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newsbriefs Midnight Tour Showcases Devotional Music Shamanic Reiki Center for the Arts will pres- Retreat TheentScottsdale Deva Premal & Miten, dubbed, “the

Johnny and June Carter Cash of sacred music” and their Temple at Midnight Tour at 7:30 p.m., May 25. With more than 1.5 million albums sold worldwide and devoted audiences of thousands across the globe, these musicians have revitalized mantras, music and meditation in the Western world. “We don’t do shows. Our music is not about entertaining people. It’s about experiencing sacred sound and what Deva calls ‘ecstatic silence’ together,” Miten explains. “We learned the power of sacred music in our ashram in India and we saw how chanting ancient healing mantras, which were discovered by the wise ones of India to enlighten and sustain the spirit, brings us to a place of transcendence.” Along with their longtime collaborator, Nepalese bansuri flutist Manose, and two special guests, Danish percussionist Rishi and Canadian bassist Joby Baker, Deva Premal & Miten share an intensely joyful path to centering in these turbulent times. For tickets, visit See ad on page 19.


akeR Gendron, The Psychic Coach, will conduct a Shamanic Reiki Retreat from May 10 through 13, at Gateway Cottage Wellness Center, in Sedona, for those that wish to take their reiki practice to a whole new level. Hiking and meditating in the powerful Sedona Vortex energy amidst the stunning red rocks will boost confidence and courage with one’s shamanic reiki practice. Participants will discover a greater sense of connection and support from their higher self and guides for their practice; connect with the Earth’s healing spirits to amplify their healing energy; and release any doubts they have about their healing practice. They will learn to remove entities, negative energy and blocks from a client’s aura; ancient healing methods that can break through limiting beliefs; and access deeper wisdom working with spirit guides, animal totems and angels. Other skills include freeing clients from physical, mental or spiritual problems resulting from past lives; working with shamanic tools such as crystals/minerals, wands, feathers, herbs, drums, singing bowls, air, water, fire and earth; and using hands, breath and light energy to heal. Cost is $688. Prerequisite: level 2 reiki practitioner. Location: 470 N. Hwy. 89A, Sedona. For more information, visit See ad on page 49.



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icholas J. Meyer, DDS, of Millennium Dental Associates, in Scottsdale, has published a new book, The Holistic Dental Matrix: How Your Teeth Control Your Health and Well-Being. He explains that the Holistic Dental Matrix is a fascinating connection between overall health, chronic disease states and dental health. Meyer has discovered that we can’t just treat the symptoms of our dental issues; we have to follow the symptoms in order to find the real problem. Meyer graduated from Loyola University, Chicago College of Dental Surgery, International College of Craniomandibular Orthopedics, is a diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management, Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Discipline, and is a certified biological dentist and a doctor of natural medicine in the Pastoral Medical Association. Special book signing and reception at 6 p.m. Apr. 6, at The Orchard in Phoenix (RSVP requested at 602-573-7496). Purchase the book at or DrNicholasMeyer. com. For more information, visit See ad on page 4.

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13th Octave Sessions with Noted Energy Therapist


ebi McDermott, an energy therapist and life coach, encourages her clients to slow down and reconnect with their inner selves. She will be offering mini 30-minute 13th Octave LaHoChi Energy Rejuvenation sessions in April at the Purple Lotus Pathway for clients to find their center and be re-energized. 13th Octave LaHoChi 30-minute mini-sessions from 2 to 7 p.m., April 8, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., April 18, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., April 30, gracefully bring balance and harmony to the energy fields, chakra system, meridians and physical body, while opening spiritual awareness and gifts. Cost is $30 by appointment. Location: 4111 E. Valley Auto Dr., Ste. 209, Mesa. For more information, call 602-7908970 or visit See ad on page 54. natural awakenings

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Get Into Toe Reading


outhwest Institute of Healing Arts is offering a class, RF 151 – Toe Reading I – Reflexology Assessment & Introduction to Dialogue, from April 21 through 23 on campus or online for four weeks starting June 12. These interactive classes feature professional instructional videos, compelling and informative lectures, invaluable leading edge readings and open discussion forums presented with dedicated instructor guidance. After completing Toe Reading Level I, students can begin marketing their skills by building a practice and clientele. It is documented that everything that happens in life, the story and the emotions, are stored as cell memory. Toe reading is based on the theory that the body stores holographic records of the stories of our lives in the tissues of the toes. The position and shape of the toes say a lot about their owner and the energy in one’s body. Using active listening, powerful soul-searching questions, along with deep insight, practitioners help people create change in their lives by examining their “stories”. Cost is $300 (20 credit hours). Location: 1100 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe. For more information, call 480-994-9244 or visit See ad on back cover.

Rediscover the Shroud of Turin with Gregg Braden


oted New Age author Gregg Braden will tackle The Mystery and Meaning of the Shroud of Turin: New Discoveries Now Lead to Even Deeper Mysteries from 6 to 9:30 p.m., April 14, at Creative Living Fellowship. The shroud was photographed in 1898 and showed the lifelike image of a crucified man mysteriously emblazoned into the fibers of the cloth. The wounds revealed in the images precisely match the description of Jesus’ crucifixion as they’re preserved in the ancient biblical texts. Through his personal investigation into the shroud mystery, Braden was given access to 63 of the original research images and permission to share them in a responsible way. In this rare multimedia program, Braden will describe the latest discoveries regarding the four major areas of investigation (blood/DNA, dating of the cloth, forensics and image formation) and what they reveal about the shroud. Admission is $50/$64/$85. Location: 6530 N. 7th St., Phoenix. Order tickets at For more information, call 602-906-4080.



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Dragonfly Retreat with Martha Reed


r. Martha Reed, owner of Insights for Life, will lead The Dragonfly Effect: Awaken Your Inner Warrior retreat from May 7 through 10. “The fun and life-changing work of the program includes addressing our unmet needs and desires; eliminating the ‘lil’ voice in our head giving us big issues; learning how to get guidance and answers; figuring out how to get more of our heart’s desire and less of our heartaches; releasing fear, anger and sadness, and more,” says Reed. Other topics include homeopathy and how it works in day-to-day life; color therapy and its role in personal power; hypnosis/meditation and using it to shift our belief systems; group intuitive readings; and outings. She adds, “As long as a dragonfly’s wings are balanced and working in perfect harmony, it’s free to fly in any direction it chooses. If it’s wounded, finding a way to heal and awaken one’s inner warrior allows them to learn to fly again without pain or struggle.” Cost is $525 early registration/$697 late registration. Location: Briar Patch Inn Bed & Breakfast, in Sedona. Register at InsightsForLife.Center or 623-249-5888 x2. See ad on page 55.

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or those ready to transform their life and lose the weight for good without deprivation, Jennifer McKee, an integrative nutrition health coach and founder of McKee Health Transformations, is a mentor who empowers clients and provides ongoing support and guidance as they set goals and make sustainable changes to improve health and happiness. McKee lost more than 50 percent of her body weight (185 pounds) naturally. She recently participated in television stars Chris and Heidi Powell’s Coaches Workshop in Phoenix. She says, “Setting attainable goals, staying in integrity with yourself so transformation is possible, dealing with food addiction, setting realistic expectations, falling without failing and implementing the best carb cycling approach are all information I share with my clients.” For information, call 866-632-8651, email Info@McKee or visit See ad on page 44. 16


Start a New Career at Hypnotherapy Academy


he next 500-hour hypnotherapy course begins June 5 at Hypnotherapy Academy, in Albuquerque. After completing the first 300 hours of modules one through three, students are eligible for certification as hypnotherapists with the International Board of Hypnotherapy. By also completing the 400 hours of module four, which covers pain management techniques and accelerated healing, they become eligible for the professional designation of clinical hypnotherapist and certified medical support clinical hypnotherapist. Module five is a 500-hour elective that covers natal regression and past-life therapy, for 500 hours. Students have traveled from 28 countries and all 50 states to attend the school. Academy Director Tim Simmerman Sierra states, “Our state-licensed hypnosis courses and clinical hypnotherapy training have led the field in hypnotherapy education for almost 30 years. The 500-hour accelerated certification course in hypnotherapy is held three times a year and taught in two-week modules.” Location: 2132 Osuna Rd., NE, Ste. B, Albuquerque. To register, call 505-767-8030 or toll-free at 877-983-1515 or visit See ad on page 13.

Macrobiotic Coaching Goes Beyond Diet Alone


racy Minton, nationally boardcertified in Oriental medicine and the author of The Macrobiotic Action Plan and Basic Macrobiotic Menus and Recipes, offers counseling on macrobiotic principles, foods, cooking techniques and lifestyle adjustments to best support health. Her husband, Don, is a licensed acupuncturist, national board-certified herbalist, and author of Essential Macrobiotics. The word macrobiotics means great life. A macrobiotic diet centers around whole, fresh plant foods, with the amount of high-quality animal foods adjusted to individual condition, location and goals. All healthy living coaching packages are available by phone, email or in person. Location: 6722 E. Avalon Dr., Ste. 1, Scottsdale. For appointments, call 602-954-8016 or email For more information, visit and See ad on page 53.

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at Forgacs, owner of BLISS Animal Reiki, will conduct a three-day experiential healing retreat May 27, 28 and 30. Instruction will take place at the Center for Divine Awakening, in Phoenix, and guided practice sessions will take place with local animals. The retreat includes Japanese Reiki 1: Discover Your True Self and Animal Reiki 1: Sharing Peace with Animals. Participants in the retreat will experience traditional Japanese reiki meditations and chanting practices, as well as how to offer reiki to all species of animals respectfully and without touch. Forgacs says, "Animal Reiki emphasizes non-touch meditation practices for sharing a peaceful, loving, grounded space of well-being with all creatures. "We will practice tools for finding and maintaining a grounded feeling of peace, no matter what is happening in our daily lives, and for helping to facilitate that feeling of calm and well-being for others." The Animal Reiki retreat welcomes all animal lovers and reiki practitioners from all lineages. Cost is $350; $395 after Apr. 28; closes May 17. A portion of proceeds donated to local animal welfare. Location: 15801 N. 40th St., Phoenix. For registration, email or visit See ad on page 28.

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

Saving Sharks

Ocean Sanctuaries Expand in Pacific

Toxin-Free Farmlands Rise to 4.1 Million Acres According to data service Mercaris, the U.S. had a record 4.1 million acres of organic farmland in 2016, an 11 percent increase over 2014. As of June 2016, the number of certified organic farms reached 14,979, including 1,000 startups. The top states in organic cropland after California, with 688,000 acres, are Montana, Wisconsin, New York and North Dakota. Montana hosted a 30 percent increase to 417,000 acres in 2016, adding 100,000 acres since 2014 and 50 new organic farms. In assessing the positive trend, Scott Shander, a Mercaris economist, says, “With today’s lower commodity grain prices, farmers are looking to add value and meet consumer demands. The global market is dictating U.S. prices. Demand for organic corn and soybeans is still growing strongly, but production is not growing as fast, so more of the production will be international.” Source:




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The Pacific island nation of Kiribati has established the world’s second-largest (1.3 million-square-mile) shark sanctuary, which bans commercial fishing throughout, and has also expanded the Micronesia Regional Shark Sanctuary. The possession, trade and sale of sharks and shark products are also prohibited in these areas as is the use of fishing gear such as wire leaders for targeting sharks. Worldwide, about 100 million sharks are killed each year in commercial fisheries. Nearly 30 percent of all known shark species assessed by scientists are now threatened with extinction. Sharks are particularly vulnerable to overfishing because they mature and reproduce slowly. Many Pacific island nations have established shark sanctuaries, recognizing the valuable ecosystem and economic roles that healthy populations provide. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora recently added 13 shark and mobula ray species to its list, a step toward ensuring sustainable and legal trade of these species.

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Phasing Out Plastic Film Food Wrappers Many grocery store foods are wrapped in plastic packaging that creates non-recyclable, nonbiodegradable waste, even though thin, plastic films are not efficient at preventing spoilage. Some plastics are also suspected of leaching harmful compounds into food. Researcher Peggy Tomasula, D.Sc., is leading a U.S. Department of Agriculture team developing an environmentally friendly film made of the milk protein casein that addresses these issues. She states, “The protein-based films are powerful oxygen blockers that help prevent food spoilage. When used in packaging, they could prevent food waste during distribution along the food chain.” Plastic six-pack rings are renowned for their negative impact on wildlife and the environment. Now the Saltwater Brewery, in Delray Beach, Florida, is making edible six-pack rings for beer cans that are 100 percent biodegradable. Constructed of barley and wheat ribbons from the brewing process, they can be safely eaten by animals that come into contact with the refuse. Company President Chris Gove notes, “We hope to influence the big guys and inspire them to get on board.”

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Earth Day at the Zoo April 22, 9am-4pm Phoenix Zoo 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix Visit educational earth station destinations throughout the zoo.


Earth Day Celebration April 19, 9:15am-1:15pm Glendale Community College 6000 W. Olive Ave., Glendale Free gathering inside and outside of the student union features environmental groups and other eco-friendly vendors.

Think Earth Day Every Day by Sandra Murphy


he federal Every Student Succeeds Act, passed in December 2015 to take effect in the 20172018 school year, is the first law in U.S. history to include language that supports environmental education. Plans call for it to be integrated with current state standards, graduation requirements, teacher development and assessment, funding sources and policy action steps. offers lesson plan ideas for students. For example, students from third grade through high school might collect their household junk mail and explore ways to reduce it. Those in kindergarten through eighth grade may create a binder of information on endangered species that includes maps, animal facts and threats to their survival, exploring causal interconnections throughout the planet. Students can also build a cafeteria compost pile or 22


find ways to improve their school’s recycling program. Kathleen Rogers, president of the nonprofit Earth Day Network, on, says, “We need to promote environmental consciousness into our children’s curricula so they are able to analyze problems, think critically, balance needs and take informed action.” Earth Day isn’t just one day. Aware citizens can take a rewarding action every day. Help Arizona celebrate and forward its progress toward sustainability at these local Earth Day 2017 events. “A” Mountain Restoration April 21, 8-10:30am Hayden Flour Mill (south side) Rio Salado Pkwy. and Mill Ave., Tempe Volunteer to help restore walking and hiking trails on “A” Mountain, Tempe’s only preserve.

Earth Day Gathering April 22, 1-9pm Agave Farms 4300 N. Central Ave., Phoenix A focus on community building, encouraging sustainability and establishing healthy eating habits. Earth Day Peace Festival April 22, 11:45am-8:30pm Sedona Mago Retreat 3500 Bill Gray Rd., Sedona Celebrate our choice to live in harmony with all of humanity and the Earth, with local performing artists and a peace walk. Earth Day Phoenix April 22, 11am-4pm Steele Indian School Park 300 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix Educational exhibitor booths, mini eco classes, local businesses, music, food and more. Earth Day Planting Class April 22, 9:30-10:30am The Farm at South Mountain 6106 S. 32 St., Phoenix Teaching children ages 4-9 the benefits of buying and eating local produce, what organic really means and how to plant your own food at home.


assisting people in successfully creating and maintaining relationships. Traub will help participants identify common patterns where relationships struggle and what to do about it, provide skillful, practical tools for better communication, explain why we have strong reactions to what our partner does and says, share how to talk about upsets and describe how to make and keep skillful agreements. Traub says, “When intimate partners become aware of their patterns and reasons for reactivity and choose to use a powerful, solution-focused interaction model, they will experience transformation of their relationship.” Nadine Gofonia, a director of coaching effectiveness, has been a classroom teacher and school principal. With her personal and professional experiences as an educator and nurturer, Gofonia will provide participants with helpful insights and practical tools for mindfulness, freeing ourselves from distractions, fears and worries, allowing for positive intentions and self-awareness. Daily prayer work and meditations develop happier, more meaningful relationships, giving children the freedom to learn from their obstacles and challenges. Gofonia says, “Each relationship is a gift, reminding me that the best gift I can give to myself, my children and others is to choose joy, gratitude, forgiveness and greeting each daily experience with compassion and love.” Amy LaLicata is a filmmaker, musician, publisher and founder of RainbowLight Creations, as well as co-founder of Mastery of Energy Healing with Alex Hermosillo. Through her diverse experiences in business and the creative and healing arts, LaLicata bridges down-to-earth practicality with spirituality. Participants will learn common challenges that many face with their parents and siblings (including in adulthood); how to have an independent voice through heartful, skillful communication; become an effective catalyst for positive change in the family dynamic; deal with feelings of disappointment, anger and grief; and find forgiveness and higher purpose in their relationship with family members.

Creating Healthy Enlightened Relationships Seminar


t a one-day seminar, Creating Healthy Enlightened Relationships, to be held May 13 at the Radisson Suites in Tucson, four enlightened spiritual teachers will share their personal stories, insights and expertise to teach participants how to navigate common challenges in their relationships with skill and heartfulness, and make healthy choices that empower and bring out the best in themselves and their relationships. Alex Hermosillo, an internationally known healer and founder of Mastery of Energy Healing, will detail how the relationships in his life challenged him and his spirit. Hermosillo will describe the ego-based attitudes that many deal with, explain how and why our life experiences, emotions and thoughts can nurture or cause adverse effects in them and how to release past non-nurturing painful experiences through a simple yet powerful group healing and meditation in which participants will experience peace, gratitude, love and harmony. Hermosillo states, “A relationship with yourself may be the most important relationship you will ever have.” Michael Traub, MBA, MSW, has worked as a relationship specialist and psychotherapist for more than 37 years

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Signs of Progress



Sustainably Stylish Home Relax into Nurturing Furnishings by April Thompson


e all relish a cozy nest, whether that means lightfilled views, the embrace of form-fitting sofas and chairs or plush rugs that snuggle bare feet. A beautiful, comfortable home that reflects our personal style and embodies our values can be achieved by learning the origin of furnishings and investing in sustainably made pieces that will stand the test of time, say experts. “Furnishing a home ethically



doesn’t mean sacrificing comfort or style,” says JD Doliner, a business consultant in Charlotte, North Carolina. Doliner’s home is graced with 18th- and 19th-century antiques, organic cotton mattresses, comfy custom-made chairs from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified wood and handmade wool rugs certified childlabor-free by GoodWeave. “They give me peace of mind as a humanitarian and environmentalist,” she says.

Debbie Hindman, marketing director for Associates III Interior Design, in Denver, is working with increasingly knowledgeable clients like Doliner asking for sustainably sourced products. Manufacturers, in turn, are upping transparency about product origins, realizing it can provide a competitive edge, she notes. “We look at the story behind a product and make sure that it aligns with both our company’s and clients’ values,” says Hindman, a co-author of Sustainable Residential Interiors. “We ask questions like, ‘Are workers paid a fair wage? Was the product made with local materials? What is the story behind the company’s founding?’” The Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC) coalition of manufacturers, retailers and designers partners with businesses and informs consumers to increase environmentally responsible choices in the marketplace. Its 400 members commit to sustainability and transparency in their business practices and submit an annual action plan showing such efforts. Headquartered in Edenton, North Carolina, the council strives to minimize industry carbon emissions and remove unsustainable materials and harmful chemical ingredients from residential and commercial furnishings. “The residential furnishings industry frequently takes raw materials from one continent, processes and manufactures on another to be consumed on yet another, leaving a huge environmental footprint,” says Susan Inglis, the council’s executive director. As the

third largest consumer of wood, these manufacturers bear significant responsibility for preserving the world’s forest ecosystems and fighting deforestation, reports Inglis.

Savvy Shoppers

To make informed decisions, furniture shoppers need to ask how, where, from what and by whom a potential purchase is made. Lisa Beres, a healthy home expert and former interior designer in Newport Coast, California, and author of Just Green It! advises not taking product claims at face value. Ask if the product has earned a certification like the Global Organic Textile Standard for fabrics or GreenGuard, which verifies low levels of chemical emissions. Not all natural products are sustainably produced; cotton, for example, is one of the most heavily sprayed crops. Look for certified organic cotton as a responsible textile choice. Beres also suggests renewable fiber sources like bamboo or hemp. “Natural latex is a sound alternative to foam fillers, offering good support and dust mite resistance,” says Beres. Specific animal-based products like down feathers used in bedding can provoke allergies and be produced inhumanely, Beres cautions. Products certified to the Responsible Down Standard, which protects the well-being and welfare of geese tapped for their manufacture, offer a humane choice for fluffy down comforters. Look for well-crafted furniture



made from locally sourced, reclaimed or FSC-certified wood instead of particleboard, which usually contains formaldehyde and may be made from unsustainably harvested wood. Sustainable furnishings are both better for the planet and can make a home distinctive. Natural pieces like a countertop made from reclaimed, rough-hewn wood provide a unique beauty that mass-manufactured pieces can’t match and also showcase the material’s natural form and feeling. Her firm promotes durable, timeless pieces over trendy furnishings that a client might discard in a few years. When it’s time to retire a piece of furniture, find a new home for it, whether by donating to a charity or

reselling through a consignment store. While cutting corners on home furnishing choices can be tempting, especially when shopping on a budget, remember that today’s quality pieces may become tomorrow’s cherished heirlooms. “Some will spend money on the latest gadget, but hesitate to invest in a great piece of furniture or a quality mattress they’ll spend much of their life sitting or sleeping on,” says Beres. “It’s not a splurge; you’re investing in your health and protecting Earth’s precious resources. It all comes full circle.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at

Toxic Furnishings Alert


oday’s mass-produced furniture may contain hidden chemicals such as formaldehyde-based adhesives, flame retardants and other volatile organic compounds (VOC) linked to serious health issues. Researchers from the Natural Resources Defense Council found 45 toxic chemicals in indoor dust, 10 of which were present in at least 90 percent of households sampled. “These chemicals enter the air as materials in the furnishings break down,” explains healthy home expert Lisa Beres. “Because we spend an average of 90 percent of our lives indoors, the exposure to harmful chemicals is troubling.” Beres advises shoppers to be wary of synthetic fabrics, which not only consume nonrenewable resources like petroleum, but may also contain toxic dyes, heavy metals or chemicals like Teflon. Foam and other fillings in mattresses, sofas and chairs are often a hidden source of off-gassing VOCs. The Sustainable Furnishing Council’s seal of approval and member list at are a good place to start to find companies committed to offering healthier alternatives that include transparency and responsibility in their manufacturing practices.



here are many people suffering from allergies in Arizona that experience unpleasant and frustrating symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, congestion, headaches and even skin reactions. Many believe that by relocating to a desert state, they will be less prone to spring allergies, but there are desert pollens in Arizona that cause them, too. Our allergies may come from many trees and plants during March, April and May, including cedar, juniper, cypress, ash and mulberry, as well as some ragweed species, Bermuda grass, rabbit bush and desert marigold, that trigger allergic rhinitis, or hay fever. There is an advanced therapy that can relieve or considerably alleviate allergy symptoms that is completely non-invasive, pain-free and suitable for everyone from children to adults and seniors. Advanced Allergy Therapeutics (AAT) is a precision-based therapy that treats the organ systems involved in an overreaction. AAT does not treat the immune system; instead, the therapy focuses on inappropriate reactions to a harmless substance in relation to the organ systems to produce rapid, long-

term results for the relief of associated symptoms. AAT merges 21st-century science with modern chiropractic principles in offering an effective alternative in the treatment of symptoms associated with allergies and sensitivities. It was developed over more than 15 years of clinical research by reconditioning the body to respond more appropriately to harmless substances. The success of the allergy treatment is attributed to the extensive knowledge base and in-depth study of the allergens and offending agents, allowing for the treatment of a broad range of symptoms. AAT treatment does not rely on the use of medications, herbal remedies or supplements. While the immune system is responsible for initiating an immune reaction in the case of true allergies, it is the health and state of the organ systems that often determines the type of symptoms that may arise. With both sensitivities and allergies, symptoms typically stem from the organ system affected. For example, one patient may have a reaction to soybean by getting rashes, while another patient may react with sinus congestion, heartburn or irritable bowel syndrome.

The symptoms in each of these cases represent a different organ system involved. By treating the organ system involved in a reaction, the body is able to respond more appropriately. During treatment, gentle pressure is used on points that correspond with the organ systems involved in a reaction. The degree of stress on the organ systems caused by an allergen or offending agent is proportional to the degree of the negative reaction. While the stimulation is applied, a subtle representation of the offending substance is introduced to the surface of the skin. The stimulation reduces the stress on the affected organ system for a more appropriate response. All holistic fields of medicine are aligned in the approach to treat the whole body. Dr. Sara Penton, a chiropractic physician and doctor, is the owner of Absolute Health, in Scottsdale. For more information, call 480-991-9945 or visit See ad on page 35.

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he Spirit Bar Organic Café, in Gilbert, combine two activities that are different, yet very complementary: eating holistic, organic vegan, raw vegan, paleo and glutenfree fare and honoring the mind-bodyspirit as a whole at adjacent Desert Fitness. It’s now a one-stop shop on the corner of Warner and Cooper, in Gilbert, but expects to be franchised nationwide in the coming year. Superfood smoothies, juices, protein shakes, raw vegan and sugarfree desserts are designed by resident nutritional coaches. There are even goal-specific pre- and post-workout smoothies to get the most out of a fitness routine. Training clients right next door makes it all easy. Vibrant Holistics includes everything from reiki, massage, sound healing, meditation and yoga classes to personal training. For those that want to see the whole picture of their health, there is an advanced biofeedback health test using customized software that retrieves specific holistic information about what will most positively impact the mind, body and emotional health in conjunction with the highest-quality nutriceutical formulas to balance deficiencies, strengthen organs, detoxify and add to emotional balance for improved relationships. Spirit Bar also has a full-spectrum infrared sauna. With near-, mid- and far-infrared waves, patrons can choose which health goal is most important, push a button and get that effect. Sauna programs include weight management, detox, anti-inflammatory pain relief, relaxation and deep skin

and cell rejuvenation anti-aging. The most common reports include better sleep and feeling more relaxed with less pain after just one session. Spirit Bar carries a full line of certified organic and certified toxicfree products for nutrition, plus beauty care products such as shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, cosmetics and even laundry soap. They offer 100 percent organic meal prep and delivery with customizable options and goalspecific meal plans. Practitioners may go into clients’ homes to help them clean up the extensive load of disruptive toxins found in just about every home today. By replacing household items with allnatural and toxin-free products, this quick and simple change will have a major impact, immediately elevating a person’s mood and energy level. Their view is, “We cannot expect to have optimal health just by eating well and working out while surrounded by a toxic chemical and emotional environment.” Reiki energy clearing and

feng shui services are available to finish the job. Spirit Bar holds weekly Alternative Happy Hour celebrations from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays, like a big healthy party with organic and raw vegan food, and decadent sugarless raw vegan cheesecake. Guests enjoy sipping energizing and mood-enhancing smoothies and discounted kombucha. Local farmer’s market vendors sample their latest organic bounty. Local artists play great music while holistic practitioners of reiki and sound healing offer 15-minute mini-sessions for $15. Spirit Bar is located at 694 S. Cooper Rd., in Gilbert. For more information, call 480-621-6218, email or visit See ad on page 43.

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Traditional Treatments Find a Niche in Modern Times by Victoria Mogilner


raditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) consists of cupping, acupuncture, massage, tai chi and qigong. When a TCM practitioner deals with the cause of an illness, instead of just the symptoms, the patient will start to recover and change their lives. With the current state of allopathic (Western) medicine portrayed as impersonal and formulaic, people are investigating a return to the old ways. Five-element acupuncture, for example, requires four years of training. TCM works on an emotional, spiritual and physical level. Each meridian is connected to an emotion and a season and time of day. The emotion of the kidney and bladder is connected to fear. The season is winter and the kidney controls the back, brain, knees, ears and teeth. If we crave salt, this is connected to the bladder and kidney. The liver and gall bladder are connected to anger, and the eyes control eyesight, hormones and allergies. The season is the springtime. Craving sour food is connected to the liver and gallbladder. Dizziness is



connected to the gallbladder The heart and small intestine are connected to the emotion of joy or lack of joy. Breathing and melancholy can be connected to lack of joy. The season is summer and each person should have an hour of joy a day. Craving bitter food is a symptom of the fire imbalance. Late summer is connected to the spleen and stomach, and the emotion is worry or anxiety. Problems with our mother, holding on to the past and not letting go are connected to Indian Summer. Symptoms of belching, diges-

tive disorders and craving sweets are connected to the stomach and spleen. The colon and lungs are connected to the fall, and the emotion is grief. If we have problems with our father or holding onto the past, diarrhea or constipation, this can lead to problems with the colon or lungs. Problems with asthma or breathing are also connected to the lungs. Craving pungent food is a symptom of colon or lung problems. Asking a patient what was happening in their lives and when their body began to break down will give a clue as to where to start with a client. Depending upon what season they were born in will tell us our strength or weakness. A TCM practitioner gets to the cause by listening to the sound of our voice, looking at our body structure and taking an individual’s pulses. We have 12 pulses and 50 characteristics for each pulse; looking at our tongue because all of our organs are on our tongue, and looking at our ear because all our organs are in our ear. Look for heat and dampness on the tongue, teeth marks and size of the tongue and whether it quivers. Victoria Mogilner is a traditionally trained TCM practitioner. For more information, call 480-560-1454 or visit VictoriaMogilner. com. See ad on page 55.

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Four-Season Climates

ECO YARDS Turning Lawns into Native Landscapes by Lisa Kivirist and John D. Ivanko


raditional turf lawns are an ecological nightmare,” says John Greenlee, author of The American Meadow Garden, who notes that most monoculture turf lawns never even get used. His company, Greenlee and Associates, in Brisbane, California, designs residential and other meadows throughout the U.S. as an engaging alternative. Many other appealing options likewise use native plants appropriate to the local climate. For instance, replacing Kentucky bluegrass, Bermuda grass or another nonnative species with natives can deliver drought resistance and lower irrigation needs; eliminate any need for fertilizers or toxic pesticides; reduce or eliminate labor-intensive and often polluting mowing and edging; enhance the beauty of a home; and attract birds, butterflies and other wildlife. Before replacing a lawn, deter32


mine the desired result. It may simply be achieving a lowmaintenance, lawnfree yard; growing food like vege tables, herbs, fruit or nuts; or supplying ample flowers for a fresh weekly bouquet. Other benefits might include increasing privacy, dining al fresco, escaping into nature or even sequestering carbon dioxide to reduce climate change. To be successful, choices must be appropriate to the climate, plant hardiness zone, local zoning ordinances and homeowner association rules. Also consider the soil quality and acidity, moisture content and whether plantings will be in full sun or shade, or both. The right regional native plants often include grasses and ferns, herbaceous plants like flowering perennials and woody ones like shrubs,

From the Midwest to New England, “Wild ginger makes a nice, low groundcover with heart-shaped leaves in shade or part shade, where lawn grass often struggles,” suggests Pam Penick, of Austin, Texas, author of Lawn Gone: Low-Maintenance, Sustainable Attractive Alternatives for Your Yard. “Pennsylvania sedge, a low, grassy, meadow-like groundcover, can also work. For areas with full sun, bearberry, an evergreen creeping shrub with red berry-like fruit in fall, or prairie dropseed, a beautiful prairie grass with sparkling seed heads in fall, might be worth trying.” “Stick with the Carex family of plants, the sedges, for a native meadow,” echoes Greenlee. “They vary in color, texture and height. Follow nature’s lead and create a tapestry of commingled plants. Start slow and add flowering plants like Queen Anne’s lace, daisies, asters and poppies.”

Hot and Humid Subtropics

In sunny and well-drained areas of the South, Penick suggests Gulf muhly, an ornamental grass. “Its fall blooms resemble pink cotton candy floating above its green leaves.” In Florida, flowering sunshine mimosa with fernlike leaves and other natural groundcovers are low maintenance. “Basket grass is a low, evergreen grass-like plant with long, spaghettitype leaves that puddle around it, suitable for shade or partially shaded areas,” advises Penick. “It’s slow to grow, but highly drought-tolerant and

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vines and trees. Native plants provide shelter and food for wildlife and help preserve a sense of place. “Work with a professional landscaper in your area, ideally a member of the Association for Professional Landscape Designers,” advises Greenlee. Tap a local university extension service, master gardener and garden club for local expertise, often available at no or low cost via classes or club membership.

nicely covers a dry slope or spills over a retaining wall. Texas sedge makes a lowgrowing, meadowy alternative that’s evergreen and needs mowing only once every year or two.” Moss is a fine option for shady and moist areas. “If moss is naturally colonizing a patch of yard, allow it to fill in where the lawn doesn’t want to grow,” Penick counsels. “It makes a springy, evergreen groundcover needing only brief misting to keep it looking good during dry periods.”

Mediterranean and California Coast

Plentiful sunshine, rare frosts and modest rainfalls make many California coastal areas perfect for growing lots of plants, rather than plots of water-thirsty turf. “For full sun, work with California yarrow, purple sage, Indian mallow, white sage, lupines and California sagebrush,” recommends Charlie Nardozzi, of Ferrisburgh, Vermont, author of Foodscaping. “In shade, try mountain yarrow, mimulus monkey flower, California honeysuckle, California flannel bush and coyote mint.” “Blue grama grass is native to many states, and buffalo grass is native to states west of the Mississippi River in the right places,” adds Greenlee. They’re especially suited for meadows established in drought-prone regions.

Rainy Marine Areas

“For sunny areas, try goat’s beard, penstemon, beach strawberry, mock orange and huckleberry,” says Nar-

dozzi, who covers gardening nationally at “For part shade, experiment with gooseberry, red flowering currants, western amelanchier, deer fern, trillium and wild ginger.” Adding some clover to a traditional lawn may eliminate the need for fertilizers while retaining some turf, says Erica Strauss, of Gamonds, Washington, in her Northwest Edible Life blog. “When the clover loses leaf mass from mowing, its roots die off to compensate and nitrogen enters the soil for neighboring plant roots to use.” White clover works well for those on a budget; microclover costs more and is even better. For shady, north-facing or boggywet areas, Strauss recommends sweet woodruff. Moss is another option.

Semi-Arid, Steppe and Desert Climes

“If you crave a lawn but want to go native, Habiturf is perfect for the hot, dry Southwest,” says Penick. Developed by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, in Austin, Texas, it’s a mix of several native turf grasses, looks like a shaggy traditional lawn and can be occasionally mowed on a high setting to keep it neat. Once established, it needs far less water than traditional turf. “Silver ponyfoot grows well in many regions as an annual; as a perennial, it needs mild winters,” Penick continues. “Native to western Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, it likes good drainage, gravelly soil and full-to-part sun.” Xeriscaping—landscaping that requires little to no water—is especially prevalent in hot, dry regions. Plant picks typically include cactus, succulents, agave and herbs like rosemary or sage. John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist, co-authors of ECOpreneuring and Farmstead Chef, operate the Inn Serendipity, in Browntown, WI.

More EcoYard Ideas Edible Landscaping

A kitchen garden represented by any kind of edible landscaping replaces some turf grass with produce. Carefully designed and maintained, it can be as attractive as any other garden space. “According to GardenResearch. com, 30 million U.S. households, about 25 percent, participated in vegetable gardening in 2015,” reports Dave Whitinger, executive director of the National Gardening Association, owned by Dash Works, in Jacksonville, Texas. “To integrate edibles into a landscape, first assess the locations of sunny and shady spots,” says garden consultant Charlie Nardozzi. “Then, identify plants suited to the growing conditions that will fit in those areas. Mix in edibles with flowers, shrubs and groundcovers to keep the yard beautiful.” For urban areas, he recommends raised beds and containers as a good way to integrate edibles, bringing in clean soil and moving containers to the sunniest spots in the yard. “We have 3,000 raised beds in Milwaukee,” says Gretchen Mead, executive director of the Victory Garden Initiative, which helps install edible landscapes. “We went from about 35 new kitchen gardens eight years ago to more than 500 each year now.” The easy-to-build raised beds go on top of or in place of turf lawns. For Midwestern residents, Mead recommends beginning with six crops that can be started as transplants, like tomatoes or broccoli, and then growing a couple of plants from seed, like zucchini or green beans.

Water-Saving Gardens

“Water-saving gardens use less of this precious resource through appropriate plant choices, rain-conserving features, berming and terracing to slow runoff, water-permeable hardscaping and smart irrigation practices,” says

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Pam Penick, author of The WaterSaving Garden. “Regardless of where you live, saving water is a priority for everyone. Drought is a growing problem in the Southwest and West, but also affects the Midwest, Southeast and even New England.” “Rain gardens help absorb, retain and use rainfall, preventing it from draining into the sewer,” agrees Jennifer Riley-Chetwynd, with Colorado’s Denver Botanic Gardens. “Rain barrels collect water from gutters and downspouts so there’s more control in time and method of distribution, including perhaps drip irrigation.” According to the Groundwater Foundation, in Lincoln, Nebraska, rain gardens can remove up to 90 percent of problematic nutrients and chemicals and up to 80 percent of sediments from rainwater runoff. Compared to a conventional lawn, they allow 30 percent more water to soak into the ground.




Hardscaped areas are used far more frequently than the turf lawn they replace as we move through spaces like walkways, patios, fountains, decks and grilling areas to enjoy the outdoors. “Plant people can get excited about planting but forget to leave ample space for patios and paths, often resulting in an overgrown, pinched look for seating areas and other places meant to be inviting,”

cautions Penick. “It can also be easy to underestimate how large plants can grow in a few years. Plan ahead for these ‘people spaces’ and install them before establishing garden beds.” Landscapers recommend being generous with this technique without paving over paradise. “Plants will spill and lean over hardscaping, so it won’t feel too large once your garden is filling in,” says Penick. “To address runoff and allow rainwater to soak into the soil, use water-permeable paving wherever possible: gravel, dry-laid flagstone or pavers; even mulch for casual paths.”

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MEDICAL MASSAGE Targeted Therapy for Specific Ills by Linda Sechrist


haron Puszko, Ph.D., founder of the Daybreak Geriatric Massage Institute, in Indianapolis, teaches and certifies massage therapists working in assisted living, long-term care and memory care facilities. She relates, “These individuals appreciate not only the physiological benefits of massage but also having a therapist touch and address them by their names. A 105-year-old woman jokes, ‘Now that they’ve figured out how to keep us alive for so long, they don’t know what to do with us. Thank God for massage therapy.’” Specialty certificate programs such as Puszko’s, representing advanced education and training within a modality qualified as therapeutic massage and bodywork, are benefitting both massage therapists and clients. Some outcome-based specialty modalities considered as requirements for specific populations such as seniors, athletes, infants and cancer patients and survivors, are referred to as “medical massage”. The nonprofit National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork provides an accredited, voluntary certification beyond entrylevel state licensure. To maintain their status, therapists must complete 24 hours of continuing education and



100 hours of work experience, and pass a criminal background check every two years. The certifying board also approves continuing education providers that teach specialty techniques, including integrative health care, sports massage and military veteran massage. The result is therapies administered according to a national standard of excellence requisite for therapists working in collaboration with doctors, chiropractors, wellness centers, retirement care communities and other medical settings. Puszko, an approved provider who founded her service in 2000, offers beginning and advanced weekend workshops for therapists on the complexities of physiological changes and technical skills required to work with geriatric or senior clients. She works from three offices in upscale retirement communities and teaches approved continuing education curricula throughout the U.S. and internationally. “Although the skills I teach are not taught in massage school, they are in demand at independent and assisted living facilities where massage is considered a vital aspect of health care,” says Puszko. “Older Americans represent the greatest challenge to massage therapists.



For elderly residents, stretching and pulling on delicate skin and joints, as well as pushing one’s elbow into gluteus maximus muscles, are unacceptable approaches.” She explains that they might be called upon for a range of needs from helping prepare a 70-year-old marathoner for a race to reducing the stress of an exhausted hospice patient. Geri Ruane is one of four founding directors of Oncology Massage Alliance, in Austin, Texas. She manages the operations for this nonprofit created in 2011 to help therapists that volunteer to administer complimentary hand and foot massage therapy to cancer patients and caregivers in chemotherapy infusion rooms and prior to radiation treatment. The alliance offers financial assistance to licensed massage therapists for advanced training through approved third-party oncology massage classes and provides hands-on experience with cancer patients. Ruane defines the essential aspects of an oncology massage therapist’s (OMT) skill set. “A properly trained therapist has an informed understanding of the disease itself and the many ways it can affect the human body; the side effects of cancer treatments, such as medications, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation; and the ability to modify massage techniques in order to adapt accordingly. Our main purpose is to reduce stress and provide emotional support for cancer patients and caregivers in radiation and infusion rooms.” For example, an OMT will ask a patient about their cancer treatment history, including particulars of related individual health issues, prior to the massage. Hospitals in 35 states and Washington, D.C., now offer massage therapy to individuals during cancer treatment. MK Brennan, president of the Society for Oncology Massage, created in 2007, in Toledo, Ohio, is a registered nurse with a longtime practice in Charlotte, North Carolina. Brennan observes, “In nursing school, I was taught how to give a back rub, an aspect of patient care once provided

by all nurses, but no longer part of a nurse’s education. It now appears that there could be a resurgence of interest in offering massage therapy in hospitals that would encompass more medical aspects and require modified techniques for different patient populations.” In addition to oncology and geriatric massage, other select massage therapy modalities such as orthopedic, bodywork, Asian techniques and those related to pregnancy, infant and child health care as well

as other special needs require advanced education and training. Before making an appointment with a massage therapist/bodyworker for a specific type of help, inquire about their knowledge, experience, training and continuing education. Ask about additional credentials above entry-level core education that are specific to special needs. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at


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Tony Juniper on How Thriving Ecosystems Sustain Prosperity by Randy Kambic


eading environment advocate and author Tony Juniper has been an Earth champion for three decades, imploring humanity to urgently understand that we need nature to thrive. His recently reissued book What Has Nature Ever Done for Us? How Money Really Does Grow on Trees, first published in 2013, won the Independent Publishers Living Now gold medal. It warns about the severe environmental cost of poor land planning; informs how birds, coral reefs, rain forests and other flora and fauna help preserve and sustain our quality of life; pushes for new recycling laws; and seeks to make children early enthusiasts. Formerly executive editor of Friends of the Earth, he serves as president of the Wildlife Trust, in Great Britain, teaching faculty of the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership, and is sustainability advisor to Prince Charles, a noted conservationist.

measuring similar growth might be both causing massive environmental destruction and concentrating the generated wealth among small numbers of people. We need to grow economies in ways that protect the environmental services that create opportunities for growth in the first place. It’s a major challenge for a world hell-bent on simplistic, crude measures of economic performance. In the Ivory Coast, where I recently visited, many poor rural people grow cocoa. One way to expand its economy is to produce more cocoa at the expense of tropical rain forests, which ultimately destroys the economy because forests are a major source of rainfall. Extended droughts caused by deforestation reveal that kind of growth is self-defeating. We need a more sophisticated approach, with the economy becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of ecology, not the other way around.

Why do you believe that economic growth and conservation can coexist?

Are true eco-cities and eco-suburbs feasible?

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We can design much more livable areas for the protection and health of wildlife, nature and residents. Nature also has a major bearing on the costs of a country’s healthcare system. A number of population

level studies, including from the Netherlands, reveal how people with access to green space feel better and experience higher levels of well-being, especially in mental and psychological health. Many Western countries are seeing increased incidences of depression, anxiety and other psychological problems that can be reduced through greater access to open areas, green spaces and wildlife. We can expect massive increases in urban areas worldwide in the next 40 years. There’s an opportunity now to plan in integral ways to make these places better for everyone. Failing to integrate nature into them will ramp up the public health costs later on.

What can citizens do to strengthen U.S. environmental policies? First, every election has candidates we can vote for that are more or less knowledgeable and clued into environmental issues. Second, we can exercise power in our purchasing choices. Some companies take leadership positions on environmental and sustainability issues; others don’t. With some research, shoppers can find the best companies to patronize, like those that prioritize low-carbon emissions, resource efficiencies and environmental protection policies. Many of them are advocating for more sensible, long-term environmental policies. In the U.S., one of the biggest pushbacks to the new administration will be from progressive companies that know the future has to be green; buying from these businesses strengthens their role and influence. Third, we can add to the people’s collective voice by joining campaigns and backing Earth-conscious organizations like the National Audubon Society, Greenpeace, Rainforest Action Network and Sierra Club.

Why do you believe it’s important to instill basic ecological principles

in youngsters? In the future, if fewer people understand the implications of climate change, ecosystem degradation, loss of wild animals and rampant toxic pollution, it’ll be even harder to embed adequate responses. The next generation should know how this planet works. Our world doesn’t succeed just on the basis of technology. It’s being run on microorganisms, the actions of forests, seas, soils and everything in the natural world. People that don’t know this can do a lot of damage. When more young people know the basics, it’s more likely they’ll behave in ways that reflect them. Progressive urbanization, with ever fewer people having direct experience of how nature works, is already an issue, so investing in our youth now will pay dividends in their future. Randy Kambic is a freelance writer and editor in Estero, FL, and regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.


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Self-Protection for Empaths to Fend Off Toxic Stress by Dr. Judith Orloff


mpaths are emotional sponges that absorb other people’s stress into their own bodies, which can be exhausting. Here are some basic strategies that work for them or anyone else battling low energy. Ask, “Is this symptom or emotion mine or someone else’s?” A tipoff that we’re absorbing someone’s energy is to notice if we experience a sudden change of mood or physical state when we’re around them. If we didn’t feel anxious, depressed,



exhausted or sick before the encounter, the discomfort is at least partially coming from them. If we move away and the discomfort disappears, it is definitely not ours. Breathe and repeat a mantra to counter negative energy. When negativity strikes, we can immediately focus on our breath for a few minutes. Inhale and exhale, slowly and deeply, to expel the uncomfortable energy. Breathing circulates negativity out of the body. Repeat this mantra three times: “Return to sender.”

Step away from what’s disturbing us. Move at least 20 feet from the suspected source. See if you feel relief. Don’t worry about offending strangers. It’s fine to lovingly say, “No” to certain energies. Giving ourself permission to move is an act of self-care. Limit physical contact; hugs are a choice. Energy transfers through the eyes and touch. If we’re uncomfortable with someone, limit eye contact and touch, including hugs and handholding. Detox in water. A quick way to dissolve stress and empathic pains is immersion in water. Epsom salt baths provide calming magnesium. Set limits and boundaries. To thrive, set limits with people. If someone is draining, don’t be a doormat. Control how much time is spent listening to a talker. “No” is a complete sentence. It’s okay to say, “I’m sorry, I’m not up for going to a party tonight,” “Let’s discuss this when you’re calmer,” “I need to meditate and be quiet now,” or “I can’t talk more than a few minutes.” Create alone time to regroup. Empaths need alone time to reconnect with their power. If we’ve picked up unwanted energy, take time alone to re-center. For a few minutes or more,

quiet everything—no noise, bright lights, phone calls, texts, emails, Internet, TV or conversations. It’s a way of nurturing ourself and being our own best friend. Spend time in nature and practice Earthing. Ways of Earthing include going barefoot or lying in a meadow to feel Earth’s power. To shed other people’s energy, feel the grass between bare toes or walk in sand or soil. Being in a fresh, clean, green environment or around waterways also clears negativity. Empaths love nature and feel at ease there. Take breaks from being online. We all need regular time away from technology that inundates us with too much information. Online media that triggers emotions—such as social media and violent TV news reports—can impair our ability to fall asleep. It’s easy to pick up energy in the virtual world, so make sure to spend time in nature, meditating or participating in restorative off-line activities. A periodic total technology fast does wonders for well-being. Regularly practicing these strategies replenishes our energies and we become less prone to being overwhelmed. It supports health and happiness so we can more fully enjoy the many gifts of empathy such as passion, creativity and experiencing the gift of giving and sharing love. Adapted from The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People, by Judith Orloff, to be released in Apr. Dr. Judith Orloff is a psychiatrist, empath, author and member of the University of California-Los Angeles psychiatric clinical faculty. Her next local book signing is at 7 p.m. on May 6 at Changing Hands Bookstore, in Tempe. For more information and to sign up for her free Empath Support Newsletter, visit See ad on page 19. natural awakenings

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SPRING ALLERGIES by Dr. Paul Stallone


his time of year will produce people walking around with red eyes, sneezing attacks and pressure headaches. In Arizona, with the citrus trees blooming, allergies can be downright awful. Allergies will affect everyone differently, with many people not experiencing any symptoms at all. For those that unfortunately do suffer from them, many options are available. Mild symptoms call for mild treatment, and certain herbs and nutrients can aid in their management. Strength and frequency should be indicated to a naturopathic physician for a few important reasons. Some people with certain conditions or that are taking medications might react differently than others. Some might only think they have allergies, but another condition is the culprit. Once a supplemental program has been recommended, therapy should start before symptoms occur. Being prepared before the allergy season hits is a proactive way to manage nascent symptoms. Supplements like quercetin, skullcap, EGCG (green tea) and nettle leaf have antihistamine properties that make them very effective in treating allergy symptoms. Supplements like vitamin C, vitamin D,



Being prepared before the allergy season hits is a proactive way to manage nascent symptoms. probiotics, elderberry and spirulina help support the immune system. An overactive immune system is the source of allergy symptoms, because it is overreacting to an antigen it deems dangerous. Some supplements like bromelain can even target specific symptoms, such as inflammation in the sinuses. There are numerous combinations that can be tailored for a specific individual, and consulting with a naturopathic physician will save time and money. If supplements aren’t providing enough relief or symptoms are severe, a more preemptive approach may be necessary. Immunotherapy starts of course, with the immune system. Because an overactive or imbalanced immune system will produce an aggressive attack when a harmless antigen is detected, immunotherapy involves retraining it so that certain antigens are no longer considered a threat. The process is a slow one that takes many months, but this is a permanent allergy solution. Immunotherapy works by introducing miniscule amounts of pollutants to the body slowly; over time, the amount is increased to get the immune system used to pollutants. Immunotherapy can be done a few ways, one of the better-known programs is allergy shots administered in a doctor’s office. This approach can be time-consuming, expensive, sometimes painful and can involve the possibility of a serious allergic reaction. Another approach is sublingual drops that are dispensed at a doctor’s office, but are taken daily at home. Most drops are natural and can be taken by anyone, including children. Drops can be customized

for the patient to ensure the best response. This is one of the better options for natural allergy treatment, and is becoming recommended over the shots by an increasing number of medical professionals. For many people, allergies are unavoidable. Buying over-the-counter medications to combat allergy symptoms is a temporary fix that includes side effects like drowsiness, and may not be suitable for children. It can also become a vicious cycle that never improves the actual cause. Immunotherapy is highly suggested for anyone wanting to rid themselves of allergy symptoms. As with any treatment the individual should consult with a physician for guidance on an appropriate path. Even in the middle of allergy season, there’s still time for relief. Paul Stallone, NMD, founded the Arizona Integrative Medical Center, located at 8144 E. Cactus Rd., Ste. 820, in Scottsdale. He combines natural/ alternative conventional treatments to best fit and benefit each individual patient’s needs. For more information visit or phone at 480-214-3922. See ad on the inside front cover.

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Eggs-pert Advice How to Buy Good Eggs from Happy Hens by Judith Fertig


anice Cole, the author of Chicken and Egg: A Memoir of Suburban Homesteading with 125 Recipes, knows how delicious a really fresh egg tastes. She keeps three chickens she calls “the girls” in the backyard of her suburban Minneapolis home. “Jasmine, a white Silkie, lays small, beige-colored eggs; Keiko a black and



white Ameraucana and Silver Wyandotte cross, green eggs; and Peanut, a brown, feathery Cochin mix, brown eggs,” relates Cole. Cole has learned a lot about the natural lives of chickens. They need 14 hours of sunlight to produce eggs and lay about one per day. Chickens must be protected from predators, locked

up at night in their coop for optimal well-being and let out in the morning to roam. Here are some tips for buying the freshest, most delicious and humanely raised chicken eggs.

How to Read an Egg Carton

Deciphering the language on an egg carton is a first step. Diet affects flavor. “Eggs from pasture-raised chickens allowed to roam—eating grass, worms and bugs in the backyard or a pasture—will look and taste better than eggs from chickens limited to an inside space eating chicken feed,” says Cole. “Pasture-raised eggs will have a fresh herbaceous, or grassy, flavor with an ‘egg-ier’ essence.” “Look for the terms organic, free range or ideally, pastured or pasture-raised,” advises Adele Douglass, in Herndon, Virginia, executive director of Humane Farm Animal Care ( “USDA Organic” is a U.S. Department of Agriculture label confirming that the food the chicken ate was certified organic. “Non-GMO” indicates a diet free of genetically modified ingredients. “Free-range”, another USDA label, means the chicken had continuing access to the outdoors. “Pasture-raised” assures that the chicken roamed outdoors daily, eating what they wanted; the ideal scenario.

“Cage-free” is a More than 90 percent well and humanely they do this is USDA-regulated desigof eggs sold today come up to consumers nation ensuring that the chickens were al- from giant egg factories. to find out. lowed to roam freely about within their Egg Nutrition ~ Pete and Gerry’s, building to get food Eating one egg a America’s first Certified day, or moderate and water. “Natural” has no real meaning Humane egg producer consumption, will says Douglass; the not raise cholesterm invokes no USDA regulation and terol levels in healthy adults, connothing about actual farming praccludes a 2012 review in the journal tices. “Certified Humane” or “Animal Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition Welfare Approved” means that each and Metabolic Care. While egg yolks free-range hen has at least two square contain cholesterol, they also posfeet of outdoor space; it’s the most sess nutrients that help lower the risk desirable designation, says Douglass. for heart disease, including protein,   When farmers want to raise eggvitamins B12 and D, riboflavin and folaying chickens, they need to provide late, according to the Harvard School physical conditions similar to those of Public Health, in Boston. A study Cole affords, but on a larger and by Kansas State University researchmore efficient scale, usually without ers published in the 2001 Journal of the love. In regions where 14 hours Nutrition also found that phosphatiof daylight are not a given, farmers dylcholine, another substance in eggs, use artificial lighting. When snow is can decrease the amount of cholestoo deep for the birds to venture out terol the body absorbs from them. and it’s too cold for bug life, farmers Plus, eggs are great sources of supply indoor coops and feed. How micronutrients and antioxidants,

says Kristin Kirkpatrick, a registered and licensed dietitian and wellness manager for Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute, in Ohio. “I’ve always been a huge proponent for eggs. As lean sources of protein, they help us stay full, are easy to prepare and can be part of a healthy eating regime because they’re packed with freeradical- and inflammation-fighting antioxidants.” Kirkpatrick adds, “Eggs also help protect eyes. Their nutrient-rich yolks, like leafy green vegetables, are high in lutein and zeaxanthin, carotenoids that studies have repeatedly shown help protect against macular degeneration.”   Ideally, all chickens would be treated like Cole’s “girls.” For now, the best most of us can do is choose “Pasture-Raised,” “Organic” and “Certified Humane”. Getting to know more about the farmers that produce our eggs is even better.    Judith Fertig writes food health articles and cookbooks from Overland Park, KS (

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Eggs to Trust Here’s Humane Farm Animal Care’s Adele Douglass’ short list of sources for well-raised eggs. Kirkland Signature Organic Eggs, at Costco, are Certified Humane. While not pasture-raised, they’re cage-free. Costco has partnered with several small family farms throughout the country, which guarantees peace of mind for Costco and gives these smaller purveyors a steady stream of business. Vital Farms, of Austin, Texas, supplies eggs to stores throughout many of the southern and western states. They specialize in Pasture-Raised and Certified Humane eggs, produced by about 90 family farms. Recently, they pioneered a process to make “culling” (killing

non-egg-bearing male chicks) more humane. Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs, headquartered in Monroe, New Hampshire, works with more than 30 family farms in Illinois, Indiana, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Vermont. Their eggs are Organic and Certified Humane, as the chickens live in spacious barns with outdoor access. “Most of the year, they roam outside our barns as they please on organically grown grass amid clover and wildflowers,” says owner Jesse Laflamme. “At the same time, we also have to ensure our hens are safe from predators and communicable diseases from wild birds.” natural awakenings

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calendarofevents Find More Events On Our Website! Click “Calendar” SATURDAY, APRIL 1 Soul Connecting Workshop – 8am-3:30pm. Connect to your soul, clarify your purpose, align with your physical, emotional and mental bodies, strengthen your intuition and ability to listen to your soul. This is a day of creativity, music, sound, meditation and exercises that awaken you to your potential and purpose. With Cheryl Pederson. $125. Cave Creek location. RSVP: 480-585-6990 or cherylpederson. com/events. The Art of Herbal Formulation – 9am-4pm, Apr 1-2. This advanced herbal class focuses on learning how to formulate herbal blends, individual herb tasting, and more. A very strong knowledge of herbs required. $299. SW Herb, 148 N Center St, Mesa. 480-694-9931.

SUNDAY, APRIL 2 iRest Yoga Nidra – 6-7pm. Class begins with gentle movement to prepare for this guided meditation shown to calm the nervous system and help release negative patterns. Helps alleviate symptoms of insomnia, PTSD, anxiety and depression. $10. Restoring Balance Mind & Body, 2045 S Vineyard, Ste 139, Mesa. RestoringBalanceAz. com. Pre-registration required. Call or text Kim: 253-549-5342.



Portal to Energy Healing – Noon-4pm. Witness amazing changes with energy medicine. With Marsha Craven. $50 for one, $80 for two. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5 Gong Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Experience deep relaxation and meditation through the power of the gong. With Gretchen Bickert. $10-20. Unity of Mesa, 2700 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480-892-2700. Guided Meditation – 6:30-7:30pm. Raffle proceeds and love donations shared with LaFrontera Arizona EMPACT Suicide Prevention Center & Animal Rescue. With Marsha Craven. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988 or

THURSDAY, APRIL 6 Book Signing and Reception – 6-8pm. Celebrate the launch of Dr. Nicholas Meyer’s book, The Holistic Dental Matrix with a fun, festive reception and book signing as Dr. Meyer shares his inspiration and motivation for writing on this topic. $50 advance, $70 door. The Orchard, 7100 N 12 St, Phoenix. RSVP: or call 602-573-7496.

Dance in the Light 1.0 Retreat – Apr 6-9. We all have the ability to play in the mystical world – we just weren’t encouraged to play in that realm. The time has come for lightworkers to find their true path, to empower themselves and others. Develop your psychic abilities, meet your spirit guides and play with energy. Facilitated by BakeR Gendron, The Psychic Coach. $488. Gateway Cottage Wellness Center, 470 N Hwy 89A, Sedona. 928-8624400.

FRIDAY, APRIL 7 Cranial Rhythms – 1-5pm. Experience deep healing from gently engaging the cerebrospinal system. With Barbara Jenkins. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988 or Discover Your Gifts and Graces – 6-7:30pm. Presentation on self-discovery and healing. Free. Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, 1100 E Apache Blvd, Tempe.

SATURDAY, APRIL 8 13th Octave LaHoChi Mini Sessions – 2-7pm. 13th Octave LaHoChi is a high frequency, handson healing technique that gracefully brings balance and harmony to the energy fields, chakra system, meridians and physical body while opening spiritual awareness and gifts. $30 for 30 min session. Appointment required. Purple Lotus Pathway, 4111 E Valley Auto Dr, Ste 209, Mesa. RSVP: or 602-790-8970. Intuitive Saturday – 9am-6pm. Includes the Intuitive Healing Foundations class and the Creative Self Care class. Learn concepts of intuitive healing, medical intuition and energy medicine and practical ways to promote physical and energetic well-being for self and others. With Cay RandallMay. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988 or

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Kids Movement, Mindfulness and Meditation – 3-4:15pm. A 4-class series for kids ages 5-10. $25 per child, per class. A Mindfulness Life Center, 10309 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale. 480-2076016. Marconics: The Evolution of Energy Healing, Level 1 – Apr 8-9. Upgrade your energy healing and body template. Learn the Marconic No-Touch Protocol which allows the release of 3D programming and the shedding of karmic density from the chakras. The practitioner acts as a bridge between the dimensions for the client’s galactic guides and higher selves to facilitate healing as they deem necessary. $466. Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center, Carefree. Marconic Personal Quantum Recalibrations by appointment. Linda Sloan: 303-506-1910 or The Compassion Immersion – 9:30am-5:30pm, Apr 8-9. This workshop combines traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology, scientific research and experiential processes that can help you both allow and understand the

many different ways compassion can be experienced in order to lead a more compassionate life. Franciscan Renewal Center, Scottsdale. Register: or 602-910-4240.

SUNDAY, APRIL 9 Awakening A Whole New World – 3-5pm. Discover energies of the current times, the potential and opportunity for all to awaken to a new self. Sounds, melodies and a cosmic heart meditation. With Cheryl and Jon Pederson. $10. New Vision Center, 18010 N Tatum Blvd, Phoenix. RSVP: 602-670-6106 or Embracing Your Journey Expo – 9am-5pm. A holistic, wellness and metaphysical event. Vendors, raffles, speakers and more. Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort, 7677 N 16th St, Phoenix. 480-296-1928. Intro to Herbal Healing Seminar – 1-2:30pm. Free. SW Herb, 148 N Center St, Mesa. 480-6949931. Kids Cooking – 11:30am-12:30pm. Hands-on cooking class, just for kids, with Melanie A. Albert, author of cookbook, A New View of Healthy Eating. Kids will enjoy making their own culinary creations with their favorite local, in-season farmers’ market veggies and fruit. $25. The Farm, 6106 S 32 St, Phoenix. 602-615-2486.

MONDAY, APRIL 10 Reflexology Feet – 9am-6pm, Apr 10-11. Learn relaxing and rejuvenating techniques for use with self and others. Lots of practice time. With Barbara Jenkins. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988.

TUESDAY, APRIL 11 Full Moon Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Incorporates light kundalini yoga, meditation, plus deep relaxation and healing to the sound of the gong. With Sevak Singh. $25 advance, $30 door. Ana-

hata Yoga, Sound and Energy Healing, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. 480-699-9600.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12 Reflexology Hands – 9am-6pm. Learn therapeutic reflexology to care for your hands, yourself and those you touch. Great wellness service for stress relief and relaxation. With Barbara Jenkins. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988.

FRIDAY, APRIL 14 Rediscover the Shroud of Turin – 6-9:30pm. Noted New Age author Gregg Braden discusses the new discoveries that are leading to even deeper mysteries. $50-85. Creative Living Fellowship, 6530 N 7 St, Phoenix. 602-906-4080. Reiki I and II – 10am-6pm, Apr 14-15. With Marsha Craven, 5th generation usui reiki master teacher and 2015 Natural Choice Award winner for reiki. Bring reiki as a healing practice into your life and your enhanced healing powers will always be with you. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988.

SATURDAY, APRIL 15 Free Healing Saturday – 10am-2pm. Free 20-minute Healing Touch sessions by appointment only. Restoring Balance Mind & Body, 2045 S Vineyard, Ste 139, Mesa. RestoringBalanceAz. com. Call or text Kim: 253-549-5342. kim@ Gong Divas – 7-8pm. Xanna Marchetti and Monita Baker combine shamanic beats, unusual sounds you may not have heard before, and the classic sounds of the gongs. Allow spirit to come forth and expand from the sound and energy envelope the gongs create. $20. Interfaith CommUNITY, 952 E Baseline, #102, Mesa. Rev. Julianne: 480593-8798 or

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Shop and Intuitively Cook – 9-10am. Stop by the Downtown Phoenix Market and join Melanie A. Albert, author of A New View of Healthy Eating as we shop for local Arizona farmers produce and learn simple ways to intuitively cook with this week’s goodies. Free. 721 N Central Ave (Central & McKinley).

TUESDAY, APRIL 18 13th Octave LaHoChi Mini Sessions – 10am-6pm. 13th Octave LaHoChi is a high frequency, hands-on healing technique that gracefully brings balance and harmony to the energy fields, chakra system, meridians and physical body while opening spiritual awareness and gifts. $30 for 30 min session. Appointment required. Purple Lotus Pathway, 4111 E

Valley Auto Dr, Ste 209, Mesa. RSVP: or 602-790-8970. The Sanctum of the Holy Archangels – 7pm. Monthly meeting where attendees can see rituals of beauty performed for the elevation of humanity to greater Christ consciousness. Join with them in this sacred work with the archangels of beauty and divine love. The Shrine of Holy Wisdom, 5025 S Ash Ave, Ste B-15, Tempe. 480-219-9633 or

THURSDAY, APRIL 20 Book Signing – 7pm. Sarah McLean presents her new work The Power of Attention: Awaken to Love and its Unlimited Potential with Meditation. Changing Hands, 6428 S McClintock Dr, Tempe. 480-730-0205.



FRIDAY, APRIL 21 AZIANDS – 7pm. The International Association for Near Death Studies presents Joyce W. Hawkes, PhD, whose near-death experience triggered energy healing abilities. She then explored indigenous traditions and teaches healing at the interface of science and spirit. $10. Unity of Mesa, 2700 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480-892-2700. FitnessFest – various times, Apr 21-23. Health and wellness expo features fitness clothing, equipment, expert advice, nutrition products, accessories and great gifts. Free. Sheraton Mesa Conference Center, 860 N Riverview, Mesa. 480461-3888. Toe Reading – Apr 21-23. On-campus class series provides an introduction to toe reading, based on the principle that the stories of our lives can be found in the tissues of the toes. $300. Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, 1100 E Apache Blvd, Tempe.

SATURDAY, APRIL 22 Chakra Balancing and Healing – 10am-6pm, Apr 22-23. Experience the power of balancing and healing through your major chakras. With Marsha Craven. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623215-7988. Crystal Singing Bowls – 1-3pm. Learn the basics of sound healing and crystal singing bowls and how they relate to the Chakras, and the best practices for playing them. With Ronee Kipnes. $29. Anahata Yoga, Sound and Energy Healing, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. 480-699-9600.

Take advantage of fresh, local produce from the best Arizona farms. Most markets are transitioned to winter hours. Visit their respective websites for the most current information. Ahwatukee Farmers’ Market: 4700 East Warner Road, Phoenix Sundays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Carefree Farmers’ Market 1 Sundial Circle, Carefree Fridays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Chandler Farmers’ Market: 3 South Arizona Avenue, Chandler Thursdays 3 to 7 p.m. Gilbert Farmers’ Market: 222 North Ash Street, Gilbert Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon Goodyear Farmers’ Market 3151 North Litchfield Road, Goodyear Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mesa Community Farmers’ Market: 20 E. Main St., Mesa Fridays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Old Town Scottsdale Farmers’ Market 3806 North Brown Avenue, Scottsdale Saturdays 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.



Peoria Farmers’ Market: Park West, 9744 West Northern Avenue, Peoria Saturdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Phoenix Public Market: 721 North Central Avenue, Phoenix Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Roadrunner Park Farmers’ Market: 3502 East Cactus Rd., Phoenix Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sun City Farmers’ Market 16820 North 99th Avenue, Sun City Thursdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Uptown Farmers’ Market: 5757 North Central Avenue, Phoenix Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. ..................................

Qigong – Exploring the Five Elements – 1-2:30pm. Learn meditative movements for connecting with the five elements (wood, fire, earth, metal and water), Four Seasons method of absorbing energy and a walking meditation for connecting with Mother Earth. With Leslie Cook. $20. Unity of Mesa, 2700 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480-892-2700. Reach for Higher Realms of Healing Workshop – 10am-2:30pm. The International Association for Near Death Studies presents Joyce Hawkes and Helen Folsom who help attendees explore the resources of our bodies via images from the electron microscope as the science aspect of healing unfolds before our eyes. Then be guided to experience how to reach new levels of health as us deepen your healing connection to those magnificent cells. Unity of Mesa, 2700 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480-892-2700. Seasonal and Simple Intuitive Cooking – 10:3011:30am. Learn a few simple culinary skills to intuitively create beautiful delicious dishes with this week’s spring produce. Free. Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market, 3806 N Brown Ave, Scottsdale. Transforming Obstacles into Opportunities – 9:30am-12:30pm. When encountering difficulties, Buddhist teachings provide many mental tools such as patience and wisdom to employ for transforming these difficulties into causes of authentic inner peace, inner freedom and inner strength that bring pure and lasting happiness. $25,

preregistration required. Kadampa Meditation Center Phoenix, 614 E Townley Ave, Phoenix. What’s Your Story Experiential Adventure – 9am-1pm. Create a new life story. Discover how living from your truest self changes your life and gain vision, hope and encouragement to step into your new story. Lots of activities. $250. Scottsdale location. Sumer Aeed: 480-607-1022.

SUNDAY, APRIL 23 Equine Experiential Group – 1-3:30pm. Discover deeper facets of yourself by allowing our horses to reveal your behavioral patterns and act as as a mirror to your subconscious, and more. $150. Tierra Madre Horse Sanctuary, 27115 N 45 St, Cave Creek. Christine Badoux: 602-380-1948. Farm-to-Table Intuitive Cooking Experience – 11am-1pm. Enjoy fun, interactive hands-on cooking class with local, organic in-season veggies and fruit, guided by Melanie A. Albert, author of cookbook, A New View of Healthy Eating. Learn simple culinary techniques and enjoy your creations in the beauty of The Farm, 6106 S 32 St, Phoenix. $45. 602-615-2486.

MONDAY, APRIL 24 Postural Integration to Relieve Pain with Therapeutic Massage – 9am-6pm, Apr 24-26. Guidance on how the massage therapist can assess and provide treatment to address and correct postural deviations of the spine to relieve pain. With Davonna M. Willis. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988.

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tions and healing while she plays her Palladium C# “OM” Bowl and guides the class through 60 minutes of Rolling OMs. Donation. Anahata Yoga, Sound and Energy Healing, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. 480-699-9600. Songs From A Heart Seeker – 7-8:30pm. A concert with singer/songwriter Kimberly Haynes invites listeners to discover a sacred space deep within the heart. $15 advance; $20 door. Interfaith CommUNITY, 952 E Baseline, #102, Mesa. Rev. Julianne: 480-593-8798 or

Relationships are most often joyous and rewarding, yet sometimes can be challenging, to say the least. Participants will learn new practical skills to navigate common challenges with heartful, healthy choices that bring out the best in them and their relationships. Radisson Suites Tucson 6555 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson 480-820-2026

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26 Kirtan with the Band of Now – 7-8:45pm. Join Prem Vidu and the Band of Now for an evening of call and response style community chanting based in the Bhakti yoga tradition. Stilling the mind, softening the heart, evoking joy and dissolving separateness are just some of the magical benefits of this ancient practice. $15-$20. Interfaith CommUNITY, 952 E Baseline, #102, Mesa. Rev. Julianne: 480-593-8798 or


Universal White Time Healing Certified Level One – Apr 28-30. Receive a basic understanding of White Time and become connected to the force of White Time for healing. Learn how to do hands-on-healing and distance healing on others and yourself; how to balance the chakras, aura cleansing, light touch healing, accident healing, animal healing and much more. 10% discount when you mention Natural Awakenings. 33998 N 57th Pl, Scottsdale. 480-767-6200.

SATURDAY, APRIL 29 Celestial Update: The Expanded Chakra System – Noon-4pm. Learn about a complete new and expanded system of chakra anatomy that opens you to a conscious knowledge of the greater capacity to regulate the forms of your moments of living. With Mark Stanton Welch. $40. Unity of Mesa, 2700 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480-892-2700.

Rolling with the OMies – 7-8pm. Join Ronee and your OMies for an hour of crystal sonic vibra-

Enriching Retreats in Sedona, AZ Shamanic Reiki: May 10 – 13, 2017, $688

hamanic Reiki integrates practices with Mind Stheshamanic potent healing energy of Reiki. These ancient techniques + align you with earth’s energy, your higher spirit, spirit guides animal totems to perform Body and transformative healing work. As a Shamanic Reiki practitioner you will clear energetic blocks and negative energy, empowering your client to lead + a full, rich life. *You must be a Level 2 Reiki Practitioner to Spirit attend. Introduction to BakeR Gendron

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Craniosacral Therapy Workshop: June 9-11, 2017, $350


n the Biodynamic approach the focus is on “nondoing”, the practitioner’s main objective is to create a supportive environment so that the client’s system heals Helena Bacellar itself from within. At the end of this workshop you will have the ability to offer a basic craniosacral session, or add it as an adjunct to other bodywork and energy healing.

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Holistic Wellness Fair – 10am-3pm. Engage with wellness practitioners offering a variety of services including reiki, quantum, massage, angel cards, mediumship, hypnotherapy, tuning forks, yoga, meditation and much more. Sponsored by Mother Nature Metaphysics, LLC. See website for additional classes. Free admission. Western Skies Business Center, 1206 E Warner Rd, Community Room, Gilbert. Debbie Frye: 480-262-7630 or Intention-Setting: An Experiential Yoga Nidra Workshop – 2-4pm. Create your own intention and then put it into practice with Yoga Nidra. The meditation will be recorded for all participants to take home. With Julie Lemerond. $35 by April 15th, $45 after. A Mindfulness Life Center, 10309 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale. 480-2076016. Intro to Herbal Healing Seminar – Free. SW Herb, 148 N Center St, Mesa. 480-694-9931. Kirtan with The Band of Now – 7-9pm. Kirtan is a call and response style of singing based in the Bhakti yoga tradition. Stilling the mind, softening the heart, evoking joy and dissolving separateness are just some of the magical benefits of this ancient practice. $15. Anahata Yoga, Sound and Energy Healing, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. 480-699-9600. Mark Stanton Welch Concert – 7-8:30 pm. Unity of Mesa, 2700 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480-8922700. Matrix Healing Technique: Electromagnetic Field and Body Integration – 10am-6pm, Apr 29-30. This powerful modality aligns the body’s electromagnetic grids and connects these grids to the main energy centers for optimum health and vitality. With Marsha Craven. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988.

SUNDAY, APRIL 30 13th Octave LaHoChi Mini Sessions – 10am6pm. 13th Octave LaHoChi is a high frequency, hands-on healing technique that gracefully brings balance and harmony to the energy fields, chakra system, meridians and physical body while opening spiritual awareness and gifts. $30 for 30 min session. Appointment required. Purple Lotus Pathway, 4111 E Valley Auto Dr, Ste 209, Mesa.



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Interfaith Q&A Representing Unitarian Universalist – 1-2:30pm. Various religious leaders share the tenets of their faith, as well as their personal story, and answers to questions from the audience. The purpose is to bridge the gap of misunderstanding and misconceptions about other religions, and to help contribute to a consciousness of peace and cooperation among people of faith. With Emrys Staton. $10. Interfaith CommUNITY, 952 E Baseline, #102, Mesa. Nazim Rashid 623932-1385.

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savethedate MAY 3 Guided Meditation – 6:30-7:30pm. Raffle proceeds and love donations shared with LaFrontera Arizona EMPACT Suicide Prevention Center & Animal Rescue. With Marsha Craven. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988 or

MAY 5 Discover Your Gifts and Graces – 6-7:30pm. Presentation on self-discovery and healing. Free. Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, 1100 E Apache Blvd, Tempe.

MAY 6 Book Signing and Talk – 7pm. Bestselling author Dr. Judith Orloff presents her new work The Empath’s Survival Guide. Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe. 480-735-0205. Universal White Time Healing Certified Level Two – May 6-7. Continuation of the White Time certification process with a two-day advanced level course. 10% discount when you mention Natural Awakenings. 33998 N 57th Pl, Scottsdale. 480-767-6200.

MAY 7 Awaken Your Inner Warrior Retreat – May 7-10. As part of The Dragonfly Effect Program, Dr. Martha Reeds shows attendees how to address unmet needs and desires, eliminate self doubt and

Japanese Reiki 1: Discover Your True Self and Animal Reiki 1: Sharing Peace with Animals, conducted by Kat Forgacs. $395; $350 before Apr. 28; closes May 17 The Center for Divine Awakening 15801 N 40 St, Phoenix 617-758-7496

learn how to get guidance and answers. Explore energy therapies through homeopathy, color therapy and hypnosis/meditation. $525 early bird. Briar Patch Inn, Sedona. 623-249-5888. The Empath’s Survival Guide – 1:30-3:30 pm. Dr. Judith Orloff leads this workshop based on her new book. Empaths actually feel others’ emotions and physical symptoms in their own bodies, without the usual defenses most people have. Learn skills to prevent exhaustion, overwhelm, and compassion fatigue – and how to embrace the empath’s gifts of intuition, creativity and spiritual connection. $35 incl book. Unity of Mesa, 2740 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480-892-2700.

MAY 8 CranialSacral Balancing Therapy I – 9am-6pm, May 8-10. Powerful complementary healing modality supports healing from the inside. Take the therapeutic benefits experienced in class home to family, friends and your practice. With Barbara Jenkins. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988.

MAY 9 Herbal Intensive Certification Class – Start of 5 wk series. Journey into the healing world of

medicinal plants where you will see, taste, feel and smell a variety of herbs in this comprehensive course. SW Herb, 148 N Center St, Mesa. 480694-9931.

MAY 10 Shamanic Reiki Retreat – May 10-13. Shamanic Reiki integrates shamanic practices with the potent healing energy of Reiki. Shamanic practices are ancient techniques used to align you with Earth’s energy, your higher spirit, spirit guides and animal totems to perform transformative healing work. Learn to see, feel or sense blocks or negative energy which are limiting your clients from living a full, healthy life. Facilitated by BakeR Gendron, The Psychic Coach. $688. Gateway Cottage Wellness Center, 470 N SR 89A, Sedona. RVSP: 928-862-4400.

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ogy. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988.

MAY 24 Complimentary Oncology Massage – For volunteers who have ever received treatment for cancer. The customized massage will be provided in a classroom setting as part of a nationally certified continuing education course. Appointment required. Free. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-2157988.

MAY 25 Deva Premal & Miten – 7:30pm. Live concert. Scottsdale Performing Arts, 7380 E 2 St, Scottsdale.

The Seven Spirits Before the Throne – 9amNoon. Learn knowledge and practices that will help you experience the sacred magic of the angels. A 7-mo course taught by Rev. Jorge Eagar. $30 per session. The Shrine of Holy Wisdom, 5025 S Ash Ave, Ste B-15, Tempe. 480-219-9633 or

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Awakening A Whole New World – 3-5pm. Discover energies of the current times, the potential and opportunity for all to awaken to a new self. Sounds, melodies and a cosmic heart meditation. With Cheryl and Jon Pederson. $10. New Vision Center, 18010 N Tatum Blvd, Phoenix. RSVP: 602-670-6106 or

MAY 15 Geriatric Massage: Frail and Robust – 8am5pm, May 15-17. Comprehensive hands-on continuing education designed for licensed massage therapists or students, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, as well as those involved in care giving. With Tammy Roecker. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988.

MAY 20 Facial Rejuvenation – 9am-6pm. Practice facial lymphatic drainage sequence and acupressure techniques and experience rejuvenating results the wellness way. $110. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988.

MAY 21 Body Contouring – 10am-6pm. Exchange body wraps to reduce cellulite, tone your body and lose 4-14”. With Marsha Craven. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988.

MAY 22 Oncology Massage Workshop – May 22-24. Nationally accredited, cancer center based workshop introduces massage therapists, medical staff and healthcare professionals to the bodywork considerations presented by an oncology clientele. With Jacki Sellers, Institute of Integrative Oncol-

Reflexology Feet – 9am-6pm, May 26-27. Learn relaxing and rejuvenating techniques for use with self and others. Lots of practice time. With Barbara Jenkins. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988. Reflexology Hands – 9am-6pm. Learn therapeutic reflexology to care for your hands, yourself and those you touch. Great wellness service for stress relief and relaxation. With Barbara Jenkins. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988.

MAY 29 Trigger Points: Hand and Wrist – 9am-1pm. Address soft tissue challenges related to hands and wrists by working with trigger points and referral areas to facilitate pain relief and improved functioning. With Barbara Jenkins. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988.

JUNE 3 Reiki I and II – 10am-6pm, Jun 3-4. With Marsha Craven, 5th generation usui reiki master teacher and 2015 Natural Choice Award winner for reiki. Bring reiki as a healing practice into your life and your enhanced healing powers will always be with you. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988.

JUNE 5 Hypnotherapy Certification – Start of a 500-hour state-licensed certification course. Hypnotherapy Academy of America. 505-767-8030.

JUNE 7 Guided Meditation – 6:30-7:30pm. Raffle proceeds and love donations shared with LaFrontera Arizona EMPACT Suicide Prevention Center & Animal Rescue. With Marsha Craven. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988 or

classifieds Place a Classified ad: $25 for up to 25 words, per issue. $1.00 per each additional word, per issue. Must be pre-paid. ADVERTISING SALES – Natural Awakenings magazine is looking for experienced advertising salespeople in the Phoenix area to help others grow their business. Commission-based. Full- or part-time. Unlimited potential. 480266-5601. Send resume to ANGEL BOOK – Angel Tribute. Makes Great Gifts. Personalize Your Book. Ages 10 to 110. Angel Tea Time. Ask about Fund-Raising. Need A Speaker? On AMAZON. 602-323-7752. ILLUMINATE YOUR LIFE PATH! – Remove blocks to abundance, creativity, relationships, and more. I will consult with your Beings of Lights to access your Akashic record — the record of your soul’s journey — to remove obstacles so you can live a life you love. For details, please visit Meg at akashicphx. JOY CARTER, MSW, CHT, LC – Certified Hypnotherapist & Life Coach. 602-730-6213. joyouslifecoach. net, Mindful Habit Change, Weight Loss, Life Coaching, & Hypnotherapy. LIFE COACH – Life Awakened, Life Fulfilled, Life Loved, Life Accepted, Life Peace, Life Forgiven, Life Present, Life Awareness, Life Actualized. John Kai 520-339-2315. Phoenix. SOUND THERAPY – Restore harmony. Experience serenity. Play the native flute. 90 minute workshop. Flutes provided. No experience necessary. See Workshop Page at www. SUPPLEMENT OR REPLACE YOUR INCOME – Set your own hours. Work from anywhere in the U.S. Great for health-conscious people. Excellent business ethics a must with generous compensation. Call 904-310-8243 or visit VORTEXHEALING® DIVINE ENERGY HEALING – Foundational Class, May 9-13. A magical transformation path to Healing and Awakening. 480203-9624

JUNE 9 CranialSacral Balancing Therapy I – 9am6pm, Jun 9-11. Powerful complementary healing modality supports healing from the inside. Take the therapeutic benefits experienced in class home to family, friends and your practice. With Barbara Jenkins. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988.

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ongoingcalendar mondays Tai Chi and Qi Gong – 10-11am. Activate and experience the natural healing capabilities in the body. With Leslie Cook. $10-15. Unity of Mesa, 2740 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480-892-2700.

tuesdays Chronic Pain Prevention Class – 6-7pm. Learn about an integrative three-step approach for pain relief using stretch therapy, corrective exercise and nutrition metabolism identification. Free. Studio Health, 1425 S Higley, Ste 101, Gilbert. RSVP: 480-466-6398. Rewind Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. Designed for people 50 and up, the class focuses on balancing, increasing flexibility and building functional strength. With Kim Carter. $10 (first class is free, maximum six students). Restoring Balance Mind & Body, 2045 S Vineyard, Ste 139, Mesa. Pre-registration required. Call or text Kim: 253-549-5342. Shakti Naam Yoga – 6:45-8:15pm. Experience a new type of yoga using music, mantra, mudra (hand positions), meditation and movement to align with the vibration of the universe, bringing more health and happiness into your life. With Moriah Salzman and Jeannie MacLaughlin. $10 donation. Unity of Mesa, 2740 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480-892-2700. Watercolor Art Classes – 9:45am-12:30pm. All levels, beginner to advanced. Learn fluid color technique, drawing and composition. Small class of 8 students. No talent required, just a desire to create. With Allura Westly. Paradise Valley area. 602-469-0524.

wednesdays Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement – 12:30-1:30pm. Receive greater self-connection, self-awareness, self-healing and transformation.

This method bypasses all conditioning and habitual stress patterns to achieve instant relief and to break unconscious patterns. $20 per class/6 for $100. And Breathe, 3201 N 3rd St, Phoenix. Jacqueline Bayne:  602-821-7149 or Meditation and Mindfulness Made Easy – 7-8pm. Weaving together teachings, Q&A, group discussions and sharing, and actual experience with a variety of ancient and modern meditation and mindfulness practices and techniques. With Jere Friedman. $15. A Mindfulness Life Center, 10309 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale. 480-2076016. Simply Meditate – 6:30-7:30pm. Escape the stress and busyness of life and discover inner peace by exploring meditation techniques and positive minds. Learn simple, practical methods to improve the quality of our life and develop inner peace through guided meditation and a short Buddhist teaching to help us solve our daily problems and find the lasting happiness we seek. $5. Kadampa Meditation Center Phoenix, 614 E Townley Ave, Phoenix. Watercolor Art Classes – 9:45am-12:30pm. All levels, beginner to advanced. Learn fluid color technique, drawing and composition. Small class of 8 students. No talent required, just a desire to create. With Allura Westly. Paradise Valley area. 602-469-0524.

thursdays Alternative Happy Hour – 5-8pm. Celebrate good holistic health and nutrition with organic, raw vegan food. Enjoy 15 min. for $15 mini reiki and sound healing sessions. Spirit Bar, 694 S Cooper Rd, Gilbert. 480-621-6218. Buddhist Meditation – 6:30-8pm. Based on the “Eight Steps to Happiness,” taught by representatives from Kadampa Meditation Center. $10; $5/students and unemployed. Unity of Mesa, 2700 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480-892-2700, Creating Peace: A Mindfulness Meditation Class for PTSD – 6-6:45pm. Uses the 11th step

to step into healing from PTSD. Donation. A Mindfulness Life Center, 10309 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale. 480-207-6016. Rewind Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. Designed for people 50 and up, the class focuses on balancing, increasing flexibility and building functional strength. With Kim Carter. $10 (first class is free, maximum six students). Restoring Balance Mind & Body, 2045 S Vineyard, Ste 139, Mesa. Pre-registration required. Call or text Kim: 253-549-5342.

fridays A Course in Miracles – 7-9pm. Group book study open to newcomers. Donation. Unity of Mesa Annex Bldg, 2740 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480-892-2700.

saturdays Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement – 11am-Noon. Receive greater self-connection, self-awareness, self-healing and transformation. This method bypasses all conditioning and habitual stress patterns to achieve instant relief and to break unconscious patterns. $20 per class/6 for $100. 40th St and Cactus, Phoenix. Jacqueline Bayne:  602821-7149 or

sundays Celebration Service – 10:30-11:45am. Whether you are a follower of new thought or ancient wisdom, a student of ACIM, a gong or drum circle enthusiast, an interfaith seeker, a music lover, or if you are simply looking for the friendship of open-minded and creative people, you will find a welcome home here. Interfaith CommUNITY, 952 E Baseline, #102, Mesa. Rev. Julianne: 480593-8798 or Prayers for World Peace – 10-11:15am. Enjoy practical advice and meditations that lift the heart and bring energy and hope; from this inner peace, world peace grows. In these troubled times, this is an opportunity to make prayers together for our families and friends, and for the cessation of all the pain and problems in the world. $5 donation. Kadampa Meditation Center Phoenix, 614 E Townley Ave, Phoenix. The Spiritual Quest – 10:15-11:30am. Practical spirituality from Mark and Elizabeth Clare Prophet. Bookstore 10am-1pm. Mary’s Way Montessori-style children’s program. Phoenix Summit Lighthouse, 4105 N 20th St, Ste 115, Phoenix. 480-442-5020 or 602-703-9570. Sunday Services – 9am and 10:45am. A Positive Path for Spiritual Living. Nursery available for infants through kindergarten. Youth ministry classes are open in the Education Annex at 10:15am. Unity of Mesa, 2700 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480-8922700.



2017 HEALTHY LIVING DIRECTORY communityresourceguide Connecting you to the leaders in natural healthcare and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide email or visit and download our media kit.

ACUPUNCTURE BAREFOOT ACUPUNCTURE COMMUNITY PAIN & STRESS CLINIC 6722 E. Avalon Drive, Suite 1 Scottsdale, AZ 85251 602-954-8016

Ten years’ experience providing affordable, effective acupuncture, herbal medicine, diet/ nutrition therapy, hypnotherapy and Reiki for fertility, menstrual disorders, menopause, insomnia, anxiety, depression, fatigue, stress, headaches and pain. Private acupuncture for as little as $35 per session. Call or visit our website today!


Pavel Gershkovich, CHP, CRP 5011 N. Granite Reef Road Scottsdale, AZ 85250 480-621-6041 Our rooms are coated from floor to ceiling with multiple layers of pure, untreated salt from the Dead Sea. Providing relief for many health conditions. See ad on page 21.


Kathleen Gould, RH 148 N. Center Street Mesa, AZ 85201 480-694-9931

Hundreds of bulk medicinal herbs and specialty blends, multitude of classes of all kinds, rental space. Medicinemaking supplies, herbal bath shoppe. Varied therapists available. See ad on page 17.

844-PUR-MAID An eco-friendly home and office cleaning company & offers natural cleaning products. 844-PUR-MAID. See ad on page 37.

WATERCOLOR ART CLASSES Allura Westly 3611 E. Sunnyside Drive Phoenix, AZ 85028 602-469-0524


Allura Westly, master teacher, opens her sanctuary studio to all levels, beginner to advanced. Learn fluid color technique, drawing and composition. Small class of 8 students. No talent required, just a desire to create.

Joy Carter, MSW, CHt, LC Certified Hypnotherapist & Life Coach 602-730-6213

Mindful Habit Change, Weight Loss, Life Coaching and Hypnotherapy. Improve your life using the easy and effective Mindful H.A.B.I.T.S.™ method for lasting habit change.


210 N. Center Street, Suite 102 Mesa, AZ 85201 480-834-5414


Leading alternative medicine cancer specialist. Combines nature and science in a comprehensive and integrative way nobody else does. Accepting patients from around the world. See ad on page 29.




Valleywide Service 480-994-4988

Colon hydrotherapy, biofeedback, pets, homeopathy, energetic facelift, anti aging and iridology Scottsdale 602-317-7677 Gentle, relaxing session with unique gas release technique to eliminate toxins and get rid of pain. Biofeedback scan and healing to detect hidden risk factors, on pets and horses as well.


Eco-friendly carpet & upholstery cleaning. Featuring organic cleaners and odor removal products derived from renewable seed and vegetable sources. No perfumes, solvents or other hazardous products. No phosphates. Products also available for in home use. Licensed and owner operated since 1974. See ad on page 45.


Mary Peterson PT, MS Ed 480-998-1646 Personalized care for lingering pain and stress. Integrating handson therapies like visceral manipulation, cranial therapy and myofascial release with self-care strategies. Over 25 years experience finding solutions.

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DENTISTS INTEGRATIVE DENTAL ASSOCIATES Lisa M. Butler, DMD 4202 N. 32nd Street, Suite A Phoenix, AZ 85018 602-956-4807

Providing biologic dentistry personalized to fit your needs in a caring and supportive environment. We offer many holistic procedures using the latest in modern technology. Dr. Butler is a member of the Holistic Dental Association and the International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology. See ad on page 15 and 31.

MILLENNIUM DENTAL ASSOCIATES Nicholas J. Meyer, DDS, DNM 5705 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite D-110 Scottsdale, AZ 85250 480-948-0560

Dr. Meyer offers more than 35 years’ experience in holistic dentistry, including advanced general dentistry and an extraordinary knowledge of services found in complimentary medicine. See ad on page 4.

Dr. Michael Margolis and Dr. Stephen Kovar 2045 S. Vineyard Rd. #153 Mesa, AZ 85210 480-833-2232 A holistic and biological approach to your dental needs and overall health. Bio-compatible dentistry, esthetic dentistry lumineers/veneers, family dentistry and much more. See ad on page 3.


Jason A. Jones, DMD 7231 E. Princess Boulevard, Suite 207 Scottsdale, AZ 85255 480-585-1612 Exceptional dental service with dedication to comfort and compassion. We carefully assist each procedure and select the products to help preserve and protect your overall well-being. See ad on page 16.


David G. Lewis, DDS 408 E. Southern Ave. Tempe, AZ 85282 480-967-4204

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“A joyful of to self-discovery There arejourney no limits the level ofand power a transformation” person can reach Time. 4111 E. Valley Auto with Drive,White Suite 209 Mesa, AZyet 85206 Powerful gentle healing for physical, 602-790-8970 Unique dental practice focusing psychological, emotional daily problems personal attention on each and situationsRestore of life. and rejuvenate with patient with a health-conscious

energy therapies, including Reiki approach. Free consultation or and LaHoChi,Universal exploreWhite your Time second opinion when you UPCOMING CLASSES: uniqueness with a past life mention this ad. Healing Level Three regression, and empower Universal White Time March 10-13 yourself through life coaching. Healing Level One Universal White Time Feb 26-28 Healing Level Four April 8-10 ENERGY HEALING June 24-26 Universal Time All classes are held SALLYWhite TRAUTNER BODY HARMONIC/ESOTERIC Healing Level Two Healer at my healing center Holistic Energy HEALING March 1-2N. 57th Place 33998 in North Scottsdale Jon Pederson GSCV, EA April 12-13 Scottsdale, AZ 85266 480-585-6990 June 28-29 480-767-6200 Jon, an energy healer for over 30 years, created Body Harmonics. A sound energy system that clears and balances the body’s energy fields, clearing issues in present and past lifetimes. He is also certified in Esoteric Healing, which assists with transitional phases of our lives.





the energies from the Beyond—the Original Sun. And, that heals our separation and PURPLE LOTUS PATHWAY our isolation.

Linda P. Essex, R.N. Prescott 928-710-2178

Linda has over 30 yrs of experience to assist you to meet your needs. Pamper your body and spirit with food-based healing and products, healing touch, channeling for spiritual guidance and Qigong lessons. Private and group sessions or demonstrations by appt.

KIM CARTER, M.A., HTCP, RYT 2045 S. Vineyard Avenue, Suite 139 Mesa, AZ 85210 480-773-6599

Kim is a Healing Touch Certified Practitioner specializing in grief and loss, serious/chronic illness and spiritual growth. Her emphasis is on empowering clients to recognize, trust and act on their own intuition.

Sally Asst has been studying and Head Teacher working with energy medicine/ High Teacher healing since 1995. She is a White Master Healer Time Assisting Head Teacher, High Teacher, Master White Time Healer.Natural She is also certified in Healing numerous additional energy Alternatives healing modalities. Sally performs hands on and remote healings worldwide for physical, emotional and spiritual healing. See ad on page 14.

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Jennifer McKee, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach 16772 W. Bell Road, Suite 110-252 Surprise, AZ 85374 866-632-8651 Create a sustainable healthy lifestyle at your own pace, control cravings, and improve self-care. Private and group coaching by appointment. Jennifer has lost over 50% of her body weight naturally and would love to guide you! Free 50-minute initial consultation. See ad on page 44.


8342 N. 7th Street Phoenix, AZ 85020 602-224-5313

Debra Manning, RN LAc Divine Channel 10211 N. 32nd Street, Suite B-1 Phoenix, AZ 85028 602-923-1125

Offering organic mattresses/bedding, organic personal care, organic baby clothes, organic and natural cleaning products, 100 percent natural carpet, natural linoleum flooring, cork and bamboo flooring, and zero-VOC paints and sealers. See ad on page 25.

HOLISTIC HEALTH A MINDFULNESS LIFE CENTER 10339 N. Scottsdale Road Scottsdale, AZ 85253 480-207-6016

14148 N. 100th Street, Suite C-130 Scottsdale, AZ 85260 480-699-9600


Offering unique services to help you heal on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. Soul Healing, Akashic Record Readings, Acupuncture, Detox, Facial Rejuvenation, more.

Victoria Mogilner 2928 N. 70th Street, Suite E Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480-560-1454

2915 E. Baseline Road, Suite 101 Gilbert, AZ 85234 480-776-0626

Buy one, get one free on your first visit on any acupuncture, reiki, massage, chakra balancing or hypnosis service. 30 years’ experience; trained in China.

Foot and Ankle Care 10555 N. Tatum Blvd., Suite A101 Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 602-954-0777


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Restorative Yoga/Myofacial with Desiree Lapre 12:00-1:30pm


• Kundalini Yoga with Sevak Singh 1:30- 3:00pm BODACIOUS BETTY • Gong Meditation 2651 W. Guadalupe Road, Suitewith 113Lisa Lippincott (the Gongster!) INSIGHTS FOR LIFE

• Bring your yoga mat and a blanket, dress comfortably! Mesa, AZ 85202 Martha Reed, PhD (stained concrete floors) 480-652-2999 18589 N. 59th Avenue, Suite 108 1st! • 15% discount for all packages purchased JuneGlendale, AZ 85308 • Drawing for astores free 1-hour Sound and Energy623-249-5888 Treatment A boutique offering ($125.00 Value) custom blended essential oils • Drawing for 1-month of Unlimited Classes/Workshops as well as a variety of holistic ($175.00 Value) healing products and services, • Call 480-699-9600 or intuitive readings classes. register online at:and Special discount when you mention Natural Awakenings.

Offering Intuitive Insights, Hypnotherapy and Counseling alternatives. My passion is to assist others in overcoming fears and limiting behaviors and beliefs Gong, Crystal Singing Bowl, and Full Moon Meditations that have them feeling stuck, Kundalini Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga, and Yoga Nidra Classes unsuccessful, unfulfilled, unloved and downright out of balance. I ANAHATA offer both Clinical and Spiritual Hypnotherapy. Sound and Energy Healing 10565 N 114th St Suite 110 Scottsdale AZ 85259 (SE Corner of FLW and Shea)

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Holistic insurance for your holistic life. See how Daniel can help make it simple to protect your family, home, car and business. See ad on page 17.




Farm Bureau Financial Services 325 S. Higley Road, Suite 100 Gilbert, AZ 85296 480-635-3844



A Mindfulness Life Center offers: meditation classes, mindfulness classes, yoga (i.e. gentle, restorative, kundalini, flow, yin), sound healing (crystal bowls/gong), yoga nidra, tai chi, qigong, breathing classes, stress reduction programming (mindfulness based stress reduction), workshops, special events and energy healing services. No experience needed. See ad on page 50.




Practicing in the Phoenix area, Dr. Klebe offers complete foot and ankle care. Holistically oriented, Dr. Klebe integrates homeopathic medicine with conventional medical care. See ad on page 46.


2915 E. Baseline Road, Suite 101 Gilbert, AZ 85234 Toll Free 1-866-696-3847 Guided by the principal of integrating care of the mind, body and spirit, board-certified primary care physician, Dr. Sandra Levitt, will be offering personalized care, including prevention, wellness and education through her concierge-like practice.

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40th Street & Cactus or at And Breathe 3201 N. 3rd St., Phoenix AZ 85012 602-821-7149 (for both) Jacqueline Bayne has had over 20 years experience as a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, guiding people in slow gentle movements, either verbally or with touch. This method can assist with higher function such as relaxation, better posture, reduction of pain, for most anybody, and particularly dancers, artists, people in pain or those who simply want to move with greater ease through life.

NATUROPATHIC DOCTORS KATKA NOVAKOVA, MD (EUROPE), ND 29850 N. Tatum Boulevard, Suite 114 Cave Creek, AZ 85331 480-524-4304

My desire is to educate, empower and inspire people on their personal healing journey. I believe that healing is possible—on all levels. See ad on page 40.




Arizona Integrative Medical Center, P.C. 8144 E. Cactus Road #820 Scottsdale, AZ 85260 480-214-3922 Dr. Stallone’s main focus is to listen and understand the underlying cause of an individual’s illness. Often it is a combination of nutritional, emotional, chemical, structural, and lifestyle factors. He uses a vast array of modalities to effectively treat the acute and chronic diseases that are commonly seen today. See ad on inside front cover.

PAIN MANAGEMENT INNOVATIVE PRIMARY CARE 2915 E. Baseline Road, Suite 101 Gilbert, AZ 85234 480-776-0626

Are you in pain? Dr. Xan Simonson specializes in acupuncture and prolotherapy to help stimulate the body’s natural healing process to strengthen joints weakened by trauma or arthritis. She also specializes in breast implant detox.


Avoid being exposed to dangerous chemicals when all-natural and safer alternatives work just as well and last longer. See ad on page 24.


ASAM, Sh. Reiki, HTAP, Animal Communicator and Counselor 602-317-1543 With a gentle healing touch, Andrea provides earth medicine and energy healing, animal communication, and intuitive counsel for pets and their people.


Pain Therapies & Performance Solutions 1425 S. Higley Road, Suite #101 Gilbert, AZ 85296 480-466-6398 An integrative 3 step approach for pain relief using stretch therapy, corrective exercise, and nutrient metabolism identification. Free 1 hour introduction class Tuesday evenings at 6:00pm please RSVP.


Realty ONE Group 17550 N. Perimeter Drive, Suite 160 Scottsdale, AZ 85255 602-980-4231 Helping buyers and sellers make their real estate dreams a reality each and everyday by thriving to create win-win situations and providing top rated service.



8711 E. Pinnacle Peak Road #205 Scottsdale, AZ 85255 480-339-6688


Voted best natural salon in the Valley 2010-2014 by Natural Awakenings readers. Organic | vegan | gluten free. Clean air eco-friendly salon environment only using the finest non-toxic hair color. Also providing organic facials, oxygen treatments and microneedling. See ad on page 13.


EXPERIENCE NUTRITION GROUP, LLC Melanie A. Albert Phoenix, AZ 602-615-2486

Intuitive Cooking Experience: Workshops, cooking classes, events, and retreats for organizations. Learn simple culinary techniques; create healthy meals with whole foods; enjoy eating with community.

SALONS A LOR A ORGANIC STUDIO 7329 E. Stetson Drive #11 Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480-318-7555

We are an organic eco friendly hair salon where beautiful cuts and color coexist with the best natural hair care. No harsh chemicals or synthetic fragrances. Just beautiful healthy hair. New Client special $10 off your first service. Energy healing sessions are also available. See ad on page 26.

At Interfaith CommUNITY, we share open-minded joyful spirituality with respect for cultural, religious and lifestyle diversity. Join us for the journey toward our unique and perfect Divine Potential! See ad on page 46.


1100 E. Apache Boulevard Tempe, AZ 85281 480-994-9244

Nationally accredited college o ff e r s H o l i s t i c H e a l t h & Wellness degrees, diplomas, certificates of excellence, continuing education and personal development, Oncampus and Online. Financial Aid available. See ad on back cover.


“Celebrating a Positive Path to Spiritual Living” 952 E. Baseline Road #102 • Mesa, AZ 85204 Rev. Julianne Lewis 480-593-8798


Koala Center for Sleep Disorders--Biltmore 4235 N. 32nd Street, Suite A Phoenix, AZ 85018 • 602-883-1931 Dr. Hamann is passionate about helping people with sleep disorders. She is the owner of the Koala Center for Sleep Disorders – Biltmore, providing oral appliance therapy for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. Her goal is to help you sleep better so that you will experience a greater quality of life. See ad on page 37.


New Kadampa Tradition 614 E. Townley Ave. • Phoenix, AZ 85020 602-243-5220 A Temple dedicated to bringing peace and happiness to the world, and to removing suffering, through meditation and classes on Modern Buddhism. Be inspired and empowered to reach your full spiritual potential to be of greatest benefit to others.


Divine Science & Meditative Mastery With Spiritual Master Rishi Devra 8100 E. Grapevine Road • Carefree, AZ 480-575-1276 Welcome to the Valley’s premier meditation and divine science group, with spiritual master and author Rishi Devra. You are warmly invited to join us for enlightened teachings and the palpable experience of the divine. Newcomers welcome!


Cheryl Pederson R.N. G.C.S.V. 480-585-6990 Clarify your life journey and understand your purpose during an open dialogue with your soul. Cheryl, a Soul communicator and catalyst for 40 years.

5025 S. Ash Avenue, Suite B-15 Tempe, AZ 85282 480-219-9633

Experience the Divine. We are an inclusive community that offers a diversity of spiritual practices. Our offerings include courses in the Western Mystical Tradition, Angelic Theurgy, Meditation and Prayer.

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Natural Pregnancy plus: Women Rising Our Readers are Seeking Providers & Services for Midwives & Doulas • Natural Birth Options Bioidentical Hormone Therapy Enzyme Therapy • Life Coaches Natural/Organic Foods Women’s Networks



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