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n his book In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, bestselling author and activist Michael Pollan advises, “Don’t eat anything your greatgrandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.” Our March issue, which explores the concept “Food Matters,” arrives at an exciting time for Milwaukee. A local food renaissance has taken hold, aligned with the national grassroots movement to regain control of what we put in our bodies and return our eating and food procurement toward more natural, ancestral ways. Milwaukee is now brimming with bakers, food artisans, farmers and gardeners—all striving to provide chemical- and additive-free, quality products made from basic ingredients that our great-grandmothers would easily recognize as food. In this issue we catch up on the regional “good food” trend with Growing Power’s Will Allen, known by many as the father of urban agriculture, sharing his take on the future of nutrition and its influence in creating strong communities. Founded in 1993, Allen’s pioneering urban farming model has since been duplicated and creatively adapted to citizens’ needs. Here, volunteers are turning vacant lots throughout the city into thriving gardens that not only provide healthy food at accessible prices but also serve as social hubs for all ages. Younger generations are among those stepping up to help secure the future of the food supply. Teens participate in area garden programs, and Milwaukee Public Schools plan to introduce a culinary arts program into four high schools in the 2016-17 school year. The Emmy-nominated Milwaukee Public Television show Wisconsin Foodie, now in its eighth season, regularly features farms and foodrelated businesses run by young entrepreneurs. Episodes often end with scenes from a social event where local eats and drinks are being enjoyed by all, highlighting how real food nourishes the body and soul and brings people together. I’m sure our great-grandmothers would be proud. In real food solidarity, Gabriella Buchnik, Publisher

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ommunity supported agriculture (CSA) will be the topic of the free Local Farmers Open House, to be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., March 12, at the Urban Ecology Center, in Riverside. Those interested in CSA will have the opportunity to talk with local farmers and learn about their growing practices. New to this year’s event will be a workshop on how to start a workplace CSA program in order to receive convenient deliveries of fresh produce right at work. Returning workshops will be the CSA Basics and Cooking from Your CSA Box. Lunch will be available for purchase from MKE Localicious. “Belonging to a CSA makes it easier to eat more healthy food and to support local farmers,” says Jamie Ferschinger, manager of the Urban Ecology Center’s Riverside branch. “Each week, CSA members get a box of tasty, freshly picked produce and more, and then whenever the fridge door is opened, it’s full of veggies ready for the taking.” Location: 1500 E. Park Pl., Milwaukee. For more information, call 414-964-8505 or visit

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ating an apple before buying groceries may help consumers make healthier shopping decisions. This was the finding of three studies on healthy food purchasing conducted by Aner Tal, Ph.D., and Brian Wansink, Ph.D. In the research, published in the scientific journal Psychology and Marketing, 120 shoppers were given an apple sample, a cookie sample or nothing before they began shopping. The researchers found those that ate the apple purchased 28 percent more fruits and vegetables than those given the cookie, and 25 percent more fruits and vegetables than those given nothing. A related study by Tal and Wansink investigated virtual shopping decisions. After being given a cookie or an apple, 56 subjects were asked to imagine they were grocery shopping. They were shown 20 pairs of products—one healthy and the other unhealthy—and asked to select the one they would buy. Consistent with the results of the first study, those that ate the apple most often chose the healthy option.


ecent research from the Netherlands’ Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition has discovered that negative and aggressive thinking can be changed by supplementing with probiotic bacteria. The triple-blind study followed and tested 40 healthy people over a period of four weeks that were split into two groups; one was given a daily probiotic supplement containing seven species of probiotics and the other, a placebo. The subjects filled out a questionnaire that measured cognitive reactivity and depressed moods using the Leiden Index of Depression Sensitivity, which measures negative and depressed thinking. After four weeks, the probiotic group showed significantly lower scores in aggression, control issues, hopelessness, risk aversion and rumination, compared to the placebo group. “The study demonstrated for the first time that a fourweek, multispecies, probiotic intervention has a positive effect on cognitive reactivity to naturally occurring changes in sad mood in healthy individuals not currently diagnosed with a depressive disorder,” the researchers concluded.



ead and neck cancers include cancers of the mouth, throat (pharynx and larynx), sinuses and salivary glands. According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology, more than 55,000 Americans are diagnosed with head and neck cancer, and almost 13,000 die from these diseases annually. A study from the University of Alabama and the Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center found that a magnolia herb extract called honokiol may treat these cancers. It tested human cancer cell lines in the laboratory from different parts of the body, including the mouth, larynx, tongue and pharynx. The researchers found that the honokiol extract halted the growth of each of these cancer cells and induced cell death. Lead researcher Dr. Santosh K. Katiyar and his colleagues wrote, “Conclusively, honokiol appears to be an attractive, bioactive, small-molecule phytochemical for the management of head and neck cancer, which can be used either alone or in combination with other available therapeutic drugs.”


esearch from Turkey’s Yüzüncü Yil University has concluded that migraines may be linked with higher levels of heavy metals in the blood and deficiencies in important minerals. The research tested 50 people, including 25 diagnosed with migraines and 25 healthy control subjects. None of those tested were taking supplements, smoked, abused alcohol or drugs or had liver or kidney disease or cardiovascular conditions. Blood tests of both groups found that those with frequent migraines had four times the cadmium, more than twice of both the iron and the lead and nearly three times the levels of manganese in their bloodstreams compared to the healthy subjects. In addition, the migraine group had about a third of the magnesium, about 20 times less zinc and almost half the copper levels compared to the healthy group. “In light of our results, it can be said that trace element level disturbances might predispose people to migraine attacks,” the researchers stated.

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Nixing Monsanto Guatemala Just Says No

The government of Guatemala has repealed legislation dubbed the “Monsanto law”, which was approved last year to grant the biotech giant special expansion rights into ecologically sensitive territory, after widespread public protest. The demonstrations included groups of indigenous Mayan people, joined by social movements, trade unions and farmers’ and women’s organizations. Following political party battles, the Guatemalan Congress decided not to just review the legislation, but instead cancel it outright. The Monsanto law would have given exclusivity on patented seeds to a handful of transnational companies. Mayan people and social organizations claim that the new law would have violated their constitution and the Mayan people’s right to traditional cultivation of the land in their ancestral territories. Lolita Chávez, of the Mayan People’s Council, states, “Corn taught us Mayan people about community life and its diversity, because when one cultivates corn, one realizes that a variety of crops such as herbs and medicinal plants depend on the corn plant, as well.” Source:

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Indoor Gardening is Looking Up The world’s largest indoor farm, in Japan, covers 25,000 square feet, with 15 tiers of stacked growing trays that produce 10,000 heads of lettuce per day, or about 100 times more per square foot than traditional methods. It uses 99 percent less water and 40 percent less power than outdoor fields, while producing 80 percent less food waste. Customized LED lighting helps plants grow up to two-and-a-half times faster than normal, one of the many innovations co-developed by Shigeharu Shimamura. He says the overall process is only half automated so far. “Machines do some work, but the picking is done manually. In the future, though, I expect an emergence of harvesting robots.” These may help transplant seedlings, harvest produce or transport product to packaging areas. Meanwhile, Singapore’s Sky Farms, the world’s first low-carbon, hydraulically driven, urban vertical farm, runs on a Sky Urban Vertical Farming System, making the most of rainwater and gravity. Using a water pulley system, 38 growing troughs rotate around a 30-foot-tall aluminum tower. A much bigger project, a 69,000-square-foot vertical indoor garden under construction at AeroFarms headquarters, in Newark, New Jersey, will be capable of producing up to 2 million pounds of vegetables and herbs annually. Source:



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Court Overrules Law Gagging Animal Abuse Probes U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill has written that in a pivotal case of animal cruelty undercover reporting, the Idaho Dairymen’s Association responded to the negative publicity by drafting and sponsoring a bill in a class known as Ag-Gag legislation that criminalizes the types of surreptitious investigations that expose such violent activities. Seven other states currently have similar Ag-Gag laws on the books. Winmill declared the law unconstitutional in his decision, stating that its only purpose is to “limit and punish those who speak out on topics relating to the agricultural industry, striking at the heart of important First Amendment values.” The law was deemed to violate the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment, “as well as preemption claims under three different federal statutes,” cites Winmill. “This ruling is so clear, so definitive, so sweeping,” says Leslie Brueckner, senior attorney for Public Justice and co-counsel for the plaintiffs in the case. “We couldn’t ask for a better building block in terms of striking these laws down in other states.” Source: Food Safety News

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n the 2009 sustainable food-themed documentary Fresh, Will Allen is referred to as “one of the most influential leaders of the food security and urban farming movement.” For more than two decades, Growing Power, Allen’s nonprofit urban farm, has fed thousands of people while providing job-training skills for underserved youth. A sought-after speaker at sustainability and food security conferences worldwide, Allen is often credited with launching Milwaukee’s thriving urban farming movement. Allen comes from a family of sharecroppers that left farming during the Great Migration to pursue other opportunities. Before launching Growing Power, he had also left farming—playing professional basketball, operating a disco and holding executive positions with KFC and Procter & Gamble. After recovering from a health issue, however, he began growing chemical-free produce on his own property, selling it to Lena’s Food Market and Fondy Farmers’ Market. Allen used his retirement savings to purchase a two-acre plot that was formerly a greenhouse on the northwest side of Milwaukee, and in 1993 he formed Growing Power—returning to the profession his family had tried to leave behind.



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Scaling Up the Good Food Revolution Because everybody eats, urban farming is the most logical thing I know of to create jobs. People want good food, and this is a way to provide access to it. Let’s scale it up. He used his agricultural alchemy to turn the contaminated soil and dilapidated greenhouses into a bountiful local food system that provides sustainably grown, pesticide-free produce. He has since added closed-loop aquaculture systems and vermiculture—composting food waste into fertilizer using worms—to the farm’s operations. In 2016, Growing Power is continuing to grow good food without chemicals, using the proceeds to fund its programs teaching youth to build and maintain aquaponic systems; soil remediation through raised beds; hoop house construction; vermiculture; food distribution; and operation of its retail store. The training programs reflect Allen’s dedication to raising not just good food, but future farmers to grow it.

“One of our biggest challenges is that we don’t have enough farmers that grow good food,” he says. “We’re adding an agricultural training program designed to help individuals develop a farm business or a food system business. It goes beyond just learning how to grow plants. It’s an introduction to the food process to start a business related to the food system. That’s where a lot of our energy will go this year, while at the same time maintaining the facilities we have in Milwaukee, Chicago and Madison—growing good food and getting it to people in those communities at a reasonable price.” This year, Growing Power will expand its training programs to include projects in Haiti and South Africa, helping low-income youth bring good food into their lives on a local level, Allen says. He will also take a team of professional farmers to resume training programs at Duke Farms, in Hillsborough, New Jersey. “Let’s scale it up,” Allen’s general message for 2016, is directed toward everyone in the sustainable food movement. “I’ve seen urban farming slowly scale up. Now is the time to escalate, because we’re still not growing enough good food,” he says, noting that the movement is a win-win for communities’ physical and economic health. “Because everybody eats, urban farming is the most logical thing I know of to create jobs. People want good food, and this is a way to provide access to it.” More farmers—especially younger farmers—are the future of sustainable good food systems, Allen says. So

is year-round farming through hoop houses and greenhouses, which can be a solution to adverse weather effects from climate change. Allen says he has been encouraged by the interest shown by college students that attend his talks throughout the United States. Seeing people getting creative and growing food on their balconies and windowsills also makes him optimistic. “We need more of that,” he says. While establishing living wages in the sustainable food system is difficult, he says, it can and must be done. It is also vital to use other resources such as rainwater and renewable energy, and to coordinate all facets of government, the corporate world and health fields to direct their time and resources into sustainable agriculture. In 2011, Allen published The Good Food Revolution, which describes his journey and Growing Power’s work and offers tips for people that want to make a difference by growing food in their communities. He was also instrumental in forming the new Institute for Urban Agriculture and Nutrition through UW-Milwaukee. In 2017, he will participate in the Milwaukee Public Museum’s Our Global Kitchen exhibit exploring food, nature and culture. Allen says when he started Growing Power 23 years ago, he didn’t set out to have the largest urban farm in the world—he was just determined to prove that urban farming works. And his mission is far from over. “We need more land to grow food, and then we will grow people so we can build a sustainable community,” he says. “The only way we can improve people’s lives is by improving their ability to get away from poverty. There are impoverished areas in Milwaukee with lots of crime, but the greatest crimefighting tool is living-wage jobs. It’s a piece of the puzzle. We can change the food system in this town, the country and the world.” Growing Power is located at 5500 W. Silver Spring Dr., Milwaukee. For more information, call 414-527-1546 or visit See ad, page 5. Sheila Julson is a Milwaukee-based freelance writer and regular contributor to Natural Awakenings magazine.

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Meaty Truths Choosing Meat that’s Sustainable and Safe by Melinda Hemmelgarn


n his essay The Pleasures of Eating, Wendell Berry, a Kentucky farmer and poet, writes: “If I am going to eat meat, I want it to be from an animal that has lived a pleasant, uncrowded life outdoors, on bountiful pasture, with good water nearby and trees for shade.” He, like a growing number of conscious eaters, wants no part of the industrial meat system in which animals are raised in concentrated animal feeding operations. Media coverage has helped educate consumers previously unaware of how their food is produced and why it matters. The documentary film Food Inc., as well as books like Fast Food Nation, by Eric Schlosser and The Chain, by Ted Genoways, describe common livestock industry practices that mistreat animals, pollute water and air, endanger workers and threaten public health. With increased understanding of the connections between diet and health, climate, environment and social justice, even many Americans that still like the taste of hamburger and steak have sided with Berry; they want sustainably raised, humane and healthful red meat.



Unsustainable Corporate Lobby Every five years, the U.S. Dietary Guidelines are revised to reflect the latest nutritional science. In 2015, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee attempted to include the concept of sustainability. The committee, which included top nutrition scientists, defined sustainable diets as “a pattern of eating that promotes health and well-being and provides food security for the present population while sustaining human and natural resources for future generations.” It made the case that a diet higher in plant-based foods and lower in animalbased foods both promotes health and protects the environment—resulting in lower greenhouse gas emissions, and less energy, land and water use. But political pressure from the livestock industry prevailed, and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack and Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell jointly announced, “We do not believe that the 2015 Dietary Guide-

lines for Americans are the appropriate vehicle for this important policy conversation about sustainability.” Instead, they advised the committee to focus solely on nutritional and dietary information. In her book Food Politics, nutritionist and author Marion Nestle explains that recommendations to decrease consumption have never been popular with the food industry. Nonetheless, Roni Neff, Ph.D., who directs the Center for a Livable Future’s Food System Sustainability and Public Health Program at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in Baltimore, recommends consuming less red meat in particular, because of its large environmental footprint. Neff points out, “Thirty percent of greenhouse gas emissions are connected to red meat.” However, not all red meat is created equal. In her book Defending Beef, environmental lawyer and cattle rancher Nicolette Hahn Niman makes a case for sustainable meat production, noting, “Well-managed grazing could be part of an effective strategy to combat climate change.” In their book The New Livestock Farmer, authors Rebecca Thistlethwaite and Jim Dunlop praise the increase in farmers producing pasture-raised, ethical meats and the growing number of farmers selling directly to people that reject the industrial system. Neff likewise supports such sustainable livestock agriculture, which integrates pasture-raised animals on farms, rather than isolating them on feedlots, where they typically eat a grain-based diet (such as genetically engineered corn) and receive growth stimulants, including hormones and antibiotics.

Risky Hormones and Antibiotics Mike Callicrate, a St. Francis, Kansas, rancher educated in the industrial model of meat production, is considered an expert on its negative consequences. He served as an advisor for Food Inc., and Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma. Callicrate observes, “The same chemical compounds that athletes are banned from using in baseball are used to produce our food animals,

To be interested in food, but not in food production, is clearly absurd. ~Wendell Berry which our children eat in the hot dogs at the ballgame.” According to the USDA, about 90 percent of feedlot cattle receive hormone implants to promote growth. Yet the European Union Scientific Committee on Veterinary Measures Relating to Public Health reports that the use of natural and artificial growth hormones in beef production poses a potential risk to human health, especially among children. Concerns about growth-promoting drugs led the American Academy of Pediatrics to call for studies that directly measure their impact on children through milk and meat. The President’s Cancer Panel Report on Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk also states, “Growth hormones may contribute to endocrine disruption in humans.” Their dietary recommendations include choosing meat raised without hormones and antibiotics.

Rising Resistance Antibiotic resistance is now one of the world’s most critical public health problems, and it’s related to misuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Antibiotic resistance— when bacteria don’t respond to the drugs designed to kill them—threatens to return us to the time when simple infections were often fatal.” Veterinarian and food safety consultant Gail Hansen, of Washington, D.C., explains that bacteria naturally develop resistance anytime we use antibiotics. “The problem is overuse and misuse; that’s the recipe for disaster.” She explains that more than 70 percent of the antibiotics sold in the U.S. are not used to treat sick animals, but to promote growth and reduce the risk of infection related to raising animals in unsanitary, overcrowded spaces. A recent report by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states: Adding antibiotics to the feed of healthy

livestock “often leave the drugs ineffective when they are needed to treat infections in people.” The AAP supports buying meat from organic farms, because organic farming rules prohibit the nontherapeutic use of antibiotics. Stacia Clinton, a registered dietitian in Boston who works with the international nonprofit Health Care Without Harm, assists hospitals in both reducing meat on their menus and increasing purchases of meat from animals raised without antibiotics. The goal is to reduce the growing number of antibiotic-resistant infections that cost hospitals and patients billions of dollars each year. A Friends of the Earth report, Chain Reaction: How Top Restaurants Rate on Reducing Use of Antibiotics in Their Meat Supply, revealed that most meat served by American’s top chain restaurants come from animals raised in industrial facilities where they are fed antibiotics. Only two out of 25 chains, Chipotle Mexican Grill and Panera Bread, report that the majority of their meat is raised without routine antibiotics. A recent study by Consumers Union also found antibiotic-resistant bacteria on retail meat samples nationwide. In California, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 27, making his the first state to ban the use of routine low doses of antimicrobial drugs that are medically important to humans to promote livestock weight gain or feed efficiency. The bill doesn’t go into effect until January 2018, but will contribute to making meat safer and antibiotic drugs more effective.


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Red and Processed Meats Targeted Dietary advice to reduce the consumption of red and processed meats, regardless of how the animals are raised, is not new. Kelay Trentham, a registered dietitian in Tacoma, Washington, who specializes in cancer prevention and treatment, points out that joint reports from the World Cancer Research Fund International and American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) since 2007 have recommended restricting consumption of red meat to less than 18 ounces a week and avoiding processed meats. natural awakenings

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In 2015, the World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified processed meat (like hot dogs, ham, sausages, corned beef and beef jerky) as “carcinogenic to humans” and red meat (beef, veal, pork, lamb, mutton, horse and goat) as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” Risk increases with amount consumed, and the evidence is strongest for the relation of processed meats to colorectal cancer. Trentham explains some factors that make red and processed meats risky. “Heating or smoking meat creates cancer-causing compounds. Processed meats contain salts, nitrates and nitrites; a chemical mélange of preservatives that can increase risk,” she says. Trentham and Karen Collins, a registered dietitian and advisor to the AICR, concur that the form of iron found in meat also contributes to cancer risk. Still, the IARC report recognizes, “Eating meat has known health benefits.” Meat is a rich source of protein and B vitamins, iron and zinc. Livestock feed further influences nutritional composition, with meat from cattle raised on pasture (grass) containing higher levels of beneficial omega-3 fatty acids compared to meat from animals fed grain. According to medical doctor and National Institutes of Health researcher Captain Joseph Hibbeln, consuming fewer omega-6 fatty acids and more omega-3s may be one of the most important dietary changes for cutting the risk of chronic diseases, reducing inflammation, improving mental health, enhancing children’s brain and eye development and reducing worldwide incidence of cardiovascular disease by 40 percent. When it comes to eating meat, the agricultural practices, quantity consumed, and methods of processing and cooking make a difference. It turns out that what’s good for the environment is good for animals and people, too. Melinda Hemmelgarn is an award-winning registered dietitian, writer and Food Sleuth Radio host with, in Columbia, MO. Connect at


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hannon Hayes, farmer, nutritionist and author of The Farmer and the Grill: A Guide to Grilling, Barbecuing and Spit-Roasting Grassfed Meat… and for Saving the Planet, One Bite at a Time, says cooking grass-fed steaks at too-high temperatures, especially when grilling, is a common mistake. The West Fulton, New York, food expert describes how to achieve “a gorgeous sear on the outside, and a pink and juicy inside.” When working on a grill, light only one side. When hot, sear an inch-and-a-quarter-thick steak for no more than two minutes per side, with the grill lid off. Make sure fat drippings don’t flare up flames, which will blacken and toughen the meat. After the sear, move the steaks to the unlit side of the grill and put the grill lid on. Let them finish cooking indirectly for five to seven minutes per pound. The lower temperature cooks the internal muscle fibers, but prevents them from contracting too rapidly and becoming chewy. As an alternative to grilling, use an oven and castiron skillet. Preheat the oven to 300° F. Next, heat the skillet over a high flame until smoke begins to rise off its surface. Coat the skillet with butter or tallow, then sear the meat for two minutes per side. Turn off the stove; leave steaks in the pan and move them to the oven, where they can finish cooking for five to seven minutes per pound.

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Land Manager Allan Savory on Holistic Pasturing

How Cows Can Help Reverse Climate Change by Linda Sechrist


hen concurrent dangers arising from overpopulation, desertification (fertile land turning to desert) and climate change were just beginning to attract technological solutions, pioneers like Allan Savory, a young wildlife biologist in Zimbabwe, Africa, were researching how healthy soil captures carbon dioxide and stores it as carbon. It’s the way nature renders the most pervasive greenhouse gas more helpful than harmful and a major reason why this is not happening globally is because of desertification. This innovative game-changer has since received Australia’s 2003 Banksia International Award for “doing the most for the environment on a global scale” and the 2010 Buckminster Fuller Challenge, recognizing solutions that address humanity’s most pressing problems. The Savory Institute, founded in 2009, and its Africa Center for Holistic Management, demonstrate how using livestock to improve soil and decrease dependence on water— plus increase its ability to hold moisture and carbon—grows more grass and improves profits for ranchers, landowners and investors.

What prompted your examination of soil biology? In the 1960s, I first became alarmed at the rate of land degradation in Africa’s vast grasslands, which were turning to desert. Looking for a solution, I hit upon a profound relationship—that the

grasslands, their soils, soil life, plants and animals had evolved symbiotically with large, grazing herbivores of many species and pack-hunting predators. As my inquiry led beyond Africa, I noticed that the same was true of similar ecosystems worldwide, including those of the U.S. Great Plains. Long ago, the Great Plains supported herbivores that traveled in immense herds for safety from predators. Where there are now approximately 11 large mammal species, there were once more than 50. The trampling of dung and urine, as well as grazing of such vast numbers constantly on the move, developed deep carbon-storing and rain-holding soils that also break down methane. Only in the presence of large roaming herds of herbivores periodically working the surface soil does this happen; it works much like a gardener does, breaking bare surfaces and covering them with litter and dung. Only in this way do grasslands thrive.

How did this revolutionize your thinking about land and livestock management? Being trained at a university to believe that grazing livestock causes land degradation blinded me to the deeper understanding that humans’ management of the animals, not the animals themselves, has been the problem. Historically, the healthiest soils in the world’s vast grain-growing regions were those that had supported the largest

populations of natural wildlife and intact pack-hunting predators. We now have in hand a natural solution able to reverse U.S. and global desertification, which is contributing to increasing severity and frequency of floods and droughts, poverty, social breakdown, violence, pastoral genocide and mass movement into cities and across national borders. Restoring brilliant natural functions through holistic management of even half of the world’s grasslands has the potential to pull all of the legacy carbon out of the atmosphere, put it back into the ground where it belongs and keep it there for thousands of years. Livestock aided by holistic, planned grazing that mimics nature can return Earth’s atmosphere to preindustrial carbon levels while feeding people with cleaner meat. I can think of almost nothing that offers more hope for our planet for generations to come. In fact, it has so many benefits—including an eventual net cost of zero or less—that even if climate change wasn’t an issue, we should be doing it anyway.

How is holistic pasturing proceeding? Ultimately, the only sustainable economy for any nation is derived from growing plants on regenerating soil. Today’s conventional agriculture is producing more than 75 billion tons of dead, eroding soil every year—more than 10 tons for every human alive. The largest areas of the world’s land are either grasslands or former grasslands. Holistic, planned grazing to reverse desertification has gained support from thousands of individual ranchers, scientists, researchers, pastoralists and farmers. Currently, it is practiced on more than 30 million acres over six continents with encouraging success. The Savory Institute encourages and links locally led and managed holistic management hubs around the world, now numbering 30 in Africa, Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Mexico, Sweden, Turkey, the UK and U.S., with more forming every year. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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Agrihoods Use On-Site Farms to Draw Residents by April Thompson


or thousands of homeowners in “agrihoods” across the U.S., homegrown is a way of life. Planned developments incorporating neighborhood agriculture are sprouting up in record numbers, according to Ed McMahon, a senior resident fellow specializing in sustainability with the Urban Land Institute. He estimates there are a few hundred agrihoods nationwide, in all regions and at all price points. “The trend is the convergence of several things, including a growing interest in local business, local food, healthy lifestyles and the foodie culture,” says McMahon. He adds, “Today’s developers have to differentiate their properties to survive, and farms have become the new golf course of real estate development.” Agriculture is a far lower-cost amenity that can even return a modest profit by selling its harvest to the community.

Beyond food, agrihoods help grow community, a huge draw for those living in isolated suburban areas. In 2014, Abby and Michael Wheatfill moved their family to Agritopia, a planned community in Gilbert, Arizona, near Phoenix. Billed as an urban farm, the central feature of Agritopia’s 166 acres, knitting together commercial, agricultural and open space with 450 residential homes, is a working farm, with roving pigs, lambs and chickens, a citrus grove and rows of heirloom vegetables. Farm, family and community life are interwoven. The Wheatfills lease a plot in an on-site community garden. Other residents buy shares in the community supported agriculture project or purchase produce or eggs from the community farm on the honor system. “We especially love the narrow, tree-lined streets and wide porches, and that we can walk or bike to fun,

locally sourced restaurants,” says Michael, a technology consultant. Private backyards are small in favor of community space, nudging residents to meet each other, Abby says. The Cannery, in Davis, California, is one of the newest agrihoods and also one of the few that redeveloped an industrial tract. This 100-acre development, still under construction, will feature 547 new homes on the former site of a tomato processing facility, in addition to affordable rentals for low-income families. Its heart and soul is a working farm that will feed the community’s households and supply its restaurants. The Cannery is a pioneer in clean green energy, with solar-powered homes, connections for electric cars, and many other energyconserving features. Thirsty homeowner lawns are prohibited in most of The Cannery’s mini-neighborhoods, but no home is more than 300 feet from public green space. Samrina and Mylon Marshall, both physicians in their mid-50s, will be among the first residents to move in this spring. “We like that it’s a green energy community featuring multigenerational living. We’re also big on eating locally and seasonally, so the urban farm was a key draw,” says Mylon. North Atlanta family Gil and Jeny Mathis and their two daughters, 12 and 14 years old, discovered Serenbe, a planned community in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia, two years ago. Now it’s literally their second home. “It provides a different life for our children on weekends they couldn’t otherwise have. The community aspect has penetrated our lives in a way that we couldn’t have predicted,” says Gil. Both girls love it, and the younger sibling is lobbying to relocate there full time. The family likes the people Serenbe draws and the opportunities to engage with them, the consistent access to natural and organic food and its artist-in-residence program. Serenbe was the inspiration for the Olivette Riverside Community and Farm, a 346-acre, back-to-the-land project near Asheville, North Carolina. Its owners are transforming a failed high-end gated community and adjacent historic farm along the French Broad River into an agri-centered devel-

Farms have become the new golf course of real estate development. opment featuring a blueberry orchard, community gardens, vegetable farm and greenhouse. “It’s vital that we re-localize our food supply,” says Olivette co-owner Tama Dickerson. “One of the first things we did was to incorporate this farm and see what areas we could preserve, because what you keep is just as important as what you develop.” Future plans include hiking trails, artist live-work spaces, tiny houses, little free libraries and a K-8 school. Agrihoods aren’t solely for agriburbs. Creative public housing developers are bringing agriculture to high-density neighborhoods. The smoke-free Healthy High-Rise Arbor House, a 124-unit, low-income apartment in the Bronx, in New York City, features a 10,000-square-foot hydroponic greenhouse and a living lobby wall that grows organic vegetables for

the community year-round. Residents can obtain a discounted share from the farm using SNAP benefits (food stamps) and take free classes in cooking fresh. Arbor House also allocates 40 percent of its rooftop crop harvests for the larger community. Agrihoods can take many forms, including those involving gardens cropping up in schools, parks and hospitals nationwide, as well as informal, guerilla gardens in vacant lots. Many cities, including Falls Church, Virginia, and Takoma Park, Maryland, have even changed local zoning laws so residents can keep chickens and bees in their backyards for eggs and honey, according to McMahon. “The era of the 2,000-mile Caesar salad has come to an end,” says McMahon, citing high transportation costs that make locally sourced food good for businesses and consumers alike. “The trend of growing food closer to home—in some cases at home—is here to stay.” Connect with April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at


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mericans’ vegetable habits are in a rut. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nearly 50 percent of the vegetables and legumes available in this country in 2013 were either tomatoes or potatoes. Lettuce came in third, according to new data released in 2015, advises Tracie McMillan, author of The American Way of Eating. Further, 87 percent of U.S. adults did not meet basic vegetable serving recommendations from 2007 through 2010, a fact cited in the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey. Yet, urban supermarkets overflow with a wealth of common and exotic vegetables, often displayed sideby-side: broccoli and broccolini, green bell and Japanese shishito peppers, and iceberg lettuce and leafy mâche, or lamb’s lettuce. Trying one new vegetable dish a week is a great way to increase our vegetable literacy, says functional medicine expert Terri Evans, a doctor of Oriental medicine in Naples, Florida. “Our diet should be 60 per-

cent produce—40 percent vegetables and 20 percent fruit,” she says. “To keep this sustainable for the long term, we should eat what tastes good, not what we think is good for us. Some days, we crave the sweetness of carrots; other days, the bitterness of artichokes or the heat of hot peppers. Our bodies can tell us what we need.”

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Going Green. Dark green and slightly peppery arugula is good with a little olive oil and lemon juice. Finely shredded Brussels sprouts bulk up a mixed salad, while adding the benefits of a cancer-fighting cruciferous vegetable. Instead of mineral-rich baby spinach, try baby Swiss chard, suggests Matthew Kadey, a registered dietician in Waterloo, Ontario. He also suggests microgreens, the tiny shoots of radishes, cabbage, broccoli and kale, all rich in vitamins C and E. Squash It. Varieties of summer and winter squash add color, body and flavor to one-dish meals, with the added benefits of B vitamins, magnesium and fiber. LeAnne Campbell, Ph.D., author of The China Study Cookbook, simmers a mix of fresh chopped vegetables including yellow summer squash or

Eating a rich variety of plant-based foods is fast, easy and satisfying. ~LeAnne Campbell zucchini, and flavors with coconut and curry powder. Vegan Chef Douglas McNish, of Toronto, makes an okra and squash gumbo in the slow cooker. Sneak in a Smoothie. Change up a smoothie routine by swapping out the usual baby spinach for a blend of cucumber, apple and fresh mint, or else sweet potato and carrot, suggests Sidney Fry, a registered dietitian and Cooking Light editor, in Birmingham, Alabama. Snack Attack. An array of colorful vegetables served with dips and spreads can be an easy way to experiment with veggies. Carrots in deep red, vibrant yellow, purple and orange are delicious raw and supply beta-carotene, promoting eye health. Leaves from pale green Belgian endive spears are tender and crunchy. Orange or “cheddar” cauliflower has a more creamy and sweet flavor than its pale cousin. “Colors equal health, and the more colors we eat, the better our overall health,” says Susan Bowerman, a registered dietitian, lecturer in food science and nutrition at California State Polytechnic Institute, San Luis Obispo, and co-author of What Color Is Your Diet? “We also have to be willing to try new foods or new varieties of foods, or maybe to prepare unfamiliar foods in a way that will make them taste good, so that we will be willing to add more plant foods to our diet.” Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFoodAndLifestyle. from Overland Park, KS.

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he colors found in fresh vegetables can indicate an abundance of necessary phytochemicals and nutrients. “Many people I see in my practice consume excess food, but have nutrient deficiency,” says Terri Evans, a functional medicine expert and doctor of Oriental medicine. Eating a variety of colorful vegetables can be part of the remedy. “Each color in a vegetable represents 10,000 micronutrients,” explains Evans. “The more colorful you make your diet, the happier your body will be.” She notes that supplements supply a lot of one nutrient, while vegetables gift us with tiny amounts of many requisite nutrients. According to the nonprofit Produce for Better Health Foundation, plant phytochemicals may act as antioxidants, protect and regenerate essential nutrients and work to deactivate cancer-causing substances. So, the more color on our plates, the better. Yellow and orange—in squash and some tomatoes—point to higher levels of vitamins C and A. The beta-carotene behind these colors is renowned for supporting healthy eyesight. Dark green—in leafy greens and cabbages—evidences higher levels of vitamins K, B and E. Chlorophyll creates the color and indicates its welldocumented detoxifying properties. Red—in red bell peppers and tomatoes—indicates vitamin C. Lycopene, which provides the color, is widely associated with lowering the risk of prostate and breast cancers. Purple and blue—in radicchio, red cabbage and eggplant—deliver vitamins C and K. Anthocyanins that create the color are powerful antioxidants geared to keep us heart-healthy.

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Systemically oriented, holistic eye experts treat eyes as integrated parts of the whole body.

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o poets, the eyes have long been known as windows to the soul. Systemically trained ophthalmologists, optometrists and functional medicine doctors see these organs as a potential indicator of high blood pressure, diabetes, stress-related effects and nutritional deficiencies, as well as sites for potential glaucoma and macular degeneration. The connection between overall health and eye health is rarely addressed

during conventional eye exams, which are based on standard protocols for prescribing eyeglasses, drugs or surgery. Conventionally trained optometrists and ophthalmologists, lacking education in nutrition and alternative approaches, treat the eyes as isolated organs. In contrast, systemically oriented, holistic eye experts treat them as integrated parts of the whole body. Eye doctors like Marc R. Grossman, doctor of optometry, a co-founder of

Natural Eye Care, Inc., of New Paltz, New York, and Edward C. Kondrot, a medical doctor and founder of the Healing the Eye & Wellness Center, in Fort Myers, Florida, take such a preventive and integrative approach. They recommend good whole foods nutrition, supplemented with antioxidants and plant-based formulations of omega-6 and omega-3 oils, together with adequate sleep and exercise. Key complementary treatments can be effective in improving sight and reversing some conditions. Grossman, also a licensed acupuncturist, explains in his book Greater Vision: A Comprehensive Program for Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Clarity how he incorporates the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of vision into his philosophy of eye care. At Somers Eye Center, in Somers, New York, he uses a full range of mind-body therapies, combined with conventional methods to address dry eye syndrome, nearsightedness, farsightedness, macular degeneration, cataracts and glaucoma. Kondrot, a leading board-certified homeopathic ophthalmologist, uses a slit-lamp binocular microscope to examine the complex living tissue of the eyes. The author of 10 Essentials to Save Your Sight, he’s experienced in regeneration nutrition and maintains that our overall health impacts our

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ore amateur and serious athletes, people wanting to ease stiffness due to sedentary work and seniors are enjoying a new DIY way to massage out the kinks at home that’s becoming recognized for its benefits by experts worldwide. For the first time, flexibility and mobility rolling ranks in the top 20 of the American College of Sports Medicine’s annual Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends. Made predominantly of foam and hard rubber, the rollers can “massage, relieve muscle tightness and muscle spasms, increase circulation, ease muscular discomfort and assist in the return to normal activity,” according to the organization’s Health & Fitness Journal, which notes a growing market for the devices. Dr. Walter Thompson, professor of kinesiology and health with Georgia State University, in Atlanta, was the lead author of the survey. He says, “Personal trainers have found that it works

for their clients. We’ve also seen an increase in popularity in gyms and fitness clubs.” The trend is partly spawned by their use in Pilates. Thompson adds, “Tech devices, now central to our daily lives, have changed the way we plan and manage our workouts.” Yet, as with other such equipment, users must be educated on how to employ the rollers on their own. Most rollers are available in smooth or ribbed textures in different sizes and densities. Sets include one for deep tissue rolling, self-myofascial release and trigger point relief, designed to aid muscles related to the back, hips, arms, glutes and hamstrings. Dr. Spencer H. Baron, president of NeuroSport Elite, in Davie, Florida, was the 2010 National Sports Chiropractor of the Year and served as a chiropractic physician for the Miami Dolphins football team for 19 years. He starts patients out with rollers during office appointments, especially those with sports injuries.

“It empowers them to take charge of their fitness,” he says. “Those standing or sitting all day at work may need it even more than athletes do to improve circulation and stimulate the nervous system.” While rollers can be administered to hamstrings and quadriceps by hand, he attests that the back is the most commonly targeted region, and suggests two corresponding maneuvers: Lie down with a foam roller under the neck at home. Gently roll it across to each shoulder blade, and then center it and roll it down to the buttocks; even to the hamstrings. Next, assume a squatting position against a wall and place a roller between the center of the back and the wall, gently rise up, and then sink down. It’s also possible do this at work in private. Baron and his colleagues believe that rollers are beneficial to use on the shoulders and arms of tennis players and baseball pitchers. “I like the metaphor of a chef rolling dough in the kitchen. With a similar motion, you’re kneading muscles and tendons, improving blood flow and circulation to sore areas,” he says. Jason Karp, Ph.D., the 2011 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Personal Trainer of the Year and creator of his company’s Run-Fit certification program, has seen the popularity of the devices on the rise with runners. “People like gadgets” that can help them, he notes. “Runners get tight from running, and rollers can help alleviate that tightness. I know a lot of runners that swear by them.” Karp, a California author of six books, including Running for Women and his upcoming The Inner Runner, feels that rollers are especially wellsuited for post-workout use. “The rollers are basically a form of self-myofascial release, which helps relax muscles by putting pressure on tight areas to cause the muscle to relax via its reflex to tension,” he explains. It looks like this universally applicable and simple fitness tool will keep on rolling through this year and beyond. Randy Kambic, in Estero, Florida, is a freelance editor and writer for Natural Awakenings and other publications.

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TUESDAY, MARCH 1 Chakra Healing with Crystals & Stones – 6:309pm. Insight on choosing crystals best for rebalancing your energetic system. Also learn how chakras and their colors relate to energy. Create a chakra healing layout. Wear comfortable clothes, you will be lying down during your chakra layout. $45. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262-787-3001.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2 Astrology Level II – Mar 2. 9, 16, 23. 6:30-8pm. Topics include: Defining planetary energy (transits) as it moves through your natal chart; understanding the affects of new and full moons and lunar eclipses; life-changing planetary progressions; and combining the techniques to see how they work together. $30/per class. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262-787-3001. Angel Twelve World Teachers: Hermes – 7-8:30pm. Bob Bendykowski outlines Manly Hall’s analysis and includes some of his own intuitive findings to discover this mystery Master’s place in history. Donation. Theosophical Society, 1718 E Geneva Pl, Milwaukee. 414-745-9297.

THURSDAY, MARCH 3 Spirit Message Circle – 6:30-8:45pm. After a meditation to awaken intuitive guidance, attendees will be guided to give and receive messages from the angelic kingdom. No experience necessary. $20. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262787-3001.


Healthier Make-Up – 7-8pm. Learn professional make-up secrets for putting your best face forward. Watch the transformation as Younique and Vapor products are demonstrated. $5. Lotus Be Well, 75 N Main, Hartford. 262-457-2222.

Animal Communication – 12-4pm. Ever wonder what your animal friend is thinking? Bring your animal friend or a picture and find out thoughts, feelings, behavioral issues, or what they like. $55/20 minute session. Bark n Scratch Outpost, 5835 W Blue Mound Rd, Milwaukee. Register: 414-4444110.

Introduction to Gnosis – Part 1: Psychological Death – 7-8:30pm. Instructors from the Milwaukee Gnostic Center shed light on the need for understanding the deep meaning of thoughts and actions, and discuss the conscious mind inhibiting meaningful changes at deeper levels. Donation. Theosophical Society, 1718 E Geneva Pl, Milwaukee. 414-745-9297.

DIY Yoga. – Mar 5 & 6. 3-5:30pm each day. Using experimental and engaging material, Jessica Popp, RYT, a knowledgeable and gifted teacher, will teach you how to incorporate yoga into your life and what it means to do so. $75. Santosha Fitness, W307 N1497 Golf Rd, Delafield. 262-215-1864.


Musical Gongscape Meditation – 6-7:30pm. Through a variety of techniques, the gong and bells create a nurturing soundscape bringing the listener into a rest-filled, relaxed state of awareness. $20, $15/members. Dragonfly Meditation Studio, 11649 N Port Washington Rd, Mequon. 262-518-0173.



Introduction to Mindfulness for Teens – Mar 4, 11, 18. 4:30-6pm. Topics include the basics of mindfulness practice: sitting meditation, walk meditation, mindful eating, and body/breath awareness. $35 per session. Dragonfly Meditation Studio, 11649 N Port Washington Rd, Mequon. 262-518-0173.

Reiki Share & Meditation – 6:30-8:30pm. Reiki practitioners are invited to share Reiki with one another. A chakra meditation, guided by Rev Nelsen begins the share. $10 donation. Light of Grace, 5806 W National Ave, West Allis. RSVP: 414-258-5555.



Energizing Home & Garden with Crystals & Stones – 6:30-9pm. A few crystals can spring clean and re-energize your home and grow stronger, healthier and more colorful plants in your garden. Bring a rough sketch of home and/or garden to help create an organic crystal blueprint. $45. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262-787-3001. Angel



School of Sound & Healing Level II – Mar 4-6. Fri, 5-8pm; Sat, Sun, 10am-5:30pm. Topics include an overview of healing tools that can be used in creating sacred space including basic feng shui principles, smudging techniques, and the use of crystals, tuning forks, drums and resonating metals. Learn to identify and feel the positive vs. negative energy of space. $295. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262-787-3001.

you want to live. Handouts; refreshments provided. $10. Health & Energy Center of WI, 11661 W Blue Mound Rd, Wauwatosa. RSVP: 262-391-8409.

MARCH 6 Wellness & Metaphysical Fair – 11am4pm. A day of healing and enlightenment; energy workers; massage and reflexology; the best readers in the Midwest; vendors with one of a kind items. American Legion 449, 3245 N 124th St, Brookfield. Info: Spiritual Tarot Guided Reiki – 12:30-3pm. Experience this new healing service – healing energy, body reflective guidance and insights into personal questions – all inspired by the art of the ancient Tarot. $10/15 min session, $20/half an hour. Light of Grace, 5806 W National Ave, West Allis. RSVP: 414-258-5555.

TUESDAY, MARCH 8 Emotional Release Using Essential Oils – 6-7pm. Work with potent blends of essential oils that facilitate the release of pent-up emotions, thereby freeing the energy for other purposes. Find out what has been holding you back from achieving the life

Introduction to Reiki – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn the fundamental concepts of energy medicine and get a peek behind the doors that compromise the healing arts. reiki techniques are demonstrated and students will experience feeling their own energy field and that of fellow students. $15. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262-787-3001.

FRIDAY, MARCH 11 Wellness Fair – Mar 11-13. Fri, 6-9pm; Sat, 9am5pm; Sun, 12-4pm. More than 30 presenters, vendors, readers and snack bar. Presentations from various healers and professionals every on the hour. Opening night presentation, James Nyugen on Feng Shui and health. Free/entrance, $5/one time charge for presentations. Unity in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105.

SATURDAY, MARCH 12 Photography as a Spiritual Path – 10am. Learn to use photography to enhance spiritual growth. Group will meet every 2 weeks, with new topics. No special equipment needed. $10. Inspiration Wellness Group, 6420A S Howell Ave, Oak Creek. RSVP, Spirit & Wellness Fair - Lake Country – 10am4pm. Experience uplifting shifts in your awareness, guidance and wellness through personalized readings and private healing sessions. See website for readers and services. Free, $20/15 minute readings, healings. Center for Well-Being Lake Country, LLC, 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland. 262-367-0607 Animal Communication – 12-4pm. Ever wonder what your animal friend is thinking? Bring your animal friend or a picture and find out thoughts, feelings, behavioral issues, or what they like. $55/20-minute session. Petlicious 2217 Silvernail Rd, Pewaukee, WI 53072. Register: 262-548-0923 or

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Fruit Tree Grafting and Scion Exchange – 124pm. Each class participant will graft and take home two semi-dwarf trees of their choice. Root and scion wood (fruit tree cuttings) provided. $25. Wellspring Education Center and Organic Farm, 4382 Hickory Rd, West Bend. 919-673-2679. horticulture. Appreciating the God within Yourself – 1-2:30pm. A community gathering with information, discussion, meditation, music and song. The discussion will focus on how the mind primarily stays in the past and in imagination assessing what could be. Letting go of mind is the opening to receive gifts that exist in this moment. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262-787-3001.

SUNDAY, MARCH 13 Extended Day Practice – 10am-2:30pm. Sitting mindfulness meditation will anchor the practice and learning of walking meditation, restorative yoga, and mindful eating. Open for beginner to advanced practice. $60, $50/members. Dragonfly Meditation Studio, 11649 N Port Washington Rd, Mequon. 262-518-0173.

Skinny Lotus Mindfulness Diet – 6:30-8pm. A two-week challenge with a supportive group of mindful eating challengers. Receive guidelines for your two-week journey (3/22-4/5), a book and 20-minute consult. $55 intro special. Lotus Be Well, 75 N Main, Hartford. 262-457-2222.

discussions, grounding/centering techniques, several exercises, a clearing meditation and practicing with pictures of you animal friends. $150, $50/nonrefundable deposit to reserve space. Bark n Scratch Outpost, 5835 W Blue Mound Rd, Milwaukee. Register: 414-444-4110.



Energy Medicine 101 – 7-8pm. Meridians and chakras and SOEFS – Dr. Oz called energy healing the biggest frontier in medicine. Discover the what and why of human energetic anatomy. $5. Lotus Be Well, 75 N Main, Hartford. 262-457-2222.

Vernal Equinox Reiki Workshop – 9am-3pm. This workshop is the 3rd and final attunement. Reiki 1 & 2 certification required. A sacred but casual day, following your calling to be a light worker. $250/ prepaid. Inspiration Wellness Group, 6420A S Howell Ave, Oak Creek. RSVP, Natalie Benoit: 414651-2243.

Introduction to Gnosis – Part II: The Human Machine – 7-8:30pm. Instructors will discuss the difference between a spiritual path and a spiritual practice, and outline the psychological processes underlying our mind, emotions and motor centers, and ways to responsibly control them. Donation. Theosophical Society, 1718 E Geneva Pl, Milwaukee. 414-745-9297.

Holistic Health Expo – 10am-3pm. Invest some time in your health. Learn from the best local holistic practitioners; massage, essential oils, raw food, natural healthcare, Reiki, organic products, natural cleaning and so much more. $6 per person $16 family online in advance, $8 per person $20 family day of. Country Springs Hotel, 2810 Golf Rd, Pewaukee. Lucas Robak: 414- 520-5163. HolisticHealthExpo. org/attend-registration. Reiki Level II – 12:30-5:30pm. Learn about level 1 and 2 symbols, the components of each symbol, and their energetic applications. Reiki distance healing techniques will be taught and practiced and students will be guided through a group distance healing mediation. This class culminates with each student awarded a certificate of completion. $165. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262-787-3001. Psoas Says What? – 1-4pm. Workshop explores the pelvis: how overuse of hip flexor muscles lead to gripping hips and low back pain; important benefits of using core strength to support low back; overall pelvis health. For yoga teachers, students & practicing yogis. $45. Santosha Fitness, W307 N1497 Golf Rd, Delafield. 262-215-1864. SantoshaFitness@ Discover Your Magnificent Self – 2-5pm. Discover your core essence, soul purpose, and a way to evaluate jobs, activities, opportunities and relationships. Suited to students and young adults exploring future endeavors, the workshop is for everyone looking for satisfaction and ease in life. Facilitated by Jamie Durner. $99. Abundant You Coaching, Good Harvest Market, 2205 Silvernail Rd, Pewaukee. Jamie: 262389-5835.

TUESDAY, MARCH 15 Raindrop Therapy - 6-7pm. Hands-on workshop focuses on applying the 9 raindrop essential oils to the reflex point of your feet. Afterwards, experience the relief and freedom of movement in your back. Handouts; refreshments provided. $10. Health & Energy Center of WI, 11661 W Blue Mound Rd, Wauwatosa. RSVP: 262-391-8409. EDropsOfHealing@



Palm Sunday – 10am. Sunday service, youth ed and nursery care. Unity in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. UnityChurchIn Shamanic Journey and Drumming Circle – 12pm. Bring your drum and join the circle, or use one of the available canister drums. $10/suggested donation, no one turned away. Unity in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. UnityChurchIn The 12 Essential Oils of the Bible – 1-3pm. Learn about 12 essential oils of the Bible and how they were used in ancient times. Decide for yourself which ones are your favorites. Facilitated by Linda Pavolich. $30. Light of Grace, 5806 W National Ave, West Allis. RSVP: 414-258-5555. Info@

TUESDAY, MARCH 22 FRIDAY, MARCH 18 Reiki Share – 7-9pm. For Reiki practitioners, a sacred but fun share, with the intention of healing the healers. A safe enviroment to share and build connections. Stay after for socializing and a glass of wine. $15. Inspiration Wellness Group, 6420A S Howell Ave, Oak Creek. RSVP, Natalie Benoit: 414-651-2243.

SATURDAY, MARCH 19 Introduction to DiSC – 9am-1pm. DiSC is a personal assessment tool used to improve work productivity, teamwork and communications. Cost includes a personality test. Workshop presented by Anita Rodriguez, MBA. Bring a sack lunch. $45. Unity Center of Light, Bishop’s Woods West I, 150 S Sunnyslope Rd, Ste 110, Brookfield. 262-641-7558. RSVP: Betty Riley-Unplugged Q & A – 9am-4pm. Hear of Riley’s struggles and fears as a psychic intuitive, work with auras (with demonstration), spirit guides versus guardian angels, universal law and reincarnation. $45/in advance, lunch included. Unity Church in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-322-6552. Less Stress Yoga+ for Kids: Intro Workshop – Mar 19, 20. Sat, 10-11am; Sun, 4-5pm. Ashley Steward, of Conscious Kids, blends mindfulness lessons and discussions taught through yoga, games and crafts for ages 6-12 in her classes. Free. Center for Well-Being Lake Country, LLC, 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland. 262-367-0607. Basic Animal Communication Class – 10-4pm. Learn to build communication skills through telepathy with your animal companions in group

Healing Oils of the Ancient Scriptures – 6-7pm. Essential oils are in the Bible. This is your chance to find out what once was commonly known in ancient times to prevent illness and increase spiritual awareness. Handouts; refreshments provided. $10. Health & Energy Center of WI, 11661 W Blue Mound Rd, Wauwatosa. RSVP: 262-391-8409. EDropsOf Chakra Healing 101: The Heart Chakras – 6:158:45pm. The heart chakra and the physical body and human spirit are related. Learn to distinguish between the traits of the lower heart chakra and the higher heart chakra. Students focus on feeling the energy of the heart chakra in the auric field. Information is also included on energetic treatments for diseases of the lungs and cardiovascular system. $50. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262787-3001.

THURSDAY, MARCH 24 Maundy Thursday Family Soup Supper – 6pm. A simple meal, with discussion about each of the disciples and what they represent, is followed by a foot washing, an example of Jesus’ servant leadership. Unity in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. Psychic Phenomena in the Bible – 6:30-8pm. Explore the psychic phenomena in the Bible including references to clairvoyance, spirit communication in dreams, séance’s, psychometry and healing. All the phenomena are open to many interpretations and students will decide what speaks to their higher truth. $30. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262-787-3001.

SUNDAY, MARCH 27 Easter Sunday Celebration – 10am. Service with special music; youth ed. and nursery care. Unity in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-4750105.

TUESDAY, MARCH 29 DIY Bath & Beauty – 6-7pm. Learn to make beauty products at a fraction of what you pay manufacturers who are putting known carcinogens in their products. Make a relaxing bath salt, an exfoliating body scrub, and a facial crème. Handouts; refreshments provided. Health & Energy Center of WI, 11661 W Blue Mound Rd, Wauwatosa. RSVP: 262-391-8409. Guardian Angels – 6:30-8pm. This class introduces the history and beliefs about angels in the world’s major religious traditions and focuses on the role of the guardian angel in our lives. Concludes with a guided meditation to form a connection with angels. This is the first of a three-part series. $35. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262-787-3001.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30 The Strange Identity of Jesus Christ – 7-8:30pm. Richard Smoley will discuss information from the Bible and other ancient sources to show that, in his lifetime, Jesus’ followers thought he was someone quite different from the persona later advanced by the Church. Donation. Theosophical Society, 1718 E Geneva Pl, Milwaukee. 414-745-9297.

plan ahead APRIL Yoga for Healing: Body Image/Eating – Apr 8. 6-7:30 pm. Are you mindfully eating or eating disorderedly? Learn to feel good in your body with Jessica Popp, RYT, certified from the program Eat, Breathe, Thrive. Free, preregistration required. 262337-9065. Whispers on the Wind: Shamanic Training – Apr 13-17. Session 1 of a year-long program in shamanism, energy medicine and self-transformation. Meets 4 times over 12 months. Learn core energy healing techniques including power animal and soul retrieval, clearing of past life and ancestral imprints, ceremony and ritual, more. Golden Light Healing Retreat Center, Green Bay. RSVP: 920-609-8277. One Year Celebration – Apr 16. 2-5pm. Enjoy a mindfulness open house to celebrate a one year anniversary of helping people maintain momentby-moment awareness of thoughts, feelings and surroundings by paying attention. Free. Dragonfly Meditation Studio, 11649 N Port Washington Rd, Mequon. 262-518-0173. Singing Bowl Group Session – Apr 18. 6:30-8pm. Experience bliss and inner peace with a master of singing bowls, Akhilanka from Mysore, India, as he transports a group through a sound healing of relaxation. $30. Center for Well-Being Lake Country, LLC, 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland. RSVP, Laura Haberstroh: 262-844-9213.

Women’s Retreat: Unlock Your Happiness – Apr 22-24. 5:30pm Friday through Sunday noon. Spend time in stimulating study and discussion to identify and release old habits and beliefs while you reclaim your authentic self and allow your spirit to soar. $175/before Apr 1, $200/after; includes all costs, meals and room. Cedar Valley Retreat Center in West Bend. 262-367-0607.

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Dare to Be Aware Fair – Apr 30. 9am-5pm. More than 80 exhibitors: specialists in health, wellness, personal growth and natural healing; herbs and organic items; psychic readings, animal communicators; massage, chiropractic; 14 free presentations, and more. $5. Alverno College, Sister Joel Reed Center, Milwaukee.

MAY Peru Spiritual Journey – May 7-20, 2016. Explore the Andes with native shamans. From Machu Picchu—the city in the clouds—to the holy mountains of Peru, be immersed in teachings and healing ceremonies with native medicine people. More info, Amy Wilinski: 920-609-8277. GoldenLight

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SEPTEMBER Scotland Journey – September 19-29, 2016. Journey to Scotland with experienced spiritual tour guides. Join in ceremony, ritual and meditation in ancient sacred sites as you weave your energy with this sacred land of the ancients and fairies. Stay overnight in a castle while meeting with local guides in ancient stone circles and ruins. More information: 920-609-8277.

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ongoingevents Email for guidelines and to submit entries. Keep a True Lent – Through Mar 23. 6:30-8pm. This class, based on Unity co-founder Charles Fillmore’s book, is a transformational teaching. Taught by Rev Brian Griffin. Free will offering. Unity in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73 rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105.

sunday Oconomowoc Winter Farmers’ Market – Through Mar 20. 9:30am-1pm. The indoor winter market features local seasonally grown produce like carrots, beets, broccoli, potatoes, etc., farm-raised items like eggs, trout and grass-fed meats, artisan food products, prepared foods and local seafood. Also available are a range of handmade, upcycled and recycled items, art and other gift ideas. Oconomowoc Landscape Supply and Garden Center Greenhouses, N68 W37850 County Trunk K, Oconomowoc. 262-567-2666. Unity Center of Light Sunday Service – 10am. Inspirational message from Rev Sue Ellen Kelly, enhanced by the music of George Busateri and John Zaffiro with various soloists. Also youth Sunday School. Unity Center of Light, 150 S Sunnyslope Rd, Ste 110, Brookfield. 262-641-7558. TheUnity

monday Beginner/Intermediate Yoga – 7-8pm. Relieve stress, gain flexibility, strength and balance. Emphasis is on proper alignment and breathing for a safe, healing practice. Led by Shelley Carpenter, PT, RYT. $40/4 weeks, $12/drop in. Heritage Presbyterian Church, S63 W13761 College Avenue, Muskego. Register: 414-217-4185. Shelley@PureEnergyYoga. 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, RYT. $44/4 weeks, $13/class. The Ommani Center, 1166 Quail Court, Ste 210, Pewaukee. Register: 414-217-4185. Joy of Learning Playgroup. Through late April. 9–11am. Experience the warmth of the Waldorf environment during 10 weeks of activities with the teacher. For children ages 2 to 4 years old, accompanied by a parent. $160. Tamarack Waldorf School. 1150 E Brady St, Milwaukee. RSVP: 414-277-0009. Gentle Yoga: Unified Body Method – 9:30am. Discover how to move your body with ease and fluidity. Practice quieting your mind and feeling sensations. $15, $10/members. Dragonfly Meditation Studio, 11649 N Port Washington Rd, Ste 225, Mequon. More info, Susie Raymond: 414-352-6550. Integrating Your Balanced Lifestyle Coaching Success Circle – Through Apr. 5:15-7:15pm. 4th Tue.




A supportive space to stay on track with your highest self-care, receive 1:1 guidance, and learn from others. Monthly two-hour group session and 30-minute individual coaching included for six months via tele-conference call. $125. Jamie Durner, coach and practitioner: 262-389-5835. Apply: Ayurveda Disappearance of the Universe – Through Apr 12. 6-7:30pm. Book study/discussion, led by Rev Kris Nelsen. A fresh look at why we are here; a shift in paradigm. A primer to Course in Miracles. $120/full course, includes the book, $15/donation per class. Light of Grace, 5806 W National Ave, West Allis. RSVP: 414-258-5555. Architecture of All Abundance Personal Renaissance Circle – 8:10-9:10pm. Phone reading and conversation circle. Life wisdom, feminine-spiritcentered sessions led by Anne Wondra. $10, $27/ monthly. Register, Anne Wondra: 262-544-4310.

wednesday Prosperity & Abundance Coaching Success Circle – Through Apr. 9-11am. 1st Wed. Group meets via tele-conference for two-hour group session. $125, includes group and 30-minute individual coaching, pertinent materials and an optional prosperity meditation. Facilitated by Jamie Durner, coach and practitioner: 262-389-5835. Register, info: Aveda Mixer – 5-8pm. 1st Wed. Take time to replenish and experience Aveda with a night of free mini services and Aveda savings. Free. The Institute of Beauty & Wellness, 327 E St Paul Ave, Milwaukee. RSVP: 414-227-2889. 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, RYT. $44/4 weeks, $13/class. The Ommani Center, 1166 Quail Ct, #210, Pewaukee. Register: 414-217-4185.

Gentle Healing Yoga - 10-11am. Gentle, individualized class ideal for those with chronic aches and pains, arthritis, fibromyalgia, MS, cancer, post-injury, health conditions, or interested in gentle yoga. Instructor: Shelley Carpenter, PT, RYT. $40/4 weeks, $12/class. Lakepoint Church, S63W13694 Janesville Rd, Muskego. Register: 414-217-4185. Silent Unity Prayer Circle – 11am. This is a prayer time in conjunction with the service being said at Unity’s World Headquarters. Submit your prayer requests if you are unable to be present. Unity in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. RSVP: 414-475-0105.

friday Joy of Learning Playgroup. Through April. 9-11am. Experience the warmth of the Waldorf environment during ten weeks of activities with the teacher. For children ages 2 to 4 years old, accompanied by a parent. $160. Tamarack Waldorf School. 1150 E Brady St, Milwaukee. RSVP: 414-277-0009. A Course in Miracles – 10am-12pm. Facilitated study groups that assist individuals in understanding and integrating the material. Open to the public. Donations appreciated. Light of Grace, 5806 W National Ave, West Allis. 414-258-5555. LightOf

saturday Milwaukee County Winter Farmers’ Market – Through Apr 9. 9am-12:30pm. Farmer’s market offering local growers and producers the opportunity to sell their products – including honey; grass fed meat and poultry; produce and herbs; cheese; eggs; bakery goods and more – to county residents throughout the winter in a climate-controlled greenhouse. Mitchell Park Domes, 524 S Layton Blvd, Milwaukee. 262-366-7530. A Course in Miracles – 10am-12pm. Facilitated study groups that assist individuals in understanding and integrating the material. Open to the public. Donations appreciated. Light of Grace, 5806 W National Ave, West Allis. 414-258-5555. LightOf

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4528 N Oakland Ave, Shorewood 414-791-0303 Our focus is stress and pain management along with support modalities: nutritional consultations, moxibustion, guasha, reiki and craniosacral therapy, herbal, homeopathic and essential oil prescriptions. See ad, page 24.


Stacy Krafczyk • 414-460-4781 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.


Aimee Lawent Beach 414-732-9860 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.

BICYCLE REPAIR MOBILE BIKE WERX 414-915-9686 Eliminate the hassle. Full-service certified bicycle repair shop on wheels. Pick-up and delivery. Emergency and on-site repair. Convenient, competitive pricing, guaranteed. Servicing all types and brands.


19601 W Bluemound Rd, #100, Brookfield 414-405-3956 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 25.

CHIROPRACTIC WIDER HORIZONS CHIROPRACTIC 12750 W North Ave, Brookfield 414-852-1330

DENTISTRY INTEGRATIVE DENTAL SOLUTIONS N35 W23770 Capitol Dr, Pewaukee 262-691-4555 •

“…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.

WHOLE HEALTH BIOMIMETIC & BIOLOGICAL FAMILY DENTISTRY Bryan Schwartz, DDS Steve Carini, DDS 125 W Wisconsin Ave, Pewaukee 262-737-4004

We specialize in Biomimetic and Biological family dentistry. Highquality holistic dentistry for you and your family. We inform, educate, support and empower you to be your own healthcare advocate. See ad, page 7.


D r. R e b e c c a E b e r l e i s a chiropractor specializing in Network Spinal Analysis (NSA) chiropractic care, a gentle approach safe for all ages, newborn to adult.


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4763 N 124 St, Butler • 262-790-0748 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 10.


240 Regency Ct., Ste. 201, Brookfield 262-389-5835 Jamie Durner helps you get more of what you want in health, life & business with ayurvedic lifestyle plans, abundance-focused coaching, and business support for the holistic soloprenuer.

HOLISTIC HEALING CENTER FOR WELL-BEING Sandra Anderson 301 Cottonwood Ave, Hartland 262-367-0607 •

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 11.

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Amy Wilinski, Shamanic Energy Practitioner/ Reiki Master • 920-609-8277 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.


414-241-2563 4650 N Port Washington Rd

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. See ad, page 24.


Inspiration Wellness Group, 6420A S Howell Ave, Oak Creek 414-651-2243 Wellness coach, guide, consultant, educator, and Reiki practitioner since 2000. Specializing in disease reversal with natural evidencebased therapies. Emphasis on functional, alternative, complementary and energy medicines.

PURBALANCE YOGA THERAPY Janet Golownia 414-254-7889

As a 30-year multiple sclerosis thriver, Janet brings her personal experience as a certified yoga therapist and health coach to guide others in their own personal healing journey.


Shelley Carpenter, PT, RYT, Reiki Master/Teacher • 414-217-4185 Reiki healing sessions and instruction, yoga classes for all in Pewaukee, Muskego, Greendale. Restore balance, health and wellbeing in mind, body and spirit.


With the powerful tool of hypnosis, therapist Heddy Keith, M.ED CH, helps alter behavioral patterns to release irrational fears and phobias, suppressed emotions, mental blockages and negative thought patterns.

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17585 W North Ave, #160 262-784-5300 •

Specializing in Anti-Aging Medicine. Board certified, fellowship trained. Combining the best of traditional medicine with a holistic approach to weight loss using hormone balancing, detoxification and control of inflammation. IV therapies including Myer’s, glutathione, vitamins and minerals. See ads, pages 17 and 29 .


Diane Olson-Schmidt • 414-793-3652 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 22.

414-369-3685 4532 N Oakland Ave, Whitefish Bay

Holistic medical care that integrates personalized, natural health solutions with diet, lifestyle and supplements and the latest technology in lab testing and evidence-based medicine.



Anne Wondra • 262-544-4310 2312 N Grandview Blvd, Ste 101, Waukesha Wisewoman spirituality, supporting spiritual expandings, new thought explorings, afterlife concerns, life and soul awakenings, a spirituality that feeds your soul and spirit and you. See ad, page 33.


LAKESIDE NATURAL MEDICINE 4433 N Oakland Ave, Shorewood 414-939-8748

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Rob Reader, LMT: 414-721-6942 Wendy Halfpap, LMT: 414-839-7688 909 W Mequon Rd, Mequon Let your body play to its full potential with the benefits of therapeutic massage. Relieve chronic and acute pain, accelerate recovery time, and experience the benefits of postural alignment. See ad, page 39.


Rebecca deVogel, LMT 414-839-0242 Sussex/Lisbon & Brookfield/Elm Grove

DR. NEAL POLLACK NEUROLOGY & PAIN TREATMENT 2600 N Mayfair Rd, Ste 1120, Wauwatosa 414-453-7780

Specializing in neurology, pain treatment, and musculoskeletal medicine, we provide traditional and alternative regenerative therapies that have enabled thousands of patients to avoid surgery, reduce medications, and relieve their pain. See ad, page 17.

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11649 N Port Washington Rd, Ste 225, Mequon 262-518-0173 • Dragonfly Meditation is a secular (non-religious) mindfulnessb a s e d s t u d i o w h i c h o ff e r s meditation instruction, special workshops, retreats, massage, reiki and yoga classes. See ad, page 10.


10040 N Port Washington Rd, Mequon 262-241-5604 My mission is to provide personal, compassionate counseling that transforms the human experience to one of joy and hope by optimizing each client’s potential.


Bay View, Brown Deer, Milwaukee, Mequon and Wauwatosa locations 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 15.

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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 22.


414-758-0657 121 E Silver Spring Dr, Ste 208, Whitefish Bay 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 27.


Dragonfly Meditation Studio, 11649 N Port Washington Rd, Ste 225, Mequon 414-627-2513 Healing sessions to promote personal growth, spiritual awareness and healing on physical, mental and emotional levels. Professional massage services also available $60/hr.


13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove 262-787-3001 • 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.


327 E St Paul Ave, Milwaukee 414-227-2889 • Located in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward, The Institute of Beauty and Wellness is a leading Aveda school with multiple beauty and wellness programs.


6232 Bankers Rd, Racine • 800-593-2320 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 27.

SKIN CARE SKIN AND ACNE SPECIALIST Hartford and Sussex Locations 920-210-0370

Rachel Geschke is a Face Reality Acne Specialist and holistic esthetician. She specializes in acne treatment and prevention, along with Reiki-infused facials, peels and waxing.


Susie Raymond, Esthetician, Life Coach, Reiki Master/Teacher • 414-352-6550 Rest your concerns in Susie’s soothing hands. Experience transformation within your skin, energy, or life purpose when you connect and express your inner desires. See ad, page 28.


121 E Silver Spring Dr, Whitefish Bay 414-243-9851 • Terri Humphrey, RN, facilitates Personal Transformation and Empowerment through The Reconnection, healing services, and life coaching. Healing of the body, mind, emotions, and spirit. All ages.


Senior Pastor Thomas Sherbrook 5806 W National Ave, West Allis A loving spiritual community dedicated to assisting others on their spiritual journey. We provide a Sunday gathering at 10am, healing services, classes, weddings & baptisms. See ad, page 29.

SPIRITUAL LIVING OF GREATER MILWAUKEE 3211 S Lake Dr, St Francis • 414-659-7849

We inspire a positive approach to a lifetime of spiritual growth. We celebrate our diversity and recognize our unity. Be the One who makes a difference. Rev Lisa Stewart, D.D., Pastor. See ad, page 39.


Rev Mari Gabriels on 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa • 414-475-0105 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 8.

You have only one body. Let it play to its full potential with the benefits of therapeutic massage. Relieve chronic and acute pain, accelerate recovery time and experience the benefits of postural alignment.



S73 W16790 Janesville Rd, Muskego 414-422-1300 Complete, integrated pet health care, including natural nutrition, titres, herbal/glandular/nutraceutical supplements, and essential oils. Dr. Jodie is a certified acupuncturist and food therapist.



WELLNESS CENTER HEALTH AND ENERGY CENTER OF WI 11661 W Bluemound Rd, Wauwatosa 262-391-8409

Deep Tissue Therapeutic Hot Stone Swedish Lypossage CranioSacral Muscle Release Therapy Contact Rob Reader, L.M.T., official massage therapist for the Milwaukee Ballet at 414-721-6942 or Wendy Halfpap, L.M.T., integrative massage specialist at 414-839-7688. ACTIVE BODY WELLNESS

Natural health center offering Raindrop technique with therapeuticgrade essential oils, massage therapy, foot reflexology, far infrared massage, classes, natural cleaning and other holistic therapies to support healthy living. See ad, page 8.


75 N Main St., Hartford Innovative wellness spa featuring: aromatherapy, oxygen bar, rejuvenating multi-sensory power nap area, unique therapeutic and spa services, nutrition and lifestyle re-design, and interactive, educational classes. See ad, page 20.


W307 N1497 Golf Rd, Ste 102, Delafield 262-337-9065 • We offer affordable, enjoyable yoga for everyone in an intimate, calming space that specializes in yoga, fitness and mindfulness; also have a certified ayurvedic practitioner on staff. See ad, page 26.

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