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Drawing from Experience Accessing our creative impulses for change!

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ur July issue is dedicated with gratitude to our local farmers. This month’s feature article by Melinda Hemmelgarn profiles organic farmers. These “Stewards of Earth’s Bounty” are among the silent heroes making a difference in America’s food supply and helping us all become aware of the healthier food choices available. How the vegetables and fruits we eat are grown affects our health. As a child growing up in Europe, I never had to worry about toxic chemicals sprayed on crops or the hazards of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). To stay healthy, we need to simply make smarter choices in what we eat based on knowing where it comes from and reading labels. Keep it simple by sticking with naturally grown and raised local and organic foods from farmers you know and trust. Filling our plates mostly with fresh vegetables will also keep us healthy. One of the most serious threats to big agriculture may well be the individual, or family, that decides to grow his or her own organic food. Every dollar spent is a dollar that refuses to support the irresponsible practices by chemical manufacturers like Monsanto. Local farmers’ markets are a superb place to start feeding our family right. While perusing, I noticed that New Mexico has more than 80 different farmers’ markets, with many new additions. Below are several great reasons to shop at farmers’ markets: Fresh Food: Most produce sold at farmers’ markets has been picked within 24 hours and comes from less than 100 miles away. Know Your Farmer: Farmers’ markets give shoppers the opportunity to meet the people that produce their food and ask questions about growing techniques, recipes and storage tips. Sustainability: Supporting local farmers maintains traditional agricultural lands and knowledge for future generations. Food Security: Strong local food systems ensure a more secure food source for all New Mexicans. Community: Farmers’ markets provide a festive atmosphere to meet with friends, family and neighbors of all ages and backgrounds. Think local. Work local. Buy local. Stay healthy. Enjoy your summer, and Happy July Fourth! Andrea Williams, Publisher

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contents Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more



balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge 6 newsbriefs information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal 8 healthbriefs growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle. 10 globalbriefs 15 wisewords 11 ANYBODY CAN 21 healingways WRITE A BOOK IN A WEEKEND 23 greenliving by Tom Bird 24 naturalpet 12 SOLD: HUMAN 26 consciouseating SEX TRAFFICKING 16 by Andrea Schensky Williams 27 astrology 13 ONE TRACK HEART: 28 calendar The Story of Krishna Das by Andrea Schensky Williams 30 classifieds 15 JAMES GORMLEY 30 resourceguide



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Technology Conference in Albuquerque

Free Monthly Reiki Clinics


hantal Fidanza, Reiki master, light journey guide and intuitive healer, is offering free monthly Reiki clinics. “Curious about Reiki and its healing benefits?” Had Reiki before and looking for a new practitioner or venue? Never heard of Reiki but interested in finding out more?” asks Fidanza. “The clinics are for anyone interested in this healing touch technique which activates the natural healing processes and restores physical and emotional well-being.” The next clinic is being held July 12 at Fidanza’s new office space in Santa Fe. “The new space enables me to offer healing sessions on a full-time basis to those seeking increased health, self-awareness and spiritual growth,” she says. The Reiki clinic will feature a private 15-minute Reiki treatment followed by a 10-minute debriefing. During this debriefing, participants “can discuss any questions you have regarding Reiki or intuitive healing and how they may support you on your journey to wellness and empowerment.” According to Fidanza, sessions may include intuitive insights that present themselves during a session. Cost: Reiki clinic sessions are free. Registration is required. Location: 1300 Luisa St., Santa Fe. To register, call 505-438-1074, email, or visit See ad on page 4.

Communicate Directly with Your Angels Receive Immediate Answers concerning your Life’s Direction! This is the greatest gift you can give yourself ... a day experiencing a better feeling for the real you and tapping the unseen love and support from your Spirit Guides. In this workshop you WILL establish a clear, direct, twoway communication with your Spiritual Helpers.


he 2014 Extraordinary Technology Conference, hosted by TeslaTech, is coming to the Embassy Suites Hotel and Spa in Albuquerque July 30 to August 3. Attendees will learn about Tesla Technology, Magnetic Motors, zero-point energy, energy-saving devices, magnetic healing, electroGravitation, electroMedicine and much more. The event is a great opportunity to meet the speakers and inventors and see working demonstrations of devices. Conference sessions include topics such as keeping your brain strong in a toxic world, the nature and dynamics of vibration, the evolution of plasma physics, and getting practical power from tap water, to name just a few. Register online at Twenty percent discount through July 5. Use code TTI. AAA discounts available. Location: Embassy Suites Hotel and Spa, 1000 Woodward Pl., N.E., Albuquerque. For conference details, including session dates, topics and times, visit For more information, call 520-463-1994. See ad on page 17.

Earth Healing People Immersion


aria Yraceburu in partnership with Taa-naash-kaa-da Sanctuary is thrilled to announce the groundbreaking Earth Healing People Immersion, 24-day spiritual adventure. Two program will be held in 2014 on the following dates: September 19 through October 13. The Earth Healing People Immersion Experience (EHPI) is a comprehensive program offering participants a uniquely intimate and profound earth-relationship experience through camping, shamanic study work, medicine wheel training, sacred site excursions, elder visits, land service, community celebration, and more. “Land Service allows you to get more involved in the family by lending your time and effort, while reinforcing what you learn in your studies and exposing you to more intimate learning and indigenous sharing opportunities.” Maria Yraceburu is an award winning social motivator, who has been facilitating responsible ceremonies, workshops, pilgrimages and community-based ecospiritual wisdom since 1972. For more details, visit See ad on page 4.

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Dr. James Shyun at BODY of Santa Fe


n July 26 and 27, BODY of Santa Fe will host three seminars by Dr. James Shyun, a master of the healing arts and worldrenowned tai chi grandmaster who travels the world spreading the knowledge of self-healing and how to allow the body to return to • spiritual counseling balance or to balance itself before sickness sets in. Shyun focuses —life transitions on how to optimize the crucial elements that go into the body, —end of life support including food, water and oxygen, and how to live life according • shamanic healing to the ancient principles of the Chinese healing arts. —power animal retrieval retrieval In the seminar Self-healing through Natural Remedies,—soul —extraction healing attendees will learn simple herbal formulas from easy-to-find ingredients— —psychopomp —healing drum it starts, and including foods right from the grocery store—to stop sickness before —divination if it does start, how to nip it in the bud. • officiate servicies In Herbs for Holistic Health, attendees will discover the healing properties of —life commitments, welcoming new borns herbs and natural foods that can be easily included in an everyday diet to(animals boost& humans) —end of life farewells energy and cleanse the body of toxins. In addition, Chi Kung Level 1: Create focuses on the first of three levels of chi kung (qigong), or the art of using breath in combination with movement to strengthen the immune system and fill the body with energy. Cost: $99 per seminar with discounts for multiple seminars. Location: BODY of Santa Fe, 333 W. Cordova Rd., Santa Fe. Visit for more details.

Quit Smoking with Hypnotherapy by Christian Raphael


2007 article posted on states that “Hospitalized patients that smoke may be more likely to quit smoking through the use of hypnotherapy than patients using other smokingcessation methods. A new study shows that smoking patients who participated in one hypnotherapy session were more likely to be nonsmokers at six months compared with patients using nicotine replacement therapy alone or patients who quit ‘cold turkey’.” The smoking behavior is an unskilled way of trying to meet a legitimate need. It is difficult to dissolve the behavior without discovering the underlying need or feeling that smoking tries to meet. Hypnosis is highly effective because it reveals to our conscious mind the legitimate need of the smoking habit. A healthy conscious mind will always choose life-enriching behavior. Hypnosis works in the subconscious, or feeling mind. Pictures of events and the associated senses are stored in our subconscious memory bank. For example, think about what you had for breakfast. Images came forward, and perhaps certain aromas and tastes....right? When a person is able to connect inside to their feelings about smoking, they open the door and begin the guided process of safely, quickly and naturally becoming a forever non-smoker—no matter how many times they have tried to quit in the past.

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Christian Raphael Hypnotherapy is located at 819 Vassar Drive NE, Albuquerque. Call 505-918-6555 to schedule a complementary 20 minute session. Source:, October 22, 2007, “Hypnotherapy for Smoking Cessation Sees Strong Results.” natural awakenings

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Saq’ Be’: Organization for Mayan and Indigenous Spiritual Studies Workshops


ayan Ajq’ij (spiritual guide) Lina Barrios returns to Santa Fe with Denise Barrios to present an evening workshop series. Our guests from the highlands of Guatemala will provide a primary level workshop for understanding and working with a powerful, ancient tool, the Cholq’ij, for personal development and to create balance. This is a rare opportunity to experience the teachings and practices of an ancient, living lineage directly, in a way that brings benefit for individuals, families and communities. Lina and Denise arrive in a spirit of generosity, grounded in the practicality of a tradition capable of fostering both personal development and deep, integrated alignment. See Calendar of Events for Details. Contact Saq’ Be’:; 505-216-6766; See ad on page 9.


Essential Oils Effective in Fighting Candida, MRSA


ssential oils show promise in preventing infections from the fungi Candida albicans and the bacteria methicillinresistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), according to several recent studies. Romania’s Polytechnic University of Bucharest researchers found that topical application of the essential oils from Salvia officinalis (sage) and Anethum graveolens (dill) provided significant inhibition against the C. albicans fungi when compared with a standard antiseptic dressing. Scientists from England’s Manchester Metropolitan University compared the effects on three strains of MRSA in wound dressings containing the essential oils of patchouli, tea tree, geranium, lavender and grapefruit seed extract against a conventional antibacterial dressing of silver sulfadiazine cream. Each oil was applied independently and in combination with wound dressings. Grapefruit seed extract and geranium oil were found to most effectively inhibit the MRSA strains.

Sun’s Rays May Help Heart Health


n addition to triggering vitamin D production, the sun may have other health benefits. University of Edinburgh researchers studied 24 healthy volunteers that used lamps that produce ultraviolet A (UVA) light mimicking the sun’s UVA rays, compared with similar lamps that only produce heat. Two sessions under the UVA lamps significantly lowered blood pressure and boosted nitric oxide levels in the blood. The latter is linked to better circulation. The scientists concluded that the combined effect may help prevent heart disease.


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To Live in a Secure World: The Seventh Chakra by Kirn and Guruchander


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he seventh month relates to the crown chakra, which projects the emanations from the first six chakras out into the aura. All living beings are surrounded by an aura. It gives you the feeling of protection and a sense of self and direction in your life. Without an aura you would become everyone and everything else and merge with all other energies. Your sense of self and identity comes from the protection of your aura. A weak aura comes from worrying, from not having clear boundaries for yourself, and from not being true to your own principles. It expresses as having “thin skin,” isolating and not being able to uplift yourself, and feeling overwhelmed by all the negative aspects of life. A perfect example of a powerful aura, which then provides the opportunity for upliftment and healing, is Amma, the hugging saint. The universal mother is the ultimate auric container that provides a platform for elevation for all. We can strengthen our aura with the following yogic practices: + Sing! + Maintain clear boundaries for yourself + Eat sweet, yellow foods + Wear citrine and amber + Do seva (selfless service for others) + Include self-nurturing in your daily routine + Give hugs + Repeat the mantra: “I am secure within myself”

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Yoga Santa Fe is a community where you can develop a meaningful Kundalini yoga practice with like minded souls who are living authentic lives with and for each other. We are dedicated to providing a cozy, serene environment where our Kundolini Yoga classes use movement, postures, breath, sound (mantra), dance, and meditation to help you to relieve your stress, increase your virality, balance your mind and uplift your spirit. (505) 982-6369

Aura Building Asana: + Sit in easy pose + With eyes closed, focus on third eye + Lift the right arm straight up, palm faces left + Raise left arm parallel to ground, palm faces up + Hold both arms straight with no bend in the elbows + Practice long, deep breathing for one to three minutes and then reverse the asana for the same amount of time + End with a deep inhale and visualize yourself enveloped in a powerful aura Sat Nam.


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globalbriefs Food Transparency

Vermont Demands GMO Labeling

Vermont Senator David Zuckerman and Representative Carolyn Partridge spearheaded efforts for the state to pass the nation’s first unrestricted mandatory labeling bill for genetically modified organisms (GMO). The state legislature’s collective efforts, lasting more than a decade, led to an unprecedented, game-changing new law signed by Governor Peter Shumlin on April 23. The state expects legal challenges by big biotech manufacturers and marketers, and has proactively set aside $10 million for legal fees. Starting July 1, 2016, products sold in Vermont that contain more than 0.9 percent GMO content contamination will require a statement on the label indicating that genetic engineering was used. Products that contain GMOs and are labeled cannot also label their products as “natural”. The bill, however, does not apply to labels for milk, eggs and meat from animals fed GMOs.

Relaxing Rules

U.S. Organic Standards Under Siege Last September, without any public input, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), under pressure from corporations, changed the way the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) decides which non-organic materials are allowed in products labeled as Certified Organic, all but guaranteeing that when the NOSB meets every six months, the non-organic and synthetic materials allowed in organic items will increase. Certain non-organic or synthetic materials can be used in up to 5 percent of a USDA Organic product, and in up to 30 percent of a Made with Organic Ingredients product. Look for the addition of carrageenan, synthetic nutrients such as DHA and ARA, sausage casings made from processed intestines, synthetic methionine, antibiotics and mutagens, among others. Sign a petition in protest at

Urban Habitats

How Plants and Animals Adapt to Cities More than half of the world’s population now resides in cities, and the United Nations projects that 5 billion people will call a city home by 2030. “We need to understand how cities are changing the ecology of the systems they are built on, and how plants and animals are adapting to them,” says Dieter Hochuli, a Ph.D. biologist who specializes in integrative ecology at the University of Sydney, in Australia. For the most part, plants and animals adapt to urban surroundings using traits that help them survive in their natural habitat, but some scientists predict the pressures of the city, especially pollution, may become so great that evolution may intervene. “We’ve created this whole new habitat that never used to exist here,” remarks Angela Moles, a University of New South Wales (Australia) plant biologist. “There will be some species living here that are not doing so well and there’ll be selection for individuals that can do better in an urban environment.” “We still have functioning ecosystems, they’re just different from what they were 200 years ago,” comments Hochuli. Some shifts will be irreversible. Source: The Sydney Morning Herald


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Shame Game Corporations Bow to Public Pressure

Microbeads are tiny balls of hard plastic found in facial scrubs, shampoo and toothpaste that flow down drains and pass through wastewater treatment plants, ending up in waterways, where they enter the food chain. New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has proposed the first U.S. legislation banning plastic microbeads in commonly used cosmetics ( BeadLegislation). Finding microbead-free products isn’t easy; we must read ingredient lists and steer clear of products that contain polyethylene or polypropylene. Natural alternatives include ground almonds, oatmeal and pumice. Palm oil is a natural ingredient used in thousands of everyday products from snack foods to shampoo. But as tropical forests are cleared and carbon-rich peat swamps are drained and burned to make way for palm oil plantations, carbon is released into the atmosphere, driving global warming and shrinking habitat for endangered species. Tropical deforestation currently accounts for about 10 percent of the world’s heat-trapping emissions. Last March, General Mills and Colgate-Palmolive announced new palm oil policies. Concerned citizens can tell other major corporations that for the sake of our atmosphere, tropical forests, peat lands and endangered species, the time to act is now, and to use only deforestation-free and peatlands-free palm oil going forward. Take action at OilPetition.


Anybody Can Write a Book in a Weekend by Tom Bird


know, the title to this article sounds strange, if downright not ludicrous. That is, of course, if you haven’t experienced this so-called literary miracle firsthand, as I have hundreds of times. Yes, in fact, over the last three years, everyone that has attended one of my Write Your Best Seller in a Weekend Retreats has finished their books, and 11 of those that did so went onto become #1 Amazon bestsellers so far this year alone. And the population that we have drawn from for my retreat included the young (8 to 18); the more mature; those that were highly educated; those whose primary education had come through living out the mysteries of life; experienced authors as well as aspiring writers; those of great acclaim as well as those that hardly anyone knew; and those that came to the retreats with well-formed ideas as well as those that had no idea what they were going to write about.

They completed their books.

Now by sharing this with you, I am not trying to sell you on my retreats, no matter how fabulous and life changing they may be. INSTEAD, I AM TRYING TO SELL YOU ON YOURSELF. For I am no miracle worker. You are the miracle just waiting to happen! I’m just the guy that brings your attention to the fact that you have a door that’s dying to be opened. Directs you to it. Points you in the direction of the lock that has kept you penned (no pun intended) up way too long by inappropriate education or advice, or whatever, and helps you find the key, which you already have in your possession, to open it. That’s what I do and that’s all I do—plus a little hand holding, of course, but you are the miracle, the one just waiting to happen. And if I do anything at all, it’s by helping to bring that divine fact to your attention. So how do you know if you have a book knocking at your door just dying to be set free? Before I answer that question, just let me say that, according to an article in The New York Times, 81 percent of Americans are just like you and thus feel as if they have books trapped inside of them that they have to get out. So you’re in good company. Okay, back to you. You know if you have a book knocking at your door if you relate to any one of the following three situations, meaning you are: 1) visited consistently by an oftentimes sporadic urge to write; 2) obsessed by reading; and 3) others have urged you to write. If you have been visited by any of the aforementioned, what can you do about it?

Write right. What do I mean by that?

The truth is that the only reason that you haven’t been able to write right is because you have simply, but innocently, been taught to go about the writing of your book in a backward fashion. So what can you do? Get the information you need to write it right. Once you acquire that info, you

#1 Amazon Best Seller will see that the writing of your book will become the natural art form that it was meant to be. And as soon as you put that into place, you will see that your book will come uncontrollably pouring out of you like the other authors I have had the pleasure to work with, and you will complete your book in as short of a period of time as a weekend. Besides a variety of free videos of my lectures and CDs that are available on my website,, I will be offering free lectures on this exact topic and how to get your book on bestseller lists on August 13 and 14 in both Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Join me. I’d love the opportunity to share for free with you the knowledge I have spent my life acquiring and to see you succeed as the author you were always meant to be. All classes can be attended for free but advance registration is a must. Prices for retreat can be found at: TOMBIRD.COM. To register, call 928-203-0265 or email Upcoming retreats and classes: August 13, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. – BODY OF Santa Fe Write Your Best Seller in a Weekend Class – Free to the first 20 to register. August 14, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. – BODY OF Santa Fe Three Months to the Best-Seller List Class – Free to the first 20 to register. August 14, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. – Nativo Lodge, Albuquerque How to Write Your Best Seller in a Weekend. Free class. September 26-28 Nativo Lodge, Albuquerque Write Your Best Seller In A Weekend Retreat October 17, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. – BODY OF Santa Fe 20 Minutes to Get Over Writer’s Block Forever Class – Free to the first 20 to register. October 18, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. – BODY OF Santa Fe How You Can Make 7 Figures Through the Writing/Publication of a Book Class – Free to the first 20 to register. For locations, see the Calendar on page 29. natural awakenings

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Sold: Human Sex Trafficking by Andrea Schensky Williams


he feature film Sold, directed by Jeffery Dean Brown and produced by Jane Charles, opened the Albuquerque Film and Media Experience (AFME) June 3 at the KiMo Theater and won the AFME Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature. The true story is based on the award-winning novel by Patricia McCormick. The haunting images will not soon be forgotten by those that saw the film. Sold captured the journey of 12-year-old Lakshmi whose happy but poor childhood in Nepal ended when she landed in a hardcore brothel in Kolkata, India. Her abrupt transition from child to child prostitute turned into a riveting, and at times painful to watch, experience for moviegoers. Niyar Saikia’s stunning acting performance brought the story even more to life. The movie was lightened up by occasional scenes of the “children” in the brothel having fun and playing games despite the horrific circumstances. Seattle’s Jane Charles, producer, says she wanted the film to be grounded in authenticity. She and Brown made three trips to India and two trips to Nepal before they started making the film. They met thousands of survivors and went to all of the non-profit groups in India and Nepal to hear their stories. The filmmakers also spent time in the red-light districts. “We wanted to really get a feel for what these girls go through and what the trip was like for Lakshmi,” Charles said after making the trips. Both she and Brown realized they didn’t

Agencies in the U.S. and New Mexico that focus on child trafficking are: – PDF titled “Recognizing the signs of childhood abuse” available at, Albuqerque Santa Fe U.S. Department of Health & Human Services – View the informational human trafficking video titled “Look Beneath the Surface” at For more information and donations, visit the above websites. May the sharing of the film and information create awareness in our very own community, whether at local schools, neighborhoods or children we may encounter. Their innocent voices need to be heard. Every child and adolescent deserves to be given a new chance. want to just make a film, they wanted to make a tool for change. They’re now working with non-profits both at home and in India to bring help to sex trafficking survivors. Charles is also now the co-founder of Stolen Youth, a nonprofit that raises money and awareness for sexually exploited kids. The film succeeds in opening viewers’ hearts. For updates, visit The movie trailer can be viewed at SoldTheMovie. com/media.

Startling statistics: Each year, more than one million children disappear after being trafficked and sold as slaves for sex. As per the U.N. Crime fighting office there are 2.4 million people across the world that are or were victims of human trafficking. Eighty percent of those are exploited as sexual slaves. The annual gross revenue of child sex trafficking is quickly outpacing its 32 billion annual gross revenue. Two out of three are women. Yuri Fedotov, the head of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, reports that only one out of every 100 victims is ever found.


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One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das by Andrea Schensky Williams


he movie One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das, directed by Brooklyn-based documentary filmmaker Jeremy Frindel, won the Jury Award for best documentary feature on June 8, the second year of the Albuquerque Film & Media Experience at Nob Hill. This fascinating documentary is the true story of Jeffrey Kagel, a young musician and would-be lead singer of the band that became Blue Oyster Cult, and how he became Krishna Das (KD). Instead of seeking out rock and roll stardom, Kagel sold all of his possessions and moved to the foothills of the Himalayas in search of true happiness. The website states, “One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das follows Kagel’s journey to India and back, his struggles with depression and drug abuse, and his eventual emergence as Krishna Das—the world-renowned spiritual teacher, chant master and Grammy-nominated recording artist. One Track Heart is the inspiring story of how one man’s journey continues to transform countless lives.” Frindel felt a strong connection with Krishna Das because of similar life experiences. Like KD, he had a love for rock and roll and had to overcome struggles with drugs and the darkness surrounding that period of his life. Yoga, chanting with Krishna Das and listening to KD’s stories about India helped Frindel through this phase of his life. He resonated with KD’s honesty and trusted him. The introduction to KD was made through his longtime yoga teacher Darma Mittra, who was friends with KD. As the relationship blossomed he humbly asked if he could make a movie about him and KD casually agreed. KD’s manager, Nina Rao, shares that he had been approached many times in the past and KD would always say, “No, that it did not feel right.” The film took three years to make and was released to theaters by Zeitgeist Films in 2013. It was Frindel’s first feature film, and he made it with no prior camera experience. After a dear friend lent him money to start funding the movie, he received instructions from another friend on what camera to buy and how to use it. Two weeks later he was off and shooting the entire film by himself. The sequence of events was divinely orchestrated. The process of making the movie was a transformative experience for Frindel as he had the opportunity to travel with KD and connect with the amazing beings that are part of KD’s community. During the film, Frindel focused on the love story between KD and Neem Karoli Baba or Mahariji and the common thread of losing and finding his love. Krishna Das fans will have an opportunity to see his live concert at 7 p.m. on July 10 and 11 at the Greer Garson Theatre in Santa Fe. See ad and narrative on this page.

Give Kirtan a Chants by Alan Hutner


t’s last call for the kirtan ball. Even though it’s not a “ball” in the traditional sense, it is a ball in the form of “having a ball.” It is a prophecy that you can personally create for yourself at the Krishna Das Kirtan Wallah Tour event being held July 10 and 11 at Greer Garson Theatre in Santa Fe. The event is a life-altering mix of concert, gathering, sit-in, be-in and chant-in. Attendees will get a chance to experience the golden voice of Krishna Das and his merry band of Wallah musicians. Whether you choose to chant your fourth chakra into bliss or just listen and receive the words, afterward you’re likely to be heard telling your friends how kirtan changed your life. According to Krishna Das: “Kirtan means chanting—chanting the names of God, the Divine Name… All these names are really our own true names, and they’re all doors into our own true being, our deepest part, what they call the Atman, the Self. Chanting—just that movement—pulls you out of that constant daily dream that we live in; and eventually we wake up. “ Kirtan changed my life. I personally invite you to give kirtan a chants. Location: 1600 St. Michaels Dr., Santa Fe. Tickets: TicketsSantaFe. org or by phone at 505-988-1234. Also visit

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The Zen Dude Effect by Andrea Schensky Williams


oving from Emptiness: The Life and Art of a Zen Dude. The film was released February 25 in Sedona, Arizona, by husband and wife filmmakers Jerry Hartleben and Shaeri Richards and was shown June 7 during the Albuquerque Film and Media Experience (AFME). This transformative film allows viewers a peek into the life and work of internationally acclaimed Zen calligraphic painter Alok Hsu Kwang-han. Kwang-han has a diverse background in mathematics, Christian theology, sociology and psychology of religion. However, according to the website, he is “best known for his singular work of creating zen calligraphic portraits combined with exploration sessions for individuals, couples, families and organizations.” Alok is a truly Zen dude who believes that creativity comes “from emptiness, from that silent space that houses the intelligence prior to thought. Armed with rice paper, ink, brush, and a collection of Zen teachings and koans, he unlocks a magical door for his students.”

Moviegoers get to experience Kwang-han’s unique teaching method, which includes “teaching painting ‘by not teaching painting.’ Instead he shows students how to get out of their way, so that ‘creativity happens on its own.’” Kwang-han’s workshops are more than just art classes. They are about opening up, letting go of ego and the ever-controlling mind. A Zen painting can be anything. There is no judgment—only energy expressed with ink on paper. While Alok’s students are being taught Zen calligraphy, they also learn to let their creative energy flow effortlessly. The website states, “One scene showed one of his students recognizing that sometimes it’s good to leave things alone in their raw state of expression rather than tempering and alter natural expression. He uses meditation, qigong and other unconventional methods to allow his students to become open and uninhibited. Interwoven in the movie is the love between Alok and Raylene.” Kwang-han’s partner, Raylene

Abbott, began painting Buddhas and Bodhisattvas after attending a four-year meditation retreat. She spent years trying to paint the Bodhisattvas. During a breakdown phase in her life while living in the South of France, it finally happened. On her website, ZenArtAndTea. com she writes: “On a warm summer day, I was painting outside on the porch with water colors. I began to just allow my brush to freely fly across the paper.  And there she was, my first painting of Yiyao Gwanyin (Medicine Guanyin). It was exactly what I was looking for in all the years of my painting.” Not surprisingly, shortly after this event she saw Alok on Facebook and friend requested him. Several days later he sent her an image of a painting called “Surprise by the Beloved.” What happened over the next few weeks surprised her. The painting that Kwang-han sent touched her on a deeper levels. “The image came alive in me, and acted like electric shock to my creativity. I started exploding with creativity,” she writes. She began assisting Kwang-han with his painting workshops on “The Creativity of Non-Doing” and the rest is Zen-inspired history. Hartleben, a former childhood actor, has 30 years of experience as a director of photography for TV and film.Richards brings a multi-faceted experience as a filmmaker, author, speaker, hypnotherapist, musician, improv artist, and actress to the film. She has helped write and produce documentaries for PBS, short films and a spiritual self-help book titled Dancing with Your Dragon: The Art of Loving Your Unlovable Self.   To watch the film trailer and to learn more, visit On a more personal level, one can have his or her portrait done by Zen Master Alok. This is not an ordinary portrait. It’s a journey of self-discovery, as Kwang-han tunes into his subject’s soul through gentle conversation and allows him or her to release what needs to be released. The process takes about two hours and results in the subject feeling lighter and receiving his or her own personal portrait as a result of his or her healing journey during the session. I can’t wait to receive mine in the mail.


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Did the FDA declare war on the natural products industry in the 1990s?

James Gormley Takes On the FDA Why the Natural Health Movement Must Protect Itself by Kathleen Barnes


ames Gormley, a leader of the natural health movement in the U.S. and an award-winning health journalist, is a passionate advocate for natural health. For more than 20 years, he’s been at the forefront in the fight against government restriction of dietary supplements and for transparency in the food industry, and has twice participated in America’s trade delegation to the United Nations Codex Alimentarius Commission, advocating for health freedom. Gormley’s editorial positions have included editor-in-chief of Better Nutrition and editorial director for the Vitamin Retailer Magazine Group. He now serves as both vice president and senior policy advisor for Citizens for Health and as a scientific advisory board member with the Natural Health Research Institute. His latest book, Health at Gunpoint: The FDA’s Silent War Against Health Freedom, poses a strong stance against government interference in our rights to information about and access to healthy food and supplements.

Why do you believe that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are tainted by special interests, particularly big companies in the pharmaceutical and food industries? The FDA was created to address issues of food and drug contamination and adulteration. Dr. Harvey Wiley, the courageous first leader of its predecessor, the Bureau of Chemistry, expressed

his disgust with the unintended consequences in his 1929 book, The History of a Crime Against the Food Law: The Amazing Story of the National Food and Drugs Law Intended to Protect the Health of the People, Perverted to Protect Adulteration of Foods and Drugs. The FDA has been beholden to drug companies for decades. Making the situation worse, a 2012 law loosened conflict of interest restrictions for FDA advisory panels. That has further weakened the agency’s review system and likely allowed more drugs with safety problems to gain marketing approval, according to an analysis published in the journal Science in 2013. In addition, 40 percent of the FDA’s last budget increase came from user fees on prescription drugs paid by the pharmaceutical giants. The USDA has the potential to do much good, but is bogged down with politics and mandates to push questionable biotechnology.

With regard to the controversy over genetically modified organisms (GMO), are certain companies being given undue influence in national policy making? Yes. A perfect example was the ability of Monsanto to block initiatives requiring labeling of food products that contain GMOs in California and Washington state. Monsanto and the food industry continue to leverage their considerable influence in the U.S. Congress to block such legislation on a national level, despite the massive outcry from consumers demanding to know the identity and origin of the food we eat.

The FDA conducted numerous and illegal raids on health food stores, supplement makers and practitioners. In an infamous barbaric raid on the clinic of integrative physician Dr. Jonathan Wright, in Tahoma, Washington, in 1992, agents and deputized officers converged with guns drawn, terrorizing patients and staff because Wright was giving his patients legal L-tryptophan supplements to help with sleep and mood. It was dubbed the “vitamin B-bust”. A federal grand jury declined to indict Wright on the charges stemming from the raid.

Current European Union and international codex policies maintain that most necessary nutrients can and should be obtained from foods, so they have dramatically limited the availability of many supplements. Do you expect such a policy to become part of U.S. law? These European policies fly in the face of reality and every major food study conducted since World War II. The superrefined, overly processed Western diet does not and cannot fully supply optimal levels of daily nutrients. The U.S. has made minor efforts to tread this dangerous path and been met with tremendous consumer outrage. Potential related laws and policies would have to make it past an avalanche of public comments.

What is the current status of the fight for health freedom, and what is your prognosis for the future? Substantial threats to our health freedom still exist, but I am optimistic. Three highly credible nonprofit organizations are leading the way: the Alliance for Natural Health, Citizens for Health and the National Health Federation. If consumers remain vigilant and stay informed on the issues identified by these advocates, we will be able to tackle and defeat threats to Americans’ health freedoms as they emerge. Kathleen Barnes has authored many natural health books. Connect at

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Organic Farmers Sow Seeds of Change


by Melinda Hemmelgarn

rom epidemic childhood obesity and rising rates of autism and food allergies to the growing risks of pesticides and climate change, we have many reasons to be concerned about the American food system. Fortunately, many heroes among us—family farmers, community gardeners, visionaries and activists—are striving to create a safer and healthier environment now that will benefit future generations. Recognizing and celebrating their stellar Earth stewardship in this 2014 International Year of Family Farmers, Natural Awakenings is spotlighting examples of the current crop of heroes providing inspiration and hope. They are changing America’s landscape and the way we think about the ability of good food to feed the future well.

diverse crops and avoiding damaging chemical inputs, they are attracting diverse native pollinators, he notes. Their approach to farming helps protect area groundwater, streams, rivers and even oceans for future generations.

Doug Crabtree and Anna JonesCrabtree, of Vilicus Farms, in Havre, Montana, are reviving crop biodiversity and pollinator habitat on their organic farm in northern Montana. “We strive to farm in a manner that works in concert with nature,” Doug explains. The couple’s actions live up to their farm’s Latin name, which means “steward”. They grow 15 nourishing crops on 1,200 acres, including flax, buckwheat, sunflower, safflower, spelt, oats, barley and lentils, without pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilizers. By imitating natural systems, planting

Dick and Diana Dyer, of Dyer Family Organic Farm, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, finally realized their lifelong dream to farm in 2009, each at the age of 59. The couple grows more than 40 varieties of garlic on 15 acres; they also grow hops and care for honeybees. In addition, they provide hands-in-the-soil training to a new generation of dietetic interns across the country through their School to Farm program, in association with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Diana, a registered dietitian, teaches her students to take the, “We are what we eat” adage a step further. She believes, we are what we grow. “Like nearly everyone else, most dietetic students are disconnected from Mother Earth, the source of the food they eat. They don’t learn the vital connections between soil, food and health,” says Diana. During a stay on the Dyer farm, she explains, “The students begin to understand how their food and nutrition recommendations to others can help drive an entire agricultural system that promotes and protects our soil and water, natural resources and public health.” It all aligns with practicing their


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Diana and Dick Dyer family farm motto: Shaping our future from the ground up. Mary Jo and Luverne Forbord, of Prairie Horizons Farm, in Starbuck, Minnesota, raise Black Angus cattle, grazed on certified organic, restored, native prairie pastures. Mary Jo, a registered dietitian, welcomes dietetic students to the 480-acre farm to learn where food comes from and how to grow it without the pesticides that contribute to farmers’ higher risk for certain cancers. “We must know the true cost of cheap food,” she insists. Most recently, they planted an organic orchard in memory of their son, Joraan, who died of cancer in 2010 at the age of 23. Joraan’s orchard is home to thriving, health-supporting apple, apricot, cherry and plum trees, plus native aronia berries. It also injects fresh life into the community. Each spring, the Forbords celebrate their son’s birthday by “waking up” his orchard. His mother explains: “People of all ages gather—an assortment of our friends, Joraan’s friends and their growing families, neighbors, relatives, co-workers, students and others—to keep his legacy growing. The incredible community support keeps us going.” Tarrant Lanier, of the Center for Family and Community Development (CFCD) and Victory Teaching Farm, in Mobile, Alabama, wants all children to grow up in safe communities with access to plenty of wholesome food. After working for nearly two decades with some of South Alabama’s most vulnerable families, Lanier wanted to “provide more than

a crutch.” In 2009, she established the nonprofit CFCD organization, dedicated to healthy living. Within five years, she had assembled a small, but hardworking staff that began building community and school gardens and creating collaborative partnerships. Recently, the group established the Victory Teaching Farm, the region’s first urban teaching farm and community resource center. “The farm will serve as an onsite experience for children to learn where their food comes from and the reasons fresh, organically grown food really matters to our health,” says Lanier. However, “This is just the tip of the iceberg for us. Ultimately, we’d like to be a chemical-free community through advocating for reduction and elimination of pesticide and chemical use in schools, hospitals, households and local parks and ball fields.” Lanier aims to help improve on Alabama’s low national ranking in the health of its residents. “I love our little piece of the world, and I want future generations to enjoy it without fearing that it’s making us sick,” she says. “We are intent on having a school garden in every school, and we want to see area hospitals establish organic food gardens that support efforts to make people healthier without the use of heavy medications.” Lanier further explains: “We see our victory as reducing hunger and increasing health and wellness, environmental sustainability and repair, community development and beautification, economic development and access to locally grown food, by promoting and creating a local food system.”

educational internship program, these family farmers are raising a new crop of consumers that value the land, their food and the people producing it. The couple hopes to help people learn how to grow and prepare their own food, plus gain a greater appreciation for organic farming. “The people that come here fall into a farming lifestyle in tune with the sun and moon, the seasons and their inner clock—something valuable that has been lost in modern lifestyles,” notes Lareau, who especially loves sharing

the magic of their farm with children. “Kids are shocked when they learn that carrots grow underground and surprised that milk comes from an udder, not a store shelf.” Klaas and Mary-Howell Martens, of Lakeview Organic Grain, in Penn Yan, New York, grow a variety of grains, including wheat, spelt, barley, oats and triticale, plus peas, dark red kidney beans and edamame soybeans, along with raising livestock on about 1,400 acres. Their family farm philoso-

Don Lareau and Daphne Yannakakis, of Zephyros Farm and Garden, in Paonia, Colorado, grow exquisite organic flowers and vegetables for farmers’ markets and community supported agriculture members in Telluride and the Roaring Fork Valley. Recently, the couple decided to take fewer trips away from their children and homestead, and instead bring more people to their 35-acre family farm to learn from the land and develop a refreshed sense of community. From earthy farm dinners and elegant weddings to creative exploration camps for children and adults and an natural awakenings

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phy entails looking at the world through a lens of abundance, rather than scarcity, and working in cooperation with their neighbors instead of in competition. The result has been a groundswell of thriving organic farmers and a renewed sense of community and economic strength throughout their region. The Martens switched to organic farming after Klaas experienced partial paralysis due to exposure to pesticides, compounded by concern for the health of their three children. Because the Martens work in alliance with nature, they’ve learned to ask a unique set of questions. For example, when Klaas sees a weed, he doesn’t ask, “What can we spray to kill it?” but, “What was the environment that allowed the weed to grow?” Anne Mosness, in Bellingham, Washington, began fishing for wild salmon with her father during one summer after college. The experience ignited a sense of adventure that led her back to Alaska for nearly three decades, as a crew member and then a captain in the Copper River and Bristol Bay fisheries. During that time, Mosness became a passionate advocate for protecting coastal communities and ecosystems. “Like farm families on land, fishing families face many risks and uncertainties,” but she believes, “political forces may be even more damaging to our livelihoods and wild fish.” For example, “We are replicating some of the worst practices of factory farming on land in our marine environment with diseases, parasites and voluminous amounts of pollution flushing into our coastal waters,” explains Mosness. She’s also concerned about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s potential approval of genetically engineered (GMO) fish without adequate health and environmental assessments, and she works to support GMO labeling so consumers can make informed choices in the marketplace. Melinda Hemmelgarn, aka the “food sleuth”, is a registered dietitian and award-winning writer and radio host at, in Columbia, MO ( She advocates for organic farmers at


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*for complete list go to ALBUQUERQUE & Surrounding Areas Albuquerque Growers’ Market at Presbyterian Presbyterian Hospital parking lot at 1300 block of Central Ave SE Tuesdays, 7am-1pm, June 24 - Oct. 28 Contact: Nancy Erickson, 505-865-3533 ABQ Uptown Growers’ Market NE parking lot of ABQ Uptown shopping center, just past Trader Joe’s Saturdays, 7am-12pm, June 28 - Oct. 25 Contact: Nancy Erickson, 505-865-3533 Albuquerque Downtown Growers’ Market Robinson Park, 8th & Central Saturdays, 7am-12pm, May – Aug.; 8am1pm, Sept. - Nov. Contact: Gina Meyers, 505-243-2230 ext 106 *NEW* Albuquerque Downtown Growers’ Market Albuquerque Civic Plaza, Marquette Ave NW & 4th Wednesdays, 11am-2pm, July 16 - Nov. 8 Contact: Gina Meyers, 505-243-2230 ext 106 Albuquerque Northeast Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market Parking Lot of Albuquerque Academy, 6400 Wyoming Blvd Tuesdays, 3-7pm, June 3 - Sept. 30 Contact: Jedrek Lamb, 505-369-6549 Nob Hill Growers’ Market Morningside Park, Lead & Morningside SE Thursdays, 3-6:30pm, May 1 - Nov. 6 Contact: Catherine Gordon 505-934-8960 *NEW * Albuquerque: Rail Yards Market ABQ Rail Yards, 777 1st St. SW Sundays, 9am-3pm, May 4 - Nov. 2 Contact: Chad Gruber, (505) 203-6200 *NEW * Albuquerque: South Yale Market 504 Yale SE Sundays, 11am-5pm, May 11 - Sept. 14 Contact: Michael Palombo, 505-934-7592 Cedar Crest Farmers’ Market 12224 N Hwy 14 Wednesdays, 3-6:30pm, June 4 - Oct. 14 Contact: Bob Thompson, 505-269-1577 Corrales Growers’ Market Recreation Center, 500 Jones Rd & Corrales Rd Sundays, 9am-12pm & Wednesdays, 3-6pm Sundays, April 27 - Oct. 26; Wednesdays, July 9 - Oct. 1 Contact: Al Gonzales, 505-898-6336 Los Ranchos Growers’ Market City Hall, 6718 Rio Grande Blvd NW Saturdays, 7am-12pm; 8am-12pm, Sept. Nov. Contact: Sue Brawley, 505-890-2799

South Valley Growers’ Market Cristo Del Valle Presbyterian Church, 3907 Isleta Blvd SW Saturdays, 8am-12pm, July 12 - Oct. 25 Contact: Rhonda Reinert, 505-877-4044 *NEW * South Valley: Gateway Growers’ Market 100 Isleta Blvd SW Wednesdays 4-7pm, May 28 - Sept. 24 Contact: Richard Meadows, 505-217-2484 Zia Bernalillo Farmers’ Market Location: 335 S Camino del Pueblo Fridays, 4-7pm & Tuesdays, July 7 - Oct. 24 Contact: Scott Pino, 505-867-3304 SANTA FE & Surrounding areas Eldorado Farmers’ Market La Tienda parking lot, 7 Caliente Rd Fridays, 4-7pm, June 6 - Oct.10 Contact: Susan Tarver, 505-920-5660 Española Farmers’ Market Location: 1005 N Railroad Ave Schedule: Mondays, 10am-5pm & Fridays, 2-7pm June 9 - Oct. 27; Fridays, July 18 - Sept. 19 Contact: Sabra Moore, 505-685-4842 Santa Fe: Arroyo Vino Farmers’ Market 218 Camino la Tierra Thursdays, 12-3pm, June 20 - November Contact: Matthew Slaughter, 505-983-2100 Santa Fe Farmers’ Market Farmers’ Market Pavilion in the Railyard, Saturdays & Tuesdays, 7am-12pm, June September, 8am-1pm after Oct. 1 Contact: 505-983-4098 Santa Fe Southside Farmers’ Market Santa Fe Place Mall, 4250 Cerrillos Rd Tuesdays, 3:30-6:30pm, July 1 - Sept. 20 Contact: 505-467-9792 TAOS Taos Farmers’ Market Taos Plaza Saturdays, 8am-1pm, May 10 - Oct. 25 Contact: Marko Schmitt, 575-751-7575 Taos Pueblo - Red Willow Farmers’ Market 885 Star Rd Wednesdays, 10am-5pm, July 3 - Nov. 5 Contact: Angelo McHorse, 575-758-5990

BREATHE: How to Stay Centered in this Stressful World By Andrea Schensky Williams


ue to popular demand, the successful Breathe event returned to the Albuquerque Film and Media Experience (AFME) film festival on June 7. What is Breathe? As you might have guessed, it’s an event that connects people with their breath, one of the body’s most basic functions. The sad thing is many of us have forgotten how to breathe properly. Hurried by stress, our breath has become shallow and rapid, usually more than 15 breaths per minute. The breath is one of the simplest tools to: Slow down the mind; eliminate stress; improve focus and concentration; support our vital organs; prolong lives. The KiMo theater was packed as Singh Sahib Gurubachan Singh Khalsa, dressed in all white on a beautifully decorated stage with candles and relaxing meditation music, coached several hundred people on how to breath for nearly two hours. Each of the four breaths (see below) was practiced for approximately 11 minutes. Gurubachan, speaking in both English and Spanish, persuaded attendees in a humorous fashion to keep going. And everyone did. The audience consisted of a diversified crowd of young, old, professionals, novices eager to learn, and many old souls wanting to reconnect.

About Gurubachan Singh Sahib Gurubachan Singh Khalsa is a global kundalini yoga teacher and businessman who guides people from all walks of life through the simple, yet highly effective, practices of “humanology” and meditation taught by Yogi Bhajan. Gurubachan’s work is focused on corporations such as Coca Cola in Bolivia; Nextel of Mexico and Chile; and top banking and corporate executives in Brazil, Peru, Bolivia and El Salvador. He has given seminars on stress man-

agement to governmental agencies and non-profit organizations, including the National Police of Colombia, Paraguay, El Salvador, Bolivia, Peru and the Carabineros of Chile. He taught extensively at the renowned Catholic University and shares his meditation practices with heads of state and the diplomatic community throughout South America. In 2013, he had the privilege of teaching in the “Hall of Honor” in the National Congress of Chile. This year, Gurubachan will lecture in 15 cities throughout mainland China for his second Great China Tour on Yoga for Health, Happiness and Harmony. The teachings of proper breathing techniques to employees in corporations result in elimination of absenteeism; greater sense of well-being; more productivity; increased concentration and focus. These are simple practices that everyone can incorporate into their lives and benefit from. The music CDs are available at

Four Breaths First breathing meditation Emotional balance Second breathing meditation Mental balance Third breathing meditation Rebuilding strength and the immune system Fourth breathing meditation Calm your mind, act versus react Gurubachan’s recommendation is to practice one of these meditations for 11 minutes each day for 40 days. natural awakenings

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Essential Oils for Summer

Healing Fragrances for Bites, Allergies and Sunburn by Kathleen Barnes

A breath of sweet lavender oil can quickly reduce stress. A whiff of lemon oil can energize us.


ssential oils are not magic or folklore. There is solid science behind them,” says Elizabeth Jones, founder of the College of Botanical Healing Arts, in Santa Cruz, California. Here’s what happens after inhaling lavender, the most popular of all essential oils: The cilia—microscopic cellular fibers in the nose—transport the aroma to the olfactory bulb at the bottom of the brain, from where it proceeds to the limbic brain and directly affects the nerves, delivering a soothing effect. “Or put it on your skin and other properties of essential oils are absorbed straight into the bloodstream,” advises Jones, author of Awaken to Healing Fragrance. Thai studies show that a whiff of lavender oil is calming and lowers blood pressure and heart rate, yet there are many more benefits attributed to the art and science of aromatherapy and essen-

tial oils. For those struggling with summer maladies, here are several simple solutions essential oils can provide.

Minor Scrapes, Cuts and Blisters Tea tree oil (melaleuca) is tops, because it contains terpenes that kill staphylococcus and other nasty bacteria and works to prevent infection, according to a meta-analysis from the University of Western Australia. The researchers further suggest that tea tree oil may be used in some natural awakenings

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Best Carriers Almost all essential oils are so strong that they must be diluted before use to prevent skin irritation. Use cold-pressed oils and mix 10 to 15 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier substance. Some of the best carriers are almond oil, aloe vera gel, apricot oil, cocoa butter, glycerin, jojoba oil and olive oil. cases instead of antibiotics. Oregano and eucalyptus oils are likewise acknowledged for their natural abilities to eliminate infection-causing bacteria, fungi and viruses. “Blend all three for a synergistic effect,” says aromatherapy expert Robert Tisserand (, of Ojai, California. “They sort of leapfrog over each other to penetrate the skin and cell walls.”

aloe vera gel. She recommends mugwort oil for poison oak or poison ivy, a benefit affirmed by animal research from the Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine’s Herbal Medicine Formulation Research Group.

Allergy Relief During hay fever season, several aromatherapy oils from a diffuser can offer relief, counsels Tisserand. He recommends eucalyptus, geranium and lavender oils, all of which contain antihistamines. Use them separately or blended. When using a diffuser, it’s not necessary to put the oils into a diluting carrier oil or gel. He notes that a steam tent containing 10 drops of each of the three oils mixed with two cups of boiling water is highly effective.

Sprains, Strains and Joint Pain

A small amount of undiluted lavender oil will cool sunburn fast, advises Tisserand. Add a few drops to a dollop of cooling aloe vera gel for extra relief and moisture, suggests Jones. Undiluted lavender is also a great remedy for insect bites, says Tisserand. “You can stop the pain of a bee sting in 20 seconds with a few drops.” Chamomile, either the German or Roman variety, helps with rashes, according to Jones, especially when mixed with her summertime favorite,

Lessen inflammation and the pain from tendon and muscle sprains and strains with rosemary or peppermint, adding a dash of ginger for additional benefit, says Tisserand. He recommends rubbing the oils (diluted in a carrier) directly on the sore spot. Rosemary is particularly effective for bringing blood flow to an injury site, and the menthol in peppermint is a great pain reliever, adds Jones. A Chinese study published in the European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics confirms the pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory abilities of peppermint oil. Researchers from Taiwan confirm that ginger is anti-inflammatory and can even reduce intense nerve pain. Jones believes that essential oils


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Never-Fail Insect Repellant 2 Tbsp eucalyptus oil 1 tsp cedar wood oil 1 tsp citronella oil 1 tsp pennyroyal oil 1 tsp lemongrass oil Mix in warm water in a one-quart spray bottle. Shake and use liberally. Source: Kathleen Barnes have a place in everyone’s medicine chest. “Sometimes I feel like David up against Goliath,” she remarks. “I encourage everyone to use natural healing products from plants instead of pharmaceutical drugs, the side effects of which actually diminish the body’s natural ability to heal.” Kathleen Barnes has authored numerous books on natural health, including Rx from the Garden: 101 Food Cures You Can Easily Grow. Connect at


Fracking Versus Food America’s Family Farm

Heritage and Health at Stake by Harriet Shugarman


hat if farmers couldn’t confirm that what they grow and produce was devoid of toxins, cancer-causing chemicals, radioactive materials and other pollutants? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other federal and state agencies set standards and enforce regulations to ensure what we eat is safe and that production is secure. But hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and its accompanying infrastructure threaten this. Questions must be raised and answered before the safety of our food supply is permanently impacted.

Conditions that Demand Changes n No federal funding exists for researching the impacts of chemical contamination from oil and gas drilling and infrastructure on food and food production. n No public tests are required for what contaminants to look for because many of the 500-plus chemicals used in the fracking process are categorized as proprietary. n Minimal-to-no baseline analysis is being done on air, water and soil conditions before oil and gas companies come into a new area. n No commonly agreed distances are lawfully required between farms, farmlands, rivers, streams and water supplies in relation to oil and gas wells and their infrastructure.

Compounding Crises Harsh economic conditions, plus concerns over long-term climate changes, including extreme weather events, have pitted neighbors against one another as farmers consider leasing their lands to oil and gas companies. More, often the riches promised do not make their way to the farmers that need them the most as American policies continue to favor megalithic agribusinesses and push farming families into unsustainable choices. Standard drilling leases rarely provide broad protections for farmers and can even eliminate their input on where roads

are created and fracking machinery is installed on their property, all of which can hamper normal farming. In Pennsylvania, where fracking is commonplace, thousands of diesel trucks drive by working farms daily, compounding problems already associated with 24/7 vibrations, noises, emissions and light pollution, stressing both humans and farm animals. In New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Ohio, farmers that have or are near such leased land are finding it increasingly difficult to obtain mortgages, re-mortgage property and acquire or renew insurance policies. Caught up in a vicious cycle, some farmers feel forced to abandon their farms, thus opening up more land to oil and gas companies. “Fracking is turning many rural environments into industrial zones,” observes Jennifer Clark, owner of Eminence Road Farm Winery, in New York’s Delaware County. She notes that we often hear a lot about the jobs fracking might create, but we hear little about the agricultural jobs being lost or the destruction of a way of life that has been integral to America’s landscape for generations. Asha Canalos, an organic blueberry and heirloom vegetable farmer in Orange County, New York, is among the leaders in the David versus Goliath battle pitting farmers and community members against the Millennium Pipeline Company and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. On May 1, oral arguments were heard in the U.S. Court of Appeals. According to Canalos, “Our case could set a national precedent, with all the attending legal precedent, that will either empower other farmers and communities like ours and Minisink or will do the opposite.” In January 2013, more then 150 New York chefs and food professionals sent a letter to Governor Mario Cuomo calling for a ban on fracking in their state. As of December 2013, more then 250 chefs have signed on to the Chefs for the Marcellus campaign, which created the petition. In April 2014, Connecticut chefs entered the fray by launching their own petition to ban the acceptance of fracking waste in Connecticut. In California this past February, farmers and chefs banded together to present Governor Jerry Brown with a petition calling for a moratorium on fracking, stating that fracking wastes huge amounts of water. The previous month, California had declared a statewide drought emergency, and by April and Brown had issued an executive order to strengthen the state’s ability to manage water. Ironically, existing California regulations don’t restrict water use by industrial processes, including fracking, which uses and permanently removes tremendous amounts of water from the water cycle. To date, fracking in California operates with little state regulation. It’s past due for a “time out” on oil and gas production and infrastructure development. Every citizen needs to think carefully and thoughtfully about what’s at stake as outside interests rush to use extreme forms of energy extraction to squeeze the last drops of fossil fuels from our Mother Earth. Activist Harriet Shugarman, a veteran economist and policy analyst and former representative for the International Monetary Fund at the United Nations, currently chairs regional environmental committees and works with national, state and local organizations seeking pro-environmental legislation. natural awakenings

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naturopathic physician Bruce Fife, a certified nutritionist, doctor of naturopathy and author of The Coconut Oil Miracle.



Carob, the fruit of the Ceratonia siliqua tree, is rich in natural sugars, vitamins and minerals. Free of the stimulants caffeine and theobromine found in chocolate, it’s safe for dogs and its vitamin E supports skin health. Recent research published in the Iraqi Postgraduate Medical Journal shows that carob also has natural antibacterial properties.

POOCH 10 Foods to Make a Dog’s Coat Glow


by Suzi Beber


o keep our dog’s skin and coat healthy, supplements may first come to mind, especially oils and powders. However, whole foods deserve a closer look for naturally elegant results.


Chia seeds contain more healthy omega-3 fats and fiber than flax or other grain seeds and are a good source of protein and antioxidants, notes Patrick Skerrett, executive editor of Harvard Health Publications. They are abundant in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a plantbased form of omega-3, which combats skin inflammation and improves the skin’s texture and softness, says holistic nutritionist Melissa Diane Smith, of Tucson, Arizona.


Eggs are nutritional powerhouses containing the most bioavailable protein for dogs. Eggs have vitamin A, which promotes cell turnover. Their zinc further supports protein synthesis and cell division, necessary for wound healing, the formation of connective tissue and skin health, according to the National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements. Egg yolks provide a valuable source of biotin, effective in treating dry skin, seborrhea and itching associated with skin allergies, reports, a website of veterinarians Dr. Race Foster and Dr. Marty


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Smith, owners of Foster and Smith, Inc. Avoid raw eggs, as they contain avidin, which interferes with the metabolism of biotin, fats, glucose and amino acids, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.


Almonds contain the entire vitamin E family of tocopherols and tocotrienols. “Deficiency of vitamin E has been implicated in the development of certain dermatological disorders in dogs,” counsels Lee Russell McDowell, Ph.D., in Vitamins in Animal and Human Nutrition. Almonds are also an excellent source of B vitamins, copper, manganese, magnesium, zinc and bioflavonoids, with a trace of omega-3. While safe in small quantities for larger dogs, whole almonds are not easily digested and can upset the stomach and create intestinal distress. Almonds are easily ground into a powder using a blender, and almond meal is also available at many grocery stores.


Renowned herbalist Juliette de Bairacli Levy pioneered the use of coconut in natural diets for companion animals. Raw coconut contains medium-chain, saturated fats that transform into energy and can decrease bacterial growth, irritation and inflammation, according to

A fortifying cereal low in starch and high in mineral content, especially potassium and phosphorus, oats also harbor calcium, magnesium, B vitamins and iron. The grain’s primary benefit to skin and coat is its soluble fiber content, which also helps a dog’s gastrointestinal system to remove toxins.


Liver from grass-fed animals enhances healthy skin. Nutrients include calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, copper, vitamins A, C, D, E and eight B vitamins, including thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, folic acid and biotin.

Wild Salmon

Cooked wild salmon is ripe with omega-3 fatty acids, which along with benefiting the skin and coat, appear to boost the immune system, and may assist dogs with allergies, according to the article “10 ‘People’ Foods for Dogs,” by Elizabeth Pask and Laura Scott.


Cranberries contain a variety of bioactive components, including proanthocyanidins and anthocyanin antioxidants, plus the phytochemical ellagic acid. “Animal experiments show that supplementation with anthocyanins effectively prevents inflammation and subsequent blood vessel damage,” explains Northern California Registered Dietitian Marilyn Sterling, who also points to myriad studies of the antioxidant power of proanthocyanidins. According to the American Institute of Cancer Research, ellagic acid can prevent skin cancers.

The 16th-century herbalist Henry Lyte documented their use in treating skin wounds and eczema.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes can be considered a skin superfood, because they hold a high level of betacarotene (a precursor form of vitamin A) and are a good source of vitamin E. Their vitamin C content, which increases with cooking, facilitates collagen production, contributes to photoprotection, decreases photodamage and supports wound healing, according to a report by Alexander J. Michels, Ph.D., of the Oregon State University Linus Pauling Institute.


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Suzi Beber is the founder of The Smiling Blue Skies Cancer Fund via Canada’s University of Guelph Veterinary College and Teaching Hospital Pet Trust. She also contributes to Animal Wellness magazine, from which this article was adapted and used with permission.

Try to use organic ingredients whenever possible.

Chia Coconut Crunch 1½ cups rolled oats 1 tsp baking powder ½ cup coconut flour 1½ Tbsp chia seeds ¼ cup coconut oil 1 cup almond butter 2 whole eggs 1 tsp pure vanilla ¼ cup carob chips

Preheat oven to 350 F. Cover a large cookie sheet with parchment paper. Combine all ingredients except carob chips. After ingredients are well incorporated, add carob chips. Form small balls of dough with hands, place on cookie sheet and lightly flatten each ball with the back of a fork. Bake for 10 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely before serving. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container or bag.

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Summertime, and the Sippin’ is Easy

Quick and Cool Vegan Smoothies by Judith Fertig


moothies offer big nutrition in a small package. Based on a vegan source of lean protein like coconut milk or yogurt, soy, chia seeds or a vegan protein powder made from dried beans or hemp, they can energize us for a full day of summer activities. Other ingredients follow the peak of summer crops. Berries, greens, melon, tomatoes, avocado, cucumber, celery, carrots and stone fruits like peaches and mangoes add antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals. A tablespoon or two of milled flax seeds, hemp or nut butter adds richness to the flavor, while providing omega-3 fatty acids necessary for complete nutrition. For the finale, add a touch of sweetness from fruits, maple syrup, agave nectar or stevia. The best way to mix a smoothie is to start with either a liquid or an ingredient with a thicker consistency,

like yogurt, placed in a standard or high-speed performance blender. Next, add the desired fruits or vegetables and flavorings, followed by ice. Start on a slower speed, holding down the lid tightly, before increasing the speed to achieve a velvety texture. If the smoothie is too thin, add more frozen fruit or ice. Freezing the fruits first and then blending them into a smoothie can substitute for ice. Peeling bananas before freezing them makes smoothie-making easier. Freezing the fruits in recipe-size portions also simplifies the process. Smooth-fleshed fruits like mangoes, papayas, bananas, ripe peaches and nectarines blend more easily to a silky finish than do fresh berries. Tender, baby greens such as spinach, kale or chard virtually disappear within a smoothie; if using mature, rather than baby greens, cut out the stems unless the blender is extremely powerful.


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Blending enough ingredients for two smoothies can yield a leftover serving to store in a reusable glass jar in the refrigerator. To reactivate the full taste later, just turn over the jar and give it a good shake to re-blend the ingredients. Spirulina (made from a microsaltwater plant) and wheatgrass juice and powder are some popular smoothie additions. Milled flax seeds add healthy fat, but their water-soluble fiber also adds a little bulk; although the texture difference isn’t noticeable if the smoothie is enjoyed right away, it will be apparent if it sits for 20 minutes or more. With the whir of a blender—and no cooking—summer’s tastiest bounty transforms into at-home or on-the-go beverages to revive, replenish and renew us so we’re ready for our next adventure. Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFoodAnd from Overland Park, KS.

Sunny-Day Sippers Mango Lassi Yields 2 servings ¾ cup vanilla soy, almond or coconut milk ¼ cup vanilla soy, almond or coconut milk yogurt ¾ tsp vanilla extract 1½ cups chopped fresh mango, frozen ½ tsp ground cardamom Agave nectar to taste Ground pistachios for garnish Combine the milk, yogurt, vanilla extract, mango and cardamom and blend using low to high speeds until smooth. Add agave nectar to taste and blend again. Sprinkle ground pistachios over each serving. from low to high speed until smooth.

Seasonal Suppers Summer Salad Smoothie Yields 2 servings ½ cup apple juice 2 cups stemmed and chopped baby spinach, Swiss chard or kale 1 apple, unpeeled, cored and chopped ½ avocado, peeled and chopped ½ cup cilantro leaves 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice 1 Tbsp matcha (fine green tea powder) 1 Tbsp milled flax seeds ¼ cup vegan protein powder Combine all ingredients and blend from low to high speed until smooth.

Cool as a Cucumber Smoothie Yields 2 servings 1 cup apple juice 1 cup sliced sweet apple ¼ cup applesauce ½ cup sliced carrots ½ cup cucumber, peeled and sliced 2 cups ice Dash of nutmeg or cinnamon (optional) Combine all ingredients and blend from low to high speed until smooth.

Tomato Smoothie Yields 2 servings 2 cups tomatoes, chopped ½ cup tomato juice ¼ cup apple juice ½ cup carrots ¼ cup celery, chopped Tabasco or other hot sauce to taste 2 cups ice Combine all ingredients and blend from low to high speed until smooth.

JULY FORECAST Transiting Jupiter in Sidereal Cancer by Mickey McKay


upiter in Cancer from June 13 through July 15 is a blessing for all. Here are possible effects of Jupiter’s transit in the constellation of Cancer. 1st house: You are fortunate, protected and blessed with good luck in general. New endeavors have an excellent chance for success. If dealing with the public, you may become famous. 2nd house: You experience a joyful sense of abundance and worthiness, attracting significant financial gains and material possessions. If not materially oriented, you create rewards that are appropriate to your value system. 3rd house: Mental faculties and cognitive abilities sharpen. An excellent time for studies, expanding interests in new subjects, writing and fulfilling daily desires. 4th house: Relocation is possible with gains from real estate investments. Home is favored for improvements—inside and out. You are optimistic about healthy and pleasurable relationships. 5th house: Artistic endeavors are favored and you feel freer of the usual constraints of responsibility, discipline and obligation. Be ready for romance, parties, celebrations, excitement and passion. Activities involving children are favored. 6th house: You thrive on work, self-improvement and self-healing. Begin a new diet or fitness regimen. Working conditions may improve and if seeking new employment, success is likely. 7th house: Opportunities for happiness from fruitful partnerships and love relationships. You are favored by others and may establish an important relationship with a teacher, mentor, guide or guru. 8th house: Values change from personal to universal. You may suc-

ceed in obtaining loans or grants and may have financial gains from wills, legacies or other joint finances. Spiritual endeavors are favored to uncover secret or hidden knowledge. 9th house: You expand boundaries and explore new ideologies to broaden awareness. Long-distance travel is productive. A time to learn about the purpose of existence and truths of life. 10th house: Gain in status, reputation and fame; becoming known for what you do. Career advancement, promotions and expansion of professional activities. You feel confident with a clear sense of purpose. 11th house: You realize the fulfillment of goals and ambitions with gains and profits. Your intimate desires and ambitions for society produce a realistic humanitarian vision. 12th house: You feel spiritually and psychologically whole and complete. Emotional and mental boundaries loosen. This is a year to make progress on your path to enlightenment. To determine house placement of Cancer in your chart, calculate your horoscope at

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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.

calendarof events TUESDAY, JULY 1 EFT & Energy Therapy Practitioners’ Mastermind Live Call – 2-3:15pm. 1st & 3rd Wednesday. Dr. Anne Merkel leads physicians, wellness practitioners, therapists and coaches by phone. Monthly series with two live calls, notes and recordings. $76. Register at or call 1-877-262-2276.

SUNDAY, JULY 6 Energetic Approach to Prosperity – 1-3pm. Learn energetic anatomy and which energy centers affect your prosperity, techniques to purify energetic blockages, and how a special mantra can be used to increase prosperity. Facilitated by Greg Toews, certified pranic healer & instructor. Free. Info: Rita 505-298-4823. Crystal Dove, 525 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque. Krishna Das Live – 11am. Transitions Radio Magazine. Free.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 9 Cultivating Relationships w/ Your Higher Self, Guides & Angels – Wednesdays, July 9-30. Foursession women’s circle to explore using the wisdom of your higher self, guides and angels to create a more satisfying, fulfilling life. Learn to open and close sacred space, identify your guides, when you are connected to them, and how to ask for, receive and interpret their guidance. $80 Facilitated by Emilah Dawn DeToro. Info & registration at www. or 505-217-1720. The Source, 1111 Carlisle Blvd SE, Albuquerque.

THURSDAY, JULY 10 The Krishna Das (KD) Kirtan Wallah Tour – 7pm, Thursday & Friday, July 10 & 11. Presented by the Center For Inner Truth and Transitions Radio Magazine. Be transported into the heart. Chant to the Divine. Sing and move to mantra. Reserved seating, purchase now. Tickets at www.TicketsSantaFe. org, 505-988-1234 and at the Lensic Box Office. Santa Fe, Greer Garson Theatre, 1605 St. Michaels Dr, Santa Fe. Bahamas Trip‘Ascend in Love Gathering’ – July 10-13. Includes an all-day Saturday workshop with a Friday night three hour session with the Ascended Masters; a Full Moon Ceremony on the beach in conjunction with Lightworkers in the Bahamas; a Sunday morning sermon at Unity, followed by one-on-one-sessions with the Masters, a Tea with the Masters and an evening I-AM concert. Facilitated by Oakrose Academy in Santa Fe. For details contact Rev. AliceAnn at 505-490-8855.

SATURDAY, JULY 12 Lavender in the Valley Festival – 10am-5pm, July 12 & 13. Purple Adobe Lavender Farm invites you to join it and other Abiquiu businesses in celebrating the abundance and glory of lavender at the Lavender in the Valley Festival. Come spend a magical summer day in a magical spot nestled in the beautiful Chama River Valley of Abiquiu. Purple Adobe Lavender Farm, Hwy 84, Abiquiu. BMMAI Basic Injection Therapy Class – 6-8pm. This class is offered by the Bio Beginner’s Mind Medical Arts Institute to meet the requirements

of the NM Board of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine for certification in advanced practice. Info: or 575-737-8727 or 505474-8555. Santa Fe Soul Health & Healing Center, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E. #3. In-Person Energy Coaching Sessions w/ Dr. Anne Merkel in New Mexico – July 12-16. By reservation only. Contact: or call 1-877-262-2276 prior to July 2 and afterward call 706-897-5460 to schedule your private session in Santa Fe, Dillon, Taos, Mora, NM. Learn more at Mayan Personal Consultations – July 12-20. Lina Barrios, a Mayan Ajq’ij (spiritual guide) from Guatemala will be in Santa Fe offering consultations for healing and guidance including: Mayan Astrology, Divinations, Healing and Energy Cleansing. $52 for 50-minute session. Various locations. Schedule an appointment: 505-216-6766;; The White Road: Developing a Life of Harmony for Ourselves, Families and Communities –9:30am. Lina Barrios, a Mayan Ajq’ij (spiritual guide) from Guatemala will present on how this ancient living lineage holds very practical application in our modern time for guiding our path in this life to realize a deeper potential by creating greater balance and harmony at the personal, familial and communal levels. Free, Suggested Donation $10. With questions contact 505-216-6766 or saqbe1@; Railyard Performance Center, 1611 Paseo De Peralta, Santa Fe.




The Healing Gongs of Sui Ki Li – 6:15-8pm. Experience the healing sound of gongs and Tibetan bowls to relieve stress and to restore your body, mind and feeling to their natural state of harmony. Info & registration: Sui Ki Li 505-820-6505 or 505-4748555. $15. Santa Fe Soul Health & Healing Center, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E.

MONDAY, JULY 14 Living Lineages: The Maya in Modern Life –, 6PM. Lina Barrios, a Mayan Ajq’ij (spiritual guide) from Guatemala will be offering a talk about the wisdom and guidance the living lineage of the Maya offers us in our modern lives. Free, Suggested Donation $10. With questions contact 505-216-6766 or; New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts, 501 Franklin Ave, Santa Fe.

TUESDAY. JULY 15 & 17 Learning the Energies of the Cholq’ij –, 5:307:30pm. Lina Barrios, a Mayan Ajq’ij (spiritual guide) from Guatemala will provide participants with an understanding of their own sign, the twenty nawales and 13 numbers that comprise the 260 day calendar, as well as how to begin to understand and work with the energies in a practical manner. Free, donations welcome. 505-216-6766; saqbe1@gmail. com; New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts, 501 Franklin Ave, Santa Fe

WEDNESDAY, JULY 16 High Mountain Walk – 10am-12pm. Master herbalist Tomas Enos will lead a group to the 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. Pre-register: 505-820-6321. Meet at Milagro Herbs, 419 Orchard Dr, Santa Fe.

Group Breath Work – 6:30-8pm. A simple, gentle yet powerful breathing technique which allows you to access, release and integrate memories, emotions and patterns stored in your body. Reconnect with yourself on a soul level. Small group. $25. Preregister: 505-920-4418. Center For Inner Truth, 826 Camino de Monte Rey, A1, Santa Fe. www.

THURSDAY, JULY 17 52 Secrets: Tales of the Magi – 6-7:30pm. Did you know that the playing cards are actually a calendar and part of an ancient oracular system that has symbolic, astrological and numerological dimensions? Jon Oda’s presentation will weave together the threads and tales of the Order of the Magi. Sign up for the mailing list and receive a free mini-reading. Cost: Donation from $10-15. Pre-register: 505-820-6321. Milagro Herbs, 419 Orchard Dr, Santa Fe.

SATURDAY, JULY 19 Communicate Directly with Your Angels – 10:30am-4:30pm. Receive Immediate Answers concerning your Life’s Direction. In this workshop you will establish a clear, direct, two way communication with your Spiritual Helpers. $125 Investment (incl. 30 page workbook and your personal spiritual consultation). Space is limited. Pre-register today! For more information call 703-898-6459. To register call 800-336-8008. Crystal Dove Bookstore, 525 Central Ave., Albuquerque. Sacred Sensuality – 10am-4:30pm. A “for women only” feminine mystery circle where you discover the gateway to the Guardians of FeminineStar Alchemy. Kendall introduces you to Light Mysteries of the Seven Gates and takes you deeply into the Wisdom of the Womb by weaving ancient knowledge with intentional creativity, active imagination and shamanic journey. Info: Kendall 505-986-0328 or Early-bird registration thru July 10 $234.50/after $265. 505-474-8555. Santa Fe Soul Health & Healing Center, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E. An Evening w/ the Ascended Masters – 7-9pm. Through their clear voice channel, the Ascended Masters of Shamballa will speak to you, give a brief discourse on current ascension progress, lead a guided meditation, and answer questions. All light workers welcome. Limited street parking. Donation: $22/door or via PayPal. OakRose Academy, Santa Fe. Call Rev. AliceAnn at 505-490-8855 for directions. Teleconference call-in number: 619-3262772, AC: 7325118.

TUESDAY, JULY 22 Las Promesas: Sacred Promises w/ Kendall Day – 7:15-9pm. Tuesdays July 22 & 29. Thru inner journey, journaling and creating an image using Intentional Creativity and FeminineStar Alchemy, you create a light field for the inner healing, as the intelligence of the Womb Mysteries are activated. $65 incl. all art materials. Info: 505-986-0328 or 505-474-8555. Santa Fe Soul Health & Healing Center, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 23 EFT & Energy Therapy Practitioners’ Mastermind Live Call – 2-3:15pm. 1st & 3rd Wednesday. Dr. Anne Merkel leads physicians, wellness practi-

tioners, therapists and coaches by phone. Monthly series with two live calls, notes and recordings. $76. Register at or call 1-877-262-2276.

THURSDAY, JULY 24 Free Introduction to Yoga Therapy – 6:30pm. Contact Laura at 307-899-3147. 4 Calle Medico, Ste D, Santa Fe. Healing Disempowerment: The Third Chakra – 6:30-8:30pm. A well-developed third chakra empowers us to live our best lives and take action toward our goals. The purpose of the third chakra is transformation; to see that we are ultimately the cause and cure of our circumstances. Guided meditation, energy tools and self-exploration exercises. $25. Pre-register: 505-920-4418. Center For Inner Truth, 826 Camino de Monte Rey, A1, Santa Fe. Free Introduction to Hypnotherapy – 7-8:30pm. Transform your perception of the world and accelerate your personal and/or professional performance. Strengthen your day-to-day natural ability to live a more balanced, meaningful and productive life. 505-918-6555. Christian Raphael Hypnotherapy, 819 Vassar Dr NE, Albuquerque.

FRIDAY, JULY 25 The Healing Energies of Tree Essences – 10-12pm. 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. Pre-register: 505-820-6321. Milagro Herbs, 419 Orchard Dr, Santa Fe.

SATURDAY, JULY 26 Past-Life Regression – 1-3pm. In this powerful 2-hour session, you will regress to a past life where you will discover, integrate and activate a positive inner resource to benefit you and other people in your life today. $40. Info: 505-918-6555. Crystal Dove Metaphysical Book Store, 525 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque.

SUNDAY, JULY 27 Learn the Art of Flower Essences – 10am-12pm. Learn how flower essences work and how to make them for yourself and loved ones with Erin Galiger. Topics: Developing your connection to the flowers, history of flower essences, how they are made and work energetically with us, and methods of selecting flower essences for use. You’ll leave with your own flower essences. All materials provided. Cost: $25. Pre-register: 505-820-6321. Milagro Herbs, 419 Orchard Dr, Santa Fe.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 30 Tesla “Extraordinary Technology” Conference - July 30 - August 3. Topics featured Tesla technology, magnetic motors, zero-point energy, energy saving devices, cosmic/radiant energy, Brown’s gas, low temperature plasma, GEET, Electro medicine, magnetic healing and more. Call 520-463-1994. Registration: Embassy Suites, 1000 Woodward Pl NE, Albuquerque. Energize Your Summer! – 2-3:15pm. Personal Growth Live Call w/ Dr. Anne Merkel. Use meridian-based energy therapies, including EFT tapping plus more to create an exciting and abundant season full of opportunities, advancement & fun. For new & experienced practitioners. Free. Notes & past recordings when you register at

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Psychic Tool Sampler: Own Your Mind – 6:307:30pm. Who’s controlling your thoughts? Learn simple tools to calm the mind, release distractions, and develop awareness vs. thinking. A Psychic Tool Sampler is offered the last Wednesday of each month. Explore and develop the energetic and intuitive aspects of yourself through simple practices. $10. Pre-register: 505-920-4418 or Center For Inner Truth, 826 Camino de Monte Rey, A1, Santa Fe.

PLAN AHEAD WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13 Write Your Best Seller in a Weekend Class – 6-8pm. Free to the first 20 to register. All classes can be attended for free but advance registration is a must. For more information go to www.TomBird. com. To register, call 928-203-0265 or email Info@ BODY of Santa Fe, 333 West Cordova Road, Santa Fe.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 14 Three Months to the Best-Seller List Class – 10am-12pm. Free to the first 20 to register. All classes can be attended for free but advance registration is a must. For more information go to www. To register, call 928-203-0265 or email BODY of Santa Fe, 333 West Cordova Road, Santa Fe. How to Write Your Best Seller in a Weekend Class – 6-8:30pm. Free class. All classes can be attended for free but advance registration is a must. For more information go to To register, call 928-203-0265 or email Info@TomBird. com. Nativo Lodge, 6000 Pan American Freeway, Albuquerque.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 22-24 HBOT2014, 9th International Symposium – Hyperbaric educational forum. Learn from the most innovative practitioners in hyperbaric medicine. Meet and discuss the latest technology advances in hyperbaric medicine with over 30 exhibitors. Hyperbaric physicians, wound care specialists, neurologists, nurses, podiatrists, chts and physicians will all gain additional knowledge during 3 days of education. Call 954-540-1896 or go to www. Call Sheraton Uptown, 2600 Louisiana Blvd NE, Albuquerque.

ongoing events sunday Early Morning Kundalini Yoga & 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 St (at Pinon), Santa Fe.

monday Gentle Yoga – Chi w/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. 505-474-8555, Santa Fe Soul Sun Room, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, Santa Fe. www. .

tuesday Tai Chi Yang’s Long-Form Class – 4-5pm. Tai chi for health, relaxation and coordination with Laiyee Lee. $15. Pre-register: 505-995-1013. Santa Fe Soul Sun Room, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, Santa Fe. www. Pranic Healing Clinic – 6:30-8pm. 1st and 3rd Tuesday. Experience no-touch clearing of congested energies, and energizing and balancing of the energy body. Free. Contact Rita at 505-298-4823. First Unitarian, Social Hall, 3701 Carlisle Blvd NE, Albuquerque.


How You Can Make 7 Figures Through the Writing/Publication of a Book Class – 3-5pm. Free to the first 20 to register. All classes can be attended for free but advance registration is a must. For more information go to To register, call 928-203-0265 or email BODY of Santa Fe, 333 West Cordova Road, Santa Fe.

Early Morning Kundalini Yoga & Meditation Practice – 5:30-7:30am. 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 St (at Pinon), Santa Fe. Qigong & Healing From Within – 10:30am-12pm. Taoist, yogic and shamanic practices cultivate vitality, inner strength and awareness with energy, movement, sound, breathwork and meditation. $12. 1st class free. Info: Allison Lasky, 505-984-8733. Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, Santa Fe. www. Six Healing Sounds Ba Qua Qi Gong – 6-7pm. Wednesdays from July 9 thru Aug. 13 w/William Swan. Use sound, movement and awareness to still the mind and heal the body. Experience techniques from other qigong systems to optimize your learning. Cost: $50 for 6-week series. Drop-ins OK, $15. Pre-register: 505-820-6321. Milagro Herbs, 419 Orchard Dr, Santa Fe. Gentle Yoga – Chi w/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. 505-474-8555. Santa Fe Soul Sun Room, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, Santa Fe. www. .


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26-28 Write Your Best Seller In A Weekend Retreat. Prices for the weekend retreat can be found at: To register, call 928-203-0265 or email Nativo Lodge, 6000 Pan American Freeway, Albuquerque.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17 20 Minutes to Get Over Writer’s Block Forever Class – 6-8pm. Free to the first 20 to register. All classes can be attended for free but advance registration is a must. For more information go to www. To register, call 928-203-0265 or email BODY of Santa Fe, 333 West Cordova Road, Santa Fe.


Northern & Central New Mexico

thursday Vicktoria’s Yoga Classes – 12:15-1:15pm. Innovative fusion of styles, rooted in the yogic traditions of chanting, mudras and flowing asana sequences. This ritual-centered practice works with forces of nature using breath, movement and sound. 505-428-8414. Santa Fe Soul Sun Room, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, Santa Fe.

saturday The Grateful Way – 9-10:15am. Taught by Ramleen, a typical class will include: pranayam, kundalini yoga, kriya, meditation, mantra, gong and lots of laughing. 505-982-6369. Yoga Santa Fe, 1505 Llano St (at Pinon), Santa Fe. www.

classifieds 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,

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,

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.

VIBRATIONAL HEALING LIGHTNINGHORSE VIBRATIONAL HEALING − Heading for a Spa? Think again! Broaden your spectrum for personal transformation and evolve beyond. Unique & intuitive gifts practiced here. Couple’s sessions upon-request. Call 505-699-7796 to schedule an appointment and GALLOP YOUR WAY TO FREEDOM!!

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