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rom 9 a.m. to noon, April 21, Milwaukee Riverkeeper is proudly hosting their 23rd annual Spring River Cleanup with nearly 4,000 volunteers joining together across the Milwaukee River Basin to pick up trash, get outdoors and help to achieve swimmable, fishable rivers. Afterward, cleanup volunteers and the community are welcome at the free 7th annual Rock the Green Earth Day Celebration, presented by Milwaukee Riverkeeper, from noon to 2 p.m. at Estabrook Park, Picnic Area 8. The celebration will provide eco-education from local environmental nonprofits and organizations. Local guitarist Evan Christian will give a live concert on a pedal-powered stage provided by The Velo Femmes, Black Girls Do Bike and Cadence Cycling Milwaukee. Local food vendors will be selling tasty sustainable fare. To have a maximum impact of landfill diversion, the event incorporates zero waste production including waste reclamation stations and food served on compostable serving ware. Natural Awakenings, Milwaukee Riverkeeper, Anthologie Inc., Sunrun, the City of Milwaukee Environmental Collaboration Office, 88Nine RadioMilwaukee, WUWM 89.7 FM, Shepherd Express and Milwaukee County Parks are sponsors of the event. For more information, email Info@RockTheGreen.com, visit RockTheGreen.com, or to volunteer for the Milwaukee Riverkeeper Clean Up, register at MilwaukeeRiverKeeper.org/ restore/spring-cleanup. See ads, pages 7 and 19.
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agmara Beine of Zuza’s Way Integrative Care is now offering intravenous (IV) nutrition therapy, which is a method of feeding vitamins, minerals and amino acids directly into the bloodstream to correct intracellular nutrient deficiencies. “IV nutrition therapy can provide enormous heath benefits and lead to enhanced immune support, increased energy and a better sense of well-being,” Dagmara Beine says Beine. “Because IV therapy bypasses the gastrointestinal system, 100 percent absorption of the vitamins and minerals can be achieved.” She adds that candidates for IV therapy include cancer patients and those suffering from chronic illness, as well as healthy individuals looking to enhance their overall wellness. Beine is a certified physicians assistant who blends Western medicine with complementary medicine to help clients achieve health and longevity. She addresses pediatrics, women’s health, cancer support, chronic disease, food sensitivities and more. For more information, call 262-312-9098, email ZuzasWay@gmail. com or visit ZuzasWay.com. See ad, page 29.
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hose seeking a fresh approach to natural wellness can explore the latest in holistic and alternative health at the Wellness Body, Mind & Spirit Expo. The event will be held on April 22 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Four Points Sheraton Milwaukee–North Shore, in Brown Deer. The expo promises over 30 eclectic exhibitors, demonstrations and workshops. Attendees can connect with reiki masters, naturopaths, fitness experts, ayurvedic practitioners, crystal and gemstone specialists, psychics, mediums, astrologers, numerologists, card readers, palm readers and an aura photographer. Psychic readings will be available. Speakers and presenters will provide educational talks on chiropractic care, stress management, ayurvedic principles, and energy and sound therapies. “There is a lot of new information available through our speakers and exhibitors for your body, mind and spirit,” says event organizer Dr. Joanne Flanagan, a psychologist and one of the workshop presenters. “Attendees will find many opportunities for personal growth and empowerment.” Cost: $5; children under 12 free. Location: 8900 N. Kildeer Ct., Brown Deer. For more information, call 414-349-4932, email DrJoanneFlanagan@wi.rr.com or visit WellnessBodyMindSpirit. com. See ad, page 2.
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Victory Garden Initiative Expands Classroom and Event Space
ictory Garden Initiative (VGI), an organization dedicated to building a community-based, socially just and environmentally sustainable food system for everyone, is expanding their urban farm campus through the purchase of a building across the street from their urban farm in the Harambee neighborhood. The building, which was originally a Pabst Pub, has a layout that matches VGI’s need to provide an indoor classroom for year-round programming; event space to serve farm-to-table meals; and office space. The purchase is expected to be complete by April, and then VGI will begin updates and renovations to the building. The space will be ready for programs in late summer/ early fall. “Purchasing this building helps us work towards our goal of having an urban farm campus in the Harambee neighborhood around our farm,” says Rheanna Smith, VGI’s marketing and development manager. “We will welcome families with weekly meals, provide children with a healthy summer and after-school snacks as part of an after-school homework club program, enhance workforce development to include green infrastructure careers and extended internships, and extend service to families with a community supported agriculture (CSA) program.” For more information, call 414-431-0888, email Rheanna.Smith@VictoryGardenInitiative. org or visit VictoryGardenInitiative.org. See ad, page 21.
Serenity Jeanette French The creative path forged by Jeanette French straddles the worlds of photography and fine art, converging into imagery that captures a moment, tells an unspoken story or celebrates the wonders of nature. As a child, French was encouraged to draw, paint and handcraft by her mother, who painted, and she received her first camera from her father when she was 8. A lifelong student of her two chosen mediums, French honed her eye and realistic technique with teachers in the Pacific Northwest, near her home base in Gresham, Oregon. “It is with awe and wonder that I witness the images arise beneath my brushes or through my lens,” she says. French recalls the idyllic scene shared in Serenity: “I was with a friend when we came upon this lovely place, and we sat in those chairs for some time, drinking in the splendor. It is such a precious privilege to midwife these manifestations of beauty, joy, love and hope for the Earth—it is my lifelong passion and purpose.” View the artist’s portfolio at Jeanette-French.ArtistWebsites.com.
Dare to Be Aware Fair Celebrates 11 Years of Holistic Networking by Sheila Julson
ince 2007, the Dare to Be Aware Fair has been a cornucopia of all things related to holistic wellness. Attendance is predicted to top 1,000 this year as the fair has grown by leaps and bounds since its beginnings at the Mitchell Park Conservatory Domes, which is a testament to how the natural wellness community in the Milwaukee area has expanded over the last decade. This year’s fair takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 14, at Alverno College, in the Sister Joel Read Conference Center. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett has once again proclaimed the day as Dare to Be Aware Day, honoring the fair’s contributions to the wellness of our city. Fondly called “Dare Fair”, the event features over 100 exhibitors and 14 free workshops led by local and national experts in awareness, enlightenment and healthy lifestyles. “Our exhibitors run the gamut from leaders in personal growth and wellness to astrology and tarot readers, from massage therapists to energy workers and from chiropractors to crystal vendors,” says Patricia Clason of the Center for Creative Learning, the personal and professional development firm that organizes the fair. “If you want to know what’s happening in southeast Wisconsin when it comes to natural wellness, the Dare Fair is the place to be. You’ll find it all.” The event began under Jill Borsos, a transformation coach and intuitive. Her vision was to bring together the community of personal growth providers in order to network and build public awareness. After three years, Borsos stepped down from the organizational aspects of the fair, handing the reins over to Center for Creative Learning. Rather than just focusing on one particular area of natural health, Clason notes that the Dare Fair has a diverse representation of wellness and spirituality leaders. Their potential exhibitors list has grown to over 300 providers, three times larger than the number of available spots. The pool includes people that have worked with organizers in the past, as well as vendors that have just heard of the fair. “Every fall, we send out an email to let vendors know that registration opens November 1,” Clason says, “and by November 15, we’re booked solid.” New vendors this year include a hospice and a funeral home.
Though not traditionally thought of as wellness care, the hospice perspective sees wellness as including the ability for a conscious death process at the end of life. The funeral home became involved, Clason explains, because the act of proper planning and arrangement-making can relieve stress. Other new vendors include a martial arts practitioner, which introduces the process as a meditative tool; and Sleep Number Beds, since more studies are revealing that getting solid, restful sleep every night is crucial to physical and mental health. This year’s workshop highlights include Discover Your Emotional Design Blueprint to Feel Your Best & Receive Your Desires, with Michelle Bersell; and 5 Steps for Co-Creating with Loved Ones Who Have Died, led by Lynn Stull. Erik Swenson returns this year to lead his popular Global Healing Circle, which kicks off the fair at 8:50 a.m. Alverno’s Hudson Café will be open during the fair so attendees can purchase hot food and salad bar items, or rest and take a break in the dining area. Clason says they completely revamped the layout of the fair this year for accessibility and easy traffic flow, and that the area for the tarot and psychic exhibitors will be quieter and less crowded. Four cabaret tables will feature natural health magazines including Natural Awakenings, one of the fair’s media sponsors. Since Clason has been involved with the fair, she cites countless positive experiences, particularly the range of the exhibitors and guests that attend. “I just love all the people who show up. We have such a diverse spectrum of people who come to the fair,” she says. “I don’t think I’ve ever been to a place where there are so many loving, respectful, kind people in one place.” Those who want to become involved with the fair can volunteer by contacting Clason at the number below. Cost: $5. Location: 3400 S. 43rd St., Milwaukee. For more information, call 414-374-5433 or visit DareToBeAwareFair.com. See ad, page 11. Sheila Julson is a freelance writer and regular contributor to Natural Awakenings. April 2018
Whole Grains Help Us Eat Less DeryaDraws /Shutterstock.com
When overweight adults exchange refined grain products such as white bread and pasta for whole-grain equivalents, they tend to feel full sooner, eat less, lose weight and experience a reduction in inflammation, the journal Gut reports. Researchers from Denmarkâ€™s National Food Institute and the University of Copenhagen studying 50 adults at risk for Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease found that test volunteers realized these benefits by eating whole grains, and rye in particular.
Ingesting a combination of five herbs while making healthy lifestyle changes significantly reduced symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome in a recent Australian study of 122 women published in Phytotherapy Research. The herbs were Cinnamomum verum (cinnamon), Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice), Hypericum perforatum (St. Johnâ€™s wort), Paeonia lactiflora (peony) and Tribulus terrestris (tribulus). Menstrual cycles returned to normal duration for 55 percent of the women, and significant improvements occurred in body mass index, pregnancy rates, hormones, insulin sensitivity and blood pressure. Subjects also exhibited less depression, anxiety and stress.
High-Fat Diet Risks Multiple Sclerosis Relapse A high-fat diet increases the risk of relapse of multiple sclerosis in children by as much as 56 percent, reports The Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry. A multi-university study of 219 children also found that each 10 percent increase in saturated fat as a share of total calories tripled the risk of relapse. Inversely, each additional cup of vegetables per week cut the risk of the disease by 50 percent.
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A Harvard study of 325 women undergoing fertility treatments found that those consuming the most produce high in pesticide residues, such as strawberries, spinach and grapes, were 18 percent less likely to become pregnant and 26 percent less likely to have a live birth compared to women eating the least amount of pesticide-laden produce. Study co-author Dr. Jorge Chavarro suggests that women trying to conceive should eat organic produce or low-pesticide choices like avocados, onions and oranges. 14
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Window-Like Solar Cells Could Power 40 Percent of U.S. Needs Solar energy is now the cheapest form of new energy in dozens of countries, with record-setting solar farms being built worldwide. Researchers have been investigating ways to make transparent solar panels that resemble glass that could be used as window panels at the same time as converting the light that shines on them into electricity. “Highly transparent solar cells represent the wave of the future for new solar applications,” explains materials scientist Richard Lunt, Ph.D., from Michigan State University. “We analyzed their potential and show that by harvesting only invisible light, these devices have the potential of generating a similar amount of electricity as rooftop solar while providing additional functionality to enhance the efficiency of buildings, automobiles and mobile electronics.” As reported in Nature Energy, his team has developed a transparent, luminescent, solar concentrator that looks like clear glass, covered in small, organic molecules adept at capturing only ultraviolet and near-infrared wavelengths of light. The visible light that enables human vision isn’t obstructed, so we can see through the cell. If scaled up to cover the billions of square feet of glass surfaces throughout the U.S., it could potentially supply about 40 percent of our country’s energy needs.
Mobile Trashpresso Turns Trash into Tiles UK furniture and design company Pentatonic has invented the Trashpresso, a solar-powered, mini-recycling plant that transforms plastic waste into usable architectural tiles. Pentatonic doesn’t use raw goods that create excess waste because they are committed to using materials for their products that incorporate some element of recycling, says co-founder Johann Bodecker. They want their products to be reusable, too, so they don’t use glues, resins, paints or formaldehydes to create them, a philosophy that influences all company decisions. The Trashpresso can be used in offthe-grid places where traditional recycling plants would be impractical. It sorts, shreds and compresses trash into plastic fibers to create fully formed tiles. The invention has attracted the attention of companies that want to reduce their own contribution to plastic waste and ocean pollution. Starbucks UK, for example, has commissioned Pentatonic to turn their coffee shop waste into furniture, including bean bag chairs produced from plastic bottles and cups.
Chinese Chokepoint U.S. Waste Paper Turned Away
Companies that recycle cardboard boxes were overwhelmed after recordbreaking holiday shopping online. The U.S. Postal Service estimated it delivered 10 percent more packages in 2017 than the year before. Amazon, the leader in online shopping, said it shipped more than 5 billion items for Prime members in 2017. All of this cardboard is a huge recycling challenge. Americans routinely toss food waste and other garbage into their recycling carts, and China, the country that receives the bulk of these contaminated recyclables, says it has had enough. China, by far the world’s biggest importer and processor of recyclables, has put the U.S. on notice that it will begin turning away all but the most pristine used plastics and unsorted waste paper by this fall and early next year. The pronouncement has alarmed U.S. government and industry officials, especially on the West Coast, that face the challenge of either cleaning up the vast, neverending stream of recyclables to meet China’s strict standards or finding other places to dump the messy items—perhaps in landfills. The uncertainty caused by China’s looming ban is beginning to slow down the entire West Coast system for sorting and shipping off recyclables. In Hong Kong, which ships its waste paper and cardboard to the Chinese mainland, mounds of the materials already are piling up at docks and in cargo ships being kept at sea. April 2018
Citizens, Restaurateurs Reduce Plastic Pollution Through The Last Plastic Straw
by Sheila Julson
ccording to the Californiabased nonprofit Plastic Pollution Coalition, over 500 million plastic straws are used each day in the United States. In today’s on-the-go culture, straws are typically used only for a short time and then discarded, ultimately becoming a source of plastic pollution in oceans and waterways. Seeing this deluge of single-use plastic straws and other plastic litter on South Shore Beach prompted local massage therapist and wellness coach Marla Schmidt to take action. Whenever weather permits, Schmidt regularly visits beaches to pick up plastic litter. However, she says that individual and organized beach cleanups aren’t enough: people have to change their habits in order to stop generating so much plastic waste in the first place. Through her Facebook page, Facebook.com/catchofthedaymke, and a monthly column in the Bay View Compass newspaper, Schmidt shares photos of how much plastic debris she finds along South Shore Beach. She also provides links to articles as well as tips on how we can reduce plastic usage. “My goal is not to keep picking up plastic trash, it’s to create awareness of what a problem it is, and to encourage people to stop creating plastic waste in the first place,” Schmidt says. “If you don’t know what the problem is, you’re just not aware. 16
But as soon as you have awareness, that’s when you can change habits and make a different choice. Convenience plastics are so ingrained in our culture that we don’t even see it anymore.” Schmidt started with plastic straws, since they are continuously among the top items polluting oceans and waterways, yet one of the easiest ways people can create change. She found that Plastic Pollution Coalition, in conjunction with Lonely Whale Foundation, introduced The Last Plastic Straw campaign where restaurants and taverns can take a pledge on the website (TheLastPlasticStraw.org) to distribute straws only upon request, rather than automatically putting them into customers’ drinks. Businesses also agree to transition to paper straws. Since late last year, Schmidt has approached area restaurants and convinced the owners of Bowls, Mistral, Sheridan’s
Boutique Hotel and Café, LuLu Café, juniper61 and The National Café to take The Last Plastic Straw pledge. Andy Larson, who owns Bowls and Float Milwaukee, started participating in The Last Plastic Straw in January after Schmidt, his customer, approached him with the idea. “It did not take her long to convince me how this is the right thing to do for our restaurant, our staff, our customers and our community,” says Larson. “We are in the process of working through our back stock of plastic straws, given only upon request now for in-house orders, and we have a supply of paper straws ready to go once the plastic ones are depleted.” Larson says his customers and staff are completely on board. “It is such an easy way to show that we care about the world and want to do what we can to help, even as a new local restaurant,” he adds. Jane Schilz and her husband, Lee Barczak, own Sheridan’s Boutique Hotel and Café as well as Mistral restaurant, located in the Avalon Theater. Schilz began implementing The Last Plastic Straw campaign in December. She simply removed the straws from the bar area so that they are no longer visible, and Julie Zweifel, her marketing/web and graphic designer, created tent cards to place on tables to inform customers that straws are available only upon request, and why. The cards have helped open dialogue about how straws pollute the environment. “I would say that only about one in five customers still asks for a straw,” Schilz says. She’s also testing paper straws for use in the theater, and they may implement a reusable cup program as well. Schmidt emphasizes that consumers truly have power to create change. “We can force companies to change if we reject plastic,” she says. She has a template available for people to download and print cards to leave at establishments in order to encourage owners to participate in The Last Plastic Straw campaign. Marla Schmidt can be reached at Marla_ Schmidt@Yahoo.com. Sheila Julson is a freelance writer and regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.
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amantha Ahdoot’s son Isaac was 9 years old when he collapsed from the heat while playing clarinet at band camp. It had been a record-hot summer following a mild winter and early spring, and Dr. Ahdoot, an Alexandria, Virginia, pediatrician, had already noticed a string of unusual cases: A toddler had contracted Lyme disease in the once tick-free region of Northern Maine. A teenager had suffered an asthma attack in February, a full month before she usually started taking allergy medicine. A displaced grade-schooler from out of town arrived traumatized after fleeing a hurricane-ravaged home with her family. But it wasn’t until she saw her son laying on a gurney in the emergency room with an IV in his arm that she fully connected the dots. 18
“I was aware that the weather had changed a lot since I was kid. But it really didn’t hit home until that day that climate change could affect my health and the health of my children personally,” recalls Ahdoot. “I realized it would be a betrayal of my duty as a pediatrician to sit back and do nothing about it.”
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health issue today. In one recent survey of 1,200 allergists, 48 percent said climate change is already affecting their patients a “great deal” or a “moderate amount.” In another survey of lung specialists, 77 percent said they were seeing patient symptoms grow more severe due to worsening climate-related air quality. In a sweeping review published last October in The Lancet medical journal, a team of healthcare professionals proclaimed that the human symptoms of climate change are “unequivocal and potentially irreversible,” noting that since 2000, the number of people in the United States exposed to heat waves annually has risen by about 14.5 million, and the number of natural disasters annually has increased 46 percent. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also begun to weigh in with a Climate-Ready States and Cities Initiative to help local health departments brace for everything from the hazardous air quality associated with more forest fires to the spread of vector-borne diseases like Zika and West Nile as the range and season of mosquitoes and ticks expands. Meanwhile, groups like the newly formed and expansive Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health, to which Ahdoot belongs, are being proactive. Its doctors are greening their offices, swapping cars for bikes, buses or carpooling, lobbying lawmakers and encouraging their patients to undertake measures to prevent the problem from worsening. In the process, they say, they might even improve their own health. “We want the public to understand that climate change is not just about polar bears or receding glaciers in the Arctic, but also about our children and our health here and now,” says Ahdoot.
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During the past century, average temperatures have increased between 1.3 and 1.9 degrees Fahrenheit, with annual increases accelerating in recent years as 2012, 2015, 2016 and 2017 all set records for ambient heat. Such rising temperatures, combined with increased rain and record-high atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, can have a significant impact on plants— both those that irritate or nourish us, says Howard Frumkin, a medical doctor who co-authored the Lancet report and teaches environmental and occupational health sciences at the University of Washington, in Seattle. Wild, allergy-inducing plants like ragweed and poison ivy are flourishing. Poison ivy is growing faster, larger and more toxic as excess carbon prompts it to produce more of its rash-inducing compound, urushiol. “We are seeing the season for ragweed productivity expanding, with pollen levels rising higher and earlier and lasting longer by several weeks,” advises Frumkin. In 2016, residents of Minneapolis, Minnesota, endured a ragweed season that was 21 days longer than in 1990. Other, desirable crops, like grains, do worse in hotter carbonrich climes, producing less protein and other nutrients, Frumkin notes. Meanwhile, bugs are thriving, with longer seasons and wider ranges in which to reproduce. Mosquitoes’ capacity to transmit dengue fever— the world’s fastest-growing mosquitoborne illness—has risen by 11 percent since 1950, more than half of that just since 1990, according to the Lancet report. Further, the tick that carries Lyme disease is now present in 46 percent of U.S. counties, up from 30 percent in 1998. “My physician colleagues used to treat two or three cases a month during tick season,” says Dr. Nitin Damle, a physician at South County Internal Medicine, in Wakefield, Rhode
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Mona Sarfaty, a family physician who is now director of the Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health, attests that 69 percent of Americans are aware that climate change is occurring, and more than half agree that human activities are at least partly to blame. Yet only a third believe 20
it could ever harm them personally. “So much of the early focus was on the receding glaciers and the penguins,” she says. “People today still think it will affect ‘those other people over there,’ but not them.” She agrees with the recent focus on imminent health issues, and is encouraged that a growing number of healthcare professionals feel it’s their duty to inform their patients about climate change to mobilize action. “When you talk about climate change not only in terms of the health impact it has on individuals and families, but also in terms of the real-time benefits of taking action against it, people are a lot more interested in doing something,” says Sarfaty. For instance, shifting to clean energy sources like wind and solar instead of coal can effect better air quality and easier breathing now. Cycling or walking to work rather than driving can reduce carbon emissions, boost feel-good brain chemicals and keep weight in check. Writing letters to editors or attending rallies to urge lawmakers to pass climate-friendly policies can not only fend off the anxiety and depression that comes with feeling helpless, but also effect real change. Ahdoot is taking these steps now. She has solar panels on her roof, is assisting the local hospital to reduce its carbon footprint, takes public transportation to work and encourages her kids to walk whenever possible. “I don’t feel powerless at all. I feel empowered and optimistic,” she says. “The more we know, the more we are moved to act. We can all do something small every day to protect our climate.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at LisaAnnMarshall.com.
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Reduction of chronic inflammation “Inflammation is intimately linked to most chronic and aging-related diseases,” says Gaétan Chevalier, Ph.D., a visiting scholar at the University of California, San Diego, who has conducted multiple grounding studies. “Grounding seems to be nature’s way to reduce inflammation.”
Enhanced blood flow Thick, sludgy blood is a common feature of diabetes and cardiovascular disorders. Several grounding studies have demonstrated a significant decrease in blood viscosity and enhanced blood flow. “Grounding represents a potent circulation booster; a simple, yet profound preventive and therapeutic strategy,” says integrative cardiologist Dr. Stephen T. Sinatra, of Manchester, Connecticut, co-author of the book Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever!
Decreased stress Tracy Latz, a medical doctor and integrative psychiatrist in Mooresville, North Carolina, has found, “Patients with anxiety issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder and depression, often benefit from grounding.”
Improved vagus nerve function The vagus nerve connects with and regulates key organs, including the lungs, heart and intestines. In one study, doctors at the Penn State Children’s Hospital, in Hershey, Pennsylvania, grounded hospitalized premature infants and documented improved vagal function that could potentially boost resilience and reduce complications. “These babies have a lot of health challenges,” observes Dr. Charles Palmer, former chief of the center’s division of newborn medicine. “It seems that they are more relaxed when grounded.” More research is needed. Within a few months of grounding both day and night, Monteith’s disease symptoms receded dramatically. Her balance and stability improved when standing and walking. She sleeps more deeply and has more energy. An eye issue for which there is no drug subsided. She says her health continues to improve and she looks forward to living each day. Troy Baker, a recovery consultant for special populations and chief program officer of the nonprofit Adapt Functional Movement Center, in Carlsbad, California, who has been overseeing Monteith’s exercise training schedule, has observed a reduction in the effects of multiple sclerosis since she started grounding. “Her body is more fluid, not as stiff. She moves much better, with increased energy and stamina.” For more information on grounding, visit EarthingInstitute.net. Martin Zucker, a former Associated Press correspondent, has written about alternative medicine for 40 years and is co-author of the book Earthing.
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or author Paul Hawken, a leading environmental entrepreneur working with a coalition of research fellows, advisors and expert reviewers, the climate goal is drawdown, or reversing global warming—the point in atmospheric time when the concentration of greenhouse gases peaks and begins to decline on a year-to-year basis. Hawken edited Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, a compendium of the 100 most substantive solutions that already exist.
Why is drawdown the goal? If we don’t name the goal, we are unlikely to achieve it. To date, language like mitigation, stabilization and reduction has been used to address climate change. These goals are not particularly ambitious and will do little to preserve civilization. Those verbs are about slowing the amount of released gases, but do not reverse them. If you are going the wrong way down a road which heads straight over a cliff, slowing down is not a helpful goal. We need to turn around, and that is what drawdown research is all about.
Why and how did you do the research? We wanted to know if it was game over with respect to global warming, or could we reverse the buildup of greenhouse gases with techniques and practices already underway? We gathered a qualified and diverse group of 70 researchers from around the world to identify, research and model the 100 most substantive existing solutions. They modeled the impact the solutions will have if they continue to scale in a rigorous, but reasonable way, and what the cost and profits would be. All carbon data was based on peer-reviewed science. Economic data came from respected international institutions like the World Bank. The goal of the book was to present the findings and describe the solutions in ways that fascinated and informed, accompanied by images that enlivened and inspired.
What are the top 10 solutions? The top 10 solutions, in order, are: refrigerant management, wind turbines, reduced food waste, plant-rich diet, tropical forests protection, educating girls, family planning, solar farms, silvopasture—the intentional combination of trees, forage plants and livestock as an integrated, intensively managed system—and rooftop solar. All 100 are listed at Drawdown.org/solutions-summary-by-rank.
Did any of the solutions surprise you? None of the solutions surprised us, but their rankings did. For example, educating girls, number six, has a dramatic bearing on global warming. Women with more years of education have fewer, healthier, children and actively manage their reproductive health. Educated females realize higher wages and greater upward mobility, contributing to economic growth. Education is the most powerful lever available for breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty while mitigating emissions by curbing population growth. Ranked seventh, family planning, particularly in low-income countries, impacts world population. For women to have children by choice rather than chance and to plan their family size and spacing is a matter of autonomy and dignity. Together, these two solutions would account for significant reduction in greenhouse gases by 2050. The United Nations estimates a difference between the high and median population projections in 2050 of 10.8 billion versus 9.7 billion.
The difference is almost entirely determined by availability of family planning.
Are you optimistic about achieving the goal? Drawdown is not about optimism, hope or pessimism. It is a reality project. The science on climate change is amazing, if not stunning. It is the best problem statement humanity has ever created, which I see as a gift, not a curse. Global warming is feedback from the atmosphere. The Earth is a system, and any system that does not incorporate feedback fails. It holds true for our body, ecosystems, social systems and economic systems. The knowledge of global warming and its potential impacts is creating huge breakthroughs in energy, transport, agriculture, housing, urbanization and materials. If it wasn’t for the science of climate change, we would be destroying our planet faster than we already are. Focusing repeatedly on the problem does not solve the problem. Diagnosis is not prognosis unless we give up. The science of what will happen if we do not act has been here for a long time. What Drawdown points out is that humanity is on the case. The plan we refer to in the book’s subtitle is not our plan; we found a plan being activated by the collective intelligence of humanity. This is a different story than one of gloom and doom. It is a story of innovation, creativity and generosity—that is who we are. Linda Sechrist is a senior staﬀ writer for Natural Awakenings.
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movement is afoot to get kids grounded in nature. Wilderness awareness programs, also known as primitive skills or Earth-based education, teach life-changing survival skills that build courage, compassion and camaraderie. “We help youth experience a true aliveness in nature. Kids gain knowledge of the outdoors and increase awareness, confidence and self-reliance, while having fun, positive experiences,” says Dave Scott, founder of the Earth Native Wilderness School (EarthNativeSchool.com), in Bastrop, Texas. They often go on to enthusiastically share what they’ve learned about natural flora and fauna with their families.
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Youth engaged with organizations like this one enjoy gaining nature-oriented survival skills, such as making bows, baskets, shelters and fire. “By making a bow out of a particular type of tree, children discover what type of habitat the tree prefers and how to harvest it sustainably. Indigenous skills like animal tracking also help them relate to wildlife and develop empathy for animals,” says Scott.
“When you learn to trust rather than fear nature, you’re more likely to take care of it,” adds Rick Berry, founder of 4 Elements Earth Education (4eee.org), a Nevada City, California, nonprofit that helps kids and adults connect with planet Earth via immersion in nature. Leaving room for spontaneity and improvisation is important. While infusing indigenous knowledge into their curriculum, wilderness programs emphasize universal principles such as deep understanding of local environments and life’s interconnectedness. “Fire making is for everybody. Shelter making is for everybody. We are all caretakers of the land,” says Berry. Physical and other challenges, such as walking blindfolded through the woods, heighten sensory perception while building confidence. “The landscape is a great teacher with its uneven ground and obstacles, posing an opportunity to learn agility, practice balance and ultimately, expand awareness,” says Simon Abramson, associate director of Wild Earth (WildEarth.org), in High Falls, New York. Nature-immersion programs like Wild Earth’s further help kids sharpen their
observation skills through activities like learning to identify birdsongs and trees. During a popular activity called “sit spot”, children learn to sit quietly, listen and observe from a specific location they may revisit over the course of a day or year to witness nature’s varied beauty. Another time, they may try “foxwalking”, creeping silently and slowly, or test their “owl vision”, using peripheral vision. For younger kids, instructors may incorporate such skills into a game like “coyote or rabbit,” where by staying still, they can avoid detection by a predator. Kids learn to listen both to nature and their own inner voice, which can be challenging in the midst of dominating peers and authority figures. “We build on the tradition of vision quest, in taking time to get quiet in nature and hear what the heart is saying,” says Berry. Activities may be patterned after natural cycles of the seasons, the four directions and diurnal rhythms. On a bright morning, emphasis is on high-energy, outward-facing activities; day’s end brings a pause to reflect, glean and share what participants have made and learned.
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experience are often their most honored and memorable moments. Whether youths try out a wilderness program for a season or stay on for years, Earth-based learning can have an enduring impact. They help foster healthy relationships not only with the Earth, but with other people, according to Samuel Bowman, a program coordinator with the Wilderness Awareness School (Wilderness Awareness.org), in Duvall, Washington. Team-driven activities like building a communal shelter can help kids learn how to work through conflict, listen to others and appreciate differences. “The kids that have come through our programs prove to be creative problemsolvers prepared to handle just about anything. They have focus and commitment, and tend to be service oriented,” observes Abramson, noting that 60 percent of their instructors are alumni. “Thinking back on kids we’ve worked with, you can often see their wilderness journey reflected in their paths as adults, how they are making choices with their heart and pursuing their passions,” concludes Berry. Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.
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Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature (CoyotesGuide.com) is an inspirational publication for teachers, mentors and parents based on ancient worldwide cultural wisdom, including mythic animal stories, nature-based ceremonies and survival tools. The Tracker School (TrackerSchool.com), founded by wilderness expert Tom Brown in 1978, offers 75 classes on wilderness survival skills and a list of tracker clubs and affiliates across North America and beyond. Tom Brown’s Field Guide to Nature and Survival for Children is another respected resource.
Children & Nature Network (ChildrenAnd Nature.org) connects children, families and communities with nature through evidence-based resources and tools, broadbased collaboration and grassroots leadership. This international initiative was co-founded by Richard Louv, renowned author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder.
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Every species embodies a solution to some environmental challenge, and some of these solutions are breathtaking in their elegance. ~Linda Bender, Animal Wisdom: Learning from the Spiritual Lives of Animals
rom birds and elephants to dolphins, animals, whether by instinct or learned behavior, have discovered ways to cope with parasites, pests, aches and pains. This science of self-medication is called zoopharmacognosy (zoo for animal, pharma for drug and cognosy for knowing). At home, a dog or cat that eats grass is practicing it to eliminate parasites or hairballs. Donald Brightsmith, Ph.D., of Texas A&M University, directs the Tambopata Macaw Project in the lowlands of southeastern Peru, studying the many macaws and other parrots that gather clay to eat as a supplement. First thought to help remove toxins from their bodies, clay adds needed sodium to their diet, researchers now believe.
A pregnant elephant in Kenya’s Tsavo Park was observed by ecologist Holly Dublin, Ph.D., to travel miles to find a tree not normally eaten. Four days later, the elephant gave birth. Dublin discovered that Kenyan women make a drink from the same leaves and bark to induce labor. While studying Bornean orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) in the Sabangau peat swamp forest in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia, primatologist Helen MorroghBernard, Ph.D., of the University of Exeter, UK, observed an orangutan chew the leaves of a plant that were not part of its usual diet until it formed a lather. The orangutan spit out the leaves and used the lather much like humans apply a topical pain reliever.
We feel the answers for the future will be found in the past, not in chemical factories. ~Ira Pastor While animals have been known to eat certain plants when ill, hers may be the first sighting of an animal creating a salve. Nearby villagers grind the leaves to make a balm for sore muscles and inflammation. Morrogh-Bernard believes humans learned this topical application from apes and passed it down through the generations. In the Red Sea, bottlenose dolphins rub against bush-like gorgonian corals covered by an outer layer of antimicrobial mucus that may protect them from infection, according to dolphin researcher Angela Ziltener, of the University of Zürich, Switzerland. “It’s amazing how much we’ve learned, but forgotten,” says Ira Pastor, CEO at Bioquark Inc., in Philadelphia, a life sciences company developing biologic products to regenerate and repair human organs and tissues. “We live with other organisms which from a health and wellness perspective are much further advanced than humans. No other species tries to cure with any single solution. Nature employs multiple options. We’re not appropriately imitating nature yet. We need to do more.” Cindy Engel, Ph.D., of Suffolk, England, author of Wild Health: Lessons in Natural Wellness from the Animal Kingdom, says, “Animals
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SUNDAY, APRIL 1 Easter Sunday Celebration – 10am. Special music; youth education and nursery care; followed by food and fellowship. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. UCIM@wi.rr.com.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11 Reiki Re-Attunement – 6-8pm. A reiki-filled evening, open to any level reiki practitioner. Be re-attuned to your reiki level. Share reiki stories and discuss any of your reiki questions. $40. White Sage Spa (within Well Body building), 10040 N Port Washington Rd, Mequon. 414-352-6550. WhiteSageSpa.com.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4 Whispers on the Wind Shamanic Training – Apr 4-8, Jul 19-22, Oct 17-21 and Feb 14-17, 2019. Would you like a deeper connection with nature and the spirit world? Intensive training program in shamanism, energy medicine and self-transformation meets four times over 12 months. Learn core energy healing techniques including power animal and soul retrieval, clearing of past life and ancestral imprints, connecting with the forces of nature, etc. Golden Light Healing Retreat Center near Green Bay. Info: 920-609-8277. GoldenLightHealing.net. Past Life Experiential Workshop – 6:30-8:30pm. Discover extraordinary details about your past; release old phobias and fears from prior lifetimes; practice revolutionary healing visualization and meditation; harness the power of love to transform your life; understand about your soul mates and soul companions. $45. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. 262-787-3001. AngelLightLLC.com.
THURSDAY, APRIL 5 Ascension Reiki – 6:30pm. A talk about this handson energy healing modality for the 21st century. Pure, powerful, gentle. Free. Limited seating. 5738 S Quality Ave, Cudahy. RSVP Evroula: 414-378-7604.
FRIDAY, APRIL 6 Candlelight Yoga & Live Music – 6:30-8pm. Enjoy a flowing asana practice followed by restorative yoga in a peaceful candlelit setting. Relax to the soothing sounds of the Thunderhawk Tribe. $15. Rise Yoga Studio, 1220 W Ranchito Ln, Mequon. 414-807-0629. RiseYogaWI@gmail.com.
SATURDAY, APRIL 7 The Resurrection of All of Our Relationships – 9:30am-4:30pm. Explore how A Course in Miracles uses all of our special love and hate relationships as the doorway back to our mind – to our one true relationship with Divine Spirit. With Lyn Corona and Tim Wise from Denver, and Kris Nelsen. $75. Healing & Education Center, 5900 West National Ave, West Allis. RSVP: 414-258-5555. LightOfGrace. Church/Classes. 12 Powers Luncheon Fundraiser – 11am-1pm. Following the teachings of co-founder, Charles Fillmore, 12 different tables will be featured corresponding to the month they represent. Guests may sample dishes from any or all of the dishes that focus on that table’s color. Guest host/hostesses are invited to sign up for the month of their choice. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd. St, Wauwatosa. RSVP: call 414 475-0105. Animal Communication Sessions – 12-4pm. Ever wonder what your animal friend is thinking? Bring your animal friend or pictures and find out their thoughts, feelings, behavioral issues, or what they’d
tect your psyche. Intimacy and dating coach Keridak Silk, MS, CCH, facilitates this life-changing workshop. $25. Universal Awareness Fellowship, 17194 Appleton Ave, Menomonee Falls. 262-4047119. Keridak@Keridak.com. OW.ly/IlbP30iRyiv.
like. With Stacy Krafczyk.$70/20 minute sessions. Cash or check only. Bark n Scratch Outpost, 5835 W Blue Mound Rd, Milwaukee. Pre-register: 414444-4110 or BarkNScratchOutpost.com.
savethedate APRIL 7 Natural, Cost-Free Way to Attain Help and Healing – 2-3pm. A lecture on a simple, cost-free way to healing and help through the teachings of Bruno Groening, who taught about a natural power that can heal the body and help with life issues and is available to all people, irrespective of faith or religion. Healings of chronic illnesses, pain, depression and addictions, medicallyverified and documented by physicians, will be presented. Simple instructions will be given on how to connect to the healing stream. Free, donations welcome. Kingo Lutheran Church, 1225 E Olive Street, Shorewood. 414-213-0113. Bruno-Groening.org/en.
SUNDAY, APRIL 8 Spirit Fair – 11am-4pm. More than 15 gifted readers under one roof. We have the best in the Midwest. $30/all psychic readings. New Berlin Ale House, South Hall, 16000 W Cleveland Ave, New Berlin. SpiritualEnlightenment.me. Circle of Understanding – 11:30am-1pm. Hearing each other’s life experiences and asking questions in a safe environment. View and discuss the DVD African Americans After MLK-And Still I Rise. All are invited. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. UCIM@wi.rr.com. Sound Bath Meditation for Renewing the Spirit – 12:30-2pm. Tibetan/crystal bowl meditation designed to renew your spirit, lift your energy and open your heart; aligning you with the new birth and transformation that arrives with spring, shredding the denser energies of winter. Facilitated by bowl master, Kathryn Rambo. $10 cash donation. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. 262-787-3001. AngelLightLLC.com.
MONDAY, APRIL 9 Feel Sexy at Any Age – 3-6pm. Build confidence, love every blemish, exude attractive energy, and pro-
Your Crystal Healing Toolkit – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn to balance emotions with rose quartz and blue lace agate, brain balancing techniques using Tibetan quartz and carnelian, basic crystal, sage and acupressure techniques using palm stones and healing wands. A highly experiential class; w/Sheri Bauer. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. 262-7873001. AngelLightLLC.com.
THURSDAY, APRIL 12 Inflammation: What Is It/What Does It Mean To Me – 6-8pm. Learn about how inflammation may be affecting your body and how to minimize/ overcome the effects. With Kelly Kolodzinski and Emily Yenor. Reserve space, seating is limited. 1212 Bodyworks, 20270 W Watertown Rd, Ste 100, Brookfield. RSVP Emily: 414-405-3956. Renew HolisticWellness.com. 1212Bodyworks.com. Spirit Message Circle – 6:30-8:30pm. Beginning with a meditation to awaken intuitive guidance, the circle provides an opportunity to receive messages from spirit as well as give others messages. An opportunity for anyone interested in increasing intuitive abilities or wanting guidance from realms beyond. No experience necessary. $20. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. 262-787-3001. AngelLightLLC.com. Channeling Angels – 6:30-9pm. Eight-week class; learn to invite and allow angels to speak through you. Class is an effective way to expand intuitive skills and raise your consciousness. Limited to eight participants. $225, payable in full at first class. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. UCIM@wi.rr.com. Spiritual Currents followed by Drum Circle – 6:30-8pm concert, 8-9pm drum circle. Spiritual Currents is a presentation that blurs the lines between performance, meditation, and soulful exploration. Ryan Meisel performs live on saxophones, native flutes, indigenous woodwinds, and electronic wind instruments, to prerecorded drums, bells, rattles, and electronics. $10. Healing & Education Center, 5900 West National Ave, West Allis. RSVP: 414258-5555. LightOfGrace.Church/Classes.
FRIDAY, APRIL 13 Sacred Women’s Circle – 6:30-9pm. Gathering in circle with intension is powerful. Come together to honor, listen and share our hearts fully with one another. Meditate. Share. Listen. Grow. W/Julie Szyba. $25. Santosha Yoga & Ayurveda, W307 N149 Golf Rd, Delafield. 262-271-4972. Santosha YogaAyurveda.com.
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SATURDAY, APRIL 14 Healing Yoga – 9am. With Rosie Rain. Come practice yoga for healing and strength, peace and self-love. Beginners welcome. $20, preregistration required. Shorewood location. 414-909-2257. RSVP: RosieYoga@gmail.com. RosieRain.com. Reiki Level Two – 9am-5pm. Learn the 3 symbols in Usui Reiki Ryoho. Deepen your connection to reiki’s healing potential. $200. Class held in Mukwonago. To register contact Rhiana: 262-498-4162. Rhiana@BeReiki.com. Holistic Healing with Herbs: Certiﬁcate Series – 9am-5:30pm. Join Dr Christina Wilke-Burbach for a comprehensive overview of herbal medicine, holistic healing, and organic gardening. On 100 acres of the Kettle Moraine. Cedar Valley Retreat, West Bend. For more info: MindSoulAndSelf@ yahoo.com. 608-393-7353. MindSoulAndSelf.com/ Herb_Classes_Wisconsin_Illinois. Animal Communication Sessions – 12-4pm. See April 7 listing. $70/20 minute sessions. Cash or check only. Petlicious, 2217 Silvernail Rd, Pewaukee. Pre-register: 262-548-0923 or Petlicious.com.
SUNDAY, APRIL 15 Reiki II Class – 10am-4pm. Increase your reiki energy with the 2nd attunement, learn three reiki symbols to send distant reiki, increase mental emotional healing and overall reiki frequency. For details see website. $249; complete manual provided. White Sage Spa (within Well Body building), 10040 N Port Washington Rd, Mequon. 414-352-6550. WhiteSageSpa.com. Awaken to Spring Chakra Yoga Practice – 12:30 -2:30pm. Explore balancing your chakras through an intelligent yoga practice and wake up to the vitality of spring. With Alicia Wright. $30. Santosha Yoga & Ayurveda, W307 N149 Golf Rd, Delafield. 262271-4972. SantoshaYogaAyurveda.com. Learn Palm Reading – 1-3m. Palm reading is an ancient art. Join Keridak as she explores the lines and explains how you can start reading palms. $25. Universal Awareness Fellowship, 17194 Appleton Ave, Menomonee Falls. 262-404-7119. Keridak@ Keridak.com. OW.ly/j1FA30iRyLr.
MONDAY, APRIL 16 Dirty Secrets of Our Food System – 6:30pm. Presentation by Fred Depies, in alliance with Trust Local Food, the Oneida Nation, and Earth Justice helping make wise choices about the foods we purchase and consume. Also a video, Scientists Under Attack, how the biotech industry engineers the truth and what they are trying to hide from you. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. UCIM@wi.rr.com.
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Healthy Home, Healthy Body – 6-8pm. Learn how to maximize well-being by making healthy choices for your home and body care products. With Emily Yenor and Jessica Mai. Reserve space, seating is limited. 1212 Bodyworks, 20270 W Watertown Rd, Ste 100, Brookfield. RSVP Emily: 414-405-3956. JessicaMai.Norwex.biz. 1212Bodyworks.com.
THURSDAY, APRIL 19 Fruity Nutty Blitz – Apr 19 to 22. Victory Garden Initiative volunteers will deliver and plant trees to
homes, places of worship, community organizations anywhere they’re needed. You do not need to be home when your tree is planted, but the location for the tree must be clearly marked. $65/first tree, $50 each additional tree. The greater Milwaukee area. Eric: 414-727-2292. VictoryGardenInitiative.org. The Mini Chakra Experience – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn what a chakra is, how it works and the relationships between the chakras and the organs/glands of the physical body. The class can be attended by anyone interested in obtaining basic information on the chakras. $45. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. 262-787-3001. AngelLightLLC.com.
FRIDAY, APRIL 20 Artist Inspired Yoga Night Out – 6:30-7:45pm. A fun-filled yoga class with the music of Bob Marley with Scott Fisher, Breathe, feel and move to this candlelight flow, set to the tunes of Bob Marley. All levels welcome. $20. Santosha Yoga & Ayurveda, W307 N149 Golf Rd, Delafield. 262-271-4972. SantoshaYogaAyurveda.com. Chanting & Healing Group Session – 6:30-8pm. Through the voice we are able to facilitate healing. Chanting is an ancient method of releasing stuck emotions and balancing our chakras activating inner healing. $35. Center for Well-Being Lake Country, LLC, 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland. RSVP: 262367-0607. C4WB.com.
SATURDAY, APRIL 21 A.R.E. Group – 9am-4:30pm. Edgar Cayce and the Akashic Records, presented by Kevin Todeschl, Executive Director of Edgar Cayce A.R.E., will show how the Akashic Records are a source of information to draw on personal experience; includes a guided regression and the intuition game. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. UCIM@wi.rr.com. Aromatherapy for Stress and Pain Management – 12-3pm. Learn the impact of stress and how to use essential oils to help manage stress. Explore oil blends to assist with pain management and learn aromatherapy-based techniques to promote relaxation. Class includes a guided imagery session for relaxation. $50. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. 262787-3001. AngelLightLLC.com. Finding Balance on the Mat – 1-3:30pm. Discover how you can improve your balance in your yoga practice. Learn the components of balance and take it into other activities like paddle boarding or skiing. $25. Santosha Yoga & Ayurveda, W307 N149 Golf Rd, Delafield. 262-271-4972. SantoshaYogaAyurveda.com.
markyourcalendar APRIL 21 Seventh Annual Rock the Green Earth Day Celebration – 12-2pm. Concert by Evan Christian on a pedal-powered stage, local sustainable food vendors, eco-education from local environmental organizations and zero waste event production. Presented by Milwaukee Riverkeeper. Free. Estabrook Park, Picnic Area #8, Milwaukee. RockTheGreen.com.
SUNDAY, APRIL 22 Earth Day Yoga Celebration – 9am. Honor your mother this Earth Day with sacred meditations, postures, and mantras to harmonize with Earth and balance the elements within. Gong healing relaxation meditation included. $20, preregistration required. Shorewood location. 414-909-2257. RSVP: RosieYoga@gmail.com. RosieRain.com. North Shore Wellness Body, Mind, Spirit Expo – 10am-5pm. This expo features the best advances in holistic health & healing with over 60 exhibitors and many renowned speakers, reiki healers, fitness experts, and more. $5, free/children under 12. Four Points Sheraton Milwaukee North Shore, 8900 N Kildeer Ct, Brown Deer. Dr Joanne: 414-349-4932. WellnessBodyMindSpirit.com. Meet Your Subtle Energy Field – 1-3pm. Learn the intimate details of your personal energy field. Discussion and exercises are designed to balance it, ground it, expand it, feel it, and more. $25. Center for Well-Being Lake Country, LLC, 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland. RSVP: 262-367-0607. C4WB.com.
MONDAY, APRIL 23 Mediumship Training – Apr 23, 24. 9am-4pm. Would you like to learn how to connect with the spirit world? Highly experiential class will teach a variety of techniques to make connections with the spirit world and give an evidential reading. Taught by Amy Wilinski, who trained with many gifted mediums and brings a blend of styles to her work. Overnight options available. $295/commuter, $350/shared accommodation & meals, $375/ private room & meals. Golden Light Healing Retreat Center near Green Bay. Info: 920-609-8277. GoldenLightHealing.net.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25 Getting Serious About Essential Oils – 1011:30am. Monthly health & wellness community class. Topic: animal health the natural way using essential oils. With Barb Lemke, RN, BSN, CCAP. Free, $5/Young Living members. Center for WellBeing Lake Country, LLC, 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland. RSVP: 920-285-4635. C4WB.com.
SATURDAY, APRIL 28 Psychic Fair – Individual sessions with readers of various psychic specialties. Admission $5. Each reader sets their fee. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. UCIM@wi.rr.com. Reiki I for Animals & People – 10-4pm. Reiki is a type of hands-on energy treatment that preserves and improves health, reduces stress, and promotes an overall well-being for animals and humans. Includes attunement and certification, animals to practice on in class. Led by Stacy Krafczyk. $150. Bark n Scratch Outpost, 5835 W Blue Mound Rd, Milwaukee. Pre-register: 414-444-4110 or BarkNscratchOutpost.com.
Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. 262-787-3001. AngelLightLLC.com. Gongs of Compassion: Meditation Session – 4-5:30pm. Let the gongs & bells help reduce your stress, allowing your body and energy systems to realign, recharge, and reawaken: with Michael Bettine. $25. Santosha Yoga & Ayurveda, W307 N149 Golf Rd, Delafield. 262-271-4972. Santosha YogaAyurveda.com.
plan ahead MAY Breakthrough Breath Work Workshop – May 6. 9am-4pm. This breath work is a powerful pathway leading to personal transformation, creating deeper connection to your inner being, and improvement in well-being: w/Mechthilde Moser. $125. Center for Well-Being Lake Country, LLC, 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland. RSVP: 262-367-5317. C4WB.com. Fairy Heart Magic – May 12. 10am-4pm. A day learning about nature spirits and connecting with them through a walking meditation at Golden Light Healing Retreat Center’s 50-acre woods, journeying, dancing and singing. Complete your day by making a fairy garden to take home. $99; lunch included. Make a retreat; Friday night accommodations available, $40/night shared cabin, $15/night camping, $15/dinner. Golden Light Healing Retreat Center near Green Bay. More info: GoldenLightHealing.net. The Great Milwaukee Victory Garden Blitz – May 12-26. Each year Victory Garden Initiative volunteers install raised bed gardens in backyards, front yards, schools, etc. Volunteers will call you before they come to install your garden. You do not need to be present, but have the location marked and unlock any gates. $175 - $200 depending on delivery area. The greater Milwaukee area. Eric: 414-7272292. VictoryGardenInitiative.org.
savethedate JUNE 1-3 7th Annual Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference: Honoring Plant Wisdom – June 1-3. A gathering of internationally acclaimed herbalists and Earth-based speakers, plant walks; topics including herbs for family health, wild edibles, fermentation, permaculture, herbal wisdom, the wise woman ways and more. Over 60 workshops, plants walks, kids’ camp and teen camp. Includes pre-conference classes, singing, dancing, meals, swimming, red tent communal space and more. Camp Helen Brachman, Almond, WI. Info: MidwestWomensHerbal.com.
SUNDAY, APRIL 29 Reiki Level III & Candlelight Attunement – 12:30-5:30pm. Be introduced to the deeper meanings of reiki symbols and their connection to the guides and angels of reiki frequencies. Level III candidates will learn to draw the reiki master symbol as well as the symbols that energetically support the master symbol. $195 with preregistration. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300
Celtic Shamanism – Jun 2-3. Introductory class explores the ancient pre-Christian beliefs of the Celts. Through the use of drumming, singing, movement, divination, poetry, outdoor exercises on the land, ritual and more, explore this ancient way of being in the world; with Jeanne Marie Troge. You do need to know how to journey and have a good working relationship with your power animals to attend this class. Golden Light Healing Retreat Center, near Green Bay. Info: GoldenLightHealing.net.
savethedate JUNE 30-JULY 5 Explore the Healing Power of Nature in the Colombian Amazon Forrest – 9:30am-4pm daily. Six days expedition with native healers in the Colombian Amazon forest to learn and experiment with medicinal plants, explore the forest and enjoy safe adventures. $1,250. Leticia, Colombia. Info: 414-339-5610. AmasoniaLLC@gmail.com. Facebook.com/Amasonia-465512230489684.
FALL Mists of Ireland Tour – Fall 2018. Explore the sacred circles and holy wells of Celtic lore. Amy and David Wilinski of Golden Light Healing are excited to offer once again this popular spiritual journey on the Emerald Isle. Contact: GoldenLightHealing@ bayland.net. Amy: 920-609-8277. GoldenLight Healing.net.
classifieds $20 for up to 20 words, then $1 extra per word. Email content to Publisher@Natural Milwaukee.com. Deadline is the 10th. OPPORTUNITIES Looking for Holistic/Integrative/Functional/ Naturopathic Practitioner – Natural Health Services, Inc., an established business in Milwaukee, is looking for a holistic practitioner to run and take ownership of the practice for retiring doctor. Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine is preferred but not required. Must have required credentials and desire to holistically help clients. Have colon hydrotherapist on staff. Training available on the Nutritional Consultation, BioMeridian process. More info: NHS1428.com. To apply, email owner Mike Van Treeck: MVanTreeck@yahoo.com or call 414-630-5269.
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A.C.I.M. Study Group – A Course in Miracles study group, following fellowship. Love offering. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. UCIM@wi.rr.com.
Minister’s Book Study – 9:15-10:45am. This is an open discussion group, currently discussing The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World, by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Free. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-4750105. UCIM@wi.rr.com.
Dream Interpretation Class – 3rd Sun. Dreams are a source of insight from the higher self. Facilitated by Kevin Reger, who teaches a five-step approach. $10 suggested offering. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. UCIM@wi.rr.com. Friendship and Potluck – Last Sun. Celebrate with a spiritual community; messages and music during the service followed by food and fellowship. Bring a friend and a dish to share. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-4750105. UCIM@wi.rr.com. Sunday Gathering: Light of Grace – 10am. Come for meditation, soul-filled music and an inspiring spiritual message to uplift and motivate you. Spiritual Youth Development, ages 5-9, the second Sunday of each month. Light of Grace, 5806 W. National Ave, West Allis. 414-258-5555. LightOfGrace.Church. Shamanic Journey and Healing Circle – 11:30am. 2nd Sun. Drumming is an act of letting go and letting God raise our consciousness. Bring your drum, some available for use. Group led by Dennis Clark. $10 suggested offering. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. UCIM@wi.rr.com.
tuesday Beginner/Intermediate Yoga – 9-10am. Relieve stress, gain flexibility, strength and balance. Emphasis is on proper alignment and breathing for a safe, healing practice. Led by Shelley Carpenter, PT, e-RYT. $44/4 weeks, $13/class. The Ommani Center, 1166 Quail Court, Ste 210, Pewaukee. Register: 414-217-4185. Shelley@PureEnergyYoga.com. PureEnergyYoga.com. Hatha Yoga – 6-7:15pm. A slow-flow practice, as proper alignment is built from the foundation up. Incorporating breath-work, poses/movements and relaxation/meditation in each class. All levels welcome. Please bring your own mat. $10. Light of Grace Education Center, 5900 W National Ave, West Allis. RSVP: 414-258-5555. Info@LightOf Grace.Church.
Coloring and Crafting Club – 12pm. 2nd Sun. This is a quiet time of fellowship and creative expression. Meets in the fireside room following fellowship and service. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. UCIM@wi.rr.com.
Caravan of Remembering: Book Club – 6:308pm. 3rd Tue. Sandra Zwirlein facilitates. The group works together to discover and empower our personal life mission’s work. Love offering. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. UCIM@wi.rr.com.
Monday Morning Light – 10-11am. A 16-week online conference call series using Danielle LaPorte’s Fire-Starter Sessions to feed self-esteem and inspire creative juices. Purchase the book, read a chapter a week, and call in to the weekly conversation. Led by Anne Wondra. $49/monthly, $149/4 months. Info: 262-544-4310. AnneWondra.com.
Writing Women’s Group – 11am-1pm. 4th Wed. There is a well-spring of great ideas and creativity within you waiting to come out and play. This is an opportunity explore your gifts in a supportive environment; w/Anne Wondra. $12. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105.
Mind Minutes Monday – 7:30-8pm. 2nd & 4th Mon. You can learn to master the mind: understand, control, and change the emotional, habitual patterns of the subconscious mind. Online course. Free; preregister. Rick@RickPaddock.com. 414-939-6463. RSVP: MindMinutes.com.
Wisconsin Asberger’s Empowerment Group – Evening meeting. 2nd & 4th Wed. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. UCIM@ wi.rr.com.
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Grief Support Group – 6:30pm. 2nd Wed. Call for date. This support group is for those who have lost a loved one; facilitated by certified grief companion, Sue Albert. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105.
Beginner/Intermediate Yoga – 6-7pm. Relieve stress, gain flexibility, strength and balance. Emphasis is on proper alignment and breathing for a safe, healing practice. Led by Shelley Carpenter, PT, e-RYT. $44/4 weeks, $13/class. The Ommani Center, 1166 Quail Ct, #210, Pewaukee. Register: 414-217-4185. Shelley@PureEnergyYoga.com. PureEnergyYoga.com.
Gentle Healing Yoga – 10-11am. An extremely gentle, individualized class ideal for those dealing with chronic aches and pains, arthritis, fibromyalgia, MS, cancer, other health conditions, post-injury, or those interested in the gentle yoga style. Instructor: Shelley Carpenter, PT, e-RYT. $40/4 weeks, $12/ class. Lakepoint Church, S63W13694 Janesville Rd, Muskego. Register: 414-217-4185. Shelley@ PureEnergyYoga.com. PureEnergyYoga.com. Silent Unity Prayer and Healing Circle – 11am. This prayer time coincides with the prayer time at World Headquarters Silent Unity where prayer partners are praying 24/7/365. This is a powerful time to join in prayer. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. UCIM@ wi.rr.com.
saturday Wisconsin Asberger’s Empowerment Group – 6:30-9pm. 1st & 3rd Sat. Game nights. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. UCIM@wi.rr.com. Yoga with Mary Galati – 9am. 1st & 3rd Sat. Appropriate for all ages and abilities. Bring yoga mat or beach towel, wear comfortable clothing; men invited to participate. $7.50 per session. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. UCIM@wi.rr.com. Mindfulness Meditation – 9-10:30am. 2nd & 4th Sat. Mindfulness Meditation is based on the teachings of Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh. Facilitated by Cornelia Beilke, who has taught this technique for over a year. Love offering. Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. UCIM@wi.rr.com. Citizens Climate Lobby – 10:30am-1:30pm. 2nd Sat. This is a non-partisan group dedicated to finding effective ways to preserving and protecting our planet from further climate change. Wedding Suite, Unity Center in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. UCIM@wi.rr.com. Kids Yoga Classes – Through May. 2-3pm. 2nd & 4th Sat. Children will practice and encourage selfexpression through simple yoga poses as well as discuss the importance of kindness and gratitude, and have the opportunity to draw, read, sing and play. $10. Rise Yoga Studio, 1220 W Ranchito Ln, Mequon. 414-807-0629. RiseYogaWI.com.
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ACUPUNCTURE ANANDA ACUPUNCTURE & HEALING CENTER
4528 N Oakland Ave, Shorewood 414-791-0303 AnandaAcupuncture.com Ananda compassionately serves the unique needs of each individual offering a variety of holistic health therapies to support healing at the root and full recovery of mental, emotional, spiritual and physical well-being. See ad, page 20.
ROYAL ROAD CLINIC
1841 N Prospect Ave, Milwaukee 414-377-3898 RoyalRoadMke.com Specializing in mental health, including anxiety, depression, and PTSD; stress reduction, digestive and eating disorders, detox and chronic pain. Offering acupuncture, reiki, gong bath meditations.
ANIMAL COMMUNICATION/ HEALING ALL SPIRIT HEALING
Stacy Krafczyk • 414-460-4781 AllSpiritHealing.com Stacy Krafczyk specializes in Animal Communication, intuitive readings, after life communication, energy work and healing for both people and animals that helps promote physical and emotional well-being.
ANIMAL CONNECTING AND HEALING
Aimee Lawent Beach 414-732-9860 AnimalConnectingAndHealing@yahoo.com Aimee is a Healing Touch for Animals (HTA) Practitioner and animal communicator. HTA restores harmony and balance to an animal’s energy system and works cooperatively with traditional veterinary care.
AYURVEDA SANTHIGRAM WELLNESS AYURVEDA SPA
12800 W National Ave, New Berlin 262-955-6600 Facebook.com/SanthigramMilwaukee Santhigram’s Vaidya Sunita, the only ayurvedic doctor in Wisconsin, offers affordable authentic ayurvedic consultations, diet/yoga/lifestyle coaching, panchakarma treatments, spa services. Come, experience true healing. See ad, page 39.
SANTOSHA YOGA AND AYURVEDA W307 N1497 Golf Rd, Delafield 262-271-4972 SantoshaYogaAyurveda.com
Nikki Estes offers holistic health coaching through ayurvedic consultations, AyurYoga therapy and ayurvedic products and essential oils. Balance the body, focus the mind, enlighten the spirit. See ad, page 22.
BODYWORK 1212 BODYWORKS
19601 W Bluemound Rd, #100, Brookfield 414-405-3956 1212BodyWorks.com Emily Yenor, Physical Therapist and movement expert, identifies and corrects muscle imbalances throughout the body to help you move better, feel better and live better. See ad, page 27.
OPTIMAL PERFORMANCE HEALTH & WELLNESS CENTER 15850 W Bluemound Rd, Ste 306, Brookfield 262-226-8349 OptimalPerformanceWI.com We combine the best of chiropractic, physical therapy and wellness care. We use a comprehensive panel of diagnostic testing to insure our patients get the highest level of care possible.
COLON HYDROTHERAPY NATURAL HEALTH SERVICES Cassondra Klein, Certified Colon Hydrotherapist 1428 N Farwell, Milwaukee 414-278-8922
Colon therapy helps relieve constipation, diarrhea, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), skin problems, fatigue, frequent headaches, insomnia, bloating and indigestion, candida, irritability, depression and bad breath.
CRYSTALS ANGEL LIGHT CENTER FOR THE HEALING ARTS
13000 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove 262-787-3001 • AngelLightLLC.com Our Crystal Emporium features unique and exquisite crystals, stones and natural stone jewelry at affordable prices. Crystal Workshops and therapeutic Crystal Healing sessions also available.
FREE SPIRIT CRYSTALS
4763 N 124 St, Butler • 262-790-0748 FreeSpiritCrystals.com Besides selling beautiful stones and crystals, we offer a variety of healing sessions, crystal healing classes, reiki, astrology, tarot readings and spiritual counseling. See ad, page 37.
CHIROPRACTIC EVANS CHIROPRACTIC PAIN RELIEF LASER CLINIC
15720 W National Ave, New Berlin 262-785-5515 • NewBerlinChiro.com Exceptional chiropractic and wellness clinic with a special focus on chronic pain relief. Offering MLS Laser Therapy, massage, acupuncture, exercise rehabilitation, functional medicine, and more. See ad, page 4.
DENTISTRY HOLISTIC DENTISTRY OF PORT WASHINGTON
222 N Franklin St, Port Washington 262-235-4525 HolisticDentistryWI.com Dr. Railand is passionate about treating all ages with a whole body p e r s p e c t i v e . We c o m b i n e advanced alternative treatments with conventional procedures to provide true wellness. See ad, page 5.
INTEGRATIVE DENTAL SOLUTIONS N35 W23770 Capitol Dr, Pewaukee 6789 N Green Bay Ave, Glendale 262-691-4555 • WINaturalDentist.com
“…Because a healthy Body, starts with a healthy Mouth.” Our office specializes in treating the cause of the problem and not just the symptoms; we offer the latest advances in dentistry. See ad, page 3.
WHOLEHEALTH BIOMIMETIC & BIOLOGIC FAMILY DENTISTRY
125 W Wisconsin Ave, Ste 102, Pewaukee 262-737-4004 WholeHealthFamilyDentistry.com
GOLDEN LIGHT HEALING
Amy Wilinski, Shamanic Energy Practitioner/ Reiki Master • 920-609-8277 GoldenLightHealing.net Discover your gifts with one of our many offerings! Offering healing sessions and training in Milwaukee and Green Bay area in Reiki, Shamanism, Intuition, Mediumship and much more.
SpiritualEnlightenment.me 414-530-5477 Wauwatosa Location Spiritual enlightenment healer offers ascension, shaman release, reiki, advanced crystal therapy. Readings, psychic medium, clairvoyant and teacher; release trapped emotions and past life traumas.
Dr. Schwartz is board certified in Biomimetic Dentistry, Integrative Biologic Dental Medicine and is a Board Certified Naturopathic Physician. We offer the best and healthiest dentistry for our patients.
ENERGY HEALING PURE ENERGY YOGA
Shelley Carpenter, PT, e-RYT, Reiki Master/Teacher PureEnergyYoga.com • 414-217-4185 Reiki sessions, gentle therapeutic individual & group yoga in Pewaukee & Muskego. Combining PT knowledge with the wisdom and healing energy of yoga and reiki.
HYPNOTHERAPY MIDAMERICA HYPNOSIS & MINDSET TRAINING CENTER
15350 W National Ave, Ste 120, New Berlin 414-939-6463 MidAmericaHypnosis.com Become a Certified Hypnotherapist. Empower your Career and change your life forever. Learn to hypnotize anyone. Classes starting soon. Mention this listing for discount. See ad, page 29.
YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS Anne Wondra 262-544-4310 WonderSpirit.com/services
Wellness educator and essential oils/ aromatherapy resource.
HOLISTIC HEALING CENTER FOR WELL-BEING Sandra Anderson 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland 262-367-0607 • c4wb.com
Sandra Anderson is certified in advanced energy medicine techniques and practices for supporting individuals who are looking for holistic approaches in attaining fulfillment and wellbeing. See ad, page 27.
ECO HARMONY LANDSCAPE
414-810-5858 Info@EcoHarmonyLandscaping.com Mike.EcoHarmony@gmail.com EcoHarmonyLandscaping.com Ecologically minded, full-service landscape company servicing SE Wisconsin. Specializing in sustainable ideas and low-maintenance solutions. Professional Craftsmanship Inspired by Nature. See ad, page 10.
Diane Olson-Schmidt • 414-793-3652 LaceWingGdcs@att.net Garden consultation, instruction, landscape design, wildflowers and woodland gardens, prairies, small ponds, rain gardens, landscape maintenance, organic lawn care. Organic landscape practices in all habitats. See ad, page 9.
LED PHOTO REJUVENATION WHITE SAGE SPA
Susie Raymond, Esthetician, Life Coach, Reiki Master/Teacher WhiteSageSpa.com • 414-352-6550 Reveal your radiance through natural methods of skin rejuvenation, including photo rejuvenation, gentle peels, natural/ organic customized facials. Susie brings 19 years of experience to every service and has a gentle healing touch. See ad, page 17.
LIFE COACH WONDERSPIRIT
262-544-4310 2312 N Grandview Blvd, Ste 101, Waukesha WonderSpirit.com Anne Wondra teaches self-esteem and spirituality of women and teens; leads Monday morning calls on soul and success; and writes eclectically at AnneWondra.com. See ad, page 37.
LYMPHATIC DETOX ALIVE & WELL NATURALLY 140B S Main St, Thiensville 262-297-7070 AliveAndWellNaturally.com
Teresa Lopez provides ST-8 lymph decongestion with oxygen/ozone, halo dry salt Tx, MediCupping (gentle/intently), infrared therapy, microscopy. Esthetician, Raquel Schmitt: 262-378-0095 waxing/ eyelash extensions.
MEDICINE – FUNCTIONAL & INTEGRATIVE GREENSQUARE INTEGRATIVE HEALTH CARE CENTER 6789 N Green Bay Ave, Glendale 414-292-3900, Ext 203 GreenSquareCenter.com
20+ Integrative natural healing and medical specialists offer drug-free, patient-centered care. We treat the cause, not the symptom, using the latest integrative strategies. Enjoy affordable daily health & fitness classes, all in a beautiful neighborhood setting.
ZUZA’S WAY INTEGRATIVE WHOLE FAMILY CARE
817 N East Ave, Waukesha 262-312-9098 • ZuzasWay.com
Soul Coaching and Self-Esteem
Dagmara Beine blends Western medicine with Integrative/ Functional medicine to empower your whole family with knowledge and the right tools to make the most informed decisions for your health. See ad, page 29.
MEDICINE - NATUROPATHIC LAKESIDE NATURAL MEDICINE 4433 N Oakland Ave, Shorewood LakesideNaturalMedicine.com 414-939-8748
Dr. Sarah Axtell and Dr. Joanne Aponte are naturopathic doctors with a focus on autoimmune diseases, gastrointestinal disorders, hormone imbalances, weight loss and hypothyroidism. See ad, page 27.
MENTAL HEALTH TRINERGY CENTER FOR INTEGRATIVE PSYCHIATRY
12800 W National Ave, New Berlin 262-955-6600 At Trinergy, a holistic mental health clinic, Dr Tummala provides mind-body evaluation & comprehensive treatment plan to address psychological problems & achieve health & vitality. See ad, page 39.
MYOFASCIAL RELEASE WHITE WOLF MFR Infinity Healing Center, 3305 N 124th St, Brookfield 414-543-0855 WhiteWolfMFR.com Tony Grimm, LMT since 2007; expert-level JFB Myofascial Release therapist. MFR is the most effective treatment to eliminate or reduce pain using gentle pressure to get lasting results.
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The soul’s job is to wake itself up, break out of shells, grow wings, and fly free. Anne Wondra - Writer . Muse . Soul coach Classes | 1-month programs | Monday Morning Calls $25 Starter Sessions WonderSpirit.com | 262-544-4310
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Serving SE Wisconsin since 1991 Our experience with crystals and spiritual growth is second to none.
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WE OFFER crystals, mineral specimens, incense, jewelry, CDs, books, cards, candles, classes, alternative healing sessions, astrology charts, numerology charts, tarot readings and so much more.
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NATURAL FOODS OUTPOST NATURAL FOODS
Bay View, Brown Deer, Milwaukee, Mequon and Wauwatosa locations Outpost.coop We know Jack! Unlike other area grocers, we know by name many of the farmers and producers who supply Outpost with quality goods. See ad, page 21.
NUTRITION LANGLOIS’ VITAL NUTRITION CENTER 8843 W North Ave, Wauwatosa 414-453-8289 store, 414-453-4070 office VitalNutritionCenter.com
WiseWomen.Keridak.com 262-404-7119 Clear intimacy issues, relationship blocks, gain confidence. Keridak Silk, MS, CCH utilizes intuitive counseling, hypnosis, life coaching and divination to help you with your unique needs. By phone or in-person.
Langlois’ Vital Nutrition Center is at the forefront in optimal nutrition. Optimal nutrition equals: Increased energy, more productivity, enhanced emotions, improved brain function and more. See ad, page 40.
OUTDOOR GEAR YELLOW WOOD GEAR
401 E Silver Spring Dr, Whitefish Bay YellowWoodGear.com 414-332-3636
KEVIN MCCOY ROLFING
262-337-1530 KevinMcCoyRolfing.com Brookfield and Glendale locations Rolfing Structural Integration is a unique whole-body approach that facilitates effortless, upright posture & fluid, pain-free movement. It helps you feel comfortable in your own skin. See ad, page 29.
Yellow Wood specializes in premier outdoor gear with a conscience, passion for what we do and purpose to create a better society and community. See ad, page 9.
REIKI ANGELIK HANDS
Infinity Healing Center, 3305 N 124th St, Brookfield 414-429-5117 Reiki-AngelikHands.com Offering reiki therapy, psychic medium readings, angel card readings & more. Ann Miller is a psychic medium and certified reiki master. Start your journey to wellness today!
100 Main St, Mukwonago 262-498-4162 BeReiki.com Rhiana is trained in Usui and Holy Fire Karuna Reiki. Earn CEUs. If you’re looking for certified training and compassionate healing sessions, call Rhiana.
SCHOOLS/TRAINING ART OF HEALING SCHOOL OF ENERGY MEDICINE
13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove 262-787-3001 • AngelLightLLC.com Wisconsin’s premier School for Energy Medicine Training offering individual classes, certificate and diploma programs. Built on the belief that knowledge, competency and professionalism must exist at the very foundation of Energy Work.
MIDWEST COLLEGE OF ORIENTAL MEDICINE
6232 Bankers Rd, Racine • 800-593-2320 Acupuncture.edu
CINDY CARLSON REIKI AND ENERGY HEALING
121 E Silver Spring Dr, Ste 208, Whitefish Bay 414-758-0657 CarlsonHealing.com Reiki/energy healing is a powerful treatment that helps the body relax at a very deep level, allowing the body to activate its own ability to heal itself. See ad, page 23.
The Midwest College, with campuses in Racine and Chicago, offers accredited programs in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine that lead to licensed practice in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and many other states. See ad, page 17.
SPIRITUAL LIGHT OF GRACE
Associate Pastor Kris Nelsen 5806 W National Ave, West Allis LightOfGrace.Church A loving, spiritual community dedicated to assisting others on their spiritual journey. We provide 10am Sunday gatherings, healing services, weddings, classes & m o r e . S e n i o r P a s t o r To m Sherbrook. See ad, page 19.
ROSIE RAIN YOGA AND HEALING Reiki Master/Teacher, Experienced Yoga Teacher RosieRain.com • 414-909-2257
Offering 20 years of experience assisting others in their spiritual growth with yoga, meditation, reiki, crystal and sacred sound healing. Devotion to awareness is our practice.
Rev Mari Gabriels on 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa • 414-475-0105 UnityChurchInMilwaukee.org A God-centered c o m m u n i t y, welcoming all to come and share the gifts of divine love, life, peace, joy and abundance. Join us Sundays, 10 am. See ad, page 23.
WELLNESS CENTER MYOM WELLBEING
7963 N Port Washington Rd, Fox Point 414-405-3556 MyOmWellbeing.com Offering yoga, meditation, reiki, massage, naturopathic skin care treatments and remedies, organic makeup. A personalized experience for children and adults in a cozy, home-like setting.
YOGA RISE YOGA STUDIO
1220 Ranchito Lane, Mequon 414-807-0629 RiseYogaWI.com Rise Yoga Studio offers classes that will support and challenge you. We welcome students of all ages/abilities to experience the transformational power of yoga. See ad, page 19.
Santhigram Wellness & Ayurveda Spa Authentic Ayurvedic Services for your Health & Vitality
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Natural Awakenings Magazine of Milwaukee is a free monthly publication serving the health-seeking and environmentally conscious communities...
Published on Mar 26, 2018
Natural Awakenings Magazine of Milwaukee is a free monthly publication serving the health-seeking and environmentally conscious communities...