this support group for women with a breast cancer diagnosis. Free. 3411 Candelaria Rd NE, Albuquerque. 505-242-3263.

thursday Natural Kingdoms Oracle Readings – 12-4 pm. In a sacred space of nature’s energies, receive support for areas of concern in your life. $20/suggested donation for 15 minutes. Hillside, 86 Old Las Vegas Highway, Santa Fe. Gale Litvak: 505-984-8009.

friday Sound Body and Mind – 9-10am. Transition from a busy week to the ease of weekend; nourishing our minds and bodies with sacred movement in a bath of sacred sound. Bring a mat and your willingness to be renewed. $11 suggested donation. Center For Inner Truth, 1807 2nd Street, Unit #84, Santa Fe, 505-920-4418. Natural Kingdoms Oracle Readings – 12-4 pm. In a sacred space of nature’s energies, receive support for areas of concern in your life. $20/suggested donation for 15 minutes. Hillside, 86 Old Las Vegas Highway, Santa Fe. Gale Litvak: 505-984-8009. Moreno Valley Cancer Support Group – 5:307pm. 2nd & 4th Tue. Support group for cancer survivors with all types of cancer diagnoses, and caregivers. Free. 40 West Ridge Road, Angel Fire. 505-242-3263.

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saturday Qigong in the Park – 9-10am. Qigong supports optimal health and well-being; it’s easy and fun to do. Qigong instructor: Loretta Shiver. Free. Altura Park, Morningside & Hannett NE, Albuquerque. 505-681-1924. Cancer Survivor & Caregiver Support Group – 10am-12pm. 2nd Sat. Join facilitators from People Living Through Cancer and The Gynecological Cancer Awareness Project for support groups for survivors and caregivers of all cancer types. Free. 3411 Candelaria Rd NE, Albuquerque. 505-242-3263. Earth Energy Intuition Classes & Intuitive Practitioner Certification – 12-3pm. Learn to connect with your inner knowing and heal physically, emotionally and energetically. An intuitive practitioner certification program and mentorship is offered. $325/10-week course, $40/single class. The Center for Spiritual Living, 505 Camino de los Marquez, Santa Fe. Chantal Fidanza: 505-438-1074.


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Natural Awakenings Northern New Mexico June 15 Edition  
Natural Awakenings Northern New Mexico June 15 Edition