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JOYFUL GIVING How Generosity Transforms Us

The Merry Vegan Healthy Holiday Sweets

The Evolution of Community

Gathering to Make a Difference

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Contents 20 THE EMERGING



Awakening to the Evolution of Community

23 THE GENEROUS HEART How Giving Transforms Us


Supporting Local Charities





People-Pleasing Holiday Sweets


The Medicinal Uses for Holiday Decorations


36 NATURE BASICS: Physiology 101



DEPARTMENTS 10 news briefs 15 event briefs 16 health briefs 18 masters of

bodywork & healing arts 23 inspiration 24 community spotlight 6

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30 conscious

eating 32 plant medicine section 40 calendar 45 resource guide 54 ad index 55 classifieds

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news briefs

Herbal Whole Foods Offers Quality Health and Wellness Products


ith over 30 years of experience, Herbal Whole Foods ( offers the finest herb-based, non-GMO foods, nutritional products, cleansing beverages, weight management, sport and fitness, green household and all-natural skincare and cosmetics. All of their products are manufactured in the U.S. under the highest quality control and manufacturing standards that exceed industry requirements. Their purpose is to nourish the world and inspire a life of balance, authenticity and well-being. operates in over 50 countries around the world with the goal of supporting wellness and prosperity. The products are scientifically tested to ensure that the ingredients are the safest that can be offered, that the food is the healthiest they can sell and that the supplements really make a difference in people’s lives—because they are consumed, used and enjoyed by the people who sell them every single day. The vision of Herbal Whole Foods is to foster a culture of opportunity so that people anywhere can feel empowered to challenge convention, push beyond boundaries and pave their own path. They believe that investing in the holistic well-being of people allows them to live their best life possible. They have helped thousands of people from around the world achieve a heathier life and create a more prosperous lifestyle. For more information, call 520-744-2566, email or visit See ad, page 36.

Unwind at Tucson’s Healing Spirit Soaks


ealing Spirit Soaks is Dr. Jasmine May’s new venture into the wonderful world of water and plant medicine. Balancing delightfully between a community bath house and a boutique spa, her space is a gorgeous sanctuary in which to soak away stress. Featuring two cedar hot tubs with ionizer and Jasmine May ozone technology, a modern tub for cold water plunges, a deep copper claw foot tub for customized herbal full body soaks, an amethyst infrared biomat and cedar infrared sauna, May’s soaking studio—richly adorned with murals by local artists—is the perfect place to reconnect with inner peace and the Healing Spirit. Both contrast hydrotherapy and herb soak sessions begin with a cup of tea and a CBD salt scrub to amplify your experience of self-care and love—as well as for promoting detox and increased metabolism. They have a room dedicated for vaginal herbal steaming, which is helpful for all manner of pelvic issues and general reproductive health. May is also offering auriculotherapy (ear acupuncture) treatments—especially helpful for any pain condition—and herbal foot soaks in her welcome room: Healing Spirit Bar. Appointments are not necessary, but helpful. Available by appointment are CBD Thai massage, neuropathy massage, reflexology and Bowen bodywork. Meditation classes and naturopathic workshops are held monthly. Healing Spirit Soaks is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., though they are closed most Tuesdays. Weekend services are by appointment only. Evening soak times will be coming soon. Location: 1074 N. Swan, Tucson. For more information, call 520-344-3250 or email

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with free range chicken, grass-fed meat and Guatemalan coffee, which is roasted low acid. Claire’s offers both new and traditional American cuisine, breakfast, burgers, Mexican, seafood, vegan and vegetarian food. They also have a back room which comfortably seats 30 for meetings—including a Spanish club. Claire Johnson, an Illinois native born into a family of creative cooks, began her culinary career as a producer and buyer and founded an organic food co-op on Chicago’s north side. She relocated to Arizona in 1980 and became the head chef at the Blue Willow in Tucson, followed by cooking stints at the Oro Valley Country Club,

Loew’s Ventana Canyon and CB Rye. In 1986, Claire bought Dyna Café and transformed it into the present day Claire’s Café & Art Gallery. Since she originally trained as a silversmith, her appreciation of fine art is reflected in the restaurant’s food preparation and the art adorning the gallery walls. Location: 16140 N. Oracle, Tucson. For more information, call 520825-2525 or visit See ad, page 17.

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wned and operated by Claire and Steve Johnson for 34 years, Claire’s Claire and Steve Café and Art Johnson Gallery is a favorite go-to Tucson spot renowned for its welcoming vibe, fabulous breakfasts and unique art and jewelry available for purchase. The café is a gallery of nationally known artists, mainly Native American and cowboy art from the reservation, one-of-akind handmade jewelry and purses. All food is chemical and pesticide free,

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he public can check many health aspects at home in an easy and highly convenient way without going to a doctor’s office. LetsGetChecked, based in Dublin, Ireland, and New York City, provides comprehensive, at-home health testing along with complementary clinical services and connections with a global network of regulated laboratories, enabling users to take more active roles in their health and decision making. After obtaining a testing kit online or from a selected pharmacy, customers self-collect a blood, saliva or urine sample with a kit-provided lancet and send it to an affiliated lab—all Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments-approved and College of American Pathologists-accredited—using a pre-paid label. Most will receive a call from the company’s nursing team with results a few days later, which are also posted in their LetsGetChecked account. Thirty separate kits—grouped in men’s, women’s and sexual health plus wellness—can check for sexually transmitted diseases; some cancers; thyroid function; vitamin, cholesterol and hormonal levels; and more. Since its founding in 2014, the company has performed more than 250,000 tests. CB Insights, a leading private company research and analysis firm, named LetsGetChecked to its inaugural Digital Health 150 list in October. For more information or to register, visit Natural Awakenings readers can receive 20 percent off their order by using discount code NATUCSON20. See ads, pages 9 and 26 . ADVERTORIAL


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Yoga Teacher Training Joins Pima Community College’s Northwest Campus Wellness Programs


ima County Community College District recently moved Yoga Teacher Training to Northwest Campus, where it joins Massage Therapy as the second wellness career program with a therapeutic approach. Yoga Teacher Training looks forward to a return of the 200-hour certification training in Spring 2020. The college’s approach to education allows students to integrate in-depth information through a creative process, resulting in a uniquely personal experience. The instructors will have their eRYT 500 and continue to bring the ancient insights of yoga into mainstream wellness programs—based on the yoga philosophy viewing health as a unity of body, mind and spirit. Continuing Education is important to all professions and is another option for yoga instructors, massage therapists and mental health professionals seeking to grow their own knowledge. Professionals requiring continuing education to maintain their national certifications will be able to consider coursework in either therapeutic massage topics or therapeutic approaches for yoga. Those interested in guiding individuals or groups in managing the health challenges they face, and facilitating their journey back to a state of well-being, should consider exploring the exciting complementary field of yoga therapy as a new career choice. For more information, call or email John at Northwest Campus, at 520-444-6628 or See ad, page 11.

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Get Your Home Clean for the Holidays


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Get Ready for 2020 with a Tarot Reading


hivani Baker is a professional astrologer and tarot reader and teacher for over 30 years, currently working at Canyon Ranch Spa as an astrologer. Her approach to readings is both practical and spiritual. Baker is offering a holiday special for December 2019 and January 2020: buy one reading, get one free. This would make a great holiday gift for family or friends. The tarot cards are another excellent tool which work with archetypes, helping us understand what is happening on an unconscious level. She also offers Astrocartograghy, a chart which will show the place locations to settle in the world. This helps Shivani Baker when one is considering a move or a trip. Our natal chart is uniquely our own blueprint of our strengths and challenges. Getting a reading will help us with timing of events so that we can feel more empowered with this knowledge. She often sees couples to examine both of their charts together, which is called synestry. “We put one chart in the center and the partner’s chart around that and look at the aspects between the two. I look at many things to see if there’s going to be harmony and longevity,” explains Baker. For more information, call 413-313-5677 or email

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Three Weeks of Profound Workshops at Cabo Breath Fest


n celebration of Natural Awakenings’ commitment to promoting higher consciousness during the last 25 years, the Cabo Breath Fest will offer many life-changing workshops plus other activities from February 1 to 21, in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. Some of the 20-plus international experts offering workshops include event founder Dan Brule, author, breathwork pioneer the creator of Breath Therapy; Stig Avall Severinsen, champion free diver and author of the bestselling book Breatheology – The Art of Conscious Breathing; Dr. Jim Morningstar, author and founder of the School of Integrative Psychology; and Lena Kristina Tuulse, Breathwork pioneer and author of Passion for Life, who introduced conscious breathing to much of Europe. As this historic event is a co-creation of the trainers and guests, attendees are also invited to make presentations during some of the 100 available sessions. There’ll also be yoga on the beach, drumming circles, concerts, social gatherings, great food, dances, art and other enriching activities. Tickets: $100 for any or all workshops. For more information, tickets and cheap accommodations, call 800-568-7957 or visit or

Holiday Events at Unity of Tucson


nity of Tucson is excited to announce several special events in December, including a fun book launch event, Christmas services, a women’s retreat and burning bowl service. “As a positive, practical, spiritually based organization, we welcome all people, all the time. Love is our way of being and it is always inclusive at any and all of our events,” says Rev. Aliza Bloom Robinson. Book Launch Gala, December 10, 6:30 p.m. Four local authors, three brand new books, two inspiring journeys and one great event. Books featured: Legacy by Rick Chavez and Kryste Andrews; Thoughts are Things by Rev. Jonathan Zenz; and Shero’s Journey – A Spiritual Adventure by Rev. Aliza Bloom Robinson. Books will be available for purchase and signing, and there will be entertainment, music and light hors d’oeuvres. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Christmas Eve Service, December 24, 6 p.m. The family-friendly, inspirational experience of Birthing the Christ includes a fabulous music program, a surprise and candle lighting ceremony. Vision 2020 Women’s Retreat, December 28, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Using ceremony, ritual, movement and creative expression to close out 2019, we begin to vision our lives in 2020. Facilitated by Rev. Aliza Bloom Robinson. $97, includes delicious food, a special gift, materials and the program. Burning Bowl Service, December 29, 10 a.m. This powerful experience allows us to release that which we do not want in our life in order to bring into the New Year a fresh start. Let 2020 begin with the positive thoughts to create the life we want. For more information, call 520-577-3300, visit or find @UnityOfTucson on Facebook. See ad, page 25. December 2019


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he Photon Genius is a revolutionary machine that provides an abundance of healing photons through both its infrared light emitters and its ionized noble gas harmonic frequency dischargers. With over 150 feet of light tubes, no other instrument in the world can provide the level of photon light nourishment as the Photon Genius. It provides the widest range of harmonic frequencies from zero to 2 MHz, which serves to balance all the cells in our body. The Photon Genius Super Sauna provides a full spectrum range of near, medium and far infrared transmissions. Infrared has the ability to penetrate through the skin to the subcutaneous tissues, transforming light energy to heat energy. The thermal effect within the deep layers of the tissues causes blood vessels and capillaries to dilate, promoting better blood circulation and the release of years of toxins and metabolic waste through sweating. The internal heat generated helps to relieve pain, joint stiffness and muscle soreness, as well as strengthen the immune system. Using the Photon Genius regularly helps the body to naturally increase its production of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is vital for managing inflammation and scavenging free radicals in the body. Alive & Well Arizona, located at 2420 W. Ruthrauff Rd., Ste. 160, Tucson, offers Photon Genius sessions. Sessions are 50 minutes in length; package deals are available. Connect at 520-638-6740 or


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The Algorithm for a Happy Life


he computer world can teach us how to focus on what we want. Information is power. So how can we collect the information we want for a happy experience in our life? We can make long lists of what is not good, but we don’t often focus on what we truly desire and put our undivided focus on that. We start with appreciation for what is in our lives now that is good and working for us. It starts with the feeling of “yes!” Feelings are energy that bring more of what is here now. When we look at our life and see what we like, what makes us alive, accepted and successful, that is the information that creates algorithms for success in any aspect of our lives. The opposite is also true. When we focus on what is not right in our lives, more of that comes to us. It is worthwhile to take time to evaluate our lives, our thoughts and our feeling household. To refocus can be difficult, but it is not impossible. We must appreciate what makes us feel good, safe, noticed and heard—pay attention, focus on what feels uplifting and observe while adjusting and moving closer to what we truly want. How can Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) or hypnosis help us find the algorithm for a happy life? We need to remember that feelings are the key: we choose a happy feeling. EFT can then remove or reduce fear, doubt or pain that may be a hindrance. Hypnosis imprints these good feelings into our subconscious to easily find comfort with this desired happiness. While deeply relaxed, we anchor good feelings into our mind and body. This then results in automatic positive choices during normal activities, just like the pop-up ads appear on our computer. Maria Kingsley is a hypnotherapist and Emotional Freedom Technique practitioner. Connect at 520-780-0170.

Self-Care for Caretakers



ost of us do not take very good care of ourselves even when there is not a crisis. Author and researcher Brené Brown says, “It takes courage to say yes to rest and play in a culture where exhaustion is seen as a status symbol.” Most people in our culture are exhausted and push through the fatigue or pain. They may be on several medications with the belief that whatever symptoms they are masking, the problem is under control. Then one more big thing is added to a person’s plate, as in the face of an illness, death or job loss, and the person is beyond overwhelmed and scared. The caretaker allows no time for the gym, yoga, meditation or chiropractic. We have to “be there” for them, but can we really be helpful if we are not there for ourselves and locked in fight or flight mode? The caretaker hyper-focuses on the other person’s needs and often makes poor decisions because of poor self-care. Crisis is inevitable for all of us. In the Chinese language, it is described by two characters. One that represents danger and the other is opportunity. So all problems, if handled well, teach us things and have gifts within them. To find the gift, the caregiver must take care everyday so they are ready when the inevitable bigger problem arrives. Regular chiropractic care keeps our nervous system at ease, helping us to sleep better and make better choices.

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njuries and traumas of all kinds, along with emotional stress, create a protective tightening through our musculature that restricts space and limits how we move and function. This protective tension is often unconscious and difficult to detect on our own. Reflexology is very effective for opening space because it can dramatically reduce these sometimes long held tension patterns. Special techniques and gentle articulations—especially around the toes, ankles and inner arch—have a subtle but powerful effect on the nervous system. The parasympathetic (self-regulating) nervous system gets switched on, which activates essential processes like respiration, digestion, general nervous system regulation, cardiovascular and immune function, among others. Opening joint space can dramatically ease muscular and joint pain while allowing fluids and energy to flow evenly. Reflexologists simply but powerfully support the opening and unwinding of each client’s tension patterns so they can experience more space within their bodies. More space means the healing can happen more freely.


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THE EMERGING POWER OF ‘WE’ Awakening to the Evolution of Community by Linda Sechrist


en master Thich Nhat Hanh’s suggestion that the next Buddha would likely not take form as an individual but rather as a sangha, a community practicing mindful living, led many people to ask, “Why a community?” The author of more than 100 books that explore the Buddha’s core teachings on mindfulness, kindness and compassion, Hanh clarified the meaning of sangha as a good community necessary for helping individuals learn how to encounter life in the present moment, resist the unwholesome ways of our time, go in the direction of peace and nourish seeds of enlightenment. Even the best intentions, he noted, can falter without such a group of trusted family, friends and co-practitioners experiencing mindfulness together.

A Migration to Forming Community

Today’s trend toward collaborative processes and opportunities for transformation through online communities is made easier by the availability of affordable video conferencing providers such as Zoom, Skype and Mighty Networks, as well as online platforms like Facebook and MeetUp. Although many groups form for marketing, political, civic or social purposes—allowing 20

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participants to share values and common interests—thousands more gather as online intentional communities associated with personal growth and spiritual awakening. Myriad individuals have been able to experience some aspect of community through international organizations such as MindValley, Hay House, the Shift Network and Dr. Deepak Chopra’s Jiyo, a wellness-focused mobile app intended to extend the reach of his ideas on health and social transformation from millions of people to more than 1 billion. In MeetUp, spiritual awakening groups recently comprised 1,113,972 members in 3,631 groups worldwide. Additionally, co-housing communities, spiritual residential communities and eco-villages continue to form around the intention of designing and implementing pathways to a regenerative future.

The Old Story Versus the New Story

The increased interest in intentional communities may hint at a possibility that the human desire for community might be nature’s evolutionary nudge toward a collective leap that helps us to survive a changing climate and Earth’s potential sixth mass

A Guiding Light

Seijaku Roshi, the abbot and founder of the Pine Wind Zen Community, aptly named for its location in a pine forest in Shamong, New Jersey, advises, “People are searching and hungering for community, which is number one on my agenda. If we aren’t talking about community, we’re squandering the moment. Whether it’s an evolutionary nudge or not, it appears that our tragic world situation is pushing us towards an alternative vision for living a meaningful life that meets the needs of people, society and the environment. We are awakening to the fact we’re interconnected, interdependent and need community, which is the spirit and guiding light whereby people come together to fulfill a purpose, to help others fulfill their purpose and to take care of one another.”


extinction. If so, this possibility needs a new supportive story that includes humans as part of nature, with its evolutionary impulse as a guide for body, mind and soul. With our modern scientific worldview, when people talk about nature, they typically mean animals, plants, geological features and natural processes, all happening independently of humans. A more suitable new story is cultural historian Thomas Berry’s moving and meaningful narrative in The Great Work: Our Way Into the Future, in which humans aren’t above nature by virtue of superior intellect, but instead are equal partners with all that exists in a materially and spiritually evolving universe. From Berry’s perspective, humans are the eyes, minds and hearts through which the cosmos is evolving so that it can come to know itself ever more perfectly through us. Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell shared Berry’s perspective. Traveling back to Earth after walking upon the lunar surface, Mitchell gazed out of the spacecraft window, whereupon he was flooded with an ecstatic awareness. “I was a part of the universe I was observing, and I became aware that everything that exists is part of one intricately interconnected whole,” recounts Mitchell, who founded the groundbreaking Institute of Noetic Sciences to explore the nature of human consciousness.

Conscious Evolution

Craig Hamilton, the guiding force behind the movement known as Integral Enlightenment, is the founder of the telecourse training program Academy for Evolutionaries. His spiritual guidance and teachings reach a growing international online community spanning 50 countries. “Transforming ourselves in the deepest possible way is, in fact, an evolutionary imperative, and we need to be able to identify the indicators of emergent shifts and participate creatively with change as an evolutionary force. Evolution up to this point has been playing out unconsciously. We’re now waking up and realizing that we can collaborate and participate in an emerging future.” Hamilton’s experience is that where humans awake to the one that is expressed through the many, they also begin to engage together. “Practicing community isn’t as simple as it seems. In online communities, a lot less can go wrong. The stakes aren’t as high. People come and go, share and engage as they like.”

A Community of Sisterhood

Laurie McCammon, author of Enough! How to Liberate Yourself and Remake the World with Just One Word, feels certain that humans are evolving. “We were last to the party with our big brains, and now we’re trying to intellectualize our way to an uncertain future without important feminine values such as feeling, intuiting, nurturing, interdependency and vulnerability,” says McCammon, who is deeply involved in the circle movement, in which women gather in small groups to empower each other. A regular participant in Gather the Women Global Matrix, a worldwide sisterhood that connects thousands of women sharing meaningful conversations and celebrating the divine feminine with the intention of bringing about personal and planetary transformation through cooperation and collaboration, McCammon says, “No one of us can bring about large-scale transformation alone. It’s time to tell the new story wherein our lives and actions demonstrate that together we are enough. Nonhierarchical circles that encourage authentic communication are part of this new story.” Citing other important circle commu-

nities such as Tree Sisters and The Millionth Circle, McCammon suggests that women tap into The Divine Feminine app, which allows them to find circle communities and events anywhere in the world.

Co-Creating With the Intelligence of Nature

Teacher and futurist Peter Russell writes books that are focused on consciousness and contemporary spirituality. His lectures help humans free themselves of limited beliefs and attitudes that belie many of humanity’s personal, social and global problems. The author of The Global Brain: The Awakening Earth in a New Century, Russell posits that the evolutionary process naturally draws humans together. “Humans are social creatures that need community, which I find very energizing,” says Russell, who cites the Findhorn Foundation eco-village, in Scotland, as a dynamic experiment in community. “Although residents went through hard times, they recognized the need for honest communication so they could attune to one another in loving ways that would allow everyone to work through their difficulties. Today, life at Findhorn is guided by the inner voice of spirit, and residents work in co-creation with the intelligence of nature,” he says.

The Collective Wisdom of Community

An uncertain future is emerging, making it necessary for new and more intuitive methods and spiritual practices for developing collective wisdom, human potential and the skills for practicing community. “I’m

in the process of finalizing 118 chapters from 90 different authors for a Collaborative Change Library: Transforming Organizations, Revitalizing Communities, Developing Human Potential,” says associate editor Carole Gorelick, who clarifies that spiritual practices are now playing a part in bringing about collaborative change. She notes that several chapters are updated versions of The Change Handbook: The Definitive Resource on Today’s Best Methods for Engaging Whole Systems (2007 second edition), which included modalities such as World Café, Open Space Technology, Art of Hosting, Appreciative Inquiry and many others. A living handbook for developing human potential and the skills to practice community, Fred Eppsteiner has been teaching Buddhism for 23 years. A student of Hanh’s since the 1960s, he is the founder of the Florida Community of Mindfulness, in Tampa. Eppsteiner sums up why the next Buddha could be a community: “A better future will be created by people who are living the values they want for the world, not just abstractly using only the intellect. In community, we ask ourselves, ‘Can I be what I want to see in the world? Can I practice these things mindfully in community with love, acceptance, deep listening, compassion and kindness?’ These are values that every Buddha has lived for centuries, and certainly ones we need to evolve from a culture of, ‘It’s all about me’ to a culture of, ‘It’s all about we’.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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There is an easier way to socialize and enjoy the festivities without putting our body through the above-mentioned symptoms and increased pain. Here are five tips to make it a smoother transition and keep our bodies feeling optimal. Always carry food when leaving the house. This will provide a healthy snack or food option when away from the house. Eat this snack item to help curve the cravings until returning home. Eat a full meal at home before attending a holiday event. Arriving with a full stomach will decrease chances of indulgence in any “forbidden foods”. Also, take along a delicious approved dish to enjoy and share with others. This just might pique their interest in changing some of their dietary choices.

Holiday Tips for People with Food Restrictions by Jean Read


hose of us who follow a restricted diet due to food sensitivities or a new eating protocol (keto, paleo, gluten-free) often find the holidays to be a particular challenge, as we are invited to holiday parties and work events where the food and beverages are frequently full of dairy, gluten, sugar and alcohol. We know that these foods cause an elevation of inflammation to the body, and while some handle it better than others, one night of indulgence can wreak havoc on our digestion, sleep, mental clarity, energy and mood over the next one to three days.

If there is a food or beverage item that just can’t be resisted, take a small serving (one to two bites). Eat it very slowly and indulge in the flavors and textures fully. Studies show that after three to four bites of a food, we really quit tasting it and are just shoveling it in while cleaning our plate. Often, we may find that the food doesn’t taste quite as good as we remembered because taste buds have changed. Try Intermittent Fasting (IF) for the next month. Eat only during a six- or eighthour window each day and only drink coffee, tea or water outside of that time frame. This allows the body to spend time cleaning,

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repairing and restoring health during the fasting time, instead of using energy to digest food over 12 hours a day. Studies of IF show improved blood sugar levels, reduction in blood pressure, cholesterol and more when IF is incorporated daily for six months or more. This has also shown to assist with weight loss. More favorable results are achieved when limiting dairy, wheat, sugar and alcohol consumption during the eating time frame. Increase intake of avocados, coconut milk and oil, and pour on the olive oil to vegetables and salads instead. This gives the body a great source of fuel that will keep the mind clear and energy levels even. If there is an extra few pounds on the scale in the morning after overindulging, try a full day of fasting. Drinking keto coffee provides healthy fats to keep energy up during the morning. Have a small meal at lunch loaded with medium chain triglycerides (coconut oil and milk, avocados, nuts and seeds, olive oil) and a keto coffee at the end of the work day. Medium chain triglycerides don’t store as fat in the body and provide an excellent energy source to the brain and mitochondria. The extra fasting time allows the body to clean the inflammatory foods and inflammation from the body. During the day, we should drink half our body weight in ounces of water. So, someone weighing 150 pounds should drink 75 ounces of water minimum. This keeps us hydrated and assists the kidneys with flushing out the system. Trying one or more of the above tips can help us stay committed to our health and well-being, making it easier to get through the holidays without cheating. Enjoy the holidays with a stomach full of foods that support the body’s health and continued journey to well-being. Jean Read is a physical therapist of 30 years who has studied functional nutrition and is the only AZ health practitioner certified with the Wahls Protocol for MS, neurological and autoimmunity symptoms. Read enjoys coaching others in lifestyle changes to improve quality of life, and she provides private restorative therapies of various skills and strategies. Connect at 956-566-5443. See ad, page 19.

by fear, wanting or clinging. When we interact with others, our connection is genuine. We see people instead of judgments or labels. Being generous arises from the heart, not the wallet. We don’t need to have material wealth in order to be generous. The only requirement is a willingness to open our hearts, to see life as it is and to interact with others from a place of compassion and love. Some examples of generous acts are:

The Generous Heart

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ne of the ways we come into balance and connection with each other and with life is by giving from the heart. When we give to others, whether it’s an act of kindness, generosity or compassion, it helps us live from the heart instead of the ego. Living from the ego is painful and exhausting. It’s like feeding a hungry monster that’s never satisfied. Ego craves, pursues and clings to status, approval, material wealth and control. It views the world through the eyes of fear—constantly evaluating, judging and acting in ways that are self-centered, defensive and protective. Like with Scrooge, ego closes our heart and

makes us small, fearful and contracted. By contrast, generosity requires that we open our hearts to the world and each other. We allow ourselves to be vulnerable. In doing this, we open ourselves fully to life, love and relationships. We let go of striving and pursuing things. When we stop striving, we begin to see, value and respond to what’s happening in the present moment in ways that are healthy and healing. Our priority shifts from acquiring things to appreciating what we have and being open to sharing with others. Generosity is a quality of kindness, of living from a place of abundance. We see the world through a clear lens that isn’t clouded

n Setting aside what we’re doing and listening to someone in need of emotional support. n Telling loved ones what we appreciate about them. n Listening to children and trying to see the world through their eyes before offering advice. n Smiling at a stranger. n When asking, “How are you?” looking into the person’s eyes and taking time to truly listen with an attitude of curiosity and compassion. Generosity awakens goodness in the heart, and this helps us open to life, love and relationships. Cindy Ricardo is a Coral Springs, Floridabased psychotherapist who blogs at

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100+ Women Who Care in Tucson

Supporting Local Charities


esha Bymers-Davis is the Founder of the Tucson chapter of 100+ Women Who Care, which is a group of local philanthropic women who are doing great things in our community. The goal of the group is to support the worthwhile work of local charities by providing funds, exposure and awareness with a minimal investment of time. The genesis of this Tucson group was somewhat

accidental in that it started when BymersDavis broke her right foot in March 2015. She explains, “I have to drive because I’m in sales, so I was off work for 13 weeks. Anyone who knows me knows that I don’t sit still very well. My son had recently graduated from college, and I was ready to transition from devoting so much time to parenting to wanting to make a difference. I had seen a post on Facebook about

the Omaha, Nebraska chapter, where a woman said it was, ‘The best one hour I’ve ever spent. One hour, 100 women, $10,000 of local impact for charity.’” This piqued her interest, so she looked for a chapter in Tucson, and found there was none. “I reached out to the gal heading up the Phoenix chapter, and discovered we both attended the University of South Dakota, and she graduated three years prior to me. We had a natural connection. She encouraged me to start the Tucson group,” Bymers-Davis remarks. “I paid $5 to Etsy for our first logo, and created a website. I invited a woman from every decade of life to my house to explain my mission. I made our first video on iMovie, which went viral—156 women came to the first meeting.” The quarterly meetings are run by volunteers along with some generous financial support from sponsors. “Our sponsors are amazing. I wanted all the money we raised at the meetings to go to the charities. But since I come from corporate America, I also wanted to plan a special event which would attract donors. Thanks to our sponsors, we accomplished that,” Bymers-Davis comments.

How it Works

Four times a year, members attend The Big Give, where each member gives $100. The first hour of each meeting is a social/ networking hour, before the group settles down to business. During each meeting, three of the charities which have been nominated by members are selected in a drawing from a hat. Then, a representative from each charity drawn makes a brief pre-


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sentation about why they should be the recipient of the donation. After the presentations and a Q&A session by members, an anonymous ballot is held and the charity with the most votes will be the recipient. The charities can receive $20,000 or more if they get the most votes and are ultimately selected to receive that group’s quarterly donation. Winning charities are required to sit out the next 18 months before being eligible to go in the hat again. The selected charity is invited back to the next quarterly meeting to share with the members the impact their donations made. Currently, the group has 225 members. “Our goal is to reach a membership of 500 women, so we will be able to make an even greater impact. We’re looking for more women to be able to give back even more to our community. We’re going to give our largest donation yet in December, which will be almost $25,000 to Literacy Connects. If you can’t read, it’s hard to succeed in society,” she opines. Does $100 make an impact? Bymers-Davis quotes Satoro, “Individually we are one drop. Together we are an ocean.” Recounting the story of the Diaper Bank donation, Bymers-Davis remembers when she called to let the Diaper Bank know they were the quarterly recipient, the man who answered the phone seemed shook up. There was a reason for his emotional response. “He told me that they had just gotten an opportunity to receive a million dollars in diapers, however they did not have the money in their coffers to pay the shipping costs. When I told him the donation was $17,000 he said, ‘Guess how much the shipping costs are—$16,900.’ Here you see how $100 turned into $17,000, which turned into $1,000,000 in diapers,” she observes. The 100+ Women Who Care Tucson Group and BymersDavis were recognized by the Ben’s Bells Project for their work in the community. “They announced it at the quarterly meeting. I felt very special and honored,” she emotes.

Becoming a Member

The group proves that we don’t have to be wealthy to be a philan-

thropist. 100+ Women Who Care allows women from all demographics to participate as members. Members must make a commitment to make an annual donation of $415.60 ($103.90 per quarter) to local 501(c)(3) charities serving the Tucson metro area. Members are required to enroll in a quarterly autopay plan, where $100 of the amount is donated to the selected charity and $3.90 covers the cost of credit card and administrative fees. 100+ Women Who Care Tucson is for women who: have limited time but a heart for giving; are willing to commit to one hour every three months; want to learn more about the amazing work being done by local nonprofits; want to be part of a caring and amazing group of women who are making a positive impact in our community; and want 100 percent of their donations to go directly to a local charity.


Sponsors are an integral component to the success of 100+. Bymers-Davis reached out to the real estate community for sponsors after she purchased several rental properties. The first sponsor of the group was Karen Fisher, a mortgage broker at Summit Mortgage. The second sponsor was Kim Clifton, owner of Tierra Antigua Real Estate. Subsequently, sponsors who wanted to give back to the community, such as Sierra Tucson, reached out to her. There are also in kind sponsors. Natural Awakenings Magazine donates advertising space. Arclight Pictures produces a video at each “give” which shows the impact of the money donated from the previous quarter. They also donate microphones and audio for the events. “Our sponsors are amazing. We couldn’t do what we do without them. We are essentially a grassroots organization, and we rely primarily upon word of mouth and social media to grow our membership,” says Bymers-Davis. 100+ Women Who Care Tucson is a conduit which is making a difference in Tucson. These fabulous women who love to give are making an impact in our community. To attend the next upcoming giving circle at the Westin La Paloma Resort, mark the calendar for January 21, 2020, and get to know the nonprofits that are making dreams a reality. For more information, visit email or visit

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place to live,” says Agrillo. “We produce an annual philanthropic gala, hopefully sell it out, tell jokes, get the money and give it to local nonprofits. How cool is that?” The first show produced by Agrillo was in 2011 at Laffs Comedy Caffe, shortly after the events of January 8, 2011, when six people were killed and thirteen others, including then U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords, were injured in a shooting rampage. That event was the genesis of her annual Comedy for Charity gala at the Fox Theatre. The shows have raised money for many worthwhile charities, including Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse; Youth on Their Own; Rally Point, La Frontera; YWCA of Southern Arizona; Ben’s Bells; Youth on Their Own; Dancing in the Streets AZ; Send a Kid to Camp; and Saving Gil.

A Sense of Community


aughter really is the best medicine, and that’s not just a cliché. The founder of Comedy for Charity, Suzie Agrillo, has experienced a tragedy which brought home the truthfulness of that phrase. In 1980, her sister Judy was shot in the head and killed during a mugging in Chicago. As a result of this senseless tragedy, Agrillo found her calling in life: to make the world a safer, kinder and less violent place. “You have to carry on after a nightmare like this, and I decided to focus on the community, by raising money for organizations which make Tucson a better

With 2020 being Comedy for Charity’s 10th anniversary show, Agrillo looks back on the charities she has supported. We all know it is better to give than to receive. However, when we are making a financial gift to a nonprofit, how do we know the funds are going to good use? “I research nonprofits by going to their websites and social media for clues about how legitimate they are, what their mission is and what their current needs are. is a trusted online resource that houses information about an organization’s mission, tax exempt status, impact and financial information,” Agrillo states.

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Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse has been a beneficiary of several of Comedy for Charity’s events. It essentially provides the opportunity to create, sustain and celebrate a life free of abuse. Agrillo notes, “Their work has a powerful impact on our community.” Youth on Their Own is a nonprofit which strives to eliminate the barriers to education and empower Arizona homeless youth to stay in school. “Arizona has a very high rate of child homelessness. Homeless youth are four times more likely to drop out of school, which means they are likely to become unemployable as adults,” Agrillo observes. Ben’s Bells spreads a message of kindness. “It resonated with me, partly because it was inspired by the tragic death of founder Jeannette Mare’s young son Ben,” Agrillo relates. It started as a small local charity which has grown to an international movement. In addition to bells which are handmade in their art studios, and the murals you see all over Tucson, Ben’s Bells operates a Kindness Education program which teaches people how to cultivate kindness. Agrillo is a dog lover, and one of her favorite success stories was the Jeanne Robertson show in 2019, where over $4,000 was raised for Saving Gil, a black lab who was shot point blank with a shotgun and left for dead in northern Arizona. “The shotgun blast rendered him paralyzed and incontinent. Thanks to the money raised by generous Tucsonans, Gil could afford a new wheelchair as well as expense for transportation to his new adoptive family in Durango, Colorado,” she says. Since Comedy for Charity has no employees, Agrillo relies on her friends to volunteer to assist with the comedy shows. She comments, “I am blessed with some of the best friends imaginable. I gravitate to people who are smart, kind and who appreciate humor. I like to do a girls’ lunch about once a week.” Agrillo also performs standup comedy at Laffs Comedy Caffe for the Estrogen Hour, which raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, as well as at some of the shows at the Fox Theatre. When asked how she found her own voice in comedy, Agrillo explains, “I decided to do stand-up 10 years ago, after I attended my family reunion. I felt I needed to use it

Gil and Cocoa as a catharsis, because my family is somewhat dysfunctional,” she explains. Comedy for Charity’s upcoming headliner is Paula Poundstone, a popular panelist on NPR’s weekly comedy quiz, “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” She has achieved many firsts in her comedy career. She is the first woman ever to host the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. She starred in her own series on HBO and ABC. She is included in Comedy Central’s list of the Top 100 Comics of All Time, and she has won an American Comedy Award for Best Female Stand Up. “We are co-presenting this event with the Fox Theatre. A portion of the ticket sales from the show will benefit local or-

ganizations which assist the homeless. It is our goal to provide support to those whose voices are most often not heard and who have the greatest need,” Agrillo comments. Tucson is renowned for many things, including exclusive golf courses, world class spas and sherbet sunsets. Most importantly, the locals know how to give. If you want to “laugh ‘til it hurts,” save the date for Comedy for Charity’s 10th anniversary charitable event, “An Evening With Paula Poundstone,” May 8, 2020 at the Fox Theatre. For tickets and additional information, visit tickets or See ad, page 24.

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pend any time in the healing/spiritual community, and people will be heard talking about conscious awakenings. Often the exact details of what a conscious awakening is, or how it will unfold in our lives, aren’t discussed—but the life-changing stories of those who have experienced an awakening call to us with promises of a better and happier life. The reasons for seeking out an awakening are varied, but often revolve around feeling stuck in negative emotions like anxiety or anger, or feeling trapped in old traumatic wounds and behaviors that lead to PTSD, depression and addiction. Or, sometimes the awakening finds us and we are launched into a shift without any premeditated plan. There is no one path that leads to an awakening, but it usually starts with a desire to heal and an exploration of different types of healing and spiritual practices that take us out of our comfort zone. One thing is for certain: the longer we are consciously engaged in our healing journey, the more likely it is that we will experience one or more awakenings along the way. This is


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why it is important to get clarity on what exactly a conscious awakening can entail, so we can better partner the process when it happens. Imagine being shown the joy and miracle of a baby but never being told about the birthing process. How confusing the pain of contractions would be if we had no idea that they are a natural and normal part of the bigger picture. Without understanding, we might try to stop the birth mid-process, adding more confusion and pain. If we are not given the whole picture then we cannot know the connection between the messy, painful, even frightening birthing process and the resulting new life. Similarly in the healing/spiritual community, we too often only hear about the amazing results of a conscious awakening, while not enough is said about the birthing process involved in getting there. It is important to realize that what an “awakening” means is a rebirth, a shift in paradigms, a change in consciousness. For a rebirth to happen there will inevitably be a death that must occur. Life as we know it will fall away, “truths” must be questioned, friends lost, beliefs

shattered, ways of being shifted. We will have to turn in and face ourselves, our feelings, thoughts and behaviors in new ways. We simply cannot have an awakening and stay in the same mental-emotional patterns that have been feeding our traumatized, unhappy, wounded states of being up to this point. In other words, we cannot move into a different consciousness and expect things to stay the same. This stripping away and breaking down of our old ways can leave us feeling exhausted, raw, broken open and overwhelmed. We find ourselves wondering if we are doing it wrong, because the awakening we are experiencing mid-shift is the complete opposite of what we had been hoping for. It is important to know that it is in those moments of utter vulnerability, raw openness and being stripped bare that the foundation of a new way of thinking, feeling and reacting is taking place. The breakthrough we are hoping for is often born through a breakdown. This bigger picture understanding should not deter us from seeking an awakening, but instead give us strength and courage to continue when we find ourselves in the long night of our own re-birthing journey. While we cannot know exactly what is uniquely in store for us, knowing that there can be challenges allows us to find purpose in the temporary discomfort of the work and helps us surrender to the healing process. With more awareness, we can partner instead of fight the releasing of that which no longer serves us—helping us look forward to the new life that is unfolding. Alexcis Lopez, MS, CHt, NLP offers RESET, Ayahuasca retreats and workshops. Connect at 520690-6576 or See ad, page 18.

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he holidays may send too many sugar plums and frosted gingerbread figures dancing in the heads of people with dietary restrictions. Anyone that chooses to avoid highly processed flours or sugars, artificial ingredients and loads of butter will typically be presented with all of this and more at social gatherings this time of year. They arrive on visually appealing cookie platters that tempt with their cute shapes, vibrant colors and sparkle. Some, like the gingerbread and reindeer cutouts, will beckon with glazed eyes: “Just one,” they whisper. But one can turn into nine and make someone that may normally avoid sugar or gluten feel bodily regrets. Someone that is vegan or allergic may feel they can’t have treats. Making healthier choices about food is difficult for reasons many don’t understand. “People have relationships with food—involving family, comfort and traditions—and they don’t want to give that up,” says James Brandon, of Tampa, founder of Facebook’s Vegan and PlantBased Beginner’s Community. Brandon says that holiday treats are tough to resist, but staying true to health goals is most important in the long run. The best defense to avoid frustration at

social food events is to bring a dish to share that meets your dietary needs, says Megan Gilmore, the author of No Excuses Detox: 100 Recipes to Help You Eat Healthy Every Day and a blogger at “That way, you can introduce something delicious to your friends, family or co-workers and be sure you’ll have something to eat!” A batch of simple, delectable, visually appealing and healthful cookies can be that plate to share, a gift to give or something to keep on hand for guests. Keep the focus on simple, advises Pamela Reed, who blogs at There are plenty of recipes that will satisfy the sweet tooth and decorate the holiday buffet (until they’re all eaten, that is). Don’t increase holiday stress by trying a new recipe at the last minute. “Stick with your favorite recipes that you know are going to be a success and are going to leave everyone’s taste buds happy,” she says. Transitioning to a more conscious way of eating isn’t about deprivation or leaving tradition behind. Bring on the new and healthful cookie recipes and name one after your grandma. Julie Peterson writes from her home in rural Wisconsin. Contact her at

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Preheat oven to 350° F. In a large bowl, cream together peanut butter and sugars with a hand mixer. Once combined, add vanilla and continue mixing. Add flour, baking soda, salt and almond milk into the bowl and mix for a few seconds, until combined. The cookie dough will be a little crumbly. Prepare 2 cookie sheets with silicone baking sheets or spray with nonstick spray. Roll the dough into large balls, and then gently roll in sugar to cover them. Use a fork to gently press down on each cookie a little bit—not too much, or they will crumble. Bake cookies for 12 minutes. Once out of the oven, allow to cool for 15 minutes. This is important, as the cookies will be very soft when they come out of the oven, but they will harden up as they cool. Store in an airtight container or freeze. Recipe courtesy of

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1 cup soft Medjool dates, pitted (about 10 dates) 1 Tbsp coconut oil ½ tsp sea salt ½ tsp vanilla extract ½ cup arrowroot or tapioca starch Extra arrowroot for dusting, or coconut sugar Place the pecans and shredded coconut in a large food processor fitted with an “S” blade, and process until the pecans are broken down and crumbly. Add in the rest of the ingredients and process again, until a sticky dough is formed. (It should stick together when pressed between two fingers.) Scoop the dough by rounded tablespoons and roll the dough between your hands, forming balls. Arrange the balls on a plate or baking sheet lined with parchment paper, then place them in the freezer to set, about 1 to 2 hours. For a “snowball” look, roll the balls in additional arrowroot or tapioca starch—just a light coating will do—since the starch will not enhance the flavor. It’s just for looks! Note: If you’d prefer to roll the balls in co-

No-Bake Peanut Butter Cup Bars (Vegan, Gluten Free) Chocolate Crust: ¾ cup ground almond meal 2 Tbsp cocoa powder 2 Tbsp pure maple syrup 1 Tbsp melted coconut oil Pinch of sea salt Peanut Butter Filling: ½ cup creamy natural peanut butter 3 Tbsp pure maple syrup 1 Tbsp melted coconut oil Pinch of sea salt Chocolate Topping: ¼ cup cocoa powder ¼ cup melted coconut oil 3 Tbsp pure maple syrup

Line a standard loaf pan with parchment paper and set it aside. In a medium bowl, stir together the chocolate crust ingredients until a moist dough is formed. Press the dough evenly into the bottom of the lined loaf pan and place it in the freezer to set. To prepare the filling, you can use the same bowl to stir the peanut butter, maple syrup, coconut oil and salt. Depending on whether you’re using salted or unsalted peanut butter, consider adding more salt to taste. Storebought peanut butter cups are quite salty, so I like to add a generous pinch of salt to mimic that flavor. Remove the crust from the freezer and pour the peanut butter filling over the top, using a spatula to spread it out evenly. Return the pan to the freezer to set. Rinse the mixing bowl and use it again to make the final layer. Combine the cocoa powder, melted coconut oil and maple syrup, whisking well to break up any clumps. Once the mixture has become a smooth chocolate sauce, pour it over the peanut butter layer, and return the pan to the freezer to set until firm, about an hour or two. Once the bars are firm, grab the edges of parchment paper to easily lift the solid bar from the pan, and use a sharp knife to slice the bars into your desired size. Store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks, or in the freezer for up to a month. (The bars become very firm if frozen for too long, so I prefer serving them from the fridge after the initial firming-up time.) Source:

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is the season to see all of the annual decorations that bring about warm memories, cheer and joy. Most often, the overlapping holidays of Christmas and Hanukkah have their own special color schemes, food, plants and flowers and other adornments— poinsettia plants, holly berries, mistletoe, blue delphinium, cranberries, white lilies, white roses and of course, Christmas trees. What most people don’t realize is that all of these natural decorations also have some effective medicinal values. Although stunning to look at, many people have warned children and animals to stay away from poinsettias because they’re poisonous. Surprisingly, this beautiful holiday plant has a number of medicinal benefits. While it is true that the poinsettia belongs to a group of plants that are poisonous, the variety used for decorating for the season is not to be feared. There are still poisonous components of the plant, but the amount of leaves that would need to be eaten to have an adverse reaction is huge—over 500. From the roots to the bracts to the flowers, most parts of the poinsettia can be used medicinally. The plant is used to kill parasites in the gastrointestinal tract. The 32

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roots can be ground into a paste and eaten to end the stomach flu. The Christmas plant is also used to stop diarrhea and prevent dehydration. Although immediate medical attention should be sought out after being bitten by a snake, poinsettias can be used as a “first-responder” in treatment. The sap from the leaves can be applied to a stubborn wart that won’t go away, or directly applied to pimples and other skin irritations. The sap is also used as a hair remover. The blue delphinium has some controversy as far as the medicinal qualities because of the continued research on the plant, but has been used to treat insomnia, intestinal worms, fluid retention and lack of appetite. The leaves of the white lily can be placed on cuts and wounds as an instant pain reliever. The root of the white lily can be boiled and made into a poultice to put on the chest when congestion is present. Drinking tea two or three times daily made from the beautiful white flowers can help treat infections of the skin and nails, insomnia, heart palpitations, memory loss and ear infections. White roses are usually seen throughout the days of Hanukkah. Roses, full of antioxidants, are known to relieve headaches,

soothe a sore throat and skin irritations, improve mood and help heal cuts and burns. Rose petals can be eaten raw or boiled down to make a light and refreshing tea. A holiday feast would be lacking without the appearance of cranberries. Cranberry sauce, jelly and jams are often a much loved addition to the meal. Cranberries are often categorized as a superfood because of their high levels of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. The cranberry has also been shown to prevent certain types of cancer and maintain a healthy urinary tract. Many holiday decorations are adorned with holly berries and pine cones. Both of these are packed full of natural treatments for ailments and disease. When the correct dosing is decided by a medical professional, holly is a superstar used in treating fever, high blood pressure, digestive issues and rheumatoid arthritis. The star of the holiday season is the Christmas tree, usually a pine variety. All pine trees produce pine cones. Green pine cones have been used as a medicine in the Far East for centuries. Boiling or grinding the pine cone can be used in teas that aid in fighting off respiratory infections. The needles are full of antioxidants and reduce inflammation. They are used in tea form to combat depression, boost memory and as a treatment for some cancers. Christmas cannot be complete until a stolen kiss takes place under the mistletoe. In Europe, the mistletoe is used to treat cancer, and it is believed that over 50 percent of cancer patients being treated in Europe have used some form of mistletoe extract. Mistletoe is also used to combat high blood pressure and diabetes. The holiday season is one of joy and cheer, and for conjuring warm memories. The festive decorations are full of color and aromas that make the holiday complete. It’s

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here is extensive research on the history of medicinal plants available today. Regretfully, today’s world requires us to differentiate between manmade, chemical laden pesticides/growth hormones and organics. Plant-based medicine is the basis of naturopathic medicine. Everything we put in our body is a medicine. We are either fueling our body, mind or soul or we are harming it. For many, we see the need to raise organic foods in our gardens or to buy and plant organic plants/produce, while others need to hike in a natural environment to feel nature’s healing effects. This of course feeds the soul and the mind as well as the body, effectively helping us feel better in our bodies. Medicinal plants have been discovered and used in traditional medicine practices since prehistoric times. Plants synthesize hundreds of chemical compounds. The earliest historical records of herbs are found from the Sumerian civilization, where hundreds of medicinal plants are listed on clay tablets. The Greek physician Pedanius Dioscorides documented over 1,000 recipes

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for medicines using over 600 medicinal plants in c. 60 AD; this formed the basis of pharmacopoeias for some 1,500 years. Drug research makes use of ethnobotany to search for pharmacologically active substances in nature, and has in this way discovered hundreds of useful compounds. These include the common drugs aspirin (Willow Bark), digoxin (Foxglove), quinine (cinchona tree) and opium (poppy). Organic plants tend to be more nutritious with more healthy compounds, enzymes and vitamins. How this happens depends on the source; however, organic farmers tend to have healthier soil, which leads to better crops and better health for the consumers, which could be animals as well as humans. In order to truly be a medicinal plant, it must be organically grown, raised and utilized. Organic rules require no pesticides be used, no genetic modifications and no man-made chemicals to grow the product, whether it is plant-based or animal-based. Many animals are injected with antibiotics to help fight off possible infections so that the animals do not die before processing. Often, animals are injected

with hormones to encourage getting fatter sooner. These hormones are absorbed into our own body, increasing cancer rates in both men and women. The use of these drugs is not allowed in organic foods. Studies are still proving that ingesting meat or foods with antibiotics or hormones has adverse effects on our own bodies and well-being. Often, the waste products of the animals are used as fertilizers which, again, infiltrates our own bodies with residues of unhealthy byproducts— increasing disease, illness, digestive issues, sleep issues, diabetes, cancer and more. Organic foods contain a better nutrient profile, meaning we get more antioxidants, omega-3 fats and compounds that help prevent inflammation. For example, a conventionally grown stalk of broccoli can cause inflammation, while an organic stalk will relieve inflammation. We see the same problems with wheat, corn and soy which is no longer edible and provides no nutritional value to whomever or whatever ingests it. Being savvy of the source of the plants we purchase and grow is essential to knowing the quality of what we are nurturing,

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1 Eckankar Light and Sound Service – 10-11:15am. Join people from all walks of life to celebrate a life lived in harmony with Divine Spirit. Come explore what could be your next spiritual step. All welcome. No Charge. Hampton Inn Suites Hotel, 5950 N Oracle Rd. 520-286-6166. Guest Speaker: Author Lysa Allman-Baldwin – 10:30-11:45am. Lysa will be guest speaking during our Sunday Celebration Service and hosting a workshop in the afternoon, after First Sunday Potluck. By donation. The Nickerson Auditorium, 3231 N Craycroft Rd. 520-319-1042. Admin@TucsonCSL. org. Workshop: Dealing with the Holiday Blues – 1-3pm. Author Lysa Allman-Baldwin presents practical tools for dealing with feelings of sadness and loss during the holidays. Fee includes her book, I Cried And People Loved Me Anyway. $35. CSL Tucson Education Center, 911 S Craycroft Rd. 520-319-1042.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 2 Happy Hour and Sangha Social – 6:30-8pm. Refreshments, tour of the Center, guided breathing meditation and a short talk on Kadampa Buddhism as well as introduction to the Center’s programs. Everyone is welcome. No Charge. Kadampa Meditation Center, 5326 E Pima St. 520-441-1617. Info@

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3 Let’s Spread the Love... Rock Love that is – 9am12pm. Decorate rocks in any way you think will give another person a smile and then hide them around where you live or travel. Open to seniors 65+. No Charge. Homes Of Joy Senior Living, Call for address. 520-248-0550. YourHomeOfJoy@gmail. com.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7 Compassionate Self Care Clinic – 2-4pm. 20-minute sessions: Reiki, energy healing, craniosacral. $10-$20. 2016 E Broadway Blvd. 520-954-2004. Help and Healing on the Spiritual Path – 3-4:30pm. Learn a simple approach to divine healing and meet new friends during our Bruno Groening Circle of Friends Community Hour. There is no incurable. No charge. Unity of Tucson Annex, 3617 N Camino Blanco. 520-904-4801. WeissMae@


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Crystal Bowl Sound Healing – 6:30-7:30pm. Using bowls to relax your mind and help relax, let the sounds and vibrations take you to a place where your body will continue the healing process even after this meditative event. No Charge. Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2331 E Adams St. Water: What’s Healthy, What’s Not – 9:4511:30am. Learn about the health benefits of Kangen special ionized drinking water (electrically charged): alkaline, super hydrating, detoxifying, rich in antioxidants. RSVP. No charge. Pristine Naturopathic, 2469 N Country Club Rd. 520-8696782.

Shamanic Drumming Circle – 7-8pm. Second Tuesday. Two journeys with live drumming. Open to all with ability to journey to lower and upper world. Bring drums or rattles if you have them. $10/ suggested donation. Healing Arts Qigong Center, 326 S Wilmot, Bldg B, Ste 110., 520-404-8745.

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In the Tucson west desert, they come from the four directions for the sweat lodge ceremony. The sweat lodge is the womb of the Earth Mother and is a place of peace and great healing. As we heal, she heals. See website for address and details

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8 Web of Life Market-Animist Winter Exchange – 12-3pm. Visit Pura Natural 33, for locally owned and hand crafted Full Spectrum Natural CBD products. Herbs, tea, jewelry, plants for sale and a chance to know the Animist community.. Hosted by Web of Life. No Charge. Web of Life, 2016 E Broadway Blvd. 520-982-1096. When we Think Holidays... We Think Sugar.... Think Again – 2-4pm. Health Coach and Wellness Expert, Lindsey Parsons from High Desert Health will show you how to enjoy hoilday treats without all the extra sugar. No Charge. Homes of Joy Senior Living, Call for address. 520-248-0550. The Power of Forgiveness – 2-4pm. The Tucson Baha’i Community invites you to a reflection on forgiveness, a divine attribute that is beneficial for humans to practice. Ania Rzeszutko will facilitate the discussion. No Charge. RSVP for location, 520838-1293. Gong Sound Journey – 5:307pm. Enjoy a hasslefree clearing of your energy field with sounds and vibrations of the Paiste Earth Gong. Relax and enjoy the beauty of a high quality gong played by a professional musician. Go for it! $20/door. Solar Culture Gallery, 31 E Toole Ave. Danielle Dvorak, 847-323-9188, Tara Chanted Prayers – 6:30-7:30pm. Tara Puja, Liberation from Sorrow, which includes a special prayer Praises to the Twenty-one Taras composed by Buddha, is performed regularly at Kadampa Buddhist centers worldwide. No Charge. Kadampa Meditation Center, AZ, 5326 E Pima St. 520-441-1617. Info@

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13 Holiday Potluck and Astrology Lecture – 6:309:30pm. Larry Martin’s 2020 Annual Forecast will cover every detail of what’s going to happen in 2020. No Charge. ASAOM & Han University, 2856 E Fort Lowell Rd. 520-216-0217. GaelChilson@ AZIANDS Guest Speaker Series Event - Mark Schultheiss – 7pm. No charge. St Francis in the Foothills United Methodist Church, 4625 E River Rd.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14 Real Estate Must Knows for Seniors – 10am12pm. Raazia Ahmed, SRES with Long Realty and Sandy McGee with SunStreet Mortgage. Interactive and educational workshop. Door prizes and lunch provided. No Charge. Homes of Joy Senior Living, Call for address. 520-248-0550. YourHomeOfJoy@ Experience HU: The Sound of Soul – 1-2pm. Welcome to the worlds of HU, an ancient, universal name for God. This sacred word can spiritually uplift people of any religion, culture, or walk of life. It is freely given a gift beyond measure. All are welcome. No Charge. El Pueblo Activity Center, 101 W Irvington Rd. 520-237-2297. GJG01@ CBD Buzz Session – 1-3pm. Are you intrigued about CBD, but don’t know where to turn? Find out what the buzz is all about. Pura Natural 33 sponsored event at CBD World Relief. No Charge. CBD World Relief, 5460 E.Speedway Blvd, B-106. 520-982-1096. How to Deal with Depression – 2-5pm. During this half-day course, we will learn inspiring methods that will lift us out of any dark places we find ourselves in. $20/by 12/9. $25/therafter. Kadampa Meditation Center AZ, 5326 E Pima St. 520-441-1617. Info@

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18 CBD Buzz Session – 5:30-7pm. Are you intrigued about CBD, but don’t know where to turn? Find out what the buzz is all about. Pura Natural 33 sponsored event at Web of Life. No Charge. Web of Life, 2016 E Broadway Blvd. 520-982-1096.


December 19 • Third Thursday • 5-6pm We will answer any questions you have and debunk social stigmas around cannabis prohibition for all these years. No charge • Please RSVP Natural Healing Care Center 2230 E Speedway, Ste 140 520-323-0069

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20 Whoa Nellie... Who’s Down for Horse Painting? (Free Seniors 65+) – 10am-1pm. We will begin by doing a short meditative session to center ourselves and connect with the horses. Then will proceed with our art project. Simple lunch served. No charge. Call for address. 520-248-0550. YourHomeOfJoy@ Solstice Candlelighting: New Location – 7-8pm. This year’s Solstice Candlelighting will be more participative than it has been in the past, more singing, more voices with speaking parts, more engagement. By donation. CSL Tucson Education Center, 911 S Craycroft Rd. 520-319-1042. Admin@TucsonCSL. org.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21 Experience HU: The Sound of Soul – 2-3pm. Welcome to the worlds of HU, an ancient, universal name for God. This sacred word can spiritually uplift people of any religion, culture, or walk of life. All are welcome. No Charge. Udall Regional Center, 7200 E Tanque Verde Rd. 520-237-2297. Sanskrit Chanting to Heal Yourself – 4-5:30pm Open your 5th chakra; let your voice flow. Experience the uplifting, transformative power of group chanting, joining your energies with all who have ever chanted Sanskrit mantras! $10/door. Solar Culture Gallery, 31 E Toole Ave. Danielle Dvorak, 847323-9188,

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26 Dark of the Moon Labyrinth Walk - 5:30-6:30pm. Labyrinth walk beneath the brightest stars in the time of darkness. 2016 East Broadway Blvd. 520954-2004.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28 Animist Family Hour - 11am-noon. Honoring Story/ Activity with Ms. Elisabeth. $5. 2016 East Broadway Blvd. 520-954-2004.

Learn to Absorb the Healing Waves – 3-4:30pm. Learn a simple approach to divine healing and meet new friends during our Bruno Groening Circle of Friends Community Hour. There is no incurable. No charge. Unity of Tucson Annex, 3617 N Camino Blanco. 520-904-4801. WeissMae@email.arizona. edu. Women’s Retreat – Using ceremony, ritual, movement and creative expression to close out 2019; we begin to vision our lives in 2020.. Pre-register by 12/20. Mail to Unity of Tucson. $97. Unity of Tucson, 3617 N Camino Blanco. 520-488-8284. MollyHNelson@

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29 Gong Sound Journey – 5:30-7pm. Clear out 2019 and create spaciousness in your energy field for 2020. Nothing moves energy in and out like a 50 lb. gong played by a life-long, classically-trained musician! Please don’t eat within 2 hours and bring a mat, blanket, etc. $20/door. Solar Culture Gallery, 31 E Toole Ave. Danielle Dvorak, 847-323-9188,

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31 New Year’s Eve Gong Bath – 3:30-5pm. Nothing moves energy in and out like a 50 lb. gong played by a life-long, classically-trained musician! Clear out 2019 and create spaciousness in your energy field for 2020. Please don’t eat within 2 hours and bring a mat, blanket, etc. $20 pre-register by 12/26; $25 after. The Yoga Connection, 3929 E Pima. Lindsey, 520-323-1222. Ritual: Endings and Beginnings – 7-8pm. We conduct our traditional endings and beginnings ritual with burning bowl and stepping across the threshold into the new year of your choosing. By donation. The Nickerson Auditorium, 3231 N Craycroft Rd. 520-319-1042.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 4 Water: What’s Healthy, What’s Not – 9:4511:30am. Learn about the health benefits of Kangen special ionized drinking water (electrically charged): alkaline, super hydrating, detoxifying, rich in antioxidants. RSVP. No charge. Pristine Naturopathic, 2469 N Country Club Rd. 520-8696782.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 11 Ladies Winter White Bingo Night Presented by Bingo Babes – 6-9pm. Shop, play, BINGO, support a local charity. 21 or older event. $22/ includes 8 games of BINGO, and product specials from our event sponsors. Door Prizes, Raffle, and Cash Prizes. 1925 Bar & Grill 600 S Alvernon Way. 520-240-4250.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 26 SoulCollage Series – 3-5pm. 1/26, 2/16, 3/8, 3/29. Explore the practice of self-expression thru a simple collage process that reflects your spirit and soul. Contact Dakota Gold, MA at Inspire@ArtsForTheHeart. com. More info about SC: $80. Civano Center, 10501 E Seven Generations Way. 520-906-7542.

ongoing events

daily Unity of Tucson’s Metaphysical Bookstore – Thursday: 9am-4pm, Sundays: 9-10am/11am-12pm, Mondays: closed for lunch 12 -1, closed Fridays and Saturdays. No sales tax. Cost varies. Unity of Tucson, 3617 N Camino Blanco. 520-488-8284.

sunday Silent Meditation – 8-8:30am. Experience the healing peace of shared Silence. Unity Spiritual Center of Peace welcomes all who wish to explore and discover their Oneness with Spirit. No charge. Unity Spiritual Center of Peace, 1551 S Eastside Loop, #121. 520-546-3696. RevNita@ Religious Service – 9am. St Michael’s ECC, the other Catholic Church. Feminist? GLBTQ? Catholic? We are and more. No charge. Chapel, First Christian Church, 740 E Speedway. 520-575-8486. Self-Realization Fellowship, Tucson Meditation Group – 9am silent meditation. 10am Reading. Learn and practice the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda. Free literature and lending library. No charge. SelfRealization Fellowship,Tucson Meditation Group, 1702 E Prince Rd, #140. 520-792-6544. TucsonAZ. Ai Chi Sundays – 9:45-11:15am. An aquatic practice of meditation in movement, offering mindfulness aligned with breath, Ai Chi helps calm nerves, improves balance, range of motion and energy levels in the indoor 96° warm pool. Santa Rita Springs, 2301 N Santa Rita Ave. 520-245-6616. Tucson New Thought Sunday Gathering – 1011:30am. With Rev. Jonathan Zenz. Join our spiritual community, celebrate your inherent connection to everything and leave feeling empowered. We are an open and affirming community. No charge. Tucson New Thought, 4500 E Speedway Blvd, Ste 7. 520-406-3232.

markyourcalendar AYAHUASCA RETREATS Rocky Point Mexico January 17-19 • April 17-19 • May 22-24 Experience extraordinary healing with ancient psychedelic medicine. Transform anxiety, depression, addiction, deepen self-awareness & spirituality. Legal, safe, supportive with pre and post integration counseling incorporated. All inclusive retreat includes transport to and from Tucson. 520-548-3224 •

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ongoing events Sunday Morning Service – 10am. With Rev Ann Marie Beale. Unity in the Valley, 17630 S Camino De Las Quintas, Sahuarita. 520-625-5687. Unity Sunday Celebration Service – 10 am. You are welcome here! A ministry of love and acceptance. Explore positive, practical application of timeless and new spiritual practices to improve your life. Child care, youth and teen programs. No charge. Unity of Tucson, 3617 N Camino Blanco. 520-3036942. Awakening Through Jewish Meditation with Reb Brian Yosef – 10:30-11:30am. Sundays and Tuesdays. Experience yourself as radiant awareness–free from negativity and connected to the aliveness of the present moment. No charge. Congregation Bet Shalom, 3881 E River Rd. 510-295-7383. Byosef@ Sunday Celebration – 10:30-11:30am. Learn to live your spiritual potential and purpose. Pray, sing and celebrate Oneness in community. All welcome. Sunday school for kids. No charge. Unity Spiritual Center of Peace, 1551 S Eastside Loop, #121. 520-546-3696. Sunday Celebration Services — 10-11:45am. Join with spiritual community in exploring ways to have the life you choose: greater happiness, better health, more prosperity. By donation. The Nickerson Auditorium, 3231 N Craycroft Rd. 520-319-1042.

What a


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Tucson Metaphysics Fair– 10am-4pm. Third Sunday. Fair includes a variet y of mediums, readers, healers and vendors. Price varies. InnSuites Tucson Foothills Best Western, 6201 N Oracle Rd. 520-579-8930. The Temple of Universality Sunday Service – 11am. With Founder Rev. Betty Tatalajski. Celebrating the Unity of God and Man, worship, healing, prophesy. Masonic Temple, 3590 N Country Club Rd, 520-884-5340. TempleOfUniversality@ Community of Light Sunday Service – 11am12:15pm. Join us for a Metaphysical and Spiritual gathering of Light and Energy Workers. We enjoy healing, enlightenment and growth. By donation. Far Horizons, 7570 E Speedway Blvd, Main Clubhouse. Tamara Spiritual Center’s Sunday Services – 11am and 5:30pm. Third Sunday only at 2:30pm. No charge.Tamara Spiritual Center, 3002 E Ft Lowell Rd. 520-325-0513. Info@TamaraFound Yogananda Gathering – 11am-1pm. First and third Sundays. Attune to Yogananda’s teachings through chanting, meditation, affirmations, readings and the Festival of Light ceremony. No charge. Ananda Center of Tucson, 1002 E Prince Rd. 520-907-4534. Aqua Chakra Yoga – 12-1:15pm. With Krysa Kobryner. Yoga in a warm pool offers safety, comfort, buoyancy and water’s resistance to enjoying our poses, using breath and sound to embody all five elements for strengthening Chakras, our conduits of life energy. $15. Santa Rita Springs, 2301 N Santa Rita Ave. 520-551-0651. Dreamcatcher Dream Group - 2-4pm. A place to bring your dreams. They stimulate our dream recall helping us track our evolving personal archetypes. By being with each other’s dreams we learn compassion and exercise our intuition, which gives us clues as to how to decipher the dream’s sometimes enigmatic meanings. Contact Helen Landerman, Satsang at Desert Ashram – 7pm-8:45pm. Peaceful, non-denominational meditation center. Come at 6pm to enjoy the grounds, library, gift shop. 7pm Sanskrit mantras, aarati, devotional chants, Wisdom Teaching of Swami Amar Jyoti, meditation. No charge. Desert Ashram, 3403 W Sweetwater Dr, 520-743-0384.


Self-Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Exercises – 6-7pm. Second Mondays. Taught by certified lymphedema therapist, Reduce your risk of Axillary Web Syndrome (AWS) after lymph node biopsy. No charge. OM, Oracle Massage Lymphatic Therapy 6818 N Oracle Rd., #414. Seating is limited, please RSVP 520-668-8731.


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Awakening Through Jewish Meditation with Reb Brian Yosef – 10:30-11:30am. Sundays and Tuesdays. Experience yourself as radiant awareness–free from negativity and connected to the aliveness of the present moment. No charge. Congregation Bet Shalom, 3881 E River Rd. 510-295-7383. Byosef@ Mindfulness & Meditation Group with Marsha R Drozdoff, MSW – First Tuesday. 10:30am-12pm. Learn how to incorporate Mindfulness into one’s daily life. The group will include sitting and walking meditation. No charge. Golder Ranch Fire District, Station 380, 1175 W Magee Rd. District meeting room. 520-982-6721. Therapy Aqua Group – 12-1:30pm. With Skye Linn Walker, LMT, NCBTMB, AMMP Customized Personal Training. The warm saltwater pool offers a stress-free indoor environment to heal, stretch, maintain or build muscle tone. $20/class. Santa Rita Springs, 2301 N Santa Rita Ave. 520-245-2343. A Course in Miracles – 6pm. Using The Complete and Annotated Edition, the group discusses how these profoundly spiritual concepts, channeled by Jesus, are useful in their day-to-day living. No charge. Unity of Tucson, 3617 N Camino Blanco, Rm A. 520-488-8284. Books – 7-8:30pm. With Rev Inger Mason. Reading of books channeled to Alice A. Bailey by Djwhal Khul, followed by guided meditation. Temple of Universality class. No charge. Call for details, 520-331-5252.

wednesday Wednesday Live Radio Show – 8-9am. Get up to date, live information about what’s happening with the medical marijuana laws of our state, the dispensary process, news, education and more. Tune in on our website. No charge. 520-437-8855. Prayer and Meditation – 9:45-10:15am. Come experience the healing peace of shared Silence. Unity Spiritual Center of Peace welcomes all who wish to explore and discover their Oneness with Spirit. No charge. 1551 S Eastside Loop, Ste 121. 520-546-3696. Fun-Day Wednesday Class – 9:45-11:30am. With Rev. Fred Smith. Metaphysical Law, using fun, food and friends. Temple of Universality class. No charge. Masonic Temple, 3590 N Country Club Rd. 520-546-3898. Reiki Share with Marsha Drozdoff, Usui & Karuna RMT – Third Wednesday. 10:15-11:45am. Learn the benefits of Reiki for stress reduction and wellness and receive a Reiki session. All levels. No charge. Golder Ranch Fire District, Station 380, 1175 W Magee Rd. District meeting room. 520-982-6721. Marsha@DesertReikiConnection. com.

Centering Prayer Group – 12pm. Method of Christian meditation with a strong emphasis on interior silence that encourages silence and deeper connection to the divine. No charge. Casas Adobes Congregational Church, UCC, Rm 1. 520-297-1181. Aquacize – 12-1:30pm. With Rebecca Lennon, RN. 96 degree warm indoor pool. Join us for a safe head to toe aquatic workout, focusing on strength, balance, and joint mobility. Perfect for CST, Arthritis, Lupus, MD, MS and Fibromyalgia relief. Free trial class. $200/8 consecutive classes. Santa Rita Springs, 2301 N Santa Rita Ave. 520-444-8636.B43Lennon@  Free Reiki Gathering/Share – 12-1:15pm. Third Wednesday. Need some mid-week stress relief? Join us for an hour of discussion on Reiki, a short meditation and mini-Reiki sessions. All are welcome. No charge. Bright Way Wellness, 2030 E Broadway Blvd, Ste 3. 520-549-4800. BrightWayWellness@ Sign of the Month Astrology Discussion – 5:307:30pm. Third Wednesday. Monthly Astrology discussion group. Each months Sun sign and a celebrity chart will be presented. No charge. Nanini Library, 7300 N Shannon Rd. 845-206-9888. Guided Meditation Practice – 6-6:45pm. Learn the benefits of meditation practice. Each week provides a new experience with guided experience accessible to all meditation practitioners from the novice to the advanced. All are welcome. No charge. Tucson New Thought, 4500 E Speedway Blvd, Ste 7. 520-406-3232. Self-Realization Fellowship, Tucson Meditation Group – 6-8pm. Silent meditations to learn and practice the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda. Free literature and lending library. No charge. SelfRealization Fellowship,Tucson Meditation Group, 1702 E Prince Rd, #140. 520-792-6544. TucsonAZ. Pathways to Metaphysics Classes – 7-8pm. Topics change weekly, and can be found on our website at By donation. Far Horizons East in the Main Clubhouse, 7570 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson. 520-339-2038.

thursday Way of Mastery – 5-6:30am. The Way of Mastery teaches you that the choice for Love becomes your every thought, breath and action to extend to the world, as awakened as Jesus was. By donation. Unity of Tucson, 3617 N Camino Blanco. 520-488-8284. Free Reiki Circle – 10-11:30am. First Thursday. Morning of Reiki, with short discussions, meditations, and mini-Reiki treatments. You do not need to be a Reiki practitioner to join the fun. All welcome. No charge. Ellie Towne Flowing Wells Community Center, 1660 W Ruthrauff Rd. 520-392-6446. Therapy Aqua Group – 12-1:30pm. With Skye Linn Walker, LMT, NCBTMB, AMMP Customized Personal Training. The warm saltwater pool offers a stress-free indoor environment to heal, stretch, maintain or build muscle tone. $20/class. Santa Rita Springs, 2301 N Santa Rita Ave. 520-245-2343.

Lunchtime Meditations – 1-3pm. 30-minutes in the middle of the day to connect to your heart, cultivate inner peace and happiness and clarify your intention for the day. Everyone is welcome to attend. No charge. Kadampa Meditation Center AZ, 5326 E Pima Rd. 520-441-1617. Crones of the Southwest Women’s Group – 12:303pm. Embrace The Crone aspect, the feminine face of the Deity: Maiden, Mother and Crone. We share our feelings and personal stories of adventure, past and present. Bring your drums and rattles. No charge. Call for address, 520-440-9062. Reiki Circle at Unity – 2-6pm. Learn to give and receive Reiki. Everyone is welcome to receive Reiki. Practitioners will give and receive Reiki also. Mini healings by donation. Please RSVP. By donation. Unity of Tucson, 3617 N Camino Blanco, Annex Rm 3. 520- 222-8242. Reikihealer45@gmail. com. Is Cannabis For Me? – 5-6pm. Third Thursday. We will answer any questions you have and debunk social stigmas built around cannabis prohibition for all these years. No charge. Natural Healing Care Center, 2230 E Speedway, Ste 140. RSVP: 520-323-0069. A Course in Miracles – 5:30pm. With Colleen Hall. Temple of Universality class. Call for details. No charge. Spirits Child, 3870 W River Rd, #120. 520-981-2249. Taizé Worship Service — 6:30-7:30pm. First Thursday. Taizé is an alternative form of worship that includes soothing music, spiritual readings and silent meditation by candlelight. There is no sermon. No charge. Casas Adobes Congregational UCC, 6801 N Oracle Rd. 520-297-1181. John@CAUCC. org. TIES Sharing and Discussion Group – 6:308:30pm. Third Thursday. TIES mission is to provide a safe neutral environment for presenting information on and sharing of near-death and other spiritually transformative experiences. Everyone is welcome. No Charge (love offering accepted). St Francis in the foothills Methodist Church. 4625 E River Rd. 520-3952365. Spiritual Life Group – 7pm. First, third and fourth Thursday. Experience a deeper sense of God and connection with fellow travelers on the spiritual journey. Put faith into action with prayer, study and engaging information. No charge. Casas Adobes Congregational UCC, 6801 N Oracle Rd. 520-2971181. Ascended Masters Introductory Classes – 7-8pm. Learn about your own individual divine being, your I Am Presence. Find divine solutions to every challenge. No charge. The Temple of The Presence, 11902 E Irvington Rd, 520-751-2039. ZY Qigong – 7-8:30pm. Zhong Yuan Qigong is an ancient practice that helps develop wisdom. That subtle strength flowing inside you brings you calmness and empowers your creativity. $10 suggested donation. Healing Arts Qigong Center, 326 S Wilmot, Bldg B, Ste 110., 520-404-8745.

Satsang at Desert Ashram – 7-8:45pm. Peaceful, non-denominational meditation center. Come at 6pm to enjoy the grounds, library, gift shop. 7pm Sanskrit mantras, aarati, devotional chants, Wisdom Teaching of Swami Amar Jyoti, meditation. No charge. Desert Ashram, 3403 W Sweetwater Dr, 520-743-0384.

friday Wish Fulfilling Jewel Chanted Prayers – 8-9:30am. Everyone is welcome to participate in these beautiful prayers.Through relying on this practice, we can purify negativity, accumulate merit, and receive blessings. No charge. Kadampa Meditation Center AZ, 5326 E Pima Rd. 520-441-1617. Info@ Complimentary Sales Training – 9-10:30am. With Don Zavis. Weekly sales training session. Also archived via Vimeo in case you miss it. No charge. Encantada, 11177 N Oracle, Oro Valley. 520-903-4654. Healing and Message Circle – 12:30-1:30pm. Beautifully guided healing meditations followed by messages for enhanced healing, enlightenment and growth. By donation. Far Horizons East in the Main clubhouse, 7570 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson. 520-3392038. Aqua Yoga and Ai Chi Movement – 1:45-2:15pm. With Skye Lin Walker, LMT, NCTMB, AMMP Gentle saltwater therapy: Relax, balance, breathe and strengthen as we practice slow healing poses and stretches, shoulder deep in warm water. $20/ class. Santa Rita Springs, 2301 N Santa Rita Ave. 520245-2343. Community of Light Healing and Message Circle – 12:30-1:30pm. New time and location. Join us for beautifully guided healing meditations. The meditations are followed by messages for enhanced healing, enlightenment and growth of the body, mind and spirit. No charge. Far Horizons, 7570 E Speedway Blvd, Main Clubhouse. 520-437-8855. Animist Recovery Support Circle – 5:15-6:15pm. Nature is our Higher Power. All who are actively tending their recovery from addictions are welcome. 12-Step friendly. By donation. Web of Life Animists, 2016 E Broadway Blvd. 520-954-2004. S.M.A.R.T Recovery: Alternative to AA Group – 5-6:30pm. Weekly group for those looking for an alternative to AA, S.M.A.R.T is a non-profit, donation only, small group to deal with substance abuse issues giving us back the lives we were meant to live. No charge. Natural Healing Care Center, 2230 E Speedway, Ste 140. 520-971-6086. NonieSims@ Animist Recovery Circle - Fridays until 12/27, 2019 from 5:30-6:30pm. Open to all who are actively tending their recovery from addictions. $5-$20 offer what you can. 2016 East Broadway Blvd. 520-954-2004.

December 2019


ongoing events Women for Sobriety – 6-7pm. Join Sarah Nettles in a women-only sobriety empowerment group. See website for details. By donation. CSL Tucson's Office and Education Center, new location.911 S. Craycroft Rd. 520 319-1042. Admin@TucsonCSL. org Shamanic Journey-for-Healing Circle – 6:30-9pm. Last Friday of the month. Open to all and is designed to help facilitate healing for yourself. You do not need to be a healer. Two guided journeys, sharing time and snacks. No charge. Temple of the Drum, LLC, 16330 N Starboard Dr. 520-870-2108. Info@ Dances of Universal Peace - 6:30-8:30pm. Second Saturday. Energize your spiritual essence. Move and sing together with simple, meditative, circle dances using sacred phrases from the world's wisdom traditions. Suggested Donation $8. Fragrance Free. Mettler Studio, 3131 N Cherry Ave. Self-Realization Fellowship: Tucson Meditaion Group – 7-8:30pm. Silent meditations to learn and practice the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda. Free literature and lending library. No charge. SelfRealization Fellowship,Tucson Meditation Group, 1702 E Prince Rd, #140. 520-792-6544. TucsonAZ. Tucson Energy Circle – 7-8:45pm. Fourth Friday. Tucson Energy Circle is replacing IONS Energy Share. Join us for an evening of meditation, energy sessions and networking. No experience necessary. No charge. Unity Church of Tucson, 3617 N Camino Blanco. 520742-1019.


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saturday Contemplative Prayer Group – 9:30-11:15am. Silent meditation, DVD/CD, discussion. Teachings by Richard Rohr, James Finley, John O’Donohue and others. No charge. House of Prayer, St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 602 N Wilmot Rd. 520-400-2137. Animist Family Hour: Earth Honoring Story/Activity with Ms. Elisabeth – Fourth Saturday. 10-11am. Bring your children, grandchildren, nieces, or nephews and have fun. Connect with other Animist families. $5-$20 sliding scale per family. Web of Life Animists, 2016 E Broadway Blvd. 520-282-0050. SweetnessOfSoul@ Free Reiki Gathering/Share – 10-11am. Second Saturday. Learn about what Reiki is and how it helps us heal. Short meditation followed by mini-Reiki sessions. All are welcome. Kid friendly. No charge. Bright Way Wellness, 2030 E Broadway Blvd, Ste 3. 520-549-4800. BookStudy: Unity of All Life – 10-11:30am. Keith Gorley begins a deep and profound 12-week book study on Eric Butterworth’s classic and out-of-print text Unity of All Life. Used copies available for purchase for $12. By donation, plus book. CSLT Education Center, 911 S Craycroft Rd. 520-3191042.

DIY with Cannabis – 10am-12pm. Second Saturday. This class will go into detail on cannabis as medicine, while empowering you to infuse your own cannabis oil at home. Must have AZ Medical Marijuana Card. Seating is limited.​$50​. Natural Healing Care Center, 2230 E Speedway, Ste 140.​RSVP: 520-323-0069.​​. Practitioners Reiki Share – 11am-12:15pm. Third Saturday. No charge. Bright Way Wellness, 2030 E Broadway Blvd, Ste 3. 520-437-8855. Aquacize – 12-1:30pm. With Rebecca Lennon, RN. 96 degree warm indoor pool. Join us for a safe head to toe aquatic workout, focusing on strength, balance, and joint mobility. Perfect for CST, Arthritis, Lupus, MD, MS and Fibromyalgia relief. Free trial class. $200/8 consecutive classes. Santa Rita Springs, 2301 N Santa Rita Ave. 520-444-8636.  Group Singing Class – 2-3:15pm. Singing exercises that have a therapeutic force, gentle and respective of the natural function of the human body. Attention on sensing the inner environment and supporting the fullness and quality of Tone. No charge. Solar Culture, 31 E Toole Ave. 520-6616666. Drop-In Compassionate Self-Care Clinic – 2-4pm. First Saturday. Community event for your self-care needs. 20-minute sessions: Reiki, energy healing, craniosacral, oracle cards, grounding, clearing and centering. $10-$20 requested. Web of Life Animists, 2016 E Broadway Blvd. 520-282-0050. SweetnessOfSoul@

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Nathan Anderson, L.Ac. 2450 E Speedway Blvd, Ste 6, 85719 520-999-0080 Nathan Anderson is an acupuncturist and professor of Chinese medicine. His services include acupuncture, herbal medicine, bodywork, cupping, plus dietary, fitness, and lifestyle consultations. Catalina Acupuncture is a family practice, providing safe and effective remedies for a wide variety of pain and illness. See ad, page 16.

AESTHETICS AND MEDSPA ALTERNATIVES IN HEALTH CARE DETOX & MINI MED SPA Debbie Shaw, Owner 1101 N Wilmot Rd, Ste #227, 85712 (above Trader Joe’s) 520 275-4510

We offer tried and true procedures and the newest technologies on the market to improve and prevent signs of aging. Facials, peels, injectables, light therapy, Fibroblast therapy, microderm-abrasion, micro-current, derma-rolling and more. We use all natural skin care products! See ad, page 17.


TULA WELLNESS AND AESTHETICS Dr. Arianna Sholes-Douglas 2404 E River Rd, Ste 251, 85718 520-577-1129

Tucson’s premier medspa offering a wide varieties of aesthetic treatments to enhance your inner and outer beauty. Some of the services offer​ed​are Botox, Dermal Fillers, Microneed​l​ing with PRP,​​ medical-grade chemical peels, Ultherapy, hair restoration, IV therapy, CoolSculpting, TermiTight and a array of laser treatments. See ad, page 2.

WORKING BODIES MASSAGE AND SPA Licensed Aesthetician Becky Colmenares 3900 E Timrod St 520-302-0970

Becky Colmenares, a practicing massage therapist in Tucson, is now offering aesthetic services including facials, waxing and dermaplaning. She utilizes organic, locally sourced skin care products and sonic scrubber to reduce fine lines and wrinkles; create smoother, softer skin and much more. Basic massage just $59. Holiday Special: Basic Massage and Facial, just $100. Gift certificates available! See ad, page 19.


Mastery in Motion 505-250-1223 • Gayle Felbain, certified teacher in the Alexander Technique and Mindfulness Meditation Facilitator, has been teaching for the past 35 years. Effective for pain and stress management, back, neck and joint issues, headaches and migraines. Improves performance in whatever you do. 50% off first session. See ad, page 14.


Suzanne Pear, RN PhD LE CQH 5160 E Glenn St, Ste 150, 85712 520-400-8109


If you believe less is more, Dr. Suzie (PhD in Epidemiology) is the Nurse-Aesthetician for you. She provides customized nature-based, holistic skin rejuvenation therapies for all skin types, ethnicities and sensitivities while educating you about your skin concerns and care. See ad, page 7.

Alexcis works with clients who are seeking mental-emotional-spiritual peace and clarity. Find relief from past trauma, anxiety, depression, addiction and negative behaviors. Improve boundaries, relationships, self-worth, connection, joyfulness abundance. Private RESET sessions, ayahuasca retreats, cacao and kava ceremonies, healing workshops. See ad, page 18.

RESET, Ayahuasca Retreats, Workshops 1735 E Fort Lowell Rd, 85719 520-690-6576 •


East Tucson, 7105 E 22nd St, 85710 520-214-3232 D2 Dispensary is east Tucson’s high-end medical marijuana facility and is the sister location to Downtown Dispensary. D2 features a contemporary and modern layout and is the only other dispensary in Tucson to carry iLava and MedLava products. See ad, page 35.

THE DOWNTOWN DISPENSARY Parking Lot: 500 N 6th Ave, 85705 520-838-0492

The Downtown Dispensary offers high-end and affordable cannabis products to Tucson’s medical marijuana patients. Our flower and extracts are made in Tucson and are tested for safety and potency. We also carry edible products made by other AZDHS licensed facilities. See ad, page 35.

EARTH’S HEALING DISPENSARY North • 78 W River Rd, 85704 520-395-1432 South • 2075 E Benson Hwy, 85714 520-373-5779

We believe in the healing power of Mother Nature to make the best medicine. Our dispensary provides safe, compliant, and reliable cannabinoid therapeutics and we strive to give our patients the most innovative and effective products available. Call today for information on how to become a medical marijuana patient. See ad, page 33.

NATURAL HEALING CARE CENTER Dr. Alexandra Porter, NMD 2230 E Speedway, Ste 140, 85719 520-323-0069

Dr. Porter’s passion is helping patients achieve their highest quality of life through naturopathic medicine. She uses herbs, supplements, diet, Ayurvedic medicine and a specialized form of bodywork called Bowen Therapy. Make an appointment today to start living a happier and healthier life. See ad, page 37.

December 2019




Aimee Gregorie Bachelier 520-909-0703

4400 E Broadway Blvd, 85711 520-314-6894

Dr. Bachelier meets you where you feel at home. Palliative care for any patient at any stage of disease, whether terminal or chronic. Treatments address the person as a whole: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. See ad, page 39.


Biofeedback treatments to permanently treat over 16 medical conditions including: anxiety, autoimmune conditions, fibromyalgia, asthma, allergies, chemical sensitivities, children’s allergies, digestive disorders and migraines/headaches. VSI food sensitivity testing, thyroid/hormone and additional testing (we see what blood tests miss).



Dr. John R. Keifer, D.C. 800 N Swan Rd, Ste 116 520-577-1717 • Applied Kinesiology, muscle testing although subjective, when used with other standard diagnostic tests, may help to determine underlying energetic imbalances that can undermine your health. Over 38 years of experience with Chiropractic, wholistic health care and Applied Kinesiology. Call for a complimentary consultation. See ad, page 13.


2420 W Ruthrauff Rd, Ste 160, 85705 520-638-6740 Come experience the powerful light frequencies and infrared energies of the Photon Genius Super Sauna. Power up your immune system, reduce pain and inflammation, and detoxify your body’s cells. Multiple session discounts available. Visit online or in person.


Danielle Dvorak 847-323-9188 • As a Certified Aromatherapist, Danielle is highly educated and experienced in the use of essential oils. She has her own product line, HeartScents, offering single oils and custom blends that address a variety of conditions. What scent resonates for you? See ad, page 19.

BATH THERAPY HEALING SPIRIT SOAKS Dr. Jasmine May 1074 N Swan Rd, 85711 520-344-3250

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3333 N Campbell Ave, Ste 12, 85719 520-370-3689 Sylvia Boyed, MA, LMT, CST, an energetic bodyworker, working in the bodywork field for 11 years, treats all of the systems of the body, for all ages, with specializations in joint reconstruction, head injuries, migraine headaches, vertigo, tinnitus, hyperactivity, learning disabilities, and anxiety.


Come experience the healing spirit while soaking in cedar tubs, connect with plant medicine in an herb soak, and relax into gemstone energy while lounging on our biomat. Ear acupuncture for pain, vaginal steams, sauna, CBD scrubs, balms, tinctures and massage available.



Becky Colmenares 3900 E Timrod St 520-302-0970

Customized treatment including focus work, deep tissue, medical, injury management, relaxing, or de-stressing. Call or text to schedule your massage treatment today to keep your body working! Basic massage just $59. Holiday Special: Basic Massage and Facial, just $100. Gift certificates available! See ad, page 19.


WellnessFirst!​ 3861 N 1st Ave, 85719 520-232-4585​• Tired of the pain? ​Myofascial release frees you from what holds you back. Let go of past injuries and love life again. ​Zach specializes in myofascial release, structural integration and neuromuscular re-education with nearly 20 years of hands-on experience. See ad, page 3.

BOOKSTORE UNITY CHURCH OF TUCSON BOOKSTORE 3617 N Camino Blanco, 85718 520-577-3300 Satuday, call or ring bell Sunday, 9-10; 11-noon

Largest most complete metaphysical bookstore in Tucson valley. Books, CDs, DVDs and more covering a wide spectrum of subjects. Also available: Consanti Soleri Bells, greeting cards, and more—a rich environment for anyone interested in furthering their well-being, spiritual awareness and growth.​See ad, page 25.


Carpet Cleaning, Tile & Grout, Upholstery, Area Rugs Serving Pima County & Surrounding Areas 520-954-2119 Don’t steam your carpets, clean your carpets. Providing a low-moisture system that is: eco-friendly, unbeatable results, dries in about 1-2 hours, with no residue, longer carpet life for carpet, upholstery, area rugs, tile and grout. Reliable, on-time, answers the phone.

CBD DIVINE SYNERGY THERAPEUTICS 143 S Park Ave, 85719 520-351-9828 Mon-Fri 10-7 Sat 10-5

Divine Synergy Therapeutics offers tested high quality Hemp derived CBD products with a knowledgeable staff to make your decision making easier when it comes to choosing the right CBD products to fit your needs. Free Spectrum water with purchase of $25 or more. See ad, page 34.


3455 E Speedway Blvd, 85716 520-838-0487 Kactus Kush CBD is now open in Tucson. Arizona based company committed to bringing top quality CBD products to the marketplace. Some of the purest hemp oil on the market. Test results prove it. Stop by and meet our knowledgeable staff! See ad, page 34.

NATURAL HEALING CARE CENTER 2230 E Speedway, Ste 140, 85719 520-323-0069

Natural Healing Care Center carries a variety of natural, full-spectrum Hemp CBD Products. All products are high quality, grown in the U.S., and tested. CBD has helped many people obtain relief for various ailments. NHCC can help inform you on the proper way to consume CBD. See ad, page 37.


WINTERHAVEN HEALTH CENTER Dr. Nathan Conlee 3020 N Country Club Rd, 85716 520-322-6161

Dr. Nathan Conlee has been treating auto and sports injuries since 1987. As a Chiropractic Neurologist he works with many neurologic disorders. Also, using gentle Chiropractic, physiotherapy, Acupuncture, metabolic nutrition and we have helped 1000s of patients from headaches to ankle sprains. Please visit See ad, page 27.


520-331-2629 PurMaid LLC provides professional green cleaning services to Tucson homes and businesses. Locally owned and operated. Special offer: 3 labor hours of cleaning, just $65. See ad for details. See ad, page 22.

DR. JOANNE HAUPERT, D.C. 4858 E Broadway, 85711 520-584-0343

Do you want to trust and increase your body’s ability to heal and regenerate? Network Chiropractic is very gentle and helps increase your brain/body connection and empower you to make healthier choices. Great for children, PTSD, depression and autoimmune diseases.


Dr. John R. Keifer, D.C. 800 N Swan Rd, Ste 116 520-577-1717 • With over 38 years of experience in gentle Chiropractic and wholistic health care utilizing Applied Kinesiology, cold laser, detoxification, electromagnetic modalities, nutrition and homeopathy, find and treat the underlying cause not the symptom of your health concern. Call for a complimentary consultation. See ad, page 13.


Randy Usem, LMT, Radix Practitioner Near Campbell & Grant 520-312-9563 Affordable alternative or addition to traditional therapy. Radix is a neo-Reichian, deep feeling, regressive process similar to bio-energetics and primal therapy. Exploring with breath, body awareness, centering and grounding to access anger, fear, grief, longing and restore love, trust, pleasure, fulfillment and aliveness.

COLLECTIVE AWAKENING Martin Klabunde, CPC, ELI-MP 520-245-4547

Martin offers individual and couples Transformational Coaching and also Energy Leadership Coaching. His coaching is strategic and intuitive. Martin provides a clear space for his clients to grow and transform to create a meaningful, productive and fulfilling life! See ad, page 6.


Bill White, M.A., Love Coach 520-319-9132 Quick and dramatic results are common. Bill is a master at navigating relationship challenges. Resolve anger, arguments, emotional distancing, broken trust, childhood influences. Free no-obligation consultation. Don’t be surprised if you enjoy the process.


Cynthia offers spiritual guidance, life coaching, premarital counseling and weddings. She is a teacher & speaker, 30 years of experience with listening skills, visioning and habit realignment. She is a retired Episcopal priest who practices integrated wellness and works with all spiritualities.


Denisse Cabrera, RN, CDE Certified Integrative Life Coach 520-979-4600 Coaching brings out your inner expert and the motivation, excitement, and desire to actually follow your best advice. Using coaching models and intuition you can have desired results in health, relationships, career, money, life. Let your magic outsmart self-sabotage.


5151 E Broadway, Ste 1600 85711 1-888-411-6114 CopperZap™ is an antimicrobial device made of pure copper. It is used at the first sign of a cold starting to stop the viruses inside the nose before they spread and make you sick. Stop the cold virus, stop the cold. See ad, page 29.

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Sheila Shea MA is Board Certified with 41 years of colon hydrotherapy experience. The Intestinal Health Institute offers intestinal nutritional support and detoxification protocols to accompany colonics. Specialties are abdominal massage, Metabolic Syndrome and sugar. Shea is an LMT in Arizona and Florida.

VERY SPECIAL ALTERNATIVES Vonnie Schultz Albrecht, RN WellnessFirst! 3861 N First Ave, Rm 3, 85719 520-403-1686

RN-delivered colonics. FDA-approved system integrated with a full, closedgravity option. Infrared Therapy included! Probiotic reflorastation and ozone therapies available. Warm, supportive healing environment. Affordable rates and packages. By appointment, flexible hours. Free 15 minute consult! See ad, page 3.


Don Gibbens Office: 520-332-1485 • Cell: 520-784-1243 Facebook: GE-Computing-and-Internet-Services One of Don’s tag lines is, “Computer Sick? Call the Doctor.” He has been helping people keep their computers and technology working f​ or over 30 years​. ​As one of​ Don’s customers ​said, “​You don’t make me feel stupid”. House calls and via remote.​See ad, page 12.


Elahe Wissinger, DMD & Steven Swidler, DDS 2504 E River Rd, 85718 520-745-5496 Our mission is to build a partnership to achieve optimal dental health. The state-of-the-art technology, attention to our clients’ needs, and commitment to continuing education ensure that our clients receive the highest quality care, in a safe and comfortable environment. See ad, back cover.

TUCSON BIOLOGICAL DENTISTRY Jeanne Anne Krizman, DMD, MPH 1601 N Tucson Blvd, Ste 35, 85716 520-326-0082 Rejuvenate

Helen Landerman, Ph.D.

Tap into the wisdom and guidance of your dreams. Develop your powers of intuition. Dr. Landerman has 30 years of experience in dream groups and has been certified by Jeremy Taylor’s Marin Institute for Projective Dreamwork. Dream groups forming downtown.


Martin Klabunde, CPC, ELI-MP 520-245-4547


A centrally located biologic and integrative dental PROGRAM office with Tucson’s only International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology accredited dentist. Includes a mini facial, Specializing in general & cosmetic dentistry, a light wave treatment and a healing after treatment mercury-free fillings, safe amalgam removal, $100treatment, VALUE and ALL FOR $80 implants, extractions, cavitation ozone therapy. Call for appointment today. See ads, pages and 23. Health and Beauty Solutions All 12 Natural Let us educate and provide you with all DETOXIFICATION Natural ways to improve your youth and health

Want to learn how to make your drum sing while building a relationship with the drum, yourself and your cosmic memory or learn how to heal while playing the drum? Drum Classes and Sacred Drumming Ceremonies are happening in Tucson! See ad, page 6.


MARIA KINGSLEY ALTERNATIVES IN HEALTH CARE Skin Care Detox Therapies EFT Practitioner, Certified Hypnotherapist DETOX &Treatments MINI MED SPA Cleansing • Ionic Foot Baths • Anti-Aging • Nutritional 520-780-0170

Owner • Far Infared Sauna • Ear •Debbie SignatureShaw, Facials & Peels

1101 N Wilmot Rd, Ste #227, 85712 Body Treatments Pain Management (above Trader Joe’s)• Chiropractic • Acupuncture • Massage • Wraps & Scrubs Are you emotionally over520 275-4510 • Cleanse and replenish your Debbie Shaw, Spa Owner body is our motto. 1101can N Wilmot Detoxification be rd. Ste.#227 (Above TraderWe Joe’s) achieved many ways. have nutritional cleanses, detox wraps, ionic WWW.DETOXTHERAPYSPA.COM footbaths, a far infra-red sauna and a chi machine and more. Call for a free consultation! See ad, page 17.


ThermoTherapy Detox Wrap raises your core body temperature while eliminating toxins. The resulting immune response strengthens the body in its fight against cancer and other pathogens. Lymphatic massage assists in cleansing blood and releasing stored lymphocytes to boost immune function. Book one session and receive one session 50% off. See ad, page 18.

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Tired Winter Skin

Susan Couture, BSHA, CRC, LMT, LE, Cert. MLD/CDP 6818 N Oracle Rd #414, 85704 520-668-8731 •



whelmed, feeling emptiness, pain or anger running you? You can be free and choose better feelings with this energy technique. It can be combined well with hypnotherapy to reinforce positive thoughts and images in your mind. Schedule your session today.


Michelle Cardenas, RMT 520-549-4800 “Think outside the bottle.” Find healing the natural way. Michelle listens to your needs then creates a custom session just for you. Specializing in stress relief and pain reduction using reiki, crystal/stone healing and Bio Touch. Additional services available.


Suzanne Pear, RN PhD LE CQH 5160 E Glenn St, Ste 150, 85712 520-400-8109 Dr. Suzie (PhD in Epidemiology) is a Registered Nurse and Quantum Energy Practitioner offering Chakra energy system re-alignment and balancing as well as Auric Field clearing, Forgiveness and Self-Healing Practices. Call 520-400-8109 to schedule an Energetic Assessment. See ad, page 7.


Melanie Tyrell, LMT, ESTI, CMLDT Manual Lymphatic Drainage 2001 W. Orange Grove Rd, Ste #308, 85704 520-954-7784 • Your uterus needs to be prepared and brought to optimal functionality before conception. Mercier Therapy is deep, pelvic-organ visceral manipulation where the reproductive organs are mobilized to restore natural blood flow and mobility. 87% success rate of conception within 12 months.


Float & Spiritual Healing Center 2118 S Avenida Planeta, 85710 520-668-4017 Best of Tucson Weekly’s Alternative Health Centers! Cloud Nine Flotation offers true Sensory Deprivation in a quiet neighborhood, professional setting. One hour in a float tank, without all the outside distractions, just might be the most relaxing place you’ve ever been. Allow your mind to unwind, and reset. Two tanks available. See ad, page 19.


2272 E Speedway Blvd, 85719 520-339-6674 Floatation therapy gives an experience of complete weightlessness as if one was in the womb or floating in space. We offer two float tanks to choose from, one of which offers easy access, is spacious and claustrophobic-free. Additional services offered. See ad, page 18.

GLUTEN FREE GOURMET GIRLS GLUTEN FREE BAKERY/BISTRO 5845 N Oracle Rd, 85704 520-408-9000 Tues-Sun 7am-3pm, Fri-Sat 5-8pm

Do you have celiac disease or suffer from gluten intolerance? Visit Tucson’s only completely gluten-free bakery/bistro where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch or freshly baked treats in a relaxed and friendly environment, without worrying about cross contamination. Beer, wine, signature cocktails available. See ad, page 15.


Danielle Dvorak 847-323-9188 • Meditate, do yoga, or relax while you bathed in sound and vibration that clears your energy field. Danielle is trained and certified through in the Tibetan Sacred Sound Healing tradition. Private sessions and group events (Gong Baths) are available. See ad, page 19.


Carpet Cleaning, Tile & Grout, Upholstery, Area Rugs Serving Pima County & Surrounding Areas 520-954-2119 Don’t steam your carpets, clean your carpets. Providing a low-moisture system that is: eco-friendly, unbeatable results, dries in about 1-2 hours, with no residue, longer carpet life for carpet, upholstery, area rugs, tile and grout. Reliable, on-time, answers the phone.

GREEN PRODUCTS A & E RECYCLED GRANITE 520-885-8970 - Tucson Metro 480-739-0234 - Phoenix Metro ROC # 305289

Arizona’s eco-friendly manufacturer of recycled granite pavers, split stone tile veneer, subway tiles and fire pits. The locally crafted products add a unique, beautiful look to your home and business while keeping our planet’s mountains out of Arizona’s waste stream.


UK Inspired Cuts, Organic Hair Color 204 W Grant Rd, 85705 520-331-9006 • Facebook: ProjekK Introducing Hnectar by O Way, the world’s first 2-in-1 holistic hair color infusion treatment. Equal parts treatment and permanent color, the hair’s health actually improves with each use, as plant proteins and moisture are integrated into the hair’s structure.


Lynda Witt ACCT Certified Thermographer 520-235-7036 • Screening thermography has the opportunity to detect changes at any stage in the development of breast cancer, from the first year to when a tumor is dense enough to be seen with mammography. This early detection of change can lead to earlier diagnosis and better treatment options, as well as the opportunity for patients and their healthcare practitioners to intervene at an early stage with preventive treatment. See ad, page 3.


Mack Atkinson 520-744-2566 • is dedicated to providing the highest quality herbal based whole foods & supplements. We believe in empowering people and that investing in their holistic well-being allows them to live their best life possible. See ad, page practitioners to intervene at an early stage with preventive treatment. See ad, page 36.


Improving physical, environmental, financial and personal health are priorities for almost everyone. The Global Wealth and Wellness Group provides opportunities that help people balance these four aspects and thus improve a person’s overall quality of life. For a free consultation, call Anne at 520-990-5268.

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WellnessFirst!​ 3861 N 1st Ave, 85719 520-209-1755 • Learn to choose the right foods for you, how to heal your intestines, when to eat and more. Healing your intestine’s aides in healing Type 2 diabetes, obesity, sluggishness, sleeplessness, depression and lacking confidence. Added benefit is weight loss. See ad, page 3.


Ethel Sidney 520-276-8201 • Choose wellness and balance that are the keys for a healthy and fulfilling life. journey to wellness Let Reiki, doTERRA AromaTouch, and doTERRA Essential Oils support your journey! At Essential Energy, Etherl offers a path towards a balanced life: emotionally, spiritually and physically.


2272 E Speedway Blvd, 85719 520-339-6674 Levity Floatation & Wellness Center offers unique treatments such as: floatation therapy, halo therapy, massage, far infrared sauna, BioScan and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition (Functional Lab work). De-stress, alleviate physical pain, detox and get to the root of your aliments here at Levity. See ad, page 18.



Relax, release and realize transformation with the most powerful shamanic and sound healing tools available. Ancient wisdom meets modern tech with didgeridoo, gongs, large crystals, Tibetan singing bowls, Brain Entrainment and Ambisonic Audio. Options: Session recording and Schumann Resonance treatment.

Tula Wellness and Aesthetics is Tucson’s premier wellness center. Dr. Arianna and her staff specialize in integrative and functional medicine in the treatment of adrenal fatigue, leaky gut, autoimmune disorders, and thyroid disease. We also offer trigger point injections, peptide, and stem cell therapies. See ad, page 2.

Allen Smith – Source Sound Healer C3 Sound Healing Studio 520-369-7396


Lydie Vagnerova, Certified HY Teacher 520-822-7397 Hormone Yoga is a natural alternative approach to regulate hormone imbalances and to decrease undesirable side effects of menopause, PMS, PCOS, infertility, stress, anxiety, insomnia and hypothyroidism. Hormone Yoga helps to balance metabolism, boost immunity and promote well-being.

HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY NORTHSTAR HYPERBARICS Dr. Carol Henricks, MD 7598 N La Cholla Blvd, 85741 520-229-1238

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) saturates the body with oxygen, reducing inflammation and enhancing recovery from central nervous system injury including: traumatic brain injury, post-concussion syndrome, stroke, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, birth injury, autism, spinal cord injury, near drowning, anoxic brain injury and other conditions.


Dr. Kevin Wallace Dr. Zahara Sundermeyer 520-396-4866 Integrative medicine allows each patient to be treated as an individual. We infuse conventional medicine and nature cure to obtain the best treatments. The doctors of Infusion Health specialize in environmental medicine, men’s health, women’s health and IV therapy.


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Dr. Arianna Sholes-Douglas 2404 E River Rd, Ste 251, 85718 520-577-1129


Melanie Tyrell, LMT, ESTI, CMLDT Manual Lymphatic Drainage 2001 W. Orange Grove Rd, Ste #308, 85704 520-954-7784 Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a light massage technique encouraging natural drainage of the lymphatic system to optimize health. Used with a variety of conditions such as Alzheimer’s Disease, autoimmune issues, concussions, lymphedema and more. Can be provided during and after pregnancy.


Susan Couture, BSHA, CRC, LMT, LE, Cert. MLD/CDP 6818 N Oracle Rd #414, 85704 520-668-8731 • Pre- & Post-Surgery: Recover quickly from Aesthetic & Restorative surgeries. Reduce swelling, eliminate bruising, create new lymph connections sooner and heal faster. Inflammation causes fibrosis; scars impede lymph flow. Susan has been helping patients recover quickly for 23 years. Book one session and receive one session 50% off. See ad, page 18.


Melanie Tyrrell, LMT, ESTI, CMLDT 2001 W. Orange Grove Rd, Ste #308, 85704 520-954-7784 Massage is great for the body and mind. It helps with headaches, muscle pain, relaxation, improves sleep, circulation and posture. Offering one hour massages.


Dorothy Richmond, LMT since 1983 2301 N Santa Rita Ave, 85719 Aquatic Massage • Jin Shin Jyutsu Craniosacral Therapy • Watsu Integrative Massage 520-990-1857 • Water is life…80 minutes of Bliss. Immersed in heavenly 96-degree saltwater inside our poolhouse, receive massage, shiatsu, energy work,great stretches, and flowing movement, and maybe Aquatic Cranial Sacral Therapy to deliciously unwind trauma and strain patterns. See ad, page 18.


East Tucson, 7105 E 22nd St, 85710 520-214-3232 D2 Dispensary is east Tucson’s high-end medical marijuana facility and is the sister location to Downtown Dispensary. D2 features a contemporary and modern layout and is the only other dispensary in Tucson to carry iLava & MedLava products. See ad, page 35.


North • 78 W River Rd, 85704 • 520-395-1432 South • 2075 E Benson Hwy, 85714 • 520-373-5779 We believe in the healing power of Mother Nature to make the best medicine. Our dispensary provides safe, compliant, and reliable cannabinoid therapeutics and we strive to give our patients the most innovative and effective products available. Call today for information on how to become a medical marijuana patient. See ad, page 33.



Far Horizons East Main Clubhouse 520-339-2038 Metaphysical and Spiritual gathering of Light and Energy workers for healing, enlightenment and growth. Every Wednesday we offer Pathways to Metaphysics Classes from 7-8pm. Friday Healing and Message Circle from 12:30-1:30 and Sunday Service from 11am to 12:15pm. See ad, page 17.


We’re a Holistic Wellness Center that focuses on alternative medicine and specializes in Cannabis education, coaching and consulting. We help patients obtain their Medical Marijuana Card in AZ and also assist them in finding the right products to help their needs. Cannabis has been used as medicine for thousands of years and not one person has ever died from over consumption, ever! See ad, page 37.

Metaphysics’ World carries a large range of products: crystals, rocks, meteorites, incense, oils, oil sprays, soaps, books, music, greeting cards, clothing, fossils, ear candles, tarot cards, charts, etc. Check us out Saturdays at 10am when we have our weekly silent auction.



The Downtown Dispensary offers high-end and affordable cannabis products to Tucson’s medical marijuana patients. Our flower and extracts are made in Tucson and are tested for safety and potency. We also carry edible products made by other AZDHS licensed facilities. See ad, page 35.


2230 E Speedway, Ste 140, 85719 520-323-0069


Parking Lot: 500 N 6th Ave, 85705 520-838-0492


Suzanne Pear, RN PhD LE COE 5160 E Glenn St, Ste 150, 85712 520-400-8109 Registered Nurse provides customized advanced rejuvenation treatments including Microneedling Botox, Fillers, and Threads. Sensitive, health and ethnic skin issues are a specialty. Call or go on-line today for a complimentary Consultation. See ad, page 7.

2940 East 22nd St, 85713 520-327-7449 Monday-Saturday, 10am to 7pm

NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE DR. DEEANN SABER, NMD WellnessFIRST! 3861 N First Ave, 85719 520-209-1755

Dr. Saber is a primary care naturopathic physician who specializes in endocrinology and functional medicine. Using science-based information as well as your personal symptoms, we will together find the best way to optimal health. See ad, page 3.


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Dr. Lance Morris 2310 N Wyatt Dr, 85712 520-322-8122 • Dr. Morris treats all conditions, pediatric through geriatric, emphasizing “nature cure” to heal mind, body and spirit. Developer of Resonant Sound Therapy. See website for more information. See ad, page 28.





16140 N Oracle Rd, Catalina, 85739 520-825-2525

Jean is a physical therapist of 30 years, using a variety of manual techniques to treat conditions that have not responded well to traditional physical therapy. Treatment may include craniosacral therapy, deep dry needling, kinesiotaping, visceral manipulation, lymphatic drainage therapy, private physical therapy, and hot stone myofascial work. See ad, page 19.

Claire’s Café & Art Gallery serves home-cooked breakfasts and lunches daily, 7am-3pm. Vegetarian, gluten-free and other dietary needs are easily accommodated. The gallery includes original artwork, jewelry, leather goods and greeting cards. See ad, page 17.



Aimee Gregorie Bachelier 520-909-0703


Dr. Bachelier meets you where you feel at home. Palliative care for any patient at any stage of disease, whether terminal or chronic. Treatments address the person as a whole: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. See ad, page 39.


Quantum Healing Hypnosis Technique 2nd Level practitioner 201 759-6845 Kryste Andrews, hypnotherapist and sound healer, facilitates self-healing as you view pertinent past lives. Address addictions, family issues, life purpose, global conditions and much more while in a blissful altered state allowing your subconscious to answer unlimited questions. 2nd session 1/2 price. See ad, page 19.

5151 E Broadway, Ste 1600 85711 1-888-411-6114 • CopperZap™ is an antimicrobial device made of pure copper. It is used at the first sign of a cold starting to stop the viruses inside the nose before they spread and make you sick. Stop the cold virus, stop the cold. See ads page 29.


ZY Qigong Teacher/Practitioner Healing Arts Qigong Center 326 S Wilmot Bldg B, Ste 110 520-404-8745 Practice Zhong Yuan Qigong in the Healing Arts Qigong Center and deepen your spiritual practice. Qigong is a Zen discipline and expanding your energetic body helps keep the physical body vibrant, full of health and helps maintain a youthful appearance.



Yvette Dwornik 5350 E Broadway Blvd, Ste 162, 85711 520-869-5593 Artist Yvette Dwornik offers beautiful, natural looking permanent makeup. 20 years of experience. Eyebrow, eyeliner and full lip color procedures.Virtually painless, hand method technique to ensure your comfort. Physician recommended. Call to schedule a free consultation See ad, page 27.


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Cheryl Foster, Board Certified Reflexologist 2230 E. Speedway Blvd, Ste. 100, 85719 520-345-4554 Reflexology is a profoundly restorative practice that works directly with the nervous system to release stress on many levels. Cheryl’s 25 years as a yoga teacher and Nationally Board Certified reflexologist give her vast resources for working gently and powerfully. $65 special offer. See ad, page 19.

GOURMET GIRLS GLUTEN FREE BAKERY/BISTRO 5845 N Oracle Rd, 85704 520-408-9000 Tues-Sun 7am-3pm, Fri-Sat 5-8pm

Do you have celiac disease or suffer from gluten intolerance? Visit Tucson’s only completely gluten-free bakery/bistro where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch or freshly baked treats in a relaxed and friendly environment, without worrying about cross contamination. Now serving dinner on Friday and Saturday. Beer, wine, signature cocktails available. See ad, page 15.


1846 E Innovation Park Dr, 85755 520-903-4654 Don Zavis is an accomplished executive with a successful history of taking private and public organizations to new levels of sales and profitability. See ad, page 31.

SEXUAL HEALTH TULA WELLNESS AND AESTHETICS Dr. Arianna Sholes-Douglas 2404 E River Rd, St 251, 85718 520-577-1129

Tula Wellness and Aesthetics offers the most extensive services in the treatment of female and male sexual health. Dr. Arianna offers radiofrequency and C02 laser for vaginal rejuvenation. Tula now offers hormone replacement therapy for men and women and well as Gainswave, a breakthrough treatment for male ED. See ad, page 2.



DETOX & MINI MED SPA Suzanne Pear, RN PhD LE COE Rejuvenate TiredDebbie Shaw, Owner 5160 E Glenn St, Ste 150, 85712 520-400-8109 Winter Skin 1101 N Wilmot Rd, Ste #227, 85712 (above Trader Joe’s) 520 275-4510 LIGHTWAVE Dr. Suzie (PhD in Epidemiology) specializes in providing PROGRAM

Where all-natural health care meets all-natural beauty solutions. Specializing in all-natural weight loss, anti-aging treatments, skin care and pain management. All Natural Health and Beauty Solutions Unique equipment and treatments set us apart from Let us educate and provide you with all SKIN REJUVENATION Natural ways to improve your youth and health everyone else. Look younger and be healthier naturally. See ad, page 17. ALTERNATIVES IN HEALTH CARE customized holistic skin care a mini treatments forIncludes all skin types andfacial, a light wave treatment and concerns. Make an appointment a healing after treatment today and$100 start on your path VALUE ALLtoFOR $80 creating beautiful skin for life. See ad, page 7.

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Debbie Shaw, Owner • Anti-Aging Treatments • Nutritional Cleansing • Ionic Foot Baths N Wilmot Rd, Ste #227, 85712 • Far Infared Sauna • Ear Candling •1101 Signature Facials & Peels


(above Trader Joe’s) Body Treatments Pain Management ALLEN SMITH 520• Wraps 275-4510 Enhance Your Reality with Advanced & Scrubs • Chiropractic • Acupuncture • Massage Spiritual Guidance C3 Studio – Cosmic Café Creations Tucson’s first Fibroblast Debbie Shaw, 520-369-7396 Plasma Arc machine is rightSpa Owner 1101 N Wilmot rd. Ste.#227 here. Non-laser, non-surgical (Above skin tightening and Trader Joe’s) Are you conflicted between

resurfacing is now available. Unwanted tattoos can be WWW.DETOXTHERAPYSPA.COM removed also. Tighten eyelids, jowls, turkey necks, saggy arms. Lift brows, remove wrinkles from chest and more! See ad, page 17.


Danielle Dvorak 847-323-9188 • Relax and receive while you are energetically cleansed by antique Tibetan singing bowls, Gantas (bells), and more in the Tibetan Sacred Sound Healing tradition. Danielle is trained and certified through She is a life-long, classically-trained musician, and an intuitive empath.

your world view and spirituality? Guided by source awareness, I help you to move beyond limiting misconceptions of reality and into new understandings that free the mind and unlock the heart. Take charge of your reality.


Rev Janis Farmer Sunday Service: 3231 N Craycroft Rd, 85712 520-319-1042 • A spiritual alternative. We offer spiritual solutions to everyday challenges. Celebration Service 10:30am, Meditation 10am. We look forward to seeing you soon. See ad, page 21.

WHOLISTIC FAMILY MEDICINE Dr. Lance Morris 2310 N Wyatt Dr, 85712 520-322-8122

Dr. Morris treats all conditions, pediatric through geriatric, emphasizing ‘”nature cure” to heal mind, body and spirit. Developer of Resonant Sound Therapy. See website for more information. See ad, page 28.


Far Horizons East Main Clubhouse 520-339-2038


The Path of Spiritual Freedom • 1-877-300-4949 “The purpose of Eckankar is to make God an everyday reality in your life. As Soul, you have the God-knowledge within you. The teachings of ECK will awaken the knowledge and love for the divine things that are already in your heart. The road to God is the adventure of a lifetime.”—Harold Klemp.

KADAMPA MEDITATION CENTER 5326 E Pima St, 85712 520-441-1617 •

Learn meditation and other practical methods to cultivate mental peace in your daily life. KMC Arizona offers a path of wisdom and compassion to help anyone find a happy, meaningful life through explanation and practice of Kadampa Buddhism. Everyone welcome!

THE TEMPLE OF THE PRESENCE 11902 E Irvington Rd, 85747 520-751-2039, x100

Saint Germain and the Ascended Masters stand ready to assist you. In their Radiance, you will learn how to release the Light from your Individualized I AM Presence. Find Divine solutions to every challenge. Free broadcasts 24 hours a day.

THE TEMPLE OF UNIVERSALITY Rev. Betty Tatalajski New Masonic Temple, 3590 N Country Club Rd, 85716 520-884-5340

Worship, healing, prophesy. Celebrating the unity of God and man. 11am Sunday service. Free metaphysical development classes in areas of White Eagle World Healing Meditation, Alice Bailey books, Spiritual/ Metaphysical Law and Kaballah.

Metaphysical and Spiritual gathering of Light and Energy workers for healing, enlightenment and growth. Every Wednesday we offer Pathways to Metaphysics Classes from 7-8pm. Friday Healing and Message Circle from 12:30-1:30 and Sunday Service from 11am to 12:15pm. See ad, page 42.

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2016 E Broadway Blvd, 85719 520-954-2004



All Earth-honoring people are welcome. Labyrinth walks, drum journeys, intuitive development, recovery, LGBTQ support. Family circles, personal sessions, community clinic, reiki, minister trainings, retreats and space rental. See ad, page 19.

Sue Ann Christenson 619-857-5744 •

Information on and sharing of NDEs and other transformative experiences. Open to public; everyone has experiences worth sharing. Guest speaker series on 2nd Friday (Oct – May); small groups on 3rd Thursday each month, 6:30pm at St Francis in the Foothills United Methodist Church. See ad, page 4.

Web of Life Animist Church 2016 E Broadway Blvd 85719 520-954-2004 All Earth honoring People welcome! Labyrinth walks, drum journeys, intuitive development, recovery, LGBTQ support. Family circles, personal sessions, community clinic. Practitioner, Reiki, Minister Trainings. Retreats, Space Rental.


Interim MInister Aliza Bloom Robinson 3617 N Camino Blanco, 85718 520-577-3300 ​

You are Welcome Here! Positive, metaphysical and spiritual teachings of Love, Inspiration, Acceptance and Joy! Unity of Tucson empowers all people to embrace their Divine Nature. Now under new leadership; Rev. Aliza Bloom Robinson is temporary Minister. Sunday Services at 10 am. See ad, page 25.


956-566-5443 Visceral Manipulation is a manual therapy consisting of light, yet specific manual forces that encourage normal mobility, tone and inherent tissue motion of the organs and their connective tissues, usually of the abdomen, pelvis and chest. Great for gastroparesis and other abdominal scarring or organ dysfunction. See ad, page 19.


DeeAnn Saber, NMD Zach Saber, LMP Lynda Witt, CCT Vonnie Schultz Albrecht, RN 3861 N First Ave, 85719 520-209-1755


1551 S Eastside Loop, #121, 85710 520-546-3696

Explore your spirituality in a We are warm and loving community like-minded of caring friends. Learn First! Where Your Wellness Comes healing professionals who have created a practical tools that really patient-focused Wishescollaborative, Everyone a Happy & Healthy environment New Year! to work to improve your life provide healthy experiences for those ready to and the world around you. Sunday service, reach optimal health and wellness. See ad, page 3. 10:30am. Prayer services Sunday at 8:50am and Wednesdays at 9:45am. See ad, page 11. Ÿ Ÿ Breast, Upper and Full Body Scans

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Ÿ Specialist in Gastrointestinal Issues Ÿ Functional Medicine specialist Ÿ Recently awarded “Most Caring

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Optimal functional health is not a lofty goal.

It's a birth right for everyone. Dr. Arianna Sholes-Douglas 2404 E River Rd, St 251, 85718 520-577-1129 • Ÿ

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Ÿ 20 Years Experience Ÿ Confidentiality ~ Privacy ~ Respect Ÿ Disposable Speculums Ÿ Dual Filtered, UV Purified Water Ÿ Affordable, Individual or Package Pricing Ÿ Flexible Scheduling includes Weekend Appointments Go with the flow...the road to health is paved with good intestines.

Jo Ruddy, PhD Master Clinical Hypnotherapist and Metaphysical Life Coach Specializes in releasing disease Ÿ A solution-focused approach to release unconscious patterns Ÿ Holistic/metaphysical modalities for healing mind, body, spirit Ÿ Couples reconnection & relationship empowerment

At Tula Wellness we focus on Functional Integrative Medicine with a focus on Ÿ menopausal health​ ​vaginal Ÿ rejuvenation​as wellŸ as all aspects of gynecology​;​ including well-woman exams, peri​-menopausal and menopausal concerns, pelvic floor rehabilitation, PMS and hormone balancing. See ad, page 2.

plus: Healthy Immune System


Ÿ Specialist in Endocrinology –


Choosing to be proactive about your health today can prevent you from having to be reactive about an illness later.


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Jodi Hardy, MA, Cht, LPC Psychotherapist Specializes in working with women & children Therapeutic & hypnotherapy modalities to create healing Demonstrates & fosters healthy self-esteem

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dental implant provides several advantages over other tooth replacement options. In addition to looking and functioning like a natural tooth, a dental implant replaces a single tooth without sacrificing the health of the neighboring teeth. The other common treatment for the loss of a single tooth is a tooth-supported fixed bridge which requires adjacent teeth be ground down to support the bridge. In the long term, a single implant can be easier to keep clean than a bridge and it will help retain bone in the extraction site which aids in the overall health and esthetics. An implant can replace a single or multiple missing teeth. It can also be an alternative to wearing a full denture. Multiple implants can be placed across the jawbone to provide support for a fixed implant supported bridge that feels and functions just as natural teeth do. This procedure is similar to those described for single or multiple implants but requires careful diagnosis, treatment planning and coordination before treatment begins. Attention to detail will ensure that

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an appropriate number of implants can safely be placed by Dr. Wissinger in positions that will allow us to fabricate a restoration that will meet your needs and expectations.


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