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Spring Vegetable Rice Salad Servings: 8

Prep Time: 15 Min.

Cook Time: 5 Min.

WHAT YOU NEED: • 2 c. Minute® White Rice, uncooked • 1 c. cherry tomatoes, halved • 1 c. cut asparagus spears (1” long), cooked, cooled • 1 c. light salad dressing

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WHAT TO DO: 1. Prepare rice according to pkg. directions. 2. Toss rice with tomatoes and asparagus in medium bowl. 3. Mix remaining ingredients until well blended. Add to rice mixture; toss to coat. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. * Asparagus spears snap off naturally where they are tough. To trim fresh asparagus, simply bend the spear near the bottom end, and it will break off at the right point.

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Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.


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letterfrompublishers We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. ~Native American Proverb


arth Day is celebrated globally on April 22 which corresponds to spring in the Northern Hemisphere and autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. It is intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s natural environment. In 2009, the United Nations designated April 22 International Mother Earth Day.

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Earth Day was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson in response to an oil spill and widespread environmental degradation in 1969. The first Earth Day was a teach-in, observed on university campuses and held on April 22, 1970. Earth Day was a national event until Denis Hayes, who was the original national coordinator in 1970, took it international in 1990 and organized events in 141 nations.

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Earth Day is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network and is celebrated in more than 175 countries every year. Numerous communities celebrate Earth Week, an entire week of activities focused on environmental issues. Nelson said,

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Our Earth Day events on page 19 give you plenty of options to participate. Our “Action Alerts” on pages 6 and 11 give you an opportunity to take immediate action for a better planet. You can sign a petition to ban pesticides that are destroying bee colonies, and join with other organic consumers to sign a petition to ban GMO crops. You might have noticed we’re looking a little brighter these days. We’re happy to be printing with Signature Offset, because they are committed to sustainable printing. This means we are buying from a company which believes in sustainable forestry, post-consumer waste recycled content, paper waste recovery and re-use, environmentally conscious inks, 100% recyclable aluminum printing plates and more. With all of the recycled paper they purchased in 2010, they saved over 119,000 trees. We will never be a glossy, toxic publication. The complex issues facing the planet are greater in scope than we could do justice to in our humble publication. We strive to point in the direction of hope and what is possible for the highest good. We hope you will be inspired to look up Bill McKibben’s, Jeffrey Smith’s, the,, read “The End of Food” by Paul Roberts and most importantly, take action.

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newsbriefs Fast Focusing Center Introduces Two New Classes


n addition to The Fast Focusing Center “Change Your Brain” classes already offered, two new classes will be added in April: Words and Masterminding. Words focuses on learning how words affect us every day and how powerful they are, sometimes without us knowing or understanding how they impact our brains. Masterminding is about business success, what the super successful do and how we can follow that pattern. The goal of the classes is to teach tools that retrain the brain to release negative thoughts and emotions to create happier, healthier lives, all with innovative, non-drug approaches. All classes start at 6pm. Words: Wednesday, April 13; Masterminding: Monday, April 4; Money: Monday, April 11; Get Through Blocks: Monday, April 18; Confidence: Wednesday, April 20. Class space is limited, please RSVP 303506-3560. 88 Inverness Circle East, Suite H107, Centennial. See ad page 8.

Redirect Guide Release Party


oin green business owners, the Redirect Guide team, Green Drinks Denver and the sustainably minded community at the 2011 Redirect Guide release party in honor of their newest print edition releasing on Earth Day, April 22. Music, refreshments and food samples will help toast the success of the community, as well as the latest release. 7-11pm, Green Spaces, 1358 26th St, Denver. Members free, non-members $5. Price includes one drink, food samples and music.

Massage for Charity


n the last Thursday of each month, Denver Integrative Massage School is giving to local charities. All proceeds from the community Thai Yoga Massage Student clinic will go to a designated charity, for a $28, 90 minute massage or $21, 60 minute massage. On April 28 all proceeds will go to Trips for Kids. Trips For Kids provides everything necessary for disadvantaged kids to discover the joy of mountain biking. Appointment required. Schedule online or email Info 720-252-2716.

EcoScraps Expands into Colorado


coScraps, a company which recycles food waste into a nutrient-rich soil conditioner, is now servicing Colorado. According to their website, Ecoscraps “transforms leftover fruits and veggies into highly nutritious, 100% organic soil through a special process similar to composting…Basically, we collect produce waste from grocery stores and wholesale food distributors, and then take them to our plant to be processed. All of the food we collect has gone bad and would otherwise be thrown away and taken to the dump.” Through this process they are able to reduce landfill waste and methane emissions. Harvest Plenty Premium Soils will be delivered first to Spencer’s Lawn and Garden in Fountain, Echter’s Greenhouse in Arvada, Jared’s Nursery in Littleton, Picadilly’s Nursery in Brighton, and Nick’s Garden Center & Farm Market in Aurora. Shipments will continue throughout the Front Range to Independent Nurseries and Garden Centers. For more info call Blaine Wilkins, 303-501-3330, or See Listing page 24.

Homebirth Circles Launched in Colorado


he Normalizing Homebirth Project Inc, a non-profit corporation, is now facilitating Homebirth Circles in Boulder, Colorado Springs, Greeley, and Loveland. The organization was formed to meet the needs of birthing women around the country, to provide emotional, social and financial support around birthing at home. Social and emotional support is provided to women through Homebirth Circles and One-toone mentoring. Women who have homebirthed facilitate inspiring positive discussion around the beauty of birthing at home. Monthly topics include: Kids at Homebirth, Homebirth Benefits Having an Empowered Homebirth, Planning Your Homebirth, The First Week at Home, Overcoming Fears, Creating Trust and Surrendering at Home in Birth. In the upcoming months, the financial need-based award program will be launched in order to provide monetary resources to families who desire to birth at home and need financial support. More info, donations, sponsorships or volunteer opportunities at 303-656-1982 or or email Helene Rose at

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ecobriefs Earth Care Women’s Leadership for a Green Economy Earth Day Network’s new campaign, Women and Green Economy (WAGE), is engaging female executives in business, government and nongovernmental organizations to take leadership of the emerging global green economy. “Currently, women are not present in very many top international negotiations on climate change and the green economy,” says Earth Day Network President Kathleen Rogers. “We aim to change that equation.” Women such as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, are among those now leading key efforts in the climate and renewable energy discussion. “It is essential that our most talented and driven women come together to fast-forward the green economy,” says Rogers. With the world’s women making 85 percent of all consumer choices, they are in a commanding position to lead the way to a sustainable world. WAGE creates a road map for women to aggregate their power and promote their leadership in such issues. Earth Day Network’s supporting goals are to help prompt national and international initiatives that will promote the green economy, secure education and job training opportunities for women and channel green investment to benefit women. Learn more and join in via the Programs menu at

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Action Alert Science Solves Mystery of Bee Colony Collapse Bees are dying off in developed Western countries, putting 90 percent of U.S. crops in peril. Multiple scientific studies now blame one group of agricultural toxins—neonicotinoid pesticides—as a major contributor to their rapid demise, and bee populations have recovered in the four European countries that have banned these products. But Bayer still sells this deadly poison here, even though the Environmental Protection Agency has recognized, in a leaked document, that Bayer’s “highly toxic” product is a “major risk concern to non-target insects [honey bees].” In 2009, Italy’s new, neonicotinoid-free corn sowing resulted in no cases of widespread bee mortality in apiaries around the crops, a first since 1999. Italy, France, Slovenia and Germany, where Bayer’s main manufacturing plant is located, have all banned neonicotinoids with good results. It’s up to U.S. citizens to convince the government not to heed the powerful chemical lobby, but to defend the bees and the country’s food supply by calling for a national ban now. Build a buzz today. Sign the emergency petition at en/save_the_bees_usa/?vl.


No-Deprivation Diets & 3 Levels of Evolutionary EatingTM by Simla Somturk Wickless, MBA, CHC, CNE


o you find the idea of all diets distasteful? It doesn’t have to be that way for you to look and feel your best with an eating plan that is delicious, varied, flexible, rich and that works for your unique body and lifestyle. There are 3 Levels of Evolutionary EatingTM . LEVEL 1: Impulsive is the most primitive way of eating with very low bodily awareness. You go by the dictum “I want” and make choices mostly based on perceived convenience and immediate gratification. This level lends itself to mindless or emotional eating, unwanted weight gain, burnout/fatigue, and a host of chronic health issues. LEVEL 2: Inhibited is eating impulsively, driven by “shoulds,” calorie counts, deprivation, and strict rules. It is restrictive and can result in hunger, binges, dismay, and a contentious relationship with food. You may lose weight or feel better at first, but it’s temporary. LEVEL 3: Intuitive is when you’ve decided you’re ready for something better. You develop full-body awareness and make empowered, mindful choices built around real, whole foods that work for you. When you get to this point, your taste buds wake up. Your energy is on fire. Your moods blossom. You reach and maintain your natural weight equilibrium easily. Your way of eating is a way of being and you feel full and fully present to your life.

Evolving your relationship with food can help you stop with the fads, restrictions, and “shoulds” and discover a way of eating that your body, taste buds, and life can all thrive on. Simla Somturk Wickless, founder of Delicious Health, is a holistic health coach, nutritionist, healthy life/work expert, writer, and speaker. Complimentary 30-minute Delicious Health Discovery Session, call 1-877-211-0220 or See listing page 27.


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What is Organic Lawn Care? by Josh Studer


n organic lawn care program will help you protect the health of your children, your pets, yourself and allows you to make a healthier, “greener” choice for the environment. Synthetic fertilizers are known to possess many toxic chemicals and metals that are hazardous to humans and may contribute to serious diseases. These fossil-fuel-based synthetic fertilizers are energy-intensive and add salts and chemicals to the soil which hardens the soil and requires you use more water to achieve the same green lawn. High levels of chemicals can leach into ground water, poisoning our waterways also. Think grass on steroids; this is a similar comparison to what synthetic fertilizers do to grass. Organic lawn care provides slow release organic products that will promote active soil biology by mobilizing nutrients and microorganisms, retain water, and support natural plant growth. Benefits of organic fertilizers include: Reducing water needs up to 50%.; Lawns that are naturally resistant to disease and insects; Reducing the need to mow as often; Reduction of Carbon footprint and air pollution; Non-toxic, healthy living space for the whole family. A truly organic lawn care program will not use conventional gas mowers that pollute the environment at alarming rates. According to the EPA, small engines such as gas mowers contribute 5% of the nation’s air pollution. And, in one hour, 1 gas mower pollutes the same as 11 cars. You can benefit greatly by choosing organic lawn care or using an organic lawn care service. Not only are you doing your part to reduce the carbon footprint while keeping your loved ones free of toxic chemicals; your neighbors will appreciate it too. Josh Studer is with Clean Air Lawn Care Denver. 303-681-4543. Visit for a special “Come Clean” campaign to receive a free year of organic treatment. Facts from; See listing page 24.

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Go Green to Clean


ny family can benefit from green cleaning. When you clean green, you do not use any harmful chemicals or abrasive products in the cleaning process. Imagine the benefits of having bleach quality clean floors without having to have harmful, toxic bleach in your home. When you consider green cleaning supplies, the benefits to your own environment, and the overall environment are numerous. Many chemicals contain toxins, including poisonous elements, cancer causing irritants, skin irritants, and harmful products for your respiratory system and the air you breathe. There are many instances where you can easily ingest or inhale these products when they are sprayed into the air or applied to surfaces. Even trace amounts of some chemicals can and do build up in your system. Chemicals applied to counter tops or sponges will rinse down the drain into the water sources for your home. If there are a large amount of chemicals being used, the fumes from those chemicals can be dangerous coming up from the drain. Inhaling them can have immediate effects. Consider allergies. In some situations, chemicals found within cleaning products contain allergens. Bleaches, toxic cleaning sprays and other chemicals used to clean the home commonly contain a variety of ingredients specifically able to cause or trigger allergies in people. Children and the elderly are most likely to suffer from them, since they have weaker immune systems, but anyone can suffer from allergies, including your pets. Finding organic, green cleaning products and/services can be the answer you are looking for to detoxify your home, rid your family and pets of a slew of allergen responses and help the environment. See Green Cleaning Products and Services in the Community Resource Guide, page 23.

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pring – seeds start to sprout, trees and flowers start to bud, animals seem to wake up, and the sunshine last longer. According to Chinese Medicine, spring is the time of the Liver and Gallbladder. In Chinese Medicine, the liver’s function is to help keep the body healthy and balanced by making sure the Qi (life force) within our body circulates without obstruction. The liver is responsible for the strength of our tendons, our eyes, and the smooth flow of Qi. When our Liver isn’t functioning properly we can get irritable, have menstrual or digestive issues. There are some very simple things you can do this spring to help have as healthy a liver as possible: • Do Tai Chi or Yoga. This exercise not only helps to move Qi throughout the body, but also helps to maintain flexibility in the tendons and connective tissues. • Let go of things you cannot control – things that make you angry. Holding on to anger and resentment only further constrains the Liver. • Cut down on your liver’s workload by decreasing alcohol, refined sugar, pesticides and herbicides. • Eat green, pungent foods. Radish, onion, garlic, peppermint, marjoram, coriander, leeks, dill, turmeric can all be helpful to move Liver Qi. (If your digestion is weak, stick to cooked vegetables – these are easier to digest). • Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help improve the overall health of your liver as well as treat stress, anger and frustration, which are often associated with liver Qi disharmony. Cindy Haxel owns Cindy Haxel Acupuncture which can be found in the Golden Well Being Collective, 1113 Washington Ave., Suite 110, Golden. 303-956-5817. See listing page 23.



Neurotransmitters: the Symphony in your Brain Neurotransmitters are the little messenger-molecules that connect your brain cells with each other. They are the key players in your nervous system and influence how you feel, think, act, sleep, and affect how your body functions. In return, your emotions, sleep habits, and food choices can influence your neurotransmitters. Your neurotransmitters can be out of balance, with some too high and some too low, causing common problems like anxiety, depression, insomnia, mood swings and more. One common neurotransmitter is serotonin; low levels have been linked to depression and anxiety. Hormones, neurotransmitters and immune function are always connected; for example estradiol activates the serotonin receptor, its lack can cause mood disturbances, often common during menopause. Chronic inflammation can suppress serotonin production. Conventional treatment consists of a “SSRI”, a serotonin re-uptake inhibitor antidepressant, which will literally not allow the existing serotonin to “retire”. In the long run, this can deplete your brain of serotonin further. An alternative approach would be to modulate out-of-balance neurotransmitters carefully back into balance with naturally derived substances like amino acids, medicinal herbals, vitamins and minerals. For example, supplementation with a particular amino acid, which is the building block of serotonin, will enhance its presence in the brain. Treatment of Hormone imbalances and chronic inflammation will also help proper neurotransmitter function. Emotions, and even music and visuals, can stimulate specific brain regions resulting in release of neurotransmitters, influencing multiple aspects of your health. Therefore, it is important to address ill emotions through appropriate therapy and surround ourselves with pleasant stimuli to enhance success. Your body is a symphony of different systems, creating perfect harmony if played right, or discord if out of balance. It is essential to know about these intricate connections to tune our bodies into perfect instruments. Neurotransmitter testing can be the beginning of discovering and treating the underlying cause of what has been keeping you from enjoying perfect health. Ask for your Neurotransmitter test today.


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Could Eczema be Caused by Your Stomach? by Dr. Nathan Kennedy DC


soriasis and Eczema can be a nightmare to live with. Cabinets full of creams, lotions and heavy makeup to hide the rough, scaly patches of skin. A connection may exist between your skin quality and your stomach acid. High stress levels put the body into “fight or flight” mode. Blood flow is diverted from the stomach to the muscles and stomach acid production is inhibited. A low stomach acid level is called hypochlorhydria and may occur gradually as we age also. Hypochlorhydria makes it difficult for the body to properly digest food and absorb the critical nutrients needed for great skin health. Proteins, carbohydrates and fats are not fully digested and micronutrient deficiencies may be the result. A common symptom is the “fish burps” after taking a fish oil supplement. This partially digested food causes inflammation as it slowly moves through the gut. Inflammation releases histamines causing an allergic reaction and dilating the vasculature in the gut. Leaky


gut syndrome and yeast infections are the result. High histamine levels can also cause the skin to become weak and fragile leading to redness, irritation and … eczema. Testing for hypochlorhydria may include a vitamin B-12 test or a high-tech diagnostic tool, the Heidelberg pH capsule. Once ingested, it will transmit detailed information about stomach acidity while you eat. Treatments may be as simple as taking a betaine hydrochloride supplement or small amounts of apple cider vinegar at the end of meals. Zinc, an important cofactor, may need to be supplemented. Eczema worsens during times of stress. Rather than treating the symptoms with pharmaceuticals, a skilled practitioner can uncover the hidden physical issues and use simple supplements and dietary changes as treatment. Strategies for minimizing stress such as exercise, meditation and others should also be employed. While this approach may not be the best one for everyone, the timeless wisdom to “first, do no harm” should dictate a simple, natural approach as a first course. Dr. Nathan Kennedy DC can be reached at Kennedy Wellness, 222 Milwaukee St. ste. 308, Denver. 303-3225015 or See listing page 23.


Local Naturopath Builds Mission in Haiti Denver Naturopath Jodi Winter and her husband Jim recently heeded the call for help from a Haitian pastor speaking at a local church. Jodi’s medical skills and Jim’s plumbing skills (Jim is a master plumber) were desperately needed in Haiti a year after the devastating quake changed life on the island forever. “Our daughter, Tauné, was a big believer and doer of helping others,” Jodi shares, “until an accident last year when she lost her life.” In memory of Tauné, and leading with their hearts, Jodi and Jim decided to take the challenging journey to La Chappelle, Haiti and build a mission house with their own funds for 3 weeks in January. Traveling to Port Au Prince, and staying with the pastor from whom they had heard the need, Jodi and Jim held a clinic in a “tent city” and saw over 700 people. Jodi and Jim brought drug store supplies ($4,000 worth of bandages and aspirin), and bought antibiotics in the city over the counter. Mike Grub from Professional Formulas also donated 1,000 doses of Intestaclear (worth $1,000), a broad spectrum herbal anti-microbial which helps rid the body of intestinal parasites. Next, Jodi and Jim traveled to La Chappelle and built the 4-bedroom mission house at a cost of $15,000. They named it Tauné’s Hope. They found materials all over town…wood from a man in the village cutting trees, someone making bricks. Among other things, they built toilets that flush, a leech field and a shower by diverting water from the mountains via a thin, above-ground pipe.

“The Haitian people are so resilient,” says Jodi.”Most people were very healthy although they had never seen a doctor, and they have wonderful close families. They have no distractions like we have here – no tv or phones, toys or radios, so they tell stories while whittling by the fire.” Jim even made tambourines out of bottle caps for the kids. Most of the meals were rice and beans, which the US government donates and the Haitian government in turn sells to the people. Jim and Jodi bought bags and bags to give away, and she says it was never enough. Thousands of children don’t have food and there is 98% unemployment. The Haitian people pay per light socket, and the electricity is spotty at best. In spite of the poverty, in Jim and Jodi’s honor, a goat was killed and goat stew was made for breakfast on the day of their departure. “Yes,” Jodi says, “I ate it.” Jim and Jodi are very happy to be home eating fresh vegetables again, and say it was a wonderful, challenging experience and they were thrilled to help the Haitian people. They will be returning in November to build the school. If you would like to donate money or other needed items, please donate to Tauné Winter Memorial Fund, c/o Jodi Winter, Integrative Health, Inc., 5191 S. Yosemite, Suite B, Greenwood Village, CO 80111. Jim Winter, Master’s Plumbing, 303981-3779. Jodi Winter, ND, is also available for a variety of integrative health issues and can be reached at 303-577-9977. See ad page 21.

Action Alert Take a Stand Against Biotech Bullies Early this year, the United States government approved three genetically modified organism (GMO) crops— Monsanto’s Roundup Ready alfalfa and sugar beets, and Syngenta’s amylase corn developed to produce ethanol. Food Democracy Now, a grassroots community for a sustainable food system, is circulating an online petition objecting to these decisions that support biotech. Dozens of large food manufacturers and farm, food and agricultural organizations, both conventional and organic, are on board in opposing these lab-engineered food products for a variety of reasons, such as unknown health and environmental consequences, including genetic contamination. Instead, the current administration should be forging progress in making agriculture more sustainable and encouraging farmers to convert to organic farming practices. Join with other organic consumers who daily take a stand for their right to know what is in their food and how it’s produced. Tell President Obama to instruct the U.S. Department of Agriculture to ban planting of these GMOs. Sign the petition at Action.Food 298.238135.FB4IuF&t=7.

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hether attendees at a typical Green Drinks gathering choose to sip a fine wine or organic lemonade, the emphasis is on socializing and networking for a “greener” world, one community at a time. Founded by friends Edwin Datschefski and Paul Scott at a London pub in 1989, Green Drinks currently includes more than 700 chapters worldwide. The first and largest North American group, Green Drinks New York City, was launched by Margaret Lydecker in 2002 and currently counts 14,000 members. After moving to the Big Apple, “I was having a hard time finding a community of like-minded people,” confesses Lydecker, a sustainability advisor who helps companies find greener options in the way they source products and services. She adds, “When you have an active dialogue with other environmentally conscious people in business or government, you begin to find answers and solutions.” Typically, groups around the country partner with a community sports bar, restaurant, or other food and drink establishment to host a Green Drinks event in a private room. The word goes out via email, Facebook, phone calls or postcards, and people come to meet other environmentally conscious people. Although these soirées sometimes include short talks by sustainability experts, they’re essentially casual. Yet in this setting, attendees can make connections that benefit the environment, businesses, the community—and themselves. John O’Neill reports that at one recent Green Drinks social hour in Port St. Lucie, Florida, the owner of a local environmental service business struck up a conversation with a restaurant owner. “The business agreed to take the leftover grease from the restaurant and use it on their farm,” reports O’Neill. “That’s exactly the kind of thing we want to see happen.” Jim Horlacher, the founder of Kansas City’s Green Drinks, admits, “I primarily do Green Drinks because I like it.” Although the relationship-building is definitely there, he adds, “It’s hard for me to quantify.” Horlacher is a financial planner for First Affirmative Financial Network, a group

that helps individual investors put their money where their socially and environmentally responsible values are. “People get to know me at Green Drinks events as someone who walks the walk and talks the talk,” he says. Although Green Drinks’ environmental mission is deliberately simple— attend, engage, connect—some groups take it further. The Seattle Green Drinks chapter also offers a host of more narrowly targeted member groups, including those who want to hear speakers on innovation in sustainability, support Native Americans or conserve wildlife. Says Seattle Drinks founder Gabriel Scheer, “I’m immensely proud of how the organization has taken a central role in growing our local environmental community.” A founding partner in Re-Vision Labs, which helps business and organizations incorporate social media and community organizing into their business models, Scheer concludes, “Green Drinks events are helping each community see itself.”

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localinsights The Problem with Gluten Support Local Artists by Karin Dietrich, Master Nutritionist in “The Portal”


esearch shows that up to 40 percent of the population may have sub-clinical gluten intolerance. Eating ‘glutenfree’ has been growing in popularity for a reason. Gluten is a protein found in certain grains (wheat, rye, barley, spelt, bulgur, couscous, kamut, semonlina, triticale, and einkorn). Some people, and more likely those of Irish/English and Northern or Eastern European descent are unable to break down the gliadin portion of the gluten protein. This results in a toxic inflammatory reaction in the mucus lining of the wall of the small intestine and eventually leads to the destruction of the absorbing villi, leaky-gut syndrome and nutrient deficiencies. This condition may go undetected for years or decades before chronic health symptoms become obvious. Inflammation, hormonal balance, immune function and neurological balance can be affected. Children may experience asthma, allergies, reoccurring infections and upset stomach or milk intolerance. Gluten intolerance is rooted in the evolution of mankind from a hunter/gatherer existence to a settled agrarian lifestyle. Newly cultivated grains were brought into the diet which human bodies were not designed to digest. Wheat grains, almost inedible in their wild form, were cultivated to yield the large protein portion that is both nutritious and desirable for making bread, but containing the poorly digested gliadin amino acid chain. In fact, U.S. produced wheat is prized world-wide for its high gluten content! To unmask gluten-intolerance, simply avoid ALL glutencontaining food sources for a period of 3-4 weeks if not longer. Gluten is gradually reintroduced while signs and symptoms are observed. It is best to consult with a versed nutrition therapist who can guide in you in the process to eat 100% gluten free. Sometimes it is advisable to avoid other suspected offending foods with a ‘modified elimination diet’. If results are inconclusive, various advanced testing methods are available to identify if gluten or other foods may cause your problems. Karin Dietrich, MNT practices holistic nutrition therapy at Clear Sky Medical where she works with many patients on gluten-free diets. Gluten testing is also available. Insurance accepted. 303-790-7860. See ad page 9.

ne aspect of a rich and healthy life is the appreciation and enjoyment of the arts. During an economic downturn, donations dwindle and funding goes dry. In our community, we have a unique opportunity to support a local group of talented writers, actors, cast and crew while having a good time ourselves. “The Portal: A Cosmic Rock Odyssey” is a modern adaptation of “The Shamanic Journey” and launched it’s North America tour at the Boulder Theater March 31. In April, the production will be at The Stargazer (Colorado Springs) on Thursday, April 28, and The Aggie (Fort Collins) on Friday, April 29, with more shows to be announced. “The Portal” cast consists of locals Christopher Soren Kelly as Dante, who earned his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado; Xavier Onassis as Lead Vocalist who has been working with native tribes in Colorado to document and preserve their cultural and spiritual traditions; Drummer Gilly Gonzalez who began his music career in 1991 playing boxes for drums in a punk/funk band named “Minorities On The Run,” based in Aurora and Boulder resident Jon Sousa, Lead Guitarist. Lisa Wimberger, who plays “Portal” dancer Beatrice, moved to Colorado from Manhattan, and enjoys bringing her creative flair and style to her home state stage. Finally, Luke Comer is the producer, director, writer and creative energy behind “The Portal” and a Boulder resident. Comer completed all post production on The Portal in Boulder, with shooting in Moab, Utah and Rocky Mountains of Colorado. The Portal is playing at The Stargazer (Colorado Springs) on Thursday, April 28, and The Aggie (Fort Collins) on Friday, April 29. Prices and availability, See ad page 10.

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r. Gerard L. Guillory, M.D. and his team from The Care Group PC will be hosting an evening event on functional medicine April 20 at 6:30 pm. “A Doctor’s Guide to Optimal Wellness” will be sponsored by New Chapter Organics and will be held at the Medical Center of Aurora South. They will provide strategies for a functional medicine approach to living better and participants will have an opportunity to engage in lively discussions and gain information regarding treatment of such conditions as chronic pain, stress, headaches, food allergies, hormone imbalance, chronic fatigue, obesity, anxiety/depression and digestive issues. According to The Institute for Functional Medicine’s website,

functional medicine is personalized medicine that deals with primary prevention and underlying causes, instead of symptoms, for serious chronic disease. Dr. Guillory is board certified in internal medicine and has been practicing in Aurora since 1985. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine for the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and has authored three books on digestive troubles. As an experienced presenter and teacher, he is skilled at presenting complex information in easy-tounderstand style. He has picked a team of experts who will also share their knowledge and engage the audience. These practitioners share Dr. Guillory’s


vision for optimal wellness through a holistic approach. Gina Vetting of G Food Concepts is a personal chef and cooking coach whose clients don’t have time to cook healthy for themselves. She will be offering tips on cooking healthy and choosing the best foods in the market. Mike Muzel, MSc, CN, will offer his nutritional expertise. Audrey Boxwell, PhD practices psychotherapy utilizing hypnosis and guided imagery. She specializes in stress-related disorders. The truly functional approach utilizes a team to address the whole patient. Food, cooking and nutrition lays the foundation for the successful utilization of mind-body techniques and the tailored approach of medical doctor who can monitor, in depth, the physical condition of the patient. The best patient is a healthy patient. According to Dr. Guillory, “If you want to feel better, live longer and save money, this is the event you need to attend.” Space is limited. For more details or to RSVP, call 303-343-3121. See ad page 12.

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MAKEOVER Saving Energy and Cutting Waste is a Family Affair by Brita Belli


d Begley, Jr., widely regarded as America’s most environmentally aware actor—the one by which other green celebrities are measured— has never tired of the years of effort he and his family have made in making their home as green as possible. But this past year, his wife, Rachelle Carson-Begley, had had enough. She isn’t fed up with turning off lights or relying on solar power—she’s just grown weary of the home’s tiny closets and sharing one small bathroom between two adults and a soonto-be-teenage daughter, 11-year-old Hayden. While Rachelle played the disgruntled foil to the over-achieving eco-cop Ed on their former television show, Living with Ed—which aired for three seasons, first on HGTV and then on Planet Green—her problems with their modest 1936 home in Studio City, California, are those to which most homeowners can relate. For example, cramped rooms make entertaining difficult. The home’s 1,600 square feet of main living space (plus an additional 600-square-foot room above the garage) does not easily accommodate the fundraisers the Begleys regularly host; not to mention the camera crews that routinely invaded


the family’s day-to-day lives to capture the couple’s good-natured squabbles over everything from composting to conserving water and energy. For seven years, the family even ran a nontoxic cleaning business—Begley’s Best—out of their garage, adding to the mêlée. “Even if it were designed differently, it would be better,” Rachelle explains. “It’s just that it’s a 1936 house. Yes, it’s efficient, but it would be great to be able to incorporate everything that’s going on now in eco building and be a recipient of all the latest benefits—why not?” So, the Begleys are moving. After years of documenting how to retrofit an older house to maximize use of solar energy for electricity, heating, cooling and hot water, family recycling and rainwater catchment, they are planning to sell their modest abode and build a modern, 3,000-square-foot home a mile away. Ed emphasizes that the move is a major concession on his part. “I made it crystal clear when Rachelle and I were dating: ‘This is the home I plan to be buried in. I will never move.’ And I said it repeatedly from 1993 until about a year and a half ago; now I’m going against that.” Although the Begleys are trading up, they will continue to set an ex-

ample by building their new home to green building standards that few homeowners have achieved. They’re going for the platinum; that is, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum standards, the highest rating possible for buildings certified by the U.S. Green Building Council ( This premier LEED designation requires an incredible environmental commitment in every aspect of the building process, from responsible site development, reduced water use and renewable energy utilities to the use of recycled and local materials and indoor air quality control. Of the more than 130 LEED Platinum building projects in California—the state that boasts the most such projects—only about 30 are private homes. Despite his initial protestations, Ed admits that he’s excited about the prospect. If there’s one thing he relishes, it’s a green challenge.

Life with Ed It’s not easy to live up to Ed’s 30-yearstrong waste-nothing ethos. Although he first made a name for himself as an actor, initially as Dr. Victor Ehrlich on the 1980s TV show St. Elsewhere, followed by his recurring roles in the hit TV series Six Feet Under and Arrested

Development, as well as a co-starring role in Woody Allen’s 2009 film Whatever Works, lately he’s become best known as Hollywood’s green guru. He’s the people’s go-to expert on green building and saving energy, authoring the how-to books, Living Like Ed and Ed Begley, Jr.’s Guide to Sustainable Living. Ed is often spotted around Hollywood riding his bike, his preferred mode of travel; on weekdays, he and his daughter ride together to her school, pedaling two miles each way. This down-to-earth, affable man is perhaps eco-conscious to a fault. The success of the show Living with Ed relied in great part on the watchdog antics of Ed catching his wife stuffing vegetable peelings down the garbage disposal, instead of in the compost bin, timing her long showers or opening a running dryer to discover Rachelle’s lone tank top inside. In each case, the chastised Rachelle vowed to be more eco-conscious, with a raised eyebrow aimed at the camera. “I felt vindicated,” Rachelle says of her reality show adventures. “They [the viewers] were going to side with me.”

If there’s any question that Ed’s needling occurs only when the cameras are on, his family members put those doubts to rest. Rachelle describes how her husband insists on keeping the temperature uncomfortably low on cold nights for the sake of saving energy; of turning off her curling iron while it’s warming up if she leaves the room; or switching off the TV if she’s listening to it while getting dressed down the hall. Daughter Hayden’s biggest gripe has to do with TV time. “I love to watch TV for hours on end,” she says. “My dad is very cautious about using power and we have to turn off several different things when we use the TV, like the DVR and its power switch.” But Ed insists that all these little energy-saving strategies add up. While he was willing to recently trade his obsolete 1992 TV set for an HDTV, he knows it’s a major energy hog—and not only when someone’s watching it. “The phantom power can be as high as 100 watts per hour,” he says—that’s the power the TV consumes simply by being plugged in. “But,” he notes, “ if

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you have put power strips everywhere in the house and you just walk around and click off a few of them, all of that phantom power is turned off. Then, you can enjoy an appliance like that without using a tremendous amount of energy.” The sun may be an unlimited source of energy, but the solar power stored in their home’s batteries has limitations— and Ed is a vigilant watchdog. With rooftop solar panels providing most of the home’s power, the Begleys remain blissfully unaware when there’s a power outage in the neighborhood. “I only find out about it when I walk to the post office and see the signal flashing to show that power has been restored,” Ed comments. Ed manually switches over to the municipal power grid only when he senses that the stored power capacity in the home’s solar batteries is running low. He foresees that eventually that system will be automated, but for now, he’s happy to keep track. The solar power generated onsite is enough to operate the house and professional TV cameras; it also charges an electric car in the ga-

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rage—an all-electric 2002 Toyota RAV4 that’s clocked 85,000 miles. For hot water, the family comfortably relies mostly on a simple solar thermal setup—a 4-by-10-foot panel on the roof of black anodized tubing behind a piece of glass. A pump activates when a sensor in the panel senses that it’s hotter than the temperature in the tank. Ed observes: “If you keep things simple, they work well.” Simplicity also keeps maintenance issues at bay. The upkeep required for his solar electric system is minor; he’s committed only to adding water to the batteries every nine months and occasionally getting up to the roof to clean the panels with a brush and a little water.

Embracing the Great Outdoors One of Ed’s first acts when he purchased his current house in 1988 was to rip up the existing lawn and replace it with native California plants and a fruit and vegetable garden. Unless raising cows or running a golf course, he can’t imagine why anyone would need high-maintenance, water-wasting grass outside their home. But, as with many of Ed’s improvements, energy saving tends to trump aesthetics. That’s where Rachelle comes in. “A few years after Rachelle had moved in here, she was telling a friend to meet her at the house,” Ed recalls, “and she said ‘It’s the one on the corner that looks like the Addams Family yard.’ I thought: ‘Oooh, maybe that garden isn’t quite as nice-looking as it used to be.’ It was very drought-tolerant, but it didn’t look good.” With Rachelle’s help, a new landscaper joined the effort of turning the formerly bleak-looking yard into an attractive mix of native plants that includes fragrant rosemary and purpleflowering sage along with broccoli, artichoke, corn and lettuce. Plans for the new family home will allow Ed an expanded capability to harvest rainwater through a large catchment system with an underground tank, so that he can irrigate the gardens without drawing from the municipal water supply—


which he characterizes as having, “… our straw dipped into someone else’s drink”—namely, Northern California’s water. “If you’re going to take water from someone else,” Ed advises, “the least you can do is to use it responsibly and not waste it on non-native species.”

Meeting in the Middle Bringing Rachelle’s aesthetic influence to bear has entailed replacing outdated living room curtains with attractive and energy-efficient wooden shutters, and finding ways to recycle without having large bins in plain sight. She’s orchestrating the design and layout of the new house—allowing for both entertaining space and larger closets—while Ed focuses on its renewable energy systems—including more unshaded rooftop panels and orienting the building to make the most of natural light. “If we don’t go LEED Platinum, then who will?” Rachelle queries. “That alone is not easy; still, I want to make it look like other houses in the neighborhood. I don’t want a Jetsons’ house; super modern has never been my style. I‘d like to show people that you can have it all, and I’m praying that it’s true.” The Begleys got off to a good start in March by tearing down an existing home on the property they recently purchased—96 percent of which, from cabinets to pipes, will be recycled or reused through Habitat for Humanity. By March 2012, the new house should be finished. They want their LEED Platinum home to serve as a model for people who are building new residences, to show what is possible in achieving real energy efficiency and waste reduction without sacrificing style or comfort. Ed’s aim is to ensure the place produces more energy than it uses. As before, the whole process will be documented. “I hope that I’ve shown what you can do with a retrofit,” Ed says. “Now I want to show people what you can do from the ground up in 2011 and beyond.”


The family’s ongoing focus on green living has made a major impact on Hayden, who accepts environmental consciousness as the norm. “I learned everything from my dad, from composting to solar panels,” Hayden says. “I always teach my friends to turn off the lights more often, take shorter showers, stuff like that.” Her green awareness gives this tween maturity beyond her years. As Rachelle says, “She thinks about things outside of herself. She’s always been conscientious. She’s also really concerned about the planet and very compassionate.” Hayden is proof that a family’s day-to-day environmental commitments can leave a lasting impact that reaches far beyond the immediate family. Brita Belli is the editor of E-The Environmental Magazine and the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Renewable Energy for Your Home. Her next book, due out this fall, explores the relationship of environmental toxins and autism.

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FREE DAYS THANKS TO FUNDING FROM THE SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL FACILITIES DISTRICT (SCFD): Denver Museum of Nature and Science: Sunday, April 17, will focus on global

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A BILLION ACTS OF GREEN: CELEBRATING EARTH DAY 2011 SELF-RELIANCE EXPO April 8-9, National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt Street, Denver

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SUSTAINABLE OPPORTUNITIES SUMMIT AND EXPO April 11 - 12, Marriott Denver City Center, Denver

The Summit is the oldest and largest business sustainability conference in the Rocky Mountain region. This business-to-business conference is co-hosted by CORE and the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship at the Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado.

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On an individual, business or organizational basis, pledge to offset your energy use for the week of April 18-24 with a donation to the Colorado Carbon Fund. For an individual, based off of calculations done by the Sopris Foundation, offsetting one’s entire emissions adds up to about $10 for the week; for a family of 4, $40.For every dollar received, a dollar will be spent on building a clean energy project. 100% of donations will help fund clean energy projects. 303866-2264 or email

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DENVER ZOO’S PARTY FOR THE PLANET Friday, April 22, 10am-1pm Join Denver Zoo and local students as we celebrate Earth Day with a Party for the Planet. Learn about what local area students are doing in their own backyards to save the planet. Activities free with admission.

REDIRECT GUIDE RELEASE PARTY Friday, April 22, 7-11pm Green Spaces Colorado, 1368 26th Street, Denver Enjoy refreshments and food samples from member companies and live music from local bands. Members are free, $5 for Non-Members.,

EARTH DAY FORT COLLINS Saturday April 23, Civic Center Park in Fort Collins, 11am-5pm Activities and events for the entire family, featuring informational booths and displays, arts & crafts, live music, speakers, local food and a beer garden. Earth Day encourages and inspires community members to honor the Earth EVERY DAY and make efforts toward conservation and preservation of our wondrous planet for current and future generations. Free Admission. Bring nonperishable food items for The Food Bank.

EARTH DAY CELEBRATION AT ARAPAHOE COMMUNITY COLLEGE Saturday, April 23, 10am – 2pm, 5900 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton West Lawn (or cafeteria, if weather is bad).

Get your personal documents shredded for free with Shred-it, Refill or recycle your old ink cartridges with World Cartridge. Visit vendors/exhibitors and learn about hybrid cars, solar and wind energy, organic gardening, vegan certified products, and more. Participate in recycling art competition and win prizes. (For more information about the competition, please contact Nia Bauer at Help in planting the ACC new community garden. Learn and enjoy green Magic Tricks. Collect free samples and Redirect Guides. Fun kids’ activities. Free.

2011 MOUNTAIN AREA EARTH DAY FAIR Saturday, April 23, 10am - 4pm, Evergreen Lake House, 29614 Upper Bear Creek Road, Evergreen

Growing since 1990 and now one of the largest and most popular Earth Day celebrations in Colorado, this year’s fair will feature over 50 federal, state, and local agencies, nonprofit organizations and businesses. Admission free. 720-219-7165.

2011 WINDSTAR FOUNDATION EARTH DAY CELEBRATION Saturday, April 23, 10am-4pm, Visitor’s Center Plaza Above Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver Free, Organized By John Denver’s Windstar Foundation. LIVE Music, Displays By Environmental Groups, Kids Activities. Questions

GREEN FRONTIER FEST, Sunday, May 1, Central Park, Boulder The City of Boulder’s Local Environmental Action Division (LEAD), in

partnership with ReDirect Guide and the Boulder Green Building Guild (BGBG), features BGBG’s (Boulder Green Building Guild) annual Green Building Product & Service Fair, and showcases all things green in the Boulder valley -- from cutting-edge renewable technologies to everyday solutions that can be implemented in the home.

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Colorado Environmental Coalition honors environmental visionary Bill McKibben of (featured on Natural Awakenings’ October cover) Thursday, May 19, 5pm, Seawell Grand

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ogs are great at showing unconditional love, being a good listener and offering open paws when a hug is needed; they also make superb workout partners. Here are five ways to bond and get healthy with your favorite four-legged friend. Walking An obvious way to exercise with a canine pal is to take walks together. Vets generally recommend that dogs go for at least one walk every day, and tagging along is a good way to get the 30 minutes of daily cardiovascular

exercise that doctors encourage for us. Also, the regularity of a daily walk helps strengthen the relationship between a dog and owner, while developing the animal’s trust and obedience. Fetching Many dogs love chasing tennis balls, tree limbs or other thrown objects. To get the most out of a workout, after throwing the object to be fetched, take off after it with your dog. Although the four-legged competitor may win most of the time, running back and forth and friendly competition benefits all.

Swimming It may be difficult to find a salt pool (avoid chlorine) where pooches are welcome, but shallow lakeshores, local streams and other natural bodies of water can provide enjoyable destinations to take a supervised dip. Swimming builds strength and stamina and is gentle on the joints; it works the body in ways that no other exercise does. Dancing Dancing is another way to get a groove on and burn calories at the same time. Turn on some tunes and start moving, encouraging your dog to move with you, perhaps even standing on his or her back paws if it feels right. The laughter that results is a whole other form of exercise. Bicycling Years ago, bicycling with man’s best friend was dangerous. Fortunately, today we have contraptions that attach a dog safely to a bicycle for a ride and prevent falls when Fido lunges after a squirrel. Bicycling with a dog running alongside is an effective workout for both of you. Exercising with canine pals can be rewarding in many ways, but workouts must be safe, as well as effective. Unless exercising at home or in a fenced yard, dogs should remain on a leash at all times and wear identification tags. Understanding the limits and abilities of a dog’s breed is also important, so that workouts can be appropriately tailored. Now, grab Fido and get moving!



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New! FORMING IN APRIL Reiki Certification as an Animal Practitioner (includes Reiki Level I). This class will teach the students how to experience the world from the animal’s perspective. Attendees will learn Reiki practices, as well as communication, handling strategies, physiology, psychology and more. E-mail mishamayfoundation@gmail if interested. Dates chosen depending on schedules. Pet Healing Clinics – check for dates/times. Just like people, pets can encounter energy that is foreign to who they are as spirit. A pet healing is an aura and chakra clearing for your pet, and can assist your pet in maintaining its health, vitality, and enthusiasm. Our healers work directly with your pet or they can work with a picture. $10. Inner Connection Institute. 2755 South Locust St., Suite 213, Denver; 303-2829439.

FRIDAY, APRIL 1 Canine Massage Levels 1 & 2–9am-5pm. Traditional Chinese medicine, meridian pathways, building your own business, in-depth anatomy and organ systems, intro to Kinesiology and more. Level 1 $1,260; Level 2 $1,300. 701 Park St., Castle Rock. Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure & Massage,

MONDAY, APRIL 4 Denver Dumb Friends League Lulu Mobile, Subsidized Spay/Neuter for CATS–7am. First come, first serve, so arrive early. Rabies and Distemper Vaccinations as well as ear cleaning and nail trimming is included. Blood work is not – and must be done at your vet in advance. Do not feed or water your pet for 12 hrs prior to surgery. $25. Hero’s Pets, 8086 W Bowles Ave, Unit N, Littleton. More info 303-751-5772, ext 7276..


Acupressure Level 1- Large and Small Animal– 9am-5pm. Traditional Chinese medicine, landmark anatomy of the canine and equine, Yin and Yan Theory and more. Class runs through April 15, Level 2 continues Apr 17-23. $1,519. Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure & Massage 5151 Weld Co Rd 18, Longmont. Pet Healing Clinic–11am-2pm. Set aside some time to get your furry, feathered, or finned friends a pet healing. A pet healing is an aura and chakra clearing for your pet, and can assist your pet in maintaining its health, vitality, and enthusiasm. Our healers work directly with your pet or they can work with a picture. Healings generally take about 10 or 15 minutes. No appt necessary. $10. Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio, 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. Contact Anita Destino of Journey Within.

MONDAY, APRIL 11 Beginning Animal Communication - 7-9pm. Fundamentals of communication, intuitive techniques and handouts, outline follow-up practice. Special on more than one class in April. RSVP req’d call 303239-0382 or email mishamayfoundation@gmail. com . Center for Wholistic Health, 8600 W 14th Ave, Lakewood.

THURSDAY APRIL 14 Essential Oils and Aromatherapy for Animals– 11:30am-4:30pm. Learn how and when to use oils and aromatherapy on animals. $125. Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage, 6810 N Roxborough Park Rd., Littleton.

SUNDAY APRIL 17 Acupressure Level 2-Large and Small Animal– 9am-5pm. Patterns of Disharmony, picking points for treatment,point locations and energetics and much more. $1519. Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure & Massage, NCBTMB approved Provider # 451073-09. 5151 Weld Co Rd 18, Longmont. Joan Akiyama 303-669-4227,

Canine Massage Levels 1 & 2–9am-5pm. Traditional Chinese medicine, meridian pathways, building your own business, in-depth anatomy and organ systems, intro to Kinesiology and much more. Level 1 $1,260.00, Level 2 $1,300. Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure & Massage, 701 Park St. Castle Rock.

Denver Dumb Friends League Lulu Mobile, Subsidized Spay/Neuter for DOGS–7am. Third Sunday and Monday of the month. First come, first serve, so arrive early. Rabies and Distemper Vaccinations as well as ear cleaning and nail trimming is included. Blood work is not – and must be done at your vet in advance. Do not feed or water your pet for 12 hrs prior to surgery. $50. Hero’s Pets, 8086 W Bowles Ave, Unit N, Littleton. 303-7515772 x7276.




Understanding Dogs 6 week Behavior Class 6:30–8pm.Integrative, holistic approach to training, behavior, health and healing, including obedience, reiki, flower essences, calming techniques and communication. Includes a behavior consultation / coaching session / treatment plan for each participating dog. No problem is too big or too small for this class.

Equine Massage Level 1 & 2–9am-5pm. Intro to anatomy and physiology, strokes and techniques. Cranial and pressure point massage, pathologies related to athletes and much more. Apr 19-23, Apr 25-29. $1,260. Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage, 6810 N Roxborough Park Rd., Littleton.

THURSDAY APRIL 21 Angels with Paws Cat Rescue and Adoption Center-Fundraiser–5pm-9pm. Please join us for an evening of tea, food, and good company at Wystone’s World Teas for a fundraising benefit for Angels with Paws Cat Rescue and Adoption Center. Twenty-five percent of all gross receipts for food and tea purchased during 5-9 pm will be donated to Angels with Paws Cat Shelter and Adoption Center. Wystone’s Tea, 7373 W. Alaska Dr., Lakewood. 303-274-2264 or

MONDAY, APRIL 25 Spirit Animals - 7-9pm. Learn techniques to effectively connect with your guiding spirit animals on a daily basis. Special on more than one class in April. RSVP req’d call 303-239-0382 or email . Center for Wholistic Health, 8600 W 14th Ave, Lakewood.

SATURDAY, APRIL 30 Help! My Dog is Jumping Up! - 11am-1pm. RSVP req’d call 303-239-0382 or email . Winston’s Doggy Playhouse, Parker.

Ongoing SUNDAY Canine Nail Trimmings–12-5pm. Every Sunday. Schedule an appointment for a regular trim. $5. Hero’s Pets, 8086 W Bowles Ave, Unit N, Littleton. 303-972-1928 or

WEDNESDAY Canine Nail Trimmings–12-4pm. Every Wednesday. Schedule an appointment for a regular trim. $7. Hero’s Pets, 8086 W Bowles Ave, Unit N, Littleton. 303-972-1928 or * Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage. RMSAAM has several locations. NCBTMB Approved Provider #451073-09

communityresourceguide Connecting you to the leaders in natural healthcare and green living in our community. For 2011, only $45 to be included in the Community Resource Guide. Email to find out more. ACUPUNCTURE CINDY HAXEL ACUPUNCTURE Golden Well Being Collective 1113 Washington Ave., Suite 110, Golden 303-956-5817 Tired of living with “minor” health problems like low back pain, insomnia, digestive issues, daily headaches, PMS symptoms, etc? Have you been told by your western doctor that you can either live with your health issues or manage the symptoms with pharmaceuticals? Are you constantly tired, depressed, stressed or anxious? Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine get to the root of the condition rather than just masking the symptoms. Acupuncture is an ancient healing practice that promotes peace and harmony deep within. I invite you to come and begin the journey to finally feeling healthy, happy and whole!


CONSCIOUS EVENTS & SPEAKERS JOURNEYS FOR CONSCIOUS LIVING 5855 Wadsworth Bypass Building A, Suite 100 Arvada, CO 80003 303-731-6695 Journeys for Conscious Living (J4CL) is an organization leading the world in conscious living, hosting world class events, speakers and event center (space rental) to empower people to create thoughtful changes in living their lives every day, thus creating the space and energy to stay centered and expand the community. J4CL’s center and events promote experiences for discovering and developing a life of passion, purpose and contribution. J4CL invites you to co-create opportunities, collaboration and communities for individuals and businesses to reach their full, highest potential, while experiencing love, joy and transformation. See ad, page 26.

THE NAIL BAR Michelle Marchand, Owner West Wash Park 533 E. Ohio Ave., Denver 303-320-0305 The Nail Bar is the only full-service natural hand and foot care boutique in Denver which uses only all natural, safe, non-toxic, high quality products for the body. You will notice there is no chemical odor when you walk into the calming energy of The Nail Bar. Instruments are individually sterilized, with licenses and advanced certifications to preserve and advise you on the health of your skin and nails. Michelle, owner of The Nail Bar, is a certified master pedicurist and licensed podologist and European trained, licensed manicurist. Medically supervised and approved practice.


CHIROPRACTIC KENNEDY WELLNESS WITH NATHAN KENNEDY 222 Milwaukee St., Ste. 308, Denver 303-322-5015 Come see why one patient visits me all the way from Pennsylvania! His testimonial can be seen on my website. I suffered through a nearfatal poisoning as a teenager and I applied myself to medicine and healing as a way of life. Chiropractic is my way of giving health to others because it does not limit me to the allopathic model of diseasecare. Let my scientific, in-depth approach and easygoing manner assist you on your path to wellness. Reduce back/neck spasms! I work with your body nutritionally to decrease the root cause of inflammation. Remodel bulging discs with nutrition and osmotic principles. Call me today at 303-322-5015.

CLEAR SKY MEDICAL Katia I. Meier, M.D. 10103 Ridge Gate Parkway Aspen Building, Suite 221 Lone Tree, CO 80124 303-790-7860 Family practice physician specializing in Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement therapy, Neurotransmitter balancing, comprehensive Nutritional analysis and therapy, Homeopathy, Herbalogy, Naturopathic Medicine, Personalized Detoxification Programs, Medical Weight Loss and Cosmetic procedures. Treating all ages and most insurance welcomed. Call for more information today. See ad, page 9.

RED TAIL WELLNESS CENTERS Ian Hollaman, DC 3393 Iris Ave. #105, Boulder 303-882-8447 Ian Hollaman, DC focuses on difficult and chronic cases such as elevated glucose and cholesterol, thyroid disorders, and novel solutions to pain and injuries. He holds a proficiency level in professional Applied Kinesiology and has accumulated hundreds of hours in post graduate nutrition. See ad page 13.

RED TAIL WELLNESS CENTERS Karen Hollaman, DC, LMT 3393 Iris Ave., Boulder 303-882-8447 After a 4 year ‘Medical Mystery’ in my teenage years, I learned the true value of health from a holistic chiropractor. Because of her understanding of how the body heals itself when given the proper support, I was given a second chance at life. Chiropractic resonated with me and I knew I wanted to offer women and children the same hope and care I had been generously given. If you or your family struggles with health issues please contact the Red Tail Wellness Center so I can help you take flight again and let your health soar. See ad page 13.

GREEN CLEANING ECOMAIDS SOUTH DENVER 17011 Lincoln Ave #602, Parker P 720-496-1786 / F 720-496-1789 Our March special offer; $49 Core Room Cleaning. Green Cleaning is cleaning to protect health without harming the environment. Our Truly– Green cleaning system is designed to maximize clean; improve indoor air quality and protect the health and safety of our clients; and do it all in a sustainable manner that minimizes its overall environmental impact. Whether you’re looking for a one-time cleaning or a complete housekeeping solution, EcoMaids can accommodate virtually any schedule and any budget. We understand that affordability is a concern, especially these days. EcoMaids of South Denver truly-green cleaning services for all of South Denver and surrounding areas. We are locally owned and as parents, pet lovers and believers in living a healthy lifestyle; we take pride in providing high quality cleaning services using only products that are safe for you, your family, your pets and the planet. Get a free estimate online or call us today at (720) 496-1786.

GREEN CLEANING PRODUCTS LLC Rae Ann Dougherty 720-746-0803 You CAN have cleaning products that provide a deep clean with no lingering chemical residue. Green Cleaning Products offers residential and commercial cleaners that are natural, nontoxic and contain no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) or harsh solvents. They are readily biodegradable. No hazardous chemicals, ozone depleting substances or phosphates are used in the manufacturing as evidenced by 3rd party certifications. Noncorrosive, nonflammable, and contain no abrasives for safe green cleaning. Safe in septic systems. To reduce your carbon footprint, most products are super concentrate, packaged in reusable containers and shipped in recyclable paper containers.

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ACCREDITED JOURNEY PRACTITIONERS P.O. Box 10 Louisville, CO 80027 973-680-0271 Ever feel you never have enough money, are attractive or good enough? These are limiting beliefs, stuck in your subconscious mind. The Journey guides you to access your own wisdom, clearing out belief systems that hold you back from a fulfilling and happy life. Uncover and clear out the driving force behind physical dis-ease or emotional blocks or anything holding you back from your fullest potential.


CLEAR SKY MEDICAL Katia I. Meier, M.D. 10103 Ridge Gate Parkway Aspen Building, Suite 221 Lone Tree, CO 80124 303-790-7860 Family practice physician specializing in Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement therapy, Neurotransmitter balancing, comprehensive Nutritional analysis and therapy, Homeopathy, Herbalogy, Naturopathic Medicine, Personalized Detoxification Programs, Medical Weight Loss and Cosmetic procedures. Treating all ages and most insurance welcomed. Call for more information today. See ad, page 9.

DELICIOUS HEALTH Holistic Nutrition, Health, and Lifestyle Coaching Simla Somturk Wickless, MBA, CHC, CNE 877-211-0220 Boulder, CO and via telephone/Skype internationally / Women entrepreneurs/business professionals: get out of overwhelm, double your energy, and take control of your health to grow your business sustainably, implement true life-work integration, and lead an intensely pleasurable and influential life. Need to go deeper? Simla supports you with adrenal health, autoimmune conditions such as arthritis or fibromyalgia, gastrointestinal issues, food allergies, and more. Review our testimonials and learn more about our approach via website. Complimentary 30-minute Delicious Health Discovery Session. Call 877-211-0220 today.

INTERIOR DESIGN THREE HORSE DESIGN Trish Bradley P 303-243-0728 / Email Specializing in green, sustainable and renewable energy, as much or as little green as you desire. Rearrange your furniture or complete home remodel. Eco-organize your kitchen to help you recycle better, energy audits, staging commercial and residential. Free consultation, and if you sign up in April, you receive 50% off your first hour of design. LEED, Solar and RESNET Educated.

SOUL PATH INSIGHTS Jennifer K. Garcia Denver Metro Area/Colorado 303-872-3719 Soul Path Insights specializes in expanding your awareness, tapping into your potential and opening the door to your true life purpose. Jennifer’s vision and mission as a holistic practitioner is to provide hands-on healings and clear guidance into some of life’s biggest challenges. She is passionate about helping facilitate real change and teaching others. She offers Clairvoyant Readings, Soul Readings from the Akashic Records, Reiki Healings and teaches Psychic Development Classes. Schedule your appointment or class today and we look forward to meeting you soon.

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Offering evaluation and assessment of stressors, consultation and coaching, hands-on bodywork and self-care instruction. Conveniently located off I-70 and Youngfield in East Golden. Call NOW to book your appointment: 303-233-4247. Velina also has limited availability in Boulder. Call 303-717-7709 for Boulder ONLY.

ORGANIC LAWN CARE CLEAN AIR LAWN CARE Josh Studer, Local Franchise Owner Cherry Creek - East Denver 303-681-4543 Clean Air Lawn Care is committed to reducing the amount of air pollution caused by gas powered machinery. The use of chemical fertilizers and sprays also pollute the atmosphere and groundwater. We are running a “Come Clean” campaign that allows you to receive a free year’s worth of organic fertilizer when you drop the use of chemicals and sign up for full service with Clean Air. All of our equipment is electric; powered by wind and solar. Our mowing techniques promote the use of less water for your lawn. Visit us online or call Josh for a free estimate at 303-681-4543.



ment to the team. She specializing in• Aging • Stress & Pain Reduction • Chronic Health Conditions • Sexual Dysfunction • Relationships and much more!!

Natalie Gentry, CMT 121 S Madison St, Ste D, Denver 80209 303-325-4150 Nurture your body, mind and spirit and rediscover your self through the healing power of touch, movement and breath. Healing Space offers relaxing and deep tissue massage, Maya Abdominal/Uterine Massage, Prenatal/Post Partum Massage, Spiritual Plant Healing, Nia classes, and Transformational Breath facilitation. Schedule your appointment today. See ad, page 29.

FRONTIER MEDICAL INSTITUTE/ GROSSMAN WELLNESS CENTER Velina Lujan, MA, CMT Certified Holistic Stress Manager Applewood Tech Center 2801 Youngfield Street, Suite 117 Golden, CO 80401 303-233-4247 FMI is delighted to announce a new addition to our team of expert Practitioners. We are offering 50% OFF Introductory Stress Management Consultation for new patients with Velina ONLY. ($75 savings) Velina is honored to be a part of this world-class team of physicians and staff which mirror her vision and mission as a holistic practitioner. With an emphasis on Longevity and Anti-Aging Medicine, Velina’s approach to stress and pain is a perfect comple-

KATHY HIGGINS, MS, MA, LPC, CACII Deer Creek Counseling 7345 South Pierce St., Ste 110 Littleton, CO 80128 720-663-7702 Kathy Higgins, MS, MA LPC, CACII helps individuals bring about change in order to live more effective and joyful lives, using Interpersonal, Dialectical and Person-Centered therapies as well as Hypnotherapy. Kathy specializes in treating Depression and Bipolar Mood Disorder; Trauma and PTSD with EMDR; Phobias, Anxiety, and OCD; Eating Disorders; Recovery from Addictions, Career Change and Alternative Spirituality. Flexible schedule to meet your needs. Insurance and Credit Cards Accepted.

RECYCLING/COMPOST ECOSCRAPS Blaine Wilkins 303-501-3330 / EcoScraps recycles fruits and veggies into high quality soil amendments that are natural and organic. Our Harvest Plenty Premium Organic Soils premium soils are composted locally using produce waste from Local Produce Suppliers, Grocery Stores, and many other local organizations. Harvest Plenty have higher nutrient values than other organic composts, and have longer lasting results than chemical based soils. Harvest Plenty soils contain no animal

byproducts, or the high sodium and ammonia problems that typically come with manure based soils. Harvest Plenty contains no petrochemicals. Available in Utah, Arizona, Oregon, and Colorado.

SANCTUARY INNER CONNECTION INSTITUTE CHURCH OF INFINITE SPIRIT 2755 South Locust St., Suite 213 Denver, CO 80222 303-282-9439 A non-denominational, spiritual sanctuary offering clairvoyant reading and healing services, meditation classes, psychic development programs, ministerial services, and ordination programs. Locations in Denver and Lakewood. We support you in creating the life you desire, and show you how through easy, effective techniques. Free aura clearing and chakra balancing in Lakewood every Wednesday. Free open channel clinic Fridays in Denver. Everyone is welcome! Call for more information. Denver 303-2829439. Lakewood 720-413-7303. See ad, page 26.

SCHOOLS ROCKY MOUNTAIN SCHOOL OF ANIMAL ACUPRESSURE AND MASSAGE Locations, dates and classes available on website 866-903-6463 The Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage (RMSAAM) offers rewarding and challenging educational programs suitable for Massage Therapists and animal lovers alike. Time is divided into classroom and lab portions allowing students to apply knowledge in a hands-on setting with dogs and horses. RMSAAM also offers courses in Equine Massage, Large and Small Animal Acupressure, Reiki Animal Practitioner, Essential Oils and Aromatherapy for Animals and other special workshops. Tuition assistance available. NCBTMB Approved Provider #451073-09. Register 866-903-6462 or See ad, page 21.

TRAINING MISHA MAY FOUNDATION Lorraine May, Executive Director 303-239-0382 Understanding Dogs - Not your typical “sit, stay, lay down” class. Holistic approach to training, behavior, health and healing, including obedience, Reiki, flower essences, calming techniques and communication. Includes a behavior consultation, coaching session and treatment plan for each participating dog. Listen and learn, engage in handling, and be guided in follow-up practice. May holds masters degrees in both education and psychology. She teaches in-home behavior sessions, public classes, and consults various shelters and rescue groups. Registration required. Email for dates and info:


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APRIL MONTHLY SPECIALS Clear Sky Medical: Franche’ Mineral Make-Up: 15% Off, with Free Color Match and sample; Juvederm Ultra smooth gel filler 40% off Limited Supply; Dysport 15% Off to get rid of your frown lines and crows feet; Latisse Eyelash Treatment ~ Buy one get one Free. (Allergan Rebate). Clear Sky Medical, PC, 10103 Ridge Gate Parkway, Aspen Building, Ste 221, Lone Tree. 303-790-7860.

NOW FORMING ENERGETIC BOUNDARIES CLASS for April/ May. Six week or two-day class, $150. Learn how to manage energy—yours and others—with simple, fun and powerfully effective energetic tools; learn how to create mock-ups; meet/work with your Healing Master. Pre-requisite for all other classes taught at Sacred Spaces. Contact Rev. DebraRae, Sacred Spaces Center, 303-365-0200,,

APRIL 2, SATURDAY Spiritual Parenting Workshop–2-4pm. Explore the energies that affect us as parents as you bring more awareness into your relationships with your children. Shift your parent-child relationships be shifting your perception and removing worry from communication. Designed to bring more empowerment and spiritual awareness into your parenting. $30 per person or $50 per couple. Inner Connection Institute, 2755

South Locust St., Ste 213, Denver. 303-282-9439.

APRIL 3 SUNDAY Non-Denominational Church Service–11am. Celebrate the journey of life with meditation and an informative spiritual message on the first Sunday of every month. Service is followed by a free aura healing - chakra balancing clinic. Rev. Lauren Skye, Officiating Minister. Church of Infinite Spirit / Inner Connection Institute, 2755 South Locust St., Ste 213, Denver 303-282-9439. The Slow Burning Love of God–10:30-11:30am. The Slow Burning Love of God helps us understand how Divine Spirit (the ECK) works in our lives. The service begins with a short reading from the ECK works, followed by a HU Song and time for quiet contemplation. It includes music, stories, and an opportunity to connect with others after the service. Childrens classes are offered during the Worship Service. Free. Crossroads Gardens, 1800 30th St. Ste 208 Boulder. ECKANKAR Center of Boulder Valley, 303-443-1610 or Drum Circle–5:30-7:30pm. Chanting 5:30-6pm; Drumming 6-7:30pm. No experience necessary. Donation suggested. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave. Lakewood. Contact Allie 303-237-8851 or Boulder Homebirth Circle–5-6:30pm. The Homebirth Circle is a free social gathering where women

can be emotionally supported for their choice to birth at home. Each first Sunday, join other women who are considering homebirth, planning a homebirth or have homebirthed. Enjoy a positive discussion around the beauty of birthing in your place of peace and love. Free. The Treehouse, 737 29th St., Boulder. Helene Rose Taste of Yoga: Yoga with Weights for Toning & Rehab–9am-11am. Join Hansa for a fun, energizing yoga class with weights. Adding light hand weights encourages strengthening to support increased mobility and flexibility. Learn new variations to add to your current yoga practice. $20. PranaYoga and Ayurveda Mandala, 3333 Federal Blvd., Denver. 303-432-8099 or BodyTalk Wellness Clinic–2-5pm. Is it time to feel better? BodyTalk encompasses all aspects of health: mind, body, spirit. Come experience an energetic rebalancing session! All ages welcome. Free. Rocky Mtn BodyTalk Alliance, 2299 Pearl St., Ste 310 (over Sun Deli). Contact Deborah 303-579-0849 or

APRIL 4 MONDAY Masterminding Class – 6pm. Learn the secrets of the super successful business mind, how we can follow that pattern and create new thought patterns. $30 one session / $21 each (1st 2). Fast Focusing Center, 88 Inverness Circle E, H-107, Centennial. 303-7088817. Kirtan with Tom Fuhrmann – 7:30-9:30pm. Join Tom Fuhrmann’s Littleton Kirtan Gang for an evening of Kirtan. Musicians include Tom Fuhrmann, Harmonium; Michelle Davidson, Vocals; Steve Bross, Tabla; Rick Franz, Guitar. Info Tom 303-435-3152. Third Monday of the Month. Love Offerings/Suggested Donation $10. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303731-6695.

Enhance Your Life by Creating, Learning, Transforming! • Create and manifest your own reality and desires • Learn to meditate effectively to reduce stress and gain clarity • Read clairvoyantly to tap into universal wisdom “I am totally impressed with how classes and church are presented at ICI. I am encouraged to validate myself, live in the now and be who I am. What a gift!” –DML, Management Analyst


We invite you to attend: Free Guided Meditations • Meditation for Living Class Psychic Development Programs • Energy Healings • Professional Psychic Readings

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Parenting Teens with Love and Logic with Rev. Barry Ebert–6:30pm. This three-night workshop will help you avoid “control battles” with your teen, teach your teens about responsibility in the real world, and apply practical techniques for immediate use. Continues on April 11 and 18. Singles $60, Couples $100. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. 303-232-4079 or

APRIL 5, TUESDAY The Brillant Body–6:30-8:30pm. Discover your Brillant Body. Learn how you can heal your body with the power of herbs. Everything from Diabetes 2 to heart disease. Course lasts several weeks. Free. Wystone’s Teas, 7323 W. Alaska Dr., Lakewood. Contact Charise Kirtright of Life Energy Images at 303-789-6004 or Children’s Health Wellness Workshop–1-2:30pm. Come learn alarming stats about our children’s health, and how we can turn them around. Take home tips, and learn about Whole Food Nutrition and Prevention for your family. Free. Contact Heather at 303-753-2665 or A Basic 5-Week Meditation–7pm-9pm. Learning the skills of meditation can help you achieve a lifelong transformation and not only help you relax but create change in your life. Letting go of the negative and stress; making room for the positive and improve health. $180. Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio, S Wadsworth Blvd. Lakewood.

APRIL 6, WEDNESDAY Thriving In Menopause–12-4pm. Enjoy complimentary chair massage, symptom help, hot flashes, sleep/stress, hormones, bHRT consultations, product samples. Receive $20 in coupons* on event day *Limitations apply. See coupons for details. Valid only on event day. Free. Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy, 2700 Broadway, Boulder. Contact Whitney 303-442-0589 or Oneness Blessing–5:30-6:30pm. A team of certified blessing-givers are offering a non-denominational benediction and Oneness Energy transfer. The blessing can accelerate spiritual growth and deepening. Donation. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. 303-237-8851 or CCC: Consciousness Conversations & Contemplations – 6:45-10pm. CCC hosts monthly meetings to share a common desire to raise the consciousness of our planet. We raise awareness and consciousness through presentations, discussion, interaction, and networking. We explore integration of enlightened living in our personal and professional lives. First Wednesday of the Month. Love offering/donation. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695. Homebirth Circle–7pm-9pm. The Homebirth Circle is a social gathering where women can be emotionally supported for their choice to birth at home. Each first Wednesday, join other women who are considering, planning or have had a home birth. Enjoy a positive discussion around the beauty of birthing. The Normalizing Homebirth Project is a non-profit providing emotional and financial support for home birth. Free. Westside Yoga Studio, 617 North 17th St., Colorado Springs. Contact or

APRIL 7, THURSDAY Student Space – 1-2:30pm. (Call for evening class times) Got tools (completed Energetic Boundaries class)? Guided by Rev.DebraRae, you’ll use your

savethedate MEDITATION SEMINAR Saturday, April 9, 11am Live in Harmony: Interested in a spiritual path based on meditation, ethical living, service to others and love for all creation? Awakening to the possibilities of your higher self as described by mystics of all traditions? Discover your true potential as soul. Sant Mat is a practical spiritual path based on meditation on the inner Light and Sound. Its goal is to enable the soul to return and merge into its source. Discipline and dedication are essential, as is the help of a spiritual Master. Free Public program Saturday April 9, 11am, Boulder Public Library, 11th & Arapahoe. Given by representatives of Sant Baljit Singh. For more information please contact 303-921-9113 or

THE BODY LOVE WAY TO EAT! Saturday April 16, 12:30 - 4pm No Diets, Rules or Deprivation. Learn your body’s language. Tune into appetite and food, taste and meaning, past and present. Free your food habits with nutritionist Jane Reagan. Explore in writing with author and instructor Carolyn Jennings. Move with dancer Lucy Wallace. $40 for the workshop plus $10 for lunch. Alchemy of Movement, 2436 30th Street, Boulder. Mandatory RSVP Thursday April 14 at Alchemy of Movement 303-449-4410 or email Part of the ongoing series of Body Love Collaborative workshops sponsored by Alchemy of Movement.

STRONG * SEXY * SATISFIED: FREE PREVIEW ~ GROUP PROGRAM FOR WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS & PROFESSIONALS Thursday, April 21, 5-6pm & Saturday April 23, 10-11am Double your energy, dissolve overwhelm, and rock your life & business/career like never before! Join Simla, founder of Delicious Health and creator of Strong, Sexy & Satisfied: 3-Step System for Food | Life | Work Success to preview her new, ground-breaking virtual group coaching program. Dial in from the comfort of your home/office to learn use-it-right-now tips and details about the program kicking off in early May. Learn from someone who’s gone from corporate superstar to health crisis to full recovery and successful entrepreneur. RSVP today with name & email address to receive call-in details: 877-211-0220 or Spell out both your name and email address if calling. See editorial page 7.

WRITING OUR WINGS OF RECOVERY; Thursdays starting May 19 FREE PREVIEW Thursday May 12, 6-8:30pm Journal-writing workshop provides tools and support for furthering recovery from disordered eating or any compulsion. Anyone with food issues or any obsession welcome. Carolyn Jennings’ journal has been a primary tool for her recovery from an eating disorder. A Journal to the Self® certified instructor and award-winning author, Carolyn offers acceptance and safety, guiding participants through writing that uncovers what disrupts and promotes health and wholeness. Dig under your stories to discover what’s really there. Thursdays, May 19-June 30, 6-8:30pm. $150 (No one denied because of cost--contact Carolyn at 303-469-3672 or Pomegranate Place, Oasis for Women, 750 Clarkson Street, Denver.

LIVE EVENT! HOW TO TALK TO YOUR ANGELS… AND GET ANSWERS Saturday, May 21 Step into your power as a joyful co-creator. Learn how Angels can rock the Law of Attraction to magnetize your dreams, the power of your word- Name it, Command it- It’s yours, Earth changes, meet with your Personal Abundance Angel to explode your income and the Angelic Healing Temple. Hosted by Elisha (Song of the Wind) Gabriell- teacher, author, visionary-honored to work with the Masters of Light and the “Angels from the Heart of God” to uplift humanity and our sacred Earth into love and joy. Payment options and RSVP

600 HOUR CERTIFIED MASSAGE THERAPY PROGRAM Starts July 16 Denver Integrative Massage School is Affordable: The most competitive tuition rates in Colorado; offers Flexible Schedules: Open course modules, take 50 hours up to 600 hours and has a Thai Yoga Massage Focus: Increased earning power because of dual focus in BOTH Eastern and Western massage modalities. Contact or 720-270-3633.

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tools to create “your space,” run “your energy,” work various energetic dynamics, create mock-ups and trade healings ($20). Twice monthly (1st & 3rd Thurs.) Sacred Spaces Center, 223 Titan St, Aurora. 303-365-0200.

APRIL 8, FRIDAY Spiritual Movie Night -– 7-9pm. The latest spiritual movies picked by Kay Ford Johnsen to share with our community. Check our web site for film listing. Second Friday of the Month. $10. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695. An Inside View of Rarities & Oddities–6-7pm. Inside perspective of creative process behind Rarities & Oddities from the artists themselves. Hear their thoughts, ideas and viewpoints while enjoying complimentary wine. Free. Lakewood Heritage Center Country School, 801 S Yarrow St, Lakewood. 303-466-5685 or Trance Medium Healing Clinic–7pm. Please arrive a little early. Building doors auto-lock at 6:55 PM. Open Channeling 7:00-7:30ish; Free. Healings following the Open Channel; $10 Trance medium healing is a dynamic process facilitating re-alignment and cleansing of the spiritual body. This clinic involves channeling, energy readings, and intense individual clearings. Please plan some time for yourself after your healing. No appt necessary. Inner Connection Institute. Denver location: 2755 South Locust St., Suite 213, Denver. 303-282-9439. Schlessman YMCA’s Annual Ladies Night Out Event–5-9pm. Fundraiser for the Schlessman YMCA. An evening dedicated to pampering ladies with massage, facials, reflexology, acupressure, etc. Tickets sold upon entry for each 15 minute service desired. All proceeds go directly to the Schlessman YMCA. Door prizes and light refreshments. $7 admission and $7 per ticket (15 minutes). Schlessman YMCA 2625 S. Colorado Blvd., Denver. Contact B.J. Bachman 720524-2776 or Freedom From the Inside Out–5-6:30pm. We practice do-it-yourself techniques like EFT, The Emotion Code and The Healing Codes to clear our energy blocks, emotional baggage and limiting beliefs. Group meets monthly. Free. Littleton. Contact Vicki Nelson at 303-955-7532 or

APRIL 9, SATURDAY Transformational Breath–11am-1pm. Learn or refine your Transformational Breath skills. New to Transformational Breath? Arrive at 10:40am for a quick introduction to the work. RSVP required, as space is limited. Minimum attendance is two. $40. Pomegranate Palace. Contact Natalie 303-325-4150 or

Institute North Side, 4325 Harlan St., Wheat Ridge. 303-257-4797 or The Divine Gypsy Troupe Performance–7:309:30pm. Enjoy an evening of belly dance from the heart with Lia & troupe! Performance will be followed by a lively belly dance party. $10. Dancing the Soul, 950 Jersey St. Denver. 303-502-4586 or Couples Massage Class–9am-11am. Learn anatomy, professional techniques and the communication needed, to safely and effectively support your partner through massage.The class will be instructed by Kelly Moore, massage therapist and instructor, with 14 years in the industry. $105 per couple with manuals included and props provided. Colorado Executive Club, 1776 S. Jackson St., Denver. Contact Kelly Moore 720-219-5622 or

APRIL 11, MONDAY Money/Business Class – 6pm. Do your negative thoughts about money prevent you from having enough? Do you think money is “the root to all evil” (and other negatives you have heard or read)? Get those negative thoughts out of your way. $30 one session / $21 each (1st 2). Fast Focusing Center, 88 Inverness Circle E, H-107, Centennial. 303-708-8817. Meditation and Prayer Retreat–1pm. Join Dr. Roger W. Teel on this retreat to enhance and deepen your consciousness through meditation and prayer. No prior experience in these spiritual practices is required. Retreat runs through 4/13. $270-$300. Franciscan Retreat Center, 7740 Deer Hill Grove, Colorado Springs. Mile Hi Church, 303-237-8851.

APRIL 12, TUESDAY Monthly Essential Oils Discussion Group–6-8pm. This ongoing discussion group covers the basics of essential oil and wellness practices using 100% therapeutic grade essential oils. Topics of discussion will include women’s health issues, stress management, hormone balancing, emotional release, relaxation, detoxification and more. Free. People House, 3035 W 25th Ave., Denver. Contact Jann Griffiths 720-318-4053 or Informational Lecture–6:30pm. Does your child have academic, social or behavioral Concerns? Dr. Tamara Eslich will speak about the brain and explain why there is an epidemic of children with these concerns. She will also discuss the recent research about children with academic and neurobehavioral issues. Free. Brain Balance Achievement Center, 1211 Avery St., Golden. 303-278-1780 or


15th Annual Longmont Taste of Therapy Wellness Fair–9am-3pm. Meet with and learn about wellness practitioners. A large number of practitioners will also be providing 15-minutes sessions for $5. Come early to make your appointment for later in the day. Free. St Vrain Memorial Bdg. 700 Longs Peak Ave., Longmont. City of Longmont Recreation Services.Contact Suellen Dabney 303-774-4827 or

UFO’s and Their Spiritual Mission–7pm. Unprecedented number of UFO sightings all over the world, huge crop circles appearing overnight, brilliant luminary objects shining in the sky. Is there a relationship between these events and the emergence of Maitreya, the World Teacher into our everyday world? Draw your own conclusion. Multi-media presentation, 90-120 minutes. Free. Poudre River Public Library, 201 Peterson St. Ft. Collins. Contact Share International Mountain West 303-444-2660 or

Meditation for Living in Wheat Ridge – Now on Saturdays. This 5-week program will bring the benefits of meditation into your life. Learn specific, easy, and effective techniques to see, change, and manage energy. With awareness, challenges become opportunities and healing happens. $150/5 classes, guided meditation CD, and a one-hour student reading. Inner Connection

Words Class – 6pm. Learn how words affect you every day and how powerful they are, sometimes without us knowing or understanding how they impact our brains. Erase negative subconscious programming. $30 one session / $21 each (1st 2). Fast Focusing Center, 88 Inverness Circle E, H-107, Centennial. 303-708-8817.


Wellness Workshop–1-2:30pm.Tired of being Sick & Tired? Come learn how to bridge that Gap from what we eat to what our bodies truly need to be healthy! Free. Contact Heather 303-753-2665 or

APRIL 14, THURSDAY Open Door Reading Space – 7-8:30pm. In a group setting, Rev. DebraRae will be available for medium communication. You will receive communication as well as have an opportunity to ask questions of your loved ones. $20. Sacred Spaces Center, 223 Titan St, Aurora. 303-365-0200. Alliance of Professional Women: Monthly Networking Luncheon–11:30am-1pm. 975 Lincoln St., Denver. Pauline Huddleson 303-368-4747 or Drum Circle with Shaman Rick Strong Feather and John Thunderheart Robinson –7-9pm. Join the community for Drum Circle, Dige Players, Flutes, Shamanic Healing, Sound Healing, and Messages from the StrongFeather and The ThunderHeart. These are awesome. Normally done in the Garden of the Gods... We hold a City Circle !! Join us. Second Thursday of the Month. Love offering/donation. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695.

APRIL 15, FRIDAY Contemplative Hatha Yoga Teacher Training– Introduces the foundations for teaching yoga or deepening your personal practice. Meets one session each week and one weekend each month for 10 months/265 hours. $3750. PranaYoga and Ayurveda Mandala, 3333 Federal Blvd., Denver. 303-432-8099 or UFO’s and Their Spiritual Mission–7pm. Unprecedented number of UFO sightings all over the world, huge crop circles appearing overnight, brilliant luminary objects shining in the sky. Is there a relationship between these events and the emergence of Maitreya, the World Teacher into our everyday world? Draw your own conclusion. Multi-media presentation, 90-120 minutes. Free. Journeys for Conscious Living 5855 Wadsworth Bypass Bldg A Ste. 100, Arvada. Contact Share International Mountain West 303-444-2660 or An Evening of Wisdom, Music and Meditation with His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar–7 pm. Join us for an extraordinary evening of wisdom, meditation and music with this renowned spiritual leader and humanitarian. Sri Sri will speak about the power of the breath in managing one’s mind and emotions, lead a guided meditation, and respond to questions. $30-$50. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. 303-232-4079 or

APRIL 16, SATURDAY Herbcraft: Holistic Detox for Body & Spirit–6pm9pm. Herbal remedies to nourish and rejuvenate the lymphatic system and oneself through gentle detox. We will work with the spiritual and emotional properties of herbs to create customized incense blends and amulets. Part of the Herbcraft class series. $45/member; $52/ non-member. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., Denver. 720-865-3580 or The Body Love Way to Eat - 12:30 - 4pm. No Diets, Rules or Deprivation. Learn your body’s language. Tune into appetite and food, taste and meaning, past and present. Free your food habits with nutritionist Jane Reagan. Explore in writing with author and instructor Carolyn Jennings. Move with dancer Lucy Wallace. $40 workshop;$10 lunch. Alchemy of Movement, 2436

guidelines to help you get started with gathering herbs in the wild. Topics of discussion include cultivation, harvesting, and natural remedies for healing that can be grown in your own backyard. Chief grower at Herbal Answers, Mike Brown will be on hand to offer his expert growing tips as well. *Free Healing Tea will be offered*. Free. People House, 3035 W. 25th Ave., Denver. RSVP Required to Katie Brown 303-425-5225.

The Erhoople Ensemble–7-8pm. The Erhoopla Ensemble, Mike Fitzmaurice and Brian Mullins, play a number of Chinese instruments, including the traditional erhu. They’ll be playing a number of Chinese tunes as well as some jazz standards. It’s a great opportunity to see a unique combination of styles and instruments. Free. Seven Cups, 1882 S. Pearl St., Denver.

Stress Reduction for Teachers–1pm-3pm. 3 wks. Meditation can help you achieve a lifelong transformation and not only help you relax but create change in your life. Develop clarity in your classroom and increase job satisfaction. Let go of the negative and making room for the positive. There are some things you learn best by doing/experiencing in a group setting. $108. Inside Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio, 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. Anita Destino, Journey Within,

Finding Your Calling - 7-9pm. This class will aid you in determining your calling, as well as next steps to take. Myths, cautions, and celebrations to watch for. Each step we take provides us with valuable feedback. We’ll explore engaging fully with, and wisely nurturing, your dream. A bibliography and guided insightful exercise included. Special on more than one class in April. RSVP req’d call 303-239-0382 or email . Center for Wholistic Health, 8600 W 14th Ave, Lakewood.

Confidence/Boundless Energy Class – 6-8pm. Have you ever said, “If I only had the confidence, I would…”? Techniques to build your competence and increase your confidence. Learn breathing and energy stimulation techniques to keep you going long after others are done. $30/1 session / $21 each (1st 2). Fast Focusing Center, 88 Inverness Circle E, H-107, Centennial. 303-708-8817.

A Spiritual Discussion-How to Hear the Whisperings of Your Heart–1pm. The heart knows what the mind cannot fathom. Come learn simple techniques that help us move from the limited mental realm and into divine love where truth and clarity live. Free. Anythink Huron St. Library, 9417 Huron St., Thornton. ECKANKAR of Denver. 303-912-8292.

Get Through Your Blocks – 6pm. Yes, you can! You can get through those blocks that are stopping you from being the best you can be. $30 one session / $21 each (1st 2). Fast Focusing Center, 88 Inverness Circle E, H-107, Centennial. 303-708-8817.



30th Street, Boulder. Mandatory RSVP Thursday April 14 at Alchemy of Movement 303-449-4410 or email Celebrate the Rhythms of Your Soul–7pm-8:15pm. Join us for an evening of drumming, dancing & meditating. Bring drums, shakers & prayers! $10. Dancing the Soul, 950 Jersey St. Denver. 303-502-4586 or

Community HU Song–10:30-11am. The public is warmly invited to attend a community HU Chant (HU Song), a gathering to sing the ancient love song to God, the HU. Free. ECKANKAR Center of Boulder Valley, Crossroads Garden, 1800 30th St. Ste 208, Boulder. 303-443-1610 or

APRIL 18, MONDAY Back Yard Medicine–7-8:30pm. In this workshop Master Herbalist, Katie Brown will share a few basic

Fifth Annual Mile Hi Community Passover Seder–4:15-6:30pm. Experience traditional Seder foods, a revised ceremony and prayers followed by a catered buffet dinner. Vegetarian dishes available. After, Wednesday night service with special guest speaker. $15 for children-$40 for adults. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. 303-232-4079 or


A Doctor’s Guide to Optimal Wellness–6:30-8:30pm. Dr. Gerard L. Guillory, M.D. and guest speakers Gina Vetting, personal chef, Mike Mutzel, MSc,Cn nutrition and Audrey Boxwell PhD mind body will discuss all aspects of Holistic health. Audience interaction is welcome as we discuss functional approaches to relieve chronic pain, stress, headaches, food allergies, hormone imbalance, chronic fatigue, anxiety/depression, obesity, digestive issues. $10. Medical Center of Aurora South. The Care Group PC, 830 Potomac Cr. Ste 150, Aurora. 303-343-3514.

Children’s Health Wellness Workshop–1-2:30pm. Children’s health statistics are getting worse across the board. We can do something about this health crisis. Learn helpful, simple tips and tools to help guide you to better health. We want our kids to be healthy and happy – let’s give them the best health we possibly can! Heather 303-753-2665 or Oneness Deekshas & Sacred Sound with Ann Hines & Donna Baldwin –7-9pm. Come for a Oneness Deeksha experience with live Sacred Sound from crystal bowls and native American flute. Deeksha is a Divine

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intelligent energy transfer that causes a neurobiological transformation within the brain of each receiving individual. It is not a teaching or concept, but rather an experience or process that supports all paths or beliefs. Third Thursday of the Month. Love Offering/$20 suggested Donation. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695. Wicked Plants: The Deliciously Dark Side of the Plant World–7-9pm. Drawing on history, medicine, science and legend, Amy Stewart presents tales of bloodcurdling botany that will entertain, alarm and enlighten even the most intrepid gardeners and nature lovers. Part of the Gardens Bonfils-Stanton 2011 series. $15 member; $20 non-member; $10 student. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., Denver. 720-865-3580 or Free Community Acupuncture–2-6pm. Come see what community acupuncture is all about! Join us for a free acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture treats seasonal allergies, PMS, back, neck and shoulder pain, and much more. Free. Left Hand Community Acupuncture, 409 S. Public Rd., Lafayette. Appts preferred, walk-ins welcome on a space available basis. 720-248-8626 or Student Space–1-2:30pm. Call for evening class times. Got tools? (ie. completed Energetic Boundaries class). Guided by Rev.DebraRae, you’ll use your tools to create “your space,” run “your energy,” work various energetic dynamics, create mock-ups and trade healings.$20. Twice monthly (1st & 3rd Thurs.) Sacred Spaces Center, 223 Titan St, Aurora. 303-365-0200. Preview Call for “Strong, Sexy & Satisfied: A 3-Step System for Food/Life/Work Success”–5-6pm. For women entrepreneurs, executives and up-and-coming business babes. Join us for an information-packed call to learn more about this ground-breaking virtual group coaching program which begins early May. RSVP today with your name & email address to receive call-in details. Please spell out both your name and email address if calling. Delicious Health, 877-211-0220 or

APRIL 24, SUNDAY Easter Sunday Services–6am. We are celebrating the conclusion of the Spring Renewal Program, Consciousness Arising, at our Easter services with a powerpacked message delivered by Dr. Roger W. Teel and uplifting music from our own Mile Hi Music Ministry. Service times: 6:00, 8:00, 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Complimentary continental breakfast will be served in the Sanctuary lobby, 5-5:45am. Free. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. 303-237-8851 or

APRIL 26, TUESDAY Wellness Workshop–1-2:30pm. Please join us to learn more about preventing illness & disease. This is an educational workshop on how to tip that scale and get in MORE fruits & veggies to stay healthy. If you good, great. There are things for you to learn. If you don’t eat well, but want to, come join us and make that change. Free. Contact Heather 303-753-2665 or

APRIL 28, THURSDAY Informational Lecture–12pm. Does your child have academic, social or behavioral Concerns? Dr. Tamara Eslich will speak about the brain and explain why there is an epidemic of children with these concerns. She will also discuss the recent research about children with academic and neurobehavioral issues. Free. Brain Balance Achievement Center, 1211 Avery St., Golden. 303-278-1780 or


CELEBRATE EARTH DAY! APRIL 22, FRIDAY See Earth Day page 19 for events.

APRIL 23, SATURDAY UFO’s and Their Spiritual Mission–2:30pm. Unprecedented number of UFO sightings all over the world, huge crop circles appearing overnight, brilliant luminary objects shining in the sky. Is there a relationship between these events and the emergence of Maitreya, the World Teacher into our everyday world? Draw your own conclusion. Multi-media presentation, 90-120 minutes. Free. Boulder Public Library-Boulder Creek Mtg Rm. 1000 Canyon Blvd., Boulder. Contact Share International Mountain West 303-444-2660 or Inspirational Movie Night–7pm. Mile Hi Church Presents “The Heart to Lead, Women as Allies for the Greater Good.” This inspiring documentary explores the emerging paradigm of feminine leadership. The film shows women attuning to their inner strengths and connecting with one another which in turn empowers them to personal and social action. Watch the trailer: Love Offering. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. 303-2378851 or


Preview Call for “Strong, Sexy & Satisfied: A 3-Step System for Food/Life/Work Success”–10-11am. For women entrepreneurs, executives and up-andcoming business babes. Join us for an informationpacked call to learn more about this ground-breaking virtual group coaching program which begins early May. RSVP today with your name & email address to receive call-in details. Please spell out both your name and email address if calling. Delicious Health, 877-211-0220 or

Savor the Colorado Flavor Fundraiser – 6-10pm. Benefiting the Alliance Foundation and Scholarship Program. Help us help local women as they achieve their dreams of completing their college education and creating better lives for themselves and their families. $55. Gourmet Fine Catering, 3500 E. 40th Ave., Denver. Annual Women’s Conference: Awakening Our Authentic Power–Join Mile Hi Church for an amazing weekend with national best-selling author, psychotherapist, and transformative leader Katherine Woodward Thomas. We will explore the dynamics of creating and sustaining an empowered, joyous and fulfilled life. $295 before April 11, $325 after. Vail Marriott, 715 W. Lionshead Circle, Vail. Mile HI Church. 303-237-8851

APRIL 30, SATURDAY Psychic & Healing Fair–12-5pm. Rev. DebraRae available for readings at fair rates of $20/20 min.; healing modalities offered: Aura Healings, Egyptian Rod Healings/Reiki, Adrenal Recovery Support, Chi Machine, Ionizer Detox Foot Bath; plus vendors’ merchandise. Come for an hour or come for the day. Free. 223 Titan St., Aurora. 303-365-0200 or



MAY-JULY Strong, Sexy & Satisfied: A 3-Step System for Food/Life/Work Success– For women entrepreneurs, executives and up-and-coming business babes who want to double their energy, and rock their lives and business/career like never before. Virtual group coaching program over 12 weeks. Delicious Health, 877-211-0220 or

MAY 12, THURSDAY Free Preview Writing Our Wings of Recovery Workshop - 6-8:30pm. Journal-writing workshop provides tools and support for furthering recovery from disordered eating or any compulsion. Anyone with food issues/any obsession welcome. A Journal to the Self® certified instructor and award-winning author, Carolyn Jennings offers acceptance and safety, guiding participants through writing that uncovers what disrupts and promotes health and wholeness. Classes start Thursdays, May 19 - June 30, 6-8:30pm. $150 (No one denied because of cost-contact Carolyn at 303-469-3672 or CJennings@ Pomegranate Place, Oasis for Women, 750 Clarkson Street, Denver.

MAY 21, SATURDAY How to Talk to Your Angels… and Get Answers– Step into your power as a joyful co-creator. Come learn how the Angels can rock the Law of Attraction to magnetize your dreams. The Power of Your Word- Name It, Command It- It’s Yours. Meet with your personal abundance Angel and explode your income. Angelic Healing Temple. Denver. Contact Elisha (Song of the Wind) Gabriell- teacher, author, visionary.

JUNE 24-27 LIGHT, VISION, & CONSCIOUSNESS 2011 - 21st Annual ISSSEEM Conference: Bridging Science and Spirit - Explore a spectrum of ways to transform our work, our world, and ourselves with light, color, and sound. Aspects-- artistic, technical, and mystical-are illumined by pioneering researchers, global leaders and potent healers. Art, exhibits, workshops, public events to elucidate the extraordinary. Westminster. More info

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ongoingevents daily Yoga & Bliss Workouts – Various Dates and Times. Various yoga classes are offered including Yoga Synthesis, Ashtanga, Sun Salutations/Pranayama, Classical Sivananda and Beginners Hatha Yoga. Bliss workouts incorporate a blend of yoga, Pilates, calisthenics, breathing, visualization and creative movement. For detail information contact Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695.

sunday Divine Transmission Meditation –7-8pm. Guided Meditation to align with the Source Frequency, accelerate your awakening and enhance your spiritual development. Facilitated by Steven Hartung. $8. Samadhi Center for Yoga and Meditation, 639 E 19th Ave. Denver. 303-860-9642. Peace Prayers– Peace Prayers 10-11:30am. Join us for prayers, contemplation, meditations for peace, prosperity, and love. Love offering/donation. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695.

monday Stress Relief Flow Vinyasa–5:30–6:30pm. Antoinette Giambrocco. Class size is limited. Classes are great for both beginners and advanced yogis. $15. Golden Well Being Collective, 1113 Washington Ave., Ste 110, Golden. Contact Antoinette 303-906-9999.

tuesday Aura and Chakra Healing Clinic–5:30-6:45pm. Gain mental clarity and relief of stress, and increased creativity with simple 10-15 minute energy healing. A trained healer helps you make positive shifts in subtle, non-physical energy which profoundly influences how we feel, how healthy we are, and how effective we are in our day to day lives. Yoga of the Mind, 8 E. 1st Ave, ste. 103, Lot parking across street. 303-668-2358 or

wednesday Free Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing–6-7pm. A healing is an energy clearing, like an “energy car wash”. During a healing, we release negative energy that is blocking you from growth and stopping you from creating the life you desire. Donations accepted. Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio, 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood. 720-413-7303 or Nia Classes-noon-1pm and 6-7pm. Dancing the Soul, 950 Jersey St. Ste. C. Drop in/$14. Pkgs available. Natalie Gentry, 303-325-4150. Free Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing – 12:151pm and 5:45-6:15pm. A healing is an energy clearing, like a psychic shower. During a healing, energy one

does not need to be carrying is cleared, including blocks to growth and flow. Clarity and contentment are restored. Donations appreciated, but not required. Inner Connection Institute; 2755 South Locust St., Suite 213, Denver; 303-282-9439. Ancient Chinese Healing Art: QiGong – 6-8pm. Holistic Wellness Clinic is offering ongoing Qigong Energy Appointments to help rebalance and release stress from the body. Trouble sleeping? Emotional? Low energy? Aches and pains? $35 healings. Native Transformations Healing Center, Denver. RSVP req’d or 720-887-3532. Qi Gong – 5:30-6:30pm. Golden Well Being Collective, 1113 Washington Ave., Ste 110, Golden. RSVP req’d, class limited. Contact Corinne 970-443-8720.

thursday BHS-Business Honoring Spirituality Networking– 7-9am. Our mission is to unite business professionals in a Spiritual surrounding, allowing for limitless individual and group development of Spiritual and professional possibilities. With a network of various businesses and services, we open our lives to more knowledge, abundance, friendship, Spirituality and prosperity. Bring plenty of business cards. $5 donation. Mile Hi Church, 9079 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. Info and speaking opps. Free Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing – 6:307:30pm. A healing is an energy clearing, like a psychic shower. During a healing, energy one does not need to be carrying is cleared, including blocks to growth and flow. Clarity and contentment are restored. Donations appreciated, but not req’d. Mini-readings available after clinic ($10). Inner Connection Institute; 4325 Harlan St, Wheat Ridge; 303-257-4797;

friday Trance Medium Healing Clinic – 7pm. Arrive early; doors auto-lock at 6:55. Open Channeling 7-7:30ish; Free. Healings following the Open Channel; $10 .Trance medium healing is a dynamic process facilitating re-alignment and cleansing of the spiritual body. Channeling, energy readings, and intense individual clearings. Plan time for yourself after healing. No app’t nec. 4 Fridays of month (not last Friday). Inner Connection Institute. 2755 South Locust St., Suite 213, Denver; 303-282-9439. Tea Tastings–3-4pm. Taste two or three of our high quality Chinese teas side by side, telling about how they’re made and legends associated. Every Friday we offer a free tea tasting. Come sample a number of our teas, finding out the difference between white, green, oolong and black teas and more. Free. Seven Cups, 1882 S Pearl St, Denver. 303-777-2877 or Nia Classes - 9:30-10:30am. Studio Soma, 2540 W. 29th Ave. Drop in/$14. Packages available. Natalie Gentry, 303-325-4150, Healing Kundalini Yoga–9-10:15am. RSVP req’d, class size limited. Golden Well Being Collective, 1113 Washington Ave., Suite 110, Golden. Contact Karen 720-300-0511.

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