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yoga and breathwork. The festival will feature 12 hours of daily yoga classes in four venues, facilitated by incomparable teachers: Shiva Rea, Saul David Raye, Mark Whitwell, Kia Miller, Jennica Mills, Laura Plumb, Erica Burkhalter, Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda, Hemalayaa Behl, Mas Vidal, Janet Stone, Kristin Olson and others. All levels are welcome. Presenters in the Sacred Women’s Tent include Dawn Cartwright, a tantric visionary; Monika Nataraj, the creatrix of the 200-hour Mystical Dance and Shakti Spirit women’s teacher trainings; Joanne Ameya Cohen, a certified women’s herbalist and flower essence therapist; and others. Bhakti Fest, a vegetarian, family friendly, safe environment, free of alcohol and drugs, also offers massage, bodywork, energy work and other wellnessenhancing modalities and an extensive marketplace with eco-friendly, sustainable vendors. There is a specific Bhakti Family Village where children can take part in music, yoga and enlightened play

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Bhakti Fest Transformational Event in California West in the 1960s. Known internationally for hosting a massive lineup of kirtan musicians, master yoga instructors, and spiritual teachers, Bhakti Fest draws thousands of conscious explorers from the U.S. and around the world. Kirtan and reggae-influenced singer/ songwriter Trevor Hall and others will headline the event. Other returning headliners include Grammy nominee Krishna Das; Jai Uttal, with his high energy reggae and ska-influenced kirtan set; revolutionary hip hop artist MC YOGI; and long-time Madonna collaborator Donna De Lory. Bhakti Fest offers nonstop conscious music and kirtan/chanting on two stages in a wide of variety of musical genres. Several thousand participants will share sacred space with the world’s finest teachers of spiritual knowledge,

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he eighth annual Bhakti Fest sacred music and yoga festival dedicated to bringing spiritual consciousness and earthly freedom to both the attendees and the global recipients of this nonprofit festival’s charitable endeavors, will held From September 7 through 12 at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center. Highlights include a sound-bath dome and expanded family village, along with top kirtan stars, sacred music, meaningful workshops and premiere yoga teachers. A sacred women’s tent and a men’s lodge offer gender-specific programming covering topics such as tantra, empowerment, and redefining masculinity. There will be an exclusive interview with Bhakti Fest elder and spiritual icon Ram Dass, whose book Be Here Now helped bring Eastern philosophy to the

Admission is free for children 12 or under. Accommodations are available on-site, including camping and RV parking. For discounted lodging nearby, visit Location: 59700 Twentynine Palms Hwy. Joshua Tree, CA. For more information, call 408460-0504, email or visit

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he Grow Your Own Festival is nurturing the backyard grower, celebrating garden classrooms and reclaiming Real Food Now for families and friends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., October 1, at the four-acre Vegas Roots Community Garden. Visitors can expect to take away tips on how to grow fresh produce yearround in Las Vegas. Proceeds from the festival will go to support the gardening and educational programs of Green Our Planet, Create A Change Now, Grassroots Education Forum and Vegas Roots Community Garden. There will be garden club show & tell displays, gardening workshops, garden art, a scavenger scarecrow contest, chef stations, food demos and food trucks, documentary films and live bluegrass, blues and folk music. Community partners include Garden Farms of Nevada, El Dorado Cantina, Wonder Soil and All in Web Pro. Shane Stuart, celebrated rawmixologist and founder of the next level, Panacea, demonstrates next-level juices and smoothies and will auction off a Vitamix. Rotating gardening workshops throughout the day include How to Garden in Vegas, Outside the Box: Container Gardening Basics, Composting 101, Permaculture 101, Straw Bales 101 and Garden Towers 101. The main stage features 15-yearold Santiago LaRochelle, who is causing a stir in the Las Vegas music scene and gaining recognition as a talented singer, songwriter and musician. Santiago combines early rock, blues and folk with a voice that belies his age, while displaying diverse musical styles. Dr. Harpo and the Ace Tones will spice up the afternoon with their eclectic versions 8

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of classic R&B, blues, soul and funk. Vera Anderson, a musician, songwriter and activist, shares her music to unify us through life, love and opening our minds. Daytime activities for the kids will include show & tell displays from participating Clark County Schools garden clubs, garden skits onstage, a garden gallery display of the Scavenger Scarecrow Contest entries, Vegas Roots’ own Lil Roots will share their Gardening and Kids’ Cooking Tips, My Wellness Counts and The Healthy Family will present Lunchbox Love demos. There will be planting of fall vegetables, a Make and Take Station featuring upcycled garden crafts and potting seed starts, and special Inspiration Station workshops hosted by the Downtown Las Vegas’ Reset Project. Older kids will be able to participate in gardening workshops that include How Do I Get a Garden at My School? hosted by Green Our Planet. Festival community partner Garden Farms of Nevada believes that everyone can enjoy the benefits of vegetable gardening in their own space at home. They utilize years of knowledge and tested skill in the Las Vegas desert to teach people how they can grow their own food. Their expert staff will be leading workshops and demonstrations throughout the festival. Garden Farms has an uncanny ability to grow vegetables and fruit trees throughout our harsh desert climates in Nevada. El Dorado Cantina is dedicated to incredibly flavorful food that is sustainably raised from carefully selected farms that are free from antibiotics, pesticides and steroids. Their commitment to organic and non-GMO food supplies makes them a

great partner to encourage our community to grow their own and get passionate about what is on their plate. Wonder Soil is committed to reduce the international environmental carbon footprint by producing state-of-the-art expanding planting mixes that are peat-free and save up to 50 percent of water, space, freight, power and labor. Wonder Soil’s patented mixes are 100 percent biodegradable and promote faster germination with stronger root systems, better growth and healthier plants. Green Our Planet also runs one of the fastest-growing school garden programs in the U.S., The Outdoor Garden Classroom. Vegas Roots Community Garden is creating social change through agriculture. Their mission is to promote healthy living by growing fresh food, assisting the community to become physically active and helping to teach our youth about sustainable life skills. Grow Your Own plots are available to rent, there are You Pick plots, and the Buck Truck delivers fresh produce to urban neighborhoods, as well as multiple health and wellness programs and Lil Roots groups for gardening, cooking and yoga classes. Exhibitor booths start at $50 for nonprofits, $75 for small businesses, $100 for organic and GMO-free food vendors and $200 for like-minded businesses. Admission is by donation. Location: 715 N. Tonopah Dr., Las Vegas. For more information, visit GrowYourOwnFestival. org. Potential exhibitors visit

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l Dorado Cantina is an upscale Las Vegas Mexican restaurant. The gorgeous 181-seat restaurant and lounge serves authentic Mexican cuisine that beautifully represents the vast culinary traditions of various regions of Mexico. Creators Brett Talla and Darin Feinstein believe in sustainably-raised products, which means that all their vegetables, meats and fish originate from farms that are free of antibiotics, pesticides and steroids. In the event items from their preferred vendors are not available, they do their best to source organic and GMO-free products from other sources to keep the highest quality ingredients in their dishes.


Location: 3135 W. Post Rd., Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-3310650, email or visit

Create a Change Now


reate a Change Now is a nonprofit organization committed to educating and empowering children and their families by providing the resources needed to fight childhood obesity and related diseases to live happier, healthier, more productive lives. The organization adopts at-risk elementary schools on a long term basis and instills their Healthy School, Healthy Life program. Create A Change Now serves children in at-risk elementary schools in Clark County and use edible education to introduce children to a positive and healthy relationship with food. Changing the way kids eat through the Healthy School, Healthy Life program will have long-term if not lifetime impacts. After hands-on learning through active gardening and nutrition education, students have a greater understanding of food, nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. A sustainable community begins with healthy kids who are excited to learn. For more information, call 702-3007399, email or visit


Location: 3025 Sammy Davis Jr. Dr., Las Vegas. For more information, call 702722-2289, email info@eldoradovegas. com or visit

Vegas Roots Community Garden


egas Roots Community Garden's (formally Tonopah Community Garden) mission is to promote healthy living by growing fresh food, assisting the community to become physically active and helping to teach our youth about sustainable life skills. Vegas Roots is Las Vegas' 1st public garden. Located downtown, creating social change through agriculture. Volunteers of the Vegas Roots Community Garden will have the opportunity to participate in all aspects of growing produce organically, learning sustainable gardening techniques, and engaging the surrounding community through fresh fruits and vegetables. Location: 715 N. Tonopah Dr., Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-6364152, email or visit

Grassroots Education Forum


rassroots Educational Forum is dedicated to all aspects of a healthy lifestyle. The purpose of the organization is to educate people about factors that support this lifestyle, including:: • eating an organic, chemical-free and GMO-free diet. • supporting and providing information about organic school, home and community gardening and farming. • promoting an integrative and blended system of health care for people and animals. • promoting ideas about non-toxic personal and home care products. • supporting all measures of positive support for sustaining the natural environment, including soil, air, water and all of our natural habitats. • investigating and promoting ideas about non-toxic packaging for human and animal food and personal care products. • promoting the idea of regular movement and exercise to maintain a healthy level of fitness. • -supporting many areas of spiritual and emotional involvement as part of a strong holistic approach to good health. Supported by members of GMO Free Nevada, their intentions are solely educational as they utilize many forms of outreach, including meetings, trade and public events, forums, speeches, distributing printed and media materials, in-school lessons and demonstrations Location: 2620 S Maryland Pkwy #163, Las Vegas. For more information, visit

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Garden Farms of Nevada


grown in your own yard or space.

ased on the idea that everyone can enjoy the benefits of vegetable gardening in their own space, Garden Farms of Nevada utilize years of knowledge and tested skill in the Las Vegas Desert to inform people how they can grow their own food. If time is an issue they also provide services to tend to your garden. At the end of the day you are left with nutritious and wholesome fruits and vegetables that were organically

Location: 4020 Nobar Circle, North Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-551GROW (4769), or visit,

Green Our Planet


reen Our Planet offers a new way to fund green projects around the world. Donate to a project—or launch a green project

of your own! Green Our Planet (GOP) is a creative, entrepreneurial, non-profit conservation organization that operates a free crowdfunding platform. GOP offers a unique funding and educational model to help individuals and organizations reach mission goals, while supporting innovative education and conservation efforts. GOP achieves its mission by actively partnering with foundations, individuals, organizations and corporations to collectively create positive impact in environmental education and change. Based in Las Vegas, Nevada, Green Our Planet also runs one of the fastest-growing school garden programs, The Outdoor Garden Classroom, in the United States. Through its crowdfunding platform, Green Our Planet simultaneously offers the public an opportunity to both learn about environmental challenges and to help fund green projects that can help solve some of those challenges. For more information, email or visit

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P E AC E Begins On Your Plate One Green Planet is a group of local chefs and foodies that give presentations to children’s groups, wellness centers, gyms and library groups. “A whole new conscious food economy is rising, consisting of companies that are working to disrupt our food system by offering healthier, more sustainable foods. We’re undoubtedly at an exciting point in history where concrete steps are finally being taken to focus on solutions that have the power to shape the future of food,” says co-founder Nil Zacharias. Peace Begins On Your Plate comprises a 25-minute community conversation featuring five speakers, each with five vital minutes. These movers and shakers from Las Vegas’ health and wellness community are collaborating to serve up their knowledge on why more and more are adopting plant-based eating habits, ditching dairy and bringing more fruits and veggies to their table. This dynamic, short and sweet presentation is available for free bookings throughout the Las Vegas Valley now. The impressive and compassionate panel includes Sari Dennis a board-certified health and wellness counselor and founder of My Wellness Counts; Avi Levi, founder of ONE Family Animal Sanctuary, international animal rights activist, entrepreneur and educator on ethical veganism; Joanna Blad, a consciousness-raising vegan educator, civilian non-violence specialist and World Peace Diet facilitator; Jodi Paige, chief cheese officer and executive chef of Virgin Cheese and producer of the Festival; Nick Brannigan, host of Health Conspiracy Radio and The OrgaNick Movement at For more information, visit


to Host Healthy Living Businesses Seeking Vendors The Health, Fitness, Beauty Expo in downtown Summerlin will be held from from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., October 1. Natural Awakenings magazine invites health, fitness, beauty, spiritual and peaceful living businesses to exhibit within the Natural Awakenings Pavilion. Natural Awakenings Pavilion vendors will receive a free one-eighth-page advertisement in the September issue of Natural Awakenings magazine. The deadline to reserve space is August 10. This is an avenue for vendors to offer free samples, display the latest in workout equipment or sports apparel, share health and nutritional information, introduce modalities to ease mind,

body and spirit and much more. This annual event focuses on the well-being and healing of our community. Exercise workshops include Pilates, self-defense, yoga, tai chi, kickboxing and dancing every 30 minutes throughout the day. Other all-day events include health and fitness clinics and informal seminars on subjects such as strengthening, muscle building, weight loss and proper fitness and nutrition. Admission is free. Location: 1980 Festival Plaza Dr., Las Vegas. For more information or to reserve exhibit space call, 702-305-5828 or visit index.html.

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Delayed Kindergarten Reduces Attention Deficit


elaying kindergarten enrollment for one year shows significant mental health benefits for children, according to a Stanford University study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research. Reviewing results from a mental health survey completed by more than 35,000 Danish parents, the researchers saw that youngsters held back from kindergarten for as little as one year showed a 73 percent reduction in inattentiveness and hyperactivity for an average child at age 11, compared to children enrolled the year earlier. Measuring inattentiveness and hyperactivity reflect a child’s ability to selfregulate. The generally accepted theory is that young people that are able to stay focused, sit still and pay attention longer tend to do much better in school. “This is some of the most convincing evidence we’ve seen to support what U.S. parents and policymakers have already been doing—choosing to delay entry into kindergarten,” says Stanford Graduate School of Education Professor Thomas S. Dee. In addition to improved mental health, children with later kindergarten enrollment dates also exhibited superior emotional and social skills. The number of U.S. children entering kindergarten at age 6 instead of 5 has progressively increased to about 20 percent, according to the study. Many parents are opting to delay kindergarten enrollment for a year to give their children a leg up in physical and emotional maturity and social skills.

Grape Juice Boosts Memory and Driving Skills


esearch from the UK University of Leeds has confirmed that drinking just one glass of grape juice a day increases spatial memory and driving abilities. The researchers attribute the brain boosting benefits to the polyphenols in the grapes. The study followed 25 healthy mothers between the ages of 40 and 50. Each had young children and worked more than 30 hours a week. The mothers drank 12 ounces of Concord grape juice every day for 12 weeks and had their driving skills tested before and after the study period using a computer simulator. Louise Dye, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Leeds and senior author of the study, notes, “This research is very promising, as it suggests that the cognitive benefits associated with Concord grape juice are not exclusive to adults with early memory decline. We saw these benefits even after the grape juice was no longer being consumed, suggesting a long-term effect of dietary flavonoids.” 12

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Breastfed Babies Have Fewer Colds and Ear Infections


study from the University of Texas has found that increased breastfeeding decreases ear infections among nursing children. The researchers followed 367 babies between 1 and 12 months old from 2008 through 2014. The scientists analyzed family history traits of smoking, ear infections, breastfeeding and formula feeding. Nose and throat mucosal samples were taken throughout the study period to identify infections, and parents informed the researchers whenever the baby experienced an infection. The study was led by Dr. Tasnee Chonmaitree, a pediatrics professor from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. “We clearly showed that frequent upper respiratory infections, carriage of bacteria in the nose and lack of breastfeeding are major risk factors for ear infections,” he states. “Prolonged breastfeeding was associated with significant reductions in both colds and ear infections, a common complication of colds.”


Legumes Facilitate Weight Loss


review of 21 clinical trials has found that just one daily serving of legumes can facilitate an average drop of threequarters of a pound over a six-week period. Published in the journal Obesity, the research analyzed results from studies that tested a total of 940 men and women eating about three-quarters of a cup of beans, lentils, chickpeas and other legumes each day. The subjects reported feeling nearly one-third fuller on average after eating about 5.6 ounces of these foods with their meals, compared with a control group’s diet. These beneficial legumes may also reduce body fat percentages. According to senior study author and physician John Sievenpiper, Ph.D., of St. Michael’s Hospital’s Clinical Nutrition and Risk Factor Modification Center and the University of Toronto, “Ninety percent of weight-loss diets fail, resulting in weight regain, which may be due in part to hunger and food cravings. Knowing which foods make people feel fuller longer may help them lose weight and keep it off.”

Aromatherapy Soothes Allergies


esearch from Korea’s Chung-Ang University has found that inhaling aromatherapy infusions comprising a combination of sandalwood, frankincense and ravensara for five minutes twice daily significantly reduces symptoms of allergies after seven days. The researchers tested 54 men and women, half of which were tested using a placebo of almond oil. Total nasal symptom score (TNSS) and rhinoconjunctivitis quality of life questionnaire (RQLQ) results were both significantly lower in the aromatherapy group. TNSS scores decreased by more than half and RQLQ scores decreased by more than 60 percent. Scores for fatigue and sleep quality also improved in the aromatherapy group. “These findings indicate that inhalation of certain aromatherapy oils help relieve perennial allergic rhinitis symptoms, improve rhinitis-specific quality of life and reduce fatigue in patients with perennial allergic rhinitis,” Chung-Ang University’s Seo Yeon Choi and Kyungsook Park explain in their paper.

Young Adult Insomnia Linked to Chronic Pain


esearch from the University of Groningen, in The Netherlands, has found that young adults between 19 and 22 years old that don’t sleep well may have more chronic pain later in life. The researchers followed 1,750 people for three years. About 50 percent of the participants that had sleep problems at the beginning of the study still had them at the end of the study. Roughly 38 percent of those reported chronic pain after three years. This compares to 14 percent of those that didn’t have sleep problems at the start of the research, but reported chronic pain at its conclusion. Overall, the study found that sleep problems were associated with more musculoskeletal pains, headaches and abdominal pain. The relationship occurred in both men and women, but was stronger among women.

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News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.

The love of books may begin at any age, but for most, it starts in childhood. Now, scientists are studying the effects of reading on the brain with MRIs, polls, surveys and experiments. The results indicate that readers of fiction are more empathetic toward others. By engaging with a story, they are temporarily placing themselves in a character’s shoes, thus fostering empathy in real life, and literary reading amplifies this effect. According to a Stanford University study, reading a challenging book also helps us become smarter, as well as more empathetic. By attempting to tackle harder books, we create new connections in our minds that we might not have done otherwise. Neuroscientist Bob Dougherty remarks, “The right patterns of ink on a page can create vivid mental imagery and instill powerful emotions.” David Comer Kidd, author of another related study, observes, “Like opening a window to let fresh air into our home, literature opens up our minds to the myriad ideas that we wouldn’t be able to experience on our own. We can pause to analyze the experiences depicted as if they were our own, expanding our experience of the world.”

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Climate Change Favors Some Birds over Others Decades of data show that climate change is manipulating the way avian species move across continents. For instance, the orchard oriole is losing prime habitat in the South, but gaining more up north. Thousands of species worldwide face the same dilemma. Specific birds need a particular habitat, such as open spaces or groves of trees, and some of their traditionally preferred spots are becoming unlivable. England’s Durham University ecologist Phillip Stephens, along with researchers from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and the U.S. Geological Survey, have compiled nearly half a century’s worth of occurrence data from thousands of citizen scientists. Birders submitted their observations to the Pan-European Common Birds Monitoring Scheme and the North American Breeding Bird Survey for 145 terrestrial bird species native to Europe and 380 species native to the United States. “We used that information to generate a prior expectation for whether the species would’ve been advantaged or disadvantaged by climate change,” says Stephens. The predictions were compared with actual bird abundance data from 1980 through 2010, and the populations that were expected to lose suitable habitat declined, while those expected to find their habitats improve increased. He states, “Recent climate change has already favored one set of species over another.” Read the report at


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Hope for a New Generation Despite being less confident than their elders, a new study by PsychTests. com, in Montreal, reveals that Millennials (those born between 1980 and 2000) are an ambitious and tenacious generation that continues to prove potential critics wrong. Labeled by some as self-entitled, arrogant and immature from being coddled by hovering parents, the company’s research says that Millennials are not afraid to push themselves to achieve lofty goals, work hard or take on difficult challenges. Collecting data from 1,035 people that took their Ambition Test, the researchers looked at the differences between Millennials, Generation X (born between 1960 and 1980) and Baby Boomers (born between 1946 and 1960) in terms of their levels of aspiration, persistence and sense of self-efficacy. The study reveals that while Millennials lagged a little behind the other two generations on some factors related to ambition, the potential of these young adults should not be underestimated. “One can argue that Millennials’ hopeful and determined nature is a case of idealism,” explains Ilona Jerabek, Ph.D., president of PsychTests. “Some have just started out in the workforce, so they’re eager to prove themselves, which could also mean that at some point they’ll be blindsided by the reality of what it’s like to be out there in the real world.”

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Walk the Talk with Cruelty-Free Shoes With a wealth of luxury faux alternatives available in today’s market, shoe lovers can obtain the quality footwear they desire without incurring the usual environmental and human health costs. Vegan leather is an animal-friendly alternative to real leather, derived from synthetic materials. No cow, sheep, goat or any other animal is killed in order to make vegan leather shoes, and for most people, that’s a good enough reason to choose it over the “real” thing. Provided that we pick the right maker, it also boasts the added advantage of being far more eco-friendly and sustainable than conventional leather. Elizabeth Olsen, founder of the luxury vegan shoe brand Olsenhaus, says, “The only difference is the materials—one uses a dead animal’s skin preserved in toxic chemicals; the other is made from a mixture of natural and manmade materials that are better for animals and the environment.” Twenty times more energy is used to create a leather hide than what is required for synthesized material. Conventional leather tanning involves treating animal skins with large quantities of toxic chemicals, including mineral salts, lead, cyanide and formaldehyde. This process wreaks havoc on our environment and the people that work in or live near tanneries, where chemical exposure can cause sickness or even be lethal. Olsen cautions that just because a shoe is vegan doesn’t mean it’s been made in an eco-friendly way. She uses natural and manmade materials such as linen, cotton, cork, wood, imitation leathers and recycled faux suede in her vegan shoe line. To assess the quality of vegan leather shoes, she advises, “Shoppers can feel the material and look at the grain to see if it’s faux; with faux, the grain will show a repeating pattern. Also, look for labels noting materials either inside or on the bottom of shoes.” Olsen notes that an online search for vegan fashion will yield everything from adult couture to baby clothes. Several websites and blogs report on the latest vegan products. She especially likes for vegan lifestyle and fashion.

A Poem by a Vegas Vegan Revolutionist by Shane Stuart I'm a "vegan". I mean, that’s what people call me, but is that me? I didn't come out of my mother's womb saying, “Hey everybody, I'm... Vegan.” No, I was taught that label and you were taught to call me that along with whatever you call yourself. It’s just a... label. See, from birth the world force feeds us these... labels. And eventually we all swallow them. We digest and accept the labels, never ever doubting them. But there's one problem:Labels are not you and labels are not me. Labels are just labels see. Who we truly are is not determined by what's on the end of our fork. I grew up in the modern world. Food brought to me already prepared, labeled, ready to eat. Microwave dinners, chicken nuggets, soda, chips, and candy and packaged meat. It was all the same to me. I wasn't trying to be rude. To me, it was just food. I'm a compassionate human being from the start. Eating with compassion happens to fall in alignment with my heart. It's not hard. It’s actually enjoyable and very healthy indeed. I love changing people's lives, helping animals, reducing my carbon footprint and just being me. It's not about being labeled vegan. It’s about life. A lovely, poetic, beautiful idea. Do I want to live my life striving for an elusive perfection that I know I’m too flawed to ever achieve? Or can I do it my way? Without the worry of not being vegan enough”, or being "too mainstream”. With labels come responsibility see. With a label, it's not enough just being me. No... I'm not here to lecture. I just want to ask one question. Who would you be if the world never gave you a label? Never gave you a box to check? The answer is- We would be one; we would be together. Human beings were not meant to be slapped with labels like packaged foods at supermarkets. DNA cannot be regulated by the FDA. We were meant to be free. And only until you remove them all, And stop living and thinking so small, will we be free to see ourselves and each other for who we... TRULY... are. Love. Shane Stuart is the owner of PANACEA, a plant-based fine food and drink experience located in Boca Park, Summerlin. Opening September 2016.


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GROWING UP EMPOWERED Helping Kids Step into Their Best Selves by Judith Fertig


he plugged-in, stressed-out world that challenges adults can be even more difficult for teens in the throes of hormones, peer pressure and a selfie culture. Parents can help their children thrive and become empowered individuals by nurturing desirable character traits such as resourcefulness, resilience, perseverance, self-reliance, independence, empathy and social competence. Child psychologist Michele Borba, Ed.D., of Palm Springs, California, is a former classroom teacher and the mother of three grown children who dispenses advice at Her main parenting focus is character education, as reflected in her latest book, Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World. “Tune in to what your kids love,” advises Borba. “Then find learning experiences that help them develop traits they need to be happy, productive adults.” 18

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This positive parenting approach— accentuating youthful desires and strengths, instead of deficiencies and weaknesses—helps young people develop a secure footing in life. “Kids are driven by their hearts,” observes Borba. “A positive parent doesn’t do the cookie-cutter approach, as in, ‘That’s what worked for other kids in the neighborhood,’ nor even reference what the parent did as a teen.” Teens also impose upon themselves, thinking that being trendy, beautiful, rich and famous are valuable life goals. “The positive parent looks at each child as an individual, listens to what really makes them light up, and then supports that.”

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and greatness. Corporate leaders praise its programs for helping participants relate, communicate and perform well. Josselyne Herman-Saccio, a Landmark program leader in New York City, remarks, “Every one of us has a dream, yet too many of us choose our path with fear, disguised as practicality. Our kids might get the message that, ‘You don’t do your dream as your career.’” That thought can leave anyone feeling like something is missing. After putting off her own career as a singer and ultimately deciding to go for it, Herman-Saccio recorded That’s What Love Can Do with her group Boy Krazy. The song rose to the top of the pop charts in 1993. That empowering experience helped her decide to help others—including her own three children—fulfill their dreams. Today, Herman-Saccio leads the Landmark Forum for adults, and the company also offers a version of the course for 13-to-17-year-olds, an interactive, three-day program in cities across the U.S. It helps teens first understand their existing patterns of thoughts and behaviors and then move forward to create new possibilities and face new challenges and discover a new level of power, freedom, self-expression and peace of mind. For a teen to register, a parent or legal guardian must register for or have completed the organization’s adult forum and provide permission. Teens planning for life after high school get help identifying their career passion at schools such as Upland Hills School, in Oxford, Michigan. Its emphasis on experiential learning culminates in a senior project the teen produces, whether it’s writing a novel, building a storage shed or volunteering at the local senior citizen center. Each must someway contribute to the community. Beginning with the student’s dream, they must work their way through obstacles, setbacks and all the steps required to bring a dream to reality.

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Sometimes parents need to address a teen’s longing for friends and social connections. For youths that especially need to nurture their social skills, such

as high-functioning kids with autism or Asperger’s syndrome, film school might be an answer. At the Joey Travolta Film School and summer camp, in Lafayette, California, kids work together to make a movie; they start with a script, create sets, operate the camera, act and direct. At the Hunter School, in Romney, New Hampshire, kids dealing with attention challenges can nurture mind-body awareness, energetic mindfulness and sensory integration. It all helps them get to know themselves and relate better to others. Outdoor skills can help teens develop healthy risk-taking behaviors, as well as teach resilience, perseverance and self-reliance. SheJumps (, in Salt Lake City, offers young women 6 to 18 years old an opportunity to master outdoor living skills, boost confidence and encourage leadership via collaborating with strong female role models. Fun activities include mountain biking, skiing and trailblazing.


Over time, experiential learning can help youths develop leadership skills. Lander, Wyoming’s National Outdoor Leadership School, a gap-year program for high school graduates taking a year off before college, offers courses lasting two weeks, several months or even a full year. Activities include sea kayaking, Alaskan mountain and glacier climbing and wilderness medicine. Teens already on track and wanting to develop additional leadership skills can tap into motivational speaker and self-help author Tony Robbins’ annual Unleash the Power Within youth leadership program event. Groups of youths 14

to 17 years old collectively participate to create individual breakthroughs, move beyond fears and limiting beliefs, accomplish goals and realize true desires. Application requirements include a good academic record, at least 20 hours of community service and a guidance counselor’s recommendation. Robbins maintains, “Grow and give is what life is all about.”

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A way for youngsters 5 to 19 years old to become empowered is by joining a 4-H group in urban, suburban or rural areas. If we envision a farm kid raising a calf to show at the state fair, that’s still one facet of today’s 4-H, but far from the entire scope. Founded in 1902, 4-H is a global nonprofit dedicated to learning by doing; specialties now range from computer science and graphic design to leadership, healthy living and the performing arts. Positive mentoring by adults and developing community spirit ground 4-H clubs, camps and programs. Research by Tufts University’s Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development and America’s landgrant colleges and universities shows that people with a 4-H background are more likely to give back to their communities than others (see Tinyurl. com/YouthDevelopmentStudy). For Grammy-winner Jennifer Nettles, of Nashville, 4-H meant learning to perform at an early age, even flying to Chicago to do it. “I don’t know that I would be where I am today without 4-H,” she says. “Mentors there help you. They helped me with the skills of performing and learning about being on stage; they also taught me the importance of giving back.”

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Growing food for themselves and others can be a great adventure for teens, while fostering resourcefulness, perseverance and ecological awareness. Seventeenyear-old Katie Stagliano launched Katie’s Krops, in Summerville, South Carolina, several years ago based on her desire to fight hunger by growing food for people that need it. Today, the enterprise offers grants for youth in any area to start and maintain a local garden, provided they give away the produce to the hungry.

The initiative has grown to more than 50 gardens around the U.S. Both Mobile Urban Growers, in Mobile, Alabama, and Closer to Earth, in Oklahoma City, empower youth through exercising organic gardening skills, environmental and food justice advocacy and personal mentorship. Empowering experiences for teens don’t have to cost a lot or involve travel. “Dream big, but start small. Look around your own backyard, in your community,” says Borba. “Teens can learn to pay it forward in all kinds of ways. They can get together with their peers and take on a doable project to help others. They may even need to start by learning to self-regulate and manage stress by getting away from their phones and instead being outside getting exercise.” Casual family activities can provide opportunities for conversations about what teens want in life or what they’re worried about, and that opens the door for adults to step up to help mentor and empower their children. “Boys are more likely to talk while they’re doing something, like shooting baskets with you in the driveway,” observes Borba. “Girls are more likely to talk if it’s one-on-one.” Positive parents actively listen and then clarify what they heard from their teens, says Herman-Saccio. This information helps point the way forward, to more interactive dialogue, brainstorming, problem-solving, helpful experiences and eventually, youth empowerment.   Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood from Overland Park, KS.

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ASK: Bringing Excitement, Wonder and Enthusiasm into Classrooms by Kirsten Lopez Kirsten López, founder of Brain Solutions Inc., watched bright students lose excitement and enthusiasm as they became bombarded with homework, given to them at a relentless pace that caused anxiety, depression and reading frustration, all resulting in forceful, unenthusiastic efforts as students tried to reach learning goals. López developed Academic Solutions For Kids (ASK) to provide a creative place for middle school students during this formative and vulnerable time in their lives. The main goal at ASK is to de-stress students and families to refocus them on successful learning. ASK is entering the fourth year as a leader in progressive education and provides an excellent educational alternative to traditional schooling. “We believe in encouraging divergent, independent thinking versus conformity,” says López. “It’s a Las Vegas program created by Las Vegas educators that offer a small, depressurized group setting that honors the dignity of each person.” The ASK team of educators has a combined total of over 50 years experience working with children in a variety of settings. With a student-teacher ratio of 10:1, students thrive and reach their potential. “We understand that not everyone thrives in a traditional classroom so we deliberately work outside the box on a regular basis. In addition to 20 Greater Las Vegas

fulfilling the academic requirements of a school day, we also believe in delving into the extra-curricular pursuits of volunteering within the community and taking field trips to enrich and cement what is being taught in the classroom,” explains López. “Students have ideas and enthusiastically request projects that require planning, team work, tenacity, math skills and, often, building,” says Lopez. “We’ve had kids say things like, ‘I learned something about World War II and I’d like to do a lesson for the class today’.” The program is very organic in that they seize moments of interest and encourage exploration, while still providing students curriculum aligned to state standards with Compass Learning, an online curriculum. The program is individualized and allows students to move forward in areas of strength and help them fill gaps in areas where they find challenges. ASK also offers STMath (, a math program developed by neuroscientists. “We are greatly interested in reaching and developing the whole child. We want to know what they are passionate about and then find a way to incorporate that into their daily academic routine. We don’t want them just to know the “what” but also the “why” and how that relates to them,” says López. Community service is encouraged

and organized the ASK team. Every Tuesday ASK students volunteer at Three Square (, a local food bank and service network of approximately 1300 community partners reaching struggling individuals and families at risk for hunger. According to one parent, “My son struggles to remember things. But, with no reminders, every Tuesday he remembers to wear his ASK shirt!” Further teaching the children the importance of community, each student has chores and learns to complete tasks which include, vacuuming, taking out the trash, mopping and helping to change the A/C air filters. “We also prepare food dishes to teach children how to be more self-sufficient,” says Lopez. (Chef aprons, to wear in the cooking class, were constructed by students during a sewing activity.) Working with Busy Bee Art Studio, owned by Eliane Balsewich, ASK has integrated the Reduce, Reuse & Recycle program. “We understand the benefits of nurturing children through the creative process of art,” says Balsewich who teaches art class once a week, plans field trips and helped students start a garden. Art projects include repurposing found items, including a 4 feet tall roller coaster! “ASK is about active learning, not quiet conformity,” says Lopez. “We are imparting skills that teach to the future of your child. In the end, we want to give families back their time together. We want to enable children to retain more of what they learn. We believe we are partners with parents in forming a successful, reflective adult who is both compassionate and dedicated to making the world a better place just by being in it.” ASK is enrolling students for our 2016/2017 academic year with limited space available. Location: 1005 S. Cimarron Rd., in Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-340-2248, email or visit, See ad, page 14.

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hether it’s playing dress-up, making forts from sofa cushions or drawing pictures, creative moments can define and distinguish a happy childhood. Yet it’s not all just fun and games, according to experts. Childhood creativity, nurtured both in the classroom and at home, is crucial for developing qualities such as sound decision-making, flexible thinking and mental resiliency. Analyzing more than 150 studies across the fields of psychology, neuroscience, education and business management, the Center for Childhood Creativity, in Sausalito, California, found many important life skills are affiliated with a creative upbringing. The resulting white paper, Inspiring a Generation to Create, underscores that rather than simply being an innate trait, creativity can be taught. “Creativity should be an integral part of every child’s education. The research shows that we can avoid the 22 Greater Las Vegas

Every child and parent is creative. Exercising our creativity is an act of faith. ~ Julia Cameron

at the time. This is a family favorite; we laugh constantly.” Cameron wrote the book in Mark Runco, Ph.D., a University of part to guide her own daughter, Georgia professor of gifted and creative actress and film director Do- education, founder of the Creativity menica Cameron-Scorsese, in her cre- Research Journal and advisor to the ative journey through motherhood. Center for Childhood Creativity, notes While many such works focus on art the importance of balancing unstrucprojects for kids, Cameron’s book em- tured and structured activities, creating phasizes activities that put creative fuel space for both individual expression and in the parental tank. For example, she creative collaboration. recommends parents take up the ritual of To foster the former, Van’t Hul en“morning pages”; writing three pages  courages “strewing”, which she refers to of stream-of-consciousness thoughts the as “the art of casually yet strategically leaving invitations for learning and crefirst thing each morning. Jean Van’t Hul, author of The Artful ativity out for kids to discover on their Parent, started a daily sketchbook prac- own.” Invitations to play could be a tice for herself and to set an example basket of non-toxic blocks, a recycledfor her kids. “I like that the kids see me paper sketchpad opened to a blank page creating regularly and they’ve joined in or some nature finds from a walk in the a couple times. I also want to get over woods. my self-limited belief that I’m not a good As an example of the latter, artist,” remarks Van’t Hul, who blogs at Cameron suggests that parents lead kids on a weekly creative expedition, allowing the kids to choose a new place to aimlessly explore such as a park, bookEngaging Kids A family ritual, like a bedtime story store, pet shop or museum. According to or relationship with a pet, can be re- the author, that sense of shared advenimagined to inspire household members ture, fostered in a safe space, naturally to co-create together. “Instead of always nurtures the creative process, both for reading to my kids, we take turns making now and the future. up stories by ‘giving’ each other three “If you make art the center, insistthings, like an airplane, a shovel and a ing that kids be creative, they may feel a pair of pants, which we have to use in a sense of pressure,” advises Cameron. “If story,” says Nicole Corey Rada, a work- you make inspiration the center, it spills ing mother of two in Richmond, Virginia. over into art.” “Sometimes, we pretend our pets are having conversations, and use different Connect with freelance writer April voices and accents to express what they Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at might be saying, given their circumstance

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ilmmaker Barnet Bain’s credits include writer/director of Milton’s Secret, due out this fall, starring Donald Sutherland and Michelle Rodriguez and based on Eckhart Tolle’s book, producer of the Oscarwinning What Dreams May Come, executive producer of the Emmy-award nominee Homeless to Harvard and writer/ producer of The Celestine Prophecy movie. Now, as author of The Book of Doing and Being: Rediscovering Creativity in Life, Love, and Work, he offers tools that everyone can use to develop a creativity practice designed to move us beyond our unconscious hand-medown worldview, escape mental and emotional straightjackets and unlock great reservoirs of imagination. In so doing, we discover we can create anything we like; from a work of art to a fulfilling relationship.

Why is creativity so vital now? More than ever before, the nature of human consciousness today is making it apparent that we live inside stories and are pushing up against their edges. Strategies we’ve used to try to attain control, success or empowerment—structured ideas about how the world works, false assurances and guarantees about life—may not be working. As a result, we are mired in anxiety, stress and crises. It all offers us the opportunity to wake up to a larger truth that supersedes everything else: We must discover where our true safety resides, in building newly intelligent relationships

within, as well as with others, using capacities beyond logic and reason.

Why do we need an internal sense of safety? Safety found within shows up in our experiences of the world. As we become increasingly reliant on and confident in our creative skills to survive and thrive, we give ourselves the gift of resilience in chaos. Humanity’s creativity must be awakened in order to meet the challenges of a changing world and effectively address problems that appear to have too few solutions. The same inner awareness and skill set that give birth to the creative process can be applied to all aspects of life. Only through creative acts can we rise above unworkable paradigms, group thinking and earlier conditioning to create new and more fluid stories that grow from revised thoughts, beliefs, choices and attitudes that mature from the inside out. Deep, compassionate understanding of how we arrived at this point allows us to shed restrictions. It begins with facing the whys and wherefores of our most intimate consciousness.

How do male and female energies play into this? Everyone possesses both masculine and feminine energies; neither is better or less valuable than the other. Doing and acting characterize masculine energy, which makes things. It builds, structures, orders and files. Being characterizes

the feminine, womb-like energy, pregnant with possibilities and subsequent manifested outcomes. The capacities to imagine, feel and receive also are feminine. In the dance with the masculine, the harmony of these feminine qualities is the primal desire for and the impulse of creativity itself. When the masculine and feminine energies are balanced and intimately joined, they express the ability to act, create, manifest, build and bring order. When we learn how to balance them, we become more creative and effective, individually and collectively. We are better at meeting challenges and responding to opportunities.

How does chauvinism block creativity? Chauvinism, an elevation of masculine over feminine energy, would separate us from our feelings. It does violence to femininity and castrates legitimate masculinity. The mildest trace of such subordination diminishes and reduces primal creative energies to second place, so that nothing new can arrive. Civilization suffers from this systemic disorder to the degree that we believe our needs won’t be met unless we are controlling or relying disproportionately on action principles. A culture that elevates doing over being is ignorant of how to pop the clutch and shift into neutral, and so keeps driving down the same road without hope of changing direction. When spirituality was more alive inside religious traditions, we honored the sanctity of the Sabbath and the importance of putting aside doing in order to be intimate with the mystery of life. It’s what breathes new life into our thoughts and feelings, arousing body, mind and spirit to new heights. Every creator understands that all creativity is a gift of the feminine energy and a gift of the gods. Integrative masculine energies are always constellated around such a gift. Allowing ourselves to become intimate with a greater state of being rather than doing, we open ourselves to receiving a new relationship with life. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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EARTH GUARDIANS Kids Say No to Global Warming by April Thompson


t age 6, climate change activist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez gave his first speech to a packed crowd in his hometown of Boulder, Colorado. Raised in the Aztec tradition, he was taught that as indigenous people, they are descendants of the land and inherit a duty to protect it. “I felt such sadness that my generation inherited this crisis to clean up. That night, I saw that those emotions could be channeled into action and my voice could make a difference,” says Martinez, founder and youth director of the nonprofit Earth Guardians. Ten years later, his impassioned message has sparked a global movement. More than 2,000 “youth crews” from Bhutan to Brazil are fighting climate change and improving their communities in other ways. These activists aren’t yet old enough to vote, but are still making their voices heard by global policymakers. On their behalf, Martinez delivered a plea to representatives from 192 countries at the United Nations General Assembly meeting on climate change last year, asking for stronger measures to protect both the planet and its people. He particularly pointed to the ever-increasing “climate refugees” that have lost their homes to rising oceans and other havoc caused by Earth’s warming trend. Although Martinez serves on President Obama’s youth council, he and 20 other young plaintiffs filed a

landmark lawsuit earlier this year against the federal government for failing to protect its citizens from climate change. The plaintiffs are seeking a court order requiring America’s president to establish a national plan to decrease atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide to “safe” levels by 2100. At home, Martinez is working with Boulder County community and environmental organizations to locally eliminate pesticides from parks, charge for plastic bags at retail, regulate coal ash emissions and ban fracking. offers many ways anyone can plug into the movement, whether taking individual actions to lighten our carbon footprint, creating school gardens or signing its Silence into Action pledge, inspired by Martinez’s younger brother Itzcuauhtli’s 45-day silence strike for climate action. “The most important thing you can do is educate yourself. Whatever makes you come alive, use that passion to make a difference,” says Martinez, whose performances as a pianist and hip-hop artist inform and enliven music festivals worldwide. “Together, we can create a legacy we can be proud to pass on to the next generation.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at

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JUST WALK 22 Minutes a Day Boosts Well-Being by Randy Kambic


ven mainstream media have picked up on the many physical and mental benefits of walking, including weight loss, reduced stress, increased energy and better sleep, and that’s only the beginning. These additional compelling effects may well catalyze us to consistently step out for a daily walk, understanding that cumulative steps count, too. For more inspiration, check out this month’s race walking at the Summer Olympics. Walking helps heart health and diabetes. According to the U.S. Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Walking program launched last fall, the risk of heart disease and diabetes can be significantly reduced via an average of 22 minutes a day of brisk walking. “Physical activity has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, certain cancers, osteoporosis, cognitive decline and even depression,” says Dr. JoAnn Manson, chief of the division of preventive medicine at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. “Can you imagine if there was a pill that could simultaneously have all those benefits? Everyone would be clamoring for it.” Walking reduces anxiety and clears thinking. The results of a national survey of nearly 3,000 women between

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the ages of 42 and 52 published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise found that those that walked as part of a regular physical activity showed fewer signs of depression compared with inactive women. The more physical activity a woman logged, the less likely she was to exhibit such symptoms, suggesting that moderateto-intense levels of exercise may help protect against mental illness. The survey further revealed that 85 percent believe walking helps reduce any present anxiety and feelings of depression, while twothirds reported that walking stimulates their thinking. Walking facilitates doctor-patient communication. Columbus, Ohio-based Walk with a Doc ( helps organize free walking events each month via 230 chapters nationwide. They’re led by physicians and other healthcare authorities. “It’s a casual forum in which to communicate and also learn about the health benefits of walking,” says Executive Director Rachael Habash, who’s aiming for 350 chapters by year’s end. When doctors emphasize the benefits of exercise, patients tend to listen. Walking boosts life performance. “Until the late 1960s, 90 percent of America’s children that lived up to a

mile away walked to school. Today, that figure is 30 percent,” says Sheila Franklin, of the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity, in The Walking Revolution documentary (scroll to the video at Experts warn that less walking by youngsters can create sedentary habits and lead to shortened life spans. Daily walks to school boost cognitive performance in students, according to Mary Pat King, the National Parent Teacher Association director of programs and projects. Dr. Richard Jackson, a pediatrician, professor and chair of Environmental Health Sciences at the School of Public Health at University of California, Los Angeles,. and former environmental health director at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, reports that walking improves children’s learning ability, concentration, moods and creativity. Even lifelong walkers are moved to walk more by using a pedometer to track their steps and distance traveled, says Dr. Lauren Elson, a physical medicine and rehabilitation instructor at Harvard Medical School, who is also the medical editor of the recent Harvard Special

Health Report Walking for Health ( A metareview of 26 studies found that using the device raised physical activity levels by nearly 27 percent, adding about 2,500 steps per day. Most stores that sell exercise equipment offer inexpensive pedometers, while smartphone users can download an app such as Moves, Breeze or Pedometer++. Apple’s iOS includes the free app Health. Walking leads to meaningful exchanges. Social connections and honest conversations between two people can be aided by walking outside instead of sitting inside. Clay Cockrell, a licensed clinical social worker in New York City, began walking with clients 12 years ago. He notes that casual venues like parks have been especially helpful for men. “They sometimes have a more difficult time making eye contact in sessions. Outside, they are looking where they are going, looking at nature, other people— the pressure is less. My own health has improved, as well,” he says. He shares ideas with the public and other therapists at to maximize

the benefits. He sees moving the body forward along a path as a metaphor for moving forward in life. Adds Habash, “We believe that engaging in health should be simple and fun, like putting one foot in front of the other at every opportunity.” Randy Kambic is an Estero, FL, freelance writer and editor who regularly contributes to Natural Awakenings.

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I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. ~John Muir Renew

Since ancient times, gardens have been employed as a place of healing for body and spirit. Japanese healthcare providers prescribe shinrin-yoku, meaning, “walking in forests to promote health” or “forest bathing”. Its intent is to use sight, sound and smell to connect with nature through stress-reducing, meditative walks. Based on a program created by the Morikami Japanese Gardens, in Delray Beach, Florida, Washington state’s Bloedel Reserve, on Bainbridge Island, conducts Strolls for Well-Being. Participants sign up for a free, 10-week session of 12 self-guided walks and three group meetings. A companion workbook is provided to encourage journaling on themes such as forgiveness, gratitude and joy. “Public gardens are a safe place where people can focus and do the work,” says Erin Jennings, with Bloedel. “We see people that wish to reflect and refuel or simply be more aware and intentional in life.” With 150 acres of natural woodlands and landscaped areas, ranging from a moss garden to a bird marsh, participants can take as much time as they need. 28 Greater Las Vegas


Bees are an integral part of any flowering garden, and Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary, in Floyd, Virginia, sustainably hosts 30 hives on six acres adjacent to a field planted with buckwheat, mustard, sunflowers and clover for its biodynamic beekeeping. An orchard on the property dovetails with an organic farm next door. Tours, talks, plant sales, food and music enhance the hospitality. Hope Hill Lavender Farm, in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, adds lavender to soap, sugar scrubs, lotion and essential oil. “It takes 11 pounds of hand-picked fresh blossoms to make one ounce of essential oil,” says Troy Jochems, co-owner with his wife, Wendy. A member of the mint family, lavender adds distinctive flavor and fragrance to both sweet and savory dishes (find recipes at Visit the farm on summer weekends through mid-August and plan to partake of the annual lavender festival next June. In Glen Allen, Virginia, visitors enjoy a cool serving of lavender lemonade or honey ice cream at Lavender Fields Herb Farm after a stroll through the garden. Greenhouse tours and fall

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Tea Wellness classes and tastings of fair trade heirloom varieties are a big draw at Light of Day Organics, in Traverse City, Michigan. They’re taught by founder and horticulturist Angela Macke, a registered nurse. It’s the only dual-certified organic and Demeter Biodynamic commercial grower of tea plants in North America. The Boiron Medicinal Garden at the Rodale Institute, in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, emphasizes the importance of plants in homeopathy. Maggie Saska, plant production specialist with the research farm, explains, “Walking tours with educational signage in the garden let visitors know which species to look for when planting their own organic healing garden. Plants from a store may not be organically grown or of the correct species,” although a nursery may afford more options. Christophe Merville, D.Pharm., Boiron USA director of education and pharmacy development, attests that many familiar plants can offer benefits beyond beauty, such as reducing stress, promoting healing or easing congestion. He cautions, “People think plants are naturally safe, but they can be dangerous. St. John’s wort extract, for example, can relieve mild depression, but interacts with prescription medicines. It also reacts to light, so users may experience rashes from sun exposure. “Lemon balm can be made into an antioxidant tea. It can be grown in a garden, on a balcony or indoors, and combines well with chamomile or lavender. We like it for helping to relieve anxiety or to improve mental performance.” Merville suggests steeping German chamomile tea for relaxing sleep. He says breathing in the steam helps a stuffy nose. When used as a compress, it can relieve pain and itch from rashes. “Don’t drink too much or make it too concentrated,” he warns, because of its blood-thinning properties. Saska and Merville recommend that enthusiasts

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rganizers of Reading with Rascal, a therapy dog reading program, invite people of all ages to participate in their free program from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on September 10 at Desert Spring United Methodist Church. Refreshments and handouts including a variety of toys and trinkets are given to the children. During this event, children of reading age bring a few of their favorite books and read to dogs while younger children listen, run around and play. Children become confident and comfortable reading as they realize dogs are nonjudgmental. Dogs listen attentively while allowing children to read at their own pace. A child’s success in school is often a reflection of great reading skills and this is the perfect place for the child to accomplish their reading goal. There are generally 10 to 20 therapy dog volunteer teams at each session. All active registered therapy dogs are invited to participate in this program. Each handler must provide a copy of a valid, current registration card, that provides insurance for the facility that is hosting Reading With Rascal, as well as the participants. Reading with Rascal dogs are registered through many national organizations such as Alliance of Therapy Dogs, Michael’s Angel Paws, Independent Therapy Dogs, Inc. and more. Handlers bring dogs to Reading with Rascal, find an area to put down a blanket for the dogs and the children, then wait for the children to come to them. It’s a fun morning.

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HANDLE WILD THINGS WITH CARE How to Help Injured Animals by Sandra Murphy


hen encountering a bird or animal that appears to be abandoned, take only minimal steps to help. “People mean well but a lot of rescues we see, didn’t need help,” says Lacy Campbell, wildlife care center operations manager for the Audubon Society of Portland, Oregon. Make sure the animal is away from traffic or predators, and then call a local wildlife rehabilitator before taking further action, especially if the animal is injured.

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Baby squirrels can fall out of the nest. “Leave him at the base of the tree,” says Jennifer Keats Curtis, author of the children’s book Squirrel Rescue. “Mom will rebuild the nest before coming to get her baby. If it’s cold, put it in a box with a towel. Once squirrels have been treated as a pet, they can’t be released.” Tiny, not-yet-feathered nestlings should be returned home; it’s a myth that human scent poses a problem. If the nest is out of reach or can’t be located, make one with a box and soft cloth. Put it in the tree, so the parents can resume feeding. Leave the area so as not to frighten them. “After young robins, scrub jays, crows and owls leave the nest, they typically spend up to a week on the ground before they can fly,” says Campbell. “At

night, the parents will escort the fully feathered fledglings to safety beneath a bush.” In parks, ducks and geese may nest away from the water. Mama will lead her babies to the pond, even across busy streets. If it’s safe, stop the car to halt traffic, act as their crossing guard, and then resume driving. A box turtle operates on innate GPS. “It lives in an area the size of a football field,” explains Curtis. “It will go onward, no matter how many times people try to redirect it. If injured by a car or lawn mower, the shell can be mended by a rehab center.” Bunnies eat at dusk and dawn. Inbetween, the nest may look abandoned. “Wild baby rabbits are difficult to keep alive if injured,” says Curtis. “At sundown, see if mom returns; if not, they need a wildlife rehab expert.” A lone, young raccoon is either old enough to climb a tree by itself or the mother will carry it. If we feed a raccoon, it will become a beggar. Opossums are dramatic actors. When cornered, they hiss and fall over and play dead in a coma-like state for up to four hours. Check back later. If a mother possum has been killed by a car, call a rehab official to check her pouch for potential babies. “If you find a young deer fawn or

moose calf, leave it. The mother comes back several times each day to nurse,” advises Amanda Nicholson, director of outreach for the Wildlife Center of Virginia, in Waynesboro. “Its coloring helps it remain undetected by predators.”

Other Unexpected Encounters “Don’t feed wild animals or leave out food or accessible comestible trash. Bobcats, wolves, bears and coyotes will avoid people unless food is involved,” cautions Jennifer Place, program associate for Born Free USA, a nonprofit in Washington, D.C. “Wild animals protect their space, food and young, so stay on marked trails when hiking and never turn your back on them.” For unexpected meetings, stay calm. “Make sure there’s an escape route for the animal,” says Place. “With foxes or coyotes, throw sticks or small rocks, but don’t hit the animal. Make yourself look large and yell.” With snakes, sidestep away slowly for more than six feet before walking in the other direction. Bears require a different response. “Speak in a low voice so the bear realizes you are not prey. Never climb a tree,” says Place. “Bears know the terrain, can run faster than a horse and can climb trees, too. Sidestep away, remaining carefully upright, calm and unthreatening. If the bear moves toward you, keep talking until he moves away. Running kicks in its prey drive.” Yellowstone Park regulations require visitors to stay 25 yards away from most wildlife and 100 yards away from bears and wolves. Selfie photos with animals can result in injury or death for humans and animals through carelessness; safety depends on good judgement, respect and common sense. Friends of wildlife know beforehand how to contact local rehabilitators if there’s an emergency, observe before taking action, and protect pets. “Always leash dogs when going into the yard at night and keep cats indoors,” says Place. “Peaceful co-existence allows for the safety of both people and animals, domestic and wild.” Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at

Wildlife Transport Tips If a wild animal is injured, wear heavy gloves in its vicinity to avoid being bitten or scratched. Completely cover the animal with a blanket so it stays relatively calm, and place it in a carrier for transport to a rehabilitation facility. A warm hot water bottle can help ward off shock. Do not give the animal water, milk or food. Time is of the essence to ward off dangers of stress. Wild animals can carry disease without appearing to be ill. Fleas, ticks and mites are likely, so keep injured wildlife away from pets and children.

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Circuses Cease Exotic Animal Acts The Ringling Brothers Circus made good on a promise to retire their last contingent of performing elephants to the Center for Elephant Conservation, in Polk City, Florida, with the last such show streamed worldwide in May. While Ringling will retain the services of tigers, lions, leopards, horses, camels, dogs and kangaroos, the Mexican Congress has voted to prohibit exotic animals under big tops across their country. That means no more tigers jumping through hoops, elephants used as props or monkeys dressed in tiny outfits. The bill requires circuses to report the wildlife they own, which would then be made available to interested zoos. Source: The New York Times

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LVHFCoC Mastermind Group Meeting Chamber Members Only– 8am-10pm. Members can access the brain power of their peer members, while growth as a business leader. This group serves as a forum where members, in confidence, can share their knowledge. Complimentary. Egg Works Restaurant, 2025 Village Center Cir, LV. 702-4832970.


EFT for Body, Mind & Spirit – 6:30pm. EFT or Tapping creates amazing results & busting through emotional blockages. Join the group session to tap for health & wellness for the body. $25. It’s a Blissful Life, LWC, 2400 N Tenaya Way LV. 702-701-6211. Qigong Awakening – 7pm. Qigong is an integration of physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intentions. People practice Qigong to maintain health, heal the body, calm the mind and reconnect with spirit. $12. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 2280 South Jones Blvd, LV. 702-359-0848.


KIDS HAPPY HOUR... Animals, Crystals, Energy, Intuition and more – 11:30am. First Sat. Merge the fascinating, magical world of heaven and earth in a format for kids. Every living thing on this planet has energy. $3. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 2280 South Jones Blvd, LV. 702-359-0848. Non-Toxic Immune Support for Back to School – 1-2:15pm. Keep kids resistant to the germs awaiting them at school. Create non-toxic immune boosters like hand soap and sanitizer they can carry. Supplies and recipes will be provided. Kids are welcome to assist. $15. Oasis to Zen Wellness Center and Transformation Spa, 5715 W Alexander Rd, 140, LV. 702-491-6035. How to Get Maximum Benefit from Your Essential Oils – 2:30-4:30pm. Tired of the confusion surrounding essential oils? Learn as we play with, sample, and answer essential oil questions. Leave confident in the ability to enhance personal

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Interfaith Council Community Discussion – 121pm. All welcome. Where religion, spirituality and science meet to talk. Share and listen to others about beliefs, faith traditions and experiences. Learn about different faiths. Join in a peaceful conversation. Baha’i Center7035 W Oakey Blvd, LV. 702-900-6840.


Usui Reiki III/& Master Teacher Plus Holy Fire 3-DAY Certification Class – 9am-5pm. Receive the advanced Reiki attunement and Master Ignitions. Learn the Usui Master Symbol, how to work with the energy matrix of a crystal grid, do aura clearing, how to do attunements and much more. $875. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 2280 South Jones Blvd, LV. 702359-0848. Sacred Self: The Energetic Healing of the 3rd Chakra – 6:30pm. Popular event. Learn about the chakra system, enjoy a healing meditation, a small project and receive energetic healing for the chakra being discussed. $20. It’s a Blissful Life!, LWC, 2400 N Tenaya Way LV. 702-701-6211. Transform EMOTIONAL EATING - EZ Weight Loss – 6-7:30pm. Learn how mental-emotional stress, fear, anger, depression, worries affect health and weight and what you can do about it. We’ll share tools to break through our outdated ‘programming’. Includes Guided Imagery for easy memorization. $12/ prepaid; $16/door. LV. 702-659-2390.


Children’s Meditation – 2-3pm. Parents welcome. Listen up! This mindful meditation will have the children listening to singing bowls, studying breath and focusing on the mind. Involves some meditation breathing, active listening, discussions and affirmations. $5/person. Oasis to Zen Wellness Center and Transformation Spa, 5715 W Alexander Rd, 140, LV. 702-491-6035.


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Interfaith Council Community Discussion – 121pm. Where Religions, Spirituality and Science Talk. Free open conversation among people of a variety of faith, religious and belief traditions. Be a part of peace by listening to the perspectives of others. Free. Community Lutheran, 3750 E Tropicana Ave, LV. 702-900-6840.


How to Get Maximum Benefit from Your Essential Oils – 2:30-4:30pm. Tired of the confusion surrounding essential oils? Learn as we play with, sample, and answer your essential oil questions. You’ll leave confident in your ability to enhance your personal essential oil lifestyle. Complimentary. $5 to create a custom blend. Oasis to Zen Wellness Center and Transformation Spa, 5715 W Alexander Rd, 140, LV. 702-491-6035.


Classical Spanish Guitar – 2pm. Sit back in the Salt Cave, close your eyes, allow the melodies to transport you to the water fountain garden of Granada, Spain. As your mind relaxes, embrace gratitude and rejuvenate for the season ahead. $35. Salt Room LV, 1958 Village Center Cir, 7, LV. 702-228-7258. Aromayoga Chakra Meditation – 6:45-8:30pm. All fitness levels welcome. Looking for a gentle way to exercise and achieve Zen balance? Meditate using aromatherapy and chakra opening yoga movements and finish with a crystal bowl serenade. $10. Oasis to Zen Wellness Center and Transformation Spa, 5715 W Alexander Rd, 140, LV. 702-491-6035.


Usui Reiki I Certification Class Plus Holy Fire 2-Night Class – 6:30-9:30pm. Aug.17-18. Learn to smudge. Reiki Principals: Reiki Lineage & heritage, Gassho meditation, Chakra Balancing, Reiki I attunement, Reiki Hand Position, Practice time and discussion time. Holy Fire is an additional energy filled with powerfully healing frequency. $150. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 2280 South Jones Blvd, LV. 702-359-0848.


Importance of ALKALIZING-EZ Weight Loss – 6-7:30pm. Learn how & why to pH balance fluids in the body. This info is essential and may save your life. Includes guided imagery for easy instant memorization. Satisfaction guaranteed, or, it’s free.

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$12/prepaid; $16/door. LV. 702-659-2390. Full Moon Goddess Celebration – 7pm. Popular event. Come learn about the chakra system, enjoy a healing meditation, a small project and receive energetic healing for the chakra being discussed. $20. It’s a Blissful Life!, LWC, 2400 N Tenaya Way LV. 702-701-6211.

simple meditation and affirmation for your chakras, discover the key to self-healing, self-divination and self-soothing. We cover Chakra colors and use “Life Force” breathing to stimulate energy from Root to Crown. $10. Oasis to Zen Wellness Center and Transformation Spa, 5715 W Alexander Rd, 140, LV. 702-491-6035.



Free Movie Night & Potluck: “Ancient Secrets of Essential Oils” – 6:30-9pm. Movie: 7:15pm. Bring a dish, and join us as we learn from ancient history why essential oils are powerful in strengthening the body, as well as for emotional and spiritual support, both presently and in olden times. Complimentary. Bring a dish if desired. Oasis to Zen Wellness Center and Transformation Spa, 5715 W Alexander Rd, 140, LV. 702-491-6035.

Crystal & Tibetan Bowl Meditation in the Salt Cave – 5pm. Relax, breathe in the salt air and close your eyes, while we take you through different corners of universe and bring you back to earth under the soothing sounds of the Crystal and Tibetan bowls. $40. 1958 Village Center Cir, 7, LV. 702-228-7258.

Enchanted Energy Exchange – 6:30pm. Come celebrate the Divine Feminine with us under the full moon. Each month we learn about a different goddess and create a basic Juju bag to help manifest our intentions for the upcoming moon cycle. $25. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 2280 South Jones Blvd, LV. 702-359-0848.


Astrological Signs & Essential Oils – 11am. Just as each astrological sign has certain characteristics, so do essential oils. By learning which oil corresponds to a characteristic, you can learn how to help bring your life into balance. Free samples. $10. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 2280 South Jones Blvd, LV. 702359-0848. Children’s Beginning Exploration Meditation – 11:30am. This class is focused on teaching children (and their parents) how to meditate, along with the reasons why meditation is good for you, different ways to meditate, and how to breathe during meditation. Free. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 2280 South Jones Blvd, LV. 702-359-0848.


Science of FOOD COMBINING – 6-7:30pm. Major Food Combining principles will be explained. Learn how to prevent or free yourself NATURALLY of digestive disorders. Lose excess fat, rejuvenate your body – all though scientific mindful food combining, without dieting. Satisfaction guaranteed. $12 prepaid; $16 at door. LV. 702-659-2390.


Chakra Balance Meditation – 7-8:45pm. With a

Petite Picasso Finger Painting – 2-4pm. Hey there “Petite Picassos” come join us Finger Paint. We are creatively going to send our little fishes back to school. This class is kid friendly and artistic, messy fun. No cost for helpful parents. $15 child, $10/add’l children. Oasis to Zen Wellness Center and Transformation Spa, 5715 W Alexander Rd, 140, LV. 702-491-6035.

Grown-Up Coloring Party (21 & Over) – 7pm. Join us for a fun evening of coloring for grown-ups. (21 & over ONLY). Coloring supplies, beverages, snacks and laughter provided. $25. It’s a Blissful Life!, LWC, 2400 N Tenaya Way LV. 702-701-6211.


RAW FOOD Prep Class: PIZZA – 2-4pm. Why doesn’t like pizza?. Learn to prepare Raw and Vegan pizza without DAIRY, gluten or any allergy-causing chemicals. COST: $25.00. Prepaid in advance: $20.00. Includes recipes, hands-on experience and multi-course meal. Please RSVP in advance: 702659-2390 $20/prepaid; $25/door. LV. 702-659-2390.


R E V E R S E O B E S I T Y, D I A B E T E S , CONSTIPATION and More – 6-7:30pm. Learn the truth about fiber and eliminate many undesirable health conditions linked to the low amounts of fiber. Learn what you can do to reverse and prevent many health conditions. Includes guided imagery for easy memorization. $12/prepaid; $16/door. LV. 702-659-2390.


given a Reiki II attunement, learn three of the ancient Reiki symbols, learn distant Reiki healing, Gyoshi ho, Reji-ho, Byosen scanning, Chakra balancing with stones. $200. Enchanted Forest Reiki Center, 2280 South Jones Blvd, LV. 702-359-0848. Reiki and Aromatherapy Meditation Experience – 6:45-8:30pm. Essential oils have been used for centuries during meditations to help center the body, deepen spiritual connections and relax and restore the soul. Come experience how essential oils and aromatherapy can enhance well-being. $10. Oasis to Zen Wellness Center and Transformation Spa, 5715 W Alexander Rd, 140, LV. 702-491-6035.


Crystal & Tibetan Bowl Meditation in the Salt Cave – 5pm. $40. Salt Room LV, 1958 Village Center Cir, 7, LV. 702-228-7258. Metaphysical Meetup – 6:30pm. Enjoy metaphysical discussion, classes and practical applications. Deep and open minds are encouraged. Love donation. It’s a Blissful Life!, LWC, 2400 N Tenaya Way LV. 702701-6211.

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ongoingevents daily 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 B u f f a l o D r, 11 0 , LV. 7 0 2 - 4 3 3 - 3 8 7 4 . Wongu University Health Center – Mon-Thu. Wongu University Health Center offers a variety of affordable acupuncture treatments and Oriental medical care to the public. Private session by the OMD available. Discount for senior, veteran and student. Call for more details. Wongu Health Clinic, 8630 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-852-1280. Clinic. 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.

sunday Red Tent – 6-8pm. Monthly gathering to honor all things women. Enjoy sisterhood and explore the various stages of life from maiden, mother, grandmother and crone. It is a celebration of being a woman. Love donation. Sophia Center for Goddess Study, 6034 Smoke Ranch Rd, LV. 702489-7999.

monday Wongu University Health Center Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Services – Wongu University Health Center offers a variety of

affordable acupuncture treatments and Oriental medical care to the public. Private session by the OMD available. Discount for senior, veteran & student. Call for more details. Wongu University Health Center: 8630 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-8521280. Gentle Yoga Class with Carolynn – 10-11:15am. Gentle, beginner's yoga, great for seniors. Carolynn Yates is a certified White Lotus Instructor and has been teaching for 8 years. $10. Sophia Center for Goddess Study, 6034 Smoke Ranch Rd, LV. 702489-7999. The Lead Team Weekly Business Networking Group – 5:45-7pm. Category exclusivity, incentives to give leads, actively promotes members in talk show, social media, mixers and expos. Guests welcome. Free 1st & 2nd visits. Ricardos, 4930 W Flamingo, LV. 702-429-4661.

tuesday Ayurveda Clinic @ Wongu University Health Center – 9:30am-4:30pm. Discover how Ayurveda, one of the traditional medicines with a 5,000 year history, can help maintain health. Services offered include Ayurvedic wellness care, nutrition and lifestyle assessment, and detoxification. Service fee ranges from $80-120. Wongu Health Clinic, 8630 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-852-1280. Beginner Tai Chi 24 Form with Fan – 2-3pm. 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. Beginner Qigong – 5-6pm. Qigong is an ancient healing art that covers everything from breathing, stretching, energy work and moving meditation. Learn the Eight Sections of brocade for health and empowerment. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. Tai Chi Fundamentals – 6-7pm. Tai Chi uses efficiency over strength, relaxation over tension and focus over bravado. Our Yang Tai Chi 48 form

empowers form, motion, breathe and intention in an ancient Martial Dance of balancing Ying and Yang. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. 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. Hatha Yoga with Samantha – 7-9pm. A systematic journey into the depths of spirituality through a blended and unitary system of yoga and Tantra. Learn authentic Asanas and deep meditation techniques that will transform ones life. $20 or $60/month. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874.

wednesday Discovering Tarot Class – 11am-1pm. All welcome. Zoie Knox will teach the meaning of a new card, practice card/spread readings and provide a personal reading. Start any week. Please bring a journal. $20. Sophia Center for Goddess Study, 6034 Smoke Ranch Rd, LV. 702-489-7999.

thursday The Lead Team Weekly Business Networking Group – 8:30-9:45am. Category exclusivity, incentives to give leads, actively promotes members in talk show, social media, mixers and expos. Guests welcome. Free 1st & 2nd visits. Egg Works, 2025 Village Center Cir, LV. 702-429-4661. Gentle Yoga Class with Carolynn – 10-11:15am. Gentle, beginners yoga, great for seniors. Carolynn Yates is a certified White Lotus Instructor and has been teaching for 8 years. $10. Sophia Center for Goddess Study, 6034 Smoke Ranch Rd, LV. 702489-7999. Wongu Ayurveda Clinic – 11:30am-6:30pm. Discover how Ayurveda can help maintain health. Services offered include Ayurvedic wellness care, nutrition and lifestyle assessment, and detoxification. 8630 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-852-1280.

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Farmers Market at The District – 4-8pm. SeptNov. Free table fee for all farmers. Tent, table, and chairs provided. 2235 Village Walk Dr, HD. Essential Oils and Tonics for Radiant Health – 5-6pm. Using Taoist Herbalism with the best essential oils, this class will show a path of naturally radiant health. There are always healthier ways to live besides medication; feed the body to empower your health. Free. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874.

friday Wisdom Seekers Book Club – 12pm. This free hour was created to bring wisdom seekers together for pure scholarly fun. We provide tea for free as we delve into contemplative reading and communal discussions about life affirming topics. Free. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. REIKI Healing Circle – 7-9pm. An unforgettable inspirational and healing experience. Re-connect with Higher Self. Receive personalized healing in a loving, warm, friendly atmosphere. Bring a friend, or meet one. Free. Donations welcome. Las Vegas. 702-659-2390.

saturday Free Sack of All-Natural Produce Day – 8am-5pm. Visit the local farm that caters to Las Vegas. Get a personal tour and learn about all-natural, pesticidefree food. Get a full sack of fresh produce for the first visit. Free. Meadow Valley CSA, 1012 E McKnight Ave, Moapa. 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, handeye coordination, self-defense and well being. 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. Goddess Gathering – 10:30am-1pm. The Goddess Gathering is a combination of Goddess Study and sisterhood socialization. Learn of ancient and living Goddesses and how to apply their attributes to our daily living. Embrace the power of life. Love donation. Sophia Center for Goddess Study, 6034 Smoke Ranch Rd, LV. 702-489-7999. Integrative Yoga – 12-1pm. Allow evolution by sound to increase vibration and boost the body's 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. 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.

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Holistic Health & Hormone Coaching Dr. Patricia Beckstead, B.S., D.C. 702-263-0844 • Free Phone Q & A

Want to look and feel your best? More energy, vitality, youthful confidence, weight loss. Learn to integrate holistic practices into your life. Mind-body therapies, antiaging vitamins and foods, replace depleted youth hormones, prevent adult diseases. 20% off physician coaching with ad. See ad, page 13.


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Julianna will assist you on your quest to understand and know more about yourself who you are, why you are here and where you come from. Be ready to transform, transition and transcend. See ad, pages 33 & 34.

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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.

Dr. Patricia Beckstead, B.S., D.C. 702-263-0844 • Free Phone Consults Unbalanced hormones affect mind, body & spirit. Regain youthful energy, lose weight, boost your libido, banish depression. Don't deal with side effects of prescriptions hormones. Maximize health, wellness & longevity! See ad, page 13.

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STEVIE'S HEALING ARTS & SPA Corner of Pecos and Wigwam 80 N Pecos, Suite A, HD, NV 702-979-8035 •

Organic and holistic healing arts center in Green Valley, offering advanced skin care, deep tissue and Swedish massage, natural eyelash extensions, aromatherapy, toe reading and much more. See ad, page 23.

Vanessa’s compendium on plantbased health and fitness is centered on taking action and organized to be a quick reference. Ignite the fire of self-worth, health and happiness without sacrificing life's decadent pleasures.


Nicole Taylor Sharp, Dir. of Membership 702-539-4400 The LVHFCoC improves the health of health, fitness and wellness businesses. Effective networking. Business development. Amplify your marketing reach. Membership with a like-minded community on a mission of better health.


Intuitive and empathic children and adults often face challenges in a classroom and workplace. Innerlight Energy Balancing Therapy helps improve focus and concentration and remove frustrations in large settings. Innerlight helps understand and develop intuitive gifts while relieving symptoms of anxiety and overstimulation in kids, teens, and adults.


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 17.


Roxanne Perillo, Reiki Master/Teacher Shamanic Energy Medicine 920-336-6468 • An alternative approach to assist the dying, by helping one to heal on the energetic level reducing stress and bringing relaxation with Reiki energy, as well as a combination of shamanic practices. Heal by releasing that which does not serve.


Dr. Margaret R. Colucci 2085 Village Center Cir, #110, LV 89134 702-880-5335 • Dr. Colucci specializes in natural family wellness care. Treating the whole body naturally, focusing on family wellness care, auto, work and sports injuries, pediatric & pregnancy chiropractic. Dr. Colucci is a 1989 Palmer Graduate serving the Las Vegas valley for over 25 years.

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Dr. Jim Wright, DDS, AIAOMT, AIABDM 8855 W Flamingo, LV 89147 702-281-9900 • Practicing holistic, biological dentistry with safe removal of mercury. State of the art early detect cavity mapping, cosmetic, general, specialty dentistry and low sensitivity teeth whitening. Offer holistic, no-prep veneers, Lumineers, Invisalign Braces, dental implants and All on 4 Implant Bridges, sleep and full sedation dentistry. See ad, inside cover.

BELL CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL AND HOLISTIC DENTISTRY Dr. Michael Bell, DDS 8068 W Sahara Ave, #A, LV 89117 702-256-7666 •

Holistic dentistry with a whole body approach to create a healthy smile and body. Live microscopic viewing of mouth bacteria. Laser gum disease treatment. Computerized TMJ and bite analysis. Mercury testing and removal. Nutritional testing. Autonomic nervous system analysis. Invisalign. See ad, page 25.


Halotherapy in the Himalayan Salt Cave Massages, Facials, Health classes & more • 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 33.


Cheri Petroni, Holistic Skincare Therapist, Transformative Esthetician 5715 W. Alexander Rd., Suite 140, LV 89130 702-491-6035 • 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 27.


5463 S. Durango Dr., Suite 120E, LV 89113 702-776-8881 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.

REIKI KURTIS NICHOLSON Reiki Qigong Practioner 702-960-7563

I offer Reiki sessions and attunements, Medical Qigong, Meditation coaching and IONS Conscious Aging program. Become more intimate with your BioEnergy Field today!


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Jeff Renel ThetaHealing Practitioner/ Instructor 702-324-259 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 15.



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Julianna, Co-Creator/Alchemist 702-686-2727 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 33 & 34.


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8620 S Eastern Ave, LV 89123 702-463-2122 • 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 29.


8560 W Desert Inn Rd, LV 89117 • 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 ad, page 11.

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 21.

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