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or Valentine’s Day last year, it is estimated 180 million cards were exchanged while celebrants spent an average of $146.85, according to** However, the day-to-day kindness we show our partner is a much larger predictor of loving relationships than extravagant gestures according to “Kissed by Kindness” on page 25. How do we respond when our partner makes a “bid” for connection? “We never go out to dinner anymore!” These could be fighting words. “You’re wrong, we went out just three weeks ago!” This could devolve into blame, criticism and hurt feelings. Or, we could listen for the unexpressed need and want, digging beneath the “never” and “anymore” while not taking offense. Then, we may hear, “I feel a little lonely. I need some of your undivided time and attention so that I feel important to you because our relationship matters very much.” And respond to that with kindness. A loving, connected, kindness-filled life (or death, p16) is within our grasp if we are willing to work for it. These pages contain a wealth of counselors, coaches and professionals to help you. When we are not sitting in with one of them, we like Marshall Rosenberg’s “Nonviolent Communication” workbook. It is not easy to change the way you speak and listen, but the power of navigating conflict with compassion, while having your own needs met, is tremendous. To help meet your needs, this month we’ve got you covered Body (In the O-Zone, p15; Indoor Kitchen Gardening, p21; Yoga from Our Hearts to Yours, p20), Mind (Kissed by Kindness, p25; Transforming the Way Women Relate to Men, p23), and Spirit (Sacred Passage, p16). There is no better Valentine’s gift to give to someone to whom you are committed than a better, more loving way to communicate. Forget the cards, forget the chocolate. Try Nonviolent Communication. We guarantee it will be a transformative gift for both of you, unless you are locked in the Tower of London, in which case a love poem might be your best option.

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atharina Spurling-Kaffl, wife of late founder Slim Spurling, will share the Light-LifeÒ Tools during a special workshop in Erie March 11 and 12th. Titled, “Deeper Understanding of Dowsing for Geopathic Stress Zones and the Light-Life Tools,” the two-day workshop takes place on-site at the yurt. The workshop is 9 am- 6 pm each day and discounts are available to early registrants prior to February 17. Participants will learn to identify harmful earth energies and EMF stresses while understanding their hazard to daily life. Using special tools and techniques developed by Slim over his life, attendees learn to neutralize negative effects on mind, health, finances, relationships, and environment. To learn more about the workshop, call 303-833-9033 or See ad page 10.

Hypnotherapy Center Open in Boulder


olleen Keegan CHt of Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy and Coaching in Boulder is open to new clients remotely via phone and Skype. As a “catalyst for change,” Colleen utilizes her 25 years of professional experience to help: those experiencing health challenges deepen their resiliency skills; let go of trauma and learn new stress management tools; highly sensitive people learn to use their sensitivity as a gift; business owners let go of inner blocks to experience financial and career success. Colleen helps her clients release trauma with Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, a form of bodywork that releases stuck emotional and physical energies in the cellular memory and is particularly effective for releasing fears, phobias, old habits, trauma and abuse. Hypnotherapy utilizes hypnosis, psychosynthesis, Jungian psychology and NLP techniques to relax the conscious mind, bringing about more joy, freedom and effectiveness in your daily life. Colleen Keegan can be reached at 808-224-6164 or See listing page 31.


Yoga Pod Littleton Now Open


oga Pod Littleton, located at the Southwest Plaza Mall, 8501 W Bowles Ave, #1275, is the newest franchise to open within the Yoga Pod community, and is offering Natural Awakenings readers a special discount on their “Prema” membership for only $99/ month. You must mention Natural Awakenings to receive your discount on your first visit. Stacey Goddard, owner, says, “Our intention is to guide new students by providing a non-judgmental, completely supportive community atmosphere; a space where yoga newbies and seasoned students alike can come together to share a passion for practice.” With your membership, choose from over 70 classes per week including unlimited flow, barre, yogatone and hot yoga, with unlimited guest passes, express check-in and practice at any local Yoga Pod. Additionally you receive 10% off retail, workshops, mat and towel rentals, as well as discounts for teacher trainings. The “jewel” of Yoga Pod Littleton is the meditation sanctuary, where students are invited to step in and escape the constant noise of daily life, ultimately leaving with a sense of nourishment and contentment for the body, mind and soul. For more information, call 720-520-9930 or visit See ad page 3.


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et owners and families are invited to bring their pets for an assortment of fun activities to help raise funds and awareness for The Youth and Pet Survivors Program (YAPS) at “My Furry Valentine” on Sunday, February 12 from 11a.m. to 3p.m. inside the Tagawa Garden Center, 7711 S. Parker Rd., in Centennial. Bring your well-behaved, leashed pet and see over 30 local vendors offering pet services, accessories, and gifts. Pet health checks, pet photos, $5 nail trims, and prize raffles will also be available. Entertainment will include the “Top Hogs Performing Pigs,” from 1-1:45pm, a fun-filled stage show featuring Mudslinger and Digger. For more information, call 303-690-4722. See ad page 14.

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wo thousand years ago, Jesus and Mary Magdalene channeled and anchored Unconditional Love energy from the universe into the core of Mother Earth. This act enabled access to anyone to this powerful energy. Christ Grids were placed around the planet to help lift humanity into a higher dimensional reality and see through the illusions of the material world. This Christ Grid can now be used for healing and assistance in ascension - called the Christ Force Healing. Rev Natasha Deakins is offering free, onehour Christ Force Healings for the month of February to help raise the consciousness of humanity, in exchange for a written testimonial review of the healing given within seven days after. This is available to new and old clients. Spaces are limited, and appointments are required. In a Christ Force Healing, you lie down in a restful state while Deakins channels Unconditional Loving from the Christ Grids around the planet through your chakras, meridians, and other energy channels to flush out stuck energies. RSVP to Natasha Deakins or 720-499-8469. See ad page 9.

Jumpstart2Success Changes Name


he local Corporate Wellness Program previously known as Jumpstart2Success has changed their name to “You Define Wellness,” according to Denise O’Malley, founder. “Because You Define Wellness is a unique benefit program for the workplace where the employee determines what wellness means to them by self-selecting services that meet their needs, values and wants, we thought our name change would better align with what we do.” As of December, YDW has over 142 Colorado locations, 240 providers and over 380 wellness services for employees to choose from, with more being added every day, as well as employers who see the benefit of a corporate holistic wellness program. YDW empowers employees to engage in regular self-care activities through monthly or bimonthly sessions at the provider of their choice and reinforces self-care through monthly employee lunch-n-learns offered by their 200+ wellness providers. Employees can select a session from a wide range of traditional services including massage, chiropractic, acupuncture, nutrition, fitness, psychotherapy and even dentists, or more eclectic options such as golf instruction from an LPGA pro or improv workshops. For more information, contact Denise at or 303-222-7168, ext. 700.

Ayurveda Offers Relief from Chronic Pain & Illness


r Sujatha Reddy with Heartland Wellness in Lakewood offers readers relief from chronic pain and illness with her Ayurvedic wellness program, which emphasizes preventative and healing therapies along with various methods of purification and rejuvenation. Ayurveda is a 5000-year old health science from India that helps you feel strong and empowered, sleep like a baby and release anxiety, stress and depression. Modalities include food, lifestyle/daily routine, herbal formulas, cleansing/detox procedures and breathing exercises, as well as yoga and meditation types for your constitution. Dr Reddy says, “If you’ve tried everything and still have no relief from digestive issues, skin conditions, autoimmune problems and more, I encourage you to try Ayurveda. There’s a reason why a 5000-year-old health science is still around. It works!” Dr Reddy offers a free 15 minute phone consultation. Heartland Wellness, 12157 W Cedar Dr, Ste 200, Lakewood. Contact Dr Reddy at 303-325-5617 or See listing page 30.

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leep is one of our most basic needs. When we don’t get the expert-recommended seven to nine hours of quality sleep, we simply don’t feel our best, and our health suffers. With nearly a third of our lives spent in sleep, you may want to consider seeing a specialist if you struggle to sleep soundly and consistently. Specialists understand that sleep disorders are complex and require customized treatments. What are the benefits of visiting an holistic expert? Holistic experts are able to differentiate between types of insomnia. Chinese medicine recognizes over 14 different types of insomnia which are all treated differently. They understand that testing neurotransmitter levels can provide exact steps for supplementation and balancing. If you know all the sleep hygiene tips but still cannot sleep, an expert can listen and adjust certain habits to make tremendous changes in the sleep pattern. Naps are widely misunderstood, but when done correctly, they can pull a person out of the worst insomnia. Our bodies naturally lower body temperature around 2 p.m. while producing a small amount of melatonin (our sleep hormone), making us groggy. Set a timer for 30 to 45 minutes prior to 3 p.m. and simply rest. An expert may look to strengthen the neck and tongue muscles with acupuncture and didgeridoo classes, lower inflammation in the body, and provide herbs when needed. The gut produces much of the neurotransmitters necessary for mood and sleep. Digestive health must be optimized to ensure your best sleep. A holistic approach looks at the entire body, improving other symptoms such as digestion issues, anxiety, depression, pain, hot flashes and night sweats. Damiana Corca is the Acupuncture Sleep Specialist at Corca Sleep Center. Contact her at 303-440-1033 or See ad page 22.

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study from Drexel University, in Philadelphia, has linked autism spectrum disorder with prenatal exposure to organochlorine chemicals. The researchers examined 1,144 children born in southern California between 2000 and 2003 with mothers that had enrolled in a state-sponsored prenatal screening program. Blood tests were taken during their second trimester of pregnancy, a critical time for neurodevelopment, to measure exposure to organochlorine chemicals, including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) and pesticides such as DDT. These compounds were banned from production in the U.S. in 1977, but remain in the environment. It’s well known that they can cross the placental barrier, impacting neurodevelopment in fetuses. The researchers selected participants based on previous health diagnoses: 545 children with autism spectrum disorder and 181 with intellectual disabilities, plus 418 free of both issues as a control group. They found a 50 to 82 percent increased autism risk in children with the highest levels of four identified PCB compounds in utero, based on which ones were present. “The results suggest that prenatal exposure to these chemicals above a certain level may influence neurodevelopment in adverse ways,” says Kristen Lyall, Sc.D., assistant professor in the university’s A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, promising further related studies.

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A Natural Solution to Sleep Apnea


National Institutes of Health study found most people believe sleep apnea is caused by a sagging soft pallet in the throat. According to Master Herbalist Steven Frank, it actually results from a diminishing signal from the brain to the diaphragm during the transition from semi-wakefulness into the next stage of lighter sleep. In some people, breathing goes beyond being shallow and completely stops. As the brain realizes the need to breathe, it forces a rapid inhalation that drags the sagging soft tissues into the airway, as reported in Frank’s “Sleep Apnea: A New Approach to an Emergent Problem.” For some, there’s no indication of potential problems when they are awake as the tissues remain in their normal state and the throat doesn’t close off. Many resort to surgery to remove neck tissue or use a machine to force air into lungs. However, natural, herbal solutions can work to increase the pertinent brain signal that maintains healthy breathing without that rapid inhalation. According to the “Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine”, ingesting herbs like lobelia, thyme and camp bark can intensify the signal from the brain to the diaphragm, increase the gas-transfer efficiency of the lungs and relax some of the skeletal muscles that can obstruct the propagation of the signal. Steven Frank, Master Herbalist can be reached at 888-465-4404 or visit See ad page x.

Exercise Preserves Mental Sharpness


study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease in July confirms that physical activity in midlife can help reduce the chances of developing cognitive impairment in old age. Scientists studied data on the physical activity levels from 3,050 twins in Finland given questionnaires in 1975 and 1981. A phone interview more than 25 years later served as a follow-up cognitive evaluation, and the subjects were divided into three categories: cognitively impaired, suffering mild cognitive impairment or cognitively healthy. Individuals that participated in vigorous physical activity when they were middle-aged displayed lower levels of cognitive impairment compared to those that did less vigorous exercise.


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Watch the Birdie Selfies Promote Animal Cruelty and Death Zachary Crockett, of, has found that since 2014, 49 people were killed in attempts to take pictures of themselves with wild creatures. Although there are no statistics on how many animals have been harmed due to selfies, wildlife organizations such as Care for the Wild International are appealing to the public to stop using animals as props. Visitors to China’s Yunnan Wild Animal Park lured captive peacocks from their enclosure and grabbed them by their tails. The birds died as a result. Another group of people at a beach in Argentina was filmed mobbing a baby Franciscana dolphin, an endangered species, while taking pictures, resulting in its death likely through shock and severe dehydration from being removed from the water for too long. Due to the high demand by tourists to take pictures with wild animals, special photographic settings are popping up in Mexico, Europe and Morocco. However, the Association for British Travel Agents stated that no legitimate sanctuary would allow animals to be used as photo props.

Repurposed Pallets Texas Company Turns Wood Waste into Furniture


Nearly 2 billion wooden pallets are currently in circulation in the U.S., consuming around 50 percent of the country’s annual hardwood harvest and representing more than 90 percent of the world’s shipping waste. PalletSmart, in Fort Worth, Texas, has been making furniture, home decor and custom projects out of repurposed pallets and other reclaimed material since 2012. Company co-founder John Zaskoda says, “As with any business, we are looking to grow, but want to be smart about it. For now, we are staying put, taking custom residential and commercial orders and producing top-notch furniture.” He sees the endeavor as proof that with hard work and consistency it’s possible to make trash into treasure. Source:

Free Fuel Hydrogen Conversion From Water Making Gains Scientists at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, in Stockholm, report that they have finally unlocked a major barrier to exploiting a renewable energy source through extracting pure hydrogen from water. Because the best-performing catalysts for electrochemical oxidation, or “water splitting”, are expensive precious metals, the research team led by KTH Professor Licheng Sun developed molecular catalysts for water oxidation with an efficiency approaching that of natural photosynthesis comprising common, abundant elements, all of which could help change the economics of large-scale hydrogen fuel production. Meanwhile, Daniel Nocera, a professor of energy at Harvard University, and Pamela Silver, a professor of biochemistry and systems biology at Harvard Medical School, have co-created a system that uses solar energy to split water molecules and hydrogen-eating bacteria to produce liquid fuels. Their paper, whose lead authors include post-doctoral fellow Chong Liu and graduate student Brendan Colón, was recently published in Science. “This is a true artificial photosynthesis system,” says Nocera. “Previously, people were using artificial photosynthesis for water-splitting, but this is a true A-to-Z system, and we’ve greatly exceeded the efficiency of photosynthesis in nature.”


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Following eco-friendly laundry tips can save on energy, water usage and utility bills, making it good for both the planet and the bank account. The laundry results, too, may be better for some loads. advises that 90 percent of the energy consumed while running a wash load is used to heat the water, so the average household can eliminate as much as 350 pounds of carbon emissions and save about $40 annually by turning the knob to cold. It also notes that some protein-heavy stains, like perspiration and blood, can become more set into the fabric when washed in hot water, which can also shrink synthetic fibers. For sweat stains, suggests combining two tablespoons of cream of tartar, a few drops of lemon essential oil and water to make a paste. Mix and spread it on the stain, and then rub it in and let dry. Another pre-laundry option is to pour or spray a 3 percent solution of hydrogen peroxide onto the stain and then soak for about 30 minutes. Mildly soiled laundry doesn’t necessarily need hot water for adequate cleaning, reports the Mother Nature Network. It advises pre-soaking heavily soiled laundry in cold water for about an hour, adding four tablespoons of baking soda to loosen dirt and grime. “Responding quickly to stains always helps,” says Steve Boorstein, a Boulder, Colorado, clothing-care expert on his website. “For washable clothing, flush the stained area with cool water to remove any solid matter. Never rub the stain in order to avoid driving it deeper into the fabric.” Conserve more energy as well as water by always assembling a full load of laundry. Appliance performance can also make an eco-difference. Energy Star estimates that water savings of between 40 and 75 percent can be achieved with frontloading machines instead of top-loaders. Line drying wins over a clothes dryer in terms of freshness, energy use and kindness to the environment. Start with biodegradable and phosphate-free detergents made from plant- and vegetable-based ingredients.


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s safe and trusted as hyperbaric (high pressure) oxygen therapy, ozone therapy also harnesses the healing power of oxygen. Since the 1950s, its popularity has increased around the world. Today, more than 45,000 physicians in 50 countries administer ozone therapy to address ailments ranging from endodontic infections and herniated disk pain to arterial plaque and Lyme disease. According to the American Academy of Ozonotherapy, the widespread medical use of ozone began in Germany and has since spread across Europe as an alternative treatment for antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The academy notes that allopathic physicians caution against ozone therapy largely due to misinformation and a lack of understanding regarding its efficacy, side effects, expense and safety, even though published international studies as well as U.S. clinical trials have shown it can be used instead of more expensive and dangerous methods such as surgery or pharmaceuticals. Therapeutic ozone has a sound safety record and no toxic effects have been observed from proper clinical use (Journal of the American Medical Association). Occasional reported side effects are slight weakness, dizziness or drowsiness

for short periods of time during or after treatment. Rare allergic skin reactions like nettle rash are possible with local applications, although occurrences are mild and quick to resolve. Ozone is an oxidant. Ozone therapy, like exercise, creates health benefits by delivering measured doses of oxidative stress that activate the body’s internal antioxidant systems. The primary natural enzyme in ozone therapy is superoxide dismutase, which stimulates another enzyme called telomerase that keeps DNA young by maintaining the telomere at the end of each DNA strand. A study from Cuba’s University of Havana of herniated disc patients found that ozone therapy provided both oxidative protection and pain relief. Such properties make medical ozone therapy a safe and effective treatment for many infections. It’s been shown to be particularly effective for sinus and endodontic infections (Iranian Endodonics Journal), osteonecrosis of the jaw, ear infections, hepatitis (Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine), cystitis, HIV, intestinal and blood infections and Lyme disease. Staff of the Sophia Health Institute, in Woodinville, Washington, report remarkably fast results treating such chronic complex infections by follow-

ing intensive intravenous (IV) ozone protocols, with individualized systemic support. Ozone therapy is a prime treatment for infections, especially viral. Leading experts in oxidative therapy Dr. Robert Rowen, who practices in Santa Rosa, California, and Dr. Howard Robins, director of The Healing Center, in New York City, had good success administering treatment during the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone. In addition to many patients helped, “It’s been reported that ozone therapy rapidly cured five patients with Ebola during the outbreak,” says Rowen. Ozone therapy is now used to relieve arthritis, neuropathy, degenerative joint and disk disease, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. A pilot study led by the Universidad de Granada, Spain, saw improvement in the physical and depressive symptoms of fibromyalgia. “Ozone is also effective in treating osteoarthritic knees and, via injection, arthritic hips,” says Rowen. Other individuals describe their experiences of overcoming various diseases using ozone therapy at RobertRowenMD/videos. One of the most impressive evidence-based applications is relief from the pain of herniated disks, particularly lumbar. More than one meta-analysis deemed ozone treatment an effective and extremely safe procedure, with pain and functional outcomes equal to or better than surgery and far lower complication rates (less than 0.1 percent), along with significantly shorter recovery times (Pain Physician; American Journal of Neuroradiology). According to the Journal of Natural Science, Biology and Medicine, oxygen/ ozone therapy used in dentistry offers three fundamental forms of applications to treat oral tissue—ozonated water, ozonated olive oil and oxygen/ozone gas. Ozonated water and olive oil have proved to be an ideal delivery system. Non-toxic and simple to generate, ozone therapy is coming of age as a viable option for both the treatment and prevention of illnesses. Valerie Burke is a freelance health writer in Olympia, Washington, versed in integrative medicine with a master’s degree in nursing science.

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SACRED PASSAGE Conscious Dying as a Transformative Healing Journey by Linda Sechrist


ike birth, death is a transition we can wisely prepare for. In recent years, compassionate individuals and grassroots movements have emerged to help us conduct ourselves, heal and grow from losing a loved one or face our own passing. An increasing number of initiatives support a new model in palliative care that treats death as an expected aspect of the human experience. Each in its own way advocates for a grace-filled passage supported by dignified, caring and compassionate practices. 16

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Profound Shift The Conscious Dying Institute, in Boulder, Colorado, aims to restore death and dying to its natural place in the sacred circle of life. Its end-oflife literacy curriculum and certificate training programs are helping to create a new, wisdom-based culture of healing teachers and end-of-life doulas that serve among the frontline caregivers and companions providing the comfort people want and need most. Founded by Tarron Estes, a healing artist, poet, Caritas coach and transformational learning educator, the institute is grounded in love, spiritual openness, compassion and a universal field of consciousness. “Training is open to nurses, physicians, clinicians, caregivers, family members, healthcare teams and anyone else interested in exploring what it means to die consciously,” says Estes. It attends to the provider’s inner awakening and helps them strengthen their ability to give spiritual, emotional, physical and practical care to anyone, helping to relieve pain, regardless of diagnosis. “Rather than curative care, it’s all about seeking to increase precious, meaningful moments, a sense of spiritual sanctity, beauty, interconnectedness and appreciation of life for the families and patients they serve. An end-of-life doula at bedside assures that families and loved ones can focus on what is most important,” explains Estes, who believes that our true nature lives within us as an unblemished jewel. Helping individuals become comfortable talking about death is the work of Dr. Karen Wyatt, of Dillon, Colorado, founder of the End of Life University, an online interview series with end-of-life care experts. She provides a trustworthy loving environment in monthly death cafés. Death cafés benefit from Wyatt’s experience as a hospice doctor. “There is never an agenda. Of the 10 to 12 people that generally join in, one is always a new caller, recently awakened to the idea of conscious dying or their own mortality. They’re seeking information and someone to talk to because family and friends

Exploring the Mystery For more than 40 years, philosopher, psychologist and physician Raymond Moody’s life work has been acknowledging the mysteries and validating the unexplainable events at the end of life. His seminal bestseller Life After

Life appeared in 1975. Lisa Smartt’s mentorship by Moody led them to co-found She’s also authored Words at the Threshold, a study of the nonsensical, metaphorical and paradoxical language and visions of the dying. Moody and Smartt agree that by better understanding the unique language patterns related to end of life we can share more deeply and build bridges with our beloveds throughout the dying process. “When we do so, we offer greater support to the dying and ameliorate our own experience of loss as they cross the threshold,” remarks Smartt. They caution that compassionate etiquette during events at death is important. “Assume that levels of awareness exist in the dying so that our energy and presence are felt and our voices heard,” advises Moody. “Respect your words and actions, regardless of the person’s state of consciousness. Be a compassionate listener and validate their vision. Don’t pretend to intellectualize or explain anything.” Dianne Gray, president and executive director of the Elisabeth KüblerRoss Foundation, also owns Hospice and Healthcare Communications. “The dying often wish to leave here surrounded by peace and harmony. They choose to let go of contentiousness and often wish family members would do the same, which is facilitated by mapping out Advance Directives according to the final wishes of the patient,” says Gray.

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n November 2016, voters approved Proposition 106, Colorado’s Endof-Life Options Act by a clear majority, 65 to 35%. The new law allows terminally ill adult patients to request aid in dying if they have six months or less to live and meet certain criteria. They gain the option to obtain prescription medication from a doctor and administer it themselves. They must make two oral requests, separated by at least fifteen days, and a valid written request to his/her attending physician. It also requires that people be capable of taking the medication unassisted, and stipulates that patients can rescind a request for life-ending medication at any time during the process. The law protects doctors and pharmacists from prosecution for prescribing or dispensing such medication. According to the Colorado Medical Society, 56% of Colorado physicians support the measure.

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aren’t interested. Some already embracing their mortality wish to explore their thoughts with others. Some callers join just to listen,” advises Wyatt. Because death in the West has become a commercialized event with funeral home packages the norm, Wyatt recommends the National Home Funeral Alliance to those interested in a gentler model. The nonprofit, grassroots movement and its members seek to restore the lost art and healing ritual of a home funeral by preserving the rights of families to provide home after-death care. Supporting and educating interested families is the mission of Sacred Crossings founder Rev. Olivia Rosemarie Bareham. The certified death midwife and home funeral guide draws from her experiences as an auxiliary nurse and hospice volunteer to assist families with end-oflife planning, death midwifery and arrangements for an at-home vigil and funeral, as well as cremation and burial choices. “We also offer sacred singing to help ease a loved one’s transition. Music by a bedside soloist or choir before, during and after death can be deeply relaxing and comforting, and even provide pain relief,” advises Bareham.

We rediscover that in order to die well, we must live well. Dying gracefully is the result of a mindful, day-to-day journey—a culmination of informed choices, honest discussions and deference to the hallowed fragility of nature’s life-death cycles. ~William Rosa Questions she frequently addresses in public talks and Death Over Dinner party conversations include: the necessity of finishing unfinished business; bringing closure to unresolved relationship issues; finding words to express our compassion; soothing the sense of impending loss; and managing to take only love with us to the other side, yet leave enough of it behind to help loved ones through their grieving process. She cautions that no matter how well we plan for death, things don’t always go as planned. “Sometimes no matter how many advance care conversations have taken place, discord can dismantle the best laid plans. It requires the tough work of compassionate communications. Friends and families need to remember that this is the patient’s end-of-life experience, not theirs. It is possible to find peace in the midst of conflict, understanding that the one leaving overwhelmingly wishes for a peaceful passing, including peace within the family.”

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Practical Plans The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants offer a free downloadable Guide to Financial Decisions: Implementing an End-of-Life Plan at It includes basic descriptions of issues that arise as we age beyond retirement and details the critical documents needed for the individual, dependents, property, assets, estate planning, wills and trusts. It also addresses issues related to advance, treatment and do-notresuscitate directives, insurance, types of funerals and costs, and Social Security, Medicare and veterans’ benefits. Guidelines suggest consulting with a certified public accountant or personal financial planning specialist. The latest innovation is the blessing of a living funeral, a celebration of life while the honoree is present to hear the eulogies, praises and farewells before they depart. provides a downloadable Five Wishes document, a popular advance directive, or living will that covers personal, spiritual, medical and legal aspects. It’s easy to use and can serve as a family guide to prompt conversations about personal care preferences in the event of serious illness. New York Times journalist Mark Leibovich wrote about how Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy chose to spend his final weeks in pursuit of a “good ending.” As death approached, Kennedy told friends that he wanted to take stock of his life and enjoy the gift of his remaining days with the people he loved most. As a result, he continued enjoying his morning ritual of reading newspapers while drinking coffee, playing with his dogs, watching James Bond movies with his wife and holding family dinners and sing-alongs near nightly. He reveled in his bedside view of Nantucket

Sound, sailed when he could and ate lots of his favorite ice cream. His mantra was, “Every day is a gift.” “As our time winds down, we all seek comfort in simple pleasures—companionship, everyday routines, the taste of good food, the warmth of sunlight on our faces,” remarks Boston’s Dr. Atul Gawande in Being Mortal. “If we strive in our final months for independence, companionship, mindful attention, dignity, wisdom, joy, love and freedom from pain, we have the power to make those days less miserable, confusing and frightening.” In these many ways, we can manage to gently embrace and tenderly navigate life’s final transition with grace and love. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at


Conscious Grieving, Conscious Dying


onscious grieving helps us to die consciously later in life. Both require awareness, to be fully in the present moment, allowing the mysteries and heartache of the past to naturally unravel. Let your heart be broken open by your grief so that you can let go and live fully in your true nature.

• Be vulnerable and allow yourself to be witnessed in your grief, letting tears flow and cleanse you. • Seek the beauty of your experience. Give praise and gratitude for all that was and is now.

Grief is a powerful teacher and necessary training for our badge of wisdom. Live, learn and die every day • Surrender into what you are feeling. to the past, allowing your wounds to • Trust your intuition, letting it be your healing strengthen and empower you. guide. Ask, “What am I still holding onto?” Kari Gertz, Depth Hypnosis Prac• Do not run, hide or push away the emotion that grief reveals to you.

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Our hearts are the hub of yoga.



from Our Hearts to Yours Heartfelt reasons to practice Yoga:

Yoga has taught me many things: how to be

• Mindful movement helps to filter the noise.

kind, compassionate, and how to touch my toes. But most of all, I learned to laugh my way to enlightenment.

• Taking slow, deep breaths calms your nervous system.

• Yoga is just like love, you have to try over and over again until you get it right.

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• Take yoga seriously, and yourself lightly.

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• The mirror is there to make you laugh harder.

• Time for reflection is good for the heart and soul.

• Be a beginner, always.

• You could find a friend for life in your yoga class.

• Surrender. You are not in control.

• Yoga can lift your spirit and uncover your heart.

• You are your own best teacher, and never doubt it.

• You can smile or frown, laugh or cry, and your yoga teacher will support you. • Yoga meets you right where you are and invites you on a lifelong adventure.

Jen Wilking, PT, RYT 20

Studies of yoga report its positive heart health effects

• Squeeze every bit of pleasure that you can, out of every moment.

• How we practice is how we do anything.

• Resilience is earned by trial and error, and trying some more.

• Strength, flexibility and balance just might bring you joy.

Deb Hilgert, E-RYT 200, RYT 500

including reductions in hypertension and cardiovascular risk with an increase in vagal tone and heart rate variability according to studies reported in the International Journal of Yoga (Jul-Dec’16). Vagal tone describes the activity of the vagus nerve, a key component of the parasympathetic (“rest and digest”) branch of the autonomic nervous system. HRV is the measure of beat-to-beat fluctuations in heart rate and is used as an index for overall health and stress response. Vagal tone and HRV are both influenced by physical, emotional, and cognitive activity as well as respiratory rate. A recent review of the literature found that an integrated yoga practice (including pranayama, asana, and meditation) may lead to parasympathetic dominance and enhanced cardiac function by affecting cardiac autonomic regulation and vagal tone.

• Life can be a challenge; yoga can help.

• The philosophy of yoga is ancient and timeless.

One of yoga’s gifts is the ability to connect our body and mind using our breath as a bridge - and how that carries into everyday life. Practicing an intense posture may feel uncomfortable until our mind/breath bond restores calm. Next time we’re in a challenging situation, rather than freaking out we find the space to breathe, stay and trust. With regular practice, the mind becomes as strong and flexible as the body. The ability to breathe and handle discomfort decreases daily stress. Stress can be a killer. Using your yoga skills to decrease stress helps decrease blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and aids in hormone balancing- all of which strengthens our precious hearts. Mat work spills its rich benefits into all aspects of our daily living and in a time when we are all running full speed ahead, we can’t help but offer our hearts a little TLC.

• A pose can never be mastered, but you can make friends with it.

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INDOOR KITCHEN GARDENING Easy-Grow Microgreens Are Big on Nutrition by Barbara Pleasant


ast, fun to grow and packed with flavor and nutrition, tender young microgreens can go from seed to table in as little as a week. Close cousins to edible sprouts, microgreens are grown in potting soil or seed-starting mixes instead of plain water. They customarily grow beyond the sprout stage until they have produced a true leaf or two. After that, harvesting is a simple matter of snipping off fresh greens. “You don’t need a green thumb to grow microgreens, only patience and persistence,” says Mark Mathew Braunstein, in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, author of Microgreen Garden. Even first-timers can expect good results. For example, the thin shoots grown from popcorn taste like a more vibrant form of sweet corn, and pea shoots work well in wraps, salads and virtually any Asian dish. Like high-fiber wheatgrass, “Microgreens are great for juicing, either by themselves or mixed with other veggies,” says Rita Galchus (aka Sprout Lady Rita), proprietor of The Sprout House, in Lake Katrine, New York, which sells organic seeds for micro-

greens and sprouts. “You can add a handful of microgreens to a smoothie to ramp up the nutrition without changing its taste or texture,” she notes.

Good Picks The seeds of dozens of plants from alfalfa to wheat can be grown as microgreens. If seeking to maximize nutrition, put red cabbage and cilantro on the planting list. Scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Quality Laboratory, in Beltsville, Maryland, tested the nutritional properties of 25 microgreens; red cabbage, cilantro, garnet amaranth and green daikon radish had the highest concentrations of vitamin C, carotenoids, and vitamins K and E, respectively. Microgreens generally provide three times as much nutrition per weight as the same food eaten in its mature state. “People underestimate the intense flavor of microgreens and might try planting mustard greens or radish varieties even if they don’t like spicy flavors,” say Elizabeth Millard, an

organic farmer in Northfield, Minnesota, and author of Indoor Kitchen Gardening. For beginners, large seeds that sprout quickly such as sunflowers, buckwheat and snow peas are good choices because they produce big, robust sprouts with mild flavor. Many people also grow microgreens for their pets. “Cats tend to prefer mild, sweet-tasting microgreens such as red clover, alfalfa and flax seed,” advises Galchus. “They also love grasses grown from hard wheat, whole barley and rye. Cats cannot digest the grass, but use it to bring up indigestible matter that might be lodged in their stomachs.”

Clean Greens Microgreens grow so fast that there’s little time for them to run into trouble. Commercial growers use large trays, but home gardeners can also use pretty coffee mugs or tofu boxes rescued from the recycling bin. Drainage holes in the container bottoms work well when growing beets or other slowsprouting seeds, but are less important for fast-growing sunflowers or wheat.

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Work only with organic seeds. Seeds sold for sprouting or bulk grains from a local health food store cost much less than the larger, robust seeds produced for gardening. Soak seeds in water overnight to jump-start germination. Place an inch or so of potting soil or seedstarting mix in the container, and then scatter the plump seeds on top. “A common beginner’s error is to sow seeds too thickly,” says Braunstein. Sown seeds should not touch each other, with most spaced about one-quarter-inch apart. Spritz with water and cover with a plate or plastic wrap. At the first signs of sprouting, water and move the pot to a sunny spot near a bright window or within

two inches of a bright grow light. Dribble in small amounts of water to maintain moisture over the next few days. To harvest, cut in bunches about one-half inch above the soil line. Microgreens store well in the refrigerator for a couple of days, but are best eaten fresh. For both beginners and experienced gardeners, growing microgreens provides a close-up look at seed germination, one of nature’s miracles. Award-winning garden writer Barbara Pleasant’s new book Homegrown Pantry: A Gardener’s Guide to Selecting the Best Varieties & Planting the Perfect Amounts for What You Want to Eat Year Round, will be out next month from Storey Publishing.


Transforming the Way Women Relate to Men

vide us. For him, there needs to be a reward equal to or greater than the energy he’ll have to expend. Years ago, I described to my husband in colorful detail the experience of falling into the toilet in the middle of the night; he took it upon himself to make sure that never again happens to the women he loves.

An Interview with Alison Armstrong

What’s the secret to navigating partners’ differing needs and drives for physical intimacy?

by April Thompson or saying what works for us. When that doesn’t get the response we’re expecting, we usually draw incorrect conclusions and act in counterproductive ways. For example, men and women relate to feelings differently. Women often make life decisions based on their feelings about something or someone. To men, who tend to rely on facts and set aside feelings, this approach can seem irrational, and relating to women as irrational has predictably bad outcomes.

The secret is to stop leaving our sex lives to the whims of biology, or making decisions based on whether we “feel like it.” Waiting for a time when both partners feel like it, the kids are at Grandma’s and we’re not too tired leads to sex happening too rarely. Delicious sexual partnerships begin when we decide to stop waiting and instead work on creating the circumstances that put us in the mood. One example is learning to offer “dessert”. Using the desire for food as a metaphor for the desire for sex, we’re often trying to eat together when only one partner is hungry. But dessert sounds delicious anytime; examples might be massage or kissing or other physical activities. Find out what reliably perks up a partner’s interest and put that on the menu.

Where does a couple best start to heal the communication divide?

How can a woman satisfy a man’s desire to provide without sacrificing her independence?


or 25 years, relationship expert Alison Armstrong has worked to evolve society by changing the way women relate to men. Her yearning to understand the opposite sex was born from personal challenges, including a failed marriage in her 20s. She began studying men on her own, at the age of 30, beginning with the question, “What if men are responding to women?” What started out as a personal inquiry has become a lifelong pursuit and she’s shared her findings with millions of men and women worldwide. Armstrong, co-founder and CEO of PAX Programs, addresses gender differences, sexuality and relationships. She has written three books, including The Queen’s Code, and speaks to interpersonal insights through workshops, webinars and teleclasses, including free recordings and articles at Armstrong and her second husband have been happily married for 23 years and now live in Colorado.

Which core differences between men and women cause everyday misunderstandings? The biggest source of mischief is denying that differences exist at all. Both men and women tend to assume that each is a version of the other, which creates significant misunderstandings. We interact with our partners by doing

The most powerful thing men and women can do is to address misunderstandings with openness and curiosity rather than assuming we know why our partner did or said something. We should ask ourselves, “What if there’s a good reason for that?” Don’t assume that what’s true for her is also true for him, and vice versa. Once a couple chooses to give each other the benefit of the doubt, a few simple changes can further open up communication. Saying “I need” instead of “I want” will make a huge difference. Because being “needy” is considered unattractive, women avoid this word, not realizing that it connects with a man’s instinct to provide. When asking for something, it’s important to say what it would pro-

American culture tells women that being low-maintenance matters most. Yet, when we allow our partners to fulfill our needs, it can help us unlock our own greatness, as well as theirs. Men are driven to provide for their loved ones and denying them such opportunities takes away their life’s pursuit, which can be emasculating. By asking for what we need, women create opportunities for partnership, satisfaction and fulfillment for both partners. When we allow the men in our life to contribute to us and learn to receive graciously, we discover that it doesn’t diminish our power. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at

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sychologist Ty Tashiro reports in The Science of Happily Ever After that only three in 10 couples remain in healthy, happy marriages. Psychologist John Gottman, in New York City, has studied couples for four decades seeking to understand successful relationships. He and his psychologist wife, Julie, founded The Gottman Institute that helps couples build and maintain loving, healthy relationships based on scientific studies. Using data from his Love Lab at the University of Washington, John separated thousands of couples into two groups: masters (still happy after six years) and disasters (separated or chronically unhappy in their marriages). One of Gottman’s studies watched 130 newlywed vacationing couples and found that partners regularly made bids for connection, requesting responses from their mate. Choices to “turn toward” or “turn away” revealed the level of engagement and respect in the relationship. Couples that divorced within six years had shown “turn toward” bids a third of the time while couples still together responded to their partner’s emotional need nine times out of 10. An integral element is the spirit couples bring to the relationship: kindness and generosity or contempt, criticism and hostility. “There’s a key habit of mind that the masters have,” Gottman explains. “They are scanning the social environment for things they can appreciate and express thanks for. Disasters are scanning for partners’ mistakes.” People focused on criticizing miss 50 percent of positive things their partners

are doing and see negativity when it’s absent. Deliberately ignoring their partner or responding minimally to opportunities for small moments of emotional connection devalues and kills a relationship. Kindness, conversely, glues couples together, making each partner feel cared for, understood, validated and loved. In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers found that the more someone receives or witnesses kindness, the more they will be kind themselves, creating upward spirals of love and generosity. Practicing kindness during a fight is vital. Letting contempt and aggression spiral out of control during a conflict can inflict irrevocable damage. “Kindness doesn’t mean that we don’t express anger,” Julie explains, “But it informs how we choose to express it. You can either throw spears or explain why you’re hurt and angry, which is the kinder path.” Kindness can also solidify the backbone of a relationship by being generous about our partner’s intention and avoiding misinterpreting what’s motivating their behavior. “Even if it’s executed poorly, appreciate the intent,” Tashiro advises. Clearly, if we want to have a stable, healthy relationship, exercise kindness early and often and let a spirit of generosity guide happy years together. Emily Esfahani Smith is the author of The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters. Connect at EmilyEsfahaniSmith. com or on Twitter @emesfahanismith.

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COMPLIMENTARY CONSULTATION Live Your Knowing Counseling, Creekside at Highline Office Park, 1211 S Parker Rd, Denver. Renee Ellis, MA RMT, 720-984-9575

WED FEB 1 Yoga Pod Littleton Now Open–Discover the newest gem in the Southwest Plaza Mall, 8501 W Bowles Ave, #1275, Littleton. New yoga studio and meditation sanctuary offering over 70 classes/wk for all levels. Info 720-520-9930 or

SAT FEB 4 Romance Angels Workshop–1-3pm. 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 720-413-7303,


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$30 OFF INITIAL ASCENSION HEALING Reiki, vibrational healing & intuitive reading for first-time clients. In person or phone. 700 E 9th Ave., #9, Denver. JoAnne Palladino, Reiki Master-Teacher, Channel, & Intuitive. 303-2630679 or

20% OFF NEW PATIENT EXAM AND X-RAYS South Lakewood Dental, 2525 S Wadsworth Blvd, #11, Lakewood. Scott Stewart, DDS & Naturopathic Physician, 303-988-4338

FREE 1-HR CHRIST FORCE HEALINGS thru Feb. Help raise the consciousness of humanity, all in exchange for a written testimonial review of the healing given within 7 days after the healing. Rev. Natasha Deakins, 720-499-8469,

TUES FEB 7 Complementing Your Conventional Cardiovascular Healthcare–6-8pm. Clinical Herbalist Matt Koontz discusses therapeutics for Cardiovascular Disease to add to your conventional healthcare plan. $10. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, 2900 Valmont Road, Unit F-1, Boulder. RSVP The Sacred WOMBman Coaching Circles–9:4011:11am alternate Tues. 9 sessions on Holistic Pregnancy & Motherhood for Mamas & moms to be. Conscious circle provides support and holistic perspective on parenting, healthy snacks, herbal remedies. $25/ session, 2 sessions/$40. The Barefoot Health Coach, Arvada/Lakewood. RSVP

THURS FEB 9 World Goodwill Meditation–7:30-8:30pm. Group meditation to bring the energy of GOODWILL to our world. We need it more than ever. The Althea Center, 14th and Williams, Denver. Donation. Info Heart-Mindfulness Webinar: Breathing into Peace– 7-7:30pm. Free online webinar discusses importance of breathing consciously and the healing effects on the body, mind & spirit. Mindfully create peace and joy. RSVP Infinite Alignment John Fick/Christine Pollock 303-2180169, or

FRI FEB 10 Full Moon Sacred Drumming Circle, Sound Celebration & Meditation–7-9pm. Celebrate using sound and breath in the energy of the full moon. Bring snack, drums, rattles, flutes. $10. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695

SUN FEB 12 SOUL RETRIEVAL SESSION: $120 Bypass first-time client Intake until the end of February! Member of the Global Shamanic Teachers. Karen Rice King, Master Dowser Energy Worker and Ordained Minister. South Boulder office. or call 303-665-0175.

$10.99 50MIN HEALTH HISTORY CONSULTATION For moms and moms to be. Accomplish your goals in a way that’s empowering and exciting. Let’s navigate the world of contradictory nutrition and health advice together. Jade Green TNC 303-882-1745,

Introduction to Meditation & Energy Work–10-12:30pm. Learn grounding techniques, meditation and energy tools that enhance your experience of yourself and others. See and work with Creative Energy and Intuitive Flow. $39. Yoga of the Mind, 8 E 1st Ave, Denver. RSVP 303-668-2358. Beginners Bilingual Yoga–11:45am-12:45pm. Slowpaced, beginner’s class, suitable for Spanish and English speakers. Focuses on basic postures, breath and meditation. Not appropriate for those with serious injury/surgery. $7. Pranatonic in Golden. RSVP 303-274-5733

MON FEB 6 Taste of Tarot–7-9pm. Benefit from the wisdom of the Tarot without hours of memorizing card meanings. Give yourself, friends and family insightful readings. $20 incl happy hr. Yoga of the Mind, 8 E 1st Ave, Denver. RSVP 303-668-2358.

My Furry Valentine–11am-3pm. Pet owners and families are invited to bring their pets for an assortment of fun activities to help raise funds and awareness for The Youth and Pet Survivors Program (YAPS). Tagawa Garden Center, 7711 S. Parker Rd, Centennial. Info 303-690-4722. Learn the Secrets to Trusting Your Intuition–1:153pm. Foundational tools to start hearing and following your intuition more in your daily life. $10. Yoga of the Mind, 8 E 1st Ave, Denver. RSVP 303-668-2358. Free Energy Clearings–Noon-1:15pm. 15-min Chakra & Energy Clearing. Remove non-useful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Yoga of the Mind, 8 E 1st Ave, Denver. Info 303-668-2358. Community Meditation–10:45-11:45am. Enjoy the benefits of 3 15-minute meditations that include energy work for yourself. Enjoy relief from stress and new inspirations. Open to all beliefs. $5. Yoga of the Mind, 8 E 1st Ave, Denver. RSVP 303-668-2358. Our Future to 2400–1:30-4pm. M.T. Benedict, near death experiencer, says the Light showed him our future. Find out more, and what is ahead for us. Free, open to the public. City Hall, 6060 S. Quebec St, Greenwood Village. Denver Near Death Studies. Info 720-2036354, Yoga 101 Learn the Basics with Jen Capps–11am1pm. 2-hr workshop for beginners. Learn fundamentals of a sound yoga practice including foundational alignment in postures and breath. Info 720-520-9930 or

TUES FEB 14 Happy Valentine’s Day

Learn the Secrets to Trusting Your Intuition–7:159pm. Foundational tools to start hearing and following your intuition more in your daily life. $10. Yoga of the Mind, 8 E 1st Ave, Denver. RSVP 303-668-2358.

Bringing Your Beautiful Spirituality into Relationships– 7-9pm. It is in experience of love that relationships become fulfilling. Key insights from “The Opening…Embracing Your Spiritual Destiny” by Randy Ferguson, founder of the Love, Courage & Achievement Project. Free tickets or 303-989-2605. Shmaya Gathering w/JoAnne Palladino–7-8:30pm. Experience Shmaya, an illumined, channeled presence that attunes you to the love and light within. $20. First Spiritual Science Church of Denver, Denver. RSVP 303-263-0679 or Tele-Class Meditation for Beginners 5-Wks–Tuesdays 6:30-8:30pm. From the comfort from your home learn a Meditation that can transformation your life and create change. Early $185, Regular $200. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino, Journey Within 720-413-7303,

SUN FEB 19 Hands-on Makeup Tips & Trends–2-4pm. Learn to create trendy eye shadow looks, best practices choosing foundation shades and application. Discover the most beautiful version of you. $25, RSVP req’d. Yoga of the Mind, 8 E 1st Ave, Denver. RSVP 303-549-6502.

WED FEB 21 Hashimoto’s and Self-care–6-8pm. Clinical Herbalist Madelyn Romero discusses Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Disorder, the gluten connection, and methods of selfcare. $15. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, 2900 Valmont Road, Unit F-1, Boulder. RSVP

THURS FEB 22 Richard Rudis Gong Bath–7pm. Dynamic meditative sound vibrational experience which guides into physical well-being, emotional balance, cellular healing and spiritual awareness. Details/tix Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695 Shmaya Gathering w/JoAnne Palladino–7-8:30pm. Experience Shmaya, an illumined, channeled presence that attunes you to the love and light within. $20. 700 E 9th Ave, #9, Denver. RSVP 303-263-0679 or

SUN FEB 25 Holistic Healing and Psychic/Intuitive Fair–11am-5pm. Massage, foot baths, reiki, sound healing, healing touch, oils. Readers incl palmistry, tarot, intuitive, astrologica; vendors incl crystals, jewelry, oils, arts, more. Pricing varies. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695

MON FEB 26 Yoga 101 Learn the Basics with Jen Capps–11am1pm. 2-hr workshop for beginners. Learn fundamentals of a sound yoga practice including foundational alignment in postures and breath. Info 720-520-9930 or

TUES FEB 27 We Are Change Open Mic Night–6-10pm. Unite our local grassroots activist community for an evening of food, music, interviews, headliners, poetry and dancing. We encourage everyone to perform their own songs and poems. Details Facebook at We Are Change Colorado.

WED FEB 28 Vaginal Steams–6:30-8:30pm. Jamie Mantey discusses this empowering home healthcare treatment and self-care ritual. Improves menstrual cycles, helps ease reproductive complaints, enhances connection with our creative center. $15. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, 2900 Valmont Rd, Unit F-1, Boulder. RSVP

savethedate FREE CHRIST FORCE HEALING FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY Come experience the powerful Christ Force Healing where you lie down in a restful state while Rev. Natasha Deakins channels Unconditional Loving from the Christ Grids through your chakras & meridians to flush out stuck energies. Get a free 1 hour session for the month of February in exchange for a written review of the healing within 7 days. Spaces are limited, appointments required. 1800 30th St, Suite 309 Boulder. RSVP 720-499-8469 or

CORCA SLEEP CENTER OPENS IN BOULDER FEBRUARY 3RD Visit Corca Sleep Center’s Grand Opening Feb 3 from Noon – 3pm, meet the staff and learn how the center can help you get a great night’s sleep – every night! Enjoy refreshments (and a coupon for a free infrared sauna). Says owner Damiana Corca, “We have added services and classes to help you overcome insomnia, apnea, restless leg syndrome, nightmares, bedwetting, anxiety, and hot flashes. We’re excited to serve our sleep-challenged community!” 3825 Iris Ave., Suite 250B. For more information, call 303-440-1033 or

LEARN EDEN ENERGY MEDICINE FOR MORE VITALITY, HEALTH & JOY FEBRUARY 18-19 Learn to balance your energies in a fun, supportive small-group setting. Care for self and others. Topics include meridians, aura, stress and pain management, staying grounded, releasing negative emotions, energy testing food and supplements. Lots of “hands-on” and practice. $125/day. 1776 S Jackson St, Denver. Ask about CE credits. RSVP/info Marie Adams 303-668-0299 or

6TH ANNUAL EVOLVE EXPO MAY 6TH & MAY 7TH Evolve Expo is an experiential platform for Positive Living Choices offering new ideas and simple solutions for balanced, healthy, happy, sustainable lifestyles. Coming to the National Western Complex in Denver, two days of exhibitors, vendors, and speakers featuring Healthy Food Cooking Stages, Hands on Gardening, Alternative/Complimentary Health , New Energy Technologies & Sustainability, Business & Wealth Building, Positive/Creative Living, and special Kids programs. For more info contact Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 West 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695 or 303-469-0306, go to for details.

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tuesdays Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45 pm. 15-min Chakra & Energy Clearing. Remove non-useful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Free! Yoga of the Mind, 8 E 1st Ave, Denver. 303-668-2358 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 Psychic Readings–7-8:30pm by appt./also on Thursdays. Learn about your soul essence, past lives, and aura. Ask questions about relationships, career, money, and health. FREE. 1332 Pearl St. Boulder. 303-530-0920.

wednesdays 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. $5/healing. Free for first timers. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-413-7303

thursdays 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 303-834-0526 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. 1332 Pearl St. Boulder. 303-530-0920.

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MARCH 14 5-Week Class on Chakras and Auras–Tuesdays 7-9 pm. Learn about your Chakras and Aura; clean and align Chakras; easy technique to set energetic boundaries. Early/$185 Reg/$200 Journey Within, 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino, 720-413-7303,

MAR 31 WEEKEND + 7 WKS Love, Courage & Achievement (LCA) Weekend and 7-wk Course–Regain personal power; heal relationships with self and others; Clarify your core issues holding you back; discover solutions for your situation; regain enthusiasm and hope that you haven’t felt in years. Info Randy Ferguson 303-989-2605

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Feb 2017 Mile High Natural Awakenings  

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

Feb 2017 Mile High Natural Awakenings  

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