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8-9 Animal communication becomes mainstream; here to stay BY MARY STOFFEL

Twin Cities Wellness

12-17 Kindred Spirits essential oils help align us to our kindred animal spirit guides BY RANDY PETERSON

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20-21 Discover your pet’s health and wellness voice BY SAMANTHA STUPAK 24-25 “Little Lady”—another foster failure? BY LENA SWANSON 28-30 Take a retreat to Shire in the Woods for relaxation, rejuvenation BY MICHAEL BONNETTE

34-35 Live your life to its fullest—take a YoCation with Free Life Yoga By ERIN HOFFMAN 36-37 Sacro Wedgy® alleviates back pain, rebalances the body BY CINDY BALLIS

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Animal communication becomes mainstream


HEN I decided to be a professional animal communicator about 20 years ago, I joined one other person doing this work in Minnesota. At least that was all I was aware of at the time. As my business and name recognition grew, I began to get requests to teach others how to do this. So I attended Penelope Smith’s teacher training class in California and began offering the basic animal communication class that I still teach today. There is one huge difference though—I now teach the same class as part of the Normandale Community College Integrative Health Program. I certainly did not expect this rapid shift from


woo-woo stuff to mainstream practice and I suspect most other people didn’t either. Since I am also a former librarian, I know that you can always tell how popular a subject is by how many books are written about it. When I first started teaching in 1995, I bought every book I could find on interspecies, telepathic and animal communication. I took them all to my classes; they fit into a large cardboard box. By the year 2000 I was carting around three or four boxes of books and by 2005 I had stopped buying everything available and became much more selective about what I added to my collection. I was also teaching four or five basic classes a year and had added an advanced class for those students who wanted to set up their own practice.

ANIMAL COMMUNICATION BECOMES MAINSTREAM However, the real signal that animal communication was here to stay was the advent of the popular Pet Psychic television program. Suddenly, everyone knew what animal communication is and how it works. The Pet Psychic was an hour-long television program that was broadcast on the Animal Planet network in the United States. The program premiered on June 3, 2002 and featured Sonya Fitzpatrick as a psychic who claimed she could communicate with various animals including audience members’ departed pets. Subject animals included the normal cats and dogs as well as horses, various birds, and farm animals. The last regular airing of the pro-

gram was on January 1, 2003, but the impact of the show lingers on. The greatest change is that people now freely admit talking to their animals, listening to them intuitively, and consulting with professional animal communicators. I still am asked how it works, but seldom meet the skepticism that was so prevalent before. And, of course, we believe that the real winners here are the animals that share our lives. It is true that this awareness of animals as fellow spiritual beings has helped improve the lives of many through increased understanding. But if you stop and think about it for a moment, you will realize how much this movement has helped to raise the consciousness of the entire human race as well. And none too soon! Mary Stoffel (763) 444-8146,

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Kindred Spirits essential to our kindred animal spi


UR ANIM A L friends are deeply connected to the Earth and to the rhythms of life. They have no hidden agendas, no greed and they don’t lie. They do, however, have characteristics, qualities, skills and talents that can serve, teach and tutor humanity. Our Kindred Animal Spirits demonstrate potential characteristics, qualities, talents, abilities or strengths that constitute an expression of our own personality. The animal world shows us the potentials that lie within us. Some animals are excellent parents and nurturers, teaching us patience, respect, love and loyalty. Others are great protectors and show us how 12

to have courage and overcome fear. While some are teachers of fun and play reminding us of the needs of the child within. Bonded in friendship our “Kindred Spirit” animal friends can rescue us, teach us, and can be a vehicle for wisdom that will serve us.

THE CIRCLE: ONE OF THE MOST PRIMAL SYMBOLS OF LIFE The circle or wheel, one of the oldest symbols dating back to ancient times and found in ancient ruins on virtually every continent, is one of the most primal symbols of life. It can be found throughout the world’s indigenous cultures. Sometimes represented as a “medicine wheel,” “circle of life,” or “web of life.”

Each culture views their wheel or circle from a slightly different perspective but each has a common understanding that the circle represents a map of the balance, harmony and the cycles of nature. Representing the circular nature of the seasons and cycles of life. From birth, to adolescent, to young adult, to midlife, and wise elder-hood, then the return to dirt within mother earth and our creator. There is a Kindred Spirit Blend to assist, teach and nurture each of us along the way. Whether we’re struggling with a life challenge, wondering about a life-question, or just wanting to navigate the inevitable daily ‘ups & downs’, the Kindred Spirits can assist. Continued Page 16...

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Discover your pet’s health & wellness voice


OR MANY pet owners, our furry friends are much more than just dogs and cats. They are our family members and our most loyal friends that seem to know how to be there for us when we need them the most. However, it can be challenging when we notice that our pets seem to change from their normal happy self and they cannot directly tell us what may be wrong. In these cases, have you ever wondered how your pet is actually feeling? Proud pet owner and health advocate, Samantha Stupak, asked herself this same question and has developed an approach that has helped many pet owners discover their pets “voice” to address overall health and wellness.

PETS SUFFER SAME HEALTH ISSUES AS HUMANS With so many health issues we face today, we sometimes forget our pets are just as likely to suffer from similar issues. Samantha Stupak, CNHP, has focused on providing pets the voice to answer their owner’s health concern questions such as; Are they in pain? Does their stomach hurt? Why are they so anxious? Samantha founded Balanced Health to help other pet owners unlock potential health and wellness issues facing their pets. With advanced methods and equipment Samantha is able to scan your pet’s hair and saliva to determine a number of potential issues. She scans to see which organs in the body are under stress and to what level. She also scans to see if there are toxins resonat-

ing with your pet such as bacteria, parasites, metals, chemicals, mold, viruses, and hormonal imbalances. She then analyzes the results to determine what nutrients are out of balance and recommends what would bring your pet back into balance with remedies such as herbs, homeopathic remedies, or nutritional supplements.

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When we started having her hair and saliva scanned it was interesting to see exactly where she was holding her stress, what toxins were resonating with her, and the regimen they put her on. I’ve been getting her scanned once every

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A home for “Little Lady”


HEN A cat suddenly starts showing up in my neighborhood it can be quite confusing. Does it belong to one of the neighbors? Was it abandoned? Is it lost? Is it a feral cat, born outside and considered wild? Most domestic cats that do end up living outside for whatever reasons often seem wild or feral. Their behaviors mimic the wild ones as a way of coping with their new lifestyle. Over the past several years I have been faced with this situation many times. Cats and kittens show up in my neighborhood and I begin the rescue process: Feeding on a consistent basis, befriending when possible, live trapping when necessary, taming,


getting proper medical attention and finding homes. Alas, I admit to being a foster failure more than once!

PROVIDING A WARM CAT SANCTUARY Sometime in January I noticed that a kitty had begun to use my heated feral cat house. I get very emotional from the thought of cats living outdoors during Minnesota winters so the heated cat sanctuary gives me the peace of mind that there is at least one place safe and warm if anyone needs it. I had no idea that the cat I was feeding for much of the winter was actually a kitten! As spring approached she started sticking around more and staring at me. At times when she was really hungry she would even run toward me when I went out

with her food. I saw how small she was and noticed that she seemed to want to be friendly but just couldn’t muster the courage. I started calling her “Little Lady” so at least she would have a temporary name. Since she seemed so tame I began feeding her in a very large plastic dog crate. It kept the food dry in the rain and she started to feel comfortable going in to eat. She still kept her distance but I could tell she was starting to like me. After making the necessary arrangements for spaying at one of my favorite vets I gave her a nice meal of tuna and when she went in to eat I simply closed the dog crate door. Voila, another rescue! After some communication it turns out she is not wild at all but had been in a household and then abandoned mid winter.

“Little Lady� has now recovered from her surgery and is sitting on my lap, nuzzling my face! I laugh when I think about my initial fears that she was wild and may be difficult to tame. She is simply a treasure looking for a forever home. I can only hope that I don’t become a foster failure once again! Lena Swanson is a professional animal communicator, psychic, shamanic healer, past life regression facilitator and Reiki master. She is known for her accuracy and wonderful rapport with both people and animals. Lena also teaches a variety of animal communication and shamanic journeying classes. 651-206-0644

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Take a retreat to Shire in the Woods for relaxation, rejuvenation


he Shire in the Woods was formerly known as the Dwelling in the Woods. It was founded in 1989 by three Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet with a vision of creating a place where people can spend time in solitude, quieting the mind and opening heart and spirit, realizing wholeness. They recognized the need for individuals living in a modern, fast paced society to be able to retreat to a quiet, nurturing place, thus replenishing the soul and deepening their connection with self, nature, world, and the universe. They settled upon a lot of land of 120 acres, a small log house,


a pole barn and a wood burning sauna. Now, over 20 years later, the grounds have expanded considerably. Many hands have helped build and donate to create these unique buildings and versatile landscape which is now known as the Shire in the Woods. The Shire is located inside the Solana State Forest and the Soo Line Trail runs alongside us. Relax with a good book in front of a fireplace or take a stroll in the woods. See the full website at for details, photos of cabins, pictures of the unique landscape, and the beautiful, rich history. The Shire can serve your family, friends, hold your next retreat, facilitate spe-

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that sleeps 10+, a large vaulted multipurpose octagon shaped building, to a cozy one room cabin. There are many things to do in and around the Shire. Enjoy wooded solitude and hiking in the Solana State Forest, kayaking in Banning State Park, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, mountain biking, horseback riding, ATVing or snowmobiling on the Soo Line Trail and surrounding trails, or pick up a game of golf. Plan your next birding or photography adventure, or just enjoy the quiet sounds of nature as the many frogs and birds sing their melodies. The daily rate is $50 to $75 per person. Children 17 and under stay for free. You can stay for 6 nights and get one free. Catering is available upon request. The Commercial Kitchen and the Octagon Multipurpose Room can be rented for $75 per day. Longer stays have great rate deals (25% off for two weeks, 35% off for 3 weeks, and 45% off for a month stay), and there are special rates available for large groups, retreats, weddings, special events, workshops, special interest groups, and much more. Email us at for questions and reservations.


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By Erin Hoffman

Live your life to its fullest —take a YoCation with Free Life Yoga


OOK AT that!” I urge. “Some people will live their whole lives without ever seeing anything half as wonderful, and here you are, standing in front of it. Isn’t this incredible?” I lost count of the number of times I spoke these words to students and adults I have led abroad: I’ve said it in front of DaVinci’s Mona Lisa, watching her legendary eyes shift mysteriously. I’ve said it with Michelangelo’s brilliance showering down from overhead in the Sistine Chapel, his passion and prowess palpable. I’ve said it standing amongst the

ruins in Pompeii, looking out over Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower, staring at the vast Mediterranean with my feet in the sand and in a hundred other places. None of us knows how long we have on this planet, and no one truly knows whether this is our only shot at life or if we’ll come around again. What we do know is that we for sure get this life, right now. My question is whether or not we really live it. Have you ever caught yourself saying some version of “I’ll do X when X happens”? I’ll volunteer when… I’ll take a language class when… I’ll travel with friends after… 34

The world is a big place and an unbelievable gift. God has created natural beauty and splendor that can move us to tears with hearts grateful to be alive. Mankind has played an equally important role, continually defying what we think is possible, changing the face of art and science and adding to the landscape of innovation and creativity. The time to be a part of these miracles isn’t when we retire, nor is it when the kids are out of school, and it isn’t even after you finish the addition on the house. The time to experience the world and its miraculous display of awe-inspiring beauty is NOW. You can go to any number of places on a yoga retreat, spending a week in a remote location doing yoga and meditating all day while eating a vegetarian or vegan diet.

You’re removed from day-to-day work and stress, but you’re also removed from your fullest possible experience. Free Life Yoga, a Saint Paulbased company, provides better health and richer experiences to its clients via global YoCations. Is there yoga every day? Absolutely! Taking care of our bodies should be a priority! But Free Life YoCations offer so much more. The Free Life team is multilingual, the guides are local, and the YoCation Leads include energy workers, artists, yogis and teachers with advanced degrees in their disciplines. On the Gourmet YoCations, the Free Life private chef cooks daily meals of regional specialties, some of which are transformed into classes you can attend and

have recipes to bring home. Free Life Yoga provides the whole experience: the experience that changes your life and enriches your time on this planet, showing you everything good this world has to offer. One free life….how are you going to spend it? Erin E. Hoffman, M.A., E-RYT, is a music nut, teacher, adventure travel junky, writer, yogi, runner and artist. Her company, Free Life Yoga, specializes in global YoCations.

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Sacro Wedgy® alleviates back pain, rebalances the body


ERE WE are 25 years later and still helping people with sciatica, hip pain, low back pain, poor posture and more. My dad, the Sacro Wedgy® inventor, is almost 89 and going strong. He too relaxes on the Sacro Wedgy® daily. And to think for years he used his hand to hold the sacrum of his athletes with back pain issues.

cles relaxed, the time constraint is what led him to create this simple device to mimic that technique. It didn’t happen overnight. In fact it took almost 10 years, hundreds of x-rays, having an injection mold built, finding the right mixture, creating instructions; you know the rest. I’m the oldest of four daughters and decided around 1990 to take this on and keep it in the family. It’s been an amazing journey and receiving testimonial letters from people that are pain free, off prescription drugs and leading NECESSITY IS STILL better lives are what have kept THE “MOTHER OF us going. You can’t imagine how INVENTION” Because he had to hold their much you can learn by listening sacrum for 20 minutes until mus- to people, some of which have 36

been through nightmares trying to find relief. Is this going to be for everyone? Of course not! Nothing is, but when this works, it’s amazing.

SACRO WEDGY HELPS MUSCLES RELAX FOR PAIN RELIEF The concept is so simple and that’s actually the hardest part of marketing this. I often hear “how can something so simple and affordable do so much” until they start using it. One man told me had he known how much this was going to help he would have gladly paid $300. I told him he could send me $270. After the silence I said just kidding. I was happy he was better. We concentrate

mostly on the three major muscles that tend to jam the pelvic girdle. The piriformis muscle can tighten and grab the sciatic nerve. I experienced that once and it will take you to your knees. I relaxed on the Sacro Wedgy® four or five times and as the muscle relaxed, the nerve released. We explain what we’ve learned mostly from people using the Sacro Wedgy®. If it helped one person with a par-

ticular symptom it may help more. We are creatures of balance and all we’re trying to do is teach you how to create muscle balance by relaxing with both ends of your spine supported. We have exhibited at hundreds of expos demonstrating and talking to thousands of people but have now settled in with mostly massage therapists and physical therapists. We even teach classes for Continuing Education Units and in the

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