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ith back-to-school looming just around the corner, it’s fitting that our August editorial focus is on education. And boy do we have some great articles this month! You’ll definitely want to check out “Schools that Rock” by Sandra Murphy and Linda Sechrist’s feature article, “Learning that Transforms Hearts and Minds: Rethinking How We See our World Changes Everything.” From Open Space Technology where discussion groups can solve and brainstorm complex issues and share ideas to Co Learning and World Café, there are many different new learning paths to open our minds. As a publisher I look forward to researching how our feature articles tie in with the local community. For example, I didn’t know that the state of New Mexico had 22 Montessori schools. Pretty impressive! Inspired by Italian physician and educator, Maria Montessori, the first Montessori school opened in 1907 in Rome, Italy. Based on a model of human development, children are at liberty to choose and act freely within an environment supporting their individuality. The Waldorf School was founded by Rudolf Steiner and incorporates body, soul and spirit into the education. The Santa Fe Waldorf School celebrated their 30 year anniversary and educates children from preschool all the way up to high school. See Rebecca Withers article on page 23. I am thrilled to share Dr. Shefali Tsabary’s article on page 24. Her philosophy goes beyond the school system. Any parent fortunate enough read and understand her book on “conscious parenting” will become aware of how our children become our teachers and mirror back to us our own childhood wounds. Her interviews, including her appearance on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday show, are readily available at Oh, and fellow adults, just in case you thought it was time to relax now that the kids are going back to school, you’re not off the hook. It’s equally important that we keep our minds fresh and open to new learning. For example, aside from Business and Technology classes, UNM Continuing Education offers Personal Enrichment classes that range from art, dance, health, herbology and fitness to education geared towards the 50-plus generation (see page 25). And another beautiful school at home in Santa Fe is the Academy for the Love of Learning. The Academy provides the nurturing service of training and supporting our teachers. Read up on the three year research the Academy is embarking on to help stimulate the birth and renewal of learning and education in America. The wondrous thing is that all these learning choices are available to us now! Let’s generously take advantage of the open access to learning and help our children find their right and perfect path. Happy learning!

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Rethinking How We See Our World Changes Everything by Linda Sechrist

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egistration for the fall 2014 season of the We Are the One Choir of Song and Poetry is now open. Co-directed by Madi Sato and Timothy McLaughlin, this allinclusive, non-auditioned choir requires no prior experience with singing or recitation. “Join this joyful circle united through the sublime practice of embodying sacred songs and poems,” says Sato. “Enter into a deep dialogue with sound and silence, movement and stillness, ritual and spontaneity.” Choir sessions will be held from 6:15 to 8 p.m. on Thursday evenings and on Saturday mornings from 10:15 a.m. to 12 p.m. beginning on August 21 and 23 and running until December 18 and 20. All sessions will be held at the Institute of American Indian Arts Hogan, in Santa Fe. Choir members are welcome to attend sessions either on Thursdays or Saturdays or both.


he mission of the Courageous Crossing Rites Past Traumatic Stress Healing Series for Womyn is to re-align womyn disassociated with lineages of origin, promoting an understanding of earth ways and traditional knowledge that is based in original genealogy. The University of Saskatewan and University of Hawaii have affirmed

Location: 83 Avan Nu Po Rd., Santa Fe. To register, email or call 505-424-9765. See ad page 21.

Celebrating a New Space for Sacred Ceremonies


arth Walk Medicine: Sacred Ceremonies for Healing and Life Transitions is pleased to announce it is now offering services on the secluded grounds of Touchstone Inn, a bed and breakfast on the edge of Taos Pueblo lands along the Rio Pueblo, in Taos, New Mexico. Rev. Sandra Chestnutt established Earth Walk Medicine in 2008, after 10 years of successfully helping people alleviate spiritual illnesses with the mystical techniques of shamanic healing . “From the shamanic perspective, things like localized pain that lingers mysteriously, feelings of being incomplete, post-op disorientation and other experiences of disease in life, are identified as spiritual illnesses that fester when the cause is not alleviated,” says Chestnutt. “Using a variety of ancient mystical techniques, balance and wholeness is restored, improving your overall constitution.” Besides healing ceremonies, Chestnutt also officiates life-transition ceremonies, such as weddings and memorials. “Come celebrate our new location,” invites Chestnutt. “We are offering a $10 dollar discount for one-hour healing appointments booked during the month of August.” Call 575-779-4253 or visit to schedule an appointment. See ad page 15.

Susan G Komen 15th Annual Race for The Cure

Susan G. Komen Central New Mexico is excited to host its 15th annual Race for the Cure on September 21. Dedicated to the cause against breast cancer, the race raises funds and awareness to help support local breast cancer care organizations. The race will feature a 5K, 10K and 1-mile family fun run that will be hosted at Wilson Stadium at Manzano High School. “The Race is like walking into a giant hug,” said Executive Director Shannon Adragna. “It’s a great opportunity to give back to those who have battled breast cancer while also helping others in their current battle as well.”

Location: 12200 Lomas Blvd. NE, Albuquerque. For more information and to register, visit or call 505-265-4649. Sponsorship packages are still available. Interested candidates can email Executive Director Shannon Adragna at or call 505-331-3003. See ad back cover.


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the validity and significance of this traditional indigenous form of healing. These institutes of higher learning have made it clear that this type of unification healing has a central role in the survival of our planet. Yet few people understand the depth of traditional healing and fewer still are trained in the indigenous approach. This Rite of Passage helps you to shift your fundamental assumptions and perceptions of the world so that your own earth wisdom and that of others can be approached in an appropriate way. To accomplish this shift, you are encouraged to immerse yourself completely in the work and to take advantage of this living traditional Wisdom Keeper and her unique understanding of the generational teachings of her family. This is not a drop in circle and you must sign up prior to the first meeting. Attendance at all meetings in the series is expected.  Limited to 12.  Circle  is facilitated by tlish diyan elder & ecopsychologist Maria Yraceburu, LLD.  Now in it’s 32nd year.  Group begins August 30, 2014 outside Las Vegas, NM. For more details visit or Taa-naash-kaa-da Sanctuary, 505-119 Mira Sol, Las Vegas, NM. See ad page 13.


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newsbriefs New Mexico Academy of Healing Yoga Therapy Center Opens in Arts Open House Santa Fe


ew Mexico Academy of Healing Arts will open its doors for its Summer Open House on August 1, from 1 to 8 p.m. All are invited to come and experience what the school has to offer and learn what’s in store for the next year. Faculty, staff, graduates and students will be on hand to offer tours of the school and meditation gardens, to answer questions, and to share their passion for the healing arts and the school’s programs. Prospective students are especially encouraged to attend and learn about the upcoming daytime Massage Foundation program beginning September 8 and the January 5 start date for the Massage, Polarity Therapy and Dual Polarity/Massage programs. “Come experience the power of therapeutic touch,” says Interim Executive Director Renée Mekvold. Beginning at 5 p.m., attendees that fill out a survey or take a “social media action” are eligible to receive a complimentary mini-session in either massage or polarity therapy. Massage and polarity therapy demonstrations will be performed after 6 p.m. “Whether you are a prospective student, a graduate, an instructor, a neighbor, or a client, you are welcome to stop in for healthy light refreshments, connection and some therapeutic touch,” adds Mekvold. Location: 501 Franklin Ave., Santa Fe. For more information, call 505-982-6271 or visit See ad page 3.


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he staff at Science and Holistic Enterprises is pleased to announce the opening of its Karuna Yoga Therapy Center in Santa Fe. Business owner Laura Vanderberg is a yoga therapist and a Ph.D. scientist. She explains about this emerging field, “Yoga therapy employs the tools and teachings of yoga to empower individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being. I work with people to develop programs that work for their needs, to fit into their lifestyles.” The knowledge of this traditional practice, combined with modern medical understanding, means that yoga therapy offers the healing potential of yoga to individuals with chronic health or structural issues. Karuna Yoga Therapy Center is ideally located, and the space contains a comfortable seating area as well as an open space for sessions. Vanderberg says she will offer several free Introduction to Yoga Therapy gatherings to familiarize people with yoga therapy. She will be conducting individual health assessments, planning and practices, as well as multi-week series activities for specific health issues, such as maintaining a healthy back and improving sleep quality, at the Yoga Therapy Center. In addition, the space will play host to a variety of health and wellness workshops. Location: 4 Calle Medico, Ste. D, Santa Fe. For more information, call 307-899-3147 or visit See ad below.

healthbriefs Kundalini Yoga Advanced Study Program


irn and Dr. Guruchander, founders of Purest Potential, which operates Yoga Santa Fe, invite the community to explore the teachings of kundalini yoga in their upcoming advanced study program. The premise is that the soul is encoded with potential, and yogis have identified this potential as the kundalini energy. “Our collaboration during this nine-month immersion training is focused on releasing this kundalini energy, which will give you the autonomy and freedom to consistently manifest your potential,” explains Kirn. “Autonomy and freedom show up as you stop indulging in the expression of your resistances, your karmic patterns,

the stories of shame, blame and guilt which keep you from your own awesomeness.” According to the pair, these limiting mental and emotional habits need to be unwound, observed and redone, very similar to the myths of the promise of a beautiful princess that needs to be freed from the dragon. “It takes courage to face your dragons, to unwind your stories and to be accountable,” says Guruchander. “That it is actually your intention which creates a beautiful life.” Over the past nine years of leading these programs, Kirn and Guruchander, who were personally trained by Yogi

Bhajan since 1975, have consistently seen this transformation happen. Aspects of the program include the study of kundalini yoga, meditation, ayurvedic lifestyle and health practices, Western and subtle yogic anatomy, kirtan chanting, relaxation and yogic philosophy. “We invite you to re-center around your potential and release all that is inconsistent with your growth and prosperity,” says Kirn. “Join us for the transformation of a lifetime.” Yoga Santa Fe will host an informational gathering at 6 p.m. on September 5. Location: Yoga Santa Fe, 1505 Llano St., Santa Fe. For more information, call 505-982-6369 or visit PurestPotential. com/yoga-santa-fe. See ad page 11.

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Local Healthy Lifestyle TV Talk Show


r. Lee Moberly, one of New Mexico’s top women entrepreneurs, invites the community to join her as she hosts, The Dr. Lee Show: Insights from the Inner Edge, debuting soon on Comcast Cable. This educational, inspirational weekly series focuses on helping viewers master “the overwhelm” of life’s challenges in creating a healthier, happier and more successful lifestyle. Moberly and her weekly guest experts will share their personal, inspirational stories of handling crises in health, wealth and careers. The Dr. Lee Show guests include New Mexico leaders in Western medicine, alternative health care, business and finance, education, coaching and art. “With keen insights, they each share tools and resources to help you take personal action on the topics of the day,” says Moberly. “The show’s focus is empowerment for you, and viewers will learn the varied options you have to solve your own problems in these critical arenas of life.” Here are just a few of the experts featured in the series: Dr. Mark Raterink—an integrative/functional medical doctor sharing the expanded choices we have in health care today. Learn the newest ideas and treatment plans for a variety of health issues and when alternative treatments versus traditional Western medicine are best utilized. He warns about getting the “right” lab reports so that serious health problems do not get overlooked. Barbara Clark— a burnt out VP of finance turned successful professional artist, tells how she left a high-paying job to pursue the career of her dreams—in the midst of a financial crisis when many artists were struggling to survive. She’ll address what it takes for you to change careers and thrive. Shirley Schaan—director of the Southwest Barter Club, tells her amazing story, and how you can exchange your goods and services for Barter Bucks and improve your lifestyle dramatically— even obtaining alternative healing sessions for less cash. Carol Akright, CFP, and life planner—reveals how—even later in life—you can reboot, rebuild and rejoice in creating sustainable financial freedom. She’ll also address the greatest financial challenge you face today. For more information and show times, visit or call 505-934-4418.


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Santa Fe Yoga Festival Launches Labor Day Weekend


he first Santa Fe Yoga Festival will take place over Labor Day Weekend, August 28 to 31 at Bishop’s Lodge Ranch, Resort and Spa. The event will be a multi-day celebration of yoga classes with internationally celebrated instructors, daily meditations, dharma talks, hikes, farm-to-table dinners, live music and more. The festival will be an opportunity for personal growth, community connection as well as the chance to practice with some of the world’s great yoga teachers and scholars. The festival’s offerings will include top musical acts, DJ-hosted pool parties, Vedic chant sessions, Navajo drum ceremonies and kirtan concerts. The festival hosts presenters ranging from globally renowned teachers to local favorites, including David Frawley, Tias and Surya Little, Mark Whitwell, Micheline Berry, Shannon Paige, Shawn Parell, Dave Romanelli, Josh Schrei, Sean Tebor, Emily Branden and Jessica Winderl. World-famous photographer Robert Sturman will be on hand to capture the mix of yogic arts against the backdrop of Santa Fe’s enchanting landscape.  The festival will host more than 108 classes and workshops. Other activities include spa services, hayrides, horseback riding, mountain biking and pool parties. Kids can also have fun at the Bishop’s Lodge Kids Camp, open daily during summer months. 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.  Santa Fe Yoga Festival is committed to spreading love. A portion of proceeds will be donated to a variety of national and local charities, including the Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Anahata International, a nonprofit bringing trauma-sensitive yoga and mindfulness immersions to places like Rwanda and the West Bank. Location: 1297 Bishop’s Lodge Rd., Santa Fe. Cost: Adventure Passes and Fiesta One-Day Passes on sale for $149 and $399, respectively. Tickets are also available for individual speakers and musical events hosted by the festival. To see a complete conference schedule, learn more and to purchase tickets, visit See ad page 4.

Reliving the Albuquerque Film and Media Experience by Lainie Quirk Sevante


e created the AFME Foundation to give back to the community and experienced immense personal and organizational growth. We are thrilled about the energy and momentum of this year’s Albuquerque Film and Media Experience (AFME) that brought people from all over the world to “share the ultimate story” and experience the magic of the city of Albuquerque and the state of New Mexico. The movies, music and special events exceeded everyone’s expectations, based on the letters of commendation received and the growth in programming with socially conscious movies and events. For so many festivals, people look to see which celebrities or “headliners” are coming to measure their worth or strength. What we saw this year was a shift in paradigm where celebrities did attend with the true spotlight on the films and the messages they brought to the big screen. With that focus in mind, we look to bringing very important films that affect us personally and socially on a year-round basis. There was growth this year in terms of attendance and exposure. Last year we hovered around 5,000 festival goers, this year’s stats came in just over 6,000 with attendees representing over fifteen countries versus eleven in our inaugural year. The economic impact in 2013 came to three million dollars; estimates are still being calculated for 2014 and point towards a spike. As an internationally recognized festival, great bonds are built in the mainstream, spiritual and socially conscious film and music communities while raising the profile of Albuquerque and New Mexico in terms of our hospitality, culture, gorgeous scenery and the place to bring future projects. We have a lot of fun with the spotlight countries. In our first year, we honored Israel and the UK, and

had films from those countries as well as Jewish programming. This year, we honored India and Ireland with films from both countries, multiple kirtan bands, including the world-renowned Girish, and a documentary on Krishna Das (One Track Heart), which actually won for best documentary. On the event side, we hosted a spectacular Saturday Bollywood Dance Party with dancers, “kirtronica” performances by Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda. The benefit of spotlighting other countries and cultures is in our foundation’s mission to create oneness through the power of film, media and the arts.. This year, someone said that AFME is like “going to a week-long wedding” where everyone you love is together and you make lifelong friends. Next year, we truly bring “La Familia” togeth-

er. Save the dates of June 2 to 7, 2015, during which time we spotlight Latin American countries and Hispanic heritage. It’s going to be hot, hot, hot! We’ll soon have our call for movie entries, and already received inquiries from Brazil, Mexico, Paraguay, Spain and our talented local filmmakers and musicians. You’ll see musica galore, dance, art, photography and, of course, our incredible filmmaking panels, intimate conversations and unforgettable parties that will bring a worldwide community together for one week of bliss not to be missed. Lainie S. Quirk and Ivan Wiener are cofounders and executive producers of AFME. Stay in touch at or visit abqfilmexerience where they will post updates on the year ahead, announce special events and highlight their AFME on Air radio show that airs every Saturday on or 95.9 FM and 1600 AM.

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Would-be Local Writers Not Only Write a Book in Three Days, But Land on Bestseller List by Tom Bird


he world is full of aspiring authors. In fact, The New York Times claims that 81 percent of Americans have a book stuck inside of them that they just have to get out. Santa Fe has its share of aspiring authors, and dozens of those authors, upon taking the advice of bestselling author Tom Bird, have completed their often long-awaited books in a weekend.   Yes, a weekend. The key to Bird’s success is that he eases his attendees into what he refers to as ‘the author within state,’ which allows them immediate access to their muse. “What I teach,” says Bird, “is simply an offspring of Roger Sperry’s right/left brain theory. When in their right-brain states, and, thus in direct connection with their authors within, their books come rapidly streaming out of them. And then once I relax them and get them into that state, my job becomes to keep them in that state so they can birth their books.”

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And considering that 98 percent of the mistakes they could make can be directly attributed to inappropriate leftbrain intervention, and considering as well that they write their books so fast that they outdistance themselves from that intervention, their books come out nearly perfect. Of course, that doesn’t mean that there is no revision necessary. That just means that there is a lot less than would otherwise be necessary with the usual amount of left-brain intervention.

Success Stories “I couldn’t believe it,” claims lo-

TB: Those who attend my retreats have books stuck in them that they have to get out, which is their driving force to attend the retreat. So, we’re really not asking them to create a book, instead we are facilitating the release of it.

cal attorney Julie Rivers. “I had been wanting to write a book since I was a child. And I just kept…putting off doing it for so long. Then, just all of a sudden, in one weekend, I wrote it. Amazing. Simply amazing.” “I attended Tom Bird’s ‘Write Your Book in a Weekend Retreat’ in August of 2012, and by the following November my book was a number one Amazon bestseller,” claims Maxine Taylor, author of Move into the Magic. Catharine Carrigan, also of Atlanta, attended the same retreat where all but one aspiring author in attendance completed a book. Carrigan’s book, What Is Healing: Awaken Your Intuitive Power for Health and Happiness, found a place as a number one Amazon bestseller the following fall. “I couldn’t have done it without Tom,” says Carrigan. Taylor and Carrigan are just two of hundreds of Bird’s students’ success stories.


Does everyone at a retreat complete their books? TB: After three years, 98 percent of those who have attended our retreats have completed their books. Considering that the average author at one of my retreats writes approximately 2,400 words per hour, and also considering that the average length of a book is about 35,000 words, it only takes them about 15 hours to write their books, which is just less than two days into our three-day retreat.

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Bird is an author of 26 books, including a few bestsellers. He’s given more than 4,500 lectures at colleges and universities, and was a mainstay as an adjunct faculty member at universities such as University of New Mexico and Emory University for more than 15 years. Body of Santa Fe Hosts Retreats Last year at Body of Santa Fe, Bird hosted two of his Write Your Publishable Books in a Weekend retreats. All in attendance at both retreats completed their books. “Tom is simply amazing,” shares Body owner Lorin Parish. “He is way more than just an author and mentor; he is a true spiritual master. His mere presence and work changes peoples’ lives dramatically for the better. Writing a book in a weekend? I wouldn’t have believed it to be possible unless I had seen it myself. But now I am a believer.” Bird will host two of his retreats, now titled “Write Your Best Seller in a Weekend” in Santa Fe and Albuquerque this Fall. The first one is scheduled from September 26 through September 28 at the Nativo Lodge in Albuquerque. Contact Tom Bird directly at 928-203-0265 or email Those interested in the Santa Fe retreat at Body should contact Body as soon as possible, as the retreat is about 90 percent full. He will also be holding several classes at Body. Dates and titles for his entire schedule are listed in the ad on the opposite page. Location: 333 Cordova Rd., Santa Fe. For more information and to register, call 505-986-0362 or visit

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Cures in the Kitchen Dr. Mark Hyman is Fed Up with Our National Health Crisis by Judith Fertig


n the groundbreaking new documentary film, Fed Up, Dr. Mark Hyman prescribes a major overhaul of the diets of all family members in communities across America to prevent far-reaching unwanted consequences. Hyman practices functional medicine, which takes a wholesystem approach to treating chronic illnesses by identifying and addressing their root causes, starting with poor diet. He is also the bestselling author of a series of books based on The Blood Sugar Solution.

What has your experience with Fed Up shown you about the root cause of many diseases? In Fed Up, I met with a family of five to talk with them about their health and understand the roots of their family crisis of morbid obesity, pre-diabetes, renal failure, disability, financial stress and hopelessness. Rural South Carolina, where they live, is a food desert with nearly10 times as many fast-food and convenience stores as supermarkets. The family’s kitchen was also a food desert, with barely a morsel of real food. There were no ingredients to make real food—only pre-made factory science projects sold in cans and boxes with unpronounceable, unrecognizable ingredient lists. This family desperately wanted to find a way out, but didn’t have the


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knowledge or skills. They lived on food stamps and fast food and didn’t know how to navigate a grocery aisle, shop for real food, read a label, equip a kitchen or cook nutritious meals. Their grandmother has a garden, but never taught her children how to grow food, even though they live in a temperate rural area.

Sugar calories drive food addiction, storage of belly fat, inflammation and fatty liver (now the number one reason for liver transplants). They also disrupt appetite control, increasing hunger and promoting overeating, and are biologically addictive. Sugar calories are the major contributor to heart attacks, strokes, cancer, dementia and Type 2 diabetes. Sugar is a root cause behind the tripling of obesity rates in children since the 1970s. As just one example illustrating government policy culprits, although poor people are disproportionately affected by obesity, the food industry vigorously opposes any efforts to limit the use of food stamps for soda. Every year, the U.S. government pays for $4 billion in soda purchases by the poor (10 billion servings annually) on the front end, and then pays billions more on the back end through Medicaid and Medicare to treat related health consequences that include obesity and diabetes.

What are the consequences if we don’t attack the problem of poor diet now?

I got the whole family cooking, washing, peeling, chopping, cutting and touching real food—onions, garlic, carrots, sweet potatoes, cucumbers, tomatoes, salad greens, even asparagus. After 12 months, the mother had lost 100 pounds and was off of blood pressure medication, and because the father had lost 45 pounds, he finally qualified for a kidney transplant. The son originally lost 40 pounds, but because he was stuck in a toxic food environment at school and only able to get a job at a fast-food eatery, he gained much of it back. I’m happy to report that he is now working to get back on track.

The costs of a poor diet are staggering: At the present rate, by 2040, 100 percent of the nation’s federal budget will go for Medicare and Medicaid. The federal debt soars as our unhealthy kids fall heir to an achievement gap that limits America’s capacity to compete in the global marketplace. At the same time, having 70 percent of young people unfit for military service weakens national security. In a detailed scientific analysis published in The New England Journal of Medicine, a group of respected scientists reviewing all the data affecting projected life spans concluded that today’s children are the first generation of Americans ever that will live sicker and die younger than their parents. Health issues due to poor diet comprise a national crisis. They threaten our future, not just for those fat and sick among us, but all of us.

How is sugar a primary factor in creating obesity?

For more information on Fed Up, visit

Of some 600,000 processed food items on the market, 80 percent contain added sugar. Sugar calories act differently from fat or protein calories in the body.

Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood from Overland Park, KS.

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Learning that Transforms Hearts and Minds Rethinking How We See Our World Changes Everything by Linda Sechrist


n the 30 years since Harrison Owen introduced Open Space Technology (OST), it has been used hundreds of thousands of times by three-quarters of the world’s countries. Whether a few people gather in a circle to share ideas and brainstorm personal issues or thousands discuss a bulletin board of topics around tables, OST is a safe, informal venue for transformative learning. Guided by purpose-based, shared leadership, it allows individuals focused on a specific task to freely speak their thoughts and be heard. It also encourages breakout groups to mine for more information— learning individually, as well as collectively, and self-organizing in order to concentrate on more complex topics. “Boeing engineers used OST to learn how to redesign airplane doors and young Egyptians used it to strategize for their Arab Spring,” as examples, comments Owen.

Circle Principle

For Owen, like Jack Mezirow, author of the

paper, “Core Principles of Transformative Learning Theory,” 20th-century Brazilian educator Paulo Freire and Juanita Brown, co-founder of The World Café, learning is transformation, the keystone of life, and the essence of meaningful education. “The circle principle contains the predictability of fresh, emerging thoughts and learning that never occurred previously,” explains Owen. He points to an experiment regarding children’s capacity for self-learning initiated by Sugata Mitra, Ph.D., the former science director of an educational technology firm in India. On the outside wall of the building where he worked, Mitra installed a computer facing a New Delhi slum where most children were unschooled and illiterate and had never seen a computer. He turned it on and told children they could play with it. Via a noninvasive video camera, he watched 7-to-13-year-olds discover how to use the computer and teach each other how to play music and games and draw using Microsoft’s Paint program. Repetition of the

experiment in other impoverished sections of India yielded similar results. Wherever he established an Internet connection, children that could not read English, the Internet’s default language, taught themselves how to use the Web to obtain information through their interactions with each other and the computer. “I agree with what Mitra surmised from his experiment—learning is emergent, which is another word for self-organizing,” remarks Owen. Like Freire, Owen likens traditional education to the “banking” method of learning, whereby the teacher passes information to students that become dependent on someone else rather than learning how to think on their own. Suzanne Daigle, a Sarasota, Floridabased consultant with a Canadian multidisciplinary consulting firm, explains how the OST learning environment changed her life: “My personal transformation began in 2009. Even though I was a leader in my corporate career, I doubted myself and often believed that what others had to say was more significant and interesting than what I could express.” Now she says she has shed her peoplepleasing tendencies and former attempts to control other people’s agendas and discovered the freedom and courage of her own voice. “As an OST facilitator, my life work now occurs in the moments I am collaboratively learning and listening for opportunities to enter into meaningful conversations that can lead to actions,” says Daigle. “I invite others to do the same.”


In a compulsory two-year Theory of Learning class for an International Baccalaureate degree at California’s Granadas Hill Charter High School, math and science educator Anais Arteaga helps students apply two major elements of transformative learning: selfreflection to critique one’s own assumptions and discourse through which they question or validate their judgments. She focuses on the roles that perception, language, reason and emotion play in a student’s learning and decision-making abilities. “Questions and lively discussions are the basis of the class,” Arteaga says. “We

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begin with a question and explore what we know, how we know it and any conclusions drawn from the process.” Using a democratic model in which the teacher welcomes critical discussion, Arteaga and her students have mutually discovered that knowledge is not static, but has a history and changes over time. “When we first started the class, it was challenging to accept that in many situations there is no right or wrong, just relativity and a matter of perception. We don’t really know anything for certain,” she remarks.

Worldview Explorations

Katia Petersen, Ph.D., is the executive director of education at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), headquartered in Petaluma, California. She co-developed the tools, practices and 22 lessons in the pioneering organization’s Worldview Explorations (WE) project. Founded on 40 years of IONS research, WE engages everyone in age-appropriate ways in reflecting upon long-held assumptions and how beliefs create the lens they see through, ultimately improving how they understand and respond to the world. “When individuals understand the power of offering their story and are open to the worldview stories of others, they no longer focus attention on differences and limitations,” says Petersen. “They realize that everyone has their own truth. “WE’s transformative learning expe-


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riences draw from the heart and soul of individuals, rather than stuffing heads with ideas and perspectives, which serves them well as they embody and apply these tools and practices in their daily lives.” She cites a particularly powerful moment for a group of young people she worked with. “A student was killed in a drive-by shooting two weeks before their certification. The transformative moment came when they said that their new awareness and capacity for compassion and understanding would not allow them to seek revenge. Instead, they chose to save lives in their communities using their new skills.”

World Café

Like OST, the World Café, co-created by Brown and David Isaacs, of Burnsville, North Carolina, creates a transformative learning environment for individuals of all ages. Its primary principles are: set the context, create hospitable space, explore questions that matter, encourage everyone’s contributions, connect diverse perspectives, listen together for patterns and insights and share collective discoveries. Webs of conversation created around actual or occasionally virtual tables resemble those found in coffeehouses. “Conversation is a core meaning-making process, and people get to experience how the collective intelligence of a small or large group can become apparent,” says

Brown. After several rounds of conversation on one or more topics, participants offer their harvest of key insights, learning and opportunities for action with the full group gathered to reflect together on their discoveries. “World Café provides an environment in which you are comfortably drawn forward by the questions you are asking together. When enough diversity is present, varied perspectives are offered and people feel listened to and free to make their contribution,” observes Brown. What participants learn in this setting creates the climate of conditions that support the kinds of transformations that can change lives. Brown remarks, “When it happens to me, I feel like my brain cells have been rearranged. I know something in the collective, as well as the individual, has been evoked, so that something never before imagined becomes present and available.” Transformative learning has been compared to a sea journey without landmarks. Adventurous individuals that are open to traversing its highly engaging processes can emerge as autonomous thinkers, capable of contributing fresh, new ideas that just might transform the world we live in. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit ItsAllAbout for the recorded interviews.

Teaching as a Renewable Resource

by Jessica Smyser


n the midst of today’s busy school schedule, is it possible to imagine the educational environment permeated not by the fear of falling behind but by the love of learning? The Academy for the Love of Learning, through its Institute for Teachers, offers programs, workshops and conversations for teachers in and out of schools. Their programming is based on the belief that profound learning experiences can lead teachers to a deeper connection with their original inspiration to teach. This then provides a source of energy that counters teacher burnout, changes how teachers are in the classroom, and improves teacher retention in schools. This reanimated love of learning is transmitted to children in the classroom—it is infectious. What could be more inspiring to us than the energy of our natural curiosity? Director and founder of the Academy for the Love of Learning Aaron Stern has been doing renewal work with teachers for many years. However, the origin of the Academy’s Institute for Teachers lies in an invited talk given by Stern at Superintendent’s Day for Rondout School District in upstate New York in 2003. The talk was to be on the subject of bringing the arts into education. However, in his talk, Stern emphasized that we will never be able to bring the arts into education until we start to work with, and acknowledge, the “artpart” of the human being. He conveyed how essential this was to address and develop. In addition, he suggested that this art-part of the human being could serve as a source of renewal for teachers, both supporting and transforming their work in the classroom. After the talk, three principals and the assistant superintendent from the district approached Stern and asked for help in pursuing this idea by developing a program for teachers at their schools. Thus, the Academy’s New York Teacher Renewal Program began.

learning in people of all ages. Programs besides Teacher Renewal include El Otro Lado in the Schools and Lifesongs as well as the core program, Leading by Being.

Up and Coming

Since 2009, the Academy for the Love of Learning has based its program in Santa Fe, and has worked with hundreds of teachers and administrators in New Mexico. Most of the programs are offered at no cost for any classroom teacher, from independent, district and charter schools, in and out of Santa Fe. In most cases, participating teachers from Santa Fe public schools are paid a professional development stipend for their participation. The basis of the Academy’s approach to Teacher Renewal involves a deep engagement with the learning process itself. Experiential methods are combined with reflection, contemplation and dialogue into a transformative process whose goal is the re-acquaintance with one’s innate love of learning. In facilitated workshops and teacher-led renewal activities, teachers become reacquainted with their original calling to teach and their passion for learning. This becomes the fuel—a renewable resource—that leads to ongoing renewal. It also changes how teachers are in the classroom, as they transmit this deepening passion to their students. Teacher Laura Cullen says about the program: “The beauty of the Academy is that they don’t just give us permission to be creative; they remind us that it is our responsibility as human beings to be creative in all aspects of our lives, including the classroom. The Academy has inspired me to become the teacher I was born to be.” The mission of the Academy for the Love of Learning is to awaken, enliven, nurture and sustain the natural love of

The Academy recently announced a new collaboration with leading neuroscientist Richie Davidson and his team at the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds (CIHM) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. CIHM recently began a three-year research project that will help give empirical support to the transformative work done at the Academy and its intent “to help stimulate and support the rebirth and renewal of learning and education in America.” Stern shares: “This is…perhaps among the most significant initiatives in the world today, seeking to understand and encourage our human capacities for compassion, understanding and happiness. It stretches into education, science, ecology, economics, etc. It is a stunning opportunity for us in this regard.” Academy for the Love of Learning, 133 Seton Village Rd., Santa Fe. For more information, call 505-995-1860 or visit See ad page 11.

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Schools that Rock Innovators Blaze Creative Paths by Sandra Murphy


reative educational initiatives offer more flexible programs of study than traditional institutions. First introduced into the United States in the latter part of the 20th century, today there are thousands of such facilities operating according to their own lights. Yet many share certain distinguishing characteristics including emphasis on close studentteacher relationships, diverse experiential learning and development of student decision-making skills aided by peer and parental support. All aim to prepare and equip students for future success both inside and outside the classroom.


At age 3, kids at the Baltimore Montessori Public Charter School, in Maryland, are gaining early math and motor skills, plus an appreciation for healthy foods, in unique and innovative ways. “The children roll out a long mat containing 1,000 beads that they use to learn to count by twos, fours and 10s,” says Jenny Smolen, development coordinator and grant writer for the school. “When it’s time for multiplication and division, they’re prepared.” The school is located in a food desert—fresh, unprocessed food isn’t

readily available—so the kids plant seeds to grow in pots until it’s time to transplant them to the garden. “Before the seed-to-table program, the kids didn’t know what fresh tasted like. Now they go home and ask for vegetables for dinner,” says Smolen. The school also has six chickens that supply fresh eggs, and two beehives produced 100 pounds of honey last year that was sold to raise funds. The school is free of charge to Baltimore city students chosen by lottery. Currently, 330 students from diverse backgrounds ages 3 through 13 attend, with 1,000 names on the waiting list.


Waldorf School alumna Jocelyn Miller, an account manager at Matter Communications, drives 45 minutes from Newburyport, Massachusetts, to take her three children to the Cape Ann Waldorf School, in Beverly. “On bad weather days, I wonder why I make the drive, but the smiles when we arrive

are worth it,” she says. There, her children spend time outdoors regardless of the weather. Indoors, they draw illustrations to bolster lessons on history and geography. Second-graders work in three-hour blocks of time, rather than the traditional 45 minutes. Third-grade students recently spent three weeks studying Greek mythology. Older students play in an orchestra and learn German and Spanish. They also knit; the craft builds manual dexterity and helps children learn to plan, correct mistakes, be creative, visualize the finished product and mindfully create something useful or decorative. Middle school and high school students at the Waldorf School of Garden City, in New York, universally participate in seasonal sports—baseball, softball, basketball and soccer. The emphasis on the values of teamwork and sportsmanship complement development of skills. The school’s policy is, “You don’t have to be a superstar to get playing time,” noting that the quality of athletic teams is consistently strong. The school also brings some green into the city with a horticultural program that fully cultivates a quarteracre field. Its steady harvest of fruits, vegetables, herbs and grains includes lettuce, beans, spinach, broccoli, ARTS






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kale, corn, oregano, thyme, rosemary, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. A new greenhouse keeps produce growing through winter months. Students at Conservatory Prep High School, in Davie, Florida, were tasked with finding a way to walk on water in order to explore principles of flotation and buoyancy. After researching and experimenting with each of a series of materials, they analyzed what went wrong, worked to fix it and then tried again. “We did the testing at our onsite pool,” says Wendy Weiner, Ed.D., the school’s founder and principal and a Waldorf alumna. “We saw some pretty funny results, but they eventually invented a pair of shoes that worked. Of course, they were pretty big shoes.”

for ages 15 and up designed to enable a student to realize his career path and life’s purpose,” she says.

Online Tutorials

“There’s an explosion in online learning, too,” observes Bob Bowdon, executive director of nonprofit Choice Media, an education news service at, produced in New York City. School kids in some states are able to opt out of a class at school if they feel the teaching style is holding them back, instead tapping online teachers available in a virtual school setting. Louisiana’s Department of Educa-

tion’s Jump Start program partners high schools and local companies to offer students one-day-a-week internships apprenticing in trades. “It’s real-world, on-the-job training,” says Bowdon. Thanks to such innovative approaches to school curricula and technology, parents and children have more options than ever before for learning. Instead of memorizing information until the next test and then forgetting it, more learning is customized and hands-on, because children that learn by doing, remember. Connect with Sandra Murphy at StLouis

Thirty Years of Waldorf Education in Santa Fe by Rebecca Withers

Homeschooling provides another option. Parents don’t need to know all about a subject with organizations like Bridgeway Academy’s homeschool curricula at hand. This Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, institution provides easy access to tools and support for families nationwide. “We’re a kindergartento-12th-grade provider,” says Jessica Parnell, academy president. “Teachers in a school setting have to teach standardized subjects, in certain ways, to the whole class. We use customized learning to inspire and excite children individually. We help parents discover their child’s learning style, personality and ideal learning environment.” Materials provided include instructor guides, user-friendly websites and interactive games and other activities. “It gives kids the freedom to explore, learn and discover,” Parnell adds. “This is how you grow a lifelong learner.”


Un-schooling, another pioneering approach, is a method of homeschooling in which children pursue areas that interest them, eat foods they enjoy, rest when needed, choose friends of all ages or none at all and engage their world in unique, powerful and self-directed ways. Suzanne Strisower, a life and career coach in Oroville, California, has written a commoncore, standards-based curriculum for un-schoolers. “It’s a yearlong program




he Santa Fe Waldorf School celebrates its 30th year of providing independent education to area students with a culminating community party planned on August 30. The two hundred-strong student body and its parent community will honor early patrons, parents and friends as well as the school founders that, in 1983, saw their vision of a school based on timetested Waldorf educational principles become a reality. From its modest beginnings with 48 students enrolled in grades K through 3, the Santa Fe Waldorf School has grown to become the city’s only comprehensive preschoolthrough-high-school program. The beautifully landscaped 13-acre campus houses multiple facilities, including an early childhood center, several elementary buildings, lively handwork and woodworking studios, an acoustically celebrated small performance hall, and a high school facility. Waldorf education is based upon a nearly 100-year-old curriculum model that seeks to develop children’s fullest capacities academically, artistically and socially. It was conceived of by Rudolf Steiner, the Austrian philosopher, scientist and artist who sought to formulate an education in harmony with the developmental

Thirty years after helping to found the Santa Fe Waldorf School, Fletcher Lathrop, a long-time classroom instructor, continues to teach woodworking to students.

stages of childhood; a visionary idea in the early 20th century that is now widely embraced in contemporary education. Steiner believed, “The true aim of education is to awaken real powers of perception and judgment in relation to life and living. For only such an awakening can lead to true freedom.” In celebrating Steiner’s vision and the school’s 30 years of offering a balanced academic, artistic and hands-on education to students in Northern New Mexico, the Santa Fe Waldorf School secures its place as a mature school among more than one thousand Waldorf schools worldwide. Rebecca Withers is the parent of three happy students at the Santa Fe Waldorf School and is serving her second term on the school’s board of trustees. See ad page 22.

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Conscious Parenting: Our Children as Our Awakeners submitted by Dr. Shefali Tsabary


n the book The Conscious Parent, author Dr. Shefali Tsabary explains that to parent consciously is to become aware that the parenting process evokes for us many issues from our own childhood. In fact, she says, our children come into our lives to trigger these issues, functioning as a mirror of our own unresolved past. By parenting consciously, we see ourselves reflected through our children’s ways of behaving and the conflicts we experience as parent and child. Our children may be small and powerless in terms of living independent lives, but they are mighty in their potential to be our life’s greatest awakeners. “Awakeners” is a term the author likes because it speaks directly to our children’s potential to raise our consciousness to new levels. When we begin to notice exactly how they do this, we are in awe. When Tsabary speaks of becoming “conscious” as parents, she’s not talking about a sudden epiphany of an extraordinary kind. Rather, it’s in the most ordinary of moments, and often the most humbling situations, that our children’s capacity for kindling our consciousness is revealed. Everyday routines can become a window into the ways in which, as parents, we have yet to grow up. It’s usually in situations involving conflict that we tend to glimpse aspects of our behavior that are originating

from a lack of awareness. This is why, instead of shying away from conflict, perhaps even denying that there is conflict, The Conscious Parent encourages parents to accept the inevitability of conflict, then use the insights that can emerge from such situations to awaken themselves to the growth that still needs to take place in them. The reason we don’t tend to see the opportunities for growth that are children afford us is that we have a tendency to blame our children for the things that aren’t working in our relationship with them, Tsabary explains. We then resort to dictating to them, trying to control them, attempting to set them straight. The last thing we are expecting is for such moments to offer us an opportunity for our own spiritual development. Yet if we are willing to open our eyes, our children constantly reflect back to us things about ourselves that need to change. Take, for example, the mother who complains that she loses her temper with her children when it’s time to get ready for school because they “never listen,” and consequently arrive late for class. It might seem that such a parent needs to teach her children to pay attention—and in some cases this may be true. But what if the mother were to explore her own behavior, for instance examining whether she herself is disorganized and tends to be tardy, particularly in the mornings? Perhaps she’s


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not naturally a “morning person.” The conscious approach to parenting shifts the focus away from what our children need to change, to aspects of ourselves that may need to be addressed. A conscious way of parenting begins with asking ourselves, “Do I need to revisit the way I operate? Are there ways I need to restructure my life so I can be more organized for my children?” Where a certain level of disorganization may have been acceptable before we became a parent, we now realize that such chaos is simply too confusing for a child. Being more organized may seem like such a small thing. Surely this can’t be the answer to why our children are late? Yet, it’s precisely these “small” things that have the potential to create many a dysfunctional pattern in a family. The Conscious Parent promises that our children have the ability to awaken us to our tardiness, our obsessiveness, our anxiety, our need for perfection, our desire for control, our inability to say “yes” or “no” and mean it, our neediness, our marital troubles, and even our addictions. Perhaps one of the biggest lessons we can learn from our children is how to simply be “still,” which is something many of us have a hard time with. Along with this goes the ability to engage with full-on presence, to be intuitive, and especially to be authentic. We can even learn what it is to be open, spontaneous and playful. “The list of opportunities for growth that our children bring into our lives is almost endless,” Tsabary says. “If our eyes are open, we will see our unconsciousness at work in how they act and react to us, as well as in how we act and react to them.” It comes down to awakening to the fact that parenting isn’t so much about the raising of our children, but beginning to act like real parents by first raising ourselves. Dr. Shefali Tsabary is a clinical psychologist with a private practice in New York. Her specialty is in the integration of Eastern philosophy and Western psychology. Namaste Publishing, her publisher, has now released her second book, Out of Control: Why Disciplining Your Child Doesn’t Work and What Will.

your healthcare provider and visit the National Institutes of Health or Medline on the web.

Preventing Drug-Herb Interactions

As part of the University of New Mexico Continuing Education commitment to lifelong learning, a free educational session titled Fresh Look|Holistic

Health: Drug-Herb Interactions is open to the public. Registration is required. Call UNMCE registration at 505-2770077 or visit Sonia Masocco teaches herbology worldwide and at the University of New Mexico, and maintains a private practice in Albuquerque.

by Sonia Masocco


t is very common nowadays to enhance daily nutrition with the use of natural supplements, herbal products and vitamins. Catalogs, health food stores, supermarkets and retail chains have all profited from our desire to enhance health and wellbeing, providing little-to-no information as to how these may interfere with our prescription medication or specific conditions. Â Below are some common situations for drug-herb interactions. Drug action is intensified by similar effects of herbs. This can be problematic, if not even catastrophic. For example, hypoglycemic drugs and hypoglycemic herbs may lower blood sugar too far, thus provoking hypoglycemic events. When drug therapy is already addressing a therapeutic goal, avoid adding herbal therapy unless supervised by a physician, a pharmacist or a seasoned herbalist. Desired drug effect is counteracted by herb effect. In autoimmune disorders, for example, immune-enhancing herbs may counteract immunosuppressive drugs, such as transplant rejection reaction drugs. Herbs can result in elevating negative side effects of drugs as an unintentional condition. Potassium is decreased when using cardiac drugs, resulting in an adverse cardiac condition. Laxative and diuretic herbs, often given together for weight-loss programs, may reduce potassium in the system. While using cardiac drugs, avoid laxative and diuretic-acting herbs. Knowledge is your best tool for using herbs and medication to maintain or restore your body to its healthy state. For more information, talk with natural awakenings

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risk for children. As species become overfished, rebound or experience fluctuating levels of contaminants, their annual ratings can change.

Choices Good for Us

Safe & Sustainable

SEAFOOD Navigate Today’s Best Choices Using Updated Guides by Judith Fertig


e love our seafood, a delicious source of lean protein. The latest data reports U.S. annual consumption to be more than 4.8 billion pounds of it, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, with the average American eating 3.5 ounces of seafood a week. About half of the catch is wild-caught and half farmed. How do we know which fish and shellfish are safe to eat and good for ocean ecology? The best approach is to choose seafood carefully. Oil spills, waste runoff and other environmental disasters can compromise the quality of seafood with toxic contaminants like mercury and other heavy metals and industrial, agricultural and lawn chemicals. These pollutants can wash out from land to sea (and vice versa). As smaller fish that have eaten pollutants are eaten by larger ones, contaminants accumulate and concentrate. Large predatory fish like swordfish and sharks end up with the most toxins. Beyond today’s top-selling shrimp, canned tuna, salmon and farmed tilapia, more retailers and restaurants are also providing lesser-known seafood varieties like dogfish and hake as alternatives to overfished species such as sea bass and Atlantic cod. These new-

to-us, wild-caught fish can be delicious, sustainable and healthy.


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Choices Good for Oceans

An outstanding resource for choosing well-managed caught or farmed seafood in environmentally responsible ways is Seafood Watch, provided through California’s Monterey Bay Aquarium. Information on the most sustainable varieties of seafood is available in a printed guide, updated twice a year. The pocket guide or smartphone app provides instant information at the seafood counter and restaurant table. Online information at and via the app is regularly updated. The Blue Ocean Institute, led by MacArthur Fellow and ecologist Carl Safina, Ph.D., supports ocean conservation, community economics and global peace by steering consumers and businesses toward sustainably fished seafood. It maintains a data base on 140 wild-caught fish and shellfish choices at Hoki, for instance, might have a green fish icon for “relatively abundant” and a blue icon for “sustainable and well-managed fisheries,” but also be red-flagged for containing levels of mercury or PCBs that can pose a health

To help make choosing easier, Seafood Watch has now joined with the Harvard School of Public Health to also advise what’s currently safe to eat. Entries on their list of “green” fish, which can shift annually, are low in mercury, good sources of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids and caught or farmed responsibly. If the top-listed fish and shellfish aren’t locally available, look for the Seafood Safe label, started by EcoFish company founder and President Henry Lovejoy, which furnishes at-a-glance consumption recommendations based upon tests for contaminants. Labels display a number that indicates how many four-ounce servings of the species a woman of childbearing age can safely eat per month. (Find consumption recommendations for other demographics at Expert-reviewed independent testing of random samples of the fish currently monitors mercury and PCB levels. Lovejoy advises that other toxins will be added to the testing platform in the future. “My dream is to have all seafood sold in the U.S. qualify to bear the Seafood Safe label, because consumers deserve to know what they’re eating,” says Lovejoy. “We need to be a lot more careful in how we use toxic chemicals and where we put them.”

Retail Ratings

Some retailers also provide details on their seafood sourcing. Whole Foods, for example, offers complete traceability of the fish and shellfish they carry, from fishery or farm to stores. Their fish, wild-caught or farmed, frozen or fresh, meet strict quality guidelines in regard to exposure to antibiotics, preservatives and hormones. They also display Seafood Watch and Blue Ocean Institute ratings at the seafood counter. Wise seafood choices feed and sustain our families, foster a healthier seafood industry, support responsible local fisheries and keep Earth’s water resources viable. Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood from Overland Park, KS.

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Mastery of Your Karmic DNA by Mickey McKay


our Vedic horoscope reflects your talents and abilities, relationship skills, finances, spiritual inclinations, health, strengths, shortcomings and more. When calculated, your Vedic natal horoscope is a snapshot of what you’ve accumulated during your numerous past births. Using planetary cycles for timing of events, we pinpoint the karmas you’ll actually experience in your present life. Vedic astrology offers specific details about your future. The wheel of rebirth, which carries us from life to death and back again, is the zodiac. The planets, or grahas, are the force that forces our soul back into yet another physical body to deal with our leftover karma. For those of us that believe the cycle of rebirth is real, it’s extremely important to study our charts closely and carefully, evaluating our strengths and challenges, and to prepare ourselves for the planetary cycles we will experience. The events destined to occur for us in this lifetime are what are revealed in the birth chart. Planetary cycles are determined by the degree of your Moon at birth, which sets the wheel of your unique destiny in motion. A particular planet that rules the position of the Moon will, in essence, become the general contractor of your life for a given number of years highlighting specific events. The theories of karma and reincarnation may rattle the core of your current beliefs, but the mystical science of Vedic astrology is not about belief. It is about testing the claims and experiencing the results in our own lives, and being able to foresee the challenges and opportunities ahead. When we recognize that the destiny that controls our life is the one we created ourselves, then we have choice in the matter. For more information or to schedule a Vedic horoscope reading, call Mickey McKay at 505-670-8967 or email See ad page 20.



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


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

classifieds HEALTH AND WELL-BEING JUMP START PROGRAM – REGAIN YOUR HEALTH AND WELL-BEING. – Developed by Holistic Medical Doctors Angelique Hart and Roy Heilbron. Residential Jump Start Program also available. Details at 505-983-1293. Tesuque-Santa Fe.

LIGHT JOURNEYS CHANTAL FIDANZA - YOUR DIVINE LIGHT – A Light Journey allows you to access your light and remove blocks for greater empowerment, freedom and joy in every area of your life: relationships, health, abundance. In-person and phone sessions offered. Call for a FREE 15-Minute Free Consultation. Chantal Fidanza, Certified Light Journey Guide, Intuitive Healer, Reiki Master: 505-438-1074,

REIKI TREATMENTS & CLASSES CHANTAL FIDANZA - YOUR DIVINE LIGHT – Offering ongoing Reiki Classes and Treatments. Reiki is a loving energy that fills your being with light for physical, emotional and spiritual healing. Call Chantal Fidanza, Reiki Master, Certified Light Journey Guide, Intuitive Healer at 505-438-1074 for class schedule or to inquire about an in-person or phone treatment.

calendarofevents FRIDAY, AUGUST 1 Open House – 1-8pm. Join New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts faculty, staff and students for demonstrations, mini-sessions, refreshments and more at our Open House. All are welcome! No cost. More info: 505-982-6271. New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts, RMTS #2. 501 Franklin Ave, Santa Fe. Theater of Life Exhibit by Artist Eliza Schmid – 6-8pm. A new collection of mono prints and egg tempera painting. Reception with live music. Exhibit runs Aug.1-30. Info: Call Schmid at 505554-3891 or the gallery at 505-506-0820. Tortuga Gallery, 901 Edith Blvd SE, Albuquerque.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 2 Craniosacral: Basic Training – 9am-6pm, Aug. 2-5. 32 CEs. Craniosacral therapy focuses on the body’s craniosacral system. Through gentle, noninvasive touch, a practitioner releases restrictions to improve the overall functioning of the central nervous system. No prior bodywork experience necessary. $575. To register, call 505-982-6271. New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts, RMTS #2. 501 Franklin Ave, Santa Fe. Healing Demo & Psychic Protection – 2-4pm. Aug. 2, Sept. 6 & Oct. 4. Psychic protection courses for high-achieving healers. Energy drain, sickness and psychic attacks. Feel empowerment, impact and vitality. Healing demo and psychic protection. Free. Call 505-310-2864. Library, Community Room, 145 Washington Ave, Santa Fe.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 3 Earthshift Talk w/Tlish Diyan Elder Maria Yraceburu –11am-2 pm. Feeling like a raw nerve end throughout your whole body is tuning us into something that has occurred in nature. These physical, emotional and spiritual effects are preparing us for the next stage of human history, the technology of the 5th World. $20. Afternoon potluck follows. Taa-naash-kaa-da Sanctuary, 119 Mira Sol, Las Vegas, NM.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 5 Hawaiian Lomi Lomi – 9am-4:30pm, Aug. 5-7. 18 CEs. Lomi Lomi means “to weave.” This ancient form of bodywork from the Hawaiian islands is fluid and flowing dance on the body. No massage experience needed. $350. To register, call 505-982-6271. New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts, RMTS #2. 501 Franklin Ave, Santa Fe. 2014 Business Workshops: Simplifying Social Media – 9am-12pm & 6-9pm. Tuesdays, Aug. 5 & 12. Are you a business owner or entrepreneur in New Mexico? This self-care workshop series is designed to simplify social business by connecting, growing and expanding your network. Aug. 5: Intro to Pinterest; August 12: Google & You Tube. $20 per workshop. 505-474-8555. Santa Fe Soul Sun Room, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, #3. www. Pranic Healing Clinic – 6:30-8pm. 1st & 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.

Back to School with Essential Oils – 6:30-7:30pm. Attend a sharing and learning essential oils event. Learn more about doTERRA Essential Oils and how to use them. Free. RSVP with Angelina: 505907-6031 or email Southwest Myotherapy, 7301 Jefferson St NE, #B, Albuquerque.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 7 Osteoporosis Foundation’s Educational Presentation – 1:30-3pm. Gloria Drayer will speak on Yoga for Osteoporosis. $1 donation. Space is limited. Please RSVP to the Center at 505-275-8731. Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center, 501 Elizabeth St. SE, Albuquerque. Atlas Evolution - The Spinal Solution –7:30-9pm. An evening of fun and healing with Ranan Shahar Lac, Msc. Learn about the hidden secrets that have kept humans from reaching their full potential. Find out how Nicolas Tesla’s technology can resolve that on the physical, mental, emotional and consciousness level. Free check up of the atlas included. Free. 505-474-8555. Santa Fe Soul Sun Room, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, #3. www.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 9 Dealing with Summer Sports and Outdoor Injuries 1-2pm. Explore natural remedies to relieve pain and restore function with Ben Stoops, clinical herbalist. Learn about herbal supplements and topical applications as well as the healing benefits of massage for injury recovery. Free. 505-796-0387. Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy, 8910 Holly Ave NE, Albuquerque. Lama Jay Goldberg Dharma Talks – 2pm. The Six Perfections; Aug. 10, 10am, Practice of the Three Bodhisattvas; Aug 10, 2pm, *Rigsum Gonpo Meditation. *Restricted, must have prior Rigsum Gonpo empowerment. By donation. Info: RSVP: The Annual Kindred Spirits Benefit Art Show Animals & Nature –10am-4pm. Visit with the animals, enjoy the artwork and meet the artists. Bring family and friends and enjoy our peaceful sanctuary. Free. Open to the public. Refreshments provided. To see the art show flyer, visit www.KindredSpiritsNM. org or call 505-471-5366 for more information. 3749-A State Road 14, Santa Fe. Intuition Play shop – 1-4pm. Curious about tarot cards, runes, crystals, pendulums and the like? Do you wonder about psychic experiences you’ve had? Already have a set of cards that you want to use more effectively? Join intuitive life coach Emilah Dawn DeToro for an afternoon of playful exploration of intuition and divination. $50 + NM GRT. Info and registration at 505-217-1720. The Source, 3536 Anderson Ave SE, Albuquerque. Free Reiki Clinic – Private 15-minute Reiki treatment plus 15-minute consultation to discuss any questions or specific areas of concern you may have. Sessions are free, but space is limited. Offered by Chantal Fidanza, Reiki master, certified light journey guide. Call 505-438-1074 to pre-register. 1300 Luisa St., Ste 7D, Santa Fe. Contemplative Collage w/Dante Jericho – 1-4pm. Similar to dream work, creating a collage is a conscious process to bridge between the mysterious

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symbology of the inner self and the puzzle-solving capacity of the waking mind. You will develop tools to delve into the vibrant and inspirational messages nestled in your work. $35. To register: 505-4679779, 505-474-8555. Santa Fe Soul Sun Room, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, #3.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 10 Special Full Moon Yoga and Meditation Class w/ Guruchander –9am. Yoga Santa Fe, 1505 Llano St.

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. $12 advance/$15 day of incl. tax. To register, call 928-203-0265 or email BODY of Santa Fe, 333 West Cordova Rd, 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 $12 advance/$15 day of incl. tax. To register, call 928-203-0265 or email Info@ BODY of Santa Fe, 333 West Cordova Rd, Santa Fe. How to Write Your Best Seller in a Weekend Class – 6-8pm. 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@ Nativo Lodge, 6000 Pan American Frwy, Albuquerque.


savethedate Let’s Talk About Sex –7-9:30pm. Sex-positive evening of lecture and discussion w/Arlene Goldberg for individuals and couples desiring enhanced intimacy, communication, sensuality, creativity and playfulness. Give yourself the gift of blooming and celebrating your sexuality. $10 or pre-registration discount for two at $18. To register:, 505-438-9431. 505-474-8555. Santa Fe Soul Sun Room, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, #3. www.



Herbal Medicine Faire – 2-4pm. Students from the Milagro School of Herbal Medicine will be displaying their wonderful herbal products—tea blends, salves, tinctures, honeys, oils, creams, lotions, lozenges, syrups, etc.—at booths at Milagro Herbs. Sample their products, ask questions and purchase products. Free. 505-820-6321. Milagro Herbs, 419 Orchard Dr, Santa Fe.

We Are the ONE Choir of Song and Poetry – 6:15-8pm, Thursday evenings and 10:15am-12pm, Saturday mornings. Aug. 21-Dec. 20. Join this joyful circle united through the practice of communal singing and speaking in beauty and harmony. Allinclusive and non-auditioned choir. Co-directors: Madi Sato and Timothy McLaughlin. Tuition $250 (sliding-scale options). To register, email or call 505-424-9765. Institute of American Indian Arts Hogan, 83 Avan Nu Po Rd, Santa Fe.

Miracle Mantra Meditation – 5am-7:30am. Intend for your miracle as you chant this miracle mantra in conscious community. Yoga Santa Fe, 1505 Llano St. Intro to Accessing Your Light Body – 2-4pm. The truth is that your essence is light! Experience yourself as the light that you are for healing, empowerment, greater self-knowledge and ultimately to experience joy. Facilitated by Chantal Fidanza, certified light journey guide. $25. Limited space. Call 505-438-1074 to pre-register. 1300 Luisa St, Ste 7D, Santa Fe.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 17 Ethics of Unconditional Love: Ancient Wisdom for Lasting Social Change – 9am-3pm. Through dialogue and ceremony, Barb Culbertson gives you a taste of the wisdom that the Ka Ta See people from Peru offer us: living according to what is effective and efficient for creating continuance; making choices not at the expense of self, others or Earth. 6CE’s for LMTs. Cost: $50. Info: 909-452-8490, or 505-474-8555. Santa Fe Soul Sun Room, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, #3. www. Thai Yoga Massage Tapas – 9am-6pm. Aug. 1718. 16 CEs. Thai yoga massage has evolved into a unique and magical combination of deep stretching, rhythmic compression, soft-tissue manipulation, energy balancing and acupressure. Appropriate for all levels. $240. To register: 505-982-6271. New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts, RMTS #2. 501 Franklin Ave, Santa Fe. Introduction To Vas Pesh: Lost Gypsy Healing Modality w/Romani Chuvihano Lynda Yraceburu – 1-5pm. Clear blocked energy, relieve chronic pain, rejuvenate the body and focus the mind in minutes. Open Circle. $35 online/$45 at the door. Followed by potluck. Taa-naash-kaa-da Sanctuary, 119 Mira Sol, Las Vegas, NM. Taa-naash-kaa-da.


Santa Fe Trail Photo Walk w/Earth Spirit Photographer Lynda Yraceburu – 1-5pm. Take amazing pictures on a guided walking tour with instruction on creative composition and your connection with Earth Mother. Historical commentary of the sites along the itinerary are provided throughout the tour. Adults: $40; youth 10-17yrs, $20. Taa-naash-kaa-da Sanctuary, 119 Mira Sol, Las Vegas, NM. PhotoWalks.html. Earthrenewal Fire Ceremony w/Tlish Diyan Elder Maria Yraceburu. – 6:30-9:30pm. Through the mystical weaving of offerings and joining life forces, through the physical energy of the fire, and through the assistance of the ancestors, the wishes are manifested. Drums, rattles and camp chairs. $25. Taa-naash-kaa-da Sanctuary, 119 Mira Sol, Las Vegas, NM.

Letting Go of the Emotional Causes of Cancer, Arthritis, Diabetes, Weight Issues and more – 6:30-8:30pm. Michael Schwartz explains the basic causes. Emotional aspects are examined and understanding the role and effect they play in your health. Arrest the progression of your condition; regain and improve your health through understanding and nutrition. Free. Email or go to 505-474-8555. Santa Fe Soul Sun Room, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, #3.


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Mood Management with Essential Oils – 6:307:30pm. Attend a sharing and learning essential oils event. Learn more about doTERRA Essential Oils and how to use them. Free. RSVP with Angelina: 505-907-6031 or email 2CreateBalance@comcast. net. Southwest Myotherapy, 7301 Jefferson St NE, #B, Albuquerque.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 22 mBraining: Evolve Your Self, Evolve Your World – 7-9pm. Introduction to the “brains” in your heart, head and gut. Life changes profoundly when you work with your three brains in a congruent, integrated way. Vivienne Berry and Jane Bul, trainers and coaches, have integrated cutting-edge modalities, like mBraining, into their work and spiritual lives. $20. To register: 505-699-6115 or email 505-474-8555. Santa Fe Soul Sun Room, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, #3.

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 more than 30 exhibitors. Hyperbaric physicians, wound care specialists, neurologists, nurses, podiatrists, chts and physicians will all gain additional knowledge during three days of education. Call 954-540-1896 or go to Call Sheraton Uptown, 2600 Louisiana Blvd NE, Albuquerque.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 23 Evolve Your World – 9-6pm, Aug. 23-24. Based on a melding of leading-edge neuroscience and insight from ancient wisdom traditions, learn about your complex and adaptive neural networks or “brains” in your heart and gut. Tap into their deep intuitive wisdom and the emergence of your authentic self. Early bird special: $325 until Aug. 4; $395 after. For more info and to register: 505-699-6115 or www.GalacticGnosis. com. 505-474-8555. Santa Fe Soul Sun Room, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, #3. Dealing With Stress Using Oriental Medicine Techniques – 1-2pm. David Salgado, DOM, will discuss how to boost your energy naturally with lifestyle, food and Western and Eastern supplements. Learn about balancing yin and yan for more available free-flowing bodily energy. Free. Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy, 8910 Holly Ave NE, Albuquerque. 505-796-0387. Soul Retrieval Workshop – 10am-12pm. Soul loss happens when an upsetting or traumatic event or experience occurs. As a healthy self-protective mechanism, part of your soul or psyche decides to leave to separate itself from the traumatic experience. Through meditation and guided exercises, call your parts back. Instructor: Juli Somers. $25. Pre-register :505-920-4418. Center For Inner Truth, 826 Camino de Monte Rey, A1, Santa Fe. www. Past-Life Regression - 1-3pm. In this powerful two-hour group session, you will regress to a past

life where you will discover, access and activate a positive inner resource to benefit you and other people in your life today. Cost: $40. 505-918-6555. Crystal Dove Metaphysical Book Store, 525 Central Ave NE., Albuquerque.

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Spiritual Empowerment Training – 6:30-8pm. A three-month journey of self- discovery. We are constantly having to navigate the chaos that often accompanies change. Commit to yourself and your growth one night a week for three months. Meditation, spiritual healing, greater awareness and understanding of your energy anatomy, psychic skills. $125 monthly. Center For Inner Truth, 826 Camino de Monte Rey, A1, Santa Fe. Pre-register: 505-9204418.

The Art of Flower Essences – 10am-12pm. Learn how flower essences work and how to make them for yourself and loved ones. Erin Galiger will cover the following 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 this experiential workshop with your own flower essences. All materials provided. Cost: $25. Pre-register: 505-820-6321. Milagro Herbs, 419 Orchard Dr, Santa Fe.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 28 Free Introduction to Hypnotherapy – 7-8:30pm. Learn to transform your perception of the world and accelerate your personal and/or professional performance. Strengthen your day-to-day natural ability to live a more balanced, meaningful and productive life. 505-918-6555. 819 Vassar Dr NE, Albuquerque. .

SATURDAY, AUGUST 30 Courageous Crossing Rites Post Traumatic Stress Healing Series For Women – 1-8pm. With ecopsychologist and tlish diyan elder Maria Yraceburu, now in our 32nd year of facilitation. Honoring our courage, claiming our victories. Interested in spearheading your own healing from PTSD? If so, join us, as Yraceburu’s award-winning program comes to New Mexico. We’ll meet once a month for 13 months; commitment to full program is necessary. www.Womyns Rites. Taa-naash-kaa-da Sanctuary, 119 Mira Sol, Las Vegas, NM. How To Stay Hydrated for the Summer – 1-2pm. More than 80% of us are dehydrated, and so muscles, brain and nerves don’t function well. Linda Love, herbalist, will teach how to rehydrate and recharge with fluids, electrolytes and other supplements to restore function and optimum health. Free. 505-7960387. Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy, 8910 Holly Ave NE, Albuquerque.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 31 The Art of Flower Essences – 10am-12pm. Learn how flower essences work and how to make them for yourself and loved ones. Erin Galiger will cover the following 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 this experiential workshop with your own flower essences. All materials provided. Cost: $25. Pre-register: 505-820-6321. Milagro Herbs, 419 Orchard Dr, Santa Fe.

planahead MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 Massage Foundation Program – 9am-1pm. Ninemonth weekday daytime massage program begins Sept. 8. Orientation Sept. 6. Experience New Mexico’s only program accredited by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation. $8,295. Apply


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26-28 Write Your Best Seller in a Weekend Retreat – Prices for the weekend retreat can be found at Early Bird registration Special. To register, call 928-203-0265 or email Info@ Nativo Lodge, 6000 Pan American Frwy, Albuquerque.


savethedate Women Awake - A Call of Our Times – 6:308:30pm Oct. 3; 9:30am-5:30pm Oct. 4 & 5. In a world that moves too fast and pulls us out of our natural rhythm, how can we contribute our true voice and maintain connection with the depths of our souls? Explore with us these challenges in the face of radical change. Cost: $300. CEU’s. Call Marilyn Mathews, MD: 505-471-9202 or Rosvita Botkin, PhD: 505988-2601.Puerta de la Luna, 546 Harkle Rd, Santa Fe.

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. $12 advance/$15 day of incl. tax. To register, call 928-203-0265 or email Info@TomBird. com. BODY of Santa Fe, 333 West Cordova Rd, Santa Fe.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18 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. $12 advance/$15 day of incl. tax. For more information, go to To register, call 928-2030265 or email BODY of Santa Fe, 333 West Cordova Rd, Santa Fe.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6 Write Your Best Seller in a Weekend Retreat. Thurs, Nov. 6, 4-9pm; Fri-Sun, Nov. 7-9, 7am6:30pm. Early Bird registration Special. For more information, visit To register, call 928-203-0265 or email BODY of Santa Fe, 333 West Cordova Rd, Santa Fe.

ongoing events sunday Spiritual Happy Hour –10-11am. Exploring and sharing our paths to consciousness. Potluck following the service. Everyone of all paths welcome. Free. 2nd & 4th Sunday of the month. Center For Inner Truth, 826 Camino de Monte Rey, A1, Santa Fe. Pre-register: 505-920-4418. A Practical Philosophy For Living – 10:30am12pm. Experience uplifting, transformative messages. More than a church, more than a school, Unity is a spiritual movement for all individuals growing, seeking, unfolding and becoming who they are meant to be. Free. 505-989-4433. Unity Santa Fe, 1212 Unity Way (off 599 & Camino de los Montoyas, mile marker 12), Santa Fe. www. Qigong in the Park – 9-10am. Enjoy a vitalizing qigong practice every Saturday morning with certified qigong instructor Loretta Shiver. Qigong supports optimal health and well-being, is easy and fun to do. Free. Altura Park, Hannett and Morningside NE, Albuquerque. 505-681-1924.

monday Gentle Yoga – Chi w/Michal Curry, CHTP – 5:30am-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.

wednesday Qigong & Healing From Within – 10:30am-12pm. Taoist, yogic and shamanic practices cultivate vitality, inner strength and awareness with energy, movement, sound, breath work and meditation. $12. 1st class free. Info: Allison Lasky: 505-984-8733. Santa Fe Soul, 2905 Rodeo Park Dr E, Santa Fe. Free Energy Healing Clinic – 5:30-6:30pm. Drop in for a 15-minute energy clearing on whatever you are working on. Release tension, energetic blocks, relax in a meditative environment and get a next step on your journey. 2nd and 4th Wednesday each month. Center For Inner Truth, 826 Camino de Monte Rey, A1, Santa Fe. 505-920-4418. www.

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

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