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Saturday, April 28 • 11 a.m.– 4 p.m.

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free outdoor festival White River State Park 801 W. Washington St. Downtown Indianapolis • rain or shine • 140 environmental and conservation exhibits • live music and good food • special activities for kids Sponsors United Water Indiana’s Family of Farmers Meijer Citizens Energy Group Cummins Eli Lilly and Company Honda Manufacturing of Indiana IPL — An AES Company Indiana Office of Energy Development Marion County Public Health Department OmniSource Republic Services Subaru of Indiana Automotive Allison Transmision Eskenasi Health /The New Wishard Ind. Dept. of Environmental Management Environmental & conservation sponsors Amos Butler Audubon Society Greater Indiana Clean Cities Coalition Central Indiana Land Trust Friends of the White River Hoosier Environmental Council Improving Kids Environment Indiana Wildlife Federation Indianapolis Zoo Keep Indianapolis Beautiful Sierra Club, Heartlands Group The Nature Conservancy Media sponsors Natural Awakenings Indiana Living Green Magazine NUVO News Weekly WISH TV/WNDY WTTS 92.3 FM Clear Channel Q95 and X103


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e have much good news to celebrate this month, all related to living more sustainably here at home. We lead off with the area’s first EcoFest Indy 2012 hosted by Natural Awakenings in partnership with City Market. The big event will take place in May, but there is a lot of fun planning going on this month. See pages 9 and 40 for details. Please save the date and join us on May 12. We have some wonderful content for you this month, as we always do. Articles such as rainwater harvesting on page 18, with tips I look forward to implementing in my own home. If you have an interest in creating your own rainwater catchment system, be sure to sign up for the Rain Barrel Workshop at EcoFest Indy this year, brought to you by Andy Cochran. Details and registration will be available at In April, I hope you’ll join us for an Inaugural Earth Day Celebration at the JCC on April 22 as we recycle - yes you guessed it - dated magazines and newspapers into sheets of writing paper! This is a family friendly, interactive celebration with something for everyone. Meanwhile, the Earth Day Indiana annual Earth Day Festival on April 28 is the place to catch good vibes, eat great food and see what green businesses and organizations are doing to support living in Indiana at its best. We’re pleased to be sponsoring this event and look forward to joining forces with you. Please stop by our exhibit and say hello. As we all know, the large-scale long-distance food production widely practiced in this country carries a big carbon footprint. During the past year, my bedside reading stack has largely comprised books exploring issues related to food, nutrition and agriculture. Expert opinions differ about how to feed nations the healthiest possible food in environmentally sound ways; and few disagree that today’s monster agribusiness methods aren’t even in the ballpark. One uniting principle that most agree on in one way or another is that the most environmentally sound, and likely most nutritious foods are those produced close to home. The irony is that much of what is produced in our region (like other regions) is shipped elsewhere, while people continue to eat food transported in from hundreds and even thousands of miles away. Local food supporters suggest that we get involved in community gardens, start a backyard garden, join a food co-op, patronize farmers’ markets and uncover local produce stands and stores. Vertical gardening, which is gaining in popularity, can be done almost anywhere the sun shines. I’m excited that my own backyard garden has tripled in size this year (with much appreciation for the hard work of my partner Sean) and affords me the opportunity to share the bounty with our neighbors. Now if I could just find some space for that chicken coop! Discovering all the ways that Indiana is becoming a more sustainable place to live is really something to celebrate! I leave you with this thought from my new friend Albert: “When we speak of sustainability it is helpful to remember that what we are seeking to sustain is human life and all that is interdependent with life.” See you at the festivals,

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EcoFest Indy! May 12, 2012 Indianapolis City Market EcoFest Indy to Promote Good Health and Sustainable Living


atural Awakenings of Indianapolis and Indianapolis City Market will proudly present EcoFest Indy, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 12. Located downtown at the historic City Market, excitement is building for guests to connect with local service providers at this cultural festival, blending lifestyle, business and the environment. This event will bring together a wide array of businesses related to natural health, wellness, sustainability, pets, kids, fitness and a healthy planet. Admission will be free so mark your calendar and come try free samples, prize drawings, interactive displays and community spirit. Exhibit space and volunteer opportunities are also available. For more information, call 317-862-6332, email or visit See our ad on back cover.

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ith fuel costs rising, considering alternatives to automobile transportation makes good sense. Kef Design, LLC, based in Portland, Oregon, designs and manufactures Metroboard electric skateboards, using the latest technology in batteries, motors and electronics to create a portable electric vehicle that weighs just 17 pounds, yet supports a range of up to 15 miles. “Our product is fun, but is not a toy; many of our customers use it for daily short-range commuting to or from work or the train/ferry station, eliminating the need for a car in many situations.” says company owner Ilan Sabar. “It’s also really popular with college students for zipping from dorm to class.” Metroboard has been in business since 2004 and since launching online vending in 2007, the company has garnered customers around the world. The company now offers four board sizes or will custom build a Metroboard with whatever deck you choose. Lithium batteries are another option, reducing the product weight significantly, while increasing range and cycle life. Board prices start at $499. For more information, call 503-287-2228, email or visit

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Author Burnside to Appear at The Playful Soul


he Playful Soul, in Broad Ripple Village, will present an informal free evening with Annie Burnside, M.Ed., from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on April 11. She will discuss what it means to live consciously as a family on a day to day basis. Burnside is a teacher, wife, mother of three, and professional soul nurturer—a modern mom who utilizes everyday life experiences including mealtimes, books, movies, art, friendships, time in the car, and family outings to open perspectives and nourish souls, infusing a heightened spiritual awareness into their lives.  Burnside’s book, Soul to Soul Parenting, A Guide to Raising a Spiritually Conscious Family, is available now at The Playful Soul. She will sign copies of it at the end of the event.

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oncerned most about the high White R price of gas, or climate change or 801 W. Downto our unsustainable consumption or the Earth’s natural resources, or maybe • rain or • 140 en you just the need to shed the winter conser • live mu blues. Find your cause, your passion • special or a free tree at the Earth Day Indiana Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 28 at White River State Park in downtown Indianapolis. More than 130 environmental and conservation exhibits, live music, good food and special kids’ activities will be featured. Up to 30,000 people typically attend the festival, making it one of the largest Earth Day events in the nation, according to Stephen Sellers, executive director of the nonprofit Earth Day Indiana organization dedicated to environmental education and awareness. “The Earth Day Indiana Festival is www.earthdayin fun and family-friendly,” he says. “You will meet people from a variety of organizations and you’ll see exhibits that represent a broad variety of the environmental and conservation discussion. You’ll have a great time exploring ways you can develop a more sustainable lifestyle. The quality of the exhibits gets better every year. More businesses are developing new products in response to growing awareness of environmental issues and the need to address a variety of conservation issues.” Along with visiting exhibits, attendees can check out local restaurants and caterers offering a variety of delicious food, including gourmet pizza, Cajun, Indian, Philippine, barbecued pork and some vegetarian dishes. Exhibits are in large tents and the event is held rain or shine. The Pedal and Park bike corral is available, and the park is a great biking destination. “Don’t visit just for the festival,” Sellers adds. “Make a day of it and see other sites. Take your kids to the Indianapolis Zoo, just across the bridge over White River. Make it a day that they’ll remember always.”

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asters Sleep’s high-quality sleep mattresses are available locally through Dr. Mary Grace Pennella of Stillpoint Chiropractic. Pressure-relieving memory foam plus visco-latex atop a high-density poly base foam layer create a sequential body conforming process that has been tested to provide support. This breathable orthopedic foam material has a dense composition to properly support the head, neck and spine. The mattresses are available in four sizes, have all-natural odor control and moisture absorption, natural antibiotic and antimicrobial properties. The BioFoam is a natural, renewable alternative to synthetic foams. Mattresses come with a 20-year limited warranty as well as a Comfort Promise to help protect the investment. “This is a great mattress to fully support the head, neck and spine and the cost is fabulous!” says Dr. Pennella.

r. Sue Morter, an international authority on bridging science, spirit and human possibility, will present a seminar titled God is Closer Than You Think! 5 Practices for Discovery, from noon to 1:30 p.m. on April 15 at Unity of Indy, in Indianapolis. She is a master teacher and practitioner of the BioEnergetic Synchronization Technique (B.E.S.T.), a neuro-emotional clearing and healing process that addresses subconscious interferences within the mind, body, memory and spirit, and their influence on health and human performance. Attendees will realize a bigger picture for their lives, learn techniques for “feeling” our way to our own answers; reset the nervous system for accepting new possibilities in our lives; learn how to bring spirit to the surface of our lives every day; and bridge science and spirit by connecting the head and the heart, mentally, emotionally and physically, through the use of bioenergetics. Dr. Morter will also be the guest speaker for the Sunday Celebration Service beginning at 10 a.m. on April 15.

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elanie MacLaren, ND, RYT, has joined the Meridian Holistic Center, in Indianapolis. Dr. MacLaren has a bachelor of science in engineering, a doctorate in naturopathy, and is a registered yoga teacher. Practicing traditional naturopathic medicine, she treats each person as an individual and offers primary holistic prevention while treating the root cause of chronic disease. “I had my own healing crisis in 2005 and worked with a naturopathic doctor to bring my body back into balance,” she says. “I felt so strongly about helping others after this experience that I went back to school to obtain my doctorate and yoga teacher certification.” D r. M a c L a r e n o f f e r s i n d iv i d u a l i z e d p r o g ra m s f o r healing using nutrition and natural remedies. Her forte is working with chronic issues such as obesity, high cholesterol, insomnia, fatigue, hormonal imbalances, and digestive issues. She also provides stress management with yoga, meditation and deep relaxation. Dr. MacLaren is also available for speaking engagements and regularly conducts educational workshops. For more information or to make an appointment, call 317-228-9270 or visit See ad on page 14.

Inaugural Earth Day Celebration at the JCC


uild your own mini-solar car with the Purdue University Solar Racing Team, make a bird feeder from recycled materials from the Audubon Society, plant trees on campus via the Keep Indianapolis Beautiful organization and much more at the free JCC Inaugural Earth Day Celebration from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on April 22 at the Arthur M. Glick JCC, in Indianapolis. “We are all learning that our individual and collective actions impact the environment,” said Bruce Sklare, the chief JCC volunteer behind the event’s vision. “Our hope is to inspire people to protect and improve the environment, and to understand that by doing so will improve the quality of their lives.” Some of the other many activities along the theme Learning by Doing will include a walking tour with the Ivy Tech biology department faculty and a scavenger hunt led by Indy Parks in the JCC’s woods; meeting members of the ecoCAR 2 college challenge teams (; donating used electronics devices for recycling by Wings for West Africa; learning about beekeeping and water quality with Inverde Design and Indy Parks and a pond ecosystem with the assistance of Indy Parks and Ivy Tech Community College; and making sheets of paper from recycled materials with Natural Awakenings. Among many kids’ activities will be making art projects from recycled materials led by Adi Shachram, the Israeli Emissary for the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis. Food will be sold from many of Indy’s favorite food trucks, NY Slice pizza, Scout’s Treat Truck cupcakes, Mabel on the Move organic food, and more. In case of inclement weather, most activities will take place inside the JCC’s 160,000-square-foot facility. Event sponsors are Lori Efroymson Aguilera and Sergio Aguilera, and Renny and Greg Silver, with additional support from the Robert and Toni Bader Charitable Foundation, the Marion and Leonard Freeman Charitable Fund, and the Payne & Mencias Group of Merrill Lynch. Location: 6701 Hoover Rd. Adults interested in volunteering for tree planting activities: call 317-251-9467. For more information, call 317-251-9467 or visit See ad on page 6.

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Expansion Expansion ~ Let the word seep into you for a moment… What comes to mind? Open your thoughts. What do you feel? Open your heart. he spirit of UNIFY offers both a challenge and an invitation. The challenge is to become more aware of how we live each moment, each day. The invitation is to mobilize our awareness by making thoughtful, loving action a habit. Conscious living allows us to be receptive to real possibilities for unlimited abundance in every moment, every day. The Planet Soul notion of expansion may seem a bit radical. It is bold to believe we can UNIFY the world by changing our perceptions. It is courageous to confront separation as a falsehood. It is daring to defy the illusion of limitations. When we expand, we liberate old ideas that keep us stuck in worn out places. When we expand, we dissolve perceived barriers. When we expand, we increase space for giving and receiving. When we expand, abundance flows freely in all directions.


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att Winings spent the last 15 years in a corporate career, supporting wireless accounts for large corporations. After seeing so many co-workers suffer from stress, he decided that a career in massage therapy was the perfect fit for him, and he recently opened a studio in the historic Stutz Business Center in downtown Indianapolis to provide the highest quality and customized deep tissue, Swedish and hot stone massage therapy. “I want people to know that it is okay to forget about email, meetings and deadlines,” says Winings. “My goal is to help my clients unplug from our ever-connected society long enough to get the much needed relaxation that we all owe to ourselves.” A 2011 graduate of the Indiana Therapeutic Massage School, he specializes in helping busy professionals relax and renew through the positive effects of massage. Evening and weekend appointments are also available. Location: 1060 N. Capitol Ave., #E295. For more information or to make an appointment, call 317-721-9606 or visit

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Are Cell Phones Safe?


uestions about how cell phones might impact our health have sparked significant controversy. The World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has now classified radio frequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans, based on an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer associated with wireless phone use. Caution was also urged in an article about cell phone safety published this past October in the journal Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine. It reported that cell phones that are switched on and carried in shirt or pants pockets can exceed U.S. Federal Communications Commission exposure guidelines, and also that adults and children absorb high levels of microwave radiation from the phones. According to the paper, children are at greater risk than adults, absorbing up to triple the amount of microwave radiation in their brain’s hypothalamus (which links the nervous and endocrine systems) and hippocampus (vital for memory and spatial navigation) compared to adults. Absorption into their eyes was also greater, and as much as 10 times higher in their bone marrow than adults’. The IARC concludes that these findings call for cell phone certification consistent with the “as low as reasonably achievable” approach taken in setting standards for using radiological devices. “It is important that additional research be conducted into the long-term, heavy use of mobile phones,” says IARC Director Christopher Wild. “Pending the availability of such information, it is important to take pragmatic measures to reduce exposure [directly to the head], such as hands-free devices or texting.” Additional resource: Epidemiologist Devra Davis, Ph.D., reports on this topic in Disconnect: The Truth About Cell Phone Radiation.


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Qigong: a Boon for Cancer Patients


ancer patients that regularly practiced qigong, a 5,000-yearold combination o f g e n t l e e x e rc i s e and meditation, for almost three months experienced significantly higher levels of well-being, improved cognitive functioning and less inflammation, compared to a control group. Dr. Byeongsang Oh, a clinical senior lecturer at the University of Sydney Medical School, in Australia, who led the study, says the reduced inflammation in patients that practiced medical qigong, a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine, was particularly significant. The project involved 162 patients, aged 31 to 86; those assigned to the medical qigong group undertook a 10-week program of two supervised, 90-minute sessions per week. They were also asked to practice an additional 30 minutes at home each day. When the study began, there were no significant differences in measurements of quality of life, fatigue, mood status and inflammation between the intervention and control groups. However, “Patients that practiced medical qigong experienced significant improvements in quality of life, including greater physical, functional, social and emotional well-being, while the control group deteriorated in all of these areas,” reports Oh. He remarks that the study is the first such trial to measure the impact of medical qigong in patients with cancer. “Several studies have indicated that chronic inflammation is associated with cancer incidence, progression and even survival,” Oh explains. He presented the findings at a recent American Society of Clinical Oncology conference.

Unplug During Screen-Free Week

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ealth wise, the air we breathe is just as important as the foods we eat, according to a recent report published in the journal Diabetes Care. The report is based on one of the first large-scale, population-based studies linking diabetes prevalence with air pollution. According to researchers from Children’s Hospital Boston, a strong, consistent correlation exists between adult diabetes and particulate air pollution, an association that persists after adjustment for other risk factors such as obesity and ethnicity. The relationship was seen even at exposure levels below the current U.S. Environmental Protection Agency safety limit.

h e A m e r i c a n A c a d e my o f Pe d i a t r i c s recommends zero screen time for children under 2 and less than two hours per day for older children. Yet, the Kaiser Family Foundation reports that 40 percent of 3-month-old infants are regular viewers of television and DVDs, and school-age kids spend nearly twice as many hours with screen media such as television, video games, computers and handheld devices as they spend attending school. To help kids, families, schools and communities turn off screens and turn on healthier activities, the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) urges everyone to participate in Screen-Free Week, April 30 through May 6. CCFC is a national coalition of health care professionals, educators, advocacy groups, parents and individuals, with a mission to reclaim childhood from corporate marketers. “The commercialization of childhood is the link between many of the most serious problems facing children and society today,” advises CCFC Director Susan Linn. “Childhood obesity, eating disorders, youth violence, sexualization, family stress, underage alcohol and tobacco use, rampant materialism and the erosion of children’s creative play are all exacerbated by advertising and marketing.” Learn more about the week-long event, efforts to restrict marketers’ access to children and how to help, at

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The color-coded map of planting zones on the back of seed packets is being updated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to reflect climate changes brought on by global warming. The new guide, last updated in 1990, reflects, for instance, that the coldest day of the year isn’t as frigid as it used to be, so some plants and trees can now survive farther north. Nearly entire states, such as Ohio, Nebraska and Texas, are now classified in warmer zones. The new guide uses better weather data and offers more interactive technology. Gardeners using the online version can enter their Zip code and get the exact average coldest temperature. For the first time, calculations include more detailed factors, such as prevailing winds, the presence of nearby bodies of water and other local topography. Boston University Biology Professor Richard Primack observes, “There are a lot of things you can grow now that you couldn’t grow before. People don’t think of figs as a crop you can grow in the Boston area. You can do it now.” The changes come too late to make this year’s seed packets, but they will be on next year’s, says George Ball, chairman and CEO of the W. Atlee Burpee seed company. View the planting zones map at

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Rug Industry Tackles Child Labor Injustice The nonprofit GoodWeave organization works to end child labor in the rug industry and provides educational opportunities for kids in weaving communities worldwide. The GoodWeave label is given solely to rug companies that only hire employees of legal working age. GoodWeave, offering the world’s only independent child labor-free certification for rugs, makes unannounced inspections of looms overseas to ensure that standards are upheld. Programs funded by GoodWeave-certified rug sales have helped nearly 10,000 children in Nepal and India to attend school instead of working on looms. An estimated 250,000 children are still weaving today. “It’s widely documented that children are exploited to make all sorts of products in our global economy,” says Nina Smith, GoodWeave USA executive director. “But in the case of carpets, consumers can do something to put a stop to these inhumane practices. By buying a certified rug, you can change a child’s life.”

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Book Battle

Reading Going Digital The number of Americans that prefer to read a book via an electronic reading device tripled in less than 12 months last year, but most still prefer to read a traditional, physical book. A survey of 1,000 American adults nationwide shows that 27 percent have now used a Kindle or similar product.

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EVERY DROP COUNTS Reusing Rainwater Saves Money and is Better for Plants by Brita Belli


oug Pushard, an expert in rainwater catchment systems who shares his know-how at HarvestH2O. com, believes that homeowners capture rainfall for two reasons—either to make the most of a precious water resource in states with low seasonal precipitation or to control stormwater runoff in states with high precipitation. It’s also an easy way to make a dent in household water and sewer bills. Capturing and managing rainwater provides an environmentally sound alternative to wasting precious tap water pulled from diminishing underground reservoirs, and can


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replace some or all of a home’s water needs, depending on the system. Rainwater is also better for nourishing lawns, plants and gardens. “People want to use rainwater instead of city water in their yards because they understand that city water carries chlorine, which is not great for plants,” Pushard explains. The amount of water used by residential irrigation is significant. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Water Sense Program, an American family of four uses 400 gallons of water a day, including 30 percent of it outside. More than half of that outdoor water is used for lawns and gardens, with the rest sprayed on cars, in swimming pools and on sidewalks and driveways. Collectively, nationwide landscape irrigation totals more than 7 billion gallons per day.

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In its simplest form, rainwater harvesting involves little more than placing rain barrels—with capacities from 55 gallons to several hundred gallons—under a home’s downspouts. Popular models can be purchased from home improvement stores, or county extension classes teach how to make one from inexpensive parts. Online research shows the various styles available; most have a spigot at the base for attaching a hose or filling a watering can. The larger capacity, more sophisticated systems use storage cisterns than can hold thousands of gallons of water below ground. These employ pumps that move the water to sprinkler systems or other points of use. For these more complicated setups, Pushard recommends engaging professional help, adding that below-ground systems will capture excess water year-round, even in climates where temperatures drop. “In northern New Mexico, where I live, we get almost one-third of our precipitation in the winter,” he says. “If you have a below-ground system, you can capture that; with an above-ground one, you can’t, because the tank or fittings would freeze and burst.” The formula for determining the maximum amount of water available to capture is related to roof size. Multiply the square footage of the roof times the local annual rainfall (found at, and then multiply the

result by .623 gallons. That .623 factor is “how many gallons are in an area of one square foot by one inch deep of rainwater,” according to one of Pushard’s online tutorials. Not all roof materials are created equal. On the high end, tile, metal, concrete or asphalt roofs have a 95 percent runoff efficiency; gravel roofs, 70 percent; and grass roofs, 17 percent, so factor that in, too. Pushard recommends always going with a bigger tank, if possible, to avoid having to add more water storage later.

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Rainwater harvesting works as an effective irrigation device, but it needn’t be limited to outdoor use. One of the easiest—and most useful—places to direct captured rainwater is toilets. Citing bathrooms as a home’s biggest water user, the EPA notes that a single toilet can use 27 percent of household water. “It’s ludicrous that we use drinking water to flush toilets,” says Pushard. To use stored rainwater instead, run a new plumbing line to the rainwater storage tank and install a pump that activates when the toilet flushes. Rainwater can supply sink faucets, as well, but counting on rainwater to be the sole source of all household water requires a substantial investment and a filtration, purification and UV light system to make the water drinkable. When capturing rain for potable uses, roofing material becomes more important: Unpainted metal and tile are preferred, because these will not leach chemicals into the water that are difficult to remove. In terms of overall cost, the simplest rainwater collection systems will cost a few hundred dollars (less than $100 per barrel), while a whole-house system will cost tens of thousands. However, Pushard points out, rainwater harvesting can be a lifesaver with water shortages becoming a new norm in many states.

Raising Autism Awareness Locally by Beth Davis


he Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that an average of 1 in 110 children in the U.S have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)— making it the most rapidly growing serious developmental disability in the United States. Unfortunately, Indiana mirrors the national average with an estimated incidence rate of 1 in 83—the sixth highest in the country. As autism becomes more prevalent, raising awareness becomes more crucial because though autism is a complex disorder, in many cases early intervention can bring significant improvements. Local advocate, Jane Grimes, has seen those improvements first-hand. Her daughter was diagnosed with autism six years ago at the age of 7. Since then, Grimes has spent countless hours supporting families and individuals affected with autism, and dedicated herself to creating awareness and identifying resources in the local community. As the enrollment director for Applied Behavior Center for Autism and founder and president of the nonprofit Indiana Autism Scholarship Foundation, she has seen both the positive and the negative. “Early intervention can certainly make a great impact on the transition into kindergarten,” she explains. “However, there is a real lack of support and awareness at the teenage level.” She says though many autistic teens go on to college, many do not. In

that case, businesses are simply not prepared to employ a person with autism. “There is not one individual with autism that shouldn’t be able to work in some setting, but it’s important to start early, even if that means volunteering in an effort to build skills,” notes Grimes. As for recognizing signs of autism, Grimes says her best advice is to “educate yourself and go with your gut instinct.” Though there is no simple way to test for autism, parents should be aware of how a child is developing. For example, if a child is not putting words together or has no interest in toys at the age of two, a pediatrician should be consulted. But, be prepared prior for the visit, suggests Grimes. “You really have to educate yourself on what to ask. Get the DSM IV, the main diagnostic reference used by mental health professionals in the U.S., which lists the clinical criteria for the diagnosis of autism. If you need help, speak with someone in the autism community. We are all in this together.” For more information, visit, IRCA or To contact Jane Grimes, email GrimesJe@

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Room-by-Room Steps We Can Take, Starting Right Now by Crissy Trask


reen living is being embraced by more folks than ever, in ways both large and small, giving the Earth some much-needed kindness. If you’re interested in some good ideas that fall between a total home solar installation and basic recycling—with many delivering big impacts—check out Natural Awakenings’ room-by-room green checklist. You’ll find inspired, practical changes that are doable starting right now.

economic and environmental cost. Buying more fresh food than we can eat before the expiration date is up and allowing leftovers to expire in the fridge are culprits. “Drawing up menus and avoiding buying on impulse can help,” advises Green. Compost food scraps at home or sign up for curbside composting, if it’s offered locally. Disposing of food in garbage disposals or landfills is not environmentally sound.


4 Dispense with disposables. Replace

The kitchen can be a hot spot for waste. Eileen Green, with, says that reducing waste, conserving water and increasing energy efficiency are all important considerations within an environmentally friendly kitchen.

4 Eat up food. Each year, a typical household discards an estimated 474 pounds of food waste, according to University of Arizona research—at large


disposable paper and plastic products with durable, lasting alternatives: cloth napkins instead of paper; dishwashersafe serving ware instead of single-use paper or plastic; glass or recycled food storage containers in place of throwaway plastic bags and wrap; and natural fiber dishcloths to replace paper towels and plastic sponges.

4 C l e a n n a t u ra l l y. C h e m i c a l powerhouses have become the norm in household cleaning products, but they

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are not essential. Non-toxic cleaners are up to the task, from cleaning a sink to an oven.

4 Shop for the Energy Star logo. Appliances bearing the Energy Star logo are up to 50 percent more energy efficient than standard ones. This translates to significant savings in annual operating costs. 4 Filter water with less waste. Bottled water is expensive and wasteful. Instead, purchase a home-filtering system that uses recycled or reusable filters. On the road, carry tasty filtered water in a reusable glass bottle.

4 Conserve water. Run dishwashers only when fully loaded and fill the sink with water, rather than running it down the drain, when washing by hand. Use water only to wet and rinse; otherwise turn it off. 4 Phase out non-stick skillets. Teflon coatings can leach toxins when damaged or overheated. Play it safe and begin assembling a set of cookware that includes properly seasoned cast iron, which is naturally non-stick.


Avoid cheap reusable shopping bags. Flimsy reusable bags end up as trash within a few months under normal use. Buy a set of high quality reusable bags that will give years of use.

Bedrooms “Most people spend more time in the bedroom than in any other room of the house,” remarks Huffington Post Eco Etiquette columnist Jennifer Grayson. “So it’s important to focus on

making bedrooms as green and healthy as possible.” She advocates paying special attention to sleepwear, bedding and furniture people sleep on.


Start with a good foundation. Box springs can be constructed of plywood or particleboard, which commonly contain formaldehyde, classified as a probable human carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and a toxic air contaminant by the state of California. Choose those that have been certified as formaldehyde-free or with low emissions. A platform bed made of Forest Stewardship Councilcertified wood, sourced from sustainably managed forests, is a healthy alternative.

4 Don’t sleep on a cloud of chemicals. “If your face is pressed up against a conventional mattress for seven hours a night, then you’re going to be breathing in whatever chemicals are off-gassing from that mattress for seven hours a night,” warns Grayson. Mattresses are commonly treated with fire-retardant chemicals to comply with U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission rules. To avoid toxic chemicals like the hydrocarbon toluene, emitted from mattresses stuffed with polyurethane foam, instead look for untreated, wool-covered mattresses (wool is a natural fire retardant) filled with natural latex or containing a spring system wrapped with organic cotton batting. Non-organic cotton production relies on lots of hazardous synthetic chemicals in its production. Organic cotton, linen and wool bedding are safer bets, especially when certified to meet strict environmental standards.

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Block the afternoon sun. During the day, shut off air-conditioning vents inside bedrooms and block the afternoon sun with interior or exterior solar shades. By day’s end, even in warm climates, bedrooms should be cool enough for sleeping with the addition of a slight breeze from an open window or a slow-running floor or ceiling fan.


Go wireless. It’s impossible to completely avoid electromagnetic radiation from today’s technologies, so lower exposure in the bedroom by removing electronic devices and placing electrical items at least five feet away from the bed.


Forget fabric softeners. Most fabric softeners contain highly toxic chemicals that latch onto sheets and can be inhaled or absorbed directly into the bloodstream through skin. Instead, add a quarter-cup of baking soda to the wash cycle to soften sheets and other laundry.

4 Leave the lights off. Motion-detecting nightlights save energy while allowing safe passage in the wee hours.

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In a typical U.S. home, the washing machine accounts for 21 percent of home water use and combined, the washer and dryer comprise 5 to 8 percent of home energy demands. Diane MacEachern, founder of and author of Big Green Purse: Use Your Spending Power to Create a Cleaner, Greener World, explains that a good way to conserve key resources is to use these appliances less—reducing the number of loads and drying items on outdoor clotheslines or indoor racks. MacEachern says, “You can probably wash things like sweatshirts and blue jeans less frequently without much consequence, and a clothesline requires no energy other than the sun.” Also, make sure that whatever goes into the washer or dryer with clothes is nontoxic, or else you’ll be wearing toxic chemical residues next to your skin all day, cautions MacEachern.

4 Select cold water. On average, only 10 percent of the energy used by a clothes washer runs the machine; the other 90 percent goes to heat the water. The typical American household does about 400 loads of laundry each year, resulting in much energy squandered on hot water. With the exception of laundering greasy spots or stubborn stains, routinely wash in cold water,

using a cold-water eco-detergent.

4 Install a clothesline. Running a dryer for just 40 minutes can use the energy equivalent of a 15-watt, compact fluorescent bulb lit for a week. Stretch out a line and hang clothes outside to dry in the fresh air to save about $100 a year on electric bills. The sun imparts a disinfectant benefit as a bonus.

4 Replace an old machine. A washer or dryer that is older than 10 years has hidden costs. notes that an older machine uses more energy and can cost from 10 to 75 percent more to operate than a new, high-efficiency appliance.


Choose eco-friendly laundry products. Conventional laundry soaps contain chemicals that can be problematic for us and wreak havoc on marine ecosystems. Look for coldwater brands that are fragrance- and phosphate-free.


Slow the flow. Ultra-efficient showerheads use as little as 1 gallon per minute (gpm); aerated types that mix air into the water stream to enhance pressure provide a good soak and rinse using less than half the water than some other low-flow showerheads. At the sink, aerators should flow between 0.5 and 1 gpm—plenty of pressure for brushing teeth and washing hands.

4 Flush responsibly. According to the EPA, the toilet alone can use 27 percent of household water. Replace older toilets (pre-1994) with new, higher efficiency models for savings of two to six gallons per flush.

4 Heat water wisely. A tankless water heater supplies instantaneous hot water only as needed. Or, install a timer on a traditional water heater to cut warming time to a few hours a day at most.

4 Switch to concentrates. Concentrated 4 detergents translate to less energy used in shipping, less waste and more value.


Stop static cling without dryer sheets. Never over-dry clothes and always dry natural fibers separately from synthetics to prevent static cling.

Bathroom The smallest room in the house is a disproportionately large contributor to household environmental impacts. In an average non-conservation-minded American home, 38,000 gallons of water annually go down the drains and toilet. “Along with that water,” says MacEachern, “You’ll be washing lots of personal care and cleaning products down the drain, as well, where they could get into local natural water supplies and make life difficult for birds, frogs and fish.” Sara Snow, television host and author of Sara Snow’s Fresh Living: The Essential Room-by-Room Guide to a Greener, Healthier Family and Home, cautions against personal skin care products with questionable chemical ingredients. “A good percentage of them are being absorbed right into our


bloodstream, so focus on ingredients that do no harm; ones that help our bodies instead, such as nourishing and healing botanicals.”

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Shun a plastic shower curtain. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) has been called “the poison plastic” for its highly toxic lifecycle, which includes the release of dioxins into the air and water. These toxic chemicals persist in ecosystems and can cause cancer. PVC shower curtains are also a short-life product that cannot be recycled, so switch to a PVC-free alternative. Organic hemp is the ecoshower curtain gold standard.

4 Ban antibacterial products. Triclosan is a popular antibacterial agent found in many household cleaners, hand soaps, cosmetics and even toothpaste. It’s also a registered pesticide and probable human carcinogen that’s showing up in the environment and children’s urine. The Mayo Clinic suggests that triclosan may contribute to the development of antibiotic-resistant germs and harm

the immune system, making us more susceptible to bacteria.


Use recycled and unbleached paper products. Using recycled bath tissue helps close the recycling loop on all the paper we dutifully recycle at the curb. Unbleached varieties keep chlorine byproducts like dioxins out of the environment.


Remove bad odors instead of covering them up. In a University of California study, chemical air fresheners were found to have higher concentrations of polluting volatile organic compounds (VOC) than any other household cleaning product. Long-term exposure to some VOCs have been linked with adverse health effects. This Natural Awakenings checklist suggests steps that are possible in making any home healthier, safer and more enjoyable. Start checking off items today and begin shrinking the family’s ecological footprint right away. Crissy Trask is the founder of Green and author of the bestselling, It’s Easy Being Green: A Handbook for Earth-Friendly Living. Follow her at greenmatters.

by Crissy Trask Kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms earn the most attention in greening up our homes, but what about the miscellaneous spaces? Attics, garages, closets and entry halls can get overlooked, although they also yield benefits from some green-minded attention. Here are tips for the most common “unrooms” to get the ball rolling.


4 Empty the car of extra weight and optimally inflate tires to improve gas mileage by up to 5 percent.

4 Replace poisonous windshield wiper fluid with a make-it-yourself solution that combines seven cups of distilled water, one-half-cup isopropyl alcohol and one-halfteaspoon eco-dishwashing liquid. Properly dispose of old wiper fluid in a boldly labeled container at a hazardous waste center.

4 Clean with a broom instead of a hose to save water.


4 Install a whole-house fan to pull warm air out of the attic, keeping rooms below cooler.

4 Blanket the attic with a reflective heat barrier to reflect heat before it has a chance to enter.


If the tops of floor joists above the insulation are visible,

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4 Install a shower filter that removes chlorine. Chlorine, which is increasingly being linked to some cancers, is used by many municipalities to disinfect water supplies. People absorb more chlorine through the skin and by inhaling chlorine vapors when bathing and showering than from drinking it.

GREEN UN-ROOM CHECKLIST recommends adding more insulation until they are no longer visible when viewed at eye level.

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4 Leave shoes, along with allergens and dirt, at the door for a healthier home.

4 Reduce unwanted mail by opting out of catalogs, credit card and insurance offers and Direct Marketing Association-member mailings at, OptOutPrescreen. com and, respectively.


Doormats made from recycled plastic soda bottles keep millions of them from entering landfills.


4 Get organized with bins and shelves made from recycled plastic, reclaimed wood, salvaged and repurposed items, formaldehyde-free plant-based boards or Forest Stewardship Councilcertified wood. 4

Shop for local, previously owned clothes and accessories from consignment boutiques, thrift stores or a local clothing swap.


Slip into some vegan or Earthfriendly shoes; there’s a lot more to choose from than hemp sandals. Sources: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Sierra Club, Mayo Clinic, chej.or g,,,,

The tapestry or our lives is woven by each thought, feeling, spoken word and action. If we seek to create a sustainable life, in a sustainable world, our effort begins with the quality of attention and care we give to each person and task in our environment. Our effort begins at home.

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LEED-Certified Facilities Care for Animals and the Earth by Sandra Murphy

City managers are realizing that going green is the right thing to do. In many areas, new municipal construction is required to be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified to reduce operating costs, conserve resources and provide a healthier work environment. Older municipal buildings slated for remodeling also can be transformed. Buildings may even quality for incentives from local utilities in some states. As a result, animal shelters are now joining the move to green.

“Our goal was to reduce our carbon paw print,” says Dave Dickinson, interim director of Sacramento County Animal Care, regarding the California capital’s LEED Gold-certified shelter. “The Silicon Valley architect incorporated natural light, a beneficial air circulation system and numerous energy- and resource-saving elements to create an extraordinary environment for both the animals and employees.” The LEED rating system, developed by the nonprofit U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), signifies levels of silver, gold or platinum status, based on eco-business practices. Swatt | Miers Architects chose polished concrete for the Sacramento shelter floors. “Tile is nice, but grout harbors bacteria,” says George Miers, a principal of the firm. “Concrete is a sustainable material and when sealed, can withstand a lot of mopping. We used a local quarry for materials.” At least 10 percent of the building materials were sourced within 500 miles of the site and the project contains more than 10 percent pre- and post-consumer recycled content.

Good for the Animals “Use of natural light reduces the cost of electricity,” explains Dr. Amber Andersen, a Los Angelesbased veterinarian. “Lights can be programmed to dim gradually and provide the animals with a regular sleep cycle. It’s stressful for them to be in bright light all the time.” In addition, strategic placement of the dog runs and decorative potted plants to block their view of one another tends to reduce canine stress and barking. “Calmer dogs are more

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healthy operating room while regulating temperatures throughout the facility. “The city of Denver consistently chose the best options for the animals and the environment, while being mindful of the budget,” remarks Scott Jones, of Denver’s Air Purification Company. “This is the benchmark for future designs; on a larger scale, this model can be used for hospitals.”

LEED certification criteria include site selection, pollution prevention during demolition and building, protection and restoration of habitat, water use reduction indoors and out, green power, and use of regional materials to cut transportation fuel, road wear and air pollution. likely to be adopted,” Andersen notes. The facility operates a similar homey setup for cats with room to run around, climb carpeted furnishings and play. In Denver, Colorado, a new LEED Platinum-certified, 36,000-square-foot shelter is twice the size of the former facility. Particular attention was paid to air circulation to help prevent the spread of canine flu, kennel cough and staph infections, and to maintain a

Good for Business The Plano, Texas, animal shelter, which was due for a comprehensive remodeling, is now LEED Silver certified. “We learned that the addition of a new wing could be done according to LEED standards, but we also had to make improvements to the existing structure, so that the entire building was improved,” says Melinda Haggerty, the city’s sustainability and communications coordinator. “This was a learning experience on all levels. We saw firsthand that you don’t need to sacrifice aesthetics for function. You can have a comfortable place to work while saving money.” The USGBC reports that buildings of all types consume an average of 72 percent of the electricity generated worldwide. That can be reduced by 24 to 50 percent with green building practices.

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Lessons to Help Lighten Future Footprints by Hilary Ferrand


arents schooled in environmental principles strive to guide their children in like-minded directions. How can we inspire them to join in addressing larger challenges without coming across as a lecturer about yet another obligation? Thankfully, there are many ways to make green living a feel-good, even easy and fun habit.

attests that half of all U.S. garbage could be recycled. In practice, we settle for about 2 percent. Encourage youngsters to make their opinions known. When a toy’s package is much larger than it needs to be, help them write the maker a letter asking the manufacturer to green their business.

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Help children become experts. “Kids can inspire their friends and parents to be more environmentally conscious,” advises Dr. Moshe Lewis, chief of physical medicine and rehab at the California Pacific Medical Center, in San Francisco. Surround the family with nature. “Kids are naturally curious. As they learn about the natural habitat of animals, their importance in the ecosystem and how beautiful they are, they develop an appreciation for the diverse flora and fauna species on Earth,” says Lewis. Barbara Smith started the Bow Wow Meow Kids Club at the Almost Home humane shelter, in Fort Dodge, Iowa, so that more children could visit the animals. “Volunteering at the shelter has more benefits for kids than just playing with cats and dogs,” says Smith. “It teaches how to be kind, how to earn trust and try to heal. It teaches them to be humane.” Involve kids in choosing good food. “I like to produce some food at home so we can lessen our footprints a bit more,” says Marsh. Two of her children help care for the family’s quails and collect eggs. The third

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The most important factor is to live as an example. Parents best teach children to buy less by buying less themselves. Discuss various considerations and ask for their opinions. According to a recent study by Empower MediaMarketing, kids see 12 to 14 minutes of commercials for every hour of television screen time. Talk about ads that target kids and how some retailers manipulate young audiences. Compare the advertised benefits of a new toy with their own experiences with it; does it measure up? Give kids attractive options and practice in making choices. “I tell them what a product contains and if it’s proven to cause health problems,” says Mary Marsh, a mother of three in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. “I also will tell them about a natural alternative. I really want them to make these important decisions themselves. I can’t decide for them later on.”

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Environmental challenges can appear daunting, and may make children feel fearful or even guilty that they can’t help. A parent can help calm their nerves, offer constructive perspective and help them feel like part of the solution. “Keep the tone of conversation on possibilities, rather than impending doom,” counsels Licensed Mental Health Counselor Brooke Randolph, of Indianapolis, Indiana. “Focus on what could happen, instead of what will.” Look for the positives. “A single choice is not causing global warming or the extinction of a species; rather, it is a build-up of several choices, made by many people, over and over again.” Talk about current incremental changes that are helping. Make doable, Earth-friendly goals and act together to make a difference. “No matter how small it is,” says Randolph, “if children feel they are doing something positive, they can feel more in control.” Finally, encourage self-expression. “For kids, being able to verbalize or express their feelings is critical,” says Lewis. “Sometimes, this requires more than just talk therapy. I have found that art and other creative expressions are a way to work through various emotions.” Hilary Ferrand is a freelance writer in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

wisewords Eco-Mind: Creating the World We Want A Conversation with Frances Moore Lappé by Linda Sechrist


rances Moore Lappé, author of 18 books including Diet for a Small Planet, is the co-founder of Food First: The Institute for Food and Development Policy, and Small Planet Institute. She also serves on the board of advisors of Grassroots International. In her most recent release, EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think, to Create the World We Want, Lappé explores the latest in climate studies, anthropology and neuroscience. She

aims to dismantle the seven widely held messages, or thought traps, that undermine our responses to current eco-crises.

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allows us to see the world and our place in it without managing quantities of limited things. The most stunning implication of this way of seeing is its endless possibilities, as we learn to align with the laws of nature. With an “eco-mind,” we see that ours is not a finished, fixed world, but rather an evolving and relational world. Through an ecological worldview, we realize that everything, including ourselves, is co-created, moment-to-moment, in relation to all else. Separateness is an illusion and notions of “fixed” or “finished” are fanciful. With an eco-mind, we can move from fixing something outside of ourselves to realigning our relationships within our ecological home. Making such leaps of thought can uplift us from disempowerment and despair to empowerment and hope.

How are our culture’s current s to r i e s a b o u t t h e c a u s e s of environmental crises disempowering us? Current metaphors pointing to such causes of environmental crises as “insatiable consumers” and this “age of irresponsibility” fix attention on our character failings. They make us feel blameworthy and incite feelings of guilt and fear. Fear doesn’t motivate humans to be more engaged and giving; rather, it too often has the opposite effect, and leads us to objectify and dismiss the “other”, even if the other is nature. Metaphors of contemporary environmentalism, such as “power down” and “we’ve hit the limits”, keep us locked in quantitative thinking. They don’t encourage us to see the underlying patterns of waste and destruction. They also fail to offer emotionally compelling, alternative ways of seeing current challenges and their rich, positive possibilities. People need to see a new path, a way ahead, in order to leave the old.

that overtax the planet are to blame,” is a thought trap that engenders fear. People then think there isn’t enough to go around, so they have to grab what they can now. This thinking locks our imagination inside an inherited, unecological worldview that focuses on separateness and lack; that’s precisely the thinking that got us into this mess. Considering the power of frame and language, we can ask ourselves: What is the one piece of my current mental map—my core assumption about life—that limits me? How could I reframe it to free myself? How do I keep my thinking from being mired in the world of separateness and lack? What are other terms I want to start using?

What “thought leap” can move us forward? In some ways, my “thought leaps” all reflect a shift from focusing on limits to that of alignment. We’re in the mess we’re in because our economic rules are perversely unaligned with the laws of nature and with human nature itself; they bring out the worst and keep the best in check. We need the opposite. For example, we now know how to align food production with ecological principles so that there’s enough for all, while regenerating flora and fauna. In this thought leap, we shift from fixating on quantities and focus instead on the quality of ever-changing relationships with all life. We work to replace fear with curiosity—asking why we are together creating a world that none of us as individuals would choose? We see the nature of life as connection and change—realizing, therefore, that it’s just not possible to know what’s possible. How freeing. When we put our eco-minds into action with the power of connection, we can reach out and spark faceto-face gatherings with others that are also eager to move from feeling overwhelmed to taking rewarding action. Everyone benefits.

Which of your seven “thought traps” do you see as most Visit significant? I encourage all of us to examine and reshape the stories we tell ourselves and others. “We’ve hit the limits of a finite Earth and greedy consumers

Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings magazines.

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ransformation is inevitable. The nature of nature is to evolve and expand. We can follow the flow of the drifting tide or we can consciously choose where, when and how we will transform ourselves—be it in body, mind or spirit. Sometimes these choices are gifted to us, as if someone placed rose petals on the path for us to follow. Such was the good fortune of alternative health care practitioner, Martha Graves, when, 13 years ago, a friend handed her a magazine article that discussed the possible re-emergence of the Christ in the form of a tall, bearded man named Maitreya. The article described how the man had reportedly appeared “out of the blue” to a crowd of over 6,000 people at a gathering in Kenya in 1988, miraculously healing dozens. Though Graves returned the article, she never forgot the name Maitreya. In 2009, while strolling through the Universal Light Expo in Columbus, Ohio, her heart leapt with excited recognition as she was directed to purchase Extraordinary Times, Extraordinary Beings, by Wayne Peterson, an American diplomat and former director of the Fulbright Scholarship program. The book described the author’s experiences as he came to know Maitreya and understand his mission of helping humanity through its struggling times. According to Graves, Maitreya is a highly evolved being who has lived in a human body (albeit over 100,000 years ago), but whose consciousness has now become so evolved that he has moved up the spiritual hierarchy in order to do greater works to serve humanity. “Maitreya fully embodies the energy of Love, or the Christ Principle,” she explains. “He receives this energy directly from our sun and anchors it on the planet. Through Maitreya this energy flows through the hearts of all humanity and inspires us to do the same through love, sharing, peace, justice and freedom for all. Maitreya and his disciples, the Masters, return now to show us the way forward and to help us transform our world.” It was through Peterson’s book that Graves first learned about transmission meditation, a group meditation technique practiced in hundreds of groups around the world. More than just a personal meditation, it is said to be an act of service to humankind. “Ideally, there should be three or more members who meditate together so that a mental triangle is formed between the group, visualized as white light circulating above your heads which helps direct the love and light to humanity,” explains Graves. “With just one or two people, you can

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mentally ask and intend to be linked with other groups who are performing transmission meditation, regardless of their location or time, although the effects are not as potent.” The first time Graves experienced transmission meditation, she says she felt like some subtle shifts were taking place, but it was more of an overall feeling of peace than a specific sensation. However, after a few more times, she noticed a very specific, but gentle, constant pressure on her ajna center (the sixth etheric chakra between the eyebrows) as she focused on that area—as participants are directed to do. She says there is no special expertise in meditation required in order to transmit energy, and the process itself is relatively easy. “Focusing on your ajna center creates an alignment between the physical brain and your soul, which then allows the Masters to channel spiritual energies through each member of the group,” she notes. These transformative energies flow through the group then out into the world, stepped down to a level that is more accessible to humanity. This stepped-down energy can then be directed to wherever it is needed throughout the world to help heal. Although the technique is simple, most find it not easy to hold the attention at the ajna center throughout the entire transmission. “When your mind wanders elsewhere, as it inevitably will, you just silently say or think the mantra, “OM,”

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meditation, participants are not only being of service, but it propels their own spiritual journey so that in one year of consistent and intensive meditation, individuals can make the same kind of advance as in 10 or 15 years of personal meditation. “Through this type of meditation, you are building a bridge between your physical body and your

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daily Pilates Reformer Classes – Mon–Sat. No Sun classes. Visit website for times. Engage the mind with the body to create exercises that involve whole body movement. $20-$35. Inner You Pilates, 14950 Greyhound Ct, Indianapolis. 317571-8367. Yoga Classes – Mon-Sun. Visit website for times. Classes range from Hot Vinyasa to Yin to Slow Flow. Flourish Yoga + Wellbeing, 10138 Brooks School Rd, Fishers. 317-841-0103. FlourishYoga.Biz.

monday Bible Basics History & Meaning – 1-2:30pm or 6:30-8pm. Begins 4/16. Historical overview of the bible with basic principles of metaphysical interpretation using selected passages from both the Old and New Testaments. Facilitated by Rev. Don Treadwell. Unity of Indianapolis, 907 N. Delaware St. Kundalini Yoga – 7pm. All levels. A unique blend of posture, breathwork, meditation and chanting. Currently working through the chakras. Modifications available for any fitness level. $10. Pinecone Center, 841 W. 53rd Street, Indpls. 317-679-3717. Simply Meditate – 7-8pm. Meditation Classes for Beginners. Learn meditation to relax the body and mind, achieve inner peace and mental clarity and develop a kind and patient attitude toward everybody. $10/$5 Students. Dromtonpa Kadampa Buddhist Center, 6018 N. Keystone Ave, Indianapolis. 317-374-5281 or

tuesday Restorative Yoga – 11:30am. Flourish Yoga + Wellbeing, 10138 Brooks School Rd, Fishers. 317-841-0103. FlourishYoga.Biz. Groove Dance – 12-1pm. Learn simple moves, add your own style, get active and have fun. 1st Class free. $15/class. $100/10. Stillpoint Chiropractic, 9780 Lantern Rd, Ste 230, Fishers. Carla. 317-645-3627. Yoga for Healing the Heart – 5:45-7pm. Yoga for those recovering from stress, grief, life crisis. Nia Dance – 5:45-6:45pm. Movement class to music for your body, mind, emotions and spirit, drawing from the dance, martial, and healing arts. $10/class or $40/5-class pass. First class free. Earth House, 237 N. East St. Indpls. Rhonda Vaughn. 317-201-9659.

A Journey Through the Chakras – 6:30-8pm. Through April 17. Getting to Know your Energy Centers. Begin with the root and end with the crown chakra. Come to any or all sessions. $20 or $130/all. Daniel Atlas. 812-219-5761. Simply Meditate in Carmel – 7-8pm. With Buddhist teacher, Kathy Ryan. For beginners and others wishing to train their mind to relax, gain mental clarity, increase inner peace and a kind heart. Monon Community Center Program Room A, 1235 Central Park Drive East, Carmel. $14 per class. Dromtonpa Members $5 per class. 317-848-7275.

wednesday Farmers’ Market at the City Market – 10am1pm. Market Street between Delaware and Alabama sts, Indianapolis. 317-634-9266. Therapeutic Yoga –12-1pm. Healing postures, breathwork and meditation. First class begins April 11 th . $12. Meridian Holistic Center, 210 E. 91 st Street, Suite B, Indpls. Artisan Cheeses – 5-9pm. Choose from a selection of organic artisan cheese and Lobster Fondues. Pair with half price glasses of wine. The Loft Restaurant, Traders Point Creamery, 9101 Moore Rd, Zionsville. 317-733-1700. Frequencies of Light Meditation Class – 6-7:30pm. Using channeled sound and teachings to shift into a high vibration of being. Instructor: Anara Whitebear, Sound Shaman. $10. Mother Nature’s Sun, 6516 Ferguson St., Indpls. 317-2535683. Sahaja Meditation – 7-8pm. A simple and spontaneous meditation technique, which destresses mind, improves attention and brings inner peace and joy harnessing one’s own inner energy. Free. Old National Bank, 4950 E. County Line Rd., Greenwood. 317-300-4560. Health & Wellness Class – 7pm. Every 2nd Wednesday.    First class free/$5. Whitewillow Integrative Health Specialist. Hampton Inn, 2311 N. Shadeland Ave, Indpls. Soul to Soul Parenting Book Group – 7:30-9pm. Meets 1st and 3rd Wednesdays. $5. The Playful Soul, 6516 Ferguson, Indpls. 317-253-0499.

thursday Half Price Bottles of Wine – 5-9pm. Organic and sustainable bottles of wine are half price. Pair with our Artisan Cheese Fondue and other distinctive menu dishes. The Loft Restaurant, Traders Point Creamery, 9101 Moore Rd, Zionsville.

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Kundalini Yoga Express – 6-7pm. Community class, all are welcome. $8. Mother Nature’s Sun, 6516 Ferguson St. in Broad Ripple. Karla Becker. Free Community Drum Circle – 6:45-8pm. All ages/experience welcome. Free. Hand Drum instruction class prior to the drum circle at 6:156:45pm. $5. Bongo Boy Recreational Music and Wellness Center, 8481 Bash Street Ste 1100, Indianapolis. 317-771-0241. Healthy Chocolate Tastings – 7pm. Sample healthy chocolate and learn how to grow your own business. Greenwood location. Xocai Healthy Chocolate. 855-835-1523. Meditations For Everyday Life – 7-8:30pm. Current Series: How to Solve Human Problems. $10. Dromtonpa Kadampa Buddhist Center, 6018 N. Keystone Ave, Indianapolis. 317-374-5281 or Health & Wellness Class – 7pm. Every 3rd Thursday.   First class free/$5. Whitewillow Integrative Health Specialist. Hampton Inn, 2311 N. Shadeland Ave, Indpls.

friday Groove Dance – 12-1pm. Learn simple moves, add your own style, get active and have fun. 1st Class free. $15/class. $100/10. Stillpoint Chiropractic, 9780 Lantern Rd, Ste 230, Fishers. Carla. 317-645-3627. Live Music – 5-9pm. Start the weekend off right with a farm-to-table dinner, organic glass of wine, and live musical performances every Friday night at The Loft Restaurant! Traders Point Creamery, 9101 Moore Rd, Zionsville. 317-733-1700.

saturday Continental Breakfast – 9-11am. Rise and shine! The Loft offers an enticing spread of organic, freshly made breakfast favorites every Saturday morning. Traders Point Creamery, 9101 Moore Rd, Zionsville. 317-733-1700. Winter Green Market – 9-12:30pm. Shop our vendors to find the best selection in local organic products. The Green Market, 9101 Moore Rd, Zionsville. Yoga for Kids; Saturdays 10-11:15 a.m. at Peace through Yoga in the heart of Eagle Creek Park. Six classes/$30. Kids Rhythm Club – 10:45-11:30am. Participate in “kids drum circle” and explore recreational music making through rhythm and rhythm based games. Recommended ages for kids: 3-12, Parents are encouraged to participate. $5. Bongo Boy Recreational Music and Wellness Center, 8481 Bash Street Ste 1100, Indianapolis. 317-771-0241. Introduction to Yoga – 12:30-2pm. Second Saturday of every month. Free. All People Yoga Center, 1724 E. 86 St, Indy. 317-818-1800.




sunday Sunday Services – 9:30am. Pre-service meditation. Praise music starts at 9:50 a.m. with the Celebration Service and a Youth Education Program commencing at 10 a.m. Unity of Indianapolis, 907 N. Delaware St. 317-635-4066. Dharma For Kids – 11am-12:15pm. Suitable for ages 4-11. Children learn how to develop harmony, confidence and methods to calm the mind. The topics of both classes will correlate to foster parent/child discussion after class. $5 per child. Snacks included. Dromtonpa Kadampa Buddhist Center, 6018 N. Keystone Ave, Indianapolis. 317374-5281. Kundalini Yoga – 11am-12:15pm. All levels. A unique blend of posture, breathwork, meditation and chanting. Modifications available for any fitness level. $7. Cityoga, 2442 N Central Ave, Indianapolis. 317-430-3875. HariDattiKaur@hotmail. Prayers For World Peace with Mandy Vickery – 11am-12:15pm. All welcome. Increase and maintain a happy, positive mind. Free/Donation. Dromtonpa Kadampa Buddhist Center, 6018 N. Keystone Ave, Indianapolis. 317-374-5281. Sahaja Meditation – 12-1pm. A simple and spontaneous meditation technique, which destresses mind, improves attention and brings inner peace and joy harnessing one’s own inner energy. Free. Old National Bank, 6135 N College Ave, Indianapolis. 317-300-4560.

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Ester Nicholson – 10:30am. Healing message of freedom and abundant living. Workshop immediately following. $35. Spiritual Science of Indianapolis. 317-471-3533.


Group Counseling Program – 6-7:45pm. Adopt health habits and lifestyle changes through a well-balanced diet, managing stress and daily movement. This 6 session program will give you the tools you need to make better decisions with regard to your healthy future. $350. Reinventing Wellness, 8725 Gordonshire Dr., Indpls. 317-4080110.


Cooking Class: Nourishing Nosh for Body & Soul – 5:30-7:30pm. “Detoxing” and “Cleansing” are all the rage these days, but done incorrectly, it can hurt, rather than repair. Discover healthy whole foods detox plan. $35. RSVP. Reinventing Wellness, 8725 Gordonshire Dr., Indpls. 317-4080110.


Special Spring Break Yoga for Kids – 10am. Stretch, laugh and learn to be still in the fun class for kids ages 7-14. $5/child. Breath. Life. Yoga. 6520 E. 82nd St., Ste 218, Indpls. 317-502-5630,

Warming Up to Hot Vinyasa – 2-3:15pm. Class for those new to yoga or anxious about the idea of practicing yoga in a hot room. $17. Flourish Yoga + Wellbeing, 10138 Brooks School Rd, Fishers. 317-841-0103. FlourishYoga.Biz.

Divine Goddess Circle - 6:30-8:30pm. The women in this group experience a divine connection through guided meditations, gratitude, healing circles and angel card readings. Unity of Indpls, 907 N. Delaware St., Indpls.

Sommelier’s Wine Special on select organic & sustainable wines. The Loft Restaurant, Traders Point Creamery, 9101 Moore Rd, Zionsville. 317733-1700.


Good Friday Service – 7pm. Unity of Indpls. 907 N. Delaware St.317-635-4066.


Spiritual Development & the 12 Steps – 9am12pm. Awareness and Amends. Fairbanks, 8102 Clearvista Parkway, Indpls. Kathleen Gill. 317572-9469.

Stutz Artists Association Open House More than 70 artists will open their studios to visitors during the two-day event. Artwork ranges from paintings, drawings and photography, to sculpture, jewelry and furniture. openhouse.html

Mindfulness Meditation for Health Chi Gong – 10-11am. Perform gentle movements with mental focus on breath. Chi Gong. Reduce stress, improve balance, improve heart and immune health, increase flexibility, improve mood, improve mental clarity and focus, and energize. $10/$50 for 6 classes. Mother Nature Sun, 6516 Ferguson, Indpls. Jim Johnson. 317-490-9822.


Easter brunch – Savor the flavors and make memories with our organic brunch specialties and farm atmosphere that the whole family will enjoy. Traders Point Creamery, 9101 Moore Rd, Zionsville, 317-733-1700.

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Community HU Song – 6:30pm. Gain a deeper understanding of yourself and why things happen the way they do in your life at Community HU Song services presented by Eckankar, Religion of the Light and Sound of God. Free. Unity Church of Indianapolis, 907 N. Delaware. 317-635-4066.


Author’s Evening with Annie Burnside – 6:30-8:30pm. Soul to Soul Parenting: A Guide to Raising a Spiritually Conscious Family. Free. The Playful Soul, 6516 N. Ferguson, Indpls. 317253-0499. Vogel Crystals – 7-8:30pm. Vogel Crystals are quartz crystals that are carefully cut in conformance to the findings and teachings of Marcel Vogel (1917-1991). Learn new ways of using these magnificent quartz creations in 2012. Goddess Elite, 23140 Lorain Rd, North Olmsted, OH 44070. Melissa. 440-777-7211. Spring Detox Seminar – 6:30-8pm. During this seminar, Charles Beck, DO and Melanie MacLaren, ND, RYT will discuss the importance of detoxing and how to get started. $5. Meridian Holistic Center, 210 E. 91st Street, Ste B, Indpls. 317-228-9270.


Raw Food for the Heart – 5:30pm. Join raw food chef Allie McFee for a raw gourmet dinner and lecture prepared to stimulate and open the heart chakra. $25. Georgetown Market, 4375 Georgetown Rd., Indpls. 317-293-9525.


Release and Surrender: Hip Opener Workshop – 10am-1pm. Hip openers help to release tension created by spending so much time sitting or repeating the same motion such as running or bicycling. $45. Cityoga, 2442 N Central Ave., Indpls. Free Fair – 11am-8pm. Saturday and Sunday offering intuitive readings and healing sessions at discounted prices. No door fee and all readings are $15/15min. Inner Path, 7673 S. Shelby St. Indpls. 317-883-1100. Tai Chi Easy Workshop – 10am-2:30pm. 5 Step form to enhance your health developed by Dr. Roger Jahnke. Gentle movements with focus on form and breath. One free class with workshop purchase. Bring a light snack and a drink-30 min break in workshop. $40. Mother Nature Sun, 6516 Ferguson, Indpls. Jim Johnson 317-490-9822.

Mark Your Calendar Intent Heals Journal Workshop – 1-3pm. A tangible way to engage in prayer, gratitude and forgiveness. Receive a journal to continue the journaling process after the workshop. $35. Elaine Voci Life Skills Coaching. Hosted by Healing Touch of IN, 1250 East County Line Rd, Indpls.


The Living Matrix Movie – 12pm. A provocative film about healing and the nature of human health. 4-week workshop follows every Sunday afternoon. Led by Dr. Andrew Giordano of Morter Health Institute. 317-471-3533. God is Closer Than You Think – 12-1:30pm. Seminar led by Dr. Sue Morter, an international authority on bridging science, spirit and human possibility. Unity Church of Indianapolis, 907 N. Delaware. 317-635-4066. Opening Up to Body Wisdom – 1-4pm. Create lasting changes in your relationships and in life. Body awareness exercises and breathing techniques help experience and express oneself more honestly and clearly. For individuals, couples and professionals. $60. Peggy Hellman. 317-374-7867.


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Living Foods 101 – 6-8pm. Amazing health benefits of a raw/living foods diet, how to begin incorporating more raw foods into your diet and how to make three delicious raw food recipes. $25. RSVP. Georgetown Market, 4375 Georgetown Rd., Indpls. 317-293-9525. Restful Sleep Seminar – 6:30-8pm. Trouble sleeping? Join Charles Beck, DO and Melanie MacLaren, ND, RYT for a seminar that will help you find restful sleep. $5. Meridian Holistic Center, 210 E. 91st Street, Ste B, Indpls. 317-2289270.

Dog & Cat First Aid/CPR Class – 8am-12pm. Instruction will be provided by PetTech instructor Amanda Cosman. $80. Circle City Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Hospital, 9650 Mayflower Park Drive, Carmel. Ask Linda Pet Sitting. 317-224-5243.


Kids Yoga – 1:30-3:30pm. Children learn basic yoga poses through games and play in a fun and safe environment taught by Meg Faber. $10. Flourish Yoga + Wellbeing. 10138 Brooks School Rd., Fishers. 317-841-0103. Introduction to Meditation – 2-4:45pm. 4/22, 9am-12pm. Achieve a focused mind, lowered blood pressure and improved health, freedom from stress, and inner tranquility. $105. Inner Peace Yoga Center, 5038 E 56th St., Indpls. 317257-9642. Candlelight Partner Yoga – 5:30-7:15pm. With Lisa & Brett Daugherty. Work with your partner to create beautiful partner yoga poses and sequences. Practice and learn Thai massage techniques to relax and nurture yourself and your partner. $25. Cityoga, 2442 N Central Ave., Indpls.


Earth Day Celebration – 11:30am-2:30pm. Recycle electronics, walking tours, craft a birdfeeder, children’s art, lunch from a truck, tree-planting, make your own mini solar-powered car, make paper, scavenger hunt, bounce house, and more. Free. JCC Indy, 6701 Hoover Rd., Indpls. 317251-9467.


Divine Goddess Circle – 6:30-8:30pm. Women experience a divine connection through guided meditations, gratitude, healing circles and angel card readings. Unity Church of Indianapolis, 907 N. Delaware. 317-635-4066.

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The Nature Conservancy Picnic for the Planet Earth Day Celebration – 12-3pm. The Picnic for the Planet is a celebration of the planet on which we live, the food it provides and the people with which we share it. Created by The Nature Conservancy, the Picnic for the Planet is a global celebration. Free. Receive a free pass into the park with online registration. Ft. Benjamin Harrison State Park, Cherry Tree Shelter, 5753 Glen Rd., Indpls. The Nature Conservancy. Ann Smith. 317951-8818. Basics of Ayurveda – 6-7pm. Learn the basics of this holistic system of medicine, then apply them to your daily life for better health. $10. Breath. Life.Yoga, 6520 E. 82nd St, Ste 218, Indpls. 317502-5630.


Ayurveda Basics – 6:30-8pm. Learn what your constitutional type is and how to restore your balance and stay well using diet, exercise, oil massage, and more. $20. Inner Peace Yoga Center, 5038 E. 56th St., Indpls. 317-257-9642.

Mad Hatter Party – Celebrating 10 years of art. Earth Day Indiana – 11am-4pm. Outdoor festival; 130 environmental and conservation exhibits, live music, food, activities for kids. Free. Sponsored in part by Natural Awakenings. White River State Park, 801 W. Washington St, Indpls. Mutt Strut – 10:45am-3pm. This one-of-a-kind event will bring people together from across Indiana and the country to walk the famous 2 ½ -mile oval at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Register today. Mindfulness Meditation for Health Chi Gong – 10-11am. Perform gentle movements with mental focus on breath. Chi Gong. Reduce stress, improve balance, improve heart and immune health, increase flexibility, improve mood, improve mental clarity and focus, and energize. $10/$50 for 6. Mother Nature Sun, 6516 Ferguson, Indpls. Jim Johnson 317-490-9822.


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Creating the Work You Love – 9:30am12:30pm. Unhappy in your current career? Do you lack clarity or courage when you try to imagine yourself doing work that is soul satisfying? This workshop will help you find your path by providing information, including how to express your authentic self on a resume, ten key actions for effective interviews, and inspiration based on true stories. $45 inc workbook. Elaine Voci Life Skills Coaching, LLC. 11805 N. Pennsylvania St, Carmel. 317-730-5481. Register at



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Dalai Lama Public Talk – 8-9:30am. Sacred Chants and Musical Performances. 9:30-11:30am. In the Presence of H.H. the Dalai Lama. Discussion on non-violence. $40, $80, $120. Free tickets for 452 Illinois Students in Grades 11 and 12. Loyola University Chicago, Lake Shore Campus. 847-492-0809.

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Fairbanks Circle of Hope Dinner – 6pm reception, 7pm dinner. Keynote Speaker is Chris Herren, former NBA player and founder of Hoop Dreams. Indianapolis Marriott Downtown. or 317-572-9384.


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EcoFest Indy – 11am-4pm. Located downtown at the historic City Market, excitement is building for guests to connect with local service providers at this cultural festival, blending lifestyle, business and the environment. Exhibit space and volunteer opportunities are also available. 317-862-6332. Publisher@ or visit

planahead Farm Camp – Camp Dates: June 18-21, July 9-12, August 6-9. Campers will play & work with nature as they learn about animals, organic food, gardening and more. Activities include cow milking, nature hiking, creek splashing, gardening, and making crafts. Traders Point Creamery, 9101 Moore Rd., Zionsville. 317-733-1700,







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6155 N. College Ave. & 111 E. 16th St., Indpls. 317-255-3030/317-423-9999


colon hydrotherapy CLEANSING WATERS

5501 E. 71st St., Ste A, Indianapolis 317-259-0796

We promote a “cleansing” lifestyle that focuses on balancing the inner ecosystem at our colon hydrotherapy center. This lifestyle incorporates regular internal cleansing, detoxification and nourishment programs. See ad on page 19.

essential oils

6516 N. Ferguson St, Indpls 317-253-0499


A whimsical boutique for your spirit filled with books, candles, hand selected crystals, essential oils, jewelry, clothing, music, prayer flags, meditation aids and ever-changing surprises. See ad on page 29.

Marilyn York, Independent Distributor 317-536-0011, ext. 2

Over 130 Therapeutic-grade essential oils, and essential-oil enhanced nutritional supplements & products. Visit my website for details. Income opportunities option is also available.

camp - overnight JAMESON CAMP

2001 Bridgeport Rd, Indianapolis, 317-241-2661

Indianapolis/Crossroads of America

Jameson Camp is a resource for the entire Indianapolis community. We offer anywhere from summer camp programming to retreat or meeting spaces to suit your needs.


Nancy Arden, Independent Distributor 317-695-3594

Understand why the Wise Men brought Frankincense to the Christ-child and why essential oils are mentioned 200 times in the Bible. Call for free CD.


9101 Moore Rd., Zionsville 317-733-1700

Indiana’s only yearround market, bringing you sustainably produced local goods. Winter hours, Saturdays from 9am-12pm. See ad on page 22.

farms - organic TRADERS POINT CREAMERY, THE LOFT RESTAURANT & DAIRY BAR 9101 Moore Rd., Zionsville 317-733-1700

This artisan dairy farm is a serene break from the city hustle. Serving Brunch, Lunch & Dinner for the ultimate organic farm to table experience!  See ad on page 32.

integrative health

Coming in May


210 E. 91st St, Suite B, Indianapolis 317-228-9270

Personalized holistic and preventive care through osteopathic manipulations, prolotherapy, nutrition, yoga and natural remedies resulting in weight loss, improved energy, hormonal balance, and optimal digestion. See ad on page 14.


Barbara Manley, RN, MS 8499 Fishers Center Drive, Fishers 317-753-1167

Barbara Manley is an instrument of healing utilizing SCIO, Reiki, Healing Touch, Meditation, and workshops to help you create your own health and wellness.

WHITEWILLOW INTEGRATIVE   HEALTH SPECIALIST 740 E. 52nd St., Ste 11, Indianapolis 617-990-6979


farmers’ markets/ natural/organic

More than twenty years experience successfully managing symptoms of chronic illness. Free Consultations. See ad on page 11.


6350 Guilford Avenue, Indianapolis 317-253-3709


2828 E. 10th St., Indianapolis 317-426-4963

An Indy Food Co-op store, Pogue’s Run Grocer is a fullservice natural and organic grocery store featuring affordable, fresh, healthy foods and locally produced goods. See ad on page 21.

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Offering a distinctive and broad selection of natural and organic foods, supplements, beauty products, and apparel. Family owned and operated since 1971. See ad on page 16.


11805 North Pennsylvania Street, Carmel 317-730-5481

Since 1995 - specializing in career coaching, managing transitions, and monthly Intent Heals Journal Workshops Awaken to your best self through a workshop or individual coaching. See ad on page 13.

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local Deals



Planet Soul is on a mission to UNIFY the world through kindness, respect and service rooted in the belief We Are One. Join us. See ad on page 10.

Now seeking merchants who would like to present good deals on products and services geared towards the Natural, Healthy and Holistic community. See ad on page 39.




YELENA PHOTOGRAPHER OF JOY 812-333-8178 924 West 17th Street, Bloomington

TRANSMISSION MEDITATION Indianapolis 317-283-1152


14535B Hazel Dell Parkway, Carmel 317-703-4431

A family-owned wellness center integrating the modalities of yoga and massage into the medical system of Carmel Riverview Rehab. Linda Banter and son Eric Banter. See ad on page 10.

Award-Winning BelarusianAmerican Photographer and Costume Stylist offering Magical Portrait Art Celebrating You, Your Family and Your Life. Creating images with the light of joy. See ad on page 3.

Free, simple technique; Potent service to humanity; Dynamic personal growth and healing. Sunday afternoons in private home; contact Dave. See ad on page 30.

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Sarah Stout CCN, HHC, Raw Foods Chef 317-408-0110

Offering a variety of nutritional and holistic health counseling services. Specializing in raw foods certifications, private cooking classes, corporate services, and menu planning. See ad on page 17.

Carmel City Center, 711 Veteran’s Way 317-777-0896



See ad on page 21.

Devoted to providing high-quality items via Fair Trade, environmentally friendly goodies and organic skin care products that are made with all of nature’s wonders.

skincare pet sITTING Serving NW Indy, Zionsville & Carmel 317-224-5243

Professional in-home cat and dog care, dog walking and house sitting. We’ll make sure your pets enjoy your vacation as much as you do!


Avon - Rockville Rd Broad Ripple - 62nd St. & Keystone Greenwood - County Line & Emerson Noblesville - S.R. 37 North of 32

Peaceful, Natural Skin Care. No chemicals, no synthetics, just plant-based ingredients. Products include Face Cleansers, Serums, Moisturizers, Body Oils, Hand and Nail Creams, and Healthy Balms. See ad on page 17.


450 E. 96th Street, Ste 500, Indpls 317-370-5111

Greatest selection of products that improve your pet’s well-being. See ad on page 25.


6520 E. 82nd St., Ste. 218, Indianapolis 317-502-5630

Enjoy smaller classes with personalized instruction. Exercise your body then join us for meditation, offered several times each week. Early morning and lunch classes available.







Indianapolis/Crossroads of America

State-of-the Art thermal imaging scans are non-invasive, radiation free, affordable, no prescription required, and painless. Get results fast for any area of the body. See ad on page 15.


10138 Brooks School Rd, Fishers 317-841-0103

Offering yoga classes as well as private instruction, massage, and counseling services. Our mission is to guide and nurture you to manifest infinite possibilities.


8609 E. 116th Street, Fishers 317-915-9642

Your source for Anusara© Vinyasa, Restorative and Prenatal yoga. Well-trained teachers guide you skillfully towards personal wellness on all levels. Private lessons available.

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EcoFest Indy! May 12, 2012 Reserve your exhibit space now by going to or Call 317-862-6332

Indy’s First Annual EcoFest!

Natural Awakenings of Indianapolis and Indianapolis City Market will proudly present EcoFest Indy, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 12. Located downtown at the historic City Market, excitement is building for guests to connect with local service providers at this cultural festival, blending lifestyle, business and the environment.

Indianapolis City Market

Volunteer Opportunities


Indianapolis/Crossroads of America

Volunteers earn hugs and a souvenir T-shirt

Call Nancy at 317-862-6332

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