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Spring has officially sprung, and we’re ecstatic to present Tucson’s very own Green Hero, “Mrs. Green,” aka Gina Murphy-Darling, on the cover of our “Nature’s Wisdom and Healthy Home” issue! We’re proud to partner with Mrs. Green to announce her new book, Your Mother Called (Mother Earth)…You’d better call her back! Don’t miss an opportunity to pick up a copy, or to hear Mrs. Green speak; several of our favorite local bookstores and salons are hosting book signing events during the next couple of months (see calendar of events for specific dates and locations). Be sure to take part in the wealth of earth-friendly activities occurring in Tucson this month, or take a step at home toward greater environmental consciousness. April is Bike Fest month, and Bike Fest Tucson has created a month-long calendar of events designed for kids, tweens, adults, business owners, die-hard bike-to-work commuters, casual cruisers and everyone in between. Download the complete schedule at Tucson will host its 21st annual Earth Day Festival and parade at Reid Park on April 18th. For spring home improvements​and ideas for greening, check out Spring Greening: Easy Ways to Detox a House on page 26. You can also visit the Habitat for Humanity Habistore on April 22nd for its Earth Day sale, where you can take advantage of huge discounts on all donated merchandise. With Nature’s Wisdom on page 22, we remember our fundamental relationship to nature and its crucial role in our well-being​, encouraged by lessons that inspire, heal and sustain us.​ Bloom in peace and renewal,

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Arizona Champion for Green Living Launches First Book


ina Murphy-Darling, a.k.a. “Mrs. Green,” host of the radio program Mrs. Green’s World, has launched her debut book, Your Mother Called (Mother Earth)…You’d better call her back!, carrying Murphy-Darling’s passionate message of respect for Mother Earth to the public. Taking on her radio show personality of Mrs. Green, Murphy-Darling identifies many of today’s incredible environmental challenges and offers one woman’s solutions on aiming to live in ways to help preserve the planet. The book presents more than 120 pages of practical, humorous, and personal insights that reveal the many not-so-earth-friendly practices of modern day life, and shows readers simple ways to learn more about the issues and act more sustainably. Murphy-Darling’s journey began in the rainforests of Peru at a conference on preservation. She launched her Tucson-based radio show, Mrs. Green Goes Mainstream, in 2008, and it quickly grew a following through her website, blog, newsletter, and social media. The show is now followed by thousands of listeners around the world, and has grown to include a weekly podcast, Mrs. Green’s World, which is carried on six radio networks—including the Iglu Radio app—that is downloaded in 29 countries across the globe. The book marks another milestone in Murphy-Darling’s quest to educate people about the real and lasting negative impacts on our planet. From listing the dangers of fracking to discussing the harmful effects of chemicals in food and cleaning products to tips on greener ways to entertain, the book’s aim is to motivate people to ‘wake up and smell the roses’—while there are still roses to smell. For more information, or to order the book call 520-230-3977, email, or visit

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hen major construction hit the Oracle Road corridor, Claire, owner of Claire’s Cafe and Art Gallery, rolled up her chef/hostess sleeves and decided that she would celebrate the new, expanded road, by giving her Cafe an interior facelift. The new updated café includes a restocked art gallery and the rebuilt three-lane highway cuts the time to reach Claire’s Cafe from Tucson to less than ten minutes. Claire’s Cafe and Art Gallery provides an artistic and loving environment for first time and regular customers serving delicious and healthy food prepared daily and served with a personal touch while surrounded by original Southwest and Native American art hand-selected by Claire herself. Both local and nationally known artists are featured, and all art is available for purchase. Location: 16140 N. Oracle Rd., Catalina. Call 520-825-2525, or visit, or See ad page 35.




n March 1, A&E Recycled Granite (A&E) celebrated their one-year anniversary. According to owner, Julie Olauson, the company diverted over 200 tons of granite and other natural stone waste from Arizona landfills in their first year of operation. Using locally sourced remnant material, they manufacture solid natural stone products. The business is family owned and operated and allows teaching the next generation that good stewardship sometimes requires a lot of effort and perseverance. The products that A&E produces are made from 100 percent recycled post-consumer waste. Larger pieces of scrap are turned into pavers and fire pits, and pieces too small for that process are used to create split stone tile blends. They don’t crush and reform the granite using epoxies, resins or other chemicals, Thus, their process does not produce harmful pollutants, reduces the need to mine additional material, and gives consumers a sustainable product option. A&E is committed to educating the public on the need to use sustainable granite products. Using various different venues, they educate students, consumers and trade partners and offer informative tours of their facility to highlight the recycling processes. They also partner with local countertop fabricators such as; Granite Specialists, Tucson Stoneworks and Granite Kitchen and Bath to encourage recycling, change existing industry practices and create a collaborative relationship that benefits the environment. Location: 1660 S. Research Loop, #110. Call 520-885-8970, email Info@, or visit

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aster dog psychologist, Christine Ricci, founder and CEO of Bella Dog Psychology offers dog therapy and training at her Dog Psychology Center, or in the dogs home. Every canine has amazing abilities and strengths waiting to be tapped, and there are hidden treasures longing for a home in our local pounds. A human life can become happier and more peaceful when a canine is introduced to provide unconditional love, guidance, and protection. Ricci loves to transform lives, one paw at a time. She believes her calling is to teach people and dogs how to connect and communicate with each other to live in a deeper, more meaningful relationship. Call 520-260-0615, email, or visit

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ovinda’s Natural Foods is hosting an Easter Sunday “all you can eat” brunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 5. Live music will be available on the patio from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featured at the brunch will be Govinda’s homemade organic kombucha on tap in flavors of lemon ginger and raspberry, as well as the original. Kombucha is one of the most popular health drinks on the market and there are very few restaurants in town that offer it freshly brewed. Its health benefits include better digestion, increased energy levels and immune system support. For more information, see Location: 711 E. Blacklidge Dr., For more information, call Aaron Lieberman at 520204-5051, email, or visit The brunch is $14.95 for adults, $5.95 for children 9 to 11, $4.95 children 5 to 8 and free for those under 4.

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r. Tomas Sepulveda of ALAS Life Coaching and Hypnotherapy is holding a six-hour workshop called Body Language: All Things Are Not What They Seem, on April 25th. This workshop focuses on reading and understanding body language. Sepulveda shows how he uses his knowledge of body language to see beyond what a client is saying. As a Life Coach, he works to help clients refocus to identify and attain their life goals for greater vitality, experience and fulfillment. Every person is different and has a unique set of circumstances, goals, desire for change, abilities and interests as well as habits of self-sabotage. Life Coaching is inherently dynamic and personal and can help free the mind of negative thoughts and feelings, inducing a calm, more confident, relaxed and successful approach to many life situations. People automatically and hypnotically respond to situations in the same way, sometimes even when the response is no longer relevant or appropriate. Over time, they often forget why they chose their initial reaction. A life coach can help dehypnotize a client so he can make choices that are more conscious and learn to live and excel in the moment. Hypnotherapist are the guides that can help create a space in which a client feels comfortable to make the necessary changes that lead to greater success, love, peace and contentment. With hypnosis, the process of accepting and instituting change is much quicker. Location: 6510 E. 22nd St., Tucson. For more information, or to register, call 520-885-0575, email, or visit Cost is $99 and preregistration is required. The first ten people that register seven days in advance and mention Natural Awakenings will receive a 50 percent. See ad page 11.

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Athena’s Southwest Fiesta Collection Comes to Tucson


ashion designer Robin Hall of Athena Southwest brought her southwestern line to Paris in October of 2012, and brings it to Tucson today to show the locals what the Old Pueblo is all about. Her new collection of kitschy styles is inspired by designs popular in the southwest in the 1940’s and 50’s and her love of bright colors, ric-rac and hats abounds in the new designs. Already known as Athena Outdoors for biking and Robin Hall, photo hiking skirts for women and kilts for men, Athena Southcredit Echo Chanel west’s Fiesta Collection takes dressing up to a new level. Starmaker Hall is dedicated to creating clothing that will express the style, elegance and romance pouring forth from the heart to complement natural style and grace. Athena Southwest’s clothing is made with natural fibers and decorated with fanciful ribbon and ric-rac trim. Prairie skirts are full, with billowing bright colors, and matching blouses are often classic gingham and squaw dresses in Mexican and Navajo patterns. Call 520-203-7010, email or visit or

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he Habitat for Humanity Tucson HabiStore, is a resale shop where local residents and visitors can find items for home improvement at reasonable prices, while knowing the money spent is helping the community. All sales at the HabiStore benefit Habitat Tucson, a nonprofit that works with the Southern Arizona community helping build and repair homes for local families, seniors and veterans in need. When it’s time for spring cleaning remember the HabiStore where they will happily accept gently used items as donations to be recycled so they do not wind up in our landfills. Location: 935 W. Grant Rd. Call 520-889-7200 or visit See ad page 10.

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oodwill celebrated the Grand Opening of their donation center at 5775 E. Broadway, Tucson in March and is hosting Connecting Tucson on April 18 where tickets for a raffle sponsored by The Jim Click Automotive Team will be on sale. The raffle is for one of only 1,964, 2015 Ford Mustangs, 50th Anniversary Edition. Tickets are $25 or five for $100 with an entry deadline of November 6, 2015. The drawing will be held on November 13. The winner need not be present to win. Goodwill of Southern Arizona funds and operates five adult programs, five youth programs and supports over 500 full-time jobs. All Goodwill retail locations and donation centers are green oriented and donating and shopping there has a positive impact on the environment. Support Goodwill provides a three-fold return. Shoppers win with affordably priced items, the community wins with Goodwill’s educational and career goals programs, and southern Arizona wins because it gets less items dumped in landfills. In fact, last year, they were able to keep more than 24 million pounds out of the landfill. The sale of generously donated items from retail stores and donation centers allows Goodwill Industries of Southern Arizona to provide training, services, and jobs for people. Ninety cents of every dollar Goodwill spends goes towards their mission and they employ over 500 people in Southern Arizona. Location: 1940 E. Silverlake, Ste 405. Call Judith Simmons at 520-623-5174, email, or visit See ad page 16.

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rt therapy is a relatively newer modality that can help many in Tucson reestablish their connection with life. Nature can be a teacher, mentor and guide, allowing people to feel humbled, relaxed and connected to something larger than the self. Humans can reap the neurological benefits of both nature-connection and art-making through these three powerful self-help tools: Parts One and Two: Observe and Relate. This can be done in one of several ways: First, picture yourself as an object in nature. When feeling stumped, use a tree as metaphor. Do you have strong roots; do your branches reach for the sky? Or, are you a weeping willow or carnivorous plant? You don’t have to be a tree; draw what you feel most strongly attracted to: the sun; the beach; a river. Try to stick to objects for now—animals can come later. Second, take a photo, make a collage or collect images of the thing or place to relate to. You can collect objects, too. You don’t have to be an artist for this to work. Part Three: Engage. Take a good look at your object and think about why you relate. Consider all of the metaphors. Then, write a letter from the photo, artwork or object to yourself. This will probably feel awkward at first. Start out by writing: Dear (your name), I (the object) am the one who (let yourself write the answer). Then, ask the art/ object: What do I need? What wisdom do you share? What specific action(s) can I take? Let yourself write the answer. You can do this process within 5 or 10 minutes and it should be fun not laborious. Using art processes to redefine emotional obstacles can improve quality of life, and allow people to explore their innermost depths and reach their fullest potential. Jodi Gonzales ATR, NCC, is an award winning environmental sculptor, art therapist and national presenter. She is the founder of the Salus Institute, LLC, located at 5151 E. Broadway Blvd., Ste 1600. Call 520-447-2892, email, or visit

Affordable Health Care from Mother Nature Unlike their Eastern counterparts, North American and some European herbalists seek to directly mitigate health issues or facilitate specific bodily functions using particular plants, roots and barks. Native Americans embraced the belief that Mother Nature provides, contending that the herbs of a local environment provide for all of the needs of the people dwelling there. For example, snake weed is prevalent in the Southwest, where encounters with rattlesnakes are frequent. Herbs such as comfrey, arnica and sage, which are found from coast to coast, are used to heal wounds, relieve pain and get rid of parasites, maladies common to people everywhere, according to the Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine. Every culture in the world has developed and maintained a system of healing based on their indigenous plants, relying on these natural pharmaceutical entities for thousands of years. A human that lived 5,000 years ago found preserved in ice in 1991 was carrying herbs and mushrooms to mitigate health conditions that scientists confirmed were present in his body. Despite their effective use for millennia, many modern-day people still question the efficacy and safety of medicinal herbs. Instead of looking to pharmaceutical companies—born of an industry with less than 200 years of experience—to handle our healthcare needs, perhaps the real affordable care act can be found in the plants, roots and barks provided by Mother Nature. For more information, call 888-4654404 or visit See ad page 37. April 2015




or many years, there have been questions about the benefits of the ionic detoxification footbath. The process is based on osmosis—the water-filled footbath releases ions into the water, which are then taken up into the body through the pores via osmosis. The polarity is reversed periodically, creating positive and negative ions. Cells energized by the ions in the water are then encouraged to release oil, acid, fat, heavy metals, and other debris and waste which has accumulated in the bloodstream, liver, and gallbladder over an entire lifetime. As the cells release toxins, again through osmosis, the debris is released through more than 4,000 pores of the feet back into the water, turning it a bright rust color, or a murky brown. The ionic detoxification footbath has helped thousands heal from disease, reach optimal health and recover from serious health conditions such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, gout, and cancer.

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esearchers from Norway’s Stavanger University and France’s AixMarseille Université found that readers remember a story better if it’s on paper. The study tested 50 people that read the same 28-page short story. Half of the group read the paper version and the other half read the story on a Kindle e-reader. The researchers discovered that readers of the digital version could not remember details from the story or reconstruct the plot as well as the group that read the paper copy. The researchers found that the feedback of a Kindle doesn’t provide the same support for mental reconstruction of a story as a print pocket book does. “When you read on paper, you can sense with your fingers a pile of pages on the left growing, and shrinking on the right,” explains Stavanger University’s Anne Mangen, Ph.D. These findings confirm a study performed a year earlier, also led by Mangen. Seventy-two 10th-graders were given text to read either on paper or on a computer screen. The students that read the paper text versions scored significantly higher in reading comprehension testing than those reading digital versions.



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s spring approaches, people with allergies can have difficulties due to high pollen content in the air. N-acetylcisteine (NAC) is an amino acid and antioxidant that is widely recognized as a natural allergy remedy. NAC is a derivative of the amino acid L-cysteine and a natural allergy relief medicine. Aside from allergy relief, NAC has many other medicinal uses. For example; it can be used to counteract acetaminophen (Tylenol) and carbon monoxide poisoning, chest pain (unstable angina), bile duct blockage in infants, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease), Alzheimer’s disease, reactions to the anti-seizure drug phenytoin (Dilantin). It is also used to reduce homocysteine levels, risk of heart attack and stroke in patients with serious kidney disease, certain eye infections and a type of cholesterol called lipoprotein(a). The high antioxidant activity of NAC also offers preventive protection against alcoholic liver damage and environmental pollutants including herbicides and for reducing toxicity of certain drugs used for cancer treatment; as a hangover remedy; for preventing kidney damage due to certain X-ray dyes; and for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and for detoxifying heavy metals such as mercury, lead, and cadmium.

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he 16th century great Kabbalist, Isaac Luria, began the practice of eating fruit and drinking wine to honor the feminine aspect of the Divine as the Tree of Life. This simple ritual nurtures awareness of being human and the relationship to nature as represented in trees. It can easily be adapted to other nature-based ceremonies and is especially applicable to celebrations for Arbor Day on April 24. DRINK – four cups of wine (can be as small as one oz. shot glasses) or fruit juice and mineral water in the following sequence: white, white mixed with red, red mixed with white and red. BLESS – each drink. Reflect on how people are like trees—or about the recently risen sap after the winter rest. Invoke the Shekhinah, the Feminine Presence of the Divine, seeing her as Mother Earth. Reflect on our roles as custodian of nature. EAT – three types of fruit. Fruit with a rind (representing earth and body), fruit with pits (representing emotion), and fruit that is completely edible (representing mind). Do whatever helps you to pause and appreciate a positive ritual and awareness. Lynn Rae Lowe is a compassionate artist who composes and performs vibrant and meaningful ceremonies. Call 520-299-7900, email or visit See ad page 8.

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ccording to Dr. Mark Pirtle, developer of the Skillfully Aware program for stress relief, “Karma is every action that makes us who we are. All the actions flowing through the world, body and mind create experiences that we judge to be pleasant and unpleasant. In this way, our Karma doesn’t happen to us, it comes from us; it’s our perspective on what’s happening.” He continues, “Life seems to be made up of an entangled mix of circumstances and reactions to those circumstances.” His statement takes a seismic shift in perspective to understand. Habits, tendencies and even destiny are constantly being remembered or created; responding to the survival and continuation of being alive. Pirtle relates, “I came to this perspective after studying what is called Living Systems Theory—a theory that states



that life makes itself, meaning that life processes flow by itself. For example, right now, your fingernails are growing, but you are not growing them. You are not beating your heart or having an argument in your head about something or controlling any of the quintillion cellular actions taking place in your body at this moment. All these actions and musings

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are flowing by themselves. That’s what I call self-making.” This self-making controls our bodies and minds and affects our spirits, reflected in 70% of doctor’s visits being stress related. Resistance is futile, causing a cornucopia of stress related conditions. The traditional medicine response is to medicate the symptom. A psychologist may respond to reinforce a patient’s story, even as the condition continues to cause erosion. Pirtle, a stress illness specialist, saw this connection and its effects, saying “I’ve equated the definition of cognition with the ancient concept of karma that is defined as action.” Pirtle describes the two as one and the same, both perpetuated by self-generation. He continues, “That’s why it’s hard to change your karma. Once the organism knows how to act to survive, cognition creates the thoughts, sensations and triggers to assure continuation. This is why stress related conditions like addiction, depression and anxiety are so hard to get rid of. Everything is flowing as a result of the story that you are playing out with every breath. All action is a knowing the system has taken on.” Years of clinical experience and professional development studying science, exploring spirituality and traveling his personal razor’s edge, led Pirtle to develop the self-care program that addresses the self-making. Refined in clinical environments, the stress specialist created the personal practice Skillfully Aware. The Skillfully Aware program is a mindfulness and meditation practice to understand personal karma through conscious cognitive attention. The program supports learning the art and science of self-change and healing in a step-by-step procedure towards achieving stressreleasing benefits. All mindfulness meditation is an adaptation of Buddhist vipassana meditation where practitioners learn to be mindful of intentional, accepting and non-judgmental focus of one’s attention on the emotions, thoughts and sensations occurring in the present moment. With

of mind study teachers Geshe regular practice, mindfulness Tashi Tsering, Shinzen Young meditation can become a mental and Upasaka Culadasa and body position allowing separation of a practitioners Dr. James Cyriax given experience from an associMD, Dos Winkel, PT, Omar ated emotion, and it can facilitate Mathijs PT and David Butler a skillful or mindful response to a PT. Collectively, his experiential given situation. scholarly journey inspired Pirtle In a 2014, in a meta-analysis of in designing the transformational scientific studies on mindfulness program and increased his ability meditation, the US Agency for as a doctor to address pain. Healthcare Research and Quality Skillfully Aware’s method concluded that meditation promodifies the age-old discipline of grams, in particular mindfulness being at rest and in action; being programs, reduce multiple dimenSkillfully Aware Zendo in a still attention as one moves sions of psychological stress. through and interacts with the “Skillfully Aware’s mindfulness matrix in full awareness. The mindful practice includes letting method develops an eye for the internal self-making. The people be where they are, calming the mind through wakpractice shines a light on cognitive behaviors happening all ing meditation and developing peaceful personal ethics with by themselves. Practitioners quickly realize they are witfamily, community, and life interactions. nesses to a very impersonal process that can relieve shame, The six week program Pirtle offers supports and guides you blame and guilt. The experience can be liberating.” Pirtle uses the process in his work at Sierra Tucson, Miraval through developing a meditative mindset where experience becomes an unfolding of applying cognitive techniques—diResort and the Center for Integrative Medicine at the Unirecting thoughts, sensations and triggers leading to a kinder versity of Arizona. He offers a six-week training that introemotional learning that plays out a light, flowing karma. duces the concepts and techniques to professionals, artists and others on personal development paths. His academic Dr. Mark Pirtle’s classes are held at various locations in Tucaccomplishments include a doctorate in physical therapy, son. For more information, on his classes and products, visit certifications as a strength and conditioning specialist and as See ad page 13. an Orthopedic Manual Therapist. He put himself at the feet

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Nature’s Wisdom Its Lessons Inspire, Heal and Sustain Us by Christine MacDonald

The environment is not separate from ourselves; we are inside it and it is inside us; we make it and it makes us. ~ Davi Kopenawa Yanomami, Amazon shaman


hile the idea that we humans stand apart from—or even above—nature is a prevailing theme in much of modern civilization, naturalists and other clever souls throughout the ages have observed that the opposite is true: We are part of, depend on and evolve with nature—and we ignore this vital connection at our peril. “If one way is better than another, that you may be sure is nature’s way,” admonished the Greek philosopher Aristotle, in the third century B.C.E. “Time destroys the speculation of men, but it confirms the judgment of nature,” Roman politician and philosopher Cicero ruminated two centuries later. Nobel Prize-winning physicist and philosopher Albert Einstein remarked, “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” Today, more of us are looking to nature for ways to improve physical, mental and emotional health, develop



intelligence, innovate, overhaul how we build homes and neighborhoods, and raise our children.

Healthful Nature

As Henry David Thoreau wrote in his classic 1854 book Walden, “We need the tonic of wildness.” While we know firsthand how walking in the woods can elevate mood, scientists have documented that a regular dose of nature has other far-reaching benefits. It can lower stress hormone levels, blood pressure and undesirable cholesterol; help heal neurological problems; hasten fuller recovery from surgery and heart attacks; increase cancer-fighting white blood cells; and generally aid overall health (Health Promotion International research report; also Nippon Medical School study, Tokyo). Regular playtime outdoors helps children cope with hyperactivity and

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attention deficit disorders, according to research published in Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care. Exposure to nature can help adults escape from today’s wired lives; reinvigorate, be fitter and less likely to suffer from obesity, diabetes and heart disease, as reported in studies published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and a University of Washington research summary. It can also unlock understanding of the spiritual essence of life. Hours regularly spent by youth outdoors stimulate imagination and creativity and enhance cognitive development, helping them learn. Nature also helps youngsters develop social awareness, helping them better navigate human relations ( “It’s strange and kind of sad that we are so removed from nature that we actually have to ask why nature is good for us,” says Dr. Eva Selhub, a lecturer at Harvard Medical School, author of the new book Your Health Destiny, and co-author of Your Brain on Nature. “The fact is our brains and bodies are wired in concert with nature.” Recognition of nature’s positive effects has grown so much in recent years that physicians increasingly write their patients “prescriptions” to go hiking in the woods, counting on the healthy exercise and exposure to sunlight, nature and soothing views to address health problems stemming from poor diets and sedentary lifestyles. Healthcare clinics and hospitals in Washington, D.C., New York City, Chicago, Indianapolis, Albuquerque, New Mexico, California’s Bay Area and elsewhere have launched Prescription Trails programs aimed at objectives from preventing obesity in children to healthful activities for retirees ( Bestselling author Richard Louv calls the positive nature effect “vitamin N” in The Nature Principle. He contends: “Many of us, without having a name for it, are using the nature tonic. We are, in essence, self-medicating with an inexpensive and unusually convenient drug substitute.”

Such ideas are commonly accepted in many cultures. The Japanese believe in the restorative power of shinrin-yoku, which could be translated as “forest medicine” or “forest bathing”. Indigenous peoples like the Brazilian tribe led by Shaman Davi Kopenawa Yanomami, fighting to preserve their land and way of life in the Amazon, profess to be at one with the innate riches of sustainable rainforests (

Innovative Nature

Scientists, inventors and other innovators are increasingly inspired by nature. Biomimicry, part social movement and part burgeoning industry, looks to how Earth’s natural systems work and solve problems. University of Utah researchers, inspired by the durable homes built by sandcastle worms, are creating a synthetic glue that one day could help repair fractured bones. Architectural components manufacturer Panelite makes energy-efficient insulated glass by mimicking the hexagonal structure that bees use in honeycombs. (Find other precedents at BiomimicryCaseExamples). The inspiration for biomimicry comes from many places, says Dayna Baumeister, Ph.D. co-founder of Biomimicry 3.8, a Missoula, Montana, company working with other companies and universities to propel biomimicry into the mainstream. “People are recognizing that they’ve been disconnected to the natural world,” she says. “We also realize that [as a species] we are in trouble. We don’t have all the answers, but we can look to other species for inspiration” for clearing pollutants from our bodies and environments. Plants and fungi are now commonly used to clean up old industrial sites that resemble nature’s way of removing pollutants from water and soil. A University of California, Berkeley, meta-study confirms that farmers currently using organic farming methods and solar power achieve roughly the same crop yields as conventional techniques with far less dependence on fossil fuels, reducing greenhouse gases and petrochemical pesticide and fertilizer pollution.

Scientific studies show that a regular dose of nature has far-reaching health benefits. More doctors now write “nature” prescriptions for their patients. Cyclical Nature

These breakthrough technologies emulate the way nature uses the building blocks of life in an endless cycle of birth, reproduction, decay and rebirth. It’s part of a broad rethinking of the principles behind sustainability—building, manufacturing and living in greater harmony with natural systems, perhaps eventually eliminating landfills, air and water pollution, and toxic site cleanups. “A toxin is a material in the wrong place,” says architect William McDonough, of Charlottesville, Virginia. The only individual recipient of the Presidential Award for Sustainable Development, he is co-author of Cradleto-Cradle, a groundbreaking book that calls for re-envisioning even the nastiest waste, and The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability—Designing for Abundance. McDonough imagines a world where waste becomes raw material for new

buildings, furniture and other goods— akin to how a forest reuses every deceased tree and animal to nourish the ecosystem and spawn new life. With 80 percent of U.S. residents currently living in urban areas, architects, builders and municipal planners are likewise pivoting toward nature, prompted by the scientific evidence of the many ways that human health and general well-being rely upon it. While this contact is preferably the kind of “stopping by woods” that inspired New England poet Robert Frost, even a walk in a city park will work. “Urban nature, when provided as parks and walkways and incorporated into building design, provides calming and inspiring environments and encourages learning, inquisitiveness and alertness,” reports the University of Washington’s College of the Environment, in Green Cities: Good Health. The American Planning Association stresses the importance of integrating green space into urban neighborhoods. Not only does so-called “metro nature” improve air and water quality and reduce urban heat island effects, urban wilds such as Pittsburgh’s Nine Mile Run and Charlotte, North Carolina’s Little Sugar Creek Greenway also restore natural connections in densely populated city centers.

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Man is everywhere a disturbing agent. Wherever he plants his foot, the harmonies of nature are turned to discord. The proportions and accommodations that ensured the stability of existing arrangements are overthrown. Of all organic beings, man alone is to be regarded as essentially a destructive power. ~George Perkins Marsh, Man and Nature (1864)

Natural Intelligence

A growing number of scientists say that research about our place in nature has sparked fresh thinking about our role and devastated quaint notions about our species’ superiority. “Single-celled slime molds solve mazes. Brainless plants make correct decisions and bees with brains the size of pinheads handle abstract concepts,” points out Anthropologist Jeremy Narby, author of the groundbreaking book Intelligence in Nature. At a national conference of Bioneers, an organization based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and San Francisco that gathers nature-minded social and scientific innovators, Narby said: “We are nearly identical to many animals. Many behaviors once thought to be exclusively human are shared by other species. The zone of the specifically human, as determined by science, has been shrinking.” We haven’t lost the ability to tap that primal animal inside, even if

most of us are more likely to “venture into the forest” by watching a movie or playing video games. We may feel cut off from our instincts, but studies show time in the woods can do wonders to restore the keenness of our senses to connect with the subtle changes in natural habitat, the movements of other species and the changing seasons. The rise of human civilizations may have taken “survival of the fittest” in new directions, often decidedly tamer ones, but experts ranging from scientific researchers to lifestyle analysts say humankind is still hardwired by our more primitive past. Despite the ingenious ways we’ve devised to exploit other life forms, capitalize on Earth’s resources and protect ourselves from nature’s sometimes terrifying power, our fate remains linked to natural laws and limits, from nurturing our body’s immune system to resolving planet-sized problems like climate change.


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“‘Nature’ is our natural environment,” according to Selhub. We don’t have to move to the country to reconnect, she says. “Even spending 20 minutes a day outside has an effect.” Houseplants, nature photos and aromatherapy Earth scents can also help indoor environments better reflect our own nature. The wealth of research and common sense wisdom is aptly summed up by celebrated author Wendell Berry in The Long-Legged House. “We have lived our lives by the assumption that what was good for us would be good for the world. We have been wrong. We must change our lives so that it’ll be possible to live by the contrary assumption, that what is good for the world will be good for us. And that requires we make the effort to know the world and learn what is good for it.” Christine MacDonald is a freelance journalist in Washington, D.C., whose specialties include health and science. Visit

True-Life ‘Aha!’ Reads 10 Lessons from Nature to Inspire Our Everyday Lives by David Miller, FromNature 9 Amazing Lessons from Nature to Inspire Your Everyday Life by Annie Hauser, FromNature Intelligence in Nature by Jeremy Narby Life Lessons from Nature by Elvis Newman Cathedrals of the Spirit by T. C. McLuhan Your Brain on Nature by Eva Selhub

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Spring Greening Easy Ways to Detox a House by Lane Vail


or most individuals, odorous chemicals are simply unpleasant. For those that are sensitive and susceptible, however, even common chemical exposures may evoke a toxicant-induced loss of tolerance (TILT) marked by multiplesystem symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, autoimmune disease, asthma, depression and food intolerance. Since the post-World War II expansion of petrochemicals, the incidence of TILT has increased dramatically, says Claudia Miller, a medical doctor, researcher and professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and co-author of Chemical Exposures: Low Levels and High Stakes. “Fortunately, public awareness has also grown significantly in the last few years,” says Rick Smith, Ph.D., a Canadian environmentalist who co-authored Toxin Toxout. “Now companies and governments worldwide are moving toward making safer products.” We can support progress by leveraging some practical tips in greening our home. Start somewhere. Many volatile organic compounds (VOC) that in-



clude formaldehyde and benzene are concealed in household items such as couches, chairs, particleboard furniture, mattresses, box springs, carpeting, rugs, synthetic flooring, wallpaper and paint. Green TV host and Fresh Living author Sara Snow implores us not to become overwhelmed, disheartened or fearful. “Creating a healthy home is a gradual process that doesn’t require throwing all the furniture out,” she advises. Start by scrutinizing labels and choosing not to bring new toxins in. For example, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is widely found to be associated

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Even small changes can measurably reduce your family’s daily exposure to healthdamaging chemicals. ~Rick Smith a farmer or farmers’ market, provides threefold benefits,” says Snow—less wasteful packaging, reduced exposure to chemical plastics and greater concentration of health-promoting nutrients. Buy in bulk and favor glass containers or rectangular cardboard cartons. Take tests. Radon, an invisible, odorless gas that can emanate from the ground and accumulate in homes, annually causes 21,000 U.S. lung cancer deaths, according to the U.S. EPA. Lead, a neurotoxin that may occasionally leach from home water pipes, can also hide in pre-1978 paint. Testing for both and implementing reduction or precautionary measures is simple, advises Smith. Most hardware stores stock test kits. Take action. Join with other concerned citizens by launching a pertinent petition at; campaigning with organizations like the Environmental Working Group ( or Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families (; and supporting cleaner, greener companies with family purchases.

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The Martial Arts Hold Deep Inner Lessons by Eric Stevens


ew words are as oddly coupled as martial and arts. The first means “relating to war and soldiers,” while the second means “something that is created with imagination and skill, and is beautiful or expresses important ideas or feelings.” All martial arts represent a paradox of push and pull, yin and yang, external and internal.

Their practice represents the blending of our physical lives in harmony with our emotional makeup, allowing our external activity to mirror our internal being. Seldom is the fusion of body, mind and spirit easily achieved with one activity, but martial arts are an exception, because they focus equally on internal and external well-being. Here are five key life lessons that martial arts can teach us.

Learn how to breathe. True connection with our breath permeates an artist’s realm. A vocalist must reach deep within the diaphragm to sing proficiently and a dancer must learn to time their breath while performing. A martial artist learns to control breath with stillness and speed, like juxtaposing yoga with intense contact sports. Breathing properly makes the practitioner a better martial artist and a healthier one. According to a study published in the American Journal of Chinese Medicine, hypertensive qigong program participants were able to both lower their blood pressure after 10 weeks and increase their oxygen uptake by 20 percent. Avoid conflict by developing character. While it may seem counterintuitive that learning how to fight could avoid conflict, it’s an essential part of martial arts. The philosopher Lao Tzu said the best fighter is never angry. The martial arts are primarily about discipline, heightened awareness and honing an ability to face our own internal conflicts. Several studies corroborate that practicing martial arts produces positive behavioral changes. For instance, according to a study published in the Journal of Adolescence, participating students in the martial arts were characterized as being less impulsive and less aggressive. Connect the external (body movement) with the internal (energy movement). The energetic force that cata-

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that martial arts’ transcendent philosophy gives us many lessons to draw upon. He suggested, “Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.” Eric Stevens has been a fitness professional and martial arts coach for 15 years. He writes about related topics from Denver, Colorado. Connect at

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Home-Grown Organic Made Easy 10 Time-Saving Tips for a Healthy Garden by Barbara Pleasant

Organic gardening experts share strategies for growing a great garden and having a life, too.


he arrival of planting season has a stunning effect on veggie gardeners. We talk to our seedlings as if they were children, and don’t mind working until dark if that’s what it takes to get the fingerling potatoes in the ground. Then, complications like crabgrass and cabbageworms appear, and keeping up with all the details feels impossible. We can lighten looming chores by using these time-saving tips, which will reduce later workloads when storms and the hot summer sun threaten to squelch the magic. Mulch to reduce watering and prevent weeds. “You can cut your watering time in half by mulching crops with a three-to-four-inch layer of straw or shredded leaves,” says Niki Jabbour, award-winning author of The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener and Groundbreaking Food Gardens: 73 Plans That Will Change the Way You



Grow Your Garden. “Crops like tomatoes, potatoes, kale, broccoli, cucumbers and squash all benefit from a deep mulch, which reduces the need to water and also prevents weeds, saving even more time.” Grow herbs in convenient containers. Family cooks will harvest kitchen herbs every day, in all kinds of weather, so don’t waste footsteps. Grow some parsley, basil and other herbs in large containers near the kitchen door. Try promising perennials. Plant them once, and vegetables like asparagus and rhubarb come back year after year in cold winter climates like the Midwest and Northeast. Where winters are mild, artichokes or chayote (pear squash) are long-lived and productive. Many resilient herbs will return each spring, too, including sage, mints, thyme and oregano. Tarragon and marjoram make trusty perennial herbs in the Sun Belt.

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Stock up on organic seeds. “As a year-round vegetable gardener, I try to come up with a list of all the seeds I’ll need for every season when I place annual seed orders,” Jabbour says. “That way, I will place fewer orders and have everything on hand at the proper planting time, saving both time and money.” Organic seeds in consumer seed catalogs and retail racks won’t be genetically modified or treated with pesticides. Be generous with organic compost. With each planting, mix in organic compost along with a balanced organic fertilizer. Food crops grown in organically enriched soil are better able to resist challenges from pests and diseases, which simplifies summer tasks. Grow flowers to attract beneficial insects. Reducing or eliminating pesticides and increasing plantings of flowers can radically improve the balance between helpful and harmful insects in a garden. Horticulturist Jessica Walliser, co-host of Pittsburgh’s The Organic Gardeners KDKA radio show and author of Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden, recommends starting with sweet alyssum, an easy-to-grow annual that can be tucked into the edges of beds or added to mixed containers.

“The tiny blossoms of sweet alyssum are adept at supporting several species of the non-stinging parasitic wasps that help keep aphids and other common pests in check,” Walliser says. In warm climates where they are widely grown, crape myrtles have been found to serve as nurseries for lady beetles, lacewings and other beneficial insects. Protect plants with fabric barriers. Pest insects seeking host plants won’t find cabbage or kale if they’re hidden beneath hoops covered with finemesh fabric like wedding net (tulle) or garden fabric row cover. “Cover the plants the day they are transplanted into the garden,” advises Walliser. As long as the edges are securely tucked in, row covers will also protect plants from wind, hail, rabbits and deer. Hoe briefly each day. Commit 10 minutes a day to hoeing. While slicing down young weeds, hill up soil over potatoes or clean up beds ready to be replanted. Look out for small problems to correct before they become big ones. No more misplaced tools. Time is often wasted searching for lost weeders, pruning shears and other hand tools, which are easier to keep track of when painted in bright colors or marked with colored tape. Jabbour uses a tool stash basket placed at the garden entrance. Stop to smell the flowers. Use moments saved to sit quietly, relax and soak up the sights, sounds and smells of the garden. Pausing to listen to the birds or watch a honeybee work a flower is part of the earned reward of any healthy garden that can’t be measured by the pound. Barbara Pleasant, the author of numerous green thumb books, including Starter Vegetable Gardens: 24 No-Fail Plans for Small Organic Gardens, grows vegetables, herbs and fruits in Floyd, Virginia. Connect at

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EARTH IN PERIL Children Confront Climate Change by Avery Mack

oceans’ edible fish and seafood species have declined by 90 percent in the past 100 years. The international team of ecologists and economists led by Boris Worm, Ph.D., of Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, predict total saltwater fish extinction by 2048 due to overfishing, pollution, habitat loss and climate change. Rising ocean acidity due to absorption of increasing carbon dioxide and other emissions from burning fossil fuels impacts creatures large and small, like dissolving the shell of the tiny sea butterfly, a vital link in the ocean’s food chain. Americans currently consume 4.5 billion pounds of seafood each year.

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“Each species was put here for a reason. We are the caretakers.” ~a youth at a climate rally


his month, Home Carolina statistician John We only have Box Office (HBO), Grego. in collaboration with “The globe is warmer one home. If we New York City’s American than it has been in the last Museum of Natural History, mess this one up, 100 years,” says climate will air the new documenscientist Jennifer Francis, where do we tary, Saving My Tomorrow. Ph.D., of Rutgers Univergo next? Scientists representing sity, in New Jersey. “Any the museum discuss how ~Hippocrates, age 8 wisps of doubt that human temperature change affects activities are at fault are life on Planet Earth, but the now gone with the wind.” majority of voices are those of children. Their words cry out for universal action At Sea to prevent them from inheriting what “We do more damage to the planet they believe is a dying planet in desperthan we think.” ate need of healing. ~Peri, age 9

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“We need to know the truth, because adults clearly aren’t doing enough to stop this.” ~Zoe, age 12 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA recently announced that last year was the hottest in 135 years of recordkeeping, with rising ocean temperatures driving the global heat index. Nine of the 10 hottest years have occurred since 2000. The odds of this taking place randomly are about 650 million to 1, especially without an El Nino influence, according to University of South 34


In the same 100 years, sea levels have risen seven inches, mostly due to expansion as the water warms. “We have over 2 million preserved fish in our collection. We study them to see the effect of temperature change,” says Melanie Stiassny, Ph.D., curator of ichthyology at the museum. “The mummichog fish is less than an inch long. It’s a bottom feeder and that’s where pollution like mercury lies. When the water is warm, fish eat more and mercury is stored in their bodies.” The contaminants move up the food chain, bringing the effects of pollution to our dinner table. A 2006 study by Nicola Beaumont, Ph.D., with the Plymouth Marine Laboratory UK, found that 29 percent of the

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Scientists look back to look ahead. Henry David Thoreau fell in love with the wilderness around Concord, Massachusetts, 160 years ago. From his renowned journals, scientists know when flowers like the pink lady slipper (Cypripedium acaule), bird’s-foot violets (Viola pedata) or golden ragworts (Packera aurea) used to bloom. Today, with temperatures six degrees Fahrenheit warmer than in Thoreau’s time, these species now bloom two weeks earlier. The Canada lily (Lilium canadense), plentiful before, is now rare, unable to adapt to the new reality.

Paul Sweet, collections manager of the museum’s ornithology department, studies “skins” (stuffed birds). He says, “The skins show us how birds lived years ago.” In just the past 100 years, bird species that have gone extinct range from the ivory-billed woodpecker (Campephilus principalis) to the onceabundant passenger pigeon (Ectopistes migratorius) and Carolina parakeet (Conuropsis carolinensis). In Colorado, 70 percent of the lodgepole pines have been lost, with pines in other states also in trouble. Pine beetles feed on the pines. Historically, winter brings death to both the beetles and weakened trees, which fall to feed a renewed forest. Due to warmer temperatures, the beetles are living longer and migrating to higher altitudes to kill more trees. Forest fires follow the dry timber line.

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aul Stutzman was a successful executive with a family restaurant chain and a happy father and husband married for more than 30 years when his wife, Mary, passed away from breast cancer in 2006. Questioning his faith as to why this happened, Stutzman quit his job to hike the 2,168-mile Appalachian Trail (AT), advising everyone he encountered, “Don’t take spouses and families for granted.” His book, Hiking Through, recounts this extreme adventure and relates his subsequent thoughts about grief, healing and life. Stutzman chronicled his second journey, a 5,000-mile-plus crosscountry trek, in Biking Across America. This time, he perceived a “noble, yet humble America that still exists and inspires.” More recently, the author has turned to fiction with The Wanderers and Wandering Home,

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both enriched with reflections upon the values of his Amish Mennonite upbringing and marriage.

What kept you going? Early on, I realized how soothing nature was to my grieving soul. Still, there were times it would have been easy to abandon my journeys and head for the safety of home. The desire to discover if my life held any meaning after such a great loss kept me moving forward. I kept telling myself on both journeys, “If my wife can fight cancer for four years, I can overcome any obstacle I encounter.” I was determined to write about what I was being taught by nature. I also believed books written by and about someone seeking solace via an incomplete pilgrimage would be cheating the reader.

What do such journeys teach about nature and our response to experiencing it? I find comfort in nature. I believe the beautiful streams and waterfalls, the grand views from mountaintops and the wildlife were all created for our enjoyment. When we absorb this beauty and wonderment, the stresses in life slowly melt away. Granted, not everyone will be able to do what I did; however, a stroll through a local park, along a beach or in a flower garden can have similar effects.

Did these extended physical endeavors make mental demands that catalyzed unexpected self-growth? Treks like these into the unknown are physically demanding. With time and effort, one’s body gets into shape for extended hiking and biking. The mental hurdle must be crossed next. You’ll miss home and loved ones. Loneliness will set in. This is where you discover who the real you is. Are you tenacious enough to push through the desire to abandon the pilgrimage or will you succumb to the allure of comfort and safety? On my journeys, I had to make difficult choices. There is a saying that applies to folks planning to hike the AT endto-end through 14 states: “If hiking the entire Appalachian Trail isn’t the most important thing in your life, you won’t accomplish it.” My daughter gave birth to my grandson while I was hiking. Although she asked that I come home for the event,

I declined. I kept on hiking because I knew I wouldn’t return to the trail if I went home. I’d spent my lifetime trying to do the right things for my three children, but now had to do what was right for me.

What did you learn about Americans along the way? I discovered that most Americans are kind, law-abiding citizens. Most are still willing to help a stranger in need. Unfortunately, I feel we focus too much time and energy on the minority of malcontents.

How have these experiences informed your creative process? America is a great country. The beauty I’ve witnessed from a bicycle seat and on two feet hiking the mountains is a continual source of inspiration. Many folks are unable to do what I do. My ongoing desire is to describe the images imprinted in my mind in such a way that others can feel as if they are there walking with me. For more information, visit Randy Kambic is an Estero, FL, freelance writer and editor who regularly contributes to Natural Awakenings.

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The goal of Reading Education Assistance Dogs (READ), launched in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1999 as part of Intermountain Therapy Animals, is to improve children’s literacy skills with the mentoring help of certified therapy teams. Its reach has spread through library programs across the U.S. and Canada and internationally, with other therapy groups following suit.


octors told the parents of an 11-year-old autistic son that he would never read… so quit trying to teach him,” says Suzanne Vening, an organic farmer in Jackson, Mississippi. “The doctor didn’t count on Adam, my Australian shepherd.” Abused and abandoned before being adopted by Vening, she had trained him for therapy work. Vening knew nothing about autistic or learning-disabled children, but she knew Adam could work miracles. The boy made

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eye contact with Adam during his library visit and read a few words. His parents were overjoyed as his reading continued to improve. “It’s hard to include children with special needs in many family activities,” Vening says. “A library is a place the whole family can enjoy.” She advises, “Designate a safe corner where a child can escape if feeling overwhelmed. After entering the room, handlers should sit on the floor with the dog lying beside them. A standing

National Library Week, April 12 to 18, celebrates the program Unlimited Possiblities @ Your Library dog can cause too much excitement. It’s important to trust that your therapy dog will know how to approach a child that’s afraid, has tremors or can’t sit up or sit still.” “An animal’s heartbeat seems to call to kids,” observes Rachael Barrera, a children’s librarian at Brook Hollow Public Library, in San Antonio, Texas. “Dogs have come here once a week for more than a year. Now older kids that are comfortable with the reading program are showing younger ones how to choose a book.” At California’s Benicia Public Library, kids read to Honey, a friendly brown dog, on Wednesday afternoons. Sheila Jordan, managing editor and owner of Booklandia, founded in Bend, Oregon, says her 8-year-old, Chase, found it difficult to concentrate because of ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder). “The Tales and Tails program was a big help. All summer, we went every week and chose books he said the dog would love.” Jordan’s reward was a more focused child; Chase’s reward was a dog of his own last fall. North Carolina’s Charlotte Mecklenburg Library offers 14,000 free programs a year throughout its 20 locations, including Paws to Read. Librarian Cathy Cartledge, reading program coordinator for the Morrison Regional branch, shares this story from Jaylee’s mom, Jill. “Jaylee was tutored in reading for a year. After she also began reading to Zoey, a great Pyrenees, or Hunter, a golden retriever, I saw improvement in fluency, confidence and enjoyment. It worked miracles compared with the hours and money spent for tutoring,” her mom remarks. The Mount Prospect Library, near Chicago, has an age requirement for its Tales to Tails program. “Rachael, 8, will hardly put a book down now,” says her mom, Nicole Sasanuma, a senior associate with Business Communications & Advocacy, in Northbrook, Illinois. “Her sister, Emi, 6, is anxious for her next birthday so she ‘can read to doggies,’ too.”

Reading programs aren’t limited to libraries or schools. Jean Maclean, of Lompoc, California, trains her two dogs in agility and rally skills. For a change of pace, they visit the Chumash Learning Center, in Santa Ynez, once a month. The Chumash people value education from both its elders and teachers outside the tribe. Maclean relates that Donny, age 11, was afraid of dogs until he met hers, after which his teachers saw his reading improve three levels in one semester.

Animals help kids relax and become teachers to the dogs. Researchers at the University of California, Davis have found that reading skills for kids that read to dogs during a 10-week literacy program improved by 12 percent. Children in the same program that didn’t do the same showed no improvement. Dogs and other pets prove that reading out loud doesn’t have to be scary. All it takes is a good book and a good listener. Connect with writer Sandra Murphy at

Read to a Dog Program in Tucson Libraries Children who may reluctant to read out loud may find furry friends an inviting option at the Read to a Dog program in Tucson’s local libraries. The dogs snuggle up to the young reader as they read a story from a book. Even children not yet able to read can tell their own stories while showing pictures to the pooch. On completion, they receive a paper paw on Ricco the therapy dog on which to write their name and post it on a glass his way to work wall at the Wheeler Taft Branch, in Tucson. Dog owners also share their dog’s “picture business card” to bring home, post on a refrigerator or use as a bookmark or to trade with others at school. Parents have typically reported that shy children find it easier to relate with others when there is a dog by their side. Children are invited to pet the dog while they are reading and afterwards. Children with pet allergies need to have parents close by to wash their hands and clean their faces of doggy kisses, since most of them are often unable to pass by the dogs without reading to or petting them. All dogs and their handlers that volunteer for the library’s Read to a Dog program must be certified therapy dogs. The dogs must also be calm and people focused. The websites below list all the commands the dog must be able to do and provide certification. A therapy dog is a very well-behaved dog, not a specially trained service animal. For more information, call Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Branch Library. 7800 N. Schisler Dr., Tucson at 520-594-5200, or visit The following organizations provide therapy dog certification: Therapy Dogs International Pet Partners Therapy Dogs, Inc. The Humane Society of Southern Arizona through their Pet VIP program. April 2015




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Tibetan Bowl Meditation – 6pm. Led by Michael Beale. Transformative meditation to connect consciousness with the higher self. No charge. Unity in the Valley, 17630 S Camino De Las Quintas, Sahuarita. 520-625-5687. Introduction to Judaism – 6:30-9:30pm. Explore Judaism, its history and how it interacts with other religions. No charge, donations accepted. Center for Spiritual Living Tucson’s Ed Cntr, 3895 N Alvernon Way, 520-319-1042.


Tibetan Bowl Meditation – 12pm. Led by Michael Beale. Transformative meditation to connect consciousness with the higher self. No charge. Unity in the Valley, 17630 S Camino De Las Quintas, Sahuarita. 520-625-5687.


IONS Tucson Presents – 6:30-8pm. Exploring reincarnation through history and fiction with Victor Smith, author of the visionary fiction novel, The Anathemas. $5/suggested donation. Unity of Tucson, 3617 N Camino Blanco Pl. 520-577-1478. Origami Art on View at Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson – 5-7pm (reception). 4/3-5/2 (exhibition). No charge for reception. The work of local origami artist M. Craig. 2130 North Alvernon Way. 520-332-2928.


Mrs. Green Book Reception – 1-2pm. Your Mother Called (Mother Earth) You’d Better Call Her Back! Available for purchase. Mrs. Green speaks at 1:15pm. No charge. Mostly Books, 6208 E Speedway. 520-230-3977 x3. Help and Healing on the Spiritual Path – 3-4:30pm. Experience a simple, natural spiritual healing technique based on the teachings of German healer Bruno Groening. No charge. Banner University of Arizona Medical Center, 1501 N Campbell Ave, Rm E. 520-904-4801.


Meditations for a Meaningful Life – 6:30-7:30pm. Learn to apply Buddhas teachings and meditation instructions in your life. $10/class, $40/5-class card. No charge for first class. Transcend Massage & Wellness Spa, 6965 N Oracle Rd. 520-441-1617. Info@MeditationInTucson.

Life Strategies: “The Power of Vulnerability” – 6:30-8:30pm. With Brene Brown. Excerpts from Brené Brown’s TedTalk video. Discuss concepts presented and explore what it means to us. No charge. 310 S. Williams Blvd, Ste 103. 520-829-0225. MyStrategies.Life.



Change Your Mind Day – 10am-3pm. Come learn, practice and enjoy Qi Gong, Zen flute, and teachings from several Buddhist traditions. No charge. Armory Park, 220 S 5th Ave. 520-360-4144. Bio-Touch Practitioner Training – 10am-4pm. 4/11 & 4/12. Learn Bio-Touch an interactive, hands-on training. Teaches how to relieve pain, stress, and support good health. $48/both days. Massage therapists earn 10 CEUs ($60). Bio-Touch Center, 5634 E Pima St. 520-323-7951.

Find Your North Star and Bring It Home With You – 1-4pm. With Jo and Kelly Valandry. Find your inner compass to guide you through life challenges. $40. $45/at door. Materials included. Unity of Tucson, 3617 N Camino Blanco, Rm 1. 520-488-8284.

Find Your North Star and Bring it Home With You – 1-4pm. With Jo and Kelly Valandry. Find your inner compass to guide you through life challenges. $40. $45/at door. Materials included. Unity of Tucson, 3617 N Camino Blanco, Harmony Hall. 520-488-8284.

Journaling as Spiritual Practice #1 – 6:309:30pm. Discover your own inner wellspring of knowledge, wisdom and inspiration. No charge, donations accepted. Center for Spiritual Living Tucson’s Ed Cntr, 3895 N Alvernon Way. 520-319-1042.

Tucson Astrologers’ Guild Saturday Workshop – 1-5pm. With Dorothy Oja. Learn an innovative method to assess the influence of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. $20/member, $25/non-member. Ramada Tucson Foothills, 6944 E Tanque Verde Rd. 520-625-5762.


South Arizona Authors Series – 11:30am-12:30pm. Author Jay Allan Luboff reads a passage from his novel Harry Pond Looks Homeward and discusses its spiritual message. By donation. Unity of Tucson, 3617 N Camino Blanco, Rm 3. 520-488-8284. TIES Guest Speaker: Dr. Rajiv Parti – 6:30pm. Dr. Parti’s life was transformed by a NDE, on Christmas Eve 2010, from a self-described arrogant manipulator to a life of humility and compassion. $5. Unity of Tucson, 3617 N Camino Blanco Pl. 520-395-2365.


Message Circle – 7-8:30pm. Receive a message from our mediums. Everyone receives one message. Seating is limited, please arrive early. $8. Tamara Spiritual Center, 3002 E Ft Lowell. 520-325-0513. Friends of Jung Presentation: Buddhism and Depth Psychology – 7-9pm. With, Ron Sharrin PhD. Explore the possibilities of a synthesis between Buddhism and Depth Psychology. $10/members, $15/non-members. Han Universty, 2856 E Fort Lowell Rd. Angel Gong Wave – 6pm-7:30. With Marcia Breitenbach, MA. Float fully supported in an indoor warm salt-water pool. Release stress, pain and what no longer serves you. $20/in pool, $15/ pool-side. Santa Rita Springs Pool, 2301 N Santa Rita Ave. 520-975-5376. Tucson Astrologers’ Guild Friday Night Lecture: Elections for Surgery – 7:30-9:45pm. With Dorothy Oja. Learn how to pick the best date for having surgery. $10/members. $15/non-members. Ramada Tucson Foothills, 6944 E Tanque Verde Rd. 520-625-5762.

Meditation Intro and Mini-Retreat – 2-6pm. Learn the key points for easy, relaxed and effective meditation. Followed by optional miniretreat. Beginners. $10, $15/with retreat. Kadampa Meditation Center, 1701 E Miles St. 520-441-1617.

markyourcalendar SUNDAY, APRIL 12 MYSTIC MESSENGERS PSYCHIC FAIR 9am-4pm. Free Admission. Set prices. Double Tree Hilton, 445 Alvernon Way (Broadway and 22nd St.)

markyourcalendar APRIL 12, 13 AND 14TH ACTIVATE THE HEALING LIGHT OF THE CHRIST TUBAC GOLF RESORT, TUBAC, AZ You will be infused with Christ Light by Yeshua and Mary Magdalena which will Stimulate, Develop and Activate the Healing Light of the Christ within. Give yourself the gift of healing your body, mind and soul to be lived forever. Discounts for early registration. Email or call Virginia Ellen at 760-218-7822

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Aqua Yoga – with Jessica Byron. Yoga poses in the comfort and support of heated water open possibilities for improved balance, breathing and relaxation. $15/class. Pre-register. 520-370-3499. 2301 N Santa Rita Ave.


Life Strategies: “The Four Agreements” by don Miguel Ruiz – 6:30-8:30pm. Watch several excerpts from don Miguel Ruiz’s video about “The Four Agreements” and discuss concepts presented and explore what it means to us. No charge. 310 S Williams Blvd, Ste 103. 520-829-0225. MyStrategies.Life. The Gardeners of Tucson to Hear Soil Expert – 7-9pm. With Don Breckenfeld, Tucson soil expert. Discussion on soil health, soil fertility and water management. Refreshments. No charge. Ward 6 City Council Office, 3202 E First St. 520-622-0905.


Essential Oils 101 - Reinventing Healthcare – 11am-12:30pm. Take control of your health naturally using dōTERRA essential oils. No charge. Location provided upon registration. 520-869-7366. Journaling as Spiritual Practice #2 – 6:30-9:30pm. Discover your own inner wellspring of knowledge, wisdom and inspiration that appears when you put pen to paper. No charge, donations accepted. Center for Spiritual Living Tucson’s Ed Cntr, 3895 N Alvernon Way. 520-319-1042.


I.LIVE...Powerfully – 6:30-8pm. I.LIVE (Inspired...Little Inner Voice Experiences) helps clarify goals and make positive changes, through fun techniques that engage creativity. Pre-register by 4/13. $35, includes materials. Salus Institute, LLC, 5151 E Broadway Blvd, Ste 1600. 520-447-2892. TIES Bonus Event: Suzanne Giesemann – 6:30pm. Aide to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs on 9/11; now retired Navy Commanding Officer transformed by an STE to an evidential medium, addressing questions on the purpose of life, the nature of reality, and attuning to higher consciousness. $11. $16/ day of event. 3617 Camino Blanco. 520-395-2365.


Heal Your Life Workshop Leader Training – 4/18-4/25. Become a licensed workshop leader in Louise Hay’s philosophy. Materials for up to 14 workshops provided. Training is approved by Louise and licensed by Hay House, Inc. 800-969-4584. Overcoming Anger – 2-8:30pm. Course explains how, gradually, meditation gives us the ability to accept and work with even the most challenging people and situations. $35/by 4/15. Includes vegetarian dinner. Kadampa Meditation Center, 1701 E Miles St. 520-441-1617.



Women Build Happy Hour – 5-7pm. Learn about how local women are building homes and hope for hardworking families in our community. No charge. La Cocina, 201 N Court Ave, 520-326-1217. Life Strategies: “The Shift” by Wayne Dyer – 6:30-8:30pm. Watch several excerpts from Wayne Dyer’s insightful video about life, “The Shift” and discuss concepts presented and explore what it means to us. No charge. 310 S Williams Blvd, Ste 103, Tucson. 520-829-0225. MyStrategies.Life. Reinventing Healthcare Class with dōTERRA Essential Oils – 7-8pm. Educational class on how to use essential oils for healthcare. No charge. Govinda’s Natural Foods, 711 E Blacklidge Dr. 520-204-5051. Kadampa Meditation Center - Monthly Open House – 7-8pm. Guided relaxation breathing meditation and short talk on meditation and Buddhism. Introduction to the Center’s programs, refreshments and tour. No charge. Kadampa Meditation Center, 1701 E Miles St. 520-441-1617.


Earth Day Sale at the HabiStore – 9am-5pm. 10%75% all donated merchandise. Find home furnishings, appliances, building materials, DIY projects or housewares. Proceeds help Habitat Tucson. No charge. HabiStore, 935 W Grant Rd. 520-889-7200. Exploring Ritual in Modern Life – 6:30-9:30pm. Ways to improve quality-of-life through the attentive practices of simple and profound rituals. No charge, donations accepted. Center for Spiritual Living Tucson’s Ed Cntr, 3895 N Alvernon Way. 520-319-1042.


Intestinal Health Institute GAPS Group 5:30-7pm. Begins with a GAPS PowerPoint or DVD. Share personal issues related to the presentation theme. $5. RSVP for location. 520-325-9686. B.E.: A Body Image Group for Women – 6:308pm. B.E. offers creative techniques to address the underlying life themes that often result in negative body image. Pre-register by 4/20. $35, includes materials. Salus Institute, LLC, 5151 E Broadway Blvd, Ste 1600. 520-447-2892.


Mrs. Green and VerVe - Aveda Lifestyle Concept Salon Celebrate Mrs. Green’s New Book – 4-6pm. Food, door prizes, sample salon services and Mrs.

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markyourcalendar APRIL 25 & 26 NONVIOLENT COMMUNICATION (NVC) AND THE ENNEAGRAM 9:00 am – 4:00 pm each day Our Family Services, 3830 E Bellevue St $170 Come experience a unique integration of two powerful tools for self-discovery… Whether you are new to NVC or the Enneagram, or have knowledge of either or both, you will come away with new insights. to register.

Green will speak at 5pm. No charge. VerVe Aveda Lifestyle Concept Salon, 7025 N Oracle. 520-230-3977 x3.


Tamara’s Annual Parking Lot Sale – 8am-2pm. Fundraiser. Check out the goodies we’ve collected, perhaps there’s a treasure you’ll want among the items. No charge. Tamara Spiritual Center, 3002 E Ft Lowell. 520-325-0513. Body Language Workshop: All Things Are Not What They Seem – 9am-3pm. What people say is often very different from what they think or feel. Learn to read others’ thoughts by their gestures. $99. 50% discount for the first 10 when registered seven days in advance. ALAS Hypnotherapy and Life Coaching, 6510 E 22nd St. 520-885-0575. Palmistry Class – 9:30-11:30am. Learn to read palms! With Morgana Dragonfly. 6-8 weeks. Class size is limited to 15 people so please call to sign up ahead of time. $20/class. Mystic Candles & Metaphysical, 6546 E 22nd St. 520-721-1011. Reiki Master Training – 12-5pm. With Reiki Master attunement, increase your level of intuition, spirituality, consciousness and capacity. Learn how Reiki is supported by science and medicine. $125. Highlands Activity Building, 4949 W Heritage Club Blvd, Marana. 520-245-4214. Bookmans and Mrs. Green’s World Celebrates Earth Month – 2-4pm. Food, door prizes and kids activities will be available. Mrs. Green will speak at 3pm. No charge. Bookmans Sports Exchange, 3330 E Speedway Blvd. 520-230-3977 x3. Help and Healing on the Spiritual Path – 3-4:30pm. Experience a simple, natural spiritual healing technique based on the teachings of German healer Bruno Groening. No charge. Banner University of Arizona Medical Center, 1501 N Campbell Ave, Rm E. 520-904-4801.


Transforming Dying, Transforming Ourselves – 6pm. With Tani Bhati. Sponsored by AZ Integrative Wellness Coalition (AIWC). Fee. Held at Tucson Osteopathic Medical Foundation, 3182 N Swan Rd. 520-299-4545.


Life Strategies: “Finding Your Purpose” by Wayne Dyer – 6:30-8:30pm. Watch several excerpts from Wayne Dyer’s video about “Inspiration and Finding Purpose.” Discuss concepts presented and explore what it means to us. No charge. 310 S Williams Blvd, Ste 103. 520-829-0225. MyStrategies.Life. Introduction to Confucianism – 6:30-9:30pm. Explore Confucianism, its history and how it entwines with other religions. No charge, donations accepted. Center for Spiritual Living Tucson’s Ed Cntr, 3895 N Alvernon Way. 520-319-1042.

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IONS Tucson Presents – 6:30-8pm. Cosmic Conversation with the Spirit of Cooperation‚ with Catherine Yunt, psychic medium, medical intuitive and energy healing practitioner. $5/suggested donation. Unity of Tucson, 3617 N Camino Blanco Pl. 520-577-1478.



Bio-Touch Certification Class – 5/9, 5/10, 5/16 & 5/17. 9am-4pm. Calling all Bio-Touch graduates: Are you ready to become certified practitioners? Reserve your spot. All four classes $60. BioTouch Center,5634 E. Pima St. 520-323-7951. Reiki Master Teacher – 11am-5pm. Attend to learn, be attuned, and practice this day. Learn results of Reiki testing at UAMC. $150, includes materials. Highlands Activities Building Catalina, 4949 W Heritage Club Blvd, Marana. 520-245-4214. Reiki Level I – 12-5pm. Raise your energetic frequency and bring wellness into your life and to loved ones (pets included). $100. Highlands Activities Building Catalina, 4949 W Heritage Club Blvd, Marana. 520-245-4214.


Tai Chi for Health 2-Day Workshop – 8:30am5pm. 5/16 & 5/17. Deepen your practice, learn skills for sharing with others, begin teaching, earn Professional continuing education credits, 14 for each workshop. Enjoy community of tai chi for health enthusiasts. $255. Central Tucson. 520-780-6751. Psychic Fair – 10am-4pm. Choose from a variety of skilled mediums. $10/15-minute session. United Fellowship Chapel, Inc, 4718 E Hawthorne St. 520-444-3392.

Detox Therapy Spa Open House – 1-4pm. Come meet our new esthetician, Maria. Learn about our newest piece of equipment, the Light Wave elite LED machine and Dermakinetics. Free ear beading, free chi machine trials, free food, free first visit for new chiropractic clients. Raffles. Inside Shaw Chiropractic Clinic, 1101 N. Wilmot Rd. Ste.#227.

Sensing the Energy of Relationships – 1-3pm. Sensing what is in others hearts is key to having the relationships you want. Learn how. $30/advance, $35/at event. Spirits Child Metaphysical GIft Shop, 3870 West River Rd, #120. 520-245-4214.



Vibrational Alignment Evening – 7-9pm – Powerful evenings help to create huge shifts and transformations are possible. Each event is created around what’s going on in your life right now. $30. Local Tucson Yoga, 408-930-8129.


Conscious Breathing for Healing and Awakening – 7-9:30pm. Gift yourself with an evening of healing and profound relaxation through the magic of breathwork. $40. Local Tucson Yoga, 408-930-8129.

Aveda Reception to Celebrate Mrs. Green’s Book: Your Mother Called – 1-2:30pm. Stress relieving rituals for everyone that attends. Mrs. Green speaks at 1:30pm. No charge. Aveda Store at La Encantada Mall, 2905 E Skyline Dr. 520230-3977 x3.


TIES Sharing/Discussion Group – 6:30pm. TIES mission is to provide a safe neutral environment for presenting information on and sharing of near-death and other spiritually transformative experiences. Free-will offering optional. Unity of Tucson, 3617 N Camino Blanco Pl. 520-395-2365.


Tai Chi Workshop: Depth of Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention – 9am-5pm. 10/8-10/9. With Dr Paul Lam. Pre-requisites can be learned locally. Optional CEUs, instructor certification. $370. Includes training materials. Jr League, 2099 E River Rd. 520-780-6751.

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daily Friends of the Library Book Sale – Friday-Monday, Apri 24-27, 9am-4pm. Saturday senior discount. Sunday half-price. Monday bag day. Friends is a nonprofit funding library. Book Barn, 2230 N Country Club. 520-795-3763.

sunday FoodInRoot St. Philips Plaza Farmers Market – 8am-1pm. One of the largest farmers markets in Southwestern Arizona and has a regional reputation for the number of local farmers it supports. No charge. St. Philips Plaza, 4380 N. Campbell Ave. Silent Prayer and Meditation – 8:45-9:30am. Experience the exquisite peace of shared Silence. Unity Spiritual Center of Peace welcomes all who wish to explore and discover their Oneness with Spirit. 1551 S Eastside Loop #121. 520-546-3696. Religious Service – 9am. St Michael’s ECC, the other Catholic Church. Feminist? GLBTQ? Catholic? We are and more. Chapel - First Christian Church, 740 E Speedway, 520-575-8486. Center for Spiritual Living Tucson’s Sunday Celebration Services – 10am, meditation; 10-11:30am, service. Nickerson Auditorium, 3231 N Craycroft Rd. 520-319-1042. Ai Chi – 10am. With Connie Seddon. Graceful movement, stretching and relaxing in a 96 degree warm saltwater indoor pool. Contact Connie. $15/ class. Santa Rita Springs, 2301 N Santa Rita Ave., 520-245-6616. Teen Support – 10-11am. Teens’ Safe Space. Unity of Tucson offers teens a program where understanding sponsors and other teens can support their journey. Ages 12 to 19. Donation. Unity of Tucson, 3617 N Camino Blanco Pl, Rm 2. 520-488-8284. Advice for Life and Prayers for World Peace – 10-11:15am. Put Buddha’s teachings into practice in everyday life. Each week receive a teaching on a different practical topic. Concurrent children’s class. $10 or $40/5 class coupon, first class free. Kadampa Meditation Center, 1701 E Miles St. 520-441-1617.

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Unity Spiritual Center of Peace Sunday Celebration – 10:30-11:30am. Potluck last Sun. Learn to live your spiritual potential and purpose. Pray, sing and celebrate oneness in community. All welcome. Sunday school for kids. 1551 S Eastside Loop #121. 520-546-3696.

Waterbabies Free-Style Pooltime – 11:30am. Work out and stretch in warm salt water. No instruction, just sharing the pool to walk, stretch, swim, or soak $10. Santa Rita Springs, 2301 N Santa Rita Ave. 520 577-7377.

Sunday Service – 11am. Coffee & conversation, 10:30am. 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.

Book Study-Demystifying Patanjalii – 6-8pm. Demystifying Patanjali: The Yoga Sutras. This study will give Yogananda’s take on the sutras of the wise men of ancient eastern cultures. 2nd and 4th Mondays. No charge. Ananda Center Of Tucson, 1002 E Prince Rd. 520-743-9481.

Yogananda Gathering – 11am-1pm. 3rd Sunday. Attune to Yogananda’s teachings through chanting, meditation affirmations, readings and Festival of Light ceremony. Snack and fellowship follows. Ananda Center, 1002 E Prince Rd. 520-299-9309.

QiGong – 6-7pm. With Oliver Wilson. Relax into your body with gentle and energizing movements that activate the body’s meridian pathways, loosen the joints, cultivate internal awareness and clear blocked and stagnant Qi. $10/drop-in. $35/5 classes. Caritas Center for Healing, 330 E 16th St. 520-940-0486.

Community of Light Sunday Services – 11am12:30pm. Metaphysical and spiritual gathering of lightworkers for healing, prophecy, enlightenment and growth. All welcome. Donations welcome. Unscrewed Theater, 3244 E Speedway Blvd. 520-304-1768. Tamara Spiritual Center’s Sunday Services – 11am and 5:30pm. Third Sunday of each month at 2:30pm only. Services include a healing meditation, inspirational talk and messages. No charge. Tamara Spiritual Center, 3002 E Ft Lowell Rd. 520-325-0513. Community of Light Reiki Circle – 12:45-2:15pm. 4th Sunday. Meet after the service at Unscrewed Theater. All welcome. No charge. Unscrewed Theater, 3244 E Speedway Blvd. 520-403-6156. United Fellowship Chapel – 2pm service. Sunday Services feature a guided meditation, healing, inspirational speakers and psychic messages. Everyone receives a message. United Fellowship Chapel, 4718 E Hawthorne St. 520-327-0142. Sacred Space – 4:30-6:30pm. Weekly gathering with live music, inspiration from the world’s spiritual traditions, community connection. No charge. Maker House, 283 N Stone Ave. 520-318-3557.

monday Bio-Touch Sessions – 9am-5pm. Pain? Stress? Bio-Touch, as an application of the principle “Love Thy Neighbor”, can help lessen these problems and support good health. By donation & appointment. Bio-Touch Center, 5634 E Pima St. 520-323-7951. How To Meditate – 12-1pm. With Steve Ross, MA, LMFT (CA), counselor, stress/anxiety management specialist. 4-week class debunks the myth that you must “do it right” or not at all. Lots of guidance, huge benefits. Fragrance-free. 35/pre-paid. $10/ each class. Central Tucson location. 520-825-2009.



Breathing and Sufi Meditation – 7:15-8:15pm. With Oliver Wilson. Sufi meditation explores emotions and spiritual states and includes chanting. The qualities infuse us with beautiful, healing energies, helping us open to the Divine within. Donation. Caritas Center for Healing, 330 E 16th St. 520-940-0486.

tuesday Restorative Movement in Santa Rita Springs – 10-11:30am. With Norma Itule, Certified Biosomatics Educator. Increase the body’s ability to serve and retain youthful agility by increasing body awareness, using somatic principles, breath work and relaxation techniques. $60/4 classes. 2301 N Santa Rita Ave. 520-977-6847. FoodInRoot-Carondelet St. Joseph’s Farmer’s Market – 10am-2pm. 4th Tuesday of every month. No charge. Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital, NE Corner of Carondelet Drive & Wilmot Rd. 520-2616982. Elder Circle – 10-11am. A safe, respectful place for harvesting your life; a project of the Center for Community Dialogue. No charge. Unity of Tucson, 3617 N Camino Blanco Pl. 520-405-1926. Free Meditation Session – 11am-12pm. Weekly meditation session, with instruction. Open to all who want to meditate. No charge. Awam Tibetan Buddhist Institute, 3400 E Speedway Rancho Center, Ste 204. 573-280-0797. Aquatic Therapy Rehabilitation –12pm. With Carolyn Rashti, M.S. Guided gentle movements with deep breathing to relieve pain, improve circulation and breathing. First class free. Limited to six participants. $200/8 classes. Santa Rita Springs, 2301 N Santa Rita Ave. 520-742-4292. Self-Realization Psychic Development Classes – 3pm & 5:30pm. Explore Metaphysical concepts and principles in order to know yourself and awaken your

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own authority in life through meditation and discussion. Donation. United Fellowship Chapel, 4718 E Hawthorne St. 520-327-0142. Ventana Plaza, Farmers’ 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. No charge. Sunrise and Kolb. 520-603-8116. FoodInRoot-Carondelet St. Mary’s Farmers’ Market – 4-7:30pm. 3rd Tuesday of the month. Free. Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital. 520-261-6982. Lecture Series - Better Health Through Chiropractic – 5:30-6:15pm. Learn how chiropractic enhances your body’s inherent healing ability and improves function. Offering light-force chiropractic adjustments and wellness coaching. Must RSVP. No charge. Be Now Chiropractic, 2122 N Craycroft Rd, Ste 104. 520-484-3471. Tuesday Tango – 5:30-7:30pm. Argentine Tango social with personal instruction available for beginners by experienced tango dancers, no pressure of a studio. No charge. Hana’s, 2960 N Swan, Ste 118. 520-290-0915. A Traditional Course in Miracles – 6-7:30pm. This famous channeled material has been changing lives since 1976. Donation. Unity of Tucson, 3617 N Camino Blanco Pl, Rm 1. 520-488-8284. Yoga to Ease Anxiety – w/Amy Vaughn 6:30 pm. Find relief from stress and anxiety while you build inner and outer strength, flexibility, and balance. All skill levels and body types welcome. Mindful Yoga 1101 N. Wilmot Rd, No. 123 (by Trader Joe’s). 520-300-4378. $9 cash/$10 credit., Taize Meditation Service – 6:45-7:30pm. 1st & 3rd Tuesday. Taize is a service of prayer, song, readings, silence and meditation. No charge. St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 602 N Wilmot Rd. 520-749-7950. Tucson Tuesday Laughter Yoga – 6-7pm. Gently through breathing and yogic exercises, we touch your heart with playful laughter designed to promote peace and healing. No charge. St Francis in the Foothills Church, Rm 30. 520-275-9802. Ascended Masters’ Introductory Classes – 6:30pm. Learn practical keys to open your heart and connect with your Individualized I AM Presence. No charge. Center for Integrative Psychotherapy, 6105 E Grant Rd. 520-795-4147.

wednesday Bio-Touch Sessions – 9am-5pm. Arthritis? Back pain? Bio-Touch, as an application of the principle “Love Thy Neighbor”, can help lessen discomfort and support good health. By donation & appointment. Bio-Touch Center, 5634 E Pima St. 520-3237951. Tai Chi for Arthritis: Fall Prevention – 9:1510:15am. Studies have proven it is effective

Spiritual Development Classes – 6:30-8:30pm. April includes Psychic fun night, a chakra clearing demo, breathing techniques, creating a healing box, what’s your chakra personality? $8. Tamara Spiritual Center, 3002 E Ft Lowell Rd. 520-325-0513.

thursday for pain relief, balance and fall prevention, overall well-being. $35/month. Casas Adobes Congregational Church, 6801 N Oracle Rd. 520-780-6751. Prayer and Meditation – 9:45-10:15am. Experience the healing peace of shared Silence. Unity Spiritual Center of Peace welcomes all who wish to explore and discover their Oneness with Spirit. Free. 1551 S Eastside Loop, Ste 121. 520-546-3696. Life’s Support Group – 10-11am. Meet with a group supporting life’s changes and demands. Support with health, exercise, mental well-being and more. $10. WellnessFirst! 3861 N First Ave, Bldg A. 520-668-0039. Yoga/Meditation – 11am-12:30pm. Yoga and meditation as taught by Paramhansa Yogananda includes energization and chanting. All levels of yoga and meditation welcome. Donation. Ananda Center Of Tucson, 1002 E Prince Rd., 520-299-9309. Weaving Well through Illness: A Shamanic Approach to Sickness – 12pm. 7 part series. Includes meditation, guided imagery and shamanic journeying with Quynn Red Mountain. $60-$110 sliding. Institute for the Shamanic Arts, 35 E Toole Ave. 520-954-2004. Raising Your Vibration to 5-D series – 5-7pm. 6-month mastery program will give the skills, and steps for a profound journey of raising awareness and 3-D vibrations into 5-D oneness with new teachings, discussions and experiential practices. $45/class. Tele-Conference class, the comfort of your own home. 520-825-4645. Tai Chi for Health: Community Event – 5:306:45pm. Free community tai chi. Qigong warm ups, Tai Chi for health, balance. All levels. No charge. Outdoors in courtyard at La Encantada, 2905 E Skyline. 520-780-6751. A Course in Miracles, Urtext Version – 6-7:30pm. 58,000 words were found that were edited from the original. Donation. Unity of Tucson, 3617 N Camino Blanco Pl, Rm 1. 520-488-8284. Ascended Masters’ Introductory Classes – 6:30pm. Learn to open your heart and connect with your individualized I AM Presence; the source of all the abundance you will ever need. No charge. Center for Integrative Psychotherapy, 6105 E Grant Rd. 520-795-4147.

Mold Support Meeting – Last Thurs. Free. Foothills Business Park, 10831 N Mavinee Dr, Ste 185, Oro Valley. 520-419-4668. Aquatic Therapy Rehabilitation –12pm. With Carolyn Rashti, M.S. Guided gentle movements with deep breathing to relieve pain, improve circulation and breathing. First class free. Limited to six participants. $200/8 classes. Santa Rita Springs, 2301 N Santa Rita Ave. 520742-4292. Elder Circle – 1:30-2:30pm. Second and fourth Thursdays. A safe, respectful place for harvesting your life; a project of the Center for Community Dialogue. No charge. Armory Senior Citizen Center, 220 S 5th Ave. 520-405-1926. Maker’s Square - A Downtown Tucson Art and Farmers’ Market – 4-8pm. Monthly evening event downtown, a celebration of farmers, food, crafts, artisan goods, live music, and even brew on tap. No charge. Maker’s House, SW Corner of Stone Ave & Toole Ave. Meet the Artists Night – 5:30-7:30pm. Chat with our artists over wine, tapas, music and art. Discover your own creativity as you explore what the salon has to offer. Hana’s, 2960 N Swan #118. 520-290-0915. Free Tai Chi and Chi Kung – 6-7:30pm. Gentle, flowing movements that relax the body, quiet the mind, improve health and make you feel good. No charge. Church of Christ, 2848 North Mountain Ave. 520-795-8612. Class: Finding Yourself in Transition – 6:30pm. Explore how the classic Hero’s Journey is your journey, and how to manage it. Love offering. Unity Spiritual Center of Peace, 1551 S Eastside Loop #121. 520-546-3696. Metaphysical 12 Step Group – 6:30pm. Discover new ways of looking at the recovery process. Open to anyone currently or previously involved in any 12 step program. No charge. Center for Spiritual Living, 3895 N Alvernon Way. 520-270-5000. A Course in Miracles Discussion Group – 7pm. With Hollis Toal. All students welcome whether new or experienced in the ACIM text. Donation. Tamara Spiritual Center, 3002 E Ft Lowell Rd. 520-325-0513. Centering Prayer – 7-8pm. 20-25 minute meditation and related reading/discussion. Beginner and experienced both welcome. We offer two Thursday sessions every week: 12-1pm in the Bride’s Room and 7-8pm in the Library. No charge.

St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 4440 N Campbell Ave. 520-820-6537. Ascended Masters’ Introductory Classes – 7pm. Learn about your own individual Divine Being, your I AM Presence. Find Divine solutions to every challenge. No charge. The Temple of The Presence, 11902 E Irvington Rd. 520-751-2039.

friday Free Art Exhibit – 7:30am-5:30pm. Tucson Coffee Roasters will feature Evey Knust’s Green Art in April. Knust is a local multi-media artist. No charge. Tucson Coffee Roasters, 3225 N Swan Rd, 520-904-4801. Catalina Farmers Market Artworks & More – 9am-1pm. Fresh produce, baked goods, salmon, range-fed beef, artisans, unique gifts, food court, more. No charge, 77 N Marketplace (Farmer’s), 16733 N Oracle Rd, Catalina. 970-903-0529. Jesse Owens Park Farmers Market – 9am-1pm The fledgling member of Heirloom Farmers Markets offering fresh produce to Tucson’s east side. Bring the family and enjoy everything this premiere farmers’ market has to offer. Free. Jesse Owens Park, 400 S Sarnoff Dr. Bio-Touch Sessions – 9am-5pm. Have you tried Bio-Touch? As an application of the principle “Love Thy Neighbor” it can alleviate pain, stress, and support good health. By donation & appointment. Bio-Touch Center, 5634 E Pima St. 520-323-7951. 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. FoodInRoot UAMC Farmers’ Market – 10am2pm. Every week at UAMC on the plaza south of the hospital. Great Food and Music. No charge. UA Medical Center, NW Corner of Speedway & Campbell. 520.261.6982. Waterbabies Free-Style Pooltime – 11:30am. Work out and stretch in warm salt water. No instruction, just sharing the pool to walk, stretch, swim, or soak $10. Santa Rita Springs, 2301 N Santa Rita Ave., 520 577-7377. Church of the Painted Hills Centering Prayer – 12-1pm. Labyrinth walk, Taize chant, 20 minutes centering prayer, conversation. Bring lunch. No charge. Church of the Painted Hills, 3295 W Speedway Blvd. 520-624-5715. Community of Light Healing and Message Circle – 12-1pm. Metaphysical and spiritual gathering for healing, prophecy, enlightenment and growth. No charge. Unscrewed Theater, 3244 E. Speedway Blvd. 520-403-6156.

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Healing Meditation & Message Circle – 12-1pm. Guided healing meditation. Everyone receives a message. Donation. United Fellowship Chapel, 4718 E Hawthorne St. 520-327-0142. Dfn1@icloud. com.

saturday FoodInRoot St. Philips Plaza Farmers Market – 8am-1pm. One of the largest farmers markets in Southwestern Arizona and has a regional reputation for the number of local farmers it supports. No charge. St. Philips Plaza, 4380 N. Campbell Ave. Rincon Valley Farmers’ Market – 8am-1pm. Organic produce, fresh flowers, baked goods, ironworks, arts and crafts by local artisans. 12500 E Old Spanish Trail. 520-591-BARN. The Nature of Dreams – 9-10am. 1st and 3rd Saturdays. Discussions on validity of dreams, meanings of symbols, interpretations and beliefs from different cultures. Facilitator: Rev. Howard Milwich. By donation. United Fellowship Chapel, Inc, 4718 E Hawthorne St. 520-444-3392. Oro Valley Farmers Market – 9am-1pm. 30 vendor stalls. Every 2nd Saturday fun events are planned to introduce more customers to this neighborhood gem. No charge. Steam Pump Ranch, 10901 N Oracle Rd. Swap Meet – 9am-1pm. First Saturday. No charge. Michaelis Plaza, 16733 N Oracle Rd. 970-903-0529. Class: The Sermon on the Mount – 9:30am. Many of us have Bible issues. This New Thought classic by Emmet Fox may help you to begin finding the wisdom contained within scripture. Love offering. Unity Spiritual Center of Peace, 1551 S Eastside Loop #121, 520-546-3696. 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. Mediumship Course 2015 – 12-1pm. Develop contact with your teachers and guides and the art of giving psychic messages. Rev. David has 40 years experience as a Medium and Teacher. $50/ registration. United Fellowship Chapel, 4718 E Hawthorne St. 520-444-3392.


classified A N I M A L C O M M U N I C AT I O N A N D ENERGY HEALING Better understand your animal to enhance your relationship, address behavioral issues, learn what your pet needs to be healthy. Judy Ferrig, M.S., 520-245-4214,

HOURLY SPACE RENTAL – 8am-8pm. Beautiful room for massage, energy healing, etc. Professional Environment, no monthly fees, high overhead or contracts required. $10/ hr. 3861 N First Ave, Bldg B. 520-232-4585.

CANYON RANCH IS HIRING FOR THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS: Numerologist, Massage Therapist, Nail Technicians, Servers. For full job descriptions and to apply please visit

MEETING ROOM for presentations, groups, workshops, etc. Midtown, off-street parking. Modest rates. Lotus Massage & Wellness Center, 2850 E Grant, 520-326-7700,

COMMISSION-BASED AD SALES POSITION - Seeking organized, goaloriented person, comfortable working from home office and motivated to work for supplemental income.Training provided for experienced sales person. 6 month minimum commitment requested. Send resume to Barbara Peters at:

DISH TV RETAILER- SAVE 50% on qualifying packages! Starting $19.99/month (for 12 months.) FREE Premium Movie Channels. FREE Installation! CALL, COMPARE LOCAL DEALS 1-800-708-6814

GOT AN OLDER CAR, boat or RV? Do the humane thing. Donate it to the Humane Society. Call 1- 800-395-7012

1:30 - 4:00 pm

Fun, nurturing, drop-in open studio workshop offers guidance for painting, mixed-media and collage explorations. All levels welcome! $20 includes materials. 520-991-0147



GOT KNEE PAIN? Back Pain? Shoulder Pain? Get a pain-relieving brace -little or NO cost to you. Medicare Patients Call Health Hotline Now! 1- 800-371-0846.

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MEETING ROOM AND PRACTITIONER ROOMS for rent at SpiritsChild Metaphysical Center, Orange Grove and Thornydale. SpiritsChild, 520-744-4402. STOP OVERPAYING for your prescriptions! Save up to 93%! Call our licensed Canadian and International pharmacy service to compare prices and get $15.00 off your first prescription and FREE Shipping. 1-800-660-9935 TRY THE VIBRACUSSOR Medical Massage Treatment Tool for deep relief of joint and muscle tissue pain and restrictions. Randy L.M.T. 520-312-9563.

UNITY IN THE VALLEY, A NEW THOUGHT CHURCH, is seeking a soulful, experienced musician/pianist to grow a music program. Ability to sing a plus. A part-time contract position Email resume to:

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. ~Lao Tzu




Nanie Carillo, L.Ac. Dipl. O.M. Located within Caritas Center for Healing 330 E. 16th St., 85701 520-979-7078 Nanie Carrillo, provides compassionate health care to all ages using acupuncture, Chinese herbal therapy, nutritional guidance, massage, Reiki and CranioSacral Therapy. She also provides Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture for facial rejuvenation. Workers Compensation and some insurance accepted. See ad page 7.

INTEGRATIVE HEALTH CONSULTING GROUP (IHCG) Jeff Larson / Director 520-678-1596 3333 N Campbell Dr, Ste #1, 85719

The Integrative Health Consulting Group is a collective of like-minded healers from different healing modalities such as Health Coaching, Acupuncture, Reike, Tui-na (Asian bodywork), massage, counseling and strength training under one roof looking to serve individuals’ specific needs and goals.


Aesthetician Located within SKIN APPEAL 1700 E. Ft. Lowell Rd #108 Tucson, Arizona 85719 520-398-9886 30 years of experience in Bodywork Therapies and Acupuncture, give Cera an edge when it comes to intention and choices. Offerings of Chinese Herbal Therapy, Acupuncture, Massage, Nutritional Guidance, Lymphatic specialties,Infra-Red Sauna, Fabulous Skincare, plus Acu-Facials bring unsurpassed radiance. See ad page 11.


Music lessons and art classes for all ages 12112 N. Rancho Vistoso Blvd., S​te​120, 85755 520-308-4511​ All the family is invited to enjoy our music lessons and art classes. Music lessons in piano, guitar, voice, violin, drums, bass, ukulele, flute, and rock band classes. Art classes in drawing, watercolors, oils and acrylics painting. Painting events for children and BYOB pa​i​nting events for adults. Private corporate events and parties available. Call now and discover your Artistry with us!​


Carolyn King Visual Arts classes & workshops for all levels 35 E. Toole Ave. 520-991-0147 Teaching-artist, Carolyn King, M.A. offers guidance and support in painting, drawing, mixed-media and collage in a nurturing studio environment designed to provide a place for community to explore, express, heal and celebrate through the visual arts. Drop-in and private sessions available. Call for more information. See ad page 14.


Jodi Gonzales ATR, NCC 5151 E Broadway Blvd, Ste 1600 520-447-2892


Serving Tucson’s astrological community since 1979. Meets the second Friday of every month, with Saturday workshops most months. Please see their Calendar Listing or for the location of this month’s meeting.” Sign up on the website to receive emails about events and their location each month.


Randy Usem, LMT Radix Practitioner Campbell & Grant 520-312-9563 • Randy has 28 years bodywork experience, providing treatments that are stress busting or for specific issues. Sometimes sessions are enhanced and integrated with mind-body awareness experiments. The client uses sound, breath and movement to contact feelings and access deep tension and energy release. See ad page 32.

BIO-TOUCH CENTER 5634 E Pima St, 85712 520-323-7951

Voted one of Tucson’s top Alternative Healing Centers. Sessions offered on a donation basis. Classes held monthly - Massage Therapists & Nurses receive CE Credits. See ad on page 33.


Jodi Gonzales ATR, NCC Intuitive Location: Hands Your home, business, empowers people to live to or organization Massage Therapy their fullest potential 520-730-0656 through a unique program Don May, LMT method informed by Healing, Enjoy the deeply healing benefits of positive psychology, recent wellness, therapeutic massage in the comfort neurological research and relaxation, & of your home or business. Relieve art making. Services include balance in the chronic pain, release stress, or individual consultation, workshops,comfort team-of your own home or recover from injuries with Don’s building, leadership development and business. I nurturing Integrative Bodywork strategic planning retreats. travel to you! (blending traditional massage $10 discount on first session modalities with Craniosacral and Reiki). Prenatal/pregnancy massage 520-730-0656 a specialty. See ad page 32.

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LOTUS MASSAGE & WELLNESS CENTER 2850 E. Grant Rd., 85716 520-326-7700


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

NEW LEAF MASSAGE THERAPY Stephanie Dixon LMT and CNMT 520-775-2367

Massage Therapy specializing in relief and treatment of pain and injuries. Stephanie has experience and training with a wide variety of massage therapy techniques. Also certified in NeuroMuscular Therapy. A session at the New Leaf Studio is helpful for conditions like arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic back and neck pain, and more. See ad page 33.


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

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

TUCSON MINDFUL MASSAGE Carol Daniel 520-760-3358

My experience of thirty years of massage and meditation enable me to deeply listen to you and your body to provide the optimal treatment for you. $25 off first session for new clients (regular $75)! See ad page 33.



CEREMONY Life Cycle Celebrant 520-299-7900 We cross different thresholds as we journey through our lives. From preparing for new life to honoring death, non-denominational, personalized ceremonies resonate with our story, values and intentions. Allow award-winning artist, Lynn Rae Lowe to create customized ceremonies and rituals for you and your path in life. Call 520-299-7900 for a free consultation. See ad page 8.


Light-force chiropractic adjustments, Soft Tissue Release, nutritional counseling, weight-loss strategies, exercise programs. Call today for a free consultation. See ad on page 18.

WINTERHAVEN HEALTH CENTER Dr Nathan Conlee 3020 N. 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 on page 12.


Carolyn King Visual Arts classes & workshops for all levels 35 E. Toole Ave. 520-991-0147 Teaching-artist, Carolyn King, invites you to experience painting, drawing, print-making and mixed-media as paths for exploring and expressing your authentic inner world. Join others as you welcome colors and images of your soul to be seen and shared. Materials included in class cost. Attend a drop-in session to see if this is a ‘fit’ for you. See ad page 14.

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Linda Johns 520-825-4645 Experience profound healing, self-awareness, and growth, through the Self-Mastery programs, “Awakening your Authentic Self”, “Raising your Vibration to 5-D Oneness” and “Opening to Your Soul”.


Dr. Mark Pirtle Lynda Skinner 520-981-9911

Life does not have to be so hard; if health and happiness are what you want, it’s vital to know how to work with triggers, thoughts, and sensations. Get the same programming Dr. Mark Pirtle brings to the Center for Integrative Medicine, Sierra Tucson and Miraval Resort. See ad page 13.


Randy Usem, LMT, Radix Practitioner Campbell & Grant 520-312-9563 Affordable alternative or addition to traditional therapy. Radix is a Neo-Reichian, Deep Feeling, Regressive Process similar to Bio-energetics and Primal Therapy. Exploring with breath, body awareness, centering and grounding to access anger, fear, grief, longing and restore love, trust, pleasure, fulfillment and aliveness. See ad page 33.


Create a life worth loving. Learn how to have honor and respect in any relationship: at home, with teens, in public, at work. Easy to learn and implement communication and relationship strategies, insights, and best practices. Phone and Skype sessions available. First 45-minute consultation free.


Bill White, M.A., Love Coach 520-319-9132 • Quick and dramatic results are common. Bill is a master at navigating relationship challenges to restore love and play. Resolve anger, arguments, emotional distancing, broken trust, childhood influences. Free consultation. Satisfaction guaranteed.


Chris Gwozdz 5215 N Sabino Canyon Rd 520-547-0951 Optimism Outfitters offers peer-inspired coaching to get you on a life path to recovery. Supported by a self-developed recovery plan, you will refine your footwork and stay on track to become optimistic and resilient in a changing world. Visit

TRANSFORMATIONAL LIFE STRATEGIES Ronnie Kaufman, Master Life Strategist ICF Credentialed Coach ronka@MyStrategies.Life MyStrategies.Life 520-829-0225

“LET YOUR HEART SING!” Take a FREE On-Line Life Strategy Checkup at: http://Checkup.MyStrategies.Life. Then schedule your complimentary personal life strategy session to explore and discuss. Change Your Strategies Change Your Life. See ad page 9.


Mindful Counseling & Consulting 520-825-2009 • Honest discussion coupled, with natural techniques like diaphragmatic breathing, mindfulness, relaxation, and neutralizing negative thoughts, can help “right the boat.” Individuals, couples, kids too can benefit. Sliding scale. Central Tucson location. Also offering three classes.


520-325-9686 Sheila Shea MA has 38 years experience and is Board Certified. Her Institute offers Colon Hydrotherapy, GAPS™ Counseling & Groups and Workshops. She specializes in

Colonoscopy preparation, diet and detoxification support and abdominal massage. Heal Your Gut, Heal Your Body! See ad page 16.


Sandra Joy Van Hall 2230 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson, 85719 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!

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

FDA-approved system integrated with full, closed-gravity option. Dual-filtered, UV-purified water; disposable speculums. Probiotic reflorastation. Affordable rates & packages. RN with 29 years’ experience, 18 with colon hydrotherapy. Ear coning, phlebotomy & IV therapy, The One Command. Flexible hours include weekends.


Dr. Steven A. Swidler DDS & Dr. Kenneth C. Glass DDS 4650 W. Jojoba Dr., 85745 520-743-7101 • Medicine Wheel Dental is Tucson’s Premier holistic integrative dental practice. Utilizing a balanced mix of traditional dentistry with exclusive naturopathic, holistic and alternative modalities, Medicine Wheel Dental provides the highest level of personalized dental care. “With awareness we can make a choice.” See ad on back cover.


Cloth Diaper Delivery Service 520-351-2370 Sun Sprout Cloth Diaper Delivery Service brings clean cotton diapers to your door every week and cleans the dirty ones for you. Choose the ecological alternative to disposable diapers. To set up your service call us at 520-3512370 or visit

ENERGY WORK ENERGY HEALING/EFT-ADV Graduate: Barbara Brennan School of Healing (4 yr. school) EFT Practitioner, Psyche-K 520-909-3455

Experience positive results in one appointment! Phyllis is highly Intuitive and gets directly to the root of your Health, Relationship and Career issues. Pain, depression/ anxiety, financial problems and sexual trauma resolution. Call now and get your Confident Self back!

INTEGRATIVE ENERGY THERAPIES Candace Studebaker 520-818-3848

Treating and balancing the 9 parts of the body’s energy system support the self-healing body. Techniques are taught to support the individual’s needs. Emotional and spiritual issues are addressed during each session.


Judy Ferrig, M.S., IARP Energy, Healing, and Communications 520-245-4214 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.CE’s available for all Reiki levels.


Enjoy fresher and better tasting foods, promoting health and wellness, creating sustainability in the environment, boosting the local economy, and having fun! Find organic produce and wholesome food from local farmers at UAMC (Fri​,​ 10a-2pm)​, S ​ t. Phillip’s Farmers’ Markets​​(Sat​and​ Sun​,​8a-1p)​,​Carondelet St. Joseph’s​(​4th Tues of each month​,​10am 2pm​and​Carondelet St. Mary’​s​ (3rd Tues of each month​, 4​ -7:30pm​).

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Modern Organic Hairdressing Placita de la Luna 204 W. Grant Rd. 520-331-9006 • Facebook: ProjekK In the courtyard of placita de la luna, enter projekK hair studio and notice the scents of pine, rosemary and sage. Stylist Kathie features U.K. inspired cuts that need minimal styling. Haircolour is ammonia free and organic, providing beautiful professional results.

HEALTHFOOD STORES DESERT WELLNESS NUTRITION 125 W. Calle De Las Tiendas, #103A Green Valley, 85614 520-625-3665 •

Desert Wellness is a local health food store that’s dedicated to helping the community access high quality health/nutrition products. The store’s owner, Christina Roberts, is a Nutritionist and Certified Holistic Health Coach and qualified to guide customers to healthier lifestyles.


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

HEALTHY EATING CLAIRE’S CAFE & ART GALLERY 16140 N Oracle Rd., Catalina 85739 520-825-2525 •

Claire’s Cafe & Art Gallery serves home cooked breakfasts and lunches daily from 7am-3pm. Vegetarian, gluten-free and other dietary needs are easily accommodated. The gallery includes original art work, jewelry, leather goods and greeting cards. See ad page 35.



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

Do you have celiac disease or suffer from gluten intolerance? Visit Tucson’s only completely gluten free bakery/bistro where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch or freshly baked treats in a relaxed and friendly environment without worrying about cross contamination. Now serving dinner on Friday and Saturday See ad on page 14.


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.


2990 N. Campbell Ave., 85719 520-325-7766 • Lovin’ Spoonfuls offers breakfast, lunch and dinner in a gracious atmosphere, perfect for dining with friends, family and business associates. Awards and accolades include Tucson Lifestyle Magazine’s Best Vegetarian Restaurant, Tucson Weekly’s Best of TucsonTM and VegNews’ Best Vegetarian Restaurant.

NEW GRATITUDE NUTRITION Kariman Pierce, NTP, CGP Nutritional Therapy Practitioner 520-477-6204

Are you a self-professed sugar addict? Is what to eat confusing you? Offering a “Real Food Challenge” with the RESTART® Sugar Detox program to help you demystify what to eat in an open and supportive environment. One-on-one Functional Assessments to unlock your bio-individual needs with a customized plan focused on nutrient-dense whole foods. Certified in: Nutritional Therapy, GAPS & Gluten Sensitivity.

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For comprehensive wellness, come to Caritas, where you can receive yoga therapy, acupuncture, massage, relationship counseling, EMDR, and more. Select the class/ practitioner that is the best fit for you! Rental space also available. Located in a historic neighborhood near downtown.

COYOTE HEALING CENTER David C Rupley, Jr, MD(H) 700 N Country Club Rd. Suite 110, 85716

Coyote Healing Center is using a new instrument that generates pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMF). Tremendous results are reported including relief from sciatic pain, improved energy, enhanced healing, increased range of motion and relief from depression. Sessions can be scheduled with or without consultation with David Rupley, Jr., M.D.(H). See ad page 28.

INTEGRATIVE HEALTH CONSULTING GROUP (IHCG) Jeff Larson / Director 520-678-1596 3333 N Campbell Dr, Ste #1, 85719

The Integrative Health Consulting Group is a collective of like-minded healers from different healing modalities such as Health Coaching, Acupuncture, Reike, Tui-na (Asian bodywork), massage, counseling and strength training under one roof looking to serve individuals’ specific needs and goals.

JOURNEY TO WELLNESS Pam McMahon-Vorrasi, Ph.D. 520-730-0236

Pam McMahon-Vorrasi, Ph.D., offers ear candling, infra-red sauna detox, ionic detox footbath, reflexology, reiki, hypnotherapy, herbal and nutritional counseling, and creates wellness plans together with her clients. She is committed to helping clients achieve health, wellness and spiritual well-being. See ads on pages 14, 24, 34.

HYPNOTHERAPY ALAS HYPNOTHERAPY AND LIFE COACHING Dr. Tomas Sepulveda 6510 E 22nd St, 85710 520-885-0575

relationships, getting direction in life, defining goals and developing action plans, reducing stress, help to get a grip on life, identifying weaknesses, etc. See ad page 11.


Dr. Mark Pirtle Experience fast and lasting change! Lynda Skinner Hypnotherapy can help with

MARY ACKERLEY MD, MD(H), ABIHM Board Certified Psychiatrist Doctor of Homeopathy Certified Biotoxin Specialist 520-299-5694

Dr.addictions, Sepulveda uses powerful like NLP and 520-981-9911 overcoming fears and techniques Hypnosis. stress Offering interventions for these and other phobias, insomnia, relief, conditions: addictions, anxiety, depression, anger, stress, motivation for success, fears and phobias, weight issues. correcting bad habits, anxiety Call to schedule your appointment today. Life does not have to be so relief, improve memory, weight hard; if health and happiness loss, self-esteem, and limit athleticyour challenges, Don’t are what you want, it’s vital performance and more. See yourself with new and Dr. Tomas Sepulveda to know how to work with challenge your limits Mary Ackerley, MD, MD(H), empowering habits that you pursue passionately. and Life Coaching triggers, thoughts, and ABIHM is a classically-trained Hypnotherapy See ad page 11. sensations. Get the same board-certified psychiatrist programming Dr. Mark Pirtle specializing in Chronic Fatigue, HUMMINGBIRD HYPNOSIS 520-885-0575 se habla español brings to the Center for Integrative Medicine, Mold Sickness, Anxiety and Norine Passero, Cht. Sierra Tucson and Miraval Resort. See ad page 13. Depression. Visit her website and 85750 read her articles to learn more. See 520-289-6051 ad page 23.


Massage Therapist, Energy Healer, Psychic Stress Management Coach 520-615-6139 Massage with a twist! Serina’s combined skills as a massage therapist, psychic and stress management coach provide new levels of wellbeing and insight! 25% savings for new clients. See ad page 33.

Hypnosis and NLP for the betterment of body, mind & spirit. From everyday more positive living to achieving lifelong goals, Norine’s 15+ years of experience can help facilitate changes you desire. Certified/Registered: National Guild of Hypnotists; International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association.


Tina Kelly, RN, CHt 1760 E River Rd. Suite 116 85718 520-225-0307


An eco-friendly home and office cleaning company & offers natural cleaning products. 877-624-3326. See ad on page 26.


Tina utilizes hypnosis to unlock past life memories. Open the door to countless possibilities for healing, self-exploration, and change. Deepen your understanding of your life purpose and soul lessons. Recognize repetitive dramas and release negative unconscious feelings and beliefs that currently manifest in your life. Tina is fully trained in clinical hypnosis. See ad page 35.



Dr. Carol Henrinks, MD 7598 N. La Cholla Blvd., 85741 520-229-1238 • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) saturates the body with oxygen reducing inflammation and enhancing recovery from central nervous system injury including: Traumatic Brain Injury, Post Concussion Syndrome, Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, Birth Injury, Autism, Spinal Cord Injury, Near Drowning, Anoxic Brain Injury and other conditions. See ad on page 29.



A Unique Gift Shop Marana Market Pl., Ste. 120 S.E. Corner Thornydale & Orange Grove 520-744-4402 • Your  resource for one-of-a-kind 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.

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

Dr. Saber is a Primary Care Naturopathic Physician who specializes in Endocrinology and Functional Medicine. Using science-based information as well as your personal symptoms we will together find the best way to your optimal health. See ad page 3.

ALAS HYPNOTHERAPY AND LIFE COACHING Dr. Tomas Sepulveda 6510 E 22nd St, 85710 520-885-0575

Experience fast and lasting change!

Life Coaching will help you Dr. Sepulveda uses powerful techniques like NLP and improve your personal Hypnosis. Offeringand/or interventions for these and other professional life,addictions, including: conditions: anxiety, depression, anger, stress, fears and phobias, weight issues. overcoming fears, personal to schedule your appointment today. development,Call improving Dr. Tomas Sepulveda

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NATUREMEDICA NATUROPATHIC CLINIC & DETOX SPA Judy Gianni, NMD Katie Rose, NMD Kam Tecaya, NMD 1 W. Wetmore Road Suite #101, 85705 520-887-4287

Hormone Balancing • Bioidentical Hormones • Thyroid Issues • Gastrointestinal Complaints • Autoimmune Disorders • Skin Conditions • Allergies • Pediatrics • Weight-Loss • Acupuncture • Colon Hydrotherapy • Nutritional IVs • Well-Woman Exams • Quick Care Clinic

WHOLISTIC FAMILY MEDICINE Dr. Lance Morris 1601 N. Tucson Blvd., Ste 37, 85716 520-322-8122

Dr. Morris treats all conditions, pediatric through geriatric, emphasizing ‘nature cure’ to heal mind, body, spirit. Developer of RST; Resonant Sound Therapy. See website for more information.

PATIENT ADVOCATES RN PATIENT ADVOCATES, PLLC ...your healthcare safety net Karen Mercereau, RN, iRNPA 3212 N. Anderson Dr., 85716 520-743-7008

Facing acute illness or chronic conditions or a new diagnosis? Learn more about why this is happening and explore all your treatment options. We protect and guide you in your healthcare – asking those questions you don’t know how to ask.


Dale Bruder 1505 N. Alamo Pl., 85712 520-331-1956 New moon seminars engaging spiritual alchemy in a Zen Taoist way. Shojo 72 days over 2 ½ lunar cycles in an I Ching mandala of 12 hexagrams. Be in a time of blossoming, realize something and manifest it. Register at See ad page 25.


Pam McMahon-Vorrasi, Ph.D., CH.t 520-730-0236 Pam McMahon-Vorrasi, Ph.D., offers ear candling, infra-red sauna detox, ionic detox footbath, reflexology, reiki, hypnotherapy, herbal and nutritional counseling and creates wellness plans together with her clients. She is committed to helping clients achieve health, wellness and spiritual well-being. See ads on pages 14, 24, 34.


1760 E River Rd. Suite 116 85718 520-225-0307 Tina utilizes hypnosis to unlock past life memories. Open the door to countless possibilities for healing, self-exploration, and change. Deepen your understanding of your life purpose and soul lessons. Recognize repetitive dramas and release negative unconscious feelings and beliefs that currently manifest in your life. Tina is fully trained in clinical hypnosis. See ad page 18.




Noah Abrahams, PT, DPT 6606 E Carondelet Dr, 85710 520-591-1634 Dr. Noah Abrahams believes that you can live without debilitating, nagging, or simply frustrating pain.  His expertise in manual therapy, coupled with his intuitive Home Therapeutic exercise plans will allow the client to return to function quickly. See ad on page 13.


Nancy McDonald Certified Canine Massage Therapist 520-591-2950 Is your pet recovering from injury or illness, or just getting on in years? Animal Ally can help. Using massage, Reiki, aromatherapy and communication, Nancy guides and assists you and your pet in achieving optimum health, naturally! $20 off first appointment. Call to schedule a session today! See ad page 33.

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Lauren Genow, DVM, CVA, CVSMT 520-979-7273 Prickly Pear Holistic Veterinary Care is a mobile, holistic veterinary practice that specializes in acupuncture, herbal medicine, chiropractic therapy, and Reiki for all animals including dogs, cats, and horses. See ad page 18.


520-406-0689 From helping you find your dream home and negotiating the best deal, to providing innovative marketing solutions to help you sell your home, I will be you’re here as your Real Estate Professional and Consultant to help you every step of the way! See ad page 17.


A Sustainability Advocate 520-307-6560 Thinking of listing your home or looking to buy? Give Bill Zaffer the opportunity to serve you the old fashioned way, he will earn your trust! Full-service agent specializing in green and sustainable options. Contact Bill today at 520-307-6560.


Welcome to where All Natural Health Care meets All Natural Beauty Solutions! Specializing in all natural weight loss, anti-aging treatments, skin care & pain management. Unique equipment and treatments set us apart from everyone else. Look younger, be healthier naturally! See ad page 19.


4026 E Grant Rd., 85712 Mon-Fri 9am-6pm; Sat 9am-5pm 520-319-1116 Xanadu Salon and Spa, located between N Sycamore and N Walnut, offers head to toe beauty treatments and wellness services that include: Facials, Cellulite solutions, Hair care, Microdermbrasion and Spa packages. Victoria Gonzalez and her team of stylists and trained therapists are ready to serve you with all your beauty needs. See ad page 15.



Dr. Lance Morris 1601 N. Tucson Blvd., Ste 37 85716 520-322-8122 • Dr. Morris treats all conditions, pediatric through geriatric, emphasizing ‘nature cure’ to heal mind, body, spirit. Developer of RST; Resonant Sound Therapy. See website for more information.




Arin Weiss 520-343-0338

4525 E. Skyline Dr., Suite 105 85718 520-204-6866

ASIS provides transpersonal, massage therapy trainings dedicated to the whole person. ASIS offers full-time and part-time programs with several start dates a year. Students are introduced to a wide variety of massage and bodywork modalities. ASIS’s affordable, student massage clinic is open to the public. See ad page 6.

Exploring Spiritual Paths “holds sacred space” for people to explore, identify and deepen their unique spiritual paths. To this end, Chloe provides a myriad of practices, such as walking the labyrinth or experiencing SoulCollage®, coupled with deep listening and dialogue. See ad on page 35.

SENIOR SERVICES ROSA’S CHANTE ASSISTED LIVING SERVICES Anthony Vaughn Diaz Owner/Administrator 2631 S. Blackmoon Dr., 85730 520-751-1998

Rosa’s Chante A/L/S provides provides consulting services to senior living related service businesses in Tucson and southern Arizona; as well as family and referral/placement services for seniors needing any and all levels of assisted living care.


Pam McMahon-Vorrasi, Ph.D., CH.t 520-730-0236 Have you lost your spark? Dr. Pam can help you have confidence in your performance, overcome feelings of inadequacy, restore joy, and boost your sex appeal.See ads on pages 14, 24, 34.


Rev. Donald Graves Sunday Service: 3231 N. Craycroft Rd., 85712 520-319-1042 • Through partnering with possibility, expanding in consciousness, compassion and connection, and by offering spiritual tools that change lives, the Center for Spiritual Living Tucson provides an environment for spiritual deepening through classes in spiritual practice, community building activities, and meaningful sharing. “It’s like coming home, in a good way.” Sunday Celebration Service 10:30am, 10am Meditation. See ad on page 8.


Sunday Service, 4-5pm. Healing, Meditation followed by a Talk and Angel Messages. Develop your own clairaudience, clairvoyance, power of thought, healing and other psychic skills. You will learn to communicate with and know your own benevolent spiritual guides, guardian angels and spirit healers. Stillness

meditation, concentration and healing will be taught and practiced in all classes. Parking in back.

KADAMPA MEDITATION CENTER ARIZONA 1701 E. Miles St., 85719 520-441-1617

Classes in meditation and mindfulness. Train your mind in peace, happiness, and solving life’s problems. Evening, weekend classes in modern Buddhism, meditation retreats, chanted prayers led by Western Buddhist nun Gen Kelsang Lingpur. Transform your life! Meditation works! Everyone welcome!

TAMARA SPIRITUAL CENTER Pastor Karen Bock & Assoc. Pastor Vita Balsino 3002 E. Ft. Lowell Rd. 520-325-0513

Tamara Spiritual Center offers fellowship, exploration of spirituality, and a place to worship filled with the Love and Light of the Creator. Information regarding the wide variety of spiritual cultures throughout the world is offered, including but not limited to Spiritualism, New Thought, and Metaphysics. See ad page 30.

THE TEMPLE OF THE PRESENCE 11902 East Irvington Rd.

(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., 85716 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.

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TUCSON IANDS EXPERIENCE SHARING (TIES) 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 (Oct – May); small groups on 3rd Thursday each month, 6:30 pm at Unity Church of Tucson.


1551 S. Eastside Loop, Ste. 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 19.



Pastor: Rev. Dorothea Nobile 4718 E Hawthorne St., 85711 520-327-0142 FaceBook: United Fellowship Chapel, Inc. Sunday Service – 2 PM. Open 9-5 Monday - Friday. Offering weekly classes including: Self-Realization/Psychic Development Classes ignite knowledge within to know thyself, heal & change one’s life. Metaphysical Principles Course is more in-depth and is the Pre-Requisite for the Seminary. See ad page 27.


Rev. Larry and Mary Ellen Swartz 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. Beautiful low-cost weddings. Largest metaphysical bookstore in the Tucson valley. See ad page 9.


T’ai Chi, Qigong, Tao Yoga 520-780-6751 25+years experience. Practical solutions for relaxation, rejuvenation, harmony, balance. Inspiring healthy community by empowering people to improve wellness. Collaborative programs to serve your group’s needs. Skills workshops; instructor training; professional CEs; classes at various locations; private lessons.


(Between Campbell & Tucson Blvd) 520-323-0069 Tucson’s local wellness clinic. Our team of Naturopathic Doctors and Therapists are dedicated to natural healing and individualized healthcare. We specialize in:

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MINDFUL YOGA STUDIO 1101 N. Wilmot, #123, First class $5 (next to Trader Joe’s) (mention this ad) 520-300-4378

Mindful Yoga offers a nurturing 520-300-4378 space for students to explore, heal

and transform their bodies and lives.

1101 Wilmot Road,a wide #123 range of offers classes, from wake-up stretch and (Corner Speedway & Wilmot

get-the-blood-circulating flow classes to deep-stretch yin yoga and relaxing restorative classes. See ad on page 11.

Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing. ~Abraham Lincoln

April 2015


Tucson's Premiere Holistic Dental and Wellness Center

D E N TA L & W E L L N E S S C E N T E R

Dr. Steve Swidler and Dr. Ken Glass

He’s my dentist ...need I say more? Andrew Weil, M.D.

Best Selling Author, Speaker, Integrative Medicine Leader

Since 1976, our office has been of dedicated doctors and professionals who offer compassionate care in a safe and enriching environment. A place where each patient can make informed decisions about their individualized dental and healthcare needs utilizing an array of alternative/integrative treatments and traditional dental approaches. Our dental philosophy focuses on the Whole Body Connection between oral health, and overall wellness. We invite you to experience our healing center where we provide comprehensive support for our patients and together promote high level wellness. Tucson natural awakenings


Why Choose Medicine Wheel? • Conscientious General & Cosmetic Dentistry • Integrative & Biologic Team Approach • TMJ/Body/Jaw Alignment Program for Eliminating Pain and Correct Body Posture • Treatment to Avoid Root Canals (ONLY available at our office) • Safe Protocols for Removing Silver/Mercury Fillings • Biocompatible Materials & Testing

4650 W Jojoba Drive Tucson, AZ 85745 P: 520.743.7101

April 2015  

Natural Awakenings Tucson - April 2015

April 2015  

Natural Awakenings Tucson - April 2015