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ur deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?” Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. From A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles by Marianne Williamson.

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Mold Gold Decaying Autumn Leaves Feed Summer Gardens In many parts of the U.S., autumn brings fallen leaves, and the benefits of composting can be extended via leaf molding. “You get new leaves every year. You don’t need to take leaves to a landfill or burn them,” advises Lee Reich, Ph.D., a garden and orchard consultant in New Paltz, New York (LeeReich. com). Digging or tilling leaves into garden beds and containers, using them as mulch, fosters natural soil conditioning, supplies beneficial nutrients and enriches earthworm habitat. estimates that 50 to 80 percent of tree nutrients end up in their leaves.

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Forests Shift West with Climate Change The consequences of climate change are impacting plant species in unanticipated, but logical ways; for instance, conifers and other needle trees are moving northward because they are more sensitive to temperature than flowering, deciduous trees. They already populate the boreal forest of eastern North America, so they’re well-adapted to expand into colder, drier conditions. Individual trees can’t move, but populations can shift over time as saplings expand into a new region while older growth dies in another. A new study published in Science Advances also shows that about three-quarters of tree species common to eastern American forests, including white oaks, sugar maples and American holly, have shifted their population centers westward since 1980 due to drier conditions in the East. Global warming has significantly altered rainfall totals. Songlin Fei, a professor of forestry at Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Indiana, and one of the study authors, observes, “Different species are responding to climate change differently. Most of the broadleaf species of deciduous trees are following moisture that’s moving westward.” Changes in land use, conservation efforts, wildfire frequency and the arrival of pests and blights all play parts in shifting populations. Forest ecosystems are defined as much by the mix of species and the interaction between them as by the simple presence of many trees. If different species migrate in different directions, then ecological communities could eventually collapse.

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f you wait for your natural soul mate to meet with you, it will be just like waiting for lightning with which to read your Bible. And you will not be able to read much either. For a moment it is there, and by the time you have opened the Bible it is gone. Hence, Tantra was created. Tantra is a scientific approach. Tantra is alchemy. It can create a rhythm and harmony between you and your beloved. That is the beauty of Tantra. It is like bringing electricity into your house that you turn on and off whenever you want. These seven centers (Chakras) in you are nothing but centers of body electricity. So, when I am talking about lightning – I mean it literally. In your body, there exists a subtle current of electricity. Scientists say that all the electricity in the body, if put together, can be used to light a five-candle bulb. Quantitatively it is not much, but qualitatively it has tremendous energy in it. Your Chakras can be changed and rearranged. They can be given a new form. Two lovers can be transformed so deeply that all their seven centers can start meeting. Tantra is the science of transforming ordinary lovers into soul mates. And that is the grandeur of Tantra - it can transform each couple into soul mates. Contact Judith of Journeys to Tantric Bliss at 303-630-9479 or See listing, page 21.

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e live live li v in in a wo world w worl orl rld ld wh w where ere er e th the he pace of our lives is go-go-go! We are all so stressed and sometimes life throws difficult situations at us. Myrtle can help. Aromatherapy and the use of oils has been around since ancient times, according to the National Institutes for Health; even Hippocrates (460-370 BC) prescribed “perfume fumigations and massages with aromatic oils.” An essential oil is a liquid that contains the aromatic compounds of the plant. The term “essential oil” comes from the word “essence” which was coined by the 16th century Swiss botanist and alchemist Paracelsus. Most Eos contain mulitiple chemical compounds working together, making them versatile, multitasking wizards.

M y tl yr tle e ((Myrtus Myrt My rtus rt uss ccommunis) o mu om uni niss) is i a Myrtle bushy, evergreen, shrub-like tree that grows up to 15 feet with white flowers, bluish-black berries, and fragrant, leathery leaves which contain the EO. The scent of Myrtle is fresh, sweet, herbaceous with a slight peppery and camphorous aroma. It’s a pale-yellow to golden-amber color, explains Valerie Ann Worwood in “The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy”. It soothes anger and irritation, supports relaxation, promotes inner harmony, and brings clarity to mind. Use it to support: meditation and prayer; respiratory system and urinary tract; and balance thyroid and ovarian hormones. EOs are concentrated so doses are given in drops. Always follow label instructions or work with an expert. You

can inhale Myrtle EO to support the respiratory system, or for a quicker calming effect on the nervous system. Or it can be applied topically for other effects. As a general guideline, when applying EO to the skin, dilute in a carrier oil to slow the rate of absorption as well as help the effects be better tolerated. Evie Yang is a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist and can be reached at or 858-922-2964. See ad, page 23.


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Balancing Hormones Naturopathically by Diana Milling, ND


ormone imbalances will affect all of us at some point in our lifetime. Our hormones are part of an intricate system that maintains balance and harmony within the body. When this delicate feedback loop is out of sync, symptoms of imbalance arise such as: • Mood changes (Irritability, depression, anxiety, etc) • Weight gain (notably midsection weight gain) • GI dysfunction • Irregular menstrual cycles (spotting, breakthrough bleeding, or heavy menses) • Thyroid dysfunction • Uterine fibroids, PCOS, endometriosis • For men, low sperm motility or sperm count • Low libido (for both men and women) • Migraines/HA’s • Hair loss, thinning of the hair • Insomnia • Blood pressure regulations • Increased risk for Cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes • Liver disorders

There is no “one size fits all” protocol for correcting hormone imbalances. It takes time, work, patience and being in tune with one’s body. Naturopathic Doctors have a great arsenal of tools that begin with an assessment of hormone levels via simple blood or saliva testing; a comprehensive history; and an individual treatment plan. Past and current Rx medications, elevated levels of stress, and chronic diseases or auto-immune disorders can all impact hormones. The first thing to address is Diet! We focus on foods that nourish the liver allowing hormones to be broken down and excreted by the body more effectively - foods like dandelion greens, ginger and avocado. Other foods, herbs and spices such as Flax seeds, omega 3’s and medium chain triglycerides can help modify hormone levels. Botanical and adaptogenic herbs such as Maca Root, Ashwagandha, Rhodiola,

or Black cohosh are great for helping to balance our hormones. Understanding and using these herbs alone or in combination should be discussed with a knowledgeable health practitioner. Movement and meditation helps to regulate hormones by promoting detoxification pathways necessary for our liver to function optimally. Get a light sweat going for at least 30 mins 4-5x/week to keep the cardiovascular, GI and endocrine systems functioning properly. Yoga and meditation help naturally reduce our cortisol levels and other stress hormones. Deep breathing exercises alone will reduce systemic inflammation. Taking 30, deep, diaphragmatic breaths daily can make huge difference. Additional therapies to explore include Acupuncture, essential oils, massage and manipulation, hydrotherapy, infrared saunas and salt cave therapy. Don’t forget about healthy daily hygiene habits such as 8-10 hrs of sleep, dry skin brushing, hydration, laughter and cultivating your own creative outlets. To learn more about balancing hormones naturopathically, contact Diana Milling, ND of Advanced Integrative Medicine at 303-708-0246. See ad, page 9.

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their symptoms. It has been shown to help athletes recover faster from exercise or injury and also helps surgical patients heal faster. For those seeking a metabolic boost, cryotherapy burns 500-800 calories from one three-minute session. People undergoing cryotherapy typically notice a sharp increase in their appetite about an hour after their session, along with a noticeable energy boost that lasts for up to eight hours. Cryotherapy has been proven safe and effective in clinical practice and studies in Asia and Europe for more than 30 years since its discovery in Japan in 1978. The Cryotherapy technology and process have been researched and refined since that time, culminating in today’s advanced systems.




ow invigorated do you feel after a jump in cold water? That’s the same general principle behind cryotherapy - without getting uncomfortably wet. The difference is that cryotherapy is much more effective than ice baths or cold water at reducing pain and inflammation, stimulating the metabolism, and promoting a general feeling of rejuvenation - and it only takes three minutes. Cryotherapy is a completely noninvasive therapy that demonstrates a wide range of beneficial effects in the categories of athletic performance and recovery; health and pain management; and beauty and younger-looking skin. Cryotherapy involves a brief exposure to extremely cold air (a mist of Nitrogen creates air temps between -133°F to -274°F) that lowers the surface skin temperature from approximately 90.5°F to around 32°F for two-three minutes. While the body shunts blood to its core, thermoreceptors in the skin send signals to the brain to release analgesic “feel-good” brain chemicals such as endorphins, dopamine, and adrenaline, while supercharging the blood with anti-inflammatory proteins and higher levels of oxygen. Smaller vessels and capillaries undergo severe vasoconstriction followed by vasodilation which

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TRAVEL Outer Adventures, Inner Journeys by April Thompson

An open-hearted journey can take unexpected paths. More travelers today are searching for deep and lasting changes in their view of themselves and the world.

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yearnings and understand the pull to a place. Part of the intention setting is clarifying what we hope to accomplish through making a journey, suggests Nathaniel Boyle, creator of The Travelers podcast and the travel platform Holocene that facilitates community among transformation-seeking travelers. It might be climbing a mountain with our spouse to strengthen a marriage, or taking a cooking class in Italy or a basket weaving workshop in Indonesia to rekindle a sense of fresh input and creative expression.

Cousineau suggests that travelers prepare to open their thinking by reading about the history, culture and geography of a place, and then continue to learn en route by talking to locals for insight rather than relying only on a guidebook. “Make yourself vulnerable. Ask questions and be humble. Talk to your waiter or cab driver about their lives and conditions in their country. Those that become most delighted and transformed by their experiences are the most curious,” observes Cousineau. Anna Pollock, of London, England, founder of Conscious Travel and a sustainable travel expert, elaborates on potential results. “Travelers may see the world and their part in it differently or feel greater clarity, peace, freedom or hope. For some, it’s about insights into their personal purpose. Others may return with a deeper sense of connectedness or feeling of mastery that comes from trying something completely new.” Jake Haupert, of Seattle, owner of Evergreen Escapes International, co-founded the Transformational Travel Council to help people embark on such life-altering journeys, and translate “Aha!” moments on the road into meaningful changes back home. He has witnessed individuals undergo radical shifts from changing careers to becoming parents. One couple was so moved by their experiences on an African safari that they adopted their first child from Kenya.


Attention and intention are the main ingredients for transformative travel for Phil Cousineau, acclaimed author of The Art of Pilgrimage. “Ask yourself what is motivating the journey: Are you going just to check something off your bucket list because you read about it or are you going because your grandma told you how magical her visit there was in the 1920s? Are you going because you’re at a crossroads in your life, marriage or work?” queries Cousineau. Naming your intention helps open up the heart and psyche for transformation. Cousineau recommends sharing our choice beforehand with a friend or even a casual acquaintance. Writing it down can also unpack those

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“Travel can serve as a vehicle for expansive personal growth. Through it, we learn to explore the world and ourselves,” Boyle observes. “When you venture outside the controlled environment of prepackaged trips for tourists to face difficult decisions and confusing and chaotic situations that require problem solving, that’s where real change can occur,” says Haupert. “My 12,000-mile journey from Washington, D.C., to Antarctica was transformative in so many ways,” says journalist Andrew Evans, author of The Black Penguin memoir. “I’m a geographer by training and spent four years studying maps, but I never understood the true size of the world until I traveled across it on a Greyhound bus. I now see the world as much smaller and much more accessible. The trip made me a stronger, more confident person, and less afraid of what other people think of me; it also made me want to keep traveling.” “Travel comes from the word travail, to labor, and trip from tripalium, Latin for a medieval torture rack. Metaphorically, travel can feel like torture at times, and some travelers feel unhappy, unprepared, bored or disappointed,” remarks Cousineau. “But the flip side is that travels can stretch us, just like a medieval rack.” If you have stretch goals, you can build them into an itinerary, advises

Haupert, whether it’s getting up the courage to skydive or negotiating a purchase in a foreign street market.

Do Less, Experience More To heighten experiential awareness while traveling, build fewer to-dos into an itinerary, the experts recommend. “Immerse yourself in a place. Leave time for unplanned explorations, rather than bouncing between destinations without space for spontaneity and restful reflection,” says Haupert. “Also build in time for meditation, yoga, simple relaxation or other intentionally restorative moments in-between the high-intensity peak experiences.” Haupert suggests staging a ceremonial start to a journey, such as a special dinner or bike ride upon arrival. Similarly, Cousineau recommends starting a new journal on every journey, to ceremoniously start anew in one’s thinking. Engaging in ritual can also help awaken the traveler, says Cousineau. He suggests walking in silence as we approach a sacred site, or physically engaging with it, as pilgrims might do when they palm the feet of a Buddha statue or press their forehead to the Wailing Wall. Sacred sites are fertile ground for transformative experiences, says Lori Erickson, an Episcopal deacon, travel writer and author of Holy Rover: Journeys in Search of Mystery, Miracles, and God, a memoir of her trips to a


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If we truly want to know the secret of soulful traveling, we need to believe there is something sacred waiting to be discovered in virtually every journey. ~Phil Cousineau dozen of the world’s holy sites. “So many people have prayed and opened their hearts in a holy place that you can feel the energy,” she says. Erickson suggests that travelers seek out hallowed ground from different traditions, which can help heal divides among people of divergent faiths. “The art and architecture of holy sites are beautiful manifestations of spiritual longing and human creativity. These places have the power to move you, regardless of your own spiritual background.”

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When you give while traveling, you often get back even more, says Cousineau. “A pilgrim never travels empty-handed. Bring gifts; even postcards from home can make a meaningful connection.” He recently brought baseball equipment along on a group tour he led to give to kids in baseball-crazed Cuba. Giving appreciation is as important as tangible mementos, he notes. “Gratitude makes transformation possible; that’s what modern people are longing for, to be touched.” Boyle suggests that finding ways to give back can unlock unique opportunities. Quinn Vanderberg and Jonathon Button, guests on Boyle’s podcast, left stable lives and jobs in California for Nicaragua in 2012 with only their travel bags and a shared dream. Brainstorming a vision for a new life together, the 25-year-old pair had realized, “We wanted life to be filled with travel, culture and people, and to make an impact along the way,” says Vanderburg. “We went knowing we wanted to create a social venture, but first wanted to see what was really needed by the community.” They went on to partner with local educational nonprofits and artisans to launch Life Out of the Box, a line of

clothing and accessories modeled after Toms’ “Buy one, give one” business model. For every product sold, the entrepreneurs donate school supplies to a child in need. Since 2012, the project has expanded to also support kids in Guatemala, Kenya, Mexico and Morocco.

Drive Home Transformation Starting with a moment of reflection before departing a place, take advantage of a trip’s afterglow to recall insights learned, gel memories, share insights and move to make changes stick. Haupert sees this as a good time to develop an action plan to “express gratitude for the journey and create a framework for your homecoming.” Then, take a day to reflect upon returning home before jumping back into work or other obligations, internalizing your experience and integrating your “traveler self” back into normalcy. It might involve a trip to the spa, an afternoon of journaling or organizing trip photos, suggests Haupert. “Resist the urge to check emails the minute the plane touches down or start planning the next trip. Take time to remember the journey and see your home turf with fresh eyes,” adds Cousineau.

Close Encounters Eager for a transformative adventure without traveling afar? Here are some ideas for exploring cultures and connecting with others closer to home. 4 Attend festivals celebrating varied cultures in your local community. Every spring in Washington, D.C., embassies showcase the cuisine, art and history of 70 countries. Frackville, Pennsylvania’s 103-year-old Lithuanian Days is the oldest ethnic festival in the country. 4 Host a traveling cyclist and hear tales from the trails via, a hospitality exchange for 90,000 touring cyclists and hosts. 4 Take advantage of local, state and national parks, including 88 ocean and coastal parks within the National Park Service ( Along with wilderness sites, the service also stewards important cultural heritage sites nationwide. 4 Find a spiritual retreat center at 4 Overnight on an organic farm. Visit to sample what’s in season in the region. 4 Meet and host individual travelers via, a network of 11 million globetrotters in 150,000 cities.


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Adventure travelers named transformation and an expanded worldview as top motives for their explorations. ~Adventure Travel Trade Association The returned pilgrim has a responsibility to memorialize the journey, an ancient tradition of Judeo-Christian and Islamic faiths, advises Cousineau. The San Francisco writer traveled with a group on foot from Louisville, Kentucky, to Thomas Merton’s Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani, near Bardstown, Kentucky, to celebrate the legacy of Merton and Mahatma Gandhi. One of the women inked a footprint from each of 100-plus travelers, sewing them into a quilt to commemorate the pilgrimage. Chronicling the journey can be as simple as a dinner party with friends to share what we have learned, says Cousineau, but suggests that travelers engage attendees to also contribute their own stories and reflections. “We have a choice upon returning; do nothing and just let that experience fade or own it for ourselves,” concurs Boyle. “It’s incumbent to extract the meaning of our experiences and find a way to express them, whether through a photo series, article, painting or video. The traveler’s ‘third act’ of creativity after preparation and execution is how we process change.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at


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I decided it was time I invested in myself with more than my regular energy healings and the occasional massage. Time to forgo movies and eating out for a while so I could enlist the help of a professional counselor or psychotherapist who might offer me insight into my fears, and help me regain the fortitude I believe I used to have in good measure, but now has taken a back seat. You don’t have to, and you can’t always, go it alone but you will need to share your vulnerability to heal and move forward. In just 3 sessions, I’ve learned so much about what’s driving me, and made significant changes that have me feeling pumped and empowered. My counselor uses Voice Dialogue, which works really well for me, and is someone I respect and trust. You might need to


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choolchildren are learning the calming effect of tuning into their minds and bodies through a pioneering program in Baltimore, Maryland, that’s replacing time outs and school detentions with mindful moments. Trained staff—including many former students—teach yoga, mindfulness practices, meditation, centering and breath work that empower kids to resolve conflicts peacefully. Brothers Atman and Ali Smith and friend Andres Gonzalez founded the nonprofit Holistic Life Foundation (HLF) in 2001 in response to the pressing need to help kids living in challenging urban environments better manage stress, anger and other heightened emotions. Today, the organization is sowing the seeds of mindfulness with some 7,500 students a week across 18 Baltimore-area schools, usually beginning through daylong, school-wide interventions and afterschool programs supporting targeted populations. Frustrated kids cool off and center themselves through breathing exercises and meditation in the Mindful Moment Room in the HLF flagship Robert W. Coleman Elementary

School. “Sometimes when I get mad, I just breathe deep. I picture being in a certain place I like and I just stop being mad… I think of being a bigger person and doing something maybe a wise man would do,” advises one fifth-grade participant. “When we had to take a big test, before I took it and in the middle, I took deep breaths to stay calm and finish the test. When everybody around you is making a lot of noises, you just try to tune them out and be yourself, do your breathing,” says another fifth-grader. The training starts with educators learning mindfulness techniques both to help their students and also manage their own stress in the classroom. “The program was a fantastic experience,” says Lori Gustovson, a teacher at Baltimore’s Lincoln Elementary School. “We integrated the exercises into our daily schedules, helping many students and teachers focus their attention and regulate emotions such as anxiety, anger and frustration. We are a better school because of the time they spent in our classrooms teaching us the beauty of paying attention to breath, movement and each other,” she observes.

These are tools kids can rely on for the rest of their lives, and use them to get back to their center. ~Ali Smith Participating schools have reported fewer fights, better attendance and higher grades, among other benefits, according to Ali Smith, all results backed by independent research. Recent studies in schools from San Francisco to Columbus, Ohio, have shown that teaching kids mindfulness practices can heighten attentiveness, self-control and empathy, while reducing stress, hyperactivity and depression, and improving academic performance. The kids also apply their newfound skills at home. “To take ownership of the practice and understand the benefits, you have to know how to explain it, so we use a reciprocal teaching model,” says Ali. “We teach the kids to say, ‘Mom, Dad, you look stressed; can you take a breather with me?’” Martin, a Lincoln Elementary student, was pleased to report, “I went to my house and taught my mom how to do all the things you guys taught us.” Virginia, another student, noted, “This

morning I got mad at my dad, but then I remembered to breathe, and then I didn’t shout.” Other schools are following suit. Mindful Schools began in 2007 as a singleschool program in Oakland, California, and then expanded to support online and in-person courses and a network of mindful educators spanning all 50 states and more than 100 countries. The David Lynch Foundation funds efforts to bring transcendental meditation to underserved kids in classrooms like the Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School, in Queens, New York; Wilson High School, in Portland, Oregon; and Wayzata West Middle School, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, among others. Find easy instruction at MindfulnessStarterLesson. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

Mindful Exercises This meditation exercise is recommended by the Holistic Life Foundation to help kids slow down, relax, de-stress or clear their heads: Sit comfortably with one hand on your belly, with your head, neck and spine in alignment. Breathe through your nose. As you inhale, feel your belly expand and pause for a second. Then, exhale and feel the belly fall. Repeat for 10 breaths.

This mindfulness instruction is excerpted from a starter lesson at Mindfulness is noticing what is happening in the present moment. It can help calm us when we are angry, sad or frustrated. It can help us notice when we are happy or grateful and also to focus, whether in school or in sports. It’s important to let our bodies be very still. When that happens, it gets very quiet. When we have still and quiet bodies, that’s what we call our mindful bodies. Now, let’s close our eyes and just sit like this for one minute.

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Fermented Foods Revival Rediscover Probiotic-Rich Foods by Judith Fertig

Colorful jars of fermented Korean kimchee, Indian chutney, German sauerkraut and bottles of kombucha line many grocery store shelves today. We’re in the midst of a fermented food revival.

Grassroots Groundswell “I grew up in New York City as the grandson of immigrants from Belarus, and sauerkraut and pickles were common foods I always loved, but neither my grandparents nor anyone else I knew made them,” says Sandor Katz. This Woodbury, Tennessee, writer who travels the world giving related workshops is credited with bringing fermented foods back into the limelight. He explains, “I am self-taught and learned to ferment by experimentation. It was that first successful batch of sauerkraut that sparked my obsession. I also love eating cheese, beer, chocolate, coffee, yogurt and many other products of fermentation.” Kirsten and Christopher Shockey, the authors of Fermented Vegetables: Creative Recipes for Fermenting 64 Vegetables & Herbs in Krauts, Kimchis, Brined Pickles, Chutneys, Relishes & Pastes, homestead in Oregon’s Jackson Valley. “A fateful

Christmas gift—a ceramic crock full of bubbling, fermenting cabbage under the tree, funky fermenty smell and all,” first piqued their interest, Kirsten recalls. “Eventually, we started our own small farmstead fermentation company.” Christopher explains that the combination of salt and shredded or chopped vegetables can launch the production of probiotic lactic acid bacteria that preserves the food and drives off “bad bacteria”. Jennifer McGruther, who lives in the Pacific Northwest, is the author of The Nourished Kitchen cookbook, an offshoot of her blog of the same name. Her first batch of fermented food was yogurt. Now she visits her local farmers’ market every Saturday before spending Sunday prepping foods for the rest of the week. “Traditional foods like fermented vegetables, yogurt or kombucha don’t take long to prepare; they take time to culture, but it’s so rewarding,” she says.

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How Much Is Enough? Fermented foods offer a variety of positive effects on health. “If you’re consuming a diet rich in fermented foods, you’re essentially bathing your GI tract in healthy, food-related organisms,” says food research scientist Robert Hutkins, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Fermented foods with live probiotics can also improve brain function, according to a study in the journal Gastroenterology. Fermented foods are meant to be eaten as condiments, not consumed in large quantities. Overdoing such intake might cause bloating, cramping and other digestion problems. Dr. Leonard Smith, a gastrointestinal and vascular surgeon and medical advisor for the University of Miami Department of Integrative Medicine, recommends “a half-cup of cultured vegetables or two ounces of your favorite probiotic liquid per day to start.” He says it’s possible to eventually work up to having a serving of cultured vegetables and probiotic liquids at every meal, or possibly as a between-meal snack. Christopher Shockey adds, “We don’t see these foods as a ‘medicine’ to be eaten daily because you have to force yourself; instead, we see it as a fun, delicious, easy, healthful addition to mealtime.” Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

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ermented foods are well known for building gut health. Now a growing body of research shows that they improve immunity, brain and heart functions,” says Michelle Schoffro Cook, Ph.D. The board-certified doctor of natural medicine, certified herbalist and author blogs from Vancouver, Canada. Get started with these simple, plantbased recipes from her latest book, The Cultured Cook: Delicious Fermented Foods with Probiotics to Knock Out Inflammation, Boost Gut Health, Lose Weight & Extend Your Life.

Salvadoran Salsa Yields: about 1 quart This gingery and spicy salsa, also known as curtido, is a traditional Salvadoran food. The twist here is added turmeric and green apple. Serve on its own, as a condiment with chips, on sausages or over salad. Maybe mix a couple of heaping spoonfuls with freshly mashed avocado for a fresh take on guacamole. ½ green cabbage 1 to 2 carrots 1 green apple, cored and quartered One 2-inch piece fresh ginger ½ cayenne chili ½ small purple or red onion One 2-inch piece fresh turmeric 3 Tbsp unrefined fine or 6 Tbsp unrefined coarse sea salt 1 quart (or liter) filtered water Use a food processor with a coarse grating blade to shred the cabbage, carrots, apple, ginger, chili, onion and turmeric. (Consider wearing food-safe gloves to avoid touching the chili.) Transfer to a crock or a large glass or ceramic bowl, and mix well. In a pitcher or large measuring cup, dissolve the salt in the water, stirring if necessary to dissolve the salt. Pour the saltwater over the salsa mixture until all ingredients are submerged, leaving a couple of inches at the top for expansion.

1 quart (or liter) filtered water ½ cup raw, unsalted cashews 1 tsp coconut sugar, pure maple syrup or agave nectar 1 Tbsp kefir grains (a natural starter, available at health food stores and online) Mandarin sections for garnish (optional) Use a blender to blend the water, cashews and coconut sugar (or maple syrup or agave nectar) until it’s smooth and creamy. Place a snug-fitting plate inside the crock or bowl over the salsa-water mixture; then weigh it down with food-safe weights or a bowl or jar of water, so the vegetables remain submerged under the brine as they ferment. Cover with a lid or a cloth, and allow it to ferment five to seven days, checking periodically to ensure the salsa is still submerged below the water line. If any mold forms on the surface, simply scoop it out. It won’t spoil the salsa unless it gets deeper inside the crock. (It may form where the mixture meets the air, but it rarely forms deeper.)

Pour the cashew milk into a 1½- to 2-quart glass jar, making sure it is less than two-thirds full. Add the kefir grains, stir and then place the cap on the jar. Leave the jar at room temperature for 24 to 48 hours, gently shaking it periodically. The cashew milk will become somewhat bubbly, then will begin to coagulate and separate; shake it to remix the kefir or scoop out the thicker curds and use them like soft cheese or sour cream. Refrigerate up to one week. When ready to serve, pour the kefir into a glass and garnish the rim with mandarin orange sections, if desired.

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Fermented Chopped Salad Yields: about 6 cups Unlike other salads, this version stores for many months in the fridge. Serve on its own or toss it in vinaigrette and serve over brown rice for a quick and nutritious rice bowl dinner. 1 radish, finely chopped ½ small onion, finely chopped 1 turnip, chopped into ½-inch chunks 1 carrot, chopped into ½-inch chunks 3 small apples, chopped into ½-inch chunks Handful of green beans, cut into 1-inch lengths 1 rutabaga, chopped into ½-inch chunks 1 to 2 grape leaves, kale leaves or other large leafy greens (optional) 3 Tbsp unrefined fine or 6 Tbsp unrefined coarse sea salt 1 quart (or liter) filtered water In a medium bowl, mix the radish, onion, turnip, carrot, apples, green beans and rutabaga; then transfer to a small crock. Place the grape leaves or other leafy greens on top of the chopped ingredients to help hold them under the brine; then weigh the mix down with food-safe weights or a jar or bowl of water. In a pitcher or large measuring cup, dissolve the salt in the water, stirring if necessary to dissolve the salt. Pour the brine over the salad, cover with a lid or cloth, and let ferment for one week. Remove the covering, weights and grape leaves or other leafy greens. Dish out into jars or a bowl, cover and refrigerate, where the salad should last six to 12 months. Recipes and photos are courtesy of Michelle Schoffro Cook and New World Library; visit

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Each Wednesday 6-7 pm, open to everyone. Repeats $5/pp. Journey Within, 777 S Wadsworth Blvd., Bldg 2-108, Lakewood. Anita Destino, 720-413-7303

Live Your Knowing Counseling, Creekside at Highline Office Park, 1211 S Parker Rd, Denver. Renee Ellis, MA RMT, 720-984-9575

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


Healing Change: Deep healing at the physical, emotional, mental and/or spiritual levels of your being. 679 W Littleton Blvd., #205 Littleton. Marie Adams EEM-AP, CHT, PT, 303-668-0299


Reiki, vibrational healing & intuitive reading for first-time clients. In person or phone. 700 E 9th Ave., #9, Denver. JoAnne Palladino, Reiki MasterTeacher, Channel, & Intuitive. 303-263-0679 or

Sacred Drumming Circle, Sound Celebration & Meditation–7-9pm. Enjoy celebration using sound, breath, mindfulness and meditation in the energy of the circle. Bring snack to share and instruments. $10. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695.

SAT OCT 14 Citrus Rosemary Sugar Scrub Party–1-3pm. Oh So Soft Skin-finally-after creating this! Get my secret recipe and make with your friends. Bonus! Invaluable tips on essential oils from a Certified Aromatherapist. $5. Refreshments/ snacks incl. In Littleton. RSVP Evie Yang 858-922-2964 or

SUN OCT 15 Year End Candle Workshops–9 am or 3pm. 5 hrs. 12 candles and sacred journal. $150. Discover Your Spiritual Gifts 5808 S Rapp St Ste 265 Littleton RSVP or 303-257-2276

TUES OCT 17 20% OFF NEW PATIENT EXAM AND X-RAYS South Lakewood Dental, 2525 S Wadsworth Blvd, #11, Lakewood. Scott Stewart, DDS & Naturopathic Physician, 303-988-4338


Emerging Women Live 2017–Looking to lead from the truth of who you are? From money to mindset, passion to purpose, sex to self-concept: it’s ALL HERE. Join Elizabeth Gilbert, Alicia Garza, Sera Beak, Esther Perel, Amanda Steinberg and more in keeping the HEART in impactful leadership.


Year End Candle Workshops–9 am or 3pm. 5 hrs. 12 candles and sacred journal. $150 Discover Your Spiritual Gifts 5808 S Rapp St Ste 265 Littleton RSVP or 303-257-2276



Evolution Series–7-9pm. Explore evolutionary and cutting edge concepts. $10. Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th Ave, Arvada. 303-731-6695

Citrus Rosemary Sugar Scrub Party–1-3pm. Oh So Soft Skin-finally-after creating this! Get my secret recipe and make with your friends. Bonus! Invaluable tips on essential oils from a Certified Aromatherapist. $5. Refreshments/snacks incl. In Littleton. RSVP Evie Yang 858-922-2964 or

Contemplative Nature Walks–11:30am-1pm in Boulder County. Lead by Vivian Dullien, Phd. Biologist and Anthropologist and Karen Rice King, Energy Worker and Shamanic Teacher/Ordained Minister. RSVP Karen 303-665-0175. Beginning the Qigong Lifestyle–6-8 pm. 1 of 2 prerequisites for qigong practitioners for Professional Medical Qigong Practitioner Certification training in mid-Oct 2018. $495. Chi Wellness, The Center of Qigong, Denver. Debra Lin Allen 720-427-0406,

WED OCT 18 Free Movie & Discussion–5:30-7:30pm. “The Connection-Mind Your Body”, exploring the connection between your mind and your health through meditation, prayer, yoga, social support, placebos and belief. Brief


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THURS OCT 19 Free Movie & Discussion–7-9pm. “The Connection-Mind Your Body”, exploring the connection between your mind and your health through meditation, prayer, yoga, social support, placebos and belief. Brief discussion/meditation follows. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W. 59th Ave., Arvada. RSVP appreciated: Questions

FRI OCT 20 3 Days of Tantra-Pagosa Springs-Let’s Spend the Weekend Together–Curious about Tantra? Intrigued by alchemy of combined Sexuality & Spirituality? Tantric practice holds this knowledge. $497 Singles/$797 Couples. Judith Anne Condon, Journeys to Tantric Bliss 303-630-9479 or

savethedate INTENTIONAL USE OF CANNABIS FOR HEALING & AWAKENING SATURDAYS OCTOBER 7TH AND 21ST, 7-10PM Cannabis has been used since ancient times in the East to expand consciousness and promote deep emotional healing. In this tradition, I guide Elevation (Cannabis) Ceremonies to support you in inner self-exploration for healing, balancing and nurturing your emotional health. In a safe, legal and sacred environment you can uncover and release whatever is upsetting your life. My gatherings are plant medicine-optional and all levels are welcome. Complimentary CBD-dominate strains that offer a relaxing and focused dimension are provided. Ceremonies are followed with an optional tea service for integration and sharing. In Denver’s Cherry Creek North. $30. Limited space. Contact Becca at

SAT OCT 21 Meet Your Star Family– 7pm. with Debbie Solaris. Are you a starseed? Are you curious? $25 Discover Your Spiritual Gifts 5808 S Rapp St #265 Littleton RSVP or 303-257-2276 Anxiety, Trauma, PTSD Training for Dogs–11:15-12:45pm. Prepare your dog for thunderstorms and fireworks, and address general anxieties and fears. NO DOGS PLEASE. $25/class or 5/$100 in Lakewood. registration/information. Free spots for foster dogs. Citrus Rosemary Sugar Scrub Party–1-3pm. Oh So Soft Skin-finally-after creating this! Get my secret recipe and make with your friends. Bonus! Invaluable tips on essential oils from a Certified Aromatherapist. $5. Refreshments/ snacks incl. In Littleton. RSVP Evie Yang 858-922-2964 or

WED OCT 25 Shmaya Gathering w/JoAnne Palladino–7-8:30pm. Experience Shmaya, an illumined, channeled presence that attunes you to the love and light within. $20. 700 E 9th St, #9, Denver. RSVP 303-263-0679 or

FRI OCT 27 Angelic Reiki Level 1 & 2 Practitioner Certification–Weekend Class. Sacred healing modality working with the Angelic Kingdom. Provides a high vibrational healing. Limited Space. Early Bird $222. Discover Your Spiritual Gifts 5808 S Rapp St #265 Littleton RSVP or 303-257-2276

SAT OCT 28 Engaging our Ancestors through Crystals–with Carol Quinn. This powerful crystal workshop is a must! Come and connect with your ancestors and information. Free. Discover Your Spiritual Gifts 5808 S Rapp St #265 Littleton RSVP or 303-257-2276 Citrus Rosemary Sugar Scrub Party–1-3pm. Oh So Soft Skin-finally-after creating this! Get my secret recipe and make with your friends. Bonus! Invaluable tips on essential oils from a Certified Aromatherapist. $5. Refreshments/ snacks incl. In Littleton. RSVP Evie Yang 858-922-2964 or

MON OCT 30 We Are Change Open Mic Night–6-10pm. Share the power of uniting our local grassroots activist community for an evening of food, music, interviews, headliners, poetry and dancing. Details


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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 Sunday Morning Tai Chi–9-10:30am. Set a peaceful and productive rhythm for the new week, moving your chi in Tai Chi foundations, increasing balance and flexibility. $20 drop-in or $90/6 classes. Chi Wellness, Denver. Debra Lin Allen 720-427-0406

tuesdays Wheatridge Spiritual Transformation with Transmission Meditation–7pm. Join us for a group meditation that is a stimulus to our individual development and also a potent form of world service. Free. Tim 303-239-8101 Psychic Readings–7-8:30pm by appt/also on Thursdays. Learn about your soul essence, past lives, and aura. Ask questions about relationships, career, money, and health. Free. 1332 Pearl St. Boulder. 303-530-0920.

wednesdays ParaYoga Class–Noon-1pm. ParaYoga integrates movement, breath, chanting and meditation: balance your nervous system, clear your mind, brighten the light of your Soul. $15 Embody Your Life, 607 10th St, #109, Golden. RSVP/info Energy Healings/Aura Clearing/Chakra Balancing–6-7pm. A healing is an energy clearing, release negative energy blocking growth and create the life you desire. $5/healing. Free for first timers. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-413-7303

The Way Of Mastery Practice Group–6:308pm. Study the channeled words of Jesus offering self-healing teachings that evoke complete, unconditional love and self-acceptance. $25 drop-in; $120/6 Sessions. Coly Vulpiani, Facilitator. 700 E 9th Ave, #9, Denver. RSVP 303-476-8402 or Longmont Spiritual Transformation with Transmission Meditation–7pm. Join us for a group meditation that is a stimulus to our individual development and also a potent form of world service. Free. Connie 303-834-0526 Aura and Chakra Healings–Drop-In between 6-7pm. Receive a 10 minute cleanse and release negative thoughts, emotions, pain and fear. Get replenished with positive energy and feel great. Free. 1332 Pearl St. Boulder. 303-530-0920

saturdays Citrus Rosemary Sugar Scrub Party–1-3pm. Oh So Soft Skin-finally-after creating this! Get my secret recipe and make with your friends. Bonus! Invaluable tips on essential oils from a Certified Aromatherapist. $5. Refreshments/ snacks incl. In Littleton. RSVP Evie Yang 858922-2964 or Qigong Movement–1-2:30pm. Stillness within cleanses and builds your chi for stamina, flexibility, health, life balance. $20/drop-in or $90/6 classes. Chi Wellness, Denver. Debra Lin Allen 720-4270406 Qigong-Tai Chi Push Hands–2:45-3:45pm. Physical and energetic health strengthen, develop keen sensitivity to yin-yang shifting to eliminate obstructions to the natural flow of life’s essence. $20/drop-in or $90/6 classes. Chi Wellness, Denver. Debra Lin Allen 720-427-0406 Fencing for Chi Fitness–4-5:30pm. Olympic Foil, Saber and Epee skills and techniques heighten the pace of qigong exercise into spontaneity, mental flexibility, chi and physical endurance. $50 drop-in or $120/3 classes. Chi Wellness, Denver. Debra Lin Allen 720-427-0406

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NOV 2 5-Week Class on Chakras and Auras–7-9 pm Thursdays. Learn about your Chakras and how they coincide with our Aura; clean and align your Chakras; easy technique to set energetic boundaries. Early/$225 Reg/$210 Journey Within, 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino, 720-413-7303,


NOV 12 Our Awakening as Pan-Dimensional Beings–1:30-4pm. Jack Stucki shows unseen energies and other dimensions w/photographs of spirits and energies from beyond the veil. Donation, open to public. Greenwood Village City Hall 6060 S Quebec St. Denver Near Death Studies

NOV 18 Scared and Scary on Leash Dog Training– 11:15am-12:45pm. Desensitize your dog with strategies for walking, addressing emergency situations and changing your dog’s behavior. In Lakewood. $25. No Dogs. RSVP req’d

DEC 10 Beyond the Veil to Heaven: How Love Keeps Us Connected–1:30-4pm. Hear how the departed communicate with us via signs and dreams via personal story. Donation, open to public. Greenwood Village City Hall 6060 S Quebec St. Denver Near Death Studies

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Furnished Professional Workspace for Readers and Practitioners: Tarot readers, Astrologers, Reiki Practitioners, Psychic Healers, etc. No monthly rent, no hourly fees and no “membership” fees, just a small commission from your session fees to help us keep the lights on. Set up your appointments with our free online scheduling app. Contact 720-609-6173 or Spirit and Stone Gifts 3745 S Broadway, Englewood. Private Practitioners Paradise for whole person wellness: Fully-furnished, rent-free office spaces as low as $12/hr and $50 membership. Private office rental spaces as low as $425/month, lease free month to month. Membership includes: Online Scheduling System; Internet; Printer/Scan/Fax; Client Kiosk and Conference room. Sondermind Lakewood. Contact Sujatha Reddy 303-325-5617 or

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Allergy Testing for Foods and Supplements: Using FDA registered Biofeedback testing. 160+ foods tested with immediate color results. See what foods and/or supplements may be causing you bloating, gas, fatigue, brain fog etc. $185. Call Trish Watson, CNC 303-257-0058 What’s missing in your life? Is it metaphysical? Swing by Spirit & Stone Gifts and receive a free mystery gift when you spend $50 or more. Feel your energy. 3745 S Broadway, Englewood. 720609-6173 $30 Off Initial Healing Session: Reiki, vibrational healing & intuitive reading. In person or phone. 700 E. Ninth Ave., Suite 9, Denver. JoAnne Palladino, Reiki Master-Teacher, Channel & Intuitive. 303-2630679 or Remove Toxic Amalgam (Silver) Fillings: Denver’s first holistic, naturopathic dentist offers mercury free AND mercury safe amalgam (silver filling) removal. Financing available. 20% off new patient exam and x-rays when you mention Natural Awakenings. SOUTH LAKEWOOD DENTAL, Scott Stewart, DDS & Naturopathic Physician, 2525 S Wadsworth Blvd, Ste 11, Lakewood, 303-988-4338. Multi Pure Drinking Water Systems: Rated for most toxic chemicals removed by NSF. Solid carbon block technology. Under-the-counter, counter-tops, travel unit, the only rated shower unit in the country, and whole house units. Call or email or 303-6650175. Business opportunity available also. Free Chi Gong Sessions: With a student studying the very powerful and transformational energy healing technique of Yin (Red Hat) Chi Gong. Call Sam at 720-260-3778 to set up your free session.

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yourlocalresources ACUPUNCTURE JASMINE PEARL ACUPUNCTURE Leilani Houston, MSTCM, L.Ac. 8906 W Bowles Ave, Ste 110, Littleton 303-736-9117 Leilani loves to help you find health and happiness in your life. She does this with Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Reiki, Theta Healing, and Dream Interpretation. She believes that meditation is a key to a less stressful and less painful life, and is now offering meditation classes.

ACUPUNCTURE SPECIALISTS OF GOLDEN Rhonda Marr, L.Ac. 1019 8th Street, Ste 102, Golden 720-556-5332 Become pain free, reclaim your health and get your life back! Services include acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion, Chakra Balancing that incorporates acupuncture, crystals and essential oils. Additional services include Sound Healing, using Tibetan singing bowls, chimes and crystal bowls. Nutrition Response Testing, a non-invasive system of analyzing the body in order to determine the underlying causes of ill health. We also carry nutritional supplements by Standard Process, handcrafted Chinese topical herbal remedies, several brands of Chinese herbal formulas.



7401 West 59th Ave., Arvada 303-731-6695 / Discover a life of passion, purpose and contribution. Journeys for Conscious Living is an organization leading the world in conscious living, hosting world class events, speakers and event center (space rental) to empower people to create thoughtful changes in living their lives every day, thus creating the space and energy to stay centered and expand the community. See ad page 8.

DENTIST SOUTH LAKEWOOD DENTAL Scott Stewart, DDS & Naturopathic Physician 2525 S Wadsworth Blvd, Ste 11, Lakewood 303-988-4338 Denver’s first holistic, naturopathic dentist offering mercury free AND mercury safe amalgam (silver filling) removal. Holistic-minded individuals should consider the safe removal and handling of any silver fillings. We offer a bio-compatibility test to decide which replacement material is best for you. Financing available. 20% off new patient exam and x-rays when you mention Natural Awakenings. See ad page 22.




Dr. Cate Vieregger 7400 E Crestline Circle, Ste 230, Greenwood Village 303-770-1116 Whether your goal is to encourage a healthy attitude towards oral health in your children or ease your own anxiety about dental procedures, our friendly staff and relaxing atmosphere will change the way you approach dental care. Our state-of-the-art equipment and spa-like amenities allow us to offer services that transcend traditional dentistry and promote whole-body wellness. See ad page 28.

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

ENERGY HEALING/ MEDITATION Anita Destino 777 S Wadsworth Blvd. Bldg 2-108, Lakewood 720-413-7303 / A safe place for people interested in creating change in their lives, Journey Within helps you focus on spiritual growth, developing your intuition and personal development. Give to yourself with Energy Healings, Angel Healings, Guided Meditations, Meditation Classes, Workshops and Intuitive Readings/Healings. Join us for Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing every Wednesday from 6-7 pm, open to everyone. $5 per person. Free to first time visitors.

ENERGY MEDICINE / ENERGY PSYCHOLOGY HEALING CHANGE Marie Adams EEM-AP, CHT, PT Littleton office: 679 W Littleton Blvd. #205 303-668-0299 / Individual sessions using a combination of different techniques such as Eden Energy Medicine (EEM), Hypnotherapy, EFT (meridian tapping), and Matrix Reimprinting will facilitate deep healing at the physical, emotional, mental and/or spiritual levels of your being to create that permanent change in your life. You will leave the sessions with tools that you can use at home to continue the healing work and progress towards a better you. Ongoing classes in EEM for increased Joy, Health and Vitality! Free 20-minute phone or Skype consultation.

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

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Dr. Sujatha Reddy, BAMS MSEd LPC DCC 12157 W Cedar Dr, Ste 200, Lakewood 303-325-5617 Create new ways of living joyfully by implementing techniques that heal your body, mind and spirit through Ayurveda, the ancient art of natural living, a 5000-year old health science from India. Feel strong and empowered, sleep like a baby and release anxiety, pain, stress and depression. Insurance accepted for mental health counseling. Free 15 minute phone consultation.

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

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

INTEGRATIVE CARE CLEAR SKY MEDICAL with Dr. Katia Meier. Board Certified in Anti-Aging Medicine and specialty trained in Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy and Functional Medicine. See full listing under PHYSICAN or see ad page 2.

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

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

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

SPIRITUAL COMMUNITY DISCOVER YOUR SPIRITUAL GIFTS Vialet Rayne 5808 S Rapp St, Suite 265, Littleton 303-257-2276 Join us for a variety of exciting classes and programs including: Angelic Reiki, Reiki, Akashic Records Reading, Crystal Healing, Crystal Grid, and many fun events including Ladies Fairy Party, Goddess Energy Workshops, Crystal Grids, and Candle Making. Vialet also offers a variety of services including Coaching, Akashic Record Readings, Angelic Reiki, Crystal Reiki, and much more. We also offer several free events a year for community connection. See our pages on Meetup (DiscoverYour-Spiritual-Gifts) and Facebook (discoveryourspiritualgifts). See ad, page 12.

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October 2017 Mile High Natural Awakenings  

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

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