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love, love, love to travel. The travel bug started when I was 10. My recently retired grandparents were raising me, blessing me in many ways, including opportunities to see the world. Everywhere they went, there I was, included in everything and feeling always seen and heard. By age 18, I had reveled in nine cruises and many trips around the U.S. The opportunity to experience life in this way afforded me an uncommon and expansive education not found in books. My dear elders made sure I learned in advance about where we were headed next and exposed me to how people live in other countries, beyond the luxuries of destination ports of call. I was immersed on their journeys even beyond vacations, whether the draw was motivated by someone’s bucket list, family occasion or sheer adventure. I learned through their eyes as well as mine and knew I was lucky. I loved recognizing how these experiences complemented my character and set me apart. Once I graduated high school, I intended to continue traveling on my own, yearning to explore more and feed my curiousities. But then life took unexpected turns and starting a family revamped my plans. I worked a little harder and when my daughter was within reach of age 10, I took her on some amazing adventures, stimulating the travel bug in her as well. Before I could even suggest she look up our destination spots, she’d check out books to investigate. We still travel together when we can; but Kaila has racked up an impressive history of travel on her own, having volunteered in Thailand, studied abroad and visited a handful of countries since high school. This month’s feature article, “Transformative Travel,” by April Thompson, offers excellent suggestions on ways to plan fulfilling travel adventures—starting with a receptive mindset and overall approach that allows experiences to be truly life changing. I will be implementing some of the suggestions in my future explorations. Setting an intention to clarify the reason for this particular journey resonates with me, as does taking a day or two upon returning home to digest, process and absorb the experience before jumping back into daily routines. I also love the idea of slowing things down and making the most of each treat. Yes, please.

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Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.


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newsbriefs Breema Supports Health and Wellness Professionals


ealth and wellness professionals have an opportunity to gain self-care tools to support balance and vitality on the job and in their lives at the upcoming ebuilding Together Oakland presBreema Fall Intensive at the ents its annual fundraising event, Breema Center, in Oakland, Gather Together, from 5:30 to 9 p.m., October 21 to 22. October 5, at the Lake Merritt SailDuring Intensives, the boat House. Gather Together raises Breema Center provides confunds to support small yet life-saving tinuing education credit for home repairs for low-income seniors, health-related professionals, veterans and disabled persons. including nurses, marriage and The mission of Rebuilding Togethfamily therapists, social workers, professional clinical counselors and bodyworkers. er Oakland is to build community partAlthough it includes two body-based components—Breema bodywork and Selfnerships to rejuvenate neighborhoods Breema movement exercises—Breema is a comprehensive holistic system that can through the rehabilitation of homes be put into practice by anyone who wishes to foster more meaningful and harmoniowned by low-income homeowners ous relationships. The universal principles and philosophy at its heart are especially and nonprofit facilities that serve useful for those who help others and need a simple yet effective approach to staying low-income compresent in the process. munities. Each Rebecca Wolfe, a nurse who has studied Breema for a couple of years, says, year, thousands “My job is high-stress and fast-paced. The principle of volunteers of No Hurry/No Pause helps me be more efficient, provide by reminding me to take a breath and connect critical to my body. Practicing Mutual Support with my nergizing. opens a new and natural homeItrepairs coworkers, and No Judgment with myself and my foryourself our more ating to and to other people. patients, is tremendously helpful.” vulnerable cit“Using the principles is invaluable during client izens, before sessions, especially No Force and Single Moment/ ® INTRODUCTION an unhealthy TO BREEMA Single Activity,” says Ariadne Thompson, LMFT, and or dangerous a Breema Instructor. “Also, body-mind connection with Jon arisSchreiber, situation allows me to remain grounded, open, and available es, or a home tagged asCenter blighted. Director of theis Breema in difficult moments, so I don’t become mentally or Repairs are funded by the generous emotionally drained.” Friday Sept 22, 7 8:30 PM • NO CHARGE sponsorship of local- corporations, The Breema Center is approved to provide Continuing Education by the foundations, churches, synagogues, California Board of Registered Nursing, the California Association of Marriage and SEPTEMBER WORKSHOPS schools and civic organizations. Family Therapists, and the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Gather Together helps further the Bodywork. BREEMA: The ArtTogether of Being mission of Rebuilding Oak-Present land, Jon and Schreiber, is sure to be Director an eveningoftothe Breema Center with Location: 6076 Claremont Ave., Oakland. For more information, call 510-428remember, with live music, delicious or visit See ad on inside front cover. Saturday Sept AM •0937 $10 DROP-IN bites, cocktails and23, craft10 beer, games -11:30 and a lively silent auction. Sponsorship opportunities In the Heart of are theavailable. Moment, First You Have to Be

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atural Awakenings magazine is sporting a new look. After being unveiled in Florida’s Collier/Lee edition that serves Naples and Fort Myers—the first of a family of magazines that has grown to encompass 85 Transformative U.S. cities, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic— TRAVEL Outer Adventures in July, the new logo and cover design will appear in Inner Journeys all editions starting in October. Choosing a Chiropractor Other design elements are expected to be refreshed How to Find the Best One for You in the near future to align with the evolution of the national content already underway. The plans were School Om Work announced at the Natural Awakenings’ Publishers Kids Calm Themselves with Meditation Conference in Orlando in May. “We’ve kept up with new, cutting-edge trends and developments in all areas of sustainable, healthy living through the years, so it’s only natural for our look to also evolve,” says Sharon Bruckman, CEO and founder of Natural Awakenings Publishing Corporation. “The new cover format enables us to highlight more of the content offered inside the issue. The changes also reflect the success of our mission in supporting the presence and growth of the natural living movement to the point where it’s beneficially influencing mainstream media content.” Launched by Bruckman with a single magazine in 1994, Natural Awakenings is now one of the largest, free, local, healthy lifestyle publications worldwide, serving approximately 3.5 million readers. EE FR






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newsbriefs Eastern Medical Center Welcomes Acupuncturist, Adrienne Dooling


utumn Lights is a festival of illuminated art by acclaimed Bay Area artists, in support of the nonprofit Friends of the Gardens at Lake Merritt. Nestled in Lakeside Park, the 6th annual Autumn Lights Festival will sparkle for three nights, from 6 to 11 p.m., October 19 to 21. A unique, all-ages Oakland tradition, Autumn Lights is an important fundraiser for Lake Merritt’s free public gardens, often called the “Green Heart of Oakland.” From clay pottery lanterns to Burning Man artists, everyone in the Oakland art community comes together to create the magic. Autumn Lights is an opportunity to immerse ourselves in mesmerizing, larger-than-life art installations, fire dancers, live music and more. Locally produced food, wine and beer will be available for purchase.

drienne Dooling, L.Ac, is an experienced practitioner of Japanese structural acupuncture who recently joined the healthcare team at Eastern Medical Center, in Pleasanton, and offers convenient evening appointments. Schedule a visit with Dooling this month to receive ten percent off the first session. Dooling provides treatments for chronic diseases, including scoliosis, partial meniscus tears, arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, Crohn’s disease, and other conditions. In a supportive and nurturing environment, Dooling’s techniques help decrease pain and stress, and increase mental and physical well-being. Adrienne Dooling, L.Ac “Adrienne is an exceptional practitioner combined with an enjoyable bedside manner and professionalism,” says Dooling’s client, H.J. Merwin. “She treated both myself and my husband for joint pain and obesity, and discussed options for our health. We developed a lot of trust and were very comfortable. We highly recommend her treatments and view acupuncture as an extremely useful tool for health care.” Dooling’s style of Japanese acupuncture differs from Traditional Chinese Medicine with regard to needling technique, but brings about the pleasant feeling of Qi, or energy, commonly associated with Chinese acupuncture. Also unique to Japanese acupuncture is Dooling’s use of shiunko moxibustion at acupuncture points. The moxibustion oils have antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties and strengthen the immune system and boost the healing process. “I really enjoy the feelings of relief, relaxation and energy that acupuncture treatments give me,” says Dooling’s client, C. Nowell. “I have multiple sports injuries, a bad ankle in particular, and I feel good as new.” Prior to joining Eastern Medical Center, Dooling practiced in Truckee and Hawaii. She completed a doctoral fellowship in San Jose and a five-year apprenticeship in Kailua and Kona, Hawaii. Dooling’s specializations include Seitai Shinpo pelvic and spinal alignment; drug and alcohol detox; post-traumatic stress disorder; digestive wellness, including lab testing and nutritional recommendations; menopausal symptoms, premenstrual syndrome and other women’s issues.

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leven counties in New York instituted restrictions on trans fatty acids in restaurants in 2007. Researchers from Yale University School of Medicine used data from the New York State Department of Health statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System and U.S. Census population estimates to determine the impact of these restrictions on the health of the community; they compared the 11 counties that had the restrictions to 25 counties without them. The scientists concluded that hospital heart attack admissions were significantly lower for the 11 counties with the restrictions.

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icensed Acupuncturist Laura L. Dawson will present interactive workshop/class, Food Physics & Body Dynamics, Lessons in Whole Food Healing, from 9 to 3 p.m., October 21 and 22, at the Marriott Union Square, in San Francisco, and October 24, at the Berkeley Hilton Doubletree. Dawson holds a master’s degree in acupuncture and Oriental medicine, and is the owner of Educate, Inspire, Empower. The class is open to the public and healthcare professionals. Dawson will introduce the five colors and five flavors of foods, along with corresponding action affecting specific organ systems, (i.e. green affects the liver, as well as the flavor sour) and methods of assessing disease patterns on the tongue to apply nutritional treatments to alleviate the symptoms of the patient’s complaint. A PowerPoint presentation is included to assist understanding the eight principles; highlighting excess hot and cold, the effects on body systems, and how to use foods to manage those signs as observed on the tongue. There will be Q&A periods at intervals. Cost is $199; $349 for professionals, includes five CEUs and a certificate when attending the entire five-hour workshop. For more information, visit


esveratrol is a natural substance found in grapes, peanuts, blueberries and other foods that’s known for its heart-protective nature. Researchers believe it may also help promote eye health, including prevention of glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration, but not much is known about its presence in the eyes. Scientists from Tongji Medical College, in China, set out to measure the concentration of trans-resveratrol in the eyes after oral supplementation. Three daily doses of Longevinex, an oral trans-resveratrol-based capsule supplement, was administered to 35 adults prior to eye surgery on one of their eyes, and tissue samples of the conjunctiva, aqueous humor and vitreous humor were taken. Researchers measured the tissues for resveratrol concentration to determine how much of the supplement penetrated the eyes. Resveratrol metabolites were detected in the conjunctiva of 25 of the eyes, indicating that the beneficial substance does pass through the brain.

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Music Soothes Pain after Surgery


esearchers from the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, in New York City, studied the impact of music therapy on 60 patients that had undergone spinal fusion surgery. Half received a 30-minute music therapy session, along with standard postoperative care, within 72 hours of surgery. The other half received only standard care. The scientists used the visual analog scale to measure pain before and after music therapy in both groups concurrently. The patients receiving music therapy experienced average pain level reductions from 6.2 to 5.09, while the control group averaged slight increases in pain, from 5.2 to 5.87. “The degree of change in the music group is notable for having been achieved by non-pharmacologic means, with little chance of adverse effects,” explains Center Director and study co-author Joanne Loewy. “Pain is subjective and personal, and warrants an individualized approach to care. Certified, licensed music therapists can tailor treatment to each patient’s musical preferences and address their pain level.”


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The consequences of climate change are impacting plant species in unanticipated, but logical ways; for instance, conifers and other needle trees are moving northward because they are more sensitive to temperature than flowering, deciduous trees. They already populate the boreal forest of eastern North America, so they’re well-adapted to expand into colder, drier conditions. Individual trees can’t move, but populations can shift over time as saplings expand into a new region while older growth dies in another. A new study published in Science Advances also shows that about three-quarters of tree species common to eastern American forests, including white oaks, sugar maples and American holly, have shifted their population centers westward since 1980 due to drier conditions in the East. Global warming has significantly altered rainfall totals. Songlin Fei, a professor of forestry at Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Indiana, and one of the study authors, observes, “Different species are responding to climate change differently. Most of the broadleaf species of deciduous trees are following moisture that’s moving westward.” Changes in land use, conservation efforts, wildfire frequency and the arrival of pests and blights all play parts in shifting populations. Forest ecosystems are defined as much by the mix of species and the interaction between them as by the simple presence of many trees. If different species migrate in different directions, then ecological communities could eventually collapse.

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Toddlers Routinely Reach for French Fries A collaborative study published in the journal Pediatrics concludes that toddlers under the age of 2 are more likely to eat French fries than vegetables on any given day; one in four 6-to-11month-olds and one in five 1-year-olds consumed no vegetables at all. This concerning downward trend began more than a decade ago. The percentage of babies and toddlers eating canned or frozen fruits and vegetables declined by 10 percent between 2005 and 2012, and the consumption of dark, leafy greens among those under 2 has halved since 2005. Dr. Annemarie Stroustrup, an associate professor with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, in New York City, says, “You often have to offer a new food to a toddler up to 10 times before they will eat it.”

Many people feel that Christopher Columbus is partly responsible for the genocide of Native Americans, and bestowing him a day of celebration adds insult to injury. In a progressive move, the Anadarko City Council, in Oklahoma, unanimously voted to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day—observed this year on October 9. City employees get the holiday off, and other municipalities in Oklahoma have followed suit.


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Wind Turbines Kill Winged Creatures Wind turbines make cleaner energy, but are dangerous to birds and bats. According to a study in the Wildlife Society Bulletin, approximately 573,000 birds and 888,000 bats are killed annually by wind turbines, which are providing increased wind power capacity nationwide. At one solar power plant in California, an estimated 3,500 birds died in just the plant’s first year of operation. What would help most is offshore turbines and knowledge about migration routes. The safest place for wind turbines is in the ocean, because songbirds and bats don’t migrate over such waters. On land, many songbirds fly at night and can’t see the wind turbines until it’s too late. Once they’ve discovered the unsafe area, they avoid it. Because migration routes are based on availability of food, water and resting areas, birds are forced to fly around the turbines, adding miles to their trip and the burning of more calories. Estimates of just how many bats are dying each year range from the tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands. Radar installations help to keep bats away from the deadly blades. Other remedies include slowing the blades at night to reduce collisions, which has proved to reduce overall wildlife deaths by 73 percent. In 2016 the American Wind Energy Association announced voluntary guidelines to halt turbines during low wind speeds, when bats are most active, to reduce bat fatalities by 30 percent. With two more industry changes, bat fatalities could drop 90 percent: feathering, or turning the blades parallel to the wind so the turbines don’t rotate; and higher cut-in speeds so they don’t rotate in light winds. Take action at





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TRAVEL Outer Adventures, Inner Journeys by April Thompson

An open-hearted journey can take unexpected paths. More travelers today are searching for deep and lasting changes in their view of themselves and the world.

Declare Your Intentions

yearnings and understand the pull to a place. Part of the intention setting is clarifying what we hope to accomplish through making a journey, suggests Nathaniel Boyle, creator of The Travelers podcast and the travel platform Holocene that facilitates community among transformation-seeking travelers. It might be climbing a mountain with our spouse to strengthen a marriage, or taking a cooking class in Italy or a basket weaving workshop in Indonesia to rekindle a sense of fresh

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Cousineau suggests that travelers prepare to open their thinking by reading about the history, culture and geography of a place, and then continue to learn en route by talking to locals for insight rather than relying only on a guidebook. “Make yourself vulnerable. Ask questions and be humble. Talk to your waiter or cab driver about their lives and conditions in their country. Those that become most delighted and transformed by their experiences are the most curious,” observes Cousineau. Anna Pollock, of London, England, founder of Conscious Travel and a sustainable travel expert, elaborates on potential results. “Travelers may see the world and their part in it differently or feel greater clarity, peace, freedom or hope. For some, it’s about insights into their personal purpose. Others may return with a deeper sense of connectedness or feeling of mastery that comes from trying something completely new.” Jake Haupert, of Seattle, owner of Evergreen Escapes International, co-founded the Transformational Travel Council to help people embark on such life-altering journeys, and translate “Aha!” moments on the road into meaningful changes back home. He has witnessed individuals undergo radical shifts from changing careers to becoming parents. One


Attention and intention are the main ingredients for transformative travel for Phil Cousineau, acclaimed author of The Art of Pilgrimage. “Ask yourself what is motivating the journey: Are you going just to check something off your bucket list because you read about it or are you going because your grandma told you how magical her visit there was in the 1920s? Are you going because you’re at a crossroads in your life, marriage or work?” queries Cousineau. Naming your intention helps open up the heart and psyche for transformation. Cousineau recommends sharing our choice beforehand with a friend or even a casual acquaintance. Writing it down can also unpack those

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If we truly want to know the secret of soulful traveling, we need to believe there is something sacred waiting to be discovered in virtually every journey. ~Phil Cousineau couple was so moved by their experiences on an African safari that they adopted their first child from Kenya.

Move Beyond Comfort

“Travel can serve as a vehicle for expansive personal growth. Through it, we learn to explore the world and ourselves,” Boyle observes. “When you venture outside the controlled environment of prepackaged trips for tourists to face difficult decisions and confusing and chaotic situations that require problem solving, that’s where real change can occur,” says Haupert. “My 12,000-mile journey from Washington, D.C., to Antarctica was transformative in so many ways,” says journalist Andrew Evans, author of The Black Penguin memoir. “I’m a geographer by training and spent four years studying maps, but I never understood the true size of the world until I traveled across it on a Greyhound bus. I now see the world as much smaller and much more accessible. The trip made me a stronger, more confident person, and less afraid of what other

people think of me; it also made me want to keep traveling.” “Travel comes from the word travail, to labor, and trip from tripalium, Latin for a medieval torture rack. Metaphorically, travel can feel like torture at times, and some travelers feel unhappy, unprepared, bored or disappointed,” remarks Cousineau. “But the flip side is that travels can stretch us, just like a medieval rack.” If you have stretch goals, you can build them into an itinerary, advises Haupert, whether it’s getting up the courage to skydive or negotiating a purchase in a foreign street market.

Do Less, Experience More

To heighten experiential awareness while traveling, build fewer to-dos into an itinerary, the experts recommend. “Immerse yourself in a place. Leave time for unplanned explorations, rather than bouncing between destinations without space for spontaneity and restful reflection,” says Haupert. “Also build in time for meditation, yoga, simple relaxation or other intentionally restorative moments in-between the high-intensity peak experiences.” Haupert suggests staging a ceremonial start to a journey, such as a special dinner or bike ride upon arrival. Similarly, Cousineau recommends starting a new journal on every journey, to ceremoniously start anew in one’s thinking. Engaging in ritual can also help awaken the traveler, says Cousineau. He suggests walking in silence as we approach a sacred site, or physically engaging with it, as pilgrims might do when they palm the feet of a Buddha statue or press their forehead to the Wailing Wall. Sacred sites are fertile ground for transformative experiences, says Lori Erickson, an Episcopal deacon, travel writer and author of Holy Rover: Journeys in Search of Mystery, Miracles, and God, a memoir of her trips to a dozen of the world’s holy sites. “So many people have prayed and opened their hearts in a holy place that you

Journey Jump-Offs Here’s a short list of resources to inspire transformative adventuring. n The blog at explores Cambodia’s sacred Buddhist sites.   n Evergreen Escapes at Evergreen specializes in unforgettable locales tailored to the traveler’s inner calling.   n “The Travelers” podcast via features stories and advice from 200-plus changemakers on topics ranging from creativity, fear and gratitude to travel-related careers.   n Muddy Shoe Adventures at offers small-group trips that challenge participants with combinations of physical activities and cultural experiences.   n connects people through shared spiritual adventures like mind-body healing and immersion in nature.   n Phil Cousineau ( hosts writer’s retreats, literary tours and pilgrimages to historic sacred sites.   n Responsible Travel at Responsible offers socially and environmentally conscious tours to all seven continents, including small-ship cruises to more authentic, lesserknown ports of call.   n Transformational Travel Council’s website conveys uplifting stories, a travelers’ forum and other tools for change-seekers.                                          n World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms ( links volunteers with organic farmers to help build a sustainable global community.

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Lasting Travel Gifts

When you give while traveling, you often get back even more, says Cousineau. “A pilgrim never travels empty-handed. Bring gifts; even postcards from home can make a meaningful connection.” He recently brought baseball equipment along on a group tour he led to give to kids in baseball-crazed Cuba. Giving appreciation is as important as tangible mementos, he notes. “Gratitude makes transformation possible; that’s what modern people are longing for, to be touched.” Boyle suggests that finding ways to give back can unlock unique opportunities. Quinn Vanderberg and Jonathon Button, guests on Boyle’s podcast, left stable lives and jobs in California for Nicaragua in 2012 with

only their travel bags and a shared dream. Brainstorming a vision for a new life together, the 25-year-old pair had realized, “We wanted life to be filled with travel, culture and people, and to make an impact along the way,” says Vanderburg. “We went knowing we wanted to create a social venture, but first wanted to see what was really needed by the community.” They went on to partner with local educational nonprofits and artisans to launch Life Out of the Box, a line of clothing and accessories modeled after Toms’ “Buy one, give one” business model. For every product sold, the entrepreneurs donate school supplies to a child in need. Since 2012, the project has expanded to also support kids in Guatemala, Kenya, Mexico and Morocco.

Drive Home Transformation

Starting with a moment of reflection before departing a place, take advantage of a trip’s afterglow to recall insights learned, gel memories, share insights and move to make changes stick. Haupert sees this as a good time to develop an action plan to “express gratitude for the journey and create a

Close Encounters Eager for a transformative adventure without traveling afar? Here are some ideas for exploring cultures and connecting with others closer to home. 4 Attend festivals celebrating varied cultures in your local community. Every spring in Washington, D.C., embassies showcase the cuisine, art and history of 70 countries. Frackville, Pennsylvania’s 103-year-old Lithuanian Days is the oldest ethnic festival in the country. 4 Host a traveling cyclist and hear tales from the trails via, a hospitality exchange for 90,000 touring cyclists and hosts. 4 Take advantage of local, state and national parks, including 88 ocean and coastal parks within the National Park Service ( Along with wilderness sites, the service also stewards important cultural heritage sites nationwide. 4 Find a spiritual retreat center at 4 Overnight on an organic farm. Visit to sample what’s in season in the region. 4 Meet and host individual travelers via, a network of 11 million globetrotters in 150,000 cities.


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can feel the energy,” she says. Erickson suggests that travelers seek out hallowed ground from different traditions, which can help heal divides among people of divergent faiths. “The art and architecture of holy sites are beautiful manifestations of spiritual longing and human creativity. These places have the power to move you, regardless of your own spiritual background.”

framework for your homecoming.” Then, take a day to reflect upon returning home before jumping back into work or other obligations, internalizing your experience and integrating your “traveler self” back into normalcy. It might involve a trip to the spa, an afternoon of journaling or organizing trip photos, suggests Haupert. “Resist the urge to check emails the minute the plane touches down or start planning the next trip. Take time to remember the journey and see your home turf with fresh eyes,” adds Cousineau. The returned pilgrim has a responsibility to memorialize the journey, an ancient tradition of Judeo-Christian and Islamic faiths, advises Cousineau. The San Francisco writer traveled with a group on foot from Louisville, Kentucky, to Thomas Merton’s Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani, near Bardstown, Kentucky, to celebrate the legacy of Merton and Mahatma Gandhi. One of the women inked a footprint from each of 100-plus travelers, sewing them into a quilt to commemorate the pilgrimage. Chronicling the journey can be as simple as a dinner party with friends to share what we have learned, says Cousineau, but suggests that travelers engage attendees to also contribute their own stories and reflections. “We have a choice upon returning; do nothing and just let that experience fade or own it for ourselves,” concurs Boyle. “It’s incumbent to extract the meaning of our experiences and find a way to express them, whether through a photo series, article, painting or video. The traveler’s ‘third act’ of creativity after preparation and execution is how we process change.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at


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BUILDING BETTER BONES Bouncing, Leaping and Lunging Our Way to Bone Health by Kathleen Barnes

Success in the quest for stronger bones is possible at any age.


Start and Stay Young

“Peak bone strength is reached by the age of 30, so it’s vital for young people to engage in dynamic impact movement through their teen years and 20s,” says Sherri Betz, chair of the American Physical Therapy Association bone health group, a doctor of physical therapy and geriatric-certified specialist with a private practice in Santa Cruz, California. Engaging in sports during our youthful developing years helps build strong, wide and dense bones that will carry us well into old age, literally giving us a firmer base to stand on. It’s paramount to encourage children and young people to be physically active and for us all to continue with athletic activities throughout adulthood to preserve the bone health peak we reach at age 30.

Optimal Bone Exercises

“Adulthood is a perfectly good time to start building and improving bone fitness and health. The outcome is just a little bit less,” says Steven A. Hawkins, Ph.D., a professor of exercise science at California Lutheran University, in Thousand Oaks. “Bone responds to exercise much

like muscle,” explains Larry Tucker, Ph.D., professor of exercise sciences at Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah. “Bone doesn’t grow, per se, but like muscle, it does get denser and stronger according to the stresses and strains put on it.” “The key is to put a heavy load on bones to stimulate them to grow,” Hawkins notes. Standing exercises are recommended, because the bones most likely to benefit from strengthening

exercise are 30 targeted leg and hip bones, says Tucker. “Surprising the bone is your best bet,” points out Betz. “Don’t do the same things over and over again at the same time, either repetitive exercises like running or weight lifting or consistent combinations; even high-intensity exercise can diminish the effects.” The most highly recommended exercises involve those that require changing directions, bouncing and leaping—from basketball to lively dances, and even some intense yoga postures. Hopping and jumping are probably the best way to strengthen bones, but must be done in the proper way, according to Tucker and others. Research by Tucker’s team published in the American Journal of Health Promotion studied the effects of jumping on hip bone density in premenopausal women. It may seem counterintuitive, but Tucker reports that most benefits are gained from jumping as high as possible, resting 30 seconds and repeating up to 10 times twice a day in intervals at least eight hours apart. “If you jump continuously, the exercise loses effectiveness pretty quickly,” he says. Those that enjoy circuit training should do something else during the 30-second rests between repetitions, Tucker advises. Because it’s the jolt of jumping that stimulates bone strength, using a mini-trampoline or another cushioning device to lessen impact on the body won’t increase bone density. Betz cautions against starting a jumping program too quickly. “Proper

Best Bone Test The most common way of testing bone density is a DEXA (dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry) scan. The result is called a T-score and is one case where a zero is perfect. A score of +1.0 to -1.0 is considered normal. A score between -1.0 and -2.5 is considered osteopenia, or weakened bones. A score lower than -2.5 indicates some level of osteoporosis. The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends bone density testing for women and men older than 65 and 70, respectively, and those that are petite, prone to breaking bones or have other risk factors. For more information, visit natural awakenings

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alignment, balance and body awareness come first,” she says. “Do 20 to 25 heel raises in a row, a full squat with good alignment and a full lunge to ready the body for a jumping program.” Such strengthening safeguards against falling and injury.

Walking Isn’t It

Walking, running, weight training and other repetitive exercises don’t improve bone density, says Hawkins. “Walk and do other repetitive exercises for cardiovascular health and general fitness. While these might help maintain current bone strength, they won’t improve bone density.” Walking reduced the risk of hip fracture by 41 percent for postmenopausal women walking four hours a week, with fewer falls due to improved strength, balance and other factors per the Journal of the American Medical Association. Numerous studies confirm that exercise of any kind keeps us healthy, but for bone health, the answer is to start weight-bearing exercises early and sustain the practice for a lifetime. Kathleen Barnes is a health writer and author of The Calcium Lie II: What Your Doctor Still Doesn’t Know, with Dr. Robert Thompson. Connect at

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Yoga doesn’t involve bouncing or jumping for the most part, but it can be helpful in maintaining strong bones, says Sherri Betz, a Santa Cruz, California, physical therapist and Pilates and yoga instructor. “Poses, including the tree, chair, warrior, triangle, half moon and sun salute, need to be as dynamic as possible and focus on leg strengthening and spine extension.


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Why are trees, to your eyes, so captivating?


When I first started photographing trees, I thought of them as objects in the design of a photograph, rather than something that’s alive. When I began to look at a tree’s acorns, flowers and pollen, I realized that this tree is doing what we do: it’s born, grows, has offspring and dies; it seeks air, nutrients and light. Trees all have a fascinating master plan for survival and reproduction. Some trees can build an architectural structure that grows 150 feet high and can withstand 100-milean-hour winds.

How do you suggest that a newbie tree-watcher start learning how to see trees more intimately?

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or the past 40 years, Robert Llewellyn has photographed thousands of unique beauties— many of them trees, flowers, seeds and other landscape elements. “For a photographer, anything can be a good subject, even dirt,” he says. “My mission is to move people from merely looking at things to deeply seeing things as they are.” For Llewellyn’s first collaboration with garden writer Nancy Ross Hugo, Remarkable Trees of Virginia, published in 2008, the pair drove 20,000 miles in four years observing and capturing the complex lives of 100 notable trees. It was on this assignment that the Earlysville, Virginia,

photographer developed his now-signature technique, subsequently used to illustrate one of their follow-up books, Seeing Trees. “I wanted to photograph small parts—leaves, fruit, bark and flowers— so I would cut off a bloom, twig or seed pod and put it on a light table and take hundreds of photos, which, strung together, were infinitely sharp, like a botanic drawing. I found I could zoom into my subject up to a pollen grain this way.” Llewellyn lives with his wife on a 60-acre farm in tree-studded Albemarle County, enjoying 200-year-old oaks outside their front door. His latest of nearly 40 books, The Living Forest, is due out in October.

Read a book like Seeing Trees, then get up, go out and observe trees in real time, at different times of the year and track what they do. Take pencil and paper and draw them, or take pictures. Start by exploring trees in your backyard or a nearby park. Share a quality magnifying glass to encourage youngsters to get closer to the trees, too. Challenge them to find flowers, fruit or spots where last year’s leaves fell off. Kids love that. I visit schools and have kids go out and collect fallen tree debris that we look at together.

What makes some of your favorite trees so distinctive? Red maples make an early entrance in spring, their flowers appearing before the leaves, and drop their “helicopter” seeds in spring to germinate before anything can eat them. In spring, an entire hill will turn red with these maples, but it’s not their leaves; it’s the trees’ flowers, getting ready to drop their showy red dresses on the ground before anything else is blooming. You can learn a lot about trees by seeing what’s on the ground through their life cycles. Sycamore, for example, has both male and female flowers. The female flowers develop into fruiting seedpods that dry out and hang on through winter until a spring wind blows them apart.

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Rather than seeing trees as dead in winter, what can we look for? Trees are very much alive in winter. When leaves fall off, they leave behind little pointed leaf buds. You can cut them open and find tiny green leaves encapsulated which remain unfrozen, waiting to open up in the spring. Twigs in winter show leaf scars where the leaves dropped. We can also witness the diverse life in and on trees in all seasons. That includes bugs, plants, fungi and parasites, in addition to the animals that nest in them and eat their fruits and nuts. I once found a round ball on an oak tree that turned out to be a wasp gall for its offspring, its larvae hanging in the middle.

How are tree-viewing skills transferrable to other aspects of our lives? The skill of observation is vital: moving from looking to seeing. At a party, you can just mindlessly chatter with people or you can really see them—what their bodies, gestures and emotions are communicating. Labels and names get in the way of seeing things as they are. Stop labeling things or worrying about what they are called; as in meditation, just relax into observing, to embrace things as they are. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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School Om Work

Kids Calm Themselves with Meditation by April Thompson


choolchildren are learning the calming effect of tuning into their minds and bodies through a pioneering program in Baltimore, Maryland, that’s replacing time outs and school detentions with mindful moments. Trained staff—including many former students—teach yoga, mindfulness practices, meditation, centering and breath work that empower kids to resolve conflicts peacefully. Brothers Atman and Ali Smith and friend Andres Gonzalez founded the nonprofit Holistic Life Foundation (HLF) in 2001 in response to the pressing need to help kids living in challenging urban environments better manage stress, anger and other heightened emotions. Today, the organization is sowing the seeds of mindfulness with some 7,500 students a week across 18 Baltimore-area schools, usually beginning through daylong, school-wide interventions and afterschool programs supporting targeted populations. Frustrated kids cool off and center themselves through breathing exercis-

es and meditation in the Mindful Moment Room in the HLF flagship Robert W. Coleman Elementary School. “Sometimes when I get mad, I just breathe deep. I picture being in a certain place I like and I just stop being mad… I think of being a bigger person and doing something maybe a wise man would do,” advises one fifthgrade participant. “When we had to take a big test, before I took it and in the middle, I took deep breaths to stay calm and finish the test. When everybody around you is making a lot of noises, you just try to tune them out and be yourself, do your breathing,” says another fifth-grader. The training starts with educators learning mindfulness techniques both to help their students and also manage their own stress in the classroom. “The program was a fantastic experi-

ence,” says Lori Gustovson, a teacher at Baltimore’s Lincoln Elementary School. “We integrated the exercises into our daily schedules, helping many students and teachers focus their attention and regulate emotions such as anxiety, anger and frustration. We are a better school because of the time they spent in our classrooms teaching us the beauty of paying attention to breath, movement and each other,” she observes. Participating schools have reported fewer fights, better attendance and higher grades, among other benefits, according to Ali Smith, all results backed by independent research. Recent studies in schools from San Francisco to Columbus, Ohio, have shown that teaching kids mindfulness practices can heighten attentiveness, self-control and empathy, while reducing stress, hyperactivity and depression, and improving academic performance. The kids also apply their newfound skills at home. “To take ownership of the practice and understand the benefits, you have to know how to explain it, so we use a reciprocal teaching model,” says Ali. “We teach the kids to say, ‘Mom, Dad, you look stressed; can you take a breather with me?’” Martin, a Lincoln Elementary student, was pleased to report, “I went to my house and taught my mom how to do all the things you guys taught us.” Virginia, another student, noted, “This morning I got mad at my dad, but then I remembered to breathe, and then I didn’t shout.” Other schools are following suit. Mindful Schools began in 2007 as a single-school program in Oakland,

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California, and then expanded to support online and in-person courses and a network of mindful educators spanning all 50 states and more than 100 countries. The David Lynch Foundation funds efforts to bring transcendental meditation to underserved kids in classrooms like the Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School, in Queens, New York; Wilson High School, in Portland, Oregon; and Wayzata West Middle School, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, among others. Find easy instruction at MindfulnessStarterLesson. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

Mindful Exercises This meditation exercise is recommended by the Holistic Life Foundation to help kids slow down, relax, de-stress or clear their heads:

Sit comfortably with one hand on your belly, with your head, neck and spine in alignment. Breathe through your nose. As you inhale, feel your belly expand and pause for a second. Then, exhale and feel the belly fall. Repeat for 10 breaths.

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Mindfulness is noticing what is happening in the present moment. It can help calm us when we are angry, sad or frustrated. It can help us notice when we are happy or grateful and also to focus, whether in school or in sports. It’s important to let our bodies be very still. When that happens, it gets very quiet. When we have still and quiet bodies, that’s what we call our mindful bodies. Now, let’s close our eyes and just sit like this for one minute.


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Choosing a Chiropractor How to Find the Best One by Marlaina Donato


hiropractic medicine is known for its non-surgical approach to chronic pain and other musculoskeletal conditions, but also has much more to offer. However, finding the right doctor can be as daunting as shopping for a comfortable pair of shoes. Here, three reputable practitioners talk about securing individualized care and getting the most out of chiropractic.

Address Specific Needs

Clarifying the desired outcome is helpful, because some clients are just looking for a quick fix to reduce pain, while others may be seeking overall better health, lasting wellness and an improved quality of life. “Due to insurance issues, we’ve become known as pain doctors, but that’s not the full extent of chiropractic,” explains Dr. Michelle Robin, owner of Your Wellness Connection and the educational website, in Shawnee, Kansas. “Also, you can see more than one chiropractor, as each has their own strength.” Dr. Michael Aho, of Crosstown

Chiropractic, in Chicago, agrees. “Chiropractic care encompasses many styles, so one of the biggest variables is the type of treatment the doctor uses. Most offices commonly treat neck, mid-back and low back pain. If you have a specific shoulder, knee or foot problem, you may want to find a doctor that frequently treats those issues. If you are pregnant, choose a chiropractor that has experience working with pregnant women.” “There are more than 140 different chiropractic techniques. Some are light touch, while others are aggressive. Some are hands-on and some use instruments for adjusting. It’s important that the doctor’s approach resonates with your nature,” advises Dr. Jackie St.Cyr of the Innate Chiropractic Healing Arts Center, in Houston. Robin advises that sitting in a doctor’s reception room to just observe and trusting our intuition is helpful before moving forward with a consultation.

Ask Questions

First, find out if a chiropractor has em-

braced either a conventional medical or holistic model, and then delve more deeply to find the right approach and level of care. “Ask how long a doctor has practiced and their governing philosophy. Do they treat the full spine or focus on the point of pain, and what range of techniques do they apply? You want them to know your spine before they adjust it; make sure they conduct a new patient exam,” suggests St.Cyr. An exam may include a thermography scan and X-rays. Helpful questions include what to expect during the initial visit, recommended frequency of treatment, the desired doctor’s office hours and how treatment might benefit a particular condition. Because most chiropractic offices offer compatible treatments, also ask about complementary modalities such as acupuncture, massage therapy, heat therapy, and interferential current therapy using minute electrical pulses for deep tissue pain relief.

Be Consistent

“You shouldn’t expect instant results,”

says Aho. “You’ll benefit the most if you don’t wait too long after first experiencing symptoms of a problem before starting treatment, and are consistent with your treatment.” Being proactive can foster good results. St.Cyr concurs, stating, “When patients follow their chiropractor’s recommended routine of regular corrective care, they get the best results.

Be consistent with visits and do your customized spinal exercises; they’ve been proven to work.” Robin expounds that not following through with homecare is a common pitfall for patients. “Like dental care, you always need to do something for your spine every day, be it stretching, other exercise or good nutrition.” She notes that everyone’s response to chiropractic is different. “Be realistic. If you’ve experienced injuries or accidents, it will take longer, and your healing might look different from that of someone else that is free of injuries and follows a healthier diet. Sometimes people give up on chiropractic instead of finding a chiropractor that is good for them. You wouldn’t give up going to the dentist, and the same should apply to chiropractic care.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1 Bicycle’s Monthly Family Rides | Alameda 9:45am. A great way for the family to start the week out doing something together! Take a slow cruise around Alameda with your family, friends, or go alone. We split into two groups making sure everyone can keep up a pace with either group. We finish our ride at Tucker’s Ice Cream Shop for free ice cream. Helmets are required. If you have any questions please telephone or email, 510-522-0070.

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

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3 Huna (Hawaiian Spirituality) | Phone Lecture 7-8:30pm. Learn how you can access these beautiful energies to celebrate life, merge matter and spirit, connect with the earth, your body and your emotions. Receive an energy demonstration and heart light attunement. Free lecture. To register call or email, 925-954-7908. Course descriptions at

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6 SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30 TAT Basics | Phone Conference 12:30-2pm. Tapas Acupressure Technique, more commonly known as TAT, is a simple process of shifting one’s perspective of a problem. It can be helpful in resolving negative beliefs, allergies and trauma, among other issues. This is only one portion of the training that is required to become a TAT Professional. This is a distance class held on conference call. No class on Thanksgiving Day. $350. Integrative Relational Energetics Institute, Inc, 300 27th St, Ste 101, Oakland. More information or questions call, 510-654-1405. To register please visit

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7 Best of the Bay CTC Double Century & BOB Century | Castro Valley 4:15am. The double-century route will have three


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segments. You’ll see panoramic views while cycling through wooded hills, parks and wine country. You’ll cycle through small climbs and descents, push yourself to the limit and climb Mt. Diablo! Finish your trek with fun and scenic cycling. This will be an unforgettable experience! $100-$145. Castro Valley HQ, 19806 Wisteria St, Castro Valley. More information and registration are available at or Cycling for Veterans | Livermore 6am-4pm. Don’t miss this exciting, fun-filled event for you, your friends and your family. In its third year, there will be three rides for 30 miles, 55 miles and 115 miles! You’ll be riding where the professional cyclists ride! After the race, be sure to partake in the post-race festivities. Food, drinks, fun and music by “No Cover Band”. Whether you’re a cyclist or just want to partake in the after-party, come out and join us. Las Positas College, 3000 Campus Hill Dr, Livermore. More information at Registration at Breema: The Art of Being Present | Oakland 10-11:30am. In these classes, you’ll learn Self-Breema exercises you can take home and practice to support presence and vitality in your day, and learn and exchange some Breema bodywork. This class will continue onto November 4. $10/first class is free. The Breema Center, 6076 Claremont Ave, Oakland. 510428-0937. Urban Cycling 101 Workshop | Berkeley 1-3pm. Open to the public, teens, adults and ticketed cyclists. Taught by certified instructors from League of American Bicyclists. Learn basic rules of the road, how to equip your bicycle, fit your helmet, avoid bike theft, ride after dark and prevent common crashes. No bike required. If you are taking this class to have a traffic ticket fee reduced, make sure you receive a signed certificate from the instructor at the end of class. Free. UC Berkeley, Barrows Hall, Rm 136, Berkeley. Questions please call, 510-845-7433 x 2. Contact, Robert@ More information and registration at

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8 Angel of Unconditional Love & Freedom Workshop | Walnut Creek 1-5pm. Permanently transform the ability of your heart to give and receive love, with initiations from this extraordinary, beautiful and powerful angel from the ancient mystery school. Can also be arranged as a private workshop. $50. To register call or email, 925-954-7908. Course descriptions at

MONDAY, OCTOBER 9 Being Present in Your Daily Life | Oakland 7-8:30pm. Working with Breema’s Nine Principles of Harmony in the format of Breema bodywork and Self-Breema exercises, this class offers practical steps towards living a more present and purposeful life. $10/ first class is free. The Breema Center, 6076 Claremont Ave, Oakland. 510-428-0937.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12 Moving Toward Freedom | Phone Workshop 7-8:30pm. Receive an attunement to permanently reduce the strength of one’s negative patterns by 30%. The energy works by reducing the strength of impulses going from etheric brain, to nervous system when pattern becomes active. Can also be arranged as a private workshop. $100. To register call or email, 925-954-7908. Course descriptions at

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13 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. $10-20/sliding scale. The Breema Clinic, 6201 Florio St, Oakland. 510-428-1234.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14 Ashland-Cherryland Fam-Fest | San Leandro 9am-1pm. A wide variety of activities for the entire family throughout the day. Enjoy sporting events, art exhibits, medical screenings, entertainment and don’t forget the 5K run. Whether you choose to walk, run or roll, everyone in the family is encouraged to participate! After the race join in for food and activities for all ages and performances by local groups. REACH Ashland Youth Center, 16335 E 14th St, San Leandro. More information is obtainable at, or to register go to: Collect Yourself from the Past & Future 10-11:30am. Breema supports us to be less subject to worry about the past or fear of the future. Those moments of being present while practicing Breema tell you, “This is how you are, and this is how you wish to be.” This class will continue onto November 11 and 25. $10/first class is free. The Breema Center, 6076 Claremont Ave, Oakland. 510-428-0937. Recycle Bicycle Tour | Oakland 10:30am-1pm. Enjoy this opportunity to meet up with other biking recyclers and take in the views around the Bay area, the Port of Oakland and learn the history of our area’s recyclers and Zero Waste innovators. The tour will end at Old Kan Beer for food and beverages. Registration is free. Meet at Frank H Ogawa Plaza, 14th & Broadway, Oakland. More information and registration at or

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15 Huna, Level 1 (Hawaiian Spirituality) Workshop | 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 call or email, 925-954-7908. Course descriptions at

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17 Explorations in Energy Psychology & Energy Medicine | Oakland 12:30-1:30pm. Learn what energy psychology and energy medicine are, how they can benefit you and those you care about. Learn simple tools that can help get your life in balance and maintain it. Allow yourself to

feel more alert and energized during the day and experience deeper, more restful, restorative sleep at night. Feel more confident in your day-to-day decisions and your life purpose. $5-$25/sliding scale. Integrative Relational Energetics Institute, Inc, 300 27th St, Ste 101, Oakland. More information or questions call, 510-654-1405. To register please visit

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20 SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22 ThetaHealing Basics | Oakland 2-8pm. Friday. 10am-6pm. Saturday & Sunday. ThetaHealing, technique is a powerful way to facilitate healing. It works on clearing beliefs that are blocking healing and spiritual expansion. While studying ThetaHealing basics, learn to read in the body, clear fear, doubt and disbelief. You will be certified as a ThetaHealing Practitioner after this class. $550. Integrative Relational Energetics Institute, Inc, 300 27th St, Ste 101, Oakland. More information or questions call, 510-654-1405. To register please visit

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 30 Bike Ambassador Training | Oakland 6:30-8pm. If you’re a bike enthusiast as some of us are, and would like to spread the word about better biking in the East Bay area, but aren’t sure how to go about it? Join us at a Bike Ambassador training session! Receive in-depth knowledge about Bike East Bay’s advocacies work and updates on current campaigns. Other training methods will be discussed, and more opportunities to do advocacy work in your community. You must be a Bike East Bay member to become an Ambassador. You may join the group at our web site. Training held at: Bike East Bay Headquarters, 466 Water St, Oakland. If you have any questions please email, Susie@BikeEastbBay. org.

save the date FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17 SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19 ThetaHealing Advanced | Oakland 2-8pm. Friday. 10am-6pm. Saturday & Sunday. In advanced training, continue to deepen your ThetaHealing skills. Clear rejections, regrets and resentments. Pre-requisite ThetaHealing basics. $550.

Integrative Relational Energetics Institute, Inc, 300 27th St, Ste 101, Oakland. More information or questions call, 510-654-1405. To register please visit

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21 Do it for Delaney | Fremont 8am. Come one, come all. Everyone is welcome, whether you walk or run, choose 5K or 10K. This event is for everybody! Originally started to assist with uncovered costs for therapy for Delaney Thomas. Due to its success, it is now a much larger event, aiding special needs children and their families. We now offer remote racing. Water and aid stations will also be provided. Restrooms will be available at the races start and finish areas, also on the course will be two restroom facilities. $15-$55, $5/parking per vehicle. Quarry Lakes, 2100 Isherwood Way, Fremont. Information and registration at


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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22 Red Ankh Workshop, Level 1 | Walnut Creek 1-3pm. 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 a private workshop. $55. To register call or email, 925-954-7908. Course descriptions at

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28 Boo! Bark, Brews & Bites | Oakland 11am-4pm. Spend a fun-filled day with us and your furry friends for a Halloween celebration out on the waterfront! There will be all kinds of dog-friendly activities and a wide variety of people-friendly food and beverages. You and your pets won’t want to miss the paw painting, pet pampering and most of all the pet psychic! Don’t forget the photo booth to capture that special moment of your fur-baby in costume. Jack London Square, Broadway & Embarcadero, Oakland. 510-645-9292.

HOLISTIC TUTOR - Holistic approach to learning for children and adults. Recognize your own genius. Tutoring is caring. Castro Valley. Call Esther, 510-733-0467.

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sunday Tibetan Nyingma Meditation | Berkeley 9am. One of the best ways to take care of yourself, is through meditation. All are welcome to clear their mind, and to grow with inner tranquility. Each session has a brief instruction of Nyingma meditation, then silent sitting. Tibetan Nyingma Institute, 1815 Highland Place, Berkeley. For prices or more information, please contact 510-809-1000. Swarm Urban Farming Bike Ride with Fleet Farming | Oakland 9-11am. If you’ve been thinking about checking out Fleet Farming in your area, now is your chance! A moving workshop done bi-weekly, that will let you get your hands dirty with seeding, tending beds, harvesting and other farming activities. We bike ride to all three of our farmlettes. Bottoms Up Community Garden, 814 Peralta St, Oakland. More information at FleetFarmingOak.

If you are a beginner and would like to learn more, this is the place. Main Library, 300 Estudillo Ave, San Leandro. For more information please call, 510-577-3970. Shamanic Drum Circle | Dublin 3-4:15pm. Second Sunday of every month. With Ashleigh Pevey. A trained clinical certified hypnotherapist, Shamanic healer and reiki practitioner. Drumming helps you gain access to your inner guidance and learn to work with your helping spirits. Enhance your relationship with yourself and spirit. Move from just trusting that your guides are there, to knowing and working with them. Allow the mystery of life to unfold. One of the great benefits of shamanic journeying is learning that we are never alone, and are loved unconditionally. $10-25/ suggested love offering. Unity of Tri-Valley, 7567 Amador Valley Blvd, #108, Dublin. 925-829-2733. Kundlini Meditation & Shakti Transmission | Walnut Creek

11am. Meets the 4th Sunday of the month. Join in with us to sing, laugh, think, and listen, and build your community together. Speakers from local science and humanities communities typically offer a way to donate to local organizations. Free. Oakland Peace Center, 111 Fairmount Ave, Oakland. 510451-8822.

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

Soul Sanctuary Dance | Berkeley

Barefoot Boogie | 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.

7:30-11pm. Enjoy freestyle dancing in a casual, friendly environment. Boogie is a healthy alternative to the club scene. Smoke, scent and alcohol free. The first hour is slow music for stretching and unwinding, and then the pace picks up to an aerobic, ecstatic high. Our DJs play a great mix of Latin, African, Funk, R&B, Hip-Hop, Blues, house, pop, oldies, and more. This is real music for real people. $8-$15/sliding scale; $5/first-timers. 8th Street Studios, 2525 8th St at Dwight, Berkeley.

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Nia | Berkeley Noon-1pm. Also, Friday at 8:45am. Expand your dance, increase your joy. Give the body the gift of learning the Nia language with teacher Alexis Mulhauser. Namaste Yoga, 2820 7th St, Berkeley. Crystal Singing Bowl Concert | Dublin Noon-1:30pm. 1st Sunday of every month. A sound healing concert played by Shala. Everyone’s experience will be unique and suited to their own specific needs. $10/suggested love offering. Unity of TriValley, 7567 Amador Valley Blvd, #108, Dublin. 925-829-2733. Needle Crafters | San Leandro 1:30-3:45pm. If you enjoy any type of needle crafts, such as knitting, crocheting, needle point, you’re welcome to join us. While working on our individual projects, we discuss movies, books, and everyday life. Fun and casual, so come and relax.


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monday Radio Show-Life Insights Live, Personal Growth Radio | Eastbay 7-8am. This week featuring Practical Mystic, Scout Bartlett. This will be replayed on Wednesdays from 7-8am. Various topics of self-understanding, personal growth and spiritual perception discussed. A 2 ½-minute group meditation each Monday at 7:30am. We are on the air broadcasting to the Bay Area on KEST, 1450AM. Simulcast and archived for later listening on

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

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

Explorations in Energy Psychology & Energy Medicine | Oakland 12:30-1:30pm. Held first and third Tuesday each month. Learn what energy psychology and energy medicine are, how they can benefit you and those you care about. Learn simple tools that can help get your life in balance and maintain it. Allow yourself to feel more alert and energized during the day and experience deeper, more restful, restorative sleep at night. Feel more confident in your day-to-day decisions and your life purpose. $5-$25/sliding scale. More information or questions call, 510654-1405. To register please visit South Berkeley Farmers’ Market | Berkeley 2-6:30pm. Go outside the box, the big box stores that is. Enjoy fresh produce and products from the area. Not only is this a healthier way of living, but you’ll be supporting the local businesses in the area. Adeline St and 63rd St, Berkeley. 510-548-3333. Teens, Come and Make Some Things | Berkeley 4-5pm. Come to the library and express yourself through arts and crafts. It’s a laid back, self-paced workshop where you can have some fun, and meet and make new friends. South Branch Library, 1901 Russell St, Berkeley. 510-981-6260. Team Lemon Run Club | Walnut Creek 6:30pm. Social and fun run for all levels of runners. Runs are 3 or 5 miles through downtown Walnut Creek and along local trails. Pace is moderate. Free. Lululemon, 1201-A South Main St, Walnut Creek. 925-274-1253. Spiritual Studies Group | Online 6:30-7:30pm. 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month via Skype. Study Esoteric Psychology Volume I, by 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 Traditional Music Jams 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.

combine them into partner balancing and dynamic movements. Free. Sports basement, 2727 Milvia St, Berkeley. 510-984-3907.


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.

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. Where Women Learn The Art And Soul Of Public Speaking | Livermore 6-9pm. 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. Come experience a safe community of women where you can explore your truths that your soul is waiting to express. Experience what it feels like to be seen and celebrated for your brilliance and for being your authentic self. Space is limited, must RSVP. $25. A private location in Livermore, upon registration you will receive address. Lia Venet, 510-381-5568., 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

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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. Clar Artisans Night | Dublin 4-8pm. This is not your typical farmers’ market with baked goods, festivities, locally grown produce and hot food for everyone to enjoy. Here we celebrate special events like free concerts, children’s activities, cooking demonstrations and local arts and crafts. Family-friendly atmosphere. Free/admission. Emerald Glen Park, 4201 Central Pkwy, Dublin. Frank Luna, 925-556-4506. Coloring Club | Dublin 5:30-6:30pm. Do you ever feel like you just need to calm down and unwind for a little while? Here is a great way to do just that! Color. That’s right, coloring can have such a calming effect over you, and relax for one hour, and do just that. Meet the third Thursday of every month. Please bring your supplies. Dublin Library, 200 Civic Plaza, Dublin. 925-803-7252. Any questions? Email A.Dunn@ Lake Merritt Oneness Blessing and Meditation | Oakland 7-9pm. The purpose of Lake Merritt Oneness is to support the awakening of humanity; by cultivating direct experience of oneness consciousness through universal teachings, meditation and oneness blessings. The Oneness Blessing is the sacred technology that advances each person’s journey into the direct experience of awakening. This gift to humanity helps to deepen our personal connection to the divine. These blessings have catapulted many people from around the globe into an awakened state and deeper awareness. The Blessing allows us to completely experience and dissolve old hurts, fears, and

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worries. It also silences repetitive thinking. Suffering decreases naturally. Lake Merritt Church, 1330 Lakeshore Ave, Oakland.

music, and to take part in the eclectic city attraction. Free. Telegraph Ave from West Grand to 27th St, Oakland. More information at

Game Night | Berkeley

Candlelit Labyrinth Walk & Live Music | 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@ Bites Off-Broadway: Food Trucks, Block Party & Picnic | Oakland 5:30-8:30pm. Come out and enjoy the late afternoon weather and sunshine while the food trucks gather and prepare to dazzle you with their savory treats, sure to satisfy any palate. Plenty of room for the kids to play lawn games and the adults can kick back and enjoy the live music! Free/admission, money needed for food purchase. Studio One Art Center, 465 45th St, Oakland, (in front of.) More information at Block Party | Oakland 5-9:30pm. The first Friday of every month. A great community experience. The Koreatown/Northgate area of town comes to life with this event. You won’t want to miss the street artists, performers, musicians, dancers, DJs, poets and others. Thousands of people come from all over the Bay area and beyond to experience the great foods, the live


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6-7pm. Last Friday of every month. Come rain or shine because the labyrinth is located indoors. Open to all ages, faiths and walks of life. Guests have the option to just sit and listen or walk around. Walking the winding path reminds us that even though life has many twists and turns, we always end up at the center. RSVP is preferred. Free. Grace North Church, 2138 Cedar St, Berkeley. Lots more information is available at Family Fun Night | Oakland 6-9pm. The first Friday of every month. Everyone is welcome to join in on the fun! The purpose of our gathering is to encourage and educate our younger generations. Our evenings include games, arts and crafts, more games, food, lots of energy and most of all, fun! Free. Memorial Tabernacle Fellowship Hall, 5801 Racine St, Oakland. For more information please call, 510-652-4915. Grow@ Roller Boogie Street Jam | Oakland 6-9:30pm. The first Friday of the month. Bring your skates and bring your friends and come out and dance! There will be plenty of food trucks if you get hungry, and lots of entertainment and art alon the streets. A great chance for a night out and to have a lot of fun. Skating is free. Telegraph Ave & 23rd St, Oakland. Concert in the Park | Pleasanton 7-8:30pm. Enjoy an eclectic mix of music from the 50’s, 60’s, rock and soul. West Grand Boulevard has performed for a countless number of people at weddings, festivals, fundraisers and clubs. Support your local restaurants by picking up some dinner to bring with you. Concert is free. Lions Wayside Park, 4401 First St, Pleasanton. 925-4842199. Drop-In Volleyball | Walnut Creek

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. Farmers’ Market | Pleasanton 9am-1pm. Stop by and visit the market that offers a diversity of fresh fruits and vegetables. Open year round, every Saturday. Rain or shine, you can purchase the freshest items from the farmers that planted and harvested these crops. Downtown Pleasanton, E Angela St, Pleasanton. 925-484-2199. Health & Awakening | Oakland 10-11am. Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th St, Suite 290, Oakland. 510-637-0455. Info@ Castro Valley Farmers’ Market | Castro Valley 10am-2pm. Join us every 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 teaching you what you need to know. North Branch, 1170 The Alameda, Berkeley. More information at 510-981-6250.

7-10pm. Open to the first 45 participants. $5. Tice Valley Community Gymnasium, 2055 Tice Valley Blvd, Walnut Creek. 925-256-3572.

Bloomin’ Belly Flow Prenatal Yoga | Walnut Creek

East Bay Bike Party | Eastbay

Cartooning Workshop | Berkeley

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@

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

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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.


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.


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

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

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Breema is a simple, natural form of touch and body movement supported by universal principles that provides a unique approach to experiencing body-mind connection. The aim of Breema is to bring us to a tangible experience of presence that becomes our foundation for a new dimension of health and consciousness. See ad, page 2.


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 8.

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

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ENERGY CLEARING ANGIE’S ENERGY READINGS 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.


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.

HERBAL MEDICINE ANCIENT TRADITIONS HEALING Erin Massengale 624 Ferry St.  Martinez, 94553  925-725-1067

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

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change my life. No one can do it for me. ~Carol Burnett


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.)

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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 11.

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

We are one of the few veterinary clinics in the Bay Area that is exclusively dedicated to Holistic Medicine. We offer acupuncture, chiropractic, Chinese herbal medicine, homeopathy, Bioresonance therapy, nutrition, flower essences and laser therapy. Our treatments address the whole animal and the root cause of disease, not just the symptoms.

One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time. ~Andre Gide

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.




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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.





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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.


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 of 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.


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.

We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us. ~Joseph Campbell


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.

Spiritual Counselor, Teacher, Healer 510-386-2467 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.


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 of experience specializing in pregnancy, automobile injuries and post-surgery recovery.


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

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