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s we were preparing this month’s issue on Healthy Mind, we wanted to also write about the topic of love since February’s holiday is Valentine’s Day. But what a large topic that is! There are more ‘types’ and definitions than you can fit in a Hallmark card. In his 1973 book “Colors of Love”, J.A. Lee defined six varieties that you may not be as familiar with: Eros is romantic, passionate, love. In this type of relationship, love is life’s most important thing. It is typified by a search for physical beauty or an ideal type. Ludus is a game-playing or uncommitted love. Lying is part of the game. A person who pursues ludic love may have many conquests but remains uncommitted. Storge (STORE-gay) is a slow developing, friendship-based loved. People with this type of relationship like to participate in activities together. Often storge results in a long-term relationship in which sex might not be very intense or passionate. Pragma is a pragmatic, practical, mutually beneficial relationship. It may be somewhat unromantic. A person who leans toward this type of relationship may look for a partner at work or where the person is spending time. Sex is likely to be seen as a technical matter needed for producing children, if they are desired. Mania is an obsessive or possessive love, jealous and extreme. A person in love this way is likely to do something crazy or silly, such as stalking. The movie Fatal Attraction was about this type. Agape (a-GOP-aye) is a gentle, caring, giving type of love, brotherly love, not concerned with the self. It is relatively rare. Mother Theresa showed this kind of love for impoverished people. It all seems so much smaller than the real thing, doesn’t it? Perhaps that is why poetry may do the best job describing Love. Luckily for us, our contributors this month write poetically about loving ourselves and others throughout the issue. Perhaps the best gift for Valentine’s Day is the gift of reminding your loved ones of the reasons why you love them. And how about writing a list for yourself...when was the last time you made a list of how great you are? Isn’t it nice to remember how Magnificent you are?! Maybe it’s easier to see the magnificence in others when we can see it in ourselves. Appreciation and gratitude are intangibles that are far, far more important in the long run than making a reservation once a year. These reminders can go a long way in loving ourselves, so that we in turn may love others. And, we hope of course, that the content of these pages may help you on that path as well.

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” - Buddha

coverartist Creative Dreams by Lori Portka A personal loss led Portka to begin painting again at 30-something for the first time since the tenth grade, a process she says has opened her heart even more deeply. Inspired by Australian photographer and filmmaker Hailey Bartholomew’s documentary, 365 Grateful, about living on the sunny side of life, Portka embarked upon her own project, A Hundred Thank-Yous, creating and giving away 100 paintings to 100 people that have touched her life, she says, “in a beautiful way.” View the artist’s portfolio and follow her blog at

CHANGE YOUR LIFE IN ONE SESSION! RE-TRAIN YOUR BRAIN MIND OVER MATTER Have you heard about the new problem with access to medications? Two million people have prescriptions for medications for ADHD, but many are unable to get them because of shortages. Once the patents expire on medications, the manufacturers are sometimes less willing to produce them because the loss of their patents means they no longer have the exclusive right to manufacture the drugs and that reduces their profits. Availability of medications is also affected by the fact that some of them are being used recreationally. The popular author, Dr. Bernie Siegel, has for some time now been urging us all to take responsibility for our own well-being. He says that the first step is for us to love ourselves enough to care for our bodies and our minds. The next step is to learn of the many possible Debera Jensen alternatives to taking medications. For example, Dr. Herbert Benson of the Harvard Medical School, has demonstrated that we can reduce DIRECTOR our levels of harmful cholesterol by learning to deal with stress through relaxation. High blood pressure can often be controlled in the same way. And here at the Fast Focusing Center, we help people with ADD or ADHD through the use of a variety of mind-body techniques. This approach has produced dramatic results for some of our clients. Recently, a physician called us to ask what we were doing in our work with a patient he was seeing for Parkinson’s disease. He told us that the patient’s symptoms were moderating and he said that it was due to what we were doing. We offer a variety of classes and workshops about mind-body techniques and we also provide one-on-one sessions to teach these techniques.


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ai Maa, a spiritual luminary and master of transformation, is coming to Denver Convention Center April 27-29 for “an extraordinary weekend where you can step into your vibrant health, divine joy and selfmastery,” says Denise Gibe, from the Office of Sai Maa. Her Holiness Sai Maa’s mission is global enlightenment through practical spirituality and personal transformation, where everyone realizes their self-mastery and lives together in unity as Divine Love in Action. Sai Maa offers the essence of her knowledge and energy as powerful self mastery and transformative tools. She guides you to align with creating prosperity, vibrant health, divine joy and authentic self expression to bring into everyday life and relationships. The event is April 27-29 at the Denver Convention Center, 700 14th St, Denver. Opening Public Event, Friday evening, April 27 @ 7:30 pm. Info and registration at See ad page 14.

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elanie Smithson, MA, BC-DMT, LPC, CHt, of the Smithson Clinic in Denver, is now offering specialized “Life Between Lives” hypnotherapy sessions to assist clients in letting go, finding life purpose and more. “Now, more than ever, our guides are impressing upon us the importance of letting go with the shifts that are coming,” says Smithson. “They are telling us that resistance and rigidity will be what causes the most chaos and suffering in the next few years. Our guides want us to let go, so that we can experience freedom and joy. These hypnotherapy sessions offer relevant lessons whether or not a shift is actually happening. Resistance and rigidity cause havoc and suffering in most aspects of life. Letting go just makes sense.” According to Smithson, “Life Between Lives” hypnotherapy is the subject of two books, Journey of Souls and Destiny of Souls by Michael Newton. He used special hypnotherapy techniques to tap into the space between our lives where our consciousness survives to discover why we incarnate into physical beings here on Earth. Melanie Smithson, MA, BC-DMT, LPC, CHt is a certified Life Between Lives Hypnotherapist and offers private and group sessions in Denver. 303-2717659., or See ad page 13.

r Joe Dispenza of “The Secret” fame is back in Colorado for another round of his signature workshops “Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life” in February. In this 3-part series, Dr. Joe will take you through interactive exercises and intense meditations that allow you to release negative habits and emotions, eliminate self-destructive behaviors, and rewire your brain with new thoughts and beliefs that will help heal your mind and body and create new results. With the dynamic combination of science and accessible how-to, Dispenza will teach you how to harness the power of the most important tool in your body and life - your brain and mind. “The great leaders and heroes in history all had one thing in common,” said Dr. Dispenza. “They were able to dream of something that did not exist and make it happen. By harnessing the power of their mind, they were able to make thought more real than anything else. By believing in themselves, and relentlessly pursuing their dream with certainty and conviction, they brought about much needed change and created a new reality – for themselves and the world.” Introductory lecture and Intensive 2-day workshop held in Thornton at the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton, 83 E 120th St., starts Friday, Feb 17, 7pm. Friday Lecture Only: $40/Advance, $50/Door; Full workshop early-bird price, $240 (incl lunch Sat). After Feb 8, $280. More info 970-443-0732 or See ad page 5.

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eeping in touch with the best choices for a green and healthy lifestyle is now easier than ever, thanks to Natural Awakenings’ new iPhone and iPad app, available as a free download at Apple’s iTunes App Store. Individuals on the go can find products, practitioners and services dedicated to healthy living, right at their fingertips. They can also read articles on the latest practical, natural approaches to nutrition, fitness, creative expression, personal growth and sustainable living, offered by national experts with fresh perspectives. To download the free app, search “Natural Awakenings” in the iTunes App Store or visit MileHighNaturalAwakenings. com. See ad page 18.


ile High Natural Awakenings, Colorado’s Healthy Living/Healthy Planet magazine, is revamping the Community Resource Guide located in the back of every issue. Simplified headings will make it easier to find local, ethical practitioners and experts. We want YOUR feedback. Tell us how we can make it easier on you, our readers, to find the goods and services you are seeking. Email with your thoughts and suggestions.

New Meditation Center Opens in Denver


ayu Sanctuary is an urban retreat that welcomes people at all levels of experience, seven days a week. Mayu offers free drop-in meditation sitting, mindfulness classes, and mind-body therapies, as well as meditation supplies. Through their charitable affiliate, The Shiro Fund, they provide free and discounted services to individuals facing illness, death and loss. They assist individuals living with a life-threatening illness, professionals in end-of-life occupations, family caregivers tending to those who are dying and individuals who are grieving. Mayu Sanctuary is located at 1804 S Pearl Street, Ste. D in Denver. 303-832-0033 or


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niversity of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers first discovered that specific regions in the brains of long-term meditators were larger and contained more gray matter than those of a non-meditating control group; that was in 2009. Now, a follow-up study by the UCLA Laboratory of Neuro Imaging suggests people that meditate regularly also display stronger neuronal connections between brain regions and less age-related atrophy (shrinkage) in all areas of the brain. The study comprised 27 active meditation practitioners (average age 52) and 27 control subjects, matched by age and sex. The number of years of meditation ranged from five to 46 and included various styles. Using a type of brain imaging known as diffusion tensor imaging, or DTI—a new imaging mode that provides insights into the structural connectivity of the brain—the researchers found that long-term meditators have white matter fibers that are either more numerous, more dense or more insulated, throughout the brain. Although such tissue tends to decline with age, the study suggests that it can be preserved through active meditation practices. Researcher Eileen Luders remarks, “If practiced regularly and over years, meditation may slow down aging-related brain atrophy, perhaps by positively affecting the immune system. Meditation appears to be a powerful mental exercise with the potential to change the physical structure of the brain.”



esearchers from the University of Massachusetts Medical School that collected blood from volunteers to study how drinking alcohol affects monocytes, the white blood cells that are part of the immune system, made an unwelcome discovery. Alcohol can worsen the effects of disease and lengthen the recovery period following trauma, injury or burns. It both impairs the body’s antiviral immune response, especially in the liver, and increases inflammation, so think twice before downing another hot toddy. Source: BioMed Central

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eelings of stress, depression, or anxiety can take an enormous physical toll on our bodies as well as our psyche. Our hectic lives make it all too easy to neglect our mental and physical health and we forget to nurture our bodies and our emotional selves in order live an optimal and joyful life. Eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and binge eating disorder can develop when complex feelings are internalized and food becomes a tool to try to regain a sense of control in life. These dangerous disorders can separate us from the body’s intuitive signals and they can develop into a vicious spiral of shame, guilt, and

physical self-harm. If we try to fill an emotional void with food, our hunger only grows in intensity. While food may seem to be a way to soothe uncomfortable feelings, control can easily get away from us if the hunger is caused by body image struggles, low self-esteem, or traumatic experiences. Some warning signs of eating disorders include mood swings, expressing dissatisfaction with the body despite being healthily proportionate, gaining or losing significant weight in a short period of time, avoiding eating with others, or large quantities of food missing. Eating disorders develop out of a sense of feeling “not good enough” or not in control of life. If you’re concerned

that a loved one might be developing an eating disorder or if you have been struggling with one yourself, please contact a mental health professional with expertise in this area. February is a month to show love and appreciation. Shower yourself with the same acceptance and admiration that you might give to a loved one. Those struggling with eating disorders and body image issues often see themselves as different or separate than others. Take care of yourself in ways that soothe your soul and listen to your intuition; give your body what it desires, and allow your emotional self to feel its true feelings without judgment. Once we can learn to accept ourselves for who we are, inside and out, we can deepen the connection between our bodies, our minds, and our spirits and live in harmony and peace. Kate Daigle is a Registered Psychotherapist and National Certified Counselor treating men and women with eating disorders, body image and self-esteem concerns. See listing page 30.


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he New Year’s energetic ‘oomph’ to start working out, eating healthier, meditating and dancing the Argentine tango has gradually started to wane. It’s not that you don’t want to do those things anymore, it’s just that your motivation is dissipating like air slowly released from a balloon. How do we sustain these new activities even when our old patterns start pulling us back? First, evaluate the reason you started the new activity in the first place. Is it something you love to do or is it something you feel like you should be doing? If you truly love doing something, it will easier to stick with. Next, make small changes that make it easy for you to accommodate your new, healthier lifestyle. If weekend spelunking is your hobby but you can’t seem to find the time, perhaps there are too many obstacles in your way. Move closer to the caves. Have your gear ready to go by the door. Find a local group of folks who like to explore the stalactites just as much as you do. Be sure to surround yourself with supportive friends. Spend more time with active, uplifting friends rather than the negative folks who seem to do nothing but complain. Once you start spreading your personal brand of sunshine, you’ll find that a different set of people are attracted to you. As the saying goes, “Change yourself and change who you hang out with.” Lastly, if you are still finding it difficult to motivate and inspire yourself, contact a professional consultant who can help set you on the right path and find clarity. With a few simple changes, you can easily stay motivated with your New Year’s Resolutions through the Blahs of February to the Ides of March and beyond. Susannah Carroll is a motivation consultant who works with individuals, business executives entrepreneur, sales teams and more. See listing page 30. natural awakenings

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healthbriefs NATURAL SOLUTIONS THE BOWEN TECHNIQUE FOR PAIN called the homeopathy of bodywork, Bowen Therapy utilizes FOR SLEEP APNEA Sometimes subtle inputs to the body (known as moves), stimulating the body to heal


ccording to the National Commission on Sleep Disorders Research, an estimated six million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, a disorder marked by breathing pauses during sleep that may occur up to 30 times per hour. That results in poor quality slumber, leaves individuals feeling overtired and may lead to other health challenges, such as high blood pressure. Mouthpieces, breathing devices and surgery are often recommended to treat sleep apnea, but natural, noninvasive herbal solutions are now available, as well. “Most people believe that central sleep apnea is caused by a sagging soft pallet or by some other obstructive tissue in the throat, but that’s not so,” Steven Frank of Nature’s Rite Remedies explains. “According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, it occurs because the area of your brain that controls your breathing doesn’t send the correct signals to your breathing muscles.” This reduced signaling causes breathing to go beyond shallow and simply stop altogether. “After a short period of time, the brain realizes the need to breathe and forces the individual to make a rapid inhalation to restart respiration.” Frank advises that, “It is this rapid inhalation that drags the sagging soft tissues into the airway.” After struggling to sleep comfortably with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) mask, Frank created his Sleep Apnea Relief formula of simple herbs, including lobelia, thyme and cramp bark, which according to the Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine intensify the signal from the brain to the diaphragm during sleep. “The herbs also are known to increase the gas-transfer efficiency of the lungs and relax some of the skeletal muscles that can obstruct this signal,” says Frank. Nature’s Rite Remedies offers a product that company founder and CEO Steven Frank, a master herbalist, developed to solve his own sleep apnea problem. For more information, visit See ad, page 11.


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itself, often profoundly. Bowen Therapy is ideal for anyone who may have tried everything else and still has pain, as well as children, the elderly, and the infirm. Many people have significant relief after just one session. The Bowen Technique communicates with the nervous system through a connective tissue layer called fascia and acupuncture meridians. As the body receives this information it begins to balance and heal itself. This method has been shown to relieve pain, insomnia, digestive disorders, anxiety, colic, headaches, and allergies. While not a cure, it also seems to ease the symptoms of Parkinsons, Raynauds and Tourettes syndrome, if done on a monthly basis. This modality is very different than what most people have experienced. During a treatment the client lies on a massage table fully clothed, no undressing necessary. The practitioner applies gentle pressure to specific points using a motion that rolls against tendons and ligaments. After a series of these moves there is a 2-minute rest while the body assimilates the information just given. The treatment continues with more moves in different places and more rests. Most people report an immediate feeling of intense relaxation and a release of muscular tension. Jackie Burson is a certified Bowen Therapist and teaches continuing education for the NCBTMB (National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork). 303-945-9780 or For information on the Bowen Technique, see See listing page 29.



reviously known as Skull Moving in Tibet and Nepal, Tibetan Cranial Technique (TCT) originated in the Tibetan Highlands approximately 3000 years ago and focuses on fine-tuning the bones in the skull, neck and jaw based on pulse reading. Any head trauma, from a slight bump to a major accident, can cause compression or misalignment in the skull. Blood vessels around the injured area become inflamed and form scar tissue causing Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) to circumvent the area allowing nerves and brain tissue to ‘dry out,’ reducing nerve transmission and impairing optimum health. Cerebrospinal Fluid is a clear, colorless liquid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord providing support, lubrication and cushioning. It is essential for proper functioning as it delivers nutrients and removes toxic substances from the central nervous system. Certified TC Practitioners are professionally trained to fine-tune cranial structures, allowing CSF to move evenly around scar tissue. TC has been used to address a wide variety of health issues from pinched nerves and migraines to autism. “We’re working on the first systems of the body: the brain and the spinal column,” explains Shar Lee, founder of the Tibetan Cranial Association. “CSF volume increases during our work. It’s quite amazing.” The best way to learn about TC is to experience a session with a certified practitioner or an apprentice. Apprentices offer sessions free of charge as a service to the community until they graduate to practitioner. Erin Jay works with The Tibetan Cranial Association. An informational lecture and demo will be held in Boulder Friday, February 17 with low cost sessions Saturday 2/18 and Sunday 2/19.

greenliving Myths and Misconceptions about Solar Energy for Your Home By Terry Chriswell with Eric Krohn, Golden Solar


f you’re like me, you don’t know very much about solar energy, but you hear about it all the time. In Colorado, with 300 days of sunshine a year, it’s probably a good investment, right? You know it would be better for the environment and will probably save you money in the long run, but that’s about it. Here’s some of my biggest questions, explained by Eric at Golden Solar.

Solar panels will offset my electric bills when I heat my home and water; is that right and is that the biggest benefit? There are typically two types of residential Solar: solar thermal which heats your water, and solar photovoltaic systems generate electricity. The biggest benefits for both of these types are the reduction or elimination of ever-increasing energy rates by the utility company. Believe me, if the utility companies could figure out how to charge you for the sun, they would! That’s a big project isn’t it? Actually, the process from the customer’s standpoint is pretty painless. Most systems can be put up in a week or two. Processing the rebates, working with permitting and the inspections are handled by us. It does not require you or your family to leave your home.

Who knows what they will be like in 5 years or in 10 years? I can fix your payment for 20 years on a lease, and more than likely below what you’re paying now. Do I have to hire other people like electricians or do you handle everything? Golden Solar uses professional installers with North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) educated, and a master electrician on all jobs. Not everyone does; you have to be careful that professionals are doing the job! What do I have to do once you install it? Nothing, you can go by your inverter and we’ll show you how to check the production. There is no maintenance, no cleaning the panels or anything. We also guarantee our installation for 10 years. The panels

themselves are guaranteed 25 years! The inverters can range from 15 to 25 years too! What’s the deal with government rebates and tax credits? We handle all of the rebate paperwork for you; there are very specific requirements we need to follow. As for the tax benefits that would be for your tax consultant and the client to discuss as I’m not a licensed tax consultant. However, as an example if your after-rebate price is $10,000, your tax credit would be $3,000. The rebates have been set and the clock is ticking. The tax credit is good thru 2015. Why isn’t everyone going solar? In my opinion, the upfront cost has in the past inhibited people from doing this. Now, with prices coming down on panels, and the availability of a zerodown lease, everyone should look at it! How does it look from the inside? If you keep your panels flush to the roof, at first glance you wouldn’t even notice them. Does insurance cover any problems I might have with it, and would a homeowners association cover it? Your homeowners insurance will cover the system when you own it for things like hail. However, leased systems are covered by the leasing company. Eric Krohn is the Solar Coordinator for Golden Solar in Golden. 720278-5253 or For the rest of my interview with Eric and more questions answered, go to See ad page 22.

How could I ever afford it? Affording a solar system has become much more attractive, when you factor in the tax credit, upfront rebate and performance incentives. We’ve seen a 70% reduction in panel prices in the past few years. However, the utility company rebates are running out, with no plans to renew. So now is the time to act! Do I really save that much money by going solar? By going solar, you are hedging yourself against ever-increasing electricity rates, and inflation. natural awakenings

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localinsights How to ‘Grow’ Your Child’s Brain By Tami Eslich


he concept of ‘right’ brain and ‘left’ brain is fairly well known, but not many people realize that the two halves develop at different times and at different rates. The proper stimulation at the right times may be crucial for your child’s healthy development. In the womb and during the first few years of life, brain growth is focused almost exclusively on the right hemisphere, the big picture to the world. The right brain drives big muscle tasks, allowing the baby to move arms and legs and turn their head. This is the foundation on which all future skills will be built and will only develop via movement and stimulation from the environment. A normal 0-2 year-old puts everything in their mouth, throws and dumps things out to explore their world and stimulate their brain in a necessary way. Around age 2 growth switches mostly to the left brain, the center of small picture thinking and first words. Then, development switches back and forth between left and right until about the age of 10, when the brain reaches full, adult size. This back and forth may explain changes in hand writing, periods of stuttering, or difficulty controlling their actions. If both ‘halves’ of the brain do not develop appropriately and work together, imbalances in behavior, academics and socialization can occur. Children with stronger left brain (the Intelligence Quotient side) development can be phenomenal with numbers, calculations and reading, but struggle with understanding the big picture, social skills and communication. This is what we see with Autism, Asperger’s and ADHD. Those with stronger right brain (the Emotional Quotient side) make friends easily, have great social skills, are athletic, but tend to struggle

in the classroom. This is what we see in children with dyslexia, learning disorders and processing concerns. The human brain is very complex and we are the only species on the planet that is born with an undeveloped brain. A newborn’s brainpower is limited to basic life support: sleeping, eating, breathing, pooping and of course, screaming. However, the necessary sensory overload required for healthy development starts as soon as the child is born and relies entirely on movement and stimulation from the environment. This is why it is crucial to limit TV and computer exposure at early ages. Children require stimulation, exploration and real interaction to develop healthy brains. Dr. Tamara Eslich is Executive Director of the Brain Balance Center of Golden and wrote this article in with Dr. Robert Melillo, the founder of the Brain Balance Centers™. She can be reached at 303-278-1780, or See ad page 19.



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here is a reason why so many Complementary and Alternative (CAM) practitioners look first to digestive health in solving their patients’ health problems…the ‘second brain’ exists in the digestive tract! This second brain is the enteric nervous system or ENS and it functions similarly to our Big Brain. It even produces and stores the majority of neurotransmitters-90% of serotonin and 50% of dopamine are found in the lumen of the gut. Ever had a ‘gut’ feeling? The gut also contains a large part of our immune system and several unique hormones such as ghrelin, an appetite-related hormone, which are intricately woven into every part of our physiology. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the gut correlates to the Earth element. It is our connection to the Earth. According to Pankaj J Pasricha, professor of Gastroenterology at Stanford University, “It is the engine that transforms energy in the environment into energy that we can use.” It is a commonly accepted theory in anthropology that as primates became more efficient at deriving nutrients from food, the size of the gut decreased up to 60% as the size of the brain increased. This shift of energy from our original, Earth-gut brain to our “Big Brain” (coined by Heribert Watzke) allowed us to influence our environment rather than being victims of it. Over time this fundamental shift has brought humankind into the Anthropocene age, in which human impact on the environment will remain forever etched in the geologic record. The level of stress and the insatiable need for stimulation in our society reflects the ongoing movement towards the Big Brain and away from the Earth-gut brain. This has given birth to a new health condition called “sympathetic overdrive” in which our “fight or flight” response is over-activated in proportion to the more serene “rest and digest” response. Circulation to the gut becomes so diminished that it literally wilts. Immune function, neurotransmitter production, hormone signaling and the ability to digest are all compromised. Many of the chronic diseases that are pathognomonic of our society (obesity, diabetes, ADHD, irritable bowel syndrome, autoimmune disease, etc) can each be scientifically attributed to this one scenario. To restore optimum health to the gut, we may first need to learn to manage stressors in our daily lives. A certified Stress Manager can help us identify stressors and give us tools to manage them. Or you can begin right now by practicing a simple exercise from Qi Gong: Sit or lie quietly and bring your attention to your breath. As you inhale press your belly out as if it is a balloon filling with air. As you exhale, pull you belly in as if you are trying to tough your naval to your spine. Repeat 100 times daily. Karen Kurtak studied environmental biology and biochemistry at Western State College in Gunnison. She currently practices Traditional Chinese Medicine and Functional Nutrition at the Grossman Wellness Center in Golden. See ad page 7.

y the time the average person reaches 65, two million commercials have whizzed in front of his eyes. In the past 20 years, these commercials have gotten snappier and shorter, with scenes changing every second, the only pause occurring after three rapid changes to throw off the monotony. The over-stimulation of our senses create an intolerance for silence, stillness and simplicity. Many busy, successful people instinctually crave just a few moments away from the thousands of interruptions of each day. In the hustle of everyday life, people feel a need for peace. However, our minds have become accustomed to distractions, and even those who do get away might find they have trouble relaxing. Who’s in charge of your thinking? The way to peace is to learn how to control your mind. Get it into shape, start training it and begin to teach it how to be still. To get a grip on your mind, you have to be firm and loving, setting aside at least five or ten minutes a day to focus and think exactly what you want it to think. A good way to start this training is to observe something for a few minutes at a time.

Orange Exercise Assess your ability to concentrate by trying this simple exercise. On a table, place an orange in front of you about 1 ½ feet away. Examine it slowly, studying its surface, keeping your mind on it, and do not let any thoughts or fantasies distract you for three minutes. Set a timer so you know when time is up. Were there any thoughts not directly related to the orange? Did you find your mind wandering to other things? Did you see yourself looking at the orange and feeling a bit foolish? If so, then you were letting yourself be distracted and have an opportunity to strengthen your mind. Stick to it with love and discipline, and know that each time you sit and focus, you are getting stronger.. In time, you will relish the quiet and the stillness of a disciplined mind. You will be thankful for putting in the hard work. And in the space that your unruly mind used to govern, you will find the opportunity to truly meditate, and you will be filled with the most profound peace and life moving inside you that you have ever known. Father Peter Bowes is a renowned mystic, spiritual master and priest. He is the co-director of The Order of Christ Sophia, with spiritual centers in the US and Canada: the Centers of Light. “What is Enlightenment? Magazine stated that Father Peter is among the top 10 internet gurus, between Deepak Chopra and Eckhart Tolle. He will be coming to the Denver Center of Light March 22 – 24. See ad page 8. natural awakenings

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The good news: Such fates are far from inevitable. “People seem to expect that as soon as we start to need reading glasses, we should also expect some of these cognitive issues to arise, but it does not need to be that way,” says Naples, Florida-based Neurology Doctor David Perlmutter, co-author of Power up Your Brain. “You can absolutely do things early on in life and throughout your lifetime that work to maintain the bulk and function of the brain.” Here’s how: Stay lean. It may seem counterintuitive, but mounting evidence suggests that in order to grow a bigger brain, many of us should be eating less. “The key to the brain maintaining and even regenerating itself is the activation of a set of genes that code for a protein called brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF),” explains Perlmutter.

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emory generally starts to decline in our 30s, as the brain shrinks with age. One of the first and most prominent signs is that ‘tip of the tongue’ phenomenon,” advises neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt, Ph.D., co-author of Welcome to Your Brain. Studies show that the adult brain can shrink as much as one-half to 1 percent annually in midlife, as neurons in the prefrontal cortex and hippocampus wither and the branches between them thin. Add hormonal changes, which can starve gray matter of nour-


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ishing estrogen and progesterone; less-than-stellar cardiovascular health, which tends to limit blood flow to the brain; and a gummy protein called amyloid plaque, which can hamper neuronal function; and cognitive decline may be exacerbated. Already, one in five people older than 65 suffer from “mild cognitive impairment” (persistent memory problems severe enough to be noticeable by others). According to the Alzheimer’s Association, if we live to age 90, as many as half of us could ultimately be diagnosed with that disease.

“BDNF is significantly enhanced in people that simply cut down their calorie consumption.” Several animal and human studies support this conclusion. One 2009 study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, divided 50 men and women age 50 and older into three groups that slashed calorie intake by 20 percent, 30 percent and not at all. After three months, the groups that restricted their calories saw their verbal memory scores jump by more than 20 percent. Perlmutter notes that just being overweight in the prime of life can promote excess inflammation and free radical production—two enemies of a healthy brain. A 2005 study of 10,000 men and women conducted by researchers at Kaiser Permanente found that people that were obese in their early 40s had a 74 percent increased risk of developing dementia later in life. “Just a 25 percent reduc-

tion in calories over one month’s time can have a profound effect on boosting memory,” Perlmutter notes. Eat a brain-building diet. Aside from cutting calories, experts say it’s critical to load up on foods that boost neurogenesis (the development of new brain cells) and stall brain atrophy. Eating more fish (or omega-3 supplements), adding fruits and vegetables and cutting back on refined carbohydrates do just that, advises Dr. Christiane Northrup, obstetrician, gynecologist and author of Women’s Bodies Women’s Wisdom. “The brain is mostly made up of omega-3 fats, and many women, in particular, are lacking them in their diet,” she observes. Perlmutter notes that supplementing one’s intake of omega-3 fatty acid DHA, present in fatty fish and marine algae, has been shown to switch on the genes that jumpstart BDNF production. DHA is also anti-inflammatory and promotes healthy blood flow to the brain. But people shouldn’t wait too long to load up on it. Healthy fats aside, dark-colored fruits such as blackberries, blueberries and plums are all rich with antioxidants, substances known to scavenge cell-damaging free radicals in the brain. Also, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and broccoli sprouts contain a powerful compound called sulforaphane, believed to boost the body’s own production of antioxidants. One famous 2005 study followed 13,388 women over several decades, and found that those that ate the most cruciferous vegetables and leafy greens stayed mentally sharp for far longer than those that ate the least. New research from Rush University, in Chicago, further suggests that a deficiency of B12, found in fish, liver, milk and eggs, may hasten brain shrinkage as previously functioning cells die off. Overloading on refined carbohydrates like white flour, pasta and potatoes carries a similar result. “Elevated blood sugar can destroy the brain,” advises Perlmutter, pointing to a 2005 study in the journal Neurology, which linked accelerated brain shrinkage with elevated blood sugar. Prevent hormonal havoc. Ebbing hormones can also have a measurable

impact on our ability to recall words and follow through on tasks, says Hawaii naturopathic physician Laurie Steelsmith, author of Natural Choices for Women’s Health. Steelsmith notes that estrogen plays a critical role in influencing verbal and spatial memory and fine motor skills and bolstering the blood-brain barrier to keep toxins out. Meanwhile, progesterone acts on the same brain receptors that Valium does, promoting calm and aiding sleep. In the days immediately prior to menstruation, when estrogen and progesterone levels are low, or once women begin to approach menopause and they stay low, the brain feels it. In an ideal world, the adrenal glands kick in to pick up where the ovaries leave off—producing sex hormones. “But women that are stressed out or not nourishing themselves tend to experience adrenal fatigue, so their adrenals are not able to act as a secondary source of hormones,” says Steelsmith. For ovulating women, she recommends taking 100 to 175 milligrams (mg) daily of the herb Rhodiola rosea during the second half of the menstrual cycle to support fatigued adrenal glands and ward off hormone-related brain fog. If the condition occurs only for a few days before a menstrual period, and is accompanied by tender breasts, lack of sleep and heavy monthly bleeding, the problem may be low progesterone. For that, try the herb chaste tree berry during the second half of the menstrual cycle, or consider a

low dose, over-the-counter progesterone cream, says Northrup. For post-menopausal women, she recommends taking up to 50 mg per day of pregnenolone, an adrenal hormone that the body naturally converts into estrogen and progesterone. (While pregnenolone is available over the counter, Steelsmith suggests that women have a naturopath first test their hormone levels in order to determine an appropriate dose.) Or, older men and women experiencing age-related memory loss can try a soy-based nutritional supplement called phosphatidylserine (PS), which is believed to bolster cell-to-cell communication and levels of the memoryboosting neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Exercise mind and body. Aamodt notes that a common cause of cognitive decline is the accumulation of clogged blood vessels in the brain that choke off blood and oxygen. Thus, “Regular exercise is the single most useful thing you can do to maintain your cognitive abilities later in life,” she says. Recent studies by researchers at the University of Illinois and elsewhere have shown that as little as 45 minutes of aerobic exercise, three times per week, may not only stall age-related brain atrophy in the elderly, but even help regenerate parts of the brain that have withered. “There is no medication on the planet that can do that,” says Perlmutter. Brain exercise is helpful, as well. Exposure to new experiences prompts the brain to literally lay down new neuronal networks, becoming stronger. A 2009 Mayo Clinic study found that of 1,300 people ages 70 to 89, those that had regularly engaged in mentally challenging activities in their 50s and 60s (such as playing games, quilting, building model airplanes, or learning a new language or instrument) were 40 percent less likely to suffer memory problems. The key, advise the experts, is not to stick with the same crossword puzzle for years. Instead, try something new. As Steelsmith puts it: “Use it or lose it.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer headquartered near Boulder, CO. Connect at

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The Benefits of Burnout An oxymoron? Not according to psychologist Joan Borysenko. by Linda Sechrist


oan Borysenko, Ph.D., a pioneer in integrative medicine, is a renowned expert on the mind-body connecttion. Her work has been foundational in aan international health care revolution tthat recognizes the role of meaning and tthe spiritual dimension of life as integral aaspects of health and healing. Most recently, the Harvard-trained biologist and psychologist explored b tthe anatomy of burnout with Facebook ffriends in her latest book, Fried: Why Y You Burn Out and How to Revive.

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W When you’re stressed out, you keep chasiing the same old carrot, whatever that may be for you. But when you’re burned m out, you eventually give up the chase. o The hope that you can create a meaningT fful life fizzles and you find yourself sitting iin the ashes of your dreams. In a culture wedded to positive thinkiing, burnout and its first cousin, depresssion, are thought of as disorders in need of a fix. What if instead, we see them o as losses of naïveté, false identities and faulty assumptions that are making way for a more authentic life? What if we viewed burnout as an invitation to come into alignment with a more elegant expression of our gifts, relationships and overall life energy? The late psychologist Herbert Freudenberger, Ph.D., who first popularized the concept in his 1980 book, Burnout: The High Cost of High Achievement, believed the condition is a painful affliction of good people trying to give their very best. He defined it as “the extinction of motivation or incentive, especially where one’s devotion to a

cause or relationship fails to produce the desired results.”

Why do we burn out even when we regularly use selfcare practices? Many people are shocked to learn that even though I’m a positive person, with a regular yoga and meditation practice, as well as healthy eating habits, I have burned out more than once. Ironically, but predictably, I was trying to do and be my best. For me, burnout means that my most loving, creative self goes missing; I contract into the smallest, most negative version of myself, which is not a pretty picture. I find that for many people that intellectualize a great portion of their lives, burnout doesn’t become real until they are not only physically, mentally and emotionally exhausted, but are also in pain. Knowing ourselves and our limitations is essential, because our tendency is to become complacent and think we’re too busy to tend to our well-being,

or else believe we can do even more because we practice self-care. Keep in mind that we can’t solve burnout with the same level of consciousness that created it. We have to catch ourselves in the act of overlooking our true needs, stop, do a selfinquiry that looks at things as they are, and pinpoint what drains our energy, as well as what brings us to life.

How did writing Fried affect you? In order to follow my own advice, I completely changed the way I live. I realized that at age 66, I needed to pay more attention to my physical body. Physical therapy and Pilates floor exercises are now a priority five days a week, as well as yoga, both of which have helped to correct my hip joint problems. For aerobic exercise, I walk fast for 45 minutes at least five days a week. In inclement weather, I ride an indoor bike. Altogether, it averages out to 90 minutes of daily exercise, five days a week. My husband and I switched to a plant-based diet of organic whole foods, so we now set aside more time to plan, shop and cook. We also make more time for family and friends. We still both work, but fewer hours than before. In other words, I do what I can within a framework of love. I choose to do what is important to me—activities that give me life and energy.

What is it about living “in the now” that feels so enlivening? When we live in our heads and intellectualize, we tend to spin negative thoughts that hurt our physical health and sap our energy. By actively focusing on what we are doing in the moment, we can engage our senses, more thoroughly enjoy ourselves and have an awareness of being that is not possible when we are ruminating over past memories or projecting ourselves into daydreams about a far-off future. In such present moments, because we are relaxed and open to our inner wisdom, as well as our interconnection with the exquisite wholeness of life, we feel the most vital and alive.

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too much during the day may make us less comfortable when settling down to sleep. Also, spicy foods may cause heartburn, which can lead to difficulty falling asleep and discomfort during the night. Caffeine. “Caffeine’s stimulant effect peaks in about one hour, and then declines as the liver breaks it down. So, if you go to bed by 11 p.m., you’ll have to stop your caffeine intake by 2 or 3 p.m. to avoid insomnia,” advises bestselling author Joy Bauer, a registered dietitian and nutritionist in New York City. She also cautions about energy drinks that incorporate herbal caffeine that may include guarana seeds, kola nuts and yerba mate leaves. Nightcaps. Although many people think of alcohol as a sedative, it actually disrupts sleep, according to experts at the National Sleep Foundation.


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an eating a whole-wheat peanut butter cracker or sipping tart cherry juice help us sleep? Either is certainly worth a try, because most of us aren’t getting enough shut-eye. According to the nonprofit National Sleep Foundation, 64 percent of America’s adults frequently experience sleep problems; nearly half wake up at least once during the night. This deficit of restorative rest can affect our health. “Lack of sleep can affect the immune system,” says Dr. Timothy Morgenthaler, of the Mayo Clinic Sleep Disorders Center and an officer of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. “Studies show that people that don’t get a good night’s sleep or don’t get enough sleep are more likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus, such as the common cold.”

A concept called sleep hygiene refers to good health practices that promote sleep. For example: Is the room dark or quiet enough? Is the mattress comfortable? Have we allowed sufficient time to wind down after daily activities to become relaxed? What we eat or drink also can have a profound effect on getting a good night’s rest.

Sleep Sappers Physicians, naturopaths and nutritionists generally agree that these key factors delay or disrupt sleep. Food and drink. According to Jamie Corroon, a naturopathic physician with Seattle’s Bastyr University, eating or drinking

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Sleep Aids What helps us sleep may be either a food’s chemical properties or the psychological and physical comfort we associate with a certain food or drink. Options include some old reliables. Walnuts and tart cherry juice. Studies conducted by the University of Texas Health Science Center, in San Antonio, and published in the Journal of Medicinal Food found that these two foods are great sources of melatonin, a natural hormone that helps regulate sleep cycles. Tart cherry juice was found to be especially effective in reducing the time it took subjects to fall asleep.

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Herbs. According to the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Maryland, in Baltimore, some herbs have a mild, sedative effect. Three traditional herbs used for sleep are valerian, German chamomile and passionflower. The European practice of sipping a warm tisane, or herbal tea, made from these ingredients can be warming and soothing, preparing us to sleep. These herbs are also available as supplements. Complex carbohydrates. “Enjoy a bedtime snack,” recommends Bauer, of about 200 calories or less; mainly complex carbohydrates, with a touch of protein, such as some banana with

peanut butter, yogurt or a small amount of whole grain cereal with skim milk. “By combining an ample dose of carbohydrates together with a small amount of protein—such as yogurt or turkey— containing the amino acid tryptophan, your brain produces serotonin, known as a calming hormone.” A warm, milky drink. Research scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology concluded that the chemical properties of milk—mainly protein and tryptophan—were not enough to ensure a good night’s sleep (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition). However, sleep and wellness expert Anna de

Vena, who writes for, observes, “I love curling up with any kind of warm milky drink before bed, especially in the wintertime. There is a calming association with warm milk and sleep… from the time we were infants, when we drank milk and went to sleep.”

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FEBRUARY 1, WEDNESDAY Monthly Free Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing Healing Clinics–12:15–1pm AND 5:45–7pm. A healing is an energy clearing, like a psychic shower. Unnecessary energy is cleared, incl blocks to growth and flow; clarity and contentment restored. Donations. Inner Connection Institute, 2755 S Locust St., Ste 213 Denver. 303–282–9439 or Prayers for World Peace–7:30pm. 1st Wed of ea month, all Centers of Light members pray for peace, creating a surge of positive energy for people all over the world. Open to all faiths, it is a chance for hearts and minds to make a real difference in the world. Free. Center of Light, 2300 Forest St., Denver. 720–308– 9944 or Women’s Wellness Support Group–6pm. 1st & 3rd Wed. Enhance your well–being, fill yourself and give from the overflow! $35. Call for a free wellness consultation. DTC area. Ruth Sharon 303–796–7004 or Health & Wealth Class–7:30pm. Also 2/11@10am and 2/16@1pm. Looking for health minded, fun and positive people to partner up with us to get children healthy. If you like working with children, making a difference, and want to work from home, this is for you! FREE. RSVP Heather 303–753–2665. Oneness Blessing–5:30–6:30pm. Also on the 15th. Certified blessing givers offer Oneness Blessings, a non–denominational benediction and Oneness Energy transferred. It accelerates spiritual growth and deepening. Love Offering. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. 303–237–8851 or CCC: Consciousness Conversations & Contemplations–6:45–10pm. Monthly meetings to share a common desire to raise the consciousness of our planet through presentations, discussion, interaction, and networking. Every 1st Wednesday. Donations. Journeys For Conscious Living 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303–731–6695.

FEBRUARY 2, THURSDAY Spiritual Seminar–7:30pm. “The Broken Heart” with international Spiritual Master, speaker and author: Mother Clare Watts. Mother Clare Watts, Christian Master Teacher, will guide you to keeping your heart open through what can feel like a tremendous task in order to stay connected and real with the people around you. $25. Center of Light, 2300 Forest St. Denver@ or call 720–308–9944. Intro to “Access Consiousness” & “Access Bars” Sampler–7–9pm. Eileen Moore Koenigsberg and Tamara Younker, Access Consciousness Certified Facilitators, teach what Access Consciousness is and will “run your Bars.” $20/prereg, $25 at door. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303–731–6695, or Nutritional Cleansing Presentation & Tasting– 7–9pm. Also on the 16th. New cleansing and fat burning system that is natural, safe and effective! Help your


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body eliminate toxins. Average weight loss of 9–12 pounds in just nine days! Includes a product tasting. Free. LifeSource Health Partners 65 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. RSVP required to 303–934–3600 or

FEBRUARY 3, FRIDAY Spiritual Seminar–7:30pm. “The Spiritually Evolved Man and Woman.” Come meet Mother Clare Watts, priest, author, and national speaker as she brings the process of spiritual evolution down to earth and into the realm of possibility for anyone who wants it, male or female. $25. Center of Light, 2300 Forest St. 720–308–9944 or Kirtan–7–9pm. Devotional chanting and singing is a joyful community spiritual practice that opens the heart and connects us to the flow of sacred energy. Amazing musicians, too! (Oneness Blessings at 6:30PM). Love offering. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda, Lakewood. Ky Gabriel 720–251 9756 or

life with meditation and a spiritual message on the 1st Sunday of ea month. Service followed by a free aura healing/chakra balancing clinic. Rev. Margaret Johnson, Officiating Minister. Church of Infinite Spirit / Inner Connection Institute, 2755 S Locust St., Ste 213, Denver. 303–282–9439. SoulCollage Open House and Introduction–3–5pm. Explore SoulCollage and register to win a SoulCollage Retreat with Horses (scheduled for March 10–11) scholarship provided by Laska Counseling LLC. Free. People House, 3035 W 25th Ave., Denver. Nina Danhorn 720–924–1595, or Embracing Your Spiritual Lessons with Grace– 10:30–11:30am. Understand how Divine Spirit (the ECK) works in our lives. Reading from the ECK works, HU Song, quiet contemplation, music, stories, and connection with others. Free. Eckankar Center of Boulder Valley, 1800 30th St., Ste 208, Boulder. 303–443–1610 or www.eck– Spiritual Gathering & Healing Clinic–11am–Noon. Also on 2/19. Join Rev. DebraRae in a safe, neutral, sacred space for service, healing clinic, refreshments and community + 1st Sun. only lunch at Mimi’s Cafe. Offertory + Donations for Healings. Sacred Spaces House of Light, 223 Titan St., Aurora. Rev.DebraRae 303–365–0200 or

1st Friday Art Walk– Stop in at *Always Clean* Cleaning Service–6–9pm. Join us for Tennyson St.’s 1st Friday Art Walk. Shops and Art Galleries are open until 9pm. Support Local Businesses. “Shop Local”. FREE. Tennyson St. between 38th – 44th ave., Denver.

Radical Self Care, Complete Healing and Self Acceptance–10am–5pm. Tools, techniques, processes and principles to serve in helping you to raise your frequency, heal completely, move into heart centered and loving acceptance of yourself. $77. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303–731–6695 or Denye Robbins (720) 219–3024.



Introduction to SoulCollage–1–4pm. Access your inner wisdom by making your own deck of collage cards. Each card represents an aspect of your personality. Snacks/supplies provided. $55. Ironwood at the Ranch, Westminster. RSVP Betsy McLain, MA, LPC, CACIII, 303–362–3180,, or

Full Moon Ceremony–7–9pm. Full Moon Ceremony with drumming, dance, ceremonies, teachings, and networking. Bring snack to share and love offering. Journeys For Conscious Living 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303–731–6695 or

Spiritual Seminar–10am. “Peace in Your Relationships and Peace with God” with international Spiritual Master, speaker and author: Mother Clare Watts. Come hear Mother Clare Watts speak about the peace that can guide your life and your relationships–with others, with yourself and with God. $40. Center of Light, 2300 Forest St. 720–308–9944 or


Marty Barigian–Seeker of the Universe Series– 10am–Noon. 4 Saturdays. Marty Barigian, professional Psychic, clairvoyant, healer, intuitive financial counselor, teacher, lecturer and workshop leader will lead workshops. $37.50. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303–731–6695. Sedona Method Releasing–10:30am–Noon. Simple, powerful technique uncovers your natural ability to let go of unwanted feelings. Set goals to clear limiting beliefs in a warm, supportive environment. $25 in advance/$35 at the door. Smithson Clinic, 2825 Vallejo St., Denver. Melanie Smithson, MA, LPC, BC–DMT, CHt, 303–762–8994, melaniesmithson. com or

FEBRUARY 5, SUNDAY Non–Denominational Church Service–11am. Doors open from 10:40–11am. Celebrate the journey of

Fat Begone– 90 day Challenge & Beyond–6–7:30 pm. Feb. 7, 21, Mar. 6, 20. Free, informational meeting focused on adapting to a healthier lifestyle and a fat reduction plan that truly works. We’ll be working with Belly Fat Cure Book and incorporate YoungLiving products for support. Eli Ashby Healing Arts Center, 7401 Grandview Avenue, Arvada. 303–463–6565.

FEBRUARY 8, WEDNESDAY Business Presentation: Forever Living Products Business Opportunity– 6:30pm. We are a professional organization expanding in this area. La Quinta Hotel, 4460 Peoria St, Denver. RSVP Mercedes at 720–226–4617. Healthy Heart–Noon–4pm. Total Cholesterol Screenings. Free consultations with health care practitioner. Free product samples PLUS, enter to win a $100 Pharmaca Gift card! Receive $30 in coupons. Free. Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy, 2700 Broadway, Boulder. 303–442–0589.– boulder–north–colorado.aspx How To Eliminate Low Back Pain and Sciatica –7–8:15pm. Basic spinal anatomy, most common causes of low back pain and sciatica incl disc problems. Complete a brief survey and perform a simple

orthopedic assessment to screen for low back problems. Discuss various forms of effective treatments. Free. LifeSource Health Partners, 65 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. RSVP required at 303–934–3600 or

FEBRUARY 9, THURSDAY Legal Seminar for Parents–6:30–8:30pm. Attorney Martha Hartney discusses guardianship and assets. Special speaking engagement plus learn about Holistic Moms. Free. Denver Waldorf School, 940 Fillmore St., (back of building, down steps) Denver. Holistic Moms Network, home. Open Door Reading Space–Channeling Your Guides & Angels–7–8:30pm. Small group. Rev. DebraRae clairvoyantly answers questions, offers medium communication, channels your guides/ angels, or holds pet healing clinic. $25/20 min. + $1.25/min. thereafter. Sacred Spaces, 223 Titan St., Aurora. Rev.DebraRae 303–365–0200 or Drum Circle with John Thunderheart Robinson–7–9pm. Drum circle, dige players, flutes, shamanic healing, sound healing, and messages from StrongFeather and ThunderHeart. Second Thursday of the Month. Donation. Journeys For Conscious Living 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303–731–6695.

FEBRUARY 10, FRIDAY Mala Making Meditation with Laura–6–9pm. Laura will guide you and supply the thread for this fun evening of meditation and Mala–making. Bring your own gems and embroidery thread for the tassel at the Guru bead. $20. PranaYoga and Ayurveda Mandala, 3333 Federal Blvd., Denver. Hansa 303–432–8099, or Trance Medium Healing Clinic–7pm. Pls arrive early. Open Channeling 7–7:30ish, Free. Healings $10. Trance medium healing is a dynamic process facilitating re–alignment and cleansing of the spiritual body. Channeling, energy readings, and intense individual clearings. Plan some time after your healing. No appt nec. Inner Connection Institute 2755 S Locust St., Ste 213, Denver. 303–282–9439 or Stress Management for Healthy Longevity Monthly Educational Series–2–3pm. Learn how stress affects our aging and how to slow down the process. This month’s topic is LOVE. Free. MorningStar Assisted Living, 2800 Youngfield St., Lakewood. Nikki Crouse 303–233–4343 or Anesthesia Free Teeth Cleaning for dogs and cats–10–3pm. Hero’s Pets, 8086 W. Bowles Avenue, Unit N, Littleton. Info/appts 303–972–1926, . Adoption Day with Dumb Friends League –10–3pm. Hero’s Pets, 8086 W. Bowles Avenue, Unit N, Littleton. Info/appts 303–972–1926 , . What All Kids Wish Their Parents Knew with Foster Cline, M.D.–7pm. The co–founder of the Love and Logic Institute is making a lively, laugh and learn presentation, packed with take–home–value to immediately use. $15. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. 303–237–8851 or

savethedate SPIRITUALITY & MEDITATION Saturday, February 11, 11am Interested in a spiritual path based on meditation, ethical living, service to others and love for all creation? Interested in awakening to the possibilities of your higher self? Discover your true potential as soul. Sant Mat is a practical spiritual path based on meditation on the inner Light and Sound, ethical values, service to others and love for all creation. Its goal is to enable the soul to return and merge into its source. Discipline, dedication and help of a spiritual Master are essential. Free. Boulder Public Library, 11th & Arapahoe - Boulder. Given by representatives of Sant Baljit Singh. Info 303-921-2765 or

FOR THE NEXT 7 GENERATIONS Saturday, February 18, 10:30am-1pm Documentary film of the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers, filmed on location in the Amazon, Mexico, North America, and India with the Dalai Lama. After the film, Karen will guide us on 2 “journeys” to our healing and sacred space to meet our Teacher or Helping Spirit. $10 includes snacks and beverages. Please call 303-665-0175 or see for details. To see the trailer, go to

6TH ANNUAL COLORADO ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL February 23-25 The Colorado Environmental Film Festival (CEFF) celebrates the power of film to inspire, educate, and motivate audiences. The CEFF includes local and national feature length and short films for all ages, thought-provoking dialogue, festival celebrations for filmmakers and audiences, children’s films, a filmmaker forum, and information from a variety of environmental groups. The festival presents informative and entertaining films that explore interconnected ecological, social and economic themes. Location: American Mountaineering Center, 710 10th St, Golden.

SPIRIT JOURNEY: LEVEL 1 Saturday, March 31, 10am-5pm Learn the history of ancient spiritual practices. In guided meditations, you will “journey” to meet your Spirit Guides and Power Animals and ask them questions. Workshop cost of $150 includes “Shamanic Journeying” and CD by Sandra Ingerman; and a kit of Egyptian Method Earth Acupuncture rods to create sacred space. Please call 303-665-0175 or see for details.

2 DAYS TO SUCCESS- CLEAR THE BLOCKS! Saturday & Sunday, March 31 - April 1, 9:30am-5pm Transform your inner critic, let go of limiting beliefs, and set a path to joy and freedom. In this weekend intensive, we will use powerful principles from Jack Canfield, coupled with Sedona Method Releasing, Visualization and Creative Modalities. We all know that self-doubt and negative self beliefs are the destroyers of dreams; let’s process those annoying limitations and release them forever. Sneak preview Wednesday, 2/29, 6:30pm. $387 by 3/9, $437 after 3/9. Smithson Clinic, 2825 Vallejo Street, Denver. Facilitator: Melanie Smithson, MA, LPC, BC-DMT, CHt, 303-762-8994,

SAI MAA - WAKE UP! April 27 - 29, Denver Convention Center The planet is shifting and your soul is calling. Come be with Sai Maa in 2012, a spiritual luminary and master of transformation, for an extraordinary weekend where you can step into your vibrant health, divine joy and self-mastery. Accelerate your transformation with Sai Maa! The event will be April 27 - 29, 2012 in Denver at the Denver Convention Center. Opening Public Event April 27 @ 7:30 pm. For more information and registration visit

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Trance Dance: “The Inner Journey–7:30–10pm. Bring a blindfold, eat lightly, wear free flowing clothing. $20. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303–731–6695.

FEBRUARY 11, SATURDAY Dream Power–Unleashing Your Inner Messages with Tryna Cooper–2–4:30pm. Ever wondered what your dreams really mean or what insight and guidance might be hidden in your dream messages? Learn about dream symbolism and interpretation. $20. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303–731–6695. Tryna 303–550–4223 or Thyroid Disorders, Gluten Intolerance and Auto– Immune Disease–10:30am–Noon. Learn how thyroid disorders, gluten intolerance and auto–immune disorders are related and what you can do for yourself to support recovery. Learn tools you can employ immediately. Free. Smithson Clinic, 2825 Vallejo St., Denver. Gail Smithson, LAc, 303–762–8994, or Health & Wealth Class–7:30pm. See descrip Jan 1st. Also 2/16@1pm. FREE. RSVP Heather 303–753–2665.

FEBRUARY 12, SUNDAY Secrets of a Soulful Relationship–2–5pm.Pre–Valentine’s Day couple’s seminar to celebrate and enrich your relationship with your partner. Early bird Feb 1 $59/cple; $67 after. Journeys for Conscious Living.–events/ Tea Talks for Women Presents “Creativity Is a Spiritual Practice” with Jan Phillips, award–winning author–2:30–4:30pm. Activate your creative energy as we merge thought and feeling to spark our imagination, unleash our inspiration and share our wisdom. $10. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. 303–232–4079 or Partner Yoga Workshop: The Art Of Giving And Receiving – 2:30–4:30pm. Series of partner flows designed to help cultivate a sense of presence – both internally and with our partner – through movement, breath and other channels of non–verbal communication. No yoga exp nece! $30pp.Yama Yoga Village, 6818 S Dallas Way, Greenwood Village.


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Romance Angels Workshop–7–9pm. Whether single or in a relationship, the Romance Angels can help you experience greater joy and bliss in your love life. Work with them to manifest the romantic relationship you desire and more. $40. Journey Within; Inside Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. Anita Destino, Founder of Journey

Within 720–413–7303, or

FEBRUARY 15, WEDNESDAY Oneness Blessing–5:30–6:30pm. See descrip Feb 1. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. 303–237–8851 or Flying Forward with Effortless Ease and Flow–the Skills to Thrive in 2012–7–9:30pm. Jennifer Hough, speaker, author, coach, trainer, and founder of “The Vital You” and “The Get Out of Your Own Way” course, helps you thrive. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303– 731–6695 or Jeannie 905–640–2033x21 or Sedona Method Releasing–10:30am–Noon. Simple, powerful technique uncovers your natural ability to let go of unwanted feelings. Set goals to clear limiting beliefs in a warm, supportive environment. $25 in advance/$35 at door. Smithson Clinic, 2825 Vallejo St., Denver. Melanie Smithson, MA, LPC, BC–DMT, CHt, 303–762–8994, melaniesmithson. com or Women’s Wellness Support Group–6pm. See descrip 2/1. $35. Ruth Sharon 303–796–7004 or

FEBRUARY 16, THURSDAY Turn Up Your Metabolic Flame and Lose Weight the No–Diet Way–7–8:30pm. Rev up your calorie burning furnace; reclaim your appetite for life, love, inspiration, fun and energy. Free. Stress Management Services, 5600 Arapahoe Ave., Ste 203, Boulder. Rachael Codina 970–315–4006 or Brain Balance Achievement Center Informational Lecture–12pm. Lecture covers the brain function of a child that struggles with academics, socialization and behavior. Discuss how to help your child overcome these issues without medications! Free. Brain Balance Achievement Center, 1211 Avery St., Golden. RSVP 303–278–1780 or Angel Healing Clinic–7:15–7:45pm. Instructors will communicate messages from the Angels and assist in healing for the individual and the entire group. $25/15 min indiv at 8pm by appt.; $10/Group healing. Journey Within; Inside Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio, 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. Anita Destino, Founder of Journey Within, 720–413–7303, or Oneness Deekshas & Sacred Sound with Ann Hines & Donna Baldwin–7–9pm. Oneness Deeksha experience with live Sacred Sound from crystal bowls and Native–American flute. Third Thursday of the Month. $20. Journeys For Conscious Living 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303–731–6695 or

FEBRUARY 17, FRIDAY Tibetan Cranial Lecture and Demonstration with Master teacher Shar Lee–7–9 pm. What Tibetan Cranial is all about, sharing of experiences, Q&A, short session. Free. Crossroads Gardens, 1800 30th St. Suite 201A, Boulder. Karen 303–772–0454 or Yoga for Trauma and Addiction Workshop for Healthcare Providers–6:30–9pm. 3–hour course designed for counselors, therapist and other professionals whose clients have issues with trauma and addiction. $35. SPAN Outreach Center, 835 North St., Boulder. RSVP Harpers Ridge Canine Chiropractor–2–4pm. Hero’s Pets, 8086 W. Bowles Avenue, Unit N, Littleton. Info/appts 303–972–1926 , Dr. Joe Dispenza Introductory Lecture–7–9:30pm. Change your thoughts, change your life! Learn practical techniques to remove self–destructive habits and create lasting change in your life. $40 advance/$50 door. DoubleTree Hotel (the “Castle”, I–25 and 120th St.) Thornton. 970–443–0732 or Dr. Joe Dispenza–Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: Intensive Workshop (Level 1): Fri–Sun. $290 Early Bird (by Feb. 8) DoubleTree Hotel (the “Castle”, I–25 and 120th St.) Thornton, CO. 970–443–0732 Becoming a Love and Logic Parent with Rev. Barry Ebert–7–9pm. 6 Fridays. Build a happier family and gain practical techniques to use immediately. $105–individual; $170–couple. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. 303–232–4079 or

FEBRUARY 18, SATURDAY Heal Your Body in a Single Session Series–8amNoon. Learn to use mind/body techniques to clear hearing and congestion issues. Tune into your lymphatic system, and any glandular incongruities and inconsistencies. $40. The Fast Focusing Center, 88 Inverness Circle, H-107, Centennial. RSVP 303 7088817. Introduction to SoulCollage–1–4pm. Access your inner wisdom by making your own deck of collage cards. Each card represents an aspect of your personality. Snacks/supplies provided. $55. Ironwood at the Ranch, Westminster. RSVP Betsy McLain, MA, LPC, CACIII, 303–362–3180,, or Brain Balance Achievement Center Informational Lecture–6:30pm. Lecture covers the brain function of a child that struggles with academics, socialization and behavior. Discuss how to help your child overcome these issues without medications! Free. Brain Balance Achievement Center, 1211 Avery St., Golden. RSVP 303–278–1780 or

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


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


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Whose Time Is It Anyway? And who is winding your clock?–9am–1pm. Time is our most precious commodity yet we struggle to manage it wisely. Join us for some meaningful exploration and interaction. (For men only). $15. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. 303–237–8851 or Facebook Marketing Power–10am–5pm. Technology & Empowerment Specialist Robby Robbins teaches advanced Facebook techniques to increase you earnings. $197. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303–731–6695 or Oils for Healthy Living–2–4pm. Learn how to enjoy greater health naturally! Sample oils that reduce stress and inflammation, muscle discomfort and more. YoungLiving Oils are nature’s drop for better living. FREE. Eli Ashby Healing Arts Center, 7401 Grandview Ave., Arvada. 303–463–6565 or

FEBRUARY 19, SUNDAY Community HU Song–10:30–11am. Denver/Boulder, non–denom Community HU song, an ancient name for God sung for spiritual upliftment. Free. ECKANKAR Center of Denver, 5800 E. Evans Ave., 303–756–9287 or Boulder, 1800 30th St., Ste 208, 303–443–1610 or Eck– Men’s Spiritual Growth Circle–How to Make Your Brain Work for You with Michael Blevins, MA–2:30–4:30pm. Michael helps us examine how we became who we are and shares tools for generating positive changes and a better state of being. $7. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. 303–237–8851 or

FEBRUARY 20, MONDAY “Start Where You Are” Book Discussion–7–8:15pm. 6–week series explores Pema Chodron’s popular book and studies the traditional Buddhist slogans on which the book is based. Examine the relevance of traditional Tibetan Buddhist philosophy to our modern lives. $40. Mayu Sanctuary, 1804 S. Pearl St., Ste D, Denver. 303–832–0033 or New Moon Goddess Circle–7pm–9pm. New Moon Goddess Circle with drumming, dance, ceremonies, teachings, and networking. Bring a snack to share and a love offering for the center. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303–731–6695.

FEBRUARY 21, TUESDAY Growing a Business–6:30–8:30pm. For the gardening entrepreneur, this class covers business plans, marketing, resources, an introduction to Quickbooks, estimating, tips for getting a job completed and much more. (4 sessions) $124. Denver Botanic Gardens 1007 York St., Denver. 720–865–3580 or A Basic 5–Week Meditation–7–9pm. Achieve a lifelong transformation, relax and create change in your life. Let go of negativity and stress–make room for positivity and health. Learn lifelong skills to a personal practice in our 5–week meditation. $180. Journey Within; Inside Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. Anita Destino, Founder of Journey Within, 720–413–7303, or

FEBRUARY 22, WEDNESDAY Heal the Healers–7–9pm. Designed for healers to share their gifts and receive time on the table too. All healers invited. Bring your energy, tools, and a snack to share. 4th Wed of month. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303–731–6695.

Sampling the Sonya Skin Care Collection–6:30pm. Aloe vera works as an adaptogen, this means it suits ALL skin types no matter what the age, type or indeed the environment the skin is in. La Quinta Hotel, 4460 Peoria St, Denver. BRING YOUR FRIENDS. RSVP Mercedes at 720–226–4617.

FEBRUARY 23, THURSDAY Anti–Aging Skin Care 101 Presentation–6pm. Dr Katia Meier and the Clear Sky Medical team. Attend the presentation and enter your name in a raffle to win a special facial for February: Chocolate Covered Cherry Resurfacing Treatment, an $80 Value! Clear Sky Medical, 9085 E Mineral Circle #260, Centennial. RSVP 303–790–7860.

FEBRUARY 24, FRIDAY Thai Herbal Compressing–6:30–8:30pm. Learn to use Thai herbal compresses in your healing practice or on yourself. Compresses have been used in Thailand for over 2,500 years to relieve pain, relax muscles, reduce inflammation, and dissolve anxiety. FREE. Denver Integrative Massage School, 2414 W 32nd Ave., Denver.

FEBRUARY 25, SATURDAY Prenatal Yoga Introduction for Yoga Teachers– 9am–6pm. Sat– Sun. Enhance yoga teaching skills for occasional pregnant student. Continuing education reviews anatomy changes and basics in adapting postures to support a pregnant student. $290. PranaYoga and Ayurveda Mandala, 3333 Federal Blvd., Denver. Hansa 303–432–8099, or Heal Your Body in a Single Session Series–8amNoon. Ever heard of De-molecular Manifestation and Molecular De-manifestation? De-molecular manifestation is communicating with your molecules to create something; molecular de-manifestation is communicating with your molecules to make something go away. Learn how to use these techniques on everything from arthritis to tumors to moles. $40. The Fast Focusing Center, 88 Inverness Circle, H-107, Centennial. RSVP 303 708-8817.

FEBRUARY 26, SUNDAY Getting the Most Out of Your Home Garden– 9am–Noon. Whether your home garden is 50 or 500 square feet, make the most of it. Learn easy–to–use techniques for maximizing your vegetable production. $32/member; $36/non–member.

Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., Denver. 720–865–3580, or Reiki I Class–9am–4:30pm. A beginning REIKI I class, taught by Kathryn Brown, a Master Reiki Teacher/Practitioner for over 25 years. Reiki II and Master Level III to follow. Retakes welcome. $150 includes Level One instruction book and lunch, Retake Special–$50. Centennial. Kathryn Brown 303–796–0999. Heal Your Body in a Single Session Series–8am– 5pm. Learn to use mind/body techniques to stop aging and stressing through the techniques of Access Consciousness ® Bars. $200. The Fast Focusing Center, 88 Inverness Circle, H-107, Centennial. RSVP 303 708-8817. Holistic Healing/Psychic/Vendor Fair–11am– 5:30pm. Gifts, complimentary healing modalities– massage, shamanic foot baths, reiki, healing touch, oils, crystal bowls, and bars. Palmists, tarot, intuitive and astrology. Crystals, jewelry, oils, clothing. $20/20 mins or per vendor or as offered. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303–731–6695.

FEBRUARY 27, MONDAY Free Conscious Movie–“Vanishing of the Bees”– 7:30pm. It’s a phenomenon with a name – Colony Collapse Disorder – but no explanation or solution exists. This documentary details the economic, political and ecological consequences of a dwindling world honeybee population. FREE. Center of Light, 2300 Forest St. 720–308–9944 or

FEBRUARY 28, TUESDAY Brain Balance Achievement Center Informational Lecture–6:30pm. Lecture covers the brain function of a child that struggles with academics, socialization and behavior. Discuss how to help your child overcome these issues without medications! Free. Brain Balance Achievement Center, 1211 Avery St., Golden. RSVP 303–278–1780 or Aging is a Preventable Disease–6:30–7:30pm. Dr. Terry Grossman, author of Transcend, research scientist and private practice MD offers a FREE talk to share wisdom and knowledge re: his latest works on anti–aging medicine and longevity. FREE. MorningStar Senior Living, 2800 Youngfield St., Lakewood. RSVP Nikki Crouse 303–233–4343,

lookingahead 2011 MARCH 10-11 Healing Touch Level 1–8:30am - 6pm. Healing Touch is a gentle, complimentary energy-based approach to health and healing that restores harmony and balance to the human energy system. $340 by 2/16; after $365. Comfort Suites, 7060 E. County Line Road, Highlands Ranch. 303-470-6572. ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=HealingTouch-L1-3.2012.

FRIDAY/SATURDAY/SUNDAY, MARCH 16-18 Dr. Joe Dispenza: Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: Progressive Workshop– (Combined Level 2/3). $420 Early Bird (by Mar. 1). Must attend Level 1 prior to this workshop. Omni Interlocken Resort, Broomfield.

FRIDAY/SATURDAY/SUNDAY, APRIL 20-22 Dr. Joe Dispenza: Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: Coherence & Healing Workshop– (Level 3.5pi). $475 Early Bird (by Mar. 30). Must attend Level 2/3 prior to this workshop. Cheyenne Mountain Resort, Colorado Springs.

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ongoingevents monday Community Thai Yoga Massage Student Clinic– 11 am-8:30pm. Student sessions available to the public. Our sessions combine Thai yoga massage with Asian and Western massage techniques. $21/60 min, $28/90 min. Denver Integrative Massage School, 2414 W. 32nd Ave., Denver. Appt req 720-316-8888 or

tuesday Modern-Day Meditation–7:30-10pm. Music guides you to a calm and open state, think clearly about daily life changes and find a deeper spiritual connection. First class free. Colorado Health and Wellness Center, 126 W 5th Ave., Denver. Lily 303-524-4040, diane@miracle. org or Community Thai Yoga Massage Student Clinic– 11am-8:30pm. See description Mondays. Low-Cost Community Clinic–Tues/Thurs by appt. We offer Stress Management Consultation, Coaching, Self-Healing Instruction and Bodywork. After a comprehensive assessment of your stressors and their root causes, we offer consultation, coaching and resources to manage them. $45 or sliding scale. Stress Management Services, 5600 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder. Velina 303-717-7709 or

wednesday Free Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing–6-7pm. A healing is an energy clearing, like an “energy car wash.” We release negative energy blocking you from growth and stopping you from creating the life you desire. Donations welcome. Journey Within; Inside Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio, 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. Anita Destino, Founder of Journey Within 720-413-7303, or Tai Chi–6-7pm. 1 hr drop-in class for practice in standing meditation, qi gong and Yang style long form Tai Chi Chuan. Work on physical and perceptual level to discover how mind, body & spirit are aligned through movement. No exp nec. Loose fitting clothing rec. $15. Mayu Sanctuary, 1804 S. Pearl St., suite D, Denver. 303-832-0033 or

thursday Weekly Free Healing Energy Clinic in Wheat Ridge– 6:30-7:30pm. A healing is an energy clearing, like a psychic massage. During a healing, unnecessary energy one is cleared, incl blocks to growth and flow. Clarity and contentment restored. Donations apprec, but not req’d. Readings available after clinic- $25. Inner Connection Institute North Side location: 4325 Harlan St., Wheat Ridge. 303-257-4797 or Aura and Chakra Healings–6-7pm. Negative energy is gently removed from your body and replaced with your own positive energy. You will feel great and be ready take your next steps. Free Psychic readings from 7-8:30 by appt. Free. Boulder Psychic Institute, 1332 Pearl St, Boulder. 303-530-0920 or


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Free Psychic Readings–7-8:30pm. Schedule a 1.5 hour reading. Learn about your soul essence, past lives, and aura. Ask personal questions to get a psychic perspective about what is really going on. FREE. Boulder Psychic Institute, 1332 Pearl St., Boulder. 303-530-0920, or Community Thai Yoga Massage Student Clinic– 11am-8:30pm. See descrip Mondays.

friday Low-Cost Clinic: Anti-Aging Facial & Massage– 9am-6pm. Paula Quezada and Velina Lujan, expert

practitioners, offer a package special to pamper face and body. $99/1 hr massage,45 min facial. Frontier Medical Institute ~ Grossman Wellness Center, 2801 Youngfield St., Suite 117 Golden. Velina Lujan 303717-7709 or

sunday Guided Meditation Class–9:15-9:45am. Open to beginners & people already practicing. Jen will guide you through 30 min practice. Free. Yama Yoga Village, 6818 S Dallas Way,Greenwood Village. 303790-6818 or

classifieds Business Opportunities Local network marketing company needs your help! Be your own boss, work your own hours, and get healthy. Looking for highly motivated people to help me spread the word about top of the line health supplements that REALLY work. Will train the right person to join my team! Contact Tammy Hanneman720-877-4004. International Health and Beauty Company with $2.9 billion a year turnover Seeks Successful Driven Self-Motivated individuals/couples with Business Experience. If you want to earn extra income without compromising your current career/ business, or looking for a lifestyle changing opportunity LOOK NO FURTHER. If you are open-minded, and would like to find out if this business is for you, do not hesitate. Call me! Free Information. Independent Distributor of Forever Living Products: MERCEDES PERALTA. ID# 001002402522. 720-226-4617. Work at Home Opportunity! Backed by BBB, Awesome support to help you reach your goals! NO SELLING, NO INVENTORY. FREE WEBSITE, FREE TRAINING. Contact Heather at 303-6463331 or fill out form at Looking for a way to bring in extra money? Maybe even a second income? Come change the world with us - one child at a time! We are looking for health-minded people who have a heart for helping others. If you like to educate others, believe in the power of whole food nutrition, and want to make a difference, this might be a fit for you. Please contact Heather @ 303-753-2665 for details and questions. Have a healthy, happy day!

Healthy Resources Self-Care Winter Special: Laska Counseling LLC is offering $30 off individual therapy session. We help with life transitions, grief, trauma, addictions, depression, body image and self- esteem issues. To Redeem mention code: Winter Promo. Laska Counseling LLC. Nina Danhorn, 720-924-1595.

I have something EVERYONE is missing! Do you have diabetes, arthritis, tired, sick, whatever it may be I can help you! Cutting edge top of the line supplements that are missing from our bodies. All 90 essential nutrients, along with those specific to your needs. Money back guarantee. Contact Tammy Hanneman at 720-877-4004.

Job Opportunities Denver professional in need of low cost, dynamic website incorporating hosting, design, blog, video, SEO and weekly maintenance for ongoing events. Please email Trish at Clear Sky Medical in Centennial is looking for a licensed Physician’s Assistant or Nurse Practitioner to join our team. We are a cutting edge preventive medicine clinic, utilizing holistic, integrative and functional medicine and Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to deliver the utmost success in patient wellbeing and care. The right candidate is knowledgeable and has experience in the field of preventive medicine, has excellent communication skills, great work ethics and be willing to work in a dynamic work environment. A clean work history, no work restrictions are required. Please contact/send resume/ email to Salespeople wanted! Earn a generous commission selling ads for Natural Awakenings; 10% for warm leads or appointments or 25% for handling clients. Must have some sales experience. Will train. Email Earn additional income in 3 days per month delivering Natural Awakenings near your home!Must be available for 3 days at the end of the month and have your own transportation. Need reliable, trustworthy people who could use a little extra cash. Email

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communityresourceguide BEAUTY HEALTHY AGING CLEAR SKY MEDICAL Katia I. Meier, M.D. Panorama Falls 9085 E Mineral Circle, #260 Centennial, CO 80112 303-790-7860 Board Certified Holistic MD specializing in Healthy Aging, Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement therapy, Nutritional analysis and Therapy, Medical Aesthetics and non-surgical rejuvenation treatments, Homeopathy, Herbology, Naturopathic Medicine, Personalized Detoxification Programs, Medical Weight Loss for men and women. Treating all ages and most insurance welcomed. Call for more information today. See ad, page 20.

FIT BODY ANNETTE BRAY, CSCS, YOGA INSTRUCTOR 2749 Iris Ave, Boulder 720-470-1771 Annette’s mission is to coach you to attain your physical and mental potential using the therapeutic principles of yoga. Find ease in movement and help your body maintain fluidity and stay active for the long-term. Annette has been a wellness practitioner for 15 years after completing a degree in Kinesiology. She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Teacher Training graduate in the study of Anusara yoga. Her science background combined with her intuitive sense allows her to assess what the body needs as well as feel what your body is receptive to in making positive change.

HEALTHY KIDS LEARNING & BEHAVIORAL CHALLENGES BRAIN BALANCE ACHIEVEMENT CENTER OF GOLDEN Highlands Ranch Location Opening 2012 1211 Avery Street, Golden 303-278-1780 Brain Balance offers individualized and comprehensive approaches to helping children with neurobehavioral and learning difficulties. Our mission is to help each child reach his or her greatest physical, mental, social and academic potential. We are brain-based, not drug based. We know that the brain can be changed— which means your child’s problems aren’t permanent, and the situation isn’t hopeless. Customized physical and cognitive exercises, combined with dietary change can correct the underlying imbalance, improve function and reduce/eliminate negative behaviors. Call to schedule a tour of the center and learn how we can help your child. See ad page 19.


Healthy Living: Board Certified Holistic MD or see ad page 20.


INTEGRATIVE HEALTH RED TAIL WELLNESS CENTERS Ian Hollaman, DC 3393 Iris Ave. #105, Boulder 303-882-8447 Ian Hollaman, DC focuses on difficult and chronic cases such as elevated glucose and cholesterol, thyroid disorders, and novel solutions to pain and injuries. He holds a proficiency level in professional Applied Kinesiology and has accumulated hundreds of hours in post graduate nutrition. See ad page 2.



Katia I. Meier, M.D. Panorama Falls 9085 E Mineral Circle, #260 Centennial, CO 80112 303-790-7860

Karen Hollaman, DC, LMT 3393 Iris Ave., Boulder 303-882-8447

Family practice physician specializing in Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement therapy, Neurotransmitter balancing, comprehensive Nutritional analysis and therapy, Homeopathy, Herbology, Naturopathic Medicine, Personalized Detoxification Programs, Medical Weight Loss and Cosmetic procedures. Treating all ages and most insurance welcomed. Call for more information today. See ad, page 20.

BODYWORK BOWEN THERAPY WITH JACKIE BURSON Cottonwood Clinic 1976 West Iliff Ave., Englewood 303-945-9780 Health Bowen Therapy is very effective for pain that has not been alleviated by any other method, particularly for frozen shoulder. A Bowen session takes between 30 to 60 minutes, is very gentle and doesn’t require removal of clothing. It is the perfect technique for anyone who has tried everything but still has pain. Most people find relief within 3 treatments. For diseases like Parkinsons, MS, etc. it can give a better quality of life. I have been a Massage Therapist for 25 years, a Bowen Therapist for 15 years, and am the previous owner of The Cottonwood School of Massage Therapy.

DENTIST VIBRANCE DENTISTRY WITH DR. CATE VIEREGGER 7400 E Crestline Circle, Ste 230, Greenwood Village 303-770-1116

After a 4 year ‘Medical Mystery’ in my teenage years, I learned the true value of health from a holistic chiropractor. Because of her understanding of how the body heals itself when given the proper support, I was given a second chance at life. Chiropractic resonated with me and I knew I wanted to offer women and children the same hope and care I had been generously given. If you or your family struggles with health issues please contact the Red Tail Wellness Center so I can help you take flight again and let your health soar. See ad page 2.


Healthy Living: Board Certified Holistic MD or see ad page 20.

HEALTHY MIND BODY-CENTERED PSYCHOTHERAPY BJ BROWN, MSW, CIBP Conscious Living and Body-Mind Vibrance Coach Reiki Master, Shamanic Practitioner 303-808-4006 Boulder, CO Individuals, couples, families and groups can have a deeper sense of wholeness, integrity, health and joy, where we create a container in which you discover the source of your well being. I bring my commitment, presence, humor and expertise in the areas of relationship, trauma, spirituality, life transition, addiction, and body-mind awareness. Long distance consultations also offered. Please see my website for information on my recently published book, The Six Gates of Completion - A Companion in Life’s Transitions, available on Kindle, The Boulder Bookstore, and The Tattered Cover.

At Vibrance Dentistry, we believe that oral healthcare should be a pleasant and relaxing experience. Our state-of-the-art equipment and spa-like amenities allow us to offer services that transcend traditional dentistry and promote whole-body wellness. Whether your goal is to encourage a healthy attitude towards oral health in your children or ease your own anxiety about dental procedures, our friendly staff and relaxing atmosphere will change the way you approach dental care. See ad page 8.

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EATING DISORDERS/ BODY IMAGE KATE B. DAIGLE, MA, NCC Kate Daigle Counseling, LLC 709 Clarkson Street, Denver 720-340-1443 Kate Daigle, MA, NCC is a Registered Psychotherapist and National Certified Counselor treating men and women with eating disorders, body image and self-esteem concerns. Are you hoping to live free of destructive eating patterns, distorted thoughts, and low self confidence? Kate helps you decrease harmful behaviors and thoughts and to cultivate inner peace with body, mind, and spirit. Through personal experience and clinical training, Kate understands what it feels like to be disconnected between mind and body and utilizes empathy, honesty, mindfulness and other effective techniques to help others find freedom as well. Kate treats men and women of all ages, couples and families, and provides free educational talks on symptoms and treatment of eating disorders. Call or email today for a free consultation and for more information.

COACHING & MASSAGE VELINA LUJAN, MA, CMT Certified Holistic Stress Manager Certified QiGong Healer & Gerontology Naropa & Esalen Offices in Boulder & Golden 303-717-7709 Overwhelmed by the magnitude of your responsibilities? Need more peace, energy and vitality while pursuing your vision? Come alive as you free yourself of the stressors that have gotten in the way of your life’s work. Velina supports you in managing stress more effectively through practical, time efficient and highly effective methods. She motivates, inspires and gently yet powerfully supports you on your journey with unique skills, training and background. With a passion to inspire and motivate you to realize your highest self, she touches hearts and minds, bringing healing and hope. Bodywork is a nurturing complement, helping to break through the body armor and drop into the deeper issues that lie beneath the surface. Call now for your FREE introductory 15-minute consultation. 303-717-7709.

PSYCHOLOGY & GROWTH EVA SZUCS, PSYD, P.C. 1660 S. Albion St. # 309 Denver, CO 80222 720-556-7689 Dr. Szucs helps adult individuals and couples to gain insight into their presenting problems and learn healthy ways to manage life’s stressors. Dr. Szucs specializes in treating Eating Disorders, Trauma, Substance Abuse, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Mood Disorder, and provides Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills training in group or individual settings. She also provides psychological assessment, ADHD evaluation, and Intelligence testing for adults and children. Flexible schedule. Insurance and Credit cards are not accepted. Contact Dr. Szucs to schedule a free phone consultation.


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KATHY HIGGINS, MS, MA, LPC, CACII, EMDR Deer Creek Counseling 7345 South Pierce St., Ste 110 Littleton, CO 80128 720-663-7702 Kathy helps individuals bring about change in order to live more effective and joyful lives, using Interpersonal, Dialectical and Person-Centered therapies as well as Hypnotherapy. Kathy specializes in treating Depression and Bipolar Mood Disorder; Trauma and PTSD with EMDR; Phobias, Anxiety, and OCD; Eating Disorders; Recovery from Addictions, Career Change and Alternative Spirituality. Flexible schedule to meet your needs. Insurance and Credit Cards Accepted. Free 30 minute consultation to see if you can benefit from psychotherapy with Kathy, call 720-663-7702 or visit for online scheduling.

CONSULTANT: TOOLS FOR ABUNDANT LIVING SC CARROLL ASSOCIATES LLC Susannah Carroll PO Box 18846, Denver, CO 80218 303-861-4338 Motivational consultant supercharging your incarnation with tools and resources on finding clarity on your life’s direction and techniques for staying calm in any situation and living abundantly and prosperously. The techniques are a mixture of east/west philosophies and designed for use anywhere and anytime. We work with individuals, business executives, entrepreneurs, sales teams and more! Offering a FREE 30-minute phone consultation for first time clients. Email for more information today.

MICHAEL PERRY | PSYCHOTHERAPIST 4845 Pearl East Circle, Suite 101, Boulder 303-513-5388 (not .com) Michael has developed a powerful combination of psychotherapy and coaching that brings emotional healing while developing a positive mindset, motivation, and techniques for taking control of your present and future. Sessions are filled with positive energy and unconditional support. Effectiveness of therapy is the number one priority and progress is measured in weeks not years. Your happiness is important. If you are not completely satisfied with your life as it is now, please contact Michael for a free consultation.

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

NATURAL PET DOG TRAINING MISHA MAY FOUNDATION Lorraine May, Executive Director 303-239-0382 Understanding Dogs Class and Dog Trainer Apprentice Classes start in January! Understanding Dogs: Unique opportunity to receive an evaluation, treatment plan and coaching experience with your dog. The approach is holistic, with positive reinforcement techniques tailored to each individual dog and situation. Dog Trainer Apprentice Class: Become a dog trainer utilizing behavior science, holistic approaches and positive reinforcement techniques tailored to each individual dog, pet parent and specific situation. Learn to evaluate behavior, design exercises, coach humans, handle dogs, deliver presentations, and resolve and prevent a variety of behavior problems.

NUTRITION HEALTHY SUPPLEMENTS HEATHER CLARK 303-753-2665 For the price of an apple a day, give you and your family 27 whole, raw fruits, veggies and berries in a capsule. It’s the easiest way to make sure you are getting the proper nutrition every day without having to keep track of the 7-13 fruits and vegetables a day recommended by the USDA. Numerous independent clinical research studies, conducted in leading hospitals and universities around the world and published in peer-reviewed scientific journals, have supported the health benefits. Business opportunities also available. Call me today to add your children to the largest Children’s Health Study in the country!

INDEPENDENT DISTRIBUTOR OF FOREVER LIVING PRODUCTS MERCEDES PERALTA ID# 001002402522 720-226-4617 Aloe Vera provides benefits to you such as digestive and immune function support, inflammatory response, oral and skin health, and also helps to maintain healthy weight and energy levels, and more! Forever Living has dozens of products featuring a patent stabilized aloe vera formula in its purest, most potent form such as Aloe Vera drinks, skin care, and cosmetics. We own the plantations, processing plants, manufacturing facilities and distribution center enabling us to ensure its purity, potency and efficacy. (Business Opportunity available)



Coming in March

THE ASPEN PROGRAM FOR PSYCHIC DEVELOPMENT Bringing Psychic Education into the Mainstream Karen Fox, Ph.D., Psychic & Educator, Director Englewood, Aurora, Lakewood 303-942-0646 Everyone is psychic, and everyone can improve this innate ability. The Aspen Program offers training so you can use your psychic abilities for yourself or to become a professional psychic! Take the classes you want or study for a certificate: Psychic, MedicalHealth Intuitive, Spirit Medium, Business Intuitive, Transpersonal Awareness. Offers a wide variety of classes and teachers.


Healthy Living: Board Certified Holistic MD or see ad page 20.





JOURNEY WITHIN Inside Rishi’s Crossing Yoga, 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood Anita Destino 720-413-7303 Journey Within is a safe place for people interested in creating change in their lives. We focus on spiritual growth, developing your intuition and personal development. We have several ways you can give to yourself. We offer: Free Energy Healings, Angel Healings, Guided Meditations, Meditation Classes, Workshops and Intuitive Readings/Healings. A great way to meet us is to join us for a Free Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing held on every Wednesday from 6-7 pm, open to everyone.

PERSONAL & BUSINESS EMPOWERMENT FAST FOCUSING CENTER 88 Inverness Circle East, H-107, Centennial 303-708-8817

INNER CONNECTION INSTITUTE CHURCH OF INFINITE SPIRIT 2755 South Locust St., Suite 213 Denver 303-282-9439 A non-denominational, spiritual sanctuary offering clairvoyant reading and healing services, meditation classes, psychic development programs, ministerial services, and ordination programs. Locations in Denver and Wheat Ridge. We support you in creating the life you desire, and show you how through easy, effective techniques. Free aura clearing and chakra balancing in Wheat Ridge every Thursday 6:30 - 7:30pm. Free open channel clinic in Denver on the 2nd Fridays of the month at 7pm. Everyone is welcome! Call for more information. 303-282-9439. See ad page 26.

Changing the Way America Eats Natural Awakenings’

Food & Garden issue explores fresh ways to eat well on a budget.

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Change your life in a single session! The Fast Focusing Center with Director Debera Jensen offers natural alternatives for brain imaging, anti-aging, closed head injury, strokes, learning challenges, psychological difficulties, peak performance and more. The Fast Focusing Center utilizes a variety of techniques to help you overcome m physical, mental and emotional issues. Start your life over and live as you have always dreamed about. Really Living classes offered every month with topics such as Depression, Money Blocks, Let It Go, Confidence, Weight Control. See ad page 5.

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HAVE YOU WANTED TO LOSE THOSE TROUBLE SPOTS BUT CAN’T STAND THE IDEA OF RISKY SURGERY OR DRUGS? Now technology and nature have come together to achieve lipo-suction like results with the power of Light! Class 3-B Cold Lasers are proven safe and effective. Treatment consists of 3 - 30 minute laser and 10 minute whole body vibration sessions weekly for 3 weeks and clients lose an average of 6-9 inches and 5 lbs of pure subcutaneous body fat.



• Achieve results with absolutely No Pain, No Down Time, No Scars, No Drugs! • Call now for your free 30 Minute Consultation & Body Composition Analysis • Loss is measured by pre-tensioned measuring tape, total weight, BMI, subcutaneous fat %, visceral fat %, muscle mass & before and after photographs • 36 laser diodes- 7 times more laser light therapy than previous lipo-lasers • Therapeutic Grade Triangular Oscillation Whole Body Vibration Plate: maximize lymphatic flow & simulates 1 hour light weight training in 10 minutes • Clinical nutrition testing & blood work services are available

9 session Package Reg Price: $2900 Special Offer 9 Sessions for $1800!

Call 720-962-5200 • Asana Body • Cherry Creek Plaza Offices 600 South Cherry Street • Suite 1130 • Denver CO 80246

Mile High Natural Awakenings February 2012  

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

Mile High Natural Awakenings February 2012  

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