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appreciate Judith Fertig’s feature article, “The Healing Power of Story: How Telling Our Truths Can Set Us Free,” in this month’s Inspired Living and Men’s Wellness issue. In The Queen’s Code, the most recent book by Alison Armstrong, a nationally known expert on men, she explains why men tell stories and how important the retelling of a significant story is for a man’s well-being. Armstrong, the CEO and co-founder of PAX Programs, Inc., ardently educates women and men about our differences with the goal of achieving greater understanding, acceptance and appreciation between the sexes. She refers to the male retelling phenomenon as the “storytelling phase of the hunt,” when a man is reliving a particularly vivid challenge or accomplishment. In the telling of it, he may be teaching a moral lesson, proving the value of a method, encouraging others or empowering and re-energizing himself. Most men are naturally providers, and often do so by sharing advice based on their wealth of life experiences. Armstrong suggests that because women use stories for different purposes, they may not understand this aspect of the male psyche. Inadvertently, women may shut down a man’s repeated story, an act he perceives as emasculating and diminishing. Like most misunderstandings between men and women, this is just another piece of the puzzle that makes up the beauty of our differences. By understanding and appreciating them, we can support and empower each other. Everyone wins. My good friend Zack, who lives abroad and with whom I have been corresponding for years, bemoans the near-universal loss of letter writing, noting that everyone used to be a writer and a storyteller. Storytelling is an essential human activity. It helps us think, remember and understand the world. “The fact that more and more people don’t see themselves as storytellers today is disconcerting,” says Zack. “It means we’re not thinking about things as deeply as we used to. We only process things enough to form a status update.” On the other hand, I am optimistic, because we now have more outlets than ever for sharing our stories. The number of blogs and websites supporting fan fiction and amateur writing is exploding, as is the popularity of community storytelling events such as Milwaukee’s own Ex Fabula (ExFabula.com), a fun and lively monthly event where anyone can share personal and true stories. Its goal is to connect individuals through universal experiences and strengthen community bonds. I had a blast at the last Ex Fabula event I attended, and the best part was meeting a new friend and going out afterwards to dinner, at which we talked for hours, laughed and shared many great stories. Here’s to the stories you’ll tell,
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newsbriefs New Tea Company Promotes Nutritious Blends
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utpost Natural Foods Cooperative celebrated the opening of its fourth store on May 12. The 16,700-square-foot building, located at 7590 West Mequon Road, in Mequon, occupies land purchased by the co-op in 2013 and is the first location outside of Milwaukee County. Roughly 5 percent of Outpost’s nearly 19,000 owners live in Mequon, in Ozaukee County. The Mequon location uniquely offers a stone-hearth pizza oven; local beer, kombucha and sodas on tap; and a sheltered outdoor dining pavilion. The 10,000-square-foot retail space boasts a green design using wood rafters, Lannon stone and other elements reclaimed from buildings cleared for the site. Large trees removed from the property were sent to Kettle Moraine Hardwoods in Caledonia, where the wood was milled and cured for reuse in other urban building projects. Sustainability is also incorporated throughout the Mequon project’s exterior design. The landscape program offers fruit and nut trees, a kitchen garden for use by kitchen staff, underground cisterns and a hybrid vehicle electric charging station. A grant from the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District enabled the installation of large rain gardens and permeable paving as part of the finished design to allow for greater management of stormwater runoff. All Outpost landscapes are maintained without the use of chemical pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers. For more information, visit Outpost.coop. See ad, page 13.
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newsbriefs Diverse Speaker Lineup for 25th Anniversary Energy Fair
he Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) will feature a diverse and dynamic lineup of speakers for its 25th Anniversary Energy Fair from June 20 through 22 at the Renew The Earth Institute, in Custer. Experts in the fields of open-source technology, sustainable living, organic farming, race car driving and more will share their expertise. Friday’s schedule includes keynote speaker Marcin Jakubowski, founder of the Open Source Ecology, a collaboration of engineers, producers and builders that is producing open-source blueprints for civilization’s 50 most important machines. The Saturday morning keynote speaker is George Siemon, founding CEO and co-founder of CROPP Cooperative/Organic Valley. Leilani Münter will speak Sunday afternoon; the biology graduate and environmental activist became the first carbon neutral race car driver in 2010. In every race she runs, Münter adopts an acre of rainforest to offset the carbon footprint of her race car. Founded in 1990, the nonprofit MREA is dedicated to promoting renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable living through education and demonstration. Cost: adults, $15/day, $35/weekend; seniors and youth (13 to 18), $10/day, $20/weekend; MREA members and children under 12, free. Location: 7558 Deer Rd., Custer. For more information, call 715-952-6595 or visit Midwest Renew.org/energyfair. See ad, back cover.
Screaming Tuna Commits to Sustainable Seafood
creaming Tuna, a sushi and Asian bistro in Milwaukee’s Third Ward neighborhood, has committed to operating in a more environmentally sustainable manner, beginning with sourcing seafood that is fished or farmed in ways that minimize environmental impact and assure safe fish populations. Using the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch’s “avoid” list, the restaurant will limit the species it carries. Screaming Tuna is the first Wisconsin restaurant to collaborate with the Seafood Watch program. According to Seafood Watch, nearly 85 percent of the world’s fisheries are fished to capacity or overfished. Seafood Watch provides educational resources to help individuals and businesses make choices that encourage sustainability of diverse and healthy ocean ecosystems. “As a sushi restaurant and as inhabitants of this planet, we can ill afford to think of the oceans as an unlimited stockpile of resources,” notes Cristian Vega, manager of Screaming Tuna. “We could not do what we do without the ocean’s bounty of seafood. We know that at the current rate of depletion, future purveyors of sushi and future inhabitants of this planet will not have our same opportunities because of the mistakes of those that came before them.”
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Explore Natural Areas of Ozaukee County Through Treasures of Oz
even environmentally wondrous areas of Ozaukee County will be open for eco-tours from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 14, during the fifth annual Treasures of Oz event. The outing allows explorers to download a visitor’s passport and tour the Cedarburg Environmental Study Area, the new mountain bike park at Pleasant Valley Nature Park, the Ravine and Beach Natural Area at Lion’s Den Gorge Nature Preserve, the hiking trails at MeeKwon Park, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Belgium Waterfowl Production Area and the Trinity Creek Wetland Area. The outing wraps up at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve, where from noon to 6 p.m., participants can observe the 5-star bird hotel, sample food and enjoy music, displays, live animals, raffles and a silent auction. Wildlife experts and guest speakers will be present at each location, acting as docents and giving informational talks. Visitors can attend all or some of the sites open to the public that day, and passport stamps can be traded in for free raffle tickets. For more information, visit TreasuresOfOz.org. See ad, page 21.
Muskego Green Market Entering Its Second Year
farmers’ market serving the Muskego community returns this year, operating from 3 to 7 p.m., Thursdays, May 29 through October 2. The market, comprising produce from farmers, home gardeners, artisan food makers, artists and crafters, will be held in the Muskego Public Library parking lot. Muskego resident and market co-founder Shannon Barbian stresses that purchasing goods from farmers’ markets benefits not only the individual, but the whole community. “People will not only know where their food comes from, but will get to talk to the people that actually grew the vegetables, raised the animals for meat, cared for the chickens that gave them eggs and created the artwork or craft that is exhibited,” explains Barbian.
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newsbriefs The Art of Flow Opens Readers to Intentional Creation
reddie Zeringue, who has been a transformational coach and facilitator for more than 25 years, has released The Art of Flow in print and digitally. The book contains many of the vital principles he uses to help clients achieve breakthroughs in the areas of health, relationships, prosperity and personal well-being. “The point of the book is to bring people into a state of natural flow, where they are able to create their lives in a very dynamic way that overrides resistance and opens up space to let in the limitless bounty of creation,” says Zeringue, who is also the publisher of the Northeast Florida edition of Natural Awakenings magazine. “The Art of Flow goes beyond The Secret and other books in the field to transform how we see ourselves and each other.” The essentials of the book are practical explanations of familiar universal concepts, compatible with any spiritual path or set of personal beliefs. Zeringue illuminates how such principles work together to profoundly change and dynamically create our lives. The book is available on Amazon.com and ArtOfFlow.com, which features a free audio supplement available for download.
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ating three or more servings of blueberries and strawberries a week may help women reduce their risk of a heart attack, according to research from the University of East Anglia, in collaboration with the Harvard School of Public Health. The berries contain high levels of powerful flavonoids called anthocyanins, which may help dilate arteries, counter buildup of plaque and provide other cardiovascular benefits. Published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, the study involved 93,600 women ages 25 to 42 that completed questionnaires about their diet every four years for over 16 years. Those that ate the most berries had a 32 percent reduction in heart attack risk compared with those that ate them once a month or less, even if they ate a diet rich in other fruits and vegetables. “This is the first study to look at the impact of diet in younger and middleaged women,” remarks the study’s lead author, Aedín Cassidy, Ph.D., head of the university’s nutrition department. “Even at an early age, eating more of these fruits may reduce risk of a heart attack later in life.”
Saw Palmetto Combos Combat Enlarged Prostate
hree studies published in 2013 support the effectiveness of saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) extract for the treatment of prostate inflammation and other symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), commonly called enlarged prostate. In addition, both lycopene, a dietary carotenoid with strong antioxidant value, and selenium, an essential trace element that promotes an optimal antioxidant/oxidant balance, have been shown to exert beneficial effects in BPH. Researchers from Italy’s University of Catania studied 168 patients with prostate enlargement among nine urological medical clinics. Those taking a combination of saw palmetto, selenium and lycopene experienced greater reductions of inflammation markers and reduced risk of prostate cancer after three and six months of treatment. In an Australian study from the University of Queensland’s School of Medicine of patients with BPH, 32 men took an encapsulated formula containing saw palmetto, lycopene and other plant extracts, while 25 men were given a placebo. After three months of treatment, men receiving the herbal formulation experienced a 36 percent reduction in related symptoms, while the placebo group showed an 8 percent reduction. The herbal supplement group also showed a 15 percent reduction in daytime urination frequency and an almost 40 percent reduction in nighttime urination frequency. The long-term effectiveness of saw palmetto supplementation was reinforced in a Russian study of 38 patients with early prostate enlargement. After 10 years of receiving 320 milligrams of saw palmetto extract per day, researchers found no progression of the condition among the patients. 14
Tapping Acupressure Points Heals Trauma in Vets
motional Freedom Techniques (EFT) may be an effective treatment for veterans that have been diagnosed with clinical posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a study published in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. EFT involves tapping on acupressure points while focusing on traumatic memories or painful emotions in order to release them. As part of the Veterans’ Stress Project, an anonymous clinical study comprising more than 2,000 participants, 59 veterans with PTSD were randomly assigned to either receive strictly standard care or also experience six, hour-long, EFT sessions. The psychological distress and PTSD symptoms showed significant reductions among veterans receiving the EFT sessions, with 90 percent matriculating out of the criteria for clinical PTSD. At a six-month follow-up, 80 percent of those participants still had symptoms below the clinical level for PTSD. According to Deb Tribbey, national coordinator for the Veterans’ Stress Project, PTSD symptoms that can be resolved with the combined therapy include insomnia, anger, grief, hyper-vigilance and pain. For more information, visit StressProject.org or EFTForVets.com.
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Involved Dads Make for Smarter, Happier Kids It’s well known that involving fathers from the start in children’s lives has a significant positive impact on their development, including the greater economic security of having more than one parent. Yet, there’s more to the “father effect”. Numerous studies have found that children growing up in a household with a father present show superior outcomes in intelligence tests, particularly in nonverbal, or spatial, reasoning that’s integral in mathematics, science and engineering. The IQ advantage is attributed to the way that fathers interact with their children, with an emphasis on the manipulation of objects like blocks, roughhousing and outdoor activities, rather than languagebased activities. A study of Chinese parents found that it was a father’s warmth toward his child that was the ultimate factor in predicting the child’s future academic success. A recent Canadian study from Concordia University provides new insights into a father’s impact on a daughter’s emotional development, as well. Lead researcher Erin Peugnot concluded, “Girls whose fathers lived with them when they were in middle childhood (ages 6 to 10) demonstrated less sadness, worry and shyness as preteens (ages 9 to 13) compared with girls whose fathers did not live with them,” he says. Source: HappyChild.com.au
Grass Releases Surprising CO2 Amounts Which emits more of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide: a cornfield or a residential lawn? According to researchers at Elizabethtown College, in Pennsylvania, it’s the grass. David Bowne, an assistant professor of biology, published the study results in the Soil Science Society of America Journal. After measuring carbon dioxide released from each setting, the scientists found that urban areas deemed heat islands may have a smaller overall impact than previously thought, compared with suburban developments. Previously, the heat island effect has been perceived as a phenomenon that occurs only in cities, where the mass of paved roads, dark roofs and buildings absorb and concentrate heat, making cities much warmer during hot days than other areas. Both carbon dioxide releases and soil temperature were measurably higher in residential lawns than in croplands and higher temperatures are directly associated with carbon dioxide efflux. Bowne says, “As you increase temperature, you increase biological activity—be it microbial, plant, fungal or animal.” Increased activity leads to more respiration and increased carbon dioxide emissions. Source: Tinyurl.com/LawnsVersusCorn
Scientists Nab Fungicide as Bee Killer Colony collapse disorder, the mysterious mass die-off of honeybees that pollinate $30 billion worth of crops in the U.S., has been well documented, with toxic insecticides identified as the primary culprits. Now, scientists at the University of Maryland and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have expanded the identification of components of the toxic brew of pesticides and fungicides contaminating pollen and decimating the bee colonies that collect it to feed their hives. A study of eight agricultural chemicals associated with increased risk of infection by parasites found that bees that ate pollen contaminated with fungicides were three times as likely to be infected. Widely used fungicides had previously been accepted as harmless for bees because they are designed to kill fungus, not insects. Dennis vanEngelsdorp, the study’s lead author, states, “There’s growing evidence that fungicides may be affecting the bees on their own, highlighting a need to reassess how we label these agricultural chemicals.” Labels on pesticides warn farmers not to spray when pollinating bees are in the vicinity, but such precautions have not applied to fungicides. Source: qz.com natural awakenings
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t age 50, Mark Bublitz chose to reexamine his lifestyle. “I had always been active, and I was not feeling bad or having health problems, so it wasn’t until I was diagnosed with high cholesterol that I decided to get on a healthier path,” says the newfound entrepreneur. He started spending more time at a local health food store, Karen’s Energy, in West Bend, where he met the owner, Karen Urbanek, a local natural health and nutrition guru. With Urbanek as his teacher, in 2013, Bublitz became a certified therapeutic nutritional counselor through the Association of Natural Health. The two things that he thought about least in his former life have had the biggest effect on his new direction: energy and water. “Up until the high cholesterol diagnosis, I ate the standard American diet,” says Bublitz. “Soon, the doctor wanted to put me on medication for high blood pressure. I found out that the increase in blood pressure may have been due to the cholesterol medication. In the conventional medical model, it seemed like one pill leads to another until you have a basketful.” That realization led him to seek alternatives. “Unlike the conventional medical model, the holistic approach looks at a person’s lifestyle,” he explains. While studying with Urbanek, Bublitz became intrigued with special water sold at her store, water imbued with high-frequency energy. After some research, he began bottling the water under the name H2O Energy Flow. “At the health food store, I encountered a brochure about this water that had been
run through a system that energized it and made it better for hydration,” he recalls. “I learned that the systems were being installed on farms, and that the plants fed water from the system grew bigger and healthier; the cows drinking it produced more milk. At first, I was skeptical, but I stuck with it and saw the results to be true.” Bublitz explains that the water itself starts out with nature’s energy because it is drawn from a local spring. Then, a proprietary method is used to energize the water’s minerals and break down its molecules so that it can penetrate into the body’s cells more readily. He describes the process as “frequency imprinting”, meaning that the water picks up the energy frequencies from the proprietary sources to which it is exposed. The concept is largely derived from the work of Masaru Emoto, a doctor of alternative medicine who became known for the book Messages from Water, which suggests that consciousness has an effect on the molecular structure of water. The concept made sense to Bublitz, who already had an interest in energy frequencies through his education with
the Association of Natural Health. Realizing that bottling the water would enable many more people to enjoy its benefits, he worked with the creator of the water frequency imprinting system, who lives in Pennsylvania, as well as local bottlers to develop H2O Energy Flow. Bublitz supports his enthusiasm for the water with accounts from Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj (“Dr. Batman”), an Iranian physician and the author of the book Your Body’s Many Cries for Water, which asserts that chronic dehydration is the root cause of all physical disease and that many degenerative diseases can be prevented and treated by increasing water intake. Bublitz cites testimonials and positive feedback as evidence of the water’s benefits, which he says are unique to each individual that tries it. “Most people don’t drink enough water and instead drink things that dehydrate them,” he notes. “They don’t realize that you are not just what you eat; you are what you drink, too. I want to promote the importance of drinking water, in general; for instance, to help kids choose water first, rather than soda.” Currently a one-man company, Bublitz delivers H2O Energy Flow to homes and businesses in the Metro Milwaukee area and Madison. The frequency-imprinted water comes in both spring and distilled versions, and is bottled in two sizes of BPA-free plastic, 16.9 ounces and five gallons. As Bublitz builds a market, he intends to expand his distribution, making H2O Energy Flow available to people in other areas. For more information, including delivery, call 888-602-6568 or visit H2OEnergyFlow.com. See ad, inside front cover.
THE HEALING POWER OF STORY
How Telling Our Truths Can Set Us Free by Judith Fertig
fter his deployment in Iraq, U.S. Marine Captain Tyler Boudreau returned home in 2004 with post-traumatic stress syndrome and an emotional war wound that experts now call a “moral injury”. He could only sleep for an hour or two at night. He refused to take showers or leave the house for long periods of time. He and his wife divorced. “My body was home, but my head was still there [in Iraq],” he recounts. At first, Boudreau tried to make sense of his conflicted feelings by writing fiction. Then he wrote a detailed, nonfiction analysis of his deployment, but that didn’t help, either. In 2009 he wrote a memoir, Packing Inferno: The Unmaking of a Marine, that came closer to conveying his personal truth. “I needed to get back into the story,” he says, so he could pull his life back together in Northampton, Massachusetts. Like Boudreau, we all have stories—ongoing and ever-changing—that we tell ourselves to make sense of our lives. They can help us heal and powerfully guide us through life, or just as powerfully, hold us back.
In 1949, Sarah Lawrence College Professor Joseph Campbell published The Hero with a Thousand Faces, in which he outlined a master monomyth. It involves leaving everyday life and answering a call to adventure, getting help from others along the way, facing adversity and returning with a gift, or boon, for ourselves and others. It’s a basic pattern of human existence, with endless variations.
Power to Heal the Body
How does telling our truth help heal our body? Professor James Pennebaker, Ph.D., chair of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, is a pioneer in the mindbody benefits of story, which he explores in Opening Up: The Healing Power of Expressing Emotions. In the late 1980s, while consulting for the Texas prison system, Pennebaker discovered that when suspects lied while taking polygraph tests, their heart rate rose, but when they confessed the truth, they relaxed. “Our cells know the truth,” writes microbiologist Sondra Barrett, Ph.D., who also blogs at SondraBarrett.com, in Secrets of Your Cells, “Our physiol-
ogy responds to what we’re thinking, including what we don’t want people to know.” When we are afraid to tell a story and keep it in, “Our cells broadcast a signal of danger,” she explains. “Molecules of adrenalin, along with stress hormones, connect with receptors on heart, muscle and lung cells— and in the case of long-term sustained stress, immune cells.” We experience increased heart rate, tense muscles, shortness of breath and lower immunity when we’re stressed. She notes, “When we release the stories and feelings that torment us, our cells respond with great relief and once again become havens of safety.” We need to tell our stories even in facing life-threatening illness, and maybe because of it. Dr. Shayna Watson, an oncologist at the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario, in Canada, encourages physicians to listen to patients. “In the name of efficiency,” she reports in an article in Canadian Family Physician, “it’s easy to block out patients’ stories and deal only with the ‘facts’, to see the chat, the time and the stories as luxuries for when there is a cancellation. The study of narrative tells us, however, that in these easily neglected moments we might find more than we expect; there can be understanding, relationship building and healing—the elements of our common humanity.” A current problem is but a dot on the entire timeline of a person’s existence. By keeping their larger story in mind, patients can find a wider perspective, with the strength and resolve to heal, while the physician can see the patient as a person, rather than a diagnosis.
Power to Heal Emotions
“Telling your story may be the most powerful medicine on Earth,” says Dr. Lissa Rankin, the author of Mind Over Medicine, who practices integrative medicine in Mill Valley, California. She’s tested the concept firsthand. “So many of us are tormented by the insane idea that we’re separate, disconnected beings, suffering all by our little lonesome selves,” she observes. “That’s exactly how I felt when I started blogging, as if I was the only one in the whole wide
world who had lost her mojo and longed to get it back. Then I started telling my story—and voilà! Millions of people responded to tell me how they had once lost theirs and since gotten it back.” They did it by telling their stories, witnessed with loving attention by others that care. “Each of us is a constantly unfolding narrative, a hero in a novel no one else can write. Yet, so many of us leave our stories untold, our songs unsung,” remarks Rankin. “When this happens, we wind up feeling lonely, listless and out of touch with our life purpose. We are plagued with a chronic sense that something is out of alignment. We may even wind up feeling unworthy, unloved or sick,” says Rankin, who blogs on related topics at LissaRankin.com.
Power to Heal a Family
Sometimes, writing a new story can help keep families connected. Kansas City, Missouri, author and columnist Deborah Shouse took an unplanned and unwanted, yet ultimately rewarding journey with her mother through Alzheimer’s disease. Shouse discovered that as her mother was losing her memory and identity through dementia, crafting a new narrative helped her family hold it together, a process she details in Love in the Land of Dementia. “You have to celebrate the person who is still with you,” Shouse says, noting we may discover a different, but still interesting, person that communicates in ways other than talking. She recommends employing a technique she calls The Hero Project, which she developed with her partner, Ron Zoglin. It uses words, photos and craft supplies in what Shouse
“By sharing our stories together and finding common ground, we lay the groundwork for world peace and much more.” ~Rev. Patrick McCollum terms “word-scrapping” to generate and tell a new story that helps keep the personal connection we have with our loved one and make visits more positive. She shares more supportive insights at DeborahShouseWrites.wordpress.com. Sharing an old story may also provide a rare link to the past for a person with dementia. “Savor and write down the stories you’re told, even if you hear certain ones many times,” Shouse counsels. “By writing down the most often-repeated stories, you create a legacy to share with family, friends and other caregivers.”
Power of the Wrong Story
Our thoughts are a shorthand version of a longer life story, says author Byron Katie, a self-help specialist from Ojai, California, who addresses reader stories via blog posts at ByronKatie.com. Sometimes we tell ourselves the wrong story, one that keeps us from realizing our full potential, while making us miserable at the same time. Examples might include “I will always be overweight,” “My partner doesn’t love me” or “I’m stuck here.” Katie’s book, Who Would You Be Without Your Story? explores how we often take what happens in our lives, create a story with negative overtones,
believe that version of the story and make ourselves unhappy. “The cause of suffering is the thought that we’re believing it,” she says. By questioning our stories, turning them around and crafting new and more truthful ones, we can change our lives.
Power to Heal the Community
Humorist, speaker, and professional storyteller Kim Weitkamp, of Christiansburg, Virginia, knows that the power of story creates wider ripples. She sees it happen every time she performs at festivals and events around the country. “It is naturally in our DNA to communicate in story form,” she advises. “The power of story causes great revelation and change in those that listen.” She cites supporting studies conducted by psychologists Marshall Duke, Ph.D., and Robyn Fivush, Ph.D., at the Emory Center for Myth and Ritual in American Life, in Atlanta, Georgia. “They found that children—at ages 4, 14, 44 or 104, because we’re all children at heart—are more resilient and happy and rebound faster from stress when they know their family stories. They know they’re part of something that’s bigger than themselves that people in their family have kept going,” says Weitkamp. “When people leave a storytelling event, they leave telling stories,” she says with a smile, “and that results in happier and healthier families and communities.” Judith Fertig tells stories about food at AlfrescoFoodAndLifestyle.blogspot.com from Overland Park, KS.
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fter four decades teaching selfdevelopment and empowerment and authoring more than 30 bestselling books, Wayne W. Dyer, Ph.D., shares dozens of events from his life in his latest work, I Can See Clearly Now. In unflinching detail, he relates vivid impressions of encountering many forks in the road, from his youth in Detroit to the present day, and reflects on these events from his current perspective, noting what lessons he ultimately learned.
these miracles show up. There are 60 chapters in the book. Every time I finished one, I would think: “Now I can see clearly why I had to go through all of these experiences and learn all these lessons.” As a result, I suggest that whenever something happens that leads you to ask, “Why is this happening to me?” shift instead to the awareness that all experiences, no matter what, are gifts.
What has writing this book taught you and how can it help others better understand their own lives?
You describe the influential patterns and motivators in your life as diamonds and stones; how would you characterize your childhood years in foster homes?
My biggest lesson was that our whole life is like a checkerboard. When I looked back on my life, I began to realize this and gained an awareness of the fact that there’s something else moving all of the pieces around. The key to attracting this mystical guidance into your life is to start with awareness that all things are possible and to forget about yourself. When you get your ego out of the picture, your inner mantra isn’t, “What’s in it for me? and “How much more can I get?” Instead, when your inner mantra is, “How may I serve or what may I do for you?” and you practice consistently living this way, you attract this mystical guidance. I have found that the more I do this, the more
I can now see that spending the better part of my first decade in a series of foster homes was all a part of God’s infallible plan for me. I believe I was in a type of training camp for becoming a teacher of higher spiritual and commonsense principles. If I was going to spend my adult life teaching, lecturing and writing on self-reliance, then I obviously needed to learn to rely upon myself and be in a position to never be dissuaded from this awareness. What better training ground for teaching this than an early childhood that required a sense of independence and need for self-sufficiency? Now that I know that every encounter, challenge and situation is a spectacular thread in a
tapestry, and that each represents and defines my life, I am deeply grateful for them all. Each of us has a mission of some kind to fulfill at the moment we make the shift from nowhere to now here, from spirit to form. I’ve seen firsthand how this universe has a creative source of energy supporting it that is literally the matrix of all matter. Nothing occurs by happenstance anywhere, because this universal mind is perpetually on call, going about its miraculous ways in terms of infinite possibilities.
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What can you see clearly about your role as a parent? I’ve watched my eight children show up from birth with their unique personalities and blossom into their own awakenings. I know for certain that the one Divine mind that is responsible for all of creation has a hand in this engaging mystery. Same parents, same environment, same culture and yet eight individuals, with their own distinctive character traits. Khalil Gibran stated it perfectly in The Prophet: “Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, and though they are with you yet they belong not to you.” Each of my children had their blueprint from God. My job has been to guide, then step aside and let whatever is inside them that is their own uniqueness steer the course of their lives.
What has your life taught you about prayer? I feel that the prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi says it best: “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is darkness, let me bring light. Where there is sadness, let me bring joy.” The masters I’ve studied pray to become more godly, more like where we originally came from. My prayer is always, “Help me to remind myself to get rid of this ego and to be like You are. Help me to be my highest self, the place within that is God.” Linda Sechrist is a Natural Awakenings senior staff writer. Visit ItsAllAboutWe. com for the extended interview.
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feet, looking up at them,” advises Lili Colby, owner of MTI Adventurewear, near Boston, Massachusetts, which makes life jackets for paddle sports. She notes that U.S. Coast Guard law requires that children 30 pounds and under wear infant life jackets to provide special head and neck support that turns a baby’s face up with an open airway within three seconds of entering the water. It’s a good idea to first practice paddling short distances in shallow waters near the shore. Toddlers are more likely to lean overboard to play in the water, Colby cautions, so engaging in nature-inspired games along the way will help occupy them onboard. “Young children introduced to water sports in the context of positive family interaction typically become eager to paddle on their own,” observes Tina Fetten, owner of Southern Tier Stand Up Paddle Corp., who leads a variety of SUP experiences throughout New York and northern Pennsylvania. “If they are strong swimmers, I bring them on a large board with me and teach them the skills for independent paddling.” Although SUP boards look like
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Whether it’s membership in a food co-op, tending a backyard garden or balcony tomato plant or foraging in the woods for edibles, living off the land means cleaner, fresher and more nutritious food on the table.
o switch from running to the market to stepping into a home garden for fresh produce, it’s best to start small. Smart gardeners know it’s easy to be overwhelmed by a big plot so they plan ahead with like-minded friends to swap beans for tomatoes or zucchini for okra to add variety. If one household is more suited to freezing excess harvests while another cans or dehydrates, more trades are in the offing. Start kids by having them plant radishes, a crop that will give even the most impatient child quick results. “You can’t do everything yourself,” counsels Kathie Lapcevic, a farmer, freelance writer and teacher in Columbia Falls, Montana. “I have a huge garden, expanded now into about 7,000 square feet, that provides 65 percent of what our family eats,” she says. “On the other hand, I can’t imagine life without nut butter and found I can’t grow Brussels sprouts. A few trips to the store are inevitable.” Lapcevic plants non-GMO, heirloom varieties of seeds in her chemicalfree garden. She adds a new variety or two each year and reminds peers that it takes a while to build good soil. Three
years ago, she also added pollinator beehives on the property. Their honey reduces the amount of processed sugar the family uses. From Libby, Montana, Chaya Foedus blogs on her store website PantryParatus.com about kitchen selfsufficiency. “Foraging is a good way to give children a full sensory experience,” she remarks. “We turn a hike into a mission to find and learn about specific foods, where they come from and what to do with them.” To start, select one easily identifiable item for the kids to pick. “In Libby, that’s huckleberries,” says Foedus. “Similar to blueberries, they grow on a bush, so they’re easy to see and pick. Huckleberries don’t grow in captivity—it’s a completely foraged economy.” Michelle Boatright, a graphic designer and hunter of wild plants in Bristol, Tennessee, learned eco-friendly ways to forage from a game warden friend. Five years later, her bookcase holds 30 books on edible plants—she brings two with her on excursions. “When in doubt, leave a plant alone. It’s too easy to make a mistake,” she advises. “Know how to harvest, too—take
only about 10 percent of what’s there and leave the roots, so it can grow back. “For example, ramps, a wild leek, take seven years to cultivate,” says Boatright. “Overharvesting can wipe out years’ worth of growth. In Tennessee, it’s illegal to harvest ramps in state parks. Mushrooms are more apt to regrow, but leave the small ones.” As for meat, “I was raised to never shoot a gun, but to make my own bows and arrows,” recalls Bennett Rea, a writer and survivalist in Los Angeles, California. “Dad used Native American skills, tools and viewpoints when he hunted. Bow hunting kept our family from going hungry for a few lean years and was always done with reverence. It’s wise to take only what you need, use what you take and remember an animal gave its life to sustain yours.” Rea uses several methods for obtaining local foods. “Living here makes it easier due to the year-round growing season. For produce, I volunteer for a local CSA [community supported agriculture] collective. One
hour of volunteering earns 11 pounds of free, sustainably farmed, organic produce—everything from kale to tangerines to cilantro. “Bartering is also an increasingly popular trend,” he notes. “I make my own hot sauce and trade it for highend foods and coffee from friends and neighbors. Several of us have now rented a plot in a community garden to grow more of our own vegetables. I only buy from stores the items I can’t trade for or make myself—usually oats, milk, cheese and olive oil.” Truly good food is thoughtfully, sustainably grown or harvested. It travels fewer miles; hasn’t been sprayed with toxins or been chemically fertilized; is fresh; ripens on the plant, not in a truck or the store; and doesn’t come from a factory farm. The old saying applies here: “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.” Avery Mack is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect via AveryMack@mindspring.com.
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JOURNEY TO MATURITY Setbacks Make Boys Into Men by Nick Clements
e all know hard-charging young men that have their foot planted firmly on the accelerator. They claim that easing off would damage their career and be an admission of failure. They are wrong. Those enjoying early successes can grow up overstressed by trying to stay on the fast track at any cost. These alpha boys are doing what they think others want them to do. In many cases, they are influenced by subtle and overt pressures from parents, peers and celebrity lifestyles, as well as advertising and video games. As a consequence, these men, obsessed with superficial goals, are emotionally stunted, controlling and unable to form long-term relationships. The good news is that if they can recognize these symptoms and want to change, they may be ready to mature into an alpha wolf, a whole different kind of man. An essential catalyst for this change usually comes from experiencing personal wounding: being overlooked for a promotion, feeling redundant, losing a friend or status or perhaps sacrificing a former identity to parenthood. Ultimately, the true test is how he faces such failure and deals with his emotions without labeling himself as weak. The hallmark of mature manhood is how a guy acknowledges his diminishment, not how he manages success. When he stops hiding from himself, signs of his emerging as a mature hero, an alpha wolf, will appear.
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hen President John F. Kennedy said in 1961 that the U.S. should commit to sending a man to the moon and return him safely by the end of the decade, few suspected the bounty of technological spinoffs that such National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) space missions would yield. Today, many of NASA’s research advancements, as well as technologies developed outside the space program, are put to good use in everyday life. Of particular interest are products used in fitness workouts. ABI Research, a technology market intelligence company, revealed the growing popularity of consumer health and wellness technologies in its latest market projections for wearable, healthrelated devices. Estimates are that 80 million wearable monitoring devices, including heart monitors and biosensors that read body temperature and motion, will be sold by 2016. When Clint, a global market research firm, conducted its most recent Fitness and Technology Survey, its findings showed technology at work. Based on 745 online interviews with people in seven countries, 72 percent of exercisers embraced some type of technology, including smartphone apps, to support their fitness routines two or more times a week. In recent years, amateur and professional athletes have increasingly
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SUNDAY, JUNE 1 HerbDay 2014 – 10am-4pm. Come have fun, learn and celebrate the importance of herbalism and the use of herbs in food, beverages, medicine and beauty products. Learn the art of growing and gardening with herbs. Olbrich Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave, Madison. HerbDay.org. UrbalHealth.com. Reiki Level 1 & Candlelight Attunement – 12:305:30pm. Connect to the energy of Reiki using intention, basic breathing and meditation techniques during a candlelight ceremony. Class uses the original intent and ideals of Dr Mikao Usui, the founder of Reiki. $125. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262-787-3001. AngelLightLLC.com.
THURSDAY, JUNE 5 Spirit Message Circle – 6:30-9pm. 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: 262-787-3001. AngelLightLLC.com.
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anatomy, special population application and personal training information. $265. Copper Tree Studio and Wellness Center, 1364 E Sumner St, Hartford. 262-670-6688. CopperTreeWellnessStudio.com.
SUNDAY, JUNE 8 Mediumship Development Class: Spirit Circle #10 – 1:30-4:30pm. Time to listen to spirit. Align your developing mediumship skills in a group (home circle) setting. Circles on various metaphysical subjects held the second Sunday of each month. $15. Innersongs, LLC, S102 W33389 Co Rd LO, Mukwonago. Register, Robin Guayasamin-Salerno: 262-501-4838.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11 Happiness is an Inside Job – 6:30-8pm. Join guest speakers in conversations about high-level wellness and explore the brain science of happiness, what your hands tell about happiness, and the role of your spirit and soul in happiness. Free. West Bend Public Library. Contact Anne: 262-544-4310 or Michael: 262-524-0929 or Kathy: 262-224-0774. How To Make Kombucha Tea – 7-8:30pm. Learn about the health benefits kombuca tea and how to make this probiotic health elixir at home with ease. Class includes a SCOBY mother mushroom, starter, and instructions. $40. The Atrium, 6169B Industrial Ct, Greendale. Natalie Benoit: 414-651-2243. MilwaukeeReiki.MassagePlanet.com.
THURSDAY, JUNE 12 Healthy Seasoning – 6-7pm. Shylaja guides you in gracefully transitioning your body into each upcoming season, and how to use kitchen herbs in a healthy way. Free. Kanyakumari Ayurveda & Yoga Wellness Center, GreenSquare Center, 6789 N Green Bay Ave, Glendale. 414-755-2858. Kanyakumari.us.
Roll This: Foam Roller and Acuball Workshop/ Teacher Training – 10am-1:30pm; 2:30-5pm. Session I, learning more about the roller and acuball, is a prerequisite for Session II, for teachers and therapists and those who want a teacher’s perspective on the items. $65/Session I, $60/Session II; both include a manual, mini acuball and Yoga Alliance CECs. Yoga Roots Racine, 518 College Ave, #2R, Racine. 262-598-6610. YogaRootsRacine.com. Everything You Wanted To Know About Crystals – 11am-3:30pm. Choosing the Right Crystals for your Needs & Desires, 11am-1pm. This class will provide an information starter kit for the selection of crystals useful for you at this point in your life. Energizing your Home & Garden with Crystals & Stones, 1:30-3:30pm. Learn how adding a few crystals you can spring clean and re-energize your home and grow stronger, healthier plants in your garden. $35/per class, $60/both. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262-787-3001. AngelLightLLC.com. Vinyasa 101 – 12-1:15pm. Vinyasa is a style of yoga practice that incorporates movement and breath. Learn how to safely engage in this moving meditation. $15. Santosha Fitness Yoga Studio. W307 N1497 Golf Rd, Delafield. 262-337-9065. SantoshaFitness.net.
SUNDAY, JUNE 15 Reiki Level 1 & Candlelight Attunement – 12:305:30pm. Study the uses of Reiki symbols and simple techniques that assist drawing the symbols in a healing session or space clearing. Students will be designated Reiki II practitioners and awarded a completion certificate. $150. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262-787-3001. AngelLightLLC.com.
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Kids Yoga and Art – 5:30-6:30pm. Children age 4-10 years old come together to better understand yoga and have fun with the poses, as well as to have an interactive project with an art teacher. $15. Copper Tree Yoga Studio and Wellness Center, 1364 E Sumner St, Hartford. 262-670-6688. CopperTree WellnessStudio.com
Summer Beach Series 2014 – 9:30-11:30am. A book and a beach are backdrops to empowering spiritfeeding conversations. This year’s book is Goddesses in Older Women. $10, $75/series. Pewaukee Beach, Pewaukee. Register, Anne Wondra: 262-544-4310. WonderSpirit.com/SummerBeachSeries.html.
Essential Oil Medicine Cabinet Makeover – 7-8:30pm. Learn how to take care of health ailments without synthetic, toxic chemicals with harmful side effects. Makeover your medicine cabinet with doTERRA oils to improve your health and save money. Cafe of Life Chiropractic, 12557 W Burleigh Rd, #6, Brookfield. Register: 414-412-5700.
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Treasures of Oz: 2014 Eco-Tour – 9am-3pm. Fall in love with Ozaukee County. Eco-tour seven unique natural sites with docents and guides. Earn free raffle
Energize Your Brain, Free Your Life – 10-11am. Come for a live demonstration of the evolutionary Higher Brain Living system and the fast, sustainable transformation. Learn how fear, anxiety and stress prevent you from reaching your potential. Awaken Higher Brain Living, 13416 Watertown Plank Rd, #245, Elm Grove. 262-290-7595. RSVP: ElmGroveHigherBrainLiving@gmail.com.
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The Attainment of Spiritual Sight – June 6-8. Fri 7pm-Sun 12pm. A Course in Miracles retreat. Gary Renard and Cindy Lora-Renard offer techniques to get in touch with our true nature. $90-$135/age dependent; meals and lodging extra. UW-Whitewater, 800 W Main St, Whitewater. 414-322-6552. AREHeartland.org.
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Ayurveda Energy Healing Practice Session – 6-8pm. These sessions are for students with previous Healing Touch or Pranic Healing Workshop training. $10. Kanyakumari Ayurveda & Yoga Wellness Center, GreenSquare Center, 6789 N Green Bay Ave, Glendale. 414-755-2858. Kanyakumari.us. It’s Your Brain: Where Do You Want to Live – 6:30-7:45pm. Higher Brain Living allows you to fill the gaps creating a surge of energy to the higher brain, deeply connecting you to your purpose. Free. AWAKEN Higher Brain Living, Third Ward, 231 E Buffalo St, #304, Milwaukee. 414-793-4168. HigherBrainLivingThirdWard.com.
TUESDAY, JUNE 17 Breathing Techniques for Stress Relief and Improved Sleep – 12-12:45pm. The breath can facilitate the body’s relaxation response. Spend lunchtime learning and practicing easy-to-use breathing techniques. Shelley Carpenter, PT, RYT, will also give written instructions for home practice. Free. The Ommani Center for Integrative Medicine, 1166 Quail Ct, #210, Pewaukee. Register: 262-695-5311.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18 Introduction to Reiki – 6:15-8:45pm. Learn about Reiki before taking the step to become a practitioner. Students will be introduced to the fundamental concepts of energy medicine, and get a look behind the many doors that compromise the healing arts. $10. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. 262-787-3001. AngelLightLLC.com.
THURSDAY, JUNE 19 Reiki 1 Workshop & Attunement – 9am-3pm. Learn about Reiki energy, and how to use it for yourself and others. Dr Oz uses a Reiki practitioner during heart surgery. $200; materials, Reiki music cd and certificate included. $50 deposit to register. The Atrium, 6169B Industrial Ct, Greendale. Natalie Benoit: 414-651-2243. MilwaukeeReiki. MassagePlanet.com. Spiritual Uses of Essential Oils – 1:30-3:30pm. This session will cover many aspects of essential oil use including clearing (purifying) a room, protecting our aura/energy field, and how to center/ground your energy during conflicting times. $20. CATHE House, 125 E State St, Burlington. 262-902-2271. Tresa@TresaLaferty.com. Essential Oil Medicine Cabinet Makeover – 7-8:30pm. Learn how to take care of health ailments without synthetic, toxic chemicals with harmful side effects. Makeover your medicine cabinet with doTERRA oils to improve your health and save money. Curves, S75 W17315 Janesville Rd, Muskego. Register: 414-526-1603.
Food Preservation & Canning Workshop – 9am12pm. Learn food preservation techniques such as canning, freezing and dehydrating in this hands-on class. You’ll get to bring home a jar of canned garden goodies. $35/by Jun 18, $40/after. Wellspring Education Center and Organic Farm, 4382 Hickory Rd, West Bend. 847-946-5565. WellspringInc.org. Horse Wisdom: Discover Your Own Resonance Part 1 – 10am-4pm. Become aware of your resonance by working with the horses at Innersongs. Find greater balance for your life path. $145/prepaid by Jun 11, $165/after. Innersongs, LLC, S102 W33389 Co Rd LO, Mukwonago. Must preregister, Robin Guayasamin-Salerno: 262-501-4838.
SUNDAY, JUNE 22 Summer Solstice Sound Symphony – 12-1:30pm. Welcome the summer solstice through rhythm and the frequency of sound. Spirits flower to the sounds of wind chimes, gongs, bells and bowls. Each instrument will be explained and attendees will help create a magical sound symphony. $20/preregistration. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262-787-3001. AngelLightLLC.com.
MONDAY, JUNE 23 Spiritual Bridges Series – June 23, 30, Jul 7, 14. 6-7:30pm. Four feminine-spirit-freeing, soul-feeding and bridge-building classes and conversations; spirituality 101 and evolutions of our understandings when our life, heart and soul take one outside their religion’s relevance and boundaries. $350/ series. Kindred Spirit Center, Waukesha. Register: WonderSpirit.com. Special Yoga Classes w/Music – 5:30 & 7pm. Enjoy the pleasure of yoga with music: certified yoga instructor, Karmen Lehman and international musician Kevin Paris. The 5:30 class is invigorating and mixed-level immediately following; the class at 7 is a blissful, gentle class. $15/advance, $20/ day of. Abundant Joy Yoga & Wellness, Oconomowoc Lakes Plaza, W359 N5002 Brown
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TUESDAY, JUNE 24 Healing Migraines Naturally – 7-8:30pm. Migraines are incapacitating and lower your quality of life. Learn how to prevent them or to stop one in its tracks with no synthetic drugs. $40. The Atrium, 6169B Industrial Ct, Greendale. Natalie Benoit: 414-651-2243. MilwaukeeReiki. MassagePlanet.com.
THURSDAY, JUNE 26 Intro to Ayurveda – 1:30-3pm. Ayurveda is a 5,000-year-old system of natural healing with origins in the Vedic culture of India. You will be introduced to this ancient system that addresses lifestyle, diet and herbal support. Free. CATHE House, 125 E State St, Burlington. 262-902-2271. Tresa@TresaLaferty.com. De-Stress for Summertime – 6:30-7:30pm. Come for a live demonstration of the evolutionary Higher Brain Living system and see a life changing process. See how the higher brain opens a gateway to true, lasting and expansive living. Awaken Higher Brain Living, 13416 Watertown Plank Rd, #245, Elm Grove. 262-290-7595. RSVP: ElmGroveHigher BrainLiving@gmail.com.
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FRIDAY, JUNE 20 Annual Energy Fair – Jun 20-22. Fri & Sat, 9am-7pm; Sun, 9am-4pm. Each year the Midwest Renewable Energy Association’s Energy Fair transforms rural Central Wisconsin into the global hot spot for renewable energy education. $15/adult 1-day pass, see website for tickets and weekend, senior, youth and member pricing. Renew The Earth Institute, 7558 Deer Rd, Custer. 715-592-6595. MidwestRenew.org.
SATURDAY, JUNE 21 Circulation Day – June 21 & 22. Sat, 9am-5pm; Sun, 12-3pm. It’s like a giant garage sale. The difference? No garage and no prices. Everything is free. Unity Church in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. Summer Solstice Yoga Celebration – 5:15-8am. Celebrate summer with lakefront sunrise meditation at 5:15, live music and 108 sun salutations beginning at 5:30. Bring a mat, water and a smile. $15/advance, $20/day of, studio pkg visit. See website for rain site. City Beach - Lac la Belle, 220 W Wisconsin Ave, Oconomowoc. 262-244-7231. AbundantJoyYoga.com.
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FRIDAY, AUGUST 1 Rock Island Wilderness Retreat: Connecting with Earth, Air, Fire & Water – August 1-3. Rock Island, a primitive island off the Door County Peninsula, offers hiking trails and 2,000 feet of beach. Weekend will include the water blessing, give-away, despacho healing and fire ceremonies. $295/ferry, camping, meals, ceremonies. Cost, details, Amy Wilinski: 920-609-8277. GoldenLightHealing.net.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 2 A Better Life is Waiting for You – 10-11am. Are there areas in your life holding you back? Come and see a presentation and live demonstration about the Higher Brain Living system. Learn to live a full and fearless life with purpose and passion. Awaken Higher Brain Living, 13416 Watertown Plank Rd, #245, Elm Grove. 262-290-7595. RSVP: ElmGroveHigherBrainLiving@gmail.com.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 30 The Sacred Black Hills Journey – Aug 30-Sept 5. A spiritual hike in the Black Hills. Engage in prayer and healing ceremonies, learn about the culture and heritage of this sacred land. It’s beautiful and healing for the soul. Cost, details, Amy Wilinski: 920-6098277. GoldenLightHealing.net.
2015 Holistic Healing Retreat to India – Jan 15 to Feb 1, 2015. Fully catered trip includes room/board, treatments and herbal medicines, daily and weekly optional wellness activities, in-country transportation, pre-trip and in-country logistics management. Optional third week of healing or cultural extension available. $1950-2825/depends on options. Details: AyurvedaWellness.org/Solutions/Wellness-Retreats.
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sunday Your Weekly Readers – Every Sat, Sun through Aug. Psychics, astrologers, psychometrists, intuitives, tarot, etc. See website calendar for specific talent schedules. Reserve your preferred reading date/time. $45/per half hour reading. Angel Light Center for the Healing Arts, 13300 Watertown Plank Rd, Elm Grove. Register: 262-787-3001. AngelLightLLC.com. A Course in Miracles – Through Jun. 12:30pm. A new spiritual methodology for changing your life. Free. Unity Church in Milwaukee, 1717 N 73rd St, Wauwatosa. 414-475-0105. UCIM@wi.rr.com. Yin Yoga – 8-9:20am. This awesome class brings yoga to a deeper level. The body, mind and emotions begin to release and then restore. $13/drop-in, or use pass. Copper Tree Yoga Studio and Wellness Center, 1364 E Sumner St, Hartford. 262-670-6688. CopperTreeWellnessStudio.com.
monday Essential Oils Community Classes – 6:30-8pm or by appointment. Every 3rd Mon. An informal, open Q&A resource session on essential oils. Free. WonderSpirit Resources, Kindred Spirit Center, Waukesha. RSVPs required by Friday before. RSVP: 262-544-4310. WonderSpirit.com/ EssentialOils.html.
tuesday 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, Ste 210, Pewaukee. Register: 414-217-4185. PureEnergyYoga.com. Healthy Weight Healthy You: 40 Days to Enlightened Eating – Jun 17 through Jul 29. 6-7:30pm. Reinvent yourself; reinvigorate your metabolism, optimize your weight, awaken your energy and enliven your spirit in this 6-week course. Classes include cooking tips and demonstrations, group discussion on weight, health, energy, youthfulness and vitality. $185, $21.99/additional text. Kanyakumari Ayurveda & Yoga Wellness Center, GreenSquare Center, 6789 N Green Bay Ave, Glendale. 414-755-2858. Kanyakumari.us.
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wednesday Yoga as Medicine: Yoga Therapy for Staying Young and Active – Jun 11 through Jul 2. 9:3011am. Take the guesswork out of vitality; learn therapeutic yoga techniques to stay fit, all in a supportive, noncompetitive environment. Yoga therapy adapts the practice of Yoga to the needs of people with specific or persistent health problems. $150/the course. Kanyakumari Ayurveda & Yoga Wellness Center, GreenSquare Center, 6789 N Green Bay Ave, Glendale. 414-755-2858. Kanyakumari.us. Women’s Health and Vitality Series – Jun 11 through Jun. 6:30-8:30pm. Learn through yoga and Ayurveda how to make the most of the female change from peri-menopause to menopause. Instead of pain, stress, hot flashes, decreased intimacy and disconnect, re-connect to the inner goddess. See website for weekly focus. $35 per class. Kanyakumari Ayurveda & Yoga Wellness Center, GreenSquare Center, 6789 N Green Bay Ave, Glendale. 414-755-2858. Kanyakumari.us.
ville, Muskego. Shannon Barbian: 414-520-7071. MuskegoGreenMarket.com. Core Functional Fitness – 6-7pm. Join this new time and class to learn how to activate the core as well as continue with this practice for a healthy over life, physically, emotionally and spiritually. $13/ drop-in, free/first class. Copper Tree Yoga Studio and Wellness Center, 1364 E Sumner St, Hartford. 262-670-6688. CopperTreeWellnessStudio.com.
friday Gentle Healing Yoga – 11am-12pm. Extremely gentle, individualized class for dealing with chronic pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, MS, other health conditions or injuries. Participate at your comfort/ability level. Shelley Carpenter, PT, RYT. $13/drop-in. The Barefoot Haven, 5628 Parking St, Greendale. Register: 414-217-4185. Shelley@PureEnergyYoga.com.
Wauwatosa Farmers’ Market: Tosa – Through summer. 8am-12pm. One of the area’s most vibrant farmers markets – an array of produce, seedlings, cut flowers, and delicious prepared food from local vendors, as well as good coffee. 7720 Harwood Ave, Wauwatosa. 414-339-0085. TosaFarmersMarket.com.
Muskego Green Market – May 29 through Oct 2. 3-7pm. A community farmers market offering locally grown produce, meat, eggs, annuals, perennials, vegetable and plants, as well as local artists and crafters. Something for everyone. Muskego Public Library Parking Lot, S73W16663 Janes-
Healing Spirit Flute Circle – 1-3pm. 2nd Sat. Come to play or just enjoy the soothing sounds of the traditional Native American flute. No musical experience or flute required. All ages welcome. Tippecanoe Church, 125 W Saveland Ave, Bay View. More info, Glen: 262-794-2315. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Jamie Durner, CAP 240 Regency Ct, Ste 201, Brookfield 262-389-5835 Natural health for chronic conditions including digestive disorders, women’s issues, aging with ease, and brain longevity. Personalized programs, detoxification, hands-on therapies and corporate wellness. 20+ years holistic health experience.
CHIROPRACTIC SHOREWOOD FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC 4433 N Oakland Ave, Shorewood 414-962-5483 ShorewoodFamilyChiro.com
Dr. Maroney and Dr. Dotto offer services for the whole family. Dr. Maroney is board certified in Chiropractic Pediatrics and Dr. Dotto is certified in Kinesiology. See ad, page 29.
CRYSTALS 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 12.
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. See ad, page 8.
DENTISTRY BIOMIMETIC DENTISTRY
Bryan Schwartz DDS Steve Carini DDS 222 N Franklin St, Port Washington 262-284-2662 We specialize in Biomimetic (tooth conservation) Dentistry and natural/ holistic dental care. Committed to informing, educating, and supporting each client, empowering them to be their own healthcare advocate. See ad, page 11.
INTEGRATIVE DENTAL SOLUTIONS N35 W23770 Capitol Dr, Pewaukee 262-691-4555 • MyNaturalDentist.com
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FAMILY PRACTICE THUROW PRIMARY PREVENTIVE HEALTHCARE Sharon K Thurow, FNP, BC 216 N Green Bay Rd, Thiensville 262-242-3966
Our philosophy is to treat our patients as we would want ourselves and our families treated through holistic, evidence-based medicine.
FITNESS ABUNDANT JOY YOGA & WELLNESS
Barre/Aerial Barre W359 N5002 Brown St, Ste 211, Oconomowoc AbundantJoyYoga.com Are you beach body ready? Take Barre classes, MWF 7:45am, to tone, sculpt, and lengthen with Mary Ellen York. Ballet infused with yoga & Pilates, intense, concise movement.
MUSKEGO GREEN MARKET
Muskego Public Library Parking Lot S73 W16663 Janesville Rd, Muskego MuskegoGreenMarket.com A community farmers’ market offering locally grown produce, meat, eggs, annuals, perennials, vegetable plants, as well as local artists and crafters. Something for everyone. Thursdays 3-7pm, May 29-Oct 2.
FINANCIAL PLANNER SPRING WATER ASSET MANAGEMENT Lars M. Lewander 11431 N Port Washington Rd, Ste 201, Mequon 262-240-9680 • InvestingYourValues.com
We provide our clients with a variety of Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) products including portfolio management, asset allocation, cash flow projections and securities analysis.
17585 W North Ave, #160 262-784-5300 • LiveLongMD.com
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CMB HEALTH SPECIALTIES
GAYATRI CENTER FOR HEALING Lynne Austin • 675 Brookfield Rd, Brookfield • 262-860-6021
Twenty-one years in healing the body and soul. Massage, Reiki healer/teacher, Shamanic, Sound and Emotional Release. Classes and workshops. Author and speaker. See ad, page 29.
The Atrium 6169B Industrial Ct, Greendale 414-651-2243 MilwaukeeReiki.MassagePlanet.com 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.
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Carol M. Brown, DO, PhD, FAARFM, is board certified in anti-aging and regenerative and functional medicine. She specializes in health optimization for all ages and all stages of life. See ad, page 13.
INTEGRATIVE FAMILY WELLNESS CENTER
16535 W Bluemound Rd, Ste 222, Brookfield • 262-754-4910 IFWCenter.com At Integrative Family Wellness Center, we offer clinical services and therapies to help you achieve and maintain optimal physical and emotional health and wellness. See ad, page 7.
MAGNOLIA GROUP HEALTH & WELLNESS CENTER
Shelley Carpenter, PT, RYT, Reiki Master/Teacher PureEnergyYoga.com • 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.
SPEAK TO THE EARTH
262-902-2271 SpeakToTheEarth.com Burlington and Greendale Locations Tresa Laferty offers a customized, holistic approach to health & wellness. Ayurveda consultations & body work using diet, lifestyle, herbs and medicinal aromatherapy to achieve optimal health.
146 Park Ave, Pewaukee WellnessCenterForHealth.com 262-695-1900
Integrative Functional Medicine and Holistic Health Center providing high quality care in creating & maintaining homeostasis; balance and harmony; Traditional naturopathy, holistic nutrition, acupuncture, interactive metronome, advanced energy work, massage. See ad, page 10.
INTUITIVE ARTS ROBIN GUAYASAMIN-SALERNO 262-501-4838 • InnerSongs.net Mukwonago location
Provides you insight and comfort in personal communications with spirit and animal loved ones. Innovative workshops with horses at Innersongs assists in selfdiscovery and balance.
LAWNCARE/LANDSCAPE SERVICES 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 16.
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Rebecca deVogel, LMT 414-839-0242 Sussex/Lisbon & Brookfield/Elm Grove RebeccaDeVogel.com Energy-rich, intuitive bodywork embraces the more of you, bringing ease and vibrant health to every aspect of life. Specializing in relaxation, lomi lomi, deep tissue and therapeutic massage.
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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 27.
Bradley Blaeser 414-721-1431 • Info@GreenTeamWI.com Sustainable Landscape Management; substantially smaller footprint than conventional methods. Green energy use (wvo, bio-diesel, electric, ‘energy for tomorrow’); cleaner, quieter, homegrown. Residential, commercial, municipal.
LIFE COACH WONDERSPIRIT COACHING
Anne Wondra • 262-544-4310 2312 N Grandview Blvd, Ste 101, Waukesha WonderSpirit.com Spiritual life coach: sacred feminine, women’s spirit, personal renaissance, inspired creatives’ circles, sacred oils, personal wellness growth consultant. See ad, page 10.
4433 N Oakland Ave, Shorewood LakesideNaturalMedicine.com 414-939-8748
Dr. Sarah Axtell is a board-certified naturopathic physician with a focus on autoimmune diseases, gastrointestinal disorders, endocrine conditions, cancer, anxiety and weight loss.
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GOOD HARVEST MARKET
Located 1 block south of I94 at Hwy T, Pewaukee • 262-544-9380 GoodHarvestMarket.com Waukesha County’s largest natural food store offers a full selection of organic foods, holistic health and beauty department, café, and classes in their community room. See ad, page 3.
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 13.
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ACTIVE BODY WELLNESS
Rob Reader, LMT: 414-721-6942 Wendy Halfpap, LMT: 414-839-7688 10620 N Port Washington 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 28.
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PSYCHOTHERAPY INNER JOURNEYS
Nancy Hornby 414-332-8159 Susan Wasserman 414-961-0649 InrJourneys.com Psychotherapy services honoring the exquisite connection between mind/body/ spirit. Offering holistic, traditional and cutting edge approaches. 50+ years of combined experience helping a diverse clientele with a wide variety of issues. See ad, page 23.
RECONNECTIVE HEALING TRUE WHOLENESS HEALING
121 E Silver Spring Dr, Whitefish Bay 414-243-9851 • TrueWholenessHealing.com Terri Humphrey, Reconnective Healing Practitioner, provides non-invasive, powerful healing for the mind, body, emotions, and spirit. Works with infants, children, and adults. Helps with chronic illness, infertility, emotional issues, and more.
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.
ASSOCIATION OF NATURAL HEALTH 1427 W Washington Ave, West Bend KarensEnergy.com/tnc-certification 262-629-4301
MIDWEST COLLEGE OF ORIENTAL MEDICINE
6232 Bankers Rd, Racine • 800-593-2320 Acupuncture.edu 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 22.
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 27.
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SPIRITUAL LIVING OF GREATER MILWAUKEE
Located in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward, The Institute of Beauty and Wellness is a leading Aveda school with multiple beauty and wellness programs.
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-de Snoo & Rev Scott de Snoo. See ad, page 26.
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.
Providing comprehensive, integrative care for your pets, to keep them happy and healthy throughout their lifetime. Specialty services include Acupuncture, Physical Rehabilitation and advanced Dentistry procedures. See ad, page 9.
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Amy Wilinski, Shamanic Energy Practitioner/ Reiki Master • 920-609-8277 GoldenLightHealing.net
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.
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Susie Raymond, Esthetician, Life Coach, Reiki Master/Teacher WhiteSageSpa.com • 414-352-6550
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COPPER TREE YOGA STUDIO AND WELLNESS CENTER 1364 E Sumner St, Hartford 262-670-6688 CopperTreeWellnessStudio.com
Voted top yoga studio 3 years running! Yoga, core fitness, kids yoga, prenatal, Reiki and various wellness services. Yoga & core fitness, prenatal teacher trainings. Our promise is to keep the spirit in yoga! See ad, page 12.
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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 19.
Rev Tom Sherbrook 1717 N 73 St, Wauwatosa • 414-475-0105 UnityChurchInMilwaukee.org Find peace and happiness in a stressful world. Rev. Tom, acting minister, was former pastor for 27 years at St. Ann’s Church in West Allis. See ad, page 16.
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