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For those of you who are reading our magazine for the first time, we publish a northern and southern Alberta edition three times per year. Each edition features a regional practitioner of holistic, natural or alternative medicine who has a personal life experience, opinion or story of interest.

With the excessive amount of information available, few of us actually have the time to wade through it all. Comprehending the information and putting it to practical use can be a difficult task at the best of times. Guided Synergy Magazine is happy to help you make sense of it all. The content in each issue offers readers a practical approach to timely, relevant information through the expert opinions and experiences of local and regional practitioners in the holistic and natural health industry.

In this issue we feature Dr. Shelyn Somani, whom I met a few years ago when I took her meditation workshop here in Grande Prairie, Alberta. I knew then that she would be featured in our magazine one day. Journalist Jennifer Worley writes that Somani’s “professional wardrobe usually consists of flowing hippie-style clothes. It’s not the typical image one has of a family doctor.” Trained in traditional Western medicine, Eastern medicine (acupuncture) and a growing list of alternative and holistic modalities, Somani represents the new paradigm— a new kind of doctor with a holistic approach.

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er hair has recently been dyed purple and her professional wardrobe usually consists of flowing hippie-style clothes. It’s not the typical image one has of a family doctor, but then Dr. Shelyn Somani doesn’t want to be associated with a white coat and a title. “I stopped wearing a white coat as soon as I quit doing residency, because I feel like it’s a barrier—I’m the doctor; you’re the patient. It’s just not real,” says Somani, 32, a Westerntrained family physician with a practice in Grande Prairie. “I have a hard time saying I’m a doctor, because I don’t feel like I identify much with that word in the conventional sense.” Somani believes an integrated approach to wellness is necessary for good health. The Eastern medicine she has introduced into her practice at Northwest Wellness Center, including acupuncture and meditation, has provided her with a more comprehensive view of the body, one that encompasses her patients’ mental, emotional and spiritual states. “If you look at health in terms of a pie chart, I feel like Western medicine maybe covers a third of it—and it’s useful, but there’s so much more to being a human being than just the physical body. It’s not just this biological machine made up of moving parts and chemicals. There’s something so much deeper.” The daughter of Western-trained MDs, Somani grew up in Edmonton. She travelled to Grenada, the United States and England not only to study medicine, but also to satisfy her wanderlust and her curiosity about how medicine and health care differ in other countries. In 2006, she returned to Edmonton for her residency at the University of Alberta, where she began questioning her purpose in life and searching for answers. Somani grew up in a stable home free of disease, addiction or financial worry, so she wasn’t prepared for what she saw while in residency: case after case of anxiety, depression, pain of every kind, unhappiness,

disease and lack of love for life. She hit her version of rock bottom. “It started to hit me how much suffering there was even here in my own backyard, in Canada, which is supposed to be one of the most well-off countries in the world. This, along with the chapter I was at in life, suddenly threw me into a couple of months of depression and anxiety attacks. It really made me question more deeply and sincerely the purpose of this life and why there is so much suffering.” Titles on her mother’s bookshelf called out to her, particularly those by Deepak Chopra, the internationally renowned pioneer of body– mind medicine, and Neale Donald Walsch, the American author of the Conversations with God series. Somani devoured the books and discovered that their ideas resonated with her.

Along the way, Somani grew in her personal life. She moved to Grande Prairie in 2008, got married and had a son, Kiran, now nearly three years old. Though the marriage didn’t last, Somani unexpectedly found new love at a silent meditation retreat at Fallen Leaf Lake in California last May. She and her partner, Kevin Fry, a massage therapist, musician and soon-to-be bartender, are expecting a baby girl, Kalea, in May. Her quest for learning has led her to other spiritual teachers; the most recent are Americans Gangaji and her partner, Eli JaxonBear. This has resulted in several life-altering retreats, including a two-week session in Maui last year where Somani studied Enneagram, a method of understanding personality. She finds it a useful tool for connecting with patients on a deeper level.

“i think a lot more emphasis needs to be put on mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. i really do feel it’s the way of the future, integrative medicine.” At the U of A, she met Dr. Steven Aung, an associate professor in the departments of medicine and family medicine and founder of the university’s certificate program in medical acupuncture. Shadowing Aung during a twoweek elective, Somani observed what she thought to be magic. A patient with shoulder pain and limited arm movement experienced a dramatic change in mobility after an acupuncture treatment. It was a “wow” moment that convinced her to later train with Aung and become an acupuncturist in 2009. Somani’s spiritual journey began at the end of her residency. She visited the Chopra Center in California on several occasions in 2009 and 2010, first taking a mind–body workshop called Journey into Healing where she was introduced to Ayurveda. She also learned how to meditate, and it changed her life so much that she went back for more training and became a meditation instructor. In 2010, she attended a small workshop at the home of Neale Donald Walsch in Oregon, and subsequently completed a three-month mentoring program with him.

Western and Eastern methodologies work harmoniously in Somani’s integrated health practice. “I always have many parts of my brain going at the same time whenever I see a patient. It’s never just Eastern or just Western or just spiritual or just physical.” Acupuncture occupies about 40 percent of her work; she employs it in treating many conditions ranging from pain and anxiety to depression, stomach problems and menopausal symptoms. Every day she uses meditation techniques to help her patients be more present in the moment and in their hearts. An exercise in which she has patients ask themselves the simple question “What do I want?” most often reveals a basic desire for peace and happiness. With meditation, she guides them into a state of peace where they might recognize the need to shift priorities in their lives; for example, seeking counselling to address an unhealthy relationship. Outside of the centre, she leads group meditation sessions in her home every week and conducts meditation workshops once a month. Continued on page 8 ➤ Spring/Summer 2012 l Guided SynerGy 7

FEaTuRE mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. I really do feel it’s the way of the future, integrative medicine.”

While Somani encourages her patients to de-stress and declutter their lives, her own life would appear—at least on paper—to be a balancing act. Despite her roles as a doctor, meditation instructor, partner, mother and woman, she has found stability. “I don’t feel busy,” says Somani, who finds strength in an inspirational quote by Deepak Chopra: “In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.”

Somani is affecting change one person and one step at a time. In her office, a calm, relaxing environment—nice music, soothing colours and artwork, shelves lined with spiritual books, inspirational quotations on the walls, and, yes, even her unconventional appearance—helps people think differently about their health.

Somani credits meditation and a diet that includes about 50 percent raw food for her healthy pregnancy, her energy and her mental clarity. “I feel a lot more connected to this baby, I think because I do feel less busy and I feel like I can connect with this other little being that’s growing in my body.” Somani is encouraged by the growing awareness of holistic health in Grande Prairie and by the many like-minded people she has met. It’s a shift she believes is happening all over the world and one that could have a major impact on the health-care system, extending life spans and improving quality of life. Good health is more than the absence of disease, she adds. It’s feeling alive, vibrant, at peace and content.

“One of my main intentions for moving to the wellness centre was to have a healing kind of environment,” she says. “It’s an honour to sit with people every day, one on one, for that openness to be there. You’re there in support and in love and in peace. They feel comfortable.” ✽ Shelyn demonstrates the soothing sound of the Tibetan singing bowl commonly used with sound meditation. “We need to look more at preventative medicine and not just waiting until something goes wrong and then stepping in and correcting it somehow,” she says. “I think a lot more emphasis needs to be put on

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Tastes of Spring I can tell by the dinnertime smells wafting by my porch these days that people are finally firing up their barbecues again. But even when it’s too chilly to be babysitting supper on the grill, there’s no reason to scrap magnificent beet burger plans! Frying them on the stove ensures the beets are nice and tender, and the rice gives them a great toothy texture that I love. With their flavours of lemon juice, thyme, parsley, cider vinegar, vegetable stock, coriander and paprika, you’ll be sampling more burger mixture than you think before it gets to the pan. If you use gluten-free flour or breadcrumbs, this dandy of a meal can be celiac friendly, too.

Beet Veggie Burgers IngredIents 1 onion, diced small 3 medium or 2 large red beets (about 1 pound total), shredded 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 3 to 5 cloves garlic, minced 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed (or any type of bean except green) 1 cup cooked brown rice, cooked in vegetable stock instead of water (or 2 cups if you like a crunchier texture) Juice of half a lemon 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons minced parsley 1 teaspoon coriander ½ teaspoon thyme ¼ teaspoon paprika and a dash of cayenne (optional) Salt and pepper 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour or breadcrumbs extra-virgin olive oil for frying dIrectIons Heat a little splash of olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Add onion, reduce heat to medium and cook until onion is translucent. Stir in beets. Cover the pan and cook until beets are tender, stirring occasionally. Add cider vinegar and a bit of water if necessary to prevent sticking. Add garlic and cook for about a minute. If you have a food processor, use it to pulse the beans a few times. If you don’t, put the beans into a large bowl and use a fork or potato masher to mash them up a bit. In a large bowl, combine beans, cooked rice, beet and onion mixture, lemon juice, olive oil and all the spices. Stir and then taste for seasonings.

Add a pinch of salt and pepper. Add the flour or breadcrumbs and stir well. I find the burgers hold together better if I blend about half of the mixture in a food processor, but this is optional. Heat a skillet over medium heat (I use the same pan I used for the onions and beets – no need to clean it in between). Add enough olive oil to completely yet shallowly coat the bottom of the pan. Drop a small bit of burger mixture into the oil; it should sizzle. If it doesn’t, the oil is not quite hot enough. Wait a minute or two, watching the pan carefully.Using your hands, scoop up enough burger mixture for a patty and shape it between your palms. Set it in the pan. Depending on the size of your patties and your pan, you should be able to cook two or three at a time. Cook for 2 minutes or so before flipping them. There should be a nice crust on the cooked side. If they break apart a little when you flip them, just reshape them with your spatula. Cook the second side for 2 minutes. servIng IdeAs Serve beet burgers on your lightly toasted bread product of choice with your favourite toppings and condiments. Tartar sauce and hummus make great accompaniments for this burger. Anything with lemony undertones also works well. Be creative! Or serve on top of salad or in a lettuce wrap. Because homemade veggie burgers can be fragile, many people prefer to eat them with a fork and knife. In fact, if you serve them on an open-faced english muffin with fixings similar to those for eggs Benedict, you’ll have yourself a mighty tasty brunch. Sarah Harwood hails from a ridiculously small logging and mining town in central British Columbia that fills her with nostalgia and an affinity for the unusual. She now happily illustrates, teaches, writes and designs in Grande Prairie, Alberta.

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our bodies of the same. In today’s society, chemicals are used in everything from food production to household cleaners, making it virtually impossible to avoid being exposed to a rainbow of toxins. The German naturopath Louis Kuhne once said, “The one common cause of all disease is the presence of foreign substances in the body.” While our bodies are designed to eliminate build-up, they are not able to keep up with the massive amounts of toxins we’re faced with every day. As a result, we are plagued by fatigue, cancer runs rampant and we develop major sensitivities and allergies as our immune systems struggle to keep up. Although it’s impossible to completely

all possible steps to keep our bodies clean, we will, unfortunately, still be exposed to toxic “junk” that zaps our energy levels and weakens our immune systems. Thankfully, just as we can give our homes a fresh start this season, we have several options available to spring clean our systems. An effective cleanse releases toxins—the hardened waste lining the intestinal tract— on a cellular level, as well as restoring the body’s alkalinity. There are many cleanse programs on the market. How do you know which will work best for you? Start with the ingredients list. All the ingredients should be natural, plant based and organic. Is there is a chemical-sounding name that you can’t pronounce? Don’t take it! Dandelion,

When our bodies are cleansed of foreign substances, we feel amazing! Psoriasis, acne and eczema clear up and heartburn goes away. We sleep better, wake up feeling rested and have more energy to do the things we love to do. For many people, aches and pains dissipate and bowel function returns to normal. And our immune systems are able to do their job effectively, resulting in fewer colds and sick days—allowing us to have our best spring and summer yet! Stephanie Slon is a Natural Health Practitioners of Canada-registered reflexologist and Level II Reiki practitioner operating out of the Northwest Wellness Centre in Grande Prairie, Alberta. Spring/Summer 2012 l Guided SynerGy 15

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f you hate, you hurt, and then you cannot heal. Why is this so? What does hate create? Hate creates a barrier, a block that stops energy from moving freely. With this restriction comes pain, both emotional and physical. Resolution and healing cannot take place, because they require a free flow of energy. Everything in the universe vibrates, and different things vibrate at different speeds and frequencies. Hate is a dense emotion. That is, it vibrates more slowly and at a lower frequency than, say, love or joy.

In that moment I learned why forgiveness is so important—it is important for my healing! It allows me to release the futility of trying to get reparation or satisfaction from people who have hurt me. Neither of those things is attainable. Those who have hurt me did what they did because of their own pain and anguish. I was just the thing they took that pain out on. It was never about me; it was about them. Holding onto negative, dense emotions just hurts me further, so it is to my benefit to forgive them and to focus my attention on my own journey.

Those who have hurt me are in To truly let go of something or WrItten by charge of their own pain and their someone you hate, you must release tAnIs McrAe, own journey. I cannot heal them— inTuiTiVe HeALer all negative attachments. Negative only they can. But I do them a attachments create a bond of slow, great service by no longer allowing low-frequency vibration between you and the them to hurt me, because otherwise they will person or experience, and this is like an open continue to hurt me in the hopes that their wound. You must replace this vibration with pain will go away. Neale Donald Walsch says it a faster, higher-frequency vibration like love, perfectly: “What hurts you so bad that you feel joy or acceptance. This isn’t always easy, but the need to hurt me to heal it?” it is necessary if you want to move forward Step away from the hurt and the ugly from this experience and integrate and heal. emotion called hate. Forgive those who How do you change the vibration? Healing have hurt you not for them, but so that you can heal! Acknowledge that they are in pain themselves. Until they turn and face their own pain, they cannot heal it, but it is up to them to do that in their own way and in their own time. Give yourself permission to stop trying to change what they are feeling. Lovingly leave them to heal their own pain and then feel the freedom this brings for you can be achieved through forgiveness. I once to do the same for yourself. saw Oprah interview Dave Pelzer, author of You are the only person who can heal you; A Boy Called It, a book about the challenges and experiences he faced growing up with you are the only person who can decide what an extremely abusive mother. When Dave hurts you. Love yourself enough not to allow told Oprah that he had made a decision to others to hurt you in order to heal themselves. forgive his mother, she asked him how he Experience freedom from hate and step into could do this. He replied with one of the most the higher vibration of love—love for the self. powerful messages I have ever heard. He said that he wasn’t forgiving her for her; he was Tanis McRae, BEd, Intuitive Healer, is doing it for himself. Forgiving her didn’t mean passionate about teaching people how to heal that he condoned what she had done. Nor themselves. In addition to Tanis’ professional did he want her to play an active role in his teaching background, she has numerous family’s life. However, he knew that as long certifications including Reiki, spiritual as he continued to be consumed by hate, she psychology, facial reflexology, quantum touch would have power over him. Thus, he chose and energy therapy. She is the owner of The to forgive her to heal himself. It was the most Healing I in Grande Prairie, Alberta. beautiful act of self-healing and realization that I have ever witnessed.

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roquefort Pear Salad

Gluten Free Banana Bread

IngredIents 1 head leaf lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces

IngredIents 2 cups gluten-free all purpose baking flour

3 pears - peeled, cored and chopped

1 teaspoon baking powder

5 ounces Roquefort cheese, crumbled

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 avocado - peeled, pitted, and diced

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions

1/2 cup turbinado sugar

1/4 cup white sugar

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1/2 cup pecans

3 tablespoons maple syrup

1/3 cup olive oil

6 ripe bananas, mashed

3 tablespoons red wine vinegar 1 1/2 teaspoons white sugar


1 1/2 teaspoons prepared mustard

Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.

1 clove garlic, chopped

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Stir in eggs, maple syrup and mashed bananas until well blended. Add the banana mixture to the flour mixture; mix until batter is just moist. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.

1/2 teaspoon salt fresh ground black pepper to taste dIrectIons In a skillet over medium heat, stir 1/4 cup of sugar together with the pecans. Continue stirring gently until sugar has melted and caramelized the pecans. Carefully transfer nuts onto waxed paper. Allow to cool, and break into pieces. For the dressing, blend oil, vinegar, 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar, mustard, chopped garlic, salt, and pepper. In a large serving bowl, layer lettuce, pears, blue cheese, avocado, and green onions. Pour dressing over salad, sprinkle with pecans, and serve. – Recipe by Michelle Krzmarzick

Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. If using muffin or cupcake tins, bake for 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. cooks note: To make this vegan, replace the eggs with 2 additional bananas and use vegan margarine instead of butter. – Recipe by christina Turbinado sugar, with its large crystals and deep molasses flavor, is a great alternative to standard table sugar. It can be found in health food stores, or look in the organic section of your grocery store.

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Food Sensitivities

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he topic of food sensitivities is floating just below the surface of our collective awareness. As you enter a health food store, you are likely to hear the tail end of a conversation about eliminating dairy or gluten. When you turn on the TV, you might see a short report about reducing sugar intake. Although there is not yet a great deal of research into connections between food intolerances or chemical sensitivities and chronic physical symptoms (especially the cluster of symptoms vaguely known as chronic pain syndrome), there is plenty of anecdotal evidence. To shed some light on the topic of food sensitivities, I interviewed Kelly Stubbert, who has dealt with food sensitivities for a number of years, both her own and her daughter’s. Kelly has lived in Grande Prairie for the past 18 years, working as a customer service representative at the Health Hut for 15 of them. She had completed courses in Brain Gym, Touch for Health, educational kinesiology, applied nutrition, Reiki and homeopathy. A digestive care advisor with Renew Live, she passionately believes in educating people so they can make informed decisions about their health and well-being.

years I’ve spent thousands of dollars on naturopathic doctors and supplements, and countless hours in various medical offices getting poked, prodded and tested, and I still had no answers. At some point I decided to look at what was closest to home: food. Julia: I know you’ve tried elimination diets for both yourself and your daughter. Can you describe them in more detail, please? Kelly: There are a number of published studies suggesting a link between asthma and wheat and dairy products. Eliminating those foods from my daughter’s diet seemed to control her symptoms to a certain degree. I continued to do research and testing, and eventually found out that a sensitivity to eggs might be behind her lack of focus and concentration and her chronic constipation. As soon as I removed egg products from her diet, she became more attentive—both at home and at school.

Kelly: It has been over ten years for my daughter and three years for me.

For myself I chose a different approach: I decided to reduce or eliminate all the foods I was eating on a regular basis—any one of them might have been the trigger. Millet, brown rice and quinoa became my new grain staples, while lamb, turkey, salmon, legumes and nuts were my protein sources. I leaned more toward an anti-inflammatory diet and therefore excluded citrus fruit and nightshade vegetables from my meals. Once the basics of the diet were in place, chronic pain slowly began to diminish and eventually disappeared altogether.

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Julia: What was the most frustrating part of the process?

Kelly: My main symptom was chronic pain that appeared, disappeared and moved around the body without rhyme or reason. For my daughter, asthma, constipation and lack of focus and concentration were the biggest areas of concern.

Kelly: The diet was extremely restrictive, so eating out was completely out of the question, as was enjoying regular everyday foods. After a while I gradually began to add back foods that I had previously eliminated. And then, of course, the pain returned as well.

Julia: I know you’ve been dealing with food sensitivities, both with yourself and with your daughter, for a while now. How long has it been?



Julia: How did you connect the dots between your symptoms and the foods you were eating? Kelly: It took a while. Over the last few 20

Julia: That’s when you decided to do the allergy testing? Kelly: That’s right! I couldn’t eliminate

everything from my diet to pinpoint ten things I was sensitive to. So I chose to get tested for specific substances instead. Julia: What did you find out? Kelly: I’ve got a list of a few very specific items to be eliminated: oranges, potatoes, corn, oats, soy and nuts. But perhaps the most profound discovery was that I am allergic to many trees and grasses. Dr. Sam Dube, who was doing the testing, suggested eliminating the foods that belong to the same families as those trees and grasses. For example, because I was allergic to certain grasses, I’ve eliminated celery and buckwheat; my allergy to birch has led to the elimination of apples, cherries, most stone fruits and nuts. Julia: How are you feeling today? Kelly: I am pain free. My daughter is asthma free, her bowel movements are back to normal and she is doing so much better at school! Julia: Thank you so much for sharing your story. This has been a great opportunity to learn. In my desire to get to the bottom of food sensitivities I went to my trusted advisor, Dr. Christopher Lyddell. He asked, “Why do you pick the most complicated topics for discussion?” Frankly, I don’t know. What I do know is that so many people around me—my friends, students and clients—are struggling with issues of food and environmental sensitivities. So we need to have these conversations. We need to shed light on what is happening with our food supply and how it is affecting us. And most importantly, we have to share our experiences so we can learn from each other Julia Khafizov, certified yoga, meditation and Ayurveda instructor behind Satori Yoga & Healing Arts founded in 2006. Julia’s passion for life and deep appreciation for an integrative approach serves herself and her community on the quest for well-being, balance and inspired living.


Don’t Lose Your Cool in Pitta Season Balancing your constitution in late spring and summer


ooray for summer! I’m pretty sure most of us feel this way. Summer brings with it longer days, warmer temperatures, outdoor activities, windows left open (but bug screens left closed!) and a need for change in our diet. According to Ayurveda, from late spring into early fall is considered pitta season. Pitta is the Sanskrit term describing the combined elements of fire and water. Not only is pitta the dosha (constitution) for summer, it is also the dosha in our body responsible for metabolism, digestion and transformation. In order to keep body and mind in balance during pitta season, Ayurveda recommends a diet favoring foods that are cool, dry and a little heavier than those in the kaphareducing diet of winter and early spring. Eat fruits with sweet, bitter or astringent tastes, such as apples, coconuts, pears, melons, grapes, avocados and oranges. Highly acidic fruits, like grapefruits, may aggravate a highpitta constitution. Most vegetables pacify pitta. Enjoy them raw or lightly sautéed. Reduce or avoid hot peppers, garlic, onions and radishes. Use cooling spices such as cilantro, dill, fennel and mint. Small amounts

of ice cream, butter and milk are okay, but avoid or reduce sour dairy products, including buttermilk, sour cream, cheese and yogurt. Minimize red meats and seafood while increasing freshwater fish and poultry.

Cooling Cucumber Smoothie

A cold beer, a cool drink or a glass of crisp white wine is perfect in pitta season. However, it’s best to avoid the heating traits of hard liquor and red wine. And remember to drink plenty of water—one of the elements of pitta.

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In addition to what you eat, how you spend your days is important. Ayurveda has a few simple recommendations for keeping your constitution balanced throughout pitta season. Avoid the sun between noon and 3:00 p.m., the hottest time of the day (known as pitta time). Instead, take a short summer siesta! Favor exercises that don’t overheat you, like swimming and other water sports. Early morning, before the sun starts to hit its peak, is the best time for running, biking or hitting the gym. After exercising, take a cool bath or shower and then apply healing and cooling coconut oil to your skin. As your long, full day of summer enjoyment draws to a close, keep your pitta cooled (while warming your heart) with a moonlight stroll alone or with a loved one. This allows your body to unwind while connecting with the cool, clear elements of nature.

1 cup organic rice milk

Adapted from my favourite cookbook, Eat·Taste·Heal by Thomas Yarema, MD, IngredIents 1 small cucumber, juiced in a juicer or seeded, peeled and chopped 1 cup organic coconut milk (or, for a lighter smoothie, coconut water) 3 cups chopped watercress or cilantro leaves 1 teaspoon maple or organic agave nectar syrup dIrectIons Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend well. Pour the smoothie into a chilled glass and enjoy! – Tracy Persson

Tracy Persson is certified as a Vedic master through the Chopra Center University, founded by Dr. Deepak Chopra and Dr. David Simon. She is an instructor in Ayurvedic health, Primordial Sound Meditation and the Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga, and is a Reiki master teacher in the Usui System of Reiki. Tracy grew up in Slave Lake and now lives in Grande Prairie, Alberta. Spring/Summer 2012 l Guided SynerGy 21


Grow Your Own Vegetables

The science behind seeds W

hether you want to get outside more this year, lower your grocery bill or increase your supply of home grown food, it’s all good ~ go ahead, get your hands dirty. As pollinators move from flower to flower during our summer season, they are helping nature set seed in the plants around us. Once formed and mature, these seeds will spread by wind, water and animals to new locations in the surrounding landscape. Not all of the seeds will grow, but the ones that do, help the cycle continue year after year. The fruit, vegetables and thousands of other plants tIps for best results • Choose seeds as fresh as possible • Store in a cool, dark, dry place until planting • Be mindful of moisture level in soil • Plant seeds to the recommended depth • Consider temperature for indoor and outdoor planting

that we depend on, are part of this cycle. Understanding how that cycle works can help us mimic nature and recreate environments to propagate our own garden plants. No matter what their size, seeds typically consist of three main parts: the embryo, a supply of nutrients for the seedling and a seed coat for protection. These tiny powerhouses of energy are just waiting to explode and get to work. All they need is the right internal or environmental conditions that will cue them to start growing. They will sit in a state of hibernation and wait until the right temperatures, soil conditions and moisture are available. This natural safeguard acts as a seed bank, ensuring the seeds do not germinate until the next appropriate growing season. The seeds you choose to grow should be as fresh as possible. For best results, they should

be stored in a cool, dark, dry environment until ready to be started indoors or direct seeded outdoors. The germination rate and vigor will depend on how good your seeds are to begin with. Germination may range anywhere from 3 to 30 days depending on what you are growing. Mature seeds are usually dry, and will require moisture to swell and crack the seed coat. If seeds are buried too deep in the soil or overwatered, they can be starved of oxygen required for metabolism. Soil temperature can also impact germination. Many seeds will germinate at temperatures slightly above room temperature 16-24 C. Other seeds may require cold temperatures of -5C to break dormancy (vernalization) while others may require the hot temperatures of a forest fire to crack seed coats (scarification). Most seeds are unaffected by light or darkness to break dormancy and germinate but once the process of photosynthesis starts, more light = more energy for seedlings. As long as the embryo is alive (viable), and all dormancy or environmental conditions are met, the seeds should germinate. When the right conditions are present, a seedling emerges from the seed and soon roots and leaves will start to form. Up to this stage, the seedling has depended on its own nutrient supply within the seed. From here on in, the plant will depend on photosynthesis for energy and will require a constant balance of water, nutrients and light.

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• Educate yourself on which products contain GMOs and stop buying them. Be aware that, in most cases, companies are not required to label foods as genetically modified, and some products labeled as “natural” may contain GMOs. The NonGMO Project’s site ( is a good resource for finding foods free of GMOs.

• Buy organic. Although there is some danger of cross-contamination from GM crops, food certified as organic cannot intentionally contain GMOs.

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• Lobby for mandatory labelling of GM foods.

• Join a group that is working to restrict or ban the genetic modification of our food supply.

• Spread the word. Educate your friends and family.

The Institute of Science and Society has written an open letter to the governments of the world concerning GMOs. To date, this letter has been signed by over 800 scientists from 84 countries. Here is an excerpt from their letter: “We . . . call for the immediate suspension of all environmental releases of GM crops and products, both commercially and in open field trials, for at least 5 years; for patents on


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seeds, cell lines and genes to be revoked and banned; and for a comprehensive public enquiry into the future of agriculture and food security for all.” Much of the research used to support GMOs has been conducted or paid for by the companies producing these products.


A growing body of research and an everincreasing number of scientists and countries are raising concerns about the effects these foods can have on our health. Our bodies should not be used as a science experiment. Neil Blacklock is a doctor of acupuncture and natural medicine. He has practiced complementary and alternative medicine for over 25 years and is the founder of Canmore Health & Wellness Centre in Canmore, Alberta. He researches and practices natural forms of non-invasive healing techniques and therapies including acupuncture, nutrition and instrumented healing. References: “Flourescent GM Potatoes Say ‘Water Me’” by Damian Carrington, BBC News, September 14, 1999, www. sheffield_99/446837.stm “Scientists Spin First Lab-Made Spider Silk” by Will Knight, New Scientist, January 18, 2002, dn1807-scientists-spin-first-labmade-spidersilk.html “Recent Evidence Confirms Risks of Horizontal Gene Transfer,” by MaeWan Ho, Institute of Science in Society contribution to the ACNFP/Food Standards Agency open meeting, November 13, 2002,

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ANNA KLYNKRAMER RMT, Certified Bowen Therapist. Anna works from two convenient locations offering relaxation, therapeutic, pregnancy, deep-tissue massage, lymphatic drainage and Bowen Therapy. Grande Prairie Therapeutic Massage, 10027B - 100 Ave. Grande Prairie, AB or in Wembley, AB 780.766.2416 780.532.9106 HEALING HANDS THERAPY AND TEA

Where we SPECIALIZE in therapeutic massage. Gift certificates are available. Call to book your appointment. 9506 – 100 St. Grande Prairie, AB

780.402.3292 HELIOS SALON AND SPA Our registered massage therapists are skilled in therapeutic, relaxation, and Hot Stone Massage. Every massage is customized with appropriate techniques to address your concerns. 10016 – 102 Ave. Grande Prairie, AB 780.513.4071 MIRAGE HOLISTIC SPA Our specialty is La Stone Massage! Using heated and chilled stones this Native American tradition goes beyond the physical experience of massage. Swedish, Hot Stone, Deep Tissue and Indian Head and more. Located in the Holiday Inn – where it’s all about you! 9816 - 107 St. Grande Prairie, AB 780.513.0300


NORTHWEST WELLNESS CENTRE Enhance circulation, increase mobility, reduce stress, tension, and pain. Our massage therapists are trained in therapeutic, Swedish relaxation, sports massage, pregnancy massage, integrated lymph drainage and Laser Therapy. Book today with Amie Tunke, RMT or Rachael Tabaka RMT. 10031 – 100 Ave. Grande Prairie, AB 780.532.5520 PEACE COUNTRY WELLNESS CENTRE Hot Rock massage is the most soothing, sedating, relaxing, rejuvenating, awesome, nurturing massage you could ever experience, what a treat! Manual Lymphatic Drainage stimulates the immune system, enhances lymphocyte cytotoxic response, increases the number of natural ‘killer’ cells, decreases anxiety and increases relaxation. Helps with swelling and promotes healing. Raindrop Therapy is a great technique to relax and align your spine. It’s like little raindrops of oil put on the back and massaged in, ending with a soothing hot towel. Swedish massage uses five styles of long flowing strokes to massage and has shown to be helpful in reducing pain, joint stiffness and improving poor circulation. Contact Sharon Dillabough. 201, 11117 – 100 St. Grande Prairie, AB 780.538.9833 STILL WATERS MYOFASCIAL TREATMENT CENTER INC. Healing … De-Stressing … Re-Energizing. The John Barnes Myofascial Release Approach is a gentle technique effective at releasing restrictions in the fascia (connective tissue). This revolutionary treatment has been developed for people who have conditions including: headaches, arthritis, fibromyalgia, back pain, neck pain, TMJ, painful scars, and much more! Evening and weekend appointments available! 107, 10316 - 109 St. Fairview, AB 780.835.1086 THE L SPA & WELLNESS CENTRE L Spa Junkie members receive one 60-minute massage free/month & unlimited $59 (60 min) wellness massages AND a complimentary massage on your birthday. Check our website for a full listing of all of our massages. 10612 – 99 Ave. Grande Prairie, AB 780.830.0302

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SUNRISE QIGONG Looking for an Alternative Health option? Medical Qigong Therapy is a 5000+ year old Chinese medicine discipline. It addresses the root cause of symptoms or disease, and is used very successfully throughout the world. Call Geoffry today! Canmore, AB 1.403.609.4460 1.855.609.4460

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EIRIU EOLAS Experience the revived techniques of ancient knowledge now proven by current scientific research. Relieve your stress, gently detoxify your body, mind and heart with today’s most effective breathing & meditation program. Simple to learn and easy to add to your busy schedule. DVD set available. Ongoing classes in Grande Prairie & Fort Saint John, and monthly workshops in Edmonton. Contact Irini or Carolyn. 10020 - 100th Ave, Grande Prairie, AB 780.539.7999 780.532.4022

SACRED ESSENCE Hearing the sound of the Singing Crystal Bowls seems to awaken an ancient remembering, touching the essence of the soul. Guided Meditations may assist in transforming tension & stress to a state of deep relaxation & healing. Monthly in Beaverlodge. 904 - 2nd Avenue, Beaverlodge, AB 780.882.2584 THE L SPA & WELLNESS CENTRE Now carrying meditation cd’s! “Fuel for your soul” by Tamara Loiselle is a beautiful guided meditation journey assisting with relaxation, revitalization and inspiration. 10612 – 99 Ave. Grande Prairie, AB 780.830.0302


BEYOND EXPECTATIONS As a Healing Medium I help provide clarity, healing and practical guidance in all areas of life. Whether you seek insight about your daily life or a connection to departed loved ones, call me. Experience contact from beyond! 780.296.5963

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HEALING RAYS ENTERPRISES LTD. Offering a variety of natural services in a relaxing environment to enhance stress reduction. Certified Reflexologist, Reiki Master & Practitioner, Ear Candle Producer & Practitioner. Call Sheila Dunham today! Grande Prairie, AB 780.814.6904 Home 780.882.2821 Mobile TRINITY NATURAL HEALTH CLINIC Michelle Golany, Naturopath, RNP Naturopathic Medicine for the whole family. Complete consultations & assessments, diagnostic testing, ongoing treatments and maintenance, practitioner grade supplements and medicines, all natural and non-invasive. 214 Place North Box 22 Suite 1126, Grande Prairie, AB 780.538.1995

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GLUTEN FREE MARKETPLACE INC. One of the largest Gluten Free Stores in Calgary with over 1600 products including popular brands like Udi’s, Glutino, Stella’s, Natures Path, Green Beaver, Glutenfreeda. You won’t be disappointed! 222, 40 Country Hills Landing NW, Calgary, AB 403.984.9087 NORTHERN LIGHTS INDOOR GARDEN CENTER Now open in downtown Grande Prairie. Get a head start on Spring planting, or grow your own food and herbs year round! 10108-100 Ave, Grande Prairie, AB (next to the Bed Shoppe) 780.538.3277 NURTURE HEALTH & WELLNESS We offer an apothecary of products for the mind, body, soul and spirit. Our products are consciously sourced from local, ethical fair-made and fair-trade sources when possible. Visit our store or online today! 63 Crowfoot Terrace NW, Calgary, AB 403.208.0812

PARADIS VALLEY HONEY LTD We offer purely Canadian fresh local honey and pollen produced in the Peace River Region. With access to some of the best clover fields we can ensure our honey is the smoothest, whitest honey on the market. Visit us online today! Watino, AB 1.866.624.8175 PEACE COUNTRY WELLNESS CENTRE Amethyst Crystal BioMat is an FDA licensed medical device that combines state of the art Far Infrared and Negative Ion technology with the healing power of Amethyst Crystal. This trilogy delivers professional therapeutic results in a home or professional setting. The BioMat is a revolutionary tool ideal for health care professionals or anyone interested in improving their overall health and wellbeing. Get a massage with the amazing healing BioMat, it’s so relaxing, release tired sore muscles and help alleviate depression. Improves circulation, detoxifies and more! OmMANNA Ormus Gold is an ancient natural product that provides nourishment for the mind, body and soul… with scientific support. This legendary white gold powder had been used since ancient times for longevity, healing and rejuvenation.OmMANNA may be the product for you! Contact Sharon Dillabough. 201, 11117 - 100 St. Grande Prairie, AB 780.538.9833 SOUTHSIDE HAIR STUDIO Alison Lorenz, Reiki Master and Hair Stylist believes in a holistic approach and uses ESSENSITY natural hair colour by Schwarzkopf Professional. Colour contains the purest organic ingredients without compromising on performance. Call Alison today to book your hair appointment. Suite 110-7401 Poplar Drive , Grande Prairie, AB 780.532.4531 STEPHANIE DOLAN OnlyGreen is an Eco-friendly Canadian company with over 400 products at competitive rates. Order online or by phone! Call with any questions or if you would like to learn more about becoming an ecoadvisor. Grande Prairie, AB 780.978.6844 STYLES & SMILES HAIR DESIGNS Detoxify, replenish, uplift with New Natures Rescue by Redken. Refreshing Detox Shampoo, Cool Deep Conditioner and Radiant Sea Spray with time touch hair fragrance. 100% FREE of Parabens, Sulfate and Silicone Visit Styles & Smiles Hair Design today – Guaranteed to keep you smiling! 9927A 100th Ave, Grande Prairie, AB 780.539.3898

THE L SPA & WELLNESS CENTRE Stimulate your body’s natural collagen renewal for incredible skin tightening results and substantial improvement in the appearance of wrinkles; try our new Tripollar Radio Frequency Treatment ~ non-invasive facial tightening and body contouring. Results are immediate & visible from the very first treatment. 10612 – 99 Avenue , Grande Prairie, AB 780.830.0302

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CANADIAN SCHOOL FOR SELF-HEALING There is an alternative to glasses and surgery. Improve your vision, wean from glasses and enjoy clear natural vision. Call today or visit our website to learn how. Edmonton, AB 780.757.2774

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FOREVERGREEN Discover the benefits that ForeverGreen and Versativa have to offer you for your health restoration. Marine Phytoplankton, Organic Hemp, Therapeutic Essential Oils, Organic whole foods are yours for the taking when it comes to your health. Accelerate the environment of your health and our planet now! Wynn Ewer, Independent Distributor, Restoration90. 780.833.1239 HOMESTEADER HEALTH Our healthy lifestyle stores specialize in organic fresh produce, organic dairy and local fresh eggs. We also offer gluten free products, nutritional supplements & vitamins, herbal remedies, homeopathy, and eco-cleaning products. Visit our Gateway location in Grande Prairie for beauty consultations & products. Grande Prairie, AB Gateway 10320 – 111 St. Downtown 104, 10012 - 99th Ave. 1.877.538.9970 Prince George, BC 2, 6559 Hart Hwy. 1.888.241.9392 Fort St. John, BC 20, 9831 - 98A Ave. 1.800.668.5433

PEACE COUNTRY WELLNESS CENTRE HEALTHIER COFFEE Gourmet Black, Latte, Mocha, Hot Chocolate, and Green Tea. Infused with 100% Certified Organic GANODERMA. THE MIRACLE OF GANODERMA Oxygenates Your Body. Provides more Energy and Vigor. Natural Body Detoxification. Supports Quality Sleep. Supports Circulation. Supports Immune System. Promotes Health and Longevity. Provides over 150 Antioxidants to Fight Free Radicals. For more information about these products or about this amazing ground floor business opportunity please contact Sharon Dillabough, OrGano Gold Distributor. 201, 11117 100 St. Grande Prairie, AB 780.538.9833 THE L SPA & WELLNESS CENTRE It is a privilege and honour to be recognized as an Eminence Approved “Green Spa”. We carry Eminence Organic Skin Care & Jane Iredale Mineral Makeup for your organic beauty needs. 10612 – 99 Ave. Grande Prairie, AB 780.830.0302

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Reiki and Animal Communication can assist in dealing with your animal’s imbalances, illness and behavioral issues. Contact Val Majeau, Reiki Master, Certified Angel Practitioner and Medium at 403-803-7912. Animal Communication can be done over the telephone. Okotoks, AB



Have you tried alternative healing methods for your animal behavior difficulties, illness or injury? Consider Animal Reiki using traditional Japanese techniques, classes or treatment series. Available for Animals, Humans and Self. Contact Kristy @ The Leading Leash today! Grande Prairie, AB

780.533.5020 MIND MY SOUL BOUTIQUE Featuring organic clothing and fair trade soulinspiring goods, our boutique offers unique clothing, jewelry and products. Located in the Yoga Soul Centre 9022B-108 St. Grande Prairie, AB 780.296.3040 ORGANIC ALBERTA

Are you looking for healthy organic foods? There are more than 1400 organic producers in Saskatchewan and Alberta who produce everything from large green lentils to certified organic lamb! Visit our centralized database of Canadian Organic Farms in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

PEACE COUNTRY PRODUCE We take pride in raising our animals in the most natural, environmentally sustainable manner possible and strive to produce the best quality ORGANIC 100% grass-fed beef at an affordable price. FREE DELIVERY to Grande Prairie and area. Call Soames Smith today! Grande Prairie & Rycroft, AB 780.765.2171

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THE L SPA & WELLNESS CENTRE Try our brand new Vibra Pro 5500. Whole body vibration helps combat fatigue by increasing energy, osteoporosis by building bone density, and arthritis. 10 minutes a day can make a profound difference to YOUR health and well-being. 10612 – 99 Ave. Grande Prairie, AB 780.830.0302

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Kundalini Yoga Classes, Workshops & Retreats; PSYCH-K™ Belief Repatterning; Spiritual Response Therapy; Quantum Vibrational Pendants. Remove the blocks – CHANNEL YOUR TRUE SELF. Contact Angela. Grande Prairie, AB


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THE TRINITY EFFECT Connecting Mind, Body, & Spirit Together as One. Spirit Stone Readings in person or by phone. Stone Reading Parties, invite 5 or more friends and receive your reading for free! A unique way to spend an evening with family and/or friends. Call Tracy for more information. Grande Prairie, AB 780.933.2370 HOLISTIC DIRECTORY ONLINE 780.532.2370

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SACRED ESSENCE Many clients experience immediate pain relief for back, neck, shoulder, hip, sciatica and more. Improve posture and accelerate your healing process. Group workshops or individual sessions available. Contact Leanne Van Wagner. 904 - 2nd Avenue, Beaverlodge, AB 780-882-2584

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ZERO POINT PERSPECTIVES Kundalini Yoga Classes, Workshops & Retreats; PSYCH-K™ Belief Repatterning; Spiritual Response Therapy; Quantum Vibrational Pendants. Remove the blocks – CHANNEL YOUR TRUE SELF. Contact Angela. Grande Prairie, AB 780.882.2664

MIRAGE HOLISTIC SPA Reflexology neutralizes the effects of stress by inducing a deep state of relaxation that calms the nervous system and allows the body to achieve a state of equilibrium. Located in the Holiday Inn – where it’s all about you! 9816 - 107 Street, Grande Prairie, AB 780.513.0300 PEACE COUNTRY WELLNESS CENTRE Specific points on the soles of your feet correspond to every structure, organ, and gland in your body. Reflexology improves blood circulation, lymph and nerves, and is very relaxing. Contact Sharon Dillabough. 201, 11117 - 100 St. Grande Prairie, AB 780.538.9833 QI THERAPY Reflexology is the natural therapeutic practice of stimulating pressure points. The reflexes in both hands and feet can relieve body pain, reduce stress and increase overall wellness through relaxation. Contact Simone Dixon, Certified Hand and Foot Reflexologist. 8818 - 103 Ave. Grande Prairie, AB


SPIRIT OF THE RIVER HEALING The Angels are around us all the time helping to guide and assist us in times of need. Find out what your Angelic team wants you to know right now to assist you on your path for your highest good. Calgary, AB 403.826.2419 SPIRIT OF THE RIVER HEALING The Akashic Records are the record keepers of all time for each soul and its journey. Through a series of questions that you devise you can uncover the reasons behind blocks you are experiencing in this life and resolve them. Calgary, AB 403.826.2419

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RECONNECT 4 LIFE A comprehensive spectrum of healing frequencies comprised of energy, light and information, which allows for healing on all levels – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Align to your true purpose through The Reconnection, which will bring you into the fullness of your inherent connection with the universe. Please contact Parri Ulrich, R.H.P. to book your appointment. Grande Prairie, AB 780.831.8921 Grande Prairie, AB

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BOBBI HOTTE By working the feet, hands, and ears Reflexology helps the body to reach a balanced state. It improves blood supply, promotes the unblocking of nerve impulses, relieves stress and tension. 1 Hr. $60. Grande Prairie, AB 780.933.4713

780.512.8303 THE L SPA & WELLNESS CENTRE Balance of the body is achieved by manipulating and applying pressure to various zones promoting feelings of calmness & serenity. Also helps the body and organs work more efficiently, thus speeding up your natural healing process. 45 min $80. Members $68. 10612 – 99 Ave. Grande Prairie, AB 780.830.0302

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NORTHWEST WELLNESS CENTRE Renee Little, Registered Dietitian providing personal, couples and family consultations, assessments and coaching including weight loss, sport nutrition and medical nutrition. Prevent disease; improve your health today! 10031 - 100 Ave. Grande Prairie, AB 780.532.5520


BEYOND BELIEF Reiki is a non-invasive, gentle, hands on, energy balancing skill. Reiki causes the energy channel through the crown chakra to open, clear and cleanse the chakras, making the universal energy flow very strong for the individual. Reiki Sessions, Sound Reiki, and all levels of classes available. Call Sandra today. Calgary, AB 403.306.0034 MIRAGE HOLISTIC SPA Reiki is an ancient Japanese healing therapy that deals solely with our ‘chi’ life force energy. Reiki is a non-invasive energy tool that helps release the tension and stresses we encounter on our journey. Located in the Holiday Inn – where it’s all about you! 9816 - 107 St. Grande Prairie, AB 780.513.0300

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PEACE COUNTRY WELLNESS CENTRE On the body or off, Reiki Quantum Healing is very effective for aches and pains. Promotes healing and is very relaxing. Contact Sharon Dillabough. 201, 11117 - 100 St. Grande Prairie, AB 780.538.9833 SOULFUL DISCOVERIES Ascend to another level of pure relaxation and healing beginning with a jade stone massage (a healing and detoxifying stone) followed with the divine and pure energy of Reiki. Contact Denise Ouellette. Upstairs 9801 - 105 St. Grande Prairie, AB 780.814.7681 THE GEMINI POTENTIAL Reiki/Crystal Reiki. Experience the relaxation of Reiki. Promotes healing and releases emotional blocks. Usui, Karuna, or Komyo Reiki classes for adults and Crystal Reiki classes for kids are available. Contact Marilyn. Beaverlodge, AB 780.505.1349 VAL MAJEAU Reiki Master, Certified Angel Practitioner and Medium offering assistance to find balance through Reiki for you or your pet, intuitive angel card readings, mediumship, workshops and meditations. Contact Val Majeau at 403.803.7912. Reiki for people and pets can occur long distance. Messages can be passed via email or telephone. Okotoks, AB 403.803.7912

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THE SACRED LOTUS SCHOOL OF FENG SHUI IFSG Gold Member. Practitioner Certification, Advanced classes, Dowsing and Introductory workshops. Our BTB Practitioner Certification program goes far beyond the basics, ensuring a strong foundation on which to build your successful practice. Calgary, AB 403.278.7475

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LIVING TAI CHI Living Tai Chi is an 8-week program originally created for cancer patients. Supported by an instructional DVD, it can be used safely by anyone as a healthy routine. Classes, workshops, presentations, and teacher training available. Contact Jane to bring Living Tai Chi to your community and/or workplace. Calgary, AB 403.281.7553

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MOOD MENDER Gifts for the mind, body, and soul. Crystals, Books, Tarot Cards, Candles, Incense, Crystal and Brass Bowls, Fountains, and much, much more. 10024A -100 Ave. Grande Prairie, AB 780.538.9950 WHEELKEEPER Tarot Readings for Clarity, Confirmation and Guidance for matters related to health, career, relationships, life choices, conflicts, spiritual or emotional concerns and much more. Tarot Archetypes reveal your inner Divinity and outline your Life Path, purpose and lessons. 40 years experience. Contact MaryRose Lessoway. Grande Prairie, AB 780.831.5223

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BODY BY VI Doctors advise it. Fitness professionals endorse it. Gym/trainers promote it. Transform your body in 90 Days! Lose weight & get fit For FREE! Contact Neva for more information. Grande Prairie, AB 780.356.2863 Http:// FILL YOUR PLATE Affordable, Family-friendly, Back-to-Basics: Your Health & Wellness Solution! Contact Evelyn Lemire, Certified Nutrition Wellness Specialist & Coach. Grande Prairie, AB 780.897.2936

PEACE COUNTRY WELLNESS CENTRE Established in 1999 the Peace Country Wellness Centre provides the surrounding community with holistic and alternative methods of healing the body, mind and spirit. Whether it is reflexology, reiki, hot stone massage or raindrop therapy, the result is a relaxed, rejuvenated and energized feeling. Contact Sharon Dillabough. 201, 11117 100 St. Grande Prairie, AB 780.538.9833

W hol e L e a f Te a s THE L SPA & WELLNESS CENTRE Northern Alberta’s Premier Health & Wellness Spa is a proud member of the Leading Spas of Canada, is an elite member of their coveted “Quality Assurance Program” and has just been recognized by SPAwards as one of Canada’s top 50 spas! We welcome you to experience tranquility in the spa ~ treat yourself to a luxurious massage, pampering pedicure, and sensational facial or indulge in one of our holistic therapies. In the name of “Wellness”, we’ve now grown to include whole body vibrational therapy, a far infrared sauna, and just recently we’ve added the new Tripollar Radio Frequency Therapy which is a new non-invasive facial tightening and body contouring system. Join one of our membership programs ~ we are home of the ORIGINAL “spa junkie” membership program. Spa’ing should be a healthy habit, not a luxury earmarked for once a year! We carry Comfort Zone, Jane Iredale, OPI, Davines, and Eminence and our most recent accolade is becoming a Green Spa through Eminence Organics showing that we care as much about the environment as we do about our clients. Be sure to check our website daily for “Last Minute Seat Sales”. 780.830.0302 10612 – 99 Ave. Grande Prairie, AB TRINITY NATURAL HEALTH CLINIC Michelle Golany, Naturopath, RNP Naturopathic Medicine for the whole family. Complete consultations & assessments, diagnostic testing, ongoing treatments and maintenance, practitioner grade supplements and medicines, all natural and non-invasive. 214 Place North Box 22 Suite 1126, Grande Prairie, AB 780.538.1995

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LORINNE BALSDON Spiritual Response Therapy (SRT) is a process of Soul Level Clearing that removes limiting beliefs, discordant energies and blocks to positive expression. SRT frees the soul to experience happiness and healing on all levels. Lorinne is pleased to offer her services in-person and by phone. Call to book your session today! 780.832.2265

ZERO POINT PERSPECTIVES Kundalini Yoga Classes, Workshops & Retreats; PSYCH-K™ Belief Repatterning; Spiritual Response Therapy; Quantum Vibrational Pendants. Remove the blocks – CHANNEL YOUR TRUE SELF. Contact Angela. Grande Prairie, AB 780.882.2664

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JUBILEE HEALTH RETREAT Nestled deep inside the Rocky Mountain foothills, enjoy customized health programs developed by Dr.Pat Meerholz, Medical Practitioner of 40 + years. Heal naturally using a holistic approach for better nutrition, weight management, diabetes, cancer care during and after treatment, personal fitness, spa treatments, life coaching and spiritual wellbeing for everyday life. 53131 Grand Valley Road, Cochrane, AB 403.463.1116 NORTHWEST WELLNESS CENTRE Balanced health for body, mind and spirit including Chiropractic Treatment, Family Medicine, Acupuncture, Registered Massage Therapy, Registered Dietitian, Reflexology, Reconnective Healing, Orthotics, Ayurveda Specialist. 10031 100 Ave. Grande Prairie, AB 780.532.5520

SOUL REMEDIES TRACY PERSSON, Chopra Centre Certified Ayurvedic Health Instructor, Primordial Sound Meditation Instructor, Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga Instructor and Reiki Master. Discover the tools that Ayurveda provides by incorporating teachings that help you find the balance necessary in your life! Personalized individual sessions available. Grande Prairie, AB 780.933.6388

ANEW: ACTIVE NUTRITIOUS ENERGIZED WELLNESS Dee Bell is AFLCA & Can Fit Pro certified offering: Yoga Fusion, Cardio Fusion, Tri Fitness, HAM (Healthy Active Moms) & Diva-cise classes. Plus: Nutrition and Wellness Coaching. Offering affordable private sessions and classes. Live Your Life ANEW and I can come to you! Grande Prairie, AB 780.518.9300 NORTHWEST WELLNESS CENTRE Discover how your dosha can provide a personal nutritional plan that promotes health and wellness. Other Ayurveda components include posture, movement, breathing education and stress reduction programs. Julia Khaflzov, Ayurveda Specialist 780.532.5520 10031 100 Ave. Grande Prairie, AB

HEALING HANDS THERAPY AND TEA Grande Prairie’s Best Selection of Whole Leaf Teas. Contact: Darlene. 9506 - 100 St. Grande Prairie, AB 780.402.3292

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JACKIE DUMAINE Trained in India and a Certified Akhanda Yoga Teacher, Jackie combines the physical postures of yoga along with calming meditation, inspiration and the 10 Sacred Secrets of The Yoga Code. Register for a class or workshop near you. Calgary, AB 403.860.7700 LIL PHAT YOGA We offer Vinyasa flow, Hatha, Restorative, Yoga Chi & Therapeutic yoga. For current schedule, like us on Facebook. Classes now running in Valleyview & DeBolt. Contact Jackie Carter 780.512.8773 YOGA & YOU Hatha Yoga, Gentle & Stress Reduction Yoga, Group & Personalized Yoga, Customized Classes for Seniors (one on one sessions) Find your confidence, your strength, and your flexibility. Laurie Marshall, ssyt, iyt. 10108 - 104 Ave. Grande Prairie, AB 780.518.7291 YOGA FOR EVERY BODY Introduction to Yoga, New to Hatha Yoga, Beginner Hatha Flow Yoga, Flow Hatha Yoga, and Specialized classes can be designed for specific populations (Pre/Post Natal, Seniors, Chair, Special Populations, Schools & Corporate) Contact Wenda Housego 780.402.3734 9917 112 Ave. Grande Prairie, AB YOGA SOUL CENTRE Formerly GP YOGA ZONE. Yoga Therapist Candace McKim teaches all-level VINYASA YOGA movement linked to breath. Receive modifications and personal instruction to enhance your practice. Contact Candace McKim. Yoga Soul Centre, 9022B108 St. Grande Prairie, AB 780.814.9645 ZERO POINT PERSPECTIVES Kundalini Yoga Classes, Workshops & Retreats; PSYCH-K™ Belief Repatterning; Spiritual Response Therapy; Quantum Vibrational Pendants. Remove the blocks – CHANNEL YOUR TRUE SELF. Contact Angela. Grande Prairie, AB 780.882.2664 D IRE C TORY B OOK ING DEA DL INES Sept-Dec

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