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s we survey the world around us, we realize that life is truly miraculous. New species are still being discovered (while others go extinct). We are part of this miracle, but we do not act like a miracle. We shop, buy, destroy, and consume. We are irresponsible. We need to STOP being destructive and start being constructive. And then we will find ourselves loving everything in the universe. That’s why we have to stop global warming, cancel the Keystone pipeline, stop fracking, stop clear-cutting…and more locally, close the Gross Dam Expansion Proposal, among others. Let’s organize our basic steps in order. STEP 1: Reduce carbon emissions, get an electric car, think about what energy source your heating system uses, install solar panels on your roof, etc.! STEP 2: Help transform the Polluting Business Superpowers toward a sustainable energy conversion. You can join ecological groups. And more personally, eat organic, follow step #1, think about what you buy. Nowadays, every time you go to the cashier, you are voting! STEP 3: Be aware of what you do to yourselves, and to others. I.E. take good care of your health, try to help others to stay healthy.

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STEP 4: Stop killing innocent wild animals, stop hacking down habitats for money, and wisely use the resources of the earth. For example, stop cutting down the Amazon forest. And remember, the best way to do this is by voting at the cash register! Start this step before steps #1 #2 and #3 are finished, but they have to be started first. STEP 5: Make peace around the world. Step #1 and #2 will take care of most of this! So there you go! We can start here. We don’t have to break off the top of our heads to be green. We are part of a whole complex web that links all things together. We should be less selfish, use the tools we have and find hope everywhere. Let’s keep on going! Anyll Markevich and mom, Christel, can be contacted at See more kids’ perspectives on page 10.

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he Center for ReSource Conservation(CRC) is now offering Garden in a Box(GB) kits for Spring. These Xeric (low water) gardens are professionally designed and come in six different versions specifically designed for the Front Range and any experience level. The kits reduce water consumption, attract pollinators and add beauty and color to your landscape. This year’s selection includes native perennials, grasses and vegetables. Each kit comes with an easy-to-use plant by number guide along with educational resources about water conservation practices and the principles of Xeriscape. Discounts are offered in partnership with local water utilities and municipalities in Arvada, Aspen, Boulder, Brighton, Centennial Water, Denver Water, Erie, Golden, Greeley, Lafayette, Longmont, Loveland and Westminster. Founded in 1976, the Center for ReSource Conservation (CRC) promotes conservation along the Front Range, providing accessible and practical ways to live more sustainably. For information 303.999.3820 ext. 222

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unrise Ranch of Loveland is offering a 7-day residential retreat called The Art of Living May 17-2. It offers a balanced variety of activities complemented by personal exploration. According to organizers, the retreat“assists participants to find their passions and develop nourishing spiritual practices, and to take the next step in getting to know the mystery and beauty of your inner landscape at a deeper level.”Learning to develop a daily personal practice, such as meditation, journaling or prayer may produce positive effects on the body and mind, and a deeper sense of spiritual purpose. Fee is $950 and includes meals and accommodation. Register online at See ad page 21.

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rowing Gardens, a local non-profit dedicated to cultivating community through urban agriculture, is offering an 8-class, backyard beekeeping series for aspiring backyard hobbyists and experienced keepers. Classes meet at the Growing Gardens Greenhouse, 1630 Hawthorn Ave., in Boulder. Educational classes and handson labs allow participants to directly experience the culture of the honeybee, foster a connection to the environment, and gain confidence in raising bees. Participants will learn techniques for organic honeybee colony care, honey harvesting and wax processing for candles, salves and balms. The series costs $400. Contact Growing Gardens 303-443-9952.

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rowing Gardens, a Boulder-based non-profit organization, offers their After School Garden Club beginning April 21st. Held at the Children’s Peace Garden, the four-session class encourages children to connect with the earth while learning about organic gardening, how food is grown, and the importance of nature and community. Four to six-yr-olds meet on Tuesdays; Seven to 10-yr-olds meet Thursdays. Contact Growing Gardens 303-443-9952.

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atural Awakenings ranks in the top 25% in Franchise Business Review’s 2015 Top Franchises Report. The healthy living magazine was cited as best-in-class in the advertising and sales category. Franchise Business Review, a national franchise market research firm, surveyed more than 28,500 franchisees for overall satisfaction and franchise buying experience for its 10th annual Top Franchises Report. “We feel privileged that it was our franchisees’ expression of high satisfaction that earned us this award,” says Sharon Bruckman, CEO of Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp. “Gaining this recognition proves that our process of providing franchisees with editorial, promotional and operational support, partnered with their enthusiastic dedication in individual markets, serves communities well. Together, we are nourishing and growing a healthy living consciousness in America.” The network now encompasses nearly 100 franchisees nationwide. For more information about Natural Awakenings franchises, call Anna Romano, 239-530-1377 or


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onfirming previous findings, a large study from the University of Chicago has found that autism is linked to toxic environmental exposure. The research examined data from nearly a third of the U.S. population, which showed that both autism spectrum disorders and intellectual disabilities increased as exposure increased in region-by-region testing. The research measured clusters of autism incidence together with exposure rates in different counties and states across the country. The areas with greater environmental toxin exposures had significantly increased autism rates. The correlation was significant among both boys and girls, but stronger among girls. Proximity to urban areas also increased autism incidence. For every 1 percent increase in urbanization, there was about a 3 percent rise in autism and intellectual disabilities. Influential toxins include pesticides, plasticizers, lead and pharmaceuticals.



esearch from the University of Essex, in England, suggests that viewing natural green images while exercising may be better than being exposed to other colors. The researchers tested 14 people doing moderate-intensity cycling while watching video footage of predominantly gray, red or green imagery. Each of the participants underwent three cycling tests—one with each of the videos—along with a battery of physiological and mood testing. The researchers found that when the subjects watched the green-colored video, they had better moods, with a lower relative perception of exertion than when they exercised while watching the red and grey videos. They also found those that exercised while watching the red video experienced greater feelings of anger during their exercise.

n an effort to understand what makes olive oil so good for heart health, a study from Europe’s Cardiovascular Risk and Nutrition Research Group and the U.S. National Institutes of Health has found that olive oil’s polyphenols significantly increase the size of high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol (HDL) in the blood and enhance the HDL’s ability to inhibit formation of the abnormal fatty deposits, known as plaque, within the walls of arteries. Polyphenols are natural compounds from plants known to help prevent cancer and heart disease. In the three-week study, researchers isolated the effect of polyphenols by dividing 47 healthy European men into two groups: one ate a diet containing polyphenol-poor olive oil and the other consumed polyphenol-rich olive oil. The enriched diet resulted in increased size, fluidity and stability (resistance to oxidation) of the HDL molecules by reducing their triglyceride core. The researchers note that the oxidation of cholesterol lipids such as low-density lipoprotein (LDL) is linked with arteriosclerosis.


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odyTalk is a holistic therapy based on the knowledge that the body knows how to heal itself. Our daily stress, illness and trauma can compromise the intricate communication network between the systems, organs, cells and atoms of the body which leads to a decline in physical, mental and emotional well-being. A BodyTalk session, guided by your body’s innate wisdom, allows the body’s systems to be resynchronized so they can operate optimally. BodyTalk’s major assets are its simplicity, safety and the speed of results. It is equally effective for humans and our beloved animals, and distance sessions yield the same powerful results as in-person sessions. BodyTalk Access courses give you a set of powerful techniques to maintain your overall health. When used on a regular basis, it allows you to address health and stress-related issues on your own and greatly improve your sense of calm and well-being. Susana Moening teaches BodyTalk and HeartMath at Taspen’s Organics and Holistic Wellness Center in Conifer and can be reached at 303-816-0429. See ad, page 18.

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ave you always wanted to try it but don’t know what the heck it really is? Reiki is simply an energetic form of healing the chakras that helps one to feel more at peace in their life and at home in their body. We all have hundreds of Chakras – vortexlike energy fields that spiral into the body’s system connecting with the spine and the endocrine system. In Reiki, we focus on the seven major Chakras located along the body’s vertical axis from the crown of the head to the base of the spine. By balancing the Chakra system, a Reiki practitioner is able to help one to feel more centered and grounded, giving a sense of clarity and overall wellness to the individual. Reiki is also a spiritual practice that includes daily meditation, yoga or qi gong exercises, walks in nature, or self-healing rituals. Letting go of one’s own ego or judgmental self is vital to becoming and being a good Reiki practitioner. It can be done on yourself, plants, animals or loved ones. It can be sent via long-distance and can extend back to previous generations with the intention of healing old family medical or emotional conditions. In learning Reiki, the student learns about the Chakra system, nutrition, meditation, qi gong, breathing exercises and yoga. It teaches us to be objective and non-judgmental. Self-discipline and a deep observation of self and others help you grow on multiple levels. Reece Leonetti, LMT, MA Oriental Medicine can be reached at 720-276-6118. See listing page 30.


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nlike their Eastern counterparts, North American and some European herbalists seek to directly mitigate health issues or facilitate specific bodily functions using particular plants, roots and barks. Native Americans embraced the belief that Mother Nature provides, contending that the herbs of a local environment provide for all of the needs of the people dwelling there. For example, snake weed is prevalent in the Southwest, where encounters with rattlesnakes are frequent. Herbs such as comfrey, arnica and sage, which are found from coast to coast, are used to heal wounds, relieve pain and get rid of parasites, maladies common to people everywhere, according to the Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine. Every culture in the world has developed and maintained a system of healing based on their indigenous plants, relying on these natural pharmaceutical entities for thousands of years. A human that lived 5,000 years ago found preserved in ice in 1991 was carrying herbs and mushrooms to mitigate health conditions that scientists confirmed were present in his body. Despite their effective use for millennia, many modern-day people still question the efficacy and safety of medicinal herbs. Instead of looking to pharmaceutical companies—born of an industry with less than 200 years of experience—to handle our healthcare needs, perhaps the real affordable care act can be found in the plants, roots and barks provided by Mother Nature. For more information, call 888-465-4404 or visit See ad, page 11.



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The buy local movement and popularity of local farmers’ markets continue to grow, but we can do even better when it comes to sustainable shopping. A recent survey on environmental impacts of consumer behaviors in 18 countries reports that more Americans are eating local and organic foods and say they’re going to consume less meat and bottled water. Nevertheless, we continue to eat the most processed and packaged foods and the fewest fruits and vegetables of all the countries surveyed. Evidently, we need to literally put our money where our mouths are. The Greendex survey cites several basic ways to make our diets more sustainable. These include eating more vegetables and less beef and lamb (recognizing the greater environmental impact of raising animals); participating and supporting community supported agriculture and fishery initiatives; economizing meal planning; and storing food properly in the refrigerator to maximize space and freshness periods. When grocery shopping, peruse the perimeter aisles first, where whole foods are stocked, instead of the interior shelves, which typically comprise processed foods according to More cooperation between the public and private sectors and individual involvement can also increase sustainability in communities around the world. Rachael Durrant, Ph.D., a research fellow with the UK-based Sustainable Lifestyles Research Group, cites in a recent paper the need for improved understanding of the key roles that civil society organizations play within processes of large-scale social change and warned that many communities are vulnerable to grave environmental and social risks. Durrant lauds “greener, fairer and healthier practices, such as community gardening or cookery classes,” plus “those that change the rules of the game through campaigns or lobbying to coordinate and facilitate activities of other groups.” Supporting food and farming management that’s independent, cooperative and welcomes volunteers, for example, is highly beneficial.

Organic Farming May Counteract Greenhouse Effect The nonprofit Rodale Institute, the United Nations and the Soil Association are reporting that modern, chemical-intensive industrial farming is stripping the soil’s natural ability to take carbon back out of the atmosphere through photosynthesis and store it in the soil. Rodale researchers say that by returning to small-scale organic farming, more than 40 percent of annual greenhouse gas emissions could be captured in the soil, and if the entire world’s pasture and rangelands were managed using regenerative techniques, an additional 71 percent of those emissions could be sequestered. Further, organic practices could counteract the world’s yearly carbon dioxide output while producing the same amount of food as conventional farming. Rodale claims that using regenerative organic agriculture—like low or no-tillage, cover crops and crop rotation—will keep photosynthesized carbon dioxide in the soil, instead of returning it to the atmosphere. The institute cites 75 studies from peer-reviewed journals, including its own 33-year Farming Systems Trial, which directly compare organic farming with conventional farming. Source:

Curbside Composting No Food Scraps Need Go to Waste People in the United States waste more than a third of all of the food they produce, but more than 180 cities and towns are beginning to realize that wasted food can be valuable; they are asking residents to separate unwanted food from the rest of their trash and put it in a curbside compost bin. The idea is to stop sending food waste to the landfill, where it generates harmful methane gas pollution, and start turning it into something useful, like compost. In 2011, Portland, Oregon, launched a curbside compost program in which residents are encouraged to put food scraps into the city’s green yard waste bin. Since then, the amount of garbage sent to the landfill has decreased by 37 percent. According to Bruce Walker, the city’s solid waste and recycling program manager, the program also reduces the environmental footprint of the trash heap. Getting people to separate their food waste, however, can be difficult. To motivate its residents to put more food waste in the compost bin, the city of Seattle, Washington, has proposed both making curbside composting mandatory and fining residents a dollar every time they put a disproportionate volume of food waste in their trash. Source:

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Changes You Can Start Today 4 Reuse more, buy less. Less trash equals less pollution.


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4 Bike or walk, instead of driving. Don’t use the car at least one day a week. Less use of fossil fuels equals less drilling, fracking and oil spills. 4 Substitute a planet-healing activity for the usual after school program. Replace lawns with native plants, which need less water and no mowing. Email manufacturers to urge them to use less packaging and plastic, auto makers to produce more fuel-efficient cars, grocery stores to carry more locally sourced foods and ban plastic bags, and government agencies to improve pollution control measures. 4 When eating meat, make sure the animals were humanely and locally raised, not factory farmed. 4 For fish, factory farmed is preferred when farmers are vetted by watchdog agencies for being devoid of disease, pollution and heavy metals; clean fish are especially rare among international providers. Learn more at Tinyurl. com/SustainableFishFarming. 4 Support wildlife. Help hatchling sea turtles make their way to the sea. Predators and man are the biggest threats—only one in 1,000 hatchlings reach adulthood. Plant milkweed to feed monarch butterflies. Use natural insect repellants like basil or marigolds instead of killer sprays. 4 Speak out and speak up. Search kids for event ideas and resources.


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his month, Home Box Office (HBO), in collaboration with New York City’s American Museum of Natural History, will air the new documentary, Saving My Tomorrow. Scientists representing the museum discuss how temperature change affects life on Planet Earth, but the majority of voices are those of children. Their words cry out for universal action to prevent them from inheriting what they believe is a dying planet in desperate need of healing.

In the Atmosphere “We need to know the truth, because adults clearly aren’t doing enough to stop this.” ~Zoe, age 12 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA recently announced that last year was the hottest in 135 years of recordkeeping, with rising ocean temperatures driving the global heat index. Nine of the 10 hottest years have occurred since 2000. The odds of this taking place randomly are about 650 million to 1, especially without an El Nino influence, according to University of South Carolina statistician John Grego. “The globe is warmer than it has been in the last 100 years,” says climate

scientist Jennifer Francis, Ph.D., of Rutgers University, in New Jersey. “Any wisps of doubt that human activities are at fault are now gone with the wind.”

At Sea “We do more damage to the planet than we think.” ~Peri, age 9 In the same 100 years, sea levels have risen seven inches, mostly due to expansion as the water warms. “We have over 2 million preserved fish in our collection. We study them to see the effect of temperature change,” says Melanie Stiassny, Ph.D., curator of ichthyology at the museum. “The mummichog fish is less than an inch long. It’s a bottom feeder and that’s where pollution like mercury lies. When the water is warm, fish eat more and mercury is stored in their bodies.” The contaminants move up the food chain, bringing the effects of pollution to our dinner table. A 2006 study by Nicola Beaumont, Ph.D., with the Plymouth Marine Laboratory UK, found that 29 percent of the oceans’ edible fish and seafood species have declined by 90 percent in the past 100 years. The international team of ecologists and economists led by Boris Worm, Ph.D., of Dalhousie University,

in Halifax, Nova Scotia, predict total saltwater fish extinction by 2048 due to overfishing, pollution, habitat loss and climate change. Rising ocean acidity due to absorption of increasing carbon dioxide and other emissions from burning fossil fuels impacts creatures large and small, like dissolving the shell of the tiny sea butterfly, a vital link in the ocean’s food chain. Americans currently consume 4.5 billion pounds of seafood each year.

On Land “Each species was put here for a reason. We are the caretakers.” ~a youth at a climate rally Scientists look back to look ahead. Henry David Thoreau fell in love with the wilderness around Concord, Massachusetts, 160 years ago. From his renowned journals, scientists know when flowers like the pink lady slipper (Cypripedium acaule), bird’s-foot violets (Viola pedata) or golden ragworts (Packera aurea) used to bloom. Today, with temperatures six degrees Fahrenheit warmer than in Thoreau’s time, these species now bloom two weeks earlier. The Canada lily (Lilium ca-

renewed forest. Due to warmer temperatures, the beetles are living longer and migrating to higher altitudes to kill more trees. Forest fires follow the dry timber line.

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All Are Needed “I don’t have time to grow up before becoming an activist.” ~Ta’Kaiya, age 12

~Hippocrates, age 8 nadense), plentiful before, is now rare, unable to adapt to the new reality. Paul Sweet, collections manager of the museum’s ornithology department, studies “skins” (stuffed birds). He says, “The skins show us how birds lived years ago.” In just the past 100 years, bird species that have gone extinct range from the ivory-billed woodpecker (Campephilus principalis) to the onceabundant passenger pigeon (Ectopistes migratorius) and Carolina parakeet (Conuropsis carolinensis). In Colorado, 70 percent of the lodgepole pines have been lost, with pines in other states also in trouble. Pine beetles feed on the pines. Historically, winter brings death to both the beetles and weakened trees, which fall to feed a

“Get your parents involved.” ~Teakahla, age 11 Children are more informed now than ever before. Schools offer classes on ecology, the environment, global warming and climate change. Disasters are instant news, constantly streaming through digital media. Kids are aware that they need adults to work with them to keep Earth habitable. HBO will air all four parts of Saving My Tomorrow starting Apr. 22. Check local listings—and watch as a family. See

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Nature’s Wisdom -

Perspective from a Daoist Priest by Master Yun Xiang Tseng (Chen)


ature holds power beyond our eyes and soul. A walk in nature replenishes the body and mind, and helps reduce stress. How does a Daoist Priest explain the power of nature and our connection to it? The ancient, sacred Daoist text Dao De Jing says “man follows the earth, earth follows the heaven, heaven follows the Dao, and Dao follows what is nature.” Humans have a unique connection with nature called “qi”, or life force. Each one of us is surrounded by our own


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“qi field” that acts as a shield to protect us from any negative qi interference and synchronize with all positive qi. According to the Traditional Chinese Medicine theory of Five Elements, there are five emotional energies- anger, over-joy, worry, grief and fear; and these have five, hidden, positive emotional counterpoints. These emotions have a point of attraction in nature. For example, when you feel anger, your qi field expands the angry aggressive frequency outward, thus synchronizing with same

aggressive type of qi from others and nature. But, by expressing positive qi frequency and having a positive outlook, nature rewards you with similar qi. Her Law of Attraction brings you higher quality qi, harmony, and balance between mind, body and soul. Nature is a mystical field of qi that influences every aspect of our lives, most importantly through the foods we eat. Food and water directly affect our blood quality, which in turn affects our health. When we eat an acidic diet consisting of meats, GMOs, pesticides, and preservative-filled processed foods, our bodies and blood become acidic. The repercussions not only consist of illness and cancer, but human character and emotions change to also become “acidic”. If you combine poor diet and character, an “acidic” qi frequency emanates from you and synchronizes with the same quality of qi in return. In order to live a better quality, healthy and long life, we need to eat healthy, natural and organic foods and drinks which alkalize the body and blood, in turn attracting better quality qi from nature. Nature has no judgment toward us; the more peace and tranquility, the better quality of qi field will forms around us, thus replenishing us. We are an empty cup in nature when we are at peace and joy, nature will fill us up. Master Yun Xiang Tseng (Chen) is a Wu Dang Daoist priest and healer at the Dao House in Estes Park. He can be reached at 970-586-4094. See ad on page 23.



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hen we’re hungry for change, we may feel the impulse to spruce up our living spaces. Rooms that feel cluttered, drab and unappealing drag on our energy. Applying the basic inspired tenets of the ancient Chinese art and science of feng shui can transform and re-energize any space, improving the way we feel. Translated as “wind and water,” feng shui—which has been creating healthy and harmonious environments since its origins 3,000 years ago—can activate our rethinking the arrangement, uses and tone of each room while bringing beneficial green changes home.

Feng Shui Basics When considering how to apply feng shui principles, it helps to have a trained practitioner make a map, or bagua, analyzing how energy, or chi, moves through a building. They will

determine ways to help chi flow and settle in appropriate places to support all aspects of life. Recommended alterations typically start with furniture placement, color choices and key accessorizing. Sample bagua maps are available online for referencing. While a complete feng shui treatment may require major revamping, we can also take some low-cost steps to immediately create more harmony while eliminating toxins that are unhealthy and disrupt the energy flow.

Bring in Green “Bringing natural elements into a space will aid the circulation of chi, help achieve a balance and yield an indoor environment of peace and calm,” says feng shui practitioner Maureen Calamia, owner of Luminous Spaces, in St. James, New York. Feng shui categorizes the natural elements as water, metal, fire, earth and wood, reflected in items like stones,

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“Feng shui is the original eco-science.” ~ Will LeStrange plants and water features, as well as art and wall decorations and paint colors. Filling a home with living plants is favored by many feng shui experts. “Surround yourself with green plants, including cuttings from the yard,” advises Debra Duneier, a feng shui master practitioner, certified eco-designer and author of EcoChi: Designing the Human Experience, in New York City. “They bring energy and life force into your home, while also filtering the air you breathe.” If adding plants isn’t feasible, she recommends picking up some fresh flowers each week. Remember to change the water every day and dispose of the flowers at the first sign of wilting (dying flowers bring negative energy).

Banish Toxic Materials “Healthy indoor air quality is an essential aspect of good feng shui,” attests Alisa Rose Seidlitz, an eco feng shui consultant/designer, certified green building and interiors professional and owner of Ambiance Eco, in Berkeley, California. “Materials used inside our homes, such as cleaning products and furnishings, can either contribute significantly to poor air quality or support positive feng shui.”

Indoor air quality is significantly impacted by furnishings and décor. When seeking out the cleanest, greenest options, pay special attention to: Cleaning products. Safely discard toxic cleaning chemicals by taking them to hazardous waste pickup sites. Many household jobs can be done with vinegar and baking soda. Paint. Revisions in wall, trim and furniture colors quickly freshen a room and bring new energy, especially when they align with Earth’s natural elements. Avoid conventional paint, which contains dangerous volatile organic compounds (VOC) that off-gas into the air. Look for widely available zero-VOC brands. Other options include displaying art or colorful wall hangings. Flooring. Many toxins lurk in conventional carpeting and adhesives used to lay wood or tile floors. Look for natural wool rugs, reclaimed wood and zero-VOC floor adhesives. Preserve resources and alter the energy in a space by repurposing reclaimed materials for rehab projects. For good feng shui, smudging with dried sage cleanses any negative energy leftover from previous owners. Furnishings and fabrics. Mainstream furniture is typically treated with toxic flame retardant, so always ask

how furniture has been treated before purchasing. Seek out nontoxic and natural materials like natural rubber mattresses and hemp or organic cotton shower curtains and window coverings.

Follow Your Joy Feng shui is multifaceted, but at its center is a search for balance and harmony. When making changes at home, it’s good to know we can follow our instincts and add things that bring us joy. Feng shui experts provide guidance in choosing colors and elements, but each of us is ultimately the best judge of what feels best for our own space. “I often ask my clients: What kind of message are you sending yourself?” says Duneier. “You can use your space to send yourself a message of a beautiful, abundant and healthy life.” Sarah Tarver-Wahlquist, a writer from Tucson, Arizona, also freelances for

Tips for Creating Wealth & Abundance by Jeni Breezley, Breezley Designs

YOUR STOVE: The stove represents the wealth generator in the home. Make sure your stove is in perfect working order, has no broken pieces, and is kept clean. Rotate the burners so that all get used when cooking. THE WEALTH AREA OF THE BAGUA: The Wealth area of the Bagua map is located at the far back left of the home, as positioned by your front door. Make sure that this area resides within the home and is not “missing”. If missing, cure the area by adding a mirror, plant, or artwork depicting abundance on this wall. ADD THE WOOD ELEMENT: The Wood element is associated with Wealth areas in the home. Add a plant, blue or green colors or artwork depicting flowers, plants or trees to accent this area. Even better, add a water feature or items representative of the Water element here, as Water feeds the Wood element.


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• EVERYTHING CHANGES: Release items that no longer serve you. Do the things around you create anxiety or stress? Send them on their way! Seasonally we ebb and flow based on daily light and darkness. It’s no coincidence that “Spring Cleaning” happens when we are done nestling into the Yin of winter. More daylight brings desire for action. Clearing opens us up to new opportunities. • EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED: Words, intentions and actions manifest in our space. Keep it positive. Allow into your space and mind affirmations that reflect your best self. Your positive environment can be a respite when relationships, career or health are difficult.

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CLEAR QUARTZ promotes harmony, calming, clears negative energy, removes harmful EMFs. Uses- place Quartz clusters near electronics in home and office, under pillow or in pillowcase to promote sleep, or wear in jewelry to promote peaceful energy


AMETHYST promotes calming energy and sleep, promotes business affairs, symbol of abundance, color of abundance in Feng Shui. Uses- place Amethyst in the abundance area (back left corner as seen from the door) of home and office.


ROSE QUARTZ soft vibrations promote kind love, gentle self-love and romantic relationships. Uses- place two tumbled Rose Quartz stones or Rose Quartz figurines in the relationship corner (back right corner from the door) of the bedroom.


CITRINE, called “the merchant’s stone,” helps attract wealth, healing, and contains solar energy to help with depression and self-esteem. Uses- place Citrine in the wealth area of your office or desk (back left corner), wear as a long necklace to activate the third chakra to promote self-esteem.

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Nature’s Wisdom Its Lessons Inspire, Heal and Sustain Us by Christine MacDonald

The environment is not separate from ourselves; we are inside it and it is inside us; we make it and it makes us. ~ Davi Kopenawa Yanomami, Amazon shaman


hile the idea that we humans stand apart from—or even above—nature is a prevailing theme in much of modern civilization, naturalists and other clever souls throughout the ages have observed that the opposite is true: We are part of, depend on and evolve with nature—and we ignore this vital connection at our peril. “If one way is better than another, that you may be sure is nature’s way,” admonished the Greek philosopher Aristotle, in the third century B.C.E. “Time destroys the speculation of men, but it confirms the judgment of nature,” Roman politician and philosopher Cicero ruminated two centuries later. Nobel Prize-winning physicist and philosopher Albert Einstein remarked, “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” Today, more of us are looking to nature for ways to improve physical, mental and emotional health, develop


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Healthful Nature As Henry David Thoreau wrote in his classic 1854 book Walden, “We need the tonic of wildness.” While we know firsthand how walking in the woods can elevate mood, scientists have documented that a regular dose of nature has other farreaching benefits. It can lower stress hormone levels, blood pressure and undesirable cholesterol; help heal neurological problems; hasten fuller recovery from surgery and heart attacks; increase cancer-fighting white blood cells; and generally aid overall health (Health Promotion International research report; also Nippon Medical School study, Tokyo). Regular playtime outdoors helps children cope with hyperactivity and attention deficit disorders,

ing to research published in Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care. Exposure to nature can help adults escape from today’s wired lives; reinvigorate, be fitter and less likely to suffer from obesity, diabetes and heart disease, as reported in studies published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and a University of Washington research summary. It can also unlock understanding of the spiritual essence of life. Hours regularly spent by youth outdoors stimulate imagination and creativity and enhance cognitive development, helping them learn. Nature also helps youngsters develop social awareness, helping them better navigate human relations ( “It’s strange and kind of sad that we are so removed from nature that we actually have to ask why nature is good for us,” says Dr. Eva Selhub, a lecturer at Harvard Medical School, author of the new book Your Health Destiny, and co-author of Your Brain on Nature. “The fact is our brains and bodies are wired in concert with nature.” Recognition of nature’s positive effects has grown so much in recent years that physicians increasingly write their patients “prescriptions” to go hiking in the woods, counting on the healthy exercise and exposure to sunlight, nature and soothing views to address health problems stemming from poor diets and sedentary lifestyles. Healthcare clinics and hospitals in Washington, D.C., New York City, Chicago, Indianapolis, Albuquerque, New Mexico, California’s Bay Area and elsewhere have launched Prescription Trails programs aimed at objectives from preventing obesity in children to healthful activities for retirees (Tinyurl. com/AmericanHealthTrails). Bestselling author Richard Louv calls the positive nature effect “vitamin N” in The Nature Principle. He contends: “Many of us, without having a name for it, are using the nature tonic. We are, in essence, self-medicating with an inexpensive and unusually convenient drug substitute.”

Such ideas are commonly accepted in many cultures. The Japanese believe in the restorative power of shinrinyoku, which could be translated as “forest medicine” or “forest bathing”. Indigenous peoples like the Brazilian tribe led by Shaman Davi Kopenawa Yanomami, fighting to preserve their land and way of life in the Amazon, profess to be at one with the innate riches of sustainable rainforests (

Innovative Nature Scientists, inventors and other innovators are increasingly inspired by nature. Biomimicry, part social movement and part burgeoning industry, looks to how Earth’s natural systems work and solve problems. University of Utah researchers, inspired by the durable homes built by sandcastle worms, are creating a synthetic glue that one day could help repair fractured bones. Architectural components manufacturer Panelite makes energy-efficient insulated glass by mimicking the hexagonal structure that bees use in honeycombs. (Find other precedents at BiomimicryCaseExamples). The inspiration for biomimicry comes from many places, says Dayna Baumeister, Ph.D. co-founder of Biomimicry 3.8, a Missoula, Montana, company working with other companies and universities to propel biomimicry into the mainstream. “People are recognizing that they’ve been disconnected to the natural world,” she says. “We also realize that [as a species] we are in trouble. We don’t have all the answers, but we can look to other species for inspiration” for clearing pollutants from our bodies and environments. Plants and fungi are now commonly used to clean up old industrial sites that resemble nature’s way of removing pollutants from water and soil. A University of California, Berkeley, meta-study confirms that farmers currently using organic farming methods and solar power achieve roughly the same crop yields as conventional techniques with far less dependence on fossil fuels, reducing greenhouse gases and petrochemical pesticide and fertilizer pollution.

Scientific studies show that a regular dose of nature has far-reaching health benefits. More doctors now write “nature” prescriptions for their patients. Cyclical Nature These breakthrough technologies emulate the way nature uses the building blocks of life in an endless cycle of birth, reproduction, decay and rebirth. It’s part of a broad rethinking of the principles behind sustainability— building, manufacturing and living in greater harmony with natural systems, perhaps eventually eliminating landfills, air and water pollution, and toxic site cleanups. “A toxin is a material in the wrong place,” says architect William McDonough, of Charlottesville, Virginia. The only individual recipient of the Presidential Award for Sustainable Development, he is co-author of Cradle-to-Cradle, a groundbreaking book that calls for re-envisioning even the nastiest waste, and The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability—Designing for Abundance. McDonough imagines a world where waste becomes raw material for new buildings, furniture and other goods—akin to how a forest reuses every deceased tree and animal to nourish the ecosystem and spawn new life. With 80 percent of U.S. residents currently living in urban areas, architects, builders and municipal planners are likewise pivoting toward nature, prompted by the scientific evidence of the many ways that human health and general well-being rely upon it. While this contact is preferably the kind of “stopping by woods” that inspired New England poet Robert Frost, even a walk in a city park will work. “Urban nature, when provided as parks and walkways and incorporated into building design, provides calming and inspiring environments and encourages learning, inquisitiveness

and alertness,” reports the University of Washington’s College of the Environment, in Green Cities: Good Health. The American Planning Association stresses the importance of integrating green space into urban neighborhoods. Not only does so-called “metro nature” improve air and water quality and reduce urban heat island effects, urban wilds such as Pittsburgh’s Nine Mile Run and Charlotte, North Carolina’s Little Sugar Creek Greenway also restore natural connections in densely populated city centers.

Natural Intelligence A growing number of scientists say that research about our place in nature has sparked fresh thinking about our role and devastated quaint notions about our species’ superiority. “Single-celled slime molds solve mazes. Brainless plants make correct decisions and bees with brains the size of pinheads handle abstract concepts,” points out Anthropologist Jeremy Narby, author of the groundbreaking book Intelligence in Nature.

True-Life ‘Aha!’ Reads 10 Lessons from Nature to Inspire Our Everyday Lives by David Miller, FromNature 9 Amazing Lessons from Nature to Inspire Your Everyday Life by Annie Hauser, FromNature Intelligence in Nature by Jeremy Narby Life Lessons from Nature by Elvis Newman Cathedrals of the Spirit by T. C. McLuhan Your Brain on Nature by Eva Selhub

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Man is everywhere a disturbing agent. Wherever he plants his foot, the harmonies of nature are turned to discord. The proportions and accommodations that ensured the stability of existing arrangements are overthrown. Of all organic beings, man alone is to be regarded as essentially a destructive power. ~George Perkins Marsh, Man and Nature (1864) At a national conference of Bioneers, an organization based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and San Francisco that gathers nature-minded social and scientific innovators, Narby said: “We are nearly identical to many animals. Many behaviors once thought to be exclusively human are shared by other species. The zone of the specifically human, as determined by science, has been shrinking.” We haven’t lost the ability to tap that primal animal inside, even if most of us are more likely to “venture into the forest” by watching a movie or playing video games. We may feel cut off from our instincts, but studies show time in

the woods can do wonders to restore the keenness of our senses to connect with the subtle changes in natural habitat, the movements of other species and the changing seasons. The rise of human civilizations may have taken “survival of the fittest” in new directions, often decidedly tamer ones, but experts ranging from scientific researchers to lifestyle analysts say humankind is still hardwired by our more primitive past. Despite the ingenious ways we’ve devised to exploit other life forms, capitalize on Earth’s resources and protect ourselves from nature’s sometimes terrifying power, our fate remains linked to natural laws and limits,

from nurturing our body’s immune system to resolving planet-sized problems like climate change. “‘Nature’ is our natural environment,” according to Selhub. We don’t have to move to the country to reconnect, she says. “Even spending 20 minutes a day outside has an effect.” Houseplants, nature photos and aromatherapy Earth scents can also help indoor environments better reflect our own nature. The wealth of research and common sense wisdom is aptly summed up by celebrated author Wendell Berry in The Long-Legged House. “We have lived our lives by the assumption that what was good for us would be good for the world. We have been wrong. We must change our lives so that it’ll be possible to live by the contrary assumption, that what is good for the world will be good for us. And that requires we make the effort to know the world and learn what is good for it.” Christine MacDonald is a freelance journalist in Washington, D.C., whose specialties include health and science. Visit

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Paul Stutzman Finds Universal Truths on His Treks by Randy Kambic


aul Stutzman was a successful executive with a family restaurant chain and a happy father and husband married for more than 30 years when his wife, Mary, passed away from breast cancer in 2006. Questioning his faith as to why this happened, Stutzman quit his job to hike the 2,168-mile Appalachian Trail (AT), advising everyone he encountered, “Don’t take spouses and families for granted.” His book, Hiking Through, recounts this extreme adventure and relates his subsequent thoughts about grief, healing and life. Stutzman chronicled his second journey, a 5,000-mile-plus crosscountry trek, in Biking Across America. This time, he perceived a “noble, yet humble America that still exists and inspires.” More recently, the author has turned to fiction with The Wanderers and Wandering Home, both enriched with reflections upon the values of his Amish Mennonite upbringing and marriage.

What kept you going? Early on, I realized how soothing nature was to my grieving soul. Still, there

were times it would have been easy to abandon my journeys and head for the safety of home. The desire to discover if my life held any meaning after such a great loss kept me moving forward. I kept telling myself on both journeys, “If my wife can fight cancer for four years, I can overcome any obstacle I encounter.” I was determined to write about what I was being taught by nature. I also believed books written by and about someone seeking solace via an incomplete pilgrimage would be cheating the reader.

What do such journeys teach about nature and our response to experiencing it? I find comfort in nature. I believe the beautiful streams and waterfalls, the grand views from mountaintops and the wildlife were all created for our enjoyment. When we absorb this beauty and wonderment, the stresses in life slowly melt away. Granted, not everyone will be able to do what I did; however, a stroll through a local park, along a beach or in a flower garden can have similar effects.

Treks like these into the unknown are physically demanding. With time and effort, one’s body gets into shape for extended hiking and biking. The mental hurdle must be crossed next. You’ll miss home and loved ones. Loneliness will set in. This is where you discover who the real you is. Are you tenacious enough to push through the desire to abandon the pilgrimage or will you succumb to the allure of comfort and safety? On my journeys, I had to make difficult choices. There is a saying that applies to folks planning to hike the AT end-to-end through 14 states: “If hiking the entire Appalachian Trail isn’t the most important thing in your life, you won’t accomplish it.” My daughter gave birth to my grandson while I was hiking. Although she asked that I come home for the event, I declined. I kept on hiking because I knew I wouldn’t return to the trail if I went home. I’d spent my lifetime trying to do the right things for my three children, but now had to do what was right for me.

What did you learn about Americans along the way? I discovered that most Americans are kind, law-abiding citizens. Most are still willing to help a stranger in need. Unfortunately, I feel we focus too much time and energy on the minority of malcontents.

How have these experiences informed your creative process? America is a great country. The beauty I’ve witnessed from a bicycle seat and on two feet hiking the mountains is a continual source of inspiration. Many folks are unable to do what I do. My ongoing desire is to describe the images imprinted in my mind in such a way that others can feel as if they are there walking with me. For more information, visit Randy Kambic is an Estero, FL, freelance writer and editor who regularly contributes to Natural Awakenings.

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uckily, making your own cleaning products is quick, easy and inexpensive. Best of all, you know exactly what is in them. Below are some recipes to substitute for common commercial products.

All Purpose Cleaner • 1 cup distilled white vinegar • 1 cup water or hydrosol • Optional: a little lemon juice Mix together and use in a spray bottle. Good for hard surfaces such as countertops, tile or linoleum floors, and glass.

Soft Scrub • 2 cups baking soda • 1/2 – 2/3 cup liquid castile soap* • 4 tsp. vegetable glycerin or rosemary extract (as a preservative) Mix together and store in a sealed glass jar. If it dries out, you can add in a little more soap. Good for use on counters, toilets, bathtubs, stoves, tile, etc.

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Porcelain Cleaner • Baking soda • Vinegar Sprinkle surface with baking soda and spray heavily with vinegar. Let sit for a couple of minutes and then scrub/wipe clean with a sponge. Good for toilets, baths, showers, etc.


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or most individuals, odorous chemicals are simply unpleasant. For those that are sensitive and susceptible, however, even common chemical exposures may evoke a toxicant-induced loss of tolerance (TILT) marked by multiple-system symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, autoimmune disease, asthma, depression and food intolerance. Since the post-World War II expansion of petrochemicals, the incidence of TILT has increased dramatically, says Claudia Miller, a medical doctor, researcher and professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and co-author of Chemical Exposures: Low Levels and High Stakes. “Fortunately, public awareness has also grown significantly in the last few years,” says Rick Smith, Ph.D., a Canadian environmentalist who coauthored Toxin Toxout. “Now companies and governments worldwide are moving toward making safer products.” We can support progress by leveraging some practical tips in greening our home.


• Always label your homemade products with the date and ingredients so you know what it is and what it contains. • Use the products that you make fairly quickly. The soft scrub has a longer shelf life of up to two years. • You can include essential oils to each of the recipes listed above. But remember, a little goes a long way! They can add pleasant smells and disinfecting properties. • Yes, some people do not like the smell of vinegar and a lot of homemade cleaning recipes call for it. The smell dissipates rather quickly if you can stand it for a bit. Otherwise, consider adding some fresh lemon juice or essential oil to the product. * When purchasing liquid castile soap, avoid ones that contain sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) or diethanolamine (DEA)

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Start somewhere. Many volatile organic compounds (VOC) that include formaldehyde and benzene are concealed in household items such as couches, chairs, particleboard furniture, mattresses, box springs, carpeting, rugs, synthetic flooring, wallpaper and paint. Green TV host and Fresh Living author Sara Snow implores us not to become overwhelmed, disheartened or fearful. “Creating a healthy home is a gradual process that doesn’t require throwing all the furniture out,” she advises. Start by scrutinizing labels and choosing not to bring new toxins in. For example, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is widely found to be associated with reproductive toxicity and is found in many waterproofed and flexible plastics. Select PVC-free toys, shower curtain liners and mattress covers. In the kitchen, avoid potentially carcinogenic perfluorinated chemicals (PFC) found in nonstick coatings of pots and pans. Toss the Teflon when it scratches, says Snow, and upgrade to stainless steel or cast iron. Weed out bisphenols, the DNA-disrupting chemi-

cals found in plastics and epoxy resin can liners. Even “BPA-free” products likely contain alternative and equally harmful substances, according to a recent study published in Chemosphere. Choose clear glass instead of plastic containers. When remodeling, look for zero-VOC items, Miller says, plus materials free of stain-resistant sprays and flame retardants whose efficacy is questionable. Consider natural fiber rugs like jute or wool. Forest Stewardship Council-certified hardwoods or alternative flooring like cork or glass tile are safer investments in long-term well-being. Clean green. Conventional cleaners are among the worst offenders, and even some “eco-cleaners” can be deceptively unsafe, says Smith. He recommends avoiding antibacterial products containing triclosan, which proliferates antibiotic-resistant bacteria that prolong and exacerbate illnesses, as well as phthalates, a chemical oil that carries artificial aromas and has been repeatedly linked to cancer and abnormal fetal development. “Even so-called natural fragrances are often complex petrochemicals that outgas and contaminate the air,” notes Miller. Snow advises formulating products at home using staple pantry ingredients, including distilled white vinegar for disinfecting, baking soda for scouring, liquid castile soap for sudsing, lemon juice for degreasing and olive oil for polishing.

Even small changes can measurably reduce your family’s daily exposure to healthdamaging chemicals. ~Rick Smith Freshen with fresh air. Americans spend about 90 percent of their time amid indoor air pollutants that are significantly more concentrated than outdoor pollutants, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports. “Most energy-efficient homes are well sealed with ventilation systems that recirculate indoor air, so opening the windows helps dilute accumulated airborne toxins,” says Miller. Snow further recommends bringing air-purifying plants into the home such as Gerbera daisies, bamboo palms and English ivy. Vacuum and dust. Vacuuming with a high-efficiency particulate arrestance (HEPA) filter and dusting with a moist cloth eliminates allergens such as pet dander, mites, pollen and mold, and helps remove phthalates, flame retardants, lead and pesticides that “latch onto house dust and accumulate in dust bunnies,” says Smith. Weed out lawn chemicals. “Organophosphate pesticides are profoundly neurotoxic,” says Miller, especially to the developing brains of children. Instead try integrated pest management,

which involves controlling pests’ food sources and applying non-toxic deterrents. Eliminating potentially carcinogenic herbicides might mean managing more weeds, says Snow, but it’s worth it. Eat green. “Buying produce as close to its source as possible, from a farmer or farmers’ market, provides threefold benefits,” says Snow—less wasteful packaging, reduced exposure to chemical plastics and greater concentration of health-promoting nutrients. Buy in bulk and favor glass containers or rectangular cardboard cartons. Take tests. Radon, an invisible, odorless gas that can emanate from the ground and accumulate in homes, annually causes 21,000 U.S. lung cancer deaths, according to the U.S. EPA. Lead, a neurotoxin that may occasionally leach from home water pipes, can also hide in pre-1978 paint. Testing for both and implementing reduction or precautionary measures is simple, advises Smith. Most hardware stores stock test kits. Take action. Join with other concerned citizens by launching a pertinent petition at; campaigning with organizations like the Environmental Working Group (ewg. org) or Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families (; and supporting cleaner, greener companies with family purchases. Lane Vail is a freelance writer and blogger at

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Home-Grown Organic Made Easy 10 Time-Saving Tips for a Healthy Garden by Barbara Pleasant

Organic gardening experts share strategies for growing a great garden and having a life, too.


he arrival of planting season has a stunning effect on veggie gardeners. We talk to our seedlings as if they were children, and don’t mind working until dark if that’s what it takes to get the fingerling potatoes in the ground. Then, complications like crabgrass and cabbageworms appear, and keeping up with all the details feels impossible. We can lighten looming chores by using these time-saving tips, which will reduce later workloads when storms and the hot summer sun threaten to squelch the magic. Mulch to reduce watering and prevent weeds. “You can cut your watering time in half by mulching crops with a threeto-four-inch layer of straw or shredded leaves,” says Niki Jabbour, award-winning author of The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener and Groundbreaking Food Gardens: 73 Plans That Will Change the Way You Grow Your Garden. “Crops like tomatoes, potatoes, kale, broccoli, cucumbers and squash all benefit from a deep mulch, which reduces the need to water and also prevents weeds, saving even more time.” Grow herbs in convenient containers. Family cooks will harvest kitchen herbs every day, in all kinds of weather,


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so don’t waste footsteps. Grow some parsley, basil and other herbs in large containers near the kitchen door. Try promising perennials. Plant them once, and vegetables like asparagus and rhubarb come back year after year in cold winter climates like the Midwest and Northeast. Where winters are mild, artichokes or chayote (pear squash) are long-lived and productive. Many resilient herbs will return each spring, too, including sage, mints, thyme and oregano. Tarragon and marjoram make trusty perennial herbs in the Sun Belt. Stock up on organic seeds. “As a yearround vegetable gardener, I try to come up with a list of all the seeds I’ll need for every season when I place annual seed orders,” Jabbour says. “That way, I will place fewer orders and have everything on hand at the proper planting time, saving both time and money.” Organic seeds in consumer seed catalogs and retail racks won’t be genetically modified or treated with pesticides. Be generous with organic compost. With each planting, mix in organic compost along with a balanced organic fertilizer. Food crops grown in organically enriched soil are better able to

resist challenges from pests and diseases, which simplifies summer tasks. Grow flowers to attract beneficial insects. Reducing or eliminating pesticides and increasing plantings of flowers can radically improve the balance between helpful and harmful insects in a garden. Horticulturist Jessica Walliser, co-host of Pittsburgh’s The Organic Gardeners KDKA radio show and author of Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden, recommends starting with sweet alyssum, an easy-to-grow annual that can be tucked into the edges of beds or added to mixed containers. “The tiny blossoms of sweet alyssum are adept at supporting several species of the non-stinging parasitic wasps that help keep aphids and other common pests in check,” Walliser says. In warm climates where they are widely grown, crape myrtles have been found to serve as nurseries for lady beetles, lacewings and other beneficial insects. Protect plants with fabric barriers. Pest insects seeking host plants won’t find cabbage or kale if they’re hidden beneath hoops covered with fine-mesh fabric like wedding net (tulle) or garden fabric row cover. “Cover the plants the day they are transplanted into the garden,” advises Walliser. As long as the edges are securely tucked in, row covers will also protect plants from wind, hail, rabbits and deer. Hoe briefly each day. Commit 10 minutes a day to hoeing. While slicing down young weeds, hill up soil over potatoes or clean up beds ready to be replanted. Look out for small problems to correct before they become big ones. No more misplaced tools. Time is often wasted searching for lost weeders, pruning shears and other hand tools, which are easier to keep track of when painted in bright colors or marked with colored tape. Jabbour uses a tool stash basket placed at the garden entrance. Stop to smell the flowers. Use moments saved to sit quietly, relax and soak up the sights, sounds and smells of the garden. Pausing to listen to the birds or watch a honeybee work a flower is part of the earned reward of any healthy garden that can’t be measured by the pound. Barbara Pleasant, the author of numerous green thumb books, including Starter Vegetable Gardens: 24 No-Fail Plans for Small Organic Gardens, grows vegetables, herbs and fruits in Floyd, Virginia. Connect at


Strong Winds Strong Roots What Trees Teach Us About Life by Dennis Merritt Jones


great experiment in the desert called the biodome created a living environment for human, plant and animal life. A huge glass dome was constructed to house an artificial, controlled environment with purified air and water, healthy soil and filtered light. The intent was to afford perfect growing conditions for trees, fruits and vegetables, as well as humans. People lived in the biodome, for many months at a time, and everything seemed to do well with one exception. When the trees grew to a certain height, they would topple over. It baffled scientists until they realized they forgot to include the natural element of wind. Trees need wind to blow against them because it causes their root systems to grow deeper, which supports the tree as it grows taller. Who among us doesn’t long for a perfect growing environment for ourselves, with no disruptions from outside influences? We strive to avoid the times of contrast and tension, when life’s daily challenges push against us. When they do, the normal tendency is to curse them. If trees could talk, would we hear them curse the wind each time they encountered a storm? We can learn a great deal from nature’s wisdom at work if we are open to the lesson. Watch how a tree bends and sways gracefully when the wind blows against it. It does not stand rigid, resisting the flow of energy. It does not push back. The tree accepts the strong wind as a blessing that helps it grow. Such experiences develop our character and deepen our spiritual roots. When we grow deep, we too, stand tall.

Dennis Merritt Jones, D.D., is the author of Your Re-Defining Moments, The Art of Uncertainty and The Art of Being, the source of this essay. He has contributed to the human potential movement and field of spirituality as a minister, teacher, coach and lecturer for 30 years. Learn more at natural awakenings

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WEDNESDAY APRIL 1 Daytime 4-wk Series; Meditation for Living Program–10:30am. Explore benefits of meditation and learn easy, effective skills to relax/recharge and manage energy. Fee incl session recordings. $175/ early $190/day of. Inner Connection Institute, at Harmony Yoga, 560 S Holly St, Denver. 303-282-9439 Telephone 4-wk Series; Meditation for Living Program–6:30pm. Learn by phone! Explore benefits of meditation and learn easy, effective skills to relax/recharge and manage energy. Fee incl session recordings. $150/early $165/day of. Inner Connection Institute 303-282-9439

FRIDAY APRIL 3 Good Friday Spiritual Communion Service– 7pm. Join us for music, meditation, affirmations, and spiritual communion. The service is based on a metaphysical interpretation of the Seven Last Words of Jesus Christ. 3021 S University Blvd, Denver.

SATURDAY APRIL 4 Energize your Brain, Energize Your Life–11amNoon. Learn how to shift limiting patterns and beliefs and live a more rewarding and fulfilling life, easily and effortlessly! FREE. Higher Brain Living University Hills, 2696 S Colorado Blvd, #440, Denver. Lucy 720339-3990 or First Saturday Wellness Fair–10am-4pm. Aura Photography, Thai Yoga Massage, Sound Healing Sessions, Ion Detox, Crystal Bed sessions. Free Zumba 10:30am, ReSTORYtive Yoga 1:30pm. 20% off Products. Taspens Organics Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Dr, Conifer 303-816-0429

SUNDAY APRIL 5 Non-Denominational Spiritual Service–1:30pm. Meditation and a spiritual message . Free aura healing/ chakra balancing clinic. Rev. Lauren Skye, Officiating Minister. Inner Connection Institute at Rocky Mountain Miracle Center, 1939 S Monroe St, Denver. 303-282-9439 or

Oneness Blessing Deeksha and Meditation–7-9pm. Deeksha is a Divine intelligent energy transfer that causes a neurobiological transformation within the brain of each receiving individual. Suggested $10 Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695. Denver Meditation and Metaphysics MeetUp Group with Tami Harms–7-9pm. Different presenters bring personal approach; meditation; experience unique approaches for soul growth. $5. Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. Meditation-And-Metaphysics-Denver

WEDNESDAY APRIL 8 Tips for Dating: Meetup for Couples/Singles– 7-9pm. Tips for dating and sustaining committed love over time. Enrich romance, sparkle and soulful connection! $15. Beacons Community Space, 2630 E 3rd Ave, Denver. RSVP Ruth and Jim Sharon 303-796-7004 or Kundalini Guided Meditation–7pm. Create Increased vitality, Brain Recharge, Clarity, Insight, Expanded Clarity and Intuition. Bring yoga mat, or similar. Higher Brain Living Center Capitol Hill. 1155 Sherman St, Denver. LizBeth Peter 720-239-1155 or

THURSDAY APRIL 9 Explore the New Frequencies of Reconnective Healing–6-8pm. Learn about and personally experience the frequencies of Reconnective Healing Free. FREE. BodyWork Bistro Living Arts Center, 3825 Iris Ave, #300 Boulder. Mary Beth Kennedy & Natasha Henry 303-589-8006,

Healing through Sound, Movement & Yoga Nidra Workshop–7-9:30pm. Sound, movement, Yoga Nidra & flowing poses for deep healing & yogic sleep! Marcelo Mansour & Suzanne Swang. $35 Pre-reg by 4/8; $45/Door.Littleton Yoga Center, 10146 W San Juan Way, #120, Littleton.

SATURDAY APRIL 11 Pet Energy Healings–Noon-3pm by appt. Pet energy healing has many benefits for both pet and owner; strengthen the bond, removes energetic blocks, release pain or discomfort. Bring pet or photo. $20. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-4137303, Eden Energy Medicine (EEM) Workshop–9:30am5pm. Learn basics of EEM including meridians and the auric field, the 5-minute Daily Energy Routine, and practical tools and techniques for stress and pain management. $125/day. Southglenn, Centennial. Marie Adams 303-668-0299

SUNDAY APRIL 12 FREE Trust Your Intuition Class–1:30-3pm. Get ready to relieve stress; achieve your goals with less effort and have an overall calmer lifestyle? Come to this Free class to learn how to easily hear your intuition. David Stevens 303-668-2358 or Free Energy Clearings–Noon-1:15pm. 15-min Energy Clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove non-useful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Free! Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave., #103 Denver. David Stevens 303-668-2358 or

MONDAY APRIL 13 Dream Interpretation–7-9pm. Have you ever wondered what your dreams really mean or what insight and guidance might be hidden in your dream messages? Instructor Tryna Giordano Cooper. $20. Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695.

Meditation Instruction and Practice–7-9pm. Learn how to quiet your mind and go inside to find your deeper personal resources and strength. Instructor: Tryna Giordano Cooper. $20. Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303731-6695.

Revitalize Body, Mind & Soul through Sound & Yoga Nidra–7-9pm.Create a more healthy, vibrant YOU with the guidance of Argentinean master Marcelo Mansour and yoga teacher Julie Kremer. $25 pre-reg; $30/door. Namaste Studio, 701 Garrison St, Lakewood.


Workshop on Chakras and Auras–7-8:30pm 2-Wks, Mondays. Learn about your Chakras/Aura; Learn meditation to clean and align your Chakras; Learn to set energetic boundaries. Early $100; Reg $120. Journey Within, 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino, 720-413-7303

Trance Medium Healing Clinic–Appts begin 7:05 pm. Healings facilitate re-alignment and cleansing of the spiritual body. Channeling, energy readings, intense clearing. Bring questions. 25 min/$20. Inner Connection Institute at Rocky Mountain Miracle Center, 1939 S Monroe St, Denver. Schedule 303-282-9439.


Flip your Brain’s Switch–Noon-1pm. Naturally activate the part of your brain that provides purpose, inner peace, and healing. Stop the struggle, and learn to thrive! AWAKEN Higher Brain Living 2100 W Littleton Blvd, Littleton. Kent Johnson 303-9073468,

Community Drumming Circle–7-9pm. Sharing intentions and vibrations. Bring snack to share, drums, rattles, flutes and other instruments for an evening of Shamanic Sound and Vibrational Expansion. Suggested $10. Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695.

Shmaya Gathering–7-8:30pm. Receive healing with Shmaya, an illumined presence channeled through JoAnne Palladino. Experience the energetic resonance that attunes you to the quality of the love and light that is living within you. $15. First Spiritual Science Church, 3375 S Dahlia, Denver. RSVP 303-263-0679 or

Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45pm. 15-min Energy Clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove non-useful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Free! Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave, Denver. David Stevens 303-668-2358, davids@

Sound Healing Sessions–10am-4pm. 90-min Personal Vibrational Healing Sessions avail Apr 10, 13 & 14. Nurture yourself with a transformational & rejuvenating healing session with internationally renowned sound healer Marcelo Mansour. $120. Lakewood & Denver 303-349-2044

Didgeridoo Sound Healing & Yoga Nidra–7-9pm. Combine sound healing with Yoga Nidra the result is the deepest relaxation, healing that is both personal and profound. $20. Harmony Yoga, 560 S Holly St, Denver. Sign up online at

TUESDAY APRIL 7 New Women’s Spiritual Support Group–1011:30am. Six week course, $120. Facilitator: Dava money, Spiritual Leader of Unity Longmont Spiritual Center. Contact or 720-438-8777.


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Water-Wise Seminars: Turf Management for Water Conservation–3-5pm. Tips for getting the most out of your irrigation system to maintain a healthy turf while also conserving water. Free. Brighton Recreation Center, 500 S 4th Ave, Brighton. 303-655-2000 or Free Trust Your Intuition class–7:15-8:30 pm. Get ready to relieve stress; achieve your goals with less effort and have an overall calmer lifestyle? Free class to learn how to easily hear your intuition. David Stevens 303-668-2358, Register

WEDNESDAY APRIL 15 Dance@theCreek–7:30pm. World-renowned leader of Dances of Universal Peace, Timothy Dobson, will lead our circle of simple, joyous, multi-cultural circle dances that use sacred phrases, chants, music & movements to touch the spiritual essence within ourselves. $10. Living Water Spiritual Community, 7401 W 59th Ave, Arvada.

THURSDAY APRIL 16 Higher Consciousness–7pm. Come learn how to utilize your most evolved part of your brain to reduce negative mind chatter, have new insights and attain life goals. Higher Brain Living Center Capitol Hill, 1155 Sherman St, Denver. LizBeth Peter 720-239-1155 or New Moon Gathering–Drumming/Journey Circle meets 3rd Thurs in Boulder area. Join Meetup Group Spirit Earth Medicine Wheel for announcements about this circle and any shamanic trainings. Contact Karen@karenriceking. com or 303-665-0175.

SATURDAY APRIL 18 Flip your Brain’s Switch–10-11:15am. Activate your own dormant energy to alter your life. Naturally activate the part of your brain that provides purpose, inner peace, and healing. Stop the struggle, and learn to thrive! AWAKEN Higher Brain Living 2100 W Littleton Blvd, Littleton. Kent Johnson 303-907-3468, Psychic Fair–10am-6pm; also on 4/19 1-5pm. Receive an intuitive reading, reiki healing with JoAnne Palladino of Sacred Unity Healing. First Spiritual Science Church of Denver, 3375 S Dahlia St, Denver. $1/min | 20min minimum. 303-263-0679 or BodyTalk Access Seminar–9-5pm.Wellness routine composed of 5 simple techniques to help improve your health, manage stress and you overall well-being. $150.Taspens Organics Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Dr, Conifer. 303-816-0429 or

savethedate LEARN EDEN ENERGY MEDICINE FOR MORE VITALITY, HEALTH & JOY APRIL 11-12 Learn to balance your energies in a fun, supportive small-group setting. Care for self and others. Topics include meridians, aura, stress and pain management, staying grounded, releasing negative emotions, energy testing food and supplements. Lots of “hands-on” and practice. $125/day. Southglenn 80122. RSVP/info Marie Adams 303-668-0299 or

ADVENTURE NATURE RETREATS: BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE Polynesia Sept 12-19 & Australia Sept 25-27 Open your horizons within and without! Swim with whales and snorkel in Tonga, Polynesia on a private island eco-resort; learn to soul-surf on Australia’s famous north coast; deep connection to the natural world supports your personal growth, transitions and self-knowing. Buy one, get one retreat free! Info/RSVP Susie Kincade 877-595-8622, or

HAY HOUSE PRESENTS I CAN DO IT! DENVER APRIL 24-26 COLORADO CONVENTION CENTER Grasp the power of being the creator of your life at I Can Do It! Join your favorite Hay House authors and a community of loving support to discover who you really are and why you are here; develop a strong sense of self-love and confidence; learn new ways of thinking; overcome obstacles and more! Your Personal breakthrough is waiting… One weekend with Hay House can change everything! Call 800-654-5126 or Visit Register Early & Receive a FREE Gift!

ROCKY MOUNTAIN FIELD BOTANY RETREAT IN ASPEN July 15-19 Join us for 5 extraordinary days in Aspen, Colorado, on secluded ranch with abundant forests, streams, wildflowers, wildlife, and beautiful gardens full of native medicinal plants. Participate in Field Botany and Plant ID exercises, herb walks, primitive skills, wildcrafting workshops, and more! Community gatherings in the eco-yurt, whole food meals, evening time to relax with music, campfires and dancing! Limited to 30 participants. Register now to reserve your space!

SUNDAY APRIL 19 Build Your Psychic Skills–11am-2pm. Jumpstart your psychic development! Get a plan to develop your intuition. Hypnosis recording incl. Instructor Karen Fox, author Build Your Psychic Skills: The 90-Day Plan & The Psychic Workbook. $30. ISIS Books & Gifts 2775 S Broadway, Englewood. RSVP Tai Chi Instructor Training–thru 4/26. Led by Wu Dang Daoist Priest Yun Xiang Tseng (Chen). For all Tai Chi practitioners, deepen your mystical Tai Chi knowledge and internal martial arts, Tai Chi forms 13 and 28. Inclusive $2500. Dao House 6120 Hwy 7 Estes Park. or 970-586-8133.

2ND ANNUAL UNIVERSAL CONSCIOUSNESS FESTIVAL: A Rocky Mountain Healing & Wellness Event September 11 – 14 at Dao House in Estes Park Come celebrate & learn from the world’s leading figures in health, herbalism, Daoism, shamanic traditions and more. Hosted by Daoist Priest Yun Xiang Tseng (Chen) with guest speakers: author Livia Kohn PhD, renowned acupuncturist Dr. Jeffrey Yuen LAc, herbalist David Crow LAc, best-selling author HeatherAsh Amara, best-selling author Anodea Judith PhD. Live entertainment, including Kung Fu performances by Wu Dang martial artists. Tickets available or 970-586-4094

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MONDAY APRIL 20 Clear the Effects of Brain Trauma and then Expand Your Brain’s Potential–6pm. Brain Wave Optimization married with Higher Brain Living brings powerful life transformations. Free. Higher Brain Living University Hills, 2696 S Colorado Blvd, #440, Denver. Lucy 720339-3990 or

TUESDAY APRIL 21 Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45pm. 15-min Energy Clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove non-useful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Free! Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave, Denver. David Stevens 303-668-2358, Denver Meditation and Metaphysics MeetUp Group with Tami Harms–7-9pm. Different presenters bring personal approach; meditation; experience unique approaches for soul growth. $5 Donation. Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada.

WEDNESDAY APRIL 22 Film Screening: Arise–6:30-8:30pm. Portraits and stories of extraordinary women around the world who heal the injustices against the earth, weaving together poetry, music, art and stunning scenery. $5. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St, Denver. Registrar 720-865-3580

ongoing monday-friday Donation Based Yoga Classes–9:30-10:30am. The Shanti Studio at Taspen’s offers a variety of different yoga classes! Taspens Organics Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Dr Conifer 303-816-0429 or

sat & sun Althea Yoga–9-10:30am. Experience our unique teachers and classes. All are welcome to enjoy sacred movement and spiritual growth through our body centered practice. Donation. Althea Center for Engaged Spirituality, 1400 Williams St, Denver.



Sunday Lectures & Community Tai Chi–8:30am. With Wu Dang Daoist Priest Yun Xiang Tseng. Lectures in person or live streamed at Donation. Dao House, 6120 Hwy 7, Estes Park. 970-586-8133.

What If It All Goes RIGHT Workshop–11:30am1:30pm. What if everything you seek for yourself in your life is just one small question away? Mendhi Audlin, author What If It All Goes RIGHT? Unity on the Avenue. Love Offering. RSVP 303-322-3902.

North Boulder Spiritual Transformation with Transmission Meditation–7pm. Join us for a group meditation that is a stimulus to our individual development and also a potent form of world service. Free. Lon 303-746-7118

Reiki II: Access Your Psychic Abilities–9am-5pm. Send Reiki healing at a distance. Learn a protocol for using the Reiki symbols to do psychic readings. Handbook & Certificate. $150. Office Evolution, 7350 E Progress Place, Greenwood Village. Register

Spiritual But Not Religious: Inspired Sunday Services–10:30-11:30am. Inclusive and eclectic Sunday services that welcome all faiths and the undecided. Our emphasis is personal and spiritual growth! Free. Althea Center for Engaged Spirituality, 1400 Williams St, Denver

TUESDAY APRIL 28 Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45 pm. 15-min Energy Clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove non-useful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Free! Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave, Denver. David Stevens 303-668-2358,

WEDNESDAY APRIL 29 Shmaya Gathering–7-8:30pm. Receive healing with Shmaya, an illumined presence channeled through JoAnne Palladino. Experience the energetic resonance that attunes you to the quality of the love and light that is living within you. $15. 700 E 9th Ave, #9, Denver. RSVP 303-263-0679 or

tuesdays Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45pm. 15-min Energy Clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove non-useful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Free! Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave. 80203. David Stevens 303-668-2358, or Longmont Spiritual Transformation with Transmission Meditation–7pm. Join us for a group meditation that is a stimulus to our individual development and also a potent form of world service. Free. Connie 720-494-0368

Wheatridge Spiritual Transformation with Transmission Meditation–6pm. Join us for a group meditation that is a stimulus to our individual development and also a potent form of world service. Free. Tim 303-239-8101 Qigong in the Park–3:30-4:30pm. Qigong is a mind-body practice that improves one’s mental and physical health by integrating postures, movement, breathing techniques, and focused intention. Jules Love Medical Qigong Practitioner. $ 21/grp practice. Bellview Park, Englewood. 303-395-3524

wednesdays Free Energy Healings/Aura Clearing/ Chakra Balancing–6-7pm. A healing is an energy clearing, release negative energy blocking growth and create the life you desire. Donation. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-413-7303, Evening Vinyasa Yoga at the Gardens–6-7pm. Vinyasa yoga weaves beautiful movement with challenging postures, and cultivates a sense of peace and calm by the end of each yoga class. $12 Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St, Denver. Registrar 720-865-3580 Living from the Heart Work Group–6:308:30pm. Experiential Work Group Wednesday nights: The Healing Heart Method is a powerful yet simple process that resolves the issue of suppression and internalization of emotions and gradually unfolds a natural state of inner peace and healing. The Center for Living from the Heart meeting room, Denver. Donation. Call Val at 303-339-0807 or

thursdays Aura and Chakra Healings–Drop-In between 6-7pm. Receive a 10-min cleanse and release negative thoughts, emotions, pain and fear. Get replenished with positive energy and feel great. Free. 1332 Pearl St, Boulder. 303-530-0920. Psychic Readings–7-8:30pm by appt. Learn about your soul essence, past lives, and aura. Ask questions about relationships, career, money, and health. Free. 1332 Pearl St, Boulder. 303-530-0920.

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Feng Shui Your Life Workshop–2-4pm. Learn the basics of Feng Shui and apply them to your home or office space! $54. Lafayette Public Library. Register

MAY 9-10 Spirit Journey, Levels 1 & 2 Combined–10am4pm. Learn practices and origins of core shamanism from Karen Rice King, one of Sandra Ingerman’s Global Teachers. Practice journeying in all Worlds, working with Teachers and Power Animals, and Soul Retrieval. $250 includes lunch & snacks both days and book, “The Practical Power of Shamanism.” The Dome in east Boulder. Credit cards accepted. Pre-registration required at Karen@karenriceking. com, 303-665-0175 or see or

MAY 17-24 The Art of Living Retreat-7 days to tap into your strengths, gifts, passions and purpose with a balanced variety of activities complemented by a time of personal exploration. $950 all inclusive. RSVP

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Qi Gong & Dao Yin Instructor Training led by Wu Dang Daoist Priest Yun Xiang Tseng (Chen)–Open to all levels, deepen your current practice and become an instructor. Master Chen is 14th generation Zhang SanFeng lineage holder. All inclusive- room, meals, course $2500. Dao House 6120 Hwy 7 Estes Park. or 970-586-4094.

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GET INVOLVED Sleep Study: Karen Rice King, Master Dowser, is conducting a scientific sleep study to determine whether Earth Acupuncture can reduce the stress that causes sleep disturbances. Just as medical acupuncture balances your body’s meridians, Earth Acupuncture balances your property and home. To find out if you qualify to participate in this study, contact or call 303-665-0175.

HEALTHY PRODUCTS/SERVICES Body and Soul Healing Sessions: Align your physical and spiritual body to enliven & empower your Sacred Feminine (compassion) & Sacred Masculine (wisdom) to consciously live from a place of unconditional love. Special Initial Session 90 mins. $95; by appointment , in person or by phone; 30 min., 1 hr. or 90 mins. 700 E. Ninth Ave., Suite 9, Denver. JoAnne Palladino, Reiki Master-Teacher, Channel, & Intuitive. 303-2630679 or

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JOBS AVAILABLE Hiring at Dao House! Summer interns needed for Housekeeping, Banquets, Restaurant, Maintenance, Front Desk, and more at Dao House. 30hr work exchange for housing & food, as well as full time pay options. Come and be surrounded by a sustainable healing community in Estes Park! Sam Ross 970-586-4094 or

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CONSCIOUS EVENTS AND SPEAKERS JOURNEYS FOR CONSCIOUS LIVING 7401 West 59th Ave., Arvada 303-731-6695 Discover and develop a life of passion, purpose and contribution. Journeys for Conscious Living (J4CL) is an organization leading the world in conscious living, hosting world class events, speakers and event center (space rental) to empower people to create thoughtful changes in living their lives every day, thus creating the space and energy to stay centered and expand the community. J4CL invites you to co-create opportunities, collaboration and communities for individuals and businesses to reach their full, highest potential, while experiencing love, joy and transformation. See ad page 15.


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MARY BETH KENNEDY, MA 1637 28th St, Boulder 303-589-8006 Reconnective Healing transcends the limitations of human ability and imagination. By opening to it, we are able to restore balance and harmony in our lives and transform our bodies, minds and souls in ways that otherwise may seem impossible. Mary Beth has been a practitioner, mentor and coach for 14 years. One of the most experienced Reconnection Practitioners in the world, she travels with Eric Pearl and the Reconnection Teaching Team in addition to her practice in Boulder.


Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end. ~Leonard Nimoy


DENTIST STUDIO Z DENTAL Tom Zyvoloski DDS Aesthetic Excellence and Holistic Family Care 818 W South Boulder Rd, Suite 100, Louisville 303-666-7110 If you’re the type of person who cares enough about your body to shop for organic produce, why not give the same thought to your dental health? At Studio Z Dental, we use only the safest, most natural products with each of our clients. Curious about mercury safe dentistry? Check out our videos at

SOUTH LAKEWOOD DENTAL Scott Stewart, DDS & Certified Naturopathic Dentist 2525 S Wadsworth Blvd, Ste 11, Lakewood 303-988-4338 Denver’s first holistic, naturopathic dentist offering mercury free AND mercury safe amalgam (silver filling) removal. Numerous studies have found amalgam (50% mercury) to be a substantial source of exposure to mercury vapor, which has potentially hazardous side effects to your health. Holistic-minded individuals should consider the safe removal and handling of any silver fillings. We offer a bio-compatibility test to decide which replacement material is best for you. Financing available. 20% off new patient exam and x-rays when you mention Natural Awakenings. Call today for a radical improvement in your health. See ad page 5.

VIBRANCE DENTISTRY with DR. CATE VIEREGGER 7400 E Crestline Circle, Ste 230, Greenwood Village 303-770-1116 Whether your goal is to encourage a healthy attitude towards oral health in your children or ease your own anxiety about dental procedures, our friendly staff and relaxing atmosphere will change the way you approach dental care. At Vibrance Dentistry, we believe that oral healthcare should be a pleasant and relaxing experience. Our state-of-the-art equipment and spa-like amenities allow us to offer services that transcend traditional dentistry and promote whole-body wellness. See ad page 7.

DOG TRAINING MISHA MAY FOUNDATION DOG TRAINING & RESCUE Lorraine May, Executive Director 303-239-0382 Learn to speak the language of your dog! Misha May Foundation provides inexpensive community classes where you learn invaluable tools to help your dog be more secure and happy, and you too! Classes include Understanding Dogs, with positive reinforcement techniques only, and Dog Trainer Apprentice Programs to become a dog trainer, utilizing behavior science and holistic approaches. Homes of a foster dog from any organization may attend classes free! Many more classes available. See our website for more information.

ENERGY HEALING/ MEDITATION JOURNEY WITHIN with ANITA DESTINO Inside Irongate Execute Plaza, Belmar area 777 S Wadsworth Blvd. Bldg 2-108, Lakewood 720-413-7303 A safe place for people interested in creating change in their lives, Journey Within helps you focus on spiritual growth, developing your intuition and personal development. Give to yourself with Free Energy Healings, Angel Healings, Guided Meditations, Meditation Classes, Workshops and Intuitive Readings/Healings. Join us for a Free Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing held every Wednesday from 6-7 pm, open to everyone. Reconnective Healing with Mary Beth Kennedy. Transform your body, mind and soul! See full listing under Consciousness Shift.

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ENERGY MEDICINE HEALING CHANGE MARIE ADAMS EEM-AP, CHT, PT 7950 S Lincoln St, Ste 100, Littleton 303-668-0299 Individual sessions and classes in Eden Energy Medicine for increased Joy, Health and Vitality! Balancing nine different energy systems in your body and energy field creates healing at the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels of your being. Ongoing classes: Daily Energy Routine and other health topics. Free 30-minute phone or Skype consultation available.


HEALTHY AGING CLEAR SKY MEDICAL KATIA I. MEIER, M.D. Panorama Falls 9085 E Mineral Circle, #260, Centennial 303-790-7860 Feel and look your best at any age with Katia Meier, MD, Board Certified in Anti-Aging Medicine, Specialty trained in Bio-identical Hormone Therapy, Holistic and Naturopathic medicine in Europe and certified in laser and injectable aesthetic dermatology. Specializing in whole body health with customized approaches to Healthy Aging, BHRT, Nutritional analysis and Therapy, Medical Aesthetics and non-surgical rejuvenation treatments, Homeopathy, Herbology, Detoxification Programs, Medical Weight Loss for men & women. All ages; most insurance welcome. Set up your appointment today. See ad page 2.

FAMILY PRACTICE CLEAR SKY MEDICAL with Dr. Katia Meier. Board Certified in Anti-Aging Medicine and specialty trained in Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy and Functional medicine. See full listing under PHYSICIAN or see ad page 2.

HEALING SACRED UNITY HEALING Joanne Palladino 303-263-0679 Awaken your mind, heal your body and enliven your soul. Your healing session includes a meaningful intuitive reading to help you expand perspectives about your life and choices; a channeled presence with vibrational sound & words to attune you to a love frequency; reiki energy healing to dissolve blocks and promote harmony; and self-awareness practices to shift old patterns so you can live more mindfully in the present. Come for a healing that touches and transforms all aspects of your being.


Seeking self transformation? We are a family specializing in individual growth, transformation, and evolution through multiple energetic healing modalities. We specialize in healing relationships; your relationship with yourself in addition to all other relationships in your life, healing hearts to resurrect the light within. We are Certified Reiki Masters/Teachers, 13th Octave Lahochi Practitioners, Munay-Ki Shamans, and Yoga Instructors. Call today and receive 1/2 off your first session with a three session investment.

FIREFLY NATURAL HEALTH OF COLORADO Dr Tracy Robinson 5400 Ward Rd, Bldg 1, Ste 100, Arvada 720-432-5376 / OfficeCO@ Natural Medicine for glowing health from medically-trained Naturopathic Doctors. Areas of specialty include Women’s Health, Thyroid, Fatigue/low energy, and Gastrointestinal concerns (IBS, gas, bloating, etc) in addition to natural treatment of many other health concerns. Therapies include herbal medicine, homeopathy, diet & lifestyle, advanced specialty testing. Call today for an appointment or complimentary 15-minute consultation.


DR. ROB SMIGELSKI, DC BioTransformational Institute Lafayette and Denver 720-381-8561 / 1 in 8 people over the age of 65 suffer from Alzheimer’s. Over 50 million Americans have an autoimmune disease. You shouldn’t have to live in fear of your body, mind and spirit degenerating as you grow older. Dr. Smigelski specializes in addressing brain health and autoimmune conditions by using an integrated approach of chiropractic, functional medicine, and Chinese medicine concepts. Are you experiencing brain fog, fatigue, temporary memory loss, cold hands and feet? Call today to set up an appointment, or for a free 20 minute consultation.

CLEAR SKY MEDICAL with Dr. Katia Meier and staff offers Certified Nutrition therapists, specializing in the food-brain connection, nutrition for cancer prevention, autoimmune diseases, food sensitivities/allergies, elimination diets and medically supervised weight loss. See listing under PHYSICIAN or see ad page 2.

PHYSICIAN: BOARD CERTIFIED HOLISTIC CLEAR SKY MEDICAL with KATIA I. MEIER, M.D. Panorama Falls 9085 E Mineral Circle, #260, Centennial 303-790-7860

CLEAR SKY MEDICAL with Dr. Katia Meier. Board Certified in Anti-Aging Medicine and specialty trained in BioIdentical Hormone Therapy and Functional Medicine. See full listing under PHYSICIAN or see ad page 2.


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MASSAGE CRYSTAL CREEK THERAPEUTICS Suzie Fritz, LMT 1111 Washington Ave, Golden 720-934-8359 / 303-279-9787

Feel and look your best with Dr Katia Meier, Board Certified Holistic MD specializing in whole body health for children and adults. Customized approaches to Healthy Aging, Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement therapy, Nutritional analysis and Therapy, Medical Aesthetics and non-surgical rejuvenation treatments, Homeopathy, Herbology, Naturopathic Medicine, Personalized Detoxification Programs, Medical Weight Loss for men and women. Treating all ages and most insurance welcomed. Make your appointment today. See ad page 2.


Headaches, back pain or aching muscles? I am a licensed massage therapist trained in neuromuscular, deep tissue and shiatsu through the Boulder College of Massage. I specializing in treating chronic pain, sports-related injuries and stress and include essential oils in all sessions. Insurance accepted if applies. Golden location for 24 years. See ad page 15. participate.pdf

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RENEE ELLIS, MA RMT Psychotherapy, Intuitive Counseling Past Life Therapy, Energy Healing, Classes Located in Central Denver 720-984-9575

We are all psychic! Improve your innate psychic abilities for yourself or become a professional. Classes & Certificates. The “Clairs” - A Comprehensive Study; Aspen Psychic Apprenticeship; Build Your Psychic Skills short-course; Time Travel Hypnosis; Reiki Training. Register on-line at

REIKI BODY MIND ENERGY CENTER Reece Leonetti 1221 S. Clarkson St. #205, Denver 720-276-6118 / Find your life purpose; uncover the layers of post-traumatic stress from this and previous lifetimes. Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and treats the whole person creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. Reiki Energy Healer Reece Leonetti, with 14 years experience, can help you rediscover your path with Reiki Sessions or Classes.

Are you dealing with challenges in your relationships, career or health, loss of a loved one, or finding and following your life path? Renee specializes in helping women find the clarity, freedom and intuitive perspective to gracefully move through life transitions to a more joyful experience. She weaves traditional counseling techniques with intuitive abilities, energy healing, personalized Bach Flower Essence formulas and past life therapy without regression. Individual sessions, programs and classes. Free 30-minute consultation.


Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. ~Francis of Assisi


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April Spotlight WOLFHEALS SHAMANIC SERVICES BJ BROWN, MSW, CIBP Shamanic Practitioner, Body-Centered Psychotherapy, Reiki Master In Boulder 303-808-4006 Shamanism is an ancient, cross-cultural methodology, rooted in working directly with the helping, compassionate Spiritual realm, including nature and Earth wisdom. Shamanic practitioners help you to recognize a deeper sense of health, integrity and joy. Shamanic healing and other methods can benefit those who feel unwell on any level and support you in developing your own spiritual autonomy. It is my deep desire and commitment to assist those who have forgotten or lost their sense of passion and wholeness, or who no longer believe their essence and beauty is available to them. Retreats and long distance consultations also offered.


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LizBeth Peter 1155 Sherman St., Suite 111, Denver 720-239-1155 / Discover your Full Expression of Your Unique Authentic Self, by tapping into unused potential of the most highly evolved part of your brain, your Higher Brain. Release the grips of your lower reactive ruminating fearful brain. Clients gain increased: Positive Thoughts, Tranquility, Clarity, Fulfillment in Relationships, Empowerment, Achievement of Goals, Higher Consciousness. FREE Higher Brain Living Consultations available by appointment.

AWAKEN HIGHER BRAIN LIVING SE DENVER with Lucy Wirth 2696 S. Colorado Blvd, Ste 440, Denver 720-339-3990 A New Brain…A New Beginning! Learn how to transform your brain and awaken to a lifetime of Joy, Passion and Confidence. This revolutionary and trans-formational system creates a surge of energy to the prefrontal cortex, releasing stress, fear and limiting beliefs, and allows for the discovery of a life filled with new possibilities. This physiological change in the Brain has been the missing link! Call me or email today to learn how you can achieve the Life of Your Dreams! Join me any Thursday between 11:30am-6pm for a free informational consultation (appointment required).

AWAKEN HIGHER BRAIN LIVING® CENTER-LITTLETON with Kent Johnson / 303-907-3468 2100 W Littleton Blvd, #248, Littleton NEW IN COLORADO: From your first session, you experience an energy surge through the connective tissue of your body, loosening the grip of your fear-based “survival” brain as this energy shifts into your prefrontal cortex. As your stress plunges, you rediscover your inner Joy, Passion and Purpose - YOUR intended purpose! This gentle-touch technique is so consistent and predictable that we guarantee it. 1st step: See a LIVE demonstration - email for a video clip and schedule. See ad back cover.

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