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his month’s feature on Livable Communities is especially personal since we recently moved our home and office. Aside from budget, the most important thing to us was access to safe, convenient walking and biking. After all, we moved to Colorado for the healthy, outdoor lifestyle. We’ve had our turn living in the mountains and there’s no shortage of biking and hiking trails there. Now that we’ve chosen a more urban environment, it’s true what the feature article (page 16) says, “People who have traveled abroad…and tasted the quality of life possible in a truly livable, walkable, beautiful and sociable city, often want to find such a place to live themselves.” And we love that several organizations and communities think it’s a priority too. For instance, Jefferson County ( says, “With over 45,000 acres of managed land, 252 miles of trail, 28 parks and high visitation, taking care of existing parks and trails is top priority for Jeffco Open Space.” According to Denver Parks and Recreation ( Denver offers more than 80 miles of off-street multi-use trails within the City. Most of the trails follow Denver’s urban waterways and offer safe and scenic routes through our urban neighborhoods. These off-street trails provide recreational opportunities for walking, running, cycling, and skating. In addition, they serve to supplement to the on-street grid bicycle route system throughout the City. Check your county’s website to see the system of walking and biking trails right near you. As a complement to the feature, “Pets Welcome Here” (page 14) makes sense in uber dog-friendly Colorado. How could we not top that list?! Now that it’s June and Spring is gently turning to Summer, we hope you and your animal companion enjoy all that your community has to offer! And remember to consider your pet’s needs in the heat – bring water, watch paws on hot pavement, and don’t forget that pets can sunburn too! Happy Father’s Day to all fathers and father-figures; thanks for all you do!

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iana Berna of Lakota Moon Equine Therapy offers weekend workshops that are designed for empowerment and personal growth through the magical horse/human connection. Every workshop is an Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) experience and growth opportunity for the participant. Upcoming classes in Elizabeth, Colorado include Horses, Hope and Healing, a two-day Workshop for Women July 20-21. “Horses naturally inspire hope and healing through their innate ability to mirror what we are feeling in the moment. This horse/human connection provokes an awareness that helps us grow, heal and see what we need to see to benefit our well-being. We can never thank these amazing beings enough for what they have to offer us,” says Diana. Diana also offers several specialized classes including for people working the 12 Steps. The weekend workshop Steppin’ with Horses is designed to bring recoverers together to strengthen and deepen their commitment to sobriety. Each participant chooses a step that they may be stuck on, would like extra support or have not yet started. During the individual EAL session specific activities are designed to help with the chosen step. The entire weekend will be full of activities to support and encourage commitment to a sober lifestyle. Lakota Moon Equine Therapy offers private sessions and customized weekend workshops for those with specific needs. Guest ranches in Temecula, CA and Phoenix, AZ also host many equine workshops. For information contact Diana at 480-221-0630 or See Save the Date page 27.

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eff Baird, Unlimited Reiki Master/Teacher and owner of Sunrise Reiki Colorado, will be at Full Moon Books in Lakewood on Thursday, June 7th from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. presenting “An Evening of Healing.” Baird will discuss his Reiki journey so far, and why he walked away from corporate America to pursue healing full time. This will be followed by an interactive Reiki treatment, as he and the receiver will discuss what is happening during the session. The evening will close with “A Meditation for Healing & Gratitude.” Reiki will be shared during the meditation for anyone who would like to receive it. In addition, there will be healing attunements at the conclusion for anyone interested. Reiki News Magazine has featured many of Baird’s articles including, “Healing is a Team Effort,” “We Become Reiki,” “Releasing the Past,” “Long Distance Transformation” and “What the World Needs Now is Love Sweet Love.” He has helped individuals and teams achieve their professional as well as their personal goals for over 30 years. $10. Full Moon Books and Event Center, 9106 West 6th Ave., Lakewood. Contact Jeff at 720-250-8107 or See ad page 31.

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oAnne Palladino, Intuitive, Channel, and Reiki Master-Teacher, is holding group sessions of channeled healing for the public through Shmaya, an illumined channeled presence. “Shmaya is here to help you awaken to realize and embody complete and unconditional love and self-acceptance. Awakening is about rising up to a level of consciousness that frees you from old depleting patterns to a peaceful and mindful way of life. Your session touches all aspects of your being. It will bring your mind, body and spirit to a higher level of consciousness that will allow you to realize and embody that you are a significant, sacred human being,” says Palladino. “The vibrations of love and light...being in her presence and receiving healing vibration, allows you to experience the energetic resonance that attunes you to the quality of the love and light that is living within you.” In June, join JoAnne Thursday, June 21 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. at Discover Your Spiritual Gifts, 5808 S. Rapp St., Suite 275 in Littleton, or in Denver at 700 E. 9th Ave., Suite 9 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Locations vary each month; check calendar for details. Gatherings are $20. JoAnne also offers $30 off for new clients for her Reiki, Vibrational healing and Intuitive reading sessions. Reserve your space or schedule your appointment with JoAnne at 303263-0679 or See ad page 30.

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ndrea Martin of Selah | Holistic Wellness in Boulder offers a YogaHike™ from 9 – 10:30 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month through September. Be guided through 1 hour of Vinyasa Flow sandwiched by a half hour hike at different trailheads. On June 2, meet at Centennial Trailhead in Sunshine Canyon at 8:45 a.m.. Hike leaves at 9 a.m. On July 7, meet at the Chatauqua Trailhead. Text “YogaHike 6/2” or “7/7” to 720-739-0422 to sign up! Selah | Holistic Wellness is a Tantric Healing Arts, Yoga, and Conscious Lifestyle & Relationship Coaching Practice in Boulder. Rooted in the foundation that we are all inherently well, Selah offers various modalities to complement our being’s natural ability to self-heal the body, mind & spirit from past traumas; find balance in our present lifestyle; and continue evolving towards the unique abundant life accessible to us all. For more information, contact Selah at 720-739-0422 or, and visit See ad page 3.

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Classes to Create Change


nita Destino, founder of Journey Within, offers classes each month in a safe place for people interested in creating change, spiritual growth, and intuition and personal development. In June, learn about your chakras and aura to align your spiritual body which increases clarity, vitality and access to guidance in a 5 week class on Chakras and Auras, starting June 5, Tuesdays from 7-9 p.m.; Learn to Heal with Angels in this 5 week class Thursdays from 7-9 p.m. to help you heal, release grief, guilt, addictions and habits to create the life you desire. Every Wednesday from 6-7pm, drop in for a 10-15 minute Energy Healing to release negativity blocking growth and create the life you desire, free to first-time visitors and only $5 thereafter. On July 7, celebrate a Day of Healing from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Journey Within’s 10-year anniversary in Lakewood, with private healings, angel card readings, food and more. Healings and readings are by appointment. Journey Within is located inside Irongate Executive Plaza, 777 S Wadsworth Blvd., Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. For more information, contact Anita Destino 720-413-7303 or See ad page 15.

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Buddhism Meets Martial Arts in Tog Chöd


arrah Garan, founder of Tibetan Healing Movement and long-time student of Tulku Lobsang Rinpoche, offers a Tog Chöd workshop, retreat and teacher training. Although still relatively unknown in the US, Tog Chöd Tibetan Wisdom Sword is a dynamic, deep-rooted mindfulness training. The goal is that by developing one’s skills with the sword, one learns to clear the mind and overcome self-limiting thought patterns. Tog Chöd is a series of movement forms performed with a wooden sword while cultivating present moment awareness. Rooted in Buddhist principles and based on the traditional Kalachakra exercises, the result is a unique method of inner transformation. In Tibetan, tog means “thought” and chöd means “cut.” The 3-hour workshop is Saturday, June 2, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Integral Center, 2805 Broadway in Boulder. The 4-day retreat is August 5- 8 at Shambhala Mountain Center, 151 Shambhala Way, Red Feather Lake, CO. Participants will learn the core forms as well as the Buddhist context informing this practice. One can also decide to complete a more advanced training to become a teacher. The teacher training is August 5-11 at the same location. Additional teacher trainings are held in November and April 2019 in Santa Fe. For more information, contact Farrah Garan at or 206-819-0165. For details, visit See Save the Date page 26.

Educational & Spiritual India Tour in December


njoy a unique international travel experience led by veteran traveler and founder of Fun-Freedom-Oneness, Shannon Elisabeth, through rural and urban parts of central India December 8-22. Shannon has been taking groups to India for educational experiences for the past five years, and is excited to offer a combined educational and spiritual program for the Colorado community. Unlike many yoga or meditation retreats, the experience takes you on a socially-minded journey that will prompt self-reflections on privilege, interconnectedness, and health and well-being of women and communities everywhere. Your group will learn from a longstanding Indian non-profit what it takes to sustainably empower rural communities, and then go on to witness the difference between that and modern urban Indian life. Space will be created to share messages from spirit guides and helpers about our place in the world and the internal transformation that this travel experience is prompting for each traveler. An open mind, humility, flexibility, and a desire to connect deeply are the musthaves for anyone participating in this program. This is a powerful experience for learning and self-reflection and fun. For more information, contact Shannon at 970-818-8346 or More details See ad page 31.

Fun Summer Classes at Chi Wellness


arness the power of your Chi while having fun by trying something new at Chi Wellness, the Center of Qigong in Denver. Qigong practice attunes with the season to assure that we align our thoughts, behaviors and activities with the powerful rhythms of life that are moved by Nature itself to gain youthful vitality, strength in stamina and health, and joyful presence. Improve your golf game with Chiful Golf - 3 bi-weekly workshops, June-July; register by June 16. Dip and twirl your way through Ballroom Dance for Chi Vigor - 3 weekly workshops, Fridays 6:30-8 p.m., starting June 8; register by June 5. Begin Your Qigong Lifestyle - 9 weekly Qigong Self-care Foundations classes, Tuesdays 6-8 p.m., starting June 12; register by June 8. Qigong Movement - Saturdays 1-2:30 p.m.; and Taiji Wellness - Saturdays 2:45-4 p.m. 4155 E. Jewell Ave., Suite 105 in Denver’s Colorado Club Building. Contact Debra Lin Allen, The Qigong LifestyleŽ Coach at 720-427-0406 or For details on events, see or the calendar starting on page 26. See ad page 12.

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10 Lymphatic “Boosts” for Great Health


he lymphatic system is like a vital river of life, transporting the fluid that cleanses every cell and organ in the body by increasing fluid volume at the site of lymphatic vessels, as well as in cells. It is the pathway for toxins to exit from the blood and the spaces between the cells.

Ten tips for great lymphatic health are:


Lymphatic Drainage Therapy is preventative and restorative, and works with the body’s natural energy patterns using vibrational energies, electrostatic fields, sound, and probes allowing the body to heal. It opens the lymphatic cleansing channels to amplify the body’s natural detoxification and decongestion systems, enhancing the body’s

natural immune system. It is extremely pleasant, relaxing and rejuvenating! This therapy works 8-10 times more efficiently and deeper than manual lymph drainage techniques.


Daily Exercise ensures proper lymph flow. The best kind is rebounding on a mini trampoline, but stretching, walking and aerobic exercise also work well.


Drink Water. Add some fresh lemon juice to help cells readily absorb water and drink half your body weight in ounces daily.


Dry Skin Brush using a natural bristle brush on dry skin in circular motions upward from the feet to the torso and from the fingers to the chest. Work in the same direction as lymph flow - toward the


Eat A Rainbow of fruits & green vegetables to get adequate vitamins, nutrients and chlorophyll to help purify your blood and lymph. Juicing also helps.


Infrared Sauna Therapy allows regular sweating - one of the most effective ways to detox the body and support the immune system.


Drink Lymph-Boosting herbal teas like astragalus, echinacea, goldenseal, red root, garlic, ginger, and turmeric teas.

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Wear Loose Clothing to avoid hindering circulation and lymphatic flow.


Breathe Deeply and sleep well. The pumping action of deep breathing helps transport toxins into the blood before they are detoxified by your liver.

Hydrotherapy Showers alternate between hot and cold water to dilate the blood vessels and then cause them to contract.

Sheree Michelle of Savvy Wellness offers $79 specials for Natural Awakenings readers for Lymphatic Drainage Therapy. Schedule your appointment with Sheree at 303-4719355 or See ad page 8.

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How do Horses (& Donkeys) Help us Heal? After a stressful day, I often go “hang out” with my herd of two donkeys and two horses and the stress just melts away. The powerful effects these magical beings have on clients is continually amazing. Horses and donkeys bestow all kinds of gifts upon those who approach them with an intention of healing, greater self-awareness, or simple curiosity. Some of the results I’ve witnessed include: the release of stress, grief, and PTSD; improved health; increased confidence and empowerment; and a strengthened connection with one’s own intuition. The animals are fully present in the moment and when we are fully present, we are not being run by our mental body: our doubts, our fears, our beliefs in limitation. We are not multi-tasking. Most importantly, we are not judging ourselves and greater self-love can effortlessly emerge. This state of presence is an equine’s natural state of being. During healing, the person with the less balanced energy system will mirror the person with the more balanced energy system. This is the gift of the healer. When we are near equines, petting them, standing near them, we begin to naturally mirror their energetic health. In essence, they help to restore us to our wholeness, our energetic birthright! Whether long or short-eared, equines are incredible healers and teachers indeed. Chantal Fidanza offers Intuitive Guide Training and Equine Assisted Intuitive Healing in Santa Fe, NM. She can be reached at 505-438-1074, info@ or See Save the Date page 27.

Exercise Boosts Good Gut Bacteria Cardiovascular exercise improves a person’s healthy gut microbes even without making dietary changes, University of Illinois researchers report. In a study of 32 people, 30 to 60 minutes of exercise three times a week for six weeks boosted levels of healthy intestinal bacteria, especially for lean subjects, and less so for the obese. The healthy bacteria produced short-chain fatty acids that reduce the risk of colon cancer. “The bottom line is that there are clear differences in how the microbiome of somebody who is obese versus somebody who is lean responds to exercise,” says Jeffrey Woods, Ph.D., a kinesiology professor at the university.

Elevate Your Muscle Recovery Topical salves are an effective method to deeply penetrate the skin to provide relief for aching feet, backs and shoulders. By adding cannabis to salves, they are pain-relieving as well as anti-inflammatory, without psycho-activity associated with smoked cannabis. These products can complement and/or replace oral overthe-counter medications for muscle aches and pains. Here are a few reasons to add cannabis topical salves to your muscle recovery regimen: • Muscle relief without psychoactivity. These products deeply permeate the skin and muscle tissue and do not enter the bloodstream. Because they work in the skin, these types of products present a desirable option for individuals who wish to experience the medicinal qualities of cannabis without the associated high. • A complement to an existing self-care and wellness regimen. Many topicals are also infused with essential oils to maximize the benefits and foster a soothing and rejuvenating experience for the consumer. • An ideal companion for an active lifestyle. Without posing any of the health risks associated with smoking cannabis, topicals provide rapid and focused relief after a long hike, bike ride or backpacking trip. • With heightened awareness of opioid addiction, there is a clear and growing demand for natural and safer offerings that can aid athletes in managing pain symptoms while promoting healing. More commonly than ever, cannabis topicals are entering the mainstream discussion as a wellness offering. Dr. Dorothy Colagiovanni is with Verra Wellness and can be reached at 720-261-2879 or

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A week-long beach cleanup and audit at Freedom Island in the Philippines last September exposed the companies most responsible for plastic pollution in the critical wetland habitat. The Greenpeace Philippines and #breakfreefromplastic movement audit, the first of its kind in the country, revealed that Nestlé, Unilever and the Indonesian company PT Torabika Mayora are the top three contributors of plastic waste discovered in the area, contributing to the more than 2 million tons of mismanaged plastic waste in the Philippines, the third-biggest source of plastic ocean pollution per year. See the whole list at

Boston Ban

Plastic Bags Get the Boot

Boston will join 59 other Massachusetts municipalities and hundreds of others across the nation, including Seattle, Washington, and Washington, D.C., in banning single-use plastic shopping bags by the end of this year. Instead, Boston shoppers must bring their own totes or pay store owners five cents or more for a thicker, compostable plastic bag or a larger paper bag with handles. “This new ordinance protects the health of our neighborhoods and environment, while at the same time easing the burden on taxpayers and saving local retailers millions,” says Kirstie Pecci, director of the Conservation Law Foundation’s Zero Waste Project.

Independent Action Mayors Worldwide Sign Climate Charter

At the North American Climate Summit in Chicago last December, more than 50 mayors from around the globe signed the Chicago Climate Charter, intended to guide cities toward reaching greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals similar to the Paris climate accord. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says each mayor will pursue a customized plan, noting, “We’re all going to get to the same destination in our own way.” President Trump’s intended exit from the Paris agreement has sparked an uproar from leaders worldwide, especially mayors in cities long committed to reducing emissions. Dozens of cities are committed to 100 percent clean and renewable energy goals and pledged to promote clean transit through using zeroemissions buses. Emanuel believes, “Climate change can be solved by human action.” Cities’ actions now may well pay off in the long run.

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Aromatherapist Evie Yang


vie Yang, also known as Aromatherapist Evie, was a pharmacist for 13 years before turning to aromatherapy. In 2015, after several stressful life changes, a friend introduced her to Young LivingTM lavender essential oil and her experience was transformative. Her journey to becoming an aromatherapist started then.

What can aromatherapy help with that most people wouldn’t know? Truthfully I was shocked to learn that aromatherapy assists every body system we have! It can assist with things such as cancer, intestinal parasites, who knew!! Lots of people come to me for sleep, and assistance with being grounded and focused during the day. My most popular sleep remedy is a blend I make with Lavender +Orange+Sandalwood+Roman Chamomile. My clients are always asking for refills of my “ground and focus” blend that has Frankincense+Cedarwood+Vetiver.

What do your two designations mean: Certified Clinical Aromatherapist and Registered Aromatherapist? Certification courses in Aromatherapy vary widely and the level of education of does too! To address this issue, professional aromatherapy organizations such as the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) have set certain standards and guidelines. Because I wanted to learn about Clinical Aromatherapy – therapeutic use and safe application of authentic es-

sential oils for assisting clients’ whole-body wellbeing - I took a 400-hour aromatherapy certification course to earn my Certified Clinical Aromatherapist (CCA) title, which is an approved Level 2 NAHA course. In order to become a registered aromatherapist (RA), you have to complete a minimum of 200 hours aromatherapy study with an approved aromatherapy certification provider, then take the registered aromatherapist (RA) exam with the Aromatherapy Registration Council. Aromatherapists who pass the exam earn the title Registered Aromatherapist (RA). Currently, this title is considered the highest title in the aromatherapy profession.

in this. To me, the best evidence of efficacy is direct first-hand experience. I highly recommend people try genuine 100% pure essential oils so they can see for themselves. The key is to use the essential oils daily on a consistent basis for the appropriate length of time. This analogy that I came up with really helps me – it’s like exercising/working out – if we do it sporatically we get sporatic results; if we do it consistently, we get consistent long-lasting results! I offer a variety of services, classes/workshops that are fun, engaging, and very educational – I want people to have the knowledge to make their own choices for their wellbeing. 1. 50% off one-on-one holistic wellness consultation with customized essential oil blend(s) made specifically for your situation. We discuss your needs and customized essential oil blend(s) are made on the spot for it. You will get to smell all blend(s) before it’s made. I have about 80 essential oils to choose from. Please note any safety precautions that pertain to you and oils used will be addressed. Separate cost for blend. 2. Make and Take Parties! Fun, great way to experience essential oils directly by making your own Aromatherapy product of your choice and learning what essential oils are and how to use!

How can readers learn more about aromatherapy and the health benefits?

3. Variety of classes offered on specific topics of interest to you – examples are Anti-aging Skincare, Balance Hormones, Stress Relief (Energy, Focus, Sleep Easy). Just let me know what topic you want to learn about it – I’ll make it happen! Classes are offered at my home office or hosted at your place. Also I teach classes at River North Workshop in Denver.

When we truly are healthy, we have the energy, clarity, focus to make decisions that are for our best interest and we get to enjoy our lives. Aromatherapy can play an integral part

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Pets Welcome Here Happy Places to Live and Travel Together


by Sandra Murphy

s of last year, 90 million dogs lived in American homes. Including cats, birds, fish, small animals and reptiles, the grand total is 393 million, reports the American Pet Products Association. Pets are considered family members by 95 percent of their people. Accordingly, pets are a key consideration in choosing a friendly place to live or visit. The personal finance website WalletHub analyzed the most pet-friendly U.S. cities encompassing criteria inclusive of access to veterinarians and cost, pet insurance

rates, pet-friendly restaurants, pet-centric businesses, dog parks and animal shelters. SmartAsset, a personal finance technology company, ranked cities by dog parks, petfriendly restaurants and stores, walkability, weather and housing costs. Unsurprisingly, many high picks are in warmer climates.

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“First, look for pet-friendly landlords. Space to play, socialize and exercise animals is next on my list, followed by breweries and restaurants that allow dogs on their patios,”

says Alexandra Bassett, a professional dog trainer and owner of Dog Savvy Los Angeles. “I hike off-leash in Runyon Canyon and we visit the Pawbar at Pussy & Pooch, a pet lifestyle boutique, to mingle and sample treats. Food is the fastest way to make a dog comfortable in just about any setting.” Irvine and Carlsbad, California, and Portland, Maine, are among the first cities to ban use of toxic pesticides in public areas and homes, following pressure from local groups. Being closer to the ground and smaller in size, pets suffer adverse reactions faster than humans. Contact local environmental groups to help ban harmful insecticides and herbicides in public areas. In Pasco County, Florida, Epperson Community homes exemplify eco- and pet-friendly planning, with open spaces and solar power-lit trails for jogging and walking. Birdhouses throughout the property welcome wild feathered friends. A centerpiece lagoon enhances scenic walks and uses less water and energy than a traditional pool or golf course. Separate paths allocated for bikes and driverless cars keep dog walkers safe. Colony Cove, in Ellenton, Florida, is a 55-plus retirement community that allows multiple pets, including some breeds banned elsewhere. It maintains a large dog park, and at summer’s end, dogs are welcome to take a dip in the pool. Further, the association offers mobile groomers, photos with Santa and costume contests. All species are welcome at Rose Villa Senior Living, in Portland, Oregon, where residents’ request for an off-leash dog park play area was granted. One resident owns two dogs, two cats and an African gray parrot.


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Sara Nick, chief content officer at Sidewalk Dog Media, in Minneapolis, suggests experiencing unique adventures. Dog paddling takes on new meaning via stand-up paddleboarding with a pooch at Minnesota’s Split Rock Lighthouse and Tettegouche state parks. Whatever the weather, equine-friendly pups can ride along in a horse-drawn carriage from Doubletree Carriage Company, in Spring Valley. Dogs are welcome to watch or snooze through film showings at the Long Drive-In, in Long Prairie. Birgit and Jim Walker, authors of Keep Your Paws on the Road: A Practical Guide to Traveling with Dogs, travel by RV in summer with their three dogs to favorite stops like Tombstone, Arizona. “Some tourist areas don’t welcome dogs, but in Tombstone, dogs can go for stagecoach rides and down into a mine with you,” she says. Kim Salerno, president and founder of, in Wake Forest, North Carolina, recommends Kimpton or Aloft hotels. “Kimpton accepts any pet, any size, weight, breed or species. Amenities include a bed, treats, a water bowl and toys with no additional pet fee,” she says. Salerno continues, “In Asheville, dogs are allowed on the grounds of the Biltmore Estate. The Ernest Hemingway House, in Key West, Florida, allows small, cat-friendly dogs. Boutiques, feed stores, wineries and art galleries may say yes to pets. Ask first and make sure your pet is well-behaved.” Whether at home or traveling, families can enjoy many opportunities to share new experiences with pets. Just be sure they mind their manners to have a good time. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at

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any people define a livable city as one that is easy to get around in by foot, bike or public transportation. Many also prioritize ready access to fresh, local, organic food via farmers’ markets and community gardens. Others champion affordable housing and cost of living factors, safe neighborhoods with a diversity of people, careful stewardship of clean air and water, and plentiful amenities, including considerable open space and natural settings. Many work to preserve and enhance a sense of place suited to the locale. Partners for Livable Communities, a national nonprofit in Washington, D.C., that renews and restores communities, maintains, “Livability is the sum of the factors that add up to a community’s quality of life, including the built and natural environments, economic prosperity, social stability and equity, educational opportunity and cultural, entertainment and recreation possibilities.” The American Association of Retired Persons considers livable communities as age-friendly for young and old alike. 16

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Along with economic opportunities, a leading stimulus in moving to urban centers is, “More people are looking for a sociable environment where they can walk out of their door to the shops or transit and be among others they recognize who also recognize them,” observes Suzanne Lennard, director of the International Making Cities Livable Conferences, LLC, in Portland, Oregon.  “People who have traveled abroad, especially to Europe, and tasted the quality of life possible in a truly livable, walkable, beautiful and sociable city, often want to find such a place to live themselves.”   Following are a few examples of America’s many livable cities. More are transitioning and evolving as city planners, government officials, businesses and nonprofit community organizations strive to make their hometowns both people- and planet-friendly, often through public and private partnerships.  

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In Pittsburgh, revitalization is transforming 10,000 parcels of vacant or abandoned land—some where steel mills formerly



operated—into greenspace, bike lanes and other enticing and productive public areas. “Biking and our food scene have exploded,” says Chris Sandvig, director of policy with the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group, which advocates for equitable urban revitalization through their Vacant Property Working Group, helping communities access blighted areas for pennies on the dollar. “We’re now one of the top 10 bicycling commuter cities in the country. People also come here as food tourists due to vibrant local agricultural activity.”   “A related ideal is to create compact, human-scale, mixed-use urban centers in the suburbs that are less expensive to construct— and thus remain more affordable—while placing shops, schools, parks, services, workplaces and public transit within walking and biking distance,” Lennard notes. “This ensures a healthy, affordable and high quality of life for all; suburban, as well as urban.”   Fast-growing Carmel, Indiana, just north of Indianapolis, is following suit. “After years of watching the suburbs sprawl into subdivisions with large lawns, privacy fences and cul-de-sacs, we created a vibrant central core with apartments, townhomes, condos and new options for smaller homes—all within walking distance or a short bike ride to new places to work, shop and dine,” explains Mayor James Brainard. The design efforts serve people instead of cars. “Carmel has spent the last 20-plus years building more than 900 miles of trails and multi-use pathways, enabling residents to commute by bicycle to work and enjoy easy access to a growing number of parks and recreational areas,” says Brainard. To facilitate traffic flow, some 100 roundabouts replaced stoplights and four-way stops. “Reducing traffic congestion has improved our air quality, and saved gasoline and lives.” A new, mixed-use downtown Arts and Design District includes a Center for the Performing Arts with a Center Green that hosts a farmers’ market in summer and an outdoor Christkindlmarkt and outdoor skating rink in winter.   “The old way of doing things in which cities and towns sat back and let the market dictate how a community should be grown must come to an end,” remarks Brainard, advocating the benefits of local governance.  

Smart City Advantages

Key elements of smart cities—sensors, cameras, data analytics and powerful networks that capture and relay vital information—help them become more energy-efficient or quicker to respond to environmental and residential issues. Such products highlighted the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas. Reducing traffic can also contribute to safer highways and shorter commutes with decreased greenhouse gas emissions. “Citizens are using apps to monitor issues and alert city managers, improving the livability of their communities,” explains Steve Koenig, senior director of market research with the Consumer Technology Association.   In Boston, the app BOS:311 allows residents to instantaneously notify government departments of pollution concerns, like blocked drains and other environmental or community needs, feeding the information directly into the city’s work order system via their mobile phone. This real-time collaboration results in a cleaner, safer and healthier city.   The Envision Charlotte project encompasses interactive kiosks in 64 businesses and government buildings citywide, gathering energy usage data for office buildings to increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. So far, energy consumption has dropped 19 percent, saving companies about $26 million. The program has strengthened economic competitiveness and environmental sustainability.  

Nature in the City

Some cities have focused on the natural environment for improving local livability while mitigating contributions to climate change. Forested open spaces, wetlands and protected watersheds improve air quality, protect drinking water and buffer intense storms. Such areas also connect more people with nature and engage them in communal and healthy outdoor recreation. Portland, Oregon, boasts more than 10,000 acres of parks, plus an innovative Biketown sharing program that has facilitated 160,000 bike trips since its launch in 2016. The city’s Bike Bill


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n northwest Denver/south Adams County, Regis University and Aria Denver, a multi-use housing development, have applied a generous grant from the Colorado Health Foundation to “Cultivate Health,” a program where area residents and nonprofit groups partner to support healthy eating and exercise opportunities. Some of Cultivate Health’s accomplishments include: • Installation of adult fitness equipment in Zuni Park and at Aria Denver next to the MaryCrest Assisted Living Facility; • Clearly designed and well-sighted signs for a 3.5-mile wellness walk from Regis’ Northwest Denver Campus to Zuni Park; • Financial support of a median at 52nd St. and Federal Blvd. that was installed and maintained by the City and County of Denver; • Identification of pedestrian sidewalk accessibility and needs with support from WalkDenver; • Nutrition classes with the nonprofit educational program Cooking Matters, as well as yoga and Zumba classes at Regis University, Beach Court Elementary, Guardian Angels Catholic School, Berkeley Community Church and Sister Gardens; and • Urban gardening education at Sister Gardens in partnership with Groundwork Denver, and support of Regis students minoring in food systems and healthy communities. “Cultivate Health” has worked closely with neighborhood organizations in the Regis/Berkeley and Chaffee Park neighborhoods to host community events in parks and public spaces. The Regis and Chaffee Park neighborhoods regularly have met the requirements for Denver’s Sustainable Neighborhoods Program, which gives residents the opportunity to become active partners in making Denver a vibrant and sustainable community. Our workshops, projects and events have enhanced the livability of the neighborhoods, engaged people of all ages and reduced residents’ ecological footprint. The Regis Community Council was created from these “Cultivate Health” partnerships, and now includes residents, business owners and members of local government, schools and churches. The council, which uses a model of governance provided by the Denver Foundation, spearhead community efforts. An example is the Federal Boulevard Action Team, which focuses on that busy street’s safety and walkability. Other council groups address affordable housing and public events at Regis University. As the grant comes to an end, “Cultivate Health” is seeking additional funding sources to continue its work, although residents will be able to continue many of the projects. Linnea Bjorkman is the Healthy Living Coordinator for Cultivate Health. Interested donors, foundations or volunteers may contact Cultivate Health at 303-458-3548 or June 2018


requires all new streets to accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians by design. Portland also embraces urban gardens and allows residents to raise chickens, bees, goats or rabbits in their backyards. No one wants to live where pollution runs unchecked or water is unsafe to drink. Philadelphia’s Green City, Clean Waters program works to keep stormwater out of sewers and reduce rainwater runoff through decentralized soil-based and plant-based systems, including pervious pavement, green roofs and rain gardens. Begun in 2011, its goal is to reduce rainwater runoff by 85 percent by 2036. Rainwater has become a valuable community resource. The program is just one of many ways that the City of Brotherly Love is transforming itself into one of the greenest in the United States. Overseen by the city’s Office of Sustainability, Greenworks Philadelphia devises long-term sustainability strategies that encompass eight facets, including clean and efficient energy, carbon-neutrality and zero waste. Preparations are already underway to cope with a hotter, wetter future.

Preserving a Sense of Place

Making communities livable goes beyond infrastructure. Actions usually involve preserving, protecting and enhancing what appeals to residents. Santa Fe, New Mexico, is one example of many where livability priorities are guided by the values of its residents and its sense of place. “From our historic public square and marketplaces to outdoor cafes, farmers’

markets and community festivals; from human-scale architecture and balanced transportation to pedestrian and bicycle networks, this place represents shared values,” says Mayor Javier M. Gonzales. “Santa Fe is also full of public art. The city is designed to be safe, creative and inspiring for young and old, families of all kinds and everyone else that comes to see us.”

Good Life as Kids See It

Ultimately, making cities move livable for children can make them highly livable for all. “Children need the same things from a city that we all need, but their needs are greater than ours,” says Lennard. “The environment a child grows up in shapes their health and their mental and social development for the rest of their lives. Our modern, unwalkable suburban environments are contributing to childhood obesity, which has been widely linked to chronic diseases that in the past were only associated with old age.” She notes, “Children need the exercise of walking or biking to school. They need safe streets so they can become independent and explore their neighborhoods; sidewalks and other outdoor areas where they can play, meet friends and interact with adults in the community; easy access  to nature; beauty in their environment; and intriguing architecture, works of art and other places to stimulate their affection and imagination. As they become teenagers, they need access by foot or bike to a wide variety of resources to broaden their horizons. Don’t we all need these things?”  

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Planting a Native Garden By Tiffany Coleman


ne way to have a positive impact on the environment during the summer is to adopt water-efficient gardening practices. Dry can be beautiful – just ask any Coloradan. Consider the alpine vistas on Mount Goliath or the towering red formations of Garden of the Gods. Colorado is semi-arid, meaning even when the ski villages have a great season with lots of snow, residents must still be mindful of water use. Fortunately, Colorado’s native flora provides plenty of options for landscaping that is both water-smart and attractive.

Dotted blazing star (Liatris punctata), evening primrose (Oenothera caespitosa), wild buckwheat (Eriogonum spp.), Mexican hat (Ratibida columnifera), sagebrush (Atremisia tridentata), and even native cacti and yuccas, are just some of the plants with minimal water needs that can contribute to interesting, colorful gardens. Ornamental grasses like little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), prairie dropseed (sporobolus heterolepis) and ornamental switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) add height, motion and year-round texture.

Dozens of Penstemon species add glorious color and height, luring hummingbirds from near and far. Anything in the sunflower or milkweed family will attract important pollinators and butterflies. Low spreading gems like prairie zinnia (Zinnia grandiflora) and ‘Silverton’® penstemon (Penstemon linarioides ssp. coloradoensis ‘P014S’) can fill gaps with color, or be used as a vibrant groundcover. These plants survive in the hot, unshaded, rocky or windswept ecosystems of Colorado. They find ways to cling to mountainsides, going for long stretches without rain. They are tough but charming, providing nectar, pollen and habitat for pollinators and native species that rely on indigenous vegetation for food and refuge. You can view many of these plants at Denver Botanic Gardens’ 24-acre campus in the Roads Water-Smart Garden, Cottonwood Border, Rock Alpine Garden, Laura Smith Porter Plains Garden and Darlene Radichel Plant Select Garden. The Plains Garden and Dryland Mesa have not been watered in over 20 years! Shofu-en Japanese Garden features pine trees from the foothills, shaped to look like bonsai. Visit the Gardens for inspiration to plan your own low-water, native garden. Maybe you’ll inspire your neighbors, too. Tiffany Coleman is the Brand Manager for Denver Botanic Gardens. See classes in the calendar: Converting Lawn to Xeriscape, Native Plant Master Course and more. For more information, visit

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Health Concerns Revolutionize the Cosmetics Industry by Marlaina Donato


rom red carpets to Teen Vogue magazine, the natural beauty trend has taken the industry by storm. Consumer whims may have sparked its beginnings more than a decade ago, but demand is now spiking profits into the billions. “Consumer need is influencing retailers to offer cleaner formulas reflecting firm eco-values,” says Karen Behnke, the pioneering entrepreneur who founded Juice Beauty, in San Rafael, California. Behnke aimed to create meaningful change in the industry when she assembled her dream team 13 years ago. The company now owns a trailblazing patent and sets the standard for clinical organics. “We’re excited that traditional department stores such as Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus and Holt Renfrew are adding 20

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our products to their beauty departments,” says Behnke, who attributes Juice Beauty’s tremendous growth in recent years to a surge of interest in chemical-free, luxury alternatives.

Natural Replaces Toxic A recent Green Beauty Barometer online survey revealed that more than half of women want their skincare products to be all-natural, a result likely driven by the scientific information age (see pages/greenbeauty for details). Reputable scientific studies revealing parabens in breast cancer biopsies have demonstrated that everything applied to the skin also enters the bloodstream, hence the effectiveness of dermal nicotine and birth control patches. Thus, it can be alarming to realize

that the average woman will unknowingly consume seven pounds of lipstick containing petroleum-based emollients, synthetic preservatives and artificial dyes during a lifetime, undoubtedly another reason consumers are switching to natural options. Katey Denno, a Los Angeles makeup artist to the stars, noticed cosmetic red flags early in her career. “The first time I turned over a palette that most makeup artists carry and saw specific colors that couldn’t be used on eyes or lips, I was confused; if something isn’t safe for lips or eyes, how can it be good for any part of us?” queries Denno, who switched from social work to makeup artistry 11 years ago. “The change in the industry has been substantial. Now green is mainstream, and most artists have included some green beauty brands in their kits.” Millennials continue to drive consumer demand for higher standards. “Retailers understand that the skincare/makeup landscape is changing,” advises Behnke. “Traditional brands are no longer attracting younger consumers that are demanding organic, clinically validated products.” Denno concurs, stating, “The spotlight on clean products comes from the grow-

ing acknowledgement that we can and must do all we can to lower our overall toxic load.”

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Demand Escalates Women are fueling the natural beauty movement, yet more men than ever are also seeking healthy alternatives. Grooming products with unisex packaging and fragrances are among top sellers. Informed teen and 20-something buyers are inclined to choose people- and ecofriendly brands that are also cruelty-free. A wide selection of aluminum-free, natural, personal care products including underarm deodorants are showing up in supermarkets. Women are ditching toxic hair dyes and going silver to avoid thinning hair and allergies, and unwittingly, creating a new fashion statement. Plus, there’s growing interest in DIY cosmetics using everyday good-for-you ingredients found in the kitchen. Artisan perfumes are gaining popularity among women that want the mystery and allure of fragrance without the side effects of manmade, chemical-based

brands. “Some new customers are frustrated by commercial products giving them headaches, while others say that they just don’t like perfume, when what they actually don’t like is synthetic fragrance chemicals,” says Ananda Wilson, a botanical perfumer and owner of Gather Perfume, in South Hadley, Massachusetts. “It’s inspiring when they smell real plant scents and see how their world lights up! The molecules in natural perfumes are active and interact with personal chemistry, so they unfold differently on each wearer, creating a unique signature and experience.” Wilson ventured into botanical blends when both awareness and supplies of appropriate ingredients were scarce. “Perfume history is largely rooted in natural materials, but until recently, there was a mass blackout of this precious lineage. When I started, there was barely anything

available, and only through a handful of aromatherapy companies,” she explains. Now, Wilson bases her products on botanical infusions from plants she’s grown or collected, including wild beach roses, clover and spring poplar buds. It only takes a whiff to dispel the myth that natural perfumes lack sophistication or tenacity. “Naturals have a breadth of possibilities—opulent white florals, fresh and clean, or dirty and smoky,” expounds Wilson. Eco-beauty is emerging from conscious lifestyle choices and creating the next era of cosmetics. “It’s fun to be called a pioneer in organic beauty,” muses Behnke. “Our products, employees and happy customers comprise an encouraging accomplishment.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at U.S. $XX.XX ITY

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EAT RIGHT TO SLEEP WELL 10 Foods Help Us Relax and Rest by Judith Fertig


etting enough sleep—or not—has a trickle-down effect. A study in the Journal of Obesity shows that good quality shut-eye helps us reduce stress, lose weight and function better. Research also shows that most Americans would be healthier, happier and safer going about their daily activities if they slept 60 to 90 more minutes each night, according to the American Psychological Association. A consistent sleep routine helps enable a good night’s rest, with activities like going to bed at the same time whenever possible; shutting down the Internet, email and text messaging at least an hour before bedtime; and limiting intake of caffeine and alcohol. Another best practice is eating foods that help us relax, fall and stay asleep. Four primary sleep-promoting vitamins and minerals naturally found in foods are tryptophan, magnesium, calcium and vitamin B6. Some of these help the body produce melatonin, the hormone responsible for regulating the body’s sleep/wake patterns called circadian rhythms. Others enhance serotonin, which carries nerve signals and relays messages in the brain related to mood and sleep. 22

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Some foods are naturally packed with these essential vitamins and minerals, and eating certain foods at certain times can help us tip the scale towards a successful night of restful sleep.


Kiwi. Full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate, kiwi can help us sleep longer. In a study at Taipei Medical University, in Taiwan, researchers had participants eat two kiwifruits one hour before bedtime for four weeks. Total sleep time improved by 13.4 percent.


Soy. In a Japanese study published in the Nutrition Journal, researchers surveyed 1,076 participants between 20 and 78 on how often they ate soy products, which are rich in sleep-enhancing isoflavones. Those that ate the most soy foods enjoyed deeper, more sustained sleep. Researchers concluded that soy’s isoflavones help regulate the sleep/wake cycle.


Tart cherry juice. A study by the University of Rochester, in New York, found that older adults drinking two, eight-ounce servings of tart red cherry juice daily, one in the morning and one at night for two weeks, enjoyed moderate sleep improvement, comparable to taking the herb valerian and melatonin.


Fish. Salmon, halibut, mackerel and tuna help boost the production of vitamin B6, which helps make melatonin. A recent study from the University of Pennsylvania published in Scientific Reports found that eating more fish led both to better sleep and improved cognitive function in children.


Fiber-rich foods. Choices such as chia seeds, nuts and whole grains help promote restorative “slow-wave” sleep, according to the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.

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Calcium-fortified yogurt. According to Dr. William Sears, a pediatrician in Pasadena, California, and author of The Baby Sleep Book: The Complete Guide to a Good Night’s Rest for the Whole Family, “Calcium helps the brain use the amino acid tryptophan to manufacture the sleepinducing substance melatonin. This explains why dairy products, which contain both tryptophan and calcium, are some of the top sleep-inducing foods.”


Bananas. Rich in potassium, magnesium, tryptophan and vitamin B6, which are used to make melatonin, bananas help promote good sleep. A study in the Journal of Pineal Research found that men that ate two bananas at a time for a week had a rise in melatonin that reached a peak two hours later; pineapple juice and orange juice also raised those levels.

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Walnuts. Eating a handful of walnuts an hour before bedtime provides fiber- supporting, restorative, slow-wave sleep, concluded a study in the journal Nutrition. Plus, walnuts are a good source of tryptophan, which helps make serotonin and melatonin; University of Texas researchers also found that walnuts contain their own source of melatonin.


Dark leafy greens. Kale, spinach and collard greens are among the magnesium-rich greens that can help us de-stress and go to sleep, says Dr. Raj Dasgupta, a professor of pulmonary and sleep medicine at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.


Almonds and dates. Nerina Ramlakhan, Ph.D., a London sleep therapist and author of Fast Asleep but Wide Wake: Discover the Secrets of Restorative Sleep and Vibrant Energy, counsels her clients to start at breakfast by eating eight almonds and two dates. These two fiber-rich foods are able to slowly help produce melatonin for later in the day. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

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We Need Clean Waters Streams and Rivers Are Life Links by Avery Mack


reeks, streams and rivers flow into ponds, lakes and oceans, carrying pollution. Keeping large bodies of water clean starts with local waterways. As awareness of this need rises, some rivers in Africa, India, New Zealand and elsewhere are being protected and recognized as living entities, with rights, values and the legal status of people. While court cases brought by commercial interests are challenging such decisions, progress continues on many fronts.

Cleanup Success Stories

“The Fox River’s been our treasure since Native Americans paddled there,” says Barbara Smits, part-owner of Old Northwest Frontier Tours, provider of selfguided auto, bicycle and walking tours via eBook, in De Pere, Wisconsin. “To see people sail, boat, ice fish or sightsee here again is a joy.” The Fox River Cleanup Project, a multi-year effort covering 13 miles that began in 2009, reduces the health and environmental risks from polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) in the sediment. 24

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Water is life, and clean water means health. ~Audrey Hepburn Lake Winnebago, source of the lower Fox River, is currently stewarded under the 2000 Lake Sturgeon Management Plan. Recent meetings have sought citizen input for updates in managing sturgeon stock. In Athens County, Ohio, Michelle Shively, in Trimble, is Sunday Creek’s watershed coordinator. “Every minute, 850 to 1,000 gallons of polluted water from an underground mine pool flows into the creek, turning the water orange from iron waste. Once the iron is removed, you need to do something with it,” she says. Guy Riefler, Ph.D., an associate professor of civil engineering, and John Sabraw, professor of art and chair of a painting and drawing program, both with Ohio University, in Athens, found a way to wash, dry and pulverize recovered iron. It will be sold to Gamblin Artists Colors to make oil

paints for artists in mustardy ochre, rusty red and violet tones. Not yet widely available, 500 sample tubes of Reclaimed Earth Violet were featured at an initial fundraiser. “Cleaning water is expensive, but now we’ve turned the problem into a method to fund more work,” says Shively. Throughout history, river dams have been built to provide power or irrigation, prevent flooding and provide municipal water needs. Of approximately 80,000 three-foot-tall or higher U.S. dams, only about 2,500 produce hydropower. Removal of old dams no longer serving their original function can restore entire watershed ecosystems, provide habitat for fish and wildlife, add jobs, improve water quality, reinstate natural sediment and nutrient flow, and save taxpayer dollars. Built in 1929 and abandoned after World War II, demolition of an Eklutna River dam, in Alaska, began in 2016. Curtis McQueen, an Eklutna tribal leader and CEO of Eklutna Inc., which now owns the dam, reported that 300,000 cubic yards of sediment had amassed there, along

with junked cars, TVs and other trash. The tribe is the first in the nation to be involved in such a massive project, intended to restore its historic salmon population. In 2017, dams were removed in Alaska, California, Connecticut, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin. A map at shows dams taken down since 1916. “The good news is that in meetings like the St. Louis River Summit, in Superior, Wisconsin, in March, clean water wasn’t viewed only in a strictly scientific sense, but added the human factor to produce more diverse solutions,” says Wallace J. Nichols, Ph.D., the Monterey Bay, California, author of Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do. “The bad news is that most projects are funded, directly or

indirectly, by the federal government. Cuts add challenges and stress to looking for solutions.” Cities like Pittsburgh, Superior and Duluth are among many that are protecting, restoring and rejuvenating riverfronts with increased public access, thus rekindling residents’ love for and recognition of the mental and physical benefits provided by their waterways. “We’re in a period of big ideas,” says Nichols. Two can be easily implemented. First, he explains, don’t build right on the water; instead, sit in the “second row”. Second, gain perspective by experiencing changes in waterways. “One way to do this is to spend an hour a day, or even an hour a week, in, on or near the water. Take someone new with you each time,” suggests Nichols. “You’ll see how best to value, promote and defend our right to clean water.” Then teach the kids. Connect with the freelance writer via

IN COLORADO Riss East, North and South Dams, Four Mile Creek, Colorado In October 2016, these three illegal

dams were removed from the Four Mile Creek, a tributary to the Arkansas River. The dams ranged from 38 to 56 feet in height and were built in 1967 for personal fishing purposes. Following a court-ordered removal, three miles were opened for fish passage. Contact: Mark Perry, Colorado Division of Water Resources, 719-5423368, Source: restoring-damaged-rivers/dam-removal-map/

Additionally, over the past century, 20 dams have been removed, according to the American Rivers’ Dam Removal Database, such that ecological function, natural river flow and fish passage can be restored. Source: Rivers, American (2017): American Rivers Dam Removal Database.

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AUGUST 5 - 8 @ SHAMBHALA MOUNTAIN CENTER Transform self-limiting thoughts and cultivate mindfulness with this dynamic sword practice. Rooted in Tantric Buddhism, Tog Chöd is based on the Kalachakra and Yama dances. Decisive sword movements combined with visualization and mantra enable us to channel wrathful energy to battle our only enemy – negative emotions. Participants receive tools to be more clear and decisive, and learn the deep philosophy of Tog Chöd. Attend all 3 sessions to become a Tog Chöd Teacher.



Come and celebrate a vibrant, inspired life at HEALTHY LIVING DAY featuring New York Times bestselling author Ilchi Lee’s newest book I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years. Learn healthy living tips, experience longevity methods and mindful exercises, watch exciting performances, try an aura reading and win one of many raffle prizes! $10. Unity Spiritual Center Denver, 3021 S University Blvd, Denver. Call 303-316-9977 to get your ticket.

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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


Deep healing at the physical, emotional, mental and/ or spiritual levels of your being. 679 W Littleton Blvd, #205 Littleton. Marie Adams EEM-AP, CHT, PT, Healing Change, 303-668-0299


Reiki, vibrational healing & intuitive reading for first-time clients. In person or phone. 700 E 9th Ave., #9, Denver. JoAnne Palladino, Reiki Master-Teacher, Channel, & Intuitive. 303-263-0679


South Lakewood Dental, 2525 S Wadsworth Blvd, #11, Lakewood. Scott Stewart, DDS & Naturopathic Physician, 303-988-4338


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


M eet Mat a Amri t anan damayi, renowned humanitarian and spiritual leader, revered for her message of selfless love and compassion toward all beings. You are warmly invited to greet Amma and receive her individual, heartfelt hug. Arrive at least 90 minutes prior to receive a free token. Free Public Program: Sat, 6/16, Noon; Devi Bhava, Tues, 6/19, 7pm. Paid Retreat: June 17-19.  Pre-registration req’d. Hilton Buffalo Thunder Resort, 20 Buffalo Thunder Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87506. Amma. org or


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Normally $175. Includes 90-minute assessment interview, evaluation and treatment recommendations by Inge Sengelmann, LCSW, SEP, RYT-500, Embody Your Life, 305-788-6857 or



LDT uses vibrational energies, sound and probes. It is 10x more effective than manual lymphatic massage! $79 Whole Health Center, 9370 S Colorado Blvd, Highlands Ranch. Sheree Michelle, 303- 471-9355


$15 Christ Force Healings–7:30-9pm drop in. Lay on a massage table while a student healer channels the energy of forgiveness through your body. 1st Friday of every month.

Native Plant Master Course–9am-1pm During three outdoor field sessions, learn common and scientific names, ecological relationships and human uses of 40-50 plants. $95. Register



Boulder YogaHike™ – 9-10:30am. Arrive at 8:45. Meet at Centennial Trailhead, Sunshine Canyon. 30 min hike; 1 hr yoga. More info: Andrea Martin, Selah | Holistic Wellness, 720-739-0422 or Converting Lawn to Xeriscape–10 am-Noon. Do you want to beautify your landscape and save water? Learn how to replace some of your Kentucky bluegrass lawn with water-smart perennial and ornamental grasses. $29, $24 DBG member. Register at Day of Mindfulness–9:30am-3:30pm. Develop or deepen your own practice of mindfulness through teachings and the experience of a sitting and walking meditation, mindful yoga and body scan. $82, $72 DBG member. Register at Tog Chöd Wisdom Sword Workshop–10am-1pm. Rooted in Buddhist principles, Tog Chod is mental training; a moving meditation with a sword. Calm and clear the mind, cease distracting and selflimiting thoughts, and tap into your inner power. $40. Integral Center, 2805 Broadway St., Boulder.

Self-Healing 101–Learn how to meditate and heal yourself with easy to use visualization techniques. Offered in-person & over-the-phone!

TUES JUNE 5 5-Week Class on Chakras and Auras–7-9 pm Tuesdays. Learn about your Chakras and how they coincide with our Aura; clean and align your Chakras; easy technique to set energetic boundaries. Early/$235 Reg/$250 Journey Within, 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino, 720413-7303, or

THURS JUNE 7 Lavender-Lemon-Peppermint “Summer Fun” Inhaler Party–5-7pm. Fast, easy to make, convenient (pocket size). Promotes easy breathing, supports dripping and plugged up nose, boosts immune system. Other dates/ times offered. $20 incl drinks/snacks. Littleton. RSVP Evie Yang 858-922-2964 or Evidential Medium, Author, and Speaker Suzanne Giesemann–7pm. Open to the public, no RSVP req’d, get there early for best seats. Doors Open 6:30pm. Admission $5/IANDS members; $15/general public. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7502 W 80th Ave, Arvada. Info IANDS Jacqueline Arnold 303-442-2133

Learn to Heal with Angels; 5 Wks–7-9pm. Thursdays. Meet your Guardian/Healing Angels. Guided meditations help you heal, release grief, guilt, addictions and habits to create the life you desire. Early/$235, Reg/$250 Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-413-7303, or

FRI JUNE 8 Ballroom Dance for Chi Vigor–6:30-8pm. 3 wks with guest teacher Ryan Shanahan. Learn to dance with confidence as you cultivate stamina, mindfulness and joy. $75. Chi Wellness, The Center of Qigong, Denver. Debra Lin Allen 720-427-0406,, $15 Trance Medium Healings–Receive a channeled healing from our post graduate students. Come with a healing intention and release pain, mental blocks, and spiritual imbalances. Offered in-person & over-the-phone. Schedule online.

SAT JUNE 9 Citrus Rosemary Sugar Scrub Party–3-5pm. Summer Glow Skin! Get the secret recipe and make it with your friends. Invaluable essential oil tips from Certified Aromatherapist Evie Yang. Other dates/times offered. $20 incl drinks/snacks. Littleton. RSVP 858-922-2964 or $25 Pet Readings–11am. Improve your relationship with your companion animal! Clarify relational dynamics and negotiate issues. All species welcome. Offered over-the-phone 2nd & 4th Sat ea month. Schedule online.

TUES JUNE 12 The Women’s Way to Health, Wealth, and Happiness Meetup–7-9pm. Zoom Live Stream only (pre-reg req’d). “Heart-Based Business” presented by Tryna Cooper/Journeys for Conscious Living, Kathy Mason/Mason Works Marketing. Tryna 303-550-4223 or Kathy 720-938-2536. Begin Your Qigong Lifestyle–6-8pm, 9 weeks. Build a heart-centered practice in the wholeness of proper qigong self-care, inner alchemy and chi nutrition. Tuition includes learning materials: $495. Chi Wellness, The Center of Qigong, Denver. Debra Lin Allen 720-427-0406, or

THURS JUNE 14 Lavender-Lemon-Peppermint “Summer Fun” Inhaler Party–5-7pm. Fast, easy-to-make, pocket size, promotes easy breathing, supports dripping and plugged up nose, boosts immune system. Other dates/times offered. $20 incl drinks/snacks. Littleton. RSVP Evie Yang 858-9222964 or

FRI JUNE 15 Sacred Drumming Circle, Sound Celebration & Meditation–7-9pm. Fill yourself with appreciation and celebration using sound, breath and mindfulness in the energy of the circle. Suggested offering $10. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695 or

SAT JUNE 16 Amma in Santa Fe, NM–thru 6/19. Meet renowned humanitarian and spiritual leader Mata Amritanandamayi, revered for her message of selfless love and compassion toward all beings, and receive her individual, heartfelt hug. Arrive 90 mins early for a token. Pre-reg req’d. Buffalo Thunder Resort, Santa Fe, NM 87506. or

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JUNE 30 - JULY 2 AND AUGUST 23-25 Discover ancient wisdom of the River and how to apply it to your River of Life with joy and grace. Move from your busy world into stillness. Inhale natural beauty and peace as you paddle the gentle waters of the Colorado or Gunnison River through spectacular red rock canyons. Learn tools for bringing the joy of deep nature connection into your life and share your adventure with a supportive circle of women. No previous river experience needed! Call Women’s Empowerment Workshop today 970-328-5472.


Are you called to use your intuitive gifts in service? Get the support you need to start / enhance your own practice in this deeply transformational training. Course includes: 18 Saturday teleconferences 12-2pm thru Dec 15; 3-day on-site training retreat in Santa Fe, NM refining techniques explored in the tele-classes and featuring equine support, and 4 X 2hr one-one sessions for individualized support. For more information, contact Chantal Fidanza, Certified Light Journey Guide, and Intuitive Healer at 505-438-1074, or see


JULY 21 AT DENVER BOTANIC GARDENS CHATFIELD FARMS Enjoy more than 800 blooming lavender plants, shop lavender products made by local artisans, see free demos and tour the farm. Take a class to grow lavender in your landscape, DIY lavender skincare or lavender soap making! Live music, food and drink vendors, and more. Admission: $5-$7. Details: Chatfield Farms, 8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton. See


Horses naturally inspire Hope & Healing through their innate ability to lock into what we are feeling. They are intuitive and will mirror what we are feeling at any given moment. Gather with women and interact with horses in an empowering, fun-filled way. Choose an area of your life where you may feel stuck, need support or haven’t yet started to work. Your activity with the horses will be specifically designed to work on the area you chose.


The 8th annual VegFest Colorado (VFC), a health and environmental fair, takes place July 28-29, at their new location at the 1st Bank Center, 11450 Broomfield Lane in Broomfield. 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.


AUGUST 9TH -12TH @ PEACEFUL MEADOW RETREAT LaHoChi is the movement of light into your body at the speed of Love. The 13th Octave is a process of conscious union within the heart of God. When LaHoChi is joined with the energies of the 13th Octave the squaring effect is comparable to a nuclear reaction. The God energy anchored within lifts you to a place where the energies flow instantaneously. No previous training required. $675; early bird $550 before 6/1/18. Register

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Happy Father’s Day! $15 Trance Medium Healings–Receive a channeled healing from our post graduate students. Come with a healing intention and release pain, mental blocks, and spiritual imbalances. Offered in-person & over-thephone. Schedule online.


Summer Solstice Shmaya Gathering w/JoAnne Palladino–7-8:30pm. Experience Shmaya, an illumined, channeled presence that attunes you to the love and light within. $20. Discover Your Spiritual Gifts, 5808 S Rapp St, Ste 275, Littleton. RSVP 303-263-0679 or

FRI JUNE 22 $15 Trance Medium Healings–Receive a channeled healing from our post graduate students. Come with a healing intention and release pain, mental blocks, and spiritual imbalances. Offered in-person & over-thephone. Schedule online. Summer Solstice Ceremony–6:30pm. The sacred pipe, Chanupa, is used in ceremony for decree, blessing, prayer and revelation. To honor the turning seasons and the spirit of the Earth and Her elements is both common and auspicious, and we take our place in the circle with respect and humble gratitude. Light snacks. Suggested $30. In Boulder, RSVP by 6/15. For more information, contact BJ Brown 303-808-4006 or




Free Healing Therapy for Individuals with Cancer– Reiki and Healing Touch support relaxation and balance on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. Sign up for free sessions at one of our partner locations, or in-home for those too sick to travel, at

Lavender-Lemon-Peppermint “Summer Fun” Inhaler Party–5-7pm. Fast, easy to make, convenient (pocket size). Promotes easy breathing, supports dripping and plugged up nose, boosts immune system. Other dates/times offered. $20 incl drinks/snacks. Littleton. RSVP Evie Yang 858-9222964 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 FREE Outlaw 1 yoga class–5-6pm. A physically challenging, but technically simple practice. Through intense physicality, you will begin to explore the power of your presence. Outlaw Yoga Littleton 2590 W Main St, Littleton 303-832-4883 or

mondays Free Outlaw 1 yoga class–5:30-6:30am. A physically challenging and technically simple practice. Through intense physicality, you will begin to explore the power of your presence. Outlaw Yoga Littleton 2590 W Main St, Littleton 303-832-4883 or

Citrus Rosemary Sugar Scrub Party–3-5pm. Summer  Glow Skin! Get the secret recipe and make it with your friends. Invaluable essential oil tips from Certified Aromatherapist Evie Yang. Other dates/times offered. $20 incl drinks/snacks. Littleton. RSVP 858922-2964 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

DIY Herbal Skills and Strategies–10am-1pm. Learn the essentials of an herbal home pharmacy and the musthaves in a functional herbal first-aid kit. Leave with fire cider, recipes for your first-aid kit and home herbal pharmacy. $49, $43/member. Register


MON JUNE 25 We Are Change Open Mic Night–6-10pm. Share the power of our local grassroots activist community at an evening of food, music, interviews, headliners, poetry and dancing. Visit for details.

WED JUNE 27 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, Ste 9, Denver. RSVP 303-263-0679 or

THURS JUNE 28 Listening with Plants–6-8pm. Join us for an early summer evening practice of mindfulness as we sit, stand and walk among sensory stones and plants in an outdoor open-air setting at Denver Botanic Gardens. $18, $15/member. Register


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Wheatridge 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. Tim 303-239-8101 $30 Psychic Readings–7-8:30pm Performed by grad students. Enjoy an advanced skill set and ask questions about relationships, career, health, and more! Schedule at

$60 Home & Business Healings–7-8:30pm. Got ghosts? Sleepless nights? Consistent household/ business conflict? These are great in times of transition! In Boulder or phone. Schedule $30 Psychic Readings–7-8:30pm. Performed by grad students. Enjoy an advanced skill set and ask questions about relationships, career, health, and more! Schedule FREE Aura and Chakra Healings–Drop-In betw/ 6-7pm. Receive 10 min cleanse and release negative thoughts, emotions, pain and fear. Get replenished with positive energy and feel great.

fridays Free Healing & Meditative Services–6-7pm. Celebrate being yourself, living life, and cultivating community. Enjoy weekly themes such as Chakra Balancing Singing Bowls, Channeled Angel Healings, Singing & Storytelling, and Meditative & Shamanic Journeys.

saturdays Qigong Movement–1-2:30pm. Meditative “Stillness within Movement” in this fun group experience increases flexibility, strength, endurance, mental focus and calm. Suitable when healing, great for athletes.  $20 drop-in or $90/6 classes. Chi Wellness, Denver. Debra Lin Allen 720-427-0406


Taiji Wellness–2:45-4pm. Develop true internal yin-yang sensitivity and serenity, in these fun, dynamic chi-cultivation classes in Yang 24 Taiji and playful Push Hands! $20 drop-in or $90/6 classes. Chi Wellness, Denver. Debra Lin Allen 720-427-0406

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 720-4137303 or

Citrus Rosemary Sugar Scrub Party–35pm. Summer  Glow Skin! Get the secret recipe and make it with your friends. Invaluable essential oil tips from Certified Aromatherapist Evie Yang.  Other dates/times offered.  $20  incl drinks/snacks. Littleton.  RSVP  858-9222964 or

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Boulder YogaHike™ – 9-10:30am. Arrive at 8:45. Meet at Chatauqua Trailhead. 30 min hike; 1 hr yoga. More info: Andrea Martin, Selah | Holistic Wellness, 720-739-0422 or PracticeSelah@gmail. com. Day of Healing–11-3pm. Celebration-picnic and healings! Celebrate you AND Journey Within being in Lakewood for 10 years with private healings and food. Enjoy private Energy Healings and Angel Card readings by appointment. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd, Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino, Journey Within 720-413-7303 or

FRI JULY 13 Richard Rudis Gong Bath–7pm. Richard Rudis, creator of the original Gong Bath experience has performed over 1,000 Gong Baths around the world. Bring a pillow, mat and blanket. Info/tickets or 720-371-9137. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada.

SUN JULY 14 Girl Goddess Playshop: Self-Empowerment for Teens–1-5pm. Discover the power and beauty of your inner teen self. Connect with a powerful Goddess archetype. Create your personal Goddess journal. 55 The Caritas Center 5723 Arapahoe #1a Boulder. Register at

Walking A Path of Wholeness: A Weekend of SoulCollage® and Journal to the Self®–A journey into wholeness supported by collage, guided writes, poetry, SoulCollage readings, labyrinth walks, ritual and time to create and express. Meals/materials incl $500. Franciscan Retreat Center 7740 Deer Hill Grove, Colorado Springs. Carolyn Jennings, Journal to the Self® facilitator and Laura Lyon, SoulCollage® facilitator 720289-0896

SEPT 15-16 36th annual Fall Holistic Fair–10am-5pm. Explore alternatives to caring for your body, mind, spirit and environment. Children 12 and under FREE. FREE Parking! FREE Lectures! $7/day; $12/weekend. The Ranch/Larimer County Fairgrounds, South Hall, 5280 Arena Circle, Loveland. Belu Olisa Fairs Carol 970-472-0200 or Advanced Animal Reiki Certification–Experience the world from the animal’s perspective. Attendees will learn Reiki practices, emotions, physiology, and psychology. Animal lovers, incl rescue personnel, holistic practitioners and owners will find useful. In Lakewood. Reg req’d at

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SAT JULY 28 8th Annual Destination Health Walk/Run/Learn– 7am-1pm. This is a fun-filled annual community event for the entire family. All activities besides the race are free. Denver City Park Pavilion. Contact Wafa Saeed for more info.

People will stare. Make it worth their while. ~Harry Winston

Master Animal Reiki Certification–Experience the world from the animal’s perspective. Attendees will learn Reiki practices, emotions, physiology, and psychology. Animal lovers, incl rescue personnel, holistic practitioners and owners will find useful. In Lakewood. Reg req’d at

DECEMBER India Travel Abroad–A group travel experience that merges social consciousness with spiritual practice. Learn about women’s issues, caste, health, and rural communities; Engage in self-reflection, messages from your spirit guides, site seeing, and a fun city experience.

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES 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

HEALTHY PRODUCTS/SERVICES NEW CLIENT MASSAGE SPECIAL $40/ HOUR! Relax & rejuvenate! Swedish & sports massage. Wheat Ridge location 16 years exp. Mon-Sat Call Angie 303-475-6937 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. $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 Shen-u is a customized healing practice and teaching designed to empower YOU to access your own unique healing abilities. Please visit for more information

JOBS AVAILABLE Earn Extra Spending $$ as a Distribution Driver for Metro Denver Area: Natural Awakenings is looking for a reliable, conscientious, honest delivery driver with a good driving record and car, who lives in the area. Must have own insurance; basic ability to work with Excel/ email; be available for a day or three between the 25th-1st; ability to take on side jobs for extra $$ on same route. No phone calls please. Email with your qualifications.

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yourlocalresources ENERGY HEALING/ MEDITATION 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. See ad, page 15.

ENERGY MEDICINE/ PSYCHOLOGY HEALING CHANGE Marie Adams EEM-AP, CHT, PT 679 W Littleton Blvd. #205, Littleton 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.


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.

FENG SHUI CHI WELLNESS, THE CENTER OF QIGONG Debra Lin Allen, Founder/Director 720-427-0406 Organizing your home and workplace to optimize the flow of chi in your surroundings not only assures prosperity in your finances and career but also greatly improves your personal health and longevity, graces your relationships with harmony, sparks creativity and grows inner peace and joy. Qigong treatment to clear energetic obstructions and direct focus in your natural strengths toward positive life transformations. Healthy environmental chi promotes a healthier you! See ad page 12.


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7401 West 59th Ave., Arvada 7502 West 80th Ave., Ste 170 (Lower Level PSCU Building), Arvada 303-731-6695 or 303-469-0306 / 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 gatherings, and offering an event center (space rental) to empower people to create and express thoughtful changes in living their lives every day, thus creating the space and energy to stay centered and expand community. See ad page 13. Denver Mile High Edition





Intuitive – Channel – Reiki Master-Teacher 303-263-0679 / NEW CLIENT Specials; FREE Activations to Awaken. Your session will touch all aspects of your being. 1. A meaningful intuitive reading helps expand perspectives; 2. Shmaya, a channeled vibrational light language, attunes you to a love frequency; 3. Reiki healing to dissolve energetic blockages; 4. Life changing guidance that will shift ‘old patterns’ that no longer serve you. In-person or by phone.


Andrea Martin, CYT, Certified Intuitive Dao Tantric Healing Artist Conscious Lifestyle & Relationship Coach 2346 Broadway, Boulder 720-739-0422 / Complement your body’s natural ability to self-heal, balance, and evolve with Selah, a Tantric Healing Arts, Yoga, and Conscious Lifestyle & Relationship Coaching practice. Tantric Bodywork for individuals & couples combines sensory massage, energy circulation, breathwork, engagement techniques, and mild yoga postures to re-sensitize your being. Conscious Coaching guides you into deeper congruence with your authentic self. YogaHikes™ invite you to hike into your practice on epic trails. Allow us to guide you into the modality that will best serve you. See ad page 3.

INTEGRATIVE CARE CLEAR SKY MEDICAL with Dr. Katia Meier. Board Certified in Anti-Aging Medicine and specialty trained in BioIdentical Hormone Therapy and Functional Medicine. See full listing under PHYSICAN or see ad page 2.

MESSAGES FROM SPIRIT ELISA MALANGONE 720-372-3927 / Searching for passion and insight to your life purpose? Connect to your unique insight and higher soul perspective for guidance concerning healing from grief and loss, health, career, relationships, finances, and other matters of the heart. Elisa combines authentic mediumship abilities and intuitive coaching by connecting to spiritual guidance to assist you in tapping into your higher wisdom and best self. Live, phone or virtual readings & events. Call or see website for more details. See ad, page 13.


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.

yourlocalresources 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.

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.

NEW! REIKI SUNRISE REIKI COLORADO Jeff Baird, Unlimited Reiki Master/Teacher Based in Evergreen In-Person & Remote Healings 720-250-8107 / Reiki heals both humans and animals physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Baird’s “touch free” and gentle leading approach changes lives as his loyal customers rediscover their wellness. Jeff has helped people and animals heal from Cancer, Fibromyalgia, PTSD, Insomnia, Migraines, Depression, Retinitis Pigmentosa, broken bones, sprains, spinal issues, allergies, nightmares, flu, chronic pain, dental issues, panic attacks, kidney stones, diabetes and more. He has helped individuals and teams achieve their professional as well as their personal goals for over 30 years. Got Pain? Get Reiki!


BJ Brown, MSW, CIBP Shamanic Practitioner & Teacher Boulder 303-808-4006 Shamanism is known to benefit disease on any level while deepening a sense of wholeness. This ancient spirituality and methodology, found in all cultures, works directly with the compassionate Spirit realms and Earth wisdom. BJ offers Body-Centered Psychotherapy, classes, house clearing, ceremonies, and various shamanic methods (Soul and Power Animal Retrievals, Extraction, etc). Remote shamanic healing is free. See website for events and offerings. This sacred work can restore connection with self, soul and spiritual autonomy.


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Conscious Relationship/Tantra Coach 1025 Rosewood Ave, Ste 106, Boulder 303-630-9479 / I am dedicated to Conscious Relationship & Tantra. Tantra. It’s a path of meditation…what sets it apart from other ‘paths’ is that it looks to the wisdom of the body & the senses as a means to becoming more present & alive in every aspect of our lives. Our bodies have a deep wisdom that modern life often ignores. Sessions include bioenergetics, breathe practices, meditation & more. There is no nudity or sexual contact. Individuals & couples may explore issues such as Tantric Lovemaking & Spirituality; Tools for Initiating & Deepening Intimacy; Support in the Awakening Process; Men, Women’s & Teens Empowerment.

NEW! TRAVEL FUN-FREEDOM-ONENESS Shannon Elisabeth 970-818-8346 An adventure of a lifetime in rural and urban India, exploring ourselves through reflections from our global community. Our journey is about social consciousness, compassion, inspiration, and awe for the complexity and beauty of life everywhere. This is not a yoga or meditation retreat. Through this unique cultural immersion, we connect with the physical and spiritual worlds like never before. Learn more about traveling with us to India December 2018!

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Sheree Michelle 9370 S Colorado Blvd., Highlands Ranch 303-471-9355 / Lymphatic Drainage Therapy will boost your immune system and assist in detoxification. Perfect support for injuries, surgeries, and swelling to decrease inflammation. We use a vibrational, frequency, energy and sound device with probes. Are you sensitive to foods, pets, pollens, or chemicals? Try Electrodermal Biofeedback!! It can help restore balance back to the body. Get Your Complete Health Picture! All Initial Services Only $79. See ad page 8.


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 knowhow to diagnose and accurately repair your vehicle.

CHI HEALING / QIGONG CLASSES CHI WELLNESS, THE CENTER OF QIGONG Debra Lin Allen, Founder/Director 720-427-0406 Thrive in balance and flexibility in body and life, physical vigor and health, spontaneity and inner peace through chi cultivation, care and practice with Debra Lin Allen. Medical Qigong and Qigong Lifestyle Coaching by appointment. Group qigong self-care classes throughout the week. Professional certification programs to teach qigong and do medical qigong therapy also available. Your prosperous life awaits you, call today! See ad page 12.


JOURNEYS FOR CONSCIOUS LIVING 7401 West 59th Ave., Arvada 7502 West 80th Ave., Ste 170 (Lower Level PSCU Building), Arvada 303-731-6695 or 303-469-0306 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 13.

COUNSELING RENEE ELLIS, MA LPCC RMT Psychotherapy, Intuitive-Focused Counseling, Past Life Therapy, Energy Healing, Classes 1211 S Parker Road, Suite 103, Denver 720-984-9575 Experience the benefits of traditional counseling while openly and actively acknowledging the role of intuition and the soul’s journey in achieving wellbeing. Live Your Knowing Counseling helps you gracefully bring wisdom to life through a unique blend of traditional psychotherapy, intuitive wisdom, past life reconnecting, and energy balancing. Move through grief, relationship challenges, depression, anxiety and self-doubt. Discover your path and purpose, reveal your unique wisdom, and experience sensitivity as strength. Gain clarity, confidence and a more joyful life. Get started today with a phone or in-person complimentary consultation.

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COUNSELING/ PSYCHOTHERAPY EMBODY YOUR LIFE, LLC Inge Sengelmann, LCSW, SEP, RYT 607 10th Street, Suite 109, Golden 305-788-6857 Break through the limits of talk therapy with body-mind-spirit integration strategies to help you tap into limitless wellbeing. Healing is more than reducing symptoms. Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Somatic Experiencing® & ParaYoga® combined can empower you to thrive by rewiring unhelpful nervous system patterns and amplifying your healing potential.

DENTIST SOUTH LAKEWOOD DENTAL 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 10.

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 spalike amenities allow us to offer services that transcend traditional dentistry and promote whole-body wellness. See ad page 19.

June 2018 Mile High Natural Awakenings  

Mile High Natural Awakenings is a locally-owned, monthly publication, serving the Front Range from Aurora to Evergreen - from Castle Rock to...

June 2018 Mile High Natural Awakenings  

Mile High Natural Awakenings is a locally-owned, monthly publication, serving the Front Range from Aurora to Evergreen - from Castle Rock to...