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New Generations Put Earth First by Randy Kambi

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Managing Menopause Mindfully

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ertified Yoga Teacher Alicia Cuglietta, RYT-500, and professional yoga therapist, RYT-1,000, assisted by Certified Yoga Teacher Karen Bratton, RYT-200 and level 1 yoga therapist, will present the program Managing Menopause Mindfully from 2 to 4:30 p.m., April 16 and 17, at Down Dog Diagnostics. The first day covers calming, grounding practices, and the second addresses energizing, uplifting practices. Take-home techniques and practices are be included. From irritability and mood swings, hot flashes, sadness and depression, fatigue, insomnia, anxiety and panic, menopause and perimenopause can bring with them serious discomfort. Alicia Cuglietta, founder of Down Dog Diagnostics Yoga Therapy and presenter at Managing Menopause Mindfully, states, “Yoga therapy offers as many, if not more tools and techniques as menopause offers up symptoms.” Down Dog Diagnostics, LLC, specializes in anxiety disorders, neurological/autoimmune disease, back care and women’s health, offering private one-on-one sessions, group classes and clinics. Location: 7310 Smoke Ranch Rd., Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-768-2906, email yogaliciarx@gmail.com or visit DownDogDiagnostics.com. See ad, page 20.

kudos The National Art Education Association (NAEA) has named Randee Davidson, of Doral Academy, Saddle Campus, to receive the 2016 Nevada Art Educator of the Year award. NAEA President Patricia Franklin states, "This award is being given to recognize excellence in professional accomplishment and service by a dedicated art educator. Randee Davidson exemplifies the highly qualified art educators active in education today: leaders, teachers, students, scholars and advocates who give their best to their students and the profession." For more information, visit DoralAcademyNV.org. 6

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he Las Vegas Health & Fitness Chamber of Commerce is holding weekly networking cultural connectors events, sponsored by Lead Team Networking. Meetings are held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Mondays at Aracely's Sazon Colombiano; 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. Wednesdays at Egg Works on Sunset; and from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays at Egg Works on Rainbow. Participants should bring business cards and a 60-second commercial about their business to share with top dynamic leaders in health, healing, fitness, wellness and business networking. Business is conducted in English and translated from Spanish as needed. The Chamber welcomes all business owners and their representatives and nonprofit and community-based organization leaders to improve the health of businesses, organizations and the community. Admission is free. Locations: Aracely's Sazon Colombiano, 3650 S. Jones Blvd., Ste. 2, Las Vegas; Egg Works, 2490 E. Sunset Rd. and 6960 S. Rainbow Blvd., Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-483-2970, email Ray@VegasHealthFitnessChamber. com or visit VegasHealthFitnessChamber.com. See ad, page 9.

Garden Irrigation Workshop

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he University of Nevada Cooperative Extension will present a workshop, Gardening in Small Places: Understanding Your Irrigation, from 8 a.m. to noon, April 9, at the Lifelong Learning Center. Professor M.L. Robinson, an environmental horticulturist, will help participants discover the right type of irrigation for their landscape. The workshop Professor M.L. Robinson explains irrigation during cover different types of irrigation a workshop. and how they are best used. Homeowners and other interested parties are welcome to attend. photo by Cooperative Extension

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Cost is $25, including materials. Location: 8050 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas. To register (required), call 702-257-5573 or visit Eventbrite.com/e/gardening-in-small-places-understandingyour-irrigation-tickets-20036334215. Upcoming Gardening in Small Places workshop dates are May 9, what’s bugging your garden and June 13, organic gardening.


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he University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners are offering a series of classes at Acacia Park in April, taught by Cooperative Extension volunteer master gardener instructors and begin at 9 a.m.

April 9—Water in the Desert: Irrigation systems and clocks can be confusing. Learn how to water in gallons, not minutes, so that the landscape will thrive, not just survive. April 16—Container Gardening: Containers are great for small yards, as a landscape accent or to combat poor soil. Learn how to grow vegetables, roses and annuals in pots. April 23—Growing Roses: Many types of roses grow well in the desert. Learn how and when to plant, prune,and care for roses to get colorful blooms. April 30—The Plant Detective: Learn how to scout a garden to identify problems and control them before they become a costly fix. The master gardeners will also have an Ask a Master Gardener table at the park on class days.

Support the Cause. Protect our heritage. APRIL 1 Benefit for Wild Horses & Burrows – 6:30-8:30pm. Leo Starwind & friends bring unique unplugged style to Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N. Teneya Way, LV. Suggested donation $10. APRIL 22 Make a Stand at the Federal Courthouse – 10am. Bring a sign and your passion. 335 S. Las Vegas Blvd, LV. APRIL 23 National Protest March – 10am. Meet on sidewalk in front of Ballagio fountain (permit pending). For more information, visit SavingWildHorsesNevada.com.

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Admission is free. Location: 50 Casa Del Fuego, Henderson. To preregister (required), visit CityOfHenderson.com/parks and choose online registration.

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he inaugural Vegas VegFest will take center stage from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 9, at the Clark County Ampitheater. As the vegetarian food scene in the U.S. has continued to gain strength, so has the plant-based movement in Las Vegas, with the opening of some popular restaurants around the Valley in the past year. Organized by CompassionWorks International, a Nevadabased international animal advocacy nonprofit organization, our media sponsor: and its founder, Carrie LeBlanc, the time has never been more ripe for an event like this in the Valley. "Over the past couple of years, the plant-based, veg lifestyle has become more mainstream," she says. “As more and more restaurants begin to offer veg-friendly menus, and more businesses in town begin to cater to requests from customers to offer cruelty-free products, we decided now is the right time to bring an important event like this to Las Vegas." The Vegas Veg Fest will feature about 60 vendors, including local, regional and national brands that offer food and products that do not use animals or animal byproducts. This first-of-its-kind event also brings together local leaders of the plant-based lifestyle movement in Las Vegas, including Violette's Vegan, Panevino, Vegenation, GrassRoots and more. Speakers include Paul Shapiro, vice president of Farm Animal Protection at the Humane Society of the United States. The Vegan Bros will take the stage to educate attendees about the benefits of going cruelty-free, and there will be free entertainment and activities for children. "The event is open to everyone," says LeBlanc. "It's not only for people who identify as plant-based, but is welcoming to those who simply want to learn more about what having a plant-based lifestyle means. We want to show that by eating delicious food, anyone can make a positive impact for people, animals and the planet." THE healthy, green and peaceful living magazine of Greater Las Vegas

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Learn Hypnosis in Three Days

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tephan and Shalee Schafeitel are Trainers of Neuro Linguistic Programming, Time Line Therapy and Hypnotherapy is holding a Hypnosis Weekend Certification Course from May 13 through 15, at The Tad James Co, Henderson. This accelerated, three-day weekend course is excellent for anyone that wants to learn hypnotherapy with a maximum of “hands-on” experience. During the course, they will learn how to use hypnosis for themselves and with others. Hypnosis has been scientifically proven to be effective in creating change in certain repetitive behaviors including: smoking, weight loss, stress reduction, motivation, pain control and performance enhancement. Participants will be guided through interactive discussions, live demonstrations and practice. “You will be able to successfully use Hypnosis after only three days,” says Schafeitel. “For those new to hypnosis, this will be an eye-opening experience. Mental health or healthcare professionals will wonder why they did not learn these tools earlier. Even those that have taken other hypnotherapy trainings before will enjoy this modern approach. Limited seats available at $695 (Reg. $995). Location: Call 702440-4823 for more information or email Shalee@NLPCoaching. com to register. For more information, visit NLPCoaching.com. See ad, page 3.

Get Rid of Self-Doubt at the Source

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. Ron Hubbard’s landmark book Dianetics, a bestseller for more than half a century with tens of millions of copies in print, translated into more than 50 languages and used in more than 100 countries on Earth. Here is the anatomy and full description of the reactive mind, the previously unknown source of nightmares, unreasonable fears, upsets and insecurities which enslave mankind. This book shows how to get rid of it and achieve something man has previously only dreamed of: the state of clear. Location: Church of Scientology Las Vegas, 2761 Emerson Ave., Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-7311500 email, ScientologyVegasPromo@gmail.com or visit Scientology-LasVegas.org. See ad, page 28. 8

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Chiropractic Spring Open House

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egas Family Chiropractic will be hosting a Spring Open House event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 30, for attendees to learn about the many benefits of chiropractic. There will be healthy snacks, free product samples and fun for all ages. Dr. Adrienne Stauffer, a nationally board-certified and state-licensed chiropractic physician and owner of Vegas Family Chiropractic, holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Health Ecology and Human Biology, and a Doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine. Dr. Stauffer grew up in the Las Vegas area and has a passion for helping people. She became a patient of chiropractic while attending the University of Nevada in Reno. After noticing the beneficial effects on her own health, she went on to chiropractic school in Portland, Oregon. She states, “Whether it be for pain relief, prevention, improving sports performance or wellness, I will love to help you feel and perform at your best.” Location: 8400 Farm Rd., Ste. 150, Las Vegas. For appointments, call 702-209-2722. For more information, email DrAdrienneDC@gmail.com or visit VegasFamilyChiropractic. com. See ad, page 15.

Spring Harvest Festival at Tivoli Village

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he fresh52 farmers and artisan market Spring Harvest Festival, held April 30 at Tivoli Village, features craft food and beer, games and prizes, kids’ gardening and kitchen, chef demonstrations, live entertainment on three stages, a petting zoo, kids kitchen, makers and crafters. Sponsored by Le Cordon Bleu, Grass Roots Juice Bar, Master Gardeners of Nevada, ACF Chefs of Las Vegas, City of the World and Tivoli Village, this lively, friendly, open-air market allows neighbors and friends come together to celebrate their community. Each Saturday and Sunday morning, the market includes vendors of pesticidefree seasonal produce, fresh baked goods, gourmet olive oils, salsas, spices, sauces, nuts, handmade modern crafts, artisans and more. Admission is free. Location: Tivoli Village, 302 S. Rampart, Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-900-2552, email Info@ Fresh52.com or visit Fresh52.com. See ad, page 19.


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Nature’s Colors Aid Focus and Accuracy

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esearchers from the University of Melbourne determined that taking a quick break and looking at natural colors can significantly increase attention, focus and job performance. The researchers tested 150 university students that were randomly selected to view one of two city scenes consisting of a building with and without a flowering meadow green roof. The two views were experienced as micro-breaks, a 30-second period that can be taken every 40 minutes. Both groups were tested before and after viewing the scene for sustained attention spans, along with a performance test upon completing a task. Subjects that looked at the scene with the verdant roof had significantly longer attention spans and fewer errors in doing their tasks.

Mercury Use Linked to Dentists’ Tremors

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study of thousands of dentists found that the absorption of mercury is associated with an increased risk of tremors. Published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, the study followed 13,906 dentists for a 24year period. The research tested the dentists’ urinary mercury levels to estimate their individual exposure. The incidence of tremors—the involuntary shaking of hands, arms and other parts of the body—among the dentists was then compared with their exposure to mercury. Higher exposures to mercury increased the risk of tremors among the entire population of dentists studied by 10 percent; the increased risk among the young dentists was 13 percent. 10

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Fracking Fluids Found Toxic to Health

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n analyzing 1,021 chemicals contained in fluids and wastewater used in hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for oil or natural gas, a Yale University study found that at least 157 of the chemicals—including arsenic, benzene, formaldehyde and mercury—are associated with either developmental toxicity, reproductive toxicity or both. Of the total identified chemicals, 925 were used in the hydraulic fracturing process, 132 in fracking wastewater and 36 were present in both. The scientists utilized the REPROTOX database in the Chemical Abstract Service registry and then reviewed the available research, including human and animal studies. Toxicity data wasn’t available for 781 of the chemicals used in fracking. Among the other 240 chemicals, 103 were reproductive toxins. An additional 95 were developmental toxins. Another 41 have been found to be both reproductive and developmental toxins. The researchers further suggested that at least 67 of the chemicals be prioritized in drinking water testing. Senior author and Professor of Public Health Nicole Deziel, Ph.D., adds, “This evaluation is a first step to prioritize the vast array of potential environmental contaminants from hydraulic fracturing for future exposure and health studies. Quantification of the potential exposure to these chemicals, such as by monitoring drinking water in people’s homes, is vital for understanding the [associated] public health impact.”


The ‘Dirty Dozen’ of Cancer-Causing Chemicals

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cientists at the Environmental Working Group published a list of the 12 chemicals that have been most prevalently linked to cancer in numerous research studies. The list encompasses bisphenol A, atrazine, organophosphate pesticides, dibutyl phthalate, lead, mercury, per- or polyfluorochemicals (PFC), phthalates, diethlyhexyl phthalate, polybrominated diphenyl ethers, triclosan and

nonylphenol. The scientists suggest that consumers can reduce their exposure to each of these chemicals by avoiding plastics marked with “PC” (polycarbonates) or the recycling number 7 mark, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastics in food packaging, PFCtreated wrappers on food and other products, lead paints, mercury-laden seafoods, phthalates-containing fragrances and plastics, foam products made before 2005, foreign antibacterial soaps, and detergents and paints with nonylphenol. Other proactive measures include drinking only filtered water when in agricultural areas and purchasing organic foods. The researchers contend, “Given that we live in a sea of chemicals, it makes sense to begin reducing exposures to ones we know are bad actors.”

Tai Chi Eases Effects of Chronic Disease

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review of research from the University of British Columbia tested the effects of tai chi exercise upon people with four chronic diseases: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart failure, osteoarthritis and cancer. Dr. Yi-Wen Chen and his team analyzed 33 studies of more than 1,500 people that participated in tai chi. The research also tested the effects of the practice on general health, including walking speed, muscle strength, speed in standing up from a sitting position, quality of life, symptoms of depression and knee strength. The heart disease patients among the subjects showed a reduction in depression symptoms, and all shared a reduction of muscle stiffness and pain, increased speeds in both walking and standing from a sitting position and improved well-being. “Given the fact that many middle-aged and older persons have more than one chronic condition, it’s important to examine the benefits of treatment/exercise interventions across several co-existing conditions,” says Chen.

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Down-to-Earth Climate Change Strategy The Center for Food Safety’s Cool Foods Campaign report Soil & Carbon: Soil Solutions to Climate Problems maintains that it’s possible to take atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) that fuels climate change and put it back into the soil, where much of it was once a solid mineral. There’s too much carbon in the atmosphere and the oceans, but not enough stable carbon in the ground supporting healthy soils. Cultivated soils globally have lost 50 to 70 percent of their original carbon content through paving, converting grasslands to cropland and agricultural practices that rob soil of organic matter and its ability to store carbon, making it more susceptible to flooding and erosion. Healthy soils—fed through organic agriculture practices like polycultures, cover crops and compost—give soil microbes the ability to store more CO2 and withstand drought and floods better, because revitalized soil structure allows it to act like a sponge. The report concludes, “Rebuilding soil carbon is a zero-risk, low-cost proposition. It has universal application and we already know how to do it.” Download the report at Tinyurl.com/CFS-Climate-Report.

Bee Kind The Good Fight for Honeybees A U.S. federal appeals court has blocked the use of the pesticide sulfoxaflor over concerns about its effect on honeybees, which have been disappearing throughout the country in recent years. “Initial studies showed sulfoxaflor was highly toxic to honeybees, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was required to get further tests,” says Circuit Judge Mary Schroeder. “Given the precariousness of bee populations, leaving the EPA’s registration of sulfoxaflor in place risks more potential environmental harm than vacating it.” The product, sold in the U.S. as Transform or Closer, must be pulled from store shelves by October 18. Paul Towers, a spokesperson for the nonprofit advocacy group Pesticide Action Network, comments, “This is [an example of] the classic pesticide industry shell game. As more science underscores the harms of a pesticide, they shift to newer, less-studied products, and it takes regulators years to catch up.” On another front, an insect form of Alzheimer’s disease caused by aluminum contamination from pesticides is another suspected contributing cause of the welldocumented widespread bee colony collapse, according to a study published in the journal PLOS ONE. Honeybees studied had levels of aluminum in their bodies equivalent to those that could cause brain damage in humans. 12

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Mealworms can safely and effectively biodegrade certain types of plastic waste, according to groundbreaking new research from Stanford University and China’s Beihang University. In two newly released companion s t u d i e s , r e s e a rch e r s r e ve a l that microorganisms living in the mealworm’s gut effectively break down Styrofoam and plastic into biodegraded fragments that look similar to tiny rabbit droppings. Plastic waste takes notoriously long to biodegrade; a single water bottle is estimated to take 450 years to break down in a landfill. Due to poor waste management, plastic waste often ends up in the environment, and research reveals that 90 percent of all seabirds and up to 25 percent of fish sold in markets have plastic waste in their stomachs. Worms that dined regularly on plastic appeared to be as healthy as their non-plastic-eating companions, and researchers believe that the waste they produce could be safely repurposed in agriculture. Further research is needed before the worms can be widely deployed. It’s possible that worms could also biodegrade polypropylene, used in textiles, bioplastics and microbeads. Source: Discovery.com

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outhern Nevada organizations such as Great Basin Permaculture (GBP) are feeding those hungry for local botanical and food heritage culture. Their efforts include educating the public about well-known regional cuisine, creating widespread gardening projects and inspiring the community to create their own local gardens. GBP is also raising awareness and educating Las Vegas residents about the hundreds of native plants that surround us. It was one year ago Green Valley Library (GVL) and GBP launched The Seed Library. Today, GBP continues to contribute seeds and their collective knowledge, hoping the bank of tried-and-true seeds will grow with community support and become a vital cultural resource for southern Nevadans. An easy-to-use seed vending machine is located inside the Green Valley Library. Within the machine, are more than 40 varieties of herbs, vegetables and flowers. Anyone is welcome to donate a quarter as “seed money” for the library

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and in exchange, receive a sampling of seeds to try at home. Those seeking seeds or have seeds to share are invited to use the library; the lending process is simple. Seeds can be “checked out” for the growing season and planted. When plants reach maturity, patrons are asked to save the next generation of seeds and return them to the library, much in the way traditional libraries loan out books, DVDs and other materials. GBP and GVL both offer seed library educational workshops on the seed library process, as well as seasonal workshops at the GVL where select seeds, saved from the Permaculture Learning Garden (Tinyurl.com/PermacultureLearningGarden), are shared with attendees. Many of these seeds are saved from original donations by Native Seeds/SEARCH in Arizona, preserving cultural heritage of Southwestern tribes through seeds that are well-adapted to southern Nevada’s unique growing environment. It is estimated that there are currently more than 300 seed libraries/exchanges across the country. The GVL/GBP Seed Library is the first in the state of Nevada and part of the GVL science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programming. It began with a starter set of seeds donated by Native Seeds/SEARCH, a nonprofit seed conservation organization based in Tucson, Arizona. Jessica Penrod, cofounder of GBP, indicated that the seed library starter set features regional, drought-adapted varieties of sunflower, artichoke, chard and corn seed. Although the concept behind seed libraries is simple, the practical implementation of seed libraries, from a legal perspective, has been anything but. Seed libraries have faced legal controversy in some states, including Minnesota and Pennsylvania, for running afoul of seed licensing, labeling and testing laws. According to Michael Saunders, Esq., senior deputy attorney general with the Nevada attorney general’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, there is no express legal prohibition against see-lending libraries, such as that envisioned for GVL. However, the Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) did indicate that it is currently developing a position with respect to seed libraries. For more information, visit GreatBasinPermaculture. org and Facebook. com/SeedLibraryLasVegas. For more information about Henderson libraries’ STEM programming and other offerings, visit MyPublicLibrary.com.


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other Earth’s gentle hand is the secure cushion that warms us on long nights and sings comforting messages through endless days, protecting us even when things seem amiss. Take in her lovely presence. Embrace her consistent wisdom. Know that her dreams are ours and ours hers, connected by timely, comforting songs. It’s time to step away from the manicured lawns, concrete walks and well-planned gardens. An open door beckons us to the sparkling air out there to listen to the grasses breathe and murmur. Prairie grasses roll on and on through curvaceous hills and flat-edged fields, undeterred by human attempts to control their rippling arpeggios. We are asked to just listen. Be alone with the music of the grasses and be in harmony with the hum of the universe. Mother Earth’s apron is laden with flowers; simple, everpresent reminders that we are loved. She tempts us to take some time off, shed our shoes and settle into the lyrical realms of her strong body. The trees reach to the depths of the earth, deep into the mystery of lavender waters, and simultaneously throw their arms to the heavens, connecting all things living. The wind hears the prevailing songs that weave in and out of these lovely courtiers of the forest. In listening to their unerring stories, we let their siren songs sigh into our soul. It’s time to play in Earth’s garden and see her for who she is—today. Don’t hesitate. Go, play, linger, breathe and be one with the present moment. Adapted from Just Imagine Trees, a coloring book for all ages, by Susan Andra Lion. natural awakenings

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EVERYDAY SUSTAINABILITY Practical Ways We Can Help Out the Planet by Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko

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or many Americans, living more sustainably has become a natural part of their daily routine as they consistently recycle, eat healthy and use energy more efficiently. It’s just what they normally do every day. Every one of them had to start somewhere, growing their efforts over time to the point that nearly every activity yields better results for themselves, their family, their community and the planet. It might begin with the way we eat and eventually expand to encompass the way we work.

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“The sustainability movement is large and growing in the U.S.,” says Todd Larsen, with Green America, a grassroots nonprofit organization harnessing economic forces to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society. “Half a million people turned out in New York City to march for action on climate change. People also are working in their local communities to oppose fracking and pollution, and to support 24 Greater Las Vegas

green building and clean energy. Many businesses now include sustainability as a core business practice, including the 3,000 certified members of Green America’s Green Business Network.” This month, Natural Awakenings profiles the experiences of representative individuals from around the country that are helping to both make the world more sustainable and their own lives richer and more meaningful. From growing and cooking family food and line-drying laundry to powering their business with renewable energy, their approaches are as varied as the places they call home.

First Steps

“Many people start with something small at home, particularly if they’re concerned about the impacts on their family’s health,” says Larsen. “More Americans are approaching sustainability first through food. It’s relatively easy to change spending habits to incorporate more organic, fair trade and non-GMO [genetically modified] foods,

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and with the growth of farmers’ markets nationwide, people are able to buy local more easily.” A focus on food quality is how Wendy Brown and her husband and five children launched their eco-journey just outside of Portland, Maine. “We started thinking about where our food came from, how it was grown and raised and what we could do to ensure that it was better,” says Brown. “What we don’t grow or forage ourselves, we try to purchase from local farmers.” Living more simply during the past decade has helped the family cut debt and become more financially stable. “Our entry point to sustainable living was to grow tomatoes on the steps of an apartment that Kelly and I once called home years ago,” echoes Erik Knutzen, who, with his wife Kelly Coyne, have transformed their 960-square-foot Los Angeles bungalow into an oasis where they grow food, keep chickens and bees, brew, bake and house their bikes. Gabriele Marewski’s journey also started with what she ate. “I became a vegetarian at 14, after reading Diet for a Small Planet, by Frances Moore Lappé,” says Marewski, who in 1999 turned an avocado orchard in Homestead, Florida, into Paradise Farms. “Forty-seven years later, I’m still a strict vegetarian. I believe it’s the single most important statement we can make about saving the planet.” Marewski’s five-acre farm showcases certified organic micro greens, edible flowers, oyster mushrooms and a variety of tropical fruits marketed to Miami-area chefs. Her farm also offers Dinner in Paradise farm-to-table experiences to raise funds for local nonprofits providing food for underprivileged city residents, and bed-and-breakfast lodging. Sweden’s Chalmers University of Technology offers a free online course, Sustainability in Everyday Life, based on five themes: energy, climate change, food, chemicals and globalization. “People can make a difference by making responsible choices in their everyday life,” says Anna Nyström Claesson, one of the three original teachers.

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important and in the right direction,” explains Gina Miresse, with the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA), which will again host the world’s largest energy fair in June in Custer, Wisconsin. “It’s easy to start at home by adopting one new practice and sticking with it until it becomes a habit; then add a second practice and so on. This keeps people from getting overwhelmed.” We might, for example, switch to non-toxic home cleaning products when current products are used up. “There’s no need to throw everything in the trash and replace it all immediately—that would partially defeat the purpose of sustainability,” says Miresse. Green America, which suggests green alternatives to many products in online publications at GreenAmerica. org, recommends a congruent strategy. “We see people first change the way they purchase their food, move to reduce their purchases overall and green those they make, and then make their home more energy-efficient,” remarks Larsen. “Next, they consider walking and biking more.” Pamela Dixon explains, “On a day-to-day basis, it’s really about the products we use, like transferring to eco-friendly cleaners and yard maintenance, recycling electronic devices, paying bills electronically and receiving statements via email.” She and her

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husband, David Anderson, own Dave’s BrewFarm, in rural Wilson, Wisconsin, where they grow herbs, hops, raspberries and apples on 35 acres. “A 20-kilowatt wind generator supplies our electricity, and we use geothermal for heating and cooling,” adds Dixon. Due to career opportunities involving teaching principles of sustainability, the Wisconsin couple is in the process of selling the BrewFarm to move to La Crosse. “At our new home, we’re replacing the windows and appliances with more energy-efficient ones. We also chose our neighborhood so we can walk or bike to local grocery co-ops. We prefer to repair things when they break rather than buying something new, recycle everything the city will accept, compost food scraps and buy clothes at secondhand stores.” When the MREA Energy Fair began 27 years ago, the majority of attendees were interested in learning about first steps, such as recycling, relates Miresse. Today, sustainability basics ranging from fuel savings to water conservation are familiar, and they’re focused on revitalizing local economies. “Folks are now considering more ambitious practices such as sourcing food directly from local farmers, producing their own solar energy and incorporating energy storage, driving an electric vehicle or switching to more socially responsible investing.” The fair’s 250 workshops provide tools to help in taking their next steps on the journey to sustainability. Knutzen and Coyne’s passion has evolved from growing food into a larger DIY mode. “Cooking from scratch is something I prefer to do,” comments Knutzen. “I even grind my own flour.” Library books provide his primary source of inspiration. The Brown family likely echoes the thoughts of many American families. “We have many dreams, but the stark reality is that we live in a world that requires money,” says Wendy Brown. An electric car or solar electric system, for example, is a large investment. “The biggest barriers were mental blocks because we ‘gave up’ previous lifestyle norms,” she says. “Most people we know have a clothes dryer and can’t imagine living without one. Line-drying is

just part of the bigger issue of time management for us, because living sustainably and doing things by hand takes longer.”

Each Day Counts

“The biggest and most positive impact I have comes from my general non-waste philosophy,” advises Brown. “I try to reuse something rather than throwing it away. I’ve made underwear out of old camisoles and pajama pants from old flannel sheets. I reuse elastic from worn-out clothing. My travel beverage cup is a sauce jar with a reusable canning lid drilled with a hole for a reusable straw. Such examples show how we live every day.” Marewski’s love of travel doesn’t interfere with her sustainability quest. “When I travel, I like to walk or bicycle across countries,” she says. “It gives me a closer connection to the land and spontaneous contact with interesting people. I’m building a tiny home on wheels that’ll be completely self-sufficient, with solar, composting toilet and water catchment to reduce my footprint even further.” “Last August, I started a tenuretrack position in the school of business at Viterbo University,” says Dixon, who emphasizes how students can pursue sustainability in business and life. “I teach systems thinking, complex systems change and globally responsible leadership, all of which have a sustainability component.” She’s also faculty advisor to Enactus, a student organization focused on social entrepreneurship and making a positive impact on the community. “The best part of how we live is when my daughters make everyday eco-minded choices without even realizing it,” observes Brown. “I can see how remarkable it is, because I have the perspective of having lived differently. But for them, it’s just the way things are done. I think in that way, I’ve succeeded.” Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko’s ecojourney is captured in their books, ECOpreneuring, Farmstead Chef, Homemade for Sale, Rural Renaissance and Soil Sisters. Every day, they eat from their organic gardens surrounding their farm powered by the wind and sun. natural awakenings

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A GREENER SHADE OF YOUTH New Generations Put Earth First by Randy Kambic

Every generation gets a chance to change the world. ~Paul David Hewson (Bono)

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aby boomers inspired in their youth by Earth Day are now supporting a new generation’s enthusiasm for sustainability through educational and employment opportunities. A 2015 Nature Conservancy survey of 602 teens from 13 to 18 years old revealed that roughly 76 percent strongly believe that issues like climate change can be solved if action is taken now; they also hold that safeguarding important lands and waters should be a priority, regardless of ancillary benefits or the economy. This represents an increase in awareness since a 2010 Yale University Project on Climate Change Communication survey of 517 youths 13 to 17 years old showed that just 54 percent believed global warming was even happening. Launched as Teens for Safe Cosmetics in 2005 and renamed Teens Turning Green two years later, today’s expanded Turning Green (TG) nonprofit of Marin County, California, also informs and inspires college and graduate students to live and advocate for an eco-lifestyle (TurningGreen.org). TG’s first 30-day Project Green Challenge (PGC) in 2011 involved 2,600 students nationwide and internationally; last fall’s annual edition drew 4,000 students. “We’ve seen tremendous increases in sustainability offices and curriculums at universities nationwide,” notes Judi Shils, founder and executive director. “They have set an intention.”

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which provides eco-friendly landscaping and gardening services, helped start the Sustainable Enterprise Association of Milwaukee. As a social worker at the nonprofit Neighborhood House of Milwaukee in the late 90s, he helped young people in schools and community centers learn how to build their own aquaponics system, plus other gardening skills. “We hit the marks as far as science guidelines,” he recalls. “Kids would see the entire seed-to-harvest cycle through after-school and summer camps. Teachers also embraced nature a little more and saw how they could infuse it in curriculums.” He notes that two young men that subsequently graduated from local colleges currently work for Neighborhood House and Growing Power. More recently, he’s worked with two local organizations, Next Door Foundation and Operation Dream, to teach youngsters agricultural skills and find recruits for related job training internships and employment. Green Team landscape technician Darius Smith, 25, of Milwaukee, will become a crew leader this spring. “You get a good feeling installing plants,” he says. “We’re a team, working in sync.” For the 13th year, the Agricultural Fair Association of New Jersey (njagfairs. com) has selected a youth ambassador— Rebecca Carmeli-Peslak, 16, of Millstone Township, near Princeton—to visit 2016 fairs to promote agri-tourism and encourage youngsters to pursue agricultural careers. “It’s important for kids to know where food comes from,” says CarmeliPeslak, who is also in her second year as a local 4-H Club health and fitness ambassador, visiting Monmouth County libraries to speak on healthy eating and exercise. She’s training selected peers to speak in other counties; the club’s latest Look to You award recognizes her mentoring prowess. She says, “I want to be a large animal vet and own a farm.” “Young people are becoming well informed about environmental issues by traditional and social media,” observes Shils. “There’s exponential growth in their taking a stand and becoming more active.”

Reilly Reynolds, a senior at Ohio Wesleyan University, hopes to take up urban farming and eventually own a farm-to-table organic restaurant. The PGC finalist and TG student advisory board member says, “I strive to lead an environmentally friendly and socially responsible life, but there is always room for improvement.” Another PGC 2015 finalist, Matt Gal, a senior at the University of Arkansas, also aspires to be an organic farmer. He wants “to grow and give away as much fresh and organic food as possible to people who need it most.” The TG ProjectGreenU.org site features eco-friendly products, plus green advice geared for college students. It also operates a Conscience College Road Tour, leadership program, and organic nonGMO school lunch programs in Marin County and Sausalito schools via its Conscious Kitchen and Eco Top Chef programs. Milwaukee’s 13th annual Sustainability Summit and Exposition (SustainabilitySummit.us), from April 13 to 15, will admit local students for free. “We’ll address trends and potential careers in energy engineering, environmental health and water quality technology, sustainability and renewable energy,” says Summit Chair George Stone, a Milwaukee Area Technical Randy Kambic is an Estero, FL, freelance College natural sciences instructor. Bradley Blaeser, founder and co-own- editor and writer who regularly contributes er of The Green Team of Wisconsin, Inc., to Natural Awakenings.

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Earth Day Network (EDN) spokesperson Timothy McHugh, referring to this year’s Earth Day theme of Trees for Earth. This year also kicks off a four-year countdown to the environmental campaign’s 50th anniversary on Earth Day 2020. “By that mark, we hope to have planted 7.8 billion trees—approximately one tree for every person on the planet. Trees are vitally important because they soak up carbon and clean the air,” McHugh explains. In addition to countering climate change and pollution, EDN’s global tree planting seeks to support communities and local economies, protect biodiversity and inspire environmental stewardship. From global leaders convening at the UN to people participating in community events close to home, billions of the world’s citizens will celebrate our precious home planet this year. To join the worldwide observance, find an event online at EarthDay.org or participate in one or more of the local events listed here.

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epresentatives from nearly every country on Earth gathered in Paris for the 2015 United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the Paris Agreement a triumph for people, the planet and multilateralism. The signing ceremony is set for Earth Day, April 22, at UN headquarters, in New York City. For the first time, every country has pledged to curb their emissions, strengthen resilience to related impacts and act internationally and domestically to address climate change. Other key elements aimed at achieving a state of climate neutrality—having a zero carbon footprint—before the century’s end include transparency, accountability and a plan for developed countries to support climate action in developing countries. “A big part of the Paris agreement focuses on reduced use of gas, coal and oil, but there is also a focus on preserving trees and expanding forests,” says

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WATERS Our Precious Freshwater Supplies Are Shrinking by Linda Sechrist

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irtually all water, atmospheric water vapor and soil moisture presently gracing the Earth has been perpetually recycled through billions of years of evaporation, condensation and precipitation. As all living things are composed of mostly water and thus a part of this cycle, we may be drinking the same water that a Tyrannosaurus Rex splashed in 68 million years ago, along with what was poured into Cleopatra’s bath. Perhaps this mythological sense of water’s endlessness or the National Aeronautics and Space Administration images from outer space of a blue planet nearly three-quarters covered by water makes us complacent. Yet only 2.5 percent of Earth’s water is not salt water and of sufficient quality to be consumable by humans, plants and animals. Vulnerable to the demands of humanity’s unprecedented population explosion, careless development and toxic pollution and other contamination, we must reexamine this precious resource. Sandra Postel, founder of the Global Water Policy Project, who has

studied freshwater issues for more than 30 years, says, “Communities, farmers and corporations are asking what we really need the water for, whether we can meet that need with less, and how water can be better managed [through] ingenuity and ecological intelligence, rather than big pumps, pipelines, dams and canals.” Seeking to reclaim lost ground in the protection of our water and wetland resources, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the 2015 Clean Water Rule. The new regulations are needed to restore the strength to the 1972 Clean Water Act that has been weakened by the courts and previous administrations. Notably, within hours of activating the regulation, the EPA was served with lawsuits from corporate polluters, and within weeks, more than 20 state attorneys general filed suit against it. Today the legal battle continues over whether the new regulation will be allowed to stay in force or not. “Every day, local, state and federal governments are granting permission to in-

Clean drinking water is rapidly being depleted all around the world.

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dustries to pollute, deforest, degrade and despoil our environments, resulting in serious effects on our planet and our bodies,” says Maya K. van Rossum, a Delaware Riverkeeper and head of the fourstate Delaware Riverkeeper Network. Under van Rossum’s leadership the network has created a national initiative called For the Generations advocating for the passage of constitutional protection for environmental rights at both the state and federal levels. It was inspired by a legal victory secured by van Rossum and her organization in 2013 in a case titled Robinson Township, Delaware Riverkeeper Network, et al. vs. the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, which used Pennsylvania’s Constitutional Environmental Rights Amendment to strike down significant portions of a pro-fracking piece of legislation as unconstitutional. Until this legal victory, Pennsylvania’s constitutional environmental rights amendment was dismissed as a mere statement of policy rather than a true legal protection. “Each individual process of fracking uses on the order of 5 million gallons of freshwater water mixed with chemicals for drilling and fracking operations, introducing highly contaminated wastewater into our environment,” explains van Rossum. “Every frack increases the chances of carcinogenic chemical leakage into the soil and water sources.” In the pioneering Pennsylvania case, the court’s ruling made clear that the environmental rights of citizens aren’t granted by law, but are inherent and rights that cannot be removed, annulled or overturned by government or law. “Even more significant, the court stated that these environmental rights belong to present generations living on Earth today and to future generations,” enthuses van Rossum. She also cites that although America’s Declaration of Independence includes several inalienable rights, our federal constitution and those of 48 states fail to provide protection for three basic needs required to enjoy them—the right to pure water, clean air and healthy environments. Van Rossum’s audiences are shocked to learn that clean water isn’t enforced as a human right. Threatened by myriad environmental, political, economic and social forces, and contamination from carcinogenic pesticides, toxic herbicides, chemical warfare and rocket fuel research materials plus heavy metals like mercury and lead, an era of clean water scarcity already exists in parts of our own country and much of the world. Episodic tragedies like the 2015 Gold King Mine wastewater spill near Silverton, Colorado, and Flint, Michigan’s current lead-laced drinking water crisis raise public awareness. “The technologies and know-how exist to increase the productivity of every liter of water,” says Postel. “But citizens must first understand the issues and insist on policies, laws and institutions that promote the sustainable use and safety of clean water.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at ItsAllAboutWe.com.

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Water as a Superfood by Patricia Beckstead

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e all know the dangers of dehydration because we live in the desert, but water has many other health benefits. We may be thinking about increasing our water consumption to lose weight in preparation of bathing suit season, but there are plenty more reasons to drink eight, eight-ounce glasses per day. It will increase metabolism (cold water), fill us up (hot water), aid in weight loss, flush out toxins, enhance the health of our skin, reduce risks of certain cancers, help digestion and constipation, relieve fatigue and improve overall health. The human body is 75 percent water. Most adults lose about 10 cups of water every day simply by breathing, sweating, urinating and eliminating waste. When we take into account that soft drinks are the number one thirst quencher in the U.S., it’s no wonder our healthcare costs are out of this world. Sugary sodas are bad for our health and lead to many human aliments, but soft drinks also contain caffeine, which is a diuretic (increases urine). Drinking enough water maintains the body’s fluid balance, which helps many bodily functions; transports nutrients in the blood to the cells; regulates body temperature; helps digest food; increases oxygen saturation and circulation; maintains healthy kidney function; and reduces bloating, depression and headaches. To make water taste better, with even more health benefits, add lemon juice. Here are a few advantages: Improves digestion; boosts the immune system; hydrates the body; boosts energy; promotes healthy, rejuvenated skin; reduces inflammation; weight loss aid; alkalizes the body; cleansing properties; antibacterial and antiviral properties; reduces mucus and phlegm; freshens breath; boosts brain power; anti-cancer properties; and an alternative to caffeine. In addition, lemon water is an excellent source of potassium, an electrolyte found in our body that has many significant functions. According to the American Heart Association, it keeps a normal water balance between cells and body fluids, thereby assisting water in its primary job. Patricia Beckstead, DC, is a holistic physician and owner of Balancing Hormones Naturally. Contact her at BalancingHormonesNaturally.com. See ad, page 21. natural awakenings

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Farm-to-Hospital On-Site Farms Grow Organics for Patients by Judith Fertig

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ost people would agree with the results of a 2011 study by the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine: Typical hospital food is full of the dietary fat, sodium, calories, cholesterol and sugar that contribute to the medical problems that land many in the hospital in the first place. The study’s dietitians further found that some hospitals house up to five fast-food outlets. Because studies from institutions such as the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the University of Maryland show that a poor diet contributes to a host of illnesses and longer recovery time after surgery—all of which increase healthcare costs—it befits hospitals to embrace healthier eating. Now, a dozen pioneering hospitals have their own on-site farms and others are partnering with local farms, embracing new ways to help us eat healthier, especially those that most need to heal. “In a paradigm shift, hospitals are 30 Greater Las Vegas

realizing the value of producing fresh, local, organic food for their patients,” says Mark Smallwood, executive director of the nonprofit Rodale Institute, in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. It recently partnered with St. Luke’s University Hospital, in nearby Bethlehem, to help support operations of the hospital’s 10-acre organic farm that yields 30 varieties of vegetables and fruits served in hospital meals to support patient recovery. New mothers are sent home with baskets of fresh produce to help instill healthy eating habits. “Organic fruits and vegetables offer many advantages over conventionally grown foods,” says Dr. Bonnie Coyle, director of community health for St. Luke’s University Health Network. She cites the higher amounts of vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and antioxidants as contributing to a reduced incidence of heart disease and some cancers and a lowered risk for other common conditions such as allergies, and hyperactivity in children.

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Hospital farms also benefit the environment and facilitate other healing ways. Saint Joseph Mercy Health System Ann Arbor’s hospital farm, created in 2010 in Ypsilanti, Michigan, is a winwin-win solution. “We can model the connection between food and health to our patients, visitors, staff and community,” says hospital spokesperson Laura Blodgett. Their Health Care Without Harm pledge commits the hospital to providing local, nutritious and sustainable food. The farm repurposed some of the hospital’s 340-acre campus, eliminating considerable lawn mowing and chemicals. Today, its organic produce also supplies an on-site farmers’ market. Most recently, collaboration with a rehab hospital treating traumatic brain injuries resulted in a solar-heated greenhouse to continually produce organic food using raised beds and a Ferris-wheel-style planting system that enables patients to experience gardening as agritherapy. “Patients love the hands-on healing of tending the garden,” says Blodgett. Another innovative hospital is Watertown Regional Medical Center, in rural Wisconsin. Its farm, located behind the 90-bed hospital, raises 60 pesticidefree crops a year, including vegetables, herbs and even edible flowers. “We believe that food is medicine,” says Executive Chef Justin Johnson. He also serves his healthier fare to the public via special dinners in the hospital’s café, celebrating spring and fall harvests. In Arcata, California, Mad River Community Hospital’s designated farmer, Isaiah Webb, tills six plots and two greenhouses to supply organic carrots, beets, tomatoes, basil, potatoes, sweet corn, artichokes, squash, pumpkins, lettuce, blueberries, apples and strawberries to patients and guests. An inhouse work/share program encourages hospital employees to volunteer gardening time for a share of the produce. A three-way partnership of the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, Fletcher Allen Health Care and Central Vermont Medical Center, all in the Burlington area, combines community supported agriculture (CSA) and physicians’ prescriptions for healthier eating. Diane Imrie, director of nutrition services at


Fletcher Allen, comments, “If we want to have a ‘well’ community, they have to be well fed.” Paid student farmers from 15 to 21 years old grow and harvest eight acres of fruits and vegetables for selected doctor-recommended patients in the 12-week-growing season program. Patients gain an appreciation of healthy eating that remains with them, thus decreasing their need for acute medical care. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, farm-to-institution programs like these both provide healthy food to hospital patients and help develop sustainable regional food systems. We all benefit from such healing ripples in the healthcare pond. Judith Fertig is the author of awardwinning cookbooks, including The Gardener and the Grill; she blogs at AlfrescoFoodAndLifestyle.blogspot.com from Overland Park, KS.

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Connecting “within” through free and inspired body movement is the power of conscious dance. of them shows how each has its own style.

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The Power of Conscious Dance Creative Movement Connects Body, Mind and Spirit by Gail Condrick

A growing tribe of movers and shakers are discovering and unleashing their power in conscious dance, a combination of moving meditation, soul-stirring music, self-expression and sweat.

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ost are familiar with the performance or competitive dance world of learned steps. Conscious dance is a non-competitive, body-based way of raising consciousness. There’s no wrong way to move and your shape and measurements don’t matter,” says Mark Metz, of Berkley, California, founder and executive director of the Dance First Association (DFA) and publisher of the Conscious Dancer Magazine and UpShift Guide. The group identifies more than 100 forms of conscious dance, ranging from ecstatic dance to somatic movement therapy. Commonalities include body awareness, barefoot movement, inspir-

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ing global music and minimal structure facilitated by leaders. With 1,000 DFA studio locations, many are finding the power of conscious dance suits their search for movement with purpose beyond improved fitness as it’s practiced in drug- and alcoholfree club-style events and ecstatic dance experiences, as well as dance fitness programs. “It’s about honoring body intelligence and paying attention to the body and mind-body connection,” says Metz. “The modalities mentioned most often are 5Rhythms, Soul Motion, Open Floor, JourneyDance, and the Nia Technique,” says Metz. A brief look at three

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In St. Petersburg, Florida, 22 women have gathered to seek the bliss promised by 5Rhythms, one of the original conscious dance forms, founded by the late Gabrielle Roth. “Find your flow. Feel your connection to the Earth through your feet and release your head,” guides facilitator Amber Ryan, of New York City, who travels the world for dance sessions. “Use your body as a gateway into the now.” For two hours, dancers move freely and individually, swaying, sensing and interacting in an experience called “the wave”, intended to move energy through the body, release emotions and heal the psyche. It’s based on Roth’s premise that, “Each of us is a moving center, a space of divine mystery. Though we spend most of our time on the surface in daily ordinary existence, most of us hunger to connect to this space within, to break through to bliss, to be swept into something bigger.”

JourneyDance Toni Bergins, from the Massachusetts Berkshires, is a frequent presenter at the Kripalu Center and Omega Institute for Holistic Studies. After years of studying and teaching movement, drama, creative visualization and gestalt techniques, she combined them in creating JourneyDance. More than 400 trained facilitators now offer it in 60- or 90-minute classes worldwide based on the philosophy, “Move into a new story!” Every class includes visualization, creative movement, affirmations and evocative music, all working together to release emotions and connect with spirit. “You learn to love your body, expand your emotional intelligence, clear your mind and connect with your inner source,” explains Bergins. “You express yourself, infuse life with creativity and


connect with a dancing community.” Participants engage in a ritual journey of physical transformation, cleansing the body through breath, sweat and expression. In this safe space, “Dancers discover their power and personal heart medicine, their true essence,” says Bergins.

Nia Technique For those that prefer more structure, the Nia Technique is the original barefoot mind-body-spirit fitness practice, activating sensation and awareness in a workout adaptable for everybody. More than 2,600 instructors in 51 countries offer 60-minute classes where enthusiasts move the way the body is built to move, reaping cardiovascular fitness and therapeutic benefits while having joyful fun. Dancers, guided by instructor’s moves, feel the rhythm of the music and ground themselves in spirit, equipping themselves to take the self-healing experience into everyday life. “Nia has always blended form and freedom,” says Debbie Rosas, of Portland, Oregon, co-founder and creator of

the technique. “We are now introducing new FreeDance classes to bring what we have learned through Nia to embody consciousness in new ways, conditioning the whole body and nervous system. It’s an invitation to move in free, unbound, unstructured ways to offset the tendency we have to move less as we age.” Dancers move to music designed to animate each chakra through an eightstage process via a Nia DJ. They’re guided to listen to body feedback through sensation, release emotions and relish being in the present moment. “Regardless of how you act, dress or think, the way you feel inside reveals the most accurate truth of oneself and this is reflected in dance,” says Rosas. “Moving without interference allows your unconscious creative self to shine. You can connect to the sacred artist within; the one that holds a palette with endless colors, shapes and possibilities.” She sees life as ultimately a free-style dance into the self that supports a philosophy of “Love your body, love your life”. “Dance is in everyone’s family tree, a universal message,” says Metz. “In

Dance Sites DanceFirst.com 5Rhythms.com JourneyDance.com NiaNow.com OneDanceTribe.com OpenFloor.org SoulMotion.com conscious dance, you disconnect from gadgets and reconnect with yourself and others around you. People need that.” Gail Condrick is a Nia faculty member, retreat leader and archetypal soul coach in Sarasota, FL. Connect at GaelaVisions.com.

Let your life lightly dance on the edges of time like dew on the tip of a leaf. ~Rabindranath Tagore

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in polo, show jumping, cart pulling and rodeos. “Race horses are intelligent, used to exercise and retire as early as 2 years old, so we find them a second career,” says Nancy Koch, executive director of CANTER USA. The nonprofit’s 13 U.S. affiliates work with 20 racetracks across the country. “I can’t emphasize enough the importance of volunteers. No one here receives a salary.” Collectively, they have placed more than 23,000 horses nationally since 1997.

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Caring Homes Sought for Aging and Abandoned Horses by Sandra Murphy

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n estimated 9 million horses in the U.S. are used for racing, show, informal competitions, breeding, recreation, work and other activities. Many need a new home when they start to slow down physically or when an owner’s finances become tight. Horses need space to run, require hoof care and when injured or ill, may require costly procedures.

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“We foster 50 horses right now,” says Jennifer Taylor Williams, Ph.D., president of the Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society, in College Station, Texas, which has placed about 800 horses in the last decade. “We could have 10 times that many if we had more foster homes and space. There’s often a waiting list. We help law enforcement, animal control, and shelters with horses found through neglect or abuse cases.” Starved and too weak to stand, Tumbleweed was an emergency case when she arrived at the Humane Society of Missouri’s Longmeadow Rescue Ranch 34 Greater Las Vegas

clinic on a sled. Having since regained her health, including gaining 200 pounds to reach the appropriate weight for her age and size, she illustrates the benefits of the facility’s status as one of the country’s leaders in providing equine rescue and rehabilitation. The Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racers (CANTER USA) serves as an online matchmaker for racing horses. Volunteers take photos at tracks, obtain the horse’s bio from the owner or trainer and post them to attract potential new owners. Along with the healthy horses, the 3,000 ill or injured horses cared for by the alliance have been retrained, rehabbed and re-homed to participate

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management calculates the appropriate management level (AML) for the number of wild horses. Excess numbers are captured and offered for adoption or sale. In December 2015, 47,000 horses were waiting in holding facilities at an annual cost of $49 million. The AML projects removal of an additional 31,000 horses from Western lands. As an example, although local wild species predate the park’s existence, horses in Colorado’s Mesa Verde National Park are labeled “trespass livestock”, and subject to removal. Return to Freedom, a nonprofit wild horse rescue in Lompoc, California, recognizes the tightly bonded nature of these herd groups. Its American Wild Horse Sanctuary is the first to focus on entire family bands, providing a safe haven for about 200 horses and burros. The Wild Horse Rescue Center, in Mims, Florida, rescues, rehabilitates and finds homes for mustangs and burros, usually housing 30 horses at a time. With many needing medical care upon arrival, expenditures average $3,000 their first year and $1,700 annually once they’re healthy. Although the goal is adoption, equine fans also can sponsor a horse by donating $5 a day or purchasing a painting done by a horse. The center also provides continued on page 36

The average lifespan of a horse is 30 years. It should have two acres of land for grazing. The minimum annual cost for basic food and veterinarian services is $2,000, not including equipment and boarding, which can be more expensive in urban areas and in or near racing meccas like Kentucky or Florida. Rescues budget $300 a month per horse.

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ur pets often come to us with the and autism; substance abuse, depression, mission of helping us achieve behavior problems, post-traumatic stress greater health and well-being. disorder, physical handicaps and injuries, Dogs encourage us to get out in the world, eating disorders and difficulties with commove our bodies, release stress and draw munication and relating to others. Horses strength from Mother Earth through the teach us empathy, as well. soles of our feet while walking. Cats Working with a therapy horse builds encourage us to take a break, rest and relationship skills as the rider/horse relarelax; while petting them, tionship evolves. CommuniHorses teach cation, teamwork and leadof course. Horses help us to turn ership skills are enhanced. us to monitor Self-esteem and confidence inward. In their presence, we become more aware of and control our are gained. Riders learn to the impact of our thoughts trust and be trustworthy. Reinternal state spect for the horse evolves on ourselves and everyone around us. Whether we’re self-respect. Nonverbal of being. In the into actively riding or just hangcommunication between ing out with a horse, they company of a horse and rider grows into become a mirror for our increased communication mental and emotional state. horse, we become skills between humans. If we’re jumpy and nervous, Tracy Keirnan founded more self-aware. Equine the horse will be, too. If Assisted Therapy for we become calm, so will the horse. In her daughter Rachel eight years ago, this way, horses teach us to monitor and when the child was 4 years old. Rachel control our internal state of being. In the has been diagnosed with down syndrome company of a horse, we become more and autism spectrum disorders and her self-aware. speech and communication skills were Horses are some of the best thera- limited, so the only way her mother had of pists on the planet, and recognition of knowing that Rachel enjoyed her weekly this fact has resulted in a revolution of horse-riding experience was the big smile equine-assisted programs such as Equine on her daughter’s face. Smiles were great Assisted Psychotherapy, Equine Assisted results, because Rachel was not very exTherapy, Equine Assisted Learning and pressive. Then, one day about a year into others. These programs provide mental, it, Rachel said, “Horsey.” emotional, and physical benefits to people “I was putting Rachel in her car seat,” of all ages and abilities. With their sensitiv- explains Keirnan “She said ‘Horsey’ with ity and perception, horses are able to help such clarity. She probably had only 10 or with anxiety, attention deficit disorder 20 words at the time, so this was huge!

From there on out, I knew she enjoyed riding, so we signed up year after year. A couple of years ago, she started anticipating the horseback riding and would ask about it and talk about it at home and at school with her teachers. These were some of the first conversations we had with Rachel. Over time, she started to call the horses by name, which was surprising because she did not ever use anyone's names. She didn’t talk about school, she didn’t talk about her classmates, but she talked about the horses and riding. It was one word here and one word there, but it was big for her. Now, at age 12, she is starting to put a couple of words together, and of course some of her best word combinations are about the horses. She starts asking about riding at the first of the week and looks forward to it all week. “On Thursday mornings when I wake her up, the first thing she says is ‘School?’ then she says, ‘Horsey?’ I love that she still gets so excited about it. I have seen Rachel become much better at listening and following commands while riding. She even rode off lead yesterday, for the first time ever. Horseback riding has been more than I had hoped for.” Babette de Jongh is trained in advanced level communication and counseling for professional animal communicators. Learn more at HearThemSpeak.com. See ad, page 20.

Find an Equine Assisted Therapy program To find programs nearby or to learn how to become an equine therapy professional, visit these websites. The Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association: eagala.org The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International: pathintl.org Horses4Heroes.org AmericanHippotherapyAssociation.org

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Excerpt from a telepathic interview with a therapy horse by Babette de Jongh

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quine therapy programs work because horses give unconditional love, while humans often get bogged down in the details of treatment, diagnoses, rules and paperwork. Horses see from the heart. Horses meet people where they are and see them for what they are, without judgment. Horses have big hearts and our love emanates from our heart chakras into yours. Our hooves are shaped like hearts and just like the human’s palm chakras are connected to the human heart, our hoof chakras are connected to our hearts. We take a person’s pain and suffering into our hearts and transfer it into the heart of the earth through our hooves. The earth draws the pain down into its core, where it is heated and transformed into nourishing energy. By eating grass, I make the cycle complete. The earth nourishes the grass and I am nourished by it so I can do my work. Human healers do the same thing when they eat food that comes from the soil. Just as with human healers, therapy horses experience times when their help isn’t accepted by those who need it most. Sometimes we give everything we have to help someone and it still doesn’t help. That person continues to self-destruct and we suffer when they suffer. Or, sometimes we help someone we love and they do get better, only to be destroyed all over again by someone who doesn’t understand and accept them. It only takes one mean word, one judgmental look, one thoughtless deed to undo months of healing and most people never even notice the damage they do to others. As healers, horses must learn to love with detachment, to give without expectation, to take-in what’s given—even

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when it’s painful. We have to allow it to flow through us without absorbing it into ourselves. We’re not trying to “fix” anything. We’re simply holding space for the transformation the person is ready to allow. We’re the loving, nonjudgmental witness to their surrender when a greater power assists them in moving through, out and beyond. Anyone who is a healer or a caretaker has to learn to care for themselves first. They have to take time for themselves, take time alone, take time to just be. To stop striving, stop thinking, stop doing. To be in stillness. For horses, it means having days out to pasture, hours to eat grass (even though we get most of our sustenance in hay and grain, the activity of munching grass takes us slowly along the ground, our hooves connected with the earth, our heads low, our necks relaxed as we reclaim the energy we’ve sent into the earth). Sometimes the people who come to horses for healing are less in need of it than most. People who are called disabled are often ascended beings who spend their whole lives in a meditative state. Their minds are calm, quiet, uncluttered, completely in the present moment. Others wish they could attain that kind of peace, but can’t manage to quiet their busy thoughts. Healers should know that those whom they’re healing have wisdom to offer and healing to give back in return. We all need healing and if we feel despair when it seems that our efforts are in vain, remember; each of us has responsibility for our own actions. Whether others follow our teaching is not our responsibility. We can only do our small part and know that our small part is enough. It is more than enough. See ad, page 20

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public educational forums. Sponsored by the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), April 26 is Help a Horse Day, a nationwide grant competition. Last year, some 100 U.S. equine rescue groups held events to recruit volunteers, gather donated supplies and find homes for adoptable horses (Tinyurl.com/ASPCAHelpAHorseDay).

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Although a U.S. law now bans slaughterhouses for domestic horses, each year 120,000 are sold at auction for as little as $1 each and transported to Canada and Mexico for slaughter, their meat destined for human consumption in Europe and Japan or for carnivores at zoos. Horses can legally be confined to a trailer for up to 24 hours without food or water during shipment. Two-thirds of all horse rescue operations are either at or approaching capacity. Almost 40 percent turn away animals because of lack of space or money. Many horses are ill, underweight or injured, which raises the cost of care. “We need foster homes and volunteers. We need the time and skills people can donate; not everything is hands-on, so those that like horses but don’t have handling skills can still help,” says Williams. “Bluebonnet, for example, has many volunteer jobs that can be done remotely. Office work, social media to spread the word, gathering donations— everything helps.” Rescue groups ask that concerned horse lovers donate time, money and land to help and lobby for legislation to ban the export of horses for meat markets. Connect with Sandra Murphy at StLouis FreelanceWriter@mindspring.com.

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Enchanted Energy Exchange – 6:30pm. Enjoy the enchanting vibrations of energy work being done on you, or feel free to share your energy with others at this circle of love. We want to show you how beautiful it feels. $5. Enchanted Forest Reiki, 2280 S Jones Blvd, LV. 702-359-0848. EnchantedForestReiki.com.

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Beginner Yoga – 9:30am. Each Sat in Apr. Learn gentle, basic yoga poses for stretching and strength, breathing techniques to help reduce stress and meditation for relaxation. Healthy living tips included. $12. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 2280 South Jones Blvd, LV. 702-359-0848.

Axial Skeleton (aka Phase 4) – 9am-6pm. 2-day. Advanced; Ortho-Bionomy® is a gentle, noninvasive, bodywork system of healing that allows the body to correct itself. A hands-on structural, energetic modality that can decrease strain on you and really help your clients. $325. 6138 W Foothill Blvd, LV. 702-327-9082. Therabody@aol.com.

2 Day Weekend Event with Alicia Cuglietta – 2-4:30pm. Learn techniques to calm when feeling anxious and irritable, and energize when feeling down and out. Other wellness techniques will be incorporated as well to help you manage your menopause mindfully. $75. Tru Yoga, 7310 Smoke Ranch Rd, LV. 702-768-2906. DownDogDiagnostics.com.

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Sexy Soul Beauty Break: Smoothies, Aromatherapy, and More – 4:30-6:30pm. Join us for "Happy Hour". Enjoy healthy smoothies, see what our spa offers, and perhaps even sample a mini-spa service. A great way to end a busy workday before heading home. Services will vary weekly. Free, unless requesting a mini-service. Oasis To Zen, 5715 W Alexander Rd, 140, LV. 702-491-6035. OasisToZen.com.

Full Moon Meditation – 6pm. Drumming circle to acknowledge the Pink Moon and Earth Day. Celebrating and revering our connection to the Divine and Gaia. Native American drum circle using Native American Hand Drums. Bring your hand drum or rattle. Free. Deep Breath Ahhh, 2402 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-460-4080. AlternativePathfinders.com.

Kids Intuitive Happy Hour – 11:30am. 1st Sat. We merge the fascinating, magical world of heaven and earth and energy in a format for kids. Each child will keep their crystal. $3. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 2280 South Jones Blvd, LV. 702-3590848. EnchantedForestReiki.com.

TUESDAY, APRIL 5 Magical Teas, Tinctures, Potions and more – 6pm. 1st & 3rd Tues. Discover the wonderful world of Herbs and Essential Oils, their energetics, how they are used and how they affect us. $5 energy exchange. Deep Breath Ahhh, 2402 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-460-4080. AlternativePathfinders.com.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6 Vision Workshop – 6pm. Get a clear picture of the life you would love to live. Learn a 5-point test for determining if your dream is right for you and three powerful words that override any negative belief. Free. Deep Breath Ahhh, 2402 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-460-4080. AlternativePathfinders.com.

THURSDAY, APRIL 7 Intro to Ortho-Bionomy – 9am-6pm. 2-day. OrthoBionomy® is a gentle, non-invasive, bodywork system of healing that allows the body to correct itself. A hands-on structural, energetic modality that can decrease strain on you and really help your clients. $325. 6138 W Foothill Blvd, LV. 702-327-9082. Rouelcazanjian.com.

FRIDAY, APRIL 8 Energy Share with Copper Pyramid & Crystal Bowl Meditation – 7-9pm. Seeking relaxation and stress relief? You found it. Participate in a relaxing guided meditation, receive the benefits of beautiful Reiki energy, while crystal bowls play to lift your vibrations. Healers are welcome to participate. Love donation. Oasis To Zen, 5715 W Alexander Rd, 140, LV. 702-491-6035. OasisToZen.com.

SATURDAY, APRIL 9 The New You – 9am-4:30pm. Ready to infuse your business, career and/or life with more soul? Are you feeling stuck in life? Attend our next 1 day seminar (lunch Included) and experience the way to a New You. $47. Las Vegas, NV - Register online for complete details. Matt@inspiringconsciousbusiness. com. InspiringConsciousBusiness.com.

Usui Reiki I Certification Class Plus Holy Fire/2 Night Class – 6:30-9:30pm. Japanese Reiki techniques as taught by Dr. Usui. Learn to smudge, Reiki principals, Reiki lineage, Gassho, Chakra balancing. Receive a Reiki I attunement, hand positions and practice time. The Holy Fire Reiki is powerful and gentle and provides purification, healing, empowerment and guidance. $150. Enchanted Forest Reiki, 2280 S Jones Blvd, LV. 702-359-0848. EnchantedForestReiki.com.

markyourcalendar Essential Oil Basics with Q and A Got questions about essential oils? We've got answers. Learn the basics, then ask away,as we experience Young Living Essential Oils. If it's oil related, we can likely help you wrap your head around the answer! Complimentary.

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Interactive Musical Meditation & Energy Share – 7-9pm. Play instruments, embrace your inner child, and release what no longer serves you. This meditation is interactive, and an experience you will not want to miss. Parents, bring your kids. They will love this experience. Love donation. Oasis To Zen, 5715 W Alexander Rd, 140, LV. 702-491-6035. OasisToZen.com.

SATURDAY, APRIL 23 Build your own Native American Style Hand Drum – 10am-3pm. Participate in the magical creative process of building a 16" Elk skin hand drum on a maple wood frame. Drums are sacred instruments intended to use in rituals, ceremonies, drum circle and for energy workers. $185. Must register by April 9th. Deep Breath Ahhh, 2402 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-460-4080. DrumBeatOfLife.net/drumbuilding/. Yin Yoga in the Cave – 12pm. An afternoon of balance, vitality, core strength and well-being. Take your yoga practice to another level. Come calm the mind, body and soul. Absorb the therapeutic benefits of salt therapy. $25. Salt Room, 1958 Village Center Cir, 7, LV. 702-228-7258. SaltRoomLV.com.

TUESDAY, APRIL 26 Usui Reiki II Certification Class Plus Holy Fire/2 Night Class – 6:30-9:30pm. Learn to use Reiki to heal unwanted habits and the past; Receive Reiki II attunement, Ancient Reiki symbols, Distant healing, *Byosen scanning, *Chakra balancing with stones along with the additional energy of Holy Fire Reiki. $200. Enchanted Forest Reiki, 2280 S Jones Blvd, LV. 702-359-0848. EnchantedForestReiki.com.

Las Vegas Health & Fitness Chamber of Commerce Networking Lunch and Learn Series – 11:30am-1:30pm.Topic: Work Smarter, Not Harder to Double your Revenue in 2016, with speaker Dana Earhart Litif. Egg Works, 2025 Village Center Cir, LV. 702-483-2970. VegasHealthFitnessChamber.com.

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markyourcalendar Aromatherapy Meditation and Reiki Share Do you feel stretched to the max? Ready for a break? Join us in relaxation and enlightenment, as we combine aromatherapy, powerful Reiki energy and guided meditation to open your mind and center your soul. $10.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27 Crystal Bowl Meditation in the Salt Cave – 6pm. Breathe in the salt air & close your eyes, while we take you through different corners of the universe & bring you back to earth under the soothing sounds of the Crystal & Tibetan bowls. $40. Salt Room, 1958 Village Center Cir, 7, LV. 702-228-7258. SaltRoomLV.com.

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specialevent 2016 Spring Harvest Festival Craft Food and Beer, Games & Prizes, Makers and Crafters, Local Farmers, Live Entertainment, Chef Demos,Kids Kitchen, Kids Gardening, Petting Zoo & More! Free.

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possibilities for change. $8. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-721-9355. LuminosityWellnessCenter.com.

Balancing Hormones Naturally – Learn to balance hormones with natural, safe and gentle nonprescription hormones for men and women of all ages. Relieve hot flashes, weight gain around the middle, mood swings, low energy, low libido, anxiety, erectile dysfunction, depression, insomnia and many more symptoms. Most importantly, help avoid hormone related cancers such as breast, prostate and ovarian, resulting from the estrogen in our environment. Watch video classes by D r. P a t r i c i a B e c k s t e a d B . S . , D . C . BalancingHormonesNaturally.com.

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Medical Qigong – Tues-Fri. 10-11am. Use body movements, rhythmic breathing, visualizations and healing sounds to develop internal energy for health, vitality, mind expansion and spiritual cultivation. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com. Wongu University of Oriental Medicine – Graduate Program – 9:30am-5:30pm. The non-profit school offers a Master of Science Degree in Oriental Medicine. Coursework includes acupuncture, herbology, Taiji, moxibustion, Western medicine, practice management and more. Currently accepting applications. $180/didactic unit. $18/clinical hour. Wongu University of Oriental Medicine, 8620 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-463-2122. Start@Wongu. org. Wongu.org.

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Fresh52.com Toddlers Family Yoga Workshop – 12:30pm. No yoga experience necessary. Little yogis and their caregivers learn and play together in this 45 mins yoga workshop. We sing songs, play games, do simple yoga poses and breathe together. $15 per pair ($5 for additional child). Tru Yoga, 7310 Smoke Ranch Rd, LV. TruYoga.Vegas/upcoming-events/#!. Kids Family Yoga – 1:30pm. All family members are welcome. No prior yoga experience necessary. Share your love of yoga with your family. Learn all-ages appropriate concepts of yoga philosophy, strengthening partner poses and fun yoga games. $15 per pair ($5 for additional child). Tru Yoga, 7310 Smoke Ranch Rd, LV. TruYoga.Vegas/upcomingevents/#!.

Kids' Art & Yoga Workshop – 12pm. Combining yoga and art, this workshop fosters each individuals unique talents through active engagement. Class starts with yoga and leads into an art lesson allowing creative expression. $25. 1958 Village Center Cir, 7, LV. 702-228-7258. SaltRoomLV.com.

monday Holistic Toastmasters – 11:30-12:45pm. Holistic Toastmasters is a place to develop and grow personally and professionally and have fun. A community of learners. Free. 1171 Buffalo Dr, LV. 1827293.toastmastersclubs.org/. Las Vegas Health & Fitness Chamber of Commerce Cultural Connectors Networking Lunch Meeting – 12-1:30pm. Aracely's Sazon Colombiano, 3650 S Jones Blvd., 2, LV. 702-4832970. VegasHealthFitnessChamber.com. You Are What You Eat – 6:30-7:30pm. Ever wonder why you crave certain foods (chocolate, cheese, etc.)? Especially during the winter months? Your body talks-learn how to listen. Join our panel of Fitness and Wellness Coaches as we explore

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Beginner Tai Chi 24 Form with Fan – 2-3pm. This is a fun class designed to introduce the student to the amazing Tai Chi Fan. The Fan was once carried in replacement of the sword and is a practical tool for self defense. $7. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com. Drums of the Wolf Meditation/Journey Circle – 7pm. Deep drumming will bring participants into a dream-like guided journey meditation. Perhaps find oneself on a Viking ship, traveling with a wolf, or floating in a sea of colors--only one’s spirit knows. $15. Enchanted Forest Reiki, 2280 S Jones Blvd, LV. 702-359-0848. EnchantedForestReiki.com. Hatha Yoga with Samantha – 7-9pm. A systematic journey into the depths of spirituality through a blended and unitary system of Yoga and Tantra. You will learn authentic Asanas and deep meditation techniques that will transform your life. $20 or $60/month. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com.

wednesday Las Vegas Health & Fitness Chamber of Commerce Networking Breakfast Meeting – 8:15am-9:45pm. Egg Works, 2490 E Sunset Road LV. 702-483-2970. VegasHealthFitnessChamber.com. Energetic Awareness – 2:30-3:30pm. Gain a more detailed understanding of how the energy body and the physical body utilizes the unseen energies. Understanding these energetic truths opens pathways that makes life more enjoyable. $10/members free. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-721-9355. LuminosityWellnessCenter.com. Breath of Sound – 6:30-7:30pm. This interactive meditation explores the connection between mind, body and emotion, through breath, sound and rhythm. Blocked or un-serving energies are released. This process can be intense encouraging you to challenge yourself. Free. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-721-9355. LuminosityWellnessCenter.com.

thursday Las Vegas Health & Fitness Chamber of Commerce Networking Breakfast Meeting – 8:15am-9:45pm. Egg Works, 6960 S Rainbow Blvd, LV. 702-483-2970. VegasHealthFitnessChamber.com.


Wongu Ayurveda Clinic – 11:30am-4:30pm. Ayurveda service.. Discover how Ayurveda can help maintain your health. Services offered include Ayurvedic wellness care, nutrition and lifestyle assessment, and detoxification. 8630 S. Eastern Ave, LV. 702-852-1280. Clinic.WonguUniversity.com. Campus Tour & Info Session – 2pm. A one-hour group tour and brief information session on Wongu’s Master's Degree program in Oriental Medicine. Individual sessions can be scheduled by calling: 702463-2122, ext 302. Wongu University of Oriental Medicine, 8620 S Eastern Ave, LV. Wongu.org. Esoteric Yoga with Master Ileana – 6-8pm. This class is based off of ancient Yoga traditions. Each student will learn tools to lighten and develop his or her emotions, and improve health, energy levels and physical strength. $20. Naturally Organic Healing

Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com. Free Power Coaching – 6:30-8:30pm. Open to public. Weekly solutions to life's questions. Join us for a special interactive, educational experience. Discover new tools and techniques to transform your Life Experience. Bring your open mind and a notepad. Free. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-274-6670. RSVP: meetup. com/freepowercoaching. Akashic Book Study Workshop with Anika Ray – 6:30pm. Explore spirituality and connect with the aspect of being divine in nature, the soul. Workshop is based on the book How to Read the Akashic Records by Linda Howe. $10. Enchanted Forest Reiki, 2280 S Jones Blvd, LV. 702-359-0848. EnchantedForestReiki.com.

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friday Qigong and Tai Chi with Sifu JC – 10am-12pm. Qigong is a self-healing system that incorporates body, breath, visualizations and sounds. Tai Chi is a martial art that helps with posture, hand-eye coordination, self-defense and well-being. 1171 S B u f f a l o D r, 11 0 , LV. 7 0 2 - 4 3 3 - 3 8 7 4 . NaturallyOrganicCenter.com. Holistic Essentials – 2:30-3:30pm. Ask and find answers, solutions and more. What are: essential oils; Reiki and how does it work in our lives; Zyto? These questions and more will be answered and explored. Free. Luminosity Wellness Center, 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV. 702-721-9355. LuminosityWellnessCenter.com.

saturday Qigong and Tai Chi with Sifu JC – 9am-12pm. Qigong is a self-healing system that incorporates body, breath, visualizations and sounds. Tai Chi is a martial art that helps with posture, hand-eye coordination, self-defense and well being. 1171 S B u f f a l o D r, 11 0 , LV. 7 0 2 - 4 3 3 - 3 8 7 4 . NaturallyOrganicCenter.com. Integrative Yoga – 12-1pm. Allow evolution by sound to increase vibration and boost the bodies immunities with this class that combines: Meditation, Hatha Vinyasa flow and Ancient Yoga to create an electric mind animation for relief and flexibility. $14. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com. Spiritual Experience Discussions – 6-7pm. Discuss spiritual experience of all faiths in a respectful and open environment. Free. 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. NaturallyOrganicCenter.com.

Wongu University of Oriental Medicine has been granted Candidacy status for institutional accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), which is the recognized accrediting agency for freestanding institutions and colleges of acupuncture or Oriental medicine that offer such programs. The Masters’ degree – Oriental Medicine program in English of the Wongu University of Oriental Medicine has been granted Candidacy status by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), which is the recognized accrediting agency for programs preparing acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioners. ACAOM is located at : 8941 Aztec Drive, Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55347 Phone: (952) 212-2434 Fax: (952) 657-7068.

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ANIMAL COMMUNICATION HEAR THEM SPEAK TELEPATHIC ANIMAL COMMUNICATION, COUNSELING & HEALING Babette de Jongh 251-424-4944 (call or text) HearThemSpeak.com

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Understand your animal companion and heal behavioral issues through telepathic communication and counseling. Session may include healing with Body Talk, Reiki and Matrix Energetics, plus transcript and follow-up call. See ad, page 20.

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Looking for answers? Let your Angels be your guide .... A Good Reading is a Good Healing! Lifelong Angel and Master Tarot Card Reader. Appointments available. Call Now! Summerlin area. Available for parties and events. See ad, page 11.

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Ready to infuse your business and/or career with more soul? ASA is designed to help you advance your business and/or career to the next level. Our workshops focus on the 5 pillars for building a successful and sustainable business with the soul of your team.See ad, page 31.


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Halotherapy in the Himalayan Salt Cave Massages, Facials, Health classes & more SaltRoomLV.com • 702-228-7258 Welcome to the world of halotherapy & discover a revolutionary solution to respiratory difficulties. Naturally treat allergies, asthma, copd, bronchitis, etc. We also offer halomassages, facials, halo-yoga & halo-meditation classes. 100% natural Allergy relief for all ages. See ad, page 19.

OASIS TO ZEN WELLNESS CENTER & TRANSFORMATION SPA

Cheri Petroni, Holistic Skincare Therapist, Transformative Esthetician 5715 W. Alexander Rd., Suite 140, LV 89130 702-491-6035 • OasisToZen.com The only all natural wellness spa in Las Vegas. We provide healing and relaxation for holistic restoration of mind, body and spirit through advanced skin, body treatments, massage, Ortho-Bionomy®, Reiki and energy work, holistic workshops, guided meditations, yoga and more. See ad, page 3. ad, page 15. See profile, page XX.

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CREATIVE SOLUTIONS WITH CHRISTINE Christine Essex, CHT, DD, Trainer of NLP 2400 N Tenaya Way, LV 89128 702-721-9355 LuminosityWellnessCenter.com

Finding the Solutions to life's challenging questions is one thing! Learning who you are and how you operate is another. Christine teaches you how to be your own Self-Coach, through applied NLP tools, proper internal programming and Linguistic awareness. See ad, page 17.

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MYOFASCIAL RELEASE BODY RESONANCE MYOFASCIAL WELLNESS CENTER

5463 S. Durango Dr., Suite 120E, LV 89113 702-776-8881 BodyMFR.com Specializing in the John F. Barnes Myofascial Release. The ultimate whole body approach, mind-body treatment and missing link to healthcare. Highly effective in treating acute and chronic pain.

THE SACRED ART OF HEALING

Jeff Renel ThetaHealing Practitioner/ Instructor 702-324-259 Jeff@SacredArtOfHealing.com SacredArtOfHealing.com Experiencing health or emotional issues. Find the change you need at The Sacred Art of Healing where they assist you in creating a positive mind, body and soul. See ad, page 17.

REIKI TRANSCENDENCE

SPIRIT OF THE OWL

Roxanne Perillo, Reiki Master/Teacher Shamanic Energy Medicine 920-336-6468 • SpiritOfTheOwl.com Try a remote healing session with various energy-based therapies. Involves one person directing Universal Life Energy to a person in a different location. Heal by releasing that which does not serve you. See ad, page 43.

RESCUES/ADVOCATES

LION STAR ALCHEMY

Julianna, Co-Creator/Alchemist 702-686-2727 Julianna@LionStarAlchemy.com LionStarAlchemy.com Your place to transform, transition and transcend. Empower yourself, love yourself, forgive yourself. Explore the All That Is and your place within it. Shift your perspective of your life and acknowledge your Creation. See ad, pages 19 & 20.

UNIVERSITIES

NEVADA VOTERS FOR ANIMALS

2375 E. Tropicana Ave, #295, LV 89119 702-660-8970 AVoice4Pets.org Leading the fight in Nevada for animal protection. Author of Cooney's Law (felony cruelty law). We promote and improve the welfare for domestic and wildlife animals, bringing attention to make a difference in issues surrounding companion animals; animal cruelty, pet overpopulation and responsible pet ownership through education, information, legislation and enforcement. See ad, page 20.

THERAPEUTIC/SPORTS MASSAGE BEST HANDS IN THE BUSINESS Glen Alex, LCSW, NCBTMB, LMT, KTP 702-807-7349 TMA@MassageAdvantageLV.com MassageAdvantageLV.com

Glen's massages respect each client's condition, muscular needs and personality. She provides individualized, caring and focused massage treatments to optimize muscle function and relaxation with a variety of techniques.

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WONGU UNIVERSITY

8620 S Eastern Ave, LV 89123 702-463-2122 • Wongu.org Nevada State Board approved to offer a MS Degree in Oriental Medicine. Didactics with clinical training in acupuncture and herbology ensure competent practitioners. Step into a new career or expand your practice. See ad, page 39.

VEGAN PRODUCTS

WELLNESS CENTER LUMINOSITY WELLNESS CENTER 2400 N. Tenaya Way, Las Vegas 89128 702-721-9355 (WELL) LuminosityWellnessCenter.com

LW C p r o v i d e s Trainings and Certification programs and is home to the largest Self-Healing is Real Study in Las Vegas. Schedule a Tour and meet our Doctors, Energy workers, Readers, and more. Ask about our Membership Programs, Private Sessions with Holistic Practitioners, Workshops, Special Events, Room Rentals, and Resource products. The Center helps you, help yourself through education.See ad, page 16.

NATURALLY ORGANIC HEALING CENTER

Central Summerlin! Charleston & Buffalo 1171 S. Buffalo Dr, Suite 110, LV 702-433-3874 NaturallyOrganicCenter.com N a t u r a l l y O rg a n i c i s Summerlin's BEST resource for all things health related. From classes, meditations, supplements, lectures and health programs, JUST WALK IN, we'll take it from there! Check out our website! See Golden Dragon ad, page 11.

YOGA/YOGA THERAPY DOWN DOG DIAGNOSTICS YOGA THERAPY 702-768-2906 DownDogDiagnostics.com

Specializing in anxiety disorders, back care and women’s health. Wellness practices using traditional yoga fused with modern wellness and designed to meet the individual where they are, aiming to bring about balance and healing. See ad, page 20.

VIOLETTE'S VEGAN ORGANIC EATERY & JUICE BAR

8560 W Desert Inn Rd, LV 89117 ViolettesVegan.com • 702-685-0466 We are a full-scale vegan organic restaurant. Open 7 days/week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Take out, delivery and online ordering available. We are casual and family friendly. See. See ad, page 13.

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