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letter from the publishers Attaining Optimum Potential


e dedicate our August issue to nurturing our children to lead vibrant and healthy lives. One of the most important things we can do for our children is to PUBLISHERS John & Trina Voell III nourish them well—feeding their bodies and minds fosters DESIGN & PRODUCTION John & Trina Voell III Martin Miron curiosity, as childhood is the time to get and stay healthy to Theresa Archer prevent future problems. Randy Kambic Modern childhood presents myriad challenges that pre SALES & MARKETING John & Trina Voell III vious generations have not encountered. Most parents do all ACCOUNTING Maria Santorini they can to help their children be happy and lead meaning WEBSITE John Voell III ful lives. Taking responsibility for the decisions we make SOCIAL MEDIA Amy Hass & available to our families is the first step; it all starts with choices we make at home. Trina Voell Adults and kids will find plenty of healthy activities and options in this month’s issue. CONTACT US Take a walk on the wild side with April Thompson’s “Wild and Wonderful: Foraging for P.O. Box 2717, Ann Arbor, MI 48106 734-757-7929 Foodies” as your guide. With delicacies hiding in plain sight, look no further than the back yard, the roadside or local woods. Wild plants—weeds—pack more nutrition than the cies we cultivate, with new, healthy and delicious recipes and great tips. Establishing a healthy diet for kids from a very early age can translate into healthier UCRIOgIjWHjdMaHeTDeKgARg lives when they become adults. Our “food sleuth” Melinda Hemmelgarn tackles that in “Feeding Healthy Habits: A 10-Step Guide” while bringing awareness on how to overcome the “invisible parent”—the media—which teaches them through advertising what is “norNATIONAL TEAM mal” to eat. CEO/FOUNDER Sharon Bruckman The kids are heading back to school, and it’s an ideal time for parents to hit the reset NATIONAL EDITOR Jan Hollingsworth button, taking stock of the myriad challenges today’s children face. Meredith Montgomery MANAGING EDITOR Linda Sechrist NATIONAL ART DIRECTOR Stephen Blancett confronts these head-on in “21st Century Parenting: Preparing Kids for the Future.” She ART DIRECTOR Josh Pope offers insights into raising kind, resilient and resourceful kids in a world vastly different FINANCIAL MANAGER Yolanda Shebert from the one we grew up in. FRANCHISE SUPPORT MGR. Heather Gibbs When I was growing up, we couldn’t wait to get outside and play with all our friends. WEBSITE COORDINATOR Rachael Oppy NATIONAL ADVERTISING Kara Cave Everybody played outside—baseball, freeze tag, hide-and-seek, jump rope and riding our bikes everywhere. Just being out-of-doors provided exercise and lots of laughter. UnfortuNatural Awakenings Publishing Corporation nately, today’s research proves things to be different. The Children & Nature Network has 4933 Tamiami Trail N., Ste. 203 reported that just 6 percent of children ages 9 to 13 play outside on their own. Naples, FL 34103 Ph: 239-434-9392 • Fax: 239-434-9513 Our August spotlight shines on animals, too. Julie Peterson presents a helpful view of the natural approach used by holistic veterinarians. Be sure to check out our local vet John Smith, known as “The Dog Doctor”. His article, “Integrative Cancer Therapy © 2019 by Natural Awakenings. All rights reserved. Although some parts of this publication may be for Pets,” explains how to combine natural therapies that can be integrated into a holistic reproduced and reprinted, we require that prior treatment protocol to help pet cancer patients. permission be obtained in writing. Natural Awakenings is a free publication distributed Mindfully staying aware of and magnifying the good enables us to make the most of locally and is supported by our advertisers. Please call to find a location near you or if you would like every day, whatever changes come our way. Feel confident, take great pleasure and have copies placed at your business. the peace of mind that comes from knowing your whole family is healthy... naturally. We do not necessarily endorse the views expressed in GREATER ANN ARBOR EDITION

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Preparing Kids for the Future


HEALTHY HABITS A 10-Step Guide for Helping Children Thrive

20 WILD AND WONDERFUL Foraging for Foodies






Practice Intentional Self-Love



Regenerative Agriculture Takes Aim at Climate Change



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DEPARTMENTS 8 news briefs 12 health briefs 18 healthy kids 20 conscious

eating 22 plant medicine 23 inspiration

24 green living 26 natural pet 29 transformative

travels 30 calendar 35 classifieds 36 resource guide August 2019


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n opening reception for the Farmers’ Market Centennial Exhibit at the downtown library will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m., August 14, featuring remarks about the Ann Arbor Farmers’ Market and light refreshments. The exhibit runs through Undated photo from when market August 30. was in its old location along Fourth Ave. A birthday party will be held from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., August 17, featuring the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, an instrument “petting zoo” for kids, cooking demonstrations, free ice cream and more. The Ann Arbor Farmers’ Market was first established 100 years ago as a “curb market” where farmers would back their wagons or trucks up to the sidewalks around courthouse square to sell their wares. Farmers from across the county drove vegetables, fruits, flowers, eggs, meats, dairy products and baked goods into the city early Saturday morning to get a spot. Location: 315 Detroit St., Ann Arbor. For more information, call 327-4200 or visit

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he Ecology Center’s 2019 annual dinner will be held at 6 p.m., October 2, at Washtenaw Community College, with guest speaker Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Earth Guardians youth director, 19-year-old indigenous climate activist, hip-hop artist and a rising voice in the youth-lead environmental movement. He has spoken at the Rio+20 United Nations Summit in Rio de Janeiro and at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. Martinez has worked locally to get pesticides out of parks, coal ash contained and moratoriums on Xiuhtezcatl Martinez fracking in his state and is currently a lead plaintiff in a youth-led lawsuit against the federal government for their failure to protect the atmosphere for future generations. Location: 4800 E. Huron River Dr., Ann Arbor. Register at

Dancing in the Streets 2019


ancing in the Streets, from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m., September 1, is an annual free festival held on Labor Day Sunday in downtown Ann Arbor at Main Street and Washington. It offers residents a chance to sample different music and dance traditions, enjoy the downtown area and see some friends and neighbors in the process.

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Multiple stages offer visitors a chance to try many different styles of dancing, as well as enjoy mini-concerts and entertain their children with special activities. For more information, visit

$16 Million Funding Opportunity for Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers


he U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has made up to $16 million available to help socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers own and operate successful farms through their Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program (2501 Program), administered by the USDA Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement. Eligible 2501 Program applicants include nonprofit organizations, community-based organizations and a range of higher education institutions serving African-American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Hispanic, Asian and Pacific Islander communities. “All farmers and ranchers deserve equal access to USDA programs and services,” says Mike Beatty, director of the USDA Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement. “2501 grants go a long way in fulfilling our mission to reach historically underserved communities and ensure their equitable participation in our programs.” Visit Deadline is Aug. 15.

atthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum is having a sale of native herbaceous and woody plants, many grown by staff and volunteers, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., August 17 and 18. Members only may shop from 9 to 10 a.m., August 17. There will be coffee, tea and breakfast munchies. Native plants are water-resilient, suited to our region and climate, and attract beneficial pollinators and other species. Location: 1800 N. Dixboro Rd., Ann Arbor. For more information, visit Tinyurl. com/MatthaeiPlantSale.

Save on Salvaged Treasures


s Materials Unlimited turns 48, they are celebrating by offering a 20 percent discount storewide for a limited time. Starting out as a side job for extra money, Reynold Lowe’s first salvage job was an old house in Ann Arbor that was slated for demolition. In 1972, he joined forces with a demolition contractor and began saving countless architectural treasures. Forty-eight years later, he keeps the vision to save and repurpose antiques. Location: 2 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. For more information, call 734-483-6980 or visit See ad page 16.

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Relieve Stress and Avoid Burnout


renda Morgan, Ph.D., a retreat leader and evolutionary catalyst, will facilitate an experiential two-day summer retreat, The Heart of Nature: Gateway to Healing Burnout + Stress, on August 17 and 18 at Grass Lake Sanctuary, in Manchester. She says, “To feel who you are without stress, burnout and worry running your life is normal and natural. Likewise, the intrinsic state of nature is stress- and worry-free; it is also normal and natural. Nature and humankind are inextricably bound to one another. They have a living, co-creative relationship, a union of the life force which can catalyze the evolution of humankind. Humans and nature must come to rest with each other, must unite. Nature catalyzes harmony within us when we are truly with it. And it goes into deeper harmony and gains strength when we embrace and rest within what it brings. As we allow ourselves to bond with nature at deeper and deeper levels, higher evolutionary changes are generated within both.� Lodging is available. Register at For more information, call 734-494-0674 or email Info@

Fundraiser For SASHA


he 2019 Humane Fair and Open House, hosted by Security and Safe Haven for Animals (SASHA) Farm Animal Sanctuary, will he held from noon to 4 p.m., August 11, in Manchester. There will be a catered vegan buffet lunch and informative guided and walking tours of the sanctuary, so participants can visit and learn about animal activism and what animal advocate groups are doing. There will be information tables and Q&A with founders and directors of the sanctuary Dorothy Davies and Monte Jackson. Cost is $30 for adults and $15 for children 6 to 10; free for 5 and under. Location: 17901 Mahrle Rd., Manchester. For more information, email or visit


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VegBash Goes Retro


he third annual Great Lakes Regional VegBash Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., August 3, at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, in Ann Arbor. As a tribute to the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, this year’s celebration will be themed The Summer of Veggie Love, and will include a fun blend of throwback hippie decor and late 60s music hits performed live. Attendees are welcome to don their finest hippie vintage attire.

Highlights include delicious vegan and vegetarian food from 15 restaurants, caterers and food trucks from all over the Great Lakes Region. Lots of dessert options will be present, as well, including vegan elephant ears. There’s a bar with proceeds benefiting Barn Sanctuary, exhibits from food product entrepreneurs, an extensive cruelty-free shopping bazaar, kids’ activities, optional overnight camping at the fairgrounds, a vegan dance party to kick off the event the Friday night before and more. For more information and advance discount tickets, visit


Barry Meyer has taken over as store director of Better Health Store, which carries all-natural and organic products featuring quality ingredients. He says, “We carry everything from vitamins and supplements to fresh Barry Meyer produce. With 36 years of experience in retail, I’m trying to bring a fresh look to the store and promote health benefits to the customers and a friendly place to shop.” Meyer is an Ann Arbor native, and notes, “I have found that customers want a friendly place to shop, fresh product and knowledgeable team members.”

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Eggs should only be a now and then thing, the latest research from Northwestern Medicine, in Chicago, indicates. The new study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, looked at pooled data on 29,615 U.S. racially and ethnically diverse adults with an average of more than 17 years of follow up. It found that for every 300 milligrams (mg) of dietary cholesterol eaten per day, risk of death from heart disease increases by 17 percent and mortality from any cause increases by 18 percent. One large egg has a whopping 186 mg of cholesterol in the yolk, and eating three to four eggs a week increases heart disease mortality by 6 percent and all-cause mortality by 8 percent. Frank Hu, M.D., at the Harvard School of Public Health, comments that low to moderate intake of eggs can be included as part of a healthy eating pattern, but they are not essential. Dietary cholesterol also comes from red meat, processed meat and high-fat dairy products such as butter and whipped cream.

Use Probiotics to Shed Pounds

At least one-third of early deaths could be prevented if people moved to a largely plant-based diet, prominent scientists from Harvard University Medical School have calculated. An international initiative, “Food in the Anthropocene,” published in the medical journal The Lancet, linked plant-based diets not only to improved health worldwide, but also to global sustainability. The report advocates a diet high in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes and nuts, and low in red meat, sugar and refined grains. “Unhealthy diets pose a greater risk to morbidity and mortality than does unsafe sex, and alcohol, drug and tobacco use combined,” it concludes. 12

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For the one-third of Americans struggling with obesity, new research on probiotics from the Shandong Academy of Medical Sciences, in China, offers a promising approach. In a meta-review of 12 randomized, placebo-controlled studies that tested 821 obese and overweight people, probiotic supplementation was found to significantly reduce body weight, weight circumference and fat mass, and to improve cholesterol and glucose metabolism measures. Probiotics were administered in forms that included sachet, capsule, powder, kefir yogurt and fermented milk, in durations that ranged from eight to 24 weeks.

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Montmorency tart cherries, first discovered by Roman legionnaires along the Black Sea, have been shown to have potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, according to scientists. Now a study from the UK’s University of Hertfordshire published in the Journal of Functional Foods has found that the cherries can mitigate factors that lead to metabolic syndrome, a condition that increases the risk of stroke, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Just two hours after being given cherries in the form of juice or capsules, subjects showed significantly decreased systolic blood pressure, and insulin levels were significantly lower after one and three hours compared to those given a placebo.


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Quit Smoking to Avoid Rheumatoid Arthritis Stopping smoking has the long-term benefit of reducing the risk of developing seropositive rheumatoid arthritis (RA) by 37 percent over 30 years, say researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Boston. The study was based on data from the 230,000 women that participated in two longitudinal Nurses’ Health Studies, and focused on the 969 women that developed seropositive RA. Risk began to go down about five years after women quit smoking and continued to decrease the longer they stayed non-smokers. Patients with seropositive RA generally have more severe disease manifestations, including joint deformities and disability.

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Walk or Run to Keep Blood Vessels and Brains Young Running novices that trained for six months and then ran their first marathon actually reversed the aging of major blood vessels— and older and slower people benefitted most, report researchers at University College London. The study of 139 healthy firsttime marathon runners, ages 21 to 69, was presented at the 2019 European Society of Cardiology Congress. It found that those first-timers reduced their arterial age by four years and their stroke risk by 10 percent over their lifetime. In another study presented at the Congress that was based on data from 605 heart failure patients, researchers reported that those walking the farthest in a six-minute test, indicating better fitness, were significantly less likely to have the cognitive impairment that afflicts 67 percent of patients with heart failure.

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PARENTING Preparing Kids for the Future by Meredith Montgomery


oday’s children have more opportunities to change the world than ever before. Teenagers are organizing global activism movements, LEGO lovers are mastering robotics and young entrepreneurs are launching successful businesses before they’re old enough to drive. But for Mom and Dad, this fastpaced, technology-driven childhood looks drastically different from their own. To help kids thrive, parents must learn to mindfully embrace today’s modern advances without losing sight of timeless virtues and skills such as kindness, creativity and critical thinking.

Finding Balance

After-school hours used to be filled with outdoor free play in which kids independently developed their natural capabilities as self-learners and creative problem-solvers. The Children & Nature Network has reported that just 6 percent of children ages 9 to 13 play outside on their own. Instead, stress and anxiety are on the rise in our competitive culture as many kids attempt to balance heavy homework loads with an overflowing schedule of extracurricular activities. With the ability to connect to the world at our fingertips, Thomas Murray, director of innovation for Future Ready Schools, in Washington, D.C., notes that devices can also disconnect us from those right next to us. “It’s a massive struggle to find balance and mindfulness, but it’s vitally important. How often do we see an AP [advanced placement] kid that is falling apart emotionally? As parents, we need to recognize that kids have a lot on their 14

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plate—more than ever before.” Salt Lake City-based Courtney Carver, author of Soulful Simplicity: How Living with Less Can Lead to So Much More, worries that parents are creating résumés for a life their children probably don’t want. On her website, she focuses on living with less clutter, busyness and stress to simplify life and discover what really matters. “It’s challenging to maintain close connections when we’re overwhelmed with what’s in our inbox, or on Instagram or what the kids are looking at online,” she says. On her own journey to practical minimalism, she gained a greater sense of presence with her daughter. “When you can pay attention to a conversation and not feel distracted and antsy, especially with young kids, that is everything,” says Carver.

Managing Technology

The ubiquity of digital devices is a defining difference between today’s youth and that of their elders, making it difficult

It’s a massive struggle to find balance and mindfulness, but it’s vitally important. How often do we see an AP [advanced placement] kid that is falling apart emotionally? ~Thomas Murray


for parents to relate and know how to set boundaries. As senior parenting editor at nonprofit Common Sense Media, Caroline Knorr helps parents make sense of what’s going on in their kids’ media lives. “We can think of media as a ‘super peer’: When children are consuming it, they’re looking for cues on how to behave and what’s cool and what’s normal.” Parents need to be the intermediary so they can counterbalance the external messages with their own family’s values. Today’s devices are persuasive and addictive. “As parents, we need to set boundaries, model good digital habits and help kids to self-regulate more—which is our ultimate goal,” Knorr says. To raise good digital citizens, Richard Culatta, CEO of International Society for Technology in Education, in Arlington, Virginia, believes conversations about device use shouldn’t end with screen time limits and online safety. “Ask kids if their technology use is helping them be more engaged and find more meaning in the world or is it pulling them out of the world that they’re in,” he says. “Talk about how to use technology to improve the community around you, recognize true and false info, be involved in democratic processes and making your voice heard about issues you care about.” Parents are often uncomfortable with their kids socializing digitally, but Culatta encourages the introduction of interactive

connecting classrooms around the world, observing, “When students learn to navigate time zones and language barriers to communicate and collaborate, they see that they can solve the world’s problems together.”

Raising Innovators

We need to create an intentional family culture where virtues like kindness and respect are talked about, modeled, upheld, celebrated and practiced in everyday life. ~Thomas Lickona media sooner rather than later, so they understand how to engage with the world online before they are old enough to have social media accounts. Geocaching, which uses GPS-enabled devices to treasure hunt, and citizen science apps provide family-friendly opportunities to engage in both outdoor activities and online communities. “The majority of our kids will need these digital communication skills to be able to work with anyone at any time,” says Murray. He’s witnessed the impact of

“The world doesn’t care how much our children know; what the world cares about is what they do with what they know,” says Tony Wagner, senior research fellow at the Learning Policy Institute, an education research and policy nonprofit in Palo Alto, California. In his latest book, Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for The Innovation Era, he emphasizes the importance of creative problem-solving and the joy of discovery, especially as more jobs become automated. “We’re born with a temperament of creative problem solvers. But then something happens. The longer kids are in school, the fewer questions they ask, the more they worry about getting the right answer and fewer and fewer think of themselves as creative in any way,” he says. “Instead of listening and regurgitating, kids need to learn how to find and be a critical consumer of information,” says Murray. Fewer employers are asking for college transcripts—including Google—as they discover the disconnect between what students are taught and what innovative skills they actually need. While most schools are slow to

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Common Sense Media ( provides education and advocacy to families to promote safe technology and media for children. They provide independent, age-based, media reviews for TV shows and movies. Each detailed review includes pertinent information for parents, plus talking points to foster critical thinking skills. Let Grow ( seeks to restore childhood resilience by pushing back on

overprotection, and shows concern that even with the best intentions, society has taught a generation to overestimate danger and underestimate their own ability to cope. Its programs work with schools and parents to give kids more of the independence to do the things their parents did on their own as children—bike to a friend’s house, make themselves a meal or simply play unsupervised in the front yard.

The Choose Love Movement ( offers a free social

and emotional learning program for educators and parents. Students learn how to choose love in any circumstance, which helps them become more connected, resilient and empowered individuals.

adapt to the modern needs of the future workforce, parents can proactively foster the entrepreneurial spirit and discourage a fear of failure at home by offering safe opportunities for risk-taking and independence. After speaking extensively with compelling young innovators around the


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world, Wagner discovered that their parents explicitly encouraged three things: play, passion and purpose. Their children were provided with many opportunities to explore new interests, as well as to learn from their mistakes. “The parents intuitively understood that

more important than IQ is grit, perseverance and tenacity. You don’t develop that when Mom is yelling at you to practice; you develop it because you have a real interest.” To create a culture of innovation, Murray encourages teachers and parents to get to know the interests, passions and strengths of today’s children “and prove to them every day that they matter.” When that interest blossoms into a passion, it can lead to a deeper sense of purpose and a desire to make a difference. According to Wagner, this happens when parents and teachers instill one simple, but profound moral lesson, “We are not here on this Earth primarily and only to serve ourselves; we have some deep, profound obligation to give back and to serve others.”

Teaching Kindness

In a culture that is obsessed with selfies and threatened by cyberbullies, it’s a tough task for parents to teach compassion and kindness. “We need to create an intentional family culture where virtues like kindness and respect are talked about, modeled, upheld, celebrated and practiced in everyday life. What we do over and over gradually shapes

our character, until it becomes second nature—part of who we are,” says Thomas Lickona, Ph.D., a developmental psychologist and education professor emeritus at the State University of New York College at Cortland, and author of How to Raise Kind Kids: And Get Respect, Gratitude, and a Happier Family in the Bargain. Sesame Workshop’s 2016 Kindness Study found that 70 percent of parents worry that the world is an unkind place for their kids, but Scarlett Lewis believes it’s all in our mind, saying, “When you choose love, you transform how you see the world from a scary and anxiety-producing place to a loving and welcoming one.” After losing her 6-year-old son Jesse in the horrific Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, she attributed the tragedy to an angry thought in the mind of the shooter. Her compassion fueled the founding of the Jesse Lewis Choose

When you choose love, you transform how you see the world from a scary and anxiety-producing place to a loving and welcoming one. ~Scarlett Lewis Love Movement to educate and encourage individuals to choose loving thoughts over angry ones. “Although we can’t always choose what happens to us, we can always choose how to respond,” she says. The evidence-based Choose Love Enrichment Program teaches children to live a life with courage and gratitude, practice forgiveness and be compassionate individuals. While we don’t want to overwhelm kids with all the evils in the world, Lickona notes that it is valuable to make them aware of human suffering and how we can help. “Cultivate the belief that we’re all members of a single human family. Teach [them] that one of the most important ways to show gratitude for the blessings in our life is to give back.” Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Gulf Coast Alabama/ Mississippi (

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their risk for poor nutrition, obesity and chronic diseases later in life. Protecting children against marketing forces may seem like an uphill battle, but these strategies can help provide a solid foundation for good health.


Teach children to be media savvy. Andrea Curtis, Toronto-based

author of Eat This! How Fast-Food Marketing Gets You to Buy Junk (and how to fight back), says, “Kids don’t want to be duped.” By showing children how the food industry tricks them into buying foods that harm their bodies and the Earth, we can turn kids into food detectives that reject processed foods and sugary drinks.

Feeding Healthy Habits A 10-Step Guide for Helping Children Thrive by Melinda Hemmelgarn


t’s not easy raising children in today’s media-saturated landscape. From TV and video games to internet and mobile devices, our kids are exposed to a steady stream of persuasive marketing mes-

sages promoting low-nutrient junk foods. Both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Psychological Association warn that media’s pervasive influence over children’s food preferences increase


Feed children’s curiosity about where food comes from. Take

children to farmers’ markets and U-pick farms; organic growers reduce exposure to harmful pesticide residues. Kids that might turn up their noses at supermarket spinach tend to eat it in bunches when they’ve helped grow, harvest and prepare it. That’s the story behind Sylvia’s Spinach, a children’s book by Seattle-based author Katherine Pryor.


Introduce children to the rewards of gardening. Connie

Liakos, a registered dietitian based in Portland, Oregon, and the author of How to Teach Nutrition to Kids, recommends introducing

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children to the magic of planting seeds and the joy of caring for a garden—even if it’s simply a pot of herbs on a sunny windowsill or a small plot in a community garden.


Teach children how to cook.

Teresa Martin, a registered dietitian based in Bend, Oregon, says learning how to cook frees us from being “hostage to the food industry.” She believes cooking is such an essential life skill that we should be teaching it along with reading, writing and arithmetic in kindergarten. When we cook, we’re in control of the ingredients’ quality and flavor. Plus, cooking together creates parent-child bonding. Invite children to help plan and prepare family meals and school lunches. (Remember to slip a note inside a child’s lunch box with a few words of love and encouragement.)


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enjoy caring conversations. To foster peace and harmony at the table, Liakos advises families to “keep emotion out of eating, and allow children control over how much they eat.” Establish rules banning criticism, arguing and screens (TV, phones) during mealtime.


Reject dieting. Weighing, sham-

ing and putting children on restrictive diets is a recipe for developing eating disorders. Instead of stigmatizing children by calling them “obese”, Liakos emphasizes

children’s stories about food adventures to basic cookbooks, libraries open up a world of inspiration and culinary exploration. Find stories about seasonal foods to prepare with a child.



dren that eat with their families are better nourished, achieve greater academic success and are less likely to participate in risky behaviors. Family meals provide time to share values, teach manners and

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The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends one hour of daily physical activity. Locate parks and hiking or biking trails to strengthen children’s innate love for their natural world. According to research at the University of Illinois, spending time in nature also helps reduce symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.


Protect children’s sleep. The American Academy of Pediatrics advises against TVs, computers and smart-

We can turn kids into food detectives that reject processed foods and sugary drinks. creating healthy eating and activity habits for the entire family. Children may overeat for many reasons, including stress or boredom. Pay attention to sudden weight gain, which could be an indication that something is wrong, she says.

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phones in children’s bedrooms. Children, depending on their age, need eight to12 hours of undisturbed sleep each night to support physical and mental health, and help prevent obesity. Remember that our children are hungriest for parental time, love and support.

Find or create a “tribe” of like-minded parents. Set up play Melinda Hemmelgarn, the “Food Sleuth,”

groups with parents that share similar values. Advocate together for improved school food policies, establish a school garden or plan group field trips.

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Wild and Wonderful Foraging for Foodies by April Thompson


here is such a com, of Orlando, Florida. Wild plants, thing as a free “Wild plants, because they because they lunch, and it awaits must take care of themmust take care of adventurous foragers in selves, tend to be more themselves, tend to nutritious than cultivated backyards, city parks, mountain meadows and be more nutritious plants—particularly in even sidewalk cracks. terms of phytochemicals than cultivated From nutritious weeds plants—particularly and antioxidants. They also and juicy berries to delitend to be lower in sugar in terms of cate, delicious flowers and and other simple carbs, and refreshing tree sap, wild, phytochemicals higher in fiber.” edible foods abound in Purslane, a wild and antioxidants. cities, suburbia and rural succulent, has more ~Deane Jordan environments. omega-3s than any other Throughout most of leafy vegetable, says history, humans were foragers that relied on John Kallas, the Portland, Oregon, author local plant knowledge for survival, as both of Edible Wild Plants: Wild Foods From food and medicine. Today’s foragers are Dirt to Plate. Mustard garlic, a common reviving that ancestral tradition to improve invasive plant, is the most nutritious leafy diets, explore new flavors, develop kinship green ever analyzed, says Kallas, who with the environment, and simply indulge holds a Ph.D. in nutrition. “However, the in the joy and excitement of finding and real dietary benefit of foraged plants is in preparing wild foods. their great diversity, as each has a unique profile of phytochemicals. There is no Wild Foods As ‘Superdiet’ such thing as a superfood, just superdi“There are many benefits to eating wild food,” ets,” he adds. says Deane Jordan, founder of EatTheWeeds. 20

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Rule number one of foraging is to be 100 percent sure of your identification 100 percent of the time, says Leda Meredith, the New York City author of The Forager’s Feast: How to Identify, Gather, and Prepare Wild Edibles. Foraging experts say the fear of wild plants is largely unfounded. “The biggest misconception is that we are experimenting with unknowns,” says Kallas. “Today’s wild edibles are traditional foods from Native American or European cultures we have lost touch with.” For example, European settlers brought with them dandelions, now considered a nuisance weed, as a source of food and medicine. All parts of it are edible, including flowers, roots and leaves, and have nutritional superpowers. To assess a plant, Kallas adds, a forager must know three things about it: the part or parts that are edible, the stage of growth to gather it and how to prepare it. “Some plants have parts that are both edible and poisonous. Others can be toxic raw, but perfectly edible cooked,” he says. Timing is everything, adds Meredith. “A wild ingredient can be fantastic in one week, and incredibly bitter a week later, so it’s important to know when its prime season is.” Kallas recommends staying away from highly trafficked roadsides and polluted areas. Given that many lawns and public areas are sprayed with herbicides, Sam Thayer, author of The Forager’s Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants, recommends not foraging in an area if it’s uncertain whether chemicals have been applied. Environmental awareness includes understanding how foraging may positively or negatively affect the ecosystem, says Meredith. “Overharvesting can endanger future populations. But there is a ‘win-win’ way to forage, where I get fantastic food and the landscape is better for my having foraged, by clearing invasive plants around natives or planting seeds while collecting a local plant gone to seed.” Thayer, of Bruce, Wisconsin, suggests collecting where species are abundant and

thriving: “Fruit, for example, can be harvested limitlessly, as can wild invasives that disrupt the balance of the ecosystem and crowd out native species.”

Beginner’s Tips From Master Foragers


Meal Preparation Vinegars, jams and cordials from wild fruits and flowers can be wonderful, but require some patience for the payoff, yet many wild edibles can be eaten raw or lightly sautéed, requiring very little prep work. Thayer recommends sautéing wild greens with just a little soy sauce, vinegar and garlic. Foraging builds confidence, powers of observation and connections to the natural world. The biggest benefit, says Thayer, may just be the fun of it. “You can experience food and flavors you cannot have any other way. A lot of these foods you cannot buy anywhere, and really, it’s better food than you can buy.” Connect with Washington, D.C. freelance writer April Thompson at

on’t try to learn foraging; just try to learn about one vegetable or fruit, says Sam Thayer. “Take it one plant at a time. It takes the intimidation out of it.” Find a good local instructor that has a solid background in botany and other fundamentals of foraging, says John Kallas. “Also, get some good books, and more than one, as each will offer different dimensions,” says the author and instructor. Conquer the fear of Latin and learn the scientific names of plants, suggests Leda Meredith. As there may be several plants with the same common name, or one plant with many common names, knowing scientific names will help clear up potential confusion in identifying them. You don’t have to go far to find food, says Deane Jordan. “In reality, there is often a greater selection around your neighborhood than in state parks. In suburbia, you find native species, the edible weeds that come with agriculture, and also edible ornamentals.” Bring the kids: They make fabulous foragers, says Meredith. “They learn superfast and it’s a way to pass cultural knowledge along and instill that food doesn’t come from a garden or a farm, but from photosynthesis and the Earth and the sun.”


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Cannabidiol Proposes New Alternative for Treatment by David G. Stouffer annabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive constituent of marijuana, is being used as natural alternative to prescription or over-the-counter medicines to treat a wide range of health issues such as brain seizures, acne, depression, anxiety, pain, cancer and heart conditions. Still, there are many unknowns about CBD that


anxiety, impulsivity and other ailments. As of now, the only federally approved CBD drug is Epidiolex, for use in the treatment of seizures. However, there are a number of scientific research experiments underway, such as the ones in the journal article titled “Unique Treatment Potential of Cannabidiol for the Prevention of Relapse to

CBD oil is being used to treat health issues such as brain seizures, acne, depression, anxiety, pain, cancer and heart conditions. need to be studied before this novel and natural medicine is fully understood. CBD sourced from marijuana plants with a THC content of more than 0.3 percent is only legal in states with established recreational and medical marijuana laws, while CBD sourced from industrial hemp plants with no more than 0.3 percent THC content may be legal in all 50 states. CBD oil has been thought to treat addictions, seizures, multiple sclerosis, pain, 22

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Drug Use: Preclinical Proof of Principle,” in Neuropsychopharmacology, to determine the effectiveness of CBD, and one study showed CBD as promising in treating addiction relapse related to cocaine and alcohol. This study also showed a decrease in stress-related and impulse control behavior. This is good news for CBD advocates, as it confirms some anecdotal evidence reported from CBD users. It will also lead to much more scientific research that could possibly

validate other proclaimed CBD uses. Most people use CBD via tincture added to tea or other liquid, but others prefer to inhale it or rub it into their skin. By ingesting in the tincture we may not be getting the desired dose. Some pharmacological studies imply that the bioavailability of oral CBD may be as little as 6 percent. Another option, smoking CBD, may be less wasteful and fast-acting relative to ingestion, as described in “Hepatotoxicity of a Cannabidiol-Rich Cannabis Extract in the Mouse Model,” published in Molecules, but numerous studies have concluded that inhalation of any substance can irritate and damage the esophageal lining and/or damage lung cells. Even propylene glycol, the main solvent in vaping pens, can turn into formaldehyde at high temperatures and otherwise increase the risk of cancer and asthma. Use caution before mixing CBD with vape pens or inhaling it. CBD ointments or rubs may be the best way to use the substance because they are generally less toxic to the body. Just make sure the lotion is not full of unnecessary additives and are applied only once or twice per day. Although it may not be practical for all ailments, using CBD transdermally, or applied to the skin, could be the best option. Extended oral CBD use may actually do the same harm as using Tylenol (acetaminophen). There may also be contraindications with other drugs, as reported in “Identification of Psychoactive Degradants of Cannabidiol in Simulated Gastric and Physiological Fluid,” in Cannabis Cannabinoid. The simultaneous use of steroids, antihistamines, antivirals, immune modulators, benzodiazepines and THC are known to interact with CBD. Use caution while taking it with other medications and tell a physician about changes in mood or sleep patterns. Everyone has different physiology, chemistry and metabolism, and more research needs to be done in order to conclude the safest therapeutic dose and possible toxicological effects of CBD. Although the list of potential treatments is long, caution is a must when considering this natural drug alternative. David Stouffer offers Biofield Therapy at Symmetry Biofield Therapy. For more information, visit


LOVING OURSELVES MADLY Practice Intentional Self-Love


by Scott Stabile

t’s not enough to wish for more self-love. We must be intentional about creating it and commit to loving ourselves by practicing these habits every day.


Don’t believe our thoughts. Our minds lie to us all the time, especially where our self-worth is concerned. The moment we become aware we are mentally abusing ourselves, we can refuse to believe these thoughts. The fact is, we are worthy and enough exactly as we are. Any thoughts that contradict this truth are lies. We must not go to war with our mind, but should definitely get in the habit of challenging our mind’s lies and not believing them when they run amok.

Replace self-abuse with self-love. Not believing our crueler thoughts is step one. Replacing them with kinder, more compassionate and loving thoughts is step two. When our minds call us ugly, we must sink into

our hearts and remind ourselves that we are beautiful, as we are. When our minds insist we’re weak, we must declare our strength. Every single thought and word that speaks to our worth is a powerful and sustaining reflection of self-love. Substitute self-abuse with love as often as possible and then watch our lives change in powerful ways.

Set boundaries and enforce them. To love ourselves, we have to set clear boundaries with the people in our lives. State what works and what doesn’t work. If we don’t clearly speak our boundaries, people will trample them, and we’ll only have ourselves to blame. Boundaries show respect for all involved. A lack of boundaries will almost certainly lead to resentment.

Make time for happy places. We all have places that tend to bring us peace and/or joy: a walk among the trees, curled up with a good book, coffee with a close friend. Make time for these experiences. Every second we spend giving energy to the people, places and things that bring us joy is a second of dedicated self-love. It matters. Just as important, pay attention to the people, places and things that are depleting, that feel unhealthy and toxic, and give less energy to them. Knowing what to eliminate can be as impactful as knowing what to add. How we love ourselves is our responsibility. The greater commitment we make to self-love, the greater chance we create of living a more peaceful, joyful and meaningful life. Scott Stabile is the author of Big Love: The Power of Living with a Wide-Open Heart. Learn more at

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Beyond Sustainability Regenerative Agriculture Takes Aim at Climate Change


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ost people have never heard of regenerative agriculture, but there’s plenty of talk about it in the scientific and farming communities, along with a growing consensus that regeneration is a desirable step beyond sustainability.

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the global torch for regenerative agriculture since the 1970s, when Bob Rodale, son of the institute’s founder, first began talking about it. “He said sustainability isn’t good enough. In the U.S., we are depleting our topsoil 10 times faster than we are replenishing it. We only have 60 years of farmable topsoil remaining,” says Martin. The institute is working with corporate brands in conducting a pilot project on farms around the world to certify food as regenerative organic. It has three pillars that were created with the help of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program: soil health; animal welfare; and social justice, the latter because people want to know that workers are being treated fairly, Martin says. “In some ways, we felt the organic program could do more, so we introduced the regenerative organic certification. It is a new, high-bar label that is very holistic,” says Jeff Moyer, an expert in organic agriculture and the executive director at the Rodale Institute. The pilot phase involves 21 farms with connections to big brands like Patagonia, Lotus Foods and Dr. Bronner’s. “We needed relationships with brands to make this a reality,” Moyer says. Product should be rolling out by this fall.

Cover crops can be planted right after harvesting a cash crop to help regenerate the soil, adding nitrogen and organic matter. “There’s kind of a broad umbrella of things going on,” says Bruce Branham, a crop sciences professor with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “No-till farming certainly is a small step toward regenerative ag, because every time we till the soil, we essentially expose a lot of the carbon dioxide, which burns off carbon.” Cover crops can be planted right after harvesting a cash crop to help regenerate the soil, adding nitrogen and organic matter, he says. “It is a long-term benefit, so a lot of farmers are hesitant. It takes a while to improve soil fertility through cover crop use.” It doesn’t cost much, but for a corn or soybean farmer making almost no money right now, every expense matters. “The real things we are working on are more toward different cropping systems,” he says, in which farmers are growing perennial tree crops that produce nuts and fruits, absorb carbon and don’t require replanting or tilling. There’s considerable interest in regenerative organic agriculture in Idaho, as many farmers there have already adopted no-till practices, says Sanford Eigenbrode, a professor at the University of Idaho, who specializes in entomology, plant pathology and nematology. Farmers want to try to improve retention of soil carbon to both stabilize soils and improve long-term productivity, he says. “There are economic and environmental advantages.” Yvette C. Hammett is an environmental writer based in Valrico, Florida. She can be contacted at

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VET CHECK Treating the Whole Pet A Holistic practitioners receive additional training in a variety of modalities, including acupuncture, herbs and physical rehabilitation, plus trigger point, megavitamin and stem cell therapies.

bout 10 years ago, Kim Krouth’s dog, Buckeye, was suffering from severe allergy symptoms. The mixed-breed shepherd was licking and biting her paws until her toe pads were bleeding. “Our conventional vet prescribed steroids,” recalls Krouth. “It helped some, but also agitated Buckeye. When I found out that other side effects could include serious health problems, I didn’t want to put her at risk.” The Madison, Wisconsin, animal lover headed to a holistic pet supply store to ask about alternative treatments for the dog’s allergies. She learned about herbal reme-

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dies, and was advised to take Buckeye to a holistic veterinarian. “Treating her holistically seemed like a better option than the side effects of treatment with drugs,” she says. The holistic veterinarian recommended acupuncture. It helped, but the dog later became sensitive to the needles. At that point, she was given homeopathic plant-based treatments that worked well with no side effects. Buckeye, now 15, has also received laser light therapy and spinal manipulation to help with mobility in her senior years.

The Holistic Difference

Holistic veterinarians have been treating dogs, cats, chickens, livestock and exotic animals across the nation for some time, but many people aren’t entirely clear about how their approach—and their training— differs from a conventional vet. Both enter

the profession after earning a doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM) degree. Holistic practitioners can then choose to train in a variety of modalities, including acupuncture, herbs and physical rehabilitation, plus trigger point, megavitamin and stem cell therapies. “Any method that is sufficiently different from conventional medicine requires extra training ... over a period of weeks, months or years,” says Nancy Scanlan, DVM, the executive director of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Foundation, in Mount Shasta, California. Veterinarians, holistic or not, typically do the same initial examination of an animal, she says. From there, a holistic vet may look at additional areas or assess things in a slightly different way. “For example, someone trained in veterinary osteopathy or veterinary chiropractic would explore the range of motion of joints or the spine.” In treatment, holistic DVMs use an integrative approach. The goal is to look at the animal as a whole and treat the underlying condition, rather than treating the symptoms. “Integrative medicine is about broadening our medical op-

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tions, blending both conventional medical and holistic approaches. It focuses on client education and participation in the healing process of their pet,” says Danielle Becton, DVM, of Aloha Pet & Bird Hospital, in Indian Harbour Beach, Florida. Holistic veterinarians may also choose to use fewer conventional drugs and limited vaccinations. “Vaccine titers can be used to determine if a patient has adequate antibodies to a disease to create immunity,” says Becton. “If a pet is already immune, they may not need another vaccine booster that year.” Becton and Scanlan agree that alternative treatments such as acupuncture, laser therapy or massage can be used in lieu of drugs for pain management. However, Scanlan does note that in an acute or emergency situation, many natural methods do not work fast enough, “and that is when holistic veterinarians are more likely to use drugs.”

Choosing a Holistic Veterinarian

Pet owners seek out holistic veterinarians for different reasons. In Krouth’s case, it was the unacceptable side effects to drugs that led her to explore oth-

er options. Becton points out that she gets clients looking for a more natural approach for their pets after they personally have had success with human integrative medicine. However, it’s important that pets are treated by professionals that are trained to treat animals. People with holistic training for humans may not understand animal anatomy or physiology. Ultimately, choosing a veterinarian is a personal decision, and seeing a beloved pet thrive is the best confirmation that it was the right one. “We are so glad that we still have Buckeye at this golden age, and believe it’s due to holistic care that she has lived a comfortable, long life,” says Krouth. Julie Peterson lives in rural Wisconsin with her husband, dogs and chickens. She has contributed to Natural Awakenings for more than a decade. Contact her at

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Integrative Cancer Therapy for Pets


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ancer continues to be a major health concern for pets. Estimates are that 40 percent to 50 percent of pets will have cancer. Treatment has been expensive, debilitating and, for the most part, unsuccessful. Historically,

cancer has been viewed as a disease caused by genetic mutations. Recently, a new theory as to the cause of cancer has been developed. The new theory is that cancer is a metabolic disease. The genetic changes seen in cancer are the effects of deranged metabolism, not the cause of the cancer. The metabolic theory of cancer was first proposed by Otto Warburg almost 100 years ago. Dr. Thomas Seyfried of Boston College is considered the godfather of the metabolic theory and deserves all the credit he gets. The metabolic theory of cancer is based on the observation that cancer cells do not produce energy the same way normal cells do. Normal cells produce energy by a process called oxidative phosphorylation. What this means is that normal cells use oxygen to produce energy. Cancer cells do not use oxygen to produce energy. Rather, they produce energy by anaerobic fermentation. Cancer cells ferment glucose and glutamine, an amino acid, to produce energy. The functional significance of this is that it provides a different means to treat cancer. It is possible to starve cancer to death by restricting glucose and glutamine. 28

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Normal cells are not affected by this because they can utilize fuels that cancer cells cannot. Normal cells can utilize ketones to produce energy, cancer cells cannot. Because of this, the ketogenic diet has become the mainstay of metabolic cancer therapy. In some cases, it has been possible to cure cancers simply by diet change. Of course, many other cases are not so simple. There are cases where conventional therapies such as chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery may be appropriate. All of these conventional therapies are improved when utilized with a ketogenic diet. The dose of chemotherapy can be reduced to the point of no toxic side effects. A ketogenic diet, along with high dose melatonin, greatly reduces the side effects of radiation. High-dose melatonin is only one of several functional therapies to treat cancer. High dose melatonin inhibits the ability of cancer cells to use glucose. Quercetin also inhibits glucose uptake by cells. Ashwa-

gandha inhibits the metabolism of glutamine, as does EGCG extract of green tea. High dose vitamin C helps prevent the oxidative damage produced by cancer cells. All of these supplements, and others, are used in what is called the press pulse therapy. The press component deals with restricting glucose. It is applied during the entire course of therapy. The pulse component refers to restricting glutamine. It cannot be applied constantly because normal cells also require glutamine. So, pulse therapy is done intermittently. The metabolic theory of cancer with the press pulse therapy offers a simple—but not easy—treatment and cure for cancer. It has the added benefit of being inexpensive and can be done at home. If this treatment were to become widely adopted, euthanasia would no longer be the fate of the 50% of pets that develop cancer. Dr. John Smith, “The Dog Doctor,” is a 1972 graduate of Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He has been in small animal practice in Southeast Michigan since graduation and is one of the few local veterinarians who is still a sole practitioner. Location: 1954 S Industrial Hwy., Ann Arbor. Call 734-213-7447, email John@ or visit

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ugust is prime time for camping out in the woods or at a music festival. Communing with nature or enjoying the beat outdoors for extended periods can stress the environment—but with proper planning, it doesn’t have to. The Association of Independent Festivals has launched its Take Your Tent Home campaign in the UK, according to Treehugger.

za, in Chicago, from August 1 to 4. Pickathon, taking place on the same days outside Portland, Oregon, will have a free bike parking lot, as well as a dedicated shuttle for cars, plus no single-use serving ware. ChasingGreen. org advises campers

recycled materials in making their tents, including coconut shells, polyester, water bottles, garment fabrics and factory yarn waste. The website also suggests carpooling with family and friends, choosing a site that’s closer to home and packing light to reduce weight in the car, thus improving mileage. Also, if we bring trash into a campsite where there are no receptacles, leave with it. Don’t burn it in the fire, as that contributes to air pollution; instead, pack it up and dispose of it properly at home. Set up a method for collecting rainwater to use to wash dishes. recommends bringing unbreakable, washable plates, cups, utensils and napkins, a small basin or bucket, sponge and biodegradable soap, and a bag to store items that are too dirty to reuse. Stock up on batteries to power lights and lanterns or use solar power with a LuminAID light lamp. Follow the “leave no trace” motto: no litter, smoldering fire pits, ripped-up grass, crushed bushes or repositioned boulders. Stay on marked trails, never pick plants, flowers or berries, and never harm or disturb wildlife.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 1 Cooking at the Market: Zilke Farm Kitchen – 3-6pm. Join Vicki Zilke of Zilke Vegetable Farm and Zilke Farm Kitchen as she shares her favorite ideas for using peak summer produce. Drawing upon her years as a nurse and passion for health, Vicki will demonstrate seasonal recipes that are both delicious and good for you. Recipes and samples included. Pittsfield Township Farmers’ Market, 6201 W Michigan Ave, Ann Arbor.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 3 Readers/Healers – Aug 3-31. Hours vary. Tarot, astrological and crystal readers scheduled every weekend; reiki energy healing. Call ahead or dropins. Cost varies. Evenstar’s Chalice, 36 N Huron St, Ypsilanti. 734-905-7980. Yoga at UMMA – 11:30am-12:30pm. Based on the vinyasa style, class encourages relaxation, strength, flexibility and balance with an emphasis on integrated breathing techniques in standing, sitting and supine yoga postures. All levels. UMMA Front Lawn, 525 S State St, Ann Arbor. 734-764-0395. Create & Use Your Own Oracle Cards – 1-3pm. 3-class series taught by Laura Berlin shows you how to create and do readings with your own deck. $75 + $16 for the deck. 3820 Packard Ste 280, Ann Arbor. 734-358-0218.

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Partners – 3-4pm. Designed for people who live at home and their companions. If you or someone you care about is experiencing mild memory loss, research has shown that the visual and expressive arts can be good for your mind. Free. UMMA, 525 S State St. To register: 647-0522.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 6 Community Garden Work Day – 5:30-7:30pm. Help grow produce for donation to Maize & Blue Cupboard while learning about gardening and the benefits of local and sustainable food. No experience necessary; all tools provided. Free dinner; register. U-M Ginsberg Center, 1024 Hill St, Ann Arbor.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7 Nature’s Sketchbook – 10am-12pm. Recommended ages 4-11. Learn how to use sketching and watercolors to make your own observations. Make a sketchbook to take home. Parents accompany children. $8/child. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor. 734-647-7600. Poses + Pours with Tiny Buddha Yoga – Wednesdays, Aug 7-28. 6pm. Bring your mat and take a moment for yourself. Class brought to you by Tiny Buddha Yoga. $12 includes yoga and a beverage of your choice (does not include cocktails); $5 of the class fee to benefit Growing Hope. Cultivate Coffee & TapHouse, 307 N River St, Ypsilanti. Catching Your Breath – 6-7:30pm. Presented by MI Alzheimer’s Disease Center. A free monthly

program for caregivers of adults with memory loss. Designed for learning skills for continued health and well-being. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor. Info & to register: 734936-8803. The Mechanism of Fasting – 7-8pm. With Kristen Clore. Learn about the mechanism of fasting. Leave this class with a strong understanding of how long you should fast for and how different foods, proteins, salts and beverages impact your results. Also, learn how fasting affects the cardiovascular, nervous, gastrointestinal and lymphatic systems. Free. The NHCAA, 462 Jackson Plaza, Ann Arbor. To register: 734-302-7575. Meditation and Mindfulness for Adults – 7-8:30pm. Local massage therapist and meditation leader Amy Tarrant will lead you through a series of guided meditations to encourage calmness, reduce stress, and generally help you live your best life. Learn breathing exercises and short, simple techniques for calmness and reduced stress. Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr, Ann Arbor. 734-3274200.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 8 Successful YOUth: Skills for Life – 1-3:30pm. With Washtenaw County 4-H and MSUE Washtenaw County. Open to all youth ages 12-19. Three sessions offered at area libraries. Attend one session or all three. Chelsea District Library, McKune Rm, 221 S Main St, Chelsea. RSVP & more info: Events.anr.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 10 Stewardship Workday: Olson Park – 9am-12pm. Help remove invasive species from the prairie to preserve the native habitat. Tools, snacks and knowhow provided. Free. Meet at the park entrance on Dhu Varren Rd, just east of Pontiac Trl, Ann Arbor. Mindful Dexter: Guided Mindfulness Walk – 9:30-10:30am. Enjoy a half-mile mindful walk, along with a guided mindfulness meditation, hosted

by Mindful Dexter in partnership with Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation. For all fitness levels. No registration necessary. Free. Burns-Stokes Nature Preserve, Zeeb Rd, Dexter. 734-476-8474. Tinyurl. com/mindfuldexter. Critters Up Close: Insects – Aug 10 & 11. 10am4pm, Sat; 1-4, Sun. With Leslie Science and Nature Center. Monthly selection of live animals brought to the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum with special animal-oriented, hands-on activities. Free with museum membership. Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, 220 E Ann St, Ann Arbor. 734-997-1553. Psychic Saturday Party – 12-5pm. Variety of psychic readers, shopping, snacks. Door prizes in first hour. $3 admission. Readings: $2/min (15 mins min). 3820 Packard Ste 280, Ann Arbor. 734-3580218.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 13 Stewards’ Circle – 7:30-8:30am. Topic: Rare plant locations: To share or not to share. An informal discussion on a monthly topic with volunteer and professional land stewards, plus others interested in nature. Free. Bruegger’s Bagels, 709 N University Ave, Ann Arbor. 734-996-3190.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14 Farmers’ Market Centennial Exhibit Opening Reception – 7-8:30pm. Features remarks on the Ann Arbor Farmers’ Market, as well as light refreshments. The exhibit runs through Aug 30 on the 2nd Floor Exhibit Space. Downtown Library, 343 S Fifth Ave, Ann Arbor. 734-327-4200.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 15 Successful YOUth: Skills for Life – 1-3:30pm. See Aug 8 listing. Pittsfiled Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr, Ann Arbor. RSVP & more info: successfulyouth. Celebrating Our Fullness: Full Moon Gathering – 6:30-8:30pm. These gatherings are deeply sweet, meaningful and connecting. We come together to Celebrate Our Fullness as human beings, mark the rhythms of time in community, to support one another on this great journey, and have a lot of creative fun. Love offerings. Evenstar’s Chalice, 36 N Huron St, Ypsilanti. 734-905-7980. Meditation and Reiki Share – 7-8:45pm. A brief explanation of reiki is followed by a meditation focused on relaxation and healing. Then stay for a Reiki Share to give and receive reiki in groups. All welcome; practitioners of any level and those new to reiki, too. Free. Mainstream Reiki, 400 W Russell St, Ste 2370, Saline. 734-664-2255.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 16 Trance Channel Barbara Brodsky – 7-9pm. Renowned psychic, author and founder of Deep Spring Center channels her master guide and takes questions. Donation. 3820 Packard Ste 280, Ann Arbor. 734-358-0218.

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calendar of events ient, suited to our region and climate, and they attract beneficial pollinators and other species. Free admission. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor. 734-647-7600. Tarot Certification Class – 2:30-5pm. 4 Saturdays, includes Rider-Waite tarot deck, certification, and 10-class hrs with Amy Bacon. 3820 Packard Ste 280, Ann Arbor. 734-358-0218. Homegrown Harvest Festival – 4pm-12am. Join us to celebrate good food, nature and community. Kids’ activities, farm tours, heirloom tomato tasting, potluck dinner (bring a dish to pass), live, local music, seed giveaway, bonfire and more. $15 suggested donation, free/kids. Nature & Nurture Farm, 7100 Marshall Rd, Dexter. events/2433348520232194. Community Drumming Circle – 7-8pm. Gather to drum, rattle, dance, sing and shake away all of the negative energies. Help raise the collective vibration, bring greater healing and balance to ourselves, as well as send our loving intentions of healing to our planet and all of its inhabitants. $10-$15 suggested donation. Evenstar’s Chalice, 36 N Huron St, Ypsilanti. 734-905-7980.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 18 Monthly Astrology Series: All About Leo – 2-4pm. Learn about Leo as a sun moon or rising sign and how it effects your personality. Even if you have no planets in Leo, everyone has Leo somewhere on your chart. You do not have to be an astrologer to take part in the discussion. $10. Enlightened Soul Center, Packard Rd, Ann Arbor. For more info:

miles. Presented by the Sierra Club Huron Valley. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor. 734-647-7600. Child Language Development – 7-8:30pm. Speech pathologist Mehreen Kakwan will discuss early childhood language development and issues that would encourage a parent to seek out a specialist for a speech-language evaluation. Downtown Library, 343 S Fifth Ave, Ann Arbor. 734-327-4200.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21 Wild Wednesdays at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum – 10am-4pm. Each month, Leslie Science and Nature Center will have a different set of animals related to our monthly theme. Learn about biology, have a chance to ask questions, and have a close up look at our animal visitors. $6/person in addition to Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum admission. Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, 220 E Ann St, Ann Arbor. Details: The Role of Food in Children’s Behavior –78pm. Is the “sugar high” children portray, a real thing? You might have noticed a pattern between their behavior and certain types of foods. Find out why the gut is called the second brain and how a healthy diet can help your child cope with stress, regulate their emotions, and even lessen symptoms of the behavioral diagnosis. Free. The NHCAA, 462 Jackson Plaza, Ann Arbor. To register: 734-3027575. Open Stage – 8pm. Take your music to the masses. Open Stage nights offer supportive audiences and a terrific space. Fifteen performers have 8 mins (or 2 songs) each to do their thing. $3, $2/members, seniors, students. The Ark, 316 S Main St, Ann Arbor. 734-761-1800.


TUESDAY, AUGUST 20 A Walk on the Matthaei Botanical Gardens Trail – 7-8:30pm. This gentle hike is on a paved trail, from the Campus Farm behind the Botanical Gardens to Parker Mill Park and back, about 3.5

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 23 Ann Arbor Kirtan Performs – 7:30-9:30pm. An informal evening of music and chanting. Kirtan is a 500-year-old yoga tradition using a method of call and response that creates a healing space conducive to calming the mind, meditation and community spirit. Free. Ann Arbor KTC Buddhist Center, 614 Miner St, Ann Arbor.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 25 Soul Shift Energy Circle – 3-5pm. Jaclyn Duvall leads a discussion of “Returning Home to Yourself: The Self-Love Journey” while tapping into your soul. Last Sunday each month. $20. 3820 Packard Ste 280, Ann Arbor. 734-358-0218. Sacred Sounds: Singing Bowl Healing Circle – 5:306:30pm. Like a drum circle with singing bowls. Co-create healing vibes. Bring your own bowl if you have one, or use one of our store bowls, or just come and soak up the sounds. Donation. Evenstar’s Chalice, 36 N Huron St, Ypsilanti. 734-905-7980.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 29 Nature Walk: Cedar Bend Nature Area – 6-7:30pm. Explore this historic park overlooking the Huron River. Meet at the Island Park parking lot, at the end of Island Dr, Ann Arbor. 734-327-4200. aadl. org.

PLAN AHEAD SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 Mindful Dexter: Second Saturday Meditation – 9:30-10:30am. Free mindfulness meditation in a safe, friendly group setting. Sessions have no religious affiliation. Appropriate for beginners as well as experienced meditators; guided by experienced mindfulness practitioners/facilitators. All welcome, no registration necessary. Dexter Library, 3255 Alpine St, Dexter. 734-476-8474.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 Mindful Dexter: Third Thursday Meditation – 6-7pm. Free mindfulness meditation in a safe, friendly group setting. Sessions have no religious affiliation. Appropriate for beginners as well as experienced meditators; guided by experienced mindfulness practitioners/facilitators. All welcome, no registration necessary. Dexter Wellness Center, 2810 Baker Rd, Dexter. 476-8474.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 Usui/Holy Fire III Advanced Reiki Training and Reiki Master Class – Sept 27-29. 9am-5:30pm. Learn advanced reiki techniques including moving meditation, crystal grid work, receive new symbols and their uses, channel stronger and more effective reiki energy as well as expand your intuitive guidance. Be attuned to Holy Fire III Reiki energy as a Master Teacher. $800. Mainstream Reiki, 400 W Russell St, Ste 2370, Saline. 734-664-2255.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19 Ann Arbor Annual Arts and Crafts Show: Crafting with Grace – Indoor juried Arts & Crafts Show featuring 60+ handcrafted artisans. Concessions, baked goods, door prize drawings, complimentary kids’ craft corner and face-painting. Accepting applications for qualified artists/crafters. $2, free/children under age 12. 734-368-8897. New Grace, 2898 Packard Rd, Ann Arbor. Applications available: CraftShow@ or

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sunday Critter House Open Hours – Free and open to the public most Sundays, see our website for dates and times. Observe frogs, turtles, snakes, and more as they hop, crawl and slither in their homes. Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd, Ann Arbor. 734-997-1553. Readers/Healers – Hours vary. Also Sat. Tarot, astrological and crystal readers scheduled every weekend; reiki energy healing. Call ahead or dropins. Evenstar’s Chalice, 36 N Huron St, Ypsilanti. 734-905-7980. Yoga with Cats – 8:30-9:30am. Practice hatha-style among the calming cats in new cat café. All levels welcome, ages 16+. $10. 5245 Jackson Rd, Ann Arbor. Pre-registration required: 1-Day Silent Meditation Retreat – 9am-5pm. 4th Sun. Find your inner peace and relaxation at suburban Monastery. Discussion and Q&A. Light lunch included. Free. Triple Crane Monastery, 7665 Werkner Rd, Chelsea. 734-757-8567. Iyengar Yoga – 10am. Also Mon, 6pm; Thurs, 7pm; Sat, 10am. With David Rosenberg. Experience invigorating yoga postures using the methods of BKS Iyengar to strengthen the body. $95/8 classes; $105/9 classes. Info: 734-662-6282 or Sunday Morning Yoga – 10-11am. Meet for a free 1-hr morning yoga flow. No experience necessary; just bring a calm, positive mind and your mat. Fjallraven, 213 S Main St, Ann Arbor. 734-585-5628. First Sundays at Evenstar’s Chalice – 1011:30am. An opportunity to create sacred space in which to commune, nurture, share and play. Donation. 36 N Huron St, Ypsilanti. 734-905-7980.

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Group Meditation – 10-11:30am. 45-min group meditation followed by a talk and sharing. Free. 1415 Miller Rd, Ann Arbor. 734-945-7612. Info@ Sunday Online Meditation from Anywhere – 11am-12pm. Building an international sangha by connecting loving hearts. Donations welcome. To receive a link: or Tibetan Buddhist Sunday Service – 11:15am. Join us for short sessions of sitting meditation, compassion meditation, teachings and discussion. Free. Ann Arbor Karma Thegsum Chöling, 614 Miner St, Ann Arbor. 734-649-2127. Japanese Reiki Practice Circle – 1-3pm. 1st Sun. With Andrew Anders. A monthly reiki gathering event for all local practitioners to practice together. $15. Info: 734-480-8107 or Kirtan Dance – 1:30-3pm. 2nd Sun. Combines the healing vibrational practices of devotional singing and dance. $15/class; $50/4 classes. Sadhana Dance Theater, 607 Robin Rd, Ann Arbor. 734-330-3051. Holistic Health Group – Thru Sept 1. 2-3:30pm. For people who would like to learn about reconnecting with the natural world. Free. 2626 Fuller Rd, Ann Arbor. 734-210-0463. Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild – 2-4pm. 4th Sun. Monthly meetings always start with stories and then more stories. Listeners and tellers welcome. Free. Nicola’s Books, 2513 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor. Contact Improv – 2-4pm. An interactive, free-form dance style that involves contact with two or more people through which dancers give and share weight. $5-$10 sliding scale. Phoenix Center, 200 S Main, Ann Arbor. 734-604-4416. ContactImprovAnn Nature Play Pop-Ups – Thru Aug. 3-4:40pm. 2nd Sun. Also Mon, 10-11:30am. Hands-on, exploratory nature play activities are an immersive experience for children ages 3-7. Free. Gaffield Children’s Garden, Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor. 734-647-7600.

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Free Yoga Class – 4:30pm. 2nd to last Sun. Bring own mat and enjoy a relaxing flow designed for all levels by a certified yoga teacher with over 3 yrs teaching experience. Om of Medicine, 111 S Main St, Ann Arbor. 734-369-8255. Sunday Group Meditation – 5-6pm, sitting meditation; 6-6:30pm, mindful sharing. Deep Spring Center, 704 Airport Blvd, Ann Arbor. Info, Tana: 734-477-5848 or Inspiring Talk by Mata Yogananda – 7pm. Spiritual talk, pure meditation and silent prayer, with Winged Prayer for all in need at 9pm. Free. Self-Realization Meditation Healing Centre, 7187 Drumheller, Bath. 517-641-6201. Ann Arbor (Mostly) Acoustic Jam – 7-9pm. 2nd & 4th Sun. Singers, guitarists (acoustic and electric), bass, mandolin, uke, banjo, percussion, keys. 2/ session. Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave, Ann Arbor. Sign up to play: Ann-Arbor-Acoustic-Jam. Sound Healing Concert – 7-9pm. Rare, therapeutic, chakra-tuned crystal bowls played with recorded soundscape music while reiki is sent to the audience. $20/at door. 3820 Packard, Ste 280, Ann Arbor. 734358-0218.


monday Martial Arts Classes – Mon-Sat. Classes include Aikido, Zen Meditation, Mixed Martial Arts, Batto-ho, Weapons, and Children’s Aikido. Huron Valley Aikikai, 1904 Federal Blvd, Ann Arbor. For schedule: 734-761-6012 or Tai Chi: Beginning through Advanced – MonThurs. With Good EnerChi Studio and Staggerin Dragon School of Tai Chi. Free/low fee. Info, Karla: 734-325-4244 or Energy Work/Self-Care Practices – 9-10am, Mon. Also Tues &/or Thurs, 6-7pm. $185. Peaceful Dragon School, 1945 Pauline Blvd, Ste B, Ann Arbor. 734-741-0695. Stretch and Strength Yoga – 10-11am. Build strength, increase flexibility and improve your overall fitness. $15/nonmember, $10/member. Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr, Ann Arbor. 734-747-0123. Tai Chi Beginners – 10-11:15am, Mon. Also Tues, 2:30-3:45pm; Tues &/or Thurs, 7:15-8:30pm. $185. Peaceful Dragon School, 1945 Pauline Blvd, Ste B, Ann Arbor. 734-741-0695. Nature Play Pop-Ups – Thru Aug. 10-11:30am. Hands-on, exploratory nature play activities are an immersive experience for children ages 3-7. Free. Gaffield Children’s Garden, Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor. 734-6477600.

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Socrates Café – 10:30-11:30am. 2nd & 4th Mon. People from different backgrounds get together and exchange thoughtful ideas and experiences while embracing the Socratic Method. Free/members, $2/ nonmember. Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave, Ann Arbor. 734-794-6250. A Course in Miracles Study Group – 6:45-8:45pm. Group reading and discussion of this popular Foundation for Inner Peace metaphysical book; includes study materials and text. Donation requested. Inter-

faith Center for Spiritual Growth, 734-327-0270. Meditation Sitting Group – 7-8pm. Washington Street Educational Center, Room 114, Chelsea. More info, Carol Blotter: 734-475-0942. Chelsea

tuesday 10% Off Tuesdays at The Find – 10am-4pm. New upscale family resale shop in downtown Chelsea. Hrs: Tues-Sat, 10am- 4pm. 136 W Middle St, Chelsea. 734-593-7044. Ypsilanti Farmers’ Market: Downtown – Thru Oct 29. 3-7pm. 16 S Washington, Ypsilanti. Growing Cobblestone Farm Market – Thru Oct. 4-7pm. Includes a variety of children’s activities and/or musical entertainment each week. Free admission. Cobblestone Farm, 2781 Packard, Ann Arbor.  Realization Process Practice – 6-7:30pm. Explore and practice the Realization Process as developed by Dr. Judith Blackstone. It is a body-centered approach to personal and spiritual healing and maturity. Beginners and drop-ins welcome. Donation. Evenstar’s Chalice, 36 N Huron St, Ypsilanti. 734-905-7980. Monthly Washtenaw County CHADD (Children and Adults with ADD/ADHD) Chapter Meetings – 7-9pm. Tues & Wed. Join us to hear free educational speakers, get resources, find community and support for you and your family members. WISD Teaching and Administration Bldg, 1819 S Wagner Rd, Ann Arbor. 734-330-4996.

wednesday Ann Arbor Farmers’ Market – Thru Dec. 7am3pm. Also Sat. 315 Detroit St, Ann Arbor. 734-7946255. Chelsea Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct. 1-5pm. Chelsea State Bank parking lot, corner of Old US 12 & M 52, Chelsea. 734-475-6402. Wine Down Wednesdays – Thru Aug 28. 5-7pm. Enjoy vineyard views, listen to musicians, sip CGT wine or cider and house made small bites. Admission free. Chateau Grand Traverse Winery, 12239 Center Rd, Traverse City. 231-938-6120. Tibetan Buddhist Meditation and Study – 7-8:15pm. Join us for silent sitting meditation followed by discussion of important Mahayana Buddhist topics such as developing compassion, training the mind, and understanding emptiness. Instruction provided. Free. Ann Arbor Karma Thegsum Chöling, 614 Miner St, Ann Arbor. 734649-2127.

thursday Meditation – 10-11:30am. Start with 20 mins stretching, followed by 45 min-1 hr sitting meditation, ends with a brief group sharing chat. Open to all backgrounds and levels. Free. Triple Crane

Monastery, 7665 Werkner Rd, Chelsea. 734-7578567. Happy Hour Massage – 3-8pm. We’ll match your needs with an expert therapist who can tailor a massage to your wellness needs. $55/60 min, $80/90 min. Balance Massage Therapy, 5155 Plymouth Rd, Ann Arbor. 734-660-5919. Sounds and Sights – Thru Aug 15. 6:30-8:30pm. Stroll downtown Chelsea, shop unique galleries and stores, and a variety of music, dance, comedy, and family entertainment on 10 separate staged areas. More info:  Meditation Class – 7-8pm. Short lesson and meditation, followed by discussion with instructor Lori Barresi. Drop-in, every other Thur. $10. Enlightened Soul Center, 3820 Packard, Ste 280, Ann Arbor. 734358-0218. Open Meditation – 7:30-8:30pm. Two, 20-min, mindfulness meditation sittings. Open to the public; drop-ins welcome. Donations welcome. The Lotus Center of Ann Arbor, 2711 Carpenter Rd, Ann Arbor. 734-9752745. Yoga with Cats – 7:30-8:30pm. Practice hatha-style among the calming cats in new cat café. All levels welcome, ages 16+. $10. 5245 Jackson Rd, Ann Arbor. Pre-registration required:

friday Free Exercise Classes for Ypsilanti Seniors – 10:30-11:30am. National Kidney Foundation of Michigan is hosting free exercise classes. Ypsilanti Township Community Center, 2025 E Clark Rd, Ypsilanti. Kristie Lewis: 800-482-1455. Meditation Group – 10:30am-11:45am. Beginning and experienced meditators welcome. Group is open to exploring and integrating the spiritual teachings from a variety of wisdom traditions. 734- 625-1844 or Ypsilanti Open Meditation – 11am. With Ypsilanti District Library. Meditation encourages and develops concentration, clarity, emotional optimism, and positive ways of being. Sessions are guided weekly drop-ins. Free. More info: 734-482-4110, SKonen@ or

saturday Readers/Healers – Hours vary. Also Sun. Tarot, astrological and crystal readers scheduled every weekend; reiki energy healing. Call ahead or dropins. Evenstar’s Chalice, 36 N Huron St, Ypsilanti. 734-905-7980. Ann Arbor Farmers’ Market – Thru Dec. 7am3pm. Also Wed. 315 Detroit St, Ann Arbor. 734794-6255. Chelsea Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct. 8am1pm. Downtown on Park St, Chelsea. 734-4756402. Saline Summer Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct. 8am-12pm. Downtown, S Ann Arbor St, half block south of Michigan Ave, Saline. farmersmarket. Sustainable Saturdays – 9am-12pm. Join us for a morning of coffee, snacks, sustainable art projects and some fresh air. Start the morning at 9am for a quick urban hike. Free. Fjallraven, 213 S Main St, Ann Arbor. 734-585-5628. Ypsilanti Farmers’ Market: Depot Town – Thru Oct 26. 9am-1pm. 100 Rice St, Depot Town, Ypsilanti.


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The Breastfeeding Cafe – 10-11:30am. Come and meet other women who are breastfeeding or want to be breastfeeding their babies. 722 Brooks St, Ann Arbor. 734-975-6534. Readings and Reiki – 11am-7pm. Drop-in tarot, astrology, crystal or intuitive readings and reiki energy healing every weekend. Prices vary. Evenstar’s Chalice, 36 N Huron St, Ypsilanti. 734-905-7980. Drum and Dance Jam – 7:30-9pm. 1st Sat (AprAug). Bring a drum with you or use a drum that is provided. $5 donation requested at the door. Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd, Ann Arbor. For more info: 734-327-0270, InterfaithSpirit. org or

Free Senior Swim at Dexter Wellness Center – 1-4pm. 4th Fri. Seniors (60+ yrs) are welcome to use the Wellness Center pools for free. Dexter Wellness Center, 2810 Baker Rd, Ann Arbor. More info: 734-580-2500. Nature & Nurture Fertility Support Group – 6:30-8pm. Group is to bring those experiencing infertility together to support each other while enjoying the healthy benefits of nature. $5/session. 734-320-4958 or KNelson@KathleenNelson Intensive Meditation with Lighthouse Center – 7pm, gather; 7:30-10:15pm, chanting. 1st & 3rd Fri. Chanting and prayer, followed by meditating 20 mins on each of the 7 chakra energy centers. 740 E Shore Dr, Whitmore Lake. 734-417-5804. Dances of Universal Peace – 7-9pm. 1st Fri. The dances are a form of moving meditation that require neither partner nor experience. $5. Info: 419-4756535, or PeaceDance.

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Passionate about holistic care while utilizing Bio-Compatible materials and lasers. Our patients can elect to be free from fluoride, mercury and other harmful metals. Filling materials are tooth colored and both BPA & Bis-GMA free. We offer natural oral health products using fine essential oils, and free of gluten and preservatives. See ad page 5.


Clinically certified aromatherapist 300 W Huron, Ann Arbor, 48103 offers holistic consultations with 734-623-1951 Check us out on customized blends of professional quality essential oils. Trust Margo 2W. Michigan Ave. Ypsilanti, MI 48197 (734) 483-6980 Tue - Sat 10-5 Sun 12-5 You’re in Good to help you understand the comHands. Offering plicated world of aromatherapy. affordable and Her holistic approach can help you convenient maximize your benefits from this powerful therapy high-quality and minimize side effects. Aromatherapy is a won- massage therapy so that you can live your life more derful way to integrate natural healing into your life. fully. Walk-in or appointment 7 days a week. Phone consultations are available.


400 W Russell St, Ste 2370, Saline 734-664-2255 During your reiki session, I see issues affecting your energy and recent life experiences then share insights and fresh perspectives assisting you in moving forward. See ad page 13.


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Complimentary first session. Ellen’s powerfully effective coaching has helped hundreds of people to radically improve their health and energy, know their purpose and begin living their dreams. Raw vegan since 2002, Ellen has unique expertise to guide you on a path of real transformation. She offers private coaching, private retreats, and popular annual group retreats in Michigan and Costa Rica.


Barbra White 8830 Currie, Northville, MI 734-796-6690 • Barbra, a Shamanic healer, animal communicator and mentor, helps people to connect to their passion, and usher in a new paradigm of sustainability. Healing sessions and mentoring available. See ad page 32.


As a certified Life Coach, Maria is a master at helping her clients get unstuck, become unstoppable and see their lives soar. Experience her simple, yet profoundly powerful coaching process and remove obstacles that interfere with having: a great love, a great job, a great life. Maria coaches adolescents, adults and couples and offers a complimentary first session.  



Margo Hertzfeld, Certified Aromatherapist 419-360-0169

Ellen Livingston 734-645-3217


Joan Rose, an Upledger certified practitioner, has offered CranioSacral Therapy for over 25 years. A light touch and deep listening allow healing to occur.



Brandy Boehmer 734-709-8313 2350 Washtenaw Ave, Ste 14, Ann Arbor


715 N University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 734-214-6666

Colon Therapy is the slow and gentle insertion of purified water into the colon (large intestine) for the cleansing of poisons, mucous and accumulated fecal matter. It is also used to stimulate the colon to recover its natural shape, tone, and peristaltic wave action. No chemicals or drugs are used—thus it is a safe, gentle health-giving alternative. Brandy Boehmer is National Board Certified in colon hydrotherapy through the International Association for Colon Therapy.

We work with passion for making only real food, made with fresh, local and organic ingredients. Our store is not only a restaurant or a bar, our store is an artisanal food lab, where we make bread, pizza, pastries, salads, soups and fresh pasta everyday, following the path of the Italian tradition, but also offering gluten-free and vegan dishes. See ad page 21.




Certified Reflexologist 2002 Hogback Rd, Ste 14, Ann Arbor 734-649-2891 Feeling stressed? Just can’t seem to relax? Foot Reflexology, known for its relaxing and restorative qualities, can help you feel better. Call today. $20 off your first session with this ad. See ad page 33.


2365 S Huron Pkwy, Ann Arbor, 48104 734-677-8700 Ann Arbor Smiles is a state-of-theart general and cosmetic dental office dedicated to treating the whole person in a caring and compassionate manner. Most insurances accepted and financing is available. See ads pages 3 and 30.


2444 Packard Road, Ypsilanti 734-572-4428 Your mouth is a window to your overall health. Cori Crider, DDS, earned her dental degree with honors from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, has practiced in the community for 30 years and will help you acheive optimum oral health. See ad page 4.

HOLISTIC DOCTOR DR. MALCOLM SICKELS, M.D. 210 Little Lake Dr, Ste 10 Ann Arbor, 48103 734-332-9936

Malcolm Sickels earned his M.D. from the University of Michigan, where he taught fellow medical students about different approaches to health. Board certified in Family Medicine and Holistic Medicine, he is in solo practice on the west side of Ann Arbor.  Learn more at Dr. See ads pages 8 and 9.


MHealthy offers wellness and health risk reduction services, including: Exercise, Nutrition, Weight Management, Tobacco Treatment and Alcohol Management, for U-M employees, and the public.


415 N Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 734-436-8991 Spa experiences to bring forth the stillness within, and radiance throughout. Drawn from the traditions of Ayurveda and Chinese medicine, and combined with the latest aesthetic advancements to deliver results. Non-invasive DNA skin rejuvenation, dynamic cupping massage, intuitive bodywork. See ad page 18.


1954 S Industrial, Ann Arbor 734-213-7447 We invite you to partner with us for a naturopathic, patient-centered approach to restoring and maintaining your pet’s health. We focus on health span—not just life span. See ad page 27.


2345 S. Huron Pkwy, Ann Arbor In the Parkway Center 734-973-8990 Discover Michigan’s only homeopathic pharmacy open to the public. Herbs, Nutritional Supplements, Aromatherapy, Distinctive Gifts & Jewelry. Specializing in products for maintaining health & preventing disease. See ad page 15.


734-239-3344 My goal is to always give the best massage you’ve ever had. I have been a Medical Massage Therapist since 1986. “I will get the pain out.” Muscular, sciatica, back pain, etc. $75/half hr.


John Du Bois, CMI, CMR 247 W. Main Street, Milan 734-439-8800 • MoldPro offers chemical-free mold remediation, independent certified mold testing, inspection and consultation services all over SE Michigan specializing in mold biotoxin illness clients.

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734-436-1041 Teach your nervous system to undo your specific patterns of tension, postural difficulties, stiffness and pain. Effective for back, neck, hip, shoulder, leg, jaw pain. See ad page 23.

Gnosis is the practical, fact-based knowledge of consciousness that guides us to our full potential and innate happiness.


ALLISON DOWNING, LMT, BCTMB Center for Sacred Living 210 Little Lake Dr, Ste 7, Ann Arbor, MI 48108 269-200-7530

Now, for the first time in history, it is possible for anyone to study the most sacred and ancient knowledge. This knowledge is profound, nearly incomprehensible, and ultimately only useful when made practical in one’s daily life. Live it, and the truth will be made starkly evident. Learn more at

Find freedom from pain. Achieve new levels of health and wellness, and living with Allison Downing, LMT. Through massage therapy, we will help you move towards your long-term health goals.


West End Hair Salon, 5100 Jackson Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103 734-829-7620 Using only organic and low-chemical products, I am passionate about working with hair in a healthy and pleasant environment. Color is my specialty!


Experience is better than belief.

Homeopathic Pain Relief Cream 973-715-9097

Try Aunt Alberta’s Remedy to ease pains from sciatics, gout, arthritis, fibromyalgia and more. The relief cream penetrates deep into the skin and muscle tissues. Use her homeopathic pain cream for relief. Buy a 4-oz jar for $15, great price. See website for other options.


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Dr. Abbie Walker, DDS, MS 2365 S Huron Pkwy, Ann Arbor, 48104 734-677-8700 Ann Arbor Smiles is a state-of-theart general and cosmetic dental office dedicated to treating the whole person in a caring and compassionate manner. Most insurances accepted and financing is available. See ads pages 3 and 30.


Catrina Holland 517-879-9321 Yoga dedicated to you. Catrina specializes in private yoga lessons for individuals and couples. Classes are available in studio or in the comfort of your home. All levels, including beginners, and any limitations welcome. Call Catrina today for more information.


400 W Russell St, Ste 2370, Saline, 48176 734-664-2255 Reduce stress, move forward with Andrea Kennedy, a full-time reiki practitioner and instructor with 23 years’ experience. Try Reiki Special: 1st session only $25. See ad page 13.

RETREATS SONG OF THE MORNING YOGA RETREAT CENTER 9607 Sturgeon Valley Rd. Vanderbilt, MI 49795 989-983-4107

Find spiritual refreshment amongst 800 acres of natural beauty for your own personal retreat or participate in workshops, yoga classes, meditations or Sunday Service. Accommodations and gourmet vegetarian meals available.



36 N Huron St. Ypsilanti, MI 48197 734-905-7980 Everyday enchantments and inspirations: Divine Wares, Vintage Relics, Gallery Arts and Sacred Swag. Be the mystery unfolding. Shopping, classes, workshops & events. See ad page 13.

SMOKING CESSATION FREE AT LAST! HYPNOSIS Center - A Joyful Journey 734-883-8775

Stop smoking in one visit. Afraid it’s going to be too painful or too difficult? Our unique specialized and proven system makes it easy. Become a happy and permanent non-smoker today. See ad page 25.


CENTER - A JOYFUL JOURNEY 734-883-8775 Lose weight now with hypnosis. Achieve permanent positive life and habit changes through our safe, rapid and effective system. Tap the potential of your mind to create the health and vitality you’ve always wanted. See ad page 25.


462 Jackson Plaza, Ann Arbor MI 48103 734-302-7575 We help you on your journey to achieve optimal health and feel your best through whole food nutrition and supplements. See ad page 17.

THRIVE! WELLNESS CENTER 6901 State Rd, Ste D, Saline 734-470-6766

Shannon Roznay, DC, specializes in Nutrition Response Testing and Activator Chiropractic. Thrive! also carries natural foods, skin and home products. See ad page 19.



o many healthy outdoor activities await us in the summertime—picnics, sporting events and boating, just to name a few. Best of all is the cornucopia of fresh, local produce we find to fuel our seasonal fun. A plethora of farmers’ markets spring up each year that allow us to skip the middleman and get food straight from the people that grow it. Not only is it more nutritious than store-bought, it creates a much smaller carbon footprint on the environment than extensive shipping and we get to talk to farmers about how we can make better decisions all-year long. ANN ARBOR’S FARM MARKET


Wednesdays and Saturdays, 7am-3pm Ann Arbor’s Kerrytown district 315 Detroit St., Ann Arbor 48104

Tuesdays, 3-7pm Saline District Library, 555 N. Maple Rd., one-half mile north of Michigan Ave.



Tuesdays, 4-7pm 2781 Packard Rd., Ann Arbor 48108

DIXBORO FARMERS’ MARKET Fridays, 3-7pm 5221 Church Rd., Village of Dixboro, Ann Arbor 48105

PITTSFIELD CHARTER TOWNSHIP FARMERS’ MARKET Thursdays, 3-7pm Pittsfield Township Admin. Building; 6201 W. Michigan Ave. Ann Arbor 48108

ST. JOSEPH MERCY ANN ARBOR Wednesdays, 11am-1pm Lobby of St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, 5301 McAuley Drive, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

WESTSIDE FARMERS’ MARKET Thursdays, 3-7pm Corner of W. Maple & Jackson Rd., 2501 Jackson Rd., Westgate Plaza, Ann Arbor, 48103


Wednesdays, 2-6pm Corner of Old US 12 and M 52 Saturdays, 8am-12pm Lower library lot along Park St.


Saturdays, 8am-12pm Downtown Saline on S. Ann Arbor St., one-half block south of Michigan Ave.

Downtown Ypsilanti Farmers' Market Tuesdays, 3-7pm 16 S Washington St., Ypsilanti MI 48197

DEPOT TOWN FARMERS’ MARKET Saturdays, 9am–1pm Freighthouse Plaza, 100 Rice St, Ypsilanti MI 48198


Thursdays, 11am-2pm Towner Human Service Center, 555 Towner Downtown Thursdays, 4-7pm Corner of MacArthur and Harris in Superior Township Fridays, 10am-1pm Growing Hope Center, 922 W. Michigan Ave

DEXTER FARMERS’ MARKET Saturdays, 8am–1pm Tuesdays, 2-6pm 3233 Alpine St., Dexter 48130

MANCHESTER FARMERS’ MARKET Thursdays, 3:30-7pm Chi-Bro Park: 209 Ann Arbor St, Manchester, MI 48158


Fridays, 4-7pm Tolan St. and Main St., Milan August 2019



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Natural Awakenings of Greater Ann Arbor - August 2019 Issue  

Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue you'll find cutting-edge information on natural health, n...

Natural Awakenings of Greater Ann Arbor - August 2019 Issue  

Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue you'll find cutting-edge information on natural health, n...