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s a preteen, I had a little acne, nothing abnormal but my mom was hypersensitive to any form of potential scarring on my body—a major challenge in raising a tomboy. I’d already seen a dermatologist for a wart on my knee, and when one acne blemish had a whiff of potential for becoming cystic, the doctor suggested Accutane, an expensive new drug. I was reminded that a single pill cost a couple of dollars and I should be grateful for my family’s investment in my well-being. I appreciated that Mom’s intentions were in my best interest. Plus, what teen wouldn’t glom onto the promise of no acne? The doctor explained the known side effects of the drug and the absence of a long-term track record. I tuned into this information with heightened awareness and made mental notes. As the years passed and a couple of the predicted side effects showed up, I learned my first lesson about the vital importance of standing up as an advocate for your own health. About a decade later, still trusting what authority figures told me, as we were raised to, I was treated for hyperthyroidism. Given two options, of surgery or radioactive iodine treatment, I opted for the latter. Suddenly, I was dealing with other issues I was told had nothing to do with the treatment. After many trips to the doctor and five different prescriptions trying to rectify an allergy, I was finally told it was all in my head. So at age 26, I took my well-being into my own hands and my alternative healing journey began. It was perfect timing because my daughter was newly born and I was super conscious of her dependency on me to be mindful of what I put in and on her body. I remain grateful for the holistic journey that allowed me to equip and empower my child with knowledge and awareness of the whole picture, including all we come into contact with, from food, air and water to medications, skincare lotions and household products. In honor of National Autism Awareness Month, we offer some insights into a hot issue in the U.S. with “Vaccine Truths and Myths: Part 1,” by Dr. Katia Meier, owner of Clear Sky Medical, in Centennial, Colorado. She admits she may have missed the health marks she’s hit had her mom not encouraged her to see a bigger picture of the choices we can make in caring for our own and our family’s health. I hope we can help do the same for readers. Two pieces of proposed state legislation now in the pipeline are of concern. SB18, if passed, would allow the state of California to create policy determining seven areas of what is in a child’s best interest, taking choices away from parents without reference to California’s Family Code. AB499 would allow youths 12 and older to get the HPV vaccine without parental knowledge or consent. I urgently encourage every citizen to become informed on our right to govern our own bodies. The long-term impacts can be scary, including setting a precedent for other states. To citizen freedoms,

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Orloff to Visit Bay Area as Part of New Book Tour


oinciding with the release on April 4 of her new book, The Empath’s Survival Guide, Dr. Judith Orloff will sign copies and speak about its “life strategies for sensitive people”at 7:30 p.m., April 5, at East West Bookshop, Mountain View; 7 p.m., April 6, at Book Passage, Corte Madera; and 7 p.m., April 7 and 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 8, at Academy of Intuitive Medicine, Sausalito. An assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California-Los Angeles, she has helped patients for more than 20 years. Orloff synthesizes traditional medicine with cutting-edge knowledge of intuition, energy and spirituality to achieve physical and emotional healing. She passionately asserts that we have the power to transform negative emotions and achieve inner peace. Her bestselling books, The Power of Surrender, Emotional Freedom, Second Sight, Positive Energy and Guide to Intuitive Healing, offer readers practical strategies to help them overcome frustration, stress and worry. Caroline Myss, author of Anatomy of the Spirit, attests that The Empath’s Survival Guide is “a perfect guide book. Now people will know how to cope with being highly sensitive and empathic in their everyday lives without developing exhaustion or compassion fatigue or burning out.” Book cost: $15.37. For more information or to purchase the book, visit or SoundsTrue. com. See ad, page 3.


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newsbriefs Holistic Chiropractor Hosts 21-Day Purification Program; Offers No-Cost Info Session


olistic chiropractor and nutritionist, Dr. Katie Sokolski, hosts a group 21-day purification program this month, beginning with a free information session. Join Sokolski from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on April 19 to learn more about the purification process and see live demonstrations of cleanse-friendly recipes. Attendees receive a pre and post-purification exam at no extra cost with purchase of a purification kit. The Standard Process 21-Day Purification Program is Sokolski’s purification program of choice because it addresses the whole body in a safe and effective way. The Dr. Katie Sokolski program is designed to not only cleanse the body, but to kick-start overall lifestyle changes. “It’s not a crash diet; in fact, eating is encouraged,” says Sokolski. “Whole food supplements combined with healthy food choices makes this program a safe way to cleanse the body of the toxins we are exposed to on a daily basis.” Sokolski’s mission to help individuals achieve better health through education and natural means, without unnecessary drugs or surgery. Her practice includes Applied Kinesiology, gentle adjustments, Nutrition Response Testing, Morphogenic Field Technique, purification programs and more. Location: 187 40th Street Way, Oakland. For more information and to RSVP for the information session, call 510-356-7832, email or visit See ad, page 9.

Free Autism Workshop for Families


TH Wellness Center and Eastern Medical Center will present a free workshop for children with autism, attention-deficit disorder (ADD) and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and their parents, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on April 12, in Pleasanton. The workshop is led by Tatyana Nikol, an integrative massage therapist and holistic life coach at MTH Wellness Center; and Teresa Shen, CEO/Lead Physician at Eastern Medical Center. Together, Nikol and Shen will guide families through a thoughtful lecture and discussion intended to help parents and kids better understand the affects of autism and ADD/ADHD on their lives and how to best work through everyday challenges. The workshop also includes a group meditation and the presentation of simple, fun and practical exercises to improve daily life. This event is the first in a series of holistic health workshops hosted by Nikol and Shen, designed to boost self-healing and improve the mind-body-spirit connection. Location: 5933 Coronado Ln., Ste #100, Pleasanton. For more information and to RSVP, call 925-398-3135, email or visit See ad, page 8.

Step Out for Bay Area Dance Week


ancers’ Group invites dance enthusiasts throughout the Bay Area to discover a wide variety of free classes, performances, workshops, lecture demonstrations and more offered during the 19th Annual Bay Area Dance Week, April 21 to 30, in San Francisco. The celebration kicks off at 12 p.m. on April 21 at San Francisco City Hall’s Rotunda with One Dance, a globetrotting dance sequence created and lead by Rhythm & Motion. Movers everywhere are invited to participate in One Dance by learning the sequence online, attending a live rehearsal or jumping in the day of the event. The kickoff event also includes a presentation of the 2017 Dancers’ Choice Award and the Della Davidson Prize. From established company programs to one-time events, Bay Area Dance Week provides an opportunity for dance lovers of all ages and experience levels to take part in the many diverse movement styles, including Argentine tango, classical Indian, jazz,

experience Breema bodywork, visit the Breema Center online to learn about free events during Bay Area Dance Week. Dancers’ Group is a membership organization that promotes the visibility and viability of dance in the Bay Area. Founded in 1982, Dancers’ Group supports the second largest dance community in the nation by providing programs and resources that help artists produce work, build audiences and connect with their peers and community.

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newsbriefs New Natural Awakenings App


he Natural Awakenings healthy living, healthy planet lifestyle app has been upgraded with a brand-new look and updated features. The changes to the free app, which has already been downloaded by 40,000-plus users, will make keeping up with the best choices for a green and healthy lifestyle easier than ever. New features include being able to sign up for promotions, updates and newsletters plus linking to the Natural Awakenings website. Visitors can find local magazines nationwide; a national directory of healthy and green businesses and resources with products, practitioners and services, complete with directions; updated national monthly magazine content; archives of hundreds of previously published articles on practical, natural approaches to nutrition, fitness, creative expression, personal growth and sustainable living by national experts that are searchable by key words; and an archive of articles in Spanish. “These upgrades and expanded accessibility will empower people to enjoy healthier, happier and longer lives more easily than ever before,” notes Natural Awakenings founder Sharon Bruckman. “Offering free access to Natural Awakenings’ powerful network of healthy living resources through this exclusive app is another way we can serve our users.” To download the free app, search for Natural Awakenings on Google Play or the Apple app store or visit

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Crystal Bowl Metaphysical Store to Open in Brentwood


new metaphysical store and holistic wellness center that features a sensory deprivation float tank and an infrared sauna will host a community grand opening at 11:11 a.m. on April 22, at 8065 Brentwood Boulevard, in Brentwood. “We are bringing oneness, spirituality, meditation and holistic healing opportunities to our local communities,” says Crystal Bowl owner Bianca Ruehlig, whose gift shop will also stock an assortment of crystals, oils, incense and candles. Ruehlig plans to make therapy rooms available for reiki, light/ sound/aroma therapy sessions, group meditations, drumming circles and more, and will regularly host holistic healing workshops and personal development classes. For more information, call 925-2070231, email or visit

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aintCare is a national nonprofit paint stewardship program dedicated to the safe recycling of unwanted, leftover house paint, primers, sealers, stains and clear coatings. Now operating in nine states, PaintCare California has seen tremendous growth since the program’s start five years ago. Today, there are more than 786 year-round paint drop-off locations conveniently located throughout California. Over 98 percent of California residents have a year-round drop-off site within 15 miles of their home. Since October 2012, nearly 8.5 million gallons of paint has been collected and processed. “California’s paint stewardship program continues to grow and provide new opportunities for the public,” says Jeremy Jones, PaintCare’s West Coast program manager. “Our focus on promoting distribution of reusable paint to the public was a great success, with paint reuse increasing 84 percent over the previous year.” Paint drop-off site managers report the program provides the public with critical education on issues of proper hazardous waste disposal.

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fter 25 years experience in medical practice and research, Dr. Hannah Hershoff decided to leave her lucrative medical doctor career to create healing jewelry. A phone chat with a cousin who took a trip from China totally changed Dr. Hannah Hershoff’s life. She learned that mystical stones from a remote area of Southeast China near her hometown have incredible spiritual healing properties. After extensive research, Hannah discovered that the key element of the stones is a mineral, JDZ Kaolin, formed millions of years ago. During a long process using local water and fire in a special kiln, the stones not only permanently formed their gorgeous colors and shine, but also gained their five natural elements. This information excited Hannah enormously leading to her decision to test the spiritual healing effects of the stones. She created her bracelets with these stones and gifted or sold to people with various levels of spirituality. A few weeks after wearing these eyecatching bracelets, three out of four individuals reported they gained confidence, improved their self-image, sensed more connections to loved ones and experienced a noticeable reduction in anxiety. A year later, Hannah and her husband started a company and named their JDZ kaolin comprised pieces, Sara Yo Stones. Dr. Hannah Hershoff says, “I am so glad I have made this career change decision, as each day I learn more about how Sara Yo helps people feel better. I am so fortunate to do something I am extremely passionate about!” Currently, the Sara Yo team provides complimentary email healing services based on Chinese Tao philosophy. Their weekly healing messages guide their customers step-by-step to meditate with Sara Yo stones and help transform their lives to new levels. For more information, visit


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healthbriefs Holistic Relief for Restless Legs


he Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) Foundation estimates that 10 percent of Americans suffer from an irresistible urge to move the legs that can cause difficulty in falling or staying asleep. According to Tufts University, nocturnal leg cramps—sudden, painful, involuntary contractions of the muscles in the leg—affect middle-aged individuals, and up to 70 percent of the elderly. They suggest holistic remedies of: hydrating with six to eight glasses of water daily; eating a diet that provides magnesium, calcium, potassium and vitamins A and E; cutting back on sugar and caffeine; and regular exercise and leg stretches. According to Master Herbalist text, The Complete Medicinal Herbal, Native Americans rubbed Rosemary on their legs to enhance the suppleness of their muscles. Cramp bark was named for the way it relaxes skeletal muscle spasms. Mexican Wild Yam and Sage relax tight muscles and relieve cramping. Peppermint, Lavender and St. John’s wort are useful in relieving the over-sensitivity of the sympathetic nervous system. Using these herbs in your decoction will help to reduce discomfort and irritation while helping to flush waste products. A simple water decoction of these roots, herbs and bark can be applied to aching muscles to relax cramps, settle restless legs and quell over-active nerves. “Thirty years' experience has shown that when bananas, supplements and water don’t work… these herbs will do the trick,” says Master Herbalist, Steven Frank. Contact Steven Frank of Nature’s Rite Remedies at 888-4654404 or See ad, page 3.

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study from the University of Eastern Finland, in Kuopio, has found that less active boys perform worse in reading and arithmetic classes than their more active counterparts. Researchers studied 89 boys and 69 girls ages 6 to 8 and measured their sedentary time and moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) time using a heart rate monitor, movement sensors and body fat percentages. The subjects’ arithmetic and reading skills were calculated using standardized test scores. Comparing the data, the researchers found that higher levels of MVPA were associated with higher reading fluency in grade one and that lower reading levels were associated with more sedentary time in grades one through three. A significantly stronger correlation was discovered when male subjects were the focus. Sedentary boys that spent less time engaged in MVPA displayed consistently poorer scores in both reading fluency and comprehension than their peers. For girls, more sedentary time was associated with better arithmetic scores.


arefoot running has become a popular activity for athletes, and with the right training, can be a helpful tool for many runners. A recent study from the University of Jaén, in Spain, confirms the benefits of barefoot running. Researchers set out to determine what types of changes a 12-week program of barefoot running would produce in foot strike patterns, inversion, eversion and foot rotation. Thirty-nine recreational athletes with no experience in barefoot running participated. Twenty formed the experimental group, with 19 serving as a control group. Researchers determined each runner’s low, high and comfortable running speed and conducted pre- and post-running tests using cameras to document foot strike patterns. The experimental group’s training consisted of a progressive increase in the duration and frequency of barefoot running, while those in the control group performed the same progressive running program with their shoes on. The experimental group showed significant changes in foot strike pattern, with a tendency toward a mid-foot strike at all speeds. They also displayed changes in foot rotation and inversion toward a more centered strike at the lower speed, supporting the notion that progressive barefoot training can help athletes trying to change their foot pattern to a mid- or front-foot strike.

Sage Linked to Cognitive Health


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2016 review from Australia’s Murdoch University, in Perth, confirms the cognitive benefits of consuming plants in the Salvia genus, particularly sage. Cognition includes processes associated with attention, memory, judgment, evaluation, reasoning, problem solving and decision making. Researchers discussed the theory that an accumulation of amyloid-ß peptide (Aß) in the body is responsible for some cognitive dysfunction in Alzheimer’s patients. Studies have shown that sage can protect mice against Aß-induced neurotoxicity, thus helping to preserve cognition. The researchers also highlighted acetylcholine (ACh), a neurotransmitter believed to play an important role in attention, learning, memory and motivation. ACh enzyme inhibitors help prevent alterations in ACh, preserving these functions. In vitro and animal studies show that some species of salvia are effective ACh enzyme inhibitors. In addition, animal studies have shown that sage extracts can reduce depression and anxiety. Both of these conditions can contribute to a decrease in cognitive function. Further research is needed to determine the extent of the effect and safe dosage.

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

Phasing Out Plastic Film Food Wrappers Many grocery store foods are wrapped in plastic packaging that creates non-recyclable, nonbiodegradable waste, even though thin, plastic films are not efficient at preventing spoilage. Some plastics are also suspected of leaching harmful compounds into food. Researcher Peggy Tomasula, D.Sc., is leading a U.S. Department of Agriculture team developing an environmentally friendly film made of the milk protein casein that addresses these issues. She states, “The protein-based films are powerful oxygen blockers that help prevent food spoilage. When used in packaging, they could prevent food waste during distribution along the food chain.” Plastic six-pack rings are renowned for their negative impact on wildlife and the environment. Now the Saltwater Brewery, in Delray Beach, Florida, is making edible sixpack rings for beer cans that are 100 percent biodegradable. Constructed of barley and wheat ribbons from the brewing process, they can be safely eaten by animals that come into contact with the refuse. Company President Chris Gove notes, “We hope to influence the big guys and inspire them to get on board.” Source: American Chemical Society


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When air pollution blanketed Paris for three days, authorities called it the worst bout in 10 years and made public transit free. For the fourth time in 20 years, the city instituted a system based on alternating odd and even license plate numbers to keep certain vehicles off city streets, effectively cutting daily traffic in half; it’s the first time the ban’s been maintained for consecutive days. “Cars are poisoning the air,” says Paris city hall transport official Herve Levife. “We need to take preventive measures.” Three other cities—Athens, Madrid and Mexico City—will ban diesel engines by 2025 as part of a similar effort. Beijing, China’s capital city, has such dirty skies from cars and coal that protective masks are commonplace despite emissions restrictions and power plant closures, partly due to pollutants from neighboring regions. Paris leads the world in monthly car-free days, but several large metro cities participate in an international car-free day each September 22, including Washington, D.C., Seattle and Long Island, New York.



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Teen Finds Drought Solution in South Africa Kiara Nirghin, a South African teenage girl and recent winner of the Google Science Fair’s Community Impact Award for the Middle East and Africa, is pioneering a new technology to fight drought. The Holy Web, her super-absorbent polymer, can store reserves of water hundreds of times its own weight. Drought remains one of South Africa’s main challenges, with at least eight provinces requiring regular food relief. The project is designed to help farmers in dry areas build large water reservoirs for an adequate and regular supply of water for irrigation. “I wanted to minimize the effect that drought has on the community, and the main thing it affects is the crops. That was the springboard for the idea,” says Nirghin. Her invention uses recycled and biodegradable waste products such as avocado skins and orange peels to make the polymer sustainable, affordable and environmentally friendly. Source: CNN


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We watch the graceful flight of colorful butterflies and appreciate their crucial role as pollinators. Establishing butterfly gardens or accommodating them in yard plantings increases food sources radically threatened by reductions in blossomrich landscapes due to development, intensive agriculture, insecticides and climate change. The National Wildlife Federation ( reports that butterflies are particularly attracted to red, yellow, orange, pink and purple blossoms that are flat-topped or clustered for landing or hovering, with short flower tubes that present easy access to nectar. Regional planting. In the Southeast, goldenrod, with its arching, yellow flowers, appeals to Buckeye species. Tiger Wing, Dainty Sulphur and Malachite lead the way in Florida. Some other suitable plants and trees for attracting butterflies, according to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center (Wildflower. org) are yarrows, red and white baneberries, and red, scarlet and soft maples in the Northeast; Butterfly and Honey daisies, Indian Mallow, American Century and Husiache, in the Midwest; and Giant, Ground, Subalpine and Noble firs, Vine Maple and Columbian Monkshoods in the Northwest. Inspiring individual efforts. reports that California Academy of Sciences aquatic biologist Tim Wong cultivated California Pipevine plants in his backyard butterfly home four years ago upon learning that it is the primary food for California Pipevine Swallowtails in the San Francisco area. Starting with just 20 caterpillars, he was able to donate thousands of the swallowtails to the San Francisco Botanical Gardens last year and has grown more than 200 plants. Milkweed. Populations of iconic Monarch butterflies have plummeted 90 percent in the past 20 years, reports the National Wildlife Federation, primarily due to decline of 12 native milkweed species. They need support for their annual 2,000-plus-mile migration from the U.S. Northeast and Canada to central Mexico and back. Joyce Samsel, curator of the Florida Native Butterfly Society (FloridaNativeButterflies. org), notes that the Florida Monarch stays south of Tampa year-round. Learn about milkweed host plant growing conditions at Find milkweed seeds via Donate to help. Adopt milkweed habitat land through an Environmental Defense Fund ( program by donating $35 for one acre up to $350 for 10 acres. Their goal is to retain and protect 2 million acres.


I have the honor of working with women across the world. In First World countries like the U.S., Canada, Sweden, Australia and others, I see an epidemic: “Death by Exhaustion” for women. This universal problem contains three key components: Women around the world are.. Exhausting themselves by doing and being everything to everyone around them. They take on many roles and expect themselves to be PERFECT at everything. Feeling, deep down, that they are not good enough. They are their own harshest critics. Walking on eggshells trying to please everyone. Yet no one is happy! These three components are killing women around the world in a slow death. It starts with a relationship falling apart, then leads to a health crisis or a mental break-down, then they cocoon themselves in their misery and don’t know where to turn.

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ECO YARDS Turning Lawns into Native Landscapes by Lisa Kivirist and John D. Ivanko


raditional turf lawns are an ecological nightmare,” says John Greenlee, author of The American Meadow Garden, who notes that most monoculture turf lawns never even get used. His company, Greenlee and Associates, in Brisbane, California, designs residential and other meadows throughout the U.S. as an engaging alternative. Many other appealing options likewise use native plants appropriate to the local climate. For instance, replacing Kentucky bluegrass, Bermuda grass or another non-native species with natives can deliver drought resistance and lower irrigation needs; eliminate any need for fertilizers or toxic pesticides; reduce or eliminate labor-intensive and often polluting mowing and edging; enhance the


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beauty of a home; and attract birds, butterflies and other wildlife. Before replacing a lawn, determine the desired result. It may simply be achieving a low-maintenance, lawnfree yard; growing food like vegetables, herbs, fruit or nuts; or supplying ample flowers for a fresh weekly bouquet. Other benefits might include increasing privacy, dining al fresco, escaping into nature or even sequestering carbon dioxide to reduce climate change. To be successful, choices must be appropriate to the climate, plant hardiness zone, local zoning ordinances and homeowner association rules. Also

From the Midwest to New England, “Wild ginger makes a nice, low groundcover with heart-shaped leaves in shade or part shade, where lawn grass often struggles,” suggests Pam Penick, of Austin, Texas, author of Lawn Gone: Low-Maintenance, Sustainable Attractive Alternatives for Your Yard. “Pennsylvania sedge, a low, grassy, meadow-like groundcover, can also work. For areas with full sun, bearberry, an evergreen creeping shrub with red berry-like fruit in fall, or prairie dropseed, a beautiful prairie grass with sparkling seed heads in fall, might be worth trying.” “Stick with the Carex family of plants, the sedges, for a native meadow,” echoes Greenlee. “They vary in color, texture and height. Follow nature’s lead and create a tapestry of commingled plants. Start slow and add flowering plants like Queen Anne’s lace, daisies, asters and poppies.”

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In sunny and well-drained areas of the South, Penick suggests Gulf muhly, an ornamental grass. “Its fall blooms resemble pink cotton candy floating above

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consider the soil quality and acidity, moisture content and whether plantings will be in full sun or shade, or both. The right regional native plants often include grasses and ferns, herbaceous plants like flowering perennials and woody ones like shrubs, vines and trees. Native plants provide shelter and food for wildlife and help preserve a sense of place. “Work with a professional landscaper in your area, ideally a member of the Association for Professional Landscape Designers,” advises Greenlee. Tap a local university extension service, master gardener and garden club for local expertise, often available at no or low cost via classes or club membership.

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its green leaves.” In Florida, flowering sunshine mimosa with fern-like leaves and other natural groundcovers are low maintenance. “Basket grass is a low, evergreen grass-like plant with long, spaghetti-type leaves that puddle around it, suitable for shade or partially shaded areas,” advises Penick. “It’s slow to grow, but highly drought-tolerant and nicely covers a dry slope or spills over a retaining wall. Texas sedge makes a low-growing, meadowy alternative that’s evergreen and needs mowing only once every year or two.” Moss is a fine option for shady and moist areas. “If moss is naturally colonizing a patch of yard, allow it to fill in where the lawn doesn’t want to grow,” Penick counsels. “It makes a springy, evergreen groundcover needing only brief misting to keep it looking good during dry periods.”

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Plentiful sunshine, rare frosts and modest rainfalls make many California coastal areas perfect for growing lots of plants, rather than plots of water-thirsty turf. “For full sun, work with California yarrow, purple sage, Indian mallow, white sage, lupines and California sagebrush,” recommends Charlie Nardozzi, of Ferrisburgh, Vermont, author of Foodscaping. “In shade, try mountain yarrow, mimulus monkey flower, California honeysuckle, California flannel bush and coyote mint.” “Blue grama grass is native to many states, and buffalo grass is native to states west of the Mississippi River in the right places,” adds Greenlee. They’re especially suited for meadows established in drought-prone regions.

“For sunny areas, try goat’s beard, penstemon, beach strawberry, mock orange and huckleberry,” says Nardozzi, who covers gardening nationally at “For part shade, experiment with gooseberry, red flowering currants, western amelanchier, deer fern, trillium and wild ginger.” Adding some clover to a traditional lawn may eliminate the need for fertilizers while retaining some turf, says Erica Strauss, of Gamonds, Washington, in her Northwest Edible Life blog. “When the clover loses leaf mass from mowing, its roots die off to compensate and nitrogen enters the soil for neighboring plant roots to use.” White clover works well for those on a budget; microclover costs more and is even better. For shady, north-facing or boggywet areas, Strauss recommends sweet woodruff. Moss is another option.

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tive, Habiturf is perfect for the hot, dry Southwest,” says Penick. Developed by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, in Austin, Texas, it’s a mix of several native turf grasses, looks like a shaggy traditional lawn and can be occasionally mowed on a high setting to keep it neat. Once established, it needs far less water than traditional turf. “Silver ponyfoot grows well in many regions as an annual; as a perennial, it needs mild winters,” Penick continues. “Native to western Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, it likes good drainage, gravelly soil and full-to-part sun.” Xeriscaping—landscaping that requires little to no water—is especially prevalent in hot, dry regions. Plant picks typically include cactus, succulents, agave and herbs like rosemary or sage. John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist, co-authors of ECOpreneuring and Farmstead Chef, operate the Inn Serendipity, in Browntown, WI.

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Tony Juniper on How Thriving Ecosystems Sustain Prosperity by Randy Kambic


eading environment advocate and author Tony Juniper has been an Earth champion for three decades, imploring humanity to urgently understand that we need nature to thrive. His recently reissued book What Has Nature Ever Done for Us? How Money Really Does Grow on Trees, first published in 2013, won the Independent Publishers Living Now gold medal. It warns about the severe environmental cost of poor land planning; informs how birds, coral reefs, rain forests and other flora and fauna help preserve and sustain our quality of life; pushes for new recycling laws; and seeks to make children early enthusiasts. Formerly executive editor of Friends of the Earth, he serves as president of the Wildlife Trust, in Great Britain, teaching faculty of the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership, and is sustainability advisor to Prince Charles, a noted conservationist.

Why do you believe that economic growth and conservation can coexist? We are measuring economic growth


crudely with no sense of quality. One country can have 2 percent gross domestic product growth and at low environmental cost, whereas another measuring similar growth might be both causing massive environmental destruction and concentrating the generated wealth among small numbers of people. We need to grow economies in ways that protect the environmental services that create opportunities for growth in the first place. It’s a major challenge for a world hellbent on simplistic, crude measures of economic performance. In the Ivory Coast, where I recently visited, many poor rural people grow cocoa. One way to expand its economy is to produce more cocoa at the expense of tropical rain forests, which ultimately destroys the economy because forests are a major source of rainfall. Extended droughts caused by deforestation reveal that kind of growth is self-defeating. We need a more sophisticated approach, with the economy becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of ecology, not the other way around.

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Are true eco-cities and eco-suburbs feasible? We can design much more livable areas for the protection and health of wildlife, nature and residents. Nature also has a major bearing on the costs of a country’s healthcare system. A number of population level studies, including from the Netherlands, reveal how people with access to green space feel better and experience higher levels of well-being, especially in mental and psychological health. Many Western countries are seeing increased incidences of depression, anxiety and other psychological problems that can be reduced through greater access to open areas, green spaces and wildlife. We can expect massive increases in urban areas worldwide in the next 40 years. There’s an opportunity now to plan in integral ways to make these places better for everyone. Failing to integrate nature into them will ramp up the public health costs later on.

What can citizens do to strengthen U.S. environmental policies? First, every election has candidates we can vote for that are more or less knowledgeable and clued into environmental issues. Second, we can exercise power in our purchasing choices. Some companies take leadership positions on environmental and sustainability issues; others don’t. With some research, shoppers can find the best companies to patronize, like those that prioritize low-carbon emissions, resource efficiencies and environmental protection policies. Many of them are advocating for more sensible, long-term environmental policies. In the U.S., one of the biggest pushbacks to the new administration will be from progressive companies that know the future has to be green; buying from these businesses strengthens their role and influence. Third, we can add to the people’s collective voice by joining campaigns and backing Earth-conscious organizations

like the National Audubon Society, Greenpeace, Rainforest Action Network and Sierra Club.

Why do you believe it’s important to instill basic ecological principles in youngsters? In the future, if fewer people understand the implications of climate change, ecosystem degradation, loss of wild animals and rampant toxic pollution, it’ll be even harder to embed adequate responses. The next generation should know how this planet works. Our world doesn’t succeed just on the basis of technology. It’s being run on microorganisms, the actions of forests, seas, soils and everything in the natural world. People that don’t know this can do a lot of damage. When more young people know the basics, it’s more likely they’ll behave in ways that reflect them. Progressive urbanization, with ever fewer people having direct experience of how nature works, is already an issue, so investing in our youth now will pay dividends in their future. Randy Kambic is a freelance writer and editor in Estero, FL, and regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.


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VACCINES TRUTHS AND MYTHS: PART 1 by KatiaMeier Meier By Dr. Dr Katia


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13,14 fromdeaths.” 1990 to 2010, “Our findings and Another study finds show that a positive correlation between most adverse drug reactions are the related Between 1963 and 1999, to vaccines. number of 15 vaccine doses administered millions healthy children got infected and the of percentage of hospitalizations 13,14 polio vaccine causing with oral live and the deaths.” Another study finds that paralysis and death in many.16,17 most adverse drug reactions are related 15 to vaccines. The flu shot, notorious forand its inefBetween 1963 1999, fectiveness, completely experimental. millions of is healthy children got infected Itwith is never tested efficacy nor safety the oral liveforpolio vaccine causing 16,17 CDC before it goes the in market. paralysis and on death many.The admits the last year’s flufor vaccine The that flu shot, notorious its ineffectiveness, is completely experimental. It is never tested for efficacy nor safety

The flu related shot was to an increased was torelated an increased influenza influenza outbreak during influenza outbreak during the inflthe uenza pande22 pandemic between 2008 2009. 22 mic between 2008 andand 2009. The The HPV HPVvaccine, vaccine,truly trulyunnecesunnecessary, sary, has caused thousands severeadverse has caused thousands ofofsevere adverse reactions, paralysis and deaths. reactions, paralysis and deaths. CerviCervical cancer is preventable in other cal cancer is preventable in other ways ways that are less harmful and more that are less harmful and more effeceffective. I am sure that the popular Gartive. I am sure that the popular Gardasil dasil slogan: “one less” was not meant slogan: “one less” was not meant to to mean one less girl … but in reality mean one less girl … but in reality this this vaccine seems to do a much better vaccine seems to do a much better job job of destroying girls lives than preventdestroying girls lives than preventing 23,24,25,26,27 ingofcervical cancer. 23,24,25,26,27 cervical cancer. In our practice, we strive to create a In our environment practice, wewhere striveeveryone to crewelcoming ate a welcoming environment where can feel heard, accepted and cared for everyone can feel heard, accepted no matter where they stand on the topic and for We no provide matter where they of cared vaccines. resources forstand on the topic of vaccines. We provide further education and help our patients resources for further education make truly informed decisions about and help our patients make truly informed their own and their children’s health. decisions about their own and their Drchildren’s Katia Meier of Clear Sky Medical health. can be reached at 303-790-7860. Article references may be found online at Visit for details the Katia Meier of Clear Sky on Medical numbered footnotes in the story. Part can be reached at 303-790-7860.2 of Vaccines will be published in the See ad page 2. June issue of Natural Awakenings.

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Self-Protection for Empaths Fend Off Toxic Energy and Other People’s Stress by Judith Orloff


mpaths are emotional sponges that absorb other people’s stress into their own bodies, which can be exhausting. Here are some basic strategies that work for them or anyone else battling low energy.

touch, including hugs and hand-holding. Detox in water. A quick way to dissolve stress and empathic pains is immersion in water. Epsom salt baths provide calming magnesium.

Set limits and boundaries. Ask ourself, “Is this To thrive, set limits with symptom or emopeople. If someone is tion mine or someone draining, don’t be a doorelse’s?” A tipoff that mat. Control how much we’re absorbing sometime is spent listening to a one’s energy is to notice Judith Orloff talker. “No” is a complete if we experience a sudsentence. It’s okay to say, den change of mood or physical state “I’m sorry, I’m not up for going to a when we’re around them. If we didn’t party tonight,” “Let’s discuss this when feel anxious, depressed, exhausted or you’re calmer,” “I need to meditate and sick before the encounter, the disbe quiet now,” or “I can’t talk more than comfort is at least partially coming a few minutes.” from them. If we move away and the discomfort disappears, it is definitely Create alone time to regroup. Empaths not ours. need alone time to reconnect with their power. If we’ve picked up unwanted Breathe and repeat a mantra to counenergy, take time alone to re-center. For ter negative energy. When negativity a few minutes or more, quiet everystrikes, we can immediately focus on thing—no noise, bright lights, phone our breath for a few minutes. Inhale calls, texts, emails, Internet, TV or conand exhale, slowly and deeply, to exversations. It’s a way of nurturing ourself pel the uncomfortable energy. Breathand being our own best friend. ing circulates negativity out of the body. Repeat this mantra three times: “Return to sender.” Step away from what’s disturbing us. Move at least 20 feet from the suspected source. See if you feel relief. Don’t worry about offending strangers. It’s fine to lovingly say, “No” to certain energies. Giving ourself permission to move is an act of self-care. Limit physical contact; hugs are a choice. Energy transfers through the eyes and touch. If we’re uncomfortable with someone, limit eye contact and


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Spend time in nature and practice Earthing. Ways of Earthing include going barefoot or lying in a meadow to feel Earth’s power. To shed other people’s energy, feel the grass between bare toes or walk in sand or soil. Being in a fresh, clean, green environment or around waterways also clears negativity. Empaths love nature and feel at ease there. Take breaks from being online. We all need regular time away from technology that inundates us with too much information. Online media that triggers emotions—such as social media and violent TV news reports—can impair our ability to fall asleep. It’s easy to pick up energy in the virtual world, so make sure to spend time in nature, meditating or participating in restorative off-line activities. A periodic total technology fast does wonders for well-being. Regularly practicing these strategies replenishes our energies and we become less prone to being overwhelmed. It supports health and happiness so we can more fully enjoy the many gifts of empathy such as passion, creativity and experiencing the gift of giving and sharing love. Source: Adapted from The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People, by Judith Orloff, to be released in Apr. 2017. Dr. Judith Orloff is a psychiatrist, empath, author and member of the University of California-Los Angeles psychiatric clinical faculty. She'll conduct four separate talks and book signing events in our area from April 5 to 8. For more information and to sign up for her free Empath Support Newsletter, visit See ad, page 3, and story page 6.

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arth’s oceans shelter more than a million species, employ millions of people and feed billions more. Their complex ecosystems increasingly face critical challenges, including acidification, overfishing and pollution. Inspiring us all, youths nationwide are stepping up with bold, creative actions benefiting present and future generations to show us how we too, can do our part. Sean Russell, 24, of Englewood, Florida, was exposed to ocean wonders in junior marine conservation summer camps and 4-H programs. Volunteering with Mote Marine Laboratory’s dolphin research program, in Sarasota, Russell was struck by how improperly discarded fishing line entangled and killed dolphins and other wildlife. At 16, he launched the Stow It—Don’t Throw It Project to promote portable receptacles made from repurposed tennis ball containers for anglers to stash used fishing line for later safe disposal on shore. More than 21,000 containers have been distributed nationwide to date. While earning a bachelor’s degree in biology, Russell launched the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit to harness youth enthusiasm for re-

lated issues. Six summits have convened hundreds of concerned young change-makers and adult professionals. “Young people learn about current threats to marine life and become inspired by peers sharing ideas and successes,” says Russell. Planning and skill-building sessions fuel action, often assisted by microgrants to help kick-start community projects. Russell is also involved with the nonprofit EarthEcho International, which activates young leaders through peer-to-peer networks. One recent campaign, 3T4E, encouraged youth worldwide to pick up three pieces of trash on November 1 and document their efforts. Nearly 2 million social media impressions later, they’ve reached youth in 24 states, in 19 countries and on six continents, according to Executive Director Mia DeMezza. Founded by siblings Philippe and Alexandra Cousteau, the Washington, D.C., EarthEcho shares service learning stories that record steps young people are taking to mitigate local waterway issues. In a virtual classroom field trip series, they can explore issues such as oceanic dead zones and acidification through dynamic

Youth worldwide are engaging in innovative ways to activate their communities and combat ocean pollution. Pédrisson and Emmanuelson Bernard, of Carrefour, Haiti, won the 2016 Millennium Oceans Prize for a win-win solution to urban waste, ocean pollution and unemployment. During Haiti’s rainy season, the city’s streets carry trash to the sea. The brothers developed a waste management system and mobilized community youth to help keep the streets clean, in turn protecting the waters upon which the island community depends. Students from Borrisoleigh, Ireland, won the EurOcean Foundation’s European Mário Ruivo Prize for a marine trash-fighting solution called Bags with Tags, in December. Laura Hutchinson and Antoinette Atik designed stylish totes to curb the use of plastic bags, including magnetic tags for easier retrieval from waterways; they worked with local stores to distribute them at points of sale. In another 2016 Professor Mário Ruivo Prize finalist effort, students from the island of Malta developed a way to keep waste from falling out of the usually open trash bins serving local ferries that transport 4 million passengers annually by collaborating with town officials to place three marine-friendly containers near the ferry departure point. Such student initiatives demonstrate how simple solutions, driven by passionate advocates, can improve our troubled waters.

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multimedia presentations. “These young people are going to inherit the problems we’ve created, and deserve a seat at the table,” says DeMezza. Given the opportunity, youth can play a key role in conservation, research and policy making for Earth’s oceans. “I look at youth not as leaders of the future, but leaders of today,” says Russell. Daniela Fernandez, 23, is one of the youth leaders working to bridge the generational divide on ocean conservation issues. An undergraduate at Georgetown University, in Washington, D.C., she was invited to a 2013 United Nations (UN) meeting to address the state of the world’s oceans. When she inquired if they had social media outlets to share their discussions, she discovered they did not. The 2016 Christopher Benchley Ocean Award winner relates, “I returned to campus with a sense of urgency about the issues I learned about, which led me to start a nonprofit to connect Millennials with the oceans.”

If the oceans die, we die. ~Captain Paul Watson, founder, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society The resulting Sustainable Oceans Alliance (SOA) has since hosted three global ocean summits with participants from more than 30 colleges and universities, learning directly from leaders in government, science, business and policy. Summit-watch parties at embassies around the world enabled Millennials to submit questions and comments online. Consequently, Secretary of State John Kerry’s office partnered with SOA to incorporate a youth component in the state department’s 2016 Our Ocean Conference. The SOA, recognized by the United Nations as a game-changing initiative, has catalyzed 30 chapters on U.S. campuses, with plans to expand to Britain, Chile and Spain. Actionable steps include advocating for college

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SATURDAY, APRIL 1 & SUNDAY, APRIL 2 Drisana, Level 1 Workshop | Walnut Creek 1-6pm. Receive 30 profound energy attunements which have no parallel in any other system, giving advanced methods for working on all aspects of your being, etheric, emotional, mental and spiritual. Can also be arranged as private workshop. $350. To register call 925-954-7908 or Course descriptions at

SUNDAY, APRIL 2 Transparency Prep Workshop | Berkeley

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5 Workshop for Parents & Kids with Autism, ADD & ADHD | Pleasanton 7pm. With therapist Tatyana. Offering surprising information that not even doctors know about. Parents and kids will learn to understand why it’s been affecting their lives, and how to work with the challenges. You will gain a new perspective about your family member and how to help them, as well as have tools to work with. Other workshops to follow. Also available workshops for kids with POTS and people with chronic pain. Free. Eastern Medical Center, 5933 Coronado Ln #100, Pleasanton. To register and stay connected, go to

10am-2pm. With instructor Kazuko Watanabe. For students or artists who would like to take Etching 2, Photopolymer Gravure class, but need some assistance with Photoshop or digital printing. Learn the basic tools needed to expose a photopolymer plate. Fee charged by usage of material. Kala Electronic Media Center, 1060 Heinz Ave, 2nd Flr, Berkeley. More information or to register, please go to

Book Talk & Signing | Mountain View 7:30pm. Meet bestselling author Dr. Judith Orloff this evening, and get your copy of her latest edition, The Empath’s Survival Guide signed! East West Book Shop, 324 Castro St, Mountain View. 650-988-9800.


7pm. Meet bestselling author Dr. Judith Orloff this evening, and get your copy of her latest edition, The Empath’s Survival Guide signed! Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Mountain View. 800-999-7909.

Angel Lecture | Phone Lecture 7-8:30pm. Learn how receiving initiations in various workshops for working with angels, can assist with achieving your life purpose. Living your dreams and understanding life more fully through personal and spiritual evolution. Free. To register, call 925-9547908 or Course descriptions at

MONDAY, APRIL 3 FRIDAY, APRIL 7 Spring Break Day Camp | Oakland 9am-4pm. A co-ed camp for kids between the ages of 3-13. Your child or children will enjoy daily activities inside and outside. Youngsters will be showing off their creative side doing arts and crafts, partaking in field trips, swimming and more! Care before and after camp will also be available from 7-9am and 4-6pm. All children must complete a Health History form if your child hasn’t attended camp since the summer. $10-$175. Downtown Oakland YMCA, 2350 Broadway, Oakland. Registration available at

TUESDAY, APRIL 4 – TUESDAY, JUNE 20 Ascension Meditation & Healing Class | Livermore 6:30-9pm. On the odd Tuesdays of the month. Skype or in person. Connect with your higher power to deepen your ability to heal and transform your life. Open to anyone interested in working with energy. 510-386-2467. Enroll at


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THURSDAY, APRIL 7 Book Talk & Signing | Sausalito 7pm. Meet bestselling author Dr. Judith Orloff this evening, and get your copy of her latest edition, The Empath’s Survival Guide signed! Academy of Intuitive Medicine, Sausalito. 415-381-1010.

SATURDAY, APRIL 8 Book Talk & Signing | Sausalito 10:30am-4pm. Meet bestselling author Dr. Judith Orloff this evening, and get your copy of her latest edition, The Empath’s Survival Guide signed! Academy of Intuitive Medicine, Sausalito. 415-381-1010. Berkeley Bay Festival | Berkeley 11am-4pm. Come out for a day of fun, great food, great music and great entertainment, and it doesn’t stop there! Today it’s all about being “green”. Pick -up information on solar products and insulated windows from exhibitors with lots of educational items and information. Learn to save money on your utilities while helping the planet. This event is for all ages. Free admission. Shorebird Park Nature Center, 160 University Ave, Berkeley. 510-981-6740. CI.Berkeley. CA.US/BayFestival.

SUNDAY, APRIL 9 Screenprinting: Patterns Demystified | Berkeley 10am-4pm. With instructor Emily Gui. Refresh all the basics of screen printing from start to finish. Use paintings, drawings and collages. Turn your images into simple repeat patterns without a computer. Then create screens, learn to print them onto paper and fabric. You’ll leave with a basic understanding of a complex process, ready to take on bigger projects. $20/ material fee, payable to the instructor, the day of class. Kala Printmaking Studio, 1060 Heinz Ave, 3rd Flr, Berkeley. More information or registration available at Moving Toward Freedom Workshop | Walnut Creek 1-3pm. Receive an attunement to permanently reduce the strength of one’s negative patterns by 30%. The energy works by reducing the strength of impulses going from etheric brain, to nervous system when pattern becomes active. Can also be arranged as private workshop. $100. To register call 925-954-7908 or Course descriptions at

TUESDAY, APRIL 11 Mindfulness Yoga Class at La Peña | Berkeley 10:30-11:45am. With instructor Jordanna Glueckauf. Wouldn’t you love to reduce your stress level and increase your focus? You can, and it’s easier than you think! Everyone is welcome. Please bring your own yoga mat, blanket and any other items that you like to use. Free. La Peña, Shattuck Ave, Berkeley. 510-8492568. Angelic Opening & Shielding Solar Plexus Chakra, Level 1 Workshop | Phone Workshop 7-8:30pm. Initiations from angelic kingdom opens your chakra in amount considered safe by this angel. Also gives higher self-ability to place temporary shield around the chakra whenever appropriate. Can also be arranged as private workshop. $75. To register call 925-954-7908 or Course descriptions at

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12 Autism, ADD, ADHD, Workshop | Pleasanton 6:30-8pm. Eastern Medical Center will be hosting a workshop for parents and their kids with Autism, ADD, and ADHD. Tatyana will share surprising information doctors don’t even know. Parents and kids will understand the effect on their lives, and how to best work with these challenges. You will gain a new perspective and better understanding about your family member and how to help them, as well as have tools to work with. We also offer workshops for kids with POTS and people with chronic pain. There will be other workshops in June and in October. Free. Eastern Medical Center, 5933 Coronado Lane, Ste 100, Pleasanton. To register and to stay updated on upcoming workshops, contact 925-398-3135. MTHWellness

FRIDAY, APRIL 14 I Ching & Critical Thinking | Walnut Creek 6:30pm. Making business and personal decisions with the I Ching & Critical Thinking. The I Ching is an ancient intuitive tool for decision making and creativ-

ity. Practice how to ask precise questions and interpret the results by doing readings. $25. The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek. 510-223-4376.

SATURDAY, APRIL 15 Spring Ride: Three Bears from Orinda BART | Orinda 9-11:30am. Get yourself ready for a series of hilly rides in a social, supportive surrounding. This is all done to get you ready for the California Climate Ride, and the rides are open to everyone! Join us for a 23.5-mile hilly ride with 2,000 feet of climbing! You need your own working bike and helmet, snacks, water, lunch, sunscreen and anything else you may want to bring along. Poor weather will postpone or cancel the event. Please register to ensure you are updated of any changes that may occur. Orinda BART Station, 11 Camino Pablo, Orinda. 510-845-7433 ext 1008. More information at Spring Egg Hunt Extravaganza | Berkeley 9:30am-1pm. For all children ages 1-13. Expect your day to be a fun-filled, busy, active day! All kinds of activities such as arts and crafts, petting zoo, don’t forget a visit with the Spring Bunny, a kid’s carnival with lots of fun prizes and Bunny Hop dance lessons! Participants will get a basket to gather and collect their spring goodies. Those that are age 11 and over may partake in a scavenger hunt for prizes. Please arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled egg hunt time. Willard Park, 2730 Hillegass Ave, Berkeley. Questions? Call 925-981-5150. More information and registration available at Angel of Unconditional Love & Freedom Workshop | Walnut Creek 1-5pm. Permanently transform the ability of your heart to give and receive love, with initiations from this extraordinarily beautiful and powerful angel, from the ancient mystery school. Can also be arranged as private workshop. $50. To register call, 925-954-7908 or Course descriptions at, Spiritual

MONDAY, APRIL 17 – MONDAY, JUNE 5 Empowered Parenting, Practical Tools for Parents & School-Aged Children | Online At your leisure. Expert speakers in this online class share their most important advice to help you be a better parent, plus provide practical tools you and your children can use. $48/person. Contacts are Kate Mackinnon & Lauren Doko, 925-456-4817. OnlineClass@

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19 Detox, Cleanse, Weight Loss Jump-start Program | Oakland 6-7:30pm. This seminar is presented by Dr. Katie Sokolski, Chiropractor and Applied Clinical Nutritionist. The spring is a great time to cleanse our body, mind and soul. Our 21-day purification program detoxes the body while supporting the increased energy you’ll need as the days grow longer. Learn how our program resets your metabolism, regulates blood sugar, kick starts weight loss and helps you regain overall health. Space is limited! Free. Healing Arts Chiropractic,

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FRIDAY, APRIL 21 I Ching & Critical Thinking | Walnut Creek 6:30pm. Making business and personal decisions with the I Ching and critical thinking. The I Ching is an ancient intuitive tool for decision making and creativity. Practice how to ask precise questions and interpret the results by doing readings. $25.The Mystic Dream, 1437 N Broadway, Walnut Creek. 510-223-4376.

SATURDAY, APRIL 22 Honoring Earth Day Through Yoga & Meditation | Livermore 9:30am-3pm. Classes will be accessible to all ages and abilities regardless of previous practice of yoga or meditation. We will honor earth day with a grounding active practice in the morning, followed by a guided seated meditation. Lunch will be provided. The afternoon will include a walking meditation followed by a long, restorative practice to recharge and restore. $100. Donna Manning Yoga, Livermore. For more information or any questions, 925-321-4898. Donna Manning, M.S., Yoga Therapist, E-RYT500. Donna@ Introductory Breema Workshops | Oakland 10-11:30am. Taught by Jon Schreiber, Breema Center Director. Breema offers us a practical way of raising our level of consciousness by unifying body, mind and feelings. Free, as part of Bay Area Dance Week. The Breema Center, 6076 Claremont Ave, Oakland. 510428-0937.

SUNDAY, APRIL 23 Healthy Parks, Healthy People Wellness Walk | Alameda 1pm. With instructor Susan Ramos. Join us and promote your health! This walk is designed to lift your spirits and get your muscles moving! This beautiful bayside beach trail is a flat walk, where you can enjoy the panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay. No registration is required, just drop-in and join us! All ages welcome. Crown Memorial State Beach, Eight St & Otis Dr, Alameda. More information at 510-544-3187. You may also go to

TUESDAY, APRIL 24 Spring Festival | Alameda 11:30am-3pm. If you haven’t been out to see it yet, you better hurry, time is running out! Don’t miss the “Year of the Rooster” as the final days of celebration come to an end. The spring festival includes Lincoln Middle School music band, multicultural dances, music, martial arts, lion dance and the list goes on. Bring your own lawn chair for guaranteed seating. Free. Harbor Bay Landing Shopping Center, 875-887 Island Dr, Alameda. Don Lim, 510-381-3511. SeeChal8@

more about the procedure, cost and book appointments at the website. Free/examinations, pay only if you have something removed. One Day Skin Clinics, Berkeley or Lafayette office. More information at Ecopolitan The Gateway to Being Present: Self-Breema Class | Oakland 6-7pm. The simple, natural movements of Self-Breema exercises support body, mind and feelings to work together in the direction of increasing receptivity, balance and openness to life. Free as part of Bay Area Dance Week. The Breema Center, 6076 Claremont Ave, Oakland. 510-428-0937.

THURSDAY, APRIL 27 The Gateway to Being Present: Self-Breema Class Noon-1pm. These nurturing and energizing exercises include rhythmic movements, gentle stretches and unique postures that support physical vitality, mental clarity and emotional balance. Free, as part of Dance Week. The Breema Center, 6076 Claremont Ave, Oakland. 510-428-0937.

SATURDAY, APRIL 29 Introductory Breema Workshops | Oakland 10-11:30am. Taught by Jon Schreiber, Breema Center Director. Breema offers us a practical way of raising our level of consciousness by unifying body, mind and feelings. Free, as part of Bay Area Dance Week. The Breema Center, 6076 Claremont Ave, Oakland. 510428-0937. Beeswax Collage on Canvas | Berkeley 1:30-4pm. Instructor Elaine G. Chu. All materials are provided with this unique art form. Create beautiful art on canvas, using melted beeswax, mulberry paper, tissue and images you find. You may also bring small photocopies, drawings, quotes or other forms of art on paper. $15/cash, day of class. More information about the class, instructor and registration at

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Tibetan Nyingma Meditation | Berkeley 9am. One of the best ways to take care of yourself, is through meditation. All are welcome to clear their mind, and to grow with inner tranquility. Each session has a brief instruction of Nyingma meditation, then silent sitting. Tibetan Nyingma Institute, 1815 Highland Place, Berkeley. For prices or more information, please contact 510-809-1000. Swarm Urban Farming Bike Ride with Fleet Farming | Oakland 9-11am. If you’ve been thinking about checking out Fleet Farming in your area, now is your chance! A moving workshop done bi-weekly, that will let you get your hands dirty with seeding, tending beds, harvesting and other farming activities. We bike ride to all three of our farmlettes. Bottoms Up Community Garden, 814 Peralta St, Oakland. More information at Community Sing & Meet Up | Oakland 11am. Meets the 4th Sunday of the month. Join in with us to sing, laugh, think, and listen, and build your community together. Speakers from local science and humanities communities typically offer a way to donate to local organizations. Free. Oakland Peace Center, 111 Fairmount Ave, Oakland. 510-451-8822. Soul Sanctuary Dance | Berkeley 11am-1pm. All ages are welcome to dance to the blend of funk, soul, world music, positive hip-hop, reggae, dance classics, jazz, blues, electronica and other music to free the mind, body and soul. Wheelchair accessible. No scented products please. Shoes optional. Donations accepted. Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley. Nia | Berkeley Noon-1pm. Also, Friday at 8:45am. Expand your dance, increase your joy. Give the body the gift of learning the Nia language with teacher Alexis Mulhauser. Namaste Yoga, 2820 7th St, Berkeley. Info@ Crystal Singing Bowl Concert | Dublin Noon-1:30pm. 1st Sunday of every month. A sound healing concert played by Shala. Everyone’s experience will be unique and suited to their own specific needs. $10/suggested love offering. Unity of TriValley, 7567 Amador Valley Blvd, #108, Dublin. 925-829-2733. 100+ Free-to-Play Tabletop Games | Berkeley Noon-6pm. Meet the 3rd Sunday of every month. If you’re into board games new or old, come out and join in on the fun. Maybe you’re a designer of games, or a play tester? Everyone is welcome here. Food and drinks are available next door. Free. Games of


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1:30-3:45pm. If you enjoy any type of needle crafts, such as knitting, crocheting, needle point, you’re welcome to join us. While working on our individual projects, we discuss movies, books, and everyday life. Fun and casual, so come and relax. If you are a beginner and would like to learn more, this is the place. Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave, San Leandro. For more information please call 510-577-3970. Shamanic Drum Circle | Dublin 3-4:15pm. Second Sunday of every month. With Ashleigh Pevey. A trained clinical certified hypnotherapist, Shamanic healer and Reiki practitioner. Drumming helps you gain access to your inner guidance and learn to work with your helping spirits. Enhance your relationship with yourself and spirit. Move from just trusting that your guides are there, to knowing and working with them. Allow the mystery of life to unfold. One of the great benefits of shamanic journeying is learning that we are never alone, and are loved unconditionally. $10-25/suggested love offering. Unity of Tri-Valley, 7567 Amador Valley Blvd, #108, Dublin. 925-829-2733. Community Lounge Rumba | Berkeley 3:30-6pm. 1 and 3 Sunday each month. Rumba is the word used for a group of related communityoriented music and dance styles in Cuba. These jam sessions welcome drummers, singers and dancers who perform rumba. Free. La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley. 510-849-2568. st


Free Kundalini Meditation | Walnut Creek 5-6:30pm. Kundalini meditation is an ancient Tantric practice that allows every individual to deeply experience their direct, inner connection to the divine. Class includes shaktipat transmission, guided meditation and discussion. Scheduled appointment for introduction is required for first-timers at 4pm. 2910 Camino Diablo, Walnut Creek. 510-917-2349. Barefoot Boogie | Berkeley 7:30-11pm. Enjoy freestyle dancing in a casual, friendly environment. Boogie is a healthy alternative to the club scene. Smoke, scent and alcohol free. The first hour is slow music for stretching and unwinding, and then the pace picks up to an aerobic, ecstatic high. Our DJs play a great mix of Latin, African, Funk, R&B, Hip-Hop, Blues, house, pop, oldies, and more. This is real music for real people. $8-$15/ sliding scale; $5/first-timers. 8th Street Studios, 2525 8th St at Dwight, Berkeley.

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cover new foods and create quick, easy, healthy delicious meals. Budget and kid-friendly. The easiest investment to make you get started on your health journey. 60-minute private Grocery Tour. $125/complete grocery lists, menus and recipes. Alexandra Le Ny, CHC. 925-858-2133. AlexandraLeNy@yahoo. com. Radio Show-Life Insights Live, Personal Growth Radio 7-8am. This week featuring Practical Mystic, Scout Bartlett. This will be replayed on Wednesdays from 7-8am. Various topics of self-understanding, personal growth and spiritual perception discussed. A 2 ½-minute group meditation each Monday at 7:30am. We are on the air broadcasting to the Bay Area on KEST, 1450AM. Simulcast and archived for later listening on Breema Bodywork & Principles: Full Participation | Oakland 7-8:30pm. As we learn and practice Breema bodywork and Self-Breema, we have an ideal opportunity to practice the Nine Principles of Harmony, then bring them to everyday life. $10/ first class free. The Breema Center, 6076 Claremont Ave, Oakland. 510-428-0937. Community Healing Circle | Dublin 7-8:30pm. First Monday of every month. Individual and group healing techniques from various disciplines are demonstrated to re-align the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual. Facilitated by Claudia Scott. $10/love offering. Unity of Tri-Valley, 7567 Amador Valley Blvd, #108. 925-784-5956. East Bay Biodanza Class | Berkeley 7:30-10pm. Biodanza, which means Dance of Life, is a system that integrates music, movement and authentic interactions to provide experiences of intense perceptions, of being in the here and now. Mixed beginner/intermediate level. Registration required. Sliding scale, $20-$25/single session, $65-$80/monthly pass. Finnish Hall, 1970 Chestnut St, Berkeley. Beginners Salsa Dancing Lessons | Berkeley 8-9:30pm. Instructor Shu-Jon. If you’ve always wanted to learn to Salsa, here’s your chance! Classes are drop-in, friendly and affordable. Class is for beginners and intermediates. $5/students, $7-$10/ adult sliding scale. La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley.

tuesday Heart-Centered Meditation 10am. Are you seeking spiritual healing and renewal? Discover an ancient Sufi meditation practice to cleanse your heart of the blocks that keep you from living in conscious connection to divine love. Get started today with an eCourse, and join us live for guided meditation calls. Free. Mindfulness Yoga Class at La Peña | Berkeley 10:30-11:45am. With instructor Jordanna Glueckauf. Wouldn’t you love to reduce your stress level and increase your focus? You can, and it’s easier than you think! Everyone is welcome. Please bring your own yoga mat, blanket and any other items that you

like to use. Free. La Peña, Shattuck Ave, Berkeley. 510-849-2568. Yoga at Bishop Ranch 15 | San Ramon 12:05-12:50pm. Please arrive a few minutes early. Take a midday break to reconnect with yourself while you relax and rejuvenate with gentle Hatha Yoga. Build strength, flexibility, balance and coordination. Deepen your self-awareness and inner peace. Please bring a mat. All levels are welcome. $42/5 class package, $75/10 class package. 12667 Alcosta Blvd, Ste 135, (BR15), San Ramon. ClarityWithSusan@gmail. com. South Berkeley Farmers’ Market | Berkeley 2-6:30pm. Go outside the box, the big box stores that is. Enjoy fresh produce and products from the area. Not only is this a healthier way of living, but you’ll be supporting the local businesses in the area. Adeline St and 63rd St, Berkeley. Teens, Come and Make Some Things | Berkeley 4-5pm. Come to the library and express yourself through arts and crafts. It’s a laid back, self-paced workshop where you can have some fun, and meet and make new friends. South Branch Library, 1901 Russell St, Berkeley. 510-981-6260. Team Lemon Run Club | Walnut Creek 6:30pm. Social and fun run for all levels of runners. Runs are 3 or 5 miles through downtown Walnut Creek and along local trails. Pace is moderate. Free. Lululemon, 1201-A South Main St, Walnut Creek. 925-274-1253. Ascension Meditation & Healing Class | Livermore 6:30-9pm. On the odd Tuesdays of the month. Skype or in person. Connect with your higher power to deepen your ability to heal and transform your life. Open to anyone interested in working with energy. 510-386-2467. Enroll at Transcendental Meditation | Berkeley 7-8:30pm. Learn about transcendental meditation. Berkeley TM Center, 800 Delaware St., Berkeley. 510-872-2287. Korean Zen Meditation | Oakland 7-9pm. Taught by Buddhist nun Jaguang Sunim. A relaxed meditation to free yourself from life’s stress, and find your inner center of wisdom. Dharma talk. Sitting and walking meditation, tea and discussion. By donation. Sixth Ancestor Zen Center, 100 Monte Cresta Ave, Oakland. 510 844-4164. Comedy at the Layover | Oakland 8-10pm. The last Tuesday of every month. Grab your friends, your spouse, any one you choose, and head on out. Be ready for fun and laughs with comedians from HBO, Comedy Central, and Late Night TV. Must be 21 and over. RSVP is requested. Free admission. The Layover, 157 Franklin St, Oakland. For information and updates call 510-834-1517.


IRE staff members are offering introductory sessions to instruct and support you. $50. We are available for your inquiries or registration at 510-654-1405. Info@ Quiet the Mind & Open the Heart | Pleasanton 7pm. First Wednesday of the month. This workshop is for people looking for a life transformation and support, to build new healthy habits and routines. You will have the opportunity to learn about connections and dependencies between our physical, mental, and spiritual bodies. The talks are 1½ hours, and include lecture, discussions, and practical exercises. Free. For more information, go to TheSacredHealingWell. com or Gentle Yoga | Oakland 1-2pm. No experience needed. Wear comfortable clothes. Designed for women who have, or have had cancer. Class includes gentle asana practice, as well as restorative poses. Women’s Cancer Resource Center, 5741 Telegraph Ave, Oakland. 510-420-7900. Turn ON San Francisco | San Francisco Preferred arrival: 7:15pm. Doors locked: 7:30pm. Through three guided round-robin style games, you’ll express yourself and gain new (and maybe surprising) insight into yourself and others. All this in a room full of cool, fun people engaging in honest, humorous, playful conversation. Topics are based on thoughts that we only would have in our head. Singles and couples welcome. Registration preferred. Those without reservations will be put on a wait list until 7:20pm. 47 Moss St, San Francisco. 408-390-2095. Acro Yoga Class | Berkeley 7:30-8:30pm. Every second Wednesday of the month. No previous experience necessary. Join us and learn the skills, balance and art of acrobatic partner yoga. Using basic yoga poses, learn how to combine them into partner balancing and dynamic movements. Free. Sports basement, 2727 Milvia St, Berkeley. 510-984-3907. East Bay Biodanza Class | Berkeley 7:30-9:30pm. Also on Thursday. Beginner level, open to new participants. Biodanza, which means Dance of Life, is a system that integrates music, movement and authentic interactions to provide experiences of intense perceptions of being in the here and now. Sliding scale: $20-$25/single session; $65-$80/monthly pass. Jeffery Bihr Studio, 5390 Miles Ave, Berkeley. 415-717-3578 or 415-505 9482.

thursday Beginner Computer Class | Berkeley 10-11am. Learn the basics of using a computer. You will be taught to correctly use a mouse, the keyboard, how to set up email, also to search/surf the internet. Free/drop-in classes. Central Library, 2090 Kittredge St, Berkeley. 510-981-6100. Yoga at Bishop Ranch 15 | San Ramon

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12:05-12:50pm. Please arrive a few minutes early. Take a midday break to reconnect with yourself while you relax and rejuvenate with gentle hatha yoga. Build strength, flexibility, balance and coordination.

Deepen your self-awareness and inner peace. Please bring a mat. All levels are welcome. $42/5-class package, $75/10-class package. 12667 Alcosta Blvd, Ste 135, (BR15), San Ramon. ClarityWithSusan@ Youth Yoga | Walnut Creek 3:45-4:30pm. Ages 5-8. 4:45-5:45pm. Ages 9-11. Members and non-members welcome. This class is designed to work with pre-teens in developing a strong sense of self. Students are taught relaxation techniques, yoga postures and breathe work. Ageappropriate activities are used to promote self-love, community and an awareness of the environment. No yoga experience necessary. $12/class; $38/month. Yoga Works, 1131 Locust St, 2nd Flr, Walnut Creek. 925-478-7272. Coloring Club | Dublin 5:30-6:30pm. Do you ever feel like you just need to calm down and unwind for a little while? Here is a great way to do just that! Color. That’s right, coloring can have such a calming effect over you, and relax for one hour, and do just that. Meet the third Thursday of every month. Please bring your supplies. Dublin Library, 200 Civic Plaza, Dublin. 925-803-7252. Any questions? Email Weight-Loss Class | Castro Valley 6-7pm. Come to the Nature’s Sunshine Health Center weight loss class. We are currently working on a oneon-one basis. $25/week. Nature’s Sunshine Health Center, 21709 Redwood Rd, Castro Valley. Please call to schedule your appointment at 510-582-8482. Change Your Water, Change Your Life | Walnut Creek 6:30-7:30pm. Join us for a presentation to learn how alkalized, ionic Kangan water can bring your body into a state of balance. Eliminating toxic pesticides and household chemicals from your daily life. RSVP. 925-609-4426. Free Kundalini Meditation | Berkeley 7pm. See Sun listing for details. Free. Rudramandir, 830 Bancroft Way at 6th St, Berkeley. 510-486-8700. Lake Merritt Oneness Blessing and Meditation | Oakland 7-9pm. The purpose of Lake Merritt Oneness is to support the awakening of humanity; by cultivating direct experience of oneness consciousness through universal teachings, meditation and oneness blessings. The Oneness Blessing is the sacred technology that advances each person’s journey into the direct experience of awakening. This gift to humanity helps to deepen our personal connection to the divine. These blessings have catapulted many people from around the globe into an awakened state and deeper awareness. The Blessing allows us to completely experience and dissolve old hurts, fears, and worries. It also silences repetitive thinking. Suffering decreases naturally. Lake Merritt Church, 1330 Lakeshore Ave, Oakland. Game Night | Berkeley 7-11pm. Not sure what you feel like doing on a Thursday night? Open game night is the place to be! Your options are many with all types of board games, card games, miniature games, games of dice, or bring your own game. Open to all ages. Free. 924 Gilman St, Berkeley. Information and confirmation is available at

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Ballroom & Social Dance | Livermore 7:30pm. Join instructor Joallyn Bohn and learn the beginner steps to the Tango, (American style). This class if for adult students. A partner is recommended but not required. Smooth-soled shoes are much better to war than rubber soled shoes. Free. Organized by Livermore Area Rec & Park District, 522 South L St, Livermore. Register at Artwalk | Alameda 7:30-9:30pm. Second Friday of every month. This is a gallery/studio home for the Alameda artists group. It’s open to the public on the second Friday for the gallery walk. Artists are encouraged to bring their projects, sketchbooks, or their lastest projects. Free, $5-$10 suggested donation. Studio 23 Gallery, 2309 Encinal Ave, Alameda. Contacts are Wes-N-Jess. 415-580-2309. East Bay Biodanza Class | Berkeley 7:30-9:30pm. Beginner level, open to new participants. See Wednesday listing for details. Sliding scale: $20$25/single session, $65-$80/monthly pass. Jeffrey Bihr Studio, 5390 Miles Ave, Berkeley. LauraLouc@gmail. com.


dance! There will be plenty of food trucks if you get hungry, and lots of entertainment and art alon the streets. A great chance for a night out and to have a lot of fun. Skating is free. Telegraph Ave & 23rd St, Oakland. Parent’s Night Out | Emeryville 6-10:30pm. This is a great night out for everyone in the entire family. Children’s ages are 4 and up, and must be potty-trained. The kids get to jump, frolic, flip, while in a safe environment. Then they can enjoy pizza and an appropriate movie. All while parents get a night out. $35. Head Over Heels Athletic Arts, 4701 Doyle St, Bldg F, Emeryville. For questions and more information please call 510-655-1265. Diedra@ Concert in the Park | Pleasanton 7-8:30pm. Enjoy an eclectic mix of music from the 50’s, 60’s, rock, and soul. West Grand Boulevard has performed for a countless number of people at weddings, festivals, fundraisers and clubs. Support your local restaurants by picking up some dinner to bring with you. Concert is free. Lions Wayside Park, 4401 First St, Pleasanton. 925-484-2199. Drop-In Volleyball | Walnut Creek 7-10pm. Open to the first 45 participants. $5. Tice Valley Community Gymnasium, 2055 Tice Valley Blvd, Walnut Creek. 925-256-3572.

is there to ask for? Free admission. Railroad Ave, Municipal Parking Lot, Downtown Danville. 925825-9090. Farmers’ Market | Pleasanton 9am-1pm. Stop by and visit the market that offers a diversity of fresh fruits and vegetables. Open year round, every Saturday. Rain or shine, you can purchase the freshest items from the farmers that planted and harvested these crops. Downtown Pleasanton, E Angela St, Pleasanton. 925-484-2199. Health & Awakening | Oakland 10-11am. Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th St, Suite 290, Oakland. 510-637-0455. Info@ Breema: The Art of Being Present | Oakland 10-11:30am. The first three Saturdays of this month. The more you are present, the more you can connect with others, and with all life. $10/ your first class is free. The Breema Center, 6076 Claremont Ave, Oakland. 510-428-0937. Castro Valley Farmers’ Market | Castro Valley 10am-2pm. Join us very week for the freshest and the best produce and baked goods our state can offer. Many vendors to choose from. Open all year round. Castro Valley BART Station, Redwood Rd and Norbridge, Castro Valley. If you have any questions or would like more information, please call Ron Radini, 510-745-7100.

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8:45am. See Monday listing for details. Namaste Rockridge, 5416 College Ave, Oakland. Info@

7:30pm. Held on the second Friday of every month. A mobile party for riders of all ages, experience levels, and bike types, to meet, ride, and play together in the streets. Nearly 400 riders check the Bike Party website to find what East Bay BART station they will be meeting at. Every month is a different costume theme, so dress your best and bring some music too. Free. More information at

Bloomin’ Belly Flow Prenatal Yoga | Walnut Creek

Block Party | Oakland 5-9:30pm. The first Friday of every month. A great community experience. The Koreatown/Northgate area of town comes to life with this event. You won’t want to miss the street artists, performers, musicians, dancers, DJs, poets and others. Thousands of people come from all over the Bay area and beyond to experience the great foods, the live music, and to take part in the eclectic city attraction. Free. Telegraph Ave from West Grand to 27th St, Oakland. More information at Candlelit Labyrinth Walk & Live Music | Berkeley 6-7pm. Last Friday of every month. Come rain or shine because the labyrinth is located indoors. Open to all ages, faiths and walks of life. Guests have the option to just sit and listen or walk around. Walking the winding path reminds us that even though life has many twists and turns, we always end up at the center. RSVP is preferred. Free. Grace North Church, 2138 Cedar St, Berkeley. Lots more information is available at Family Fun Night | Oakland 6-9pm. The first Friday of every month. Everyone is welcome to join in on the fun! The purpose of our gathering is to encourage and educate our younger generations. Our evenings include games, arts and crafts, more games, food, lots of energy and most of all, fun! Free. Memorial Tabernacle Fellowship Hall, 5801 Racine St, Oakland. For more information please call, 510-652-4915. Roller Boogie Street Jam | Oakland 6-9:30pm. The first Friday of the month. Bring your skates and bring your friends and come out and


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saturday Webinar Series: The Degrees of Woman in Sufism Join Susan Rahima Schmall to learn how spiritual connection affects illness as it manifests in the physical, emotional and mental bodies. Incorporate spiritual healing for the physical body. Gifted at creating a safe nurturing space for people with physical illness and emotional pain can find peace. She is passionate about helping students develop their own gifts as healers and human beings. Distance-Learning/Webinars/. Fun Run with Fleet Feet | Pleasanton 9am. Distances range from 2-8 miles, and is great for everyone with a pace from walkers on up. It’s always a fun time! 925-699-4926. Basement Pilates | Walnut Creek 9-10am. All levels welcome. Bring mat, towel and water for Pilates class by local instructor. Free. Sports Basement, 1881 Ygnacio Valley Rd, Walnut Creek. 925-941-6100. Farmers’ Market | Danville 9am-1pm. One of the best things about living in California is our fresh produce. Fruits and vegetables grown locally, and served on our tables. What more

10:30-11:30am. Become focused. Learn to clear your mind. Remove the stress that is in your life! An instructor with more than 15 years of experience is here to teach you what you need to know. North Branch, 1170 The Alameda, Berkeley. More information at 510-981-6250.

11am-12:15pm. Bloom Retreat, 1444 S Main St, Walnut Creek. 925-939-6262. Cartooning Workshop | Berkeley 11am-12:30pm. If you like to draw and enjoy comics, this is where you need to be! Children ages 10-16. This class will teach you how to create your very own cartoon characters with their own expressions to tell their own stories. Any skill level welcome. Fee includes material. City of Berkeley, 1947 Center St, First Flr, Berkeley. More information and registration at Jack of All Trades | Oakland 11am-5pm. Jack of All Trades will fill Jack London Square with a curated mix of local makers, indie designers, antique dealers, collectors, artists, start-ups and more brought together by the Treasure Island Flea. Free to the public, this eclectic market will feature one-of-a-kind items, live music and several free DIY workshops for all ages. Jack of All Trades will take place on the second Saturday of each month. Jack London Square, Broadway, Oakland. For more information please call 415-898-0245.

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Connecting you to the leaders in natural health care and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide, email to request our media kit.


Dr. Teresa Shen, LAc, PhD China 5933 Coronado Ln, Ste 100, Pleasanton 925-847-8889 Award-winning natural family healthcare clinic brings 5,000 years of traditional Chinese healing and 4 generations of expertise including acupuncture, acupressure, cupping and herbs. See ad, page 8.


Chetna Center for Health and Wellness 110 Ryan Industrial Ct, Suite #1 San Ramon, CA – 94583 925- 255- 5375 ChetnaCenter. com Certified practitioner of ayurveda, homeopathy and reiki serving the Bay Area for over 15 years. We provide safe and natural health care alternatives for all ages with concerns on digestive issues, stress, anxiety, allergies, recurrent cough and cold, constipation, insomnia and other immune related issues. Therapy is designed and customized per individual’s unique body constitution and includes Natural and Herbal remedies, Diet & Lifestyle changes and Meditation. We also provide Reiki initiation and healing. Consultation can be given in person or via Skype or phone.


Kathy McIntire 1151 Harbor Bay Parkway, Suite 100 Alameda, CA 94502 510- 217-8677 Biophoton therapy restores the body’s ability to self-heal. This is done by influencing the biophotons (light) emissions of the body, neutralizing chaotic light and strengthening coherent light. Causes of biophotons disruption range from whiplash/scars to environmental toxins, GMOs, heavy metals, electromagnetic radiation, etc.

Chiropractic & Advanced Holistic Health Care 1280 Boulevard Way, Ste 211, Walnut Creek

BODY WORK THE BREEMA CENTER 6076 Claremont Avenue Oakland, CA 510-428-0937

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Breema is a simple, natural form of touch and body movement supported by universal principles that provides a unique approach to experiencing body-mind connection. The aim of Breema is to bring us to a tangible experience of presence that becomes our foundation for a new dimension of health and consciousness. See ad, page 7.


Offering a holistic approach to chiropractic care, Dr. Rehl incorporates nutrition, applied kinesiology and deep tissue work into his practice. By treating the whole body, Dr. Rehl’s treatment plan engages his patients so that they are an integral part of their

EDUCATION SINGING STONES SCHOOL 2491 San Miguel Dr. Walnut Creek, Ca 925-948-5006

Singing Stones School will provide an education based on the Waldorf philosophy from kindergarten through high school for children in the Tri-Valley area of Contra Costa County. It is holistic in nurturing the whole child and also in terms of its commitment to community.


We are an expanding organization representing holistic professionals, practitioners and businesses. We encourage and promote healthy living, and support the professionals and businesses that make it possible. Together, we can make a difference. Want to be seen (and found) at The Holistic Chamber of Commerce—come and join this community and learn how folks can find you via the web and locally. See ad, page 9.


800-238-3060, option 5

USHS offers transformational programs for those who want to be agents of divinely-guided healing. Programs are based on establishing a deep connection with Divine Love, then opening to streams of healing light from God, transforming physical illness and emotional pain into states of greater health and spiritual wholeness.




Katie Sokolski, D.C. 187 40th Street Way, Oakland, CA 94611 510-356-7832 Healing Arts Chiropractic offers a whole-body approach to wellness that utilizes applied kinesiology, personalized nutrition programs and massage therapy. Our holistic treatment plans are designed to facilitate wellness from the inside—what you feed your body, as well as the outside—keeping your mind, body and spirit moving in a healthy way. See ad, page 9.

Angie Lambert Pleasant Hill, CA 925-330-0116

As an Energy Reader, my work is to release unresolved, stuck energy while working directly with Spirit and your High Self. Energy clearing can help shift and balance mental, emotional and physical blocks from your present life and also release negative energies from your past lives.

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Tri-Valley The Soul Connection Healing Center is comprised of practitioners passionate about healing and supporting your whole person. It›s a central hub of holistic and complementary approaches to health. Discover this TriValley resource for experienced holistic, complementary care. Services available include acupuncture, biofeedback, chiropractic, counseling, craniosacral therapy, holistic health & lifestyle coaching, nutrition support, spiritual guidance, yoga therapy & Pilates instruction.


Do you struggle to validate your desires, emotions & feelings? Have you experienced a life transition that has left you confused, bewildered, and lethargic? Are you grieving a loss from years ago? Time does not necessarily heal all wounds. The Grief Recovery Method will help you discover unresolved emotional issues related to any kind of loss, and take action steps to become complete and regain a sense of vitality and love of life. New groups begin in March. Call me for a free initial 30-minute consultation. (See calendar items on Mondays and Saturdays.)

Erin Massengale 624 Ferry St. Martinez, 94553  925-725-1067

Health reflects how one is balanced in the different expressions of ourselves; mind, body and soul and our perception of life experiences, our environment and our food. Disease in any of these categories will in some degree be reflected in all others. Dis-ease healed naturally leaves a person stronger. Integrating herbs and healing modalities of the greatest healing systems and cultures in the world; Western, Ayurvedic, Chinese Traditions and Shamanism, I work with individuals to achieve and maintain vital health, wellness and longevity.


Leni Pratte 1-877-7800-CARE Our holistic approach to caregiving offers wellness-oriented families a higher level of care sprinkled with holistic practices. We believe that the individual is multi-faceted with needs and wants beyond the basic standard of care in this industry. From whole food nutrition to breathing exercises to meditation, we follow a program that is client and doctor-approved, with many options for growth and stimulation.


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925-858-2133 As a certified Health Coach with the AADP, clients are guided in improving their health and happiness through dietary and lifestyle changes. With support and direction we focus on balancing their primary foods (work, relationships, spirituality and exercise) and secondary foods (diet). This is achieved through a holistic approach on health, taking into account diet, lifestyle, environmental toxins, and disease prevention. Healing is supported through knowledge in nutrition, supplements, herbs, aromatherapy and homeopathic options.




HOLISTIC DENTIST FREMONT NATURAL DENTISTRY DR. Colin Yoshida, DDS Fremont Natural Dentistry 3885 Beacon Ave, Suite C Fremont 510-745-1800

Fremont Natural Dentistry is a comprehensive holistic dental provider using options such as Ozone Therapy, safe mercury amalgam removal, Laser Gum Therapy, minimally invasive restorations and an overall biodental health experience. Give us a call to schedule your next holistic dental appointment today.

ALTERNATIVES FOR ANIMALS Jennifer Luna-Repose, DVM 919 Moraga Road, Lafayette 925-283-6160

We are one of the few veterinary clinics in the Bay Area that is exclusively dedicated to Holistic Medicine. We offer acupuncture, chiropractic, Chinese herbal m e d i c i n e , h o m e o p a t h y, Bioresonance therapy, nutrition, flower essences and laser therapy. Our treatments address the whole animal and the root cause of disease, not just the symptoms.


Dr. David Partrite, DDS 520 La Gonda Way, Ste 103, Danville 925-837-3101 Whole-body dentistry approach; David Partrite, DDS, facilitates your body’s detoxification through a mercury- and fluoride-free practice, utilizing the most bio-friendly materials and a clean, safe environment through filters and ionizers. From cosmetic dentistry to safe mercury filling removal to working closely with your other holistic practitioners, every visit is a health-promoting experience. See ad, page 18.

AUNT ALBERTA’S REMEDY Homeopathic Pain Relief Cream 973-715-9097

Try Aunt Alberta’s Remedy to ease joint and muscular aches and pains from sciatica, gout, arthritis, neuralgia, fibromyalgia and more. Great buy! Get a 4 oz. jar for $15. See website for more optoins. All natural ingredients! Refer a friend and get 10% off your purchase. Read what people are saying about Aunt Alberta’s Remedy at our website.

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HYPNOTHERAPY ADVANCED HYPNOTHERAPY Barbara Lynn Allen, MS, CCHT, DCEP 510-528-4976 Berkeley, Ca 94709

I offer a unique blend of hypnotherapy, energy therapy and wise counseling to quickly and permanently solve emotional, physical and relationship problems. With 25 years of experience, I rapidly clear your core issues while offering gentle relief from depression, anxiety and blocks to success. Call for your free phone consultation.




Spiritual Counselor, Teacher, Healer 510-386-2467


Chris Corrales 925-922-2246 Deemed a master by his peers, Chris Corrales’ 15 years of private practice have given him a reliable reputation as one of the best massage and bodywork practitioners in the Bay Area. His ability to discern and treat the causes of injury and imbalance has proven unique and profound.



NEAL WINBLAD, MFT, SEP 780 Main St, Ste 201, Pleasanton 925-963-9786

Get rid of blocks to your personal growth, by harnessing the power of your subconscious to reach your goals. Full-service, individualized hypnotherapy, 21 years in business. Free initial phone consultation. See ad, page 19.


Somatic Experiencing is the gold standard for resolving complex trauma. In most cases trauma is quite easy to treat, doesn’t require a lot of talk and doesn’t need all the emotional catharsis so common in psychotherapy. Call me today for a free consultation and sample session.


The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. ~Lao Tzu


Kathy Napoli, Registered Dietician 3189 Danville Blvd, Ste 260, Alamo 925-831-3900 Restore health and vitality through personalized nutrition and lifestyle programs, including the 8-wk program Lighten Up. Kathy’s clients achieve increased energy; improved blood sugar and lipid levels; and relief from digestive issues and food allergies. With 20 years experience as a clinical nutritionist and nutrition consultant, Kathy teaches workshops throughout the Bay Area on topics such as Age-Proof Your Skin, Get Lean and Strong and Stop Inflammation. She holds a Masters of Arts in Holistic Health Education from JFK University.

Discover the higher power, divine intelligence, and spiritual purpose within you. Learn how the creative process of life works and create meaningful change. Heal the wounds within that create repeating patterns of limitation and confusion. Using a blend of spiritual and psychological tools and techniques, Janet helps you move out of limiting and painful ways of thinking and feeling into an awakened awareness that is limitless, loving, and powerful. Private counseling and spiritual awakening classes available in person and online.


7567 Amador Valley Blvd, Suite 108, Dublin 925-829-2733 We are a welcoming spiritual community for people of all faiths and backgrounds. Unity is a positive path for spiritual living. Whoever you are and wherever you are on your spiritual journey, YOU are welcome here!


Ancient mystery school teachings and activations 925-997-7518 Kathleen@TheHealing.Place TheHealing.Place Awaken your potential with the Life activation. Release energy drains with a Cord Cutting. Protect your space with Sacred Geometries. Be empowered through the Empower Thyself class & Initiation! Experience greater health & empowerment with once secret, ancient mystery school teachings & healings. Call for a consult. Kathleen, Guide & Ceremonial Master in the Lineage of King Salomon.

Kathleen Beaulieu, CMT, IMT 1491 Cedarwood Ln, Ste A Pleasanton 925-600-0503 Discover your body’s healing potential. Nutritional and diagnostic counseling for lifestyle changes including weight loss, gastrointestinal, thyroid, hormone, allergies and vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Expert massage therapy, 20 years experience specializing in pregnancy, automobile injuries and post-surgery recovery.


Loretta Metzger, certified teacher Walnut Creek, CA 925-954-7908 S.U.N. offers workshops from many ancient traditions for personal and spiritual transformation through initiations empowering student to progress at their pace. Loretta teaches nationally and internationally since 1992 including Enlightenment Society United Nations. She also offers feng shui consulting and classes.

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