Colorado Expression - Magazine - January-February 2023

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2 features A HEALTHY OUTLOOK A look at winter wellness both inside and out with supermodel Gregg Avedon 34 LIVING FULL OUT Expert insights on how to harness your unique gifts to live a purpose-driven life 38 34
INTERIOR STYLE Cleaning house, adding zen 56 56
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Since 1981, The Kellogg Organization, Inc. has been privileged to serve as Management and Fundraising Counsel to the following sampling of Colorado nonprofit organizations.

U.S. Air Force Academy Hotel and Conference Center Boulder Country Day School

Buell Public Media Center | Rocky Mountain Public Media Episcopal Diocese of Colorado

National Western Stock Show and Rodeo Salud Family Health Centers Tennyson Center

UPSWING Foundation Sports Complex YMCA of Northern Colorado

Select National and International Projects Barrymore Film Center, Fort Lee, NJ

Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Wickenburg, AZ

Elings Park Foundation, Santa Barbara, CA

The Granada Theatre, Santa Barbara, CA St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London

Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation, Santa Barbara, CA

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Santa Barbara, CA USO Warrior and Family Centers

Walter Reed National Military Hospital, MD, and Ft. Belvoir Hospital, VA WHRO Public Media, Norfolk, VA

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Congratulations to the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo on 115 years of maintaining our Western traditions!
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Photo Chad Chisholm At Devil’s Thumb Ranch, fitness expert Gregg Avedon shows us how to look and feel our best this year.
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Welcoming 2023 with a fresh start

We are excited to ring in the new year, and what a great one it will be! Our line-up for this wellness issue starts with Gregg Avedon, a role model, a supermodel and all-around great guy. We caught up with him at Devil’s Thumb Ranch, where he talked fashion, fitness and, of course, winter fun.

The National Western Stock Show and Rodeo has been something to look forward to after the new year since 1906. Starting with the kickoff parade on Jan. 5 and with happenings through Jan. 22, the grounds will be buzzing with livestock, horse shows, rodeo and the must-see Coors Art Show. To get you cowboy-ready, make sure to read about Colleen Orr, aka The Hat Lady, and her ability to make the perfect hat; it’s truly an art form.

After the holidays, our homes can probably use a refresh, especially mine. That means decluttering, organizing and even adding some hygge to feel connected.

The start of a new year is always a reminder for me to take stock of my physical, emotional and mental health. From how to get clear on your personal passions to trying new fitness classes and tapping into new wellness mediums, now is the time to rest, refuel and recommit to lasting health.

To really immerse yourself into a wellness regimen, Miraval Resorts offers Gratitude Retreats in an array of gorgeous locations, and the Four Seasons Santa Fe provides a desert refuge to refresh your mind and ignite your soul—sign us up!

We also look at some simple ways to boost your health with nutrient-rich meals from the chefs behind the new Nurture Wellness Marketplace, as well as smoothie recipes from local experts that are sure to start your mornings off on the right foot. I’ve tried some and they are amazing!

Here’s to enhancing your health, wellness and your mindfulness this year, and having tons of fun along the way!

Cheers, Elizabeth


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Urban Nights

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1 Arlie Sisson, event co-chairs Michelle Morgridge and Nate Angell
Honorees Josh and Jen Wolkon and Jessie and Jason Secord 3 Board chair Charlie Knight and Rick Garcia
Honorary chairs Paul Heitzenrater and John Farnam 5 Zach and Shelby Carlson 6 Justin Joseph and Josh Benker 7 Nod Norkus and Urban Peak CEO Christina Carlson
Sarah and Andrew Feinstein
Patrick McMichael and Brandi Shigley Bradley Joseph and Stephen Baker Urban Nights’ Runway for a Reason benefiting Urban Peak was held Sept. 23 at Fillmore Auditorium. Proceeds provide services for youths experiencing homelessness. Photos Pamela Cress


JFS Gala

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1 Gala co-chair Robin Chotin, JFS president & CEO Linda Foster, 150th anniversary chair Jane E Rosenbaum Steve Saunders, Nancy Sharp, Rita and David Sanders
Jocey Kraus, Julie Morse, Faye Demby 4 Guest speaker Henry Winkler with Jeremy, Bill and Linda Foster
Lauren Fink, Essie Perlmutter, Brett Perlmutter Ken and Sheryl Feiler
Robert and Elizabeth Lawrence
Patrick Wilson and Traci Van Pelt
Lenny Zemel and Belinda Temple 10 Rabbi Steven and Joyce Foster
Celebrating 150 Years in the Making was held Nov. 5 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel. Proceeds benefit JFS and the 30+ programs they provide to help those in need and improve lives in our community.
Photos Pamela Cress


Western Fantasy

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1 Ernie Blake and event co-founder Sharon Magness Blake, Gina and Mike Hensrud
Dr. Reggie and Faye Washington and president and CEO David Schunk 3 VOA’s Michael James, Kathy Pettit, Kristy Alfano, Nick Lopez 4 Board chair Charles Maguire, Susan Maguire, president and CEO David Schunk 5 Gerald and Kelly Goldy, Aaron and Karri West 6 Brenda and Elder Granger
Ben and Jean Galloway (Western Fantasy cofounder) Event chair Pat Robinson and Roger Armstrong Board chair Charles and Susan Maguire Mariner and Megan Kemper, recipients of the 2022 Humanitarian Award The 29th annual benefit for Volunteers of America Colorado, Colorful Colorado and held Oct. 15 at the National Western Events Center. Photos Pamela Cress

FEBRUARY 3 – 12 , 2023

Romance meets turbulence to tragic effect in choreographer Val Caniparoli’s gripping adaptation of Alexandre Dumas (fils)’s classic novel La Dame aux Camélias . In its highly anticipated Denver debut, this Chopin-scored tale of troubled courtesan Marguerite brings a rawness to the stage you won’t forget.


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1 From presenting sponsor Larry H. Miller Nissan: GM Steve Ainsley, Rachel Ainsley, Alan Berger, Chris Stalo 2 Grace Cook, Becca Henry, Mia Voss 3 Tina Johnson and founder and executive director Eileen Lambert 4 Daniel Rager, Sheri Ruegsegger, Sandra Boimbo 5 Thomas McBride and Lauren Rombach
Katy Schweigerdt and Ed Roberge 7 Seth and Erika Giovanetti 8 Betsy Vajtay and Cruz Saenz Dena and Jason Boutwell Lorrie and Brian Phipps Colorado Pet Pantry hosted its annual fundraiser with presenting sponsor LHM Nissan on Oct. 8 at X Denver. Proceeds help provide pet food to families in need throughout the state. Photos Pamela Cress
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Halloween Masquerade

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1 Carina Martin, founder and CEO of A Precious Child, with Trina Conigliaro and board of directors chair Andy Conigliaro 2 Maura Johnson, founding vice president of the A Precious Child Women’s Guild, with Sandy Martinez, Anna Cutler and Debbie Brown 3 Board of directors secretary Tara Rojas and her husband, Carlos Rojas 4 Artist Carrie Fell with Polly and board of trustees member Barry Gleichenhaus 5 David Lopez, a former client at A Precious Child, gives thanks for the help he and his family received 6 VIP reception sponsors Janet and Frank Nessinger 7 Kari Stewart and board of trustees member Daryl Stewart 8 Greg Norris and wife Anya HS Norris, who represented the presenting sponsor, RBC Wealth Management 9 Auctioneer Halie Behr brings in the big bucks 10 Ann Marie and Bob White represented the White Family Foundation, one of the platinum sponsors Guests came in costumes ranging from the spooky to the elegant when A Precious Child hosted its 14th annual fundraising gala at the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center on Oct. 29. Photos Steve Peterson
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Judi’s House

Judi’s House celebrated its 20th anniversary gala on Nov. 3 at Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center. Founded by Brian Griese, a former Denver Broncos quarterback and his wife, Brook. Judi’s House helps children and families grieving a death find connection and healing. The evening also celebrated the JAG Institute and its role in helping other agencies nationwide expand their services for bereaved children.

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Rev the Runway

took center stage at the fifth annual Rev the Runway Fashion Show. The event was held Nov. 3 at Mercedes-Benz of Denver. Proceeds benefit the research of lung, heart, immune system and related diseases at National Jewish Health.

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Upcoming Events & Happenings

National Western Complex

7-22 National Western Stock Show and Rodeo

Steeped in the history of the Old West and the hard-working people who brought those days to life, the Westernaires joined the National Western Stock Show in 1952 and have kicked of the PRCA rodeo season ever since. Te National Western is the premier livestock and horse show that has served agricultural producers and consumers globally for 117 years.

Wintersköl Aspen


Te locals’ long-standing tradition since 1951 is to toast winter with a four-day celebration in the eclectic Aspen style that’s anything but a typical winter festival. Festivities will include snow sculptures; history lessons; a downhill ski race culminating in apple strudel; a community soup-making project; and a torchlit descent on the Little Nell run followed by freworks. Warm clothing is advised.

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Caulkins Opera House at the Denver Performing Arts Center

Buell Theatre at the DPAC

Storytelling through dance and music illustrates ancient Chinese wisdom with notes of Buddhist and Taoist spirituality. Shen Yun transports the audience back to a time when Chinese values infuenced major breakthroughs in medicine, opera, dance, architecture, martial arts and more. Tousands of years of civilization are brought back to life through 20 components per performance that move through legends, regions and dynasties.

To Kill a Mockingbird

Buell Theatre

Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork To Kill a Mockingbird takes center stage at the Buell Teatre. Te novel, originally published in 1960, is a drama about coming of age. It addresses the roots and consequences of racism and explores morality within the community and individuals.

Tis year, the University of Denver takes on the NCAA Gymnastic Champions—the University of Oklahoma—as the Colorado Gymnastics Institute, in conjunction with DU, host the annual competition at the prestigious Denver Ritchie Center. Spectators experience the gymnastic talents of these young athletes as they are acknowledged and rewarded for their outstanding accomplishments.

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Denver Winterfest Classic University of Denver
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With the quaint town of Golden as a backdrop, beer enthusiasts sample and enjoy bluegrass music as the perfect complement for this unique event named for Ullr, the Norse god of winter. Guests are invited to dress in Viking regalia for this top Colorado winter festival.

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Colorado Home and Garden Show

Colorado Convention Center

Find every home and garden item on your wish list and discover new must-haves to make your domestic dreams a reality. Te Colorado Home and Garden Show is the region’s largest and most comprehensive home show, with more than 500 vendors showcasing state-of-the art home improvements, landscaping displays and gardening solutions. Tis inspiring event is more of an in-person Pinterest board than it is a trade show.

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JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2023 25 local love: upcoming events & happenings Please join us for drinks, dinner and an inspiring speaker at our 11th annual fundraiser! Proceeds support our Mission to empower women to become civic leaders and impactful community volunteers, as well as our community work to disrupt the cycle of systemic poverty for women and families in Denver. Learn more at 11TH ANNUAL JOURNEY EVENT WHEN: Friday, February 24, 2023 — Event begins at 6 pm WHERE: University of Denver, Magness Arena TICKETS: Visit for details THE JOURNEY FEATURING KEYNOTE SPEAKER Shann Miller Olympic Gymnast & Gold Medalist #JLDJourney @juniorleaguedenver @jldenver @juniorleaguedenver Intergalactic Symphony Spectacular Boettcher Concert Hall at the DPAC Enter orbit with the Colorado Symphony through space-themed favorites from John Williams’ scores for “Close Encounters of the Tird Kind,” “E.T.,” “2001: A Space Odyssey” and more. 19 FEB. Photo Amanda Tipton

Speaking with Light: Contemporary Indigenous Photography

Denver Art Museum

Explore the works of Indigenous photographers going back three decades at this exhibition that draws attention to perspectives, historic themes, loss and identity. Te exhibit highlights underrepresented views and voices of Indigenous communities and people and features images of both emerging and established artists. Entry to Speaking with Light is included with general admission.


Buell Theatre at the DPAC

Garbage cans, brooms, hubcaps, paint cans, tractor-tire inner tubes and other unconventional “instruments” create the euphonious percussive phenomenon that is Stomp. Te troupe of only eight has surprised audiences with evocative rhythms since 1991. Te performance is one of a kind.

Aspen Laugh Festival

Wheeler Opera House, Aspen

Tis February, the Wheeler Opera House will be reverberating with laughter once again. Following a two-year hiatus, the Aspen Laugh Festival returns to tickle the town with fve days of funny. Discounted tickets will be available until the lineup is announced.

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The Journey

Magness Arena at University of Denver

Olympic gold medalist Shannon Miller is the speaker for the 11th annual Journey fundraiser. All proceeds beneft the Junior League of Denver and its expanded community focus of disrupting the cycle of systemic poverty for women and families in Denver.


Mary Jane Ski Resort

Invest in Kids hosts the 24th annual Jane-A-Ton on Mary Jane Mountain at Winter Park Resort. Te Jane-A-Ton is the longest-running true-to-Colorado ski and snowboard fundraising event. All proceeds help improve the health and well-being of Colorado’s youngest children and families. Registration is open.

Beaux Arts Ball

Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center

Te theme for the 2023 Beaux Arts Ball is “Vegas.” Presented by the Morgridge Family Foundation, the evening will be a story of music, entertainment and inspiration. Proceeds will beneft National Jewish Health.

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Saturday Night Alive

Seawell Ballroom, Denver

Te Denver Center for the Performing Arts hosts its annual black-tie gala, Saturday Night Alive. Guests will enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a seated dinner in the Seawell Ballroom while enjoying Tony Award-winning regional theater as the evening’s entertainment.

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New Year, New You

Let’s be honest: Who doesn’t have losing weight or getting in shape as New Year’s resolution No. 1? Every. Single. Year.

And, which resolution is usually the frst to fall by the wayside?

You guessed it. Resolution No. 1.

Even so, there’s a sure-fre work-around when it comes to introducing a new you in the new year: Follow the advice of a stylist. He or she can put you in a wardrobe sure to make you look and feel better, no weight-loss program or gym membership required. When we sought tips and tricks for a 2023 refresh, we turned to Charles Goldstein, whose 48 years as one of Denver’s fashion gurus includes 32 years in the couture department at Neiman Marcus Cherry Creek, where the store’s former vice president/ general manager Christel Dikeman described him as “one of the most dedicated and loyal people—to the store and to his customers.”

Goldstein’s clients, Dikeman continued, “could count on him to fnd the most appropriate items for their occasions, then deliver them to their homes, if necessary, accessorized and ready to wear.”

Goldstein lef Neiman Marcus early in 2022 to join the Clayton Members Club & Hotel, frst as the host for the now-shuttered nightclub Five Nines. He is now the maître d’ in the sixth-foor members dining room. In addition, he is still a sought-afer fashion stylist who recently took time to share some of his wisdom.

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OPPOSITE: Charles Goldstein, second from left, at the 2022 Carousel of Hope Ball in Los Angeles with Denverites Jimmy and Debbie Lustig and Jonnelle Schilb, right, manager of Beverly Hills Etro. THIS PAGE,

LEFT: Charles Goldstein with Devon Toewes, a defenseman for the Colorado Avalanche, and the Stanley Cup. RIGHT: Charles Goldstein and Brenna Ortiz, one of his co-workers at the Clayton Members Club and Hotel.

What is the first thing you tell a client?

First, know your body. What is your best attribute—your legs, waist, decolletage or face?

And then?

Determine what color palette is best. Jewel tones, which we used to call summer; warm tones, which used to be fall/winter colors, or neutrals/grays? I had a client who used to say black, black and double-black. God love her.

Anything else?

It doesn’t matter if a woman is a size 0 or a size 20, stockings always smooth the lines for your skirts, dresses and, yes, pants. If you don’t wear them your clothing sticks to your body instead of providing a smooth, silky surface. Short-waisted or long-waisted, always give yourself a waistline to defne your upper body from the lower. A belt adds an illusion or height. Remember, clothing is all illusion. It can accentuate your best and hide what you want to hide. Colors also have the same efect.

What are the trends for 2023?

Fashion trends are across the board! And this is why knowing your body type is so important. I have a European body type and would love to wear a lot of the new trends, but since my body has changed with age, I would only look foolish.

What are some of your hard and fast rules?

For the ladies, legings and yoga pants are great in the gym, just not in the grocery store or out to lunch. Gentlemen, grunge and streetwear are for the younger generation—and even then, they look good on only a few. Denim is great for day, but at night dress up. It’s fun. It speaks volumes about how you feel and what you think

of yourself a person. Don’t be afraid of color or prints. Try them, you may like them. Lastly, and this should go without saying, your clothes should be clean. And so should you.

Is a new year the time to empty the closet and start anew?

Yes, it’s good to purge what no longer fts or is something you don’t enjoy wearing. But I don’t agree with style advisers or closet organizers who say everything must go. Don’t under any circumstance let anyone tell you it’s been too long since you’ve worn a particular piece. It does not mean it’s out of style. If it’s a classic design, I sugest putting it aside for a bit and then look at it with your new pieces and see if it still works.

How do people describe you?

I have been told that I am fancy, fashionable, intimidating, confdent, funny, warm, sincere and loyal.

Your fashion style?

Te classics. Garments that are well-made from exquisite fabrics … pieces that stand the test of time.

A parting thought?

As my mother (the late Eileen Goldstein, who was one of Denver’s most popular fashion saleswomen) used to say, “You only have one chance to make a good impression, so make it good.” It’s what I try to do every day and what I advise others to do. •

Joanne Davidson has followed Charles Goldstein’s fashion advice since 1985, when both he and his mother were at the Auer’s boutique in Cherry Creek North. Afer leaving Auer’s, Charles joined Neiman Marcus and his mother went to Saks Fifh Avenue, both in the Cherry Creek Shopping Center. Saks closed here in 2011; Eileen Goldstein died on Jan. 5, 2021.

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hen the calendar page turns to January, it impacts us all in diferent ways. Some people are researching gym memberships, making doctor appointments, emptying closets, fipping mattresses and detailing cars while others are burning sage in their homes and creating long lists of travel plans and goals for the year ahead. Some are even coordinating their underwear color based on what they’d like to manifest in the new year.

Te year’s frst month can bring a fresh perspective, reinvigorated goals and potential opportunities, or anxiety for what’s ahead. And it can also bring on depression from failures in the past and the uncertainty of missed opportunities.

We all know conceptually that if we want to lose weight, success is more likely if we make slow, gradual changes we enjoy than if we force ourselves to eat and exercise in ways that don’t suit us. But we don’t ofen practice what we know. Registered therapist Nicholas Diack of Nimadia Holistic Counseling explains why many people still set themselves up for failure—and it is primarily due to setting expectations too high.

Diack quotes Carl Rogers in saying, “You can’t change what you have not fully accepted frst.” He explains that when you make goals, you can’t come from a strict and negative place as a means to get away from what you do not like. Especially if you have attempted and failed at goals in the past, Diack recommends approaching them from a place of self-love and rewarding yourself each step of the way. Te same is true in all aspects of our lives, including relationships: “You must learn about yourself from it in order to move forward; otherwise, it won’t work,” he says.

Diack provides the following tips to improve mental health in the new year:

Take time in January to decompress from the hectic holidays and write down what you appreciated about them. Make a list of what made the holidays stressful and let it guide you in eliminating or minimizing those components next year.

Your mental health may be afected by the colder weather and not being able to go outside as much. Make it a point to still get out into the sunshine regularly and consider scheduling a vacation. You also might beneft from using a full-spectrum sunlight therapy lamp.

Te No. 1 predictor of strong mental health is having a support system. Family and friends impact mental health substantially. In the colder months, the temptation is to connect with them online or to put of plans, but it is benefcial to get out of the house and connect with your family and friends in person.

Unplug from technology, especially when you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed. Te norm now is to compare ourselves to others on social media, and the constant notifcation culture can unnecessarily elevate bad feelings. Take inventory of the notifcations and turn of those you don’t need.

Pay attention to gut health. Tere is a very strong connection between the stomach and the brain, and if one is of balance, it will afect the other.

Prioritize gratitude over goals. Refect on all that you accomplished over the past year and be proud of yourself. Resist the temptation to berate yourself for tasks lef undone.

Diack’s practice is built around holistic therapy, which he describes as treating the entire person—mind, body, soul and emotions. His practice includes traditional talk therapy, and there’s a massage table in the corner of his ofce where he practices a modality called Tai Yi to alleviate depression, anxiety and stress. Tai Yi is an ancient form of acupuncture that works with chi and the meridians of the body but does not use needles. One of only 40 Tai Yi practitioners in the world, Diack came to learn this modality and start his own practice afer working through his own depression with the help of Tai Yi. He recommends Ayurvedic herbs over medicine when possible and specializes in helping patients fnd more natural cures.

Diack’s philosophy is that people are like cars: if a part of the car is not working properly, that part should be examined and fxed, resulting in a better vehicle. Let us all use this new start to the year as a time for a tune-up of mind, body and spirit.

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Denim Paige Watch Tiffany & Co. Shoes Di Bianco

Anew year always brings the promise of a fresh start, new beginnings and personal goals to look forward to. Whether that is physical ftness, better habits or a new wardrobe, a new year can lead to a whole new you. We visited with Greg Avedon, local businessman and internationally known model, and Hailee Lucchesi, formerly at Vogue and now a freelance stylist, while on a fashion shoot at Devil’s Tumb Ranch.

Avedon, who hails from Miami, now calls the Rocky Mountains his home. A lifetime enthusiast of ftness and wellness, he practices what he preaches, getting outside to enjoy all that Colorado has to ofer.

“One of the best ways to start the year of on the right foot is to set a realistic short-term goal— manageable yet challenging enough to create positive change,” explains Avedon, who follows his own advice. “Short-term goals are designed to empower and inspire you to get started.”

Fitness being a cornerstone of Avedon’s regimen and lifestyle, he sugests starting with diet and keeping it simple, making practicable, small steps in the right direction to achieve big results by the end of the year.

Lucchesi likes to do something exotic to launch her into a positive new year. “I try to start my new year of in a foreign place. Tere is something

extraordinary about beginning a new year with diferent cultures, food, scenery, music and people. Immersing myself in another country not only gives me vast perspective but also tremendous inspiration for my work and what kind of life I want to live for the new year.”

Drawing from global experiences, historical references and contemporary trends, Lucchesi explains the importance of fashion in making oneself feel good: “Not only is fashion an empowering form of self-expression, it can also act as armor or comfort. Clothing can be a layer of protection or tenacity against anything my clients may be facing. Tat can vary from a red-carpet event to a new project, editorial set, or new chapter of their lives, and fashion allows the extra auxiliary of positive head space they need to face whatever they are up against.”

At Devil’s Tumb Ranch, styles from Andrisen Morton and Gorsuch had Avedon in an extremely positive head space, looking good lounging by the freplace or outside snowshoeing on the track. Lucchesi’s must-haves for winter fashion in Colorado?

“Both fashionable and a nonnegotiable item you must have while living in Colorado is a great pair of winter boots”; she swivels her foot to show her own. “If you are going to enjoy and survive the magic of Colorado winters, you need proper snow shoes. Tere are so many wonderful designers that

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marry practicality and design in an array of styles this year. Another must-have for winter fashion is gloves. Tey are so easily forgotten about but are one of my favorite winter wardrobe accessories. From vegan leather to cashmere to sultry wool, gloves are such a simple, practical and chic way to complete your look.”

Avedon believes that surrounding yourself in a space that aligns these elements is just as important. A clear space can help unclutter the mind.

“I’m one of those kids who couldn’t do his homework until my room was clean,” Avedon grins. “Your home is your sanctuary … a place where you can be silly and creative and express your authentic self. Te key is to not allow your space to get so far out of hand that it becomes an uphill battle to get it clean and organized. You’ll fnd it’s much easier to be productive.”

Beyond your physical space, Lucchesi takes time to look inward and “clean up” her own mind to be fully present and productive. “I am a big advocate for self-care—from micro notions like sheet masks, time outside or a cup of tea, to macro movements such as acupuncture, yoga and traveling. I also really try to protect my peace. I am very thoughtful about the people and energy I surround myself with. It impacts your thoughts, mood and frequency. Learning to say no to things that do not serve me without attaching guilt is another crucial element for me to continue to feel good.”

Adds Avedon, “Te other key to creative productivity and maximizing your potential is to get outside in nature. In an age where technology is in our face 24/7, it’s important to get outside and away from electronics—if even for 10 minutes a day. A breeze across your face can remind you that you’re a part of something much larger than yourself. A leaf has the ability to astound with its complexity. A wildfower sprouting from a crack in the sidewalk can inspire strength and resiliency.”

Getting outside at Devil’s Tumb Ranch is a no-brainer, with its trail system for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing as well as breathtaking panoramic vistas from the abundant porches and outdoor lounge spaces on the property. Looking good and feeling good, the theme of this editorial photography spread, could be seen and felt by everyone on set.

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Chad Chisholm is a Denver-based freelance photographer and writer who travels the globe seeking out the beauty in this world. Follow him on Instagram @chadjchis and @luxemodelsglobal.
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How to Identify and Harness Your Authentic Self

Tips for creating a more fulfilling life

Why do you get out of bed and start work every day? Is it because you must, because you have nothing better to do, or because it lights your fre and fulflls your purpose in life?

A 2010 study published in Applied Psycholog found that individuals with high levels of eudemonic well-being—having a sense of purpose along with a sense of control and a feeling that what you do is worthwhile—tend to live longer. Other researchers found that well-being might be protective for health maintenance. Tere’s also research that links having a sense of purpose to positive health outcomes, such as fewer strokes and heart attacks, better sleep and a lower risk of dementia and disabilities.

Yet, according to a 2018 New York Times article by Dhruv Khullar, only around 25 percent of American adults cite having a clear sense of purpose about what makes their lives meaningful. Identifying what brings you joy and meaning can impact everything from your mental and physical health to your fnances, relationships and career—basically every aspect of your life—so it’s vital that we take the time to discover what lights us up.

Tis personal sense of meaning guides and sustains you day to day and throughout the years. Even when you have setbacks and the world turns upside down (remember 2020?), having the ability to home in on your unique gifs and utilizing those gifs can give you stability and a sense of direction. Tat’s why fnding what gifs you ofer the world is essential for living a happy, healthy, purposeful life. »


“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and go do that, because what the world needs is more people who have come alive.”

But how do you know what your core gifs are, let alone how to tap into their powers? It’s not always easy, and in fact there are thousands of books, life coaches, podcasts, support groups, apps and many other resources dedicated to helping people discover their purpose, step into their power, and go for their goals. It can be daunting and even overwhelming to even take that frst step but, luckily for us, Colorado Expression knows experts who help people on a palpable level.

Enter Jonathan and Melody Mischke, the brother-sister duo behind Truth Love + Marketing, a nine-month program that trains people to leverage their purpose and create more fulfllment in their lives and work. Tey co-founded this program and both facilitate it, using their extensive training and experience. Melody is a certifed transformational coach and intuitive with a background in both environmental science and contemporary spirituality, which gives her work a uniquely grounded depth. Jonathan has an extensive background in marketing and design, and in recent years has shifed his focus to helping companies champion authenticity and human connection as driving forces in business culture.

Our ideas about life ofen come from our families and the communities we grow up in. We get married, have kids, earn a certain amount of money, achieve a certain position in society, and so on. Yet, these types of achievements ofen don’t bring the kind of fulfllment that comes with living your life in alignment with your purpose.

“We all have a particular set of talents, experiences, skill sets and interests that light us up,” says Melody. “And purpose is certainly related to these. But at the end of the day, purpose is what fuels our sense of fulfllment in life and allows us to bring the exquisite nature of who we are to everywhere we’re showing up—from work to family, from relationships to hobbies.”

Jonathan explains that “a lot of us think about ‘purpose’ in terms of making a positive diference in the world, but it’s important to distinguish between purpose and impact. We can be doing really meaningful, impactful work and still fnd ourselves feeling empty inside. Purpose is the thing that makes us not feel empty—it’s really about fulfllment. Your personal sense of purpose comes from the intersection between your highest vision for the world around you, and your deepest innate capacities—what we refer to as ‘superpowers.’”

However, even a strong desire to make a diference can wear you down. Tat’s why, ideally, your contributions blend with what you care most about and with what brings you joy. In Japan, this idea is known as ikigai, which means your “reason for being,” and it’s the concept of following your joy (iki in Japanese means “life,” and gai describes value or worth). Your ikigai is your life purpose or your bliss. It’s what brings you joy and inspires you to get out of bed every day. Te sweet spot is fnding the overlap between what you love, what the world needs, and what the world will pay for. If you’re lucky, you may have found your

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ABOVE: Melody Mischke and her brother Jonathan Mischke believe that connecting with nature and open spaces helps to tap into our unique intrinsic gifts. They take a deep dive into what brings meaning to our lives with their 12-week Truth Love + Marketing program.


Pay attention to what lights you up. (This is a great way to find clues that point toward both purpose and superpowers.)

Define your superpowers—those innate gifts that you came into the world with, that feel effortless to you and appear to be complete magic to those around you. Hint: You likely won’t be able to see them for yourself, so it can be helpful to seek some reflection from others in this process.

Experiment. Playing around with what makes you feel alive can be a very effective way to learn more about your purpose, your superpowers and where in your life they are naturally activated and/or stifled. If we’re open to being in a process of discovery, we can course-correct and adapt our approach as we go, rather than having to have it all figured out before we begin.

ikigai through your work. For example, a doctor hopefully believes his purpose is to help sick people or to ease sufering.

For others, fnding meaning in our work and connecting it to our personal sense of purpose isn’t so easy. Between work, family responsibilities and social expectations, we ofen abandon the idealistic version of ourselves that yearns to fnd a sense of meaning and purpose in life. We believe we must make this trade-of—that meaning and purpose can’t exist with pragmatic considerations—which isn’t helpful.

Living in alignment with your purpose may sound like a nice thing to have, but it’s more important than you may think. Living a meaningful life contributes to better physical health and mental ftness. It also reduces the risk of chronic disease, and multiple studies have found that it can help you live longer. Talk about a win-win!

Te Mischkes have put their whole hearts (and their superpowers) into developing a holistic curriculum that ofers the full package. Says Jonathan, “Tis is a deep, transformational process that’s really aimed at helping you discover the unique magic that you bring to the world so that you can step fully into who you are––so that you can actually do what you’re on this planet to do.”

Well, isn’t that what it’s all about, afer all?

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Urban Peak | The Butterfly Foundation


Helping end youth homelessness and alter life trajectories

By igniting the potential in young people, Urban Peak plays an integral role in helping teens exit homelessness and create self-determined, fulflled lives. It’s the only nonproft organization in Denver to provide full convergence of services solely focused on one of the most vulnerable populations in our community: youths ages 15 through 24 who are experiencing homelessness.

“We are literally saving lives and altering trajectories by creating safety and stability, combined with intensive strengths-based case management, access to physical, mental and behavioral health care as well as education and employment opportunities and 24/7 crisis support,” shares Christina Carlson, CEO of Urban Peak.

For over a decade, Carlson has worked tirelessly to improve public education by serving in a variety of leadership roles with a focus on fundraising for policy, political and public school organizations. Carlson previously held leadership positions at the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, DSST Public Schools, Te Logan School, and the Family & Intercultural Resource Center. She holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Denver.

Carlson believes that “with compassion, guidance and support, positive change and healing can happen, which means being committed to problem-solving, shared accountability and a relentless focus on achieving real, sustainable and measurable results for the youths we serve.”

Urban Peak’s outreach team meets young people where they are—ofen, on the streets—and ofers safe conversation, simple food and hygiene materials or clothing with the goal of building trusting relationships with a highly vulnerable population.

And it’s working: In 2021, the team reached 306 youths, served 32,807 meals, provided 9,794 nights of safety, and engaged 145 youths in support services. With these milestones, Urban Peak aims to be a national model of innovation and best practice through intentional focus and continuous improvement and growth.

By creating a culture of safety, trust, responsibility, respect and inclusion, Urban Peak is walking the walk and talking the talk. Te work done by Carlson and her staf sparks a light in youths experiencing homelessness, allowing them to live life on their terms, not defned by their current circumstances.

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OPPOSITE: Leo, flashing his bright smile and warm eyes. LEFT: Jaymes and baby Freyj personify family, enjoying a moment of togetherness. TOP RIGHT: Noah feeling more comfortable and self-assured. BOTTOM RIGHT: Lyndsay’s confidence shines through.

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Evolving into something even more beautiful

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As a former news anchor and associate producer at CNN, Nancy Fitzgerald began her career covering unthinkable tragedies and heartwarming triumphs. It is these stories that inspired her to discover how she could make a diference, how she could really help people in great need and ultimately launch the Butterfy Foundation.

It all started when one family she met while covering a local news story tuged at her heartstrings. She was able to fundraise for this family and those eforts made a life-altering impact on them and their local community. She saw what one small act of kindness could do and it inspired her to do more.

Over the last 14 years, the Butterfy Foundation has provided support for those sufering from medical issues, cancer survivors, widows, families and children who have been struck by life’s misfortunes by aiding in the rebuilding of their lives. “It all started with one ask, one small donation to a family in dire need and it spiraled from there. I couldn’t get enough of giving,” shares Fitzgerald.

But in 2014 while building the foundation, Fitzgerald tragically lost her husband Patrick in a bike accident that lef her stunned from the sudden loss and completely grief-stricken. “It was unthinkable that this man who was so full of life and love would be killed. It’s still unthinkable, but I’ve learned to coexist with the loss and ask for help.” Trough her pain and sadness, Fitzgerald put one foot in front of the other to help others, and in doing so, she helped herself.

In 2020, Monica Torres was only 19 when her mom died of COVID-19 and she was lef to care for her eight siblings. She was strugling to pay the water bill let alone anything else but her school counselor reached out to the Butterfy Foundation, which—with the help of Fitzgerald’s friends at Denver 7—were able to raise over $60,000 to help Torres and her siblings get back on their feet.

“We are here to help bridge the gap between tragedy and triumph. Whether it’s paying of a car payment, nominating teachers who make a diference, supporting the mental health of frst responders or working with families recovering from the Marshall Fires, Fitzgerald and the Butterfy Foundation are making a diference. Teir goal is to help one family per quarter and increase that number annually.

Choosing to see the gifts from her grief, Nancy Fitzgerald has found that giving to others is the best way to ease her pain and make a difference in her community through The Butterfly Foundation.


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When Jode Eye and Marie McClung volunteered at a Florida public school back in 2002, they saw frsthand that inadequate clothing was a barrier to success among low-income children and youths. Afer some research, the two women discovered a tremendous need within their community for clothing for students, so worked together to start Clothes To Kids.

Fast-forward to 2007, when Gail Cerny, a volunteer serving in Colorado schools, also recognized a striking number of students without adequate clothing, which noticeably impacted their peer interactions, school attendance and ability to build self-esteem. Afer examining possible ways to meet this need in the Denver community, Cerny visited the Clothes To Kids store in Florida. She was so inspired by the impact that Clothes To Kids was having that she joined forces with Joyce Meyers, Lesa Butler and Mary Overington to start Clothes To Kids of Denver (CTKD), which opened its doors in September 2008.

Today, CTKD provides hundreds of free school wardrobes each month to students from low-income or in-crisis families and has built a strong reputation among schools, human service agencies, shelters, hospitals, clinics and faith communities across the Denver area. In fact, the nonproft has had a record-breaking year, providing over 10,000 wardrobes to kids from preschool to age 21 in 2022—and it’s on track to surpass the 11,000 mark in 2023.

“It’s all about dignity and feeling confdent,” shares executive director Valerie Lunka. “It doesn’t matter if you’re walking into a classroom or a boardroom, what you wear impacts your self-esteem and helps you feel empowered instead of self-conscious.” Every child who visits the center gets fve tops, four bottoms, a bra (if needed), one pair of shoes, a coat, fve new pairs of socks (courtesy of Bombas, which donated 75,000 pairs of socks in 2022) and fve new pairs of undies!

When COVID-19 hit and CTKD was forced to close its doors in March 2020, the phone kept ringing, and staf soon realized they had to fnd a way to get clothes to kids even though kids couldn’t shop in person. “We still wanted the kids to be a part of the process of picking out their own clothes, because that is part of the empowerment process,” shares Lunka, “so we created a wish-list form for them to fll out. Tis allowed us to learn more about what each individual kid wanted and help to curate a wardrobe just for them with our curbside service.”

Tere’s no referral needed to shop; you just need to call and ask for help. Lunka says, “Tis is a much more dignifed approach, and it’s such an uplifing mission to see how these kids and their families feel when they try on clothes and feel special.”

As CTKD enters its 15th year, it continues to elevate the quality of clothing ofered, always asking, “Would you give this to a friend, would you wear it, would you feel good in it?” as staf select items. “We’re poised to hit our

100,000th wardrobe this year, and it feels amazing to think of all the kids we’ve been able to help and continue to serve,” says Lunka.

Although CTKD relies on individual donations, it has ongoing programs such as the Undie 500, for which car dealerships have bins that collect new underwear; Kicks for Kids, which gathers shoes at local businesses, schools and churches; and Socks In Te City, which, you guessed it, collects new socks. Additionally, its annual Reading, Writing and a Wardrobe fundraiser is coming up in April, and the Blue Jean Bash will be in September, when a grand celebration of 15 years of community service will be held.


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Self-care means diferent things to diferent people. Kelly Campbell considered this as she and a business partner worked to create a community space that would meet individual needs in all areas: body, mind and spirit.

In 2020, Nurture: A Wellcare Marketplace, combining a variety of Eastern and Western modalities of care, was born. About 70 businesses—from acupuncture to massage therapy to toxic-free beauty services to mental and behavioral health specialists—ofer services at Nurture.

“Tey are all anchored around food, because I believe that across any culture from the beginning of time, food is a beautiful way to connect with ourselves and each other,” says Campbell. “Not to mention, the things we put into our bodies impact us and each other and the land it comes from.”

Among the businesses: Nest Café, a fast-casual daytime dining area featuring breakfast and lunch items, including bakery goods. Rewild, which opened last June, is the more formal dining experience. Menus from both eateries feature simple, clean ingredients that are locally sourced in Colorado, including from Hazel Dell Mushrooms, Haystack Goat Cheese, Rock River Bison and leafy greens and squash from Tasty Acres.

“We serve honest, transparent food where we are not hiding a bunch of salt or sugar or things that won’t help you,” says Campbell. “Our job is to pack in the nutrition” and make it delicious.

For example, at Nest, a dish called the Egy Mess features a sof eg scramble, arugula, roasted garlic tomato aioli and micro greens served open-faced on sourdough. Strawberry Fields boasts mixed greens, frisee, quinoa, almond ricotta, pistachio, red onion and agrodolce dressing.

Chef Juan Tapia oversees the kitchen at Rewild. He grew up in a small farm town in southern Ecuador where he learned to cook with fresh ingredients. His philosophy is to “let the ingredients speak for themselves,” adding things like fat, citrus and a bit of sweetness to coax out the favors.

Te cuisine at Rewild “has a touch of Latino mixed with (favors from) around the world,” Tapia says. “In every dish, you have layers (of tastes). It is a fusion.” Roasted delicata squash, which he used to cook with his grandmother, is a prime example. Te Rewild Squash Plate is made with muhammara (a roasted red pepper sauce), Camembert, sauteed kale, walnut and crispy quinoa. Quilla Chipotle Salmon is served with roasted root vegetables, vadouvan yogurt, orange vinaigrette and crispy sage. Te

Bison Burger is topped with fennel-cranberry slaw, arugula and mushroom gravy.

Menu ingredients change over the months, depending on what is available during Colorado’s growing season and beyond. Organics are used whenever they are available.

Dishes are a collaboration between chef and staf. “Working in a kitchen where the environment is really good” boosts the creative process, which is necessary when you are not sure which ingredients will be available from week to week, Tapia says. Te concept always remains the same: Use proteins and vegetables that provide vitamins and antioxidants and other things that are benefcial to the body, Tapia explains.

Te kitchen also modifes dishes for customers with restrictive diets.

Cocktails are focused on savory favors, says Campbell. Te Rockette, made with CapRock Gin distilled in Colorado, Tasty Acres wild arugula and lime, has been the signature drink since Nurture was established.

Nest ofers cleanse programs and immunity and detox shots. Te menu also includes a variety of smoothies that boost immunity, detoxify or improve gut health.

Another smoothie purports to aid in recovery afer a workout, something you might need afer a class at Empower Boxing, one of the businesses at Nurture. Owner Amberle Zuerlein began boxing to relieve stress from her job in the corporate tech world.

“I fell in love with it and started teaching and decided to open a gym where we would remove the intimidation factor and teach the proper technique and mechanics,” says Zuerlein, an amateur boxer who won the Colorado Golden Gloves in 2022.

She and three other coaches, all with ring experience, teach group classes and one-on-one sessions. Forty-fve-minute classes usually convene at 6 a.m., noon and 5:30 p.m. every day.

“Boxing is like physical chess to me. It is very strategic,” she says. Drills are choreographed, but classes also teach self-defensive moves in reaction to an opponent.

When participants leave class, says Zuerlein, they have burned 800 calories or more, released anger or stress and have become more confdent. “You aren’t just hitting things; you are using your brain.”

Cynthia Pasquale is a Denver writer.

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TOP: Rewild plates up dishes with simple, clean ingredients in an upscale yet welcoming setting that’s both lively and refined. BOTTOM: The Eau de Jouvence is like nothing you’ve ever had: It’s smooth, refreshing and a celebratory way to squeeze in more greens.




(Notes: Recipe is gluten-free and dairy-free. Cheesecake is made over several hours as each layer requires time in the freezer.)


For the crust: 1/2 cup pepitas 1/3 cup almond flour 2 dates Dash of cinnamon Dash of salt

For the first layer: 2 cups of cashews 1/2 cup coconut milk

1/2 cup coconut oil 3/4 cup maple syrup 1/2 teaspoon vanilla Juice of 1/2 lemon


For the second layer:

2 cups of cashews

2 cups of pumpkin puree 1/2 cup maple syrup

Juice of 1/2 lemon

1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon nutmeg 1 teaspoon vanilla

For the garnish (optional) Flaky sea salt Bee pollen Crispy sage leaves (see below)

Line a 9-inch springform cake pan with parchment. Place all crust ingredients in a food processor and pulse. Press into the lined springform pan. Place in freezer for one hour.

Place all first-layer ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Add a splash of water if needed. Pour into the crust mold and freeze for two hours.

Place all second-layer ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour onto the crust/first-layer filling and freeze for three hours.

Take the cheesecake out of the freezer and let sit for one hour before cutting into slices. To garnish, top with flaky sea salt, bee pollen and crispy sage leaves.



½ cup neutral oil (like canola or safflower) 12 sage leaves


Heat the oil in a medium frying pan over medium-high heat. Once it is hot, add the sage leaves. Fry the leaves for one minute, then flip them and fry for an additional minute or two until they are crispy. Remove the leaves from the pan and lay them on a paper towel to soak up the excess oil. Use the sage leaves whole or crumble them.

Eau de Jouvence Cocktail


1/4 ounce Chareau aloe liqueur

1 ounce Dolin blanc vermouth

½ ounce lime juice

2 dashes Fee Brothers celery bitters


Cucumber slice for garnish


Combine the first four ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake. Pour into a Nick and Nora glass (or a wine glass), top with prosecco, and serve with cucumber garnish.

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January is a busy month for Trisha Cohen’s two Nekter Juice Bar locations.

Afer the overindulging and overimbibing of the winter holidays, folks think about reorienting their diets toward healthy foods.

“Juice cleanses are extremely popular, especially in January afer the holidays, to detoxify your body,” says Cohen, who owns the franchises on North Colorado Boulevard and in Greenwood Village.

Te classic detox includes six diferent juices that are drunk in order throughout the day. A second cleanse option begins each day with a bottle of Celery Detox and continues for six days.

Whether it is January or June, customers want to put products into their bodies to boost their immune systems and keep them healthy, says Cohen. During the pandemic, Nekter introduced an elderberry smoothie that is still a popular menu choice. “People gravitated toward it because it helps


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with infammation and lessens stress,” along with improving immunity. “It also helps prevent and ease cold and fu symptoms.”

Menu items at Nekter are made without fllers, unnecessary sugars, processed ingredients or artifcial favors. Tey also are dairy-free and can be made gluten-free.

Acai berries, with their abundance of antioxidants, became popular in the early 2000s. Acai bowls, topped with granola, are still a best-seller at Nekter and are a good alternative to a heavy meal, says Cohen.

Grab-and-go drinks boast ingredients to promote good health. Magic Butterfy Skinny Lemonade contains butterfy pea fower, which helps promote weight loss, reduce blood-sugar levels and helps with skin and hair health, says Cohen. Te Vanilla Spice Superfood Protein is good for post-workout recovery, soothing muscles and maximizing fat burning, according to Nekter’s website.

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OPPOSITE: Detox your way to better health with fresh juices and inspiring smoothies. TOP: Glow from the inside out with a burst of antioxidants from Moore’s Get Glowing Smoothie.

Michael Moore ofen can read a person’s face and tell them what is wrong with their diet.

“What you put in your body is what you will see on your face,” says Moore, an expert makeup artist who has spent 34 years in the cosmetic and skin-care business. Eating unhealthy foods, he says, can result in acne, lines and darkness around your eyes, for instance.

At Moore for Life, his studio in Cherry Creek North, Moore sells several skin-care brands and his own makeup line, including custom blends, and ofers one-on-one lessons in makeup application. But he also talks with clients about nutrition and how to have skin that glows with the radiance of youth.

“Women start noticing changes in themselves at about age 35. Tey go to department stores and people put so much makeup on their faces, but what they really want is that healthy look.”


Mangoes, papayas and pineapples are all great for your skin. They’re loaded with antioxidants and vitamins to help fight free radicals that can damage your skin, while bananas are packed with vitamin C, which can help brighten your complexion. Finally, coconut water is full of electrolytes and minerals to hydrate your skin and flax seeds are a superfood that are packed with omega-3 fatty acids.


5 ounces of coconut water ½ ripe banana, peeled ½ cup pineapple chunks, fresh or frozen ¼ cup mango chunks, fresh or frozen ½ cup papaya

1 tablespoon flax seeds, soaked in warm water for about 2 minutes or until gel-like


Add all ingredients to blender. Blend well, pour into your favorite cup and enjoy!

MOORE FOR LIFE 3035 E. Third Ave., Denver 303-484-1857

To achieve that look, Moore recommends these healthy habits: Stay hydrated: Drink lots of water to help fx dull, dry and dead-looking skin. He also recommends regular hydration IVs that contain vitamins and other nutrients.

Exercise regularly: Blood pumping through your body brings color back to your skin, and sweating detoxifes the skin and benefts the liver and kidneys.

Eat well: Eat a piece of salmon and an avocado a day for essential fatty acids and anti-aging skin support. And eat plenty of greens (Moore’s favorite is spinach).

He also concocts a variety of health- and skin-boosting smoothies and shares the recipes once a month in his newsletter. One is above; for more recipes and tips, visit the Moore for Life website.

Cynthia Pasquale is a Denver writer.

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At Cowboy Up Hatters, Coleen Orr has been creating custom headwear for three decades

Dozens of Western hats line shelves in Coleen Orr’s Denver studio. In a spectrum of shapes and colors, they beg to be tried on for size and worn out the door on a customer’s head.

But Orr would rather custom craf a hat for you than sell you one that’s already built.

Afer three decades of running Cowboy Up Hatters, she’s become an expert on pairing hats to customers, and she meets each client by appointment. “I look at their stature to see what will look good on them and match the style to their personality,” says Orr, whose Colorado license plate reads “Hat Lady.”

She says she has made hats for “cattle buyers, rodeo cowboys and show people,” as well as business leaders and the directors of the National Western Center’s $100 million capital campaign, which is supporting redevelopment and expansion of the National Western Stock Show grounds and creating a hub

for agriculture, education and innovation. Te chairman of that campaign, Pete Coors, has high praise for Orr. “Coleen is a master tradeswoman who builds the perfect hat from the ground up,” says Coors, who is also chair of Molson Coors Beverage Co. “She won’t let you leave until you, and she, are satisfed that you have the perfect look and ft.”

“I think of her as a true artist,” says Angela S. Lieurance, who has several of Orr’s creations. “To watch her do this is something to behold. Her shop is incredible—she collects things from all over the world, like vintage velvet ribbon she’s going to incorporate into my next hat. Coleen goes beyond fashion, weaving history and artistry into her hats,” adds Lieurance, director of the capital campaign for the National Western Center.

It all started in the early 1990s when Orr, then living in her native Canadian province of Alberta, agreed to help a friend who needed a hat repaired. She was working in the medical feld at the time and wanted a career change. But

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FROM LEFT: Orr holds one of the key pieces of her design business, the conformateur, which is placed on a client’s head to accurately measure its shape and size. The device is more than a century old; each band is hand sewn into the base of the crown, one of many steps in the hat-making process; vintage wooden blocks and flanges are stored on shelves at Cowboy Up Hatters; steam is used to shape the hat.


Coleen Orr works by appointment at Cowboy Up Hatters 303-520-1023

she didn’t have the tools or the knowledge for constructing hats. Undaunted, she hopped in her car and headed to the western United States in search of equipment and advice. “I had a map of the United States and the Bible on cassette tape,” she recalls.

“It was an old boy’s club at the time,” she says of the hat business. But she found a kindred spirit in a woman hat-maker, Susie Orr, who then owned Greeley Hat Works. “I spent a few hours with her at her shop, and we kept in touch whenever I returned to the U.S.,” Coleen Orr recalls. Susie Orr not only helped Coleen with some of the basics of hat making but also introduced Coleen to her brother Fred Orr, who would become Coleen’s husband a few years later—and the father of the couple’s three children.

Coleen Orr found the vintage equipment she needed in Corpus Christi, Texas, and had it shipped to Red Deer, Canada, where she founded Cowboy Up Hatters in 1992. She moved the business to Colorado in 1996 when she married Fred, whose family has been in the ranching business for more than a century. (Te Orrs are big supporters of the National Western Center, and a lounge in the new facility to open in 2025 will be named for Coleen and Fred.)

“I knew of ‘cowboy up’ as an old ranch saying that meant you get back on the horse when you get bucked of, along with the many other challenges that life hands you,” the hat-maker says of the name for her business. “It ft both my attitude and the iconic style of the West and cowboys/girls in general.”

Little did she know then the challenges she would eventually face—including a fre that destroyed her shop and equipment in 2018, and then COVID-19— but she’s stayed strong and true to her craf.

Custom hats have been made the same way since the mid-1800s, using a conformateur for head shape and sizing. A rolling ladder rims the perimeter of Orr’s shop, with antique hat blocks and fanges for sizing and styling perched on shelves 10 feet of the ground. On a typical busy day at Cowboy Up, a counter will contain numerous pieces of paper with conformateur markings of head shapes for customers. On another, hat bodies are piled up, ready to be stretched and shaped.

Orr customizes each creation not only with the size of the brim and the crease in the crown but also with hat bands and tokens. A gold fsh hook, vintage leather strap or a piece of jewelry might personalize a hat.

Te proprietress moves from station to station, knowing when to tackle each step in the process. With practiced hands, Orr precisely shapes and smooths, sands and sews, putting her stamp on each creation.

And she wears a hat while she works. “I think more clearly in a hat,” she says simply, noting her signature style has a pinched crown and a “stingy,” or smallish, brim.

What does she enjoy most? “I like all of it,” Orr replies. “Each piece is intricate and personal.”

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5000 E. Via Estancia, Tucson, Ariz. 855-234-1672

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We continue with weariness over COVID losses and changes, political divisiveness and the barrage of negative news. Yet, we also receive constant reminders in the media to feel, notice and express gratitude for the positive people and events in our lives. It can be hard sometimes to see the bright side.

At the Miraval Resorts in Tucson, Austin and the Berkshires in Massachusetts, however, the goal is to fnd the silver lining of problematic situations, hopefully accomplished with the right tools, inspiration and, yes, gratitude.

Miraval’s Season of Gratitude program, now in its ffh season, was designed by a team of Miraval employees and specialists. It has proven to be extremely popular, ofering guests new perspectives and guidance to live a life flled with gratitude. Te team of specialists at this resort group focuses on nurturing the body, mind and spirit, hoping to ground guests in positive energy and balance as the new year approaches. Guests are encouraged to also show gratitude and compassion to themselves.

Sheri Muskin, general manager of Miraval Austin Resort & Spa, explains the concept. “We understand the importance of taking the time to focus on our mental and spiritual well-being. Tis is especially important at a time when so many people are feeling stressed and overworked due to the busyness of the holiday season. Our goal is to provide an environment that is nurturing and supportive, allowing our guests to focus on their own self-care and well-being. In addition, we recognize that this time of year can also be difcult or lonely for people who have experienced loss in the previous year.”

As a recent guest at Miraval Austin expressed, “Gratitude fows easily at Miraval—not something one can experience, regularly, in everyday life. Te shared experience for my family and me was deeply moving for each of us and collectively had a lasting impact. Tank you, Miraval, for providing the space for us to connect, heal and grow—you have given our family gifs that will last us a lifetime.”

Miraval Resorts and Spas, based in Tucson, has a mission of “Stay Well, Stay Connected.” For over 25 years, the company has strived to create life in balance through mindfulness. Te lavish spas are focused on the Ayurveda program Life in Balance, and the activities program ofers hundreds of experiences, from exercise physiology, wellness counseling and outdoor adventures to sound bathing, chakra balancing and meditation.

Miraval ofers innovative experiences and intentional journeys for guests to explore the connection of body, mind and spirit, encouraging them to embrace the present and make wellness a continuing way of life. Indeed, Muskin adds that guests are asked to identify and focus on their intentions for their Miraval stay. Te Season of Gratitude adds another layer to that intention setting, where we create even more space and awareness of the importance of gratitude.

Each of the Miraval Resorts has unique Season of Gratitude oferings. For example, the Austin property’s Decoding Desires class explores the concept of afrmation as a way to fnd relief when feeling overwhelmed or stuck. Guests create a personalized afrmation. At the Miraval Arizona resort, the Gratitude Journaling class delves into meaningful journaling, supporting gratitude prompts and individual guidance. Te newest property, Miraval Berkshires, features a “createyour-own seasonal apothecary” session with therapeutic oils to fnd nature’s remedies for “body, mind and spirit.”

As Oprah Winfrey said, “Gratitude can transform any situation. It alters your vibration, moving you from negative energy to positive. It’s the quickest, easiest, most powerful way to efect change in your life—this I know for sure.”

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OPPOSITE, TOP: Abhyanga, a warm herbal oil massage, releases toxins and increases circulation for calming and energy-balancing, marma-point therapy. The soothing stream of herbal oil (Shirodhara) pouring over your forehead melts tension, finishing with a warm, aromatic, cocoon wrap and scalp massage at Miraval Arizona. BOTTOM LEFT: Stretch your mind and body with immersive yoga classes overlooking the Texas Hill Country at Miraval Austin. BOTTOM RIGHT: Handcrafted Tibetan Signing Bowls are in each of the beautifully appointed rooms at Miraval Berkshire’s Wyndhurst Mansion to enhance any meditation practice and induce relaxation. Photos courtesy of Miraval Resort Group Irene Middleman Tomas, based in Denver, is an insatiably curious explorer who writes about her experiences with enthusiasm. She loves nothing better than sharing her adventures and new fndings with her readers.

Self Care Sanctuary

My love afair with Santa Fe began fve years ago afer my frst visit to this Southwestern gem of a city. I never considered myself a “desert” person—scorpions, dry heat (with extra-dry cold), sand and scant foliage weren’t my thing. I strugled to see the beauty in such an arid landscape and found a disconnect between myself and the desert. Ten I visited Santa Fe and began a years-long attraction to the desert’s perfectly parched wilderness and the cities that populate it.

My family visited the Four Seasons Rancho Encantado for what promised to be a restful escape from the grind of city life outside of Denver. Craving a space to truly unwind, we embarked on the short drive south and arrived at the 57-acre resort tucked into the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains (just 15 minutes outside of Santa Fe city center).

On our frst trip to Four Seasons Rancho Encantado in 2018, we spent all of our time of the property, exploring every corner of the city and adventuring at Ski Santa Fe. On this visit, our only purpose was to embrace the stillness, peace and beauty of the resort, and afer a warm welcome from its gracious team, we were ready to do just that.

Te resort has a variety of casitas for guests, ranging from studios to large family suites. Each casita is positioned to maximize comfort and privacy while also refecting the beauty of the surrounding landscapes—thatched fencing on a serene, private patio; fre butler service for each room; and Southwestern aesthetic touches throughout.

What was once a dude ranch is now a sprawling oasis of hiking, biking and horseback riding trails. Te on-site Adventure Center has multiple guided outings on the property and in the surrounding areas to satisfy any level of adventurer. Jeep tour? Check. Family-friendly hikes? Check. Historical cultural tour of local sites? You got it. Golf, hot-air balloons, white-water rafing, skiing, stargazing … nothing is out of reach with the Rancho Encantado team of experienced local guides.

Te resort is also great for children. Upon arrival, our kids were thrilled with the mini bathrobes and slippers and kid-friendly toiletries—immediately dreaming up the epic bubble baths to come in the massive soaker tub. Tere are also ample on-site kids activities like delicious nightly s’mores, cookie-making and a year-round pool to get the wigles out.

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Four Seasons Rancho Encantado welcomes you and your family to a relaxing, adventurous and delicious journey in Santa Fe
Photos courtesy of Four Season Rancho Encantado Santa Fe

OPPOSITE: The patio off the Encantado Suite offers inspiring views of the Santa Fe landscape. TOP: The clean lines, adobe fireplace and exposed wood beams add to the ambiance of this tranquil retreat.

BOTTOM: The spa relaxation room is the perfect place to quiet your mind and let the beauty of the landscape calm your senses.


5000 E. 198 NM-592, Santa Fe, N.M. 505-946-5700

As a mother of two coming of of a global pandemic, I was very eager to experience the spa. I am sure the staf could feel me dropping my physical (and emotional) bagage as they ushered me into the dressing room and explained the pampering process. Once my tour was fnished, I settled into the quiet room. Tis sofly furnished, naturally lit circular room surrounded me like a hug as I prepared for my treatment.

When I met my masseuse, I immediately felt her calming presence soothe my weary soul. She began my Sacred Hot Stone Massage with a native blessing, calming my mind before beginning the bodywork. I felt my body succumb to what turned out to be the best massage I’ve ever received.

Tis self-care sanctuary has even more to ofer in the private relaxation cabana with a hot pool and outdoor shower. As I listened to the birds tweet their way through the surrounding pinyon pines, I gently emerged from my afernoon of solitude on my own timeline and at my own pace, feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the next steps of our family adventure.

Dining at the resort was an absolute delight with the on-site restaurant, Terra, as well as in-room service that puts takeout to shame and the casual bar for quicker, less formal meals. Te resort’s American cuisine with regional infuences provided a unique variety of favor combinations while satiating even our pickiest eaters (both under 10 years old!). In town, tapas at La Boca, fne dining at Geronimo, Mexican food at La Choza, and the farmers market ofered favors to tempt an of-site culinary adventure.

Our last day at the resort greeted us with a beautiful dusting of desert snow. With this unexpected furry, we welcomed the cancellation of plans, curled up freside, ordered meals in-room, and enjoyed uninterrupted family time in our casita away from home. •

Afer growing up in California and years of East Coast city living, Jordan Martindell moved to Boulder, where she discovered a natural connection to the Rocky Mountain lifestyle. She has written for Dorado Magazine, Elevation Outdoors Magazine, Outdoor Retailer Magazine, SNEWS, and

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The incredibly comfortable Tired Man Chair is a Danish classic designed to feel like a big bear hug. This cozy corner is ideal for reading, writing, napping or simply just being.

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“Outer order creates inner calm”—Keli Jakel

Create Contentment by Sprucing Up Your Home

The year 2022 is, thankfully, behind us. Tere seems to be a profound cultural malaise shared by just about everyone.

When the familiar fades away and life seems to slip out of control, the new year is a perfect time to refect, relax and create contentment where you spend most of your time: your home. Studies support the notion that an organized, well-designed, functional home impacts mental health. For example, the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen found that by increasing our quality of life, we may in fact increase longevity and productivity.


Te Danes have a word for this lifestyle: hyge (hyu-ga). It’s a noun: Hyge creates joy and coziness in life’s everyday moments. It’s an adjective: Tis is a hyge piece of furniture. And it’s a verb: I spent the weekend hygeing in my mountain house.

I learned about hyge from Alexandra Gove and Koen van Renswoude, proprietors of Hyge Life, a showroom and cafe in the Vail Valley. Tey feature furniture and decor lines from renowned designers from Scandinavia and Europe that promote thoughtful home design. “We try to keep it as hygely as possible,” says van Renswoude, a native of the Netherlands. All of the merchandise— from candles to couches—are legacy pieces, timeless in their beauty and simple in their functionality. »

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To practice hyge in your home, Gove has these sugestions:

Light candles as a way to pause and mark a moment. “You’re not going anywhere until you blow them out, so allow yourself to slow down and disconnect,” she says.

Intentionally place pieces in a room, such as where you get perfect sunlight or sunset views. Create that spot with the comfy chair you want to curl up in and read a book or have cofee in the morning or tea in the afernoon.

Bring nature into your home by flling a vase with branches you forage in the woods in winter or fowers any time of year. Bring in the scent of freshly cut wood and stack it next to your freplace. Display seasonal vegies and fruits on the kitchen counter.

Place alpine sheepskin on chairs, even outside. “Sheepskin is an integral part of daily life in the Netherlands,” Gove says. Tey have long been used as a way to appreciate the comforts of life in the wild, a sought-afer luxury. Plus, their natural fbers are more breathable and hold up in all kinds of weather, keeping you cool in summer and warm in winter.


I’ve long been a believer of the saying, “Tere’s a place for everything and everything in its place.” So, too, for Keli Jakel, professional organizer and owner of Organized by Keli & Co. “Outer order creates inner calm,” she says. To help her clients reach that inner calm, Jakel borrows the Montessori principle of a “prepared environment.” For example, in the kitchen, pots and pans used all the time should be readily accessible and placed in Zone 1. Items not used every day but still necessary go in Zone 2. And Zone 3 incorporates seasonal or sentimental things that you don’t want taking up space that would prevent you from getting into the state of fow.

Flow, as defned by psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, who studied thousands of people, is a state of being when we are completely wrapped up in the present—such as when cooking or playing the piano—making us more creative, productive, happy and in control. Hence, Jakel creates environments that cultivate fow, room by room, zone by zone. Her method—OHIO (only handle it once)—is highly efcient, especially when decluttering and downsizing.

Speaking of decluttering—whether it’s a pantry, closet, garage, playroom or even a home ofce—having a system that is functional (as well as beautiful) is paramount. “If you don’t have the right foundation, your clutter can take over,” shares Closet Factory’s CEO, Doug Lestikow. “We create organizational elements that become the backbone of your personalized system so it’s easy to put everything in its place.”

As for the interior design aspect of organizational trends, Lestikow shares that wallpapering your closet or creating a display wall for shoes will make your space feel more sophisticated and contemporary. Add in lighting to create ambience and you’ve got yourself a luxurious room that you will certainly want to keep clean.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: A coveted closet by The Closet Factory that feels more like a chic lounge with a chandelier, artwork, plush seating and backlit storage for days; Alexandra Gove and Koen van Renswoude, the creators and founders of Hygge Life, in their Vail showroom; coffee by candlelight in the Hygge Life Café; marvelous masculinity reigns in this well-appointed wood closet. No missing shoes allowed; the Pacha Lounge Chairs sit low on swivels inviting conversation and settling in. The textured bouclé upholstery gives it an extra coziness. As the designer said, sitting in this lounge chair is like sitting in the clouds.

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Color plays an important role in complementing your space. In August, paint brand Valspar revealed its new shades for 2023. Valspar’s experts matched each color to a human emotion, so they embody comfort, acceptance and joy—principles of hyge living. For example, Cozy White is a comfortable white with a yellow undertone that makes a space “like a sof blanket,” evoking comfort. Holmes Cream is a dependable classic tan with a yellow undertone with uplifing qualities, leaning into joy. Southern Road is a muted clay with a brown undertone, embracing the life of contentment we seek in living with what we have (acceptance). Green Trellis taps into the calming tones of nature, bringing in both the calm and liveliness we seek from outdoors.

To see all 12 colors and their corresponding emotions—and request free paint chips—visit or pop into any Lowe’s that carries the brand.

Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute, explains why Danes are the happiest people in the world. In his Little Book of Hyge, he writes, “Hyge is about an atmosphere. It is about being with the people we love. A feeling of home. A feeling that we are safe.” Wiking shows how you can use color, light and space to create your happy place in his latest book, My Hyge Home

Denver native Claudia Carbone is an author and longtime contributor to Colorado Expression. She also writes for the London Sunday Telegraph,,, MTNTown Magazine, Te Denver Post and other publications. Visit her travel blog, Sleepin Around, on GoWorldTravel.

The Details


41149 US Hwy. 6, Avon 970-331-5745

ORGANIZED BY KELI & CO. 6362 S. Lakeview St. , Littleton 720-637-4020

THE CLOSET FACTORY 8480 Upland Drive, Suite 200, Parker 800-838-7995

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Workouts that go the distance

If eating healthier and exercising more are at the top of your 2023 resolution list, you are not alone. Many Americans are looking to 2023 as their year to prioritize their health and wellness.

Unfortunately, statics show that come February, typically 80 percent of Americans who resolved to focus on their health in the new year will have dropped their resolution goals. So why do we have such a hard time staying committed to our health?

Well, it’s not entirely our fault—it’s the resolution’s fault. Yes, you heard me: Resolutions are a recipe for failure if we don’t set smart goals that are specifc, measurable, achievable, relevant and timebound. It’s not rocket science that hazy goals produce hazy results.

To keep you committed to a stronger, healthier you, fnd some sort of movement that you love. If running and kickboxing aren’t your thing, how about aerial yoga, the slow burn of a Pilates class, cardio dance or even indoor climbing walls—sounds like fun, right? Take a look at this selection of boutique ftness outposts in Colorado, each stafed with insightful pros to keep you motivated to move!


BodyIntel is a premiere Pilates and physical therapy studio that addresses injury rehabilitation and prevention utilizing a team approach that believes movement is medicine. Blending the stafs expertise in both disciplines provides the opportunity to heal faster and tone, strengthen and lengthen your body without re-injury.

1754 S. Pearl St., Denver, 303-777-5263,


Variety is the spice of life, and this ftness studio has an impressive assortment of classes ofered by world-class instructors all under one roof. With fve studios, the gym is always jumping with classes that are efective and fun. Diversity in your workouts is scientifcally proven to prevent plateau, so by taking bootcamp on Monday, yoga on Wednesday and boxing on Friday, you are training both your body and your mind to meet new challenges and grow.

985 Albion St., #100, Denver, 720-637-3529,


Opening in January, BODY20 is a new and highly efcient and efective form of ftness that utilizes the latest in FDA-approved EMS (electro-muscular stimulation) technology within energetic, modern and futuristic personal training studios (think Te Matrix meets Iron Man meets Captain America). Te technology and highly qualifed coaching expertise provided within every individualized, low-impact workout promotes ftness gains for anyone from high-level elite athletes pushing through athletic plateaus to individuals hoping to either initiate or reclaim their ftness journey.

Within each 20-minute training session, the ftness coach will create a customized one-on-one program, giving the body more than 150 times more muscle contractions than a conventional workout—without any need to pick up a weight or use traditional gym equipment. Te EMS technology provides increased strength and depth of muscle contractions, which results in numerous health and wellness benefts, including better endurance, extended duration of increased metabolic rate, visceral fat reduction (the internal fat surrounding the major organs), reduced pressure on major joints, collagen production for the reduction of cellulite and the correction of muscular imbalances.

9251 E. Peakview Ave., Unit B, Greenwood Village, 303-265-7009, body20.



Recognized as the country’s leading aerial ftness training method, the 50-minute intense AIR training class combines elements of Pilates, ballet and HIT on aerial hammocks designed to help strengthen, lengthen and tone your body. AIR is one of the best ab workouts around. A beneft of taking your routine of the ground is that you lose your point of stability and so you start to engage your core immediately without even realizing it.

4433 W. 29th Ave., Denver, 630-344-9531,

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FROM LEFT: A hands-on approach to Pilates and PT from the pros at BodyIntel; switch up your workouts with boutique fitness modalities offered under one roof at TruFusion; let your inner child smile and your muscles quiver with the aerial hammocks at AIR Aerial Fitness; EMS technology allows you to train smarter at BODY20; don the golden gloves and feel the music move you to jab and hook your way to fitness fun at Rumble.


Taking a holistic approach to ftness with yoga, tai chi, meditation and breathwork classes, Body & Brain has helped to enhance the health, wellness and happiness of its community members for over 20 years. It provides practical techniques and programs that focus on physical health, emotional well-being and spiritual connectedness in an approachable and nurturing environment.

Multiple locations throughout the Front Range, 720-283-6222,


Known for efcient, 45-minute, high-intensity, low-impact Pilates workouts that ofer a serious burn—yielding quick results and providing an education on all sorts of muscles you never knew you had— Fierce45 is a pioneer in its feld. Te slow and deliberate movements will have your muscles shaking in no time!

Multiple locations through Colorado,


Te mission of Black Swan Yoga is to create an accessible, afordable and community-driven yoga experience for all. Its studios are safe spaces where everyone can enjoy its practice, and because all classes are donation based, it truly practices what it preaches: the Law of Reciprocity, meaning that if our intentions beneft others, they too will reap the benefts. Expect to be challenged in Power Flow classes, while the slower-paced Candlelit Flow encourages deeper mind-body connections, inner refection and relaxation.

1308 Pearl St. and 2815 S. Broadway, Denver,


Tese indoor climbing gyms ofer a variety of yoga and ftness classes, plus personal coaching, group climbing, youth programs and more. Each gym is stacked with everything you need to explore and fnd what feels good to you. In addition to massive indoor climbing walls,

it ofers yoga studios, all levels of ftness and cardio classes, weight zones, community events, gear shops and lounge areas to inspire your next adventure.

Multiple locations in Denver and Boulder,


Whether you’re training for your next fourteener, getting your ski legs ready for powder season, or looking to build strength for life’s everyday challenges, the motivational instructors at Studio Clmber will help you get there. Climbing eliminates any pounding on your joints and prevents erratic movement that could cause injury while still providing extensive ftness benefts and neurological stimulation. Choose from climbing-only classes or bootcamp-style classes where you alternate between the CLMBR and foor-based strength and mobility training. 155 St. Paul St., Denver, 720-928-5885,


Backed by science and pulling from dance-based workouts and other modalities, AKT classes ofer full-body workouts that combine cardio dance intervals with strength and toning. Every class works the entire body, from all angles and in all planes of motion, for an efcient and energetic and, dare we say, fun workout! It’s a literal dance party of endorphins!

2445 E. Tird Ave., Denver, 720-583-2361,


With its mega-watt sound system and a playlist to inspire your inner Rocky Balboa, the energy is palpable in the boxing studio at Rumble. No previous boxing experience is needed. First-time boxers and seasoned fghters squad up for 10 rounds of jabs, uppercuts, hooks and cross blocks, all combined with transformative resistance training that will leave you feeling unstoppable!

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Unique Ways to Relax and Reset in Denver

Afer the past few years, who doesn’t need a mind and body tune-up? Fortunately, you do not have to jet of to an expensive spa retreat to fnd rest and renewal. Denver has everything you need to fll your transformative toolbox with innovative spa services and one-ofa-kind experiences. Here are a few to get started.

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FROM LEFT: Escape the hustle and bustle with cryotherapy sessions at Elixer Mind Mody Massage; movement is medicine at Cleo Parker Robinson Dance; breath deeply with halotherapy at Five Star Salt Caves in West Wash Park ; focus on mental, emotional and physical healing at Vive Float Studio.

Dance and Drumming

Movement and music are powerful overall health and wellness activities. When it comes to mind and body, there is no better place than Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, an international leader in this space for fve decades.

“During the pandemic we learned to improvise,” says Parker Robinson. “What came out of an improvisation was sometimes better than what we knew before. We are in a new time of being very creative for how to align our bodies with our mind and spirit.” She continues, “What’s most important is knowing you are walking into an environment that experiences love. Tat is mind, body and soul.”

CPRD ofers many types of movement classes along with African drumming. Love and gratitude are integral to the lessons, beginning with words of afrmation and thankfulness at the start of class.

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, 119 Park Ave. West,, 303-295-1759

Salt Therapy (Halotherapy)

Dry salt therapy can provide additional health benefts for lungs and skin. Five Star Salt Caves ofers an array of therapies: massage, foot soaks and full-spectrum infrared sauna. However, Five Star’s main wellness feature is its salt cave. Constructed using 13,000 pounds of Himalayan rock salt, this man-made oasis is one of Denver’s unique wellness experiences.

Co-owner Markus Bohunovsky describes the salt cave benefts as “respiratory health, breathing and deep relaxation.” Co-owner Stephanie Pfam adds that Five Star hosts classes in the cave designed for further mind-and-body healing.

Five Star Salt Caves, 722 S. Pearl St.,, 855-578-2725

Float Therapy

Float therapy can be a useful medium for letting go of negativity and heaviness. Vive Float Studio ofers a cutting-edge way to reap the benefts of foating in the sea without leaving Denver.

Owner Andi Sigler fell in love with the healing powers of the Dead Sea and wanted to re-create a facility to accommodate simultaneous mental and physical rest and recovery. “I really believe in the power of foat. It has equal profound impact on the body and mind,” says Sigler. Te foat pools at Vive are located in private rooms and flled with magnesium-rich salt water.

Vive Float Studio, 250 Steele St., Suite 110,, 303-377-8483


Cryotherapy is the use of cold temperatures derived from liquid nitrogen to increase circulation, relieve infammation and stimulate collagen growth. At Elixir Mind Body Massage, expert estheticians perform cryofacial treatments on the face and neck. Te cryofacial gives skin a healthy glow by boosting elasticity.

Owner Sandra Strehmann says the Denver spa, which has a 15-year history in lower downtown, is rooted in the mindand-body concept. “We create long-term relationships with clients and partner with them to reach their health goals.”

Elixir Mind Body Massage, 1518 Wazee St.,, 303-571-4455

Tea, Tinctures and Essential Oils

Consulting an herbalist can help reduce stress, anxiety and sleep deprivation. Apothecary Tinctura makes its own line »

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of herbal teas, tinctures and essential oils that an herbalist can help personalize to individual needs.

“Using the body’s innate ability to heal itself with the Earth and nature is our goal,” says Tasha Weiss-Johnson, a collaborating partner, herbalist and educator. Te 25-year-old business hosts herbal health and DIY classes and provides private consultations.

Apothecary Tinctura, 2900 E. Sixth Ave., Denver,, 303-399-1175

Chakra Healing and Meditation

Meditation is an age-old practice for clearing negativity and restoring positive energy. Te Psychic Healing Center of Aspen ofers classes and private sessions for chakra healing, meditation and psychic communications.

Te center’s founder, Shaman Tammy Adams, says, “Te most important resolution a person can have is to allow oneself to be right with themselves. In order for the mind, body and soul to be in balance you must remind yourself everything works together.”

Colleen Christy is also a local meditation guide in Denver. She uses a unique method of chakra healing derived from colorful singing bowls. She started Rainbow Sound Terapy as a specially designed medium to help people with learning diferences and anxiety—which Christy refers to as “neurodiversity” or individual “superpowers.”

Instead of using a permanent location, Christy travels to schools, parks and homes. “Practicing mindfulness allows us to see our strengths and look at all areas of our life more clearly. Rather than feel like we have to fx something about us, we need to listen to ourselves and visualize the ways we can use our strengths to explore the world.”

Psychic Healing Center of Aspen, 2910 E. Tird Ave., Denver,, 720-387-7161

Rainbow Sound Terapy,, 954-554-3010

Skin Treatments

Skin treatments that exfoliate and help with cellular turnover are another way to reset the body. Skin Spirit is one of Denver’s newest skin spas. It has an extensive list of services including removing dead skin cells and extracting impurities.

Master esthetician and Denverite Hanna Anderson says, “Skin is the bigest organ in the body. When we practice self-care and improve the health of our skin, we are showing valuable love to ourselves.”

Skin Spirit, 8000 E. Belleview Ave.,, 720-802-1100


Massage therapy is a powerful tool for healing and relaxation. Massage therapist Marius Coste from Alternative Solutions Massage Terapy says he uses many diferent body procedures to personalize each massage. “Massage is a complex procedure because it can alleviate stress and pain, but it also provides mental clarity and relaxation.”

Alternative Solutions Massage Terapy, 6795 E. Tennessee Ave., Suite 150,, 303-857-5935

Immunity Boost Packs

Set against the majestic mountain backdrop flled with the red, pink and white sandstone sculptures of Garden of the Gods Park, Strata at Garden of the Gods Resort and Club is helping to keep everyone stay healthy this winter with its Immunity Boosting Supplements. Developed by nationally licensed and board-certifed acupuncturist Kelli Miller, this curated box of supplements and cold relief naturopathic immunity packs are designed to defend against disease with powerhouse ingredients like OrthoMune, Jane Windscreen and Yin Chiao to fortify your immune system against seasonal viral and bacterial outbreaks.

Strata at Garden of the Gods Resort and Club at 3314 Mesa Road, Colorado Springs, gardenofhegodsresort. com, 719-428-2202

FROM TOP: Herbalists at Apothocary Tinctura help you tap into the healing powers of Mother Nature; enhance your vibration and cleanse your chakras with Rainbow Sound Therapy; personalize your massage with customized modalities from Alternative Solutions Massage Therapy; combat the cold and flu season with help from the experts at Strata at Garden of the Gods Resort and Club and their immune-enhancing packs; Skin Spirit brings cutting-edge treatments and master estheticians to Denver.

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