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rowing up, I would have never thought that I would one day live the lifestyle I do today. Natural alternative healing was considered woo-woo to most people then; now I happily consider myself an urban hippie. Always open and inquisitive, through the years I have explored available products and services to give them a fair trial before assuming they were or were not for me. I could have let ignorance reign, playing it safe with what was familiar, but I believe in the depths of my soul that my current path of proactive investigation and application of holistic means of self-care have saved my health and my life more than once. It’s why I publish Natural Awakenings East Bay—to encourage readers to explore an expanded range of options as we cultivate bridges between allopathic medicine and holistic alternatives. While there may always be some need for drugs and surgery, it can no longer be denied that our bodies have the natural ability to heal given the support they need. We hear story after story of how those that have beaten seemingly overwhelming odds went on to live long and productive lives after being given a shortterm terminal diagnosis by conventional practitioners. Some people feel that giving terminal and chronic patients hope in their ability to reframe their own beliefs about disease to embrace the possibility of complete healing is irresponsible. Others that have witnessed firsthand the miraculous effects of a change in consciousness in themselves and loved ones understand the benefits of learning to harness the power of our mind to heal our body. Personally, I believe that the key to healing any malady, be it physical, emotional, spiritual, professional or financial, is found through our own diligence and willingness to try and find what works for us as unique beings. In an era of instant gratification and quick fixes that go nowhere, this calls for a persistent and progressive effort to reap lasting results. Too many of us have been willing to live with less than full and vibrant health, maybe because we don’t know any better or are unwilling to try something less mainstream than a new drug or other temporary patch. Perhaps first, we must have an authentic desire to be healed and next, an openness to keep trying different approaches until we find what resonates on a deep level of inner knowing, a sense that “This feels right.” May we all pause often this summer to b-r-e-a-t-h-e. Breathe in life. Enjoy a beautiful sunset, dig your toes into the sand, even skip and sing. Stop at a roadside stand and eat fresh-picked fruits and vegetables. Do what feeds your soul and allows you to let go, to exchange stressors for a feeling of calm balance and a healthy life. It may well be the best prevention of all. To your good health and well-being,

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newsbriefs Breema Helps Find Harmony in All of Our Relationships

Certified SUN Teacher Offers Angel Workshops


he word “angel” comes from a Greek word meaning “messenger,” and that is exactly what they are: emissaries from the realm of the Divine. An angel’s primary purpose is to help us in our personal, and particularly, our spiritual evolution. Angels can help us feel more alive, open our hearts, live our dreams, and understand life more fully than we ever imagined. Loretta Metzger is a certified teacher of the Spiritual Unfoldment Network (SUN) and offers angel workshops to help participants permanently transform their energy bodies, allowing the angels to do deeper work. Certain kinds of work require the assistance of a SUN teacher, who has trained in specific tetrahedron techniques. Angels help us in two primary ways: first, by sending information, and second, by doing advanced energy work with us. In doing energy work, angels use what is called a shakti, an energy that is the carrier of divine intelligence, which students receive through initiation. SUN initiation from the Ancient Mystery School Angels, Guardian Angels, meditation angels and angels who work with our chakras, are among the most powerful available. For more information and for workshop dates, times and locations, call 925-954-7908, email or visit See ad, page 31.


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he introductory Breema class offered at the Breema Center, in Oakland, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on September 22, is open to all beginners, and provides tools to help anyone transform their relationships by becoming more balanced and present. Breema techniques may also benefit parents in relating to their children. The introductory class is led by Breema Center director and father of two, Jon Schreiber, who says, “We can’t control the events of life. Even when you prepare yourself, things never go exactly as you anticipate. The best way to deal with events is to create a relationship with yourself. When you bring body and mind together, you see possibilities you otherwise couldn’t have seen, so the energy you invest in becoming more present is always wisely spent.” Class participants will explore the universal principles underlying Breema’s approach to life and health—such as Firmness and Gentleness and No Judgment—while doing simple movements with one’s own body or with another person. The principles can be brought to any activity to open new perspectives and promote a more harmonious atmosphere. Local Breema Instructor Birthe Kaarsholm presents classes on infant movement and development to new parents and starts with Self-Breema. “Even though parenting is such a physical activity, very few parents relate to their own bodies,” says Kaarsholm. “In the Breema atmosphere, the emphasis is on ‘How can I be present?’ As they become more comfortable themselves, the babies become much calmer.” Before and after class, participants can receive a complimentary mini-session to experience the effect of Breema first-hand. Location: 6076 Claremont Ave., Oakland. For more information, call 510-4280937 or visit See ad, page 17.

ACUPUNCTURE FOR SHOULDER SURGERY REHAB? Acupuncture uses the regenerative forces of the body, Qi and Blood. When they are free flowing they can stop pain. Shoulder pain and repair are successfully treated by invigorating the area, relaxing muscles and promoting healing. “After one treatment I regained movement, within a few weeks my pain had reduced so much that it was only intermittent. I was so happy that I did not go down the typical Western medical approach. If I had followed that path I would not have won two National Championships in Master’s Swimming in 2008.” —B. McCracken

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n September 22, at the Green Gulch Farm Zen Center in Marin County, join a tribe of women who heal together through a sacred fullday initiation ceremony. The Blessed Mother Initiation offers freedom from our stories of pain and allows us to birth a story of freedom and joy. Initiation is led by Erin Massengale of Ancient Traditions Healing, and Gina Fink of Magical and Practical, and includes the Munay Ki 13th Rite of the womb with Seasoned Female Shamans of the Qero tradition. The Blessed Mother Initiation is ideal for women who are experiencing emotional pain, including sadness or fear from a sexual trauma; feeling disappointed or angry due to a miscarriage or from difficulties conceiving life; struggling with intimacy; experiencing dissatisfaction with life; feeling disrespected by loved ones; or feeling a sense of loss since giving birth. Following initiation day, participants are supported with 30-minute

human life; it includes our ability to create the life we dream of. Together, we will let go of the pain stored in our womb from trauma, shame and life’s disappointments,” says Massengale. Cost: $497. Location: 1601 Shoreline Hwy., Muir Beach. For more information, call Erin Massengale at 925-7251067 or Gina Fink at 925-698-9165, or visit See ad, page 30.

one-on-one Power Center Balancing sessions and ongoing group conference calls to share and process the healing experience. In addition, participants become 13th Rite of the Womb givers, complete with certificate and a token of the Rite. As givers, participants can pass on the vibration of healing to others in need. “As women, we have the privileged ability to birth life. The word ‘life’ in this instance means more than

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newsbriefs Eastern Medical Center Welcomes Acupressurist Gang Han

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ustainable Contra Costa (SCOCO) presents the Leadership in Sustainability and Green Building Awards Gala, from 6 to 9 p.m., September 20, at the Hilton Concord. This fun and inspiring event honors local individuals and organizations that demonstrate outstanding commitment and leadership in making Contra Costa communities healthy, beautiful, clean and resilient for years to come. The night begins with a reception on the Hilton Concord’s patio where guests will enjoy food, wine and beer from local, sustainable partners, live music, and a silent auction featuring local goods and services. The reception is followed by dessert and the presentation of awards in the grand ballroom. The gala is also the annual fundraiser for SCOCO. Leadership in Sustainability Award categories include Food System Innovation, Sustainable Resource Management, Sustainable Communities, Sustainable Economics, and the youth Rising Star Award. SCOCO Green Building Award Categories include Energy Conservation & Efficiency, Water Conservation & Efficiency, and Sustainable Materials & Healthy Environment. Location: 1970 Diamond Blvd., Concord. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit


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ang Han, CMT, is an experienced practitioner of acupressure, massage and reflexology who recently joined the healthcare team at Eastern Medical Center, in Pleasanton. Schedule an acupressure appointment with Han today for this month, and new patients will receive 10 percent off their first visit. Often called “acupuncture without needles”, acupressure seeks to remedy illness through the application of deep finger pressure at points located along an invisible system of energy channels, called meridians. Acupressure massage can be used over general areas of the body Greg Han, CMT to promote Qi (pronounced chee or key) and blood flow through the meridian stagnation. Han’s unique style has a curative effect and is ideal for chronic pain affecting the upper/lower back, hip and neck, and for sciatic nerve issues. Han offers chair and table acupressure, scalp acupressure, foot reflexology and deep tissue massage, which can be used to treat migraines, insomnia, chronic pain, sports injuries, occupational stress, anxiety and depression. Han has practiced traditional Chinese Tui-Na Acupressure for more than 20 years. He began his studies of acupuncture and acupressure in China to help people who suffer from work-related pain. Han’s studies eventually brought him to the U.S., where he practiced at several Chinese medical clinics and centers throughout the Bay Area and taught at a local nursing institute. Location: 5933 Coronado Ln., Ste.100, Pleasanton. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 925-847-8889 or visit See ad, page 6.



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All-Ages Music and Yoga Event, Bhakti Fest, Returns to Joshua Tree


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njecting Aluminum, a new documentary by French journalist Marie-Ange Poyet, investigates the history of aluminum in vaccines and its potentially devastating effects on the human body. Injecting Aluminum is now available on DVD, streaming and at screening events from Cinema Libre Studio. Aluminum has been recognized as a neurotoxic ingredient by leading researchers and scientists across the globe, yet babies in the U.S. receive up to 4,925 micrograms (mcg) of aluminum within the first 18 months, and an additional 170 to 625 mcg by the age of 6 through routine vaccinations. This film explores the possible side effects of aluminum on the human body when injected. Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe is one of the most controversial documentaries of the last year and investigates claims that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), concealed data from a 2004 study that showed a link between the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism. The film was de-selected from the Tribeca Film Festival amidst much controversy. Although the data presented in the film is still questioned, it has served to spark an international grassroots movement, calling for safer vaccines and total transparency from the CDC about vaccine safety testing. Natural Awakenings East Bay readers receive 25 percent off both films at by using the code NACA25 at checkout. See ad, page 8.

hakti Fest, the first and only family-run yoga and kirtan festival, returns to the Joshua Tree Retreat Center, September 6-11. With a world-class lineup of musicians and yoga instructors, numerous conscious workshops and artisan vendors, Bhakti Fest aims to provide heart-opening, transformational experiences for attendees of all ages. For the first time, Bhakti Fest welcomes yoga instructors Yogrishi Vishvketu, a Himalayan Yoga Master and Co-founder of Akhanda Yoga, and Nicki Doane, a Maui mainstay. Other all-star yoga instructors include Off the Mat founder Seane Corn, and local favorite, Urban Yoga’s Kristin Olson. Yoga students of all levels are welcome and encouraged to attend. A curator of sacred sound, Bhakti Fest features non-stop Kirtan and chanting on two stages, across a wide of variety of musical genres including blues, rock, pop, gospel, traditional and hip-hop. Musical headliners include Grammy nominees Krishna Das and Jai Uttal, plus MC YOGI, and long-time Madonna collaborator Donna De Lory. Expanding on the creation of sacred space, Bhakti Fest hosts a women’s “Red Tent” and Men’s Lodge. Within the safety of innovative dome-technology, women’s offerings include prayer with Mirabai Devi, Tantra with Dawn Cartwright, Mystical Dance with Monika Nataraj, and Yoni worship with internet sensation, Zoe Kors. Bhakti Fest’s Kids’ Village offers physical, creative, musical activities for families. An extensive marketplace showcases eco-friendly, sustainable vendors offering yoga gear, clothing, devotional art, musical instruments, CDs, crafts, jewelry, and offers a variety of raw, vegan and vegetarian food options. Bhakti Fest is a nonprofit 501c3 organization and accepts tax-deductible donations. The festival donates a percentage of its funds to charities and other nonprofit groups that provide food, education and environmental beautification programs around the world. These include Food for Life Vrindavan, Love Serve Remember Foundation, Ramana’s Garden, Seva Foundation, Share Your Care and Women’s Earth Alliance. Location: 59700 Twentynine Palms Hwy., Joshua Tree. For ticket and lodging information, visit

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healthbriefs My Pharmacy, My Kitchen…. Gut Health and Probiotics


yurveda suggests six tastes for a complete and balanced diet. The six tastes are Sweet, Salt, Sour, Pungent, Astringent and Bitter. These tastes have different effects on our body constitution (doshas), hence eating these tastes according to ones’ body constitution plays an important role in maintaining a good health. • Sweet increases Kapha, pacifies Pitta and Vata • Salt increases Kapha and Pitta; pacifies Vata • Sour increases Kapha and Pitta, pacifies Vata • Pungent increases Pitta and Vata, pacifies Kapha • Astringent increases Vata, pacifies Kapha and Pitta • Bitter increases Vata, pacifies Kapha and Pitta Various spices in our kitchen have different effects on the doshas. Spices help to boost our Agni, the digestive enzymes and thereby enhances the diges-


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tive process. It is not recommended to eat too bland food. Whereas one needs to emphasize on spices during winter and spring, summer balancing diet includes limited spice or cooling spices. Spices like Coriander, Cilantro, Mint, Fennel, Saffron, Cardamom are cooling and pacifying for Pitta and summer. Salads in general are also Pitta pacifying food. Summer is the time to include and emphasize on Salads. Ayurveda suggests making lunch as the main meal of the day as it is the Pitta time of the day, which reflects as an enhanced Agni activity. Additionally, one also needs to eat the food tastes in the right sequence. Eating foods under sweet category in the beginning of the meal and astringent and bitter category food at the end of the meal is recommended. Hence, eat your dessert in the beginning and salad at the end of the meal. Probiotics play an important role in gut health. Healthy gut leads to

healthy body and mind… Try this easy probiotic recipe from your kitchen and improve your gut health. Ingredients: 2 Tbsp whole fat plain yogurt 8 oz pure water 1 8 tsp dry roasted ground cumin ½ tsp brown sugar Blend all the ingredients together. Add some cilantro leaves. This probiotic drink should be taken at the end of lunch. Hope you will enjoy this yummy and healthy drink. Our upcoming article will feature details on individual spices and how to use them. This article holds information for educational purposes only. It is not intended for diagnosis and treatment of any medical condition. For questions and comments, please contact Rashana R Sharma at 925255-5375, or visit See ad, page 29.


study from the University of Washington, in Seattle, tested the relationship of immune system functioning to lack of adequate sleep. To rule out genetic factors, which experts say account for 31 to 55 percent of individual sleep patterns, researchers tested blood samples from 11 pairs of adult identical twins (genetic matches) with differing sleep habits. They found that the immune system was depressed in the twin that slept less. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Americans are sleeping 1.5 to two hours less than they did 100 years ago, and more than 30 percent of working people average fewer than six hours a night. Dr. Nathanial Watson, lead author and co-director of the university’s Sleep Medicine Center at Harborview Medical Center, observes, “Seven or more hours of sleep is recommended for optimal health.”





Meditating Raises Spirits More than a Vacation


Sussex University researchers in the UK tested the brain activity of 17 healthy subjects as they listened to a series of soundscapes from either natural or artificial environments. Brain scans and questionnaires found that natural sounds led to relaxation and positive feedback, while artificial sounds activated stress and anxiety-related brain activity.

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esearchers from Capital Medical University, in Beijing, China, tested the effectiveness of Cordyceps sinensis, a traditional Chinese medicine derived from fungi, on the treatment of patients with moderate-to-severe asthma. They followed 120 subjects, divided into two groups of 60. One group received a capsule containing 1,200 milligrams of Cordyceps sinensis three times daily for three months. The control group was treated with conventional medications. Health-related quality of life was measured, along with the incidence of asthma exacerbation, pulmonary function and inflammation indicators in both groups. The Cordyceps sinesis group reported reduced asthma symptoms, improved lung function, a better inflammatory profile and an overall better quality of life when compared to the conventional treatment group.

cientists from the University of California at San Francisco, and Harvard Medical School, in Boston, tested the effect of vacations and meditation on the genes of 64 women between the ages of 30 and 60 that were novice meditators. They all spent six days at the same resort in California. Half participated in a meditation program that included yoga, self-reflection exercises and mantra meditation; the other half did not engage in onsite meditation. The researchers also studied a group of 30 experienced meditators already participating in the resort’s meditation program. Blood sample tests and surveys from all 94 women were conducted at intervals: once right before their stay, once right after, a third one month post-vacation and then 10 months after the trip. All the women displayed significant changes to their molecular network pattern after the six days, with the most substantial genetic changes related to immune function and stress response. One month after the resort experience, all groups continued to display improvements. However, the novice meditators showed fewer symptoms of depression and stress for a significantly longer period than the women not participating in the meditation exercise.

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Nature Rights

Waterways Granted Personhood

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Sea Mammals Freed from Showtime The California Orca Responsibility and Care Advancement Act, sponsored by Congressman Adam Schiff, is aimed to end the famous SeaWorld orca shows. “It means no more wild capture, no more breeding. We would essentially phase out the captive orcas that are currently in these water parks,” says Schiff. This means that SeaWorld must end their Shamu shows by the end of this year. However, the animals already at the San Diego park will continue to live there. Parks in Orlando and San Antonio will end their shows by 2019. Under pressure from activists and faced with declining ticket sales, SeaWorld is now moving to end its theatrical orca shows and breeding program. They announced the unveiling of a new attraction this summer, Orca Encounter, as an educational experience. Gabriela Cowperthwaite, director of the documentary film Blackfish, says that the new show is designed to make the audience feel better, not the animals. “The trainers aren’t safe, and the whales aren’t happy,” she states. “They’re still just doing manic circles around concrete swimming pools.” The company is developing its first SeaWorld park without orcas in the Middle-Eastern country of Abu Dhabi.


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This year, the Whanganui River, in New Zealand, became the first in the world to be granted the same legal rights as a person. Equally vital, a court in northern India has given the sacred Ganges and Yamuna rivers, as well as several glaciers, the legal status of “living human entities” to help in the preservation and conservation of the country’s highly polluted waterways, thus allowing polluters to be sued. These decisions are variants of “rights of nature” measures that date back to the 1970s. More than three dozen U.S. localities have ordinances ascribing varying types of rights to nature or to specific natural objects. In America, rights of nature activism usually takes the form of ballot initiatives that emerge to contest the power of corporations wherever local natural resources are seen as being threatened. The first such ordinance was passed in 2006, when Tamaqua Borough, in Pennsylvania, sought to protect the town’s drinking water from the nearby dumping of sewage sludge. More recently, an ordinance from the Boulder (Colorado) County Protectors, with assistance from the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, asserting the “right to a healthy climate,” was recognized as a federal constitutional right by Judge Ann Aiken, of the U.S. District Court in Oregon.


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Buzzing RoboBees

Tiny Robots Seen as Tech Fix for Reduced Bee Population Harvard University researchers led by engineering professor Robert Wood have introduced the first RoboBees—bee-sized robots that can ascend and hover in midair while tethered to a power supply. The project is a breakthrough in the field of micro-aerial vehicles. It has previously been impossible to pack all the components onto such a tiny workable robot framework and keep it lightweight enough to fly. The researchers believe that within 10 years, RoboBees could artificially pollinate a field of crops, a critical development if the commercial pollination industry cannot recover from the severe bee losses of the past decade. Source: Science

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Tea Time

Citizen Scientists Needed for Carbon Storage Experiment Australian scientists have launched a project to bury tens of thousands of teabags in wetlands around the world to discover how efficient different kinds of wetlands are at capturing and storing carbon dioxide. Already, more than 500 citizen scientists are involved on every continent but Antarctica. The bags will be monitored over a three-year period, and then dug up and measured at intervals of three months, six months and each year after that. Wetlands are important for carbon capture and storage, a process known as carbon sequestration, holding up to 50 times as much carbon as a comparable area in a rainforest; some are better than others. There are hundreds of thousands of wetlands around the world, and a standardized technique for monitoring the carbon sink is needed for accurate comparison—but monitoring devices can be expensive to install. Faster decay of the tea inside the bag means more carbon is being released into the atmosphere, while a slower rate means the soil is holding the carbon. Once researchers can establish which wetlands are most effective at carbon sequestration, work can begin on protecting and restoring them, and ensuring they are not disrupted.


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LIVE CANCER-FREE Natural Ways to Prevent and Heal Cancer by Linda Sechrist


ictorious warriors against cancer are speaking to other patients about their journeys of recovery and healing. Two who regularly speak to physicians, as well, are Glenn Sabin, author of n of 1: One Man’s Harvard-documented Remission of Incurable Cancer Using Only Natural Methods, and Kathy MydlachBero, author of EAT: An Unconventional Decade in the Life of a Cancer Patient. Their stories demonstrate the healing effectiveness of healthy lifestyle measures still widely categorized as prevention.

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Determined to become free of the chronic lymphocytic leukemia that had defined his life for 20 years, Sabin, who lives near Washington, D.C., appointed himself the subject of his own research experiment. He subsequently became a poster child for the remedial synergy of biological individuality, a whole systems approach to integrative oncology and self-induced healing through lifestyle


and supplement interventions. Sabin now dedicates his business development firm, FON Consulting, to advancing integrative medicine as the new standard of care. His mission is to open minds to the idea that knowledge, empowerment and self-efficacy are our best allies against a life-limiting diagnosis, and we can do much to help the healing process. Writing to Joe Biden regarding the vice president’s Cancer Moonshot initiative, he candidly describes America’s present cancer-friendly environment. “The public has become conditioned to existing in a broken food chain that remains in disrepair due to misguided farming subsidies [and] untested or otherwise questionable chemicals (many of which are banned in other countries) that are present in the water we drink, the air we breathe, food we consume and products we use. Current therapies or those in the drug pipeline won’t improve the 50/50 odds of developing cancer. What will have the greatest impact are consumer education toward powerful lifestyle changes and access to the building blocks of basic health.”

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growth of new blood cells, and the benefits of growing and eating foods containing angiogenesis-inhibiting compounds that oppose such growth and so work to prevent, improve and avert recurrences of chronic disease. “Cancer hijacks the angiogenesis process triggered by inflammation and keeps it permanently activated to ensure that cancerous cells receive a dedicated, uninterrupted blood supply,” explains Mydlach-Bero. For three years, she largely consumed only items from the list of angiogenesis-inhibiting foods now posted at food-research. These include green tea, strawberries, blackberries, red tart cherries, raspberries, blueberries, apples, grapefruit, lemons, tomatoes, cinnamon, purple potatoes, kale, grape seed oil and pomegranate. In 2008, she completely replaced both the drugs to combat the side effects of chemo and radiation and a long-term medication for preventing recurrence with healthful foods. Her physicians were admittedly uncomfortable with her decision to combine chemotherapy and radiation


Mydlach-Bero made her remarkable recovery from rare and unrelated aggressive Stage 4 inflammatory breast cancer and a high-grade tumor in her head and neck. To tell her story, the resident of Delafield, Wisconsin, relied on her 18 journals as a surrogate memory to chronicle a 10-year journey of courageous exploration, self-evolution, self-advocacy and self-transformation that connected her with her healing potential. Then the mother of two young daughters, Mydlach-Bero rejected a 21-month prognosis in 2005, along with the notion that disease and medicine would determine her fate. Defying the odds, she applied what she learned from research regarding Avastin, a pharmaceutical created to combat harmful

treatments with “food as medicine”, reiki, prayer, meditation, mindfulness and supplement intervention. But that didn’t deter her. To awaken others to the practicality of food as medicine, she founded NuGenesis Farm, in Pewaukee, a nonprofit modeled after her home practice.

Prevention is Paramount

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Pioneering physicians and researchers agree with Sabin and Myldach-Bero that comprehensive prevention, the key to solving the cancer epidemic, is missing from conventional medicine. Leading voices include Dr. Andrew Weil, founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the College of Medicine, University of Arizona (AzCIM), in Tucson; Dr. Carlos M. Garcia, founder of Utopia Wellness, near Tampa, Florida; advocate Susan Silberstein, Ph.D., founder of, in Richboro, Pennsylvania; and Ajay Goel, Ph.D., director of the Center for Epigenetics, Cancer Prevention and Cancer Genomics at Baylor University Medical Center’s Research Institute, in Dallas. Weil pioneered the earliest efforts to develop a comprehensive curriculum in evidence-based integrative medicine and the field of integrative oncology. “We’ve known for nearly 15 years that inflammation is the root

We’ve known for nearly 15 years that inflammation is the root cause of many chronic diseases. ~Andrew Weil

cause of many chronic diseases. Since 2012 scientific evidence has proven that a healthy lifestyle and an anti-inflammatory diet can influence various cancers,” says Weil. His curriculum for health professionals and the general public was the first to cite the role of a nutrient-rich, anti-inflammatory diet in cancer prevention and treatment. “Health professionals graduate armed with a better understanding of the complex interactions between cancer, gut microbiome and nutrition,” advises Weil, whose paradigm inspires his chain of True Food Kitchen restaurants. It includes lots of fruits and veg-

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etables, moderate amounts of whole or cracked grains, al dente pasta, healthy fats and plant-based proteins from legumes, nuts and seafood as well as poultry and lean, antibiotic-free grassfed meats, cheese and eggs. Plus, he likes white, green and oolong teas, fresh herbs and spices, up to two glasses of red wine a day (less for women; possibly none for those at high-risk for breast cancer), and dark chocolate for antioxidant polyphenols. Integrative Oncology, authored by Weil and Dr. Donald I. Abrams, an integrative oncologist, is mandatory reading for AzCIM students that learn to use complementary interventions in prevention and conventional cancer care. Subjects such as antioxidants, cannabinoids, energy medicine, mindbody medicine, music and expressive art therapies are covered, as well as naturopathic oncology, plus the roles that community and spirituality play in prevention and treatment. Goel’s 20-year career in cancer prevention research has produced a wealth of related articles. Among his findings, he advises, “Curcumin, a yellow compound extracted from turmeric, has become a gold standard for prevention and the natural treatment of many chronic health conditions, including colon cancer. It targets cancer stem cells, disrupts cancer cell communication, triggers cancer cell death and helps to prevent cancerous mutations to cells. It’s also been shown to improve the efficacy of conventional treatments including fewer adverse effects.” He recommends only taking turmeric products with BCM-95 percent active curcuminoids.

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Customized Protocols

Considering each individual’s biological individuality as a Petri dish, Garcia’s studies help achieve an anti-cancer life. He advises, “There is no ‘one size fits all’ medical protocol box for cancer treatment. Customized modifications to lifestyle and diet are required because food nutrients directly impact the mechanisms by which cancer cells grow and spread. The right nutrition can reverse a compromised immune system, which research shows is a major contributor to the development of cancer.” Whether for improvement or prevention, Garcia’s patient protocols always begin with a comprehensive evaluation appointment to learn about the individual he is treating. For cancer patients, his two-phase, eight-week program involves immune-enhancing therapies followed by immunotherapy aimed to de-cloak the camouflaged protein coating of wily cancer cells so the body’s immune system can identify and destroy them.

Mind/Body Detox

To maintain good health, Judy Seeger, a doctor of naturopathy near Fort Lauderdale, Florida, recommends a regular detoxification regimen to cleanse environmental and product toxins and toxic emotions. Through experience, she has learned that individuals living with cancer need to substantially support their abnormally functioning elimination system to rid it of dead proteins from destroyed cancer cells and chemotherapy drugs that are overtaxing the immune system. “Clearing out toxic, stressful emo-

tions that produce acid, weaken the immune system and create an environment for cancer to propagate is essential,” says Seeger. “Fulfilling the body’s requirement for an ongoing healthy nutritional plan that maintains a healing alkaline environment reduces both the risk of a cancer as well as recurrence.” She has observed that when an individual’s healing process has stalled despite their doing all the right things to improve their biochemistry, it’s frequently because they haven’t done an emotional detox and lack feeling a spiritual connection to something larger than themselves. Silberstein categorizes cancer as epidemic. She speaks regularly regarding preventing cancer and its recurrence at medical and nursing schools, continuing oncology nursing education programs and universities. “What is needed more than new treatment research is public education regarding the true causes of cancer and continuing education credits in lifestyle training for medical professionals,” she says. Silberstein’s nonprofit organization provides online holistic cancer coach training for health professionals as well as research-based education and counseling on how to prevent, cope with and beat cancer through immune-boosting holistic approaches. The list of books authored by cancer survivors continues to grow, offering helpful insight into how individuals are negotiating the challenges of their healing journey. Two recent books, Surviving the Storm: A Workbook for Telling Your Cancer Story, by Psychotherapist Cheryl Krauter, and Cancer Survivorship Coping Tools: We’ll Get You Through This, by Barbara Tako, are particularly helpful


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regarding the onslaught of toxic feelings and emotions that stress the mind and body—fear, anger, isolation, anxiety, depression and uncertainty, as well as loss and grief. Emphasizing the need for individuals diagnosed with cancer to tell their stories, the authors encourage keeping a journal. The act of getting thoughts and experiences out of the mind and onto paper supports emotional cleansing. “It’s important to share the real story of the emotional storm that is cancer, as well as the ravages of its treatments and invisible, but lingering side effects; to tell the tale of the cancer survivor who is moving from patient to person; and to explore and discover who you are after having faced down your mortality,” Krauter counsels.

Changed Paradigm

Results of the Human Genome Project, as well as the work of Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., stem cell biologist and author of The Biology of Belief, and other epigenetic researchers support the point that “environmental signals” that directly affect our DNA expression include our thoughts, emotions, belief system, exposure to sunlight, exercise and everything we put into our body. Such new science shatters the idea that we are victims of our genes and environment. It shines light on the fact that we have tremendous power to shape and direct our own physical health. Our entire lifestyle is pivotal. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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It’s FUN! How Changing Your Thinking Changes Everything by April Thompson


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or 40 years, Social Psychologist Ellen Langer has conducted pioneering research on the power of our minds to shape health and well-being. Langer’s work demonstrates that changing what we think and believe can transform not only our experiences, but also our bodies—a once-radical idea now common among neuroscientists. Her unconventional experiments often involve mind tricks: taking elders’ subjective thoughts back 20 years to reverse objective metrics of aging; fostering weight loss in a group of hotel maids by simply suggesting that their jobs qualify as exercise; and even changing blood sugar levels in diabetics by speeding up or slowing down p e r c e iv e d t i m e d u r i n g a v i d e o game session. Affectionately dubbed the “Mother of Mindfulness”, Langer was the first female professor to earn tenure in Harvard University’s psychology department. A prolific writer and scientist, she has authored more than 200 related articles and 11 books, including Mindfulness; The Power of Mindful Learning; On Becoming an Artist: Reinventing Yourself Through Mindful Creativity; and Counterclockwise:

Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility. Langer lives, paints, works and observes the world from Cambridge, Massachusetts. Learn more at Ellen

What is mindful learning, and how can we best practice it? All learning is mindful; the only way to learn is by noticing new things. When we stop observing and get into our heads, wondering if that answer was right or if we responded quickly enough, we exit learning mode and enter mindlessness, where no learning can really take place. Part of what makes travel exciting, for example, is that we are primed to experience new things and pay attention to them, but actually, newness surrounds us at all times, no matter where we are. What makes us mindless is the mistaken notion of already knowing, when everything is always changing.

What techniques, with or without meditation, can we adopt to change our mindset and mental habits to reduce stress and increase health and happiness?

Most mindlessness occurs by default, rather than design. If we all realized that through mindfulness we could look better, feel better, be better received and do better things—all claims that are supported by scientific research—it wouldn’t be hard to choose. Meditation is essentially a tool to lead you to the simple act of intentional noticing, but many routes lead to that destination. One way to learn mindfully is to learn conditionally; to see the world as “it would seem that” and “could be”, which is very different than “it is.” If we recognized that evaluations occur in our heads rather than the external world, much of our stress would dissipate. Negativity and stress are typically a result of mindless ruminations about negative things we think are inevitable. If we simply ask ourselves why the dreaded event might not occur, we’d be less stressed. Next, if we ask ourselves how it may actually be a good thing if it does happen, again stress would diminish. 

How do the mental constructs we attach to our experiences affect outcomes of health and well-being? Mental constructs are positions we consider as accepted certainties. When a physician makes a diagnosis, most people take it as a certainty and behave accordingly. Assuming that pain, decline or failure is inevitable can cause an individual to give up hope of complete recovery. But science only suggests probabilities, and if we understand this, we’ll go to work on a solution. We have a tremendous amount of control over our health that goes untapped. Placebos are today’s strongest medications demonstrating this fact. Initially, placebos were frowned upon by the pharmaceutical industry because a drug couldn’t be brought to market if a placebo was just as effective. When someone gives you a pill and you get better not because of the pill, but because of your beliefs about it, you realize that what stands in the way of healing is your own mindset.

How have you seen these principles play out in your own life? My fascination with the ability of our mind to change our health began when my mother’s diagnosed metastasized breast cancer disappeared, a fact the medical world could not explain. Since then, my own prognosis related to a smashed ankle from a Beth Israel teaching hospital physician with the Harvard Medical School, stating that I would always walk with a limp and never play tennis again, has been completely overturned. My mission coming out of these two experiences is to determine how we can apply our mental capacities to increase control of our health and well-being. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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FEAST IN THE FIELDS The Rise of Pop-Up Organic Dining by John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist


he flip side of enjoying farm to table is taking the table to the farm. Socalled “pop-up feasts” are booming at farms throughout the country during growing and harvest seasons. While the format varies, dinners are typically hosted on working rural or urban farms, last about three hours and include aperitifs and a tour before the meal. Wine pairings or beer tastings and live music may be among the enticing activities offered. Gabriele Marewski, owner of Paradise Farms, near Miami, Florida, was a pioneering forerunner of the trend. For 10 years prior to retirement, she hosted more than 50 chefs, served thousands of guests an organic Dinner in Paradise and raised more than $50,000 for area charities. Periodic onsite dinners continue ( “Many chefs are active in farm-totable dinners on the West Coast. We also see participation among wineries, orchards, cheese makers and breweries,” says A.K. Crump, CEO of TasteTV, in San Francisco, which also supervises “People like to


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meet the meal maker and know more about the origin of what they eat.” “I started Dinner on the Farm nine years ago to create unique experiences that connect people to the places their food is grown and the people that grow them,” says Monica Walch, whose pop-up dinners are served picnic-style for friends and families that bring their own tableware. Her company’s Midwest events, usually offered on Minnesota and Wisconsin farms, always feature local chefs, food ingredients and breweries (DinnerOn “There’s nothing like being comfortably seated in the field where your food is growing and having the opportunity to enjoy it just hours after it’s been picked. Then, add in one-on-one conversations with your chef, brewer and farmer, as well as like-minded community members,” observes Walch, who grew up on an organic dairy farm in Minnesota. Setting the bar for high-end, white tablecloth, adults-only communal

events, Outstanding in the Field tours the country to offer a taste of fresh, local cuisine prepared by top regional chefs. They’re known for serving meals on long tables set up in fields on prairie ranches, in olive groves or fruit orchards, as well as at urban rooftop farms or near vegetable row crops. “Our mission is to get folks out to the farm and honor the people whose good work brings nourishment to the table,” says organization founder and chef/artist Jim Denevan. More than 90, five-hour events that include appetizers and a guided farm tour are being held all the way through November in more than a dozen states (see “Some of our most popular events feature farmers of the sea, and are set alongside the ocean or other bodies of water,” adds Lisa Supple, publicist for the company. “They feature local fisher people and oyster and abalone farmers.” “Epicurean San Diego offers pop-up farm dinner events at Dickinson Farm, in National City, California,” explains owner Stephanie Parker (EpicureanSanDiego. com). “We strive to completely source our produce from the farm.” The veteranowned, certified organic Dickinson Farm features heirloom fruits, vegetables and herbs grown on a large city lot. “We have focused on urban farms to inspire more people to grow their own food and to show that you don’t have to live on a huge piece of property in the countryside,” Parker notes. Some pop-up feasts are managed directly by local farmers in partnership with lead chefs. Others serve as annual

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Pizza on the Farm event at Dream Acres, served by a waiter on stilts, in Rogers, Minnesota. fundraising events, like The Foodshed Alliance’s Farm to Fork Dinner and Wine Tasting, now in its seventh year ( 2Fork). It’s held at the Alba Vineyard, in Milford, New Jersey, which practices renewable viticulture. “We already have eight chefs lined up to prepare an eight-course, locally sourced, wine-pairing dinner served among the vines,” explains Kendrya Close, executive director of the alliance. Expert winemakers select each course’s pairing. “We’re proud to be the hardworking roadies that set the stage for America’s rock star farmers,” says Denevan. John Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist, co-authors of ECOpreneuring and Farmstead Chef, operate the Inn Serendipity, in Browntown, WI.

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CREATE A LOVE NEST Set Out a Welcome Mat for a Soulmate by Arielle Ford


ust as we need to create space in our daily schedule to nurture a new relationship, we must create space in our home to welcome in new love. It’s called “feathering the nest”. Think about the first time that our soulmate will walk into our home—what they will they see, smell and feel. Even an inviting, cozy environment may need an upgrade. The underlying vibration or feeling of a place reflects the home’s

energy. Whatever has happened there since its beginning, including arguments, illnesses or times of loneliness, have all left an unseen layer of negative energy. You could say that the walls “talk”. To begin preparing our home to welcome a mate, first remove the clutter. Piles of magazines, stacks of unshelved books and excessive furnishings are blocking and keeping in

old energy and preventing good, clean new energy from flowing. Be sure to remove all photographs and souvenirs that are reminders of past lovers; throw them away or put them in a box away from your home. These daily, unconscious memory triggers keep you stuck in the past. Clearing everything out is like putting out a cosmic welcome mat to the Universe that we are now ready, willing and available to receive new love. Next, it’s time to dispel the unseen energies. The fastest, easiest method is the Native American technique of smudging. The smoke will purify the space. Light a piece of white sage on a small plate and when it is smoking (not flaming) run the smoke up, down and around every room, closet, door and window frame throughout the entire home. Alternatively, on a sunny day, open all the doors and windows and, applying a broom and imagination, sweep out the old energies. Just as nature abhors a vacuum and calls in matter to fill the empty space, so making space in our home assists in calling in love. Consciously create “space” by placing an empty nightstand on “their” side of the bed, plus have at least one empty dresser drawer waiting for them. Create inviting space in a closet and clear a shelf in a bathroom cabinet. If we have a two-car garage and have been parking in the middle, pick a side and begin only parking on “our side”. The most essential ingredient to “feathering the nest” is a strong intention to remove any old, outdated, limiting or negative energies that may be preventing love from finding its way to our door. Once free from unwanted clutter and obstructions, it becomes our sanctuary of vibrant, attractive energy. Arielle Ford is the author of 11 books, including Turn Your Mate Into Your Soulmate and The Soulmate Secret: Manifest The Love of Your Life With The Law of Attraction. Her latest, Inkspirations: Love By Design, is a transformational coloring book. She lives in La Jolla, CA. Learn more at


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TUESDAY, AUGUST 1 THURSDAY, AUGUST 31 Working with Angels | Phone/Internet Hours vary. An initiation class can help you get the most out of your relationship with an angel. Achieve your life’s purpose, feel more alive, open your heart, live your dreams and understand life more fully than ever imagined! You’ll permanently transform your body’s energy to work on yourself or others. Free/lecture. Call Loretta Metzger a certified SUN teacher for hours at, 925-954-7908.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2 How to Empty the Mental Bucket | Walnut Creek 6-8pm. With Michael Disend, a certified Hynotherapist. Presenting a four week hypnosis series, ‘All Things are Possible.’ This week learn to use selfhypnosis to stop the night-time chatter and slide into sleep. Please reserve seating in advance. Free. Walnut Creek Library, 1644 N Broadway, Walnut Creek. Call the library at 925-977-3340.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 5 Summer Breeze 10K, 5K, Half-Marathon | San Leandro 7am. Start times vary by race type and class. All are welcome! Yes, even hikers and walkers. August is great weather to run in with the cool breezes, not to mention the flat courses and other amenities you will receive for participating in this event. Monarch Bay Dr, San Leandro. Call for information at, 510-750-5919. Registration at Breema: From Separation Toward Unity | Santa Cruz 10am-1pm. Learn to move, think and feel in a new yet totally natural way in this peaceful venue, via Breema’s practical, down-to earth approach to being present. CE for nurses, bodyworkers, LMFTs, LCSWs and LPCCs. $40. The Subud Center, 3800 Old San Jose Rd, Soquel. 510-428-0937. Huna, Level I (Hawaiian Spirituality) Workshop | Walnut Creek 1-6pm. Huna offers a profoundly beautiful philosophy of life. Receive attunements to work with: 3 selves, open heart to “life”, mental and subconscious cleansing, connect to earth, Huna meditation and more. May also be arranged as private workshop. $100. For course descriptions or to register, 925-954-7908. Sun88@

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9 Doing Away with Doubt & Fear | Walnut Creek 6-8pm. With Michael Disend, a certified Hynotherapist. Presenting a four-week hypnosis series, ‘All


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Things are Possible.’ This week learn to use selfhypnosis for never taking a negative suggestion from anyone, including yourself! Please reserve seating in advance. Free. Walnut Creek Library, 1644 N Broadway, Walnut Creek. Call the library at 925-977-3340.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 12 The Town’s Half Marathon 2017 | Oakland 7am. Oakland, a city like no other. See for yourself the diversity, the beauty, the history and the serenity that lies within the lakeside park. See all that while taking part in the 5K, or pushing yourself in the halfmarathon. Either way you’ll want to be a part of this spectacular event. $45-$299. Frank H Ogawa Plaza, 1 Frank H Ogawa Plaza, Oakland. More information and registration at Cinderella Trail Run | Oakland 8am. From kids’ races to the well-seasoned best of the best, all will be out here competing! Don’t miss out, whether you’re in it or just watching, there is some type of race for every runner. Not only will you go through one park today but you’ll actually be going to the Redwood Regional Park also. Enjoy the spectacular views of the Oakland Hills and the Bay Area along the way. Aid stations are fully stocked every 3 to 6 miles with fresh fruit, salty snacks, assorted candy and water. Be sure to carry your own bottled water for between stations. The Marathon and 50KM is time limited. Joaquin Miller Park, 3300 Joaquin Miller Rd, Oakland. Information or to register,

SUNDAY, AUGUST 13 Angel of Abundance Workshop | Walnut Creek 1-3:30pm. Attunements from this Mystery School Angel for a deeper understanding of all types of abundance, not just financial. Also helps to release blocks to abundance. Can also be arranged as private workshop. $50. For course descriptions and to register, 925-954-7908.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 15 Free Angel Lecture | Phone 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. For course descriptions and to register, 925-954-7908.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16 Head Learning & Soul Wisdom: a Brother & Sister Act | Walnut Creek 6-8pm. With Michael Disend, a certified Hynotherapist. Presenting a four week hypnosis series, ‘All Things are Possible.’ This week learn to use the subconscious to solve your problems and guide your

life. Please reserve seating in advance. Free. Walnut Creek Library, 1644 N Broadway, Walnut Creek. Call the library at 925-977-3340.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 19 Pet First Aid & CPR | Oakland 9am-1pm. Open to all ages. You may save your pets life on day! Learn emergency care after an injury to your pet. Learn to safely transport your pet to the clinic; your pet is depending on you. This program teaches first aid for wounds, fractures, choking, cardiac emergency and snake bites. A booklet and certificate are included in the fee. Pre-registration required. $51. MLK Jr, Shoreline Center/Doolittle Staging Area, Swan Way, Oakland. Information and registration at Angel of Power & Integrity Workshop | Walnut Creek 1-5pm. Attunements from this Mystery School Angel, empowering you to become your true-self by transforming the ego, making it more transparent to divine light. $50. For course descriptions and to register, 925954-7908.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 20 Breema: Experiencing Harmony in the Moment | San Francisco 10am-1pm. This class offers us the possibility of having a supportive atmosphere within ourselves, as the foundation for balance and harmony in our daily lives. CE available. $30/if registered by 8/14, $40/after 8/14. Mobu Dance Studio, 1605 Church St, San Francisco. 510-428-0937.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 22 Saratoga & Big Basin Redwoods | Emeryville 9:30am. Enjoy the beauty of the infamous Redwoods as you run this looped trail, or any other trail you choose, many are available. You may start with a no-host lunch or shopping in the historic downtown of Saratoga. $11. Emeryville Senior Center, 4321 Salem St, Emeryville. Information and registration at

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23 Spirit the Thinker, Mind the Actor & Matter the Substance | Walnut Creek 6-8pm. With Michael Disend, a certified Hynotherapist. Presenting a four week hypnosis series, ‘All Things are Possible’. This week learn how to manage your pain and master self-healing. Please reserve seating in advance. Free. Walnut Creek Library, 1644 N Broadway, Walnut Creek. Call the library at 925977-3340.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 24 Breema | Morgan Hill 6-8pm. Breema offers a practical way to unify the energies of mind, body and feelings to support being present and living more fully and meaningfully. $20/if registered by 8/17, $25/if after. Restoration Bodyworx Studio, 261 West Main Ave, Morgan Hill. 408-8922820. Angelic Open & Shield Throat Chakra, Level I | 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. May also be arranged as private workshop. $75. For course descriptions and to register, 925-954-7908.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 26 Adults & Teens Learn-to Ride | Oakland 10am-1pm. If you’ve never learned to ride a bike, or learned a very long time ago and need a refresher course to relearn the rules of the road, now is your time! This class is designed for adults and teens and is taught by our patient, non-judgmental instructors. A working bicycle and helmet are required, and bikes are available to rent with prior reservations. Shafter Ave & Forest St, Rockridge BART (west side parking lot), Oakland.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 27 Peace, Harmony & Flow | San Francisco 11am. The Sound Healing Research Foundation is devoted to the advancement of harmony, peace and states of consciousness. Spend the day wrapped in serenity, calmness and tranquility, all while in a spectacular, sacred space. Prices vary. Congregation Sherith, 2266 California St, San Francisco. More information and registration go to or


save the date Bhakti Fest | Joshua Tree Join some of the best yoga teachers and workshop leaders in the world to celebrate the devotional paths of yoga! This event is a drug and alcohol free vehicle for evolution of human consciousness through a heart-centered revolution. Practice techniques with the best, dance to sacred music and take workshops in the field of personal growth. Camp out under the stars or stay at any one of the many hotels in the surrounding area. Swimming, free filtered drinking water and the best vegetarian food at any festival around! Student, senior, military and local resident discounts available. More information at

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 The Blessed Mother Initiation | Sausalito 10am-3pm. Hosted this year by Erin Massengale of Ancient Traditions Healing, and Gina Fink of Magical and Practical. Join a tribe of women who heal together and gain a deep sense of connection to the amazing soul you have always been. This sacred goddess initiation will let go of pain stored in our womb from trauma, shame and life’s disappointments. It will free you from the story of pain, to allow you to birth a story of freedom and joy. Moving forward in life knowing you have been healed. $497. Green Gulch Farm, between Sausalito and Stinson beach. Questions, please call Erin, 925-725-1067 or Gina, 925-698-9165. Information available at Finding Harmony in All Your Relationships | Oakland 7-8:30pm. Explore the universal principles underlying Breema’s approach to life and health. Learn to bring body and mind together and will see possibilities you otherwise couldn’t have seen. The energy you invest in becoming more present is always wisely spent! Before and after class, participants can receive a complimentary mini-session to experience the effect of Breema first-hand. The Breema Center, 6076 Claremont Ave, Oakland. For more information call 510-428-0937.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 MCKS Achieving Oneness with the Higher Soul | Sunnyvale 10am-10pm. Ancient meditations kept secret for centuries will be revealed and taught to the public for the first time. These techniques allow you to accelerate the union of your incarnated soul, (often described as the personality or lower self) with your higher soul). This phenomenon is known as “Soul-Realization”, “Enlightenment” or “Self-Realization”. Country Inn & Suites by Carlson, 1300 Chesapeake Ter, Sunnyvale. More information and registration available at and

planahead SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 & SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1 MCKS Pranic Healing Level I | Sunnyvale 9am-5:30pm. Learn the basics of working with your energy aura. Feel the energy clean away congested energy to energize areas in your aura. Some other topics covered in this class are: energetic anatomy, preventive healing, self-pranic healing and step-by step techniques for ailments. All principles explained thoroughly, and you’ll practice the techniques exhaustively so you’ll be confident in your ability to produce positive results. Country Inn & Suites by Carlson, 1300 Chesapeake Ter, Sunnyvale. More information and registration is available at and

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1 & MONDAY, OCTOBER 2 MCKS Advanced Pranic Healing Level II | Sunnyvale 7-11pm. A specialized workshop for those who wish to become more effective healers. Learn to utilize color prana for quicker, more effective healing results. Learn to interpret and assess more quickly and effectively the correction of imbalances in the energy field patterns. You’ll be able to interpret and assess more quickly and effectively the correction of imbalances in the energy field patterns. Imagine learning to help accelerate healing and recovery, by influencing and reprogramming the consciousness of diseased cells and organs, and so much more. Prerequisite Pranic Healing Level I. Country Inn & Suites by Carlson, 1300 Chesapeake Ter, Sunnyvale. Information and registration at and

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 Leadership in Sustainability & Green Building Awards | Concord 6-9pm. The 9th annual awards ceremony to celebrate the local individuals and organizations for their outstanding contributions and commitment to a healthy environment, economy, and society is upon us again. Please help Contra Costa remain a great place to live for the next generations to come. This event is a fund raiser where guests will enjoy food, wine and beer from local businesses. Enjoy live music and partake in a silent auction featuring products and goods from our locals. The evening will end with dessert and the awards ceremony. Hilton Concord, 1970 Diamond Blvd, Concord. For more information and to register please go to


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sunday 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 FleetFarmingOak.

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. Kundlini Meditation & Shakti Transmission | Walnut Creek

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. 510451-8822.

5-6pm. Class includes shakti transmission, guided meditation and discussion about spiritual practice. Kundalini meditation is an ancient tantric spiritual practice that allows us to experience our own direct, inner connection with the divine and integrate that awareness into daily life. Required intro for 1sttimers by appointment at 4:15pm. $10-$20/class, sliding scale no one turned away for lack of funds. MDi Wellness Center, 325 N Wiget Lane, Ste 130, (off Ygnacio Valley Rd), Walnut Creek. 510-9172349.

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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.

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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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. 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. Needle Crafters | San Leandro 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.


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monday Radio Show-Life Insights Live, Personal Growth Radio | East Bay 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: No Judgment | 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 is 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. SufiUniversity. org/INFO. 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. 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. 510-548-3333. 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. Spiritual Studies Group | Online 6:30-7:30pm. 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month via Skype. Study Esoteric Psychology Volume I, by AliceBailey. Participants read at their own pace. Be prepared to share something you’ve read and how it affected you. Free. Learn more about it by contacting Janet at Details at Tradional Music Jams | Dublin 7-9pm. If you’re a fan of Irish music or a musician, this is where you ought to be! On the first and third Tuesday of the month you can sit back and enjoy the traditional Irish Jam band, and on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month, you can enjoy the Bluegrass Jam band. Come out and be a supporter of the Dublin Heritage Park and Museums! Free/ admission, donations accepted. Heritage Park, 6600 Donlon Way, Dublin. For more information call 925-425-2100. 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 8444164. 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.

wednesday ThetaHealing & New Offerings at IRE | Oakland & Modesto Not only distributors, we have displays of both dōTerra Oils and Nikken products in both locations. IRE staff members are offering introductory sessions to instruct and support you. $50. We are available for your inquiries or registration at 510654-1405. Toddler Time at Bay Street | Emeryville Noon-1pm. For children 1-3 years of age. Children

and parents are invited to spend an hour of fun and laughter together with friends, family or maybe make new friends. Interactive storytelling, dancing, arts, crafts, sing-alongs and good old fashion fun for everyone! Free. Bay Street, 5616 Bay St, Emeryville. Questions, 510-655-4002. More information at Where Women Learn The Art And Soul Of Public Speaking | Livermore 6-9pm. 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. Come experience a safe community of women where you can explore your truths that your soul is waiting to express. Experience what it feels like to be seen and celebrated for your brilliance and for being your authentic self. Space is limited, must RSVP. $25. A private location in Livermore, upon registration you will receive address. Lia Venet, 510-381-5568. Lia_Venet@yahoo. com., WomanSpeak.SafeCHKOut. net/intro-l-venet. 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 or MTHWellnessCenter. Transcendental Meditation | Berkeley Noon. Learn about transcendental meditation. Berkeley TM Center, 950 Gilman St, #100, Berkeley. 510-872-2287. 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 415505 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 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. Clarity Artisans Night | Dublin 4-8pm. This is not your typical farmers’ market with baked goods, festivities, locally grown produce and hot food for everyone to enjoy. Here we celebrate special events like free concerts, children’s activities, cooking demonstrations and local arts and crafts. Family-friendly atmosphere. Free/admission. Emerald Glen Park, 4201 Central Pkwy, Dublin. Frank Luna, 925-556-4506. 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 A.Dunn@ 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

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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-NJess. 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. KRohnem@Galileo

friday Nia | Oakland 8:45am. See Monday listing for details. Namaste Rockridge, 5416 College Ave, Oakland. Info@ Bites Off-Broadway: Food Trucks, Block Party & Picnic | Oakland 5:30-8:30pm. Come out and enjoy the late afternoon weather and sunshine while the food trucks gather and prepare to dazzle you with their savory treats, sure to satisfy any palate. Plenty of room for the kids to play lawn games and the adults can kick back and enjoy the live music! Free/admission, money needed for food purchase. Studio One Art Center, 465 45th St, Oakland, (in front of). More information at 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 locatedindoors. 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


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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.

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. Grow@ 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 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. 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. 925-4842199. 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. East Bay Bike Party | East Bay 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

saturday 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. EthanFalls@ 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 is there to ask for? Free admission.

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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. In these classes you will learn selfbreema exercises that you can take home and practice to support presence and vitality in your day, and learn and exchange some Breema bodywork. $10/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. Morning Meditation | Berkeley 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. Bloomin’ Belly Flow Prenatal Yoga | Walnut Creek 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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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 16.


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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.

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 began in March. Call me for a free initial 30-minute consultation. (See calendar items on Mondays and Saturdays.)

HERBAL MEDICINE ANCIENT TRAdITIONS HEALING 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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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.

HOLISTIC HEALTH COACH ALEXANdRA LE Ny HEALTH COACHING 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 VETERINARIAN 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 13.

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.

Nothing you wear is more important than your smile. ~Connie Stevens

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.


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.

Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together. ~Thomas Dekker NUTRITIONIST NUTRAPARTNERS

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.



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.


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.


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


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.


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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