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Curious that a president most well-known for corruption signed the National Environmental Policy Act and the Clean Air Act into law; created the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); approved the Clean Water Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act. “Overall, Nixon signed 14 major pieces of ‘green’ legislation into law, basically setting up the framework of the U.S. environmental policy up to now.”  If only our contemporary politicians were so progressive! While we wait and watch for prevailing US politics to catch up to science, we do what we can at home. Sustainability isn’t a vague, esoteric concept, but a critical factor in our very survival. This web of life is inextricably woven into the habitats that form our planet’s life support system. Each link in the chain that is lost or broken—from the smallest microbe to the largest mammal—will have a profound effect on future generations. And so, sustainability is the watchword of this April issue of Natural Awakenings, beginning with the excellent feature “Power Switch: Taking a Home Off the Grid”. Inside this issue are enlightening and innovative ways to connect with people and the planet on every page, be it plunging into the woods, establishing a sacred space inside the home, or going to an Earth Day event.

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World Tai Chi and Qigong Day April 27

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elebrate world Tai Chi and Qigong Day Saturday April 27, 9:30 am – Noon at Chi Wellness, The Center of Qigong, 4155 East Jewell Ave., Suite 105, Denver. According to owner Debra Lin Allen, “The Great Oneness and profound benefits to health and well-being are celebrated globally on Saturday, April 27! Join us in this auspicious and fun time in Chi Wellness, The Center of Qigong. Free to all – bring family and friends!” Other notable classes and events at Chi Wellness include Begin Your Qigong Lifestyle 9 Weeks starting April 9; Spring 5 Virtues Qigong Self-Care Retreat May 3-4; and Zen Golf 3 weekly workshops starting May 19.

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Robin Mead Robin Mead sees her whimsical, colorful art as an “expression of joy,” translated onto paper, canvas and the digital screen. “My creations are highly stylized, and working with subjects like birds and flowers gives me artistic freedom. I can go wherever I want with them and still have them seem believable,” she says. Mead loves to spend time in nature looking for inspiration, but always carries a bag of art supplies, ready to create wherever she goes. Serendipity was completed in the waiting room of a health practitioner’s office. Mead’s work spans media and subject matter from acrylic and mixed media paintings of birds and flowers to watercolor landscapes and gardens. She also likes to hand-make multicolored crocheted afghans and art journals as joyful creations for everyday use. Mead was a full-time social worker before attending art school on Long Island, New York, which turned her lifelong passion into a career. Her work can be found in homes around the world, as well as on album covers, in books and art tutorials. Mead and her husband have relocated from New York to a small farm in Elberton, Georgia, where the family raises cows, chickens, vegetables, bees and flowers. View the artist’s portfolio at Robin-Mead. ArtistWebsites.com or her blog at InsightsAndBellyLaughs.com. 6

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he School of Inner Health, 7550 W. Yale Ave., Ste B-204 in Denver, is offering a two-year certification training in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy. Says Leslie Papa, assistant to the Director, “This effective, gentle modality perfectly complements massage therapy and other forms of bodywork. Students become skilled in working directly with the nervous system, a system of the body whose dysfunction is said to underlie 80% of all health challenges. “The training includes 350 classroom and 150 practicum hours. It’s a mixture of meditation, felt-sense exercises, lecture, reading, anatomy study, and hands-on practice. Students develop the skills to perceive aliveness and engage the life forces of the human body to support healing and wholeness. They gain fluency with the motions of the brain, spine, bones, fluids, tissues, and nerves. Graduates are eligible to become Registered Craniosacral Therapists through the Biodynamic Craniosacral Association of North America,” says Papa. Contact Leslie Papa at 303-999-9963 for more information or register at Schoolofinnerhealth.org. See ad page 15.

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he Hypnotherapy Academy of America in Albuquerque is excited to announce a special free, two-hour class being held at 7 pm on April 10. Tim Simmerman Sierra, Director and award-winning lead instructor at the Academy for 23 years, will be sharing three secrets to create positive life changes by showing attendees how their subconscious mind works. “Feeling stuck, blocked or stagnant originates with limiting thoughts held at the subconscious level. Learn how the techniques taught at the Academy are specially designed to liberate you from those thoughts and help you lead a more fulfilling life – enjoy more peace of mind and a joy-filled heart,” says Sierra. Register by calling 505-767-8030. See ad on page 11.

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im Farrington, Holistic Health Practitioner and Certified Clinical Aromatherapist, announces the opening of her Aromatherapy practice inside Root Wellness Studio, at 2247 Federal Blvd., in Denver. Aromatherapy is the therapeutic use of essential oils for physical and emotional healing, and can be used to support health concerns as a complementary health modality. “I would love to help you discover a path on your healing journey!” says Kim. “Essential oils arouse and strengthen the vitality and self-healing powers within, helping to provide an environment for restoration of well-being. Oils also promote balance in the body and mental equilibrium. Aromatherapy supports, maintains, or improves structures and functions of the body like the brain, heart, muscles and joints, the respiratory and digestive systems, and even supports emotional health. Along with positive routines, Aromatherapy can contribute to better health. Let me show you how to incorporate essential oils into your lifestyle.” Farrington presents Aromatherapy workshops at metro recreation centers, for private parties, and clinical services at Root Wellness Studio. Learn about protocols that can aid common health concerns, like poor sleep and unbalanced emotions. 25% off initial session when you mention Natural Awakenings. To schedule your appointment, contact Kim Farrington at 720-810-7714 or kim@kimfarringtonccap.com. See ad page 29.

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Support Citizen Action Against Plastics Every minute, the equivalent of an entire garbage truck of plastic gets dumped into our oceans, reports the World Economic Forum. Many of the materials are disposable, singleuse plastic products like straws, bags and Styrofoam containers, which some cities and towns have banned. This type of citizen action is increasingly blocked by the Plastic Industry Association (PIA), which has spent big money to successfully ban plastic bag ordinances in 10 states where 70 million Americans live. This means local communities are prohibited from taking effective action that could reduce the plastics that litter our streets and pollute our waterways. The Sierra Club is calling on nine major corporations that are members of the PIA to withdraw from it with an online petition. So far, two have indicated they will not be renewing their memberships this year: Clorox (which owns companies like Burt’s Bees, Brita and Glad) and the Ascena Retail Group (which includes Ann Taylor and Loft). To participate, sign the online petition at Tinyurl.com/ PlasticPollutionPetition. Other action steps, including tweeting and involving friends, are also detailed.

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Household Cleaning Products Affect Babies’ Guts and Weight The heavy use of household cleaning disinfectants may contribute to changes in infant gut bacteria and weight gain, reports a new study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. University of Alberta researchers collected fecal samples and studied the gut health of 757 babies between the ages of 3 and 4 months; then restudied the children at 1 and 3 years old. They found that children in households that used disinfectants at least once a week had higher body mass index (BMI) scores and elevated levels of Lachnospiraceae, gut microbes linked in other studies to insulin resistance and metabolic disorders. Babies in households that used vinegar or other eco-friendly cleaners had lower BMI scores and much lower levels of a family of bacteria that includes E. coli.

Gut Susceptible to Food Additives By mixing food additives with human gut microbes in petri dishes, scientists at the Czech Republic’s Institute of Microbiology found that gut microbes with antiinflammatory properties were highly susceptible to being harmed by additives, while microbes with proinflammatory properties were mostly resistant. “We speculate that permanent exposure of human gut microbiota to even low levels of additives may modify the composition and function of gut microbiota, and thus influence the host’s immune system,” wrote the authors.

Smoking Bans Lower Blood Pressure Non-smokers that live in areas that have banned smoking in public spaces such as restaurants, bars and workplaces have lower systolic blood pressure. In a Northwestern University study reported by the American Heart Association, blood pressure readings of 5,115 adults ages 18 to 30 in Birmingham, Chicago, Minneapolis and Oakland were taken over a 30-year period and correlated with changes in local laws that banned public smoking. A meaningful decrease in systolic blood pressure readings was found in non-smokers when no-smoking laws were enacted, indicating a reduction in heart disease risk.

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CranioSacral Therapy Supports Central Nervous System

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our central nervous system (CNS) is made up of 2 types of cells: neurons and glia. You’ve probably heard of neurons – they form circuits with electrochemical signals to coordinate your complex body/mind processes. We can’t function without them, and if they get damaged by a concussion for instance, you could have sensory (eyes and ears) and motor (speaking, muscles) issues. Just as important are the glial cells, which communicate with neurons to support them in maintaining function, health and healing. They are caretakers of the CNS, and also deliver nutrients, help remove toxins and provide general maintenance so we can enjoy optimal health. Without a healthy glial network, damaged neurons are akin to a sick child without a parent to help them recover. Any disorder that impairs the neurons from firing properly is a good time to get support for glial cells. Get help if you are having issues with traumatic brain injury, seizures, Parkinson’s, memory loss, eye health, nerve damage, stress, para/sympathetic response, immune system, gut and liver issues, glymphatic issues, post-concussion recovery, brain cancer or gliosis (scarring & inflammation of glial cells from injury or disease). Supporting the glial network can be done by a specially trained Craniosacral Therapist. Since it is not possible to directly touch glial cells, Glial work is done through gentle “Therapeutic Intention” (visualizing, dialoguing and using energy). Average of 4+ sessions recommended. Schedule your appointment with Marisa Richards, RN, CST-T, of Monarch Integrative Health in Littleton at 303-980-4260. See ad page 11.

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he most common anecdotal feedback from clients after Reiki sessions are a deep state of relaxation, inner peace, and mental/emotional calm. A study in the Journal of Holistic Nursing (Cuneo et al., Aug 2010) stated “Results indicated that practicing Reiki more often resulted in reduced perceived stress levels.” If you haven’t had a Reiki session before, practitioners in your area may offer a sampler session where you can give it a try. The only requirement is to be open to receive and breathe. Experiencing Reiki is the best way to learn more about it. If a sampler or trial session is not indicated on a practitioner’s website, contact them and ask if they offer one. Find practitioners via the Reiki Healing Association, The International Center for Reiki Training, Energy Medicine Professional Association, or the International Association of Reiki Professionals. Michel Barta, Reiki Master Teacher, can be reached at 720-722-3545. See ad page 31.

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GMO Labeling Diluted Under final rules released by the current administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s national labeling standard for genetically modified organisms (GMOs) completely exempts foods made with highly processed ingredients grown with GMOs, including sugar made from sugar beets, high-fructose corn syrup and refined soybean and canola oils. The change will allow 78 percent of products containing GMOs to avoid disclosure, according to the Grocery Manufacturers Association. Companies don’t have to comply until January 1, 2022, and the new labels will use the term “bioengineered” instead of more common identifiers like “genetically engineered” or “GMO”. Small businesses, to-go food prepared at grocery stores, and meat, eggs or dairy from animals that are fed GMOs, which involves virtually all livestock not certified organic, are exempt from the labeling requirements.

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Citrus Crops to Receive Human Antibiotics Scientists at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) expressed concern over a recent ruling by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that opens the door to widespread use of the antibiotics streptomycin and oxytetracycline to spray commercial citrus crops. The antibiotics, which are often used on people, can kill insects that transmit a bacterium that causes citrus greening, which renders fruit small and bitter. But the EPA ultimately ruled that the economic benefits outweigh concerns about antibiotic resistance and potential harm to the environment, people and wildlife. The USDA says the amount of antibiotic exposure to people who eat fruit or juices still will be far less than what people are exposed to when prescribed antibiotics by their doctor. The antibiotics will have to be sprayed repeatedly over years just to keep the trees alive and producing fruit until they succumb to citrus greening. Public interest groups are protesting the action.

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grown to understand the interconnection between mind, body, and spirit/soul. Or put another way, everything is interrelated from microcosm to macrocosm. I look forward to the time when everyone is consciously aware of their true nature.” All Fairs are 10am – 5pm Saturday and Sunday, include free parking, free lectures, great door prizes, and admission is $7/day, $12/weekend; children 12 & under FREE.

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onnect with body, mind, spirit and environment at Belu Olisa Holistic Fairs in 2019. Discover aspects of yourself through astrology, tarot, palmistry, clairvoyant readings, aura portraits, psychic development classes, and other intuitive arts. Experience healing modalities from massage and reflexology to energy balancing and biofeedback and more. Sample healthy “green drinks,” vitamin

Adams County Fairgrounds 9755 Henderson Rd, Brighton.   supplements and nutritional products. Try locally-made natural skin care products. Shop creative vendors and artisans. Find crystals and gemstones. Reconnect with old friends and meet new ones. According to founder Carol Ostrom, “Belu Olisa means ‘everything is possible with God.’ Over the years, the Fairs have evolved from ‘psychic’ to ‘metaphysical’ to ‘holistic’ as people’s awareness has

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ood revolutionary Ocean Robbins has dedicated his life to inspiring others to rethink their food choices to transform both personal and planetary health. It’s a path forged in part by his father, John Robbins, who walked away from the family ice cream company, Baskin-Robbins, to become an acclaimed health advocate and author. Together, father and son founded the 500,000-plus-member Food Revolution Network, an online education and advocacy platform that works for healthy, sustainable, humane and delicious food for all. Ocean launched Youth for Environmental Sanity (YES!) at age 16, and directed the organization for 20 years. Ocean’s new book, 31-Day Food Revolution: Heal Your Body, Feel Great, and Transform Your World, aims to help individuals revamp their diets, and in turn, themselves and their communities. It distills his lifetime of knowledge and wisdom on food, health and activism into an accessible how-to guide. Learn more at 31DayFoodRevolution.com.

What connections do you see between personal and planetary health? In many situations in life, we have to compromise—but when it comes to food, the choices that are best for us personally also happen to be best for the planet. Eating a plant-based diet, organically grown when possible, is not only linked to the best statistical outcomes for long-term health and well-being, it also helps ensure healthy topsoil, water and a stable climate for future generations.

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ing weight, gaining energy and mental clarity. And we also hear inspiring stories of people turning food deserts into wonderful oases of healthy living; for example, Ron Finley, in South Central Los Angeles, who is known for saying that drive-throughs kill more people than drive-by shootings in his neighborhood. He planted vegetables for the community in the curbside dirt strip in front of his home—and got cited by the city for it. He ended up getting the laws changed, and has since started The Ron Finley Project to create an urban community food hub where the community can come together to plant, learn and nourish themselves.

What are some ways busy people can connect with like-minded individuals to support healthy lifestyle and diet changes?

Start by finding out if you have loved ones who do share your food values, and nurture those relationships. Lean into those healthy relationships; you might be surprised how many people around you are also quietly trying to achieve similar goals.

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In many situations in life, we have to compromise—but when it comes to food, the choices that are best for us personally also happen to be best for the planet. ~Ocean Robbins You can also ask friends and family to be a food ally; even if they are not a full participant in your health regimen, they might be a fan or friend. That can mean preparing particular foods if you come for dinner or simply checking in on how you are doing with your goals and commitments. You can widen your circle of healthy eating through meal swaps or other shared meal programs. It’s always easier to cook in larger quantities, and there is the added benefit of greater social connection with shared meals. If you are looking for new friends and allies, it helps to connect to organizations that are already promoting healthy food hubs. There are many listed in the back of 31-Day Food Revolution. So many people struggle with loneliness, and some are afraid they will feel even more isolated if they step out into a healthy eating regimen. On the contrary, you can become a magnet for people who care about their world and aren’t content with the status quo. These friendships can often become deeper and more valued than ever.

What has been one of the biggest challenges you’ve faced in living a lifestyle against the societal grain, and how have you overcome it?

Impatience. I grew up eating all-natural food; my parents almost named me Kale, and I ate a lot of it growing up. At a certain point, I saw that I had become judgmental and dogmatic when encountering people whose choices did not align with my own, though as Martin Luther King Jr. said, we have no moral authority with those who can feel our underlying contempt. I have since developed a profound respect for each individual’s unique values, needs, experiences and priorities. I advocate for people’s right to make their own choices about what they need. My goal is to help facilitate people’s choices, and to do so with compassion. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.

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It’s turned out to be one of the best investments we’ve ever made—financially and environmentally.

Power Switch Taking a Home Off the Grid by Jim Motavalli

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esse Stafford and Alyssa Craft quit their jobs in 2015, bought five acres of remote land far away from utilities and began building their 36-foot-by-36-foot timber frame home from scratch. Next up was a septic system, then a clean water source and, of course, alternative energy. Their rooftop solar panels are backed up by a reliable Honda generator. They had some setbacks, which is to be expected. Now they’re blogging about it. “We didn’t want corporate jobs, we didn’t want to live in the city, commute to work or have a mortgage payment,” they write in their online homestead journey at PureLivingForLife.com. Off-the-grid living has become downright fashionable, especially for the ecoconscious. But leaving the rat race isn’t easy, and it’s not for everyone. Yet, anyone that wants to become more energy-independent can succeed without moving to an isolated cabin; and there’s never been a better time, because prices keep coming down and technology keeps improving. Choosing the best option depends on several factors, including the specific residence, climatic zone, town and neighborhood. 16

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Preliminary Considerations Power source: Choose from among

solar ($12,000 to $50,000, depending on the system’s size), wind ($6,000 to $22,000, including installation) or geothermal ($20,000 to $25,000).

Ample resources: Find out if there’s

steady wind, plentiful sun, a place to install geothermal pipes and whether the home is properly oriented for solar without obstruction by trees or tall buildings.

Electricity needed: Get a quick average

by adding up the wattage of all appliances, and then add 50 percent. The American average is 10,000 kilowatt-hours annually, although frugal folks can make do with less. The local utility company can also estimate energy needs based on past usage. Realize that alternative energy doesn’t need to be an all-or-nothing proposition. For instance, a solar system doesn’t have to power the whole house. A smaller and cheaper array with battery backup can be connected to essential services like the water heater, refrigerator and electric stove, with the grid handling heavier loads. Ad-

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vantages are lower upfront cost and access to the grid when needed. Connecting to the grid makes sense for all alternative power sources, because wind and solar are intermittent, and don’t always provide power. Also, most states offer net metering, which requires the local utility to pay for the electricity a homeowner puts back into the grid.

Solar: Plunging Costs Solar panels for electricity, usually made of silicon, consist of photovoltaic cells that convert sunlight into direct current (DC). Their cost has come down dramatically in recent years. In January, the average solar panel cost $3.14 a watt, a bottom line of roughly $18,000 with a six-kilowatt system big enough for most homes. The price fell 6.5 percent from January 2018, reports EnergySage.com, a solar vendor pricing source. A federal tax credit covers 30 percent of the cost, so the out-of-pocket cost for a system would be approximately $13,000 if installed before year’s end, when the full residential tax credit is available. Partial tax credits will be available until they are phased out in 2022. Ron Blumenfeld, a retired doctor in Fairfield, Connecticut, serves on his town’s sustainability task force and “went live” with his rooftop installation six years ago. “It’s turned out to be one of the best investments we’ve ever made—financially and environmentally,” he says. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is working toward residential solar to generate power at just five cents per kilowatthour by 2030, which means it will be far cheaper than grid electricity. Consumers can either buy a system outright or—as a popular alternative—lease the system with no upfront costs. Leasing companies like SolarCity (now part of Tesla) pioneered this approach, in which consumers agree to buy electricity from the system installed on their roof.

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Whether to add the extra expense of battery backup is important. A pair of Tesla Powerwalls will cost about $14,000 installed and store enough electricity to power a home for seven days. It’s suitable for people looking to go off the grid because the sun doesn’t always shine, and power generated on sunny days can be stored and used when it’s overcast. Off-the-grid solar is not just for those living in sun-rich states. Installers can look at a property—often remotely, through applications like Google Earth—and determine if solar is appropriate. Sometimes a few trees will have to be sacrificed, but the benefits are manifold, and not just because there will be power during grid blackouts.

Wind: If the Resource is Right Wind power accounted for the largest share of renewable energy growth in 2017, reports the International Energy Agency, but it’s in its infancy for homeowners, partly due to an average cost of $48,000 to $65,000 per installed project. Residential turbines have been installed in all 50 states, but many parts of the U.S. have marginal resources. Check the Department of Energy wind resource guide for local data at WindExchange.Energy.Gov. The best-case scenario is strong winds plus few neighbors close to a large property (and lenient zoning laws). Wind may work for the 19.3 percent of the population that lives in rural areas and the 21 million American homes built on properties of an acre or more. However, it isn’t for everyone. James Weston, of Greene, Maine, installed his turbine 10 years ago, and considers his rooftop solar panels a better investment. “By the time you put up your 100-foot tower to get the tower above the tree line and optimize the wind resource, the return isn’t there,” he says, noting that his savings from the turbine amount to a few hundred dollars a year. Bergey WindPower, maker of the 10-kilowatt BWC Excel 10 turbine ($31,770), recommends that a property have at least a 10 mph average wind speed, coupled with high electricity prices of 10 cents per kilowatt-hour or more. Also consider the neighbors: The system’s turbine is typically installed on an 80-to-100-foot tower, and so-called “viewshed” objections

Residential wind power is in its infancy in the U.S. have taken down many projects (including Cape Wind, in Massachusetts). With annual maintenance, the DOE reports that small wind turbines should last about 20 years, the same basic lifespan as solar panels. The federal production tax credit for wind is available this year, but won’t be available afterwards. Some states offer incentives. A useful small wind guidebook can be found at WindExchange. Energy.gov/small-wind-guidebook.

Geothermal: Available Anywhere

Some common misconceptions about home geothermal are that consumers need to live in one of the planet’s “hot spots” (think Iceland, California or Utah). But the truth is the Earth’s temperature just below the surface almost anywhere is a constant 45 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit, and the Northeast and Midwest have the highest geothermal adoption rates. Geothermal doesn’t necessarily require a large piece of property. Local geology will be a factor in siting and sizing the system. Geothermal systems use underground pipes filled with refrigerant that absorbs warmth from the ground through a heat exchanger. In summer, that same underground temperature can be tapped to

cool a home, combining heating and air conditioning in one system. While it necessitates a relatively high upfront cost, low operating costs mean the systems can pay for themselves in less than 10 years. Most include a groundsource heat pump with a 50-year warranty. For a 2,500-square-foot home, an average off-the-electrical-grid system will cost $20,000 to $25,000 to install. Bill Martin, in Quincy, California, runs an efficient three-ton geothermal system installed in 2014. “It’s been a very good experience,” he says. “I’m ecstatically happy.” The same 30 percent federal tax credit that applies to solar also applies to geothermal for systems installed by 2020. States also provide incentives. A detailed guide on availability is available at Tinyurl. com/GeothermalHeatPumpListing.

Special Considerations

Buildings, especially older structures, are usually sieves in terms of energy loss, so before investing in a system, check to see if the local utility provides free energy audits. Even if it’s not free, it’s worth finding out if the home needs new windows or strategically applied insulation. There are scammers in every field, and alternative energy is no exception. Ask providers for references to previous customers and check for online cautions from the Better Business Bureau, Yelp and others. Alternative energy in any form can save money and precious resources. Explore the options thoroughly and choose wisely before pulling the plug. Jim Motavalli, of Fairfield, CT, is an author, freelance journalist and speaker, specializing in alternative energy, clean automotive and other environmental topics. Connect at JimMotavalli.com.

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SACRED SPACE Bringing Bliss to Every Room

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acred space is most often associated with places of worship, but it can be any place that connects us to meaning or joy. In the blur of daily living, nooks of inspiration and beauty provide spiritual sustenance, remind us of our dreams or celebrate lovely memories. Having “bliss corners” in the home or workplace is a wonderful way to stay connected to the positive. Most parents or grandparents can confess to having a bliss corner on the refrigerator door where drawings and accomplishments of young family members are proudly displayed. Having a place of inspiration in any room doesn’t have to take up much space and can easily add to the décor. It can be as simple as a wedding veil hanging on a bedroom wall or a bowl of shells, sea glass or sand from a beach vacation in the bathroom. It can be sentimental with dried flowers from a momentous occasion or a small table dedicated to loved ones with framed photos or letters and a piece of cloth that holds special memories.

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Corners of bliss fulfill their purpose best in places where they can remind us to follow our heart’s “true north” or help us to foster inner peace during busy days. Such places are office desks and bedroom nightstands near an alarm clock. The kitchen is an ideal room in the house for sacred space; designating a corner to light a candle during meal prep; filling an old teapot with fresh flowers every week; and displaying the photo of someone who once nourished us are all beautiful ways to bring more meaning into our relationship with food. Cultivating bliss can be a form of active meditation, simple rituals that can include prayer or other forms of mindfulness. On more practical levels, it can be an opportunity to bond with loved ones. Creating a bliss corner can be a creative and fun activity for teens to express a passion, whether it be a hobby, sport or favorite singer. Many of us have boxes of mementos or nostalgic things from childhood taking up space in a closet. Making a bliss corner is the perfect way to remind us why we kept them in the first place. Maya Whitman writes about natural health and living a more beautiful life. Connect at Ekstasis28@gmail.com.

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romatherapy is a great modality to incorporate into the sacred spaces and bliss corners you create in your home. They shift the energy of our space and of our minds, helping to restore our connection to self and the divine. Floral oils, beautiful and sensuous, are ideal for use in a bath, dressing, or bedroom. Flowers attract birds and bees with aromas like rose, ylang-ylang and jasmine, which are known to enhance libido. Uplifting and energizing oils like citrus and mint provide inspiration and are excellent for enhancing a work space. Oils like frankincense and sandalwood enhance spiritual rituals such as meditation and help us connect to spirit. Vetiver can be grounding and lavender, calming. Some aromas are associated with memories of joyful times; incorporate photos and mementos to create a sentimental experience you can return to for connection. For more information, contact Kim Farrington, Holistic Health Practitioner and Certified Clinical Aromatherapist at 720-810-7714 or Kim@KimFarringtonccap.com. See ad page 29.

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is that the rate of extinctions can be slowed, and many of our declining, threatened and endangered species can still recover if we work together now. This will necessitate a united global movement of consumers, voters, educators, faith leaders and scientists that demands immediate action. EDN is asking people to advocate for government policies that protect species and their habitats, and to continue to build on the worldwide efforts that embrace the value of nature. It is also asking people to undertake such individual actions as adopting a plant-based diet and stopping pesticide and herbicide use. More information, including teach-in toolkits and facts on threatened species, from whales to insects, can be found at EarthDay.org.

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~Jared Gold, co-founder of MealTribes

POTLUCK FOR THE 21ST CENTURY Breaking Bread, Building Community by April Thompson

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mericans are eating alone more than ever, with adults going solo for nearly half of all meals, according to consumer research consultants at the Hartman Group. Yet, fellowship-minded foodies are bucking the trend by finding new and unique ways to bring strangers, colleagues and friends together for healthy, home-cooked meals. Meal sharing not only builds community and camaraderie; it can also save time and money and minimize food waste. Eating with others can also encourage mindful consumption, a boon to physical and mental health. A number of emerging ideas and platforms from around the block to across the globe are helping singles and families young and old connect over food. 20

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Linking Diners Through Technology “I wanted to find a place to create more meaningful conversations and meet new people than bars where people often meet up, and thought home is that place. Who doesn’t like dinner parties or potlucks?” says Jared Gold, co-founder of MealTribes, in Washington, D.C. Within two years, MealTribes has grown to more than 200 members that can host or join potlucks via a private Facebook group open to area residents in their 20s and 30s. To encourage participants to be fully present, the group encourages guests to leave their phones in their bags. Instead of strict food do’s and don’ts, MealTribes encourages attendees to

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bring a contribution that makes them proud. However, guests are discouraged from bringing alcohol in lieu of a food dish to avoid it becoming the focus of the table. “Lasting friendships and business opportunities have come from our potlucks,” says Gold. “Even skeptics have come away from events feeling like they got the best-case scenario; nice people, homey environment, with good food and conversation.” Jay Savsani, co-founder of Meal Sharing, in Chicago, got the idea for the “Airbnb of meals” after seeking out a home-cooked dinner while backpacking in Cambodia. He was invited to a farm feast in the countryside, connecting with local hosts over great conversation and delicious food. “I returned home wanting to find a way to use technology to recreate that serendipitous moment,” says Savsani. Today, the platform uses technology to connect curious diners with affordable, home-cooked meals in 150 countries. “The concept is open; we encourage hosts to make whatever they believe in,” says Savsani. “That can be a top chef serving nine-course meals or a simple spaghetti someone offers for a few bucks or even free.” Savsani says the meal becomes secondary to the deeper social interactions that can manifest through these gatherings. “We

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Even skeptics have come away from events feeling like they got the best-case scenario: nice people, homey environment, with good food and conversation.

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even got an inquiry from a local fire department interested in hosting meals to get to know people in the community better.”

Organically Grown Gatherings Lilia Fuquen, who directs the Food and Community project in Virginia, participates in several gatherings intended to nurture community through food. Fuquen’s project aims to bring people across the state together to document, celebrate and share traditional, contemporary and emerging foodways, initiating a deeper conversation about and the connections between food, place, culture and community. Last fall, the project convened more than 200 people around a feast celebrating indigenous foods, people and foodways in Virginia. The meal was prepared from locally farmed and foraged ingredients representative of the diverse native culinary traditions of the region, including greens, mushrooms, wild rice and fish sourced from fields, forests and streams. On a more grassroots level, an intergenerational family potluck dinner “helps create community and a sense of family among people who often live far from blood relatives,” says Fuquen, who lives on a small farm outside Charlottesville, Virginia. The workplace can also be a great place to break bread together, says

Fuquen. Her office enjoys hosting the Souper Club, where co-workers each bring a key element like salad fixings, a loaf of bread or a pot of soup to enjoy together—away from their desks. Rebecca Shaloff, a fundraising consultant in Washington, D.C., has participated in work lunch swaps, which she says promote camaraderie, new food discoveries and healthy eating. She also takes part in a closely knit

monthly supper club of four young families in her neighborhood. “We all value each other’s friendship and company, but there’s something about coming together for dinner that makes us feel more like family than friends,” Shaloff says. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.

We even got an inquiry from a local fire department interested in hosting meals to get to know people in the community better. ~Jay Savsani, co-founder of Meal Sharing April 2019

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Trek for a Healthier Brain

Into the Woods

Hiking for Health and Happiness by Marlaina Donato

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any of us equate fitness with going to the gym, but a good hike in a natural environment can foster unique benefits for both body and psyche. Hiking or walking outdoors not only promotes heart health, helping to balance both blood sugar and blood pressure, it increases hip bone density to help reduce fractures, according to research on postmenopausal women from the ongoing Nurses’ Health Study. Navigating uneven terrain also necessitates lateral movement, which can strengthen core muscles and improve balance more significantly than working out on a treadmill or cycling.

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involving 140,000 older adults correlates a lower mortality rate with even short intervals of walking. Individuals in the study that walked six hours a week lowered their risk of dying from cancer and cardiovascular and respiratory disease. It also shows that just two hours of walking per week could significantly improve health. “Walking and hiking balance the body through natural movement, oxygenation of the cells and the use of our muscles as they were designed to be used,” says Dami Roelse, of Ashland, Oregon, author of Walking Gone Wild: How to Lose Your Age on the Trail. “Walking is in our genes; DNA molecules need to be stimulated regularly to express themselves, and walking does just that. It also improves mood and cognition.”

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Exercise stimulates feel-good neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin, but getting a workout in a natural setting fortifies the whole nervous system. A 2015 study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science led by Stanford University researchers shows that walking in nature for 90 minutes decreases activity in the subgenual prefrontal cortex, the region of the brain most affected by depression. In contrast, individuals that walked in an urban environment did not reap the same results. Another 2015 study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology shows that nature walks improve memory and decrease anxiety in teens. The Japanese philosophy of shinrinyoku, or “forest bathing”, woven into Japanese Shinto and Buddhist traditions, has become an important part of science-based health care in Japan. A significant 2009 study by Japanese researchers published in Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine shows that just 20 minutes of walking in the woods decreases stress hormones. Forest bathing has also been shown to speed postoperative healing, improve concentration in children with attention-deficit/

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The beauty of hiking is that it offers a tailored experience according to ability and personal interests. Day hikes, whether in the countryside or in urban botanical gardens or parks, are uplifting and ideal for any fitness level. Longer or overnight treks with a backpack of supplies offer healthy challenges and opportunities for total immersion in nature. Bringing the kids on a hike offers family fitness time and a healthy way to unplug from technology and sneak in a fun learning experience about local flora and fauna.

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hyperactivity disorder and fortify immunity with an increased number of NK, or natural killer cells. Naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley, in Washington, D.C., knows about Mother Nature’s therapeutic gifts firsthand. “I participated in some of the health research both in the field and the lab during a forest bathing trip to Japan,” says the author of The Joy of Forest Bathing: Reconnect with Wild Places & Rejuvenate Your Life. “My vital signs were checked before and after shinrin-yoku walks, and in the lab my brainwaves were measured while viewing urban and forest scenes. My blood pressure was lower after every walk, and my brainwaves calmed while viewing forest scenes.” Choukas-Bradley emphasizes that forest bathing doesn’t require a forest setting, noting, “You can forest bathe in the desert, at the beach or even an urban park during a lunch break.” Hitting the trails can also help us see life from another perspective. “Forests are living, breathing organisms. Mountains transcend my humanness,” muses Roelse. “It’s both a humbling and uplifting experience.” Marlaina Donato is the author of several books on spirituality and clinical aromatherapy. She is also a composer. Connect at AutumnEmbersMusic.com.

Humans have biological and psychological needs to be out in nature, according to many theories and studies. Biophilia hypothesis, says evolutionary biologist Edward O. Wilson in Biophilia, is the urge to affiliate with other forms of life.  Nature deficit disorder refers to a phrase by Richard Louv in "Last Child in the Woods" that human beings, especially children, are spending less time outdoors resulting in a wide range of behavioral problems that are the human cost of alienation from the natural world. The Attention Restoration Theory outlined by Stephen Kaplan, a psychologist at University of Michigan, says we require restorative experiences after constant focus, which includes “the sensation of getting away, an effortless fascination with one’s surroundings, and what he calls a sense of ‘extent,’ a sense of being connected to a larger world.”

-excerpted from “Moving Toward Happy” by publisher Terry Chriswell

Land really is the best art. ~Andy Warhol

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(Reiki/vibrational/intuitive reading) for first-time clients. In person or phone. 2055 S Oneida St, #330, Denver. JoAnne Palladino, Reiki Master-Teacher, Channel, & Intuitive. 303-263-0679

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APR 2 TUES Self-Healing 101–Learn how to meditate and heal yourself with easy to use visualization techniques. Check out this first class for FREE. Offered in-person & over-the-phone. BoulderPsychicInstitute.org

APR 3 WED 5 day Introduction to Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy–9:30am-6pm thru Sun. Learn to perceive and support healing forces in the body. Course can be taken alone or as the first five days of the 50-day Certification Training. $700. RSVP/info Schoolofinnerhealth.org

APR 5 FRI Sacred Drumming Circle & One Heart Song Global Meditation–7-9pm. Share intentions and sacred vibrations of the Drum Circle with a focus of global peace. Bring a snack and your instruments. Suggested $10. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695. J4CL.com

Shamanic Journey & Drum Circle with Donna DeNomme and Wynn Chaney–6-8:30pm. Access the spirit world with Donna DeNomme to connect with your spirit helpers and bring back messages meant to assist you at this time. $45pp. 1923 N Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood. Tix Bit.ly/ShamanicJourneyDrumCircleFHS

APR 9 TUES 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 of Denver, 3375 S Dahlia, Denver. RSVP 303-263-0679 or joanne@joannepalladino.com

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Begin Your Qigong Lifestyle–6-8pm, 9 wkly classes Tuesdays. Heart-centered, intentional practice in the wholeness of proper qigong self-care, inner alchemy and chi nutrition. Eliminate stress’s harmful impact on health, reverse aging and thrive in vibrant health. A prereq for Professional Medical Qigong Practitioner training. $495. Chi Wellness, The Center of Qigong, Denver. Debra Lin Allen 720-427-0406, DebraLin.ChiWellness@gmail.com The Women’s Way to Health, Wealth and HappinessOnline Meetup–5:30-7pm. Zoom Live Stream. Topic: Authentic Video Marketing. Presented by Tryna Cooper (303-550-4223) and Kathy Mason (720-938-2536). Donations gratefully accepted. RSVP required for live stream information.

APR 10 WED Free Class at Hypnotherapy Academy–7pm. Three secrets to creative positive life changes by learning how your subconscious mind works. 2132 Osuna Road, NE, Suite B, Albuquerque. RSVP 505-767-8030.

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David Young Music & Discussion “The True Story of Jesus and His Wife Mary Magdalena”–7-9:30pm. David Young returns to Denver for a tour of music, healing meditation, personal readings and a discussion workshop with his mind-expanding, new book. $30. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th Ave, Arvada. Tickets at EventBrite: David Young, Denver. Larry Cooper 303-289-1034. J4CL.com $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 online BoulderPsychicInstitute.org

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Denver’s Best Psychic Fair–10am-7pm thru Sun. Both For Heaven’s Sake Locations. $1.50/minute psychic readings (30 min. minimum). BOGO 25% off crystals, aroma, jewelry, home decor. Learn more Bit.ly/ForHeavensSakeEvents

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Couples Tantra Experience–7-9:30pm. 2nd Sat ea month. Gain a roadmap to discover one another in a new way. RSVP! Event fills fast - waitlist available $35/Couple. Osho Leela, 1025 Rosewood Ave, # 106, Boulder. Info Judith Anne Condon 303-630-9479 or journeystotantricbliss@gmail.com Let’s Get Stoned: A Gemstone Exploration–7-9pm. 2nd Sat ea month. Learn about stones/crystals and the spiritual guidance/healing they can give. New instructor/topics monthly. $12pp, $20/couple (pre pay). For Heaven’s Sake Metaphysical Books and Gifts, 4900 W 46th Ave, Denver. Tix Bit.ly/LetsGetStonedFHS $25 Pet Readings–11am over the phone, 2 nd Sat ea month. Improve your relationship with your companion animal! Clarify relational dynamics and negotiate issues. All species welcome. Schedule online Boulderpsychicinstitute.org.

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Good Friday Sacred Drumming Circle, Sound Celebration & Meditation–7-9pm. Sound, breath, mindfulness and meditation in the energy of the circle. Bring a snack and your instruments for an evening of vibrational expansion. Suggested $10. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695 or J4CL.com 3 Days of Tantra–thru Sun. Join a committed group of passionate Tantrikas for a full weekend of Tantric community practice & experiential guidance at a private home in Estes. Incl organic Breakfast/Lunch/ Brunch. $327-$647. Info/RSVP Judith Anne Condon, 303-630-9479 or journeystotantricbliss@gmail.com

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Love Is Never Lost - Gallery Readings with Randy Birke–6-9pm. Randy sees and hears spirits as well as people’s deceased relatives and friends. They provide extremely specific facts, details, identifying traits and situations which the attendee confirms. Randy is closely connected to angelic forces. $35. For Heaven’s Sake, Lakewood. Tix Bit.ly/RandyBirkeFHS Loving Yourself Thin! How to Rock Your Skinny Self With Body, Mind and Spirit–10am-Noon. Learn exactly how to love yourself thin by healing old wounds that drive unconscious eating. Laugh, sing and learn amazing tools to heal the urge to overeat. Holiday Inn Hotel, 4777 North Broadway, Boulder. $47. Info/ RSVP Elisha Gabriell elishag3838@yahoo.com or LaughingGoddess.International

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Guided Meditation; Clearing Your Chakras–6:307:30pm. Explore the power of healing. Be guided a gentle way to clean and balance 7 major Chakras. Let go of any energetic blocks while you bring in peace, love, harmony. Early/$20, $25/Door. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-413-7303, journeywithin@hotmail.com


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Shmaya Gathering w/JoAnne Palladino–7-8:30pm. Experience Shmaya, an illumined, channeled presence that attunes you to the love and light within. $20. 2555 S Oneida St, Ste 330, Denver. RSVP 303-263-0679 or joanne@joannepalladino.com

APR 25 THURS Guided Meditation; Emotional Release–6:307:30pm. Sometimes our emotions, thoughts, patterns build up and become stuck in our space. Release these feelings, thoughts and any barriers preventing you from feeling safe. Early/$20; $25/ Door. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-413-7303, journeywithin@hotmail.com

APR 26 FRI Denver’s Best Psychic Fair–10am-7pm Fri-Sun. Both For Heaven’s Sake Locations. $1.50/minute psychic readings (30 min. minimum). BOGO 25% off crystals, aroma, jewelry, home decor. Learn more Bit.ly/ForHeavensSakeEvents $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 online. BoulderPsychicInstitute.org

APR 27 SAT World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Celebration–9:30amNoon. Free. 21st annual global celebration of Chi Cultivation for Health and Prosperity. Bring family and friends where we’ll build our powerful Chi Wave with Qigong Movement. Dress casually/comfortably. Bring healthy snack to share. Debra Lin Allen 720-427-0406, DebraLin.ChiWellness@gmail.com Introduction to Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy–9:30am-6pm. Discover the living world inside the body through the elegance and effectiveness of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy. The course introduces the philosophy and skills of this modality. Students will explore the subtle underlying forces of the human body and their healing capacity. The biodynamic paradigm is a component of all courses offered at the School of Inner Health. This course is also offered June 2. $250. RSVP/info 303-9999963 or Schoolofinnerhealth.org

APR 28 SUN Aromatherapy Spa Workshop–9-10:30am. Take home a scrub you make from natural ingredients; learn how to include essential oils in self-care; explore oils and aromas. For ages 50+. $10; $5 supply fee. Wheat Ridge Active Adult Center, 6363 W 35th Ave. RSVP Rootedinfun.com. Questions Kim@KimFarringtonccap.com

APR 29 MON We Are Change Open Mic Night–6-10pm. Share the power of uniting our local grassroots activist community for an evening of food, music, interviews, headliners, poetry and dancing. Perform your songs and poems! Event page on Facebook and Wearechangecolorado.com

save the date DAVID YOUNG MUSIC & DISCUSSION FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 7-9:30PM David Young returns to Denver for a power-packed tour of music, healing meditation, personal readings and a discussion workshop with his mind-expanding, new book, “The True Story of Jesus and His Wife Mary Magdalena”. $30. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 West 59th Avenue, Arvada. DavidYoungMusic.com. Tickets at EventBrite: David Young, Denver. Questions Larry Cooper 303-289-1034. J4CL.com or 303-289-1034.

NIGHTSPARKS FUNDRAISER FOR LIFESPARK CANCER RESOURCES FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 7-11PM Dinner, live music, dancing, live and silent auctions to raise money for LifeSpark Cancer Resources, a leadingedge non-profit organization that provides Reiki and Healing Touch treatments to cancer patients and their caregivers free of charge from Longmont to Colorado Springs. Nearly 80% of those receiving sessions in our program report feeling significantly better both physically and emotionally. 95% of participants say the sessions were valuable. Over 100 volunteers deliver thousands of sessions to individuals with cancer and their caregivers every year. Wellshire Event Center, 3333 S Colorado Blvd, Denver. LifeSparkNow.org

LOVING YOURSELF THIN!

HOW TO ROCK YOUR SKINNY SELF WITH BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT! SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 10 A.M. - NOON Done with blame, shame and beating yourself up? Learn exactly how to love yourself thin by healing old wounds that drive unconscious eating. Laugh, sing and learn amazing tools heal the urge to stuff and overeat. Come prepared for a-ha’s and new friendships that will support you creating your ideal body! Holiday Inn Hotel, 4777 North Broadway, Boulder. $47. Info/RSVP Elisha Gabriell elishag3838@yahoo.com or LaughingGoddess.International

3 DAYS OF TANTRA - SPRING OF 2019 - RISE APRIL 19, 20, 21 Curious about the synergy of Sexuality & Spirituality? Know that free-flowing sexual energy & bliss are your birthright but feel it’s out of reach? Join us, a committed group of passionate Tantrikas for a full weekend of Tantric community practice & experiential guidance at a private home in the mountains of Estes. Includes organic Breakfast, Lunch & Brunch. $327 - $647. Info/RSVP Judith Anne Condon, 303-630-9479 or journeystotantricbliss@gmail.com

3RD ANNUAL COLORADO HOLISTIC FAIR APRIL 27 & 28, 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 holisticfairs@gmail.com. April 2019

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daily Free Healing Therapy for Individuals with Cancer–Reiki and Healing Touch support relaxation and balance on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. Sign up for free sessions at one of our partner locations, or in-home for those too sick to travel, at LifesparkNow.org

tuesdays 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 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 $30 Psychic Readings–7-8:30pm. Performed by our graduate students. Enjoy their advanced skill set and ask questions about relationships, career, health, and more! Schedule online. BoulderPsychicInstitute.org

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$30 Psychic Readings–7-8:30pm. Performed by our graduate students. Enjoy an advanced skill set and ask questions about relationships, career, health, and more! Schedule online. BoulderPsychicInstitute.org Aura and Chakra Healings–Drop-In between  6-7pm. Receive a 10-minute cleanse and release negative thoughts, emotions, pain and fear. Get replenished with positive energy and feel great. FREE.  BoulderPsychicInstitute.org.  1332 Pearl St. Boulder. 303-530-0920.

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.com

saturdays Qigong Movement–1-2:30pm. Fun group experience increases flexibility, strength, endurance, mental focus and calm. Suitable for folks healing & athletes seeking internal fortitude.  $20/dropin; $90/6 classes. Chi Wellness, The Center of Qigong, Denver. Debra Lin Allen 720-427-0406, DebraLin.ChiWellness@gmail.com

sundays

Energy Healings; Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing–6-7pm. A healing is an energy clearing, release negative energy blocking growth and create the life you desire. $5 per healing. Free for first time visitors. Journey Within @ Irongate Executive Plaza 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-413-7303, journeywithin@hotmail.com

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

thursdays Qigong Movement–6-7:30pm. Fun group experience increases flexibility, strength, endurance, mental focus and calm. Suitable for folks healing & athletes seeking internal fortitude. $20/drop-in; $90/6 classes. Chi Wellness, The Center of Qigong, Denver. Debra Lin Allen 720-4270406, DebraLin.ChiWellness@gmail.com

Learn About Daoism Sunday Sermon–8:30am. Daoism is a pathway to learning joy. The Dao or The Way, is a systematic approach to get in touch with your spirit. Join us every Sunday at the Dao House, 6120 CO-7, Estes Park, or online at DaoUSA.org for an inspiring talk. Return to Simplicity, Live Your True Nature. Community Tai Chi/Qigong–9am. Enjoy the relaxing and energizing effects of community meditative movements. Breath deep, increase strength and flexibility at the Dao House, 6120 CO-7, Estes Park. DaoUSA.org

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MAY – APRIL 2020 One Year Apprenticeship in Shamanism–Transformative training to enhance knowledge and refine skills in the ancient practices of Shamanism. Candidates for this program are those with a deep calling, commitment, and yearning to create an active, embodied experience of their spirituality and their relationship to the non-ordinary, compassionate Spirit realms. Basic shamanic journeying skills required. BJ Brown 303-808-4006 or Wolfheals.com.

MAY 3-4 Spring 5 Virtues Qigong Self-care Retreat–enroll by 4/19. Qigong practices integrate 5 essential natural life rhythms into daily living for spiritual fortitude, healing, nourishment, vigor and joyful, conscious self-expression. No exper nec. $350 incl workbook/audios/videos. 720427-0406, DebraLin.ChiWellness@gmail.com

MAY 5 Destress & Heal ~ Reiki Level 1 Training–1-4pm. Reiki is a tool you can have as close as your own hands to experience relaxation and healing. $135 includes training, materials, attunement and certificate of completion. Info Michel Barta, 720-722-3545, peacebridgereiki@gmail.com

MAY 10 Learn About Bemer Technology–3pm. New technology enhances: blood flow; nutrient/oxygen supply and waste disposal; cardiac function; physical fitness, strength, endurance, energy; concentration, mental acuity, relaxation. $10 includes a $45 session. Clear Sky Medical, 9085 E Mineral Circle, #260, Centennial. RSVP 303-790-7860

JUNE 2 Introduction to Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy– 9:30am-6pm. Learn philosophy and skills. Discover the living world inside the body through the elegance and effectiveness of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy. $250 Info/RSVP 303-999-9963 or Schoolofinnerhealth.org

JUNE 5-9 Introduction to Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy–9:30am-6pm daily. Learn to perceive and support healing forces in the body. Elect as stand-alone or first five days of the 50-day Certification Training. $700. RSVP Schoolofinnerhealth.org

JUNE 28-30 Biodynamic Principles–9:30am-6pm daily. Discover how to create the conditions that support healing and presence in yourself and others. Understanding principles can change relational, parental and professional dynamics. Complements any profession. $390. RSVP Schoolofinnerhealth.org

STARTS JULY 6 Intuitive Healer Certification Training 10-Month Program–Called to help others? Become a Successful Intuitive Practitioner! Embrace Empowerment, & Abundance, Transform Your Life & the Lives of Others, Realize Your Dream. 8-Month training includes Weekly Tele-classes, Individualized Mentorship + 3 Retreats in Santa Fe, NM with equine support. Chantal Fidanza, 505-438-1074, info@YourDivineLight.biz


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CHI HEALING / QIGONG CLASSES CHI WELLNESS, THE CENTER OF QIGONG 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. The best of health and prosperity await you, call today! See ad page 18.

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