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oving to New Mexico from Florida in early 2013 was my most recent radical act of “Trusting Your Intuition,” the title of May’s feature article. In late 2012, bored and uninspired with being an insurance broker, I intended to buy a business to serve the multiplying baby boomer generation but had not acted on any particular idea. Then one day I “coincidentally” picked up a Natural Awakenings magazine in my Florida chiropractor’s office that opened to the page with franchises for sale. Although I was aware of the magazine through years of reading it, I didn’t know it was published in so many U.S. locations. Florida was already well covered and intuition told me to take a leap of faith and go for the New Mexico territory that was for sale at the time. I had had no prior thoughts of going into the publishing business nor did I know what a publisher’s job entailed. How interesting that I have come to see how working with this particular publishing venture allows me to apply my entire range of experience, from my passion for alternative forms of healing to my retail sales and marketing background and natural creative drive. Once my partner, Kurt, “coincidentally” a graphic designer/artist and I said “Yes” to the opportunity, things began to fall into place for us both. Our move unfolded swiftly without obstacles. I already knew a local advertiser here that had formerly treated a member of my family when we all lived in Miami; he and a former Florida business colleague, also now living in Santa Fe, lent welcoming support. Who could have predicted that? Being a publisher with a monthly deadline brings accelerated timelines, multitasking and continual distractions—in other words, big-time stress points. I’m sure many readers can relate to feeling so exhausted and drained at times that we lose touch with our inner needs. To not only survive but thrive in a fast-paced world, listening to our inner guide is essential. It enables us to stay connected and plugged in to what keeps us sane, balanced and productive. Simple ways I’ve found to tune into that inner voice include regular quiet time, disconnecting from devices, meditating, mindful exercise like yoga or tai chi, being in nature and being present with friends, pets and family. I hear some of my best ideas in the shower. You’ll have your own special touchstone for staying attuned to what really matters to you and refusing to give away power to the tempting and often addictive distractions that try to impose themselves on our days. I am particularly excited about two inspiring events in June. Starting June 1, the American Film and Media Experience (AFME) will introduce to Albuquerque uplifting movies and companion events on India and Ireland. Natural Awakenings is proud to again help sponsor this event for the second year. You’ll find details on page 19. The second life changing event is Santa Fe Soul’s Three Day Self Care Revolution weekend on June 6-8 where participants will receive helpful tools to care for body, mind and spirit. See pages 16 and 17 to learn more. To listening to your inner guide,

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newsbriefs Cultural and Healing Arts Camp Teaches Children to Become Compassionate Leaders


elen Wildman Meehan, founder of Golden Acorns Summer Camp conceived of the camp five years ago because she saw that a peaceful future starts with our children. The camp is based on the belief that when children learn to embrace mental clarity, intuition, and a nurturing response towards others, they will become compassionate leaders who foster change in their lives, communities and world. The camp for ages four to eleven emphasizes character building through storytelling, cultural arts, and conflict resolution through an appreciation of cultural differences. Each week, artist teachers share their knowledge of dance, drumming, music, art, story, and healing arts from a different tradition. Days begin with yoga or tai chi and include compassionate communication and intuitive awareness. “This critical juncture in world history makes these lessons the key to peaceful solutions of the problems we face today,” says Meeham. Hosted at the Santa Fe Waldorf School, campers are immersed in permaculture activities based on the cycles of the natural world. This year, weeklong camp sessions will include explorations of Urban Culture, Camping and Nature Awareness, Indigenous America, and the arts and culture of Nigeria and Guinea. Early-bird registration discount through May 16. To register: 505-795-9079 or or See ad page 9.

Become a Natural Therapeutic Specialist or Massage Therapist


he New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics (N.M.S.N.T.), one of the oldest massage schools in the nation since 1974, will host upcoming programs for those interested in careers as Natural Therapeutic Specialists and Massage Therapists. N.M.S.N.T. offers 825 hours of instruction in massage therapy, Polarity, homeopathy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, herbal medicine, living foods, Craniosacral Therapy, and more! The school offers full-time (six months) programs and part-time (one year) programs. Classes meet in the morning or evening weekdays for part-time programs. Full day six-month programs meet everyday 9am-5pm. The starting dates this year for full/part time programs are May 6th, September 2, and October 14th. Students who pay tuition in full on or before the first day of class will receive $500 off or if they register 6 months in advance. Location: 202 Morningside Dr. SE, Albuquerque, NM. To register call 505-2686870 or See ad page 24.

Krista Jarrard Returns to Santa Fe for Constellation Workshop


his new Constellation workshop illuminates the hidden dynamics behind the act of “forgiveness” and the healing that lies beyond”, says gifted trainer and facilitator Krista Jarrad. “The Forgiveness Dilemma, Healing Constellations beyond the limits of Forgiveness” will be held May 10 at Santa Fe Soul. “Through thousands of Systemic Constellations it has been observed that the “traditional” act of forgiveness causes an energetic imbalance, and does not create enduring harmony,” shares Jarrard. Through experiential processes, participants receive an awareness of the limits of traditional forgiveness and the expansiveness of reconciliation, and inclusion. “This new awareness is a healing shift in consciousness” says Jarrard. Location: Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr. E, #3, Santa Fe. For more information, call 505-795-9171 or visit


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he 27th Cancer Survivorship Conference and Celebration is being held from 8:30 am to 3 pm on June 28 at the Jewish Community Center in Albuquerque. The event will be a day of information, inspiration and support for childhood and adult cancer survivors and the people who love them. Keynote speakers, including Dr. Mitchell Binder, medical director of The Cancer Center at Presbyterian; Dr. Annette Fontaine with the New Mexico Cancer Center; and Dr. James McKinnell, Pediatric Hemotology/Oncology at the University of New Mexico, will discuss “The Healing Relationship: Talking with your Doctor.” The day includes free workshops on a variety of topics including the mind/ body connection and thriving and surviving with cancer. Attendees will also get a chance to hear from a panel of caregivers on what to expect when giving care to someone with cancer and listen to childhood cancer survivors share their inspiring stories of living with and beyond a cancer diagnosis. For more details and to register for the event contact People Living Through Cancer by phone at 505-242-3263, email or visit See ad page 13.

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ama’s Minerals 6th Annual Alternative Health Fair is being held on May 10 at Mama’s Minerals in Albuquerque. The gathering starts with a Mayan Opening Ceremony at 10 a.m. and continues until 3 p.m. This outdoor event will allow attendees to experience New Mexico’s finest healers and purveyors of healthy lifestyles. Some of the alternative health treatments showcased at the health fair include reflexology, kinesiology, chair massage, acupuncture, Reiki, aromatherapy, yoga, chakra balancing, intuitive readings, Chinese medicine, crystal resonance and much more. “Mama’s Minerals hosts this Alternative Health fair as an opportunity for local businesses to offer their insight into alternative health options,” says Mama’s Minerals owner, Laura Randolph. “It’s a great opportunity to see what New Mexico has to offer.” Cost: free to attend. Location: 1100 San Mateo Blvd NE at Lomas, Albuquerque. For more information, call 505-266-8443 or visit See ad page 10.

Renowned Tibetan Buddhist Visits Santa Fe


.H. Sakya Trizin, the 41st Head of the Sakya Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, will be at the Santa Fe Convention Center on May 6 for a rare day of spiritual discovery and ancient wisdom. At 9:30 a.m. he will give a public talk titled “Buddha Dharma in Daily Life.” The talk will cover finding joy through skillful living. At 2 p.m. is “The Three Bodhisattvas” blessing to awaken energetic principles of wisdom, compassion and power, and to transform daily life. The day ends with a Grand Appreciation Dinner at 7 p.m. which features Tibetan food and entertainment. H.H. Sakya Trizin will be in attendance. Cost: Buddha Dharma in Daily Life, $25/15 students and seniors; The Three Bodhisattvas, $35/15 students and seniors; full day of teachings (morning and afternoon), $50/40 students and seniors; Grand Appreciation Dinner, ($40 individual/75 couple). Location, 201 Marcy St., Santa Fe. For tickets and more information, contact and Connect on Facebook at See ad page 10.

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oin natural health care practitioner Dr. Sandy Bevacqua in her online course to help women recover from bladder issues, incontinence, sexual dysfunction, pelvic pain and organ prolapse. The first session in her six-month Pelvic Health Transformation Program begins at 3 p.m. EST on May 9. “More than half of all women have pelvic floor issues,” explains Bevacqua, whose healing practice is in Tucson, Arizona. “Meds or select surgery often don’t work, yet many pelvic floor issues can be successfully addressed using natural methods.” With a Ph.D. in biology, “Dr. Sandy” is known as an expert in nutrition, genetic engineering and human biology. She shares her own healing journey with pelvic damage from the traumatic birth of her son that she healed using entirely natural methods. The online program combines lessons to guide women in regaining a completely healthy pelvic floor and organs. Participants receive bimonthly calls and personal support plus bonus classes on female sexual health and recovery from childbirth. All calls are recorded and available for replay. Meet Dr. Sandy at; register at See ad page 21.

Hormone Replacement with Wild Yam Cream by Dr. Tomas Enos, Master Herbalist


ild yam (Dioscorea villosa), derived from a root, has been used for centuries in Mexico, Central America and South America to relieve the discomforts of cramping, headaches, hormone imbalances, and hot flashes. It has a soothing and cooling effect when applied topically or taken orally. Wild yam cream enters the blood stream directly through the skin therefore bypassing the digestive processes. Many women notice a marked improvement in menopausal symptoms by applying wild yam cream daily while menopausal changes are taking place. Recent studies have identified harmful side effects from using “conventional pharmaceutical” hormone replacement therapies. Milagro Herbs has developed a proprietary formula of herbal contents in its Wild Yam Cream to increase the beneficial effects which include Vitex agnus-castus (chaste tree berries) and vitamin E oil. Milagro Herbs is located at 419 OrchardDrive in Santa Fe. Milagro Herbs produces wild yam cream without animalbased ingredients, genetically-modified organisms or paraben-based preservatives. For more information, call 505-820-6321 or visit See ad page 24.

Natural Treatment Option for Respiratory Infections


ccording to the National Institutes of Health, lower respiratory infections are more prevalent worldwide than HIV, malaria, cancer and heart attacks. It’s better to target the active treatment agent only where it’s needed. A study in the European Journal of Clinical Micriobiology & Infectious Diseases suggests delivering a fine-droplet mist from a nebulizer directly atop the invading pathogens and replenishing often to keep the area moist with antimicrobials. This can achieve greater local dosing with far lower systemic penetration. A more natural option is to avoid drugs. Clinical studies by the Klearsen Corporation and the laboratory work at National Jewish Hospital have shown that locally administering an enhanced aqueous colloid of silver will clear even the most stubborn pathogens. Plus, it has no adverse side effects. When dosing with a liquid colloid of silver concentration of 50 parts per mission (ppm) or more, the suggested protocol is usually three milliliters, three times per day. For acute infections, the three-milliliter dose can be administered every two waking hours. Using a nebulizer is essential to achieve the effective microdroplets required to reach all areas of the lungs. Inhaling the nebulized mist deep into the lungs will coat the invading pathogens. Note that a vaporizer isn’t suitable because its steam delivery will leave the active ingredients behind. Steven Frank presented Respiratory Clinical Trial results to the American Naturopathic Medical Association in 2006. Study sites include the Institute for Tuberculosis Research,National Jewish Hospital and Klearsen Corporation. Hecan be reached at SteveF@ See ad page 3.


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Balance and Harmony by Kirn and Guruchander ccording to yogis and healers, health is not the absence of disease; it is the experience of harmony. Harmony is felt when internal and external pressures are equalized, stress is felt when they are not. Yoga and meditation allow you to more easily observe where you are out of harmony. When you learn to interpret the signs of your stress (karmic) patterns you then have the choice to create new habits. Kundalini yoga classes at Yoga Santa Fe focus on creating this awareness. The energetic shifts which occur with each new month provide the opportunity to harmonize very specific energy circuits and unwind your reactive (karmic) patterns. We have entered the fifth month and the opportunity this month is to release any imbalances and create harmony. The month of May relates to the number five, which in Kundalini yoga interacts with the physical body and the throat chakra. The following practices will clear and harmonize the energy during this month: • Wear the color blue • Repeat the mantra; “I am a teacher” (I share what I know with others) • Practice listening more than speaking • Commit to exercising more • Connect the tips of the thumbs to the pinky finger with long, deep breathing Yoga asana to balance the physical body: Lay on your back with your arms by your sides, inhale and lift the left leg and right arm to 90 degrees, then exhale and lower them both down. Repeat on the other side. Continue for at least three minutes. Kirn and Guruchander teach Kundalini yoga classes at Yoga Santa Fe located at 1505 Llano Street in Santa Fe. For more information, visit


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omen today are superheroes, helping others often without thought or concern for themselves. They tend to run themselves ragged, and wonder why they drag. A woman’s health is just as important, if not more so, than any other of the myriad of things she does daily. So how does one bring those needs right up to the top of the “to-do” list? By acknowledging that time spent taking care of you is proportional to the energy available to help others. Finding time in a busy day seems like an impossible challenge. Begin by finding three minutes. Shut off the cell phone, close the office door and give yourself permission to be. Close your eyes and visualize a beautiful, peaceful place, or take in the view out a window. If those racing thoughts intrude, repeat a simple word like “Peace” to yourself or watch each in-breath and each out-breath. Be gentle with yourself, and let yourself simply be. And when time is up, notice how you feel. Take a few deep breaths and smile. And then go back to being Wonder Woman, refreshed and renewed. Give yourself those three minutes every day. Creating a regular time for self-care isn’t selfish, it’s necessary—you are your own health care system. Take care of you! As the owner of Science & Holistic Enterprises, LLC , Laura Vanderberg specializes in helping people who suffer from auto-immune issues. She can be reached at 307-899-3147. See ad page 8.


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athan Sutton graduated from the Healing Arts Institute in Fort Collins, CO, in 1996. The school’s massage program focused on the body-mind connection and was based in structural integration to ease discomfort in the body. “This gave me a good base of knowledge to study neuromuscular re-education,” says Sutton. This style of massage is the most structurally based modality he uses for chronic issues in the physical body. “Also helpful at times is Myofascial Release which may be used before adding oil or lotion to open and release patterns in the fascia that are no longer helpful for the body,” he says. Swedish and Thai Massage are his favorite modalities. “A nurturing Swedish massage reduces the stress of the body and mind allowing the person to rest in a deep peace,” shares Sutton. The most recent addition to his toolbox of modalities is Thai Massage. “Thai Massage is performed on the floor on a mat to a clothed person,” he says. “Hands, feet, knees and/ or elbows may be used during the session for compression, specific point work, and stretching of the recipient.” Most of Sutton’s bodywork sessions are a blend of several modalities depending on the needs of the person. To help create a greater sense of relaxation and healing, all of Sutton’s sessions are 85 minutes long. In addition, essential oils and hot packs are often used. “All massage is energy work and I enjoy helping to ease stress or discomfort through bodywork,” adds Sutton. See resource guide listing page 30.

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hristian Raphael’s first experience with hypnosis was in 1977 while awaiting surgery at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital. “With dangerously low platelet counts and a brain aneurysm resulting in excruciating pain, the one thing that effectively provided ongoing relief was daily hypnotherapy sessions,” he recalls. This introduction to hypnosis at the age of 17 carried over to an ongoing practice of self-hypnosis starting in 1980. “Hypnosis is a natural yet altered state of mind with numerous beneficial characteristics,” explains Raphael. “It relaxes your critical thinking allowing you to engage your problem solving intelligence.” Over the years, Raphael continued exploring and developing his mind power actively using self-hypnosis, hypnotic techniques and positive suggestions to further refine and consciously deepen his skills, eventually leading him to seek professional training and certification. Christian Raphael brings 25 years of corporate experience to the practice of hypnotherapy. In addition to significant professional accomplishments, Raphael has an early and formative Friends School education, a degree in Fine Arts, and a background in music. He is a graduate of the Hypnotherapy Academy of America where he successfully completed 500 hours of clinical training receiving his certification as a Medical Support Hypnotherapist and a Clinical Hypnotherapist. He is a Fellow of the International Board of Hypnotherapy which has the highest certification standards in the hypnotherapy industry. Christian Raphael provides complimentary 20 minute consultations in his office located at 819 Vassar Drive NE, adjacent to the northeast corner of the University of New Mexico Hospital campus. Call to schedule a consultation at 505-918-6555.

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fter a 20 year fascination with Western Astrology, Mickey McKay was introduced to Vedic Astrology in 1997. “I immediately enrolled in certification courses earning the awarded title, ‘Jyotish Kovid’, excellence in Vedic Astrology by The Council of Vedic Astrology in 2011,” says McKay. Currently she is in her second year of study as a Jaimini scholar. “There are many forces of destiny for us to understand, and Vedic astrology—the astrology of India—gives us one tool,” explains McKay. “It is a great gift in revealing who we are and where we are in time. Accepting and working with those factors, we are confident moving forward, pursuing the destiny we were meant to live, at the highest level. We are manifestations of the planetary lights, the brightest of which are the Sun and the Moon.” According to McKay, a planet is an entity, or a force that has a tremendous effect on one’s existence here on earth. “The placements of the planets in the heavens then describe the likely nature and destiny of each one of us, individually and collectively,” she says. Using this knowledge, McKay will be writing a monthly column for Natural Awakenings readers about astrological trends from a Vedic perspective. “The horoscope gives us detailed information in all areas of life, including health, family, finances, relationships and career,” she adds. Mickey McKay, owner of Astrology East, can be reached at 505-670-8967. See ad page 21 and forecast page 24.

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egina Coffman’s mission is to help people get “unstuck” so they can move forward to a life of greater balance and harmony. She and her husband experienced great personal results with Brainwave Optimization in January of 2011. “After having Brainwave Optimization we were able to move forward in areas where we previously had been “stuck,” recalls Coffman. Inspired by the results and her desire to help people, Coffman finished her training in Scottsdale, Arizona, in March of 2011 and began Brain Balance & Harmony LLC, in Albuquerque in April of 2011. According to Coffman, “Life’s traumas, whether physical or emotional can alter brain functioning. The brain changes, by design, to get through the event. But, all too often it does not selfregulate and remains in an unbalanced state. When the brain is out of balance the whole system adjusts accordingly and people are no longer able to function at their highest level.” This new technology known as Brainwave Optimization, RTB (with Real Time Balancing) is a non-invasive, holistic procedure which uses a system designed to reflect the brain’s frequencies back to itself using musical tones. Resonance between the musical tones and the electrical energy in a person’s brain can bring balance between the two hemispheres. “Improving brain function can help with a variety of common health concerns such as pain, stress, anxiety, insomnia, injuries, addictions, and learning and performance challenges,” says Coffman. To make an appointment, call 505610-1190 or email For testimonials, go to See ad on this page.

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beautybriefs Ultherapy: The Beauty of Sound


ltherapy, a relatively new procedure in the United States, is now available through Aesthetic Boutique Medical Spa in Albuquerque. Belinda Mori, RN, an aesthetic practitioner since 2008 and the owner of Aesthetic Boutique Medical Spa says, “I am happy to announce Ultherapy technology to my practice. This noninvasive eyebrow, neck and chin lift has been the talk of shows such as Good Morning America, Extra, The View, Entertainment Tonight, The Today Show and 20/20 with Barbara Walters.” After years of practicing aesthetic medicine, Mori believes she has finally found the fountain of youth wrapped up in this small machine. “Ultherapy is the only non-invasive treatment approved by the FDA for lifting the skin on the neck, chin and brow that stimulates the growth of new collagen deep within the skin,” she says. The production of new collagen occurs over time, so results become more apparent over three to six months. The procedure takes about an hour for most patients, and there is no downtime. For average patients the results can last for up to 18 months or longer. Belinda Mori, RN, specializes in medical aesthetics for men and women over the age of 50, as well as skin of color. Her services include Botox, laser resurfacing and filler treatments. Location : 4263 Montgomery NE, Albuquerque. For more information, call 505401-5395 or visit or

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The Healing Concert June 27, BODY of Santa Fe ah!, musician and spiritual seeker who travels the world singing and expanding sacred intention, will perform The Healing Concert at BODY of Santa at 8 p.m. on June 27. The Healing Concert is an invitation for healing and relaxation. The lights, hand-made by Randy Johnson, move slowly, making random patterns on the ceiling and walls. “The music moves slowly too: words, songs, loops and affirmations help you relax, slow down your breathing, and slow your thoughts,” says Wah! “You heal from a place of wholeness, so the music and lights are carefully designed to help you feel whole. You are a perfect being in a perfect world.” When Wha! was a teenager, she met a woman who was dying of cancer. “She went each week to see Sri Chinmoy play his flute at St. John the Divine,” recalls Wha! “I went with her a few times to New York City. I was 14 years old. Sri Chinmoy played his flute. That was it; that was the program, you went in and sat, and he played his flute. The Healing Concert is similar to what I first experienced with Sri Chinmoy who simply stated, ‘Everything you need is contained in this music, close your eyes and receive’.”

Wah! wants concert attendees to understand it’s okay to be in silence and it’s okay to receive. “It’s perfectly natural to rest, to reconnect with yourself, to begin again,” she says. “There are many examples of it in nature but sometimes we lose connection with Mother Nature, especially in urban settings. I want you to feel your connection to life – to breathe, to dream, to appreciate the sun, moon and ocean, and to synchronize with the rhythms and natural beauty all around you.” According to Wah!, harmony starts within but not everyone can go right into a state of deep relaxation. “It’s not like you can come into the concert straight from rush hour traffic, sit down and experience the healing of your life. There are layers that have to come off. Some people don’t even know that there are layers,” explains Wah! “You move through layers of thought and settle into a meditative place within yourself. You start with the breath because it is your inner companion, your first connection to life. It’s what you do when you shift gears (sigh), it’s what you do when you begin. After breathing for a few minutes together, you are free to sit, relax, enjoy the lights, take in the music, and be with yourself. The Universe expands and contracts, life goes up and down, seasons change, we


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change. At the end of the concert, we distribute flower petals you can take home, place in your garden or give to someone who needs healing.” The Healing Concert is offered in special locations throughout the year. Wah! shares that it creates community and brings harmony to Mother Nature. “It’s something we can do together and it’s easy,” she says. “We just need you to take a few moments out of your life to join with others and create it.” The Healing Concert coincides with the release of Savasana 3: Natural Beauty, Wah!’s latest in a series of CDs created for relaxation. “Savasana is a Sanskrit word meaning ‘posture of stillness.’ Some people say, ‘I can’t relax. I can’t sleep.’ I’m like, ‘Great, come to the Healing Concert and just breathe, be in the space.’ Can you close your eyes? Yeah? Good, then you should come. It’s an honor to help people move into a state of relaxation and selfacceptance.” Location: BODY of Santa Fe, 333 W. Cordova Rd., Santa Fe. Visit


With your busy schedule, how do you find time to work out and stay in shape?

Volleying Life

I think it’s been about momentum. I had the good fortune of training and eating well since I went off to play volleyball in college. That sort of steam made it easier as I added work, a partner and children. I think it’s more difficult for women that don’t have that experience. When they enter “the real world” and add a big career or long hours, a partner or family, it becomes difficult to establish that grounding in healthy practices. You have to create the environment in which you are going to succeed. That takes years. At some point, you have to be honest with yourself. For me, I know I won’t get exercise or anything else done if I stay home. There are some things I can go to a gym to do that I can also do at home but know I won’t, so it’s about creating an environment that activates good intentions.

Gabrielle Reece on Her Balancing Act by Christine MacDonald


abrielle Reece has been called one of the world’s most influential women in sports and one of its most beautiful athletes. In her 20s, she built a career as both a fiercely competitive pro volleyball player and a fashion model. Since then, she’s written books and become an expert on women’s peak fitness and overall well-being, all while raising three daughters with her husband, Hawaiian surfer Laird Hamilton. Plus, she volunteers for environmental organizations such as the National Resources Defense Council and RainCatcher, a nonprofit bringing safe drinking water to people in need.

How do you find time for and balance all the roles you play in life—athlete, spouse, parent, businesswoman and volunteer? Juggling life is hard for everyone. Living day-to-day, taking care of kids and paying bills is a challenge. There are ways to make it all more manageable, but for me, there is a level of discomfort, challenge and difficulty, as well as moments of joy. I think women are sometimes thrown off-balance by some difficulty, instead of saying, “OK, how am I going to strategize and make it all work for me and my family?” We don’t give enough credit to having great girlfriends. I don’t mean people you go to lunch with—I mean real allies. People that give you good advice and are strong for you, that will

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take your kids and you’ll take theirs. I think that is an underutilized tool. I always encourage women to approach life with a strategy and use each other to help navigate it, because that makes it a little easier.

Which role is most important to you and where does selfcare fit in? At this time in my life, being a mother is the most important. When my girls are older and more independent, then their demands on my time will lessen. But I don’t think I’d ever blindly put one role over the other, because they are all connected. I just approach them with different parts of my personality. My work is intellectual, while being a mom is instinctual. Being in a relationship is a whole other ball of wax that I approach with the same diligence. Taking care of myself is at the center because I wouldn’t be able to do anything successfully if I am not well myself.

Laird and I are usually quick to be on board with anything that involves the environment and people. These causes are near and dear to everybody, but make special sense for us, given the amount of time we have lived and worked outside.

As a mother, do you feel a special concern for being a good environmental steward? I felt this way even before I had children because I had the luxury of playing beach volleyball. I grew up in the Caribbean and have always tried to be a benefactor of the beautiful outdoors. It adds another layer of motivation when you start thinking about your kids and the opportunities they will or will not have in their future. In Hawaii, the Polynesians traditionally didn’t believe in ownership, but in being stewards of an area. That’s how I feel about the place where we live now. The ultimate for me would be to leave it better than I found it. Christine MacDonald is a freelance journalist in Washington, D.C., whose specialties include health and science. Visit

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Self-Care Revolution Schedule Wednesday, June 4 Kick off with keynote speaker, Dr. Norm Shealy as he signs his 30th book, From Birth to Bliss – 6-7:30pm. The Ark Bookstore, 133 Romero Street, Santa Fe.

Thursday - Friday, June 5-6 Certification workshop titled “Transcutaneous Acupuncture Program.” – 9am-5pm & 9am-2:30pm. Hosted by Dr. Norm Shealy. Attendees will learn the five acupuncture circuits and how Bliss essential oils activate the body’s optimum function. Open to everyone.

Friday, June 6th

Michael Gelb: Creativity on Demand: How To Ignite and Sustain The Fire of Genius – 3-4pm. Practitioner demos – 4-5pm. Learn & experience innovative services & activate your own healing power. Opening: Dr. Robyn Benson & Reverend Adara – 5-5:30pm. Meet & Greet – 5:30-7:30pm.

Saturday, June 7th

Yoga with Pritpal – 8-8:45am. Ellen Wood, Author, Speaker and Columnist – 9am-10pm. “Think and Grow Young, Powerful Steps to Create a Life of Joy”. Dr. Robyn Benson: Master 5 Pathways to Thrive in Today’s World – 10:15-11:15am. Keynote: Dr. Norm Shealy, Session Title: Living Bliss – 11:30am – 12:30pm. Music & Movement – Lunch catered by BODY of Santa Fe can be purchased onsite. 12:30-1:30pm. Dr. Melva Green, MD, MBA, MPH, Session Title: Real Life Living – 1:45-2:45pm. Marcella Von Harting, PHD: Self-Care and Success Essential Oils – 3:-4pm. Dr. Mikell Suzanne Parsons: Detox Your Way To Vibrant Health – 4-5pm. Dr. Joan Rosenberg: Emotional Mastery: How To Unleash Your Courage and Creative Momentum – 5-6:30pm. Dinner Break – 6:30-7:30pm. Private Sessions – 7pm. Sign-up for some pampering with our expert practitioners.

Sunday, June 8th

Qijong with Tom Myers – 8-8:45am. Kevin Snow, Desert Shaman and The Sound Lady, Kathleen Nagy: Living Full-Spectrum Vitality – 9-10am. Harmony Rose, MA: Soulfull Self-Care – 10:15-11:15am. Alan Hutner: Raps and Rants on Love & All That It’s Not – 11:30am-12:30pm. Music & Movement – Catered lunch can be purchased onsite - 12:30- 1:45pm. George and Sedena Cappannelli: Aging Well and Wisely? Solutions for People Who Were not Born Yesterday – 1:45- 2:45pm. Cheryl Fields: You Can Be Your Own Bank – 3-4pm. Celeste Yacoboni: How Do You Pray: Honoring Body, Mind & Spirit – 4:15 - 5:15pm. Closing Ceremony – with Sita Jamison and Jeffrey – 5:15-6pm.


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anta Fe Soul Health & Healing Center for holistic and preventive healthcare welcomes the community to their second annual three-day educational conference “Unlock Your Self-Care and Thrive!” being held June 6-8.

You will discover how to:

• Create a self-care mindset as you tap into your own genius to be more creative, focused and productive • Take control of your life while removing fear, doubt and other obstacles • Unleash your brain power like never before • Learn the impact of detoxification, de-cluttering and happiness • Achieve success through a proven method for finding and accomplishing your dreams and goals

For nine years Santa Fe Soul, through its highly experienced health care professionals, has provided care that compliments Western medical treatment using acupuncture, biofeedback, chiropractic, therapeutic massage and IV therapies as well as innovative leading-edge technologies. “Unlock Your Self-Care and Thrive” attendees will get a chance to participate in hands-on workshops featuring 16 renowned leaders in the self-care field. “You will fill your self-care toolboxes with resources and strategies while finding solutions to your most pressing health issues,” says Santa Fe Soul Health and Healing Center founder, Robyn Benson, DOM. “Meet amazing people while cultivating your life-long commitment to self-care, vitality and wellness and return home with renewed energy, knowledge and insight knowing you can practice self-care like never before to ensure your healthy future.” The Key Note speaker on Saturday is world-renowned neurosurgeon, C. Norm Shealy, MD, PhD, founder of

the first comprehensive Pain Rehabilitation Clinic and founding President of the American Holistic Medical Association. His work with Carolyn Myss, MD, helped to establish the scientific foundation for Medical Intuition. By popular demand and open to everyone Dr. Shealy will be teaching a certification program entitled, “Transcutaneous Acupuncture” being held Thursday–Friday, June 5-6. On June 4 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., The Ark book store will also be hosting a book signing for Birth to Bliss, Dr. Shealy’s 30th book. According to Benson, “There will be plenty of networking opportunities at the ‘Meet and Greet’ on Friday evening.” Healthy beverages and hors d’oeuvres will be provided while attendees have the opportunity to connect with speakers, health experts, sponsors and the Santa Fe Soul practitioners. Catered lunches can be purchased onsite Saturday and Sunday including music and movement on both days. One of last year’s participants, Helen Stucky of Wellness Weavers Center in Kansas, says, “This was the most powerful and life changing event I have ever been to. The speakers and documentary films were world class, I received tuneup treatments from practitioners at Santa Fe Soul, and I left with a strategy to live a self-care lifestyle. I can’t wait to come back next year.” “Say yes to your health and be part of this festive conference, and leave feeling revitalized and ready to start your life anew,” adds Benson.

It meant so much to us and the people we visited with over the weekend were literally floating with new ideas and ways to care for themselves in a more enlightened and healthy way. Beyond the amazing speakers and practices we learned about, thank you for thinking of the details...always enough seating, water available, healthy snacks when needed, TV in lounge area, inspiring music, assistance with directions, smiles, and caring. – Bob & Margie Howe, 2013

Enroll today and save $50 with the early bird special. Visit Location: 2905 Rodeo Park Dr. E, Santa Fe. Call 505-474-8555 or visit

Book Signing!

From Birth to Bliss At The Ark Bookstore June 4 - 6-7:30pm

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Body Ease Fluid, Flexible Movement Can Be Ours by Sarah Todd


ad habits are hard to break—and it’s even harder to eliminate those we are unaware of. Many people experience pain from unconscious physical patterns such as hunching over a computer keyboard or holding a musical instrument at an uncomfortable angle, but don’t know how to identify and change limiting positions. This calls for body movement re-education.

Alexander Technique

“Let’s say you’re a runner and didn’t realize that you were running in a lopsided way,” explains Alexander Technique practitioner Beret Arcaya, who has taught the practice in New York City for almost 30 years. Students learn to retrain their thinking, movements and posture for better natural alignment. “It helps you understand how you’re making an argument between yourself and gravity,” she says. Invented by Australian thespian F. Matthias Alexander at the end of the 19th century as a means of improving his onstage presence, the Alexander Technique is highly regarded by actors and entertainers, yet anyone can benefit from it, according to Arcaya. In typical one-on-one sessions, Alexander movement practitioners use a light, gentle touch and verbal instruction to show students how to realign their head, neck and upper back while standing in front of a mirror, which helps the rest of the body attain a more natural position. Next, students learn to move through


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routine activities like sitting, walking and bending in ways that replace damaging habits with easier movements. The technique is easily modified to meet individual needs, Arcaya says, citing a former student that suffered from hemophilia. “He could hardly bend his knees, and he had little mobility in one elbow; he was terribly stiff,” she recalls. While the technique couldn’t treat the disease, “It allowed him to skillfully use his remaining uninjured tissue.” One day, when he returned from a three-mile walk with his young son, he was beaming. “‘I walked with a freedom and a lightness,’ he said, ‘I didn’t want to stop.’” A 2008 study in the medical journal BMJ found that patients with chronic back pain experienced long-term benefits from Alexander Technique exercises and lessons. People with Parkinson’s disease also improved their walking, speech, posture and balance through Alexander training, according to a 2002 study in Clinical Rehabilitation.

Feldenkrais Method

Others in need of movement reeducation use the method founded by physicist, electrical engineer and judo black belt holder Moshé Feldenkrais in the mid-20th century. Feldenkrais was familiar with the Alexander Technique, and the two methods share the same fundamental goal of helping students change harmful patterns through movement exploration, touch and dialogue. The Feldenkrais Method avoids concepts of “right” and “wrong”. Instead, the

practitioner leads students through gentle, slow-movement sequences, mostly on the floor, while asking questions about subtle details as they experience options. This sharpens sensory awareness of how to perform each movement with maximum ease. In one-on-one sessions, the student is passive while the practitioner’s hands suggest various non-habitual movements to widen his repertoire. It all increases flexibility, balance, fine motor skills and overall physical self-awareness. Feldenkrais stated, “What I’m after isn’t flexible bodies but flexible brains; to restore each person to their human dignity.” Seniors that practiced the Feldenkrais Method enhanced their balance and mobility, according to a 2010 study published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. It may also alleviate symptoms of nonclinical depression, according to a 2011 pilot study reported in the Journal of the South Carolina Medical Association.

Trager Approach

Another entry point to such a bodily reawakening is the Trager Approach, invented by Dr. Milton Trager, an athlete who suffered from a congenital spinal deformity. “The intention of the practitioner in a Trager session is to introduce the client to a series of playful and pleasurable sensations as the session unfolds,” says practitioner Martha Partridge, of New York City, who works primarily with people that have Parkinson’s disease. During tablework sessions, practitioners “bring awareness” of a specific movement by rocking, cradling and gently rotating a client’s body, Partridge explains. The feeling of effortless movement is further ingrained through a series of mental gymnastics, termed mentastics, that clients can do at home. The objective, says Partridge, is to help people have a sense of joy in everyday, common movement. All three bodywork techniques can help people banish bad habits for good. “Gradually, aches and pains will go away,” Arcaya says. “You can undo the imbalances that have done you wrong.” Then go forward, doing things right. Sarah Todd is a freelance writer in Brooklyn, NY. Connect at See ad local Alexander practitioner page 11.

Albuquerque Film & Media Experience (AFME) returns June 1-8 for another magical year of incredible films that wake up the senses and cause one to think about themselves, their community and the world. Featuring Ireland and India as this year’s spotlight countries, AFME will showcase a varied line up of films, music and events that open up the soul and prompt the questions in of who we are and what we are fully capable of.

LIVE PERFORMANCES BREATHE – Finding your Balance in Changing World Date/time: June 7, 10 a.m. Location: KiMo Theatre

Returning from February’s highly successful event at the KiMo on Finding your Joy & Vitality through Breath, S.S. Gurubachan Singh Khalsa introduces three more ancient breathing techniques for moving into a grounded state during challenging times.

GIRISH – Live Kirtan Benefit for Hanuman Temple in Taos

Date/time: June 7, 9 p.m. Location: Tech Love in Nob Hill We are thrilled to have the incomparable GIRISH here with us, to not only soothe us with his incredible voice and sound, but also to honor our spotlight country of India with a fundraising concert Tao’s Hanuman/ Neem Karoli Baba Mandir in Taos. His musical talents find expression in a wide array of instruments including tablas, world percussion, guitar, harmonium, and voice to create an incredible sound. AFME’s Bollywood Dance Party at Hotel Cascada follows this event. For more on Girish’s music, visit

FILMS The Collective Evolution III – The Shift

Date/time: June 5, 1:30 p.m. Location: Guild Cinema The Collective Evolution III is a powerful documentary that explores a revolutionary shift affecting every aspect of our planet. As the shift hits the fan, people are becoming more aware of the control structures that prevent us from

experiencing our full potential. CE3 includes fascinating interviews with revolutionary speakers and people who are already opting out of the current socioeconomic system. The film examines hidden technologies and exciting alternatives for a bright limitless future.

Where the Darkness Has to Run

Date/time: June 5, 6 p.m. Location: Guild Cinema Through the lives of three people who have been in India for a while, the film examines the secret motivations of people who leave their lives to embrace spirituality. Have they found the meaning of life, or are they escaping from a dark past? Is spirituality a calling, or an excuse to run away? Irish filmmaker Yolanda Barker does a terrific job exploring spirituality and questions we all sometimes ask.

Moving From Emptiness – The Life and Art of a Zen Dude Date/time: June 7, noon Location: Guild Cinema

Where does creativity come from? According to Zen calligraphic painter Alok Hsu Kwanghan it arises from emptiness, that silent space that houses the intelligence prior to thought. Armed with rice paper, ink, brush and a collection of Zen koans and teachings, Alok opens the door to a world of magical brush strokes and enchanted students. On the verge of his 75th birthday and with a new love in his life, Alok employs his teachings to confront his own personal history.

Krishna Das – One Track Heart

Date/time: June 7, 7 p.m. Location: Guild Cinema Krishna Das is on a journey to India to discover legendary spiritual teacher Neem Karoli Baba, through drug addiction and depression, to his eventual emergence as the most worldfamous Kirtan singer. He passed on being the lead singer of Blue Oyster Cult to pursue his spiritual journey. An incredible transformation captured on film. Tickets or passes can be purchased at Saturday day passes now available. See ad on back cover. natural awakenings

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Funny Tummy? Probiotic Foods Can Fix a Troubled Gut by Kathleen Barnes

Gas, bloating, stomach cramps, diarrhea and constipation—each of these digestive issues indicates an imbalance of “good” and “bad” intestinal bacteria.


hronic digestive discomfort is distressingly common. More than 60 million Americans suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), notes Dr. Mark Pimentel, director of the Gastrointestinal Motility Program at Cedars-Sinai Hospital, in Los Angeles, and author of A New IBS Solution. Many are too embarrassed to mention it to their doctor, so they suffer silently and learn to live with it.

While digestive distress can visit most of us occasionally, regular bouts have increased due to high-stress lifestyles and unhealthy diets, according to Dr. Dustin James, a St. Louis, Missouri, gastroenterologist and author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Digestive Health. “Getting home late after a stressful day, eating a high-fat meal and then going to bed is a recipe for problems,” he says. James advises a food-free interlude of four to six hours before bedtime and notes that prescription and over-thecounter heartburn medications can

actually worsen the problem over time. Pimentel, citing his own research, also suggests that even a minor case of food poisoning may unbalance digestive bacteria enough to cause problems for years. “We think food poisoning leads to bacterial overgrowth,” says Pimentel. In his clinical experience, James says about 10 percent of IBS cases can be connected to the food poisoning theory. Although such cases are typically treated with an antibiotic, rifaximin, many experts ironically attribute bacterial overgrowth to the use of antibiotics. All antibiotics, taken for any reason, indiscriminately kill both good and bad intestinal bacteria, ultimately creating unbalanced bacteria colonies in the digestive tract, says James. “There can be bad long-term effects,” he advises. James’ antibiotics theory is affirmed by a major Australian review of current research on the links between antibiotics and intestinal bacterial overgrowth. Sugar is another culprit as are antibiotics in dairy products and meats, which can also aggravate digestive


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problems. Sugar feeds the growth of unfriendly bacteria and yeast and antibiotics kill friendly bacteria, contributing to imbalances. The U.S. obesity epidemic has even been linked to digestive problems. In a study published in the journal Frontiers of Public Health, researchers at the University of California-Berkeley warn against long-term exposure to antibiotics through their widespread use in the dairy and meat industries. One animal study from Washington University, in St. Louis, showed that intestinal bacteria tend to extract more nutrients—and more calories—from the same foods when eaten by obese animals than when ingested by thinner ones. This helps explain why obese people tend to stay obese without heroic measures.

Good Food Solutions

There is considerable agreement that probiotics—live bacteria such as those contained in fermented foods like quality yogurt—help rebalance beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract and ease ailments that include IBS. Due to U.S. food regulations, yogurt is routinely pasteur-

ized, which kills its probiotic benefits; conscientious suppliers then add active digestive microorganisms, like Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus, back into their products. “Check yogurt labels for specific names of the species and a certification that it contains live cultures,” counsels Maria Marco, Ph.D., an assistant professor of food science at the University of California-Davis. Coconut yogurt may be preferred by those with dairy-free diets. Dairy is acidforming and can be difficult to digest. Many fermented foods can provide the same probiotics to ease digestive woes and restore a healthy balance of the right bacteria. Sauerkraut, rich in Lactobacillus and other strains of healthy bacteria, is at the top of the list. It’s easy to make super-healthy sauerkraut at home with shredded organic cabbage and salt. Other fermented foods to put high on a natural probiotic list include: miso, kefir, tempeh, soft cheese, kimchi, sour pickles and sourdough bread. James recommends two daily servings of high-quality yogurt or other fermented foods to obtain the 2 to 5 billion live bacteria needed to restore gut health. “Every human is unique; try different products in search of what works,” he says. Probiotic supplements may be more effective for people with serious digestive distress that need higher bacterial counts and the product label may provide specifics of the bacteria and strains. “For example, Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG is a strain that has been proven to be effective against antibiotic-induced diarrhea,” Marco explains. High-quality probiotics usually require refrigeration to keep the bacteria alive. In addition, there are many nonfermented foods, including certain juices, candies and energy bars, with specific strains of bacteria added that have probiotic effects. Kathleen Barnes is the author of a wide variety of natural health books including 8 Weeks to Vibrant Health, with Dr. Hyla Cass. Connect at

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ing about their restless desire for something better mirrored my own discontent, and my restlessness was an emotional response to what was emerging. “Today, I no longer concern myself with making the right decision. I trust that whatever the circumstances are, I need to listen, observe and reflect, because ‘now’ contains information for my next step,” she advises. Amanda Owen, counselor, coach and author of Born to Receive: 7 Powerful Steps Women Can Take Today to Reclaim Their Half of the Universe, has studied the state of receptivity that Teague references. Owen explains, “Receiving is a dynamic and productive state. When the body is relaxed and the mind and nervous system are calm, we become receptive and can feel and intuit subtle information contained in the energy received from external and internal environments. “Our parasympathetic nervous system is engaged when we’re in this listening state. In contrast, rushing through the

Trust Your Intuition Listen to that Still, Small Voice and Let it Lead You by Linda Sechrist

What if you could consistently tap into answers to life’s problems when you need them, knowing deep down that you are on the right track and that the decisions and choices you are making are the correct ones?


ur body is a wellspring of priceless wisdom. Yet heeding our innate voice seems constantly tested as society distracts us with the busy acquisition of external knowledge and rewards more visible work. Those used to focusing outwardly over-stimulate their five senses and so tend to disconnect from their body’s deep innate intelligence—our sixth sense, also known as intuition. The resulting joylessness, discontent, isolation, depression and illness have sent millions in search of a real solution that discerning experts believe already exists within. Our ultimate guide to the fountain of personal health and happiness, they believe, could well be our own intuition.

Changing Directions

For years, Katie Teague, producer of the documentary film, Money & Life, lived with the consequence of sublimating her intuitive impulse. “I felt a restless itch in my soul,” relates Teague, who intuited that life was prompting her to change careers so she could use her talents in a more meaningful way. The vision of her 94-year-old self lying on her deathbed and faced with the question, “What are you not saying yes to?” pushed Teague to take a leap of faith—close her psychotherapy practice and enroll in a filmmaking class. Teague recognizes that a deeper wisdom activated her response. She observes, “The individuals I was counsel-


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day engages our ‘fight-or-flight’ sympathetic nervous system. Busyness and mind chatter drowns out the valuable information that intuition provides,” Owen notes. An intuitive energy therapist, Marilyn Eppolite strongly relies on intuitive guidance in her southern New Jersey practice, believing it emanates from her body’s intelligence. “I listen and it’s always present,” she says. Eppolite shares an example of a time she received a clear image and perceived the bodily sensations of a grieving small child from a female client that a psychotherapist had referred. “When I described what I was sensing, her tears flowed and she also connected to the feeling,” she says. “It provided the needed breakthrough she needed to access her feelings and move forward in therapy.” Eppolite is keenly aware when roadblocks—busyness, willfulness and a fearful, restless mind—create interference. “These feed each other and can rarely be separated. I can’t hear or feel my intuition when my energy and attention are willfully directed outward,” she observes. Abandoning the drive for personal control and surrendering to stillness is how Eppolite signals her body’s intelligence that she’s ready for whispers of guidance. “I sense that surrender as strength and trust that the information received is for my greatest good, even if I don’t fully understand it,” she remarks. “Discernment is necessary because deep wisdom frequently comes in segments that I must piece together and put into action before more of it bubbles up from within.” The teachings of Yogeshwari Kamini Desai, Ph.D., combine Western psychology and Eastern philosophy. As the director of education and lead teacher of the Amrit Method of Yoga, at the facility in Silver Springs, Florida, Desai instructs on listening to the voice of intuition identified as prana in yogic tradition, which she characterizes as

“the energy that enlivens and carries out all balancing and life-giving processes in nature. “It speaks through the body as sensations, impulses and urges,” she says. “This ‘inner divining rod’ informs us what feelings, thoughts and actions are moving us into alignment with our source and what is moving us out of alignment.” Quieting the mind and strengthening the directives of prana through meditation, yoga and being in nature moves us away from what we tell ourselves and back to directly responding to its promptings. “Absorbed in the present moment and bodily sensations, we connect with inner guidance,” explains Desai. “With practice, our mind becomes a servant to inner intelligence. It can both direct our lives and make us sensitive to early symptoms suggesting oncoming illness,” she adds. “There is growing interest in energy medicine and developing a deeper connection to the body’s intelligence through yoga and energy practices like qigong and tai chi because people are tired of taking medications that don’t heal the root cause of health problems,” comments Dr. Sue Morter, founder of Morter Health Center, near Indianapolis, Indiana, and the healing phenomenon she terms Energy Codes. A regular practice of any one of these disciplines expands sensory function to encompass internal recognition and referencing of subtle information. Morter teaches how to awaken gut feelings, personal power and self-love to restore wholeness left behind in pursuit of external sources of happiness. “Participants learn to trust their gut more than the opinions of others, which turns up the volume on the whispers of intuition,” she explains. After Pat Hall, a therapeutic bodyworker in Augusta, Georgia, read Jill Bolte Taylor’s My Stroke of Insight, she was certain a habit of listening to mental chatter interfered with feeling and interpreting her body’s helpful promptings. “Jill’s experience of her body as energy and her mind as silent when the left lobe of her brain shut down due to a stroke was my ‘Aha!’ moment,” says Hall. For her, heeding inner guidance took practice and a commitment to dismantling reactive thought patterns and habits, plus discerning between intuition and distracting chatter. “Mind chatter generally creates fear, negativity and pressure to do something,” she explains. “Intuitive guidance is gentle, expansive and undemanding.” Hall believes in the Buddhist concept that mindfulness of the body allows us to love fully. She finds, “It brings healing, wisdom and freedom.” She relates how she is led to direct a client’s attention to their own body’s intuition, which works best when she is following her instincts, rather than thinking. “After one session, my client, who had been silently experiencing numerous feelings in her stomach, asked me why I had touched her abdomen. I was just intuitively led to that part of her body.” Dr. Mona Lisa Schulz, also a Ph.D., medical intui-

tive and co-author of All is Well, notes that everyone has a connection to intuition. “We get a gut feeling and sadness in our heart from our inner intelligence that we don’t know what to do with. While some individuals consult a practitioner, others listen to their body’s intuitive language and reflect on their insights and dreams—the language of soul,” says Schulz. “Intuition can speak softly through symptoms,” she observes. “Eventually, when disregarded, it can become a full-blown illness.” Biochemist and author of Secrets of Our Cells: Discovering Your Body’s Inner Intelligence, Sondra Barrett, Ph.D., is awed by the body’s cellular intelligence. “Our cells are invisible, so we don’t think of ourselves as cellular beings. However, a deeper understanding of our constitution and that our cells speak to each other and collaborate harmoniously could inspire us to befriend our body’s intelligence for life,” she says. “We might shift from wanting to fix an ache or pain to understanding that our cells are warning us of something.” Sonia Choquette, a global consultant who recommends we rely on our sixth sense as our first sense, has authored several books on intuition. She finds, “With intuition, we have a personal compass and an ally in discerning what is authentic and true for us so that we won’t be tugged and pulled in different directions when we make decisions.” Laurie McCammon, co-author of Enough: The Rise of the Feminine and the Birth of the New Story, was relaxing and reflecting with two friends when intuition graced her with a message of information-laden energy: “I am enough. We are enough. I have enough. We have enough. Enough!” The experience inspired them to collaborate on an e-book celebrating the grassroots groundswell toward a major shift in the world. “I believe intuition is an aspect of The Grand Plan, which always moves us toward greater expansion, inclusion and an ever more mature and loving response to life,” says McCammon. Ute Arnold, founder, director and teacher of the Unergi School of Body-Psychotherapy, in Point Pleasant, Pennsylvania, describes several physical signatures of body intelligence that can foster improved self-care. “You feel more expansive, available and receptive—with a sense of a longer spine, a wider and deeper body and feet rooted in the Earth’s powerful energy,” explains the author of Touchback: A Self-Healing Journey with Body, Art and Nature, who also has a master’s degree in fine arts. “Expanded into a condition of soft relaxation, your mind stops talking; you enter a mind-body state of energetic receptive listening, where emotional intelligence is accessible. “These feelings and sensations are indicative of wholeness. From it, we have access to the eternal place of the fully healed soul, which whispers intuitively, nudging us toward what can heal our life, body and mind.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit for the recorded interviews. natural awakenings

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MAY by Mickey McKay


iven the April Lunar and Solar eclipses, those with Sun, Moon or ascendant in Aries or Libra (Lunar eclipse on April 14 - 1 degree Libra. Sun eclipse on April 29 - 14 degrees Aries) may have experienced unexpected changes with new developments that could alter the status quo. The main effect is on the psyche which encourages you to take steps to change your physical reality. If you have natal planets within 5 degrees of the eclipse points, you will experience the impact on the houses ruled by the planets and their significations. Relationships are a hot topic in 2014. The karmic north node, Rahu, and Saturn, the planet of structure, responsibility and delays, continue to activate Libra, a sign about partnerships and justice. This energetic emphasis provides a collective call to focus on integrity within relationships. Venus, the ruler of Libra will enter the constellation of Pisces on April 27 and remain therein until May 23. Venus is exalted in the constellation of Pisces; being Venus’ most powerful placement. Venus will create conditions of love and connectedness, which are the foundations of diplomacy. Venus in Pisces will aspect Mars in the opposite constellation of Virgo and gradually begin to avert Mars’ tendency toward heated conflict. Mars will be transiting Virgo until mid-July. Mars in Virgo energizes our need to take action in terms of our health practices. Irrespective of the planetary weather, you have made it through the April eclipses intact and you should feel more optimistic as we enter May with Venus exalted. Visit Mickey McKay’s website,, to access a chart calculator. This tool charts your planets in signs and houses using Sidereal calculations. See ad page 24.


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calendarofevents FRIDAY, MAY 2


Beyond Meditation: Community HU – 6-6:30pm.  Actively explore your inner worlds, experience more divine love, a feeling of peace and increased awareness by chanting HU with others. Free. Eckankar Center, 2501 San Pedro NE, Ste. 113, Albuquerque. 505-265-7388.

EFT & Energy Therapy Practitioners’ Mastermind Live Call. – 2-3:15p.m. (1st & 3rd Wednesdays) Dr. Anne Merkel leads Physicians, Wellness Practitioners, Therapists & Coaches by phone. Monthly series with two live calls, notes, & recordings - $76. Register at - info: 1-877-262-2276.

SATURDAY, MAY 3 Wise Women’s Circle − May 3 & 17. Morning Circle 10am-12pm/Afternoon Circle 2-4pm. Small Gestalt coaching group to assist in creating effective ways to let go of stress, anxiety, past trauma and lead a life of meaning and purpose. $35/$45 incl. lunch. Healing through Horses, 21074A Hwy #84, Abiquiu, NM. 505-685-0596.

SUNDAY, MAY 4 2nd Annual Day of Miracles Festival – 10:30am6pm. Please be our guest for a family festivity at Taa-naash-kaa-da Sanctuary. We will be featuring 2nd Annual Dayalternative of Miracles Festival – vendors, performers, healers and educa10:30am-6pm. Please be our for a family tors. Celebrate community withguest us! Co-Sponsors: festivity at Taa-naash-kaa-da will Buena Vida Physical Therapy Sanctuary. & HealingWe Center; be featuring vendors, performers, alternative New Moon Fashions; Natural Awakenings Magahealers andon educators. Celebrate community with zine; Tome the Range; Lotus Heart Apothecary. us!Mira Co-Sponsors: Buena VidaNM. 505-414-1503. Physical Therapy 119 Sol Dr., Las Vegas, & Healing Center; New Moon Fashions; Natural Awakenings Magazine; Tome on the Range; Lotus Heart Apothecary. 119 Mira Sol Dr., Las Vegas, NM. 505-414-1503.


An hour with the Ascended Masters: Guided Meditation – May 4, 11 & 25. 7pm. OakRose Academy of Light meditation in a teleconference format. Satbilizes spiritual energy during this high transitional time. Open to all. Free. For regular announcements of “An Hour with the Ascended Masters” please contact Rev. AliceAnn at 505-490-8855 or Please call before 7pm. Call in number: 619-326-2772. AC: 7325118#.

MONDAY, MAY 5 Spiritual Dowsing: Exploring the Field of Invisible Energies – 7:15-9:15pm. Take the ancient art of dowsing to a new level of Spiritual Dowsing. Learn to access information not normally available to the conscious mind or seen by the physical eye. Learn to find lost objects, locate the energy fields of people & animals and detect spiritual beings in your presence. Cost: $20. Santa Fe Soul Sun Room. 2905 Rodeo Park Drive E. 505-474-8555. www.

TUESDAY, MAY 6 H. H. Sakya Trizin Teachings – 9:30am “Buddha Dharma In Daily Life” Talk: ($25/$15; 2 pm “The Three Bodhisattvas”: Blessing / Empowerment ($35/25); 7 pm “Appreciation Dinner”: H. H. Sakya Trizin Teachings – 9:30am Tibetan Entertainment & Food ($40). All are“Budweldha Dharma In Daily Life” Talk: ($25/$15; 2 pm come. Santa Fe Convention Center, 201 Marcy “The Three Bodhisattvas”: Blessing / EmpowerStreet. Contact: ment ($35/25); 7 pm “Appreciation Dinner”: Tickets: Tibetan Entertainment & Food ($40). All are welcome. Santa Fe Convention Center, 201 Marcy Street. Contact: Tickets:



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THURSDAY, MAY 8 Beyond Meditation: Community HU – 9:4510:15am.  Actively explore your inner worlds, experience more divine love, a feeling of peace, and increased awareness by chanting HU with others of like mind. Free. Highland Senior Center, 131 Monroe NE, Albuquerque. 505-265-7388. Osteoporosis Foundation’s Educational Presentation – 1:30-3pm. Felipe Mares, PT, ATC will speak on “Physical Therapy and Managing Osteoporosis”. $1 donation. Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center, 501 Elizabeth St. SE, Albuquerque. Space is limited. Please RSVP to the Center at 505-275-8731. Women’s Healing – 6:30-8pm. Carol Miseo Hardin, certified energy practitioner knowledgeable and experienced in the field of energy medicine will share a Mother’s Day healing program for nurturing the unique structure of the female form focused on strengthening the emotional and energetic bodies that support health and awakening. $20. The Wholeness Center, Santa Fe. 505-780-8622 or email carol@ Teleconference also available.

FRIDAY, MAY 9 Chi Nei Tsang Workshop, Level 1, Part 1 CertificationTraining – May 9-11. 6:30-9:30pm, Fri; 10am-6pm, Sat.;9am-12pm, Sun. Taoist Abdominal Qigong Visceral with Jampa Chi Nei Tsang Manipulation Workshop, Level 1, PartStewart, 1 Cerfrom the system taught by9-11. Mantak Chia. Powerful tificationTraining – May 6:30-9:30pm, Fri; &10am-6pm, effective modality for acupuncturists, massage Sat.;9am-12pm, Sun. Taoist Abdomitherapists, andVisceral other healers. $295. Forwith registration nal Qigong Manipulation Jampa call Jampafrom at 512-291-8363 or goby to Mantak www.HealingStewart, the system taught Chia. Studio, 4149 Powerful & effective modalityPrivate for acupuncturists, Fairly Road, Santa Fe.and other healers. $295. For massage therapists, registration call Jampa at 512-291-8363 or go to Private Studio, 4149 Fairly Road, Santa Fe.


Ethics Roundtable with Bhanu Harrison – 1-5pm . Open discussion of ethical issues across the spectrum including boundary issues, money dilemmas, dual role challenges, trauma understanding and more! $90 for 4 CEs. New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics, 202 Morningside Drive SE, Albuquerque. Call 505-837-2100 to register in advance. Astrology & Essential Oils: Healing Planet with Plants – 7-8:30 pm. The pattern of planetary energies at the moment of birth reflects the nature and structure of our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual bodies. Essential oils are the life force of plants. Learn the use of plant energies and how they support our self-sustaining work. $10. To register contact: Daniel Fiverson at 505-930-2748. Santa Fe Soul Sun Room, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr. E. 505-4748555.

SATURDAY, MAY 10 Success Blueprint: How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be – 9am-12:30pm. This workshop is designed to help you develop the confidence and mindset youtoneed succeed. You Success Blueprint: How GettoFrom Where will explore theWhere strategies andWant habitsto thatBe distinguish You Are to You – 9amhigh achievers from the average person. $59 early 12:30pm. This workshop is designed to help bird before 5/1. www.mindsetmakovers. youregistration develop the confidence and mindset you com/halfdayevent. MCM 2020 Menaul need to succeed. You willElegante, explore the strategies Blvd. N, Albuquerque. and habits that distinguish high achievers from the average person. $59 early bird registration before 5/1. MCM Elegante, 2020 Menaul Blvd. N, Albuquerque.


Women’s Spiritual Wellness Class – 10-12pm. Three Saturdays, May 10, 17, and 24. Using meditation and psychic tools learn to develop your unique energies and creative abilities as a woman. The classes will clear limits out of the areas of health, relationships, career and spiritual purpose. $75. Center For Inner Truth, 826 Camino de Monte Rey, A1, Santa Fe, Pre-register 505-920-4418. Mama’s Minerals Alternative Health Fair – 10am-3pm. Mayan-Aztec Opening Ceremony 10am. Featuring over 40 healers from across New Mexico: Curanderas, Reflexology, Energy Healers, Chinese Medicine & More. Free.1100 San Mateo NE at Lomas, Albuquerque. 505-266-8443. www. The Forgiveness Dilemma, Healing Constellations beyond the limits of Forgiveness – 10-5pm. Join facilitator, trainer Krista Jarrard as she introduces an exciting new Family Constellation format, illuminating the hidden dynamics behind the act of “forgiveness”. Receive an awareness of the limits of traditional forgiveness and the expansiveness of reconciliation. Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr. E. For information: 505-795-9171. Kindred Spirits Animal Sanctuary – May 10&11 11am-4pm. Eldercare & Hospice for Dogs, Horses and Poultry. We invite the public to visit our Annual Spring Open House, Saturday + Sunday. Bring a friend! 3749-A State Road 14, Santa Fe. For details: or call 505-471-5366.


Turtlewomyn Moon Lodge with Maria Yraceburu – 1-4 pm. TurtleWomyn’s Moon Lodge offers a sacred container to slow down and listen to the Mother Earth. Through ritual and talking circle, we share the expressive ways of womyn, and nourish our souls. This Month: Womyn’s Spirituality Sliding Scale $15-$35. Buena Vida Physical Therapy & Wellness Center, 601 E. Lincoln Ave., Las Vegas, NM 505-414-1583.


Free Introduction to the Alexander Technique with Annette Cantor-Groenfeldt – 6-8pm. Achieve greater balance and alignment, on the computer or in your favorite exercise class, and learn to protect your back while gardening this spring season! Call:505-670-0474 for reservations or Santa Fe Soul Sun Room, 2905 Rodeo Park Drive E., Santa Fe. Elemental Breathing Class – 6:30 - 8:30pm. We breath every minute of the day. Elemental Breathing teaches us to draw Mother Earth life force into our body, grounding, purifying and energizing both physical and emotional bodies, while nourishing the heart

and spirit. Taught by Carol Miseo Hardin, certified energy practitioner and Director of The Wholeness School. $45. The Wholeness Center, Santa Fe. 505780-8622 or email Green Gardening with Essential Oils – 6:30pm -7:30pm. A DoTERRA Essential Oils Share and Learn Event with Linda Myers. Learn more about DoTERRA Essential Oils and how to use them. Free. RSVP with Angelina 505-907-6031. Southwest Myotherapy, 7301 Jefferson St NE #B, Albuquerque.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 14 Learn about Mayan Abdominal Massage – 7-8:30pm. Free Lecture with 20 minute documentary of Sastun: My Apprenticeship with A Maya Healer, which tells the story of Dr. Rosita Arvigo, Doctor of Naprapathy, who befriended one of the last remaining Maya shamans, Don Elijo Panti. Explore and ask if the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® may help you. Milagro Herbs, 419 Orchard Drive, Santa Fe. Pre-register: 505-820-6321.

THURSDAY, MAY 15 Group Breathwork – 6-7:30pm. Through a conscious connected breathing method, release stress and old trauma on a cellular and emotional level. Reconnect with your Authentic Self. Small group, reserve in advance. $25. Center For Inner Truth, 826 Camino de Monte Rey, A1, Santa Fe, Pre-register 505-920-4418.

FRIDAY, MAY 16 Cranial Sacral II with Don Cornwell, PhD, DOM, LMT – May 16-18, 9am-5pm. Advanced techniques can be combined with Level I treatment protocol and help correct further imbalances within the body. Learn how to align facial bones, use therapeutic still-points to help resolve trauma. Prerequisite: Cranial- Sacral I. $275. New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics 202 Morningside Drive SE, Albuquerque. To sign up in advance call 505-268-6870.



Spring Plant Walk – 9am-12pm. Master Herbalist Tomas Enos will lead a group into Santa Fe Ski Basin. Learn about native medicinal and edible plants, when to harvest them, how to use them, and their benefits to your health. $15 Limit 10 people. Meet at Milagro Herbs, 419 Orchard Drive (next to Kakawa Chocolate House on Paseo de Peralta), Santa Fe. Pre-register: 505-820-6321.

Free Introduction to Hypnotherapy – 7 8:30pm. Learn to transform your perception of the world and accelerate your personal and/or professional performance. Strengthen your day-to-day natural ability to live a balanced, meaningful and productive life. 819 Vassar Drive NE. Albuquerque. Christian Raphael Hypnotherapy. 505-918-6555.

FRIDAY, MAY 23 Explore the Cosmic Landscape with Daniel Fiverson and Marcia Starck – 7-8:30pm. An interactive series to discuss the current astrological events that are occurring and what we can expect collectively and individually as a result. Series begins on Friday evening May 23. Open to all - no astrological background needed. Cost: $10. Santa Fe Soul Sun Room. 2905 Rodeo Park Drive E. 505474-8555

SATURDAY, MAY 24 Breath of God – May 24 –26, 9:30am- 4pm. Learn a powerful, advanced breathing practice that opens and purifies the physical, emotional and energetic bodies. In this three day work shop we will learn how to draw in and circulate Earth life force energy creating balance and strength. Master the breath and every experience that has been lodged within the emotional field will literally be opened and released. $375 The Wholeness Center, Santa Fe. 505-780-8622 or email


Wise Women’s Circle − see listing May 3 Community Friendship Drum Circle – 1-4 pm. Celebrate community in Las Vegas, NM with our Friendship Drum Circle, facilitated by Maria Yraceburu, founder of Yraceburu EarthWisdom! No experience necessary, and all ages and levels are encouraged to participate. Donations accepted. for direction

Beyond Meditation: Community HU – 10:3011am. Actively explore your inner worlds, experience more divine love, a feeling of peace, and increased awareness by chanting HU with others of like mind. Free. Eckankar Center, 2501 San Pedro NE, Ste. 113, Albuquerque. 505-265-7388. 


Tree Essences – 10-12pm. Learn about the healing energies of various trees! In this workshop, you will learn how to make tree essences and to attune to the spiritual consciousness in Nature. Erin Galiger will give you exercises and meditations so that you can achieve spiritual growth through communication and cooperation with the Tree Kingdom. You’ll leave with a tree essence. $25. Milagro Herbs, 419 Orchard Drive, Santa Fe. Pre-register: 505820-6321.

TUESDAY, MAY 20 First Aid with Essential Oils – 6:30-7:30pm. A DoTERRA Essential Oils Share and Learn Event with Deb Garey. Learn more about DoTERRA Essential Oils and how to use them. Free. RSVP with Angelina 505-907-6031. Southwest Myotherapy, 7301 Jefferson St NE #B, Albuquerque.


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Lightworkers Teleconference – 7-9pm. Through their clear voice channel, the Ascended Masters of Shamballa will come to speak to you, give a brief discourse on current Ascension progress, lead a guided meditation, and answer questions. All Light workers welcome. Ltd. street parking. Donation: $22/door or via PayPal. Santa Fe. OakRose Academy, Rev. AliceAnn 505-490-8855 for directions. Teleconference call-in number: 619-326-2772, AC: 7325118.

Quantum-Touch Level I – May 31 & June 1, 10am-5pm. An extraordinary form of energy healing. Powerful, easy to learn. Use to help Quantum-Touch I – May 31 & June 1, family, friends, petsLevel and clients. Quantum-Touch 10am-5pm. An extraordinary of energy has been proven to reduce or form eliminate pain,healining. Powerful, easy to learn. Use to helpsciatica, family, flammation, arthritis, migraines, injuries, friends, pets and clients. fibromyalgia, boost the Quantum-Touch immune systemhas andbeen so provenmore. to reduce pain,toinflammation, much Gainortheeliminate confidence help others arthritis, migraines, injuries, sciatica, fibromyalgia, heal. Discover your gifts, receive healings and


WEDNESDAY, MAY 28 Energy Therapy Support & Training for Health & Wellness Practitioners - Live Call. – 2-3:15p.m. (1st & 3rd Wednesdays) Dr. Anne Merkel leads Physicians, Coaches, Therapists, other Practitioners by phone. Monthly series with two live calls, notes, & recordings - $76. Register at http://arielagroup. com/tapshops - info: 1-877-262-2276.

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SUNDAY, JUNE 15 Meet AMMA Mata Amritanandamayi, renowned humanitarian and spiritual leader – June 15 two free programs 10am & 7pm. Numbered tokens distributed at 8:30am & 5:45pm. MilMeet AMMA Mata Amritanandamayi, renowned lions worldwide have been comforted by Amma’s humanitarian and spiritual leader – June 15 two “hug” and inspired her vast charitable activities, free programs 10am by & 7pm. Numbered tokens distriband message selflessMillions service and equalityhave for utedher at 8:30am &of 5:45pm. worldwide all. Ammabyand receive her individual, beenMeet comforted Amma’s “hug” and inspiredloving by her embrace. Juneactivities, 18, free public begins at vast charitable and herprogram message of selfless service and equality for all. Meet Amma and receive 7pm, numbered tokens distributed at 5:30pm. June her individual, embrace. June 18, freeHilton public 16-18 - Retreat.loving Pre-registration required. programThunder begins atResort, 7pm, numbered tokens distributed Buffalo 30 Buffalo Thunder Trail, at 5:30pm. June87506. 16-18 -505Retreat. Pre-registration Santa Fe, NM 982-9801 or www. required. Hilton Buffalo Thunder Resort, 30 Buffalo /


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MONDAY JUNE 16 Golden Acorns Summer Camp: A camp of living arts and culture for ages 4-11 – June 16 - July 11. Four weeklong sessions of dance, drumming, music, art, story, and healingCamp: traditions from of Nigeria, Golden Acorns Summer A camp living Guinea, Indigenous Urban arts andand culture for agesAmerica. 4-11 – June 16 - Culture July 11. Week with break-dancing, hip hop, and graffiti art. Four weeklong sessions of dance, drumming, muCamping Weekand features overnights, and sic, art, story, healing traditionsherbalism, from Nigeria, nature Program incl. yoga, Chi, Guinea,awareness. and Indigenous America. UrbanT’ai Culture permaculture, herbalism, compassionate communiWeek with break-dancing, hip hop, and graffiti art. cation, andWeek intuitive awareness. $250/wk. Half-day Camping features overnights, herbalism, and option for youngerProgram campers. $125/wk. Pre-and nature awareness. incl. yoga, T’ai Chi, after-care. $35/wk. Early bird discount through May permaculture, herbalism, compassionate communi16. Contact Helen at 505-795-9079 or goldenacorncation, and intuitive awareness. $250/wk. Half-day option for younger campers. $125/wk. Pre-and after-care. $35/wk. Early bird discount through May 16. Contact Helen at 505-795-9079 or


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savethedate Making peace with the Divine Feminine – June 20-22. Join Master DK and Kathlyn Kingdon for the 12th Annual Peace Convocation: This duo is presenting a totally new in-depth study of the re-emergence of the Divine Feminine as full and co-creative partners with the Divine Masculine in a marriage for the new age. For details and registration: or 303-554-9881. Madonna Retreat & Conference Center, 4040 St. Joseph’s Pl. NW, Albuquerque.

SATURDAY, JUNE 21 Summer Annual Wheel Dance – 10 am-5pm. Donations, dish for Potluck. Drums, rattles, and dancing shoes! This extraordinary trance dance opportunity is being offered through partnership with Yraceburu EarthWisdom and Taa-naash-kaa-da Sanctuary. Meet and dance vision with the dynamic family of Yraceburu and participate in the grassroots ceremonial movement to re-turn time, the innovative programs and alternative methods of this community. Taa-naash-kaa-da Sanctuary, 119 Mira Sol Dr., Las Vegas, NM. Mama’s Minerals 9th Annual Arts & Crafts Fair – 10am- 4pm. Featuring over 125 Artists: Sculpture, Photography, Pottery, Quilts, Jewelry, Candles, Handbags and more. Community Rocks! Live Music, Food. Free. 1100 San Mateo Blvd NE at Lomas, Albuquerque.


savethedate 27th Cancer Survivorship Conference and Celebration – 8:30am-3pm. Breakfast, lunch, celebration cake. To register call 505-242-3263 or go to Jewish Community Center, 5520 Wyoming Blvd NE, Albuquerque.

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Early morning kundalini yoga and meditation practice – 5-7:30am. Yogis and mystics have known that this magic time is when you can most easily align your energy with the frequency of your soul. Free. 505-982-6369. Yoga Santa Fe, 1505 Llano Street (at Pinon).

Qigong & Healing From Within – 10:30am-12pm. Taoist, Yogic & Shamanic practices cultivate vitality, inner strength & awareness with energy, movement, sound, breathwork & meditation. $12. 1st class free. Allison Lasky. Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park Drive East, Bldg. 3, Santa Fe. 505-984-8733.

Spiritual Happy Hour – 10-11am. Exploring and sharing our paths to consciousness. Potluck following the service. Everyone of all paths welcome. Free. 2nd & 4th Sunday of the month. Center For Inner Truth, 826 Camino de Monte Rey, A1, Santa Fe, Pre-register 505-920-4418. Qigong in the Park –11-12am. Enjoy a vitalizing Qigong practice every Sunday morning with certified Qigong instructor Loretta Shiver. Qigong supports optimal health and well-being, is easy and fun to do. Free. Washington Middle School Park, Albuquerque, 10th & Park. 505-681-1924. www.

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

tuesday Thai Massage Tuesdays – $30 off an 85 minute session. By appointment. Get stretched! Nathan Sutton, LMT 4256. Santa Fe. 505-603-0330. John of God Sanctioned Crystal Light Therapy – by appointment. Tesuque-Santa Fe. 505-455-2532.

Gentle Yoga – Chi with Michal Curry, CHTP – 5:30-6:45pm. Are you coming back into your yoga practice, from an injury or illness? Are you interested in learning yoga as a wellness practice? This class is for you. $15 drop in or $50 for 5 classes. Santa Fe Soul Sun Room, 2905 Rodeo Park Drive E. 505-474-8555. Free Energy Healing Clinic – 5:30-6:30pm. Drop in for a fifteen minute non-touch energy clearing on whatever you are working on. Release tension, energetic blocks, relax in a meditative environment and get a next step on your journey. Free. 2nd & 4th Wednesday each month, May 14 & 28. Center For Inner Truth, 826 Camino de Monte Rey, A1, Santa Fe. 505-920-4418. Therapeutic Body and Energy Sessions – by appointment with licensed and certified practitioner Kevin Horton. Tesuque-Santa Fe. 505-455-2532.

thursday Be the Dragonfly: Using Intuition to Take Flight – 7-9 pm. Women’s circle with intuitive life coach Emilah Dawn DeToro, M.Ed. Learn how intuition works, discern between intuition and ego, move through fear, and take flight into your new life. The Source, 1111 Carlisle Blvd SE, Albuquerque. Info at 505-217-1720.

saturday Qigong in the Park – 9-10am. Enjoy a vitalizing Qigong practice every Saturday morning with certified Qigong instructor Loretta Shiver. Qigong supports optimal health and well-being, is easy and fun to do. Free. Altura Park, Hannett & Morningside NE, Albuquerque. 505-681-1924.

Coming in June


s we move into May and experience the rippling after effects of the Cardinal Cross in April, slow down and take a moment and get a sense of any internal or external shifts. Between May 1st and May 8th the intensity of the Cardinal Cross made up of Uranus in Aries, Pluto in Capricorn, Jupiter in Cancer, and Mars in Libra eases up, bringing some grace and allowing us collectively and individually to digest, consider, and move forward with all that we experienced. These powerful astrological events are helping each of us to continue to wake up. To deepen our self awareness, to understand and claim who we really are and what we truly care about contributing. Providing the courage to take a stand about what no longer works so that something better can take its place. Compelling us to make decisions and changes as well as responding appropriately to any changes thrust upon us. Signaling a time to take appropriate action that can further align our inner essence with our outer reality; where we can live with meaningful purpose, joy, and love, which in turn creates a healthier, more fulfilled humankind, one that holds the potential to bring healing to our seriously distressed world. Beginning May 11th through May 18th‌ Venus the Goddess of Love in the sign of Aries forms various aspects with each of the four planets in the cardinal cross bringing us the importance and the courage to bring love to all that we are and do. As we set boundaries and take action, as we stand in our individual truth, even in the face of disapproval or opposition, as we claim our wholeness and live with higher purpose and passion, and as we open our heart and find the hope and faith to dream and grow; that life is worth living. Between May 20th and the 28th,

BE INSPIRED This Summer and peaking on May 24th Jupiter in Cancer will form a trine with Saturn in Scorpio. When Jupiter and Saturn come together, think growth and limitation, dreams and reality. First understand that you deserve to realize your dreams, but it is also important to take a serious look at your current situation and evaluate it realistically. Then, armed with some hope and faith, creative vision, determination, focus and discipline, work to bring those dreams into fruition. During the period of this trine there is a flow of support and opportunity that is available, but you have to keep your eyes open and work with it consciously to achieve the best results. On May 14th the Full Moon in Scorpio intensifies already intense feelings. The heart looks into the dark. The potential is there for healing and deepening soul connection through honest shared intimacy. Be aware of possible emotional overload or shut down. The New Moon in Gemini on May 28th provides the blank page to be filled with inspired conversation and shared ideas. Talk and listen from the heart and remain open to the possibility of change. On a personal note, May’s forecast will be my last with Natural Awakenings. I have learned a lot and truly enjoyed my experience here. I want to give a heartfelt thank you to Andrea Williams and Natural Awakenings for such a wonderful opportunity and to all of you, my dear readers, for your interest and support. I am grateful! Be Well Be Love! Evolutionary Astrologer Deborah Sipple offers in-depth forecasts at www. For questions, inquiries, or newsletter sign-up, contact me at dksleo13@talkingskyastrology. com or 505-217-6664. See ad page 20.

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MASSAGE THERAPY Nathan Sutton, LMT 456 505-603-0330 Santa Fe

Providing therapeutic bodywork since 1996. Enjoy 85 minute sessions in Thai Massage, Deep & Nurturing Swedish or Energy Wo r k . A l s o s k i l l e d i n neuromuscular reeducation and myofascial release.


Channeling: Ascended Masters: Serapis Bey, Hilarion & Kuthumi Santa Fe, NM 505-660-5278 weekdays 11 AM – 2 PM. The Ascended Masters and the Spiritual Hierarchy of Earth help, guide and foster humanities upward path to Oneness. As Teacher, healer, priest, Rev. AliceAnn can help you find your Spiritual Direction in life and help you make the transition to transcendence. See ad on page 12.

HEALING Dana Micucci

575-758-8504 Heal physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual trauma throughout all timelines with shamanic soul retrievals and Reconnective Healing. Reconnect to the planetary grid, your multi-dimensional aspects and dormant DNA strands with the Reconnection.

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INTUITIVE CONSULTATIONS CHANTAL FIDANZA - YOUR DIVINE LIGHT – Intuitive Healing Sessions allow you to remove blocks to greater empowerment, freedom and joy in every area of your life: relationships, health, abundance. In person and phone sessions offered. 15-Minute Free Consultation. Chantal Fidanza, Certified Light Journey Guide, Intuitive Healer, Reiki Master: 505-438-1074,





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6300 San Mateo Blvd. N.E. #C2-3 Albuquerque, NM 87109 Ph: 505-797-2211 Dahn Yoga is a leader in health and wellness, offering classes in Yoga, Tai Chi, meditation and other mind body training programs based on Traditional Korean healing philosophy. Dahn Yoga is committed to creating authentic opportunities for individuals to improve their quality of life and positively benefit society as a whole.


Yoga Santa Fe & GRD Health Center 505-982-6369 Santa Fe, NM Offering Kundalini Yoga Classes, Yogic Energy Healing, Numerology Readings, Chiropractic Care, and 10 Body “Deep Peace” Treatments. Dr. Guruchander, Kirn, and the team of yoga teachers and healers offer practices and healing sessions to help you awaken and claim your deepest and purest potential. Balance, heal, and remove unwanted energetic blocks and live with great vitality, courage, and happiness.

Every moment in our lives is a miracle we should enjoy instead of ignoring. ~Yoko Ono

REGAIN YOUR HEALTH AND WELLBEING – Developed and facilitated by Holistic Medical Doctors Angelique Hart and Roy Heilbron. Residential Jump Start Program also available. Details at www.jumpstartprogram. info .Tesuque-Santa Fe. 505-983-1293.

REIKI TREATMENTS CHANTAL FIDANZA - YOUR DIVINE LIGHT – Release energetic blocks and fill your being with light for physical, emotional and spiritual healing. In person and phone sessions offered. Chantal Fidanza, Certified Light Journey Guide, Intuitive Healer, Reiki Master: 505-4381074,

RETREATS SANTA FE STUDIO – Santa Fe studio to retreat to for a day, a weekend, a week, a month. Private entrance, kitchen and lovely space at a spiritual center in Santa Fe. A place for your renewal, to do writing or time needed for reflection. Dates flexible to meet your needs. Call Santa Fe, Center of Light, 505-467-8336.

STUDENT CLINIC NEW MEXICO SCHOOL OF NATURAL THERAPEUTICS STUDENT CLINIC AND REMEDY STORE − Student and Graduate Massages and Bodywork. Open 7 days a week. 202 Morningside Dr, SE, Albuquerque. To make an appointment: 505-268-2181 or email

T’ai Chi - Qigong CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS − Doug Brown is assembling a T’ai Chi - Qigong ‘Resource Guide’ listing all the schools and teachers in the Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Taos areas. Right Now, it is FREE to be included. For more information contact or 505-660-9906.

YOGA THERAPY SUFFERING FROM AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE(S) – Tired all the time? Finding it hard to even move?  Difficulty sleeping or digestive issues?  Personalized yoga therapy can help you feel better.  Together we create a plan to address your own health needs.  Take charge of your health, email Laura today-

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