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contents Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.


by Julie Lemerond

26 COOL CHOW Icy Treats for Hot Summer Days by Sandra Murphy


by Andrea Sobotka


What All the Food Labels Really Mean by Judith Fertig



Female Farmers Come of Age by Lisa Kivirist



by Dr. Katka Novakova


by Dr. Paul Stallone




contents 1 2 newsbriefs 20 nonprofit



22 business


26 naturalpet 32 consciouseating


37 farmersmarkets 42 calendar 48 classifieds 50 resourceguide

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olunteer. Be the change. Make a difference. Give back to the community. Pay it forward. These are all commonly used phrases that address how each of us can make a difference in our world. I am humbled by the sheer volume of unpaid activities our readers engage in to make our world a better place, whether it’s locally or on a global scale. While it may seem obvious, there is something each of us can do to impact change that surprisingly many of us do not: Vote. Yes, I’ve heard the many reasons why some people choose not to cast their ballot. Yet, unless you’ve been living under a rock, we are in a presidential election year, and the 24-hour news cycle remains perpetually fixated on the presidential election process. The outcome of this election will shape our world for years to come. I am not here to tell you how to vote; but I am making a strong plea to register to vote, if you are not currently registered, and to cast your ballot, at least in the November election. Research the candidates and the propositions and make an educated choice. Why? I personally believe the stakes are too high not to when you consider the presidential candidates, not to mention all of the other elected officials and propositions that will be on the ballot. But it’s also part of our civic duty—and there are many people on this Earth who do not have the freedom to choose. August 1 is the deadline to register to vote for the August 30 primary election in Arizona. October 10 is the deadline for the November 8 general (presidential) election. You can find additional information about the election process and also register to vote by visiting one of the websites below. While you’re at it, sign up to be on the permanent early voting list by mail, which makes the process even easier. Arizona Democratic Party ( Arizona Republican Party ( Arizona Secretary of State ( Citizens Clean Election Commission ( Maricopa County Recorder ( Service Arizona (

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newsbriefs Learn about Biological Dentistry Contact the Romance Angels D. Margolis, DDS, a docfor Love Advice Michael tor of integrative medicine and owner of My Dentist, PC, will deliver a lecture, How Integrative (or Holistic) Dentistry Can Be the Missing Key to Your Health, from 6 to 8 p.m., August 10, at the Mesa Hilton. Margolis has lectured nationally and internationally on topics concerning integrative dentistry and the impact on patient health care. He will address issues that include the safety of mercury fillings; fluoride and cavities; biocompatible implants; and the connection between bleeding gums and heart disease. Admission is free. Location: 1011 W. Holmes Ave., Mesa. To reserve a spot (required), call 480-833-2232. For more information, visit See ad on page 15.

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ennifer Victory, a spiritual relationship healer who specializes in channeling romance angels in a fun, uplifting way, is presenting Messages from Your Angels Group Romance Reading from noon to 1:30 p.m., July 10, as part of the Phoenix Psychic Fair at Four Points by Sheraton. Victory will focus on the energy of the entire group and relay messages from the romance angels that bring blessings for all. Then she will conduct individual readings for a few audience members. The readings will close with a guided healing meditation to release energy blocks and attract more love. Participants receive a free eBook, Seduce Smart: Transform Your Love Life in 30 Days with email sign-up. Victory also gives individual readings and classes. Admission is $25 online or $30 at the door. Location: 2532 W. Peoria Ave., Phoenix. For more information, visit Phoenix To schedule a romance reading, call 480-499-3131 or email or visit See ad on page 54.

he Nubian Heritage line of luxurious bath, body and hair products—made from traditional recipes with authentic certified organic and natural ingredients for smoother, revitalized skin—has been expanded, with a special discount available on the entire line this month. The African Black Soap Collection is made with palm ash, tamarind extract and plantain peel, used in Africa for centuries to minimize the appearance of skin blemishes and other skin ailments. The deep-nourishing formula helps with exfoliation and hydration, revealing radiant and healthy-looking skin. Other products made by Nubian Heritage, part of Sundial Brands, include the Indian Hemp and Haitian Vetiver Collection that uses naturally anti-inflammatory hemp seed oil; the Coconut and Papaya Collection; plus bar soaps, body washes and lotions, hand creams, organic-infused Shea butter, aluminum-free deodorant, sugar body scrub, massage oil and bath bombs. Shea butter, an ingredient in all of the products, is obtained from cooperatives in Ghana that help develop self-sustaining businesses there.

imberly Landino, ND, is giving a series of classes, APP 100: Anatomy, Physiology and Prevention of Disease, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays during July and August in Tempe. The course is designed for light energy workers and reiki practitioners that desire more of an understanding of how the body’s organs and systems work or those that simply find the body fascinating and want to know more about how it exactly functions. Students will learn about the skin, digestion, respiration, circulation of blood and lymph and the nervous and endocrine systems. They will also learn how emotions and thoughts, colors, foods and herbs affect the body’s organs and systems. Series 1: July 14, Skin and Digestion; July 21, Respiratory and Circulation (blood and lymph); July 28, Nervous and Endocrine. Series 2 will repeat the topics on August 11, 18 and 25.

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he Ease Into Balance Ortho-Bionomy Center will celebrate their grand opening from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., July 16, at 13811 North 35th Drive, Suite D, in Phoenix. They are offering a $69 Grand Opening special for the month of July. Ortho-Bionomy is a gentle way to release pain without invasive procedures or drugs. Jennifer Hallden and Cozy Meyer have been practicing Ortho-Bionomy for a combined total of 18 years. Ortho-Bionomy principles are based on a simple and profound philosophy: allow the body to correct itself. The founder, British-trained osteopath Arthur Lincoln Pauls, discovered how to gently stimulate the body’s reflexes for self-correction in a way that supports a person’s own healing mechanisms. The body is stimulated using gentle movements, comfortable positioning, brief compression and subtle contact. The result is seemingly effortless pain and tension relief, natural realignment, relaxation and a deep sense of well-being. The individual is empowered to participate in their own recovery, and through the process, can begin to rediscover the ability to heal and restore comfort, ease and balance back into their body. For more information, call 602-738-0489, email or visit



usan F. Moody has been appointed to lead the Phoenix chapter of eWomenNetwork as managing director to assist local women in building business relationships and finding new ways to turn networking interactions into new clients and increased sales transactions. “According to the Small Business Association, women are starting businesses at three times the rate of men in Phoenix and account for more than two-thirds of the job market,” says Moody. “The Phoenix Chapter of eWomenNetwork focuses on the needs of these businesswomen. Our trademarked ‘accelerated networking’ expedites the process of building business connections and exchanging resources among other female business owners, entrepreneurs and professionals. eWomenNetwork is a big business booster.” For more information, email or visit See ad on page 35. natural awakenings

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ew students will find out why people travel from more than 26 countries and all 50 states to attend the Hypnotherapy Academy, in Albuquerque, where the next hypnotherapy course begins September 12. “Our statelicensed 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 is taught in two-week modules,” says Director Tim Simmerman Sierra. After completing the first 300 hours (Modules 1 to 3), students are eligible for certification as hypnotherapists with the International Board of Hypnotherapy. By also completing Module 4, which covers pain management techniques and accelerated healing for 400 hours, students are eligible for the professional designation of clinical hypnotherapist and certified medical support clinical hypnotherapist. Module 5 is an elective which covers natal regression and past-life therapy, for 500 hours in total. 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 27.




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hose interested in a career in the senior health and fitness industry working with older adults will be interested in attending the Geri-Fit national instructor certification instruction to be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., August 21, in Phoenix. Geri-Fit is the fastest-growing older adults evidencebased group strength training exercise program. Participants work out with dumbbell weights ranging in size from two to seven pounds. Most of the bodybuilding exercises are performed seated in chairs, and there’s no dancing, “Strength Training Seniors” is a live, instructor-led continuing choreography or floorforwork. course thatqualified is ideal for trainers, groupatfitness education Graduates will be to personal teach group classes instructors, nurses, caregivers, physical therapists, and PTAs that are senior living communities, senior centers, yoga studios teaching (or plan to teach) senior fitness classes. Over 50 evidencedand based any place fitness is offered, provide personal strength training exercisesor will be taught that are fitness specifically designed for older adults. One-on-one training services in clients’ homes. corrective exercise techniques also be administered. Assessment training, balance testing, fall will Certified trainers, group exercise instructors, yoga prevention and gait exercises are also included. instructors, health coaches and those that just want to learn howThis to safely out with weights willCouncil benefit the(ACE) course work is approved by the American onfrom Exercise for 0.8 CECs and the California Department of Social Services (CDSS). Geri-Fit instructor training program.



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ests like to find shelter indoors from the summer heat, just like we do, and Green Organics Pest Control provides regular pest control services for both residential and commercial customers. Their non-toxic treatments for scorpions, spiders, bees and ants use natural materials that have little to no effect on people, pets or our environment. Some of them are actually food-grade materials; if not labeled for pest control, they could be consumed without consequence. Nature has been doing organic pest control for millions of years through predatory animals and insects, repellent plant life and natural minerals and oils that bugs and other pests naturally avoid. Green Organics uses many of these methods in their service because it just is not necessary to use potentially harmful materials to take care of a problem easily solved by natural materials. These products are so much safer than traditional pesticides that they are exempt from registration with the rigorous standards of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Free quotes. For appointments, call 602-448-1180. For more information, visit See ad on page 35.

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Free Yoga for Veterans


oga Phoenix, the Arizona headquarters for kundalini yoga, will be offering free yoga classes to all veterans beginning July 4. Yoga Phoenix feels those that have given so selflessly to our country are entitled to the best that mindfulness has to offer. Among other benefits, they can expect kundalini yoga to assist in healing the nervous system from post-traumatic stress disorder. Tucked in the heart of the Coronado neighborhood in downtown Phoenix, this yoga studio has been open since 1970. As a bonus, students need not be able to touch their toes to reap enormous benefits from this beginner-friendly practice. Location: 2308 N. Richland St. For more information, visit schedule. See ad on page 9.

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aturopathic Medical Doctor Leila Turner has opened the Living Wellness Medical Center at 4440 North 36th Street, Suite 110, in Phoenix, with a focus on empowering patients to heal themselves with the necessary tools and knowledge. The practice focuses on primary health care for women and men utilizing homeopathy, herbal medicine, nutrition, IV therapy, acupuncture and more. Turner’s goal isn’t merely to treat a patient, but to educate them about the reasons behind the treatment plan, so they can be self-sufficient and take charge of their healing journey. She provides an educational and healing center for the community, as well as a clinic for other practitioners to grow their own practice, and is looking for other health and wellness professionals to join her. Turner is offering a free 10-minute consultation for new patients. For more information, call 480-588-6856 or visit

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he nonprofit Cultural Wellness & Family Enrichment Center (CWFEC), a holistic community center and living model of cultural wellness, is the brainchild of Vanessa Chamberlain, who founded the organization in 2004 and is its director. It’s a place where individuals and families will, in the future, come to experience and enjoy connectedness, health, wellness and harmony in community. Today, CWFEC offers classes and educational programs that espouse the restoration of childhood, community and nature connections. She says, “We are living in a time during which there is little delineation between childhood and adulthood. Parents and educators report feeling overwhelmed when attempting to instill familial values and educational norms in a culture that doesn’t appear to support what is healthy for children. Thirty years ago, childhood was protected by the community at large, and children were free to be children. Children often engaged in three or more hours of unstructured outdoor play on average. Today’s youth instead now spends a stunning amount of time multitasking on various media devices. Arizona is facing a Youth Disconnection Crisis, yet many are unaware that the roots 20


of it are tied to our 21st-century lifestyle.” In response, CWFEC is launching a major public awareness campaign, called Let’s Get WILD Arizona! Beginning this August, parents, educators, community leaders and advocates can attend an adult workshop series and public events to learn more about restoring childhood. A free introduction to the campaign will take place from 6 to 8 p.m., July 28, at North Mountain Visitor Center. On WILD Wednesdays, local restaurants will be donating proceeds to support Wild World Education’s A River Runs Through Arizona Spring Break Adventure, a flagship project for 15-to-17-year-olds, designed by CWFEC’s Tamara Hendrix and Chamberlain, and sponsored project of Ironwood Tree Experience. Taking place March 3-10, 2017, this naturebased educational experience promises to promote the physical, social/emotional, intellectual and spiritual health of our youth; expand youth engagement and connection; and increase intra/interpersonal and regional relationships. The spring break adventure offers a fun, hands-on educational experience that helps teens form connections between the river and all inhabitants of the Sonoran Desert. Wild World educators guide youth as they explore meaningful areas of the Salt River and Superstition Mountains. The journey provides “living” opportunities for youth to relax, play and enjoy outdoor experiences that naturally promote engaged learning. Campaign sponsors include: Ironwood Tree Experience, North Mountain Visitor Center, Save Our Mountains Foundation, Whole Foods Market, Pomegranate Café and Indigo Cultural Center. Free Let’s Get WILD intro location: 12950 N. 7th St., Phoenix. For more information, call 602-432-3707 or visit

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Begin Within Family Wellness Relieves Back and Neck Pain by Martin Miron


egin Within Family Wellness, in Scottsdale, provides treatment for neck and back pain, migraines, insomnia and inner ear problems. Kyle Collins, DC, says, “Upper cervical care has an incredible success rate against neck and back pain. We have seen many patients find relief and complete resolution of their migraines allowing them to eliminate medications. Patients suffering from vertigo, dizziness, inner ear disorders and Meniere’s disease have seen great success with upper cervical care.” His motivation to take up a medical career began in 7:41 AMchildhood. “I had terrible acid reflux and gastrointestinal problems when I was younger,” says Collins. “My family took me to a chiropractor, and I got better. I thought, ‘This is exactly what I want to do for the rest of my life!’ I also felt that there were a lot of people struggling just like me, and had been told they were going to have to take medicine for the rest of their life. I knew I needed to help those people.” Collins graduated from Arizona State University and received his doctorate from the Life Chiropractic College West, in California, before continuing his education in upper cervical care. “When I was in school, I wanted to be a sports chiropractor, but the more I studied and really learned the spine, I found that the most unstable portion in the spine is the upper cervical region,” he states. “It’s the only freely movable portion of the spine and is very susceptible to misalignment. Once we misalign the upper cervical region, it begins to affect the brain

stem and other neurological structures that reside at that level.” Collins elaborates, “The brainstem controls every automatic function and response in the body, such as sleep, digestion, blood pressure, heart rate, body temperature, balance and equilibrium and more. When the brain stem and the body are able to communicate with each other freely, you are able to live life to its fullest.” Begin Within utilizes the most precise form of chiropractic care, called knee chest upper cervical specific. This technique focuses on removing the interference in the upper part of the neck where the brain stem sits. Collins says, “Our purpose is to help you achieve your wellness goals with as few adjustments as possible.” Begin Within Family Wellness is located at 7120 E. Indian School Rd., in Scottsdale. For appointments, call 480-699-3086. For more information, visit See ad on page 5.


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Kick Stress to the Curb



tress shows up in everyone’s life, and whether we are 8 or 80, the world is moving at an increasingly accelerated pace and we are all along for the ride. We can’t slow down the world, but we can slow down our inner world. Making inner peace our priority is just a matter of choosing to do so. One of the core concepts of mindfulness is to be present, or fully engaged, in each moment. While it may seem impossible to be fully present in each moment of each day, we can notice when we are not present and make a conscious decision to reel our mind back in to the here and now. One of the easiest ways to bring an overloaded mind that is focused on the future or past into the present is to simply take a deep breath—then take another deep breath—and notice what it feels like in the body to focus on our breath. We usually practice shallow breathing, and this exercise brings the realization of what deep breathing can do.

Once we feel the breath moving in and out, we can tune in to how our body is feeling, as well. Our heart may be fluttering with anxiousness about an upcoming event; our muscles tense, our brow furrowing or jaw clenching without our being aware of it. Our posture, too, can elevate us or drain our energy. In addition to practicing being present, we can be open and willing to make some gentle changes in our response to everything life throws at us. We have all grown accustomed

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COOL CHOW Icy Treats for Hot Summer Days by Sandra Murphy


n 2015, manufacturers of commer- tasty ways. After removing strings, cial dog and cat foods and treats fill celery logs with plain yogurt and issued 28 recalls, some for mulfreeze. To serve, cut into one-bite tiple products, due to the potential pieces appropriate for a dog’s size. presence of listeria or salmonella Another easy favorite is filling bacteria, mold, dangerous levels an ice cube tray two-thirds full with of cumulatively harmful propylGreek-style or traditional plain yogurt ene glycol, inadequate thiamine, mixed with diced strawberries or elevated levels of vitamin D, off whole blueberries and freeze overodors or labeling night. For cats, omit the Use the freshest in- fruit and instead add bits problems (Tinyurl. com/PetFoodManugredients, organic of mercury-free waterfacturerRecalls). In packed tuna or salmon as and non-GMO (no a special treat. Add fresh response, homemade treats have genetic modification) or dried catnip to catch grown in popularKitty’s attention. where possible; tuna ity to ensure that “Once when fixing pets enjoy safe and or salmon in a pouch dinner, I dropped a piece healthy snacks. of frozen yellow squash is safer than BPA- and the dogs dove for it,” “Most summer fruits work naturally says writer Livia J. Washcanned fish. to cool the body,” burn, in Azle, Texas, of her advises Cathy Alinovi, co-author of Chihuahuas. “Nicki waits for things to Dinner PAWsible: A Cookbook of hit the floor; Nora showed her game Nutritious Homemade Meals for Cats face and won the Squash War.” and Dogs, in Pine Village, Indiana. “Obesity is the number one “Healthful treats, made from the best nutritional disease affecting our ingredients, are a good way to take a pets, so summertime activities that break from summer heat.” avoid overheating are vital for overall She suggests taking a refreshing health,” says Veterinarian Jeff Werber, look at low-calorie fruits and veggies a veterinary medical journalist with a such as stuffed celery used in creative, Los Angeles practice. “Proper nutrition



is critical—not only to the foods we feed, but to the treats we give.” Twelve years ago, Rick Woodford’s Belgian Malinois/Labrador mix, Jackson, was diagnosed with lymphoma. In order to keep him eating, Woodford shared his own food. Jackson lived an additional four years, in part due to improved nutrition. “Portion control is important,” he says. “What’s right for an 80-pound dog is way too much for a 30-pounder.” Woodford, the author of Feed Your Best Friend Better and Chow, lives near Portland, Oregon. Frosty Paws is a lower lactose version of ice cream for dogs and discriminating cats. Recipes for homemade versions can be found online. The basics are one ripe, mashed banana, 32 ounces of plain or vanilla yogurt and two tablespoons of honey, all mixed in a blender and frozen in small ice cube trays. Variations may substitute goat’s milk yogurt or add a quarter-cup of strawberries, cranberries or blueberries for antioxidants in lieu of the honey. Frozen vegetable broth, primed with added bits of cooked chopped spinach, broccoli, carrots or a small cheese cube, is a hit with dogs. Cats like theirs with tidbits of chicken, turkey or a few shreds of cheese. Using a bone-shaped ice cube tray lets humans know it’s the pet’s treat. “When I was developing frozen treat recipes, my husband came in from the yard one hot afternoon and went straight to the freezer,” says Paris Permenter about John Bigley, co-authors of The Healthy Hound Cookbook, in Cedar Park, Texas, who live with mixed breeds Irie and Tiki. “I watched him eat two helpings of the dog ice cream and then told him what it was. We often share our food with our dogs. It was nice for them to share their goodies with us!” The bottom line for the best summertime treats is to go healthy, be creative, use fresh ingredients, don’t overindulge and stay cool. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@

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Plum and Apple Coolers

Frosty Treats for Furry Friends Cooling Recipes Fido’s Frozen Fruit Pupsicles 4 cups water 1 Tbsp blackstrap molasses (optional) 1 cup fresh fruit (no grapes or raisins), chopped Wash and core all fruit. Blueberries and strawberries are popular with most dogs, while others enjoy melons, peaches and apples. Chop fruit into bite-sized pieces. Mix fruit with water and molasses.

Transfer frozen cubes to a zip-top plastic bag; stores up to 2 months in the freezer.



Spread the apples in the ice cube tray and spoon the plum purée on top. Don’t pack, or it will become a denser cube.

Low-calorie watermelon is high in potassium and magnesium plus vitamins A and C; filled with fluid, it helps prevent dehydration. Blackstrap molasses has less sugar and more minerals than other sweeteners.

Source: Chow, by Rick Woodford

Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix.

Pour mixture into ice cube trays and freeze overnight.

Purée the plums and water in a blender or food processor. Add another 1 or 2 tablespoons of water if needed.

Serve the cubes one by one (outdoors may be best) or in a big bowl.

Mango Sorbet

Add all ingredients to a blender and purée.

6 plums, washed and pitted 1 Tbsp filtered water, to begin 1 apple, peeled, cored and cut into ¼-inch cubes (no seeds)

Watermelon Slush

Source: The Healthy Hound Cookbook, by Paris Permenter and John Bigley

2 ripe mangos, peeled Juice of 1 orange Juice of 1 lime ½ cup unsweetened almond milk

(10-lb dog: 1 to 2 cubes; 20-lb dog: 3 to 4 cubes; 40-lb dog: 4 to 5 cubes; 60-lb dog: 5 to 6 cubes; 80-lb dog: 6 to 7 cubes; 100-lb dog: 7 to 8 cubes)

Source: The Healthy Hound Cookbook, by Paris Permenter and John Bigley Freeze for 4 hours.

2 cups cubed watermelon, seeds removed ½ cup strawberries 1 Tbsp. blackstrap molasses ½ cup coconut water 1 cup ice

Freeze the mix in ice cube trays, small tubs or Popsicle molds.

One batch makes enough cubes to treat both a large- and medium-size dog.

Serve in a bowl as a slushie treat or pour into ice cube trays and freeze. Or share a slice of fun. Many dogs love plain watermelon slices. Be sure the animal doesn’t eat the seeds or rind.

Ingredients to Avoid Avoid peanut and other nut butters or any ingredient with xylitol, grapes and raisins, macadamia nuts, coffee and caffeine, onions, chives, garlic, nuts and salty snack foods. Chocolate is also on the no-go list; the darker the chocolate, the worse it is for pets; baking chocolate is the most dangerous. If a pet eats any of these, try to determine how much and contact the family veterinarian, a veterinary emergency clinic or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435.

For a full list of foods to avoid, visit Source: The Healthy Hound Cookbook, by Paris Permenter and John Bigley

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Tips for Healthier Connections with Pets by Andrea Sobotka


he loving pet parents of any kind of animal will attest that they have a special connection. Just by being close to us, our pets naturally make us feel good, which is proven to improve our physical and mental health. In return, our critters also feed off the natural energies we emit; so we each have a vested interest in the other being healthy, happy and well adjusted. We would be wise to pay just as much attention to the whole body, mind and spirit health of our critters as we do for ourselves. Here are six things we can do to establish a holistic daily care regimen for ourselves and our pets. Understand a pet’s breed and what level of space, activity and social interactions they are best-suited for and commit to honoring that information. Also consider their estimated lifespan. Provide daily mental and physical stimulation through breed- and ageappropriate exercise, training, play and enrichment activities. Learning, fitness and fun is not just for the young.



food manufacturers use ingredients that are deemed unfit for human consumption. Suggested reading includes Food Pets Die For, by Ann N. Martin. Take time out to meditate, practice yoga or even just sit quietly out in nature for a few minutes each day to calm and clear the mind. Invite pets to share in this practice by having them right there, setting the intention that this is for their benefit, too. They will love this connection and so will we. Consider providing pets with regular holistic and/or energy balancing treatments. If they begin to show even the slightest signs of stress or disease, sometimes this alone can stop something from getting out of hand. A balanced energy system strengthens the physical body.

Include pets in quality family/social time away from a screen. Be respectful of their space and comfort zones, especially where children, other animals and meeting new friends are concerned. Feed pets a diet that is as close to their wild counterparts’ natural diet as possible, avoiding highly processed food and treats. Their bodies are no more adapted to thrive on kibble than ours is; probably even less so. Whether homemade or store-bought, lightly cooked or raw, feed the pet organic, non-GMO (human grade) whole foods as much as possible. Mainstream pet

Our pets deserve to have the healthiest, happiest life possible, and so do we. Make the best of every day that we have with our beloved pet. Their lifespan is generally much shorter than ours, but through love, healthy living and honoring our energetic connections, the quality of that time spent can leave us with a lifetime of joyful memories of our best friends. Andrea Sobotka, ASAM, HTAP, reiki practitioner and “critter doc”, is the owner of Spirit Animal Wisdom, LLC, and founder of Animal SensAbility. See ad on page 53.

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n Farmers and processors must keep detailed records of practices. n Farmers are required to maintain a written organic management plan.

Certified Humane

Locavore Lingo What All the Food Labels Really Mean by Judith Fertig


ocally grown foods are more likely to have been bred for flavor and nutrition than durability and a long shelf life, says Emily Akins, outreach director for the Kansas City Food Circle, a cooperative that links residents with farmers that grow and raise organic and free-range food. An added benefit is getting to know the farmer and being able to ask the questions—and receive the answers—that are important to us. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports that local food sales totaled $12 billion in 2014, up from $5 billion in 2008. They continue to grow.

Organic or Certified Organic Consumers want to know the difference between organics and certified organics. Today’s number of U.S. certified organic operations has jumped nearly 300 percent since 2002 to more than 21,700. 32


Although a certified organic designation might be the preferred index of how foods are grown and raised, it is not always possible for certain foods in some climates. Sometimes there’s a tradeoff in buying organic foods in the carbon footprint of its transport to market. According to the Sweetwater Organic Community Farm, in Tampa, Florida, “Organic refers to a specific method of growing and processing foods, and is defined as produce grown, packaged and stored without synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or irradiation.” To be considered certified organic under the Code of Federal Regulations 7 CFR Part 205, products must meet these standards: n No harmful chemicals have been applied to the land for at least three years. n Farmers and processors are inspected annually by a certifying agency.

When we buy local cheese, poultry or meat at the farmers’ market, we sometimes see a certified humane notice. One such producer is Baetje Farms, outside St. Louis, Missouri. Their highly regarded goat cheeses offer traceability via a lot number, so buyers can know exactly which milking the cheese came from. In factory farming, which often involves penning or caging animals that never go outdoors, “certified humane” means that this producer meets Humane Farm Animal Care standards: n Fed a nutritious diet without antibiotics or hormones. n Provided proper shelter with resting areas and sufficient space. n Animals have to ability to behave naturally. Veronica Baetje says her farm’s goats receive organic mineral supplements and locally grown alfalfa hay in addition to pasture grass every day. She adds, “They are free to choose what they prefer to do, whether skip and run up a hill, lie under the shade of a tree, soak up some sunshine or play with their herd mates.”

Wild Food At times, farmers’ markets will offer foraged foods from the wild or wild game. Sources are listed online at “Few of us will go back to foraging in the wild, but we can learn to forage in our supermarkets, farmers’ markets and from local farmers to select the most nutritious and delicious foods available,” says founder Jo Robinson, in Vashon, Washington. For example, Dave and Sue Whittlesey, at High Wire Ranch, in Hotchkiss, Colorado, raise bison (buffalo) and elk that they sell both through local stores and at the Aspen Saturday Market. The wild game is 100 percent

pasture-fed, non-GMO (no genetically modified feed), gluten-free and not given hormones or any antibiotics unless the animal is sick.

Healthy Foods Lexicon

Trusted Sources The land, climate and growing season dictate the best natural farming practices for each area, often described along with their products on farm and farmers’ market websites. Wisconsin’s Dane County Farmers’ Market, in Madison, provides detailed descriptions of farm products and agricultural practices so customers can make informed choices. Sometimes, the type of farm makes a difference. “We are intentionally human scale,” says Virginia Goeke, of Sylvan Meadows Farm, in Viroqua, Wisconsin. “We choose to husband our land to promote harmony and synergy. We are creating a sustainable farm ecosystem where herbal meadows, prairies, heirloom gardens, orchards, woodlands, and rare breeds of livestock and wildlife flourish.” Sometimes, we’d just like someone else to do the food curating for us. The Kansas City Food Circle requires member farmers to take a pledge to follow certain agricultural practices. “When you buy food from our members, you can rely on the co-op’s pledge that it’s been certified naturally grown or that the farmer has USDA Organic certification,” says Akins. Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative, the joint effort of 100 small-scale family farms providing fresh, organic, seasonal produce, in Leola, Pennsylvania, gives similar assurances. The USDA reports that 160,000 farmers nationwide are currently selling to their local markets via farmers’ markets, community supported agriculture organizations, restaurants, groceries and institutions, generating health, social, economic and environmental benefits for local communities. It keeps growing because we keep asking questions.

Heritage breeds—Ancestral breeds of poultry and livestock that often take longer to reach market weight, but have more flavor.

Foraged—Native foods gathered from the wild, rather than cultivated. Examples: wild mushrooms, fiddlehead ferns, mulberries, native pecans, black walnuts and native persimmons. Free range—Poultry raised outdoors where they are free to range over natural vegetation. Grass-fed—Beef or milk cows fed on grass. The benefit is leaner, betterflavored meat and more omega-3s, plus fuller flavors in milk, butter and other dairy products. Heirloom—Older, non-hybrid varieties of produce, including fruit trees, herbs and vegetables.

Local—Grown or raised within a three-hour driving radius of the consumer’s purchase site. Pastured—Livestock raised on pastures instead of factory farms. Traceability—Precise tracking by a farmer that informs the consumer of which chicken hatched a specific clutch of eggs, which farm grew a cantaloupe and which mill boiled down and bottled the sorghum syrup. Wild-caught—Fish that live and are caught in open lakes, streams or oceans. For more current agricultural, market and trade terms, visit

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SOIL SISTERS Female Farmers Come of Age by Lisa Kivirist


ore women are becoming farmers, bringing with them a passion for producing organic and sustainably raised fare and transforming America’s food system. The U.S. Census of Agriculture reports that their numbers rose by more than 20 percent between 2002 and 2012, to 288,264.

Historic Roots

“Women have played an integral role in farming for centuries, but in the last 100 years they’ve started to self-organize and be recognized for their important work,” says University of California garden historian Rose Hayden-Smith, Ph.D., author of Sowing the Seeds of Victory: American Gardening Programs of World War I and editor of the UC Food Observer. “During that war, the Women’s Land Army of America, a female-led initiative, recruited nearly 34


20,000 mostly middle-class urban and suburban women to enter the agricultural sector as wage laborers at farms, dairies and canneries, often in rural areas, where farmers urgently needed help while the male labor force was off fighting.” Women also helped feed Americans during the Victory Garden era of World War II. “It’s also estimated that more than 40 percent of fruits and vegetables consumed on the American home front then were grown in school, home, community and workplace gardens,” says HaydenSmith, possibly resulting in America’s highest period of produce consumption ever. When the commercial organic industry launched in the 1990s, women organized to provide overlooked and undervalued perspectives. The wake-up call for Denise O’Brien, an organic vegetable

farmer and owner of Rolling Hills Acres, near Atlantic, Iowa, came during the farm economic crisis of the preceding decade. Although still considered “just” farm wives, “It was the women on the farms that had foreseen where things were heading, because they often kept the accounting books, though nobody took their voices seriously,” O’Brien recalls. This launched O’Brien’s agriculture activism: balancing farming, raising children and serving as a national advocate and spokeswoman for women in agriculture in an ecological and just food system. In 1997, she launched the Women, Food and Ag Network to collectively advocate for a stronger voice. “Throughout history, women in agriculture have been relegated to providing assistance, rather than making decisions,” O’Brien explains. “It’s up to us as women to collaboratively support each other while challenging the system.”

Cultivating Change

For her 50th birthday, Paula Foreman gave her life a new chapter. She launched her midlife “second act” in 2007 with Encore Farm, a name that serves as a rallying mantra for her peers. “The name is a tribute declaring that fresh starts and new beginnings can happen at any age,” explains Foreman, now an urban farmer in St. Paul, Minnesota. Embodying this business moxie, she chose to specialize, producing one thing very well: organic dried beans. Relinda Walker, of Walker Organic Farms, outside Savannah, Georgia, represents a cadre of “boomerang” farmers; women that return to the land to continue a family farm with a commitment to organics. Like many farm kids, after college, Walker left to pursue a corporate career in the city. Then the 9/11 terror attack shifted her priorities. “All roads led me to coming back home and growing food,” she says. Launched in 2005, Walker’s farm was one of southern Georgia’s first organic operations, yielding specialty varieties like rainbow carrots in vivid shades of purple, orange and red.

Future Femme Power

Young women in their 20s and 30s are adding energy, diversity, vibrancy and fresh outlooks to the female farming movement. Lindsey Morris Carpenter runs Grassroots Farm, in Monroe, Wisconsin, a diversified operation of certified organic vegetables and pastured livestock, in partnership with her mother, Gail Carpenter. “A crucial key to farming happiness is being a good neighbor,” she shares. “I call around when I see livestock and pets outside of fences; maintain my fences; share my garlic and potato seed; and always invite neighbors to parties and events, even though they may not attend. Even if others’ personal lifestyle and farming philosophies are radical opposites, we still have our physical location and appreciation of nature in common, and that’s big.” “The women farmer movement is just a toddler,” sums up O’Brien. “We’ve come a long way, but we’re not there yet, especially with representation on the national leadership platform.” It’s easy to support female growers at local farmers’ markets. Cultivating change can be rewarding—and tasty. Lisa Kivirist is the author of the new book Soil Sisters: A Toolkit for Women Farmers and a senior fellow at the University of Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture. Her family runs the energy-independent Inn Serendipity Farm and B&B, in southwestern Wisconsin.

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anna Anderson started Pinnacle Farms in 2011 with seven acres she purchased as a Phoenix homesite abandoned after the 2008 recession that was originally part of a citrus orchard in the 1930s. Now she grows peaches and the farm arm has grown to 47 acres total. “I have planted over 800 trees on the property, mostly stone fruit, but also citrus, and there is an acre of land for the heritage grains project nursery,” says Anderson. “I also lease a 40-acre parcel in Waddell where I grow heritage grains and vegetables on a larger scale. I became certified organic in 2015 after years of following the organic principles, but not wanting to add to the expense or my paperwork burden.” “There is something really special about the daily walks through the farm to inspect the progress and plan the following week. Just last week, I harvested some beautiful rare Navajo Red Watermelons and it’s so gratifying to know you have participated in preserving the diversity of the food system by helping to provide the seed for people and discussion as to why it should be preserved. “As the orchard grows, it is becoming my favored place, not only for the shade, but because of all the work invested and how successful being a peach farmer has been so far! Lots of growers do vegetables, but very few sell peaches and the one thing people remember fondly


FARMERS’ MARKETS from their childhood over and over is biting into a juicy yard peach! “There is a serious learning curve to being an orchardist or vegetable farmer. Without a farming background, I didn’t have family to turn to when faced with learning how to do something. Many of the long-term farmers have a recipe for success handed down to them over the years, and that experience makes them immediately successful. My success comes by trial and error, and the path is long and fraught with failures at times, too. “My biggest reward comes from the appreciation and fascination that people have when I say I am a farmer. As we all know, the patriarchal vision of farming is what we have been accustomed to, but the truth is women have been in farming for a very long time, just overshadowed by their husbands or family.”

Take advantage of fresh, local produce from the best Arizona farms. Most markets have transitioned to summer hours. Visit their respective websites for the most current information. Ahwatukee Farmers’ Market: 4700 East Warner Road, Phoenix Sundays 8 to 11 a.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 7 to 11 a.m. Uptown Farmers’ Market: 5757 North Central Avenue, Phoenix Wednesdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturdays 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 Mesa Community Farmers’ Market: 20 E. Main St., Mesa Fridays 9 a.m. to noon Peoria Farmers’ Market: Park West, 9744 West Northern Avenue, Peoria Saturdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information, call 602-448-7008 or visit

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Organic Food is About More Than Pesticides by Dr. Katka Novakova


he benefits of organic produce as a way to avoid toxic pesticides, herbicides and fungicides that are applied to food crops are well known, as well as which conventional fruits and vegetables carry the most toxic residues, such as peaches, apples, pears, winter squash, green beans, grapes, strawberries, raspberries, spinach and potatoes, to name a few. Although studies have shown that organic food contains up to 50 percent more nutrients than its nonorganic counterpart, there are even more reasons to choose organic. Cold pasteurization is the irradiation of food with very high doses of X-rays and gamma rays in order to destroy microorganisms, delay ripening of fruits and vegetables and extend shelf life. Researchers at the University of Illinois, the Medical College of Virginia, San Diego State College and Ralston Purina have found animals fed irradiated foods suffered premature death, internal bleeding, cancer, reproductive and genetic problems and



nutritional deficiencies. Another cause for concern is the genetic modification of foods. While many countries world-wide have banned the use of GMO foods, the American public has been unwittingly consuming them for more than 10 years because of the absence of mandatory labeling. There is a lack of long-term research to determine the potential danger in consuming the abundance of genetically altered foods on the market. For instance, most corn, soy, canola, cotton, potatoes and rice has been genetically modified. Upon examining labels, we will notice that these GMO foods and

their derivatives, such as cottonseed oil, lecithin, soy protein, soy oil, soy sauce, tofu, high-fructose corn syrup, food starch, bran, dextrose, maltodextrine, manitol, sorbitol and alcohol form the majority of many prepared and processed foods. There are ways to protect ourselves. Irradiated foods, for example, must have a special symbol on the label known as the radura. Because GMO food, however, is still not subject to labeling by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the only way to be sure our food is safe is to buy organic produce from certified growers or local farmers that we trust. By buying organic, we are not only getting irradiation-, GMO-, pesticide- and herbicide-free produce, we are also supporting organic farming/ agriculture and the healthy ecosystem of our planet. Products that are labeled as Certified Organic have been documented to avoid all these detrimental pitfalls and are currently the gold standard for clean, unadulterated food. To contact Dr. Katka Novakova ND, M.D. (Europe), call 480-5244304, email Info@ or visit For more information, visit Organic or See ad on page 24.


valuable to replace harmful addictions. My VA teacher’s position actually came from a referral from Westcare of St. Petersburg in Florida, a 98-bed mental health and “Substance Abuse Center”. Some veterans I met at the VA also ended up in drug rehab and therefore they saw me at both places. “For 4 years running, Todd’s Qigong program has uplifted the spirits of many.” - Robert Neri, Westcare Rehab, Chief Clinical Officer.

QIGONG FOR VETERANS Why Do They Love Getting High? by Todd Nichols Todd Nichols has actively shared Qigong and Power Breathing at veterans’ facilities for five years with outstanding results. Anger and alcoholism are the norm for veterans, and Todd is breaking through by getting them high naturally. Additionally, Todd shares Qigong at several drug rehab centers and even with Baker Act patients. His insights as a Heroic Qigong teacher are profound.


o mistake in life has troubled me more than not serving in the military. After missing that opportunity, I am sharing Qigong at the Veterans Administration (VA) hospitals. The biggest challenge in teaching veterans Qigong is to gain their trust. An individual who never wore their uniform cannot understand what they endured. Veterans immediately want to know if you’re one of them. In the beginning this was unnerving. VAs are tough facilities. I’ll never forget my first time teaching and being let in the locked door and it quickly shutting behind me. One veteran in a wheel chair was trying to escape. Chairs were full of sand so they couldn’t be thrown. Doctors and social workers were coming in during my class and interrupting. Many veterans were medicated and dealing with

obvious challenges. Some appeared physically fine, but their mind waged an emotional war inside. One large man was sitting in a state of shock and sat staring straight ahead making a low pitched sound. Direct exposure to mental health struggles of veterans has enlightened me. Most Americans are unaware that 22 U.S. veterans commit suicide each day. I hope my experiences help tutor other Qigong instructors. “One of the best things to happen to me was to be sentenced to a 6-month drug rehab center where Mr. Todd literally was breathing new life into us.” - Timothy Stewart, U.S. Veteran. When veterans do Qigong breathing in a group, trust issues and whether I’m a veteran or not becomes less important. Old mind patterns are temporarily bypassed as the FEELING OF QI is so strong that it gives a natural high. Many veterans report this has been in-

Recovering heroin addicts need a powerful approach and I quickly realized I needed to wow them immediately with Qigong! To make a memorable, quick and powerful statement, my grand slam is the Breath-Empowerment and the 9-Breath Method exercises as this group of people is challenging to gain trust. They are guarded and apprehensive. I draw them in and challenge them to take huge breaths, swallow it and hold it in their belly. A crammed room becomes momentarily silent, smiles and then scattered giggles. I love to see students’ resistance turn to wonder. They tell me, “Wow, I feel electricity, and my body is warm and tingling”. Without the breathing tools, many would give up before benefiting from the immense healing rewards. Teaching Qigong at the VA was not very respected in the beginning. Now it has grown from a single class to two classes each week. The doctors, nurses and social workers now respect the group and do not disturb our class! Qigong at Westcare has been received so well that it has grown from one to three classes every week. It is now a part of their curriculum. There is no doubt in my mind that the need for more instructors in this field of Qigong is a must.

August 12-14, 2016 Qi Revolution comes to the Phoenix Convention Center. $99 for two days and one night of Qigong Training! Open to the public. Firefighters, police officers, military servicemen and veterans admitted free. For details, call 800298-8970 or visit See ad on page 7. natural awakenings July 2016 39

Using Diet to Prevent Skin Cancer by Dr. Paul Stallone


ust as food gives us life, it can also take it away. Diabetes, cancer, joint pain, obesity, heart disease and allergies can be encouraged by eating the wrong foods. A better diet can be customized for amazing potential. The summer months remind us of the dangers of skin cancer. While some sun exposure is essential for head-to-toe good health, too much can lead to DNA damage. The sun’s ultraviolet radiation can harm skin cells, which then release oxygen molecules known as free radicals. These free radicals can hurt our genetic material in a way that skin cancer is formed. Free radicals wreak absolute havoc on one’s body and are responsible for much more than skin cancer.



Consuming several servings of cruciferous (broccoli and kale) and dark leafy (spinach and collard greens) vegetables each day, along with citrus, can provide antioxidants that include polyphenols, carotenoids and other bioactive substances that may decrease the risk for melanoma. Organic fruits and vegetables are best whenever possible. When skin is damaged by the sun, new blood vessels grow in a process called angiogenesis, and cancer cells can hijack them to sustain themselves. Anti-angiogenesis foods can assist in starving cancer cells, stopping them from growing and spreading. Omega-3 fatty fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and trout are a great source for anti-angiogenesis benefits. A 2009 study published study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found people that ate just one serving of these fish every five days developed 28 percent fewer actinic keratoses, a scaly precancerous skin growth. These fish should be wild caught, as farmed fish can contain dyes, chemicals, antibiotics and PCB, a carcinogen for humans and animals. Fresh herbs can add not only flavor to many dishes, but also antioxidants. Each has different properties, so eating a variety can enable more antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial benefits. Herbs provide immune support, better wound recovery, improved brain function and nausea relief. Creating a home herb garden ensures a read-

ily available organic supply. What we drink is just as important as what we eat; so don’t neglect what we use to hydrate our body. Black and green teas are full of polyphenol antioxidants that may inhibit the proteins necessary for skin cancer to develop and help scavenge free radicals throughout the body. Tea is a healthier choice for a caffeine boost than coffee because it isn’t as acidic. A glass of wine contains components such as catechins and resveratrol that may inhibit the growth of some human cancer cells. Eating to prevent disease and slow aging is a great way to think about food. Food gives us life, and something that important should be given much thought and consideration. Every single thing we eat will either fight or feed disease. Some people might need a little more support than what food can supply. Having a knowledgeable physician customize a preventative treatment plan can allow for the appropriate recommendations. Foods and supplements are not universal or one-size-fits-all remedies. A trained physician can recommend specific foods for individual needs and perform treatments like IV therapies and homeopathics, and conduct testing to pinpoint food sensitivities. This physician could also assist with an alternative treatment for cancer. Many skin cancers respond very well to naturopathic treatment. During any stage of cancer, nutrition and guidance are extremely important. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, but with the right tools and nutrition, it can be prevented and treated. 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, call 480-214-3922 or visit DrStallone. com. See ad on inside front cover.



uides, angels, fairies, spirit guides and/or animal helpers are “real” to some people. If they disappear, it is most likely our own fault. To maintain their beneficial presence, we must make time to sit in quiet; regularly check in with them; ask them to come along when we’re having fun, not just call on them when we’re in trouble; make time for our guides like we would a good friend; and practice working with our guides like we would practice a sport. We must practice, practice, practice and connect, connect, connect, along with creating time to spend with our guides. Like a relationship with a good friend, which they are, we must nurture that relationship. The more we connect with them, the more we

will learn from them and the easier it will be to connect. If we can carve out time for a Starbucks coffee or watch the latest series on Netflix, we can make time to work with our guides and find 10 minutes or more a day to just sit in quiet and invite them in. We can create a sacred space like a small altar with candles, crystals, rocks, feathers, icons and any items that help us create the mood to sit quietly and connect. It might just be a special chair in the corner by a sunny window. This is where we sit when our intention is to connect with spirits, guides, animal totems, fairies or angels. It is our own private vortex where the energy feels right. Our guides are friends, so we should treat them as such; calling on

them in good times and bad. We can send gratitude for the light they bring to our life; ask them to intervene, play the muse, walk with us, laugh and create. They don’t always generate big, flashy fireworks, loud voices or a knock on the head. Their presence is usually more like a chill up our spine, hair-raising goose bumps on our arms, a quiet voice whispering, “Why don’t you try that path?”, or a friend calling at exactly the moment we thought of them. We need to check our ego at the door, open up and listen. The ego is usually coming from a position of fear, so it will create doubt when we hear, sense or see something that seems off or strange. We might get a very clear message, but our ego decides it couldn’t possibly be right, so it shuts us down. If we truly want to work with our guides, we must remember that it’s a relationship to be nurtured— show up, spend time together, honor the sacredness and listen. BakeR Gendron is a psychic coach and shamanic reiki practitioner at Gateway Cottage Wellness Center. For more information, phone 928-862-4400 or visit See ad on page 22.

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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.

Gong Meditation – 7pm. 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.

Introduction to Divine Healing Hands – 7-9pm. Do you feel the sacred call of the Divine to heal yourself and others? Do you want to make a difference in the world? Find out how you can receive this most amazing treasure from the divine. Rejuvenate Center, 14640 N Tatum Blvd, Ste 8, Phoenix. Master Debra Manning: 480-338-1012.

SUNDAY, JULY 3 iRest Yoga Nidra – 6-7pm. Class begins with gentle movement and moves into a relaxing guided meditation shown to calm the nervous system and help release negative patterns. iRest Yoga Nidra also helps alleviate symptoms of insomnia, PTSD, anxiety and depression. $10. Pre-registration required. Multiplicity Enterprises, 2045 S Vineyard Ave, Ste 139, Mesa. Register: Kim Carter 253549-5342, or

MONDAY, JULY 4 Master Sha’s Soul Healing Group of NE Phoenix – 6:45-8:30pm. Experience healing, wisdom and practices for optimum health and well-being. Rejuvenate Center, 14640 N Tatum Blvd, Ste 8, Phoenix. Mary Anne Melvin: 406-250-8369.

TUESDAY, JULY 5 Double Gong Healing – 7-8:30pm. Revitalize and strengthen your nervous system by relaxing to the sound of two gongs. Experience the play of Shiva and Shakti energies with the husband and wife teaching team of Sangeet Kaur and Hari Nam Singh. Yoga Phoenix, 2308 N Richland, Phoenix. 602-271-4480. Green Drinks – 5:30-7:30pm. Monthly networking event for The Green Chamber. Free to members, $10 non. Visit website for location. Heroes Night – 8-9:45pm. A lively and energetic mind-body training to unlock one’s true potential. A time for young adults (~20s-40s) to discover their authentic power and learn how to manifest this power in their daily lives. $5 donation to Earth Citizen Organization. RSVP at nearest Body & Brain Center: Glendale 602-439-9642, Mesa 480-545-1013, Scottsdale 480-391-8916, Sun City 623-476-5176, Tempe/Chandler 480-345-9642.



Guided Meditation – 6:30-7:30pm. Tune into yourself. 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. Tap Into the Centers of Power and Energy in Your Body – 11am. Using the science of cellular quantum mechanics to feel energized and empowered. Can be done virtually. Live intro session webinar. Free w/promo code “NaturalAwakenings”.

THURSDAY, JULY 7 Get the Edge in Business and True Joy in Your Relationships – 11am. Learn to remove the “gremlins” that attach to our energy producing fatigue, stress and irritability, and prevent us from full power, using a scientific cellular quantum mechanics technique. Can be done virtually. Live intro session webinar. Free w/promo code “NaturalAwakenings”. Way of the Warrior Woman Retreat – Jul 7-10. All women have an inner warrior woman who is powerful, determined, bold, wise and able to rise to action with dignity and strength. For centuries women have been stripped of power and rendered invisible by culture, politics and the media. It’s time to take back your personal power and re-claim your inner sacred warrior woman. $544. Gateway Cottage Wellness Center, 470 N Hwy 89A, Sedona. 928-862-4400.

SATURDAY, JULY 9 Free Healing Saturday – 10am-2pm. Free 20-minute energy healing sessions. This is a community service offering and is a great introduction to healing touch. Multiplicity Enterprises, 2045 S Vineyard Ave, Set 139, Mesa. Appointment required. Kim: 253-549-5342 or or Introduction to Soul and Alternative Healing for Chronic Conditions – 5-7pm. Are you suffering from pain or have a chronic or serious condition? This is a revolutionary way to heal on many levels. Rejuvenate Center, 14640 N Tatum Blvd, Ste 8, Phoenix. Master Debra Manning: 480-338-1012.

Mary Magdalene Retreat – 9am-12:30pm. Honor Mary Magdalene with sacred chants, invocations, sacred dance, walking the Rose Labyrinth, and a Magdalene Energy Meditation. $20. The Shrine of Holy Wisdom, 5025 S Ash Ave, Ste B-15, Tempe. RSVP: Jorge Eagar at 480-219-9633. Pow Wow Women’s Retreat – Jul 9-10. Features inspiring and educational topics on wellness for women of all ages, including empowerment, self-confidence, sex and health. $299. Carefree. Reiki I and II – 10am-6pm, Jul 9-10. 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. Silence is Golden Day Retreat – 9am-3pm. Escape the busyness of daily life and experience a short meditation retreat where everyone observes the practice of silence for a day in order to enhance a deep level of relaxation. Learn meditation techniques that will relax, refresh and re-energize you. $35 incl vegetarian lunch. Kadampa Meditation Center Phoenix, 614 E Townley Ave, Phoenix.

SUNDAY, JULY 10 Channeling, Healing and Meditation – 5-7pm. Experience an evening of consciousness, healing, meditation and teachable moments. With Michael Morelli. Donation. Unity of Mesa Annex Bldg, 2740 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480-892-2700. Group Romance Reading – Noon-1:30pm. Jennifer Victory will first focus on the energy of the entire group and relay messages from the romance angels that bring blessings for all. Next, she will conduct individual readings for a few lucky audience members. All participants receive a free ebook Seduce Smart: Transform Your Love Life in 30 Days. $25 online, $30 door. Four Points by Sheraton, 2532 W Peoria Ave, Phoenix. Sacred Sundays – 10am-Noon. Experience the profound phenomena of Rishi’s signature meditation, divine transmission and enlightened teachings, opening an auspicious gateway to accelerate personal mastery. Carefree location. RSVP: 480-575-1276. Soul Communication Workshop – 1-4pm. Soul messages and guidance can bring great clarity and understanding for healing, transformation and making wiser decisions in any aspect of life. Connect deeper with your soul to communicate with your own soul, saints and the divine. New Vision Center, 18018 N Tatum Blvd, Rm 2, Phoenix. Master Debra Manning: 480-338-1012.

MONDAY, JULY 11 Pediatric/Infant Early Bonding – 8am-5pm, Jul 11-13. Comprehensive hands-on continuing education designed for licensed massage therapists, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, doulas, counselors, family support staff, parents, grandparents and those involved in child

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

TUESDAY, JULY 12 Clear Your Space – 2pm. Home or office feeling funky? Alter the energy in your space to feel energized and awake. Remove distractions to be attraction, using a scientific cellular quantum mechanics technique. Can be done virtually. Live intro session webinar. Free w/promo code “NaturalAwakenings”. The Legacy of Mary Magdalene – 7:30pm. Kathy Manker of the Theosophical Society provides a slide presentation of her recent pilgrimage to Southern France to experience the legacy of the Mary Magdalene tradition still revered in that area. Free. The Shrine of Holy Wisdom, 5025 S Ash Ave, Ste B-15, Tempe. 480-219-9633.

Chi Nei Tsang Introduction – 9am-6pm, Jul 1617. Abdominal unwinding with Michelle Giles. Gentle, non-invasive release of physical and emotional blockages. Your digestive tract will love this. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988. Energy Medicine Workshop – 9am-5pm, Jul 16-17. With Marie Slottow. $125. A Mindfulness Life Center, 10309 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale. Register: Full Hour Chakra Gong Healing – 7-8:30pm. Building prana (life force) and using it to heal and support prosperity on all levels: chakras, physical body, mind and spirit. Clear uneasy thoughts and feelings. Yoga Phoenix, 2308 N Richland, Phoenix. 602-271-4480. Grand Opening – 10am-4pm. Release pain without invasive procedures or drugs. Special offers.

Ease Into Balance Ortho-Bionomy Center, 13811 N 35th Dr, Ste D, Phoenix. 602-738-0489. MCKS Pranic Healing Level II Workshop – Jul 16-17. Learn advanced color prana techniques for more effective healing results, as well as advanced techniques. Prerequisite: Pranic Healing Level I. Sponsored by Arizona Pranic Healing. Embassy Suites by Hilton, 4415 E Paradise Village Pkwy S, Phoenix. Register: 480-818-3156.

MONDAY, JULY 18 “I Love Myself Special” DNA Cell(f) Imagery and Communication – Jul 18-21. Take action now to make achieving your life goals totally possible. Learn to change your DNA to make sure your beliefs are serving you. With Marsha Craven. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 13 eWomenNetwork Luncheon – 11:30am-1:30pm. Experience the excitement and power of Accelerated Networking, a unique eWomenNetwork process that assures you have an opportunity to promote who you are and what you do while developing new business alliances and friends. Five impactful women in business will present their best success tip for growing your business. Past Life Regression – 6-8pm. Ever been to a new location and everything felt very familiar? Ever felt like you already know someone you just met? These experiences could be the memories from a past life. Explore a past life, connect with your spirit guides and receive messages to enrich your current life. Purple Lotus Pathway, 952 W Baseline Rd, Ste 102, Mesa. RSVP: purplelotus@ or 602-790-8970.

THURSDAY, JULY 14 Cz the Day – 11am-1pm. Our fears can hold us back from achieving the success we desire, whether in business or in life. Join Susan F. Moody as she talks about what you can do to work through those fears and move forward to Cz the Day and live your life, your way. Register: sedona-verde-valley.

FRIDAY, JULY 15 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.

SATURDAY, JULY 16 Breath of Light Meditation and Healing Service – 3:30-5:30pm. A deep healing service, guided by the holy spirit and divine mother, brought through the breath of light. The breath is very practical for pain and stress, but facilitates a blessed communion with the divine. With Dr. Mary Meadows. $20. Shrine of Holy Wisdom, 5025 S Ash Ave, Ste B-15, Tempe. RSVP: drmarymeadows@hotmail. com or 480-440-8231.

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480-545-1013, Scottsdale 480-391-8916, Sun City 623-476-5176, Tempe/Chandler 480-345-9642.


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Free Flow Dance Jam – 7-9pm. Simply by dancing through complete wellness, you can see deeper into any cause of a problem or illness and start to develop a new set of tools to your thinking. There is new research that states that our higher cognitive processes, our minds, are grounded in our body experiences in the neural circuitry that controls our body and what we gather from the world around us comes directly through our senses. Yoga Phoenix, 2308 N Richland, Phoenix. 602-271-4480.

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An evening with Dr. Michael Margolis, DDS, of My Dentist August 10 • 6-8 pm Mesa Hilton 1011 W. Holmes Ave., Mesa Free with Advanced Registration 480-833-2232

TUESDAY, JULY 19 Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Snoring and TMJ – 5pm. Informational seminar that discusses treatment options using oral appliance therapy and how it works. Free. Koala Center for Sleep Disorders - Biltmore, 4235 N 32nd St, Ste A, Phoenix. 602-957-3808.

Women’s Wellness Appointments – 8-11am. Stay healthy and up-to-date on your breast exam, Pap smear, cholesterol check, thyroid check and more, with discounted pricing for these services. Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine Medical Center, 2164 E Broadway Rd, Tempe.

SUNDAY, JULY 24 Native Flute Playshop – 1-2:15pm. Are you ready to play the Native American flute? For centuries people have been mesmerized by the hypnotic sounds from these gentle, easy to play flutes. $20. Interfaith CommUNITY, 952 E Baseline, #102, Mesa. 407-695-2097.

Yoga Nidra and Double Gong Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Experience the therapeutic state of Yoga Nidra and gong as well as the awareness of the body and breath, feeling sensations and visualizations. Yoga Phoenix, 2308 N Richland, Phoenix. 602-271-4480.

Vision Board Workshop – Noon-3pm. Help manifest change by placing all of your visions down on paper. With Julie Lemerond. $50 incl materials. A Mindfulness Life Center, 10309 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale. 480-207-6016.



MCKS Pranic Healing Level I Workshop – Jul 21-22. Learn the technology to do no-touch energy healings on others, self-healing and distant/remote healings. Energy exercises and meditations are included in the workshop. Sponsored by Arizona Pranic Healing. Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 16540 N Bullard Ave, Surprise. Register: 480-8183156. azPranicHealing@

Armand and Angelina New Thought Musical Variety Show – 7-8:15pm. An evening of music, message and Mirth International performers and recording artists, Armand and Angelina offer a fantastic, uplifting show full of humor, passion for life and love for each other. Donation. Interfaith CommUNITY, 952 E Baseline, #102, Mesa. 407695-2097.


Reflexology Feet – 9am-6pm, Jul 27-28. 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: 623215-7988.

Mary Magdalene Feast Day Celebration – 7:30pm. A special gnostic service in remembrance of Mary Magdalene that will incorporate the ritual dance performance of the illumination of the seven chakras, prayers and invocations, readings from alternative early Christian texts, the healing Yeheshua chant, a meditation on Lady Magdalene, evocative ancient Middle Eastern sacred music and a blessing with a relic of Mary Magdalene. Donation. The Shrine of Holy Wisdom, 5025 S Ash Ave, Ste B-15, Tempe. 480-219-9633.

SATURDAY, JULY 23 Finding True Self Workshop – Jul 23-24. Get in touch with your true nature and move toward a more fulfilling reality. This life-changing experience has helped many individuals open direct paths to greater physical, emotional and mental/ spiritual healing. $250. RSVP at nearest Body & Brain Center: Glendale 602-439-9642, Mesa




The Sound of Light Kirtan – 7-8:45pm. Join Mika, Prem Vidu and Friends for an evening of call and response style community chanting. This practice of devotion connects us deeply with our innate gratitude and presence of being and allows us to express the prayers which are an integral part of who we already are. $10-$20. Interfaith CommUNITY, 952 E Baseline, #102, Mesa. Mika at 480-694-5843 or

THURSDAY, JULY 28 Let’s Get Wild Arizona – 6-8pm. Introduction to a public awareness campaign for parents, educators, community leaders and advocates about restoring childhood naturally. Sponsored by the

Learn strength training for seniors, ideal for personal trainers, group fitness instructors, nurses, caregivers, physical therapists and PTAs. August 21 • 10am-5pm Setay Dance and Fitness Center 7430 S. 48th St., Ste. 100 Phoenix $315 1-888-437-4348 x3

Cultural Wellness & Family Enrichment Center. Free. North Mountain Visitor Center, 12950 N 7th St, Phoenix. 602-432-3707. Start Up 101: Do You Have What It Takes to Be an Entrepreneur? – 11:30am-1pm. If you have ever considered starting your own business, you have probably wondered if you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur. There is a big difference between wanting to do something and being able to make a living doing it. Come to this class presented by Susan F. Moody and find out if you really do have what it takes to be an entrepreneur.

FRIDAY, JULY 29 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.

SATURDAY, JULY 30 Cellular Health and Healing Seminar – For anyone with fatigue, aging skin, pain, stress or who simply wants to look and heal like they did when younger. Join with like-minded, health conscious people, practitioners and athletes to learn about this life advancing technology—Redox Signaling. With Dr. David Silverman. Free. DC Village Health Club and Spa, 18501 N Thompson Pk Pkwy, Scottsdale. RSVP required: 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.

SUNDAY, JULY 31 Interfaith Q&A – 1-2:30pm. Representing Judaism with Lawrence Bell, Ph.D. A forum that provides opportunities for various religions leaders to share the tenets of their faith, as well as their personal story, and answers to questions from the audience. $10. Interfaith CommUNITY, 952 E Baseline, #102, Mesa. Nazim Rashid: 623-932-1385.

savethedate AUGUST 1 ECO Leadership Course – Aug 1-5. Learn the tools to become the creator of your body, mind and life. Based on universal energy principles, the main trainer of this workshop will guide you to have a profound experience of personal awakening and self-discovery. Hosted by the non-profit Earth Citizens Organization. $400 (includes lodging and meals). Sedona Mago Garden Retreat Center, Sedona. RSVP at nearest Body & Brain Center: Glendale 602-439-9642, Mesa 480-545-1013, Scottsdale 480-391-8916, Sun City 623-476-5176, Tempe/Chandler 480-345-9642.

anxiety and depression. $10. Pre-registration required. Multiplicity Enterprises, 2045 S Vineyard Ave, Ste 139, Mesa. Register: Kim Carter 253549-5342, or

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.

Sacred Sundays – 10am-Noon. Experience the profound phenomena of Rishi’s signature meditation, divine transmission and enlightened teachings, opening an auspicious gateway to accelerate personal mastery. Carefree location. RSVP: 480-575-1276.


AUGUST 8 CranialSacral Balancing Therapy I – 10am6pm, Aug 8-10. Powerful complementary healing modality supports healing from the inside. Take

CranialSacral Balancing Therapy II – 10am6pm, Aug 12-14. Advanced techniques for supporting and encouraging the recipient’s response to cranial therapy along with Neural Pathway Release techniques to release restrictions along the neural pathway. Study with the 2014 & 2015 Natural Choice Award Winner Craniosacral Practitioner, Marsha Craven. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623215-7988.

Geriatric Massage: Frail and Robust – 8am5pm, Aug 1-3. 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. Massage Therapy Education – Start date for one of the premiere massage therapy education programs in the U.S., allowing students to customize their training with modalities such as aromatherapy, cranial unwinding, holistic nutrition, life coaching, natural aesthetics, polarity, reiki, reflexology, spiritual studies, yoga and more. Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, 1100 E Apache Blvd, Tempe. 480-994-9244.

AUGUST 4 Play Dates with Your Higher Consciousness Retreat – Aug 4-7. Gain insights from your higher consciousness like never before. Using the power of play, you’ll unearth the answers you’ve been seeking for life, career, relationships and more. Explore your dreams, life purpose, or tackle a challenging issue more deeply. With Natalie Eve Marquis. $555. Gateway Cottage Wellness Center, 470 N Hwy 89A, Sedona. 928-862-4400.

AUGUST 5 Aromatherapy for Wellness – Noon-5pm. Discover the benefits, cautions, properties, selection and safe application of essential oils selected to promote wellness. The course includes an essential oil kit and support kit with oils appropriate for use in business and home environments. With Marsha Craven. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988.

AUGUST 7 Body Contouring – 10am-6pm. Exchange body wraps to reduce cellulite, tone your body and lose 4-14”. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988. iRest Yoga Nidra – 6-7pm. Class begins with gentle movement and moves into a relaxing guided meditation shown to calm the nervous system and help release negative patterns. iRest Yoga Nidra also helps alleviate symptoms of insomnia, PTSD,

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Rock N’ Rain – 10am-6pm. Go home feeling refreshed, recharged and motivated in your work and personal life. Essential oils and reusable heat pack included. With Marsha Craven. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988.

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.

AUGUST 20 Chakra Balancing and Healing – 10am-6pm, Aug 20-21. Balancing Your Seven Magnificent Chakras “Mag 7” Chakra extravaganza. 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: 623-215-7988.

AUGUST 27 Creative Self Care Cay – 2-6pm. Four keys to self-care and practical ways to promote physical and energetic well-being for self and others. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988. Intuitive Healing Foundations – 9am-1pm. Concepts of intuitive healing, medical intuition and energy medicine. With Cay Randall-May. Healing

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Qigong is about strength and building energy. Breath, meditation and movement are combined in a seamless practice. People of all ages and can practice, even grandmas well into their 90s. Join nationally renowned Qigong teacher Jeff Primack in this powerful training. August 12-14 Phoenix Convention Center $99 Firefighters and veterans admitted for free. 1-800-298-8970 Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988.

SEPTEMBER 2 Reflexology Feet – 9am-6pm, Sept 2-3. 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: 623215-7988.

SEPTEMBER 3 Past Life Playshop – 9am-5pm. Learn how to relax and playfully mine your inner wisdom and past lives for clues and insights regarding currentlife challenges. With Natalie Eve Marquis. $111. Gateway Cottage Wellness Center, 470 N Hwy 89A, Sedona. 603-642-4949.

SEPTEMBER 4 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.

SEPTEMBER 5 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.

SEPTEMBER 9 Universal White Time Healing Certified Level One – Sept 9-11. 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



markyourcalendar Attend an upcoming class or retreat from the “Book Whisperer” Tom Bird Write/Right from God: Write Your Best Seller in a Weekend Class August 13, 9:30am-Noon Unity of Phoenix Free with Advanced Registration Write Your Best Seller in a Weekend Retreat August 25-28, Sedona November 10-13, Sedona Special discount when you mention Natural Awakenings 928-821-6946 • 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.

SEPTEMBER 12 Hypnotherapy Certification Course – Start of 500 hour training. Hypnotherapy Academy of America, Albuquerque. 505-767-8030.

SEPTEMBER 29 Universal White Time Healing Certified Level Three – Sept 29-Oct 2. Continuation of the White Time certification process with a four-day advanced level course. 10% discount when you mention Natural Awakenings. 33998 N 57th Pl, Scottsdale. 480-767-6200.

OCTOBER 7 Cranial Neural Support for Longevity – 10am6pm, Oct 7-10. Techniques for working and communicating with the brain, cranial and neuro systems to promote wellness and more. Massage therapists, energy healers and caregivers will want to attend. With Marsha Craven, winner of 2014 and 2015 Natural Choice Award for CranioSacral Practitioner. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-2157988.

OCTOBER 21 The Intuitive Pathway (TIP) Intensive – Oct 21-23, part one. Designed for anyone interested in medical intuition, executive intuition, interspecies communication, forensics, creative writing, innovation, resource location and many more applications. Facilitates development of your intuitive powers and assists you in creating more of what you want in your life. With Cay Randall-May. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988. Way of the Seabhean Workshop – Oct 21-23. Allows attendees to walk between the worlds, recognizing the interconnectedness between all living forces both seen and unseen. Journeying

into these worlds for healing, for answers, for visions, brings a sense of continuity, wholeness and integration for self and for the clan. With shamanic healer Amantha Murphy of Ireland. Gateway Cottage Wellness Center, 470 N Hwy 89A, Sedona. RSVP: 928-862-4400 or info@

OCTOBER 24 Oncology Massage Workshop – Oct 24-26. 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 Oncology. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988.

OCTOBER 26 Complimentary Oncology Massage – For volunteer clients in or who have a history of cancer treatment. The massage will be provided in a classroom setting. Advanced registration required. Free. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988.

DAILY CALENDAR Free 15-Minute Phone Consultation for Health and Success – Discover how you can achieve ultimate happiness and health with InteriorWerx. Clear emotional and energetic abnormalities that cause dis-ease, such as anxiety, pain, sadness, discomfort, allergies, recurring physical injury and more. There is immediate relief from symptoms, bringing health back to true form. 312-479-7893.

SEPTEMBER 14 Sacred Messengers Retreat – Sept 14-18. The universe is constantly communicating with us, trying to help, support and guide us. Sadly, we’re often oblivious to it. When we learn the language of the divine, we open ourselves to a whole new support and guidance system. Come and immerse yourself in the universal language of spirit. $888. Gateway Cottage Wellness Center, 470 N Hwy 89A, Sedona. 928-862-4400.

SEPTEMBER 17 Art of Recovery Expo – 9:30am-4pm. Offers the “whole family” resources, educational workshops and a celebration of National Recovery Month. Over 100 exhibitors of leading behavioral health and treatment providers. Free. Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix.

SEPTEMBER 24 Matrix Healing Technique: Electromagnetic Field & Body Integration – 10am-6pm, Sept 24-25. This powerful modality aligns the body’s electromagnetic grids and connects these grids to the main energy centers for optimum health and vitality. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988.

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ACTIVATIONS – Attract People and Opportunities that Resonate to You. Raise Your Energy, Become Fully Empowered Using the Quantum Field. Your Personal Power Reading – Free Online! AN ENERGY GATEWAY – Reiki and Reflexology. With Troy’s Help the energy can flow. www. 480-201-9897. $10 off 1st service. CHI KUNG CLASSES – Every Sunday from 8:00am to 9:00am. $15.00 suggested donation. Request information at: thespokentao@gmx. com or call 928-225-6218. FREE MINDFULNESS PRACTICE – Tuesdays 12-1pm. Each week a different subject. Examples: Insight to Pain, Working with strong emotion, etc. RSVP 928-225-3135. Located at Prescott Traumatology, 107 N Cortez, Suite 104B, Prescott. LOW IMPACT MEDICAL CHI KUNG WORKSHOP – Groups now forming. Request information at: or call 928-225-6218. ORGANIC LIFESTYLE HOME FOR SALE – Cave Creek. Quiet Desert Sanctuary, 2.5 acres, 2438sq.ft, 360 Beautiful mountain views, High ceilings, Stained concrete, Passive solar, rainwater catchment, Great kitchen and baths, office space, Den and 2 bedrooms. Sunny southwest appeal. This 2.5 acre Horse property is near state land with miles of hiking/ riding trails. Contact Leanne for showings 623465-5288 “Land line” PELLOWAH SESSIONS – Experience a hands-off powerful subtle energy 30 min. session Request information at: thespokentao@ or call 928-225-6218. SPIRITUAL RELATIONSHIP HEALING – Tired of being frustrated in your love life? Jennifer channels the romance Angels to provide guidance. Readings via Phone or Skype: www. THE REAL YOU SEMINAR – Class introduces concepts of individuality, identity, self-awareness through meditation, affirmation and imagery. Call (602) 577-7835 for information and registration. Website: TRANSCEDENTAL MEDITATION – Groups now forming. Request information at: or call 928-225-6218. TWO INTUITIVE PHONE HEALERS – On the phone for the price of one! Regain your health where other healing methods have failed! Intuitive Health Assessments, Psychic Surgery, Akashic Record Readings. Dr. Larry has 35 years of experience as a naturopath and a chiropractor. Tina Joy does intuitive readings to help you uncover and remove unconscious blocks for success. 855-910-1112 EST.

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



tuesdays Pain Relief Introductory 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). Multiplicity Enterprises, 2045 S Vineyard, Ste 139, Mesa. MultiplicityEnterprises. com. Pre-registration required. Kim: 253-5495342 or Shakti Naam Yoga – 6:30-8pm. 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, 2700 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 Acupressure Self Help – 6:30-8pm. Relieve muscle tension and stress through acupressure. Different from acupuncture as no needles are used. Each week focuses on a different part of the body. With Victoria Mogilner. $10. Unity of Mesa Annex Bldg, 2740 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480-892-2700. 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 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. $3. 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. Yoga for Veterans – 6:30-7:30pm. A trauma-sensitive class that supports recovery and resiliency by building strength, flexibility and stability in body, mind and spirit. With Kim Carter. First four classes free, then $10. Multiplicity Enterprises, 2045 S Vineyard Ave, Ste 139, Mesa. Register: 253-549-5342 or Kim@MultiplicityEnterprises. com.

thursdays Anatomy, Physiology and Prevention of Disease – 7-9pm. Series of classes for energy workers and those interested in the fascinating body. July 14: Skin and Digestion; July 21: Respiratory and Circulation (Blood and Lymph); July 28: Nervous and Endocrine. Second series in August. With Dr. Kimberly Landino, ND. $40 per class or $100 for all 3. Tempe location. 480-720-3045. Gentle Yoga for Depression and Anxiety – 6:30-8pm. Be guided through a combination of simple postures, breath work and meditation that have been shown to lift a depressed mood and/or anxious mood. $60. Unity of Mesa Annex Bldg, 2740 E Southern Ave, Mesa. 480-892-2700. MCKS Pranic Healing Meditation & Healing Clinic – 7-9pm. Experience a nondenominational meditation to bless Mother Earth and also relieve stress and anxiety from the daily events that occur in our lives. No-touch energy healing sessions are offered following the meditation. Donation. Arizona Pranic Healing, 4568 E Cactus Rd, Ste M-110, Rm 204, Phoenix. 480-818-3156. Pranayama and Meditation – 5:30-6:00pm. Pranayama practices are yogic breathing techniques to assist in controlling prana, or vital life force. By learning how to control the breath, you will calm the mind, reduce cravings and control emotions. Combined with meditation you will be able face any situation in life with equanimity and composure. Practicing these techniques leads to a deep sense of contentment. With Brendan Lentz. $10. Natural Medicine and Detox, 301 W Roosevelt St, Phoenix. 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). Multiplicity Enterprises, 2045 S

Vineyard, Ste 139, Mesa. MultiplicityEnterprises. com. Pre-registration required. Kim: 253-5495342 or

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. Candlelit Yoga Nidra and Sound Healing – 6:15pm. With Julie Lemerond. A Mindfulness Life Center, 10309 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale. 480-207-6016.

saturdays Boot Camp – 7:30-8:30am. Cardio, core and strength training. $5 first session. Granada Park, Phoenix. 602-639-4054. Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement – 10:30-11:30am. 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: 602-821-7149 or jacquelinebayne1@ Summer Immersion Into Mindfulness – 1:303:30pm. 4-wk series beginning Jul 9. Create greater peace, awareness and confidence while reducing the effects of stress. Learn simple techniques to rest in each moment. With Jackie Price. $175. A Mindfulness Life Center, 10309 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale. 480-207-6016.

sundays Celebration Service – 10:30-11:45am. All with peaceful beliefs are welcome to this inclusive, loving, thriving spiritual community. Coffee and tea happy hour fellowship at 10am. Interfaith CommUNITY, 952 E Baseline, #102, Mesa. Rev. Julianne: 480-593-8798 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. Sunday Services – 10:15am. 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. 480-892-2700.

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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

Affordable pain and stress relief for working people. Acupuncture for as little as $25 per session for established patients getting a series of 5-10 treatments. Custom Chinese herbal formulas for common ailments. Skin health specialist. Top-tier skills without the frills.



Begin Within Family Wellness 7120 E. Indian School Road Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480-699-3086 Changing the health of our community by delivering the highest quality of chiropractic care available and educating and empowering families to make correct decisions about their health. See ad on page 5.

WATERCOLOR ART CLASSES Allura Westly 3611 E. Sunnyside Dr. 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.


5308 South Heather Drive Tempe, AZ 85283 480-245-7894 Dr. Harlan Sparer is a Wholistic C h i r o p r a c t o r, e x c l u s i v e l y practicing the Directional Non Force Technique®, for the last 30 years. He adjusts ligaments, muscles, bones, and discs.


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 45.


Nancy McCarthy, LMT, CPMP, Reiki Master Dobson and Ray, Chandler, AZ 85224 480-296-4914 Working with the whole person, assisting the physical body and energy bodies to balance and feel good. Integrative sessions include touch and non-touch techniques. Children and adults, in Chandler.


SW HERB SHOP & GATHERING PLACE 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.



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 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 9.


844-PUR-MAID An eco-friendly home and office cleaning company & offers natural cleaning products. 844-PUR-MAID. See ad on page 24.


Success Coach, Author, Speaker In-Office ~ Telephone ~ Virtual Convenient West Valley Office 623-734-7377 Ensure Your Success. Work with a Certified Coach who will Believe in U, Inspire U, Empower U and Mentor U to the success you desire. I specialize in working with both Aspiring Entrepreneurs and Women seeking to live a happier, more fulfilled life. 1st Session Free. See ad on page 35.

COLON HYDROTHERAPY INTERNAL WELLNESS COLON HYDROTHERAPY Terrye Baker Certified Colon Hydrotherapist 1520 W. Warner Road, Suite 106 Gilbert, AZ 85233 480-947-0811

A healthy colon is very important in maintaining vibrant health. Safe, comfortable and professional internal cleansing administered by a colon hydrotherapist with 15 years experience.


Colon Hydrotherapist and Holistic Iridologist 602-317-7677 Unique gas release technique in order to get rid of toxins and prevent diseases. Very gentle, relaxing. Free nutritional consulting and mini iridiology reading with your first session.

NATURAL MEDICINE & DETOX 301 W. Roosevelt Street, Suite 2 Phoenix, AZ 85003 602-307-0888

We offer both open and closed colon hydrotherapy systems performed by certified colon hydrotherapy professionals. Receive a free 45 minute infrared sauna session with purchase when mentioning Natural Awakenings. Call for details 602-3070888. See ad on page 49.



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

Mary Peterson PT, MS Ed 480-998-1646 Personalized care for lingering pain and stress. Integrating handso n t h e r a p i e s l i ke v i sc e r a l manipulation, cranial therapy and myofascial release with self-care strategies. Over 25 years experience finding solutions.

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 17.


Krystyna Wolski, DDS, DMD, M.D., M.D.(H) 14269 N. 87th Street, Suite 107 Scottsdale, AZ 85260 480-991-3357 Offering a unique dental-body approach for over 20 years. Health problems often begin in the mouth because your teeth and body are connected through acupuncture meridians. Modalities include kinesiology, electro-dermal testing and homeopathy. See ad on page 30.


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.


312-479-7893 Expand your health and happiness by raising your vibration to its highest potential. InteriorWerx clears emotional energetic abnormalities that cause dis-ease, such as anxiety, pain, sadness, discomfort, allergies, recurring physical injury, etc. This natural modality provides optimum health for body and mind with proven results. Free 15-minute consultation (schedule online).

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

Kim is a Healing Touch Certified Practitioner specializing in grief and loss, serious/chronic illness a n d s p i r i t u a l g r ow t h . H e r emphasis is on empowering clients to recognize, trust and act on their own intuition.

KATIE SHELL 520-275-1710 Energy work to connect you with your body’s own transformational abilities. Traditional Reiki, essential oils, dance and herbs. Products, classes, consultations and treatments.

ARIZONA PRANIC HEALING Phoenix 480-818-3156

Pranic Healing is an effective, powerful no-touch healing modality developed by GrandMaster Choa Kok Sui that uses “life force” or “prana” (chi or ki) to heal physical or emotional ailments using easy step-by-step protocols. Visit our website’s Events Calendar to learn more about workshops, introductory lectures, and meditation/healing clinics.

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

Experience the calming effects and health benefits of balanced Qi energy flow, and learn easy self- A Mindfulness Life Center offers: meditation care energy techniques that em- classes, mindfulness classes, yoga (i.e. gentle, power you to actively participate restorative, kundalini, flow, yin), sound healing in your own healing process. This training takes a person beyond the (crystal bowls/gong), yoga nidra, tai chi, qigong, Sessions utilize both touch and breathing classes, stress reduction programming borders of so many of the limitations no-touch healing techniques to (mindfulness based stress reduction), workshops, that have beenimbalances experienced on Earth. correct energetic underlying stress and special events and energy healing services. No chronic health issues. Schedule today. Universal White Time Healing links us with experience needed. See ad on page 15.

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For over 30 years, Body & Brain has been helpmind, body and spirit with ing individuals achieve energy therapies, including physical, emotional, Universal Time UPCOMING CLASSES: Reiki and LaHoChi, or White explore and mental/spiritual Healing your uniqueness with aLevel past Three life health and well being Universal White Time regression. March 10-13 through a variety of mind-body training methods Healing Level One Universal White Timebased on ancient wisdom. Feb 26-28 April 8-10 June 24-26 Universal Time SALLYWhite TRAUTNER Healing Level Two Healer Holistic Energy March 1-2N. 57th Place 33998 April 12-13 Scottsdale, AZ 85266 June 28-29 480-767-6200

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All classes are held Debra Manning, RN LAc at my healing center Divine Channel in North Scottsdale14840 N. Tatum Blvd., Suite 8 Phoenix, AZ 85032 602-923-1125 SallyAsst has Head been studying Teacherand Offering unique services to help working with energy medicine/ High Teacher you heal on the physical, mental, healing sinceHealer 1995. She is a emotional and spiritual levels. Master White Time Assisting Head Soul Healing, Akashic Record Teacher, High Teacher, Master Readings, Acupuncture, Detox, Natural Healing White Time Healer. She is also Facial Rejuvenation, more. See certified in numerous additional Alternatives ad on page 27. energy healing modalities. Sally performs hands on and remote healings worldwide for physical, emotional and spiritual healing. See ad on page 36.

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

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 35.

If you’re struggling with energy levels, depression, weight gain, diminished sex drive or other confusing symptoms, Dr. Sandy Levitt, M.D. will work with you to determine if a bioidentical hormone regimen will fit your needs. Testosterone pellets available.





Martha Reed, PhD 18589 N. 59th Avenue, Suite 108 Glendale, AZ 85308 623-249-5888 “Easily Lose ½-1 pound a day” with my whole person approach. Combining Homeopathics, Hypnotherapy, Far Infrared Heat Therapy, Life Coaching and Vibefit Therapy. No Needles and Homeopathic Safe. See ad on page 22.

DR. ILANA H. OREN, PH.D., SC.D., LMFT 480-818-0227

Anxiety and phobias, anger management and substance addictions are just a few of the challenges Dr. Ilana Oren can help you with through hypnosis. She has been supporting patients and their wellness for more than four decades.

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

We are an integrated medical and wellness practice offering individualized attention and a variety of services, including hormone therapy, to support your health. Learn more about us and our high-quality, curated health supplements online at


Foot and Ankle Care 10555 N. Tatum Blvd., Suite A101 Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 602-954-0777 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 40.





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 24.


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, strengthen joints weakened by trauma or arthritis, and treat chronic pain conditions naturally.

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.




Organic Pest Control 602-923-1457

Master Quantum Activator Free Personal Power Reading! 480-382-3711 Skype: allen.marlene

Avoid being exposed to dangerous chemicals when all-natural and safer alternatives work just as well and last longer. See ad on page 13.

Attract people and opportunities to you by clearing yourself, and your home or office space of ‘non-beneficial energies’ using Quantum Mechanics, to BE the law of attraction.



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.


Zest Natural Medicine 1405 N. Dobson Road #20 Chandler, AZ 85224 480-361-5108 Dr. Barrie Zeller specializes in gastrointestinal concerns, obesity, food allergies, adrenal fatigue, hormone imbalances, and women’s health. She uses bioidentical hormone therapy and other natural therapies to guide the body and mind to wellness. Her approach to treatment is to devise a plan that fits your life. See ad on page 37.

Valley-Wide Service 602-448-1180 928-227-1596 520-261-1074


We strive to provide the safest and most natural pest control service available while educating our customers to solve the roots of their pest issues. See ad on page 35.


ASAM, Sh. Reiki, HTAP, Animal Communicator and Counselor 602-317-1543

Nancy McCarthy, LMT, CPMP, Reiki Master Dobson and Ray Chandler, AZ 85224 480-296-4914 Reiki is Universal Life Force Energy. Experience this ancient healing art to create balance, reduce stress, pain, anxiety, and initiate self-healing. Children and adults, in Chandler.


With a gentle healing touch, Andrea provides earth medicine and energy healing, animal communication, and intuitive counsel for pets and their people.

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 13.

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8711 E. Pinnacle Peak Road #205 Scottsdale 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 46.


Koala Center for Sleep Disorders--Biltmore 4235 N. 32nd Street, Suite A Phoenix, AZ 85018 • 602-957-3808 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 13.

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!

THE SHRINE OF HOLY WISDOM 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.



“Celebrating a Positive Path to Spiritual Living” 952 E. Baseline Road #102 • Mesa, AZ 85204 Rev. Julianne Lewis 480-593-8798 Looking for a spiritual pathway? Interfaith CommUNITY provides services to enrich and empower your life journey. Try Spirit Night 3rd Saturday each month and Sunday 10:30 am Celebration Service. See ad on page 43.


New Kadampa Tradition 614 E. Townley Ave. • Phoenix, AZ 85020 602-243-5220 Open to all, whatever level of interest. We offer introductory and in-depth courses on meditation & Buddhism, chanted prayers, retreats and meditation for children. Classes take place at our Phoenix Center as well as other locations in the valley.



2700 E. Southern Avenue Mesa, AZ 85204 480-892-2700 Unity of Mesa offers practical spiritual teachings for abundant and meaningful living. We are a progressive spiritual community that explores universal principles and practices. Weddings, memorials, christenings, classes and activities for the “spiritual, not religious”. Sunday Services: 9am and 10:45am; Youth program available. All are welcome.


Spiritual Relationship Healer 480-499-3131 Jennifer is a Spiritual Relationship Healer who specializes in channeling your Romance Angels in a fun, uplifting way. Jennifer offers i n d i v i d u a l readings and classes.


Martha Reed, PhD 18589 N. 59th Avenue, Suite 108 Glendale, AZ 85308 623-249-5888 “Easily Lose ½-1 pound a day” with my whole person approach. Combining Homeopathics, Hypnotherapy, Far Infrared Heat Therapy, Life Coaching and Vibefit Therapy. No Needles and Homeopathic Safe. See ad on page 22.

WELLNESS CENTERS ABSOLUTE HEALTH Dr. Sara Penton, D.C. 8360 E. Raintree Drive, Suite 135 Scottsdale, AZ 85260 480-991-9945 Our focus is treating the whole person based on each individual’s needs, using acupuncture, allergy relief, chiropractic, massage, naturopathic, biofeedback and neurofeedback. See ad on page 27.


Very effective all-natural herbal remedy made by Peter Bigfoot of Reevis Mountain School. Topical application to reduce pain and suffering. It works. Order online.


2308 N. Richland Phoenix, AZ 85006 602-271-4480 Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan, providing an immediate self-exalted experience. By combining physical practices, breath work, chanting and meditation, it connects you with your soul’s frequency to breakthrough to a higher level. See ad on page 9.

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