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very much agree with this statement. Our annual April sustainability issue dedicated to Earth Day and the many local celebrations serve as great reminders to help kick start new daily habits of recycling and voting for organic and local food sources and products that nurture and support Mother Earth. Both of our articles Celebrating Earth Day Locally and Globally on page 14 and Everyday Sustainability on page 22 illustrate the progress we have made as a country and also globally. We reiterate simple things we can do ourselves—the easiest being recycling. At our house, the recycle bin is always filled to the brim compared to our garbage bin. I’d like to give a special shout out to our recycling facilities. I am so grateful for the technology we have to separate and recycle different materials so they can be made into new products. America is addressing greenhouse pollution through the Clean Power Plan that will cut emissions from power plants by 32 percent over the next 15 years. The next step is a proposal to cut methane from newly built facilities in the oil and gas industry. These climate laws will help the U.S. meet our target to reduce emissions by 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025, a commitment we made to the international community. Globally, China is stepping up to the plate. Pollution is choking Chinese cities and threatening economic growth, but the country’s leaders also see opportunity in the emerging clean energy industry. This year alone, China is expected to add 18 gigawatts of new solar capacity. By comparison, the U.S. recently surpassed 20 gigawatts total. To have China and the U.S. making such significant commitments has transformed the dynamic going into the U.N. climate summit in Paris. Instead of making excuses for inaction, the leading emitters have launched a virtuous cycle of increasing ambition. Clean energy can help our economy. One billion people worldwide still have no energy, and more than one billion live in extreme poverty. Turning the corner on climate can support some of our developing countries. For example, developing economies adopted cellular technology without ever having land lines and some will leap-frog the dirty energy phase of economic development and go straight to clean. In fiscal 2014, the World Bank more than doubled lending for renewable energy projects to nearly $3.6 billion—or 38 percent of its total energy lending. The website is a great source in addition to the ones we mention. Thank you for doing your part as Natural Awakenings readers in supporting the preservation of this great planet. May our children and future generation be as fortunate as we were enjoying nature and sharing the planet with all the other species. Happy Earth Day and Happy Spring!

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newsbriefs Art Groove to Honor Mental Health Awareness Month


eta Global Radio and Radio Non Profit proudly presents Art Groove: Free Your Mind and Shine being held May 13 at Tortuga Gallery in downtown Albuquerque. This music, art and photography event, being held in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, benefits three New Mexico charities: Compassionate Touch Network, National Alliance on Mental Illness and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The event will be an incredible night to come together to honor those affected by a special set of circumstances and remember those we lost too soon. Some of New Mexico’s most distinguished artists, photographers and musicians are all sharing their gifts at the super groovy Tortuga Gallery. All attendees can participate in live murals, enjoy phenomenal food by Lettuce Catering, or sit outside the gallery with a latte from V Roast Coffee. There will be a special memorial altar along with extraordinary art exhibitions from world-renowned artists from all over the country, including local artists from throughout New Mexico. James Whiton, who has played upright bass with renowned musicians such as Tom Waits and George Clinton will be performing a special set to honor the cause. In addition, the evening culminates with a production featuring world famous celebrity speed painter Michael Ostaski and Rock n Art Fusion.



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he Center for Inner Truth (CFIT) in Santa Fe is excited to announce their next Mindfulness and Life Skills Class begins April 30 through May 21. During this series, offered on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., attendees will learn to shift their thoughts and be at peace with their emotions, practice body awareness and mindful breathing techniques, explore radical acceptance and the gifts of non-judgment, determine healthy coping strategies for distress, and apply mindful communication to your relationships. “Become more present in your life as well as being in a supportive community of other spiritual explorers,” invites Director Juli Somers. With so many mindfulness classes out there what makes this one different? “In the mindfulness class at CFIT, you are in a small group setting with a lot of personal interaction and heart. Because of the size, the class content is tailored to the participants,” shares Somers. “This course is offered to help one handle stress, depression, overwhelming emotions, overthinking, and the unending distractions of life with more grace and ease. The series can enhance anyone’s life path regardless of beliefs and philosophies.” Location: 1807 Second St. #84, Santa Fe. Early registration discounts offered. For more information and to register call 505920-4418, email or visit CenterForInnerTruth. org. See ad to the left.


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he Hypnotherapy Academy of America in Albuquerque is excited to announce a special free, two-hour class being held at 7 p.m. on April 12. The class will be facilitated by Tim Simmerman Sierra, lead instructor at the Academy, who will be sharing three secrets to create positive life changes by showing attendees how their subconscious

mind works. “Feeling stuck, blocked or stagnant originates with limiting thoughts held at the subconscious level. Learn how the techniques taught at the Academy are specially designed to liberate you from those thoughts and help you lead a more fulfilling life— enjoy more peace of mind and a joy-filled heart!,” says Sierra, who will also present recent scientific research on Hypnotherapy Academy methods being used by the National Institutes of Health and will also discuss hypnotherapy as a career. “Integrate your interest in healing, the mind sciences and practical spirituality into a career helping people as a hypnotherapist.” Sierra has been director and award-winning lead instructor at the Academy for 20 years. He is a former two-term president of the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners. He is also on the Board of Directors for the International Board of Hypnotherapy, and is author of the definitive textbook, Medical Hypnotherapy, Principles and Methods of Practice. Call 505-767-8030 to register and reserve your seat for this special free class. See ad to the right.

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clairvoyant, I’ve wanted for over 20 years now to create a beautiful place for people to replenish their serenity and tap into their creativity,” shares Vista Verde Retreat Center owner, Elizabeth Brownrigg. Brownrigg realized her vision in 2012 when she opened Vista Verde Retreat Center, tucked away in an old-growth juniper and piñon pine forest between Taos and Ojo Caliente. Located on 37 acres with several miles of walking trails, she designed this rural retreat for harried folks to deepen their connection with the land. “Although we are only 40 minutes from Taos, the feeling is one of being ‘out there’—so peaceful here among these trees. We are also within 20 minutes of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument,” she shares. “Now is the perfect time to consider hosting your next retreat in this magical land. Escape to the extraordinary!”

he Rosemont Center is pleased to announce space is available in their remodeled casita located in the historic Martineztown neighborhood. This unique healing center houses the Albuquerque Vipassana Sangha as well as other therapy offices. Current availabilities include two offices with two-room suites, French doors, private entrances, a shared reception area and bathroom and secure parking. All utilities and Wi-Fi included in price. “Gardens are abound and shared by all,” says Mae Araujo of The Rosemont Center. “This center is ideal for therapists who enjoy beauty and peace. Shared lease options will be considered. ”

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Tai Chi Eases Effects of Chronic Disease

A beautybrief Treat Mom and You this Mother’s Day


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review of research from the University of British Columbia tested the effects of tai chi exercise upon people with four chronic diseases: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart failure, osteoarthritis and cancer. Dr. Yi-Wen Chen and his team analyzed 33 studies of more than 1,500 people that participated in tai chi. The research also tested the effects of the practice on general health, including walking speed, muscle strength, speed in standing up from a sitting position, quality of life, symptoms of depression and knee strength. The heart disease patients among the subjects showed a reduction in depression symptoms, and all shared a reduction of muscle stiffness and pain, increased speeds in both walking and standing from a sitting position and improved well-being. “Given the fact that many middleaged and older persons have more than one chronic condition, it’s important to examine the benefits of treatment/ exercise interventions across several coexisting conditions,” says Chen.

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Kiwis Boost Heart Health


multi-center study from the University of Salamanca, in Spain, has found that consuming even one kiwi fruit (Actinidia deliciosa) per week will significantly boost cardiovascular health. The researchers tested 1,469 healthy people throughout Spain. The volunteers were given dietary questionnaires and underwent testing for cholesterol lipids and inflammatory markers for heart disease. The researchers determined that those that ate at least one kiwi fruit per week had significantly lower triglycerides and fibrinogen (a marker for inflammation), and higher HDL-cholesterol levels. Higher levels of HDL-cholesterol are associated with reduced incidence of atherosclerosis. The researchers concluded: “Consumption of at least one kiwi a week is associated with lower plasma concentrations of fibrinogen and improved plasma lipid profile in the context of a normal diet and regular exercise.”

Processed Meat and Fish Increase Risk for Breast Cancer


rocessed meats and fish increase risk for breast cancer, according to a study published in Cancer Causes & Control. Researchers followed more than 8,000 women from the Breast Cancer Health Disparities Study and monitored their intake of fish and red and processed meats and cancer incidence rates. Among Hispanic women, those with the highest intake of red and processed meat increased their risk for breast cancer by 42 percent, compared with those who ate the least. Non-Hispanic women with the highest intakes of tuna increased their risk by 25 percent, compared with those who ate the least amount of tuna. Chemical contaminants found in tuna and early exposure to red and processed meats may account for the increased cancer risk. Kim AE, Lundgreen A, Wolff RK, et al. Red meat, poultry and fish intake and breast cancer risk among Hispanic and Non-Hispanic white women: The Breast Cancer Health Disparities Study, Cancer Causes & Control; February 2016

Mercury Use Linked to Dentists’ Tremors


study of thousands of dentists found that the absorption of mercury is associated with an increased risk of tremors. Published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, the study followed 13,906 dentists for a 24-year period. The research tested the dentists’ urinary mercury levels to estimate their individual exposure. The incidence of tremors—the involuntary shaking of hands, arms and other parts of the body—among the dentists was then compared with their exposure to mercury. Higher exposures to mercury increased the risk of tremors among the entire population of dentists studied by 10 percent; the increased risk among the young dentists was 13 percent.

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DARK Act Defeated Senate Vote Reflects Citizen Demands

The Deny Americans the Right to Know, or DARK Act, was defeated in the U.S. Senate in March, representing a major victory for consumers. The nonprofit Environmental Working Group (EWG) spearheaded the large-scale citizen opposition to a bill that would have outlawed all state-level labeling laws of genetically modified (GMO) food ingredients nationwide; it was intended to keep consumers in the dark about the genetically engineered content of their food. Scott Faber, EWG senior vice president for government affairs, says, “Consumers have made their voices heard to their elected representatives in the Senate and they said clearly, ‘We want the right to know more about our food.’ We remain hopeful that congressional leaders can craft a national mandatory compromise that works for consumers and the food industry.” Organic Consumers Association reports that an alternative to the DARK act is being proposed that still could preempt state GMO labeling laws. So they recommend that consumers stay vigilant to ensure the DARK act remains defeated. The development is evidence that the EWG Just Label It campaign is on the right track, and the group plans to support the recently introduced Biotechnology Food Labeling Uniformity Act targeting a national mandatory standard for GMO labeling. Jean Halloran, director of food policy initiatives for Consumers Union, explains, “This bill finds a way to set a national standard and avoid a patchwork of state labeling laws, while still giving consumers the information they want and deserve about what’s in their food.”

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Five Dozen Countries Now Ban or Label GMO Crops New rules implemented by the European Union now allow individual member states to block farmers from using genetically modified organisms (GMO), even if the variety has been approved on an EU-wide basis. Scotland was the first to opt out and Germany is next, according to German Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt. Controversy concerning the safety and/or necessity of GMOs persists, but countries like these have decided not to idly sit by while the effects posed by long-term consumption of GMO foods are revealed. This move makes Germany one of between 64 and 74 countries that have instituted some type of ban or mandatory labeling requirements. Source:

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LOCAL EARTH DAY CELEBRATIONS ALBUQUERQUE SUNDAY, APRIL 17TH 1st Annual New Mexico Earth Citizens Walk – 10am-2pm. Call any of the three Body & Brain Centers. Albuquerque 797-2211, Cottonwood 792-5111, Santa Fe 820-2211. www.

Celebrating Earth Day Locally and Globally by Meredith Montgomery


epresentatives from nearly every country on Earth gathered in Paris for the 2015 United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the Paris Agreement a triumph for people, the planet and multilateralism. The signing ceremony is set for Earth Day, April 22, at UN headquarters, in New York City. For the first time, every country has pledged to curb their emissions, strengthen resilience to related impacts and act internationally and domestically to address climate change. Other key elements aimed at achieving a state of climate neutrality—having a zero carbon footprint—before the century’s end include transparency, accountability and a plan for developed countries to support climate action in developing countries. “A big part of the Paris agreement focuses on reduced use of gas, coal and oil, but there is also a focus on preserving trees and expanding forests,” says Earth Day Network (EDN)


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spokesperson Timothy McHugh, referring to this year’s Earth Day theme of Trees for Earth. This year also kicks off a fouryear countdown to the environmental campaign’s 50th anniversary on Earth Day 2020. “By that mark, we hope to have planted 7.8 billion trees—approximately one tree for every person on the planet. Trees are vitally important because they soak up carbon and clean the air,” McHugh explains. In addition to countering climate change and pollution, EDN’s global tree planting seeks to support communities and local economies, protect biodiversity and inspire environmental stewardship. From global leaders convening at the UN to people participating in community events close to home, billions of the world’s citizens will celebrate our precious home planet this year. To join the worldwide observance, find an event online at or participate in one or more of the local events listed here.

WEDNESDAY – SATURDAY, APRIL 20-APRIL 23 ABQ BioPark, 505-768-2000, 2601 Central Ave. N.W., Albuquerque * The NM BioPark Society will collect and recycle your old cell phone/accessories * Ride your bike to Earth Day and receive $2 off admission! WEDNESDAY, April 20 BioPark Earth Week Celebration at Aquarium – 10am-2pm. THURSDAY, April 21 BioPark Earth Week Celebration at Zoo – 10am-2pm. FRIDAY, APRIL 22 BioPark Earth Week Celebration at Tingley Beach – 10am-2pm. SATURDAY, APRIL 23 Rotary Club Children’s Seed Festival – 10am-2pm Earth Day activities (including lectures, workshops and demonstrations) are free with admission. (505) 848-7180. SUNDAY, APRIL 24 La Montañita Co-op’s 26th Annual EarthFest – 10am-6pm Contact Robin Seydel, Community Advocacy, 505-217-2027. 3500 Central Ave. SE, Albuquerque www.

SANTA FE WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13TH FREE e-waste drop off day with Keep Santa Fe Beautiful (KSFB) – 9am-1pm 1142 Siler Rd, Santa Fe.

MONDAY, APRIL 18 FREE screening of COWSPIRACY – 7pm Thai Vegan banquet room, 505-6901859 1710 Cerrillos Rd., Santa Fe. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20TH Earth Day Fair at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center – 9:30am-1pm 3221 W Rodeo Rd, Santa Fe. FRIDAY – TUESDAY, April 22nd-26th Earth Week & Fair at Santa Fe Community College – 10am-2pm Main hall, 6401 Richards Ave, Santa Fe. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27TH Great American Clean Up with KSFB – 7am-9am 1142 Siler Road, Santa Fe. Celebrate Earth Day at Whole Foods – 10am-2pm 753 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe.

TAOS SUNDAY, APRIL 10-24 Re-cycled Art Show and Competition in Honor of Earth Day 2016 Jemez Fine Art Gallery, 17346 HWY 4, Jemez Springs.

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pring is here and so is La Montañita Co-op’s 26th Annual EarthFest. Join the tradition of celebrating the Earth behind La Montañita’s Nob Hill store in Albuquerque on April 24 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This event is fun for the whole family—including furry friends. Each year La Montañita takes over Silver Avenue between Carlisle Boulevard and Tulane Avenue and makes room for hundreds of local vendors, social and economic justice organizations, environmental advocacy groups, performers and, of course, La Montañita’s delicious deli foods. The two-block party has a large stage, front and center, where attendees can enjoy a variety of performances throughout the day while walking about to purchase starter plants early in the spring season. Gardening and farming information will also be available from experts in the field. Attendees may even run across a petting zoo filled with baby goats from one of La Montañita’s local vendors, The Old Windmill Dairy. With so much going on, be sure to come early and enjoy all that La Montañita Co-op’s EarthFest has to offer as it celebrates 40 Years of Fresh. Admission: Free. Location: 3400 Central Boulevard, Albuquerque. For more information contact Robin Seydel, Community Advocacy, at

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Look for Non-GMOs The Non-GMO Project label on U.S. food products assures consumers they have no genetically modified ingredients. Now a few seed companies are starting to display the butterfly label, as well. “As demand for non-GMO choices continues to rise, farmers are seeking more non-GMO seed,” says Megan Westgate, executive director of the Non-GMO Project. “Similarly, smaller farms and home gardeners are choosing to plant more organic and non-GMO varieties.” High Mowing Organic Seeds, in Wolcott, Vermont, is the current leader, with 700 Non-GMO Projectverified seeds. Company President Tom Stearns explains, “We continue to hear about GMO concerns from our customers and while we are certified organic, that doesn’t say anything about GMO contamination.” His team helped develop a verification program for seeds because they wanted third-party verification of their claims. “We’d spent a huge amount of time implementing preventative measures and did GMO testing, but felt this wasn’t enough,” he notes. Stearns reports that there are many more genetically engineered plants than most people realize. “Some 40 GMO plant species include petunia and endive,” he says. Plus, “Contamination risks exist even when a GMO crop isn’t commercially approved, like when GMO wheat escapes field trials.” Source:


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Edible Heirlooms Old-Fashioned Fruits and Veggies Return to the Table by Avery Mack


f the 7,500 varieties of apples in the world, 2,500 are grown in the U.S., but only 100 commercially. As of the 1990s, 70 percent were Red Delicious; more recently they’re being replaced with Gala, Granny Smith and Fuji types from taller, thinner trees that can be planted more compactly for easier harvesting, yet are more sensitive to disease and require trellis supports. Mass-produced fruits and vegetables have been modified over the years to make them look appealing and ship well, while sacrificing taste. Consumers in search of healthenhancing nutrients and robust flavor can find them by instead connecting with the past through food and flowers. “Heirloom seeds have remained intact and unexposed to commercial pesticides,” says Jere Gettle, owner of Baker Creek Seed Company, in Mansfield, Missouri. “They’re reliable—plants

grown now will be the same next year; not so with hybrids.” This cleaner, tastier alternative to the status quo is typically packed with more good vitamins than good looks. Heirloom produce often also delivers a unique regional flavor, such as Vidalia onions or Hatch chile peppers.

Exemplary Fruits

Fine restaurants like to feature Yellow Wonder wild strawberries because they taste like cream. The fragrant Baron von Solemacher strawberry, an antique German Alpine variety, is small and sweet, red and full of flavor; it’s been around since the Stone Age. For pies and preserves, pair them with Victorian rhubarb, which dates back to 1856. Eat only the rhubarb stalks; the leaves contain poisonous oxalic acid. Aunt Molly’s ground cherry (husk tomato) hails from Poland. “It’s sweet, with a hint of tart, like pineapple-apricot,” says Gettle. “The Amish and Germans

use them in pies. Their high pectin content makes them good for preserves. Heirlooms send people in search of old recipes and they end up creating their own variations. It’s food as history.”

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Trending this year are purple veggies like the brilliantly colored Pusa Jamuni radish. Pair it with bright pink Pusa Gulabi radishes, high in carotenoids and anthocyanins, atop a stunning salad with Amsterdam prickly-seeded spinach’s arrow-shaped leaves, a variety once grown by Thomas Jefferson. Add a fennellike flavor with Pink Plume celery. Brighten salsas using the Buena Mulata hot pepper, a deep violet that ripens to a sweet red. Serve with pink pleated Mushroom Basket tomatoes or Lucid Gems, with their black/orange peel and striking yellow/orange flesh. Purple tomatillos are sweeter than green varieties and can be eaten right off the plant. “Purple sweet potatoes are found

in Hawaii, but aren’t common on the mainland,” explains Gettle. “Molokai Purple sweet potatoes keep their deep purple color even when cooked, and are much higher in antioxidants than the orange variety.” To be novel, serve the Albino beet. Baker Creek’s customers use it raw in salads, roasted or fried and don’t let the greens go to waste. Monique Prince, a clinical social worker in Chester, New Hampshire, grows heirloom organic radishes, greens, herbs, tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumbers and pumpkins in eight raised beds. She received Ganisisikuk pole beans (seventh-generation seeds) and Abnaki cranberry runner beans from a Native American client. Rather than eat the bounty, she’s accumulating the seeds to save the varieties.


Thai basil loves summer heat. Make batches of pesto, then freeze it in ice cube trays for later. Christina Major, a nutritionist in Trevorton, Pennsylvania, grows heirloom herbs that include borage, with its edible flowers, and marshmallow, which is a decongestant when added to tea. Her 300-squarefoot garden supplies summer veggies such as scarlet runner beans, more than 50 kinds of perennial herbs for year-round use and heirloom raspberries, gooseberries and blackberries “that are eaten as fast as they’re picked,” she says. Heirloom enthusiasts like to exchange seeds to try new varieties. “From December to March, traders swap seeds and plot their gardens,” says Major. “I got 20 kinds of tomatoes by connecting

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Of 400,000 flowering plants in the world, 20 percent are in danger of extinction. “Instead of marigolds and petunias, consider old-fashioned annuals. Trying new things is fun,” says Gettle. Four O’clocks, familiar to many Midwesterners, come in several colors and are easily cultivated from their abundant seeds. The succulent Ice plant, with its white-pink flowers, looks like it was dipped in sugar; its edible

Heirlooms extend to trees and bushes. The droughtresistant Fourwing Saltbush has a deep root system and provides cover for songbirds in the West. ~BBB Seed leaves taste like spinach. Black Swan’s burgundy poppies have a frill-like edge, while Mother of Pearl poppies offer subtle watercolors. “Save seeds, share with neighbors and pass them on to the kids,” advises Gettle. “They’re evidence of our culture.” Connect with the freelance writer via

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Homegrown Heirloom Cookery 20 minutes more. Add in the thyme and boiling potatoes, sautéing them for another 5 minutes. Add kale and reduce heat to low, cooking until wilted, about 10 minutes. Add the stock and cooked beans, return heat to high and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to low and simmer for at least an hour.  Serve with toasted slices of bread. Source: Adapted from Mediterranean Vegetables by Clifford Wright.

Vegan Tuscan Kale Soup Vegan Eggplant, Chickpea and Spinach Curry Yields: 4 servings   1 /3 cup extra-virgin olive oil ½ cup finely chopped celery ½ cup finely chopped onion ½ cup finely chopped carrot ¼ cup finely chopped fresh purple basil leaf 1 lb ripe tomatoes, peeled, seeded and finely chopped 1 Tbsp fresh thyme leaf 1 lb waxy boiling potatoes, peeled and cut into ½-inch pieces 1 lb lacinato kale, washed and cut into ¼-inch-wide strips ½ cup dry cannellini beans, cooked until tender 2 qt vegetable stock Sea salt to taste

Heat olive oil in a heavy soup pot over medium-high heat and sauté the celery, onion, carrot and basil until they’re almost soft, about 8 to 10 minutes.  Add tomatoes and continue cooking until their liquid has almost cooked out, about

Yields: 4 to 6 servings ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil, in all; 2 Tbsp reserved 1½ lb eggplant, cut into 1-inch cubes 2 Tbsp fresh ginger paste 2 hot green chiles, deseeded and minced 2 tsp whole cumin seed ¼ tsp asafoetida resin 2 cup tomatoes, seeded and chopped 1 Tbsp coriander seed, ground 1 tsp paprika ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper ¼ tsp cayenne pepper 1 tsp turmeric ½ cup filtered water 2 cup cooked chickpeas 1 lb fresh spinach, coarsely chopped 2 tsp sea salt ¼ cup chopped cilantro leaf 1 tsp garam masala Heat 6 tablespoons of the oil in a large, heavy pan. Add in the eggplant

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Add the ginger, chiles and cumin, and fry until the cumin seeds have turned brown. Add the asafoetida and stir fry for another 15 seconds.  Add in the tomatoes, coriander, paprika, black pepper, cayenne and turmeric.  Reduce heat to medium and cook until the oil separates from the tomato sauce, about 10 minutes.  Add water and bring the sauce to a boil.  Reduce heat to low and add in the cooked eggplant cubes, chickpeas, chopped spinach and salt. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Before serving remove from heat and stir in the chopped cilantro and garam masala. Serve warm with brown rice or naan flatbread. Source: Adapted from Lord Krishna’s Cuisine by Yamuna Devi.

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Simplicity Invites Happiness into Our Lives by April Thompson

How can we begin to get and stay organized? It’s not about a set of rules, but acquiring the right mindset for becoming a tidy person. Think in concrete terms, so that you can picture what it would

Must keepsakes be included? be like to live in a clutter-free space. Start by identifying your bigger goal. Ask yourself why you want this, repeating the question to get to the root of the answer. As you explore the reasons behind your ideal lifestyle, you’ll realize that the ultimate reason is to be happy. Then you are ready to begin. I recommend cleaning out and organizing your entire space in one go-around. When completed, the change is so profound that it inspires a strong aversion to your previously cluttered state. The key is to make the change so sudden that you experience a complete change of heart. By discarding the easy things first, you can gradually hone your decision-making skills, including knowing who else can use what you don’t need. I recommend starting with clothes, then move to books, documents, miscellaneous items and finally anything with sentimental value. photo by Ichigo Natsuno


apanese organizing consultant Marie Kondo helps us discover happiness through tidiness. Already perusing home and lifestyle magazines by age 5, she spent her childhood “tidying” up her surroundings rather than playing with toys. The organizing system Kondo went on to develop, the KonMari method, defies most long-held rules of organizing, such as installing clever storage solutions to accommodate stuff or de-cluttering one area at a time. Her New York Times bestseller, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, has been published in 30 countries, demonstrating that her methods speak to universal desires, including a hunger for order and simplicity. She’s now released a companion book, Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up. Kondo’s principles, including vertically stacking clothing and using special folding methods for socks, can seem quirky, yet her approach gets results. Kondo claims a nearly zero percent “clutter relapse” rate among clients because they’ve become surrounded only by things they love.

keep is to actually hold each item. As you do, ask yourself, “Does this spark joy?” When you touch something, your body reacts, and its response to each item is different. The process of assessing how you feel about the things you own—identifying those that have fulfilled their purpose, expressing your gratitude and bidding them farewell and good wishes for their onward journey—is a rite of passage to a new life.

Is it important to touch every single object in the decision process? At one point in my life, I was virtually a “disposal unit”, constantly on the lookout for superfluous things. One day, I realized that I had been so focused on what to discard that I had forgotten to cherish the things I loved. Through this experience, I concluded that the best way to choose what to

Mementoes are reminders of a time that gave us joy, yet truly precious memories will never vanish, even if you discard the associated objects. By handling each sentimental item, you process your past. The space we live in should be for the person we are becoming now, not for the person we were in the past.

What do you recommend for organizing what remains after a purge? The secret to maintaining an uncluttered room is to pursue simplicity in storage, so that you can see at a glance what you have. My storage rules are simple: Store all items of the same type in one place and don’t scatter storage space.

How does this process change us and our relationship to things? Through it, you identify both what you love and need in your home and in your life. People have told me that decluttering has helped them achieve lifelong dreams, such as launching their own business; in other cases, it has helped them let go of negative attachments and unhappy relationships. Despite a drastic reduction in belongings, no one has ever regretted it, even those that ended up with a fifth of their earlier possessions. It’s a continuing strong reminder that they have been living all this time with things they didn’t need. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at

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communityspotlight Learning Awakens: The Academy for the Love of Learning Presents its Second Annual Festival of Learning by Seth Biderman It’s been over 15 years since the music composer and learning leader, Aaron Stern, brought his visionary Academy for the Love of Learning to Santa Fe. What began as a small band of thinkers at a rented space near the Baking Company has grown into a team of more than two dozen staff, faculty, artists, classroom teachers, health care providers, elders and volunteers united under the common banner of bringing learning to life. This spring, the Academy’s year of creativity and hard work, throughout the city of Santa Fe will be thrown open to the public in a two week Festival of Learning, with two main public events on April 22 and May 7.

El Otro Lado in the Schools and Inspire Santa Fe In collaboration with Siete del Norte, SITE Santa Fe and six local public schools, the Academy will showcase learning from two programs: El Otro Lado in the Schools and Inspire Santa Fe. The event will take place April 22 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Santa Fe Railyard. At SITE Santa Fe, public school children, teachers and teaching artists will be sharing journals, artwork and performance created over a yearlong exploration of identity and place through the Academy’s unique El Otro Lado in the Schools program. Founded by beloved community artist Chrissie Orr, with guidance and vision from Aaron Stern, El Otro Lado in the Schools has changed the way teachers, children and artists view themselves and the world. A visitor to last year’s El Otro Lado in the Schools culminating event reflected on the “huge feeling of community” that was created, a rarity in today’s society. Simultaneously, across the street in the Farmers’ Market Pavilion, over 70 volunteer mentors and their young protégés from Inspire Santa Fe will be sharing what they have learned together through performances and interactive displays. Facilitated in collaboration with the 40-year-old Community Development Corporation, Siete del Norte, and with major support from Monte del Sol Charter School, Mayor Javier Gonzales and the City of Santa Fe, Inspire Santa Fe pairs young people with adult mentors for weekly meetings in an area of deep interest for both mentor and protégé. The fields of exploration vary wildly, from basketball to architecture, computer coding to wild mustang management, kung fu to culinary arts and more. Last year, Inspire Santa Fe’s first mentorship showcase drew in over 300 people, with rave reports, including an observer who noted the lack of a generational gap.

Lifesongs Program Heartstrings will be pulled as the Academy concludes its 2016 Festival of Learning with another culminating performance from the Lifesongs program being held May 7 at 7 p.m. at Lensic Performing Arts Center. Conceived and directed by local artists Molly Sturges and Acushla Bastible, Lifesongs is yet another way the Academy is breaking down institutional and cultural barriers and uniting people of all ages in a shared love of learning. Featuring songs and performances created by elders, community choirs, artists and children, the annual Lifesongs concert illuminates the joy of people coming together to learn, laugh and create music. Cost: April 22 events free; tickets for Lifesongs concert on May 7 at For more information, call 505-995-1860 or visit


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INSPIRE Santa Fe I Festival of Learning Farmers Market Pavilion in the Railyard • FREE Unlocking Inspiration Through Mentorship Come celebrate the joy of learning with young people and their volunteer adult mentors from across Santa Fe! Engage one-on-one with both protégés and mentors as they share what they have learned in the fields they care about most: computer coding, electric guitar, basketball, architecture, creative writing, culinary art, ballroom dance and much more!

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EL OTRO LADO I De Donde Somos SITE Santa Fe at the Railyard • FREE El Otro Lado in the Schools Annual End-of-Year Community Celebration Come celebrate the 2nd annual El Otro Lado in the Schools culminating event. The poignant artwork and performances of 200 plus students, their teachers, teaching artists and many others that have been involved with this program in the 2015/16 school year will be exhibited at SITE Santa Fe as part of the Academy for the Love of Learning’s Festival of Learning. Come and join us for an inspirational event for all!

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EVERYDAY SUSTAINABILITY Practical Ways We Can Help Out the Planet by Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko


or many Americans, living more sustainably has become a natural part of their daily routine as they consistently recycle, eat healthy and use energy more efficiently. It’s just what they normally do every day. Every one of them had to start somewhere, growing their efforts over time to the point that nearly every activity yields better results for themselves, their family, their community and the planet. It might begin with the way we eat and eventually expand to encompass the way we work.

New American Way

“The sustainability movement is large and growing in the U.S.,” says Todd Larsen, with Green America, a grassroots nonprofit organization harnessing economic forces to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society. “Half a million people turned out in New York City to march for action on climate change. People also are working in their local communities to oppose fracking and pollution, and to support green building and clean energy. Many


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businesses now include sustainability as a core business practice, including the 3,000 certified members of Green America’s Green Business Network.” This month, Natural Awakenings profiles the experiences of representative individuals from around the country that are helping to both make the world more sustainable and their own lives richer and more meaningful. From growing and cooking family food and line-drying laundry to powering their business with renewable energy, their approaches are as varied as the places they call home.

First Steps

“Many people start with something small at home, particularly if they’re concerned about the impacts on their family’s health,” says Larsen. “More Americans are approaching sustainability first through food. It’s relatively easy to change spending habits to incorporate more organic, fair trade and non-GMO [genetically modified] foods, and with the growth of farmers’ markets nationwide, people are able to buy local

more easily.” A focus on food quality is how Wendy Brown and her husband and five children launched their eco-journey just outside of Portland, Maine. “We started thinking about where our food came from, how it was grown and raised and what we could do to ensure that it was better,” says Brown. “What we don’t grow or forage ourselves, we try to purchase from local farmers.” Living more simply during the past decade has helped the family cut debt and become more financially stable. “Our entry point to sustainable living was to grow tomatoes on the steps of an apartment that Kelly and I once called home years ago,” echoes Erik Knutzen, who, with his wife Kelly Coyne, have transformed their 960-square-foot Los Angeles bungalow into an oasis where they grow food, keep chickens and bees, brew, bake and house their bikes. Gabriele Marewski’s journey also started with what she ate. “I became a vegetarian at 14, after reading Diet for a Small Planet, by Frances Moore Lappé,” says Marewski, who in 1999 turned an avocado orchard in Homestead, Florida, into Paradise Farms. “Forty-seven years later, I’m still a strict vegetarian. I believe it’s the single most important statement we can make about saving the planet.” Marewski’s five-acre farm showcases certified organic micro greens, edible flowers, oyster mushrooms and a variety of tropical fruits marketed to Miamiarea chefs. Her farm also offers Dinner in Paradise farm-to-table experiences to raise funds for local nonprofits providing food for underprivileged city residents, and bed-and-breakfast lodging. Sweden’s Chalmers University of Technology offers a free online course, Sustainability in Everyday Life, based on five themes: energy, climate change, food, chemicals and globalization. “People can make a difference by making responsible choices in their everyday life,” says Anna Nyström Claesson, one of the three original teachers.

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“Every step toward sustainability is important and in the right direction,” explains Gina Miresse, with the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA),

which will again host the world’s largest energy fair in June in Custer, Wisconsin. “It’s easy to start at home by adopting one new practice and sticking with it until it becomes a habit; then add a second practice and so on. This keeps people from getting overwhelmed.” We might, for example, switch to non-toxic home cleaning products when current products are used up. “There’s no need to throw everything in the trash and replace it all immediately—that would partially defeat the purpose of sustainability,” says Miresse. Green America, which suggests green alternatives to many products in online publications at GreenAmerica. org, recommends a congruent strategy. “We see people first change the way they purchase their food, move to reduce their purchases overall and green those they make, and then make their home more energy-efficient,” remarks Larsen. “Next, they consider walking and biking more.” Pamela Dixon explains, “On a day-to-day basis, it’s really about the products we use, like transferring to ecofriendly cleaners and yard maintenance, recycling electronic devices, paying bills electronically and receiving statements via email.” She and her husband, David Anderson, own Dave’s BrewFarm, in rural Wilson, Wisconsin, where they grow herbs, hops, raspberries and apples on 35 acres. “A 20-kilowatt wind generator supplies our electricity, and we use geothermal for heating and cooling,” adds Dixon. Due to career opportunities involving teaching principles of sustainability, the Wisconsin couple is in the process of selling the BrewFarm to move to La Crosse. “At our new home, we’re replacing the windows and appliances with more energy-efficient ones. We also chose our neighborhood so we can walk or bike to local grocery co-ops. We prefer to repair things when they break rather than buying something new, recycle everything the city will accept, compost food scraps and buy clothes at secondhand stores.” When the MREA Energy Fair began 27 years ago, the majority of attendees were interested in learning about first steps, such as recycling, relates Miresse. Today, sustainability basics ranging from

fuel savings to water conservation are familiar, and they’re focused on revitalizing local economies. “Folks are now considering more ambitious practices such as sourcing food directly from local farmers, producing their own solar energy and incorporating energy storage, driving an electric vehicle or switching to more socially responsible investing.” The fair’s 250 workshops provide tools to help in taking their next steps on the journey to sustainability. Knutzen and Coyne’s passion has evolved from growing food into a larger DIY mode. “Cooking from scratch is something I prefer to do,” comments Knutzen. “I even grind my own flour.” Library books provide his primary source of inspiration. The Brown family likely echoes the thoughts of many American families. “We have many dreams, but the stark reality is that we live in a world that requires money,” says Wendy Brown. An electric car or solar electric system, for example, is a large investment. “The biggest barriers were mental blocks because we ‘gave up’ previous lifestyle norms,” she says. “Most people we know have a clothes dryer and can’t imagine living without one. Linedrying is just part of the bigger issue of time management for us, because living sustainably and doing things by hand takes longer.”

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“The biggest and most positive impact I have comes from my general non-waste philosophy,” advises Brown. “I try to reuse something rather than throwing it away. I’ve made underwear out of old camisoles and pajama pants from old flannel sheets. I reuse elastic from wornout clothing. My travel beverage cup is a sauce jar with a reusable canning lid drilled with a hole for a reusable straw. Such examples show how we live every day.” Marewski’s love of travel doesn’t interfere with her sustainability quest. “When I travel, I like to walk or bicycle across countries,” she says. “It gives me a closer connection to the land and spontaneous contact with interesting people. I’m building a tiny home on wheels that’ll be completely self-suffi-

Next Steps to Sustainability Green America Midwest Renewable Energy Association Browsing Nature’s Aisles by Eric and Wendy Brown ECOpreneuring by Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko Surviving the Apocalypse in the Suburbs by Wendy Brown The Urban Homestead and Making It by Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen cient, with solar, composting toilet and water catchment to reduce my footprint even further.” “Last August, I started a tenuretrack position in the school of business at Viterbo University,” says Dixon, who emphasizes how students can pursue sustainability in business and life. “I teach systems thinking, complex systems change and globally responsible leadership, all of which have a sustainability component.” She’s also faculty advisor to Enactus, a student organization focused on social entrepreneurship and making a positive impact on the community. “The best part of how we live is when my daughters make everyday eco-minded choices without even realizing it,” observes Brown. “I can see how remarkable it is, because I have the perspective of having lived differently. But for them, it’s just the way things are done. I think in that way, I’ve succeeded.” Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko’s ecojourney is captured in their books, ECOpreneuring, Farmstead Chef, Homemade for Sale, Rural Renaissance and Soil Sisters. Every day, they eat from their organic gardens surrounding their farm powered by the wind and sun.

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he City of Santa Fe has done a great job managing its water resources in order to provide utility customers with a safe and reliable drinking water supply. For nearly two decades, the City Different has had visionary water planners, brave and insightful elected officials, and a community culture that truly values water. Acknowledging the limited availability of water, Santa Fe planned and invested in robust and diversified water supplies, as well as the necessary infrastructure to deliver water to homes and businesses. Unlike other southwestern cities, Santa Fe has four separate, direct water supply sources. These include the City Well Field and Buckman Well Field that are two groundwater sources that supplement the City’s two sustainable surface water sources, the upper Santa Fe River and the Rio Grande. Additionally, the City has established an impressive assortment of water rights to support the water that is produced from these four sources. The water system is managed to meet our annual water supply needs and also during the peak summer watering season. The City is also utilizing additional direct and indirect potable use of reclaimed wastewater which is considered a fifth indirect source of water. Most notably, as a sixth indirect source, Santa Fe proudly takes ownership of being one of most effective water conservation communities in the nation and has continued to show a decrease in annual water use, and gallons per capita per day, even in the midst of increasing population and oppressive droughts. With much uncertainty regarding the climate, prolonged drought, and population growth, the challenge remains in our community to continue to be proactive in both water management and water conservation efforts. For more information, visit water_division.


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WATERS Our Precious Freshwater Supplies Are Shrinking by Linda Sechrist


irtually all water, atmospheric water vapor and soil moisture presently gracing the Earth has been perpetually recycled through billions of years of evaporation, condensation and precipitation. As all living things are composed of mostly water and thus a part of this cycle, we may be drinking the same water that a Tyrannosaurus Rex splashed in 68 million years ago, along with what was poured into Cleopatra’s bath. Perhaps this mythological sense of water’s endlessness or the National Aeronautics and Space Administration images from outer space of a blue planet nearly three-quarters covered by water makes us complacent. Yet only 2.5 percent of Earth’s water is not salt water and of sufficient quality to be consumable by humans, plants and animals. Vulnerable to the demands of humanity’s unprecedented population explosion, careless development and toxic pollution and other contamination, we must reexamine this precious resource. Sandra Postel, founder of the Global Water Policy Project, who has studied freshwater issues for more than 30 years, says, “Communities, farmers and corporations are asking what we really need the water for, whether we

can meet that need with less, and how water can be better managed [through] ingenuity and ecological intelligence, rather than big pumps, pipelines, dams and canals.” Seeking to reclaim lost ground in the protection of our water and wetland resources, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the 2015 Clean Water Rule. The new regulations are needed to restore the strength to the 1972 Clean Water Act that has been weakened by the courts and previous administrations. Notably, within hours of activating the regulation, the EPA was served with lawsuits from corporate polluters, and within weeks, more than 20 state attorneys general filed suit against it. Today the legal battle continues over whether the new regulation will be allowed to stay in force or not. “Every day, local, state and federal governments are granting permission to industries to pollute, deforest, degrade and despoil our environments, resulting in serious effects on our planet and our bodies,” says Maya K. van Rossum, a Delaware Riverkeeper and head of the four-state Delaware Riverkeeper Network. Under van Rossum’s leadership the network has created a national initiative

called For the Generations advocating for the passage of constitutional protection for environmental rights at both the state and federal levels. It was inspired by a legal victory secured by van Rossum and her organization in 2013 in a case titled Robinson Township, Delaware Riverkeeper Network, et al. vs. the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, which used Pennsylvania’s Constitutional Environmental Rights Amendment to strike down significant portions of a pro-fracking piece of legislation as unconstitutional. Until this legal victory, Pennsylvania’s constitutional environmental rights amendment was dismissed as a mere statement of policy rather than a true legal protection. “Each individual process of fracking uses on the order of 5 million gallons of freshwater water mixed with chemicals for drilling and fracking operations, introducing highly contaminated wastewater into our environment,” explains van Rossum. “Every frack increases the chances of carcinogenic chemical leakage into the soil and water sources.” In the pioneering Penn-

sylvania case, the court’s ruling made clear that the environmental rights of citizens aren’t granted by law, but are inherent and rights that cannot be removed, annulled or overturned by government or law. “Even more significant, the court stated that these environmental rights belong to present generations living on Earth today and to future generations,” enthuses van Rossum. She also cites that although America’s Declaration of Independence includes several inalienable rights, our federal constitution and those of 48 states fail to provide protection for three basic needs required to enjoy them—the right to pure water, clean air and healthy environments. Van Rossum’s audiences are shocked to learn that clean water isn’t enforced as a human right. Threatened by myriad environmental, political, economic and social forces, and contamination from carcinogenic pesticides, toxic herbicides, chemical warfare and rocket fuel research materials plus heavy metals

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on the wellness industry. What’s hot: Shorter, full-body workouts that are also fun. What’s not: Steady-state cardio exercises as a starting point for losing weight and improving health. It’s been increasingly shown that steady-state cardio workouts may be the most effective way to lose weight, but they also lack widespread appeal. Instead of sticking to a traditional treadmill, many millennials have flocked to workout regimens that regularly switch exercises or use high-intensity interval training, such as Zumba, SoulCycle and CrossFit. What’s hot: A more holistic approach to health. What’s not: Diets that emphasize rapid weight loss.  Millennials don’t believe that weight is the major indicator of health as much as previous generations have. Instead, they increasingly think of weight by Derek Flanzraich as just one among many key components of a healthy lifestyle. A higher percentage define being healthy as having illennials are a big deal. Most creating something unique to them. regular physical businesses view them as The Internet has allowed these activity and good eating habits. trendsetters for good reason: young adults to find more like-minded What’s hot: Alternative workouts Born between the early 1980s and early people than ever before. They grew up that are customizable, fun and social. 2000s, they make up 25 percent of the with constant connectivity, which has What’s not: Inflexible gym memberpopulation and represent $200 billion allowed them to build larger communiships and daily attendance. ties of friends online as well as locally, in annual buying power. Like the baby Instead of hitting the gym, young and keep everyone apprised of their boomers before them, they also have adults tend to prefer new forms of fitness the power to profoundly influence other fitness goals and progress. that can be personalized to their needs. Millennials’ overscheduled lives generations, both young and old. They like obstacle races such mean they value shorter, quicker and Millennials have largely rejected previous fitness trends and instead paved more convenient options, especially in as Tough Mudder, fun and distance runs regard to workouts and healthy meals. a new path to health and wellness. In like The Color Run, at-home They are more likely than any other age fitness workouts like P90X, and bodydoing so, they’ve transformed both the group to track their own health progress weight regimens. business of fitness and the idea of what and use technologies such as health and it means to be healthy. They’ve created As a group, millennials are fitness apps which monitor such data a more personalized approach that enredefining wellness and changing how compasses the values of their generation. as steps, heart rate and caloric intake as following generations will view health. a complement to their fitness routines. Their preferences for fun, personalized Being healthy means more than weight workouts and holistic wellness have What They Are loss or looking good to them. For this fueled trends with far-reaching implicaMillennials are a fast-paced, wellpivotal generation, health is increasingly tions for the food, tech and healthcare informed group. They devour news and about living a happier life. industries, and that’s just the start. information as soon as it’s released and then share it with others, usually via soDerek Flanzraich is an entrepreneur cial media. This quick turnover cycle has What They Like on a mission to help the world think led to an “out with the old, in with the Millennials’ values and unique apabout health in a healthier way. He is new” mentality in many aspects of life. proach to health have fostered the For a generation that strives to be trailgrowth of innovative fitness movements, the founder and CEO of Greatist, a New York City-based media startup working to blazers, things quickly become outdated. health-focused stores and restaurants make healthy living cool. Millennials are always seeking new ways and alternative medicine. Here are the to get fit and eat healthy, even if it means three biggest trends making an impact

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The Power of Conscious Dance Creative Movement Connects Body, Mind and Spirit

The group identifies more than 100 forms of conscious dance, ranging from ecstatic dance to somatic movement therapy. Commonalities include body awareness, barefoot movement, inspiring global music and minimal structure facilitated by leaders. With 1,000 DFA studio locations, many are finding the power of conscious dance suits their search for movement with purpose beyond improved fitness as it’s practiced in drug- and alcohol-free club-style events and ecstatic dance experiences, as well as dance fitness programs. “It’s about honoring body intelligence and paying attention to the body and mind-body connection,” says Metz. “The modalities mentioned most often are 5Rhythms, Soul Motion, Open Floor, JourneyDance, and the Nia Technique,” says Metz. A brief look at three of them shows how each has its own style.


In St. Petersburg, Florida, 22 women have gathered to seek the bliss promised by 5Rhythms, one of the original conscious dance forms, founded by the late Gabrielle Roth. “Find your by Gail Condrick flow. Feel your connection to the Earth A growing tribe of movers and shakers are discovering and unleashing through your feet and release your head,” guides facilitator Amber Ryan, their power in conscious dance, a combination of moving meditation, of New York City, who travels the world for dance sessions. “Use your body as a soul-stirring music, self-expression and sweat. gateway into the now.” For two hours, dancers move freely and individually, your shape and measurements don’t ost are familiar with the swaying, sensing and interacting in an matter,” says Mark Metz, of Berkley, performance or competitive experience called “the wave”, intended dance world of learned steps. California, founder and executive direc- to move energy through the body, Conscious dance is a non-competitive, tor of the Dance First Association (DFA) release emotions and heal the psyche. and publisher of the Conscious Dancer body-based way of raising consciousIt’s based on Roth’s premise that, ness. There’s no wrong way to move and Magazine and UpShift Guide. “Each of us is a moving center, a space


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For those that prefer more structure, the Nia Technique is the original barefoot mind-body-spirit fitness practice, Practical EarthWisdom for 5th World Living activating sensation and awareness in a workout adaptable for everybody. More Submitted by Maria Yraceburu than 2,600 instructors in 51 countries One of our very own community leaders, offer 60-minute classes where enthusiMaria Yraceburu, is releasing her new book asts move the way the body is built to SpiralDancing Life in April move, reaping cardiovascular fitness and therapeutic benefits while having joyful fun. Dancers, guided by instrucraceburu is the founder of Yraceburu EarthWisdom, a non-profit global tor’s moves, feel the rhythm of the eco-spiritual community church united in the Great Coming Together and music and ground themselves in spirit, the realization of Taa-naash-kaa-da located in Las Vegas, New Mexico. She is equipping themselves to take the selfdedicated to teaching others how to connect to the earth following the shamanic healing experience into everyday life. path and traditional indigenous earth spiritual beliefs. The emphasis is on the “Nia has always blended form deep experience of a nature-based spiritual philosophy and healing tradition. and freedom,” says Debbie Rosas, Her new 120 page book SpiralDancing Life is a spiritual and psychological of Portland, Oregon, co-founder and guide to help people seeking the path to self-fulfillment and actualization. creator of the technique. “We are now SpiralDancing Life adapts the ancient principles of tlish diyan to help us integrate introducing new FreeDance classes to the many dimensions of life as we begin to write the next chapter of our own bring what we have learned through stories. Written in an easy to apply style, complete with thought-provoking Nia to embody consciousness in new essays, ritualistic actions and prayer affirmations, SpiralDancing Life opens magic ways, conditioning the whole body and the mystical back up into a powerful source of growth and co-creation—and and nervous system. It’s an invitation blossoms into a full blown lifestyle quickly. This ancient eco-psychology basic to move in free, unbound, unstructured shows the way to: ways to offset the tendency we have to move less as we age.” • Incorporate greater joy, fulfillment and inspiration into your life Dancers move to music designed • Find your center, healing the body and spirit to animate each chakra through an • Build self-acceptance and self-esteem eight-stage process via a Nia DJ. They’re • Face your fears guided to listen to body feedback • Resolve the whirlwind of the mind through sensation, release emotions Cost: Paperback version $9.95; eBook $5. To order, visit and relish being in the present moment. For more information, “Regardless of how you act, dress or email, call 505-414-1583 or visit think, the way you feel inside reveals the most accurate truth of oneself and this is reflected in dance,” says Rosas. based on the philosophy, “Move into of divine mystery. Though we spend “Moving without interference allows your most of our time on the surface in daily a new story!” Every class includes unconscious creative self to shine. You ordinary existence, most of us hunger to visualization, creative movement, can connect to the sacred artist within; affirmations and evocative music, all connect to this space within, to break the one that holds a palette with endthrough to bliss, to be swept into some- working together to release emotions less colors, shapes and possibilities.” She and connect with spirit. thing bigger.” “You learn to love your body, exsees life as ultimately a free-style dance pand your emotional intelligence, clear into the self that supports a philosophy of JourneyDance your mind and connect with your inner “Love your body, love your life”. Toni Bergins, from the Massachusetts source,” explains Bergins. “You express “Dance is in everyone’s family tree, Berkshires, is a frequent presenter at yourself, infuse life with creativity and a universal message,” says Metz. “In the Kripalu Center and Omega Insticonnect with a dancing community.” conscious dance, you disconnect from tute for Holistic Studies. After years Participants engage in a ritual gadgets and reconnect with yourself and of studying and teaching movement, journey of physical transformation, others around you. People need that.” drama, creative visualization and cleansing the body through breath, gestalt techniques, she combined them sweat and expression. In this safe Gail Condrick is a Nia faculty member, in creating JourneyDance. More than space, “Dancers discover their power retreat leader and archetypal soul 400 trained facilitators now offer it in and personal heart medicine, their true coach in Sarasota, FL. Connect at 60- or 90-minute classes worldwide essence,” says Bergins.

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Summit Chair George Stone, a Milwaukee Area Technical College natural sciences instructor. Bradley Blaeser, founder and coowner of The Green Team of Wisconsin, Inc., which provides eco-friendly landscaping and gardening services, helped start the Sustainable Enterprise Association of Milwaukee. As a social worker at the nonprofit Neighborhood House of Milwaukee in the late 90s, he helped young people in schools and community centers learn how to build their own aquaponics system, plus other gardening skills. by Randy Kambic “We hit the marks as far as science guidelines,” he recalls. “Kids would see the entire seed-to-harvest cycle through after-school and summer camps. Teachers also embraced nature a little more and saw how they could infuse it in curriculums.” He notes that two young men that subsequently graduated from local colleges currently work for Neighborhood House and Growing Power. More recently, he’s worked with two local organizations, Next Door Foundation and Operation Dream, to teach youngsters agricultural skills and find ~Paul David Hewson (Bono) recruits for related job training internships and employment. Green Team landscape aby boomers inspired in their youth founder and executive director. “They technician Darius Smith, 25, of Milby Earth Day are now supporting have set an intention.” waukee, will become a crew leader this a new generation’s enthusiasm for Reilly Reynolds, a senior at Ohio spring. “You get a good feeling installing sustainability through educational and Wesleyan University, hopes to take up plants,” he says. “We’re a team, working employment opportunities. A 2015 Nature urban farming and eventually own a farm- in sync.” Conservancy survey of 602 teens from 13 to-table organic restaurant. The PGC final- For the 13th year, the Agricultural Fair to 18 years old revealed that roughly 76 ist and TG student advisory board member Association of New Jersey ( percent strongly believe that issues like cli- says, “I strive to lead an environmentally has selected a youth ambassador—Rebecmate change can be solved if action is tak- friendly and socially responsible life, but ca Carmeli-Peslak, 16, of Millstone Townen now; they also hold that safeguarding there is always room for improvement.” ship, near Princeton—to visit 2016 fairs important lands and waters should be a Another PGC 2015 finalist, Matt Gal, to promote agri-tourism and encourage priority, regardless of ancillary benefits or a senior at the University of Arkansas, also youngsters to pursue agricultural careers. the economy. This represents an increase aspires to be an organic farmer. He wants “It’s important for kids to know where in awareness since a 2010 Yale University “to grow and give away as much fresh and food comes from,” says CarmeliProject on Climate Change Communicaorganic food as possible to people who Peslak, who is also in her second year tion survey of 517 youths 13 to 17 years need it most.” as a local 4-H Club health and fitness old showed that just 54 percent believed The TG site ambassador, visiting Monmouth County global warming was even happening. features eco-friendly products, plus green libraries to speak on healthy eating and Launched as Teens for Safe Cosmetics advice geared for college students. It also exercise. She’s training selected peers to in 2005 and renamed Teens Turning Green operates a Conscience College Road speak in other counties; the club’s latest two years later, today’s expanded Turning Tour, leadership program, and organic Look to You award recognizes her menGreen (TG) nonprofit of Marin County, non-GMO school lunch programs in toring prowess. She says, “I want to be a California, also informs and inspires colMarin County and Sausalito schools via large animal vet and own a farm.” lege and graduate students to live and ad- its Conscious Kitchen and Eco Top Chef “Young people are becoming well vocate for an eco-lifestyle (TurningGreen. programs. informed about environmental issues by org). Milwaukee’s 13th annual Sustainabil- traditional and social media,” observes TG’s first 30-day Project Green ity Summit and Exposition Shils. “There’s exponential growth in their Challenge (PGC) in 2011 involved 2,600 (, from April 13 taking a stand and becoming more active.” students nationwide and internationally; to 15, will admit local students for free. last fall’s annual edition drew 4,000 stu“We’ll address trends and potential caRandy Kambic is an Estero, FL, freelance dents. “We’ve seen tremendous increases reers in energy engineering, environmen- editor and writer who regularly contributes in sustainability offices and curriculums at tal health and water quality technology, to Natural Awakenings. universities nationwide,” notes Judi Shils, sustainability and renewable energy,” says

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Mindful Minutes for Little Ones Yoga Helps Kids Focus and Relax


by Julianne Hale

merican kids’ school, after-school and weekend schedules now rival the hectic pace of their multitasking parents. Like their adult counterparts, youngsters need time to decompress from the pressures of life and be present in their own skin, and yoga provides the tools to accomplish this. Most adults take to their yoga mat to create harmony in their body and mind, increase flexibility and balance, build muscle tone and strength, and because it makes them feel great. These same benefits apply to children as their developing bodies and minds respond to yoga on a deep level, both on and off the mat.

Start with Watching Breath “Breathing and mindfulness practices are important for children,” explains Mariam Gates, the Santa Cruz, California, creator of the Kid Power Yoga Program and author of Good Morning Yoga and the upcoming Good Night Yoga. “There is so much that children are not in control of in their everyday


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lives; to give them a way to physically process their experience, to self-soothe and find their own internal source of strength, is crucial.” “Having kids experience simply paying attention to their breath as it comes all the way in and moves all the way out can serve them well in every area of their lives going forward,” says Gates. In the classroom, it transfers to learning skills benefited by the ability to focus. From toddlers to teens, children can have a difficult time processing and controlling their emotions, which are vital life skills. Carla Tantillo, founder of Mindful Practices, a Chicago-area wellness organization, has found that yoga and the practice of mindfulness help children express themselves in constructive ways. She

observes, “In any situation, especially in communities where reactivity, impulsiveness and violent solutions are modeled, yoga empowers children to pause and take a breath so they can own what’s happened, move through it and move on.” “I like yoga because it makes me feel like there is calm all around me,” says 8-year-old Biko Cooper. Dee Marie, the Boulder, Colorado, founder and executive director of Calming Kids, a nonprofit program that integrates yoga into the classroom to foster a nonviolent atmosphere, says, “When a child learns through yoga how to feel a sense of themselves and begins to understand their self-worth and stand tall in their power, they can begin to regulate their breath and their emotions.” These invaluable skills stay with children through adulthood.

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Educators are starting to take notice of yoga’s benefits for children, including those with attention deficit disorders or autism, but yoga practice is still rare among school-age children. As encouragement, “Make it fun,” advises Gates. “It’s essential to create experiences that feel accessible and enjoyable for kids. They must feel empowered to do it themselves and take over the experience.” Six-year-old Carmen Wheeler likes doing yoga with her dad. “Yoga gets me feeling strong and it really calms me down,” she says. Music can help children relax and focus during their practice. Soothing basic instrumentals are good to start; an Internet search for yoga music for kids reveals many options. Parents can assist by incorporating yoga into a child’s daily bedtime ritual. “Do whatever they are willing to do with them,” counsels Marie. “Start by lying on the bedroom floor, doing stretches and focusing on breathing. Then move to the bed and teach some relaxation and visualization techniques.” Marie cautions parents against insisting

that their child’s yoga practice mirror their own. “We have to meet children where they are.” Adults think that yoga has to look a certain way, but sometimes children don’t necessarily want to do the postures we’re familiar with. The best teaching reaches each individual child in a way that resonates with them because yoga is a lifestyle, not an exercise regimen,” she says. Yoga novices and parents that prefer specific guidance can take advantage of local studio classes for children and families or use DVDs, online streaming services and instruction books. Kevin Day, age 5, regularly starts his days with a Boat pose. “I like it because you can do it with a friend,” he says. Lisa Flynn, the Dover, New Hampshire, founder and chief executive officer of ChildLight Yoga and Yoga 4 Classrooms, is optimistic about the future. “In 10 years, I envision social and emotional learning, yoga, and mindfulness integrated at every school and mandated by educational policy,” she says. In addition to improved physical, social, emotional and cognitive health and wellness of the students, teachers and parents, she foresees “a positive shift in the overall school climate.” Julianne Hale is a freelance writer and Natural Awakenings franchise magazine editor in Cleveland, TN.

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hen Scott Frauenheim, director of the Chicago International Charter School (CICS) West Belden, noticed that some students in his kindergarten through eighth grade urban classrooms were not fully engaged, he decided to focus the 2014-2015 school year on mindfulness for both students and faculty. He enlisted the help of Mindful Practices, a Chicago-based school wellness organization founded by Carla Tantillo. Using the strategies Tantillo recommends in her book Cooling Down Your Classroom, teachers were taught to involve students in mindful minutes—short bursts of simple yoga poses, breathing exercises and other techniques—to

cultivate mindfulness. The initiative proved to be powerful and helpful, explains Frauenheim. “Soon students were able to identify areas of personal need throughout the day and cultivate mindfulness within themselves using what they learned.” The program concluded last year, but CICS West Belden teachers and students continue to use designated time to practice mindfulness in the morning and as a classroom mental reset when they notice that students are distracted or unfocused during the day. Mindful Practices’ innovative programs have achieved similar success in other elementary, middle and high schools in the Chicago area.


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by Susan Andra Lion

other Earth’s gentle hand is the secure cushion that warms us on long nights and sings comforting messages through endless days, protecting us even when things seem amiss. Take in her lovely presence. Embrace her consistent wisdom. Know that her dreams are ours and ours hers, connected by timely, comforting songs. It’s time to step away from the manicured lawns, concrete walks and well-planned gardens. An open door beckons us to the sparkling air out there to listen to the grasses breathe and murmur. Prairie grasses roll on and on through curvaceous hills and flat-edged fields, undeterred by human attempts to control their rippling arpeggios. We are asked to just listen. Be alone with the music of the grasses and be in harmony with the hum of the universe. Mother Earth’s apron is laden with flowers; simple, ever-present reminders that we are loved. She tempts us to take some time off, shed our shoes and settle into the lyrical realms of her strong body. The trees reach to the depths of the earth, deep into the mystery of lavender waters, and simultaneously throw their arms to the heavens, connecting all things living. The wind hears the prevailing songs that weave in and out of these lovely courtiers of the forest. In listening to their unerring stories, we let their siren songs sigh into our soul. It’s time to play in Earth’s garden and see her for who she is—today. Don’t hesitate. Go, play, linger, breathe and be one with the present moment. Adapted from Just Imagine Trees, a coloring book for all ages, by Susan Andra Lion. natural awakenings

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Caring Homes Sought for Aging and Abandoned Horses by Sandra Murphy


n estimated 9 million horses in the U.S. are used for racing, show, informal competitions, breeding, recreation, work and other activities. Many need a new home when they start to slow down physically or when an owner’s finances become tight. Horses need space to run, require hoof care and when injured or ill, may require costly procedures.

gained her health, including gaining 200 pounds to reach the appropriate weight for her age and size, she illustrates the benefits of the facility’s status as one of the country’s leaders in providing equine rescue and rehabilitation. The Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racers (CANTER USA) serves as an online matchmaker for racing horses. Volunteers take photos at tracks, obtain the Domestic Horse Rescue horse’s bio from the owner or trainer “We foster 50 horses right now,” says and post them to attract potential new Jennifer Taylor Williams, Ph.D., presiowners. Along with the healthy horses, dent of the Bluebonnet Equine Humane the 3,000 ill or injured horses cared Society, in College Station, Texas, which for by the alliance have been retrained, has placed about 800 horses in the last rehabbed and re-homed to participate decade. “We could have 10 times that in polo, show jumping, cart pulling many if we had more foster homes and and rodeos. space. There’s often a waiting list. We “Race horses are intelligent, used help law enforcement, animal control, to exercise and retire as early as 2 years and shelters with horses found through old, so we find them a second career,” neglect or abuse cases.” says Nancy Koch, executive director of Starved and too weak to stand, CANTER USA. The nonprofit’s 13 U.S. Tumbleweed was an emergency case affiliates work with 20 racetracks across when she arrived at the Humane Society the country. “I can’t emphasize enough of Missouri’s Longmeadow Rescue the importance of volunteers. No one Ranch clinic on a sled. Having since re- here receives a salary.” Collectively,

they have placed more than 23,000 horses nationally since 1997.

Wild Horse Rescue

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management calculates the appropriate management level (AML) for the number of wild horses. Excess numbers are captured and offered for adoption or sale. In December 2015, 47,000 horses were waiting in holding facilities at an annual cost of $49 million. The AML projects removal of an additional 31,000 horses from Western lands. As an example, although local wild species predate the park’s existence, horses in Colorado’s Mesa Verde National Park are labeled “trespass livestock”, and subject to removal. Return to Freedom, a nonprofit wild horse rescue in Lompoc, California, recognizes the tightly bonded nature of these herd groups. Its American Wild Horse Sanctuary is the first to focus on entire family bands, providing a safe haven for about 200 horses and burros. The Wild Horse Rescue Center, in Mims, Florida, rescues, rehabilitates and finds homes for mustangs and burros, usually housing 30 horses at a time. With many needing medical care upon arrival, expenditures average $3,000 their first year and $1,700 annually once they’re healthy. Although the goal is adoption, equine fans also can sponsor a horse by donating $5 a day or purchasing a painting done by a horse. The center also provides public educational forums. Sponsored by the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), April 26 is Help a Horse Day, a nationwide grant competition. Last year, some 100 U.S. equine rescue groups held events to recruit volunteers, gather donated supplies and find homes for adoptable horses ( ASPCA-HelpAHorseDay).

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Although a U.S. law now bans slaughterhouses for domestic horses, each year

Horses Count Racing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 844,531 Showing . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,718,954 Recreation . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,906,923 Other . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,752,439 Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9,222,847 Note: “Other” activities include farm and ranch work, rodeos, carriage tours, polo, police work and informal competitions. Source: The Equestrian Channel; U.S. stats


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120,000 are sold at auction for as little as $1 each and transported to Canada and Mexico for slaughter, their meat destined for human consumption in Europe and Japan or for carnivores at zoos. Horses can legally be confined to a trailer for up to 24 hours without food or water during shipment. Two-thirds of all horse rescue operations are either at or approaching capacity. Almost 40 percent turn away animals because of lack of space or money. Many horses are ill, underweight or injured, which raises the cost of care. “We need foster homes and volunteers. We need the time and skills people can donate; not everything is hands-on, so those that like horses but don’t have handling skills can still help,” says Williams. “Bluebonnet, for example, has many volunteer jobs that can be done remotely. Office work, social media to spread the word, gathering donations—everything helps.” Rescue groups ask that concerned horse lovers donate time, money and land to help and lobby for legislation to ban the export of horses for meat markets. Connect with Sandra Murphy at StLouis

The average lifespan of a horse is 30 years. It should have two acres of land for grazing. The minimum annual cost for basic food and veterinarian services is $2,000, not including equipment and boarding, which can be more expensive in urban areas and in or near racing meccas like Kentucky or Florida. Rescues budget $300 a month per horse.

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Bird-Watching for Beginners Start with a Bird Feeder and Binoculars by Sandra Murphy


or those that love animals but can’t provide a home to a domestic pet, wild birds are just outside the window. Between 50 and 60 million Americans list bird-watching as a hobby. To start, all we need is a bird feeder. For safety and comfort, position feeders near a tree or bush at least 15 feet from windows. Scott Logan, an Audubon Society board member in Sherman Oaks, California, cautions, “Birds stay alert for predators. An unmarked window looks like an escape route. They won’t see the glass.” Products like Window Alert, a decal that reflects ultraviolet rays birds see but humans don’t, can prevent a crash. A book on local birds will describe the best food to attract them, whether residents or just passing through. Bluebirds love mealworms. Hummingbirds like floral nectars and orioles prefer citrus flavors. Cardinals and jays dine on sunflower seeds. Always provide unseasoned, unsalted seeds. In cold weather, also remember to hang homemade suet combining one part organic regular fat peanut butter with five parts organic, non-GMO (genetically modified) corn meal. Pour fresh water in the birdbath daily, change hummingbird nectar every three days and discard moldy seeds and old suet. Feeding year-round doesn’t interfere with migration, according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, in Ithaca, New York. Migration, nest building, feeding a new family and staying warm in colder weather require substantial calories. “American goldfinches are social and


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will stay to eat,” adds Logan. “Blue jays and titmouses are ‘grab-and-go’ birds.”

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flocks. Common redhead ducks migrate in great numbers to the Texas coast each winter ( Look for standouts, birds with characteristics that capture the imagination, like the speed of a peregrine falcon, large wingspan of a California condor or unusual color of Florida’s roseate spoonbills. (Visit and In Maine, see puffins at the only colony that allows visitors to go ashore for a close-up look (MaineBirdingTrail. com/MachiasSealIsland.htm). Not a refuge, ownership of the island has been disputed for two centuries.

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“Keeping a life list of birds you’ve seen, when and where, is not only fun,” says Nate Swick, author of the recent Birding for the Curious, in Greensboro, North Carolina. “It brings back memories of a time and place. Birding takes you places you wouldn’t think of. I’ve bird-watched in local landfills, as well as in India and Central America.” A particularly impressive sight was a shearwater, found 30 to 40 miles into the Atlantic Ocean off the North Carolina coast, a species that only comes to land during breeding season. “Each bird has an incredible story,” he says. “Migrating birds that arrive exhausted and hungry after flying hundreds of miles will often look for local birds like chickadees that act as the welcome wagon, showing where food, water and a safe rest area can be found.” Erika Zar, a catalog copywriter in Madison, Wisconsin, happened upon the nearby Horicon Marsh Bird Festival ( “Everyone seemed so meditative, hiking in quiet groups. It was peaceful,” she says. “Listing the birds they saw on checklists was like a scavenger hunt for adults.” Zar immediately bought binoculars, but soon traded them for a better pair. “Bird-watching opened my eyes to a new world right in front of me,” she says joyfully. “I’d just never looked or listened closely enough before.”

In Arlington, Texas, Cathy Stein, owner of, will participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count this year from February 12 to 15 ( “One easy resource for identifying birds is Merlin, the free app from Cornell Lab,” says Stein. “Take the bird’s picture, which is helpful in identifying details that can be overlooked or forgotten otherwise.” Merlin works like facial recognition for birds, comparing eyes, beaks and tails to species in its database by location (Merlin.AllAboutBirds. org). Audubon’s free app includes birdcalls ( Jon Weber-Hahnsberg, a 12-yearold volunteer at the Dallas Zoo, and his seven-member team won last year’s statewide birding competition hosted by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department by identifying 72 species in 12 hours. “Now I’m hooked,” he says. “Outside the city, there are snowy egrets, waterfowl, hawks and owls to see.” National wildlife refuges managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are suitable birding sites for both novices and pros. Here are some tips for beginners. Focus on big, easy-to-see birds. Sandhill crane tours are a hit in Mississippi and other Gulf Coast states ( Connect with Sandra Murphy at hill_Crane). StLouisFreelanceWriter@mindspring. Concentrate on birds that travel in com.


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SATURDAY, APRIL 2 Disorientation is a Gift – 9am. How is it that when familiar ways of being are disrupted, we often receive profoundly life-changing insights. This workshop explores how instability can call forth wisdom, creativity and strength. $50. The Academy for the Love of Learning, 133 Seton Village Rd, Santa Fe. 505-995-1860. Register: Gatos y Galletas Cat Cafe Opening Weekend – 10am9pm. Sunday, April 3,10am- 6pm. Vegetarian food, live music, comedy, cookies, and cats! Stop by and visit New Mexico’s first cat cafe! Cuddle with cats while you relax!414 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque.


Cleansing with Calcite and Friends – 1-3pm. Take a journey through the chakra system using calcite as touchstones. Practice purifying auric field and subtle bodies. Root yourself on the earth and become a bridge to the celestial. $35, $5/materials fee due upon sign up. Mama’s Minerals, 800 20th Street NW, Ste B, Albuquerque. 505-266-8443. Register: Past-Life Regression – 1-3pm. Regress to a past life where you will discover, access and activate a positive inner resource to benefit you and other people in your life today. Group session. $40. Crystal Dove Metaphysical Book Store, 525 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque. 505-918-6555. Psychic Reading Faire – 1-3pm. All your answers are within – get a neutral look in the form of a clairvoyant reading to gain clarity on your present time situation and get ideas for next steps in your life. $10/15 minute reading. Center For Inner Truth, 1807 2nd St, #84, Santa Fe. 505-920-4418.

Every Day Is Earth Day – Apr 3, 10, 17, 22. 10am3pm. Taa-naash-kaa-da welcomes visitors to join in Every Day is Earth Day. Includes: outdoor medicine walk, earthwisdom talk, earthway ceremony, potluck lunch, silent time on the land with guardians Maria and Lynda Yraceburu. Donation. Taa-naash-kaa-da, Las Vegas. Body Products Made at Home I – 1-5pm. Learn to create a variety of homemade body products using MONDAY, APRIL 4 locally available ingredients. $105. Barnes Studio, The Nia Technique – 5:30-6:30pm. The Nia Tech- 46 Peralta Blvd, Peralta. Registration: 505-277-0077. nique is a blend of martial arts, dance, and body integration therapies, and is adaptable to any fitness CHI Self-care Series: Stress Management for Busy level. $95. Healing Gate, 3212 Monte Vista NE, Albu- People – 3–5:30pm. Learn to manage stress quickly querque. Registration: 505-277-0077. and easily to improve health and wellbeing. Also Using Hypnosis for Stress Reduction – 6:15- online: 10am-12:30pm MDT. Free, get $10 discount 7:30pm. 1st Mon. Featured for the monthly group held off the next 2 sessions. 8 Via de Estrellas, Santa Fe. at The Source. $10. Held at office near the pond, RSVP: Suchinta: 571-422-6734. 505-321-4121 or

THURSDAY,APRIL 7 Womyn’s Moon Lodge Ceremony – 6:30-9:30pm. Open to new comers and advanced practitioners of women’s ancient ways of ritualistic magic. Moon Lodge delivers an inspirational moment in an offbeat evening gathering every new moon. Bring your drums, rattles and come prepared to dance. Donation. Taa-naash-kaa-da, Las Vegas. TurtleWomyn. org/nm-moon-lodge.html.

SATURDAY, APRIL 9 Healing Touch Level 1 Class – Apr 9-10, 8am-6pm. Learn techniques and meditations to encourage movement of the energy, healing ourselves and others; works in conjunction with traditional medicine. Beginner to advance welcome. Attend both days for certificate of completion. $325/before Apr 1, $365/ after; eligible for UNM employee tuition remission. UNM Center for Life, 4700 Jefferson Ave NE, Albuquerque. 505-925-4551. Register, Barb: 248-8821706 or ABQ’s Second Saturday: Everything You Need to Know About Divorce – 9am-12pm. Non-biased financial, emotional and legal advice from qualified local professionals, providing people with the knowledge, support, resources and trust that they need to survive the divorce process. $25/cash or credit card at door. One Executive Center, 8500 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque. 505-974-1358. Register:

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Essential Oils for Pets – 2-4pm. Learn to use pure essential oils to provide natural support for your beloved pets. Free, make ‘n take oil blends $5-$10 each. Empowering Energy Medicine, 1420 Carlisle Blvd NE, Ste 105, Albuquerque. RSVP: 228-731-7731.

COWSPIRACY – 7pm. In honor of Earth Day, watch this award-winning documentary –COWSPIRACY – about one industry that is destroying the planet more than any other. Everyone needs to see this film. Thai Vegan Banquet Room. 1710 Cerrillos Rd. 505-690-1859.

MONDAY, APRIL 12 Free Class at Hypnotherapy Academy – 7pm. The class will be facilitated by Tim Simmerman Sierra, lead instructor at the Academy, who will be sharing three secrets to create positive life changes by showing attendees how their subconscious mind works.


TurtleWomyn Camp: Seer’s Night of Destiny Ceremonial Relevance – Jul 19-23. This camp is a part of an ancient, women’s rite, calling to sit by the darkness of the New Moon. In this time we honor Call 505-767-8030 to register and reserve your seat a connection to Mother Earth and Grandmother Moon. We’re honored and given vision. With diiyin for this special free class. Maria Yraceburu. Pre-registration required by June 2132 Osuna Rd NE, Suite B, Albuquerque. 19. Taa-naash-kaa-da, Las Vegas. destiny-camp.html.


Spiritual Healings – Apr 13, 27. 5:30-6:30pm. Drop in for a short, energetic tune up in your mock-up space. We each “mock up” our next steps and growth. Receive communication and support in a healing environment. Free, donations accepted. Center For Inner Truth, 1807 2nd St, #84, Santa Fe. 505-9204418.


Well Woman Drinks in Santa Fe and Albuquerque – 5:30-7:30pm. 3rd Wed of the month. A supportive social gathering to share challenges and successes as women leaders, entrepreneurs and executives. Spend an evening together reflecting, connecting and leave feeling empowered and rejuvenated! Hosted by Giovanna Rossi of the Well Woman Show on KUNM SATURDAY, APRIL 16 89.9fm. Incl. appetizers and a speaker. Info, tickets: Shamanic Journey & Essential Oils – 9am-1pm. Experience how essential oils aid in your connection to the spirit world as you journey to the upper THURSDAY, APRIL 21 world for help healing and the lower world to learn Meditation and Mixed Level Yoga – 9:30-11am. from your spirit animal. $50. 604 Afuste Rd NE, Rio Class includes meditation/pranayama (breath work) Rancho. RSVP: 505-440-7118. followed by a gently but energizing yoga practice. CHI Self-care Series: Self Energization – 3–5:30pm. $85. Wellspring Center for Yoga, 5500 San Mateo Learn to re-energize yourself using your hands. Also NE, #103, Albuquerque. Registration: 505-277-0077. online: 10am-12:30pm MDT. $50. 8 Via de Estrellas, Santa Fe. Suchinta: 571-422-6734. ChiSuchinta@ FRIDAY, APRIL 22 Inspire Santa Fe: Festival of Learning – 4:30pm. SUNDAY, APRIL 17 The Academy for the Love of Learning’s Festival of 1st New Mexico Earth Citizens Walk – 10am-2pm. Learning. Engage one-on-one with protégés and 3K and 1K. Martial arts/Ki-gong, yoga and medita- mentors as they share what they have learned in the tion, games, food truck, earth citizen speakers and fields they care about most. Free. Farmer’s Market more. $40, $10/children 12 and under; includes earth Pavilion in the Railyard, 1607 Paseo De Peralta, Santa citizen enrollment, plus tee-shirt. Info, call Body Fe. 505-995-1860. Register: & Brain Yoga and TaiChi: Albuquerque 797-2211 El Otro Lado in the Schools: De Donde Somos – Cottonwood 792-5111 Santa Fe 820-2211. Earth- 4:30pm. The poignant artwork and performances of 200 plus students, their teachers, teaching artists Crystals & Psychic Ability – 1-2:30pm. Explore and many others involved with the program this varieties of crystal groups that enhance psychic school year will be exhibited to the public. Free. ability. Learn the fundamentals of psychometry and 1606 Paseo De Peralta, Santa Fe. Info: 505-995-1860. opening to the vibration of stones to amplify and focus natural abilities. Utilizing crystals, give another student readings. $20. Crystal Dove, 525 Central Ave, SATURDAY, APRIL 23 NE, Albuquerque. RSVP: 505 843-5265. Access Consciousness Body Process for Healing – 9am-12pm. Elimination of angst and upset locked into bodies. This healing process assists with improving digestion and relieving stress. You can run this on yourself or others. No prerequisites. $75. Info, location, registration: 505-310-3764.

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Solar Cooking: Gracious Eco-Living – 11am2:30pm. Learn to cook with the power of the sun while at home, camping or for survival training. $180. Sunny Skies Solar Ovens, 2433 Pueblo Bonito NW, Albuquerque. Registration: 505-277-0077.

CHI Self-care Series: Googling Your Body Computer – 3-5:30pm. Learn about your bio computer and how to access sub-conscious information to Home Composting and Soil Amending – 6-9pm. support your health and wellbeing. Fun and fasciLearn which composting techniques work best in nating. $50. 8 Via de Estrellas, Santa Fe. Suchinta: the desert and are effective, and drought proofing 571-422-6734. garden soil. $45 UNM Continuing Education South Building, 1634 University Blvd NE, Albuquerque. SUNDAY, APRIL 24 Registration: 505-277-0077.

Talk To Your Body Playshop – 6:30-8pm. What would it take to be kind to you? Learn a few tools to communicate with your body to discover what it requires to feel good; w/Janice Biondo. $15. House of Chi, 3939 San Pedro NE, Ste C-4, Entrance on Hendrix.


Art Therapy & Stress Reduction Tools for Clinician Self Care – 9am-12:30pm. No previous experience with art or meditation is needed as we explore sensations within the body, encourage release and relief of stressful symptoms, and discover new ways to respond to personal and professional challenges. $75, eligible for UNM employee tuition remission. UNM Center For Life, 4700 Jefferson Northeast, Ste 100, Albuquerque. Register, Michelle: 505-925-4551.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 26 Is Your Cell Phone Making You Sick – 6-7:30pm. Wi-Fi technology is here to stay. Learn about patented products that help neutralize the effects and simple ways to decrease exposure. Free. La Montanita Co-op, Community Rm, 913 W Alameda, Santa Fe. Jennifer: 505-780-8283.

FRIDAY, APRIL 29 Garage Sale –Apr 29, 30. 7:30am-2pm. The event benefits the Gynecological Cancer Awareness Project. 9601 Wilshire Ave NE, Albuquerque. Donate: 505-610-9300.

SATURDAY, APRIL 30 Healing Circle – 1-3pm. Use different forms of self-healing; guided meditations to locate the base of suffering, pain and discomfort. As a group perform energy healing centered on letting go and love. $40. WithIn Light Energy Therapies and Insight, 3620 Wyoming Blvd. Ste 211, Albuquerque. 857-225-1318. Meditation Workshop – 1-3pm. Learn the basics of grounding, cleansing chakras, opening energy fields, and connecting body and breath. Through guided meditations, breath work, and the use of crystals

explore levels of awareness and states of a calm presence. $40. WithIn Light Energy Therapies and Insight, 3620 Wyoming Blvd. Ste 211, Albuquerque. 857-225-1318. Helping Hooves Project: PTSD Healing for Women Program – April-October. This hands-on course is taught through interspecies interaction as women learn to read body language, tones of effective voicing, and the value of appropriate boundaries in life. Sessions fill quickly. Taa-naash-kaa-da, Las Vegas.


ongoingcalenders sunday Transitions Radio Magazine, FM 98.1 – 8-11am. With Alan Hutner, Elizabeth Rose and co-hosts, celebrating 30 years in broadcasting. Online, live streaming & archiving. 505-466-2616. Spiritual Happy Hour – 10am. 2nd & 4th Sun. Each service explores a topic through meditation, inspirational readings, hands-on healing and music. Potluck following the service. Everyone welcome. Free, donations accepted. Center For Inner Truth, 1807 2nd St, #84, Santa Fe. 505-920-4418.

Herb Day: Open House – May 7. 9am-1pm. Annual Herb Day celebration will have a variety of unique edible and medicinal plants for sale as well as specialty herbal items. Learn about your local herbal community and upcoming classes and events. Free. Sonia Masocco Phytotherapy, 11930 Menaul Blvd Qigong in the Park – 11am-12pm. Enjoy a vitalizing NE, Ste 102, Albuquerque. 505-296-5737. Sonia- Qigong practice Qigong instructor Loretta Shiver. Qigong supports optimal health and well-being, is Lifesongs: I Saw the Mystery – May 7. 7pm. Life- easy and fun to do. Free. Robinson Park, 8th and songs concerts are the culmination of months of Central, Albuquerque. 505-681-1924. QigongIncreative collaboration between elders, artists, com- munity members, youth and people in hospice. This The Truth about Cancer: Video & Discussion – performance celebrates the extraordinary alchemy Apr 10 –24. 2:30–4:30pm. View and discuss the of intergenerational creative exchange. $10-$100. groundbreaking video series: hundreds of interviews Tickets: Lensic Performing Arts with doctors, naturopaths, nutritionists, and reCenter, 211 W San Francisco St. Santa Fe. Info: 505- searchers on tried and true natural treatments to 995-1860. prevent cancer and support the body’s innate healing

Nova Earth Master Classes: Universal/Divine Law – Jan4-Apr11. 6-9pm. Bi-weekly. Master-level classes designed to assist you in understanding and using God’s Law in a practical and useful way. Led by ascended master Serapis Bey. $520, $65 per class; 10% discount with full tuition at registration. For event details, Rev Hilary: 505-795-1943.

tuesday Pilates Reformer Class – 6-7pm. Tue &Thu. A new group of reformer classes, all levels welcome. $180/10 class pass (11th class is free). Pilates Santa Fe, 839 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe. RSVP: 505-995-9700

thursday Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction – Apr-May. 5:45-8pm. Learn how meditate to reduce stress, manage chronic pain, lower blood pressure, and reduce worry, anxiety and depression. $290, includes weekly sessions, day retreat, course book, and 8 downloadable guided meditations. UNM Center for Life. 505-615-1547. E-Info packet, registration:

Chakra Series – Through May 19. 6:30-8pm. Each class focuses on a chakra, and guided meditation and intuitive exercises will clear blockages, and repair and reset at your highest energy level. $150/seven weeks, register early for $20 off. Center For Inner Lightworkers Teleconference – 3rd Sun. Ascended Truth, 1807 2nd St, #84, Santa Fe. 505-920-4418. masters offer up-to-the-minute status on humanity’s upliftment, share the teachings of the Higher Realms, and happily answer questions. For teleconference Evening Pilates Mat Class – 6-7pm. A new group Intuitive Practitioner Certification – Sept. 3, for event details, Rev Hilary: 505-795-1943. Rev.Hil- of mat classes, all levels welcome. $90/10 class pass. Pilates Santa Fe, 839 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe. 36 weeks. For those ready to answer the call to RSVP: 505-995-9700. be a sacred space holder on behalf of their own and others’ empowerment. Call Chantal Fidanza, intuitive healer/certified light journey guide for details: 505-438-1074. Santa Fe (San Marcos Area), Mindful Eating and Living – Apr 18-May 23. 5:458pm. A whole new approach with the UNM Center Intuitive Healing Sessions/Readings – Embody for Life’s one-of-a-kind 6-week program on Mindful your higher self for greater clarity, health, freedom, Living and Eating. Learn the clinically proven tech- joy, empowerment, peace. Santa Fe (San Marcos niques of mindfulness meditation and how to hone Area). Chantal Fidanza, intuitive healer/certified and direct these skills toward weight and healthy light journey guide: 505-438-1074. YourDivineeating issues. $250, includes course book and 3-CD set of guided meditations. UNM Center for Life, 4700 Jefferson St NE, Ste 100, Albuquerque. Register, Michelle: 505-925-4551. Healing Touch Level 2 Class – Jun 18-19. 8am-6pm both days. Learn about the energy field, techniques and meditations to encourage movement of the energy, healing ourselves and others; works in conjunction with traditional medicine. Beginner to advanced welcome. UNM Center for Life, 4700 Jefferson Ave NE, Albuquerque. RSVP, Barbara Welcer: 248-882-1706.

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Evening Pilates Mat Class – 6-7pm. Mo/We/Fri. A new group of mat classes, all levels welcome. $90/10 Qigong in the Park – 9-10am. Enjoy a vitalizing class pass (11th class is free). Pilates Santa Fe, 839 practice with certified Qigong instructor Loretta Shiver. Qigong supports optimal health and wellPaseo de Peralta, Santa Fe. RSVP: 505-995-9700. being, is easy and fun to do. Free. Altura Park, Morningside and Hannett NE, Albuquerque. 505681-1924.

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417 Orchard Dr. (off Paseo de Peralta), Santa Fe 505-500-7667 Enter a magical space where the flowers and oils await you! Hundreds of flower essences and a great supply of various essential oils, including oils directly from Egypt. You have the option to create your own flower essence blends & oils. I can assist you in different selection methods and I specialize in creating personalized flower essence and essential oil combinations to meet your individual needs.

HYPNOTHERAPY ALBUQUERQUE HYPNOTHERAPY Jay Pullen CMS-CHt, FIBH cert.#11214-347 505-450-2571 ANXIETY--You don’t have to live with it! Sessions and tools provided to help reduce anxiety and create a life that feels expansive rather than constricted. Call for more info and a f re e 30 minute consultation.

HYPNOTHERAPY PEACEFUL SKY HYPNOTHERAPY Eli Peace, CHt Albuquerque @The Source 505-750-7273

Money and love! Hypnotherapy safely and naturally changes the beliefs in our minds and the actions we take out of them. Use hypnosis to meet your goals, including: Money, Weight, Sleep, Pain, Smoking, and Self-Esteem. I also lead birth and past-life explorations.


4700 Jefferson Street NE, Ste 100 Albuquerque NM 87109 505-925-7464 An Integrative and InterCultural Center for Prevention and Wellness, treating people with a wide range of health issues, using a vast array of ancient and modern techniques. A state of the art Integrative and Intercultural center, emphasizing prevention and wellness along with disease management. NOTFOR-PROFIT. See ad on page 7.


F i n d C l a r i t y, I n s i g ht a n d Inspiration! Intuitive Readings, Coaching and Animal Communication. Clarify life choices and decisions. Activate practical s o lut i ons for you r h e a lt h , relationships, career and business. See ad on page 7.


High Priestess to the Order of Melchidezek Santa Fe, NM 505-490-8855 weekdays 11 AM – 2 PM. The OakRose Academy of Light is a Mystery School founded by the Ascended Masters. The Academy holds to and teaches the Divine Law for the New Age. It is non-sectarian and non-denom-inational, open to all who seek the Higher Truth. See ad on page 25.

NATURAL/ORGANIC FOOD MARKET LA MONTANITA 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 15.





Animal & Human Psychic/Medium Sessions available in person, phone or 213-999-9098 Skype •

Linda Kallish, ND, LMT & Jeanette Hoffman, RN 9301 Indian School Rd, NE, Ste 101 Albuquerque, NM 87112 505-294-4805

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

Naturopathic lifestyle Counseling for compromised immune system conditions, massage techniques (therapeutic, lymphatic drainage, TMJ, craniosacral, reflexology - foot and hand, deep tissue), energy healing, techniques for accessing and changing the programs in the subconscious mind, classes on selfhealth/healing, essence oils, shiatsu. We combine RETREAT CENTER our talents to bridge the gap between conventional and alternative medicines with an emphasis on allowing the client/patient to access their own VISTA VERDE RETREAT CENTER Elizabeth Brownrigg healing power and knowledge. 575-758-2758


Connect with your heart in the enchanted forest of Carson! This beautiful retreat is near Taos, designed for you to deepen your connection with nature! See ad on page 8.

PILATES SANTA FE 839 Paseo de Peralta Santa Fe, NM 87501 505-995-9700 Pilates Santa Fe is an award winning Pilates and Wellness studio offering private lessons, group class es and wellness treatments including massage, sauna and nutritional guidance.

PLASTIC SURGERY DR. FARHAN TAGHIZADEH New Mexico Facial Plastics 505-888-3223



Access Bars are 32 points on the head, that when lightly touched, eliminates your limiting points of view about everything. It’s extremely relaxing and healing. I doubledog dare ya to try it! Call for rates/appointments.

New Mexico Facial Plastics offer a broad range of aesthetic and ENT procedures & treatments. Using the latest advanced surgical techniques YOGA that minimize recovery time Dr. Taghizadeh specializes in facelifts, scar revision, revision facelifts, and BODY & BRAIN YOGA revision rhinoplasty. See ad on AND TAICHI page 9. 505-797-221

Brain-oriented holistic approach to health. Yoga, Ta i c h i , M e d i t a t i o n , Breathing, and Workshops. 4 locations. In Albuquerque NE 797-2211, NW 792-5111, Downtown 262-2211, In Santa Fe: 820-2211.

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April 2016



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May Women’s Wellness Issue

Highlighting Natural Ways to Boost Female Libido Reach Natural Awakenings’ Devotees Seeking: • Acupuncture • Alternative Healing • Aromatherapy • Ayurveda • Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy • Birth Networks • Chiropractic • Dental Care

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• Nutritional Counseling • Pilates/Yoga • Relationship Counseling • Retreats/Workshops • Skin Care • Spas • Spiritual Practices • Wellness Trainers & Coaches ... and this is just a partial list

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