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ctivity directors working at senior living communities can now maintain and renew their National Certification Council for Activity Professionals (NCCAP) continuing education requirements by attending the newly accredited Geri-Fit Strength Training for Seniors instructor training course. Geri-Fit is an evidence-based health promotion and physical activity program suitable for older adults of all ages and fitness levels. The eight-hour Phoenix session will be held on December 3. NCCAP, a CMS-approved national accrediting organization, has accredited the Geri-Fit instructor training program for eight clock hours. Activity directors, evidence-based program leaders, fitness instructors, health coaches, home healthcare aides and even family caregivers can now learn the “bodybuilding” basics of free weight training in order to provide guidance to older adults that need to learn how to lift weights correctly. Instructors must read a 200-page manual and view two training DVDs prior to attending the one-day training program and will also need to pass a practical and written examination before receiving a certificate of completion. In addition to the NCCAP accreditation, the course is also approved by the American Council on Exercise. Tuition is $315 and includes the training manual, two DVDs and a stretch band. To register or for more information, visit asp. See ad on page 11.

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journey to discover how our mental, emotional and spiritual bodies affect overall well-being, Health, Healing & Happiness–The Soul Connection, will take place October 20 through 22 at The Collective Sedona, with amazing presenters, yoga, music, mindfulness experiences, elevated food and a holistic market in a breathtaking location. Special guest speakers include Dr. Leonard Horowitz, don Jose Ruiz, Rev. Arlene Hylton, Michael Mirdad, Amalia Camateros, Shannon Rae, Mayra Trabulse, Shane Stuart, Jodi Paige, Dr. Lori Krauss, Nicole Vigna and Ina Mohan. Attendees can mingle with them and other like-hearted people at evening socials available with an extra ticket or as a bundle. A reception and dinner, Gather in Gratitude, at the Organic Garden Oasis of ChocolaTree, with an eight-course meal, beverages and live entertainment, is on Friday. The 528 Love Concert, with Horowitz is on Saturday, with singing and dancing to popular music played in the 528 sound healing frequency. Event tickets are $99 to $179; reception and dinner is $89; bundles and group packages are available. Location: 7000 AZ-179, Sedona. For more information, call 702-970-7775 or visit sedona-event. See ad on page 41.



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live and Revive hosts unique holistic retreats throughout the year that encourage free thinking, spontaneity and spiritual growth for those looking for a transformative vacation, but not a stickler for strict schedules. They will be exploring Ecuador and the Andes Mountain from December 27 to January 4, 2018. During the eight-day adventure, participants will stay in a beautiful ocean-view home, as well as a quaint residence near the Incan ruins of Ingapirca, in the Andes. As a retreat guest, they will be treated to a variety of naturopathic treatments such as acupuncture, massage, cupping and more from Dr. Melanie Icard, the practicing naturopathic medical doctor of Anti-Aging Clinic, in Phoenix. They’ll be free to explore their surroundings on their own time and will have the option to participate in activities such as shamanic ceremonies, hot mud baths, swimming in the baños of Cuenca, horseback riding, parasailing, surfing and psychedelic experiences. Alive and Revive will host another retreat to Cusco and Machu Picchu from Jun. 12 to 20, 2018. To reserve a spot, call 480-599-8370 or email at See ad on page 9 and page 12.

Holistic Health Gathering to Benefit Wounded Warriors


outhwest Institute of Healing Arts (SWIHA) and Yoga Rocks the Park present Go Green on the Green Belt, a holistic health gathering and mind-body-spirit celebration, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., October 22, at Spirit of Yoga, in Tempe, with more than 50 vendors. This gathering of holistic healers, seekers and yogis is coming together to raise awareness of the healing arts and yoga. There will be a donation-based yoga practice on the green belt to kick off the event that benefits the Save A Warrior Project. Save A Warrior has changed myriad lives through their War Detox program, which supports the healing from posttraumatic stress by helping to reduce pain and increase resiliency. This program specializes in connecting active duty military, returning veterans and first-responders experiencing psychological trauma. Admission is by donation. Location: 1420 E. Southern Ave., Tempe. For more information, call 480-994-9244 or visit See ad on page 44 and back cover. natural awakenings

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atural Awakenings magazine is sporting a new look. After being unveiled in Florida’s Collier/Lee edition that serves Naples and Fort Myers—the first of a family of magazines that has grown to encompass 85 U.S. cities, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic—in July, the new logo and cover design will appear in all editions starting in October. Other design elements are expected to be refreshed in the near future to align with the evolution of the national content already underway. The plans were announced at the Natural Awakenings’ Publishers Conference in Orlando in May. “We’ve kept up with new, cutting-edge trends and developments in all areas of sustainable, healthy living through the years, so it’s only natural for our look to also evolve,” says Sharon Bruckman, CEO and founder of Natural Awakenings Publishing Corporation. “The new cover format enables us to highlight more of the content offered inside the issue. The changes also reflect the success of our mission in supporting the presence and growth of the natural living movement to the point where it’s beneficially influencing mainstream media content.” Launched by Bruckman with a single magazine in 1994, Natural Awakenings is now one of the largest, free, local, healthy lifestyle publications worldwide, serving approximately 3.5 million readers. For more information, visit See ad on inside back cover.

Seasonal Wellness Tune-Ups at Ardea Health


all and winter bring colds and flu to many. If any family members have seasonal illness that impacts their daily life, Ardea Health PLLC, in Avondale, is extending a 20 percent discount on new patient visits (CPT code fee only) through October 31. Taking a look at overall health and the causes of disease can get us all on a better path to health and happiness. Illness comes and goes and is part of good natural immunity through exposure and the development of a strong immune system. Becoming ill teaches lessons on self-care. Although we would like to avoid it completely, some illness can be a valued journey to gaining better health. At Ardea Health, people can learn how to be sick to be well and not let illness take them down for the count. Naturopathic medicine looks to find the cause and consider the whole person in the journey to lasting health. It offers prevention that builds health. Location: 12725 W. Indian School Rd., Bldg. E-101, Ste. 106, Avondale. For appointments, call 602-421-6237. For more information, visit See ad on page 56. 12


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eart and Soul Productions is offering a Mastering Subtle Energy Workshop with David Router from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., October 21, at VENUE 8600, in Scottsdale. Dr. Theresa Ramsey will lead the event with an introduction; “Do other people’s energies leave you feeling fatigued and stressed? If so, join David, where you will be taught exercises that have been scientifically validated to experience less fatigue, feelings of depletion and burnout; increase adaptation resources and stress resilience; increase the energy available for healing; enable more vital energy to be available at the end of a busy day; activate, ground, manage and strengthen your personal energy resources; and gain a stronger connection to intuition and internal knowledge.” Continuing education credits available. Location: 8600 E. Anderson Dr., Scottsdale. For more information and to register, visit See ad on page 38.

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ith more than 20 years of experience, Bell Lifestyle Products Inc., in South Haven, Michigan, has introduced a new look for its complete line of more than 60 natural supplements across 13 health categories. Bell continues to expand its line of products, most recently launching a new, all-in-one bladder and urinary tract support formulation and a new line of sports supplements. In addition to rolling out all-new, color-coded packaging to help navigate their product line, Bell has updated their website for easier online shopping or to find a local Bell Lifestyle retailer. It also provides an extensive library of health and wellness resources, including the Bell Wellness Center, with hundreds of recipes, infographics and articles on physical, mental, social and nutritional wellness from experts in their field. New articles are posted weekly. Bell Lifestyle Products offers a full money-back guarantee on their products, which are available in more than 7,000 health food stores and pharmacies worldwide. For more information, call 800-333-7995, email, visit or See ad on page 31. natural awakenings

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esveratrol is a natural substance found in grapes, peanuts, blueberries and other foods that’s known for its heart-protective nature. Researchers believe it may also help promote eye health, including prevention of glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration, but not much is known about its presence in the eyes. Scientists from Tongji Medical College, in China, set out to measure the concentration of trans-resveratrol in the eyes after oral supplementation. Three daily doses of Longevinex, an oral trans-resveratrol-based capsule supplement, was administered to 35 adults prior to eye surgery on one of their eyes, and tissue samples of the conjunctiva, aqueous humor and vitreous humor were taken. Researchers measured the tissues for resveratrol concentration to determine how much of the supplement penetrated the eyes. Resveratrol metabolites were detected in the conjunctiva of 25 of the eyes, indicating that the beneficial substance does pass through the brain.

Banning Trans Fats Lowers Heart Attacks


leven counties in New York instituted restrictions on trans fatty acids in restaurants in 2007. Researchers from Yale University School of Medicine used data from the New York State Department of Health statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System and U.S. Census population estimates to determine the impact of these restrictions on the health of the community; they compared the 11 counties that had the restrictions to 25 counties without them. The scientists concluded that hospital heart attack admissions were significantly lower for the 11 counties with the restrictions.

Walking Reduces Symptoms of Dementia


study from the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, examined the impact of regular walking on people with vascular cognitive impairment, the second-most common form of dementia. The ailment occurs when blood vessels become damaged by cardiovascular disease, impeding good blood circulation and making the brain work harder. The researchers scanned the brains and conducted computerized decision-making and attention tests on 38 people with mild, early forms of vascular cognitive impairment. Half of the subjects were asked to participate in supervised, one-hour walking sessions three times per week for a six-month period. The remaining subjects did not walk. After six months, the walking group showed improvements in both blood pressure and brain function, with their brains requiring less effort during the decision-making and attention tests.

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Sleep Disorders and ADHD


n the journal Today’s Parent, adults describe what it felt like to have attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as young children, Because that seems “normal” for them, it can be challenging for those with ADHD to describe the difficulties they face every day, and it can also be a challenge for others to understand them. ADHD comprises a combination of problems such as difficulty sustaining attention, hyperactivity and impulsive behavior estimated to affect 5 percent of U.S. children, according to the American Psychiatric Association. While many think of ADHD as a childhood condition, it often lasts into adulthood. Strides have been made in ADHD research, but much is still unknown about the disorder. One area that is just beginning to be explored is the relationship between ADHD and sleep. Because sleep disturbances related to the disorder generally appear in late childhood, they have not received much attention until recently. However, patients with ADHD often report difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep and waking in the morning. The nonprofit organization Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) notes that the frequency of sleep-disordered breathing in children with

ADHD is approximately 25 to 30 percent, compared with just 3 percent of other children. As many as 40 percent of individuals with ADHD are obese, which has a strong correlation to sleep disordered breathing, especially obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA is a serious disorder, often accompanied by loud snoring, in which breathing stops and restarts repeatedly during sleep. Because it results in poor sleep, OSA impacts alertness and performance. Patients with OSA often report symptoms similar to those of ADHD, such as lack of focus, daytime sleepiness and trouble with memory. The symptoms are so similar that Dr. Vatsal Thakkar, a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the New York University Langone Medical Center, considers sleep problems as a possible cause when evaluating patients for ADHD. CHADD also recently suggested that because sleep disorders are often related to ADHD or may even result in a misdiagnosis of ADHD, it is vital that sleep screenings be a part of any ADHD assessment. When appropriate, OSA can be treated with a comfortable oral appliance similar to a mouth guard after obtaining a diagnosis through a sleep study. For more information about sleep apnea and oral appliance therapy or to schedule a sleep apnea screening, call Beth Hamann, DDS, at Koala Center for Sleep Disorders at 602-883-1931 or visit See ad on page 35.

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Wind turbines make cleaner energy, but are dangerous to birds and bats. According to a study in the Wildlife Society Bulletin, approximately 573,000 birds and 888,000 bats are killed annually by wind turbines, which are providing increased wind power capacity nationwide. At one solar power plant in California, an estimated 3,500 birds died in just the plant’s first year of operation. What would help most is offshore turbines and knowledge about migration routes. The safest place for wind turbines is in the ocean, because songbirds and bats don’t migrate over such waters. On land, many songbirds fly at night and can’t see the wind turbines until it’s too late. Once they’ve discovered the unsafe area, they avoid it. Because migration routes are based on availability of food, water and resting areas, birds are forced to fly around the turbines, adding miles to their trip and the burning of more calories. Estimates of just how many bats are dying each year range from the tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands. Radar installations help to keep bats away from the deadly blades. Other remedies include slowing the blades at night to reduce collisions, which has proved to reduce overall wildlife deaths by 73 percent. In 2016 the American Wind Energy Association announced voluntary guidelines to halt turbines during low wind speeds, when bats are most active, to reduce bat fatalities by 30 percent. With two more industry changes, bat fatalities could drop 90 percent: feathering, or turning the blades parallel to the wind so the turbines don’t rotate; and higher cut-in speeds so they don’t rotate in light winds.

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A collaborative study published in the journal Pediatrics concludes that toddlers under the age of 2 are more likely to eat French fries than vegetables on any given day; one in four 6-to-11-month-olds and one in five 1-year-olds consumed no vegetables at all. This concerning downward trend began more than a decade ago. The percentage of babies and toddlers eating canned or frozen fruits and vegetables declined by 10 percent between 2005 and 2012, and the consumption of dark, leafy greens among those under 2 has halved since 2005. Dr. Annemarie Stroustrup, an associate professor with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, in New York City, says, “You often have to offer a new food to a toddler up to 10 times before they will eat it.”


The easiest way to save money on airfare is by being flexible, because flying on certain days at certain times can be more affordable. Shopping among airports and carriers can also yield dividends, perhaps leaving from one airport and returning to another or combining airlines based on the lowest available rates for legs of the trip. Off hours for flying are very early in the morning or late at night; keep looking for deals right up to the deadline. Airlines send deals and special offers to those that sign up for email alerts. Stay updated on their social media platforms if they release special offers to online followers. To avoid incrementally increasing prices and falling victim to some packagers’ tactics of dynamic pricing and tracking computer searches, clear the browser’s cookies between searches. Try helpful Travel Apps for smartphones; not only are they mobile, they vary in service and scope to suit individual needs. Most are free.




Ceremony, ritual and the sacred. Deep in our collective human memory lie countless spring and harvest festivals, ceremonial or religious events, meals and celebrations that included a strong sense of passage, initiation and the sacredness of all life. Use one as a springboard to add meaning to a contemporary gathering.

6 Creating Community 15 Ways to Craft a Circle of Caring by Linda Buzzell


n facing up to today’s often degrading environmental, economic, political, social and hyper-individualistic cultural conditions, we instinctively know that survival requires coming together to effect constructive change. Here are proven approaches to community building that work.


Build a campfire. Whether literal or metaphoric, create a clear, focused attraction that draws people into a circle.




Connect with nature and the seasons. Tying gatherings into what’s happening seasonally with all life forms is a traditionally effective way of fostering community.


Welcome each person. Either designate greeters or go around the circle welcoming and acknowledging each participant before proceeding with the event’s main activity. People that feel seen and known are more likely to stay involved.

Collective problem solving. People bond into a community when they participate in solving a real-world community problem, helping someone in need or addressing a situation that demands a community solution. Consider using Robert’s Rules of Order or other guidelines for discussions that maintain civility, discourage competitiveness and peacefully resolve conflicts in order to reach consensus.


Storytelling. Humans learn best when seeing and hearing stories. Facts don’t arouse us as much as narratives and fullbody experiences do. Bombarding people with facts won’t create desired change. We must be inspired to act on the knowledge.


Elders. Shared history, respect and affection are vital to belonging. Adults coping with a high-stress, industrialized culture might tend to find elders’ stories slow-moving and boring,

Provide food and drink. Traditional societies have always taken hospitality seriously. Having people bring items to add to the collective feast is better than catering.

but they are a critical resource for our collective survival. Beware of the “star from afar” syndrome that posits outsiders as experts, rather than honoring and developing our own community resources, which won’t disappear at the end of an event.


Gifts and sharing. As we focus on creating a sharing society versus a gimme culture, it’s nice to give small gifts such as a plant or garden flower, organic seeds or regifted items to event attendees. It’s a simple way to help everyone feel valued, appreciated and welcomed. The key is keeping events local, simple and created by the community for the community. Many hands make light work, and some of the best community events cost the host little, while everyone involved brings their own chair or blanket, serving ware and potluck dish.


Shopping. People have been bonding through meeting others in the marketplace since ancient times. Sales

or silent auctions are popular when the money paid becomes a gift to the community.

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A little excitement. Raffles and door prizes add fun as long as any money raised goes into the common coffers as a gift to all. Child care. Children provide a necessary source of untamed energy and entertainment for any gathering. Multigenerational exchanges also help form and shape them through exposure to role models and life education, even if they might not feel engaged at the time.


Transportation. Facilitating carpools and providing transportation for those without cars or unable to walk builds community even before the event starts.


Dance and body movement. Modern society makes us sit a lot. Physical action connects us in a way nothing else can.


Beauty and music. Our eyes and ears are portals to the soul and spirit of the human psyche. Even a simple drum can bond individuals into a coherent group. Community singing can be powerful medicine, as places of worship ever demonstrate. A simple flower on the table or painting on the wall brings powerful archetypal energies to bear as we come together. An outdoor meeting brings nature’s magnificence to our senses, adding extraordinary power to events. The bottom line is that any community gathering, organization or event that engages body, mind and spirit has a far greater chance of surviving and thriving. Linda Buzzell is a psychotherapist, ecotherapist, blogger and co-editor of Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind. She co-founded a local permaculture guild, and a voluntary simplicity circle which met for 10 years in her local community. Connect at

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TRAVEL Outer Adventures, Inner Journeys by April Thompson

An open-hearted journey can take unexpected paths. More travelers today are searching for deep and lasting changes in their view of themselves and the world.

Declare Your Intentions

Part of the intention setting is clarifying what we hope to accomplish through making a journey, suggests Nathaniel Boyle, creator of The Travelers podcast and the travel platform Holocene that facilitates community among transformation-seeking travelers. It might be climbing a mountain with our spouse to strengthen a marriage, or taking a cooking class in Italy or a basket weaving workshop in Indonesia to rekindle a sense of fresh input and creative expression.

Cousineau suggests that travelers prepare to open their thinking by reading about the history, culture and geography of a place, and then continue to learn en route by talking to locals for insight rather than relying only on a guidebook. “Make yourself vulnerable. Ask questions and be humble. Talk to your waiter or cab driver about their lives and conditions in their country. Those that become most delighted and transformed by their experiences are the most curious,” observes Cousineau. Anna Pollock, of London, England, founder of Conscious Travel and a sustainable travel expert, elaborates on potential results. “Travelers may see the world and their part in it differently or feel greater clarity, peace, freedom or hope. For some, it’s about insights into their personal purpose. Others may return with a deeper sense of connectedness or feeling of mastery that comes from trying something completely new.” Jake Haupert, of Seattle, owner of Evergreen Escapes International, co-founded the Transformational Travel Council to help people embark on such life-altering journeys, and translate “Aha!” moments on the road into meaningful changes back home. He has witnessed individuals undergo radical shifts from changing careers to becoming parents. One couple was so moved by their experiences on an African safari that they adopted their first child from Kenya.


Attention and intention are the main ingredients for transformative travel for Phil Cousineau, acclaimed author of The Art of Pilgrimage. “Ask yourself what is motivating the journey: Are you going just to check something off your bucket list because you read about it or are you going because your grandma told you how magical her visit there was in the 1920s? Are you going because you’re at a crossroads in your life, marriage or work?” queries Cousineau. Naming your intention helps open up the heart and psyche for transformation. Cousineau recommends sharing our choice beforehand with a friend or even a casual acquaintance. Writing it down can also unpack those yearnings and understand the pull to a place.

Stay Open




lium, Latin for a medieval torture rack. Metaphorically, travel can feel like torture at times, and some travelers feel unhappy, unprepared, bored or disappointed,” remarks Cousineau. “But the flip side is that travels can stretch us, just like a medieval rack.” If you have stretch goals, you can build them into an itinerary, advises Haupert, whether it’s getting up the courage to skydive or negotiating a purchase in a foreign street market.

If we truly want to know the secret of soulful traveling, we need to believe there is something sacred waiting to be discovered in virtually every journey. ~Phil Cousineau

Move Beyond Comfort

“Travel can serve as a vehicle for expansive personal growth. Through it, we learn to explore the world and ourselves,” Boyle observes. “When you venture outside the controlled environment of prepackaged trips for tourists to face difficult decisions and confusing and chaotic situations that require problem solving, that’s where real change can occur,” says Haupert. “My 12,000-mile journey from Washington, D.C., to Antarctica was transformative in so many ways,” says journalist Andrew Evans, author of The Black Penguin memoir. “I’m a geographer by training and spent four years studying maps, but I never understood the true size of the world until I traveled across it on a Greyhound bus. I now see the world as much smaller and much more accessible. The trip made me a stronger, more confident person, and less afraid of what other people think of me; it also made me want to keep traveling.” “Travel comes from the word travail, to labor, and trip from tripa-

Do Less, Experience More

To heighten experiential awareness while traveling, build fewer to-dos into an itinerary, the experts recommend. “Immerse yourself in a place. Leave time for unplanned explorations, rather than bouncing between destinations without space for spontaneity and restful reflection,” says Haupert. “Also build in time for meditation, yoga, simple relaxation or other intentionally restorative moments in-between the high-intensity peak experiences.” Haupert suggests staging a ceremonial start to a journey, such as a special dinner or bike ride upon arrival. Similarly, Cousineau recommends starting a new journal on every journey, to ceremoniously start anew in one’s thinking. Engaging in ritual can also help awaken the traveler, says Cousineau. He suggests walking in silence as we approach a sacred site, or physically engaging with it, as pilgrims might do when they palm the feet of a Buddha statue or press their forehead to the Wailing Wall. Sacred sites are fertile ground for transformative experiences, says Lori Erickson, an Episcopal deacon, travel writer and author of Holy Rover: Journeys in Search of Mystery, Miracles, and God, a memoir of her trips to a dozen of the world’s holy sites. “So many people have prayed and opened their hearts in a holy place that you can feel the energy,” she says. Erickson suggests that travelers seek out hallowed ground from dif-

Journey Jump-Offs Here’s a short list of resources to inspire transformative adventuring. ■ The blog at explores Cambodia’s sacred Buddhist sites. ■ Evergreen Escapes at Evergreen specializes in unforgettable locales tailored to the traveler’s inner calling. ■ “The Travelers” podcast via features stories and advice from 200-plus changemakers on topics ranging from creativity, fear and gratitude to travelrelated careers. ■ Muddy Shoe Adventures at offers small-group trips that challenge participants with combinations of physical activities and cultural experiences. ■ connects people through shared spiritual adventures like mind-body healing and immersion in nature. ■ Phil Cousineau ( hosts writer’s retreats, literary tours and pilgrimages to historic sacred sites. ■ Responsible Travel at Responsible offers socially and environmentally conscious tours to all seven continents, including small-ship cruises to more authentic, lesserknown ports of call. ■ Transformational Travel Council’s website conveys uplifting stories, a travelers’ forum and other tools for change-seekers. ■ World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms ( links volunteers with organic farmers to help build a sustainable global community.

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ferent traditions, which can help heal divides among people of divergent faiths. “The art and architecture of holy sites are beautiful manifestations of spiritual longing and human creativity. These places have the power to move you, regardless of your own spiritual background.”

Lasting Travel Gifts

When you give while traveling, you often get back even more, says Cousineau. “A pilgrim never travels empty-handed. Bring gifts; even postcards from home can make a meaningful connection.” He recently brought baseball equipment along on a group tour he led to give to kids in baseball-crazed Cuba. Giving appreciation is as important as tangible mementos, he notes. “Gratitude makes transformation possible; that’s what modern people are longing for, to be touched.” Boyle suggests that finding ways to give back can unlock unique opportunities. Quinn Vanderberg and Jonathon Button, guests on Boyle’s podcast, left stable lives and jobs in California for Nicaragua in 2012 with only their travel bags and a shared dream. Brainstorming a vision for a new life together, the 25-year-old pair had realized, “We wanted life to be filled with travel, culture and



people, and to make an impact along the way,” says Vanderburg. “We went knowing we wanted to create a social venture, but first wanted to see what was really needed by the community.” They went on to partner with local educational nonprofits and artisans to launch Life Out of the Box, a line of clothing and accessories modeled after Toms’ “Buy one, give one” business model. For every product

sold, the entrepreneurs donate school supplies to a child in need. Since 2012, the project has expanded to also support kids in Guatemala, Kenya, Mexico and Morocco.

Drive Home Transformation

Starting with a moment of reflection before departing a place, take ad-

Close Encounters Eager for a transformative adventure without traveling afar? Here are some ideas for exploring cultures and connecting with others closer to home. ✔ Attend festivals celebrating varied cultures in your local community. Every spring in Washington, D.C., embassies showcase the cuisine, art and history of 70 countries. Frackville, Pennsylvania’s 103-year-old Lithuanian Days is the oldest ethnic festival in the country. ✔ Host a traveling cyclist and hear tales from the trails via WarmShowers. org, a hospitality exchange for 90,000 touring cyclists and hosts. ✔ Take advantage of local, state and national parks, including 88 ocean and coastal parks within the National Park Service ( Along with wilderness sites, the service also stewards important cultural heritage sites nationwide. ✔ Find a spiritual retreat center at ✔ Overnight on an organic farm. Visit to sample what’s in season in the region. ✔ Meet and host individual travelers via, a network of 11 million globetrotters in 150,000 cities.

vantage of a trip’s afterglow to recall insights learned, gel memories, share insights and move to make changes stick. Haupert sees this as a good time to develop an action plan to “express gratitude for the journey and create a framework for your homecoming.” Then, take a day to reflect upon returning home before jumping back into work or other obligations, internalizing your experience and integrating your “traveler self” back into normalcy. It might involve a trip to the spa, an afternoon of journaling or organizing trip photos, suggests Haupert. “Resist the urge to check emails the minute the plane touches down or start planning the next trip. Take time to remember the journey and see your home turf with fresh eyes,” adds Cousineau. The returned pilgrim has a responsibility to memorialize the journey, an ancient tradition of JudeoChristian and Islamic faiths, advises Cousineau. The San Francisco writer traveled with a group on foot from Louisville, Kentucky, to Thomas Merton’s Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani, near Bardstown, Kentucky, to celebrate the legacy of Merton and Mahatma Gandhi. One of the women inked a footprint from each of 100plus travelers, sewing them into a quilt to commemorate the pilgrimage. Chronicling the journey can be as simple as a dinner party with friends to share what we have learned, says Cousineau, but suggests that travelers engage attendees to also contribute their own stories and reflections. “We have a choice upon returning; do nothing and just let that experience fade or own it for ourselves,” concurs Boyle. “It’s incumbent to extract the meaning of our experiences and find a way to express them, whether through a photo series, article, painting or video. The traveler’s ‘third act’ of creativity after preparation and execution is how we process change.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at natural awakenings

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Choosing a Chiropractor How to Find the Best One by Marlaina Donato


hiropractic medicine is known for its non-surgical approach to chronic pain and other musculoskeletal conditions, but also has much more to offer. However, finding the right doctor can be as daunting as shopping for a comfortable pair of shoes. Here, three reputable practitioners talk about securing individualized care and getting the most out of chiropractic.

Address Specific Needs

Clarifying the desired outcome is helpful, because some clients are just looking for a quick fix to reduce pain, while others may be seeking overall better health, lasting wellness and an improved quality of life. “Due to insurance issues, we’ve become known as pain doctors, but that’s not the full extent of chiropractic,” explains Dr. Michelle Robin, owner of Your Wellness Connection and the educational website, in Shawnee, Kansas. “Also, you can see more than one chiropractor, as each has their own strength.” Dr. Michael Aho, of Crosstown Chiropractic, in Chicago, agrees. “Chiropractic care encompasses many styles, so one of the biggest variables 24


is the type of treatment the doctor uses. Most offices commonly treat neck, mid-back and low back pain. If you have a specific shoulder, knee or foot problem, you may want to find a doctor that frequently treats those issues. If you are pregnant, choose a chiropractor that has experience working with pregnant women.” “There are more than 140 different chiropractic techniques. Some are light touch, while others are aggressive. Some are hands-on and some use instruments for adjusting. It’s important that the doctor’s approach resonates with your nature,” advises Dr. Jackie St.Cyr of the Innate Chiropractic Healing Arts Center, in Houston. Robin advises that sitting in a doctor’s reception room to just observe and trusting our intuition is helpful before moving forward with a consultation.

Ask Questions

First, find out if a chiropractor has embraced either a conventional medical or holistic model, and then delve more deeply to find the right approach and level of care. “Ask how long a doctor has practiced and their governing philosophy. Do they treat the full

spine or focus on the point of pain, and what range of techniques do they apply? You want them to know your spine before they adjust it; make sure they conduct a new patient exam,” suggests St.Cyr. An exam may include a thermography scan and X-rays. Helpful questions include what to expect during the initial visit, recommended frequency of treatment, the desired doctor’s office hours and how treatment might benefit a particular condition. Because most chiropractic offices offer compatible treatments, also ask about complementary modalities such as acupuncture, massage therapy, heat therapy, and interferential current therapy using minute electrical pulses for deep tissue pain relief.

Be Consistent

“You shouldn’t expect instant results,” says Aho. “You’ll benefit the most if you don’t wait too long after first experiencing symptoms of a problem before starting treatment, and are consistent with your treatment.” Being proactive can foster good results. St.Cyr concurs, stating, “When patients follow their chiropractor’s recommended routine of regular corrective care, they get the best results. Be consistent with visits and do your customized spinal exercises; they’ve been proven to work.” Robin expounds that not following through with homecare is a common pitfall for patients. “Like dental care, you always need to do something for your spine every day, be it stretching, other exercise or good nutrition.” She notes that everyone’s response to chiropractic is different. “Be realistic. If you’ve experienced injuries or accidents, it will take longer, and your healing might look different from that of someone else that is free of injuries and follows a healthier diet. Sometimes people give up on chiropractic instead of finding a chiropractor that is good for them. You wouldn’t give up going to the dentist, and the same should apply to chiropractic care.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

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sures. It improves structural alignment and function and aids natural healing responses. Diversified Technique – Widely used among chiropractors to generally improve neurological function, reduce neck, back and leg pain, especially from herniated disks, this technique may also be helpful for carpal tunnel syndrome.

Chiropractic Techniques Sampler Activator Method – A small, handheld instrument is used to gently address targeted areas for many conditions, especially low back pain and specific types of headaches including migraine. It’s considered safe for children and patients with severe arthritis and osteoporosis. Active Release Technique – This approach is used for soft tissue conditions, both acute and from repetitive motion, or recurring injuries such as those experienced by athletes. It targets adhesions in muscles and connective tissues that tighten around nerves to limit joint mobility.

Atlas Orthogonal Method – Adjustment of the atlas—the first spine vertebra that supports the skull and provides a path for the spinal cord— helps reduce stress in the brain stem and nervous system. Blair Technique – Adjustment of the upper cervical (neck) area, especially the first two vertebrae, is especially beneficial for nerve function. Directional Non-Force Technique – This gentle method stimulates reflex reactions to determine potential discrepancy in leg lengths and corrective mea-

Extremity Manipulation FlexionDistraction – This involves manipulation of the extremities (arm/shoulder, leg/hip). It helps improve joint mobility and reduce stress along the spine and is especially useful for carpal tunnel syndrome and problems with posture and gait. Flexion-Distraction (Cox Method) – Mechanical and hands-on adjustment aids in stretching of the back. This method is especially beneficial for degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, scoliosis, neck and back pain and restricted spinal joints. Gonstead Technique – The most recognizable form of chiropractic manipulation and similar to Diversified Technique, this approach addresses misalignment and involves variablepressure spine adjustment and realignment. It includes X-ray analysis to pinpoint problem areas and is deemed safe for children, pregnant women and the elderly. Graston Technique – Instrumentassisted, soft tissue mobilization helps reduce scar tissue and persistent pain from acute and old injuries, as well as resolve longstanding trigger points in muscles and joints. It promotes circulation in affected areas to reduce pain and inflammation. It also may allay non-systemic causes of fibromyalgia. Kinesiology – This common diagnostic technique—often for sports-related injuries—targets specific muscle groups via massage and pressure points to gauge overall body functioning.



Logan Basic Technique – A low-force way to realign bones via gentle, sustained pressure at the base of the spine, it’s considered beneficial for headaches, including migraine, neck and low back pain and stress. A safe form of physical rehabilitation that’s considered effective for all ages. Myofascial Technique – This soft tissue therapy resolves trigger points deep within muscles and joints. Beneficial for muscle spasms, it’s thought to be useful for sciatica and piriformis syndrome. It’s also used by massage therapists. Network Spinal Analysis (network chiropractic) – This low-force technique addresses the entire body to improve communication between the brain and nerves via points along the spine and is suited to all ages. Pettibon System – Based on a total body assessment, both structural and nutritional, this system focuses on posture correction and spinal alignment, diet and muscle development. Sacro-Occipital Technique – Focused on the relationship between the bases of the spine and skull, it employs triangular-shaped blocks under the pelvis to target lower back issues; low-force adjustments include slow pressure to address issues related to the skull. It is considered especially beneficial for hiatal hernia and gastroesophageal reflux. Somato Respiratory Integration – Special exercises leverage the bodybreath connection to assist stress management, tension release and whole body awareness. It employs focus, breath work, touch and movement. Compatible with other treatments, it can also be done at home. Thompson Drop Technique – Employed via a “drop table” and thrust of the chiropractor’s hands. It can help determine discrepancies in leg lengths. Benefits include improved posture, flexibility and sleep, and decreased pain. natural awakenings

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Removing Subluxations are Just the Beginning by Harlan Sparer


hiropractors remove subluxations, a bone out of alignment relative to its neighbor that is causing nerve impingement and dysfunction. In order for a subluxation to occur, the ligaments holding the joints of the bones in alignment must have been torn and stretched. The disc between the vertebrae or bones in many cases will begin to protrude and bulge. These two events create tissue damage, resulting in inflammation. The inflammation causes nerve pressure, creating dysfunction through alteration in nerve transmission. Because



nerves travel throughout the body, effects can range from local sensory to radiating pain, organ dysfunction or vascular dysfunction. Essentially, there are many possible external symptoms. Sometimes there are no outward symptoms at all, and only organic dysfunction occurs. Analysis and correction of subluxation varies by a doctor of chiropractic (DC). There is no generic approach utilized from one chiropractor to the next. Sometimes there may even be a varying approach within the same visit by the same DC. These approaches vary by analysis and by

correction, as well. Some DCs use high velocity (more force) while others use less to nearly none. Some use their touch, some use indicators or tests, some use X-Rays, some use instrumentation and some use a combination. Some DCs make the correction with their hands, some with fingers or thumbs, and some with an instrument. Some DCs use more than one of these methods. Each chiropractic approach has a name, such as Directional Non Force Technique, Upper Cervical Specific, and Gonstead. Some are combinations of other methods, such as the commonly practiced Diversified Technique. Whatever the approach is, the goal is to remove subluxation. In a perfect world, one visit to a DC would align all of the vertebrae and extremities, but this is often not the case. Several alignment issues can be corrected in a visit, but it typically takes a series of visits to correct them all, because the human body and its articulations are a complex and dynamic series of interactive parts. Once this has been accomplished, it is important to reintegrate gently back into the resumption of activity. This is guided by the treating DC, as it takes time for ligaments and other supportive structures to heal. Often, patients cheat and try and return to regular activities too soon and require further chiropractic care. Sometimes, activities or work cannot be resumed, while other times rehabilitation must be done first. The reintegration of the patient to home and work activities can actually be more complex than the correction of subluxations. Free consultation. Dr. Harlan Sparer, a “wholistic� chiropractor, has limited his practice at 5308 S. Heather Dr., in Tempe, to the Directional Non Force Technique for 33 years. For appointments (required), call 480-245-7894. For more information, visit See ad on page 33.

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Collagen accumulates in the cartilage, and this helps to rebuild the extracellular matrix. Fibroblast Proliferation: A fibroblast is a type of cell that is responsible for making the extracellular matrix and collagen. These two substances form the structural framework in animal tissue and play a critical role in wound healing.

Regenerative Medicine as an Alternative Solution for Joint Pain by Paul Stallone


any people might not be familiar with regenerative medicine (RM), but it is a powerful tool in medicine for the growth of new supportive tissue. Anyone not experiencing chronic joint pain may not realize how life-changing this type of therapy is. To actually rebuild supportive tissue means a permanent end to daily joint pain. Many of those suffering from joint pain have unresolved damage. Conditions like arthritis are capable of causing harm, just as an athlete that over-uses certain joints could be causing extended injury. Whatever the cause, the compromised joint now has pain-inducing factors like scar tissue, reduced tissue between bone, inflammation and destabilized ligaments and tendons. RM regenerates tissue by obtaining growth factors from the patient’s own blood, which contains the building blocks for life, including platelets



containing numerous growth factors that act by stimulating different cell mechanisms. Macrophage Chemotaxis: Macrophages are a type of white blood cell responsible for digesting foreign matter. They also help to initiate further defense by recruiting other specific immune cells. This type of cell action is very beneficial if infection is present in the joint. Angiogensis: This is the formation of new blood vessels, which carry oxygen and nutrients required for healthy tissue. Most joints aren’t able to fully repair because they have limited blood flow. More blood to an injured site will result with the body restoring itself. Collagen Synthesis: Collagen is a structural protein that forms connective tissue and a significant component of the muscles, tendons, skin, bones and joints. It is the highest source of protein found in the body.

To obtain platelets, the patient has blood drawn, which is then spun in a centrifuge to separate, or fractionate, the blood into three parts. The layer of plasma, which contains the platelets, is collected and the resulting platelet-rich plasma (PRP) can then be injected into the same patient’s allocated joint or joints. Within days, the patient may experience a reduction in their pain; however, multiple applications are generally needed to achieve total pain relief. It’s important to note that all pain relief is permanent unless the site is reinjured. The principle behind RM can also be used for cosmetic purposes, sometimes called “vampire filler”. The name is different, but the treatment is actually similar to RM for joint repair. The patient’s own PRP is strategically injected into areas of the face. Over time, usually four to six weeks, the patient’s own biological matter begins to grow, resulting in long-lasting volume. The result is more subtle than other fillers, making it a great choice for anyone wanting to be discrete. Both applications of RM require a great amount of skill. Precise injection techniques are of the utmost importance to achieve the best success. An experienced RM physician may result in fewer treatments and quicker results. Paul Stallone, NMD, founded the Arizona Integrative Medical Center, located at 8144 E. Cactus Rd., Ste. 820, in Scottsdale. He combines natural/ alternative/conventional treatments for each patient’s needs. For more information, call 480-214-3922 or visit See ad on the inside front cover and page 15.

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Housewares, in Princeton, New Jersey, has Dusty patrol its 18,000-squarefoot facility, often escorting customers along the aisles. At St. Augustine Health Ministries, in Cleveland, the furry receptionist is Oreo. This black-and-white stray claimed the job by installing herself at the front desk to welcome guests and visit with residents that miss having their own pet.


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ome cats started their careers in barns with minimal job opportunities. With updated skills, they now boost office morale, encourage reading, promote products and provide therapy. Community cats even work in private security.

at the University at Buffalo. Even when comfort breaks are hard to schedule, insistent cats cannot be ignored. “Pompous Albert, a rejected show cat, works at SafeWise, in Salt Lake City,” relates Sage Singleton, who handles Albert’s Instagram account. “He boosts morale, reduces stress and provides entertainment.” In the Office Carlos, a former rescue kitten, Millennials, now comprising a third of greets employees at PetNovations, this country’s stressed-out labor force, acin Norristown, Pennsylvania, each cording to the Pew Research Center and morning. He’s the star of the corpoAmerican Psychological Association, are rate Instagram account and blog, and among those that can benefit from having promotes the company’s eco-friendly a cat around. Lowered blood pressure is Cat Genie litterless cat box. one result, according to research by psySmith’s Ace Hardware and chologist Karen Allen, Ph.D., conducted



At the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco, Duke Ellington Morris visits with patients while nurses check vital signs; he’s part of an animal-assisted therapy program through the city’s Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. With the help of his humans, Jessica and Eric Hagan, of Pennsylvania’s Wolf Creek Township, Draven was certified through a local Love on a Leash chapter that qualifies petprovided therapy animals. He showed My Cat From Hell host Jackson Galaxy his hospital routine for a segment called “My Cat From Heaven.” Draven regularly visits the Grove City Medical Center, in Pine Township, local nursing homes and service groups.

Literacy Aids “At 18, Cleo, my small, gray cat, retired from therapy visits and missed the attention,” says Michelle Cardosi, a retail clerk in Silt, Colorado. “Kids reading to her at the school library provided a solution that satisfied everyone.” In 2010, the public library in White Settlement, Texas, adopted



Browser to remedy a rodent problem. Five years later, the city council cited pending renovations and a potential impact on allergies in backing a motion to oust Browser. Supporters, pointing out that the cat brought children through the doors, successfully petitioned to keep the four-legged employee.


Private Security Less socially developed feral felines can provide needed services. The Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats rescues such cats from Los Angeles shelters. Each is vetted, spayed/neutered and microchipped. “When they’re adopted out in threes, community cats are more likely to stay on the job,” notes founder and headmistress Shawn Simons. “In Southern California, working cats are employed as assistants to brewmasters at the Monkish Brewery to protect the grain and hops and at Saluti Cellars as vintner support in charge of gopher population control,” says Simons. “More traditionally, cats at the Portuguese Bend Riding Club barn discourage mice and make friends with horses and riders.” The school’s Working Cat Program partners with area recycling centers, golf courses, warehouses and industrial parks that could otherwise lose hundreds of millions of dollars annually due to verminrelated structural damage, including gnawed wiring and other potential fire hazards. “Businesses get an all-natural, safe and effective way to control pests and cats live life naturally,” says Simons. Working cats of many stripes are becoming increasingly common. For a business, it’s a moneysaver; for a cat, it’s a lifesaver.

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Fermented Foods Revival Rediscover Probiotic-Rich Foods by Judith Fertig

Colorful jars of fermented Korean kimchee, Indian chutney, German sauerkraut and bottles of kombucha line many grocery store shelves today. We’re in the midst of a fermented food revival.

Grassroots Groundswell

“I grew up in New York City as the grandson of immigrants from Belarus, and sauerkraut and pickles were common foods I always loved, but neither my grandparents nor anyone else I knew made them,” says Sandor Katz. This Woodbury, Tennessee, writer who travels the world giving related workshops is credited with bringing fermented foods back into the limelight. He explains, “I am self-taught and learned to ferment by experimentation. It was that first successful batch of sauerkraut that sparked my obsession. I also love eating cheese, beer,

chocolate, coffee, yogurt and many other products of fermentation.” Kirsten and Christopher Shockey, the authors of Fermented Vegetables: Creative Recipes for Fermenting 64 Vegetables & Herbs in Krauts, Kimchis, Brined Pickles, Chutneys, Relishes & Pastes, homestead in Oregon’s Jackson Valley. “A fateful Christmas gift—a ceramic crock full of bubbling, fermenting cabbage under the tree, funky fermenty smell and all,” first piqued their interest, Kirsten recalls. “Eventually, we started our own small farmstead fermentation company.” Christopher explains that the combination of salt

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and shredded or chopped vegetables can launch the production of probiotic lactic acid bacteria that preserves the food and drives off “bad bacteria”. Jennifer McGruther, who lives in the Pacific Northwest, is the author of The Nourished Kitchen cookbook, an offshoot of her blog of the same name. Her first batch of fermented food was yogurt. Now she visits her local farmers’ market every Saturday before spending Sunday prepping foods for the rest of the week. “Traditional foods like fermented vegetables, yogurt or kombucha don’t take long to prepare; they take time to culture, but it’s so rewarding,” she says.

How Much Is Enough?

Fermented foods offer a variety of positive effects on health. “If you’re consuming a diet rich in fermented foods, you’re essentially bathing your GI tract in healthy, food-related organisms,” says food research scientist Robert Hutkins, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Fermented foods with live probiotics can also improve brain function, according to a study in the journal Gastroenterology. Fermented foods are meant to be eaten as condiments, not consumed in large quantities. Overdoing such intake might cause bloating, cramping and other digestion problems. Dr. Leonard Smith, a gastrointestinal and vascular surgeon and medical advisor for the University of Miami Department of Integrative Medicine, recommends “a half-cup of cultured vegetables or two ounces of your favorite probiotic liquid per day to start.” He says it’s possible to eventually work up to having a serving of cultured vegetables and probiotic liquids at every meal, or possibly as a between-meal snack. Christopher Shockey adds, “We don’t see these foods as a ‘medicine’ to be eaten daily because you have to force yourself; instead, we see it as a fun, delicious, easy, healthful addition to mealtime.”

A Few Fermented Recipes to Start by Judith Fertig


ermented foods are well known for building gut health. Now a growing body of research shows that they improve immunity, brain and heart functions,” says Michelle Schoffro Cook, Ph.D. The board-certified doctor of natural medicine, certified herbalist and author blogs from Vancouver, Canada. Get started with these simple, plant-based recipes from her latest book, The Cultured Cook: Delicious Fermented Foods with Probiotics to Knock Out Inflammation, Boost Gut Health, Lose Weight & Extend Your Life.

Salvadoran Salsa Yields: about 1 quart

½ green cabbage 1 to 2 carrots 1 green apple, cored and quartered One 2-inch piece fresh ginger ½ cayenne chili ½ small purple or red onion One 2-inch piece fresh turmeric 3 Tbsp unrefined fine or 6 Tbsp unrefined coarse sea salt 1 quart (or liter) filtered water

This gingery and spicy salsa, also known as curtido, is a traditional Salvadoran food. The twist here is added turmeric and green apple. Serve on its own, as a condiment with chips, on sausages or over salad. Maybe mix a couple of heaping spoonfuls with freshly mashed avocado for a fresh take Use a food processor with a coarse on guacamole. grating blade to shred the cabbage,

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carrots, apple, ginger, chili, onion and turmeric. (Consider wearing food-safe gloves to avoid touching the chili.)

Vegan Kefir

Transfer to a crock or a large glass or ceramic bowl, and mix well.

Traditional kefir is made with cow’s milk, but can be made with plantbased milks like cashew, almond, sunflower seed or coconut. The sweetener feeds the kefir microbes, leaving minimal sugar in the end product. The grains will grow over time; only about one tablespoon of kefir grains is needed to keep the kefir going; remove the extras to eat, give to friends or add to compost.

In a pitcher or large measuring cup, dissolve the salt in the water, stirring if necessary to dissolve the salt. Pour the saltwater over the salsa mixture until all ingredients are submerged, leaving a couple of inches at the top for expansion. Place a snug-fitting plate inside the crock or bowl over the salsa-water mixture; then weigh it down with food-safe weights or a bowl or jar of water, so the vegetables remain submerged under the brine as they ferment. Cover with a lid or a cloth, and allow it to ferment five to seven days, checking periodically to ensure the salsa is still submerged below the water line. If any mold forms on the surface, simply scoop it out. It won’t spoil the salsa unless it gets deeper inside the crock. (It may form where the mixture meets the air, but it rarely forms deeper.) After one week, put the salsa in jars or a bowl, cover and place in the fridge, where it usually lasts up to a year.

Yields: about 1 quart

1 quart (or liter) filtered water ½ cup raw, unsalted cashews 1 tsp coconut sugar, pure maple syrup or agave nectar 1 Tbsp kefir grains (a natural starter, available at health food stores and online) Mandarin sections for garnish (optional) Use a blender to blend the water, cashews and coconut sugar (or maple syrup or agave nectar) until it’s smooth and creamy. Pour the cashew milk into a 1½- to 2-quart glass jar, making sure it is less than two-thirds full. Add the kefir grains, stir and then place the cap on the jar.

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Leave the jar at room temperature for 24 to 48 hours, gently shaking it periodically. The cashew milk will become somewhat bubbly, then will begin to coagulate and separate; shake it to remix the kefir or scoop out the thicker curds and use them like soft cheese or sour cream. Refrigerate up to one week. When ready to serve, pour the kefir into a glass and garnish the rim with mandarin orange sections, if desired.

In a pitcher or large measuring cup, dissolve the salt in the water, stirring if necessary to dissolve the salt. Pour the brine over the salad, cover with a lid or cloth, and let ferment for one week. Remove the covering, weights and

grape leaves or other leafy greens. Dish out into jars or a bowl, cover and refrigerate, where the salad should last six to 12 months. Recipes and photos are courtesy of Michelle Schoffro Cook and New World Library; visit

Fermented Chopped Salad Yields: about 6 cups Unlike other salads, this version stores for many months in the fridge. Serve on its own or toss it in vinaigrette and serve over brown rice for a quick and nutritious rice bowl dinner. 1 radish, finely chopped ½ small onion, finely chopped 1 turnip, chopped into ½-inch chunks 1 carrot, chopped into ½-inch chunks 3 small apples, chopped into ½-inch chunks Handful of green beans, cut into 1-inch lengths 1 rutabaga, chopped into ½-inch chunks 1 to 2 grape leaves, kale leaves or other large leafy greens (optional) 3 Tbsp unrefined fine or 6 Tbsp unrefined coarse sea salt 1 quart (or liter) filtered water In a medium bowl, mix the radish, onion, turnip, carrot, apples, green beans and rutabaga; then transfer to a small crock. Place the grape leaves or other leafy greens on top of the chopped ingredients to help hold them under the brine; then weigh the mix down with food-safe weights or a jar or bowl of water.

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ining out gluten-free or with food allergies can be challenging. One wrong choice could turn a beautiful dining experience into a physical nightmare. The simplest approach is to stick with items such as salads, a baked potato and a naked chicken breast. To enjoy items that go beyond simple sustenance requires a few extra tools. Here are a few helpful tips. Know the allergens. To avoid them, we must learn their different names and derivations. Gluten-free means no wheat, barley, couscous, kamut, bulgur or spelt, to start. Dairy-free means no milk, cream, curds, ghee and more. Know about cooking processes. It’s easier to ask questions if we know how the food is prepared. For instance, wheat is often used to make sauces, as a thickener for soups and for dusting a piece of fish before frying. Milk may be used in potatoes, sauces, to help brown items and more. Many food allergens are present in packaged mixes, bouillon cubes and “starters”, a term restaurants use. Stay aware of how we feel emotionally. Each time we dine out, take an inventory of our attitude and state of health. Be prepared to take an active role in the ordering process and decide beforehand how much cross-contact risk we are willing and able to take. Cross-contact between food allergens is very difficult to avoid in a restaurant. Unless there is a separate preparation area, it can occur between devices such as shared toasters, grills and fryers. During the cooking process,

shared water may be used between allergens, as well as cutting surfaces, utensils and towels. Frequent staff turnover adds to the challenge. Hats off to restaurants that take the extra effort to cater to the gluten-free and food allergy community; it is not an easy task. Look for “made from scratch” restaurants and search their menus for items we can enjoy. Call ahead to ask if someone will be available to answer gluten-free questions and schedule an arrival time before or after the lunch or dinner rush, if possible. At the restaurant, let the host know we are gluten-free or have a food allergen, and ask to be seated with the waitperson that has the best understanding of our needs. Be polite when meeting the server and they will listen better. Don’t expect them to know every single ingredient in every item on the menu. Be brief and be specific. Avoid just saying, “I’m gluten-free,” or “We’re dairy-free.” Provide at least three ingredients in each food allergy category. Read every word in the item description, and ask if we don’t understand an ingredient or a name. Also, be inquisitive. Ask how the chosen item is made or if it’s garnished or served with ingredients not shown on the menu. Do not assume every ingredient appears on the menu.

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When the meal arrives, confirm it is free from our allergens before eating it. Some restaurants use separate plates to identify allergens. When finished, say thank you. It’s good karma. Food and the environment surrounding it add quality and depth to our lives. Being prepared means that we will be able to enjoy dining with family and friends outside of home. LynnRae Ries is the author of Waiter, is there Wheat in My Soup? Gluten Free Creations Bakery has locations at 7607 E. McDowell Rd., in South Scottsdale, and 10880 N. 32nd St., in North Phoenix. For more information, call 602-6807258 or visit See ad on page 13.


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or the past 40 years, Robert Llewellyn has photographed thousands of unique beauties— many of them trees, flowers, seeds and other landscape elements. “For a photographer, anything can be a good subject, even dirt,” he says. “My mission is to move people from merely looking at things to deeply seeing things as they are.” For Llewellyn’s first collaboration with garden writer Nancy Ross Hugo, Remarkable Trees of Virginia, published in 2008, the pair drove 20,000 miles in four years observing and capturing the complex lives of 100 notable trees. It was on this assignment that the Earlysville, Virginia, photographer developed his now-signature technique, subsequently used to illustrate one of their follow-up books, Seeing Trees. “I wanted to photograph small parts—leaves, fruit, bark and flowers—

so I would cut off a bloom, twig or seed pod and put it on a light table and take hundreds of photos, which, strung together, were infinitely sharp, like a botanic drawing. I found I could zoom into my subject up to a pollen grain this way.” Llewellyn lives with his wife on a 60-acre farm in tree-studded Albemarle County, enjoying 200-year-old oaks outside their front door. His latest of nearly 40 books, The Living Forest, is due out in October.

Why are trees, to your eyes, so captivating? When I first started photographing trees, I thought of them as objects in the design of a photograph, rather than something that’s alive. When I began to look at a tree’s acorns, flowers and pollen, I realized that this tree is doing what we do: it’s born, grows, has offspring and dies; it seeks

air, nutrients and light. Trees all have a fascinating master plan for survival and reproduction. Some trees can build an architectural structure that grows 150 feet high and can withstand 100-mile-an-hour winds.

How do you suggest that a newbie tree-watcher start learning how to see trees more intimately? Read a book like Seeing Trees, then get up, go out and observe trees in real time, at different times of the year and track what they do. Take pencil and paper and draw them, or take pictures. Start by exploring trees in your backyard or a nearby park. Share a quality magnifying glass to encourage youngsters to get closer to the trees, too. Challenge them to find flowers, fruit or spots where last year’s leaves fell off. Kids love that. I visit schools and have kids go out and collect fallen tree debris that we look at together.

What makes some of your favorite trees so distinctive?

Red maples make an early entrance in spring, their flowers appearing before the leaves, and drop their “helicopter” seeds in spring to germinate before anything can eat them. In spring, an entire hill will turn red with these maples, but it’s not their leaves; it’s the trees’ flowers, getting ready to drop their showy red dresses on the ground before anything else is blooming. You can learn a lot about trees by seeing what’s on the ground through their life cycles. Sycamore, for example, has both male and female flowers. The female flowers develop into fruiting seedpods that dry out and hang on through winter until a spring wind blows them apart.

Rather than seeing trees as dead in winter, what can we look for? Trees are very much alive in winter. When leaves fall off, they leave behind little pointed leaf buds. You can cut them open and find tiny green leaves encapsulated which remain unfrozen, waiting to open up in the spring. Twigs in winter show leaf scars

where the leaves dropped. We can also witness the diverse life in and on trees in all seasons. That includes bugs, plants, fungi and parasites, in addition to the animals that nest in them and eat their fruits and nuts. I once found a round ball on an oak tree that turned out to be a wasp gall for its offspring, its larvae hanging in the middle.

How are tree-viewing skills transferrable to other aspects of our lives? The skill of observation is vital: moving from looking to seeing. At a party, you can just mindlessly chatter with people or you can really see them— what their bodies, gestures and emotions are communicating. Labels and names get in the way of seeing things as they are. Stop labeling things or worrying about what they are called; as in meditation, just relax into observing, to embrace things as they are. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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Bouncing, Leaping and Lunging Our Way to Bone Health

by Kathleen Barnes

Success in the quest for stronger bones is possible at any age.

Start and Stay Young

“Peak bone strength is reached by the age of 30, so it’s vital for young people to engage in dynamic impact movement through their teen years and 20s,” says Sherri Betz, chair of the American Physical Therapy Association bone health group, a doctor of physical therapy and geriatric-certified specialist with a private practice in Santa Cruz, California. Engaging in sports during our youthful developing years helps build strong, wide and dense bones that will carry us well into old age, literally giving us a firmer base to stand on. It’s paramount to encourage children and young people to be physically active and for us all to continue with athletic activities throughout adulthood to preserve the bone health peak we reach at age 30. 42


Optimal Bone Exercises

“Adulthood is a perfectly good time to start building and improving bone fitness and health. The outcome is just a little bit less,” says Steven A. Hawkins, Ph.D., a professor of exercise science at California Lutheran University, in Thousand Oaks. “Bone responds to exercise much like muscle,” explains Larry Tucker, Ph.D., professor of exercise sciences at Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah. “Bone doesn’t grow, per se, but like muscle, it does get denser and stronger according to the stresses and strains put on it.” “The key is to put a heavy load on bones to stimulate them to grow,” Hawkins notes. Standing exercises are recommended, because the bones most likely to benefit from strengthening

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Yoga for Bones Yoga doesn’t involve bouncing or jumping for the most part, but it can be helpful in maintaining strong bones, says Sherri Betz, a Santa Cruz, California, physical therapist and Pilates and yoga instructor. “Poses, including the tree, chair, warrior, triangle, half moon and sun salute, need to be as dynamic as possible and focus on leg strengthening and spine extension.



exercise are 30 targeted leg and hip bones, says Tucker. “Surprising the bone is your best bet,” points out Betz. “Don’t do the same things over and over again at the same time, either repetitive exercises like running or weight lifting or consistent combinations; even high-intensity exercise can diminish the effects.” The most highly recommended exercises involve those that require changing directions, bouncing and leaping—from basketball to lively dances, and even some intense yoga postures. Hopping and jumping are probably the best way to strengthen bones, but must be done in the proper way, according to Tucker and others. Research by Tucker’s team published in the American Journal of Health Promotion studied the effects of jumping on hip bone density in premenopausal women. It may seem counterintuitive, but Tucker reports that most benefits are gained from jumping as high as possible, resting 30 seconds and repeating up to 10 times twice a day in intervals at least eight hours apart. “If you jump continuously, the exercise loses effectiveness pretty quickly,” he says. Those that enjoy circuit training should do something else during the

30-second rests between repetitions, Tucker advises. Because it’s the jolt of jumping that stimulates bone strength, using a mini-trampoline or another cushioning device to lessen impact on the body won’t increase bone density. Betz cautions against starting a jumping program too quickly. “Proper alignment, balance and body awareness come first,” she says. “Do 20 to 25 heel raises in a row, a full squat with good alignment and a full lunge to ready the body for a jumping program.” Such strengthening safeguards against falling and injury.

Walking Isn’t It

Walking, running, weight training and other repetitive exercises don’t improve bone density, says Hawkins. “Walk and do other repetitive exercises for cardiovascular health and general fitness. While these might help maintain current bone strength, they won’t improve bone density.” Walking reduced the risk of hip fracture by 41 percent for postmenopausal women walking four hours a week, with fewer falls due to improved strength, balance and other factors per the Journal of the American Medical Association. Numerous studies confirm that exercise of any kind keeps us healthy, but for bone health, the answer is to start weight-bearing exercises early and sustain the practice for a lifetime. Kathleen Barnes is a health writer and author of The Calcium Lie II: What Your Doctor Still Doesn’t Know, with Dr. Robert Thompson. Connect at


Best Bone Test The most common way of testing bone density is a DEXA (dualenergy X-ray absorptiometry) scan. The result is called a T-score and is one case where a zero is perfect. A score of +1.0 to -1.0 is considered normal. A score between -1.0 and -2.5 is considered osteopenia, or weakened bones. A score lower than -2.5 indicates some level of osteoporosis. The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends bone density testing for women and men older than 65 and 70, respectively, and those that are petite, prone to breaking bones or have other risk factors. For more information, visit natural awakenings

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Mindful Exercises

Sit comfortably with one hand on your belly, with your head, neck and spine in alignment. Breathe through your nose. As you inhale, feel your belly expand and pause for a second. Then, exhale and feel the belly fall. Repeat for 10 breaths.

This mindfulness instruction is excerpted from a starter lesson at

School Om Work

Kids Calm Themselves with Meditation by April Thompson


choolchildren are learning the calming effect of tuning into their minds and bodies through a pioneering program in Baltimore, Maryland, that’s replacing time outs and school detentions with mindful moments. Trained staff—including many



former students—teach yoga, mindfulness practices, meditation, centering and breath work that empower kids to resolve conflicts peacefully. Brothers Atman and Ali Smith and friend Andres Gonzalez founded the nonprofit Holistic Life Founda-

Mindfulness is noticing what is happening in the present moment. It can help calm us when we are angry, sad or frustrated. It can help us notice when we are happy or grateful and also to focus, whether in school or in sports. It’s important to let our bodies be very still. When that happens, it gets very quiet. When we have still and quiet bodies, that’s what we call our mindful bodies. Now, let’s close our eyes and just sit like this for one minute.

tion (HLF) in 2001 in response to the pressing need to help kids living in challenging urban environments better manage stress, anger and other heightened emotions. Today, the organization is sowing the seeds of mindfulness with some 7,500 students a week across 18 Baltimore-area schools, usually beginning through daylong, school-wide interventions and afterschool programs supporting targeted populations. Frustrated kids cool off and center themselves through breathing exercises and meditation in the Mindful Moment Room in the HLF flagship Robert W. Coleman Elementary School. “Sometimes when I get mad, I just breathe deep. I picture being in a certain place I like and I just stop being mad… I think of being a bigger person and doing something maybe a wise man would do,” advises one fifth-grade participant.

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This meditation exercise is recommended by the Holistic Life Foundation to help kids slow down, relax, de-stress or clear their heads:

“When we had to take a big test, before I took it and in the middle, I took deep breaths to stay calm and finish the test. When everybody around you is making a lot of noises, you just try to tune them out and be yourself, do your breathing,” says another fifth-grader. The training starts with educators learning mindfulness techniques both to help their students and also manage their own stress in the classroom. “The program was a fantastic experience,” says Lori Gustovson, a teacher at Baltimore’s Lincoln Elementary School. “We integrated the exercises into our daily schedules, helping many students and teachers focus their attention and regulate emotions such as anxiety, anger and frustration. We are a better school because of the time they spent in our classrooms teaching us the beauty of paying attention to breath, movement and each other,” she observes. Participating schools have report-

ed fewer fights, better attendance and higher grades, among other benefits, according to Ali Smith, all results backed by independent research. Recent studies in schools from San Francisco to Columbus, Ohio, have shown that teaching kids mindfulness practices can heighten attentiveness, self-control and empathy, while reducing stress, hyperactivity and depression, and improving academic performance. The kids also apply their newfound skills at home. “To take ownership of the practice and understand the benefits, you have to know how to explain it, so we use a reciprocal teaching model,” says Ali. “We teach the kids to say, ‘Mom, Dad, you look stressed; can you take a breather with me?’” Martin, a Lincoln Elementary student, was pleased to report, “I went to my house and taught my mom how to do all the things you guys taught us.” Virginia, another student, noted, “This

morning I got mad at my dad, but then I remembered to breathe, and then I didn’t shout.” Other schools are following suit. Mindful Schools began in 2007 as a single-school program in Oakland, California, and then expanded to support online and in-person courses and a network of mindful educators spanning all 50 states and more than 100 countries. The David Lynch Foundation funds efforts to bring transcendental meditation to underserved kids in classrooms like the Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School, in Queens, New York; Wilson High School, in Portland, Oregon; and Wayzata West Middle School, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, among others. Find easy instruction at MindfulnessStarterLesson. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1 Harvest of Peace – 9am-2pm. Celebration of the autumnal equinox and the goodness of humanity and society. Families with children are encouraged to celebrate with us. Free. Shambhala Meditation Center, 7042 E Osborn Rd, Scottsdale. Phoenix. Summit University: Unveiled Mysteries – 10:30am-noon. The Sahara Desert: How Radiation From a Master Affects You. Seven-week course. $25. The Summit Lighthouse, 4105 N 20th St, Ste 115, Phoenix. 480-442-5020. SummitLighthouse iRest Yoga Nidra – 6-7pm. Class begins with gentle movement to prepare for this guided meditation shown to calm the nervous system and help release negative patterns. Also helps alleviate symptoms of insomnia, PTSD, anxiety and depression. $10. Restoring Balance Mind & Body, 2045 S Vineyard, Ste 139, Mesa. Info/preregister: 253-549-5342. Golden Crystal and Tibetan Bowls – 6-8pm. Healing, purification, transformation with Prana. $25/love offering. The Shrine of Holy Wisdom, 5025 S Ash Ave, Tempe. Info: Prana: 773-316- 3005.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 2 Geriatric Massage: Frail and Robust – Oct 2-5. 8am-5pm. With Tammy Roecker. Comprehensive hands-on continuing education designed for licensed massage therapists or students, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and those involved in care giving. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-2157988.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3 Dance in the Light – Oct 3-6. Facilitated by BakeR Gendron. Learn to trust your intuitive gifts and share them with the world, become a powerful healer and create your own sacred ceremonies and tools. $688. Gateway Cottage Wellness Center, 470 N SR 89A, Sedona. Autoimmune Solutions Workshop – 5:30pm. Discover: the root causes of autoimmune disease (there’s always a trigger or multiple triggers); why eating healthy is not enough to recover from au-



toimmune disease. Seating is limited. Free. Hope Integrative Wellness, 3336 E Chandler Heights Rd, Ste 123, Gilbert. RSVP: 480-988-6269 or

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4 Gong Meditation – 7-8:30pm. With Gretchen Bickert. Experience deep relaxation and meditation through the power of the gong. $10-$20/donation. Unity of Mesa Sanctuary, 2700 E Southern Ave. 480-892-2700.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5 Shambhala Sadhana Practice of Full Moon Chants – 6-7:30pm. These chants are a way to celebrate and strengthen our understanding of basic goodness and enlightened society. Public welcome. Shambhala Meditation Center, 7042 E Osborn Rd, Scottsdale.

Yoga, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. Info/register: Classes/173. Death and Dying: A Buddhist Perspective – 9:30am-12:30pm. Humility enables us to see the interdependence between ourselves and others by increasing our love, compassion and respect for all living beings. With an open and connected mind we can improve our relationships with others and find lasting peace and happiness. $25/preregistered. Kadampa Meditation Center Phoenix, 614 E Townley Ave. Free Healing Saturday – 10am-2pm. Free 40-minute Healing Touch sessions by appointment only with Kim Carter, HTCP. Restoring Balance Mind & Body, 2045 S Vineyard, Ste 139, Mesa. Register: 253-549-5342 or Anniversary Celebration – 10am-3pm. Free mini-herbal classes all day. SW Herb Shop and Gathering Place, 148 N Center St, Mesa. 480-6949931.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8 Summit University: Unveiled Mysteries – 10:30am-noon. Study at home today. See you next week. Seven-week course. $25. The Summit Lighthouse, 4105 N 20th St, Ste 115, Phoenix. 480-442-5020.



Universal White Time Healing Level II – Oct 1011. Learn specific techniques to access and apply energetic power and quantum frequencies. Be led through this new yet ancient healing art to reach the deepest vibration, on the physical plane at the atomic level which opens the door to a new dimension for you. 480-395-7333. CellularMiracles@

I Love Myself Special DNA Cell(f) Imagery and Communication – Oct 6-9. With Marsha Craven. Take action now to make achieving your life goals totally possible. Learn to change your DNA to make sure your beliefs are serving you. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988. Info@

Thyroid Solutions Workshop – 5:30pm. Learn: the number one cause of thyroid problems; why most people still experience thyroid symptoms even when lab test is normal; natural solutions to heal the thyroid. Seating is limited. Free. Hope Integrative Wellness, 3336 E Chandler Heights Rd, Ste 123, Gilbert. RSVP: 480-988-6269 or

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

Know Thyself Guided Meditation – 6:30-8pm. Unwind with a relaxing guided meditation by the fire pit. While in your meditative state you will receive calming reiki energy healing. Class size is limited to eight due to the individual treatments that are included. Bring a yoga mat and dress comfortable. S’mores included. Laveen, AZ. Preregister: or

Monthly Full Moon Meditation – 7-8:30pm. With Sevak Singh. $25/online, $30/door. Anahata Yoga, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. Info/register:

Fundraiser Concert – 7-8:30pm. With Scott Schaefer and Jesse Ramirez. Indigenous flute, didgeridoo and keyboards, with music from Schaefer’s newly released CD, Bridging the Gap. Proceeds will benefit the Interfaith CommUNITY Spiritual Center and Laurie Schaefer, a Liddle Kidz Foundation (LKF) Global Ambassador. $15. Paragon Business Center, 952 E Baseline Rd, Ste 102, Mesa.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7 Earth Harmony Festival – Oct 7-8. Eco-village tours, live music, speakers, yoga, kid’s village, vendors, camping and more. $10. Avalon Organic Gardens and Eco Village, Tumacacori. 520-3982542. Reiki Certification Level I and II – Oct 7-8. 9am5pm. With Sangeet Kaur Khalsa. $349. Anahata

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11 Kirtan with the Band of Now – 7-8:45pm. Join Prem Vidu and the Band of Now for an evening of call and response style community chanting based in the Bhakti yoga tradition. $15-$20/love offering. Interfaith CommUNITY Spiritual Center, Paragon Business Center, 952 E Baseline Rd, Ste 102, Mesa. Info: Rev Julianne: 480-593-8798 or

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12 Energy Reading – 6:30pm. Bring yours or someone’s questions regarding health, relationship, work or moving. Receive answers, solutions,

guidance using intuitive awareness, dowsing or muscle testing. More than 40 years of knowledge and combined experience. $35. Universal Touch, 534 E University Dr, Mesa. 480-835-5380 or 480-835-5347. Drumming Circle – 6:45-7:45pm. With Tony LaMantia. Join for a one-hour drumming experience and express yourself through the sounds and vibrations of rhythm. Bring your own drum or percussion instrument. No previous experience necessary – all are welcome. $10/donation. Unity of Mesa Sanctuary, 2700 E Southern Ave. 480-892-2700.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13 Arizona International Association for Near Death Studies (AZ IANDS) – 7pm. Presenter: Barbara Bartolome, leader of the Santa Barbara IANDS. In her thirties, Bartolome had a profound near death experience during a surgical procedure gone awry. Her experience was featured on the Today Show. Suggested donation $10 or $5/seniors/students. Unity of Mesa Sanctuary, 2700 E Southern Ave. 480-892-2700. Kirtan with the Band of Now – 7-9pm. $15. Anahata Yoga, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. Info/register: Apps/MindBody/Classes/162.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14 Kundalini Yoga Intensive: Yogic Journey Through The Chakras – 8:30am-12:30pm. With Narsingh Kaur Khalsa. $29. Anahata Yoga, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. Info/ register: Classes/196.

Herbal Certification Class – 9am-1pm. Explore your body and learn which herbs will support all your systems. Hands-on classes; several maken-take medicine classes. SW Herb Shop and Gathering Place, 148 N Center St, Mesa. RSVP: 480-694-9931. Raw Vegan Culinary with Hatha Yoga Tibetan Singing Bowl – 11am-1:30pm. Begins with centering yoga, slow hatha yoga practice, and the music of the Tibetan singing bowl; then prepare organic raw dishes with local produce; ends with gratitude and the singing bowl. Menu: Raw Veggie Tartare, Lettuce Layer Salad and Cashew Basil Dressing, and Raw Chocolate Dessert. $55/person. The Farm at South Mountain, 6106 South 32nd St, Phoenix. 602-615-2486. Redox Signaling the Key to Cellular Health – 2:30-4pm. Learn why Harvard, Cornell and other major Universities have opened entire departments to study this astounding breakthrough and the Huffington Post has named this one of the five new emerging scientific technologies that will shape our lives in the future. Free. DC Village Health Club and Spa, Scottsdale, AZ. RSVP required/text: 480 395-7333 or CellularMiracles@ Mystic Minstrel Chad Wilkins – Live Performance – 7-9pm. $18/online, $20/door. Anahata Yoga, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale, Info/register:

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15 Complimentary Oncology Massage – With Jacki Sellers. Free for volunteers who have received treatment for cancer. The customized massage will be provided in a classroom setting as part of a nationally certified continuing education course. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988. Info@ Bars Class: Basic Access Consciousness – 9am-5pm. Learn the 32 points of an Access Bars session. Receive a manual, two head charts, and learn basic tools. View a video by the founder and co-creator of Access Consciousness, Gary Douglas and Dr Dain Heer. 8 CEUs for LMTs. Universal Touch, 534 E University Dr, Mesa. Preregister: 480-835-5380 or 480-835-5347. Summit University: Unveiled Mysteries – 10:30am-noon. The Royal Teton: Teaching on Wearing Jewels for Protection. Seven-week course. $25. The Summit Lighthouse, 4105 N 20th St, Ste 115, Phoenix. 480-442-5020. Summit Empath Support Group – 4-5pm. With Darlene Moore. Solution-oriented meetings designed to educate empaths about their gifts and challenges of their sensitivities based on Dr Judith Orloff’s book, The Empath Survival Guide. Donation. Unity of Mesa, Annex Rm 1, 2740 E Southern Ave. 480-892-2700.

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October 17 @ 5:30-7pm Leaders in Integrative Medicine Meet our doctors and learn all that Longevity Medical has to offer you! Food and Refreshments will be served Longevity Medical Kino Plaza, 13832 N 32nd Street #126, Phoenix

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Lymphatic Drainage Massage – Oct 16-18. 9am-6pm. With Barbara Jenkins. A massage protocol to stimulate the lymphatic system function while enhancing the immune system and assisting the interaction of the lymphatic system with the digestive, circulatory and cerebrospinal systems. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988. Info@

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17 Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Snoring and TMJ – 5pm. Informational seminar that discusses treatment options using oral appliance therapy and how it works. Free. Koala Center for Sleep Disorders – Biltmore, 4235 N 32nd St, Ste A, Phoenix. 602-883-1931. Autoimmune Solutions Workshop – 5:30pm. Discover: the root causes of autoimmune disease (there’s always a trigger or multiple triggers); why eating healthy is not enough to recover from autoimmune disease. Seating is limited. Free. Hope Integrative Wellness, 3336 E Chandler Heights Rd, Ste 123, Gilbert. RSVP: 480-988-6269 or Inspiring Solutions for Difficult Times – 7-8:30pm. Visiting Buddhist nun Gen Kelsang Sangden will give teachings on Universal Compassion explaining how true mental freedom and lasting happiness can be achieved by transforming our mind. $15/preregistered. Kadampa Meditation Center Phoenix, 614 E Townley Ave.


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Take Care Thursday – 1-2:30pm. Taking care of the woman behind the business is a top priority; providing speakers on a variety of personal development, alternative therapy, and healthy topics for women. $20/nonmembers, free/StarshineAZ members. Mini-reiki sessions with Body, Mind and Soulicious available before/after this event for $1/ minute (15-minute minimum). Huntington University, 8385 W Mariner’s Way, Peoria. Schedule/topics: Reiki: Reiki and Healing Singing Bowl Circle – 6:307:30pm. With Darlene Moore and Arne Richardson. Singing bowls will be played to enhance the energy of reiki shared by volunteer reiki

practitioners present during this hour of energetic healing and expansion. Donation. Unity of Mesa Sanctuary, 2700 E Southern Ave. 480-892-2700.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20 Health, Healing, Happiness: The Soul Connection – Oct 20-22. The premiere conference for body, mind and spirit. Presenters, yoga, music, mindfulness experiences, elevated food and a holistic market. Tickets: $99-$179; reception/ dinner: $89; packages available. The Collective Sedona, 7000 AZ-179. 702-970-7775. The Intuitive Pathway (TIP) Intensive Part II – Oct 20-22. With Cay Randall-May, PhD, LMT, Certified Medical Intuitive. Designed for anyone interested in medical intuition, executive intuition, interspecies communication, forensics, creative writing, innovation, resource location and many more applications. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988. Universal White Time Gemstone Healing Levels I and II – Oct 20-22. Learn specific techniques to access and apply energetic power and quantum frequencies. Be led through this new yet ancient healing art to reach the deepest vibration, on the physical plane at the atomic level which opens the door to a new dimension for you. 480-395-7333. New Moon 2.5 Hour Mul Mantra Meditation – 7-9:30pm. With Ashley (Narayan Joti Kaur) Keller. $18. Anahata Yoga, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. Info/register: AnahataYogaAZ. com/Apps/MindBody/Classes/197.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21 Synergistic Kinesiology Course Level I – Oct 21-22. 9am-5pm. Muscle test accurately; test allergies, blockages, imbalanced meridians/ organs; digestive and intestinal corrections; release emotional traumas. $350/by 10/9, $399/ thereafter. Universal Touch Kinesiology Group, 534 E University Dr, Mesa. 480-835-5380. Mastering Subtle Energy Workshop – 12:305:30pm. With David Router. Dr Theresa Ramsey will the lead the event with an introduction: Do other people’s energies leave you feeling fatigued

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Go Green on the Green Belt – 9:30am-4:30pm. Presented by Southwest Institute of Healing Arts and Yoga Rocks the Park. A holistic health gathering and mind, body, spirit celebration to raise awareness of the healing arts and yoga. Kick-off the event with donation-based yoga to benefit the Save A Warrior Project. Donation. 1420 E Southern Ave, Tempe. 480-994-9244.

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Summit University: Unveiled Mysteries – 10:30am-noon. Mysteries of the Yellowstone: Djwul Kul’s Secret Chamber of the Heart Meditation. Seven-week course. $25. The Summit Lighthouse, 4105 N 20th St, Ste 115, Phoenix. 480-442-5020.

and stressed? If so, join Router to learn exercises that will help combat those feelings. CEs available. VENUE 8600, 8600 E Anderson Dr, Scottsdale. Info/register:

Educational Class to Cover the Bases – 1-2:30pm. Topics: herbs for vitality; nutrition for stress relief and hormone therapy; stretch therapy for pain relief. Free. Studio Health, 1425 S Higley Rd, Ste 101, Gilbert. RSVP: 480-4666398 or

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Chakra Harmony: A Unique Group Healing Experience – 7-9pm. With James Titschler. $29. Anahata Yoga, 14148 N 100th St, Ste C-130, Scottsdale. Info/register: Apps/MindBody/Classes/167.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22 Discover Endless Energy Retreat – Oct 22-27. Co-hosted by Melanie A Albert, local Phoenix cookbook author, and Lucy Davis, leader in Energy Transformation from London. Enjoy extreme self-care, hands-on interactive plant-based culinary cooking sessions, daily hatha yoga, hiking in the red rocks, vision board experience, massage, spiritual practice, quiet time, and farm-to-table dining experience. Sedona. Info: 602-615-2486.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 23 Cranial Rhythms – 1-5pm. With Barbara Jenkins. Experience deep healing from gently engaging the cerebrospinal system. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. Preregister: 623215-7988.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24 Thyroid Solutions Workshop – 5:30pm. Learn: the number one cause of thyroid problem; why most people still experience thyroid symptoms even when lab test is normal; natural solutions to heal the thyroid. Seating is limited. Free. Hope Integrative Wellness, 3336 E Chandler Heights Rd, Ste 123, Gilbert.RSVP: 480-988-6269 or

Feed Your Chakras Right – 6:30-8pm. A fun and interactive cooking class with a professional Chef. Includes a step-by-step demonstration, recipes and tasty treats to balance your chakras through food and nutrition. Seating is limited. Private kitchen in Laveen, AZ. Preregister: SoulByRaq@gmail. com or

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25 Educational Class to Cover the Bases – 6-7:30pm. Topics: Herbs for vitality; nutrition for stress relief and hormone therapy; stretch therapy for pain relief. Free. Studio Health, 1425 S Higley Rd, Ste 101, Gilbert. RSVP: 480-4666398 or

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26 Women’s Hormone Help – 6pm. Join Dr Marchese as she shares her pearls on managing women’s hormones and health. She will discuss premenstrual syndrome (PMS), menopause, thyroid, adrenal balance, stress management, and how to balance hormones with naturopathic treatments and just feel better. Free. Longevity Medical Health Center, 13832 N 32nd St, Ste 126, Phoenix. RSVP: 602-493-2273.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27 The Mystical Truth and You – Oct 27-29. Messages From Afar, Introduction to Your Angels, Angel Meet & Greet. Often referred to as Guardian Angels or Spirit Guides, these beings are typically from far above the Astral Plane. They know what our true intention in life is and have our goals and desires in mind when working with us. $35-75 per session or $145 weekend package. MysticalTruth. com/Event/A-Weekend-With-Mystical-Truth.


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For Pet’s Sake: Energy Medicine for Animals – Oct 27-29. With Madison King. Learn how to nurture your pet’s health, find the best diet for your pet, deepen your bond and improve your sensitivity, and help fearful, stressed or abused animals. $595. The Wigwam Resort, Litchfield Park.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28 Transforming Pain and Suffering – 9:30am3pm. Visiting Buddhist nun Gen Kelsang Chöma will explain various meditation practices and profound insights that will help us to accept and re-define our experiences of pain. By transforming our suffering experiences into the spiritual path we can develop an inner strength that pain cannot disturb. $40/preregistered. Kadampa Meditation Center Phoenix, 614 E Townley Ave. Meditation Brush Bash Party: Creativity with Friends – 10am-1pm. Enjoy a relaxing time of painting, socializing and complimentary refreshments with family and friends. Instruction by local artist Tony Keyes, who will be painting with us to create a unique and lovely creation called Butterfly Effect. All art supplies provided including aprons; come dressed to paint. $40/day of or Interfaith CommUNITY Spiritual Center, Paragon Business Center, 952 E Baseline Rd, Ste 102, Mesa. Info/preregister: 480-479-5247 or Reiki I – Oct 28-29. 10am-6pm. With Marsha Craven, fifth generation Usui Reiki Master Teacher and 2015 Natural Choice Award Winner as reiki practitioner. Bring reiki as a healing practice into your life and your enhanced healing powers will always be with you. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. Preregister: 623-215-7988.



SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29 Universal White Time Healing Level One – Oct 29-31. Learn specific techniques to access and apply energetic power and quantum frequencies. Be led through this new yet ancient healing art to reach the deepest vibration, on the physical plane at the atomic level which opens the door to a new dimension for you. 480-395-7333. Summit University: Unveiled Mysteries – 10:30am-noon. Inca Memories: Special Invocations for Anchoring Saint Germain’s Consciousness. Seven-week course. $25. The Summit Lighthouse, 4105 N 20th St, Ste 115, Phoenix. 480-442-5020. Interfaith Forum/Q&A – 1-2:30pm. Representing Native American Spirituality, with Grandmother Pershlie “Perci” Ami, motivational speaker from the Hopi-Tewa Walpi, Arizona Sand Clan. Perci is an active part of The Urban Indian Coalition of Arizona and the Phoenix Indian Center. $10/love offering. Interfaith CommUNITY Spiritual Center, Paragon Business Center, 952 E Baseline Rd, Ste 102, Mesa. 623-932-1385. Expanding Religious Acceptance in a Climate of Intolerance – 3pm. A key to acceptance is found in the children’s book My Grandma is A WITCH: A Tale of Religious Acceptance. Join author Patricia Ballentine for a story and heartfelt conversation that will inspire the child in all of us. $20 includes copy of book. The Shrine of Holy Wisdom, 5025 S Ash, Ste B-15, Tempe. 480-2199633. Golden Crystal and Tibetan Bowls – 6-8pm. Healing, purification, transformation with Prana. $25/love offering. The Shrine of Holy Wisdom, 5025 S Ash Ave, Tempe. Info: Prana: 773-316-3005.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 30 Reflexology Feet – Oct 30-31. 9am-6pm. With Barbara Jenkins. Learn relaxing and rejuvenating techniques for use with self and others. Good for massage therapists, health care and hospice staff, care givers, spa/salon staff and kind people. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988. Info@

planahead WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1 Reflexology Hands – 9am-6pm. With Barbara Jenkins. Learn therapeutic reflexology to care for your hands, yourself and those you touch; and how to bring healing to entire body, just by working with the hands. Good for massage therapists, health care and hospice staff, care givers, spa/salon staff and kind people. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623215-7988. Guided Meditation – 6:30-7:30pm. With Marsha Craven. Raffle proceeds and love donations shared with LaFrontera Arizona EMPACT Suicide Prevention Center and Animal Rescue. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988. Info@How2Heal. com.

Shambhala Open House – 6:30-8pm. We welcome everyone interested in learning mindfulness meditation and practice. Introduction to the concept of basic goodness and to the Shambhala lineage. Shambhala Meditation Center, 7042 E Osborn Rd, Scottsdale.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2 Trigger Points: Hand and Wrist – 9am-1pm. With Barbara Jenkins. Address soft tissue challenges related to hands and wrists by working with trigger points and referral areas to facilitate pain relief and improved functioning. Good for massage therapists, health care and hospice staff, care givers, spa/salon staff and kind people. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988. Info@How2Heal. com.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4 Synergistic Kinesiology Course Level II – Nov 4-5. 9am-5pm. See Oct 21 listing. Course includes certificate of completion; training manuals ($247 value). $350/by 10/20, $399/thereafter. Universal Touch Kinesiology Group, 534 E University Dr, Mesa. 480-835-5380.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5 Summit University: Unveiled Mysteries – 10:30am-noon. The Secret Valley: Seeking the Mandala of Your Divine Family. Seven-week course. $25. The Summit Lighthouse, 4105 N 20th St, Ste 115, Phoenix. 480-442-5020. Summit iRest Yoga Nidra – 6-7pm. Class begins with gentle movement to prepare for this guided meditation shown to calm the nervous system and help release negative patterns. Also helps alleviate symptoms of insomnia, PTSD, anxiety and depression. $10. Restoring Balance Mind & Body, 2045 S Vineyard, Ste 139, Mesa. Info/preregister: 253-549-5342.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8 Sanctity in the 20th Century: An Exposition of Sacred Relics of Christian Saints of the Modern Era – Nov 8-14. 6:30pm, Wed (opening ceremony); 9am-noon & 3-7pm, Thur-Sat; 1-6pm, Sun (daily viewing). The Shrine of Holy Wisdom, 5025 S Ash Ave, Ste B-15, Tempe. 480-219-9633.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9 Cranial Neural Support for Longevity – Nov 9-11. 9am-6pm. With Marsha Craven, 2015 Natural Choice Award Winner for CranialSacral Therapy. Exciting techniques for working with and communicating with the brain, cranial and neural systems to increase vitality, promote wellness, resolve residual effects of previous trauma and delay onset of age related challenges. Healing Arts Connection, 1715 W Northern Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix. RSVP: 623-215-7988. Info@How2Heal. com.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11 Kids Harvest and Cook: Smoothies and Desserts –11am-12:30pm. With local Phoenix cookbook author, Melanie A Albert. Kids will harvest at the Learning Garden and have fun making their

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own home-made almond milk. They will create their own refreshing red, white, and blue smoothies and chia seed pudding with fruit and cashew cream topping. $25. The Farm, 6106 South 32nd St, Phoenix. 602-615-2486.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12 Summit University: Unveiled Mysteries – 10:30am-noon. God’s Omnipresent Power and Venus Visits the Royal Teton. Seven-week course. $25. The Summit Lighthouse, 4105 N 20th St, Ste 115, Phoenix. 480-442-5020. SummitLighthouse

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16 Energy Reading – 6:30pm. Bring yours or someone’s questions regarding health, relationship, work or moving. Receive answers, solutions, guidance using intuitive awareness, dowsing or muscle testing.

More than 40 years of knowledge and combined experience. $35. Universal Touch, 534 E University Dr, Mesa. 480-835-5380 or 480-835-5347.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19 Winter Raw Gourmet Hands-On Culinary Class – 11am-1:30pm. With Melanie A Albert, local Phoenix cookbook author. Create a beautiful deconstructed lasagna with local Arizona farmers’ veggies and gourmet raw carrot cake. Learn how to expertly plate your dishes to create a beautiful culinary presentation. $45. The Farm at South Mountain, 6106 South 32nd St, Phoenix. 602-6152486.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28 Spirit Attachments and Your Health – 6:30pm. Health issues, work, relationships, negativity,

accidents, bad luck; any of these issues can have a host created by spiritual attachments for karma, learning lessons, previous contracts, and many other reasons. $35. Universal Touch, 534 E University Dr, Mesa. 480-835-53810 or 480-835-5347.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3 Geri-Fit Instructor Training and Certification – For instructors who want to expand their knowledge of strength training for seniors. Learn more than 50 evidence-based strength training exercises that use dumbbell weights. Receive training in balance and fall prevention and oneon-one corrective exercise techniques. $315. Setay Dance & Fitness Studio, 7430 S 48 St, Ste 100, Phoenix. Register by 10/31: 888-437-4348 ext 3.




Ecuador Beach and Andes Mountain Holistic Retreat – Dec 27-Jan 4. With Alive and Revive. Stay in an ocean-view home and a quaint residence near the Incan ruins of Ingapirca, in the Andes. Retreat guests will receive a variety of naturopathic treatments from Dr Melanie Icard. Experience shamanic ceremonies, hot mud baths, swimming, horseback riding and more. RSVP: 480-599-8370 or

MONDAY, JANUARY 1 Integrative Healing Arts Practitioner Programs – Online programs begin Jan 1; On-campus programs begin Jan 12. Elective tracks available: holistic nutrition, yoga, and yoga nidra focus; hypnotherapy, life coaching and mindfulness focus; yoga and life coaching focus; spiritual transformation focus; energetic focus. Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, 1100 E Apache Blvd, Tempe. 480-994-9244.

Take advantage of fresh, local produce from Peoria Farmers’ Market: the best Arizona farms. Visit their respective Park West, 9744 West Northern Avenue, websites for the most current information. Peoria Ahwatukee Farmers’ Market: 4700 East Warner Road, Phoenix Sundays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Carefree Farmers’ Market 1 Sundial Circle, Carefree Fridays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Chandler Farmers’ Market: 3 South Arizona Avenue, Chandler Thursdays 3 to 7 p.m. Gilbert Farmers’ Market: 222 North Ash Street, Gilbert Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon Goodyear Farmers’ Market 3151 North Litchfield Road, Goodyear Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mesa Community Farmers’ Market: 20 E. Main St., Mesa Fridays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Old Town Scottsdale Farmers’ Market 3806 North Brown Avenue, Scottsdale Saturdays 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.



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MONDAY, JANUARY 28 The Embracing Your Journey Expo – Bring your curiosity and discover all kinds of new things about wellness, healthy habits, healing alternatives, intuition, readings, energy work and more while supporting local vendors at this family-friendly event. $5/admission, free/kids 10 and under. Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort, Anasazi Ballroom, 7677 N 16th St, Phoenix. Info:

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ongoingcalendar sunday Sunday Services – 9am & 10:45am. A Positive Path for Spiritual Living. Childcare: infants thru 5th grade at 9am. Nursery: infants thru kindergarten at 10:45am. Youth ministry classes in the Education Annex at 10:45am. Unity of Mesa, 2700 E Southern Ave. 480-892-2700. Mindfulness Meditation and Chants – 9:3010am; Sitting and Walking Meditation – 10-11am. Attend one or both sessions. Shambhala sparks your heart and mind through the practice of mindfulness meditation and community. Meditation instruction available. Shambhala Meditation Center, 7042 E Osborn Rd, Scottsdale. Phoenix. Prayers for World Peace – 10-11:15am. Practical advice and meditations that lift the heart and bring energy and hope; from this inner peace, world peace grows. Make prayers together for our families and friends, and for the cessation of all the pain and problems in the world. $5. Kadampa Meditation Center Phoenix, 614 E Townley Ave.

Chronic Pain Prevention Class – 6-7pm. Learn about an integrative three-step approach for pain relief using stretch therapy, corrective exercise and nutrition metabolism identification. Free. Studio Health, 1425 S Higley, Ste 101, Gilbert. RSVP: 480-466-6398. Shakti Naam Yoga – 6:45-8:15pm. With Moriah Salzman and Jeannie MacLaughlin. Experience a new type of yoga using music, mantra, mudra (hand positions), meditation and movement to align with the vibration of the universe, bringing more health and happiness into your life. $10/donation. Unity of Mesa Sanctuary, 2700 E Southern Ave. 480-892-2700. Crystal and Tibetan Bowls – 6:45-8:30pm. Healing, purification and transformation with the singing bowls. $20 love offering. Center for Divine Awakening, 15801 N 40th St, Phoenix. Info: Prana: 773-316-3005. A Course in Miracles Study Group – 7-8pm. Interfaith CommUNITY Spiritual Center, 952 E Baseline, Ste 102, Mesa. 480-593-8798.


Celebration Service – 10:30-11:45am. Discover New Thought, Ancient Wisdom, and Interfaith teachings – ACIM – and open-minded, loving, creative people. Features uplifting music and positive messages to enlighten, encourage and sometimes make you laugh. Interfaith CommUNITY, 952 E Baseline, Ste 102, Mesa. Rev Julianne: 480-5938798 or

Watercolor Art Classes – 9:45am-12:30pm. With Allura Westly. All levels, beginner-to-advanced. Learn fluid color technique, drawing and composition. Small class of eight students. No talent required, just a desire to create. Paradise Valley. 602-469-0524.


A Course in Miracles Study Group – 1-2:30pm. Interfaith CommUNITY Spiritual Center, 952 E Baseline, Ste 102, Mesa. 480-593-8798.

Tai Chi and Qiqong – 10-11am. With Leslie Cook. Activate and experience the natural healing capabilities in the body. $10-$15/donation. Unity of Mesa, 2700 E Southern Ave. 480-892-2700. Live AskDrKan Show – 12:30pm. Featured on Facebook, Instagram or YouTube with Dr Peter Kan of Hope Integrative Wellness Center. Facebook: HopeIntegrativeWellness.

tuesday Watercolor Art Classes – 9:45am-12:30pm. With Allura Westly. All levels, beginner-to-advanced. Learn fluid color technique, drawing and composition. Small class of eight students. No talent required, just a desire to create. Paradise Valley. 602-469-0524. Rewind Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. With Kim Carter. Designed for people 50 and up, this class focuses on balancing, increasing flexibility and building functional strength. $10 (first class is free, maximum six students). Restoring Balance Mind & Body, 2045 S Vineyard, Ste 139, Mesa. Preregistration required: 253-549-5342. Kim@

the ancient practices that include simple but mindful movement, breathwork, self-applied massage and meditation to ignite the healer within. $10$15/donation. Unity of Mesa Annex Rm 1, 2740 E Southern Ave. 480-892-2700. Buddhist Meditation – 6:30-8pm. How to Transform your Life: A Blissful Journey. Learn the fundamentals of Buddhist view with step-by-step instructions on how to experience more love in our heart and our life to benefit our self and others. $10 or $5/students and unemployed. Unity of Mesa, 2740 E Southern Ave. 480-892-2700.

friday Hot Flow Yoga – 5:30pm. Special $5 drop-in rate. Floo-id Yoga, 7077 E Mayo Blvd, Ste 130, Phoenix. 480-515-9642. Gnosis of Yeshua – 6-8pm. Weekly study of the teachings of Yeshua, including singing bowls, guided meditation, focused prayer and energy work. $10. Unity of Mesa, 2740 E Southern Ave. 480-892-2700. A Course in Miracles – 7-9pm. Group book study open to newcomers. Donation. Unity of Mesa, Annex Rm 1, 2740 E Southern Ave. 480-892-2700.

Hatha Yoga with the Tibetan Singing Bowl – 5:30-7pm. Join yogi Melanie A Albert for hatha yoga with the music of the Tibetan singing bowl. Open to all levels. Donation. The Farm at South Mountain, 6106 S 32nd St, Phoenix. 602-6152486. Mindfulness Meditation – 7-7:30pm. Shambhala sparks your heart and mind through the practice of mindfulness meditation and community. They welcome all people interested in this path oriented towards modern life. Meditation instruction available. Shambhala Meditation Center, 7042 E Osborn Rd, Scottsdale.

thursday Rewind Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. With Kim Carter. Designed for people 50 and up, the class focuses on balancing, increasing flexibility and building functional strength. $10 (first class is free, maximum six students). Restoring Balance Mind & Body, 2045 S Vineyard, Ste 139, Mesa. Preregistration required: 253-549-5342. Kim@

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Tai Chi Easy – 6:30-7:30pm. With Shirley Kemper. A fun and relaxing class of Tai chi and qigong,

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