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ayne Dyer appeared once on the cover of Natural Awakenings, in January 2012. Sadly, Wayne passed away just a couple weeks prior to the writing of this letter. I met Wayne Dyer once at the Denver airport in 2013 after attending the Hay House weekend workshop, Writing for Your Soul. He was on his way to Florida for a graduation; I, to visit my parents. He was kind and funny, and didn’t seem to mind I completely interrupted a conversation with one of his posse and gave him a slap on the arm to say hello! I’d always hoped to meet him again, after my book is published. How many books of his are on your shelf? He was and will always be a great resource for those looking to develop their spirituality and loosen the grip of ego. Even though Wayne has passed, we have four decades of insightful work from the “father of motivation.” Because this October issue is about Compassionate Activism we thought you might be interested in supporting one of Dyer’s favorite causes. The Dyer family encourages those wanting to show their support to make a donation in Wayne Dyer’s name to one of the following; gun safety, non-GMO foods and education.

Guns: Everytown for Gun Safety ( “He was a strong believer in making guns harder to get, thereby improving the safety of our nation. When he met Scarlett Lewis and heard her son Jesse’s story from Sandy Hook, he was moved to tears and wanted to help tell Jesse’s story in the hope that it would make a difference. If he can do anything from the other side, my guess is he is whispering in the ears of Congress and reminding them to vote with a conscience.” – Tracy Dyer

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“Anyone who attended one of his talks or spent more than 10 minutes with him, knew how passionate he was about the Genetic Modification of our food supply. He always believed in keeping things simple and food was probably the biggest example of this. Just grow real food and eat it.” – Tracy Dyer

Education: Wayne State University ( “Education was also one of his biggest passions. He was forever grateful to Wayne State University for taking a chance on an inner-city kid who came out of the Navy with a dream to make his life better. As a father, he always told us that as long as we were working toward something, he would always help us fund our educations and that was no small task, with 8 kids.” – Tracy Dyer

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new course brings together the ancient sciences of yoga and sound healing October 24 & 25 at the Rocky Mountain Miracle Center in Denver with Marcelo Mansour and Bill Eager. Eager says, “At the atomic level everything is vibration. Sound and movement creates energy inside our bodies. When this energy carries our intentions we can realize the life we want.” Marcelo Mansour of Argentina uses digeridoo, singing bowls, flutes, drums and voice to open your entire self to vibrational healing in a fun, dynamic manner. Each participant receives their own didgeridoo to take home. Master teacher Bill Eager leads the group deeper with Yoga Nidra which further opens energy channels in your body. Yoga Nidra helps you shape your health, relationships and career by using well-defined intentions which are energetically brought into your subconscious mind. Contact Bill Eager at 303-674-2107 or

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andy Ferguson of the Love, Courage and Achievement Project (LCA) will begin the new LCA weekend and 7-wk course October, 2 for those looking for real, lasting change and transformation. The LCA Project is a personal development program offered in the Denver area that effectively helps people close the gap between where they are in their lives, and where they are meant to be. “Imagine you have someone you really care about who is ready to break through to the next level but they don’t know how. How would you help them? What are the ingredients? The LCA Project explains just what it takes to transform, with guidance, tools, support, answers and a pathway they’ve never had before to sustainable change,” says Randy. Randy has over 30 years’ experience in presenting personal development seminars. He has taught internationally as a corporate trainer for top-level executives in Mexico, Bangkok, Germany, Spain and extensively throughout the U.S. His business degree from Arizona State University and Masters Degree in Spiritual Psychology provides an academic foundation that is both pragmatic and visionary. For more information and your one-on-one, 90-min breakthrough session, contact Randy Ferguson, 303-989-2605 or

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lara Wisner, Certified Nutrition Therapy Practitioner, has recently completed her new website to match the new name of her practice, The new website contains nutrition blogs, recipes, resources, and more. Clara Wisner can be reached at 720-202-2326 or see listing page 21.

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aw Vitality offers a free, “7-Day Get Healthy Challenge” starting October 19. The Challenge runs in a group online format. According to owner Candice Marley, participants will “jumpstart their health, decrease stress, increase energy and vitality from the inside out!” “This weeklong Challenge is designed to help you maximize your vitality naturally in just seven days. We focus on: fresh, whole eating and juicing; stress management; movement; and reducing your exposure to toxic chemicals that are harming your health,” says Marley. For info, contact Candice at 720-277-9124. See ad page 15.

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lot of people resonate with the Law of Attraction but they don’t know how to use it in their daily lives. Attraction works for material things as well as good experiences! The basic definition states “like energy attracts like energy” or “you get what you focus on.” And it takes consistent practice. One client of mine was looking to make a career change but nothing was happening. Then she started using some of the processes we teach and, within a few weeks, “out of the blue” a customer revealed that he worked in the exact place that she wanted to work! She was able to gain a valuable ‘in’ to get the job she wanted. Of course it wasn’t “out of the blue,” but rather by doing the processes to lessen her resistance to what she was wanting. She used the “Wouldn’t it be nice if…” process, making a list of all the reasons why she wanted this new career: make more money; have more interesting work; and be closer to home. For example, she said: “Wouldn’t it be nice if I was hired at ABC Company so I would make more money?!” “Wouldn’t it be nice if I was hired at ABC Company so the work would be very interesting?!” “Wouldn’t it be nice if I was hired at ABC Company so that I would be closer to home?!” By doing this process she lowered the resistance she had about working there, and allowed it to manifest for her. David Bartky, Certified Law of Attraction Life Coach can be reached at 973-444-7301 or See listing page 19.

Brain-Lymphatic Discovery May Hasten Science


study at the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Medicine has found that the brain is directly connected to the body’s immune system through a previously unknown set of lymphatic vessels. The discovery furthers the understanding for medical scientists of how the brain’s immune system works. While it’s been known for decades that lymphatic vessels transport immune cells through the rest of the body, confirming that this also occurs within the brain has been elusive. The discovery is attributed to Antoine Louveau, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow at UVA. He says, “It changes entirely the way we perceive the neuro-immune interaction. We always perceived it before as something esoteric that can’t be studied, but now we can ask mechanistic questions.” According to researchers, physicians can now examine the physical connection between the immune system and the brain instead of only studying how the brain responds to immune issues; it might also improve how diseases like Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, autism and others are understood and treated.

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Red/Purple Produce is Best for Our Weight and Heart


ew research published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition has found the color of the fruits and vegetables we eat may affect our weight and heart health differently. The study followed 1,272 people over a three-year period, beginning in 2006 and 2008. The researchers compared their respective diets over both periods with levels of cholesterol, weight and waist circumference—all measures of obesity. The research grouped fruits and vegetables into red/purple, yellow, green, orange or white. Among women, greater consumption of red/ purple fruits and vegetables was related to lower weight and abdominal fat, lower blood sugar and reduced total cholesterol. Meanwhile, greater consumption of yellow fruits and vegetables was linked to weight gain over the same period. Among men, the researchers found those that ate more red/purple fruits and vegetables had reduced weight and waists compared to those that ate othercolored foods over the three-year period by an average of 13 and 14 percent, respectively. Greater yellow fruit consumption was linked to lower total cholesterol levels. Green and white fruits and vegetables were associated with reduced abdominal fat gain over the three-year period.

Colon Cancer Linked to Gut Bacteria


study from the University of Minnesota has found that two strains of virulent bacteria in the gut significantly increase the incidence of colon cancer, and a change in microbiology of the gut often coincides with colon cancer. The study tested 88 people, of which half had colon tumors. The scientists sampled and analyzed gut bacteria within the subjects to assess their microbiomes. They found that colon cancers were linked to those with microbiomes that had increased levels of Fusobacteria and Providencia species of bacteria. The latter is considered more virulent and responsible for the production of certain enzymes that have been previously linked with colon cancer. These two species of bacteria have also been linked with higher rates of inflammation and infection in other research. Fusobacteria has been found prevalent among people with ulcerative colitis. Providencia species include E. coli and Klebsiella, both found among urinary tract infections, throat infections and others. Microbiological science over the past half a century has found that better food choices can bring about significant healthful changes in the body’s microbiome. These include incorporating prebiotic and fermented foods into one’s diet.


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U.S. Kids Not Drinking Enough Liquids


2015 study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control has found that more than half of American children are dehydrated. The research analyzed data from the 2009-2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey for children 6 to 19 years old. The study also found that boys have a 76 percent greater likelihood of being dehydrated, and African-Americans were 34 percent more likely to not drink enough water compared with U.S. Caucasians. “Dehydration accounts for hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations each year due to a number of illnesses that can lead to depletion of fluids and electrolytes from the body,” says Dr. Daniel Rauch, associate professor of pediatrics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, in New York City. It can be difficult for parents to gauge the level of hydration in children. Researchers from the University of Arkansas have determined that urine color provides a reliable indicator of hydration levels, with darker urine indicating increasing levels of dehydration.

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aven’t we all had that overwhelming “me against the world” feeling of helplessness, where reaching out to others for comfort and help has resulted in one disappointing outcome after another? Consider that when it feels like no one is listening, caring or concerned, we can turn to the amazing team we all have working for us behind the scenes. I love referring to my amazing team of Angels and Spirit Guides as my own personal Spiritual Entourage. We all have a spiritual team signaling us daily that is equipped, ready and willing to help with issues that need movement in our lives. Support could be as simple as whispered inspirations, a visit in our dreams, or queuing birds, feathers and butterflies to cross our paths. It could also be as drastic as bringing circumstantial challenges and life interruptions our way. The key is to get still, quiet the mind, and release all means of physical understanding in order to connect. In stillness, there is everything. Your Spiritual Entourage is waiting behind the scenes to help make that magic happen in your life, you simply need to ask in silence. Elisa Malangone is a spiritual medium and coach can be reached at 720-372-3927. See listing page 32.

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icking up after the pooch is an important responsibility held by all pet owners. Doggie deposits are an environmental pollutant and a human health hazard. When left unattended, the waste is a detriment to local soil and water quality, and also presents a number of potential health dangers to families and their pets. The longer dog doody stays on the ground, the greater a health risk it becomes. Bacteria, worms and other parasites thrive in unattended waste, eventually breaking down and entering the soil or washing into the water supply. Roundworm, for example, is one of the most common parasites found in dog doo and it can remain infectious in contaminated soil and water for years. Although pooper-scooper duty is never an easy or enjoyable chore, autumn leaves have a way of camouflaging Fido’s droppings perfectly. But just because you can’t see the waste doesn’t mean it is not a problem. The most responsible action people can take for their family and community is to make sure their pets are picked up after in a timely fashion. Those who are too busy to deal with the mess should consider hiring a local pet waste removal service. Craig Hammer, owner of Doody Calls can be reached at 303-746-9960 or See ad page 8.

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Finally! A Medication for Sexual Desire for Women

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here are 26 FDA-approved medications for male sexual dysfunction from erectile dysfunction (Viagra, Cialis) to hormonal treatments (testosterone gels and injections). Until now, there was nothing for women (except vaginal estrogen for painful intercourse in postmenopausal women). Hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) is defined as an absence of sexual fantasies or desire which causes distress to the woman. It is not due to another medical/ psychiatric disorder, substances, nor normal fluctuation in sexual desire. And there is good news about the approval of a medication for female low sex drive. Flibanserin, to be released by Sprout Pharmaceuticals under the unimaginative brand name Addyi, (I think Yippi! would have been a much better choice), was approved by the FDA on August 18th. Flibanserin is not hormonal and it’s not the female Viagra. It is a medication that works on the brain, our most powerful sexual organ, by changing the levels of neurochemicals involved in sex drive, namely dopamine, noradrenaline, and serotonin. It is taken every day and usually takes 3-4 weeks before it is effective. There are three reasons for the discrepancy of so many medications for men while so few for women. First, there is a cultural bias in our society as regards to the value of


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female sexual function as compared to the value placed on male sexual function. Secondly, a number of studies done on medications for sexual function use episodes of successful sexual events (SSE) to measure benefit. This is probably a better marker of benefit in men than in women. Women may find the increase in sex drive a benefit whether or not it leads to a higher number of SSE’s. Flibanserin only increased the number of SSE’s from 2.8 to 4.5 times per month, although 43-60% of the women on Flibanserin noted a benefit with the medication. The third reason there are so few (read zero) drugs on the market for female sexual dysfunction is that we’re complicated. Our sexual function can be affected by a number of things—hormones, stress, partner issues, body image, self-care, medication side effects—that often a drug that addresses one of these issues is not an answer for the others. My advice for now is to find a gynecologist who specializes in female sexual dysfunction and will look into all of the things that might be contributing to your issues with sexual function. Dr Dianne Stone is a BoardCertified Gynecologist specializing in hormone balance for women and is in private practice in Denver. Contact her at 720-234-0904 or info@ See ad page 11.

ack when I facilitated corporate leadership seminars, we often used the term, “Take a 30,000-foot look at the situation.” Although we flew from one event to another, its most important meaning has to do with standing back and taking a BIG PICTURE look at life. Recently, my brother Bill explained that when we take a big step back, we really have 2 choices when it comes to God (or Higher Power, or Spirit, or you choose the term). Ultimately, we get to decide whether to pursue circumstances or spirituality. Only one can be our primary focus and they lead to VERY different outcomes. When we make our circumstances numero uno, we set aside our relationship with God. Life then, is all about arranging the people, efforts, and resources to be a particular way. The hope is that if we are successful, someday we will feel fulfilled. This option sets love aside in order to accomplish. This creates emptiness because who we are is love. It also produces great frustration, because life is always about trying to get it all done, but never arriving. If we focus on our relationship with God, we have to surrender our circumstances to the number two position. Life is then about living in the experience of our loving and we’re already home. We experience incredible satisfaction and appreciation as we celebrate what we already have. Make the circumstances your main focus and you lose the experience of God…and…you don’t really experience having the circumstances either. Or choose God which generates a state of fulfillment…and…you become incredibly grateful for what you have. When we choose the spiritual option, we become open to divine guidance which makes us tremendously more effective in life. The choice is ours. Randy Ferguson, motivational speaker, author and counselor, can be reached at 303-989-2605 or


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Nano No-No EPA to Regulate Nanotechnology Pesticides The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will begin to regulate new nanomaterial pesticides due to a lawsuit filed by the Center for Food Safety (CFS). In 2008, a coalition of nonprofits filed a legal petition requesting that the agency recognize the growing class of nanosilver consumer products and their risks, and regulate them as new pesticides. After the EPA failed to acknowledge the petition last December, the coalition sued the agency last March to force it to respond. Nanotechnology manipulates materials at the atomic and molecular levels; they are so tiny they cannot be seen with an ordinary microscope and possess extraordinary mobility and unique chemical and biological properties that increase the potential for biological interaction and toxicity. There are no labeling requirements for nanoscale products. The EPA has since agreed that nanosilver products intended to kill microorganisms qualify as pesticides, and that developers of such products must now seek EPA review and approval before the products are marketed. The agency has not committed, however, to undertake enforcement actions against currently commercialized products that haven’t undergone the EPA registration process, although it has taken action against some noncompliant manufacturers.

The Empire State has now officially banned fracking after a seven-year review process. New York Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens states, “After exhaustive research and examination of the science and facts, prohibiting high-volume hydraulic fracturing is the only reasonable alternative. High-volume hydraulic fracturing poses significant adverse impacts to land, air, water, natural resources and potential significant public health impacts that cannot be adequately mitigated.” A findings statement concludes, “There are no feasible or prudent alternatives that adequately avoid or minimize adverse environmental impacts and address risks to public health from this activity.” Two groups heavily involved in the campaign, New Yorkers Against Fracking and Americans Against Fracking, praised the decision. Industry groups have threatened to sue, but the attorneys at Earthjustice ( are confident that the New York Department of Environmental Conservation’s exhaustive review will withstand any legal challenges and the nonprofit pledges to stand alongside the state in case of such actions. Vermont outlawed the practice in 2012. Source:


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Life with ADHD by Ian Hollaman DC, MSc, IFMCP, DAAIM


DHD is a pervasive disorder affecting 11% of children in the US each year. The condition is complex, and makes life difficult for the child, and their family. On top of the anguish this condition causes, the CDC estimates ADHD costs $12,005 – $17,458 annually per individual! This is a picture showing a normal brain on the left, and the brain of a child with ADHD on the right. Even if you are not a medical imaging specialist, there are clear differences between the two brains.





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AWAKENING THE GLOBAL HEART Compassionate Activists Unite to Write Earth’s New Story by Linda Sechrist


s individuals and in groups, more people today are expressing deep inner caring and compassion for fellow humans and all life on this planet by hitching their heartfelt energies to powerful actions that hold the promise of a sustainable future. In This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, author Naomi Klein attests that the power of ferocious love is underestimated by companies and their government advocates. Suggesting that climate change be considered a framework for broader social improvements instead of a single issue, she invites “seizing the moment of discontent” to advance healing the planet and its broken economies and communities. Stories about how ordinary people are energizing local and online communities of practice to improve intergenerational communication, eliminate monetary influence in politics and restore democracy, and support social justice,


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community wealth building, independent media, sound health care and clean food and water are frequently missing from mainstream media. Pioneering efforts by activists such as Mario Tigueros, Pachamama Alliance program manager for the Game Changer Intensive; Joshua Gorman, founder of Generation Waking Up; and Cole Kleitsch, founder and director of Walking Civics, warrant widespread attention and support.

Hearts Afire When hundreds of participants in Pachamama’s Awakening the Dreamer symposium, held in cities throughout the U.S., kept asking “What’s next?” Tigueros facilitated the creation of Game Changers, which explores present challenges and possibilities and ways to create a new future. He says, “We wanted to help them in awakening to their personal qualities and strengths before setting out to change the world. While engaging with others and

ing a global society for all beings to flourish is a goal to strive for, we came to recognize that it takes a collective and collaborative approach within a community of practice to keep the message alive and implement what’s learned in the 12-week training.” A love for social justice prompted Tigueros to recognize the corporate capture of America’s democracy. “Suggesting that symposium participants work with Move to Amend and Citizens’ Climate Lobby made sense,” he explains. One is a nonpartisan coalition of organizations and individuals seeking to end corporate personhood and demand true democracy; the other empowers individuals to exercise their political power. It takes love to inspire the youth of GenY, Generation We and the Digital Generation, all names for the Millenials, to create a new story and transform their lives and communities. Gorman is counting on his peers to help make it happen. “We’re writing a different story than the worn-out one we’ve been led to believe is inevitable,” he says. Some of Generation Waking Up’s young leaders have formed local communities of practice that campaign to get big money out of politics, pressure universities to divest fossil fuel investments, build local and just food systems, end mass incarceration, enroll residents to go solar and inspire everyday citizens to live in more just, sustainable ways.

People have the power, when we choose to use it, to act on it, to dedicate ourselves to change. ~Rebecca Solnit “Young people have a leadership role in spearheading the change our world is calling for. Ultimately, it will only come about with every generation working together,” observes Gorman, who operates from Oakland, California. He’s encouraged when Generation Waking Up members say they want to learn from older adults that spent decades struggling for positive social change.

If we are brave enough, often enough, we will fall. When we own our stories of struggle, we can write our own new endings. ~Brené Brown, Rising Strong A deep love for the potential of civic engagement prompted Gladstone, New Jersey, resident Kleitsch’s Walking Civics initiative. The intergenerational nonprofit, endorsed by the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, trains military veterans and students as young as 16 as poll workers. “I want to inspire future voters by letting them learn how to do the job competently and with integrity, and lead them to participate in democracy’s most cherished act of voting,” advises Kleitsch. It’s currently active in several jurisdictions across the country and will scale up for 2016 and beyond.

Hearts Joining Hearts At 15, Kelsey Juliana’s love of family, friends and future generations far outweighed any trepidation she felt in acting as one of two plaintiffs in a legal strategy to protect the atmosphere, guided by Mary Christina Wood, a law professor and author of Nature’s Trust. Wood created the Oregon nonprofit Our Children’s Trust, now operating in all 50 states and internationally, to enforce the duty of government to protect natural resources for present and future generations. It supports youth in bringing legal action in courts, administrative agencies and local legislative bodies. In local Sierra Club chapters, organizers work with facilitators to educate and empower youth to lead campaigns with town councils, legislative chambers and the courts.

Mounting research is confirming what many have long suspected— extensive media coverage of negative news can trigger stress, fear and trauma. Images & Voices of Hope (ivoh) Executive Director Mallary Tenore cares deeply about how the media can benefit the world by catalyzing change and meaningful awareness of issues such as those raised by Our Children’s Trust. “At ivoh, we believe in focusing on the world we want to live in—not only problem-solving in the world we have. We are currently helping our global community of media practitioners tell ‘restorative narratives’, stories that show how people and communities are making a meaningful progression from despair to resilience. Instead of focusing solely on tragedy and trauma, these narratives extend the storyline by showing signs of renewal, recovery and restoration,” explains Tenore.

On-Task Learning Curve James Maskell wishes every media outlet would cover the doctors and health professionals that are applying the “functional/integrative/root cause” approaches to health care. Formerly a vendor of supplements to health professionals, Maskell has morphed his focus to found the Evolution of Medicine Functional Forum, a monthly educational Web show for health professionals and industry insiders. After becoming captivated by functional medicine at a trade show, he de-

veloped this fresh, high-tech concept that combines the latest health news, functional medicine research, practice developments and health technologies in a mixed-media format. Offered free on YouTube, it combines interviews, TED-style talks, videos and audience interaction. “With health politics raising more questions than answers and with technology changing the healthcare landscape, there’s never been a more ripe time for health innovation and accelerating a shift toward what works for most doctors,” remarks Maskell, who also recently collaborated with the Institute for Functional Medicine to live-stream Genomics and Functional Medicine, the most cuttingedge clinical Functional Forum to date. Andrew Brandeis, a licensed naturopathic doctor in San Francisco, developed a challenging new skill set in creating the easy-to-use, mobile Share Practice app, launched 18 months ago and now also available on the Internet. It’s already used by 15,000 doctors nationwide to rate and review the effectiveness of drugs, herbs and supplements. They also ask questions and receive quick feedback about patient treatments. Brandeis sees an even bigger future opportunity. “As we spot trends and see what is working where and why, we can direct research dollars. There are all kinds of off-label uses for drugs, herbs and supplements that we’ll support when we see that 10,000 doctors are using them in the same way for the same thing,” says Brandeis, who enjoys the meaningfulness of this collective contribution. Gery Juleff, of Hopewell, New Jersey, reinvented himself and his career to serve a greater good. Seeking to inspire change through intelligent discussion

Corralling Ocean Plastics Boyan Slat, 21, of the Netherlands, has devoted his youth to founding and forwarding The Ocean Cleanup, a system in which plastics in our oceans, driven by currents, would amass in accessible zones, reducing cleanup time from theoretical millennia to a manageable period. Leading a team of 100 scientists and engineers for one year, they turned the concept into a potentially viable method to clean up half the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 10 years. Crowdfunding will launch the pilot phase in Japanese waters in 2016. Slat has been named a United Nations Champion of the Earth. The Ocean Cleanup is a recognized Design of the Year by the London Design Museum. natural awakenings

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The only ethical decision is to take responsibility for our own existence and that of our children.

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~Bill Mollison, Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual on environmental issues he founded and hosts the Green Radio Hour broadcast on He was formerly a member of the British Foreign Service, serving for 25 years as a diplomat, mostly in Africa and Brazil. In Juleff’s last London foreign office assignment, he dealt with policies on climate change, renewable energy technology and energy security. “My love of Africa, the continent likely to be affected the most by climate change, quickened my sense of needing to do whatever I could to limit any negative effects,” he says. Even though he was innocent about the scope of such an undertaking, “When the station owner suggested I use my knowledge to host a radio show, I said yes.” In What Then Must We Do? Straight Talk About the Next American Revolution, economist and co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative Gar Alperovitz provides many examples of successful community wealth building. He’s been part of a team partnering with others in cities that include Cleveland, Ohio; Jackson, Mississippi; Rochester, New York; and Washington, D.C. As co-chair of The Next System Project, he’s dealing with the bigger picture of long-term systemic change.

“The economics of sustainability focus on partnerships with local assets like universities, hospitals and cultural institutions to facilitate broad-based economic security for the entire community,” says Alperovitz. He’s deeply committed to the concept of an ecologically sustainable society, where problemsolving activities nurture democracy.

Waking Up This small sampling of individuals whose actions are affirming their heart’s directives is not random and signals a larger movement. It represents author Anodea Judith’s explanation for the evolution of our human journey, captured in the title and essence of her book Waking the Global Heart: Humanity’s Rite of Passage from the Love of Power to the Power of Love. James O’Dea, author of The Conscious Activist, says, “As we evolve, we recognize that it’s the heart which holds the great key to our collective healing, to real civility, the courage to face our own shadow and true progress.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit ItsAllAbout for the recorded interviews.

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Effective Supplements Curcumin, the rhizome of the turmeric plant that gives curry powder its distinctive yellow color, addresses both the symptoms of depression and its underlying causes, says Ajay Goel, Ph.D., director of the Baylor Center for Gastrointestinal Research, in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. A recent study by Goel in Phytotherapy Research showed that this natural spice helps generate new, properly functioning brain cells that manufacture mood-elevating neurotransmitters. Along with being as effective as Prozac (fluoxetine) without the side effects, curcumin can neutralize the suicidal thoughts and violent behavior sometimes displayed in people with major depression taking prescription antidepressants. “We also know that prescription antidepressants become less effective the longer you take them,” says Goel. “Curcumin doesn’t lose its effectiveness over time.” Rhodiola rosea, the wellresearched root of an Arctic plant, has brought relief even to some of Cass’ severely depressed patients. Cass points to its ability to help balance stress hormones and stimulate production of the feel-good brain chemical serotonin, much

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utumn’s shorter days remind us how precious time is, especially when we can spend the hours with good friends and loved ones. That’s why Chicago mothers and bloggers Meg Barnhart and Jane McKay decided to try slow cooking with a Zen approach in creating family meals. With the time they save in food preparation—especially when one recipe can yield an extra lunch or dinner— they free up moments for both family interaction and their own spiritual practices. “Slow cooking with the sacred intention of slowing down creates a sense of peace and calm after a full day of work and school,” says Barnhart. Once she transitioned to this kind of meal planning and preparation on a regular basis, she realized that it allows her to be more attentive to her family’s needs while a healthy, tasty dinner basically cooks itself. With extra time for meditation and yoga in her daily life, she realizes increased clarity and focus for other interests and demands.

McKay enjoys the creative challenge of making family-pleasing, whole food recipes and converting conventionally cooked recipes for use with a slow cooker. “I especially love the bounty of the autumn harvest, which includes seasonal picks from our family’s urban garden,” she says. She’s found that root vegetables, squash, pumpkin, leeks, mushrooms, leafy greens, Brussels sprouts, apples, pears and nuts all translate well to lower temperature cooking for a longer period. Whether it’s a quick preparation that allows for other activities or a more contemplative, mindful endeavor that can be relaxing in itself, the recipes on the pair’s website,, are highly suited for busy people.

Slow Cooking 101 Slow cookers have come a long way since they were first introduced in the 1970s. Today, they come in all shapes and sizes, with inserts, timers and a wide range of settings. Barnhart and McKay recommend the five-to-sixquart size with a removable insert as

the most practical. October is Vegetarian the Butternut Squash Food cooks in the Soup, make a crisper Awareness Month insert, which can be contrast to the softer washed and dried texture of slow-cooked separately, so there’s no need to put foods, notes McKay. the entire slow cooker in the sink to Dishes like Sweet and Spicy Apples clean up afterwards. can be made the day before; leftovers Because the slow cooker’s low temper- taste delicious for breakfast with a dolature is about 200° F and the heat is inlop of yogurt. Barnhart and McKay make direct, the appliance uses less liquid than their own Sweet & Spicy Ground Spice conventional cooking. Many of Barnhart Blend, available on their website, with and McKay’s easier recipes simply require proceeds funding cooking classes for putting the ingredients in the slow cooker, adults with developmental disabilities. selecting the temperature, replacing the Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFoodAnd lid and turning the appliance on. Fresh garnishes, such as the roasted from Overland Park, KS. pumpkin seeds or fried sage leaves for

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Mindful Fall Recipes

Butternut Squash Soup Yields: 6 servings Prep Time: 5-10 minutes 5-6 cups butternut squash, diced ½ cup or 1 carrot, chopped 1 cup or 1 small bunch scallions or spring onions, chopped 8 whole sage leaves, fresh (or 1 Tbsp dried) 1 Tbsp rosemary, fresh (or ½ Tbsp dried) 3 cups vegetable or chicken broth 1 cup organic dairy or non-dairy milk Suggested toppings: Slices of freshly toasted bread, drizzled with olive oil and cubed 1 /3 cup roasted pumpkin seeds 8 additional fresh sage leaves, fried 4 slices of lean bacon or tempeh, crispy and crumbled Place the squash, carrot, scallions, sage leaves, rosemary, chicken broth and milk into the slow cooker. Cover and cook on high setting for 3 hours or low for 6 hours. Then, blend using an immersion blender until smooth and leave covered until ready to serve. Make the toppings available to sprinkle and stir.

Sweet and Spicy Baked Apples Yields: 4 servings Prep Time: 15 minutes Coconut oil 5 medium or 4 large apples 2 tsp lemon juice ¼ cup soft brown, maple or date sugar ½ cup walnuts 1 Tbsp Sweet & Spicy Ground Spice Blend or apple pie spice blend Ice cream topper to serve Oil the inside of the slow cooker insert with coconut oil. Halve and core the apples and sit them in the bottom of the slow cooker insert. Pour the lemon juice over the apples. In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar, walnuts and spice blend and press onto and into the apples. Cover and cook on low setting for 4 hours or on high for 2 hours.

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W BE TRUE TO YOURSELF It’s the Secret to Belonging by Brené Brown


ontrary to what most of us think, belonging is not fitting in. In fact, fitting in is the greatest barrier to belonging. Fitting in, I’ve discovered during more than a decade of research, is assessing situations and groups of people, then twisting yourself into a human pretzel in order to get them to let you hang out with them. Belonging is something else entirely—it’s showing up and letting yourself be seen and known as you really are—love of gourd painting, intense fear of public speaking and all. Many of us suffer from this split between who we are and who we present to the world in order to be accepted. (Take it from me: I’m an expert fitterinner!) But we’re not letting ourselves be known, and this kind of incongruent living is soul-sucking. In my research, I’ve interviewed a lot of people who never fit in, who are what you might call “different”: scientists, artists, thinkers. If you drop down deep into their work and who they are, there is a tremendous amount of self-acceptance. Some of them have to scrap for it, like the rest of us, but most are like a neurophysicist I met who essentially told me, “My parents didn’t care that I wasn’t on the football team,


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and my parents didn’t care that I was awkward and geeky. I was in a group of kids at school who translated books into the Klingon language and my parents were like, ‘Awesome!’ They took me to the Star Trek convention.” He got his sense of belonging from his parents’ sense of belonging, and even if we don’t get that from Mom and Dad, we have to create it for ourselves as adults—or we will always feel as if we’re standing outside of the big human party. The truth is: Belonging starts with self-acceptance. Your level of belonging, in fact, can never be greater than your level of self-acceptance, because believing that you’re enough is what gives you the courage to be authentic, vulnerable and imperfect. When we don’t have that, we shape-shift and turn into chameleons; we hustle for the worthiness we already possess. Brené Brown, Ph.D., a licensed master social worker and research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, has spent 13 years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness and shame. This essay is from her book, The Gifts of Imperfection, used with permission.

hen you ask yourself, “What do I really want?” your armor falls away because you’ve just opened the space for your soul to speak. Your soul does not deal in “shoulds,” “reasons why you can’t,” and “what everyone else thinks.” From this place, you open the door to vulnerability on all levels. You might find out that 90% of your life isn’t what you really want. You can’t go back to the moment before you asked the question. There is no way to close that piece of you. You must start moving toward what you truly desire. That moment changes everything. The possibility of getting everything you ever wanted opens up and the probability of you getting it increases exponentially. If you are ready to be vulnerable, brave and answer the question, “What do I really want,” look for an experienced Law of Attraction coach to start realizing your dreams. Cassie Parks of Law of Attraction Lifestyle Design can be reached at

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THURSDAY OCT 1 Holistic Wellness Consultations–Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism has launched our newest group of student clinical herbalists! Working with herbs, nutrition, and lifestyle to educate and empower clients to take charge of your own health. Faculty oversight. Sliding scale. Confidential. 2900 Valmont Rd., Ste. H-1, Boulder. 720-406-8609.

FRIDAY OCT 2 Love, Courage & Achievement (LCA) Weekend and 7 Wk Course–Clarify your core issues that have been holding you specific solutions lasered to your situation...regain enthusiasm and hope that you haven’t felt in years. Call Randy 303-989-2605

SATURDAY OCT 3 Metaphysical Fair–10:30am–5pm. Receive an intuitive reading, reiki healing and vibrational sound healing to bring clarity and balance. ISIS Book Store, 2775 S Broadway, Englewood. $1.50/minute/20 minute min. RSVP JoAnne Palladino 303-263-0679,

Wellbeing Fundamentals Program with Jennifer Miller–6:30-7:30pm. 4 wk program designed to create greater overall Wellbeing with Certified Professional Wellbeing Coach and Exercise Physiologist. $49/workshop or $149/4. Taspen’s Organics Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Drive Conifer. Info/RSVP 303-816-0429

THURSDAY OCT 8 Root Flute Sound Journey with Daniel Hansen– 7-9pm. Featuring Shamanistic stuccattos, deep soulful grooves with melodic builds & twinkling arpeggios. $20-$40 sliding scale. Taspen’s Organics Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Drive Conifer. Info/ RSVP 303-816-0429

FRIDAY OCT 9 Trance Medium Healing Clinic–Healings facilitate re-alignment/cleansing of the spiritual body. Involves channeling, energy readings, and intense clearing. $20/25 min. Appts begin 7:05 pm. Inner Connection Institute, Rocky Mountain Miracle Center, 1939 S. Monroe St, Denver. Call for appt 303-282-9439

First Saturday Wellness Fair–10am-4pm. $1/min services (massage, facials, Reiki, spray tanning, crystal bed sessions, ion foot bath), 20% off products, free prizes, healthy food. FREE. Pre-bk/info Taspens Organics Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Dr Conifer 303-816-0429

The First Annual Elder-Corps Wisdom Series: The Enlivened Living Conference– also on 9/10. If you are 50+ and looking to rediscover meaning and purpose and want to hear some of the world’s best speakers. Make the second half of your life rock. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. Info email or 505-982-5754



Non-Denominational Spiritual Service–1:30pm. Meditation and spiritual message. Free aura healing/chakra balancing clinic. Rev. Lauren Skye, Officiating Minister. Inner Connection Institute, Rocky Mountain Miracle Center, 1939 S. Monroe St, Denver. 303-282-9439 “Transcending the Fear of Death--Evolving Viewpoints on Consciousness and Unconditional Love” –2-4pm Panel of 6 experts on Near Death Experiences, Spiritually Transformative Experiences, and Finding Comfort and Relief. Free. Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder.RSVP/info Jacqueline Arnold 303-442-2133

WEDNESDAY OCT 7 Taste of Tarot Class–6:30-8pm. Reading tarot cards is a fun and fascinating hobby, and it’s easy! Explore the tarot using a special reading mat designed by the instructor. $20. Rochelle Fisher 303-549-65028, How to Magnetize, Magnify & Multiply your Sacred Desires–7-9pm. Powerful uplifting evening and learn how we unconsciously self-sabotage and more importantly, how to manifest your sacred dreams into reality. $20 RSVP Randy 303-989-2605 Satori Group Coaching with Stacey Bickler– 12-1:15pm. 4- 75 min group sessions 4 wks. Includes the Satori Living Manual and Satori Yoga DVD. Group goes through condensed version of individual session. $160/4 sessions. Taspen’s Organics Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Drive Conifer. Info/ RSVP 303-816-0429


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4-week Series; Meditation For Living Program– 11am. 4-wk program to explore the benefits of meditation and learn easy, effective skills to relax/recharge and manage energy. $175/early $190/door. Inner Connection Institute, Mudra Yoga, 1550 South Pearl St., Denver. 303-282-9439

SUNDAY OCT 11 “Kali Creates Fate”–2pm and 6pm at the Lakewood Cultural Center. Presented by Transition Theatre, this epic drama from India is a journey of music and performing art that takes you to the divine story of sacrifice, fate and love. For information or tickets, go to Trust Your Intuition class–1:15-2:45pm. Ready to relieve stress; achieve your goals with less effort and have an overall calmer lifestyle? Learn to easily hear your intuition. David Stevens 303-668-2358, Embracing the Tiger: A Quantum Leap in the Living Free of Self Judgment–1-2:30pm. Core issues are harsh self-judgments we made long ago that were anchored in hurt. Discover how to identify and heal. Sermon 10-11am/Workshop $35 Living Water Unity Church, Arvada. RSVP Randy 303-989-2605 Free Energy Clearings–Noon-1:15 pm. 15-min Energy Clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove non-useful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Yoga of the Mind, 8 E 1st Ave., #103 Denver. David Stevens 303-668-2358,

Happy Columbus Day Satori Workshop with Stacey Bickler–11am-1pm. 4 sessions and includes: nutrition, recipes, taste testing, essential oils, reflexology, vision boards, breathing, yoga & more. $150 Taspen’s Organics Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Drive Conifer. Info/ RSVP 303-816-0429

TUESDAY OCT 13 Trust Your Intuition class–7:15-8:45 pm. Get ready to relieve stress; achieve your goals with less effort and have an overall calmer lifestyle? Come to this class to learn how to easily hear your intuition. David Stevens 303-668-2358, Shmaya Gathering–7-8:30pm. Shmaya is an illumined channeled presence, allowing you to experience the energetic resonance that attunes you to the quality of the love and light. $15. First Spiritual Science Church, 3375 S Dahlia, Denver. RSVP 303-263-0679 or

WEDNESDAY OCT 14 Vibrational Healing and Yoga Nidra–7-9 pm. Didgeridoo Sound Healing with deeply relaxing Yoga Nidra. Marcelo Mansour, sound healer from Argentina, performs, following w/Yoga Nidra session by Bill Eager. The Caritas Center, 5723 Arapahoe, Boulder. $25/advance $35/door. or 303-449-3066 Vibrational Healing and Yoga Nidra–6-8pm. Marcelo’s healing vibrations balance the physical and energetic bodies; follow w/Yoga Nidra session by expert Bill Eager. $25/advance $35/door. The Yoga Room, 1424 Miner St, Idaho Springs. or 303-905-2205

THURSDAY OCT 15 Vibrational Healing and Yoga Nidra–7- 9pm. Two profound healers and modalities. The deepest relaxation, the free flow of energy through your body and healing that is personal and profound. $25/advance $35/door. Harmony Yoga 560 S. Holly Street, Denver. RSVP/Info or 303-388-8501

SATURDAY OCT 17 The next Paleo Pop Up!–2-5pm Expo of local Paleo businesses, food and drink samples, and a nutrition talk by Clara Wisner of rEvolutionary Lifestyle called “Have a Happy, Healthy Holiday: Nutrition, Movement, and Mindset Tips to Thriving this Winter.” Info/ RSVP/location Clara 720-202-2326 The Ancient Art of Wild Fermentation–10:30amNoon. Learn the beautiful and transformative art of wild fermentation, which leverages the natural bacteria in soil and plants to preserve and enhance food. $32/ nonmembers; $28/members. Denver Botanic Gardens 1007 York St Denver. Registrar 720-865-3580 Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, Pranayama & Meditation Retreat with Becky Myers Potter–Exploration of the full Ashtanga Primary Series. Following two hours of movement, deepen your focus w/practicing pranayama breathing techniques. $35. Taspen’s Organics Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Drive Conifer. Info/ RSVP 303-816-0429 Manifestation Sound Journey with Ana Medina–Profound vibrations of Tibetan and crystal bowls, gongs, element chimes, Native American flutes, ocarinas and other world instruments helps connect you to your sacred roots and leave you empowered, relaxed and joyful! $20. Taspen’s Organics Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Drive Conifer. Info/RSVP 303-816-0429

The Art of Intuition: Discover Your Intuitive Profile– 2-3:30pm. Identify your individual intuitive profile; Learn techniques to achieve clarity and balance; Refine your guidance system; Become a master in the art of intuition. Prereg req’d. $45 incl materials. The Renaissance Center, 427 E Bayaud, Denver. RSVP Renee 720-984-9575 How to Bring Out the Best in Others: Keys to Leading from the Heart–9am-12. Come discover keys to heart centered leadership from internationally acclaimed speaker and author Randy Ferguson. Learn to inspire, model extraordinary attitude & motivate through questions. Free. Unity of Denver Info Randy 303-989-2605 Metaphysical Fair–10am-6pm, 10/18 1pm-5pm. Receive an intuitive reading, reiki healing and vibrational sound healing to bring clarity and balance. First Spiritual Science Church of Denver, 3375 S. Dahlia St, Denver. $20/15 minutes. RSVP JoAnne Palladino 303-263-0679,

SUNDAY OCT 18 Medical Qigong Workshop–10am-5pm. Learn the basics of this healing and wellness practice from which Tai Chi and other forms of energy work have sprung. $200. Soul Journey Health, 12211 W Alameda Pkwy Lakewood. RSVP Julie Love 303-351-2719



Vibrational Healing and Yoga Nidra Intensive– 9am-5pm; also on 10/25. Intensive workshop; receive a didgeridoo, learn basics of vibrational healing; learn the science of yoga nidra and energy work for opening/healing the chakras. $250/wknd; $150/one day. Rocky Mountain Miracle Center, 1939 S Monroe St. Denver. Register Awakening the Third Eye Meditation Workshop– 9am-5pm. Weekend workshop for deeper states of consciousness, awakening spiritual vision, protecting and grounding your energy, quieting your mind, fast recuperation from fatigue. $180/before 9/30, $90/ Student, $220 after 9/30. Starhouse, 3476 Sunshine Canyon Dr, Boulder. Info/RSVP Dana Runge 303817-8686 Pendulum Dowsing & Earth Acupuncture–also on 10/25. $450pp incl meals and snacks; take home pkg to ‘cure’ your own home, value $275 w/training manual and book, prepared rods etc. Boulder area. Space limited. or 303-665-0175.

“Have a Happy, Healthy Holidays: Nutrition, Movement, and Mindset Tips for Thriving this Winter” workshop–2-3pm. Clara Wisner, functional nutritionist and transformative health coach. Natural Grocers, 5231 Leetsdale Dr, Denver. Free. RSVP/info Clara 720-2022326 or “Events” page.

MONDAY OCT 26 “Have a Happy, Healthy Holidays: Nutrition, Movement, and Mindset Tips for Thriving this Winter” webinar–1-2:30pm. Clara Wisner, functional nutritionist and transformative health coach. Free. RSVP/info Clara 720202-2326 or “Events” page. Shmaya Gathering–7-8:30pm. Shmaya is an illumined channeled presence, allowing you to experience the energetic resonance that attunes you to the quality of the love and light. $15. 700 E. Ninth Ave., Suite 9, Denver. 303-263-0679 or


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MONDAY OCT 19 Raw Vitality 7-day FREE Get Healthy Challenge– Online. Get healthy and increase your energy, health and vitality naturally in just 7 days. Focuses on: Fresh, whole eating and juicing; Stress Management; Movement; Reducing your exposure to toxic chemicals. Info Candice Marley 720-277-9124

TUESDAY OCT 20 Moon Gathering–Drumming/Journey Circle meets 3rd Tues ea month in Boulder area. We encourage you to join the Meetup group, Spirit Earth Medicine Wheel for announcements about this circle and any shamanic trainings. Contact or call 303-665-0175. Canning the Fall Harvest–6-9pm. Hands-on instruction in the basics of water bath canning. Receive a jar of each item to take home. $45/nonmember; $42/ members. Denver Botanic Gardens 1007 York St Denver Registrar: 720-865-3580 Dramatic Physical Healing...What Has your Body Been Trying to Tell You? –7-9pm. Discover how to heal hurt from the past to reduce and heal chronic pain in your body. $30 Journeys for Conscious Living, Arvada. Info/RSVP Randy 303-989-2605

ongoing mondays Power Vinyasa Flow with Laurie Love–9:3010:30am. Some yoga asana experience recommended as this practice will be vigorous, flowing and dynamic, connecting breath with movement. Yoga schedule Taspens. com. 12424 Big Timber Drive, Conifer. 303-816-0429

tuesdays FREE Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45pm. 15-min Energy Clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove nonuseful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1 st Ave, Denver. David Stevens 303-6682358,


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

Vibrational Healing and Yoga Nidra–7-9pm. Didgeridoo Sound Healing with deeply relaxing Yoga Nidra. Marcelo Mansour, sound healer from Argentina, performs, followed by Yoga Nidra session by Bill Eager. $25. Inspire Life Studio, 938 W 8th Ave, Denver. RSVP

Longmont Spiritual Transformation with Transmission Meditation–7pm. Join us for a group meditation that is a stimulus to our individual development and also a potent form of world service. Free. Connie 720-494-0368


Wheatridge Spiritual Transformation with Transmission Meditation–6pm. Join us for a group meditation that is a stimulus to our individual development and also a potent form of world service. Free. Tim 303-239-8101

Didgeridoo Sound Healing with Marcelo Mansour– Renowned sound healer from Argentina performs didgeridoo to balance the physical and energetic bodies to create a healthy, vibrant you! $25 advance/$35 doors. Taspen’s Organics Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Drive Conifer. Info/RSVP 303-816-0429

FRIDAY OCT 23 Vibrational Healing and Yoga Nidra–6:308:30pm. Marcelo’s healing vibrations balance the physical and energetic bodies to create a healthy, vibrant You! Once you are fully relaxed we delve deeper with a Yoga Nidra session by expert Bill Eager. $25/advance; $35/door. PranaYoga, 333 Federal Blvd, Denver. RSVP or 303-432-8099

Beginner Yoga with Laurie Love–12-1pm. Fundamental Hatha yoga postures, slow vinyasa flow using pranayama (focused breath) and proper body alignment. Yoga schedule 12424 Big Timber Drive, Conifer. 303-816-0429 Ashtanga Yoga with Becky Potter–Tues & Fri 9:30am; Thurs Noon. Invigorating, athletic practice steeped in tradition. No previous yoga experience req’d. Yoga schedule 12424 Big Timber Drive, Conifer. 303-816-0429

Align & Flow Yoga with Laurie Love–6:30-7:30pm. Slow-medium paced flow vinyasa class with longer holds focusing on alignment principles to get deeper into mind-body connection. Schedule 12424 Big Timber Drive, Conifer.303-816-0429

wednesdays FREE Energy Healings/Aura Clearing/Chakra Balancing–6-7pm. A healing is an energy clearing, release negative energy blocking growth and create the life you desire. Donation. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-413-7303 or

thursdays Meditation Happy Hour–5:45-6:45pm.We practice active meditation; we never ask you to clear your mind of all thoughts. In fact we give your busy mind something relaxing to do. $6. Yoga of the Mind, 8 E. 1st Ave, Denver. Drops in welcome. 303-668-2358. Satori Yoga with Stacey Bickler–10-11:30am. Get in shape physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually; manifest a healthier, happier outer experience. Taspen’s Organics and Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Drive, Conifer. 303-816-0429. Yoga schedule Aura and Chakra Healings–Drop-In between 6-7pm. Receive a 10 minute cleanse and release negative thoughts, emotions, pain and fear. Get replenished with positive energy and feel great. FREE. 1332 Pearl St. Boulder. 303-530-0920.

sundays North Boulder Spiritual Transformation with Transmission Meditation–7pm. Join us for a group meditation that is a stimulus to our individual development and also a potent form of world service. Free. Lon 303-746-7118

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An All Souls Day Spirit Gallery w/Elisa Malangone–3-4:30pm. Connect with spirit (souls who have departed) on All Soul’s Eve. $15 Golden Well Being Collective, Golden. RSVP or 720-372-3927.

“Have a Happy, Healthy Holidays: Nutrition, Movement, and Mindset Tips for Thriving this Winter” workshop–3-4pm. Clara Wisner, functional nutritionist and transformative health coach. Samadhi Yoga, 639 E 19th Ave, Denver. Free. RSVP/info Clara 720-202-2326 or “Events” page.

IANDS Boulder Film/Panel–2-4:30pm IANDS Boulder presents “Beyond Our Sight”, featuring SF Bay area prominent Near Death Experiencers and Mediums on the Nature of Consciousness. Free. Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder RSVP/info Jacqueline Arnold 303-442-2133,

NOV 5 Meditation for Beginners 5-Wks–Thursdays 7-9 pm. Transformation your life and create change. Let go of negativity and make room for the positive. Early $175, Reg $190. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-413-7303,

NOV 21 The Energy of Eating–2:30-4pm. Are you bound by your relationship to food? Do you feel powerless or trapped by your eating? Create a new understanding of eating and a mindful relationship. Enter the holidays with new skills and a new perspective on the energy of eating. $4, in Central Denver. Space limited. RSVP req’d. Renee Ellis, MA RMT 720-984-9575.


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“Have a Happy, Healthy Holidays: Nutrition, Movement, and Mindset Tips for Thriving this Winter” workshop–2:45-3:45pm. Clara Wisner, functional nutritionist and transformative health coach. Natural Grocers, 2375 15th St., Denver. Free. RSVP/info Clara 720-202-2326 or “Events” page.

Legendary Spa & Fitness Resort–Rancho la Puerta, Mexico. Incl 7 nights accommodations, all meals and beverages, access to facilities, programs & fitness classes, San Diego airport transfers, and 50min massage. Pricing and availability contact Amber 303-359-2140 or

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