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Vol. 2, No. 8.2

April 2010

An Educational Guide

to Sustainability and Spiritual Well-being

The Verde River Jewel of the Southwest

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Don’t move a mussel New regulations for boaters go into effect

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Earth Day turns 40 Check out these planned Earth Day celebrations

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An educational guide to sustainability and spiritual well-being Our Mission The mission of Earth Odyssey is to encourage individuals to develop a sustainable lifestyle and healthier wellbeing by providing educational information needed to make wiser choices. We envision an extended community of individuals who care passionately about their environment and their own spiritual well-being and recognize the symbiotic relationship between the two.

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Photos by Ann Haver-Allen On The Cover: In the spring the upper Verde River is lush with riparian vegetation. Photo by Gary Beverly


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Inside this Issue 4

The Verde River Jewel of the Southwest Story by Gary Beverly


Don’t move a mussel—now it’s the law New regulations for boaters go into effect


Earth Day turns 40 Check out these planned Earth Day celebrations


Developing alternative energy sources Tribal communities receive stimulus grants


Are you listening? Dogs say the darndest things


New Zealand Land of ‘the ever-shining light’

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Puzzle Page Music & Awakening by Martin Klabunde


Hassayampa River Preserve Nature fest set for Saturday, April 17


Fresh produce arriving Prescott Farmer’s Market opens May 15


Calendar of Events

Puzzle Solutions

Logic Puzzle Solution Destiny weighs 85 Kg Samantha weighs 79 Kg Caleb weighs 71 Kg Andrew weighs 60 Kg Robert weighs 64 Kg Jennifer weighs 75 Kg Grace weighs 57 Kg EarthOdysseyOnline

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The Verde River: Jewel of the Southwest Photo by Gary Beverly Wild river segment near Duff Spring at base flow, after flood.


aturday, a cold windy overcast February day, finds eight of us hiking along the upper Verde River. Now is the brown season—the green season begins in May—and it is beautiful. Four juvenile and two mature eagles are circling. A red-tail hawk cries and flees; native fish flash for cover. On a quiet terrace overlooking the river, we discover a rock art panel and an ancient campsite where Apache and Yavapai people once lived in harmony with the seasonal rhythms. Two million years old, the upper Verde


By Gary Beverly Part One: Value River still flows through the desert highlands, through the Verde Valley, destined to join the Salt River east of Scottsdale. Originating from clear, cool springs near Paulden, it flows free through 50 miles of wild canyons in the Prescott National Forest, touched only by one road. Below Clarkdale, the Verde becomes an urban river, surrounded by homes and cities, spanned by highway bridges, and tapped for irrigation water. Below Beasley

Flat, the Verde Wild and Scenic River courses through another 50 miles of rugged wilderness before being captured by Horseshoe Dam, there diverted into the municipal water supply for a third of metropolitan Phoenix. The Verde supports a rich and diverse variety of plants, animals and fish, including a score of threatened, endangered and watched species. It reveals thousands of years of human history along its banks. It is a green artery pulsing through the heart of Arizona, a jewel of the southwest. Now, the Verde River is more important to us, and more threatened by us, Vol. 2 No. 8.2 April 2010 • Page 4

than ever before. Threats are the unpleasant subject of part two of this series. Although the entire Verde River is a priority conservation effort for the Sierra Club and every other conservation organization in Arizona, we are watching the upper Verde River (above Clarkdale) very, very carefully. An impressive array of citizens and groups are working to protect Our River; it is not yet too late. A group of conservationists is now asking Congress to designate the upper Verde as a Wild and Scenic River. Protection is the hopeful subject of part three.

Ecological Value


oday, the Verde River is the last of the perennial, free-flowing, relatively pristine rivers in Arizona and the Southwest. The Verde’s banks comprise a significant portion of what riparian area is left in the state. Though so few remain, riparian communities host more biodiversity than any other bioregion in the entire Southwestern United States. In a generally

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arid region, riparian areas are lush, green ribbons full of hospitable opportunities for life. The Verde River watershed comprises 5.8 percent of the land area in Arizona, yet it supports a surprisingly large fraction of Arizona’s vertebrate species: 78 percent of breeding birds species, 89 percent of bats and carnivore species, 83 percent of native ungulate species, 76 percent of reptiles and amphibian genera (including 94 percent of lizards and 68 percent of snake genera)—an impressive concentration of wildlife. The Verde River, the lifeblood of the watershed, is essential life support for most of Arizona’s wildlife species. The Verde provides critical landscape elements and dispersal corridors for a number of resident, migratory and wintering birds. These include species protected by the Endangered Species Act (ESA): the endangered southwestern willow flycatcher and the yellow-billed cuckoo, a candidate for listing. The river also provides important

Photos by Ann Haver-Allen The Verde River watershed supports a surprisingly large percentage of Arizona’s native flora and fauna.


Photo by Gary Beverly Above, volunteers help Prescott National Forest biologists monitor native ďŹ sh in the upper Verde River. Below, rock art marks an ancient observatory on the upper Verde River.

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habitat for the nesting population of bald eagles and habitat for many of Arizona’s native fishes. Native fish species currently present and imperiled include the Sonora sucker, desert sucker, roundtail chub, longfin dace, speckled dace, threatened spikedace, razorback sucker and Colorado pikeminnow. Additional sensitive aquatic species of concern in the Verde River include the candidate Mexican garter snake and the lowland leopard frog. The Verde watershed also includes ESA designated critical habitat for the spikedace, razorback sucker, and southwestern willow flycatcher. These species are struggling for existence; their survival depends on a stable,

hospitable riparian habitat provided by the upper Verde River. Because the Verde still flows freely through large tracts of healthy riparian environment, it serves as an important biological corridor connecting the Central Arizona Highlands and Sonoran Desert. Animals use this “resilient habitat corridor” for migrating seasonally, for finding improved habitat in response to climate changes, or moving from one sub-population to another; these movements facilitate high genetic variability in the larger populations. As the global climate changes, the southwestern regional climate is changing to a warmer and drier regime. The Verde River riparian corridor allows plants and

animals to intermix and migrate, with Sonoran species moving up the river corridor and mixing with highlands species that find their way down river. The Verde River resilient habitat corridor is a remarkable connection between five Wilderness Areas (Mazatzal, Fossil Springs, Cedar Bench, Pine Mountain and Sycamore Canyon), eight Inventoried Roadless Areas (Lime Creek, Pine Mountain, Mazatzal, Boulder Canyon Hackberry, Cimarron, Arnold Mesa and Muldoon), three National Forests (Prescott, Coconino and Tonto), two State Parks (Dead Horse Ranch and Verde Greenway), one National Monument (Tuzigoot), two Wild and Scenic Rivers (Fossil Creek and Verde WSR) and one Wildlife Preserve (Upper Verde River

Photo by Gary Beverly Hikers wading the upper Verde River. EarthOdysseyOnline

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Photo by Gary Beverly Cattail seed explodes in fall, upper Verde River. Page 8 • March 2010

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Wildlife Area). The Verde River above Horseshoe Dam is the lifeblood of a riparian corridor more than 160 miles long connecting over a half-million contiguous protected acres, a truly exceptional ecological resource for the Southwest and the entire United States of America.

Cultural and Historical Value


he entire river corridor is laced with ancient rock art, campsites, structures and artifacts revealing the historical lifestyle of Native Americans. The river and its springs today remain an essential spiritual and cultural foundation for the Yavapai-Apache Nation. The ancient people of the upper Verde were agriculturalists and inhabited almost every high hilltop. Because of the limestone-basalt geology of the region, cliff dwellings and cave habitations are widely spread throughout the study area. Numerous archaeological sites are found on terraces and riverbanks. The most familiar archaeological sites along the Verde are structures attributed to the Southern Sinagua, who abandoned the area by the early 1400s. Spanish explorers entered the Verde Valley in 1583, finding it occupied by Apache and Yavapai Indians. The Dilzhe’e (Tonto Apache) lived primarily east of the Verde River, extending north to Flagstaff and east to the Little Colorado. The territory west of the river was primarily Yavapai, composed of several tribes: the Yavape’ in the northwest, the Wipukapaya and Kewevkapaya to the southwest of the river, and the Tolkapaya west to the Colorado and south to the Gila. Although these groups are fundamentally different peoples (Apache language is Athabaskan root, Yavapai is Yuman), they overlapped along the river and intermarried. Both groups consider the Verde River to be their homeland. The YavapaiApache lifestyle was dependent upon a seasonal cycle of hunting and wild plant food harvesting. They lived with a light hand and silent step on the landscape, leaving barely a trace. The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in EarthOdysseyOnline

1848 ceded ownership of the Southwest to the United States, which began to control the First American population and to develop their lands for settlement, cattle and mining. As white settlers streamed into ancestral lands, friction and violence spread, becoming especially intense after 1863. After the U.S. Army conquest, President Grant established the Rio Verde Reserve in 1871 for the Yavapai and Apache people. The Rio Verde Reserve covered 900 square miles along the upper Verde River extending from Camp Verde to Drake. In 1873, the Army forced the Yavapai west of the river into the Reserve. Small bands of Paiutes, Mohaves, Chemehuevis, Navajos and Hualapais moved in as well, trying to escape the holocaust in their own homelands along the Colorado. However, white settlers desired water and land along the Verde River, leading Grant to abolish the Rio Verde Reserve in 1875. On Feb. 27, 1875, Exodus Day, all these First Americans were force-marched, with substantial death and hardship, to a concentration camp in San Carlos, 180 miles south in the dry desert. Here they were fed non-traditional foods, baptized, renamed as Christians and stripped of their language and traditional culture. By the 1890s, the U.S. government abandoned the concentration camp at San Carlos and allowed the prisoners to leave; the Yavapai-Apache returned to their homeland to find their land now occupied by mines, ranches and agricultural fields. They worked at low-end jobs on the Fossil Creek flume, on ranches, mines and farms, and as craftspeople. By 1915 a few acres with water rights near Camp Verde was given to the people. The Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 established the Yavapai-Apache Tribe as a federally recognized entity. The YavapaiApache Tribal Constitution was ratified in 1937. The name was changed to YavapaiApache Nation in 1992. Today the Yavapai-Apache Nation operates Cliff Castle Casino, which provides economic sustenance for tribal efforts to record, preserve and maintain their cultural heritage, and to protect their primordial water rights to the Verde River. The Yavapai-Apache regard the ancient building sites and rock art along the Verde as their own. Although western archaeology assigns those sites to previous

cultures, the Yavapai-Apache believe that at the beginning all Indian people were one; the white man assigned the names and created subdivisions of the people— that is the western way. Because there are only so many good campsites along the river, it is likely that many groups sequentially occupied ancient building sites. Thus, the Yavapai-Apache people assimilated their forbears buildings and markings as their own, believing them to hold the spirit and memory of their ancestors, and now justifying a current and historical claim to dozens of cultural heritage sites along the upper Verde River. Tribal elders reveal that water has special sacred significance to the YAN. “Water is life,” say the elders, “As long as the river flows, life will be good.” Through oral traditions passed along by elders every individual Apache has a personal relationship to water. Water is the life-giving force. Animals, including the birds, the bugs, the deer and the mouse, have a right to water just as humans do. Although all water is important, the Yavapai-Apache recognize different levels of importance. The Verde River (in Apache, “Tu Cho n’lin” means “big water running”), the life force of their culture, is sacred. Springs, however, are holy—the highest level of sacredness—because they erupt directly from the earth, directly from the Hand of God. For this reason, Yavapai-Apache are especially protective of the continued flow of upper Verde River springs (in Apache, “Tu Cho Ha Li’in” means “big water bubbling up”), the source of Tu Cho n’lin. The smaller springs flowing into the upper Verde (Muldoon, Duff, Mormon Pocket, Parsons and Summer) share this special status. The Yavapai-Apache claim an ancient, deep and powerful spiritual stake in the Verde River and its springs. Additionally, historical corrals and homesteads recall the lives of early Arizona ranchers, miners and settlers. The Verde Valley Railroad, built in 1911 to connect the Clarkdale mining industry to the Ash Fork to Prescott railway, is now used to haul coal to the Clarkdale cement kiln and for a popular tourist scenic train ride. The River Ranch, just downstream from the headwaters springs, is a historic ranch site once owned by Thomas CampVol. 2 No. 8.2 April 2010 • Page 9

Photo by Gary Beverly Fall evening on the upper Verde River.

bell, the second Governor of Arizona. In Perkinsville, the Perkins family continues a hundred-year family ranching tradition.

Recreational Value


ecause of the unique cultural, historic, wildlife, geological and scenic qualities of the upper Verde River, it is a widely appreciated escape from the desert heat, dry uplands and the rush of city life. The upper Verde is a wonderful place for people to hike, hunt, fish, camp, backpack, kayak, canoe, view wildlife, photograph, ride horses and observe birds. The natural landscape, a green riparian ribbon surrounded by the arid pinionjuniper and chaparral scrub, is remarkably and surprisingly scenic. Primal colors—red rocks, blue water and sky, white clouds and green plants—define classic landscapes as pretty as the Sierra Page 10 • Vol. 2 No. 8.2 April 2010

Nevada or the Grand Canyon. The riparian plants, especially the cattails, are lush and beautiful. Hiking opportunities are especially rich, permitting access to the riparian corridor without encountering hordes of people. The Sierra Club (www.arizona. guides a series of five separate popular day hikes that cover the river from Stillman Lake to Sycamore Creek. Fishing is a common activity near Perkinsville Bridge, Bear Siding and the Verde Wildlife area. Hunters frequent the area, as evidenced by the all too common shotgun shell litter; upland birds and waterfowl are popular game animals. A half-day scenic train tour ( from Clarkdale to Perkinsville and back is a popular recreational activity allowing thousands of citizens to view the scenic, rugged river canyon.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department supports the only developed recreation site—an educational day-use site with public toilets and picnic tables at the Upper Verde Wildlife Area (www.azgfd. gov/outdoor_recreation/wildlife_area_upper). Prescott National Forest tolerates undeveloped dispersed camping sites (no facilities) with road access at Bear Siding, Hell Point, MC Canyon Point and Perkinsville Bridge. Coconino National Forest maintains an extremely popular day-use trailhead at Sycamore Creek. Local citizens love their river and are working to protect the enormous ecological, cultural and recreational values that enrich all our lives. But enormous threats loom, clouding the future, possibly dewatering the first 25 miles and destroying a rich riparian habitat. That dark possibility (part two) is by no means certain. There is a way we can protect (part three) the Upper Verde. EarthOdysseyOnline

Access limitations imposed at Upper Verde River Wildlife Area


he Arizona Game and Fish Department’s constant struggle with illegal activity at the Upper Verde River Wildlife Area has led to new restrictions. Beginning April 22, access to the wildlife area will be changed to horse and foot access only. All motorized vehicle access by the public will be prohibited except during authorized special events. Zen Mocarski, public information officer with the Game and Fish Kingman office, said human use of the property must be appropriate to the primary goals of managing the wildlife area for the benefit of sensitive species. He added that the illegal OHV use, littering and vandalism made it clear something needed to be done to protect the land. In addition, fences have been repeatedly destroyed, which has allowed unauthorized access to livestock. After years of keeping the area open to motorized access, department officials concluded the situation would not improve until further protection measures were established. “This has been an ongoing issue,” Mocarski said. “We had hoped users of the area would respect the property and police their own behavior, but the amount of damage to the land and the cost to the agency from vandalism has been too great. “This wildlife area was purchased for its riparian values and threatened and endangered fish management. As an agency we try to provide access to outdoor recreation, but it has to be compatible with management goals for the property and the riparian wildlife.” The Upper Verde River Wildlife Area, located at the headwaters of the Verde River in Paulden, was acquired by Game and Fish in 1996 with funding from the Heritage Fund. The property consists of 1,089 acres of prime riparian habitat, which includes three miles of the Verde River and one EarthOdysseyOnline

mile of Granite Creek. The primary emphasis for the wildlife area is the protection and restoration of riparian habitat and associated biodiversity. In 2009, the wildlife area was included in the Audubon Society’s Important Bird Area program. The Upper Verde River has also been designated a critical habitat for the endangered spikedace by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The property has been a haven for birding enthusiasts, and Mocarski repeated that this new restriction doesn’t deny access. People will now need to hike or horseback into the property, which is only about 400 yards to the previous parking area. Despite the new restriction, Game

and Fish will continue to seek the public’s help in monitoring the area. “We do not have the personnel to watch this property 24-7,” Mocarski said. “We will do what we can, but even with these new restrictions we need the help of the public to help reduce the impacts of those who do not respect the land.” For those witnessing illegal activity on the property, call 800-VANDALS. Callers should provide as much information as possible without engaging offending individuals. “Never place yourself in harm’s way,” Mocarski said. “Provide the information and allow trained officers to handle the situation. You’ll be doing a great service in protecting this land.”

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Don’t move a mussel—now it’s the law

New regulations for boaters go into effect


rizona has passed legislation requiring boaters to follow “clean, drain and dry” practices as a part of responsible boating at lakes known to have quagga mussels. Quagga mussels were first discovered in Arizona waters in Lake Mead in January 2007. A single adult quagga mussel can produce a half-million larvae in a single year. Since being introduced at Mead, likely from being accidentally transported on a boat put into the lake, these prolific invaders have spread rapidly. Waters in Arizona officially designated as having aquatic invasive quagga/zebra mussels include: Lake Pleasant, Lake Mead, Lake Mohave and Lake Havasu. Lower Colorado River below Havasu to the international boundary with Mexico “I can’t stress enough the important role boaters and anglers have voluntarily played in helping prevent the continued spread of these unwanted invasive species,” said Tom McMahon, the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s invasive species coordinator. “For those who have been complying, thank you. You did the right thing for the right reasons.” The new regulations, called “Director’s Orders” were authorized by the Aquatic Invasive Species Interdiction Act passed last July by the Arizona Legislature. Those boaters who don’t follow the procedures outlined in the newly created regulations can actually be cited by law enforcement officers. These new regulations require day-use boaters to follow four simple steps. Before leaving the vicinity of a water officially listed as having quagga and/or zebra mussels: • Remove any clinging material such as plants, animals and mud from anchor, boat, motor and trailer. • Remove the plug (if applicable) and drain the water from the bilge, livewell and any other compartments that could hold water. Drain water from the engine and engine cooling systems. • Ensure watercraft, vehicle, equipment or conveyance are allowed to dry Page 12 • Vol. 2 No. 8.2 April 2010

Photos courtesy National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration An invasive adult aquatic quagga/zebra mussel can produce a half-million larvae in a single year.

completely. • Before launching your watercraft someplace else, wait at least five days—this waiting period is essential to kill residual larvae not eradicated by the above three steps. If you use a boat again in less than five days from the previous use, replace the bilge drain plug, and disinfect the bilge by pouring in not less than one gallon of vinegar; the vinegar can be drained from the bilge upon arrival at home (vinegar can be reused several times). There are also new regulations being implemented for long-term users (includes moored boats). These are boats that have been in the water for more than five days and are at the highest risk of harboring attached invasive mussels. “Watercraft, boats, vehicles, equipment or conveyances that have been moored for five days or longer in waters that are infested with quagga mussels will likely be heavily contaminated with larval and adult mussels,” McMahon said. “Watercraft moored longer than a few weeks or months in those waters will most certainly be contaminated with adult mussels.” There are mandatory decontamination procedures for the long-term moored boats that include: • Remove any clinging material such as plants, animals and mud from anchor,

boat, motor, equipment and trailer. • Remove the plug (if applicable) and drain the water from the bilge, livewell and any other compartments that could hold water. Drain water from the engine and engine cooling systems. • Physically remove all visible attached mussels from boat surfaces, motors, impellers, outdrives, rudders, anchors and through-hull fittings. • Flush engine and cooling system and any other through-hull fittings with hot water that is exiting those areas at 140° F for 10 to 30 seconds. • Keep the boat out of water and ensure all areas of the boat are dry, including bilge, through-hull fittings and engine, for a minimum of 18 consecutive days during the months of November through April and seven consecutive days from May through October. “It is critical for anyone who uses watercraft, or has a business reliant on watercraft, to understand the essential nature of this aquatic invasive species containment effort,” McMahon said. “The spread of quagga mussels has far-reaching impacts, both financial and ecological, that can touch virtually every resident of the state.” To view the Director’s Orders, visit the Game and Fish Department’s Web site at EarthOdysseyOnline


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By Ann Haver-Allen


arth Day, conceived by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson, began 40 years ago as a national teach-in focused on the environment. Nelson, an environmental activist, was outraged by the devastation caused by a horrific oil spill off the California Coast and by Washington’s political inertia in dealing with the environmental disaster.

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Nelson hoped to establish popular political support for an environmental agenda and he modeled his “movement” after the Vietnam War teach-ins. He envisioned a one-day Earth Day celebration to be held at every university campus in the United States. More than 20 million people participated in the first Earth Day, which is now observed each year by more than 500

million people and national governments in more than 175 countries. Earth Day is celebrated on April 22—spring in the Northern Hemisphere and autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. Following are a few of the many planned Earth Day celebrations. April 17: The 16th Annual Tucson Earth Day Festival at Reid Park 9 a.m. to 3 EarthOdysseyOnline

p.m. The event features environmentally themed exhibits, music, performances and food vendors. Admission is free, and all exhibits include hands-on environmental activities for young and old alike. Continuing with our focus on All Species, the theme this year is “All Species Deserve a Place on Earth.”

April 17: Flagstaff Earth Day, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Flagstaff City Hall, South Lawn. For more information, see www.flagstaff. or send e-mail to April 17: The University of Arizona Biosphere 2 Earth Day 2010: Now Generation Festival! 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, contact Hassan Hijazi at 520-626-5888 or via e-mail at hhijazi@ April 20: Green Fair at the Phoenix Job Corps Center (3rd Street and Lincoln in Phoenix), 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Help educate both staff and students about the importance of recycling, renewable resources, green jobs, and overall knowledge of “Going Green.” April 20: Army National Guard Earth Day, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Papago National Guard Facility (52nd St. and McDowell in Phoenix). Help distribute information and engage in activities with a variety of school groups. This annual event draws thousands of participants. April 20: Sustainability Fair 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. ASU West (Thunderbird and 51st Avenue in Phoenix). Engage students, faculty and staff with information about easy ways to increase sustainability in their everyday lives. April 22: Earth Day 2010 at Prescott College from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the courtyard and alley behind the College’s main buildings at 220 Grove Ave. Planned events include demonstrations, live entertainment, presentations, product samples and sustainable activities for kids and adults. Participants can learn how to “go green” and what it means to be fair trade, organic, and sustainable. Entertainment includes live music and performers from within the EarthOdysseyOnline

April 25: Earth Day Every Day Festival, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Mile High Middle School Athletic Field in Prescott. Event is free and open to the public with fun, food and entertainment, as well as the latest in green technology. There will be demos, speakers and showings of Leonardo DiCaprio’s “The 11th Hour and Belonging” (narrated by Dustin Hoffman). The venerable Tenzin Yignyen will create a Sacred Sand Mandala painting. There will be children’s activities and performances throughout the day and the Mile High Middle School Green Team will be participating along with teachers. For more information, contact Kate Tittle at 928-925-2001 or or visit

Prescott College community, an Earth Day Mediation and an opportunity to participate in the Earth celebrating Spiral Dance with Prescott College’s own Dance Troupe. Prescott College Bicycle Ambassadors will offer bicycle checkups, tips on bicycle safety and fun demonstrations. Students from the Environmental Topics in Adventure Education course will share interactive, educational displays. The College’s Environmental Problem Solving course will present their draft of the Campus Climate Plan. Community members are encouraged to bring in empty computer printer ink cartridges for recycling. For information contact Tami Reed at 928-350-4311, or

April 22: Retroworks de Mexico will offer electronics recycling at Prescott College’s Earth Day event. Bring in broken and unwanted electronics for recycling. Retroworks de Mexico is co-owned by “Las Chicas Bravas,” a women’s cooperative created to bring jobs to the economically depressed town of Fronteras, Sonora, Mexico. The cooperative disassembles each device and recycles every part as they were trained by an American green computer recycling company. Prescott is the last stop of three (Tucson and Phoenix) as they gather truckloads of items and return to Mexico to process them. Retroworks is being sponsored by Soroptimist International, which will provide volunteers to help collect items as they are dropped off on Earth Day. For more information, contact Rob Hunt at 928-308-3039, or April 22: Phoenix Country Day School Earth Day, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Phoenix Country Day School (Stanford Drive and 40th Street in Paradise Valley). Participate in engaging activities and distribute information to K-12 grades. For more information and to get involved in any of the above, contact Tiffany Sprague at 602-253-9140 or tiffany.sprague@ April 22: The Arizona League of Conservation Voters and Arizona League of Conservation Voters Education Fund will be hosting an Earth Night celebration from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. to celebrate Earth Day. The celebration will be held at the Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center at the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area, 3131 S. Central Ave. in Phoenix. Former CNN anchor Aaron Brown is the featured speaker. Tickets are $75 each and include hors d’oeuvres, desserts and beverages from Arizona vineyards and breweries. Planned activities include sunset nature walks along the wetlands and a silent auction with art, nature photography, jewelry, spa services and more. For more information, see April 24: Prescott Creeks P Granite Vol. 2 No. 8.2 April 2010 • Page 15

Creek Cleanup from 8 a.m. to noon. Volunteers meet at the Grace Sparks Activity Center and will go to an assigned area to remove litter from the creek and tributaries that flow through the Prescott area. Last year, more than 350 volunteers collected three tons of garbage and solid waste from the creeks. Prescott Creeks is a nonprofit agency dedicated to promoting the ecological integrity of our creeks and associated wetlands. For more information, contact Cindy Rowan 928-7771554 or Anylee Thornhill at 928-4455669 or or visit April 24: 6th Annual Earth Day Celebration sponsored by the Salt River

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Pima–Maricopa Indian Community Environmental Protection & Natural Resources in partnership with the Cultural Resources Department. At the Lehi Community Building from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Activities will include roadway cleanup; Lehi Community Garden composting, planting and maintenance demonstration; Lehi Wetland planting and maintaining native vegetation; A-Frame landscaping; environmental fair and recycling information. April 24: Bisbee’s 19th Annual Earth Day Festival, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Environmental booths, arts & crafts, solar demonstrations, live entertainment, children’s activities, natural foods, traditional Maypole

and Earth Day parade. For more information, call 520-432-3554 or 866-2247233 or see April 24-25: The Environmental Protection Agency is hosting a celebration on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The event will feature a variety of interactive, familyfriendly exhibits that highlight the work of the Agency, reflect on the past four decades of environmental accomplishments and look forward to the next 40 years of promoting healthier families and cleaner communities. For more information, see


Tribal communities receive grants


he Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development has awarded $3.7 million to tribes that are developing renewable energy resources for their communities. Access to these resources will allow these communities to develop jobs and additional economic opportunities on their reservations, while decreasing their reliance on fossil fuels. “This President has made the development of renewable energy in America one of his highest priorities,” said Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. “Many tribes are in a unique position to benefit greatly from a variety of renewable energy sources and the Department is committed to helping these communities to achieve this goal.” The Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development, in partnership with the Office of Trust Services in the Bureau of Indian Affairs, selected six geothermal, four biomass and three hydroelectric power projects for tribes located in the states of California, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin. Salazar noted that tribal communities have shown exceptional interest in renewable energy development. “This attests to the tribes’ desire to use their available energy resources for the benefit of its members,” he said. “It also indicates the willingness of tribes to help America reduce our dependence on foreign energy resources through domestic production.” In addition to gaining access to the energy itself, all of these projects would also provide job opportunities for reservation residents. “The Department’s Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development is working hand-in-hand with tribes to provide technical assistance for energy, mineral, and economic development on reservations,” said Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Larry EchoHawk. “The Office is using innovative and collaborative approaches to improve economic opportunities for the tribes, including renewable energy development, and to help promote new jobs, new businesses and new capital on


tribal lands.” The tribes and the grant amounts received are:

Geothermal Projects • • • • • •

Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California—$350,000 Benton Paiute Tribe—$350,000 Cedarville Rancheria - $300,000 Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe - $350,000 Rosebud Sioux Tribe - $150,000 Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe - $750,000

Biomass Projects • • • •

Colville Confederated Tribes—$200,000 Fond du Lac Reservation—$250,000 Oneida Nation—$250,000 Ho-Chunk Nation—$150,000

Hydroelectric Projects • Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) of the Flathead Reservation—$260,000 • Cherokee Nation—$150,000 • Crow Tribe–Apsáalooke Nation—$200,000

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Are you listening?

Dogs say the darndest things


ave you ever wondered what a dog might say to humans if we were to listen? When author Maia Kincaid, Ph.D., paused for a few moments to listen years ago she was amazed to hear the voices of the animals around her. She began a new career based on the gift she discovered. In her new book, “Dogs Say the Darndest Things” (Wisdom of Love Publishing), she shares the most fascinating conversations with dogs and insight into the awakening of your own natural listening abilities. It is her belief that all humans possess the gift she has discovered, and her mission to help fellow humans become aware of their ability to hear their dogs and to converse with all the life around them. “When I began my career as an animal communication specialist in 1997, I imagined dogs would want to talk about their food and activities, but I soon found out what they really wanted was to assist people

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in knowing our true selves and our purpose in being,” Kincaid said. “In my daily communications with dogs, I began to experience one profound and enlightening conversation after another and I knew that one day I must share them with my fellow humans. “The time has come,” Kincaid continued. “Join me now in discovering answers to questions in life you may never have thought to ask and what you may never have dreamed you would hear from a dog!” Kincaid added that as you experience these dialogs with dogs, you will receive insight into your own life as well as guidance from them on how to enhance your own natural way of listening. “You, too, can hear your dog and I heartily encourage you to listen,” she said. “These conversations changed my life and they could change yours too.” For more information, see


New Zealand

Land of ‘the ever-shining light’ By Kimberley Paterson


ew Zealanders live amidst an incredibly benevolent eco-system, a land of trees with ancient lineages, native forests that grow in a spirit of deep cooperation, flowers that are pollinated as much by butterflies and moths as bees. Those aware say the country is known as “the land of the ever-shining light” or Hawaiiki Tautau—“the pulse of ancient Hawaiiki.” These people say New Zealand is like a priceless and magical jewel ... almost as though this land has been set aside by a greater power for a higher purpose. This is just part of the story that modern medicine woman Franchelle OfsoskéWyber tells in her just released book “The Sacred Plant Medicine of Aotearoa.” (Aotearoa is the traditional Maori name for New Zealand meaning “land of the long white cloud”.) The book is the culmination of three decades of working deeply with the native forests of New Zealand to create a range of plant essences that can restore wellbeing to the mind, body and spirit for people around the world. “The native flowers, ferns, trees, seed and plant essences of New Zealand can contribute to holistic well-being for all humanity,” Ofsoské-Wyber said. “True sacred plant medicine is made in response to a directive from the spiritual realm at a time when humanity has the most need of it.” Ofsoské-Wyber’s work brings visitors and documentary makers from around the world to her door in the hills of Titirangi, Auckland. She comes to her task through her family tree (which includes healers and shamans), from her personal dedication and she also works in close association with a revered Maori tohuna or ancient wisdom keeper. “We live in a world that has disassociated itself from nature and magic, yet nature power can help re-establish the true values that bring about health and transform the destructive attitudes we EarthOdysseyOnline

have to the planet and others,” she said. “Since time immemorial, ancient wisdom keepers and healers throughout the world have understood the power and extraordinary intelligence embedded in nature.” Aborigine people have always used flowers, water and sunlight for healing, as did the ancient Egyptians and Native Americans. Hildegard Von Bingen in the 12th century and Paracelsus in the 15th century wrote about collecting dew from plants to treat health imbalances. In the 20th century, Dr. Edward Bach understood disease had its origins in nonmaterial realms and worked with flower essences to help heal the mind and spirit. In “The Sacred Plant Medicine of Aotearoa,” Ofsoské-Wyber tells how the plant essences she makes are magically sung into creation in the old traditional ways ... using ancient sacred chants and by working in co-operation with nature. Plants are gathered in the knowledge of where ley lines or energy pathways in the land lie, meaning plant collection is either blessed or restricted. “New Zealand plants are known around the world for their vigour, power and growth,” Ofsoské-Wyber said. “The

spirit of co-operation in our native plants is enormously significant when making 21st century flower essences.” Franchelle says flower essences embody the spirit of New Zealand’s sacred mountains, sacred trees and sacred waters and link directly into the spirit of this magical land. “They are a pristine divine embodiment of the ancient nature forces of New Zealand and are a pure, unconditional expression of this magical land and its sacred healing power.” They can help change the consciousness of people and work on the aura or energy field, personality and soul and help people deal with stress, fear, anxiety and imbalances. They work on young and old, human and animals alike. In her book Ofsoské-Wyber explains: New Zealand being isolated from other land masses and eco-systems for around 85 million years means it is a pristine nature reserve that supports a remarkable collection of trees, plants, insects and birds. • How the country evolved as an almost totally benign environment with nearly no natural predators. • The lack of toxic warfare among its native plants. • The small size and lack of color in its native flowering plants makes them attractive to unique pollinators and gives them extra vital energy. • The ancient lineage of native trees in the country which stretches back unbroken into prehistory ... and of Tane Mahuta, already 1,200 years old when the first canoes arrived in New Zealand. • How there are no taproots in New Zealand native forest trees as happens elsewhere in the world; rather older plants provide a supportive environment until young neighbors reach maturity and can literally stand up for themselves. • The rich “green screen” of its almost entirely nondeciduous native forests that works as do modern agricultural wind cloths to protect young trees from seasonal storms and gales. Vol. 2 No. 8.2 April 2010 • Page 19

The solutions are on page 3.


Fill in the grid so that every row, every column and every 3x3 box contains numbers 1 through 9. The puzzle has only one solution.

Samantha, Robert, Caleb, Andrew, Destiny, Grace and Jennifer listed how much they weigh on a piece of paper (60 Kg, 57 Kg, 79 Kg, 64 Kg, 71 Kg, 75 Kg and 85 Kg). Figure out how much each person weighs. (Hint the gravity factor is 1 on Earth, 2.34 on Jupiter, 0.284 on Mercury, 0.925 on Saturn, 1.125 on Neptune, 0.795 on Uranus, 0.907 on Venus, 0.041 on Pluto and 0.38 on Mars). 1. On Mercury, Grace would weigh 40.8 fewer kilograms. 2. Caleb and Destiny would weigh 141.5 Kg altogether on Venus. 3. Andrew and Robert would weigh 290.2 Kg altogether on Jupiter. 4. Jennifer would weigh 3.1 Kg on the ninth planet from the sun. 5. Samantha weighs more than 72 Kg on Neptune. 6. Robert weighs less than 69.4 Kg on Saturn. Page 20 • Vol. 2 No. 8.2 April 2010


The Practice of Becoming


e are born in a specific place and time, with roles, rules and regulations we are asked to follow. The time is the 21st century and the place is the United States of America. This criterion sets the stage for our training to be productive and contributing members of society. We will develop focused ways of thinking, being and behaving within the society and we will begin a journey of becoming who we are trained to become. The process of becoming has always been heavily influenced by the culture of the society that surrounds us. If we look around the globe at different cultures, we will see that each one has created a unique, but often a similar perception of what is means to be human and what the process of becoming offers us. Many ancient cultures hold a perception that humans conspire with the gods to co-create their world in a way that supports a connection with unseen worlds. Many of these cultures believe that the most efficient method of creating change and transformation in the physical world is to access the invisible, the realm of creation, destruction, constant change and the spirit worlds. For them, we arrived here on Earth from these worlds and we must not forget and maintain a strong connection to our origins as cosmic walkers. For us who reside here in the 21st century among the modern comforts that modernity provides us, it is easy to forget who we are, where we have come from,


where we are going and how we are going to get there. As physical technology evolved, humanity began to slowly forget that we could fly with the gods, and that we can conspire with them to create a life on Earth that supports the Universal life energy that we are all created from. Granted, modernity has provided us with technology that can save lives and offers a kind of connectedness via the Web and other communication systems and has many pleasantries and comforts that many of us enjoy. Technology allows us to enjoy the physical sensation of comfort, but this has come at a price—the loss of our cosmic memory. Today, many are beginning to awaken and remember who we are, where we come from and where we are going. We are beginning a new kind of training that enables us to expand our awareness, transform our perceptions and open to the magic of Life, as a human being that is connected to the invisible, the unseen, the many worlds of spirit. The cosmic memory of our journey comes when we are ready to let go of the training we have received here in this place and at this time. When we are ready to turn our thoughts upside down and stop asking “why” and begin asking “when” and “how.” When we are ready to lose the desire to understand before we take action. When we are ready to redefine words like “trust,” “compassion,” and “love.” When we are ready to learn to see, hear and feel in a new way; one that does not use the five senses we have been taught to use,

but uses our senses that reside inside our being. Our cosmic memories have been dormant for many ages, waiting for us to remember and engage. Now is the time. The drum is the medicine, we are the doctors and the world is the patient. The drum has been used as a connection to our cosmic memory and a powerful tool to connect with the spirit worlds. When we play the drum we create, strengthen and maintain this connection. We remember who we are and we offer ourselves the opportunity to conspire with the Great Spirit to be a servant to humanity, the Earth and spirits. The drum provides us a path of becoming. Yes, you can use the drum as a tool for your own awakening. It is a simple path, but never under estimate the power of simplicity, how such a simple instrument made from nature can be a very powerful instrument of transformation in the lives of humans and how playing the drum in a sacred context can empower you to rediscover the Master Within.

Read more about this topic and others at Collective Awakening. Martin Klabunde is a light worker, cosmic walker and dance maker, who has more than 20 years of teaching, performance and class and workshop facilitation. He is the director of The Dambe Project—a Tucson based nonprofit organization that specializes in youth mentorship and uses West African performance art—and Kalumba—an organization committed to providing opportunities for spiritual awakening to all people. Martin is available to travel to your town to facilitate classes, workshops, ceremonies as well as for concerts and performances. For more information, contact Martin at 520-245-4547, or www.

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Preserve hosts Nature Festival


he Nature Conservancy’s Hassayampa River Preserve is hosting a nature festival on Saturday, April 17 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Participants will be able to touch a nonvenomous snake and go eye-to-eye with a live bird of prey and other wildlife. Other activities include four hourly docent-led walks will be held along the shaded trails and nature-based craft activities for children. Arizona Game and Fish Department, Arizona Falconers Association, Close Encounters nonvenomous snakes and Fallen Feathers will be on hand with live reptiles, birds and other rehabilitated and rescued wildlife. Wickenburg’s Recycling Committee members will offer tips on efficient recycling and The Nature Conservancy

will explain rainwater harvesting. Sonoran Audubon Society members will share the secrets of successful birding for all ages. “Our Nature Festival is a fun way for families to explore and discover the excitement of their natural world and learn about taking care of it responsibly,” said preserve manager Marty Lawrence.

Reservations are recommended for the hourly docentled walks. Call 928-684-2772 or e-mail:bmccollum@tnc. org to make reservations or for more information. Admission fees are $5 per person, $3 for Conservancy members. Kids and Friends of the Hassayampa members are free. Participants should bring water and wear hats and sunscreen. The preserve is open to the general public 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. The 730-acre Hassayampa River Preserve is located on Highway 60 three miles southeast of Wickenburg at milepost 114. It was created in 1987 to protect a rare desert cottonwood/willow streamside habitat that attracts more than 280 species of birds annually and supports diverse plant and animal communities.

Prescott Farmer’s Market opens May 15


he Prescott Farmer’s Market will begin its 14th season on Saturday, May 15, in the main parking lot at Yavapai College. This year’s market will include farm-fresh, locally grown produce, meat and dairy, honey, baked goods, tamales and BBQ, agricultural crafts, body care products, gourmet foods, starter plants, advice from local growers, chef demos and samples, live music, special events and much more! The market will occur Saturday mornings through Oct. 30. The Prescott Farmer’s Market will also oper-


ate markets in Prescott Valley and Chino Valley. The Prescott Valley Farmer’s Market will run Tuesday afternoons June 1 through Sept. 28 in the Entertainment District, and the Chino Valley Farmer’s Market will run Thursday afternoons June 3 through Sept. 30 in downtown Chino Valley. The Prescott Farmer’s Market is currently accepting local vendors, artists, volunteers, musicians and chefs who

would like to sell, perform or otherwise support any of the tri-city markets. Apply at The Prescott Farmer’s Market is an agricultural cooperative of Yavapai County agricultural producers. The markets are “growers only” and permit no re-selling. All vendors grow their own produce in Arizona or make their food or crafts with Arizona-grown products. To find out more about the Prescott Farmer’s Market, call 928-713-1227 or visit

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Recurring Events Fourth Annual Rachel Carson ‘Sense of Wonder’ Contest—The categories are poetry, photography, essays and dance. The contest seeks to instill a sense of wonder for the environment among all generations and spur environmental stewardship. Entries must be from a team of two or more persons from both younger and older generations. The deadline is June 16, 2010. Winners will be announced in October 2010. The public will have the opportunity to vote among the finalists for the winners in each category. For more information, see www.epa. gov/aging/resources/thesenseofwonder/index.htm. Celiac (gluten free) Support Group, Payson. We will provide important resources and information for people on gluten-free diets. Snacks will be provided from Gluten Free creations bakery in Phoenix! Contact Christine for more information 928-595-2379. Monday nights, 7 p.m.—Self Search/Channeled Readings, The Way To The Light Within, Phoenix. This class has been going on for over 12 years now. In the first part of the class, Dominique uses her psychic ability and StarWheel™ tiles to give each participant a mini reading. Bring your questions about anything you want to know, because EarthOdysseyOnline

Eclectic music festival sponsors Native Peoples


reat yourself to an energizing and relaxing concert of five performers at the Eclectic Music Festival and Wine Tasting at The Smoki Museum in Prescott on Saturday, May 1, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit Kenosis Spirit Keepers, a nonprofit for U.S. native people-topeople exchange culture in Mexico and Peru. “This fourth sell-out concert seeks to preserve traditions for the Hopi and Lacandón Maya and other projects,” said Carla Woody, founding president of Kenosis Spirit Keepers. “Native peoples are living in difficult situations. Detrimental aspects of Western ways are extracting ancient traditions that have served to provide a foundational sense of connection and place. If that continues to happen, we all lose, including those who come after we are long gone. Last year, we collaborated to build a school high in the Andes in Peru.” Performing musicians include RIO Flamenco, Rita Cantu, Native American flautist Sunny Heartley and the AZ Rhythm Connection with Frank Thompson and his African drumming troupe, Synaptic Soul. Rio Flamenco will keep you on the edge of your seat. Since 2003, they sizzle a

spicy mix of flamenco dance and hot Latin rhythms. The Prescott based troupe consists of: Tony Cocilovo on guitar and vocals, Billy Deal and Max West on percussion and dancers Anna Cocilovo and Leova Mejia. Rio Flamenco’s dedicated fan base appreciates the full-tilt musical, cultural and educational experience that is Rio Flamenco. Native American Flautist Sunny Heartley, who opens for Deepak Chopra’s conferences in Sedona, is a master at recreating the deepest vibrations of the soul. His original flute music evokes a sense of wonder and adventure. He uses exclusively, up to 15, of his handmade Sun-Heart flutes. Expect to be transported, uplifted and carried to new places. One of Arizona’s favorite folksingers, Rita Cantu draws upon indigenous cultures and her rich experiences of living in spectacular areas including

Prescott. She delights audiences with her heartfelt guitar and inspiring songs of life and wild lands. Bring your own percussion instruments to jam with Frank Thompson’s drum circle. Be swept up by Synaptic Soul’s sevenpiece band, both from Scottsdale. Hopi tacos and other for-purchase refreshments will raise funds for community building. A silent auction will feature art from Peru and Mexico and beadwork from Bali. Advance tickets for the concert and wine tasting are available online at www. events.html or at Adventure Travel in Prescott for $25, or $35 at the door. “We offer young adults and U.S. native people sponsorships to participate in travel programs that promote the exchange of cultural wisdom in Mexico and Peru,” Woody said. “Our goal is preserve cultural heritage and ancient traditions. The journeys are life-changing for communities involved.” For information, call Carla Woody at 778-1058. Tickets are limited and may not be available at the door. Signed music CDs will be offered, in addition to a kaleidoscope of fair trade silent auction items. Vol. 2 No. 8.1 April 2010 • Page 23

in the second part of the class Dominique connects to her own as well as your guides, to get answers and guidance for you. Dominique is also a medium and can connect with and give you information from departed loved ones or friends. $20, Call 602-279-2941 to reserve your place. Saturdays, 9 a.m., Cottonwood, Prescott Valley, Scottsdale, Flagstaff and Kingman—Saturday Solar Seminars presented by Arizona Solar Power. Learn about solar energy for your home. Listen to a presentation on the most up-to-date products, how they work, and how they can save homeowners and even businesses money! Question and answer session follows, so you’re sure to leave with a greater knowledge of solar and how it can be one of the smartest investments you’ll make for yourself and the future. Call to reserve your place at either of our great locations: Cottonwood 928-634-7341, Prescott Valley/Dewey 928-632-5525, Scottsdale 480-607-5339, Flagstaff 928-774-0753, Kingman 877-496-0167. First Saturday of each month, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Prescott—Children’s Clinic: Free Vibrational Realignment (spiritual healing) sessions will be offered to children at Mountain Spirit Co-Op, 107 N. Cortez St. No appointment necessary. Donation requested. For more info, call Michael Davis at 928-254-0775. Sundays, 4 p.m.–5:30 p.m., Tucson—West African Page 24 • Vol. 2 No. 8.1 April 2010

Piano Concert features ancient, sacred music April 22, 7 p.m., Prescott—Piano Concert: Ancient and Sacred Music. Music of the Inner Search: Asian Songs, Eastern Orthodox Chants, Great Temple Hymns, and Dances of the Sayyids and Dervishes of G I. Gurdjieff and Thomas de Hartmann. George Ivanovich Gurdjieff was born in Russian Armenia and traveled widely on a spiritual quest to remote places in the Middle East and Central Asia more than 100 years ago. During these journeys, he heard the music of many ethnic traditions, remote temples and monasteries as he studied their rituals, dance and music. Gurdjieff was convinced that this music preserved essential characteristics of differDrumming Classes with Martin Klabunde. Learn West African rhythms on Djembe and Dununs. Drums available for class use. Please RSVP. Drum Priority will go to those who RSVP. $75/4 weeks, drop in fee $20. Ask about our reduced rate referral program. For more information, call Martin at 520-245-4547.

Nonrecurring Events April 13, 5:30 p.m., Prescott—Free Lecture: Have Heart Parenting, Mountain Spirit Co-Op Conference Room, 107 N. Cortez St. Join Michael Davis and Sally Salisbury to explore a radical new approach to parenting. It is like nothing you have heard before and it works! Cost: Donation. For more info, call Michael Davis at 928-254-0775. April 16, 7 p.m.–9 p.m.—Sacred Drumming for Transformation Workshop

ent cultures and conveyed deeper religious meanings that cannot be expressed in words. Later, in collaboration with the composer Thomas de Hartmann, Gurdjieff ’s musical recollections evolved into hundreds of pieces of sacred piano music, not only for students in the Gurdjieff work, but also for those who heard the music and were touched by its unique range of impressions. Stafford Ordahl is the pianist. The concert will be held at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 630 Park Ave. (Park and Copper Basin). For tickets call 928-771-8998 or 928-925-0154. E-mail: or write to: Gurdjieff Foundation of Prescott, P.O. Box 3967, Prescott, AZ 86302.

Series, Tucson—These classes are designed to support the deep surrender to the Master Within. Participants learn sacred rhythms that correspond to specific intentions, and how to use the rhythms to release their own innate potential to heal. Each workshop is comprised of a dialogue with the facilitator together with hands-on rhythm instruction, and concludes with a powerful drumming ceremony. RSVP required. Cost: $15 520-2454547,, April 15 and April 2224—Introduction to Wildlife Tracking, Yavapai College Prescott Campus. Sign up for Rec 102 11267. Two-hour orientation on April 15. Field trip on April 22-24. Threeday, two night field trip. This is a fun, intense and in tents class. Instructors Bob Matthews and Matt Keating. For

more info, call 928-308-6548 or send an e-mail to bmatt@ The best social network is still a campfire. April 16, 7 p.m.–8 p.m., Prescott—Marilyn Markham Petrich of Inti Wasi, The House of Light, will host a free talk about Andean Mysticism at the Mountain Spirit Coop, 107 N. Cortez St. in the conference room. Petrich will demonstrate some cleaning and healing ceremonies she has learned from the Quechua people of the Andes and read from her upcoming book “The Art of Intent: Healing Yourself and Others.” In addition, Petrich will discuss her upcoming series of retreats in Skull Valley. For more info, contact Marilyn at 928-3081141 or April 18, 2 p.m.4:30 p.m., Sedona—Everyday Meditation class, (aka Meditation EarthOdysseyOnline

101) where you’ll learn a lifelong meditation practice in a little over two hours! Discover an ancient, silent breath and sound meditation technique that you can use anywhere. For more info, call 928-204-0067.

Festival encourages people to ‘Be Aware’

April 23, 7 p.m.–8:15 p.m.—The Shaman’s Drum: Meditation and Relaxation with Live Music, Tucson—In these sessions, we use ancient and modern energy building techniques to help you to move into and maintain a newly-focused awareness. $15 per person. The Ranch, 3742 N Edith Blvd. 520-2454547,, April 23–25, Austin, Texas—The Yoga of Writing: A Women’s Meditation and Writing Retreat. During the retreat, we’ll give attention to silence, stillness and the present moment. You’ll listen to and trust your own voice as you transcend your inner critic and express yourself from the womb creativity. You’ll write, listen to yourself, and be heard, perhaps for the very first time. No writing, yoga or meditation experience is necessary. Facilitated by meditation instructor Sarah McLean and writer/artist Victoria Nelson. May 1, 2 p.m.–4:30 p.m., Sedona— Everyday Meditation class, (aka Meditation 101) where you’ll learn a lifelong meditation practice in a little over two hours! Discover an ancient, silent breath and sound meditation technique that you can use anywhere. For more info, call 928-204-0067. EarthOdysseyOnline

Courtesy photo Gabriel of Urantia and The Bright & Morning Star Band will perform at Tubac’s “Be Aware” Festival on May 7 to May 9.


abriel of Urantia and The Bright & Morning Star Band begin a national “Be Aware” concert tour to raise awareness of important environmental, social and spiritual issues at the biannual Be Aware Festival on May 7 to May 9 at Avalon Organic Gardens, Farm and EcoVillage in Tubac, Ariz. Global Change MultiMedia presents the Be Aware Festival featuring the 11-piece Gabriel of Urantia and The Bright & Morning Star Band. Additional artists scheduled to appear include Van’sGuard, Starseed Acoustic Ensemble, The Change Agents Band, DeoVibe, Israfel Awakened and SaTNesu. Gabriel of Urantia encourages everyone to “Be Aware” of:

• The need for more green products and to live more sustainably. • The need to buy locally and to grow organic gardens. • The chemicals and toxins in many foods manufactured by greedy, uncaring companies. • The unethical corporate entities taking people’s money and keeping them in slave labor. • The unequal distribution of wealth, supplies and material goods, keeping the poor fighting among themselves. • The lack of proper health care and the high costs of medical services. • The need for true spiritual and political leadership. “These issues aren’t being addressed by mainstream media,” said Global Change Multi-Media Executive Director, BenDameean Steinhardt.

“People need to realize how important these topics are. To change the world, we have to identify the problems and find viable solutions.” In addition to live music, the festival includes camping, independent films, activist theater, ecoconscious speakers, Kids’ Village, hayride tours, ethnic foods, vendors and more. The festival is free for kids 11 and younger. Suggested donations for ages 12 and up are taken at the gate. The festival is sponsored by Elastek. “By suggested donation people of all ages, races and economic brackets are encouraged to come, including the poor and disenfranchised,” said Gabriel of Urantia. “We trust people who have will support the “new-paradigm admission” and give freely from their hearts to keep these festivals by suggested donation so that those less fortunate can attend.” A resident visitor experience is offered after the festival for those interested in learning more about organic gardening, ecovillage living and the vision behind the “Be Aware” movement. For more information and camping reservations visit www.BeAware2010. org or call 520-603-9932. Vol. 2 No. 8.1 April 2010 • Page 25

May 1, 5:30–8:30 p.m., Prescott—Kenosis Spirit Keepers Benefit Concert and Wine Tasting at the Smoki Museum of American Indian Art and Culture, Pueblo Room, 147 N. Arizona St. Featuring Synaptic Soul, AZ Rhythm Connection Drum Circle, RIO Flamenco, guitarist Rita Cantu and Native American flute with Sunny Heartley. Indigenous wisdom slide show, silent auction and more. Advance tickets $25 at Adventure Travel at 130 Grove Street, or available online. For more info, call 928-778-1058, e-mail info@ or visit May 1 and 2, 1 p.m.–5 p.m., Prescott—Introduction to Animal Communication, The Basic Course with animal communicator Nancy Windheart. Learn the basics of how to communicate with animals of any species through the universal language of telepathy. Creekside Center, Prescott. For more info, call 928-227-2868 or visit May 2, 10:30 a.m.–1 p.m., Sedona—Meditation for the Wild Women of Sedona. For more info, call 928-204-0067 or e-mail May 7–9, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Payson—Payson Art League’s Neath the Rim Studio Tour with juried artist exhibits in their studio locations. Featuring demonstrations and refreshments. Free admission and maps at the Rim Country Page 26 • Vol. 2 No. 8.1 April 2010

Chamber of Commerce (Hwy. 87 and Main) or the Payson Library, 328 N. McLane Road. For more info, contact Sally Myers at 928-472-8651. May 7–9, South Lake Tahoe—Heart Opening Retreat with Sarah McLean and Kathy Zavada. Take this journey back into your own enchanting heart center this spring in Lake Tahoe and immerse yourself in uplifting music, deep silent meditations, and self-awareness practices. I co-lead this retreat with a very special woman, Kathy Zavada from Mount Shasta. Not only is she a phenomenal singer and songwriter (listen to her music here), she’s also an insightful and gifted retreat leader. May 7, 7 p.m.–8:30 p.m., Tucson—Sacred Drumming Healing Ceremony. A formal ceremony using the drum as a tool for spiritual awakening and transformation. They provide participants an opportunity to put teachings into action. Experience a genuine healing drum ceremony. Learn to use the drum as the heartbeat of mother earth and doorway to the Universe! $10 per person. The Ranch, 3742 N Edith Blvd. 520-245-4547, martin@, May 15, Sedona—Deepak Chopra’s Primordial Sound Meditation Technique. For more info, call 928-204-0067. May 21–23, Sedona—The Yoga of Writing: A Women’s Meditation and Writing Retreat. During the retreat, we’ll give attention to silence, still-

ness and the present moment. You’ll listen to and trust your own voice as you transcend your inner critic and express yourself from the womb creativity. You’ll write, listen to yourself, and be heard, perhaps for the very first time. No writing, yoga or meditation experience is necessary. Facilitated by meditation instructor Sarah McLean and writer/artist Victoria Nelson. May 25, 6:30 p.m., Prescott Valley—Free talk on Animal Communication with animal communicator Nancy Windheart. Find out how telepathic communication with all species is possible, how it works, and how it can be helpful. Kennel Kamp Village, Prescott Valley. E-mail nancy@ communicatewithyouranimals. com for more information. July 10, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Sedona— Everyday Meditation class, (aka Meditation 101) where you’ll learn a lifelong meditation practice in a little over two hours! Discover an ancient, silent breath and sound meditation technique that you can use anywhere. For more info, call 928-204-0067. July 11, Sedona—Deepak Chopra’s Primordial Sound Meditation Technique. For more info, call 928-2040067. July 17, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Phoenix at Storm Wisdom—Everyday Meditation class, (aka Meditation 101) where you’ll learn a lifelong meditation practice in a little over two hours! Discover an ancient, silent breath and

sound meditation technique that you can use anywhere. For more info, call 928-204-0067. Aug. 13–15, Portland, Maine—The Yoga of Writing: A Women’s Meditation and Writing Retreat. During the retreat, we’ll give attention to silence, stillness and the present moment. You’ll write, listen to yourself, and be heard, perhaps for the very first time. No writing, yoga or meditation experience is necessary. Facilitated by meditation instructor Sarah McLean and writer/artist Victoria Nelson. Oct. 29–31, Sedona—The Yoga of Writing: A Women’s Meditation and Writing Retreat. During the retreat, we’ll give attention to silence, stillness and the present moment. You’ll write, listen to yourself, and be heard, perhaps for the very first time. No writing, yoga or meditation experience is necessary. Facilitated by meditation instructor Sarah McLean and writer/artist Victoria Nelson. Jan. 12-24, 2011—Entering the Maya Mysteries with Carla Woody, Alonso Mendez and Carol Karasik. Spiritual travel to Mexico visiting hidden sacred places and engaging in nearly extinct ceremonies with Don Antonio Martinez, the last Spirit Keeper of the Lacandón Maya. A Spirit Keepers Journey co-sponsored by Kenosis and Kenosis Spirit Keepers. For info, visit, e-mail or call 928-778-1058. EarthOdysseyOnline

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