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ebruary is the month of Valentine’s Day (14th), Groundhog Day (2nd), The Day the Music Died (3rd),and finally, Public Sleeping Day (28th). February is also Black History month, American Heart month, and Creative Romance month. Unofficially, Feb 16th is National “Do a Grouch a Favor Day,” which coincides with a certain magazine publisher’s birthday. Make of that what you will. If the long winter nights are getting you down, consider finding something new to celebrate. Personally, I’m circling “National Baked Alaska Day” (1st), and “Shower with a Friend Day” (5th)! Of course, this month we address romance and relationships. You’ll find great insights by Rev. David Ridge of Living Water Unity Church in Arvada, and we’re excited to present articles from Jim and Ruth Sharon, and Rob and Janelle Alex. Both of these couples work together, helping and counseling people, and have written books that include your Natural Awakenings publishers! Secrets of a Soulful Marriage: Creating and Sustaining a Loving, Sacred Relationship and Inspiring Couples In Business + In Love are great resources for you. Check out their articles on pages 20-21 and perhaps you’ll want to pick up their books and read with your partner. Additionally, we incorporated a special section on Sleep issues, with great tips from local experts on the best way to get a good night’s rest for you and your whole family. If better sleep is one of your resolutions this year, see those eye-opening articles pages 16-18, and perhaps seek out the advice of one of the experts to help you get back on track. Recently, our computers needed some fine-tuning, and we recommend Doug Osborne, 720-581-2438. He is located in Parker, but can usually fix/diagnose via remote connection. He does good work at fair prices. Lastly, don’t forget to pick up a copy of our January annual Healthy Living Directory of wellness resources! These will be available all year wherever you pick up Natural Awakenings. There are experts, services and products that you won’t find in the regular monthly issues. We hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day (or Baked Alaska Day) and don’t forget: “A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.” ~Irish Proverb


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Eduardo Kobra Brazilian cover artist Eduardo Kobra takes his unique style to transform drab city walls into colorful kaleidoscopic scenes that delight, inspire and intrigue passersby. Many of Kobra’s larger-than-life photorealistic murals depict legendary figures and images, reinterpreting them in his signature geometric blocks of color. The self-taught artist has used the streets as his canvas since age 12, when he joined a São Paulo graffiti crew to express his frustrations and creativity. Today an artistic legend in his own right, Kobra continues to innovate using recycled materials and techniques such as tromp l’oeil on sidewalk paintings, where 3D figures appear to burst from the pavement. Kobra often does detailed research on the neighborhoods where he creates his nostalgic murals to generate historically accurate yet modernized depictions of bygone eras. His project “Memory Walls,” in his hometown, São Paulo, seeks to transform the urban landscape through art and rescue memories of the city. The cover image is of a mural Kobra painted in Chelsea, recreating Alfred Eisenstaedt’s iconic 1945 photo of a couple kissing in Times Square on V-J Day. View the artist’s portfolio at eduardokobra.com.

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ew Hope for the Brain and Awaken Higher Brain Living-Littleton present a special talk by Dr. Penny Montgomery, PhD., on “Concussions and their Lingering Effects” Tue, February 10 from Noon - 1pm. Held at the Heritage Greens Community Room, 4814 E Links Circle in Centennial, Montgomery will discuss how even a single concussion can cause lingering effects – and how to treat those effects. Montgomery has been practicing Neurofeedback since 1968 and uses a cutting-edge electroencephalogram (EEG) that is far more sensitive than the units used in hospitals. She and her partner, Glenda Lippman, Ph.D, are able to restore function and minimize or eliminate symptoms with both new and old concussions. Learn: What happens to the brain during a concussion from the brain’s point of view; How the brain functions during and following a concussion; How the brain heals from concussion; What the brain needs to heal; When sports activities may be resumed safely; How subsequent concussions affect the brain; and Long term effects of concussion on the brain. Talk is $15. RSVP to Kent Johnson of AWAKEN Higher Brain Living Littleton 303907-3468 or KentJ@iAmHigherBrainLiving.com

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he Body Mind Spirit Celebration takes place March 13-15 at the Denver Mart, 451 E 58th Ave. Doors open at 1pm Friday and the event wraps up 6pm Sunday. Admission is $7/day or $15 for the weekend. Celebration is in its 38th year and features readings-$20/20 mins; holistic and metaphysical exhibitors; free lectures; massage; nutritional supplements; jewelry; clothing; crystals & healing gems; aromatherapy; personal growth; Feng Shui & design; authors & books; aura photos; holistic healthcare; New Age art & music; spiritual healers; chiropractors; astrologers; and Tai Chi & Yoga. Speakers include: Hollister Rand, Co-Create Your Life with Spirit; Madalyn Kennedy, Arch Angel Essence Workshop; Donna DeNomme, the 8th Key to Wholeness; Dana Gass, Healing Herbs of the Old Testament; and Chong Bhakti, Creating Conscious Relationships among others. From ancient healing traditions to new-age technology, organizers promise to educate and entertain your body, mind and spirit. For more information, 541-482-3722 x1 or BMSCelebration.com See ad page 7.

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ent Johnson will present a live demonstration of Higher Brain Living® (HBL) at the AWAKEN HBL Center, 2100 W Littleton Blvd., on Monday, February 9th, 7-8pm and Thursday, February 19th, Noon-1pm. According to creator Dr. Michael Cotton DC, HBL allows individuals to alter their electroencephalogram (EEG) brain waves to peaceful levels on par with meditators studying under the Dalai Lama, many of whom have practiced meditation four hours per day over decades. Even beginning HBL clients achieve that level in 10 minutes or less! From this peak state, clients access the “higher” parts of the brain where inspiration, clarity and enthusiasm spring from. Clients report an increase in positive thoughts, improved relationships, increased motivation for work, chores and healthy habits. “It’s humbling to hear the remarkable, life-changing results that my clients share about improved relationships, new positive outlook on life, and health benefits they achieve by practicing Higher Brain Living,” said Kent Johnson, Advanced Facilitator. Are you ready to start creating the habits that will support your best self? Join Kent Johnson at one of these presentations to see if Higher Brain Living is a fit for you. RSVP to Kent Johnson, 303-907-3468 or KentJ@iAmHigherBrainLiving.com. See ad page 3. MileHighNaturalAwakenings.com


Evolve Expo Coming to Denver March 7 & 8

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olorado’s premiere wellness and sustainability event, Evolve Expo: Inspiring Conscious Choices, is coming February 7-8 to the National Western Complex in Denver, with workshops, speakers, live demonstrations, discussions and over 100 exhibitors. Evolve Expo helps you bridge the gap in knowledge about natural foods, sustainability, alternative healthcare, new energy technologies and attainable wealth building to open you to a new level of conscious living. Demonstrations and speakers this year include Natural Grocers Live Cooking stage, RAW Living Expo, Urban gardening, Kids’ Corner with special kids’ activities, and Alternative Energy. Engage with internationally acclaimed researchers and activists, along with local thought leaders to explore effective solutions for us all. The international speakers, businesses, authors, healers, intuitives, artists, musicians, and vendors living from the heart facilitate experiences that will leave you more connected, naturally healthier, more authentically you and living a wealthier, more abundant life. See ad page 32. EvolveExpo.com

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amilies can bring their pets to raise funds for The Youth and Pet Survivors Program© (YAPS) Sunday, February 8 at Tagawa Garden Center 7711 S Parker Rd., Centennial from 10am to 2:30pm. YAPS is a pen-pal program that matches pediatric oncology patients with dogs and cats who have survived cancer or other serious medical conditions. Children and pets (via their owners) establish relationships and communicate through letter writing. This allows children the unique opportunity to share feelings about having cancer with a safe, unconditionally loving animal. Enjoy chair massages, pet gifts and products, photos for Valentine’s Day with your family and pet, $5 nail trims and healthy treats for your pet. The entertainment includes Top Hogs, a comedy-filled trick pig show. Contact the Tagawa Garden Center at 303-690-4722.

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njoy Free Tesla Energy Light and TheraGem Crystal Light Therapy from 11am-5pm February 19 and 21 at Surgical Alternatives, 3470 S Sherman St, Englewood. Frank Woodson uses unique modalities to re-balance and relax your mind, emotions and body. Bio-Magnetism, NESHealth, TheraGem Crystal Therapy, Tesla Energy Lights and NanoVi are the “latest and finest frequency technologies,” says Woodson. Energy balancing reinstates the body’s own magnetic fields and balancing cell voltage. “Tesla Room 1” is located at 4090 S Parker Rd., Suite 206, Aurora. For more information, contact Frank Woodson at woody@teslaenergylights.com or 303-523-6280. See listing page 29.

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newsbriefs I Can Do It! Conference April 24-26

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ay House’s annual I Can Do It!® Conference April 24-26 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver is a one-ofa-kind transformational summit and an opportunity to revitalize the soul, enlighten the mind and spirit, and obtain creative strategies for prospering and thriving in the current world climate. The conference features many of today’s most powerful motivational authors – Louise Hay, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Tara Stiles, Robert Holden, Nick Ortner, and many other bestselling authors and acclaimed speakers. Attend book-signings; buy books, CDs and other products from the onsite bookstore; and enjoy the companionship of people who share like-minded interests, insights and experiences. For reservations and more information please visit Hayhouse.com and search I Can Do It!®, Denver. See ad page 31.

Allie Dodge Acupuncture Partners with Pachamama Farm

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llie Dodge Acupuncture now offers services on-site at Pachamama Farm & Wellness in Longmont. An Open House is scheduled February 15 from 2-5pm. Dodge says she seeks to unite the wellness benefits of fiveelement acupuncture and mind-body services with Pachamama Farm, which integrates organic and sustainable farming practices, medicinal herb cultivation, animal husbandry, educational programs, and community events. Dodge is a licensed acupuncturist and mind-body medicine practitioner in Boulder County, with a Masters Degree in Classical Five-Element Acupuncture from the Institute of Taoist Education and Acupuncture (ITEA) and is certified in Mind-Body Medicine. Contact Allie at 303-818-5507 or alliedodge@yahoo.com. Contact Pachamama Farm at 716-860-3594 or info@pachamamafarm.com

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icole Manion, Colorado Licensed & Insured Esthetician, has joined Taspen’s Organics and Holistic Wellness Center, 12424 Big Timber Dr., Unit 3, Conifer. Taspen’s owner Heather Baruch says, “Nicole is fantastic and I will tell you that her facials are so much more than what you would expect with a facial. We are so excited to have Nicole as a part of our Taspen’s Family and to share her gifts and love with the community using the best products for our bodies and the planet!” Manion will be using Taspen’s organic products on clients, which have no toxic chemicals or preservatives. She offers several facials to cleanse, exfoliate, detoxify, calm, hydrate and protect skin. Taspen’s Organics & Holistic Wellness Center. 303-816-0429 or see ad page 9.

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Local Practitioner Authors Spiritual Amnesia

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enver practitioner Lauren Skye, founder of the Inner Connection Institute, released her new book Spiritual Amnesia: A Wake Up Call to What You Really Are. “Lauren Skye’s deeply personal stories and journey are excellent examples of how we can learn and evolve. Spiritual Amnesia is full of wonderful tools to learn about ourselves, from eye-opening insights to meditation techniques for just about every life situation. Lauren teaches us how, by working with our energy, we can clear out wounds and blocks to help us open more fully to the intertwined nature of our physicality and spirituality,” says Terry Chriswell, publisher, Mile High Natural Awakenings. Available on Amazon.com, Kindle, or InnerConnection.org. LaurenSkye.com.

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unrise Ranch in Loveland is accepting applications for Farm and Garden internships running from April 6 to November 2. This program is designed to give participants the full experience of living in an intentional community among people who share a passion for integrating their lives with the ecology in which they dwell. They offer a work/trade agreement that includes housing, Internet, laundry facilities, gourmet meals, and a $250/ month stipend for periods of one month to the entire growing and harvest season—no experience required. Participants must be physically able to work outdoors all season (there is comfortable living in dormitory-style housing, sharing bedrooms, common areas, and bathrooms) and willing to be flexible to work where needed. Animals are not accepted. The curriculum covers food from farm and garden to the table in the Culinary Academy that creates gourmet meals for all types of specialty diets. They also have a conscious retreat and conference center with many fun events and activities culminating in the Arise Music Festival, a three-day, conscious music festival held every August. More information available at Sunriseranch.org/opportunities. See ad page 26.

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Calcium and Vitamin D May Help Prevent Dental Decay

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study from Argentina’s Buenos Aires University has linked dental caries to low levels of calcium and vitamin D. Dental status and caries risk were assessed by determining the number of decayed, missing and filled teeth, the amount of plaque and the sugar intake of 106 women of the average age of 24. Calcium levels were deficient among nearly 60 percent of the women, 70 percent had low blood levels of vitamin D, 72 percent consumed soft drinks daily and all of them presented gingivitis (gum disease). The third with the highest caries scores and decayed or missing teeth had significantly lower calcium intake and vitamin D levels and significantly higher intake of protein and soft drinks, plus significantly higher plaque and sugar intake compared with the rest of the women. The researchers concluded that low calcium intake is associated with a high risk of dental caries and a greater severity of oral disease. “Adequate nutritional status of calcium and vitamin D could be an additional factor that may help preserve good oral health,” they state.

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esearch from the New York University School of Medicine found that married people have significantly less cardiovascular disease (CVD) than those that are divorced, widowed or otherwise single. The study used data on the rates of CVD from the health surveys of more than 3.5 million men and women collected at 20,000 U.S. medical centers. Married people under 50 had 12 percent lower incidence of heart disease than single people. Married couples between 51 and 60 years old had a 7 percent lower risk, while those over 60 had a 4 percent lower risk. The results were presented at the 2014 scientific sessions of the American College of Cardiology. Researcher and cardiologist Jeffrey Berger recommends that doctors show increased diligence for single patients: “If one of my patients is recently widowed or divorced, I’m increasingly vigilant about examining them for signs of any type of cardiovascular disease and depression,” he says.

Cultivate Your Inner Child to Heal Yourself By Master Yun Xiang Tseng

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n ancient times, teachers often talked about the importance of nurturing and maintaining a child’s softness, mentality and innocence. After we are born, the post-heaven mind and body is disturbed by desires, status, and emotions. These things take us away from our Dao or true path. Return to simplicity, childhood and your innocence to follow the Dao by applying the three pure treasures of mercy, conscience and forgiveness.

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• In Daoism, we first look to heal and change our own outlook to help heal others. Apply forgiveness and mercy to yourself – you are special and you deserve the best that life has to offer. Respect others and how they process and interpret situations. Every person is entitled to choose and learn from their successes and failures. Respect yourself, your choices and others equally. • Support your inner child with stillness-sitting, like meditation. Use movement, combined with mind and intention, like tai chi, to heal the body, mind and spirit. Eat and drink that which nurtures your body and soul. Every moment could be joyful when you are connected to your innocence.

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• Set your goals to heal your wounds, set aside your expectations and follow the natural flow around you. This can help you to reconnect with your innocent mind and intent, to cultivate childlike softness and gentleness in each of your relationships, business and family life. I wish everyone to return to their childlike character and merge with your Master Within. Master Yun Xiang Tseng (Chen) is a 25th generation Long Men Sect Priest and 14th generation Wu Dang Zhang SanFeng lineage holder. He teaches classes at Dao House in Estes Park. See ad page 11.


ioenergy patches are worn on the upper left shoulder for several days to provide benefits in pain & inflammation, or immune boosting, to take the place of drugs and chemicals and are appropriate for any age. AlphaBio Centrix in Nevada makes energetic health, wellness and protection products for cell phones, humans and animals, and notes that over 50 therapies have been developed with feedback from Doctors and Therapists. Their bioenergy patches are made from a specialized Biofeedback material designed for NASA to interline space suits – a poly/vinyl blend embedded with metallized fragments which hold and transfer RF (radio frequency). Engineers program this material with beneficial frequencies to interact with the Central Nervous System. The CNS uses the digital information it recognizes and ignores the rest, eliminating possible side effects or overdose. The skin-friendly, FDA-approved adhesive is hypoallergenic and waterproof. AlphaBio Centrix also makes EMR Defender-ElectroMagnetic Radiation patches for cell phones and patches to boost pets immune system and calm them. Learn more at AlphaBioCentrix.com. See ad page 8.

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any naturopathic doctors are using the four-letter acronym SIBO, but too many people don’t know that it stands for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. This is a condition in which there are too many bacteria in the small intestine, which can produce some significant systemic symptoms and make us sick. There are always bacteria in the small intestine and they are essential to the absorption of nutrients and the creation of some vitamins, but they tend to live mostly at the end of the tract. Problems in the small intestines can cause constipation, bloating, abdominal pain, fatigue and even anemia, because iron and vitamin B12 are absorbed here. Allopathic medicine treats this overgrowth with antibiotics that tend to stay in the intestinal tract, so after killing off the bacteria, re-seeding must be done with probiotics. A more natural solution may be to kill off the bacteria with an enhanced aqueous silver colloid before re-seeding. Of course, after either technique, taking herbs such as plantain, licorice, marshmallow and slippery elm bark will help to heal the damage, according to Andrew Chevallier, a fellow of the National Institute of Medicinal Herbalists, writing in the Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine. Steven Frank is an innovative Herbalist at Nature’s Rite. Reach him at 800-991-7088 or MyNaturesRite.com See ad page 13. natural awakenings

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globalbriefs News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.

GMO Pushback Hawaii Lobbies for Anti-GMO Laws The Aloha State enjoys a year-round growing season, with multiple harvests annually. Last year, the Hawaiian island of Kauai passed genetically modified organism (GMO) farming restrictions, but they were overturned in court. Now, Maui County, which includes the Hawaiian islands of Maui, Lanai and Molokai, has approved a moratorium on the cultivation of genetically modified crops. The majority of Monsanto’s GMO corn seed sold to farmers in Argentina, Brazil and the U.S. comes from its Maui operation. If the law stands, Monsanto and Dow AgroSciences, another biotech firm with operations in Maui County, will need to seek alternatives. Lawsuits have already been filed by both opponents of the ban and proponents that want rigorous enforcement built in. Michael Lilly, former attorney general of Hawaii, expects the new law to be struck down like the previous Kauai attempt on grounds that state law supersedes it, although appeals in that case are underway. Meanwhile, an injunction has stalled the whole process. The message from anti-GMO forces is that although giant firms have deep pockets and many options, staunch determination to stem the tide of GMO crops worldwide may eventually bear the sweet fruit of victory.

Forward Leap Batteries that Last 1,000 Years A group of Swedish researchers has discovered an unconventional way to give new life to rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, which power everything from iPhones to electric cars, using pine resin and alfalfa seeds. The researchers plan to take up to two years to improve the chemistry of the product, and claim that the recycled batteries could last up to 1,000 years, according to researcher David Brandell. It has been estimated that demand for the batteries from automobile manufacturers could explode up to 400 percent in the next six years. The researchers see the technology as a global antidote to current methods for recycling manufactured Li-ion batteries that are energy-intensive and require toxic materials to manufacture. Source: EnvironmentGuru.com

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In 2010, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) proposed recommendations for environmental marketing claims. The agency has sent warning letters to 15 marketers informing them that their claims may be deceptive, and requested more scientific evidence that plastic bags labeled as biodegradable, or “oxodegradable”, implying the bag will break down in time when exposed to oxygen, were true to the claim. Because many bags are dumped in the low-oxygen environment of a landfill, the FTC considers those advertised benefits as dubious. Joseph Greene, a professor at California State University, Chico, points out that oxodegradable should be amended to “oxofragmentable” to be more accurate, because the plastics just break into smaller and smaller pieces. Chemically, they don’t break down into anything less hazardous. In fact, if these plastic bags disintegrate in the ocean, the fragments will be about the right size for sea creatures to mistake them for plankton.

The world has become less peaceful over the last seven years, according to the 2014 Global Peace Index. It measures peace in 162 countries according to 22 indicators that gauge both the absence and fear of violence. This is the seventh year the index has been produced. Results from the 2014 Global Peace Index show that since 2008, 111 countries have deteriorated in levels of peace, while 51 increased. Europe retains its position as the most peaceful region, with 14 of the top 20 most peaceful countries. The world has become significantly less peaceful over the last year, mainly due to a rise in terrorist activity, conflicts being fought, and refugees and other displaced people. As for the human toll, 500 million people live in countries at risk of instability and conflict, 200 million of whom live below the poverty line. The global economic impact of violence reached $9.8 trillion last year, equal to twice the total gross domestic product of Africa. Visit VisionOfHumanity.org to explore the interactive peace map and download the report. Watch a video at Tinyurl.com/GlobalPeaceVideo.

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wim with majestic humpback whales off a TM private island in Tonga. Steer a kayak down the mighty Colorado River. Climb a granite rock face…blindfolded. Sit and listen to the natural world with every sense. These are the kinds of nature-connected experiences that draw women and girls to Women’s Empowerment Workshop in Vail. “Personal life-coaching in small groups using nature adventure is fun, enlightening and extremely effective,” offered Susie Kincade, certified nature-based coach and founder of Women’s Empowerment Workshop. Kincade is at the heart of a growing body of practitioners who work closely with the “nature effect,” using our sense of connection to nature to ignite personal wisdom, power and confidence. She uses nature activities as the basis for guiding clients to their strength, confidence, self-awareness and most authentic life. Reconnecting deeply to the natural world serves us on many levels. It’s healing and empowering, a combination that is a lifelong strategy for health, wellness and a life of limitless possibility.

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pose, power, and possibilities! Learn practical tools for taking control of your life, emotions, transitions, and personal growth. June 13-15: Heart-2-Heart MotherDaughter Retreat–Eagle, CO. Bond, heal, laugh, and play together, while you build trust through a rock climbing adventure for all ages and abilities. June 22-27: Chrysalis Circle, Nature Adventure Empowerment Camp for Girls–Eagle, CO. Middle- and High-School girls explore the woman blossoming within through rafting, rock climbing, horses and hiking. They also learn life-long skills of communication, leadership and discernment. July 10-12: Awaken in Nature, Nature Adventure & Empowerment for women–Eagle, CO. Go outward into nature to go deeply inward in a profound journey of self-discovery, authenticity and awakening to true purpose. Sept. 12-19: Ocean Wisdom Retreat–Tonga, Polynesia. Discover your gifts and wisdom through mindful ocean play, meditation, swimming with the whales, snorkeling in crystalline waters, sea kayaking, cave swimming and cultural exploration. Sept. 25-27: Soul Surf Australia–Maclean, New South Wales. Soul Surf on Australia’s north coast while discovering your embodiment of the earth, the ocean and her gifts. Bring forth your inner wisdom with confidence, resilience, and compassion. Your personalized retreat or ceremony: Experiencing a particular issue or transition in your life? We can customize your retreat and create a transformational experience that will heal, energize and move you forward on your path. Contact Susie Kincade at 970-328-5472 or info@womenempower.us.

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or those searching for the inspiration and guidance needed to face today’s personal, political and financial challenges, look no further than Hay House’s annual I Can Do It! Conference, April 24-26 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. This unique transformational summit is an opportunity to revitalize the soul, enlighten the mind and spirit, and obtain creative strategies for prospering and thriving in the current world climate. Featuring many of today’s most lifechanging and powerful motivational authors, attendees will spend the weekend listening to such headliners as Louise Hay, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Tara Stiles, Robert Holden, and Nick Ortner, along with many other bestselling authors and acclaimed speakers. For those interested in the global selfhelp, motivational and transformational movement, I Can Do It! offers:

olorado’s premiere wellness and sustainability event, Evolve Expo: Inspiring Conscious Choices, is coming March 7 & 8 to the National Western Complex in Denver, with 2 full days of workshops, speakers, live demonstrations, discussions and over 100 exhibitors. Learn about the possibilities of a world where there are Natural Food supplies for our families, Sustainability Options and Sustainable Communities, Alternative Health Care, New Energy Technologies and attainable Wealth Building. Evolve Expo helps you bridge the gap in knowledge, opens you to a new level of conscious living, and strives to bring you new ideas. New and returning demonstrations and speakers this year are the Natural Grocers Live Cooking stage, RAW Living Expo, Urban gardening, Kids’ Corner with special kids’ activities, and Alternative Energy for your home. Engage with internationally acclaimed researchers and activists, along with local thought leaders to explore effective solutions for us all. The 2015 Speakers include Jonette Crowley, Dr. Katia Meier, Damanhur Interactive Bio Symphony; Music of

the Plants, Randy Ferguson, Karen Falbo, Alan Lewis, Karen Storsteen, Kathy Mason, Laura Fox, and more. A sampling of topics include Achieving Optimal Health and Well-Being, learn how to cook using natural foods live demos, gardening and raising your own plants, Hands-on Gardening, GMOs, Wealth Building, Free Energy, and How Self-Realization and Coordinated Activism Empower Global Thriving and Intuitive Intelligence. Evolve Expo is being produced by Journeys for Conscious Living (J4CL), an organization that leads the world in conscious living through offering thoughtful changes in how we live our lives every day, and creating the space and energy to stay centered and expand consciousness throughout communities. Evolve Expo still has vendor booth spaces and sponsorships available. Location: National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt Street, Denver. Saturday, March 7: 10am-6pm; Sunday, March 8: 10am-4pm. To register: Evolveexpo.com or call 303-7316695 or email Lyn Bacon at Lyn@ JourneysForConsciousLiving.com. See ad page 32.

• A host of dynamic speakers to entertain and educate • An onsite bookstore with a variety of books, CDs, DVDs, and other products from worldfavorite authors • Book-signing events with the authors after each session • The companionship of new friends who share interests, insights and experiences to make this a life-changing event of global proportions I Can Do It! is sure to energize your mind, body, and spirit! For reservations and more information please visit Hayhouse.com and search I Can Do It!®, Denver. See ad page 31. natural awakenings

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Local Experts on Sleep Meditation to Promote Deep Sleep By Timothy Long

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ould you like to sleep deeply, feel refreshed, live a life full of health and energy, and enjoy more inner peace? According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “depression is the most common type of mental illness, affecting more than 26% of the U.S. adult population,” and “mental disorders, especially depressive disorders, are strongly related to…many risk behaviors for chronic disease such as physical inactivity, smoking, excessive drinking and insufficient sleep.” They also state that 28% of Americans report frequent insufficient sleep (<7-9hrs, >14 days in past 30 days). Further, the National Institute of Mental Health reports 18% of the U.S. population suffers from anxiety disorders and that, over time, routine stress can lead to major disease. Modern science has begun to learn what healers, shamans, and modern day holistic doctors have known for thousands of years. According to Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, founding Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness

in Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, meditation and mindfulness practice helps people cope with stress, anxiety, pain, and illness. It is used in hospitals around the world. The best time to meditate is just after rising. Drink a glass of warm water and do some stretching and yoga, then sit down to meditate. You may want to dance, make sounds, sing, or vocalize. These practices energize and center the start of your day. If things are on your mind, take a moment to write them down to clear your head before closing your eyes to meditate. You can

also stare softly at a candle flame if you are uncomfortable closing your eyes. If you can not fall asleep, or wake up in the night, sit up and meditate. Don’t just lie there hoping and fighting with your mind to fall asleep. Deep breathing is key to meditation, as is staying focused on your body; try systematically relaxing all parts of your body. Visualize something that brings you feelings of peace, love and happiness. Toning, humming, lightly singing the vowels or musical scale also works wonders. Concentrating on your feet or naval area also helps. We want to stop the incessant thinking and bring our minds into the present, into an embodied connection. EFT tapping and Focusing also work very well. Oftentimes behind chronic insomnia is unresolved trauma, emotional or relationship issues. Practicing meditation and mindfulness techniques can resolve temporary sleeping issues, as well as build a strong foundation for resolving chronic insomnia. For serious sleep issues there are holistic therapists and health practitioners that can get you sleeping deeply, knowing inner peace and well-being again. Timothy Long, Transpersonal Psychotherapist and Life Coach, can be reached at 303817-1341 or timothy@imaginehealing.com. See ad page 16.

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Hormones and Sleep: A Two-Way Street By Stacy R. Livingwell, M.D.

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ormonal imbalances can wreak havoc on sleep and inadequate sleep can affect hormone levels. The result is a vicious cycle of sleeplessness. According to the National Sleep Foundation, women are more likely to report sleep problems, yet the close link between sleep and hormones affects both men and women. Researchers have shown that women who suffer from hot flashes during perimenopause are more likely to have associated sleep problems. Declining estrogen levels can cause both. Estrogen increases total sleep time, increases REM sleep, and decreases the number of awakenings at night. Declining estrogen is also seen in women: after pregnancy and childbirth; with neuroendocrine disorders; eating disorders; extreme exercise or training; and gluten intolerance. Another hormone, progesterone, has profound effects on sleep and can have sedative qualities because it stimulates GABA receptors in the brain, which have a soothing effect that can promote sleep. In women, progesterone levels change during the monthly menstrual cycle and tend to decrease as women approach menopause. Women suffering from PMS often experience poor sleep, possibly due to declining progesterone levels in the second half of their menstrual cycle. For men, testosterone deficiency is associated with fatigue, sleep issues, low energy and reduced libido. In a 2011 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers found that less than five hours of sleep per night can significantly reduce testosterone levels in men similar to aging 10-15 years. Sleep experts now recognize “chronic partial sleep deprivation,” as Ameri-

cans are getting nearly two hours less sleep per night than they did 50 years ago. During this time, the incidence of chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and mood disorders have increased. Current evidence suggests that poor sleep may have a greater role in the epidemics of these diseases than previously thought. Another hormone called leptin signals the brain to suppress appetite when the stomach is full and satisfied. With less sleep, leptin levels fall, causing more eating. Ghrelin is the hormone that stimulates appetite. With poor sleep, ghrelin levels increase causing an increased appetite, particularly for carbohydrates. Research shows poor sleep can lead to glucose intolerance and insulin resistance - risk factors for weight gain, obesity, type 2 diabetes, infertility and polycystic ovarian syndrome. These effects are exacerbated by higher levels of cortisol due to poor sleep. It is important to identify the cause of the sleep problem with an evaluation done by a health care provider, but there are some simple steps that can be taken to improve sleep naturally. The first step is to prioritize sleep in your wellness plan. Further steps that can be taken include:

• Eating a nutrient dense diet with adequate amounts of healthy fats, proteins, vitamin D, magnesium, and B-vitamins • Avoiding sugar, caffeine, nicotine and alcohol, particularly in the afternoons and evenings as these can interfere with sleep • Exercise daily, but avoid strenuous exercise before bed as this can increase hormone levels that disrupt sleep • Implement a daily and nightly routine, and follow it • Try to go to bed and wake up at the same times each day, even on weekends, to help maintain regular hormone cycles • Manage stress levels through mindbody practices such as meditation, prayer, and other relaxation techniques • Find time daily to get outside in the fresh air and sunlight- this helps improve melatonin levels at night • Review your sleep environment: remove all artificial lights and avoid “screen time” before bedtime; keep your room temperature below 70 degrees; remove sources of noise and EMFs while you are asleep Dr. Stacy Livingwell is owner of Livingwell Preventative Medicine in Boulder, and can be reached at 303717-2521 or LivingWellPrevMed.com. See ad page 18.

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Local Experts on Sleep Sleep Better Tonight! By Damiana Corca

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Complement your efforts with acupuncture, massage, and yoga. It can help the nervous and hormonal systems get balanced.

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The Golden rule of sleep - it is all about how you feel during the day not about how many hours you slept! Damiana Corca is an Acupuncture Sleep Specialist practicing in Boulder. Reach her at 303-440-1033 or damianacorca.com. See ad page 16.

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he Center for Disease Control and Prevention has declared insufficient sleep a public health epidemic. Having treated hundreds of insomniacs since 2010, I have found in my practice that people who have suffered insomnia report that sleep problems may start with a traumatic event, the birth of a child, or drastic hormonal changes. But more commonly, they realize that it was caused by poor habits around sleep and many years of not managing stress properly. Here are some of the best tips to help you fall asleep, stay asleep, or even prevent sleep problems from developing. Consume protein within half an hour upon waking. It regulates cortisol levels, which in turn helps regulate blood sugar and promotes healthy sleep.

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Alcohol may make you drowsy but it has a rebound effect after a few hours of sleep and it may cause insomnia or restless sleep. Enjoy one or two drinks no later than 6pm.

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Local Experts on Relationships Connecting Spiritually

Enlightened

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Forgiveness

by Jim Sharon, EdD and Ruth Sharon, MS

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“As I do my personal growth work and come to know more of my true essence, I realize I am soulfully connected to you and to all of life”1

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eing in a committed relationship is like immersion in a holy crucible, in which your defenses can soften and melt away. The ego strives for separateness and autonomy. Constructing ways to keep the other away becomes less functional and attractive in a love relationship. Your soul longs to unify. What are some helpful ways to reconcile living with the paradox of being an autonomous person and merging as a couple? When your inner awareness and trust level are high and your longing for intimacy is strong, you are poised to connect soulfully. You become more available to love and be loved. You are more compassionate in the presence of past wounds and can be an active agent in healing each other’s residual pain from the past. In this way, love serves as a poultice that draws impurities to the surface to be dissipated. When the illusion of separation recedes, you witness the soul of your beloved with its beauty and power.

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When you notice your protective emotional walls rising, take a moment to step back. Ask yourself, “What am I reacting to? What is this feeling? What do I need? How can I express this to my partner? How can I engage in conscious, soulful connection? What qualities and behaviors am I committed to bringing forth for self- and coupleactualization?” Remember that major lessons your soul is learning are often expressed unconsciously in your relationships. Actively doing your personal work clears the path for your soulful marriage to thrive. When you can shift your focus away from the reactive power and control patterns to the essence of who your partner is, you treat each other with more respect and kindness. Practicing unconditional love allows your relationship to serve as a healing balm that soothes and comforts both of you. Day by day, choose to cherish each other more and more. Dr. Jim Sharon, Licensed Psychologist and Ruth Sharon, Licensed Professional Counselor, of Energy for Life, are the authors of 1“Secrets of a Soulful Marriage: Creating and Sustaining a Loving, Sacred Relationship.” Energyforlife.us. MileHighNaturalAwakenings.com

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orgive and forget” rings hollow to someone suffering hurt feelings or significant disappointment. Empty platitudes like “forgive and forget” rarely make the sufferer feel any better. What if true forgiveness is not an action after the fact, but an attitude towards the present moment that can be learned? Consider Jason and Sarah. Jason expected something of Sarah that she did not fulfill. It could have been an explicit promise, an implicit responsibility, or the fulfillment of a shared goal. That unmet expectation caused Jason’s grievance – not Sarah. It was caused by Jason’s attachment to the unrealized outcome. Jason could either “forgive” or “forget” Sarah – either “let it go” or remove Sarah from his life. But a more enlightened forgiveness relieves his grievance and helps him realize joy in each moment. The key is to dissolve his expectation(attachment to outcome) by giving unconditional love to the present moment, not to Sarah. It is completely an “inside job.” If you’re a parent, you remember the first time you held your child and the unconditional love you felt for this new, perfect, innocent life. But what if you don’t remember what unconditional love feels like? What if I told you, “I Love You… unconditionally! That no matter what you’ve done or who you are,


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that I will ALWAYS Love you. That you don’t have to earn my love, you already deserve it just by existing. You are amazing, you are beautiful, and you are perfect exactly how you are.” Any experience you’ve had of expressing or receiving unconditional love is your Touchstone. Notice that when you recall your touchstone moment in detail, you are once again experiencing that love. All other things fade into the background because your focus is on that unconditional love flowing through you. For the next 21 days, take one minute every hour to recall your touchstone. The practice of recalling your touchstone is enlightened forgiveness. This practice transforms your moment. Every aspect of that moment reflects the glory of that unconditional love. Every expectation you held in that moment is dissolved by the reflected radiance of that love. Your grievance no longer has any expectation supporting it -- and it too disappears. Thus, true forgiveness is practicing unconditional love in the moment. The choices you make determine your experience, not necessarily by the events that you draw into your life but by your response to the events that occur in your life. True forgiveness will transform your life! Rev. David Ridge is the minister of the Unity community in Arvada. For a list of the Unity communities near you, visit UnityofColorado.org. See ad page 14.

Romantic Relationship By Rob & Janelle Alex, PhD’s

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elationships are truly amazing opportunities for spiritual growth and consciousness expansion. However, these beautiful opportunities do not necessarily show up as flowers and candy or yummy foot massages. Instead, you may encounter powerful challenges in your relationship. It is normal to have expectations of what your relationship should be like or how your sweetheart should behave in situations, but your sweetie may have different ideas. When you are in a committed, romantic partnership, it’s like being in business together – the business of life. It is vital that you work together as a team. The challenges, as well as the romantic, playful and sexy moments, between the two of you can be a spiritual path that you can traverse together. Some simple secrets for keeping your relationship sacred and sexy from our book, Inspiring Couples In Business and In Love. Let go of the need to be right. Be willing to see things from your beloved’s viewpoint. You don’t have to change your mind. Just be willing to step back and try and see it as he/she does. What is true for you may not be true for him/her. Just because something is absolutely true for you doesn’t mean that it is true for your loving partner. Situations, experiences and emotions are viewed through our archetypal lens, our inner personalities, our previous experiences, our belief systems, and our expectations of others.

Touch your partner. Physical touch is key. A peck on the lips as you rush out the door isn’t going to cut it either. Take a few extra seconds and look into your lover’s eyes. Lay your hand on his/her arm when you are talking – be affectionate. Make time for just you. This is especially true if you work together. Find a hobby that you enjoy, do your workout, read a book, attend a seminar or event, or find a quiet space to meditate. Remember to honor your individual self. Do something new together. A unique concept that we often teach couples is couple’s dream work. Learn how to explore your dreams and your partner’s dreams. Or, take ski lessons, attend puppy training together, cooking lessons, art lessons, etc. Discover your money personalities and your individual animal energies. These inner personalities, inner animals and universal energetic soul patterns offer you key insight into yourself and into your partner. Experience Transcendent Lovemaking™ together. Recognizing the power your sex life has on your relationship, your career, and your spiritual connection opens up portals of transformation and creativity that you can only dream of. Set a path without reinventing the wheel. If you have honored yourself and your relationship by reading this article, then choose at least one or two of the above suggestions and implement them into your life today! Drs. Rob + Janelle Alex, Ph.D. are the co-founders of The Spiritual Peak Center, authors of numerous best-selling books including “Inspiring Couples In Business + In Love”and “Sexy Challenges: Sacred and Sensual Scenarios for Lovers” and more. TheSpiritualPeakCenter.com

Use deep listening. During conversation, make the effort to focus on him/ her. Stop whatever else you are doing. Really listen. Look at your sweetie. natural awakenings

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ill Crosby, owner and founder of the Conscious Dating Network, created her flagship online dating site, SpiritualSingles.com 15 years ago. NaturalAwakeningsSingles.com shares the same database. Today, the Conscious Dating Network is the largest of its kind.

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subscribing members. Most mainstream sites make members pay to read and reply to messages. Our primary goal is for our singles to become couples—to facilitate the tremendous amount of success our members experience, we do many things differently.

How has online dating continued to evolve and what trends do you see now?

Have you seen any overall differences in the success stories the Conscious Dating Network facilitates?

The stigma about meeting someone online has completely dissolved as success stories have become so common. It’s like shopping online—you can look at many different varieties and styles to find exactly what you are looking for, rather than physically searching store after store hoping to find something you like. Technology has made a tremendous difference in price, accessibility and reach. Today, members post selfies as headshots, shoot their own videos and can access potential matches anywhere in the world.

What distinguishes conscious dating sites like Natural AwakeningsSingles.com from mainstream sites? Natural Awakenings Singles is a niche dating site for those that are conscious, spiritual and green. Singles with specific interests, passions and lifestyles usually prefer niche dating sites because they allow for more targeted search results, provided that the member database is large enough. Our database of more than 90,000 members globally is considered large for a niche. Mainstream sites may have more members; however, they require far more time and effort in sorting through profiles to find those with whom we might have something in common. Natural Awakenings Singles is also much more generous than conventional pay models, in that free members can read and reply to personal messages and live instant messages sent from MileHighNaturalAwakenings.com

Yes, our members usually connect on a deeper, “soul-to-soul” level and tend to understand that chemistry comes in all shapes and sizes. Our success story couples oftentimes have the feeling that they are destined to be together. Many of our “destined” couples go on to do amazing projects together, like opening retreat centers, writing books, facilitating workshops, starting intentional communities, creating nonprofit organizations and other beautiful ventures that neither of them would have necessarily done alone. The power of two seems to be exponentially greater.

What have proved to be your all-time favorite tips for online dating success? By healing past traumas, loving and forgiving ourselves, and embodying our divine presence as much as possible, deep-seated feelings of unworthiness fall away and we emanate our true radiance, thus magnetizing a partner equally empowered and awake. When we are in a place of personal power, there is no being shy or procrastinating. When you notice a strong inner nudge to contact someone, do it. If it’s not mutual, that’s OK; don’t take it personally. That’s part of the beauty of online dating; the pool is large, and when the feeling and knowingness is mutual, you might just be starting a life together. Joining NaturalAwakeningSingles.com includes access to all members of all the Conscious Dating Network sites.


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SUNDAY FEB 1 SyncCreation–Learn to change physical reality with non-physical energy (psychokinesis). Activities practiced during this workshop, such as spoon bending, give “real world” feedback of your energy sending abilities. SyncCreation™, facilitated by Cindy Lyn Bartholome, uses specially designed Hemi-Sync® meditation exercises to create peak energy flow necessary for the skill of psychokinesis (PK). Immediately apply your new skills, proving psychokinesis and manifestation are real and you can do it. CindyLyn.com or 970-683-8194.

TUESDAY FEB 3 Self Healing 101–4 wks, 7:30-9pm. Learn to meditate with easy to use visualization techniques that help you feel centered, let go of limiting beliefs, and have energetically clean interactions with others. 1st class free. Bring a friend! BoulderPsychicInstitute.org Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45 pm. 15-min Energy Clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove non-useful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Free! Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave. Denver. David Stevens 303-668-2358, davids@yogaofthemind.com Full Moon Kundalini Yoga & Gong Meditation–6:30-8pm.Open your heart, release energy located in the spine. Journey into superconscious states. $25 suggested. Taspens Organics Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Dr Conifer 303-816-0429 info@taspens.com

SATURDAY FEB 7 Transformation Experience–10am-6pm. Rediscover what drives you and empower your life. Apply The Demartini Method to experience marked transformation in your life. Hosted by Nancy Zevely at The Studio Nova. Info/Register at 970-903-1889 First Saturday Wellness Fair–10am-4pm. Aura Photography, Thai Yoga Massage, Sound Healing Sessions, Ion Detox, Crystal Bed sessions. FREE Zumba 10:30am, ReSTORYtive Yoga 1:30pm. 20% off Products. Taspens Organics Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Dr Conifer 303-816-0429 info@taspens.com

SUNDAY FEB 8 FREE Trust Your Intuition Class–1:30-3pm. Relieve stress; achieve your goals with less effort and have an overall calmer lifestyle. FREE class to learn how to easily hear your intuition. David Stevens 303-668-2358, davids@yogaofthemind.com RSVP Yogaofthemind.com Free Energy Clearings–Noon-1:15pm. 15-min Energy Clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove nonuseful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave., #103 Denver. David Stevens 303-6682358, davids@yogaofthemind.com

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My Furry Valentine–10am-2:30pm. Pet owners and families: bring your pet to raise funds for The Youth and Pet Survivors Program (YAPS©) Enjoy chair massages, pet gifts and products, photos, $5 nail trims and healthy treats for your pet. Entertainment includes Top Hogs, a comedy-filled trick pig show. Tagawa Garden Center, 7711 S. Parker Road, Centennial or 303-690-4722.

MONDAY FEB 9 Sex and Sexuality, Info from a Sex Therapist (Adult ONLY meeting) –6:15-8:30pm. For the “love” holiday, a sex therapist talks about more than the birds and the bees. FREE Vitamin Cottage 1433 Washington, Denver. Denver Metro Holistic Moms Network, holisticmoms.org, Marcy 720-422-3664 or HMNDenver@yahoo.com Flip your Brain’s Switch–7-8pm. You’ve been seeking, struggling, questioning, but feel frustrated, resigned, without direction, stressed! Learn to switch on the part of your brain that controls CONFIDENCE, CLARITY, PURPOSE naturally! AWAKEN Higher Brain Living 2100 W Littleton Blvd Littleton Kent Johnson 303-907-3468 KentJ@iAmHigherBrainLiving.com

TUESDAY FEB 10 Romance Angels Workshop–7-9pm.Single or involved, the Romance Angels can help you experience greater joy and bliss in your love life. Early $50, Regular $60 Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino 720413-7303, journeywithin@hotmail.com Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45pm. 15-min Energy Clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove non-useful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave. Denver. David Stevens 303-668-2358, davids@yogaofthemind.com FREE Trust Your Intuition class–7:15-8:30pm. Relieve stress; achieve your goals with less effort and have an overall calmer lifestyle. David Stevens 303-668-2358, davids@yogaofthemind.com RSVP Yogaofthemind.com Shmaya Gathering–7-8:30pm. Receive healing with Shmaya, an illumined presence channeled through JoAnne Palladino. Experience the energetic resonance that attunes you to the quality of the love and light that is living within you. $15. First Spiritual Science Church, 3375 S. Dahlia, Denver. RSVP 303-263-0679 or joanne@sacredunityhealing.com

WEDNESDAY FEB 11 Jazz@theCreek–7:30-9:30pm. The Doug Roche Trio (w/ Ron Bland and Don Grove) provide an evening of great jazz in an intimate “coffee house” setting. Living Water Spiritual Community, 7401 W. 59th Ave, Arvada. $10/door, $3/desserts, free coffee and tea. 8 Keys to Wholeness: Tools for Hope-Filled Healing– 11am-1pm. 8-wks. Identify and heal your deepest wounds. Access intuition, guidance, soul alignment,

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THURSDAY FEB 12 8 Keys to Wholeness: Tools for Hope-Filled Healing– 7-9pm. 8-wks. Identify and heal your deepest wounds. Access intuition, guidance, soul alignment, purposeful living; enhanced health, wealth, and happiness. Author, shamanic facilitator, and licensed spiritual coach, Donna DeNomme 303-271-0510, Wildsuccess4you.com

FRIDAY FEB 13 Cacao Cordials and Aphrodisiac Elixirs for a Passionate Pre-Valentine’s Day Affair–5-7pm. Ignite your fire this love-filled weekend with your partner in this deliciously hands-on workshop. CO School of Clinical Herbalism. 2900 Valmont Rd., Ste. F-1, Boulder. $20. RSVP Kodiak. ambrosia@gmail.com. Clinicalherbalism.com/workshops/ Love and Loss: A Valentine’s Burlesque Show–8:3011:30pm. Also on 2/14. Madame Merci and the dancers of Boulder Burlesque will take you on a journey into the exploration of Love. 100% of proceeds go to Out Boulder and Transgender Awareness.The Dairy Center for the Arts 2590 Walnut St. Boulder. Boulderburlesque. com. Tickets.thedairy.org/Online/LoveLoss

SATURDAY FEB 14 Love Notes from Heaven–7-9pm. Join Elisa Malangone, Spiritual Medium, for messages from the Hereafter. Connect with loved ones in heart and mind at The Studio Nova, 6464 W. 14th Ave, Ste 100, Lakewood. Early $20. Info/RSVP ElisaMalangone.com Hands on Healings–Drop-In between 3-4:30pm. Relax into this sacred space so that you can release, replenish, and revitalize. Come get a healing on any illness, injury, mental distress, or emotional imbalance. $20. BoulderPsychicInstitute.org. MissFit Girls Mini Retreat– with Peggy Duffy.7pm, thru Sun. Girls sleepover mini- retreat! Yoga, Girl Talk, and a Movie! $30 Taspens Organics Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Dr Conifer 303-816-0429 info@taspens.com Celebration of Love for Soulful Couples and Singles– 4-6pm Join us for a special “Celebration of Love,” with couples and singles. Llive music, Create art projects and socialize with new people. Beacons Community Space 2630 E 3rd Ave Denver. http://bit.ly/1IKM5RX

SUNDAY FEB 15 Grand Opening Reception–2-5pm. Allie Dodge Acupuncture brings a new component of health and wellness to Pachamama Farm. See the farm and treatment space. Free. 10771 N. 49th Street Longmont. 303-818-5507, alliedodgeacupuncture.com, pachamamafarm.com

TUESDAY FEB 17 Learn to Heal with Angels; 5 Wks–7-9 pm Tuesdays. Guided meditations help heal, release grief, guilt, addictions and habits to create the life you desire. Early $210, Regular $225. Journey Within; S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-413-7303, journeywithin@hotmail.com Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45 pm. 15-min Energy Clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove non-useful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave. Denver. David Stevens 303-668-2358, davids@yogaofthemind.com


WEDNESDAY FEB 18 Lunar Chinese New Year Celebration–6pm. Events and activities Feb 17 - 22. Special New Year’s Eve Dinner and Celebration with authentic traditional Chinese Cuisine. Hosted by Yun Xiang Tseng (Chen). $40. Dao House 6120 Hwy 7 Estes Park. RSVP Wudangtao.com . 970-586-8133

THURSDAY FEB 19 New! “Tesla Room 2” Wellness Center Open House–11am-5pm. Enjoy Free Tesla Energy Light and TheraGem Crystal Light Therapy at our newest location using unique modalities to re-balance and relax your mind, emotions and body. Energy balancing reinstates the body’s own magnetic fields and balancing cell voltage. Balancing with Bio-Magnetism, NESHealth, TheraGem Crystal Therapy, Tesla Energy Lights and NanoVi are the latest and finest frequency technologies. At Surgical Alternatives, 3470 S Sherman St, Englewood. woody@teslaenergylights.com or 303-523-6280. New Moon Gathering–Drumming/Journey Circle meets 3rd Thurs eve ea month in Boulder area. Join Meetup group Spirit Earth Medicine Wheel for announcements and shamanic trainings. Contact Karen@karenriceking.com or 303-665-0175. Attunement Training Part II–thru 2/21 If you completed Part I in Jan, enjoy continuing your Attunement education at this 3-day training. Purchase of both grants you free access to Attunement Retreat in March. RSVP Sunriseranch.org/attunement. Flip your Brain’s Switch–12-1pm. You’ve been seeking, struggling, questioning, but feel frustrated, resigned, without direction, stressed! Learn to switch on the part of your brain that controls CONFIDENCE, CLARITY, PURPOSE naturally! AWAKEN Higher Brain Living 2100 W Littleton Blvd Littleton Kent Johnson 303907-3468 KentJ@iAmHigherBrainLiving.com

SATURDAY FEB 21 Psychic Fair–11am-5pm. Receive healing with Shmaya, an illumined presence channeled through JoAnne Palladino. Experience the energetic resonance that attunes you to the quality of the love and light that is living within you. $1/min (20min minimum). Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th Ave, Arvada. RSVP 303-263-0679 or joanne@sacredunityhealing.com A Basic Meditation 5-Wks–10am-12pm Saturdays. Transformation your life and create change. Let go of negativity and make room for the positive. Feel your health improve. Early $175, Regular $190. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino 720413-7303, journeywithin@hotmail.com Healing with “Reel” Success–11am-1pm. Grow more Clients by leveraging video as an outreach tool. Learn the “7 Tips for Reel Success” with Nova Carlton, Video Producer. $20 RSVP 303-747-7871 or TheStudioNova.com Hormone Harmony–2-4pm.Take your health back; essential oils, supplements and simple lifestyle adjustments can help harmonize your hormones. $25. Body Mind Energy Center 1221 S. Clarkson St. #205, Denver. Peace Of Mind Pilates 303-525-7491

Dao Yin (Chinese Yoga) Workshop–led by Yun Xiang Tseng (Chen). 9:30am-5pm. Dao means to lead, Yin means to stretch. Similar to Qigong, but incl a stretching quality familiar to Yoga. PreReg/$99; Door/$109. Dao House 6120 Hwy 7 Estes Park. Wudangtao.com, 970-586-8133 New! “Tesla Room 2” Wellness Center Open House–11am-5pm. Enjoy Free Tesla Energy Light and TheraGem Crystal Light Therapy at our newest location using unique modalities to re-balance and relax your mind, emotions and body. Energy balancing reinstates the body’s own magnetic fields and balancing cell voltage. Balancing with Bio-Magnetism, NESHealth, TheraGem Crystal Therapy, Tesla Energy Lights and NanoVi are the latest and finest frequency technologies. At Surgical Alternatives, 3470 S Sherman St, Englewood. woody@teslaenergylights.com or 303-523-6280.

savethedate CONCUSSION DISCUSSION February 10, Noon-1pm New Hope for the Brain and Awaken Higher Brain Living-Littleton present a special talk by Dr. Penny Montgomery, PhD., on “Concussions and their Lingering Effects.” Learn what happens to the brain during a concussion; How the brain heals and what it needs; When sports activities may be resumed safely; and Long term effects. Location: Heritage Greens Community Room, 4814 E Links Circle, Centennial. $15. RSVP to Kent Johnson of AWAKEN Higher Brain Living Littleton 303-907-3468 or KentJ@iAmHigherBrainLiving.com

TUESDAY FEB 24 Flower Essences for Animals–6-8pm.Explore how this gentle, effective, vibrational botanical remedy can be used to help heal these sensitive beings. CO School of Clinical Herbalism. 2900 Valmont Rd., Ste. F-1, Boulder. $35. RSVP equisage@gmail.com Clinicalherbalism.com/workshops/ Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45 pm. 15-min Energy Clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove nonuseful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1 st Ave. Denver. David Stevens 303-6682358, davids@yogaofthemind.com

EVOLVE EXPO MARCH 7 & 8, 2015 SAVE THE DATES!!! Offering empowering options for living in a new conscious world! Coming to the National Western Complex in Denver, two days of exhibitors, vendors, and speakers featuring Free Energy, Alternative/Complimentary Health, Healthy Food & Gardening, Wealth Building, Sustainability and Conscious/ Creative Living. For more info contact Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 West 59th, Arvada. 303-7316695. www.J4CL.com or go to www.evolveexpo.com

THURSDAY FEB 26 Shmaya Gathering–7-8:30pm. Receive healing with Shmaya, an illumined presence channeled through JoAnne Palladino. Experience the energetic resonance that attunes you to the quality of the love and light that is living within you. $15. 700 E. Ninth Ave., Suite 9, Denver. RSVP 303-263-0679 or joanne@sacredunityhealing.com

FRIDAY FEB 27 Life Destiny Immersion–thru 2/28. 24-hr seminar explores what is most important to you and allows your passion to shape the direction of your life. $197. Info Sunriseranch.org/life-destiny-immersion.

SATURDAY FEB 28 Gorgeous Grasses–10am-12pm. Garden author Lauren Springer Ogden discusses a mix of exotic and thrifty native North American grasses and show inspirational examples. $25/member; $30/ nonmember Denver Botanic Gardens 1007 York Street Denver. Registrar 720-865-3580 Orchids 101–1-3pm. Learn the cultural requirements of many common orchids incl light, temperature, watering and fertilization. Take home an orchid. $39/member; $47/nonmember Denver Botanic Gardens 1007 York Street Denver. Registrar@botanicgardens.org, 720-865-3580 Psychic Fair–10:30am-5pm. Receive healing with Shmaya, an illumined presence channeled through JoAnne Palladino. Experience the energetic resonance that attunes you to the quality of the love and light that is living within you. $1.50/min (20min minimum). ISIS Books, 2775 S Broadway, Englewood. RSVP 303-263-0679 or joanne@sacredunityhealing.com

HAY HOUSE PRESENTS I CAN DO IT! DENVER APRIL 24-26 COLORADO CONVENTION CENTER Grasp the power of being the creator of your life at I Can Do It! Join your favorite Hay House authors and a community of loving support to discover who you really are and why you are here; develop a strong sense of self-love and confidence; learn new ways of thinking; overcome obstacles and more! Your Personal breakthrough is waiting… One weekend with Hay House can change everything! Call 800-6545126 or Visit Hayhouse.com/events. Register Early & Receive a FREE Gift!

ADVENTURE NATURE RETREATS: TASMANIA APRIL 13-22 & TONGA SEPT 12-20 Open your horizons within and without! Swim with whales and snorkel in Tonga on a private island eco-resort; breathe the Earth’s purest air on remote Flinders Island in wild Tasmania; deep connection to the natural world supports your personal growth, transitions, and self-knowing. Early bird discount $200 off through March 1. Info/RSVP Susie Kincade 877-595-8622, Susie@womenempower.us or Womenempower.us

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ongoing sundays Service in the Dome–11am-12:15pm. Followed by an Attunement circle and lunch in the Pavilion dining room. Sunrise Ranch, 100 Sunrise Ranch Rd, Loveland. Info SunriseRanch.org. North Boulder Spiritual Transformation with Transmission Meditation–7pm. Join us for a group meditation that is a stimulus to our individual development and also a potent form of world service. Free. Lon 303-746-7118 Sunday Lectures & Community Tai Chi with Wu Dang Daoist Priest Yun Xiang Tseng–8:30am. Lectures in person or live streamed at daousa.org. Donation. Dao House, 6120 Hwy 7, Estes Park. 970-586-8133. Daousa.org

tuesdays-fridays Donation Based Yoga Classes–9:30-10:30am. The Shanti Studio at Taspen’s offers a variety of different yoga classes! Taspens Organics Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Dr Conifer 303-816-0429 info@taspens.com

tuesdays Longmont Spiritual Transformation with Transmission Meditation–7pm. Join us for a group meditation that is a stimulus to our individual development and also a potent form of world service. Free. Connie 720-494-0368 Wheatridge Spiritual Transformation with Transmission Meditation–6pm. Join us for a group meditation that is a stimulus to our individual development and also a potent form of world service. Free. Tim 303-239-8101

thursdays Zumba–5-6pm. Latin-based cardio class w/muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility, boosted energy and a serious dose of awesome. Donation based child care avail. Taspens Organics Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Dr Conifer 303-816-0429 info@taspens.com

Higher Brain Living Informational Consultation– 11:30am-6pm. Join me any Thurs for a free informational consultation (appt req’d). Want to know more about HOW Higher Brain Living can help you? I’ll answer your questions and explain how you can access the “untapped” potential of your higher brain and more. Lucy Wirth, 720-339-3990, Higher Brain Living University Hills

Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45pm. 15-min Energy Clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove nonuseful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1 st Ave. 80203. David Stevens 303-6682358, davids@yogaofthemind.com

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

Pilates Foundation–12-1pm. Basic principles incl proper breathing, stabilizing and mobilizing the pelvis and spine and initiating deep abdominal muscles and pelvic floor. Peace of Mind Pilates at the Body Mind Energy Center 1221 S. Clarkson St. #205 Denver. Marisa 303-525-7491.

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

Living from the Heart Study Group–6:308:30pm. Living from the heart changed my life! Led by two spiritual luminaries who experienced a profound spiritual awakening, the study group is a discourse on how living from the heart can unfold your own inner awareness of “who I am” and the deeper the meaning of life. The Center for Living from the Heart meeting room, Denver. Love Offering. Call Val at 303-339-0807 or visit www.meetup. com/Living-From-The-Heart-Study-Group/

Psychic Readings–7-8:30pm by appt. Learn about your soul essence, past lives, and aura. Ask questions about relationships, career, money, and health. FREE. BoulderPsychicInstitute.org 1332 Pearl St. Boulder. 303-530-0920.

fridays PILATES 50+–10:30-11:30am. Pilates has been show to have major benefits for men and women over the age of 50. With regular Pilates exercise it is possible to increase flexibility, strength, joint range of motion, posture and even height! Marisa 303-535-7491. Peace of Mind Pilates at Body Mind Energy Center 1221 S. Clarkson St. #205 Denver

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Evolve Expo–Offering empowering options for living in a new conscious world! Coming to the National Western Complex in Denver, two days of exhibitors, vendors, and speakers featuring Free Energy, Alternative/Complimentary Health, Healthy Food & Gardening, Wealth Building, Sustainability and Conscious/Creative Living. Info/tix/sponsorship/vendor/speaker, contact Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 West 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695. J4CL.com or Evolveexpo.com

MARCH 7 & 14 From Healing to Happiness–10:30am-12:30pm. Simple techniques of healing in privacy plus an exploration in what makes us happy & how to use logic and intuition. $25/class; $40/both. Isis Bookstore 2775 S. Broadway Englewood. Peggy Lee 303-221-4255 or lee.peggy88@yahoo.com

MARCH 10 Stress Support and Banishing Burnout–6-8pm. Learn herbal and nutritional self-care techniques! CO School of Clinical Herbalism, 2900 Valmont Rd., Ste. F-1, Boulder. $20. RSVP ssvobadaa@ gmail.com. Clinicalherbalism.com/workshops/

MARCH 13 Change: Navigating Life Transitions–thru 3/14. If you are in the midst of a life transition and are looking for a way to sort it out and make sense of it all, open a gateway to the next you. RSVP Sunriseranch.org/change-navigating-lifetransitions-spring-2015.

MARCH 13-15 Body Mind Spirit Celebration–Fri 1-9pm, Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 10am-6pm Coming to Denver for the 38th year, Body Mind Spirit Celebration brings to life a positive, healing environment. Admission is $7/day and includes free lectures and demos as well as admission to the exhibit hall. Readings $20/ for 20 Minutes! Denver Mart 451 E 58th Ave Denver Visit our website, bmscelebration. com, or for more information call 541-4823722 ext 1.

DIY: “Raw Balls” & Healthy Snacks–11am1pm. Hands-on snack-making class, discussing the importance of healthy fats and proteins. CO School of Clinical Herbalism, 2900 Valmont Rd., Ste. F-1, Boulder. $15. RSVP Cornelius.jill@ gmail.com. Clinicalherbalism.com/workshops

MARCH 28 Attunement Retreat at Sunrise Ranch–thru 3/29. 2-day retreat is an invitation to share the practice of Attunement and access the healing power within you, as well as embody the cosmic love within all of us. RSVP/info Sunriseranch.org/attunement.

APRIL 13-22 Tasmania Adventure Nature Retreat– Breathe the earth’s purest air and plunge into the cleanest ocean on remote Flinders Island, Tasmania in an eco-resort. Early discount $200 off thru March 1. Info/RSVP Susie Kincade 877-595-8622, Susie@womenempower. us or Womenempower.us

APRIL 25 - MAY 2 Tai Chi Instructor Training–led by Wu Dang Daoist Priest Yun Xiang Tseng (Chen). For all Tai Chi practitioners, deepen your mystical Tai Chi knowledge and internal martial arts, Tai Chi forms 13 and 28. All inclusive $2500. Dao House 6120 Hwy 7 Estes Park. Wudangtao.com. 970-586-8133

JULY 2-10 European Danube Wellness River Cruise– Features yoga and healthy cuisine, 172 sq ft deluxe stateroom and other inclusions. From $3355 land only. This cruise will quickly sell out, as well as cabin types. Book your adventure today! Amber@EsteemJourneys.com or 303-359-2140.

SEPT 12-20 Tonga Ocean Wisdom Retreat–Stay on a private island eco-resort as you explore your connection to the undersea realm, swim with whales, snorkel and more. Early discount $200 off thru March 1. Info/RSVP Susie Kincade 877-595-8622, Susie@womenempower.us or Womenempower.us

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GET INVOLVED Sleep Study: Karen Rice King, Master Dowser, is conducting a scientific sleep study to determine whether Earth Acupuncture can reduce the stress that causes sleep disturbances. Just as medical acupuncture balances your body’s meridians, Earth Acupuncture balances your property and home. To find out if you qualify to participate in this study, contact Karen@karenriceking.com or call 303-665-0175.

HEALTHY PRODUCTS/SERVICES Energy-Based Chiropractor: Dr Rob Smigelski, DC, focuses on the mind-body-spirit connection and specializes in helping patients with autoimmune and brain-based difficulties. Symptoms of these difficulties can include brain fog, memory loss, low energy, insomnia, chronic pain and poor concentration. No painful popping/cracking; health and holistic wellness from an integrated approach. Lafayette and Denver. 720-381-8561 or drsmigelski@gmail.com. Daoist Healing & Martial Arts Instruction: Learn authentic lineage based WuDang Healing Arts, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Internal Alchemy, Meditation, Instructor Certification and Consultations from Daoist Priest Yun Xiang Tseng (Chen), 25th generation Long Men Sect Priest, 14th generation WuDang Zhang SanFeng lineage holder, Author of Master Within: passion for life.Wudangtao.com or Daohouse.org. 970-586-8133 Remove Toxic Amalgam (Silver) Fillings: Denver’s first holistic, naturopathic dentist offers mercury free AND mercury safe amalgam (silver filling) removal. Financing available. 20% off new patient exam and x-rays when you mention Natural Awakenings. SOUTH LAKEWOOD DENTAL, Scott Stewart, DDS & Naturopathic Physician, 2525 S Wadsworth Blvd, Ste 11, Lakewood, 303-988-4338.

SPIRITUALITY iina Healing Life Church: Community based nondenominational spiritual church offering healing services, classes, events and more! Healingiina.org

WEIGHT LOSS Natural Weight Loss: Homeopathic tincture with no HCG/hormones; melts fat and suppresses appetite; great results! “I dropped 49 inches in 40 days!” Contact Wellness Spa on 5th Ave at 303777-2555 or wellnesson5th@msn.com.

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Ayurveda is the ancient Indian art of physical, mental, and emotional healing. Treatments include herbs, nutrition and lifestyle changes to restore your body to its innate balance. Alakananda Ma, our clinic director, is a graduate of a top London medical school as well as an Advanced Ayurvedic Practitioner. She synthesizes ancient and modern knowledge for your best health outcomes.

Feeling overwhelmed by emotions? Want to change but you do not know where to start? I can help you transform trauma, grief and pain by providing wholehearted, compassionate, non-judgmental counseling. Let me provide a safe, validating space and assist you as you face your challenges, discover new choices and find solutions. I specialize in providing individual counseling to men, women, and adolescents who want to welcome change and invite acceptance in order to live more effective and joyful lives. I also work with people coping with self-esteem issues, addictions, abuse, disability, chronic pain and career change.

CONSCIOUS EVENTS AND SPEAKERS JOURNEYS FOR CONSCIOUS LIVING 7401 West 59th Ave., Arvada 303-731-6695 J4CL.com Discover and develop a life of passion, purpose and contribution. 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 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 11.

CONSCIOUSNESS SHIFT MARY BETH KENNEDY, MA 1637 28th St, Boulder 303-589-8006 Marybethkennedy.com Reconnective Healing transcends the limitations of human ability and imagination. By opening to it, we are able to restore balance and harmony in our lives and transform our bodies, minds and souls in ways that otherwise may seem impossible. Mary Beth has been a practitioner, mentor and coach for 14 years. One of the most experienced Reconnection Practitioners in the world, she travels with Eric Pearl and the Reconnection Teaching Team in addition to her practice in Boulder.

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

SOUTH LAKEWOOD DENTAL Scott Stewart, DDS & Certified Naturopathic Dentist 2525 S Wadsworth Blvd, Ste 11, Lakewood 303-988-4338 LakewoodLaserDentist.com Denver’s first holistic, naturopathic dentist offering mercury free AND mercury safe amalgam (silver filling) removal. Numerous studies have found amalgam (50% mercury) to be a substantial source of exposure to mercury vapor, which has potentially hazardous side effects to your health. Holistic-minded individuals should consider the safe removal and handling of any silver fillings. We offer a bio-compatibility test to decide which replacement material is best for you. Financing available. 20% off new patient exam and x-rays when you mention Natural Awakenings. Call today for a radical improvement in your health. See ad page 22.

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VIBRANCE DENTISTRY with DR. CATE VIEREGGER 7400 E Crestline Circle, Ste 230, Greenwood Village 303-770-1116 VibranceDentistry.com 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. 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. See ad page 12.

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February Spotlight MISHA MAY FOUNDATION DOG TRAINING & RESCUE Lorraine May, Executive Director 303-239-0382 MishaMayFoundation@gmail.com MishaMayFoundation.org Learn to speak the language of your dog! Misha May Foundation provides inexpensive community classes where you learn invaluable tools to help your dog be more secure and happy, and you too! Classes include Understanding Dogs, with positive reinforcement techniques only, and Dog Trainer Apprentice Programs to become a dog trainer, utilizing behavior science and holistic approaches. Homes of a foster dog from any organization may attend classes free! Many more classes available. See our website for more information.

ENERGY HEALING/ MEDITATION JOURNEY WITHIN with ANITA DESTINO Inside Irongate Execute Plaza, Belmar area 777 S Wadsworth Blvd. Bldg 2-108, Lakewood 720-413-7303 AnitaDestino.com A safe place for people interested in creating change in their lives, Journey Within helps you focus on spiritual growth, developing your intuition and personal development. Give to yourself with Free Energy Healings, Angel Healings, Guided Meditations, Meditation Classes, Workshops and Intuitive Readings/Healings. Join us for a Free Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing held every Wednesday from 6-7 pm, open to everyone. Reconnective Healing with Mary Beth Kennedy. Transform your body, mind and soul! See full listing under Consciousness Shift.

FAMILY PRACTICE CLEAR SKY MEDICAL with Dr. Katia Meier. Board Certified in Anti-Aging Medicine and specialty trained in Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy and Functional medicine. See full listing under PHYSICIAN or see ad page 2.


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Awaken your mind, heal your body and enliven your soul. Your healing session includes a meaningful intuitive reading to help you expand perspectives about your life and choices; a channeled presence with vibrational sound & words to attune you to a love frequency; reiki energy healing to dissolve blocks and promote harmony; and self-awareness practices to shift old patterns so you can live more mindfully in the present. Come for a healing that touches and transforms all aspects of your being.

1 in 8 people over the age of 65 suffer from Alzheimer’s. Over 50 million Americans have an autoimmune disease. You shouldn’t have to live in fear of your body, mind and spirit degenerating as you grow older. Dr. Smigelski specializes in addressing brain health and autoimmune conditions by using an integrated approach of chiropractic, functional medicine, and Chinese medicine concepts. Are you experiencing brain fog, fatigue, temporary memory loss, cold hands and feet? Call today to set up an appointment, or for a free 20 minute consultation.

THE TESLA ROOM 1 & 2 Frank Woodson 4090 S. Parker Rd, Suite 206, Aurora and at Surgical Alternatives, 3470 S Sherman St, Englewood 303-523-6280 / woody@teslaenergylights.com Introducing a new wellness center in Aurora, with unique modalities to re-balance and relax your mind, emotions and body. Bio-energetic magnet pairs reinstate the body’s magnetic field, activating your natural cleaning system in the bloodstream and eliminating microorganisms. Discomfort is almost immediately relieved and the body’s own healing mechanism kicks in at high speed. After a session, most experience mental clarity, more energy, positive well-being and a new look on life. Schedule your session today!

WARRIORS OF THE LIGHT HEALING JEREME UNRUH 720-254-9351 / w.o.t.l.healing@gmail.com Facebook.com/warriorsofthelighthealing Seeking self transformation? We are a family specializing in individual growth, transformation, and evolution through multiple energetic healing modalities. We specialize in healing relationships; your relationship with yourself in addition to all other relationships in your life, healing hearts to resurrect the light within. We are Certified Reiki Masters/ Teachers, 13th Octave Lahochi Practitioners, Munay-Ki Shamans, and Yoga Instructors. Call today and receive 1/2 off your first session with a three session investment.

HEALTHY AGING CLEAR SKY MEDICAL KATIA I. MEIER, M.D. Panorama Falls 9085 E Mineral Circle, #260, Centennial 303-790-7860 ClearSkyMedical.com Feel and look your best at any age with Katia Meier, MD, Board Certified in Anti-Aging Medicine, Specialty trained in Bio-identical Hormone Therapy, Holistic and Naturopathic medicine in Europe and certified in laser and injectable aesthetic dermatology. Specializing in whole body health with customized approaches to Healthy Aging, BHRT, Nutritional analysis and Therapy, Medical Aesthetics and non-surgical rejuvenation treatments, Homeopathy, Herbology, Detoxification Programs, Medical Weight Loss for men & women. All ages; most insurance welcome. Set up your appointment today. See ad page 2.

CLEAR SKY MEDICAL with Dr. Katia Meier. Board Certified in AntiAging Medicine and specialty trained in Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy and Functional Medicine. See full listing under PHYSICIAN or see ad page 2.

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NO-PAIN OPTIMAL ALIGNMENT NEUROENERGETIC RELEASE™ (NER) Donald W. Kipp, Founder 303-697-4923 / Body-awareness.com NER helps people be Healthier, Decrease Pain, and Increase PeakPerformance ...In Seconds! Control systems, not force are used to painlessly and quickly realign and rebalance the entire body. This releases whole-being patterns causing seemingly unrelated symptoms (such as back pain, headaches, indigestion, brainfog and asthma). NER predicts and prevents injuries, degenerative changes, and dis-ease. Call now for optimal health and performance.

NUTRITION/NUTRITIONAL COUNSELING CLEAR SKY MEDICAL with Dr. Katia Meier and staff offers Certified Nutrition therapists, specializing in the food-brain connection, nutrition for cancer prevention, autoimmune diseases, food sensitivities/allergies, elimination diets and medically supervised weight loss. See listing under PHYSICIAN or see ad page 2.

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February Spotlight CLEAR SKY MEDICAL with KATIA I. MEIER, M.D. Panorama Falls 9085 E Mineral Circle, #260, Centennial 303-790-7860 ClearSkyMedical.com Feel and look your best with Dr Katia Meier, Board Certified Holistic MD specializing in whole body health for children and adults. Customized approaches to Healthy Aging, Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement therapy, Nutritional analysis and Therapy, Medical Aesthetics and nonsurgical rejuvenation treatments, Homeopathy, Herbology, Naturopathic Medicine, Personalized Detoxification Programs, Medical Weight Loss for men and women. Treating all ages and most insurance welcomed. Make your appointment today. See ad page 2.

PSYCHIC DEVELOPMENT THE ASPEN PROGRAM FOR PSYCHIC DEVELOPMENT Karen Fox, Ph.D., Director 7350 E Progress Place, I-25 & Belleview 303-942-0646 AspenProgram.com We are all psychic! Improve your innate psychic abilities for yourself or become a professional. Classes & Certificates. The “Clairs” - A Comprehensive Study; Aspen Psychic Apprenticeship; Build Your Psychic Skills short-course; Time Travel Hypnosis; Reiki Training. Register on-line at www.AspenProgram.com

REIKI BODY MIND ENERGY CENTER Reece Leonetti 1221 S. Clarkson St. #205, Denver 720-276-6118 / reikireece@yahoo.com Bodymindenergyhealingcenter.com Find your life purpose; uncover the layers of post-traumatic stress from this and previous lifetimes. Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and treats the whole person creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. Reiki Energy Healer Reece Leonetti, with 14 years experience, can help you rediscover your path with Reiki Sessions or Classes.

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