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r. Seuss’ statement is so true. Once many of us become adults, we lose that playful, childlike wonder that makes life so magical. Our August issue is focused on the next generation—our children. We look at different ways of parenting and share a variety of topics such as kids and healthy food vaccinations, healthy art supplies and what to consider before getting that tattoo. While recently considering what I would have done differently while raising my son, I realized that if I could go back in time, I would have made myself more available and present—both to my son and my life in general. As a working mom with a fast-paced career, who frequently traveled, it was often difficult to give him as much attention as he needed. Thank God his dad was able to fill in the gaps. Once middle school and the high school years kicked in it was easy to let him spend time with his friends and “do his own thing.” As challenging as the teenage and early adolescence years are for parents and kids, in retrospect that may be the time where they need us the most as role models. A hot parenting topic these days is childhood vaccinations. There is much confusion in the media about vaccines and many parents are at a loss for what to do. The “Vaccine Push” article on page 15 covers the pros and cons. Friends of ours lost their perfectly healthy infant daughter after she received a vaccination. It was devastating and heart-breaking. We all want to do the best for our children and keep them safe and healthy. This website article by Everyday Health ( gives pros and cons about the alternative vaccine schedule. We hope with all our heart that we have provided valuable information to help you make the right decision for your child’s health and well-being. Kid Cookery, page 28, shows a simple approach to introduce kids to eating healthy foods. Have them prepare it themselves! Inviting children into the kitchen to help with meal preparation is a great way to bring the family together. The article also includes several yummy summer recipes. If you’re contemplating whether or not to get a tattoo, our article on page 18 lists considerations that can affect your career and health. If you do decide to get inked, look for a place that uses organic inks and healthy non-toxic art supplies. Locally we invite you to try yoga. The ABQ Yoga Gathering, an all-day event on August 8th will benefit the Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation. The Santa Fe Yoga Festival celebrates its second year from August 6 to 9. You’ll get a chance to “raise your vibrations” with many local and nationally known yoga teachers and musical acts such as Michael Franti, Grace Potter, Chris Chickering and many local artists. See a schedule on pages 34 and 35 and get your tickets at Our September calendar is already packed with new events so keep your calendar open. Wishing you plenty of time to enjoy the outdoors during this beautiful summer.

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Santa Fe Yoga Festival


he second annual Santa Fe Yoga Festival is being held August 6 to 9 at the Scottish Rite Temple and the Santa Fe Plaza. The festival, showcasing 108 transformational yoga classes by over 35 world class teachers, brings conscious community together for a heart-opening multi-day experience in a stunning natural setting. The family-friendly event also features daily meditations, dharma talks, hikes, Navajo drum ceremonies, musical acts, and daily DJ-hosted pool parties. Other activities will include spa services at Ten Thousand waves, mountain biking, and a marketplace hosted by festival sponsors selling yoga-related products such as books, active wear, shoes, jewelry and art. The festival will also host cooking classes and a farm-to-table dinner for guests to enjoy local organic food paired with wines from local vintners. There will also be a film premiere of Dying to Know with a filmmaker’s panel and discussion. Headlining the festival at 6 p.m. on August 8 at Fort Marcy Park is renowned musician, filmmaker and humanitarian Michael Franti and his band Spearhead, known for the communal spirit they create with their extraordinary live shows. For a complete schedule see pages 34 – 35. To purchase tickets visit

Albuquerque Yoga Gathering


he second annual Albuquerque Yoga Gathering is being held Saturday, August 8 at the Balloon Fiesta Museum in Albuquerque. This all-day charity event features various yoga classes, lectures and workshops taught by our city’s most prominent instructors. Two classes will be held every hour from 9:30 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. In addition, local vendors will be onsite to share their offerings including chair massage, henna body artistry, acupuncture and chiropractic consultations. All proceeds benefit the adaptive children’s programs funded by the Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation, providing New Mexico children with disabilities the opportunity to participate in sports, dance, horseback riding and even yoga. Cost: $50 for unlimited full-day class pass and lunch. To register and learn more about classes and teachers, visit

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ree Yourself: Create a Life That Makes You Smile is being held August 22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Santa Fe Soul in Santa Fe. In this transformational workshop, facilitated by Marti Murphy, attendees will learn simple, surprising, slightly strange yet highly effective techniques to help uncover the hidden blocks and forbidden emotions that

keep them stuck. “Feel frustrated with your life? Feel unsettled because you know ‘there’s got to be more’ but have no idea how to get there? Feel discouraged you’ve tried so many things, but end up back where you don’t want to be?” asks Murphy. “This one day could change your life for the better. Discover your Hidden Power to create true lasting change and get consistent positive traction so you feel much better and gain confidence that you finally can create a life you love.” Attendees will leave this workshop with techniques they can use daily to help keep them moving forward consistently. “You will know what to do when you feel stuck so that you move beyond this. You don’t have to feel stuck anymore,” assures Murphy. Cost: Natural Awakenings reader price: $97. Location: 2905 Rodeo Park Dr. E, # 3, Santa Fe. To register, visit For questions, email See ad on page 6.

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Healing Touch Program Level 1 class is being offered at UNM Center for Life September 26 and 27 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. This two-day class incorporates fundamentals of energy anatomy, theory and practice using lecture and experiential work. “Which means this is your own mini-retreat,” says program instructor, Barbara Welcer. “For these two days learn and experience the benefits of energy medicine.” The Healing Touch Program is a standardized, international, multilevel, continuing education program in energy-based therapy, the first to incorporate a certification in energy medicine. The classes are open to all who have an interest in energy therapy and a desire to engage in their own self-care. Nurses and massage therapists will receive 16 continuing education (CE) credits. Barbara Welcer, RN, has over 20 years’ experience in energy medicine working in hospital settings, out-patient clinics, community centers and private practice. Cost: $325 early bird tuition if paid in full by September 12. Pre-registration is required and class size is limited. To register and for more information, call 248-882-1706 or email See ad on page 6.

Process Painting Classes and Workshops


reative Wings Studio in Albuquerque offers unique process painting workshops. “Painting for process allows the intuition to lead, to align with what is already unfolding,” says facilitator Debbie Purdy. “This is the power of creativity, to reveal and support that connection, that deep contact through the medium, to join, and fall into the act of creating.” Purdy explains that creativity is a practice, leading to insight, authenticity and full expression. “Something starts, with a planted creative seed, in a womb, in someone’s mind, on a canvas, on a piece of paper, a movement, a sound, and then it has the commandment to unfold, in its own particular way. Each beginning has a middle, and an ending and creates its own cycle. There is some form of seed in everything that is created. This is nature, the way creation unfolds. This is process,” she says. According to Purdy, the painter, or creator, enters into a state which both witnesses and participates in the unknown. “Surprises happen, the mysterious appears. Process painting can be passively healing, bring insight, develop intuition, and support transitions,” she says. To learn more about day and evening, one-day and multi-day workshops, call 630-530-5697 or visit See ad on page 31.

Align the Spinal Column with Atlas Evolution Technique


anan Shahar, LAc, MSc, founder of Atlas Evolution Spinal Therapy, will be in Albuquerque July 29 to August 5 and in Santa Fe August 5 to 13. As part of his visit, Shahar will participate in the Santa Fe Yoga Festival being held August 6 to 9. In addition to offering treatment sessions at the festival, he will host a free presentation at 2 p.m. on August 8. Atlas Evolution is a unique natural non-chiropractic technique that was developed by Shahar over the last 10 years. It uses Nicola Tesla’s technology in order to create space in the soft tissue with special focus on the atlas—the top cervical vertebra, also known as C1—and the tailbone. “This causes a domino effect which aligns the whole spinal column,” explains Shahar. “Muscle knots that have been around the spine for many years can be dissolved, allowing the discs to regenerate by increasing circulation, so the toxins can leave and the nutrients can come in. A strong sense of freedom is felt throughout the whole system on all levels, physically, emotionally, mentally and energetically. Atlas Evolution also balances the sphenoid bone, the largest bone inside the cranium, “This results in expansion of consciousness and an incredible sense of freedom. It is an amazing solution for all kinds of neck, back, shoulder and hip problems, as well as all kinds of headaches,” says Shahar. There is also a very powerful balancing effect of all the meridians, organs, systems and chakras, because of Ranan’s background in Medical Qi Gong. For those who spend a significant amount of time in front of your computer, Ranan teaches how to do it without stressing your body. For more information or to book an appointment, call 310-266-5321, email or visit See ad on page 8.

There is just one life for each of us: our own. ~Euripides

Wisdom Healing Qigong with Master Mingtong Gu


aster Mingtong Gu returns to Santa Fe the weekend of September 25 to 27 to share the profound teachings of Wisdom Healing Qigong. In this workshop, participants will learn how to activate greater life energy through the practice of Lift Chi Up Pour Chi Down (LCUPCD), an essential qigong practice used by millions of practitioners around the world, and the main practice prescribed by the largest medicine-less qigong hospital in China. “Energetically opening the body and uniting the mind with gentle movements, sounds and visualizations, we create a foundation for a more abundant flow of life energy,” explains Master Gu. “Through these gentle practices you can realize and reach your deepest potential. We all benefit from having more inner energy so we can heal ourselves and our world.” On Friday evening, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Master Gu will discuss ancient teachings and the modern role of cultivating abundance and perform a group healing. On Saturday and Sunday he will focus on the practices of Wisdom Healing Qigong from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The workshop is open to all ability levels. Massage therapists, DOM’s and nurses will receive 12 (CE) continuing education credits. Cost: Special weekend package: $150 until August 15; after August 15: $197; Saturday/Sunday includes lunch; Friday evening only: $15. Location: Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), Santa Fe.For more information and to register, call 800-959-2892 or visit See calendar for Mingtong Gu Taos event. See ad on page 3.

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Piñon Forest Kindergarten at Santa Fe Waldorf School


reative outdoor play sparks the imagination and helps to develop a life-long engagement with learning. Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods, cites studies showing that schools providing outdoor classrooms and other forms of experiential education produce significant student gains in social studies, science, language arts and math. While the Santa Fe Waldorf School has long demonstrated a commitment to outdoor activity for students at all grade levels, the Piñon Forest Kindergarten is the first school program to situate the majority of its instructional time in nature. Santa Fe Waldorf School is initiating one outdoor kindergarten class beginning this fall. Taught by experienced Waldorf Early Childhood education teacher Jennie Salyer, the Piñon Forest Kindergarten will be limited in size, and will utilize natural areas across Santa Fe Waldorf School’s lovely 13-acre campus. Enrollment is now open, and the new program will welcome its first class of students September 1. To learn more about this unique outdoor education offering visit See ad on page 27.

Full School Experience in Santa Fe


egistration for the New Mexico Academy of International Studies (NMAIS) in Santa Fe for grades 1 through 7, begins July 25. The full day, 10-month program offers individualized curriculum in 15 academic subjects, in addition to Latin and Spanish language studies, yoga and meditation, art, music, movement and dance. Created in a home environment, the small, dedicated learning community operates on the assumption that every child is unique and has a mind and personality of particular beauty and idiosyncrasy; that human intelligence is a multifaceted thing in which academics are but one important component; that human beings are more likely to succeed in an environment where they feel known and cared about; that exercise in short-term memory alone does not constitute learning; that moment-to-moment social/emotional guidance is important; that the astonishing potential of the developing human mind often moves at its own pace and design; and that learning is a joyful life-long journey, not a destination. For more information, call 505-988-5810, email, or visit See ad on pge 27.

Mothers Farm School Open House


other’s Farm School in Santa Fe is pleased to announce an Open House being held Friday, August 14 for those interested in learning more about the rich culture offered to youth at Mothers Farm. “Come and learn about our upcoming spring and summer 2016 camps,” says Mothers Farm School Director, Visuddhi Wittner. Mothers Farm is a bio-dynamic, hands-on farm school for children and adults with a multitude of engaging activities and learning opportunities for all ages. “We offer both a spring and summer camp for children, ages 5 to 12. For each camp, we fill our day with arts, yoga and music, body painting and creative/trust building exercises. We close our yoga together with prayers for world peace,” says Wittner. Mothers Farm features a large garden, where children help harvest vegetables for selling: kale, green beans, lettuce, beets, strawberries and leafy greens. “We also have two horses that we face paint and feed our watermelon rinds to, six full-bred golden retrievers and chickens,” explains Wittner. “Golden retrievers are bred here, and children have the opportunity to play with and train our puppies.” Children also learn to practice natural horsemanship and riding skills. “It is a totally hands-on, interactive environment designed to bring out the best in our children, and foster nonviolent communication skills, group cooperation, and foster the seeds of sustainability within them,” adds Wittner. Location: 3603 Hwy. 14, Santa Fe. For more information, call 505-930-1838 or email


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healthbriefs Constipated Kids Helped by Tummy Massage


esearch from the University of Washington has determined that chronic constipation in children may be relieved with abdominal massage. The research involved 25 parents and their children with learning needs and physical disabilities. The parents were trained by specialists in abdominal massage. Following the training, the parents massaged the abdomens of their children for 20 minutes per day. The study found that abdominal massage relieved constipation in 87.5 percent of the children and reduced laxative use. In addition, the therapy resulted in better diets for 41 percent of the children and improved the parentchild relationship in many cases.

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Happy Couples Sleep Closer Together

study from Free University, in Berlin, has determined that listening to sad music may actually lift our mood. The researchers conducted a survey of 772 people, 44 percent of which were musicians, asking each subject about their emotional responses after listening to sad music. While 76 percent felt nostalgic, more than 57 percent of the respondents indicated peacefulness, more than 51 percent felt tenderness, almost 39 percent had feelings of wonder and 37 percent experienced a sense of transcendence. Fewer than half—45 percent— said they experienced sadness when listening to the morose melodies. The researchers pointed out that people often tend to listen to sad music as a source of consolation, and the music often provides a means for improving moods and emotions.

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esearchers from the UK’s University of Hertfordshire conducted a study that measured the relative relationship satisfaction between couples and their sleeping proximity. More than 1,000 people were surveyed for the study. The researchers found that 55 percent of couples that typically faced each other but did not touch while sleeping were satisfied with their relationship. Of those that slept back-to-back but didn’t touch, 74 percent were satisfied with their relationship and those that slept in the same direction, but didn’t touch, had a 76 percent satisfaction rate. Even better, 94 percent of those that touched while sleeping, regardless of their relative positions, reported being satisfied. The closer the couples slept, the happier their relationships were reported to be.


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Pistachio Nuts Help Cholesterol, Blood Sugar and Artery Health


new study published in the journal Nutrition found that eating pistachio nuts may improve cholesterol parameters, increase glycemic (blood sugar) control, decrease artery stiffness and improve overall blood vessel health. The study tested 60 adults with poor cholesterol lipid levels. They were randomly split into two groups—one (control) was given lifestyle modifications (LSM) while the other was given LSM and consumed 40 grams (about 1.5 ounces) of shelled pistachios per day for three months. Compared to the control group, the pistachio group’s levels of high-density lipoprotein (good cholesterol) increased significantly, while their low-density lipoprotein (bad cholesterol) levels went down significantly. Along with lower fasting blood sugar, the pistachio group showed better artery health, established by measuring vasodilation (the flexibility of the arteries to expand and contract). This, together with pulse-wave velocity testing, can indicate artery stiffness, which has been linked to hypertension and an increased risk of heart disease in general.

Call for Worldwide Protection from Wi-Fi Radiation


n May, 190 scientists from 39 nations appealed to the World Health Organization (WHO) to “exert strong leadership in fostering the development of more protective EMF guidelines…” The letter was developed by a committee that included professors from Columbia University, Trent University, the University of Washington and the University of California, Berkeley. It was then signed by a host of university professors and researchers from around the world. The directive cited several key studies that have shown that radiation from electromagnetic fields—even low-frequency radiation— is a possible cause of cancer. The WHO adopted a classification for extremely low-frequency electromagnetic radiation in 2002 and in 2011 classified radiofrequency (RF) radiation within its Group 2B—a “possible human carcinogen.” The letter points out that while WHO has accepted these classifications, there have been no guidelines or standards created by the agency or in conjunction with other agencies. It recommends a convening of the United Nations Environmental Programme and the funding of an independent committee to explore practical means of regulating the widespread and uncontrolled expansion of wireless technologies throughout our environment. The appeal also calls for the protection specifically of children and pregnant women and a strengthening of regulations placed on technology manufacturers. Berkeley, California, set a precedent on May 12 by acknowledging the health risk posed by RF radiation and adopting the Right to Know Ordinance, requiring electronics retailers to warn customers about the potential health risks associated with it. It reads, “If you carry or use your phone in a pants or shirt pocket or tucked into a bra when the phone is on and connected to a wireless network, you may exceed the federal guidelines for exposure to RF radiation.” The ordinance requires that the notice be displayed in stores that sell mobile phones.


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Produce Produces Heftier Newborns


review of research from the Center for Chemical Regulation and Food Safety finds that the quantity of food consumed by pregnant women for increasing a baby’s birth weight is less important than what types of foods she eats.After systematically analyzing 11 relevant studies, the researchers found that higher birth weights—associated with better brain development during later years—are linked with the amount of fruits and vegetables a mother eats during pregnancy. Using seven studies, researchers found that low vegetable consumption during pregnancy resulted in more than three times the risk of giving birth to a child with low gestational weight. Other studies found a correlation between higher fruit consumption by expectant mothers and a higher birth weight of babies. Much of the research showing these relationships occurred in developed countries where a conventional Western diet is prevalent.

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lanet Earth, as is presently known, is changing. Her evolutionary path is unfolding into a reality of Divine Love and Light. This process is often tumultuous as the darkness rises up to be transformed. There is glaring evidence of this on the planet today in every sector. This vibrational shift for the planet creates, at times, discord for the individual as well, regardless of age or walk of life. In addition, subliminal EMFs bombarding the planet create interference and disharmony. It is essential that each individual strive to elevate his or her frequency vibration. This process entails a multifaceted approach on many levels. The physical body must be cleansed and maintained through a diet of higher vibrational foods, supported with pure nutritional supplementation, as needed. Frequency elevation on additional levels—emotional, mental and spiritual—consists of releasing dark energies that are blocking the Divine Essence. As this occurs, consciousness is expanded creating a stronger Divine connection and a detached perspective. There are many who are waiting for the opportunity to assist with this transformational process. A loving environment has been created for those who are ready. Energetic Transformation is located in NE Albuquerque. For more information or to schedule a private session, call 864381-2880. See ad below.

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ccording to Elizabeth Rose, Family Constellation facilitator, some women embrace their childbearing year with joyfulness while others are terrified of the potential for trauma and loss. “Some have already endured such strife and vow to not repeat it, but don’t know how to shift,” she explains. “Often, healing the tightly woven matrix of our lineage is exactly what is needed to pave the way for the next generation to be conceived, born and thrive with minimal or no complications.” Family Constellations can illuminate and release us from our “entanglements” with traumas experienced by others in our lineage therefore freeing the energies with life-altering benefits for the new family. “I’ve been particularly moved by the use of Constellations to transform intergenerational repeat C-sections and breech presentations,” says Rose. “Also profound is how honoring children who died before they were born, whether through miscarriage or abortion, significantly eases the stress on family members.” Recently, one of Rose’s massage clients learned that she had the Strep B virus. “I offered to do a constellation therapy session on her,” says Rose. “My client said she felt a physical sensation, as though something left her body and she went into labor four hours later. After giving birth to a healthy baby girl, she learned that there was no longer any Strep B to be found in the culture.” Elizabeth Rose has practiced massage for the childbearing year since 1985, attended more than 100 births as a doula, and is co-founder of with Elenya Grafals. She is a Hella Neumann certified Family Constellation facilitator. She can be reached at 505-690-5310.

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Disposable diapers are mostly indestructible, but a group of researchers led by Rosa María Espinosa Valdemar, at Mexico’s Autonomous Metropolitan University, Azcapotzalco, has found a way to degrade the soiled garments by growing mushrooms on them. Disposable diapers can last for hundreds of years in landfills because they contain not only the plant-based material cellulose that mushrooms consume, but also non-biodegradable materials such as polyethylene, polypropylene and the superabsorbent gel sodium polyacrylate. The scientists grew the oyster mushroom, Pleurotus ostreatus, on a substance made from used diapers and were able to reduce the diaper’s weight and volume by up to 80 percent. For the experiment, the researchers only used diapers containing liquid waste. They sterilized and ground up the garments; mixed them with lignin from the remains of pressed grapes, coffee or pineapple tops; covered the mixture with commercially available fungus spores; and kept it in a plastic bag for three weeks. The resulting mushrooms had similar amounts of protein, fat, vitamins and minerals as in commercial yeast. They’re not intended for human consumption, but could be used as a supplement in cattle feed. Source:


The Vaccine Push Mandatory Laws vs. Personal Choice by Linda Sechrist


ront-page headlines Mandatory vaccines Yet, “There is no about questionable available evidence on pose the latest research, corporate vaccines’ effectiveness manipulations, purchased that is placebo-controlled, affront to politicians, medical coverplus the health effects of citizens’ right ups and whistleblower revaccines in combination ports have left Americans have never been studied, to informed feeling hoodwinked and certainly self-government. not the skeptical. According to a new Pew Research Center 69 total study, the public doesn’t trust the indoses of 16 types of formation they’re fed on issues such as vaccines given to chilgenetically engineered crops and now, dren starting 12 hours mandatory vaccines. after birth through age 18,” says Sayer Ji, a The current state of distrust of member of the National scientific statistics and their impact on our lives doesn’t bode well for lawmak- Health Federation board of governors and ers attempting to build consensus for uniform mandatory vaccination interfounder of GreenMedvention. The current rush to pass such legislation is largely due to 169 cases “Vaccine risks for of measles reported between January 4 anyone can range from and April 17, encompassing 20 states zero to 100 percent, and the District of Columbia, all traced depending upon one’s to a traveler infected overseas that then genes, microbiome visited a California amusement park. DNA, environment, age and health at the Common sense and independent research counters the stance that would time of vaccination and rob individuals of their moral right to the type and number AUGUST conscientious, philosophical and personof vaccines given,” al-belief exemption from being subjected advises Barbara Loe to vaccines. Hard evidence in a plethora Fisher, president and of published studies further identifies geco-founder of the nonnetic factors that could cause the develprofit National Vaccine opment of adverse effects to vaccines. Information Center,

headquartered in Vienna, Virginia. “Vaccines are not safe or effective for everyone because we’re not all the same and we don’t all respond the same way to pharmaceutical products,” says Fisher. She notes that responses to infectious diseases and the risk for complications can also vary, depending upon similar factors. Among the most prominent warn-

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ings on vaccine ingredients, concerned doctors, researchers and medical whistleblowers cite dangers of the toxin thimerosal, a mercury-containing preservative used in some vaccines and vaccine adjuvants such as aluminum gels or aluminum salts added to elicit a stronger immune response against the germ the vaccine introduces into our body. Leading books citing telling research include Thimerosal: Let the Science Speak, by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Dr. Mark Hyman; Vaccines: What CDC Documents and Science Reveal, by Dr. Sherri Tenpenny; Vaccine Epidemic, by Louise Kuo Habakus; and Science for Sale, by David L. Lewis, Ph.D. Top film documentaries include Shots in the Dark; Vaccination: The Hidden Truth; Trace Amounts; The Greater Good; and Vaccine Nation. Bought: The Hidden Story Behind Vaccines, Big Pharma and Your Food resulted from two years of investigative research in disaster medical management by Toni Bark, now an integrative physician. In interviews with practicing doctors, research scientists, former pharmaceutical sales representatives, attorneys and others, Bark exposes serious

Vaccines are not responsible for the eradication of diseases such as polio and smallpox. ~U.S. Centers for Disease Control database conflicts of interest. These include vaccine research funding, hiring between pharmaceutical and chemical industries and their government regulating agencies, sponsored scientific propaganda used to silence critics, and large-scale corruption within the billion-dollar vaccine industry. Plus, it points out problems with the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 that Congress passed to give drug manufacturers, the government and physicians protection from lawsuits arising from injuries caused by childhood vaccines. “Since 1988, thousands of children and adults in America that have suffered brain inflammation and other long-recognized vaccine reactions have been collectively awarded $3 billion in vaccine injury compensation. There are thousands more that have been unable to secure federal compensation for their

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vaccine injuries,” reports Fisher. “At least 25,000 to 30,000 reports of vaccine reactions are filed annually with the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System, operated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control,” says Tenpenny. “Underreporting is a substantial problem. It’s estimated that less than 1 percent of all adverse events from drugs and vaccines are reported.” Vaccine cites 7,200 journal articles and studies that expose the harm caused by vaccines. “Knowledge is empowering and personal discernment is priceless. The facts challenge the health claims by government health agencies and pharmaceutical firms that vaccines are perfectly safe,” says Ji. “Public doubt, distrust and skepticism are rational and natural consequences.” For more information, visit the National Vaccine Information Center at and the coalition of citizen advocates at Connect with writer Linda Sechrist at


Animal Talk They Have Lots to Say If We’d Only Listen by Sandra Murphy

Some people talk to animals. Not many listen, though. That’s the problem. ~A. A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh

Brave New World In less than 10 years, we’ll see a universal translator for communicating with dogs and cats, predicts Con Slobodchikoff, Ph.D., professor emeritus of biological sciences at Northern Arizona University, in Flagstaff. Just like language apps change, for example, a French phrase into English, the device would translate barks into “Put on Animal Planet,” or meows to “Feed me tuna.” Computers will foster better understanding between humans and animals. David Roberts, a computer science assistant professor, and his team at North Carolina State University, in Raleigh, have received a grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a collar to send wireless instructions to dogs via vibrations. Multiple sensors return information about the dog’s heart rate and more, which is especially helpful for service dogs taught not to show stress or distress. Even without such technology, we can all enjoy improved relationships with animals, domestic and wild, by learning to listen. Veterinarian Linda Bender, an animal advocate in Charleston, South Carolina, and author of Animal Wisdom, says, “We all have the ability to understand animals. It gets trained out of us around age 7. It’s not about doing, it’s about being, a connection through the heart.” Meditation quiets the mind from daily concerns, allowing us to stay open, listen and be aware.

Everyday Examples Author Frances Hodgson Burnett captures the essence of this childlike sensibility in A Little Princess: “How it is that animals understand things I do not know, but it is certain that they do understand. Perhaps there is a language which is not made of words and everything understands it. Perhaps there is a soul hidden in everything and it can always speak, without even making a sound, to another soul.” In Portland, Oregon, intuitive Melissa Mattern relates examples supporting Burnett’s premise from her own experiences. “My newest cat, Rocket, beat up my other cats and ran amok. Nothing helped until I took a class in animal communication.” She asked her other cats what to do.

“They were clear that I should have consulted them before bringing Rocket into the house,” she says. “I asked Rocket if he would like another home and the picture of a chef’s hat popped into my mind. When we found the perfect home for Rocket, the man was a chef whose only other pet is a turtle that lets Rocket sleep with him. Everyone is happy with the results.” Charli, a 14-year-old pointer, travels the world with her family. Her owner, Cynthia Bowman, shares one of her favorite stories: “As we planned our move to Spain, Charli got ill. I explained, ‘We want you to go too, but if you can’t, tell me.’ A picture of a smoked ham popped into my head. I didn’t understand, but Charli got well and went along,” she says. “In our new Gipuzkoa neighborhood, a deli sells hams, just like I pictured. I can’t explain how Charli knew.” It becomes a matter of trust. “Thoughts or mind pictures can be easy to dismiss or mistrust as imagination,” she comments. “Every species has something they do best. With humans, it’s problem solving and advanced thinking. We’ve separated ourselves from nature. We need to remember we’re all interconnected,” Bender says. “When we learn to tune into ourselves, be heart-centric and radiate compassionate energy, it makes us irresistible to other creatures.”

Exotic Tales Wild animals communicate with David Llewellyn. As a writer of outdoor/nature blogs, he’s traveled full time in a 30-foot RV since 2002. “They don’t understand words, but go by what’s in your soul. I’ve picked berries with black bears and met a mountain lion and her two cubs along a trail without ever being harmed,” he says. “Often, hikers are told, ‘Make yourself look big and scream.’ I say ‘Hello,’ comment on the day and thank them for letting me share their space.” Staying calm is vital. Bender agrees. Grabbed by an orangutan at a wild animal trafficking rescue project, “She twisted my arm and could have easily broken it,” Bender recalls. “Fear is picked up as a threat so I tried to radiate calm. It was intense, but she gradually let go. With animals, you attract what you give. Better communication means better understanding leading to improved behavior on everyone’s part.” Communication and understanding among human, domestic and wild animals not only makes life more interesting, it can save lives. Connect with Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@ natural awakenings

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rejects piercings, and you can end up with permanent scars,” he adds.

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The Millennial generation, which is getting inked in record numbers, is also the leading demographic for ink removal. More than half the tattoos removed by medical professionals in 2013 were for people between 19 and 34 years old. Removal often costs many times more than being tattooed, sometimes requiring a dozen or more sessions over several months. Beyond the likelihood of changing one’s mind about a tattoo, Hall cites

employment, discrimination and health concerns in urging teens to decline getting inked or pierced. Employers have the legal right to reject a job candidate because of a tattoo—a challenging fact of life for young people to reconcile when they’re still undecided on a career path. Different branches of the military have their own restrictions on body art, which can include the tattoo’s size, placement and subject, while some companies ban tattoos and piercings altogether. The commitment of a tattoo never interested Lauren Waaland-Kreutzer, 25, of Richmond, Virginia. “I don’t know how I’m going to age and who I’ll be in five years,” she says. Two days after turning 18, however, she got her nose pierced, a decision she hasn’t regretted, even though it’s affected her employment. “While I was working my way through college, I gave up slightly better paying jobs in order to keep my piercing,” she says. Her current employer, a local nonprofit in Fredericksburg, Virginia, is piercing-friendly, but she has friends that have to cover their tattoos and piercings at work; a former classmateturned-lawyer even had to remove a small star tattoo from her wrist. While piercings are more reversible than tattoos, they are also more prone to certain health risks. Tongue and cheek piercings can accelerate tooth decay, according to Hall, and the risk of infection can be high, especially if it impacts cartilage. “Some skin


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ew things in life are more permanent than a tattoo. Yet those most likely to change their life course—in careers, relationships or fashion styles—are also most inclined to get inked. Nearly 40 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 25 have at least one tattoo, according to a Pew Research Center poll. “If you change your hairstyle or look often, you probably aren’t a good candidate for a tattoo, because of the limited flexibility to change that decision,” says Dr. Gregory Hall, a primary care physician in Cleveland, Ohio. Hall created the website to help inform others after seeing so many patients that regretted the tattoos of their youth. Hall has also authored Teens, Tattoos, & Piercings to try to reach school-aged kids before they even consider body art.

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The good news is there are more natural, less permanent alternatives for young adults to adorn and express themselves, including custom-made temporary tattoos, plus magnetic and clip-on jewelry that are indistinguishable from a permanent piercing. Temporary tattoos work to try out the look before possibly committing. Henna tattoos, an import from India, are another popular alternative, although Hall has seen many patients develop allergic reactions to this plant-based ink, so it’s always best to test on a small spot first. Permanent organic inks fade more over time, a downside for someone that keeps a tattoo for life, but “come off beautifully” in a removal process compared to the standard heavy metal inks, reports Hall. Also, “We just don’t know yet what impact the heavy metals may have on people’s immune systems down the road,” he says. “Organic inks are much safer.”

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State laws vary regarding age criteria, some allowing tattoos at any age with parental consent. Hall’s tattoo website has a downloadable contract to encourage kids to talk with their parents before making a decision, regardless of the need for consent. Name tattoos, even those of loved ones, are among the tattoos most likely to be removed later in life. Hall saw this with a young man that had the names of the grandparents that raised him tattooed on his hands. He said, “I still love them, but I’m tired of looking at them and I have got to get them off me.” A Harris Interactive poll revealed that a third of company managers would think twice about promoting someone with tattoos or piercings—a more critical factor than how tidy their workspace is kept or the appropriateness of their attire. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at

Childhood is a short season. ~Helen Hayes


Joe Dispenza on The Power of Thought Alone to Heal by Kathleen Barnes


ost of us are familiar with the placebo effect, when actual healing occurs after the only prescription a patient ingests is a sugar pill that the individual believes is medicine. Researcher and Chiropractor Joe Dispenza, of Olympia, Washington, knows the value of the placebo effect from personal experience. When his spine shattered during a 1986 triathlon race as his bicycle was hit by an SUV, he had a good mental picture of what had happened. Consulting doctors proclaimed a bleak prognosis and offered a risky surgical procedure as his only chance of walking again. He left the hospital against the advice of his physicians and spent the next three months mentally—and physically—reconstructing his spine. His story is one of hope for healing for others, detailed in his latest book, You Are the Placebo: Making Your Mind Matter.

How did your pivotal healing take place? For two hours twice a day, I went within and began creating a picture of my intended result: a totally healed spine. Nine-and-a-half weeks after the accident, I got up and walked back into my life fully recovered—without having had a body cast or surgeries. I resumed my chiropractic practice 10 weeks out and was training and lifting weights again while continuing my rehabilitation regimen at 12 weeks. Now, in the nearly 30 years since the accident, I can honestly say that

I rarely experience any back pain.

How does your approach differ from mind over matter? It’s the same. So many people have been conditioned into believing that mind and body are separate things. There is never a time when the mind isn’t influencing the body and vice versa. The combination is what I call a state of being.

How does the placebo effect work? Think about the idea of giving somebody a sugar pill, saline solution or a false surgery. A certain percentage of those people will accept, believe and surrender—without analysis—to the “thought” that they are receiving the real substance or treatment. As a result, they’ll program their autonomic nervous systems to manufacture the exact same pharmacy of drugs to match the real substance or treatment. They can make their own antidepressants and painkilling medicines. Healing is not something that takes place outside of you.

Can you cite examples of disease in which self-healing has been scientifically validated? There is amazing power in the human mind. Some people’s thoughts heal them; some have made them sick and sometimes even hastened their death. In the first chapter of You Are the Placebo, I tell a story about one man who died after being told he had cancer, even though an autopsy revealed

he’d been misdiagnosed. A woman plagued by depression for decades improved dramatically and permanently during an antidepressant drug trial, despite the fact that she was in the placebo group. A handful of veterans that participated in a Baylor University study, formerly hobbled by osteoarthritis, were miraculously cured by fake knee surgeries. Plus, scientists have seen sham coronary bypass surgeries that resulted in healing for 83 percent of participants (New England Journal of Medicine). A study of Parkinson’s disease from the University of British Columbia measured better motor coordination for half of the patients after a placebo injection. They were all healed by thought alone. The list goes on. I’ve personally witnessed many people heal themselves using the same principles of the placebo response, once they understood how, from cancers, multiple sclerosis, lupus, thyroid conditions and irritable bowel syndrome.

How can an ordinary person make that quantum leap and find healing? Many of us are now recognizing that rather than live in the past, we can create our own future. It requires changing some longstanding conditioned beliefs and the willingness to step into an unfamiliar, uncomfortable, unpredictable state that is consistent with living in the unknown. This happens to be the perfect place from which to create change. I recommend a meditation that creates physiological changes in the brain and at the cellular level, from 45 to 60 minutes a day. Changing Beliefs and Perceptions meditations are available on my website or individuals can record themselves reading the texts printed in the back of my book. As we exchange self-limiting beliefs we begin to embody new possibilities. Joe Dispenza is chairman of Life University Research Council and a faculty member for the International Quantum University for Integrative Medicine, Omega Institute for Holistic Studies and Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Visit Connect with natural health books author Kathleen Barnes at

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The Ancient Wisdom of the Five Elements by Brennan Murphey


ne of the most fundamental ancient wisdom teachings is that the human experience can be divided into five elements—earth, water, air, fire and spirit. Answering to the calls of these elements can serve as a powerful foundation for achieving a balanced and truly fulfilling life. None of them can be neglected or mistreated if we want to live life to the fullest. Contrary to popular belief, these elements are not a primitive, erroneous version of the periodic table. We aren’t talking about the physical substance of water or the phenomena of combustion. Rather, these elements symbolize the five types of energy experienced by human consciousness: physical, emotional, mental, volitional and spiritual. How do these energies call us to engage with them? Spirit calls us to go beyond the known. What I mean is to reach for something more to go outside the comfort zone and open up to the unknown, the unseen. We must cultivate a sense of curiosity and find the courage to put ourselves in new situations with new people. We must tap into our sense of wonder about the world, throwing our old, worn-out habits aside and testing the waters of the unexplored. So much is out there! If we don’t allow ourselves to step out of the box, we’ll never see all the incredible things that life has to offer.

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The air element calls us to carefully examine our beliefs. What do you believe? Why do you believe it? Do your beliefs serve you, or do they get in the way of living life to the fullest? Everyone believes something. If you don’t know what it is, it’s time to sit down and figure it out. History is never made by those who believe in nothing. For starters, do you believe in yourself?


The water element calls us to allow ourselves to feel deeply without being swept away by our emotions. Many of us were not given permission to express certain emotions during childhood, so we don’t give ourselves permission to even feel these emotions when they arise. They get bottled up, then come gushing out when we least expect it, causing all sorts of trouble. Instead of stuffing your emotions, let them flow. Let yourself feel! You don’t have to act on the feeling. Just let the feelings flow and take action after they have passed.


The earth element calls us to eat healthy, exercise regularly, work with joy and manage our finances wisely. If we do not pay attention to what we put in our bodies, we will lose our health. If we do not move the body, it degenerates. If we do not work with joy, we can never truly succeed at our jobs. If we do not manage our finances wisely—avoiding the waste of money yet not being afraid to spend money on what is truly needed most—the money we earn does us no real good. If you take the time to answer to the calls of all five elements instead of spending all of your time in just one or two of them, you will find yourself getting a lot more out of life. Brennan Murphey is the founder of the Interlight Mystery School, an educational business that is reviving the ancient wisdom practices of the hermetic tradition. Classes from $20-$40 are held in Taos, and multi-day programs and retreats available from $555 to $3,333. Dates and details in the calendar section. Brennan is available for personal guidance and energetic healing sessions, starting at $111. For more information, visit or call 505-692-5411.

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Wisdom Sharing Returns to Ghost Ranch in 2015 as Being Human Together

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n the sacred space of Ghost Ranch Education & Retreat Center, guests are invited to tune out the busyness of their routine in order to be closer to what truly matters. A landmark event last fall, Wisdom Sharing, explored ways to support the growth and development of the feminine voice and balanced leadership in the world today. Over 300 participants from locations throughout the United States broke from their routine to travel to Ghost Ranch and be part of the conversation. “Wisdom Sharing—A Deepening Retreat,” held in October, 2014,

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featured speakers Alice Walker, Gloria Steinem, and Dr. Chung Hyun Kyung. With the cottonwoods at their peak of gold, a remarkable dialogue about women in leadership ensued, touching on the breadth and depth of the feminine voice and feminine leadership in our global community. Participants were inspired by the teachers’ life experiences and called to support the continued growth of an intergenerational movement that embraces and honors the integration of the feminine voice and leadership. Ghost Ranch Director of Edu-

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cation, Stephen Picha, has created another Wisdom Sharing event being held October 11 to 15 that promises to be just as significant and life-changing. “Come be inspired and nourished and add your voice with these scholars, advisors and humanitarians sharing their wisdom at this year’s Wisdom Sharing: Being Human Together,” invites Picha, who is delighted to share that Dr. Hyun Kyung Chung will be returning for this year’s Wisdom Sharing, along with her friend and colleague, Dr. Robert Thurman. Together, with Sister Lucy Kurien, they will explore this year’s theme: Be-



This October, Wisdom Sharing returns to Ghost Ranch, with speakers Dr. Chung Hyung Kyung, Dr. Robert Thurman, and Sister Lucy Kurien, working as a global community to focus on bridging the differences of humankind through reconciliation and reform.

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ing Human Together. Joining Dr. Chung, Dr. Thurman and Sister Lucy are Rev. Cynthia Brix and Dr. William Keepin, founders of Gender Reconciliation International. “We will continue the conversation by asking: How can we live with one another peacefully and in harmony?” says Picha. “How do we listen to one another when we carry the trauma of generations past? How do we open a door to a path to realistic hope for the future?” During this three-day retreat, these questions and many others will be explored. The esteemed leaders and facilitators will approach this topic through conversation, reflection, and experiential activities that allow for the reformation of relationships. On Monday, Dr. Robert Thurman, a leading voice of the value of reason, peace and compassion, will lead the discussion on Being Human Together. He brings his wisdom and authority on religion and spirituality, Asian history, world philosophy, Buddhist science, Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, to this conversation. He is known for his ability to speak on such topics with an ease and humor allowing participants to grasp complex ideologies. Joining Dr. Thurman is Dr. Chung Hyun Kyung, a Korean Christian theologian and an Associate Professor at Union Theological Seminary in the U.S., for her second appearance in the Wisdom Sharing series. She leads the discussion Tuesday offering her theological perspective by synthesizing the wisdom of the worldwide people’s movements, spiritual legacies of Asian religious traditions, critical academic analysis, and the world of the arts. Wednesday offers participants a unique and powerful experience by taking part in work developed by Gender Reconciliation International. Gender Reconciliation brings women and men together to begin an unprecedented collaborative work of facing the disastrous reality of gender injustice in its many forms, and embarking upon the integral work of mutual transformation to create a new, unprecedented harmony between the sexes. Co-founders Dr. William Keepin and Rev. Cynthia Brix, along with members of their interna-

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Speaking with Strangers The Simple Pleasures of Connecting by Violet Decker

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echnology tends to isolate us from others, but science points to the real value in reaching out. On average, we come into contact with more than 100 people a day, but often may not make any real connection with them. On a typical college campus, it’s rare to see a student not plugged in while walking from class to class. Saying “Hi” to an acquaintance or complimenting someone in passing is nearly impossible. These little day-to-day interactions could provide a steady source of simple pleasures for all if we regularly made the most of such opportunities. Part of the reason we intentionally isolate ourselves might be the false belief that we’ll be happier by doing so, according to a recent University of Chicago study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology. When subway riders were asked how they thought they would feel if they spoke to a stranger, nearly all of them predicted that the ride would be “less pleasant” than if they kept to themselves. After the ride, however, the results were unanimous: Those that spoke to another person reported having a more positive experience than those that sat in silence.

Parents teach children not to talk to strangers, but as adults, we miss a lot if we don’t. Even small talk can make a big difference in the quality of our day. It’s easy to try it to see if we don’t end up with a smile on our face. It’s ironic that young people spend hours each day on social networking sites, texting others and making plans with friends so they won’t sit alone at night, yet are getting worse at making such connections face-to-face. Even seated at the same table, conversational eye contact is becoming a lost art, another casualty of technology. Talking with others correlates with better communication skills, too. A 20-year study from Stanford University concluded that its most successful MBA graduates were those that showed the highest interests and skills in talking with others. So, instead of shying away from chatting with a fellow commuter or asking a cashier how her day is going, say “Hello.” It’s bound to make everyone’s day better. Violet Decker is a freelance writer in New York City. Connect at VDecker95@

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don’t necessarily like them, Martin emphasizes finding ways to identify with their interests. “I love cars, and my dad used to invite me on test drives when I was a kid. Both of my parents took time Establishing Values to connect with me, which had a huge Shelly Lefkoe, co-author impact on our relationMy dad always of Chicken Soup for the ship.” told me it was my Soul: Guide to EffecChristine Carter, tive Parenting, believes school, my choice, Ph.D., a sociologist that children learn what the University of my grades, my life. with we model as important California Greater Good values. She tells her It made me want to Science Center, recogdaughters they should take responsibility. nizes the importance of treat her with dignity and talking explicitly about respect not because she’s values. When we see ~Casey Martin their mother, but because, kids doing something “That’s how you treat people and that’s we value, ask them how it made them how I treat them.” Minneapolis college student Casey feel, she advises. “Teens don’t necessarily know that their parents value charMartin often joins his father, Kirk, in acter over grades,” Carter says, “particupresenting Calm Parenting workshops larly if parents tend to monitor grades for parents, teachers and students more than aspects of a child’s character. around the country. In growing up, he’s What do you talk about more—their seen firsthand, “If you have a connecachievements or their character? If it’s tion with your kids, you can have a lot the former, consider that you unintenmore influence on them.” tionally might be sending the wrong Noting that sometimes children message.” feel like their parents love them, but ueled by unconditional love, parenting with presence embraces all potential connections between parents and their children.

Overprotection of children by what’s termed helicopter parenting, can cause a disabling sense of entitlement where kids begin to believe, possibly unconsciously, that they are entitled to a difficulty-free life, Carter observes. “There’s an epidemic of cheating because students don’t want to try hard, and they expect to be rescued,” she says. “Although it’s terrifying to let our kids fail, when we don’t let them experience difficulty, they see mistakes as being so awful they must be avoided at any cost. To gain mastery in any arena, we must challenge ourselves, even if that means making mistakes.” “We lose sight that we’re not raising children, we’re raising adults,” says Malibu, California, marriage, family and child therapist Susan Stiffelman, author of Parenting with Presence: Practices for Raising Conscious, Confident, Caring Kids. “Empower them to cope with ups and downs. Help them know and trust themselves by not legislating their opinions and by allowing them to experiment.” Children often struggle with transitions, especially when things don’t go as planned. Martin recommends, “When kids throw tantrums or argue to get out of a challenging situation that’s causing them anxiety, help them work through it. Tell them that you know they’re feeling anxious, that you’ve felt that way before, too, and then help by giving them something specific to do or focus on.” Independent outdoor play has been proven to help kids learn to exert self-control. America’s children aren’t allowed to roam freely outside to experience nature as previous generations did. In Last Child in the Woods, author Richard Louv cautions against being limited by modern factors such as restrictive subdivision covenants and media-induced fear. “There are risks outdoors, but there are huge psychological, physical and spiritual risks in raising future generations under protective house arrest,” he says. Louv prefers what’s called a hummingbird approach: “Hummingbird parents don’t hover over their kids with nature flash cards; they stand back and make space for exploration and

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problem solving through independent play, while remaining nearby, ready to zoom in at a moment’s notice if safety becomes an issue.” Armin Brott, host of San Francisco’s Positive Parenting radio program, reminds parents to increase opportunities for independence as youngsters grow. “Test a child’s ability to handle more freedom by providing the opportunity to prove that they can. If they succeed, it’s a confidence builder. If not, it allows them to see for themselves that they’re not ready yet.”

Disciplined Communication The first eight years of a child’s life are

the most formative, effecting personal beliefs that will shape the adult that they’ll become, including impediments to fruitful self-expression. Fostering connection and confidence entails preventing children from forming negative beliefs while keeping them safe. Lefkoe suggests focusing on what serves the child’s highest good in that moment. “Get to the source of problems instead of talking about your expectations not being met, which is irrelevant,” says Lefkoe. “Guide them to learn to discern what works and what doesn’t. You want your child to thrive, instead of always trying to live up to others’ expectations.”

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Parents can serve as a safe haven for kids. Stiffelman says, “Allow them to speak the truth without being corrected or shamed. If they tell you they’d like to do something you don’t approve of, resist the urge to react with immediate advice and talk to them about their decision-making process. Be present enough for them to let them hear themselves think out loud.” “Children need affection, attention, acknowledgment and unconditional love, not discipline. When you punish kids, they feel absolved: ‘I did something bad, I got punished, now we’re even,’” says Lefkoe. When they get caught doing something they shouldn’t be doing, she recommends (with children as young as 5) asking them, “What are the consequences of your actions? Do you want to live with them? Your goal with this conversation should be that your child walks away feeling like they made a mistake, but it was a great learning opportunity.” As kids mature and are faced with potentially dangerous scenarios, “You don’t want them worrying about what their friends will think; you want them thinking about the consequences,” says Lefkoe.

Navigating the Teen Years

The intense journey of adolescence is about discovering oneself and how to reach full potential. Carter says, “I had to constantly remind myself that this is their journey, not mine, and that it’s going to sometimes be dark and difficult.” “The more power you give kids, the less they feel the need to test the universe,” says Lefkoe, who reminds parents that while it’s relatively easy to control young children, rebellious teenagers are harder to handle when they feel they have something to prove to an overbearing parent. Offering calculated risk-taking opportunities that don’t involve drugs and alcohol is beneficial in the teen years. “You want them to know how to handle freedom and be responsible once they are on their own,” she says. “When I got my driver’s license, I always came home before curfew,” says Martin. “I learned that if I could control myself, my parents didn’t feel the need to control me, which gave me a ton of power in my life.”

Brott observes that as the parenting role changes, “We can offer to help, but it’s equally important to learn to let go and admire the young adults they’re becoming.” Teens desperately want to not feel like a kid, adds Stiffelman. “They may tell you to back off, but stay present and engaged. The more you ask their opinion or invite them to teach you something, the more they’ll feel your support.” With sex education, the authors of The New Puberty, Pediatric Endocrinologist Dr. Louise Greenspan and Adolescent Psychologist Julianna Deardorff, Ph.D., emphasize the importance of being approachable from a young age, so kids naturally turn to their parents when sensitive questions arise. “It shouldn’t be about having ‘the talk’; it’s about maintaining an ongoing conversation,” says Greenspan. “Body odor is a good starting point in talking about body issues because it’s not intimidating and can be comfortably addressed by either parent.” Avoid rushing into subjects they’re not ready for by focusing on answering the questions that are posed, while offering a glimpse into the near future. Deardorff says, “Pubertal changes happen over time, so be patient. Parents have a lot of anxiety and anticipation about puberty. When you start to see the first signs, you don’t have to communicate everything all at once.” Consider throwing a puberty

party or a health workshop for a son or daughter and their friends. Invite a parent that is comfortable with the subject matter—a nurse, physician or teacher— to get the conversation started. “Fight the urge to emotionally or physically withdraw,” counsels Deardorff. “Sharing activities is a form of communication, too.”

Kids as Teachers

“By paying attention, we can learn a lot of skills from our kids,” says Brott. Generally, youngsters have a greater tolerance for other people’s mistakes and opinions than adults, and tend to be more laid back. They regularly teach spiritual lessons about giving and receiving love and happiness in ways we never imagined. Through all the inevitable challenges, Stiffelman notes, “When parenting with presence, we orient ourselves


with whatever good, bad or difficult moment is unfolding and bring more of our self—our heart, consciousness, understanding and compassion—to hold steady as the seas get rocky. Children offer us opportunities to confront the dark and dusty corners of our minds and hearts, creating conditions to call forth the kind of learning that can liberate us from old paradigms.” It all allows us to lead more expansive and fulfilling lives as we open ourselves to more of the love, learning and joy that the adventure of parenting can bring. When we embrace the healing and transformation that is being offered through parenting with presence, the rewards can be limitless. Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Mobile/Baldwin, AL (

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They Love Healthy Food They Make Themselves by Judith Fertig


n less than a generation, childhood obesity has risen substantially, most notably in the United States, according to the article “Child and Adolescent Obesity: Part of a Bigger Picture,” in a recent issue of The Lancet. The authors attest that modern culture’s promotion of junk food encourages weight gain and can exacerbate risk factors for chronic disease in our kids. When concerned parents have a picky child bent on eating only French fries, they could enroll them in healthy cooking classes that offer tastings and related hands-on experiences for youths from preschoolers through teens. Here, children are encouraged to try more foods, eat healthier and learn about meal preparation, plus sharpen some math, geography and social skills. Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Leah Smith, the mother of two elementary school children, founded Kids Kitchen and Chefs Club, in Austin, Texas, in 2011. She offers classes for chefs (ages 3 to 6), junior chefs (5 to 11) and senior chefs (11 to 14). Kids learn how to make dishes such as yogurt parfait popsicles with healthy grains clusters or roasted tomato soup with homemade croutons. “I’m a firm believer that teaching kids about which foods are good for us, and why, will positively influence their lifelong eating habits,” says Smith. “Start right, stay right.”

Elena Marre, also the mother of two elementary school children, faced the challenge of a picky eater in her family. In 2007, she started The Kids’ Table, in Chicago, and solved her own problem along the way. Says Marre, “It’s amazing how often I hear a child complain about not liking red peppers, dark leafy greens or onions at the beginning of a class. It’s so rewarding when that same child is devouring a dish made with those three ingredients at the end.” Healthy kids cooking classes provide a fresh way to combat poverty, according to the Children’s Aid Society, in New York City. The group started Go!Chefs in 2006 at community schools and centers throughout the city and knows how to make it fun with Iron Chef-style competitions. “When offered a choice between an apple and a candy on two consecutive occasions and with most having chosen the candy the first time, 57 percent of

students in the Go!Kids health and fitness program chose the apple the second time, compared to 33 percent in the control group,” says Stefania Patinella, director of the society’s food and nutrition programs. In Minnesota’s Twin Cities region, “We do a lot of outreach with Head Start, community schools and organizations like scout troops,” says Chef Ani Loizzo, Whole Foods Market’s culinary instructor at the Whole Kids Club Kitchen Camp, in Lake Calhoun. “We have many kids that know about organic and biodynamic farming and we talk about that in class. We might focus on a healthy ingredient like tomatoes in a one-hour class or explore the culture of Greece or Mexico through food in a longer session.” Loizzo loves the natural curiosity that kids bring to cooking classes. “Sparking an interest in exploring ingredients and flavors can also lead to learning how to grow a garden and interest in the environment,” she says. For children in areas where such cooking classes aren’t yet offered, there are still fun ways to involve them in healthy meal preparation. Maggie LaBarbera of San Mateo, California, started her Web-based company in 2005 after witnessing the harmful effects of teenage obesity when she was an intensive care nurse. It offers educational articles for parents and free downloadable activities that engage children with healthy foods. “Every positive change, no matter how small, is a step to creating a healthier child,” says LaBarbera. “Together, we can give children the knowledge, facts and skills to develop healthy habits for a lifetime.” Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood from Overland Park, KS.

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ere’s a sampling of healthy snack food recipes that kids love to make—and eat—in class and at home.

Yogurt Parfait Ice Pops with Healthy Grains Clusters

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Yields: 8 bars

Layer ingredients in each ice pop mold like a parfait. Put a sprinkle of granola in first, and then layer yogurt and fresh cut fruit. Add another spoonful of granola to top it all off and freeze the pops for at least 4 to 6 hours.

2¼ cups rolled oats ¼ cup shredded coconut (without added sugar) ½ cup applesauce 1 /3 cup nut butter (almond or peanut) ¼ tsp baking soda ½ cup raw honey or maple syrup 1 Tbsp milk or almond milk 3 Tbsp chocolate chips

Adapted from a recipe by Leah Smith for Kids Kitchen and Chefs Club, in Austin, Texas

Raw Banana Ice Cream

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Mix all dry ingredients in one bowl. Mix wet ingredients into a separate bowl; it may help to heat the nut butter a little first. Combine the wet and dry contents.

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Put dates into a medium bowl,

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Nut Butter Granola Bars

4 ice pop molds 1 cup granola (use non-GMO, gluten-free Kind bars) in small pieces 1 cup organic fresh fruit such as raspberries, kiwi, mango and strawberries cut into small pieces 2 (6-oz) cartons organic dairy or non-dairy yogurt

Yields: about 1 quart 20 pitted dates, roughly chopped 2 Tbsp raw honey 2 Tbsp extra-virgin coconut oil 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 /8 tsp ground cinnamon 4 cups sliced very ripe organic bananas ½ cup raw peanuts, coarsely chopped, optional 2 Tbsp cacao nibs

cover with lukewarm purified water and set aside to soak for 10 minutes. Drain dates and reserve soaking liquid. In a food processor, purée dates with 3 to 4 tablespoons of the soaking liquid, honey, oil, vanilla and cinnamon until smooth. (Discard the remaining liquid.) Add bananas and purée again until almost smooth. Transfer to a stainless steel bowl and stir in peanuts and cacao nibs. Cover and freeze, stirring occasionally, until almost solid—4 to 6 hours. Let ice cream soften a bit at room temperature before serving.

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Line a 9-by-13-inch pan with parchment paper. Bake for about 25 minutes. Let them cool completely before cutting. Store in a plastic container separated by parchment paper. They should keep for about two weeks and may be refrigerated. Adapted from a recipe by Kensey Goebel for Kids Kitchen and Chefs Club, in Austin, Texas natural awakenings

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GREEN ARTS Tips for Finding Safe Eco-Supplies by Avery Mack


reative energy is contagious,” says Kim Harris, co-owner of Yucandu, a hands-on craft studio in Webster Groves, Missouri. As one client crafter commented, “Art is cheaper than therapy and a lot more fun.” It doubles the pleasure when we trust the nature of our supplies. Arts and crafts stir the imagination, spur creativity and are relaxing. Yet, for some, allergies, chemical sensitivities and eco-consciousness can make choosing materials a challenge. Manufacturers are not required to list heavy metals, toxic preservatives or petroleum-based ingredients, even when they’re labeled “non-toxic”. User- and environment-friendly alternatives may be difficult to locate, but

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are worth the effort. After working with paint, glue, chalk and modeling dough, children may lick their fingers and be reluctant to wash hands thoroughly. Retirees with newfound time for hobbies may also have weakened immune systems at risk to chemical exposure. Everyone benefits from minimizing exposure to toxins.


paper has been bleached. Processed chlorine-free (PCF) means no bleaching occurred during this incarnation of the paper. Totally chlorine-free (TCF) papers are as advertised. Paper is called recycled if it’s 100 percent postconsumer-recovered fiber—anything less is recycled content.


For greeting cards, scrapbooking or mixed media, paper provides background, texture, pattern and color. Tree-free paper uses agricultural residue or fibers from bananas, coffee and tobacco, and researchers anticipate similar future use of pineapples, oranges and palm hearts. Labels can be misleading. White

For most projects, purchased glues are more convenient, longer lasting and easier to use than homemade. White glue and white paste, called “library paste”, are best with porous items like wood, paper, plastic and cloth. It takes longer to dry and needs to be held in place, but there are no fumes. “Jewelry is wearable art, so for



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Water-based tempera paint is easy to use; Chroma brand tempera removes some of the hazardous ingredients. “I use water-based, non-toxic acrylic paints and wine to paint recycled wine corks for my designs,” says Kanter. “This avoids harsh fumes and chemicals.” Note that acrylic paint can contain ammonia or formaldehyde. Oil paint produces fumes and requires turpentine, a petroleum-based product, to clean brushes. Aerosol spray paint is easily inhaled unless protective equipment is used.

Markers and Crayons

“Give kids great supplies and they’ll make great art,” maintains Harris. “They’ll also be respectful of how much they use.” Go for unscented, water-based markers, especially for younger children that are as apt to draw on themselves as on paper. Soy crayons are made from sustainable soybean oil, while retaining bright colors. Dustless chalk is preferred by some. Colored eco-pencils are another option. Beware of conventional dry erase markers, which contain the neurotoxin xylene; permanent markers emit fumes. Wax crayons are made with paraffin, a petroleum-based product.

Yarn and Other Fibers

For knit or crochet projects, choose recycled silk and cotton or bamboo, soy silk from tofu byproducts, or natural, sustainable corn silk. Sheep’s wool, organic cotton or alpaca fibers, raw or hand-dyed with natural colors, are environmentally friendly. Rayon is recycled wood pulp treated with caustic soda, ammonia,

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Schedule Of Events Thrive

Subject to change. Refer to website This year's main location will take place at the historical Scottish Rite Temple, located at 463 Paseo de Peralta, in the heart of Santa Fe.

KEY Katchie Ananda

Nikesha Breeze

A- Ayurvedic Class B- Beer Fest C- Concert D- Donation Yoga Class

F- Free Community Class M- Meditation W- Wine Tasting G- Yoga/Concert

THURSDAY, AUGUST 6 6 to 8:30 p.m. Opening Ceremonies Santa Fe Plaza (Downtown Santa Fe Plaza)

Photograph courtesy of Crystal Sims Evolution Body Piercing

FRIDAY, AUGUST 7 Cristi Christenson

Jennifer Elliott

M 7 to 7:45 a.m.

Sunrise Meditation with Angie Muir Location: Theatre

Y 8:30 to 10 a.m.

Gurudev Kaur Location: SRT- Center Garden

Y 8:30 to 10 a.m.

Katchie Ananda Location: Theatre

Y 8:30 to 10 a.m.

Yoga Sutra w Linda Spackman Location: SRT- Tower

Y 8:30 to 10 a.m.

Mark Whitwell Location: STR- Ballroom

Y 8:30 to 10 a.m.

Zarah Kravitz Location: SRT- Love Room

Y 11 to 12:30 p.m. Yoga Rocks w Grace Potter & Eric Paskel Location: SRT- Ballroom A 2 to 3:30 p.m. Cory Tixier

Elias Gaitan

Sharada Hall

Michael Franti

Cory Tixier - Ayurvedic Institute Location: SRT- Tower

Y 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Santa Fe Community Yoga Location: SRT- Costume Room

F 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Rina Jakubowicz Location: SRT- Center Garden

Y 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Shannon Paige Location: SRT- Theatre

Y 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Shibana Singh Location: SRT- Love Room

Y 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Lauren Walker - Graceful Aging Location: SRT- Green Room

Y 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Elias Gaitan Location: SRT- Love Room

Y 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Leia Hayes Location: SRT- Center Garden

Y 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Mario Sandoval - Cloud 9 Location: Costume Room

Y 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Thrive! Location: SRT- Theatre

W 5 to 6 p.m.

Hora Feliz at Taberna Location: 125 Lincoln Ave.

C 6 to 9:30 p.m.

Grace Potter Concert at Lensic Performing Arts Center

Grace Potter Chris Chickering

Location: 211 W. San Francisco St.

GianCarlo Solimano

Leia Hayes

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Rina Jukabowicz

Gurudev Kaur

Surya Little Zarah Kravitz

SATURDAY, AUGUST 8 M 7 to 7:45 a.m.

Sunrise Meditation w/ Angie Muir Location: Theatre

A 8:30 to 10 a.m.

Ayurveda Cooking Class Location: SRT- Ballroom

Y 8:30 to 10 a.m.

Eric Paskel: Vindalini Location: SRT- Green Room

Y 8:30 to 10 a.m.

Katchie Ananda Location: SRT- Love Room

Y 8:30 to 10 a.m.

Lauren Walker: The Lost Art of Yoga Location: SRT- Costume Room

Y 8:30 to 10 a.m.

Moga Dao Yoga with Nikesha Breeze Location: SRT- Tower

Y 8:30 to 10 a.m.

Surya Little: Balancing from Head to Toe Location: SRT- Theatre

G 11 to 12:30 p.m.

Franti and Tias Little Location: SRT- Ballroom

2 to 3:00 p.m.

Mario Sandoval

Shibana Singh

ATLAS Evolution: The Spinal Solution Workshop with Ranan Shahar Location: SRT- Cathedral

A 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Sharada Hall: Maintaining Healthy Joints & Muscles with Ayurvedic Practices. Location: SRT- Tower

D 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Joe Lewis: Yoga of 12 Step Recovery Location: SRT- Green Room

F 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Elissa Kannon Location: Costume Room

Y 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Elias Gaitan Location: SRT- Theatre

Y 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Yoga Ma - Wild Yoga Location: Federal Grass

Y 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Mark Whitwell Location: SRT- Center Garden

Y 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Shannon Paige Location: SRT- Ballroom

A 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Cory Tixier with Ayurvedic Institute Location: SRT- Green Room

Y 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Giancarlo Solimano Location: SRT- Costume Room

Y 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Jahan Mostofi Location: SRT- Love Room

Y 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Leia Hayes: Bow Spring Vinaysa Location: SRT- Center Garden

Y 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Zarah Kravitz Location: SRT- Tower

Y 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Rina Jakubowicz Location: SRT- Theatre

B 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Franti Tail Gate w/Santa Fe Brewing Co. Location: SRT- Parking Lot

C 6 to 7 p.m.

Chris Chickering & the Now at Fort Marcy Park Location: 490 Washington Ave.

C 6 to 10 p.m.

Michael Franti Concert at Fort Marcy Park Location: 490 Washington Ave.


Lauren Walker

Linda Spackman

Jessica Winderl

SUNDAY, AUGUST 9 M 7 to 7:45 a.m.

Sunrise Meditation w/ Angie Muir Location: Theatre

Y 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Cristi Christensen Location: SRT- Ballroom R Mark Whitwell

8:30. to 10 a.m. Mark Whitwell Location: SRT- Ballroom R 10:30 to noon

Tias Little: Prana Potency and The Fluid Body Location: SRT- Ballroom

11:00 to noon

Closing Ceremonies with Tias Little and Katchie Ananda Location: SRT- Center Garden

6 to 8 p.m.

Eric Paskel

Closing Party at the Santa Fe Rail yards with “The Movement”

Shannon Paige

Santa Fe Community Yoga Joe Lewis Tias Little

Angie Muir Tibetan Buddhist Nun

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calendarofevents SATURDAY, AUGUST 1 Atlas Evolution – Aug 1-5. Treatments available in Albuquerque. One time treatment - lasting stability. Given by Ranan Shahar L.Ac., M.Sc, founder. Info: 310-266-5321.


Fun & Wellness Fair – 10am-2pm. Osteoporosis screenings. Stop by the booth and receive a guest pass for two visits to an OsteoStrong wellness center. Free. Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center, 501 Elizabeth St SE, Albuquerque. 505-294-8227. Full Moon Sweat Lodge for Women – 6pm-12am. Mother’s Farm, 3603 Hwy 14, Santa Fe. Info: 505930-1838.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 2 Enlightened Courage: The Practice of Patience – 10am-12:15pm. With Geshe Thubten Sherab. Thubten Norbu Ling, 1807 Second Street #35, Santa Fe. 505-660-7056.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 4 Mindful Yoga and Meditation – 4:45pm-5:45pm. This Yoga class combines gentle yoga postures with breath and body awareness, meditation instruction and sitting practice. $95. High Desert Yoga–Nob Hill, 4600 Copper NE, Albuquerque. Registration: 505-277-0077.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5 Crystal Bowl Toning Circle – 7-9pm. Get your body vibrating with a crystal bowl sound bath inside the acoustics monolithic dome structure. Tone harmonic resonance with the group to awaken higher consciousness and make minds serene. $20. Interlight Mystery School, 65 Blueberry Hill Rd, Taos. 505-692-5411.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 6 Atlas Evolution – Aug 6-12. Treatments available in Santa Fe. One time treatment - lasting stability. Given by Ranan Shahar L.Ac., M.Sc, founder. Info: 310-266-5321. The Ultimate Green Smoothie – 7-8pm. GSGLife Instructor Kristie Rosser teaches how to increase the average person’s daily nutrition by at least 700% in 10 minutes. Free. Wellness Center, 9577 Osuna Rd NE Ste J, Albuquerque. 505-294-8227.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 7 Santa Fe Bone Symposium – Aug 7, 8. 7:30am3:30pm. Learn more about bones and how OsteoStrong provides a natural, drug-free option. Must be registered to attend. Eldorado Hotel, 309 West San Francisco St, Santa Fe. 505-988-4455.


Past-Life Regression – 1-3pm. Two-hour group session; regress to a past life to discover, access and activate a positive inner resource to benefit you and people in your life today. $40. Crystal Dove Metaphysical Book Store, 525 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque. 505-918-6555. Astral Travel Class – 1-5pm. Discover the world of your psychic landscape. Learn to safely have out-of-body experiences. Relax as Brennan Murphey guides you on journeys to amazing places in the universe. $40. Interlight Mystery School, 65 Blueberry Hill Rd, Taos. 505-692-5411.

Merkaba Activation Meditation – 1-5pm. Activate your merkaba through guided meditation. Learn about the practical power of sacred geometry, including the Flower of Life, Metatron’s Cube, the phi ratio and the new physics of light. $40. Interlight Mystery School, 65 Blueberry Hill Rd, Taos. 505692-5411.

Atlas Evolution - The Spinal Solution – 2-3pm. Presentation at Santa Fe Yoga Festival. Learn how creating space in the soft tissue can align the spine with special focus on the top cervical vertebra. Given by Ranan Shahar L.Ac., M.Sc, founder. Info: 310266-5321.

Dharma Hike - 1:30-4:30pm. Led by Cinny Green. Thubten Norbu Ling, 1807 Second Street #35, Santa Fe. 505-660-7056.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 11 Meet the Herd Day – 10am-12pm. Three healers began their work of equine therapy in June. Come, bring the kids, and meet them. Learn some horse etiquette and see the kind of power love can bring. Donations requested. Taa-naash-kaa-da, Las Vegas. 505-414-1583. Osteoporosis and Cancer Treatment – 10:30am12pm. Hear the presentation of Charla Simpson RT(R), of OsteoStrong, to the Pueblo of Isleta Community Cancer Support Group Meeting. Attendees will receive Osteoporosis screenings. Free. Isleta Health Center, 1 Sagebrush St, Isleta Pueblo. 505-869-4479.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 12 An Evening with the Ascended Masters – 7-9pm MST. With Rev. AliceAnn Melchizedek. Receive clear, up-to-date guidance about Nova Earth and ascension from the ascended master-teachers. Teleconference: 302-202-1092, access code 7325118. For Open House directions call 505-490-8855. 109 Michelle Dr, Santa Fe.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 14 New Moon Medicine Buddha Puja - 5-6:15pm. Thubten Norbu Ling, 1807 Second Street #35, Santa Fe. 505-660-7056. End of Summer Camp – 5-8pm. A pot-luck, open house and performances to celebrate the end of summer camp. The performances will include children’s poetry, a rain song, food and a bonfire. Mother’s Farm, 3603 Hwy 14, Santa Fe. Info: 505-930-1838.

Benu: the Archangel Gabriel – 1-4pm. The workshop, with trans dimensional channel Karen Cook, is divided between Benu’s teachings and answers to questions from the audience. The Power of Intention. $40. Unity Santa Fe, 1212 Unity Way.

Soul Evolution – 6-8:30pm. Rev Toni Boehm explores soul evolution as revealed thru the seven life initiations we all traverse on the spiritual journey. Based on the work of Unity founder Charles Fillmore. $20 love offering. Unity Spiritual Center, 9800 Candelaria Rd NE, Albuquerque. 505-2921998.


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TurtleWomen’s Moon Lodge – 6:30-9:30pm. Come together on the New Moon to celebrate, heal ourselves, express individuality and connect with our Spiritual Mother. Newcomers and beginners can tap the sensation of what’s happening. $35/ suggested donation; RSVP 24hrs in advance. Taanaash-kaa-da Sanctuary, Las Vegas. 505-414-1583.

Breathe: You Are Alive – 3-4:30pm. This small group session begins with meditation and intention setting, then deepening into conscious connected breathing; releasing, relaxing and reconnecting. Some say it is the most powerful work they ever experienced. Center For Inner Truth, 1807 2nd Street, #84, Santa Fe, 505-920-4418.

SATURDAY AUGUST 15 - AUGUST 20 Ascended Masters Online Meditations –7-8pm MST each evening. 2015 Upliftment of Humanity Convergence. Join the Ascended Master Teachers. Call 302-202-1092. Access CODE 7325118#.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 16 Back Talk – 8:30am-12:30pm. 90% of Americans suffer from back pain at least once. What causes it? How can we heal it? Learn techniques to prevent developing back pain. $55. UNM Continuing Education South Building, 1634 University Blvd NE, Albuquerque. Registration: 505-277-0077.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 18 Aging, Health & Enrichment Fair – Aug 18, 19. 11:30am-4pm. Osteoporosis screenings at the OsteoStrong booth. Stop and receive a guest pass for two visits to an OsteoStrong wellness center. Free. Isleta Casino & Resort, 11000 Broadway Blvd SE, Albuquerque. 505-294-8227.

TUESDAY AUGUST 18-AUGUST 19 Transformational Leadership with Rev. R. Hilary Melchizedek – How to become self-realized in this New Age. Finding your Authentic Higher Self and Actualizing it; and Becoming Aware of the New Earth Paradigms. $75 tuition per day or $125 both days. Please contact Rev. Hilary at for early registration. Santa Fe.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 20 Nutrition and Exercise – 6-7:30pm. Presentation by Raye Mitchell of Curves. Learn about providing yourself with what your body needs to support

growth. Free. OsteoStrong Wellness Center, 9577 Osuna Rd NE Ste J, Albuquerque. 505-294-8227.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 21 Live Channeling of Mary Magdalene – 6:30pm. With Mercedes Kirkel: receive a blessing of Mary Magdalene’s transmission, and hear Mary’s answers to your questions. Author Kirkel channels Mary Magdalene. $30 love offering. Unity Santa Fe, 1212 Unity Way, Santa Fe. 505-989-4433.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 22 Create A Life That Makes You Smile – 9am-5pm. Lunch 12:30pm-2pm. EFT Practitioner and Master Abundance Coach Marti Murphy teaches techniques to identify and release limiting beliefs that keep you stuck, so you can move forward and create a life that makes you smile. Natural Awakenings price: $97. Santa Fe Soul Sun Room, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, Ste3, Santa Fe. Register: Introductory Saturday Workshop – 10am-4pm. Release creative blocks and unfold periods of transition, all leading to increased intuition. Paint without regard to technique, skills or meaning. Find new passion within a community of painters. $45. Creative Wings Studio, just east of Nob Hill, Albuquerque. 630-530-5697. Create Your Own Mandala – 1-4pm. Drawing and coloring this artwork is like seeing an echo of your soul; look within to find shapes, colors, patterns that mirror what you wish to manifest or heal. $35. Center For Inner Truth, 1807 2nd St, #84, Santa Fe. 505-920-4418. Elemental Alchemy Workshop – 1-5pm. Learn the deeper meanings of the five elements – earth, water, air, fire and spirit. Diagnose yourself for imbalances; create a plan for self-improvement through the teachings of self-alchemy. $40. Interlight Mystery School, 65 Blueberry Hill Rd, Taos. 505-692-5411.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 23 Tomato Fiesta – 11am-3pm. The (organic) Living Room at fiesta all things tomato. The Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120 Lomas Blvd (at Eubank), Albuquerque. Asaera: 505-288-2233.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 25 Is Your Cell Phone Making You Sick – 6-7:30 pm. Wi-Fi technology is here to stay. Learn about patented products that help neutralize the effects, and simple ways to decrease exposure. Free. La Montanita Co-op, Community Rm, 913 W Alameda, Santa Fe. Jennifer: 505-780-8283.

TUESDAY AUGUST 25-AUGUST 26 Ascend in Love New Mexico – Finding Your True Authentic Self, entering into the next phase of Evolutionary Consciousness; and assessing your Spiritual Goals in the Nova Earth Reality. This workshop begins with an evening with the Ascended Masters, and continues with their Teachings through the clear-voice channel Rev. AliceAnn Melchizedek on Saturday & Sunday with Rev. AliceAnn Melchizedek & Rev. R. Hilary Melchizedek. $75 per day or $125 both days. For Early Registration, please email the OakRose Academy of Light at: or Rev.AliceAnn@OakRose. net Pagosa Springs.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 27 Reconnect to Your Second Nature: Introductory Workshop – 6:30pm-9pm. Reawaken a deeper relationship with the natural world; reflect on conditioned beliefs about humans and nature; recognize capacities to communicate with the non-human world. Free. Academy for the Love of Learning, 133 Seton Village Rd, Santa Fe. 505-995-1860.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 28 Chanting in Unity – 7-9:30pm. Join a Kirtan Team for an evening of musical bliss. Allow Kirtan, chanting the names for God, to open your heart and raise you up. $10 love offering. Unity Spiritual Center, 9800 Candelaria Rd NE, Albuquerque. 505-2921998.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 29 Warrior of Light Program – Aug 29, 30. 9am-7pm each day. Reclaim your life and rediscover yourself through self-reflection, ritual and mediation culminating in a ceremony celebrating your return to love and light. Learn techniques for self-improvement. $555; tax, lodging and meals not included. Interlight Mystery School, 65 Blueberry Hill Rd, Taos. 505692-5411. Sunflower Festival – 10am-5pm. EarthGift Herbals in Mountainair for the festival. Asaera: 505-2882233.

planahead WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 Drug Depletions – 6-7pm. Learn what vitamins, minerals or herbs can curb prescription side effects due to drug depletions. Free. UNM Continuing Education South Building, 1634 University Blvd NE, Albuquerque. Preregistration: 505-277-0077.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 Intuitive Practitioner Certification — Starts Sept 5. 12-3pm. For those ready to answer the call to be a sacred space holder on behalf of their own and others’ healing. The Center for Spiritual Living, 505 Camino de los Marquez, Santa Fe. Chantal: 505-438-1074.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 John of God: Miracles and Mysteries – Sep 11, 12. Fri 7-8:30pm; Sat 10am-4pm. Program about the work of John of God. Space is limited; registration required. Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E #3, Santa Fe. Learn more, register:


savethedate TAPPING INTO FREEDOM – 9-5pm. EFT Tapping rapidly resolves fears, upsets, anger, guilt, cravings, self-sabotage, blocks to success. Improve academic and athletic performance, psychic and intuitive abilities, self-confidence and self-esteem. CEU’s for LMTs & LCSWs. $95/advance, $125/day of. Location TBA. 520241-5124.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 Waldorf School’s Wolf Pack Trail Run - 9:45am. Run or walk 3K-10K courses through Hondo Arroyo. $25/by Aug 28, $30/after. Santa Fe Waldorf School Campus, 26 Puesta Del Sol. Greg Smith: 505-690-2761.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 TurtleWomyn Hat’ii Hoya Camp & Horse Dance – Sept 21-25. Traditional rites of passage camp for women and girls 13+. Exciting teachings highlight the connection between earth and women; impressive ceremony including the spectacular Horse Dance; networking opportunities. Taa-naash-kaa-da Sanctuary, Las Vegas. Food as Medicine – 6-7pm. Learn the fundamentals of food science and how these affect our health. Free. UNM Continuing Education South Building, 1634 University Blvd NE, Albuquerque. Preregistration: 505-277-0077.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 Coming Full Circle: Module I - Sep 24-27. Thur, 6:45-9pm; Fri, Sat, 8:45am-5pm; Sun, 8:45am4pm. Training for anyone who feels a personal and/or professional inspiration to journey into the

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extraordinary transformative power of the dying process. $850/mods I & II and study materials, $200/ deposit, $650/due on 1st day; snacks and beverages provided. Academy for the Love of Learning, 133 Seton Village Rd, Santa Fe. .) Limited partial scholarships available. Kim Carr: 505-995-1860. Wisdom Healing Qigong and Group Healing – 7pm to 8:30pm. Wisdom Healing Qigong reverses aging, reduces stress, prevents illness, and enhances the quality of life. Master Mingtong Gu speaks about ancient teachings and the role of cultivating abundance. $15. TaoSatva, #2 Upper Los Colonias Rd, El Prado. Contact Cathy Black: 575-770-0472.


savethedate Wisdom Healing Qigong Workshop – Sep 25-27. Learn the main practice prescribed by the largest medicineless qigong hospital in China at the workshop for abundance of health and prosperity with Master Mingtong Gu. All abilities. $150/thru Aug 15, $197/after, $15/ Friday night only. 12 CE’s available. Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe. 707-347-6489.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 Healing Touch Program Level 1 – Sep 26-27. 8am-6pm. Course allows persons with varying backgrounds to enter, acknowledge their previous learning and to further develop concepts and skills in energy-

based therapy. Preregistration required. $325/by Sep 12, $365/after; notebook included. UNM Center for Life, 4700 Jefferson Ave NE, Albuquerque. Contact Barbara Welcer: 248-882-1706.

tuesday Taos Cancer Support Group – 5-6pm. For cancer survivors with all types of cancer diagnoses, and their caregivers. Free. Diamond Plaza, 118 Este Es Rd, Ste G, Taos. 505-242-3263.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11 Wisdom Sharing: Being Human Together – Oct 11-15. Dr Hyun Kyung Chung and colleagues explore the theme Being Human Together. The founders of Gender Reconciliation International will present their work offering opportunities for transformational healing and reconciliation between all genders. Ghost Ranch, 280 Private Dr 1708, Abiquiu. 505-6851001/505-685-1017. Register at

Santa Fe Cancer Support Group – 5:30-7pm. 2nd & 4th Tue. For cancer survivors with all types of cancer diagnoses, and their caregivers. Free. 2098 Calle Ensenada, Santa Fe. 505-242-3263.


New Moon - Open your Creative, 5th Chakra (Visuddhi) for Women –12-4pm. We will celebrate Sounding, Chanting, Yoga and Painting for Process. Mother’s Farm, 3603 Hwy 14, Santa Fe. Info: 505930-1838.

Intuitive Readings, Coaching and Animal Communication – 9am-5pm. Galaya, an intuitive, life coach, medium and animal communicator offers practical solutions for health, relationships, career, business and one’s pets. By phone or in person. Appt/info: 505-466-3764.

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Qigong & Healing From Within - 10:30am-12pm. Taoist, yogic & shamanic practices cultivate vitality, inner strength and awareness with energy healing, movement, sound, breathwork and meditation. $12, free/first class. Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr East, Bldg 3, Santa Fe. Allison Lasky: 505-9848733.

sunday Transitions Radio Magazine, FM 98.1 – 8-11am. With Alan Hutner, Elizabeth Rose and co-hosts, celebrating 30 years in broadcasting. Online, live streaming & archiving. 505-466-2616.


Qigong in the Park –11am-12pm. With certified instructor Loretta Shiver; Qigong supports optimal health and well-being, is easy and fun to do. Free. Robinson Park, 8th & Central, downtown Albuquerque. 505-681-1924.

Pilates: Reformer – Thru Oct 8. 2-3:30pm. Learn the Pilates classical method of body conditioning as a system. $300/8 sessions. Shedden Pilates, 4200 Lomas, Ste A, Albuquerque. Registration: 505-2770077.

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Meditation and Healing – Thru Sep 24. 6:30-8pm. Learn to meditate with visualization techniques. Release unwanted energy and choose how you want to feel. Change limiting beliefs that keep you stuck. Give and receive energy healings. $150, early registration discount. Center For Inner Truth, 1807 2nd St, #84, Santa Fe. 505-920-4418.

friday Moreno Valley Cancer Support Group – 5:307pm. 2nd & 4th Tue. For cancer survivors with all types of cancer diagnoses, and their caregivers. Free. 40 West Ridge Rd, Angel Fire. 505-242-3263.

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Creative wings Studio

Hypnotherapy Academy of America™

Debbie Purdy Parkland Hills/ Nob Hill area 630-530-5697

2132 Osuna Road NE, Suite B Albuquerque, New Mexico 87113 505-767-8030

When we paint without concern for technique or content, the intuitive self is revealed, and creative blocks are released. Connect with your creative freedom. See ad on page 31.

saturday Qigong in the Park – 9-10am. With certified instructor Loretta Shiver; Qigong supports optimal health and well-being, is easy and fun to do. Free. Altura Park, Morningside and 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.





Sante Fe 505-252-1691 A unique blend of CranioSacral t h e r a p y, S o m a t o E m o t i o n a l Release and therapeutic bodywork, find relief and balance within your mind, body and spirit. Specializing in Headache Treatment. See ad on page 37.

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At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents. ~Jane D. Hull

Accelerated Hypnotherapy 500 hour complete Training for Certification in Hypnotherapy. Experiential Education Format. Scope of Practice Protocols. Free Introductory Classes. Support after Graduation. Medical Hypnosis Training. See ad on page 2.

Eva Lipton-Ormand, CHom, CCSP, NTS, LMT#5866 505-266-6558

1708A Highway 84, Abiquiu, NM 87510 505-685-1000 Magnificent red rock landscape on 21,000 acres hosts workshops & retreats in themes of spirituality, art, sustainability, Southwest & more. Georgia O’Keeffe Landscape Tours, Hiking, Massage, Anthropology Museum & Tours, Paleontology Museum & Tours, Movie Site Tour, Horseback Riding, Challenge Course & Climbing Wall, Labyrinth & Karesansui Garden, Gift Shop, Lodging, Camping. 65 miles northwest of Santa Fe. See ad on page 22.


Core Synchronism Treatments: Personalized holistic medicine for everyone. A complete realignment system for physical and/or emotional issues from sports injury to depression.

BUSINESS COACHING Attracting Perfect Customers

Alan Hickman 505-474-5348 or 505-795-5100


Founder of the Interlight Mystery School Taos, NM - 505-692-5411 - 10am to 7pm

MBrennan will help you find your way to a better life. He specializes in advanced energetic healing and higher guidance counsel, assisting you with your personal integration by helping you let go of what does not serve you. Sessions at $111 per hour. See ad on page 21.

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GET CERTIFIED in Strategic Attraction™ Planning. A step-bystep sales and marketing process that people from all over the world have used to build HeartCentered $MILLION businesses, write books, create on-line produces that sell, and global business and communities that are making a huge difference in the world. See ad on page 15.

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Find the support you need! PLTC offers FREE group sessions, One-on-one support and workshops all geared towards providing you with the tools you need as a survivor or caregiver. We also have an Amazing lending library. We are here for you, so stop in and say hello!

natural awakenings

August 2015


communityresourceguide INTEGRATIVE HEALTH

Natural/Organic Food Market

Obsidian Health and Wellness

La Montañita Co-op Natural & Organic Food Market

505-715-3452 2420 Juan Tabo Blvd NE

Alternative Integrative Health. Create the change and restore health at it’s source with NES Total Wellness system. Re-assess, rejuvenate, re-imprint and rebuild. See ad on page 8.

INTUITIVE CONSULTATIONS GALAYA-INTUITIVE RESOURCES Santa Fe • 505-466-3764 Toll-Free: 1-888-326-0403

F i n d C l a r i t y, I n s i g h t a n d Inspiration! Intuitive Readings, Coaching and Animal Communication. Clarify life choices and decisions. Activate practical solutions for your health, relationships, career and business.

INTUITIVE Readings PSYCHIC READINGS & SPIRITUAL GUIDANCE Lisa Pelletier 505-927-5407 Energy Readings & Healings in Santa Fe

Lisa reads your current growth cycle, the layers of your aura, and any information that your higher self would like you to hear. Past lives inform your present. Receive an aura reading & clearing, learn what validates and supports your growth, ask questions, choose next steps. Recording emailed. Lisa holds sessions at The Center for Inner Truth’s new location at 1807 2nd Street, #84, in Santa Fe.


High Priestess to the Order of Melchidezek Santa Fe, NM 505-490-8855 weekdays 11 AM – 2 PM.

ABQ/Santa Fe/Gallup

New Mexico’s largest communityowned natural & 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 on page 10.

PLASTIC SURGERY Dr. Farhan Taghizadeh New Mexico Facial Plastics 505-888-3223

New Mexico Facial Plastics offer a broad range of aesthetic and ENT procedures & treatments. Using the latest advanced surgical techniques that minimize recovery time Dr. Taghizadeh specializes in facelifts, scar revision, revision facelifts, and revision rhinoplasty. See ad on page 9.

Northern & Central New Mexico


9800 Candelaria Rd. NE, ABQ NM 87112 505-292-1998

A Positive Path for Spiritual Living. 10:00 am Sunday worship service and children’s program. Spiritual but not religious weddings, memorials, christenings and classes. LGBTQ welcome.


Stephanie Jaeger PO Box 3257, Corrales, NM 87048 505-898-6540 Wo r l d r e n o w n e d e d u c a t o r Stephanie Jaeger works with survivors of abuse/trauma to move Beyond Surviving into a life of thriving through her workshops and retreats.

Psychic/MEDIUM Readings Keri Ports

Animal & Human Psychic/Medium 213-999-9098 Sessions available in person, phone or Skype • Specializes in a combination psychic/mediumship reading for people and pets.  Messages and information are pulled directly from your own soul (or pet’s soul) and also directly from Spirit, including loved ones that have crossed over, spirit guides and angels on the other side. All messages are guidance for your soul, so you can fulfill your Divine purpose! Additional sessions include: private guided chakra meditation and group readings.

The OakRose Academy of Light is a Mystery School founded by the Ascended Masters. The Academy holds to and teaches the Divine Law for the New Age. It is non-sectarian and non-denominational, open to all who seek the Higher Truth. See ad on page 33.




9577 Osuna Rd NE Suite J 505-294-8227 Wellness Center focuses on Age Management. We offer a Non-drug option for reversing and preventing Osteoporosis, improved strength, balance and pain reduction. Call for consultation. See ad on page 7.

Natural Awakenings NM 0815  
Natural Awakenings NM 0815