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The world has witnessed a significant change and attitudinal shift in both women’s and society’s thoughts about women’s equality and emancipation. Many from a younger generation may feel that ‘all the battles have been won for women’ while many feminists from the 1970’s know only too well the longevity and ingrained complexity of patriarchy. With more women in the boardroom, greater equality in legislative rights, and an increased critical mass of women’s visibility as impressive role models in every aspect of life, one could think that women have gained true equality. The unfortunate fact is that women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally women’s education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men. However, great improvements have been made. We do have female astronauts and prime ministers, school girls are welcomed into university, women can work and have a family, women have real choices.” –excerpted from


very May, Natural Awakenings honors women and Mother’s Day. We don’t have to look far to find amazing women with much to offer in our community. Three of our local articles discuss feminine power (Honoring Local Women: Liz Konkel and Journey Within - p13; Enliven Your Sacred Power by JoAnne Palladino - p14; and Nourish Your Feminine Power from Debra Lin Allen - p15). Two articles explore confidence (Bridging the Confidence Gap by Renee Ellis - p10; and Negative Stereotypes Sabotage Girl Soccer Players - p9). And our feature, Natural Motherhood on page 16, explores intuition and spirit, as well as practical tips, for embarking on the magical journey of motherhood. (Check out more resources at The Prego Expo June 25 - p6.) Start empowering yourself today by reaching out to the women who run businesses, classes and workshops that you find right here. Let’s keep moving forward.

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he Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism is creating an Herbal Healing Center at Elderberry’s, a four-acre farm in Paonia, Colorado. The new center allows CSCH to teach traditional Nature Cure and Vitalist therapeutics among the gardens, herb beds, and fruit trees of the farm and nearby area. Classes begin this summer! • Honey Pharmacy with Lisa Ganora May 19-21. Explore the healing powers of honey and traditional herbal honey extraction techniques while also exploring bee health; • Wise Woman Organoleptics Immersion July 13-16. Learn about plant constituents, edible and medicinal uses, botany and plant ID, and folklore; • Alchemy of Fermentation Workshop Aug 4-6. Learn to cultivate healthy microbiota with traditional fermented food such as kombucha, sourdough bread and fermented veggies; • Artisan Essential Oil Distilling Aug 25-27. From the forest to the bottle, learn the power of essential oil and hydrosol with Eric Scott Bresselsmith from the House of Aromatics in Utah; • Roots of Vitality Sept 29 - Oct 1. Learn about herbs, nature cure and vitalist practices as the life energy in nature is retreating underground. Elderberry’s lies in the fertile, volcanic North Fork Valley, home to the highest concentration of organic farms in the state. This unique micro-climate compares to the Provence region of southeast France. The landscape is surrounded by an expanse of mountains and mesas, with clear air and pure mountain water. Sage and Juniper grow in wild abundance among other fragrant plants and wildflowers. For more information or to register, contact Lisa Ganora at 720-7224372, or See ad p18.


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The Prego Expo June 25th


he Prego Expo is coming to Denver Sunday June 25th from 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St. in Denver. According to organizers Samantha and Juliana Geisler, the Prego Expo is designed to help expecting parents plan for their baby. Visit with 70 different exhibitors and explore educational seminars on topics such as birth design, fertility, breastfeeding, birthing plan options, pediatrics, Babywearing with LILLEbaby, cloth diapers and car seat safety. Moms can test out the latest baby gear and build their baby registry with Babylist and Babies“R”Us. The Expo ends with a Babies&Bumps fashion show. There will also be $20,000 in giveaways. Tickets are $15 online at For info/booths contact Samantha Geisler or Juliana Geisler at 407-960-2933,

Oil Change Special for May


n honor of women and Mother’s Day during the month of May, Hinsdale Automotive is offering a special on oil changes. While it won’t take the place of flowers and breakfast in bed, a practical gift can make routine maintenance a little more routine for Mom or anyone. According to Darrel Waddell, owner, these specials are good for the month of May and are cheaper than making Dad change the oil in the driveway! One Standard Oil Change for $20*, Reg. $36 Three Standard Oil Changes for $55*, Reg. $108 *Includes 25 point inspection, standard oil filter & up to 5 quarts of oil. Synthetic Oils Extra. Additional fee for hazardous material disposal, additional oil & Sales Tax. Expires: May 31, 2017. To make your appointment, call 303-617-0152. Hinsdale Automotive 15455 E Hinsdale Dr., Unit 2, Centennial. See Listing p31

Volunteer with Choki in the Flores Islands


hoki, a non-profit organization founded with the mission of supporting the valuable cultures and traditions of the world, is calling for volunteers to travel to islands of Flores beginning in the summer of 2017. Through volunteer tourism, they seek talented individuals to participate in the projects such as: • The creation of fine art murals to bring socio-economic value to local businesses. • Community gardens to help beautify the island and provide food security. • Traditional stone wall & building restoration and beautification preserves cultural heritage. For more info contact or visit

Vision Map to Live Your Dreams


usanne van der Meer, creative facilitator of Vision Mapping sessions, has opened SIFT Visuals, her new loft studio in Wash Park Denver. During one-on-one sessions, Susanne listens and draws in real time on a supersized sheet of paper while you, the client, share dreams, visions, callings, or big questions. The final product is a vision map you take home as a reminder of your commitment to live your big picture. She also applies vision mapping and creative discovery to everyday life questions. Ask Susanne about her Opening special – 90-min session, with 30-min follow up call to support your process for $299 (normally $749). 720-324-3555 or

New Yoga Co-op in Evergreen


he Echo Yoga & Co-op is now open at 32214 Ellingwood Trail, Ste 106 in Evergreen. According to managers Rainey Oliver and Breigh Smith, the co-op means that an eclectic mix of professionals will run the yoga studio, the childcare, and the massage room while also offering fitness and meditation classes. Parents can drop their children at the childcare for up to three hours and attend yoga, massage or healing session, or go to any of the businesses in the shopping complex. “We want to make life easier and better for everyone up here,” says Rainey. “From my experience, yoga is key to helping reduce stress and is a gateway to becoming more in tune with a healthier and happier lifestyle.” Contact Rainey at 303-588-2118 or

Cannabis Ceremonies to Release Emotional Blockages


ecca Williams, long-time cannabis advocate, will host her popular “Elevation Ceremony” that involves the intentional use of cannabis for expanding consciousness on two Saturdays, May 6th & 20th, 7-10 p.m. in Cherry Creek North. “Join me for an exceptional evening of inner self-exploration, ancestral wisdom and personal renewal in a safe, legal and sacred environment where you will be guided to uncover and release destructive and self-defeating emotions. I create a communal experience that supports transformational healing and awakening with the (always optional) use of cannabis as an ‘awareness amplifier,’ says Becca. Ceremonies are followed with an optional tea service and conscious conversation. Becca offers two ceremonies per month in Denver, as well as private ceremonies. Contact her at for more information, dates or to RSVP. $30, Limited seating.

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ou’re about to take your first step in the spiritual realm. You stop for a moment, totally entranced by a glorious sound. You hear music, but music unlike anything you’ve ever heard. An infinite number of harmonious voices sing an ethereal melody that overlays a gentle orchestra. The music carries with it incredible love, peace, and joy that gently enters your soul and cradles your being in its embrace. What is this enchanting melody? It’s not just those who have had a near-death experience (NDE) who talk about the “angelic chorus.” Hospice workers, nurses, caregivers, and the terminally ill all report hearing it. From my own NDE, I learned firsthand that heaven’s song is unforgettable and indescribable. As an angelic guide accompanied me through heaven, she explained that the song wasn’t exactly “music” since it is beyond physical sound. In her words, Heaven’s song is the collective heart-voices of the angels, masters, and all other souls sending their love, gratitude, and joy to Spirit. Heaven’s song also contains the underlying vibration of Divine love that flows out to all beings, everywhere. Each one of us on Earth contributes to the heavenly song, too. When we feel or act from a place of kindness, compassion, love, gratitude or joy, positive spiritual vibration radiates outward from us merging with the spiritual vibrations from other beings. All eventually become part of the harmony in the song of heaven. In a very real way, the love in our hearts is God’s favorite song. Nancy Rynes is an author, speaker, and a member of International Association for Near-Death Studies. Their conference “Explore the Extraordinary” comes to Westminster Aug 3-6. See ad page 10.

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esearchers from the United Kingdom’s University of Winchester have found that cycling improves brain function. The study tested the cognitive function of 17 physically active men in their 20s before and after two, 30-minute sessions on a stationary bike. The results showed significant cognitive improvements following each session. Biking to work is also a good way to reduce our carbon footprint, but breathing in exhaust fumes and other pollutants is a concern for street cyclists. Alexander Bigazzi, a transportation expert in the department of civil engineering and school of community and regional planning at the University of British Columbia, has studied the relationship between average-speed bicycle travel and inhalation of potentially harmful air. Using a U.S. Census-based computer model of 10,000 people, Bigazzi found that the ideal bicycling speed to inhale the minimum amount of pollution is between 7.5 to 12.5 miles per hour (mph), placing the lowest risk for women at nearly eight mph and for men at just over eight mph. “The faster you move, the harder you breathe and the more pollution you could potentially inhale, but you are also exposed to traffic for a shorter period of time. This analysis shows where the sweet spot is,” says Bigazzi.


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A New Paradigm of Intimacy


new paradigm of conscious relationships offers a level of harmony, healing, passion and intimacy that is far beyond what we’ve come to know. It represents more closely the archetype that lies deep in our hearts. What do we mean by a conscious relationship and how is it different from the past? In a conscious relationship each stays present. Staying conscious means keeping our hearts open, vulnerable and connected to each other. This takes practice, practice, practice. As hearts shut down to avoid confronting hurts and insecurities, it creates distance, shame and blame. Connection is sacred. We can acquire skills to connect over issues that generate tension. These issues become our trusted guides towards sacred connection. Becoming skillful in conscious relationship processes makes all the difference. These processes establish a foundation of trust that allow you to truly surrender in your heart. In so doing, you discover a sacred, divine love together that is ecstatic, as relationships are meant to be. Judith Anne Condon is a Conscious Relationship & Tantra Coach. She can be reached at See listing page 31.

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esearchers from Germany’s Goethe University, in Frankfurt, sought to determine the impact that the belief held by some that females are poor soccer players would have on their performance. The study had 36 teenage female soccer players engage in a ball-dribbling drill before and after reading a pertinent article. Half of the subjects read about the perceived incompetence of female soccer players and the other half read a piece about the growing popularity of the sport. The players that read the negative article needed significantly more time to complete the drill than those that read the positive article, possibly highlighting the impact that negative stereotyping has on women.

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or people with sensitive sinuses, life can seem like a contest between breathing more freely and staying off of steroid sprays and antibiotics, because using them regularly in a preventative manner can lead to serious health consequences. Naturally maintaining sinus health requires an antimicrobial agent that kills offending microbes, yet is harmless enough to use several times a day indefinitely. A natural protocol that uses an enhanced aqueous silver colloid of greater than 30 parts per million is used to relieve the burden on the immune system and prevent chronic irritation of sinus passageways. One crucial function our sinuses perform is filtering the air we breathe, which is filled with viruses, bacteria and fungi. The easiest way to maintain sinus health is to kill these pathogens before their numbers become large. Silver colloids, delivered through the nose with either a neti pot or nasal spray bottle are one way to do this, according to Steven Frank, author of Managing Sinus Health: Clearing Sinus Infections Without Antibiotics. For the remedy to work, it is important to blow the nose prior to use and then coat the tissues of the nasal passageways, allowing the liquid to remain there as long as possible. Then a second, similar spray application can follow after a few minutes, avoiding blowing the nose in the interval. For more information, email or visit See ad, page 19.

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Bridging the Confidence Gap R ecently, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology published an eight-year study by Wiebke Bleidorn, Ph.D. analyzing data from over 985,000 men and women across 48 countries. The study found that, regardless of culture or country, men report higher self-esteem than women. While the study could only speculate about causes, it has found that the disparity in confidence between men and women is universal. This gap in self-esteem is especially concerning given that confidence is the factor that turns thoughts into action. There is a cycle that can work for or against us. Belief in our ability to succeed stimulates action which, in turn, bolsters our confidence in our ability to succeed. The result of low confidence is less action. Holding back means we miss opportunities for success which builds self-esteem. Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, authors of “The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance: What Women Should Know” offer some basic advice for women - think less and act more. This is valuable advice and can be done without dismissing some valuable feminine qualities such as intuition, introspection, sensitivity and relatedness. To bridge the confidence gap, develop skills to better integrate action with feminine qualities and seek the support needed to take right action and more risks. Renee Ellis, MA LPCC RMT with Live Your Knowing Counseling offers healing, counseling and classes to help women gracefully bring wisdom to life. Renee can be reached at or 720-984-9575. See listing page 31.


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Corporate Interests Oppose Private Rentals Local governments and hotels are struggling to come to terms with the growing phenomenon of Airbnb room rentals, which help residents find short-term paying guests that often provide an economic lifeline to help them pay their bills, rent or mortgage. It’s an affordable, convenient and comfortable alternative for travelers. Critics claim the service removes affordable housing units and official hotel rooms from the market by turning suitable apartments into unofficial hotels. Consequently, proposed ordinances are in the works in several U.S. metropolitan areas where Airbnb entrepreneurs and industry groups are also active in trying to shape future laws. Other on-demand grassroots industries such as ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft, which have flourished in unregulated “gray areas”, have learned they need to employ teams of lawyers and lobbyists to fight a stream of restrictive laws and lawsuits.

Eco IKEA Designing Cabinets and Chairs Made from Recyclables

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New Seed-Sharing Law in California California is the fourth state to pass a law making it legal to swap seeds and collect them in non-commercial libraries. That’s good, because the U.S. Department of Agriculture Federal Seed Act, in place for 80 years, mandates that any activity involving non-commercial distribution of seeds must be labeled, permitted and tested according to industrial regulations that would be both costly and burdensome to the hundreds of local seed libraries operating in 46 states. Nebraska, Illinois and Minnesota also recently passed laws protecting noncommercial seed activity from regulatory requirements. Free seed libraries, swaps and exchanges increase access to local food and can play a large role in expanding and preserving biodiversity. Neil Thapar, the food and farm attorney at the Sustainable Economies Law Center, says, “We wanted to create the legal framework for an alternative system that is not reliant on large companies to provide open-pollinated seed varieties. Seed sharing has a direct connection to building local economic resilience.” The center is taking action to try to get laws changed in all 50 states.

Swedish design firm and retailer IKEA is introducing a new line of “no waste” products that includes seating, vases and kitchen cabinets made of recycled materials. IKEA hopes that the design will help people see waste not as garbage, but as just another material that can be used in creating new and beautiful things. The Kungsbacka kitchen employs affordable, sustainable supplies that look stylish, including cabinet doors incorporating recycled plastic bottles and recycled wood; the entire cabinet is said to be 99.9 percent recycled. The Odger chair is 70 percent recycled plastic and 30 percent renewable wood. The design, available in a range of colors and wood finishes, is the result of collaboration between Swedish designers at Form Us With Love and eschews the environmentharming plastics of other chairs. IKEA also melts recycled glass to turn it into beautiful vases. Each mouth-blown vase is unique, thanks to the materials.

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Turtle Turnaround Record Hatchlings Give Hope Worldwide, six of the seven sea turtle species are threatened or endangered because of human activity. A ray of hope now shining from conservation efforts is that nesting sea turtles have posted record numbers of successful hatchlings in South Carolina the last three years, with Georgia and Florida reporting similar results. Decades of helpful efforts are paying off due to increased public awareness of turtle-friendly practices at seaside locations. Learn more about sea turtle conservation and how to get involved at Find an introductory video at

Disposable diapers are the third most common consumer item in landfills. When even those labeled “eco-friendly” are covered by other debris after being discarded and hidden from sunlight and air, they don’t readily biodegrade. Producing disposables also makes major demands on water, energy, nonrenewable resources like oil and renewables like wood. Many brands contain harmful ingredients such as polyacrylate, dioxin, phthalates and heavy metals that can be absorbed by a baby’s soft, developing skin and promote rashes. According to, 90 to 95 percent of American babies annually generate 27.4 billion single-use plastic diapers, or 7.6 billion pounds of garbage. Whilee comparaco ble statistics on adult diapers aren’t av available, Euromonit Euromonitor International forec forecasts a 48 percent increase in 48 p ercent incre U.S. sales $2.7 bilU.SS. sal U. ales to $2 lion iin 2020, n2 20 020, up from $1.8 billion 2015. $1. b illi il lion on in 2 In decade, sales I ad ecad ade, sal off d diapers adults iaape p rss ffor or ad could those coul coul uld ssurpass urp pass th for babies Kimberffo or ba abiies aatt Kim ly-C ly y Cla ark and d Procter Pro ly-Clark & Gam mble, att trib bu Gamble, attributed to bladder control issues related to health aan nd ag ge, acc cord and age, according to the Urology Care Foundation and Mayo Clinic. Clinicc. Mayo The Th he American Amerrican Academy of Pediatrics and the American Public Health advise that in all cases, fecal matPubllic He ealth Association A ter urine should be rinsed and flushed down the toilet ter aand nd du rinee sh instead off p put in nsttead do ut in the trash, so that contaminants don’t enter groundwater and potentially spread disease. Traditional cloth gro oun ndwateer an ndw diapers diiapers aree tthe he w way to go for several reasons beyond budget:

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Liz Konkel and Journey Within by Doug Zerbarini “As a Deaf person, I may have a different perspective on things than hearing people but I believe we are all One and it has helped me ‘see’ people for who they really are (their souls).”


f you attend a class at Journey Within taught by Liz Konkel, you’ll notice she uses American Sign Language to communicate with the help of an ASL interpreter in the back of the class. Born profoundly deaf in Wisconsin, her younger brother is also deaf. Their Midwestern upbringing and large supportive family was close and loving. “What did I want to be when I grew up? I remember I wanted to be a teacher when I was a child. I would have my younger brother sit while I would ‘teach’ him things,” signs Liz. Liz spent years as a student to prepare her to teach one day. “I was the only deaf student in my high school. We fought to get an ASL interpreter and I finally got one my junior year. That’s when I realized how much I missed in classes by just lip-reading!” She earned her BA in Biology with University Honors at the storied Gallaudet University. It is the world’s only university in which all programs and services are specifically designed to accommodate deaf and hard of hearing students. It was founded in 1864 by an Act of Congress and signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln. (

Liz attended grad school at CSU for Natural Resources Recreation and Tourism Interpretation and received another BA in Soil and Land Management at University of Wisconsin. She worked as a biologist technician and a Soil Conservationist Technician. She worked for Goodwill and United Cerebral Palsy. But when Liz met Anita Destino and started classes at Journey Within, she knew she had found a home. “I love how Anita accommodated me and taught me tools on how to use my intuition and healing abilities and can now share this with others. And I’m grateful to be able to provide direct access for students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.” Liz has put down roots in the area over the past nine years, marrying husband Todd, and being a mom to three dogs and d two cats – all rescues. She became certified as Intuitive Reader and Healer; as a Professional Spiritual Teacher; and Certified Reiki Master Teacher. And with such a background of service to others, her classes es and 1-on-1 sessions for people or pets have vee been popular: “I love that I am able to take classes which are accessible in my heritage


language, ASL, with Liz … Gratitude to Liz and Journey Within for their unconditional love and support…” - Jaclyn T. Broomfield “Liz has a fun and energetic teaching style. It is always an open discussion in her classroom. Her classes are clear, entertaining and meaningful” - Jessica, Denver Liz offers this encouragement to other women considering their dreams, “I had been told that this was my path—to be an Intuitive Energy Healer and Spiritual Instructor. At first, I thought it would be an impossible dream even though it stirred up really strong positive feelings in me and I felt excited about it. I now know if you fuel what drives your passion, everything will fall into place!” Liz can be reached at 303-319-0925 (text only) or Check calendar for classes and see Journey Within’s listing on page 30.

Favorite color — Purple Favorite food — Ice cream (I make my own ice cream with coconut milk, honey and white sweet potato—yum!) Favorite causes — animals of all kinds, rescue organizations for people and/or animals. Environment causes.


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omen have a significant role with the awakening that is unfolding on this planet…and it starts with YOU. Within you, a sacred power is longing to be birthed that is heartcentered and requires an ‘in your gut’ commitment to no longer deny this state of grace that is embedded in your soul. Stand Up…YES literally stand up to speak your truth, to set boundaries, to love yourself unconditionally, to no longer be a victim, to embrace your brilliance, to extend your gifts, to reclaim your resilience, to honor that your presence can and will shift your inner world which ultimately changes the world.


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Nourish Your Feminine Power Women, pillars of hope and strength, are the center of family and community due to the feminine attributes of flexibility, receptiveness and compassion. To be at your best and most positive, continual and persistent self-care is a requirement. Innately empathic, women are highly attuned to others’ joys and sorrows and each day is filled with a multitude of emotions. Emptying these emotions out of the body in each moment is the key to nourishing the stamina and purity of feminine power, and timeless Taoist wisdoms advise that we pay particular care to these five vital organs—the liver, heart, spleen, lungs and kidneys.

LOVE YOUR LIVER. Let go of anger, frustration, resentment and guilt. Recognize that you have overextended yourself and use reasonable boundaries to realign your priorities. Conserve and invest your energy for what matters most. Almost magically, your capacity for kindness and generosity grows! FUEL YOUR HEART’S FIRE. Take big, long breaths while consciously releasing angst and nervousness. Then quietly settle a gentle focus into the bottom of your heart and smile as you feel gratitude for a deeply meaningful relationship or event. The heart is the strongest energetic muscle in your body and it is revitalized in each moment you honor life’s gifts.

BALANCE FOR YOUR SPLEEN. An overactive mind and worry compromise the spleen’s governance of a properly balanced immune response and endocrine system. Eliminate sugar and increase healthy fats in your daily diet to properly satisfy your brain’s energy needs. On warm days, take 15 minutes to bask in the sunshine and feel the grass under your feet. Connect with nature.

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NATURAL MOTHERHOOD Creating the Best Start for New Life by Deborah Shouse


woman’s body is exquisitely designed to conceive, nurture and give birth,” says Dr. Carol J. Phillips, an Annapolis, Maryland, prenatal chiropractor, doula and author of Hands of Love: Seven Steps to the Miracle of Birth. Judith Lothian, Ph.D., associate editor of the Journal of Perinatal Education, professor of nursing at Seton Hall University, in South Orange, New Jersey, and a natural childbirth educator, knows the significance of women’s deep intuitive instinct. “Women who feel supported and encouraged can tap into their own wisdom and find deep satisfaction in giving birth naturally. The process itself perfectly prepares mother and baby to continue on their journey together.” Several gentle strategies help mothers-to-be prepare for the joys of natural pregnancy and childbirth.

thor of The Mindful Mom-to-Be. If craving a certain dish, she can research its benefits and healing qualities. The yearning for comfort foods like pizza, macaroni or ice cream may signal the need for more nurturing. Eyeing popcorn or chips could be a sign she’s stuffing down an emotion. She can ask herself, “What am I suppressing?” “Eat a lot of protein, including vitamin B-rich foods, during both pregnancy and breastfeeding,” advises O’Mara. “Nursing moms need to eat nutrient-dense foods frequently, along with getting adequate fluids,” says Wilson.

Build a Baby-Friendly Body “Follow your urges,” counsels Peggy O’Mara, of Santa Fe, New Mexico, former editor of Mothering Magazine and author of Having a Baby, Naturally. “Eat when you’re hungry. Sleep when you’re weary. Go to the bathroom the moment nature calls. Practice this in pregnancy so you’ll be in the habit of listening to your instincts when you give birth.” This simple advice counters women’s common habit of attending to other people’s needs instead of their own. Along with eating organic whole foods, Kristy Wilson, of Las Vegas, a certified professional midwife, labor doula and placenta preparation specialist, recommends both a plant-based food supplement with iron and whole food prenatal supplement. Vitamin C is important for a strong amniotic sac; she suggests at least 500 milligrams daily. A high-strung mom can take magnesium chloride baths or sip a soothing cup of red raspberry leaf tea. “Women that are concerned about their diet can tune into the baby and ask what they need,” says Lori Bregman, of Santa Monica, California, a doula, birth coach and au-


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moms relax and embrace these intensely important sensations by focusing on what is going on in their body. Research published in the journal Cell Adhesion & Migration shows that the hormones released during labor enter into the baby’s immune system to also strengthen the child.

Wilson recommends yoga, swimming, walking or light jogging three Spark the Spirit to five times a week, for 20 minutes Affirmations can positively state the a day. “Squatting like a child on your mother-to-be’s intentions for pregnanhaunches is a great exercise for childcy and birth. Examples include: “Birth birth,” she says, noting that 20 squats is a safe and wonderful experience. daily will strengthen core muscles. I am choosing the right path for my Sitting on an exercise ball instead of a birth. I trust my body and my indesk chair or couch also engages core stincts. I have all the support I need.” muscles, while improving posture. Wilson recommends choosing two “Regular exercise brings more to four that resonate, repeating them energy, better sleep, reduced stress, every morning while gazing into the higher spirits, better odds of an The connections established mirror, placing them on the refrigeraeasy labor, faster post-delivery between mother and tor door and even having them pop recovery and reduced risk of gesup on a smartphone. tational diabetes and high blood child are much stronger “Meditation prepares you for pressure during pregnancy,” Bregwhen she progresses through childbirth and can also be soothing man finds. She recommends a during labor by offering tools that pregnancy and birth from prenatal yoga practice that includes push away fear,” says O‘Mara. She breathing and visualizations. This a natural perspective. likes this mantra from Thich Nhat restorative form of yoga offers Hahn’s book, Being Peace: “Breathgentle stretching, promotes good ~Kristy Wilson ing in, I calm myself, breathing circulation and naturally supports out, I smile.” relief or healing of many possible To begin, sit comfortably in a quiet room with eyes pregnancy ailments. closed. For women new to meditation, Wilson suggests light“To alleviate physical distress, try chiropractic prenatal ing a scented or colored candle and noticing the colors and care,” says Phillips. Light finger contact from an expemovement of the flame for something physical to focus on. rienced practitioner helps realign bony segments and “This calming practice is important because labor becomes restores the body’s normal tone. “A prenatal expert can like a meditation,” she says. The mother copes through the adjust so the mom’s body maintains its balance and the contraction, then uses her meditation skills to reset, refocus baby is free to move.” and ground herself before the next contraction. Craniosacral therapy reestablishes balance to the memWilson and Bregman both encourage expectant mothbranes that encapsulate the brain and spinal cord. ers to keep a journal during pregnancy. “Record thoughts Prepare the Mind and experiences. Sometimes dreams tell things about the child, who has a story too,” advises Wilson. “Just say, ‘No thanks,’ to friends who want to burden you with stories of their long, excruciating labors,” O’Mara Design a Special Experience advises. “Protect yourself from toxic people and their horror stories. Focus on maintaining your own good health Create a Birth Plan and surround yourself with people that have experienced Those that prefer a home birth can find a compatible a normal birth. Plan to have uplifting support during the midwife through a natural birthing community such as the birthing process and in the postpartum period.” National Association of Certified Professional Midwives, A woman easily influenced by others might ask her doula, International Childbirth Education Association and La Leche midwife or spouse to be her advocate. A woman that needs League. For a hospital experience, look for low-Caesarean to exercise control might seek such assistance for peace of rates, a personally compatible doctor and a distinct birthmind, knowing that her wishes will be followed. ing center. Either way, a doula or midwife can help craft the “‘Pain’ is a fear-based word,” to be avoided in condesired birth plan. versations about labor, Wilson explains. “Don’t fear the Upon selecting a venue, the expectant mother may strength of contractions. They are doing exactly what your imagine the ideal birth environment and write positive body needs to do to give birth.” As a midwife, she helps natural awakenings

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“The birthing mother needs continuous support from someone that can focus on her and her needs,” says Phillips. “The partner also needs to have access to experienced support. Both need to surround themselves with people that know how to enfold them in love.”’ A birthing team includes the medically trained attendant appointed to help deliver the baby; either a midwife or a doctor. Many women choose to have a trained doula collaborate, as well. She provides continuity of care and advocacy, lessens the need for medical intervention, stays with the mother, honors and includes the partner and supports the parents in making informed decisions. With home births, family members tend to invite themselves over. The mom needs to have control of her birthing atmosphere. “I encourage moms to be firm regarding who they want in the room when the baby is born,” Wilson says.

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“Giving birth is the first big unknown of parenting,” says Wilson. “You plan for it and then you have to trust and accept the outcome.” She encourages postpartum appointments for discussing the birth. “A breastfeeding mother’s nutrient requirements are actually higher postpartum,” Wilson says. To prevent deficiencies, she suggests moms nourish themselves during this period, delaying any focus on weight loss and regaining muscle tone. The birth team and other friends can deliver meals, do light housecleaning, run a load of laundry and bring groceries. The new parents will welcome this generous and loving help. Deborah Shouse is a mother, writer, speaker, editor and health advocate in Kansas City, MO. Her latest book, Connecting in the Land of Dementia: Creative Activities to Explore Together, focuses on life’s meaningful moments (

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preciations and adornments. Women can gift an object that has meaning to them, such as a bead, flower or scrap of cloth, as a sign of their commitment to her. These gifts will then be fashioned into something lasting, such as a necklace for the mother. The circle may then bind themselves together, each woman wrapping red yarn around her wrist before passing along the skein until everyone is connected. As they discuss this intertwining, they cut the binding yarn and keep the bracelets, a reminder of their caring for the new family. “Finally, we enjoy a feast together,” Miller Watelet says. “Sharing a meal reminds us to bring the intentions of the blessingway back into everyday life.”

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Milk Minus the Moo Evaluating Alternatives to Dairy by Judith Fertig


hen dietary concerns, food sensitivities or curiosity prompt us to try alternative milks, it helps to know the basic facts about the leading types, to choose the best ones for us.

Almond Milk Pro: Almond milk is low in fat and can be easily made at home, so ingredients are known. One cup of homemade almond milk has about 40 calories, one gram of protein, 6 percent of the daily value (DV) for calcium, three grams of fat and eight grams of carbohydrates. As for storebought options, one cup of Silk Organic Almond Original contains 60 calories, with one gram of protein, 10 percent DV for calcium, two-and-a-half grams of fat and eight grams of carbohydrates. Con: Almond milk is neither high in protein nor calcium; it’s not as nutritionally packed as other alternatives. Some might not care for the faint nutty flavor.

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natural health website,, and the Exodus Health Center, near Nashville, Tennessee, points out, “High in medium-chain triglycerides, coconut milk is a very filling, fatburning food.” One cup of homemade coconut milk has about 450 calories, six grams of protein and 64 grams of fat, plus trace minerals such as manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and copper. Canned coconut milk is similar: one cup of Native Forest Unsweetened Coconut Milk Classic contains 420 calories, three grams of protein and 45 grams of fat, plus trace minerals such as manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and copper in each cup. Con: High in fat and calories, coconut milk may not be the best choice for drinking every day, but is delicious in Asian-style soups and curries.

Hemp Milk Pro: Hemp milk, made from hulled hemp seeds, contains 10 essential amino acids, including key fats. “Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are vital for

healthy functioning of the brain,” says Axe. Hemp milk works well for people with tree nut allergies. One cup of Pacific Hemp Original has 140 calories, three grams of protein, 50 percent DV for calcium, five grams of fat and 20 grams of carbohydrates. Living Harvest Tempt Hemp Milk has 80 calories per cup, two grams of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, eight grams of fat and one gram of carbohydrates. Con: Grassy-tasting hemp milk tends to separate in hot coffee.

Rice Milk Pro: High in vitamins and calcium when fortified, rice milk made from brown rice is also high in vitamins. According to Ted Kallmyer, author of Flexible Dieting, in Bend, Oregon, rice milk is the least likely alternative milk to trigger an allergy. One cup of Pacific Rice Milk has 130 calories, one gram of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, two grams of fat and 37 grams of carbohydrates. One cup of Rice Dream Organic Rice Drink has 120 calories, one gram of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, 2.5 grams of fat and 23 grams of carbohydrates. Con: Low in fat and protein, it’s also relatively high in carbohydrates. It has a less creamy texture than hemp, coconut or soy milks.

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With fresh ingredients, a high-speed blender and a reusable nut milk bag or strainer, we can make our own alternative milk in minutes at home. Pour into a container and store covered in the refrigerator for up to three days.

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Using a high-powered blender, start blending on low and increase to high to reach a smooth milk consistency. Strain through a nut milk bag to remove any almond skin or pieces. Optional: Add a preferred flavoring.


Pro: Soy milk provides more protein than other alternative milks. Look for a calcium-fortified, organic brand that doesn’t contain the thickening agent carrageenan, suggests Dr. Andrew Weil, founding director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, in Tucson. Different brands have different nutritional components. For example, one cup of Organic Valley Soy Original has 100 calories per cup, with seven grams of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, three grams of fat and 11 grams of carbohydrates. One cup of Organic EdenSoy Extra Original Soymilk contains 130 calories, with 11 grams of protein, 20 percent DV for calcium, four grams of fat and 13 grams of carbohydrates. Con: Some people might not like the thick texture and soy aftertaste. Dr. Frank Lipman, founder and director of Eleven Eleven Wellness Center, in New York City, says that limiting soy is a good idea due to soy’s prevalent pesticide saturation and its researched links to thyroid, endocrine system and sex hormone dysfunction ( If soy is eaten, “Choose certified organic, soy products—preferably fermented versions like miso, natto and tempeh—with the Non-GMO Project seal; and do so sparingly, no more than twice a week,” advises Lipman.


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Silencing Cyberbullies How to Defuse Bad Actors by April Thompson


hether it’s a damaging rumor posted on Facebook, a humiliating photo shared on Instagram or a threatening text, cyberbullying is increasing among today’s youth. A 2015 Cyberbullying Research Center study of middle school students found that 43 percent had been targeted, while 15 percent admitted to being online bullies. Meanwhile, students, parents and teachers are combating cyber-aggression with initiatives to make the phenomenon socially unacceptable in schools.

Grassroots Action Tyler Gregory, 23, attended a small, insular high school in rural Ohio where bullying was problematic. As a senior with younger siblings approaching their high school years, he aimed to change the local culture to make bullying uncool. Gregory decided to make a movie to submit to the NO BULL Challenge, a national organization that provides students a platform to develop and disseminate materials that spark dialogue about such troubling issues. Challenges

ranged from teaching himself filmmaking and persuading students to participate to mustering the courage to present the project to his school. He achieved the transformation he sought, beginning with 70 students participating in his production. “I appealed to classmates by asking, ‘How do you want to be remembered? Why not choose to be viewed positively, as leaders?’” says Gregory, who later became a spokesperson for NO BULL Challenge. To date, the challenge has received 600 submissions, garnering 23 million impressions through digital and social media, the vehicles of cyberbullies. A recent graduate of Dayton, Ohio’s Wright State University, Gregory has spoken to about 45,000 students in 27 states in school assemblies. Nancy Willard, director of Embrace Civility in the Digital Age, headquartered in Creswell, Oregon, believes that such initiatives, which shift schools from punitive approaches to making bullying incompatible with accepted social norms, are the only way to bring lasting change.

“We need to cultivate a climate where being hurtful is contrary to a school’s expressed values. Most young people don’t like to see their peers being hurtful and admire those that stand up to peers and have them make amends,” says Willard. The educator’s website,, offers free materials with concrete steps for students and teachers to foster positive school environments.

Protecting the Vulnerable Cyberbullying isn’t limited to attacks on unpopular kids that lack satisfying peer relationships. It’s seven times more likely to occur between current or former friends and romantic partners than between strangers, according to a study led by Diane Felmlee, professor of sociology at Pennsylvania State University. Felmlee’s research further found that non-heterosexual youth are four times as likely as their heterosexual peers to be cyberbullied, while popular kids are also frequently targeted. Two social dynamics seem to be at work: “One involves individuals that violate social norms, such as LGBTQ youth, and the other revolves around status struggles,” reports Felmlee. “In the latter case, bullies are vying for popularity, recognition and selfesteem. Those with higher social status may be attacked because they’re viewed as competition.” Cyberbullying’s impact can exceed face-to-face aggression, as offensive remarks can spread far and fast, and live online in perpetuity instead of fading away, observes Felmlee. Gregory adds that it can also affect students’ ability to learn when some skip school to avoid tormentors.

Helpful Responses Most youths don’t report cyberbullying, feeling embarrassed, afraid the situation will get worse or doubtful of remedial action. “Schools need to step up their response to bullying, make it known that it won’t be tolerated, set clear policies and enforce them,” counsels Gregory. Because most bullied youths don’t speak up, parents need to communicate openly with kids and be aware of their online activities, advises Felmlee. Willard notes that it’s also important to address the bullies themselves through understanding their motivation, and then persuading them to accept responsibility and take steps to rectify harm. “This should be about reparation, not punishment.” Gregory’s high school film assures bullies that it’s never too late to make amends. While it can be hard to stand up to bullies, caring peers can easily express support. “Bystanders have the power to change the atmosphere,” agrees Gregory. “Kindly approaching a student being picked on who may feel alone and ashamed goes further than most students realize.” Those affected by cyberbullying also can cut off their aggressors, suggests Gregory. “The ‘block’ button is powerful. Cyberbullies want to see a reaction. Blocking them from social media exchanges or texting takes away their power.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at

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When We Set Out Let Spirit Steer Us by Mark Nepo


sa ili il lin ing comes when we’re being carried ing sailing toward a vision greater than our self, feeling wholly alive along the way. Scudding along the sea, my father was living once for all time, feeling the sensation of all life in that moment. We all yearn to live in these moments forever, yet even a taste of aliveness can fill, sustain and refresh us in the midst of daily tasks. We all face times beyond our control when life doesn’t follow our designs and we’re asked to work with life and not fight, curse or hide from it. When insisting on our way, we can get so


eaching me how to steer th the he 30-foot-long sailboat he built, my father would say, “It’s the sail that follows the wind, and the rudder that follows the sail.” The sail, by its nature, will catch the wind and lean into it. The rudder is for steering once we’ve set sail. Our soul is like a sail. Once hoisted, it’s filled by the wind of Spirit, which establishes our course and direction. Our will is our rudder; its job is to follow where the soul filled with Spirit leads, helping to steer our way. When we lean on will to make things happen, we can grow stubborn, confused or lost. Clear

tangled in our will that we can’t find or feel the wind of Spirit. During these times—when we fear there is no meaning and it seems there’s nothing holding us up—our will can puff, snap and flap about in a desperate attempt to fill what looms as an empty life. But even setting out on the sea, it’s never easy. My father remarked, “It’s always harder to sail toward a fixed point, because you will inevitably have to cross the wind several times to get there.” By contrast, a boat moves its fastest and cleanest when it simply follows the wind. It’s the same when we listen for where life is taking us, instead of busily thinking about where we’re going. Devoting ourselves to experiencing the journey, rather than determining a destination, we discover our way. Like a sail, our life must be out in the open before the wind will show its face. Likewise, Spirit fills us when we can inhabit our true nature. We miss what awaits us if we hover too close to the shore of our past, our family, someone else’s dream for us, or an old identity. To feel the wind in our face, we must leave the shallows and harbors for the deep. Only then will the larger, timeless destination show itself and our soul be filled enough with Spirit that our smaller self will have no choice but to engage in steering us toward all that matters. Adapted excerpt from The One Life We’re Given: Finding the Wisdom that Waits in Your Heart, by Mark Nepo (Atria). Connect at and


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


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

Accomplish your goals in a way that’s empowering and exciting; for women who are prepping the body for pregnancy, and holistic health coaching through the pregnancy. Jade Green TNC 303-882-1745,



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


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

MON MAY 1 Wild Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk–5:30-7pm. Learn the plants of the Boulder front range. We’ll cover the botany, medicinal uses, ecology, sustainability and more. Free.Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, 2900 Valmont Rd, Ste F-1, Boulder. or 720-722-4372

WED MAY 3 Epic Sacred Sexuality Tantric Film–7-9:30pm. Tantric Community, Celebration and viewing “Lalla the Buddha”. Refreshments while you socialize before & after. $5.Osho Leela Meditation Center # 107 1025 Rosewood St. Boulder. Info

FRI MAY 5 Walking the Medicine Wheel–6:30-9pm.Janine “Dancing Crow” Bolon takes us on a journey of Walking the Medicine Wheel & intimate, personal uses. $35.Discover Your Spiritual Gifts 5808 S Rapp St Ste 265 Littleton 303-257-2276 or

SAT MAY 6 6th Annual Evolve Expo– Sat and Sun. New ideas and simple solutions for balanced, healthy, happy, sustainable lifestyles. Exhibitors, vendors, and speakers featuring Healthy Food Cooking Stages, Hands on Gardening, Alternative/Complimentary Health , New Energy Technologies & Sustainability, Business & Wealth Building, Positive/Creative Living, and special Kids programs. National Western Complex. Info 303-731-6695 5 Virtues Qigong Self Healing Retreat–8am6pm. Immerse yourself in a full day of deeply contemplative qigong practice and enjoy a lifetime of strong health, enlightenment and freedom of expression! $350. Chi Wellness, The Center of Qigong, Denver. Debra Lin Allen 720-427-0406 Ladies Fairy Party Workshop–1-3pm. Magic is believing in yourself. If you can do that, you can make anything happen. Make a Fairy Wand; Decorate your Wish Box; Create a Fairy Spray. $50 Discover Your Spiritual Gifts 5808 S Rapp St Ste 265 Littleton 303257-2276 or

SUN MAY 7 Movie Viewing “Sensitive: The Untold Story”– 2:30-4pm. Documentary of “highly sensitive person” trait in 20% of the population. Turn it into your greatest strength! FREE. Boulder Public Library 1001 Arapahoe Ave. Colleen Keegan, CHT, HSP Resiliency Coach, RSVP

TUES MAY 9 Shmaya Gathering w/JoAnne Palladino–78:30pm. Experience Shmaya, an illumined, channeled presence that attunes you to the love and light within. $20. First Spiritual Science Church of Denver, Denver. RSVP 303-263-0679 or Medical Lecture “There is no incurable!”–6:158:30pm. International lecture series of the Bruno Groening Circle of Friends; A physician of the medical scientific group will talk about healings from so called incurable diseases. Free.George Reynolds Branch Library 3595 Table Mesa Drive Boulder Info 303-750-4213

Awaken the Healer Within-A Day Retreat for YOU!–9am-5pm. Experience activating meditations, aligning breathwork, awareness movement, vibrational sound healing, empowered states. Early Spring Special $175 or $135/2 Infinite Alignment Retreat Facility 1254 Snyder Mountain Rd Evergreen. Info Christine Pollock 303-582-5828 or Learn to Access your Akashic Records–10am4:30pm Sat-Sun. Develop and deepen your intuitive gifts through the Akashic Records. Release issues on a karmic level and let go of false mental beliefs and issues for yourself of others. $150. In Golden. Julie Barr,

WED MAY 10 Mastery Over Stress and Overwhelm–7-9pm. Discover real life tools to turn overwhelm into clarity and genuine enthusiasm. Master self motivation. Internationally Acclaimed Speaker & Author, Randy Ferguson $25pp; $40/2. Clements Recreation Center 1580 Yarrow St Lakewood. Info




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

Opening Your Inner Flute - Classic Tantric Practice–7-9:30pm. Expand your capacity for pleasure; Experience ancient practices. Email Judith for practice handout Try it, then join us. $30. Osho Leela Meditation Center 1025 Rosewood # 106 Boulder.

SAT MAY 13 Psychological Wellness Presentation–Noon1:30pm. Be the best you by creating a positive mindset for healthy living. Free. Belmar Library, 555 S. Allison Pkwy, Lakewood. Dr. Erika McElroy, Smooth Rock Psychological Services


Happy Mother’s Day! Denver Near Death Studies Meetup–1:30-4pm. Hear speakers tell of Near Death Experience, OBE Astral projection, ET abduction-contact, physical traumas, and their related psychic experiences. Free. Greenwood Village City Hall 6060 S Quebec St, Details or

MON MAY 15 Tele-Class Meditation for Beginners 5-Weeks– 6:30-8:30pm Mondays. From the comfort from your home learn a Meditation that can transformation your life and create change. Early/$185, Reg $200. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino, 720-413-7303,

Bath Salt Workshop–10-11:30am. Fun connection with others who want to learn about the healing properties of the various salts, products and recipes. Take home your mixture. $50. or 303-257-2276. RSVP Discover-Your-Spiritual-Gifts/events/236675806/

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 Ninth St, Ste 9, Denver. RSVP 303-263-0679 or

SAT MAY 27 Holistic Healing and Psychic/Intuitive Fair–11am5pm. Complimentary healing modalities such as massage, shamanic, foot baths, reiki, sound healing, healing touch, oils, and more. Readers include palmistry, tarot, intuitive, astrological and vendors include crystals, jewelry, oils, arts, and more. $ varies. Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 West 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695.


Happy Memorial Day! We Are Change Open Mic Night–6-10pm Uniting our local grassroots activist community for an evening of food, music, interviews, headliners, poetry and dancing. Perform songs and poems! Details Facebook at We Are Change Colorado.

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SAT MAY 20 Pet Energy Healings–12-3pm. Healthy or ill, a pet energy healing has many benefits for both the pet and its owner; strengthen the bond, removes energetic blocks, release pain or discomfort. Bring your pet or photo. $20/pet. By Appt. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-413-7303,

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savethedate 6TH ANNUAL EVOLVE EXPO MAY 6TH & MAY 7TH Evolve Expo is an experiential platform for Positive Living Choices offering new ideas and simple solutions for balanced, healthy, happy, sustainable lifestyles. Coming to the National Western Complex in Denver, two days of exhibitors, vendors, and speakers featuring Healthy Food Cooking Stages, Hands on Gardening, Alternative/Complimentary Health , New Energy Technologies & Sustainability, Business & Wealth Building, Positive/Creative Living, and special Kids programs. For more info contact Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 West 59th, Arvada. 303-7316695 or 303-469-0306, go to for details

CANNABIS CEREMONIESRELEASING EMOTIONAL BLOCKAGES SATURDAYS MAY 6TH & 20TH, 7-10PM Join me for an exceptional evening of inner self-exploration, ancestral wisdom and personal renewal. In a safe, legal and sacred environment you will be guided to uncover and release destructive and selfdefeating emotions. My gatherings are plant medicine-optional. Complimentary CBD-dominate strains that offer a relaxing and focused dimension are provided. Ceremonies are followed with an optional tea service and conscious conversation. Location: Denver’s Cherry Creek North. $30, Limited seating. Contact Becca at

AMMA IN SANTA FE, NM JUNE 12 – JUNE 15 Meet Mata Amritanandamayi, renowned humanitarian and spiritual leader, revered for her message of selfless love and compassion toward all beings. Millions worldwide have been inspired by Amma’s practical initiatives to address global issues. You are warmly invited to meet Amma and receive her individual, heartfelt hug. Please arrive at least 90 minutes before the program to receive a free token to receive Amma’s embrace. Tokens may be limited by time constraints. Monday June 12, free public program, Noon. Thursday June 15, free public program 7pm. Tuesday – Thursday June 13-15, Retreat. Pre-registration required. Hilton Buffalo Thunder Resort, 20 Buffalo Thunder Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87506

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

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ongoing daily Yoga/Barre/Meditation–Discover YogaPod Littleton in the Southwest Plaza Mall, 8501 W Bowles Ave, #1275, Littleton. New yoga studio and meditation sanctuary offering over 70 classes/wk for all levels. Info 720-520-9930 or Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism Student Clinical Herbalists Holistic Wellness consultations–thru May. Working with herbs, nutrition, and lifestyle to take charge of your own health. Faculty oversight. Sliding scale. Confidential. 2900 Valmont Rd, #H-1, Boulder. 720-406-8609

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

mondays Guided Meditation–11:30-Noon. Discover YogaPod Littleton in the Southwest Plaza Mall, 8501 W Bowles Ave, #1275, Littleton. New yoga studio and meditation sanctuary offering over 70 classes/wk for all levels. Info 720-520-9930 or Beginner Yoga–6:15-7:15pm. Discover YogaPod Littleton in the Southwest Plaza Mall, 8501 W Bowles Ave, #1275, Littleton. New yoga studio and meditation sanctuary offering over 70 classes/wk for all levels. Info 720-520-9930 or Living a Spiritual Life–6-8:30pm. Join us on Monday nights for spiritual and uplifting programs that will empower and inspire your life. $35.Discover Your Spiritual Gifts, 5808 S Rapp St Ste 265 Littleton. Contact vialet@ or 303-257-2276 RSVP

tuesdays Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45 pm. 15-min Chakra & Energy Clearing. Remove non-useful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Free! Yoga of the Mind, 8 E 1st Ave, Denver. 303-668-2358 Wheatridge Spiritual Transformation with Transmission Meditation–6pm. Join us for a group meditation that is a stimulus to our individual development and also a potent form of world service. Free. Tim 303-239-8101

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

wednesdays Energy Healings/Aura Clearing/Chakra Balancing–6-7pm. A healing is an energy clearing, release negative energy blocking growth and create the life you desire. $5/healing. Free for first timers. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-413-7303 Guided Meditation–11:30-Noon. Discover YogaPod Littleton in the Southwest Plaza Mall, 8501 W Bowles Ave, #1275, Littleton. New yoga studio and meditation sanctuary offering over 70 classes/wk for all levels. Info 720-520-9930 or Beginner Yoga–6:15-7:15pm. Discover YogaPod Littleton in the Southwest Plaza Mall, 8501 W Bowles Ave, #1275, Littleton. New yoga studio and meditation sanctuary offering over 70 classes/wk for all levels. Info 720-520-9930 or

thursdays The Way Of Mastery Practice Group–6:30-8pm. WOM is a channeled book in the words of Jesus offering powerful self-healing teachings that will evoke complete and unconditional love and self-acceptance. $25 drop-in; $120/6 Sessions. Coly Vulpiani, Facilitator.700 E. Ninth Ave., Suite 9, Denver. RSVP 303-4768402 or Longmont Spiritual Transformation with Transmission Meditation–7pm. Join us for a group meditation that is a stimulus to our individual development and also a potent form of world service. Free. Connie 303-834-0526 Aura and Chakra Healings–Drop-In between 6-7pm. Receive a 10 minute cleanse and release negative thoughts, emotions, pain and fear. Get replenished with positive energy and feel great. FREE. 1332 Pearl St. Boulder. 303-530-0920.

saturdays Qigong Movement–1-2:30pm. Specific dates at Stillness within meditative movements cleanses and builds your chi for stamina, flexibility, health improvement, life balance. $20 drop-in or $90/6 classes. Chi Wellness, The Center of Qigong, Denver. Debra Lin Allen 720-427-0406

looking ahead 2017 JUNE 13-AUGUST 8 Beginning the Qigong Lifestyle, 9 Weeks–6-8pm Tues. Cultivate life vigor, balance and joy with Taoist chi wisdoms for balance and harmony. Enroll by 5/22. $495. Chi Wellness, The Center of Qigong, Denver. Debra Lin Allen 720-427-0406 /

JUNE 17-OCTOBER 21 I Ching Wisdom for Constancy Amid Change, 9 Workshops–9 am-12 noon Sats. Practice I Ching qigong and rise above chaos to enjoy peace, clarity and prosperous health, flowing in life’s divine rhythms. Enroll by 5/30. $630. Chi Wellness, The Center of Qigong, Denver. Debra Lin Allen 720-427-0406 /

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

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FOR RENT/PRACTITIONERS WANTED Private Practitioners Paradise for whole person wellness: Fully-furnished, rent-free office spaces as low as $12/ hr and $50 membership. Private office rental spaces as low as $425/month, lease free month to month. Membership includes: Online Scheduling System; Internet; Printer/ Scan/Fax; Client Kiosk and Conference room. Sondermind Lakewood. Contact Sujatha Reddy 303-325-5617 or

HEALTHY PRODUCTS/SERVICES $30 Off Initial Healing Session: Reiki, vibrational healing & intuitive reading. In person or phone. 700 E. Ninth Ave., Suite 9, Denver. JoAnne Palladino, Reiki Master-Teacher, Channel & Intuitive. 303-263-0679 or Allergy Testing for Foods and Supplements: Using FDA registered Biofeedback testing. 160+ foods tested with immediate color results. See what foods and/or supplements may be causing you bloating, gas, fatigue, brain fog etc. $185. Call Trish Watson, CNC 303-257-0058 Remove Toxic Amalgam (Silver) Fillings: Denver’s first holistic, naturopathic dentist offers mercury free AND mercury safe amalgam (silver filling) removal. Financing available. 20% off new patient exam and x-rays when you mention Natural Awakenings. SOUTH LAKEWOOD DENTAL, Scott Stewart, DDS & Naturopathic Physician, 2525 S Wadsworth Blvd, Ste 11, Lakewood, 303-988-4338. Soul Retrieval Session: $120. Bypass first-time client Intake until the end of May! Member of the Global Shamanic Teachers. Karen Rice King, Master Dowser Energy Worker and Ordained Minister. South Boulder office. or call 303-665-0175. Multi Pure Drinking Water Systems: Rated for most toxic chemicals removed by NSF. Solid carbon block technology. Under-the-counter, counter-tops, travel unit, the only rated shower unit in the country, and whole house units. Call or email or 303-6650175. Business opportunity available also.

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

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yourlocalresources EMPOWERED HEALING PAULA ROBBINS 6500 S Quebec St, Centennial 303-921-1473 Achieve greater vitality of the body, greater light in the soul and greater clarity of the mind with help from Paula Robbins. Transpersonal hypnotherapy, intuitive counseling, nutritional consultations and a great line of natural products and to assist you in finding the perfect balance of body, mind and spirit health. Call Paula today to set up your initial consultation and get your wellness on!

ENERGY HEALING/ MEDITATION JOURNEY WITHIN 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.

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


Marie Adams EEM-AP, CHT, PT Littleton office: 679 W Littleton Blvd. #205 Denver office: 1776 S Jackson St. #1004 303-668-0299 Increase Joy, Health and Vitality with individual sessions and classes in Eden Energy Medicine! EEM creates healing at all of your being by balancing nine different energy systems in your body and energy field. Marie has been a professional therapist for over 26 years and is an empathetic listener as well as caring, non-judgmental and supportive. All sessions are completely confidential, and performed in a safe and trusting environment. Free 30-minute phone or Skype consultation available.


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

JOANNE PALLADINO 303-263-0679 FREE MEDITATIONS! Receive free audio meditations and/or blessings each month when you sign up. Shop handmade, one-of-a-kind mala beads and bracelets, forgiveness practice beads, sacred essential oils such as “Christ Scent,” “Love” and more. A meaningful intuitive reading helps expand perspective; Shmaya, a channeled vibrational language of light presence, attunes you to a love frequency; Reiki energy healing dissolves blocks. In-person or by phone. In Denver. Info/ RSVP




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

JADE GREEN TNC 303-882-1745 / As an enlightened mama, you will powerfully nourish yourself and your family to whole health; I’m just your guide. Become empowered and confident as a mother, cultivating your instincts, with quick and guiltless self-care tips that support inner and outer well-being. Inner wellness brings a confidence you’re following your call to be who you came here to be. Healthy life goes far deeper than eating and exercising; it starts with nurturing, inner care at the core of the woman.

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

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

CHRONIC PAIN/ ILLNESS RELIEF HEARTLAND WELLNESS LLC Dr. Sujatha Reddy, BAMS MSEd LPC DCC Professional Counselor, Coach and Ayurvedic practitioner 12157 W Cedar Dr, Ste 200, Lakewood 303-325-5617 / Are you suffering with chronic pain including digestive issues and skin conditions, and have been to the doctor but nothing has changed? Try Ayurveda, a 5000year old health science from India that can help you feel strong and empowered, sleep like a baby and release anxiety, stress and depression. Modalities include, food, lifestyle/daily routine, herbal formulas, cleansing/ detox procedures, breathing exercises, as well as yoga and meditation types for your constitution. Free 15 minute phone consultation.



JOURNEYS FOR CONSCIOUS LIVING 7401 West 59th Ave., Arvada 303-731-6695 / Discover a life of passion, purpose and contribution. Journeys for Conscious Living is an organization leading the world in conscious living, hosting world class events, speakers and event center (space rental) to empower people to create thoughtful changes in living their lives every day, thus creating the space and energy to stay centered and expand the community. See ad page 18.


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


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

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. Holisticminded 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 22.

VIBRANCE DENTISTRY Dr. Cate Vieregger 7400 E Crestline Circle, Ste 230, Greenwood Village 303-770-1116 / Whether your goal is to encourage a healthy attitude towards oral health in your children or ease your own anxiety about dental procedures, our friendly staff and relaxing atmosphere will change the way you approach dental care. Our state-of-the-art equipment and spa-like amenities allow us to offer services that transcend traditional dentistry and promote wholebody wellness. See ad page 21.

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

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

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





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

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PERSONAL RETREATS INFINITE ALIGNMENT 1254 Snyder Mountain Rd., Evergreen 303-582-5828 / Relax and Rejuvenate your Mind, Body and Spirit with one of our personal Health/Well-Being or Spiritual retreats. Our retreats are designed to support you in aligning with your true inner peace and joy that will transform your life. We offer individual, small group, and couples ½ day, full day, and 3-day retreats, along with mindfulness workshops. Incorporated into your personal retreat is vibrational energy healing, breathwork, yoga, mindfulness practices, coaching, neurofeedback, therapeutic bodywork, and the great Colorado mountain outdoors! Call now to reserve your Infinite Alignment retreat!

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

SPIRITUAL COMMUNITY DISCOVER YOUR SPIRITUAL GIFTS Vialet Rayne 5808 S Rapp St, Suite 265, Littleton 303-257-2276 Join us for a variety of exciting classes and programs including: Angelic Reiki, Reiki, Akashic Records Reading, Crystal Healing, Crystal Grid, and many fun events including Ladies Fairy Party, Goddess Energy Workshops, Crystal Grids, and Candle Making. Vialet also offers a variety of services including Coaching, Akashic Record Readings, Angelic Reiki, Crystal Reiki, and much more. We also offer several free events a year for community connection. See our pages on Meetup (Discover-Your-Spiritual-Gifts) and Facebook (discoveryourspiritualgifts). See ad page 15.

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

May 2017 Mile High Natural Awakenings  

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

May 2017 Mile High Natural Awakenings  

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