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have found that keeping my focus on the abundance that fills my life makes me happy. It requires a shift in perspective from a state of perceived lack and the adoption of an attitude of gratitude, but I do it. This month’s theme of Local and Personal Economy examines the meaning of success, comparing an emphasis on money and material things to that of more intangible values, in order to daily experience a grander quality of life. Looking at my own successes, I consider overall abundance, rather than just bank accounts. While I work to provide for myself, it’s just one piece of the puzzle. Instead of becoming stressed by what isn’t Holly Baker, Publisher happening in my life, I am shifting gears with a daily affirmation that I live an amazing life. By measuring myself not by traditional standards, but those I feel in my core are really important, I can see that I am already successful beyond measure. Money comes and money goes, houses can be foreclosed upon and cars can be repossessed. These are not ultimately healthy gauges of our worth. I still get caught up in making money to buy stuff and putting a price tag on my achievements. But I have discovered that the more things I accumulated, the more cluttered my house, and my life, felt. Do I own them or do they own me? Before we can communicate with others, we must sustain our own inner dialog. If we feel needy, our speech will project that. If we feel so abundant that we not only have enough for ourselves, but plenty to share, those we meet will know this, too. As we talk about personal, national and global economics, let’s consider our language, our demeanor and our intentions to establish a broader definition of wealth. Join me in expanding our individual and collective vision of prosperity and abundance by making it accessible every day. In Abundance,

“Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into.” ~ Wayne Dyer

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aquel Rzepecki, known as Lakali, has joined the staff at Red Monkey Studio. As a firm believer that a healthy lifestyle reflects beautiful skin, Lakali is dedicated to following a holistic approach to health and beauty. Lakali’s goal is not only to treat the skin you’re in today, but also to help you understand more about the simple truth of how to look and feel healthier, younger and more radiant every day. In addition to the soothing, cleansing, pampered feeling you’ll get from a skin care treatment with Lakali, you’ll also get intelligent, down-to-earth advice about what you can do to maximize your skin’s healthy potential, without asking too much of your schedule. She offers tips for easy improvements in your skin care regimen that will fit in smoothly with your lifestyle. One of Lakali’s specialties is her Jade Stone Facial and Massage. Jade is a protective stone, believed to heal stressed organs and discharge toxins. It slows the aging process and strengthens the body’s natural defenses. The soothing green color of jade also helps the body to heal itself, making this the ultimate treatment for body, mind and soul. Location: 6330 N. Campbell Ave., Ste. 110, Paloma Village, Tucson. For an appointment call Red Monkey Studio at 520-232-0534, and visit

Reducing and Eliminating Cellulite Naturally


verwhelmed by the sheer number of products claiming to cure cellulite? You’re not alone. From creams to lasers to suction cups, the market is flooded with newcomers that have neither FDA approval to make cellulite treatment claims nor the requisite studies to back up their claims. One name however, has stood both the test of time and the test of the FDA, which cleared it for cellulite reduction more than a decade ago: Endermologie. Now, this patented formula is available from Cindy Laird, at Southwest Silhouettes, LLC, in Tucson. The key to Endermologie’s success lies in its patented technique of improving the health of connective tissue. Using automated rollers and controlled suction, Endermologie lifts and stretches skin to stimulate blood circulation, encourage lymphatic drainage and restore elasticity to cells in the subcutaneous layer. After repeated treatments, overall health of the connective tissue is improved and cellulite is significantly diminished. Unlike other methods involving invasive needles or uncomfortable vacuums, the remarkable effects of Endermologie are delivered in the form of a super-relaxing massage. Endermologie can only be performed by trained and certified specialists. Location: 2375 N. Wyatt Dr., Ste. 107, Tucson. By appointment. Contact: Cindy Laird, of Southwest Silhouettes, at 520-870-9644 or Cindy@CelluliteReductionTherapy. net. Visit and





Free Hypnotherapy Sessions


s . To m i M u r p h e y, LMT, NCBTMB, Tomi Murphey, Ms, a dual-licensed, nationally certified massage therapist/esthetician, is offering aquatic bodywork and cupping therapies at Santa Rita Springs, in central Tucson. Her approach to healing is a culmination of more than 30 years. experience in healing arts, combining Eastern and Western healing methodologies. You may be asking, “What in the world is cupping?” This time-honored treatment employs negative pressure, often combined with magnets. By creating suction and negative pressure, cupping loosens adhesions, softens rigid tissue, draws excess fluids along with toxins, lifts and separates connective tissue layers and brings blood flow to stagnant skin, muscle and meridians. Myofascial release is swift, and addresses a myriad of debilitating and stubborn conditions. Another benefit of negative pressure massage (cupping) is that it feels great. The pulling actions engage the parasympathetic nervous system, allowing a deep relaxation to move throughout the entire body. Aquatic Bodywork (similar to Watsu) could be likened to the client being danced in a warm pool, rather than dancing. It is movement as medicine, where the movements are more an affirmation than an exercise. All you have to do is show up, breath, relax and experience bliss.

osephine Backus is offering hypnotherapy sessions from 12 to 4 p.m., at no charge to the community. Her goal is to help individuals, “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.” After moving to Tucson a year ago, Backus was looking for opportunities to engage with the community, and the idea of “paying it forward” with hypnotherapy is her answer. Everyone goes through challenges at various levels— emotional, financial and physical—and it can often seem that there are no answers. Using the principles of mind, body and soul as a vibration with the universe, a holistic approach may be used to bring awareness to the client and empower them to practice simple self-hypnosis to bring about daily changes in their lives, aimed for their highest good. Backus is a certified hypnotherapist, NLP practitioner and hypno-massage therapist, and intends this service as an opportunity to bring the community closer together by supporting and encouraging each other through these changing times. That is why for a limited time, clients will receive hypnotherapy sessions at no charge, with the understanding that they in turn, “pay it forward” to another person that needs help, or through some form of community service. Each empowering session will get individuals closer to their goals, with simple, progressive and positive steps, by using a combination of NLP, Life Coaching and Hypnotherapy techniques.

For more information: Tomi Murphey, LMT, 520-318-3427, See ad on page 30.

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The Art of Cupping Combined with Aquatic Bodywork




Creating Healing Environments for Health Professionals


elie Duvauchelle and Lucia Maya are offering an innovative program, Physician As Healer©, for health professionals, including doctors, chiropractors, psychotherapists and acupuncturists or anyone that has the desire to bring a holistic healing environment into every aspect of their practice. A full assessment includes the practitioner, the staff and the physical space. Recommendations are then made for creating a healing environment, such as energy clearing sessions, changes to the flow of the space, adding music and art. Finally, they help implement the changes. The objective is to inspire the practitioner/physician. As you are inspired and love your work, you become an inspiration and create a healing presence. With the physician at the heart of the practice, the goal is to support the practitioner in re-discovering her or his passion for their work. For more information call 520-579-8844 or visit and See ad on page 29.

Get the Whole Healthcare Enchilada at Aala


icky Norwood FNP-C, of Aala Healthcare, would like to be your primary care provider (PCP). A PCP will work with you and your family to establish ongoing, complete medical care. In Arizona, this service can be provided by doctors or nurse practitioners. A medical history is obtained and annual exams are usually recommended. You are seen and followed for any chronic conditions, like hypertension or diabetes, and also will be seen for acute issues like a cold or a rash. If you need to see a specialist, you might need to see your PCP for a referral. You will also be able to get your prescriptions written, lab tests and any special tests ordered and X-rays, when needed. Norwood has been practicing as a primary care provider in the Tucson area for eight years. In addition to primary care, she is experienced in rural health care and cardiac care. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Arizona and has resided in Arizona for 31 years. Norwood’s focus is on health promotion and education, and her goal is to work with patients to achieve their individual goals. Location: 7225 N Paseo Del Norte, Ste 3, Tucson. Contact: 520-904-1539




Qigong Offers Tools For Self-Care, Whole-Self Living


igong Therapist Heather Chalon brings her personalized approach to nurturing individual’s desires to participate in their health and take charge of their own well-being. Qigong and T’ai chi are the foundation of her program, inspiring a community of wellness. Chalon’s depth of expertise helps stroke survivors, postsurgery recovery, cancer survivors, rheumatoid patients, children and adults to regain and maintain natural vitality. Qigong is the cornerstone of an ancient system teaching fun, simple practices anyone can learn and apply to foster wellness—body, mind, spirit. Focus on natural breathing, body alignment, focused intention, sound and gentle movement allows one’s natural state of wellness to flourish. Practices can be adapted to an individual’s mobility level, and no special clothing, equipment, previous experience is necessary. There is a natural gateway to playing T’ai chi, a standing qigong form comprised of slow, precise movements, moving meditation. Heather Chalon, MPH, offers classes, workshops, private instruction, worksite wellness, senior programs, wellness retreats, qi healing sessions. Contact her at or 520-261-6657.

kudos Local Doctors Complete Advanced Training Program


ocal naturopathic doctors Lila and Samuel Flagler recently completed an 18-month postgraduate homeopathic Drs. Lila and Samuel Flagler webinar presented by Dr. Rajan Sankaran, a world-renowned Indian homeopath. Sankaran’s clinic in India was “visited” by 2,500 homeopaths around the world for two-hour weekly sessions of advanced homeopathic training. The Flaglers were able to experience Sankaran’s latest teaching in homeopathy as if they were present at his Mumbai clinic. In a final event, homeopathic practitioners from 30 countries met October 1, in Toronto, for a five-day-long live seminar with Sankaran. Live cases were observed, and the latest teachings in homeopathy were experienced by all in attendance. With the tools and techniques from this extensive training, along with Flagler’s 30 years of clinical experience, Lila and Samuel are able to help more patients in Tucson, as well as long distance via Skype For more information call 520-721-8821 or visit

Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth. ~Muhammad Ali



authorspotlights New Book Addresses Empathy in Business


arie R. Miyashiro has released her first book, The Empathy Factor-Your Competitive Advantage for Personal, Team and Business Success, with a foreword by Jerry Colonna, one of the best-known financiers for the new economy. Building from the latest research in brain science, emotional intelligence and organizational theory, Miyashiro offers both real-world insight and a practical framework to bring the transformative power of empathy to an entire organization. Miyashiro’s approach combines more than 26 years of experience advising for-profit companies, government agencies and nonprofits to substantially improve their organizational communication and collaboration with a proven, world-renowned process from one of the largest empathy-based community in the world. The Empathy Factor takes Dr. Marshall Rosenberg’s work developing Compassionate Communication into the business community by introducing Integrated Clarity®—a powerful framework you can use to understand and effectively meet the critical needs of an organization without compromising those of its employees or customers. Miyashiro is the president and founder of Elucity Network, Inc., an empathybased consulting and team training firm based in Tucson. She holds a degree in communication studies from Northwestern University and is accredited by the New York-based Public Relations Society of America and is also certified in planning by the International Association for Public Participation.

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r. Joanne Lefebvre, DVM, will be signing her new book, Animal Teachings, from Hayley’s Angels Methods, from 2 to 5 p.m., November 13, at the Desert Diamond Casino (I-19 at Pima Mine Road, Exit 80) in the Diamond Center. The book costs $15, including tax, and Lefebvre is looking forward to signing copies and meeting her fans, The book addresses the question, “Why do we (animals and people) get sick? What are animal communication and intuitive medicine, and how much can they help you and your pet live better, with maximum health and happiness, as well as facilitate the transition into the afterlife, with dignity and peace? Do we all, animals and humans, go to the same place? Lefebvre says, “My goal and my hope in writing this book is to open everyone’s heart and mind to improve our world and better the lives of all living creatures, one at a time.” The book release is set to coincide with Hayley’s Angels Veterinary Services’ annual event, Caring for ALL Animals Celebration Day, scheduled from 1:30 to 8 p.m. at the casino. For more information visit






ne of the joys of heading home for the holidays is the anticipation of gathering around the table with loved ones and enjoying delicious foods. But we do well to indulge in the home-cooked meal experience on nonholidays, as well. Foods prepared away from home, including fast food eaten at home and store-prepared food eaten away from home, tend to fuel an increase in total calorie intake. Conversely, eating at home is linked with healthier choices. According to research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill recently published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, both the eating location and food source significantly impact the daily calorie intake of school-age children and may be linked to rising rates of childhood obesity. The study found that the percentage of calories eaten away from home increased from 23.4 to 33.9 percent from 1977 to 2006. A new study from McGill University, based on data from 160 women, further suggests that a home-cooked meal can prompt people to make healthier and more nutritional food choices. The women in the study tended to reach more for the greens, rather than high-calorie desserts. Reporting in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the researchers suggest that when we eat at home, emotionally rewarding factors like contentedness may help override our wired-in preference for high-fat, sugary foods. The findings point to factors that may encourage healthy eating such as interpersonal communication, home design and atmospheric cues, including pleasing music, dining landscape and kitchen equipment; all have all been found to induce positive emotions.



UK study from the University of Exeter confirms good news: Employees that have a say in the design and layout of their workspace are happier and healthier. But that’s not all—they also become up to 32 percent more productive.



coverartist actionalert The Casual Violence of Not Paying Attention by Dr. Shari Popen


Creative Dreams by Lori Portka A former counselor and educator, fine artist Lori Portka delights in the favorite things that inspire her: nature, traveling, animals, yoga and friends. She lets her art pour out in boldly rendered images that burst from each canvas via saturated pastels, paints, chalks and inks to forge a visceral connection between artist and viewer. “I make artwork that is a reflection of gratitude and joy in the world,” says Portka, whose expressive works fulfill her mission of spreading happiness through art.

came across this photo recently in the journal High Country News, and it has haunted me ever since. How many of us could even name the owl? A few years back I spotted a hawk lying in the road. I picked it up and buried it under my bird feeder. Did anyone pick up this owl? How many tragic events occur around us every day while we rush past? I keep a book titled Outside Lies Magic on my shelf, close by my work. Its author, John Stilgoe, calls us to live slower, more aware lives. “Get out now,” he urges. “Go outside, move deliberately, then relax, slow down, look around. Do not jog. Do not run.” We go about our lives as Sandra Bullock’s character in the film Speed, as if a bomb will explode if we slow down, with everyone in transit between here and there, disconnected, not paying attention. How much casual violence do we do to our lives and the lives we touch everyday? Teaching young people to slow down and pay attention is one of the challenges of education today. Their lives are increasingly programmed by electronics, malls and demanding state tests. Yes, I lump them all together. They are all of one piece, and they accustom us to live with the unacceptable, to believe that this is the way life is supposed to be. Students seek accelerated high school programs and parents willingly enroll them in these fast-paced schools. In the end, many of these students get left behind as so-called “acceptable losses.” They are victims of the casual violence of our speed culture, and like dead owls, casualties we are willing to accept. Being alive requires more of us. Let that be the epitaph for this owl. Stand against casual violence and refuse to accept “acceptable” losses. Dr. Shari Popen is director of Sky Islands High School. See ad on page 13.

Free Yourself From the Box

A personal loss led Portka to begin Advertise your business with painting again at 30-something for the Natural Awakenings magazine. first time since the tenth grade, a process Tucson’s sustainable, healthy living magazine she says has opened her heart even with a heart-centered mission. more deeply. Inspired by Australian photographer and filmmaker Hailey Natural Awakenings Bartholomew’s documentary, 365 Grateful, about living on the sunny magazine reaches 50,000 like-minded readers every month. side of life, Portka embarked upon her own project, A Hundred Thank-Yous, creating and giving away 100 paintings to 100 people that have touched her life, she says, “in a beautiful way.” “I feel like I am on the right path, doing what I am supposed to do,” she explains. “Art feels like home to me.” View the artist’s portfolio and follow her blog at




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Fairer Trade

B Corps Aim to Right the System Traditional business models have recently experienced many manmade traumas, including the housing/banking industry collapse, world recession, nuclear pollution in Japan, the BP Gulf oil spill and the Massey Energy Company coal mining deaths in West Virginia. The conventional response is that smarter regulation is needed to prevent such crises in the future, but a growing number of business analysts say the problems go deeper, and a new kind of corporate legal structure is needed that requires companies to operate for the good of society, not just for their shareholders. These new entities, called B Corporations (the B is for benefit), are growing in number, having been adopted so far in Maryland, New Jersey, Vermont and Virginia. According to B Lab, the nonprofit behind the concept, “Our vision is simple, yet ambitious: to create a new sector of the economy that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. It will be comprised of a new type of corporation—the B Corporation—that meets rigorous and independent standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency.” Jay Coen Gilbert, a B Lab co-founder, says, “We can’t have a new economy unless we have a new type of corporation. Corporate law actually works against sustainability.” Its certification effort helps consumers identify truly responsible companies. It also works with private equity investors to help them make better-informed investment decisions. Ultimately, it is pushing for new laws to, “…redefine fiduciary duty and hold companies accountable to create a material positive impact on society and the environment, as measured by an independent, transparent, third-party standard.” Source:



Community Currency Private Mints on the Upswing

A local currency movement is again emerging as a way to focus business capital, especially consumer spending, on community economies. BerkShares illustrate the phenomenon. First issued in 2006 in the southern Berkshires region of Massachusetts, more than 2 million of these paper notes are currently in circulation. One hundred BerkShares can be purchased for $95 at one of five local banks and exchanged at participating merchants with the same purchasing value as U.S. dollars. The program provides consumers an incentive to keep the notes active and shop and dine locally in the 400 neighborhood businesses that accept them. “At the moment, we’re a very sophisticated ‘buy local’ program,” says Susan Witt, co-founder and administrator of BerkShares, Inc., “but the potential to move to an independent currency is built in.” Networking is key. Some local currency success stories include New York’s Ithaca Hours, North Carolina’s Plenty and Wisconsin’s Madison Hours, but others have not survived, despite sometimes extensive marketing support. BerkShares continue to represent a relatively small part of the region’s local economy. Witt says: “In the short term, it’s about educating people about local economies. In the long term, it’s transforming the institution of money. We’re not there yet. But everyone knows what BerkShares are.” Source: Adapted from E/The Environmental Magazine.

Shop for Gifts in Pleasant Surroundings


ecent research underscores what common sense tells us, that moods, emotions and feelings influence the quality of people’s decisions. A study published in the Journal of Consumer Research confirms that when shoppers are in a positive mood, they make quicker and more consistent judgments than unhappy consumers. The study’s authors manipulated participants’ moods by showing them pictures of likable objects (puppies) or unpleasant images (diseased feet) or asking them to recall pleasant or unpleasant events from the past. Next, the participants viewed individual pictures of a common object they might consider buying. Finally, they chose from a random list of evaluative adjectives, both positive and negative. Individuals in a positive state of mind not only responded more quickly to the adjectives, they also responded more consistently. For example, if they reported liking an object, they were less likely to respond later that they disliked it. “These results have implications for how we navigate our world,” the researchers reported. “The decisions we make about liking or disliking objects around us are fundamental to which things we approach and which things we avoid.” The bottom line for retailers: Being aware of and avoiding factors that can induce negative moods—such as abrasive salespeople and unwelcoming shopping environments—can help ring up more sales.





Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp., the parent company of Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes restaurants, estimates that its recycling and composting programs annually save: n 2,129,400 pounds of

waste paper n 7,452,900 gallons of water n 3,194,100 cubic yards of

landfill space n 4,365,270 kilowatts

Eating Out? EAT GREEN Eco-Friendly Restaurants Serve Up Sustainability by Sandra Murphy


ating green isn’t limited to salads. It means that sustainable thinking goes into a meal at every stage, from the use of local ingredients and energy savings to recycling and composting waste. Delicious food, served thoughtfully, is the goal of today’s environmentally conscious restaurant. Look first to local mom-and-pop eateries that are doing it right, but there are some chains worth considering, as well. With more than 25 million cups of wake-up java sold each day, coffee shops have a perfect opportunity to start a good day by example. Californiabased Green Café Network consults with owners and baristas to reduce the environmental impact of member shops. Efficient equipment, biodegradable cups and renewable products for flooring and tables make the coffee house experience 14


more sustainable, especially when buyers select shade-grown, organic, free-trade beans. Starbucks Corporation has taken it all a step further by designing a pre-certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) prototype store. It features recycled floor tiles, reduced lighting and lower water usage and air conditioning set three degrees higher than usual. Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes offers fresh-tossed salads, made-fromscratch soups and hot or cold desserts in their 120 restaurants, where vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free items are offered daily. Reclaimed recyclables come back as takeout containers, towels and napkins. Materials sent out for recycling include glass, paper, aluminum and cardboard. Even garbage

of energy is given a new role as part of a chainwide composting program. Tankless water heaters are in while traditional systems are out and cleaning products are all Green Seal certified. At Chipotle Mexican Grill, “It’s not just a burrito, it’s a foil-wrapped, handcrafted, local farm-supporting, food culture-changing cylinder of deliciousness,” states the company’s website. In 2010, Chipotle served about 5 million pounds of local farm produce through its 1,000 mostly North American stores. The company-wide 2011 goal is 10 million pounds. Inside those burritos, 40 percent of the beans are certified organic, resulting in 140,000 fewer pounds of pesticide added to the soil. The romaine lettuce, bell peppers, jalapeño, red onions, oregano and tomatoes come from family-owned farms. California patrons also enjoy locally grown lemons and avocados. Chipotle produce typically travels no more than 300 miles to its distribution centers. Short travel time means less fuel burned and fewer greenhouse gases plus fresher, more nutritious food on the plate than what less eco-conscious restaurants provide. “The environment is the basis of our business; we try to be green in everything,” explains Mike Vroman, a store manager in the St. Louis area.

By cutting the volume of pickle and pepper brine used, Subway annually saves 739,000 gallons of water and 130,000 pounds of plastic, plus reduces shipping miles by delivering the same amount of product in fewer trucks. Just eliminating the paper interleaf between cheese slices saves 450,000 pounds of waste paper a year; the restaurant’s overall goal is zero landfill waste. So, for example, “Most of the beef we serve in this area is either from Missouri or Kansas. Even our uniforms are 100 percent organic cotton.” Because restaurants draw their highest levels of electricity when community demand peaks, Chipotle installed solar panels on 75 of its Texas restaurants, while a wind turbine provides electricity at the Gurnee, Illinois site, reducing midday drain

on the grid. The Gurnee site is the first restaurant ever to receive the superior Platinum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating. Is it possible to operate a restaurant without a dishwasher, range, hood or oven? Yes, if bowls, straws, cutlery, chopsticks and cups are made from corn or potato starch. Freshii meals are created in biodegradable, all natural, food-safe bags. Custom made, the bags leave a carbon footprint five to seven times smaller than the most energyefficient dishwasher. Everything taken from the store will readily biodegrade or is easy to recycle. Even store size is a factor. Freshii founder Matthew Corrin notes, “As we grow, our stores are built smaller, to use less materials, to use greener materials, to consume less energy, to take less from this Earth.” Some Freshii stores are super-efficient, encompassing just 150 square feet. If a burger, fries and shake dinner evokes guilty pleasure, EVOS removes both the guilt and grease, leaving only pleasurable flavor. The restaurant’s trademark Airfries are better for more than just folks’ arteries. “Our potatoes are air-fried at a high temperature,”

explains Jackie Macaluso, community ambassador for EVOS, “so we have no used and reused vats of grease to discard.” Less noticeable eco-bonuses include zero-VOC paint and flooring, made from sustainable, eco-friendly, raw materials like wood flour, linseed oil, rosin, jute fiber and limestone. The company’s Southeast U.S. locations work to raise awareness that even comfort foods can be greener, healthier and still taste good, and to teach children about healthier eating habits. Of course, there’s usually a Subway Restaurant around the corner. Long committed to serving fresh food fast, the company recently announced its new LEED-certified eco-edition. With 35,000 franchises in 98 countries, small changes add up to big blessings for the Earth. The most important thing we can do to go green is to eat green every day. It serves up the most bang for the buck in healthy sustainability. Sandra Murphy is a freelance writer at StLouisFreelanceWriter@mind





An Oasis in The Desert by John D’Auria


he beautiful little town of Tubac will get a refreshing new take on spa treatment, wellness and therapy, as Linda Ellinor opens her state-of-the-art water-themed facilities at Floating Stone Spa. It is no secret that water is our greatest resource and the fundamental key to our survival and existence on this planet. After all, water comprises around 60 percent of our bodies, 70 percent of our brains and 90 percent of our lungs. In our home here in the desert, our need for water in the hot summer months and even in the dry, cold winter season, becomes immensely obvious. Many believe that our bond with water goes well beyond our physical need for it, and anyone who has ever stared into the serenity of an ocean sunset, basked in the refreshment of a brisk lake or meditated to the sound of a trickling fountain or running stream will surely agree. The bottom line is that our bodies and souls have an undying thirst for water to quench, sustain and balance our lives. For Ellinor, it was realizations such as these that propelled her to quit her consulting practice in the fast-paced corporate world, halt her constant travels and plant herself into the desert floor of Tubac, Arizona, to open a breakthrough water-based spa, Floating Stone Inn and Aqua Spa. Ellinor’s vision for a water wellness center quickly manifested itself upon her visit to Arizona, based on a recommendation from a friend that had convinced her the beautiful surroundings and growing community would be a perfect home for her concept. “It all happened very serendipitously, 16


to be honest,” explains Ellinor. “A friend of mine was encouraging me to come down to the Tucson and Tubac area, so I did. I looked at real estate here and I never had it in mind that I was going to buy the founding father of Arizona’s home, but when I saw it, I was drawn to it emotionally. “I’m a native California, so I’ve always had a connection to water. Turning 60 this year, I don’t want to travel so much. I realized that it would be more fun to have people come to me at a wellness educational center with a water amenities Hot spring pools, are a magnet for people.” The spa, located on the historic Charles Poston residence, was once the home of Arizona’s founding father, although there may be little resemblance to what the area looked like in those days. The new facilities feature five pools, including one hydro-therapy pool kept at 104 degrees, a Watsu or aqua massage, a water exercise and activity pool, a Japanese lap pool and a cold dip for those brave enough to take the revitalizing plunge. The most popular attraction so far seems to the Watsu water massage, which combines two of the most relaxing elements possible— floating in a 98-degree pool and a getting a full body massage at the same time. “Because water dissolves everything, it’s a relaxing modality and a useful way to alleviate stiffness,” explains Ellinor. “Because you’re being held in water and put through very gentle movements, it’s about giving up control and relaxing. If you are suffering from some sort of trauma or stress, you can just let go. Many

Linda Ellinor, owner people also use it for physical therapy, as it is easy on the joints. In these ways, aqua massage provides both mental and physical release.” If you are looking for a bit of a workout during your visit to Floating Stone, there are many options available to push yourself and experience some favorite exercise activities that you typically do on land, but here, they are performed in the water. “Over the summer months, we developed quite a few aqua exercise courses, including aqua yoga, aqua aerobics and aqua zumba, and we’re just completing a small yoga studio,” says Ellinor. She explains, “I started out simply wanting to create a space for water therapy and workshops, but I read so much on the state we’re in of disease, obesity and troubled health, so it’s become my motivation to help people

become more conscious about how they can take care of their bodies. These activities are a great way to have fun and keep in shape.” She explains, “I started out wanting to create an aqua spa in which people could relax and unwind in water, but as I saw the possibilities in creating a wellness center that could help people learn how to better protect their health through more conscious attention to water and diet, my mission expanded. None of us need to suffer from such degenerative diseases as diabetes, arthritis, heart disease or obesity. We just need to pay attention to the choices available to us that include our drinking water, the water we bath in and how we prepare our foods, using the water we have.” While you will find an immense number of activities, pools and great places to relax on the gorgeous premises, one thing you won’t find is any chlorine or chemically treated water. After researching the harsh effects of chlorine, Ellinor decided to double-filter all of the water on the property of the spa, and also put it through an ionization process that keeps her water clean and pure. “Most public utilities put chlorine and other chemicals into the water to kill the bacteria—which is important, because you have to do that for safety; otherwise we’d all have diseases. However, drinking it and ingesting it is extremely toxic in the long run,” explains Ellinor. “What happens with chlorine is that when it hits the pipes and any organic matter, it becomes very toxic. Chlorine has also been connected to prostate and breast cancer. It just shouldn’t be in our water. Every bit of water at Floating Stone is double filtered—in the showers, in the

pools, in the sinks and the drinking water,” she says. “It has gone through ionization and the drinking water is entirely filtered through a copper system, and then the acidic molecules are separated from the alkaline molecules. So you get a really pure, high-antioxidant water.” Building a chemical-free facility is something that benefits every person who steps foot onto the property, but Ellinor wanted to make sure that her efforts in constructing and maintaining the spa would also benefit the surrounding community and environment. “I knew that putting water amenities in the desert isn’t exactly sustainable, so I wanted to do it as sustainably as I could,” she says. “I launched into educating myself as much as I could to make this as eco-friendly as possible. I’ve put solar panels above the pools, we have a huge rainwater harvesting tank that is buried by the bathhouse, which channels all of the grey water and excess water and sends it into the irrigation. Also, the property itself has thick adobe walls, so it insulates well. Anything I could do to make this as eco-friendly as possible, I did.”

For those looking for an extended stay from Tucson, Phoenix or out-of-state, the property boasts a secluded twobedroom home called Casita Linda, as well as six fully equipped one-bedroom, off-site casitas, just walking distance from the spa, that give guests a perfect view to the beautiful surroundings of Tubac. Ellinor says, “Tubac is like the upcoming Santa Fe of this area. Being 45 minutes from Tucson, people can do staycations from Tucson or Phoenix. It’s close enough, but far enough away to attract locals, but really it attracts people from all over the country. It’s a very tranquil environment here. All of the pools are stone-lined. The first thing people notice is the grandeur. We have a beautiful courtyard, and the premises are beautifully designed. The rooms are nicely decorated and everything is upscale. It’s a very intimate and special setting.” Having been open for several months now, Ellinor’s dream of a Southwestern aqua spa has come to life, and the response has already been overwhelming. For her, inspiration and motivation accompanies treating her guests to an experience in health and education that they won’t soon forget. She states, “My goals are simple: I want to bring eco-living and wellness together to build sustainability. I want to provide education and inspiration within a nurturing, supportive environment, and I want to bring awareness of the role that water (especially ionized) plays in optimal wellness.” Floating Stone Spa is located at 16-18, 20 Calle Iglesia, Tubac, AZ Contact: 520398-3193, See ad on page 21.







Keep Dollars Working in Local Communities by Linda Sechrist


oday, Americans can tap into one of the best bargains around by voting to support our local and regional economies. By shifting our shopping to locally owned and operated retailers and service providers, we help create and retain area jobs, support community commerce and build valuable relationships and social connections within our community. With every local purchase, we leave the store enriched, having deepened both community social capital and genuine wealth. Imagine the joy of knowing that your purchase contributes to the dentist supplying braces for the local grocer’s kids, the local insurance agent’s mortgage payment, the local banker’s roof repair and the local roofer’s dinner—all of them friends and neighbors. The list of benefits—from shoring up local home values to ensuring access



to local produce—keeps expanding as your dollars continue to circulate within the community. Yet, finding a fuller range of locally made items at locally owned

stores will continue to be challenging until shoppers demand it. One way to begin aligning purchases with your values is by patronizing stores that offer socially responsible and fair trade items. Shaktari Belew, author of Honoring All Life: A Practical Guide to Exploring a New Reality, explains how purchasing goods and services can actually create local community wealth for all if they are specifically designed for that outcome. “When items are designed to be created and sold locally, everyone involved benefits, from the suppliers that obtain the raw materials through those that manufacture, sell and buy the finished item. Even the environment benefits.” Belew encourages our learning as much as possible about purchases. “Once people are aware of the two vital concepts of localization and design, they will be better able to scrutinize purchases,” advises this designer and whole-systems thinker who focuses on resilient community design. As a Transition workshop leader and one of the primary designers of the Community Engagement Process for Unified Field Corporation’s whole-systems/ quadruple bottom line financial model, this Oregon resident tries to follow her own advice. “The Cradle to Cradle C2C certification helps,” she says. The C2C program is an eco-label

authorized by McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry, co-founded in 1995 by William McDonough, the author of Cradle to Cradle. The certification process assesses a product’s safety to humans and the environment, plus its potential for future life cycles. The “program focuses on using safe materials that can be disassembled and recycled for another purpose or composted as biological nutrients. To date, hundreds of items, from building materials, bedding and linens, baby care and haircare products to personal and household cleaning products, have been C2C certified. If you plan to ship gifts long distances this gift-giving season, why not use the first C2C-certified consumer product—a U.S. Postal Service packing box? It exemplifies how a complex good design makes a product people- and planet-friendly. All 60 of the product’s boxes, decals and labels, involving 1,400 component materials, had to be certified, but the benefits are big: reduced costs for handling waste and disposing of hazardous materials; plus, the receiver may easily recycle the item with a free conscience. “Imagine a closed-loop market system in which any number of items made from finite resources such as glass, paper, steel, plastic and cloth are designed to be reused in a near-endless cycle,” says Belew. “Imagine a world of goods designed for easy repair and maintenance, rather than obsolescence.” Belew, the designer of Will’s Bills, a form of complementary currency, also recommends buying items that have long-term reusability specific to our needs. “My daughter loves a particular curry sauce, which comes in a little glass jar with a screw-top lid,” she relates. Rather than recycle the jars, the family reuses them for storing small things at home. “They’re also the perfect size for single servings,” she says. Sometimes, just a simple shift in perspective can change an item from trash to treasure.

Buy Local, Help the Community


ocal First Arizona is statewide nonprofit organization working to strengthen Arizona’s economy with the support of locally owned businesses of all kinds. Many people don’t realize that up to three times more of the money that is spent at a local business stays in the local economy, when compared to any national chain. This year, Arizonans will celebrate the third annual Buy Local Week, which runs from (Black Friday) November 25, through December 2, by going out and starting their holiday shopping at locally owned businesses. Find a listing of more 350 Tucson area businesses in the directory at Watch the website for fun local events and ideas about shifting spending to Tucson-owned companies. Choosing a local company means a stronger local economy, and that’s good for all of us. Thanks for keeping money right here at home!

Linda Sechrist is an editor of Natural Awakenings community magazines.





Empower Local Businesses to Strengthen Local Economies Success Tips from Advocate Michelle Long  by Brian Clark Howard


ichelle Long is the executive director of the Bellingham, Washington-based Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE). The fast-growing network aims to empower local businesses with their financial goals while they actively contribute to healthier communities and a cleaner environment. Their triple bottom line is people, the planet and profit.

BA L L E r e p r e s e n t s 2 2 , 0 0 0 independent businesses in 30 states and Canadian provinces. By serving as an information clearinghouse and support center, BALLE is proving that no business is too small to make a difference.

Why is it important to foster local economies? Locally based activity is where we are

seeing real prosperity. Today, as we face economic, community and ecological crises, we see bright spots where local businesses are working together to build strong, healthy local economies.

How can local businesses positively affect their communities and the environment? There is a natural accountability when business owners live with the impacts of their decisions, instead of from hundreds or thousands of miles away. Local supply chains also reduce carbon impacts by decreasing transport time.

Why is it vital to foster new strategies and support networks for local businesses? Small businesses are stronger together than they are alone. Working in collaboration, business people enjoy enhanced powers of communication and networking, including opportunities to save on smart, shared purchasing. They often support each other through learning, mentoring and even investing in each other’s businesses.



How does investing money locally, or community capital, help? This aspect is a critical component of a healthy community economy, because too often, when we put our money into something like a mutual fund, we don’t know the impact and how much harm is coming from it. Community capital, investing locally, is much more personal and direct; it can help ensure we’re bringing about changes we want, such as resilient communities and local food supplies. Just going for impersonal financial returns isn’t working. More local banks are innovating in this area. One example is One Pacific Coast Bank, in the Northwest. New kinds of investment clubs also are coming on line.

acknowledgment that it creates jobs and supports other local businesses.

rather than local businesses, but some shift when they see studies like those from Civic Economics, proving that the Which examples illustrate cost per new job is much cheaper by how businesses have reinvented catalyzing and growing local business. Phoenix, a study by BALLE network’s themselves based on new In Local First Arizona showed how the local models? state gets more high-paying jobs with After attending a BALLE conference, benefits from a local office supply the president of T-shirt maker TS Designs company, Wist Office Products, than launched steps to localize the entire from a big box store. Wist also spends supply chain to enhance its push for social more money locally for services ranging and ecological sustainability. Typically, a from graphic design to legal assistance, tee travels 16,000 miles before you put it and donates more to local charities. In on, but TS now collaborates with North all, the study found that on a $5 million Carolina farmers, cotton ginners and state contract, Arizona was losing half a others to go from “dirt to shirt” in 750 million annually in economic leakage miles. by doing business with a nonlocal competitor. As a result, the city of What challenges loom for local Phoenix changed its procurement rules business efforts, and how can and now buys local.

they be overcome? Which examples illustrate how One of the biggest hurdles is that many businesses are thriving as a people are innovating, but they are going Brian Clark Howard is a multimedia journalist and the co-author of Green result of new local models? it alone. BALLE connects businesses to Several local manufacturing groups spoke of their results at BALLE’s 2011 annual conference. Examples include SF (San Francisco) Made and Made in Newark. These nonprofits build a regional economic base by developing a sustainable and diverse local manufacturing sector. In Philadelphia, the apparel boutique Sa Va uses local materials in every detail, down to people growing plants for dye in vacant lots. The city has granted the shop tax breaks in

other people, ideas and resources so they can learn from each other and not have to start from scratch. Another barrier is financing. We have started to bring together pioneering philanthropists that put a little funding in to create the conditions for businesses to proceed from there. The Cleveland Foundation, for example, recently helped seed a worker-owned laundry co-op. Most economic development subsidies still favor large corporations

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Green Beauty Tips from Xanadu Salon and Spa by Katharine Connelly Nelson


here is nothing like a visit to the salon to give a person the chance to refresh their image and rejuvenate their spirit, and Xanadu Salon and Spa owner Victoria Gonzalez incorporates this philosophy into every aspect of her business. Xanadu offers a variety of treatments and services that help clients achieve lasting lifestyle changes while enabling them to reduce, reuse, recycle and rejuvenate. Victoria Gonzalez, The stylists at Xanadu offer owner a product line that requires only small amounts of product to be effective, and also has the benefit of a recycling program for the bottles that may be refilled at a discount. To keep the products fresh and uncontaminated, clients receive a brand-new bottle of product and their empty bottles are returned to the company for processing. Hairstylist Pablo Ojeda states, “I keep educating myself on how to be gentler with our planet, as we are all part of the problem. I know that if we all try in our daily lives, then together, we will make a difference.”

The art and passion of beauty For the team of stylists, massage therapists and nail technicians at Xanadu; the art of beauty is collaboration between the client and the stylist, where ideas are put into action through the talented application of products and the creative use of the tools of the trade. The staff is passionate about sharing easy everyday tips with their clients in order to help them create salon styles at home while saving time and money by educating them how to use products correctly.

Natural organic product lines Stylist Mickie Nunez has more than 20 years experience teaching her clients how to style their hair. She takes the time to find out what they like and dislike about their hair, as well as their level of comfort in styling their hair at home, before she works her magic by 22


creating the most flattering hairstyles. Whether you have five minutes in the morning or 30 minutes, she will help you create several versatile looks. Nunez can even tame the curliest and frizziest locks into a straight, sleek and shiny style by using her straightening iron for a temporary look, or by using Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy, which straightens the hair for three to five months. Privé is another remarkable line of natural hair care and styling products that she uses, saying, “In my heart of hearts, I want to share simple techniques with my clients that make a big difference in their daily lives.”

Highlights and color Gonzales, a master colorist, specializes in fixing clients’ coloring and highlighting mistakes. She encourages them to add natural highlights to brighten their look or to take charge of grey hair with an allover color that covers the grey and flatters the skin tones.

Permanent makeup For clients looking for a natural-looking makeup application that can add a permanent youthful appearance, eliminate time-consuming daily application and removal of makeup, save hundreds of dollars a year on makeup and give clients a way to have smug-proof and waterproof look for those active in swimming or sports, Gonzalez recommends the inexpensive options available with permanent makeup. She says, “It is so rewarding to help women achieve the look they have always wanted, whether it is to correct or fill in the arch of her eyebrows, to enhance the eyes and eyelashes with liner or to rejuvenate the lip area by making corrections with a lip-liner, adding a natural lip color to enhance her everyday smile, or helping to cover the look of scars. It is amazing how just a bit of color can enhance a woman’s naturally beautiful look.”

Hair styling Ojeda states that being a hairdresser allows him to, “…make a difference in people’s lives by helping them to change their appearance, which changes the way they feel about themselves.” He is passionate about sharing the new, more natural styles and products like Abba, because many of his clients like the sexy look of long, curly hair where he applies his simple philosophy of, “…keeping things simple and natural, to make clients lives easier and happier.”

Nail care

Putting your best hand or foot forward makes a great first impression, and nail specialist MaryAnn Driscoll enjoys helping clients relax with a manicure or pedicure. She helps clients pick out just the right nail color for everyday wear and special events. Driscoll also recommends the Detox Foot Spa Aqua Detox Treatment to naturally detoxify the body and drain toxins out through the pores of the feet.

Skin care and waxing One of the best ways to help clients look and feel rejuvenated is through the many facial and skin care treatments offered by Xanadu. Driscoll enthusiastically states, “I love being able to have someone come into the salon for a treatment that feels tired and then ends up leaving feeling like a whole new person, because they feel lighter, cleaner, healthier and more refreshed after receiving skin care and waxing treatments.”

Massage therapy

Xanadu also offers customized pedicure chairs and several specialty treatments for your feet that will leave you feeling relaxed and pampered, while adding just the right touch of color to your toes. Xanadu Salon and Spa’s expert staff is there to guide clients every step of the way toward a better lifestyle by providing a variety of helpful services, including well-ness programs and weight reduction programs to help clients meet their overall healthy lifestyle goals. Gonzalez believes she has a responsibility to her clients to have the most up-to-date training, equipment and products to meet the needs of her staff and clients, and this is why her salon has such a variety of services dedicated to meeting the over well-being needs of those she serves. Location: 4026 E. Grant Rd., Tucson. For more information or to schedule and appointment, call 520-850-3208 or visit See ad on page 15. Katharine Connelly Nelson has worked as a publisher, editor, freelance writer and graphic designer for more than 15 years. Contact her at

The massage therapists at Xanadu can help restore energy and the feeling of balance and well-being by releasing the builtup tensions and muscle aches. There are many different types of massages available for the relief of arthritis, lower back pain, migraine pain, anxiety, circulatory problems and sports injuries.

Making lifestyle changes easier Xanadu Salon and Spa is the perfect destination for special events. Their experienced stylists can create innovative looks that are designed especially for special occasions, such as your wedding party hair and make-up or a model shoot with a professional photographer. They also offer massage rooms where you and a friend or loved one can receive spa treatments while being able to talk with each other during your massage, body wrap or facial.




Economics of Happiness:

The New Economy Changing the Rules to Benefit America’s People

by John de Graaf and Linda Sechrist

Most Americans are facing their most significant economic challenges in generations. From the hardships of unemployment to the perils of mounting debt, worry about the health of a national economy that depends on consumerism and market success dominates our conversation. But have we asked what the economy is really for?


ince the Second World War, we have been assured that more economic growth is good for us. But is it? By any measure, the U.S. economy, in its pursuit of constant growth, is in dire need of critical life support. Too many people have lost jobs, homes, scholarships and retirement savings, along with peace of mind, in the face of complex uncertainties. Those individuals that have jobs are earning less in real income than in 2001, even though they spend more hours working and commuting than previous generations. We’ve had enough of the official mantra: Work more, enjoy less, pollute more, eat toxic foods and suffer illnesses, all for the sake of increasing the gross domestic product. Why 24


not learn ways to work less and enjoy it more; spend more time with our friends and families; consume, pollute, destroy and owe less; and live better, longer and more meaningfully? To do all this, we need fresh solutions that engage America’s people in redefining goals for the economy (what we want from it) as opposed to the economy’s goals (what it demands from us).

An Economy Based on Quality of Life

Although an economy based on a high quality of life that makes people happy may sound revolutionary, Thomas Jefferson, the third U.S. president, enshrined the pursuit of happiness as a human right when he drafted our

Declaration of Independence. Jefferson emphasized that America’s government was, “to secure the greatest degree of happiness possible for the general mass of those associated under it.” Likewise, the Constitution of the United States declares that government is to promote, among other things, the general welfare of the people. Americans are able to achieve a better life, as we’ve proved many times in the past, benefiting mightily as a result of forward steps ranging from democracy, women’s suffrage and civil rights to inventive technological leadership. Although history shows that this has been accomplished primarily by changing national policies, any new economy delivering improved well-being is first brought about largely by active citizens that choose to invest more time in building a nation that reflects increasingly enlightened values. Everyone’s quality of life—from today’s parents to future generations of great-grandchildren—depends upon individuals collectively working to build a new economy based on the concept of genuine wealth. In his award-winning book, Economics of Happiness: Building Genuine Wealth, ecological economist Mark Anielski explains this new and practical approach grounded in what people value most, which he states is: “Love, meaningful relationships, happiness, joy, freedom, sufficiency, justice and peace”—qualities of life far more vital than blind economic growth and material possessions.

Preferred Measure of Progress

To determine whether our economy promotes the greatest good or the happiness of the American people, we need to understand what makes us happy and how economic policies enhance or thwart our pursuit of happiness; we also need a better instrument of economic measurement than the gross domestic product (GDP). The GDP counts remedial and defensive expenditures for pollution, accidents, war, crime and sickness

as positives, rather than deducting these costs. GDP also discounts the value of contributions such as natural resources and ecosystem services, improvement in quality of life, unpaid domestic work, volunteer work, good health and social connection. Anielski, in concert with economic experts such as Charles Eisenstein, author of Sacred Economics, Hazel Henderson, author of Ethical Markets, and Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, recommends that economic policies aim to boost societal welfare, rather than GDP. All agree that a new indicator of well-being, such as the U.S. Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI), could be used to more accurately measure economic progress.

In 2004, the first annual International Conference on Gross National Happiness was held in Bhutan. Hundreds of government representatives, scholars and other thought leaders from more than 40 nations gathered to explore the possibility of making GNH the true indicator of a country’s health and quality of life. As of 2011, a non-binding resolution by the United Nations General Assembly urges that countries now measure their health and happiness, as well as wealth. Sixty-six countries backed it.

Measuring Americans’ Life Satisfaction

Seattle, Washington, the first U.S. city to implement a measurement of life satisfaction, is parlaying Bhutan’s indicators—psychological well-being, physical health, work/time balance, education and capacity building, cultural vitality and access to arts and culture, environmental quality and access to nature, apt governance and material well-being—as part of

The Science of Happiness

A respected “science of happiness,” pioneered by University of Illinois positive psychologist Edward Diener, Ph.D., dubbed Dr. Happiness, and other researchers, has existed for more than a decade. The study of what makes people happy and life fulfilling repeatedly demonstrates that the economic route to happiness does not consist of endlessly widening the superhighway of accumulation. Rather, it resides in a host of personal values that are closer to our hearts, as illustrated by the Himalayan nation of Bhutan (population: about 700,000). For many years, Bhutan has measured its general well-being—as the people themselves subjectively report it—using a Gross National Happiness (GNH) index. Its government bases policy decisions on how they might effect the kind of happiness associated with contentment, family, community, spirituality, education, compatibility with nature and good physical health. After years of primary research, the Bhutanese have identified nine domains for assessing happiness: psychological well-being, physical health, time use (work-life balance), community vitality and social connection, education, cultural preservation and diversity, environmental sustainability, good governance and material well-being.

We’ve had enough of the official mantra: Work more, enjoy less, pollute more, eat toxic foods and suffer illnesses, all for the sake of increasing the gross domestic product. Why not learn ways to work less and enjoy it more; spend more time with our friends and families; consume, pollute, destroy and owe less; and live better, longer and more meaningfully?




its own Sustainable Seattle Happiness Initiative. Spearheaded by Sustainable Seattle Executive Director Laura Musikanski and her team with encouragement by City Council President Richard Conlin, it may become America’s first GNH city. Initial survey results, intended to spark conversations that matter, will be discussed at future town meetings in Seattle neighborhoods and used to recommend policies for consideration by the city council. Repeating the survey every couple of years will reveal progress. Interest in a similar Happiness Initiative is growing in cities and towns from coast to coast, such as Napa, California; Bowling Green, Kentucky; Duluth, Minnesota; Santa Fe and Roswell, New Mexico; Bellevue, Nebraska; Portland, Oregon; and Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Some 100 colleges and universities also are beginning to apply the Happiness Initiative survey.

How to Become Happier

To improve our own well-being within any economy, we need to attend to our security, social connections and the way we balance our time. Choosing to live with less stuff and lighter debt supports a better life with less income but more time, lower stress and better health. As individuals, we can: n Focus more on matters of family and community and on building trust. n Devote less attention to maximizing incomes and more attention to acts of generosity.



n Ask our employers for more time off instead of higher pay. In our local communities, we can find ways to design more relationshipfriendly places such as farmers’ markets, where shoppers tend to engage in many more conversations than in supermarket aisles (Worldwatch Institute). In cities, we can call for public and private spaces that facilitate social connection, instead of discouraging it via urban sprawl. Ecological economist Dave Batker, co-author of What’s the Economy for Anyway? (film clip at Tinyurl. com/3tc9dlk), believes that moving forward requires greater citizen involvement in the shaping of democ-

racy, laws and our collective future. By ditching pundits and talking with neighbors, city by city and town by town, citizens throughout the United States are moving to do this using newly learned techniques such as those offered by Open Space Technology, World Café, Transition Towns, Sustainable Cities, The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education, and the Institute of Noetic Sciences’ Worldview Literacy Project. In St. Petersburg, Florida, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and other places, citizens are cultivating a stronger sense of community with real discussions about local issues and economic goals. They aim to arrive at a cleareyed view of what citizens really want from the economy. In St. Petersburg, the culmination of Sharon Joy Kleitsch’s 10-year effort to build a flourishing community through helpful workshops on timely subjects, meaningful conversations and aligning constructive partnerships is reaching a crescendo this month at Beyond Sustainability: Ecosystems, Economics, and Education, the Institute of Florida Studies’ 36th annual conference, at Hillsborough Community College ( Kleitsch remarks, “I show up, pay attention and listen for opportunities where my connections with policy makers, educators, nonprofits and community activists can help convene people in meaningful conversations that can make a difference in building a resilient community.” In Oklahoma City, Sustainable OKC, a volunteer organization working towards community sustainability at the crossroads of business, environment and social justice, frequently partners with the city’s Office of Sustainability, the CommonWealth Urban Farms project and the Oklahoma Food Cooperative ( The grassroots organization advocates shopping locally and sustainably. Jennifer Alig, Sustainable OKC president, is consistently delighted by the growing number of residents that don’t just attend events such as movie screenings of The Economics of Happiness, but also show up to plant food to feed the hungry and join Common-

wealth Urban Farms work parties to feed neighborhoods using the products of thriving urban farms on vacant city lots. Alig notes, “After events, we sometimes use Open Space Technology to talk about topics that people are passionate about and willing to invest their time in.” The kind of society that makes for health, happiness, true prosperity and sustainability is one with strong local economies and flourishing communities that includes many activities provided by local nonprofits. It’s one characterized by: n Local small businesses and banking n Farmers’ markets and urban gardens n Urban designs that favor shared walks instead of isolated commutes n Public spaces for social interaction n Circumstances in which buyers know sellers n Businesspeople that sponsor and volunteer for local activities n Salary differences that are not vast

n Citizens building a better world together We intuitively know what is required to create such a society, starting in our own community. What we need is the determination to make sure the economy serves us; rules that benefit all of the people; a commitment to widespread quality of life, social justice and sustainability; and the political will to make good change happen. John de Graaf, media and outreach director for the Happiness Initiative, speaks nationally on overwork and overconsumption in America. He recently co-authored What’s the Economy for, Anyway? – Why It’s Time to Stop Chasing Growth and Start Pursuing Happiness, with David Batker. He is also co-author of Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic. Fifteen of his documentaries have aired on PBS. Linda Sechrist writes and edits for Natural Awakenings.

Create a Personal Plan that Works How do we keep our personal economy strong and contribute to the kind of world we want to live in? How do we walk the vital path of local sustainability in every part of our life—including work, investing and buying necessities? Mark Anielski, author of The Economics of Happiness: Building Genuine Wealth, explains five ways to take action that are worth exploring. Investments Move the majority of money reserves out of the stock market and into community banks that loan money in their neighborhoods. Eliminate debts in order to have more discretionary income and ultimately, more time to pursue the things that make life worthwhile. Work Join up with and pursue clients that are contributing to all of their stakeholders and the environment in positive ways. Create a personal business

plan with a goal of income sufficiency—having just enough income to meet the basic needs for a good life. Live with one vehicle, rather than two, and ride a bike to places where friends gather. Volunteering Get involved in community activities, such as participating in the local town council, neighborhood association and service groups. Purchases Buy local whenever possible. Choose the local pharmacy instead of the big chain, the farmers’ market rather than a multi-state supermarket. Examine each purchase and consider its ramifications. Avoid buying clothes that need to be drycleaned and patronize green cleaners that do not use toxic chemicals. Buy goods in the local economy, so that dollars remain in the community. Purchase from locally owned businesses that employ

neighbors and other locals. While material possessions and luxuries are nice, having too many means too much routine maintenance, fixing things and dusting. Once we’ve reached a “maintenance stage” of life, a time when most material needs have been realized, direct energy and funds to maintaining the integrity of the home (built capital). The payoff includes more time for passions outside of work and more time with friends, family and neighbors. Philanthropy Offset part of the family’s ecological footprint by donating to organizations that supply clean power or plant trees. Assist the community’s poor and homeless by applying available time, talent and treasure. Source: Adapted from The Economics of Happiness, by Mark Anielski.




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spiritualbriefs IONS Tucson Presents Tryshe Dhevney


ryshe Dhevney brings the holiday spirit of our community together through the immense power and soothing frequencies of Alchemy Crystal Singing Bowls and improvisational song as part of the program, Om for The Holidays, at 6:30 p.m., December 2, at Unity of Tucson, presented by IONS Tucson, the local community group of the Institute of Noetic Sciences. Tryshe Tryshe Dhevney is a certified sound healing practitioner and developer of SoundShifting, a way for focused, open sound to shift unwanted thought patterns. IONS Tucson has offered monthly speaker presentations that bridge science and spirituality for more than 25 years. Their mission is to serve the community by exploring consciousness and inspiring a shift in perceptions, beliefs and actions. Topics range from quantum physics, holistic medicine and the Kabbalah to brain health, shamanism and various energy healing modalities. Suggested donation is $5. Location: 3617 N. Camino Blanco. For more information and events, call 520-399-8285 or visit

What Color is Your Aura?


n electromagnetic energy field called an aura surrounds every living organism. This field vibrates at different frequencies and reflects your state of body-mind-spirit. The Aura Video Station (AVS) 5.1 is an interactive multimedia biofeedback aura imaging system, built on the principles and studies of biofeedback, color psychology, human energy field and mind-body knowledge. It is offered in the Tucson area by Certified Aura Video Station Consultant and Biofeedback Technician Keri Willyoung, of Divine Connection. The biofeedback data is measured, analyzed and processed to specific emotionalenergetic states and is displayed as an accurate representation of your energetic state: your aura. Every color of the aura has a different vibrational frequency and is associated with different chakras or energy centers in your body. Your aura colors, in turn, are determined by physical, mental, emotional and spiritual states of being. Scheduling an aura photo session is an excellent way to determine your emotional-energetic wellness and aura chakra balance. Whether you want an indepth analysis of personality patterns and aura chakra levels, a true holistic indicator of body-mind-spirit, or an exciting and educational experience, a radiant aura is the always first step towards health and wellness. For more information call 520-971-3157, email or visit 28


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Find Peace at Mahayana


eed some peace of mind and methods to solve daily problems? Normally, we seek happiness outside ourselves, but no matter how successful we are in improving our external situation, we still experience problems and dissatisfaction. We can find real peace through training our mind with sincere spiritual practice. Then, no matter how difficult our external circumstances may be, we will always be happy and peaceful. Tara Mahayana Buddhist Center is a Gen Kelsang Lingpur hidden jewel in the Tucson community. Tucked into a former church in the Miles neighborhood, just southwest of Broadway and Campbell, the center offers a place of spiritual refuge, with chanted prayers, retreats, classes on meditation and Buddhist philosophy, children’s classes and the popular Sunday morning free Advice for Life series ,with Buddhist nun Gen Kelsang Lingpur. If you are new to Buddhism and meditation, pop in for the monthly Wednesday night Open House for Beginners for a casual introduction and tour of the Center. Also, reserve a spot for October’s special lecture: A Buddhist Perspective on Death and Dying, from 4 to 7:30 p.m., October 12, with a light supper included. Location: 1701 E. Miles St., with branches in Northwest and Northeast Tucson and Green Valley. For more information call 520-441-1617 or visit

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Desert Ashram listings in Natural Awakenings


esert Ashram, in the foothills west of Tucson, was established in 1976 by their Gurudeva, Swami Amar Jyoti. Spiritual seekers from all traditions have always been welcome at the ashram programs, but few people have heard about them. Now, with a listing on the Volunteers Southern Arizona website and their new Ashram Immersion Retreats, more people are discovering this peaceful desert oasis. On 26 acres, with trees, a shady orchard, abundant desert vegetation and wildlife, find the Jyoti Mandir (Temple of Light) and attend Thursday and Sunday evening satsangs—Wisdom Teachings of universal, classical spirituality—as well as daily aarati (Sanskrit chanting and worship) both morning and evening. A Women’s Hatha Yoga class is held at 4 p.m., Thursdays (see calendar for more). The ashram also offers a library, a small bookshop, a meditation trail and a geodesic dome for a quiet cup of tea. Other buildings provide residences for ashramites (monastic disciples) and kitchen, dining and office facilities (Light of Consciousness magazine is published here). The public is invited to call for information or to arrange a visit. Location: 3403 West Sweetwater Dr., Tucson. Contact: 520-743-0384 or




Origins and Uses ofCraniosacral Therapy by Michelle Major-Katz


he CranioSacral system is a fairly new physiological system that was named by John Upledger, an osteopathic M.D. While assisting with surgery on a patient’s spinal cord, Upledger was unable to hold onto the tube of dense connective tissue surrounding his patient ‘s spinal cord because it kept moving. He felt frustrated and unable to help the surgeon operating. Although embarrassed at the time, this led to his discovery of the ability to monitor the ebb and flow cycle of the cerebral spinal fluid as it cycled through that same tube of dense connective tissue, and it was through this problematic surgery that the CranioSacral system was born. The patient’s surgery turned out fine, and after much growth and research, Upledger went on to eventually open the Upledger School of CranioSacral Therapy. Upledger realized that the connective tissue of the craniosacral system was a giant tube that wrapped around the spinal cord all the way into the sacrum, and ran up through the hole in our skull, around our brain, and attached to the inside of our skull bones. During his intensive research in areas of connective tissue restrictions around the brain, Upledger found out that displacement of the cranial bones, spine or even a more peripheral source, such as a major muscle pulling on the spine, could have significant effects on the functions of the brain and its many connected systems. The chronic tension of connective tissue, pulled off-center, can and does play havoc with our energy, moods, cranial nerves, brain function, neck motion and right on down into the rest of our spine and outward. All “craniosacral” therapy is not the same. Upledger techniques are highly skilled. Therefore, look for both experience and schooling in a therapist. The good news is that you may get rid of that headache and back pain, after all. Michelle Major-Katz P.T. practices at Inspire Physical Therapy, I Tucson Contact her at 4682214. For more information visit See ad on page 11.

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ake a list of what you desire. List your desires—not wants or needs, which imply lack of, rather than abundance of, something. By saying/thinking/writing, “I desire [this] or something even better now manifesting for the good of all concerned,” you create room for even greater possibilities. Remember a situation of abundance. If you catch yourself wallowing in a bad memory or engaging in “stinkin’ thinkin’,” call up a contrasting memory in which you felt rich, beautiful, accomplished, capable—whatever state of being you desire. Align with your passions. By taking even a small step toward a passion or goal that nurtures you, you will feel cleaner, clearer and more energetic, thus opening the way for progress. God has a plan for your life and His deep desire for His creation—you—is for you to flourish. Look forward. List your most cherished dreams and immediate intentions. Better yet, pull pictures from a past happy time and cut out magazine pictures that represent the good things you desire in your future, and then paste them in a journal or on a poster board to refer to during moments of reflection. Streamline your life continually. Let go of situations and clutter that don’t support your aspirations. Spend time with positive people. Don’t believe naysayers. You are working to

overcome your own limiting beliefs, so why listen to anyone else’s self-limiting negativity? Step away with kindness. Select news sources carefully and set a time limit. Read only thoughtful, responsible journalism, which doesn’t include most TV news. You’ll avoid wasting time on nasty stories that engender negative feelings and harmful physiological responses. You’ll feel better for it. Have the proverbial “attitude of gratitude.” Count your blessings. Think often of all the good in your life. Say “Thank you,” more than once a day. Contemplate the areas of your life that are working well; take those skills and apply them to what you would like to improve. Express gratitude. Thank others frequently, with thank-you cards, expressive emails, gestures of encouragement and smiles. People always appreciate kindness and good manners, especially when civility seems in short supply. Smile! When you answer the phone, put a smile on your face and in your voice. Welcome people into your life, even if it’s just for that moment. Allow them to feel your warmth. When you catch yourself frowning with concentration during a task, pause to lift your brows, pull back your face and smile! Carolyn Blakeslee publishes the North Central Florida edition of Natural Awakenings November



actionalert Supporting Universal Prosperity A Peaceful Perspective Occupies Wall Street


he Occupy Wall Street movement has succeeded in spotlighting the growing economic gap between sectors of the American populace, yet the grassroots protest is also being criticized for its lack of clear demands and goals. A more focused approach, grounded in more positive intention, is being led by the New York Meditation Mob. From June to August this year, the group held daily meditations in front of the New York Stock Exchange, creating a patch of calmness and peace along an otherwise busy sidewalk. Organizer Anthony Finno says, “Our intention was for [embracing] conscious prosperity, and to practice acceptance and tolerance on Wall Street.� A week into the Occupy Wall Street movement, New York Med Mob organizers remobilized for a meditation flash mob at the park where the occupation was taking place. Meditations continue to take place there twice a week. The Med Mob movement facilitates meditation flash mobs in public places around the world. Their mission is to foster an environment in which people from all religions, worldviews and experience levels unite in meditation. A global meditation flash mob is scheduled for November 5 ( Communities around the world are encouraged to participate; events already are planned in Austin, Texas; Los Angeles; New York City; Orlando; and Paris. For more information, visit or



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Breath is the Key to Health – 6:30-8pm. How you breathe affects your stress level as well as conditions like asthma, allergies and sleep disorders. Discover why. Free. Lotus Massage & Wellness Center, 2850 E Grant. Robert Litman. 520-3269775.


Blindfolded Sculpting – 1-3pm. See what your hands can do. Bring a blindfold, all other supplies provided. The Desert Crones features programs and meetings for women over 50.  Free. Fellowship Square, Villa III, 210 Maguire Ave. 520-4093357 or 520-981-7049.


Outdoor Yoga Retreats at Wind Spirit Community – Nov 4-6 with Chris Coniaris of Yoga Flow. Early registration: $150. All (vegetarian) meals included.  Hiking, dancing, swimming, massage and sauna also available. 520-631-5491. Discover the Secrets of Spiritual Healing – Nov 4-6. Sufi teacher and master healer Dr. Ibrahim Jaffe M.D.  Friday night $25, Weekend $265. $295. Embassy Suites, 5335 E. Broadway Blvd, Tucson, 85711. Limited space. Pre-register IONS Tucson Presents “The Healing Power of Plants” – 6:30-8:30pm. Herbalist David Crow discusses plant-based medicine, the grassroots healthcare revolution and the farm-to-pharmacy movement. $5. 520-399-8285. Dharma Salon with Frank Jude Boccio – 6:308pm. Topic: Whose Buddhism is Truest? Relaxed talk and discussion about some aspect of the various Buddhist traditions. Tea provided. $4. 314 E. 6th. 520-955-9632.


IONS Tucson Presents – 9am-5pm. Workshop on “Healing Oils” with herbalist, David Crow as he offers a practical introduction to the vast world of essential oils. $50. RSVP  520-399-8285 or Real People, Real Communication – 9am-4pm. One-day retreat with inspirational speaker Terry Hershey. $49 includes lunch. Floating Stone Inn & Aqua Spa, 16-18 Calle Iglesia, Tubac. 800524-5370. 520-398-3193, Bruno Groening Documentary Film – 10am4:30pm. Nov 5, 19 & Dec 3. “The Phenomenon Bruno Groening - On the track of the Miracle Healer.” Unity Church of Peace. 1551 S. Eastside Loop #121. Evey Weissman. 520-9044801.

Puppet Play & Open House – 10-11am. Experience the beauty and wonder of the Tucson Waldorf School early childhood program. For children ages 2-6 and their parents. Free. Tucson Waldorf School, Presidio Campus, 3349 E. Presidio Road. RSVP to 520-325-5514. How Your Brain Works – 1-3pm. Sharpen Memory and Speed Up Learning. Jill Jones. $20. Tension/Trauma Release Exercises/TRE – 1-2:30pm. Nov 5 and 19. $10. Spirits Child. 3870 W. River Rd., Ste 120. RSVP to Diann 520-8347698. Tucson Dowsers Presents – 1-3pm. “The Aura: Personal Energy Field” with Judith Jubb, at Unity of Tucson, $5. Open to the public. Art4Peace Circle – 1:30-3:30pm. Held with intention for peace: in our hearts, in our lives, and in the world. Create peace-filled multi-media art amongst friends. Free. Ward 6 office, 3202 E. First St. 520-326-4674. Connecting with Your Higher Self – 4-7pm. Rose Conaty. Learn the difference between your ego thoughts and the guidance of your Higher Self which leads to better choices. Includes Higher Self Connection meditation. $18. 520-825-9044.


Healthiest Town in America – 9am. Family Health Event & 5K Fun Walk/Run. 10am-2pm – Healthy Event with dozens of healthy vendors, pet activities, stage activities. Free. Oro Valley Hospital, south parking lot, Tangerine & Innovation Parkway. The Art of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) – 9am-5pm. Advanced class for those who know EFT and wish to improve their skills. Taught by Phyllis Winslow, LMT, EFT – ADV. 7 Massage Therapy CE hours. Office, Speedway and Tucson Blvd. $120. To register call Elke at 520-275-2412. Ho’oponopono and other Hawaiian Mystical Teachings – 10am-6pm, Accessing mystical states of consciousness through ho’oponopono, heartcentered ancestral healing. Heal to align fully with your soul’s call. With Zelie Duvauchelle/Lucia Maya, 520-579-8844, Sunday Celebration Services – 10-11:30am. New location.  Center for Spiritual Living Tucson. 3231 North Craycroft Road. 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 Reikifilled presentation. Free. 1976 N. Kolb Rd. RSVP: 520-882-0292.

Communicating with Guardian Angels – 1-2pm. Potluck 12:15. Presentation and book signing by Kermie Wohlenhaus, Ph.D. Unity of Tucson, 3617 N. Camino Blanco. Harmony Hall. Jyoti (Light) Meditation – 1-2:30pm. Also Nov. 20. Free. Wellness First, 3861 North 1st Ave., Diann 520-834-7698.


Watercolor Calendar Exhibit – 11am-4pm. Gallery attendees are invited to vote on twelve paintings to be included in the next SAWG calendar. Free. Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild. SAWG Gallery, 5605 E. River Rd, Suite 131. 520-299-7294. Together We Thrive Memorial Mural – 12:302:30pm. Green Arts project to restore a 1997 TAB mural located at Winsett Park on 4th Ave. Registration required. 316 N. 4th Ave. 520-791-9359. Sacred Sweat Lodge – 7-10pm. Enter the womb of the Earth Mother to renew your connection to Spirit. Return to harmony and balance. Respect all Creation. Honor diversity. Renew your relationship with the Elders. Potluck follows. 7878 W Tree Frog Trail. 520-576-0633.


Writing Workshop with Dixie Gilbert – 1-3pm. Bring pen and paper. The Desert Crones features programs and meetings for women over 50. All  meetings   are free.  The meeting place is Fellowship Square, Villa III, 210 Maguire Ave. 520-409-3357 or 520-981-7049. How to Use Alchemy to Progress on Your Path – 6-7:30pm. Burn through karma using spiritual fire. Alchemy: how you change dross into gold. Elisabeth. Free. Himmel Public Library meeting room. 520-250-3871. TIES Guest Speaker Series – 6:30pm. Dr Anthony Cicoria, orthopedic surgeon struck by lightning has NDE, driven to learn piano, begins composing music after experience. Free. Unity of Tucson, 3617 N. Camino Blanco. Full Moon Ceremony – 7pm. Creating prayer ties filled with intentions to manifest during full moon time. Bring a towel/chair to sit. NW  Unitarian Universalist Church grounds (Cromwell, off Thornydale). Suzanne. 520-204-3644.


Free Yoga for Vets – In honor of Veteran’s Day enjoy a complimentary yoga class to all activeduty and retired military with ID. No prior yoga experience required. Yoga Connection, 3929 E Pima. 520-323-1222. How Do I Experience Peace in My Daily Life – 6-8pm. Rose Conaty. Learn to utilize ancient spiritual principles to recognize when you are “off center” and tools to assist you back to the present moment. 520-825-9044. 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. 520-5798844. or





Healthy Holiday Cooking Class – 9am-12pm or 1-4pm. The Veggie Queen Jill Nussinow R.D. Award winning author and plant food expert. $40. Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church. Healthy You Network. 520-275-7999. An Open House introduction – 10am-12pm. An informal look at the unique and beautiful work done by grades students at the Tucson Waldorf School. Tucson Waldorf School River Bend Campus, 360 E. River Road. Free. All ages welcome. Drop-ins welcome. 520-325-5514. Satsang – 10-11:45am. With teacher/author Stephan Bodian. Each satsang consists of a rich blend of silent and guided mediation, teaching and dialogue. $0-20. Caritas Center for Healing. 330 E. 16th St. Stephan  415-451-7133. Women’s Day 2011 – Shakti Celebration – 10:30am-4:30pm. A gathering for women in an  exploration of sacred voice, music, yoga and movement. Featuring Marti Walker with sacred chants and Nirvair Kaur Khala with roots of sound. $25 includes vegetarian lunch. Govinda’s – 711 East Blacklidge Dr. 520-336-9895. Accessing Akashic Records – 1-3pm. Access universal knowledge and learn from Masters/Teachers what choices are in your records for your highest good. $30 advance $35 event. New Moon Haven, 16256 N. Oracle. Judy Ferrig 520-245-4214. In House Concert with Anna Mello and Barbara Harris – 7-9 pm. At Wellness First!  3861 N. First Ave.  Tickets $15. Brought to you by the Center for Spiritual Living Tucson. Tickets available 520319-1042,, or at the door.


Sunday Celebration Services - 10-11:30am. New location. Center for Spiritual Living. 3231 North Craycroft Road. 520-3191042. Sunday Celebration at Unity Church of Peace – 10:30am. Prayer, music, acceptance, community, and useful spiritual teachings will empower you to live your most abundant and meaningful life. Child care available. 1551 S. Eastside Loop #121. 520-546-3696. All animals Celebration Day – 1:30-8pm. Adopt a cruelty free lifestyle. Book release/signing: Animal Teachings, from Hayley’s Angels Methods by Joanne Lefebvre, DVM. Diamond Center, Desert Diamond Casino. (I-19 Pima Mine Road, Exit 80). Free. Vegan dinner at 4:45pm. $25. 520-298-2961. Vegetarian 101 – 4-5:15pm. This class is highly beneficial for those wanting to incorporate more living foods in their diets and improve health and energy levels. Renee Bogard $25 Pre register by Nov 9th. 520-825-9044.

Healers Meet and Greet – 6:30-8:30pm. Ten Healers describe their practice and answer questions. Networking follows. $5. Unity of Tucson, 3617 N. Camino Blanco. Harmony Hall. 520-303-6042.


Drumming with Dixie – 1-3pm. Bring drums, rattles and other instruments. 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. Reiki Circle – 7pm. Experience a relaxing evening of guided meditation and reiki energy. Northwest Tucson, call for directions. Suzanne.


From Fear to Faith – 7-8:30pm. Reverend Donna Mauer a gifted story teller shares practical tools for living. $15. $25/couple. Floating Stone Inn & Aqua Spa, 16-18 Calle Iglesia. 520-398-3193.


Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge Fair – Naturalists, guided hikes, vendors, music, food. Free. Headquarters/Visitors  Center, on Highway 286 near Sasabe, milepost 7.5. 520-574-4465. Qigong – 10am-12pm. Simple Practices for Daily Living. Heather Chalon, MPH. Relaxation, Rejuvenation, Inspiration, Balance. No experience necessary. Adaptable to mobility level. $15. Fountain Plaza Event Center (NW). $15. H e a t h e r @ M o v e I n t o We l l b e i n g . c o m .  RSVP 520-261-6657. Numerology – 2-4pm. Numbers reveal your destiny, purposes, karma, and choices in your highest good. Learn what the patterns and cycles inherent in these frequencies offer. $30/advance; $35/event. Judy Ferrig, M.S. 520-245-4214. Psychic Fair: Church Fundraiser – 2-5pm. Variety of readings offered: Spiritual One on One, Crystal ball, Abstract Art, Psychometry, Sea shells,Tarot Cards and Tea Readings. $20/15 minute reading. Church of Mankind 1231 S. Van Buren Ave, 520461-2910 or 520-790-7374.


Satisfy Your Spiritual Curiosity – 10:30am. Experience Life lived from Wholeness at Unity Church of Peace, where all are welcome. 1551 S. Eastside Loop #121. 520-546-3696.




Thanksgiving Gathering & Dinner – 1-6pm. Healthier version of the traditional Turkey Dinner. Swim under the stars in the healing waters of the Aqua Spa. $35/Nov 1. $40. $10 to swim. 530-913-8288. At the Floating Stone Inn & Aqua Spa, 16-18 Calle Iglesia, Tubac. 520-398-3193,


3rd Annual Buy Local Week - through Dec 2. Celebrate by starting your holiday shopping at locally owned businesses. Find a listing of over 350 Tucson area businesses in the directory at Gratitude Kirtan—6-7:30pm. Chanting interspersed with moments of silence. $5. Ananda Center of Tucson, 1002 E Prince Rd. Parking in rear of building. $5 Elizabeth, 520-299-9309, IONS Universal Energy Circle – 7pm. Open to all energy practitioners to give or for the public to receive energy work. A guided meditation is also provided with the sound of a crystal singing bowl. Unity of Tucson. Denise. Self Care Retreat Weekend– 7pm Fri.-12 Sun. Spend the weekend with Author & Master of Transition, Pati Hope. Relax, swim, shop and play before the holiday rush. $135/Nov 10, $165. 530913-8288. Floating Stone Inn & Aqua Spa, 16-18 Calle Iglesia. 520-398-3193.


Cracking Open-A Shamanic Evocation – 6:308:30pm. Institute of the Shamanic Arts presents a multimedia, shamanic evocation performance. 520-282-0050.


Gratitude for the Holidays – 10:30am. Claim your intention for a meaningful holiday season. Thanksgiving Potluck. Unity Church of Peace. 1551 S. Eastside Loop #121. 520-546-3696. Stress-Free Workshop – 1-2:30pm. 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. 520323-1222.



Life Enrichment – 10am-12pm. Under-standing the Stages and Cycles of Life. In this workshop Pati shares experiences and practical tools to take home. $20/$100Series. Floating Stone Inn & Aqua Spa, 16-18 Calle Iglesia. 520-3983193. 530-913-8288.

Cruelty Free Thanksgiving – 12-8pm. Enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings and none of the karma. Tofu Turkey, Apple Walnut Quinoa Stuffing,  Organic Mashed Potatoes  & Pumpkin Pie. Vegan Menu. $14.95 for adults. Govinda’s Natural Foods. For complete menu go to

Happy Thanksgiving

Treasuring Childhood: Film & Lecture Series – Lecture by Speech Artist, Kim Snyder-Vine. How does the way we speak to our young children affect their development? Free. Adults only. Tucson Waldorf School River Bend Campus. 3605 E. River Road. 520-325-5514.




NOTE: NOTE: Dates and times shown are subject to change. Please confirm event prior to attendance. All calendar events must be received via email by the 10th of the month and adhere to our guidelines. Email: for guidelines and to submit entries. No phone calls or faxes, please. Or visit to submit online.

IONS Tucson Presents “OM for the Holidays” – 6:20-8:30pm. With author and Sound Healing practitioner, Tryshe Dhevney. Tryshe is a Crystal Bowl Master and Creator of SoundShifting. $5. 520-399-8285.


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.520325-5514. 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. Concert: Homero Ceron and the Cool Breeze Trio – 7-9pm. $15.  Brought to you by the Center for Spiritual Living Tucson. Wellness First! 3861 N. First Ave. 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. The B.E.S.T Way to Wellness – 6pm. Explains the BioEnergetic Sychronization Technique (B.E.S.T.). The presenter will be Morter Health System Elite Diplomate Deb Kortyna. Desert Wind Healing Arts. 7225 N. Paseo Del Norte, Ste.  1. 520-360-7469.

monday Aarati at Jyoti Mandir – 7am and 7pm daily. Temple of Light. Sanskrit chanting, worship and meditation. Free. Desert Ashram, 3403 W. Sweetwater Dr., 520-743-0384. Introduction to Buddhist Philosophy & Meditation – with meditation teacher Hazel Colditz. Drop-in classes. Everyone welcome. St. Francis-In-The-Valley Episcopal Church, 600 S. La Cañada Drive. First class free/$10. 520-4411617. 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.


Urban Chicks - Working For You – 5:30-7:30pm. 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. 520-6225561 x 5.

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Sound Wisdom Program - Intuition, Energy Medicine, Mysticism & Spiritual Studies, Certificate Program. 520-907-1730. I n f o @ Tr a n s f o r m a t i o n a l Wi s d o m . c o m .

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. Astrology Discussion – 6:30-8:30pm. Led by Jo’Ann Ruhl. Free. Unity of Tucson, 3617 N. Camino Blanco, between Swan and Craycroft off River. Annex Rm 2. 520-303-6042.

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.


AIWC Annual Holiday Event – 6-8:30pm. Raffle includes energy clearings, treatments, chef’s visit, and much more. Viscount Suites Hotel, 4855 Broadway, light refreshments, cash bar.

Heart Rhythm Meditation – 6:30-8pm. Learn practical meditation tools for stress reduction and as a spiritual practice focused on the heart. First class free. $10/class. West/Northwest area. Jeanie Underwood. 520-344-9992.

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.

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. 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. Free. 3009 N Gaia Place (Grant/Silverbell/Goret Road), 520-490-3872. East: 6pm. 4651 N Tierra Alta Dr. (Catalina Hwy/Houghton), 520-607-7760. November



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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. 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. Tucson Writers Group – 6-9:30pm. By pre registration only. 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. 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. Understand Men 101 – 7-8:30pm. Demystify how men think, act, speak and listen in this four week series. Fun, immediately useful. Free. Lotus Massage & Wellness Center, 2850 E Grant. Carrie Zamora, 520-247-4110,

“Advice for Life with Prayers for World Peace” – 10am. With Western Buddhist nun Kelsang Chogo. Drop-in classes.  Everyone welcome. Free. A Rich Experience, 7435 N Oracle Rd # 101. 520-4411617.

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.

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

Oneness Blessing – 6:30pm. Experience divine love, inner peace, quieting of your mind, and grace through Deeksha, transference of intelligent energy. $10 and First Wednesday every month is free! Lucia Maya/Zelie Duvauchelle. 520-5798844,

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. 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. 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.


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.

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.

Tools for Depression – 6-7:30pm. By Dr Saber and Tyler Woods, PhD. Deal with depression, anxiety, mood imbalances and  meditation/spirituality. $35 per week includes workbook and CD. Class limited to 8 participants. WellnessFirst! 3861 N. First Avenue. 520-240-5651.

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.

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,

Simple Steps to a Spiritual Path and a Happy Life – 7-8:30pm. Focus on meditation, mindfulness, breath, gratitude, acceptance and loving kindness. $10. Ellie 520-777-6344. WellnessFirst! 3861 N. First Avenue.

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. Heart Rhythm Meditation – 9:30-11am. Learn practical meditation tools for stress reduction and as a spiritual practice focused on the heart. $10. First class free. West/Northwest area. Jeanie Underwood 520-344-9992. 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. Josephine 520-360-1323. 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. 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, Qigong – Beginners 4-5pm. All levels from 5:30- 6:30pm. Wu Style. Realign with nature. Inspiring community of well-Being. $7. No experience necessary, wear comfy clothes. Adaptable to individual. St Pauls UMC, Broadway near Pantano. 520-780-6751.




T’ai Chi w/Qigong – 4-5pm beginners, 5:306:30 all levels. With Heather Chalon, MPH. Wu Style. Inspiring community of well-Being. $7.  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 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 Hatha Yoga – 5:45-7:15pm. All levels. Moderately paced Hatha class designed to give a solid foundation and introduction to basic poses, proper alignment, breath techniques, exploration and guidance.   $7.  Caritas Center for Healing. 330 E. 16th St. Leslie  561-512-8313. 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). 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.

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. 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.


Ashram Immersion Retreats – Spend a weekend, week or month at a Center of Peace and Light and immerse yourself in spiritual teachings and practices. Desert Ashram, 3403 W. Sweetwater Dr., 520-743-0384. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

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. 38


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. 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. Spiritual, Meditation, Drumming Circle – 3:305:30pm. Bring a notebook and pen to record your meditations. $20-25/session. 520-9071730. Gluten-Free Friday Dining – 5pm. Happy Hour, 6 pm dinner. 4th Friday. Locations announced a week prior. Cost: drinks and dinner. RSVP. Come a half-hour early for a good table, to examine the menu, etc. 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. 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. Crystal Toning Bowl Meditation – 7pm. 2nd Friday. Set intentions, heal, improve meditation, and inspire spiritual growth in the community. $5. WellnessFirst! 3861 N. First Avenue. 520-240-5651. 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. Satsang with Spiritual Sanity For Humanity – 7-8:30pm. Live Spiritual occasions with American Master Bud-Ra-KCri-Da. All questions will be answered. 380 E. Mesquite St., Gilbert, 85296. Tim. 480-282-2963. 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. $5 donation. Unity Church, 3617 N Camino Blanco. 520-272-2819.  

saturday Happiness group – 10am. Universal principles, mirroring and gratitude. Come join us. Grow and be inspired. Bring folding chair. $5. RSVP. 48 N Tucson Blvd, Suite 100. Michelle Major-Katz 520-468-2214. No class Nov 4 or 25.

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.

Rincon Valley Farmers’ Market – 9am-2pm. Organic produce, fresh flowers, baked goods, ironworks, arts and crafts by local artisans. 12500 E Old Spanish Trail. Satsang with Spiritual Sanity For Humanity – 9-11am. Live Spiritual occasions with American Master Bud-Ra-KCri-Da. All questions will be answered. 380 E. Mesquite St., Gilbert, 85296. Tim. 480-282-2963. 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. Guided Meditation – 9:30-10am. Relax into the weekend with a guided meditation. Explore various Tibetan meditations. Open to all levels. Led by Bradford Trojan. Free. 314 E 6th. 520-955-9632.

Tergar Meditation Group – 2-3:30pm. 1st and 3rd Saturdays. Tergar is a meditation group based on the teachings of Mingyur Rinpoche, author of The Joy of Living. $0-20. Caritas Center for Healing. 330 E. 16th St.

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,

Saturdays with Joe Pinella – 2pm. Tai Chi Kung and Qi Gong by reservation only. Specializing in medical therapy for arthritis and other pain issues. Contact Joe at

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.


Satsang with Spiritual Sanity For Humanity – By Phone. Spiritual occasions with American Master Bud-Ra-KCri-Da. All questions will be answered. 380 E. Mesquite St., Gilbert, 85296. Tim. 480-2822963.

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.

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.

“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.

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.

Aquatic Energy Class – 10-11am.  Jin Shin Jyutsu  in warm indoor pool.”Getting to know (help) myself” is simple,  powerful, self-help therapy anyone can learn. $60/4 weeks. Dorothy Richmond 520 622-4201. 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.

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.

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,

Ask a Nurse – 10am and 12pm. 1st and 3rd Sundays. Call Nurse Practitioner Mary Kelley for appointment for screenings, prescriptions, and treatment.  Insurance, Medicare and donations accepted. Unity of Tucson, 3617 N. Camino Blanco. 520-490-2035. 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,

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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.

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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. Inspiring, empowering and supporting positive spiritual growth. Learn, laugh, sing, and celebrate Oneness in a warm, welcoming community. Sunday school and midweek classes available. 1551 S. Eastside Loop #121. 520-546-3696. 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. Te m p l e o f U n i v e r s a l i t y @ G m a i l . c o m . 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. 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.

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A GIFT OF WELLNESS The Reconnection, Reconnective Healing, Counseling, Ionic Foot Baths, Reflexology. Ask about our specials. Call 520-548-3820.

GET WELL AND STAY WELL WITH ACUPUNCTURE A unique medical approach. Children and adults welcome. Contact Annie, Golden Mountain Acupuncture, 520-991-5614.

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.

HEALTHY CAKES, PIES, MUFFINS, BROWNIES now available by special order in Tucson! Organic whole-grain, wheatfree, gluten-free, vegan, no refined sugar, no added fat, diabetic-friendly.  Visit or call Alaine, 323-2368788 to order.

ARE YOU CURIOUS about how Ayurvedic and Photodynamic therapy can improve your life? Call The Holistic Way now to find out. Also offering Cranial-sacral, Iridology and more; 520-303-3931. SPACIOUS, BEAUTIFUL OFFICE available for holistic practitioner with developed practiced 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

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.

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.

Self-Realization Fellowship – 6-8pm. Tucson Meditation Group. Teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda. 1702 E Prince Rd, #140. 520-7926544.

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.

Satsang of Swami Amar Jyoti – 7pm. 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. 40


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.

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, 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.


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. 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.


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.

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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 30. 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 31. 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 11.


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 31. 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 30. 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 29 and 31.






Tomi Murphey, LMT, 520-318-342

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 30. 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 30. 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 31. THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE ESSENTIALS Jennifer Howes Lunt, LMT 520-409-2031

Promoting Harmony and Balance to Individuals Seeking Wellness. Jennifer specializes in Prenatal Massage, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Hydrotherapy and Injury Management. Go to for baby shower gift ideas, holiday specials and gift certificates. See ad page 30.



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

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

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 20.


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. PATHWAY TO YOUR SOUL LIFE COACHING Josie Collins MS, CPCC 520-275-6085

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.

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.

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 29 and 31.


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 30.

Lucia Maya 520-579-8844

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!


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.


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 29. OPEN PATHWAYS

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

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 17.


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 back cover.

HEALTH SCREENING PROACTIVE HEALTH SOLUTIONS, LLC Lynda Witt ACCT Certified Thermographer 520-235-7036

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 19.


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

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 13.

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.




HOLISTIC HEALING 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 12. 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. 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.


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

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.


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 8 and 12. KIMBERLY LAUGER

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.




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 27.


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 8 and 12.


928-300-2030 . 520-308-4850

Spiritualist counselor, Rev. Cheney offers 30+ years’ experience to help you with life’s challenges. Contact your guides, angels and loved ones. Life path guidance. Phone or in studio. Dynamic chakra clearing w/tuning forks, color, crystals. Private intuitive lessons. Weddings, Memorials.



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 6.


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 23.



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

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 10.


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 7.




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.

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.

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


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 28.

B.F.A. Free-Lance Photographer 520-488-6834


El Tigre/Tigress Scented Pheromones Formulator, Debbie Shaw

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 26.


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.


Mark McMahon 520-270-7083

Dynamic modality for releasing aches and pains, clearing mental/emotional blocks and opening psychic and spiritual potentials. Easy as breating, fun as dancing. Groups and OneOn-One. Free video. See ad on page 5.

SPIRITUAL TEACHINGS CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL LIVING - TUCSON Rev. Donald Graves Office & Education Center 3895 N. Alvernon Way, 85718 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 29. November




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

TARA MAHAYANA BUDDHIST CENTER 1701 E. Miles St, 85719 520-441-1617

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.

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.



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. TRANSFORMATIONAL WISDOM


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. SPIRITUAL SANITY FOR HUMANITY Bud-Ra-KCri-Da Tim Becker 380 E. Mesquite St. Gilbert, 85296 480-282-2963

Join us for a weekly spiritual occasion with American Master Bud-Ra-KCri-Da. Bask in the blessing grace and love of a realized transmitting Spiritual Master. Gain new perspectives on the most direct path to divine realization. All questions answered. See ad on page 32.



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

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. THE TEMPLE OF UNIVERSALITY 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. Please note new address!


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 25. UNITY CHURCH OF PEACE

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 28. 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.”


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 10.

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