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pring is my favorite season. I love how nature comes alive, standing strong in its power of renewal, sharing its vibrant beauty with us, spreading its healing resonance. It’s also my favorite time of year to venture out on hikes and one that comes to mind as I write happened a few years ago on Mother’s Day. Due to a last-minute shift in plans, I wound up walking the trail alone, which became a wondrous gift. With my mom having recently passed away, I was sorely in need of nature’s solace. Having one of my favorite short trails all to myself felt heaven-sent. As most hikers do, I have a few special spots I especially enjoy and as I rounded one of them, I felt a little sprinkle. It was such a beautiful day, I wondered if I had imagined drops of rain or maybe it was something else; I stopped and looked around to spot a likely source. Next I reached a part of the path embraced by tree branches gracefully meeting in the middle overhead. Here the sky let loose and rain began to pour down in healing benediction just as I began to release my fresh grief in tears. The magic of the timing and the fact that as I stepped forward into this sacred space not a drop touched me, stunned me. I never got wet along the entire trail and with each step forward it felt like pain was falling away from me and I was being renewed. When I eventually looked up ahead at the end of the trail, the sun shined brightly. God’s message of healing illustrated by the light at the end of the tunnel was clear, loud and real. When we are open and raw such special experiences speak our name. When we come to a position of attention to their blessings, they are able to uplift and change our mindset. We always own the power to shift to a fresh perspective. I hope that spring’s bounty grants you a welcome awakening that you are prepared to receive, just because you gifted yourself a little time in nature. In good health,

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newsbriefs Hawaiian Spirituality Workshop Offered in Walnut Creek


oin Loretta Metzger of the Spiritual Unfoldment Network (SUN) for a Huna Hawaiian spirituality workshop, from 1 to 6:30 p.m., May 27, in Walnut Creek. Metzger will also lead a free Huna phone lecture and demonstration, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., May 8. The Huna tradition places equal emphasis on connecting with our spirituality and connecting with the Earth, our bodies and our emotions. Through a set of simple, dynamic practices, Huna teaches us to celebrate life and to merge matter and spirit. The Huna philosophy is one of life centered in love and the vision of humankind, nature, and the divine as harmonious parts of a cosmic community. Metzger’s workshop is designed to give participants the ability through initiations to connect with the Earth in a new and deeper way. Students of Huna will learn to access “kala” empowerment to dissolve emotional conflict at the subconscious level, clear negative thought forms the Huna way, harmonize the three selves, work with issues of the heart, and increase the capacity to enjoy life. “The ancient and powerful Cross of Fire initiation works with a whole system of energy centers and channels that most people aren’t aware they have,” says Metzger. “Initiation deepens work with the chakra and meridian systems and accesses transformational potential unavailable with only chakra and meridian work.” For more information, call 925954-7908, email Sun88@juno. com or visit Spiritual-Initiations. com. See listing, page 31.

Unconditional Love Coach Presents Placerville Retreat, Free Lecture in San Francisco


udith Costa is a Miamibased Unconditional Love Coach who will present the retreat How to Find Your Soul Mate, June 8 to 11, at the Eden Vale Inn, in Placerville. During her visit to California, Costa also offers private coaching sessions Judith Costa and the free lecture Loving Yourself is the Solution, from 7 to 9 p.m. on June 7, at The Center SF, in San Francisco. Costa says the Placerville retreat will focus on what we need to know and do to find true love easily. Participants will learn from Costa the meaning of a Soulmate relationship, how to prepare for the arrival of a Soulmate, how past relationships are affecting our capability to attract Love, and why Self-Love is the key to manifest a true Love. Costa will also teach the 3-step formula to attracting a Soulmate, and how to identify and release patterns and unconscious beliefs that prevent us from attracting the kind of relationship we desire. A speaker, writer and seminar-leader with a master’s degree in psychology and psychotherapy, Costa leads workshops and retreats around the world using various techniques, including the Akashic Records, past life regression, astrology and dream interpretation. Costa works with groups and individuals, both online and in person, to help them overcome their blocks to Love and know themselves better. “My work involves teaching about what true Love is, how to improve the Love for yourself, and how to manifest the relationship you want and deserve,” says Costa. Retreat location: 1780 Springvale Rd., Placerville. Lecture location: 548 Fillmore St., San Francisco. For more information, call 646-204-4535, email JudithMCosta@hotmail. com or visit See ad, page 3.


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Spiritual Counselor Starts Online Reading Group


oin spiritual counselor Janet Myatt for a new, no-cost, online, spiritual studies reading group that meets from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. PT on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Participants read at their own pace and come to meetings prepared to discuss specific topics from the book. The group is currently reading Esoteric Psychology I, by Alice Bailey. “I’m passionate about getting the word out about these phenomenal books,” says Myatt. “They have Janet Myatt worked in a powerfully catalytic way in my life. New levels of awareness have opened up for me seemingly by osmosis just from reading the material and putting the practices to use.” Myatt is a teacher, healer and licensed minister. Her training includes a master’s degree in psychology, 30 years of extensive spiritual studies, and 10 years of advanced training at an awareness institute specializing in healing and strengthening the mind/body connection. For more information, visit See listing, page 31.

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or about three hours on March 11, California met its goal to produce roughly half the state’s electricity from renewable sources, according to a new estimate from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The DOE’s statistics division used data from the California Independent System Operator, which manages the electricity grid across 80 percent of California and part of Nevada. The milestone was met when almost 40 percent of the electricity flowing across the grid came from large-scale solar power plants. Take into account electricity produced by California homes and businesses, and solar power met about half the overall midday electricity demand. California aims to have 50 percent of all electricity come from renewable sources by 2030. And according to the California Energy Commission, the Golden State is ahead of schedule to meet Renewable Portfolio Standards requirements for 2017. For more information, visit natural awakenings

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ay 11 is Bike to School Day, an annual event that coincides with Bike to Work Day and supports and encourages pedalpowered commutes to schools throughout our communities. Each year, Bike to School Day and other events help build bicycle awareness that lasts far beyond May, National Bike Month. Throughout May, the nonprofit organization Bike East Bay will help local schools host Kids’ Bike Rodeos at no cost. Bike East Bay’s team of youth cycling instructors are available to lead fun-filled bike rodeos at elementary schools, festivals, street fairs, and other events. Bike Rodeos are for youngsters in grades kindergarten through sixth, and include a mock city course, bike instruction and skill-building exercises. Bikes and helmets are provided, or children may bring their own. For questions or to schedule an event, contact Bike East Bay’s Events Manager Dave Mann at For more information, visit

olistic therapist and Certified Grief Recovery Specialist Tina Kopko now offers a discount of $120 off her eight-week Grief Recovery Method Support Group beginning in June. Register by May 15 to take advantage of the early bird special. Held on Monday evenings in her Oakland office, Kopko’s support groups are designed to help grievers find the unresolved and incomplete parts of a relationship or life circumstance, and become emotionally complete, so they can reclaim the positive memories and move forward with renewed hope and vitality. Says Kopko, “Grief is the natural and normal reacTina Kopko tion to loss. It is unresolved grief that can cause problems in our lives, such as difficulty concentrating, isolation, a sense of numbness, disrupted sleeping patterns, altered eating habits, massive loss of energy, or an inability to feel joy. Many people alter their life choices after a series of unresolved losses, in order to protect themselves from further heartbreak. Usually this translates into living a guarded life, and a reluctance to participate fully in relationships or new endeavors.” Kopko’s support group provides a safe environment for participants to look at their old beliefs about dealing with loss, which losses have affected their lives, and take actions that will lead them to say goodbye to unresolved material in order to find completion and move on. For more information, call 510-813-9811, email or visit See listing, page 30.

KidFest Returns to Concord on Memorial Day Weekend


ay Area Festivals, Inc. presents its annual Bay Area KidFest, May 27 to 29, at Mt. Diablo High School, in Concord. The three-day event of live entertainment, arts and crafts, rides and games is designed to stimulate learning, exploration and creativity in a child-centered, alcohol-free and smokeless environment. KidFest features more than 20 attractions to delight youngsters and a food court to keep kids fueled for more fun. The event features pony rides and a petting zoo, and a number of thrilling rides, including the zip line, Ferris wheel, EuroBungy trampoline and giant slide, reminding parents why KidFest Concord was voted Best Community Event, by readers last year. KidFest also nurtures the joy found in giving back by hosting a canned food collection for the the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano Counties. Since 2010, Bay Area Festivals, Inc. events have raised $80,000 in cash donations for community organizations and collected 30,000 pounds of canned foods for the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. Location: 2450 Grant St., Concord. For more information, visit


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healthbriefs My Pharmacy, My Kitchen: Ayurvedic wisdom for your good health…


ay is the month to gradually letting go of spring and inviting the summer heat. Whereas some of us love the heat, there are some, who cannot tolerate the heat or get adversely affected. Here are few ayurvedic tips that can be incorporated to balance ourselves in the heat. Ayurveda explains that excess heat (Imbalanced Pitta) in the body can be seen to manifest in a wide range of conditions like skin ulcers, acne, rosacea, sunburn, heartburn, high blood pressure, liver weakness, general fatigue, diarrhea, dehydration, insomnia and others. Here are few cooling recipes from our Ayurvedic Kitchen: n Hydrating Rasa – Blend some dates and raisins, in coconut water. Add some fresh lemon juice and a pinch of salt. This blend provides and instant support for dehydration. Excellent replenishment after swimming or outdoor games or after school. n Skin Burns, Acne, Rosacea – Apply fresh Aloe pulp on your skin before and after sun exposure. Alternatively, make a face pack paste with this mixture: ½ tsp Sandalwood powder, ½ tsp orange zest or Pomegranate skin powder / or Neem leaf powder and a pinch of turmeric powder. You may add cool water or cold milk to make the paste. Apply the face pack with gentle massage on the face. Leave it for about 15

mins until it is dried. Wash off gently with cool water. n Heartburn – ½ cup cold milk (Cow, Almond or Rice) with ½ tsp of brown sugar. Gives quick relief. n Mint and Cilantro chutney – Blend in some fresh mint—Cilantro leaves to make a paste. You could also add some avocado and tomatoes. Add salt to taste and if preferred, squeeze in some fresh lime juice. Alternatively, mint and cilantro blended in 8 to 10 ounces water or coconut juice helps for high blood pressure.

n Liver Detox – Put 1tsp of coarsely ground cumin and coriander seeds in glass. Pour 10 oz hot water over it and seep through the night. Next morning strain the liquid and make it luke warm. Drink this on an empty stomach. Doing this for 21 days before summer helps to cleanse the liver and support the hepatocytes for its normal physiological functions. After the 21 days, depending on the level of toxins accumulated in the body, some might also need a deeper cleansing in the form of purgation (Virechana). Virechana should be done under the supervision of an ayurvedic practitioner. Please note that this article holds general information. Our body might respond differently depending on its unique constitution. For a deeper analysis of the body constitution please contact Rashana or your Ayurvedic practitioner. For questions or comments, call 925255-5375, Rashana R. Sharma (BHMS, CCH, AWP) or visit See listing, page 29.

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healthbriefs Silver Colloids Support Sinus Health Naturally


or people with sensitive sinuses, life can seem like a contest between breathing more freely and staying off of steroid sprays and antibiotics, because using them regularly in a preventative manner can lead to serious health consequences. Naturally maintaining sinus health requires an antimicrobial agent that kills offending microbes, yet is harmless enough to use several times a day indefinitely. A natural protocol that uses an enhanced aqueous silver colloid of greater than 30 parts per million is now being used to relieve the burden on the immune system and prevent chronic irritation of sinus passageways. One crucial function our sinuses perform is filtering the air we breathe,

which is filled with viruses, bacteria and fungi. The easiest way to maintain sinus health is to kill these pathogens before their numbers become large. Silver colloids, delivered through the nose with either a neti pot or nasal spray bottle are one way to do this, according to Steven Frank, author of Managing Sinus Health: Clearing Sinus Infections Without Antibiotics. For the remedy to work, it is important to blow the nose prior to use and then coat the tissues of the nasal passageways, allowing the liquid to remain there as long as possible. Then a second, similar spray application can follow after a few minutes, avoiding blowing the nose in the interval. Frank is the founder of Nature’s Rite

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study from the University of Prague, in the Czech Republic, has found that extracts from the bark of the Hintonia latiflora, a tree grown in Mexico and South America, can help regulate blood glucose levels in people with Type 2 diabetes. Researchers administered a capsule containing a dry concentrated extract from the plant to 32 subjects with the condition and monitored their blood glucose levels for six months. The subjects experienced an 11 percent decrease in glycated hemoglobin, an indicator that the body can better regulate blood glucose levels during the period, as well as a slight reduction in cholesterol and triglycerides. The researchers also found the natural treatment resulted in a 25 percent reduction in fasting blood glucose levels and a 22 percent reduction in post-meal glucose levels. Liver enzymes showed improved levels in the subjects, as well. No adverse side effects were observed.

study from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island, has linked alcohol consumption with an increased risk of melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer. Using data from three studies, researchers followed 210,252 adults for an average of 18 years each using food-frequency questionnaires to measure alcohol consumption. Comparing the results to instances of melanoma among the participants, they found that each alcoholic beverage consumed on average per day was associated with a 14 percent increased risk of melanoma. An associated conclusion was that individuals that regularly drank alcohol were 73 percent more likely to be diagnosed with melanoma on the trunk of the body than non-drinkers. “The clinical and biological significance of these findings remains to be determined, but for motivated individuals, counseling regarding alcohol use may be an appropriate strategy to reduce risks of melanoma, as well as other cancers,” explains Eunyoung Cho, Sc.D., the study’s lead author and an associate professor of dermatology and epidemiology at the university.

Prenatal Omega-3 Reduces Kids’ Asthma Risk


esearchers from the Copenhagen University Hospital, in Denmark, discovered expectant mothers that take omega-3 supplements while pregnant reduce the risk that their babies will develop asthma. Analyzing blood samples from 695 Danish women at 24 weeks of gestation and again one week after birth, the study tested the levels of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)— long-chain omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, fish oil and DHAalgae supplements—in the women’s blood. The health of the babies was monitored for five years and compared with the blood analysis. The children of the mothers given 2.4 grams of long-chain omega-3 supplements during their third trimester displayed an overall 31 percent reduced risk of developing asthma. “Asthma and wheezing disorders have more than doubled in Western countries in recent decades,” explains Professor Hans Bisgaard, of the Copenhagen Prospective Studies on Asthma in Childhood at the hospital. “We now have a preventative measure to help bring those numbers down.”

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Marine Reserve Preserves Ocean Biodiversity The French government has expanded the Réserve Naturelle Nationale des Terres Australes Françaises, a highly protected marine reserve in French-controlled, sub-Antarctic waters of the southern Indian Ocean, from about 8,000 to more than 46,000 square miles; it now includes seven areas surrounding the islands of Crozet and Kerguelen. France intends to designate 10 percent of its oceanic territory by 2020, and this action brings the total as of the end of 2016 to 1.3 percent. These large-scale, fully protected marine reserves may serve as climate refuges for many species. The rich biodiversity of the new addition includes marine mammals, fish, seabirds, orcas, penguins, Antarctic fur seals and the critically endangered Amsterdam albatross. Source:

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Helium-filled balloons look pretty when released at special events, but they eventually become earthbound trash littering land and water, often traveling great distances before reaching their final resting places; spans of up to 1,300 miles have been recorded. The Ocean Conservancy recently picked up nearly 94,000 balloon remnants in the course of a year’s worth of cleanup operations. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, fish, dolphins, whales, seabirds and sea turtles have all been found with latex balloons in their stomachs, blocking their digestive tracts. One study of two stranded sperm whales in California attributed their deaths to huge amounts of consumed ocean debris. Another found that more than half of one species of sea turtle surveyed had trash in their gut; mostly balloons. The problem is so serious that several states and cities have already outlawed mass balloon releases. Latex balloons are technically biodegradable, but that process can take six months or more, according to the UK National Association of Balloon Artists and Suppliers. Celebratory alternatives include laser shows, music performances, bubbles, banners and reusable inflatable characters. Source:

Choo Choo Breakthrough Wind-Powered Trains in Holland

Nederlandse Spoorwegen reports that all of its electric trains are now running on energy harvested from wind. Working with Eneco, a sustainable energy supplier in the Netherlands, the goal was to operate the trains via wind turbines by January 2018, but they beat their own deadline. Electric locomotives don’t use conventional engines; instead, they act like a component in an electric circuit transmitted via high-voltage power lines. Three options for usage include onboard energy storage systems such as batteries; an overhead wire; or an extra live rail, which has current flowing through it at all times. It’s used to power lights and air-conditioning, as well as for propulsion. According to the Global Wind Energy Council, turbines capable of generating 586 megawatts of electricity are the workhorses. In 2016, a 700 megawatt offshore wind farm near the town of Borssele became the most cost-effective of such installations in the world.

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Planting Progress New Seed-Sharing Law in California

California is the fourth state to pass a law making it legal to swap seeds and collect them in non-commercial libraries. That’s good, because the U.S. Department of Agriculture Federal Seed Act, in place for 80 years, mandates that any activity involving non-commercial distribution of seeds must be labeled, permitted and tested according to industrial regulations that would be both costly and burdensome to the hundreds of local seed libraries operating in 46 states. Nebraska, Illinois and Minnesota also recently passed laws protecting non-commercial seed activity from regulatory requirements. Free seed libraries, swaps and exchanges increase access to local food and can play a large role in expanding and preserving biodiversity. Neil Thapar, the food and farm attorney at the Sustainable Economies Law Center, says, “We wanted to create the legal framework for an alternative system that is not reliant on large companies to provide open-pollinated seed varieties. Seed sharing has a direct connection to building local economic resilience.” The center is taking action to try to get laws changed in all 50 states.

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NATURAL MOTHERHOOD Creating the Best Start for New Life by Deborah Shouse


woman’s body is exquisitely designed to conceive, nurture and give birth,” says Dr. Carol J. Phillips, an Annapolis, Maryland, prenatal chiropractor, doula and author of Hands of Love: Seven Steps to the Miracle of Birth. Judith Lothian, Ph.D., associate editor of the Journal of Perinatal Education, professor of nursing at Seton Hall University, in South Orange, New Jersey, and a natural childbirth educator, knows the significance of women’s deep intuitive instinct. “Women who feel supported and encouraged can tap into their own wisdom and find deep satisfaction in giving birth naturally. The process itself perfectly prepares mother and baby to continue on their journey together.” Several gentle strategies help mothers-to-be prepare for the joys of natural pregnancy and childbirth.

dish, she can research its benefits and healing qualities. The yearning for comfort foods like pizza, macaroni or ice cream may signal the need for more nurturing. Eyeing popcorn or chips could be a sign she’s stuffing down an emotion. She can ask herself, “What am I suppressing?” “Eat a lot of protein, including vitamin B-rich foods, during both pregnancy and breastfeeding,” advises O’Mara. “Nursing moms need to eat nutrient-dense foods frequently, along with getting adequate fluids,” says Wilson.

Build a Baby-Friendly Body “Follow your urges,” counsels Peggy O’Mara, of Santa Fe, New Mexico, former editor of Mothering Magazine and author of Having a Baby, Naturally. “Eat when you’re hungry. Sleep when you’re weary. Go to the bathroom the moment nature calls. Practice this in pregnancy so you’ll be in the habit of listening to your instincts when you give birth.” This simple advice counters women’s common habit of attending to other people’s needs instead of their own. Along with eating organic whole foods, Kristy Wilson, of Las Vegas, a certified professional midwife, labor doula and placenta preparation specialist, recommends both a plant-based food supplement with iron and whole food prenatal supplement. Vitamin C is important for a strong amniotic sac; she suggests at least 500 milligrams daily. A high-strung mom can take magnesium chloride baths or sip a soothing cup of red raspberry leaf tea. “Women that are concerned about their diet can tune into the baby and ask what they need,” says Lori Bregman, of Santa Monica, California, a doula, birth coach and author of The Mindful Mom-to-Be. If craving a certain


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She recommends foods that assist lactation called galatactagogues, like almonds, avocados, legumes, kale and spinach. To increase milk production, add fennel to meals or smoothies, or turn to capsules.

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moms relax and embrace these intensely important sensations by focusing on what is going on in their body. Research published in the journal Cell Adhesion & Migration shows that the hormones released during labor enter into the baby’s immune system to also strengthen the child.

Wilson recommends yoga, swimming, Spark the Spirit walking or light jogging three to five Affirmations can positively state the times a week, for 20 minutes a day. mother-to-be’s intentions for pregnancy “Squatting like a child on your haunchand birth. Examples include: “Birth is es is a great exercise for childbirth,” she a safe and wonderful experience. I am says, noting that 20 squats daily will choosing the right path for my birth. I strengthen core muscles. Sitting on an trust my body and my instincts. I have exercise ball instead of a desk chair all the support I need.” Wilson recomor couch also engages core muscles, mends choosing two to four that resowhile improving posture. nate, repeating them every morning “Regular exercise brings more enwhile gazing into the mirror, placing ergy, better sleep, reduced stress, higher them on the refrigerator door and even spirits, better odds of an easy labor, The connections estabhaving them pop up on a smartphone. faster post-delivery recovery and reduced lished between mother and “Meditation prepares you for risk of gestational diabetes and high childbirth and can also be soothing blood pressure during pregnancy,” Bregchild are much stronger during labor by offering tools that push man finds. She recommends a prenatal when she progresses away fear,” says O‘Mara. She likes this yoga practice that includes breathing mantra from Thich Nhat Hahn’s book, and visualizations. This restorative form through pregnancy and Being Peace: “Breathing in, I calm myof yoga offers gentle stretching, promotes birth from self, breathing out, I smile.” good circulation and naturally supports To begin, sit comfortably in a quiet relief or healing of many possible prega natural perspective. room with eyes closed. For women new nancy ailments. to meditation, Wilson suggests lighting a “To alleviate physical distress, ~Kristy Wilson scented or colored candle and noticing try chiropractic prenatal care,” says the colors and movement of the flame Phillips. Light finger contact from an for something physical to focus on. “This calming practice experienced practitioner helps realign bony segments and is important because labor becomes like a meditation,” she restores the body’s normal tone. “A prenatal expert can adsays. The mother copes through the contraction, then uses just so the mom’s body maintains its balance and the baby her meditation skills to reset, refocus and ground herself is free to move.” Craniosacral therapy reestablishes balance to the mem- before the next contraction. Wilson and Bregman both encourage expectant mothbranes that encapsulate the brain and spinal cord. ers to keep a journal during pregnancy. “Record thoughts and experiences. Sometimes dreams tell things about the Prepare the Mind child, who has a story too,” advises Wilson. “Just say, ‘No thanks,’ to friends who want to burden you with stories of their long, excruciating labors,” O’Mara advises. “Protect yourself from toxic people and their horDesign a Special Experience ror stories. Focus on maintaining your own good health Create a Birth Plan and surround yourself with people that have experienced a Those that prefer a home birth can find a compatible midwife normal birth. Plan to have uplifting support during the through a natural birthing community such as the National birthing process and in the postpartum period.” Association of Certified Professional Midwives, International A woman easily influenced by others might ask her doula, midwife or spouse to be her advocate. A woman that Childbirth Education Association and La Leche League. For a hospital experience, look for low-Caesarean rates, a personneeds to exercise control might seek such assistance for ally compatible doctor and a distinct birthing center. Either peace of mind, knowing that her wishes will be followed. way, a doula or midwife can help craft the desired birth plan. “‘Pain’ is a fear-based word,” to be avoided in con Upon selecting a venue, the expectant mother may versations about labor, Wilson explains. “Don’t fear the imagine the ideal birth environment and write positive strength of contractions. They are doing exactly what your statements, such as, “I want to move around freely. I want body needs to do to give birth.” As a midwife, she helps natural awakenings

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


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We birth best where we feel safe. Evidence shows that birth can be safe in just about any setting. ~Peggy O’Mara my husband and sister with me at all times.” “If a home birth is a mother’s first choice, design two plans; one for home and one for the hospital,” suggests Phillips. “If the mother needs hospital care during labor, the attendants will know her wishes.” Wilson encourages the spouse to be involved from the beginning. “The partner’s energy plays a role in how the birth progresses during labor. Plus, being part of the planning keeps him engaged and attuned to her wishes.”

Orchestrate a Childbirth Team

“The birthing mother needs continuous support from someone that can focus on her and her needs,” says Phillips. “The partner also needs to have access to experienced support. Both need to surround themselves with people that know how to enfold them in love.”’ A birthing team includes the medically trained attendant appointed to help deliver the baby; either a midwife or a doctor. Many women choose to have a trained doula collaborate, as well. She provides continuity of care and advocacy, lessens the need for medical intervention, stays with the mother, honors and includes the partner and supports the parents in making informed decisions. With home births, family members tend to invite themselves over. The mom needs to have control of her birthing atmosphere. “I encourage moms to be firm regarding who they want in the room when the baby is born,” Wilson says.

Honor the Postpartum Mother

“Giving birth is the first big unknown of parenting,” says Wilson. “You plan for it and then you have to trust and accept the outcome.” She encourages postpartum appointments for discussing the birth. “A breastfeeding mother’s nutrient requirements are actually higher postpartum,” Wilson says. To prevent deficiencies, she suggests moms nourish themselves during this period, delaying any focus on weight loss and regaining muscle tone. The birth team and other friends can deliver meals, do light housecleaning, run a load of laundry and bring groceries. The new parents will welcome this generous and loving help. Deborah Shouse is a mother, writer, speaker, editor and health advocate in Kansas City, MO. Her latest book, Connecting in the Land of Dementia: Creative Activities to Explore Together, focuses on life’s meaningful moments (

Nourishing Mother and Child: Turn to Nutrition, Botanicals and Essential Oils to Create Postpartum Wellness by Saskia Kleinert


he wellness of a new mother is closely tied to the well-being of the infant, and for those who breast-feed, their ability to do so. Nutritionally, the goal during the postpartum phase is to replace the nutrients lost during pregnancy and delivery and to acquire the energy needed to care for a newborn.

• Increase intake of iron-rich foods, especially if you lost a lot of blood during the delivery. • Eat food rich in Zinc; the mineral is needed for milk production. • Use foods and recipes that are easy and fast to prepare, but avoid fast food. • Take in plenty of fluids through Nourishing Mother and Child: water, soups and caffeine free tea. (Turning to) Nutrition, Botanicals, and Essential Oils to Create Postpartum Wellness. Nutritional Guidelines to Nourish the • Avoid fad diets and harmful subMother and Promote Milk Production: stances, such as alcohol. The wellness of new mother is closely tied to the well-being of the infant and, for those who breast-feed, • Eat a wide variety of fresh to their ability to do so. foods withspeaking, high nutrient density. Nutritionally the goal during the postpartum Yields: phase is to the Equivalent nutrients that were lost 1 replace Serving of Foods during pregnancy and delivery and to provide the energy needed for in being a new mom. Nutrition: • Increase your protein intake, Important Postpartum especially if you are breast feeding or Calcium rich-foods Nutritional Guidelines to Nourish the Mother and Promote Milk Production: have had a C-section. Vitamin A-rich foods wide variety of fresh foods with high nutrient density.Vitamin C-rich foods • Eat a• Increase intake of calcium and Increase your protein intake, if you are breast feeding or had foods a C-section •vitamin A-rich foods, asespecially the body gets Iron-rich • Increase intake of calcium and vitamin A rich foods, the body gets depleted of both during pregnancy. depleted of both during pregnancy. Zinc-rich foods Vitamin A is also needed for milk production. A is also needed for milk Increase intake of vitamin C, especially if you had a C-section (needed for healing). Additionally, •Vitamin vitamin C is needed for milk production. production. Botanical Galactogogues and Specific the intake of iron rich foods, especially if you lost a lot of blood during the delivery. • Increase • Increase intake of vitamin Foods that Increase Milk Production: • Eat food rich in Zinc; the mineral is needed for milk production. C, especially if you have had a CFoods thought to increase milk producbut avoid fast food. • Use foods and recipes that are easy and fast to prepare, as itofisfluids needed forwater, healing. Take in plenty through soups and caffeine tea. asparagus, green beans, •section, tionfree include Avoid fad diets and harmfulCsubstances such as alcohol. •Additionally, vitamin is needed for apricots, carrots, peas, sweet potatoes, milk production. 1 Serving Equivalent of Foods Important in Postpartumpecans, Nutrition leafy greens, parsley, waterCalcium rich food

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Botanical galactogogues and Specific Foods that Increase Milk Production: Foods thought to increase milk production include asparagus, green beans, apricots, carrots, peas, sweet potatoes, pecans, leafy greens, parsley, watercress and oatmeal. Galactogogues are substances, often botanicals, that promotes lactation. Galactogogues are very effective,

cress, and oatmeal. Galactogogues are substances, often botanicals, that promote lactation. Galactogogues are very effective, but should only be used after possible causes such as hypothryroidism or medication use have been ruled out as the cause of low milk production. It should be noted that most galactogogues stimulate uterine contractions and are therefore highly contra-indicated during pregnancy. Furthermore, galactogogues should only be taken in capsule form under the supervision of health practitioner to ensure proper use and avoidance of contraindications. Botanical galactogogues, best used in tea form: • Fenugreek: Most commonly used galactogogue. Do not use if you are diabetic or have asthma. • Anise: Do not confuse anise with star anise as this may cause risks to the infant. • Fennel: Also eases afterbirth pain and decreases colics in the infant. • Milk Thistle: Also a liver protector. The Magic of Natural Scents: Essential Oils for Milk Production: A number of essentials positively affect milk production. Fennel, carrot, coriander and cumin work the best. Use a total of 20 drops of essences in two ounces of Jojoba or Walnut Oil. You can try one of them alone or mix a number of them together. Use the oils with the smells you like best. Massage the whole breast with the oil mixture several times per day. After massaging the breast, apply a warm moist towel as a compress for about 10 minutes. Be sure to clean your breast before breastfeeding or pumping to remove any remaining oils. Babies should never ingest essential oils. Saskia Kleinert is the director at Emeryville Health and Wellness located in Emeryville, CA. Some of her focus is on fertility, pregnancy, and post-partum nutrition. Visit for more information.

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began my personal training in the Non-Violent System (NVS) of self-defense with Grandmaster Verkerke in 1996,” says Eddie Rose, senior instructor of NVS Peace in the Midst of Non-Violence at Shangri-La Springs, in Bonita Springs, Florida. This aspect of the martial art form seicho jutsu was created by Canadian Daniel Verkerke, Ph.D., as a simple self-defense system to teach and perpetuate nonviolence; he continues to share it with the public, law enforcement, corporations and private security firms in the U.S. and internationally. Nonviolent self-defense is akin to the dynamics of bullfighting. “The matador never matches his strength with the enormous animal; rather, he redirects the energy of the bull with simple and precise movements—counterbalancing—and letting the bull’s energy move past him,” explains Rose. He’s trained everyday people of all ages and walks of life in this approach, in the U.S., UK, Puerto Rico and Jamaica. “As they train, students begin to feel more secure wherever they go, because they are learning how to be safe even in the midst of physical confrontation,” says Rose. “They wind up feeling more empowered as they learn how to neutralize aggression simply and effectively.” Practicing NVS increases balance, coordination, overall flexibility and joint mobility. Its soft, circular, martial arts movements, combined with slow-to-fast linear movements, also enhance cardiovascular health. “Mental and spiritual training includes the awareness and development of a state of being conscious of energy and mind. Everyone’s actions and reactions directly reflect the develop-

ment of their mind,” says Rose. Another nonviolent form of self-defense is Shaolin five animal kung fu, a martial arts style that mimics the characteristics of five animals—the tiger, leopard, snake, crane and dragon. Instructor Lloyd Fridenburg owns Fitness with a Purpose, in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, where he emphasizes the awareness and avoidance concept as the psychological heart of nonviolent self-defense. Fridenburg, founder and senior instructor of the Waterloo Kung Fu Academy, explains, “The concept emphasizes being constantly aware of your surroundings while avoiding obvious areas of potential danger.” He also stresses the importance of proper body language—being able to read that of others, as well as how to diffuse confrontation upfront in how we present ourself. “Martial arts are a two-sided coin,” he says. “There’s the martial aspect, which involves techniques that allow a person to defend him- or herself in a wide range of situations. Then there’s the art aspect, which encompasses a deeper study, encompassing forms of movement and mental, philosophical and meditative techniques.” “Overall health benefits are no different than one might expect of any disciplined fitness regimen,” notes Fridenburg. “However, the nature of a quality martial arts program forces practitioners to focus their entire attention on what they are doing. The mere act of staying grounded in the present moment dramatically reduces stress and sets martial arts practices apart from many other forms of movement.” Tai chi, an ancient, softer style of Chinese martial art, leverages relaxation, posture and energy work, rather than muscular tension. As a Taoist art, it embodies the way nature works, using minimal effort to accomplish a lot. “Demonstrating tai chi as a form of nonviolent self-defense is much easier than describing it,” says Aaron D. Nitzkin, Ph.D., of New Orleans, a Tulane University professor, tai chi master and certified medical qigong instructor. “If someone attacks, you don’t resist; you can use tai chi principles to yield to their movements with a natural, circular, continuous motion, turning their own force against them. When you move aggressively against a master, it feels like you’ve just bounced off them and fallen down. In order to win at tai chi fighting, you need to remain completely calm and centered and most of all, listen to your opponent’s energy with your hands, so that you can yield to it and then redirect it.” It’s a profound lesson in interpersonal communication. “My students report stronger immune systems, greater clarity of mind, better sleep, less anxiety and depression, and greater emotional stability,” says Nitzkin. “Practitioners become much more sensitive to and conscious of the internal condition of their bodies, and even develop the ability to feel bioelectric fields.” Whichever form of nonviolent self-defense suits us, experts advise that students study with a certified and experienced instructor for optimum results and safe practice. Aimee Hughes, a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO, is a doctor of naturopathy and senior staff writer for Longevity Times online. Connect at

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Taggart Siegel Seeks to Seed an Agricultural Revolution by April Thompson


or more than 30 years, Taggart Siegel has produced award-winning films on little-known aspects of the natural and cultural world. His diverse documentaries range from the story of a Hmong shaman immigrant adjusting to American life to a Midwestern organic farmer that salvaged his family’s farm. Siegel’s latest film, Seed: The Untold Story, follows global seed keepers from Minnesota to India battling multinational agribusinesses in a quest to protect our agricultural heritage and food sources— ancient seeds passed down through untold generations. Interviews with farmers, ethnobotanists and activists explore the importance of the genetic material that these tiny time capsules carry. Siegel is the founder and executive director of Collective Eye Films, a nonprofit media company in Portland, Oregon. He co-directed and produced this latest offering with documentary filmmaker Jon Betz, with backing from Academy Award-winning actress Marisa Tomei.

Why does the colossal loss of food crop diversity during the past century matter? Up to 96 percent of seed varieties have been lost since 1903. During this period, we have destroyed the infrastructure of traditional agriculture: 10,000 years of seeds saved from families and farmers. It threatens our survival. We can’t rely on genetically modified seeds to


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see us through climate changes. We need nongenetically engineered seed varieties like the thousands of different types of rice grown in India to be able to adapt to extreme events like floods and droughts. Universal responsibility to save seeds began to dwindle in the 1920s, when hybrid corn crops came onto the market, promising higher yields; instead of growing crops from seeds saved, borrowed or shared with neighbors, farmers bought seeds from stores. In the 1990s, huge corporations bought up some 20,000 seed companies, and the number of cultivated seed varieties dropped precipitously. Ten agrichemical companies now control more than twothirds of the global seed market.

How do hybrid seeds differ from open-pollinated seeds?  You cannot save a hybrid seed; if you try to use it, the results are unreliable. Hybrids are engineered to be planted for one year only. With open-pollinated and heirloom seeds, you’re planting reliable seeds saved from year to year, generation to generation, bred for the consistency of their qualities. Indigenous people in Mexico’s Oaxaca Valley, for example, have successfully cultivated local seeds for at least 8,700 years, right up to today. Hybrids require high levels of chemical inputs to produce. Illustrating the contrast, Hopi corn, grown for

thousands of years, requires little water and contains much more protein than today’s commercial crops, without poisoning the land with heavy industrial inputs. The Hopi think of seeds as their children, intimately connected with their heritage and culture, so they protect them. Beyond big, strong crops, farming is a spiritual act.

Why do so many farmers voluntarily choose hybrid seeds, given the troubling issues involved? Most farmers just want streamlined labor and the biggest yield. Often, commodity crops using commercial seeds and chemical fertilizers have the biggest yield and make them the most money, even though severe downsides like the loss of flavor and nutrients mean it’s ultimately not the best result. In India, more than 250,000 farmers have committed suicide during the past 20 years to escape onerous debts accrued to purchase industrialized agricultural inputs. An Indian seed salesman interviewed for the film despairs, “The seeds we sell don’t taste good and require so many chemicals that many farmers kill themselves.”

What is the seed-saver movement achieving, and how can everyday gardeners and citizens take action? Seed libraries and banks are critically important because the seeds are adapted to the local environment. Seed libraries have multiplied from only a handful a few years ago to as many as 300 located in towns across America today. Public libraries check out seeds to plant in your garden, asking only that you return harvested seeds for others to enjoy. Farmers can now “back up” their seeds in local seed banks, which are also becoming important educational resources to teach students about these issues. To locate a screening or purchase a DVD of the film, visit Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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Elemental Jewelry Produces Positive Changes by Deena Kloss


an a piece of jewelry boost confidence and self-awareness, or even reduce stress? To some people, this may sound strange. For others, it seems doubtful or even impossible. Dr. Hannah Hershoff, a Chinese physician and Harvardtrained research scientist, never believed this to be the case until she started noticing positive feedback from a number of tests in which women were asked to try on Sara Yo jewelry. The jewelry pieces are made from a crystalline mineral formed over millions of years. The key element is called kaolin, or China clay, a mineral sourced from a small village in southeast China. The shape, color and shine of each stone is permanently forged after a long process of combining water, wood and fire in a special kiln. “The stones become shinier after contact with skin,” adds Hershoff. “I am very familiar with the mineral, as my father used to be an administration manager of the mines,” says Hershoff. “I remember my father collected a piece of precious ‘Buda’, made from the mineral, to bring luck to our family.” She says she knows the history of the Chinese royal family, who owned the mines thousands of years ago, but she had no prior knowledge about the healing properties. “It was an accidental discovery,” she explains. During a phone chat with a cousin who took a trip from China, Hershoff learned the stones make beautiful jewelry. She began making her own jewelry with the stones and gifted items to friends and family. “I was surprised to hear my jewelry had an immediate positive impact on my sister-in-law’s life,” Hershoff says. “She told me that she was much calmer and happier since she started wearing her bracelet. Her

ability to handle stress improved, and she even began to find stability in her then rocky marriage.” To find out if this was just a coincidence, Hershoff presented her bracelets to six women, ages 16 to 64. She interviewed them after one to two months of wearing the jewelry. “I was so surprised to learn that all six women reported they felt much better when they wore their bracelets,” she notes. The question Dr. Hershoff asked after seeing the positive results of all six test subjects was, “How can this be?” As a physician and scientist, she intrinsically felt a need to find scientific evidence to explain the results. The feedback she received from her tests prompted her to further study kaolin to learn about its chemical composition. Though she discovered several quotes about powerful spiritual healing qualities, including “Kaolin can give strength and help deal with karmic issues...,” she had yet to find scientific answers. “I don’t know if any compounds from the mineral or from other components of the bracelet have caused a direct effect,” says Hershoff. “I could not find any scientific evidence to give either a positive or negative answer.” With 25 years experience in medical practice and research, she has not only gained extensive knowledge in medical science, but also developed in-depth comprehension of how positive thinking relates to the acceleration of the physical healing process. “I don’t exclude the possibility that the amazing effects on the women tested might come from their spiritual connections with the jewelry,” she said. “When people think

positively, their bodies and mood react correspondently.” Next, Dr. Hershoff gifted or sold her bracelets to additional women with various levels of spirituality. More and more women reported they gained con dence, improved their self-image, sensed more connections to loved ones, and experienced a reduction in anxiety. “I feel every thing is going to be alright when I put on my bracelet,” said “Ruth,” a test subject who wore the jewelry for a full year. “I recently lost my bracelet, and that’s when I realized how much I was connected to the piece. Without the bracelet, I felt unbalanced,” said Jennifer, who bought her first Sara Yo bracelet after the death of her sister. “I never believed this kind of stuff,” Hershoff’s husband Randy says. “But each day, more and more women told us how good they felt when wearing their bracelets. I began to think that something was de nitely going on here.” Randy continues, “Not every woman felt the spiritual effects of the jewelry. Roughly one out of four women did not feel any different when wearing a bracelet, but those women still appreciated the unique beauty of the pieces.” A year later, Dr. Hershoff and her husband started a company called Sara Yo Healing Fashions. They named their Kaolin-comprised pieces Sara Yo stones. Hannah switched careers, from medical doctor to business owner and jewelry designer. Today, the company provides over 400 jewelry designs and Dr. Hershoff exclusively designs each one. In addition to jewelry, the company also provides to their customers a complimentary weekly “Five Element” healing program based on Taoist philosophy. Hershoff says, “I am so glad I have made this career change decision, as each day I learn more about how Sara Yo helps women physically and emotionally. I am so fortunate to do something I am extremely passionate about rather than something I feel I have to do.” For more information, visit

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five grams of fat and 20 grams of carbohydrates. Living Harvest Tempt Hemp Milk has 80 calories per cup, two grams of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, eight grams of fat and one gram of carbohydrates. Con: Grassy-tasting hemp milk tends to separate in hot coffee.

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hen dietary concerns, food sensitivities or curiosity prompt us to try alternative milks, it helps to know the basic facts about the leading types, to choose the best ones for us.

Almond Milk

Pro: Almond milk is low in fat and can be easily made at home, so ingredients are known. One cup of homemade almond milk has about 40 calories, one gram of protein, 6 percent of the daily value (DV) for calcium, three grams of fat and eight grams of carbohydrates. As for store-bought options, one cup of Silk Organic Almond Original contains 60 calories, with one gram of protein, 10 percent DV for calcium, two-and-a-half grams of fat and eight grams of carbohydrates. Con: Almond milk is neither high in protein nor calcium; it’s not as nutritionally packed as other alternatives. Some might not care for the faint nutty flavor.

Coconut Milk

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Nashville, Tennessee, points out, “High in medium-chain triglycerides, coconut milk is a very filling, fatburning food.” One cup of homemade coconut milk has about 450 calories, six grams of protein and 64 grams of fat, plus trace minerals such as manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and copper. Canned coconut milk is similar: one cup of Native Forest Unsweetened Coconut Milk Classic contains 420 calories, three grams of protein and 45 grams of fat, plus trace minerals such as manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and copper in each cup. Con: High in fat and calories, coconut milk may not be the best choice for drinking every day, but is delicious in Asian-style soups and curries.

Hemp Milk

Pro: Hemp milk, made from hulled hemp seeds, contains 10 essential amino acids, including key fats. “Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are vital for healthy functioning of the brain,” says Axe. Hemp milk works well for people with tree nut allergies. One cup of Pacific Hemp Original has 140 calories, three grams of protein, 50 percent DV for calcium,

Pro: High in vitamins and calcium when fortified, rice milk made from brown rice is also high in vitamins. According to Ted Kallmyer, author of Flexible Dieting, in Bend, Oregon, rice milk is the least likely alternative milk to trigger an allergy. One cup of Pacific Rice Milk has 130 calories, one gram of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, two grams of fat and 37 grams of carbohydrates. One cup of Rice Dream Organic Rice Drink has 120 calories, one gram of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, 2.5 grams of fat and 23 grams of carbohydrates. Con: Low in fat and protein, it’s also relatively high in carbohydrates. It has a less creamy texture than hemp, coconut or soy milks.

Soy Milk

Pro: Soy milk provides more protein than other alternative milks. Look for a calcium-fortified, organic brand that doesn’t contain the thickening agent carrageenan, suggests Dr. Andrew Weil, founding director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, in Tucson. Different brands have different nutritional components. For example, one cup of Organic Valley Soy Original has 100 calories per cup, with seven grams of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, three grams of fat and 11 grams of carbohydrates. One cup of Organic EdenSoy Extra Original Soymilk contains 130 calories, with 11 grams of protein, 20 percent DV for calcium, four grams of fat and 13 grams of carbohydrates. Con: Some people might not like the thick texture and soy aftertaste. Dr. Frank Lipman, founder and director of Eleven Eleven Wellness Center, in New York City, says that limiting soy




DIY Milks With fresh ingredients, a high-speed blender and a reusable nut milk bag or strainer, we can make our own alternative milk in minutes at home.

Almond Milk

Pour into a container and store covered in the refrigerator for up to three days.

Yields: About 4 cups

is a good idea due to soy’s prevalent pesticide saturation and its researched links to thyroid, endocrine system and sex hormone dysfunction (Tinyurl. com/SoyDarksideStudies). If soy is eaten, “Choose certified organic, soy products—preferably fermented versions like miso, natto and tempeh— with the Non-GMO Project seal; and do so sparingly, no more than twice a week,” advises Lipman. Judith Fertig writes food health articles and cookbooks from Overland Park, KS (

1 cup raw, unsalted organic whole almonds ½ tsp sea salt 4 cups pure filtered water Sea salt, stevia, agave nectar, honey, a date, vanilla bean or lemon juice

Coconut Milk Yields: About 3 cups 2 cups hot water 1 cup fresh organic, unsweetened, shredded coconut

Soak the almonds in salted water for at least 12 hours before blending.

Place hot water, and then shredded coconut, in a high-speed blender, starting on low speed and increasing to high for a total of three minutes.

Using a high-powered blender, start blending on low and increase to high to reach a smooth milk consistency. Strain through a nut milk bag to remove any almond skin or pieces. Optional: Add a preferred flavoring.

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Parent & Me Yoga | Castro Valley 9:30-10:15am. For children ages 2-5. Class runs until May 22. What better way to spend quality time with a child, grandchild or the child you look after. This class has something for everyone! Geared to strengthen muscles, improve balance and increase self-confidence while calming the mind. Bring a blanket/mat for final relaxation. $40/resident, $50/non-resident. Castro Valley Community Center Park, 18988 Lake Chabot Rd, Castro Valley. More information and registration at

Breema: The Art of Being Present | Oakland 10-11:30am. The more you are present the more you can connect with others, and with all life. $10/first class is free. The Breema Center, 6076 Claremont Ave, Oakland. 510-428-0937.

MONDAY, MAY 1 WEDNESDAY, MAY 31 Absolute Chiropractic 15-Year Anniversary | Livermore Call to schedule an appointment. Free initial consultation, exam and chiropractic adjustment! Dr. Pam Chumbeiro & Dr. Sandy Hussey, 428 North L St, Livermore. 925-960-9050.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 3 First Wednesdays Street Fest | Walnut Creek 5:30-8:30pm. The group Bike Walnut Creek will be sponsoring a ‘bike valet’ for your bicycle. You may park you bike safely with a valet attendant as you enjoy the event. The festivities will include such items as arts and crafts, shopping, treats and live entertainment. It’s sure to be an event that you won’t want to miss! Free/ entry. Cypress Street (between Main and Locust St). More information at Wednesday Street Party | Pleasanton 6-9pm. The first street party of the season will also be celebrating Cinco de Mayo. For listening pleasure, Ruckatan Latin Tribe will be live on stage. Main Street comes alive once again at this time of year with music, children’s activities, food trucks from Food Truck Mafia and this year an enhanced beer and wine garden. Those 21 and over can partake in the bands inside the beer/ wine garden. Handles on Main Street will serve their crafted beer and local wineries will also be serving. Main Street, Downtown Pleasanton. More information at,

THURSDAY, MAY 4 Gardens of Abstraction | Oakland Noon-5pm. Three artists are using digital printing technology, referencing and narratives of old master paintings to grapple with the history of painting. These artists have taken famous artist’s works and raise the question, how to be an artist in a photographic age? Free. SLATE Contemporary, 473 25th St, Ste A, Oakland. More information at

Miraculous Vessels, Level 1 Workshop | Walnut Creek 1-5:30pm. Miraculous vessels are energy reservoirs known to pre-Taoist and Taoist greatly accelerate spiritual evolution. 17 initiations give profound harmonization of body, mind, spirit and oneness with nature. Can also be arranged as a private workshop. $100. To register 925-954-7908. Registration also at Sun88@juno. com. Course descriptions at

SUNDAY, MAY 7 Salsa at Bay Street | Emeryville 2:30-6pm. Spice thing ups with the return of salsa dancing right in your area! Featuring a live salsa band and plenty of room to dance! Everyone is welcome to partake in the dance lessons at 2:30 and 4pm, taught by a professional instructor from a local dance studio. A special dance floor will be placed down for easy movement. Free/including dance lessons! Bay Street, 5616 Bay St, Emeryville. 510-655-4002. More detailed information available at

THURSDAY, MAY 11 Bike Happy Hour | Berkeley 3-10pm. Come out and enjoy a fun-filled day, hosted by Sports Basement Berkeley and the City of Berkeley. Each volunteer will receive a free “Beautiful Machine” T-shirt and a drink. A day you won’t want to miss. Sports Basement Berkeley, 2727 Milvia St, Berkeley. More information at

FRIDAY, MAY 12 Cider & Honey Tasting | Emeryville 10am. Enjoy the sweet taste of honey produced locally at Beekind and eye the awesome activity of the hives in the back of the store. View the honeybees who produce the honey that you purchase. Then go to the Premium Craft Cider Pub & Tasting room for cider tasting. Nohost lunch available. Emeryville Senior Center, 4321 Salem St, Emeryville. Register at Community Breema | Oakland 3-5pm. Experience a new level of well-being and harmony in your relationship to yourself and all life. 20-minute sessions, sliding scale. $10-20. The Breema Clinic, 6201 Florio St, Oakland. 510-428-1234.

SATURDAY, MAY 13 Jack of All Trades | Oakland 11am-5pm. Jack of All Trades will fill Jack London Square with a curated mix of local makers, indie design-


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ers, 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-akind 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. Bike Festival & Rodeo | Alameda Noon-4pm. You don’t want to miss this! Bring your family and friends to this extraordinary city-wide festival that has something for everyone! Free bicycle tune-ups with the Bike-Mobile, a bike rodeo to practice skills and drills, a helmet and bike decoration station, bike-blended smoothies, taco truck, free raffle prizes, a chance to learn “how to use the AC Transit bus racks” and so much more to encourage and educate riders, young and mature. Volunteers for this event are also needed. Edison Elementary School, 2700 Buena Vista Ave, Alameda. For more information, go to BikeEast To volunteer please go to UP-Cycling Craftstravaganza | Oakland 3-4pm. You like cycling, right? You recycle, right? Why not try UP-cycling? Take the parts from an old bicycle to make tons of great trinkets, crafts and even jewelry! You’ll be surprised what you can make from an old inner tube or even an old bike chain! West Oakland Public Library Branch, 1801 Adeline St, Oakland. 510-2387352.

SUNDAY, MAY 14 May Day Festival | Pleasanton 9am-6pm. Let’s start with, Aloha! There is more to Hawaii than just pineapples and shirts with palm trees. There is a whole culture, heritage, hula and May Day Lei Day! A day you don’t want to miss. Come celebrate with mom! $10. Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave, Pleasanton. HawaiiMayDayFestival. com,

MONDAY, MAY 15 Breema Bodywork & Principles: Firmness & Gentleness | Oakland 7-8:30pm. As we learn and practice Breema bodywork and Self-Breema, we have an ideal opportunity to practice the Nine Principles of Harmony, then bring them to everyday life. $10/first class free. The Breema Center, 6076 Claremont Ave, Oakland. 510-428-0937.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 17 Light Therapy Treatment | Oakland 6-7pm. Presented by Dr. Katie Sokolski. Join us to learn how we apply light therapy in our office. We will be discussing how light can heal acne, wrinkles, chronic pain and neuropathy. Space limited! No Fee. Healing Arts Chiropractic, 187 40th Street Way, Oakland. RSVP at 510-356-7832. Red Ankh Workshop, Level 1 | Walnut Creek 7-9pm. An ancient Egyptian initiation for developing spiritual clairvoyance with this profound meditation. Compared to ordinary clairvoyance, fully developed spiritual clairvoyance allows you to see all the frequencies of subtle energy. Can also be arranged as private workshop. $55. To register 925-954-7908. Registration also at Course descriptions at

THURSDAY, MAY 18 SATURDAY, MAY 20 Analog Light Show Festival | Berkeley 7pm. Saturday 2pm & 7pm. You don’t have to be into planetariums anymore to enjoy a light show. Sit back, enjoy and open your eyes and mind to a whole different world of live lights and live music. Said to be as good of a show as that of the Bacchus fountain in Las Vegas! $12/general admission, $10/non-Berkeley students, free/UC Berkeley students. BAMPFA, 2155 Center St, Berkeley. More information at,

SATURDAY, MAY 20 MONDAY, MAY 22 Greek Festival | Oakland 10am-9pm. Sunday 11am. What and who gave us democracy, mathematics, magnificent works of art and architecture? The Greeks. To whom do we tip our hats when we order baklava, gyros or souvlaki? The Greeks. Why not come celebrate and experience the homemade foods, traditions, music and dance of the wonderful Greek people! $6/adults, free/children 12 and under. Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension, 4700 Lincoln Ave, Oakland. Additional information available at,

SUNDAY, MAY 21 Alameda Hospital Foundation 5K | Alameda 9am. 5K starts. 10am. Mile begins. Don’t miss the first run of the summer whether you run the mile kids run, or go all out for the 5K. You will start and finish at the Harbor Bay Fitness Club on Bay Farm Island. Course is mostly flat dirt and paved trail with beautiful views of the scenic skyline of the bay bridge and the city of San Francisco. Great course for first-time 5K runners or if you’re a seasoned one. Parents are permitted to run with young runners. Don’t forget, post-race party that includes food, music and various vendors located within the recreation area of the club. Venue is private location, no parking on site, parking available on street. $15-$35. Harbor Bay Isle Club, 200 Packet Landing Rd, Alameda. More information/registration available at Planetary Triangles Workshop | Walnut Creek 1-5pm. Potent initiations to receive planetary energies for: manifestation, balance yin and yang, realize one’s soul purpose, release karma, etheric, emotional, mental clearing, develop clairvoyance, continuous God consciousness. Can also be arranged as a private workshop. $75. To register 925-954-7908. Registration also at Course descriptions at

THURSDAY, MAY 25 Di Rosa Estate | Emeryville 10am. The estate is home to nearly 2,000 works of art. Located on 217 beautiful acres, it offers a unique setting including outdoor viewing. Enjoy three separate galleries, a sculpture park, a 35-acre lake and a wildlife preserve. Come spend the day with us! $19. Emeryville Senior Center, 4321 Salem St, Emeryville. Information and registration at

SATURDAY, MAY 27 Eastlake Music Festival | Oakland 1pm. Get ready to rock n’ roll in your local area, Oakland style! Listen and enjoy the kind of music that’s enjoyed on the west coast, not like back east or down in Los Angeles. We have our own flare, and you know what I’m talking about! Free. Lake Merritt Amphitheater, between 12th St & 1st Ave, Lake Merritt Blvd, Oakland. Find more information at Huna (Hawaiian Spirituality) Workshop, Level 1 | Walnut Creek 1-5:30pm. 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. Can also be arranged as a private workshop. $100. To register 925-954-7908. To register Course descriptions at

where to focus their health goals. Space limited! No Fee. Healing Arts Chiropractic, 187 40th Street Way, Oakland. RSVP at 510-356-7832.

markyourcalendar THURSDAY, JUNE 8 SUNDAY, JUNE 11 How to Find Your Soul Mate | Placerville 6pm. With Judith Costa. A writer, speaker, life and love coach. A Masters in Psychology, Psychotherapy and an MBA. Learn to overcome inner blocks to love and to know yourself better, to achieve your dreams. She uses different techniques and her work involves teachings about how to improve self-love, and how to manifest the kind of relationship all of us want and deserve. $1,299. Eden Vale Inn, 1780 Springvale Rd, Placerville. 646-204-4535. JudithMCosta@hotmail. com.

SUNDAY, MAY 28 Morning Yoga by the Bay | Alameda 8am. This vinyasa flow yoga class is open to all ages and requires no registration, drop-ins only, all are welcome! Start your day feeling energized, connecting movement to breath. Finish your session with some nature exploration. Please bring a yoga mat. Class is held indoors and outdoors, depending on the weather. Crab Cove Visitor Center, 1252 McKay Ave, Alameda. 510-544-3187. More information and registration at

SUNDAY, JUNE 25 Many Lives, Many Masters | San Jose 10am-5pm. Experience Your Past Lives with Brian L. Weiss, M.D.

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10 Health Is in the Palm of Your Hand | Oakland 6-7pm. Presented by Dr. Katie Sokolski. Join us to learn how you can find out more about your health using just your hand. This demonstration will give the first 5 attendees the chance to have their health scanned and to learn

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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. Community Sing & Meet Up | Oakland 11am. Meets the 4 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. th

Soul Sanctuary Dance | Berkeley 11am-1pm. All ages are welcome to dance to the blend of funk, soul, world music, positive hip-hop, reggae, dance classics, jazz, blues, electronica and other music to free the mind, body and soul. Wheelchair accessible. No scented products please. Shoes optional. Donations accepted. Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley. Nia | Berkeley Noon-1pm. Also, Friday at 8:45am. Expand your dance, increase your joy. Give the body the gift of learning the Nia language with teacher Alexis Mulhauser. Namaste Yoga, 2820 7th St, Berkeley. 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.

everyday life. Fun and casual, so come and relax. If you are a beginner and would like to learn more, this is the place. Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave, San Leandro. For more information please call, 510-577-3970. Shamanic Drum Circle | Dublin 3-4:15pm. Second Sunday of every month. With Ashleigh Pevey. A trained clinical certified hypnotherapist, Shamanic healer and reiki practitioner. Drumming helps you gain access to your inner guidance and learn to work with your helping spirits. Enhance your relationship with yourself and spirit. Move from just trusting that your guides are there, to knowing and working with them. Allow the mystery of life to unfold. One of the great benefits of shamanic journeying is learning that we are never alone, and are loved unconditionally. $10-25/ suggested love offering. Unity of Tri-Valley, 7567 Amador Valley Blvd, #108, Dublin. 925-829-2733. Community Lounge Rumba | Berkeley 3:30-6pm. 1st and 3rd Sunday each month. Rumba is the word used for a group of related communityoriented music and dance styles in Cuba. These jam sessions welcome drummers, singers and dancers who perform rumba. Free. La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley. 510-849-2568. Free Kundalini Meditation | Walnut Creek 5-6:30pm. Kundalini meditation is an ancient Tantric practice that allows every individual to deeply experience their direct, inner connection to the divine. Class includes shaktipat transmission, guided meditation and discussion. Scheduled appointment for introduction is required for first-timers at 4pm. 2910 Camino Diablo, Walnut Creek. 510-917-2349. Barefoot Boogie | Berkeley 7:30-11pm. Enjoy freestyle dancing in a casual, friendly environment. Boogie is a healthy alternative to the club scene. Smoke, scent and alcohol free. The first hour is slow music for stretching and unwinding, and then the pace picks up to an aerobic, ecstatic high. Our DJs play a great mix of Latin, African, Funk, R&B, Hip-Hop, Blues, house, pop, oldies, and more. This is real music for real people. $8-$15/sliding scale; $5/first-timers. 8th Street Studios, 2525 8th St at Dwight, Berkeley.


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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

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.


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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: Firmness & Gentleness | Oakland 7-8:30pm. As we learn and practice Breema bodywork and Self-Breema, we have an ideal opportunity to practice the Nine Principles of Harmony, then bring them to everyday life. $10/first class free. The Breema Center, 6076 Claremont Ave, Oakland. 510-428-0937. Community Healing Circle | Dublin 7-8:30pm. First Monday of every month. Individual and group healing techniques from various disciplines are demonstrated to re-align the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual. Facilitated by Claudia Scott. $10/love offering. Unity of Tri-Valley, 7567 Amador Valley Blvd, #108. 925-784-5956. East Bay Biodanza Class | Berkeley 7:30-10pm. Biodanza, which means Dance of Life, is a system that integrates music, movement and authentic interactions to provide experiences of intense perceptions, of being in the here and now. Mixed beginner/intermediate level. Registration required. Sliding scale: $20-$25/single session; $65-$80/monthly pass. Finnish Hall, 1970 Chestnut St, Berkeley. Beginners Salsa Dancing Lessons | Berkeley 8-9:30pm. Instructor Shu-Jon. If you’ve always wanted to learn to Salsa, here’s your chance! Classes are drop-in, friendly and affordable. Class is for beginners and intermediates. $5/students, $7$10/adult sliding scale. La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley.

tuesday Heart-Centered Meditation 10am. Are you seeking spiritual healing and renewal? Discover an ancient Sufi meditation practice to cleanse your heart of the blocks that keep you from living in conscious connection to divine love. Get started today with an eCourse, and join us live for guided meditation calls. Free. Mindfulness Yoga Class at La Peña | Berkeley 10:30-11:45am. With instructor Jordanna Glueckauf. Wouldn’t you love to reduce your stress level and increase your focus? You can, and it’s easier than you think! Everyone is welcome. Please bring your own yoga mat, blanket and any other items that you like to use. Free. La Peña, Shattuck Ave, Berkeley. 510-849-2568. Yoga at Bishop Ranch 15 | San Ramon 12:05-12:50pm. Please arrive a few minutes early. Take a midday break to reconnect with yourself while you relax and rejuvenate with gentle hatha Yoga. Build strength, flexibility, balance and coordination. Deepen your self-awareness and inner peace. Please bring a mat. All levels are welcome. $42/5 class package, $75/10 class package. 12667 Alcosta Blvd, Ste 135, (BR15), San Ramon. Clarity

South Berkeley Farmers’ Market | Berkeley 2-6:30pm. Go outside the box, the big box stores that is. Enjoy fresh produce and products from the area. Not only is this a healthier way of living, but you’ll be supporting the local businesses in the area. Adeline St and 63rd St, Berkeley. Teens, Come and Make Some Things | Berkeley 4-5pm. Come to the library and express yourself through arts and crafts. It’s a laid back, self-paced workshop where you can have some fun, and meet and make new friends. South Branch Library, 1901 Russell St, Berkeley. 510-981-6260. Team Lemon Run Club | Walnut Creek 6:30pm. Social and fun run for all levels of runners. Runs are 3 or 5 miles through downtown Walnut Creek and along local trails. Pace is moderate. Free. Lululemon, 1201-A South Main St, Walnut Creek. 925-274-1253. Spiritual Studies Group | Online 6:30-7:30pm. 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month via Skype. Study Esoteric Psychology Volume I, by Alice Bailey. 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 Women Learn the Art & Soul of Public Speaking | Livermore 6-9pm. 1st & 3rd Wednesday of every 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, RSVP is advised. $25. Held in a private location in Livermore, upon registration you will receive the address. Lia Venet, 510-381-5568. Register at WomanSpeak. 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 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@ Change Your Water, Change Your Life | Walnut Creek 6:30-7:30pm. Join us for a presentation to learn how alkalized, ionic Kangan water can bring your body into a state of balance. Eliminating toxic pesticides and household chemicals from your daily life. RSVP. 925-609-4426. Free Kundalini Meditation | Berkeley 7pm. See Sun listing for details. Free. Rudramandir, 830 Bancroft Way at 6th St, Berkeley. 510-4868700. 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. Suffer-

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ing decreases naturally. Lake Merritt Church, 1330 Lakeshore Ave, Oakland. Game Night | Berkeley 7-11pm. Not sure what you feel like doing on a Thursday night? Open game night is the place to be! Your options are many with all types of board games, card games, miniature games, games of dice, or bring your own game. Open to all ages. Free. 924 Gilman St, Berkeley. Information and confirmation is available at 924GameNight@ 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@ Block Party | Oakland 5-9:30pm. The first Friday of every month. A great community experience. The Koreatown/Northgate area of town comes to life with this event. You won’t want to miss the street artists, performers, musicians, dancers, DJs, poets and others. Thousands of people come from all over the Bay area and beyond to experience the great foods, the live music, and to take part in the eclectic city attraction. Free. Telegraph Ave from West Grand to 27th St, Oakland. More information at Candlelit Labyrinth Walk & Live Music | Berkeley 6-7pm. Last Friday of every month. Come rain or shine because the labyrinth is located indoors. Open to all ages, faiths and walks of life. Guests have the option to just sit and listen or walk around. Walking the winding path reminds us that even though life has many twists and turns, we always end up at the center. RSVP is preferred. Free. Grace North Church, 2138 Cedar St, Berkeley. Lots more information is available at


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Family Fun Night | Oakland

Farmers’ Market | Pleasanton

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@

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.

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. Railroad Ave, Municipal Parking Lot, Downtown Danville. 925-825-9090.

Health & Awakening | Oakland 10-11am. Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th St, Suite 290, Oakland. 510-637-0455. Info@ Breema: The Art of Being Present | Oakland 10-11:30am. The more you are present the more you can connect with others, and with all life. $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.

Independence is happiness. ~Susan B. Anthony



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


Dr. Teresa Shen, LAc, PhD China 5933 Coronado Ln, Ste 100, Pleasanton 925-847-8889 Award-winning natural family healthcare clinic brings 5,000 years of traditional Chinese healing and 4 generations of expertise including acupuncture, acupressure, cupping and herbs. See ad, page 9.


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


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

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

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

healing process.

Breema is a simple, natural form of touch and body movement supported by universal principles that provides a unique approach to experiencing body-mind connection. The aim of Breema is to bring us to a tangible experience of presence that becomes our foundation for a new dimension of health and consciousness. See ad, page 10.


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 6.


800-238-3060, option 5

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




Katie Sokolski, D.C. 187 40th Street Way, Oakland, CA 94611 510-356-7832 Healing Arts Chiropractic offers a whole-body approach to wellness that utilizes applied kinesiology, personalized nutrition programs and massage therapy. Our holistic treatment plans are designed to facilitate wellness from the inside—what you feed your body, as well as the outside—keeping your mind, body and spirit moving in a healthy way. See ad, page 7.

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.)

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

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


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


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




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

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

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

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


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

Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life. ~Buddha

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

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




Spiritual Counselor, Teacher, Healer 510-386-2467


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



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

Get rid of blocks to your personal growth, by harnessing the power of your subconscious to reach your goals. Full-service, individualized hypnotherapy, 21 years in business. Free initial phone consultation. See ad, page 23.


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


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


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

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


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


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

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


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

A day without laughter is a day wasted. ~Charlie Chaplin

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