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am somewhat sentimental writing this Publisher’s Letter today: yet another month is gone and we are now into the holiday season; my mother has come and gone in a short, sweet visit; we had our first snow here in the foothills, watched the aspens turn and the elk mating. No sooner do we get comfortable, time flies and shifts us all into change.

“Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away. “ -Marcus Aurelius The passing of time is also a great healer. It has been gratifying to watch Toby*, (aka Toby-Wan-Kenobi) our foster dog, turn from a frightened rescue to a happy, well-adjusted, albeit quirky dog! We are holding him for YOU, the perfect family. We love him, but know that someone needs his companionship more than us. He is smart, affectionate, healthy, playful and loves to run on the trails. He is great with people and most dogs. He’s got a lot of Husky in him and loves to talk and play pranks on his people. His favorite is to hide your socks and shoes! The Misha May Foundation has provided training, support and a second chance for wonderful companions like Toby, but they rely solely upon donations to do their good works. Please see page 15 for information on their big annual fundraiser A Moment for Mutts on November 12. Please attend, volunteer or donate if you can. This month’s issue is one of our most powerful: we examine the Economics of Happiness on page 16; we explore how to Shop Smart within our own community; we launch the new; we inspire with 10 simple but powerful steps to abundance; and a host of local experts discuss their “take” on happiness. As the last of the leaves falls off the trees and we get ready for hibernation, hot chocolate and holidays, we hope you can step back, look your joy full in the face and embrace it right now. As we’ve learned, happiness is a decision and often fleeting, but joy springs full and unlimited from a much deeper source.

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n a grass-roots effort, Morris Intuitive Arts owner Sean Michael Morris and Isis Books and Gifts have paired up to help make a difference by holding “Readings for a Reason” at Isis Books and Gifts on December 3 from 12:30-2:30pm. Attendees are asked to donate what they are able and, in exchange, they participate in a group psychic reading where Morris offers gallery-style readings to anyone in the audience. Metro CareRing, a local food pantry and service provider, will receive the funds raised at the December event. They provide assistance to low-income and homeless families throughout the Denver area. All proceeds go directly to MCR. Last year, Readings for a Reason raised $382 for MCR. Donations of non-perishable foods will be accepted in lieu of cash or check. “This is all to help the community. And to give back to anyone willing to offer a few dollars to make Denver a better place,” said Morris. “My plan is to offer Readings for a Reason quarterly on an ongoing basis.” Sean Michael Morris can be reached at 303-761-8627 or Isis Books and Gifts 2775 S Broadway, Englewood. See ad page 22.

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uman Rights Activist Susannah Carroll, MA has opened SC Carroll Associates LLC to spark enlightened leadership in the world through beauty, art and right human relations. As a promoter of human rights, Carroll uses her gifts of teaching, compassion and humor to provide a variety of tools and techniques to supercharge your life and work in its utmost prosperity and success. “I use a customized approach addressing each client’s needs with techniques from a variety of eastern and western spiritual teachings. We all incarnate with our own tool box. I work with clients to put more practical tools in the toolbox so they can live creative and fulfilling lives. We all have to answers within us. Sometimes we just need a little help extracting the information,” says Carroll. Carroll offers private consultations, workshops and lectures to identify your life’s purpose, create a personal vision, cultivate calm and heal from loss. 303-861-4338 or See listing page 25.

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THE TRUE “CURE” Some companies adorning themselves with pink ribbons seem to have no true intention of eliminating breast cancer; they keep using known carcinogens in their products such as parabens, sodium laurel sulfate, BPA, phthalates, cancer causing fragrances and heavy metals. It is called “pink washing”. Organizations proclaiming to find “the cure” won’t even acknowledge cancer causing chemicals in our lives and do nothing to eliminate them. The “cure” will never come in the form of a drug while the known causes are ignored ! It will come from eliminating what is actually causing the cancers. Cosmetics are a major offender, since everything we put on our skin, being our largest organ, soaks into our bodies! While it can be overwhelming to find your way through the maze of products and ingredients, Clear Sky Medical has already done the research for you. We also pledge to never stop researching and supplying you with the most effective, nontoxic products, that make a real difference for your skin and health and keep you safe from harmful substances. Please come in and see for yourself how you can indulge and have beautiful skin without paying for it later: this month we are offering a complimentary skin consultation with our wonderful medical esthetician, Heather, who is dedicated to clean, beautiful and healthy skin and a healthy you.


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aren Rice King presents a “Spirit Journey” workshop at The Healing Dome in Niwot on November 12. She will teach the history of ancient healing and spiritual practices of Indigenous Americans and other groups. King says, “In guided meditations, you will journey to the Upper World, the Middle World, and the Lower World to meet your Spirit Guides, and Power Animals. The journey is a tool for direct revelation enabling you to ask your Spirit Guides questions you have about your life, your relationships, and your purpose here on earth.” King provides workshops, lectures, long distance clearings, and shamanic healings to clients all over the U.S. For more information, call 303-665-0175 or visit See Save the Date listing, page 29.

briefbriefs PATRICIA MARCHESI, AUTHOR OF “SHELBY AND SHAUNA KITT AND THE DIMENSIONAL HOLES” has generously donated September’s proceeds from her book to The Misha May Foundation. The total came to $70. Want to match her donation? Go to MODEL SEARCH FOR VEGAN COSMETIC LINE. For more information on the Model Search, please visit


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ovember is National Diabetes Awareness Month, a reminder that by taking the necessary steps, many Americans can prevent incurring the disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 79 million of us have prediabetes and may develop diabetes later in life. New research suggests that inactivity, along with an overly refined diet, impairs the body’s control of blood sugar levels and may play a key role in the development of Type 2 diabetes. “We now have evidence that physical activity is an important part of the daily maintenance of glucose levels,” advises John Thyfault, Ph.D., an assistant professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia, whose new study monitored the activity levels and diets of healthy and moderately active young adults. He concluded that, “Even in the short term, reducing daily activity and ceasing regular exercise causes acute changes in the body associated with diabetes, which can occur before weight gain and the development of obesity.” The CDC reports that 25 percent of Americans have inactive lifestyles, taking fewer than 5,000 steps a day, instead of a recommended 10,000 steps. Seventyfive percent do not meet the weekly exercise recommendations of 150 minutes of moderate activity, combined with a muscle-strengthening activity twice a week. While regular exercise is crucial in preventing the disease, so is diet. Research led by scientist Patrice Carter, at the University of Leicester, in England, has found that cutting down on high-fat, high-sugar foods and refined grains while eating more green leafy vegetables can significantly reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Her study, published online in the British Medical Journal, states that an extra serving of green leafy vegetables a day can reduce the risk of diabetes by 14 percent.



ho doesn’t relish a slice of pecan pie for Thanksgiving dessert? New research from Loma Linda University (LLU) demonstrates that naturally occurring antioxidants in pecans may help contribute to heart health and disease prevention. Earlier LLU research showed that a pecan-enriched diet lowered levels of LDL (bad cholesterol) by 16.5 percent. Both studies were published in the Journal of Nutrition.



ost older studies that gave coconut oil a bad rap involved partially hydrogenated oil loaded with trans-fatty acids. But the unrefined virgin coconut oil now available in many health food stores is not chemically treated and is trans-fat free. Marisa Moore, a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association, a nonprofit organization of nutritionists, explains that the main saturated fat in virgin coconut oil is lauric acid, a medium-chain fatty acid that can help increase levels of HDL (good cholesterol).

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ichelle Klabon’s journey began in 2001, when she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Her hands and feet ached every day, so that simple everyday tasks such as brushing her hair, getting dressed and even walking were difficult. After extensive research, Michelle decided to try yoga, because she didn’t want to be dependent on medication for the rest of her life. “Yoga is a natural medication without the actual use of medicine. I have not taken any prescription medication in years,” she says. “Yoga renews the entire body from the inside out working every single muscle and gland.” “Allowing yoga to become part of your everyday is the key. But start with baby steps.” Michelle suggests practicing yoga one to two times a week in conjunction with breathing & stretching at home for 10 minutes daily. Then build from there. “Remember to always listen to your body and that each day will be a little different.” Michelle Klabon is the owner and instructor at Bella Yoga in Henderson and will be leading Teacher Training in 2012. See Save the Date listing page 29.

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Holistically Dealing with Eczema and Rash By Steven Frank


ashes can be caused by fungal, bacterial, viral or allergic reactions. Even acute chemical sensitivities can cause a rash (acute contact dermatitis). With so many potential causative agents, it is very difficult to properly diagnose a rash. One common diagnosis of a rash condition is Eczema. This condition is often caused by a symbiotic relationship between a fungus and a virus. The fungus digests the skin cells and breaks them down so that bacteria and virus can easily penetrate your body’s first line of defense. The body responds to the virus by attacking the cells that have been invaded thereby producing food (dead skin cells) for the fungus. This difficult combination of attacks calls for a sophisticated response. Because of the many possible causes for rash and Eczema, it is difficult to heal all types of rash with one product. Clearly, a steroid cream will only deal with reducing the inflammation and does nothing to quell the underlying cause if it is fungal, bacterial or viral. This can relieve the itch but does nothing to repair the skin or kill the invading pathogens. Moreover, immunomodulators tend to be rather specific in what they will address and require other supplemental drugs to deal with the itch and pain. Herbology offers a wonderful opportunity to address a wide range of rash causes by allowing the incorporation of numerous herbal constituents in a single lotion. By combining anti-fungals with anti-virals and anti-bacterials, one can be assured to address any pathogenic cause. Poke, Chaparral, Blood Root, Neem, Burdock and Humic Acid will address one or all of the causative agent problems. Then, by including nerve-quelling constituents to reduce inflammation, chemical sensitivities and itching can be addressed at the same time. St. John’s wort and Calendula work well for this while White Willow and Arnica relieve the pain of the sensitive skin. Next, to help the skin rebuild new cells and boost your primary defense to invasion (healthy skin), Calendula, Chickweed and Comfrey speed the repair process and support the development of healthy replacement skin cells. And putting all of these natural constituents together in a waterbased lotion rounded out with some natural oils is just the trick to deal with the myriad of causes for Eczema and Rash. Steven Frank is an innovative herbologist with Nature’s Rite in Longmont. He can be reached at 1-800-991-7088 or See ad page 17.


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ll over the internet, in newspapers and on TV, Americans are watching the movement known as Occupy Wall Street. And while we’re watching the thousands of people gathered in protest on the streets of New York - and the thousands more joining them in solidarity in cities around the country – we’re trying to figure out what it means. What is happening on Wall Street and around the country is not just political unrest. What’s happening isn’t just about the fractured economy we’re all struggling to make work. People are waking up to look at what business has been, and what business needs to be. What is taking place on Wall Street is a dialogue, or rather an open question about the use of money. There are people who have abused the relationship money represents. And now there’s a desire to revisit that relationship, and try to make it more even. The future of our economy will rely on a new view of money. A view of money that revolves primarily upon human relationships, the exchange of honor for honor, service for service, spirit for spirit. The new business person or entrepreneur will be someone who practices a principle of generosity and understands that what she gives to the community that supports her will come back to her in equal measure. Charity and service are at the center of this new business model. How much a business profits will be measured by how much the community profits. The new business model will make room for charitable activities, not just as tax write-offs, but as part of what makes the business operate and succeed. So the call goes out: If you want the economy to recover, help. Reach out. Offer. Provide your services wherever you can. Sean Michael Morris of Morris Intuitive Arts can be reached at 303-4089730 or

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Professionals Point of View on Happiness & Well-Being Money and Happiness Beating Holiday Stress By Debera Jensen


By Kathy Higgins

here are many sayings about money, much of them gloomy. “(Love of ) money is the root of all evil,” and “money can’t buy happiness” come to mind. And then there is the optimists’ view as seen on a recent T-shirt, “If you think money can’t buy happiness, you’re not spending it right.” Scientists have looked into the correlation between money and happiness and their findings may surprise you. TIME Magazine recently reported on a study at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School by economist Angus Deaton and psychologist Daniel Kahneman that compared income levels to happiness. They found $75,000 per year to be the ‘sweet spot’. Study respondants reported increasing happiness up to that amount. But, those earning more did not report significantly more happiness. So it looks like $75K buys about as much happiness as can be had with money. Researchers at Harvard came up with the same result in 2006. It seems that once our basic needs are taken care of-with a little more for a vacation or nice Holiday presents- more money doesn’t make us more happy. Harvard researchers have some suggestions as to how best to use your dollars in the pursuit of happiness. They say that you’re likely to reach a higher level of happiness doing things rather than having things. So indulge yourself in small pleasures like the latte you particularly enjoy. Expand your circle of friends and have them over for a backyard barbeque. Keep a journal and write down what makes you happy. And keep your gratitude journal in a handsome leather-bound book rather than a dog-eared notebook. And after you’ve written down the things that make you happy, get up off your couch and go do those things. And remember to bring money. It helps. Debera Jensen is the owner and Director of the Fast Focusing Center and holds multiple certifications. 303-708-8817 or See ad page 18.


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or so many of us, what is supposed to be a happy time with family and friends is dreaded as a time of overwork, overindulgence and stress! The hectic pace of life ramps up as we approach the holidays, with increased workloads, more demands on our time, and higher expenses. Is it any wonder so many people say they hate the holidays? Don’t let the pressures and craziness of the holiday season make you miss out on the fun! By setting some boundaries and making good choices, it is possible to enjoy this time of year, without running yourself ragged. In beating holiday stress, remember that Less is MORE! First, take some time now to think about what is most important to you about this time of year. What are the traditions that matter most, that you wish to pass on to your kids? Which events are the most important? Commit to those things, and pass on the rest. Get a calendar and write these events down, and consider carefully before accepting other invites. Consider the most important gifts you need to buy, and stick to your budget. Second, communicate your wishes or needs for the holidays to your family and friends early on. Your family may be more open to re-thinking holiday traditions than you would believe. Gift exchanges don’t have to break the bank. Donating services, re-gifting, cooking or crafting something personal are all ways to add meaning to this magical time, and keep our finances in balance. Having a potluck instead of a full sit-down dinner, or doing the gift exchange early in the day instead of over a too-late evening, are examples of how making small changes in your holiday traditions can preserve the fun, and eliminate unnecessary stress and hassle. Many of us struggle with overeating or drinking, and the holiday season makes it even harder to resist. Maintaining healthy boundaries is often the result of good planning. If you tend to overindulge in rich, tasty foods, eat a wholesome sandwich or salad before going to parties. You won’t be tempted to overdo it, and can feel okay about having a few high-calorie treats. If there’s pressure at an event to drink, limit yourself to one cocktail, then switch to wine spritzers, sparkling water or “virgin” cocktails. Drink one glass of water for each alcoholic beverage, and make sure you eat something while drinking. If you prepare beforehand, you can let yourself enjoy a treat or two without worrying about post-party regrets. Holiday stress just seems to go hand in hand with the pleasures of the season, but by setting boundaries and practicing self-care, you can maximize the fun without losing your balance. Kathy Higgins, MS, MA, LPC, CACII, owns Deer Creek Counseling in Littleton. 720-663-7702 or See listing page 26.

Happiness and Feeling “Burned Out” What Lights By Kate Daigle Your Fire?


ith our hectic, multi-tasking lives many of us feel ‘burned-out’ at some point. The challenge is to take a “glass half-full” approach and seize the opportunity to re-evaluate your life and to make choices that you might overlook otherwise. Here are some suggestions my clients have found helpful to renew yourself from burnout and to re-discover that energy that lies within you. Try to look at your life from a different perspective. Take an observer’s stance: notice how you go about your day from a step back. This may help you realize that your concerns or obsessions are not as consuming as you make them to be. Ease up on yourself and make some choices that are most beneficial for your goals.



Remember where you find your energy and passion – and embrace it. Burnout can taint your experience with things that you really love. Job, school, relationships — if you are burned out on these, you may lose sight of what you really love about them. Try to remember what brought you to love these things in the first place. Go back to that place and memory in your mind. Sit with it. Write about it. Remember that you are still the person you were, and that the passion still lies within you.


Define the stressors in your life and try to reduce them. When you feel like every day is a bad day, it can be difficult to get up in the morning. What is causing you to feel this way? Sit down and try to think about what zaps your energy and happiness every day. Are there aspects of these things that do not align with your personal goals and values? Are you currently feeling engaged with your work? Try to make a game plan for how you can reduce the extent of stress in your life and manage your day in a healthier way.

about how you measure and define success. Not feeling successful 4.) Think can be a leading sign of burnout. Is your definition of success reasonable? Do you have small goals that you realistically can attain each day, or do you have huge ones that overwhelm you and cause you to shut down? Try to break down goals to smaller pieces. The feeling of accomplishment is great; it can be felt even with small steps and those are the ones that help you feel balanced and achieve bigger goals.


Physically remove yourself from the source of burnout. We can get stuck in our routines and we may have difficulty realizing that parts of our routine are contributing to our burnout. Sometimes the best and only thing to do to reduce burnout is to remove yourself from the triggering situation. Take a leave of absence from work. Go on a vacation to a locale that is strikingly different from your home environment. Surround yourself with people and influences that you do not normally interact with, and allow them to teach you their perspective on life. This can be very refreshing and can help you get back to the values, loves, and goals that are truly meaningful to you.

Burnout is a very real and common issue and can be avoided by taking care to notice what is going on within you. We all go through it and can learn so much from the experience. By healing what is exhausted within ourselves, we can re-energize and renew so that we are available to fully embrace our vibrant lives. Kate Daigle, MA, NCC is a Certified Psychotherapist . See listing page 24.

by Michael Perry


ne of the first things I like to explore with new clients is their preferred motivational strategy. There are two basic strategies that most of us use. Are you a procrastinator? That’s a pretty good indication that your primarily utilize an “away from” strategy. This type of motivation usually comes from the desire to avoid negative and externally enforced consequences. Deadlines, reprimands, and late fees are all great motivators for the procrastinator. The anxiety relief that comes with getting things done just in time can feel better than a drug. Or are you the rare and elusive selfmotivated and goal-oriented creature that every help wanted ad serenades? If so, you are a “towards” motivated person. People who utilize this strategy typically have a vision or goal and are motivated to move towards it because the outcome is something they desire. “Towards” motivated people are often positive, passionate, and energetic. Two different strategies that get the job done. So which one is better? It really depends on the situation and the person, but if you can learn to become more of a “towards” motivated person, you will experience less stress and be more in control of your future. Where do you start? The most important aspect of becoming a “towards” motivated person is to have a goal that you can visualize. Close your eyes and see the details of the future and how you would like it to be. Most importantly, how do you feel having accomplished this goal? Spend a few minutes each day practicing the visualization of your goals and you will change your life forever. Michael Perry is a psychotherapist. (not .com). See listing page 26.

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Calming Anxious Kids Six Ways to Ease Upsets by Elisa Bosley


ids today are no strangers to stress. In a media-saturated world, children face scary stuff every day, from wars and natural disasters to divorce and peer pressure. In addition to the mental toll, anxiety affects kids’ bodies, too: A study published in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity found that family stress directly compromises immune function and increases the likelihood of illness in children. As a parent, how can we help? First, take a deep breath. “Childhood anxiety is not a new problem in our society,” says Dr. Anandhi Narasimhan, a Los Angeles physician specializing in child and adolescent psychiatry. She notes that all children go through stages of normal fears and worries, and anxieties can show up as stomach aches, headaches, potty accidents, aggression and sleep problems. Here, experts offer tips to discern normal versus unhealthy stress levels and to help a child develop coping skills for life’s inevitable hardships.

Make space Start by simply listening to your child. “When my children are upset, my immediate instinct is to ask ‘How can I fix this?’” says Dr. Natalie Geary, an integrative pediatrician and mother of three in New York City. “But you need to step back, listen and empathize, without trying to problem-solve right away. If you allow the child to express his or her discomfort, and if you step back and try to gain some perspective, you may start to discern the triggers for his or her anxiety.” Trying


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to solve the problem immediately can backfire, she advises. Create a consistent time, such as a snack break after school, to allow a child to download her day. You’ll learn more about what causes her stress and she’ll gain confidence in your care and her own ability to face fears.

Examine yourself For many school-age kids, performance anxiety becomes an overriding constant. Unfortunately, parents often play a role

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by projecting their own ambitions onto their kids, notes Geary. Carl Honoré, author of Under Pressure, cites parents’ good intentions, but blames modern forces—including a perfectionist culture, a volatile and hypercompetitive economy and older, first-time parents that bring a workplace ethos to child rearing—for conspiring to pressure kids. “What we’re squeezing out is the simple, soaring human pleasure and joy of being a child,” says Honoré. So find ways to lighten up on expectations.

“If blood sugar drops, it’s a very anxiety- and irritability-producing sensation,” observes Geary. “Try to feed children snacks that provide slowrelease nutrition, meaning they’re not getting a jolt of hard-to-digest fat, protein or sugar.” Her favored choices include low-fat cheese and hummus, or whole-grain bread, spread with nut butter, an easy-to-digest protein.

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“Children are expected to visit a pediatrician for preventive health, and we should adopt the same principle for mental health,” counsels Narasimhan. “If anxiety is impacting a child’s functioning—such as causing him to want to avoid school or public places, showing extreme difficulty separating from caretakers, or complaining of frequent pains for which the pediatrician doesn’t see a medical explanation—take the child to a therapist or psychiatrist [to screen for anxiety].” When appropriate, Narasimhan recommends cognitive behavioral therapy, in which a therapist teaches the child strategies to combat fears and address certain feelings and behaviors. “This may include deep-breathing exercises, progressive muscle relaxation and alternative coping thoughts,” she says. A metaanalysis of clinical trials first published in School Psychology Review concludes that such therapy can play a key role in alleviating childhood anxiety.


moods, so create calm. “Massage, maybe with calendula oil or something that smells nice for the child, is wonderful,” says Geary. The key is the interaction of the touch and the stillness. Just before bedtime, enjoy a cup of herbal tea together. “It’s more the ritual of sharing a warm drink at the end of the day than actually what you’re drinking,” she says. “They will absorb the fact that you’re spending time with them.” Elisa Bosley is a senior editor at Delicious Living magazine.

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eventspotlight DON MIGUEL RUIZ AND MARCI SHIMOFF Keynote Speakers at EVOLVE EXPO November 11-12, 2011 • Denver Merchandise Mart ness, alternative health, healing modalities, conscious activism, sustainability, and personal growth. This is a hands-on event to inspire and enlighten participants and the community.



ourneys for Conscious Living (J4CL) presents their first “EVOLVE Expo: A Springboard for Conscious Change,” on 11-11-11. J4CL considers the EVOLVE Expo a call to action for conscious businesses and people who share a common desire to raise the consciousness of humanity and support our planet. J4CL’s mission is to support and promote the gathering of individuals to expand consciousness through community connection, with events and classes that create empowering experiences for developing a life of passion, purpose and contribution. The EVOLVE Expo features international speakers, businesses, authors, healers, artists, musicians, and vendors that are living from the heart and will facilitate experiences that will leave you more connected and authentic. There will be a community celebration with drum circles and dance, along with general sessions, keynotes and products that relate to conscious busi-

Don Miguel Ruiz, best known for his globally best-selling book “The Four Agreements” Marci Shimoff, widely recognized for her motivational speaking on happiness, success and unconditional love. 2-day pass thru Nov 10 $147; thereafter $197. Expo hall only $10. See a la carte pricing and info at Register-Now. Info/registration 303-7316695, or EvolveExpo. com. J4CL offers many other classes and experiences at their center, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Building A, Suite 100, Arvada, CO 80003. 303-731-6695, or

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Registration Desk Open Stewart Emery: Who’s In Your room? A philosophy for being fully engaged in your life

10:15am: Rick Sapio: Business Finishing School: Business Principles for Conscious Business People 11am: Expo Hall Open 11:11am: Opening Ceremony - Welcome to the Evolve Expo – Opening Blessing 11:30am: Live Stage – Malcolm Watson, also known as The Barefoot Violinist 12pm: Live Stage – Skip Lackey, Master of Ceremonies, Evolve Expo Info/Welcome 1-5:30pm: Workshops and Live Stage 6:30pm: Evening Ceremony and Celebration Concert: Bring your Drums and Percussions to join in the Community Drumming!

1pm Philip McKernan: Authentic Confidence Randy Ferguson: Learning to Trust...No Matter What Happens Cynthia James: Extraordinary Evolution, Practical Principles for Self Care Live Stage: Cultural Dances: Grupo Tlaloc Danza Azteca

2 pm Skip Lackey: Are you a Manager? Or are you a Visionary Leader? Karen Storsteen: Psychic Brilliance Sarah McLean: Living a Soul-Centered Life Live Stage: Flute Trio - Sounds from the Wood

3pm Lani Renee: A Vision of Love ~ Our Destiny for a Better Life

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Live Stage: John Thunderheart and Rick Strongfeather – Drumming

3pm Continued Jennifer Hough: The Wide Awakening, The Cellular Shift to Effortless Ease and Fluidity Live Stage: Malcolm Watson

Registration Desk Open


Keynote Speaker – Marci Shimoff – Happy for No Reason

Conscious Business Track: Daniel Gutierrez

10:40am: Keynote Speaker - Don Miguel Ruiz - The Fifth Agreement

Steve Farrell: Committing to Conscious Living with Tools to Ensure Success


Grandmother Pa’Ris’Ha: How the Ancients have foreseen the current economic conditions

11:50am: Welcome to the Evolve Expo 12pm:

Live Stage: Cultural Dancers

J Graham Russell: The Sustainability Imperative: the Greatest Business Opportunity Ever! Conscious Business: Cory Johnson, 5 Secrets to Attracting Clients by Being You KA’ryna SH’ha: Gathering the Masters Within, Opening the Libraries of Liberation

Live Stage: Movie Premiere - Thrive




Debra Gano: How To Be Extraordinary

Expo Hall Open; Live Stage - Malcolm Watson Live Stage Kids Program – Aurelia and Al Taylor; Sharon Kelly; Steven Pranger

2pm Rob Riopel: Max “Your MindSet” Oneness/Deeksha Blessing: Awakening Into Oneness

3pm Stan Romanek: We Are Not Alone: My Experience with Extraterrestrials Alakananda Devi: Simple Tools for Living in Balanced Health through Ayurveda

1–5:30pm: Workshops and Live Stage

GW Hardin & Barry Goldstein: The Healing of Humanity

6:30 pm: Saturday Evening Celebration

Live Stage: Malcolm Watson



Harrison Klein: The “I Am” Principles Divine Feminine Female – R* eVe* olution: Denye Robbins, Tryna Cooper, Katherine Skaggs, Sage Holloway, Donna Denomme

Misha May’s Moment for Mutts at the Golden Hotel Grand Ballroom, 800 11th Street, Golden

Saturday, November 12 From 10am – 3pm

Kris Cassidy: Breakthrough Breathwork Meditation GW Hardin & Barry Goldstein Live Stage: Paul Glover – Band of Life

Honoring BUDDY, BRINX ZEB A Moment for Mutts features Mile High Musical Tails Canine Freestyle Dance, an Acoustic Guitar Soloist, Dahlia and her belly Dance Troupe, free animal communication readings with Janice Cook of Intuitive Pet Insights (photos only), a slideshow of Misha May success stories, a live auction with Golightly @ Schwab Auctions, a garden salad and soup buffet and a Grand Prize Basket drawing.

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Economics of Happiness:

The New Economy Changing the Rules to Benefit America’s People

by John de Graaf and Linda Sechrist

sociated under it.” Likewise, the Constitution of the United States declares that government is to promote, among other things, the general welfare of the people. Americans are able to achieve a better life, as we’ve proved many times in the past, benefiting mightily as a result of forward steps ranging from democracy, women’s suffrage and civil rights to inventive technological leadership. Although history shows that this has been accomplished primarily by changing national policies, any new economy delivering improved well-being is first brought about largely by active citizens that choose to invest more time in building a nation that reflects increasingly enlightened values. Everyone’s quality of life—from today’s parents to future generations of great-grandchildren—depends upon individuals collectively working to build a new economy based on the concept of genuine wealth. In his award-winning book, Economics of Happiness: Building Genuine Wealth, ecological economist Mark Anielski explains this new and practical approach grounded in what people value most, which he states is: “Love, meaningful relationships, happiness, joy, freedom, sufficiency, justice and peace”—qualities of life far more vital than blind economic growth and material possessions.

Most Americans are facing their most significant economic challenges in generations. From the hardships of unemployment to the perils of mounting debt, worry about the health of a national economy that depends on consumerism and market success dominates our conversation. But have we asked what the economy is really for? Preferred Measure of Progress and families; consume, pollute, destroy


ince the Second World War, we have been assured that more economic growth is good for us. But is it? By any measure, the U.S. economy, in its pursuit of constant growth, is in dire need of critical life support. Too many people have lost jobs, homes, scholarships and retirement savings, along with peace of mind, in the face of complex uncertainties. Those individuals that have jobs are earning less in real income than in 2001, even though they spend more hours working and commuting than previous generations. We’ve had enough of the official mantra: Work more, enjoy less, pollute more, eat toxic foods and suffer illnesses, all for the sake of increasing the gross domestic product. Why not learn ways to work less and enjoy it more; spend more time with our friends


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and owe less; and live better, longer and more meaningfully? To do all this, we need fresh solutions that engage America’s people in redefining goals for the economy (what we want from it) as opposed to the economy’s goals (what it demands from us).

An Economy Based on Quality of Life Although an economy based on a high quality of life that makes people happy may sound revolutionary, Thomas Jefferson, the third U.S. president, enshrined the pursuit of happiness as a human right when he drafted our Declaration of Independence. Jefferson emphasized that America’s government was, “to secure the greatest degree of happiness possible for the general mass of those

To determine whether our economy promotes the greatest good or the happiness of the American people, we need to understand what makes us happy and how economic policies enhance or thwart our pursuit of happiness; we also need a better instrument of economic measurement than the gross domestic product (GDP). The GDP counts remedial and defensive expenditures for pollution, accidents, war, crime and sickness as positives, rather than deducting these costs. GDP also discounts the value of contributions such as natural resources and ecosystem services, improvement in quality of life, unpaid domestic work, volunteer work, good health and social connection. Anielski, in concert with economic experts such as Charles Eisenstein,

author of Sacred Economy, Hazel Henderson, author of Ethical Markets, and Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, recommends that economic policies aim to boost societal welfare, rather than GDP. All agree that a new indicator of well-being, such as the U.S. Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI), could be used to more accurately measure economic progress.

The Science of Happiness A respected “science of happiness,” pioneered by University of Illinois positive psychologist Edward Diener, Ph.D., dubbed Dr. Happiness, and other researchers, has existed for more than a decade. The study of what makes people happy and life fulfilling repeatedly demonstrates that the economic route to happiness does not consist of endlessly widening the superhighway of accumulation. Rather, it resides in a host of personal values that are closer to our hearts, as illustrated by the Himalayan nation of Bhutan (population: about 700,000). For many years, Bhutan has measured its general well-being—as the people themselves subjectively report it—using a Gross National Happiness (GNH) index. Its government bases policy decisions on how they might effect the kind of happiness associated with contentment, family, community, spirituality, education, compatibility with nature and good physical health. After years of primary research, the Bhutanese have identified nine domains for assessing happiness: psychological well-being, physical health, time use (work-life balance), community vitality and social connection, education, cultural preservation and diversity, environmental sustainability, good governance and material well-being. In 2004, the first annual International Conference on Gross National Happiness was held in Bhutan. Hundreds of government representatives, scholars and other thought leaders from more than 40 nations gathered to explore the possibility of making GNH the true indicator of a country’s health and quality of life. As of 2011, a non-binding resolution by the United Nations General Assembly urges that countries now measure their health and happiness, as well as wealth. Sixtysix countries backed it. natural awakenings

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Measuring Americans’ Life Satisfaction Seattle, Washington, the first U.S. city to implement a measurement of life satisfaction, is parlaying Bhutan’s indicators—psychological well-being, physical health, work/time balance, education and capacity building, cultural vitality and access to arts and culture, environmental quality and access to nature, apt governance and material well-being—as part of its own Sustainable Seattle Happiness Initiative. Spearheaded by Sustainable Seattle Executive Director Laura Musikanski and her team with encouragement by City Council President Richard Conlin, it may become America’s first GNH city. Initial survey results, intended to spark conversations that matter, will be discussed at future town meetings in Seattle neighborhoods and used to recommend policies for consideration by the city council. Repeating the survey every couple of years will reveal progress. Interest in a similar Happiness Initiative is growing in cities and towns from coast to coast, such as Napa,

California; Bowling Green, Kentucky; Duluth, Minnesota; Santa Fe and Roswell, New Mexico; Bellevue, Nebraska; Portland, Oregon; and Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Some 100 colleges and universities also are beginning to apply the Happiness Initiative survey.

How to Become Happier To improve our own well-being within any economy, we need to attend to our security, social connections and the way we balance our time. Choosing to live with less stuff and lighter debt supports a better life with less income but more time, lower stress and better health. As individuals, we can: Focus more on matters of family and community and on building trust. Devote less attention to maximizing incomes and more attention to acts of generosity. Ask our employers for more time off instead of higher pay. In our local communities, we can find ways to design more relationship-friendly places such as farmers’ markets, where shoppers tend to


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engage in many more conversations than in supermarket aisles (Worldwatch Institute). In cities, we can call for public and private spaces that facilitate social connection, instead of discouraging it via urban sprawl. Ecological economist Dave Batker, co-author of What’s the Economy for Anyway? (film clip at Tinyurl. com/3tc9dlk), believes that moving forward requires greater citizen involvement in the shaping of democracy, laws and our collective future. By ditching pundits and talking with neighbors, city by city and town by town, citizens throughout the United States are moving to do this using newly learned techniques such as those offered by Open Space Technology, World Café, Transition Towns, Sustainable Cities, The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education, and the Institute of Noetic Sciences’ Worldview Literacy Project. In St. Petersburg, Florida, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and other places, citizens are cultivating a stronger sense of community with real discussions about local issues and economic goals. They aim to arrive at a clear-eyed view of what citizens really want from the economy. In St. Petersburg, the culmination of Sharon Joy Kleitsch’s 10-year effort to build a flourishing community through helpful workshops on timely subjects, meaningful conversations and aligning constructive partnerships is reaching a crescendo this month at Beyond Sustainability: Ecosystems, Economics, and Education, the Institute of Florida Studies’ 36th annual conference, at Hillsborough Community College (Tinyurl. com/3avntte). Kleitsch remarks, “I show up, pay attention and listen for opportunities where my connections with policy makers, educators, nonprofits and community activists can help convene people in meaningful conversations that can make a difference in building a resilient community.” In Oklahoma City, Sustainable OKC, a volunteer organization working towards community sustainability at the crossroads of business, environment and social justice, frequently partners with the city’s Office of Sustainability, the CommonWealth Urban Farms project and the Oklahoma Food Cooperative ( The grassroots

organization advocates shopping locally and sustainably. Jennifer Alig, Sustainable OKC president, is consistently delighted by the growing number of residents that don’t just attend events such as movie screenings of The Economics of Happiness, but also show up to plant food to feed the hungry and join Commonwealth Urban Farms work parties to feed neighborhoods using the products of thriving urban farms on vacant city lots. Alig notes, “After events, we sometimes use Open Space Technology to talk about topics that people are passionate about and willing to invest their time in.” The kind of society that makes for health, happiness, true prosperity and sustainability is one with strong local economies and flourishing communities that includes many activities provided by local nonprofits. It’s one characterized by: Local small businesses and banking Farmers’ markets and urban gardens Urban designs that favor shared walks instead of isolated commutes Public spaces for social interaction

We intuitively know what is required to create such a society, starting in our own community. What we need is the determination to make sure the economy serves us; rules that benefit all of the people; a commitment to widespread quality of life, social justice and sustainability; and the political will to make good change happen. John de Graaf, media and outreach director for the Happiness Initiative, speaks nationally on overwork and overconsumption in America. He recently co-authored What’s the Economy for, Anyway? – Why It’s Time to Stop Chasing Growth and Start Pursuing Happiness, with David Batker. He is also co-author of Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic. Fifteen of his documentaries have aired on PBS. Linda Sechrist writes and edits for Natural Awakenings.


Tools to Navigate The New Economy

Create a Personal Plan that Works How do we keep our personal economy strong and contribute to the kind of world we want to live in? How do we walk the vital path of local sustainability in every part of our life—including work, investing and buying necessities? Mark Anielski, author of The Economics of Happiness: Building Genuine Wealth, explains five ways to take action that are worth exploring. Investments Move the majority of money reserves out of the stock market and into community banks that loan money in their neighborhoods. Eliminate debts in order to have more discretionary income and ultimately, more time to pursue the things that make life worthwhile. Work Join up with and pursue clients that are contributing to all of their stakeholders and the environment in positive ways.

Create a personal business plan with a goal of income sufficiency—having just enough income to meet the basic needs for a good life. Live with one vehicle, rather than two, and ride a bike to places where friends gather. Volunteering Get involved in community activities, such as participating in the local town council, neighborhood association and service groups. Purchases Buy local whenever possible. Choose the local pharmacy instead of the big chain, the farmers’ market rather than a multi-state supermarket. Examine each purchase and consider its ramifications. Avoid buying clothes that need to be dry-cleaned and patronize green cleaners that do not use toxic chemicals. Buy goods in the local economy, so that dollars remain in the community. Purchase from locally owned business-

es that employ neighbors and other locals. While material possessions and luxuries are nice, having too many means too much routine maintenance, fixing things and dusting. Once we’ve reached a “maintenance stage” of life, a time when most material needs have been realized, direct energy and funds to maintaining the integrity of the home (built capital). The payoff includes more time for passions outside of work and more time with friends, family and neighbors. Philanthropy Offset part of the family’s ecological footprint by donating to organizations that supply clean power or plant trees. Assist the community’s poor and homeless by applying available time, talent and treasure. Source: Adapted from The Economics of Happiness, by Mark Anielski.

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Make a list of what you overcome your own limitTake mental desire. List your desires— ing beliefs, so why listen snapshots of not wants or needs, which to anyone else’s self-limitimply lack of, rather than good times and ing negativity? Step away abundance of, something. with kindness. tell yourself, By saying/thinking/writing, “I desire [this] or some“Remember this.” Select news sources thing even better now carefully and set a time manifesting for the good limit. Read only thoughtof all concerned,” you create room for ful, responsible journalism, which even greater possibilities. doesn’t include most TV news. You’ll avoid wasting time on nasty stories that Remember a situation of abundance. engender negative feelings and harmIf you catch yourself wallowing in a ful physiological responses. You’ll feel bad memory or engaging in “stinkin’ better for it. thinkin’,” call up a contrasting memory in which you felt rich, beautiful, acHave the proverbial “attitude of graticomplished, capable—whatever state of tude.” Count your blessings. Think often being you desire. of all the good in your life. Say “Thank you,” more than once a day. ContemAlign with your passions. By taking even plate the areas of your life that are a small step toward a passion or goal working well; take those skills and apply that nurtures you, you will feel cleaner, them to what you would like to improve. clearer and more energetic, thus opening the way for progress. God has a plan Express gratitude. Thank others frefor your life and His deep desire for His quently, with thank-you cards, exprescreation—you—is for you to flourish. sive emails, gestures of encouragement and smiles. People always appreciate Look forward. List your most cherished kindness and good manners, especially dreams and immediate intentions. Betwhen civility seems in short supply. ter yet, pull pictures from a past happy time and cut out magazine pictures that Smile! When you answer the phone, represent the good things you desire in put a smile on your face and in your your future, and then paste them in a voice. Welcome people into your life, journal or on a poster board to refer to even if it’s just for that moment. Allow during moments of reflection. them to feel your warmth. When you catch yourself frowning with concenStreamline your life continually. Let go tration during a task, pause to lift your of situations and clutter that don’t supbrows, pull back your face and smile! port your aspirations. Carolyn Blakeslee publishes the North Spend time with positive people. Don’t Central Florida edition of Natural Awakbelieve naysayers. You are working to enings (



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Keep Dollars Working in Local Communities by Linda Sechrist


oday, Americans can tap into one of the best bargains around by voting to support our local and regional economies. By shifting our shopping to locally owned and operated retailers and service providers, we help create and retain area jobs, support community commerce and build valuable relationships and social connections within our community. With every local purchase, we leave the store enriched, having deepened both com-

munity social capital and genuine wealth. Imagine the joy of knowing that your purchase contributes to the dentist supplying braces for the local grocer’s kids, the local insurance agent’s mortgage payment, the local banker’s roof repair and the local roofer’s dinner— all of them friends and neighbors. The list of benefits—from shoring up local home values to ensur-

ing access to local produce—keeps expanding as your dollars continue to circulate within the community. Yet, finding a fuller range of locally made items at locally owned stores will continue to be challenging until shoppers demand it. One way to begin aligning purchases with your values is by patronizing stores that offer socially responsible and fair trade items. Shaktari Belew, author of Honoring All Life: A Practical Guide to Exploring a New Reality, explains how purchasing goods and services can actually create local community wealth for all if they are specifically designed for that outcome. “When items are designed to be created and sold locally, everyone involved benefits, from the suppliers that obtain the raw materials through those that manufacture, sell and buy the finished item. Even the environment benefits.” Belew encourages our learning as much as possible about purchases. “Once people are aware of the two vital concepts of localization and design, they will be better able to scrutinize purchases,” advises this designer and wholesystems thinker who focuses on resilient community design. As a Transition workshop leader and one of the primary designers of the Community Engagement Process for Unified Field Corporation’s whole-systems/ quadruple bottom line financial model, this Oregon resident tries to follow her



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CERTIFIED ENERGY PRACTITIONERS STANZI DAVIS Personal Energy Healing for Heart/Mind/ Body/Spirit The Workshops at 4340 E. Kentucky Avenue, Suite 401, Glendale 860-218-3530 Grand Opening Special: $30/one hour consultation and healing treatment with Certified Quantum-Touch® Practitioner/Reiki Practitioner/Certified Auriculotherapist. Energy Healings are an effective, drugfree, all-natural way to: prepare for and/or recover faster from surgery; address chronic pain issues; release pain from physical/emotional events; and have more energy, drive, and focus to accomplish your goals. The possibilities are endless with Energy! We will work together as a healing team for your highest and best good. Examples of specific healing issues include: fibromyalgia; arthritis; difficult pregnancy; trauma; scoliosis; insomnia; asthma; and back/neck pain. Receive healing from experienced, compassionate hands.

CHILDREN: LEARNING & BEHAVIORAL CHALLENGES BRAIN BALANCE ACHIEVEMENT CENTER OF GOLDEN Highlands Ranch Location Opening 2012 1211 Avery Street, Golden 303-278-1780 Brain Balance offers individualized and comprehensive approaches to helping children with neurobehavioral and learning difficulties. Our mission is to help each child reach his or her greatest physical, mental, social and academic potential. We are brain-based, not drug based. We know that the brain can be changed— which means your child’s problems aren’t permanent, and the situation isn’t hopeless. Customized physical and cognitive exercises, combined with dietary change can correct the underlying imbalance, improve function and reduce/eliminate negative behaviors. Call to schedule a tour of the center and learn how we can help your child. See ad page 23.

CAT ADOPTIONS ANGELS WITH PAWS 2540 Youngfield St. Lakewood, CO 80215 303-274-2264 Angels with Paws Cat Rescue and Adoption Center is a small, limited intake, non-profit organization which operates a mostly cagefree cat adoption and rescue shelter in Lakewood. We promote spay and neuter to decrease the unwanted animal population, as well as educate the public on the need to keep cats indoors and the cruelty of declawing. We rely on the generosity of volunteers as well as financial donations to keep the flow in motion. Stop by and play with our cats. Like us on Facebook. We are open to the public 7 days a week from 1-6 pm.

CHIROPRACTIC 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 13.


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 13.






Lorraine May, Executive Director 303-239-0382

65 S. Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood 303-934-3600

Understanding Dogs Class and Dog Trainer Apprentice Classes. Understanding Dogs: Unique opportunity to receive an evaluation, treatment plan and coaching experience with your dog. The approach is holistic, with positive reinforcement techniques tailored to each individual dog and situation. Dog Trainer Apprentice Class: Become a dog trainer utilizing behavior science, holistic approaches and positive reinforcement techniques tailored to each individual dog, pet parent and specific situation. Learn to evaluate behavior, design exercises, coach humans, handle dogs, deliver presentations, and resolve and prevent a variety of behavior problems. See ad page 15.

JOURNEYS FOR CONSCIOUS LIVING 5855 Wadsworth Bypass Building A, Suite 100 Arvada, CO 80003 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 21.

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.

CONSULTANT: TOOLS FOR ABUNDANT LIVING SC CARROLL ASSOCIATES LLC Susannah Carroll PO Box 18846, Denver, CO 80218 303-861-4338 Motivational consultant supercharging your incarnation with tools and resources on finding clarity on your life’s direction and techniques for staying calm in any situation and living abundantly and prosperously. The techniques are a mixture of east/west philosophies and designed for use anywhere and anytime. We work with individuals, business executives, entrepreneurs, sales teams and more! Offering a FREE 30-minute phone consultation for first time clients. Email for more information today.

LifeSource Health Partners (LSHP) is a regional integrative wellness center committed to empowering each person with the knowledge to make informed, educated decisions so they can achieve vibrant health without the use of unnecessary drugs or surgery. We customize each person’s treatment to assure achievement of their health goals. LSHP specializes in natural pain relief and innovative treatments for arthritis, auto injuries and whiplash, menopause, headaches, women’s health issues, low back pain, sciatica and disc problems, sports injuries, weight loss and many other health problems. Rejuvenate your health and achieve peak performance with our natural and affordable therapies including acupuncture, chiropractic, spinal decompression, metabolic testing, nutritional cleansing, medical massage, essential oils, physical therapy with MedX spinal rehabilitation and nutritional counseling. We promise to serve with love, integrity and compassion! See ad page 12.

MASSAGE & COACHING STRESS REDUCTION CONSULTATION, BODYWORK & VITALITY ENHANCEMENT COACHING WITH VELINA LUJAN, MA, CMT Certified Holistic Stress Manager, Certification in Korean Healing Arts Masters in Transpersonal Psychology Certified Massage Therapist For Golden appointments call 303-233-4247 For Boulder appointments call 303-717-7709 Overwhelmed by the magnitude of your responsibilities? Need more peace, energy and vitality while pursuing your vision? Come alive as you 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. With a passion to inspire and motivate you to realize your highest self, she touches hearts and minds, bringing healing and hope. Bodywork is a nurturing complement, helping to break through the body armor and drop into the deeper issues that lie beneath the surface.





Bringing Psychic Education into the Mainstream Karen Fox, Ph.D., Psychic & Educator, Program Director Englewood, Arvada, Golden, Aurora Restore your feeling of inner peace! 303-942-0646

Isis Books And Gifts Englewood 516-578-8453

I will restore your energy field by laying on of hands which promotes physical and emotional wellness. This technique also opens the chakras to release trapped energy, which causes disease. I am a Certified Hands on Healer and a Graduate of The School of Energy Mastery, founded by Dr. Robert Jaffe.

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, MedicalHealth Intuitive, Spirit Medium, Business Intuitive. Offers a wide variety of classes and teachers.

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PSYCHOLOGY & GROWTH 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.

MICHAEL PERRY | PSYCHOTHERAPIST 4845 Pearl East Circle, Suite 101 Boulder, CO 80301 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.

KATHY HIGGINS, MS, MA, LPC, CACII Deer Creek Counseling 7345 South Pierce St., Ste 110 Littleton, CO 80128 720-663-7702 Kathy Higgins, MS, MA LPC, CACII 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.


THERAPEUTIC YOGA ANNETTE BRAY, CSCS, YOGA INSTRUCTOR 3101 Iris Ave, Suite 200 Boulder, CO 80301 720-470-1771 Annette Bray has been working in the field of health and wellness for nearly 15 years after completing a degree in Kinesiology. She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Teacher Training graduate in the study of Anusara yoga. Her scientific background combined with her intuitive sense in relationship with others, allows her to assess what a body needs as well as feel what the individual is receptive to in making positive changes. Her mission is to coach the active individual to realize their physical and mental potential using the therapeutic principles of yoga so that their body maintains fluidity and ease of movement. She is a lover of the outdoors and a highly kinesthetic individual who believes in the transformative capacity of movement. To this end, she desires to help others remain active for the long-term.

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. 303282-9439. See ad page 14.

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NOVEMBER 1, TUESDAY Aspen DeCew-Hot Seat Nights–6:30-9:30pm. Observe the powerful work of Human Software Engineering and WaveMaker technology first hand in a large audience setting. $20/Pre-reg; $30/Door. Info@ or 303-730-6695. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, #100, Arvada. 303-731-6695.

NOVEMBER 2, WEDNESDAY Monthly Free Healing Energy Clinic in Denver– 5:45-7pm. A healing is an energy clearing, like a psychic massage. During a healing, energy one does not need is cleared, including blocks to growth and flow. Clarity and contentment are restored. Donations appreciated, but not req’d. Evening clinics first Wednesday of the month. Inner Connection Institute Denver location: 2755 S Locust St., Ste 213, Denver. 303-282-9439 or How To Eliminate Low Back Pain and Sciatica– 7-8:15pm. Workshop reviews basic spinal anatomy, common causes of low back pain, sciatica and disc problems. Screenings and treatment options discussed. Learn about alternatives to drugs. Free. LifeSource Health Partners, 65 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. RSVP req’d 303-934-3600 or CCC: Consciousness Conversations & Contemplations–6:45-10pm. Monthly meetings to raise awareness and consciousness through presentations, discussion, interaction, and networking. Explore integration of enlightened living in personal and professional lives. Love offering. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, #100, Arvada. 303-731-6695.

NOVEMBER 3, THURSDAY Angel Healing Clinic–7:15-7:45pm. Topic: Awakening to Love. Instructors will communicate messages from the Angels and assist in healing for the individual and the entire group. Individual Healing Sessions $25/15 min at 8pm by appointment. Take your healing to the next level in these life changing, personalized sessions! $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 Brain Balance Achievement Center Informational Lecture–12pm. The Brain Balance Program is a research-based learning center with 15 years of experience successfully reconnecting thousands of children, freeing them from the effects of ADHD, Dyslexia, Asperger’s and other neurological disorders. Free. Brain Balance Achievement Center, 1211 Avery St., Golden. RSVP 303-278-1780 or

NOVEMBER 5, SATURDAY The Gong Bath-An Evening of Healing Sounds–78:30pm. Experience the transformational tones and healing power of Tibetan bowls and planetary gongs tuned to vibrate together in a cosmic harmony. Gary Fishman will take you on a journey that will lift your spirits and open you to greater spiritual growth. $20. Dancing the Soul 950-C Jersey St., Denver. 303-5024586 or

Around the World with Tea–2-4pm. Take an imaginary trip around the world as you taste the subtle flavor differences of teas from different regions. Along the journey, learn a bit about the tea customs of different countries and cultures. $25 (non-members). Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., Denver. Registrar 720-865-3580 or Lectures and Satsang with Swami Dharmananda– Also 11/12 & 11/20. Swami Dharmananda is a preeminent scholar and teacher of the Science of Yoga, Hindu Philosophy, and Comparative Religion. He is the chief monastic disciple of the late Guru, Shri Vishwaguruji Maharaj. Swamiji’s lectures - especially his mode of presentation with humor, stories and anecdotes - has earned him wide acclaim. $18-$45. PranaYoga and Ayurveda Mandala, 3333 Federal Blvd., Denver. Hansa 303-432-8099 or Mad Hatter Brunch & Fashion Show–9am-1pm. Lyme disease Fundraiser event includes a 3-course Brunch, Live Music, Floral Displays, Dance performances, Fashion Show, Live Auction, Crazy Hat Contest, Raffles and more. Donations and contributions to our live auction still being sought. CashmereBark. com or for more info about our cause. $75. St. Julien Hotel & Spa. Marie Arts 213-309-7306. Connecting Body and Spirit: Eliminating Stress From Your Life – 9:30am-3:00pm. Presented by well-known teacher and healer, Aurelia Taylor, this class offers and in-depth exploration of amazing techniques and tools that will give you a life-changing experience and keep you enthusiastic and loving life. $33 Love Offering. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695. Brain Balance Center of Golden Open House– 11am-4pm. The Open House will feature a tour of the center and a staff meet-and-greet. A 20-minute lecture about the Brain Balance Program and latest research will be held on the hour. Brain Balance Achievement Center, 1211 Avery St., Golden. RSVP 303-278-1780 or

NOVEMBER 6, SUNDAY Non-Denominational Church Service–11am. Doors open from 10:40-11am. Celebrate the journey of life with meditation and an informative spiritual message on the first Sunday of every month. Service is followed by a 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. 303-282-9439. The Giving Heart–10:30-11:30am. Eckankar Center of Boulder Valley Worship Service ‘the Giving Heart’ helps us understand how Divine Spirit (the ECK) works in our lives. Includes 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., Ste 208, Boulder. 303-443-1610 or Church Service, Aura Healing Clinic & Lunch– 11am. Also on 11/20. Join Rev. DebraRae, Officiating Minister, in a safe, neutral and sacred space for church service, aura healing clinic (donations accepted), refreshments and community, including lunch im-

TOOLS FOR A HAPPIER LIFE: Light Lecture Series at the Center of Light Mondays in November; 7:30pm These classes are designed to help you gain the skills necessary to live a happier, more fulfilling and productive life. November topics include: November 7th: Overcoming Bad Habits and Addictions; 14th: Attracting a Romantic Partner Who Shares Your Spirituality. The nonprofit Center of Light promotes positive change and personal development, using proven methods that work in real life. $8. Center of Light, 2300 Forest St., Denver. Information or register 720-308-9944,, or

REVERSING THE EPIDEMIC OF DIABETES AND PRE-DIABETES Thursday, November 10, 7-8:15pm According to the National Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization, diabetes is the #1 health issue today, a true epidemic. Fifty percent of Americans are touched with diabetes or pre-diabetes. Bill Bergman, MD and Frank Harritt, a 20+ year successful diabetic patient, will be presenting insights on Better Diabetes Control Through Diabetes Self-Defense® . Everyone will leave this presentation, whether directly or indirectly affected by diabetes, with real hope and a simple and effective strategy for a longer, healthier, and happier life. Complimentary. Belmar Public Library, 555 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood City Commons, Lakewood, CO 80226, RSVP required 303-934-3600 or

EVOLVE EXPO: A SPRINGBOARD FOR CONSCIOUS CHANGE November 11 and 12 at the Denver Merchandise Mart Journeys for Conscious Living presents 2 full days and 2 incredible nights at the “EVOLve ™ Expo 11-11-11 Gathering: A Springboard for Conscious Change.” The expo features international speakers, breakout sessions, musicians, dance and vendors that support and promote the gathering of individuals that share a common desire to raise the consciousness of humanity and support our planet. Drum circles, dance, and community celebrations. General sessions, keynotes and products that relate to conscious business, alternative health, healing modalities, conscious activism, sustainability, and personal growth. Info 303-731-6695 or

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mediately following healing clinic the first Sunday of each month. Sacred Spaces Spiritual Center, 223 Titan St., Aurora. 303-365-0200.

NOVEMBER 7, MONDAY Kundalini Yoga–6-7:30pm. From your very first class, you’ll reap the rewards, including relief from back pain, stress, addiction, depression and insomnia, and weight control. Kundalini Yoga promises you peace of mind. Elevate and experience yourself through this ancient science! Meets weekly. $10 (non-member). Denver Botanic Gardens 1007 York St., Denver. Registrar 720865-3580 or

NOVEMBER 9, WEDNESDAY Let it Go! Teleconference - Has the momentum of your business slowed to the point that you think you’re totally stuck? Join our once-a-month teleconference for techniques in getting things going again. Information about tuition and registration The Fast Focusing Center, 303 708-8817. $95/session.

NOVEMBER 10, THURSDAY Creating a Stress Free Holiday Season–6-8:30pm. This workshop teaches how to eliminate holiday stress. Transform your dread of the holiday season to a more positive and joyful attitude. Learn tools to handle stress of the holiday season. Includes Coaching Consult (For new clients only.) Bring a friend for 50% OFF your registration! $40. Fertile Ground Wellness Ctr, 1091 S Gaylord St., Denver. Deb Roffe 303-550-5923, or


2011 THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1 Dialectic Behavior Training–6:30-8pm. We will be working with Mindfulness and Emotion Regulation skills. Join us to learn new ways of creating change to live a more joyful and effective life. Call today for a free screening appointment. Kathy Higgins, Littleton DBT. 720-663-8827 or

DECEMBER 7, TUESDAY CCC: Consciousness Conversations & Contemplations–6:45-10pm. See description 11/2. Love offering. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, #100, Arvada. 303-731-6695.

DECEMBER 15, THURSDAY Oneness Deekshas & Sacred Sound with Ann Hines & Donna Baldwin–7-9pm. See description 11/ 17. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, #100, Arvada. 303731-6695.

DECEMBER 28, WEDNESDAY Heal The Healers–7-9pm. See description 11/23. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, #100, Arvada. 303-731-6695.

JANUARY 2012 Yoga Teacher Training at Bella Yoga– See Save the Date listing.


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Juicy Crones, a Support Group for Women 50 and Over–7-8:30pm. Also on 12/8 & 12/22. Juicy Crones is a support group for women 50 and up to want to enrich and expand their lives. Gone are the days of “grandmother shoes” and blue hair -- instead we want to grow younger, more alive with each passing year. Donations welcome. People House, 3035 W. 25th Ave., Denver. Barbara Pettibone 303-862-5712 or Nutritional Cleansing Presentation & Tasting–78:30pm. Also on the 29th. Learn about a new cleansing and fat-burning system that is natural and effective. Eliminate toxins and lose an average of 9-12 pounds in just nine days! Includes a product tasting. Free. LifeSource Health Partners 65 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. RSVP 303-934-3600 or Reversing the Epidemic of Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes –7-8:15pm. See Save the Date listing. Drum Circle with Shaman Rick Strong Feather and John Thunderheart Robinson–7-9pm. Join the community for Drum Circle, Dige Players, Flutes, Shamanic Healing, Sound Healing, and Messages from the StrongFeather and The ThunderHeart. Love offering/donation. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, #100, Arvada. 303-731-6695 or Full Moon Ceremony – 7pm-9pm. NEW AT J4CL! Full Moon Ceremony with drumming, dance, ceremonies, teachings, and networking. Bring a snack to share and a love offering for the center. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695.

NOVEMBER 11, FRIDAY Trance Medium Healing Clinic–7pm. Arrive early, bldg doors auto-lock at 6:55pm. Open Channeling 7-7:30ish, Free. Followed by Healings $10. Trance medium healing is a dynamic process facilitating re-alignment and cleansing of the spiritual body. This clinic involves channeling, energy readings, and intense individual clearings. Plan some time for yourself after your healing. No appt necessary. Inner Connection Institute, 2755 S Locust St., Ste 213, Denver. 303-2829439 or Greeting the Aquarian Age–5:30-7pm. We will fully enter the Aquarian age on this date, this transition will bring tremendous opportunity to rebuild our relationship to ourselves, the world, and our society. Join us for a short class, meditation, and social gathering to celebrate our transition into the Aquarian age. Donations welcome. PranaYoga and Ayurveda Mandala, 3333 Federal Blvd., Denver. Hansa 303-432-8099 or Evolve Expo –9am. 11/11 & 11/12 event. A Springboard for Conscious Change at the Plaza at the Merchandise Mart headlined by keynote speakers Don Miguel Ruiz and Marci Shimoff. See Save the Date listing.

NOVEMBER 12, SATURDAY A Moment for Mutts Annual Fundraiser- 10am3pm. Features live auction, music, performances, bar and buffet and Grand Prize Basket. The Golden Hotel, Grand Ballroom, 800 11th St, Golden. See Save the Date listing. Spirit Journey - 10am-5pm. See Save the Date listing.

NOVEMBER 15, TUESDAY A Basic 5-Week Meditation–7-9pm. Meditation can help you achieve a lifelong transformation, help you relax and create change in your life. Let go of the negative and stress; making room for the positive and

improve health. Learn the lifelong skills to develop a personal practice in our 5-week meditation. Feel the results and experiencing the changes in your body. $180. Journey Within; Inside Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio, 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. Anita Destino, Founder of Journey Within, 720-413-7303, or Thyroid Health Lecture–7-9pm. The Endocrine Society of America states that 9 out of 10 hypothyroid patients are auto-immune, yet traditional medical doctors only prescribe thyroid replacement hormones. Have you ever wondered why your TSH levels fluctuate? Come learn the intricacies of hypothyroid and how to manage the real culprit, the immune system. $10. East Boulder Senior Center. Space limited to 40. Red Tail Wellness Centers, 3393 Iris Ave, Ste 105, Boulder. Ian Hollaman 303-882-8447 or The Bio-Mechanics of Auto Injury–7-8:15pm. This workshop includes a Q & A session with Dr. Keuhn who has over 25 years of experience in helping people recover from soft tissue injuries. A specialist in automobile accidents, Dr. Keuhn understands the complicated aspects of the medical and legal issues. Free. LifeSource Health Partners, 65 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. RSVP required 303-934-3600 or

NOVEMBER 17, THURSDAY Angel Healing Clinic–7:15-7:45pm. Topic: Creating Fulfilling Relationships. Instructors will communicate messages from the Angels and assist in healing for the individual and the entire group. Individual Healing Sessions $25/15 minutes at 8pm by app’t. Take your healing to the next level in these life changing, personalized sessions! $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 Oneness Deekshas & Sacred Sound with Ann Hines & Donna Baldwin–7-9pm. Oneness Deeksha with live Sacred Sound from crystal bowls and native-American flute. Deeksha is a Divine intelligent energy transfer that causes a neurobiological transformation within the brain of the receiving individual. It supports all paths. Love Offering. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, #100, Arvada. 303-7316695. Food for Life Nutrition and Cooking Class for the Holidays–7-8:30pm. See Save the Date listing. Brain Balance Achievement Center Informational Lecture–6pm. The Brain Balance Program is a researchbased learning center with 15 years of experience successfully reconnecting thousands of children, freeing them from the effects of ADHD, Dyslexia, Asperger’s and other neurological disorders. Free. Brain Balance Achievement Center, 1211 Avery St., Golden. RSVP 303-278-1780 or

NOVEMBER 18, FRIDAY Gratitude Hands & Feet, Thanksgiving Love–6:308:30pm. A partner class where you will learn Thai massage techniques for the hands & feet. Our hands are extensions of our hearts, & our feet are hands that grace the earth. Learn how to give back to yourself & to others & to embody gratitude. No need to register or bring a partner. Bring some canned goods please so we can share some food-love with others. Free. Denver Integrative Massage School 2414 w 32nd ave., Denver. 720-252-2716 or

NOVEMBER 20, SUNDAY Community HU Song–10:30-11am. Join us in Denver or Boulder on each third Sunday for our monthly Com-

munity HU song, an ancient name for God sung for spiritual upliftment. Non-denominational, can be sung by anyone. Free. ECKANKAR Center of Denver and ECKANKAR Center of Boulder Valley, 5800 E. Evans Ave., Denver and 1800 30th St., Ste 208, Boulder. Denver 303-756-9287 or Boulder phone 303-443-1610 or Open Door Reading Space–7-8:30pm. In a group setting, Rev. DebraRae will, depending on the month’s them, clairvoyantly answer your questions, provide medium communication, channel your guides and angels or provide communication from your animal companions (present or past) and offer them energetic healings. No pre-registration required; pay at the door. $20+$1/min. Sacred Spaces Spiritual Center, 223 Titan St., Aurora. 303-365-0200.

NOVEMBER 23, WEDNESDAY Heal The Healers–7-9pm. Designed for healers to both give and receive. Share your gifts and get your time of healing on the table as well. All healers are invited. Bring your energy, tools, and snack to share. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, #100, Arvada. 303-731-6695.


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savethedate A MOMENT FOR MUTTS ANNUAL FUNDRAISER Saturday, November 12, 10am-3pm Join us for fun and fundraising, to ensure that The Misha May Foundation is able to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home many more dogs (and cats) at risk, regardless of breed or mix, behavior or medical issue. We save animals from euthanasia and foster them for as long as it takes to find a home. Live entertainment, cash bar, Grand Prize Basket, Live Auction. Sponsorships, donations and vendors still welcome. Golden Hotel, Grand Ballroom, 800 11th St, Golden.

SPIRIT JOURNEY Saturday, November 12, 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 questions for guidance. 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 303-665-0175 or see for details.



Thursday, November 17, 7-8:30 pm

New Moon Goddess Circle – 7pm-9pm. NEW AT J4CL! New Moon Goddess Circle with drumming, dance, ceremonies, teachings, and networking. Bring a snack to share and a love offering for the center. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303731-6695.

This hour and half interactive class includes healthy alternatives to compliment your Thanksgiving dinner, a cooking demonstration of simple, tasty recipes that can be easily recreated at home and delicious food samples of the recipes prepared in class. Take home these easy, fast and healthy recipes! This class is also excellent for those diagnosed with diabetes or pre-diabetes. Initial class is complimentary. LifeSource Health Partners 65 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. RSVP required by 11/13; call 303934-3600.

NOVEMBER 28, MONDAY The Basics of EFT Tapping–6:30-8pm. EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) is an energy modality that is highly effective. You finger tap on specific stress-relief points on your body. Easy to use, amazingly fast, often works where nothing else will! Bring some anxious thought leave without it. Use for other issues too. $20. The Center of Well-Being, 1385 Carr St, #6 Lakewood. Barbara Hagerman 303-667-2223 or barbara@


YOGA TEACHER TRAINING AT BELLA YOGA Beginning January 2012 Do you have a passion for Yoga? Do you have the desire to bring your practice to a whole other level and become a registered Yoga Teacher?? If this is something you have been thinking about for long time, now is the time to make that desire a reality. Bella Yoga is now accepting applicants for its 1st Yoga Teacher Training which will begin in January 2012!!! Reserve your spot today by sending an email to if you are interested. Go to for info.

Get Happy, Get Results! An Evening Playgroup to Create the Life You Want–6:30-8:30pm. Come play with us! Learn to align with your higher self. Find ways to consciously feel good and allow wonder into your life. Discover how life can unfold more smoothly for you. First 30 minutes will teach basic principles; last 90 are for fun and putting them into practice. $20. Estara, 1385 Carr St., Ste 3, Lakewood. Barbara Hagerman 303-667-2223 or The 5 Secrets to Looking & Feeling Younger–78:15pm. This workshop reviews research studies, testimonials and published articles on the value of natural health care. Discussion on 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 req’d 303-934-3600 or

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ongoingevents monday Tools for a Happier Life: Light Lecture Series at the Center of Light - Mondays in November; 7:30pm. See Save the Date listing. Money and Happiness – 2pm. One of the challenges about money is the guilt that can accompany financial success, and some people in business have wired themselves so that this negative thought is in the way of their becoming financially successful. Join us for our Monday afternoon teleconferences about Money. $55/session. Information about tuition and registration The Fast Focusing Center, 303 708-8817. Fast Community Thai Yoga Massage Graduate Clinic–10:30am-4pm. Graduate 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-$42, 90 min $56. Denver Integrative Massage School 2414 W. 32nd Ave., Denver. Appt req 720-252-2716 or Ashtanga Vinyasa Free Flow Yoga w/EmySol – 6:30pm. Exhilarating and complete Yoga practice uses Ujjayi breath to flow from one asana (pose) to another to energize metabolic rate, burn fat, build a firm toned healthy body, increase stamina and develop great strength and flexibility. Instructor: EmySol -Ananda Shakti Ma. Call for pricing. No exp. req’d. 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695.

tuesday Laughter Yoga–8-9am. Laughter yoga is scientifically proven to boost the immune system, reduce stress and provide a comprehensive workout. No special equipment, clothes or abilities required. Please arrive a little early and meet at the Gardens’ group entrance gate. Free. Denver Botanic Gardens 1007 York St., Denver. Registrar 720-865-3580 or Low-Cost Community Clinic– also on Thursdays. Stress Management Consultation, Coaching, Self-Healing Instruction and Bodywork to those in need. Comprehensive assessment and evaluation of stressors and root causes, consultation, coaching and resources to manage stressors, as well as hands-on training and healing. Tues & Thurs by appt. only. $45 or sliding scale. Stress Management Services, 5600 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder. Call Velina at 303717-7709 or email

wednesday Weekly Free Healing Energy Clinic in Denver– 12:15-1pm. A healing is an energy clearing, like


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Community Thai Yoga Massage Graduate Clinic– 10:30am-4:00pm. See description Mondays. Denver Integrative Massage School 2414 W. 32nd Ave., Denver. 720-252-2716 or

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Free Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing–6-7pm. A healing is an energy clearing, like an “energy car wash.” During a healing, we release negative energy that is blocking you from growth and stopping you 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

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Ashtanga Vinyasa Free Flow Yoga w/EmySol – 6:30pm. See description Mondays. Instructor: EmySol -Ananda Shakti Ma. Call for pricing. No exp. req’d. 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695.

thursday Weekly Free Healing Energy Clinic in Wheat Ridge–6:30-7:30pm. A healing is an energy clearing, like a psychic massage. During a healing, energy one does not need is cleared, including blocks to growth and flow. Clarity and contentment are restored. Donations appreciated, but not required. Mini-readings are available after the clinic- $10. Inner Connection Institute North Side location: 4325 Harlan St., Wheat Ridge. 303-257-4797 or Free Aura and Chakra Healings–6-7pm. Negative energy will be gently removed from your body and then replaced with your own positive energy. You will feel great and be ready take your next steps. Free. Psychic readings also available with app’t at no cost. Boulder Psychic Institute, 1332 Pearl St, Boulder. 303-530-0920 or

friday Community Thai Yoga Massage Graduate Clinic– 10:30am-4:00pm. See description Mondays. Denver Integrative Massage School, 2414 W. 32nd Ave., Denver. 720-252-2716 or Modern-Day Meditation–7:30-9pm. This meditation uses all types of music and guides people to a more calm and open state, to think clearly about solutions for daily life changes and find a deeper spiritual connection within. First class is free. Colorado Health and Wellness Center, 126 W 5th Ave., Denver. Diane 303-524-4040 or

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