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his Earth Day, on April 22, Earth Day Network is focusing on the importance of reducing the use of plastics and finding more Earth-friendly alternatives (EarthDay.org). EDN asks everyone to pledge to switch to sustainable alternatives, subscribe to its newsletter, spread the word via social media, educate and mobilize citizens to demand action, and donate to support the adoption of a global framework to regulate plastic pollution that will engage individuals, companies and governments worldwide. EDN notes that of the approximately 300 million tons of plastic annually produced to make bags, bottles, packages and other commodities worldwide, only about 10 percent is successfully recycled and reused. The rest ends up in landfills or as litter, leaching dangerous chemicals into soil and water, endangering humans and wildlife alike. Via the Plastic Pollution Primer and Action Toolkit, “People can create and follow a plan to reduce their plastic footprint and also share that data to help others via the Billion Acts of Green online campaign,” says Valeria Merino, vice president of Global Earth Day. The initiative is also providing materials, tips on organizing cleanup events and social media tie-ins. We highly recommend you read the Plastic Pollution Primer and Action Toolkit from Earthday.org; here are some takeaways: TIPS TO REFUSE PLASTICS: • Refuse straws. Purchase a metal/wood/ paper-based straw and bring it with you. • Refuse plastic shopping bags. Bring reusable bags instead and use cloth or mesh bags for fresh produce • Select products without plastic packaging and avoid products that are excessively wrapped in plastic • Avoid fabrics with plastic microfibers such as nylon and polyester. WAYS YOU CAN REUSE IN YOUR DAILY LIFE: • Get a reusable water bottle. • Buy reusable wax lined bags and wraps to replace single-use sandwich bags. • Donate old clothes, toys, furniture or electronics. • Consider washable, reusable cloth diapers • Many food containers from restaurants are durable enough to be reused for kitchen storage. RECYCLE following the rules of the community in which you live. If you are unsure about an item, don’t try to recycle it as it will only slow the sorting process. Educating yourself on proper recycling is crucial to its effectiveness. You can even make a sign explaining the rules and hang it near your recycling and trash cans.
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Start a New Career in Hypnotherapy
he next 500-hour hypnotherapy course begins June 4 at the Hypnotherapy Academy of America, 2132 Osuna Road NE, Ste B in Albuquerque. Upon completion of the first three modules (300 hours), students are eligible for certification as hypnotherapists with the International Board of Hypnotherapy. Module four (100 hours) covers pain management techniques, perioperative services, and accelerated healing, leading to the professional designation of Certified Medical Support Clinical Hypnotherapist. The Module five (100-hours) elective covers natal regression and past-life therapy, for a total of 500 hours of training. Students travel from 30 countries and all 50 states to attend the school. Academy Director Tim Simmerman Sierra states, “Our state-licensed hypnosis courses and clinical hypnotherapy training have led the field in hypnotherapy education for over 30 years. The 500-hour accelerated certification course in hypnotherapy is held three times a year and is taught in two-week modules.” To register, call 505-767-8030 or toll free at 877-983-1515 or visit HypnotherapyAcademy.com/course-content. See ad on page 23.
over artist Stephen Blancett has been making art since childhood, but his style and subjects are ever-evolving. Animals are a new favorite subject of the artist, who typically paints both abstracts and figures portrayed realistically in form, but in bold, unreal colors. “I’ve always had a love for animals,” says Blancett, a resident of Alva, Florida. “I see a lot more wildlife now that I live near a river, especially fish, manatees and alligators, which inspires me to paint them.” Burrowing Owl was commissioned for a fundraiser for Abuse Counseling & Treatment (ACT), an organization that assists victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. “It’s a great reward to know that my art benefits another person in some way,” says Blancett, a longtime supporter of ACT. A former creative director in the advertising and publishing fields with a degree from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Blancett serves as national art director for Natural Awakenings. His work has been featured in numerous publications and galleries around the world, including recent exhibitions in Miami, London, Vienna and Strasbourg.
okyo Joe’s, the local, Denver-based, Asian fast casual restaurant, is partnering with local Healthy Living magazine, Natural Awakenings. Customers can pick up the latest local health magazine along with a healthy meal at 25 locations throughout the Denver Metro area – including a new location at 19240 E. Lincoln Ave., in Parker. According to VP of Marketing, Katy McIntyre, all Colorado Tokyo Joe’s locations now offer 2-for-1 Sushi and Bowls every Monday evening from 4:00 p.m. to close. Guests are encouraged to join the Tokyo Joe’s Digital Addict Club for exclusive offers and a free starter and a free entrée on their half birthday. “Our guests have been asking us to open a Tokyo Joe’s in Parker for a very long time. We are thrilled to have found a location that will allow us to serve healthy, clean Asian food to the local community,” said Mark Davis, CEO of Tokyo Joe’s. The Parker location joins another new restaurant in Arvada and planned openings in Wheatridge and Colorado Springs in 2018.
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The Women’s Way to Health, Wealth, and Happiness
athy Mason and Tryna Cooper host the monthly program “The Women’s Way to Health, Wealth, and Happiness” every 2nd Tuesday. These two-hour trainings on business and personal development from a feminine energetic perspective are open to women and men interested in business or personal growth. Topics vary, and April 10th’s session, “Authentic Video Marketing,” is from 7 to 9 p.m. Kathy says, “This is a critical time to offer business connection to each other from the heart in a conscious, authentic way. Assisting businesses and individuals in developing their potential from a more feminine perspective offers true power.” Tryna adds, “It is imperative that conscious businesses grow and prosper and that individuals have the tools to be heard and to share their inner-driven gifts with the world.” Kathy Mason and Tryna Cooper are experts in their fields with years of experience in successful entrepreneurial business development. They excel in leadership, growth, and spiritual/conscious modalities, and recognize that now is the time to balance the strong masculine power in action and planning with the strong feminine power of compassion and inner guidance to create prosperous, successful businesses and individuals.
New Staff at Clear Sky Medical
lear Sky Medical introduces Ella Sutherland, Licensed Medical Esthetician and Certified Laser Specialist, to their team. Ella began her career in the beauty industry 10+ years ago and holds a dual license in Master Medical Esthetics and Cosmetology. Her passion lies in providing individualized treatment plans that are best suited for each patient, and exceptional preventative and corrective treatments with focus on educating, which comes from her background as a post-graduate instructor. Clear Sky Medical, Panorama Falls, 9085 E Mineral Circle, Ste 260, Centennial. Call 7907860 to schedule your appointment today. See ad page 2.
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Experience Tantric Practices
udith Ann Condon of Journeys to Tantric Bliss is dedicated to educating modern minds on the ancient secrets of Tantra. She offers classes in Tantric practices on April 4 and 18, as well as other dates, and additional workshops and retreats for individuals and couples. Says Condon, “Come experience Tantric practice in group, individual or couples sessions. Tantric practice helps you build an intimate, rewarding and powerful relationship with the most important person in your life - you. It is a lifeline from the earth to the heavens.” Learn about Journeys to Tantric Bliss community gatherings in Boulder and multi-day Tantra retreats worldwide at journeystotantricbliss.com. Contact Judith at 303-630-9479 or judithannecondon.com. See listing page 32.
Intuitive Guide Certification Training
hantal Fidanza, Certified Light Journey Guide and Intuitive Healer, offers a 6-month Intuitive Guide Certification Training tele-course starting July 7, which includes a 3-day onsite mountain retreat in Santa Fe, NM. Featuring support from her equine herd, this deeply transformational training assists in all aspects of setting up your own successful Intuitive Healing Practice. It is geared toward those who are called to use their intuitive gifts in service and are ready to realize the dream of empowering others, as well as toward empaths — those particularly sensitive to energy — who seek a pathway for channeling those sensitivities into a source of wellness and empowerment in their own lives. Space is extremely limited to offer maximum individualized support. No healing background or equine experience is necessary. Says Fidanza, “Just a desire to embody one’s divine self, explore one’s ability to self-heal, and support others to embrace their own empowerment; Whatever one decides to do with the skills gained from the training, their life will be transformed.” $3,500 with 6-month payment plan or $2,960 with payment in full by June 1. $800 non-refundable deposit reserves your space. For more information, contact Chantal at 505-4381074, info@YourDivineLight.biz or see YourDivineLight.biz
Gathering of Humanity Retreat in Santa Fe
he Gathering for Humanity, Awaken Through the Seeds of Knowledge and Wisdom” five-day retreat is being held May 16 to 20 at The Chi Center in Santa Fe. According to Mayan Grandmother Flordemayo, the Gathering is an urgent calling to all of humanity committed to increasing the light and coherence on the planet. “Indigenous Elders, hosts, honored guests and musical guests will weave their gifts through the healing journey, activating energies of the land in a retreat environment to transform and realign body, mind and spirit. Sacred seeds of awakening will be planted at this event, which you may grow in your own communities through practice, inner wisdom and higher vibration.” The Gathering represent four organizations brought together through a calling of spirit and aligned in a common vision to form a new global alliance. Gathering hosts include: Grandmother Flordemayo and The Path; Master Mingtong Gu and the Chi Center; Matthew Reifslager and The Wholeness Crystal Earth Project; and Madi Sato and Timothy McLaughlin of Praising Earth. “Our purpose is an alliance of prayer, wisdom, education and healing for our Mother Earth—for all her inhabitants, for all children, and for the next seven generations, in the four directions,” says Flordemayo. For more information, visit GatheringForHumanity.org. See ad page 11.
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r. Scott Stewart of South Lakewood Dental introduces Dr. Jamie Greear-Schmidt, DMD, into the practice. Dr Greear-Schmidt attended Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine and earned her Doctorate of Dental Medicine. She worked as an associate in several dental offices before opening her own solo private practice in 2008. In 2015, she sold her practice to move to Colorado with her family. Since the birth of her son in 2013, she became passionate about living and promoting a holistic, non-toxic, healthy lifestyle. This quickly integrated into her dental career as she shifted towards a biologic/holistic life. She practices safe mercury amalgam removal, ozone therapy, holistic oral surgery, minimally invasive dentistry and understands the strong connection between health and the oral cavity. She is a member of The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology. Dr. Greear-Schmidt is known for her warm chairside manner, gentle touch, and calming nature. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and soaking up all the beautiful nature that Colorado has to offer. South Lakewood Dental, 2525 S. Wadsworth Blvd. Ste 11, Lakewood. Schedule your appointment with Dr Greear-Schmidt at 855-233-0023. Lakewoodlaserdentist.com. See ad page 8.
Spring Wellness Open House
lternative Worldwide Health, known for balancing health by using natural medicine, bio-energetics, and pain therapies, will host an Open House April 21st from 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at 2323 S Troy St., Bldg 3, Suite 3-107 in Aurora. The Open House introduces the local public to a system featured on the Dr. Oz show as “changing the future of medicine.” Electrotherapist Jean Birdsall gives a 30-minute demonstration of the Magna Charger Pro, a pulsed electro magnetic field therapy. Says Birdsall, “Clients experience pain relief on a cellular level by energizing the body’s natural healing power. Inflammation is reduced while tissue healing and bone strengthening are stimulated. Clients report less fatigue, less stress and increased relaxation.” Doctor of Natural Medicine Kendra Kennard BD, CBP, CAT, NES Practitioner, uses biofeedback, natural remedies, nutritional supplements, diet and/or lifestyle changes to help the body achieve an optimal state of health. Other modalities, such as Biocraniopathy and Auricular therapy are offered in 10-15 minute sessions. All mini sessions are free after $7 at the door. Enjoy gourmet food and drink served. Bring a friend! Take control of your health by attending and discovering the many exciting paths to wellness. Contact Jean Birdsall 303-241-8516 or email@example.com. Alternativeworldwidehealth.com. See Save the Date page 26.
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Discover Life on the High Plains
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oin with kindred Plant-Healers, edge-dwellers, cultureshifters and glad misfits for a life-altering experience of deep learning and celebration at the 2018 Good Medicine Confluence Wednesday May 16 through Sunday May 20th at Fort Lewis College in Durango. The five-day conference offers over 140 never-before taught, specially-developed classes and intensives, providing the Inspiration, Ethos, Skills, and Tools for the effective healing of our world, and the deepest enjoyment of our purposeful lives. The Confluence brings together the healing arts, medicinal plants of all kinds, assessments, cultivation, locavore cuisine, botanical perfumes, the making of artisanal products, entheogens, wildcrafting, conservation, field botany, plant based crafts, free clinics, mushrooms, for a healthful and enjoyable lifestyle. This 9th annual event will host nearly 500 plant healers, artisans, herb lovers and nature lovers and celebrants of life coming together to learn, network, and celebrate. Day and evening classes Wed-Thur; day classes and dance concerts Fri-Sat; additional classes and plant walks Sunday Tickets for all 5 days on sale now; single day and evening passes on sale starting April 15. The price of registration includes all classes, intensives, plant walks, labs, a softbound event book, gifts, and audio recordings of the many Confluence classes. For more information, email PlantHealer@planthealer.org or see PlantHealer.org
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ake a trip back in time to explore pioneer life on Colorado’s high plains in the 1880s at the Plains Conservation Center. The center features an authentic Cheyenne camp and tipis, sod houses, a blacksmith house and oneroom school house set on 1,100 acres in Aurora. A variety of educational programs, managed by Denver Botanic Gardens, are offered at the center. Students and adults can grow their knowledge and appreciation of the prairie ecosystem and cultural history of Colorado through tours, hands-on workshops, photography classes, field trips and more. Recent classes have included “Botanical Soap-Making on the Plains,” “Prairie Wildlife Adventure,” “Photographing the Not-So-Plain Plains!” and a one-day immersion with overnight component. The natural prairie environment is exciting to explore on its own, too. Find pronghorn, red-tailed hawks, prairie dogs, rattles snakes and coyotes—even a bald eagle family who calls the Plains Conservation Center home. Explore the nature center or set out on one of the rolling trails. Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E. Hampden Ave, Aurora. Call 303-326-8380 or visit botanicgardens.org.
All-Natural Skincare Class June 23
earn how easy and inexpensive it is to make natural cleansers, toners, exfoliants, masks, creams, serums and moisturizers with more nutrients and antioxidants for your skin than anything commercially available June 23 from 1-3 p.m. at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms, a 700acre native plant refuge and working farm. Afterward, walk nature trails, visit with farm animals and soak up the fresh country air. 8500 West Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton. 720-865-3500 or register at botanicgardens.org
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New Allergy Elimination Practitioner
avvy Wellness is now open inside Whole Health Center, 9370 S Colorado Blvd., #A-10 in Highlands Ranch. Health Coach Sheree Michelle utilizes cuttingedge technology in Biofeedback Allergy Elimination and Lymphatic Drainage Therapy. “If you suffer from fatigue, headaches, gastrointestinal distress, eczema, depression, asthma or allergies, we now have a way of reading the body’s language through Biofeedback,” says Sheree. “The Interactive Query System is an advanced Interrogatory Biofeedback, whereby the machine taps into the subconscious ‘intelligence’ of the body for specific health information. Information that might have taken weeks or months of ‘traditional’ testing can now be realized in a matter of minutes. We can save money by getting to the root of the problem right away without a bunch of trial and error.” For Lymphatic Drainage, Sheree utilizes the Lymph Star Pro, a “therapeutic, vibrational instrument employing acoustic waves, an electro-static field and electro-pressure created by the use of multiple treatment points. This non-invasive procedure is faster than manual lymph touch alone. An hour session incorporating the Lymph Star Pro is as effective as 5 hours of manual lymph drainage alone,” says Sheree. “Lymphatic Therapy is one of the most relaxing, satisfying types of bodywork available.” Contact Sheree for an appointment at 303-4719355 or savvy-wellness.com. See ad page 13. April 2018
Sway Congress Save Wild Horses Campaign Update
The Trump Administration’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget again calls on Congress to lift long-standing prohibitions on the destruction and slaughter of wild horses and burros. The budget seeks to cut approximately $14 million of the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse and Burro Program by selling as many as 90,000 federally protected American mustangs for slaughter to avoid management costs and supply foreign markets with horsemeat. So far, citizens have held the line in favor of America’s iconic equine heritage. As Congress discusses appropriations for 2019, we must continue to press our senators and representatives to stand with the 80 percent of Americans that demand protection for these animals. Make your voice heard today via the online form at Tinyurl.com/ SaveWildHorsesNow.
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Within Kundalini development come the great powers and benefits of the divine awakened upon the societies of the world. All of the societies. The human society, plant society, animal society, the fungi, bacteriological, virological, mineral, and gaseous strata of creation to name a few. We have not yet discovered all of the societies of creation that co-exist with us on this world and in this multi verse. All creation has its own form of intelligence and comprehension. All of the “societies” have their own communication and agenda. To know this is to begin to understand that diversity of creation is the will of the divine and as we are unique to each other and yet accepting of our commonality so can we extend that acceptance to the other societies of creation we share this physical world with. This will often be given from Kundalini as a form of “Unity Consciousness.” We will become “At One” with everything. We will know for a brief moment the connected reality of all that is. From that knowledge and experience are we able to expand our love and compassion and respect to all of the societies of this world and cosmos. This is merely a drop in the ocean of the Kundalini phenomena experience but it is a very important one as it begins to take us into an exalted form of appreciation that is trans-species and transcendent of our limited concepts of what is conscious intelligent life. Kundalini is a divine bridge into these new and awesome experiential understandings. One of the phenomena that is common among the Kundalini awakening or activating individual is that of “Doing no harm” to any form of life as we know it to be. In Sanskrit this is called “Ahimsa.” We begin to feel a great love for all life and how we are woven into its complex and yet harmonious structure. We are given loving guidance to not hurt or harm any creation and in some of the human societies this brings about a desire towards vegetarianism. There are other reasons for this as well but the Ahimsa in the spiritual seeking context is one of the driving forces. Perhaps you can begin to understand and feel the vast tapestry of life that we are part of and to communicate respectfully with the many societies that are present here with us on this amazing planet. Be respectful and allowing of the many colors and shades of life to go their own way as you go yours. This respect and love will be reflected by and amplified by the Kundalini grace that surrounds you. Those in the many societies will understand without having to be told that you walk with Kundalini grace. Blessings. Chrism is a northern-California based spiritual teacher who assists people worldwide in the activation and awakening of Kundalini. He is coming to Denver Apr 28-29. See ad page 9.
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Heal with Forgiveness Did you know that after Jesus’ lifetime, he worked with other ascended masters to set up a network of healing energy that blankets the planet with the vibration of forgiveness? The planet has had many Avatars such as Buddha, Krishna, and Jesus. All of them came here to teach us about our human capabilities so that we can live in harmony, ease, and grace. Jesus specifically came here to teach us about forgiveness, and the network of healing energy and forgiveness he set up is called the Christ Force grid. It is especially powerful at clearing pain and invalidation from the body. During a Christ Force Healing, a Healer channels this energy through their hands, into your feet, and then out the top of your head. You can request a healing on anything - physical, mental, emotional, situational or relational. Most will feel relaxed and calm, but some might experience pain – when you are releasing a lot of pain, it can hurt as it leaves your system. Ask your healer to ease up a bit so that you will be able tolerate the healing and release. Get ready to clear away blocks that have been keeping you small, limited, and incapable throughout your whole life with the diving power of forgiveness.
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global briefs Tropical Forests Releasing Excess Carbon A study published in the journal Science found that forests across Asia, Latin America and Africa release 468 tons of carbon per year, equivalent to nearly 10 percent of the annual U.S. carbon footprint. Thus, tropical forests may no longer be acting as carbon sinks and could be releasing more carbon than they store. Lead author Alessandro Baccini, with the Woods Hole Research Center, in Massachusetts, says, “These findings provide the world with a wake-up call on forests. If we’re to keep global temperatures from rising to dangerous levels, we need to drastically reduce emissions and greatly increase forests’ ability to absorb and store carbon.” Researchers think nearly 70 percent of this loss of carbon storage capacity is caused by small-scale degradation from logging, drought and wildfire. Researchers say that policies to curb deforestation, reduce degradation and restore the integrity of the land could turn forests back into carbon sinks.
Solar energy is now the cheapest form of new energy in dozens of countries, with record-setting solar farms being built worldwide. Researchers have been investigating ways to make transparent solar panels that resemble glass that could be used as window panels at the same time as converting the light that shines on them into electricity. “Highly transparent solar cells represent the wave of the future for new solar applications,” explains materials scientist Richard Lunt, Ph.D., from Michigan State University. “We analyzed their potential and show that by harvesting only invisible light, these devices have the potential of generating a similar amount of electricity as rooftop solar while providing additional functionality to enhance the efficiency of buildings, automobiles and mobile electronics.” As reported in Nature Energy, his team has developed a transparent, luminescent, solar concentrator that looks like clear glass, covered in small, organic molecules adept at capturing only ultraviolet and near-infrared wavelengths of light. The visible light that enables human vision isn’t obstructed, so we can see through the cell. If scaled up to cover the billions of square feet of glass surfaces throughout the U.S., it could potentially supply about 40 percent of our country’s energy needs.
France Welcomes Beleaguered Climate Researchers French President Emmanuel Macron awarded 18 climate scientists from the U.S. and elsewhere millions of euros in grants to relocate to his country for the rest of Donald Trump’s presidential term. Macron’s “Make Our Planet Great Again” grants are meant to counter Trump’s intent on the climate change front following his declaration to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord. One winner, Camille Parmesan, of the University of Texas at Austin, who is working at an experimental ecology station in the Pyrenees charting how human-made climate change is affecting wildlife, says that in the U.S., “You are having to hide what you do.”
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We Need Trees
Arbor Day More Vital Now than Ever The 147th annual Arbor Day on April 27 encourages tree planting worldwide to replenish lost tree cover including trees wiped out in the recent fires in California and hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. The Arbor Day Foundation (ADF) is committed to providing 5 million trees in these areas alone. More than 3,400 U.S. communities will participate as an ADF Tree City. Visit Tinyurl.com/USATreeCityDirectory for a current list and criteria for new communities to apply. The ADF Alliance for Community Trees (ACTrees.org) supports treegrowing programs for 200 nonprofit
member groups nationwide via funding, information sharing and forging helpful connections. Trees are much more than aesthetics, says Program Manager Dana Karcher, who most recently welcomed Community Greening, in Delray Beach, Florida, and Outdoor Circle, in Hawaii, into the fold. “Trees clean the air, are a habitat for animals, retain storm water and more.” An affiliated nonprofit program online at NeighborWoodsMonth.org encourages tree planting each October. Billings, Montana, earned the latest Arbor Day Celebration Award after 12 elementary schools there
engaged in environmental education stations and 180 volunteers planted and pruned trees. Other recent biannual award winners included California’s ReLeaf program and the Atlanta Beltline Arboretum. The need was great even before the world’s forests lost 73.4 million acres of tree cover in 2016, a 51 percent increase over 2015, due to poor forest management, climate change-driven drought and fires, says Global Forest Watch. Hopeful global signs: The largestever tropical reforestation project in the Brazilian Amazon aims to plant 73 million trees in the next six years on 70,000 acres. A New Zealand participation goal for the Billion Trees Planting Programme targets planting 100 million trees annually for a decade. In July 2017, volunteers in Madhya Pradesh, India, planted 66,750,000 tree saplings in 12 hours, exceeding the previous record by Uttar Pradesh of 50 million in 24 hours, as part of India’s reforestation pledge of 2 billion new trees by 2030. A $10 annual ADF membership fee includes 10, six-inch-tall seedlings to plant or to donate to a national forest. Karcher’s paramount planting tip: “Dig the hole twice as wide and the same depth of the root ball. If it’s too deep, it’ll suffocate. Give roots space to grow.”
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Why a Warming Planet is Harming Our Health by Lisa Marshall
amantha Ahdoot’s son Isaac was 9 years old when he collapsed from the heat while playing clarinet at band camp. It had been a record-hot summer following a mild winter and early spring, and Dr. Ahdoot, an Alexandria, Virginia, pediatrician, had already noticed a string of unusual cases: A toddler had contracted Lyme disease in the once tick-free region of Northern Maine. A teenager had suffered an asthma attack in February, a full month before she usually started taking allergy medicine. A displaced grade-schooler from out of town arrived traumatized after fleeing a hurricane-ravaged home with her family. 16
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But it wasn’t until she saw her son laying on a gurney in the emergency room with an IV in his arm that she fully connected the dots. “I was aware that the weather had changed a lot since I was kid. But it really didn’t hit home until that day that climate change could affect my health and the health of my children personally,” recalls Ahdoot. “I realized it would be a betrayal of my duty as a pediatrician to sit back and do nothing about it.”
Healthy Climate, Healthy People
Ahdoot, now a vocal climate change activist, is among a growing number of healthcare professionals that have begun to reframe climate change not as a concern for elsewhere or the future, but as a pressing U.S. public health issue today. In one recent survey of 1,200 allergists, 48 percent said climate change is already affecting their patients a “great deal” or a “moderate amount.” In another survey of lung specialists, 77 percent said they were seeing patient symptoms grow more severe due to worsening climate-related air quality. In a sweeping review published last October in The Lancet medical journal, a team of healthcare professionals proclaimed that the human symptoms of climate change are “unequivocal and potentially irreversible,” noting that since 2000, the number of people in the United States exposed to heat waves annually has risen by about 14.5 million, and the number of natural disasters annually has increased 46 percent. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also begun to weigh in with a Climate-Ready States and Cities Initiative to help local health departments brace for everything from the hazardous air quality associated with more forest fires to the spread of vector-borne diseases like Zika and West Nile as the range and season of mosquitoes and ticks expands. Meanwhile, groups like the newly formed and expansive Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health, to which Ahdoot belongs, are being proactive. Its doctors are greening their offices, swapping cars for bikes, buses or carpool-
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ing, lobbying lawmakers and encouraging their patients to undertake measures to prevent the problem from worsening. In the process, they say, they might even improve their own health. “We want the public to understand that climate change is not just about polar bears or receding glaciers in the Arctic, but also about our children and our health here and now,” says Ahdoot.
Flora and Fauna Issues
During the past century, average temperatures have increased between 1.3 and 1.9 degrees Fahrenheit, with annual increases accelerating in recent years as 2012, 2015, 2016 and 2017 all set records for ambient heat. Such rising temperatures, combined with increased rain and record-high atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, can have a significant impact on plants—both those that irritate or nourish us, says Howard Frumkin, a medical doctor who co-authored the Lancet report and teaches environmental and occupational health sciences at the University of Washington, in Seattle. Wild, allergy-inducing plants like ragweed and poison ivy are flourishing. Poison ivy is growing faster, larger and more toxic as excess carbon prompts it to produce more of its rashinducing compound, urushiol. “We are seeing the season for ragweed productivity expanding, with pollen levels rising higher and earlier and lasting longer by several weeks,” advises Frumkin. In 2016, residents of Minneapolis, Minnesota, endured a ragweed season that was 21 days longer than in 1990. Other, desirable crops, like grains, do worse in hotter carbon-rich climes, producing less protein and other nutrients, Frumkin notes. Meanwhile, bugs are thriving, with longer seasons and wider ranges in which to reproduce. Mosquitoes’ capacity to transmit dengue fever—the world’s fastest-growing
Five Steps to Take Today
Swap tailpipes for pedals: Bike or walk instead of driving, especially for distances of less than two miles, which comprise 40 percent of all car trips. A study in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives found that if everyone did this in just 11 cities in the Midwest, not only would carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions fall, but it would extend 1,300 lives and save $8 billion in healthcare costs due to better air quality and less sedentary lifestyles.
Eat less red meat: Producing
red meat results in five times more climate-warming emissions per calorie than chicken, pork, dairy or eggs, according to a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. It also creates 11 times more emissions than the production of potatoes, wheat or rice. Eating less red meat can also decrease an individual’s risk of certain cancers.
Encourage hospitals and doctors’ offices to go green:
The healthcare system is responsible
mosquito-borne illness—has risen by 11 percent since 1950, more than half of that just since 1990, according to the Lancet report. Further, the tick that carries Lyme disease is now present in 46 percent of U.S. counties, up from 30 percent in 1998. “My physician colleagues used to treat two or three cases a month during tick season,” says Dr. Nitin Damle, a physician at South County Internal Medicine, in Wakefield, Rhode Island. “Now each of us sees 40 to 50 new cases each season.”
Rising heat can also aggravate lung conditions because it promotes the production of ozone, a major lung irritant. With prolonged heat often come wildfires. When one burned for three months in North Carolina in a recent summer, researchers discovered that residents of counties affected by the smoke plume showed a 50 percent increase in
for about 10 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions, according to a recent study by researchers at the Yale School of Medicine, in New Haven, Connecticut. Boston-area hospitals recently slashed their overall emissions by 29 percent in five years.
Plant more trees: As they grow, trees remove carbon dioxide from the air. Being around green space has also been shown to boost mental and cognitive health.
Show compassion: Americans,
per capita, emit six times more CO2 than the global average, according to research by Jonathan Patz, a medical doctor who directs the Global Health Institute at the University of WisconsinMadison. In a TED Talk, he observed that U.S. lower-income populations and those in developing countries are often hit hardest by gaseous emissions. “Those most vulnerable to the health impacts of climate change are often the least responsible,” he says. “Doing something about this is a matter of compassion.”
emergency trips due to respiratory illness. Like Isaac, more kids are ending up in hospitals due to soaring temperatures, with U.S. emergency room visits for heat illnesses up by 133 percent between 1997 and 2006. Ahdoot recalls a young football player from Arkansas that showed signs of weakness and fatigue during practice, but wasn’t treated right away. He ended up with heat stroke, kidney failure and pulmonary edema and ultimately required kidney dialysis. “Every summer now, I see the impacts of increasing temperatures and heat waves on kids,” she says. Climate change can also impact mental health, according to a recent review by the American Psychological Association. Exposure to natural disasters can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder. Plus, according to research institutions including the University of California, San Diego, and Iowa State University, chronic heat, April 2018
especially at night, can interfere with sleep and even lead to aggressive behavior. Then there’s the worry about what to do about it, and whether it will be enough. “When you talk with people about what is affecting them, climate is definitely one of the things stressing them out,” says Thomas Doherty, Psy.D., a psychologist in Portland, Oregon. “There’s a sense of mystery and powerlessness around it that weighs on people.”
Fresh Perspective, New Hope
Mona Sarfaty, a family physician who is now director of the Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health, attests that 69 percent of Americans are aware that climate change is occurring, and more than half agree that human activities are at least partly to blame. Yet only a third believe it could ever harm them personally. “So much of the early focus was on the receding glaciers and the penguins,” she says. “People today still think it will affect ‘those other people over there,’ but not them.” She agrees with the recent focus on imminent health issues, and is encouraged that a growing number of healthcare professionals feel it’s their duty to inform their patients about climate change to
mobilize action. “When you talk about climate change not only in terms of the health impact it has on individuals and families, but also in terms of the real-time benefits of taking action against it, people are a lot more interested in doing something,” says Sarfaty. For instance, shifting to clean energy sources like wind and solar instead of coal can effect better air quality and easier breathing now. Cycling or walking to work rather than driving can reduce carbon emissions, boost feel-good brain chemicals and keep weight in check. Writing letters to editors or attending rallies to urge lawmakers to pass climate-friendly policies can not only fend off the anxiety and depression that comes with feeling helpless, but also effect real change. Ahdoot is taking these steps now. She has solar panels on her roof, is assisting the local hospital to reduce its carbon footprint, takes public transportation to work and encourages her kids to walk whenever possible. “I don’t feel powerless at all. I feel empowered and optimistic,” she says. “The more we know, the more we are moved to act. We can all do something small every day to protect our climate.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at LisaAnnMarshall.com.
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Paul Hawken Shares a Plan to Reverse Global Warming by Linda Sechrist
or author Paul Hawken, a leading environmental entrepreneur working with a coalition of research fellows, advisors and expert reviewers, the climate goal is drawdown, or reversing global warming—the point in atmospheric time when the concentration of greenhouse gases peaks and begins to decline on a year-to-year basis. Hawken edited Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, a compendium of the 100 most substantive solutions that already exist.
Why is drawdown the goal? If we don’t name the goal, we are unlikely to achieve it. To date, language like mitigation, stabilization and reduction has been used to address climate change. These goals are not particularly ambitious and will do little to preserve civilization. Those verbs are about slowing the amount of released gases, but do not reverse them. If you are going the wrong way down a road which heads straight over a cliff, slowing down is not a helpful goal. We need to turn around, and that is what drawdown research is all about.
Why and how did you do the research? We wanted to know if it was game over with respect to global warming, or could we reverse the buildup of greenhouse gases with techniques and practices already underway? We gathered a qualified and diverse group of 70 researchers from around the world to identify, research and model the 100 most substantive existing solutions. They modeled the impact the solutions will have if they continue to scale in a rigorous, but reasonable way, and what the cost and profits would be. All
carbon data was based on peer-reviewed science. Economic data came from respected international institutions like the World Bank. The goal of the book was to present the findings and describe the solutions in ways that fascinated and informed, accompanied by images that enlivened and inspired.
cycle of intergenerational poverty while mitigating emissions by curbing population growth. Ranked seventh, family planning, particularly in low-income countries, impacts world population. For women to have children by choice rather than chance and to plan their family size and spacing is a matter of autonomy and dignity. Together, these two solutions would account for significant reduction in greenhouse gases by 2050. The United Nations estimates a difference between the high and median population projections in 2050 of 10.8 billion versus 9.7 billion. The difference is almost entirely determined by availability of family planning.
Are you optimistic about
The top 10 solutions, in order, achieving the goal? are: refrigerant management, Drawdown is not about optimism, hope or pessimism. It is a reality project. The wind turbines, reduced food science on climate change is amazing, if waste, plant-rich diet, tropical not stunning. It is the best problem statement humanity has ever created, which forests protection, educating I see as a gift, not a curse. Global warming is feedback from the atmosphere. girls, family planning, solar The Earth is a system, and any system farms, silvopasture—the that does not incorporate feedback fails. It holds true for our body, ecosystems, intentional combination of social systems and economic systems. trees, forage plants and The knowledge of global warming and its potential impacts is creating huge livestock as an integrated, breakthroughs in energy, transport, intensively managed system— agriculture, housing, urbanization and materials. If it wasn’t for the science of and rooftop solar. All 100 climate change, we would be destroying are listed at Drawdown.org/ our planet faster than we already are. solutions-summary-by-rank. Focusing repeatedly on the problem
Did any of the solutions surprise you? None of the solutions surprised us, but their rankings did. For example, educating girls, number six, has a dramatic bearing on global warming. Women with more years of education have fewer, healthier, children and actively manage their reproductive health. Educated females realize higher wages and greater upward mobility, contributing to economic growth. Education is the most powerful lever available for breaking the
does not solve the problem. Diagnosis is not prognosis unless we give up. The science of what will happen if we do not act has been here for a long time. What Drawdown points out is that humanity is on the case. The plan we refer to in the book’s subtitle is not our plan; we found a plan being activated by the collective intelligence of humanity. This is a different story than one of gloom and doom. It is a story of innovation, creativity and generosity—that is who we are. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. April 2018
INDIGENOUS WISDOM Elders Urge Us to Reimagine Life by Anita Sanchez
irst, 27 indigenous elders from 23 North American tribes, two African tribes, a Tibetan Buddhist and a Sami from Finland gathered at Turtle Mountain, in Dunseith, North Dakota, in 1994. Recently, 13 elders from 10 tribes from Russia, Columbia, South Africa and the U.S. gathered in Kauai, Hawaii. Other such gatherings, too, are participating in a shared prophecy supporting world salvation. They offer humanity four sacred gifts of wisdom rooted in their life experiences. This is our invitation to receive them.
Power to Forgive the Unforgivable
Forgiveness is releasing ourselves from the prison of pain, hurt or mistreatment. It takes courage and self-love to do this. The reward of this act is freedom to use our energy to create what is life-giving to our self and the lives of those we touch.
Power of Unity
This is a time for us all to become and remain united and steadfast, repairing the world from the misuse of power and greed. When we choose to stand in the circle of unity, there is strength. Each of us has an important part to play in the circle of life to sustain precious relationships among people, Earth and spirit for ourselves, our children and future generations.
Power of Healing
Indigenous elders tailor their healing practices to the whole human being, using good medicine, defined as anything or anyone that brings into positive alignment the spiritual, mental, emotional and physical
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levels. Healing can take many forms, based on tradition, the healer, patient and nature, yet four basic elements or practices are consistent: listening, supportive relationships, unconditional love and committing to creative, positive action.
Power of Hope Hope springs from the choice to tap into an infinite energy source. It may not be understood by modern science, but indigenous wisdom keepers behold an inner certainty of something bigger than us all. When we open ourselves to hope, it is possible to release the pressure and desire to try to know something about everything, and instead free our imagination to create expansive possibilities. Anita Sanchez, Ph.D., is a transformational leadership consultant, speaker, coach and author of the new book, The Four Sacred Gifts: Indigenous Wisdom for Modern Times, from which this was adapted. For videos and a song, visit FourSacredGifts.com.
Choose What You Manifest
n every moment all possibilities surround us. Our most consistent thoughts attract certain possibilities that materialize into life events spontaneously. Since we’re manifesting all the time, why not manifest consciously and be creative in each moment? Once we settle ourselves into a heart-centered state of inner stillness, we can identify the selflimiting thoughts that stand in our way. Make quiet time and space for yourself, relax and breathe comfortably and slowly, listening to your exhales settling your energy down from your head to rest in your belly. Gently continue in this focus for at least a minute, then softly move your focus into the deep heart center of your chest. Recall a circumstance that was filled with struggle or ended negatively, asking yourself “what is here?” Decide with heartfelt conviction what support you need to express your unique goodness in our world and enjoy contentment every day. Then consciously engage in being this person without hesitation every day. When we approach life with our freed mind, sincere heart, gratitude and respect, we align ourselves with the essence of life to manifest a wondrous way of being that graces life itself. Debra Lin Allen, owner of The Center of Qigong in Denver can be contacted at 720-427-0406 or DebraLin.ChiWellness@gmail.com. See ad page 6.
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Instead of air freshener sprays, hang petand child-safe plants. Use fast-drying towels up to four times before washing. Hand towels see more frequent use, so change every other day. Longer wear makeup stays longer on a washcloth; to prevent reintroducing germs to the face, use a facecloth only once. All-natural cleaning products are easy to find or make. For some tips, see Tinyurl.com/LovelyEcoLoo.
In the Bedroom by Avery Mack
iving green isn’t difficult or expensive. Start small, one room at a time.
In the Kitchen Defrosting trays have been available for a while, and although they aren’t a miracle solution, they are eco-friendly and easy to clean; thawing most meats, seafood and vegetables usually takes just 30 to 60 minutes. It’s one way to avoid using the microwave. Most cutting boards of sustainable bamboo or cork originate in China, creating a big carbon footprint. Glass boards are breakable and hard on knives. Consider planet-friendly boards made of recycled cardboard and food-grade plastic combined with flax husks. A countertop convection oven set about 25 degrees lower circulates heated air to cook food 25 to 30 percent faster and more evenly than a conventional oven; it uses less energy and has fewer emissions. Foods come out crispier, which also makes for great veggie chips. A conventional oven is still best for soufflés, breads or cakes that rise as they bake. Replace chemical-coated nonstick pans, disposable parchment paper and aluminum foil with reusable, eco-friendly, U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved silicone mats. They are easy to clean, affordable and available in many sizes and shapes. Run the dishwasher when full and at night. Off-peak hours won’t cut the electric bill, but are more efficient for the power plant, reducing its energy footprint.
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Skip the garbage disposal to save water and energy. Use food waste for plantnurturing compost. Plastics numbered 1, 3, 6 or 7 are prone to leaching into food or drinks. Recycle or repurpose those already on hand to store craft items, small toys or office supplies.
On the Floor Keep floors clean and healthy by leaving shoes at the door. They track in dirt, pesticides, chemicals, pet waste and leaked fluids from vehicles. Slippers or socks with a grip sole keep feet warm and prevent falls. Bamboo flooring is sustainable and ecofriendly, but is also shipped from China. Using local products reduces shipping costs, supports American businesses and can give the home a unique design. “Logs salvaged from the bottom of the Penobscot River turn into flooring, ceilings and accent walls,” advises Tom Shafer, co-owner of Maine Heritage Timber, in Millinocket. “The cold temperature preserves the wood and gives it a natural patina. It’s now available in peel-and-stick, affordable planks called timberchic. Planks have an ecofriendly, UV-cured finish.” For more flooring tips, see Tinyurl.com/ Eco-FriendlyFloors.
From sheets and bedding to a fluffy robe, choose eco-friendly organic cotton in white, or colored with environmentally safe, non-metallic dyes. Blue light from a smartphone, computer, tablet or TV can foster sleeplessness. “I keep all devices out of my bedroom and block all unnatural light,” says Leslie Fischer, an eco-minded mom and entrepreneur in Chicago, who reviews mattresses for adults and babies at SustainableSlumber. com. “I sleep on a fantastic mattress that won’t fill my room with pollution.” A good pillow is a necessity. Citrus Sleep rates the Top Ten Eco Options at Tinyurl.com/NaturalPillowPicks. Mattresses should be replaced every eight years. In the U.S., an average of 50,000 end up in landfills each day. California law requires manufacturers to create a statewide recycling program for mattresses and box springs. An $11 recycling fee, collected upon each sale, funds the Bye Bye Mattress program. Connecticut and Rhode Island also recycle them. “An alternative is extending mattress use with a topper,” says Omar Alchaboun, founder of topper-maker Kloudes, in Los Angeles.
What and Where to Recycle Find out where and what to recycle at Earth911.com. Enter the item and a zip code or call 1-800-cleanup. Going green is money-saving, environmentally wise and coming of age, which makes ecofriendly products easier to access. Earth Day is a perfect time to make simple changes that can have long-lasting and far-reaching results. Connect with the freelance writer via AveryMack@mindspring.com.
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imple, “green”, plant-based, household cleaning products that are better for planet earth, may already exist in your pantry – with a little boost from some quality essential oils! What better way to avoid the problematic federal labelling loopholes (which are only getting worse in today’s political climate) in which companies can easily dodge listing potentially harmful ingredients by claiming they are “confidential business information.” Essential oils well known for cleansing and purifying include Lemon, Eucalyptus Globulus, Orange and Lime. These oils are very economical and only small amounts of pure, therapeutic-grade EOs are needed. Contact Evie Yang, CCA, RA at 858-922-2964 or AromatherapistEvie@gmail.com. See ad page 21.
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Changing Our Diet to Cool the Climate
Good Food Choices Enable Global Health by Judith Fertig
hree years ago, the New York Times added a new word to the world’s food vocabulary: Climatarian (n.) A diet whose primary goal is to reverse climate change. This includes eating locally produced food (to reduce energy spent in transportation), choosing pork and poultry instead of beef and lamb (to limit gas emissions), and using every part of ingredients (apple cores, cheese rinds, etc.) to limit food waste. Changing our food choices to support this model can have a ripple effect. Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in a 2017 study published in the journal Climatic Change, looked at how diets impact personal health, the healthcare system and climate. They found that adopting a more plant-based diet reduces the relative risk of coronary heart disease, colorectal cancer and Type 2 diabetes by 20 to 40 percent. National annual health care costs could drop from $93 billion to $77 billion. Direct greenhouse gas emissions could annually drop 489 to 1,821 pounds per person. 24
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Such an approach involves considering the related water usage, greenhouse gas emissions and carbon footprint—the energy required to cultivate, harvest and transport food—plus processing associated food waste. Here are some top choices.
Foods that Go Easy on Water
Hydroponic greens are hands-down winners. The Shelton Family Farm, near Whittier, North Carolina, weekly produces 10,000 to 12,000 heads of hydroponically grown Bibb lettuce. The controlled environment and carefully engineered nutrient delivery systems maximize all resources. “It’s an enclosed system that runs 24/7, and it’s highly efficient from a waterusage standpoint because we recycle the water,” says William Shelton Jr., a fourthgeneration family farmer. “The only water that’s actually consumed is what’s taken up and transpired through the plants.” In a moderate climate, energy costs to recycle the water and keep the plants at an even temperature are moderate, as well.
Dry-tilled heirloom tomatoes, okra, melons and quinoa are drought-tolerant and only use available rainfall.
Foods that Go Easy on Greenhouse Gases
Plants beat meat. “Livestock farming produces from 20 to 50 percent of all manmade greenhouse gas emissions,” says nutritionist and climate activist Jane Richards, of GreenEatz, in Mountain View, California. “You can reduce your footprint by a quarter by cutting down on red meats such as beef and lamb.” An exception is the vegetarian staple of rice. According to researchers at Project Drawdown, a climate solutions organization in Sausalito, California, rice cultivation is responsible for at least 10 percent of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and up to 19 percent of global methane emissions. New farming techniques, like mid-season draining of the rice paddies, could cut methane emissions by at least 35 percent. Richards notes, “Meat, cheese and eggs have the highest carbon footprint; fruit, vegetables, beans and nuts, much lower. The carbon footprint of a vegetarian diet is about half that of a meat-lover’s diet.” Root crops such as carrots, radishes, potatoes and beets have a lower carbon footprint than above-ground plants due to less food waste. A beautiful beet is easier to grow than a bell pepper that blemishes more easily. Seasonal, regional fruit, vegetables, herbs and honey have a lighter carbon impact
because they are transported shorter distances. Usually what grows best in a region and is consumed locally is also best for the climate. Foods naturally suited to their environment grow and taste better, and are packed with more nutrients, reports Sustainable Table, an educational nonprofit that builds healthy communities through sustainable eating habits (SustainableTable.org).
New agricultural developments can also benefit our climate environment. According to Project Drawdown research, perennial grains and cereals could be pivotal in reaching soil, carbon and energy targets. The Land Institute, in Salina, Kansas, has been working with the Rodale Institute, in Berks County, Pennsylvania, to develop a perennial wheat that would not have to be planted from seed each year. This would save soil, carbon and both human and machine energy. Kernza, a new perennial grain proven to prosper in natural grasslands like the Great Plains, is not yet widely distributed. Maria Speck, author of Simply Ancient Grains, advises, “With up to 15-foot-long roots, it can be harvested for five years and uses less fertilizer than conventional wheat. Kernza tastes almost like a cross between rice and wheat—sweet, grassy, mesmerizing.” Michael Pollan, author of Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual and creator of the film Food, Inc., suggests we keep it simple: “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.” Climatarians would add another guideline—eat as locally as possible. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (JudithFertig.com).
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SATURDAY, APRIL 7, 11AM-2PM Think you need a Guru to explore your own innate spiritual gifts? The truth is, all you need is to meet your gifts at their proper frequency, hence, becoming your own Guru. During this enlightening workshop, Breakthrough Medium Elisa Malangone will help you find your own unique tools that will help unlock the inner wisdom of your own soul. Learning to raise your frequency is the key to igniting your own insight. $40. Insight Studio, Wheat Ridge. For more information and to register please visit ElisaInsight.com
PAIN THERAPY AND HOLISTIC WELLNESS OPEN HOUSE
APRIL 21, 10:30AM – 4:30PM Spring wellness open house inviting you to experience new holistic health modalities! Alternative Worldwide Health is known for balancing health by using natural medicine, bio-energetics, and pain therapies in our Certified Pain Center. We have two systems featured on Dr. Oz as revolutionizing healthcare! Services rendered in 10-15 minute sessions. Gourmet food and drink served. Bring a friend! Take control of your health by attending and discovering the many exciting paths to wellness! $7 per person. Location: Alternative Worldwide Health in Vast Wellness Center, 2323 South Troy St. Building 3, Suite 3-107, Aurora. For more information, contact Jean Birdsall 303-241-8516 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternativeworldwidehealth.com
APRIL 28 & 29, 10 AM – 5 PM Explore alternative choices for taking care of your body, mind, spirit & our environment. FREE Parking! FREE Lectures!! $7/ day, $12/weekend; children 12 & under FREE. Tickets at the door. Adams County Fairgrounds 9755 Henderson Rd, Brighton. For more info, see Holistic-fairs.com or contact Carol at 970-472-0200 or email@example.com.
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50% OFF ALLERGY ASSESSMENT
Got Allergies? Get your complete health picture!!! Biofeedback Electrodermal Testing. Alleviates allergies to foods, pollens, pets, molds & chemicals. Lymphatic Drainage Therapy to help the body detox. Savvy-wellness.com
FREE AURA CLEARING AND CHAKRA BALANCING FOR FIRST-TIMERS
Each Wednesday 6-7 pm, open to everyone. Repeats $5/pp. Journey Within, 777 S Wadsworth Blvd., Bldg 2-108, Lakewood. Anita Destino, 720-413-7303
FREE 15 MINUTE CONSULTATION
20% OFF NEW PATIENT EXAM AND X-RAYS
Consulting services that enable you to make positive changes in your life and environment. Tina Atchley, Everyday Health and Home, 303-910-4593 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Includes assessment interview, evaluation and treatment recommendations by Inge Sengelmann, LCSW, SEP, RYT-500, Embody Your Life, 305-788-6857 or Embodyyourlife.org
South Lakewood Dental, 2525 S Wadsworth Blvd, #11, Lakewood. Scott Stewart, DDS & Naturopathic Physician, 303-988-4338
Live Your Knowing Counseling, Creekside at Highline Oﬃce Park, 1211 S Parker Rd, Denver. Renee Ellis, MA RMT, 720-984-9575
FREE 20-MIN CONSULTATIONPHONE/SKYPE
Deep healing at the physical, emotional, mental and/or spiritual levels of your being. 679 W Littleton Blvd, #205 Littleton. Marie Adams EEMAP, CHT, PT, Healing Change, 303-668-0299
$45 OFF 90-MINUTE INTAKE
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Reiki, vibrational healing & intuitive reading for first-time clients. In person or phone. 700 E 9th Ave., #9, Denver. JoAnne Palladino, Reiki MasterTeacher, Channel, & Intuitive. 303-263-0679
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FRI APR 6
FREE Outlaw 1–5-6pm FREE class every Sun. Physically challenging, technically simple power vinyasa. 2590 W. Main St, Littleton email@example.com
$15 Christ Force Healings–7:30-9pm drop in. Lay on a massage table while a student healer channels the energy of forgiveness through your body. BoulderPsychicInstitute.org
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SAT APRIL 7
Self Healing 101–Learn how to meditate and heal yourself with easy to use visualization techniques. This first class FREE. In-person & phone BoulderPsychicInstitute.org
TUES APR 3 Mindfulness and Meditation Workshop–7-9pm Learn, practice, and share about mindfulness and meditation, and some techniques that will lead you to a more balanced life.$10-$20. Journeys For Conscious Living 7401 West 59th, Arvada. 303-550-4223 J4CL.com
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Begin Your Qigong Lifestyle–Tuesdays, 6-8 pm. 9 wkly workshops. Build a heart-centered, intentional practice in the wholeness of proper qigong self-care, inner alchemy and chi nutrition. Prereq for Professional Medical Qigong Practitioner training in mid-Oct. Tuition incl Materials $495. Chi Wellness, Denver. Debra Lin Allen 720-427-0406, DebraLin.ChiWellness@gmail.com
WED APR 4 Learn Tantric Practices–7-9:30pm. Connect with the cosmos and set you abuzz. Bees do it, birds do it, even educated fleas do it let’s fall in love, with ourselves. $35. Osho Leela USA 1025 Rosewood Ave # 106 Boulder Judith Anne Condon firstname.lastname@example.org
Dog Trainer Program: Obedience and Good Manners Instructor–18 wk program; based on behavior science with effective, force-free, positive techniques. Space very limited. Lakewood. Email email@example.com for application Cherokee Spring Nature Hike: at Cherokee Ranch and Castle–9-11am. Panayoti Kelaidis of Denver Botanic Gardens and Lynn Willcockson lead a hike through Gambel Oaks, seeking early flowers and the spring migration of birds. $25/$20 member. Register botanicgardens.org Citrus Rosemary Sugar Scrub Party–3-5pm. Oh So Soft Skin-finally-after creating this! Get my secret recipe and make with your friends. Bonus! Invaluable tips on essential oils from a Certified Aromatherapist. Chk other dates/ times offered. $20 incl drinks/snacks. Littleton. RSVP Evie Yang 858-922-2964 or firstname.lastname@example.org Spring Self-Renewal Mini Retreat–10am-1pm. Discover herbal tonics, health-boosting super foods and natural skin products you can make yourself. $69/$64 member. Register botanicgardens.org Bringing Balance To Your Life–10am-Noon. Learn about maintaining balance in life, creating stability in your core, and counteracting or neutralizing the energies that weigh on you so you can remain creative and energized. $20. Meetings and Events, Public Service Credit Union, Community room. 7502 W 80th, Arvada. 303-550-4223 J4CL.com
SUN APR 8 $15 Trance Medium Healings–Receive a channeled healing from our post graduate students. Come with a healing intention and release pain, mental blocks, and spiritual imbalances. In-person & phone. Schedule BoulderPsychicInstitute.org
TUES APR 10 Shmaya Gathering w/JoAnne Palladino–7-8:30pm. Experience Shmaya, an illumined, channeled presence that attunes you to the love and light within. $20. First Spiritual Science Church, 3375 S Dahlia St, Denver. RSVP 303-263-0679 or email@example.com The Women’s Way to Health, Wealth, and Happiness Meetup–7-9pm. In person and Live Stream. “Authentic Video Marketing” presented by Kathy Mason, Mason Works Marketing hosted by Enigma, Tryna Cooper and Kathy Mason. Zoom live stream or Meetings and Events, Public Service Credit Union, Community room, 7502 W 80th, Arvada. Donation. Info Tryna 303-550-4223 Kathy 720-938-2536 Yes! Stress Relief with Aromatherapist-Evie™– 6:30-9:00pm. Stress depletes your energy, it reduces your clarity, deprives your focus, and leaves you feeling exhausted. Learn benefits of essential oils and make “Energy+Clarity+Focus” inhaler + “Relax/Sleep Easy” roll-on. $65 River North Workshop 3040 Blake St, Unit 131, Denver RSVP dabble.co/rc/evieyang3
THURS APR 12 Yoga, Healing, And Liberation: In-Person Leadership Intensive–thru 4/15. Build deep connections between personal healing and collective liberation through a paradigm shift that challenges beliefs and assumptions that influence our thoughts and actions as activists and leaders. Seane Corn, Hala Khouri, and Suzanne Sterling Rev. Angel Kyodo Williams Anasa Yoga 4232 Macarthur Blvd, Oakland, CA. Sarah Lipsett firstname.lastname@example.org
SAT APR 14 $15 Trance Medium Healings–Receive a channeled healing from our post graduate students. Come with a healing intention and release pain, mental blocks, and spiritual imbalances. Offered in-person & over-thephone. Schedule BoulderPsychicInstitute.org Herbal Home and Garden Workshop–9am-1pm. Learn how to plant and maintain a productive herb garden and how to harvest, store and process your herbs into marvelous products for kitchen, medicine cabinet, space and home cleaning. Herbal luncheon, take-home samples and extensive handout included. $69/$64 member. Register botanicgardens.org Lavender-Eucalyptus-Peppermint “Spring Rescue” Inhaler Party–3-5pm. Need help with Spring air affecting you? Fast, easy to make, convenient (pocket size). Promotes easy breathing, supports dripping and plugged up nose, boosts immune system. Chk other dates/times offered. $20 incl drinks/snacks. Littleton. RSVP Evie Yang 858-9222964 or email@example.com
TUES APR 17 Aurora Shamanic Journey Circle–6:30-8:30pm. Learn to journey or expand your skills. Journey and share with others. Meet monthly to share in this beautiful, essential skill. No exp necessary. FREE Vast Wellness Center 2323 S Troy St, Ste 3-107 Aurora firstname.lastname@example.org
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KUNDALINI AWAKENING SEMINAR APRIL 28-29, 9 AM TO 5 PM
Join us on this journey into the most sacred and least understood evolution of humanity. This information and instruction, through authentic experience is given within this rare seminar. The great treasure ancient and modern mystics have spent lifetimes searching for. This is the great work of grace upon and within the human. The actual means and trajectory for human ascension. The Kundalini. Registration fee: $300. Location: Residence Inn and Fairfield Inn & Suites, 455 Zang St., Broomfield. Contact: Mohan 720-934-1751 or nmohan.135@gmail. com; or Rosemary 952-303-6438 or email@example.com. KundaliniAwakeningSystems1.com
CO-CREATING WITH YOUR SPIRITUAL PARTNERS RETREAT APRIL 28-29
Whether you are new to the concept of spirit guides or have an established relationship, our weekend retreat will catapult you to the next level of trust and communication. Through personalized messages and experiential exercises, you will learn to flow powerfully with your guides to bring clarity, ease, fun, and purpose to your life. $385 all-inclusive overnight. Sunrise Ranch, Loveland. Hosted by spiritual communicators and teachers Shannon Elisabeth, PhD and Mara Holloway, MA. Info/RSVP Fun-freedom-oneness.com
2018 PARANORMAL SUPERNATURAL CONFERENCE Saturday, May 5 from 9am - 5:30pm; Sunday, May 6 from 9am - 12:30pm
Meet a host of seasoned, expert presenters encompassing the paranormal-supernatural spectrum. The goal is to provide excellence in high-value hard-boiled information to those who wish to know more about themselves and about strange life phenomena. Open to the public. Seating is limited! Pastries, cookies, beverages avail. $40-$100/person. PPA Event Center 2105 Decatur St, Denver. Info Constancecoo.wixsite.com/PSC2018, or Eventbrite.com/e/paranormal-supernatural-conference-2018-tickets-37928799059 or contact J.J. Wells at awakenYourself2018@gmail.com or 720-203-6354.
EDEN ENERGY MEDICINE (EEM) ONE-YEAR PROGRAM JOIN THE EXCITING FIELD OF ENERGY MEDICINE! STARTS IN MAY IN DENVER
The Foundations Class is a year-long program that will help you learn and practice the fundamentals of Eden Energy Medicine (EEM). Learn how to: Expand the toolbox of your own personal health and well-being; Integrate Eden Energy Medicine into your professional health care practice; Develop skills for your role as a caregiver to family and friends. 1-year program with Certificate of Completion includes 4 extended weekends and at-home supervised practice. Marie Adams is an Eden Energy Medicine Advanced Practitioner (EEM-AP), licensed Physical Therapist, certified Hypnotherapist and Energy Psychology Practitioner. CE Credits available. More information Marie@HealingChange.net or Healingchange.net/foundations-colorado
BECOME AN INTUITIVE PRACTITIONER 6-MONTH PROGRAM ~ STARTS JULY 7TH
Are you called to use your intuitive gifts in service? Get the support you need to start / enhance your own practice in this deeply transformational training. Course includes: 18 Saturday teleconferences 12-2pm thru Dec 15; 3-day on-site training retreat in Santa Fe, NM refining techniques explored in the tele-classes and featuring equine support, and 4 X 2hr one-one sessions for individualized support. For more information, contact Chantal Fidanza, Certified Light Journey Guide, and Intuitive Healer at 505-438-1074, info@YourDivineLight.biz or see YourDivineLight.biz
8TH ANNUAL VEGFEST COLORADO
SAT, JULY 28, 10 am – 6 pm & SUN, JULY 29 10 am -5 pm
The 8th annual VegFest Colorado (VFC), a health and environmental fair, takes place July 28-29, at their new location at the 1st Bank Center, 11450 Broomfield Lane in Broomfield. VFC offers two days of family-friendly activities including speakers, cooking demonstrations by nationally acclaimed chefs and cookbook authors, food sampling, exhibitors, food trucks, movies, activities for children and more. Learn from renowned luminaries about health, diet, environmental and animal rights issues, and the advantages of embracing a compassionate, cruelty-free, plant-based lifestyle. Vegfestcolorado.org.
FOR SALE: 2007 CHEVY IMPALA SUPER SPORT Pampered and Pristine, One-Owner car in perfect showroom condition and has ALL the options! Garage-kept and painstakingly maintained with All Records. SS PACKAGE: Bose 6-disc, 8-spkr, MP3; Pwr Sunroof; Leather, htd, pwr Seats; 18” Polished Aluminum Wheels, Perfect Silverstone Metallic Paint. Non-smoker, no pets, no smells. Excellent FireHawk Wide Ovals. $9,998 OBO. Contact Doug@MileHighNaturalAwakenings.com
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HEALTHY PRODUCTS/SERVICES Relieve Pain Without Drugs! Free Demo! Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy has been featured on the Dr. Oz show as “changing the practice of medicine.” Come see how much relief you could experience after a 30-min session on the Magna Charger Pro in our Certified Pain Center of the Pulse Centers of America. Call Jean Birdsall today to feel the difference. 303-241-8516 or Alternativeworldwidehealth.com Remove Toxic Amalgam (Silver) Fillings: Denver’s first holistic, naturopathic dentist offers mercury free AND mercury safe amalgam (silver filling) removal. Financing available. 20% off new patient exam and x-rays when you mention Natural Awakenings. SOUTH LAKEWOOD DENTAL, Scott Stewart, DDS & Naturopathic Physician, 2525 S Wadsworth Blvd, Ste 11, Lakewood, 303-988-4338. $30 Off Initial Healing Session: Reiki, vibrational healing & intuitive reading. In person or phone. 700 E. Ninth Ave., Suite 9, Denver. JoAnne Palladino, Reiki Master-Teacher, Channel & Intuitive. 303263-0679 or firstname.lastname@example.org Allergy Testing for Foods and Supplements: Using FDA registered Biofeedback testing. 160+ foods tested with immediate color results. See what foods and/or supplements may be causing you bloating, gas, fatigue, brain fog etc. $185. Call Trish Watson, CNC 303-257-0058 ThePhysicsOfHealth.com
JOBS AVAILABLE Earn Extra Spending $$ as a Distribution Driver for Metro Denver Area: Natural Awakenings is looking for a reliable, conscientious, honest delivery driver with a good driving record and car, who lives in the area. Must have own insurance; basic ability to work with Excel/email; be available for a day or three between the 25th-1st; ability to take on side jobs for extra $$ on same route. No phone calls please. Email Doug@MileHighNaturalAwakenings.com with your qualifications.
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“Natural Energy Orgasm” Phenomenon of Tantra– 7-9:30pm. An orgasmic experience which in nongenital, explosive, enlivening $35 Osho Leela 1025 Rosewood Ave # 106 Boulder Judith Anne Condon email@example.com Golden Shamanic Journey Circle–6:30-8:30pm. Learn to journey or expand your skills. Journey and share with others. Meet monthly to share in this beautiful, essential skill. No exp necessary. FREE Jefferson Unitarian Church 14350 W 32nd Ave Golden firstname.lastname@example.org
THURS APR 19 Homemade Green Cleaning with AromatherapistEvie™–6:30-9pm. Are your “natural” cleaning products truly safe? Rest easy! Make your own powerful essential oil infused Lemon/Lime all-purpose cleaner + Lavender/ Eucalyptus carpet deodorizer + Cedarwood cotton ball closet cleaner. $65 River North Workshop 3040 Blake St, Unit 131, Denver RSVP dabble.co/rc/evieyang5 Guided Sitting Meditation: Pain is Inevitable; Suffering is Optional–6-7pm. A guided sitting meditation focuses the gifts of nature and mindfulness as we explore meditations designed to soothe and sustain us in times of struggle. $18/$15member. Register botanicgardens.org S hmaya Gath erin g w/JoAn ne Pallad ino– 7-8:30pm. Experience Shmaya, an illumined, channeled presence that attunes you to the love and light within. $20. Discover Your Spiritual Gifts, 5808 S. Rapp St., Ste 275, Littleton. RSVP 303-263-0679 or email@example.com
Essential Oils for Vitality–2-4 pm. Explore the healing secrets of essential oils to support you on the inside as well as the outside. $46/$41member. Register botanicgardens.org
WED APR 25 Shmaya Gathering w/JoAnne Palladino– 7-8:30pm. Experience Shmaya, an illumined, channeled presence that attunes you to the love and light within. $20. 700 E. Ninth Ave., Ste 9, Denver. 303-263-0679 or firstname.lastname@example.org
FRI APR 27 $15 Trance Medium Healings–Receive a channeled healing from our post graduate students. Come with a healing intention and release pain, mental blocks, and spiritual imbalances. Offered in-person & over-the-phone. Schedule BoulderPsychicInstitute.org
SAT APR 28 Invitation to Ikebana: Contemporary–2-4pm. Ikebana is an expression of our respect and appreciation towards nature. We observe life through the arrangement of plants. Get hands-on instruction to put together an arrangement to take home. $44/$39 member. Register botanicgardens.org $ 2 5 P e t R e a d i n g s – 11 a m . I m p r o v e y o u r relationship with your companion animal! Clarify relational dynamics and negotiate issues. All species welcome. Via phone. Schedule online. Boulderpsychicinstitute.org
Sacred Drumming Circle, Sound Celebration & Meditation–7-9pm. Appreciation, celebration, and release using Sound, Breath, Mindfulness and Meditation. Bring snack to share and other instruments. Suggested $10. Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 West 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695. J4CL.com
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Celebration– 9:30am-Noon. 20 th annual global celebration of Chi Cultivation for Health and Prosperity. Bring family and friends to build powerful Chi Wave with Qigong Movement! Dress casually/comfortably. Free, brig healthy snack to share. Debra Lin Allen 720-427-0406, DebraLin.ChiWellness@gmail.com, ChiWellness.net
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FRI APR 20
Edible Wild Foods Gourmet: Identification, Harvesting and Use of Wild Plants for Delicious, Nutritious Dishes–9am–Noon. Explore the fascinating world of wild edibles. Begin with an herb walk to identify local, wild edibles. Back in the kitchen we prepare a delicious meal using common wild plants. $55/$50 member. Register botanicgardens.org 29th Mountain Area Earth Day Fair–10am-3pm Federal, state, and local agencies, nonprofit organizations and businesses; Up-to-date information on critical issues; Kids’ activities and hands-on demonstrations are available throughout the venue; live raptors. Free Evergreen Lake House 29614 Upper Bear Creek Rd Evergreen Betsy Kelson 720-219-7165, email@example.com or evergreenaudubon.org
Journey Theater–10am-6pm. Also on 7/1. A specially chosen film, with guided meditation, music, tarot, and your inner teacher’s urgings. Unique among self-explorative experience, retains lightness as deep work is being done. $95 first time/$85 repeats. Boulder. Info BJ Brown 303-808-4006 or Wolfheals.com
MON APR 30 We Are Change Open Mic Night–6-10pm. Share the power of our local grassroots activist community at an evening of food, music, interviews, headliners, poetry and dancing. Visit wearechangecolorado.com for details
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sundays 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
mondays Kundalini Yoga–6-7:30pm. Kundalini yoga focuses on awakening energy and unlocking inner potential through breathing techniques, movements, stretching, meditation and mantra. $10/$8 member. Drop-in or register botanicgardens.org 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 303-834-0526
wednesdays Lavender-Eucalyptus-Peppermint “Spring Rescue” Inhaler Party–5-7pm. Need help with Spring air effecting you? Fast, easy to make, convenient (pocket size). Promotes easy breathing, supports dripping and plugged up nose, boosts immune system. Chk other dates/times offered. $20 incl drinks/ snacks. Littleton. RSVP Evie Yang 858-9222964 or firstname.lastname@example.org 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. $5/healing. Free for first timers. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-413-7303 or email@example.com Evening Vinyasa Yoga–6-7pm. The postures practiced in this challenging class promote alignment, flexibility, focus, endurance and help detoxify the body. $10/$8member. Drop-in or register botanicgardens.org
Sunrise Vinyasa Yoga–7:30-8:30am Tues & Thurs.Start your day with breath-linking movements to stretch, build strength and cultivate calm. $10/$8 member. Drop-in or register botanicgardens.org
Wheatridge 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. Tim 303-239-8101
$60 Home & Business Healings–7-8:30pm. Got ghosts? Sleepless nights? Consistent household/business conflict? These are great in times of transition! In Boulder or phone. Schedule Boulderpsychicinstitute.org
$30 Psychic Readings–7-8:30pm Performed by grad students. Enjoy an advanced skill set and ask questions about relationships, career, health, and more! Schedule BoulderPsychicInstitute.org
$30 Psychic Readings–7-8:30pm. Performed by grad students. Enjoy an advanced skill set and ask questions about relationships, career, health, and more! Schedule BoulderPsychicInstitute.org
looking ahead 2018 MAY 5 & 6 2018 Paranormal Supernatural Conference– Meet a host of seasoned, expert presenters encompassing the paranormal-supernatural spectrum. The goal is to provide excellence in high-value hard-boiled information to those who wish to know more about themselves and about strange life phenomena. Open to the public. Seating is limited! Pastries, cookies, beverages avail. $40-$100/person. PPA Event Center 2105 Decatur St, Denver. Info Constancecoo.wixsite.com/PSC2018, or Eventbrite.com/e/paranormal-supernatural-conference2018-tickets-37928799059 or contact J.J. Wells at awakenYourself2018@gmail.com or 720-203-6354
MAY 16 – 20
Gathering for Humanity 5 Day Retreat Conference - A powerful conference for unity and awakening at this pivotal moment on Earth. Join indigenous elders and other spiritual voices in guidance, blessings, sacred ceremony and higher wisdom. Experience the transformational energies of the Santa Fe area. A mandate of Spirit through universal healer Mayan Grandmother Flordemayo, the Gathering is an urgent calling to all of humanity committed to increasing the light and coherence on the planet. Tickets, Registration and schedule at GatheringforHumanity.org. The Chi Center, 40 Camino Vista Clara Lamy, New Mexico 87540.
FREE Aura and Chakra Healings–Drop-In betw/ 6-7pm. Receive 10 min cleanse and release negative thoughts, emotions, pain and fear. Get replenished with positive energy and feel great. BoulderPsychicInstitute.org
fridays FREE Healing & Meditative Services–6-7pm. Celebrate being yourself, living life, and cultivating community. Enjoy weekly themes such as Chakra Balancing Singing Bowls, Channeled Angel Healings, Singing & Storytelling, and Meditative & Shamanic Journeys. BoulderPsychicInstitute.org
saturdays Qigong Movement–1-2:30pm. Meditative “Stillness within Movement” in this fun group experience increases flexibility, strength, endurance, mental focus and calm. Suitable for folks healing from physical considerations. $20 drop-in or $90/6 classes. Chi Wellness, Denver. Debra Lin Allen 720-427-0406 Tai Chi Foundations + Push Hands–2:45-4pm. Develop true internal yin-yang sensitivity and serenity, in these fun, dynamic chi-cultivation classes in Yang 24 Taiji and playful Push Hands! $20 drop-in or $90/6 classes. Chi Wellness, Denver. Debra Lin Allen 720-427-0406 Citrus Rosemary Sugar Scrub Party–3-5pm. Oh So Soft Skin-finally-after creating this! Get my secret recipe and make with your friends. Bonus! Invaluable tips on essential oils from a Certified Aromatherapist. Chk other dates/times offered. $20 incl drinks/snacks. Littleton. RSVP Evie Yang 858-9222964 or firstname.lastname@example.org
SAT MAY 19
JUNE 2 & 3
Holistic Healing and Psychic/Intuitive Fair–11am5pm. Exciting fair w/variety of complimentary healing modalities such as massage, shamanic, reiki, sound healing, healing touch, and more. Readers: angel, tarot, intuitive, astrological and vendors: crystals, jewelry, oils, arts, and more. Pricing varies. Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 West 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695. J4CL.com
Basic Animal Reiki Certification–Experience the world from the animal’s perspective. Attendees will learn Reiki practices, emotions, physiology, and psychology. Animal lovers, incl rescue personnel, holistic practitioners and owners will find useful. In Lakewood. Reg req’d at email@example.com
Pet Energy Healings–12-3pm. Whether your pet is healthy or ill, a pet energy healing has many benefits for both the pet and its owner; strengthen the bond, removes energetic blocks, release pain or discomfort. Bring your pet or photo. $20/pet. By Appt. Journey Within 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino, 720-413-7303, firstname.lastname@example.org
Japanese Practice of Self-Reflection at Denver Botanic Gardens–6-8pm. Explore Naikan, the Japanese practice of “looking inside.” Experience self-reflection practice, sit in Japanese Garden and deepen our connection w/world. $18/$15 member. Register botanicgardens.org
MAY 27-JUNE 1 Tibetan Healing Movement Retreat–Learn traditional Tibetan Buddhist methods to release blocks & open the subtle body channels. Boost self-healing, calm mind & develop your energy. Includes Lu Jong, Tsa Lung & Tog Chöd. $885. Shambhala Mountain. Tibetanhealingmovement.com/thm-retreat-1
MAY 31- JUNE 3 The Beauty Way Urban Retreat–Explore a shamanic approach to creative expression, with Soul inquiry and desire to draw us closer to our inner clarity which longs to be seen, heard and expressed. Highlights: Guided meditation; Walk about; Creative expression as a spiritual practice; Soulful collage; Solitude and Connection. No prereqs nec. Boulder. Info BJ Brown 303-808-4006 Wolfheals.com
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Journey Theater–10am-6pm. A specially chosen film, with guided meditation, music, tarot, and your inner teacher’s urgings. Unique among self-explorative experience, retains lightness as deep work is being done. $95 first time/$85 repeats. Boulder. Info BJ Brown 303-8084006 or Wolfheals.com
SEPT 14-16 Walking A Path of Wholeness: A Weekend of SoulCollage® and Journal to the Self®–A journey into wholeness supported by collage, guided writes, poetry, SoulCollage readings, labyrinth walks, ritual and time to create and express. Meals/materials incl $450 before 6/1; $500 after. Franciscan Retreat Center 7740 Deer Hill Grove, Colorado Springs. Carolyn Jennings, Journal to the Self® facilitator and Laura Lyon, SoulCollage® facilitator 720-289-0896 CJennings@WritingOurWings.com WritingOurWings.com
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CHI HEALING / QIGONG CLASSES Debra Lin Allen, Founder/Director 720-427-0406 DebraLin.ChiWellness@gmail.com ChiWellness.net Thrive in balance and flexibility in body and life, physical vigor and health, spontaneity and inner peace through chi cultivation, care and practice with Debra Lin Allen. Medical Qigong and Qigong Lifestyle Coaching by appointment. Group qigong self-care classes throughout the week. Professional certification programs to teach qigong and do medical qigong therapy also available. Your prosperous life awaits you, call today! See ad page 6. Denver Mile High Edition
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Psychotherapy, Intuitive-Focused Counseling, Past Life Therapy, Energy Healing, Classes 1211 S Parker Road, Suite 103, Denver 720-984-9575 / Liveyourknowing.com Experience the benefits of traditional counseling while openly and actively acknowledging the role of intuition and the soul’s journey in achieving wellbeing. Live Your Knowing Counseling helps you gracefully bring wisdom to life through a unique blend of traditional psychotherapy, intuitive wisdom, past life reconnecting, and energy balancing. Move through grief, relationship challenges, depression, anxiety and self-doubt. Discover your path and purpose, reveal your unique wisdom, and experience sensitivity as strength. Gain clarity, confidence and a more joyful life. Get started today with a phone or in-person complimentary consultation.
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ENERGY HEALING/ MEDITATION JOURNEY WITHIN Anita Destino 777 S Wadsworth Blvd. Bldg 2-108, Lakewood 720-413-7303 / AnitaDestino.com 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 Energy Healings, Angel Healings, Guided Meditations, Meditation Classes, Workshops and Intuitive Readings/Healings. Join us for Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing every Wednesday from 6-7 pm, open to everyone. $5 per person. Free to first time visitors.
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INTEGRATIVE CARE CLEAR SKY MEDICAL with Dr. Katia Meier. Board Certified in AntiAging Medicine and specialty trained in Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy and Functional Medicine. See full listing under PHYSICAN or see ad page 2.
NEW! MEDITATION RON LIGGETT 303-819-2100 / email@example.com Share-international.us/mtnw/ The Royal Road to an experience of the Self starts with meditation and service to others. There is a scientific and very effective way of doing both using a method called Transmission Meditation. In this meditation our Elder Teachers send very high energies through our chakras which then get distributed to the world. It is simple, life changing and always free. Call for more information.
MESSAGES FROM SPIRIT ELISA MALANGONE 720-372-3927 / ElisaInsight.com Searching for passion and insight to your life purpose? Connect to your unique insight and higher soul perspective for guidance concerning healing from grief and loss, health, career, relationships, finances, and other matters of the heart. Elisa combines authentic mediumship abilities and intuitive coaching by connecting to spiritual guidance to assist you in tapping into your higher wisdom and best self. Live, phone or virtual readings & events. Call or see website for more details. See ad, page 13.
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BJ Brown, MSW, CIBP Shamanic Practitioner & Teacher Boulder 303-808-4006 Wolfheals.com Shamanism is known to benefit dis-ease on any level while deepening a sense of wholeness. This ancient spirituality and methodology, found in all cultures, works directly with the compassionate Spirit realms and Earth wisdom. BJ offers BodyCentered Psychotherapy, classes, house clearing, ceremonies, and various shamanic methods (Soul and Power Animal Retrievals, Extraction, etc). Remote shamanic healing is free. See website for events and offerings. This sacred work can restore connection with self, soul and spiritual autonomy.
TANTRA & INTIMACY JUDITH ANNE CONDON
Conscious Relationship/Tantra Coach 1025 Rosewood Ave, Ste 106, Boulder 303-630-9479 / judithannecondon.com I am dedicated to Conscious Relationship & Tantra. Tantra. It’s a path of meditation…what sets it apart from other ‘paths’ is that it looks to the wisdom of the body & the senses as a means to becoming more present & alive in every aspect of our lives. Our bodies have a deep wisdom that modern life often ignores. Sessions include bioenergetics, breathe practices, meditation & more. There is no nudity or sexual contact. Individuals & couples may explore issues such as Tantric Lovemaking & Spirituality; Tools for Initiating & Deepening Intimacy; Support in the Awakening Process; Men, WomeN’s & Teens Empowerment.
Mile High Natural Awakenings is a locally-owned, monthly publication, serving the Front Range from Aurora to Evergreen - from Castle Rock to...
Published on Mar 30, 2018
Mile High Natural Awakenings is a locally-owned, monthly publication, serving the Front Range from Aurora to Evergreen - from Castle Rock to...