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ccording to the National Institutes of Health, chronic pain is often defined as any persistent pain lasting more than 12 weeks. It may arise from an initial injury, such as a back sprain, or there may be an ongoing cause, such as illness. However, there may also be no clear cause. Other health problems, such as fatigue, sleep disturbance, decreased appetite, and mood changes, often accompany chronic pain. Chronic pain may limit a person’s movements, which can reduce flexibility, strength, and stamina. This difficulty in carrying out important and enjoyable activities can lead to disability and despair. Many people turn to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen and naproxen) for pain, but these come at a risk. According to a study published recently in The BMJ (formerly British Medical Journey) (BMJ 2017;357:j1909), all NSAIDs were found to be associated with an increased risk of acute myocardial infarction. Risk was greatest during the first month of NSAID use and with higher doses. A study published March 2017 in the “European Heart Journal: Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy” found the consumption of any kind of NSAIDs could increase the risk of heart attack by 31%. And, high dose NSAIDs may double the risk of heart attacks and heart failure, says another study (BMJ 2013;346:f3533). Our desire for long term well-being requires us to investigate the root cause and solve the problem. Pain is the body’s way of telling us to do just that. Luckily, we have a wealth of local holistic experts ready and willing to ease your pain – without dangerous drugs! The American Chronic Pain Association has an excellent guide that covers allopathic and alternative approaches to dealing with chronic pain. https:// While we do focus this month on physical pain – including a great tip on facial pain relief from Scott Stewart, local Dentist and Naturopath – there are great resources available for emotional pain. See the health brief from Becca Williams on using cannabis for emotional healing; the Inner Vision conference at Joyful Journey Hot Springs Spa all about “Transitions”; the many retreat options available and the energy healers, integrative health professionals and coaches/counselors you have at your fingertips, on these pages alone. You do not have to live with chronic pain. We are blessed to live in the beautiful Front Range, where so many options and experts are available to help. Which one will be your “golden ticket” to a pain-free life?

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Acupuncture Specialists Open in Golden


honda Marr, L.Ac, is the new proprietor of Acupuncture Specialists of Golden, 1019 8th St., Suite 102. Rhonda’s practice offers services such as cupping, moxibustion and Gua Sha, Traditional Chinese Medicine and newer modalities such as Aroma Acupoint therapy, sound healing using Tibetan singing bowls, and nutrition response testing. Her practice also offers a wide selection of Chinese Herbal formulas and a complete line of Standard Process nutritional supplements. Rhonda is a 2007 graduate of the Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Seneca Falls, NY. She had a thriving practice in New York for eight years before relocating to Colorado. She is Board Certified in Acupuncture by the NCCAOM and is a Colorado licensed Acupuncturist. Contact Rhonda Marr at 720-5565332 or See ad page 31.

iscover a unique perspective on healing yourself in “Resolving Trauma and Cultivating Compassion,” a two-day workshop open to all, offered by Rocky Mountain Ortho-Bionomy Center in Denver July 27-28th from 9:30a.m.-5:30p.m. The biological model of trauma creates a framework for understanding how our nervous systems organize and process trauma. Using the knowledge of this model and embodied movement, you will discover how self-correcting reflexes allow trauma to resolve effortlessly. This self-recognition connects the body and mind, enabling compassion to expand with ease. Add the “Accessible Anatomy” course, a class that utilizes your senses and hands-on applications to deepen an understanding of the parts and systems that make up YOU July 24-25th and get both classes for $320 ea or $640 total. For more information, contact Sheri Covey at 970-209-9400 or see See ad page 7.

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he next 500-hour hypnotherapy course begins June 5 at the Hypnotherapy Academy of America in Albuquerque. After completing the first 300 hours of modules one through three, students are eligible for certification as hypnotherapists with the International Board of Hypnotherapy. By also completing the additional 100 hours of module four, which covers pain management techniques and accelerated healing, they become eligible for the professional designation of certified medical support clinical hypnotherapist. Module five is a 100-hour elective that covers natal regression and past-life therapy, for a total of 500 hours of training. Students have traveled from 28 countries and all 50 states to attend the school. Academy Director Tim Simmerman Sierra states, “Our state licensed hypnosis courses and clinical hypnotherapy training have led the field in hypnotherapy education for almost 30 years. The 500-hour accelerated certification course in hypnotherapy is held three times a year and is taught in two-week modules.” Location: 2132 Osuna Rd., NE, Ste. B, Albuquerque. To register, call 505-767-8030 or toll free at 877-983-1515 or visit See ad on page 9.


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arilyn Siebold LMT CST, Massage, Reflexology and Craniosacral Therapist, announces her new office at 4155 East Jewell Avenue, Suite 105 in the Colorado Club Building in Denver, joining Debra Lin Allen, Medical Qigong Therapist, of Chi Wellness, the Center of Qigong; and Lisa Taggart LPC NCC, with Four Directions Counseling. “I consider this a collaboration of life wisdom and professional experience of independent women’s businesses to offer clients well-rounded care,� says Allen. Expertise you can now receive in one office includes: Marilyn: “CST is a gentle, light touch approach that releases tensions in the central nervous system so that every other system in the body can relax, self-correct and free itself of pain and discomfort. CST is rooted in the belief that our bodies know exactly what we need for health and wholeness. As a holistic bodyworker, I have a profound respect for the body’s innate healing capabilities and see myself as a facilitator in that process for each of my clients.� Debra: “I am a fifth-generation qigong healer, with 47+ years of qigong practice and self-exploration, and am accomplished in learning and clinical application of immunology, neurobehaviorophysiology, kinesiology, holistic wellness and nutrition.� Lisa: “I am a strength-based therapist, supporting clients in self-discovery and selfdetermination. I offer a person-centered perspective, which includes non-judgement, empathy and unconditional positive regard, while providing a safe space for healing and self-advocacy.� Contact information: Marilyn Siebold 720-280-0086 or marilynsiebold@msn. com; Debra Lin Allen 720-427-0406 or; Lisa Taggart 720-446-8933 or






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7th Annual VegFest Colorado July 22-23


he 7th annual VegFest Colorado, a health and environmental fair, takes place July 22-23, at the Exhibit Hall, Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 W 6th Ave., in Golden. VFC offers two days of family-friendly activities including speakers; cooking demonstrations by nationally acclaimed chefs and cookbook authors; food sampling; exhibitors; food trucks; movies; and activities for children. Learn about the advantages of embracing a compassionate, cruelty-free, plantbased lifestyle. Featured speakers for 2017 include: Dr Alan Goldhamer, director of the TrueNorth Health Foundation; Andrew M. Freeman MD, FACC, FACP; David Hance with Sea Shepherd; Larry Weiss, retired attorney; Marc Bekoff, Ph.D., professor emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and co-founder with Jane Goodall of Ethologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals; Sara Broome of Kids Fit Kitchen; and Tess Challis, author, vegan chef, and wellness coach. Cooking presenters include Alan Roettinger, author of “Speed Vegan, Paleo Vegan and Extraordinary Vegan”; Debbie Devore, creator of Almost Vegan Cooking School; JL Fields, author of “Vegan Pressure Cooking”; Justina Walls; Mark Reinfeld; Chef Ron Pickarski; Vegan Mos; and Vital Root. VegFest opens 10:30am-6pm both days. See ad page 9.


egistered therapist Colette Pfeiffer currently has openings in her Motherloss group which meets twice per month in north Boulder. Colette created the group in May 2015 because of her own childhood experience. “My mother left the family when I was four years old and I did not see her again until I was 16. This left a big hole which impacted everything,” says Pfeiffer. “Part of healing can be telling your story for the first time and really being heard. For others, it is important to explore their fear of intimacy and belonging. Meetings are intimate and honest with empathy, sisterhood, laughter and often a few tears – all in one night.” Space is limited to 7 members. Cost is $50/meeting. Contact Colette Pfeiffer at 720-243-1730 or

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loheh Nature Retreat is now open, through September 22, on private property space surrounded by public lands and offers easy, convenient access to nature’s healing magic, says owner Susie Kincade. “Tucked away in a private valley, yet centrally located to Vail, Beaver Creek, Glenwood Springs and Aspen, Eloheh is an easy camping escape and home-base for mountain fun and tranquility. Perfect for solo adventurers, couples, families or small groups, whether you have equipment or not,” says Kincade. “We can help with full or partial sleeping gear and have a complete outdoor kitchen. Enjoy walking trails, fire-pit, outdoor yoga circle, and reflection areas. Go it alone, or enrich your stay with a menu of nature-based coaching activities like a river trip learning to navigate your river of life or rock climbing for courage and confidence, or any number of facilitated personal growth experiences in nature. I will work with you and your group to create just the escape you’re looking for. Take advantage of powerful experiential learning activities or simply kick back and go solo. Whatever you need, come wrap yourself in the healing embrace of nature and leave Eloheh Retreat relaxed, invigorated and rejuvenated.” Susie Kincade is a lifetime Coloradoan, certified nature-based coach, and founder of Women’s Empowerment Workshop. Reservations required. Contact her at or 970-328-5472. See ad page 11.

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oyful Journey Hot Springs Spa, located in the San Luis Valley of Colorado, is hosting their second annual Inner Vision Conference themed “Transitions” that features speakers, programs and music throughout the week to help you access, educate and apply tools to assist you on your journey. It begins with a free Summer Solstice Celebration on Wednesday June 21st. Thursday features the National Geographic film “Gender Revolution” followed by “Getting in Touch with your Inner Gender,” a presentation by Eric Attard, behavioral health consultant and counselor. Friday offers the chance to mix and mingle during the Wine and Cheese Social followed by a “Sound Healing for World Peace” with Pamela Hughes. Saturday is packed with vendors at the Outdoor Marketplace while numerous speakers offer insight and inspiration: Jack Rand “Bring your Vision to Life”; Jess Bonasso “How to Heal Your Life and Set Yourself Free”; Craig Hafer & Hae Bolduc “Why Food Matters”; Maureen Entrup “Disrupted into Balance Workshop”; and Peter May “Discovering the Magic of Precursors – Enhancing the Function of the Pineal Gland”. The evening ends with a special concert featuring Peter May’s Sonic Apothecary at 7 p.m. Marquita Oliver leads Sunday’s closing ceremony 11a.m. – Noon. A special All Event price is $40. Thursday and Friday are $15 each. Saturday’s $25 price includes the evening concert. Sunday’s closing ceremony is free. Joyful Journey Hot Springs Spa offers a hotel, yurts, tipis, RV area or tent spots as well as relaxing spa services. It is located 3 hours from Denver. For info and lodging reservations call 719-2564328, email or visit See ad page 3.

Career Training in Hypnotherapy 500-Hour State-Licensed Certification Course Begins June 5th and Sept 11th Turn Your Interest in Healing and the Mind-Body Connection Into a New Career Helping People

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study from McMaster University, in Hamilton, Ontario, has found that high-intensity interval training (HIIT) makes working out more enjoyable for individuals that struggle with regular exercise. Jennifer Heisz, lead author and assistant professor in the kinesiology department, observes, “Enjoyment during the first weeks of adopting a new exercise program may be especially important for preventing dropouts.” Researchers divided 40 sedentary, healthy adults into two groups. One participated in HIIT, which consists of short bursts of intense exercises, followed by lower-intensity recovery periods, for six weeks; the other group performed ongoing moderate exercises. The researchers discovered that while both groups started out with equal enjoyment levels, the HIIT group enjoyed their workouts more as they gained strength, while the moderate group reported unchanged or decreased enjoyment levels.

near-death experience is a profound phenomenon, typically occurring when a person is clinically dead, facing death, or under physical or emotional trauma, according to the International Association for Near-Death Studies. IANDS is dedicated to encouraging scientific research and education on the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual nature and ramifications of NDEs. What is an NDE? Each NDE is unique, but they reflect many common features. Although a small percentage of NDEs include frightening or distressing aspects, the great majority contain beautiful, loving, and insightful elements which include some common motifs: • a sense of profound peace and well-being; • a perception of one’s body from the outside (Out of Body experience), sometimes observing medical resuscitation efforts; • a rapid movement toward and/or sudden immersion in a powerful light; • an intense feeling of unconditional love; • a life review in which one relives one’s actions and feels their emotional impact on others; • an immersion in a spiritual realm or world; • an encounter with spiritual beings, and/or a joyful reunion with deceased loved ones; • a flood of knowledge about one’s life and the nature of the universe; • a decision by oneself or another to return to one’s body. NDErs often struggle to find adequate words to describe their experience. They commonly say it is the most profound of their lives and, “more real than real.” Almost always they report a complete loss of the fear of death and often feel deeply changed in their attitudes toward life, work, and relationships. Many believe that the essential purpose of human life is to develop our capacity to love. Others have reported similar experiences during profound meditation, emotional distress, or at the deathbed vigil of a loved one. These experiences are also a focus of interest for researchers. IANDS disseminates research on NDEs and similar experiences to scientists, medical professionals, religious thinkers and the general public. Learn more about NDEs at the 2017 “Explore the Extraordinary” conference Aug 3-6. Use code NDE163 for discounted registration. See ad page 19.




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leep apnea is a serious health problem in which the sleeper can stop breathing as often as 30 times an hour, according to a National Institutes of Health study. According to Master Herbalist Steven Frank in Sleep Apnea: A New Approach to an Emergent Problem, apnea is the result of a diminishing signal from the brain to the diaphragm that can occur during the transition from initial semi-wakefulness into the next stage of lighter sleep prior to REM sleep. “After a short period of time, the brain realizes the need to breathe and forces a rapid inhalation, dragging any sagging soft tissues into the airway and disturbing the sleep cycle,” he says. Conventional medicine usually addresses sleep apnea with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine or surgery. Using such a device can be costly and cumbersome, as well as uncomfortable, creating its own form of sleep disruption. “Natural herbal solutions 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 and so providing relief. For more information, call 888-465-4404 or visit See ad page 14.

Experience Your Truth


ccording to Krishnamurti’s 1929 teaching: “Our truth is found through the mirror of relationship, through understanding the contents of our own mind, and through observation.” It is permanence and love. “Choose to let go of fear, and to open to the True and you will awaken to the freedom, clarity and joy of Being.” - Mooji Through breath awareness and inward focus, we align and experience our truth, regaining an inner peace and stability. Here are five steps to help create the direct experience of your own Truth. 1 Close your eyes; gently bring your awareness to your breathing; follow the breath inward 2 Release any negative tension from the body, emotions and mind. 3 Create a cohesive heart-mind energy field by breathing in/out from your heart and touching heart gently.

4 Start feeling/cultivating a sense of appreciation or care for someone or anything. 5 In this space discover the truth arising. Chasing after external illusions manipulates our energy and creates separateness. With this practice of inner truth seeking you can create a heart-mind coherence that takes you home to your truth. Contact Christine Pollock or John Fick of Infinite Alignment at 303-582-5828 or See ad page 30.

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healthbriefs Emotional Healing and Cannabis’ Emerging Role


abor Maté, Canadian physician and best-selling author, has been in the forefront of connecting emotional stress to physical illness, from cancer to autoimmune conditions and many other chronic diseases. Maté writes, “The scientific evidence abundantly shows that people’s lifetime emotional experiences profoundly influence health and illness. Yet, mainstream medical practice largely ignores the role of emotions in the physiological functioning of the human organism.” Nonetheless, Psychology Today (May 2, 2017) reports a growing movement of doctors, therapists and researchers who believe that difficult emotions can be addressed psychospiritually and with the support of psychedelic substances such as psilocybin mushrooms, LSD, and MDMA. Gabor Maté himself treats his trauma patients with ayahuasca. The cannabis plant is also showing promise as a supportive agent in helping to treat mental health issues and selfdefeating emotions. After gaining approval from the U.S. Public Health Service in March 2014, the State of Colorado awarded a $2,156,000 grant to the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies to examine the potential benefits of marijuana for the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Cannabis has always been known as an “awareness amplifier” that supports transformational healing and awakening. For those wanting to explore this modality of healing, the cannabis plant has the advantage of riding the wave of being both legal and accessible in states such as Colorado. Becca Williams is a group facilitator, speaker and mentor for personal and collective transformation, working with cannabis in her Elevation Ceremonies. See Save the Date page 26.

MONSANTO’S ROUNDUP GAINS CANCER LABEL Fresno County Superior Court Judge Kristi Kapetan has ruled that the state of California will require Monsanto to place a cancer warning label on the company’s Roundup weed killer. The ruling is the first of its kind in the U.S. and comes after a branch of the World Health Organization labeled the product’s primary ingredient, glyphosate, as a “probable human carcinogen.” Glyphosate, an odorless and tasteless toxin, has been manufactured by Monsanto for more than 40 years and sold in more than 160 countries. Monsanto will have one year to affix the warning label to all relevant products.


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Safe and Smart Many Americans have been confused by the “Sell By” labels on groceries for 40 years. Now, the Food Marketing Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the two largest industry trade groups, are adopting voluntary standardized regulations to clarify. Instead of using up to 10 different phrases to communicate safety, they have settled on just two: “Use By”, a safety designation to indicate when perishable foods are no longer good; and “Best if Used By”, an estimate of when the manufacturer thinks the product should be consumed for peak flavor. Studies show that consumers generally believe the current labels all signal whether a product is safe to eat, and that it will still be okay well after its socalled expiration date. At the same time, prematurely tossed groceries dominate landfills and produce greenhouse gas emissions. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and a coalition of environmental groups have been urging the industry to clear this up. The change is scheduled to take hold in July 2018.

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Common Agrichemicals Endanger Hundreds of Species Under the Obama administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found in its first rigorous nationwide analysis of the effects of pesticides on endangered species, that 97 percent of the 1,800-plus animals and plants protected under the Endangered Species Act are likely to be harmed by malathion and chlorpyrifos, two commonly used pesticides; another 78 percent are likely to be hurt by another, diazinon. But now the new EPA administration under President Trump has declined to ban chloripyrifos; the decision may be challenged in court. All three pesticides are organophosphates widely used on crops such as corn, watermelon and wheat. Last year, the World Health Organization announced that malathion and diazinon are probable carcinogens. Based on the EPA’s conclusions, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service will issue biological opinions to identify mitigation measures and changes to pesticide use to ensure that targeted products will no longer potentially harm any endangered species. As part of a legal settlement with the Center for Biological Diversity, the biological opinions are due by December.


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atching nature transition to summer in the Rockies is always an adventure. The songbirds return. New plants burst forth from the warm dirt. Wrinkled, bright green leaves magically unfold into the world like the newborns they are. Nature does not resist its why do humans? Being human means we have the power of choice - not about what happens in the world but certainly in how we respond to it. Your empowered will, awareness, and belief can create a positive experience of the world around you. Transitions include “biggies” like marriage, divorce, emptying nest, death

of a loved one, to simple transitions from home to work, or school to home. Global transitions create a field of energy all their own. Change isn’t always easy and is often challenging. So how do we stay centered at our highest and best self in the midst of external change in our lives? First we need to have the WILL to choose how we meet life. Are we guiding our own ship or are we “victims” of whatever happens to us? Taking the helm of your life is the first step. Next is AWARENESS, in every breath, every day. Notice if you feel like life is happening “to” you or whether you are

Resolving Trauma and Cultivating Compassion By Sheri Covey


erhaps you’re not crazy. Perhaps you are responding to unresolved trauma. Often, no matter how hard you work out, meditate or pray, reactions to life repeat certain behaviors. You are unable to change who you are that makes life challenging. Why does that side of your personality resurface and overwhelm? Maybe it isn’t your personality, but the complicated responses of nervous systems. By learning which nervous systems are reacting and influencing behavior, we discover a reflexive ability in our bodies that we can access to help resolve deep-seated Trauma. The Social Nervous System (Int J Psychophysiol. 2001 Oct) is composed of the Cranial Nerves that

innervate the eyes, ears, nose, mouth, face and hands. It gives us primary information about the world around us, especially its social aspects. Researchers such as Dr. Stephen Porges believe this special nerve network serves a critical function by helping us regulate our autonomic nervous systems like heart rate and respiration. If the Social NS decides a threat exists, the Sympathetic Nervous System jumps in to flood our bodies with adrenal-controlled cortisol. With Flight or Fight engaged, we might run, fight or shut down. The Enteric Nervous System, or “gut brain,” is the information system for our sensory and emotional lives. It is the keeper of our trauma and intuition. It is responsible for our emotions more often than we

creating your life. Are you reacting to events as a victim (with fight, flight or flee leading to angst, fear and suffering) or responding with perspective, pause and consideration? What if you shifted to a BELIEF that you can control your responses to transitions in life? Belief is a powerful source of energy and motivation. WILL + AWARENESS + BELIEF = EXPERIENCE. This equation demonstrates the power of personal choice. It looks pretty simple and, when practiced, it creates flexibility, resilience and a positive outlook. Know that you have the choice of how you navigate your world. Take a tip from Nature, which knows how to flow with change. Because we are nature. Susie Kincade of Women’s Empowerment Workshop offers the COURAGEOUS TRANSITIONS RETREAT July 12-16. For more information call 970328-5472. See ad page 11.

are aware. In a state of unbalance, it can cause nausea, digestion issues and anxiety. These systems help keep you safe, but can often override common sense when response is dictated by old traumas. Normally, a heightened response is followed by a discharge of shaking, crying or pulsing so that the body can reorient itself. But this does not always happen, allowing trauma to remain in your system, only to surface when least expected. You can heal your body if you learn which nervous system is activated and respond appropriately. Comprehending how to self-care through these natural reflexes within you is life-changing and simple. Sheri Covey is the Advanced Instructor with Rocky Mountain Ortho Bionomy Center. Learn more in Denver July 24-25 at the Resolving Trauma & Cultivating Compassion Workshop open to all. See ad page 7.

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Such statistics expose the magnitude of the problem of chronic pain. “It’s daunting, but there are many natural ways to address it that are inexpensive, effective and with what I call side benefits rather than negative side effects,” says Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, of Kona, Hawaii, author of the smartphone app Cures A-Z. Complementary, integrative or functional medicine, all names for a holistic approach to health care, offer g wealth of ggentle ways y to a comforting address chronic pain, most of which the vast majority of conventional medical doctors are unaware, says Daniel Cherkin, Ph.D., senior investi-

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ccordi ccording ding to the h National Center for Health Statistics, 25 percent of Americans, or 76.2 million, are suffering from pain that lasts more than 24 hours at this very moment: Ouch! Lower back pain alone keeps Americans from going to work a total of 149 million days each year, costing the U.S. economy $100 to $200 billion, reports the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Other common types of chronic pain affect musculoskeletal tissues, knees, hips or the neck. Migraines and severe headaches plague 16.6 percent of adults over 18, per a National Health and Nutrition Survey. Neurological discomfort can reach as high as 12.4 percent, estimates a study from the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota. Even visceral or organ pain associated with heart disease, cancer and pelvic diseases occur in at least 20 percent of


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the global population, population according to the International Association for the Study of Pain, in Seattle. If chronic pain is affecting you, you feel it and want relief—right now.

Watch Out for Opioids Unfortunately, conventional medicine often has little to offer most pain patients. Even for something as pervasive as back pain, surgery and steroid injections are usually an unsatisfactory first line of defense, having mixed results at best, seconded by prescriptions for addictive opioid painkillers. Dr. Nora D. Vokov, director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse, told the U.S. Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control in 2014 that there were an estimated 2.1 million people in the U.S. suffering from substance abuse disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers in 2012. The

gator emeritus with the Group Health Research Institute, at the University of Washington, in Seattle. “Effective natural treatments include yoga, acupuncture, chiropractic, meditation, lifestyle changes and exercise,” notes Cherkin. “But since they’re not in most doctors’ medical training or learned repertoire for pain relief, patients aren’t offered the opportunity to try them.”

What Helps Relieve Pain Here are just some of the many natural and affordable forms of pain relief.

Try the Yass method: Mitchell Yass, Ph.D., of St. John’s, Florida, author of The Pain Cure Rx, is busting the myth that musculoskeletal pain is often caused by osteoarthritis. “Arthritis or joint deterioration is rarely the cause of joint pain,” says Yass. He


problem is worsening. Every day, 1,000 people are treated in emergency rooms for misusing prescription opioids, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

points out that 90 percent of people over 60 have herniated discs, but no associated pain. Yass treats patients based on his observation that in up to 98 percent of the cases he sees, weak muscles are the underlying cause of joint pain, and strengthening them provides relief. He says his prescribed exercises are usually effective in days or a few weeks. “Pain is an indication of tissue in distress. For example, pain in the shoulder area is often an impingement of the bicep,” he says. His prescription is strengthening exercises using hand weights for the trapezoid, tricep and serratus anterior muscles. His book suggests a detailed selfdiagnosis program and the necessary exercises to strengthen muscles and relieve joint pain (more at Tinyurl. com/YassIntroInfo).

Address underlying trauma: Osteopath Maud Nerman, of Novato, California, author of Healing Pain and Injury, has broad experience in treating neurological problems and brain injuries and often focuses on physical and emotional trauma as an underlying cause of chronic pain. She explains that the autonomic nervous system that directs unconscious body functions like breathing, digestion and heartbeat is interrupted by such trauma. “Trauma literally shocks the nervous system,” she says. “The body cannot turn off the ‘fight-or-flight’ reaction, causing a firestorm of inflammation that can lead to a variety of serious diseases, overwhelming the body’s ability to manage its own healing.” Her work has showed how readjusting the body, restoring breathing and reactivating the autonomic nervous system can provide relief in short order.

Consider lifestyle, diet and supplements: “Pain is like the ‘check oil’ light on a car’s dashboard. It signals that something needs attention,” says Teitelbaum, author of Pain Free 1-23. “If the oil light goes on, putting a Band-Aid over it or smashing it with a hammer won’t help.” Teitelbaum recommends an energy optimization approach he dubs SHINE

Exercise—Daily exercise speeds the healing process and after 10 weeks following the first four SHINE steps, will increase the capacity to exercise.

that addresses underlying causes of chronic pain that has worked for 91 percent of the people he’s treated for fibromyalgia and muscle pain.

Sleep—Eight to nine hours a night helps replenish energy and heal muscles.

Hormones—Treat hormone imbalances even if lab tests are “normal”. Immunity—Dysfunctional immune systems and persistent infections can lead to chronic pain. Nutrition—In Teitelbaum’s studies, optimizing nutritional support, especially B vitamins, vitamin D, ribose, coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) and magnesium, was helpful. A healthy, high protein, low sugar diet is effectively complemented by a variety of herbs and nutrients, primarily curcumin, boswellia, willow bark and fish oil, nutrients that widespread studies show stop pain better than pharmaceuticals. He’s also a strong proponent of eliminating sugar entirely because it causes inflammation.

For migraines, Teitelbaum advocates vitamin B2 (riboflavin). Numerous studies support the effectiveness of dosages of 400 milligrams per day to prevent migraines. After just six weeks of use, a German study published in the European Journal of Neurology shows thats taking a daily riboflavin supplement cut the number of migraine days in half for participants and significantly reduced the amount of migraine medication needed.

Tap for Relief: Also known as the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Tapping Solutions founder Nick Ortner, of Newtown, Connecticut, says “Tapping sends a calming signal to the amygdala in the brain, turning off the fight or flight stress response and allowing the body to heal.” The physical tapping opens up the body’s energy meridians and allows them to relax so the natural healing process can take place, Ortner explains.

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Meditation vs. Medication: Meditation may not resolve the underlying cause of chronic pain, but research from the University of Alabama demonstrates it can interrupt pain signals to the brain. It’s at least as effective as

opioid painkillers in relieving chronic pain, according to a study led by Cherkin at the University of Washington. His team’s 342 subjects that had experienced back pain weekly for at least a year were offered either eight meditation and yoga classes, eight cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) sessions or just keeping up their own regular daily routines that did not include yoga and meditation. The results, recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, confirm what numerous other studies have reported: 44 percent experienced a “meaningful reduction” in pain within six months of the meditation or CBT sessions, equal to results reported by people taking addictive opioid pharmaceuticals. More, the pain relief continued for up to two years, even if the subjects stopped doing actual sitting meditation. “Meditation changes the way people think about pain and how they develop skills to keep it from becoming a major focus in their lives,” observes Cherkin. Regardless of the mechanism, experts in a holistic approach to chronic pain relief agree that encouraging self-control, self-determination and self-empowerment makes a huge difference in patients’ abilities to control pain more naturally and effectively. Kathleen Barnes is author of numerous natural health books, including Our Toxic World: A Survivor’s Guide. Connect at

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n ancient yogic breathing practice, or pranayama, is used to rebalance the autonomic nervous system. Dr. Maud Nerman strongly recommends alternate nostril breathing for those that experience chronic pain caused by physical or emotional trauma. Here’s a basic practice: After folding the middle two fingers of the right hand down, press the right nostril closed. Inhale to the count of four.

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Hold both nostrils closed for a count of eight. Release the right nostril and exhale to a count of eight. Repeat on the other side. Continue for at least three minutes, alternating sides throughout.



EFT combines tapping on specific body points while repeating appropriate affirmative statements such as: “Even though I have this [pain], I love, accept and forgive myself.” He recalls a woman that arrived at a seminar he led with a toothache that had lasted for years. Doctors had done X-rays, seen an infection and prescribed antibiotics to no good effect. He asked her if she recalled when the pain began; without hesitation, she answered, “When my mother passed away unexpectedly.” “So we started working together and the pain reduced significantly right away and eventually disappeared completely,” says Ortner. A follow-up with her dentist showed no sign of the former problem. Up to now, the EFT research is positive. One study from the Energy Medicine University, in Mill Valley, California, found it helped people with chronic pain (some coping with severe fatigue and fibromyalgia) feel physically and emotionally better in as little as a month; another from the Foundation for Epigenetic Medicine, in Santa Rosa, California, showed substantially reduced trauma in institutionalized abused teenagers after just one EFT session.

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apping, or Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), soothes the body by turning off the “fight or flight� stress response that can cause inflammation and worsen pain, according to Tapping Solutions founder Nick Ortner, of Newtown, Connecticut. Here’s how to do it:

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Identify the problem (e.g., pain in back of neck). Rate the intensity of feelings about the problem on a scale of one to 10.

Compose a statement about it (e.g., “Even though I have intense neck pain today, I deeply and completely accept myself�).


Using one or two fingers on one hand, tap the “karate chop� area on the outer edge of the other hand while repeating the statement three times.


While repeating, e.g., “intense neck pain,� using firm, but gentle pressure, use either two or four fingers to tap these areas, on either side, five to seven times in sequences as follows:

 side of eyebrow  under eye  inner collarbone  under arm

 side of eye  under nose  chin  top of head


Refocus on the original problem and rate its intensity. Restate what you’re feeling, as needed. Source: The Tapping Solution for Pain Relief, by Nick Ortner; instructional video at

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Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine focus on treating the root (underlying cause) and the branch (signs and symptoms). Modern Western medicine typically focuses on treating the patient’s pain symptoms using dangerous, prescription pain drugs that come with unwanted s side effects. There are no adverse side effects from Acupuncture! Acupuncture points have been mapped out over 2,000 years ago so that insertion of needles at specific points corrects imbalances in the flow of energy, called Qi. Acupuncture also eases pain by affecting neurotransmitters, hormone levels, the immune system and the natural release of endorphins. Typically a patient receives weekly treatments until a lessening of pain occurs, then gradually comes less often. Each treatment builds on the ones before so that the pain can be lessened or even eliminated. Rhonda Marr, of Acupuncture Specialists of Golden can be reached at or 720-556-5332. See listing page 31.

According to Ayurveda, chronic pain is caused by Doshic (energy) imbalances due to improper diet, digestion, accumulated toxins, stress, lack of exercise, and poor daily routine. Chronic pain relief can be achieved by maintaining balance in a person’s physiology (doshas), digestive system (agni), tissues (dhatus), and excretions (malas) enhancing the body’s function to assimilate nutrients, detoxify and boost overall health. Methods to ease chronic pain include: Ayurvedic herbal oil massages to loosen and liquefy impurities embedded in the tissues; Proper Ayurvedic nutrition, use of spices, cooking oils and favoring digestion-enhancing foods and herbal formulas to promote healthy digestion and absorption that restores balance; Implementing Ayurvedic seasonal and daily routines according to one’s constitution through yoga, mindfulness and pranayama practices, diet, natural biorhythm, cleansing practices; and Ayurvedic counseling to help with depression and anxiety caused by chronic pain. Sujatha Reddy BAMS, MSEd, LPC, DCC of Heartland Wellness in Lakewood can be reached at 303-325-5617 or See listing page 31.


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Pain usually occurs along meridians that are out of balance and is usually not located where is perceived. For example, a migraine may be caused by a gallbladder condition; knee pain could originate due to a kidney imbalance; back pain may arise from adrenal fatigue, kidney and/or gallbladder, bladder, inefficient circulation, injury, muscle cramping, and even differences in leg length. One cause often leads to another one. In Biophoton therapy, all symptoms are viewed in combination and in relation to one another in order to determine the cause of the problem and relieve pain. The ultimate goal of Biophoton therapy is always to find the true causes behind any set of symptoms, and by addressing those to give the body permanent relief from any painful condition. Irina Gilligan, of Biophoton Colorado can be reached at 970-581-5864 or See listing page 31.

Energy Medicine The root cause for chronic pain can be physiological, emotional, mental or spiritual, combined with some kind of energy blockage in the area of the pain. Eden Energy Medicine works with different energy systems including chakras, meridians and the aura. It draws on techniques from ancient Chinese medicine and kinesiology as well as simple practices of yoga or Qi Gong to balance the energies. Sometimes, EEM is combined with energy psychology techniques such as EFT/Meridian Tapping and Matrix Reimprinting. Sometimes, the reason for the pain can be found in past experiences or in past lives. In these cases, regression therapy can find and release the trauma. Clients can be taught individualized self-care tools that can improve their wellbeing, helping them to realize that the power to heal lies within! Marie Adams, EEM-AP, CHT, PT of Healing Change g in n Littleton can be reached eached at 303-668-0299 or marie@ 32. See listing page 3

Medical Qigong Medical qigong fully appreciates that chronic pain is a significant systemic inflammatory process that is fueled by the complexity of environmental and internal stressors in daily living. Clinical experience follows in the ancient Taoists’ observations about health: that disturbing emotions, chaotic thoughts and ongoing violations against life’s natural rhythms cause harmful energies to embed deeply within our cells, eventually causing illness, disease or injury. When we ignore our inner promptings for balance, the body expresses physical pain to urge us to confront our inner conflicts. Health dilemmas and their accompanying pain symptoms can be resolved through medical qigong therapy and qigong self-care practices, simultaneously eliminating physical, emotional and mental struggles. Healing is amplified through proper, constant balance in our conscious, intentional cultivation of the chi’s essence for life both internally and through clinical treatment, diligently using the medicinal benefits of the yin-yang and biochemical expressions in whole foods, quieting the mind and emotions while activating cellular cleansing and regeneration with still and moving qigong exercises, and aligning thoughts and actions with nature’s laws governing life balance and whole health. Joy returns as b vvibrancy and strength in health and function are restored and aging is reversed. ti Debra Lin Allen of Chi Wellness, The Center of Qigong, in Denver can be Ce reached at rea or 720-427-0406. See listing page 8.

Neuroenergetic Release Neuroenergetic Release® is a unique, whole-istic system that balances all of the body. With NER we find one global pattern of imbalance that is causing musculoskeletal pain, organ dysfunction, digestive problems, migraines, asthma, fatigue, depression and other acute and chronic pain. This one core pattern is behind all of an individual’s symptoms. NER recognizes how all the areas of the body affect each other and are controlled by the nervous system. If you have bones out of place, muscles are pulling them or holding them that way. If some muscles are weak, and some others are strong or tight, that is because the nervous system is telling them to be that way. NER uses points that communicates with the body to return to balance, in just seconds, using no force. Some muscles become strong, others relax, bones rebalance, symptoms and pain decrease, and patients begin to shift towards health. This change is observable to the naked eye, measurable and can be felt by the patient. As NER truly addresses core causes, most patients improve dramatically in days and weeks. Donald W. Kipp, founder of NER, can be reached at 303-697-4923. See listing page 30.

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inecraft. Pokemon. Snapchat. Digital media dominates childhood. That time youngsters used to spend playing with friends, being with family or sleeping has been zapped. According to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 8-to-10-year-olds are daily exposed to nearly eight hours of on-screen media and heavy media users are twice as likely to report poor grades. Conscientious and concerned parents are setting limits on screen time and reclaiming family time. Experts, too, are working to define a “new healthy” at a time when many activities, from homework to shopping, are moving online. “How can you begin to limit kids’ screen time when teachers are increasingly using media?” queries Pediatrician Corinn Cross, who practices in Los Angeles. “It’s hard. None of us grew up with this level of technology, and it’s moving faster than any advice can.”

Nip It Early Cross co-authored the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) recently

dated digital media guidelines, which shifted from strict time limits to greater flexibility for and within different age groups. For children under 18 months, the recommendation is to avoid media altogether outside of video chats with loved ones. In the older age ranges, the guidelines are less prescriptive and more about setting individual limits that ensure getting enough sleep and physical activity along with achieving other developmental needs. Cross believes excessive screen time is particularly detrimental for younger kids that have fewer waking hours and more developing to do. “Toddlers don’t learn well from screens, so you will have limited return from using screens for education,” she observes. Kathy Marrocco, an Oakland Township, Michigan, blogger with, initially worried about her kids’ potential adverse exposure to radiation from cell phone use. Her concern soon turned to other big impacts of digital media encroaching on their lives. She cites a study of 3,000 parents of grade-school-aged kids, which found that nearly two-thirds

of the children are using their devices at night instead of sleeping, with a corresponding drop in concentration, memory and energy. Marrocco maintains firm boundaries with her daughter, 13, and son, 18, prohibiting the use of electronics at the kitchen table and in their rooms at night, in line with AAP recommendations. “They can only have devices in their room at night if they are in offline ‘airplane mode’ so they won’t be tempted to check or respond to incoming messages,” she says. Kids don’t sleep well next to their phones, agrees Cross, a mother of three, ages 4, 6 and 8. “They have trouble falling and staying asleep.” She also doesn’t let her children use e-readers instead of books.

Prevent Screen Addiction Psychotherapist Nicholas Kardaras, Ph.D., an addiction expert and executive director of The Dunes, a rehab clinic in East Hampton, New York, is even firmer about screen time, having seen some kids go off the digital deep end. Delaying the onset of screen

Media and screens are best used purposefully, to achieve a specified goal. ~Corinn Cross exposure is the most critical step a parent can take, suggests Kardaras. “There’s no evidence to suggest media exposure is beneficial to child development. Most tech geniuses, including the founders of Google, Amazon and Apple, were not exposed to it until adolescence. “Treating digital addiction is challenging because you can’t be digitally abstinent in this society,” he continues. “Prevention is the key.” Digital media abuse can have lasting developmental impacts, according to Kardaras, author of Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction is Hijacking our Kids and How to Break the Trance. cites numerous studies on the effects of such intensive use, from increased prevalence of attention deficit disorder to higher rates of depression. Brain imaging

studies from institutions such as the medical schools at Indiana University and University of Utah have shown how heavy exposure to digital media has effects on the brain similar to substance addiction, reports Kardaras, affecting areas of the brain linked with functions like impulse control, brain connectivity and processing speed. In his practice, red flags for potential digital addiction include strong reactions when devices are taken away, disinterest in “offline” activities, worsening of interpersonal relationships and dropping grades. Modeling good practices is as important as monitoring kids’ behavior, suggests Cross. In her household, all electronic tablets and cell phones are kept in a drawer when not in use. “If I have work to do or have to take a phone call, I’ll go to another room, then come back and be present with the kids,” she says. “Quality, face-toface time is important.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

Four Ways to Set Digital Limits my boys’ elementary school not to give them portable devices until they were 10,” says Nicholas Kardaras, the father of 9-year-old twins.

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Decide the ground rules — “Determine rules that make sense for everyone, and it’ll be much easier to get your kids on board, as they won’t see it as arbitrary when you



Be wary of even “good” screen time — Test educational apps before approving them for kids to ensure their quality and so parents can help reinforce the learning, says Cross. She likes CommonSenseMedia. org for parental reviews and information to filter media of all kinds, from apps and games to TV shows. Consider advocating for limiting screen time in local schools. “I asked

Watch out for rewards — Some screen time is more mesmerizing for kids than others, according to Kardaras, who treats such addictions. Most video games are designed on a variable reward schedule, similar to slot machines, which intentionally stimulates players to chase future rewards. Consider stricter limits on such media.


Play first in the real world — Because it reduces overall exercise, screen overuse can contribute to obesity. Cross recommends prioritizing exercising before daily allotted screen time; after being online, it’s more difficult to engage kids in physical activity.

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hat is being a father? It’s, at least in part, about beginning. It is rejuvenating to locate ourself near the start of a child’s life. There are so many chances to get it right. The thought that we might also get it wrong flits across our mind, but it’s gone before we can even shiver at its presence. It’s also about returning to that question again and again, each time failing to acquire additional insight. “What isn’t being a father?” is a better question. Being a father isn’t indifference, but neither is it a steady stream of calm wisdom or a place of consistent self-control or a clearly delineated set of exercises engineered to help produce self-knowledge in offspring. Bridges are

engineered. We stare into our little one’s eyes, beaming thoughts that we hope are received, translated and appreciated, waiting for a beam to come back to us. Child rearing is worked toward, clumsily, imperfectly, with a deep and near religious faith in trial and error. Children are refined over time with the assistance of many imperfect philosophies. When our second child opted in, my wife and I compared baby pictures of the two boys. “They look different,” I said. “That’s not why I’m looking at them,” she said. “I want to remember this.” I remember looking at the pictures with her only because she has told me about it. If, in part, fatherhood is remembering things that did not exactly happen,

it is also forgetting things that did happen, some transformative to a degree that I could not have imagined five seconds before they occurred. Afterwards, I knew I would never be the same again. But I was. As children grow, they are not the same again. Parenting boys instead of babies is already a grand departure from everything I have learned up until now and I am just coming to see that it will always be this way. Recently, in trying to figure out when a man that is not a father becomes a man that is a father, I remarked to my sons, “Even though I know being a father has changed me forever, I remember certain things that happened, but not as many as I would have thought.” My older son explained, “Maybe it’s because you are thinking of us more than yourself. Maybe you want time to pass so we can get to the next thing in our lives.” My younger son zeroed in, “The problem is that you think it’s parenting when really it’s childing.” He’s right. What is being a father? It’s letting someone else be a child. It’s suffering through certain kinds of abstract pain so that they don’t. It’s bearing the brunt of disappointments so that they can go on feeling invincible. It’s teaching how to forget as much as it is teaching how to remember… but it is still very near the beginning. Ben Greenman is a widely published author and journalist in Greater New York. Connect at


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Join me for an exceptional evening of inner self-exploration, ancestral wisdom and personal renewal. In a safe, legal and sacred environment you will be guided to uncover and release destructive and self-defeating emotions. My gatherings are plant medicine-optional and all levels are welcome. Complimentary CBD-dominate strains that offer a relaxing and focused dimension are provided. Ceremonies are followed with an optional tea service and conscious conversation. Location: Denver’s Cherry Creek North. $30. Limited space. Contact Becca at

TWO EVENTS HONOR MOTHER EARTH: Medicine for the Earth June 9-11 Summer Solstice Celebration Chanupa - Sacred Pipe Ceremony Sunday June 21, 6:30pm Medicine for the Earth creates deeper connection to teachings of Nature. Learn to increase awareness and intuition to transmute toxic beliefs affecting our own natural and environmental well-being. Class fee: $285; deposit $50 due 6/1. Discount $20 if paid in full 5/26. Summer Solstice Celebration ~ Chanupa - Sacred Pipe Ceremony honors the turning seasons. We welcome Summer with love, respect and gratitude, raising prayers to Spirit. Suggested $30; any offering gratefully accepted. Location upon registration due 6/16. RSVP/details BJ Brown, Shamanic Practitioner and Teacher, 303-808-4006 or

You must mention Natural Awakenings to receive these freebies and discounts. GRAND ALIGNMENT SPECIAL BOGO RETREAT Life Alignment Health/Well-Being Full Day Retreat. $745/2. Perfect for couples, friends, or family members. Book til 6/30 John Fick/Christine Pollock or 303-218-0169

FREE AURA CLEARING AND CHAKRA BALANCING FOR FIRST-TIMERS Each Wednesday 6-7 pm, open to everyone. Repeats $5/pp. Journey Within, 777 S Wadsworth Blvd., Bldg 2-108, Lakewood. Anita Destino, 720-413-7303

FREE 15-MINUTE STRATEGY SESSIONS For cancer wellness, chronic pain/illness, women’s issues, insomnia, stress/weight management. Dr. Sujatha Reddy, counselor, coach and Ayurvedic practitioner. Heartland Wellness, 12157 W Cedar D, #200, Lakewood. 303-325-5617

FREE 30-MIN CONSULTATIONPHONE/SKYPE Healing Change: 679 W Littleton Blvd., #205 Littleton or 1776 S Jackson St #1004 Denver. Marie Adams EEM-AP, CHT, PT, 303-668-0299

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



Joyful Journey Hot Springs Spa, in the San Luis Valley of Colorado, hosts their 2nd Annual Inner Vision Conference, themed “Transitions,” which features speakers, programs and music throughout the week to help you access, educate and apply tools to assist you on your journey: free Summer Solstice Celebration Wednesday; Thursday features the National Geographic film “Gender Revolution;” Friday’s Wine and Cheese Social is followed by a “Sound Healing for World Peace”; Saturday’s Outdoor Marketplace is packed with vendors while speakers offer insight and inspiration, ending with Peter May’s Sonic Apothecary concert at 7pm; Marquita Oliver leads Sunday’s closing ceremony 11am. – Noon. All Event price $40. Thursday and Friday $15ea. Saturday $25 incl evening concert. Sunday closing ceremony free. For info and lodging call 719-2564328, email or visit


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Angelic Reiki Level 1 & 2 Wkend Workshop–FriSun. Angelic Reiki connects the practitioner to the powerful energy of the Angelic Kingdom. $225 Discover Your Spiritual Gifts, 5808 S Rapp St, Ste 265, Littleton. RSVP Discover Your Spiritual Gifts or 303-257-2276

MON JUNE 5 Ballroom Dancing for Chi Fitness, 9 Classes– 6-7pm Mons thru 8/14. Glide across the floor, dancing Swing, Rhumba and Salsa with fun and confidence! Build your stamina, mental fitness and flexibility, rhythm and flow! $180. Enroll by 6/2. Chi Wellness, Denver. Debra Lin Allen 720-427-0406

TUES JUNE 6 Motherloss Therapy Group– For women who lost their mothers in childhood or as young adults. Also on 6/13. Led by Registered psychotherapist Colette Pfeiffer. $50/session.

THURS JUNE 8 World Goodwill Day Group Meditation–6:308:30pm Group discussion on bringing love and goodwill to our world. Group guided meditation to follow.

$30 OFF INITIAL HEALING Reiki, vibrational healing & intuitive reading for first-time clients. In person or phone. 700 E 9th Ave., #9, Denver. JoAnne Palladino, Reiki MasterTeacher, Channel, & Intuitive. 303-263-0679 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

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

FREE CONSULTATION Would you like to lead from a fearless heart? Feelings buried alive never die. I will help you access those feelings for release and transformation. Colleen Keegan at Heart Centered Hypnotherapy & Coaching. 808-224-6164 or

FREE ENERGY HEALING All first-time Energy Healing sessions are free with Rev. Natasha Deakins. This 30 min session is designed to help you get relief from problems and find self-love and happiness with obligation to continue. Appt. req’d. Visit Refreshments served. Althea Center, 14th and Williams. Donation.

FRI JUNE 9 Near the Full Moon Sacred Drumming Circle, Sound Celebration & Meditation–7-9pm. Bring snack, drums, rattles, flutes. $10. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695

SAT JUNE 10 Expand Your Capacity for Bliss–7:30-9:30pm. #1 in a Series of six Gatherings Osho Leela Center 125 Rosewood Dr. #106 North Boulder. Share in all six or in just one! Details/RSVP Beyond Beautiful & Brave Playshop with Tracy Revell–1-5pm. Feminine power is true, embodied, centered, strong and patient personal power. Explore how to Be BOLD For Yourself. $79. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-5257058 or

TUES JUNE 13 Beginning the Qigong Lifestyle, 9 Weeks–6-8pm Tues thru 8/8. Cultivate life vigor, balance and joy with Taoist chi wisdoms for balance and harmony. $495. Enroll by 6/6. Chi Wellness, The Center of Qigong, Denver. Debra Lin Allen 720-427-0406

THURS JUNE 15 The Tao of Powerful Living Workshops–6-8:30pm Thurs thru 8/17. Contemplative qigong practice of the Tao Teh Ching and Chuang Tzu assures our proper flow in Tao consciousness for clarity of mind, stress elimination, harmonious health and confident daily living. Enroll by 6/6. $540. Chi Wellness, Denver. Debra Lin Allen 720-427-0406

SAT JUNE 17 I Ching Wisdom for Constancy Amid Change, 9 Workshops–9am-Noon Sats thru 10/21. Practice I Ching qigong and rise above chaos to enjoy flowing in life’s divine rhythms. Enroll by 6/6. $630. Chi Wellness, Denver. Debra Lin Allen 720-427-0406 Bath Salt Workshop–1-3pm Have fun making two of your own bath salt mixtures for Healing, Energizing, Relaxing or Clearing. $50. Discover Your Spiritual Gifts, 5808 S Rapp St, #265, Littleton. RSVP 303-2572276 or Discover Your Spiritual Gifts.

WED JUNE 21 Celebrate The Summer Solstice–6:30-8:30pm. Learn about the herbs of the summer solstice. $35 incl sample of tea and herbs. Discover Your Spiritual Gifts 5808 S Rapp St Ste 265 Littleton. RSVP for Discover Your Spiritual Gifts. Vialet 303-257-2276

SAT JUNE 24 Expand Your Capacity for Bliss–7:30-9:30pm. #2 in a Series of 6 Gatherings. Osho Leela Center, 125 Rosewood Dr. #106 N Boulder. Share in all 6 or in just 1! Learn more & RSVP at

MON JUNE 26 We Are Change Open Mic Night–6-10pm. Evening of food, music, interviews, headliners, poetry and dancing. We encourage everyone to perform their own songs and poems! See event page on Facebook at We Are Change Colorado or

WED JUNE 28 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 St, #9, Denver. RSVP 303-263-0679 or

savethedate THE PREGO EXPO JUNE 25, 11:30am-4pm The premier pregnancy, parenting and baby expo, over 70 vendors, experts, and lots of goodies that will assist with before, during and after the bump. Educational seminars on topics such as birth design, fertility, breastfeeding and car seat safety. Soon to be parents can seek out different birthing plan options and expert advice. Family and friends can gather baby shower ideas and gifts. Convention Center, 700 14th St, Denver.

COURAGEOUS TRANSITIONS: AN EXHILARATING NATURE ADVENTURE RETREAT Eloheh Ret Retreat Sanctuary in Eagle July 12 - July 16 Use Nature as a powerful resource to face, explore, manage, and heal difficult transitions in your life and become more resilient, alive, and whole. Join Women’s Empowerment Workshop founder and nature-connected coach Susie Kincade, and family therapist and Licensed Clinical Social Worker Donna Daniell of Balance Your Life, and gain powerful tools for understanding the dynamics of your change process. Retreat includes one day on the Colorado River learning to navigate your river of life. For details and to RSVP, contact Susie Kincade at 970-328-5472 or

7TH ANNUAL VEGFEST COLORADO JULY 22-23, 10 am – 6 pm The 7th annual VegFest Colorado (VFC), a health and environmental fair, takes place July 22-23, at the Exhibit Hall, Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 W 6th Ave., Golden. VFC offers two days of family-friendly activities including speakers, cooking demonstrations by nationally acclaimed chefs and cookbook authors, food sampling, exhibitors, food trucks, movies, activities for children and more. Learn from renowned luminaries about health, diet, environmental and animal rights issues, and the advantages of embracing a compassionate, cruelty-free, plant-based lifestyle.

RESOLVING TRAUMA & CULTIVATING COMPASSION WORKSHOP JULY 27-28TH from 9:30-5:30PM Discover a unique perspective on healing yourself in this two-day workshop open to all, offered by Rocky Mountain Ortho-Bionomy® Center in Denver. Discover how Self Correcting Reflexes allow trauma to resolve effortlessly, connecting the body and mind, enabling compassion to expand with ease. Add the “Accessible Anatomy” Course to deepen an understanding of the parts and systems that make up YOU July 24-25th and get both classes for $320 ea or $640 total. For more information, contact Sheri Covey at 970-209-9400 or see

THURS JUNE 29 Living with Purpose–7-8:30pm. Creating the life you want requires intention and practice. Learn how to make it possible NOW! Free. Koelbel Library, 5955 S. Holly, Centennial. Dr. Erika McElroy Smooth Rock Psychological Services. 720-306-1040 Facebook Basics–6-8:30pm. Find out what you need to know about Facebook to increase your business. $35. Discover Your Spiritual Gifts, 5808 S Rapp St, Ste 265, Littleton. RSVP 303-257-2276 or Meetup. com: Discover Your Spiritual Gifts.

2017 IANDS CONFERENCE: EXPLORE THE EXTRAORDINARY AUGUST 3RD - AUGUST 6TH Early Bird Registration is now open for the IANDS Conference in Westminster Aug 3-6. Learn more about near death experiences, after death communications and other spiritually transforming events. All are welcome to this affirming, healing and transformative event. Affirmation of love and healing energy from the Light comes from evidence and corroboration of these experiences gained through both personal testimony and research. This conference is for anyone who has ever been touched by a Near-Death (NDE) or Spiritually Transformative Experience (STE). The Westin Hotel.

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ongoing daily Yoga/Barre/Meditation–Discover YogaPod Littleton 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

sundays North Boulder Spiritual Transformation with Transmission Meditation–7pm. Join us for a group meditation that is a stimulus to our individual development and also a potent form of world service. Free. Lon 303-746-7118 Sunday Morning Tai Chi–9-10:30 am. Set a peaceful and productive rhythm for the new week, moving your chi in Tai Chi foundations, increasing balance and flexibility. $20 drop-in or $90/6 classes. Chi Wellness, The Center of Qigong, Denver. Debra Lin Allen 720-427-0406

mondays Guided Meditation–11:30-Noon. Discover YogaPod Littleton 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 Beginner Yoga–6:15-7:15pm. Discover YogaPod Littleton 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 Monday Starters–6-8:30pm. These classes will remind and teach you the practical tools that can improve your daily life. Easy, educational and uplifting spiritual programs. $35. Discover Your Spiritual Gifts, 5808 S Rapp St Ste 265 Littleton. Contact vialet@ or 303-257-2276. RSVP

tuesdays 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.

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

Day of Healing–11-3pm. Celebration-picnic and healings! Celebrate you; celebrate Journey Within in Lakewood for 9 years with private healings and food. Offering different ways to give to yourself: Private Energy Healings, Angel Card readings and more. Healings and Readings by appt. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd. Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Details 720-413-7303 or


Guided Meditation–11:30-Noon. Discover YogaPod Littleton 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 Beginner Yoga–6:15-7:15pm. Discover YogaPod Littleton 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

thursdays The Way Of Mastery Practice Group–6:30-8pm. WOM is a channeled book in the words of Jesus offering powerful self-healing teachings that will evoke complete and unconditional love and self-acceptance. $25 drop-in; $120/6 Sessions. Coly Vulpiani, Facilitator.700 E 9th Ave, #9, Denver. RSVP 303-476-8402 or 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.

saturdays Qigong Movement–1-2:30pm. Specific dates at Stillness within meditative movements cleanses and builds your chi for stamina, flexibility, health, life balance. $20 drop-in or $90/6 classes. Chi Wellness, Denver. Debra Lin Allen 720-427-0406 Qigong-Tai Chi Push Hands–2:45-3:45pm. Develop proper sensitivity and timing to life’s subtle changes as you cultivate chi for health and life balance, harmony and physical strength. $20 drop-in or $90/6 classes. Chi Wellness, Denver. Debra Lin Allen 720-427-0406 Fencing for Chi Fitness–4-5:30pm. Olympic Foil, Saber and Epee skills and techniques heighten the pace of qigong exercise into spontaneity, mental flexibility, chi and physical endurance. $50 drop-in or $120/3 classes. Chi Wellness, Denver. Debra Lin Allen 720-427-0406 Free Yoga in the Park Highlands Ranch–8:15-9:15am thru 9/2. Outdoor mind/body program offered by NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness. Participants 18+ bring a mat. Free. Civic Green Park, 9370 Ridgeline Rd. Details

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SAT, JULY 29 Re-Ignite Your Radiance! A Self-Care Immersion for the Soul–9am-6pm. Re-ignite your radiance with a FULL day of movement, empowerment, & embodiment practices. Lunch incl $169. First 5 save $30! hOMe Collective 6101 W 38th Ave Wheat Ridge. Hosted by Jess Bonasso, The Self Care Goddess. Pre-pay/register or 720-333-6796

Looking for a way to bring in extra money but don’t want to get “another job”? Need something flexible to fit it into your life? What if you could transform your health and your wealth in the next 90 days by partnering with us? What if you could work a handful of hours each week and bring in a nice side income? We are looking for people who want the above and want to make a difference in the world while having FUN! WHAT IF YOU COULD? Please call for more info @ 303.903.8248 Start a home-based business with Neal’s Yard Remedies, an iconic family-owned company: The first health and beauty brand to be awarded 100% for ethics! For 35 years we’ve been manufacturing award-winning skincare. We use natural and organic ingredients which are free from harmful chemicals, we never test on animals, we’re dedicated to trading ethically, and we campaign for great causes to protect our planet. FREE website and training. Contact Jane Wotton at 203-733-2680 or

FOR RENT/PRACTITIONERS WANTED Private Practitioners Paradise for whole person wellness: Fully-furnished, rent-free office spaces as low as $12/hr and $50 membership. Private office rental spaces as low as $425/month, lease free month to month. Membership includes: Online Scheduling System; Internet; Printer/Scan/Fax; Client Kiosk and Conference room. Sondermind Lakewood. Contact Sujatha Reddy 303-3255617 or

HEALTHY PRODUCTS/SERVICES $30 Off Initial Healing Session: Reiki, vibrational healing & intuitive reading. In person or phone. 700 E. Ninth Ave., Suite 9, Denver. JoAnne Palladino, Reiki Master-Teacher, Channel & Intuitive. 303-263-0679 or Remove Toxic Amalgam (Silver) Fillings: Denver’s first holistic, naturopathic dentist offers mercury free AND mercury safe amalgam (silver filling) removal. Financing available. 20% off new patient exam and x-rays when you mention Natural Awakenings. SOUTH LAKEWOOD DENTAL, Scott Stewart, DDS & Naturopathic Physician, 2525 S Wadsworth Blvd, Ste 11, Lakewood, 303-988-4338. Soul Retrieval Session: $120. Bypass first-time client Intake until the end of June! Member of the Global Shamanic Teachers. Karen Rice King, Master Dowser Energy Worker and Ordained Minister. South Boulder office. or call 303-665-0175. Multi Pure Drinking Water Systems: Rated for most toxic chemicals removed by NSF. Solid carbon block technology. Under-the-counter, counter-tops, travel unit, the only rated shower unit in the country, and whole house units. Call or email or 303665-0175. Business opportunity available also.

JOBS AVAILABLE Distribution Driver for Highlands Ranch/GV/Lone Tree & Boulder Areas: Natural Awakenings is looking for a reliable, conscientious, honest delivery driver with a good driving record and car, who lives in the area. Must have own insurance; basic ability to work with Excel; be available for a day or three between the 25th-1st; ability to take on side jobs for extra $$ on same route. No phone calls please. Email Doug@ with your qualifications. Inspired Community Relations Director: for LCA Project and Internationally Acclaimed Speaker & Author, Randy Ferguson. Connect with corporate and community leaders to schedule leadership trainings and speaking events in the Denver-Metro area. This part- to full time position requires exceptional communication skills and a passion to serve. Please submit letter and resume to

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

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

PERSONAL GROWTH GOLDEN PATHWAYS Catherine Morgan 679 W. Littleton Blvd., #204, Littleton 720-290-4902 Angel coaching for those seeking clarity about their next step along with healing for soul-level issues. Catherine has 25 years of experience in providing the connection between angels, guides, and people. She is a highly trained expert in interpreting and reprogramming information held in a person’s energy field.


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Vialet Rayne 5808 S Rapp St, Suite 265, Littleton 303-257-2276 Join us for a variety of exciting classes and programs including: Angelic Reiki, Reiki, Akashic Records Reading, Crystal Healing, Crystal Grid, and many fun events including Ladies Fairy Party, Goddess Energy Workshops, Crystal Grids, and Candle Making. Vialet also offers a variety of services including Coaching, Akashic Record Readings, Angelic Reiki, Crystal Reiki, and much more. We also offer several free events a year for community connection. See our pages on Meetup (DiscoverYour-Spiritual-Gifts) and Facebook (discoveryourspiritualgifts). See ad page 13.

Relax and Rejuvenate your Mind, Body and Spirit with one of our personal Health/Well-Being or Spiritual retreats. Our retreats are designed to support you in aligning with your true inner peace and joy that will transform your life. We offer individual, small group, and couples ½ day, full day, and 3-day retreats, along with mindfulness workshops. Incorporated into your personal retreat is vibrational energy healing, breathwork, yoga, mindfulness practices, coaching, neurofeedback, therapeutic bodywork, and the great Colorado mountain outdoors! Call now to reserve your Infinite Alignment retreat!

PHYSICIAN: BOARD CERTIFIED HOLISTIC CLEAR SKY MEDICAL Dr. Katia Meier 9085 E Mineral Circle, #260, Centennial 303-790-7860 Feel and look your best with Dr Katia Meier, Board Certified Holistic MD specializing in whole body health for children and adults. Customized approaches to Healthy Aging, Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Nutritional Analysis and therapy, medical aesthetics and non-surgical rejuvenation treatments, Homeopathy, Herbology, Naturopathic Medicine, Personalized Detoxification Program, Medical Weight Loss for men and women. Make your appointment today. See ad page 2.


VIDEO FOR BUSINESS OWNERS ANTHONY C. PRICHARD Google Business Trainer, Video Producer, YouTube Specialist 303-994-8612 / Learn Youtube strategies to grow your business from a certified Google Partner. Show thousands of people who you are and what you do through video. Mastering The Art of the One Minute Video, Anthony provides your script, teleprompter, choice of background and musical logo/graphic intro. Your video is yours to use. All-in-one production/ publication special for Youtube, facebook, your website - $399.

NEAL’S YARD REMEDIES Jane Wotton Independent Founding Leader 203-733-2680 The first health and beauty brand to be awarded 100% for ethics! For 35 years we’ve been manufacturing award-winning skincare. We use natural and organic ingredients which are free from harmful chemicals, we never test on animals, we’re dedicated to trading ethically, and we campaign for great causes to protect our planet. Start a home-based business with this iconic familyowned company. FREE website and training.

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yourlocalresources NEW! ACUPUNCTURE ACUPUNCTURE SPECIALISTS OF GOLDEN Rhonda Marr, L.Ac. 1019 8th Street, Ste 102, Golden 720-556-5332 Become pain free, reclaim your health and get your life back! Services include acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion, Chakra Balancing that incorporates acupuncture, crystals and essential oils. Additional services include Sound Healing, using Tibetan singing bowls, chimes and crystal bowls. Nutrition Response Testing, a non-invasive system of analyzing the body in order to determine the underlying causes of ill health. We also carry nutritional supplements by Standard Process, handcrafted Chinese topical herbal remedies, several brands of Chinese herbal formulas.


HINSDALE AUTOMOTIVE 15455 E Hinsdale Dr., Centennial 303-617-0152 /

DC AUTO in Morrison 303-801-1959 / Professional Mechanics, Not Professional Prices! Owner Darrell Weddell’s motto is to take care of your problem, educate you to make an informed decision, and to advise on future repairs and maintenance. Whether it’s major or minor issues, your electrical system, or a combination of mechanical problems, Darrell’s team has the experience and know-how to diagnose and accurately repair your vehicle.

BIOPHOTON THERAPY BIOPHOTON COLORADO Irina Gilligan 970-581-5864 A safe, non-invasive therapy which benefits adults, children and animals with a wide range of health issues. Every cell has its own light emissions called biophotons. A biofeedback device checks the quality of light your cells emit, finding and removing disturbances on the energetic body, addressing the cause at root level, balancing organs and activating self-healing. If you have health concerns and have tried conventional medicine without much success, Biophoton Therapy may be the answer for you.


CHRONIC PAIN/ ILLNESS RELIEF HEARTLAND WELLNESS LLC Dr. Sujatha Reddy, BAMS MSEd LPC DCC Professional Counselor, Coach and Ayurvedic practitioner 12157 W Cedar Dr, Ste 200, Lakewood 303-325-5617 / Are you suffering with chronic pain including digestive issues and skin conditions, and have been to the doctor but nothing has changed? Try Ayurveda, a 5000year old health science from India that can help 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, breathing exercises, as well as yoga and meditation types for your constitution. Free 15 minute phone consultation.


Psychotherapy, Intuitive-Focused Counseling, Past Life Therapy, Energy Healing, Classes 1211 S Parker Road, Suite 103, Denver 720-984-9575 / Live your knowing counseling helps you gracefully bring wisdom to life. Find your way through grief and loss, discover your path and purpose, resolve relationship challenges, ease depression and anxiety, befriend intuition, thrive as a highly sensitive person, and enjoy personal and spiritual growth. Experience a unique blend of traditional psychotherapy, intuitive-focused counseling and support, past life therapy without hypnosis, energy healing and personalized Bach Flower Essence formulas. Individual sessions, programs, and classes in a relaxing, supportive and non-judgmental setting. Gain clarity, confidence and more joyful life. Get started today with a phone or in-person complimentary consultation.


JOURNEYS FOR CONSCIOUS LIVING 7401 West 59th Ave., Arvada 303-731-6695 / Discover a life of passion, purpose and contribution. Journeys for Conscious Living 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. See ad page 12.

Tom Zyvoloski DDS, Jenna Nicolson DDS 818 W South Boulder Rd, Ste 100, Louisville 303-666-7110 / Word of Mouth Matters. We’ve built our practice on our patient’s rave reviews and their happy referrals to loved ones. Studio Z Dental is different from those runof-the-mill dentists. We focus on quality and treat the whole patient. With our wellnessbased philosophy, leadingedge techniques and holistic, eco-friendly approach, Studio Z Dental is Boulder County’s best general and cosmetic dental practice for the whole family.


JUDITH ANNE CONDON Conscious Relationship/Tantra Coach In Boulder or worldwide via Skype/Facetime/phone/email Singles: You have reached a point in your life where you are no longer willing to settle for mediocre connections in relationship. Receive support. Have the fulfilling depth of dating, connection and relationship you’ve been longing for. Couples: You know there is more. Reinvest in your partnership. Reawaken your passion, Reconnect to your partner. Acquire new skills. Experience joy. Schedule Individual & Couples Sessions, Monthly Gatherings, 3 Days of Tantra Weekend Retreats at

Scott Stewart, DDS & Naturopathic Physician 2525 S Wadsworth Blvd, Ste 11, Lakewood 303-988-4338 Denver’s first holistic, naturopathic dentist offering mercury free AND mercury safe amalgam (silver filling) removal. Holistic-minded individuals should consider the safe removal and handling of any silver fillings. We offer a bio-compatibility test to decide which replacement material is best for you. Financing available. 20% off new patient exam and x-rays when you mention Natural Awakenings. See ad page 18.

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yourlocalresources DENTIST VIBRANCE DENTISTRY 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. 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 25.


FAMILY PRACTICE/ HEALTHY AGING CLEAR SKY MEDICAL Katia Meier, MD 9085 E Mineral Circle, #260, Centennial 303-790-7860 Feel and look your best at any age with Katia Meier, MD, Board Certified in Anti-Aging Medicine, Specialty trained in Bio-identical Hormone Therapy, Holistic and Naturopathic medicine in Europe and certified in laser and injectable aesthetic dermatology. Specializing in whole body health with customized approaches. All ages; most insurance welcome. Set up your appointment today. See ad page 2.




Anita Destino 777 S Wadsworth Blvd. Bldg 2-108, Lakewood 720-413-7303 / 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 Energy Healings, Angel Healings, Guided Meditations, Meditation Classes, Workshops and Intuitive Readings/Healings. Join us for Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing every Wednesday from 6-7 pm, open to everyone. $5 per person. Free to first time visitors.

FREE MEDITATIONS! Receive free audio meditations and/or blessings each month when you sign up. Shop handmade, one-of-a-kind mala beads and bracelets, forgiveness practice beads, sacred essential oils such as “Christ Scent,” “Love” and more. A meaningful intuitive reading helps expand perspective; Shmaya, a channeled vibrational language of light presence, attunes you to a love frequency; Reiki energy healing dissolves blocks. In-person or by phone. In Denver. Info/ RSVP

ENERGY MEDICINE / ENERGY PSYCHOLOGY HEALING CHANGE Marie Adams EEM-AP, CHT, PT Littleton office: 679 W Littleton Blvd. #205 303-668-0299 / Individual sessions using a combination of different techniques such as Eden Energy Medicine (EEM), Hypnotherapy, EFT (meridian tapping), and Matrix Reimprinting will facilitate deep healing at the physical, emotional, mental and/or spiritual levels of your being to create that permanent change in your life. You will leave the sessions with tools that you can use at home to continue the healing work and progress towards a better you. Ongoing classes in EEM for increased Joy, Health and Vitality! Free 20-minute phone or Skype consultation. 303-263-0679


SEEDS OF SATYA Kari L. Rivers Geurts BSN, CHT Depth Hypnosis Practitioner 303-489-3068 / At Seeds of Satya you are the healer willing to go into the heavier spaces of consciousness that need to be energetically transmuted, opening you to receive esoteric truths that release you into a new way of being and coping. Kari guides you to plant seeds of truth using Regression Therapy, Energy Medicine and Shamanic Counseling. Whether you are navigating trauma, life transitions, or spiritual growth, Seeds of Satya is here to help you come into greater harmony and peace.

INTEGRATIVE HEALTH EAST WEST MEDICAL WELLNESS The BEST of Both Worlds for Your HEALTHCARE 720-937-3969 Dr Hou DPOM LAc has worked in China, Europe and America for 46 years, and has been an integrative care specialist for cancer and obstinate diseases in Colorado for 17 years. Dr James Gilchrist ND is a graduate of Bastyr University in Seattle Washington. Now back in Colorado, he focuses on stimulating the body’s healing processes to help clients achieve their health goals. CLEAR SKY MEDICAL with Dr. Katia Meier. Board Certified in AntiAging Medicine and specialty trained in Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy and Functional Medicine. See full listing under PHYSICAN or see ad page 2.

Colleen Keegan Boulder / 808-224-6164 Would you like to lead from a fearless heart? Feelings buried alive never die. I will help you access those feelings for release and transformation. Enjoy enhanced work performance, more satisfying relationships, a healthier body, sleep better and gain more peace and balance in your life. Colleen is a highly skilled Certified Transpersonal Hypnotherapist, NLP & EMDR Practitioner, Energy Healer and Wellness Coach. Call Colleen for a FREE Consultation. Also offering Self-Hypnosis classes and Women’s Meditation groups.

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June 2017 Mile High Natural Awakenings  
June 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...