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ELIZABETH GILBERT OF EAT, PRAY, LOVE August 2010
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Think, Create, Initiate
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Loveâ€“Now a Film Starring Julia Roberts by Leah Ingram
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GUIDE by Carlotta Mast
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elcome to the Vibrant Children issue! We have always thought that being a parent is the hardest job in the world; hence, we have a dog. We do, however, catch every cartoon that comes through the theater because we are kids at heart! We see our friends and families working so hard to raise happy, healthy, intelligent kids and think, “When do they sleep?” The Vibrant Children issue is about kids, but it’s also about the PARENTS raising the kids.
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This month’s issue has been a great education for us. We both have nieces and nephews, but since we aren’t involved with kids on a day-to-day basis, we learned so much by talking to local resources—and there are so many choices in Denver for education, for fun activities, for learning… it’s mindboggling! We really are so lucky to live here.
Our discussion with the wonderful folks at the Denver Waldorf School was so interesting. We wish we had the opportunity to go to a creative, loving school like a Waldorf school when we were young. The rebellion we both experienced might have been channeled into art! See the article on Education on page 12, with local resources on page 13. Next, we talked to kid-centered fun locations like the Denver Children’s Museum. They have so many activities going on! Check on the information on their Bubble Room on page 13. How many adults want to use their kids as an excuse to go play with bubbles themselves? Membership is inexpensive – when our families come for visits, we are going to make that the first stop! We could go on and on about great Denver resources for kids, to help raise happy, healthy, creative, vibrant children! We hope this issue provides some valuable information and opens your eyes, like it did ours. On another topic, we are proud to announce the launch of our new website at Milehighnaturalawakenings.com! We have created forms for all your submissions, so it’s easier to understand and, we hope, easier to participate than ever before. You can also sign up there to receive our email newsletter twice per month. Lastly, we now are publishing Denver Natural Awakenings digitally! If you’d like to get the digital version in your email each month, please send an email to Digital@MileHighNaturalAwakenings.com and we’ll automatically add you onto the list. New website, new digital magazine, Vibrant Children… We aren’t standing still and neither are you. There’s another month or so to go and experience everything you can before school is officially open. And for those of us without kids, could we borrow yours to go blow some bubbles?
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newsbriefs Free Introductions to Avatar
n September, local Avatar Master Linda Denmark Strachan is offering free introductions to Avatar throughout the Denver area on Tuesday nights and in Boulder on Wednesday nights, as well as by appointment. “We would like to invite those people who are interested in making a change in the world to come and experience an introduction, which is a great opportunity for a hands-on experience with the Avatar tools,” says Denmark Strachan. Avatar is a straightforward self-empowerment course based on the simple truth that a person’s beliefs will cause them to create or attract situations and events that they experience as their life. The goal of the three-section course is to guide a person in an exploration of their own belief system and to equip them with the tools to modify what they wish to change. “The Avatar Course produces profound increases in selfawareness, which allows changes in self-determined values and goals, that are not the result of influence or persuasion,” advises Denmark Strachan. The course will be offered September 18-26 in Westminster. For more info on Avatar or to reserve a place at one of the intro nights, call Linda at 720-320-9681 or email LKDenmark@sysmatrix.net. See ad on page 9.
Dog Training Class Focuses on Family Learning
he Misha May Foundation is adding new training classes, Families and Dogs - Safety Training and Fun, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., August 11, at The New Journey Books and Center in The Indian Tree Center, in Arvada. The class is appropriate for adults and children 5 years and older. Children must be accompanied by a parent, because family participation is the theme of the evening. The class will focus on engaging with known, friendly dogs; assessing the risk and safe-action options with unknown dogs; and learning crucial training exercises that enhance safe relationships. Lorraine May, M.A., founder and executive director of Misha May Foundation, taught in both public and private schools for more than 20 years in the U.S. and Greece. In this class, she blends her teaching experience with her expertise as a behaviorist to offer an enjoyable learning opportunity. Location: New Journey Books and Center, 7735-D Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Minimum donation per family is $10. For more information or to register, email MishaMayFoundation@gmail.com or call 303-239-0382. See ad on page 29.
Colorado Chefs Prepare All-Colorado Meal
he American Culinary Federation Colorado Chefs Association, along with Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield and Colorado Proud, will present a “Feast in the Field” from 6 to 9 p.m., August 16, at the Denver Botanic Gardens. The “Feast” is designed for people who are excited about eating locally grown and produced food. Dine al fresco in the fields, surrounded by acres of flowers, and listen to the bluegrass sounds of the Highland Ramblers. This all-Colorado meal, exquisitely prepared by nearly 20 Colorado chefs, celebrates the state’s bounty by featuring nearly 30 of its best food, beer and wine producers. A single ticket price includes admission to Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, all food and drink samples, and entertainment. Attendees at the zero-waste event are encouraged to bring their own picnic baskets with plates, silverware and glasses. Proceeds will benefit the Colorado Chefs Association Education Fund, which develops culinary education, and the education, research, conservation and community outreach programs of Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield. Location: Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, 8500 Deer Creek Canyon Rd., Littleton. Adult General Ticket, $100. VIP Ticket, $150, includes private indoor dining area in the historical Green Farm Barn, additional alcoholic beverage choices, private wait staff and bartender, and special VIP gift bag. Tickets can be purchased online at BotanicGardens.org.
newsbriefs Gluten-Free Food Fair
he Denver Metro Chapter of Celiac Support Group/Celiac Sprue Association (CSA) is sponsoring a gluten-free food fair from 1 to 4 p.m., August 29, at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, in Golden. It will spotlight many of the glutenfree options available to individuals with celiac disease and gluten intolerance. â€œCeliac disease is the most common genetic autoimmune disease,â€? says Abbie Keyes, VP Programs CSA, â€œaffecting approximately 1 in 100 people. It is caused by ingestion of gluten (a protein found in wheat, barley, rye and most oats), and is characterized by damage to the digestive system and problems with absorbing nutrients. It can affect multiple systems of the body. Gluten intolerance is thought to affect far more people, causing similar digestive symptoms and other health problems.â€? The fair will feature local and national vendors who serve the gluten-free market. Vendors will provide samples, showcase their newest product lines, demonstrate cooking techniques, give out coupons and sell cookbooks. Last year, there were more than 700 participants and 50 vendors. This year more than 70 vendors are expected. Location: Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 West 6th Avenue. For information, visit DenverCeliacs.org.
hree University of Colorado students have launched Colorado Chicken Coops, a socially responsible business aimed at empowering individuals to grow food in their backyards. The venture utilizes a modern chicken coop design to integrate backyard chickens into mainstream urban and suburban life. â€œRaising chickens at home protects the environment from industrial farming processes and makes communities more sustainable and self-sufficient,â€? says partner Jeff Milligan. â€œIt also provides healthy and delicious eggs for families. Perhaps most importantly, having chickens at home teaches children about growing food and of the importance of animals in our lives.â€? Jeff Troutman, graduate of the University of Coloradoâ€™s College of Architecture and Planning, originally designed the coop in fall 2009. Created via a digital fabrication process, it is designed to flat-pack and ship as a self-assembly kit. The coop was subsequently exhibited for three months at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. In April, Architectural Record published an article about the student projects and specifically, Troutmanâ€™s design. Colorado Chicken Coops received a start-up grant from Ashokaâ€™s Youth Venture in collaboration with the University of Coloradoâ€™s Sustainable Venture Incubator. The organization funds sustainable, youth-led, social enterprises. The chicken coops retail at $1,200 and can be shipped anywhere in the U.S. A matching 4-by-8-foot run can be purchased as an add-on for $100. Available at ColoradoChickenCoops. com. Check local laws on raising chickens in your area.
Kids Back to School? Time to Take a Break!
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eer Creek Counseling in Littleton is offering a short series of workshops to learn and practice stress management tools. Participants may chose to take one class in a series of four and start according to their schedule. â€œStress is an epidemic of modern culture, directly linked with physical conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease and perhaps even cancer,â€? says Kathleen Higgins, licensed professional counselor. â€œMental and emotional problems like anxiety, depression and insomnia are exacerbated by stress. Learning and practicing skills to reduce build-up of stress is one way to stay sane and healthy. In addition to a healthy diet and exercise, we can use psychological tools to help, anytime, anywhere, with little or no equipment. Taking care of yourself is imperative.â€? Classes start at 6 p.m., August 26. The topic of the first class is Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. Topics for subsequent classes are: September 2, Breathing, Meditation and Guided Visualization; September 9, Journaling, Letter Writing, and â€œRantsâ€? and â€œRaves;â€? and September 16, Relax your Muscles and Stimulate your Senses. Location: Conference room, Executive Suites, 7345 South Pierce Street. Call 720-663-7702 or 303-618-7702 or email DeerCreekCounseling@gmail.com. See Calendar section for detailed descriptions. Cost: $15 per class or $50 for four, payable at the first class. Pre-registration required; space is limited. See ad on page 30.
New Transformational Breath Class at Pomegranate Place
atalie Gentry, certified Transformational Breath facilitator, is offering a two-hour introductory class in Transformational Breath for women at 6 p.m., August 19, at Pomegranate Place, in Denver. “Transformational Breath is a healing modality designed to help people to breathe more fully and effectively into their bodies,” Gentry explains. “As babies, we breathe at 100 percent lung capacity. However, by the time we reach adulthood, we only breathe at 10 to 30 percent of our actual lung capacity. When we breathe more fully, we strengthen our immune system, reduce stress, increase our ability to relax, improve our focus, and feel more centered and grounded.” The introductory class will include a discussion on the evolution of Transformational Breath, instruction on how to breathe properly during the exercise, a breath analysis of each participant, and a breath session. Location: Pomegranate Place, 750 Clarkson Street. Cost: $5. Register 303-325-4150. Info HealingSpaceDenver.com or PomegranatePlace.org. See ad on page 26.
Grand Opening at Journeys for Conscious Living
ourneys for Conscious Living (J4CL), a new conscious living community, promotional company and event center in Arvada, invites the public to celebrate and play at its grand opening event on Friday, August 6 and Saturday, August 7. The free event features speakers, booths, artists, authors, networking opportunities, music and fun activities. Featured speakers and performers include Mother Earth with Parisha, channelings with Jonette Crowley, world music with Paul Glover, Access Consciousness with Rikka Zimmerman, Heart Virtue with Greg Mooers, Awaken the Hero with Aaron Huey, and much more. J4CL combines the energies of the team/community of Bridge 2 Bliss with the team/community of Meetings and Events to promote conscious living in the world. Co-creator Denye Robbins explains, “J4CL creates opportunities, events, collaboration and communities to assist individuals and businesses to reach their full, highest potential, while developing a life of passion, purpose and contribution, love, joy and transformation.” J4CL offers gatherings, world-class events and speakers, networking opportunities and meeting space. The organization invites everyone to join in the celebration and share their talents and interests with the community to promote cross-cultural, universal acceptance of people; conscious living; empowerment; and the health and well-being of every being on the planet. Location: Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg. A, Ste. 100 (just north of Gunther Toody’s Diner). August 6: 6 to 11 p.m.; August 7: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is free; a love offering/donation would be appreciated. For information, call 303-731-6695 or visit J4CL.com.
healthbriefs Ai Chi Redux
e felt that the image that accompanied the article on Ai Chi in the July issue of Natural Awakenings did not ideally represent the feel of Ai Chi. This more appropriate image represents Ai Chi and the serenity, stretching and strengthening that sets it apart from a standard aqua exercise program. This image demonstrates one of the stances in Ai Chi. It is a stretch for the core/hip area that is determined by your choice of depth in the pool. With the shoulders submerged, the shoulders and arms become buoyant, allowing movement that stretches the shoulders gently, gaining more range of motion than normal in order to release stress from the shoulder/upper back/neck areas. The water supports 90 percent of your body weight. In letting this happen, your natural core mechanics - to keep the head up and legs down in the buoyancy of water - naturally revert from your legs to your core, resulting in strengthening of your core. Once you let the water support the ability of self awareness, breath awareness can deepen. Visit AiChiWithPetri.webs.com or email AquaFreeFlow@ gmail.com. Ai Chi classes are held from 7-8 p.m., Thursdays, at the Sheraton Denver West-Aura Spa and Wellness Center. To RSVP, call 720-963-2043. See ad on page 25.
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healthbriefs Sweet Cravings: How to Manage Them
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umans have always craved sweet foods. Our ancestors needed the sweet plant foods -it gave them quick energy to fight or take flight. With an American diet and lifestyle, our bodies have lost the ability to maintain an appropriate balance in blood sugar, and this leads to sweet cravings. Simple carbohydrates (mostly in refined foods and soda) enter the blood stream quickly, resulting in a spike in the blood sugar level. This causes the body to secrete high levels of insulin to take sugar to cells in the body. Then blood sugar falls too low (hypoglycemia) and we feel weak and hungry. The quick fix is to eat something sweet, and the cycle begins again. These large swings in blood sugar create an emotional roller coaster, from hyperactivity and nervous tension to depression and fatigue. When we eat whole grains, beans and other complex carbohydrates, the sugar contained in them is absorbed slowly and evenly so that the blood sugar level is maintained evenly. A modest amount of insulin is secreted to transport the glucose to the cells and the body maintains balance. The experience of feeling really tired at some point in the day and needing a snack as a “pick-me-up,” is simply the body asking for energy. Instead of reaching for processed/refined foods like cookies or candy, reach for a naturally sweet food like fresh or dried fruit or berries. More importantly, if we eat three regular meals a day including a large variety of whole foods with plenty of natural vitamins, minerals and fiber, we are not likely to run out of energy before our next meal. Healthy ideas: —Natural sweeteners such as maple syrup, honey and date syrup can be used in moderation to replace refined table sugar; —Dehydration is often perceived as hunger; drink plenty of water throughout the day; —Limiting caffeine and balancing protein in your diet can have a beneficial effect on sugar cravings; —Getting to the core of an emotional issue is often the key to abolishing sweet cravings—loneliness, boredom and stress are all triggers which can send us looking for comfort food. Joann Seethaler is a holistic health counselor working with women in transition who are struggling with health issues like weight gain, stress or lack of sleep. 907-350-1611 or CreateYourHealthNow.com.
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GETTING ENOUGH Bs
Summer is the best time to enjoy freshly harvested lettuces, peas, avocados, berries and greens, all good sources of the B vitamins B-6 and folate. Associated benefits include lowered risk of death from stroke and heart disease in women and possible reduced risk of heart failure in men, according to Japanese research reported in Stroke, a journal of the American Heart Association.
Kids Can Do Yoga? Veggies Help Protect Babies from Diabetes
es, they can! Yoga comes naturally to children. Introducing yoga poses in a fun way, calling them animal names, makes yoga play. When doing â€œdown dog,â€? sometimes they even bark. Kids test their flexibility in their hips by jumping like frogs from lily pad to lily pad. They see how well their balance and focus are by standing on one leg in flamingo pose. They test their strength by stretching into a sliding board. Once their bodies are warm, they roar like dragons, using their flexibility, strength, focus and balance. Most importantly, before class is over, children learn to rest in a lazy lizard pose. They close their eyes and imagine that they are lazy lizards in the hot desert sun, noticing the change in their bodies and mind, becoming aware of their selves from the inside.
recent study from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, in Sweden, reveals that expectant mothers who eat vegetables every day give birth to children who are much less likely to develop Type 1 diabetes. Analysis of blood samples from almost 6,000 5-year-olds showed that children at risk of developing diabetes 1 have antibodies that attack insulin-producing cells, a risk marker that was up to twice as common in children whose mothers rarely ate vegetables during pregnancy. The university says this is the first study to show a direct link between vegetable intake during pregnancy and the risk of children then getting this disease.
Ten benefits to children doing yoga: 1. Introduces a healthy lifestyle at an early age 2. Increases strength and flexibility, physically and emotionally 3. Stimulates imagination 4. Helps children focus 5. Increases self-confidence 6. Improves awareness of themselves from the inside 7. Allows children to engage in a physical activity without competitiveness 8. Helps children develop left/right brain coordination 9. Helps children become aware of their breath 10. Last but not least, it gives children a new way to have fun! Karen Allaire is the owner and instructor of Lazy Lizards Yoga. She teaches kids yoga classes at preschools, daycare centers, elementary schools and moms groups throughout the South East Denver Area. Lazylizardsyoga.com.
healthbriefs Natural Sleep Aids for Kids
arious factors may cause a childâ€™s sleeplessness, so before reaching for conventional drugs and sleep medications, parents may want to first consider changing a childâ€™s bedtime routine. For example, try turning off the television and computer a couple of hours before bedtime to avoid overstimulation. It also helps to keep the childâ€™s bedroom as calm and stress-free as possible; aromatherapy-scented pillows, soaps and lotions that work best include lavender, sage and chamomile. Homeopathic remedies are another option; practitioners advise that such gentler medications are usually well tolerated by children. Choices include Kali phosphoricum for overstimulation, Magnesium phosphoricum to calm a child and to relieve colic, and Passiflora incarnata for a child who is too tired to go to sleep. Another natural sleep aid is drinking an herbal tea made from chamomile, passion flower and valerian an hour before bedtime. Before implementing any herbal remedy for a good nightâ€™s sleep, parents should consult a certified herbalist to ensure they are administering it correctly for the childâ€™s age and weight. Sources: EduBook.com, eHow.com, HerbalRemediesInfo.com
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Just Say No to TV for Tots
Families who want kids to grow up thinner and smarter do well to keep them away from the television as toddlers. In a new study published in Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, Dr. Linda S. Pagani, a professor at the UniversitĂŠ de MontrĂŠal and researcher at the Sainte-Justine University Hospital Research Center, concluded: â€œWe found every additional hour of TV exposure among toddlers corresponded to a future decrease in classroom engagement and success at math, increased victimization by classmates, a more sedentary lifestyle, higher consumption of junk food and ultimately, a higher
oung people who listen to personal music players for several hours a day at high volume could be putting their hearing at risk, warns a study published online in the British Medical Journal. Researchers found that devices such as MP3 players can generate levels of sound directed at the ear in excess of 120 decibels, similar in intensity to a jet engine, especially when used with earphones inserted into the ear canal. Use of music devices has grown faster than health expertsâ€™ ability to assess potential health consequences such as long-term hearing loss, as well as their interference with concentration and performance, especially when driving. Such findings point out that todayâ€™s ubiquitous acceptance of technology in our lives must be accompanied by vigorous efforts to understand its impacts on our health and wellbeing, especially among youth.
Microwave Popcorn Toxicity Study
opcorn is one of the add-ons that rarely fails to make watching a movie more fun, but the modern way of preparing this popular snack may harbor an unhappy secret. Research by the U.S. government now reports that microwave popcorn may contain chemicals that can cause health problems. At issue is that commercial popcorn companies often coat their microwave popcorn bags with a chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) which has been found to cause both cancer and lung disease in laboratory animals. Making matters worse, the butter substitute that generally accompanies microwavable popcorn contains a chemical called diacetyl, a common food-flavoring agent that, according to health scientists, is responsible for bronchiolitis obliterans, a serious, debilitating lung disease. For an easy and fun healthy alternative, nutritionists suggest that we pop our own popcorn. All thatâ€™s needed is a large, high pot, about four tablespoons of peanut or canola oil and a small handful of organic popcorn kernels. When the kernels start popping, shake the pot to let the steam escape and to let the unpopped kernels fall to the bottom. As soon as the popping slows down, remove the pot from the stove, pour the popcorn into a bowl, season with a small amount of real butter or olive oil and natural salt or brewerâ€™s yeast to taste, et voilĂ , happy eating.
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DEMOCRACY IN ACTION EDUCATING STUDENTS TO THINK, CREATE, INITIATE by Lisa Marshall
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education funding is increasingly tied to student academic performance. But 40 years after the birth of The Free School, and the 1960s “democratic education” movement that inspired it, the nearly defunct philosophy appears to be making a comeback. In May, a group of educators founded the Institute for Democratic Education in America (IDEA), which, through town meetings, social networking and online education, aims to help teachers infuse more student choice into Students practice hands-on what they see as an auto- learning outside of classroom walls. cratic K-12 public school erybody knows there is system. Meanwhile, new, private something wrong with democratic schools have opened in the current educational Seattle, Portland, Denver, New York system, and people are City and elsewhere, bringing the now starting to realize number to 85, according to the nonthey have choices.” profit Alternative Education Resource Organization (AERO). In all, its onOld Factory line directory has swelled to 12,000 Model of options, including those affiliated with Montessori, Waldorf, Democrat- Schooling ic and other methods which, while When parents step into they differ in curriculum, all share many public school a dedication to a learner-centered classrooms today, they approach. find neat rows of desks oc By contrast, according to the U.S. cupied by children, while Department of Education, the number a teacher in the front of of kids enrolled in an assigned pubthe room presents a leslic school dipped from 80 percent in son. When the bell rings, 1993 to 73 percent in 2007. “We are students file into another at a crucial point,” says Jerry Mintz, room, where the same who founded AERO in 1989. “Evscene plays out again.
sk Isaac Graves what seventh grade was like at The Free School in Albany, New York, and he paints a picture that would seem like a dream to many conventional middle schoolers—and a nightmare to their administrators. There were no tests, no homework and almost no schedules. On a typical day, students of all ages would scatter around the refurbished inner-city tenement at will, some spontaneously engaging in a game of Dungeons and Dragons in one room, while others planned a trip to Puerto Rico, learned Spanish from a fellow student, or designed a literary magazine on the computer. At weekly, democratic, all-school meetings, they voted on everything from what optional classes the school should offer to what color to paint the walls; not once were they asked to fill in small circles with a number 2 pencil to prove they were learning something. “We were, at a very young age, in control of our education,” recalls Graves, a remarkably astute 23-yearold who now lives in Oregon and works as an event planner. “I had to figure out what I liked, what my passions were, and how to access information in a variety of ways. I had to interact with adults in a real way— not just as authority figures. I had to learn how to learn.” To many, the notion of a school without schedules where kids and adults have equal say and “test” is almost a dirty word seems utterly unworkable in our present society, where
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bany (Albany FreeSchool. com). By the 1970s, as many as 800 democratic schools were in operation. While pioneering models like Sudbury Valley and The Free School have survived and flourished, Miller says the larger movement became usurped by the 1980s trend toward more standardization, with most democratic schools shutting their doors. Now, growing discontent over standardization has inspired a revival. “The public school system tends to operate under the paradigm that kids are naturally lazy and must be forced to learn, so they need homework and testing to be motivated,” says Mintz. “Advocates of democratic education and other learner-centered approaches believe that children have a natural passion for learning and are good judges of what they need to learn. Our job as educators is to provide them resources.”
That structure, according to education historians, is no accident. With the Industrial Revolution underway in the 1800s and waves of families moving from rural settings (where life followed a seasonal rhythm) to cities, education pioneers faced a formidable task. “Civic leaders realized that people were not well prepared for this new lifestyle of working in a factory,” explains Ron Miller, Ph.D., a widely published education historian. “Public education was designed with the idea that people had to learn how to follow a set schedule, follow orders and come up with a product in the end. The day was broken up into time periods with a bell, because that was what factory work entailed.” Miller observes that the system served its purpose well. “The U.S. became a tremendously productive industrial society.” But by the 1960s, some critics began to point to what they saw as a glaring hypocrisy: America claimed to be a democratic society, yet our youngest citizens were given no voice. In 1968, a group of parents in Sudbury, Massachusetts, founded the Sudbury Valley School, a K-12 learning center where adults were literally prohibited from initiating activities, while kids chose what to do, where and when (SudVal.org). One year later, a homeschooling mom named Mary Leue opened The Free School in Al-
Renewed Democracy in Action Rebirth of the democratic school movement can be credited in part to Alan Berger, an idealistic New York teacher who, after reading an article about the 1960s Free School movement in 2002, was inspired to open The Brooklyn Free School in the basement of a small church. Today, the school is thriving, with a diverse student body of 60, a new five-story brownstone to call home, and a sliding fee scale that lets children of all economic backgrounds participate in an education they largely create themselves. On a typical morning, students gather in the music room for impromptu Beatles jam sessions, do yoga in the
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hallway, scrawl art across a designated wall or curl up with a book in the wellstocked library. Some attend optional math and writing classes. For others, the year’s lesson plan evolves more organically out of a larger goal. For example, in preparation for a school trip to Tanzania, some students studied Swahili, African cuisine and the region’s history. “There are just so many things that I love here,” raves student Erin Huang Schaffer in a new documentary about the school called The Good, The True and The Beautiful. “I love making art and drawing, and I’ve started making stories… I’m just finding out so much about the world.” Thousands of miles away, at a new democratic preschool called The Patchwork School, in Louisville, Colorado,
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cratic Jefferson County Open School in Denver (one of the oldest public alternative schools in the country) and found that 91 percent went to college, 85 percent completed degreed programs and 25 percent earned graduate degrees. Many lauded their K-12 education there: “Because of the school, I am much less influenced by the need to conform and I’m not afraid to take risks,” said Adelle, a 1986 graduate who went on to become a project manager for an entertainment company. Other comments were less glowing: “I found that I had to scramble to catch up with my peers; the school failed to provide me with even the most basic mathematical skills,” said Mary, a 1991 graduate. Kristin, from the class of 1997 added, “When I was applying to colleges, I wished that I had some documentation other than self-assessment; I think this hurt me.” But still other democratic alumni contend that the struggle is only temporary and—in hindsight—well worth it. Meghan Carrico, 47, attended a democratic school in North Vancouver from age 8 to 13. She told Natural Awakenings she did fine academically when she transitioned to a mainstream public high school, but found it “boring and socially barren,” with teachers who didn’t appreciate her tendency to question authority and venture beyond
the same principles apply to even the youngest learners. On a recent day, a group of 5-year-olds held a vote and elected to spend the morning crafting miniature cardboard cities. Then their instructor, a precocious 5-yearold named Evan, led the way to the workroom, passing out paints, scissors, Popsicle sticks and glue as an adult watched quietly nearby. “Everyone here has a voice,” affirms Patchwork co-founder Elizabeth Baker, who was homeschooled in a democratic fashion herself. “If we can validate who they are as people now, they can go out into the world with confidence that their thoughts and opinions count.” But, will they be prepared for that world?
Good Questions Will children, given the freedom, choose to learn basic skills like reading and math? What will this revolutionary breed of students have to show a college entrance board if they have no test scores? And how will kids schooled with little structure and no hierarchy thrive in a professional world with so much of both? Skeptics abound, and they have pounced on such questions. Meanwhile, informal surveys of democratic school graduates have yielded mixed answers. For his new book, Lives of Passion; School of Hope, Rick Posner, Ph.D., surveyed 431 alumni from the demo-
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the status quo. She dropped out in 11th grade, then dropped out of a community college for many of the same reasons. “If I contradicted the professor, I got a bad grade,” she recalls. Ultimately, Carrico made her way to the highly progressive Antioch College in Ohio (one of 815 colleges now willing to consider students with no high school test scores), where she ended up with a master’s degree in leadership and training. She also landed a job that she loves, teaching in a democratic school. While Carrico relates that her own early schooling may not have prepared her to fit in at a mainstream classroom or top-down workplace, it absolutely prepared her for a changing world in which factory jobs are dwindling and people must think outside the box. “People who are really successful in the world today are not waiting around to be told what to do,” she comments. Instead, “they are actively creating social networks and seeking out knowledge on their own; these are the very things they learn from kindergarten on in democratic schools.” College success and career paths aside, Miller believes the best way to determine if democratic education is working is to pay a visit to a school and ask the question: “Are the kids excited about school or not?” On a recent May afternoon at Colorado’s Jefferson County Open School, students lounged on puffy couches or sat on the steps with their principal, whom they casually called Wendy. The school year was officially over and warm weather beckoned, but they were in no rush to leave. To Anna Reihmann, 17, a graduating senior who has attended there since preschool, excelled academically and is headed to college next year, it was a particularly bittersweet day. “I have learned so much about who I am as a person here. It has always felt like home,” she said that day. Then she uttered the three words that many parents and teachers say that they don’t hear often enough from students these days: “I love school.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance writer in Lyons, CO. Contact her at Lisa Marshall08@gmail.com.
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Alternative Education Approaches MONTESSORI The Montessori method was born in 1907 in the slums of Italy, when physician Maria Montessori founded Casa dei Bambini, or Children’s House, a school for 50 preschoolers. She believed that children learn best when allowed to independently explore an orderly environment, stocked with hands-on materials that engage all five senses. Today, the United States is home to 10,000 Montessori schools. More than 60 percent are for children under 6, with an increasing number extending through high school; kids are grouped in three-year age spans. Classrooms for the youngest children come stocked with miniature furniture and kitchens, which enables them to make their own snacks and lunches. Independence and order are key, as students are free to move around the room, selecting from neatly arranged materials, like strings of beads that represent numbers or wooden blocks symbolizing letters. “Montessori is hyper-intellectual,” comments Tim Seldin, of the International Montessori Council. “We raise kids who are joyful scholars.” A 2006 study in Science Magazine found Montessori 5-year-olds were significantly better prepared in science and math than those who attended conventional preschools. They also tested better on executive function, defined as the ability to adapt in response to problems. “They don’t just make you memorize facts,” says 15-year-old Natacha Stutzman, who attended a Montessori school in Sarasota, Florida, through 8th grade. “They teach you life lessons.”
WALDORF The Waldorf movement began in 1919, when Austrian scientist Rudolf Steiner established a school for children of employees of the Waldorf Astoria cigarette factory in Stuttgart, Germany. According to his philosophy, children evolve through three, seven-year stages, first absorbing the world through the senses in early childhood, and later through fantasy and imagination. Only after puberty comes the rational, abstract power of the intellect. Consequently, Waldorf’s lower-grade educators emphasize free play and fantasy and discourage exposure to media. Most schools allow no computers in the classroom until middle school, and reading is not formally taught until second grade. “At a time when kindergartens are becoming more academic, we are protecting the child’s right to play,” advises Patrice Maynerd, outreach director for the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America. She explains that rather than using textbooks, students create their own lesson books, which they build upon through high school. In contrast to the widespread elimination of art and music classes in public schools, Waldorf’s philosophy centers on creating the “Renaissance child,” encouraging every student to play an instrument and participate in theater. Teachers follow their classes through the first eight grades, so that one child may have the same instructor for their entire experience. There are 165 Waldorf Schools in North America. A Waldorf-sponsored survey of 526 graduates found that 94 percent attended college, and 90 percent are highly satisfied with their careers.
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HOMESCHOOLING AND UNSCHOOLING Today, more than 2 million students are homeschooled in the United States, up from 850,000 in 1999, according to the U.S. Department of Education. While roughly 90 percent of these students follow some set curriculum, about 10 percent adhere to an approach called unschooling, which, much like democratic education, allows students to choose what and how they wish to learn, and for how long. “I define unschooling as allowing children as much freedom to learn in the world as their parents can comfortably bear,” says Pat Farenga, president of Holt Associates Inc., a homeschooling consulting firm. “For instance, a young child’s interest in hot rods might lead him or her to a study of how the engine works (science), how and when a car was built (history and business), and who built it (biography). They learn when it makes sense for them to do so.” Find details at HomeEdMag.com, supplemented by Unschooling.com.
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Author of Eat, Pray, Love— Now a Film Starring Julia Roberts by Leah Ingram
lizabeth “Liz” Gilbert’s story of her year-long odyssey of self-rediscovery via sojourns in Italy, India and Indonesia, after divorcing herself from her former way of life, struck a nerve with millions of women around the world through her bestseller, Eat, Pray, Love, available in 40 languages. Now, actress Julia Roberts renders the universal truth embodied in Gilbert’s personal journey accessible to an even broader audience with this summer’s release of a film based on the book. “It’s the way that [Liz] wrote this book,” says Roberts. “It’s like a bell that just keeps ringing.” Gilbert believes her message resonates because it’s about trying to figure out who we are in relationship to those around us and how we get over our greatest disappointments and try again. In the end, Gilbert does get in tune with herself and coincidentally, finds true love, which is further explored in her latest chronicle, Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage. It’s her go at unraveling the mysteries of marriage.
and anxiety and resentment and that whole soup that I was bathed in before I left [home]. And to watch the evolution over time, over those months, and see myself go from somebody who quite literally could not spend five minutes in silence in her own company without crawling out of her own skin to somebody who could sit for four or five consecutive hours and be undisturbed by my own existence on Earth—it seems like a simple thing, but isn’t. In that silence and stillness, I met this other voice that I never had before, which is this older part of me—this calm, sedate, affectionate, forgiving, wise soul that watches my comings and goings and my spastic fears and desires and anger, and all the stuff that pulls on me, and intercepts me before I get dragged too far away from myself. And she just says, very sweetly and with a kind of amusement, ‘Do you really want to go through this again? Because if you do, I’ll do it with you. But, maybe we don’t want to do this again. Maybe we want to actually remember what we learned and do a different thing.’
How are you different after Eat, Pray, Love?
How did you integrate what you learned from your trips into your daily life?
I think the main difference is this relationship that I forged with myself in all those months spent alone, particularly in India; in those long, tedious, difficult, emotionally painful hours sitting in the meditation chamber, trying to find some sort of center in all that maelstrom of thought and confusion and worry
For me, all the spiritual lessons that I learned would mean nothing if they didn’t have a practical application. So I was eager, after my four months in the
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ashram, to come back home and put it into practice. I mostly use it in trying to arrange my life so that it is as unstressful as possible. I push every day against forces that say you have to go faster, be more effective, be more productive, you have to constantly outdo yourself, you have to constantly outdo your neighborâ€”all of the stuff that creates an incredibly productive society, but also a very neurotic one.
Given what youâ€™ve been through, what is God for you today? I sort of do have an answer. Itâ€™s something from the Gnostics, which said that God is the perfection which absorbs. I think thatâ€™s the loveliest and simplest and least politically controversial possible definition of divinityâ€”that we are not perfect as humans, and yet we have access to a perfection thatâ€™s beyond us that we can become absorbed in, sometimes just for five minutes, sometimes for a whole year, sometimes if youâ€™re really a blessed saint, forever. Suddenly, thereâ€™s just this crack of a doorway into that divine perfection where you remember for a minute that youâ€™re more than this. Itâ€™s available to you always. Itâ€™s your right to find that and itâ€™s your right to shape your life as much as you can to where you can access that as much as possible.
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KIDSâ€™ VITAMIN GUIDE by Carlotta Mast
ost kids are more likely to grab a French fry than a broccoli floret. Fortunately, a childrenâ€™sspecific, high-quality multivitamin can help provide crucial, missing nutrients, as well as build an early shield against diabetes, heart disease and childhood cancers, according to the writings of Shari Lieberman, Ph.D., a clinical nutritionist often cited for her bestselling The Real Vitamin and Mineral Book. But do children need additional supplements, and how do parents know which ones to choose? The natural health experts we tapped pinpoint the nutrients kids need and what to look for on a label. CALCIUM With just 20-100 milligrams (mg) of calcium, most childrenâ€™s multis donâ€™t come close to packing in the required amount they need daily (800 mg for ages 4 to 8; 1,300 mg for kids over 9). If children donâ€™t drink organic dairy or enriched soy milk, which contain 300 mg per cup, consider supplementing with two daily doses. IRON Many multis donâ€™t contain iron because it can be harmful if taken in high doses, but youngsters still need it. A child can get the recommended
10 mg by eating meat, spinach or fortified cereals, advises Marilyn Tanner, a registered and pediatric dietitian at St. Louis Childrenâ€™s Hospital. She notes that menstruating girls, who need 15 mg daily, are a possible exception. FOLIC ACID Essential for growth and the production of red blood cells (as well as healthy gums, skin and hair), folic acid supports nervous system function and repairs DNA damaged by toxins. It also may help protect against leukemia and other types of cancer. A typical kidsâ€™ dose is 75-150 micrograms (mcg) daily. OMEGA 3 Fish oil is not a food that tykes typically go for, but buy a fruit-flavored product and your little one will gulp it down. Packed with docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), Lieberman notes that the omega-3s in fish oil help boost brain and eye development and decrease the risk of aggression, depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Read labels to ensure that the fish oil has
been tested for mercury and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). PROBIOTICS Adults arenâ€™t the only ones who need healthy gut floraâ€”supplying childrenâ€™s digestive system with probiotics (good bacteria) may boost their immunity by maintaining a healthy balance within the gastrointestinal tract, says Tara Skye Goldin, a naturopathic doctor in Boulder, Colorado. In a 2005 study, people who took daily probiotics supplements for at least three months experienced shorter and less severe colds. Chewable probiotics are now made specifically for kids. Aim for 5 to 10 billion live microorganisms daily, or serve Lactobacillus acidophilus-rich yogurt.
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VITAMIN C During cold and flu season, increase childrenâ€™s daily vitamin C intake to at least 1 gram, counsels Lieberman. Or add a gentle blend of herbs, such as echinacea (Echinacea purpurea) and astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus), an Asian root commonly used as a tonic in traditional Chinese medicine.
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THYROID AND INTRACELLULAR HEALTH Our bodies are composed of millions of cells and every cell has several hundred mitochondria. Mitochondria are the “power plants” of our bodies, which are responsible for energy production and metabolic rate. How well our bodies can utilize foods for energy correlates directly with our metabolic rate. Thyroid hormone directly affects the number, size and activity of cell mitochondria, regulating our bodies’ energy and overall metabolic rate. Thyroid Hormone is also responsible for the activation of genes in every cell, increasing functional activity throughout the body. Protein synthesis, growth, development and function of the immune system, brain and endocrine glands such as the sex glands and the adrenal gland are dependent on healthy thyroid function. Thyroid hormone also increases cell enzyme activity, facilitating ion exchange through the cell membranes. It also increases carbohydrate and glucose metabolism. Fat metabolism is increased by thyroid hormone through facilitating mobilization of fat from tissues, decreasing fat stores in tissue, decreasing cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood, as well as decreasing fat deposition in the liver and arteries. Our thyroid is a major player in the overall health and well being of our bodies down to the cellular level. Unfortunately, under-function of the thyroid gland and resistance to thyroid hormone are common problems, and often go unrecognized by conventional medicine. Integrative Medicine takes into account the delicate nature of hypothyroidism by looking at the whole clinical picture and a more in depth lab evaluation. Thyroid hormone resistance on a cellular level can be diagnosed by basal temperature and metabolic rate measurements, as well as clinical signs and symptoms. Look for next month’s article on comprehensive treatment for hypothyroidism. For more information, call Clear Sky Medical today.
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Getting Back To the Way Birthing Should Be By Nancy Hampton
t least 90 percent of all births in Colorado are medicated, according to a recent study. The c-section rate has hit an all time high of 32 percent and is continuing to rise. Doctors are quick to elect c-section, robbing women of a chance to experience one of life’s greatest gifts, a natural birth. Women have heard the painful birth stories of their mothers and
friends and have built up a fear that carries into the delivery room. Childbirth â€œpreparation classesâ€? reinforce the concept of pain. Negative anticipation creates more fear. The birthing atmosphere is depersonalized with high tech equipment, pain scales and routine practices. A womanâ€™s hormonal physiology is disturbed by induction, the use of painkillers, epidurals, cesarean surgery and the separation of mother and baby after birth. Dr. Grantly Dick-Read described the Fear-Tension-Pain Syndrome. When the body goes into labor and fear is experienced, the release of stressor hormones puts one in â€œfight-or-flightâ€? mode, shunting blood and oxygen to peripheral muscles and away from the uterus. This causes circular fibers at the neck of the uterus to constrict and tighten. The babyâ€™s head is forced against taut muscle. The result is pain, longer labor, and medical interventions. An alternative option is HypnoBirthingÂŽ, created by Marie Mongan, which teaches mom-to-be and birthing companions the art and joy of experiencing
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Why are so many children suffering from allergies? There is no true answer to that question, but studies show that children have over a 50 percent chance of being born with allergies if one parent has allergies, and an over 80 percent chance if both parents have allergies. There are over 50 million Americans who suffer from allergies so it only makes sense that it would be on the rise in children as well. One theory is that histamine is released from the body in the presence of dehydration, and most pregnant mothers suffer from some form of dehydration. It is believed that morning sickness is a direct symptom of dehydration. If the mother is dehydrated, then the child is as well, in turn releasing histamine. One of the biggest causes of allergies is due to emotional imbalances. One out of two marriages now end in divorce and it is not uncommon for a mother to experience some form of emotional distress during pregnancy that can directly impact the integrity of a childâ€™s immune system. Without clearing emotional cellular memory, allergies can cease to respond to conventional methods. Many children have successfully completed care with â€œunconventionalâ€? methods, such as herbs, lasers and holistic treatments, and are now able to eat a full menu of foods without the fear of needing to go to the emergency room, feel emotionally more stable and calm, and can now participate in sports at a much higher and enjoyable level. Your child might be a candidate for care that does not include medications or shots, if he or she is no longer responsive to conventional methods. There are many alternatives that can be researched, and speaking to practitioners about their methods can help you understand what might be best for your child. Dr. Steven Schwartz is a Doctor of Chiropractic and the Clinic Director of The Allergy Stop Denver. He has been specializing in the holistic treatment of allergies and chronic illness for over 10 years. Call 303-996-4663 or TheAllergyStop.net.
These symptoms are actually hidden in our unconscious. When we directly treat the cause in the unconscious, the symptoms disappear. But if we only treat the symptoms, the cause will reappear in the form of new or recurring symptoms. Yoga, Tai Chi, kung fu, Reiki and many other forms of exercise and energy work use the word prana to refer to the energy of the body, the animating life force. This energy is the critical link between ego-mind and our spirit. When the wisdom of the prana body is dominated by the ego-mind, the channel to our spirit and our physical well-being is blocked. Modalities like yoga, tai chi, kung fu and reiki can release those blocks. Another approach is Quantum Breath Meditation, a unique method of breath-work to instantly silence the mind. In this technique, awareness accompanies the breath with detached attention. Detached attention is choice-less. It detaches from all doing or achieving. It allows one to enter the sacred space of non-doing presence. Not a single breath is separated from awareness or missed. The yoga practice of breathing is known as pranayama. It does more than merely oxygenate the blood. â€œQuantum breath relaxationâ€? can be a powerful link that animates breath with super-conscious awareness and a powerful mechanism for health and healing. Try yoga, Tai Chi, kung fu, Reiki, meditation and/or Quantum Breath-work, and many other forms of exercise and energy work, to release stress and prana for whole-being health and wellness. Yogi Desai of the Amrit Yoga Institute will be teaching Quantum Breath Meditation, Sept. 3 â€“ 5 at Shambhala Mountain Center, Red Feather Lakes. For information, call 888-788-7221 or AmritYoga.org. See ad page 21.
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Spiritual Gathering & Aura Healing Clinic â€“ 11am-12:30 pm. A spiritual gathering of blessings, love, healing, empowerment and community. Church is followed by an aura healing clinic and lunch at Mimiâ€™s CafĂŠ. Rev DebraRae, Officiating Minister. Donations accepted. 223 Titan St, Aurora. Sacred Spaces House of Light, 223 Titan St., Aurora, 303-365-0200, SacredSpacesAndPlaces.com. Canine Toenail Trimmings â€“ 12-2pm. Trimmings by Groomer, Kelly Rees at Heroâ€™s Pets. $10, appt preferred. 8086 W Bowles Ave, Unit N, Littleton. 303-972-1926. HerosPets@gmail.com. Experience the Healing of the Divine â€“ 10am-Noon. Experience the healing of the Divine at our monthly healing rite. Special healing requests accepted at door. No-touch Ruach Healing technique provided afterward. Free. The Esoteric Order of the Golden Dawnâ€™s Sanctuary of Thoth-Hermes, Denver. Thoth-hermes. org. Isis Books&Gifts, 2775 S Broadway, Englewood. 303-761-8627. IsisBooks.com.
Herb and Flower Feast and Picnic â€“ 6:30-8:30pm. Create a delightful meal using herbs and edible flowers. Includes a list of the best flowers for growing and eating. Bring a place setting. $39/member, $44/ nonmember. Instructor: Susan Evans. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York St, Denver. 720-865-3500. BotanicGardens.org. Low Cost Spay/Neuter for Cats â€“ 7:30am. First come, first served. Denver Dumb Friends League Lulu Mobile. Sponsored by Heroâ€™s Pets. $25, includes rabies and distemper vaccination (if needed), an ear cleaning and a nail trimming (cost does not include blood work). Info call Dumb Friends League 303-751-5772 x7276. Surgeries will be performed at Heroâ€™s Pets (in the Lulu Mobile surgery van), 8086 W Bowles Ave, Unit N, Littleton. 303-972-1926. HerosPets@gmail.com., HerosPets.com.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 3 Target Tuesday Nights â€“ 4-8pm. Families can play for FREE the first Tuesday of each month, thanks to Target, committed to giving back to the communities where their guests and team members live and work. Childrenâ€™s Museum of Denver, 2121 Childrenâ€™s Museum Drive Denver. MyChildsMuseum.org. 303-433-7444. Summer Concert Series at Denver Botanic Gardens â€“ Joan Armatrading with Karla Bonoff. 7 pm; gates open at 6pm. Unrivaled ambience of thousands of blooming plants and the crystal clear music of some of the worldâ€™s most sought after artists. $55 members, $60 non-members. 888-440-9568. Concerts. DenverBotanicGardens.org. Train Your Brain: Brain Games for Mental Fitness â€“ 7-8:30pm. Sharpen focus, concentration, memory and metal agility. Mental decline typically begins before age 40. Slow and reverse the mental aging process. $30/$21, 2+. 88 Inverness Cir E, Ste H107, Centennial. 303-708-8817. Hot Seat Night - A Truly Conscious Evening â€“ 6:30-9:30pm. Hot Seat Night with Aspen DeCew. Identify and delete the hidden barriers to your life.Watch the instantaneous results -be in the hotseat if you choose. Aspen is an early adopter and pioneer in the emerging field of Human Software Engineering. Pre-Reg$20/Door $30. Journey for Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Suite 100, Arvada, just north of Gunther Toodyâ€™s Diner. 303-598-6268.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 5 Summer Concert Series at Denver Botanic Gardens â€“ Leo Kottke & Nanci Griffith. 7 pm; gates open at 6pm. Unrivaled ambience of thousands of blooming plants and the crystal clear music of some of the worldâ€™s most sought after artists. $55 members, $60 non-members. 888-440-9568. Concerts.DenverBotanicGardens.org. EFT Tapping Group â€“ 6-8pm. Overcome limiting beliefs, self-sabotage, addictions, anxiety, self-esteem and self-confidence issues using a mix of EFT, NLP and more. $30/$21, 2+. 88 Inverness Cir E, Ste H107, Centennial. 720-425-3488. Energetic Boundaries/Student Space â€“ 7-8:30pm. Want tools to manage energy--yours and others? Learn EB in the first six classes for $25/class. Got tools (completed EB class)? Guided by Rev. DebraRae, youâ€™ll create â€œyour space,â€? run â€œyour energy,â€? work energetic dynamics, create mock-ups and trade healings ($10). Sacred Spaces Center, 223 Titan St, Aurora. 303-365-0200, SacredPlacesAndSpaces.com.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 6 Journeys for Conscious Living Grand Opening â€“ 6-11pm. The new conscious living community, promotional company and event center open house will feature a sampling of speakers, booths, artists, authors, networking opportunities, music, and fun activities. Mother Earth with Parisha, channelings with Jonette Crowley, world music with Paul Glover, Access Consciousness with Rikka Zimmerman, Heart Virtue with Greg Mooers, Awaken the Hero with Aaron Huey and more. Donations accepted. Journey for Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Suite 100, Arvada, just north of Gunther Toodyâ€™s Diner. 303-598-6268.
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What Will Set You Free Level II Integration â€“ Aug 6-7. 7-10pm, Fri; 9am-5pm, Sat. Through lecture, movement, spiritual practice and group dynamics, experience a safe space to claim the full expression of oneâ€™s life. Move toward oneâ€™s authentic self and reach personal greatness. $75 w/lunch. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. Register: MileHiChurch.org.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 7 Journeys for Conscious Living Grand Opening â€“ 8am-5pm. The new conscious living community, promotional company and event center open house will feature a sampling of speakers, booths, artists, authors, networking opportunities, music, and fun activities. Donations accepted. Journey for Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Suite 100, Arvada, just north of Gunther Toodyâ€™s Diner. 303-598-6268. Going to Seed: Seed-Saving Lecture â€“ 10-11:30am. Learn to save seeds. Taught by Bill McDorman. $10. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York St, Denver. 720-865-3580. BotanicGardens.org. The Art of Thriving 2-Day Workshop â€“ 3:30-5:30pm. Aug 7, 14. Based on the Seth Books and The Teachings of Abraham. Fun-filled 2 Day Workshop. Hands-on activities, discussions, games, and thriving tools to help you learn how to become The Ultimate Thriver! $35. RSVP reqâ€™d Morgan at 303-918-1204 or email@example.com or Youcreateyourownreality.net. Isis Books&Gifts, 2775 S Broadway, Englewood. 303-761-8627. IsisBooks.com. Animal Communicator Pam Baca â€“ Animal Communication is a way of connecting with your animals through your love and the intuition of a communication professional. When you have a bond with an animal, they are constantly speaking to us. Pam is available to assist you with tapping into the universal language of all species. Appointment Required. $20. Info Pam at 303-816-4800 or animalguidance.com. Appointment Heroâ€™s Pets at 303-972-1926 or HerosPets@gmail.com. Virtual Pet Shelter Grand Opening â€“ 11am-2pm. Come and see the first Virtual Shelter designed by People Helping Pets. Misha May Foundation will be there with live dogs and cats. Fun, activities, treats are planned. Pet Station, 2300 S Colorado Blvd, Denver. Basic Seed-Saving Techniques â€“ 1-2:30pm. Workshop follow-up to Going to Seed lecture. Hands-on practice of saving seed. $10/lecture, $20/workshop, $25/ both. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York St, Denver. 720-865-3580. BotanicGardens.org. Setting Intention at the New Moon â€“ 1-2:30pm. Use the New Moonâ€™s productive energies to facilitate conscious manifestation; learn about personal desires and manifestation style based on personal horoscope. No prior astrological experience necessary. $30. RSVP reqâ€™d Ingrid Jeffries, 303-697-8309. NorthStarAstrology. net. Isis Books&Gifts, 2775 S Broadway, Englewood. 303-761-8627. IsisBooks.com. Animals Welcome at Heath Fair â€“ 12-5pm. Sessions available with Lorraine May of Misha May Foundation can include any combination of animal communication, Custom Flower Essence Remedy, behavior Advice or Reiki. Bring pet. $30/30 min or $60/60 min. The New Journey Books and Center, Indian Tree Center, Wadsworth Blvd and 77th Dr. RSVP: 303-239-0382 or MishaMayFoundation@gmail.com.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 8 Student Psychic Fair â€“ 12:30-2:30pm. Get a free 20-min psychic reading from student psychics using their skills in clairvoyance, clairaudience, and claircognizance. Free Readings. RSVP reqâ€™d Karen Fox at 303-942-0646 or Karen@PsychicClarity.com. Isis Books&Gifts, 2775 S Broadway, Englewood. 303-761-8627. IsisBooks.com.
MONDAY, AUGUST 9 Preserving Summer: The Herbal Harvest â€“ 6:30-8:30pm. Learn how to harvest and preserve herbs for year-round use. Make a garden herb blend, tea blend, savory pesto and tapenade, cheese and lavender cream, and herb butter. Bring a place setting. $44. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York St, Denver. Register: 720-865-3580 or BotanicGardens.org.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 10 Reiki Certification for Animal Practitioners – Attendees will learn Reiki practices, as well as communication, handling strategies, physiology, psychology and more. Rescue personnel, holistic practitioners and owners, will find this class particularly useful. The course demonstrates a variety of specific techniques, with hands-on application. Special attention is paid to trauma reduction and calming protocols. $350. Specific date/time to be arranged per participants’ schedules. RSVP req’d Lorraine, MishaMayFoundation@gmail.com or 303-239-0382. Tea Blending, Syrups and the Immune System – 6-9pm. Learn about five top herbs to deeply nourish and heal the body, the basics of tea blending, and a delicious syrup for the immune system. Part of a 5-part Herbcraft series. $55. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York St, Denver. Register 720-865-3580 or BotanicGardens.org. Deeksha Oneness Blessing with Tibetan Bowls – 7pm. Alicia Lochary plays the Tibetan Singing Bowls combined with the Deeksha Oneness Blessing. $15. Metaphysical Research Society, 1001 E 7th Ave, Denver. 720-300-2441. Guided Meditation: Speaking Your Truth – 7-8pm. Gentle Meditation will work on clearing and healing blocks. $10. 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood. 303-210-3752. Tap Into the Secrets of Boundless Energy – 7-8:30pm. Learn breathing techniques, energy stimulation techniques to keep going long after others are done. $30/$21, 2+. 88 Inverness Cir E, Ste H107, Centennial. 303-708-8817.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 11 Families and Dogs: Safety Training and Fun – 6:30- 7:30pm. This class will focus on engaging with known friendly dogs, assessing the risk and safe action options with unknown dogs, and learning crucial training exercises to enhance safe relationships. Appropriate for children 5 years and above. Children must be accompanied by a parent. Min. donation per family $10.00. The New Journey Books and Center, Indian Tree Center, 4435-D Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada. RSVP req’d Lorraine, MishaMayFoundation@gmail.com or 303-239-0382. Summer Concert Series at Denver Botanic Gardens – Marc Cohn with Special Guest Kathy Mattea. 7 pm; gates open at 6pm. Unrivaled ambience of thousands of blooming plants and the crystal clear music of some of the world’s most sought-after artists. $55 members, $60 non-members. 888-440-9568. Concerts.DenverBotanicGardens.org. Reiki for Animals – with Reiki Master Practitioner Annie Morrissey. 1:30-3:30pm. Reiki is Universal Life Force Energy that Heals, Balances, Nurtures Physically, Emotionally, and Spiritually. Through a gentle “hands-on” process, your companion animal will experience relief and release from Stress, pain reduction and relief from Arthritis, and a boost and balance in Healing. $30/30 minutes. RSVP req’d Hero’s Pets 303-972-1926 or HerosPets@gmail.com.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 12 Open Door Reading Space – 7-8:30 pm. In a group
setting, Rev. DebraRae will channel your guides & angels. $20. Sacred Spaces Center, 223 Titan St, Aurora. 303-365-0200. SacredPlacesAndSpaces.com. EFT Tapping Group – 6-8pm. See Aug 5 listing. 88 Inverness Cir E, Ste H107, Centennial. 720-425-3488. Denver Metro Holistic Moms Network Monthly Meeting – 6:30pm. Bring own picnic dinner with a blanket and meet at the playground in the back of Denver Waldorf School. This is not a potluck, so bring own dinner, plates, drinks, etc. Free. Denver Waldorf School, 940 Fillmore St, Denver. 720-810-5593. Outdoor Film Series – Movies begin at dusk. Gates open at 7pm. Adults, Seniors and Children: $5. Members: $4. Children 3 and younger: Free. Families are encouraged to bring blankets and low chairs to picnic before and during the shows. The movies will play rain or shine. botanicgardens. org/content/outdoor-movies for schedule. Botanic Gardens at Chatfield. 303-278-1780. Nutritional Cleansing 101 – 7-8:30pm. This lecture introduces a revolutionary new cleansing/fat burning system, a totally natural, safe and effective program to rid the body of the harmful toxins built up over a lifetime. Free. Limited seating. 65 S Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood. 303-934-3600.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 13 Break the Rules and Close More Sales – 8:30-10:30am. Learn to sell more effectively in today’s economy. Free. 3600 S Beeler St, Denver. 303-345-5370. EFT Practice Group – 6-7:30pm. Practice the art of EFT. Must have a basic understanding. Free. Downtown Littleton. 303-955-7532. Quiet the Mind and Open the Heart – 7pm. Acclaimed actress Lindsay Wagner is now empowering people to awaken their full potential. Addressing the integration of body, mind and spirit, Lindsay will demonstrate that when a perception changes, so does the experience. $25. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. MileHiChurch.org.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 14 Canine Massage – 11am-4pm. Naturally treat one’s old, tired, rundown, injured, recovering or just plain loved dog with a safe and effective massage and aromatherapy treatment. Sessions last about an hour, depending on how long one’s dog wants it to last. Appt preferred. $45/small dogs; $55/large dogs. Hero’s Pets (Planetary & Ecologically Trusted Supplies), 8086 W Bowles Ave, Unit N, Littleton. 303-972-1926. HerosPets.com. Oneness Blessing with Lindsay Wagner & Roger Teel – 10am-12pm. Special blessing. Love Offering. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. Register MileHiChurch.org. The Art of Thriving 2-day Workshop – 3:30-5:30pm. See Aug 7 listing. Isis Books, 2775 S Broadway, Denver. 303-918-1204. EFT Q&A Radio Call-in Show – 8-8:30am. Emotional Freedom Technique® is a skill used to provide freedom from trauma, phobias, fears and health issues. Free. Call-in number: 303-955-7532.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 15 Japanese Tea Ceremony – 12:45pm. Experience a traditional ceremony inside the Japanese Tea House. $30. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York St, Denver. Register: BotanicGardens.org. Spiritual Gathering & Aura Healing Clinic – 11am-12:30 pm. A spiritual gathering of blessings, love, healing, empowerment and community. Church is followed by an aura healing clinic, refreshments and community. Rev DebraRae, Officiating Minister. Donations accepted. 223 Titan St, Aurora. Sacred Spaces House of Light, 223 Titan St., Aurora, 303-365-0200, SacredSpacesAndPlaces.com. How to Run a Business as a Professional Psychic – 11am2pm. Learn how to build a client base, how to market yourself in a professional manner, and learn about the nitty- gritty, everyday administrative matters, including financial accounting and record keeping. $30. RSVP req’d Karen at 303-942-0646 or Karen@PsychicClarity.com. Isis Books&Gifts, 2775 S Broadway, Englewood. 303-761-8627. IsisBooks.com. Canine Toenail Trimmings – 12-2pm. Trimmings by Groomer, Kelly Rees at Hero’s Pets. $10, appt preferred. 8086 W Bowles Ave, Unit N, Littleton. 303-972-1926. HerosPets@gmail.com.
MONDAY, AUGUST 16 Low Cost Spay/Neuter for Dogs – 7:30am. First come, first served. Denver Dumb Friends League Lulu Mobile. Sponsored by Hero’s Pets. $50, includes rabies and distemper vaccination (if needed), an ear cleaning and a nail trimming (cost does not include blood work). Info call Dumb Friends League at 303-751-5772 x7276. Actual surgeries will be performed at Hero’s Pets (in the Lulu Mobile surgery van), 8086 W Bowles Ave, Unit N Littleton. 303-972-1926. HerosPets@gmail.com. HerosPets.com. Vibrant Health in a Challenging World with Bill Bergman, M.D. – 5:30-7pm. With the passage of federal legislation, the real work to reform our broken healthcare system must begin: to promote healthcare delivery that is dedicated to the prevention of preventable disease! Discover the secret link between high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, overweight, breast cancer and Alzheimer’s. $5. Healing Unleashed, 3609 S. Wadsworth Blvd., 5th floor, Lakewood. RSVP 303-986-0492.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 17 Holistic Detox for Body & Spirit – 6-9pm. Discuss the lymphatic system and herbal remedies to nourish and rejuvenate through gentle detox. Create customized incense blends and amulets. Part of a 5-part Herbcraft Series. $55. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York St, Denver. Register: 720-865-3580 or BotanicGardens.org. 2010 Sustainable Food Film Series: Fresh – 7pm. Celebrate farmers, thinkers and business people across the U.S. who are reinventing the food system. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, offering a practical vision for a future of food and the planet. Free. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York St, Denver. 720-865-3580. BotanicGardens.org. Crystal Singing Bowls & Auric Energy Healings – 7pm. Stephen Pranger and two teams of wellness
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practitioners produce frequencies and vibrations with Crystal Singing Bowls. $10-15. Metaphysical Research Society, 1001 E 7th Ave, Denver. 720-300-2441. Meditation for Living – 7-9pm. A 5-wk program. Release stress, worry and anxiety. Move into greater peace and joy. Heal pain and discomfort. Move into greater health to clear blocks to growth. Move into greater creativity. $150. 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood. 720-413-7303.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 18 Tea’s Healing Properties – 7pm. Kate Pfeiffer, MNT talks about the various health benefits of tea and the studies that back it up. Free. 1882 S Pearl St, Denver. 303-777-2877.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 19 Introductory Transformational Breath Class for Women - 6-8pm. Focus on the importance of breathing fully into our bodies, the benefits of breathing effectively, and includes a breath session. Pomegranate Place, 750 Clarkson Street. $5. 303-325-4150. HealingSpaceDenver.com or Pomegranateplace.org. Natalie Gentry, Certified Transformational Breath Facilitator. Summer Concert Series at Denver Botanic Gardens – Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain & Edgar Meyer. 7 pm; gates open at 6pm. Unrivaled ambience of thousands of blooming plants and the crystal clear music of some of the world’s most sought-after artists. $55 members, $60 non-members. 888-440-9568. Concerts. DenverBotanicGardens.org. Energetic Boundaries/Student Spaces – 7-8:30pm. Want tools to manage energy--yours and others? Learn EB in the first six classes for $25/class. Got tools (completed EB class)? Guided by Rev. DebraRae, you’ll create “your space,” run “your energy,” work energetic dynamics, create mock-ups and trade healings ($10). Sacred Spaces Center, 223 Titan St, Aurora. 303-365-0200, SacredPlacesAndSpaces.com. Oneness Deekshas & Sacred Sound – with Ann & Donna. 7-9pm. Come for a Oneness Deeksha experience with live Sacred Sound from crystal bowls and native American flute. Deeksha is a Divine 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. $20 Donation. Journey for Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Suite 100, Arvada, just north of Gunther Toody’s Diner. 303-598-6268
FRIDAY, AUGUST 20 Bridging the Gap between Intuition and Science – Aug 20-22. 6pm, Fri-12pm, Sun. This experiential weekend workshop is for health care providers interested in refining their intuitive and clinical approaches to healing. $295/$195. 2033 W 32nd Ave, Denver. DrColleenND.com/ BridgingTheGapBetweenIntuitionAndScience.aspx. Summer Concert Series at Denver Botanic Gardens – Shawn Colvin & Loudon Wainwright III. 7 pm; gates open at 6pm. Unrivaled ambience of thousands of blooming plants and the crystal clear music of some of the world’s most sought-after artists. $52
members, $57 non-members. 888-440-9568. Concerts. DenverBotanicGardens.org.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 21 Creative Living Event and Healing Buffet – 11am4pm. Free talks and a tasty buffet of different practices, methods and tools for creative living. Free. The Creative Living Center North, 8747 N Sheridan, Arvada. TheCreativeLivingCenter.com. Psychic Fair – Noon–5pm.Tarot, Pendulum, Channeling, Angels, Chair Massage, Reiki and Chakra Balancing. Isis Books&Gifts, 2775 S Broadway, Englewood. 303-761-8627. IsisBooks.com. Mechanical to Miraculous – 11am-4pm. The body is a dynamic source of power, efficiency and wisdom. Unhappy with one’s looks or feelings? Come learn more. $75. 6805 W 4th Ave, Lakewood. Carol McAnally’s Rhythm of Life, Carol@ROLife.com, 303-910-5644.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 22 Outdoor Divas Sprint Triathlon – 8am. 3rd annual all-women’s event. Limited to 400 competitors; register early. Distances feature a half-mile swim, flat and fast 12-mile bike and finish with a 3.1-mile run. Details: WithoutLimits.com. Medical Intuitive Readings&Healings – 11am5pm.Prereq: Body Awareness; Reiki I & II. Recom’d: Aura Class & Psychological Health for Psychics. Use your psychic ability to read the physical health of a person without touching the body. Learn protocol/ techniques for conducting hands-on sessions. $65. RSVP req’d Karen at 303-942-0646 or Karen@PsychicClarity.com. Isis Books&Gifts, 2775 S Broadway, Englewood. 303-761-8627. IsisBooks.com. Art Therapy and Meditation – 1-4pm. Art as a form of therapy has long been a rewarding way of looking within. Increase awareness of self, others and gain a greater capacity to cope with difficulties, enhance cognitive abilities, and just really enjoy the lifeaffirming pleasures of making art. Beautiful meditations to awaken your Inner Artist. 7235 S Depew St, Littleton. $49.00. RSVP req’d Paula 303-921-1473 or Paula@SunriseHypnotherapy.com.
MONDAY, AUGUST 23 Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy Seminar – 6-7pm. BodyLogicMD provides targeted and comprehensive seminars focused on natural bio-identical hormone therapy and customized fitness and nutrition programs. Q&A format. Free. 1805 S Bellaire St, Ste 201, Denver. 866-972-5306.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 24 Herbal Tincture Making and the Digestive System – 6-9pm. Learn the art and science of creating herbal tinctures and infused honeys. Discover how one can use holistic remedies to achieve and maintain digestive health and grace. $55. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York St, Denver. Register: 720-865-3580 or BotanicGardens.org.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 25 Reiki for Animals – with Reiki Master Practitioner Annie Morrissey. 1:30-3:30pm. Reiki is Universal Life Force Energy that Heals, Balances, Nurtures Physically, Emotionally, and Spiritually. Through a gentle “handson” process, your companion animal will experience relief and release from Stress, pain reduction and relief from Arthritis, and a boost and balance in Healing. $30/30 minutes. RSVP req’d Hero’s Pets 303-972-1926 or HerosPets@gmail.com. Hero’s Pets salutes Heroes – 10% discount on all products in the store for all Military, Police, EMS, Fire Rescue or other public service member with ID. We will also donate an additional 5% of your purchases to a select non-profit for that month. Appt or info Hero’s Pets 303-972-1926 or HerosPets@gmail.com.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 26 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction – 6pm. Based on Eastern philosophical teachings, this is a clinically proven method for dealing with anxiety, fear and pain. We will review general information, share some thoughts from modern scientists such as Jon Kabat Zinn and experiment with several mindfulness exercises. $15. RSVP req’d 720-663-7702 or DeerCreekCounseling@gmail.com. Eating for Energy – 7pm. Tired of being tired? Learn what foods give a natural and healthy boost and learn what drains you. Phone conference. Free. Register: 303-304-7460. Native American Spirituality – Aug 26-28. 7-10pm, Thur-Fri; 9am-5pm, Sat. Powerful workshop. Experience everyday sacred spirituality. $75. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. MileHiChurch.org. The Power of Food – 6-8:30pm. Come and learn about how what you eat has so much power on your health, physically, mentally and otherwise! Learn about the “Green Smoothie” study...how adding a healthy shake to your diet can truly change your life! Cleansing/ Detoxing: What it is and what are some methods of doing it? How to enjoy the art of using herbs. Wallace Park, Greenwood Village weather permitting. Suggested $10. Treats provided. Paula 303-921-1473 or Paula@SunriseHypnotherapy.com.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 27 The Sexual Energies School – Aug 27-29. Workshop presented by certified Shaumbra Institute teachers, Paul Cook and Sue Loves. Powerful 3-day workshop focuses on physical, psychological, psychic and sexual abuse. $495. CrimsonCircle.com or ConsciousnessTransitions.com. Newconsciousnesspaul@gmail.com or Suebee1126@yahoo.com. Break the Rules and Close More Sales – 8:30-10:30am. See Aug 13 listing. 3600 S Beeler St, Denver. 303-345-5370. Rhythm of Recovery with Eddie Watkins, Jr. – 7pm. After a diet of drugs and booze that came along with being a musician on the road, Eddie Watkins, Jr. made a profound shift in his life. He came to God through Alcoholics Anonymous. Free. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. MileHiChurch.org.
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SATURDAY, AUGUST 28 Psychic & Healing Fair – Noon-5pm. Rev. DebraRae available for readings at fair rates of $20/20 min.; healing modalities offered may include Aura Healings, Egyptian Rod Healings, Tuning Fork Balancing, Chair Massage, Chi Machine, Reiki, Ionizer Detox Foot Bath; plus vendors’ merchandise. Come for an hour or come for the day! 223 Titan St, Aurora, 303-365-0200, SacredSpacesAndPlaces.com. Canine Massage – 11am-4pm. Naturally treat one’s old, tired, rundown, injured, recovering or just plain loved dog with a safe and effective massage and aromatherapy treatment. Sessions last about an hour, depending on how long one’s dog wants it to last. Appt preferred. $45/small dogs; $55/large dogs. Hero’s Pets (Planetary & Ecologically Trusted Supplies), 8086 W Bowles Ave, Unit N, Littleton. 303-972-1926. HerosPets.com. Japanese Tea Ceremony – 12:45pm. See Aug 15 listing. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York St, Denver. Register: BotanicGardens.org. Non-Cooking Class Raw Food Prep Demonstration – 2pm. Learn how to prepare colorful, healthful raw foods. $10. 15700 Penrith Rd, Keenesburg. 303-304-7460.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 29 Colorado Aussie Rescue – 12-4pm. Adopt an Australian Shepherd. Hero’s Pets 303-972-1926 or HerosPets@gmail.com. Canine Toenail Trimmings – 12-2pm. Trimmings by Groomer, Kelly Rees at Hero’s Pets. $10, appt preferred. 8086 W Bowles Ave, Unit N, Littleton. 303-972-1926. HerosPets@gmail.com. Venus de Miles – 6am. All-women bike ride. Courses for every skill level. Select 65, 48 or 32-mile course. Hosted by Greenhouse Scholars and proceeds help to provide highperforming, under-resourced college students with financial support and mentorship. Prospect New Town, 700 Tenacity Dr, Longmont. $90 before 8/17. 303-459-5473. Incredible, Edible, Gluten-Free Food Fair – 1-4pm. The Denver Metro Chapter of CSA/USA is sponsoring a gluten-free vendor fair which will spotlight many gluten-free options available to individuals with Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance. Free. Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 West 6th Ave., Golden. GFVendorFair@DenverCeliacs.org. Recover Your Life Sunday Fair – 8am-1:30pm. Rev. Ras Smith will speak about “The Courage to Change.” Following service is a recovery fair. Free. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. MileHiChurch.org. Summer Concert Series at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield – Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion “Summer Love” Tour – 5:30 pm; gates open at 3:30pm. Unrivaled ambience of thousands of blooming plants and the crystal clear music of some of the world’s most sought-after artists. Chatfield Green at Denver Botanic Gardens. $60 members, $65 non-members. 888-440-9568. Concerts.DenverBotanicGardens.org.
MONDAY, AUGUST 30 Ending the Food Fight with Bill Bergman, M.D. – 7-8:30pm. How to introduce healthy foods to the family that even the kids will like. Live healthier and enjoy nutritious food. Limited Seating. Free. 65 S Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood. Reservation: 303-934-3600.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 31 Herbal First Aid and Infused Oils and Salves – 6-9pm. Learn ways to use herbs and essential oils to treat acute symptoms. Create first-aid kit and an herbal-infused healing salve. Learn to make suninfused herbal oils. $55. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York St, Denver. Register: 720-865-3580 or BotanicGardens.org. Yoga w/Rebecca Hilton – 7pm. Yoga is a moving song. The song of the Universe moving through one’s body the instrument through which one’s soul sings. Beginners welcome. $10. Metaphysical Research Society, 1001 E 7th Ave, Denver. 720-300-2441.
LOOKING AHEAD TO SEPTEMBER THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 EFT Tapping Group – 6-8pm. Overcome limiting beliefs, self sabotage, addictions, anxiety, self esteem and self confidence issues using a mix of EFT, NLP and more. $30/$21, 2+. 88 Inverness Cir E, Ste H107, Centennial. 720-425-3488. Breathing, Meditation and Guided Visualization – 6pm. Breathing is easy, right? Practice “belly breathing” and bringing the breath back down into the lungs, slowing the heart rate and allowing our minds and bodies to be centered and ready to deal with the present moment as it unfolds. Practice and explore Guided Meditation. $15. RSVP req’d 720-663-7702 or DeerCreekCounseling@gmail.com.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 Quantum Breath Meditation & Yoga with Yogi Amrit Desai – Come to Shambhala Mountain Center in the Rockies west of Fort Collins and experience a deeper integrated state of being as taught by a master yogi. Yogi Amrit Desai will teach ancient secrets that take you into the deepest levels of meditation like a seasoned master. Experience a paradigm shift that effortlessly silences your mind and draws you into the innermost core of your Being. The Quantum Breath Meditation helps decrease stress-related health problems such as anxiety, depression, fatigue and insomnia. Location: Shambhala Mountain Center, Red Feather Lake. Starting at $385. Call 888-788-7221 or ShambhalaMountain.org/Programs/1423.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 Sleepytime Remedies and the Nervous System – 6-9pm. Learn the causes of disrupted sleep and which herbs will nourish and soothe the nervous system. Create aromatherapy pillow mists and an herbal dream balm. $55. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York St, Denver. Register: 720-865-3580 or BotanicGardens.org.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 10th Annual Colorado Seth Conference – Sept 9-13. 9am. Presenters, group discussions, experiential workshops, fun entertainment and a group energy created by like-minded people. Embassy Suites, 7525 E Hampden Ave, Denver. 303-918-1204. Journaling, Letter Writing, and Rants and Raves – 6pm. Recording our thoughts, feelings, dreams, and fears can be cathartic and illuminating. Use the journal to help defuse emotions, or alternatively, to explore and intensify thoughts. Practice Ranting and Raving; and Writing Letters to Our Unfinished Business. $15. RSVP req’d at 720-663-7702 or DeerCreekCounseling@gmail.com.
SATURDAY, SETPEMBER 11 Local Foods Festival – 11am-4pm. Second annual festival featuring more than 50 vendors, local food organizers, farmers, cooking demos and more. Free. Denver Botanic Gardens, Chatfield location, Littleton. BotanicGardens.org.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 Why Weight 9 Wk Intensive: I Can Make You Thin – 9-11am. 9-wk course. Personalized, science-based techniques to change thoughts about body, food and feelings about food. $270. 88 Inverness Cir E, Ste H107, Centennial. 720-425-3488. Creative Living Event and Healing Buffet – 11am-4pm. Free talks and a tasty buffet of different practices, methods and tools for creative living. Free. The Creative Living Center North, 8747 N Sheridan, Arvada. TheCreativeLivingCenter.com.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 Relax your Muscles and Stimulate your Senses: Progressive Muscle Relaxation, Song and Music, Aromatherapy, Taste and Touch – 6pm. This hands-on, nose-on and ears-on class we will stimulate our senses using soothing techniques. $15. RSVP req’d 720-663-7702 or DeerCreekCounseling@gmail.com. Denver Metro Holistic Moms Network Monthly Meeting – 6:30pm. The third in a series: “Looking at Ourselves: Breaking Free from our Inherited Beliefs about Parenting” with Francesca Starr, PhD, LPC. Free. Denver Waldorf School, 940 Fillmore St, Denver. HolisticMoms.org.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 Hop Skip & a Jump Start: Children’s Museum of Denver’s 4th Annual Family-friendly 5K Run – Stroller-Friendly 5K and Expo 9am. Mini-Meets and Activities 10am. Follow the scenic Platte River Trail, making music with your feet, leap-frogging hopscotch and dashing through a cloud of floating bubbles. After the race, children of all ages can participate in mini-meets including a Kid Course, Toddler Trot and Infant Crawl. All proceeds support the Children’s Museum of Denver. Children’s Museum of Denver, 2121 Children’s Museum Drive, Denver. MyChildsMuseum.org. 303-433-7444.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 Become A Certified Reflexologist – Comprehensive 305 hour, weekend classes. “Professional Foot, Hand and Ear Reflexology” prepares for rewarding career as a clinician who can make a difference. Just for Health School of Reflexology and Healing Arts. Englewood. State Approved and provider of continuing education by ARCB. Rachel Lord, 303-320-4367. JustForHealth7@gmail.com. JustForHealth.net
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 Human Design Workshop – 10am-6pm. Draw from four ancient wisdom traditions: astrology, the charka system, the I Ching and the Kabbalah. $150 by 9/12. The Creative Living Center North, 8747 N Sheridan, Arvada. TheCreativeLivingCenter.com. Denver Botanic Garden Free Day – Colorado residents can enjoy a special free day at the Gardens, thanks to funding from the SCFD. Free Days occur during regular Gardens hours only, and do not include ticketed events. York Street location only.
ongoingevents every day monday Super Sand Dome through September 12 – Daily 11am-3pm. Wednesdays 11am-7pm. Inside a brightly colored inflatable 770-square-foot dome, are piles upon piles of wet sand ready to sculpt, dig, transform and build creations worthy of the seaside. Weather permitting. Children’s Museum of Denver Plaza, 2121 Children’s Museum Drive, Denver. MyChildsMuseum.org. 303-433-7444.
sunday Planetary Healing, World Harmony Meditations – 8-9am. A brief discourse and guided meditations which assist us to hold unconditional resonance for ourselves, others and the planet. Free. Teleconference. Info: 720-301-3993. Super Science Sunday: The Science of Ice Cream – 2:30pm. On a warm August day, nothing is better than ICE CREAM. Eating the treat is just half of the fun. Become a food chemist and concoct your very own ice cream in celebration of getting messy! This program contains dairy products. Children’s Museum of Denver, 2121 Children’s Museum Drive, Denver. MyChildsMuseum.org. 303-433-7444. Spiritual Gathering & Aura Healing Clinic – 11am-12:30pm. First and third Sun each month. A spiritual gathering of blessings, love, healing, empowerment and community. Church service is followed by an aura healing clinic, refreshments and community. Rev DebraRae, Officiating Minister. Donations accepted. 223Titan St, Aurora. SacredSpacesAndPlaces.com. Understanding Dogs – July 11-Aug 15. 2-4pm. 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. $150/one human, one dog; $45/additional human; $90/human without dog. Sage Valley Pet Center, 16400 W 54th Ave, Golden. RSVP: 303-239-0382 or MishaMayFoundation@gmail.com. Labyrinth – 4-8pm. Fourth Sun each month. A quiet, meditative walk that has taken place in all religious traditions in various forms around the world. Free. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. 303-232-4079. HypnoBirthing® Childbirth Education Classes – 6:30-9pm. Learn everything needed to know to achieve a safer, easier and more comfortable birth. HypnoBirthing® is a natural childbirth education series that runs for 5 wks. Includes books and relaxation CDs. $295/couple. 821 Park St, Castle Rock. 720-939-9654. Healing with the Masters – 7-8pm. Enjoy a renewed sense of who one truly is. This Healing Circle is designed to allow one to directly experience the energy of the Masters, to expand one’s awareness of truth and restore balance to one’s mental, emotional and physical bodies. $8. Samadhi Center for Yoga, 639 E 19th Ave, Denver. 303-638-1225.
Ashtanga Vinyasa Free Flow Yoga – 7pm. Simple and easy. No experience required. An exhilarating and complete yoga practice. The free-flow series uses the Ujjayi breath to flow from one asana (pose) to another allowing to energize the metabolic rate to burn fat and build a firm toned healthy body. The class ends with savasana (deep relaxation) and short meditation for a simple blissful experience. $79.99/ mo (2 classes/wk) or $44/mo (one class/wk). The New Journey Books & Center, 7735-D Wadsworth, Arvada. 303-239-8773. Finding Peace Within – 7-8pm. A free weekly meditation group for all levels of experience. Free oneself from limiting beliefs; discover one’s true self through Kriya yoga meditation. Led by Kathryn Solie and Alec Story. Donation. The New Journey Books & Center, 7735-D Wadsworth, Arvada. JourneyBooks.com. Kundalini Yoga – Thu December. 5:30-6:45 pm. The ancient and sacred practice of Kundalini yoga is the oldest form of yoga. Find relief from back pain, stress, addiction, depression and insomnia, and weight control. Kundalini yoga promises peace of mind. Elevate and experience oneself through this ancient science. All levels welcome; no experience required. Bring water and a yoga mat. Single session: $8/member, $10/nonmember, drop-in rate. Full series: $100/$120. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York St, Denver. RSVP req’d: 720-865-3500 or BotanicGardens.org.
tuesday Gain Energy and Clarity – You will leave feeling better, refreshed and more open to creating the opportunities that life offers. Relieve stress, pain, gain clarity, and increase creativity during a 15-minute rebalance. Free every Tuesday, Civic Center Eats in Denver from 11-2pm; and from 6-7pm at Yoga of the Mind Classroom. Register to win a 30-min reading. Civic Center Eats, Civic Center Park, Broadway and Colfax; Yoga of the Mind, 8 East First Ave, #103, Denver. 303-668-2358. YogaOfTheMind.com. Dreams To Reality – Thru Sept. 12pm. Group Coaching Program second, third and fourth Tues. 60-min calls. $149/month. Register: SummitLifeCoaching.net. Discover Real Happiness with the Avatar® Course – 6-9pm. Explore how one’s beliefs are affecting one’s reality and how one can use the Avatar tools to change the blueprint one operates from. These intros are filled with awakening to new possibilities and discovering the preciousness of life. If interested in creating the rest of one’s life more deliberately or if one has found oneself in a repeating pattern that would like to change, the Avatar Course will be very inspiring and empowering. Free. RSVP Linda: 720-320-9681. Avatar® is a registered trademark of Star’s Edge, Inc. All rights reserved. Learn About Your Credit – 7pm. Learn how to get the good credit one deserves. It’s more important than ever to learn about one’s FICO, how to improve one’s score, how to get a lower interest rate and save money. Get one’s credit questions answered. Free. Lucero Real Estate, 3480 W 38th, Denver. 303-433-4357. Modern-Day Meditation – 7-8:30pm. This meditation guides people to a more open and calm state, to think clearly about solutions for daily life changes and find a deeper spiritual connection within. $10 donation. First class free. Miracle of Love Center, 4277 W 43rd Ave, Denver. 800-338-3788.
Strategic Health System Webinar – 7pm. Dr. Prendergast and other special guests explain the science behind ProArgi-9 Plus, the mechanics of the Strategic Health System, the income aspects of this business system, and how healthcare professionals can implement this system into their wellness practices. Register: 303-693-9391. Group Healing – 7pm. Awaken the universal seeds within one’s deepest wisdom, while manifesting positive, brilliant creativity, oneness, intuition and physical well-being. $15. 1001 E 7th Ave, Denver. RobertTheHealer.com. Connect with Spirit – Thru Sept. 7-9pm. First Tues each month. Interactive Channeling group with author and clairvoyant Holly Burger. $20. 5224 W 25th, Edgewater. TheCreativeLivingCenter.com. Quantum Physics Lite – Thru Aug. 7-10pm. Explore the scientific discoveries that enhance and support Dr. Ernest Holmes’s creation of the Science of Mind and Spirit, including the discoveries and study of quantum physics, and dialogue about the field of mind-body medicine. $75. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. 303-232-4079. Miracle of Health Webinar – 8pm. Dianne Leavitt and very special guests Sue Ramson and Ted Wilson explain the science behind ProArgi-9 Plus as well as the virtues of this incredible business system. Register: 303-693-9391.
wednesday Body Balance classes at Golden Pilates – 9-10am. The Body Balance class soothes the joints and increases core strength, balance and coordination through the Trager Approach, Pilates-based fundamentals and Qi Gong. Energize and release tension while developing a deeper mind/body connection. $12/class or $10 with a 10-class card. 922 Washington Ave.,Golden. RSVP req’d 303-547-2221. EFT Clinic for Stress/Anxiety Relief – 5-8:30pm. Third Wed each month. EFT (tapping) is acupuncture without the needles. Tap on specific stressrelief points on the body. It is amazingly fast, and easy to learn/use. $20. The Center of Well-Being, 1385 Carr St, Ste 6, Lakewood. 303-667-2223. Free Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing – 6-7pm. A healing is an energy clearing, like a psychic shower. During a healing, energy one doesn’t need to be carrying is cleared out of one’s space, including energies that block growth and flow. Donation. 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood. 720-413-7303. HypnoBirthing® Childbirth Prep Classes – 6:30-9pm. A complete childbirth education series teaching everything need to know. The series runs for 5 wks. Learn how to have a safe, satisfying birth. Pre-registration required. $295/cpl. 18425 Pony Express Dr, Ste 107, Parker. 720-939-9654. Ashtanga Vinyasa Free Flow Yoga – 7pm. See Mon listing. The New Journey Books & Center, 7735-D Wadsworth, Arvada. 303-239-8773. Recovered Living – 7-8:15pm. A holistic approach to reclaiming one’s power. Ken Ludwig facilitates, taking an alternative look at self-defeating habits. He uses original principles based on the mental, spiritual, emotional and physical. $10. Center for Spiritual Living Denver, 1420 Ogden St, Denver. MakingItOutAlive.com. Arginine ProArgi-9 Plus: Synergy’s Cardio Call w/Dr. Prendergast – 7pm. Synergy’s Executive Team interviews Dr. Prendergast about the science behind ProArgi-9 Plus. Register: 303-693-9391.
thursday Ai Chi – 7-8pm. A warm water contemplative or meditative exercise that helps gain awareness of Self. Free 1-hr Watsu with each 10 punch card purchase; $60 value, if say saw this in Natural Awakenings. Aura Wellness Center, 360 Union Blvd, 2nd fl, Lakewood. 720-963-2043. AquaFreeFlow@gmail.com, AiChiWithPetri.webs.com, or SheratonDenverWest.com/ Fitness-Studio-Classes. Beyond Loss Grief Support Workshop – Thru Sept 9. 7pm. When grieving, emotional support is important in adjusting to loss, but the real grieving begins when the condolence calls stop. Beyond Loss is for those at least 4 months past the death of a friend or family member. $30. Vogt Center, Classroom 3, 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. MileHiChurch.org. Meditation Mastery – 7-8:30pm. Build a practice starting with 5 minutes at a time. Support each other to take baby steps toward self-discipline. Facilitated by Ken Ludwig. Meditating for over 30 years, Ken believes this is the alpha and omega of creating a daily practice. $10. A Holistic Wellness Center, 10200 W 44th Ave, Ste 400, Wheat Ridge. 303-278-7013. Oneness Deekshas & Sacred Sound with Ann & Donna – 7-9pm. Third Thurs each month. A Oneness Deeksha experience with live Sacred Sound from crystal bowls and Native American flute. Deeksha is a Divine 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. $20 donation. The New Journey Books & Center, 7735-D Wadsworth, Arvada. 303-239-8773.
friday Meditation Mastery – 12-1:30pm. See Thurs listing. Center for Spiritual Living Denver, 1420 Ogden St, Denver. 303-278-7013. Ashtanga Vinyasa Free Flow Yoga – 1pm. See Mon listing. The New Journey Books & Center, 7735-D Wadsworth, Arvada. 303-239-8773 HypnoBirthing® Childbirth Education Classes – 6:30-9pm. See Sun listing. $295/couple. 821 Park St, Castle Rock. 720-939-9654. Metaphysical Book Club & Meanderings – 6:30-8:30pm. First Fri each month. Open to anyone who would like to discuss and share their thoughts and ideas relating to metaphysics, New Age, paganism, or similar subjects. Feel free to bring questions and answers for a quick community chat. Free. The New Journey Books & Center, 7735-D Wadsworth, Arvada. 303-239-8773. Modern-Day Meditation – 7:30-9pm. See Tues listing. 126 W 5th Ave, Colorado Health & Wellness Center, Denver. 800-338-3788.
saturday Colorado Farmers’ Market – 9am-1pm. Local, fresh produce and meats. Free to attend. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. 303-237-8851. LaughterYoga-SmileHi – 9:15am. Learn how to enrich one’s life with laughter. Laughter exercises combined with gentle stretching and breathing at the beautiful Mercury Café and its roses. $5. Mercury Café, 2199 California, Denver. 303-237-4432.
Monthly Alternative Health Fair – 12-5pm. First Sat each month. Various healing arts, consultation of disease, massage and introduction to new thoughts around illness. $l/min; 20/30/45-min. The New Journey Books & Center, 7735-D Wadsworth, Arvada. 303-239-8773. JourneyBooks.com.
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