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elcome to our July Summer issue! While it’s hard to believe we’re already past the halfway mark of the year, it actually feels like an entire year with the fast pace of events unfolding in our world. That’s why it’s so important that we take care of ourselves and keep our precious bodies, minds and spirit in harmony and balance. You may have noticed that we’ve had self-care themes for several months now. We’ve covered food sensitivities, chronic pain and in this issue, we explore natural ways to detox starting on page 22. We live in such a toxic world that some form of detox is imperative for everyone at some point in their lives. Whether it’s a weekly, monthly or annual event, taking the time to properly assist our bodies in removing toxins can help keep us thriving for years to come. So many local practitioners participated in this month’s issue and I’m happy to share their expertise with you. Be on the lookout for the following articles from our local healthy living community. Page 26 - Dr. Harold Steinberg, a chiropractor in Santa Fe shares insights for detoxification Page 26 - Naturopathic Medical Approach to Safe and Thorough Detoxification by Dr. Karla Koch, DOM Page 27 - IV Vitamin and Mineral Therapy by Annie Rafter Page 28 – Pilates Santa Fe Spa Services is offering detox footbath, ozone therapy and infrared sauna options Page 29 – MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) for Detoxification and Health by expert structural integration bodyworker Brian Terry Page 30 – Cutting Edge explains why we need “HealthStep” for natural elimination Page 30 – Michael’s Health offers organic detox products for elimination We are also very excited about the up-and-coming Qigong and Conscious Aging Conference being held August 4 to 6. This amazing event, sponsored by Natural Awakenings, features three days of panel discussions and well-known speakers including Andrew Harvey, Father Richard Rohr, Dr. Joan Borysenko, Dr. Judith Orloff, Dr. Gregory Shushan, Nathan Crane, Master Mingtong Gu, Sedena and George Cappannelli and the incredible musical talent Robert Mirabal. For a schedule and details please review pages 18 through 21 as well as our cover. And speaking of festive events, the 4th annual Santa Fe Yoga Festival is being held on Labor Day weekend, August 31 to September 3. The festival features daily meditations, yoga classes with nationally renowned instructors, hikes, farm-totable dinners, DJ hosted pool parties, and live music. Read more about it on page 17. This month, I’m personally looking forward to a “social media and device detox” while enjoying Pacific Ocean breezes and blue skies, warm tropical sunshine, and slipping into the island time rhythm. I hope you are enjoying these first magnificent days of summer. I look forward to re-connecting for the August issue. Andrea Publisher Natural Awakenings Northern New Mexico

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aster Therapist Etienne Peirsman, founder and director of the Cranio Sacral School of the Masters in Santa Fe, returns from Europe to begin classes on July 8. The first four core classes, being offered in July, include the Basic Class, Follow Up to Basic Class, Unwinding Meridians Rhythms, and Brain 1 Class. Sphenoid Studies, Brain II, and Intelligence and Talking to the Heart follow in August. “Each one of these classes opens up an expansive space of stillness and awareness. As the classes are layered, students go ever deeper into a beautiful non-local reality within themselves and with their practice partners,” says Peirsman, who adds that in September he will teach his popular Babies and Small Children class and two separate 8-hour practice days for Brain 1 and Brain 2 classes. Interested students with previous craniosacral training may be placed in a class beyond the Basics depending upon training and experience using craniosacral techniques. Members of the public can study CranioSacral Therapy with no previous bodywork experience. “This program is also excellent for professional bodyworkers including massage therapists, polarity therapists, Rolfing practitioners, acupuncturists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, nurses, doctors and chiropractors,” shares Cranio Sacral School of the Masters Program Coordinator, Leila Von Stein.

arbara Welcer, RN, will host the upcoming Healing Touch Program Level 1 being held July 29 and 30 at UNM Center for Life in Albuquerque. “Move your energy practice to the next level. Incorporate fundamentals of energy anatomy, theory and practice using lecture and experiential work,” she says. According to Welcer, who has over 20 years’ experience in energy medicine working in hospital settings, out-patient clinics, community centers and private practice, the Healing Touch Program is a standardized, international, multi-level, continuing education program in energy-based therapy. “It’s 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,” she shares. Nurses and massage therapists receive 16 continuing education credits. UNM employees are eligible for a tuition remission. Pre-registration is required and class size is limited. Register by July 19 and enjoy the early bird rate of $340. Enrollment will go up to $365 thereafter. The rates for all Level 1, 2 and 3 courses will increase to $500 as of January 2018.

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oin host Rebecca Skeele, Sacred Ambition Mentor and Wisdom Teacher, for the fourth annual Your Sacred Ambition event being held August 10 to 12 at the brand new Hotel Chaco in Albuquerque. Your Sacred Ambition 2017: From Heart’s Calling to Bold Loving Action is a three-day event designed to give attendees the time to surface and let go of how they have been holding themselves back and playing small. “It’s a safe place to explore and express that vision, and support from a tribe of visionaries, world servers and leaders that will celebrate you and your great work in the world,” shares Skeele. “The world needs your fire, your love and your action. Your sacred ambition—that heart fire of vision and purpose—requires space and quiet listening to emerge and have a far-reaching impact in your life and in the life of others.” For more information and to register, visit See ad, page 27.

Experience the Power of Drumming


ll are invited to experience the healing power of drums at a festive drum circle being held July 7 at 6 p.m. at Eagle Ranch Church in Albuquerque. “Our Western culture is beginning to acknowledge the therapeutic rhythm techniques have been used for thousands of years to create and maintain physical, mental and spiritual health,” shares Pastor Nico Ashe. “Moreover, drumming promotes the production of endorphins which ease pain and reduce stress. Drumming together, our movements synchronized, is a way to feel united and build community.” This informal drum circle is not a performance; it is designed to be an organic, free-flowing event. Drum circles are closed with all participants facing inward. The group “Ancestors’ Drum” will lead the gathering. No experience is necessary and all ages are welcome. Drums will be provided for those who don’t bring their own. “Music brings people together in a special way, creating shared experiences with engaged hearts, minds and spirits. What are you waiting for? Come experience the power of the drums at a drum circle,” adds Ashe. Location: 9660-6 Eagle Ranch Rd. NW, Albuquerque. For more information, call 505891-3619 or visit See ad, page 4.

Annual Well Woman SuperPower Retreat


he 3rd Annual Well Woman SuperPower Retreat is being held October 26 and 27 at Sunrise Springs Resort in Santa Fe. Well Woman Life Community is holding this exclusive event to support a global community of women to connect to their superpowers and to help achieve their highest level of fulfillment and well-being. Whether it’s personal, physical or sexual health, juggling life and work, professional development or financial success, emotional or spiritual wellness, this retreat will support and motivate women to challenge themselves, and will ignite the passion to achieve the highest level of health and well-being. “No matter the challenges you face, this retreat is designed to connect you to the power within yourself and provide an opportunity for some time for you at a beautiful five star resort, with food that nourishes the body, women that inspire and cultivate and group sessions that will change your life,” says Well Woman Life Founder, Giovanna Rossi. Location: Sunrise Springs Resort, 242 Los Pinos Rd., Santa Fe. For more information, email or visit See ad, page 2.

Creative Healing Workshop for Women


my Lynn Couch of Blu Root Studios will host a creative healing workshop for women on July 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Albuquerque. Divine Radiance Awakening Within: Drawing Up the Earth and Drawing Down the Sky is a unique opportunity for a small group of women to gather and learn self-healing techniques to transform their lives on a deep level. “Are you a caregiver that forgets to take care of yourself? Do you find that you are over-worked, drained to the bone, and rarely find time to give to yourself or your creative life?” she asks. “If you answered yes to any of these questions, this workshop is for you.” Attendees will nourish their bodies and soul by learning how to access the life-sustaining energies of nature, spirit and their own inherent creativity using guided imagery, art-making and journaling. All art materials are provided as well as snacks and drinks. Couch is an artist and bodyworker whose passion lies in creative healing and spiritual upliftment. She has been practicing qigong since 1995, worked as a massage therapist/energy worker since 2000, and received her BFA in Studio Arts from UNM in 2016. Cost: $55. For more information, call 505-710-6960, email amy@, or visit See ad, page 12.

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atural Awakenings publishers from around the U.S., plus Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, attended a company conference from May 5 to 7 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton, in Orlando. Highlights included presentations by Michael Aun, an author, columnist and businessman emphasizing customer service and leadership; Adam Brown, a business coach and publishing expert; and G. William James, a professional trainer in wireless business technology. Other sessions unveiled the upcoming magazine redesign, new operations features, revenue-generating ideas and panel discussions led by individual publishers. Franchisees also shared their best practices for effective automation, local editorial content, annual directories and growth strategies. Community Outreach Director Linda Sechrist announced her three-month Natural Awakenings Wellness Roadie Tour, starting in August, to connect with healthy living authors, sustainability activists and local businesses. “Special appreciation recognized franchisees that have reached significant five-, 10- and 15-year marks of publishing. We also honored President Larry Levine, who passed last September,” says CEO Sharon Bruckman. Founded by Bruckman with a single edition in Naples in 1994, Natural Awakenings has become one of the largest free, local, healthy lifestyle publications worldwide, serving approximately 3.5 million readers in 84 locations. For more information, visit

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lairvoyant Medium Donna Carol, who is intimately connected with the Crystal Kingdom, excitedly announces that she will channel a special Crystal Activation for three crystals on July 24, July 31 and August 7, from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Mountain Time. “Each stone resonates with a slightly different pattern geometrically. These same geometric patterns reside in our organs and biological systems. When our inherent bodily functions become disrupted, a crystal can act like a tuning fork, transforming our poor patterns back into their original and perfect design,” she shares. The three crystals include Aventurine, for healing the heart and prosperity; Hematite, for dissolving negativity and grounding to Mother Earth; and New Mexico Selenite, for activating love and connecting to one’s angels. The crystal activations will take place through a group conference call and will be recorded and emailed to each participant. In addition, the crystals will be mailed to each participant before the activations. “The stones will speak to you and their mineral composition will connect to the minerals in your physical being, activating specific properties in your body, mind and spirit,” says Carol. The cost for the activations and stones are $111. Register by July 17 at See ad, page 4.

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everend Elizabeth Brownrigg has been fascinated with spirituality and self-evolvement since she was a kid. As a young adult, she attended Psychic Horizons, a two year school for meditation and clairvoyance in San Francisco. After graduating in 1995, Brownrigg realized she had given over 500 readings while there. “My information seemed accurate and highly beneficial from the feedback I received. Since then my work has expanded, and I now use a variety of skills, including clairvoyance, clairaudience, clairsentience and common sense to help you recognize and remove blocks that keep you from living the life you want,” she says. In addition to general readings, Brownrigg does specialty readings on relationships, money, pets, health, homes and businesses. “I absolutely love this work,” she shares. “Either in person or on the phone, I can help you achieve your heart’s desires from a powerful place with ease and grace.”

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meta-study from Tufts University, in Medford, Massachusetts, documents a revealing relationship between diet and food prices. The researchers found that taxation of unhealthy foods and price reductions of healthy foods help shift consumers to healthier purchases. They reviewed data from 11 studies on the impact of adding tariffs to unhealthy foods that lead to higher prices and 19 studies that examined the effects on the demand of reducing the prices of healthy foods. They discovered that consumers purchased 14 percent more fruits and vegetables when prices were reduced by 10 percent. Other healthy food price reductions produced similar results, with a 16 percent increase in consumption with each 10 percent price drop. The researchers examined the impact of increases in the price of sugary drinks and fast foods. Following 10 percent price hikes, consumption of these items decreased by 7 percent and 3 percent, respectively. “The global food system is exacting a staggering toll on human health, and this is very costly, both in terms of real healthcare expenses and lost productivity,” says Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, senior author of the meta-study and dean of the university’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. “Our findings suggest that subsidies and taxes are a highly effective tool for normalizing the price of foods toward their true societal cost. This will both prevent disease and reduce spiraling healthcare costs, which are causing a tremendous strain on both private businesses and government budgets.”

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esearch from the University of Pittsburgh, in Pennsylvania, has established that structured physical activity following a stroke can significantly improve cognitive function in survivors. The study used data from 13 clinical trials that included 735 participants to analyze general cognitive improvement, executive function, attention and working memory, as well as the impact of different types of physical activity. Researchers found that exercise following a stroke produced cognitive improvements in both attention and speed in processing information. They further discovered that a combination of aerobic exercise and strength training produced the maximum cognitive improvements. “We found that a program as short as 12 weeks is effective at improving cognition, and even patients with chronic stroke can experience improvements in their cognition with an exercise intervention,” says lead author Lauren E. Oberlin, a graduate student at the university. natural awakenings

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Miracle Healings Abound at The Chi Center in Galisteo

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ife had been good to T. Loeswick until his early 50s. When his early success in commercial real estate started feeling hollow, he found more satisfaction as a sought-after business coach. While his hard work was rewarding on many levels, his stress levels rose. Eventually, his body began falling apart. For seven years Loeswick battled extreme health conditions—first a black mold infection which created “electrical storms” in his brain, Lyme disease, fused spinal vertebrae, Stage 3 lymphoma and chemo, then a gallbladder attack and surgery. His weight plummeted to 135 pounds, and the pain surged through his back and down his legs. He says, “Stanford doctors told me I was on the maximum dose of oxycontin they could give a human being, and they couldn’t do anything more for me. I wanted to die.” Then, a friend introduced him to meditation, which helped with his thought patterns and some minor pain management. Next, he tried qigong. “I really benefited from movement meditation, but the teacher didn’t offer more comprehensive workshops. So I looked on the Internet, and I found this crazy looking qigong guy that laughed a lot,” he says. That “crazy looking qigong guy” was Master Mingtong Gu, worldrenowned teacher and founder of The Chi Center in Galisteo. The impact he’d have on Loeswick’s life would be dramatic. Loeswick took a leap of faith and signed up for an intensive healing retreat. “I didn’t have anything to lose. But when I was wheel-chaired to the airport, my family thought I had really lost it,” he shares. “I almost left after the first three days of the workshop. Then something started to happen with the opening of my back with the Spinal Bone Marrow

movement. However, the big thing for me was learning sound healing. When I got down to the energetic level in my body, I started to lift the layers and feel myself shake when I was working in the different organs. It was truly transformative.” Transformations like Loeswick’s are prolific in the over 10,000 students who have taken online courses, inperson intensive retreats, or livestream workshops with Master Gu. At the core of these powerful offerings is the tradition of Wisdom Healing Qigong, developed by Dr. Ming Pang, a Qigong Grandmaster trained in both western medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine who was Mingtong’s teacher. The result is an integrative system of self-healing and cultivation that is highly beneficial for restoring mind-body-heart balance, which is especially needed in the chaotic modern times we all live in. Master Mingtong Gu shares, “I bring students on a journey where we deepen

quickly and cover what is most essential in realizing tangible and sustainable transformation. I offer participants all the ingredients of this energy medicine— which have been proven to be most effective for healing—and guide them in using these ingredients in their daily practice to access and harness the medicine they need.” The practical benefits of Wisdom Healing Qigong also extend to the spiritual. “Qigong brings a spiritual force into the physical dimension, thereby completing the spiritual purpose of life: transformation, manifestation and fulfillment,” says Master Gu, who shares that his intentions for the healing intensive retreats are clear: “To present and share the profound power and depth of this system, along with its simplicity, accessibility and sustainable benefits, and do so in a concentrated form.” Loeswick adds, “There’s nothing better than getting a second chance in life.” Location: The Center for Wisdom Healing Qigong, just 15 minutes South of Santa Fe in Galisteo. For more information, visit See ad below.

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Eating Vegan on the Road

Clever Ways to Eat Healthy Anywhere by Judith Fertig


raveling can be tricky for those trying to eat a plant-based diet, especially on long stretches of highway. More than 33 percent of Americans, or 100 million-plus people, are eating vegan/vegetarian meals more often, even if they do not adhere to a strict plant-based lifestyle, concluded a 2011 Harris Interactive study commissioned by the Vegetarian Resource Group. Here is what the discerning traveler can do when hunger strikes. Start by looking for vegan pit stops before you go. Identify a plant-friendly restaurant group, such as Dr. Andrew Weil’s True Food Kitchen (now in 12 states), and then Google for their locations. Smartphone apps such as Finding Vegan and Happy Cow help point the way to vegan-friendly restaurants around the world. This month, Natural Awakenings asked three savvy travelers how they manage plant-based eating wherever they go. For Dustin Harder, eating well on the road is a matter of research and preparation. He is the New York Citybased chef/host of the online program The Vegan Roadie, with 100 U.S. restaurant visits and counting and now seeking 14

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crowdfunding for its third season, set in Italy. Harder has learned to investigate his dining options ahead of time, and always packs a travel-size, high-speed blender, lots of trail mix and his favorite condiments of sriracha (bottled hot sauce) and nutritional yeast. “You can locate great vegan restaurants in surprising places if you search online before you travel,” he says, listing Viva Vegeria and La Botanica, in San Antonio, Texas, and The Red Fern, in Rochester, New York, among his finds. Where vegan restaurants are scarce, he turns to plant-based options at Chipotle Mexican Grill and Panera Bread. His DIY hotel-room cuisine favorites are a Hotel Smoothie, Banushi (banana sushi) and Pizzadilla, a cross between a pizza and a quesadilla, “cooked” in aluminum foil using a hotel iron and ironing board. Matt Frazier, a runner and co-author of the No Meat Athlete Cookbook, recently went on the road for a selffunded book tour. Not only had he left his high-powered blender back home with his family in Asheville, North Carolina, he was on a tight budget. “The trick that has helped me not just survive, but thrive on the road is eating fresher, more whole and more raw,”

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Vegan DIY Room Service by Dustin Harder

Hotel Smoothie Yields: 1 serving 1 cup filtered water or apple juice Handful or two of tender, baby greens, such as baby spinach or kale 1 banana, peeled, or another favorite soft, peeled fruit Put the water, greens and banana in a high-speed, travel-sized blender and blend until smooth. Natural Awakenings recommends using organic and non-GMO (genetically modified) ingredients whenever possible.


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he says. He recommends filling up on kale, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, nuts and seeds, berries, beans, onions and mushrooms. Lindsay S. Nixon, author of The Happy Herbivore Guide to PlantBased Living and related cookbooks, has traveled from her home in Los Angeles across the country and around the world, finding plant-based foods wherever she goes. “Almost every city has a Thai or Italian restaurant where you should be able to find something on the menu or adapt a dish to stick with plants,” she says. “You might have to get a little creative. I once asked for salsa and a plain, baked potato; not a bad combo, as it turns out.” Wherever we find ourselves, we can still find healthy ways to eat.


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ibrance Vegan restaurant in Albuquerque is celebrating their one year anniversary this month. “We’ve been receiving so many rave reviews—from vegans and non-vegans alike. It means a lot when people share accolades about their dining experience,” shares restaurant owner, Karen Hammer. In 2010, Hammer enrolled in California’s Living Light Culinary Arts School and soon after, began teaching raw vegan cooking classes. When she realized that the restaurant scene lacked healthy raw food choices, she decided to open up her own restaurant. Vibrance offers a gallery space featuring local artists, music and healthy foods in a casually elegant setting. “Check out our outdoor patio which features a water fountain, a fire pit, and amazing views of theSandia’s,” says Hammer. Vibrance’s plant-based menu features a variety of options including vegetable wraps, house-made gluten-free pizza, raw vegan pizza, kale chips, hummus and much more. Desserts include chocolate turtle cheesecake and lemon bars. Beverage menu items include freshly made limeade, hibiscus tea infusion, herbal and black teas, French press coffee, and house-made kombucha. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. including a $20 Sunday brunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: 4500 Silver Ave. S.E. in Albuquerque. For more information, call 505-639-3401 or visit See ad with July special, to the right.

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An Awesome Antidote to Polarization by Kirk J. Schneider


e live in polarized times. The current polarization of the American electorate and federal government is rooted in “the polarized mind”, a fixation by individuals on one point of view that excludes differing views and provokes intolerance. Complex issues become black and white, and those with differing views or lifestyles are demonized. Beyond politics, this is seen in gun violence and terrorism, corporate abuses of health and safety, and religious and ethnic strife—affecting major aspects of our daily lives. An antidote to polarization is awe—the wonder of being alive; living life with hope, respect, humility, wonder and a deep reverence for the adventure of living. Psychology experiments at Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley, have shown those that practice awe are better able to see outside their own experiences and appreciate other points of view, which can transcend the tunnel vision and pettiness of a polarized atmosphere. Here are some basic steps toward cultivating a sense of awe: n Appreciate the passing nature of time and life. Even while doing

thing disagreeable, slowing down and affirming the preciousness of the moment can sometimes render alternative perspectives. n Be open to discovery and surprise. This is especially helpful if we are constantly locked in by assumptions about people or things. Think how politicians might benefit by being open to the possibility of discovery or surprise during delicate negotiations. The same principle can hold true with family and friends. n Step outside the box of personal judgments and consider the bigger picture of life. Replace the prison of self-criticism often stemming from comparing ourselves with idealized media images with appreciation of the many facets of who we are and what we can become.   Psychologist Kirk J. Schneider, Ph.D., is past editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, president-elect of the Existential-Humanistic Institute and adjunct faculty at Saybrook and Columbia universities, in New York City. His books include Awakening to Awe, The Polarized Mind and The Spirituality of Awe: Challenges to the Robotic Revolution. Visit

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he fourth annual Santa Fe Yoga Festival will take place over Labor Day Weekend, August 31 to September 3 in Santa Fe. The event features a multi-day celebration of daily meditations, yoga classes with nationally renowned instructors, hikes, farm-to-table dinners, DJ hosted pool parties, and live music. The Santa Fe Yoga Festival was founded in early 2014 by Kurt Young, a local businessman and founder of the Santa Fe Film Festival, along with Pamela Serna, a Santa Fe yoga devotee. This year’s managing executive directors for the festival are Keisha Wixom and Shibana Singh. “The opportunity to bring our yoga community together with world renowned instructors, speakers and musicians in this breathtaking location is truly exciting,” says Young. “We know that as a destination, Santa Fe is already a hot spot, and it is the perfect atmosphere for people searching for a chance to reflect, focus on fitness of the mind and body, and soul while connecting with others.” New to this year’s festival is Dharma Talk, which showcases select members of the community sharing their insights and yogic wisdom. According to Young, each year attendance has risen dramatically. “In the first year the festival had about 750 tickets sold. In the second year the total attendance was approximately 3,000. Last year the tally was around 4,500. This year is no different, record crowds are expected,” he says. “We are blessed beyond belief and deeply grateful,” says Young. “We really focus on the whole body connection while striving to create a space where the attendee is immersed in an atmosphere where positive changes may find

their way to that individual. Within that space, they are able to make lasting, positive transformations.” In addition to yoga and talks about wellness, there is always an Ayurvedic coach on hand to help people with diet choices in addition to several Ayurvedic cooking classes. For musical entertainment, over the last few years the group has coordinated with AMP concerts and brought in such acts Michael Franti, Grace Potter, Chris Chickering, Mental Physix and the Joey Lugassy Band as well as others. This year there will be at least a dozen acts. In addition to music, movies are another common theme of the event. The first year the movie Awakening was shown to a sold-out crowd. The second year Dying to Know was also shown to a sold-out crowd. This year the festival will offer a showing of The Last Dalai Lama. Food is always ever-present as well. Last year’s Wine and Chocolate Yoga was a huge hit and will be continued this year as will the annual opening farm-to-table opening night dinner. The festival went through a rough opening year, but survived the first-year startup and has since become a fixture in the summer line up in Santa Fe. Dozens of businesses annually earmark funds to support the event, which in turn donates money back to the community. “One really fun thing last year was that we had so many attendees from different types of backgrounds that came out to join us on the mat,” recalls Young. “We had people from young kids to football players, all the way to the very elderly members of the community who came out to enjoy the offerings. We feel like we are really getting out to the community at large now, and we hope we are making a positive link in connecting wellness with fun.” Cost: Early bird passes are on sale until July 31 for $199; Adventure Passes and Fiesta 1 Day Passes will be on sale for $99. After that, ticket prices rise to $299 and $199. Tickets are also available for individual speakers and events. For more information visit See ad, page 3.

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Consciousness, Wellness, Wisdom and Community Four Keys to Living the Lives We Are Blessed and Born To Live by George Cappannelli


hese four words are keys to a new world. They also describe the vision and spirit that have brought Sedena and George Cappannelli, cofounders of AgeNation and champions of an age-friendly world, together with Mingtong Gu, internationally renowned Qigong Master, teacher and healer and founder of The Chi Center, in a fortuitous and heart-felt collaboration. “Our goal, significant, but at its core simple and clear,” shares George. “Bring leading wisdom keepers together with people passionate about learning and living their lives more fully to contribute their insights, tools, practices and recommendations that support all of us, individually and collectively, in making a very complex and challenging passage. It’s a passage we know is necessary, but certainly not easy.” George explains that “although the times we are living are reverberating from the clash of departing values and old story practices struggling tenaciously to retain their limiting grip 18

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on us, remarkable, relevant, emerging new stories are offering us greater hope and promise. There are abundant opportunities for individual and collective creative expression and responsible engagement and pathways to new levels of consciousness, a greater commitment to genuine wellness, a celebration of true wisdom and the opportunity to contribute to the next stage of heart-centered community.” This is the reason the trio has created the Qigong and Conscious Aging event being held August 4 to 6 in Galisteo, New Mexico. “For this event we invited people we consider to be truth tellers and wisdom keepers to join us at Mingtong’s beautiful new 80 acre retreat complex in the rolling landscape just 15 minutes south of Santa Fe,” shares George. “Wisdom keepers who will inspire us, talented musicians who will lift our spirits, an informative panel who will answer some of our questions, the world conference premier of an uplifting television special that will bring another group of remarkable and gifted authors, nourishing food to

stimulate our palettes and, above all, the opportunity for us to gather together in celebration, sharing and remembrance of Buckminster Fuller’s sage advice, ‘We are called to be the architects of the future, not its victims’.” Wisdom Keepers include poet, mystical scholar and spiritual teacher, Andrew Harvey; internationally renowned author and mind, body, spirit way shower, Joan Borysenko; globally recognized ecumenical teacher and truth teller, Fr. Richard Rohr; New York Times best-selling author and gifted guide to insight and intuition, Judith Orloff; Honorary Research Fellow at University of Wales Trinity Saint David and author of Near-Death Experience, Dr. Gregory Shushan; and author, documentarian and expert on sustainability, Nathan Crane. “One of the most joyful and gifted teachers of qigong in the world and a way shower who will weave the magic and power of Wisdom Healing Qigong throughout the weekend, Master Mingtong Gu,” shares George. In addition, George and Sedena Cappannelli will share information from their award-winning books Do Not Go Quietly, Getting Unstuck and the Best is Yet to Be. Add in the celebratory music and dance performance of Grammy Award Winner, Robert Mirabal and the talents of other gifted performers including Consuleo Luz and Michael Cott. “All of this and more, just a stone’s throw away from the historic Santa Fe Plaza, on beautiful land under the magical and expansive New Mexico sky where we can all play, learn, celebrate, share our gifts and our commitment to creating a more conscious, compassionate, empowering world and explore valuable keys to a vibrant future,” says George. “So come, let us together be the midwives of the new story and in the process answer some of the fundamental questions each of us is being asked in this time.” For more information on this event, visit www.QCA.LIVE. For more information on Master Mingtong Gu and George Cappannelli, co-hosts of Qigong and Conscious Aging, visit and

Why Qigong and Conscious Aging? by George Cappannelli


nusual times call for innovative and usual strategies. And this is certainly an unusual time. An unprecedented demographic revolution will soon see approximately 50 percent of our population in almost every major industrialized country in the world, over 50 years of age at the same time, for the first time in history. Add in the other sweeping ecological, economic, scientific, technological and political changes taking place on our planet at this time, and what some call the speeding up of influences from the spiritual dimensions. Factor in some of the growing divides and the lack of compassion and commitment to the well-being of the people of this nation and it becomes clear that we are living in times riddled with challenges, but also abundant in opportunities. For it is clear that each of us is being asked to play increasingly more active and vital roles in our individual well-being and that of the world. And this is where we believe the 5,000 year old practice—the art, science, technology and way of being—known as qigong comes into play. This once secret body of teachings available only to the elite in the ancient world is available to all of us and gives us a path by which we can reclaim our health and access our energetic resources. This is also where the valuable strategies and tools of conscious living and aging play their part. These skills can help us forgive more easily, live in greater gratitude and wonder, improve our ability to communicate more effectively, gain easier access to our intuition, insight and creativity, and move past limiting beliefs and habitual behaviors to live more resilient, active, engaged and joyful lives. By combining the wisdom of qigong and tools for conscious aging, we get the opportunity to discover how the energy of consciousness is alive within every aspect of our lives. It helps us to answer more of our questions about life’s mysteries and conundrums. We realize how, by healing ourselves, we can heal our world. We also learn how

this way of being can offer us a constructive pathway forward in an interdependent, co-creative future. Qigong and Conscious Aging provides the opportunity to remember that we all stand on this one beloved Mother Earth. We breathe the same air and sleep under the same stars. We all ask many of the same questions that live within our hearts. Indeed, as the poet Mark Nepo reminds us, “What we reach for may appear to be different, but what makes us reach is the same.” Yes, we all seek a way forward that flows freely with love and compassion where everyone is able to lead rich, inspired and fulfilling lives. “The Cappannellis remind us that the road to a more conscious future passes directly through the process of harvesting the wisdom and experience of the past and in writing a new ‘third act’ for the future.” Rabbi Zalman Schacther-Shalomi. “In June I attended a Healer Within Workshop presented by Mingtong Gu and realized that this Parkinson’s journey could become a wonderful adventure. Qigong became my tour guide and with daily practice at home, I eventually showed no signs of Parkinson’s at all.” Bianca Molle, School Teacher. “We have used many of the concepts that George and Sedena Cappannelli teach in their coaching work and have found them to be invaluable.” Brewster Shaw, US Astronaut, VP of Human Space Flight for Boeing. “Before I did Qigong with Master Mingtong Gu, my body was swollen from my face to my knees with lymphedema, complications from multiple cancer surgeries. My energy was as low as my spirit. One month after I began Qigong I went to my Osteopath. He was astounded at the change in my body.” Gina Thompson, retired Executive Director. “The diverse and inclusive message that George and Sedena Cappannelli bring is cutting edge, forward thinking and revolutionary. By empowering people who have walked 50+ years on this planet to be actively involved and by reminding us that we are the ones that we have been waiting for, you help us to rally our resources and take the leadership role of going forward.” Tom Senger, spiritual seeker and social activist.

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Qigong and Conscious Aging Conference Agenda August 4-6 Saturday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Friday Evening 6:00 PM to 9:15 PM

9:00 Welcome Opening Prayer – Envisioning Master Mingtong Gu – Qigong Practice

6:00 to & 6:45 - VIP Reception 7:00

Short Qigong and Conscious Aging Video Mingtong, George and Sedena welcome Opening Conference Prayer - Native Elder Possible Mayor and other Dignitaries Remarks Envisioning & Introduction of Haola Chant


Inspiring Musical performance


George and Sedena Cappannelli – Conscious Aging Introduction


Master Mingtong Gu – Qigong Introduction


Dr. Joan Borysenko – Key Note


Music- Whole Audience Song


Overview of Saturday & Sunday Program


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10:15 Break 10:30 Music 10:45 Speakers George and Sedena Cappannelli – Conference Premier of Wisdom Keeper Television Special – Hosted by Julie Moran, George and Sedena explore the challenges and remarkable opportunities of the Demographic Revolution with guests: Jean Houston, Ram Dass, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Michael Meade, Barbara Marx Hubbard and Reverend Michael Bernard Beckwith 11:30 Dr Gregory Shushan – Research Fellow, University of Wales Trinity Saint David – An inspiring talk on this book - Near-Death Experience, Shamanism In Ancient Cultures 12:30 Lunch

1:30 Inspiring Music or short inspiring Video 1:45 Father Richard Rohr 2:45 Break 3:00 Father Richard Rohr – Q&A 3:30 Grandmother Flordemayo – Pre-recorded Wisdom Keeper Talk 4:15 Master Mingtong Gu – Sound Healing. 5:00 Dinner Break

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Saturday Evening 6:30 to 9:00 PM Qigong and Conscious Aging Concert 6:30

Evening Event – Opening Enisioning


Music by Michael Cott and other New Mexico Performers


Featured Musical and Dance Performance by Grammy Award Winner, Robert Mirabal


Close, Overview of Sunday, Envisioning

Dr. Joan Borysenko

Dr. Judith Orloff

Sunday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Dr. Gregory Shushan

Nathan Crane

9:00 Welcome Opening Prayer and Envisioning Master Mingtong Gu – Qigong Practice 10:00 Break 10:15 Speaker Andrew Harvey 11:15 Andrew Harvey Q&A 12: 00 Lunch 1:15 Health & Wellness Panel 2:15 Dr. Judith Orloff 3:15 George and Sedena Cappannelli – The Best Is Yet To BE 4:00 Closing Ceremony Music Dancing Closing chant and prayer

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octors, health experts and fitness gurus tell us that we should break a sweat every day—and for good reason. Sweat not only activates a host of benefits tied to healthboosting exercise, perspiring itself is curative. Whether sitting in a sauna, walking on a warm day or working out, sweating is a necessary bodily function with powerful healing effects. By clearing out a range of toxins, sweat plays an essential role in the body’s natural detoxifying function. Here are some of the toxins it helps eliminate:




organic pollutants (solvents, fumigants and insecticides): A clinical study of

20 participants published in BioMed Research International found that their sweat samples contained a range of toxins, including pesticides DDT/DDE, endosulfan, methoxychlor and endrin. Nearly all parent compounds of these pesticides were evident, demonstrating that sweating is an effective way of excreting and diminishing the body’s toxic burden. One sweat sample contained some pesticides not present in the subject’s blood or urine samples, suggesting that some pesticides are only mobilized and eliminated through sweating.

Phthalate (plasticizer): Phthalate, found in plastic products, is also removed through sweat. Research published in the Scientific World Journal evaluated blood, sweat and urine samples from 20 individuals and discovered that all of them contained the common mono2-ethylhexyl phthalate (MEHP). The concentrations of this toxin in sweat were more than twice as high as those in the urine, showing that sweating may be the best way of ridding the body of this endocrine-disrupting compound.


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Heavy metals: Another study of 20 patients reported in the Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology found that subjects’ sweat contained about 24 times more cadmium, 19 times more nickel, 16 times more lead and almost three times more aluminum than their urine. Overall, sweat proved more effective than urine at removing 14 of the 18 heavy metals studied. It also contained and, therefore, expelled larger quantities of 16 of the 18 metals than the blood samples did. Of all the metals, aluminum was found at the highest concentrations in sweat, with zinc, copper and nickel also occurring at relatively high levels.


Bisphenol A (BPA): Researchers reporting in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health examined the blood, urine and sweat of 20 participants for BPA, an endocrine-disrupting toxin found in canned foods, plastic water bottles and other items. Of the 20 sweat samples collected, 16 contained BPA, while only 14 urine and 2 blood samples tested positive for the toxin. This reveals that sweat is the most effective way of removing BPA build-up in the body; just as vital, it demonstrates that testing blood or urine for toxicity levels may not present the whole picture.

A wide range of activities, including exercising and engaging in sports, can help us break a sweat. A low-impact option is spending time in a sauna. Notably, in a focused study, the sweat from an infrared sauna expelled more bis-

muth, cadmium, chromium, mercury and uranium than that produced by a steam sauna. The steam sauna caused higher levels of arsenic, aluminum, cobalt, copper, manganese, nickel, lead, tin, thallium and zinc to be excreted (Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology). Hydration is essential in maximizing all these health benefits. Failure to hydrate properly during and after sweating can lead to other health problems. An easy rehydration practice is to step on the scales right before and after sweating; the weight lost is the optimum amount of water to drink afterwards (Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine). For reference, one pound of water is slightly less than a one-half liter. Sweat contains minerals essential for optimal functioning of the whole body. Following excessive sweating, it’s important to replace the minerals lost, especially zinc, copper, selenium, chromium and potassium. Coconut water is a good source of potassium; nuts, seafood, whole grains and legumes generally contain relatively high doses of zinc, copper, selenium and chromium. The next time the couch and air conditioning beckon, think of all the “sweaty” benefits about to be sacrificed. Breaking a sweat might seem like an effort, but it keeps internal detox systems healthy and optimally functioning. Deanna Minich, Ph.D., is an author, teacher and researcher, as well as founder of Food & Spirit, a framework to integrate ancient healing traditions with modern science. She leads online detox programs as part of her whole-self approach to health. Connect at

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Take Toxins Out of Your Life by Meredith Montgomery


he term “detox” has been gaining traction in health circles, but cleansing practices have existed for millennia, ranging from Egyptian hydrotherapy to Medieval Lenten practices and Native American fasting, smudging and sweat lodges. The truth is that we need cleansing now more than ever—to rid our bodies of chemical overload and our minds of negative thinking. The Environmental Defense Fund has counted more than 100 chemicals produced in the U.S. that are present in everyday products and hazardous to humans and the environment. “Our body is a natural detoxifier, ridding itself of toxins through pooping, peeing, sweating and shedding skin. But in our current toxic overload situation, it’s not always an efficient process,” observes Deanna Minich, Ph.D., an author and functional nutritionist in Washington state. Some experts believe many commercial detoxification programs are unsafe, extreme and ineffective. “Psychologically, a short-term cleanse can act as a stepping stone if you’re eating fast food and donuts every day,” says Dr. Michael Greger, a Washington, D.C., physician specializing in clinical


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nutrition and author of How Not to Die. “What matters more is longterm—what you’re eating a decade from now. No quick fix is going to do it, it’s a lifestyle change.”

Feed Your Microbiome

When the microbiome becomes depleted, overall health is affected. Dr. Robynne Chutkan, a gastroenterologist at Georgetown University Hospital, founder of the Digestive Center for Wellness, in Washington, D.C., and author of Gutbliss and The Microbiome Solution, explains, “The GI tract is the body’s engine, and microbes are the worker bees that operate the machinery so that digestion and toxin removal can happen.” She recommends switching to a plant-filled diet to effectively repopulate the microbiome and be aware of how food is grown. “Much store-bought produce, even organic options, is grown in depleted soil. Seek out biodynamic farmers that prioritize nutrient-rich soil to foster microbes,” Chutkan says. Even planting a couple of herbs or microgreens on the kitchen windowsill can make a difference. “Just picking those herbs and getting your hands in healthy dirt increases your exposure to healthpromoting microbes.”

“Health and wealth have become associated with cleanliness, yet the opposite is probably true,” assesses Chutkan. “Kids come in from the playground to use hand sanitizers and eat processed snacks. Instead, discard the microbiome-disrupting sanitizer and provide fresh vegetables for them to eat outside. We don’t want kids exposed to any serious pathogens, but getting a little dirty is essential.” Studies have found that children with pets are more likely to have fewer allergies and infections and take fewer antibiotics than those living in pet-free households (Clinical & Experimental Allergy and Kuopio University Hospital, Finland). Pets that venture outdoors bring healthy microbes inside; so does fresh air, which purifies poorer quality indoor air. Chutkan also warns of excessive bathing. “When we scrub ourselves, we rub off microbes and naturally occurring oils; unless we’re filthy, we just need to gently rinse.” Marketers convince consumers that products with toxic ingredients are necessities, but coconut oil, apple cider vinegar and honey can effectively replace many toiletries.


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Burn Fat Cells

According to ayurveda, burning fat fuels detoxification because toxins from preservatives, pollutants, pesticides and other damaging chemicals are stored in our fat cells. When fat is metabolized and used as an energy source, the toxins are released, ready to be flushed out. “When we’re not burning fat, toxins can accumulate, cause congestion in the lymphatic channels, overwhelm the liver and ultimately be deposited back into fat cells or stored in the arteries, heart and brain,” comments Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner Dr. John Douillard, of Boulder, Colorado. He’s the author of Eat Wheat and a former director of player development and nutrition advisor for the New Jersey Nets professional basketball team.

Reboot with a Quick Cleanse

To stimulate the body’s natural ability to burn fat, Douillard recommends a four-day, at-home detox cleanse. “The digestive system is responsible for delivering nutrients and escorting dangerous toxins out of your body; if you can’t digest well, you can’t detoxify well,” he says. Unlike drastic fasts and juice cleanses, which can deplete nutrients, he recommends stimulating fat metabolism with a cleanse that starts each morning with melted ghee followed by a simple nonfat diet throughout the day. According to research published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, ghee, a clarified butter, has been proven to remove environmental toxins by attaching to toxic fats. Kitchari, the staple of the meal plan, is a nourishing and easy-to-digest, porridge-like blend of beans, rice and Indian spices. “When you eat a mono diet of just kitchari, your body can transfer the energy that normally goes toward digestion into cleansing and healing other systems,” says Douillard. For those not ready to maintain such a limited diet, he recommends a polydiet with the option to add seasonal steamed vegetables, oatmeal and other gluten-free grains.

Few Snacks, More Water

Work toward eating three meals a day—a light breakfast, big lunch and light and early dinner—without snacking in-between, and fasting for 13 hours each night. Douillard notes, “This regimen should be maintained beyond the cleanse because it gives the body a chance to use up its carbohydrates—its normal, go-to fuel—and switch to its calmer, more stable, detoxifying fuel— body fat.” Adapt the cleanse to avoid strain, because when under stress, the lymphatic system shuts down and the body stores fat and toxins. “If three meals a day with no snacks is not possible yet, have a nonfat high-protein snack and plan to eat more protein at your next meal,” suggests Douillard. “Or start with four meals, and work your way down to three.” Aim to drink half your healthiest body weight in ounces of room-temperature water every day, while also sipping warm-to-hot water—believed to soften the intestinal tract, move the lymph and hydrate the cells more effectively than cold water—every 10 to 15 minutes for two weeks. Plain water has a hydrating effect that not even lemon water can replicate.

Emotional Release

“Toxins are best understood less as poisons than as barriers—obstacles to the life and health we truly want,” says Minich. As a functional medicine nutritionist, she believes that food as medicine is only one aspect of full-spectrum health. Her approach revolves around clusters of nutritional, anatomical, psychological and spiritual life issues that can be jointly detoxified, supported and healed. “Good eating alone will not necessarily solve our emotional woes or stop our limiting beliefs and toxic self-talk,” she explains in Whole Detox, a book based on a whole-life, whole-systems, whole-foods approach to detoxification. “We need to remove all the barriers that impede our growth. Limiting thoughts, as well as heavy metals and pesticides, are toxic barriers that weigh us down,

sapping energy that might be used for better things.” Her 21-day program is designed to establish long-term lifestyle changes with simple habits. She recommends monitoring our emotions and tracking thoughts with daily writing exercises. “Look at yourself like you’re examining a food label to get to the root of limiting patterns,” she says, encouraging questions such as, “Is this thought healthy for me?” or, “Do I want this thought in my being?” Be mindful of speech as well; swearing, exaggerating and interrupting can have deleterious effects, while uplifting affirmations can inspire positive actions. She attests that visualization can help prevent the creative self from shutting down, another aspect of toxicity. “Be intuitive and imaginative; allow creative expression to flow. Before you can manifest what you want in life, you have to envision it.” Minich wants patients to invite introspection by taking a few minutes each day to be in solitude and silence, allowing meaning and purpose to surface. Daily stress relief practices such as meditation, yoga, self-massage and mindful breathing can foster stress reduction. “Life shouldn’t feel like an emergency. We need to navigate around stress so we’re not inundated by it,” counsels Douillard. By extracting toxins through sweat and circulating nutrients, physical activity is equally important for detoxification, but it’s also a form of self-love. “It expands your sense of possibilities, freeing you to go where you will and to carry burdens lightly,” Minich says. In this age of personalized medicine, Minich encourages patients to focus on the parts of a detox program that they need most, whether it’s diet, exercise, massage, emotional wellbeing or spirituality. She reminds us that the desire and need to cleanse is universal.“Detox is as old as humankind.” Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Gulf Coast Alabama/Mississippi (HealthyLiving

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naturalways Detoxification for Improved Health by Dr. Harold Steinberg


ver the years, more and more clients are sharing that they are tired, feeling out of sorts, or just plain exhausted but their blood and urine tests show they are “normal.” Is the reason they are feeling poorly just “in their head?” The answer is no; many of their health issues are caused by toxin overload in the body. Toxins are harmful chemicals found in the environment that may accumulate in the body. These chemicals can affect the functioning of our organs and therefore affect the performance of our bodies. Toxins can be stressful and inflammatory to the body which can lead to many illnesses and disease conditions. What is a Toxin? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention list hundreds of chemicals found in our blood. These toxins include pesticides sprayed on fruits and vegetables, genetic modifications to our grains and vegetables, arsenic in foods like rice and in household building materials, acrylamide found in cigarette smoke and in fried foods, insecticides in agricultural produce, antibiotics in animals due to mass vaccinations, bisphenol A in plastics and food wraps, triclosan in anti-bacterial soaps, and volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) used in everything from perfumes to carpets. Then there are fungicides and herbicides, plus loads of pharmaceuticals dumped in the toilet that winds up in our drinking waters. Body Detox Organs Our body detoxes the above chemicals and pharmaceuticals through the liver and kidneys. But these organs can be overburdened with the vast number of environmental toxins that we are exposed to daily. There are two stages of detox the liver performs to help remove these chemicals. The body needs the correct nutrition to work these phases effectively. The first stage needs B vitamins, vitamins A and C and E, milk thistle, flavonoids and phospholipids. The second phase needs cruciferous vegetables, fish oils, fiber and probiotics and amino acids. These vitamins and food products should be of natural food sources and organic. To reduce stress on the organs we need to evaluate the products we use on our bodies and to clean our homes. Conventional chemical-based grooming and household cleaning products should be replaced with natural, eco-friendly products. In addition, there is a variety of beneficial foods to help your body achieve the correct nutrients for the liver and kidneys. Fermented foods like probiotic-rich yogurt, kimchi and kombucha are good for gut bacteria; leafy greens have the alkalizing minerals and chlorophyll to remove toxins; beets help clean the blood and are rich in fiber which helps feed small intestine bacteria; herbs and spices like cilantro, turmeric, ginger, licorice, oregano and fennel can help detox; and sulfur-rich foods like eggs, garlic and onions can boost glutathione in liver phase 1 and 2. Besides good eating and cleaning habits, working with a practitioner who uses inoffice techniques like a quantum energy biofeedback computer system to analyze each body’s needs can help restore health. Should You Detox? The answer is absolutely yes. We are being bombarded every day with chemicals in our foods, clothing, drinking water and beauty products. This adds to the heavy toxic chemical load our body is fighting. The use of over-the-counter medication and prescription drugs can affect the nutritional balance in our bodies. There are many detoxing protocols published and many harsh colon cleanses available to rid the body of toxins. These techniques can be hard to manage and can make a person feel worse. By working with a practitioner skilled in detoxification techniques, each person can find an easier and less stressful way unload those toxins from their bodies and return to better health. Harold Steinberg, DC, APC, DACBN, can be reached at 505-473-0057. His office is located at 3600 Rodeo Ln., #B5 in Santa Fe. To read the complete article go to See ad, page 29. 26

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Naturopathic Medical Approach to Safe and Thorough Detoxification by Dr. Karla Koch


hronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer, thyroid and autoimmune disorders are rising steeply in incidence at ever-younger ages. There is strong evidence that the primary cause is toxin overload. The first step in reversing this trend is to stop letting the toxins into our bodies through clean food, air, water, cleaning and beauty products, as well as relationships - both with ourselves and with others. Then it is time to begin a deeper level of cleansing. First, we begin with gut mobilizing and repair, then liver support, and finally kidney clearing. This order of cleansing is extremely important to avoid clogging the system and making problems worse by mobilizing and then re-depositing nasty toxins in new and more dangerous areas. Reducing the toxic load can be done solo, starting today, but the next and deeper phases of cleansing should be done with experienced medical guidance while tracking physiological markers.   To custom design your detox protocol contact Karla Koch, ND, DOM, RN, of Salubrio Natural Healthcare at 505573-4325 or Visit for more information. Her office is located at 3536 Anderson Ave. SE, in Albuquerque.

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don’t feel well. My doctor says I am fine but I have a list of symptoms that bother me. This is one of the most challenging complaints a health practitioner can hear from his or her clients. While Western medicine successfully treats many conditions, it can ignore others, leaving one feeling frustrated with their lack of vibrant health. Partnering with a practitioner who focuses on addressing the whole person can be an invaluable way to restore one’s health. Not feeling well almost always comes from multiple issues that add up to improper nutrition, hormonal and/or digestive dysfunction, lack of exercise, and a body overwhelmed by natural and man-made toxins. When these issues are addressed, most people feel better. For those that don’t feel better, it just means the treatment is incomplete. One reason for an incomplete healing is the inability of cells that have been unwell to actively transport needed nutrients into themselves. A main cause of that is that many of us have digestive problems. If the GI tract tissue is also ill it makes optimal absorption of necessary nutrients difficult. One of the best solutions is to use intravenous nutrient intervention. IV Vitamin and Mineral Therapy places these nutrients into our bodies for short term high concentration. This higher concentration allows nutrients to pass into the cell itself through passive transport that doesn’t require cells participation. These necessary nutrients support the cell’s proper function. Optimizing the body’s ability to absorb nutrients by removing the block to proper function will enable the whole GI tract to repair its function to absorb nutrients and expel toxins. As cells heal, so do we. Annie Rafter, RN, CNP, GYN, Nurse Practitioner is the owner of Imana Medicine that uses IV Rejuvenation. For more information call 505-984-8262. Visit ImanaMedicine. com for a free toxic load evaluation questionnaire. See ad, page 22.

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MSM for Detoxification and Health by Brian Terry


hen it comes to daily detoxification and overall health benefits, there is nothing more beneficial than MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) can be very beneficial. Often called the “miracle supplement” or “beauty mineral”, MSM occurs naturally in the human body as a result of the food we eat. This “miracle supplement” provides biologically active sulfur, the fourth most plentiful mineral in the body, and is required for most critical bodily functions.   It is the ability of MSM to make the cell walls more permeable which is why supplementing with MSM is so important for detoxification.  As the cell walls become more permeable built-up waste products, toxins and heavy metals can more easily leave the body.  At the same time more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants can rush in to revitalize the cell and scavenge free-radicals.  In fact, many vitamins and minerals must bond with MSM before they can be utilized in the body.  MSM bonds with vitamin C to form collagen and create new and healthy tissues.  In this way MSM can radically improve skin health, reduce wrinkles, and create a more youthful appearance.  This also creates more elasticity in muscles and tendons and creates overall flexibility in the body and joints.  MSM is commonly used to treat arthritis, reduce inflammation, boost the immune system, accelerate healing, increase energy levels, detoxification, reduce pain and stiffness in the body, improve digestive and circulatory health, and for smoother skin, and thicker hair and nails.   MSM is a simple and effective way to detoxify the body and promote overall health.  MSM supplements are generally well-tolerated and rarely cause side effects, though it is important to use 100 percent pure organic sulfur.  Brian Terry is a structural integrator, health coach, craniosacral therapist, as well as a massage and bodywork instructor. He supports clients towards their optimum health through nutrition, supplementation, therapeutic bodywork, counseling and awareness practices. Contact: 970-222-2710, To order MSM: See ad, this page.

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Reduce Your Toxic Load by Cece James and Jessicca Kumaalla


e are exposed to environmental toxins, emotions, and processed/ GMO foods regularly. These poisons add to our toxic load, inflame the tissues, congest the liver, and can lead to a variety of diseases from digestive disorders to auto-immune and cancer. It is crucial that bodies detoxify these chemicals out. While some bodies are quite efficient at detoxification, many others are unable to for a variety of reasons. Cleansing a little bit every day instead of a crash course in detoxification is the key. A simple back-to-the basics approach can not only help avoid a detoxification backup, but prevent diseases from exponentially rising in our country. This approach includes: -Quality water  -Organic and healthy foods including grass-fed meats, raw dairy, healthy fats, and vegetables and greens -Regular exercise -Time spent in nature  -Breathing exercises -Emotional and spiritual awareness  -Environmental toxin awareness - Joy  Cece James, BS, CWK, HHP, and Jessicca Kumaalla, LMT, CWK, HHP, known as The Spiral Sisters, are founders of The Healing Spiral. They are Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioners/Educators and Certified Advanced Wholistic Kinesiologists with 40 years combined experience in the field of health and wellness. For more information, call 505-554-4976 or visit

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ules Klapper, founder of Cutting Edge in Santa Fe, is devoted to products that provide a holistic approach to keeping the body healthy, including those that help with cleansing and detoxification. “The digestive system is one element of overall good health,” he says. “Keeping your bowels moving is a key to proper detoxification. Clinical studies show that squatting is the most natural position for complete evacuation of waste and toxins. Incomplete elimination causes hemorrhoids, lethargy, fatigue and uncomfortable bloating.” “Clinical studies show that squatting is the most natural position for complete evacuation of waste and toxins,” says Dr. Monica Jones, developer of the HealthStep. “Incomplete elimination causes hemorrhoids, lethargy, fatigue and uncomfortable bloating.” Klapper explains that the squat position allows the puborectalis muscle to relax and unkink, and the bowel to align for complete elimination. “The HealthStep assists people in achieving this correct squat posture, which is the natural position people have been using for thousands of years,” Klapper says. Supplements can also aid the body in getting rid of toxins. “The HealthStep Colon Cleanse is an excellent complement to the HealthStep. It not only detoxifies the colon, but also the intestines, blood, urinary tract, kidneys and liver,” Jones says. Other detoxifying supplements include zeolite, which is widely used for heavymetal issues, and diatomaceous earth, which can be helpful for parasites, adds Klapper. Health Step can be purchased for $65.95, $55.95 each if you buy two or more. The cleanse supplement is $16.95. See showroom and online information below. Cutting Edge is located at 3201 Richards Ln., Ste. A in Santa Fe. For more information, call 505-982-2688 or visit See ad on page 28. 30

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ach minute of every day, the body systematically performs detoxification and cleansing processes to remove naturally occurring, internally generated metabolic waste plus the environmental toxins that invade our bodies. The organs and systems involved in this detoxification and cleansing process are the blood stream, digestive and intestinal tract, kidneys, liver, lungs and skin. Once toxins are recognized in the body, several processes are triggered. Through digestion, foods and liquids are broken down into the smallest particles possible so that they can pass through the cells of the intestinal tract into the blood stream; however, the intestinal tract cannot prevent all chemical toxins from passing into the blood stream. This is where the liver comes into play. The liver performs its role by turning the toxins into harmless liquids, solids or gases so that they can pass through the body. If the liver is overwhelmed with toxic material from the blood stream, it can become sluggish and less able to eliminate or store the toxins as efficiently. The blood stream then continues to circulate those toxins which can eventually disrupt the body’s homeostasis. Effective detoxification and cleansing of the body includes all processes and organs related to elimination. The best way to help the body in achieving a true, whole-body cleansing is to work on multiple levels at the same time. For more information visit or call 1-800845-2730. Products may be purchased online or locally at Sprouts and Natural Grocers in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. See ad, page 22.

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Ideas about Money

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oney influences our choice of job or home, and sense of security, worth and power; it can also make life more or less convenient. Yet, despite its essential importance, money is often a forbidden topic among family members.

Money Talk Taboo “We are not taught how to have a relationship with money on a psychological or spiritual level; it isn’t part of our culture,” explains Bari Tessler, a Boulder, Colorado, financial therapist and author of The Art of Money. “The majority of

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our parents and grandparents didn’t receive a financial education, so they don’t understand emotions that relate to money or how to talk about it.” Tessler works with individuals, couples and creative entrepreneurs to help them “claim their worth in the world and bring their skills and values into the marketplace,” she says. Money is a frequent source of tension among couples, but Tessler notes it wasn’t even talked about in her graduate-level psychology training. “Money is emotional territory for people. You can’t just go to a financial planner, plot a budget and be on your merry way,” she observes.

Shifting Our Perceptions To change our relationship with money, Tessler says we need to understand our “money stories” that include the ways in which our personal experiences, together with subconsciously inherited familial and cultural attitudes, shape how we think about money. “The first step to changing our money habits is being willing to deal with the tough issues,” says Mayuri Onerheim, author of Money Spirituality Consciousness, a retired accountant and spiritual teacher of the Diamond Approach of selfrealization, in Larkspur, California. “There is no change without some discomfort. It’s part of the spiritual journey.” Self-care, forgiveness and acceptance are important throughout this process, advises Tessler, because many people bring feelings of guilt and shame to their relationship with money. She recommends doing a “body checkin” to become aware of our physical reaction to related issues, whether it’s going on a reckless spending spree or bracing to ask for a raise. This stage paves the way for the practical work of learning to manage our money in alignment with our values, goals and dreams. It begins with developing practices to track, review and reflect upon spending and earning patterns.

Tactical Tools Tessler recommends utilizing one of many free financial tracking tools like, or MoneyMinder She also suggests we rename their preloaded budget categories to reflect our personal relationships to

the areas of spending (e.g., “sanctuary” rather than mortgage; “my dream vacation” for savings targeted for time off; or “life happens” for late fees). For an enlightened view of cash flows, Onerheim suggests translating what was spent on something into the hours it took to earn the money. “This perspective can transform how we allocate resources and what we’re willing to spend money on,” she says. Vicki Robin, co-author of the bestseller Your Money or Your Life, espouses a similar approach: thinking of money in terms of hours of life energy. “Continually asking yourself whether you actually got fulfillment in proportion to life energy spent in each subcategory awakens the natural sense of knowing when enough is enough,” she writes. Tessler and Onerheim both encourage rethinking the idea that all earning is good and all spending is bad: “It’s about balancing needs and wants, and we need joy in life. It’s not about saving every penny and not enjoying yourself,” says Onerheim.

A Rewarding Journey Becoming financially conscious ultimately helps us fulfill our responsibility to be a good steward of the planet’s resources, according to Onerheim. “Money is a representation of myself in the world, so I want to take responsibility for where my money goes.” “Financial integrity is achieved by learning the true impact of your earning and spending, both on your immediate family and on the planet,” agrees Robin. “It is knowing what is enough money and material goods to keep you at the peak of fulfillment—and what is just excess and clutter.” All call for celebrating progress on the journey to financial wellbeing and know-how. “Take baby steps and reward yourself along the way,” counsels Tessler. “This is a lifelong journey.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

Sustainable Investing by Kate Stalter


ot that long ago, most investors didn’t look too hard at the social and environmental practices of the companies where they put their money. That’s changing rapidly, however. These days, sustainable investing, which integrates environmental, social and corporate governance metrics, is one of the fastest-growing investment approaches. But what exactly is sustainable investing? The term itself is often confusing, because it encompasses various philosophies. For example, it’s often confused with socially responsible investing, dubbed SRI. An SRI strategy typically excludes companies that earn revenue through manufacturing or selling certain products or services that some people consider objectionable. For example, many SRI investors screen out companies in the business of making military weapons, tobacco, alcohol or gambling equipment and facilities. Many of the SRI strategies have their roots in religious traditions—both conservative and progressive. John Wesley, a leader in the 18th century Methodist movement, was opposed to the slave trade, smuggling and other activities that were unsavory, illegal or which violated human rights. Over time, the Methodist church opposed investments in companies that manufactured tobacco products or alcohol. Today, some mutual funds and exchange-traded funds are geared toward religious groups that eschew so-called “sin stocks.” These strategies are difficult to bring to the mainstream because each person has a different idea of what a “sin stock” may be. One person may object to companies doing business in Darfur; another person may be adamantly opposed to contraceptives. Sustainable investing, on the other hand, often focuses on more measurable factors, such as greenhouse gas emissions, factory farming, the use of child labor, and manufacture of cluster munitions. These metrics set sustainable investing approaches apart from many SRI strategies, which rely on various opinions in lieu of rigorous screening methodologies. Sustainable investing strategies may also include companies making measurable progress toward solving challenges such as social inequality, unfair business practices, and climate change. In the past, investors had to settle for inferior returns when pursuing sustainable strategies; today, that is less of a concern. According to the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment, “The evidence is clear that sustainable and responsible investors do not have to pay more to align their investments with their values, or to avoid companies with poor environmental, social or governance practices.” One reason that sustainable strategies perform as well as more traditional strategies: More and more developed and emerging-market companies are held to higher standards by institutional investors. Banks, mutual funds, pension funds and insurance companies, which account for at least three-quarters of all stock trading, are increasingly pressuring corporate boards to decrease or end practices that threaten the environment or result in human-rights violations. This process, known as shareholder activism, threatens corporate boards with the withdrawal of investment dollars if companies don’t clean up their acts. That’s good news for individual investors who require a certain return to achieve their goals. Today’s sophisticated methods of screening out companies with objectionable practices mean that a retiree can still generate the income to finance his or her life, without compromising deeply held values and beliefs. Kate Stalter, co-owner of the New Mexico-based, independent firm Better Money Decisions, helps people throughout the state plan for retirement using sustainable investment strategies. Contact her at 844-507-0961, ext. 702, or for a free portfolio review. natural awakenings

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Institute, in Rhinebeck, New York, will host Family Week. Grownups attend workshops while kids participate in specialty camps; everyone convenes for meals, free time and evening entertainment. The campus relies on sustainable energy and local agriculture. Free tours are available at the environmental education center.

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Be a Kid Again With Your Own Family by Sandra Murphy


ummer is calling and so is the great outdoors. Here are some super vacation sites, inviting activities and ideas to spark summer fun with your family.

Hike It

“Hiking teaches kids respect for the outdoors and animals,” says Branch Whitney, a Mount Charleston, Nevada, author of three books on hiking. “Near Las Vegas, in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, sandstone rock affords a rare sight—year-round running water and lush ferns.” Ralph Stover State Park, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, offers easy walking trails and climbing rocks. When water levels are high, Tohickon Creek challenges paddlers and whitewater rafters.

Zip Lines and More

Holding the Guinness World Record for the longest and largest continuous eco zip line canopy tour in the world, historic Banning Mills, in Whitesburg, Georgia, will thrill tweens and teens. Enjoy a slower pace on the 12-mile Hike and Bike Trail, with nine suspension bridges, including the longest of its kind in North America. Stay in eco-friendly lodges, cabins and tree houses.

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in a family, pet-friendly atmosphere. A tent, fire pit, picnic table, water container, camp toilet, queen-size cot, grill, food storage and sun shower are provided. “Compared to other accommodations, each night at a Tentrr campsite saves 245 gallons of water and reduces CO2 output by 54 pounds per campsite,” estimates Michael D’Agostino, Tentrr’s founder and CEO. The secluded Lumberland, New York, campsite, along the Delaware River, sets its roomy tent on a wooden deck. Attractions include Adirondack chairs for unwinding and a nearby farmers’ market and restaurant. Enjoy hiking, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, swimming and fishing. Tentrr provides required life jackets and a shuttle to meet paddlers at their destination for the return trip to camp. From its original 35 sites, the organization recently expanded to 250 campsites, predominantly from Pennsylvania to Maine. This fall, they’ll also open sites in the Pacific Northwest from Northern California to Washington state. 

Head for the Beach

At Natural Bridges State Park, in California, visitors relish viewing shorebirds, migrating whales, seals and playful otters. Moore Creek forms freshwater wetlands and a salt marsh. There’s also a Monarch Butterfly Natural Preserve. At Kama’ole Beach Park III, in Maui, Hawaii, the small waves are so clear that

fish can be seen from the surface. Snorkeling gear rentals are available. Shaved ice stands keep everyone cool. Lakefront beaches like West Beach at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, on Lake Michigan’s southern tip, attract kids. They can earn beachcomber badges in the Junior Ranger program by finding three different-colored rocks or telling what plants they saw most often. In late August, Mayflower Beach, in Dennis, Massachusetts, hosts its annual local sand sculpture contest with divisions for kids and families creating the art together.

Go Farming

FarmWise, near Alpine Valley, in southeastern Wisconsin, gives children a personal peek into where their food comes from. They learn about life on a farm by tending livestock and farm pets, pruning fruit trees and weeding the garden. They also prepare snacks with the fruits of their day’s labor. The emphasis is on doing the work themselves, be it planting seeds or feeding pigs.

Experience Science

Science Saturdays at the EcoCenter at Heron’s Head Park, in San Francisco, are held every weekend with a focus on environmental education, park restoration, climate change science experiments, nature walks and citizen science excursions. “There are no other centers like it in the U.S.,” says staffer Jacqueline Murray. Learn more about this Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Platinum living classroom at

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Organic sidewalk chalk, fairy garden and birdhouse kits, and ideas for imaginatively using found items keep kids busy and happy; see BellaLuna Letterboxing combines a contemporary scavenger hunt, hike and mysterious clues; participants have fun locating hidden boxes and collecting stamp marks in personalized logbooks. Whether on a one- or two-week vacation or a weekend away, a daytrip or backyard activity, there are plenty of nurturing outdoor options for kids of all ages to experience when the weather heats up. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at


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SUNDAY, JULY 2 How to Beat the Sugar and Gluten Blues: SixWeek Series – 10-11:30am. Curb sugar and gluten addiction, regain health and well-being. Feel more energized, release allergies, heal, lessen medication intake, and decrease weight and bloating in six weeks. $299 (10% discount for UNMH/UNMMG employees), $30/course book and handouts paid to the instructor. The Source, 3532 Anderson Ave SE, Albuquerque. RSVP Michelle Hale: 505-925-4551.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 5 Loving Messages from Spirit – 6:30-8pm. Danelle, along with other guest mediums, will deliver messages from loved ones on the other side. $10; seating is limited. The Source, 1111 Carlisle SE, Albuquerque. RSVP 505-321-4121, P a c h a k u t i M e s a Tr a d i t i o n L i n k U p – 7-8:30pm. An opportunity to be part of a community of mesa carriers to learn from each other and share our mutual and unique experiences. Free.Directions & details: Dr. Phyllis Clay 505-918-4388.

FRIDAY, JULY 7 Community Drum Circle – 6-8pm. Join a community drum circle. No experience necessary. Drums will be provided. Ancestors’ Drum will lead us. Free. Eagle Ranch Church, 9660-6 Eagle Ranch Rd, Albuquerque. 505-891-3619, EagleRanchChurch@ Channeling Archangel Zadkiel – 6:15-7:30 pm. If you need to forgive, but cannot seem to do it, get the assistance of Archangel Zadkiel and the amethyst flame. Zadkiel embodies God’s freedom, alchemy, transmutation, forgiveness and justice. $20. Resonant Essentials, 7413 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque. 505-515-5088. Crystalhealer555.

Taichi Demo with Practice Instructions – 7:158:45pm. Experience the benefits of taichi for increased vitality at every age. Jane Barthelemy will demonstrate Beijing 24 Taichi, lead daily stretching routines, and give a sample taichi class. All levels welcome. $8/suggested donation, Santa Fe Community Yoga Center, 826 Camino de Monte Rey, Ste B1, Santa Fe. 505-216-1750. Deep Peace Concert – 7:30pm. With Paul Temple’s RadianceMatrix. A sonic journey into mystical realms with Tibetan bowls, flutes & mantras. $15/advance at or Body of Santa Fe, $20/day of. Body of Santa Fe, 333 W Cordova Rd, Santa Fe. 505-986-0362.

savethedate JULY 8 & 9 Simply Spicy: Exploration of Botanical and Culinary Medicine in Integrative Practice A state-of-theart two-day symposium on Herbs and Spices in Health and Medicine. Approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Pharmacy, Oriental Medicine and Nursing credit will also be offered. For additional information, please contact Continuing Medical Education & Professional Development at 505-272-3942 or Sagebrush Inn & Suites, 1508 Paseo Del Pueblo Sur, Taos. Conference Website:

SATURDAY, JULY 8 Cranio Sacral Basics – 9am-6pm. Learn to feel and connect to the basic cranial rhythms and see how they impact the body. You will learn how to give a full basic session. $575. Blue Desert Hale: 38 Pine Haven Rd, Tijeras. 505-428-9203. 505-503-5137. Intuitive Explosion: Class #1 – 10am-12pm. Learn to develop your gifts, strengthen what you are doing, be guided by spirit teachers. Adjusting/ fine tuning your intuition completes why you are here. $18/intro offer. Resonant Essentials, 7413 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque. RSVP: 505-4537646.

SUNDAY, JULY 9 Psychic Fair – 12-5pm. Intuitive readings $20 ($1/min); astrology $1/min; soma pi healing $15; chakra balancing/aura cleansing $20. Lectures every hour on the ½ hour on up-coming classes. Check website for details on readers and topics. Free. Resonant Essentials, 7413 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque. RSVP: 505-453-7646. Discover the Meanings of Your Dream – 2-4pm. Dreams allow spiritual, emotional and physical healing. What is said in the private Albuquerque Dream Group stays in the dream group. Consistent membership builds trust so members discover more layers of meaning in dreams. Meeting and membership info: or

savethedate SUNDAY, JULY 9 Wild Humans at The Remedy Summer Nights Performance Series – Doors open at 6pm. Join us for an immersive, magical, theatrical night with Albuquerque’s favorite Humans. $10 in Advance/$15 at the Door. 505265-9219. The Remedy Day Spa, 113 Vassar Dr SE, Albuquerque.

If This Were My Dream – 7-8:30pm. Jul 10&17. Dream sharing/exploration using dream researcher Montague Ullman’s magical process of exploring dreams together. $20/session. Directions and details: Dr Phyllis Clay 505-918-4388.

TUESDAY, JULY 11 Lifesongs Community Creative Ensemble – 2-3:30pm. An intergenerational creative collaboration between elders, youth, community members and artists. The Ensemble meets every Tuesday afternoon, utilizing music, movement, poetry, storytelling and other media to share life experiences and create new work together. Free. Academy for the Love of Learning, 133 Seton Village Rd, Santa Fe. 505-995-1860.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 12 Metaphysics for a Complicated World: Spirit Guides – 5:30pm-7:30pm. The terms angel, guides, guardians and teachers should not be used synonymously, nor be thought of as synonymous. They are as different as their functions/jobs. $30. Resonant Essentials, 7413 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque. RSVP: 505-453-7646.

THURSDAY, JULY 13 Cranio Sacral Unwinding Meridians Rhythms – 9am-6pm, Explore deeper cranial rhythms and the neutral touch. You will learn the unwinding process of the head, neck and extremities. $575. Blue Desert Hale: 38 Pine Haven Rd, Tijeras. 505-428-9203. 505-503-5137. Evening of Exploration: Reconnecting to our Second Nature – 6:30-9pm. This Evening of Exploration asks: How can we reawaken a deeper relationship with the natural world? What unconscious beliefs and assumptions might we hold that are contributing to this feeling of separateness? Free with registration. Academy for the Love of Learning, 133 Seton Village Rd, Santa Fe. 505-995-1860.

SATURDAY, JULY 15 Intuitive Explosion: Class #2 – 10am-12pm. Intuition brings in the light of truth. Learn about your gifts, strengthen what you are doing and new ways of accessing your intuition. Must have attended Class #1. $18/intro offer. Resonant Essentials, 7413 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque. RSVP: 505-453-7646.

SUNDAY, JULY 16 Creative Healing Workshop for Women – 11am-2pm, Learn to taproot down into your own personal healing reservoir of images and inner wisdom using Qi Gong, guided imagery, art making, and journaling. Come as you are. Leave transformed. $55 pre-register online. Call 505- 710-6960 or email amy@blurootstudios. com. Blu Root Studios, Albuquerque. Location given at time of registration.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 19 Metaphysics for a Complicated World: Prayer – 5:30-7:30pm. Prayer is a sincere expression of a wish/ hope to bring forth that which is desired. It must also be in alignment with our highest interest. Advanced class. $30. Resonant Essentials, 7413 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque. RSVP: 505-453-7646. Michelle@ Well Woman Drinks – 5:30-7:30pm. Enjoy a beverage and the company of Well Women in the community. Speaker Jesse Hunt has been in government and issue advocacy for 16 years. Learn about her strategic planning secrets. Free. Well Woman Life, Hotel Chaco, 2000 Bellamah Ave NW, Albuquerque. Info@ event-category/drinks/.

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FRIDAY, JULY 21 Movie: Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon – 7:159:30pm. Oscar winning epic film. A young Chinese warrior steals a sword and escapes into a world of romantic adventure. Amazing special effects, flying scenes, and breathtaking landscapes. $8/suggested donation, Santa Fe Community Yoga Center, 826 Camino de Monte Rey, Ste B1, Santa Fe. 505-2161750.

SATURDAY, JULY 22 Cranio Sacral Brain 1 – 9am-6pm. Develop the skills to harmonize the symmetry of the brain for optimal integration. You will learn to use neural stem cells to repair damaged areas. $695. Blue Desert Hale: 38 Pine Haven Rd, Tijeras. 505-428-9203. 505-503-5137. Open Class – Jul 22 or 29, 10-11am. Take a onehour class either day. Trial Class $10; reg. $20. Body & Brain Yoga & TaiChi. 505-797-2211. All locations Albuquerque 797-2211, Cottonwood 792-5111, Santa Fe 820-2211. Albuquerque@ Past-Life Regression – 1-3pm. Powerful two-hour group session. Regress to a past life and discover, access and activate a positive inner resource to benefit oneself and other people in one’s life today. $40. Crystal Dove Metaphysical Book Store, 525 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque. 505-918-6555

SUNDAY, JULY 23 An Experience of a Hidden Child – 6-8pm. Hidden Child author Andy Holten survived the Holocaust in Holland because of his parents’ determination and the courage of strangers. A story of human bravery and resilience. Free. Eagle Ranch Church, 9660-6 Eagle Ranch Rd, Albuquerque. 505-891-3619, Maya New Moon Manifestation Meditation – 6-7 pm. Join a FREE guided meditation to connect with the Maya Moon Goddess Ix-Chel and Sacred Earth Mother Ix-Mucane to harness the power of the Divine Feminine, the New Moon, and Venus to aid in manifestation for the upcoming month. Call in FREE to 319-527-3182.

SATURDAY, JULY 29 Healing Touch Level 1 – Jul 29-30. 8am-6pm both days. Learn techniques and meditations to encourage the movement of energy, healing ourselves and others; works in conjunction with traditional medicine. Beginner to advance welcome. 16 CEs for nurses and massage therapists. $340/early bird special through July 19, $365/after. UNM Center for Life, 4700 Jefferson Ave NE, Albuquerque. RSVP, Barbara Welcer: 248-882-1706. Reiki I Class & Certification – 9:30am-4:30pm. Become a certified practitioner. Class includes meditation, attunements, history of Reiki, and learning basic hand positions for treatment. Reiki Master Jan Walker has been teaching all 3 levels of the Usui method since 1993. Preregistration required. Admission Fee $175. For more information, please contact Jan Walker at 505-835-5440 or email asmjan@aol. com with Reiki Class in the subject line. St.Thomas Episcopal, 245 University Blvd NE, Albuquerque. Horses & Donkeys Helping Humans 1/2 Day Retreat – 12-4pm. Relax, de-stress and embrace joy, ease and well-being in a tranquil setting supported by loving equine friends. Space intentionally limited, reserve yours early. $125/by Jul 15, $160/ after. Unicorn Mesa, LLC, San Marcos Area, Santa Fe. 505-438-1074.


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plan ahead WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2 Pachakuti Mesa Tradition Link Up – 7-8:30pm. An opportunity to be part of a community of mesa carries to learn from each other and share our mutual and unique experiences. Free.Directions & details: Dr. Phyllis Clay 505-918-4388.

savethedate AUGUST 4, 5, 6 Qigong & Conscious Aging Conference – The conference will integrate the work of world-class wisdom keepers, authors and experts and a vibrant practice of qigong. The list of presenters includes: Robert Mirabal, Dr. Judith Orloff, Father Richard Rohr, Joan Borysenko, Andrew Harey, Dr. Gregory Shushan, Master Mingtong Gu, George Cappannelli, Sedena Cappannelli, Nathan Crane and others. Live panels, films and videos, uplifting music, food, and outstanding accommodations at the Chi Center. To receive a Natural Awakenings discount visit For more information, call 505-470-6295 or email Wisdom Healing Qigong Center, 40 Camino Vista Clara, Galisteo, NM 87540.

savethedate AUGUST 10, 11, 12 Your Sacred Ambition Annual Live Event - Three days dedicated to you and your work in the world. If you have a big dream in your heart and are looking for an authentic way to bring it forward, find support and embody that sacred calling, this event is for you. $325, $150/Luminary Experience. Hotel Chaco, 1998 Bellamah Ave NW, Albuquerque. Info: 505795-4751. 505-795-4751. .SATURDAY, AUGUST 12 Cranio Sacral Sphenoid Studies and Intelligence – 9am-6pm. Learn to increase the flexibility of the cranial base and allow the brain to function within the maximum space available. $575. Blue Desert Hale, 38 Pine Haven Rd, Tijeras. 505-428-9203. 505-503-5137.

savethedate SUNDAY, AUGUST 13 Annual Seton Birthday Celebration – 2-4:30pm. The Academy celebrates with the opening of a new art exhibition in the Seton Gallery. Special Guests: Dancing Earth Indigenous Contemporary Dance Creations. The event is in honor of Ernest Thompson Seton’s 157 birthday. Free. Academy for the Love of Learning, 133 Seton Village Rd, Santa Fe. 505-995-1860.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 17 Cranio Sacral Talking to the Heart and the Birth of Love – 9am-6pm. Engage cellular intelligence and speak directly to structures inside the body. Release blockages from around your own heart and those of your client. $595. Blue Desert Hale, 38 Pine Haven Rd, Tijeras. 505-428-9203. 505-503-5137.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 26 Horses & Donkeys Helping Humans 1/2 Day Retreat – 12-4pm. Relax, de-stress and embrace joy, ease and well-being in tranquil setting supported by loving equine friends. Space intentionally limited, reserve yours early. $125/by Aug 12, $160/ after. Unicorn Mesa, LLC, San Marcos Area, Santa Fe. 505-438-1074.

savethedate AUGUST 31 - SEPTEMBER 3 Fourth Annual Santa Fe Yoga Festival – The event features a multi-day celebration of daily meditations, yoga classes with nationally renowned instructors, hikes, farm-totable dinners, DJ hosted pool parties, movies and live music. Early bird passes $199 thru 7/31; Adventure Passes and Fiesta 1 Day Passes will be on sale for $99. After that, ticket prices rise to $299 and $199. Tickets are also available for individual speakers and events. For more information visit

savethedate MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 500-Hour Hypnotherapy Course Begins – Accelerated certification course in hypnotherapy taught in two-week modules. After completing the first 300 hours (modules 1-3), students are eligible for certification as hypnotherapists with the International Board of Hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy Academy, 2132 Osuna Rd NE, Ste B, Albuquerque. Register: 877-983-1515.

ongoing calenders daily Horses & Donkeys Helping You – by appointment. Release pain, trauma, heal relationships, deepen selftrust, increase well-being, creativity and abundance. $180/90 minute session, $125/new client special; discounts for seniors, veterans, session packages. Unicorn Mesa, LLC. 505-438-1074. Morning Vinyasa w/Mari – 6:30-7:30am. Mon, Wed. For details go to the website or call. The Remedy Day Spa, 113 Vassar Dr SE, Albuquerque. 505265-9219. Hot Vinyasa Classes – 9-10:30am. Sun, Mon, Fri, Sat. $15, class pass. Blue Moon Hot Yoga, 505-795-7778. Promotional Group Mat Classes – 6-7pm. Mon, Tue, Wed. $15/single class, $150/10 classes, $300/20 classes plus get one class free. For other options go to Pilates Santa Fe, 839 Paseo de Peralta, Ste-O, Santa Fe. 505-995-9700. Hot Vinyasa Flow – 6:15-7:15pm. Mon, Tue, Thur. $15, class pass. Blue Moon Hot Yoga. Info: 505-795-7778. Promotional Group Reformer Classes – Tues, 6-7pm; Wed, 5-5:55pm; Thurs, 6-7. $21/single class, $210/10 classes, $420/20 classes plus get one class free. For other options go to Pilates Santa Fe, 839 Paseo de Peralta, Ste-O, Santa Fe. 505-995-9700.

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Transitions Radio Magazine, FM 98.1 – 8-11am. With Alan Hutner, Elizabeth Rose and co-hosts, celebrating 33 years in broadcasting. The voices, content and music of Presence. Online, live streaming and archiving. 505-466-2616.

Hot Hatha Yoga – 9-10am. Tues, Thurs. With Giancarlo. $15, class pass. Blue Moon Hot Yoga, 505-7957778.

monday Morning Vinyasa w/Mari – 6:30-7:30am. For details go to the website or call. The Remedy Day Spa, 113 Vassar Dr SE, Albuquerque. 505- 265-9219. Spiritual Naturopathy – 2pm. Online radio show helps listeners understand why they do what they do, eliminate stress or handle it from a position of strength. Listen to: Unity.FM/program/SpiritualNaturopathy. Yin Yoga w/Mari – 7-8:15pm. Yin Yoga focuses on the slow opening of the fascial layer of the body while stimulating our energetic organ systems. The benefits are enormously healing for your entire wellbeing. No prior yoga experience required. The Remedy Day Spa, 113 Vassar Dr SE, Albuquerque. 505- 265-9219.

tuesday Kundalini Yoga and Ayurveda – 8:15-9:30am, Kundalini class with Ayurvedic principals woven throughout. Together, Kundalini Yoga and Ayurveda encompass a complete approach to wellness of the body, mind and spirit. $95. UNM Continuing Education. 505-277-0077.,

Golf Fit – 6-8pm. Is your body able to perform at its highest on the golf course? Class includes a Titleist Performance Institute full body assessment, and an exercise strategy based on results. $90. UNM Continuing Education. 505-277-0077. CERegistration@, Cooking With Fresh Local Produce – 6-9pm. This class is fresh and fabulous. Explore the many uses of home grown vegetables; peppers, tomatoes, leeks, and whatever we find in the garden. $59, $15/food fee will be collected at the start of the class. UNM Continuing Education. 505-277-0077.,

wednesday Intuitive Readings, Coaching and Animal Communication – 9am-5pm. Galaya, intuitive and animal communicator, offers practical solutions for health, relationships, career, business and pets. Appointments: 505-466-3764. Tai Chi – 10-11am. For details go to website or call. $15/intro lesson. Body & Brain, 6300 San Mateo Blvd NE, #C2-3, Top of Form Albuquerque. 505797-2211. Qigong & Healing From Within – 10:30am-12pm. Taoist, yogic and shamanic practices cultivate vitality, inner strength and awareness with energy healing, movement, sound, breathwork and meditation. $15, free/first class.  Blue Moon Yoga, 826 Camino De Monte Rey, A5, Santa Fe. Allison Lasky: 505-9848733. Morning Vinyasa w/Mari – 6:30-7:30am. For details go to the website or call. The Remedy Day Spa, 113 Vassar Dr SE, Albuquerque. 505- 265-9219.

friday Energy Movement – 10-11am. For details go to website or call. $15/intro lesson. Body & Brain, 6300 San Mateo Blvd NE, #C2-3, Top of FormAlbuquerque. 505-797-2211.

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

Altura Park, Morningside & Hannett NE, Albuquerque. 505-681-1924. Community ELDOA Class – 10-11am. ELDOA is a treatment for general back pain, arthritis, intervertebral disc compression, proprioceptive difficulties and pathology, scoliosis and articular lesions, and a large influence on the postural system. $10, or punch card options available. Awakened Center for Holistic Health. 505-6394087. Trial Yoga Class – 10-11:10am, Experience an Energy Yoga class for half price. A basic class includes deep meridian stretching, core strengthening, meditation, and cool-down. $10 (reg $20). Body & Brain Yoga & TaiChi, RSVP: 505-797-2211. Albuquerque@ Hot Cardio Flow – 11:15-12:30pm. With Bea Vise. $15, class pass. Blue Moon Hot Yoga, 505-795-7778. Northern Indian Vegetarian Cooking – 1:30-4:30pm, Learn to prepare palak paneer, a side dish prepared with bell peppers and potato, and sabudana kheer, a dessert soup prepared with sago cooked in milk and sugar. $59, $15/food fee will be collected at the start of the class. UNM Continuing Education. 505-277-0077.,

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Dr. Marilyn Chernoff, PhD, ND, M.Ed Albuquerque 505-292-2222 •

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


Clear out what’s holding you back, clean up relationships, and live your life from a powerful place of ease and grace. I can help you! See ad, page 29.





505-466-3764 • Santa Fe •

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


Teresa Betcher, M.S.W. • Albuquerque 505-303-0976|847-452-3198

Santa Fe 505-252-1691

A unique blend of advanced CranioSacral Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release, find relief and balance in mind, body, and spirit. Specializing in Treatment, Conception and Pregnancy, Trauma Work, and Chronic Depletion. See ad, page 28.


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


1413 2nd Street #4, Santa Fe, NM 87505 505-252-2215

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

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505 508 5805 • Albuquerque

Your dreams answer questions, concerns, worries—sometimes worries you don’t know you have. Your mind is working at night to resolve issues. Contact me for a free 30-minute session to demonstrate how your dream answers your concerns. Learn the steps to discover the messages in your dreams.


133 Seton Village Road, Santa Fe, NM 505-995-1860

The Academy for the Love of Learning stimulates and supports the rebirth and renewal of learning and education in Santa Fe through ongoing programs and free monthly Evenings of Exploration. See ad, page. 7.

HYPNOTHERAPY ACADEMY OF AMERICA™ 2132 Osuna Road NE, Suite B Albuquerque, New Mexico 87113 505-767-8030

Accelerated Hypnotherapy 500 hour complete Training for Certification in Hypnotherapy. Experiential Education Format. Scope of Practice Protocols. Free Introductory Classes. Support after Graduation. Medical Hypnosis Training. See ad, page 5.



Eriene Iris 417 Orchard Dr. (off Paseo de Peralta), Santa Fe 505-500-7667•

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


Amethyst: A Healing Space 839 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, NM 87501 808- 639-7534

Offering Connective Tissue Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Swedish, Hawaiian Lomi-Lomi, Structural Integration, and Craniosacral Therapy. Doula Services also available. Healing from the Heart.



Institute for Ascension Medical intuitive Art • Santa Fe 505-501-0501 •

The Foundation is dedicated to Awakening Consciousness and bringing balance and harmony to the mind – body - spirit. The Institute for Ascension and Medical intuitive Arts are both within its preview. New Spiritual Blog See ad, page 5.


5113 Comanche Rd. Albuquerque NM 87110 505-881-0464

Casa Verde is an Aveda lifestyle Hair Salon & Spa. We offer hairstyling, cuts, natural hair color and facials. We can make your hair and skin look stunning in a welcoming professional environment. See ad, page 12.


Chantal Fidanza 505-438-1074

4700 Jefferson Street NE, Ste 100 Albuquerque NM 87109 505-925-7464

An Integrative and Inter-Cultural Center for Prevention and Wellness, treating people with a wide range of health issues, using a vast array of ancient and modern techniques. A state of the art Integrative and Intercultural center, emphasizing prevention and wellness along with disease management. NOT-FOR-PROFIT. See ad, page 8.


600 Central Ave. SW Suite 107 505-582-9296 • Albuquerque

Your eyes reveal important information as it relates to genetic predispositions and your overall wellbeing. Understanding what your eyes reveal will guide you toward making the appropriate choices for optimal health. Call for an appointment.


Offering equine assisted coaching, intuitive guidance and Reiki both distance and at my peaceful Santa Fe location. Support for releasing grief, trauma, physical pain, healing your relationship with yourself and others and embracing the joy and ease that are your birthright. Sliding scale and discounts for seniors, veterans, equine assisted coaching packages and firsttime sessions. See ad, page 12.

The Source, 3532 Anderson Ave SE, ABQ, NM 87106 505-636-0019

I love to use my Psychic/Spirit Gifts to help people manifest the love and life of their dreams. I often do this by helping my clients open up their knowing and awareness, raise their energetic frequency and learn to use their own Gifts so they can continue helping themselves.

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MASSAGE BODY AND MIND WELLNESS CENTER 2305 San Pedro Drive, NE, Ste D2 Albuquerque | 505-382-3406



Barbara Munoz, LMT #4955 • 505- 883-1212 9204 Menaul Blvd NE, Suite 4 - Albuquerque

Massage is an investment in your health. Ocean Blue Medical Massage offers Medical massage, Deep tissue and Swedish Relaxation massage. We will bill your insurance. Discounted massage packages available. Treat yourself to better sleep, more energy and inner calmness.



New Mexico’s largest community owned 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, page 27.



Spirit mediumship, psychic readings, animal communication, medical intuition, akashic records and energy healing. Sessions help optimize physical and emotional wellness, with clarity and peace.


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Programs combine advanced constituents , such as ChromeMate®, OptiZinc® and Gugulipid® with traditional & contemporary herbs. Michael’s® extensive line includes gender and age specific products, including Michael’s Factors of Life® targeted nutritional programs. Over 80 products in various categories including minerals specialty items. See ad, page 22.


Michelle Vidal 7413 Menaul NE, Albuquerque 505-453-7646

Resonant Essentials has 3 beautiful event/classrooms at below competitive rates. We fit up to 40 people with tables and chairs in our large space or reduce your cost with a smaller space. Rates start as low as $30.00 for 2 hours. Our referral program is set up to earn free rental space and/or classes. Refer 3 get yours of equal value free! Call or email Michelle today to get started. See ad page 10.


SANTA FE REFLEXOLOGY, LLC Julie Glassmoyer, CR 505-414-8140

YOGA STUDIO/MEDITATION ROOM FOR RENT- In quiet, upscale massage and wellness center. Centrally located near Menaul and San Pedro, NE.Rent space for only $35/ hour. You provide the Yoga/Meditation Instructor. Bathroom and Shower facilities.Body and Mind Wellness Center, 2305 San Pedro Drive NE, Suite D2. 505-382-3406.



505-216-9686 1300 Luisa St. Ste.1, Santa Fe 3600 Cutler Ave. NE, Abq

Sacred Garden takes pride in growing cannabis as a safe alternative to pharmaceutical drug therapies. Applicable for a wide spectrum of medical conditions, cannabis has assisted the health of countless people. We offer many different delivery methods, such as flowering buds, edibles, concentrates, oils, tinctures, and salves. Our heart-based staff will help you find what works best for you and your needs. See ad, page 2.


THE HIDDEN GIFT. Painful feet are often an indication that reflexology can help…with foot pain and overall health concerns.

Santa Fe, NM 970- 222-2710

Life changing bodywork which restores the natural alignment of the body to feel grounded, empowered, and at ease. Be free of chronic pain with RESULTS THAT LAST. See ad, page 29.


VIBRANCE–ART-FOOD-MUSIC 4500 Silver Ave. SE, ABQ 505-639-3401


Jan Walker, Healing Practitioner 505-835-5440

Anyone can benefit from a Reiki Healing Treatment, whether one is dealing with the daily stresses of life or a major health challenge. Reiki’s restorative qualities bring warmth, calmness, balance and a sense of well-being.Foot Reflexology relieves stress and tension, improves nerve and blood supply, and helps the body to normalize. Reiki Classes offered every month.

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