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pring is in the air and with it comes rejoicing in nature’s beauties, from our neighborhood backyards to outdoor walkabouts breathing in the wonders. I love how New Mexico’s unique array of native plants thrives in its dry climate. Moving from Florida’s subtropics I soon learned the need to water yard plants daily here. I am now determined to install an automated system so a little water goes a long way with no waste. As the Native Plant Society of New Mexico recommends, indigenous plants are definitely the way to go (see npsnm.org/education/nativeplants). I have become fascinated by tower gardens I see at area home shows and online that allow even those with a small patio area to grow our own veggies, herbs and lettuce. A complete kit comes with starter plants or seeds and an automated hydroponic watering system that can move indoors in winter. Added benefits include independence from store bought produce shipped long distances, the health and nutrition benefits of toxin-free veggies and the satisfaction of eating food we’ve grown ourselves. The newest trend in aquaponics doubles the fun with an eco friendly way to garden and raise fish as well; it too can be done in a spare room or basement for year-round goodness. This month’s feature article by Food Sleuth Melinda Hemmelgarn highlights four major fresh food trends. I am particularly fascinated by the concept of foraging, which dates back to ancient hunter-gatherer cultures that relied on daily collecting of nuts, berries, fruits and greens from the land, with the occasional bit of wild meat on the side. Wild and communal plants can be foraged in our own yard as well as on public lands. By foraging our own greens, we can save money and have fresh, healthy foods available, plus the ritual gathering intimately connects us with nature’s cycles. New Mexico affords unique forage foods such as piñon nuts, dandelions, stinging nettles, cholla cactus buds, prickly pear cactus, lamb's quarter and miner’s lettuce. Elderberries, abundant in season, are a healthful bonus. Like blueberries, they are excellent in pancakes and made into jam. It’s best to forage in our region’s mountain slopes and valleys far from agricultural use of pesticides and herbicides and direct pollution from vehicles and industry. A note of caution: In the wild, it’s easy to mistake one thing for something else, so use guidebooks to triple check every plant before eating it (tips at nmwildlife.com). The recognition of fermented foods as particularly beneficial to digestion these days recalled my own youth in Germany, where family meals were regularly accented by sauerkraut and homemade pickles. Kefir, kimchi, kombucha, yogurt, buttermilk are other delicious additions to daily meals. May our March Food & Garden issue inspire you to get outside, connect with Mother Earth’s bounty and experiment with new foods and powerhouse herbs; we even offer tips for eating gluten-free on the go. It’s a month full of promise. Good bye winter, hello spring! Photo by Kim Jew

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11 FACING THE DANGERS 14 OF GLUTEN Gluten Sensitivity and Auto Immune Disease by Anne Merkel, Ph.D.

14 FRESH FOOD TRENDS Natural Trailblazers in Sustainable Eating by Melinda Hemmelgarn

16 POWERHOUSE HERBS Four Backyard Plants Protect Against Disease

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Write Your Bestseller in a Weekend

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estselling author and nationallyrecognized book whisperer, Tom Bird, is returning to Santa Fe this March for his signature “Write Your Bestseller in a Weekend” retreat. The event will be held March 20-23 at BODY of Santa Fe. “Are you one of the 81 percent of Americans that, according to The New York Times, has a book stuck in them that they just have to get out? Are you ready to get the book that is stuck in you out?” asks Bird. “If so, you’re in luck.” Early registration discounts are still available. Tom Bird will also be offering a lecture titled “Write Your Best Seller in a Weekend and The New Age of Publishing” at BODY from 6 to 9 p.m. on March 19. Location: 333 W. Cordova Road, Santa Fe. Lecture fees: free for first 20 registrants; after that, $12 in advance, $15 day of. Retreat fees: Early bird rate $1195 through March 13, $1695 thereafter. For more details, or to register for Bird’s lecture and/or retreat, contact BODY of Santa Fe at 50a5-986-0362 or visit BodyOfSantaFe.com.

newsbriefs 21st Annual Women’s Health Fair

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his spring DeVargas Center puts wellness first during the 21st annual Women’s Health Fair being held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 26. In addition to over 90 vendors from all over northern New Mexico, DeVargas Center will unveil its own strong pulse on health and wellness in its newest tenant, Light Vessel and Love Yourself Café. Light Vessel will join an impressive lineup including vendors and health providers ranging from the traditional to the alternative while mixing in a plethora of heralded services such as medical health screenings, massages, spiritual readings, makeovers and the like. All vendors come with the desire to reach out to, educate and heal northern New Mexico women and their families. Another unique aspect to the Fair is that it is free to the public; with the exception of a nominal greatly reduced fee for some of the health screenings, everything offered at the Fair can be enjoyed by all at no cost. For the second year in a row, TriCore Reference Laboratories comes aboard as the health screening provider and sponsor. The Lab will include the standard annual screenings for cholesterol, blood glucose, thyroid and more. Entertainment, complimentary classes and the ever-popular giveaway packages round out the day. DeVargas Center is the only grocery-anchored community mall in north Santa Fe. The Center features over 50 unique stores, restaurants, a theater and free parking and is easily accessible at the corner of Paseo de Peralta and North Guadalupe Street. Vendors can acquire registration materials at DeVargasCenter.com, “upcoming events” on the home page, or by calling Ellen at the DeVargas Center Management Office at 505-982-2655 or emailing edickens@frpltd.com. Registration is $110 for businesses and $45 for non-profits. See ad back cover.

Activate Your Light Body

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uthor and healing practitioner Dana Micucci will be leading an exciting transformational retreat, March 27-30, at the historic Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa in Ojo Caliente, New Mexico. The event is based on her award-winning memoir, Sojourns of the Soul: One Woman’s Journey around the World and into Her Truth (Quest Books). With esoteric teachings and tools from ancient wisdom traditions (Buddhist, Mayan, mystical Christian, Egyptian, shamanic, etc.), attendees will learn how to activate their light body for heart-centered higher dimensional living, soul expansion and self-mastery. Practices include meditation, ritual, visualization, and breath-work. “We will also soak in the sacred healing waters of Ojo Caliente and visit Christ in the Desert monastery in Abiquiu for energy work and healing,” says Micucci. Dana Micucci has enjoyed a decades-long career as a widely published journalist and author writing about culture, travel and spirituality. Her recent book, Sojourns of the Soul, was a gold winner in the 2013 Nautilus Book Awards. She is also trained in a variety of healing modalities. Retreat fee: $495. For more information and to register, call 215-348-5755 or visit SusanDuvalSeminars.com/New_Mexico.html. For more information about Dana Micucci, visit DanaMicucci.com. See ad community resource guide page 29.

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National MS Society to Host Walk MS: Albuquerque on April 5

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esidents from Albuquerque and surrounding communities will join together for Walk MS: Albuquerque on Saturday, April 5 at Tiguex Park in Old Town to make a powerful statement and keep moving toward a cure for multiple sclerosis. Walk MS is a signature fundraising event for the National MS Society that raises funds to support multiple sclerosis (MS) research and provide services to individuals impacted by multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. “Walk MS represents more than just an opportunity to raise awareness and funds towards the MS movement, it’s the chance for community members, neighbors, and families to come together and connect with one another,” notes Maggie

An Experiential Retreat with Judith Tripp

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udith Tripp, who has been leading the Women’s Dream Quest at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco for over 25 years, will return to Santa Fe to give an experiential retreat called “SoulQuest: Seeds of Gratitude for the Journey” from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 5. Tripp uses the labyrinth as a central focus in her work of creating transformation, which involves ritual, psychological and spiritual exercises, movement, song and meditation. “This retreat will allow participants to come together as a community and to share and encourage each other in the process of transforming our lives, focusing on the theme of gratitude,” says Tripp. Judith Tripp has a Master’s in Counseling and is a licensed Marriage/Family Therapist. She is a transpersonal psychotherapist and a Veriditas Certified Facilitator, as well as a musician who has recorded several CDs. She has been leading Veriditas sponsored Dream Quests around the world for over 25 years. She has recently published a book, Circleway, The Story of the Women’s Dream Quest. Her website is Circleway.com. The retreat is a qualifying workshop for the Veriditas Facilitator Training. It is intended for men and women, ages 18 and older.

Schold, Senior Development Manager. “Our team of exceptional volunteers and support staff work hard through events such as this to help people living with MS and their families move forward with their lives.” Walk MS: Albuquerque offers family, friends, neighbors and co-workers the opportunity to mobilize in support of New Mexico families impacted by MS. Participants can choose between a half-mile and 2-mile route, and enjoy the Expo MS vendor fair. Visit WalkMSNewMexico.org to register to walk, volunteer or make a donation. Online registration is currently open. Registration is free, however all participants are encouraged to actively fundraise. “The dollars raised support promising research to stop disease progression, restore function that has been lost and to end MS forever,” says Schold. “Your dollars also help fund local programs for people living with MS right here in our community.” The average participant raises $225 and fundraising prizes are awarded beginning at the $100 level. On-site registration and check-in begins at 8 a.m., followed by a 9 a.m. official start time. “Walk MS is the rallying point of the MS Movement, a community coming together to raise funds and celebrate hope for the future,” adds Schold. Location: 1800 Mountain Road NW, Albuquerque. For more information, call Maggie Schold at 505-243-2792, email Maggie.Schold@nmss.org or visit walkMSnewmexico.org. See ad page 14.

Cost: $95 + lunch (or bring your own) advance; $110 (bring lunch) at the door. Discounts available for students, St. John’s members and Labyrinth Circle Friends. Location: St. John’s United Methodist Church, 1200 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe. To register, visit LabyrinthResourceGroup.org. For more information, call 505-982-0662 or email soulquest2014@icloud.com natural awakenings

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Enhance Your Next Meal

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arol and Ralph Campbell, owners of the ABQ Olive Oil Company, have lived and worked in New Mexico since 1986. However, during their travels a few years back they discovered a tasting room that changed their concept of gourmet foods and salads forever. “We could not get it out of our heads how amazing true extra virgin olive oil and aged balsamic Vinegar could and should taste like,” recalls Carol. “We bought our first bottles while in the Midwest and never turned back.” The taste was not the only thing the pair learned to love. “We also learned about the health benefits we gained when cooking and baking with these products,” says Ralph. “There was just one thing missing—a store close to home!” The Campbells decided to open a store in Albuquerque so they could share their knowledge and products with the community. “We, along with our friendly talented staff, will help you choose just the right combination of extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars for your next meal,” explains Carol. “We also will share cooking tips, storage tips, menu ideas and recipes so you can learn how to incorporate these wonderful products into your kitchen regime.” ABQ Olive Oil Company also carries a wide variety of sea salts, organic herbs and spices, egg-less pasta, and soaps and moisturizing creams. “We carry Himalayan salt blocks and cookbooks for those who love to experiment with different cooking techniques,” says Ralph. “Our walls are decorated with amazing art from local artists, which are also for sale.” Those in search of a unique gift will enjoy the store’s selection of gift boxes and hostess gifts. “We pride ourselves in offering you the highest quality and freshest selection at very affordable prices,” adds Carol. “Come join us and taste for yourself—you too will be hooked on the oil and the vin!” Location: 10700 Corrales Rd. NW, Ste. E, Albuquerque. For more details, call 505-899-9293 or visit AbqOliveOilCo.com.

Mama Souls: Traditional Foods and Healing Services

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ama Souls is a brand new organization in Santa Fe started by Heathar Shepard and Jen Antill. The pair is rapidly making their way into the holistic health arena here in New Mexico and across the nation. Mama Souls is rooted in traditional nutrition which offers the community nutrient-dense foods that support pregnancy, vibrant children, prevention and treatment of chronic and degenerative disease. Mama Souls is unique in its offering of nourishing foods because meals are based on individual needs and constitutions, as well as prepared with the highest quality ingredients that support robust health. Some of the items available to order from Mama Souls include: grass-fed beef tacos with local chili spices, seasonal soups and broths made from animals raised on pasture, homemade coconut milk or raw milk ice cream, and coconut kefir. Mama Souls also offers nutritional consultations and classes that will rejuvenate one’s commitment to health. “We also provide the community with relevant videos and podcasts about health and wellness that are available any time,” says Shepard.   To order food, see a menu, or participate in a class or consultation with Mama Souls, contact Heathar Shepard at heathar.shepard@gmail.com or visit MamaSoulsNM.com.

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Legumes Improve Blood Sugar, Blood Pressure

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cup of beans a day may keep the doctor away. In a randomized trial published in the Archives of Internal Medicine of 121 participants diagnosed with diabetes mellitus, daily consumption of approximately one cup of legumes (peas and beans) was found to improve glycemic control and reduce systolic blood pressure and heart rate, thereby reducing participants’ calculated risk score for coronary heart disease (CHD). Body weight, waist circumference and fasting blood glucose and triglyceride levels also decreased on the legume diet. Legumes appear to make dietary carbohydrates digest more slowly and with a lower glycemic index, which has been associated with reduced hypertension and fewer CHD events in pre-diabetic individuals.

DIY Projects Keep Seniors Moving

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he British Journal of Sports Medicine reports that a generally active daily life that includes do-it-yourself activities and projects like gardening and car maintenance can cut the risks of heart attacks and strokes by as much as 30 percent and prolong life among adults 60 and over. These routine activities may be as beneficial as exercising for older adults because they decrease total sedentary time, the researchers say. Scientists in Stockholm, Sweden, tracked more than 4,000 men and women for an average of 12.5 years, starting at age 60. At the start of the study, regardless of exercise habits, high levels of other physical activity were associated with smaller waists and lower levels of potentially harmful blood fats in both sexes, and lower levels of glucose, insulin and clotting factor levels in men. Those with higher levels of other physical activity were also significantly less likely to experience metabolic syndrome, a first cardiovascular disease event, and early mortality from any cause. The same was true for individuals that undertook high levels of formal exercise, even if it wasn’t routine. Participants that both exercised regularly and were often physically active in their daily life had the lowest risk profile of all.

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healthbriefs March Yoga, Health and Lifestyle Tips

Let the Liver Live! By Kirn and Guruchander

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ust as there are 12 astrological signs of the zodiac, our bodies have 12 main energy circuits, or meridians, each of which is influenced by one of those astrological signs. Each month one of the meridians is triggered to clear and to heal the related organs and systems. This month the sign of Pisces triggers the healing and cleansing of the liver meridian or energy channel. Since the liver relates to anger, we may be challenged to creatively process our anger. During this time we have an opportunity to shed patterns of reaction, which no longer serves us, or represent who we are. Symptoms to watch for this month might include: foot pain (Pisces rules the feet), muscle pain, tightness in the chest or between shoulder blades, nausea or indigestion, irritability, a short temper and eye conditions. Be kind to your liver by doing the following: 1. Eat sour foods, especially homemade yogurt with no thickeners added. 2. Drink grapefruit juice or warm lemon water in the morning. 3. Eat beets and lots of greens. 4. Practice moderation where sweets are concerned. 5. Ferrum Phos. 6x is the appropriate cell salt. Hyland’s brand is the best. 5. Drink beet/carrot/celery juice. 6. Perform any exercises which strengthen the abdominal area and third chakra. 7. Practice Rock Pose, especially after eating. Rock Pose facilitates digestion and is an ideal pose for anyone dealing with stomach discomfort or in need of centering. 8. Practice Sitalee Pranayam (see sidebar) Kirn and Dr. Guruchander are the founders of Purest Potential which operates Yoga Santa Fe and the GRD Health Clinic. For more information, call 505-982-6369 or visit MyPurePotential.net. See ad page 17. Sitalee Pranayam, a cooling pose that aids digestion and cleanses the liver, is performed by sitting in Easy Pose. With a level head, open your mouth and form the letter O with your lips. Curl your tongue and extend it past your lips. Inhale slowly through your tongue while filling your lungs completely. Exhale through your nostrils. After each inhalation, feel free to pull the tongue back into the mouth and close your lips. Repeat.

Silver Colloids Support Sinus Health Naturally

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or people with sensitive sinuses, life can seem like a contest between breathing more freely and staying off of steroid sprays and antibiotics, because using them regularly in a preventative manner can lead to serious health consequences. Naturally maintaining sinus health requires an antimicrobial agent that kills offending microbes, yet is harmless enough to use several times a day indefinitely. A natural protocol that uses an enhanced aqueous silver colloid of greater than 30 parts per million is now being used to relieve the burden on the immune system and prevent chronic irritation of sinus passageways.

One crucial function our sinuses perform is filtering the air we breathe, which is filled with viruses, bacteria and fungi. The easiest way to maintain sinus health is to kill these pathogens before their numbers become large. Silver colloids, delivered through the nose with either a neti pot or nasal spray bottle are one way to do this, according to Steven Frank, author of Managing Sinus Health: Clearing Sinus Infections Without Antibiotics. For the remedy to work, it is important to blow the nose prior to use and then coat the tissues of the nasal passageways, allowing the liquid to remain there as long as possible. Then a second, similar spray application can follow after a few minutes, avoiding blowing the nose in the interval. Frank is the founder of Nature’s Rite and chief technical officer at Klearsen Corporation—two companies that research and develop herbal formulations and natural health products. He holds numerous patents on antimicrobial colloids and respiratory infection therapies. For more information, email SteveF@NaturesRiteRemedies.com or visit MyNaturesRite.com/blog. See ad, page 24.

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Facing the Dangers of Gluten by Anne Merkel, Ph.D.

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ating gluten is being scientifically proven as unhealthy to many humans, and you may already feel the effects even if you are not diagnosed as sensitive to it. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder specifically related to gluten, and there’s a strong correlation between all other autoimmune conditions and the use of gluten. Gluten sensitive individuals are more prone to developing an autoimmune disease on this partial list from over 100 unique conditions: • Addison’s disease, autoimmune chronic active hepatitis, Crohn’s disease, insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus type 1, myasthenia gravis, Raynaud’s phenomenon, scleroderma, systemic lupus, thyroid disease including Graves’ or Hashimoto’s or and colitis. • Mood disorders involving gluten sensitivities include ADD, ADHD, autism, depression and bipolar disease, and schizophrenia.

drome, internal hemorrhaging, organ disorders related to the gallbladder, liver, spleen or pancreas; tooth enamel defects; and cystic fibrosis. Dr. Anne Merkel is an Energy Psychologist who specializes is autoimmune disorders. Listen to a recording from her Autoimmune Coaching & Energy Therapy Support Group at http://is.gd/ EZChange. Learn more at http://is.gd/ autoimmunegroup. See ad page 19.

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• Nutritional deficiencies that may be early symptoms of anemia, osteoporosis, osteopenia and osteomalacia. • Neurological conditions affected by gluten include epilepsy, cerebral calcifications, brain and spinal cord defects in newborns born to gluten sensitive mothers, neurological problems, neuropathy, tingling, seizures and optic myopathy. • Other conditions related to gluten sensitivity include cancer especially intestinal lymphoma, Down’s syn-

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globalbriefs News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.

Homegrown Access

Creative Paths for Local Food Sourcing Entrepreneurs are creating novel ways to circumvent the commercial food system that ships food, in or out of season, for hundreds or thousands of miles at the cost of quality and too often, accountability. Re:farm Denver, in Colorado, for example, supplies families with everything they need for backyard gardens, from irrigation systems to seeds. In 2013, 200 families participated. Cottage food laws allow artisans to sell breads, jams, candy and other foods made in home kitchens. While specific restrictions vary, 42 states have some type of cottage law. Beth-Ann Betz, who bakes sweets in her New Hampshire kitchen, says, “It gives me the option to be independent and self-employed at 66.” At the Community Thanksgiving Potluck, in Laguna Beach, California, dinner is shared, not served. For 25 years, those with homes and without, single people, families, city council members and the jobless have gathered to share food and community for the holiday. “It’s a wonderful chaos,” says Dawn Price, executive director of the nonprofit Friendship Shelter. At Bottles Liquor, in West Oakland, California, a banner reads “Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Available Here.” Bottles is a member of the Healthy Neighborhood Store Alliance, an effort of the nonprofit Mandela Marketplace to bring pesticidefree produce to corner stores throughout the neighborhood. Source: Yes magazine

Farm Relief

FDA Wakens to Local Needs Small farms, farmers’ markets, local food processors and community food banks have been given a reprieve, because on December 19, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decided to take a second look at proposed new laws that would have put many of them out of business. The new rules, proposed under the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA), came under fire from consumers, farmers and others with voices that were heard. The FDA said its “thinking has evolved,” and “…significant changes will be needed in key provisions of the two proposed rules affecting small and large farmers. These provisions include water quality standards and testing, standards for using raw manure and compost, certain provisions affecting mixed-use facilities and procedures for withdrawing the qualified exemption for certain farms.” Source: TheDailyGreen.com

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ecotip Healthy Food at the Front Door A growing trend is the ringing of a doorbell heralding the arrival of healthy food. In addition to the convenience and time savings, having a grocery delivery van make roundtrips to and from multiple customers’ doorsteps generates far less emissions than traditional shopping. Home deliveries of local and organic fresh fruits and vegetables have customers clamoring for more. After serving most of the New York metro area for more than a decade, online grocer FreshDirect (FreshDirect.com) began delivering in the Philadelphia metro area in October 2012 and expanded to other parts of Pennsylvania, plus New Jersey and Delaware, last fall. “Our hyper-local, farm-to-fork food systems result in healthy relationships between consumers, food and farmers,” says David McInerney, co-founder of FreshDirect. The company also supports hunger organizations and provides nutritional counseling.  Planet Organics (PlanetOrganics.com) serves the San Francisco Bay area. Beginning last fall, Instacart partnered with Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and Costco to begin delivering food to homes in 13 neighborhoods in Chicago. Beginning in Colorado, where it’s based, Door to Door Organics (DoorToDoorOrganics.com) now provides its service in Michigan, plus metro areas of Kansas City, Chicago and New York. Green BEAN Delivery (GreenBeanDelivery.com), based in Indianapolis, now also delivers organic and sustainable foods in Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton, Ohio; Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky; and most recently, St. Louis, Missouri.   Irv & Shelly’s Fresh Picks (FreshPicks.com) taps into 100plus farmers within a day’s drive of its Niles, Illinois, center, to serve the Chicago and Milwaukee metro areas. “We’re able to concentrate on reaching people of all incomes and get deep into the communities,” says co-owner Shelly Herman. The eight-year-old company also partners with community groups, food pantries and schools. Going a step further, other companies are delivering prepared healthy meals. In one example, Power Supply (MyPowerSupply.com) recently partnered with Mindful Chef to foster this connection with 50 yoga and other fitness facilities, as well as other businesses in the Washington, D.C., metro area.

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Fresh Food Trends Natural Trailblazers in Sustainable Eating by Melinda Hemmelgarn

Food experts have listed local, regional and sustainable foods among the top food trends for 2014. Consumers’ heightened environmental awareness and their love for fresh flavors are responsible.

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here’s even a new term, “hyperlocal”, to describe produce harvested fresh from onsite gardens at restaurants, schools, supermarkets and hospitals—all designed for sourcing tasty, nutrient-rich foods minus the fuel-guzzling transportation costs. Adding emphasis to the need to preserve vital local food sources, the United Nations has designated 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming. Here are four thriving food trends resulting from shifts in Americans’ thinking and our growing love for all things local.

Foraging

What could be more entertaining and economical than searching for and gathering wild foods in their natural habitat? From paw paws and persimmons in Missouri to palmetto berries in Florida and seaweed in California, Mother Nature provides a feast at her children’s feet. Commonly foraged foods include nuts, mushrooms, greens, herbs, fruits and even

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shellfish. To learn how to identify regional native wild foods and cash in on some “free” nutritious meals, foragers need to know where and when to harvest their bounty. Conservation departments and state and national parks often offer helpful field guides and recipes. Jill Nussinow, also known as The Veggie Queen, a registered dietitian and cookbook author in Santa Rosa, California, characterizes foraging as “nature’s treasure hunt.” Nussinow says she forages for the thrill of it and because, “It puts you very much in touch with the seasons.” On her typical foraging excursions through forests and on beaches, Nussinow notes, “You never know what you might find: mushrooms, berries, miner’s lettuce, mustard pods or sea vegetables. It’s free food, there for the picking.” However, she warns, “You have to know what you are doing. Some wild foods can be harmful.” For example, Nussinow advises getting to know about mushrooms before venturing forth to pick them. She recommends the book Mushrooms Demystified, by David Arora, as a learning tool, and checking with local mycological associations for safe mushroom identification. She also likes the advice of “Wildman” Steve Brill, of New York City, who publishes educational articles at Wildman SteveBrill.com. “He knows more about wild foods than anyone I know,” she says. Vermont wildcrafter Nova Kim teaches her students not only how to identify wild edibles, but also how to harvest them sustainably. It’s critical to make sure wild foods will be available for future generations.

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Kefir, kimchi, kombucha and sauerkraut all owe their unique flavors to fermentation. Sandor Katz, author of The Art of Fermentation: An In-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes From Around the World, is a self-described “fermentation revivalist”. He explains how microorganisms, such as lactic acid bacteria that are universally present on raw vegetables and in milk, transform fresh food into preserved sustenance. Katz recalls how his boyhood love for sour pickles grew to an “obsession with all things fermented.” An abundant garden crop of cabbage left him wondering, “What are we going to do with all that cabbage?” The answer came naturally: “Let’s make sauerkraut.” Subsequently, Katz has become an inter-

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Top 10 Food Trends for 2014 1 Locally sourced meats and seafood 2 Locally grown produce 3 Environmental sustainability 4 Healthful kids’ meals 5 Gluten-free cuisine 6 Hyperlocal sourcing (e.g. restaurant gardens) 7 Children’s nutrition 8 Non-wheat noodles/pasta (e.g. quinoa, rice, buckwheat) 9 Sustainable seafood 10 Farm/estate-branded items Source: Restaurant.org national expert on the art and science of fermentation from wine to brine and beyond, collecting recipes and wisdom from past generations (WildFermentation. com). He observes, “Every single culture enjoys fermented foods.” Increasing respect and reverence for fermented foods and related communities of beneficial microorganisms is a new frontier in nutrition and medical sciences. For example, several researchers at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics annual meeting last fall in Houston, Texas, described the connections between the trillions of bacteria living in the human gut, known as the “microbiota”, and mental and physical health. Kelly Tappenden, Ph.D., a professor of nutrition and gastrointestinal physiology with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, explained that gut bacteria play a variety of roles, including assisting in the digestion and absorption of nutrients; influencing gene expression; supporting the immune system; and affecting body weight and susceptibility to chronic disease.

Feed Matters

The popular adage, “We are what we eat,” applies to animals, as well. New research from Washington State University shows that organic whole milk from pasture-fed cows contains 62 percent higher levels of heart-healthy

omega-3 fatty acids compared to conventional, or non-organic, whole milk. The striking difference is accounted for by the fact that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s national organic program legally requires that organic cows have access to pasture throughout the grazing season. The more time cows spend on high-quality pasture, which includes grass, legumes and hay, the more beneficial the fats will be in their milk. On the other hand, when ruminant animals, designed to graze on pasture, are fed a steady diet of corn and soy, both their milk and meat contain less beneficial fat. According to Captain Joseph Hibbeln, a lipid biochemist and physician at the National Institutes of Health, American diets have become deficient in omega-3 fatty acids over the past 100 years, largely because of industrial agriculture. Hibbeln believes that consuming more omega-3s may be one of the most important dietary changes Americans can make to reduce the risk of chronic diseases, improve mental health and enhance children’s brain and eye development, including boosting their IQs. Coldwater fish such as salmon, mackerel, tuna and sardines provide excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Plus, dairy and meat from animals raised on pasture can improve our intake, as well.

Faith

How might eating with the “creation” in mind influence food and agriculture trends? Barbara Ross, director of social services for Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri, believes, “People’s common denominator is that we are all part of and integral to the creation.” She considers how “Food, agriculture, environment and economy are bound together in a way that requires we think, plan and act for the dignity of each person and the common good of the human family.” Ross explains that the choices we make in these vital areas affect the richness of our soils, the purity of our air and water and the health of all living things. Marie George, Ph.D., a professor of philosophy at St. John’s University, in Queens, New York, agrees, “The serious ecological crises we see today stem

from the way we think,” and “reveal an urgent moral need for a new solidarity” to be better stewards of the Earth and its creatures. For example, George sees it as contrary to human dignity to cause animals to suffer; that’s why she opposes gestation crates and the push for cheap food that exploits animals and the environment in the process. Kelly Moltzen, a registered dietitian in Bronx, New York, shares a passion for addressing food justice and sustainability from her faith-based perspective of Franciscan spirituality. She believes that, “When we connect our spirituality with the daily act of eating, we can eat in a way that leads to a right relationship with our Creator.” By bridging spirituality with nutrition and the food system, Moltzen hopes to raise awareness of how people can care for their body as a temple and live in right relationship with the Earth, which she perceives as “the larger house of God.”  Fred Bahnson, director of the Food, Faith and Religious Leadership Initiative at Wake Forest University’s School of Divinity, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is the author of Soil and Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith. His book takes the reader on a journey to four different faith communities—Catholic, Protestant, Pentecostal and Jewish—to explore connections between spiritual nourishment and the cultivation of food. Bahnson speaks about sacred soil and the communities of mystical microorganisms that lie within and create the foundation for sustenance. He also describes the special power of communal gardens, which welcome all and provide nourishing food, yet come to satisfy more than physical hunger. Regardless of religious denomination, Amanda Archibald, a registered dietitian in Boulder, Colorado, believes, “We are in a new era of food—one that embraces and honors food producers and food systems that respect soil, environment and humanity itself.” Melinda Hemmelgarn, aka the “food sleuth”, is a registered dietitian and award-winning writer and radio host at KOPN.org, in Columbia, MO (FoodSleuth@gmail.com). She advocates for organic farmers at Enduring-Image.blogspot.com.

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erbs, respected for their healing properties for millennia, have been widely used by traditional healers with great success. Now clinical science supports their medicinal qualities. Pharmaceutical companies routinely extract active ingredients from herbs for common medications, including the potent pain reliever codeine, derived from Papaver somniferum; the head-clearing antihistamines ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, from Ephedra sinica; and taxol, the chemotherapy drug commonly used to treat several types of cancer, including breast cancer, from Taxus brevifolia. These are among the findings according to Leslie Taylor, a naturopath and herbalist headquartered in Milam County, Texas, and author of The Healing Power of Rainforest Herbs. Even among an abundance of healing herbs, some stand out as nature’s “superherbs” that provide an array of medical properties, according to Rosemary Gladstar, of Barre, Vermont, the renowned author of Herbal

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Remedies for Vibrant Health and related works. Two of these, she notes, are widely considered nuisance weeds. Plantain (Plantago major): Commonly used externally for poultices, open wounds, blood poisoning and bee stings, it also helps relieve a wider variety of skin irritations. According to a study published in the Indian Journal of Pharmacology, this common “weed” fortifies the liver and reduces inflammation, which may reduce the risk for many kinds of chronic diseases. At least one study, published in the journal Planta Medica, suggests that plantain can enhance the immune system to help fight cancer and infectious diseases. “Plantain is considered a survival herb because of its high nutritional value,” advises Gladstar, who founded the California School of Herbal Studies, in Sonoma County, in 1978. A new study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry confirms it’s an excellent source of alpha-tocopherol, a natural form of vitamin E and beta


carotene that can be used in salads for those that don’t mind its bitter taste. Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale): Like plantain, dandelion is one of the most powerful medicinal herbs on the planet. “Dandelion is revered wherever you travel, except in the United States, where it is considered noxious,” observes Gladstar. Americans should reconsider their obsession with eradication. Dandelion root is an effective treatment against several types of cancer, including often-fatal pancreatic and colorectal cancers and melanoma, even those that have proven resistant to chemotherapy and other conventional treatments, according to several studies from the University of Windsor, in England. Traditionally part of a detoxification diet, it’s also used to treat digestive ailments, reduce swelling and inflammation and stop internal and external bleeding. Turmeric (Curcuma longa): Turmeric gives curry powder its vibrant yellow color. “Curcumin, turmeric’s most important active ingredient, is a wealth of health, backed by substantial scientific evidence that upholds its benefits,” says Jan McBarron, a medical and naturopathic doctor in Columbus, Georgia, author of Curcumin: The 21st Century Cure and cohost of the Duke and the Doctor radio show. Several human and animal studies have shown that curcumin can be an effective treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, both in prevention and to slow or even stop its progress. One Australian study showed that curcumin helps rid the body of heavy metals that may be an underlying cause of the memory-robbing disease. Scientists at the University of

California, Los Angeles, found that curcumin helped dissolve the plaques and tangles of brain material characteristic to Alzheimer’s. Curcumin is also known to be effective in lessening depression and preventing heart disease, some types of cancer and diabetes, says McBarron. Ginger (Zingiber officinale): Primarily used for its considerable anti-inflammatory properties, ginger makes a delicious and healing tea and an enticing spice in a variety of dishes. This herbal powerhouse has at least 477 active ingredients, according to Beyond Aspirin, by Thomas M. Newmark and Paul Schulick. Considerable research confirms ginger’s effectiveness against a variety of digestive problems, including nausea from both morning sickness and chemotherapy. Research from Florida’s University of Miami also confirms its usefulness in reducing knee pain. “Ginger is a good-tasting herb to treat any type of bacterial, fungal or viral infection,” says Linda Mix, a retired registered nurse in Rogersville, Tennesse, and author of Herbs for Life! The health benefits of these four vital herbs are easily accessed by growing them in a home garden or pot or via extracted supplements. Kathleen Barnes is the author of Rx from the Garden: 101 Food Cures You Can Easily Grow. Connect at KathleenBarnes.com. Note: For referenced studies, check the National Center for Biotechnology Information.

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lthough following a diet without gluten has become easier due to increased availability and labeling of gluten-free foods, we still need to know how to make sure which foods strictly qualify. We always have more control in our own kitchen, yet we’re not always eating at home. Natural Awakenings asked experts to comment on reasons for the demand and offer practical tips and tactics for healthy eating on the go. According to the Center for Celiac Research & Treatment, 18 million Americans are now gluten sensitive, 3 million more suffer from celiac disease, and the numbers continue to skyrocket, says Dr. David Perlmutter, a neurologist and author of Grain Brain. Gluten, a naturally occurring protein in wheat, barley and rye, is prevalent in the modern American diet. Perlmutter points to new wheat hybrids and increasing amounts of gluten in processed foods as exacerbating the problem. He particularly cites today’s overuse of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medications as contributors to “inappropriate and excessive reactions to what might otherwise have represented a non-threatening protein like gluten.”

Jules Shepard, a mother of two in Washington, D.C., and author of Free for All Cooking: 150 Easy Gluten-Free, Allergy-Friendly Recipes the Whole Family Can Enjoy who also shares recipes at Blog.JulesGlutenFree.com, remembers when going out for a glutenfree lunch was difficult. “The friendly lunch spots my coworkers and I used to

enjoy on a weekly and sometimes even daily basis were no longer friendly for me,” she says. “There was nothing on the menu I could eat, and it seemed better for everyone if I simply stayed in the office. But it isolated me socially from my colleagues and deprived me of a much-needed midday break that had been such an enjoyable part of my routine.” Attending catered breakfasts or lunches for office meetings also presented difficulties. Shepard learned that it’s best to be prepared and pack something, even if it’s only a snack. “Some of my favorites include fresh fruit, like apples or bananas with peanut or almond butter, washed berries, applesauce, coconut yogurt, hummus and red peppers, trail mix, dry cereals like granola, and nutrition bars. I keep a variety of these bars in my purse and car year-round, so I’m never bored with my choices.” “Gluten-free instant oatmeal is a staple in my life,” advises Shepard. She never

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leaves home without it, regardless of the length of the trip. “All you need is a cup or a bowl and some boiling water. Be sure to buy certified gluten-free oats, because regular oats can be contaminated with gluten grains.” Shepard also recommends avoiding pre-sweetened varieties. Kate Chan, a teacher and mother of two in suburban Seattle, Washington, who has been following a gluten-free diet since 2000, has solved the problem of eating healthy at work another way: The family cooks extra the night before. “While cleaning up the kitchen, I just pack the leftovers for lunch. I like to vary the side dishes a bit if I pack side dishes at all, and toss in fruit and more vegetables,” she says. Chan likes to use a bento-style lunch box with several compartments, plus thermal containers, so she can enjoy a variety of gluten-free lunch options.

On the Road In Los Angeles, California, Kristine Kidd, former food editor at Bon Appétit, has recently returned to gluten-free eating. On her menu-planning and recipe blog, KristineKidd.com, and in her cookbook, Weeknight Gluten Free, she recommends whole, fresh foods from farmers’ markets that are naturally gluten-free. When she and her husband hike the Sierra Mountains, she carries homemade, high-fiber, gluten-free cookies to eat on the way up and packs gluten-free soups such as butternut squash and black bean, corn tortillas with fresh fillings, and fruit for a delicious lunch upon reaching the peak. Some gluten-free snacks can contain as many empty calories as other types of junk food, notes Registered Dietitian Katharine Tallmadge. “Many ‘gluten-free’ products are made with refined, unenriched grains and starches, which contain plenty of calories, but few vitamins or minerals.” She agrees with Kidd and others that choosing whole, natural, fresh foods, which are naturally gluten-free, makes for healthy eating wherever we go. Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFoodAnd Lifestyle.blogspot.com from Overland Park, KS.


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The leading social networking website includes thousands of community and group pages devoted to weight loss, exercise and healthy living. Its search function helps find one that fits our needs. Make an introduction and join the discussion. Participating in a special challenge helps everyone stay motivated.

Twitter

This micro-blogging site is informal and fast-paced, providing nearly instantaneous feedback. Use Twitter to identify friends with similar health and fitness goals. Follow links to motivational pho-


tos, low-calorie recipes and at-home workouts. Tweeting when feeling the urge to eat virtually guarantees that we’ll receive a helpful response in a minute or two. Twitter chats are also a fabulous way to connect with an established and helpful healthy living tribe.

Pinterest

A visual smorgasbord of clean-eating recipes, at-home workouts and inspirational photos keeps spirits up. Pinterest accesses photos throughout the Internet that we can grab and “pin” to a personal online vision board. It’s also possible to create a visual cookbook, pinning recipes to, for example, clean eating, Paleo, pumpkin and oatmeal themed boards. It’s fun to connect with our favorite healthy living peeps and start following their boards for continuous injections of inspiration and motivation.

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Love to take photos using a smartphone? Instagram provides a platform for sharing snippets of our day via pictures. Fitness fans regularly “Instagram” their meals and workouts, in part to remain accountable to their online followers, but also to help motivate themselves and others to make healthy choices each day.

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Our go-to resource for music videos is also home to hundreds of healthy living “channels”. Want to follow someone’s 100-pound weight-loss journey, learn how to cook quinoa or follow along with free, at-home workout videos? This is the place. Watch, share and comment on a favorite YouTube video to become part of its online community. The key to using social media to improve our health and fitness is inherent in the name. It’s a friendly way to interact, participate and engage with others. Tamara Grand, Ph.D., is a certified personal trainer and a group fitness and indoor cycling instructor in Port Moody, British Columbia, in Canada. Her new book is Ultimate Booty Workouts. She contributes to Life.Gaiam.com and blogs at FitKnitChick.com. natural awakenings

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ardening is not about having or taking; it’s about giving,” says Connecticut psychotherapist Gunilla Norris, author of A Mystic Garden: Working with Soil, Attending to Soul. “And in giving, the garden gives back to you.” She deems the art of practicing gratitude in the garden as an intentional path for cultivating spirituality.“Every day, go out and thank the ground. Life is burgeoning all around us, all the time,” she continues. “If we can just appreciate that, it’s a big deal.” It’s hard not to be humbled and awed by the miracle of life when we see a seedling push its tiny green head above ground, lean toward the sun and unfurl its first set of leaves. Each bit of plant life is simply fulfilling its mission to grow and be. “Gardening enhances our relationship to the Earth. Through gardening, we are helping to heal the planet, which is part of the work we are all called to do,” remarks Al Fritsch, a Jesuit priest in Ravenna, Kentucky, and author of the e-book, Spiritual Growth Through Domestic Gardening (free at EarthHealing.info/garden.htm). Over his lifetime, Fritsch has helped turn a parking lot, a section of church lawn, and overgrown bottomland all into thriving gardens. In his view, “It gives us a sense of home, roots us in place.”

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ogs, their owners and the larger community all benefit when a pet earns the basic Dog Scout certification badge. Any dog can participate, as long as he’s well-behaved. To qualify for the initial badge, he must be able to heel without pulling, greet a person calmly, meet another animal without overreacting and to see food and leave it alone. The test criteria are similar to that used for the Canine Good Citizen certificate from the American Kennel Club. Tests can be videotaped if there’s no organization evaluator in the area. Once the dog’s earned the basic Dog Scout badge, the rest of the badges are optional, depending on how involved human-canine pairs wish to get. Instead of pursuing a particular sport or activity, scouting allows the dog to dabble and find what he likes best. Distinctive badges can be earned in separate ability levels including obedience, community service, trail work, nose work, water sports, pulling, herding and lure coursing (a performance sport first developed for purebred sighthound breeds). Handlers can also earn badges in canine care, first-aid and sign language. All training is based on positive behavior and reinforcement on everyone’s part. “We don’t want dogs to be an accessory or a lawn ornament; they are part of the family, and a lot of fun, besides,” explains Dog Scouts president Chris Puls, of Brookville, Indiana. “As trainers, we have to figure out how to communicate with another species.” Most members engage in scout activities with more than one dog. Requirements for operating a troop are

flexible, but holding four meetings a year is recommended. Meetings don’t have to be formal—a group hike in the woods counts. Other activities may include backpacking, biking, camping and treasure hunts like letterboxing and geocaching. If Sparky would like to try flyball, (timed relay races with balls) or treibball (urban herding of Pilates balls), but has no opportunity for these pursuits on his home turf, summer camp is a good forum to investigate lots of options. Weekend camps are held in Maryland in July and Texas in November. Weeklong camps are held in Michigan in June and July. “Many people bring more than one dog to camp,” says Allison Holloway, who works in financial account services for the U.S. Department of Defense, in Columbus, Ohio. “I take six dogs with me and each has his or her favorite activity, which I like, because it’s too much for one dog to go from early morning until late at night. New members often say they come to camp just for the fun and camaraderie, but they usually end up collecting badges like the rest of us. It’s a great reminder of what you and your dog did at camp together.” One of Holloway’s dog scouts has special needs. Lottie Moon is a double merle, all-white, Australian shepherd that doesn’t let being deaf or blind slow her down. Last year she surprised her owner by earning an agility badge at camp. “I think she sees shadows and movements. I place a dowel rod in front of the jump and she knows that when she touches it, it’s time to go air-

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Scouts, badges, troops and summer camp—they’re not just for kids anymore. Dog Scouts of America is a new twist on tradition that is fun for all ages.

borne,” says Holloway. “Lottie inspires and motivates me.” Holloway received the Dog Scout’s 2013 Excellence in Writing Award for her blog at LottieSeeingInto Darkness.blogspot.com. Many Dog Scout troops serve their communities to show how dogs can and should be integrated into daily life. In Wyoming Valley, near Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Phyllis Sinavage, office manager for a wholesale distributor, reports on recent activities conducted by Troop 221. “We’ve donated oxygen masks for pets to local fire departments and emergency services. We raise funds to buy them and also have oxygen mask angels that donate the price of a mask in memory of a pet. One third grade class raised enough money to purchase two masks after we visited and did a bite prevention class.” The Dog Scouts of America Hike-a-Thon, in May, is the nonprofit organization’s annual fundraiser, open to everyone willing to ask friends and family members to pledge funds for distances walked. It’s a good way to partner with the dog for quality outdoor time, spread the word about Dog Scouts and enjoy the spring weather. Learn more and join with others for a troop experience at DogScouts.org. Connect with Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@mindspring.com.

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Food Revolution in a Tank

Aquaponics Offers Year-Round Homegrown Fish and Veggies by Avery Mack

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icture a salad of mixed lettuces or romaine accented with microgreens and ripe, red tomatoes alongside an entrée of tilapia, complemented by a dessert of fresh strawberries—all organic, eco-friendly and freshly harvested, even in the middle of winter. The ingredients for this meal don’t have to travel many miles to reach the table—they can be found just several feet away, thanks to aquaponics. “Aquaculture is fish farming, hydroponics is soilless gardening,” explains Becca Self, executive director of educational nonprofit FoodChain, in downtown Lexington, Kentucky. “Aquaponics is a mutually beneficial blend of the two.

Our indoor aquaponics system produces about 150 pounds of fresh tilapia every month, plus nearly 200 pounds of lettuces, herbs and microgreens.” FoodChain, which shares production space in a former bread factory with Smithtown Seafood and West Sixth Brewing, hosted 2,000 guests and was the destination for 54 field trips last year by farmers, church groups, Rotary clubs and students of all grade levels. The seafood restaurant’s website notes, “We can step outside our back door into the farm for our superfood salad greens, herbs and tilapia.” FoodChain is also finding a way to use waste grain from the microbrewery

as fish food. According to brewmaster Robin Sither, the grain is free of genetic engineering, but not organic. He notes that it’s rare for a brewery to use organic grain. The general hydroponics concept dates back to ancient practices in Chinese rice fields, Egyptian bottomlands flooded by the Nile River and Aztec floating gardens perched on low rafts layered with rich bottom muck. By the early 20th century, chemists had identified solutions of 13 specific nutrients which, added to water, could entirely substitute for fertile soil. That’s when William F. Gericke, Ph.D., of the University of California-Berkeley, took the science of hydroponics into commercial production. “In today’s space-efficient, closed, recirculating aquaponic systems that combine fish tanks and plant troughs,

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fish waste provides fertilizer for the plants, while the plants clean the water for fish,” says Gina Cavaliero, owner of Green Acre Aquaponics, in Brooksville, Florida. The 2013 Aquaponics Association Conference, in Tucson, Arizona, reported that aquaponic plants grow faster and offer higher yields, plus the sustainable technology recycles 90 percent of the water. In Denver, JD Sawyer, president of Colorado Aquaponics, operates a 3,000-square-foot farm in a food desert neighborhood (without easy access to fresh, healthy, affordable food). Koi, tilapia and hybrid striped bass fertilize romaine, bib lettuce, kale, Swiss chard, spinach, chives and strawberries. Other crops include tomatoes, peppers, yellow squash and root vegetables like beets and carrots. Tilapia and bass sell to the community and restaurants; koi are used in livestock ponds. Sawyer remarks, “An aquaponics system can be indoors or out, depending on the climate, for commercial use or in the home. The basement, garage or a spare room is ideal for growing your own food.” Home garden sizes range from a 20-gallon aquarium to a 10-by-20-foot area. Avery Ellis, an ecological designer and permaculture specialist in Boulder, Colorado, builds dynamic, living, nonconventional systems. “The temperature in most homes is near 70 degrees, an ideal temperature for a tropical fish like tilapia,” he says. “A 50-gallon fish tank, a 50-gallon storage bin and a timer to feed the fish automatically and supply light can be a self-sustaining system.” Outdoors, a greenhouse or geodesic dome can house the system. “A harmonious balance maintains itself, and we enjoy maximum yields from little labor,” says Ellis. He reflects that the solutions for feeding the world exist if we just open our eyes to what needs to be done. For those that don’t care to harvest and clean fish, decorative koi species work well. Erik Oberholtzer, founder and owner of Tender Greens restaurants, which sources from nearby southern California farms and is exploring ways to install an aquaponics system in each of its restaurants, explains, “The world is suffering from a loss of growing habitat, genetically modified seeds and global warming. Aquaponics enables growers

to stay ahead of climate change, making it the future of sustainable farming. It’s an ethical way to make quality food healthy, affordable and profitable.” Aquaponics methods deliver fish free of mercury and genetically modified fish food, plus the freshest vegetables possible, all without the worry of weeds, rabbits, insects, suspect fertil-

izers, toxic herbicides and pesticides. A home aquaponics system can be one of the best green investments to make in 2014. According to Oberholtzer, “Eating this way should not be a luxury.” Avery Mack is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect via AveryMack@ mindspring.com.

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wisewords From “Why Me?” to “Thank You!”

Wayne Dyer on the Value of Hard Lessons by Linda Sechrist

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fter four decades teaching selfdevelopment and empowerment and authoring more than 30 bestselling books, Wayne W. Dyer, Ph.D., shares dozens of events from his life in his latest work, I Can See Clearly Now. In unflinching detail, he relates vivid impressions of encountering many forks in the road, from his youth in Detroit to the present day, and reflects on these events from his current perspective, noting what lessons he ultimately learned.

these miracles show up. There are 60 chapters in the book. Every time I finished one, I would think: “Now I can see clearly why I had to go through all of these experiences and learn all these lessons.” As a result, I suggest that whenever something happens that leads you to ask, “Why is this happening to me?” shift instead to the awareness that all experiences, no matter what, are gifts.

What has writing this book taught you and how can it help others better understand their own lives?

You describe the influential patterns and motivators in your life as diamonds and stones; how would you characterize your childhood years in foster homes?

My biggest lesson was that our whole life is like a checkerboard. When I looked back on my life, I began to realize this and gained an awareness of the fact that there’s something else moving all of the pieces around. The key to attracting this mystical guidance into your life is to start with awareness that all things are possible and to forget about yourself. When you get your ego out of the picture, your inner mantra isn’t, “What’s in it for me? and “How much more can I get?” Instead, when your inner mantra is, “How may I serve or what may I do for you?” and you practice consistently living this way, you attract this mystical guidance. I have found that the more I do this, the more

I can now see that spending the better part of my first decade in a series of foster homes was all a part of God’s infallible plan for me. I believe I was in a type of training camp for becoming a teacher of higher spiritual and commonsense principles. If I was going to spend my adult life teaching, lecturing and writing on self-reliance, then I obviously needed to learn to rely upon myself and be in a position to never be dissuaded from this awareness. What better training ground for teaching this than an early childhood that required a sense of independence and need for self-sufficiency? Now that I know that every encounter, challenge and situation is a spectacular thread in a

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tapestry, and that each represents and defines my life, I am deeply grateful for them all. Each of us has a mission of some kind to fulfill at the moment we make the shift from nowhere to now here, from spirit to form. I’ve seen firsthand how this universe has a creative source of energy supporting it that is literally the matrix of all matter. Nothing occurs by happenstance anywhere, because this universal mind is perpetually on call, going about its miraculous ways in terms of infinite possibilities.

What can you see clearly about your role as a parent? I’ve watched my eight children show up from birth with their unique personalities and blossom into their own awakenings. I know for certain that the one Divine mind that is responsible for all of creation has a hand in this engaging mystery. Same parents, same environment, same culture and yet eight individuals, with their own distinctive character traits. Khalil Gibran stated it perfectly in The Prophet: “Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, and though they are with you yet they belong not to you.” Each of my children had their blueprint from God. My job has been to guide, then step aside and let whatever is inside them that is their own uniqueness steer the course of their lives.

What has your life taught you about prayer? I feel that the prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi says it best: “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is darkness, let me bring light. Where there is sadness, let me bring joy.” The masters I’ve studied pray to become more godly, more like where we originally came from. My prayer is always, “Help me to remind myself to get rid of this ego and to be like You are. Help me to be my highest self, the place within that is God.” Linda Sechrist is a Natural Awakenings senior staff writer. Visit ItsAllAboutWe. com for the extended interview.


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Neural Reset Therapy with Ralph Stephens – Sat/Sun, March 1&2, 9am-5:30pm. Reset muscles fast, pain free & no thumbs! 16 CE hrs. $495. New Mexico School of Therapeutic Massage, 202 Morningside Dr SE, Albuquerque. Register: 888570-9040. nmsnt.org. Know which Doctor to Call with Dr. Lori Eanes – Learn to create rituals of health and healing. $25 in advance/ $30 at door. Contact Terri Dean at 505-383-5373. New Mexico School of Therapeutic Massage, 202 Morningside Drive SE, Albuquerque. Earth Renewal Ceremony with Maria Yraceburu − 1-4pm. A ceremony facilitated by Native author and Tlish Diyan da’igoti. A day focused on creating positive relationship to the Earth and Ancestors by immersing people in a simple day spent in a sacred way. Donation. Potluck lunch following ceremony. Taa-naash-kaa-da Sanctuary, 119 Mira Sol Dr, Las Vegas, NM. 505-414-1583.

TURTLEWOMYN Moon Lodge with Maria Yraceburu – 1-4pm. TurtleWomyn’s Moon Lodge offers a sacred container to slow down and listen to the Sacred Mother Earth. Through ritual and talking circle, we share the expressive ways of womyn, and nourish our souls. $25-$35 sliding scale. Buena Vida Physical Therapy, Grand Ave, Las Vegas, NM. 505-414-1583. Women’s Empowerment Circle − 2-4:30pm. In celebration of International Women’s Day join a powerful gathering of wise women. Share an afternoon to experience the depth, vision, and limitlessness of the divine feminine within. Afternoon will consist of kundalini yoga, meditation, deep breath work, group sharing and processing and sound healing. $20. Yoga Santa Fe, 1505 Llano St, at Pinon, Santa Fe. 505-982-6369 or contact Gurudev Kaur, 505-690-0040. gurudevkaur11@gmail.com. mypurepotential.net. S.T.A.R. Circles Global Book discussion groups – 12pm EST/10am MST. This broadcast will be with Ja-lene Clark and Kristy Sweetland. The topic is “S.T.A.R. Circle: “Grace” at ninabrown33.com/ community-star. An hour with the Ascended Masters: Guided Meditation – 7pm, Mar. 9, 23&30. OakRose Academy of Light meditation in a teleconference format. Helpful for stabilizing spiritual energy during this high transitional time. Open to all. Free. For regular announcements of “An Hour with the Ascended Masters” please contact Rev. AliceAnn at Rev. AliceAnn@OakRose.net. Please be on call before 7pm. Call in number: 619-326-2772. AC: 7325118#.

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EFT & Energy Therapy Practitioners’ Mastermind Live Call – 2-3:15pm. (1st & 3rd Wednesdays). Dr. Anne Merkel leads Physicians, Wellness Practitioners, Therapists & Coaches by phone. Monthly series with two live calls, notes, & recordings - $76. Register at http://is.gd/PractitionerMastermind - info: 1-877-262-2276. The Super Supported Spring Cleanse –7-9 pm. March 5, 12, 19 & 26. Emilah Dawn DeToro, M.ED. CPC, and Kristin Rabai, DC. Spring is a perfect time to lighten the toxic load of the body and increase your energy. This month-long journey starts by reducing toxins in your food and environment, culminates with an elimination diet that will help you feel more satiated. $300. The Source, 1111 Carlisle Blvd. SE, Albuquerque. 505-217-1720. emilah.com.

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Meditation and Transformation Classes – 7:30pm. Join us for this new series of 5 classes with an optional 6th class. This series teaches how to recognize and apply the fundamental energetic and spiritual laws that govern the world around you. Leave each class with simple and practical exercises that will change your life. Call 505 4678336 to register. Santa Fe Center of Light, 13 Via Plaza Nueva, Santa Fe.

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Wave Energy Evolution Workshop: Change Your Reality with The Infinity Wave − Fri., March 7, 7-9pm, Sat./Sun., March 8&9, 9-5pm. Santa Fe Soul will host internationally known Hope Fitzgerald. Join her to learn the Infinity Wave, a channeled, higher dimension energetic that will help you to create the reality you desire. Cost: $248. Santa Fe Soul Sun Room, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr, E, Santa Fe. 505-474-8555. www.santafesoul.com.

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Wise Women’s Group − Sat, Mar 8-Sat, Apr 19. 6 sessions of 3 Gestalt Coaching Groups and All Day Equine Retreat. Small Gestalt coaching group to assist in creating effective ways to let go of stress, anxiety, past trauma, and lead a life of meaning and purpose. All Day Equine Retreat will follow your group coaching experience. $297. Healing through Horses, 21074A Hwy #84, Abiquiu, NM. 505-6850596. Judy@healingthroughhorses.com.

TUESDAY, MARCH 11 Feng Shui – 12-1 pm. Learn how to energize your environment to energize your health with essential oils, aromatherapy, colors and shapes to enhance your chi or Energy. Dr Rebecca Phillips DC is a doctor of chiropractic and a practitioner of Chinese medicine and Feng Shui. 505-796-0387. Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy, 8910 Holly Ave. NE, Albuquerque. Healing through Alignment with Annette CantorGroenfeldt – 6-8pm. Healing group sessions guide you to reconnect with your deeper self, leaving you inspired and relaxed. ReConnective Therapy Energy treatments nourishes you in a profound and gentle way. $35. www.annettesings.com. Santa Fe Soul Sun Room, 2905 Rodeo Park Drive E., Santa Fe. 505-474-8555. www.santafesoul.com.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12 Autoimmune Coaching & Energy Therapy Support Call – 2-3:15 pm. (2nd Wednesdays). Dr. Anne Merkel leads people experiencing autoimmune disorders to naturally address their condition and support the body to heal. Free. Notes & past month recordings provided when you register at http:// is.gd/autoimmunegroup . 1-877-262-2276.

THURSDAY, MARCH 13 S.T.A.R. Circles Global Book discussion groups – 2pm EST/12pm MST. This broadcast will be with Ja-lene Clark and Kristy Sweetland. The topic is “S.T.A.R. Circle: “Grace” at ninabrown33.com/ community-star. Beyond Meditation: Community HU – 9:4510:15am. Actively explore your inner worlds,

experience more divine love, a feeling of peace, and increased awareness by chanting HU with others of like mind. Free. Highland Senior Center, 131 Monroe NE, Albuquerque. 505-265-7388.

SATURDAY, MARCH 15 Motivational Interviewing: Advanced Practice (12CEUs) – 9am-4pm, Sat.&Sun., March 15&16. Powerful technique to help clients become engaged in making difficult changes in their lives. Focus is on angry or combative clients integrating MI with other techniques for mental health disorders and much more. 2-Day Workshop $225, Students $125. Santa Fe Soul Sun Room, 2905 Rodeo Park Drive E., Santa Fe. 505-474-8555. santafesoul.com. Acupressure 1- Organ Assessment and Treatment with Don Cornwell, DOM – 9am-4:30pm, Sat.&Sun, March 15&16. TCM symptom patterns for each organ are learned. Tongue and pulse assessment are practiced. Treatment included locating and treating the major points of each organ. $200. New Mexico School of Therapeutic Massage, 202 Morningside Dr SE, Albuquerque. Register: 505268-6870. nmsnt.org. Money, Power, Ethics with Bhanu Harrison 4 CE’s – 9am-1pm. How your relationship with money and power affects your therapeutic practice. $90. New Mexico School of Therapeutic Massage, 202 Morningside Dr SE, Albuquerque. Register: 505837-2100. nmsnt.org.

SUNDAY, MARCH 16 Unlock Your Creativity with the Nia Technique – 2–4 pm. Expand your potential by exploring Nia, an expressive dance fitness class that invites participants to be playful and imaginative. Presented in conjunction with Women & Creativity. $30, $40 for two. Studio Sway, 1100 San Mateo Blvd. NE, #32. Albuquerque. 505-710-5096. studiosway.com Full Moon in Virgo Yoga and Meditation with Gurudev – 6-8:15pm. Magnify the energies of the Virgo full moon through yoga and meditation. Re-calibrate and balance the energies of your 10 bodies to a higher vibration. The key for Virgo is to keep life and your diet, simple and pure. $13 or Yoga Class Pass. Contact Gurudev Kaur, 505-6900040. gurudevkaur11@gmail.com. Yoga Santa Fe, 1505 Llano St at Pinon, Santa Fe. 505-982-6369. mypurepotential.net. An Evening with the Ascended Masters – 7-9pm. The Ascended Masters of Shamballa. Through their clear voice channel, the Ascended Masters will come to speak to you, give a brief discourse on current Ascension progress, lead a guided meditation, and respond to your questions. All Light workers welcome. Ltd. street parking. Donation: $22/door or via PayPal. Santa Fe. OakRose Academy, Rev. AliceAnn 505-660-5278 for directions. Teleconference call-in number: 619-326-2772, AC: 7325118.

TUESDAY, MARCH 18 From Vitamin D & Calcium To Hormones with Rebecca Phillips, DC – 12-1 pm. Learn about the appropriate dose and purpose of Vitamin D and calcium for women’s optimum health. Keep hormones and related symptoms in balance with natural supplements. Free. Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy, 8910 Holly Ave. NE Albuquerque. 505-796-0387.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19 Energy Therapy Support & Training for Health & Wellness Practitioners Live Call – 2-3:15p.m. (1st & 3rd Wednesday). Dr. Anne Merkel leads

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Physicians, Coaches, Therapists, other Practitioners by phone. Monthly series with two live calls, notes, & recordings - $76. Register at arielagroup.com/ tapshops. 1-877-262-2276. Abundance Healing Clinic – 6:30-7:30pm . Receive a special healing on your abundance and prosperity be it relationship, career, health, personal goals, etc. These spiritual healings are given from a unique and high vibration from a line of healers. $10 for 15 minute healing/reading. Clinics are by appointment. Center For Inner Truth, 826 Camino de Monte Rey, A1, Santa Fe, Pre-register 505-9204418. Centerforinnertruth.org.

FRIDAY, MARCH 21 Conscious Movie night ” Bless Me Ultima” – 7:30pm. A drama set in New Mexico during WWII, centered on the relationship between a young man and an elderly medicine woman who helps him contend with the battle between good and evil that rages in his village. Held at the Santa Fe Center of Light, Via Plaza Nueva, Santa Fe, 505-467-8336.

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savethedate Bollywood Club Dance Invasion 2014 – 7pm12:30am. Evening of community and dance. DJs highlight eastern and western dance rhythms with, astrology readings, chair massage, henna tattoos, Indian Bazaar, and photo booth. Savory treats, beverages  and Indian chai for sale. Proceeds benefit charitable projects of Amma Center NM. Alcohol free family event. $15 adults, children under 12/$7 at the door. Contact: Archana Lee, barefootlotuss@gmail. Scottish Rite Temple, 463 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe. 512-694-4375. facebook.com/BollywoodClubInvasion. Spring Equinox: Detoxification & Balance Ceremony with Luisa Kolker – 9:45-6pm. A powerful ceremony for those dedicated to inner work and to preparing themselves, body, mind & spirit, to be a vessel for Source energy. $180. Contact Luisa at 505-660-9414. luisa@luisakolker.com. Santa Fe Soul Sun Room, 2905 Rodeo Park Drive E, Santa Fe. 505-474-8555. santafesoul.com. Group Breathwork Session – 11am. Therapeutic Breathwork is a way to clear emotional blocks, release old repeating patterns and reconnect deeply with your authentic self through a conscious connected breathing rhythm. Bring two blankets. Limited space, preregister. $25. Center For Inner Truth, 826 Camino de Monte Rey, A1, Santa Fe. 505-920-4418. Take 5 To Thrive with Linda Love Herbalist – 1-2 pm. Learn how to create a good foundation to your nutritional plan with 5 basic supplement Groups – Multi vitamin, Probiotics, Anti-oxidants, Fish Oils and a good fiber source for Your individual health goals. Free. Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy, 8910 Holly Ave. NE Albuquerque. 505-796-0387. Ceremony of Life Vernal Equinox 2014 – 6pm. The OakRose Academy of Light & Reverend AliceAnn Melchizedek will offer this public service to honor the High Holy Ones and celebrate Spring and the portal gateways that are opening up for all humanity at this time. Vegetarian Pot luck to follow. (Please no alcohol, sugar treats or meat). Free. Santa Fe. Call 505.660.5278 for details. Online at: 619.326.2772 AC: 7325118#.

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SUNDAY, MAR 23 S.T.A.R. Circles Global Book discussion groups – 11am EST/9am MST. This broadcast will be with Ja-lene Clark and Kristy Sweetland. The topic is “S.T.A.R. Circle: “Grace” at ninabrown33.com/ community-star. Community Friendship Drum Circle with Maria Yraceburu – 1-4pm. Come celebrate community in Las Vegas with our Friendship Drum Circle, facilitated by Maria Yraceburu, founder of Yraceburu EarthWisdom. No experience necessary, and all ages and levels are encouraged to participate. Hosted by New Moon Fashions. Sapello, NM. Call for directions 505-414-1583. Gong Bath with Sui Ki Li – 4:30-6pm. Experience the sound of the Planetary Gongs and Tibetan Bowls to relieve stress and restore your body, mind and spirit to their natural harmony. To reserve a space call 505-820-6505. $15. Santa Fe Soul Sun Room, 2905 Rodeo Park Drive E., Santa Fe. 505-474-8555. santafesoul.com. An hour with the ascended masters: Sunday Night Guided Meditation – 7pm MST. See listing Mar. 9.

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savethedate March 27-30—Activate Your Light Body Retreat – Led by award-winning author and healing practitioner Dana Micucci. Learn how to activate your light body for heart-centered higher dimensional living, soul expansion and self mastery with esoteric teachings and practices from ancient wisdom traditions (Buddhist, Mayan, Egyptian, mystical Christian, shamanic). $495. Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs, NM. Register: 215-348-5755.

SATURDAY, MARCH 29

savethedate ReConnective Therapy Treatment Group with Herwig and Kerstin Schoen – 3-5pm. ReConnective Therapy facilitates connections between the energy body and the physical body allowing the body, emotions and mind to heal. $70/person. Santa Fe Waldorf School, 26 Puesta del Sol, Santa Fe. For Information call 360-321-1207 or visit our website: www.reconnectivetherapy.com. Early Manifest Your Purest Potential – Identify Your Natural Talent and Passion and Awaken to Greatness Workshop – 10am–5pm. Sat./Sun., March 29&30. Join Kirn and Guruchander, cocreators of Purest Potential, owners of Yoga Santa Fe and GRD Health Clinic for two days of profound self discovery using tantric numerology, the 10 Body Awareness system, Kundalini Yoga, Meditation, interactive practices, and healing affirmation circles. Contact Gurudev Kaur, 505-690-0040, gurudevkaur11@gmail.com. Dove Creek Ranch, Amarillo, TX. 505- 982-6369. www.mypurepotential.net. Intro To Self Healing: Psychic Tools and Spiritual Awareness – 10am-5pm. Practice a grounded meditation technique utilizing spiritual tools, visualization, and mindfulness techniques. Read and heal energy as you quiet and focus the mind. Shift your emotional states and thoughts by releasing blocked NaturalAwakeningsNNM.com

energy, learn to consciously create in your life and experience more inner peace. $120. Center For Inner Truth, 826 Camino de Monte Rey, A1, Santa Fe, Pre-register 505-920-4418. Centerforinnertruth.org.

SATURDAY, MARCH 29 S.T.A.R. Circles Global Book discussion groups – 6pm EST/4pm MST. This broadcast will be with Ja-lene Clark and Kristy Sweetland. The topic is “S.T.A.R. Circle: “Grace” at ninabrown33.com/ community-star.

SUNDAY, MARCH 30 An hour with the ascended masters: Sunday Night Guided Meditation – 7pm MST. See listing Mar. 9.

plan ahead TUESDAY, APRIL 1 Foundations of Herbalism – April 1 - Nov. 11. A 250-hour Herbal Certification Program through the Milagro School of Herbal Medicine. Foundational principles of herbal medicine, medicine making, botany, therapeutics, and ethical wild crafting will be covered. Incorporates Western, Southwestern/Curanderismo, Chinese 5 Elements approaches to health. Classes Tuesday evenings, every other Saturday; 3 weekend field trips. Milagro Herbs, 417 Orchard Drive, Santa Fe. 505- 820-6321. www.milagroschoolofherbalmedicine.com

SATURDAY, APRIL 5 SoulQuest: Sowing Seeds of Gratitude for the Journey – 10am-5pm. Led by Judith Tripp and presented by the Labyrinth Resource Group. SoulQuest is an experiential retreat using the labyrinth as a tool for transformation; exploring personal and collective paths through movement, song, discussion and reflection. $95 advance/$110 at the door, student discount available. St John’s United Methodist Church, 1200 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe. 505-982-0662.

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monday Spiritual Counseling Sessions – by appointment with the Reverend Francisco “Paco” Vallejos. Tesuque-Santa Fe. 505-455-2532 Gentle Yoga –Chi with Michal Curry, CHTP – 5:30-6:45pm. Are you coming back into your yoga practice, from an injury or illness and interested in learning yoga as a wellness practice? $15 drop in or $50 for 5 classes. Santa Fe Soul Sun Room., 2905 Rodeo Park Drive E., Santa Fe. 505-474-8555.

tuesday John of God Sanctioned Crystal Light Therapy – by appointment. Tesuque-Santa Fe. 505-455-2532.

wednesday Early Morning Sadhana, Yoga, Meditation and Chanting – 5-7:30am. Sadhana at Yoga Santa Fe


incl. yoga exercises, meditation, and chanting. Free. Contact Gurudev Kaur, 505-690-0040, gurudevkaur11@gmail.comYoga Santa Fe, 1505 Llano St (at Pinon). 505-982-6369. mypurepotential.net. Qigong & Healing From Within – 10:30am-12pm. Taoist, Yogic & Shamanic practices cultivate vitality, inner strength & awareness with energy, movement, sound, breathwork & meditation. $12. 1st class free. Allison Lasky.  Santa Fe  Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park Drive East, Bldg. 3, Santa Fe. 505-984-8733. AllisonLasky.com. Gentle Yoga –Chi with Michal Curry, CHTP – 5:30-6:45pm. Are you coming back into your yoga practice, from an injury or illness and interested in learning yoga as a wellness practice? $15 drop in or $50 for 5 classes. Santa Fe Soul Sun Room., 2905 Rodeo Park Drive E., Santa Fe. 505-474-8555. Free Energy Healing Clinic – 5:30-6:30pm. Drop in for a fifteen minute non-touch energy clearing on whatever you are working on. Release tension, energetic blocks, relax in a meditative environment and get a next step on your journey. FREE. 2nd and 4th Wednesday each month. Center For Inner Truth, 826 Camino de Monte Rey, A1, Santa Fe. 505-920-4418. Therapeutic Body and Energy Sessions – by appointment with licensed and certified practitioner Kevin Horton. Tesuque-Santa Fe. 505-455-2532

saturday Mindful Mediation Sit – 9:15-10am. Be lead through a guided mindfulness meditation to start your weekend. Santa Fe Center of Light, 13 Via Plaza Nueva, Santa Fe. 505- 467-8336 Intuitive Healing Sessions – Remove energetic blocks, heal physical and emotional imbalances, create greater wellbeing in every area of your life. By appointment with Chantal Fidanza. Santa Fe. 505-438-1074. yourdivinelight.biz. Reiki Energy Treatments – Release energetic blocks, heal physical and emotional imbalances, and energize your life. By appointment with Chantal Fidanza. Santa Fe. 505-438-1074. yourdivinelight.biz

sunday Early Morning Sadhana, Yoga, Meditation and Chanting – 5-7:30am. Sadhana at Yoga Santa Fe incl. yoga exercises, meditation, and chanting. Free. Contact Gurudev Kaur, 505-690-0040, gurudevkaur11@gmail.comYoga Santa Fe, 1505 Llano St (at Pinon). 505-982-6369. mypurepotential.net Sunday Service at the Center of Light – 9:30am. Uplifting service that includes singing, prayer and a sermon that is relevant to the process of spiritual development. Begins with a half hour of silent meditation and includes a powerful and transformative Communion. 13 Via Plaza Nueva, Santa Fe. 505467-8336. Spiritual Happy Hour – 10-11am. 2nd & 4th Sunday of the month. Reestablish your spiritual sanctuary within, release any unwanted energies, and gain spiritual understanding and wisdom from your life’s experiences. Join us for guided meditation, song, & healing. Potluck following the service. Free. Center For Inner Truth, 826 Camino de Monte Rey, A1, Santa Fe. 505-920-4418.

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n March 1st, Mars the Warrior, begins a long retrograde in the air sign of Libra until May 19th. This retrograde brings a time of needed introspection; reflecting upon possible actions, chosen paths, and personal connections. While Mars is retrograde, relationships can benefit from deep and honest negotiations that can ease any misunderstanding, frustration, or anger, and create the potential to balance needs, deepen passion, and strengthen commitment. If possible, hold off on taking action until Mars stations direct in May. Allow the air to clear and then move forward with appropriate action. Saturn the Elder, currently in the sign of Scorpio will take an even deeper journey into the depths of turbulent energies as it stations retrograde on March 2nd. Use wisdom, self-discipline, and inner strength to delve further into the dark. Examine old hurts, fears and unsatisfying choices and patterns of behavior that are holding you back from continued growth and self-esteem. What deep within requires acknowledgement? Facing inner demons can be painful and overwhelming. Connect with a trusted friend or lover to provide perspective during this time of intense focus and necessary healing. Claim your wholeness and know that new levels of dignity and maturity are born from such deep inner work. On March 6th, Jupiter the planet of hope, faith, and expansion will station direct, bringing some welcome signs of movement in growth and new opportunity. While Jupiter was retrograde in the sign of Cancer, imagination and intuition expanded, connecting to the possibilities of realizing big dreams, as well as clinging hesitancy and fear. Now as Jupiter begins its forward motion it is asking for further stretching into the world, opening to inner truth

and circumstances required, to continue with faith and optimism. What was held close in the heart, during the retrograde phase, is now asking for wings of flight. March 1st brings the first of two New Moons this month. This New Moon is in the sensitive, sign of Pisces. Divine inspiration flows, guiding in soul messages of new levels of happinesss. This new moon makes a trine with Jupiter in Cancer, which can add a layer of sometimes hesitant yet heart centered optimism that wants to dream big! Take time for meditation or prayers. Pay attention to intuition, dreams, and daydreams, inspiring thoughts, people, and images as guides to new possibilities. The Full Moon in Virgo sits brightly in the sky on March 16th. Analyzing emotions can provide accuracy in expressing what you feel, just beware of seeing only what is wrong, instead of realizing the potential to create something better. Realize that discernment serves better than harsh judgments. This can also be a good time to complete any projects with attention to detail and excellence. On March 30th, the 2nd New Moon is in the fiery sign of Aries. Emotions can run hot and fast. Frustration and impatience can lead to misplaced anger. Take a moment before you jump in, so that you land where you really want to be. Acknowledging any fear, yet reaching for courage, can move you in the direction of newfound passion. Evolutionary Astrologer Deborah Sipple offers in-depth forecasts at talkingskyastrology.com. For questions, or consultation inquiries, contact dksleo13@ talkingskyastrology.com or call 505217-6664. See ad page 20.

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