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Energy Healings Sex and Your Soul Connection by Janelle Alex

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he 3rd annual Summer Wine Classic will be held at Balistreri Vineyards on Friday, June 28 from 6 to 9 pm to benefit Stride, a non-profit organization which supports families moving from poverty to economic independence and self-sufficiency. This year’s theme is “A Tour of Italy”. The event includes a silent and live auction, music, and a short program highlighting the work of Stride including families served by the program. Program families will speak about their path from poverty and instability to economic independence and self-sufficiency.

Hospice Cards Help Conversation


piritual life coach and artist Lori Daniel Falk has created Hospice Cards to “be a conversation starter… enabling people to find comfort in knowing what to say.” According to Falk, dying people are often ostracized from society. Friends and family may be uncomfortable facing their own mortality, feel guilt over their helplessness, or not have the emotional reserves to deal with such an intense situation. The cards address such topics as finding inner peace during this tumultuous time; reminding someone that they have been “the light of your world”; sharing how difficult this is for you, as well as them; assuring the dying that their spirit shall live on forevermore; and simply thanking them for sharing their precious life with you. The messages are heartfelt and poignant, designed to not only deliver a message of love to the dying, but to be the stimulus for truly meaningful conversations. Info/order Lori Daniel Falk 262-347-0797


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enver and Grand Junction are now the home to the Rocky Mountain Ortho Bionomy Center, the first of its kind in the country, and offers a unique, comprehensive training program that allows the student to complete a 10week training program over 24 months. Ortho Bionomy is a structural and neurological approach to bodywork that allows the body to heal without pain. Rocky Mountain Ortho Bionomy Center is offering a Foundation Week of Study June 17-21 in Denver. The week includes a two day study of the Spine and Shoulders, a day of Practitioner Training and the final two days of working with the body through the nervous system. Classes are available every few months for week-long trainings. Rocky Mountain Ortho Bionomy Center, Sheri Covey, 970209-9400. See listing page 28.

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aking the Dreamer Within, a participatory celebration of creativity, will be held Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 8-11, at Springhill Suites in Longmont. Organized by Boulder dream worker Billie Ortiz, the festival will offer workshops emphasizing self-expression in four areas: dream work, written word, spoken word and the arts. Music, poetry readings and other performances also are planned. The festival marks Ortiz’s 10th anniversary hosting weekend dream retreats with internationally known teacher and author Jeremy Taylor. Many of the festival teachers and performers developed their talents as a result of exploring their dreams at these retreats. Taylor will give a keynote address “Dreams and the Evolution of Consciousness” Thursday evening, Aug. 8. Festival highlights will include: writing workshops by Boulder authors Laura K. Deal and Donna Remmert; workshop on the Tslagi Dance of Life led by Fort Collins healer Suzanne Rouge; community mandala drawing and workshop on “The Paradox of Parenting” by Boulder psychotherapist Patti Ashley. Star Edwards and KingBeat of Denver bring their danceable blend of Celtic rhythms, world music and rock to the festival’s Saturday night party Aug. 10. Info Billie Ortiz 303-929-6122

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Empowerment Camp for Young Women


he Chrysalis Circle, June 17-22 in Eagle, is an empowerment camp for young women in middle and high schools. This six-day program guides young women on a journey to discover their core being, find their authentic voice, gain confidence and explore their mind-body-spirit connection through exhilarating adventures in nature. It is led by certified counselors, coaches and wilderness guides. One overnight is included on Friday, June 21. Each day integrates activities in nature, creative arts, leadership, communication skills and introspection. Rafting, yoga, journaling, rock climbing and hiking will give the girls lifelong tools and help them embrace their passage into womanhood. $450 before June 7; $500 after. Family discounts offered. Space is limited. Call Susie Kincade at 877-595-8622 for info.

BALANCED HEALTH CENTERS, located at 695 S Colorado Blvd Ste 390, Denver, (Cherry Creek area) now offer the Vibro Acoustic Lounge combining sound and vibration frequency therapy to help relieve symptoms of stress, anxiety and health problems. They also offer the HCG diet system to provide proven weight loss results combined with nutritional coaching and emotional support modalities. Info/appointments 303-996-4663 HANUMAN FESTIVAL will be held in Boulder June 13th - 16th and features world-class yoga instructors, music, inspirational experiences, and a nourishing community. Congregate with Richard Freeman, Rod Stryker, Saul David Raye, Kathryn Budig, Amy Ippoliti, Sianna Sherman, Tiffany Cruikshank, Matthew Sanford, Paige Elenson, Anand Mehrotra, Trevor Hall, MC Yogi and DJ Drez, and many more. ESTER NICHOLSON, VOCALIST FOR BETTE MIDLER AND ROD STEWART, former addict, teacher, speaker and author uses her own story as the core of her new book Soul Recovery - 12 Keys to Healing Addiction....and 12 Steps for the Rest of Us-A Path to Wholeness, Serenity and Success. Soul Recovery, the process that Nicholson developed to heal herself of cocaine addiction, unifies the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous with metaphysical principles and practices. Forward by Rev. Michael Bernard Beckwith. LAKEVIEW WELLNESS & EVENT CENTER OPENS IN LAKEWOOD. With 4,000 sq ft, ample parking, full kitchen, stage, video screens/projector, seating for 150 and tables they are ready for anything from a small meeting to wedding receptions. “By offering extremely low pricing on room rental, I hope to encourage low-cost workshops, meditations and fitness classes that more people can afford to attend,” says owner Kee Ramjiani. 303-989-6300. DENVER RANKS 3RD IN TERMS OF THE MOST BIKE-FRIENDLY LARGE CITIES FOR 2013. May was National Bike Month and the folks who blog at updated their rankings based on data including bike infrastructure, hilly terrain, number of bikers on streets and more. The top cities were Portland and San Francisco respectively. Between 2000 and 2011, bicycle commuting grew by 80% in the top ten cities on the list.


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One of the most innovative, energyefficient houses in the United States has been built in the District of Columbia’s working-class Deanwood neighborhood, which has struggled with foreclosures. The Empowerhouse, a residence that produces all of its own energy, consumes 90 percent less energy for heating and cooling than a conventional dwelling. Empowerhouse was designed using “passive house” technologies as part of the Solar Decathlon design competition, held on the National Mall in 2011. It’s the work of students at The New School, in New York City, and Stevens Institute of Technology, in Hoboken, New Jersey, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity and the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development. Each duplicable unit costs a locally affordable $250,000. Bringing the community into the design process for both the house and landscape is the basis for collaboration on additional projects in the neighborhood, including a new community learning garden. The designers remark that it all plays a part in creating social sustainability, an aspect often left out of development programs.

There is huge potential in solar power, but our current methods of capturing the sun’s energy are limited as widely used silicon solar cells approach their theoretical limit of 33.7 percent efficiency. Now a Princeton University research team has applied nanotechnology principles to incorporate a design that significantly increases their efficacy. Led by Stephen Chou, the team has made two dramatic improvements: reducing reflectivity and more effectively capturing the light that isn’t reflected. The new solar cell is much thinner and less reflective, capturing many more light waves via a minute mesh and bouncing off only about 4 percent of direct sunlight. The new design is capable of capturing a large amount of sunlight even when it’s cloudy, producing an 81 percent increase in efficiency even under indirect lighting conditions.



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PSA Testing Controversy


en face a new dilemma at their annual physical this year—should they be screened for prostate cancer? Last year, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended against routine screening for this form of cancer, regardless of age. Some doctors claim this will cause treatable prostate cancer cases to be missed. The level of prostate-specific antigen (PSA), a protein produced by the prostate gland, can be measured with a simple blood test. Until the USPSTF issued its recommendation, doctors routinely used the test to screen men 50 and older. The task force, however, concluded there is at least moderate certainty that the potential harms of PSA testing outweigh the benefits; many benign conditions, particularly prostate infections and enlargement, can elevate PSA readings higher than normal, prompting more aggressive testing. Before deciding on the test, it helps for men to explore this issue with their doctor. Some physicians take a “wait and see” approach and retest several times over a few months before making a recommendation; others suggest an immediate biopsy if PSA levels are high. While a blood test is a benign procedure, a prostate biopsy is not. A high PSA reading coupled with an overly aggressive doctor can cause anxiety and result in additional—and possibly unneeded—medical treatment.

Source: James Occhiogrosso, Publisher’s Note: There is much more to the PSA story. A great place to start learning more is here:

Sugary Drinks Linked to Heart Disease


ne risk factor for heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States, may be sugary drinks. Analysis of data collected on 42,883 men in the “Health Professionals Follow-Up Study,” published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, linked a daily 12-ounce serving of a sugar-sweetened drink to a 19 percent increase in the relative risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Sugar-sweetened beverages were associated with higher levels of unhealthy triglycerides and C-reactive protein (a byproduct of inflammation), and lower levels of high-density lipoprotein, or HDL, the “good” cholesterol. Senior study author Frank B. Hu, Ph.D., a physician and professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, in Boston, cautions that diet sodas are not a good alternative. “Some studies have found a relationship between diet soda and metabolic disease,” he notes.


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Don’t Worry, Be Healthy


he adage, “Don’t worry, be happy,” captures the essence of the first-ever metastudy of the relationship between happiness and heart health. Based on a comprehensive review involving 200-plus studies, researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, in Boston, concluded that a positive outlook on life could help protect the heart from cardiovascular disease. Julia Boehm, Ph.D., and Laura Kubzansky, Ph.D., discovered that certain psychological traits—optimism, positive emotions and a sense of meaning—both offer measurable protection against heart attacks and strokes and slow the progression of cardiovascular disease. The pair found that the most optimistic individuals had approximately 50 percent less chance of experiencing an initial cardiovascular event compared with their less upbeat peers. “The absence of the negative is not the same thing as the presence of the positive,” notes Boehm. “Psychology has been trying to fix what’s wrong with people, but there’s also an increasing interest in what people might be doing right.”

localinsights THE SOCIAL BRAIN by Tami Eslich


othing kicks a parent in the gut quite like knowing that your child is not succeeding socially. Poor grades worry us, bad behaviors anger us, but when your child experiences social failure -- you feel their pain. Grades may get us into a good college but without social skills it’s unlikely that we’ll ever be successful or happy. Watching your child suffer socially elicits a sort of primal helplessness in us as parents. This is because social skills cannot be taught -- they need to be felt. The key to “feeling” social cues lies in our ability to process Non Verbal Communication (NVC) such as facial expressions, body postures, changes in voice tone and inflection. Social skills (and language) are built upon the foundation of being able to process NVC. NVC is universal. You may not be able to speak Chinese but if you were in Beijing you could certainly understand if those around you are happy, sad, angry, etc., even without knowing Chinese words for these feelings. The Right Hemisphere of the brain contains an area called The Mirror Neuron Imaging System, where non-verbal language is processed. As a baby, your mother smiled-you smiled back reflexively if your mirror neurons were working correctly. The physical act of putting your facial muscles into a smile elicited a feeling of joy and you had just successfully learned what happiness felt like. You weren’t taught it, you had to feel it... and so it goes with all emotions! Socialization is an endless series of trials and errors. We observe, process, mimic and imitate and then wait for feedback on how it worked -- and we process that as well. Positive responses taught us a social skill to be used in a similar future situation. Negative responses and social rejection taught us what not to do. Children suffering from neurobehavioral disorders such as ADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome, PDD-NOS and Autism often have underconnected mirror neurons limiting their ability to process NVC. These children appear socially awkward. They can’t read body postures or facial expressions and don’t recognize personal space boundaries. Other children fail to comprehend age-appropriate humor– they don’t process the inflection of voice, the subtle lift of an eyebrow or the change in body posture – they only hear the words. Socialization can be competitive, even ‘cutthroat’ for children. Those that fail to grasp NVC are a little off in the timing and rhythm of what they say or how they say it. They may say the wrong thing completely or they may say the right thing in the wrong way. We all remember the pain, at some point as children, of being ‘in over our heads’ socially. But there is hope -- because there is help. In our practice we assess your child for areas of Functional Disconnection and then work with them to improve brain synchronization, including NVC, so your child can be their best–socially, academically and behaviorally. Tami Eslich is owner of Brain Balance Achievement Centers, 303-278-1780 in Golden, 303-800-1625 in Highlands Ranch. See ad page 15.

Energy Healings, Aura Clearings and Chakra Balancing, OH MY! by Anita Destino, Founder of Journey Within


ou’ve seen them in the Natural Awakenings calendar but what does it mean and what can it do for you? An energy healing is like an energy car wash. Anyone from newborns to adults, pets, homes and businesses can receive an energy healing at any time and for any reason. Energy clearings are energizing, clearing to the body and help open spirit communication. Chakra is a Sanskrit word meaning wheel or vortex. The seven Chakras are located along a line from the top of the head to the base of the spine and are energy centers. They are the openings for life energy to flow into and out of our bodies which creates your aura. They vitalize the physical body, promote development of our self-consciousness and are associated with our physical, mental, spiritual and emotional interactions. An aura is an electromagnetic field that emits from all living thing and is comprised of many layers, each having its own function. An aura is not separate from the physical body but is an extension of it in different composition. At Journey Within, we study seven different layers of the aura, each connecting with a specific chakra. Do you ever feel like you are ‘stuck,’ going nowhere, feeling overwhelmed, depressed or fatigued? Our wonderful bodies’ sometimes collect negative energy like Velcro collects lint. During an energy healing, this unnecessary energy is cleared out of your body, aura and chakras. This removes blocks to growth and flow. Experiences from the past and worries about the future can create these ‘blocks.’ A chakra that is ‘too open’ collects others’ energy. One that is ‘too closed’ leaves you feeling stuck or stagnate and may lead to illness. Holding onto energy that is no longer beneficial to you affects emotions, relationships and physical well-being. Energy to be removed may be: unsupportive beliefs, repeating patterns, old wounds, fear and self-limiting behaviors. The positive energy replacement helps you connect mentally and physically with source, the universe or to the God of your heart and allows clear communication with your Guardian Angels or Spirit Guides. This healing can be accomplished several ways; visiting a healing center, meditation, prayer, acupuncture, massage, working crystals, yoga, and physical activity can help your energy to flow. Even 10-15mins can shift your energy to the positive. Anita Destino, Angel Therapist®, Energy Healer, Inspirational Spiritual Teacher offers free Energy Healings every Wednesday from 6-7pm. 720-413-7303. See listing page 27. natural awakenings

June 2013


localinsights SEX AND YOUR SOUL CONNECTION By Janelle Alex


he physical, mental and emotional health benefits of sex are widely known. What is rarely mentioned is how you can enhance your connection to your soul and to your lover’s soul through lovemaking. Orgasmic and sexual energy opens a gateway into the spiritual dimension. Being aware of the physical or out-of-body sensations during lovemaking and/or at the point of orgasm offers you the opportunity to direct the sexual energy toward a goal. This goal could be anything from physical healing or career concerns to deepening your intuition and connection to spirit. Focusing on opening a spiritual gateway and having a goal set for your orgasmic energy doesn’t take away from your sexual experience. In fact, it can actually deepen the bond between you and your lover and heighten your sensuality. Instead of getting lost in just the physical pleasure, you become more fully present and open to the sacredness of your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bond with your lover. Tapping into the ultimate creative source through sex within a committed loving relationship allows a spiritual channel to open. Your creativity is enhanced, self-esteem and confidence expand, clarity deepens and problem-solving skills increase. You will move beyond your current pleasure boundaries while stimulating your spirituality and emotional life. Whether you learn to engage in sacred sexual and magickal practices alone or together, you will activate your Divine power. It teaches you to open your heart and open your soul to positive and light-filled experience while connecting and collaborating with your lover’s soul. Janelle Alex and her husband are the owners of Sexy Challenges, offering workshops and resources to restore sexiness & sensuality for singles and couples. 303-815-4233. See ad page 6.


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Your Brain, Your Body and You by Dr Steve Tashiro, MS, DC


ave you ever ‘lost’ your glasses while they were on top of your head? Or have you cancelled an outing because your IBS was acting up or your back hurt? As different as these symptoms may seem (short term memory problems, digestive distress and debilitating pain), they all have a common cause: a loss of optimal brain function. According to Gray’s Anatomy (24th edition, p. 4), “The central nervous system controls and coordinates all the systems of the body and relates the individual to their environment.” The brain receives information about the environment from sight, sound, smell, touch and taste then responds via electrical impulses throughout the nervous system to every cell, tissue and organ in your body. Optimal Health starts with optimal brain function. The myriad stresses of modern living decrease the brain’s ‘frequency of firing’ and lead to a gradual deterioration of bodily function. Stress may be chemical (bad diet, polluted environment, medication), physical (injury, inadequate rest or exercise, overwork), or mental/emotional (financial worries, unresolved grief, anger or guilt). Stress is now recognized by health researchers as a major component of chronic health conditions, each of which involves a specific brain pathway. For example, chronic stress causes abnormally high levels of cortisol, the adrenal gland stress hormone (fight or flight.) Cortisol can damage the hippocampus–the part of the brain stem associated with short-term memory. Difficulty remembering names, word finding or walking into a room and forgetting why can all be the result of hippocampus deterioration secondary to chronically-elevated cortisol. Loss of optimal brainstem function can lead to a host of organ/visceral problems, since the 10th Cranial Nerve, or Vagus Nerve, located here controls sensory and motor functions of the visceral organs. The brain also has a significant role in chronic pain syndromes. We really don’t know that we have pain until the pain signal gets to our parietal lobe-that’s when we say “Ouch!” In a state of health, there are neurological pathways that moderate the transmission of pain signals to the brain and others that travel from the brain to subdue incoming pain signals. That’s why a firm touch on the arm can be excruciatingly painful to a person with fibromyalgia and only mildly uncomfortable to a person with a healthy brain and nervous system: Poor Brain Function = Suboptimal Health! Through the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal-thyroid axis, the brain determines hormonal and chemical balance in the body. The hypothalamus sends hormone signals telling the pituitary (‘master gland’) to release its hormones, activating the thyroid, adrenals and gonads. They then release their respective hormones. In a state of health, the cerebellum first activates the hypothalamus. Utilizing Functional Neurology procedures, we are able to able to identify the location of imbalances in the brain and nervous system then restore their normal function using ‘Brain-Based Therapy.’ Concurrently evaluating and correcting for nutritional/metabolic imbalances as well as unhealthy structural patterns allows for a truly wholistic understanding of the causes of chronic health conditions. Whole Person Health Care opens the door to new hope for those who suffer from chronic health conditions. Dr. Steve Tashiro of HealthSource of Lakewood can be reached at 303985-5540. See ad page 22.

Why Can’t I Heal? Maybe Your Gut is on Fire! By Ian Hollaman, DC


ave you ever wondered why going gluten free hasn’t solved your problems? You may know to avoid gluten if you have the autoimmune disorder Celiac disease, (or other gastrointestinal diagnoses like ulcerative colitis, Chrohn’s or IBS) but current research indicates going gluten-free (GF) will not solve all of your problems. It is an important first step but it’s not always enough. One study, published in the Journal of Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics (2009) looked at 465 patients strictly following a gluten-free diet. Only 8% of the patients reached “histological normalization” after 16 months. This means only 37 of the 465 patients had complete healing of their GI tract. These poor statistics give insight into why symptoms persist for so many people with GI problems, even with dietary changes. So if a medically supervised, 16-month, gluten-free prescription doesn’t heal your gut, what will? In chiropractic school, one professor always said, “the devil is in the details,” and research has concluded that the “devil” is our inability to stimulate healing to the mucosal surfaces due to uncontrolled inflammation. These studies indicate that gastrointestinal disease sufferers struggle with an inferno of inflammation that continues to destroy their gut tissue, even with a gluten free diet. The dangers of not addressing the underlying uncontrolled inflammation are potentially catastrophic. Many go on to develop neurodegenerative conditions such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, or other autoimmune disorders such as Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, etc. According to the Journal of American Medical Association in 2009, those with gluten sensitivity had a 35% increased risk of premature death as compared to a 39% increased risk of a premature

death in celiac disease. Furthermore, the study indicated those patients having gut inflammation related to gluten had a staggering 72% increase risk of premature death! Gut inflammation is the devil behind these details. Some may say “But I don’t have gut symptoms!” The British Medical Journal in 1999 stated that for every patient with overt gastrointestinal symptoms there are eight other patients who do not have gut symptoms. Yet they still have high degree of inflammation that is silently

leading them to systemic disease and tissue destruction. So, how do you address the underlying issues? This is where Functional Medicine (FM) shines! FM looks for the source of the problem in environmental, dietary, genetic and lifestyle factors that challenge normal physiology. It then uses a systematic approach to develop a program that corrects these issues so you can heal yourself. Anti-inflammatory elimination diets, provocation dietary challenges, and targeted nutritional supplements are a beginning. In our Boulder office, we also focus on functional neurology, structural health and lifestyle choices that address your health care needs so you can live a truly vibrant and optimally healthy life! Drs. Ian and Karen Hollaman own Red Tail Wellness in Boulder. Both struggled with health challenges after eliminating gluten and have guided them to a place of understanding through experience. They strive to understand and educate, as well as get results for patients within 1 month of care! You do not have to live a life of poor health and the most important thing for yourself is to decide that you will no longer live this way. The Drs. offer a free 15-minute “meet the doc” where you can get some questions answered and decide if we would be a good fit. 303-882-8447 See ad page 21.

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Adoptable Pet of the Month

Dog Running Tips by Jeff Lutton  Start slow  Run warm-up laps  Take breaks  Always carry water  Keep nails trimmed

Hunter is a neutered male, 10-11 months old, black and white, believed to be a Labrador, Pointer mix. He’s microchipped, vaccinated, potty trained and good with dogs. No cats or small children. He is a very sweet dog and has some training. He would do best with a yard and someone to give him exercise. Call Misha May Foundation for details 303-239-0382.

Avoid running on hot pavement with long-haired or thick-coated dogs. Shorten mileage for pups under 2 years, as well as older dogs. Avoid concrete surfaces, which are rough on paw pads. Stay away from winter road salt; it can cut and further damage paws. Watch for hip or knee problems; if a dog lags behind, it’s time to stop. Jeff Lutton, of Dogtopia, conducts a running club for people and their pets in Alexandria, VA.


Money may buy you a fine dog, but only love can make it wag its tail. ~Richard S. “Kinky” Friedman


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LIFE LIFT Being Happy from the Inside Out by Judith Fertig

An age-old question rides a new wave of bestseller lists, university research and governmental soul-searching. The answers to “What are the secrets of a happy life?” might surprise us.


appiness is the only true measure of personal success,” advises Geoffrey James, of Hollis, New Hampshire, author of How to Say It: Business to Business Selling. His work confirms that the rollercoaster world of business does not always promote a sense of well-being. James believes, “The big enemy of happiness is worry, which comes from focusing on events that are outside your control.” For him, something as simple as a good night’s sleep contributes to personal happiness. Each of us has certain things that help make us feel positive, and they often come in small moments, advises Ed Diener, Ph.D., a psychology professor at the University of Illinois and author of Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth. Based on 25 years of research into the subject, he’s a recognized expert in what he calls “subjective well-being.” In a recent six-part BBC series on happiness, Diener told viewers, “It may sound silly, but we ask people, ‘How happy are you, on a scale of one to


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10?’ The interesting thing is that it produces real answers that are valid—not perfect, but valid—and they predict all sorts of real things in their lives.”

Getting to Happy The moment-to-moment path to happiness follows a trail blazed by paradox. A recent University of Missouri College of Business study by Marsha Richins, Ph.D., suggests that happiness is in the wanting, not the getting. As noted Positive Psychologist Martin Seligman, Ph.D., remarks, “Focusing solely on happiness as a foundation of a good life,” won’t get you there. Gretchen Rubin, the New York City-based author of The Happiness Project and Happier at Home, further finds that, “Happiness doesn’t always make you feel happy.” Trying each day to be emotionally centered, affable, kind, conscientious, generous, patient, principled, accomplished, spiritual and true to yourself—the kind of person that should be happy and that makes other people happy— can be tough.

Widespread economic and associated financial challenges have made many question whether money can buy happiness, a common core assumption of the “happiness starts on the outside” approach. Apparently, money can sometimes buy feelings of well-being, but only to a certain degree, according to researchers Angus Deaton and Daniel Kahneman, at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs. In 2010, they surveyed 450,000 randomly chosen residents across the country via daily questionnaires. The study revealed that, “Low income exacerbates the emotional pain associated with such misfortunes as divorce, ill health and being alone.” Yet they also discovered that, “High income buys life satisfaction, but not happiness,” and there is no further progress in happiness beyond an annual income of $75,000 (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences). On the other side of the world, in the tiny Himalayan country of Bhutan, where 70 percent of its 717,000 citizens are subsistence farmers and an annual income of $75,000 would be considered a fortune, people say they are generally happy, partly due to the nation’s “happiness starts on the inside” philosophy. Since 1971, Bhutan has been operating based on a gross domestic happiness (GDH) value system. Bhutanese Prime Minister Jigmi Y. Thinley explains that the country has focused on growing both materially and spiritually, and citizen well-being has taken precedence over economic growth. For decades, this was deemed an oddity by many in the West, although now it appears prescient. “It’s easy to mine the land and fish the seas and get rich,” says Thakur Singh Powdyel, Bhutan’s minister of education. “Yet we believe you cannot have a prosperous nation in the long run that does not conserve its natural environment or take care of the well-being of its people, which is being borne out by what is happening to the outside world.” The country measures its success in maintaining GDH by conducting regular surveys of the population. The reigning official definition of happiness

involves peace, contentment and living in harmony with all creation. Seligman, author of Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being, has become a believer in GDH. “How can you measure well-being in a person, a family, a country or globally?” he queries. Research by Seligman and his colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, points to four basic elements: positive emotion, relationships, meaning in life and accomplishment, or PERMA. Seligman says there are proven ways to improve each element. For positive emotion, writing down three “blessings”, or things that went well that day, can increase our feelings of gratitude and well-being. For relationships, actively listening and being present for a loved one and having that attention returned can strengthen those bonds. Increasing meaning in our lives, says Seligman, can be a challenge for Westerners. “We have threadbare spiritual and relationship furniture. We have too much ‘I’ and not enough ‘we,’” he says. But getting involved in something that increases the “we” factor will help make us happier.

Nurturing Signature Strengths Self-surveys at AuthenticHappiness. com can help us identify our strengths and realize what we’re especially good at—and we increase our feelings of accomplishment by doing more of them. “You can even figure out how to do the task you like least by using your signature strength,” Seligman advises. He shares an example of a grocery store cashier that disliked bagging groceries, but was exceptional

If I become happy and it makes you happy, it is like tipping the first domino so the next one falls and that happiness spreads. ~ James Fowler, economic behaviorist, University of California-San Diego at social interaction. She made herself happier by chatting with her customers while she packed their selections. Lara Blair, a portrait photographer in Camas, Washington, believes in celebrating strengths. “If making things is what you love, give it the space in your brain, home and life that it deserves.” Blair’s seminars and retreats help people tap ways to increase feelings of creativity, accomplishment and meaning. “If you nurture it and believe that growing this beautiful thing is worth the effort, the rewards will be more than you ever dreamed,” she says. When, as a happily married lawyer with children, Rubin thought her life was missing something vital, she used her love for reading and writing to explore that wistful, “What if?” She started researching subjective happiness via Marcus Aurelius, Samuel Johnson, Benjamin Franklin and St. Thérèse de Lisieux, whom Rubin refers to as her “spiritual master.” She decided to testdrive her findings at Happiness-Project. com and began blogging about new ways of thinking and behaving that were bringing her and her readers greater self-realization and contentment. “A great place to start is with your own body,” she counsels. “Are you

getting enough sleep? Are you getting good food to eat? When you take care of those very basic things, you feel energized, and then you can start moving to address other issues.”

Sustaining Happiness Once we’ve upped our happiness quotient, it can still be difficult to stay at that level, says Kennon Sheldon, professor of psychological sciences at the University of Missouri, in Columbia. In a recent study conducted with researchers at the University of California-Riverside, Sheldon and his colleagues found that by both recognizing that the desire for “more” and “better” in our lives won’t stop and also appreciating what we have, we’ll stay happy. It’s equally vital to continually keep things fresh, with positive new experiences at home, work, play and exercise, as well as in relationships. In other words, sustained happiness takes a little work. “Just before going to bed,” suggests James, “write down at least one wonderful thing that happened that day. It may be anything from making a child laugh to a big sale. Whatever it is, be grateful for the present day, because it will never come again.” The benefits of individual wellbeing radiate to those around us, notes Seligman. “When individuals are flourishing, they are more productive at work, physically healthier and at peace.” He believes that as we find ways to increase positive emotion, relationships, meaning in life and individual accomplishment, it’s possible for life on Earth to flourish. Judith Fertig is a regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.

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Grow, Pick, Grill Making the Most of Summer’s Bounty by Claire O’Neil


n outdoor spaces from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, to Arch Cape, Oregon, produce is growing and grill embers are glowing. Growing a garden and grilling its bounty have never been more popular. For the first time since 1944, when 20 million “Victory” gardeners produced 44 percent of the fresh vegetables in the United States, food gardening is outdistancing flower gardening. In its latest survey of garden retailers, the National Gardening Association found that consumers’ spending for growing their own food hit $2.7 billion, versus $2.1 billion for flowers.


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Kale, Potato and Chorizo Pizza. photo by Steve Legato


Barbecuing grill chefs are expanding their repertoire beyond grass-fed burgers and steaks. More vegetables and fruit are being grilled now than in the past, according to the latest annual survey by leading grill manufacturer Weber. This all makes sense to Karen Adler and Judith Fertig, co-authors of The Gardener & the Grill. They’ve observed that when the bounty of the garden meets the sizzle of the grill, delicious things happen. “Natural sugars in vegetables and fruits caramelize,” says Adler. “Essential oils in fresh herbs become more aromatic. The colors of fruits and vegetables stay more vivid when grilled, rather than when cooked any other way.” “Grilling gives even familiar foods an exciting new makeover,” notes Fertig. For example, by cutting a head of cabbage into quarters, brushing each cut side with olive oil and then grilling and chopping, the backyard chef infuses a grill flavor into a favorite coleslaw. Flatbreads, patted out from prepared whole-grain or gluten-free pizza dough, can be brushed with olive oil, grilled on both sides and then topped with flavorful garden goodies. Simple fruits like peaches and plums—simply sliced in half, pitted and grilled—yield fresh taste sensations, especially cradling a scoop of frozen yogurt. A quick foray to the garden or farmers’ market can provide just the right colorful, flavorful edge to any summer barbecue. Claire O’Neil is a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO.

Fresh on the Grill Hearty but not heavy, this pizza takes kale (or alternatively, Swiss chard or collard greens) and onions from the garden, and then adds vegetarian chorizo to accent. Yields 4 servings 1 pound fresh whole grain or gluten-free pizza dough ¼ cup whole grain or gluten-free flour for sprinkling 4 new potatoes, cooked and thinly sliced 8 kale leaves Olive oil, for brushing and drizzling Grapeseed oil for brushing the grill rack 8 oz cooked and crumbled vegetarian chorizo (Portuguese or other spicy sausage optional) ½ cup chopped green onion (white and light green parts) Coarse freshly ground black pepper Prepare a hot fire on one side of the grill for indirect cooking. Oil a perforated grill rack with grapeseed oil and place over direct heat. Divide the dough into four equal parts. Sprinkle with whole grain or glutenfree flour and press or roll each piece into an 8-inch circle. Sprinkle flour of

choice on two large baking sheets and place two rounds of dough on each sheet. Brush the potatoes with olive oil, place on the perforated grill rack and grill for 15 minutes, turning often, or until tender before topping the pizza. Brush the kale with olive oil. Grill leaves for 1 minute on each side or until slightly charred and softened. Quickly trim off the bottom of the stalk and strip the leaves from the stems. Finely chop the leaves and set aside. Brush one side of each pizza with olive oil and place, oiled side down, on the direct heat side of the grill grate. Grill for 1 to 2 minutes or until the dough starts to bubble. Brush the top side with olive oil and flip each pizza round, using tongs, onto a baking sheet. Quickly brush pizza rounds with additional olive oil, and then spoon on one-fourth of the sliced potato and grilled kale. Sprinkle toppings of sausage and green onion. Drizzle a bit more overall olive oil and season with pepper. Using a grill spatula, place each pizza on the indirect side of the fire. Cover and grill for 4 to 5 minutes or until the kale has slightly wilted and the topping is hot. Serve hot.

photo by Steve Legato

Kale, Potato and Chorizo Pizza

Grilled Peaches with Lemon Balm Gremolata This recipe is simple, yet full of flavor. A traditional gremolata condiment includes parsley, lemon zest and garlic, but this sweeter version finds deliciousness in fruit. Using a microplane grater culls the flavorful yellow part of the lemon rind without the bitter white pith. Chopping the herbs with the lemon zest make the flavors blend together better. Yields 4 servings ¼ cup packed lemon balm leaves or 1 Tbsp packed mint leaves ½ tsp lemon zest Pinch kosher or sea salt 4 peaches, halved and pitted Prepare a medium-hot fire in the grill.

Handy Garden-to-Grill Gadgets Long-handled grill tongs and a spatula help the cook handle foods on the grill like a pro.

Chop the lemon balm or mint and lemon zest together until very fine. Sprinkle a pinch of salt over the leaves and chop again. Set aside in a small bowl.

Barbecue mitts protect hands and arms from the heat.

Place the peach halves cut-side down on the grill. Grill 4 to 6 minutes, turning once, until they are tender and slightly blistered.

A perforated grill rack, akin to a cookie sheet with holes, placed directly on the grill grates, keeps smaller vegetables and tender fish fillets from falling through.

To serve, place two peach halves in each guest’s bowl and sprinkle the lemon balm gremolata over all of them.

A grill wok is perfect for stir-grilling foods outdoors, a complement to indoor stir-frying.

Source: Recipes adapted from The Gardener & the Grill.

A sturdy, stiff, grill brush makes short work of cleaning the grill grates after each use.

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The Fatherhood Factor

JOHN OF GOD • Healing Journeys With Susie Verde

• Official guide service to John of God in Brazil • Weekly JOG meditation circle in Boulder • Spiritual healing and community support Restore yourself in the energetic womb of JOG healing groups led by Susie, a native Brazilian, experienced spiritual medium

How Raising Children Changes Men by Armin Brott



Tell’em You Saw It In

ecoming a father is one of the most defining benchmarks in a man’s life. In their research, University of California-Berkeley Psychology Professors Phil Cowan, Ph.D., and Carolyn Cowan, Ph.D., found that when asked how important each aspect of life felt over a two-year study period, childless men surveyed showed a significant increase in the “partner/lover” aspect. But young fathers squeezed that facet into a smaller life space to accommodate the significant increase in the “parent” element. Here are a few highlights from what relevant studies by Oregon State University, in Corvallis, the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and Switzerland’s University of Zurich say about how fatherhood changes men.

Confidence and Pride

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Having a close relationship with our child helps build mutual confidence

and self-esteem. Turning a child’s tears into laughter and feeling proud when he does well confirms that we’re on our way to being a successful father. Albeit briefly, a child may even share our tastes in culture, entertainment and other areas before mapping his own individuality, but some common attitudes and interests will remain.

Patience and Humor When something goes wrong, we can take it seriously and try to change things, or roll with it and laugh. Doing the latter can increase compassion for our own and others’ mistakes.

Flexible Thinking Early on, it may be nearly impossible to differentiate the needs of our child and partner from our own. In reality, needs are to varying degrees in opposition, thus imposing frustrations and sorrows and forcing mutual adaptation, according

to the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry think tank. Parents should consider various points of view and develop contingency plans.

Return to Childhood Rearing kids presents the opportunity to reread favorite childhood books and disappear back into imaginative worlds.

Creativity A.A. Milne (author of the Winnie the Pooh books) and J.K. Rowling (of Harry Potter fame) first wrote for their kids. We may also be inspired to play an instrument or take up an art form learned as a child while encouraging our children in their music or art lessons.

Reordering Priorities Raising kids produces a heightened awareness of others’ perspectives, reports University of Delaware researcher Rob Palkovitz, Ph.D. Many guys admit that they were somewhat selfish and self-centered before having kids, because having people depend on you and putting their needs before yours doesn’t come naturally. (Palkovitz notes that marriage alone doesn’t trigger this realization.)

Changing Values Becoming a father prompts a hard look at one’s fundamental beliefs and values. Our view of what seemed harmless when we were younger, like not caring about money or possessions

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and potentially harmful lifestyle choices, changes completely when there’s a family to support. We see the world differently. Our health and well-being are no longer just personal concerns; they’re integral to our family. Interestingly, more mature new fathers—having had more time to hone their philosophy of life—report less of a need for fresh soul-searching than younger fathers. Superdad Armin Brott has been building better fathers for a decade through his blog, bestselling books and American Forces Network radio show. Learn more at and

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SATURDAY JUNE 1 Thyroid Disorder Seminar–10am. Learn how managing your thyroid can help you lose weight easily, sleep better and gain the energy of your youth with Dr Steve Tashiro. FREE. HealthSource of Lakewood 963 S Kipling Pkwy Lakewood. RSVP 303-985-5540 Natural Fermentation–2-4pm. Learn what fermentation is, why it’s good for us and how to make your own. 2-hr class, hands-on demo. Samples to take home! $25. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, 2900 Valmont Rd, #F-1, Boulder. RSVP 720-406-8609.

SUNDAY JUNE 2 Non-Denominational Church Service–NEW TIME! 1:30pm. Meditation and spiritual message on the 1st Sunday ea month. Free aura healing/chakra balancing clinic. Rev. Margaret Johnson, Officiating Minister. NEW LOCATION! Rocky Mountain Miracle Center, 1939 S Monroe St, Denver. 303282-9439 or Sacred House: Weekly Sunday Gathering– 10:30am-12:30pm. Every Sun. For people who are spiritual, not religious. Define & deepen your unique spirituality in context of meaningful community. There is not one “right” answer; for each person spirituality means something different. FREE. 720443-3741 or


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Drumming & Journey Circle–10:30am-Noon. Also July 14. For Adults & Parents with Children, Community Holistic Health Center, 409 S Public Rd, Lafayette. Karen Rice King, Shamanic Healer & Teacher for 30 years, will lead us in drumming and experiencing ancient practices of indigenous people. Ongoing group meets monthly. Adults $20, Parent + Child $30. Snacks & beverages included. For details call 303-665-0175 or see

MONDAY JUNE 3 Gentle Body-Mind Yoga–7:30-8:30pm. Also on the 17th. Specifically for beginners and folks managing chronic pain. Bring a mat, blanket, and a water bottle. Love Offering. Living Water Spiritual Community, 7401 W 59th Ave Arvada. 720-935-4000 or Aura Clearing/Chakra Balancing Healing Clinic–6:307:15pm. 1st Mon ea month. A healing is like a psychic shower, where unnecessary energy is cleared and clarity and contentment are restored. Free. Student readings avail other 3 Mons, $25 by appt. Inner Connection Institute Denver, inside Balanced Body Center 975 Lincoln St. 303-282-9439 or Learn to Heal with Angels–5-wk course intro to your Guardian & Healing Angels to heal, release grief, guilt, addictions and habits to create the life you desire. Early/$185, Regular Price/$200 Journey Within; Inside Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-413-7303 or

WEDNESDAY JUNE 5 Oneness Blessing–5:30 p.m. Certified blessinggivers offer Oneness Blessings, a non-denominational benediction that assists the recipient in a more heartfelt experience of Oneness and the Divine. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. Women’s Meditation Series–6:30-8:30pm. 8-wk program explores the benefits of active meditation, and the gifts and challenges unique to the female experience. Lauren Skye. Fee incl class recordings. $250/ early $275/door. Inner Connection Institute Denver, 975 Lincoln St. 303-282-9439 or Yogaroma Flow–Wednesdays thru 6/19, 5:156:15pm. Yogaroma Flow brings Yoga and Aromatherapy together in this unique and fun mind-body-spirit class. All levels welcome, bring your own mat. $12/class. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, 2900 Valmont Rd, #F-1, Boulder. RSVP 720-406-8609.

THURSDAY JUNE 6 Oneness Blessing Deeksha and Meditation– 7-9pm. Deeksha is a Divine intelligent energy transfer that causes a neurobiological transformation. Experiential and non-denominational. 1st Thurs. $10. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695 or

SATURDAY JUNE 8 Accelerated Meditation Program–1:30-3:30pm. 3-wk program explores the benefits of active meditation. Learn easy, effective skills to relax/recharge. Lynn Austin. $120/early $135/door. Inner Connection Institute North Side, 4325 Harlan St, Wheat Ridge. 303-257-4797 or

Richard Rudis Gong Bath-New Moon-Opening Powerful Energy Portals–7-8pm. A mind altering meditational experience designed to soothe, inspire, heal and awaken spirit. Magnify your intentions cultivating manifestation. $20 prepd/$25 door. Boulder Circus Center, 4747 26th St, Boulder. Alicia Lochary, 720-308-3696 or

MONDAY JUNE 10 EnneaMotion–Weekly Series: 6/10, 6/17, 6/24 7-9 pm Join us for an evening series exploring the gifts & challenges of different personality styles. Led by Andrea Isaacs. Sunrise Ranch, 100 Sunrise Ranch Rd, Loveland. 877-786-0078 Register at

TUESDAY JUNE 11 Animal Fair and Adoptathon on “Just One Day Colorado”–Hosted by No Kill Colorado. Shelters and rescues receive a free booth, sign up at All participating rescues and shelters receive a portion of the proceeds. Check time/location. Brain Balance Achievement Center Informational Lecture–6:30pm. Lecture covers brain function of a child struggling with academics, socialization and behavior. Help your child overcome these issues without meds! FREE. Brain Balance Achievement Center 1970 E County Line Rd #G Littleton. RSVP 303-278-1780

WEDNESDAY JUNE 12 Cryslas Singing Bowls and Deeska Blessing–7:309pm. Also on 26th. Experience crystalline sound and energetic healing of deeksha. Bring a mat, blanket and pillow. $10/$15. Living Water Spiritual Community 7401 W 59th Ave Arvada. 720-935-4000 or

THURSDAY JUNE 13 CCC: Consciousness Creatives Community–6:45-10pm. Share a common desire to raise the consciousness of our planet through presentations, discussion, interaction, and networking. Bring business cards and snack to share. $10. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th Ave, Arvada. 303-731-6695 or Explore Green Roofs: Denver’s Ever Changing Skyline–9am-3pm. A dynamic tour of four different green roofs across Denver ending with the green roof at Denver Botanic Gardens. $30/non-member; $25/ member. 1007 York St, Denver. 720-865-3580 or


Happy Flag Day! Watercolor Playground–6-9pm. Learn innovative watercolor techniques using your intuition as you flow with the creative process. A demo, samples of abstract realism, and all supplies incl. $49. Core Discovery Coaching, 5564 S Prince St, #8 Littleton. Nancy Boudreau 720-505-7027 Trance Medium Healing Clinic–7pm. Open Channeling 7-7:30ish. Free. Followed by Healings $10. Facilitating re-alignment and cleansing of the spiritual body. Involves channeling, energy readings, and in-

savethedate PANCHAKARMA LIGHT Through June only; 20% discount when you mention Natural Awakenings Not sure if Panchakarma is for you? Ananda Ayurveda & Yoga Studio is now offering a 1 day Panchakarma experience! This includes a free Ayurvedic consultation, 3 Ayurvedic Spa services (all yummy with light detoxification). To follow your amazing day, you leave with a cleansing system (endorsed by the Chopra Center) and an individualized Rasayana (Rejuvenation) program emailed within the week. More details at or call Devon at 303-895-7298.

LEARNING TO LOVE OUR BODIES June 11 + June 25 - August 27, 6:30 - 9pm Your body is not a mistake or a life-sentence, not something to be “fixed” and “improved.” It is a life force, a workhorse, a transport, a marvel. Come learn how your body can be your best friend for a lifetime. Journal-writing techniques, Margo Maine’s The Body Myth, poems, guided meditations, collage, ritual and the power of women sharing wisdom will be our tools in this 9-week writing and experiential workshop. June 11 is a FREE PREVIEW--please pre-register. $270 Early Bird Discount if paid before 6/12; $335 after 6/12. St Ambrose Episcopal Church, 7520 S Boulder Road, Boulder. Questions: Carolyn Jennings Register for free preview and for full workshop series at

DOCUMENTARY FILM PREMIER: JUNE 18, 7-9PM CHANGE: THE WAY YOU WISH... THE WAY YOU WANT... CHANGE. It doesn’t happen just through knowledge, desire or experience. It happens through energy. The Colorado premiere of a documentary film about healing, and our inherent power of creation. Learn practical tools for creative meditation. Event includes the documentary, lecture, and energy training by Ilchi Lee, world-renowned spiritual teacher and author. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. Doors open at 6 pm, Showtime 7-9 pm. Advance Tickets: $30. At the Door: $40. Info 303-948-5500.

ANGEL CERTIFICATION PROGRAM WITH CHARLES VIRTUE July 26, 27 & 28 Based on the teachings and practices taught in Doreen Virtue’s Angel Therapy® Course, the Angel Certification Program (ACP) course is taught by Charles Virtue. Upon completion of this three-day intensive and powerful training and clearing class, you will receive the Certified Angel Practitioner certification. $744. Inverness Hotel, Englewood. Info Melissa Virtue

WAKE UP FESTIVAL August 14-18 The 2nd Annual Wake Up Festival presented by Sounds True is an opportunity for turbo-charged experiences of initiation, featuring more than 30 presenters over the course of 5 immersive days in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Leading spiritual teachers will join together with renowned healers, musicians, poets, yogis, dancers to accelerate personal transformation and spiritual awakening, collectively initiated into greater openness, authenticity, and flow. Pre-Festival Intensives Aug 12-14. Estes Park. Pre-reg by 5/1 SAVE $200.

A SUMMER OF HEALING IN GRAND LAKE Rocky Mountain Energy Healing Intensive: Aug 15-18. Great continuing education opportunity for reiki practitioners, massage therapists, energy healers and those interested in energy healing. Focuses on building energy healing skills/high sense perception abilities. 24 hrs massage CEUs. $545. Shadowcliff Healing Retreat: Aug 20-24. Take Time to Be in a State of NO-Time. Learn and practice being present and increased awareness as a way to assist in healing ourselves and others. 20 hrs massage CEUs. $625. From Core Star Energy healing School of Kansas City. John at 913-831-4422 or

BECOME A MASTER HERBALIST! BEGINS SEPTEMBER 2013 Gain expertise for clinical practice in 500 hour, case-based program. Weekends. Theory, medicine making, herb walks, student clinic. Just for Health School of Reflexology and Healing Arts. State Approved. Also check website for short Community Herbal Classes and Continuing Education. 303-320-4367 or,

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tense individual clearings. NEW LOCATION! Rocky Mountain Miracle Center, 1939 S Monroe St, Denver. 303-282-9439 or

SATURDAY JUNE 15 Psychic Dreaming Workshop–10am-4pm. Your dreams are the best source of psychic information. Tips for remembering, interpretation techniques, increase psychic dreams, hypnosis recording: Ask Your Dreams a Question. $75. La Quinta Inn 7190 W Hampden Ave Lakewood. Karen Fox 303-942-0646 or Discover Your Intuitive Type-Noon-1:30pm. Are you intuitive? Discover your intuitive type and how to work best with your unique intuitive style. Renee Ellis, Denver Intuitive Counselor, MA RMT. 720984-9575 or Intro to Raindrop Therapy with Reflexology– 1-5pm. Learn to combine Raindrop essential oil treatment with Reflexology as a treat for family and friends. Receive a treatment-No bodywork experience required. $99/early;$119/after June 5th. Classroom 1300 Jackson St, Golden. classes-and-events.html. Jazz @ the Creek–7:30-9:30pm. Enjoy fine jazz w/the extraordinary Doug Roche trio in an intimate setting. Free coffee/tea and $3/cheesecake. $10. Living Water Spiritual Community, 7401 West 59th Ave, Arvada. 720-935-4000.


Happy Father’s Day! Sukyo Mahikari Monthly Thanks Giving Ceremony-10am. Arrive by 9:45. Purify and revitalize the mind, body and spirit with Sukyo Mahikari, the Art of True Light. We will offer “Light” afterwards. Every 3rd Sunday. Call Christine 303-841-1192 for directions

MONDAY JUNE 17 Ammachi Public Program in Albuquerque, NM– 10am-3pm. Amma, the humanitarian and “Hugging Saint” from India, visits Albuquerque for Free Public Programs: June 17 10am, June 17 7:30pm, June 20 7pm. Marriott Pyramid North, 5151 San Francisco Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM. 505-982-9801 or Automatic Writing Class–6-9pm. Access wisdom, insight, and communication from spirit. Anyone can learn automatic writing. An exciting, surprising afternoon! Instructor: Marcia Stanfield, spirit medium & medical intuitive. $45. ISIS Books & Gifts 2775 S Broadway Englewood. Hypnosis for Your Psychic Sense Class–11am5:pm. Six hypnosis sessions explore your psychic abilities and clear blocks. Hypnosis recording included. $80. La Quinta Inn 7190 W Hampden Ave, Lakewood. Karen Fox, Psychic & Hypnotherapist 303-942-0646 or

WEDNESDAY JUNE 19 Oneness Blessing–5:30 p.m. Certified blessing-givers offer Oneness Blessings, a non-denominational benediction that assists the recipient in a more heartfelt experience of Oneness and the Divine. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. Free Channeled Healing Meditation–7-8pm. Barry Helm, psychic, channel, bodyworker, healer assists those present in their transformational process. Individual treatments at special rate. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th Ave, Arvada. Barry Helm 513-289-3930 or


Summer Solstice Summer Solstice Energetic Activations with Dr Andrew Matsukawa–7pm. Spend time with one of


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SATURDAY JUNE 22 Holistic Healing/Psychic/Vendor Fair–Noon-6pm. Complimentary modalities include massage, shamanic, foot baths, reiki, cord-cutting, healing touch, oils, crystal bowls and bars. Palmistry, tarot, intuitive, astrological readers. Crystals, jewelry, oils, clothing. $20/20 mins. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695 or Summer Solstice Cosmic Sound Event and Gong Bath–7-9pm. Celebrate the Full Moon with sacred sound, crystal bowls, drumming, dance and networking. Bring drum and snack to share. $20 suggested. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695 or

looking ahead 2013 JULY 6-7 VegFest Colorado–10am-7pm. Health and environmental fair supporting a plant-based diet and lifestyle features expert chefs demonstrating healthful vegan dishes and renowned speakers who will speak on health, diet and environmental issues. Food sampling, restaurants, commercial exhibitors, free movies, fun for the kids and more. Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 West 6th Avenue, Golden.

JULY 8 Thriving Community Program at Sunrise Ranch– thru 7/12 Experience an intentional community and discover ways to boost your career, business, and relationships as you boost your whole community. Register at

JULY 9 A Basic Meditation 5-Weeks–7-9pm. Transform your life, create change, meet your Guardian Angel or Spirit Guide, feel positive and healthy. Early/$165, Regular Price/$180. Journey Within; Inside Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-413-7303 or

JULY 10 Manifesting Wonder Teleclass–6-7pm. Want more peace, a better job or great relationships? 4-wk Teleclass offers methods to improve manifestation. Class is phone only. Wednesdays from July 10-31. Donations welcome. Psychic Horizons Center, 5485 Conestoga Ct, #110 Boulder. RSVP 303-4407171 or

TUESDAY JUNE 18 Free Channeled Healing Meditation–7-8pm. Barry Helm, psychic, channel, bodyworker, healer assists those present in their transformational process. Individual treatments at special rate. Mason Works, 2945 Center Green Ct #1, Boulder. Barry Helm 513289-3930 or

the most advanced quantum energetic facilitators/ catalysts on the planet. Go deeply into your hidden power. $20 Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695 or

AUGUST 5 Fundamentals of Medical Herbalism Certificate Program–Thru 12/2, M-W, 10am-5pm. Learn Integrative Herbalism in the Vitalist tradition. Basic anatomy and physiology, Materia Medica, nutrition, medicines, flower essences and plant identification.

$2500. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, Valmont Rd, Boulder. Lisa Ganora 720-722-4372. Handling the Paradigm Shift Workshop– Noon-3pm. The world seems 3rd dimensional, but it’s not! How can you handle this with more ease, wisdom and amusement? Open to all! Taught by Hope Hewetson. $55. Psychic Horizons Center, Conestoga Ct, #110, Boulder. 303440-7171 or

AUGUST 14-18 Wake Up Festival–Join leading spiritual teachers, renowned healers, musicians, poets, yogis and dancers to accelerate personal transformation and spiritual awakening. Presented by Sounds True. Pre-Festival Intensives Aug 12-14. Estes Park.

AUGUST 15-18 Rocky Mountain Energy Healing Intensive–CE’s for reiki practitioners, massage therapists, energy healers. Build energy healing skills/high sense perception abilities. 3 days/4 nights. 24 hrs massage CEUs. $545. From Core Star Energy healing School of Kansas City. John at 913-831-4422 or

AUGUST 20-24 Shadowcliff Healing Retreat: Be in a State of NO-Time– Learn and practice being present and increased awareness as a way to assist in healing ourselves and others. 4 nights/5 days. 20 hrs massage CEUs. $625. From Core Star Energy healing School of Kansas City. John at 913-831-4422 or

SEPTEMBER 5 Creative Field Conference–thru 9/8. Bridging Science and Spirituality: Exploring the Infinite Heart ~ Radiant Field Series Quarterly Conference. Sunrise Ranch, 100 Sunrise Ranch Rd, Loveland. 877-7860078 Register at

SUNDAY JUNE 23 Aspen Fundamentals of Psychic Development–Noon4pm. 13 steps to a solid psychic foundation. Learn to deal with blocks and to self-assess your abilities. 60-pg handbook. $40. ISIS Books & Gifts 2775 S Broadway Englewood. Karen Fox, Director, Aspen Program 303942-0646 or Summer Solstice Psychic Fair–1-4pm. The finest psychic/intuitive readers offer insight & guidance. Appts available by contacting the center, walk-ins welcome. $15/15mins. Heart of Oneness Center, 720 14th St, Golden. 303-278-3414 or

MONDAY JUNE 24 Live Your Knowing: 5-Week Program for Women in Transition – Mondays thru July 22. Facing big changes? Questioning your relationship or career? Looking for the next step? Ease difficult transitions, receive support, coaching and clarity. Renee Ellis, Denver Intuitive Counselor MA RMT. 720-984-9575 or

TUESDAY JUNE 25 Quantum Physics Lite with Rev. Ras Smith–Looking at the discoveries of Quantum Physics and other fun new science keeps this workshop “lite” and lively! Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood or

THURSDAY JUNE 27 Life Field Conference–thru 6/29 Live Performances, Sacred Ceremonies, Drumming,

Ancestral Dance. Sunrise Ranch, 100 Sunrise Ranch Rd, Loveland. 877-786-0078 or Register at Thyroid Disorder Seminar–5:30pm. Learn how managing your thyroid can help you lose weight easily, sleep better and gain the energy of your youth with Dr Steve Tashiro. FREE. HealthSource of Lakewood 963 S Kipling Pkwy Lakewood. RSVP 303-985-5540 Getting the Subconscious to support what the Conscious Mind would like to achieve–1:30- 6pm. People House Professional Development Series. Keller Hayes, Certified Consulting Hypnotist identifies ways to tap into the subconscious that controls 85% of the mind. Seminar meets DORA requirements for CEUs. $65. RSVP

FRIDAY JUNE 28 The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have– Mark Nepo, best-selling author, poet and story-tellers gives a Friday evening presentation and Saturday all-day workshop based on Mark’s book, which Oprah Winfrey has chosen as one of her “Ultimate Favorite Things.” Ilahinoor and Global Awakening:A Weekend Seminar With Kiara Windrider–Friday night Intro & Weekend Workshop refer to a universal field of ‘divine light’, Ilahinoor. Learn to access energies through brain physiology and soul psychology in order to integrate higher frequencies of light in the body. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695 or

Friday Cinema at Living Water Spiritual Community–7pm.Participate in discussions, life experiences, and a whole lot of fun. Popcorn/candy available. Check if suitable for children. Love Offering. Living Water Spiritual Community, 7401 West 59th Ave, Arvada. Kay Ford-Johnsen or

SATURDAY JUNE 29 Weekend Active Meditation Program–10am-4pm. Weekend program explores the benefits of active meditation. Learn easy, effective skills to relax/ recharge. Margaret Johnson. Fee includes recording of event. $200/early $225/door. Inner Connection Institute Denver, 975 Lincoln St. 303-282-9439 or Thyroid Disorder Seminar–10am. Learn how managing your thyroid can help you lose weight easily, sleep better and gain the energy of your youth with Dr Steve Tashiro. FREE. HealthSource of Lakewood. RSVP 303-985-5540

SUNDAY JUNE 30 The Art of Living–thru July 7. 1-wk retreat open to seekers who wholeheartedly want to engage with life and play a vital role in creating an enlightened society. Sunrise Ranch, 100 Sunrise Ranch Rd, Loveland. 877-786-0078. Register Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants Walk–1-4pm. Discover common wild edibles on this walk, share identification, edible parts, medicinal uses, recipes, tastings, and more! Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, 2900 Valmont Rd, Boulder. Register

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ongoingevents check dates: Sustainable Solutions Meetup/Thrive Movement Solutions Group–7-9pm. Working toward the Initiative Process to add mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods to the Colorado ballot in 2014. Journeys for Conscious Living 7401 W 59th Arvada. 303-731-6695.

mondays Aura Clearing/Chakra Balancing Healing Clinic–NEW DAY AND TIME! 5-6pm. A healing is like a psychic shower, where unnecessary energy is cleared and clarity and contentment are restored. Free. Student readings 6-7pm, $25 by appt. Inner Connection Institute North Side location, 4325 Harlan St., Wheat Ridge. 303-257-4797 or Work It! A Weekly Experience of The Work of Byron Katie–6:30-8pm. Why do we suffer? How can we stop hurting? Inquiry is a simple, powerful process of identifying and questioning painful thoughts at the root of our suffering. $10 donation. People House, 3035 W. 25th Ave, Denver. 773-306-8159 or

tuesdays Free Healing Clinic–5-6:30pm. A healing balances the seven main chakras and cleanses the aura, explore what you

are working on as a spirit in a body. Psychic Horizons Center, 5485 Conestoga Ct, #110 Boulder. 303-440-7171 Sunrise Vinyasa in the Gardens–8-9am. Also on Thurs. A great practice (in a beautiful location) for anyone looking to connect the mind with the body. $10/non-members; $8/members. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St, Denver. 720-865-3580 or

wednesdays Free Energy Healings; Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing–6-7pm. A healing is like an “energy car wash” that releases negative energy to create the life you desire. Free. Journey Within; Inside Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood. Anita Destino, Journey Within 720-413-7303 or

thursdays FREE Aura and Chakra Healings–6-7pm. 10min energy cleanse releases negative thoughts, emotions, pain and fear, replacing with positive energy. 1332 Pearl St, Boulder. 303-530-0920 or FREE Psychic Readings–7-8:30pm by app. Learn about your soul essence, past lives, and aura. Questions about relationships, career,

money, health, etc. welcome. 1332 Pearl St, Boulder. 303-530-0920 or OM Healing Circle–7:30-8:30pm. Also on Sundays. Group chanting of the Cosmic Sound OM as a healing technique & support for Mother Earth, for oneself and for all humanity. Love Offering. Mark Twain Bldg, 1035 Sherman St, Ste 301, Denver. 303-517-8890 or

sundays Eckankar Worship Service–10:30-11:30am. Understand how Divine Spirit (the ECK) works in our lives. Readings, HU Song, quiet contemplation, music and connection. Free. Eckankar Center of Boulder Valley 1800 30th St., #208 Boulder. 720-466-3322 or Community HU Song–10:30-11am. Denver or Boulder for Community HU song, an ancient name for God sung for spiritual upliftment. Free. Eckankar Center of Denver 5800 E Evans Ave, Eckankar Center of Boulder Valley 1800 30th St, #208. 720-466-3322 or Sacred House: Weekly Sunday Gathering– 10:30am-12:30pm. For people who are spiritual, not religious. Define & deepen your unique spirituality in the context of meaningful community. There is not one “right” answer and for each person spirituality means something different. FREE. 720-443-3741 or

2013 Colorado Programs

Tuesday, July 2 at 7pm

First Spiritual Science Church of Denver 3375 S. Dahlia Street, Denver


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Community United Church of Christ 2650 Table Mesa Dr., Boulder

Contacts: Bruce: 303-884-3541 • Wade: 303-917-7873

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The United Methodist Church of Evergreen 3757 S Ponderosa Drive, Evergreen (across from Safeway)

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JOURNEYS FOR CONSCIOUS LIVING 7401 West 59th Ave., Arvada 303-731-6695 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 6.

DENTIST AYURVEDA AUROMESA LLC 101 Coyote Loop, Arroyo Hondo, NM 575-776-2212 Taos high desert Ayurvedic clinic offers kindly-priced panchakarmas (seasonal detoxification) and rejuvenating retreats. We specialize in traditional Ayurveda, pranic yoga, and seasonal healthy organic grownon-the-spot food. Friendly, quiet, private, secluded. Located near hot springs on the majestic Hondo Mesa. Come and rejuvenate with us!

BLOGS & WEBSITES BLOGS BY BETH Beth Anderson 720-261-3155 Are you having trouble finding the time to update your Wordpress website? Or maybe you’ve always wanted to have a blog or website but you don’t know where to start? Blogs by Beth helps people bring their passions to the internet through a blog or website at a reasonable price. We also help people with their SEO campaign and social networking.

VIBRANCE DENTISTRY WITH DR. CATE VIEREGGER 7400 E Crestline Circle, Ste 230, Greenwood Village 303-770-1116 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 8.

DOG TRAINING MISHA MAY FOUNDATION DOG TRAINING & RESCUE Lorraine May, Executive Director 303-239-0382 Adopt your best friend today! We rescue dogs and cats and foster them until we find a forever home. Classes in Understanding Dogs with positive reinforcement techniques and Dog Trainer Apprentice to become a dog trainer utilizing behavior science and holistic approaches. Many more classes – see our website for adoptable animals and classes.

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.

VIBRATIONAL ALIGNMENT HEALING with ZACH REHDER 303-669-4827 Have you tried everything to heal a condition? I specialize in the “stuff” that nobody else can figure out. I have been given a gift that creates space in other’s bodies. Space dissolves the energetic blocks, boundaries, and stagnation in bodies. It goes to the very root cause of a condition. Stress does not exist in space. It creates ease and joy in bodies. It does not function from what can be understood in this reality. See ad page 6.

ESSENTIAL OILS dōTERRA WITH BILL SCHAEFER 303-668-7072 Did you know not all brands of essential oils are the same? Some are not pure. And some use synthetics, losing the power of the oil. Learn about essential oils and what they can do for you. Oils can be a safe alternative for “Over the Counter” medications and your health. We offer classes and events to help you have a better understanding of the use of oils for daily living.

FAMILY PRACTITIONER CLEAR SKY MEDICAL with Dr. Katia Meier. Now Board Certified in Anti-Aging. See full listing under PHYSICIAN or see ad page 32.

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HEALTHY AGING CLEAR SKY MEDICAL KATIA I. MEIER, M.D. Panorama Falls 9085 E Mineral Circle, #260, Centennial 303-790-7860 Now Board Certified in Anti-Aging. Feel your best at any age with Dr Katia Meier, Board Certified Holistic MD specializing in whole body health inside and out with customized approaches to Healthy Aging, Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement therapy, Nutritional analysis and Therapy, Medical Aesthetics and non-surgical rejuvenation treatments, Homeopathy, Herbology, Naturopathic Medicine, Personalized Detoxification Programs, Medical Weight Loss for men and women. Treating all ages and most insurance welcomed. Call to set up your appointment today. See ad page 32.

HEATH COACHING NEW BEGINNINGS HEALTH & WELLNESS Health Coaching with TAMMI HOERNER Nutrition & Health Coaching for Women Detox, Elimination Diets, and Meal Planning For weight loss, disease recovery and management.

INTEGRATIVE HEALTH RED TAIL WELLNESS CENTERS IAN HOLLAMAN, DC 4520 North Broadway, Boulder 303-882-8447 Are you tired, foggy-brained, gaining weight for no reason, have elevated cholesterol and other symptoms of thyroid disease, but your thyroid levels are “normal?” Go beyond the “traditional” standard of care to Ian Hollaman, DC, who focuses on difficult and chronic cases such as elevated glucose and cholesterol, thyroid disorders, and novel solutions to pain and injuries with proficiency in multiple modalities such as Applied Kinesiology, Functional Medicine. Chiropractic and Nutrition. See ad page 21.

RED TAIL WELLNESS CENTERS KAREN HOLLAMAN, DC, LMT 4520 North Broadway, Boulder 303-882-8447

CLEAR SKY MEDICAL with Dr. Katia Meier. Now Board Certified in AntiAging. See full listing under PHYSICIAN or see ad page 32.

KIDS: LEARNING/ BEHAVIOR DISORDERS BRAIN BALANCE ACHIEVEMENT CENTERS 303-278-1780, Golden 303-800-1625 Highlands Ranch (University and C-470) Ages 4-17 A learning disorder is like a weed, you have to get to the root of the matter! At Brain Balance Centers, we tackle your child’s learning, behavioral or developmental challenge head on- with a unique, drug-free, whole-child approach that goes beyond symptoms to address root causes. Whether it’s reading, writing, math or just a problem of focus....every child deserves the opportunity to reach their fullest academic and social potential. Stop in or call to learn more about how the Brain Balance Program can help your child succeed. Now open in Highlands Ranch. Free 1/2 hour consultation and tour. See ad page 15.

LIFE TRANSFORMATION BJ BROWN, MSW, CIBP Body-Centered Psychotherapist, Shamanic Practitioner, Reiki Master In Boulder 303-808-4006 We create a compassionate and powerful container in which you discover the source of your well being Discover a deeper sense of wholeness, integrity, passion and joy. BJ Brown brings her commitment, presence, humor and expertise in the areas of relationship, trauma, spirituality, life transition, addiction, and body-mind awareness. Retreats, long distance consultations and healings also offered. Read my recently published book, “The Six Gates of Completion - A Companion in Life’s Transitions”, available on my website, Kindle, The Boulder Bookstore, and The Tattered Cover. Begin your life transformation today!

MASSAGE IN TOUCH MASSAGE THERAPY WITH BRENNA WITT, LMT Kittredge Village, 26030 Hwy. 74, Kittredge 303-526-0038

Women, are you looking for a different standard of care for you and your children? I was given a second chance at life because of a holistic chiropractor’s understanding of how the body heals itself when given the proper support. I offer women and children the same hope and care I had been generously given. If you or your family struggles with health issues please contact the Red Tail Wellness Center so I can help you take flight again and let your health soar. See ad page 21.

Do you have sore muscles, an injury with persistent pain or just need to relax? Allow your mind and body to melt into my capable hands at In Touch Massage Therapy, located on scenic Hwy 74, just minutes from Evergreen.. Enjoy your fully customized massage with Trigger Point Therapy, Deep Tissue and/or Hot Stone while listening to the soothing sounds of Bear Creek and bird songs outside the window. New client special! $45 for an hour; $65 for 1.5 hours or the package: buy 5 and get the 6th free! Gift Certificates are available. Call or email for your massage today!


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BALANCE HEALING Esther Yang,, CMT 7007 E Hampden Ave, Ste B, Denver 303-758-1078 Need help with neck pain from sleeping or a car accident? Heal persistent pain, body aches and relax with therapeutic massage, healing foot reflexology and/or acupuncture. Pressure points using acupuncture meridian techniques revitalize the spirit, mind and body. Come and relax with soft music in an atmosphere of true healing. Gift Certificates available. Call for your appointment today at 303-758-1078.

NUTRITION CLEAR SKY MEDICAL with Dr. Katia Meier. Now Board Certified in Anti-Aging. See listing under PHYSICIAN or see ad page 32.

ORGANIC FOOD TOWER GARDEN HEATHER CLARK 303-753-2665, An easy way to grow your own healthy, organic food any time of year, in any size space! The Tower Garden is a vertical aeroponic growing system that can be used to grow any non-root vegetable and herb, in large or small spaces. Easy to install and maintain, requires no weeding and is less climate-sensitive. Even grow indoors during the winter! It offers a higher yield of crops, safe and ecologically friendly, uses less than 10% of the traditional amount of water and grows stronger, healthier plants, faster.

ORTHO-BIONOMY THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN ORTHO-BIONOMY® CENTER, LLC Sheri Covey, Advanced Instructor 970-209-9400 Ortho Bionomy is a structural and neurological approach to bodywork that allows the body to reorganize and heal. It allows the interweaving, without pain, of the body’s ability to understand its own condition and self-correct to shift the body. It is a simple organic work that recognizes the body’s understanding of itself as a whole and addresses that intelligence with respect and acknowledgment. Foundation week of courses starting June 17th -21st.

PHYSICIAN: BOARD CERTIFIED HOLISTIC CLEAR SKY MEDICAL WITH KATIA I. MEIER, M.D. Panorama Falls 9085 E Mineral Circle, #260, Centennial 303-790-7860 Now Board Certified in Anti-Aging. Feel your best with Dr Katia Meier, Board Certified Holistic MD specializing in whole body health inside and out for children and adults. Customized approaches to Healthy Aging, Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement therapy, Nutritional analysis and Therapy, Medical Aesthetics and non-surgical rejuvenation treatments, Homeopathy, Herbology, Naturopathic Medicine, Personalized Detoxification Programs, Medical Weight Loss for men and women. Treating all ages and most insurance welcomed. Make your appointment today. See ad page 32.

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John of God is known as one of the most powerful healing mediums in the world. At his spiritual hospital in Brazil, he attracts thousands of people from all over the world in search of profound healing. Susie Verde is a native Brazilian official guide with over seven years experience, who regularly brings groups to see John of God and gives public talks at his Center. In service locally, her John of God Circle of Boulder meets most Tuesdays of the year. Come for the community support and immerse yourself in the current of this remarkable healing energy from Brazil. See ad page 20.

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