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art of this month’s issue is devoted to animals and the people that love them. Kurt and I are animal lovers. We have two pets— a dog and a cat. Cleopatra, or “Cleo,” our black lab was purchased from a litter displayed in the center island of a suburban neighborhood in Miami. She’s pretty big for a girl black lab. At one point she even weighed 82 pounds. Now she is 15 years old with a grey beard and spends most of her time sleeping like a princess on her thick cushioned pillow. Adera, our cat was considered the runt of the litter, although I’m not sure why. She is gorgeous, super spoiled, and dominates Cleo who runs circles to avoid encountering her. Most of the pets we’ve had come from the Humane Society. It feels so good to take an animal home knowing you’ve just reduced the odds of it dying in the animal shelter. “A question to think about is not ‘Can they reason?’ or ‘Can they talk?’ but ‘Can they suffer?’” says Barry MacKay, director of the Animal Alliance of Canada. I couldn’t imagine sharing my life without my furry housemates. They give so much while asking for so little in return. The second part of this issue is devoted to the trend of healthy cuisine that is popping up everywhere. With the dangerous impacts of GMO’s, pesticides and other chemicals, more and more consumers demand to eat food that is wholesome and organic. It also feels good to support our local farmers. Luckily there are numerous restaurants in our area that buy from local farms and offer as many organic ingredients as possible. This trend doesn’t stop in restaurants. Food trucks are popping up in droves supplying our community with quick, wholesome and affordable meals. Even vending machines and schools are catching on to the trend. Several of our local healthy eateries are featured in this issue and share of some of their most popular recipes. Now you can reproduce these delicious, gourmet meals at home. Bon Appetit!

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Good-to-Go Eats

by Judith Fertig


CUISINE RESTAURANTS Los Poblanos, Cafe Pasqual,

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newsbriefs Naked Food Fair in Albuquerque


lbuquerque area foodies will have the opportunity to access a wide variety of vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and allnatural foods at the Naked Food Fair being held on Saturday, April 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Albuquerque Rail Yards. The event features delicious foods, seminars, workshops and cooking demonstrations. Numerous local restaurants, shops and chefs will also be in attendance offering tasting samples. Tastings will take place between 10 a.m. and noon. The Naked Food Festival is sponsored by Whole Foods and produced by Blue River Productions, the company behind the Southwest Chocolate & Coffee Fest, the Southwest Bacon Fest, Taste of ABQ and other popular festivals. Vendor spots are still available. The vendor fee is $150 per booth. To apply, visit A portion of event proceeds will benefit the Roadrunner Food Bank. General admission: $10 for adults; children 12 and under free. Tickets that include tastings from participating vendors are $30 for adults and $10 for children ages 4 to 12. Location: ABQ Railyards, 777 1st Street SW, Albuquerque. For more information, visit See ad on page 10.

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re you longing for a career with meaning and purpose?” asks Patricia Crane, Ph.D. “You can now train as a Heal Your Life workshop leader in Louise Hay’s life-changing philosophy.” Louise Hay’s most popular book, You Can Heal Your Life, has sold over 55 million copies worldwide. “The workshops offer more in-depth experience with her techniques and allow people to heal their lives on even deeper levels,” says Crane. Crane, who trained personally with Louise Hay, is authorized to lead the trainings along with her husband, Rick Nichols. Their company, Heart Inspired Presentations, LLC, is licensed by Hay House, Inc. Heart Inspired Presentations’ next Heal Your Life training is being held April 18 to 25 in San Diego. “Attendees will take their own growth to the next level with inner child work, emotional release, awareness exercises, and deepening their intuition with meditation and visualization,” says Crane. They also receive complete manuals for leading up to 14 different workshops, CD-ROMs and music CDs, marketing guidelines and techniques, and extensive follow-up after the training through conference calls, email and private Facebook groups. Pre-registration is required. For more information, call 800969-4584 or visit


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New Food Co-op Hosts Open House


he Greenhouse Grocery, a new farm-to grocery food coop slated to open early 2016, invites the community to join them, Iconik Coffee Roasters and Back Road Pizza for an entertaining evening of food, music and stories on March 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Iconik Coffee Roasters in Santa Fe. Attendees will discover the passion and dedication these businesses have for providing healthy food, serving the community, and providing ecological stewardship while enjoying delicious pizza, freshly brewed coffee, and live music by Westin Lee McDowell’s Shiner’s Club Jazz Band. The Grocery will serve the entire community by providing fresh and healthy food at affordable prices. Members get to enjoy the benefits of fresh, delicious food while supporting food equity and social justice and contributing to a vibrant local economy. Only members can shop and everyone can join. Family-friendly and green, the Grocery will feature cooking and nutrition classes, demonstration grow beds, and the best of environmental stewardship. Reflecting the rich cultural and agricultural heritage of Santa Fe, the Grocery supports local farmers and the local economy. Cost: $5 to 10 suggested donation. Location: 1600 Lena St. For more information about the coop, visit See ad on page 4.

Online Classes at Portland Community College


nline classes to obtain accreditation in nutritional therapy and herbalism are being offered at the Portland Community College (PCC) Institute for Health Professionals. Taught by KP Khalsa, president of the American Herbalists Guild (AHG), registration begins on March 4 for the term starting March 30. As in previous years, the class offering may also be attended at the PCC CLIMB Center for Advancement. The 12-month nutritional therapy series, approved by the National Association of Nutrition Professionals, prepares students to take the national credentialing exam. The six-term herbalism series, a highly suitable parallel program, provides in-depth training for a career in herbal medicine, with corresponding credit hours used toward a registered herbalist credential through the AHG. This marks the fourth year that PCC has conducted such classes to provide dynamic training to current and future complementary health practitioners. Class location: 1626 S.E. Water Ave., Portland, OR. For more information or to register, call 971-722-6627, email or visit See ad on page 9.

New Mexico Actors’ Showcase


he New Mexico Film Foundation (NMFF) and the Southwest Arts Group (SWAG) have partnered together to present the New Mexico Actors’ Showcase being held at 6 p.m. on March 14 at the African American Performing Arts Center in Albuquerque. The event revolves around an acting competition designed to demonstrate the base of acting talent that exists in New Mexico. The event also features song and dance performances by the talented SWAG troupe. New Mexico actors are invited to submit a one-minute video scene for consideration in one of three categories based on acting experience with a fourth category for child actors. A panel of judges will select the top 20 submissions based on acting merit and the professionalism of the submission. The finalists will be invited to perform live in front of an audience and industry professionals. During the competition, actors will be given live direction by Alejandro Montoya, an up and coming director best known for his recent film Low/Fi and The Joneses. Judges for the competition will include casting directors, talent agents and other industry professionals. Cost: $10 each or 2 for $15. Location: 310 San Pedro NE, Albuquerque. For more information, visit or

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Ginkgo Biloba Calms ADHD, Boosts Memory


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esearchers from Germany’s University of Tübingen’s Center for Medicine tested the Ginkgo biloba extract EGb761 on 20 children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in a clinical trial. The children were given up to 240 milligrams (mg) of the extract for between three and five weeks. Before, during and after the treatment, the scientists evaluated the children by testing the brain’s electrical activity, along with other ADHD-related tests. Those that had received the extract exhibited significant improvement in ADHD symptoms. A study from Liberty University, in Virginia, previously examined 262 adults ages 60 and over with normal memory and mental performance and found that the same Ginkgo biloba extract improved their cognitive scores. Half of the study participants were given 180 mg of the extract daily and half were given a placebo. Standardized tests and a subjective, self-reporting questionnaire found the Ginkgo resulted in significant cognitive improvements among the older adults.

BUGS Linked to Factory Farm Antibiotics


he bacteria E. coli now causes 75 to 95 percent of all urinary tract infections, and research from Iowa State University has confirmed that such occurrences are linked to factory farms that use antibiotics. The findings support a study previously completed by scientists from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and George Washington University that shows a strain of antibiotic-resistant E. coli called ExPEC, an extra-intestinal pathogen, was genetically traceable to factory-farmed animals receiving certain antibiotics. The National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System reports that 75 percent of chicken and turkey, 59 percent of ground beef and 40 percent of pork meats tested were contaminated with E. coli, and that the strains were predominantly multi-drug resistant.


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onathan Moore-Garrison offers a unique blend of craniosacral therapy, SomatoEmotional Release and therapeutic bodywork, which he uses to help his clients find relief and balance within their mind, body and spirit. This combination of approaches not only helps bring instant relief of pain and trauma, but also creates longterm deep changes that keep the pain and trauma from returning. He specializes in treating chronic headaches, TMJ, shoulder pain, hip pain, and low-back pain. Every session is customized to meet the client’s needs. “I listen to my client’s body and work with their inner wisdom to find the right path to restore them to pain-free balance,” says Moore-Garrison. His work is an intuitive blend of many modalities and styles aimed at suiting his client’s needs. Moore-Garrison has had specialized training in headache treatment. “I’ve had great success over the years greatly decreasing headache frequency and strength in my clients,” he Jonathan Moore-Garrison HARMONY: Integrated Bodywork Center 501 Franklin Ave., Santa Fe 505-252-1691 See ad on page 12.

shares. “I also have specialized training to assist people in healing deep-seated trauma stemming from birth.” He is trained in craniosacral therapy for conception, pregnancy and birthing. “Part of this approach is working with expecting mothers and their partners to help them connect with their babies before and after birth, creating a harmonious experience for everyone.” A past client notes that MooreGarrison is “incredibly gifted and gives the best treatment I have ever had in my life. I have been all over the world seeking his kind of world class, holistic therapeutic treatment. He is just incredible. He constantly knows what is going on inside my body and exactly where I need healing with his intuitiveness; answers questions without being irritated; and maintains a very humble, easy-going and supportive state of mind. I cannot recommend his healing enough. It doesn’t get any more world class than this.” I am sincerely sad to see Jonathan leave Portland”

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The New Healthy Cuisine Good-to-Go Eats by Judith Fertig



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atie Newell, a blogging Kansas City mother of two who fights inflammation from several autoimmune diseases, is rigorous about the fresh, unprocessed food she buys. After noticing adverse symptoms from dining at a restaurant, Newell initially thought that eating out was no longer an option for her. Today, she happily ventures out for the occasional restaurant meal, knowing that the healthy food landscape is changing. “I look to restaurants owned by local chefs that use local and sustainable ingredients and prepare everything from scratch,” she says. From higher-end dining to fast-food joints, food trucks and vending machines, we now have even more choices for fresh, seasonal, organic, local, sustainable, tasty nutrition when we’re on the go. It’s because entrepreneurial chefs and fitness buffs are responding to customer demand for healthy eating options away from home.

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London’s celebrated Chef Yotam Ottolenghi, founder of several restaurants and takeout emporia and author of bestselling cookbooks Plenty and Jerusalem, says that “healthy” can happen simply by putting the spotlight on plants. Ottolenghi’s cuisine is known for celebrating vegetables, fruits and herbs. He says, “That attitude, I think, is a very healthy attitude to eating.” At Gracias Madre, a plant-based vegan Mexican restaurant in Los Angeles and San Francisco, high style doesn’t mean chandeliers and rich cream sauces. The brainchild of Executive Chef Chandra Gilbert, also director of operations for the Bay Area’s vegan Café Gratitude, it serves organic, local and sustainable fruits and vegetables and bold flavor without excessive calories. She says, “I’m inspired by what I want to eat that tastes good and makes me feel good, and I want to affect this planet—to create health and vibrancy all the way around.” True Food Kitchen, a partnership between Dr. Andrew Weil and restaurateur Sam Fox, offers “honest food that tastes

really good” at Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Washington, D.C., locations. For lunch, diners might sip sea buckthorn, pomegranate, cranberry or black tea along with their quinoa burger or organic spaghetti squash casserole. Newell and her family gravitate towards SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza, touting recipes developed by James Beard Award-winning Chefs Michael Smith and Debbie Gold, who partnered with entrepreneur Gail Lozoff to create the first healthy, high-style pizzeria in 2005. Today it offers traditional and gluten-free pizza topped with fresh and organic (whenever possible) ingredients at locations in Dallas, Omaha, the Kansas City metro area and Orange County, California. Even at fast-food restaurants, healthy choices are increasingly available. “Unforked, Panera Bread and Chipotle do a great job being transparent about what’s in their food,” says Newell. Before venturing out, she often checks the company’s website for specific nutrition information.

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A burgeoning fleet of creatively conceived food trucks takes healthy eating to local customers in U.S. cities. In addition to preparing organic, plant-based foods, The Green Food Truck, in Culver City and San Diego, California, recycles used vegetable oil, composts produce scraps and offers recyclable servingware. Josh Winnecour, founder of the Fuel Food Truck, in Asheville, North Carolina, cites losing 50 unwanted pounds as his incentive for serving nutrient-dense, madefrom-scratch food to his clientele.

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Most hospitals, universities, schools and corporations appear to espouse healthy eating—until the offerings in their vending machines reveal the opposite. Ethan Boyd, a student at Michigan State University, noted this disconnect. “While dining halls strive to serve healthy options,” he says, “there are 40 vending machines on MSU’s campus that spit out junk food.” Sean Kelly, CEO of HUMAN Healthy Vending (Helping Unite Mankind and Nutrition), had a similar, “Oh, no,” moment at his New York City gym when he was a university student. Today, Kelly’s franchise model allows local operators to supply individual machines with better options from organic fresh fruit to hot soup. “Our vision is to make healthy food more convenient than junk food,” he says. Entrepreneurs Ryan Wing and Aaron Prater, who also have culinary training, recently opened Sundry Market & Kitchen, in Kansas City, Missouri. In their update on a neighborhood market, they sell takeout foods like red lentil falafel and citrus beet soup. “I think people want to eat local food and better food, but they want it to be convenient,” observes Wing. “The bottom line is we want to make it simple to eat good food.” Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood from Overland Park, KS.

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community spotlight Local Healthy Cuisine Restaurants Los Poblanos, La Merienda 4803 Rio Grande Blvd. NW, Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM 505-344-9297 •


he restaurant at Los Poblanos, La Merienda, started out as a small dining experience for guests of Los Poblanos Historic Inn that quickly transformed into what it is now. La Merienda’s seasonally driven fare is influenced by haute cuisine and the foods indigenous to New Mexico’s Rio Grande River Valley. “Our focus is on sourcing food from our farm and other local farmers in the Rio Grande River Valley,” says Kayla Mae Harig, Marketing/ PR Manager. For guests attending a meeting, retreat, party or wedding, it is a private dining experience that reflects the chef’s aesthetics and the farm’s long-established relationship with local farmers. “The restaurant’s menu changes seasonally, but we always provide a Chef’s Selection Vegetarian Entrée and Monticello Feature Plate showcasing the 18 year Monticello Balsamico made right here in New Mexico,” says Mae Harig. La Merienda takes pride in the quality of their ingredients, some of which are cultivated on the farm at Los Poblanos. Their


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menus also consistently feature food by the following local farmers: ARCA Organics, Toad Road Farm, Chispas Farms, Amyo Farms, Old Windmill Dairy, Heidi’s Organic Raspberry Farm, Shepherd’s Lamb, Old Monticello Organic Farms, Green Tractor Farm, Sol Harvest and Exotic Edibles. In addition, the restaurant always features vegetarian options and offers alternatives for those with gluten sensitivity. La Merienda is open Wednesday through Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m. Reservations are required as space is limited. “Prior to your reservation, you can now experience artisan sherry cocktails in the Sala Grande,” adds Mae Harig.

Cafe Pasqual’s

121 Don Gaspar Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 505-983-9340 •


afe Pasqual’s and Cafe Pasqual’s Gallery are housed in an historic adobe building one block southwest of the plaza on the corner of Water Street and Don Gaspar. This small, friendly, festive café serves dishes from around the world with a special emphasis on old Mexico and New Mexican cuisine. “Our menu is ever changing—from day to day and certainly seasonally,” says Cafe Pasqual’s owner, Katharine Kagel. “We support and buy locally whenever possible.” In addition, their extensive wine list features only organic/sustainable wines from all over the globe. Breakfast is served all day every day and includes specialties like huevos rancheros, avocado toast, blintzes, whole wheat pancakes and a handheld breakfast burrito wrapped and ready for takeout. Lunch features fresh green salads and other offerings in-

cluding like grilled free-range chicken with caramelized onions on house-made chile cornbread, flat veggie or organic chicken enchiladas, bison burgers and soup. Dinner features an evening soup that changes along with small plate and large plate specials that include salads galore, vegetarian, vegan and consciously raised grilled meats and sustainable fish dishes. Desserts include a daily pie, cake, ice cream and sorbet, as well as espresso, date or avocado shakes. The café is also well-known for their noted for their large cookie selection made in-house using only organic ingredients. The staff at Cafe Pasqual’s welcomes substitutions and will do their best to accommodate each patron’s special dietary needs. In addition, Cafe Pasqual’s Gallery is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

and local gardeners,” notes Jing. Since many Asian dishes are natural lactose and glutenfree, Mu Du Noodles is able to easily accommodate their customers with food sensitivities and allergies. “Santa Fe is a town that really supports the kind of restaurant that I have,” adds Jing. “It has developed and evolved as the locals and society dictates.” Mu Du Noodles is open from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The restaurant is closed Sunday and Monday.

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u Du Noodles is committed to sustainable and local living. The restaurant features Asian cuisine made with a healthy slant using organic or natural ingredients from a Chinese American perspective. “We focus on noodles and rice dishes using more vegetables and less meat,” says Mu Du owner, Mu Jing. “We have developed customer preferences to certain specialty items during our 20 years in existence.” The restaurant has a set menu that changes on a seasonal basis, along with specials for the week. “We buy from large food companies, local specialty shops, farmer’s markets, local farmers

Fire & Hops Gastro Pub 222 N. Guadalupe, Santa Fe, NM 505-954-1635

ire & Hops is located in a 107-year-old adobe building and has a very warm, neighborhood feel. The menu is focused around seasonal, upscale pub food and supporting local farms. Specialties include poutine, a Thai beef salad, a house-ground New Mexico beef burger and Chiang Mai sausage.  “We have created a niche with our exceptional food, reasonable prices, great beer, wine, and cider list, and casual setting,” says Fire & Hops chef and co-owner Joel Coleman. “The menu gets an overhaul with the changing of the season. Smaller changes happen throughout the year. I try to source ingredients locally, as much as possible. If it’s not local, it’s the highest quality I can find.”  Fire & Hops is happy to accommodate customers with food allergies and sensitivities. See ad on page 19.

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Healthy Cuisine Recipes Smoked Trout Hash with Poached Eggs and Tomatillo Salsa courtesy of Café Pasqual’s Serves 4

1 chile de arbol, stemmed and seeded 1 ½ tsp kosher salt Hash brown potato cakes ingredients: 2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled 5 ounces Gruyère cheese, grated 1/3 cup fresh chives, finely minced 2 tsp kosher salt 1 ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper 5 Tbsp unsalted butter Directions: For recipe directions go to health/consciouseating at

Southwestern Tofu Scramble with Greens Ingredients: 8 large organic eggs for poaching 1 pound smoked trout, torn into 2 x1 inch pieces a handful of finely chopped cilantro, parsley or chives for garnish

submitted by Adrienne Weiss for La Montanita Co-op

Serves: 2-4 breakfast (or dinner) in a one pot dish: crispy potatoes, moist tofu, Southwestern spices and the fresh taste of tomatoes and

Tomatillo salsa ingredients: 12 large tomatillos, husked and rinsed 2 jalapeño chiles, stemmed and cut in half ½ small white onion, peeled and coarsely chopped 1 clove garlic, peeled 24 sprigs cilantro with stems and roots cut off 2 cups spinach leaves


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avocados—all served over healthy, bright greens. This dairy-free version is packed with essential protein and calcium rich veggies. It is easy to prepare and is a real winner. Ingredients: 1 Tbsp olive oil 6 small red potatoes, quartered 4 scallions, chopped 1/4 red onion, minced 1 red bell pepper, chopped 1 green bell pepper, chopped 1 block extra-firm tofu, drained well 1 Tbsp nutritional yeast 1/2 tsp oregano 1/2 tsp ground coriander 1/2 tsp ground cumin 1/2 tsp black salt (available at East Indian markets or online) to give the dish its eggy taste 1/2 tsp turmeric 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1/4 cup water 1 large or 2 small plum tomatoes, diced 2 Tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped 4-6 cups kale or preferred greens 1 garlic clove, mince 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 avocado, peeled and sliced juice of 1 lime salt and pepper to taste

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Los Poblanos Shakshouka Stew 2 ea #10 can diced tomatoes or 3lbs fresh tomatoes 6 c yellow onion, small dice 1 c garlic, thinly sliced 2 T cumin seed, toasted, ground 2 T coriander seed, toasted, ground 1 T grains of paradise, toasted, ground 6 T NM red chile powder 1 t caraway, toasted, ground 3 ea bay laurel leaf 3 c dry white wine 2 ea oranges, skin intact 3 T olive oil GARNISH: Fresh farm eggs High quality extra virgin olive oil Feta Mint Black pepper Directions: For recipe directions go to health/consciouseating at

Lacto-Fermented Beverages: The Next Big Thing by Leah Pokrasso


ermenting grains, fruits and vegetables is a technique that has been around for thousands of years. Through the process of fermentation nutrients are increased and become more bioavailable, easier for the body to absorb and use the micronutrients. Much like sauerkraut, lacto-fermented beverages were used as health tonics to ward off sickness and disease. Lacto-fermented beverages are not only healthy and delicious but they can quench your thirst like no other drink. Here are a few reasons to drink lacto-fermented beverages: Your body absorbs and retains water with help from diluted natural sugar and minerals; it quenches your thirst and replenishes your electrolytes better than plain water and is lower in sugar than commercial sport drinks. These beverages have lactobacilli, bacteria that are important for a healthy gut. More research is being released all the time about the benefits of good bacteria. Popular culture has been rediscovering these traditional wisdoms and promoting lactofermented drinks as a great source for more healthy habits. The increased awareness between gut health and skin health, mental health, moods and overall vitality are some of the many benefits you’ll discover. Leah Pokrasso is a nutrition consultant and natural chef. Visit to learn about classes, cleanses and one-on-one consultations.

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The Earth Diet Liana Werner-Gray on Simple Eating


iana Werner-Gray, an Australianborn beauty queen, actress and environmentalist, lectures worldwide on healthy eating and is supported by a corps of nutrition coaches. Her book, The Earth Diet, describes a naturebased eating and lifestyle plan that has helped thousands realize greater vitality, harmony and peace.

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just a matter of which one. Are you on a junk food diet or a disorderly eating diet? Most people deprive themselves at some point and end up binging later. Having a name for the lifestyle I wanted to live helped me commit to it. When you’re lost and disconnected from nature and your body, you need rules and guidelines. Day one, eat this; day two, eat that. The Earth Diet’s rules and guidelines helped me to break a disempowering addiction to junk food. After following the guidelines for a while, the whole lifestyle becomes natural and choices become easy.

How can busy people prepare and eat fresh foods more frequently? Try making a huge batch of smoothies or vegetable juice on a Sunday; put a few servings in the fridge and the rest in the freezer. Then, take one to work each day. Fresh is best, but a thawed frozen juice is better than nothing. Also, simplify eating. I grew up in Australia’s Outback, alongside aboriginal people that ate “mono foods”—singular, whole, raw foods sourced directly from nature, and they had slim, resilient and

healthy bodies. Eating mono foods gives the digestive system a break; we feel energized because the body doesn’t have to break down a complicated meal. Try, for example, eating a watermelon for lunch or an avocado for dinner.

Name some foods we’d be surprised to read about in The Earth Diet. My readers especially enjoy the chicken nuggets, burgers, gluten-free cookie dough, cashew cheesecake and vegan ice cream. The raw chocolate balls are popular, made with just three ingredients: almonds or sunflower seeds ground into flour, cacao powder and a favorite natural sweetener like maple syrup, honey or dates. Sometimes I add salt, mint, coconut or vanilla. I make a batch in 10 minutes and keep them in the freezer so I can have chocolate whenever I crave it.

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high in vitamin C, so it boosts the immune system, and it’s energizing, alkalizing and detoxifying. Just squeeze the juice of a lemon into two cups of water first thing in the morning and drink. I also recommend eating a whole, raw, mono food in its natural state every day, like a banana, orange or strawberries. Eat something that hasn’t been sliced, diced, processed and packaged. Lastly, practice eating only when hungry and eat what you’re craving in the most natural way possible (for example, upgrading from conventional pizza to organic store-bought brands to raw homemade pizza). On Sunday I woke up and made a big brunch for friends; we had organic eggs, salsa, herbal tea and organic cookies. For dinner, I ate an avocado. That’s all I was craving, and it ended up balancing out my day. If you’re craving chocolate, there’s a reason. If you’re craving a smoothie for dinner, have one. You can both fulfill cravings and nourish and love your body at the same time. Lane Vail is a freelance writer and blogger at

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A Practical Guide to Composting Pick the Best Option for You by Tracy Fernandez Rysavy


ard and food waste make up 25 percent of the garbage destined for municipal landfills, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Pick the right composter and this organic waste will easily turn into rich—and free—garden fertilizer, saving landfill space and reducing the volume of greenhouse gases generated by anaerobic decomposition. Unless using a specialized bin, maintain a roughly 50/50 compost mixture of “brown” and “green” organic waste for ideal results. Green waste is moist, such as fruit and vegetable peels; brown waste comprises dry and papery material, including grass clippings.

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Low-Maintenance Pile

Good for: People that want something simple, don’t need fertilizer immediately and have extra outdoor space; average to large households with yard waste. Maintaining a compost pile is as easy as its name implies—simply toss organic yard and kitchen waste into a pile in the yard. Aerating or turning the compost with a pitchfork or shovel will provide quicker results, but waste will also decompose if left alone. Within six to 24 months, all of the waste will decompose aerobically into compost. Once a year, composters can dig out the finished compost from the bottom. This method won’t work for households that don’t generate yard waste because a pile of 100 percent green waste will attract pests.

Holding Bin

Good for: People that want a low-maintenance option that’s more attractive than a pile; average to large households with yard waste. Make a bin out of wood or buy a plastic holding bin, which can contain up to 75 gallons. One with insulated sides may allow decomposing to continue in colder weather.

Tumbling Barrel

Good for: People that want quick results and can compost in smaller batches; small to average households with yard waste. These barrel-shaped containers are turned with a hand crank, making aerating and speeding up decomposition a breeze. Some manufacturers promise results in as little as two weeks. Due to the barrel’s relatively smaller size and capacity, getting the balance between brown and green waste right is critical for optimal results, and users will need to wait for one batch of compost to finish before adding more organic waste.

Multi-Tiered Boxes

Good for: People looking for low maintenance, but quicker results than a pile or bin; average to large households with yard waste. Multi-tiered composters are a series of stacked boxes with removable panels to allow the organic waste to move downward throughout the decomposition cycle. Finished compost comes out of a door at the bottom.

Because the boxes are smaller than a large pile or bin, compost will “cook” faster; some users report their first batch took just four to six months. Collectively, stacked boxes are often comparable in size to a large holding bin, so they can compost a large amount of waste.

Worm Bin

Good for: People that want to compost indoors; apartment dwellers and small households that don’t generate yard waste. For everyone that has wanted to compost, but had insufficient outdoor space, a five-or-10-gallon bucket and some red worms could be the answer. Worm composting, or vermicomposting, is so compact that a worm bin can fit under most kitchen sinks. Because red worms are so efficient—each pound of them will process half a pound of food scraps daily—a worm

bin doesn’t need aeration and won’t smell or attract pests. Note that worms won’t process brown waste, meat, dairy or fatty foods.

Green Cone

Good for: People that just want to dump their kitchen waste and be done with it; those that want to compost fish or meat; households that don’t generate yard waste. Solarcone Inc.’s Green Cone system will handle up to two pounds of kitchen waste daily, including meat, fish and dairy products. It won’t compost brown waste. Users bury the bottom basket in the yard, and then simply put green waste together with an “accelerator powder” into a cone hole in the top. According to Solarcone, most of the waste turns into water. Every few years, users need to dig a small amount of residue

out of the bottom that can be added to a garden. Tracy Fernandez Rysavy is editor-in-chief of the nonprofit Green America’s Green American magazine, from which this article was adapted (

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esert environmental factors of wind, intense sun, low humidity and drought all contribute to evaporation in any composting operation. Decomposition of organic material requires about 50 percent moisture and adequate air flow throughout the aerobic composting process. Composting technique options are available for the desert dweller. All are aimed at decreasing evaporation while managing air flow throughout the composting process. Some options include: Using a containment bin with reduced porosity for better air flow and decreased evaporation. Bins constructed from hardware cloth, chicken wire or widely spaced wood slats should be lined with a plastic material or cardboard, leaving a one inch air intake space at the bottom of the bin. Regularly adding bulking materials. Bulking helps maintain spaces in the organic material so that air can penetrate throughout the pile. Bulking material can be sticks, twigs,

wood chips, pinecones, corncobs, straw, cornstalks and similar dense, woody materials. Pre-soaking any dry organic material before adding it to a composting pile. As an example, dry leaves will absorb water if soaked in a pail or wheelbarrow before adding to a compost pile. Shredding dry materials before soaking will increase water absorption. Keeping composting bins in maximum shade during the hot months. Placing a composting bin on soil. Avoid concrete or asphalt as they heat up and increase evaporation in the pile. Lightly covering the top of any compost pile to decrease loss of moisture. Covering also decreases flying insects in the area of the pile. Newspaper, plastic, cardboard, rug, tarp, straw or dry leaves may be used as a top cover. Adding water as necessary. Hot piles should be completely turned, mixed and moisturized regularly. natural awakenings

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LIFESAVING ACTS Protecting Animals at Home and Abroad by Sandra Murphy

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ach year, more dogs, cats and other pets end up in shelters as lost, stray or owner-surrendered than leave them for a new home. What can be done to reverse this trend?

How to Help

Immediate steps: Have a vet implant a tiny RFID (radio frequency identification) microchip. It’s safe, affordable and helps reunite the owner with a lost pet. Spay/ neuter pets to avoid unwanted litters. Spread the word: Only about 30 percent of household pets come from shelters or rescues, according to the ASPCA. To help, suggest that shelters post photos in the lobby, supported by a note about each animal’s good points and special needs to entice potential adopters. Also share YouTube videos that celebrate adoption and advocate controlling the pet population (see Tinyurl. com/SpayNeuterStreetMusic1 and Volunteer: The Motley Zoo, in Redmond, Washington, provides medical care and behavioral training for ill, injured, neglected, abused and unwanted animals mainly from overflowing shelters. About half of its 150 volunteers foster

pets; others plan educational events or handle administrative tasks. “Each person has a specialty,” says Jamie Thomas, executive director. “We match fosters and animals to get the best results.” No kill shelters are becoming more common, even though they require uncommon commitment. As part of implementing effective procedures and infrastructure, shelter leadership works to secure the support and involvement of the community. By joining together to implement lifesaving programs and treat each life as precious, a shelter can transform a community. Find a no kill shelter primer at

In Faraway Lands

Illegal wildlife trading and loss of habitat are huge and escalating problems wild animals face every day. Small repopulation success stories exist, but progress is slow. Here are some of the most urgent and dramatic perils topping the lengthy endangered species list. Elephants are hunted for their ivory tusks. “China is the largest consumer of ivory, but the United States is second,” says Jeff Flocken, J.D., North American regional director with the International Fund for

Animal Welfare (IFAW), headquartered in Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts ( “Every year, 35,000 elephants are killed; an average of one every 15 minutes.” Northern white rhinos once freely roamed East and Central Africa south of the Sahara. Until 1960, there were more than 2,000; today, only five exist—one in the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park, one in a Czech Republic zoo and three at a wildlife conservancy in Kenya. Imported as pets or show attractions, “There are between 10,000 and 20,000 big cats in private hands in America at facilities/businesses not accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums,” says Carson Barylak, with IFAW’s Washington, D.C., office. “There are more tigers in private possession in the U.S. than in the wild.” Pangolins eat ants and termites. Hunted for meat and their scales (used in Asian medicines), they are one of the world’s most endangered mammals (see Thirty years ago, the world population of lowland gorillas numbered 240. Thanks to the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project, in Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the population has grown to an estimated 880 ( is supported by Led by Ruth Keesling, the project has shown the inestimable value of the species. “Once you’ve looked into the eyes of a gorilla, you’re forever changed,” says her son Frank, in Denver, Colorado.

How to Help

Make saving animals a priority. Contact legislators. Be a law-abiding consumer—don’t buy ivory or other endangered-animal products. Support conservancy groups. Share information. Donate time and money. “IFAW is working to advance legislation to prohibit private ownership of big cats in the U.S. The bill received bipartisan support and we hope to see it become law,” says Barylak. “We’ve asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture to ban direct contact with big cats. It’s harmful to the animals and the people that handle them.” Annual running events with participants donning gorilla costumes raise funds and awareness. Following the Austin, Texas, event in January, runs will be held in Cincinnati, Ohio, on March 29 and in Denver, Colorado, on November 1. “Another way to help gorillas is to recycle cell phone and computer batteries. Coltan [tantalite] is used to make batteries—13 percent of the world’s supply of coltan is in the park area of the Congo,” says Frank Keesling. Barriers to improving the lives of animals can be overcome and banished when we believe it’s possible and everyone helps. The animals are counting on us. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@

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to the efforts of dedicated volunteers, conservationists and supportive lawmakers, every one of us can make a real difference.

Home Pet Rescues

Zack Skow started by volunteering with a nearby dog rescue organization. He became director, and then in 2009 founded his own nonprofit, Marley’s Mutts (, in Tehachapi, California, pulling many kinds of dogs out of Los Angeles shelters. “A lot of rescues are breed-specific; I think mutts deserve an equal chance,” says Skow, now the executive director. “Small dogs get adopted faster, so we get the larger mixes, including pit bulls and Rottweilers.” Currently, the facility continues to expand its services, working with pet

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very creature in the animal kingdom has an essential purpose, yet through human interference, animal life overall has become so imbalanced as to signal a tipping point

for Earth. Extreme care for the rapidly growing population of a relative handful of pet breeds stands in stark contrast to trending extinction of dozens of other species. Fortunately, in addition

foster homes; providing medical care for severely abused animals in need of rehabilitation and socialization; and managing visits to prisons, mental health facilities and schools. “We take in who we can help. To see a dog triumph over tremendous odds gives people hope,” says Skow. Recently, volunteers pulled 70 dogs from Los

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Angeles shelters, fostered them for a month and then transported them east to adoption facilities where conditions were less crowded. Spay/neuter is the best solution to pet overpopulation, says Ruth Steinberger, national founder of Spay First, headquartered in Oklahoma City ( From 20 years of experience, she explains that in locations and situations in which surgery is impractical, “We’ve had great results using calcium chloride in ethyl alcohol, done under sedation. A slow infusion into the pet’s testicles causes them to atrophy. It’s less invasive, with a lower chance of infection and less pain, and reduces testosterone. For feral cat populations where traps haven’t worked, megestrol acetate, derived from progesterone, added to food acts as birth control to slow or stop colony growth.” Treatment of laboratory animals has also improved. “There have been three significant changes since 1984,” says Cathy Liss, president of the nonprofit Animal Welfare Institute, in Washington, D.C., founded in 1951 ( “General housing conditions are better, the number of government-owned chimpanzees has decreased and laboratories no longer obtain dogs and cats from random sources, so no stolen pets end up in labs.” She reports that animals now are subject to only one experiment, retired

for adoption instead of being euthanized, and furnished with natural living conditions on-site—vertical space, an enriched environment with mental and physical stimulation, interaction with other animals and appropriate food and bedding. “Most lab animals are rats and mice,” says Liss. “Any animal has the capacity to suffer. It’s up to us to treat them humanely.”

Farm Animal Stewardship

“Animals become ambassadors,” says Gene Baur, president and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary’s three locations in New York’s Finger Lakes region, Los Angeles and northern California ( and author of Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food. “People are distanced from food sources. Once you learn that sheep love to be petted and pigs like belly rubs, you know an animal as an individual. The best way to help is to share information, farm animal videos and plantbased recipes, so people can see that going meatless is about far more than just eating produce.” Musician Sir Paul McCartney, author of The Meat Free Monday Cookbook, took the message to schools in 2012. Now students around the world participate in meat-free lunch programs. The adult initiative of going meatless for one or more days extends to 35 countries on six continents.

Pigs, cows, horses, peacocks and an alpaca live in harmony at local nonprofit Cracker Box Palace Farm Animal Haven, in Alton, New York (CrackerBox, which spurs recovery from illness, neglect or abuse. “People get animals without doing research on their care or habits. That’s how we got the peacocks—they have a bloodcurdling scream,” says Farm Manager Cheri Roloson, who rents out their goats as nature’s landscapers to clear brush. Mistreated animals also provide therapy for returning military veterans and abused children at Ranch Hand Rescue, in Argyle, Texas (RanchHand Kids find it easier to talk about their experiences with an animal that has also endured cruel treatment, like Spirit, a horse that received precedent-setting surgery to repair a leg that had improperly healed after being broken by a baseball bat. Conscious chicken farms, too, are making an impact. “Chickens can be well-treated and have a healthy, decent life,” says Jason Urena, marketing manager with NestFresh, which operates 20 small farms and five processing plants, concentrated in Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin and Texas to reduce its carbon footprint ( Starting with cage-free hens, the Denver company grew based on nationwide customer requests for certified cage-free, free-range, organic, pasture-raised and non-GMO (geneti-

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cally modified) eggs. “We’re the first in the country to offer certified non-GMO eggs,” attests Urena. He explains that in the process for certification, feed is inspected at every step, from planting seed (usually corn or soy) to storage in silos and mill grinding, to allow traceability for potential problems and avoid cross-contamination.

The 1966 Animal Welfare Act improved the lives of many commercial animals, but more laws are needed.

Wildlife Habitat Preservation

and education to protect present and future wildlife. Of the 410-plus species of mammals in the United States, 80 are on the endangered species list, reminiscent of the bison that used to number in the millions, but now mostly exist in small bands on private and public lands. NWF aims to build on the bison restoration efforts achieved to date (now numbering tens of

There are few places on Earth that humans haven’t impacted fragile ecosystems. Loss of habitat and lack of food sources are critical issues. Bats are a bellwether for the impact on wildlife from human-induced diseases. The Wildlife Conservation Society studies the loons in New York’s Adirondack Mountains to monitor their exposure to disease and pollution. The mission of the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) is to use conservation

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thousands) by reintroducing them onto more public lands, reservations and protected habitats, and likewise build up populations of other wild threatened and endangered animals. Its programs feature green corridors to give native species a home and migrating species a rest stop. “The important message is not how many species have gone off the list, but how many didn’t go extinct,” says David Mizejewski, a celebrity naturalist for NWF. “It’s important to understand species require different ecosystems. When we quit draining swamps and rerouting rivers and leave them alone in a proper habitat, alligators will come back. Eagles have fewer young, so it’s not easy for them to recover.” The success in restoring populations of the bald eagle, our national symbol, during the second half of the last century was significant. Measures that included banning the poisonous DDT pesticide that contaminated their food and affected reproduction, improving native habitats and prohibiting hunting of the bird allowed its removal from the endangered list in 2007. They are still protected by the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Another raptor, the peregrine falcon, has adapted to urban living in order to survive. Nests adorn tops of buildings and pigeons are a plentiful food supply. Bears, mountain lions and wolves have been dwindling, hunted as dangerous, a nuisance or for sport. With fewer of these natural predators, whitetailed deer can overpopulate their habitat and starve. Deer and other displaced animals may migrate into suburban areas in search of food, prompting hurtful human reactions to reduce their numbers. The American Bear Association provides safe, seasonal habitats for black bears ( Located near Orr, Minnesota, the 360-acre sanctuary

also hosts white-tailed deer, bald eagles, beavers, mink, pine martens, fishers, timber wolves, red squirrels, bobcats, blue jays, owls, ducks, songbirds and ravens. Among movements to protect smaller endangered and threatened animals, the American Tortoise Rescue lobbies for legislation to ban the importation of non-native species ( “Turtles and bullfrogs are imported as pets or as food, and many end up in streams or lakes, where they kill native species,” says co-founder Susan M. Tellem, in Malibu, California. “They can carry salmonella, parasites and tuberculosis,” she explains. Unfortunately, a California law passed to limit importation was revoked within weeks due to claims of cultural bias by politicians lobbying for Asian food markets that sell live turtles and bullfrogs. As the only Association of Zoos and Aquariums-certified wolf facility in the world, The Endangered Wolf Center, in Eureka, Missouri, has been breeding and reintroducing wolves into the wild for 40 years (EndangeredWolfCenter. org). Founded by zoologist and televi-

sion host Marlin Perkins and his wife, Carol, they helped increase both the Mexican gray wolf population from nine to 235 in managed care, plus at least 75 in the wild, and the red wolf population from 14 to 160 in managed care, with more than 100 in the wild. Every pack of Mexican gray wolves roaming the Southwest and 70 percent of North Carolina red wolves can be traced back to the center. Wildlife protection laws vary by state. Key conservation successes typically begin with local and regional initiatives promoted by farsighted individuals that care enough to get the ball rolling and back it up with supportive legislation. Christian Samper, Ph.D., CEO of the Wildlife Conservation Society, observes, “Zoos and aquariums help the public better understand the natural systems that make all life possible. The hope is that what people understand, they will appreciate and what they appreciate, they will work to protect.” One person’s care can make a difference. For an animal, it can mean life itself.

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calendarofevents SUNDAY, MARCH 1 Intuitive Readings & Animal Communications Sessions with Galaya – 10am-4pm, March 1&8. Railyard Artisan Market, Farmer’s Market Pavilion, 1607 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe. Appt/info: 505-466-3764. Healing at Home with Your Intuition & Body Wisdom – 12-2pm. Learn easy and effective bodywork and other healing tricks for day-to-day consciousness. Headache, heartburn and nausea relief, back and neck support, focusing tips and approaches to opening one’s connection to inner wisdom about what one needs to feel healthy and pain free. $25. Everyday Center for Spiritual Living 1519 Fifth St, Santa Fe. 505-629-9633.

MONDAY, MARCH 2 Georgia O’Keeffe Southwest Excursion Road Trip – Mar 2-6. Spend a week traversing special places Georgia O’Keeffe loved. Schedule includes time in Santa Fe, Abiquiu, Ghost Ranch and Taos. $895/pp. Double occupancy, includes most meals. Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu. 505-685-1000. www.

THURSDAY, MARCH 5 Craniosacral: Working with Alarm Systems – Mar 5-8. 9am-6pm. Survival is the main goal of the body to fulfill life tasks and evolve. Explore the Reticular Alarm System and the total Stress Cascade Response in the body. Learn how to take ourselves off ‘automatic pilot’ and consciously direct one’s Stress Cascade. 32 CEs, NCBTMB Approved. $645. New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts, 501 Franklin Ave, Santa Fe. Details: 505-982-6271. The Importance of and How to Grow Organic – 3-4:15pm. One of La Montañita Co-op’s Veteran Farmer Project classes, learn basic organic theory and how to get started growing all things organic. Instructor: Joan Quinn, New Mexico Department of Agriculture, Organic Program Educator. Free. Bernalillo County Extension Office, 1510 Menaul Blvd, W of 12th St, E of the traffic circle on Menaul, Albuquerque. Info, Robin Seydel: 505-217-2027.

with Don Jose Ruiz – 6-8pm. New York Times bestselling author of The Fifth Agreement and Ripples of Wisdom shares personal anecdotes and lessons learned as he translates ancient Toltec wisdom into practical applications of truth, love and common sense. $45 includes his latest book My Good Friend The Rattlesnake. Unity Santa Fe, 1212 Unity Way, Santa Fe. 505-989-4433. Register: www.Admin@ Regreening From the Inside Out – 7 - 9pm. Join us for a dialogue on the roots of materialism— physical, psychological, and spiritual—and how we come into right relationship with our selves and our world. A free public talk with visiting teacher Shastri Holly Gayley.  Please register on our website.  1102 Mountain NW, Albuquerque. 505-717-2486.  www.

SATURDAY, MARCH 7 Passion Compass Couples Workshop – 9-4pm. For couples in need of direction to get back to love and romance. Couples, regain the love map, put fun, passion and play back into the relationship, increase intimacy and communication. Couples only, early bird discount till Feb 18. Includes refreshments & lunch. Limited seats, registration required. Offered by Great Relationships Now, 8500 Menaul Bl NE, Albuquerque. 505-974-0104. www.bit. ly/1CVBxO6. Mandala Art for Self-healing and Spiritual Practice – 9:30am-5pm. Use colored pencils on black paper to create inner light, wholeness and spiritual quality mandalas. No previous art experience needed. $150 includes supplies. Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, Ste 3, Santa Fe. Suchinta: 571-422-6734. www.

An Inquiry into the Changing Nature of Leadership – 6:30-9pm. Invite your experiences and insights into leadership for our time. Explore the qualities and capacities necessary in emerging forms of leadership. Identify key themes with which to engage over the course of the year through our public programs. Free event. Please Register. Space is limited. 133 Seton Village Road, Santa Fe. 505995-1860.

THURSDAY, MARCH 12 Consciousness and Self Love – 6:30-8:30pm. Join Gayle Olander in an evening of dialogue, listening and experiential exercises to explore paths to greater consciousness and self-love. Love offering. Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, Ste 3, Santa Fe. 505-577-7863. Redivining the Feminine: Abundance and the Sexual Heart – 6:30-8:30pm. Pleasure is one’s birthright, yet only too often access to this female form of empowerment is lost. When one’s body is viewed as sacred, one can become living expressions of vitality, creativity and love. Explore with Sita Flammer both Daoist and Tantric practices. No nudity. $20. Milagro Herbs, 419 Orchard Dr, Santa Fe. Register: 505-820-6321.

FRIDAY, MARCH 13 Three-Day Weekend Workshop – Mar 13-15. 10am-6pm/Fri-Sun. With Debbie Purdy. Three-day process painting workshop. Longing for the return of one’s creative self? Missing the deeper contact gained by self-expression? Reengage one’s creative passion and connect with intuition without regard to technique, skills or meaning. $295. $260 each with a friend. Creative Wings Studio, E of Nob Hill, Albuquerque. 630-530-5697.



Eyes, Vision and Education – Mar14-17. 9am6pm. Eyes record everything encountered. Understanding their anatomy and connections to the thalamus and visual cortex will help release the energy they have had to absorb. De-stress the eyes and the brain. Reverse one’s direction of vision, resulting in eyes that can also look within. 32 CEs, NCBTMB Approved. $645. New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts, 501 Franklin Ave, Santa Fe. Details: 505-982-6271.

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Fresh Look - What are Extracts? – 6-7pm. This session on holistic health is a topic related to herbalism, ayurveda or wellness. Free. UNM Continuing Education South Building, 1634 University Blvd NE, Albuquerque. Preregistration: 505-277-0077.

Cancer Survivor & Caregiver Support Group – 10am-12pm. Join facilitators from People Living Through Cancer and The Gynecological Cancer Awareness Project for support groups for survivors and caregivers of all cancer types. Free. 3411 Candelaria Rd NE, Albuquerque. 505-242-3263.


Full Moon Gong Voyage – 6-7:30pm. $20. The Gong Studio, 1807 Second St, Studio 80, Santa Fe. 480-766-6535.


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MONDAY, MARCH 9 Yoga: Harmony in Body and Mind: Iyengar style – 5:30-7pm. Offers a creative approach to the basic Yoga asanas (poses) exploring the interplay between body, breath and mind. $95. Wellspring Center for Yoga, 5500 San Mateo NE, Ste 103, Albuquerque, Preregistration: 505-277-0077.

Psychic Reading Faire – 1-3pm. All of one’s answers are held within—come get a neutral look in the form of a clairvoyant reading to help gain clarity on one’s present time situation and get some ideas for next steps in life. Drop-in $10. Center For Inner Truth, 826 Camino de Monte Rey, A1, Santa Fe. Preregister: 505-920-4418. Intuition Training, Level 1 – 1-4pm. 10-weeks. Learn to recognize and trust one’s own inner wisdom, experience greater well-being, spiritual awareness and empowerment in every area of life. Facilitated by Chantal Fidanza, Intuitive Healer, Reiki Master. Level 1 certificate provided upon completion allowing graduates the opportunity to continue on to Intuitive Healer Certification. $350. 1300 Luisa St, Santa Fe. RSVP: 505-438-1074. Women’s Community Garden & Butterfly Oasis – 1-4pm. Ladies of Las Vegas and surrounding area is there an interest in growing one’s own food but not enough space at home or think it’s too much for one person? Free. Taa-naash-kaa-da Sanctuary, Las Vegas. 505-414-1583. A Weekend Gong Voyage – 5-6:30pm. Transformational Gong Voyage. $20. The Gong Studio, 1807 Second St, Studio 80, Santa Fe. 480-766-6535. A Call for Love – Finding True Healing Under Illness & Pain – 3-5pm. Free workshop and book signing with medical intuitive Alison Anton. Through “courageous witnessing”, Alison teaches how to recognize the soul’s true need underneath pain, disease, and symptoms. The Ark Bookstore: 133 Romero St., Santa Fe. (505) 988-3709.

SUNDAY, MARCH 15 An Evening with the Ascended Masters – 7-9pm. With Rev AliceAnn Melchizedek. Receive clear up-to-date guidance about Nova Earth & Ascension from the Ascended Master-Teachers. 109 Michelle Dr, Santa Fe. Teleconference call-in: 619-326-2772 Access Code 7325118. Additional info: 505-4908855.

TUESDAY, MARCH 17 Claim Your Prosperity – 7:30-8:30am. Rev Gayle Dillon and Robbi Firestone host a monthly discussion on prosperity consciousness. BYO breakfast. Will be using multiple books and authors to stimulate conversation and address fears and faith. Everyday Center for Spiritual Living 1519 Fifth St, Santa Fe. 505-629-9633. Surface Tension – 6:30-9pm A Community Conversation with Lucy Lippard and Chrissie Orr. A collective inquiry into the intersection of Arts, Leadership and Social Action. Free to the public. Please Register. Space is limited. 133 Seton Village Road, Santa Fe. 505-995-1860.


savethedate John Edward - Live in Albuquerque, 7-9pm. A John Edward “group” event or seminar is reading intensive. There will be question and answer sessions and messages from the other side. No one attending any John Edward event is guaranteed a reading. Tickets available at www.johnedward. net or or call 1-800-514-3849. Albuquerque Marriott, 2101 Louisiana Blvd NE, Albuquerque. The Immune System and Working with Stem Cells – Mar18-21. 9am-6pm. This system is governed by the thymus and an array of organs, such as the spleen, liver and the total lymphatic system. Clean and revitalize these systems and learn to work with stem cells. Repair and replace tissues, bringing one’s body to a peak of healthfulness. 32 CEs, NCBTMB approved. $645. New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts, 501 Franklin Ave, Santa Fe. Details: 505-982-6271. Yoga Basics: Level 1 – 11:15am-12:15pm. For the beginning student. Fundamental postures will be practiced with emphasis on proper alignment and attention to the breath. $95. High Desert Yoga–Nob Hill, 4600 Copper NE, Albuquerque. Registration: 505-277-0077.



AIR–Cool Temps, Hot Metal Week– Mar 1622. Create sculptures from metal and other found objects while learning the basics of oxy/acetylene and arc welding. A ‘hands on’ art welding class most people will never attempt. $995 - $1295. Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu. 505-685-1000. www.

Healing Service with Therapeutic Touch and Vibrational Healing – 6:30-7:30pm. 3rd Thurs monthly. Ready for an hour of pure bliss? All welcome. Individual’s choice of experiencing therapeutic touch, vibrational healing or sitting in sacred silence. Followed by mental “remote” healing for all those unable to attend. Leave feeling refreshed and

replenished. Love offering. Unity Santa Fe, 1212 Unity Way, Santa Fe. 505-989-4433. 505-989-4433.


Emotional Genealogy: Solving the Mystery of Who You Are – Mar 20-22. With Judith Fein and Paul Ross. Who came before you and how did they shape who you are? Through writing, photography, storytelling, access one’s deep, creative intuitive self. $325-$435 all-inclusive. Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu. 505-685-1000. Only Total Solar Eclipse of 2015: Huge Celestial Event – 6-7:30pm. New moon in Pisces and the Vernal Equinox. The heavens will rock the world on this day. Celebrating with two gong players and eight gongs. $35 per person (a reduced rate, usually $20 per person per gong player). The Gong Studio, 1807 Second St, Studio 80, Santa Fe. 480-766-6535. Women’s Moon Lodge – 6:30-9:30pm. With tlish diyan elder, Maria Yraceburu. Womyn’s spirits - womyn’s energy - womyn’s health hello and welcome. Women’s Moon Lodge was founded so that women could share their love of earth. Suggested donation $35, no one turned away. Taa-naash-kaa-da Sanctuary, Las Vegas. 505-414-1583. www.MeetUp. com/Taa-naash-kaa-da.

SATURDAY, MARCH 21 One-Day Process Painting Workshop – 10-4pm. Deborah Purdy will facilitate an introductory workshop. If looking to expand one’s creativity, release creative blocks, unfold periods of transition. Participate without regard to technique, skills or meaning. Enjoy self-expression and self-exploration with increased intuition. $45. Creative Wings Studio, E of Nob Hill, Albuquerque. 630-530-5697. www. Vernal Equinox Ceremony – 6-8pm. With Rev AliceAnn Melchizedek. Celebrate the Vernal Equinox, followed by a pot luck celebration. 109 Michelle Dr, Santa Fe. Teleconference call-in: 619-326-2772 Access Code 7325118. Additional info: 505-490-8855.

SUNDAY, MARCH 22 Embodying the Wisdom of the Heart – 12-2pm. Award-winning author and healing practitioner Dana Micucci shares powerful, heart-based teachings and practices from some of the world’s wisdom traditions (Tibetan, Mayan, shamanic, Egyptian, mystical Christian) gleaned from her many years of travel that ignite life-changing results. $20. Unity Spiritual Center, 9800 Candelaria Rd. NE, Albuquerque. Register: 505-292-1998.

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Family Constellations Circle – 2–6pm. Guided by the “Knowing Field,” a trained facilitator and the group, help individuals to explore and heal issues rooted in hidden dynamics of the family system. $50. Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, Ste 3, Santa Fe. Suchinta: 571-422-6734. ChiSuchinta@

blocks, anger, self-sabotage; improve intuition, confidence, peak performance, self-esteem. Includes detailed manual and Certificate of Attendance. CEUs social workers and massage therapists. Good results guaranteed. $95 advance. $170 advance for two. $125 door. The Source, 1111 Carlisle SE, Albuquerque. 505-898-5710.



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.

TUESDAY, MARCH 24 Intro To Self-Healing Class – 6:30-8pm. Empower oneself and enhance spiritual path. In four weeks learn to: Meditate with easy to use visualization techniques and psychic tools, quiet the mind, release negative energy and create one’s life consciously. Preregister. $100. Bring a friend, $75 each. Center For Inner Truth, 826 Camino de Monte Rey, A1, Santa Fe, 505-920-4418. “Spiritual Initiations of the Heart” – 7-9pm. Join Moneca Taylor and Alana Davis for this free presentation as they share revelations and secrets of the mystical Heart. Participate in a healing meditation brought forth by the ascended masters. Free. Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, Ste 3. 512-789-3400.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25 Clinical Herbalism 101 – 6-8pm. Course provides health care professionals and interested community members a basic foundation in Medical Herbalism. $179. UNM Continuing Education South Building, 1634 University Blvd NE, Albuquerque. Preregistration: 505-277-0077.

FRIDAY, MARCH 27 “Initiations of the Heart” Experiential Workshop in Santa Fe – Mar 27-29. Reveal the inner Divine nature of the heart and birth the Soul’s freedom through love. Receive the higher octaves of light that ignite the heart and accelerate one’s spiritual journey. Pre-registration required. Location and details upon registration. Santa Fe. 512-789-3400. 970-682-4466. Tapping Into Freedom – 9-5pm. With John Freedom. Learn EFT Tapping, rapidly resolve emotional distress, trauma, PTSD simply by tapping acupoints. Seen on Oprah, Dr Oz, Larry King. Release fears,

THURSDAY, APRIL 2 Clinical Herbalism 102 – 6-8pm. Course provides healthcare professionals and interested community members applied skills for the practice of Clinical Herbalism. $199. UNM Continuing Education South Building, 1634 University Blvd NE, Albuquerque. Preregistration: 505-277-0077.

SATURDAY, APRIL 5 Naked Food Festival – 10am-5pm. delicious foods, seminars, workshops and cooking demonstrations. Numerous local restaurants, shops and chefs will also be in attendance offering tasting samples between 10 a.m. and noon. Vendor spots available at $150 per booth. 777 1st Street Southwest, Albuquerque. To apply:

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8 Fierce Love: Empowering Women to Lead in the 21St Century – Following in the footsteps of our Wisdom Sharing Deepening Retreat (Oct, 2014) with Alice Walker, Gloria Steinem, and Dr. Hyun Kyung Chung, Ghost Ranch continues its emphasis on the theme of women’s leadership and wisdom. We will explore art, yoga, music, prayer, worship, ritual and times of sacred conversation. $545 - $725. Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu. 505-685-1000.

FRIDAY, APRIL 10 A Gathering of Waters – Apr 10-12. The future of water is at hand. Whose hand shall determine its fate? Become an ambassador of change and influence for water. Featuring Sandra Postel, director of the Independent Global Water Policy Project. $395-$550 all-inclusive. Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu. 505-685-1000.

FRIDAY, APRIL 17 Experiential Intro: Creative Holistic Integration (CHI) Self-care System – 7-9pm. Learn about easy ways to improve health and wellbeing by accessing the energy field. Experience immediate, measurable stress relief. Free. Contact: Suchinta Abhayaratna, Th.D.: 571-422-6734 or

Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Drive E #3, Santa Fe.

SATURDAY, APRIL 18 Heal Your Life Workshop Leader Training – Apr 18-25. 4pm/Apr 18-noon/Apr 25. Become a licensed teacher in Louise Hay’s philosophy. Complete manuals and materials provided plus extensive follow-up. $4,595 includes Bahia Hotel lodging in San Diego and most meals. $400 discount for Natural Awakenings readers. Training is approved by Louise and authorized by Hay House. San Diego. 800-969-4584.

MONDAY, APRIL 20 Fresh Start : Revitalize & Thrive – 7am-6pm, Apr. 20th-Apr. 24th. Being “tired, wired and overwhelmed” is a modern-day epidemic. Santa Fe Soul Center for Optimal Health is offering you a Fresh Start. A relentless cycle of chronic fatigue—often overpowered with stimulants keeps you spinning, yet still drained. This program will change your life. Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park Drive East, Bldg. 3, Santa Fe. 505 474. Register at

FRIDAY, APRIL 24 Beyond Surviving Weekend Retreat and Workshop – Apr 24-26. 2pm/Fri-2pm/Sun. Teaches survivors of abuse/trauma how to move into a life of thriving—breaking free of any continuing effects of the event. $550/pp includes food/lodging/course materials. The Cannossian Spirituality Center, 5625 Isleta Blvd. SW, Albuquerque. Preregister, Stephanie Jaeger: 505-898-6540. More info:


sunday Transitions Radio Magazine, FM 98.1 – 8-11am. With Alan Hutner, Elizabeth Rose & Co-Hosts. Celebrating 30 years in broadcasting. For guest and sponsorship call 505-466-2616. Online, live streaming & archiving of all shows at Spiritual Happy Hour – 10-11am. Exploring and sharing with each other our paths to consciousness. Special topic each service. Potluck following the service. Everyone of all paths welcome. Free. 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month. Center For Inner Truth, 826 Camino de Monte Rey, A1, Santa Fe, Pre-register 505-920-4418. Public Sitting Meditation – 10am-12pm. Join us for public sitting at our new location. Meditation instruction is available upon request. All are welcome. Free. Albuquerque Shambhala Meditation Center, 1102 Mountain NW, Albuquerque. 505-717-2486.

monday Kundalini Yoga: The Yoga of Awareness – 9-10:15am. A dynamic blend of asana, kriya, meditation and breathwork. All levels welcome. $15 Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park Drive East, Bldg. 3, Santa Fe. 505-984-8733. Gentle Yoga Chi – 5:30–6:45pm. Michal teaches conscious awareness, being present to your journey


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of mind, body, breath. She combines several yoga traditions, along with qigong, breathing, and imagining to create a full body-mind experience. $15 Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park Drive East, Bldg. 3, Santa Fe. 505-501-9300.

tuesday Taos Cancer Support Group – 5-6 pm. This support group is for cancer survivors with all types of cancer diagnoses and caregivers. Free. Diamond Plaza, 118 Este Es Road, Suite G, Taos. 505-2423263.

Friday Networking Guest Lunch – 11:45am-1pm. Learn about Friday Networking Lunch and decide whether it would be a good referral community for your business and services. Hear from current FNL Members about how FNL has benefited their businesses. Barbara Gates. 505-231-7328. Moreno Valley Cancer Support Group – 5:30-7 pm. Every second & fourth Tuesday. This support group is for cancer survivors with all types of cancer diagnoses and caregivers. Free. 40 West Ridge Road, Angel Fire. 505-242-3263.

Beginner’s Tai Chi with Sifu Jill L. Basso, MA, LMT – 5:30-6:30 pm. Monthly class fees are collected on the first class of each month. Tai Chi Chuan is a slow moving, meditative, martial art good for health, relaxation and self-defense. Monthly fee $48 Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park Drive East, Bldg. 3, Santa Fe. 518-929-1161.

Intuitive Healing Sessions & Reiki – By appointment. Gain clarity, remove energetic blocks and negativity, strengthen one’s energy field, heal physical and emotional imbalances and pain. Sessions offered by Chantal Fidanza, Intuitive Healer, Reiki Master. Discounts for packages, seniors, veterans. 1300 Luisa St, Santa Fe: 505-438-1074. www.

Santa Fe Cancer Support Group – 5:30-7 pm every second & fourth Tuesday. This support group is for cancer survivors with all types of cancer diagnoses. Free. 2098 Calle Ensenada, Santa Fe. 505-242-3263.


wednesday Intuitive Readings, Coaching and Animal Communication Sessions with Galaya – 9am-5pm. An intuitive, life coach, medium and animal communicator. Clarify life choices and decisions. Activate practical solutions for health, relationships, career, business and one’s pets. By phone or in person. Appt/info: 505-466-3764. www.ConsultGalaya. com. Kundalini Yoga:The Yoga of Awareness – 9-10:15am. A dynamic blend of asana, kriya, meditation and breathwork. All levels welcome. $15 Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park Drive East, Bldg. 3, Santa Fe. 505-984-8733. Qigong & Healing From Within - 10:30am12pm. Taoist, Yogic & Shamanic practices cultivate vitality, inner strength & awareness with energy healing, 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. Breast Cancer Support Group – 6-7:30 pm every Wednesday. Join facilitators from People Living Through Cancer for this support group for women with a breast cancer diagnosis. Free. 3411 Candelaria Rd NE, Albuquerque. 505-242-3263.

thursday Dealing with Difficult Experiences in Relationships – 6:30-8:30pm. With Judith Harrington, MA, channel of Divine Mother. When relationships become difficult whether with a partner, work situation or friendship there is possibility for transformation. Guidance, healing and blessing energy from The Mother. $25 weekly or donation. 1301 Luisa St, Ste B, Santa Fe. 505-901 7400. Register: www.JudithHarrington.


SCHOOL MILAGRO HERBS is now accepting students for our 2015 Herbal Certification Program! Our Foundations in Herbalism program is a 250-hour, 8-month (April-November) immersion designed to teach the foundational principals of herbal medicine, medicine making, botany, and ethical wildcrafting. Pick up your application in person or download from Email: Limited to 12 students only. 419 Orchard Drive, Santa Fe. 505- 820-6321

BODYWORK bluebuddhabodywork

Sante Fe

A unique blend of CranioSacral t h e r a p y, S o m a t o E m o t i o n a l Release and therapeutic bodywork, find relief and balance within your mind, body and spirit. Specializing in Headache Treatment. See ad on page 12.

BUSINESS COACHING Attracting Perfect Customers

Alan Hickman 505-474-5348 or 505-795-5100 GET CERTIFIED in Strategic Attraction™ Planning. A step-bystep sales and marketing process that people from all over the world have used to build HeartCentered $MILLION businesses, write books, create on-line produces that sell, and global business and communities that are making a huge difference in the world. See ad on page 15.

EDUCATION New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts

501 Franklin Ave, Santa Fe, NM 505 982-6271

community resource guide Connecting you to the leaders in natural healthcare and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide email or call 505-999-1319.

ART & CREATIVITY Creative wings Studio

Debbie Purdy Parkland Hills/ Nob Hill area 630-530-5697 When we paint without concern for technique or content, the intuitive self is revealed, and creative blocks are released. Connect with your creative freedom.

Massage Foundation, Polarity Therapy, Dual Massage/ P o l a r i t y, C r a n i o s a c r a l Certification, Continuing Education, Community Health Classes, Free Lectures, Space Rental. Your partner in natural healing since 1981. See ad on page 11.

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 on page 2.

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

HEALING WISDOM Judith Harrington M.A.

Santa Fe 505 9017400 Sessions via Skype also Transforming suffering through – compassionate wisdom – releasing negative energies – insight into unconscious beliefs – support through channeled energy medicines. 35 years working with individuals, couples and groups. Call about groups forming in January.

Health & Human Services The CanDO! Project

3411 Candelaria Rd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107 505-289-6971 Cancer distress is over! The CanDO! Project provides FREE resource navigation, financial & emotional support for women with cancer to reduce distress for better health outcomes. See ad on page 2.

HYPNOTHERAPY Rev. Maggie De Vore, CHT 505-465-1546

Rev. Maggie De Vore is an internationally trained Hypnotherapist who works with groups and individuals in their spiritual and emotional education and evolution.


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

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


Receive an aura reading & clearing, learn what validates and supports your growth, ask questions, choose next steps. Recording emailed.

Psychic Readings Keri Ports

Animal & Human Psychic/Medium (213) 999-9098 Sessions available in person, phone or Skype • Private psychic/medium readings for people and pets, guided chakra meditation, and group readings. Messages from spirit are guidance for your soul so you can fulfill your Divine purpose!


High Priestess to the Order of Melchidezek SKIN CARE/BEAUTY Santa Fe, NM 505-490-8855 weekdays 11 AM – 2 PM. Jodie Cunningham Beautycounter Consultant 505.238.8829 The OakRose Academy of Light is a Mystery School founded by the Ascended Masters. The Academy holds to and teaches the Divine Law for the New Age. It is non-sectarian and nondenominational, open to all who seek the Higher Truth. See ad on page 17.

Natural/Organic Food Market La Montañita Co-op Natural & Organic Food Market ABQ/Santa Fe/Gallup

New Mexico’s largest communityowned natural & organic grocer, with locations in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Gallup. All our stores are open to the public. You don’t have to be a member to shop, but if you are, you’ll save even more. La Montañita believes in the shared benefits of healthy food, sound environmental practices and a strong local economy. Stop by and shop with us today! See ad on page 4.

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

Your spirit awakens in resonant, gradual but steady ways as information is given in the form of color, symbol, story, amusement and non-judgment. Grounding gently guides you into — and past lives inform — your present.

Chic and luxurious, yet safe and effective skin care and personal care products for you and the entire family. A new line of color cosmetics scrupulously tested for heavy metals, setting a new standard in the industry.  Explore the website and call to schedule your consultation.


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

INTEGRATIVE HEALTH Obsidian Health and Wellness 505-715-3452 2420 Juan Tabo Blvd NE

Alternative Integrative Health. Create the change and restore health at it’s source with NES Total Wellness system. Re-assess, rejuvenate, re-imprint and rebuild. See ad on page 20.

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Natural Awakenings Northern New Mexico March 15 Edition