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“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?” Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson from “A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles” Can you possibly read that piece from Williamson and not feel the ‘spark’ within you flare up like a bonfire?! This is how we felt creating our Vision Board this year. It was a process and vision, three years ago, that set us off towards Colorado and Natural Awakenings. Recently, we humbly sat in silence and invited the Divine to inspire us for the highest good. And boy, did he/she! As we feverishly filled the poster board, the beauty of what we were putting down was so powerful that Terry began to weep and I, well, I was choked up too. She turned to me with tearfilled eyes and said, “Oh my God, this is everything my heart has longed for all my life.” I can tell you, she has never looked so beautiful. My heart threatened to burst as her eyes reflected our dreams to come. The amazing part is that our vision is all about YOU! Our beautiful readers, our passionate advertisers and all the folks who contribute by delivering, editing, designing and even selling for our publication. You see, we have gracefully been granted this tremendous responsibility to BE the tide that helps lift us all. Our purpose has never been more clear - to be of service. Our Vision theme is literally “the top of the tree,” meaning, we’ve climbed to the highest point we know and can’t see past what we’ve envisioned because it is everything we’ve ever wanted and is so full of joyful sharing. It was extremely emotional to put it all down on paper and realize that we know it will manifest. Heck, we only dictated the thing, God wrote it! So, as present reality is manifesting our light and fullest potential, full speed ahead to our “top of the tree” and we hope you will join us in realizing your magnificence and potential! …then to plant a forest….

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newsbriefs Shepherd Valley Waldorf School Scholarship


hepherd Valley Waldorf School (SVWS) announces the SVWS One Action Boulder County Scholarship, the school’s response to the Call to Action to create a more equitable community in Boulder County. Inspired by Boulder County’s launch of One Action, One Boulder (OAOB), the scholarship will cover full tuition for five students. Applicants that qualify by demonstrating financial need and commitment to Waldorf education will be considered. Shepherd Valley Waldorf School, 6500 W. Dry Creek Pkwy, Niwot. Tours available. Info Melanie Reiser at 303-652-0130 or

New Movie From the Makers of “What the Bleep”


xalt Films and Movies From The Heart present People v. The State of Illusion, a new release written and produced by Austin Vickers. The movie explores the science and power of perception and imagination; our self-imposed prison walls of habitual thought and behavior; and documents the evidence that answers the central questions, “what is real?” and “can we really change?” People v. The State of Illusion directly involves the viewer by making them a part of a trial. The viewer acts as judge and jury over the compelling story of transformation that challenges the true nature of their perceptions, their imagination and their reality. In the end, they are given a way to transcend these illusions. Watch for the Special screening in Denver in early March and official opening to follow. Check for up-to-date information. See ad page 5.

New Holistic Health and Community Center in Golden


eart of Oneness Center is located in downtown Golden and offers various holistic health therapies, classes, events, sacred space and spiritually inspired retail products. The intention is to bring awareness and support to all people and provide a space that cultivates connection with community, spirit and self. They envision a global awakening of the hearts of the community that supports peace, harmony, kindness, compassion and oneness. Heart of Oneness Center is located at 720 14th Street in Golden. 303-278-3414.

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newsbriefs Spring Rejuvenation Fair at Deer Creek Counseling


eer Creek Counseling has outgrown their old office and moved to 6901 S Pierce St., Ste 384, Littleton and will be celebrating the move with a Spring Rejuvenation Fair on Friday, March 23. The Fair is an opportunity to try different healing and selfcare treatments such as massage, energetic healing, iridology and organic body care. Get pampered, find support and gain insight into your best health. The new office has a private waiting room and larger conference space for classes, seminars and groups. Spring Rejuvenation Fair and Open House Friday, March 23, 2:30-6pm. 720-663-7702, or

Laska Counseling LLC Opens in Denver


herapist Nina Alenko Danhorn, MS, NCC, announces the opening of Laska Counseling LLC. Clients receive care, acceptance, peace and an opportunity to explore expressive and experiential therapies. They offer a sliding scale and multiple session discounts. Danhorn’s expertise lies in: working with life transitions; grief and loss; addiction; self-esteem; body image and fertility challenges; immigration and isolation struggles; and women’s and teen’s issues. Danhorn focuses on integrating creative processes to help you expand your inner resources for healing, clarity, illumination and inspiration. Laska Counseling LLC, 3035 W 25th Ave., Denver. 720-924-1595 or

Local Psychotherapist Authors Book


J Brown, a Boulder-based Body-Centered Psychotherapist, conscious living coach, reiki master and shamanic practictioner has recently released “The Six Gates of Completion: A Companion in Life’s Transitions.” The Six Gates of Completion provides a clear path for facing change while expanding into the life we most want. This soulful book is a handy tool for creating change with greater ease and paving a path for increased awareness through transitions, great and small. “The Six Gates of Completion: A Companion in Life’s Transitions” is available at, Tattered Cover, Isis Books, Boulder Bookstore and See listing page 33.


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Bridge-It Resources Opens with Launch Event


ridge-It Resources, LLC has opened in Lakewood to assist holistic and metaphysical entrepreneurs in creating the business of their dreams. They provide business resources, support services and education to reach a wide audience. Donna Herman and Seta Tashjian each have over 20 years of business and consulting experience, as well as a thorough understanding of the holistic and metaphysical world. Their mission is to bridge both worlds with “Business Beyond Usual.” The launch event, “Navigating the New Money Energy” will be held on March 31 at Noah’s Event Center in Westminster and explores the changing dynamics of the emerging energies of the Golden Age and its impact on money and business. Featured keynote speaker Lauren Miller, Google’s #1 Stress Relief Expert, two-time Emmy award winner Denise Gentilini and a symposium panel of accomplished professionals will highlight the evening. A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Triskele Foundation, a Colorado based non-profit helping people earn their GEDs. Noah’s Event Center: 11885 N Bradburn Blvd, Westminster. Bridge-it Resources is open for business at 7475 W. 5th Avenue, Suite #311, Lakewood. 720-443-3530, or See ad page 11.

briefbriefs Journeys for Conscious Living (J4CL) is reorganizing and moving. Larry and Tryna Cooper will continue to provide services, classes and events. Check their website for the most up-to-date schedules and locations. They especially want to express their gratitude to Robby and Denye Robbins for their many contributions, now pursuing opportunities at Sunrise Ranch in Loveland. For information on their new location, event pricing and vendor information, visit,, or 303-731-6695. New Umbrella Organization for The Spiritual Community Forming: The new organization will be called CSF – Colorado Spiritual Fellowship, but the name is subject to change. The ultimate goal is a national program which includes services, advertising, promotion, grant writing and more. The next meeting, a potluck, will be held on March 10, 5-8pm at 6435 E 17th Ave, Denver. Anyone interested in being involved is invited to attend. RSVP 303-808-1527. Info Shoshone 720-621-2237 or Tryna 303-550-4223. Pick Up America starts their walk on the Colorado/Utah state line on March 4, and then will return to Last Chance, CO., and spend the summer walking/hiking across the Rockies. They plan to be in the Denver/Boulder area in mid-June. Learn more at Facebook “Pick Up America” and on Devil’s Thumb Ranch debuts a new Cooking School program, seasonal Brewmaster Dinner Series and special James Beard Foundation Dinner.

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hen food shopping, concentrate on fiber content, rather than just the amount of fat, suggests a study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. New Michigan State University (MSU) research suggests that foods high in fiber—but not necessarily low in saturated fats or cholesterol—are tied to lowering the risk of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes in teens; it’s a generation noted to be at high risk for developing chronic disease, due in part to the popularity of processed foods with this age group. The researchers found that due to low consumption of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans, the teens’ total dietary fiber intake was about 13 grams a day, well below the recommended 26 grams and 38 grams for female and male adolescents, respectively. “Our study reinforced the current dietary recommendations for fiber intake by including a variety of plant-based foods,” says lead author Joseph Carlson, a registered dietician and associate professor at MSU. “It may be better to focus on including these foods than to focus, as is commonly done, on excluding foods high in saturated fat.” Teens are not the only ones that benefit from a fiber-rich diet. A recent report published in the Archives of Internal Medicine showed that adult women and men that eat at least 26 grams and 30 grams of fiber a day, respectively, had a reduced risk of death from cardiovascular, infectious and respiratory diseases.

Does Our Food Control Our Genes?


he old adage, “You are what you eat,” may be literally true. Based on findings from a groundbreaking study by researchers at Nanjing University, in China, the connection between our food’s biochemistry and our own may be more intimate than we imagined. The researchers discovered that tiny RNAs (a mirror-image form of DNA), or microRNAs, usually found in plants, were circulating in human blood; one of the most common sources was rice, a staple of their native subjects’ diets. After conducting tests with mice, they found that microRNAs were capable of altering cell function and directly manipulating the expression of genes. The study results, published in the journal Cell Research, suggest that the human body is a highly integrated ecosystem and suggest that genetic changes in one species may trigger alterations in another.



dolescents that log between six and 10 hours of sleep each night perform better in mathematics and physical education classes than those that sleep six hours or less, according to a study published in the International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology. The researchers, after analyzing the sleep habits of 592 students aged 12 to 19 in Seville, Spain, further observed that bedtimes and wake times did not significantly influence academic outcomes; however, they did note that students that require less than 15 minutes to fall asleep tended to achieve better marks.


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Are Your Cosmetics Safe?


ou try to do all the right things: eat right; exercise; stay positive; meditate; and make sound decisions daily to keep yourself healthy. The next step may be to become aware of the safety of the everyday products that go your family’s skin and hair. Health and beauty products have few laws governing ingredients or labeling to assure their safety. Words like ‘pure,’ ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ are marketing terms that don’t necessarily mean what you think. Look up their definitions here: Unlike the U.S. where corporate interests protect “trade secret” ingredients that may include phthalates, lead acetate and petroleum products, the EU Cosmetics Directive has banned 1300 chemicals in cosmetics such as formaldehyde and its releasers (common in shampoos), lead and its compounds (an ingredient in Grecian formula), acrylamide polymers (found in foundation and skin lotions), and some phthalates (commonly found in a large variety of products). To learn more about specific products, companies and ingredients, visit the independently associated site, which shows on a scale of 0 to 10, which products and ingredients have low, medium and high hazard ratings. It includes health implications for each ingredient. By practicing due diligence and making continual small changes, the toxic load on our bodies can be minimized, contributing to overall health and well-being. Tanya Lelo is a consultant for Ava Anderson Non Toxic, the only health and beauty care line in the US in which all their items are rated ZERO on the nontoxic scale. Products are gluten-free and not tested on animals.888-870-4411 or

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What Is Shamanism?


hamanism has been practiced for thousands of years and predates the established religions of today. The word originated in Siberia and means both “spiritual healer” and “to see.” Shamans, both male and female, enter alternate states of consciousness at will in order to access healing energy, knowledge and guidance for themselves and their community. Shamans also lead groups with dance, creation of art forms and storytelling. Many books on shamanism use the expression “direct revelation,” which also expresses how a Mother Superior or a Minister accesses the supernatural realms full of mysterious energies and spiritual wisdom. The Shaman interacts directly with Teachers, Power Animals, and Helping Spirits in order to facilitate a resolution for clients, particularly with the spiritual aspects of illness and trauma. A shamanic journey is a trance or hypnotic state, wherein the client lies down while the Shaman drums or rattles in a rhythmic manner. This process facilitates their reaching an altered state in which they may communicate directly with their Guides. “Research has revealed how the steady beat of the drum affects the brain to achieve a visionary experience,” according to Sandra Ingerman and Hank Wesselman in “Awakening to the Spirit World.”. Through soul retrieval the Shaman assists clients to reclaim the pieces missing from their energy field due to accidents, illness, trauma or losses of any kind. As humans evolve, perhaps we will understand how to integrate these ancient practices to come to modern understandings of our spiritual condition and find the answers to life we all seek. Karen Rice King has taught Shamanism for over 30 years. 303-665-0175, or See Save the Date on page 28.



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il derived from the aromatic coriander plant—one of the 20 most popular essential oils worldwide—has applications beyond aromatherapy as a food additive and is widely used in Mediterranean cuisine. Coriander oil’s reputed health benefits include relieving pain, easing cramps and convulsions, aiding digestion, curing nausea and fighting fungal infections. Now, researchers from the University of Beira Interior, in Portugal, have specifically found that the oil is highly effective in killing bacterial strains such as Escherichia coli (E. coli), Salmonella enterica, Bacillus cereus and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Thus, coriander oil may be useful in preventing and treating food-borne illnesses. “Coriander oil could also become a natural alternative to common antibiotics,” says study leader Dr. Fernanda Domingues. Source: Society for General Microbiology

new, in-depth guide to the benefits of grassfed beef is now available from Animal Welfare Approved, a national nonprofit organization that audits, certifies and supports farmers that raise their animals according to the highest welfare standards, and outdoors on pasture or range. The Grassfed Primer, available as a free download at, notes that grass-fed meat and dairy products offer health benefits via higher levels of omega-3 essential fatty acids, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and vitamin E, and can reduce the risk of E. coli infection. Scientists now believe that CLA may be one of humanity’s most potent defenses against cancer.


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Bee Wary Nature’s Wake-Up Set to Snooze Bees are awakening earlier each spring, according to a Rutgers University study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Scientists report that global warming over the past 130 years has caused several species of North American bees to emerge about 10 days earlier than they did previously, with most of the shift occurring since 1970. Scientific research known as phenology measures the timing of lifecycle events of animals and plants. “A shift in 10 days is a lot from the point of view of an insect whose lifetime is measured in weeks,” says Rutgers Entomologist Rachael Winfree, co-author of the study. Because bees are the world’s most important pollinators of flowers and plants, any change in this crucial relationship could prove devastating. Study leader Ignasi Bartomeus, Ph.D., says. “If bees and plants responded differently to climate change, bees could emerge in the spring before plants were flowering, in which case the bees would die because they wouldn’t have anything to eat. Or plants could flower before the bees emerged, in which case the plants would not be pollinated and would fail to reproduce.”

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localinsights ‘Life Between Lives’ Hypnotherapy for Spiritual Integration By Melanie Smithson


t some point in their lives, many people ask the questions, ‘Why am I here?’ and ‘What is my life’s purpose?’ They may find clues in what they love, are passionate about changing or by what ticks them off. Life Between Lives (LBL) therapy may give these folks a direct response to these questions. Dr. Michael Newton, PhD, author of Journey of Souls and Destiny of Souls, personally facilitated over 7000 LBL clients. Once in a deep trance state, his clients spontaneously reported their activities after death and before their next incarnation. Thirty years of facilitating LBL sessions uncovered an amazing consistency of information which became the basis for his books. Now there are LBL therapists around the world. Newton now refers to this work as Life Between Lives Hypnotherapy for Spiritual Integration rather than Regression. This change is highly appropriate as the actual experience of LBL helps the client to integrate past lives and lessons with their current life and purpose. The Newton Institute surveys LBL clients who report the most profound and lasting aspect of their journey was finding their life purpose. Additionally, many experienced unconditional and ever-present love for the first time in their lives! LBL spiritual integration requires deep trance work and sessions last up to four hours. Trance is a natural state of consciousness during which the mind becomes less linear and analytical than in the waking state. It is much more receptive to suggestion than usual and the subconscious becomes more accessible. Hypnosis is not something that is done to you; ultimately, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. Hypnotic regression has helped clients access memories and feelings that have not been available to the conscious mind. When used appropriately, regression can profoundly impact a person’s well-being and outlook on life. From the Newton Institute Website: “Hypnotic Regression permits access to memories that are not limited to the brief span of time that consciousness has occupied our physical body. These Spiritual Self memories include remembrance of past lives lived and of the experiences and lessons accrued in what has been termed “Between-Life” states. Through hypnosis it is possible to consciously realize that we are spiritual beings occupying human form, not human beings striving to be spiritual.” During an LBL journey, clients meet their spirit guides to review their recent past life for lessons and incomplete issues. Many clients report meeting with a soul groups and receiving council on their questions about life purpose. Others gain a deeper understanding of why they chose their particular body or life. LBL clients consistently experience warmth, understanding and compassion in ways more far-reaching than what they have experienced in their body. LBL often speeds awakening to people open to this path. Therapy often fails because we stay at the conscious level (where the ego has a lot to say about what happens) whereas negative self-beliefs and trauma is held in the body and the sub-conscious. Life Between Lives is an incredible modality that bridges mind, body and spirit. Melanie Smithson, MA, ADTR, LPC, CHt owns the Smithson Clinic, Inc., an alternative health clinic offering body-oriented psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, acupuncture and bio-energetic medicine. She can be reached at (303)271-7659, or See ad page 15.


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Are You Using Your Neti Pot Wisely? By Doug Zerbarini


hat was once considered a rather esoteric cleansing ritual of yoga masters is becoming mainstream practice in western cultures- use of the Neti Pot for daily nasal cleansing or jala neti. It is important to understand Neti Pot basics and to be aware of its potential to help eliminate nasal infections. Jala neti uses the Neti Pot to flush the sinuses from one nostril through the other with a warm, saline-balanced solution. This solution is usually made by adding a pre-mixed bag of salts to water. It is important to use a ‘clean’ salt such as Sea Salt rather than table salt which is usually iodized and contains anti-caking agents. Also, one should always use purified or distilled water in your Neti Pot. The state of Louisiana issued a warning in December 2011 after two people died upon using tap water to jala neti. They became infected with an amoeba, Naegleria Fowleri, known as the ‘brain-eating amoeba,’ which is found in warm shallow waters, and apparently, in Louisiana’s tap water as well. The sinus is responsible for warming and moistening inhaled air and to trap fungus, bacteria and allergens before they reach the lungs. Infections occur when invasive pathogens overwhelm the immune system. Symptoms include headaches, toothaches, fever, dizziness and severe congestion. There is a real challenge to treating sinus infections - the biofilm layer described by researchers Parsek/Singh and Sanderson/Hunsaker. Infecting pathogens reside under protective layers of this mucous ‘biofilm’ and go unreached by orally ingested antibiotics as well as inhaled agents. Here they can grow exponentially, doubling every 20 minutes. They are not significantly impacted by a saline rinse which only washes away the top layer. Fortunately, non-drug options exist using herbal and natural supplements in conjunction with the Neti Pot. The use of silver has been around for millennia as the Greeks, Romans, Chinese and Druids used silver vessels, eating utensils and even

silver coins dropped into clay jars of water, milk and wine to preserve the freshness of their food and drink. This practice survived into the recent century as some folks may recall their great-grandparents using silver coins this way. According to Dr. Leonard Keene Hirschberg, A.M., M.D. of Johns Hopkins, colloidal silver disables certain enzymes needed by anaerobic bacteria, viruses, yeasts, and fungus resulting in their destruction. Unlike antibiotics, which only work on bacteria, silver does not allow resistant ‘super bugs’ to develop. In fact, Silver sulphadiazine (Silvadene, Marion Laboratories) discovered by Dr. Charles Fox of Columbia University, is used in over 70% of burn centers in America to control infection. At one point, silver was in heavy use in the U.S. until the rise of the pharmaceutical model and its patented antibiotics. Infrequent cases of Argyria, a permanent bluish discoloring of the mucosal linings, were mainly attributed to excessive use and the use of ‘inferior’ or protein-bound silver colloid solutions. Modern experts see no risk unless the user is ingesting copious quantities for extended periods. One such expert is Steven Frank, owner of Nature’s Rite, a Longmont-based natural health products business. Frank has not only co-authored papers on colloidal silver, he has also commissioned his own research to ascertain the ideal concentration and synergistic mixtures to eliminate stubborn sinus problems. Frank likes using the neti pot with an enhanced colloidal silver wash, retained in the nostrils for ten minutes. The tremendous antimicrobial killing power of this mixture outperforms everything he’s examined in destroying invasive pathogens. However, salt and tap water will ruin a good silver colloid. Either use a dedicated Neti Pot for the colloid or rinse yours thoroughly with deionized or distilled water. According to Frank, soothing and beneficial herbs such as Calendula, Plantain and Aloe can be used to restore healthy mucosa and reduce inflammation. The combination of Calendula and Plantain increase cell production rate and accelerate the rebuilding of sinus tissues by increasing the production of collagen. Aloe Vera contains vital nutrients used to produce healthy non-scar tissue for repairing the mucosa. Further he says, Echinacea root and Grapefruit Seed Extract offer antimicrobial benefits while Eucalyptus leaf helps to control excess mucus production to keep sinus passages open. The Neti Pot can be far more useful than as a mere rinsing tool. With the ideal blend of herbs and colloidal silver supplement, it becomes a powerful tool to battle infections and restore healthy sinuses. Steven Frank is an ‘innovative herbalist’ who passionately develops natural products to assist with many common ailments. For references and questions, he can be reached at or 888-465-4404. MyNaturesRite. com. See ad page 20.

How Does Mercury End Up In Our Fish?


ish is one of our most precious and abundant sources of health-giving, brainbuilding, essential omega-3 fats. These fats are necessary for optimal brain development from fetus to adult as well as for proper brain function. Now, a growing concern is that fish is also one of the primary sources of mercury, a heavy metal contaminant which can destroy brain neurons within minutes. This short video link from the University of Calgary shows the effects of mercury on neurons. It’s a few minutes long and is truly mind-blowing! Mercury is lipophobic (fat-fearing) and so tends to incorporate into the tissues of muscle, liver and heart cells. For this reason, fish oil usually contains very little mercury. The majority of the world’s electricity is still generated by coalfired power plants which release mercury into the atmosphere as a byproduct. Mercury is then brought back to Earth through rain and ‘poisons’ our streams, lakes and oceans as it settles to the ground. On the lake or seabed, bacteria take up the mercury and convert it into the biologically active form, methylmercury, which is then taken up by various aquatic plants and animals. As big fish eats smaller fish, it makes its way up the food chain, becoming more concentrated in a process called bioaccumulation. For a more in-depth explanation of this process click on the EPA’s link: Because everything in nature’s ecological web is so efficiently recycled, most of the mercury that makes its way into the food web becomes a permanent part of it. Continuing contamination increases the permanent presence of methylmercury in this food web. We now face the current contamination of the species that is an integral part of the world’s food supply. As participants in the food chain, and occupying the top spot, we have to carefully consider our food choices to avoid mercury toxicity. Seafood closer to the top of the food chain, such as shark, swordfish, King Mackerel, tilefish, tuna, farm-raised salmon, orange roughy, marlin, grouper, Chilean and striped bass are especially dangerous due to bioaccumulation (seafoodwatch. org). Increasing contamination concerns led the National Institutes of Health in 2004 to release new recommendations that pregnant women, nursing mothers and small children avoid fish and seafood that is known to have high levels of methylmercury. This interconnectedness of all things is why the turning to cleaner fuels and ‘going green’ is so crucial for the health of the planet and therefore ourselves. Karen Kurtak, L.Ac. Dipl.Ac., holds a B.A. in Environmental Biology, with an emphasis in biochemistry. She is a licensed Acupuncturist and certified in Traditional Chinese Medicine which she practices as part of the elite team of wellness experts at the Grossman Wellness Center in Golden. 303-233-4247. See ad page 7. natural awakenings

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Eli Ashby Healing Arts Center


long the streets of adorable Olde Town Arvada, you will find a trellis and a flagstone sign, signifying the entrance to an unassuming yellow Victorian house called Eli Ashby Healing Arts Center. As you walk in, you are sur-rounded by a gift shop filled with beautiful baubles, books, clothing and other sundry items and, occasionally, you are greeted by a lively golden retriever pup named Levi. You would expect in a healing arts center that the energy is restorative and peaceful, and Eli Ashby does not

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disappoint. “Not only did two doctors practice here for 60 years before we came along,” says Lori Drienka, founder and director, “but this is a high point in the area where they practiced sacred Indian sun dances. There are definitely healing properties here.” The name itself is quite a legacy; Eli Ashby was Drienka’s daughter’s fiancé, who tragically died in 2005 at the age of 20. “He gave me strength and courage,” says Drienka. “Eli’s strength, love and joy for life is an inspiration to us all.” A unique offering of the Center is a Healing Arts Membership, where you can pay one low price each month and take advantage of its many services, from Acupuncture Treatment (initial and follow ups), Acutonics (Sound Healing), Massage and Facials to Crystal Healing, Reiki and Akashic Readings and Spiritual Advising. As a member, you also receive discounts on classes and ‘Members Only’ specials and events. Additionally, the Center has many other services such as natural childbirth classes, Reiki, Spiritual Response Therapy, Spiritual Restructuring, Chakra Balancing and even House Clearings, among others. How about a babysitter while you have your treatments? That is a welcome touch for

harried parents needing an hour of solitude. The Center serves as a pivotal point in the community; there’s a large lending library where anyone can walk in; just to sit and read there gives you a sense of calm that you certainly won’t find in your local library. The Center hosts charitable projects as well; they just finished up a drive for the Arvada Food Bank, and have raised money for the Ralston House, which helps children and teens recover from the trauma of physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse. The Center hosts several events each month such as the “Fat Be Gone 90-Day Challenge” a supportive weight reduction journey, a workshop on dowsing and Everyday Oils for Health. The prices are reasonable and discounted for members. Lori grew up with chiropractic and acupuncture from her grandfather and received regular adjustments, so her interest in health has always leaned toward the holistic. She is an SpR/SRT practitioner (Spiritual Restructuring and Spiritual Response Therapy) and was recently promoted to National Consultant for the Spiritual Response Association. SR/SRT is a psychic-spiritual method that uses universal energies to heal past life traumas and subconscious blocks. “Our mission here,” says Drienka, “is to inspire, educate and empower people to understand that healing lies within.” Eli Ashby Healing Arts Center is located at 7401 Grandview Ave, Arvada. 303-463-6565. Receive $10 off the first month of your monthly membership when you mention this article. See ad page 22.


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he word ‘pets’ might conjure up images of your dog or cat, but for Hero’s Pets owner Chelsea Kent it means “Planetary and Ecologically Trusted Supplies.” That is the premise behind her pet store, chock-full of personallyresearched foods, toys, supplements, treats, bedding and other products that are of the highest quality, allnatural and earth-friendly. “My goal,” says Chelsea, “is to help change the world for the better.” Oh, is that all? Well, she’s off to a good start. Her pet foods and treats are limited to companies with a well-documented history of good quality control, cleanliness, and human-grade ingredients. She has tested many of the supplements she carries herself and they are of the highest quality and potency, as well as the treats. The toys and bedding are made from recycled materials and are recyclable. Chelsea tries to buy mostly from small, independantly owned companies, many within Colorado, with a total of about 40-50 trusted local companies, and partners with several small local businesses that hold events at Hero’s Pets for animal adoptions, anesthesia-free teeth cleaning, and chiropractic, among others. You might think that all this research and great quality come at a price, but you would be surprised. “Our prices are really reasonable,” she says. “I have a chart for comparison…can you believe canned food from the grocery store is 2-2.5 times more expensive than raw, which is infinitely better for your pet’s health?” And like Kris Kringle at Macy’s in Miracle on 34th Street, she will send you to another locallyowned place to buy what you need if necessary. “We work within all budgets, and totally understand if previously good customers fall on hard times. We are always happy to

help change things up to fit a new budget or need.”” Tips from Chelsea: never buy raw meat from a grocery store and feed it to your pet; the pathogen levels are too high. Never buy more food than your pet can eat within 4-6 weeks; you might not be able to tell but even dry food goes rancid. Store food in the original bag placed in an airtight container; the bags are designed to keep food fresh and the good oils in the food. Those quick tips speak to the expertise you get when you walk into Hero’s Pets. Chelsea focuses on maintaining a knowledgeable staff, espe-

cially when it comes to ecological local and global issues, and nutrition. Kent believes in a holistic approach to your pet, which includes a free nutritional consultation which can take up to an hour and half. She can give you a detailed regimen to get your pet in balance, which supplements to take, and maybe more importantly, which ones not to. Kent has seen animals who are extremely overweight or haven’t had a healthy stool ever; owners who have spent thousands at the vet. While it might seem a bit unsavory, her customers have actually sent her ‘poop pictures’ to show her how much she has helped. Maybe we wouldn’t go that far, but her nutritional recommendations have helped pets lose weight, stop scratching, eliminate properly, live better, healthier lives, in a very short amount of time. Surely that picture is worth a thousand words. Hero’s Pets is located at 8086 W Bowles Ave, Unit N, in Littleton. 303-972-1962. See ad page 11.

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Changing the Way America Eats Nourishing the Shift to Farm-Fresh Foods

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entucky farmer and writer Wendell Berry states that in order for people to care about their food, “They have to taste it.” Tasting the difference between fresh, local, organic foods and those that travel hundreds or thousands of miles before touching our taste buds is catalyzing a healthy change across America. Consider the growth in patronage of farmers’ markets alone: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports the number of markets has soared, from 1,755 in 1994 to 7,175 in 2011. What’s driving the surge? Incentives include our appreciation of scrumptious seasonal flavor, a comforting sense of community


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cies,” have “statistically different nutrient contents.” In other words, each variety promises a unique mix of healthprotecting compounds. Supermarkets must rely on crops and animal products that can withstand longdistance travel and also meet uniform appearance standards. Small farmers serving local markets, on the other hand, can better preserve the legacy of biologically diverse heirloom crops and heritage breeds because of the shorter distances between field and plate. An heirloom tomato picked ripe at peak flavor can’t survive a lengthy commute, but nothing tastes better when it’s plucked fresh from the vine and still warm from the sun. Planting diverse, region-specific crops also reduces the burden of weeds, pests and plant diseases—and any related chemical use—and helps provide safe nourishment for pollinators and wildlife, as well. No wonder the Organic Farming Research Foundation characterizes farmers as the largest group of ecosystem managers on Earth. Everyone can support a cause that feeds us well while caring for the planet.

and the reassurance of knowing exactly where our food comes from and who— often on a first-name basis—grew or produced it. Good, healthy food germinates in genuine relationships—between growers and consumers, and farmers and the Earth. Local markets boost hometown economies, too; the USDA predicts a record $7 billion in such food sales this year, delivering a greater proportion of food dollars directly to farmers. Regional food systems also support the biological diversity that is vital to sustainability. According to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, “different varieties of the same spe-

With 57 being the current average age of American farmers, and more than a quarter 65 or older, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition recognizes the desperate need for more young farmers. When the National Young Farmer’s Coalition recently surveyed 1,000 beginning farmers, it found that access to capital, land and health insurance presented the biggest hurdles to entering farming as a career. The Women, Food and Agriculture Network has identified access to health care as the main challenge facing females that want to farm. While city dwellers tend to idealize farming as a romantic occupation in a bucolic setting, it is actually a risky,

physically demanding job. Despite the challenges, farmers say they love their work because they enjoy being outside, working with their hands, producing high-quality food and being their own boss. It helps to be healthy, smart and an optimist at heart.

Sticker Price versus Hidden Costs To consumers coping in a down economy, the cheapest price may sometimes seem like the best choice. John Ikerd, professor emeritus of agricultural economics at the University of Missouri, notes that, “Americans, on average, are spending only half as much of their disposable income for food today as they were in the 1960s.” However, at the same time, “The percentage spent on health care has doubled.” Scores of studies show that many of today’s chronic diseases are related to poor diet. Factor in medical costs associated with food-borne illnesses, antibiotic-resistant bacteria and pesticide- and hormone-contaminated food and water, and it’s easy to understand why Michael Carolan, author of The Real Cost of Cheap Food, declares, “Cheap food... is actually quite expensive.” One way for families to save money on food costs is to reduce waste. Jonathan Bloom, author of American Wasteland, says Americans waste more than 40 percent of the food we produce for consumption, throwing away $100 billion-plus in food a year. Most of it ends up in landfills. Instead of providing incentives to agribusinesses to produce less expensive food, smarter national farm and food policies could prioritize producing higher quality food and wasting less of it. Kathy Bero, board president of NuGenesis Farm, in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, advocates shifting commodity payments to organic farmers. Her nonprofit educational farm promotes “food as medicine,” along with cost-saving, health-boosting consumer strategies

such as learning how to garden and cook to maximize nutritional value.

Inspiring Trends Stephanie Coughlin, a farmer in San Diego, California, says: “If you don’t have local farms, you don’t have local security.” Across the country, communities are proving how a few conscious buyers can improve everyone’s access to high-quality local foods. Farm to Hospital: As director of nutrition services at Fletcher Allen Health Care, in Burlington, Vermont, Registered Dietitian Diane Imrie has the power to influence the economic security and sustainability of her community and surrounding region. Imrie sources approximately 40 percent of the food served at her hospital from farms located within a day’s drive. In her work, she helps keep farmers on their land while providing higher quality food to patients and staff. The facility also supports onsite gardens, which yielded $2,000 worth of produce in 2011, despite Vermont’s short growing season. The hospital food is so popular that its café serves downtown businesspeople, further bolstering profitability and community benefits. For local maple sugar producer Bernie Comeau, Imrie’s consistent purchases provide an income he can count on every month. Imrie is glad to note that for farmers, selling their food to the hospital is “like a stamp of approval.” Marydale DeBor, who founded and led the “plow to plate” comprehensive food and disease-prevention initiative associated with Connecticut’s New Milford Hospital, maintains that, “Institutional leadership is critical.” She says that thanks to a supportive CEO that believed in bringing farm-fresh foods to hospital food services, their retail café more than doubled its revenue within two years. DeBor believes that hospital food should set an example for public health. “We need to support beginning farmers, and more food hubs and new distribution systems to facilitate access,” she says.

“Consumers need to let their hospitals know they should focus on good food and nutrition.” Farm to Restaurant: Leigh Lockhart, owner of Main Squeeze Natural Foods Café and Juice Bar, in Columbia, Missouri, buys supplies directly from local organic farmers and never quibbles about price. She composts any food waste in her garden, where she grows some of the produce used in her restaurant. Rather than large plates of cheap food, Lockhart serves portions within U.S. Dietary Guidelines, comprising higher quality, more satisfying meals. Relationships with chefs are important to farmers, advises Carol Ann Sayle, owner of Boggy Creek Organic Farm, in Austin, Texas. Farmers can rely on a sure buyer; chefs appreciate dependable and high quality food; and customers return because of the great taste. Farm to School: Organic farmer Don Bustos, program director for the American Friends Service Committee of New Mexico, trains beginning farmers and ranchers in ways to provide food to the Albuquerque Public School District and beyond. For example, farmers grow crops during the winter in solar-powered greenhouses, and aggregate their products to meet school needs. Mobile meat processing and distribution networks also create jobs while keeping small farmers economically and environmentally viable, explains Bustos. Local agriculture fuels strong communities and fresh local foods help children thrive. In the Pacific Northwest, AmeriCorps volunteer Emma Brewster works with the Real Food Challenge, a national youth-based program that encourages colleges and universities to shift 20 percent of their food budgets to farm-fresh, locally sourced foods.

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about an acute inflammatory response and also summons the aid of immune system cells such as lymphocytes— thymus cells (T cells), bursa-derived cells (B cells) and natural killer (NK) cells—as well as monocytes (a type of white blood cell). These then migrate through the bloodstream to eliminate specific pathogens or pathogen-infected cells.” In contrast, chronic inflammation occurs when the immune response stays activated, rather than naturally abating, and the body’s defense system consequently turns against itself. Today, a number of leading physician scientists including Jain are drawing attention to an epidemic of cases of such chronic inflammation. With 35 years of experience in general surgery and 15 years of focused study in integrative medicine, Jain bases his concern on extensive study and research. He currently serves as the medical director of Amrit Ayurveda for Total Well Being, at the Amrit Yoga Institute, in Salt Springs, Florida. Floyd H. Chilton, Ph.D., author of Inflammation Nation, and professor of by Linda Sechrist physiology and pharmacology at Wake Forest School of Medicine, in Winstont’s important to note that wounds and healing response is often misrepresented Salem, North Carolina, is on the same infections would never heal without as being synonymous with infection, it wavelength. Trained as a physician and the presence of acute inflammation, is not; even when the inflammation is specialist in infectious disease and inthe body’s normal biological response caused by infection. flammation at Harvard Medical School, to harmful pathogens, damaged cells Dr. Vijay Jain, an expert in ayurvedic Chilton’s 20 years of research have and irritants. Although this protective medicine, explains how the system likewise led him, along with pioneers measure to initiate the body’s natural normally works: “An infection brings like Dr. Andrew Weil, to conclude that



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chronic, systemic inflammation is the root cause of many diseases. The condition has been linked to rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Crohn’s disease, psoriasis, irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes, allergies, arthritis, atherosclerosis, Alzheimer’s and cancer. Furthermore, in 2000, The New England Journal of Medicine published several studies showing that blood indicators of inflammation (such as homocysteine, fibrinogen and C-reactive protein) are strong predictive factors for a heart attack. These experts all point to the standard American diet as a primary culprit for setting chronic inflammation in motion, and cite an anti-inflammatory diet as helpful in counteracting the problem. Kathy Bero, founder of at NuGensis Farm, Inc., in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, attests that an anti-inflammatory diet containing many angiogenesis-inhibiting foods was a major factor in the remission of three aggressive forms of cancer that threatened her life six years ago. “Many of the diseases linked to chronic systemic inflammation also share a dependence on inappropriate blood vessel growth, which either nourishes the disease or hinders the body’s fight

against it,” Bero explains. “Angiogenesisinhibiting foods are known to assist the body in controlling the healthy growth of blood vessels.” The nonprofit NuGenesis Farm supports 35 acres dedicated to growing anti-inflammatory and angiogenesis-balancing foods with the strongest disease prevention properties, using sustainable organic agriculture practices. It offers a “food as medicine” model for global communities seeking alternative methods for naturally preventing disease. An anti-inflammatory diet recommended by family physician and nutritionist Ann Kulze, author of Dr. Ann’s 10-Step Diet, includes colorful, fresh fruits; green, leafy vegetables; low-glycemic foods such as whole grains, sweet potatoes and winter squashes; fruits such as berries, cherries, apples and pears; high-quality protein in omega-3-rich fish such as wild salmon, sardines, herring and mackerel; seeds and nuts such as walnuts; and green tea. It also calls for the vegetable-based protein found in soy foods, beans, lentils and other legumes. Ginger and turmeric, dried or fresh, rank among recommended spices. In addition to maintaining a healthy

and correct balance between omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, an anti-inflammatory diet eliminates consumption of margarine, vegetable shortening and partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, all of which promote inflammation. “Anti-aging researchers believe that chronic inflammation shortens our lifespan,” remarks Jain, who recommends a prophylactic diet specific to the constitutional makeup of any of the three ayurvedic doshas—vata, pitta or kapha—as well as the annual panchakarma detoxification program. He further emphasizes that food should be freshly prepared with fresh ingredients and loving intention. “Proper economic studies would increase our understanding of the true cost benefit of growing food for the purpose of disease prevention,” says Bero. “Many believe that incorporating anti-inflammatory and angiogenesis-inhibiting foods into our daily diet will not only improve both overall health and the outcome of treatment, it will also go a long way in reducing immediate and long-term health care costs.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings magazines.

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is among the largest of its kind. Sometimes called “vertigo farming”, because the farmers overlook an urban skyline, these enterprises re-green the landscape, wisely manage rainwater and rebuild affordable local fresh food systems.

Window Gardens Windowfarm co-founders Rebecca Bray and Britta Riley ( help homeowners grow some of their own food in window spaces year-round. Their research-and-developit-yourself hydroponic system project facilitates plant cultivation without soil, using nutrient-infused water pumped through a series of growing containers. To date, more than 20,000 people have downloaded plans for their own Windowfarm.

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or everyone that feels surrounded by a concrete jungle occasionally relieved by a pocket park, green strip or landscaped median, the concept of finding a place to grow their own food may seem like a fantasy. Fortunately, backyard, rooftop and community gardens are good ideas that are coming on strong. Around the country, productive green spaces are replacing paved lots and lawns with edible perennials and seasonal crops that enable folks to eat better and fresher, while reducing the family food bill. “Food plants can be grown anywhere, including on a highrise balcony, miles from the nearest farm,” says David Tracey, author of Urban Agriculture: Ideas and Designs for the New Food Revolution. “You just need to meet the plant’s basic requirements for sunlight, water and a few nutrients. Cities are great places to grow specific kinds of food; they tend to have plenty of niche areas such as empty lots, rooftops and the ends of streets that new urban gardeners are using for growing fresh crops like salad greens and tomatoes.”

Rooftop Raised-Beds Urban farmers in the United States are now transforming an increasingly significant portion of the country’s millions of acres of flat rooftops. Launched in 2010, New York’s Brooklyn Grange rooftop farm operation (BrooklynGrangeFarm. com), totaling nearly an acre atop a mid-rise warehouse,


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Aquaponics is a well-organized way to sustainably raise fish and fresh produce together. “It mimics natural recirculation of resources in wetlands in a constructed dual-use ecosystem; the only inputs are fish feed and a small amount of power,” explains Sylvia Bernstein, author of Aquaponic Gardening and founder of “Because an aquaponic system can be set up anywhere, including warehouses, parking lots and exhausted fields, it is ideally suited to help localize food production and provide an alternative to clearing more land to feed our future.”

Patio Paradise “When your space is limited, you start to think creatively about how to best use it,” notes Tracey. “Consider all three dimensions of a balcony or other narrow areas to maximize growing potential. Climbing vines such as grapes and berries, hanging pots with tomatoes and nasturtium, and fruit trees in half-barrels are great ways to grow more food in a small space. The crops don’t know they’re in a pot.” Herbs also love containers. Some plants, like tomatoes, can even be grown upside-down to more efficiently use limited space.

Vacant Lots “Community gardens are an excellent solution for those with the garden itch and no good land to scratch,” advises Roger Doiron, founder of Kitchen Gardeners International (Kitchen, a nonprofit community of 20,000 members that has been cultivating change since 2008. Community gardens have taken over empty city lots, church lawns and schoolyards that are collectively farmed for food, relaxation or social camaraderie. Co-gardening a neighbor’s lot and sharing the harvest is another option. lists some 2,500 community gardens in its database, as does the American Community Gardening Association (

Eating the Lawn Put into food production, America’s 25 million acres of lawns could go a long way toward reducing the environmental cost of transporting produce hundreds or thousands of miles. Americans growing their own food isn’t a pie-in-the-sky fantasy. As University of California garden historian Rose Hayden-Smith confirms, “During the peak year for Victory Gardens, 1943, some government estimates indicated that up to 40 percent of the fresh fruits and vegetables consumed on the American home front were produced in school, home, community and workplace gardens.” “One of the first steps in bringing healthy foods to the forefront of society is bringing them to the front and center of our living spaces,” concludes Doiron. “Growing food in small spaces is all about doing what you can with what you have. It’s a matter of changing our notion of potential food-producing landscapes.” It does wonders for people’s connection to nature, too. John Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist are co-authors of Farmstead Chef (, ECOpreneuring and Rural Renaissance. Their award-winning Inn Serendipity B&B ( operates completely on renewable energy.

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tion. In his two decades of global research, Esselstyn, who directs the cardiovascular prevention and reversal program at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, found that wherever people ate a plant-based diet, cancer and cardiovascular diseases were rare. In many of the case histories and personal stories chronicled in Forks Over Knives, diet was used as a treatment for various diseases and cited as being more effective than prescription drugs. Anthony Yen and Evelyn Oswick, for example, attest how their lives were saved by switching to a by Linda Sechrist whole-foods, plant-based diet after a lifetime of illness that included multiple heart attacks and surgeries, as well ilm Producer Brian Wendel’s as chronic chest pain. Treatment under concern for the many Americans the care of Esselstyn succeeded in suffering from multiple chronic reversing advanced-stage heart disease diseases, as well as the strain this puts in both cases. Today, they enjoy active on our nation’s health care system lives full of friends, family and meanand economy, sparked the idea for ingful work. documenting what doctors researchSocial media channels such as ing the issue have to say about it. In Facebook have been vital to spreading his latest film, Forks Over Knives, these the word about the effective solutions pioneering thinkers examine the claim presented by the Forks Over Knives film that most, if not all, of the degeneraand companion book (complete with tive diseases afflicting humanity can recipes). Wendel reports inspiring posts be controlled or reversed by avoiding such as, “Your film changed my life,” or “I the ingestion of animal-based and no longer require diabetes medication.” processed foods; more, they make Potential savings in costs to people a compelling case that switching to and the planet are vast. Consider, for a whole-foods, plant-based diet can instance, that according to the Polyrestore health. technic Institute of New York UniverMuch of the foundational science sity, if the entire U.S. population were showing why a plant-based diet of to adopt a plant-based diet for just whole foods is not only best for everyone day, the nation would save at least one’s health, but also for the planet, 100 billion gallons of drinking water, comes from noted nutrition research enough to supply every person in as “the most relevant carcinogen ever every home in New England for nearly pioneer T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D. identified.” With concrete evidence in four months. He has summarized his results in his hand, and accounting for other diet book, The China Study, co-authored Wendel foresees the ForksOver and lifestyle factors, the pair went on with his son, Dr. Thomas M. website ultimately exto conclude that consuming whole, bell. His 1980 study of 130 Chinese panding into a news resource, linking plant-based foods offers the best strat- people with information provided by villages, involving 6,500 adults and egy for improving health and prevent- leading experts in the whole-foods, their families, directly tied the coning serious diseases. sumption of animal protein-based plant-based world via various meOther solid science presented in the dia platforms. It will also provide foods to the development of cancer film comes from Dr. Caldwell B. Essel- opportunities to blog with experts, and heart disease. styn, Jr., whose 150 scientific articles Based on his research, Colin Camplisten to live broadcasts about food complement the 1995 publication of bell, teamed up with Dr. Junshi Chen, preparation and find resources to help his peer-acclaimed book, Prevent and individuals transition to a healthier, currently a senior research professor Reverse Heart Disease, which sumwith the Chinese Center for Disease plant-based diet. marizes the results of his long-term Control and Prevention, in Beijing, research on arresting and reversing specifically characterized casein, a Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for coronary artery disease through nutri- Natural Awakenings magazines. protein found in milk from mammals,

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Sanskrit Chanting Meditation–7-8pm. Also on the 21st. Full hour of profound healing and enlightenment. Relax and receive the therapeutic, magical sound waves and frequencies of ancient Sanskrit mantras as chanted by meditation master James Galusha. Sugg Donation $10.Heart of Oneness Center, 720 14th Street, Golden. 303-278-3414, or

MARCH 1, THURSDAY Nutritional Cleansing Presentation & Tasting–79pm. Also on the 15th. Learn to cleanse and burn fat naturally, safely and effectively! Eliminate toxins. Lose 9-12 pounds in 9 days! Product tasting. FREE. LifeSource Health Partners 65 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. RSVP 303-934-3600 or

MARCH 3, SATURDAY Reiki I Class–9am-4:30pm. Beginning REIKI I class taught by Kathryn Brown, Master Reiki Teacher/ Practitioner for 25 years. Reiki II and Master Level III to follow. Retakes welcome. $150 includes Level 1 instruction book and lunch. Retake special $50. Centennial. Kathryn Brown 303-796-0999. Find Your Happiness–10:30am-Noon. Tired of being angry at the world? Want better relationships, more money and better health? Learn to ‘release’ using the Sedona Method with an experienced, certified coach. $25 advance/$35 door. Smithson Clinic, 2825 Vallejo St., Denver. Melanie Smithson, MA, LPC, BC-DMT, CHt, 303-762-8994, or ‘Sit Means Sit’ Puppy Training Class–9-10am. Covering the basics. FREE. App’t req’d. Hero’s Pets, 8086 Bowles Ave N, Littleton. 303-972-1926. Death as a Spiritual Teacher–9am-Noon. With Dr. Patty Luckenbach. Heal the wounds of your losses and release the fear of moving onto the next level of existence. $95. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. 303-237-8851 or

MARCH 4, SUNDAY Discovering New Dimensions of Divine Love–10:3011:30am. Understand how Divine Spirit (the ECK) works in our lives. Reading from the ECK works, HU Song, quiet contemplation, music, stories, and connection with others after the service. FREE. Eckankar Center of Boulder Valley, 1800 30th St. Suite 208, Boulder. 303-443-1610 or Non-Denominational Church Service–11am. Doors open 10:40-11am. Celebrate the journey of life with meditation and a spiritual message the first Sunday every month. Followed by FREE aura healing-chakra balancing clinic. Rev. Lauren Skye, Officiating Minister. Church of Infinite Spirit / Inner Connection Institute 2755 S Locust St., Ste 213, Denver. 303-7581743. The Oneness Meditation: A Transmission of Divine Energies–Doug Bentley, monk from Oneness University in India, shares a transformative blessing with audiences to stimulate spiritual energies and accelerate the awakening process. 6 locations over 3 days in Denver/Boulder. Suggested donation, $10$20. Hosted by Colorado Oneness Trainers. Debra 720-364-0789, or Drum Circle–5:30-7:30pm. Chanting 5:30-6pm, drumming 6-7:30pm. No exp necessary. Love Offer-

ing. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. 303-237-8851 or Spiritual Gathering, Healing Clinic & Lunch– 11am-Noon. Join Rev. DebraRae in a sacred space for a spiritual gathering, service, healing clinic, refreshments, community and lunch. (No Service 3/18 due to Celebration Fair.) Offertory/Donations. Sacred Spaces House of Light, 223 Titan St., Aurora. Rev. DebraRae, 303-365-0200,

MARCH 5, MONDAY ‘Manifest Your Calling’ Teleclass–7-8pm. Learn to connect with your deeper purpose and action steps to begin creating meaningful work that feeds your soul. FREE from the comfort of your home. Marlene Zaleznick, 720-771-1257, or

The 5 Secrets to Looking & Feeling Younger–78:15pm. Reviews studies, testimonials and articles on the value of natural health care. Sugar, hormone function, weight gain, exercise, eating healthier, drug effects and the benefits of chiropractic/natural treatments as a complete health care program. FREE. LifeSource Health Partners, 65 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. RSVP 303-934-3600 or Oneness Blessing–5:30-6:30pm. Certified blessinggivers offer Oneness Blessings, a non-denominational benediction and Oneness Energy transferred. Accelerate spiritual growth and deepening. Love Offering. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. 303-237-8851 or

Yoga of the Mind Centering & Grounding Class– 7-9pm. Also on the 12th. Learn: active mediation to change interactions with others; restore boundaries in your relationships; grounding, centering, and clearing exercises to optimize your energy. $39. Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave., #103, Denver. David Stevens, 303-668-2358, or


Introduction to DBT Skills Training–1-2:30pm. Learn Mindfulness skills that help create change to live a more joyful and effective life. $20. RSVP Sarah 720-663-8827 or

Introduction to DBT Skills Training–6:30-8pm. Work with Mindfulness skills to help create change to live a more joyful and effective life. $20. RSVP Sarah 720-663-8827 or

MARCH 6, TUESDAY Brain Balance Achievement Center Informational Lecture–12pm. Lecture covers brain function of children that struggle with academics, socialization and behavior. We can help your child overcome these issues without medications! FREE. Brain Balance Achievement Center, 1211 Avery St., Golden. RSVP 303-278-1780 or Learn to Heal with Angels 4-Week Program–7-9pm. Meet your Guardian and Healing Angels. Guided meditations help you heal, release grief, guilt, addictions and habits to create the life you desire. $180. Journey Within; Inside Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. Anita Destino, Founder of Journey Within, 720-413-7303, journeywithin@ or

MARCH 7, WEDNESDAY Group Meditation for World Goodwill–7:158:15pm. Monthly group meditation focuses on the energy of Pisces in March. This energy brings back the spiritual light and energy of consciousness into material form. Sugg donation $5. First Church of Divine Science, 1400 Williams St., Denver. Linda Rinelli 303-366-9730, or FREE Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing Healing Clinics in Denver–12:15-1pm & 5:45-7pm. A healing is an energy clearing, like a psychic shower. Unnecessary energy is cleared, including blocks to growth and flow. Donations welcome. Clinics 1st

FREE Introduction to SoulCollage–5-7pm. Amazing process of self-discovery and connection that helps with life’s questions. Multi-level, creative process. Donation of $5-10 appreciated. People House, 3035 W 25th Ave., Denver. RSVP 720-924-1595, or

Open Door Reading Space–7-8:30pm. Rev. DebraRae channels your guides/angels to answer your questions. Small Groups. $20. Sacred Spaces House of Light, 223 Titan St., Aurora. Rev. DebraRae, 303365-0200 or Lunch Bunch at Sweet Tomatoes–1pm. Have a helping of wellness over lunch! Learn tricks to get 17 fruits & veggies into your family’s diet every day. FREE. RSVP by March 6. Heather 303-753-2665. Holistic Moms Network Monthly Meeting–6:308:30pm. Bring a mug, chocolate bar and a hot topic to share. Clear minds of clutter. FREE. Denver Waldorf School, 940 Fillmore St., Denver. Denver Metro Holistic Moms Network, hmndenverco and!/HMNDenverCO

MARCH 9, FRIDAY Approachable Ayurveda and Abhyanga Techniques– 6pm. Three-part class introduces Ayurveda and presents a simple teaching style giving massage therapists and other practitioners the basic techniques for selfnurturing and client-based therapies. CE credit. $360. PranaYoga and Ayurveda Mandala, 3333 Federal Blvd., Denver. Hansa 303-432-8099, or Manifest Your Calling–10am-Noon. Five Fridays. 5-step process to create work that feeds your soul and awakens your life purpose. $175 before March 3, $215 after. Marlene Zaleznick 720-771-1257, marlene@, or

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savethedate SLOW THE AGING PROCESS BY REVERSING CELLULAR DECAY Thursday, March 8, 6:45-8 pm Dr. Bill Bergman, MD shows you how the research leading to a Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2009 has tremendous practical value in your efforts to reverse cell decay and optimize your well-being! Scientific research is now confirming that in addition to our chronological age (measured in years) we have a biological age based on the health of our body’s 100 trillion cells. Accelerated cell aging is occurring because of several factors that are largely under our control. Complimentary; bring your friends and family! Location: St. Anthony’s Hospital- Media Center/ Conference Room, 11600 W. 2nd Place Auditorium B & C Lakewood, CO 80228. RSVP required;

Trance Medium Healing Clinic–7pm. Please arrive early. Open Channeling 7-7:30ish, FREE, is followed by Healings, $10. This dynamic process facilitates re-alignment, cleansing of the spirit and involves channeling, energy readings, and intense individual clearings. Plan some time for self after your healing. No appt necessary. Inner Connection Institute 2755 S Locust St., Ste 213, Denver. 303-758-1743 or Inner Child Journey with Rev. Ras Smith–Fri 7-10:30pm; Sat 10am-9:30pm. Heal childhood wounds and express the “real you” while creating a foundation of success in your life. $95 includes lunch. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. 303-237-8851 or

MARCH 10, SATURDAY “NAVIGATING THE NEW MONEY ENERGY” March 31, 9am-12:30pm Bridge-It Resources presents their launch event “Navigating the New Money Energy” as they bring Business Beyond Usual to conscious business owners. Bridge-It’s panel of experts will discuss the new, and sometimes challenging, dynamics of being in a heartfelt business in a business-minded world. Be inspired and come away with a clearer vision for your business. Let us help you navigate the new money energy! Featuring keynote speaker Lauren Miller, nationally acclaimed speaker/ author, and music by Denise Gentilini, two-time Emmy award winner. Advance: $25/Door: $35. Location: Noah’s Event Center, 11885 N. Bradburn Blvd., Westminster. RSVP 720-443-3530 or

SPIRIT JOURNEY: LEVEL 1 Saturday, March 31, 10am-5pm Learn the history of ancient spiritual practices. In guided meditations, you will “journey” to meet your Spirit Guides and Power Animals and ask them questions. Workshop cost of $150 includes “Shamanic Journeying” and CD by Sandra Ingerman; and a kit of Egyptian Method Earth Acupuncture rods to create sacred space. Please call 303-6650175 or see for details.

Spirit Mending: Soul Retrieval, Ancient & Modern–10:30am-1pm, Longmont. Learn about the causes of “soul loss,” when pieces are missing from the chakras due to accidents, illness, trauma, or losses of any kind. Event includes a demonstration of the traditional Soul Retrieval process. $10 suggested donation, includes snacks and beverages. Instructor Karen Rice King has taught shamanism for over 30 years. More info at KarenRiceKing. com. RSVP Karen at 303-665-0175. Meditation for Weight Loss; a 4-week series– 10am-Noon. Meditation and energy skills that support health goals, increase success, and create a healthy relationship with food. $100. Facilitated by Kim Curtis who has lost 65 lbs and maintained her weight for a year. RSVP 303-758-1743. Inner Connection Institute 2755 S Locust St., Ste 213, Denver. Dowsing 101–11-12:30pm. Lori Drienka teaches this useful technique for tapping into source. Expand your perspective on life. Hands-on experience. $35. All ages welcome. RSVP 303463-6565. Eli Ashby Healing Arts Center, 7401 Grandview, Arvada.

MARCH 11, SUNDAY 2 DAYS TO SUCCESS- CLEAR THE BLOCKS! Saturday & Sunday, March 31 - April 1, 9:30am-5pm Transform your inner critic, let go of limiting beliefs, and set a path to joy and freedom. In this weekend intensive, we will use powerful principles from Jack Canfield, coupled with Sedona Method Releasing, Visualization and Creative Modalities. We all know that self-doubt and negative self beliefs are the destroyers of dreams; let’s process those annoying limitations and release them forever. Sneak preview Wednesday, 3/21, 6:30pm. $387 by 3/9, $437 after 3/9. Smithson Clinic, 2825 Vallejo Street, Denver. Facilitator: Melanie Smithson, MA, LPC, BC-DMT, CHt, 303-762-8994,

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Tea Talks for Women Presents: If Only God Would Give Me a Sign with Linda Potter–2:304:30pm. Learn to read the signs to manifest your dreams, live abundantly and create lasting, loving relationships. $10. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. 303-232-4079 or

MARCH 12, MONDAY Oneness Blessing with Sacred Sound–78pm. Also on the 26th. Experience the grace and divinity of the Oneness Blessing, a nondenominational transfer of energy believed to bring awakening of the heart, enlightenment and a feeling of oneness. Native American drum and Tibetan singing bowls. $5 sugg donation. Heart of Oneness Center, 720 14th St., Golden. 303278-3414, or

MARCH 13, TUESDAY 12th Annual Women’s Spirituality & Wellness Festival–10am-4pm. Gender-inclusive community celebration featuring local businesses and individuals offering health and

wellness information, tarot and psychic readings, books, arts, crafts, jewelry, and more. FREE. Tivoli Turnhalle, Auraria Campus, Denver. Institute for Women’s Studies & Services, 303-556-8441 or Healing with Past Lives–6-7pm. Could unresolved past lives be affecting your relationships, career, health and happiness? Learn how healing the past resolves longstanding issues, clarifies life purpose, and leads to a more joyful life. FREE assessment. Renee Ellis, MA CMT, Renaissance Center, 427 E. Bayaud, Denver. FREE; space limited. RSVP or 720-984-9575. FREE Public Talk–6-7:30pm. “Ignite your Appetite for Life and Fire up Your Metabolic Power.” Sunflower Market, Boulder. Rachael Codina - 970-315-4008 or

MARCH 15, THURSDAY Angel Healing Clinic–7:15-7:45pm. Instructors communicate messages from the Angels and assist in healing for individuals and the group. Individual Healing Sessions 15 minutes $25, 8pm by app’t. $10/ Group healing $25/individual healing. Journey Within; Inside Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. Anita Destino, founder of Journey Within, 720-413-7303, or Awakening the Divine Feminine with SoulCollage– 12-3pm. Connect with your inner beauty and self through SoulCollage and embody the intrinsic knowledge of your feminine power. No artistic talent or experience needed. $25. People House, 3035 W 25th Ave., Denver. RSVP 720-924-1505, or

MARCH 16, FRIDAY FREE Healthy Longevity Educational Series–23pm. Learn how stress affects our aging and how to slow down the process. This months topic is “Laugh Often.” MorningStar Senior Living Center, 2800 Youngfield St, Lakewood. RSVP Nikki Crouse 303-233-4343. Animal Chiropractor–2-4pm. $45/session. Appts or walk-ins welcome. Hero’s Pets, 8086 Bowles Ave N, Littleton. 303-972-1926 or The Fifth Agreement with don Miguel Ruiz–7pm. Gain tools to create a deeper awareness of the power of the Self and come away with fresh insights to recover your faith and authenticity. $30. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. 303-2378851 or FREE Conscious Movie–7:30pm. “Visions of a Universal Humanity” and “Humanity Ascending”. Futurist Barbara Marx Hubbard gathers some of the greatest minds of our time to reveal the potential for the next stage of human evolution…a future filled with infinite possibilities. FREE. Center of Light, 2300 Forest St. or 720-308-9944.

Oracles, Seers, & Witches: An Interesting History of Things Psychic–3-5pm. Gain an historical overview of the use of the psychic senses and learn techniques to gain psychic insights. Lisa Lanyon, MH, psychic, intuitive artist and witch. $26. ISIS Books & Gifts, 2775 S. Broadway, Englewood. Aspen Program for Psychic Development, Karen Fox, Ph. D., CCht. Pre-registration req’d, Meditation & Qigong Workshop–7-9pm. Twohr workshop includes Meditation, Qigong and Energy Healings with World Music. $20pp. Lumonics, 800 E. 73rd Ave., Denver. David Stevens, 303-668-2358, or

MARCH 18, SUNDAY FREE Introduction to SoulCollage–5:30-7:30pm. A FREE night of fun and exploration with SoulCollage, a deep but gentle creative process anyone can enjoy. All materials provided. Location: People House, 3035 W 25th Ave, Denver. RSVP or

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Community Hu Song–10:30-11am. Third Sunday ea mo. HU is an ancient, sacred, non-denominational name for God sung for spiritual upliftment. FRE. ECKANKAR Center of Denver, 5800 E. Evans Ave., Denver, 303-756-9287 or ECKANKAR Center of Boulder Valley, 1800 30th St., Ste 208, Boulder, 303-443-1610 or

Improv with Erica–Sat, 9am-4:30pm; Sun, 1:455pm. Explore the art of Improvisation and its relationship to life and the principles of Science of Mind & Spirit. $125. Register 303-246-9882. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. 303232-4079 or

Learning from Adversity–2-4pm. Jim Sharon, Ed.D., compiler/editor of the anthology “Ordinary Men, Extraordinary Lives: Defining Moments” facilitates a workshop teaching ways to grow from major life challenges. $10 advance, $15 door. W 46th Ave., Denver. RSVP 303-964-9339 or


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Special Movie Screening–5:30pm. “The Camino of Saint Francis” by James Twyman. James and 40 peace workers carried peace prayers on a 10-day journey to Assisi, Italy to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Day of Peace. FREE. Heart of Oneness Center, 720 14th St., Golden. 303-278-3414, or

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Introduction to your Intuition–10-11:30am. See description March 19. FREE. Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave., Denver. David Stevens, 303-668-2358, or

Men’s Spiritual Growth Circle–2:30-4:30pm. “Unlocking the Mysteries of Close Relationships: The Power of Emotions” with Jim Thomas. Explore the power of emotions to overcome the illusion of separation and foster close, authentic relationships. $7. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. 303-237-8851 or

Spiritual Seminar Greed vs. Generosity–7:30pm. Father Peter Bowes, international Spiritual Master, speaker and author, discusses the balance between simple acts of sincere generosity and selfish desires. Learn to choose for your highest good. $25. Center

Your Body’s Healing Power Presentation: 6pm. Free. With Dr. Katia Meier and the Clear Sky Medical Team. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) can now be used easily for healing of painful joints and tendons, as well as tissue rejuvenation. Drawing for Radiesse and Vitamin C serum. Clear Sky Medical, 9085 E Mineral Circle #260, Centennial. RSVP 303-790-7860.

MARCH 19, MONDAY Introduction to your Intuition–7-8:30pm. An interactive class introduces you to basic ‘Yoga of the Mind Intuitive Meditation.’ Group discussion and exercises to easily access your intuition and travel with the flow in your life. FREE. Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave. Denver. David Stevens, 303-668-2358, or

MARCH 20, TUESDAY Brain Balance Achievement Center Informational Lecture–6:30pm. See description March 6. FREE. Brain Balance Achievement Center, 1211 Avery St., Golden. RSVP 303-278-1780 or Golden@

MARCH 21, WEDNESDAY Contemplative Yoga Teacher Training–1:30pm. 265-hr program, one session/wk and one weekend a month for ten months. This training introduces the foundations for teaching yoga and developing a yoga sana class. $3750. PranaYoga and Ayurveda Mandala, 3333 Federal Blvd., Denver. RSVP Hansa, 303-4328099, or Oneness Blessing–5:30-6:30pm. See description March 7. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. 303-237-8851 or Natural Approaches to Preventing and Handling Arthritic Pain–7-8:15pm. Workshop reviews osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, their basic tissue changes and covers their neurological and physiological aspects. FREE. LifeSource Health Partners 65 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. RSVP req’d 303-934-3600 or Children’s Health–1pm. Learn to improve your children’s (and grandchildren’s) health by doubling their Nutrition every day in an easy, simple, affordable way. FREE. RSVP Heather 303-753-2665. Find Your Happiness–6:30-8pm. See description March 3. $25 advance/$35 door. Smithson Clinic, 2825 Vallejo St., Denver. Melanie Smithson, MA, LPC, BC-DMT, CHt, 303-762-8994, melanie@ or Introduction to your Intuition–7-8:30pm. See description March 19. FREE. Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave., Denver. David Stevens, 303-668-2358, or

MARCH 22, THURSDAY Yoga of the Mind Centering & Grounding Class– 7-9pm. Also on the 29th. See description March 5. $39. Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave., #103,


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MARCH 23, FRIDAY Meditation & Qigong Workshop–1:30-4:30pm.

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Three-hr workshop uses Meditation and Qigong to cleanse the organs and meridians of your body. $35. Above City O’ City Restaurant, 1280 Sherman St., #204, Denver. David Stevens, 303-668-2358, or Prenatal Thai Yoga Massage–6:30-8:30pm. Mothersto-be learn: to ergonomically get onto the Thai mat; positions; and the most common discomfort areas for prenatal patients. Stretches and acupressure points discussed to optimize safety. Open to mothers-to-be, their partners and therapists. FREE. Denver Integrative Massage School, 2414 W 32nd Ave., Denver. Hypnosis 101: Access Your Psychic Abilities–9am2:30pm. Use self-hypnosis to gain permission to be psychic, clear blocks and open your abilities. Karen Fox, professional psychic and hypnotherapist. $76. VAST Wellness Center, 2323 S Troy St., Ste 105, Aurora. Aspen Program for Psychic Development Karen Fox, Ph. D., CCht. Pre-Register 303-942-0646 or Spiritual Seminar Sloth vs. Diligence–7:30pm. Mother Clare Watts, international Spiritual Master, speaker and author teaches the art of getting things done, moving through blocks to gain the peacefulness that will manifest your desires. $25. Center of Light, 2300 Forest St., Denver. 720-308-9944 or Denver@

MARCH 24, SATURDAY Animal Communicator Skye Heartsong– Any animal welcome. $45/30 minutes. Years of experience and clients in 18 states. Appts or walk-ins welcome. Hero’s Pets, 8086 Bowles Ave N, Littleton. 303-972-1926 or Spiritual Seminar Healer or Agitant?–10am-2pm. Mother Clare Watts, international Spiritual Master, speaker and author guides you through the false worsening of your spiritual condition that often precedes a breakthrough to fully accept the healing process and move through it with grace. $40 incls light lunch. Center of Light, 2300 Forest St., Denver. 720-308-9944 or Experiencing Bloating, Heartburn and Other Digestive Issues?–10:30am-Noon. Learn how digestion is key to overall health and how to support recovery. Tools you can employ immediately. FREE. Pre-reg required. Smithson Clinic, 2825 Vallejo St., Denver. Gail Smithson, LAc, 303-762-8994, or

MARCH 30, FRIDAY What Will Set You FREE Integration with Rev. Cynthia James–7-10pm and Sat, 9am-5pm. Through lecture, movement and spiritual practice, experience a safe space to claim the full expression of your life. $95 incl lunch. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. 303-237-8851 or

MARCH 31, SATURDAY Healing with Past Lives–12-1pm. See description March 13. FREE. Renaissance Center, 427 E. Bayaud, Denver. RSVP req’d Renee Ellis, MA CMT, 720-9849575 or DreamREAL 2012–9:30am-1:30 pm. Powerful, transformative, must attend event based on “whole brain” technology. Creative strategic planning workshop unlike any other and design your plan for 2012! $89/ friend free until 3/17; $99/friend free: 3/18-3/30; $129/ friend free at door. Rocky Mountain Miracle Center, 1939 S Monroe St., Denver. More information & buy tickets at

ongoingevents monday Community Thai Yoga Massage Student Clinic– 11am-8:30pm & 5-9pm. Also on Tues & Thurs. Student sessions available to the public! In Thailand you still find traditional, community massage setting. Our sessions combine Thai yoga massage with Asian and Western massage techniques. 60 min-$21, 90 min $28. Denver Integrative Massage School 2414 W. 32nd Ave., Denver. Appt req 720-316-8888 or danielle@ Low-Cost Healing Touch Clinic–9:30am-6:30pm. Experience physical vitality, emotional well-being, mental clarity and alignment with your Highest Self! Healing Touch is a gentle energy therapy in which client and practitioner create, through heartcentered intention, a deeply nurturing healing session. $45/50minute session. InfiniChi! at Boulder Healing Arts Center, 5600 Arapahoe, Boulder. Susie 303-7483423.

tuesday Energy Healing Clinic–5:30-6:45pm. Rejuvenate yourself with a 15 min Aura/Chakra energy clearing. Remove stagnate and non useful energy from your body to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. FREE. Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave., Denver. David Stevens, 303-668-2358, davids@ or Introduction to Meditation and Christian Mysticism–7:30pm. A powerful, 6-week introductory course for modern mystics. Classes: The Inner Spiritual Path; Meditation; Soul; Light; Prayer; and Blessing. Move deeper than the body, beyond thought and emotion, into the reality of God’s peace and presence within. FREE. Center of Light, 2300 Forest St., Denver. 720308-9944 or DBT for Teens–4:30-6pm. Littleton DBT offers Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for Teens, an evidence-based practice that helps teens cope with stress, anxiety, self-esteem, sibling rivalry, grief, drugs and alcohol, and other self-destructive behavioral problems. 720-490-6227. Modern-Day Meditation–7:30-10pm. Music guides you to a calm and open state, think clearly about daily life changes and find a deeper spiritual connection. First class free. Colorado Health and Wellness Center, 126 W 5th Ave., Denver. Lily 303-524-4040, or Modern-Day-Meditation-Denver/.

wednesday FREE Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing–67pm. A healing is an energy clearing, like an “energy car wash.” Release negative energy blocking you from growth and from creating the life you desire. Donations welcome. Journey Within; Inside Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. Anita Destino, founder of Journey Within 720-413-7303, or

Women’s Wellness Support Group–6 pm. 1st&3rd Wed. Ruth Sharon, M.S., LPC gathers caring women for support and accountability for physical, emotional, mental and spiritual wellness. Breathe, meditate, share and ask for what you need! FREE “wellness conversation” to set goals. Health insurance co-pay or $35/ session. Near DTC. 303-796-7004 or Energyforlife. us/blog/events.

thursday Low-Cost Community Clinic–By appt only. Clinical Stress Assessment, Holistic Stress Mgmt Consult, Coaching and Bodywork. See Resource Guide for details under Healthy Mind. Regularly $100/hr, special clinic rate Thurs in Boulder ONLY at $45/50 min session.Velina Lujan, MA, CMT. 5600 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder. 303-717-7709. Weekly FREE Healing Energy Clinic in Wheat Ridge–6:30-7:30pm. A healing is an energy clearing, like a psychic shower. During a healing, unnecessary ‘blocking’ energy is cleared and clarity and contentment are restored. Donations appreciated, but not required. Readings are available after the clinic- $25. Inner Connection Institute North Side location: 4325 Harlan St., Wheat Ridge. 303-2574797 or FREE Psychic Readings–7-8:30pm. Schedule a 90 min reading to learn about your soul essence, past lives and aura. Ask personal questions to get a psychic perspective about what is really going on. Boulder Psychic Institute, 1332 Pearl St., Boulder. 303-530-0920, or FREE Aura and Chakra Healings–6-7pm DropIn for a 10 Min Healing. Negative energy is gently removed from your body and replaced with your own positive energy. You will feel great and be ready to take your next steps. Boulder Psychic Institute, 1332 Pearl St., Boulder. 303-530-0920 or

friday Low-Cost Anti-Aging Clinic: Fridays at Grossman Wellness Center–by appt. Look and feel younger by learning to take better care of body and mind. Learn the #1 cause of aging and how to reverse it! Dr. Grossman, the leading expert in Anti-Aging Medicine, and his expert team of practitioners are offering their services at a substantial rate reduction. $99 Massage & Facial: Stress and skin assessment and treatment. Frontier Medical Institute, 2801 Youngfield St., Golden. Velina 303-717-7709.

saturday Energy Healing Clinic–9am-1pm. 1st & 3rd Sat. Rejuvenate yourself with a 15-min Aura/Chakra energy clearing. Remove stagnate and non useful energy from your body to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. FREE. Indoor Farmers Market, 200 Santa Fe Dr., Denver. David Stevens, 303-668-2358, or

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Brenna Witt, LMT Kittredge Village 26030 Hwy. 74, Kittredge 303-526-0038 Do you have sore muscles, persistent pain or just need to relax? Allow your mind and body to melt into my capable hands at In Touch Massage Therapy, located on scenic Hwy 74, just minutes from Evergreen. I specialize in Trigger Point Therapy, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone, and Injury. Enjoy your fully customized massage while listening to the soothing sounds of Bear Creek and bird songs outside the window. I am currently offering a new client special of $45 for an hour and $65 for 1.5 hours. Gift Certificates are available. Book your appointment today!

YOGA ALOHA YOGA Chandra U. Supnet, CYT Yoga Instructor 26030 Hwy 74, Suite E, Kittredge 303-570-5439 Did you know that the regular practice of yoga can transform your life? That anyone, at any age, at any fitness level can start at anytime? The benefits from practicing yoga: lose weight & build muscle tone, improve energy and happiness, physical & spiritual healing, increase flexibility and strength, balance hormonal and endocrine systems, improve your heart health, reduce stress and more! Aloha Yoga is welcoming students of all levels to join our Hatha Yoga classes on Tuesdays 10-11:30 am or Wednesdays 6-7:30 pm at the Blue Heron Arts studio. Call or email prices. Private lessons available. Namaste.

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BOARD CERTIFIED HOLISTIC MD CLEAR SKY MEDICAL Katia I. Meier, M.D. Panorama Falls 9085 E Mineral Circle, #260 Centennial, CO 80112 303-790-7860 Family practice physician specializing in Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement therapy, Neurotransmitter balancing, comprehensive Nutritional analysis and therapy, Homeopathy, Herbology, Naturopathic Medicine, Personalized Detoxification Programs, Medical Weight Loss and Cosmetic procedures. Treating all ages and most insurance welcomed. Call for more information today. See ad, page 16.

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HEALTHY LIVING INTEGRATIVE HEALTH RED TAIL WELLNESS CENTERS Ian Hollaman, DC 3393 Iris Ave. #105, Boulder 303-882-8447 Ian Hollaman, DC focuses on difficult and chronic cases such as elevated glucose and cholesterol, thyroid disorders, and novel solutions to pain and injuries. He holds a proficiency level in professional Applied Kinesiology and has accumulated hundreds of hours in post graduate nutrition. See ad page 21.

RED TAIL WELLNESS CENTERS Karen Hollaman, DC, LMT 3393 Iris Ave., Boulder 303-882-8447 After a 4 year ‘Medical Mystery’ in my teenage years, I learned the true value of health from a holistic chiropractor. Because of her understanding of how the body heals itself when given the proper support, I was given a second chance at life. Chiropractic resonated with me and I knew I wanted to offer women and children the same hope and care I had been generously given. If you or your family struggles with health issues please contact the Red Tail Wellness Center so I can help you take flight again and let your health soar. See ad page 21.


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HEALTHY MIND BODY-CENTERED PSYCHOTHERAPY BJ BROWN, MSW, CIBP Conscious Living and BodyMind Vibrance Coach Reiki Master, Shamanic Practitioner 303-808-4006 Boulder, CO Individuals, couples, families and groups can have a deeper sense of wholeness, integrity, health and joy, where we create a container in which you discover the source of your well being. I bring my commitment, presence, humor and expertise in the areas of relationship, trauma, spirituality, life transition, addiction, and body-mind awareness. Long distance consultations also offered. Please see my website for information on my recently published book, The Six Gates of Completion - A Companion in Life’s Transitions, available on Kindle, The Boulder Bookstore, and The Tattered Cover.

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KATE DAIGLE COUNSELING, LLC Kate B. Daigle, MA, NCC 709 Clarkson Street, Denver 720-340-1443 Kate Daigle, MA, NCC is a Registered Psychotherapist and National Certified Counselor treating men and women with eating disorders, body image and self-esteem concerns. Are you hoping to live free of destructive eating patterns, distorted thoughts, and low self confidence? Kate helps you decrease harmful behaviors and thoughts and to cultivate inner peace with body, mind, and spirit. Through personal experience and clinical training, Kate understands what it feels like to be disconnected between mind and body and utilizes empathy, honesty, mindfulness and other effective techniques to help others find freedom as well. Kate treats men and women of all ages, couples and families, and provides free educational talks on symptoms and treatment of eating disorders. Call or email today for a free consultation and for more information.

COACHING & MASSAGE VELINA LUJAN, MA, CMT Certified Holistic Stress Manager Certified QiGong Healer & Gerontology Naropa & Esalen Offices in Boulder & Golden 303-717-7709 Overwhelmed by the magnitude of your responsibilities? Need more peace, energy and vitality while pursuing your vision? Free yourself of the stressors that have gotten in the way of your life’s work. Velina supports you in managing stress more effectively through practical, time efficient and highly effective methods. She motivates, inspires and gently yet powerfully supports you on your journey with unique skills, training and background. Bodywork is a nurturing complement, helping to break through the body armor and drop into the deeper issues that lie beneath the surface. Call now for your FREE introductory 15-minute consultation. 303-717-7709.

PSYCHOLOGY & GROWTH EVA SZUCS, PSYD, P.C. 1660 S. Albion St. # 309 Denver, CO 80222 720-556-7689 Dr. Szucs helps adult individuals and couples to gain insight into their presenting problems and learn healthy ways to manage life’s stressors. Dr. Szucs specializes in treating Eating Disorders, Trauma, Substance Abuse, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Mood Disorder, and provides Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills training in group or individual settings. She also provides psychological assessment, ADHD evaluation, and Intelligence testing for adults and children. Flexible schedule. Insurance and Credit cards are not accepted. Contact Dr. Szucs to schedule a free phone consultation.

KATHY HIGGINS, MS, MA, LPC, CACII, EMDR Deer Creek Counseling 6901 South Pierce Street, Suite 384 Littleton, CO 80128 720-663-7702 Kathy helps individuals bring about change in order to live more effective and joyful lives, using Interpersonal, Dialectical and Person-Centered therapies as well as Hypnotherapy. Kathy specializes in treating Depression and Bipolar Mood Disorder; Trauma and PTSD with EMDR; Phobias, Anxiety, and OCD; Eating Disorders; Recovery from Addictions, Career Change and Alternative Spirituality. Flexible schedule to meet your needs. Insurance and Credit Cards Accepted. Free 30 minute consultation to see if you can benefit from psychotherapy with Kathy, call 720663-7702 or visit for online scheduling.

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MICHAEL PERRY | PSYCHOTHERAPIST 4845 Pearl East Circle, Suite 101, Boulder 303-513-5388 (not .com) Michael has developed a powerful combination of psychotherapy and coaching that brings emotional healing while developing a positive mindset, motivation, and techniques for taking control of your present and future. Sessions are filled with positive energy and unconditional support. Effectiveness of therapy is the number one priority and progress is measured in weeks not years. Your happiness is important. If you are not completely satisfied with your life as it is now, please contact Michael for a free consultation.

WOMEN’S ISSUES OPEN DOOR COUNSELING Barbara Pettibone, MSW, LCSW Denver 303-862-5712 Specializing in women’s issues, Barbara focuses on depression, anxiety, PTSD, abuse, relationship issues, severe mental illnesses including Schizophrenia & Bipolar Disorder, addiction and life changes. She addresses presenting problems by helping the client to identify their core issues and to apply their own inner strengths to address them. She strongly believes that every client has within themselves the resources to address and resolve conflicts. Fees are based on ability to pay/sliding scale. Insurance/credit cards not accepted. YOU ARE THE CONSUMER AND YOU CHOOSE YOUR THERAPIST AND ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE OUTCOME OF YOUR TREATMENT! YOU ARE THE KEY! Please call or email for appt. Flexible scheduling.

INSPIRATION CONSCIOUS EVENTS & SPEAKERS JOURNEYS FOR CONSCIOUS LIVING J4CL is moving! Check website for details. 303-731-6695 Journeys for Conscious Living (J4CL) is an organization leading the world in conscious living, hosting world class events, speakers and event center (space rental) to empower people to create thoughtful changes in living their lives every day, thus creating the space and energy to stay centered and expand the community. J4CL’s center and events promote experiences for discovering and developing a life of passion, purpose and contribution. J4CL invites you to co-create opportunities, collaboration and communities for individuals and businesses to reach their full, highest potential, while experiencing love, joy and transformation. See ad, page 23.

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PERSONAL GROWTH ENERGETIC HEALING SOUL BODY INTEGRATION Heather Lenox, minister Denver 720-876-7465 Soul Body Integration is an energetic healing modality that empowers you to call soul consciousness into your everyday life. As we increase our level of consistent soul consciousness, we grow lighter, more powerful and less reactive. Our personal relationships show decreased signs of distress and we become more productive in our professional pursuits. This work is not for the half-hearted or those who capitalize on victimhood. It is for those of you who believe matters of the spirit are concrete, relevant to your whole life and critical to your total success. Are you ready for deep transformation and courageous enough to face the changes it brings?

ENERGY HEALINGS & MEDITATION CLASSES JOURNEY WITHIN Inside Rishi’s Crossing Yoga, 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood Anita Destino 720-413-7303 Journey Within is a safe place for people interested in creating change in their lives. We focus on spiritual growth, developing your intuition and personal development. We have several ways you can give to yourself. We offer: Free Energy Healings, Angel Healings, Guided Meditations, Meditation Classes, Workshops and Intuitive Readings/Healings. A great way to meet us is to join us for a Free Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing held on every Wednesday from 6-7 pm, open to everyone.

PSYCHIC DEVELOPMENT CLASSES THE ASPEN PROGRAM FOR PSYCHIC DEVELOPMENT Bringing Psychic Education into the Mainstream Karen Fox, Ph.D., Psychic & Educator, Director Englewood, Aurora, Lakewood 303-942-0646 Everyone is psychic, and everyone can improve this innate ability. The Aspen Program offers training so you can use your psychic abilities for yourself or to become a professional psychic! Take the classes you want or study for a certificate: Psychic, Medical-Health Intuitive, Spirit Medium, Business Intuitive, Transpersonal Awareness. Offers a wide variety of classes and teachers.


HOLISTIC PRACTITIONER RENEE ELLIS, MA CMT Psychotherapy, Intuitive Counseling Past Life Therapy, Energy Healing Located in Central Denver 720-984-9575 Are you looking for guidance and support? Do you want freedom from stuck patterns of the past? Need clarity about your life path and purpose? Release the past, create the future and experience your life from a whole new perspective. Enjoy a rich and joyful life. Renee is a unique guide who weaves together traditional counseling techniques with intuitive abilities. She specializes in energy healing, personalized Bach Flower Essence formulas and past life therapy without regression. Her focus is on grief and loss, life transitions,, finding and stepping onto one’s path, spiritual development, releasing phobias and healing from chronic pain. Individual sessions and classes. Free 30-minute consultation.

INNER CONNECTION INSTITUTE CHURCH OF INFINITE SPIRIT 2755 South Locust St., Suite 213 Denver 303-282-9439 A non-denominational, spiritual sanctuary offering clairvoyant reading and healing services, meditation classes, psychic development programs, ministerial services, and ordination programs. Locations in Denver and Wheat Ridge. We support you in creating the life you desire, and show you how through easy, effective techniques. Free aura clearing and chakra balancing in Wheat Ridge every Thursday 6:30 - 7:30pm. Free open channel clinic in Denver on the 2nd Fridays of the month at 7pm. Everyone is welcome! Call for more information. 303-282-9439. See ad page 10.

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Mile High Natural Awakenings March 2012  

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

Mile High Natural Awakenings March 2012  

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