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Dear Santa,

This is my first letter to you since becoming a magazine publisher. You probably don’t hear from magazine publishers very often, but I wanted to give you Holly Baker, Publisher my wish list and share some holiday tips, as well. I want to share with you my heartfelt wishes and dreams for true and real gifts. I believe they are part of the spirit that can be carried within us all as we move into 2012. Imagine the snowball effect if everyone were to make a small daily effort to help these affirmations become a reality: We, as human beings, begin to truly value all people on this Earth and honor everyone daily with simple dignity, respect and hope for the future–and teach our children these ways by example. As citizens of this country and of the world, we put our political and ideological differences aside and work toward lasting economic, spiritual and social healing. As keepers of the Earth, we awaken to the realization that every action or inaction has an effect on seven generations ahead, and consciously work toward a healthier and sustainable environment for all creatures. As part of the grand web of life, we more fully honor and respect the beauty in all things and give thanks daily for this wonderful planet Earth that we call our home. Santa, I’ve also left you a few copies of December’s issue of Natural Awakenings to enjoy with your almond milk and gluten-free cookies. Please give a copy to Mrs. Claus, as I know she’ll enjoy our Conscious Eating section, which includes lots of yummy recipes for healthy holiday party snacks. I think the elves in your North Pole workshop will want to read our main articles about how to simplify the holidays, as well as the connection between doing good for others and feeling good yourself. And Rudolf and the boys should enjoy the Natural Pet article about interspecies friendships. As a world traveler, you might be interested in our sidebar about Tibetan Bowl Healing and then we have an article by Tucson Naturopathic Doctor Lance Morris, “Resonant Sound Therapy,” about a process that can result in the “Great Remembering.” We are children of the Earth: Gaia. She is a living, conscious entity. We have a sacred and symbiotic relationship with her and all her many and varied life forms. One final thought for you, Santa. If while making your rounds this year, you find you’re missing a few gifts for all the good girls and boys, please be sure to visit our Natural Awakenings advertisers and distributors. They’ll help you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. And if you want to save some money, please refer to the wonderful offers in our Holiday Gift Guide. Wishing you a peaceful, magical holiday season and a world of happiness and prosperity in 2012! Holly Baker

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newsbriefs The B.E.S.T way to Wellness


orter Health Systems will present a free class at 6 p.m., December 4, at Desert Wind Healing Arts, in Tucson, to explain their BioEnergetic Sychronization Technique (B.E.S.T.). The presenter will be Morter Health System Elite Diplomate Deb Kortyna. This technique used to access the body’s ability to get well using nutrition and balancing the body to increase energy. The B.E.S.T. technology is used by health care practitioners worldwide that utilize mind/body healing and Deb Kortyna recognize the body as being more than the sum of its parts. It is a state-of-the-art system of health care that balances body/ mind/memory/soul energy fields by removing interference between your body and the power that made your body. The immediate response to the B.E.S.T. procedure is usually relief from pain. Using the procedure, the body will begin to self-regulate, and body balance and healing are the results.

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Fall Essentials for Balancing Body and Mind


all is the perfect time of year to create a natural “medicine” cabinet with items known to help support the immune system, provide stress relief and make you feel good, naturally. Aromatherapy is the healing art of using essential oils to activate your body’s own healing abilities while restoring balance to your body and mind. With a mindful formulation, they can bring effective results. An aromatherapy consultation can help determine which essential oils would be best for you. Everyone can benefit from aromatherapy when it is provided safely and professionally. This is why it is best to seek advice from a qualified aromatherapist such as Clinical Aromatherapist and Flower Essence Practitioner, Renee Palting, RN. Renee Palting, RN, offers custom blends of therapeutic grade essential oils and blends of FES flower essences. For more information or private consultation, call 520-834-7209 or




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abitat for Humanity Tucson is searching for qualified homebuyers to purchase Habitat homes available in the greater Tucson area, including Habitat’s main construction site at I-10 and Craycroft, and in Amado. Michael McDonald, Habitat executive director, says, “We are trying to get the word out that affordable housing is available!” Some homes area available for payments as low as $550 per month. Applicants are considered for Habitat’s program based on their ability to pay, willingness to partner and their need for safe, decent, affordable housing. Habitat homes are sold to qualifying homebuyers with a 15- to 25-year no-interest loan; their payments to Habitat Tucson are then put into a revolving fund to help build more homes. Approved buyers are required to pay a modest down payment in addition to volunteering 200 hours of “sweat equity” per adult, per home. “Our homeowners have often found that they can own their own home for the same amount they pay in rent and sometimes, less,” says Lori Bable, homeowner services director. All applications are reviewed by a Homeowner Selection Committee, and the selection process usually takes approximately six weeks. To apply, an applicant must be a first-time homebuyer according to HUD’s definition, must be a legal resident and a resident of Pima County, must agree to a criminal background check and must qualify using the household size and income listed at the group’s website. Applicants can call 520-326-1217 or submit their information online at



Matrix Energetics Offers Life-Transforming Seminars


eginning in January and continuing throughout 2012, Matrix Energetics will offer its transformative seminars in cities across the United States and in Canada. Upcoming programs are scheduled for San Francisco; Asheville, North Carolina; Albuquerque; Scottsdale, Arizona; Fort Lauderdale; San Diego and Toronto. Matrix Energetics, a consciousness technology for insight, healing and spiritual growth, was born from a set of energetic Dr. Richard treatments discovered by Dr. Richard Bartlett in his chiropractic Barlett and naturopathic practice. Using principles of quantum and energy physics, Bartlett says this teachable, transferable system helps individuals to shift into a more balanced state and create new, infinite possibilities in their lives. “Matrix Energetics offers easy-to-learn techniques and strategies for enhancing all areas of life, such as health, family, career, relationships and finances,” he explains.” Once you learn to catch the wave of Matrix Energetics, it can become whatever you let it. Some of my students have developed abilities I’ve never dreamed of having.” Bartlett is the author of several books, including the award-winning Matrix Energetics: The Science and Art of Transformation and The Physics of Miracles and The Matrix Energetics Experience. For seminar dates, locations and registration information, call 1-800-269-9513, email or visit Friday night demonstrations are free and open to the public, space permitting.

Native Seeds/SEARCH Sprouts New Life in the Desert


he 28 year-old seed conservation n o n p r o f i t N a t iv e Seeds/SEARCH (NS/S) has added desert-adapted garden variety seeds to their catalog. For decades, NS/S has offered seeds from its expansive collection of unique, indigenous crops for sale to gardeners. However, until now, the more familiar vegetables such as lettuce, carrots and kale were not available. Now, NS/S offers a vibrant selection of vegetables and herbs specifically suited for growing in desert climates. All seeds are guaranteed non-GMO (genetically modified organism) and chemical-free, in a wide range of heirloom and open-pollinated varieties. The new seeds directly support the NS/S mission to promote agricultural diversity in the Southwest. By cultivating new varieties of locally adapted crops of all kinds, growers will boost the region’s biodiversity, making the local food system more resilient and sustainable. Visit the Native Seeds/SEARCH retail store at 3061 N. Campbell Ave. and online at




Doctor Pam Goes to India


am McMahon, Ph.D., who many people know as “Dr. Pam,” from Journey to Wellness, in Tucson, will be traveling to India in the spring of 2012 to further her studies through an ayurvedic medicine internship. Ayurveda, the science of living in harmony with nature, is one of the oldest systems of medicine, dating back more than 5,000 years to ancient India. Ayurveda utilizes therapies that include yoga, diet, massage and herbal preparations to bring balance and harmony to the body, mind and soul. Ayurvedic medicine stresses a holistic approach—not just the treatment of the symptoms of a particular illness. Just as everyone has a unique fingerprint, according to Ayurvedic beliefs, each person has a distinct pattern of energy—a specific combination of physical, mental, and emotional Pam McMahon, Ph.D. characteristics—and teaches that optimal health can only be attained by the cultivation of proper physical, emotional and mental habits. Dr. Pam will be conducting a fundraiser to defray some of her expenses by selling custom Journey To Wellness “Peace” T-shirts, as well as raffle tickets. Top prizes include a $500 Visa gift card, a $250 Amazon gift card and a $300 Journey to Wellness gift card. For more information call 520-730-0236 or visit See ads on page 7 and 29

Local Teaching Artist Offers Creativity Workshops

Designed especially for those that have always felt a yearning to explore and express themselves through color, line or form, Heart to Hand is the name of a series of visual arts workshops and classes offered by teaching artist Carolyn King in the coming year. The workshops combine basic principles of visual arts with conscious, mindful, spiritually-oriented practice. The common thread between visual arts and many forms of spiritual practice is to cultivate one’s ability to observe. Each workshop session will guide participants in a process of becoming familiar and comfortable with both acquiring new skills with art materials and restructuring relationship with any “inner voices” that may have interfered with the ability to dive into creative play in the past. King’s background includes more than 30 years of combined studio, spiritual and art teaching practice. She holds a degree in Arts & Consciousness from John F. Kennedy University and has worked with students of all ages and abilities both in the U. S. and Mexico. Contact Carolyn King, BFA, M.A. at 520-991-0147, or visit



Searching for the Miracle Healer


he Bruno Groening Circle of Friends presents a program, The Phenomenon Bruno Groening—On the track of the “Miracle Healer,” from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., December 3, at Unity Church of Peace, in Tucson. In the spring of 1949, thousands streamed to Herford, in Westphalia. For many it was the last hope. Beaten down by war, given up on by physicians, these people had only one wish—to become well and free from misery and pain. This program traces the dramatic events of the time, following the trail of this unusual man. The Bruno Groening Circle of Friends is today one of the largest associations for spiritual healing in the world and is not affiliated with Unity Church of Peace. The event is free, but donations are welcome. BYO lunch. Location: Unity Church of Peace, 1551 S. Eastside Loop, Ste. 121, Tucson. For more information call Evey Weissman at 520-904-4801, email or visit See ad on page 13.




Bodil Holstein Offers Continental Therapies


candinavian reflexology can determine what is going on in the body and what is needed to bring balance to our systems by helping to relieve the stress of illnesses and balance the organs. Scandinavian reflexology is very different from most reflexology practiced in the U.S. It requires three years of training at the RN level in Scandinavia and is used in hospital treatments there. Bodil Holstein, a native of Denmark, is a trained and certified Scandinavian reflexologist 25 years experience in the natural health field. She studied natural health in Europe for 12 years and has lectured and given workshops all over the world. Holstein also provides individual consultations. She also employs various other healing practices, such cleansing the mind of toxic thoughts using The Sedona Method; eating whole, wild crafted foods; and utilizing the health giving properties of alkaline water. Holstein offers a European diagnostic tool, The Radestesi Test, which scans the body and advises individuals how to gain better health. Call 520-609-7016 for more information and a schedule of workshops. See as on page33.


Polar Friends Image by Corbis for National Wildlife Federation A polar bear and three young penguins snoozing under the night sky eloquently represent the holiday season’s welcome message of Peace on Earth. Images such as these, presented on the National Wildlife Federation’s (NWF) holiday cards, inspire us all to protect wildlife for our children’s future. NWF’s conservation work focuses on three areas that will have the biggest impact on the future of America’s wildlife: confronting global warming, the single most urgent threat; protecting and restoring habitat; and fostering profound and personal connections between people and nature. NWF’s holiday cards celebrate the awe-inspiring diversity of our natural world, and their purchase helps fund vital conservation and education programs. Printed on recycled paper, like all NWF cards, Polar Friends includes recycled white envelopes with a gold foil lining. The NWF also offers ReProduct cards, which include a two-way envelope for postage-paid return mail to Shaw Industries, which reuses all such cards in the manufacture of carpet backing. Its new line of all-occasion greeting cards, including the winter holidays, features beautiful images of nature. Learn more about the National Wildlife Federation and browse its gallery of cards and other nature-themed gifts at



personaltrainerspotlight Putting the ‘Personal’ into Personal Training


obert Grinnell opened Tucson Therapy with the personal touch in mind. Most of the “training gyms” in Tucson have several trainers and clients exercising at the same time in one space. Most of us have been taught at one point in our lives to share, but exercising with a trainer should be all about you and your health, not the other four people sweating 10 feet away. Tucson Therapy has a different approach. The only client is the only one in the weight room, and there is only one trainer in the building, so it’s an individual time and place. That includes choosing the music and controlling of the fans and thermostat. Grinnell has dumbbells, kettlebells, Swiss balls, medicine balls, tubing, weight and cardio machines, dynadiscs, Pilates rings and rollers and lots more. The privacy, attention and variety are hard to beat. Add 21 years experience, and you’re on your way to reaching your goals. To schedule an appointment contact Robert at 520 247-7755,, or See ad on page 6.





The Arts Relieve Holiday Stress


he hustle and bustle of the holiday season can leave us stressed, fatigued and even anxious or depressed. But according to studies sponsored by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology’s Nord-Trøndelag Health Study, there are many artful ways to relieve these conditions: Painting, dancing, playing a musical instrument or even attending a theater performance or concert may help us feel better, healthier and more upbeat. The researchers worked with more than 50,000 participants, using questionnaires, interviews, clinical examinations, and blood and urine samples to assemble detailed health profiles. The data was controlled for chronic illness, social relations, smoking and alcohol. What most surprised the researchers was that the study findings held true regardless of socioeconomic status; whether a truck driver or bank president, participating in the arts had a positive effect on the individual’s sense of health and well-being.


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new study confirms that zinc can, indeed, help reduce the severity and duration of the common cold, and high doses—at least 75 milligrams per day—work best. Depending upon the total dosage and composition of the lozenges, zinc may shorten the duration of a common cold episode by up to 40 percent, according to University of Helsinki research. Source: Open Respiratory Medicine Journal

Phosphates Not Heart-Healthy


hosphates are commonly found in microwavable meals, soft drinks and other processed and prepackaged foods. Now, researchers at the University of Sheffield, UK, have demonstrated a connection between the high intake of phosphates and atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, a leading cause of heart disease. The research shows that cholesterol deposits in the walls of arteries increase following a higher phosphate diet. This leads to narrowing of the arteries, the cause of most heart attacks and strokes. Source: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology



ecotip The Greenest Tree Go Natural for Christmas

The star of many families’ seasonal décor, the annual Christmas tree does not need to become an environmental burden if selected with care. While some individuals have strong opinions about the virtues of a natural tree versus an artificial one, each can have pros and cons. The National Christmas Tree Association points out that 85 percent of the plastic trees sold in the United States are imported from China and may contain toxic chemicals, while evergreen trees can be grown in all 50 states. Even with a real tree, however, there are factors to consider. How far did the tree travel? The distance traveled from its source impacts the carbon footprint, due to the fuel expended to transport it. Most vendors can tell you the state of origin, but how about pesticides? Conventional Christmas tree farms are reputed to use abundant pesticides to keep their product looking picture-perfect. Ask if the seller is the grower and/or knows the answer. Typically, a temporary sidewalk or street corner seller may not; a better bet can be a u-pick-it tree farm. Put a cut tree in water within a few hours after trimming the base a flat onehalf to one inch; some people add an aspirin to the water to enhance absorption. According to the 2009 National Geographic Green Guide, Americans annually discard 30 million cut trees after the holidays, with the wood wasted in landfills. Alternatively, a program in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, collects them to combat coastal erosion. Locate tree growers by state and learn how to dispose of trees responsibly at publishes a list of organic Christmas tree farmers at When choosing a live tree, keep it properly hydrated and just repot it in the yard after the celebrations conclude. Find detailed steps for care and planting from at and

“When you squeeze an orange, orange juice comes out because that’s what’s inside. When you are squeezed, what comes out is what is inside.” ~Wayne Dyer

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Toyland Tips


Millions of children’s toys have been recalled in recent years to head off hazards from lead content, possible choking and other personal safety issues, thanks to supervision by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. But none are monitored for their environmental impact, which opens another can of worms. Action figures and dolls are often made from PVC, the worst polluting plastic, and their packaging often quadruples the size of a toy’s environmental footprint, typically ending up in a landfill. Teddy bears are often stuffed with synthetic, petroleum-based fillers and pesticide-heavy cotton. Other toys, including stuffed animals, are sprayed with brominated fire retardants; the kind that turn up in breast milk. Even some wooden toys may be coated with varnishes and paints that are high in air-polluting volatile organic compounds (VOC). To combat this troubling trend, look for all-natural stuffed animals made with organic fibers, wool batting, recycled sweaters or even tofu; search out toys that have shifted to PVC- and phthalate-free plastics; and use beeswax instead of synthetic clay and colored play dough for craft projects. It’s best to purchase toys from local manufacturers that can certify they follow U.S. environmental, health and safety regulations and use minimal packaging. Favor wooden toys that are finished with nontoxic, natural oil or beeswax or not finished at all. Sources include local guild shops, craft stores and galleries that carry handcrafted toys made by artisans in the community, using proper safety criteria.

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Cooperation is Key to Social Harmony Bullies seem to be made, not born. A study from the University of California, Berkeley, concludes that a cooperative school experience, versus a competitive one, can play a major positive role in the socialization of students. Researchers canvassed 217 students in grades three through five, measuring how much they liked to cooperate or compete with their peers, and how often they acted with aggression or kindness toward them. The youngsters also estimated how often their teachers put them in small groups to complete assignments together, a classroom strategy known as “cooperative learning,” because the students have to collaborate with one another to get their work done. Students that engaged in more frequent cooperative learning were more likely to say they enjoyed cooperating with others and reported exhibiting kind, helpful, pro-social behaviors. In contrast, students that said they preferred to compete were significantly more likely to act aggressively toward their peers and try to do them harm. The results suggest that cooperation begets cooperation. The researchers further concluded that cooperative experiences promote the development of the personality trait of cooperation. Based on their results, the researchers advocate more cooperative learning in classrooms as a way to promote positive behaviors and combat bullying, or harmintentioned aggression. Source: Greater Good Science Center

DO GOOD, FEEL GOOD The Helping – Health – Happiness Connection


rowing up on Long Island, New York, young Stephen Post often received an unusual prescription from his mother when he was feeling grouchy or under the weather. “She’d say, ‘Why don’t you go out and help someone?’” he recalls. “I’d go out and help Mr. Muller rake leaves or help old Bobby Lawrence fix his boat. Then, I’d come back feeling better, and feeling better about life.” Decades later, Post—a professor of preventive medicine at New York’s Stony Brook University—is among a growing contingent of researchers exploring just how such acts of generosity and the feelings (empathy, compassion, altruism) that prompt them may actually improve our mental and physical health. Recent studies have shown that people that volunteer live longer, suffer less chronic pain, have bolstered immune systems, are more likely to recover from addiction, and experience an in-the-moment sense of calm akin to that which people experience during and after exercise. Scientists have yet to fully understand what the physiological underpinnings are of such health benefits, but early studies credit a cascade of neurobiological changes that occur as we reach out to help a loved one, or (in some cases) even cut a check to a stranger in need. Could generosity be the missing, often overlooked ingredient to a prescription for better health? Perhaps,

by Lisa Marshall says Post, author of The Hidden Gifts of Helping: How the Power of Giving, Compassion and Hope Can Get Us Through Hard Times. “This is a young science, but what we have begun to discover is that there is something going on, physiologically, in this process of helping others that seems to make people feel happier and report greater health.”

Helping Hands Live Longer

We’ve all felt it: That blush of innerwarmth we get after we bring a plate of healthful, steaming food to a sick relative, volunteer to read to kids at a local preschool or help sort donations for a shelter. According to a 2010 survey of 4,500 Americans by United Healthcare, 68 percent of those that volunteered in the previous year reported that doing it made them feel physically healthier;

73 percent noted that it lowered their stress levels. Meanwhile, 29 percent of volunteers that suffered from a chronic illness claimed that giving of their time helped them to better manage the illness. Other studies, by researchers at Boston College, found that when chronic pain sufferers volunteered to help others with similar conditions, they saw their own pain and depression levels decrease. At least seven studies have shown that people that regularly volunteer or give of themselves live longer—especially if they do it for genuinely altruistic reasons. Cami Walker, 38, of Denver, has experienced firsthand the physical benefits of being generous. After one sleepless night, lying awake and, “feeling sorry for myself,” due to a flareup of her multiple sclerosis, she decided to take the advice of a spiritual teacher that suggested she, “Give something away each day for 29 days.” On day one, she called a sick friend to offer her support. On day two, she dropped $5 in a hat for some street performers. Another day, she treated a friend to a foot massage. By day 14, she recalls, “My body was stronger and I was able to stop walking with my cane. After months of being too sick to work, I was able to go back part-time.” Walker subsequently wrote the bestselling 29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life. It has inspired a global giving movement, with participants blogging about their experiences at As she recently explained to The New York Times, “It’s about stepping outside of your own story long enough to make a




connection with someone else.”

The Helper’s High

University of Michigan researcher Sara Konrath, Ph.D., has found that people engaging in acts that benefit others tend to have more calming hormones like oxytocin and progesterone coursing through their bodies. If presented with a tough situation later, they are likely to react with a muted stress response, churning out fewer harmful stress hormones, such as cortisol and norepinephrine, and maintaining a calmer heart rate. Konrath is studying whether altruistic thoughts and behavior might also be associated with an antiinflammatory effect on the body. “Just thinking about giving seems to have a beneficial physiological impact,” says Post. For instance, a late 20th-century study by then Harvard Psychologist David McClelland found that when people watched a film about Mother Teresa’s work with orphans in Calcutta, levels of immunoglobulin A (a marker of immune strength) shot up. A more recent study found that people had higher levels of oxytocin in their blood after they had watched a moving film about an ill 4-year-old boy. Some research further suggests that the act of giving may release natural opiates, such as endorphins, into our system. One landmark analysis of 1,700 people published in Psychology Today found that more than 68 percent experienced a “helper’s high” when physically helping another person, and 13 percent reported a decrease in aches and pains afterward. It’s a concept that’s



been documented many times since. Meanwhile, new brain-imaging research has shown that acts of giving (including making a charitable donation) stimulate “reward centers” in the brain. This includes the mesolimbic pathway by which natural dopamine is released, leaving us feeling euphoric. On the flip side, “We found that people that are high in narcissism and low in empathy have higher cortisol levels,” advises Konrath. “They walk around with high stress reactivity, which is really hard on the body.” One other clear example of the health benefits of helping lies in the field of addiction research. Recent studies by Maria Pagano, Ph.D., an associate professor of psychology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, found that recovering addicts that volunteer to help other addicts stay sober are twice as likely to remain so themselves. That’s because narcissism and self-absorption are often at the root of addiction, and generosity is an antidote to narcissism, Pagano says. “The founders of AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) figured it out,” Pagano continues, noting that a primary focus is on serving others. “They figured out that this selfish root is there before the illness develops, and is sustained unless you treat it. This is treatment; it is a way of continually weeding out the narcissism that made you sick.”

Born to Give

Stephanie Brown, Ph.D., an associate professor of preventive medicine at Stony Brook, is the daughter of an evolutionary psychologist and a pioneer in the study of altruism’s neurobiological roots. In sharp contrast to what she describes as the long-held “selfinterested” assumption about human nature (that we help others only to help ourselves), she suggests that humans are biologically wired to be empathetic and generous. “It makes more sense from an evolutionary perspective for us to suppress self-interest,” for the benefit of the whole sometimes, she says. New research from the University of Washington suggests that babies as young as 15 months old exhibit fairness and empathy. So, why don’t we always stop to help? Our anxious, busy, modern-day lives get in the way, suggests Brown. “It could be that our natural, default state is to help when we see need, but what prevents that is our stress response.” That is, stress often gets in the way: Maybe we pass a stranded motorist on the road, but drive on by because we’re on a timetable. Perhaps our instinct is to offer a helping hand to a homeless person, but we fear that more will be asked of us than we are prepared to give. We wish to bring a meal to a dying relative, but are apprehensive about what to say when we visit. Brown’s recent federally funded studies show that at least some of the calming hormones and quietness of heart often seen in habitual givers may actually precede and enable their acts of selflessness by interrupting their potential stress response before it stalls their helping hand. “I am suggesting that when you see helping going on, something beneficial has already happened to the giver’s body,” says Brown. When givers perceive a need, instead of fretting and fleeing, they calmly stop to help. In the end, everyone walks away feeling a little more generous.


FOODS Easy, Flavorful and Festive by Renée Loux


ake the most of being a host with party foods sure to wow guests. Combining classic concepts with tasty twists will satisfy any gourmet in search of a fabulous holiday buffet. Whether you are a year-round or seasonal party planner, these crowdpleasing appetizers will make you the toast of the celebration circuit.

Butternut Squash Spread with Baked Spelt Crisps

A festive, flavorful spread perks up any table, and this one commands attention with its gorgeous golden color. Butternut squash is loaded with antioxidant vitamins A and C, carotenoid antioxidants, potassium and manganese. Plus, it is simple to make and serve. For an innovative use of leftovers, add 1 cup of vegetable broth or stock to 1 cup of the prepared recipe, mix well and warm up for a satisfying serving of smooth soup. Yields: about 4 cups (dairy-free) 1 medium butternut squash (about 6 cups of cubes) 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 clove garlic, finely minced 1 tsp maple syrup (optional) 1 tsp finely grated ginger

2 tsp fresh thyme leaves (or 1 tsp dried thyme leaves) 1 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped finely (or ½ tsp dried rosemary) Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Peel squash, cut in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds with a spoon. Cut into 1-inch cubes. Place in a medium-large saucepan and cover with filtered water plus 2 inches. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to simmer for 6-9 minutes or until tender and easily pierced with a fork. Drain liquid and let cool until comfortable to handle. Reserve the liquid for other uses such as making a vegetable stock or watering houseplants. Place cooked squash in a food processor with olive oil, garlic, ginger, thyme, rosemary, a scant teaspoon of sea salt and some freshly ground black pepper. Blend until very smooth. Season further to taste with sea salt and pepper as needed. Serve with crisps, crackers, whole-grain bread or crudité vegetables. Store any leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.

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Baked Spelt Crisps

Easy, homemade crisps are delightfully crunchy and contain less oil than nearly anything available for purchase in a bag, plus the oil is of a high quality. Spelt (an ancient variety of wheat) contains more nutrients and less gluten than standard wheat. Look for whole wheat spelt tortillas for optimum flavor, fiber and nutrition. Yields: about 3 dozen crisps 4 spelt tortillas (9-inch), preferably made from whole wheat spelt Extra-virgin olive oil, as needed Pinch of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 350° F. Using a mister or pastry brush, mist or brush both sides of each tortilla with olive oil.

Preheat oven to 350° F.

Soak pecans in 1 cup filtered water for Peel the sweet potato and cut the 1 hour. ends off. Drain and rinse. Pat dry with a clean Slice thinly, lengthwise. If the potato is towel. long, first cut it in half across the middle. Lay pieces flat on a baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes until soft. Allow to cool and gently rub with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt. If wrappers must stand for any length of time, cover after cooled.

Haricot Verts or Green Beans 30 haricot verts or 18 green beans, cut in half and sliced lengthwise 2 tsp tamari or soy sauce 1 tsp umeboshi plum vinegar ½ tsp agave nectar or maple syrup Enough filtered water just to cover the veggies in a small saucepan

In a food processor, place drained pecans, basil, walnut oil and salt, and then pulse until finely chopped. With the motor running, add olive oil in a slow stream until well incorporated, but the mixture still has a bit of texture. Assembly Lay 2 pieces of softened sweet potato skins on a cutting board (not touching, with short end facing you, and the length of the sweet potato placed away from you). It is best to lay a few pairs at once to create an assembly line for quicker rolling.

Lay haricot verts or green beans across a piece of sweet potato, and top with a Haricot verts are thin enough to teaspoon or two of pesto. Stack the tortillas and cut the stack into leave whole. If using green beans, 8 wedges. Fold the short end of the softened potato slice in half lengthwise. If green Arrange resulting triangles in a single beans are extra-long, cut them in skin over the vegetables and roll closed. Note the tendency to overpack and the layer on baking sheets and sprinkle with half before slicing. fact that less is more; it will be easier to sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Place haricot verts or sliced green beans eat and go further. Bake for 6-7 minutes, or until crisp and in a small saucepan. Roll the second sweet potato slice turning golden. Watch carefully after 5 Mix together tamari or soy sauce, around the bundle and secure with a minutes to avoid burning. umeboshi plum vinegar and agave toothpick. Let cool before serving; they get crispier nectar or maple syrup and drizzle over Follow suit until all ingredients are as they cool. the vegetables. used. Sweet Potato Rolls with Add just enough filtered water to cover Eat the rolls as is, or bake at 350° F for Haricot Verts & Pecan Pesto the beans. 10-12 minutes to warm. This party favorite is sumptuous enough Bring to a gentle simmer uncovered Garnish with freshly ground black to be considered a small plate entrée over medium heat. Reduce the heat to pepper. when served on a bed of wild rice. low and cook for 5-10 minutes, or just Sweet potatoes are a rich source until tender. Do not disturb the veggies Recipes are from The Balanced Plate of antioxidant beta-carotene (pro- by stirring while they cook; they should and Living Cuisine, by Renée Loux and vitamin A), vitamin C, minerals and remain firm. When tender, remove from hunger-quenching fiber. Haricot verts the liquid with tongs and set aside in (small and slender immature bean a bowl. pods) are abundant in bone-building Continue cooking the liquid, stirring vitamin K, silica, calcium, magnesium occasionally until it is reduced and the and phosphorous. Soaking the pecans resulting marinade becomes syrupy. Pour for the pesto makes them lighter, over haricot verts or green beans and more digestible and yields delicious, toss to coat. Let stand while preparing E n d i v e Cups with nutritious results. Pine Nut Crème Fraîche, the remainder of the dish. Yields: 10-12 rolls (dairy-free, gluten-free)

Sweet Potato Wrapper 2 sweet potatoes, peeled 2 tsp olive oil Pinch of sea salt Several fresh basil leaves, torn in half (to roll inside) 18


Figs and Olives

Pecan Pesto

¼ cup pecans, soaked for 1 hour 3 cups packed basil leaves 1 Tbsp walnut oil or extra-virgin olive oil ½ tsp sea salt 3-4 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

Little boats of enhanced endive are bites of pure delight. Creamy pine nuts are rich in healthy fats, including pinolenic, an essential fatty acid that curbs the appetite by triggering hungersuppressing enzymes. Olives are loaded with iron, antioxidant vitamin E and a





GIVING Tips to Simplify the Season by Beth Davis


is the season, and a U.S. poll by Harris Interactive reveals that a majority of the stress 90 percent of us feel about the holidays is related to gift-giving. So, solving this problem will set us well on our way to a joyeux noël. The same study found that given a choice, most of us prefer investing in good family relationships instead of more material things, anyway. Natural Awakenings has uncovered four ways that we can make the holidays less hectic and more relaxing and meaningful. First, says Barbara Kilikevich, author of A Mindful Christmas–How to Create a Meaningful, Peaceful Holiday, we have to stop buying into the notion that more is better and that extravagant, expensive gifts are equal to how much we care for one another. “We need to stop believing that doing it all is productive and having it all is meaningful.”

Get Crafty

Homemade gifts are always special. They carry a message of thoughtfulness and love, which is the heart of gift-giving. Making a memorable gift can take less time than we’d spend earning the money for a 20


manufactured gift, driving to the store and back and coping with checkout lines. Ideas are endless; these may stimulate your creative juices. n Gather favorite family recipes and copy them into a personalized binder. n Mix jars of tasty combinations of loose teas and/or bulk herbs that might include lavender, chamomile or mint. Add a mesh tea strainer to complete the package. n Edible items are always a hit. Consider making something yummy that can be given to everyone on the list. Herbed olive oil, spiced nuts and homemade jams are favorites. n Attractive, reusable shopping bags, made from repurposed or recycled fabric, make practical gifts that can be used again and again. Sew on monograms or paint on designs to personalize them. n Fashioning painted pottery, custom artwork and decorated picture frames can engage kids in anticipating fun holidays with friends and family.

Non-Material Gifts

Previously Enjoyed Gifts

Not every gift needs to be brandnew. Browse vintage and antique shops, estate sales, auctions and consignment stores for amazing treasures. Keep an open mind or go hunting for that certain something for that special someone. Online sources such as, and gsalr. com can help locate garage, yard and estate sales in communities across the country. Look for items that are unusual or hold special significance. n A childhood reminder—perhaps a favorite toy or comic book n Vintage jewelry n A silk scarf, unusual hat or fun bag n Classic books, movies and music n Unique housewares, from vases and candleholders to platters and teacups ( can help find missing pieces for sets).

For the Family

For large families or families with grown children, it can be expensive

and time-consuming shopping for a gift for every relative. Try one of these ideas to take the pressure off. n Instead of giving gifts to each member of a family or a couple, think in terms of a single gift for the household. n Draw names. Have everyone in the family put his or her name into a hat and ask each family member to draw one name, so that each person needs to buy only one or two gifts. n Set a limit. In his book, Hundred Dollar Holiday: The Case for a More Joyful Christmas, author Bill McKibben suggests that families limit the amount they spend and instead, make the holidays as much fun as possible, filled with song and food, creativity and connection. With a little planning and a lot of love and care, we can fill the whole holiday season with less stuff and more satisfying joy. Beth Davis is a contributing writer to Natural Awakenings magazines.

The Center for a New American Dream, a national nonprofit organization that challenges a “more is better” definition of the good life, suggests giving of oneself—providing gifts of time or experiences that will be long remembered. n Invite loved ones to an outing to the zoo, a sporting event or an indoor/ outdoor picnic. n Give a friend her dream, based on an expressed interest and careful research. Sign her up for a class in cooking, sewing, photography or dancing—classes abound in most cities. n Purchase a gift certificate for a local massage, acupuncture session or other soothing therapy as a way to unwind during or after the holiday season. n Support the local art scene by giving tickets to a community theater or a museum membership.




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hese daily practices will help you move toward Spirit in your thoughts and actions.

Commit to at least one daily experience where you share something of yourself with no expectation of being acknowledged or thanked. For example, before I begin my daily routine, I go to my desk and choose my gift for that day. Sometimes it’s just a phone call to a stranger that’s written to me, or perhaps I order flowers or send a book or a present to someone that has helped me in a local store. On one occasion, I wrote to the president of the university I graduated from to start a scholarship fund; on another day, I took a calendar to the yard man; on another, I sent a check to Habitat for Humanity; and on another, I sent three rolls of postage stamps to my son, who had just started his own business. It doesn’t matter if this activity is big or small—it’s a way to begin the day in-Spirit.



Intentions for the New Year by Wayne Dyer


Become conscious of all thoughts that aren’t aligned with your Source. The moment you catch yourself excluding someone or having a judgmental thought, say the words “inSpirit” to yourself. Then make a silent effort to shift that thought to match up with Source energy.


In the morning before you’re fully awake, and again as you’re going to sleep, take one or two minutes of what I call quiet time with God. Be in a state of appreciation and say aloud, “I want to feel good.”




Remind yourself of this statement: My life is bigger than I am. Print it out and post it strategically in

your home, car or workplace. The “I” is your ego identification. Your life is Spirit flowing through you unhindered by ego—it’s what you showed up here to actualize—and is infinite. The “I” that identifies you is a fleeting snippet.


Dedicate your life to something that reflects an awareness of your Divinity. You are greatness personified, a resident genius and a creative master—regardless of anyone’s opinion. Make a silent dedication to encourage and express your Divine nature. Excerpted from Inspiration: Your Ultimate Calling, by Wayne Dyer, with permission of Hay House, Inc.


spiritual development belongs to a later stage of life, roughly after age 50. It is only once we have lived through a householder stage, bringing up and providing for our children and living a worldly life, that we can turn our attention to the inner world. After our children have reached adulthood, we have the privilege of meditating regularly, and living more quietly and simply. Many parents, however, find that—far from hindering it—bringing up children actively advances their spiritual development. Seen in the right way, parenthood can be a spiritual path, bringing a heightened sense of love, wonder and appreciation.

The Parent Path How Children Enrich Our Spiritual Life by Steve Taylor


irty nappies, wakeup calls in the middle of the night, a house full of screams and squeals, food splattered on walls, a chaos of toys everywhere, no more late nights out, no time to read books, take classes or attend retreats—what could be spiritual about bringing up children? Isn’t spiritual development just one of

the many things we sacrifice when we have kids? Many spiritual traditions based on meditation, prayer and solitude maintain that nothing should divert us from our spiritual practices—least of all a family, which takes up so much time and energy. In India, one tradition holds that

Natural Mindfulness

After all, children are such strongly spiritual beings. They naturally have many of the qualities that adults work to cultivate through spiritual development. For example, children are naturally mindful. They constantly live fully in the present, and the world is always a fantastically real and interesting place to them. As child psychologist Professor Alison Gopnik, of the University of California, Berkeley, puts it, “Babies and young children are actually more conscious and more vividly aware of their external world and internal life than adults are.” They have what she calls an, “…infinite capacity for wonder,” that adults only experience




at their highest moments. “Travel, meditation and romantic poetry can give us a first-person taste of infant experience,” as can experiencing beauty, she says. This illustrates one of the most positive effects of having children: They help us to become children again ourselves. In Taoism, the ideal is to be as spontaneous and curious as a child, exhibiting their openness to experience. On the physical plane, Taoist practices like Tai chi and qigong aim to help the body become as supple and flexible as a child’s.




Beyond Selfishness

All the world’s spiritual traditions tell us how important it is to transcend our own selfishness; to stop seeing ourselves as the center of the universe and trying so hard to satisfy our own desires. They advise us to help and serve others, so that we can move beyond our separate ego and connect to a transcendent power. The eightfold path of Buddhism aims to cultivate this selfless state and ideally, the path of parenthood can, as well. It’s impossible to be a good parent without being prepared to put your children first. Much of parenthood is about selfsacrifice. Gopnik remarks: “Imagine a novel in which a woman took in a stranger who was unable to walk or talk or even eat by himself. She fell completely in love with him at first

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sight, fed and clothed and washed him, gradually helped him to become competent and independent, and spent more than half her income on him… You couldn’t bear the sappiness of it. But that is just about every mother’s story. Caring for children is a fast and efficient way to experience at least a little saintliness.” The poet William Wordsworth described how children see the world as “…appareled in celestial light [having] the glory and freshness of a dream.” Yet, as adults, this vision, “…fades into the light of common day.” Having children of our own helps us to reawaken some of the celestial light within. Perhaps this is what Jesus meant too, when he told his disciples, “Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” This makes sense if we think of the kingdom of heaven not as a future, far-off place, but as a state of consciousness, here and now. Heaven is the state of wonder and natural well-being where children dwell and in their company, we naturally re-enter the kingdom. Steve Taylor, a UK university lecturer and researcher, is the author of Waking from Sleep, described by Eckhart Tolle as, “One of the best books on spiritual awakening I have come across.” His new book is Out of the Darkness – from Turmoil to Transformation. Visit

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Therapy Taps the Gaia Connection by Dr. Lance Morris


e can remember our birth. In the ocean, warm, floating, secure in the pulse, the rhythm and the beat, our birth process begins, and the body is squeezed through the birth canal. This squeezing causes a sensation of pressure from the outside in and begins the awakening awareness of the presence of our physical shell. The connective tissue membrane called the fascia is the medium through which we experience and discover our physical bodies. This membrane is the only part of the human body that is connected everywhere. It surrounds every muscle, organ, blood vessel and nerve. On both conscious and subconscious levels we can torque or twist the fascial membrane, causing a disruption in the flow of chi, or life force energy. This induces symptoms that may lead to pathology and disease penetrating through the physical, emotional, mental, subconscious and spiritual aspects of our existence. Dr. Lance Morris has developed a new, bio-energetic healing modality called Resonant Sound Therapy (RST). A common misconception about acupuncture meridians is that they are a series of energy channels under our skin

that are similar to nerves. In his research, Morris has discovered that meridians are actually embedded in the many-layered foldings of the fascia, from the skin all the way through to our bone marrow. RST is a therapy that utilizes vocal toning between the client and therapist, combined with physical contact from the therapist in a rotational spiral with vibration. This spiral emulates the way chi flows through our bodies as a double helix. It is not a coincidence that this helix looks like DNA, the physical manifestation of this non-physical light form activated by sound. As the therapist and client create synergy through the organic process of RST, the fascia unwinds. This unwinding allows chi to flow unrestricted through the body, inducing healing from the inside out, from the spiritual domain all the way through to the physical. Total permeability is the natural state of the unwound fascia. This permeable quality allows chi-spirit, as well as consciousness, to move in and out of the body shell at will. The human capacity to function as receivers, transmitters and transformers is not limited by our five primary senses of seeing, hearing, smelling, touching and tasting. When we are bound exclusively by the range of these five perceptual senses,

Dr. Lance Morris we are fundamentally out of calibration. RST is a tool to help us recalibrate ourselves to our natural and unlimited expanded bandwidth of perceptionawareness. As we engage the wake-up process of the physical fascial membrane, we discover the “Great Remembering.” We are children of the Earth: Gaia. She is a living, conscious entity. We have a sacred and symbiotic relationship with her and all her many and varied life forms. As our wake-up deepens, we realize that our physical fascia is a gateway to energyvibrational states that are non-physical. As we discover that our true selfessence is not our physical body, we realize that planet Earth is only the physical shell of our mother Gaia. As we move through The Edge and Beyond, from the manifest back through the portal into the un-manifest, the Journey for Personal Self-Discovery, Awakening and Healing begins. Morris has written a book, The Edge and Beyond: A Journey for Personal SelfDiscovery, Awakening and Healing, that takes the reader into the world of hidden fascia and the mysteries of Gaia. The Edge and Beyond is available directly from Dr. Morris’ office; Wholistic Family Medicine, 1601 N. Tucson Blvd., Ste. 37, or from ResonantSoundTherapy. com, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other retail outlets. Morris is available for lectures, presentations, workshops and demonstrations and office appointments. Call 520-322-8122. See ad on page 9.





Good Vibrations Sound Healing for the Soul by Erin Lehn Floresca


any sounds associated with holidays instantly cheer us up, but why? We naturally respond to sounds, because everything in the Universe is comprised of vibration—also referred to as resonance. When we are exposed to healing sounds, our bodies and minds begin to resonate in harmony with them, supporting our well-being. Fortunately, avenues of sound healing are readily accessible in our everyday lives. Engaging in activities such as singing, drumming or chanting often help us quickly reestablish a sense of balance in the midst of our multitasking lives. Attending an uplifting musical event can render a similar effect.

Sound Healing Therapy

Psychotherapist Meredith McFadden, a sound healing therapist in Medford, Oregon, observes that, “Receiving or creating intentional, healing sound vibrations is proving to be one of the most direct, most relevant healing modalities available today.” McFadden appreciates sound for its immediate effect. She takes individual clients on sound journeys with the help of voices, crystal singing bowls, buffalo drums and other instruments. “When we bathe ourselves in healing sound waves,” she observes, “we open up a direct line of communication with our soul.” At the culmination of each session, she allows what she terms the “big music of silence” to envelop the one being healed. McFadden notes that not all healing sounds need to be calming. “Activating music can be just as healing as soft and slow sounds,” she says. Whether we prefer listening to Lady Gaga, Native American flutes or the sound of a heavy rainstorm, the key is to discover what especially resonates with us.

Crystal Singing Bowls

Master crystal singing bowl artist Ashana, based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, couples angelic vocals with her massive collection of bowls for a musical healing alchemy recognized worldwide. “Listening to the bowls can have a profound impact on a person’s well-being,” says Ashana. 26


Made from pure, crushed quartz, infused with precious gemstones, minerals and metals, “The bowls vibrate at a very high, pure frequency,” she explains. “As we come into resonance with the bowls, mental chatter slows or stops and the mind quiets. Within minutes, our nervous system starts to unwind. In a state of peaceful stillness, the ‘dial up’ to our higher self becomes accessible. This is the optimum state for healing to occur.” Ashana emphasizes that we are all interconnected, so any healing work we do on ourselves affects all of humanity. “As we raise our personal frequency, we can become conscious tuning forks for divine energies to pour through us,” she believes. “We’re all holding a piece of the web.”

Healing Through Song

“Since the dawn of time, humans have been sharing song in their tribe,” says Zurich, Switzerland, recording artist, educator and filmmaker Michael Stillwater. “Pop songs are modern tribal songs, although we have mostly become a culture of consumers and spectators, rather than participants.” The founder of Inner Harmony Music and Song Without Borders, Stillwater’s is a strong voice in an emerging grassroots global movement devoted to helping people reclaim their inner song. “As a vocal art, singing is unique,” he advises. “It’s deeply connected to our sense of self.” He also notes that if our voice or singing is criticized in our developmental years, we may shut down our creative expression. “We then become like cave dwellers, hiding our voice; there are millions of vocal cave dwellers in our world,” he says. Finding your song—or chant or mantra—almost inevitably becomes integrated with a pathway for rediscovering one’s authentic self. “It’s about letting your voice become part of your own healing medicine,” says Stillwater. His film documentary, In Search of the Great Song, celebrates the use of creative vocal expression for healing and transformation.

Experience Kirtan

Kitzie Stern, producer of the New World Kirtan podcast, notes that kirtan, or sacred chanting, is known for bonding everyone in the moment of co-creation between audience and artists, followed by quiet meditation in community. Originating in India, kirtan is one of the oldest musical traditions in the world. The mantras used in kirtan open the listener to the experience of peace. Stern explains, “The music that accompanies kirtan also helps our minds to turn off. As wallah (chant leader) Dave Stringer puts it, ‘The chant is the medicine, but the music is what helps it go down.’” One does not have to attend a live kirtan performance to reap its benefits. Stern’s podcast plays a variety of chants to help listeners tune into tranquility. She observes that, “Being able to access the quiet magnificence that exists within each one of us and live within it for some portion of the day helps us to stay sane in the turmoil of the modern world.” Learn more at,, and Erin Floresca is a freelance writer in Portland, Oregon. Connect at

Tibetan Bowl Healing in Tucson by Dr. Cheryl De Ciantis


ucson-based mythologist, artist and creativity coach Dr. Cheryl De Ciantis has studied Tibetan bowl healing with Diáne Mandle and Richard Rudis. She states, “There are any number of whole-brain, mindbody modalities that, alone or in combination, can bring us to a place of profound connection with our deepest selves. Yet, I have rarely experienced anything as immediately profound as Himalayan bowls.” De Ciantis uses 15 antique, handhammered bowls, each carefully selected for the beauty of its signature musical note, overtones and undertones, sustained resonance and mutual entrainment with the other bowls. The bowls are placed around and on the body and struck and sung to produce transformative meditative and healing harmonies based on sacred geometry, conscious intention and intuition. “This is an ancient tradition that came from India to Tibet, and may well be more than 1,000 years old,” says De Ciantis. The bowls are made from seven sacred metals, each with a unique vibratory signature and created with sacred intention by their makers. According to De Ciantis, “You both hear and feel their intense vibrations. They seem alive. The bowls ‘tell’ me what to do to bring a person’s energy field into balance and alignment with his or her deepest self and the cosmos.” For more information call 520-3085852, email or visit

Books About Sound Healing Mitchell Gaynor, M.D., author of The Healing Power of Sound: Recovery from Life-Threatening Illness Using Sound, Voice, and Music, is an oncologist who uses meditation with a crystal singing bowl with willing patients to complement allopathic treatments for cancer. He describes a large body of research on the effects of sound and vibration on learning and healing that is available for interested parties to do their own research.

n Healing Sounds: The Power of Harmonics, by Jonathan Goldman. On chanting, vocal toning and sonic yoga. The author is a sound therapist. n Tibetan Sound Healing: Seven Guided Practices to Clear Obstacles, Cultivate Positive Qualities, and Uncover Your Inherent Wisdom, by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche. Practical use of the Five Warrior Syllables, in the Tibetan Bön tradition. CD included.

n Healing at the Speed of Sound: How What We Hear Transforms Our Brains and Our Lives, by Don Campbell and Alex Doman. Just published this fall by Campbell, who coined the term “Mozart Effect,” and getting a lot of media attention. The co-author is an entrepreneur in “sound brain fitness.” Contains two CDs. n How to Heal with Singing Bowls: Traditional Tibetan Healing Methods, by Suren Shrestha. This is an excellent, fully illustrated, step-by-step guide to healing methods the author learned from traditional practitioners in his home village in Nepal. Suren Shrestha currently lives and teaches in Boulder, CO.




Spiritual Awakenings


Near-Death Experiences Recounted at Unity


he 2011-2012 Tucson IANDS Experience Sharing (TIES) Guest Speaker Series, featuring nine individuals that have had phenomenal life-changing experiences, will be held at 6:30 p.m., the second Thursday of each month, through May 2012, in the Unity Church of Tucson sanctuary. IANDS is the International Association for Near-Death Studies, Inc. Suggested donation is $5. Upcoming speakers include Linda Jacquin, December 8, who will discuss her three near-death experiences. She now speaks and writes about the challenges faced by those that have experienced near-death. On January 12, Paul and Libby Carr, a dynamic Seattle couple that found each other after having separate near-death experiences, will talk about their unique events and after-effects. The purpose of TIES is to provide a safe, neutral environment for the sharing of personal experiences. It does not endorse any particular doctrine, philosophy or religion. Location: 3617 N. Camino Blanco, Tucson. For more information call 520-395-2365, email or visit View calendar at Meetup. com/spiritual-explorations.

Demonstration of Psychic Phenomenon


ealing, psychic messages and study of metaphysics are among the many services offered by the Temple of Universality. Two of the tenets of the Temple are that there is no death and that spirit communication is real. Temple founder, Rev. Betty Tatalajski, welcomes Rev. Hoyt Robinette to the podium in January 2012 to demonstrate how we can communicate with and ask questions of friends, family and guides on the other side. Robinette uses blindfold billets to facilitate this communication. Those attending write names of five people who are “in spirit,” one question and sign their name on billets (pieces of paper) which are folded Rev. Betty Tatalajski and placed in a basket. Robinette, eyes taped and blindfolded, holds the billets, and then calls out the names of those in spirit who come to him. When a person recognizes names, they call out and a connection is made. Robinette gives the answer to the question and whatever messages those in spirit wish to convey. He will demonstrate this psychic gift at 11 a.m. Sunday services on January 8, 15 and 23, at the Temple. Participants are encouraged to arrive early to complete the billets. Location: The Temple of Universality, 3590 N. Country Club Rd., Tucson, 85716. (New Masonic Temple, Prince and Country Club. Contact: 520-884-5340. 28


Spiritual Retreat at Desert Ashram The silence within us is the source of all that we are. ~Swami Amar Jyoti


econnect with your True Self for a quiet week or more at the peaceful oasis of Desert Ashram, where every aspect of life—prayer, meditation, worship, hatha yoga, service, silence, walking, work or study —becomes a part of your spiritual practice. Desert Ashram is a nondenominational meditation and retreat center that respects all faiths. It was founded in 1976 by Swami Amar Jyoti, whose universal teachings are devoted to transforming individual and global consciousness. Visitors will find wisdom and inspiration to follow the soul’s unique pathway to enlightenment, based on Sanatana Dharma, the natural unfolding of human consciousness unto the Divine. The 26-acre ashram includes Jyoti Mandir (temple of light), a guest house with private rooms and shared bath, a library, bookshop, walking paths, meditation benches, mountain views, a green orchard, trees and a variety of desert plants and wildlife. For more information, call 520743-0384, email DesertAshram@ or visit ashram-retreats.html.

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hat is the soul and who has one? Soul Shifting is the subject of a talk by Nancy Clark, Ph.D., January 7, at Unity Church. She asserts that you actually are soul. This is not limited to a religious term, but is also recognized in science, philosophy and even medicine. Superstring theory uses math to explain the relationship of all particles and forces in the universe. It is based on 10 dimensions of existence rather, that the familiar four (length, breadth, height and time). Conceivably, the aspect of consciousness that is your soul exists in one of the higher dimensions. This explains why it is so inexplicable and mysterious. What would it mean to tap into this higher aspect of you? Russian scientists have been experimenting with these ideas for years and have discovered that latent talents can indeed be accessed. Creativity can be greatly developed and increased. Their subjects reached and exceeded potentials in every area from art and sports to chess playing. Learning to access your soul allows you to let go of the stress in your life, receive insights not normally available and release blockages on any level. This results in expanding your consciousness. Location: Unity of Tucson, 3617 N Camino Blanco, Tucson, 85718. For more information visit See ad on page 14.

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ynthia Lester M.Ed., is presenting a retreat series, Intuition for Wholeness, to go beyond ordinary cues into direct experience of subtle systems including the aura, charkas and energy patterns of body and Cynthia soul. The benefits of this type of Lester, M.Ed. exploration allow seeing what lies beneath blockages, so new possibilities and fresh resources can be created. We all experience flashes of intuition: a hunch, an emotion, a physical sensation, an image or a dream. One participant said, “Cynthia took me to places in myself that I never knew existed. Because of this, I can now influence my actions both professionally and personally every day at a whole new level.” Lester has presented this retreat series around the world for 35 years and maintains an intuitive counseling private practice by phone and in person. People come to retreats or individual session in times of transition around career, relationships, illness, death, work/life balance, sense of purpose and health challenges. During work with Cynthia, people explore, discover, integrate and transform to the next step in their journey. For current schedule and to make appointments




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Wild Purple Ranch & Retreat (AWPR&R) has transformed into the nonprofit Healing Art Ministries, Inc., and Heart Star Studios. AWPR&R is still offering an energizing and inspiring sacred space, counseling, celebrations and ceremonies in loving service and now, much more that has been inspired by Spirit. Nancy Newton and Marilisa de Barros, artists and searchers, are now in partnership and ministry. They are producing Heart Stars, Ascension Ray Tokens (ART) and other products to provide tools and sacred items to facilitate individuals in their work of awakening and remembering. Private showings as fundraisers are available at AWPR&R or in homes. All pieces are offerred on a suggested donation basis and energy exchanges. Crystals, stones, fused glass, copper, fabric and natural materials are blended to create one of a kind ART pieces. Nancy and Marilisa believe: “There is no magic bullet, for the work is always inner, but ART are reminders of focusing on the heart!” They want you to shine, for, “You are a heart star! God in form.” Fo r m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n c a l l 5 2 0 - 5 7 2 - 0 1 4 7 , email or visit

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Global Religion Remains Strong Despite Repression In a recent, nondenominational global survey of 18,000 people across 24 countries by UK research firm Ipsos Mori, 70 percent identified themselves with a chosen religion. Thirty percent said that their religion motivates them to give time or money to people in need and 73 percent of those under age 35 said their religion or faith was important in their life. At the same time, Rising Restrictions on Religion, a recent report by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life, found that more than 2.2 billion of the world’s total population of 6.9 billion people live in countries where either government restrictions on religion or social hostilities involving religion rose substantially between 2006 and 2009. Most of the countries that experienced substantial increases already had high levels of restrictions or hostilities. “This survey shows how much religion matters and that no analysis of the contemporary world, political or social, is complete without understanding the relationship between faith and globalization,” says former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, a patron of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation. “There is much to encourage the view that people can learn to respect those of another faith and live with them peacefully. Interfaith dialogue and action today is not just an interesting but peripheral minor subject; it is the essence, central to creating greater social cohesion and harmony.” Sources: Christian Today (UK); 30



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efore Wally and Ann Collito, of North Attleborough, Massachusetts, had a chance to befriend the stray kitten that had appeared in their yard, the couple discovered that another caring being—a crow—had already done so. Over the next few months, the Collitos witnessed an incredible friendship develop between the crow and cat they respectively named Moses and Cassie. The pair romped in the grass, swatting gently at each other like they were born playmates, rather than sworn enemies. Moses often dropped nutritious worms and bugs in the kitten’s mouth, following it around like a protective parent. “If it wasn’t for the crow feeding and taking care of that cat, it would have been dead a long time ago,” relates Wally Collito in a video posted at InterspeciesFriends.blogspot. com. “When the cat would start crossing the road, the crow would holler as if to say, ‘Don’t go in the road, you’re going to get hit.’ Sometimes she would get in front of her and push her back on the sidewalk. It had to be love or friendship.” The story of Moses and Cassie is not an anomaly, but rather an indication of the potential emotional bond between animals, according to Jennifer S. Holland, author of Unlikely Friendships: 47 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom. “A number of years ago, it was really taboo to attribute empathy to other animals,” she says, “but more scientists today are crossing that line comfortably.” She explains that no one really knows what emotions animals experience or how, although people share the brain’s limbic system, considered the seat of emotions in humans, with other mammals. “There is no reason they wouldn’t have experiences similar to ours in terms of basic emotions,” Holland surmises. Holland’s new book is just one of a growing number

of efforts to document the wild landscape of interspecies love, including blogs dedicated to the topic and countless children’s books; one of them, Cat and Crow, by Lisa Fleming, immortalizes Moses and Cassie. “Such stories give us a sense of hope at a time when there is a lot of negativity in the world,” observes Holland. “I think people are looking for a reprieve.” A variety of recent studies by the likes of the University of Cambridge and Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology indicate that empathy and altruism may be characteristics of species ranging from squirrels to sea lions. Consider the adventures of Finnegan, a squirrel that had fallen out of its nest and into the loving abode of Seattle resident Debby Cantlon. Her pregnant papillon, Mademoiselle Giselle, adopted the injured squirrel, pulling its cage close to her own dog bed. Giselle continued to care for Finnegan after she had her own litter, literally nursing the squirrel back to health. “The drive to nurture and be nurtured is strong, particularly when an animal has lost its baby or parent. This story is a perfect example of the mothering instinct coming to life,” says Holland. Like many human friendships, some unusual animal pairings develop out of the basic need for companionship. One well-known example is Tarra, an 8,700-pound former circus elephant retired to The Elephant Sanctuary, in Hohenwald, Tennessee. Elephants are known to pair up, but Tarra chose to instead bond with a rescued stray dog named Bella. The two became inseparable pals and Tarra proved to be no fair-weather friend: When Bella suffered a spinal cord injury, Tarra stood sentinel at the gate outside the sanctuary office, waiting three weeks for Bella before she could be carried outside for a happy reunion. Baloo, the bear, Leo, the lion, and Shere Khan, the tiger, were each just two months old when they were rescued during a residential drug raid. Noah’s Ark Animal Rehabilitation Center, in Locust Grove, Georgia, took in the trio, and the “BLT” (bear, lion and tiger) became so close that the sanctuary spent thousands of dollars to build a special clubhouse to house them. Eight years later, the three animals—each hailing from different continents—still live like blood brothers. If peace between traditionally antagonistic species is possible, the implications for mankind are obvious. When basic needs are met, the instinct to protect or play can trump the urge to grab, neglect or fight. We can all share and get along better when we take responsibility for creating the circumstances to support that ideal. “I joke that we should give my book to politicians to remind them that a lot of good can come from crossing boundaries,” smiles Holland. “Kindness and companionship can mean survival for all kinds of animals; that goes for humans, too.” April Thompson is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C. Connect at




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The Banned Book Club – 1-3pm. Talk about book banning, the list, and choose the first book! The Desert Crones features programs and meetings for women over 50. Free. Fellowship Square, Villa III, 210 Maguire Ave. 520-409-3357 or 520-981-7049. Opening Art Reception with Local Artist Kathy Reyes – 4:00-7:00 pm. Floating Stone Inn & Aqua Spa, 16-18 Calle Iglesia, Tubac. 520-398-3193,


IONS Tucson Presents “OM for the Holidays” – 6:30-8:30pm. With author and Sound Healing practitioner, Tryshe Dhevney. Tryshe is a Crystal Bowl Master and Creator of SoundShifting. $5. 520-399-8285.


Pipe Ceremony with Dr Saber – Traditional Native American practice meditation and prayer group. Dr Saber 520-668-0039 for more information. WellnessFirst! 3861 N First Ave, 85719. Brain Boot Camp All Day Meditation – 8am - 4:45pm. Stay Sharp For Life. At any time in your life, there is only one choice when it comes to brain health: grow or shrink. All welcome. 520-770-1200. Intergalactic Grand Opening – 9am–9pm. Tours of newly rehabbed building and discounts on store items. After 6pm, enjoy food, fun, festivities!  Free to all. The Power of 9 Life Transformation Center, 729 N. 4th Avenue. 520-477-6993. Reiki Level I – 10am-4pm. Practical orientation for everyday use for yourself, family, and pets. Reiki is most medically documented as effective. $100. New Moon Haven. Judy Ferrig. 520-245-4214. River Bend Farm & Craft Fair – 10am-4pm. Hand- Crafted Gifts from local vendors, books & toys, food, games for children, local produce, live music and more. Tucson Waldorf School River Bend Campus, 3605 E River Road.520-325-5514. Blessing Empowerment of Je Tsongkhapa – 10am. Teaching on the practice of Guru Sumati Buddha Heruka with Western Buddhist nun, Gen Kelsang Lingpur. Everyone welcome. $65/Dec. 1, $70 after. Tara Center, 1701 E Miles St. 520-4411617. Qigong for “kids” of All Ages – 10:30-11am and 11:30am-12pm.  Relax, Renew, Play – self care for parents/caregivers that the kiddos will love too.  Led by Heather Chalon, MPH. Free.  Dusenberry Library, River/Craycroft.



Dowsers Speaker: Tess Richardson – 1pm. Tess will explain how to work with the ancient book of Chinese health philosophy, the I Chin, to attain clarity in dowsing. $5. Unity of Tucson, 3617 N. Camino Blanco. Designing & Creating An Altar – 2:00 – 5:00 pm. Non-denominational workshop on the spiritual principles for understanding the use of and creating an altar. For women only. Adrianne Stelzenmuller. $45. Floating Stone Inn & Aqua Spa, 16-18 Calle Iglesia, Tubac. 520-398-3193, Path to Bethlehem – 6-8pm. Guided, narrated live-walk through story of the Nativity. Five scenes enacted and reflect upon the meaning of Christmas. Free. Donation for Community Food Bank collected. Sunrise Chapel, 8421 E. Wrightstown Rd. 520-298-1245. Concert: Homero Ceron and the Cool Breeze Trio Jazz Ensemble – 7-9pm. $15. Brought to you by the Center for Spiritual Living Tucson. WellnessFirst! 3861 N. First Ave. Tickets: 520-319-1042.


Psychic Fair – Mystic Messenger Holiday Event – 9am-4pm. Tucson’s best readers, healers and intuitive artists are joined by special guests. The Windmill Suites. St Philip’s Plaza, 4250 N. Campbell Avenue. Free. $20/Readings/healings. 520-742-9905. Sunday call 520-403-4270. Center for Spiritual Living Tucson’s Sunday Celebration Services – 10-11:30am. New location is Nickerson Auditorium, 3231 North Craycroft Road, 85712. 520-319-1042. Benefits of Animal Reiki – 1-2:15pm. Presented by Andra S. Ewton. Join Andra’s Animal Reiki Therapy and The Center for Advanced Energy Therapeutics to learn more during this Reiki-filled presentation. Free. 1976 N. Kolb Rd. 520-8820292. Visakha Griesser Lecture – 5:30pm. Winner of the 2011 Independent Publisher Book Award presents images and accounts detailing the struggles and rewards of sustainable living in remote off-the-grid rural location in British Columbia. Free. Govinda’s Natural Foods.  520-792-0630. The B.E.S.T Way to Wellness – 6pm. Learn how Morter HealthSystem’s BioEnergetic Synchronization Technique can help your family feel & live better.  Take home healing techniques. Deb Kortyna, Desert Wind Healing Arts. Call/email Deb to confirm 520-360-7469,


Peace Circle: Peace Practices for Peacemakers – 5:30-7pm. New topic introduced at every Circle. Fronimo’s Greek Café (front room). 3242 E. Speedway. Judy Francis, 520-393-3202. AIWC Annual Holiday Event – 6-8:30pm. Philip Sedgwick, Cosmic Astrological Comic will entertain with his talk, “Oh, My Heavens!” Viscount Suites Hotel, 4855 Broadway. Eat Smarter for the Holidays – 6pm. It’s party time, and the pounds could add up quickly. Learn how to lesson the holiday damage to your waistline. Tucson Therapy. Fort Lowell/Country Club. Free. Limit 4. Robert 520-247-7755.


Creative Ways to Handle Stress & Refresh the Spirit – 12-1pm. Simple techniques to quiet and focus your energy while wholeheartedly embracing the fullness of the holidays. Free. Patients, family, staff and community welcome. Lunch included. University of AZ Cancer Center, 1515 N. Campbell Ave. Rm 2920. RSVP Marsha R. Drozdoff, ACSW 520-694-4605 or Kathleen Pickrel, LMSW 520-694-4786.


Writing Workshop with Dixie Gilbert – Bring pen and paper. The Desert Crones features programs and meetings for women over 50. Free. Fellowship Square, Villa III, 210 Maguire Ave. 520-409-3357 or 520-981-7049. TIES Speaker – 6:30pm. Linda Jacquin tells of her two near death experiences (ages 4 and 40) and a shared one at age 7. She speaks and writes about challenges facing experiencers. $5. Unity of Tucson, 3617 N. Camino Blanco. 520-395-2365.


Holiday Aura Oasis – 5:30-8:30pm. Receive an aura photo, a tarot card reading and a reiki treatment, refreshments included. $40. RSVP. 520-825-9044. Ho’oponopono - Healing for the Holidays – 7-9pm. 12/10 10am-1pm. Accessing mystical states of consciousness through ho’oponopono, heart-centered ancestral healing. With Zelie Duvauchelle/Lucia Maya/Karen Olson, $88. Caritas. 520-579-8844. “Toning Bowl” Meditation – 7pm. With Erin Madden. $5. WellnessFirst! 3861 N First Ave, 85719. 520-209-1755.


How Do I forgive? – 1-3pm. With Rose Conaty. $18. Learn basics of the forgiveness process, guided meditations and St. Germain’s powerful Violet Flame of Forgiveness/Transmutation. RSVP 520-825-9044. New Moon Haven. AZ Lyme Disease Support – 2pm. WellnessFirst! 3861 N First Ave, Tucson 85719. 520-209-1755. Useful Techniques for Today’s World – 4-6pm. With Cate Brandt. Learn techniques that help rid the non-divine energy and receive an overview of a tool that is beneficial for all mankind to keep the divine energy apparent. $25. RSVP 520-825-9044.

Shastra presents Tantra, Men and Women – 6-9pm. You can contact her through “Meetup” for further information and to register. TantraTucson. WellnessFirst! 3861 N First Ave, 85719. 520209-1755.



Understand the Winter Solstice – 7:00- 8:30 pm. Daniel Giamario, shamanic Astrologer shares what the stars and planets have to tell us as we move into 2012. Reservations: 530-913-8288 or info@ $15. Floating Stone Inn & Aqua Spa, 16-18 Calle Iglesia, Tubac. 520-398-3193,




Drum-Making Workshop – 9am-1pm. 12/18 2-4pm. Create your own sacred drum on the first day (all materials included) and birth it on the next. $220. Facilitator Yolanda Martinez is a Native American drum-maker and award-winning musician.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service – 6pm. Choir with special Christmas music. The Disciples Pageant tells of the special gifts you have already received. Child care available. Unity of Tucson, 3617 N. Camino Blanco.

10th annual George Harrison Memorial Concert – 5-8pm. Music from George & the Beatles by Desmond Jones & Ben McCartney.  Special guest, Guru Das, a personal friend of George’s will share personal stories.  $5. Govinda’s Natural Foods. 520-792-0630.

Psychic Fair Charity Fundraiser – 11am-5pm. Readings, Reiki, cotton candy, and snow Cones. All activities are by donation, and the donations go to local children’s charities. Spirit’s Child Metaphysical Gift Store, 3870 W. River Rd, Suite 120. 520-744-4402.

It’s Christmas Morning – 10:30am. In community, we honor the birth of the Master Teacher, Jesus, as well as the Divinity within each one of us. Unity Church of Peace, 1551 S. Eastside Loop #121. 520-546-3696.



Full Moon Women’s Circle – 7pm. Sharing, toning and other musical rejoicing, weaving our stories, divination with tarot, Runes and our inner guides. $10 Lucia Maya/Zelie Duvauchelle 520-579-8844 or


Introduction to iREst Yoga Nidra with Lily Cann – 10am-12pm. $25 before Dec 11, $30 at the door. 520-327-3536. WellnessFirst! 3861 N First Ave, 85719. iRest Practice for Holiday Stress or Blues – 1-2pm. With Lily Cann. $15 before Dec 11, $20 at the door. 520-327-3536. WellnessFirst! 3861 N First Ave, 85719. Tarot Dowsing – 1-3pm. Learn how to use the Tarot to dowse specific answers to yes/no and other questions. Bring a Tarot deck (availbable at Spiritschild). $26. Spirit’s Child Metaphysical Gift Store. 3870 W. River Rd, Suite 120. 520-744-4402.

Annual Holiday Luncheon – The Desert Crones features programs and meetings for women over 50. Free. Fellowship Square, Villa III, 210 Maguire Ave. 520-409-3357 or 520-981-7049. Foundation for Inter-Cultural Dialogue – 6:159pm. Tucson Lecture Series Speaker: Patrick Campion, Wiccan High Priest, “Wicca: The Misunderstood Religion. Planting dialogue, harvesting peace”. Light refreshments. Free. FID Center, 2841 N Campbell Ave. Angel Awareness – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn who the angels are and how to communicate with them. $20. Spirit’s Child Metaphysical Gift Store, 3870 W. River Rd, Suite 120. 520-744-4402.


Reiki Circle – 7pm. Experience a relaxing evening of guided meditation and reiki energy. NW Unitarian Universalist Church (Cromwell, Off of Thornydale). Suzanne. 520-204-3644

Christmas Meditation – 8:30-11:30am. Free. Give yourself the gift of a peaceful spirit and the true bliss of Christmas. Ananda Center of Tucson, 1002 E Prince Rd. Parking in rear of building.  Elizabeth. 520-299-9309.

Science of Spirituality – 1-4pm. Diann Shively at WellnessFirst! 3861 N First Ave, 85719. Stress-Free Workshop – 3-4:30pm. Yoga poses to rejuvenate and revitalize the body, breathing practices and deep relaxation to calm and restore the mind, meditation and visualization to center the spirit. Yoga Connection, 3929 E Pima. 520-323-1222.


Urban Chicks - Working For You – 5:307:30pm. Pat Foreman, internationally renowned chicken expert and author of CITY CHICKS. Employ your family flock’s skill sets. Free. Native Seeds/SEARCH Store, 3061 N. Campbell Ave. 520-622-5561 x 5.

Exercise with Family in Town? – 6pm. It’s possible. Find out ways to stay active and burn off that pie and other treats over the holidays. Free. Limit 4. Tucson Therapy, Fort Lowell/Country Club. Robert, 520-247-7755 to reserve your space.


Distance Energy Healing Conference Call – 6:307pm. A powerful way to benefit from Reiki and Deeksha, with guided meditation. Release stress, care for body, mind and spirit. Free. With Lucia Maya.

The Benefits of an Exercise Buddy – 6pm. Improve your overall physical and emotional health with a new friend. Free. Limit 4. Tucson Therapy. Fort Lowell/Country Club. Robert. 520-247-7755.

Traditional Play to Support Healthy Development – 6:30-8:30pm. Rediscover the joy of movement and play and learn the connection with future learning. The Redtail Healing Center. 8915 N. Hopdown Ave. Kim Lauger. RSVP 520-907-2842.

Celebrating the Seasons of Light – 7-9pm. Candle Lighting Service. Hosted by the Center for Spiritual Living Tucson at the Nickerson Auditorium, 3231 North Craycroft Road, 85712. 520-319-1042.

Reiki Circle – 5:30-7pm. Every 3rd Tuesday. New Moon Haven. Give or receive Reiki, all levels welcomed. Donations welcomed. 520-825-9044.


Drumming with Dixie – Drum in the holidays; bring drums, rattles, your enthusiasm. The Desert Crones features programs and meetings for women over 50. Free. Fellowship Square, Villa III, 210 Maguire Ave. 520-409-3357 or 520-981-7049. A Celebration of Light Pot Luck and Solstice Drumming Circle – 5:30-6:45. Let’s Eat. Bring a dish to share with the group. 7:00-8:30pm. Let’s Drum with Jim Davis, Shaman, will facilitate our solstice drumming circle. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service – 5pm. Shopping is done; it is time to rest. Join in spiritual community to reflect on the true meaning of the season. Unity Church of Peace, 1551 S. Eastside Loop #121. 520-546-3696.


Special Dinner – 12-7pm. All You Care to Eat special dinner including Organic Seitan Roast, Veggie Croquettes, Baked Acorn Squash, Pastas, Cranberry Rolls, Apples Pie, Full Salad Bar & much more. Adults $15.95 kids $5.95 under 3 eat free. 520-792-0630. For complete menu go to


Teachings of the Ascended Masters, Conference – Dec 28, 2011-Jan 1, 2012. Sponsored by The Temple of The Presence. Live Releases by the Masters for the benefit of the planet and each one’s personal acceleration on their Path to the Ascension. 520-751-2039 x100.


Mid-holiday Potluck at Trilby’s – 12pm. Bring a dish to share. The Desert Crones features programs and meetings for women over 50. Free. 7140 E 32nd place. 520-409-3357 or 520-981-7049.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31 New Year’s Eve – 6pm. Give yourself the gift of spiritual community as you bless and release 2011 with gratitude, and prepare to enter 2012 with intention. Claim your Good! 1551 S. Eastside Loop #121. 520-546-3696. Endings and Beginnings, Crossing the Threshold to Your Next Creation – 7-9pm. The Center for Spiritual Living Tucson at the Nickerson Auditorium 3231 North Craycroft Road, 85712. 520-3191042. December



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Inspiration Education Meditation Celebration Bring in the New Year in the most elegant, sweetlyspiritual, cutting-edge, fun-loving, healthful, conscious, abundant, musical, interconnected way imaginable among 4 acres of palm-lined pools at Phoenix AZ’s most magnificent 5 star, 300acre resort, Marriott Desert Ridge. Rooms $149. Tickets $150, or $75 -$85/day. 928-221-8460.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 1 Benefits of Animal Reiki – 1-2:15pm. Presented by Andra S. Ewton. Join Andra’s Animal Reiki Therapy and The Center for Advanced Energy Therapeutics to learn more during this Reiki-filled presentation. 1976 N. Kolb Rd. Free. RSVP. 520-882-0292.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 5 Yogananda Birthday Celebration – 7-8:30pm. Bring a Flower for the ceremony and a story or quote of Yogananda’s that has special meaning for you. Ananda Center of Tucson, 1002 E Prince Rd. Elizabeth. 520-299-9309.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 6 IONS Tucson Presents “The Neuroscience of Transcendence” – 6:30-8pm. With Allan J. Hamilton, MD. Explore the out-of-body experience, religious experiences and brain alterations in the process of dying. $5. 520-399-8285.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 8 The B.E.S.T Way to Wellness – 6pm. Learn how Morter HealthSystem’s BioEnergetic Synchronization Technique can help your family feel & live better. Take home healing techniques. Deb Kortyna, Desert Wind Healing Arts. Call/email Deb to confirm 520-360-7469,

SATURDAY, JANUARY 14 Sound Wisdom Program - Intuition, Energy Medicine, Mysticism & Spiritual Studies, Certificate Program. 520-907-1730. Info@Transformational sound-wisdom.html.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 21 “Accessing Your Guides” –1:30-3:30pm. Learn to access your guides for direction, purpose and help in these shifting times. $30 advance; $35 event. Judy Ferrig, MS. Unity of Tucson. 520- 245-4214. Animal Communication – 1-3pm. Q&A with the vet. Learn animal communication and insights into behavior, illness, and end of life issues. NewMoonHaven. $30 advance/$35 event. 520-245-4214.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 29 The B.E.S.T way to Wellness – 6pm. Learn how Morter HealthSystem’s BioEnergetic Synchronization Technique can help your family feel & live better. Take home healing techniques. Deb Kortyna, Desert Wind Healing Arts. Call/email Deb to confirm 520-360-7469,

monday Aarati at Jyoti Mandir – 7am and 7pm daily. Sanskrit chanting, worship and meditation. Free. Desert Ashram, 3403 W. Sweetwater Dr., 520743-0384. Temple of Light. DesertAshram@ Green Valley Farmer’s Market – 9am-1pm. Organic produce, organic meats and eggs, prepared food, baked items, body care products, coffee, teas, jams, jellies, soaps, artisans and live music. La Posada, Continental and S Park Centre Ave. Ed, 520-603-8116. White Eagle World Healing Meditations – 1011am. A nice way to begin the week using White Eagle channeled books of Spiritual Unfoldment. Start any time. Free. Metaphysics World, 2559 E Broadway Blvd. 520-884-5340. Elder Circles – 10:30am. 3rd Monday. The Wisdom Journey, a safe, respectful place for harvesting your life. Oasis, 2099 E River Rd. Confirm meeting. 520-298-6542. Aquatic Therapy Rehabilitation – 11:30am12:30pm. Warm indoor pool. Relieve pain, tension, depression, and improve circulation, breathing, flexibility, tone, endurance. First class free. $160/8 classes. Carolyn Rashti, M.S., 520742-4292. Stillness Meditation Group – 1:30-2:30pm. Kiewit Auditorium Room 2951 The University of Arizona Cancer Center University Campus 1515 N. Campbell For patients, families, staff and community. Free. Marsha Drozdoff, ACSW. 520-694-4605. Kathleen Pickrel, LMSW. 520-694-4786. Qigong – 6-7pm. Gentle practice that activates the body’s meridian pathways, loosens joints, and clears/moves stagnant chi. $6 if pre-paid. Caritas Center for Healing. 330 E. 16th St. Oliver 520881-0723. Astrology Discussion – 6:30-8:30pm. Led by Jo’Ann Ruhl. $5. Unity of Tucson, 3617 N. Camino Blanco, between Swan and Craycroft off River. Annex Rm 2. 520-303-6042. NW Global Chant – 6:30pm. 1st and 3rd Monday. Group Chanting from all spiritual traditions. No musical experience necessary. Free. Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 3601 W Cromwell Dr. 520-260-1515. 520-304-4812.

tuesday Community Food Bank Farmers’ Market – 8amnoon. Fresh food from AZ farmers, demonstrations and samples. Cash, food stamp benefits, AZ FMNP checks welcome. 3003 S Country Club. 520-6220525.

Elder Circles – 10am. 1st Tuesday. The Wisdom Journey, a safe, respectful place for harvesting your life. TMC Seniors, 1400 N Wilmot. Confirm meeting. 520-298-6542. Elder Circles – 10:30am. 1st Tuesday. The Wisdom Journey, a safe, respectful place for harvesting your life. Fountains, 2001 W Rudasill. Confirm meeting. 520-298-6542. Manual Lymph Drainage – 1-5pm by appt. Improve the functioning of the lymphatic system. Justine Robbins, LMT, Certified Lymphedema Therapist. Available to community. Reduced cost, some scholarships. UMC North Supportive Care for Healing, 3838 N Campbell Ave. 520-694-1812. Yoga – 2:30-3:30pm & 3:30-4:30pm. Expand or enhance your yoga practice. All levels of experience welcome. Yoga Connection, 3929 E Pima. Free. 520-323-1222. Ventana Plaza, Farmer’s Market – 3-7pm. Organic produce, organic meats and eggs, prepared food, baked items, body care products, coffee, teas, jams, jellies, soaps, artisans and live music. Sunrise and Kolb. Ed, 520-603-8116. Energization, Chanting and Meditation – 5 or 6pm. Practice techniques taught by Paramahansa Yogananda. Two locations: West: 5pm. 3009 N Gaia Place (Grant/Silverbell/Goret Road), 520490-3872. East: 6pm. 4651 N Tierra Alta Dr. (Catalina Hwy/Houghton). Free. 520-607-7760. Peace Circle: Peace Practices for Peacemakers – 5:30-7pm. 1st Tues. New topic introduced at every Circle; to learn current topic, call. Fronimo’s Greek Café (front room), 3242 E. Speedway. Judy Francis 520-393-3202. Together We Thrive Memorial Mural – 2:45-5pm. Youth Workshops (ages 12-17) through Dec. 13. Dialogue- based design workshops to transform and revitalize a 1997 TAB mural located at Winsett Park on 4th Ave. Howenstine Magnet High School, 555 South Tucson Blvd. Registration required. Free. Info@TucsonArtsBrigade. 520-791-9359. Free Health and Wellness Presentations – 6pm. Come for an interactive and informative presentation. New topic each week. Class limited to 4 participants. Reservations required. Tucson Therapy (near Fort Lowell and Country Club). Robert, 520- 247-7755 to sign up. Tucson Tuesday Laughter Yoga – 6-7pm. Through breathing and yogic exercises, we gently touch your heart with playful laughter designed to promote peace and healing. Free. St. Francis in the Foothills, Room 30. River and Swan. Loti 520-490-5500. Jana 520-325-9036. December



Tucson Writers Group – 6-9:30pm. By pre registration only. Elenor Kedney. WellnessFirst! 3861 N. First Avenue. 520-240-5651. East Central Global Chant – 6:30pm, 4th Tuesday. Group chanting from all spiritual traditions. No musical experience necessary. Free. Atria Valley Manor, 5549 E Lee. Taize Meditation Service – 6:45 pm, 1st and 3rd Tuesday. Taize is a service of prayer, song, readings, silence and meditation. Free. St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 602 N. Wilmot Rd (at 5th St.). 520-749-7950. Yoga – 6:30. Eight class series. Drop in $16. Prepaid $96 one week in advance. Start of class series $104. Canyon Health, 4980 N. Sabino Canyon Road, Renne Bogard, ERYT. Reiki and Intuitive Readings by appointment. 520-760-2380  Renne Bogard, ERYT.

Elder Circles – 3:15pm. 3rd Wednesday. The Wisdom Journey, a safe, respectful place for harvesting your life. Manor at Midvale, 6250 E Commerce Ct. Confirm meeting, 520-298-6542 or Inside the Overpass: Fall Mural – 3:30-5pm. Through Dec. 14. Workshops include lessons on mural-making, painting and drawing techniques, field trips, guest speakers, graphic design, and advertising. Ages 10- 17. JVC Boys & Girls Club, 1935 S. Columbus Blvd., registration required. Info@TucsonArtsBrigade. 520-791-9359. Yoga – 3:30-4:30pm. Join us to begin, expand or enhance yoga practice. All levels of experience welcome. Free. Yoga Connection, 3929 E Pima. 520-323-1222.

Alice Bailey Books – 7pm. Presently reading Initiation, Human and Solar, channeled to Alice A. Bailey by Djwhal Khul. Facilitated by Rev. Inger Mason, followed by guided meditation. Start any time. Free. 520-331-5252.

wednesday Downtown Farmers’ Market & Arts and Crafts Mercado – 8am-1pm. Wednesday and Thursday. Fresh fruits and vegetables; arts and crafts from local artists. South lawn of the Tucson-Pima Main Library, 101 N Stone Ave. 520-326-7810. Fun-Day Wednesday – 9:45-11:30am. Spiritualism/Metaphysical Law, using fun, food and friends. Facilitated by Rev. Betty Talalajski. Start any time. Free. 520-884-5340. Silent Prayer and Meditation – 9:45-10:15am. Experience the healing peace of shared Silence. All welcome who wish to explore and discover their Oneness with Spirit. Unity Church of Peace, 1551 S Eastside Loop, Ste 121. 520-546-3696. Elder Circles – 10:30am. 3rd Wednesday. The Wisdom Journey, a safe, respectful place for harvesting your life. St. Paul’s Methodist, 8051 E Broadway. Confirm meeting. 520-298-6542 or Healing Touch at Arizona Oncology Resource Center, A relaxing, nurturing energy therapy that assists in balancing the mind~body~spirit. Barbara Evans-Levine and other Certified Healing Touch Practitioners. Cancer Care Center, 2625 N Craycroft, Ste 100. 520-324-2840. Qigong at Arizona Oncology Resource Center – 12-1pm. Qigong is an ancient Chinese mind-bodyspirit practice that boosts your immune system and brings a sense of balance and harmony. Barbara Evans-Levine, instructor. 2625 N Craycroft, NW corner of Grant/Craycroft. 520-760-0054. Metaphysics/Spiritualism – 12:30pm and 7 pm. Rev David J Miller, Pastor. United Fellowship Chapel, 4718 E Hawthorne St. 520-327-0142 or 520-603-0407.



Oneness Blessing – 6:30pm. Experience divine love, inner peace, quieting of your mind, and grace through Deeksha, transference of intelligent energy. $10. First Wednesday every month is free. Lucia Maya/Zelie Duvauchelle. 520-579-8844,

thursday Beginner Meditation – 8-8:30am. Practice various meditation techniques with qualified instructors and community. All levels of experience welcome. Yoga Connection, 3929 E Pima.  520-323-1222. Farmers’ Market Voyager RV Resort – 9am-1pm. Every second Thursday. Organic produce, organic meats and eggs, prepared food, baked items, body care products, coffee, teas, jams, jellies, soaps, artisans and live music. Voyager RV Resort, Kolb and Interstate 10. Ed. 520-603-8116. Angelic Meditation – 10:30-11:30am. Guided by the angels with a new experience each time. $10. Spirit’s Child Metaphysical Gift Store, 3870 W. River Rd, Suite 120. 520-744-4402. SpiritsChild. com.

Moving Meditation Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. Gentle, flowing yoga class to relax the body and quiet the mind. $10. Spirit’s Child Metaphysical Gift Store, 3870 W. River Rd, Suite 120. 520-744-4402.

Hypnotherapy – 12-4pm. Be the Change you want to be, and use this wonderful opportunity to improve or remove behavior patterns, Emotional fears and personal development through Hypnosis. 520-360-1323.

Chinese Martial Arts – 6-8pm. Baguazhang one of the major internal a.k.a. Nèijiā Chinese martial arts by Tony DellaCroce. Caritas Center for Healing. 330 E. 16th St. Tony 520-248-3897.

Manual Lymph Drainage – 12-5pm by appt. Improve the functioning of the lymphatic system. Justine Robbins, LMT, Certified Lymphedema Therapist. Available to community. Reduced cost, some scholarships. Arizona Oncology Resources Northwest, 2070 W. Rudasill, Ste. 100. 520-877-9038.

Global Chant – 6-7:15pm. Group Chanting from all spiritual traditions. No musical experience necessary. Free. Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church (Koch Chapel), 1200 N. Campbell. Self-Realization Fellowship – 6-8pm. Tucson Meditation Group. Teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda. Free.1702 E Prince Rd, Ste 140. 520792-6544, Tai Chi and Chi Kung – 6-7:30pm. Instruction in Wu Style Tai Chi Long Form and related Chi Kung with emphasis on whole-body movement. Free. Saint Francis in the Foothills, 4625 E River Rd. 520-795-8612. Tucson Writers Group – 6-9:30pm. By pre registration only. Elenor Kedney. WellnessFirst! 3861 N. First Avenue. 520-240-5651. Advice for Life with Prayers for World Peace – 6:30pm. With Western Buddhist nun Kelsang Chogo. Drop-in classes.  Everyone welcome. Free. A Rich Experience, 7435 N Oracle Rd # 101. 520441-1617. Study the Bhagavad-Gita – 6:30-8pm. Intricate study of the Ancient Indian text. Read in sequence selected purports and discuss the meanings and inspirations. A light meal follows after class. Free. Govinda’s Natural Foods. 711 E. Blacklidge, Tucson.

Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market – 4-7. Santa Cruz River. Park on the west bank of the River (one block South of Speedway and West of the I-10). Hatha Yoga Class for Women – 4 pm. Personalized therapeutic yoga in the Viniyoga tradition. Heal yourself through yoga. Drop-in class $10, 5-class card $42, 10-class card $75. Phone ahead. Desert Ashram, 3403 W. Sweetwater Dr. 520-743-0384. T’ai Chi w/Qigong – 4-5pm beginners, 5:30-6:30 all levels. With Heather Chalon, MPH. Wu Style. Inspiring community of well-Being. $36/mo or $12/class. Adaptable to individual.  St Pauls UMC, Broadway near Pantano.  520-261-6657. Yoga and Meditation – 5:15-6:45pm. As taught by Paramahansa Yogananda. Includes energization and chanting. All levels of yoga and meditation welcome. Free. 1002 E Prince Rd. Elizabeth 520-299-9309. Drinking Good Water? – 5:30-6:45pm. 1st Thursday. Water is crucial. Get your water tested. Ada Pierce McCormick Bldg, Library, 1401 E. First St. Private parking (between Mountain & Cherry, one block south of Speedway). 520-609-7016 or

Health & Nutrition ­– 5:30-6:45pm. Fourth Thursday. Eat right and address weight loss or gain, wellness, fitness and emotional health. Ada Pierce McCormick Bldg. Library, 1401 E. First St, (between Mountain and Cherry one block south of Speedway. 520-609-7016 or

Satsang of Swami Amar Jyoti – 7:30pm. Wisdom Teachings of classical, universal spirituality, chanting and meditation. Library and bookshop open at 6:30 pm. Aarati (Sanskrit chanting, worship) at 7 pm. Free. Desert Ashram, 3403 W. Sweetwater Dr., 520-743-0384.

Hot Yoga with Kim Flowers – 5:30pm. Thursdays, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15. Hatha/Vinyasa Flow Yoga in a heated room. Floating Stone Inn & Aqua Spa, 16-18 Calle Iglesia, Tubac, AZ, 520-398-3193.


Spiritual, Meditation, Drumming Circle – 3:305:30pm. Bring a notebook and pen to record your meditations. $20-25/session. 520-9071730.

Ashram Immersion Retreats – Spend a weekend, week or month at a Center of Peace and Light and be immersed in spiritual teachings and practices. Desert Ashram, 3403 W. Sweetwater Dr., 520-7430384.

Plant Based Community Potlucks and Educational Evening – 5:30pm. 3rd Friday. Bring a dish to share, utensils, plate and drink. Enjoy movies, presentations, community and good food. $1. Healthy You Network. Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church. 520-275-7999.

Rainbow Sun Qigong – 9am. Qigong is an ancient Chinese mind/body/spirit practice that brings a sense of mental, emotional, physical and spiritual well-being. $5/class. Grace St Paul Episcopal Church, 2331 E. Adams @ labyrinth or Healing Room. Instructor, Barbara Evans-Levine, 520-760-0054.

Aquatic Meditation – 5:30pm. Fridays, 12/2, 12/23 and 12/30. Adrianne Stelzenmuller. Reduce stress, increase connection to breath, increase the mind-body connection, and receive a foundational understanding of meditation. The Floating Stone Inn & Aqua Spa, 16-18 Calle Iglesia, Tubac. 520398-3193.

Tucson Writers Group – 6-9:30pm. By pre registration only. Elenor Kedney. WellnessFirst! 3861 N. First Avenue. 520-240-5651.

Tucson Farmers’ Market East – 9am-1pm. Organic produce, fresh baked goods, custom blended teas, fresh roasted coffees, range-fed meats, gourmet soups and sauces, tamales and more. Jesse Owens Park, south of Broadway on Sarnoff. 520-882-2157.

Introduction to Buddhist Philosophy & Meditation – 6:30pm. Western Buddhist nun Gen Kelsang Lingpur. Drop-in classes.  Everyone welcome.  Free. Sunrise Chapel, 8421 E. Wrightstown Road, 85715. 520-441-1617.

Eastside Global Chant – 6:30pm. 1st and 3rd Thursday of month. Group chanting from all spiritual traditions. No musical experience necessary. Free. Sunrise Chapel, 8421 E Wrightstown Rd (between Pantano and Camino Seco).

Catalina Farmers’ Market – 10am-2pm. Fresh produce, baked goods, salmon, range-fed beef, artisans, unique gifts, food court, more. 77 North Marketplace (Farmer’s), 16733 N Oracle Rd (opposite Eagle Crest entrance), Catalina, AZ. 520-825-4427.

Lifewave – 5:30-6:45pm. Third Thursday. Learn how Lifewave patches can help release pain, increase energy decrease aging, improve sleep. Ada Pierce McCormick Bldg. Library, 1401 E. First St, (between Mountain and Cherry one block south of Speedway). 520-609-7016. Scandinavian Reflexology – 5:30-6:45pm. Every second Thursday. Introduced with other supporting Modalities: Ada Pierce McCormick Bldg. Library, 1401 E. First St, Tucson (between Mountain and Cherry one block south of Speedway) 520-6097016 or

Elder Circles – 10am. 2nd Friday. The Wisdom Journey, a safe, respectful place for harvesting your life. St. Francis in the Foothills, 4625 E River at Swan. Confirm meeting. 520-298-6542.

TIES (Tucson IANDS Experience Sharing) – 6:30 pm. 3rd Thursday. Guest speaker series on 2nd Thursday, small groups on 3rd Thursday each month. Share NDE’s and other spiritual transformations. Unity of Tucson, 3617 N. Camino Blanco. Annex Room 3. Chuck Swedrock, 520395-2365. The Sedona Method – 7pm. Simpler and less complicated than the Law of Attraction. Free. Ada Pierce McCormick Blg. Library, 1401 E. First St, Tucson (between Mountain and Cherry one block south of Speedway), 520-609-7016. Introduction to Buddhist Philosophy & Meditation – 7pm. Western Buddhist nun Gen Kelsang Lingpur. Drop-in classes.  Everyone welcome.  $10. Tara Mahayana Buddhist Center, 1701 E. Miles.  520-441-1617. Church of Mankind Services – 7:30pm. Sun: 2pm. Come to the healing chair and receive laying-on of hands or messages from your Angels and Guides during services. Church of Mankind, 1231 S Van Buren Ave. 520-461-2910 or 520-790-7374.

Friday Farmers’ Market at Broadway Village – 10am-2pm. Southern Arizona’s only indoor (A/C) /outdoor venue. Organic produce, meats, prepared foods, baked goods, coffee/teas, cheese, eggs, plants, artisans, body care, massage, music. Broadway/Country Club. 520-603-8116. Happiness group – 10am. Universal principles, mirroring and gratitude. Come join us. Grow and be inspired. Bring folding chair. Free. RSVP. 48 N Tucson Blvd, Suite 100. Michelle Major-Katz 520-468-2214. Aquatic Movement for Grace, Stability & Strength – 11:30am. Fridays, 12/2, 12/23, 12/30. Adrianne Stelzenmuller. Designed to improve overall balance, coordination, and flexibility. The Floating Stone Inn & Aqua Spa, 16-18 Calle Iglesia, Tubac. 520-398-3193.

Healing and Psychic Messages – 12pm. United Fellowship Chapel, Inc. 4718 E Hawthorne Street, Tucson. Rev David J Miller, Pastor 520-327-0142 or 520-603-0407.

Experience Deeksha – 7pm, 3rd Friday. At Deeksha Circle we will experience discussion, chanting and hands on Deeksha energy. Unity Church, 3617 Camino Blanco. Annex Bldg, Rm 3. Carla McCurry, 520-331-6817. Self-Realization Fellowship – 7-8:30pm. The teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda. Donation. Tucson Meditation Group, 1702 E Prince Rd, #140. 520-792-6544, Unity Reiki Circle – 7pm, 2nd Friday. Reiki is a Tibetan energy technique balancing energy bodies, physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, allowing the natural flow of Universal Life force to flow more abundantly. Unity Church, 3617 N Camino Blanco.

saturday Oro Valley Farmers’ Market – 9am-1pm. Organic fruits and vegetables, breads, pastries, aromatherapy, tamales, salsa, flowers. Corner of Naranja and La Canada in the Town Hall complex. 520-882-2157.

Qigong, T’ai Chi – 11:30am-12:30pm. Deep Healing Qigong; 12:45-1:45pm. Wu T’ai Chi, all levels. Inspiring community of well-Being. $7/class. No experience necessary, wear comfy clothes. Adaptable to individual conditions. Fountain Plaza Event Center, Rudasill/LaCholla. Heather Chalon, MPH. 520-780-6751.




Rincon Valley Farmers’ Market – 9am-2pm. Organic produce, fresh flowers, baked goods, ironworks, arts and crafts by local artisans. 12500 E Old Spanish Trail. St. Philips Saturday Farmers’ Market – 9am2pm. Organic produce and meats, prepared foods, baked goods, coffee/teas, cheese, eggs, honey, plants, body care, massage, “green”/ecological products, health conscious items, health practitioners, music. River and Campbell. 520-603-8116. Kaballah – 10am-noon. A body of knowledge encompassing the inner esoteric teaching of Judaism. Class taught using Western Hermetic tradition combined with Jewish traditional information. Free. Start any time. Rev. Judy Fishman. Plaza Palomino Saturday Market – 10am-2pm. Fresh produce, breads, coffee, tea, plants, tamales, salsa and emu oil products. Live music. 2970 N Swan Rd. 520-523-1005. Wise Women Drumming – 1-3pm, 1st and 3rd Saturday. No experience needed; please bring your drum, come and have fun. Mature women over 50. No children. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northwest Tucson, 3601 W Cromwell Dr. 520-797-9323.

Tucson Farmers’ Market at St. Philips Plaza – 9am-1pm. Organic produce, fresh baked goods, custom blended teas, fresh roasted coffees, rangefed meats, gourmet soups and sauces, tamales and more. Intersection of River and Campbell. 520-882-2157. Unity of Tucson Services – 9am and 11am. Earnest. Humorous. Spiced with Law of Attraction teachings for joyful lifestyles. Meditative ambience. National flags of the world adorn Sanctuary walls. 3617 N Camino Blanco. 520-577-3300. Advice for Life with Prayers for World Peace – 10am. With Western Buddhist nun Gen Kelsang Lingpur. Drop-in classes.   Everyone welcome. Free. Tara Center, 1701 E Miles St. 520-441-1617.

Tarot & Angel Card Readings – 11am-3pm. 3rd Sunday. $20/ for 15 min. “Day Spa”, 4608 E Grant Road. Church of Mankind Services – 2pm. Come to the healing chair and receive laying-on of hands or messages from your Angels and Guides during services. Church of Mankind, 1231 S Van Buren Ave. 520-461-2910. 520-790-7374. Yogananda Gathering – 2pm. 3rd Sunday. Service is an experience of attuning to the joy of your own self through prayer, chanting, meditation, affirmations and Festival of Light followed by conversation and food.  1002 E Prince Rd.  Elizabeth 520-299-9309.

AI CHI – 10am. Moving warm water  meditation. Breathing deeply, we connect to our source. Helps relieve chronic pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, fatigue, grief, PMS,  stress. $15/Drop-in, $50/4 consecutive classes. Connie. 520-245-6616. Center for Spiritual Living Tucson Sunday Celebration Services – Meditation at 10am. Adult and youth services at 10:30am. New location beginning Nov 13. Please join us at 3231 North Craycroft Road. 520-319-1042, Curves Laughter YogHA Club – 5:30pm. Come laugh for the health of it. Free. 2816 N. Campbell Ave. Albertson’s Center, northeast corner Glenn and Campbell.Harmony 520-449-9401.

Saturdays with Joe Pinella – 2pm. Tai Chi Kung and Qi Gong by reservation only. Specializing in medical therapy for arthritis and other pain issues. WellnessFirst! 3861 N First Ave, Tucson 85719.Contact Joe at 520-343-3523. Restorative Yoga with Kim Flowers – 4pm. Saturdays 12/3, 12/10 and 12/17. Therapeutic yoga utilizes props to support the body making it easier to surrender into the poses. Floating Stone Inn & Aqua Spa, 16-18 Calle Iglesia, Tubac. 520-3983193.

sunday God Dwells Within – 9-10am: Meditation. 1011am: Service. Inspirational services harmonize body, mind, and soul with Paramahansa Yogananda’s timeless, scientific methods of yoga meditation. Tucson Meditation Group of SelfRealization Fellowship, 1702 E Prince Rd, Suite 140. 520-792-6544, Mystic Messengers Psychic Fair – 9am-4pm. 1st Sunday (second Sun if a holiday). Readers, healers, intuitives, vendors. Windmill Suites, St Philip’s Plaza (Campbell and River). Admission free. Readings and healings: $20 for 15 minutes. 520-742-9905, 40


CosmoServices – 10am. Revelatory Teachings & discussions from The URANTIA Book Avalon Gardens EcoVillage, Tumacacori. Spiritual Leaders Gabriel of Urantia and Niánn Emerson Chase. Hear CosmoWorship Bright & Morning Star Choir. Organic lunch follows. Tours available. Call first. 520-603-9932. Inspirational Services – 10am-2pm. Word of inspiration, healing, meditation, psychic messages. United Fellowship Chapel, 4718 E Hawthorne St., 520-327-0142. Celebration at Unity Church of Peace – 10:3011:30am. Be your most magnificent self! Learn, laugh, sing, and celebrate Oneness in spiritual community - all are welcome. Sunday school for the little ones.. 1551 S. Eastside Loop #121. 520546-3696. Community Interfaith Church Services – 11am. Sunday Celebration Service, healing the planet, honoring all religions as legitimate pathways to God. Rev. George Wrigley. 6265 N La Canada, at Orange Grove, SW corner. 520-861-8734. Sunday Service – 11am. Coffee & conversation 10:30. Celebrating the Unity of God and Man, Worship, Healing, Prophesy. The Temple of Universality. Masonic Temple, 3590 N. Country Club Rd., Country Club & Prince. Founder Rev. Betty Tatalajski. 520-884-5340. TempleofUniversality@

Sunday Feast and Festival – 5:30-8pm. Musical mantra chanting: 5:30pm. Spiritual discourse: 6pm. Ancient Arati ceremony consisting of music, chanting, and dancing: 6:30pm. Govinda’s legendary 7-course feast: 7pm. $3. Govinda’s Natural Foods, 711 E Blacklidge Dr. 520-792-0630. Talking B.E.S.T. with Deb – 6pm. Morter HealthSystem’s BioEnergetic Synchronization Technique can help your family feel better & live better. Take home healing techniques. 12/4, 1/8, 1/29. Free. Deb. 520-360-7469. Self-Realization Fellowship – 6-8pm. Tucson Meditation Group. Teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda. 1702 E Prince Rd, #140. 520-7926544. Satsang of Swami Amar Jyoti – 7:30pm. Wisdom Teachings of classical, universal spirituality, Chanting and Meditation. Library and bookshop open at 6:30pm. Aarati- Sanskrit chanting, worship at 7 pm. Free. Desert Ashram, 3403 W. Sweetwater Dr., 520-743-0384.

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classifieds Fee for classifieds is $1 per word per month. To place listing, email content to Deadline is the 15th of the month. 50% OFF - BUDDY LOVE HOLIDAY SPECIAL! Start your Network Spinal Analysis Care in December with a Buddy for half-price! Physically, emotionally and spiritually realign and renew for the Holidays! FeelAwesomeWellness. com, 520-749-1212. A GIFT OF WELLNESS The Reconnection, Reconnective Healing, Counseling, Ionic Foot Baths, Reflexology. Ask about our specials. Call 520-548-3820. ANIMAL COMMUNICATION AND ENERGY HEALING Better understand your animal to enhance your relationship, effectively address behavioral issues, and learn what your pet needs to be well and healthy. Offering online animal communications training. Contact Judy Ferrig, M.S. 520-245-4214. SPACIOUS, BEAUTIFUL OFFICE available for holistic practitioner with developed practice who is interested in working as a holistic care team. Intestinal Health Institute, 5th St between Columbus and Swan. 520-325-9686 or email Sheila at


CLASS/SEMINAR SPACE Large (512 sq. ft.) room in healing center near downtown available for weekend workshops, weekly classes, or fulltime rental. Ideal for movement (e.g., yoga, tai chi) or meditation class. Free parking, utilities incl. Many rent options--daily, weekly, monthly. Contact Karen at 520-940-0486. Treatment space also available.

COLON HYDROTHERAPY Treat yourself to the best therapy around. A great addition to your health regimen. Free phone consultation. Sandra Joy Van Hall, 520-299-5158. ENERGETIC BLESSINGS for your body, life, family, pets. Using profound energies, Janice works with you to shift life situations in a positive direction. 520-877-5039. ACTIVATE YOUR ARMOR/SHIELD you were born with which guards against non-divine energies. Client quote: “I was ready to give up healing work because of how depleted I felt. After meeting with Cate, I felt an incredible protection shield.” Connection with the Divine required. Cate 520-488-6245. GET WELL AND STAY WELL WITH ACUPUNCTURE A unique medical approach. Children and adults welcome. Contact Annie, Golden Mountain Acupuncture, 520-991-5614. HEALTHY CAKES, PIES, MUFFINS, BROWNIES now available by special order in Tucson! Organic whole-grain, wheat-free, gluten-free, vegan, no refined sugar, no added fat, diabetic-friendly.  Visit or call Alaine, 323-2368788 to order. IMMEDIATE OPENINGS for full time and part time Physical, Speech, licensed Art therapists. Tucson Speech and Language Center, Inc., 520-298-7883.

MEETING ROOM AND PRACTITIONER ROOMS for rent at SpiritsChild Metaphysical Center’s new location at Orange Grove and Thornydale. For more info call SpiritsChild, 520-744-4402. MEETING ROOM Clean attractive space for presentations, therapy groups, meditation, workshops, etc. Welcoming yet professional with natural light. Convenient midtown location, ample off-street parking immediately outside. Rates modest, flexible. Lotus Massage & Wellness Center, 2850 E Grant, 520-326-7700, PRIVATE AND PERSONAL 1-on-1 FITNESS TRAINING in a private facility. Get the attention you need to get the results you want. 21 years experience. Robert 520- 247-7755. SEEKING VENDORS FOR FARMER’S MARKETS throughout Tucson with produce, prepared food, “green”/ecological products, health conscious items, artisans and health practitioners. Contact Ed 520-603-8116. WAKE UP WITH MAKE UP The most natural way to enhance your beauty - permanently full lips, french eyeliners, designer eyebrows. 15 years experience, Board Certified. Victoria Gonzalez, 520-850-3208.

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A healthcare professional for 30 years, Annie has an integrated acupuncture practice, alleviating a variety of issues. Gentle and effective. Come experience greater health and wellbeing. MARCEY ROSIN, L.Ac., M.A., NCCAOM.

Acupuncture at El Dorado Health Center 520-904-1460


Shamanic Astrologer 971-404-7117

Gain insight into discovering your life purpose with Shamanic Astrology. Readings are done without judgment. Our lives are intimately connected to the biorhythms of the Earth and sky. Erik’s goal is to help people align themselves with their soul’s intent. See ad on page 5.

The goal of Marcey’s acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine practice is to enhance your quality of life. Marcey skillfully and compassionately assists her patients to unlock their healing potential and restores them on their path to well-being. SAGUARO CLINIC

Helene Sorkin, L. Ac., NCCAOM Katherine Thompson, L. Ac., NCCAOM 1702 East Prince, #130, 85719 520-319-9711

Practicing acupuncture /acupressure/Chinese herbal medicine for 14 years, Helene brings kindness, attentiveness and thoroughness to you and your treatment to get the best possible results. In this family practice she treats children, teenagers, adults (women’s and men’s issues), elders. THREE TREASURES ACUPUNCTURE AND HEALING ARTS Andrea Alagammai, L.Ac., M.S., M.A., R.N. Acupuncturist, Reiki Master, Energy Healer 520-298-7222

Andrea’s foundation in counseling, yoga and nursing blends into her Energy Medicine practice: Psychespirit-physical healing through energetic transformation. Sessions integrate Acupuncture, Reiki, Craniosacral, Lymph Drainage, EFT, Sound and Energetic therapies. Enhancing immunity, calming the mind, relieving pain, restoring health. 42



Randy Usem, LMT Radix Practitioner Campbell & Grant 520-312-9563

Randy has 25 years bodywork experience, providing treatments that are stress busting or for specific issues. Sometimes sessions are energetic and primal, using sound, breath and movement which access deep tension and feelings. Also, Male-Female Team facilitating a uniquely blended, nurturing massage experience. See ad page 33. DESERT WIND HEALING ARTS Deb Kortyna 7225 N. Paseo Del Norte, 85704 520-360-7469

Experience the difference an integrative bodywork session can make for you. Deb listens to you and we decide what type of session is best for you. Massage, Reflexology, Reiki, CranioSacral Therapy and B.E.S.T can help you feel better and live better. Free phone consultation. See ad on page 32.

INSPIRE PHYSICAL THERAPY Michelle Major-Katz P.T 48 N. Tucson Blvd Suite 100 520-468-2214

Looking for affordable, skilled bodywork? Neck, shoulder, hip, back pain? P.T. meets intuitive, handson bodywork. Feel better after one session and know you’ve found the care you’ve been looking for. Eco-friendly supplies. Insurance, private pay (see website). See ad on page 17. JEFF STAYMAN, RN, LMT

Registered Nurse and Licensed Bodyworker 520-261-0777

Jeff has several years experience as a licensed bodyworker and craniosacral therapist, and has clinical experience from being a registered nurse. Jeff is continually exploring new treatment modalities, and offers integrative bodywork that addresses the client’s whole structure for results that last. See ad on page 33. LOTUS MASSAGE & WELLNESS CENTER 2850 E. Grant Road 520-326-7700

For massage that relieves long-held tension, alleviates pain, and brings lasting therapeutic benefits – while feeling great to receive – call Lotus Center. Enjoy deep tissue massage, specialty techniques, or combination treatments at no extra cost. You’ll appreciate our soothing setting and exceptional therapists. See ad page 33. LUMINOUS ADVENTURES

Lucia Maya 520-579-8844

Reiki - Craniosacral - Raindrop Technique. Lucia offers a unique blend of energy work and aromatherapy which brings you to a state of profound and deep relaxation.  From this place of stillness, your body can heal, coming into balance and resolving physical and emotional pain. See ad pages 27 and 32.

MASSAGE ON THE ROCKS Tomi Murphey, LMT 520-318-3427

Tomi uses a holistic approach to her integrative bodywork sessions. Experience the healing power of Aquatic Massage or Negative Pressure Massage (Cupping) at lovely Santa Rita Springs. Tomi has 30 yrs experience in Healing Arts, 16 years as a massage educator. See ad on page 32. ROCKING THE BODY

Gary Olsen Massage Teacher 520-449-2128

Specializes in injury recovery after car accidents and helping people perform in work and sports without pain. Also offering Ethics and technique CEU Massage Workshops to fit your schedule. See ad page 33. SANTA RITA SPRINGS

Dorothy Richmond, LMT Aquatic Massage, Jin Shin Jyutsu, Cranial Sacral, Watsu 520-622-4201 • 520-990-1857

Aquatic Massage, or Watsu®, immerses the body in 96 degree warm water, using flowing wavelike movement and the water’s resistance to stretch and free joints, muscles, connective tissue, and nerves while your therapist keeps your nose above water. Wave patterns of energy release tension into the flow and regenerate tissue. Deep relaxation frees the mind. See ad page 32.

BUSINESS SERVICES VIVIANE THOMPSON, CPA, PLLC QuickBooks ProAdvisor 520-822-8208 . 520-481-8015

CHIROPRACTIC WINTERHAVEN HEALTH CENTER Dr Nathan Conlee 3020 North Country Club Rd., 87516 520-322-6161

Dr. Conlee, Chiropractor Neurologist, diagnoses and treats such conditions as Dystonia, ADHD, Peripheral Neuropathy, vertigo, migraine headaches, balance disorders, numbness, tingling, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and other conditions related to neurologic function. Also available: acupuncture, physiotherapy, kinesiotape, nutrition and allergy testing. See ad page 12.


Randy Usem, LMT Radix Practitioner 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. See ad page 33. HEALTHY COUPLES

Bill White, M.A., Love Coach 520-319-9132

Quick and dramatic results are common. Bill is a master at navigating relationship challenges to restore love and play. Resolve anger, arguments, emotional distancing, broken trust, childhood influences. Call for a free initial interview.

Expert business advice gained from over 17 years of experience. QuickBooks set up, training, clean up and catch-up. Monthly bookkeeping services and payroll. Tax services for businesses and families. Free one hour consultation. See ad page 21.


Would it be ok with you if life got easier? Learn to identify your core values and innate gifts, overcome limiting beliefs and emotional blocks, and discover your soul’s mission. Live your life with more joy, grace, ease and fun. TRANSFORMATIONAL INTUITIVE GUIDANCE Lucia Maya 520-579-8844

Get clear about what you want and how to achieve it, with support and guidance on your journey. Through deep listening, powerful questions, and my practical and spiritual approach you will unveil your heart’s desire and live your dreams. See ad pages 27 and 32.

COLON HYDROTHERAPY INTESTINAL HEALTH INSTITUTE Sheila Shea, Director 4427 E. 5th St., 85711 520-325-9686

Sheila is an IACT member, instructor and is National Board Certified in the field of Colon Hydrotherapy. With 34 years of experience, she offers sessions daily, professional trainings and public education. She guides people with dietary, detoxification and liver flush programs. SKYLINE HEALTHWORKS Sandra Joy Van Hall 3966 East Pima, 85712 520-299-5158

Detoxify and improve your health with Colon Hydrotherapy. Let me be your “waste management” expert. Call today for a free phone consultation and have all your questions and concerns answered. Making this a comfortable and “ease-ful” experience is my specialty!




ENERGY WORK DIVINE INTENTIONS Sherry DeClercq 520-971-8800

Pranic Healing is a highly evolved system of energy medicine developed by GrandMaster Choa Kok Sui that utilizes prana to balance, harmonize and transform the body’s energy processes. HAWAIIAN ENERGY MEDICINE Zelie Duvauchelle 520-579-8844

Ho’oponopono is a cleansing of old memories. We are alive to the present without the filters of the past. Our passion for life returns and we see things as they truly are. Whole, complete, one with all that is. See ad on page 27.

HEALTHCARE A NEW CREATION WOMEN’S CLINIC Sharon R. Campbell, NP-C, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner 3055 W. Ina Rd. #195 520-293-1117

We take time to listen, provide personal attention and individualized care. Services include Primary Care/Gynecology. Evaluation, treatment, management of common health problems including high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, thyroid disorders, perimenopause, menopause, birth control, colposcopy, annual exams, pap/screening tests, prescription services. See ad page 15.

Energetic healing for people and animals is key to wellbeing and health. I use a variety of modalities such as Reiki, chakra and aura clearing, visualization, and balancing with stones, crystals, sound, color, and essences to work on the most effective vibrational level. Medical studies support the work I do as instrumental in healing. Free phone consultation. QUAN ZAI

Lynda Abbaraxus Chou Shin Grand Master Tucson Blvd. & 3rd St. 580-743-6230

Twenty years experience supporting people in their holistic health journey. Offering Japanese massage, acupressure, Reiki, EFT, Theta healing, and Past Life Regression therapy. Customized sessions are effective, deeply relaxing and transformative.



711 E. Blacklidge Dr., 85719 520-792-0630

Enjoy resort-like atmosphere of waterfalls, peacocks, fountains and gardens while relishing international vegetarian cuisine emphasizing healthy organic produce. Dinner under $10. Join us for weekly Sunday Festival at 5:30 pm with musical meditation, spiritual discourse and dinner at 7 pm for $3. SUCCULENT RAW TUCSON


Judy Ferrig, M.S., IARP Energy, Healing, and Communications 520-245-4214



New Life Health Centers is locally owned and operated. We have been serving Tucson since 1970 with the best products to help you live a long and healthy life. Our motto is “New Life KNOWS Nutrition” We make it our goal to do just that…KNOW nutrition…in order to serve you better. See ad inside front cover.

Presented by Bee Green Foods Community Potlucks and Educational Classes 520-603-2436

Created by raw food chef and author, Kristen Taylor. Our Spring/Summer program “Vitality Masters Series” has a jam packed calendar of educational workshops and events bringing you the experts in the field of vitality and longevity in a high vibe environment. See ad on page 12.


Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI) offers women and men a test of physiology to determine regions of inflammation and abnormal changes that could indicate further investigations are needed. A safe, non-invasive method for breast health screening, with no compression or radiation. FDA approved. Free 30-minute consultation. Call for schedule. See ad page 10.

MARY BETH ACKERLEY MD, MD(H) Board Certified Psychiatrist Homeopathic Physician 520-299-5694

Dr. Mary Beth Ackerley, MD, MDH, is a classicallytrained board-certified psychiatrist and homeopathic physician who specializes in the holistic treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, and menopause through the use of amino acid therapy, hormone replacement, nutritional support and homeopathy. She was appointed by the Governor to sit on the Arizona Board of Homeopathic and Integrated Medicine. See ad page 13.

CARITAS CENTER FOR HEALING 330 E. 16th Street 520-624-2743

For a full-service wellness experience, come to Caritas, where you can receive Imago relationship counseling, acupuncture, massage therapy, CranioSacral therapy, holistic facials and facial reflexology. Select from our panel of six experienced practitioners for the fit that’s right for you! Rental space for classes/workshops is also available in this historic neighborhood near downtown. CIRCLE OF HEALTH Healthy Connections Bodil Holstein 520 609-7016

Take responsibility for your health by learning how eat the right foods for you- avoiding sugar, all white, fatty and processed food, drinking good alkaline ionized water and clearing your mind from habitual toxic thoughts Available for consultation and speaking engagements. See ad on page 33. ENERGY HEALING/EFT – ADV

Phyllis Winslow LMT, EFT Practitioner, PSYCH-K Graduate: Barbara Brennan School of Healing 520-909-3455

Phyllis can help you create the life you desire. Experience rapid relief from physical pain. Get to the root cause and resolve health, relationship and emotional issues including depression, fears, grief and sexual trauma. Over 20 years of healing experience.


Reconnective Healing Practitioner Dr. Gowher R. Jamshedi 520-795-9484 • 520-548-3820

Reconnective Frequencies enable spiritual and evolutionary advancement, enhance the renewal functions of the body, and increase vibratory levels for healing and development. Many report healings from afflictions including depression, cancers, fibromyalgia, autoimmune disorders and AIDS-related diseases. Available in person or long-distance. See classifieds for other services. Schedule your appointment today.



Pam McMahon, Ph.D., CHt, NCC 520-730-0236


Devoted to optimally enhancing and improving your overall natural state of being and daily life. Ear Candling, Ionic Detox Foot Baths, Hypnotherapy, Reflexology, Herbal and Nutritional Counseling, Wellness Planning and Guidance. Beautiful and serene practice space, open 7-days/week. Experience vibrant health today. See ad pages 7 and 29.

Residential and commercial eco-friendly maid services throughout Greater Tucson. Don’t want maid service but like our products? We offer our Arizona produced eco-safe cleaning products direct to you. Contact for a free quote on products/maid service. See ad page 8.


Certified HANDLE® Practitioner and Instructor 520-907-2842

HANDLE® is a gentle, nondrug approach to understanding and enhancing human function. Kim works with individuals with attention, behavior, or learning differences to function more efficiently in ways that are important to them. ADD? ASD? Memory changes? HANDLE can help! See ad page 8. REV. JANICE THOMAS, MA, CRS Stress Reduction/Anti-Aging 520-877-5039

Stress is our number one problem these days. There is now a machine available that combines both Photon Light Therapy and Brain Entrancement together to give you what feels like a restful rejuvenating sleep. Treatments can be used for: stress relief, energy renewal, sleep and mood enhancement. TUCSON SPEECH AND LANGUAGE CENTER, INC.

1200 N. El Dorado, #A-150, 85715 520-298-7883



Josephine Backus Certified Hypnotherapist, NLP Practitioner, Massage Therapy 520-360-1323

Using the principles of mind, body & soul as a vibration with the universe, Josephine uses a holistic approach to bring awareness to the client, and, empowers them to practice simple self-hypnosis to bring about daily changes in their lives, aimed at their highest good. JOURNEY TO WELLNESS

Pam McMahon, Ph.D., CHt, NCC Board Certified Hypnotherapist 520-730-0236

One-on-one hypnotherapy treatments in weight loss, smoking cessation, insomnia, anxiety, and past life regression therapy. Pam’s unrelenting mission is to help others let go of limiting behaviors and beliefs, discover their power and live up to their highest potential. See ad pages 7 and 29.

Speech, occupational and music therapy, neurological feedback, many other therapeutic techniques to address ADD, autism, Down’s syndrome, head and stroke injuries, voice disorders, language delays. See ad page 7.






Are you frustrated by a lack of energy, constant pain or need help making important decisions? Nancy receives insights from your guides. Her energy techniques were given by Spirit. She sees clients and teaches energy medicine around the world. See ad page 14.


Kelley Graham 3148 East Ft. Lowell, 85716 520-770-1200

At any time, there is only one choice when it comes to brain health: grow or shrink. We show you how to grow your brain. Brain Gurus offers the “Brain Boot Camp”- intensive mind and body training for anyone, anywhere. See ad on page 6.


16256 N. Oracle Rd. #100 Catalina, 85739 520-825-9044

A place where Spirit Runs free. New Moon Haven offers metaphysical items that uplift the Spirit and soften the heart.  We also offer workshops with the intention of supporting self-awareness, physical well-being and expanding consciousness. Room Rental available.



Dr Saber NMD practices Functional Medicine. Using plant medicines, homeopathy and when necessary prescriptions. She uses tools from many arenas to diagnose the core issue, then she uses those tools to walk with you on your journey to optimal health. See ad pages 16.

El Tigre/Tigress Scented Pheromones may help with peri-menopausal symptoms, feelings of anxiety, depression, sexual frustration and self-doubt. Be a more appealing, hotter, sexier you without trying. Use our pheromones. Limited time only, $5 off 1st bottle. See ad page 25.



WellnessFIRST! 3861 N First Ave, 85729 520-668-0039

PANGAEA MOUNTAIN GUIDES 520-400-9890 . 207-664-9668

PMG are skilled American Moun-tain Guide Cert-ified guides who specialize in climbing, bouldering, hiking, backpacking and outdoor adventures of all terrain. Our guides are friendly, knowledgeable and ready to give you the experience of a lifetime. Come climb and explore Arizona. See ad page 6.


Robert Grinnell 520 247-7755

Robert Grinnell, Nationally Certified ACE Personal Trainer, will work with your specific needs and goals in a private environment to safely and effectively improve your body’s health. Specialist in Older Adult Fitness. 21 years experience. See ad on page 6.


A Unique Gift Shop Marana Market Place #120 S.E. Corner Thornydale & Orange Grove 520-744-4402

Your resource for one-of-akind gifts including crystals, jewelry, candles, music, books and spiritual tools for practitioners and students alike. See the calendar section for personal and spiritual development classes, workshops and book signings. Truly a spiritual oasis awaiting your exploration. New location. See ad page 29. 46



PHOTOGRAPHY CHAD E. MIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY B.F.A. Free-Lance Photographer 520-488-6834

Chad E. Might, owner and photographer, has a true passion for photography. His company can handle almost anything: fine-art portraiture, architecture, products, weddings, freelance work and more. Chad holds a B.F.A. in Photography and Commercial Photography.

El Tigre/Tigress Scented Pheromones Formulator, Debbie Shaw


A Holistic approach to Health & Beauty. Raquel specializes in Natural Skincare & Massage Therapy. Visit Lakali. com, your wellness sanctuary, for more information on how you can return to the pure essentials of well-being.

I-KO-I SALON AND SPA 3161 N. Country Club Rd. # 101 520-881-6096.

No-toxic smell nail salon. Manicures $15, Pedicures $25 -featuring individually cleaned pipe-less jets bowl, detoxify $15. No DBP, Toluene, Formaldehyde in products. No-Ammonia hair color and perm. Also, Organic Desert Honey. Fresh Royal Jelly and more bee products. Call 520-881-6096.

SPIRITUAL TEACHINGS CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL LIVING - TUCSON Rev. Donald Graves Sunday Service: 3231 N Craycroft Road, 85712 520-319-1042

Through partnering with possibility, expanding in consciousness, compassion and connection, and by offering spiritual tools that change lives, the Center for Spiritual Living Tucson provides an environment for spiritual deepening through classes in spiritual practice, community building activities, and meaningful sharing. “It’s like coming home, in a good way.” Sunday Celebration Service 10:30am, 10am Meditation. See ad page 30.



An oasis of peace welcomes seekers from all traditions for: Satsang of Swami Amar Jyoti (Wisdom Teachings of universal classical spirituality, chanting, meditation) 7:30 pm Thursdays/Sundays; Aarati (Sanskrit chanting, worship/meditation) 7 am/pm daily; Women’s Hatha Yoga 4 pm Thursdays. Library, bookshop, retreats, service.

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. Spiral upward to your Ascension. Thursday classes, 7pm.

3403 W. Sweetwater Drive, 85745 520-743-0384

11902 East Irvington Road (SW corner of Old Spanish Trail) 520-751-2039, ext. 100



Tucson Meditation Group 1702 E. Prince #140 520-792-6544

Devotional Services: Sundays 10am-11am.Meditation Services: Sunday 9am10am & 6pm-8pm, Wednesday 6pm-8pm, Friday 7pm-8:30pm.

Founder: Rev. Betty Tatalajski NEW Masonic Temple, 3590 N. Country Club Rd. 520-884-5340

Worship, Healing, Prophesy. Celebrating the Unity of God and Man. 11:00 am Sunday service, Free Metaphysical development classes in areas of: White Eagle World Healing Meditation, Alice Bailey books, Spiritual/Metaphysical Law, and Kaballah.


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

Explore your spirituality in a warm and loving community of caring friends. Learn practical tools that really work to improve your life, and the world around you. Sunday service 10:30. Prayer services Sunday at 8:50am and Wednesdays at 9:45am. See ad page 22. UNITY CHURCH OF TUCSON Rev. Larry and Mary Ellen Swarz 3617 N. Camino Blanco, 85718 520-577-3300

Ministry of love, inspiration, learning, wholeness and joy empowering all people to embrace their Divine Nature. Daycare: ages 1-5. Family health clinic: free, donation or Medicare. Beautiful, low-cost weddings. Bookstore for spiritual thinkers. Sunday services 9am and 11am. Home to “The Daily Word.”




Intuition, Energy Medicine, Mysticism & Spiritual Studies Certificate Program. Sound Wisdom Program begins January 14th, 2012. Please call for more information and to reserve your space. TARA MAHAYANA BUDDHIST CENTER 1701 E. Miles St, 85719 520-441-1617

Learn time-tested methods for finding peace of mind - the key to happiness. Weekly classes in Buddhist meditation and philosophy, prayer services, retreats and spiritual advice with Resident teacher Gen Kelsang Lingpur and senior practitioners. Everyone welcome.


Facilitators: Chuck & Susan 520-395-2365

Information on and sharing of NDEs and other transformative experiences. Open to public. Everyone has experiences worth sharing. Guest speaker series on 2nd Thursday, small groups on 3rd Thursday each month, 6:30pm at Unity Church of Tucson. Facilitators: Chuck & Susan 520-395-2365.

Scott Sheldon, HHP, CPT Certified Health Practitioner NASM Certified Personal Trainer 4980 N Sabino Canyon Rd., 85750 520-760-2380

Offering health analysis and solutions utilizing the Inergetix C.O.R.E. with remedy analysis, organ balancing frequency therapies, cold laser and much more. Scott Provides Acugraph Meridian Anaylsis, ion energy footbaths, nutritional supplementation and personal fitness training. See ad on page 16.


CHAPEL, INC David Miller 4718 E. Hawthorne St., 85711 520-327-0142

Self-Realization/PsychicDevelopment to know thyself, to heal, and to change is available on an individual basis. The Meta-physical Principles Course is an indepth study of metaphysics. In the Universal Metaphysics course one learns the definitions. In the Seminary, one may become an ordained minister. See ad page 22.






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