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newsbriefs Well Woman Radio Gets New Name

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ell Woman Radio will become The Well Woman Show with Giovanna Rossi, but will maintain the same focus on women’s health and wellness. Giovanna Rossi is the executive producer and host of The Well Woman Show. Her sister, Cristina Parry, a 25 year BBC Radio veteran, is the producer on the show. The Well Woman Show with Giovanna Rossi is part of a larger project called Well Woman Life. “When women and girls are healthy, successful and thriving, the community as a whole thrives,” states Rossi. “Well Woman Life supports women to achieve their highest level of fulfillment and well-being.” In addition to continuing to air on KUNM 89.9 FM, the show will also have a larger presence on iTunes. The next show will air July 10 at 8 a.m. on KUNM. Upcoming shows include guests Rachel Preston Prinz, architect and author of Hacking The Earthship and Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, co-founder of Moms Rising.  For more information visit WellWomanLife.com or follow on Twitter at Twitter.com/wellwomanradio.

Seven Steps to Reduce Tension and Trauma

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alu Integrative Health and Wellness has launched a TRE (Tension, Stress and Trauma Release Exercise) workshop series to teach individuals exercises that help the body heal from the effects of stress and trauma. Taught by Mari Lyford, workshops will be offered monthly with weekly classes beginning this fall. Integrative workshops are held at a Northeast Heights Albuquerque Yoga Studio and locations in Santa Fe when available. TRE is a series of seven simple therapeutic exercises that can be done at home to reduce the effects of tension and trauma, improve mind and body resiliency, reduce pain, and increase mobility. Developed by Dr. David Berceli, TRE is a self-help process being used by thousands of people around the world as an effective tool for releasing chronic traumatic stress, physical tension, and emotional trauma. Mari Lyford is a Licensed Master Social Worker, Level 2 TRE practitioner, yoga teacher and Reiki practitioner. Trained in Integration Based Stress Reduction (IBSR) and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), she also has a background in clinical cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation working as an exercise specialist. Cost: $50; Preregistration required. For more information and to register visit TraumaRecoveryCoaching.com/workshops-and-classes. See ad, page 11.

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Ghost Ranch Announces Wisdom Sharing

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nternational author, speaker and activist, Dr. Chung Hyun Kyung, along with her friend and colleague, Dr. Robert Thurman, will lead a three day retreat entitled, “Wisdom Sharing: Being Human Together,” October 11 to 15 at Ghost Ranch Education & Retreat Center in Abiquiu. Together, with Sister Lucy Kurien, they will explore Being Human Together by focusing on bridging the differences of humankind, breaking open the breadth and gift of reconciliation, and supporting the growth and reformation of gender, intergenerational and interracial relations. Joining them are Rev. Cynthia Brix and Dr. William Keepin, founders of Gender Reconciliation International. Through their work, Rev. Brix and Dr. Keepin offer opportunities for transformational healing and reconciliation between men, women and all genders. Ghost Ranch is a national education and retreat center located in Abiquiu. Its synergy of beauty, its scientific value, its cultural and historical traditions and its spirituality make it like no other place in the world. Cost: All-inclusive with tuition, lodging and meals rolled into one packaged rate ranging from $680 to $900 per person, double occupancy. Camping available. Day passes including lunch and dinner are $125 per person per day. For more information visit GhostRanch.org/ retreat/wisdom-sharing-being-human-together. See ad on page 22.

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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course

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indfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the UNM Center for Life is an eight-week course that leads participants through a uniquely comprehensive study and practice of mindfulness meditation. The course, facilitated by Michelle DuVal, allows participants to find answers to their questions while successfully integrating the practice into their daily lives. “We’ll learn what mindfulness meditation is, how to do it in our daily lives to reduce stress, manage pain, help with sleep issues, addictions, high blood pressure, anxiety, depression and more, and how it enables our ability to participate in our health and healing,” explains DuVal. “The course culminates with an all-day meditation retreat, an absolute once-in-a-lifetime experience.” According to DuVal, two decades of published research indicates the majority of people who complete MBSR courses report many benefits, including an increased ability to relax, reduction in pain levels, greater energy and enthusiasm for life, improved self-esteem and an ability to cope more effectively with short and long-term stressful situations. To receive an informational e-packet on the course, call 505-617-1547 or email michelle@ themindfulcenter.com. See ad page 7. natural awakenings

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Herbs for Performance, Enhancement and Recovery

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utdoor summer activities can sometimes leave the body a bit bruised and battered. While the tendency is to take extra care of ourselves only after the damage has been done, taking a proactive approach by using herbs to prepare for exertion can cut down on post-workout pain, improve athletic performance and help recovery. Before heading outside to work out, Nature’s Rite Founder Steven Frank recommends using sweet marjoram for muscle cramp relief, peppermint leaf to improve circulation and witch hazel to lubricate muscle fibers. Penelope Ody’s The Holistic Herbal Directory suggests that using these herbs can also cut down on discomfort during strenuous physical activity. Devil’s claw can be applied to provide joint relief. According to Andrew Chevallier’s Natural Health Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine, applying juniper berry to flush lactic acid from muscles and white willow bark for pain relief can help to offset effects of pushing the body harder than usual during exercise. After the workout is complete, Ody’s Natural Health Complete Guide to Medicinal Herbs recommends the application of comfrey to increase fibroblast activity for building new muscle fibers and repairing microtears in tendons, as well as Arnica montana to break up micro-clots to clear the way for recovery while easing pain. Frank says, “Each of these herbs, roots and bark can be combined in a water decoction to provide the right preparation for outdoor activities. The mixture should be sprayed on or wiped on large muscle groups and joints for maximum effectiveness.” For more information, email SteveF@NaturesRiteRemedies. com or visit MyNaturesRite.com/blog. See ad, page 7.

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Flaxseed Oil Soothes Carpal Tunnel

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No Worries: Cats Naturally Eat Less in Summer

arpal tunnel syndrome is typically accompanied by pain, numbness and reduced mobility in the hands and wrists. Research published by the Tehran (Iran) University of Medical Sciences in the DARU Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences has determined that the application of external linseed oil—also referred to as flaxseed oil—can reduce pain and increase mobility for syndrome sufferers. The research tested 100 patients with the condition in two groups—one rubbed placebo oil onto their wrists, while the other applied linseed oil daily over a four-week period. Both groups wore wrist splints at night. After the treatment period, those that applied linseed oil experienced a significant drop in pain scores using the Boston Carpal Tunnel Questionnaire and Function Assessment. The same patients also reported an improvement in mobility and function.

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study from the University of Liverpool School of Veterinary Science has found that cats naturally eat less during the summer, indicating that owners can take such appetite swings in stride. The researchers studied 38 cats for four years. Their collars were implanted with a microchip that recorded the amount as they ate as much as they wanted from a dispenser. The team found that cats ate an average of 15 percent less in hot weather. Their eating decreased from June through August and increased from October to February. Eating levels were intermediate in the spring and fall. Study author Dr. Alex German observed, “Cats are more inclined to comfort eat when it’s cold outside, likely to be due to the extra energy they need to keep warm when out and about.”

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

Protest Songs

Rocker Neil Young Celebrates Food Democracy with New Album Tour

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Legendary musician Neil Young and his new band, Promise of the Real, featuring Willie Nelson’s sons Lukas and Micah Nelson, are calling out agribusiness giant Monsanto’s practices with a new album and summer concert tour. The band’s Rebel Content tour to support their new album The Monsanto Years will kick off on July 5 in Milwaukee and includes Young’s first-ever concert in Vermont, in Essex Junction, on July 19, a state that passed a law requiring food companies to label products that contain genetically modified ingredients. Young, a longtime critic of big agribusiness, has sharply criticized efforts by the Grocery Manufacturers Association to block the Vermont GMO labeling law. “Whatever you think of GMOs,” he maintains, “corporations should not be using massive lawsuits to overturn legitimate, democratic decisions that have strong public backing.” The tour also encompasses Denver, July 8 and 9; Lincoln, Nebraska, July 11; Cincinnati, July 13; Clarkston, Michigan, July 14; Camden, New Jersey, July 16; Bethel, New York, July 17; Wantagh, New York, July 21; Great Woods, Massachusetts, July 22; and Oro-Medonte, Ontario, July 24. Other dates may be added. For more information, visit NeilYoung.com.

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GMO Gains

Food Supplies Increasingly Under Siege Three hundred farmers recently took over the building and interrupted a meeting where the Brazil National Biosafety Technical Commission was deciding whether or not to introduce genetically engineered (GE/GM/GMO) transgenic eucalyptus trees into their biosphere. These activists and thousands more around the country have halted plans temporarily, but the assault continues by international corporations bent on patenting and controlling the environment itself. At home, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has already approved the first corporate-sponsored, patented, genetically modified tree, ArborGen’s loblolly pine. Despite outspoken public opposition, the USDA approved it with no public oversight nor assessment of the environmental risks it poses. Grass-fed beef farmers, supplying an alternative that many seek to avoid GMO feed grain, now have to cope with the advent of genetically modified grass. The Scotts MiracleGro Company, Monsanto’s exclusive consumer sales agent for RoundUp glyphosate weed killer, intends to conduct field trials at the homes of company employees absent government oversight, because no laws currently prohibit or limit the planting of GMO grass. In February, the government approved the first genetically modified apple for commercial planting. The Arctic apple is part of a growing list of sanctioned GMO fresh produce, including papaya and sweet corn. A gene within the apple is altered so it resists browning and bruising. Many people die or go blind from vitamin A deficiency, so the Gates Foundation has funded research by Australia’s Queensland University of Technology to create a vitamin-enhanced, GMO “super banana”. Testing on humans will take place in the U.S. over a six-week period and researchers aim to start growing the fruit in Uganda by 2020. Sign concerned-citizen petitions at Tinyurl.com/CredoNo-GMO-Trees and Tinyurl.com/Care2-No-GMO-Grass.

Bee Aware Lowe’s to Stop Selling Toxic Pesticides Lowe’s Home Improvement says it will begin to eliminate neonicotinoid pesticides, a leading contributor to global bee declines, from its stores. This public commitment is the most significant announcement so far for a retailer of its size. Lisa Archer, a spokesperson for Friends of the Earth, says, “We are pleased Lowe’s is listening to consumer concerns and to the growing body of science telling us we need to move away from bee-toxic pesticides by taking steps to be part of the solution to the bee crisis.” The retailer has pledged to phase out neonicotinoids as suitable alternatives become available, redouble existing integrated pest management practices for suppliers and provide additional materials for educating customers about pollinator health. Source: Tinyurl.com/LowesHelpsBees

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Jeffrey Smith Warns Against GMOs by Linda Sechrist

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effrey Smith is the founder and executive director of the Institute for Responsible Technology, author of Seeds of Deception and director of the documentary Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives. Smith and his organization’s Campaign for Healthier Eating in America are spearheading consumer rejection of genetically modified foods (GM/GMO) in order to force them off the market.

What basics should everyone know about GMOs? Genetic engineering is different from traditional crossbreeding. In engineering six major GMO crops—soy, corn, cotton, canola, sugar beets and alfalfa—a gene from a virus or bacteria was forced into the DNA of the plants. Derivatives such as soy lecithin, soy protein, highfructose corn syrup and sugar (unless labeled as cane sugar) are in the vast majority of processed foods.

How did GMO foods invade grocery shelves? Many U.S. consumers mistakenly believe that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves GMO crops only after careful study. Instead, the agency claimed it wasn’t aware of any significant difference from other food crops and declared safety testing unnecessary. In reality, according to FDA documents later made public in a lawsuit, the consensus among FDA

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scientists was that GMOs were different and dangerous and needed rigorous, longterm testing to prevent allergies, toxins, new diseases and nutritional problems. When the George W. Bush administration ordered the agency to promote biotechnology as a way to increase U.S. food exports, the FDA responded by creating a new position of Deputy Commissioner of Policy for Michael R. Taylor, a former Monsanto attorney. He later became a Monsanto vice president and is now back at the FDA as the U.S. food safety czar.

Why is Roundup, Monsanto’s weed killer for GMO crops, so toxic? Monsanto portrays Roundup as a benevolent herbicide. This is a lie. Glyphosate, its active patented ingredient, alters biochemical pathways in the body. Scientists such as Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff have linked glyphosate to numerous diseases and disorders, including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, gluten sensitivity, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, depression, autism and reproductive disorders. In March, the World Health Organization declared it a probable carcinogen.

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or those that don’t contain derivatives of the current nine GMO food crops, which now include some zucchini, yellow squash and papaya grown in Hawaii or China. Any packaged grocery product not labeled “Non-GMO” or “Organic” is likely to contain at least one GMO; this includes meat and dairy products, from animals that have eaten GM feed. NonGMOShoppingGuide.com is a reliable resource that lists about 30,000 non-GMO products. A non-GMO diet is recommended by thousands of doctors, as well as the American Academy of Environmental Medicine.

What more can “we the people” do to eradicate GMOs? We are in control, not government agencies. I believe that promoting a stronger message—that GMOs are dangerous and should be avoided—would better serve consumers and the food-labeling movement. High-profile campaigns will continue educating consumers about the dangers of GMOs and the necessity of rejecting them in favor of healthier nonGMO choices, especially for children that are most at risk. The desired result is that food companies will feel the loss of profits and remove GMOs as a liability. The tipping point in the U.S. is almost here. In 2013, the president of Whole Foods announced that when a product becomes verified as non-GMO, sales leap by 15 to 30 percent. Thousands of natural product brands were immediately enrolled for verification. Now conventional brands such as Post Foods’ Grape Nuts, Target’s Simply Balanced brand, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and Chipotle’s restaurant menu are GMO-free. General Mills stopped using GMO beet sugar in Cheerios. When the rest of the food industry sees these non-GMO-labeled products increase in sales in conventional supermarkets, they will be forced to eliminate GMOs as well, to protect their market share. Visit ResponsibleTechnology.org and GeneticRouletteMovie.com to educate everyone about the dangers of GMOs. Connect with writer Linda Sechrist at ItsAllAboutWe.com.


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feet from the sides of cars to avoid being hit. Cyclists are wise not to weave in and out of traffic, to signal turns and watch out for runners, walkers and pedestrians as they abide by normal traffic rules and flow. Takemoto-Weerts says that bikers sometimes overlook using the stop signal (left arm extended downward) to alert bikers behind them. Wearing a helmet should be a standard practice. The University of North Carolina’s Highway Safety Research Center, in Chapel Hill, reports that wearing a helmet reduces the overall risk of head injuries by 85 percent. “Cyclists are part of traffic, whether operating on a road, pathway or a combination,” says Moser. “Being acutely aware of one’s surroundings and minimizing distractions, following the rules of the road and pathway, and being prepared to deal with others’ mistakes are all vital.”

Savvy Cycling Keep the Hard Knocks Out of Biking by Randy Kambic

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eople are biking more than ever. Recreational bicycling ranked second to running as the favorite outdoor activity among both youths (6 to 24 years old) and adults (25-plus) in a recent Outdoor Industry Association study. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) further reports that from 2000 to 2012 the number of Americans biking to work rose from 488,000 to 786,000. This positive trend also means more crowded bike lanes and other pathways challenge the community infrastructure’s ability to keep up, raising safety concerns. Plus, we naturally want to avoid aches and pains while enjoying the myriad benefits of pedaling.

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“Having the right bike for one’s needs that’s properly fitted is crucial,” says Dan Moser, a founder and steering committee member of the BikeWalkLee community coalition and a traffic safety consultant in Fort Myers, Florida. “Use a local bike shop whose mechanics test and adjust the bikes they sell.” A bike mechanic can determine the proper seat height and ideal distance from the handlebars to the seat tube. Back, knee or hip pain may develop if a cyclist has to stretch their legs to get to the pedals, explains Tim Bustos, a bicy-

cling consultant in Pensacola, Florida, and former bicycle and pedestrian coordinator for Davis, California, which earned platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Community status, along with Boulder, Colorado, and Portland, Oregon, from the League of American Bicyclists (LAB). On the other hand, “A biker doesn’t get proper leg extension if the seat is too low,” he says, possibly leading to leg muscle strains. “The legs should be almost, but not totally extended at the lowest point in the pedaling motion.”

Safety Alert

The latest NHTSA study charted 49,000 bicycle accidents in 2012, 1,000 more than the year before. Biking only in daylight and avoiding alcohol could improve those numbers because 48 percent of biker fatalities occur beginning at 4 p.m. and 37 percent involve a driver or bicyclist that has been drinking. Even well-marked bike lanes don’t guarantee safety, so caution is required. Some motorists are careless about entering bike lanes and don’t correctly stop at crosswalks or look behind before opening car doors. David TakemotoWeerts, a bicycle program coordinator at the University of California, Davis, member of the city’s Bike Transportation Advisory Committee and LAB-certified instructor, suggests keeping at least five

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Dr. Kim Martin, a certified functional medicine practitioner and chiropractor with North Shore Health Solutions, in Northbrook, Illinois, says that recreational bikers have visited her for knee, hip and neck soreness or strains. In addition to ensuring they’re employing proper leg extension, she advises, “Pedal a little faster in a lower gear; ideally, 75 to 90 revolutions per minute, which is easier on the knees and lessens muscle fatigue than traveling slower in a higher gear.” She explains that the correct seat height facilitates proper alignment of hips and a full rotation; if not, energy is forced outward, stressing the hips. Martin adds that the neck might experience strain from tilting the head up for long periods. “This can occur by wearing a helmet that is too low or forward in the front or poor-fitting eyewear that inches forward down the nose.” Right after a long ride, Martin suggests that riders gently bend downward over their crossed legs a few times, alternately switching legs, and also slowly bending the head up and down, sideways and then in a circular motion for a couple of minutes. “Overall,” she says, “the key is to have fun.” Freelance writer and editor Randy Kambic, in Estero, FL, is a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings.

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r. Sharada Hall is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and has been practicing Ayurveda since 1993. She will present, “Maintaining Healthy Joints and Muscles with Ayurveda” where attendees will learn how to maintain a healthy yoga body according to the principles of Ayurveda. Hall maintains a private practice in Santa Fe where she combines acupuncture, Ayurvedic nutrition and herbal medicine. She is the creator of BodhiMed.com and a founding member of The Trauma Healing Center in Santa Fe. For more information, call 505-982-4183 or visit BodhiMed.com.

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urya Little has been a devoted student and teacher of yoga, macrobiotic healing and the healing arts for more than 20 years. She will lead two classes, “Twisting from the Inside Out” and “Balancing from Head to Toe,” where students will learn the profound healing effects of spinal twists in addition to the strengthening and stabilizing effects of balancing poses. Surya, who specializes in women’s health in yoga, nutrition and therapeutic yoga, teaches from an intuitive and highly developed understanding of the energetics of the body. She co-founded Prajna Yoga along with her husband, Tias Little.

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ias Little’s unique and skillful teaching approach enables students to find greater depth of understanding andawareness in their practice, both on and off the mat. He is the author of three books, The Thread of Breath, Meditations on a Dewdrop and the forthcoming Yoga of the Subtle Body. He will present several classes, including “Yoga, Wakefulness and Freedom,” a yoga intensive aimed at cultivating meditative awareness through internal listening and subtle attunement in the postures. This class will integrate breath awareness with philosophical reflection, meditation and poems of awakening.

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he second annual Santa Fe Yoga Festival being held August 6 to 9 at the Scottish Rite Temple and the Santa Fe Plaza brings conscious community together for a heart-opening, vibration-raising, multi-day experience in a stunning natural setting. Showcasing 108 transformational yoga classes by over 35 world class teachers as well as daily meditations, dharma talks, hikes, Navajo drum ceremonies, cutting edge musical acts, and daily DJ-hosted pool parties, the festival promises to create an atmosphere that revives our spirits, enriches our practice and reminds us how to play. “The opportunity to bring more of our yoga community together with leading instructors, speakers and musicians in this breathtaking location is truly exciting,” says event co-founder, Kurt Young. A festival for the whole family, other activities will include spa services at Ten Thousand waves, mountain biking and pool parties. A marketplace hosted by festival sponsors will sell yoga-related products such as books, active wear, shoes, jewelry, and art. The festival will also host cooking classes and a farm-to-table dinner for guests to enjoy local organic food paired with wonderful wines from local vintners. There will also be a film premiere of Dying to Know with a filmmaker’s panel and discussion, followed by a wine tasting event. Headlining the festival at 6 p.m. on August 8 at Fort Marcy Park is renowned musician, filmmaker and humanitarian Michael Franti and his band Spearhead, known for the communal spirit they create with their extraordinary live shows. Franti is recognized as a pioneering force using music

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Festival Presenters The festival welcomes presenters from a variety of backgrounds ranging from globally-renowned teachers to local favorites including Dr. Sharada Hall, Tias and Surya Little, Katchie Ananda, Yoga Ma, Mark Whitwell, Shannon Paige, Shawn Parell, Dave Romanelli, Erik Pastel, Crisit Christensen, Sean Tebor, Emily Branden and Jessica Winderl, Elias Gaiton, and Jennifer Elliot, to name just a few.

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former elite-level gymnast and platform diver, Cristi Christensen trained with the U.S. Olympic diving team as an young adult. After an injury cut her Olympic dreams short, she shifted her focus to helping others improve their level of fitness through personal training, Pilates, Core Fusion and yoga. Cristi served as the director of the internationally renowned Exhale Center for Sacred Movement in Venice, CA, where she continues to teach yoga and Core Fusion. She combines her teaching, practice and bright energy into a dynamic and unique classroom style. She is shaking up the yoga world with her integration of yoga and dance with live DJ’d house music during her invigorating “Deep Exhale” events.

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Y as a vehicle for positive change. With the multi-platinum success of his song “Say Hey (I Love You)” and the chart breaking 2010 release of The Sound Of Sunshine, Franti and his band guarantee a show that will be thought-provoking as well as energetic. “Music is sunshine,” says Franti, one of the most positive and conscious artists in music today. “Music gives us new energy and a stronger sense of purpose.” Visit MichaelFranti. com for more information. Sponsors for the inaugural Santa Fe Yoga Festival include The Teahouse, The Santa Fe Reporter, Sense Clothing, The Ark Bookstore, Bishops Lodge Spa & Resort, Breathe OC and Natural Awakenings. The Santa Fe Yoga Festival was founded in early 2014 by Kurt Young, a local businessman and founder of the Santa Fe Film Festival; Shawn Parell, a longtime yoga teacher and nonprofit director who also serves as a mentor in the Samudra Global School for Living Yoga; and Pamela Serna, a Santa Fe native and yoga devotee. Tickets are available for individual speakers and musical events in addition to Early Bird, Adventure and Fiesta One Day passes. For a complete schedule and to purchase tickets, visit SantaFeYogaFestival.org.

oga Shelter founder, Eric Paskel, believes that the practice of yoga is about “coming together” – the coming together of ourselves that leads to the coming together of our family, friends and larger communities. He opened Yoga Shelter to help others awaken, and to bring light to places of darkness, strength to places of weakness, fluidity and creativity to places of rigidity, laughter to places of sadness and life to places that, for some of us, have lain dormant for a lifetime. Yoga Shelter partners with a variety of local charities through their Yoga Shelter Cares program which allow donors to participate in Yoga Shelter classes for free and/or subsidized rates. Yoga Shelter will also match charitable donations in exchange for non-profits promoting the program to their donor/ member base.

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atchie Ananda is an internationally renowned yoga and dharma teacher whose life’s work has been to explore the practices of yoga and dharma and share their path to freedom with others. She was the co-founder/director of Yoga Sangha, a studio in San Francisco’s Mission district, dedicated to yoga and dharma. Her leadership and example in yoga and social change prompted Yoga Journal to name her one of five top yoga teachers making change in the world. She brings her humor and stories to conferences, festivals and workshops all over the world and is loved by her students for her authenticity, sense of humor, wisdom and deep compassion. She lives in Santa Fe with her husband, Joshua, and her dog, Leelou. natural awakenings

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Peck believes that if we want a cleaner environment, healthier people and more vibrant communities, “We need to be citizens that care about bringing democratic accountability, social justice and ecological integrity to all aspects of our food/farm system.”

Local Food Strengthens Communities

Food Democracy By the People, for the People and Toward a Stronger Nation by Melinda Hemmelgarn

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o more fully understand the concept of democracy, we can look to some past U.S. presidents. Abraham Lincoln defined it as “government of the people, by the people, for the people.” Thomas Jefferson said, “An informed citizenry is at the heart of a dynamic democracy.” Harry S. Truman further recognized that “secrecy and a free, democratic government don’t mix.” By extension, “food democracy” describes a fair and transparent food system in which people have informed choices and control in determining what and how they eat. It’s what happens when we view people as citizens, rather than consumers, and treat food as a human right, reports the Oakland, California-based Pesticide Action Network (PAN). Kelly Moltzen, a registered dietitian in Bronx, New York, and member of the Franciscan Earth Corps, defines it as having the freedom to make choices about the integrity of our food from farm to plate, so that we can support the health and well-being of ourselves, the Earth and all organisms that inhabit the ecosystem.

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Food Sovereignty

A PAN report on food democracy describes food sovereignty as the international equivalent of the U.S. movement to re-localize control over our food and farming. It’s rooted in regenerating historically autonomous food systems with, for and by the people. John Peck, Ph.D., executive director of Family Farm Defenders, in Madison, Wisconsin, explains that the term “food sovereignty” was coined about two decades ago by the globally active La Via Campesina, comprised of family farmers, farm workers, fishing folks, hunters, gatherers and indigenous communities around the world. “At its most basic,” Peck says, “Food sovereignty is about reclaiming local democratic control over our food/ farm system from corporate agribusiness.” This way, “Everyone has the right to decide what is grown or raised in their community, whether animals are treated humanely, if family farmers and other food workers are paid a living wage and can collectively bargain and whether people have access to safe, healthy food—as well as the right to know what is in their food, how it is produced and where it comes from.”

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In their report, Deepening Food Democracy, the Institute of Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), in Minneapolis, describes how U.S. food and farming has increasingly become concentrated, consolidated and controlled by the few. Local food enthusiasts want to take back their food system from industrial, corporate masters that lobby for legislation which denies citizens the right to know how their food is produced or if it contains genetically modified ingredients (GMO). The growing local food movement is as much about returning power to communities, food workers, farmers and farm workers as it is about producing and distributing healthy, sustainably grown food, reports IATP. Anthony Flaccavento, an organic farmer in the Appalachian region of southwestern Virginia, has been working on national food and sustainable farming initiatives for nearly 30 years. In a recent Food Sleuth Radio interview, he described the resulting tremendous, multiple positive impacts of strong local economies, noting that a strong local food system is usually at their center. “Once you have vibrant, diverse local economies,” says Flaccavento, “you have better health, lower crime and incarceration rates—and more civic participation.” Basically, a more democratic food system could help fix many of the maladies ailing our nation today. The steady growth of farmers’ markets, farm to school programs and food policy councils prove that Americans are hungry both for clean food and an enhanced sense of community. While Flaccavento appreciates conscious consumers that support local food providers, he emphasizes, “Just acting locally isn’t enough. We need to re-engage with bigger social and political debates, as well.”

Growing Vegetables and Democracy

After Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, Jenga Mwendo knew she had


to leave her high-powered job in New York City and return to her hometown in the devastated Lower Ninth Ward. “My parents raised me to contribute,” Mwendo explains. “My first name means ‘to build’ and my last name means ‘always progressing’.” In 2009, Mwendo founded the Backyard Gardeners Network (BGN), a local nonprofit organization that restores and strengthens what had once been a thriving, closely knit, selfreliant community, rich with backyard gardens and citizen engagement. Residents went to work, recognizing the potential of community gardens to revitalize their neighborhood and bring affordable healthful food to residents, many of them suffering from obesity, heart disease and diabetes. The BGN both revitalized a community garden and converted a blighted lot into a Guerrilla Garden, where people of all ages gather to grow food, share stories, embrace their cultural heritage and learn how to become responsible citizens. “We bring people together and make decisions collectively,” says Mwendo. “The garden is for our community, by our community.” Understanding the value of involving children and teens, she adds, “Kids know they will be loved here. This is a nurturing environment.” Like Mwendo, Stephen Ritz, a top 10 finalist in the Varkey Foundation’s Global Teacher Prize, is reaching youth through food. Based in New York City’s South Bronx, one of the country’s poorest school districts, he and his students are growing vegetables in school, thereby improving children’s diets, health, school performance and future potential. “We are contributing to food democracy by making sure every child we touch, regardless of income, zip code and skin color, faith or nation of origin, has access to fresh, healthy, nutritious food that they help grow,” says Ritz. So far, his Green Bronx Machine community has raised 30,000 pounds of vegetables. “We’re growing justice,” Ritz announced in his March 2015 TED Talk. “My favorite crop is organically grown citizens—graduates, voters and students who are eating [better] and living healthier lives!”

Kitchen Gardens Nourish the World

Roger Doiron is the founder and director of Kitchen Gardeners International (KGI), an online global community of some 30,000 people in 100 countries that are growing some of their own food. He spearheaded First Lady Michelle Obama’s White House Garden. Doiron’s campaign to bring a food garden back to the White House (presidents John Adams, Jefferson and Jackson all had edible gardens) began in 2008, went viral, took root and the rest is history. Today, the first lady continues to champion garden-fresh food to improve children’s health. From his own 1,500-square-foot garden in Scarborough, Maine, Doiron and his wife harvested 900 pounds of organic fruits and vegetables worth $2,200 in a single season. “Talented gardeners with more generous soils and climates are able to produce even more food in less space,” he says, “but maximizing production is not our only goal. We’re also trying to maximize pleasure and health.” Doiron believes, “Quality food is central to well-being and is one of the best ways to unite people of different countries and cultures around a common, positive agenda.” He’s convinced that kitchen gardens will play a critical role in feeding a growing population faced with climate challenges. On July 4, his organization celebrates Food Independence

Aligning with our Most Caring Core Values by Rae Sikora

“My life is my message.” -- Mahatma Gandhi

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hen asked if they see themselves as non-violent, most people will say “yes.” We want to think of ourselves as “good people.” When taken beyond humans into the larger community of all life, our commitment to non-violence does not always align with our most caring core values. While most people would agree with the philosophy of “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”, most define “other” as other humans. And even then, we may only include other humans who are like us. How would our lives look if we re-define “others” to include all others? When looking at our personal responsibility to our community, we can expand our circle of compassion to include all living beings (including ourselves) and the Earth. When we re-define “other” we redefine “community.” Who is included in your definition of community? As consumers it is time to be very honest with ourselves. We can look beyond the slick marketing/greenwashing to the reality of our choices. What do labels like “recycled,” “natural,” “humane,” “free-range,” “cage-free,” etc. really mean? Who and what are we supporting with your dollars? Investigations into many facilities whose products are labeled “humane,” “cage-free,” “free range” and “natural” have exposed conditions and practices that do not align with a compassionate lifestyle. Here is a link to the printable Caring Consumer Wallet Card: PlantPeaceDaily.org/files/CARING_CONSUMER_ WALLET_CARD.jpg This is a card we can carry around with us at all times. Before spending money on any goods, services, entertainment, etc., we can ask ourselves these questions: • Is this a want or a need? • Will having this add meaning to my life? • Is this purchase the best way to care for myself and the planet? • What is the true cost of this item to: My own health? Other cultures? Other species? The environment? • Is there something more worthwhile I could do with my money? Our lives can be an example of compassion for those around us. We can feel the peace that comes from aligning your most caring values with your daily choices. Full article available at naturalawakeningsnnm.com/ blog/category/local/.

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Jim Gerritsen operates Wood Prairie Farm with his family in Bridgewater, Maine. He’s dedicated to using organic farming methods to protect the environment and food quality, provide ample harvests and foster good jobs for the next generation of young farmers. As president of the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association, Gerritsen led a lawsuit against Monsanto in 2011, challenging the validity of seed patents. In a Food Sleuth Radio interview, he explains, “Patented seeds cannot be saved and replanted. To take that right away from farmers was a terrible mistake on the part of the Supreme Court.” Seed ownership belongs to the people; our seed resource is part of our common heritage. “Genetic engineering was an invention to take away from the commons the ownership of seeds,” he continues. “Regaining control of the seed supply is one of the most pressing battles we have in agriculture.” Gerritsen encourages everyone to plant an organic garden using organic seeds and to advocate GMO labeling. “Let’s let transparency reign, which is a hallmark of a democratic system,” he proclaims. Melinda Hemmelgarn is a registered dietitian and award-winning writer and nationally syndicated radio host at KOPN.org, in Columbia, MO (Food Sleuth@gmail.com). She advocates for organic farmers at Enduring-Image. blogspot.com.

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VEGGIE NATION REVOLUTION by Judith Fertig

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n 1776, the stirring phrase in the U.S. Declaration of Independence—life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness—became a rallying cry for American colonists seeking these inalienable rights of self-government. In 2015, those seeking a new way of eating for personal wellness, a more vibrant local economy and a healthier environment are fomenting their own kind of rebellion.

“You have to make a conscious decision to change for your own wellbeing, that of your family and your country,” according to former President Bill Clinton. In early 2010, suffering from heart disease, Clinton chose to radically change his meat-lover’s diet to a more plant-based focus. “I wanted to live to be a grandfather, so I decided to pick the diet that I thought would maximize my chances of long-term

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survival,” he says. Clinton is part of a growing leadership group that espouses a more vegetarian approach to eating, including a federally appointed panel of nutritionists. For the first time since its formation in 1983, the federal Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee this year elected to factor environmental sustainability into its recommendations, noting that a diet lower in animal-based foods is not only healthier, but has less of an environmental impact. The impetus toward plant-based foods is also stronger than in their last report in 2010.

Exciting Developments

A bold pioneer in the charge for plantbased eating is PlantPure Nation, a grassroots organization founded by Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., the author of the bestselling The China Study, a book that helped persuade Clinton to make his own dietary change. Today, his son, Nelson Campbell, is at the forefront of this food revolution, most recently producing the independent documentary film PlantPure Nation, set to debut nationwide on July 4. Those enticed by the delicious concept of better health for themselves and the planet can also turn to The PlantPure Nation Cookbook, with more than 150 plant-based recipes by Kim Campbell, Nelson’s wife, whom he names “the chef in the family.”

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“No issue is bigger than the one of plant-based nutrition,” says Nelson. “It’s at the root of our healthcare crisis, affecting the lives of millions of Americans, the vitality of our economy and the solvency of our government. The food we eat has enormous effects on climate, water and soil resources. Our food choices also affect the way in which food is produced and distributed in this country, equitably or not.” Historically, political revolutions tend to be violently adversarial, but a food revolution can take a more nurturing and inclusive course. “The first step people can take is to change their own diet,” Nelson says. “The next step is to help others do the same. The third is to get involved in the movement.”

“I love the idea of a movement involving millions of people fixing a problem that industry and government have largely caused,” says Nelson. “Our success may show a new way forward for

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A fun way to help ourselves and our friends and family consider making dietary changes is hosting a plantbased Fourth of July get-together. Kim’s recipes for a smoky “barbecue” sandwich, creamy potato salad and a zesty, colorful bean dish celebrate traditional picnic foods with a twist. They’re also perfect for potluck-style entertaining. “We have often branded this idea of plant-based nutrition as such and such a ‘diet’, and then built these brands around personalities. But in order to make this a more mainstream idea, we need to frame it differently. This concept of plant-based nutrition is a fact of nature; a simple idea that’s accessible to all,” says Nelson. In a 2012 Gallup poll, just 5 percent of U.S. adults identified themselves as vegetarians, plus 2 percent as vegans. It’s a start, Nelson contends, and there are other promising signs. “The local-food movement is blossoming, with farmers’ markets springing up all over the United States,” proclaims the National Geographic special publication The Future of Food (Food. NationalGeographic.com). The number has increased dramatically in the past five years. The editors point to the demand for fresh produce and a desire to invest in local economies as driving this growth.

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PlantPure Nation Recipes ¼ cup lime juice 1 Tbsp agave nectar ½ tsp sea salt ½ tsp ground cumin ½ tsp chili powder 2 tsp Sriracha hot sauce ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

Southwestern Bean Salad Yields 4 to 6 servings Prep time: 20 minutes

Seasoned for a Southwestern flavor, the beans, corn and avocado make this a satisfying salad everyone will like. 1 15-oz can pinto beans, drained and rinsed 1 15-oz can black beans, drained and rinsed 1 cup frozen corn, thawed 1 red bell pepper, seeded and medium diced ½ cup diced medium red onion 1 cup halved or quartered cherry tomatoes 1 avocado, pitted and diced ¼ cup red wine vinegar

Combine the beans and vegetables in a large bowl and feel free to add seasonal vegetables to taste. Blend the vinegar, lime juice, agave, salt, cumin, chili powder and Sriracha in a small bowl. Add more chili powder and Sriracha for a spicier dish. Drizzle over the beans and vegetables and toss to coat. Refrigerate for an hour and then sprinkle with cilantro before serving.

Caribbean Quinoa Bowl Yields: 4 servings Prep time: 15 minutes. Cook time: 10 minutes ½ cup quinoa 1 cup water

4 cups chopped kale 1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained 1 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp chili powder ¼ tsp sea salt ¾ cup salsa (medium hot) ½ cup diced pineapple (fresh,  canned or frozen) ¾ cup corn (fresh or frozen) ¾ cup diced avocado ¼ cup sliced green onions Rinse the quinoa thoroughly, which can have a bitter taste otherwise. Add the quinoa and the water to a pot, bring to a boil over medium-high heat, and then reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook until all liquid is absorbed. Transfer to a large mixing bowl. Lightly steam the kale until bright green. Add to the bowl with quinoa. Add the beans, cumin, chili powder, salt, salsa, pineapple and corn. Toss until the ingredients are well mixed. Top with the avocado and green onions and serve immediately. Source for all recipes: The PlantPure Nation Cookbook, by Kim Campbell.

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hese are the first words Pam Grout speaks when she rises every morning before dancing her way into the bathroom. She plays a favorite uplifting tune such as Pharrell William’s Happy or Abba’s Dancing Queen and creates a sassy choreography complete with fist pumps, joyous jumps and a little rhythmic strutting. Her easy positive actions take no longer than it would to worry, “How will I get everything done today?” and then trudging into the bathroom feeling fatigued and overwhelmed. Plus, Grout’s playful attitude makes a big difference in the rest of the day’s outcomes. Grout is the author of two internationally bestselling books, E-Squared and E-Cubed. Both offer readers multiple opportunities to experience a disarmingly simple outlook on life. “There is an infinite force of potentiality in the universe that has our backs and wants to interact with us and guide us,” Grout believes. “There is no absolute reality; we create the reality that serves us and places our attention on what we most want.”

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Grout’s journey to a life filled with joy and miracles is ongoing. As a freelance writer, she initially struggled with self-doubt, wondering, “What do I, a kid from Kansas, have to offer a New York City editor?” and came face-to-face with fears about money. Even though she was earning a decent living, she was recycling her parents’ anxieties about not having enough. “I’m not good enough” was another party crasher. When she began studying A Course in Miracles, Grout learned that consciousness creates the material world and the importance of self-compassion. She examined her staunch beliefs, questioning if they were true and letting go of the tiresome stories of inadequacy and worry. She began focusing on life’s blessings and noticed how concentrating on the good made life happier and more dynamic. Then she started to lay out simple intentions such as finding a good parking spot or uncovering a lost object. The results were immediate and intriguing.

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This seeker of truth realized that to gain real spiritual growth, she needed to become more deliberate, so she designed a scientific framework, set a clear intention, imposed a deadline and noted the results. “The results were so convincing that I decided to see if my experiments would work for other people,” Grout says. Before long, friends and acquaintances were manifesting all kinds of amazing things, and she decided to write about her theories. Ten years later, after a steep learning curve in the publishing world, her work became globally acclaimed.

there, but we need to consciously “plug in” to use it. Grout details powerful spiritual principles that help us make everyday life richer, more meaningful and more fun. Part of her “new curriculum” includes:

Tapping a Joyful Reality of Miracles

n The universe is limitless, abundant and surprisingly accommodating.

“This little book will prove to you once and for all that your thoughts have power, and that a field of infinite possibilities awaits your claim,” the author writes in E-Squared. “It will help you rewrite the outdated thinking that drives your life.” Nine easy energy experiments will prove that the “field of potentiality,” as Grout calls it, is dependable, predictable and available to all. She equates our connection with the field to plugging in a toaster. We know the energy field is

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n Reality is waves of possibility that we have “observed” into form. n We are an energy field, connected with everything and everyone in the universe. n Our universe connection provides accurate and unlimited guidance. n Whatever we focus on expands.

“Believe in your bones that the universe is bountiful and supportive,” encourages Grout, asking us to first give the “field” 48 hours to send an unexpected gift. Don’t specify the gift, but just ask to receive and recognize the blessing. Set a deadline and then watch what unfolds.

Making Dreams Come True Making our dreams a reality for us is not only possible, it’s probable. The key is opening our hearts to the beneficent

universe. “If you want to know what will happen in your life, listen to the words coming out of your mouth,” Grout advises. If we are deluged with negative thoughts, stop and notice all that is right in our world. Ask the universe for help in shedding dark ruminations. When we replace poor images with positive affirming thoughts, our lives become more magical and enjoyable. Grout encourages her readers to invoke two words when life feels chaotic and out of control: “It’s okay,” which allows the loving flow of the universe to do the heavy lifting. Concentrating on living our joys equips us to help ourselves and others. Grout queries, “Since we are creating our reality, why not create the possibilities that bring us closer to our life’s purpose and higher self?” For more on Pam Grout’s work, follow her inspiring blog at PamGrout.com. Deborah Shouse is the author of Love in the Land of Dementia: Finding Hope in the Caregiver’s Journey; she blogs at DementiaJourney.org.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 1 Friendship Coffee – 9am-12pm. Receive information about OsteoStrong and cards for free osteoporosis screenings; refreshments. Free/members. North Valley Senior Center, 3825 4th St NW, Albuquerque. 505-761-4025. OsteoStrong.me.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 1 - SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24 Origami In The Garden – 9:30am-5pm. Open weekly Monday thru Saturday. Origami in the Garden is an exhibition of monumental outdoor sculpture inspired by the art of paper folding. Santa Fe artist Kevin Box collaborates with origami masters Robert J. Lang, Te Jui Fu, Michael LaFosse and Richard Alexander to celebrate the art of origami in museum quality sculpture and educational programing. $10 adults; children under 12 free. 505-471-4688. 3453 State Hwy 14 N, Cerrillos. origamiinthegarden.com.

THURSDAY, JULY 2 EarthWisdom Ritual – 6:30-9:30pm. Prayers overflow abundance fire ceremony with 13th generation diiyan, Maria Yraceburu. Relax under the stars while participating in ancient and modern rituals. Bring your drums and rattles. $25. Taa-naash-kaa-da, Las Vegas. 505-414-1583. RSVP: MeetUp.com/ Taa-naash-kaa-da. Improv IT! – 6-8pm. Learn how to build self-confidence, listen, and find creativity you never knew you had. $15. Patty Walters: Patty@PattyWalters.com. Medicine Buddha Healing Puja – 7-8:15pm. The practice of the Medicine Buddha is one of the most powerful practices because it offers the quickest blessings, purifying and healing on all levels - physical, mental, spiritual, and environmental. Thubten Norbu Ling, 1807 Second St, Ste 35, Info@tnlsf.org.

SATURDAY, JULY 4 Craniosacral Basic Training – Jul 4-7. 9am-6pm daily. Study fascial intelligence, the diaphragm releases and cranial lifts. Participants give and receive a practice session daily. By the end be able to give a full basic cranio session. $575. New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts, 501 Franklin Ave, Santa Fe. 505-982-6271. NMHealingarts.org.

MONDAY, JULY 6 In Honor of His Holiness the Dalai Lama – 7pm. Thubten Norbu Ling will celebrate his 80th birthday. Singers from the local Tibetan community perform traditional songs. Benefits the center and the Santa Fe Tibetan Community. Thubten Norbu Ling, 1807 Second St, Ste 35, Info@tnlsf.org.

TUESDAY, JULY 7 Mayan Personal Consultations – July 7-17. Lina Barrios, a Mayan spiritual guide from Guatemala, will offer consultations for healing and guidance including: Mayan astrology, divinations, healing and energy cleansing. $52/50-minute session. Various Santa Fe locations. Schedule: 505-216-6766. saqbe1@gmail.com. SacredRoad.org. EFT-Tapping Information – 5:30-6:30pm. Learn new methods of positive self-talk, empowerment and coping with issues for a happier outcome. For women of all ages who are facing healthcare challenges, who carry unresolved emotional issues from

their past, or who feel like life just happens. UNM Center for Life, 4700 Jefferson St NE, Ste 100, Albuquerque. RSVPL: 505-925-4551. MMHale@ unmmg.org. Mindfulness Tools – Jul 7, 14, 31, 28. 6:308pm.
Learn healthy breathing techniques to calm the body/mind; use visualization techniques to empower yourself; and develop greater mindfulness through inner exploration and radical acceptance. $100/4 sessions, early registration discount. Center for Inner Truth, 1807 2nd St, Ste 84, Santa Fe. 505-920-4418. CenterForInnerTruth.org.

Healing with the Mayan Calendar of Life – 6pm. Lina Barrios, a Mayan spiritual guide from Guatemala, discusses the potential to bring healing to the physical, emotional and spiritual bodies using the Calendar of Life. $10/suggested donation. New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts, 501 Franklin Ave, Santa Fe. Info: 505-216-6766. saqbe1@gmail.com. SacredRoad.org.

TUESDAY, JULY 14 Healing with the Mayan Calendar of Life – July 14 & 15. 5:30pm. Lina Barrios, a Mayan spiritual guide from Guatemala, presents a workshop on how to bring healing to the physical, emotional and spiritual bodies using the Calendar of Life. $60/workshop, $35/single day. New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts, 501 Franklin Ave, Santa Fe. Adam Rubel: 505-216-6766. saqbe1@gmail.com. SacredRoad.org.

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Craniosacral Unwinding Meridians – Jul 9-12, 9am-6pm daily. This follow-up to basic class goes deeper into the unwinding process of the head and neck and the extremities, to use the meridians to open the heart and release the lungs and to use energy to direct a healing flow. $575. New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts, 501 Franklin Ave, Santa Fe. 505-982-6271. NMHealingarts.org.

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FRIDAY, JULY 10 Open Mic – 7-9pm. There’s nothing like the thrill of performing in-front of a live audience. Paul Dillon: JavaBeanMusic@gmail.com.

SATURDAY, JULY 11 Book Launch and Signing of Upgradeology – 10am-3pm. Lecture on the Upgradeology process 10-11:30pm. Stop looking for the next diet and honor your food habits and cravings by upgrading the foods you love and enjoy. Author Nicole White is a health coach. UNM Center for Life, 4700 Jefferson St NE, Ste 100, Albuquerque. RSVPL: 505925-4551. MMHale@unmmg.org. Our Sacred Bodies Workshops: Body of Humanity – 1-5pm. Explore how we bring ourselves to our interpersonal relationships. Second in Our Sacred Bodies series, builds our personal and collective capacity through fostering connections between our sensual body, relational human body and the larger earth body. $40, $100/three workshops. Academy for the Love of Learning, 133 Seton Village Rd, Santa Fe. Kim: 505-995-1860. Programs@aloveoflearning.org.

SUNDAY, JULY 12 Sacred Tibetan Art Intensive – 10am-1pm. Thangka Painter Lama Gyurme Rabgye introduces the ancient spiritual tradition and principles of deity art. Learn to measure and draw the sacred geometry map of the Buddha’s face. $25-$35. Thubten Norbu Ling, 1807 Second St, Ste35, Info@tnlsf.org. An Evening with the Ascended Masters – 7-9pm With Rev. AliceAnn Melchizedek. Receive clear,

Alternative Treatment Approach to Osteoporosis: A Case History – 6-7:30pm. Kathy Porrello, Ph.D. PT, tells her story of reversing her bone loss. Attendees will receive osteoporosis screenings. Free. OsteoStrong Wellness Center, 9577 Osuna Rd NE, Ste J, Albuquerque. 505-294-8227. OsteoStrong.me. TurtleWomyn’s Moon Lodge – 6:30-9:30 pm. Are you ready to spend some quality time with the most important woman in your life – you – and to build a better relationship with that amazing woman? $35/ suggested donation. RSVP required 24 hrs in advance. Taa-naash-kaa-da Sanctuary, Las Vegas. 505414-1583. RSVP: MeetUp.com/Taa-naash-kaa-da.

SATURDAY, JULY 18 Craniosacral Sphenoid Studies – Jul 18-21. 9am6pm daily. After a child is born normal hardening of bones locks the skull into a baby position. Learn to increase the flexibility of the cranial base and allow the brain to function within the maximum space available. 32 CEs. $575. New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts, 501 Franklin Ave, Santa Fe. 505-9826271. NMHealingarts.org. Transformational Breath – 1:30-3:30pm. Constricted breathing patterns are opened up, the body is super-oxygenated, and emotional baggage is cleared. $35. Ed Ashmead: Ed.Ashmead0@gmail.com. Deep Trance Medium Eric Cargill – 7 pm. Eric Cargill of York, England, will present a demonstration of his guides and other loved ones answering your questions. $20. Unity Santa Fe, 1212 Unity Way, mile marker 12 on bypass 599 off Camino de los Montoyas, Santa Fe. Tom: 505-438-2098.

FRIDAY, JULY 22 Open House and Member Appreciation – 6-8:00pm. Learn about OsteoStrong and how to help bone, muscle and joint health. Franchising opportunities available. Wine and refreshments. Free. OsteoStrong Wellness Center, 9577 Osuna Rd NE Ste J, Albuquerque. 505-294-8227. OsteoStrong.me.

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Mandala Workshop – 6-9pm. An overview of sacred geometry symbols; guided meditation, inspiring music and play with shapes and color. Leave with a mandala activated in ceremony. With Jade Elk. $35/class, $90/3 workshops; materials provided. Center for Inner Truth, 1807 2nd St, Unit 84, Santa Fe. 505-920-4418. CenterForInnerTruth.org. Craniosacral Talking to the Heart – Jul 23-26. 9am-6pm daily. Engage the intelligence of cells and organs and speak directly to structures inside the body; release blockages from around your heart and your client’s. Everyone who wants this ability has to make the heart is free and open. 32 CEs. $575. New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts, 501 Franklin Ave, Santa Fe. 505-982-6271. NMHealingarts.org. Messages of Love Workshop – 7-9pm – This is an opportunity to develop your understanding of the message you brought to earth. Your guides within are working to bring your message to consciousness. $25. Unity Santa Fe, 1212 Unity Way, mile marker 12 on bypass 599 off Camino de los Montoyas, Santa Fe. Tom: 505-438-2098.

O’Keeffe’s Backyard, Gouache & You – August 3-9. Discover the jewel-like hues of transparent watercolor or gouache. Whatever your subject, these watercolors can advance your painting in exciting ways. $1,040-$1,360 all-inclusive. Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu. 505-685-1000. GhostRanch.org.

MONDAY, JULY 27 Spiritual Journey – Jul 27-Aug 3. Spiritual retreat to explore your spiritual life in a small group setting, enriching your relationship with God/Spirit and recognizing God’s working in your life. $1,100-$2,200 all-inclusive. Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu. 505-685-1000. GhostRanch.org

TUESDAY, JULY 28 Practical Solutions for Safe Use of Wireless Technology – 6-7:30 pm. Learn about health issues with wireless technology. Free solutions, plus mitigating products to combat electronic pollution will be discussed. Free. La Montanita Co-op, Community Room, 913 W Alameda, Santa Fe. Jennifer: 505-780-8283.

THURSDAY, JULY 30 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction – 5:45-8 pm. Learn to meditate to reduce stress, manage pain, lower blood pressure and reduce worry, anxiety and depression. Eight-week course includes weekly sessions, day retreat, guided meditations materials. $290. UNM Center for Life, 4700 Jefferson St NE, Ste 100, Albuquerque. RSVP: 505-925-4551. MMHale@unmmg.org.

planahead SATURDAY, AUGUST 1 Mama’s Minerals Alternative Health Fair – 10am - 4pm. Experience New Mexico’s finest healers and purveyors of healthy lifestyles. Sample alternative health treatments in this outdoor event, including Kinesiology, Chair Massage, Acupuncture, Reiki, Aromatherapy, Yoga, Chakra Balancing, Intuitive Readings, Chinese Medicine, Curanderas and more! Free. 505-266-8443. 800 20th St NW at Rio Grande & I-40, Albuquerque. www.MamasMinerals.com.

August 3-9 Contemporary Southwest Jewelry – August 3-9. Intermediate jewelry students solder silver and set stones, stamp to decorate and file to develop edge designs, and cast in tufa stone, cuttlebone and fire brick. $715-$1,390 all-inclusive. Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu. 505-685-1000. GhostRanch.org.

TUESDAY, August 4 Meditation and Healing – Aug 4. 6:30-8pm. Learn to meditate with easy visualization techniques; release negative energy and have clear boundaries; learn about your chakras and aura and use psychic tools to read and shift energy. $150/six sessions, early registration discount. Center for Inner Truth, 1807 2nd St, Unit 84, Santa Fe. 505-920-4418. CenterForInnerTruth.org.

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animals, their physical attributes, communication skills, behaviors and life cycles, and what lessons they have for us. $345-$455 all-inclusive. Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu. 505-685-1000. GhostRanch.org.

SEPTEMBER 21 TurtleWomyn Hat’ii Hoya Camp & Horse Dance – Sept 21-25. Traditional rites of passage camp for women and girls 13+. Exciting teachings highlight the connection between earth and women; impressive ceremony including the spectacular Horse Dance; networking opportunities. Taa-naash-kaa-da Sanctuary, Las Vegas. TurtleWomyn.org/camp.html.

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Your Sacred Ambition Live Event - Aug 6-8. Is something calling you to step forward and lead from what you hold most sacred? Does doing well also mean doing good for others and the world? Discover your sacred ambition and how to live it. $197/thru May 31, $297/ after. Info: 505 984-1739. RebeccaESkeele.com.

Transitions Radio Magazine, FM 98.1 – 8-11am. With Alan Hutner, Elizabeth Rose & Co-Hosts. Celebrating 30 years in broadcasting. Online, live streaming & archiving. 505-466-2616. TransitionsRadio.com. Qigong in the Park – 11am-12pm. Enjoy a vitalizing Qigong practice with certified Qigong instructor Loretta Shiver. Qigong supports optimal health and well-being, is easy and fun to do. Free. Altura Park, Morningside & Hannett NE, Albuquerque. 505-6811924. QigongInThePark.com.

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savethedate Second annual Santa Fe Yoga Festival Second annual Santa Fe Yoga Festival – Held at the Scottish Rite Temple and the Santa Fe Plaza brings conscious community together for a multi-day experience in a stunning natural setting. Showcasing 108 transformational yoga classes by over 35 world class teachers as well as daily meditations, dharma talks, hikes, Navajo drum ceremonies, and daily DJ-hosted pool parties. A festival for the whole family! 505913-0699 or santafeyogafestival@gmail.com. santafeyogafestival.org.

tuesday Taos Cancer Support Group – 5-6pm. Support group for cancer survivors with all types of cancer diagnoses and caregivers. Free. Diamond Plaza, 118 Este Es Road, Ste G, Taos. 505-242-3263. Santa Fe Cancer Support Group – 5:30-7pm. 2nd & 4th Tue. Support group for cancer survivors with all types of cancer diagnoses. Free. 2098 Calle Ensenada, Santa Fe. 505-242-3263.

August 10-14 Reforming Gender Relations: A Spiritual Revolution – August 10-14. Jointly confront and dismantle personal and cultural patterns of gender conditioning, and together restore the sacred covenant between masculine and feminine. $675-$895 all-inclusive. Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu. 505-685-1000. GhostRanch.org.

August 15 Our Sacred Bodies Workshops: Our Body Earth – Aug 15. 1-5pm. Focus: how our interconnection with the earth relates to our personal and collective ecological leadership. Third in a three-part series, Our Sacred Bodies, fosters connections between our sensual body, relational human body and earth body. $40, $100/three workshops. Academy for the Love of Learning, 133 Seton Village Rd, Santa Fe. Kim: 505-995-1860. Programs@aloveoflearning.org.

August 21-23 Refuge: Living & Learning with Wolves – August 21-23, 2015. Learn the truth about these amazing

Pranic Healing Clinic – 6:30-8pm. 1st & 3rd Tue. Experience no-touch clearing of congested energies and energizing and balancing of the energy body. Free. First Unitarian, Social Hall, 3701 Carlisle Blvd NE, Albuquerque. Rita: 505-298-4823.

wednesday Intuitive Readings, Coaching and Animal Communication – 9am-5pm. An intuitive, life coach, medium and animal communicator. Activate practical solutions for health, relationships, career, business and one’s pets. By phone or in person. Appt/ info: 505-466-3764. ConsultGalaya.com. Qigong & Healing From Within - 10:30am-12pm. Taoist, yogic and shamanic practices cultivate vitality, inner strength and awareness with energy healing, movement, sound, breathwork and meditation. $12/first class free. Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr East, Bldg 3, Santa Fe. 505-984-8733.  AllisonLasky.com.

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Breast Cancer Support Group – 6-7:30pm. Join facilitators from People Living Through Cancer for this support group for women with a breast cancer diagnosis. Free. 3411 Candelaria Rd NE, Albuquerque. 505-242-3263.

thursday Natural Kingdoms Oracle Readings – 12-4 pm. In a sacred space of nature’s energies, receive support for areas of concern in your life. $20/suggested donation for 15 minutes. Hillside, 86 Old Las Vegas Highway, Santa Fe. Gale Litvak: 505-984-8009.

friday Natural Kingdoms Oracle Readings – 12-4 pm. In a sacred space of nature’s energies, receive support for areas of concern in your life. $20/suggested donation for 15 minutes. Hillside, 86 Old Las Vegas Highway, Santa Fe. Gale Litvak: 505-984-8009. Moreno Valley Cancer Support Group – 5:307pm. 2nd & 4th Tue. Support group for cancer survivors with all types of cancer diagnoses, and caregivers. Free. 40 West Ridge Road, Angel Fire. 505-242-3263.

saturday Qigong in the Park – 9-10am. Enjoy a vitalizing Qigong practice with certified Qigong instructor Loretta Shiver. Qigong supports optimal health and well-being, is easy and fun to do. Free. Altura Park, Morningside & Hannett NE, Albuquerque. 505-6811924. QigongInThePark.com. Cancer Survivor & Caregiver Support Group – 10am-12pm. 2nd Sat. Join facilitators from People Living Through Cancer and The Gynecological Cancer Awareness Project for support groups for survivors and caregivers of all cancer types. Free. 3411 Candelaria Rd NE, Albuquerque. 505-242-3263. Intuitive Healing Summer Classes – 12-3pm. Embody your higher self, learn to discern and trust in your inner wisdom, clear your energy field and create the visions of your heart. $35, $150/6 weeks, $20/trial class. The Center for Spiritual Living, 505 Camino de los Marquez, Santa Fe. RSVP, Chantal Fidanza: 505-438-1074. YourDivineLight.biz. Intuitive Practitioner Certification – Sep 5 thru Apr 2015. For those ready to answer the call to be a sacred space holder on behalf of their own and others’ healing. Pricing, Chantal Fidanza: 505-4381074. YourDivineLight.biz.

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communityresourceguide Health & Human Services People Living Through Cancer 3411 Candelaria Rd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107 505-289-6971 info@pltc.org www.pltc.org

Find the support you need! PLTC offers FREE group sessions, One-on-one support and workshops all geared towards providing You with the tools you need as a survivor or caregiver. We also have an Amazing lending library. We are here for you, so stop in and say hello! See ad on page 3.

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

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

INTUITIVE Readings PSYCHIC READINGS & SPIRITUAL GUIDANCE Lisa Pelletier 505-927-5407 Energy Readings & Healings in Santa Fe PsychicLisaP.com

Lisa reads your current growth cycle, the layers of your aura, and any information that your higher self would like you to hear. Past lives inform your present. Receive an aura reading & clearing, learn what validates and supports your growth, ask questions, choose next steps. Recording emailed. Lisa holds sessions at The Center for Inner Truth’s new location at 1807 2nd Street, #84, in Santa Fe.

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

MYSTERY SCHOOL REVEREND ALICEANN SAUNDERS, PHD

Northern & Central New Mexico

Jodie Cunningham

Beautycounter Consultant High Priestess to the Order of Melchidezek 505.238.8829 Santa Fe, NM jodie.beautycounter.com 505-490-8855 weekdays 11 AM – 2 PM. Chic and luxurious, yet safe and Rev.AliceAnn@OakRose.net effective skin care and personal OakRoseAcademyOfLight.org care products for you and the entire The OakRose Academy of Light is a Mystery School founded by the Ascended Masters. The Academy holds to and teaches the Divine Law for the New Age. It is non-sectarian and nondenominational, open to all who seek the Higher Truth. See ad on page 24.

Natural/Organic Food Market La Montañita Co-op Natural & Organic Food Market ABQ/Santa Fe/Gallup www.lamontanita.coop

New Mexico’s largest communityowned natural & organic grocer, with locations in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Gallup. All our stores are open to the public. You don’t have to be a member to shop, but if you are, you’ll save even more. La Montañita believes in the shared benefits of healthy food, sound environmental practices and a strong local economy. Stop by and shop with us today! See ad on page 23.

Psychic/MEDIUM Readings Keri Ports

Animal & Human Psychic/Medium (213) 999-9098 Sessions available in person, phone or Skype • www.keriports.com Specializes in a combination psychic/mediumship reading for people and pets.  Messages and information are pulled directly from your own soul (or pet’s soul) and also directly from Spirit, including loved ones that have crossed over, spirit guides and angels on the other side. All messages are guidance for your soul, so you can fulfill your Divine purpose! Additional sessions include: private guided chakra meditation and group readings.

Alternative Integrative Health. Create the change and restore health at it’s source with NES Total Wellness system. Re-assess, rejuvenate, re-imprint and rebuild. See ad on page 7.

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SKIN CARE/BEAUTY

NaturalAwakeningsNNM.com

family. A new line of color cosmetics scrupulously tested for heavy metals, setting a new standard in the industry.  Explore the website and call to schedule your consultation.

TRAUMA THERAPY THE SHELTERED HEART FOUNDATION INC.

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

WELLNESS CENTER OsteoStrong

9577 Osuna Rd NE Suite J 505-294-8227 osteostrong.me Wellness Center focuses on Age Management. We offer a Non-drug option for reversing and preventing Osteoporosis, improved strength, balance and pain reduction. Call for consultation. See ad on page 21.

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