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ell, it’s still raining, but at least now it feels like spring rain. A month ago I was cheering for the first daffodils in the neighborhood. Now I’m hearing frogs at night and birdsong at sunrise. As an extra benefit, when the sun does come out, so do most of my neighbors, so I’m getting reacquainted with people I haven’t seen for months. Maybe spring is actually here. Two themes jump out of this month’s Natural Awakenings, and I’m passionate about both of them. The first theme is youth. The word “kids” appears in two headlines, while “teens” shows up in the third. They remind us that if we invest in our young people, the returns are amazing. The Global Brief entitled “Water Saver: Teen Finds Drought Solution in South Africa” sent me looking for my dictionary. I wasn’t certain I knew what a “polymer” was. A young girl in South Africa has developed a polymer that absorbs and stores reserves of water. She created it, apparently, from kitchen trimmings that usually get composted. I am impressed. A few pages farther along, we see “New Wave: Kids Organize to Save Our Oceans.” Their scientific knowledge, world perspective and ability to organize exceed anything I could have imagined when I was in high school. I hope adults can simultaneously support them when they need it, and stay out of their way as they tackle this high-stakes problem. The third article tells us that a study of first-graders in Finland, where public education is taken seriously, sees a positive correlation between physical exercise and reading skills. So Grandma was right. Letting the kids go out and play is good for them. The other big theme is Ecosystems, both in our front yards and on the entire earth. “Eco Yards” gives us the bad news about traditional turf—it’s “an ecological nightmare,” and it doesn’t give us much for the time, effort and chemicals we put into it. We could plant food, herbs, bee-friendly flowers or bird-friendly shrubs in that space, keep it equally attractive, and most likely enjoy it more. If you’re re-assessing your relationship with your lawnmower, this article might be for you. For a bigger picture, look at “How Thriving Ecosystems Sustain Prosperity.” With politicians once again talking about wealth extraction from public lands, it is immediately timely. In a trees-versus-forest discussion, we know the trees are worth a few dollars per board foot, but how do we put a price on the clean water, solid ground or breathable air that we get from a standing forest? Do the air and water belong to us, or were they sold along with the trees? Does anybody recall getting a check that makes the kids’ asthma okay, or helps with the tax bill for the water treatment plant? The discussion needs to begin with a holistic definition of “prosperity”, and this article is a good introduction. And remember to feel good, live simply and laugh more. Douglas Something to tell us? Email 4

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Blossom Earthworks newsbriefs Ecological Landscape Living and Dying Well in Portland Solutions his month, River View Cemetery is hosting events celebrating National Health As a well-established ecological landscape design, build and maintenance firm, Portland’s Blossom Earthworks focuses on edible, native and sustainable gardens. They also love to freshen up the often-neglected streetside parking strip with drought-tolerant native plantings that handle the heat and traffic of the “strip”, but also provide color and habitat for pollinators, birds and other critters. Blossom’s view on landscaping is to create a healthier, more productive world through engaging gardens and sustainable solutions. The ecological thread underlying everything they do keeps their work on the creative edge of what is possible for what someone’s landscape can do for them. Blossom also has a knack for helping to simplify landscape projects, making sure their client’s priorities are met within the budget available.


Care Decisions Day and Earth Day. Celebrate National Health Care Decisions Day by joining River View Cemetery on Wednesday, April 19 at 7 p.m. for one of the most important conversations of an individual’s life. Experience an innovative, thought-provoking game called “Hello” that makes conversations about living well, dying well and what matters most to us not only easy, but even fun. Attendees will leave with a booklet of questions to share with family and friends, along with a personal “Next Steps” guide to inform one’s decisions about healthcare proxy, advance directives, caregiver support and how to pre-plan one’s own funeral and cemetery arrangements. Join them again on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a symposium covering the topics of Natural Burial, Family Directed Funerals and Rituals of Remembrance. Natural, or “Green”, burial is becoming increasingly popular around the country and particularly in the Pacific Northwest, as are home funerals. Find out why this is true, how it works and where it is available in our area. Presenters are David Noble, Executive Director of River View Cemetery; Jodie Buller, manager of White Eagle Memorial Preserve near Goldendale, Washington; and Holly Pruett, Life-Cycle Celebrant. Both events will be held at River View Cemetery, 0300 SW Taylors Ferry Road, Portland. Call Jessica Repp at 503-246-4251 for more information; sign up at

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Chiropractic Without the Crack


r. Daniel Eric Mutter, DC has opened a new practice in inner southeast Portland and is currently accepting new patients. He practices Network Spinal Analysis, a chiropractic discipline that focuses on the patterns of stress in the central nervous system and how they are reflected in the body. Using gentle, precise and specific contacts made along the spine, the body is able to become self-aware, to unwind these tension patterns and to learn new strategies for how to adapt to the physical, chemical and mental/emotional stressors in life. Dr. Mutter also incorporates natural movement, cranial and extremity work in his approach to offer a gentle yet profound experience to promote healing and advance wellness. Office location: 1735 SE Morrison St., #1, Portland. Dr. Mutter can be reached at 971-645-7576 or MutterChiropractic 8

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Balayogi Brings Meditation and Discourse to Portland


aba Shiva Rudra Balayogi, who is recognized as one of the great self realized yogis of our era, will be visiting the Portland area April 28 through May 7 to conduct a series of free meditation classes and answer questions on meditation, self-realization and finding inner peace. It is a special event and rare opportunity to learn from an accomplished Yogi. Portland will host evening programs with Babaji from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on April 28 at New Renaissance Bookshop and 7 to 9:30 p.m. on April 29 at Yoga Shala Wellness. From 7 to 9:30 p.m. on April 30, he will appear at Yoga Samadhi in White Salmon, Washington. For those who would like to expand their meditation practice and deepen their experience, a three-day meditation intensive will be offered May 5 through 7 through the Columbia Gorge Meditation Retreat, in Stevenson, Washington. Participants can attend all or any portion of the intensive. Programs are suitable for beginner to advanced meditators. The core of Baba’s teaching is, “People are suffering because they have forgotten the liberating truth of who they are. Among the thousands of thoughts that appear in our busy mind each day, there is one thing that is not a thought—our consciousness of existing. The silent witness to the mind is the true self. Without direct experience of this higher reality, it is not possible to stop suffering. By silencing the mind with meditation, we come face-to-face with the truth of existence, a state of consciousness in which supreme peace is the reality.” Cost: Free; donations appreciated. Locations: New Renaissance Bookshop, 1338 NW 23rd Ave., Portland; Yoga Shala Wellness, 3808 N. Williams Ave., Portland; Yoga Samadhi, 177 W. Jewett Blvd., White Salmon. For information or to register for meditation intensive, call 503-297-3928, email or visit See ad, page 22

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my Whitworth, a sustainable garden designer and community educator, of Plan-it-Earth Design, in Portland, offers a few suggestions for assessing the effects on the garden from winter storms. If tree limbs have broken, make a clean new saw cut at the next intersecting branch, or remove the limb entirely if no live growth is remaining. Most conifers will not re-sprout from bare wood. If the top has broken out of the tree, it will need replacement. Toppled plants may be staked and secured with guy wires or tree stakes, but be sure to cover wire with sections of old hose so tender bark is not damaged. Check in the fall to make sure the support is not inhibiting growth, and remove it in a year or two, once the plant has established its roots again. Care for the plant as you would a new transplant—provide adequate summer water so new roots establish, and protect it from next winter’s storms, as young roots will be supporting a larger plant. Consider replacing damaged trees with something that can better tolerate and absorb waterlogged soils, like sweetgum, birch, Western red cedar or elderberry and shrubs such as heavenly bamboo, winterberry, red twig dogwood or buttonbush. Look at plant loss as an opportunity for renewal. For ideas, on Saturday, June 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. visit seven professionally designed gardens on Portland’s west side at the 13th annual ANLD Designers Garden Tour. Early Bird Tickets at


t this unique collaborative garden, Albina Cooperative Garden shares the work of planning the beds, tilling the soil, planting the seeds, pruning the trees and tending the bees. While most community gardens rent plots to members, the Cooperative Garden will have a large shared space to be tended collectively. As each wave of new crops is ready to harvest, they all share in the bounty as well, and a dedicated part of the harvest goes to people in need at numerous agencies, including Ronald McDonald House. Their large south-facing garden is located at the northwest corner of North Vancouver Avenue and North Russell Street, in Portland. The annual membership fee of $75 per household covers all costs: seed, fertilizer, materials and tools. For more information and new member inquiries, go to their Albina Cooperative Garden page on facebook.

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New Local Company Offers CBD LOVE


elestial Seeds LLC is a new company, launched in December 2016, with the intent of bringing high-vibrational healing solutions to people and animal companions. Their first product offering is CBD LOVE, a high-dose infusion of crystalline CBD (cannabidiol) isolate extracted from organic hemp in humanely harvested raw honey and available in 200 mg, 400 mg, 500 mg and 1,000 mg jars. Sequoyah and her husband Thom founded their company with knowledge they gained on their own healing journeys, including the amazing power of crystals, healing frequencies and pyramids. Having done their own experiments with pyramids, they have witnessed accelerated plant growth and seed sprouting, among other things. “We’ve used crystals extensively for physical, emotional and spiritual healing. Of course, there’s plenty of research on how frequencies create structure and can actually repair DNA, so we infuse our honey with a few of the most beneficial from the Fibonacci Sequence,” explains Thom. Having recently lost a long-time feline companion, Thom found their product helped comfort him through his final vet visits. “Friends of mine also use it for their dog’s separation anxiety and to help them during fireworks,” Thom adds. Sequoyah also benefits from its use stating, “After years of searching, it’s the best relief for anxiety and inflammation that I’ve found!” CBD LOVE and their other healing products are available at their website Include the coupon code from their ad on page 12 to receive 10 percent off. For more information, email or visit

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newsbriefs Retreat for Those Who Work with Youth Peace in Schools’ first-ever retreat designed for teachers, school counselors, parents, clinicians and others who work with youth will take place July 6 to 9 at the Still Meadow Retreat Center in Damascus, just 30 minutes outside of Portland. The retreat is a joint offering with Yoga Calm. In 2014, Peace in Schools launched the first for-credit high school mindfulness course in the nation. They now partner with multiple high schools and social service agencies to offer their groundbreaking Mindful Studies classes. After many training requests from educators, they developed four mindfulness courses specifically designed for those who work with youth. This retreat is an opportunity to deepen mindfulness practice, learn mindful teaching skills and connect with a passionate community of educators. The immersive, four-day retreat is designed to reduce stress and bring more passion to one’s work. It will help participants gain tools to transform their relationship with youth and ground themselves in a practice that fosters self-awareness, compassion and connection. Whether a longtime practitioner or new to mindfulness, this retreat will provide valuable new skills. “The retreat with Peace in Schools provided a beautiful container for me to deeply listen to myself. All of my needs that often get ignored in daily life were heard and addressed. Everything was met with love, and I can’t wait to share this feeling in the world.” ~Stephanie, High School Teacher and Mother Location: 16561 SE Marna Rd., Damascus. For more information, cost and to register, visit


March for Science this Earth Day Concerned citizens will unite on April 22 for a March for Science in Washington, D.C., and locations around the world to champion robustly funding and publicly communicating science for the common good as a pillar of freedom and prosperity. The group is calling on political leaders and policymakers to enact evidencebased standards in the public interest. The focus will showcase science as a tool to find answers and influence decisions at all levels, from astronomy to zoology, including environmental science and climate change. Jacquelyn Gill, Ph.D., was part of the original group sparking the idea of a March for Science via her initial tweet. “We know how to keep our air and water clean, and the outcomes of the research should inform the policy,” says Gill, an assistant professor of paleoecology and plant ecology at the University of Maine. Caroline Weinberg, a New York City science writer and program co-chairwoman, says, “Within hours, satellite marches were popping up around the country, then the world.” Organizers report several hundred established event locations and the number continues to grow.

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study from the University of Eastern Finland, in Kuopio, has found that less active boys perform worse in reading and arithmetic classes than their more active counterparts. Researchers studied 89 boys and 69 girls ages 6 to 8 and measured their sedentary time and moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) time using a heart rate monitor, movement sensors and body fat percentages. The subjects’ arithmetic and reading skills were calculated using standardized test scores. Comparing the data, the researchers found that higher levels of MVPA were associated with higher reading fluency in grade one and that lower reading levels were associated with more sedentary time in grades one through three. A significantly stronger correlation was discovered when male subjects were the focus. Sedentary boys that spent less time engaged in MVPA displayed consistently poorer scores in both reading fluency and comprehension than their peers. For girls, more sedentary time was associated with better arithmetic scores.

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Tai Chi Eases Chronic Neck Pain


study from Harvard Medical School, in Boston, has found that tai chi, a low-impact exercise and movement meditation, can help relieve chronic neck pain. Researchers divided 14 participants, 18 years or older, with ongoing neck pain into three randomized groups. One received 12 weeks of tai chi instruction, one performed group neck exercises and one received no treatment. “The study results showed that 12 weeks of tai chi was more effective than no treatment for benefiting pain levels, disability, quality of life and postural control in persons with chronic neck pain,” explains Peter M. Wayne, Ph.D., co-author of the study; he’s also the founder of the Tree of Life Tai Chi Center and assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. The group neck exercise subjects experienced results that were similar to those in the tai chi group, suggesting that the two paths are equally effective.

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esearchers from the Mount Sinai Medical Center, in Miami Beach, concluded in a 2016 review of research that chelation therapy using agents such as ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) can significantly reduce risk of cardiovascular events. The review highlighted research showing that heavy metals such as cadmium have been linked with increased cardiovascular disease risk, and chelation therapy has been shown to effectively remove heavy metals from the body. Of particular interest was a study that specifically tested the effectiveness of chelation therapy on reducing cardiovascular events. The randomized, doubleblind study involved 1,708 patients ages 50 and up that had experienced a heart attack at least six weeks prior. Half were given 40 infusions of a 500 milliliter chelation solution with EDTA. The other half received a placebo. Researchers measured deaths, heart attacks and strokes, along with other heart conditions and subsequent hospitalization for an average period of 55 months. They found that the chelation therapy reduced heart attacks and strokes by 23 percent and reduced hospitalization for heart attacks by 28 percent.


Sage Linked to Cognitive Health


2016 review from Australia’s Murdoch University, in Perth, confirms the cognitive benefits of consuming plants in the Salvia genus, particularly sage. Cognition includes processes associated with attention, memory, judgment, evaluation, reasoning, problem solving and decision making. Researchers discussed the theory that an accumulation of amyloid-ß peptide (Aß) in the body is responsible for some cognitive dysfunction in Alzheimer’s patients. Studies have shown that sage can protect mice against Aß-induced neurotoxicity, thus helping to preserve cognition. The researchers also highlighted acetylcholine (ACh), a neurotransmitter believed to play an important role in attention, learning, memory and motivation. ACh enzyme inhibitors help prevent alterations in ACh, preserving these functions. In vitro and animal studies show that some species of salvia are effective ACh enzyme inhibitors. In addition, animal studies have shown that sage extracts can reduce depression and anxiety. Both of these conditions can contribute to a decrease in cognitive function. Further research is needed to determine the extent of the effect and safe dosage.

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usan Stokman, LLC, of Body in Motion Massage Therapy, in downtown Vancouver, is often asked about the difference between a therapeutic (spa) massage therapist and a medical massage therapist. According to Stokman, there are important differences between the two practices. Although Stokman is considered a Medical Massage Therapist, her work is clinical based and she takes a different—holistic—approach to her work, looking at and treating the whole body. “You, the client, are my first priority, and making sure you feel safe and getting your body healthy again is my biggest priority,” says Stokman. During a session, she listens and observes changes in her client’s breath, skin tone and muscle tissue, not only with her hands but also with her heart and intuition. Stokman uses many different techniques—deep tissue, medical and orthopedic techniques, sports massage and energy work—along with simply allowing the client’s body to start working for itself. “We will work together to figure out where the true cause of the problem is and make it better,” states Stokman. Benefits of experiencing a medical/orthopedic massage session include: better mobility and flexibility; reduction in pain and inflammation; a feeling of balance (emotionally, physically); being more relaxed and yet more active; and becoming educated (knowing how to take better care of our body so we can do the things we want to do in life). We should ask ourselves whether a spa or medical massage is best for the desired results.

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


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Traffic Pollution Chokes Big Cities Worldwide When air pollution blanketed Paris for three days, authorities called it the worst bout in 10 years and made public transit free. For the fourth time in 20 years, the city instituted a system based on alternating odd and even license plate numbers to keep certain vehicles off city streets, effectively cutting daily traffic in half; it’s the first time the ban’s been maintained for consecutive days. “Cars are poisoning the air,” says Paris city hall transport official Herve Levife. “We need to take preventive measures.” Three other cities—Athens, Madrid and Mexico City—will ban diesel engines by 2025 as part of a similar effort. Beijing, China’s capital city, has such dirty skies from cars and coal that protective masks are commonplace despite emissions restrictions and power plant closures, partly due to pollutants from neighboring regions. Paris leads the world in monthly car-free days, but several large metro cities participate in an international car-free day each September 22, including Washington, D.C., Seattle and Long Island, New York. Source: 14

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

Tree Terminators


In a towering forest of centuries-old eastern hemlocks, the tiny hemlock woolly adelgid spends its life sucking sap and eventually killing the tree. The bug is one example of an expanding horde of insects draining the life out of forests from New England to the West Coast. Aided by global trade, a warming climate and drought-weakened terrain, this invasion represents one of the greatest threats to biodiversity in the U.S. Scientists say they are already driving some tree species toward extinction and causing billions of dollars a year in damage, with the situation expected to worsen. Today’s connected world enables foreign invaders to cross oceans in packing materials or on garden plants, and then reach American forests to rapidly expand their ranges. According to a new study in Ecological Applications, scientists say several species of hemlock and 20 species of ash could become nearly extinct in coming decades. Such destruction would eliminate a critical sponge to capture greenhouse gas emissions, a natural shelter for birds and native insects and a reliable food supply for bears and other animals. Dead forests also increase the danger of wildfires.

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Teen Finds Drought Solution in South Africa Kiara Nirghin, a South African teenage girl and recent winner of the Google Science Fair’s Community Impact Award for the Middle East and Africa, is pioneering a new technology to fight drought. The Holy Web, her super-absorbent polymer, can store reserves of water hundreds of times its own weight. Drought remains one of South Africa’s main challenges, with at least eight provinces requiring regular food relief. The project is designed to help farmers in dry areas build large water reservoirs for an adequate and regular supply of water for irrigation. “I wanted to minimize the effect that drought has on the community, and the main thing it affects is the crops. That was the springboard for the idea,” says Nirghin. Her invention uses recycled and biodegradable waste products such as avocado skins and orange peels to make the polymer sustainable, affordable and environmentally friendly.



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

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How to Create Helpful Home Habitats We watch the graceful flight of colorful butterflies and appreciate their crucial role as pollinators. Establishing butterfly gardens or accommodating them in yard plantings increases food sources radically threatened by reductions in blossom-rich landscapes due to development, intensive agriculture, insecticides and climate change. The National Wildlife Federation ( reports that butterflies are particularly attracted to red, yellow, orange, pink and purple blossoms that are flat-topped or clustered for landing or hovering, with short flower tubes that present easy access to nectar. Regional planting. In the Southeast, goldenrod, with its arching, yellow flowers, appeals to Buckeye species. Tiger Wing, Dainty Sulphur and Malachite lead the way in Florida. Some other suitable plants and trees for attracting butterflies, according to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center ( are yarrows, red and white baneberries, and red, scarlet and soft maples in the Northeast; Butterfly and Honey daisies, Indian Mallow, American Century and Husiache, in the Midwest; and Giant, Ground, Subalpine and Noble firs, Vine Maple and Columbian Monkshoods in the Northwest. Inspiring individual efforts. reports that California Academy of Sciences aquatic biologist Tim Wong cultivated California Pipevine plants in his backyard butterfly home four years ago upon learning that it is the primary food for California Pipevine Swallowtails in the San Francisco area. Starting with just 20 caterpillars, he was able to donate thousands of the swallowtails to the San Francisco Botanical Gardens last year and has grown more than 200 plants. Milkweed. Populations of iconic Monarch butterflies have plummeted 90 percent in the past 20 years, reports the National Wildlife Federation, primarily due to decline of 12 native milkweed species. They need support for their annual 2,000-plus-mile migration from the U.S. Northeast and Canada to central Mexico and back. Joyce Samsel, curator of the Florida Native Butterfly Society (, notes that the Florida Monarch stays south of Tampa year-round. Learn about milkweed host plant growing conditions at LocalMilkweedByState. Find milkweed seeds via Donate to help. Adopt milkweed habitat land through an Environmental Defense Fund ( program by donating $35 for one acre up to $350 for 10 acres. Their goal is to retain and protect 2 million acres.

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he federal Every Student Succeeds Act, passed in December 2015 to take effect in the 2017-2018 school year, is the first law in U.S. history to include language that supports environmental education. Plans call for it to be integrated with current state standards, graduation requirements, teacher development and assessment, funding sources and policy action steps. offers lesson plan ideas for students. For example, students from third grade through high school might collect their household junk mail and explore ways to reduce it. Those in kindergarten through eighth grade may create a binder of information on endangered species that includes maps, animal facts and threats to their survival, exploring causal interconnections throughout the planet. Students can also build a cafeteria compost pile or find ways to improve their school’s recycling program. Kathleen Rogers, president of the nonprofit Earth Day Network, on, says, “We need to promote environmental consciousness into our children’s curricula so

they are able to analyze problems, think critically, balance needs and take informed action.” Earth Day isn’t just one day. Aware citizens can take a rewarding action every day. Help Portland celebrate and forward its progress toward sustainability at these local Earth Day 2017 events. PSU Farmers’ Market Saturday, April 22, 11am-3pm South Park Block between SW College & Montgomery Live Music and Fresh Food March for Science Saturday, April 22, 10am-2pm Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Portland Earth Day Spring Festival Sunday, April 23, 11am-2pm Learning Gardens Laboratory 6801 SE 60th Ave, Portland Live Music - Free Food - Plant Sale Raffle Prizes - Garden Tours and Kids Activities

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Sign up at The idea of people coming together on Earth Day to take care of and celebrate our planet began more than 45 years ago and was a perfect fit for SOLVE and our volunteers. In 1990, SOLVE IT for Earth Day took root in the Greater PortlandMetro area, fusing our hands-on approach with this worldwide day of service. Since then, SOLVE IT for Earth Day has grown into Oregon’s largest Earth Day service event. Over the past 27 years more than 112,000 volunteers have removed 15 million pounds of litter and invasive plants from neighborhoods, illegal dumpsites,and natural areas as part of this global event.

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


raditional turf lawns are an ecological nightmare,” says John Greenlee, author of The American Meadow Garden, who notes that most monoculture turf lawns never even get used. His company, Greenlee and Associates, in Brisbane, California, designs residential and other meadows throughout the U.S. as an engaging alternative. Many other appealing options likewise use native plants appropriate to the local climate. For instance, replacing Kentucky bluegrass, Bermuda grass or another non-native species with natives can deliver drought resistance and lower irrigation needs; eliminate any need for fertilizers or toxic pesticides; reduce or eliminate labor-intensive and often polluting mowing and edging; enhance the beauty of a home; and attract birds, butterflies and other wildlife. 18

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Before replacing a lawn, determine the desired result. It may simply be achieving a low-maintenance, lawn-free yard; growing food like vegetables, herbs, fruit or nuts; or supplying ample flowers for a fresh weekly bouquet. Other benefits might include increasing privacy, dining al fresco, escaping into nature or even sequestering carbon dioxide to reduce climate change. To be successful, choices must be appropriate to the climate, plant hardiness zone, local zoning ordinances and homeowner association rules. Also consider the soil quality and acidity, moisture content and whether plantings will be in full sun or shade, or both.

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

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In sunny and well-drained areas of the South, Penick suggests Gulf muhly, an ornamental grass. “Its fall blooms resemble pink cotton candy floating above its green leaves.” In Florida, flowering sunshine mimosa with fernlike leaves and other natural groundcovers are low maintenance. “Basket grass is a low, evergreen grass-like plant with long, spaghetti-type

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

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

Mediterranean and California Coast

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

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

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

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

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

Water-Saving Gardens

“Water-saving gardens use less of this precious resource through appropriate plant choices, rain-conserving features, berming and terracing to slow runoff, water-permeable hardscaping and smart irrigation practices,” says Pam Penick, author of The Water-Saving Garden. “Regardless of where you live,

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


Hardscaped areas are used far more frequently than the turf lawn they

replace as we move through spaces like walkways, patios, fountains, decks and grilling areas to enjoy the outdoors. “Plant people can get excited about planting but forget to leave ample space for patios and paths, often resulting in an overgrown, pinched look for seating areas and other places meant to be inviting,” cautions Penick. “It can also be

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

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that they might be called upon for a range of needs from helping prepare a 70-year-old marathoner for a race to reducing the stress of an exhausted hospice patient. Geri Ruane is one of four founding directors of Oncology Massage Alliance, in Austin, Texas. She manages the operations for this nonprofit created in 2011 to help therapists that volunteer to administer complimentary hand and foot massage therapy to cancer patients and caregivers in chemotherapy infusion rooms and prior to radiation treatment. The alliance offers financial assistance to licensed massage therapists for advanced training through approved third-party oncology massage classes and provides hands-on experience with cancer patients. Ruane defines the essential aspects of an oncology massage therapist’s (OMT) skill set. “A properly trained therapist has an informed understanding of the disease itself and the many ways it can affect the human body; the side effects of cancer treatments, such as medications, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation; and the ability to modify massage techniques in order to adapt accordingly. Our main purpose is to reduce stress and provide emotional support for cancer patients and caregivers in radiation and infusion rooms.” For example, an OMT will ask a patient about their cancer treatment history, including particulars of related individual health issues, prior to the

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’ve run in cities, rural areas and suburbs. I’ve run while deployed to military bases in the Middle East, in cities on four continents, in blazing heat and winter snowstorms,” says Maria Cicio, a licensed professional counselor candidate and marathoner in Grove, Oklahoma. “I’ve been running regularly for 25 years, mostly injury-free, and have found what works best for me.” For beginners, Cicio recommends starting with a 5K race. “There are a hundred reasons why a full marathon would not be fun for a beginner, but trail running, charity races and 5K road races are perfect,” she says. Cicio attests the physical health benefits come from the training and preparation more than from the race itself. “You can run for many years before deciding to run an official race, in which case you’ll probably have already experienced increased cardiovascular health, improved muscle tone and strength. “Running your first race can focus your running and turn it into training. You might increase your daily or weekly mileage, depending on the planned length of the race, or add some speed work to your regular running routine. When I’m training for a race, I’m more in tune with what my body needs; I also sleep better,” she says. The mental benefits are what keep many people running, even after the physical ones seem to plateau, advises Cicio. “Running means regular exercise, so it can improve our general mood. While numerous studies show this to be true, the best evidence comes from runners themselves.” Almost everyone has heard of a runner’s high, even if we haven’t experienced it ourselves. It’s long been accepted that endorphins released during exercise create a feeling of euphoria after a satisfying workout. Recent research on mice

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anice Cole, the author of Chicken and Egg: A Memoir of Suburban Homesteading with 125 Recipes, knows how delicious a really fresh egg tastes. She keeps three chickens she calls “the girls” in the backyard of her suburban Minneapolis home. “Jasmine, a white Silkie, lays small, beige-colored eggs; Keiko a black and white Ameraucana and Silver Wyandotte cross, green eggs; and Peanut, a brown, feathery Cochin mix, brown eggs,” relates Cole. Cole has learned a lot about the natural lives of chickens. They need 14 hours of sunlight to produce eggs and lay about one per day. Chickens must be protected from predators, locked up at night in their coop for optimal well-being and let out in the morning to roam. Here are some tips for buying the freshest, most delicious and humanely raised chicken eggs.

How to Read an Egg Carton Deciphering the language on an egg carton is a first step. Diet affects flavor. “Eggs from pasture-raised chickens allowed to roam—eating grass, worms and bugs in the backyard or a pasture—will look and taste better than eggs from chickens limited to an inside space eating chicken feed,” says Cole. “Pasture-raised eggs will have a fresh


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herbaceous, or grassy, flavor with an ‘egg-ier’ essence.” “Look for the terms organic, free range or ideally, pastured or pasture-raised,” advises Adele Douglass, in Herndon, Virginia, executive director of Humane Farm Animal Care ( “USDA Organic” is a U.S. Department of Agriculture label confirming that the food the chicken ate was certified organic. “Non-GMO” indicates a diet free of genetically modified ingredients. “Free-range”, another USDA label, means the chicken had continuing access to the outdoors. “Pasture-raised” assures that the chicken roamed outdoors daily, eating what they wanted; the ideal scenario. “Cage-free” is a USDA-regulated designation ensuring that the chickens were allowed to roam freely about within their building to get food and water. “Natural” has no real meaning says Douglass; the term invokes no USDA regulation and nothing about actual farming practices. “Certified Humane” or “Animal Welfare Approved” means that each free-range hen has at least two square feet of outdoor space; it’s the most desirable designation, says Douglass. When farmers want to raise egglaying chickens, they need to provide

physical conditions Plus, eggs are More than 90 percent similar to those Cole great sources of of eggs sold today come micronutrients and affords, but on a larger and more effifrom giant egg factories. antioxidants, says Kriscient scale, usually tin Kirkpatrick, a without the love. In registered and licensed ~ Pete and Gerry’s, regions where 14 and wellness America’s first Certified dietitian hours of daylight are manager for Clevenot a given, farmers Humane egg producer land Clinic’s Wellness use artificial lighting. Institute, in Ohio. When snow is too deep for the birds “I’ve always been a huge proponent for to venture out and it’s too cold for bug eggs. As lean sources of protein, they life, farmers supply indoor coops and help us stay full, are easy to prepare feed. How well and humanely they do and can be part of a healthy eating this is up to consumers to find out. regime because they’re packed with free-radical- and inflammation-fighting Egg Nutrition antioxidants.” Kirkpatrick adds, Eating one egg a day, or moderate “Eggs also help protect eyes. Their consumption, will not raise cholesterol nutrient-rich yolks, like leafy green levels in healthy adults, concludes a 2012 vegetables, are high in lutein and review in the journal Current Opinion zeaxanthin, carotenoids that studies in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic have repeatedly shown help protect Care. While egg yolks contain cholesagainst macular degeneration.” terol, they also possess nutrients that help Ideally, all chickens would be lower the risk for heart disease, including treated like Cole’s “girls.” For now, protein, vitamins B12 and D, riboflavin the best most of us can do is choose and folate, according to the Harvard “Pasture-Raised,” “Organic” and School of Public Health, in Boston. A “Certified Humane”. Getting to know study by Kansas State University research- more about the farmers that produce ers published in the 2001 Journal of our eggs is even better. Nutrition also found that phosphatidyl choline, another substance in eggs, can Judith Fertig writes food health articles decrease the amount of cholesterol the and cookbooks from Overland Park, KS body absorbs from them. (



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Why do you believe that economic growth and conservation can coexist? We are measuring economic growth crudely with no sense of quality. One country can have 2 percent gross domestic product growth and at low environmental cost, whereas another measuring similar growth might be both causing massive environmental destruction and concentrating the generated wealth among small numbers of people. 28

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

Are true eco-cities and eco-suburbs feasible? We can design much more livable areas for the protection and health of wildlife, nature and residents. Nature also has a major bearing on the costs of a country’s healthcare system. A number of population level studies, including from the Netherlands, reveal how people with access to green space feel better and experience higher levels of well-being, especially in mental and psychological health. Many Western countries are seeing increased incidences of depression, anxiety and other psychological

problems that can be reduced through greater access to open areas, green spaces and wildlife. We can expect massive increases in urban areas worldwide in the next 40 years. There’s an opportunity now to plan in integral ways to make these places better for everyone. Failing to integrate nature into them will ramp up the public health costs later on.

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

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Third, we can add to the people’s collective voice by joining campaigns and backing Earth-conscious organizations like the National Audubon Society, Greenpeace, Rainforest Action Network and Sierra Club.

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

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t was standing inside I learned early Nothing. I was held in a Timpanogos Cave (a darkness so deep that my on we live by eyes seemed shut even national monument) as an 8-year-old child that marked wild mercy. though they were open. All me. Hiking to the entrance I could hear was the sound of the cave with our church group, we of water dripping and the beating heart were ushered in by a park ranger. Imof the mountain. mediately, the cool air locked inside the I don’t know how long I stood inside mountain enveloped us and we wore Timpanogos Cave before our church it as loose clothing. Immense stalacleader realized I was missing, but it was tites and stalagmites hung down from long enough to have experienced how the ceiling and rose up from the floor, fear moves out of panic toward wonder. declaring themselves teeth. We were Inside the cave, I knew I would be found. inside the gaping mouth of an animal What I didn’t know was what would find and we were careful not to disturb the me—the spirit of Timpanogos. beast, traversing the cave on a narrow To this day, my spiritual life is found constructed walkway above the floor so inside the heart of the wild. I do not fear as not to disturb its fragility. But it was it, I court it. When I am away, I anticipate the Great Heart of Timpanogos Cave my return, needing to touch stone, rock, that captured my attention. water, the trunks of trees, the sway of When everyone else left the chargrasses, the barbs of a feather, the fur left ismatic form, I stayed. I needed more behind by a shedding bison. time to be closer to it, to watch its red Wallace Stegner, a mentor of mine, orange aura pulsating in the cavernous wrote: “If we preserved as parks only space of shadows. I wanted to touch those places that have no economic the heart, run the palms of my hands on possibilities, we would have no parks. its side, believing that if I did, I could And in the decades to come, it will not better understand my own heart, which be only the buffalo and the trumpeter was invisible to me. I was only inches swan that need sanctuaries. Our own away, wondering whether it would be species is going to need them, too. It cold or hot to the touch. It looked like needs them now.” ice, but it registered as fire. Suddenly, I heard the heavy door Excerpts from The Hour of Land: A slam and darkness clamp down. The Personal Topography of America’s group left without me. I was forgotNational Parks by Terry Tempest Williams, ten—alone—locked inside the cave. reprinted with permission. Learn more at I waved my hand in front of my face.

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arth’s oceans shelter more than a million species, employ millions of people and feed billions more. Their complex ecosystems increasingly face critical challenges, including acidification, overfishing and pollution. Inspiring us all, youths nationwide are stepping up with bold, creative actions benefiting present and future generations to show us how we too, can do our part. Sean Russell, 24, of Englewood, Florida, was exposed to ocean wonders in junior marine conservation summer camps and 4-H programs. Volunteering with Mote Marine Laboratory’s dolphin research program, in Sarasota, Russell was struck by how improperly discarded fishing line entangled and killed dolphins and other wildlife. At 16, he launched the Stow It—Don’t Throw It Project to promote portable receptacles made from repurposed tennis ball containers for anglers to stash used fishing line for later safe disposal on shore. More than 21,000 containers have been distributed nationwide to date. While earning a bachelor’s degree in biology, Russell launched the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit to harness youth enthusiasm for related issues. Six summits have convened hundreds of concerned young change-makers and adult professionals. “Young people learn about current threats to marine

life and become inspired by peers sharing ideas and successes,” says Russell. Planning and skill-building sessions fuel action, often assisted by microgrants to help kick-start community projects. Russell is also involved with the nonprofit EarthEcho International, which activates young leaders through peer-to-peer networks. One recent campaign, 3T4E, encouraged youth worldwide to pick up three pieces of trash on November 1 and document their efforts. Nearly 2 million social media impressions later, they’ve reached youth in 24 states, in 19 countries and on six continents, according to Executive Director Mia DeMezza. Founded by siblings Philippe and Alexandra Cousteau, the Washington, D.C., EarthEcho shares service learning stories that record steps young people are taking to mitigate local waterway issues. In a virtual classroom field trip series, they can explore issues such as oceanic dead zones and acidification through dynamic multimedia presentations. “These young people are going to inherit the problems we’ve created, and deserve a seat at the table,” says DeMezza. Given the opportunity, youth can play a key role in conservation, research and policy making for Earth’s oceans. “I look at youth not as leaders of the future, but leaders of today,” says Russell.

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Daniela Fernandez, 23, is one of the youth leaders working to bridge the generational divide on ocean conservation issues. An undergraduate at Georgetown University, in Washington, D.C., she was invited to a 2013 United Nations (UN) meeting to address the state of the world’s oceans. When she inquired if they had social media outlets to share their discussions, she discovered they did not. The 2016 Christopher Benchley Ocean Award winner relates, “I returned to campus with a sense of urgency about the issues I learned about, which led me to start a nonprofit to connect Millennials with the oceans.” The resulting Sustainable Oceans Alliance (SOA) has since hosted three global ocean summits with participants from more than 30 colleges and universities, learning directly from leaders in government, science, business and policy. Summit-watch parties at embassies around the world enabled Millennials to submit questions and comments online. Consequently, Secretary of State John Kerry’s office partnered with SOA to incorporate a youth component in the state department’s 2016 Our Ocean Conference. The SOA, recognized by the United

Nations as a game-changing initiative, has catalyzed 30 chapters on U.S. campuses, with plans to expand to Britain, Chile and Spain. Actionable steps include advocating for college curricula on ocean health. Already, the alliance has helped sway global policy, gathering 30,000 signatures petitioning that ocean conservation be included in UN sustainable development goals. It also mobilized youth advocating for the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, America’s first marine monument (measuring a bit larger than Yellowstone National Park), off of Cape Cod, created by former President Obama in 2016. Russell and Fernandez agree that rallying around solutions is key to engaging youths and adults alike. “You can talk about the problems all day long, but it’s solutions that inspire people to take action,” says Russell. Fernandez adds, “Often, people feel helpless in the face of big issues, but if you give them a simple way to help, they will get behind it.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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omeowners continue to be interested in green building options because they help foster a healthier, more comfortable and affordable home—and it’s good for the environment,” says Dan Chiras, Ph.D., of Gerald, Missouri, founding director of the Evergreen Institute and author of The Homeowner’s Guide to Renewable Energy.

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It costs slightly more on a monthly mortgage to build a home that costs far less per month to operate. ~Dan Chiras Energy Storage

Tesla Motors does more than produce high-end electric cars and solar shingles. The company is also on the cutting edge of future energy storage. Tesla’s new, compact Powerwall 2 battery system, complete with inverter, can power an average two-bedroom home for 24 hours. Chiras says, “Utilities throughout the nation are cracking down with special fees on solar-home owners that occasionally pull electricity from the grid. I think more people are going to opt to go off-grid or install a Tesla battery to provide nighttime power to preempt this. It’s easier to maintain than a standard lead-acid battery, and should last as long. When its useful life is over, the homeowner returns it to the company.” “Saltwater-based batteries for homeowners are coming up,” observes Clay Sterling, assistant professor of electrical technology at Kankakee Community College, in Kankakee, Illinois. “The batteries from Aquion Energy are nontoxic, safe and recyclable.” Their Aspen series of aqueous hybrid ion batteries contain neither heavy metals nor toxic chemicals and are non-flammable and non-explosive, adding to their safety.

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Self Protection for Empaths

Fend Off Toxic Energy and Other People’s Stress by Judith Orloff


mpaths are emotional sponges that absorb other people’s stress into their own bodies, which can be exhausting. Here are some basic strategies that work for them or anyone else battling low energy.

Ask ourself, “Is this symptom or emotion mine or someone else’s?” A tipoff that we’re absorbing someone’s energy is to notice if we experience a sudden change of mood or physical state when we’re around them. If we didn’t feel anxious, depressed, exhausted or sick before the encounter, the discomfort is at least partially coming from them. If we move away and the discomfort disappears, it is definitely not ours.

Breathe and repeat a mantra to counter negative energy. When

negativity strikes, we can immediately focus on our breath for a few minutes. Inhale and exhale, slowly and deeply, to expel the uncomfortable energy. Breathing circulates negativity out of the body. Repeat this mantra three times: “Return to sender.”

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It’s fine to lovingly say, “No” to certain energies. Giving ourself permission to move is an act of self-care.

Limit physical contact; hugs are a choice. Energy transfers through the eyes and touch. If we’re uncomfortable with someone, limit eye contact and touch, including hugs and handholding.

Detox in water. A quick way to

dissolve stress and empathic pains is immersion in water. Epsom salt baths provide calming magnesium.

Set limits and boundaries. To thrive, set limits with people. If someone is draining, don’t be a doormat. Control how much time is spent listening to a talker. “No” is a complete sentence. It’s okay to say, “I’m sorry, I’m not up for going to a party tonight,” “Let’s discuss this when you’re calmer,” “I need to meditate and be quiet now,” or “I can’t talk more than a few minutes.”

Create alone time to regroup.

Empaths need alone time to reconnect with their power. If we’ve picked up unwanted energy, take time alone to recenter. For a few minutes or more, quiet everything—no noise, bright lights, phone calls, texts, emails, Internet, TV

or conversations. It’s a way of nurturing ourself and being our own best friend.

Spend time in nature and practice Earthing. Ways of Earthing include

going barefoot or lying in a meadow to feel Earth’s power. To shed other people’s energy, feel the grass between bare toes or walk in sand or soil. Being in a fresh, clean, green environment or around waterways also clears negativity. Empaths love nature and feel at ease there.

Take breaks from being online. We

all need regular time away from technology that inundates us with too much information. Online media that triggers emotions—such as social media and violent TV news reports—can impair our ability to fall asleep. It’s easy to pick up energy in the virtual world, so make sure to spend time in nature, meditating or participating in restorative off-line activities. A periodic total technology fast does wonders for well-being. Regularly practicing these strategies replenishes our energies and we become less prone to being overwhelmed. It supports health and happiness so we can more fully enjoy the many gifts of empathy such as passion, creativity and experiencing the gift of giving and sharing love.

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ENZYME THERAPY FOR PETS A Key to Good Health by Shawn Messonnier


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ease, regardless of cause. Because sick pets often suffer from reduced appetite and impaired digestion, enzyme supplements are often added to a dietetic regimen to improve their nutritional status. Helpful enzymes include proteases, carbohydrases (like amylase) and lipases that break down proteins, carbohydrates and fats, respectively. Digestive enzymes are highly specific both to the type of food they act upon and the conditions under which they work. They can be derived from pancreatic, plant or microbial sources (bacteria or fungi). While pancreatic enzymes activate mainly in the small intestines (being inactive in the stomach’s lower pH environment), plant and microbial enzymes begin digesting foods in the stomach immediately after ingestion and likely even on the food being prepared, if the enzymes are added several minutes before they are eaten. Enzymes from microbial and plant origins have a broader spectrum of activity because they are stable and active through a wide pH range of 3.0 to 8.0. Enzymes may be helpful for pets with inflammatory conditions, including arthritis, dermatitis, allergies, asthma and cancer. In such cases, they should not be administered with food, because otherwise they will be “used up” before the pet digests the food.

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Mind Body Connection – 6:30-9:30pm. Massage can enhance the body mind connection to bring core beliefs to conscious awareness. This session gives an overview and some experience with ways to create this connection including appropriate communication and boundaries to establish a safe environment. Learn to make your massage experience more complete. $90. OSM Portland, 9500 SW Barbur Blvd, #100, Portland. 503-244-3420. LB@

The Art & Magic of Heart Tantra – Heart Centered Healing – 6:30-8pm. Experience exceptional Advanced Energy Healing through your awakened Heartspace. This class will give you basic tools to enliven your healing practice or simply open your Heart to engage the Universe’s potent, healing current. Presented by Heart Tantra originator, Keith Gregory. Learn that all true healing happens in and through your open Heart. $11. Temple Medicine, 1716 NE 42nd Ave, Portland. Keith Gregory 347-573-1042. Heartantra@yahoo. com.

Gong Bath Meditation – 7-8:30pm. With Wayne Marto. A transformative journey of healing and deep relaxation. The pure, penetrating sound waves leave the listener feeling tuned, refreshed and connected with their intuitive personal power. The experience is effortless and the results profound. Wear comfortable clothes and bring whatever you need to be relaxed for the meditation (yoga mat, blanket, pillow). $20. New Renaissance Bookshop, 1338 NW 23rd Ave, Portland. 503-224-4929. NRBEvents@Gmail. com.

SATURDAY, APRIL 8 Find Yourself Running ChiRunning Workshop – 9am-1pm. Whether you’re a beginner runner, or have been running for years, this workshop will prove beneficial for you. ChiRunning goes beyond traditional running training by incorporating energy efficiency and injury prevention techniques into running form. New Heights Physical Therapy, 1700 Broadway St, Vancouver. 360-524-3498. Trent@ FindYourselfRunning. com. Caring for Cancer: A Wholistic Approach – 9am5pm both days. Apr 8 & 9. With Rylen Feeney & Michael Guida. Explore the important role that complementary and alternative medicines play in caring for individuals living with cancer. This class is open to all persons dealing with cancer or caring for someone during any phase of cancer treatment. Pre-approved for 14 NCCAOM PDAs. $350; see website for specials. The Wellspring School, 2440 NE MLK Jr Blvd, #202, Portland. 503-688-1482. classes.

SUNDAY, APRIL 9 Crystal Bowl Sound Bath – 6-7:30pm. Join us for an evening of high vibrational crystal bowl sound healing. Relax on your back while Shalom plays his bowls and other calming instruments to take you on a journey like no other. Please bring your personal mat; a few will be provided. Shalom has trained throughout India and Asia in yoga, meditation, and the healing arts. $15. New Renaissance Bookshop, 1338 NW 23rd Ave, Portland. 503-2244929. NewRenBooks. com.


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FRIDAY, APRIL 14 Wine Tasting – 4-7pm. Join us for our monthly wine tasting (usually the 1st or 2nd Friday of the month). Sample a wide variety of fine wines at bargain prices. Learn about the grapes, the wine regions, the vinters and more. Free. Hollywood Grocery Outlet, 4420 NE Hancock St, Portland. 503-282-5248.

SATURDAY, APRIL 15 House of Dreams Cat Shelter Annual Plant and Vegan Bake Sale – 10am-3pm. Indoor/outdoor plants, pots, garden art, tools and vegan baked goodies. Great selection and prices. All proceeds benefit our no-kill, free roam, all volunteer cat shelter in NE Portland. 7634 SE Morrison, Portland. 503-262-0763.

TUESDAY, APRIL 18 Orloff to Visit Portland on New Book Tour – 7:30pm. Dr. Judith Orloff will sign copies of her new book, The Empath’s Survival Guide, and speak about its “life strategies for sensitive people”. Orloff synthesizes traditional medicine with cutting-edge knowledge of intuition, energy and spirituality to achieve physical and emotional healing. Book cost: $15.37. New Renaissance Bookshop, 1338 NW 23rd Ave, Portland. 503-224-4929. See ad, page 2.

SATURDAY, APRIL 22 Find Yourself Running ChiRunning Workshop – 9am-1pm. Whether you’re a beginner runner, or have been running for years, this workshop will prove beneficial for you. ChiRunning goes beyond traditional running training by incorporating energy efficiency and injury prevention techniques into running form. New Heights Physical Therapy, 1700 Broadway St, Vancouver. 360-524-3498. Trent@ FindYourselfRunning. com. Earth Day Natural Death Care Workshops – 9am-1pm. Natural Burial; Why, How, Where, led by David Noble, Executive Director of River View Cemetery & Jodie Buller, Cemetery Manager for White Eagle Memorial Preserve. Also Home Funerals, DIY Memorials & Other Rituals of Remem-

brance, led by Holly Pruett, Life-Cycle Celebrant. Tickets available on Free. River View Cemetery, 0300 SW Taylors Ferry Rd, Portland. 503-246-4251. Jessica@RiverViewCemetery. org. Food in the Treatment of Disharmony – 9:00am5:30pm, both days. Apr 22 & 23. With Rylen Feeney. Designed for those with a background in Chinese Medicine, this class will discuss the appropriate nutritional considerations that apply to each zang/fu pattern. This class focuses on approachable remedies and energetically appropriate food suited for the western patient, rather than the use of traditional Chinese herbs and foods. $325; see website for specials. Pre-approved for 14 NCCAOM PDAs. The Wellspring School, 2440 NE MLK Jr Blvd, Ste 202, Portland. 503-688-1482. Admin@TheWellspring. org.

SUNDAY, APRIL 23 I Knew You Were Going to Say That – 2-5pm. Join local intuitive Jane de Forest for a workshop to develop your natural psychic abilities and practice these skills in a safe and friendly environment. By the end of class, you will have discovered how to “tap in” and leave with practical tools and an enhanced ability to interpret gut feelings, signs and hunches. Jane de Forest is an intuitive coach, animal communicator, artist, author and beloved reader at New Renaissance Bookshop. $30. New Renaissance Bookshop, 1338 NW 23rd Ave, Portland. 503-2244929. NewRenBooks. com.

TUESDAY, APRIL 25 Beginners Meditation Group – 6:30-7:30pm. Sandra and David will offer basic instruction in the accessible technique of watching the breath to quiet mental chatter, reduce stress, relax the body and uplift the spirit. We will alternate between practicing short meditations together and opening up the space for us to process our experiences and ask questions. Join us no matter your experience level, belief system or background. Sandra has been meditating for over 20 years. David has been practicing meditation since being introduced to Shambhala meditation and Zen Buddhism in 2007. Free. New Renaissance Bookshop, 1338 NW 23rd Ave, Portland. 503-224-4929. NRBEvents@gmail. com.

WEDNESDAY APRIL 26 Full Moon Fire Ceremony – 7-9pm. Fire ceremonies have been used by our ancestors through the ages as ritual, celebration or connection to Spirit. This Peruvian style fire ceremony is built to pray, give thanks and release dense energy to be transmuted to light. Come join a community of like-minded souls. This is an extremely potent form of ceremony. $10 or donation. 6505 SE Monroe, Milwaukie. Register on Meetup or 503-288-5175. Rising Fire Shamanism: School & Healing Center.

THURSDAY, APRIL 27 Shamanic Journey Series: 3 of 3 – 7-9:30pm. The journey is the shaman’s basic technology. Come learn this universal practice to directly experience guidance and clear-seeing. Travel in non-ordinary reality, joining with spirit guides and allies to gain wisdom and healing. In each class, you will learn medicine teachings and practices while you accel-

erate your personal healing and discover skills that develop emotional intelligence for “living alive!” Third class: Upper World. $20 per class or $50 for the series. Rising Fire Shamanism: School & Healing Center. 1829 NE Alberta St, #5, Portland. 503288-5175.

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Free / Donation Info: Jennifer 503-297-3928 7-8:30pm on 4/28 at New Renaissance Books, 1338 NW 23rd Ave, Portland. 7-9:30pm on 4/29 at Yoga Shala Wellness, 808 N Williams Ave, Portland. 7-9:30pm on 4/30 at Yoga Samadhi, 177 W Jewett Blvd, White Salmon, WA. SATURDAY, APRIL 29 Silva Mind Method Training Seminar – 9am7pm, both days. Apr 29 & 30. This intensive twoday program guides participants to successfully master the art of healing, both for self and others. Tremendous benefits for anyone but also for alternative healing professionals, medical doctors and naturopaths. Through these active meditation exercises, participants expand their brain capacity and develop psychic abilities. Increased sales and leadership performance, improved relationships and communication skills, growing numbers of serendipities are not uncommon upon participation. $395; special discounts available (see website). Center Flow Pilates, 604 NW 23rd Ave, Portland. Quantum-Touch® Level I Workshop – 10am5pm. Apr 29 & 30. Join one of QT’s longest standing instructors, Judie Maron-Friend, for a 2-day intensive energy healing workshop and forever change your life at the quantum level. Offered again Sep 9-10 or Nov 4-5. 13 CE credits. Whether you’re a novice or professional, learn this world renowned, love-based healing technique & change lives. $350 - 21 days prior, $400 thereafter. 503-753-1590. See endorsements at the QT website:

SUNDAY, APRIL 30 So You Want to Be a Midwife? – 9am-4:30pm. Join us for a daylong info event for our midwifery program. Panels of students and midwives will share their experiences and take questions about their work. Lunch will be provided. Register at before March 17 for early bird cost of $30. 12113 SE Foster Rd, Portland. Drake Carnahan 503-760-3131.

Introduction to the Ascended Masters – 2-3:30pm. The Ascended Masters are the saints, East and West who have mastered the energies of this earthly plane and ascended into spirit realms. Their loving and compassionate teachings help us to reach our highest spiritual potential. Topics include the violet flame, angels, twin flames, karma, reincarnation, nature spirits and the Ascension. Study group at Hillsdale Library, 1525 SW Sunset Blvd, Portland. 503-988-5388. Summit Lighthouse of Portland.

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Women’s Health Series: Women’s Wellness –May 2, 17, 30 & June 20. With Rylen Feeney. Classes are 2.5 hours each. This series is open to all individuals and health care practitioners looking to further their understanding of women’s health. Topics to be covered; Healthy Menstruation, Irregular/Painful Cycles & PMS, Fibroids/Endometriosis & PCOS, Navigating Peri/Menopause. See website for specific class times and special pricing. $45 each. Discounts available for multiple classes. Take one or take all. The Wellspring School, 2440 NE MLK Jr Blvd, Ste 202, Portland. 503-688-1482. Info@TheWellspring. org.

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Free / Donation Info: Jennifer 503-297-3928 Hegewald Rock Creek Center, 710 SW Rock Creek Dr, Stevenson, WA. Quantum-Touch® Level II Workshop – May 20 & 21. 10am-5pm. Join Certified Quantum-Touch Instructor, Judie Maron-Friend, for this advanced workshop and discover effortless breakthroughs and the Realization of Extraordinary Freedom. Other Dates: 9/16 & 17. 13 CE credits. The QuantumTouch Level I is a prerequisite. $450 21 days prior, $500 thereafter. Payments direct to Judie. 503-7531590.

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JUNE - JULY Teen Magick Day Camp – June 26-30 or July 10-14. 9am-4pm. Teen Magick Day Camp: Empowerment through Enchanted Arts is now open for enrollment. An exploration of ancient wisdom traditions including Astrology, Divination and Magickal Herbs. Age 13 and up. $325 for the first teen and $275 per teen sibling. Portland. Melanie Gurley 503-807-9929.

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Morning “Loving Kindness” Meditation Group – 9am-noon. Fourth Sunday. With Paul M. Rakoczy, Reiki Master. Experience group meditation with meditators and beginners alike. There will be multiple sits with discussion in between. Bring a sit cushion; chairs available. Call or email to register. Group is offered at “no charge”. 3939 NE Hancock, Ste 205, Portland. 503-997-8611. Kyklos International Folk Dancers – 7-9:45pm. Come dance with us. We do a variety of dances from Eastern Europe, Western Europe, Israel and the United States, with a mix of couple, line and set dances. Newcomers are warmly welcomed. Please bring clean softsoled shoes to protect the dance studio floor. Kyklos events are fragrance-free. Please do not wear chemicals or scented products. $2; free for Reed students. Reed College Sport Center, 2870 SE Botsford Dr, Portland.

monday T’ai Chi Chuan Yang Style – 5:30-6:30pm. With Michael Guida. T’ai Chi Chuan is a Taoist form of exercise and active meditation. Practicing the form promotes greater energy awareness and selfdevelopment. All levels welcome. $12 drop-in; see website for specials. The Wellspring School, 2440 NE MLK Jr Blvd, Ste 202, Portland. 503-688-1482. Community Meditation for Peace – 6:45–7:30pm. (no class 5/29 or 9/4) With Iris Moon. Experience mindfulness meditation—a powerful way to refocus your energy on cultivating inner peace. Guided by peace activist Thich Nhat Hahn’s weekly meditations from his book Moments of Mindfulness. As a devoted peace ambassador and local Portland musician, Iris will be leading the group using simple melodies to magnify the sound vibration of the mindful messages. Free. The Wellspring School, 2440 NE MLK Jr Blvd, Ste 202, Portland. 503-688-1482. The Movement Center Community Meditation Program – 7-8pm. Join us for chanting, satsang and guided meditation in our beautiful meditation hall. Community yoga ($5) before meditation, from 5:456:45pm. The Movement Center, 1021 NE 33rd Ave, Portland. 503-231-0383.

tuesday Qigong: 8 Brocades – 1-2pm. Beginning April 11. With Rylen Feeney. The 8 Brocades is one of the oldest and most widely practiced qigong series in the world. This practice is focused on overall health and longevity, opening up all the channels and cultivating internal and external qi. $12 drop-in; see website for specials. The Wellspring School, 2440 NE MLK Jr Blvd, Ste 202, Portland. 503-688-1482. Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement Class – 5:45-6:45pm. Bring greater ease into your daily movements: breathing, walking, turning, reaching, safer pelvic movement, freeing your back and more. $13 drop-in. Other discounts may apply. The Move-


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Tuesday Night Weekly Meditation – 7-8pm. Cultivate presence in your life through meditation, sacred play and centering techniques. Learn to transform and release dense energy from the body, mind and energy field. We focus on different methods each week to build and enhance the foundation of our practice. Rising Fire Shamanism: School & Healing Center, 1829 NE Alberta St, Ste 5, Portland. 503-288-5175. Info@

wednesday Senior Discount – Every first Wednesday of the month is Senior Morning at the Hollywood Grocery Outlet. During this time, anyone 55 or better will receive 10 percent off their total purchase (excludes alcohol). Hollywood Grocery Outlet, 4420 NE Hancock St, Portland. 503-282-5248. Qigong: Shen – 8-9am. Weekly through April 19. With Rylen Feeney. Qigong is an ancient internal martial art connecting breath, visualization and movement. Shen qigong promotes self-healing and serves as a basis for healing others by increasing sensitivity to self and others. $12 drop-in; see website for specials. The Wellspring School, 2440 NE MLK Jr Blvd, Ste 202, Portland. 503-688-1482. Info@TheWellspring. org. Quieting The Mind: Meditation & Breath – 5:456:30pm. With Rylen Feeney. Each week will approach this topic differently; some will explore breath using various mindful breathing exercises; other weeks will guide you through progressive relaxation, guided imagery and meditation. You will leave each class feeling at ease, having discovered tools that can be used in life to help navigate each day. $8.50 drop-in; see website for specials. The Wellspring School, 2440 NE MLK Jr Blvd, Ste 202, Portland. 503-688-1482. The Movement Center Community Meditation Program – 7-8pm. Join us for a short talk and guided meditation. Community yoga ($5) before meditation, from 5:45-6:45pm. The Movement Center, 1021 NE 33rd Ave, Portland. 503-231-0383. TheMovement Evening Reiki Share Group with Paul M Rakoczy, Reiki Master – 7pm. First Wednesday. Share or exchange reiki energy with practitioners and beginners alike. No experience necessary to encounter the warm energy. Donations accepted. Call or email to register. Individual sessions and attunements by appointment. 3939 NE Hancock, Ste 205, Portland. 503-997-8611.

thursday Introduction to the Ascended Masters – The Ascended Masters are the saints, East and West, who have mastered the energies of this earthly plane and ascended into spirit realms. Their loving and compassionate teachings help us to reach our highest spiritual potential. Topics include the violet flame, angels, twin flames, karma, reincarnation, nature spirits and the Ascension. Study group in Orchards, Vancouver. Please call for time and directions: Summit Lighthouse of Portland 503-318-4455.

classifieds Fee for classifieds is $20 for up to 50 words. $1 per word for additional words. To place listing, email content to Deadline is the 12th of the month. #1 Premium CBD (Cannabidiol) Hemp Oil – Pain, Anxiety, Sleep, Focus. 954-415-0942. Natural Specialty Food, Snacks, Soda and Gifts from JW Merc – Monthly feature: “get-to-know-us” intro boxes (3 to choose from) includes real maple syrup, Oregon hazelnuts, Mineral Refresher and more. Free office delivery in PDX/’Couv. Cash/check OK - C-Cards via PayPal on website. Call/text 208-424-0042 or write T’ai Chi Chuan Yang Style – 9-10am. With Michael Guida. T’ai Chi Chuan is a Taoist form of exercise and active meditation. Practicing the form promotes greater energy awareness and self-development. All levels welcome. $12 drop-in; see website for specials. The Wellspring School, 2440 NE MLK Jr Blvd, Ste 202, Portland. 503-688-1482.

friday Feldenkrais: Awareness Through Movement – 10:30-11:30am. With Susan Marshall, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, ERYT-200 Yoga Teacher. Influenced by yoga and martial arts, Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais developed a series of lessons designed to improve life through movement, to encourage conscious attention to small movements. By engaging the brain and nervous system, people learn in a simple, pleasurable way. $12 drop-in; see website for specials. The Wellspring School, 2440 NE MLK Jr Blvd, Ste 202, Portland. 503-688-1482. Info@TheWellspring. org. Love Your Spine – 1:30-2pm. Third Friday of the month. Get Intimate. Get connected and learn relationship building techniques to deepen our connection with the pathway that carries our life-force: Our Spine. Movement. Breath work. Visualization. Anatomy. Gain Awareness. $10 donation. RSVP. Space is limited. Inner Essence Chiropractic & Healing Center, 2205 N Lombard St, Ste 101, Portland. Heidi Walrath 503893-4407. Inner 100 Handprint Healing Ritual – 5:30-7:30pm. First three Fridays each month. A powerful way to address challenges to physical, mental or emotional health. Call to reserve a place. The Movement Center, 1021 NE 33rd Ave, Portland. 503-231-0383. The

saturday Hypnosis for Weight Loss – 2-4pm. Reawakening from within. Natural, simple, easy weight loss program using hypnosis, qigong and nutrition. Space is limited; call to RSVP. 15800 SW Stratford Loop, Tigard. Sue Wiebe 503-267-8074.

Love’s in Bloom, Find Your Sweetie!

Celestial Living Arts Monthly Forecast

April 2017 © Liz Howell


f your ‘Spring Ahead’ plan has not yet sprung, do not despair. It’s a slow blossoming season this year. With half the planets either entering, sustaining or exiting their retrograde stations, we are being given an extra month of Spring contemplation this April to make sure our seeds are properly sown and our efforts to grow flowers (not weeds) will come to fruition. The highly spirited Full Moon of April 10 coincides with Mercury’s retrograde which makes a nice connection to the karmic Nodes of the Moon at that time. The gist seems to be that we need to reconsider the sum total of our initiations, recounting the cause and effect of our actions and words. We are being granted the grace of a do-over where needed. The New Moon of April 26 presents us the opportunity to cleanse the palate and open to new ways of seeing and comprehending with a much bigger picture in mind.

Mantras and musings for the month of April: Aries (Mar 21-Apr 19): Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground. There is no greater investment. ~Stephen Covey Taurus (Apr 20-May 20): If you open your heart, love opens your mind. ~Charles John Quarto Gemini (May 21-Jun 20): The best teachers tell you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see. ~Alexandra K. Trenfor


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Cancer (Jun 21-Jul 22): The period of greatest gain in knowledge and experience is the most difficult period in one’s life. ~Dalai Lama Leo (Jul 23-Aug 22): The more conscious you become, the more aware you become of how unconscious you’ve been. ~Patricia Sun Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22): ): Life is really simple, but men insist on making it complicated. ~Confucius

Libra (Sep 23-Oct 22): To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you. ~Lewis B. Smedes Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21): Choose being kind over being right, and you’ll be right every time. ~Richard Carlson Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 21): It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question. ~Decouvertes Capricorn (Dec 22-Jan 19): Love gives us in a moment what we can hardly attain by effort after years of toil. ~Goethe Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 18): Knowing others is wisdom; knowing the self is enlightenment. ~Tao Te Ching Pisces (Feb 19-Mar 20): You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. ~Buddha

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Judie Maron-Friend, Certified QT Level I, II & Self Created Health Instructor/ Practitioner 8725 NE Broadway St, Portland 503-753-1590 When one learns QuantumTouch®, during class students typically relieve 50% - 100% of each other’s pain. Not only do bones align with a light touch, inflammation reduces and healing accelerates. Often students experience dramatic and profound emotional release. Contact Judie to learn more or sign up for a class today and discover your power to heal. 503-609-07987 Certified Quantum Touch and Energy Healer, Rachel takes a holistic approach, incorporating healing modalities to support and enhance your body and minds ability to self-heal.


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Susan Marshall, GCFP Laurelhurst Healing Arts Building 3059 NE Glisan St, Portland 503-313-9813 Improve neck, back and hip pain, recover from workplace, auto and bike accidents, sleep better and more. Find out why Norman Doige, MD in his 2015 NY Times Bestseller, The Brain’s Way of Healing, highlights the Feldenkrais Method® as applied neuroplasticity—using your brain and nervous system for effective recovery.


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JAMIE “CEDAR” ROGERS, MA 503-621-6178

Interpret messages from the body, heart, and spirit, transform blockages, and explore heartcentered life direction. Holistic approach, utilizing artistic, energetic, reflective, and metaphoric pathways.

Training LMT’s for over 25 years 9500 SW Barbur Blvd, Portland 503-244-3420

We offer massage and bodywork courses for aspiring massage therapists, licensed professionals and the general public.

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By Design Bodywork

Nourish Northwest

Ray J. Drlik, CMTA, FDN, LMT 7460 SW Hunziker St, Ste H, Tigard 503-901-6013

Nutrition & Fitness Studio 4418 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland 503-234-7280

My goal is to work with YOU to help YOUR body work the way it was designed to work. Together we’ll build on natural solutions to nourish your body. Tap into your “Inner Physician” and regain your zest for life. For more information, check out my website or call for a free consultation.


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At Nourish Northwest, we offer individual nutrition counseling, group workshops, a variety of fitness classes, corporate wellness services, and weekly cooking classes.


Laney Coulter, BCH, NLP 7135 N Vincent Ave, Portland 503-289-3614 Laney is a Board Certified Hypnotist who is available to help you with the following and more: Fertility, Business Success, Motivation, General Sadness, Weight Mastery, Smoking Cessation, Relationship Issues, Phobias, Anxiety, Anger Issues and Breaking Habits.


Usui/Holy Fire Reiki Master Portland, OR 503-939-4357

4640 SW Garden Home Rd, Portland 503-360-1324 Hairapy PDX is an organic and ammonia-free salon promoting beauty, wellness and green living by being free of chemicals, damaging toxins, and harmful carcinogens.


Retreat, Conference and Event Center 38950 SW Laurelwood Rd Gaston, OR 97119 503-746-6229 A beautiful place to host your next meeting, event, retreat or conference and only 45 minutes west of Portland. We have bright spaces for groups of all sizes; lovely guest rooms, most with views of the lush valley; delicious vegetarian meals served daily; yoga and meditation.

shamanic healing African Shamanic Healer Diviner Downtown Portland 503-922-4585

We combine Primordial and modern spiritual tools to Heal emotional, physical and spiritual dis-ease. We help you remove or circumvent karmic and other obstacles inhibiting your progress in life, love, relationship, career, spiritual pursuits, and female-centric spiritual solutions regarding childbirth and miscarriage.

shamanic healing RISING FIRE SHAMANISM School & Healing Center 1829 NE Alberta St, Ste 5 Portland, OR 97211 503-288-5175

Rising Fire integrates energy healing with psychological process and awareness training. This exceptional approach develops emotional intelligence and freedom in daily life. Healing services, nutrition counseling, coaching, classes, and community events.

Veterinary care TWO RIVERS VETERINARY CLINIC 3808 N Williams Ave, Ste 129 Portland, OR 97227 503-280-2000

Founded in 2008, Two Rivers Veterinary Clinic serves both as a primary care facility for those interested in holistic care for their pets and as a referral clinic for conventional veterinarians who would like their patients to receive acupuncture, chiropractic, or a holistic consultation.

yoga TANTRIC healing THE TANTRA STUDIO, LLC Maria D Sigel C.P 1235 SE Division St, Portland 503-884-7032

GOod beginnings YOGA Prenatal + Mom & Baby yoga with Sound healing. Classes in North Portland.

MAY Natural Pregnancy Plus: Women Rising May articles include: Preparing for Natural Pregnancy & Childbirth Women at Work Healing the World and so much more!



13031 SE 84th Ave Clackamas, 97015 503-482-8620


MA, LPC, CADCIII Counseling & Hypnotherapy 2304 E Burnside, #2 Portland 503-752-1893

Paul M Rakoczy,

LCSW Humanistic Psychotherapy/ Reiki 3939 NE Hancock, Ste 205 503-997-8611

BARTON S SLOAN, LISW, BCD, EMDR Certified Therapist and Consultant 222 NE Park Plaza Vancouver, WA 98671 360-254-3642 Providing services for couples, adults, and children. Call or email for an appointment.

THE MOVEMENT CENTER YOGA STUDIO 1021 NE 33rd Ave, Portland 503-231-0383

Hatha yoga for all levels, workshops & specialty classes, private & healing yoga sessions, at a beautiful meditation and retreat center in the heart of the city.

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