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newsbriefs Break Through to the Next Level


andy Ferguson of the Love, Courage and Achievement Project (LCA) will host the new LCA weekend and 7-wk course January 22 for those looking for real, lasting change and transformation. The LCA Project is a personal development program offered in the Denver area that effectively helps people close the gap between where they are in their lives, and where they are meant to be. “Imagine you have someone you really care about who is ready to break through to the next level but they don’t know how. How would you help them? What are the ingredients? The LCA Project explains just what it takes to transform; with guidance, tools, support, answers and a pathway they’ve never had before to create sustainable change,” says Randy. Randy has over 30 years’ experience in presenting personal development seminars. He has taught internationally as a corporate trainer for top-level executives in Mexico, Bangkok, Germany, Spain and extensively throughout the U.S. His business degree from Arizona State University and Masters Degree in Spiritual Psychology provides an academic foundation that is both pragmatic and visionary. Randy also offers a Heart Centered Leadership Program entitled “How to Bring Out the Best in Others” March 4. This weekend seminar provide 21 tools of higher leadership and practical application that will enhance the effectiveness of any relationship. For more information and your one-on-one, no-cost 90-min breakthrough session, call Randy at 303-989-2605 or

Valentine’s Weekend Couples Retreat


r. Jim and Ruth Sharon of Energy for Life offer a couples retreat February 12-14 at Sunrise Ranch in Loveland. This guided Valentine weekend will rekindle your romance and celebrate your relationship along with other committed couples. According to the Sharons, participants will enjoy: an opportunity to rejuvenate personally and as a couple; sustained quality contact with one another; learning practical, substantive tools for effective communication and conflict resolution; rekindled romance and intimacy; co-creating relationship dreams by brainstorming out of the box; learning from a wisdom pool via group discussions of relevant couple issues; a lovely, rural, mountain environment; and delicious, healthy farm-totable meals and snacks. This is not group therapy. Most activities are guided, face-to-face with your partner and there are no requirements to speak in the group or participate. Contact Jim and Ruth Sharon at 303-796-7004.

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newsbriefs New Year’s Cleanse


aw Vitality offers a “30-Day New Year’s Cleanse” both online and at multiple locations across Denver the second week of January. The focus is on four main ingredients to a true cleanse: fresh, nutrient-dense eating & juicing; exercise & movement; healthy stress management; and green-living practices. Participants will receive materials and education to: cleanse and balance the body; release excess weight; increase energy and vitality; and create practices to keep you healthy and toxin-free for the rest of your life. Connect with others, track your progress, access workout and yoga videos, ask questions, get support and access your cleansing materials through RV’s online health portal. $250. To see more information and additional New Year’s workshops, visit or see ad page 13.

Nature’s Round the Tree Tracy Herrmann Cover artist Tracy Herrmann’s wildlife portraits portray the tender side of nature, such as the woodland creatures gathered around a snow-draped fir in the cover image, Nature’s Round the Tree. Herrmann lends her signature soft, gentle styling to animal subjects that include bears, fox, deer, birds, otters and big cats, while drawing from her studies in zoology and natural history to create realistic renderings. “I enjoy exploring, spending entire afternoons observing and sketching animals for new concepts, and just watching families and kids. Kids are natural artists and keen observers,” says Herrmann. “Sharing the richness of our natural world through my art brings me great joy and satisfaction.” Herrmann has done wildlife illustrations for such clients as the Seattle Zoo and several national parks, including the Grand Canyon, Yosemite and Yellowstone. Herrmann also illustrates children’s books; her first is Dabbling Doezee, a story of friendship between two ducks. The artist donates a percentage of each piece sold to wildlife and parks conservation programs. A former member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, Herrmann lives and works in Seattle, Washington. View the artist’s portfolio at 1-tracy-herrmann.html.


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r. Karrina Wallace, N.D. of Ponderosa Natural Medicine is now practicing at Fusion Chiropractic and Wellness located at 244 Washington St., in Denver. Dr. Wallace offers comprehensive, safe, and effective natural treatment options. At Fusion Chiropractic and Wellness patients have access to chiropractic, massage therapy and acupuncture. As a registered Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Wallace provides a holistic health intake, laboratory and imaging, and a wide range of therapies. These therapies include herbal medicine, nutrition, detoxification/ hydrotherapy, homeopathy and physical medicine. Dr. Wallace focuses on treating chronic disease through optimization of detoxification, digestion, mental health and lifestyle. In addition, she is able to effectively treat acute conditions and prevent future disease. Contact Dr. Karrina Wallace at 720-722-0178 or Dr.K@

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The December Astrology Landscape I

n the pre-dawn December sky, we see Jupiter, Venus and Mars as we continue the journey of expanding our relationships beyond the limited vessels of the past. We are “bursting out of old vessels,� and will wrestle our way into new relationship forms into 2016. Toward the end of December, Saturn and Mercury will be visible in the evening sky. Together, they speak of discipline in the realm of communications as we go forward into time. December is rife with opportunities to heal relationships. Holiday rituals are in flux as we may leave old religious ceremonies behind to adopt new, hybrid family rituals. Hold the idea of a circle that allows for a collaborative approach to family ceremony time. There are strong potential triggers of our most painful, inner struggles during family time this season. Remember the ultimate goal is healing and connecting in more soulful, truthful ways. Make time aside from the parties and celebrations for self and family: fire-side soul story time, or family dinners with deep sharing of the soul’s longings. A ‘grungy square’ between Mars and Pluto on December 6th is a cathartic aspect to be wary of! We can overcome the power struggles, aggressions, or polarizations by being fully conscious and staying focused in our empowered places. Staying focused on positive constructive new work. Focus on what matters to your soul--let all else go! Azlan White authors a free, daily astrology forecast and a Soulworkers Astrology School. Reach her at 303444-0823 or See listing page 31.

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espite the popularity of New Year’s resolutions, scientists have found that post-holiday food shopping decisions don’t necessarily reflect intentions to eat healthier or lose weight. Scientists from Cornell University tracked resolutions and after-holiday food shopping habits of 207 families. They classified about 20,000 food products as either “healthy� or “less-healthy�. Calories and dollars spent were also tracked. Analysis of 37 weeks of activity that included the extended winter holiday period and into the new year found that additional food expenditures and calories began about a week prior to Thanksgiving and peaked during Christmas celebrations. Compared to the rest of the year, this increased shopping averaged just over $16 more a week, about $4 of which was spent on healthy foods. Food expenditures then continued to increase after the holidays to about $25 more a week compared to the average—showing a 24 percent increase. However, $13 of this was spent on healthier foods. Calorie levels also increased. “Total weekly per-serving calories increased by 440 during the holiday period relative to the baseline period, and nearly 91 percent of this increase was due to additional purchases of the more calorie-dense foods,� the researchers reported. “Even more intriguing is that contrary to well-intentioned New Year’s resolutions, additional weekly per-serving calories purchased increased to 890 in the post-holiday period relative to the baseline, more than doubling the 440 calorie increase evident in the holiday season,� the researchers observed. Of this, 63 percent of the additional calories were from high-calorie foods.

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ecent findings from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Boston, has determined that reading from a light-emitting tablet or computer before bedtime will disturb sleep and may change the circadian rhythms that govern the body’s clock. The research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, tested 12 people for two weeks. On five nights during one week, the subjects read ebooks on an iPad for four hours before bedtime. Another week, they read from printed books for the same duration. During the five days of iPad reading, the participants fell asleep later and spent less time in rapid eye movement (REM)-stage sleep. The light-emitting tablet altered the circadian rhythm, changing the body’s natural sleeping pattern. The researchers also tested other blue-light emitting devices, including laptops, tablets, other eReaders, cell phones and LED monitors. “We found the body’s natural circadian rhythms were interrupted by the shortwavelength enriched light, otherwise known as blue light, from these electronic devices,” says neuroscientist Anne-Marie Chang, Ph.D., one of the study authors. Dr. Charles Czeisler, Ph.D., a leading sleep researcher, remarks, “In the past 50 years, there has been a decline in average sleep duration and quality. Since more people are choosing electronic devices for reading, communication and entertainment, particularly children and adolescents who already experience significant sleep loss, epidemiological research evaluating the long-term consequences of these devices on health and safety is urgently needed.”

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Acupuncture for Your Pets I

n a time when science is patting itself on the back for continuously providing new pharmaceuticals with which to suppress unwanted symptoms, more and more people are turning to acupuncture to achieve the same thing, but without potentially dangerous side effects. This is true for our four-legged family members as well. Acupuncture can be traced back to texts such as the Huang-di-nei-jing (Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine). Written around 200 B.C., it refers to the Jing-Lou system which loosely translates as “channels and branches.” This text compiled the anatomy of the pathways through which hot, cold and neutral life-force energies (Yang, Yin and Qi) flow. Ancient Chinese medical practitioners found that by manually manipulating these channels with sharp instruments they could affect changes and keep this system in balance. Most people are astonished at how readily their pets acclimate to an acupuncture session. It is not unusual for a dog to fall asleep during their treatment, and cats will settle, close their eyes and purr. Often times in as little as 3-6 sessions a pet owner will notice improvements that can last for days to weeks. Acupuncture can be used to treat arthritis and chronic illnesses such as allergies, cancers or organ weakness or failure. As the knowledge of acupuncture grows among veterinarians, your pet’s doctor may begin reaching for needles to re-balance the Qi, maintaining the health and longevity that we all wish for our furry family members. Ayse Washington is a DVM, CCRP with a new mobile veterinary service, Pawsitively Zensational Veterinary Services. She can be reached at 828712-5410 or see listing page 30.

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Asbestos Found in Crayons and Children’s Toys R

esearch from the Environmental Working Group’s Action Fund has determined that some popular children’s toys contain a chemical that previous research has linked to lung disease and lung cancers. The researchers tested 28 boxes of crayons and 21 crime-themed toys at the Scientific Analytical Institute in Greensboro, North Carolina. They found that four of the crayon brands and two of the crime-scene toys contained asbestos. All of the asbestos-containing toys were manufactured in China. The products included the Disney Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle brands of crayons, the EduScience Deluxe Forensics Lab Kit and the Inside Intelligence Secret Spy Kit. The latter two brands contained asbestos within the fingerprint powders. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, asbestos from all sources is responsible for up to 15,000 U.S. deaths each year.

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ecotip Shipping News Early Bird Gift Shipping Saves Stress, Money and Resources Last-minute online shopping can be costly in both dollars and pollution. Choosing next-day delivery puts purchased products on a plane that burns far more carbon-producing fossil fuel than ground transportation. But there’s a better way, and how we package gifts for shipping counts. Order and ship early. Building in more lead time affords less costly shipping options. Eco-wise, if the shipper has some freedom in scheduling deliveries, it can choose to hold up a delivery truck until it’s full, rather than sending one out half-empty. Also, if a package doesn’t have to reach its destination by a particular day or time, the company can choose the most efficient local delivery routing. A recent University of Washington study found that a community using grocery delivery services slashed carbon emissions when compared to individuals driving to the supermarket. Plus, they achieved their biggest gains—80 to 90 percent lower emissions—when they could plan deliveries around customer locations, rather than precise delivery windows, thus minimizing driving distance and time on the road. Seek out available boxes. Many grocery and beverage stores don’t immediately break down incoming cardboard shipping boxes. Ask a store attendant if they have any available. Reusing saved paper bags from checkout (for those that don’t bring reusable bags) can serve to cushion gift-wrapped boxes. suggests repurposing gently-used wrapping paper or old fabrics, newspapers, magazines or calendars for a creative look. Return any foam peanuts in received packages to a pack-n-ship shop for reuse. Know the options. While U.S. Postal Service ( Priority Mail offers flat rates to any state regardless of weight (up to 70 pounds), package tracking and other year-round features, the cost of using other carriers varies by destination zip code, package size and weight. Verify price and timing options, making sure packages arrive in good time to be under the Christmas tree before December 25.

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globalbriefs Fungus Among Us Mushrooms Offer Pesticide-Free Insect Control Paul Stamets, one of the world’s leading mycologists, invented a fungus (mushroom)-based pesticide in 2006. An industry executive states, “This patent represents the most disruptive technology we have ever witnessed.” This “smart” pesticide provides a safe and nearly permanent solution for controlling more than 200,000 species of insects. Entomopathogenic (insect-destroying) fungi are altered so they don’t produce spores. This actually attracts the insects, which then eat them and turn into fungi from the insideout. The invention has the potential to revolutionize the way humans grow crops. Source: Earth. We Are One. View the patent at

Sentient Beings New Zealand Enacts Bill Recognizing Animal Intelligence The New Zealand Animal Welfare Amendment Bill that passed into law this year states that animals, like humans, are sentient beings. Dr. Virginia Williams, chair of the National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee, says this acknowledges, “Animals can experience both positive and negative emotions, including pain and distress.” The bill thus bans the use of animals for testing cosmetics. Williams says the legal recognition of animal sentience provides a stronger underpinning of the requirements of the existing Animal Welfare Act. The bill also provides for penalties to enable low-tomedium-level offenders to be punished more effectively and gives animal welfare inspectors the power to issue compliance notices, among other measures. Find a link to the legislation at


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AWAKENING TO SPIRIT Prayer and Meditation Heal and Free Us by Richard Davenport

By its intimate connection with divine love, Spirit infuses human experience with qualities of amazing grace—unexpected clarity, vision, wisdom, peace, compassion, emotional release, inspirational epiphanies, deep understanding and comprehensive healing of mind, body and soul.


hile society abounds with scientific research, products and practices that promise to enhance our mind or body and the mind-body connection, without Spirit in the mix, neither rises to its full potential. A heart open to a higher power exponentially multiplies the effects of this crucial connection. “Just as a candle spreads light in a darkened room, people who are living in-Spirit give off a higher energy that can bring light to our hearts and minds. In other words, we can be inspired just by being in their presence,” according to renowned bestselling author Wayne Dyer, Ph.D. Experiential, non-verbal and lifechanging encounters with the unbounded power and presence of Spirit in prayer and meditation are difficult to analyze in the same way as mind-body


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science. However, Dyer points to the works and outcomes of Spirit as visible evidence of how it lifts us up. We see individuals with rapturous hearts sending out signals that they love the world and everyone in it. Those that live in Spirit tend to see the world as a friendly place, are at peace with themselves, appear to be open and accepting rather than judgmental and harsh, and often report being healed of all sorts of diseases, relationship challenges, career fluctuations and questions of purpose and direction. They attest to how Spirit shines a triumphant light in the midst of dark nights of the soul, redefining the essence of life itself and declaring us worthy in our innermost reaches.

Personal Healing When a 19-year-old woman entered basic military training at Lackland Air

Force Base, in San Antonio, Texas, and was undergoing initial medical and psychological screening, she was identified as having body and mind issues that would require her to be separated from the service. These problems included organ failures and spinal misalignment, as well as severe consequences of an emotionally abusive upbringing. It was determined that she could not handle the physical and mental demands of military life. Because the policy was to not treat such problems if identified upon entering the service, authorities allowed her to remain in training until her separation from the Air Force could be processed. The woman was impressed and also distressed by the finality of the verdict and assessment tools used by mind and body experts among the medical staff. In talking with a chaplain on the base, she came to understand that she could choose to appeal her case to another jurisdiction, a “higher” court of Spirit. Focusing on the voice of divine love, she grew to see Spirit as more than a higher power. She saw Spirit as a higher authority. She surrendered to divine love’s authority as ultimate law, supremely qualified to reorder her whole being. She trusted that aligning with spiritual power could change her view of her identity and the seemingly inescapable consequences of genetics, environment and human history denying her desire to serve her country in this way. Listening to a higher witness testifying on her behalf and identifying her authentic being as the magnificent expression of the magnificent Creator, she felt encouraged to the point that her mind and body stopped arresting her progress and became more effective servants, responding with greater freedom and joy. One limitation after another fell away, and the military and medical authorities seemed pleased with her progress as she neared completion of training. Finally, performing a mile-and-a-half run within a required time remained the only obstacle to graduation, and she was still 45 seconds too slow. This helpful passage from the Hebrew prophet Isaiah became central to her prayer and meditation as she approached her last running attempt:

Young people will get tired; strapping young men will stumble and fall. But those who trust in the Eternal One will regain their strength. They will soar on wings as eagles. They will run—never winded, never weary. They will walk—never tired, never faint. ~Isaiah 40: 30-31 (The Voice) She passed her final attempt with 18 seconds to spare, running on eagles’ wings. So, how can we all discern such a divine witness to our original authentic being amidst loud testimony of all the voices and labels shouting in our head and body, including those imposed by others?

Prayer and Meditation There are two approaches to listening to the voice within, whether we name it God, higher power, Spirit, grace, Eternal One, or divine love or Love. Complementary, rather than mutually exclusive, both approaches require a capacity, gained through patient practice, of quieting the inner and outer chatter and learning to hear that which calls us to be more than what human experience suggests is possible. It’s who we are in the eyes of grace. Sanford C. Wilder, of Grafton, Illinois, author of Listening to Grace, offers personal growth and development programs through that encourage prayer and meditation that emphasize listening. He practices both approaches and makes distinctions between them. “When I pray, I am directing my thoughts toward God, listening and often affirming what I know to be divinely true. I am yearning to surrender my will and affections in conscious connection with the divine such that I or another receives a blessing,” shares Wilder. In such prayerful listening, he hopes to gain something, often a new insight and corresponding manifestation. “When I meditate, my intention is to sacrifice every thought, concept, image and feeling to God, the only consciousness. I trust that listening and observing with nonattachment helps me release conscious and unconscious conditioned

thought patterns permeated by a human sense of self.” Through meditative listening, he hopes to release everything rather than receive anything, accepting that everyone is equipped and able to be open to, witness and experience nonstop blessings. Helen Mathis has been an educator in the Philippines and Swaziland as well as the U.S., including an instructor of religion at Principia College, near St. Louis; she is now part of a Centering Prayer Circle in Stockton, California. She explains that centering prayer may be seen as a hybrid that embraces both prayer and meditation, nourishing what’s beneath the preoccupied self to awaken a deeper and vastly more authentic self. Mathis appreciates what Cynthia Bourgeault explores in her book Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening, that, “This confusion between small self and the larger Self… [the] ‘True Self,’ ‘Essential Self’ or ‘Real I’—is the core illusion of the human condition, and penetrating this illusion is what awakening is all about.” Like Bourgeault, Mathis believes that it’s not about the absence of

Through conscious listening we discover that our true nature—as witnessed by Spirit—though sometimes obscured from view, is never altered from its original beauty and wholeness. ~Helen Mathis thoughts so much as detaching from our thoughts, trusting that we can let go and be safe, consent to surrender human will and forgo personal agendas. Only then can spiritual sense come into play. “The goal is to awaken to, open to and get in touch with our innermost being and Spirit,” Mathis affirms. “Clearly, centering prayer assumes we each have a spiritual awareness of the divine within us that acts, as Bourgeault puts it, as ‘a kind of interior compass whose magnetic north is always fixed on God.’”

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To feel Spirit’s presence, we must surrender our own sense of how it will work, its timeline and the impact on our ego or status quo. As with anything worthwhile, conscientious practice is essential.

We often approach a Spirit dimension with the attitude of “what it can do for me.” The higher practice that mystics and other deep thinkers of various faith traditions ultimately arrive at instead centers on transforming our whole self to align with Spirit’s purpose for us, which changes everything. Reverend Dr. Michael Beckwith, founder of the New Thought Agape Spiritual Center, in Los Angeles, and a spiritual mentor to Oprah Winfrey, believes, “The relationship we have with the infinite is more about how we are to serve it than it is to serve us.” Beckwith describes three primary stages of realizing the power and purpose of divine Spirit expressed as our spirit. The first is that of a victim (feeling powerless, unable to effect change). The second is when an individual learns the existence of universal law that responds to our thinking, emotions and attitude; we learn how to use it to stabilize life structures and demonstrate health and well-being.

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Live Life AS a Living Prayer By JoAnne Palladino


rayer can be defined in many ways based on belief and religious practices. In The Infinite Way by Joel Goldsmith, his explanation resonates with my ‘whole’ being. He shares that communing with God is true prayer. Prayer is conscious oneness or an embodiment of sacred unity. As a child, I prayed to get something or for something not to happen. It was an outward process as I clung to the idea that what I wanted would come true. As I look back I prayed because I was afraid, and if the outcome was not favorable, then I was even more afraid. For many years I stopped praying because it did not serve me. I had enough fear in my life and praying at the time just added to it. It was not until my midlife awakening that my relationship with prayer unfolded as I developed a deeper understanding of who I truly was. In my Self-exploration process a message crossed my path. “Live life as if you were a living prayer.” These few words stopped me in my tracks. I energetically felt the meaning of them. Imagine living life as if you were the prayer. This perspective took me to a place within myself that was vast and full of grace. What does it mean to live life as if you were a living prayer? For me it means to be fully at peace within myself and live from the place of conscious oneness that Joel Goldsmith describes. It is a level of spiritual maturity or vast realization that God, Christ consciousness or Buddha mind dwells within in each of us and we are not separate from it. It is a communing with expansive, sacred unity of unconditional self-love and acceptance to live as a prayer. Simply put, live life from a place of love. My intention is to live my life as a living prayer. May you also find that ‘sacred union’ within so that your world, inside and out, is full of love and peace. JoAnne Palladino, Reiki MasterTeacher, Channel, Intuitive, offers private and group sessions. Contact her at 303-263-0679 or see listing page 31.


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“Ultimately, in stage three, we become a vehicle of life in service to life. Instead of using the law, the law uses us. Life fulfills its own nature through us,” he says. “All of life is conspiring for our freedom, liberation, wholeness and health.” He urges us not to stop and stagnate at stage two, using divine laws only to manifest personal conveniences, stuff and even people for our use; this can hijack views of abundance into materialism and consumerism. He quips, “We are not here to go shopping.”

Dwelling in Spirit Grace and Spirit work in us, through us and between us, yet we can’t simply summon them up or outline their outcomes.

To feel Spirit’s presence, we must surrender our own sense of how it will work, its timeline and the impact on our ego or status quo. As with anything worthwhile, conscientious practice is essential. Life, defined by Spirit, gives fresh strength and impetus to mind and body. All three are vital elements of the dance of life. Richard Davenport is a spiritual life educator ( and the founding executive director of an inclusive nationwide Bible and spiritual life community (BibleAndSpiritualLife. org). Now based in St. Louis, MO, he is a retired Air Force chaplain, having served at Lackland and other U.S. Air Force bases on three continents.



rayer from a heart willing to surrender, change, learn, grow and bless others works to keep us centered on pure motives like wellness, wholeheartedness and compassion. Such prayer can help us progress spiritually. These five forms of prayer, found in the Bible, have a universal application to any spiritual practice. Although differing in their approach, all share the purpose of creating a fuller mindfulness of our true identity and relationship to the divine, while enhancing our capacity to bless all creation. If we are not feeling the desired breakthroughs using one form, perhaps the one most familiar or comfortable to us, we might do well to explore others. Praise – a posture of adoration, honoring and surrender to a power, vision, and authority greater than our own. Thanksgiving – or better yet, for its consistency and permeating of our whole self, thanks-living. The garden of our spirit is enriched by embracing a gratitude attitude in all we do. Petition – a relational posture that opens our heart as we learn to ask for help, to seek perspective beyond a limited self, beyond a smaller, egodriven orientation.

Intercession – praying for others; blessing, honoring and cherishing them as God sees them. When we feel burdened and blocked by our own trials, expressing empathy and compassion for others can unlock our heart and mind. We can lovingly witness the true nature of those that are seemingly tangled in forces blocking or opposing their higher good. Affirmation – release and rest in divine authority, acknowledging the uni-verse as literally one song reflecting the singular harmony that Spirit knows and is unfolding in every moment to meet our need in forms we can see and feel right now.

The Importance of Meditation By Elisa Malangone


Spiritual practice of prayer and meditation can be an essential part of our daily lives. Prayer is a direct line of communication to Divine Source while the stillness of meditation helps us to listen and nourish our inner spirit. Meditation cleanses stress and negative energies just like a daily shower cleanses our body. In meditation, we reconnect with our deeper consciousness by silencing the mind. Through stillness, we are able to become clear, present and guided. We may receive a deep awareness or a sense of relaxation, calmness and peace. In Stillness is everything. A strong and continual practice is key to living in a more conscious and lighter way. Elisa Malangone is a Denver Based Intuitive Coach & Spiritual Medium. She can be reached at 720-372-3927 or see listing page 32.

Flower Essences and Meditation by Deanna Gabriel Vierck, CCH CN


he health benefits of cultivating a meditation practice have been widely discussed and accepted by both alternative and mainstream communities. Flower Essences can offer profound support in the quest for inner peace as these incredible plant allies can change what we experience both on and off the cushion. Flower Essences are a type of herbal remedy that harness the energy held within a plant. Using essences often results in a greater ability to be present with ourselves and the world, an increased capacity to handle challenges, and a deeper ability to connect to our inner wisdom. Sounds a little like the effects of meditation, doesn’t it? When the two are combined many find that they are able to let go and drop into their own healing journey with less resistance. Michael Rich, lifelong meditator and Life Coach, says some of the most common struggles with meditation he sees are: getting to the cushion; suspending activity (physical and mental); letting go of achievement; and sleepiness. Here are a few essences that can help.


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Healthy Holidays

ROUNDTABLE Stay Healthy During the Holidays By Laurie Love, Jude Viening, Ana Medina, Carol Gutzeit, and Karen Carreon


he holidays are meant to be a joyous and peaceful time of year…when we’re not caught up in excess spending, eating, drinking, or social/family functions! Many experience anxiety, unresolved family/friend issues, financial stress, depression, loneliness, discontent, and fatigue. The practitioners at Taspen’s offer a guide to practice self-love and authentic joy throughout the holidays. Cultivate Joy and Peace by releasing judgment of our own worthiness. Realize that happiness, peace and liberation from suffering are part of everyone’s path. Resolve emotional stress, family issues, financial responsibilities and obligations through coaching, workshops, Sound Healing and PSYCH-K. Honor yourself by cultivating courage to limit attending parties, seeing family, entertaining and gift buying. Accept that you may not be able to please everyone and direct your efforts on the aspects of the holidays that mean the most to you. Make Authentic Connections by focusing on people more than eating. Continue with yoga and meditation in community to nurture, nourish and ignite light in the heart space and soul. Self-Care by staying balanced. It’s important to take time for self-care, when you fill up your own well you have more to give. Make “you” time with morning hikes, Epsom salt baths, dance parties, or snow-based activities. Reduce stress with massage, sound healing, energy rebalancing, ion foot detox, or crystal bed sessions. Take traffic and red lights as an opportunity to take deep breaths. Nourish yourself with healthy meals, salads, green smoothies, protein and


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healthy fats before indulging. Share your healthy treats. Strive to maintain a plantbased diet limiting excessive amounts of sugar, carbs and alcohol. Emotions can trigger poor decisions, leading to fatigue, sadness and sluggishness. Practice your usual yoga, meditation, exercise and quiet time. Don’t get “too busy” for them. From our hearts to yours, we hope these tips will help you through your holiday season and beyond. Contact Taspen’s Organics and Holistic Wellness Center in Conifer at 303-816-0429 or email See ad page 5.

Connect with Angels During the Holidays by Anita Destino


or millions of people, the holidays bring stress, social anxiety and sadness due to loss. If you find yourself feeling alone and afraid, know that Guardian Angels and Spirit Guides are always close - guiding us, protecting us and loving us unconditionally. Angels are non-denominational beings that speak to each of us differently - a strong thought, a sensation of peace or Love, or a calming knowing that everything will be alright. They may seek your attention with signs; finding coins or feathers in random places, repeated numbers or songs. Take notice! Love, healing and guidance are available if we simply ask...and listen. Try these steps: Take a full minute to close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, and exhale slowly. Notice your body - muscles tight? Pain anywhere? Notice your thoughts too.

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Now, greet your Guardian Angels/ Spirit Guides! Have a conversation in your mind with them and don’t hold back. Now, ask for help and state your request! Eat healthier, heal my pain of loss, release my anxiety, etc. Continue taking deep breaths. Imagine exhaling stress, tension, anxiety or disease. Allow your Angels or Guides to pull the pain out with each breath. You may notice memories come up, see colors or feel more relaxed. Everybody responds differently, there is no right way or wrong way to experience your release. Repeat step 5 until you are more relaxed. Now ask the Guardian Angels or Spirit Guides to surround you with Peace, Love or Harmony (and whatever it is you desire). Know that your Angels and Guides are always by your side. Continue your day centered in Love and fully supported! Contact Anita Destino at Journey Within in Lakewood at 720-413-7303 or email anitadestino@hotmail. com. See listing page 31.

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Three Gifts for Yourself By Renee Ellis


he Holidays are a time to think of others, but generosity of spirit starts with good self-care! Here are three ways to support your health this season. First, be aware the holidays start earlier and earlier, often before Halloween candy is on clearance. Good for retailer’s bottom lines, not so good for yours. Watch the “aww what the heck, it’s the holidays” attitude. While a week of that can be fun and festive, 60 days can be quite a setback. Give yourself the one week. Second, choose to run the holidays rather than having the holidays run over you. Consider what you value about the holidays – time with friends and family, cooking traditional family recipes, enjoying decorations or entertainment, shopping, church services, volunteering, or quiet time at home? Get clear about what makes the holidays most satisfying for you - say “yes” to that and “no” to the rest. Thirdly, don’t forget the basics. We can recover well from a few late nights, an extra glass of wine or a little too much pumpkin pie if the basics of our lives are

intact. Get enough sleep (7-9 hours for most people), drink enough water (around 64 oz per day), and take a few minutes to de-stress everyday (closing your eyes and taking 3-5 deep breaths will do). May your holidays be merry, healthy and bright! Renee Ellis, MA RMT of Wellness Works can be reached at 720-984-9575 or See listing page 32.

Nutrition for a Healthy Holiday By Jennifer White


he beautiful holiday season is upon us and there much to enjoy and be grateful for. Falling ill is probably not on your “wish list”, so why not give yourself the gift of good health this holiday season? Boost your immune system by taking a daily probiotic supplement, or add fermented foods such as kefir, kombucha, kimchi, miso, sauerkraut, or tempeh. Probiotics help keep our gut flora balanced which keeps the immune system strong. We all love those holiday cookies, but sugar wreaks havoc on our immune system. Limiting sugar, especially during this cold and flu time of year, will help keep your immune system strong. Stay hydrated. Drink lots of water to help the body flush out impurities and toxins, keep you energized, and help you feel full. Try to drink at least half your body weight in ounces, daily. Avoid (or at least limit) inflammatory foods such as processed/fast foods, sugary foods/drinks, trans fats, refined grains (white bread, refined wheat products), MSG, conventionally farmed animal products, dairy, gluten, and alcohol. Practice mindfulness, keep your schedule manageable, and take time for yourself. Be present and aware in each moment, not holding onto the past, or worrying about the future. This can be especially helpful when long lines, road rage, busy schedules, and family drama can spike stress levels. Be in the moment and just breathe. It’s not always easy, but the more we practice, the easier it becomes to keep

stress levels in check, and enjoy each moment of our precious lives more fully. Happy, Healthy Holidays! Jennifer White, Certified Nutrition Therapy Practitioner, of Core Nutrition Therapy can be reached at 480-518-5983 or jw@ See listing page 32.

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Holiday Health By Sue Scudder

Six Daily Habits for Holiday Health By Clara Wisner


taying healthy during the holidays doesn’t have to be about deprivation. The following six daily habits can help keep you happy, healthy and stress free this Winter! Eat Mostly Real Food – Avoid soy, sugar, all grains, legumes, and processed dairy/ foods; Eat food closest to nature; and meet yourself where you are, don’t ask too much. Hydrate – Drink warm lemon water when you first wake up; Drink water throughout the day; Add a pinch of sea salt to your water Daily Reflection – Allows you celebrate the journey; Anchors you in the direction you want to move; Journal, do goal-setting exercises, self-improvement projects, and therapy. Daily Mindfulness – Allows our body and mind to connect; benefits physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health; headspace app, formal meditation classes, walking in nature, being still. Daily Movement – Different than exercise. You don’t have to PUSH every day, just move naturally; Make a point of walking every day as much as possible and do it consciously, without letting your mind wander. Notice the wind on your skin, the way the light filters through the trees; Movement is as important to our cellular health as good food is. Daily Stretching – Brings pain relief, greater mobility, longevity and relaxation; Combine with mindfulness through yoga and mind-body connection; Helps transition from sleeping to waking, work to home life. Enjoy a healthy, happy Holiday!


he Holidays are a time of giving, being thankful, reflecting on a year well-lived and celebrating the new. Even though the holidays are filled with joy and excitement they can also be quite stressful! Here are some simple ways to reduce your stress level during the holiday season: Breathe – Breathing exercises relieve stress anytime and can be done anywhere as soon as you begin to feel any tension. Try simply; “inhale peace” and “exhale stress.” Aromatherapy – can help you feel calmer and more at peace. For an allday pick-me-up, drop a little lemon or orange essential oil on a cotton ball or tissue to tuck in your pocket. Exercise, Stay Hydrated and Get Enough Sleep - A vigorous, 30-minute walk daily can decrease anxiety and improve sleep. Drink plenty of purified water, herbal tea or other healthy beverages. Keep Healthy Eating Habits - Upgrade your favorite family recipes with healthier ingredients. Laugh - Laughing reduces stress hormones which help immune cells function better. Give a ‘hands-on’ gift – An Energy Healing session can create deep relaxation and a sense of peacefulness. Hoku - The fleshy place between your index finger and thumb is called the hoku spot in traditional Chinese medicine. Applying firm pressure there for just 30 seconds can reduce stress and tension in your upper body. Sue Scudder of Three Sisters Holistic Health in Evergreen can be reached at 303-748-5273 or email See ad page 9.


SWEETLY VEGAN No-Bake Holiday Treats Worth Celebrating by Judith Fertig


isions of sugar plums” have been part of holiday mindsets since the advent of Clement Moore’s classic 19th-century poem commonly known as ’Twas the Night Before Christmas. We love to give and receive special treats and our tastes are evolving. Instead of yesteryear’s sugary bonbons loaded with calories that we’ve come to regret, today’s preferred confections focus more on naturally sweet dried fruits, bestquality chocolate, healthful coconut and crunchy nuts. Vegan, gluten-free delicacies from chefs and culinary experts the world over help us celebrate the season

in a deliciously healthy way, including those we highlight this month. “Christmas isn’t Christmas without a traditional pudding,” says Chef Teresa Cutter, author of Purely Delicious. Cutter is founder and director of The Healthy Chef company, in Sydney, Australia, which creates functional foods for taste and optimal health. Her no-bake desserts such as miniature Christmas puddings and carrot cake take only minutes to make. Emily Holmes, a Queensland, Australia, wellness coach who blogs at, says her favorite is Holmes’ Chocolate Cherry

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Mini-Cupcakes. She serves them with a pot of peppermint tea. Houston-based Joshua Weissman is the author of The Slim Palate Paleo Cookbook and blogs at SlimPalate. com. He shares his philosophy on holiday treats: “My first thought is that I don’t want to feel guilty after eating it. My second is that I still want it to taste and look good.” His Almond Butter Pumpkin Pie Truffles fit the festive bill. In New York City, noted vegan cookbook author and Pastry Chef Fran Costigan is an expert in all things chocolate, including her Chocolate Orange Sesame Truffles. “When you make something really delicious with real ingredients, your mouth knows it, your brain knows it, your body knows it. You feel satisfied,” she says. Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood from Overland Park, KS.

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Teresa Cutter’s No-Bake Carrot Cake Yields: 16 servings 2½ cups (9½ oz) shelled walnuts 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed or whole chia seeds ½ cup (2 oz) rolled oats (or gluten-free almond meal) 1 tsp ground cinnamon ¼ tsp ground ginger ¼ tsp ground nutmeg ¼ tsp sea salt 1 cup (6½ oz) of 12 large fresh dates, pitted ½ cup (3 oz) dried chopped apricots or pineapple (sulfur-free) 2 large raw carrots, grated Zest from 1 orange 2 tsp vanilla bean paste Combine walnuts, flaxseed, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, orange zest and sea salt into a food processor and run it until mixed and finely chopped. Add dates and apricots. Process again until thoroughly mixed.


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month or two, and then reassess. Look for changes during the active course of daily life and query: How am I speaking to myself or to others? Am I more present? Am I more at ease in letting go? It’s important to look for these subtle changes rather than to set unrealistic expectations for ourselves such as being mindful all day.


Sharon Salzberg on Mindfulness

Do you have other enabling practices for people new to the state of living mindfully?

Simple Ways to Be in the Present Moment by April Thompson

How do you define mindfulness? Mindfulness is the quality of awareness. When we are mindful, our perception of the present moment isn’t so distorted by bias, adding our own storyline to reality and pushing away what’s happening.

Is it possible to be mindful without having an established meditation practice? Yes, theoretically, but I suspect it’s hard. I honor my own meditation practice for

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ew York City-born Sharon Salzberg experienced a childhood full of loss and upheaval, losing her parents and living in five different household configurations. In college, she discovered the power of meditation to transform suffering and cope with life’s never-ending changes. Born into a Jewish family, Salzberg first encountered Buddhism in 1969 in an Asian philosophy class, inspiring her to undertake an independent study program in India, where she was initiated into the practice via an intense 10-day retreat. “It was very difficult and painful. I sometimes doubted that I’d succeed, yet I never doubted that there was truth there,” she says. Upon her return home, Salzberg dedicated herself to the path of vipassana- (insight) meditation, becoming a renowned teacher and co-founding the Insight Meditation Society, in Barre, Massachusetts. Today she teaches and speaks to diverse audiences worldwide about the power of mindfulness. Salzberg has authored nine books, including the New York Times bestseller Real Happiness, Real Happiness at Work and Lovingkindness.

making mindfulness highly accessible for me. It doesn’t take many hours of prep work and is open to everyone. It’s really a practice, like strength training— you have to exercise the mindfulness muscle to reap the benefits.

What’s the best way to arrange time for meditation, and what can motivate us to practice regularly? Having a sense of structure has helped me the most. I believe strongly in the value of a daily practice, however simple or short. We can ritualize certain practices to help remember to pause and be mindful. For example, every time the phone rings, let it ring three times and use that as a trigger to breathe. When you’ve finished writing an email, take a few conscious moments before sending it. There are lots of ways to cut through the momentum of the busyness and craziness of our lives to return to mindfulness. Make a commitment to practice for a certain period of daily time for a

Movement meditation is a good place to start; if you’re walking somewhere, try to be more present and feel your feet against the ground. Also, just focus on one thing at a time; instead of multitasking, just drink the cup of tea. We can also use breath to focus concentration. The breath is a tremendous tool, it’s always with us. If you’re in a contentious meeting and tempers flare, you don’t have to pull out a meditation cushion and sit in a funny position; you can work with your breath right where you are.

How can meditation help to ease suffering? Sometimes, we think we can ease suffering by only having pleasant feelings and beautiful thoughts. Rather, we can ease suffering by changing the way we relate to our thoughts and feelings. If something unpleasant is happening, most of us flip into an internal monologue about how, “Bad things always happen to me,” or “This is my fault,” or “I shouldn’t feel this.” We compound our suffering by adding judgment and by pushing away discomfort. Instead, we can learn to observe our reactions and release them. We also tend not to feel pleasure fully or think that something else or more should be happening instead of simply enjoying the moment. We wait for some sense of intensity in order to feel alive, rather than experiencing the ordinary to the utmost. Meditation trains us to be present with pleasant, unpleasant and neutral experiences and stay connected, no matter what’s going on. Reach freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at

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TUES, DEC 1 Denver Meditation and Metaphysics MeetUp Group with Tami Harms–7-9pm. Different presenters bring their personal approach to meta-physics. A correlating meditation offered. Socialization/networking. $5. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695

WED, DEC 2 Nutrition Talk–6pm. The Keys to Detoxification: How to lose weight, have more energy, and glowing ski. Blooming Beets, Boulder. RSVP Clara Wisner, Certified Nutrition Therapy Practitioner, 720-202-2326. The Magic Of Instant Shift Free Lecture and Demo–6:30-8:30pm. Be Healthier, Decrease Pain, and Be Stronger ...In Seconds! Join Donald W. Kipp and achieve no-pain optimal alignment. Info/registration call 303-697-4923

THURS, DEC 3 Live Audience Readings with Psychic Medium Heather Hunter–6:30-8:30pm. Enlightening evening of connection to our loved ones in Spirit! $20 or 2/$35; door/$30. Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 West 59th, Arvada. Email for info/tickets.

FRI, DEC 4 Animal Wisdom Photo Exhibit Reception–5-7pm. This interactive exhibit of wildlife photography by award-winning photographers Bill Eager, Ken Winner and Barbara von Hoffmann helps you learn about the wisdom that animals offer. Free. Lakewood Cultural Center 470 S Allison Pkwy. Info

SAT, DEC 5 Spirit Journey– Dec 5-6 and Jan 9-10.2 dates offered for prerequisites for ADVANCED SHAMANIC CLASSES. Karen trained with Sandra Ingerman and qualifies you to study with any of the Global Shamanic Teachers of Core Shamanism. Healing Dome just east of Boulder. or call 303-665-0175. The Art of Intuition: Discover Your Intuitive Profile–2-3:45pm. In this workshop you will: Identify your individual intuitive profile; Learn specific techniques to support your profile to achieve clarity and balance; Refine your unique guidance system; Become a master in the art of intuition. Pre-reg req’d. $45 incl materials. The Renaissance Center, 427 E Bayaud, Denver. Info Renee Ellis 720-984-9575 First Saturday Wellness Fair–10am-4pm. Donation-based yoga 9am & 2pm, Sound Healing Meditation 12pm, Mantra Circle 4pm, $1/mini services (crystal bed sessions, ion foot baths, massage, Mayan Astrology and Brain Jewel balance, sound healing, facials & spray tanning),20% off products, free prizes, healthy food. FREE. Taspen’s Organics Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Drive Conifer 303-816-0429


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Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism Holiday Fair–12-4pm 12/5-6. Vendors: Herbal Chocolates, Elixirs, Oils, Salves, Tinctures, Body Care Products, Jewelry, Culinary Treats, Mini-Classes & more! FREE. 2900 Valmont Rd., Ste. F-1. Boulder. Info Marley Relationship Workshop: The Vehicle for Transformation–9:30am-4:30pm. Not just for couples; for anyone who wants to uncover unconsciously programming. Identify ‘positive’ and ‘negative’ bonding patterns and how to free yourself from them, & the parts of you that have been wounded by relationships and how to heal them. 700 E. 9th Ave Denver. $95. RSVP Coly Vulpiani, Healer 303-476-8402 Santa Paws Festival at the Cat Care Society–11am4pm.12/5-6. Baked goods, handcrafted items, and cat toys available for purchase to benefit cats in need. Raffle, Spin The Wheel for prizes, photos with Santa Paws. Free.5787 West Sixth Avenue, Lakewood Info 303-239-9680.


Happy Hanukkah MON, DEC 7

Guided Meditation: Effective Boundaries– 7-8pm. Address the confusion around ineffective boundaries by identifying pressures and demands, more effectively experience a healthy experience. Pre-pay/$15, $20/Door. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino, 720-413-7303,

TUES, DEC 8 Trust Your Intuition–7:15-8:45pm Get ready to relieve stress; achieve your goals with less effort and have an overall calmer lifestyle? Learn how to easily hear your intuition. David Stevens 303-668-2358,

WED, DEC 9 Soulful Couples & Singles Holiday Party–6:309pm. Free. Jim and Ruth Sharon, Energy for Life 6162 S. Kearney St. Centennial. 303-796-7004

THURS, DEC 10 6 Practical Health Hacks to Thrive this Winter Workshop–6:30-7:30pm Learn 6 simple daily tricks that you can implement now to stay on track. Leetsdale Natural Grocers. RSVP Clara Wisner, Certified Nutrition Therapy Practitioner, 720-202-2326.

savethedate LAUGHING ALL THE WAY... BELLY LAUGH YOUR WAY THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 7-9PM Joy is our natural state...spend an evening with Randy Ferguson to find out how to get it back! We live in a culture that separates us from the lighthearted beings that we truly are. What difference would it make if we could get our joy back? How would it feel if this holiday season was the best ever? Are you willing to spend an evening discovering how to have a gift of this magnitude...and laugh hard in the process? Clements Recreational Center, 1580 Yarrow, Lakewood. $30/ door. For tickets and more information call Randy at 303-989-2605 or

FRI, DEC 11 Community Drumming Circle and Sound Celebration–7-9pm. Honor Summer, share intentions and sacred vibrations. Bring snack to share, drums, rattles, flutes and other instruments. Suggested $10. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695

SAT, DEC 12 Half-Day Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, Pranayama & Meditation Retreat with Becky Myers Potter–Explore the full Ashtanga Primary Series, diving deep into the rich variety of postures that rarely fit into a shorter class. Then deepen your focus through pranayama breathing techniques. $35. Taspen’s Organics Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Drive Conifer 303816-0429,

SUN, DEC 13 Trust Your Intuition class–1:15-2:45pm. Get ready to relieve stress; achieve your goals with less effort and have an overall calmer lifestyle? Learn how to easily hear your intuition. David Stevens 303-668-2358, Free Energy Clearings–Noon-1:15pm. 15-min Energy Clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove non-useful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Free! Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave., #103 Denver. David Stevens 303-668-2358,

MON, DEC 14 A Channeled Healing with Angel of Love–7-8pm. Ask Angel of Love for communication and healing on any issue. Bringing in Love is the key for healing. Pre-pay/$20, $25/Door.Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino, 720-413-7303,

TUES, DEC 15 Denver Meditation and Metaphysics MeetUp Group with Tami Harms–7-9pm. Different presenters bring their personal approach to meta-physics. A correlating meditation offered. Socialization/networking. $5. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695

WED, DEC 16 It’s all about Yarrow! –6-8pm. Ancient stories to current applications. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, 2900 Valmont Rd, Ste. F-1 Boulder. $30. RSVP Clinical Herbalist Jacqueline Brogle



Donation-Based Yoga Classes–Beginner, Power, Ashtanga, Align & Flow and Satori. Yoga schedule Taspen’s Organics Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Drive Conifer 303-8160429,


Winter Solstice FRI, DEC 25

Merry Christmas SUN, DEC 27

Guided Meditation: Creating Your New Year–1112pm OR 1-2pm. Let go of 2015; take the time to set intentions YOU desire for 2016. Pre-pay/$15, $20/ Door. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino, 720-413-7303,

MON, DEC 28 Beginning Meditation Workshop–7-9pm. Looking for a way to bring more peace and harmony into your life? Learn about meditation and practice techniques. Instructor: Tryna Giordano Cooper. $10. Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 West 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695 Guided Meditation: Creating Your New Year–78pm. Let go of 2015; take the time to set intentions YOU desire for 2016. Pre-pay/$15, $20/Door. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino, 720-413-7303,

Happy New Year!


Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism’s student practitioners are taking appointments–Holistic wellness consultations working with herbs, nutrition, and lifestyle to educate and empower clients to take charge of your health. Faculty oversight. Sliding scale. Confidential. 2900 Valmont Rd., Ste. H-1, Boulder. 720-406-8609

mondays Shiva Bathing: Devotional Singing & Chanting– 7-8:30pm. Chant healing mantra, enjoy devotional singing and share a delicious vegetarian meal. More info Alandi Ashram 303-786-7437

tuesdays Free Psychic Readings–also on Thursdays. 7-8:30pm by appt. Learn about your soul essence, past lives, and aura. Ask questions about relationships, career, money, and health. Boulder Psychic Institute 1332 Pearl St. Boulder. 303-530-0920 Longmont Spiritual Transformation with Transmission Meditation–7pm. Join us for a group meditation that is a stimulus to our individual development and also a potent form of world service. Free. Connie 720-494-0368 Wheatridge Spiritual Transformation with Transmission Meditation–6pm. Join us for a group meditation that is a stimulus to our individual development and also a potent form of world service. Free. Tim 303-239-8101 Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45pm. 15-min Energy Clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove nonuseful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave, Denver. David Stevens 303-6682358,

Energy Healings/Aura Clearing/Chakra Balancing–6-7pm. A healing is an energy clearing, release negative energy blocking growth and create the life you desire. Donation. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-413-7303 or

thursdays Aura and Chakra Healings–Drop-In between 6-7pm. Receive a 10 minute cleanse and release negative thoughts, emotions, pain and fear. Get replenished with positive energy and feel great. FREE. Boulder Psychic Institute 1332 Pearl St. Boulder. 303-530-0920

fridays N i a , C a r d i o - D a n c e Wo r k o u t – 4 : 3 0 5:30pm. Join Black Belt Nia Instructor Skye O’Neil for a cardio-dance workout that tones your body and tunes your mind. An energetic non-impact class combining simple dance moves, martial arts and healing arts, Nia is for Everybody and any fitness level. Discover the joy of movement in this unique class. Buck Recreation Center, 2004 W. Powers Ave., downtown Littleton. Fees: $4.25 in district, $5.50 non-district. RSVP/info Healing & Meditative Church Services–6-7pm. Celebrate living life and cultivating community. Sing, laugh, and reset your energy for the weekend. Free. Boulder Psychic Institute, 1332 Pearl St. Boulder. 303-530-0920

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

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TUES, JAN 4 Learn to Heal with Angels; 5 Wks Open to Everyone–Tuesdays 7-9 pm. Meet your Guardian & Healing Angels. Heal, release grief, guilt, addictions and habits to create the life you desire. Early/$210, Regular/$225 Journey Within, 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-4137303, Fundamentals of Medical Herbalism–Jan 4-Oct 10. M&W 6-9pm;one Sat/month. Study with skilled clinical herbalists & experts in their fields. 360-hr program includes Materia Medica, Herbal Pharmacy, Integrative Physiology, Vitalist Nutrition, Botany, Plant ID, Aromatherapy, Flower Essence. Info Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism 720-406-8609

SAT, JAN 9 Dog Trainer/Behavior Specialist Program–Use Learning Theory and positive reinforcement to teach dogs skills to live in human society. Doggie Delights on Broadway, 1432 S Broadway, Denver. 303-2390382 or

MON, JAN 11 Monetizing Your Talent...Turning Your Gifts into Income–7-9pm. An evening with Randy Ferguson, Internationally Acclaimed Speaker/ Author. Tickets/info or 303-989-2605

Outrageously Fulfilling Relationships...8 Skills that Will Change Your Life–7-9pm. An evening with Randy Ferguson, Internationally Acclaimed Speaker/Author. Tickets/info or 303-989-2605

FEB 12-14 Romantic Valentine’s Weekend: Couple’s Retreat–Guided face-to-face activities for committed couples to celebrate/enhance their relationship with healthy & delicious meals! $750/couple (inclusive) by 1/10. Sunrise Ranch, Loveland. Jim & Ruth Sharon or 303-796-7004

Communicating Your Boundaries without Starting WW3–7-9pm. An evening with Randy Ferguson, Internationally Acclaimed Speaker/ Author. Tickets/info or 303-989-2605

MARCH 4 - 5 Heart Centered Leadership Program (HCLP)...How to Bring Out the Best in Others–Gathered over 35 years of experience, Randy Ferguson Internationally Acclaimed Speaker/ Author will share 21 tools of higher level leadership. Register/info contact Randy 303-989-2605 or

WED, MARCH 9 Heart Centered Leadership Guest Evening– 7-9pm. Join Randy Ferguson, Internationally Acclaimed Speaker/Author, for an evening that teaches how to increase your leadership skills and serve others more effectively. Tickets/info or 303-989-2605

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CONSCIOUSNESS SHIFT MARY BETH KENNEDY, MA 1637 28th St, Boulder 303-589-8006 Reconnective Healing transcends the limitations of human ability and imagination. By opening to it, we are able to restore balance and harmony in our lives and transform our bodies, minds and souls in ways that otherwise may seem impossible. Mary Beth has been a practitioner, mentor and coach for 14 years.


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Scott Stewart, DDS & Naturopathic Physician 2525 S Wadsworth Blvd, Ste 11, Lakewood 303-988-4338 Denver’s first holistic, naturopathic dentist offering mercury free AND mercury safe amalgam (silver filling) removal. Holistic-minded individuals should consider the safe removal and handling of any silver fillings. We offer a bio-compatibility test to decide which replacement material is best for you. Financing available. 20% off new patient exam and x-rays when you mention Natural Awakenings. See ad page 19.

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

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DETOXIFICATION & HEALING TOUCH TEMPLE AT DELPHI OF BOULDER Azlan White Fourmile Canyon, Boulder 303-444-0823 Raindrop Treatment Inner EcoSystem Detox and Winter Immune Booster! Ever wanted to apply the healing power of essential oils, but not known exactly where to begin? Come for a private consultation, with an oil treatment for you! This is a great opportunity to receive a deep essential oil healing, receive your own choice of oil, and ask any personal healing journey questions! “There’s wisdom in those plants!”

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December 2015 Mile High Natural Awakenings  

Mile High Natural Awakenings is a locally-owned, monthly publication, serving metro Denver and Boulder and the surrounding counties of Arapa...

December 2015 Mile High Natural Awakenings  

Mile High Natural Awakenings is a locally-owned, monthly publication, serving metro Denver and Boulder and the surrounding counties of Arapa...