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ight above the name Natural Awakenings is our new rallying cry: Health, Hope & Happiness. We feel that these things are crucial in today’s stressed-out, over-opinionated world. Most media bombard us with angry rhetoric and hope-crushing updates on global warming and the latest Executive Order assaulting our environment. While Health will always be our bedrock, look for more editorial focus on Hope and Happiness in Terry’s Happiness Corner and throughout the magazine. Send us your article on Hope or Happiness! Let’s ask ourselves “What is Possible?” while we focus on the highest good for all beings including the mother to us all, Mother Earth. We are also making other creative additions: This Summer will feature our new Plant-Based Medicine section, with educational articles on herbs and roots used as medicine; highlights of beneficial medicinal marijuana strains; and spotlights of local plant-based businesses, practitioners and entrepreneurs. This month’s Women’s Wellness issue arrives with spring in the air and “Her Soul in Bloom: Self-Care for All Stages of Life” on page 16, Marlaina Donato’s blissful feature on the importance of me-time with excellent sidebars by local advertisers Michel Barta of Peace Bridge Reiki, and Margaret Rosenau from the School of Inner Health. We love Christiane Northrup’s inspirational article for Mother’s Day, “The Mother Our Souls Need” on page 19. Both women and men will be encouraged by Randy Kambic’s interview with “Peter Sagal on Running Toward Mindfulness” on page 24. The popular National Public Radio host talks about healing a wounded psyche by unplugging and embracing the natural world -and you don’t have to run a marathon to do it. Lastly, “When Emotions Are Physical” on page 20 explores bodywork for trauma and grief, and Kim Farrington, Certified Clinical Aromatherapist, explains in her sidebar which essential oils are good for self-care. You’ll be intrigued by the article on circumcision on page 23, which is an eye-opener.

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Strategies for Healing “ or those with physical issues


such as stress, cancers, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and auto-immune disorders—frequency facilitates the body’s ability to self-heal when stress is reduced and inflammation is addressed,” says psychotherapist Gary Worrell, M.S. and Sharon Worrell (certified Splankna Practitionermind/body trauma clearing) of Strategies for Healing, 2305 E. Arapahoe Rd., Suite 111 in Centennial. “Our world is very stressful; anxiety is becoming an epidemic and people are looking for solutions. Energy and frequency are the solution! When you change the internal energy, people come out of fight, flight or freeze and are able to access the body’s ability to self-heal and self-comfort. All of our modalities work toward that end. PTSD and CPTSD are very real disorders that debilitate individuals and families,” say the husband and wife team. Some dynamic modalities they utilize are: Life Vessel, an FDAcleared device utilizing light, sound, vibrational frequency, and infrared to relax the body and balance the autonomic nervous system; Pulse Electro-Magnetic Field Therapy uses frequency to open up micro-circulation in the body which addresses inflammation; EVOX bio-feedback for the emotions addresses fears, trauma, emotional paralysis, and limiting mindsets by adjusting frequencies in the body that keeping people stuck; and mind/body trauma clearing utilizing muscle-testing to identify trauma trapped in the body and clearing it energetically. Contact Gary and Sharon at 303-5642723, or see ad page 31.


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A New Therapeutic Massage Experience in Denver


new herbal massage experience is available in Denver that incorporates the healing properties of Marijuana and CBDs to create a relaxing and healing experience. Chris L. Smith, LMT, of Herbal Tranquility Marijuana Massage, 710 E. Speer blvd., Suite 1 in Denver has combined his 21 years of massage experience with many years of exploring the therapeutic benefits of cannabis to create a one-of-a-kind massage experience. Says Chris, “I have experienced many injuries on bicycles, motorcycles, skis, skateboards and boats. I have had great success in overcoming my pain and have avoided every surgery that has been offered.” All services include a thc/cbd oil/lotion option; a 15% discount is offered to teachers, law enforcement, active military and first responders; and calls are returned 7 days a week. Clients can enjoy unique options like the Hot Stoned Massage; a Cannabis Compress; the BodyHigh massage; or the Cannabis Cup. The clinic is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and appointments can be booked by calling Chris at (720) 602-0676 or See ad page 11.

Intro to Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy


he School of Inner Health, 7550 W. Yale Ave., Ste B-204 in Denver, offers a five-day Intro to Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy June 5-9 and December 11-15. The intro provides experiential learning in a safe, supportive environment; techniques of mindfulness, presence, and embodiment; discovery of how the body expresses both health and patterns of resistance and disease; skills to support the re-ordering of disturbance or disorder; and immediate application in current practice or life. Says instructor Margaret Rosenau, “Craniosacral biodynamics may be beneficial for you if you are a massage therapist, bodyworker, or psychotherapist looking to lessen the physical wear-and-tear on your own body while at the same time increasing the depth, effectiveness, and impact of your healing work with clients.” According to past course attendee Lisa, “Margaret shows a high level of responsiveness to each student, as well as the group, inviting students to bring their full selves to the experience. She teaches from her innate knowing of this work with refreshing authenticity and a beautiful presence.” Attendee Ginny said, “Already, I’m feeling more present and aware of my own body as I work. Margaret’s the real deal.” For more information or register at See ad page 8.

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piritual leader, renowned humanitarian and visionary Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma) is offering free public programs, a retreat, messages of selfless love and compassion toward all beings, and her heartfelt embrace at the Hilton Buffalo Thunder Resort, 20 Buffalo Thunder Trail in Santa Fe, NM this June. The free public programs will be held June 20 at Noon and Devi Bhava, and June 23 at 7 p.m.; a paid retreat June 21-23. To meet Amma and receive her individual, heartfelt hug, you need a free token which may be limited by time constraints. Please arrive 90 minutes early. Organizers say millions worldwide have been comforted by Amma’s heartfelt hug; been inspired by her practical initiatives to address global issues and her message of selfless service. Retreat days spent with Amma help to intensify spiritual practices in an intimate, relaxed atmosphere. Healthy vegetarian meals included. Amma considers herself a servant of the world community, traveling the world guiding people to emotional fulfillment as well as offering insights and solutions to global issues such as environmental pollution, mistreatment of women, and religious disharmony. Pre-registration is required.

New Colon Hydrotherapy Practice Open in Aurora


haron Roulhac announces Cosmopolitan Colonics, LLC is now open at 420 S Chambers Road, Suite 118, in Aurora, specializing in colon hydrotherapy and nutrition consultations.           Sharon is certified as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and Colon Hydrotherapist at the advanced level. She says her goal is to educate clients in understanding the importance of regular bowel elimination to the health and wellness of the physical body, as well as the mind and spirit. “The goal is not only to relieve your constipation,” says Sharon. “It’s also to release the many pounds of fecal matter in your body that you carry daily and don’t give a thought to.” This putrid matter, she says, can lead to extreme, toxic overload, which can lead to stress and negative emotions like anger and unforgiveness.”  Additional benefits include assisting the body to release toxins when you are doing a body detoxification program. The toxins are able to release easier and quicker when the colon is emptying properly. Colonics can help when you are recovering from the flu by washing residual toxins from your body. It’s a physical process when you release built up toxins from your body. Yet, clients claim to “feel better mentally and emotionally” after a colonic.   Cosmopolitan Colonics, LLC offers a private space with an “open” system, FDA-approved LIBBE colon hydrotherapy device.  For questions/appointments, call or text Sharon at 720-451-3953 or See ad page 11.

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Become a LifeSpark Provider Sunrise Reiki Colorado Moves to ifeSpark Cancer Resources, a non-profit organization New Space, Open House that provides Reiki and Healing Touch treatments


free-of-charge to cancer patients from Longmont to Colorado Springs, is offering two 18-hour seminars to new, potential providers in Boulder, May 31-June 2; and Denver, November 1-3. The seminar covers professionalism, ethics, interpersonal relationships with your cancer participant, energetic issues related to cancer, and self-care for the healer. Prerequisites for the LifeSpark provider training: Completed Level II Healing Touch or Second Degree Reiki; and 30 full Reiki or Healing Touch hands on sessions on others (will need 50 sessions before we can match you in LifeSpark). LifeSpark therapies are complementary to traditional medical care and help patients maximize their recovery. Nearly 80 percent of those receiving sessions report feeling significantly better and 95 percent say the sessions were valuable. Over 100 volunteers deliver thousands of sessions to individuals with cancer and their caregivers every year. Learn more at or contact Angela 303425-5670 or


eff Baird of Sunrise Reiki Colorado is moving into the Evergreen Forum Building by Walgreen’s effective May 1st. The new address is 3560 Evergreen Pkwy, Suite 109. “There are many other healers in this building, and I am thrilled to be in this new space. In addition, there is a Community Room in the lower level, where I will be hosting my classes and workshops. It’s a comfortable, inviting space with plenty of room and a full kitchen too,” says Jeff. “We will be hosting an Open House on Thursday, May 2nd from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the Evergreen Forum Building. I am thrilled that my son, Alan Baird, will be playing an acoustic set during this event. Drinks and Hors d’oeuvres will be served. Come help us celebrate this new chapter in our lives! You can also take home one of our new t-shirts just in time for the warm weather.” May and June classes include Reiki Level I & II Combined Saturday, May 4-5; Reiki Level II Saturday, May 18; and Reiki Master Teacher Class Saturday, June 1 - 2. He also partners with Colorado Equine Wisdom and Coaching for a powerful new workshop, Healing & Discovery with Horses & Reiki June 7-9. Contact Jeff Baird, Reiki Master Teacher at 720-250-8107, or see ad page 32.

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Tantric Practice for Women’s Health


antric Practice affirms and celebrates women’s health in the following three ways:

1) A Woman’s Body is a Temple - According to Tantra, a woman is a sacred embodiment of the Goddess. Her limbs, organs and cells pulsate with sacredness. When a woman truly owns and claims all of hersef - her vagina, sexuality, and desire - only then can she feel healthy and whole. You can learn to regard your body as sacred. 2) Tantra as a Science - Tantra is great if you want to surpass the indoctrinated “good, pure girl” syndrome. It teaches you to connect with your body’s wisdom through breath and

embodiment practices to become comfortable with your body. Most practices can be done solo. As you become more embodied, you feel deliciously healthy, confident, happy and real. 3) Divine Energy - In Tantra, everything is sacred. Tantra perceives women˙s sexuality as the natural expression of Divine Feminine energy or Shakti. As a woman opens up to and enjoys her sexuality, she develops a magnetic vibrant presence and is liberated from internal conflicts of guilt, shame and fear as she lives a blissful, healthy life. Contact Judith Anne Condon, Conscious Relationship & Tantra Coach, at 303-817-7555, or see ad page 32.

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Japanese researchers interviewed 1,003 Tokyo women over 70 years old about which of 16 types of exercise they did, including dancing, calisthenics, jogging, golf, ball games, hiking, yoga, bicycling and tai chi. In eight years of follow-up, those that danced were 73 percent less likely to be classified as impaired in any of the “activities of daily living” such as walking, cooking, dressing and bathing—a result not produced by the other physical activities. “Dancing requires not only balance, strength and endurance ability, but also cognitive ability: adaptability and concentration to move according to the music and partner; artistry for graceful and fluid motion; and memory for choreography,” writes lead author Yosuke Osuka, of the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology.


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diagnosed hypertension from 32 percent to 46 percent. American heart disease deaths rose from 836,546 in 2015 to 840,678 in 2016. Studies show that about 80 percent of all cardiovascular disease can be prevented by controlling high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol, along with healthy practices like not smoking, says the AHA. Health, Hope & Happiness

Women in menopause that are mindful and nonjudgmental of their thoughts are less irritable, anxious and depressed, reports a Mayo Clinic study recently published in Climacteric, the journal of the International Menopause Society. Researchers gave questionnaires to 1,744 menopausal patients 40 to 65 years old and found that those with higher mindfulness scores struggled less with common menopausal symptoms. Mindfulness didn’t lower hot flash and night sweat symptoms, however.


Mindfulness May Ease Menopausal Symptoms

U.S. Heart Disease on the Rise Forty-eight percent of American adults have some form of cardiovascular disease, reported the American Heart Association (AHA) in its annual update. The increase is partly due to 2017 updated guidelines redefining high blood pressure as greater than 130/80 millimeters of mercury rather than 140/90, which raised the number of Americans with

Simply changing a diet to include more fruit and vegetables can boost mental well-being, say British researchers from Leeds and York universities. Examining health data of 40,000 people, they concluded those that eat more produce have a better psychological state, and that eating just one extra portion of fruits and vegetables a day could have a positive effect equivalent to around eight extra days of walking a month for at least 10 minutes at a time. A meta-analysis of 16 studies by the UK’s University of Manchester found the mood-boosting effect was particularly strong for women, and it worked with different types of diets, indicating a particular approach is not necessary. When dietary changes were combined with exercise, even greater improvements resulted.


Dancing Prevents Senior Decline

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Crystals for Protection By Eliza Marie Somers


ost people looking for stones and crystals are in search of protection from negative people and general malevolent energy. Some stones we recommend:



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Marble Agate is a light brown calming stone that brings good luck and is especially protective for children. All agates stabilize the aura, cleansing it and transforming negative energy. Black Tourmaline is the go-to protection stone useful in repelling harmful energies from others. Cleanse this crystal regularly - it can hold negative energy. Also deflects harmful electro-magnetic frequencies. Shungite consists of carbon, which makes it an excellent stone for clearing negative energies such as EMFs. Keep it by your computer, cellphone or router. It works on the cellular level to protect, cleanse and align the particles in your body. Jet is super light because it is fossilized driftwood. Jet is especially good for business, stabilizing finances, and eliminating fear. It protects against psychic attacks and has an ability to absorb negative energy, so remember to clear this crystal frequently. Snowflake Obsidian helps open the Crown Chakra, assisting in eliminating negative thought patterns and blocked energy while enhancing the energy field. Kyanite never needs clearing and comes in a variety of colors - blue, black and green. Kyanite dispels anger, fear, and energy blockages. It helps with negotiations and stressful conversations. It is also great in producing an energy field around you and your home.

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Labradorite is an iridescent crystal that protects your aura, keeping it “clean, balanced, protected and free from energy leaks,” according to Melody in “Love is in the Earth.” It creates a wonderful force field and attracts strength and endurance. Spirit Quartz, also known as Cactus Quartz, comes in Clear Quartz, Citrine and Amethyst. Amethyst is a wonderful tool for cleansing and purifying the aura, while dispelling negative attachments, entities and fear. For Heaven’s Sake Metaphysical Bookstore & Gifts has locations in Lakewood and Denver. See ad page 19. May 2019


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Hatching a Record

Avian Senior Citizen Astounds Again Being at least 68 years old didn’t deter Wisdom, a Laysan Albatross, from recently hatching another chick. The world’s oldest known banded wild bird, which roosts at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, in Hawaii, has birthed and raised more than 30 chicks in her lifetime. She and her mate-forlife Akeakamai spent about two months incubating the new egg, and now they’ll raise the chick for five to six months before it flies out to sea. It is uncommon for albatross to return, lay and hatch an egg every single year, but the pair has produced a chick each year since 2006, say U.S Fish and Wildlife Service officials. 12

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Poisoned Pastures


As the Appalachian economy struggles with the loss of three-fifths of its coal mining jobs in the last three decades, a surprising option is emerging for some: beekeeping. The Appalachian Beekeeping Collective offers beekeeping training, including bees and equipment and ongoing mentoring, for displaced coal miners and low-income residents of mining towns; so far, about 35 people are participating. Landowners are donating property for the beehives, which will be maintained without pesticides or antibiotics. Honey from a single hive can bring in about $750 a season, or $15,000 per 20, and additional money can be made selling the beeswax for candles and lip balm. The beekeeping collective is part of Appalachian Headwaters, a nonprofit formed in 2016 with a $7.5 million lawsuit settlement from coal mine operator Alpha Natural Resources for violations of the Clean Water Act. The money has been used to fund environmental restoration projects and to develop sustainable economic opportunities in the coal mining communities of West Virginia.

Nuclear Testing Linked to Radioactive Milk

The hundreds of nuclear bombs detonated on a remote Nevada test site during the Cold War produced radioactive fallout that led indirectly to the deaths of 340,000 to 690,000 Americans, concludes a recent study by economist Keith Meyers, Ph.D., of the University of Southern Denmark. Meyers conducted the research for his doctoral dissertation while attending the University of Arizona. By combining National Cancer Institute data measuring the radioactive element Iodine-131 in local cow milk with countyby-county mortality data, he found heightened death rates in the Midwest and Northeast between 1951 and 1973. The finding suggests that airborne radiation contaminated pastures that, in turn, made milk radioactive and led to the human ingestion of slow-acting, but fatal radioactive isotopes. In comparison, an estimated 200,000 to 350,000 people in the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki died directly from the atomic bombs dropped on August 6 and 9, 1945, respectively.


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Higher federal standards for energy-efficient light bulbs established two years ago are in the process of being rolled back by the U.S. Department of Energy, part of a move toward widespread deregulation by the current administration. Consumers stand to lose about $100 per household per year in electric bill savings if the higher standards are not implemented, say critics. The wasted energy could result in more power plant pollution, which harms the environment and contributes to health problems like asthma. The plan would also stifle innovation, eliminating a powerful regulatory incentive for manufacturers and retailers to invest in high-quality, energy-efficient LED light bulbs.

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o matter our background or upbringing, there is a common yearning within each of us to find our mission or purpose in life. Maybe it’s the urge to discover our authentic voices, to unearth a sense of freedom or to connect more deeply with higher power (God, Source, Universe). The seventh annual Co-Creators Convergence honors and supports that longing. It is a unique, experiential gathering where like-hearted individuals come together with an intention to co-create an experience based on the theme of that year. According to organizers, “CCC is a heart-resonant community dedicated to supporting Humanity’s conscious evolution. CCC’ers are those who gather with like-minded souls for deep inner work, both individually and collectively, thereby assisting in the awakening of Humanity.” The theme for 2019 is Voice of CoCreation - Exploring the Pathway to TRUTH. “This year is all about you and your authentic voice; having the courage to speak from your heart; to express your highest Self in loving and creative ways like never before.” Each participant has an opportunity to share their gifts and talents with the group. (Sharing an experience with the group is not a requirement. Many participants simply attend to savor the high energetic vibe of the group!) Planned experiences may include practices such as meditation, nature walks, art, metaphysical processes,


crystology, movement, writing and cocreative processes. “Three things you are sure to experience at the Co-Creators Convergence are: love, laughter and life-time connections,” say organizers. The 2019 Convergence runs Wednesday, June 12 at Noon, through Sunday, June16 at Noon at Sunrise Ranch in Loveland. All participants are invited to be present for the entire event. Sunrise Ranch is a 350-acre organic farm and conference center holistically managed by a committed community in service to the transformation of the planet. The Ranch serves professionally prepared, farm-totable meals at the gathering. Facilitating the Convergence is a yearlong mission. Six heart-full caretakers from across the country known as weavers plan and hold space for the event. According to co-Founders, Bob Warner and Dr. Noel Marshall, “For the past seven years, The Co-Creators Convergence creates a safe, sacred, resonant field, where we can surrender to the voice of co-creation speaking to us, through us, as us. We will play, learn, share, and be in service to the personal and planetary voice of conscious evolution.” Registration $225; Space limited to preserve group dynamics and intimacy. For on-site lodging, camping, commuting, and farm-totable meal info, contact event/co-creators-convergence-2019. For CCC info, contact Karen 949-547-4066.


This section will include: Education on all herbs and roots used as medicine; Highlight a specific medicinal marijuana strain and its properties/uses; Spotlights of LOCAL plant-based businesses, practitioners, and entrepreneurs.

Calling ALL: M Herbalists M Chinese Medicine Practitioners M Medicinal Marijuana Doctors, Clinics, and Dispensaries M CBD Oil Retailers and Distributors M Essential Oil Retailers and Distributors M Herbal Spa Treatments M Growers and Markets


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from hope were a path of stepping stones that got me to the light. Sparks of hope can move mountains, just as faith can.

Hope Can Also Move Mountains


f you are regular reader of Natural Awakenings, you’ve undoubtedly seen lots of articles dealing with the many sides of health and happiness. They are complicated topics, with continued research and discovery finding new ways to optimize both for ourselves. Hope doesn’t seem so complicated. We all have the capacity to hope, and that optimistic state of mind sure comes in handy when you lose your perspective, or feel as if you can’t find your way. I used to believe hope wasn’t as important as faith, because hope carries with it the expectation that things will work out in your favor. With hope, you can still experi-

“Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul And sings the tune without the words And never stops at all.” – Emily Dickinson

ence feelings of anxiety or dread, because there’s a splinter of doubt that you might not get the job, win the lottery or find your soulmate. Faith carries the expectation that everything will be fine, no matter what the outcome. Yet, there was a time when I didn’t know faith, perhaps like many of you. I couldn’t see the beauty of the world around me; I didn’t think anyone could help me. I felt lost and alone. Hope was the only thing I had to help me gain footing on some very rocky ground. And when you are that low, you don’t hope for anything other than a positive change or a sign to show you the way. Little by little, signs

What hope has in common with faith is spiritual in nature - the belief that there is something larger at work in the Universe. It’s a message to Source that you are in need. Turning hope into faith merely takes time and evidence, which seems counterintuitive since faith, defined religiously, says we need no evidence. But faith defined culturally is trust or confidence in someone or something; lack of evidence is not a requirement. Hope eventually becomes faith if you pay attention, because there’s too much evidence - encouraging signs, miracles and coincidences – to believe in anything other than a loving, responsive, intelligent Universe.

“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.” – John Lennon

"I am close to you indeed, my friends. Look for Me then sooner than you think possible. Perhaps not tomorrow, or next week, or even next month, but very, very soon. Raise your voices. Tell the world your needs: your need for peace; your need for justice and freedom; the need for all people to live in harmony, no matter the religion, the color, the race. All men essentially are One." - Maitreya, The World Teacher 14

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Skip the Slip Digital Receipts Gain Momentum



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Compared to newspapers, magazines and junk mail, retail sales receipts may seem inconsequential in their use of trees and their footprint on the environment. Yet, getting and handling that tabulation of a sale is a health hazard that contributes to landfills. Certainly, some receipts are required for tax records and product returns, but the vast majority serve no future purpose; there’s also a better and safer option than paper. reports the annual waste from receipts in the U.S. totals 686 million pounds, and that skipping receipts would save 12 billion pounds of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of 1

million cars on the road. The problem is getting worse as many retail outlets include special offers and other promotional information on receipts, making them longer and the corresponding amount of paper used greater. The Ecology Center, an educational nonprofit located in San Juan Capistrano, California, estimates that 93 percent of paper receipts are coated with Bisphenol-A (BPA) or BisphenolS (BPS), endocrine disrupters that are used as color developers to help make the receipts more legible. However, the presence of either makes them ineligible for recycling. According to Green America (, BPA that can be “absorbed into our bodies through our hands in mere seconds,” can impact fetal development and “is linked to reproductive impairment, Type 2 diabetes, thyroid conditions and other health concerns.” Employees that regularly handle receipts have 30 percent more BPA or BPS in their bodies. In January, California Assembly member Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) introduced legislation (AB 161) nicknamed “skip the slip”, which would require retailers to offer digital receipts to customers. If it passes, it will be the first such law in the country.

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Being listed as part of the Endangered Species Act would protect monarch butterflies. In the 1980s, about 4.5 million butterflies spent winters along the California coast. This season’s stay is shaping up to consist of only about 30,000. Fully 99 percent of the species listed under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 are still with us today. To urge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to give monarch butterflies the proven protection of the Endangered Species Act in June, sign the petition at

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Self-Care for All Stages of Life by Marlaina Donato


o be female is to be blessed with an innate gift for multitasking, but in our fast-paced, jam-packed world, daily life for most women is a juggling act that can come with a steep price tag if self-care isn’t on the to-do list. Depression, anxiety and feeling overwhelmed are all too common. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in eight women experience depression during their lifetime—twice the rate of men.

Seasons of a Woman’s Life

Each decade poses unique challenges. For women in their 20s and early 30s, comparing and finding one’s own path can be significant. “The feminist movement of our 16

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Self-care does not necessarily have to involve time; it’s a way of being. ~Christine Hassler mothers’ generation opened doors, but so many 20- and 30-something women have interpreted that as, ‘I have to do everything and be everything,’” says Christine Hassler, life coach and author of Expectation Hangover: Overcoming Disappointment in Work, Love, and Life. The San Diego-based motivational speaker views self-care to be as vital as

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education. “Women are not taught in high school and college how to take care of themselves. Prioritizing self-care is so important. I see so many young women with adrenal or thyroid burnout and eating disorders. All of that comes down to stress, relationship to self and lack of self-care.” The personal interests of women in their 30s and 40s trying to balance motherhood and career often get lost in the tangled underbrush of daily logistics. There can be a deep longing for identity well into the 50s, especially when children leave the nest. Fears of aging and loneliness often accompany women 60 and older. By passionately and joyously taking care of body and spirit, women of any generation can find renewal.

Self-Care As Bedrock

Women play vital roles in family and community, much like the foundation of a sound building, and if self-care is not the bedrock, all that is supported by it is likely to be compromised. “I believe we’ve taken the bait, the promise that if we arrange our life circumstances just so, we’ll feel ease and happiness. We’re getting to a place as a collective where we see a bankruptcy in that,” says Miami-based holistic women’s psychiatrist Dr. Kelly Brogan.

Body-mind-spirit self-care is the heart of Brogan’s approach, and self-love is the lifeblood. “Self-love is quite elusive for most of us, perhaps because our self-esteem is contingent [upon it], and we only feel good about ourselves under certain circumstances. The daily choice to prioritize caring for oneself can ultimately lead to an experience of self-love and wholeness,” says Brogan, who compares a ritualized system of daily self-care that comes first to putting on the proverbial oxygen mask before attempting to meet the needs of others. Teigan Draig, a spiritual life coach, says “The first step to finding your fire is learning to love yourself, all of yourself. Self-care and self-love are a total wellness package.”

The daily choice to prioritize caring for oneself can ultimately lead to an experience of self-love and wholeness. ~Dr. Kelly Brogan

Benefits of Self-Nourishment

Many psychologists agree that selfcare can help to improve concentration, promote relaxation, fortify relationships and boost productivity. Most women crave more me-time, but don’t know how to implement change. “Without a premise of self-care, we react based on stress patterns. We react with more tension, irritability, guilt and obligation. We say, ‘Yes’ when we want to say, ‘No’. However, when we take stock in our physical, emotional and spiritual well-being, we’re less reactive,” observes Hassler, who underscores self-care as an investment for life. “Most women have inner critics and a negative relationship with self. Self-care is essential so we can turn down the volume of the inner critic, stop people-pleasing and make selfhonoring choices.”

Balancing motherhood and career or other obligations can leave many women running on empty and resentful. “We would never tell a loved one who desperately needed some TLC to get over it and just keep going. As busy women, when we don’t take the time to care for ourselves, the consequence is our children getting a mom who is preoccupied, anxious and disconnected,” says women’s life coach Veronica Paris, in San Diego. Catering to everyone’s desires and spreading ourselves too thin can backfire. Paris asks, “How do I want my kids to look back on me as a mother? By taking the time to self-care, we’re taking accountability for how we want to show up in our world rather than shape-shifting from one situation to the next. We can teach our children how to do the same.”

Our Emotions As Wellspring

For too many women, another common byproduct of self-neglect can be emotional numbing and feeling “flatlined”. A toxic or addictive relationship to food, alcohol or shopping can be a symptom of a deep need to nourish the self and give a voice to suppressed feelings. “One of our greatest challenges is that we’ve become disconnected from our deep seat of power, which is our capacity to feel,” says Brogan. “We’ve been enculturated to disregard our experience of feeling emotions, and because of this, it’s been reduced to a very narrow bandwidth.” Brogan believes that it is key for women to reestablish a connection to nature’s rhythms and their own feminine, fluid energy, as well as giving up the need to control. “I think it’s the work of many women to understand that we’re not here to meet the needs of everyone on the planet—and with our loved ones, it disempowers them as much as we’re feeling disempowered. We’re here to meet our own needs and then offer compassion and caring in a way that comes from a more boundaried space.” Hassler affirms that when women are fully present, every aspect of life



he speed of modern life is not natural. Our natural rhythms are much slower than the pace our life requires. Feeling ready to do something before we have to is rare these days. In this “ready or not here we go” world, there is too little time to consider ourselves and our needs. Our schedules are full, and our obligations are many. Some of us juggle multiple jobs, parenting and more. When we get barely enough sleep or downtime as it is, self-care can feel like a fantasy – something we’ll never be able to achieve. Yet everywhere there are pockets of time when we can take a few minutes for ourselves. These moments arrive while we are waiting for a co-worker to finish their part of the task, waiting for our food to be ready, for our gas to finish pumping or for the bell to ring at our children’s school. The list goes on. When you think about it, these opportunities exist every day. We are more accustomed to distracting ourselves while we wait than letting ourselves inhabit the space that the waiting creates. We are often focused on whatever we are waiting for more than where we are. We don’t often consider just pausing but doing so can reset our nervous system. We can begin to attune to a slower pace. A pace where we can remember and listen to ourselves. Pausing can also be a time of discovery, a place where new insights or ideas can emerge. Learning to inhabit the pause rather than focusing on what’s coming next is a route to more deeply knowing and caring for ourselves.

Margaret Rosenau is the Director of the School of Inner Health in Denver. See ad page 8. May 2019


can be viewed through a clearer lens. “Self-care helps us tap into our super power, which is our intuition, and by doing that, we know what we need and act on that.”

Energy Healing for Self-Care

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Energy healing is available to all of us for physical, emotional and mental effects of trauma and grief. Reiki is one such modality that heals the experience of grief and trauma, both in this life and experiences in our past lives as well, according to William Lee Rand in “Reiki the Healing Touch, First and Second Degree Manual.” Consider Reiki coupled with massage, conventional medicine, or therapy as an effective way to receive healing on the physical and non-physical levels. Clients of Reiki report: feelings of inner peace; seeing a bigger picture view of the experience; a more optimistic outlook for the future; and connection to spirituality. With consistent Reiki Practice, you may find that another side effect of the healing is that former habits or crutches to help numb-out emotionally fall away. Michel Barta, Reiki Master Teacher, can be reached at 720-722-3545. See ad page 32.

Beginning the day with self-care can be as simple as taking the time to meditate and breathe deeply for a minute or two before getting out of bed and opting for a healthier breakfast. Feeding our senses and feasting on what gives us joy can be a way of life. “Self-care does not necessarily have to involve time; it’s a way of being,” says Hassler. “The more time we spend on self-care tells the subconscious mind that we’re worth it.” Draig suggests setting personal boundaries, and part of this means reserving time for ourselves. “When I became a new mother, I was running on fumes. Sometimes my daily metime was only five minutes here or 10 minutes there, but it saved my sanity. Learn to schedule self-care time in your calendar as you would anything else,” she says, noting, “My house was not always spotless, but it was a trade I was willing to make so I could take care of myself and be a better mother.” Being innovative can be an ally. “Ten minutes walking the dog or taking the baby out in a stroller can

Sometimes my daily me-time was only five minutes here or 10 minutes there, but it saved my sanity. ~Teigan Draig become 10 minutes spent saying positive self-affirmations,” suggests Paris. “That 15-minute drive can be spent deep breathing instead of listening to the news on the radio.” Blooming into our best possible self is returning to our essence. “It’s about taking off the masks, no longer living according to expectations and other people. It’s about radical selfacceptance,” says Hassler. Each decade poses an invitation to grow and commit to self-nourishment. “There will be days where you feel like you can’t get the hang of it, but you’ll arrive, and when you do, no matter what age you are, it can be magical,” Draig says. Marlaina Donato is a composer and author of several books in women’s spirituality and holistic health. Connect at


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The Mother Our Souls Need Connecting With the Energy That Made Us


by Christiane Northrup

his Mother’s Day, I want to tell you about a different way to think about your mother and about yourself—a way that is deeply true and liberating, no matter what is going on with your mother. On a soul level, we’re old friends with our mothers. And they signed up for assisting us on our souls’ journeys big time—by being willing to take on the role of our mother. And no matter how well they did or didn’t do that job, we have a job, too: to realize that though we might not have had the mother we wanted, we all got the mother our souls needed. What’s more, every single one of us can connect right now with the mother energy that made all of our bodies in the first place—the Earth herself. It has been said that when you lavish your attention on the Earth—on a flower, or a stream or any aspect of nature—that energy loves you right back. In the book series The Ringing Cedars, Anastasia refers to the land you

live on and love as, “Love dissolved in space.” You can feel this when you travel to parks and gardens, farms and yards that have been loved by those who live there. This mothering energy is available to each of us from the Earth and from Mother Nature—no matter what has happened with your biological mother. So here is my prescription for a glorious Mother’s Day. Call your mother—in spirit, if she is no longer in a body—or if speaking with her directly is too painful. Here’s a special prayer: “With my Spirit, I send Divine Love to my mother’s Spirit.” That’s it. Just say this prayer. With your whole heart. And let go of the outcome.

Happy Mother’s Day. Christiane Northrup, M.D., is a leading authority in the field of women’s health and wellness. The full text of this excerpt, reprinted with permission, appears at © Christiane Northrup, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Bodywork for Trauma and Grief by Marlaina Donato


assage is often associated with spa-like pampering, yet it is also an effective therapy for reducing physical and emotional pain. Bodywork can lower blood pressure and reduce stress hormones, which in turn helps to balance blood sugar and boost immunity. A surge of the feel-good neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine is also a natural perk of rubdowns. On the emotional level, massage therapy can offer profound benefits for anyone experiencing acute grief or the effects of a traumatic past. A Swedish study published in the Journal of Clinical Nursing shows that bereaved individuals that received 25-minute hand and/or foot massages once a week for eight weeks felt greater comfort and were more capable of coping with stress.

The Body’s Pain Language

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Like a perfect dance partner, a skilled bodywork practitioner follows the nervous system and helps the client access sources of trauma. ~Lissa Wheeler jective: get us to safety. Yet, many times, the amygdala—the part of the brain that plays a key role in this process—becomes hyper alert and falsely perceives danger when there is none. Trauma becomes hardwired into the nervous system. Pain syndromes and tension are common symptoms. No matter what the pattern for handling trauma, it takes a lot of work for the body to repress emotions, and it will create tension in the form of “armoring” to defend against unwanted feelings. “Trauma is a physiological experience.

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Cellular Memory and CranioSacral Therapy

Swedish massage, Thai massage and shiatsu are all ideal treatments for chronic pain, grief and emotional imprints locked within the body’s cellular consciousness. CranioSacral Therapy (CST) offers a gentler alternative. “CranioSacral Therapy can unravel cellular stories and assist in freeing repressed or preverbal emotions from childhood,” says Seattlebased CST therapist Barbara Coon. “Experiences are held in the body. Stress and muscular tension activate the vagus nerve, and CST focuses on calming [it].” The vagus nerve facilitates communication between the brain and the heart, lungs and gut. Coon attests to the modality’s body-centered support for reducing anxiety, depression, panic attacks, memory loss, sleep disturbances and grief. “Some people respond well to deep tissue work, while others do better with the gentleness of CranioSacral Therapy,” says Wheeler. “Like a perfect dance partner, a skilled bodywork practitioner follows the nervous system and helps the client access sources of trauma.”

Healing Frequencies

Clinical aromatherapy and therapeutic sound can also play a vital role in emotional healing, especially when combined with bodywork. Kelli Passeri, a massage therapist and owner of Sound and Stone Mas-


Body tension that results from unresolved trauma will not respond to only releasing muscle tension,” explains Lissa Wheeler, author of Engaging Resilience: Heal the Physical Impact of Emotional Trauma: A Guide for Bodywork Practitioners. Wheeler’s Medford, Massachusetts, practice focuses on releasing emotional patterns locked in tissue memory. “When the nervous system is frozen in a state of threat long after the actual threat is gone, all of the body’s activities of healthy regulation are challenged. This affects not only skeletal muscles, but also smooth muscle such as what’s found in the gastrointestinal tract. Sleep problems and teeth grinding can also result.”

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sage, in Pittsburg, Kansas, utilizes a subwoofer speaker beneath her massage table so clients can feel the vibrations of the music. “I play music recorded in specific frequencies that align with the body and the chakras or energy centers to help rebalance the energy body,” says Passeri, who also uses rose quartz crystals in her hot stone sessions. She relies on aromatherapy blends that promote opening on both physical and emotional levels. Passeri has observed common pain patterns in her clients that often don’t have a physical cause. “The sacrum tends to hold on to lifelong traumatic emotions from childhood, and the shoulders tend to reflect more current emotional blockages and issues,” she says, adding, “I encourage my clients to open up or cry because it’s a healthy thing to do. There’s no need for embarrassment and is totally okay.” Healing on any level might take time, but allowing the body’s stories to be witnessed without judgement is key. “The good news is that when trauma is worked through, the whole body is much more resilient and has a greater capacity to live life fully,” Wheeler says. Marlaina Donato authored Multidimensional Aromatherapy and several other books. Connect at

Essential Oils for Self-Care


ssential Oils can be combined with all methods of bodywork for additional relief. EO’s added to massage oils enhance massage’s benefits. Frankincense and German Chamomile are anti-inflammatory; Lavender, peppermint and rosemary have pain-relieving qualities; Rose is a wonderful cardiac tonic; Marjoram or ylang-ylang lowers blood pressure; and cypress promotes circulation. In addition, inhaled aromas affect the limbic portion of the brain, which is responsible for emotion and balancing the nervous system. The sense of smell is the only one of our senses directly linked to this limbic region. EO’s can stimulate (vetiver) or calm (bergamot) and even assist with sleep (Lavender). Explore EO’s to promote your own physical and emotional healing and awakening. Kim B. Farrington, HHP, CCAP at 720-810-7714. See ad page 30. May 2019


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Train the Brain NATURALLY By Doug Zerbarini


eurofeedback, or brain training, is a specialized method of guiding the brain to optimize electrical activity to create a state of calm, integration, balance, and self-awareness. Multiple studies in peer-reviewed journals have shown that brainwaves can be changed through operant conditioning to reduce the symptoms of ADD/ADHD, anxiety, depression, PTSD, OCD, migraines, and seizures. And, improvements to the process are being created. The classic style of Neurofeedback required much expertise as it begins with a quantitative electroencephalogram, called a brain map, that shows a snapshot of the fastest-to-slowest brain waves: beta, alpha, theta and delta, respectively. The map illustrates the intensity and frequency of the brain waves and how well the two sides of the brain communicate. This pattern is compared to optimal brain wave patterns, which have been documented and researched for decades, and a protocol is developed to help the pattern achieve optimal status.


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This method has proven effective, but it does require time and a level of expertise to map, and then fine tune the map, over multiple sessions. A new methodology uses a different, dynamical, formula (identifying specific points on a moving system, like a pendulum) and no longer requires extensive brain mapping to work. During a NeurOptimal® session, two ear clips and two small sensors are placed on the scalp that pick up the brain’s electrical activity. The client simply relaxes and listens to the music in a quiet setting. When the brain signals move into “instability,” the music will click or pause to alert the brain. That’s it. That is the feedback. You may not even be aware of this happening and there is nothing for you to do. Unconsciously, the brain understands the timing of the pauses which act like a rumble strip on the highway to allow the brain to return to stability. The brain learns from this information over time (most recommend 20 sessions) and without conscious awareness on our part. It learns

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to organize itself more efficiently. This manifests as “blocks” dropping away, life seeming easier. The word most commonly used to describe it is resilience. Clients report that the hurdles in life are a little easier to handle, that they don’t react as quickly, they are more patient with others. One local expert on NeurOptimal, Kelly Roberts CMHT, LMT, offers a testimonial. “I’ve had weekly migraines for 40 years which worsened after a head injury. I’ve tried preventative medications, supplements, nutritional and lifestyle changes, physical therapy and massage. After six sessions with NeurOptimal my migraines were significantly better, and after eight visits they were completely gone. Not even extreme stress and loss of sleep, which always brought on a headache in the past, is giving me a migraine anymore!” B Mueller. Michelle Wiegand, LCMT, BSW, offers another client’s feedback. “Since starting NeurOptimal I find I have a greater sense of awareness in my life and about myself ” LeAnn A. 30 sessions. Kelly explains, “There is no outside person having to evaluate or diagnose you, and no one but yourself – your brain – decide on the training you need. Your brain effectively communicates with itself to make its own changes.” To learn more about NeurOptimal in the Denver area, contact Kelly Roberts 303-305-8643; Michelle Weigand 720-985-9438; Maxine Tobler 720-205-4550. See ad page 15.


And the Choice to Keep Him Whole


ore and more parents are choosing not to circumcise, to bring home the WHOLE baby. Why? In the United States today, many parents are realizing that the foreskin is natural, healthy, and important. The new documentary “American Circumcision,” available on Netflix, notes that diseases supposedly prevented by circumcision are actually more prevalent in the United States than in Europe, where circumcision is rare ( In fact, no medical organization in the world recommends routine infant circumcision for medical reasons. Besides this lack of medical benefit, the foreskin serves several important sexual functions. Studies show that the foreskin is not just a flap of skin, but in fact is the most sensitive and nerve-dense part of the penis (BJU Int. 2007;99:864-9), hence

sometimes referred to as “the male G-spot.” The gliding motion of the foreskin provides natural lubrication, preventing dryness and pain during sex (BJU Int. 1999;83:79-84). Some parents worry that care of the natural, intact penis will be difficult. Nothing could be further from the truth. At birth, the foreskin is naturally fused to the head of the penis, and may not be fully retractable until puberty (Arch Dis Child 1968;43:200-3). Hygiene is as simple as rinsing with warm water from base to tip during bath time. Soap is unnecessary, and can cause irritation and upset the natural microbiome of the penis (Genitourin Med. 1993;69:400-3). When he is old enough and the foreskin has become retractable, he can simply slide it back in the shower and rinse underneath. The circumcision procedure itself carries many risks and harms. To remove the foreskin, it must first be torn away from the head, then clamped and crushed before being cut away. This produces a large wound that is vulnerable to infection

and bleeding, and causes extreme pain that lasts for several days. Circumcision has been shown to lead to increased pain sensitivity and PTSDlike symptoms up to a year later (Lancet. 1997;349[9052]:599-603). It has also been associated with SIDS (J Clin Transl Res. 2019;(2):136-151), disruptions of breastfeeding (Early Hum Dev. 1982:7(4):367374), increased emotional difficulties later in life (Vanguard Publications; 1997) (Int J Mens Health. 2011;10(2):184195), and even death (Clin Pediatr 2018;57(13):1532-40). All these dangers and harms can be avoided by protecting his human rights and allowing him to choose for himself what happens to his own body. Consent is key. Do your research. Make the informed decision. Keep him WHOLE. He’ll be glad you did! Jordan Arel is a volunteer with Colorado Advocates for Body Integrity and Children’s Rights. See ad page 11.

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he 5 million faithful listeners of National Public Radio’s awardwinning weekly broadcast Wait Wait... Don’t Tell Me! know that 20-year host Peter Sagal infuses wit and wisdom into his views of the news and the world. In his new book, The Incomplete Book of Running, he brings his trademark humor to a memoir that posits running as a mode of survival— and hope, persistence, practice and love as vehicles of redemption. Sagal’s collection of deeply personal lessons encompasses the emotional spectrum of running, body image and the special bonding between fellow runners. His exhilarating guide to life suggests we keep moving forward in all ways. He also reflects upon the 2013 Boston Marathon, where he finished moments before two bombs exploded, and explores how running helped him cope with a devastating divorce, depression and more. Sagal is also a playwright, screenwriter and the host of PBS’ Constitution USA with Peter Sagal when he’s not writing about the recreation he took up in midlife where he found himself “lost, in a dark place” after a personal crisis. He lives near Chicago with his wife, Mara.

After becoming a serious runner at nearly 40, when did you realize running had evolved into something more than a simple mission to get healthy? I was concerned about my weight, but mainly I was also concerned about get24

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As an advocate of escaping our “digital dystopia” of electronic screens by running outdoors, what’s the benefit you see in unplugging?

I’m a big fan of evolutionary biology. We evolved in very different circumstances than what we are living in now; to be attentive to the world and not with a screen in front of us. The reason we are up on two legs is so that we can look around and think. We’re supposed to ruminate. We didn’t evolve these extraordinary brains and self-consciousness so we could outsource our thinking. Anybody who has done creative work knows what’s needed to do that is uninterrupted thought.

What can non-runners take away from your book?

I’ve met people who say they don’t run, but they walk, ride bikes, hike in the woods. Those people are getting many of the same benefits as running. ting older. I ran my first marathon in 2005 as an emotional reaction to growing older, and that’s when it all began to change for me. It struck me in a deep way as something I wanted to do better. I’ve rarely experienced the classic “runner’s high”—that endorphincaused euphoria—although I do believe it exists. Rather, what’s more common is the sense that everything—body, mind—is working in concert, without discomfort, with strength, with ease. To paraphrase a line from Kurt Vonnegut, it’s when “everything is beautiful, and nothing hurts.”

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Go outside. We weren’t meant to spend so much time in offices. Take the headphones off, move, use your body. Look at little kids in playgrounds—they’re just running around before getting trained into games. We forget that. We spend so much time in our heads reading, watching screens. I’ve met people who say they don’t run, but they walk, ride bikes, hike in the woods. Those people are getting many of the same benefits as running.

Of the many anecdotes you cite about bonding with others through running, which one was the most gratifying?

Probably when I ran with William Greer, who I didn’t even know 24 hours before we ran the 2013 Boston Marathon, and by the end of that day we were friends forever because of all we went through together. [Greer is visually impaired and Sagal was his volunteer guide during the race.] We’re still in touch; we sometimes run together. He wouldn’t have finished if I wasn’t helping him and I wouldn’t have finished if he wasn’t helping me. Randy Kambic is a freelance writer and editor, in Estero, Florida.

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ur sport seems mindless only to people who never run long enough for any thought to form other than, ‘When can I stop running?’ But the only way to succeed as a long-distance runner is to do it mindfully, to be aware of the body and the world it is moving through. I think about my motion and my breathing, my muscles and their state of agitation or stress or relaxation. I note my surroundings—the downward slope I would never notice driving this street, the hawk’s nest I would never see for lack of looking up, the figure in a window caught in a solitary moment of their own. I think about the true meaning of distance—about the learning that comes from running a mile in your own shoes. From The Incomplete Book of Running, by Peter Sagal.

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(Reiki/vibrational/intuitive reading) for first-time clients. In person or phone. 2055 S Oneida St, #330, Denver. JoAnne Palladino, Reiki Master-Teacher, Channel, & Intuitive. 303-263-0679

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when you mention Natural Awakenings while scheduling your appointment. In Denver and Boulder. Michel Barta, M.Ed. Reiki Master Teacher. Peace Bridge Reiki 720-722-3545


One Year Apprenticeship in Shamanism–MayApril 2020. Transformative training to enhance knowledge and refine skills in the ancient practices of Shamanism. Candidates for this program are those with a deep calling, commitment, and yearning to create an active, embodied experience of their spirituality and their relationship to the non-ordinary, compassionate Spirit realms. Basic shamanic journeying skills required. BJ Brown 303-808-4006 or


ENERGY HEALING: Free Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing

Sacred Circle & One Heart Song Global Meditation for Peace–7-9pm. Bring your drums prayers, or your own contribution. Join with millions of other One Heart Song groups to create peace, share love and raise consciousness and frequencies. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303731-6695.

MAY 5 SUN New Moon Circle–3-5:30pm. Guided meditation, conversation, intention setting & ritual in a supportive circle. Open to all who wish to support their feminine energy. Early/$30 Door/$35 Journey Within, 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino, 720-413-7303, Yoga Nidra and Live Hammered Dulcimer Music– 4-6p.m. Deep relaxation combined with live music. Stress melts away, energy channels open. Body heals naturally. Bill Eager, Laurie Nelson. $35/prepaid; $40/door. Studio B Evergreen, 27905 Meadow Dr, #4. 720-202-8772 or

MAY 10 FRI Learn About Bemer Technology–3pm. New technology enhances: blood flow; nutrient/oxygen supply and waste disposal; cardiac function; physical fitness, strength, endurance, energy; concentration, mental acuity, relaxation. $10 includes a $45 session. Clear Sky Medical, 9085 E Mineral Circle, #260, Centennial. RSVP 303-790-7860

Health, Hope & Happiness

Psychic Fair Weekend @ For Heaven’s Sake Metaphysical Book Store– Psychic Readings @ $1.50 per minute/30-min minimum. 4900 W 46th Ave, Denver and 1923 N Wadsworth, Lakewood. Tarot 101: De-Mystify Your Deck with Winter Clark–6:30-8:30pm, $30 pp; $50 couple. For Heaven’s Sake, 1923 Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. $15 Trance Medium Healings–7:30–9pm drop-in 2nd & 4th Fridays. Receive a channeled healing from our postgraduate students. Come with a healing intention and get rid of pain, mental blocks, emotional turmoil, and spiritual imbalances.

MAY 11 SAT $25 Pet Readings–2nd Saturdays 11am–12:30pm over the phone. Improve your relationship with your companion animal. Clarify relational dynamics and negotiate issues. All species welcome. Schedule online @ Natural Summer First Aid Kit–10-11:30am. Make natural remedies to heal summertime irritations like sunburn, bruises, rashes and insect bites. Get rid of dangerous products and makeover your medicine cabinet. Repel common insects. Take home mini first aid kit. $10/$5 supply fee Wheat Ridge Active Adult Center 6363 W 35th Ave. 720-205-7500 Mother’s Day Wire Wrapping Workshop– Choose from 3: 10-12pm, 1-3pm, 4-6pm. $65 Single; $120 Couple. For Heaven’s Sake Metaphysical Books and Gifts, 1923 Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. Let’s Get Stoned! A Gemstone Exploration– 7-9pm. $12 pp; $20 couple. For Heaven’s Sake, 4900 W. 46th Ave, Denver.


Happy Mother’s Day! MAY 14 TUES The Women’s Way to Health, Wealth and Happiness-Online Meetup–5:30-7pm. Zoom Live Stream. Topic: Building Blocks for a Successful Business. Presented by Tryna Cooper (303-5504223) and Kathy Mason (720-938-2536). Donation. RSVP req’d for live stream. Shmaya Gathering w/JoAnne Palladino– 7-8:30pm. Experience Shmaya, an illumined, channeled presence that attunes you to the love and light within. $20. First Spiritual Science Church of Denver, 3375 S Dahlia, Denver. RSVP 303-2630679 or

MAY 17 FRI $60 Home & Business Healings–1st and 3rd Thursdays from 7–8:30pm. Got ghosts? Sleepless nights? Consistent household or business conflict? These are great in times of transition! In Boulder or over the phone. Schedule online Sacred Drumming Circle, Sound Celebration & Meditation–7-9pm. Sound, breath, mindfulness and meditation in the energy of the circle. Bring a snack and your instruments for an evening of vibrational expansion. Suggested $10. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695 or

MAY 18 SAT FREE Author Event with Julie Rasmussen: “I Didn’t Believe Any of This Hippy Dippy Bullsh*t Either”–1-3pm, For Heaven’s Sake, 4900 W 46th Ave, Denver. Holistic Healing and Psychic/Intuitive Fair– 11am-5pm. Massage, foot baths, reiki, sound healing, healing touch, oils. Palmistry, tarot, intuitive, astrological and crystals, jewelry, oils, arts. Practitioners and vendors vary. $20, 20 mins or as offered. Journeys for Conscious Living, Panthers Gate/MUSE Holistic Healing Center, 6650 W 120th Ave, A1-A3, Broomfield.. 303-731-6695.

MAY 19 SUN Enhance Your Intuition with Diane Maria–5-7pm. Learn to develop your intuitive gifts safely, while also protecting yourself from inter-dimensional input. $25pp. For Heaven’s Sake, 1923 Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood. Zen Golf Sundays 3 Wks–Find power and distance as we relax into our golf swing. Peace and strengthen cardiovascular health in fun, intriguing recreational sport with guest teacher PGA coach Perry Holmes. $200. Chi Wellness, Denver. Debra Lin Allen 720.427.0406,,

MAY 24 FRI $15 Trance Medium Healings–Drop-in 7:30–9pm. Receive a channeled healing from our postgraduate students. Come with healing intention and get rid of pain, mental blocks, emotional turmoil, and spiritual imbalances. Weekend Psychic Fair – @ For Heaven’s Sake Metaphysical Book Store Psychic Readings @ $1.50 per minute/30-min minimum. 4900 W 46 th Ave, Denver and 1923 N Wadsworth, Lakewood.

MAY 25 SAT Spring Chi Tea Ceremony–10:30 am-Noon. Profound healing benefits of carefully cultivated and fervently protected Da Hong Pao rock oolong tea as its personality speaks within you in the most unique Qigong Way. $25. Chi Wellness, Denver. Debra Lin Allen 720-427-0406,

save the date AMMA IN SANTE FE! JUNE 20 – JUNE 23 Meet Mata Amritanandamayi, renowned humanitarian and spiritual leader, revered for her message of selfless love and compassion toward all beings, and receive her individual, heartfelt hug. Arrive at least 90 minutes early for a token. Tokens may be limited by time constraints. Free Public Programs: Thursday, June 20, 12pm and Devi Bhava, Sunday, June 23, 7pm. Paid Retreat: June 21-23. Pre-registration required. Hilton Buffalo Thunder Resort, 20 Buffalo Thunder Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87506

7TH ANNUAL CO-CREATORS CONVERGENCE JUNE 12-16 “THE VOICE OF CO-CREATION EXPLORING THE PATHWAY TO TRUTH” A unique, experiential gathering where like-hearted individuals come together to co-create experiences (2019 theme: Throat Chakra, Voice of Truth). Share your gifts and talents with the group (not required). Planned experiences include meditation, metaphysical processes, crystology, movement, art, nature walks and co-creative processes. Three things you are sure to experience: love, laughter and life-time connections. $225. Meals, on-site lodging, camping and commuter options available. Sunrise Ranch, 100 Sunrise Ranch Rd, Loveland. Details: Facebook: LoveCCC. Questions? Call Karen 949-547-4066

LEVEL 1 – MARCONICS ‘NO-TOUCH’ PRACTITIONER TRAINING MAY 4 – 5 IN LAKEWOOD Marconics is a multidimensional energy healing modality, handed down by Spirit, for your personal evolution and the Ascension of humanity. Through Marconics energy work, you literally anchor in the energy of who you truly are at Source so that you can live your life with the full passion, purpose and beauty of your being. Marconics Teacher Practitioners Kathy Peters & Veronica Rios. $450/course; $333/recalibration at the Full Moon Bookstore, Lakewood. Info/ RSVP 424-828-5055 or

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MAY 26 SUN Free Group Meditation–9:30am-12:30pm. Coly Vulpiani, Facilitator. 2055 S Oneida St., Ste 330, Denver. RSVP 303-476-8402 or


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daily 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

tuesdays 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

Energy Healings; Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing–6-7pm. A healing is an energy clearing, release negative energy blocking growth and create the life you desire. $5 per healing. Free for first time visitors. Journey Within @ Irongate Executive Plaza 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-413-7303,

thursdays Qigong Movement–6-7:30pm. Fun group experience increases flexibility, strength, endurance, mental focus and calm. Suitable for folks healing & athletes seeking internal fortitude. $20/drop-in; $90/6 classes. Chi Wellness, Denver. Debra Lin Allen 720-427-0406,

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 our graduate students. Enjoy an advanced skill set and ask questions about relationships, career, health, and more! Schedule online

$30 Psychic Readings–7-8:30pm. Performed by our graduate students. Enjoy their advanced skill set and ask questions about relationships, career, health, and more! Schedule online.

Aura and Chakra Healings–6-7pm drop-in. Receive a 10-minute cleanse and release negative thoughts, emotions, pain and fear. Get replenished with positive energy and feel great. FREE. 1332 Pearl St. Boulder. 303-530-0920.

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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. Fun group experience increases flexibility, strength, endurance, mental focus and calm. Suitable for folks healing & athletes seeking internal fortitude. $20/drop-in; $90/6 classes. Chi Wellness, Denver. Debra Lin Allen 720-427-0406,

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 Learn About Daoism Sunday Sermon–8:30am. Daoism is a pathway to learning joy. The Dao or The Way, is a systematic approach to get in touch with your spirit. Join us every Sunday at the Dao House, 6120 CO-7, Estes Park, or online at for an inspiring talk. Return to Simplicity, Live Your True Nature. Community Tai Chi/Qigong–9am. Enjoy the relaxing and energizing effects of community meditative movements. Breath deep, increase strength and flexibility at the Dao House, 6120 CO-7, Estes Park.

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Health, Hope & Happiness

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1-Day Introduction to Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy–9:30am-6pm. Discover the living world inside the body through the elegance and effectiveness of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy. Introduces the philosophy and skills of this modality. $250. 303-999-9963 or Register at

JUNE 5-9 5-Day Introduction to Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy–9:30am-6pm daily. Discover Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and the living world inside the body. Students will explore and begin to perceive subtle underlying forces in the human body and how to support their healing capacity. This course teaches essential effective skills applicable to any healing arts modality. Course can be taken alone or as the first five days of the 50-day Certification Training offered by the School of Inner Health. $700 Call 303-999-9963 or Register at

JUNE 10 I Ching Wisdom in Changing Times 9 Wks–69pm Mondays. Eastern natural health philosophy’s most respected book, the I Ching, guides our qigong practice to align spontaneous living with Nature’s ever shifting rhythms. $540 incl materials. Register by 6/1. Chi Wellness, Denver. Debra Lin Allen 720-427-0406,

JUNE 28-30  

Meditation for Beginners 5-Weeks–Thursdays 6:30-8:30pm. Transformation your life and create change. Let go of negativity and make room for the positive. Feel your health improve. Early/$210, Door/$225. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-413-7303,

JUNE 15-16 Fun and Conversations–Join us for a great time at this year’s Denver PrideFest. Learn about our efforts to inform the American Public about foreskin, circumcision, and how we all are impacted by it. Info @

JUN 25 Begin Your Qigong Lifestyle–6-8pm. 9 weekly classes on Tuesdays. Build a heart-centered, intentional practice in the wholeness of proper qigong self-care, inner alchemy and chi nutrition. Tuition, including Learning Materials: $495. Register by June 15. Chi Wellness, The Center of Qigong, Denver. Debra Lin Allen 720-427-0406,

Biodynamic Principles–9:30am-6pm daily. Discover how to create the conditions that support healing and presence in yourself and others. Understanding and relying on the principles of biodynamics can change relational, parental and professional dynamics. Complements any profession. $390

JUNE 29-30 Spirit Guide Retreat: Connecting with Your Gifts–Access deep grounding and higher truth about self-identity and greatest offering. Discover and deepen the truest sense of “who you are”. Camping-style, private land backing to national forest. 15% off special! $300-$375. Elkhorn Ranch, Loveland/Estes Park. Shannon Elisabeth, 970-8188346

JULY 6 Day of Healing–11-3pm. Celebration-picnic and healings! Celebrate you; celebrate Journey Within in Lakewood for 8 yrs. Give to yourself: Private Energy Healings, Angel Card readings and more. Healings/ Readings by appt. Journey Within, 777 S Wadsworth Blvd. Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino 720413-7303 or

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BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES Self Empowered Healing; Own Your Power; Love Yourself; Be One with Source. Visit $30 Off Initial Healing Session: Reiki, vibrational healing & intuitive reading. In person or phone. 2055 S Oneida St, Ste 330, Denver. JoAnne Palladino, Reiki MasterTeacher, Channel & Intuitive. 303-263-0679 or

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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.

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. The best of health and prosperity await you, call today! See ad page 23.

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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 11.


Counseling for Women, IFS Therapy, Past Life Therapy, Energy Healing, Classes 1211 S Parker Road, Suite 103, Denver 720-984-9575 / Are you struggling with grief, relationship challenges, depression, anxiety or self-doubt? Are you feeling stuck in old patterns or confused on your path?  Discover clarity and purpose, reveal your unique wisdom, gain confidence and experience sensitivity as strength.  Live Your Knowing Counseling helps you gracefully bring wisdom to life through a unique blend of counseling and healing approaches including Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy, Past Life Therapy, Reiki, Metamorphosis and Bach Flower Essences.   Experience the benefits of traditional counseling while openly and actively acknowledging the role of intuition and the soul’s journey in achieving wellbeing.  Get started today with a phone or in-person complimentary consultation.

yourlocalresources DENTIST VIBRANCE DENTISTRY Dr. Cate Vieregger 7400 E Crestline Circle, Ste 230, Greenwood Village 303-770-1116 / Whether your goal is to encourage a healthy attitude towards oral health in your children or ease your own anxiety about dental procedures, our friendly staff and relaxing atmosphere will change the way you approach dental care. Our state-of-the-art equipment and spa-like amenities allow us to offer services that transcend traditional dentistry and promote wholebody wellness. See ad page 18.

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. See ad page 7.

EVENT CENTER & MEETING ROOMS 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 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 11.

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 Bioidentical 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.

HEALING JOANNE PALLADINO Intuitive – Channel – Reiki Master-Teacher 2055 S. Oneida St., Suite 330, Denver 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.

NEW! STRATEGIES FOR HEALING / LIFE VESSEL DENVER Gary & Sharon Worrell Addressing Stress Energetically 303-564-2723 / The Life Vessel™ is a chamber that utilizes frequencies of light, sound, vibration and Infrared to balance and reduce stress in the body, allowing it to perform its innate, natural ability to heal itself. Research shows that time spent in the Life Vessel balances the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) and helps with stress reduction, detoxification, and pain management. When the ANS is in balance, other systems in the body are affected in a positive way.

INTEGRATIVE CARE 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.

NEW! MASSAGE HERBAL TRANQUILITY MARIJUANA MASSAGE Chris L. Smith Jr, LMT 710 E Speer Blvd, Rm 1 Denver 720-602-0676 I founded HTMM to take the therapeutic benefits of massage to a deeper level using cannabis. I have experienced many injuries while on bicycles, motorcycles, skis, skateboards and boats. With 21+ years of massage experience and over 35 years exploring cannabis, I have had great success in overcoming my pain avoiding every surgery that has been offered. I know that I can improve your quality of life.


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. May 2019



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.


Michel Barta, M.Ed. Reiki Master Teacher

TANTRA & INTIMACY JUDITH ANNE CONDON 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.

Two locations! 2030 E 11th Ave, #902, Denver 5277 Manhattan Cir #250, Boulder 720-722-3545 / Experience deep relaxation and inner peace with Reiki, a stress reduction technique allowing your body, mind and spirit to get back into balance for healing. If you are coping with work-related stress, life transitions or feel like you need to reset to feel clear again, Michel offers in-person and remote sessions from Downtown Denver and in Boulder. Give yourself a break and schedule a session today.


Jeff Baird, Unlimited & USUI Holy Fire II Reiki Master Teacher 3560 Evergreen Pkwy, #109 720-250-8107 *In-Person & Distance Healings & Consultations *Classes & Workshops *Helping Individuals, Animals, Families & Organizations. Rediscover your wellness with gentle, leading approach. "I am honored to do this amazing work full time," he says. "Healing is a team effort. The willingness to receive healing energy is almost as important as the energy itself." He has helped many heal from Cancer, PTSD, Fibromyalgia, Insomnia, Migraines, Depression, vision problems, broken bones, panic attacks, kidney stones, diabetes and more.


SHAMANIC SERVICES WOLFHEALS SHAMANIC SERVICES BJ Brown, MSW, CIBP Shamanic Practitioner & Teacher Boulder 303-808-4006

Shamanism is known to benefit dis-ease 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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Mile High Natural Awakenings is a locally-owned, monthly publication, serving the Front Range from Aurora to Golden - from Parker to Thornto...

May 2019 Mile High Natural Awakenings  

Mile High Natural Awakenings is a locally-owned, monthly publication, serving the Front Range from Aurora to Golden - from Parker to Thornto...