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“Men, men, men, men, manly men, men, men”… can you believe that’s a TV theme song (for the show Two and A Half Men)? Well, I guess they like it—Vive la difference! Women like men, too, and that’s what makes the world go ‘round, I guess. With Father’s Day falling on June 15, Men’s Wellness is our featured topic this month. The best present to give men probably isn’t something to eat or something to wear, but something to do, like a homemade coupon to go get a prostate exam or colonoscopy. Whoops, that may not sound very romantic, but cancer doesn’t just strike women, you know. For some reason, men (at least the ones I know) are notoriously reluctant to see the doctor about anything. No matter the injury or complaint, they say they can just “walk it off.” Read our feature, “Journey into Maturity: Setbacks Make Boys into Men,” by Nick Clements, for more insight. One healthy habit for everyone, and the most popular physical activity nationwide, is simply walking. If you just can’t get enough or want some tips for making your experience better, consult our story, “Moveable Feet: How to Make Walking Part of Everyday Life,” by Lane Vail. Our second focus this issue is on Inspired Living. Although it’s true that inspiration can be found anywhere, sometimes we are in a state of mind that for whatever reason—physical injury, emotional trauma, financial setback or relationship issue—blocks our ability to receive inspiration. That’s when we should seek help. “The Healing Power of Story: How Telling Our Truths Can Set Us Free,” by Judith Fertig, is a step in the right direction. It’s time for the annual Kitten Shower at the Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter, and I’m sure all our animal-loving readers won’t want to miss it. Get all the details in our News Briefs department. On the same note, we’ve got a great writeup this month about making and preserving memories of the pets you have right now, in “Telling Your Pet’s Story: Scrapbooks Strut Their Stuff,” by Sandra Murphy. With the addition of Barbara Peters as Marketing Director for our team, we’re extremely pleased to announce the birth of our new blog. Together with print and digital editions of our monthly magazine, you’ll now be able to savor even more content with information about our healthy living, healthy planet community. We look forward to serving our advertisers with this new media opportunity and to delighting our readers with behind-the-scenes content that may at times be flavored by the spirited personalities of its authors…Holly and Barbara. Welcome to Natural Tucson Blog everyone! Happy Father’s Day to all the dads and may your special day be full of health, happiness and love!

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POWER OF STORY How Telling Our Truths Can Set Us Free by Judith Fertig

24 THE BIONIC COACH High-Tech Boosts Healthy Routines by Linda Sechrist


Jack Johnson Plans Shows with the Planet in Mind by Meredith Montgomery


Stand Up Paddleboards Spell Family Fun by Lauressa Nelson

34 LIVING OFF THE LAND Low- and No-Cost Ways to Feed a Family by Avery Mack


UNLIMITED POTENTIAL with Panache Desai by April Thompson

38 MOVEABLE FEET How to Make Walking Part of Everyday Life by Lane Vail



Setbacks Make Boys Into Men

by Nick Clements


Scrapbooks Strut their Stuff

by Sandra Murphy



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ourmet Girls Gluten Free Bakery/Bistro is now serving dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and reservations are recommended. The Bistro’s kitchen is completely gluten-free and certified by the Celiac Sprue Association. In a move that has been eagerly anticipated by the allergen-sensitive community, the menu features many items which those following a gluten-free diet have been forced to avoid at traditional restaurants, including crab cakes, flatbread appetizers and fresh pasta dishes. Co-owner Susan Fulton says, “Our other specialties include fresh salads, wild-caught fish and house-made lavender ice cream for a sweet ending to the meal.” Location: 5845 N. Oracle Rd. For more information, call 520-408-9000 or visit See ad, page 31.


icensed Acupuncturist Candice Thomas, owner of LightWorks Acupuncture is now accepting many medical health insurance plans for treatment. She says, “Many people don’t realize their health insurance pays for acupuncture. Some local employers whose insurance covers acupuncture include Raytheon Missile Systems, Geico, Costco, U.S. Border Patrol and Sunquest. Unfortunately, Medicare and supplemental insurances do not cover acupuncture.” Acupuncture is a highly effective holistic medicine with no side effects and no surgery. Before considering surgery, patients should try acupuncture. Many employers’ plans offer unlimited acupuncture for employees and their families. Location: Within 5th Street Chiropractic, 5602 E. 5th St. For more information, call 520-390-6767, email or visit

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Annual Kitten Shower at the Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter

I Thanks to a donation of a manufactured home, community partnerships and innovative efforts from Habitat for Humanity Tucson, Sahuarita veteran Gabriel Barreda will receive a safe, new home for his family via the Preserve-A-Home critical home repair services. Barreda helped evacuate U.S. soldiers from Vietnam in 1975 as a corporal in the Marines. At 60, he’s now a disabled veteran working a night shift at Walmart to provide for his wife, Elizabeth. Repairs would have cost more than the value of the home, so thanks to a partnership between the Long Realty Cares Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona and Habitat for Humanity Tucson, the Barredas have a new home. Through the Neighborhood Partnership Program (NPP), Habitat Tucson assists families, fulfilling a mission of ensuring community residents live in safe, decent and affordable homes.

t’s springtime in southern Arizona. The birds are chirping, the weather is warmer and this season of rebirth and renewal marks the beginning of “kitten season”, that time of year when shelters or other rescue organizations become inundated with kittens. Fortunately, The Hermitage provides a safe haven for many pregnant females and kittens when other local shelters have “no room at the inn.” Currently, the Hermitage medical department is caring for nearly 75 kittens and several nursing mothers. Once they reach two pounds, the kittens will be spayed or neutered and ready for adoption at The Hermitage’s annual Kitten Shower, held at 10 a.m., June 28, at the shelter. June is National Adopt-a-Cat Month, and kitten frenzy aside, The Hermitage currently has more than 275 wonderful felines available for adoption. The adoption staff at the Hermitage, known for their “matchmaking” skills, is always ready to tour potential adopters through the shelter to search for their perfect feline companion. Adoption fees include spay or neuter, shots, microchip, a free follow-up wellness check and food. During June, The Hermitage, a nonprofit organization, reminds the southern Arizona community about feral (wild) or stray cats. They have a terrible reputation for breaking things, scraping up the garden, spraying the walls and yowling at all hours of the day and night. But the chances are that they used to be someone’s beloved kitty, and now they’re terrified and alone. Many feral cats are just strays that have gotten lost or were abandoned to make their own way in the world when their family moved. The Hermitage offers low-cost, humane trap rentals and classes to help trap, spay or neuter and return the cats to their colony. The traps are lightweight and easy to use. The staff can’t help convince a wily kitty to get into the traps, but they are always available for questions and also provide an easy-to-use checklist to source the materials needed prior to starting a trapping expedition and to stay safe. After surgery, the kitties can’t reproduce, so the colony numbers will stabilize and eventually decrease. The Hermitage has been in existence 49 years. It is an adoption facility and long-term sanctuary not only for healthy felines, but also for felines that are adoption-challenged because they are FIV or FeLV-positive or have other types of chronic health issues. For those interested in adopting or volunteering, the shelter is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Adoptions can also be arranged at Petco, Petsmart or the Hermitage Thrift Store. The Hermitage Cat Shelter is located at 5278 E. 21st St. For more information, call 520-571-7839, email Lee@ or visit



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Tuesday Night Series at Tamara Spiritual Center


Govinda’s Natural Foods Installing Aquaponics System


ne of the largest aquaponics (aquaculture and hydroponics) gardens in Tucson is set to open June 15 at Govinda’s Natural Foods, providing hand-picked, organic vegetables to Govinda’s Restaurant. This sustainable, regenerative system uses one-tenth the water of traditional gardening and will serve as example for the community. Tours and workshops are planned. Aquaculture alone involves the killing of fish and the water must be changed periodically. With hydroponics, inputs (nutrients) must be added to the water that is filtered through the grow beds. Aquaponics eliminates these problems by using fish waste (nitrate) to nourish the plants in the grow beds, which cleans the water in the process. Location: 711 East Blacklidge Dr. For more information, call 520-204-5051 or visit

he Tamara Spiritual Center will present a series on healing modalities and techniques, taught by Pastor Karen Bock and Rev. Vita Balsino, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday evenings in June, providing an opportunity for people to learn about a variety of healing modalities and techniques. The series includes the history of Tamara’s Healing Cloths/Healing Blankets, the basics of absentee/distance healing, the power of thought—individually and in a healing circle—sound healing, an overview of the five Reiki principles and other healing modalities and processes. Emotional well-being is necessary for complete healing, and understanding forgiveness is the first of three healing steps that will be presented during this healing series. Healing, whether it is spiritual or non-spiritual, helps restore a pattern of healthy bodily function to someone that has suffered an illness or debilitation. Both physical and spiritual laws are involved in healing. Scientific research shows that sound can produce healing in our bodies. The power of positive intention or affirmation, combined with the use of sound, can provide remarkable healing results at a cellular level. Bells, chimes, gongs, tuning forks, bowls, mantras and chants will be demonstrated in class. Cost is $8/class. Location: 3002 E. Ft. Lowell Rd., For more information, call 520-325-0513, email or visit See ad, page 23.

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Saw Palmetto Combos Combat Enlarged Prostate


hree studies published in 2013 support the effectiveness of saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) extract for the treatment of prostate inflammation and other symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), commonly called enlarged prostate. In addition, both lycopene, a dietary carotenoid with strong antioxidant value, and selenium, an essential trace element that promotes an optimal antioxidant/oxidant balance, have been shown to exert beneficial effects in BPH. Researchers from Italy’s University of Catania studied 168 patients with prostate enlargement among nine urological medical clinics. Those taking a combination of saw palmetto, selenium and lycopene experienced greater reductions of inflammation markers and reduced risk of prostate cancer after three and six months of treatment. In an Australian study from the University of Queensland’s School of Medicine of patients with BPH, 32 men took an encapsulated formula containing saw palmetto, lycopene and other plant extracts, while 25 men were given a placebo. After three months of treatment, men receiving the herbal formulation experienced a 36 percent reduction in related symptoms, while the placebo group showed an 8 percent reduction. The herbal supplement group also showed a 15 percent reduction in daytime urination frequency and an almost 40 percent reduction in nighttime urination frequency. The long-term effectiveness of saw palmetto supplementation was reinforced in a Russian study of 38 patients with early prostate enlargement. After 10 years of receiving 320 milligrams of saw palmetto extract per day, researchers found no progression of the condition among the patients.



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Beets Beat Down Blood Pressure


wo small studies have linked beets with lower blood pressure. A study from the University of Reading, in England, served beet-fortified bread or bread without beets to 23 healthy men. Those that ate the fortified bread experienced reduced diastolic blood pressure and less artery stiffness during the six hours afterwards. Australia’s Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute studied 15 women and 15 men, divided randomly into groups that consumed either 500 grams of a placebo juice or beets with apple juice. During the 24 hours after consumption, the researchers noted a statistically significant reduction in systolic blood pressure of four to five points among the men drinking the beet juice.

The Role of Toxic Mold in Triggering Psychiatric Symptoms


ntegrative psychiatrists often attract patients that aren’t receiving help by traditional meds. They go to their doctors and are prescribed Zoloft or Prozac or Xanax, but it doesn’t help and often makes them feel worse, so they seek out someone that is willing to work with different methods. Although people complain of depression and anxiety, fatigue and muscle and joint pain are the strongest complaints, but are usually ignored by busy traditional family practitioners because they lump them all together under the heading of depression or pre-dementia. Dr. Richard Shoemaker’s book, Mold Warriors, provides a list of symptoms that includes ice pick pains, brain fog, excessive urination and stomach pains among others. These multiple complaints are difficult to sort out, but proper treatment can provide dramatic relief. Shoemaker’s work on biotoxin illness is not included in current medical school curriculum, but neuroinflammation, caused by a variety of mechanisms including biotoxins, is widely documented in the psychiatric literature as a cause of depression, anxiety and even suicide. However, because there is not a simple “neuroinflammatory pill”, most clinicians only treat psychiatric illness with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) or benzodiazepines instead of looking deeper into causes. A high percentage of integrative psychiatric patients have some degree of biotoxin illness. They have haplotypes, which means they are susceptible to becoming ill after mold exposure and/or elevated cytokine (small proteins in the bloodstream) levels. Shoemaker states that about 25 percentage of the population is susceptible to biotoxin-associated illness. When we add up all those diagnosed with a psychiatric illness, it also adds up to about 25 percent of the population. Research has been published on inflammation and depression from Denmark, which is considered a homogeneous population. They had access to records of 3 million people, and found that if someone had a diagnosis of either autoimmune disease, which would include things like Hashimoto’s thyroiditis or rheumatoid arthritis or Sjogren’s syndrome, it increased risk of being diagnosed with a mood disorder like depression by 45 percent. For those hospitalized for some sort of infectious illness, the risk of having mood disorders increased by 62 percent. With a combination of both, the risk of subsequently being diagnosed with a mood illness is effectively doubled. Mary Ackerley M.D. M.D. (H), is a board-certified physical, homeopathic physician and has recently been certified by Shoemaker as a diplomate of the Shoemaker Protocol for Biotoxin Illness. Contact her at 520-299-5694, or To learn more, visit See ad, page 31.

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hole30, Dallas and Melissa Hartwig’s program to detoxify, heal from systemic immune issues and change our relationship with food, is a good way to shed belly fat that may have crept up around our middle during the winter. The focus is not on counting calories, but about eating whole foods in amounts they suggest per meal. What’s recommended is to eat plenty of healthy protein from sustainable sources without hormones and antibiotics, coupled with loads of veggies and high-quality fat sources like olives, avocado, coconut, olive oil, ghee and sesame oil. Dairy is out, as is all sugar, even what we may consider healthy sugar, like stevia and coconut sugar. Fruit works in very small quantities and all grains are left out of this plan. Their book, It Starts with Food, offers tips and guidelines, recipes and testimonials with humor and lightness. People in this program report better sleep, higher energy levels, better mood, higher selfesteem and the elimination of many symptoms, diseases and conditions in 30 days. To explore this option further after trying everything to alleviate tough symptoms for autoimmune issues or just find a discipline for changing your relationship with food, visit Sylvia Haskvitz is a food product designer, communication specialist and author. Contact her at 520-572-9295 or

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arly summer brings waves of pollen to much of the United States. Ragweed, purple loosestrife and other plants bloom and fill the air with allergens, as they have for centuries. More recently, though, the severity and pervasiveness of strong allergic reactions in this country has increased according to a study in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. When experiencing allergens, the body releases histamines that can trigger sneezing excess mucus flow, congestion and swelling of membranes and tissues. Rather than using nasal sprays—many containing steroids or other synthetic chemicals—to attempt to prevent this response, a more natural spray can work instead. A decoction of herbs like yarrow leaf, horseradish root, elder flower and/ or eye bright, when absorbed by the membranes of the nasal passageways, can enter the cells and cause them to produce their own antihistamines. This breaks the cycle of overt symptoms without the user becoming dependant on an unhealthy spray. The Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine states that all these herbs along with calendula and aloe applied topically for soothing, can bring natural congestion relief. Another approach is to use a spray consisting of an enhanced aqueous silver colloid solution, which can constrict micro-capillaries and reduce bleeding. Shrinking nasal tissues reduce swelling and congestion while killing bacteria and fungus. This can support a beleaguered immune system and help prevent a sinus infection—a natural gift of health for the allergy season. Steven Frank, the founder of Nature’s Rite, is also an innovative herbalist. For more information, email or visit See ad, page 25.

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A Paradigm Shift in Treating Chronic TMJ-Related Pain


teve Swidler, DDS, received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois, and his dental degree from the University of Illinois Dental School in 1972. After two years of clinical and private practice in Chicago. Swidler relocated to Tucson in 1974 and entered a deeply committed educational direction in holistic and integrative approaches. He has a background in electro acupuncture, kinesiology, craniosacral osteopathy and biodynamic manual medicine, as well as other well-known healing modalities. He is a pioneer in holistic dentistry, the founder of Medicine Wheel Dental and Wellness Center and the inventor of the ReOrient Express Percussion Table. Since 1979, Swidler’s postgraduate work in craniosacral osteopathic approaches have been implemented effectively into a new approach for treating temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)/ jaw/bite dysfunction and how it relates to overall body alignment and function. Swidler lectures nationally and internationally on these innovative concepts. “If bodywork or corrections for TMJ give relief but don’t seem to hold, it may be that the bite and specifically, the ball-and-socket jaw joint, is out of

alignment and can be throwing off the alignment of the neck, back and hips,” notes Swidler. “Level hips are the platform we need to achieve and maintain balanced structural alignment, thus reducing pain and other symptoms.” Dental education teaches that the only moving bone in the head is the mandible (the M in TMJ), and treat from that understanding. Swidler explains, “Physicians trained in cranial osteopathy, however, understand that all 29 bones of the head move in a subtle, fluid, equal and opposing motion. This is true until they become distorted or locked up by falls, injuries, trauma or physical or emotional stress. “If the jaw joint position is off, the base of the skull and neck are off, which can throw the hips and low back out of alignment. To achieve the best structural alignment, overall health and optimum physical performance, we need good posture, combined with the equal and opposing unrestricted motion normally found in the body and of the bones of the head.” Swidler also knows that restrictions will distort function and position and can impinge on nerves serving the entire

Dr. Steve Swidler body. “When the hips are not level, the sciatic nerve is pinched or interfered with, causing low back, hip and leg pain,” he says. “With simple, removable dental appliances as part of a program that keeps balancing the jaw joint position, dentists can continue to release identified restrictions in the head and body; stabilize the new alignment by adjusting the appliances; and reeducate and strengthen muscles, posture and body use patterns to keep optimal alignment and function. Exercise without balanced alignment can cause injury.” Swidler comments, “After treating tooth decay, disease and infection in the mouth, this foundational approach allows the dentist to create beautiful, healthy smiles that can stabilize optimal health, freedom and high-level wellness, often after reducing from 50 percent to 80 percent of the pain and tightness that people have been living with for years.” Medicine Wheel Dental and Wellness Center, the practice of Dr. Steve Swidler, DDS, is located at 4650 W. Jojoba Dr. For more information, call 520-743-7101 or visit See ad, back cover.

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Father Factor

Involved Dads Make for Smarter, Happier Kids It’s well known that involving fathers from the start in children’s lives has a significant positive impact on their development, including the greater economic security of having more than one parent. Yet, there’s more to the “father effect”. Numerous studies have found that children growing up in a household with a father present show superior outcomes in intelligence tests, particularly in nonverbal, or spatial, reasoning that’s integral in mathematics, science and engineering. The IQ advantage is attributed to the way that fathers interact with their children, with an emphasis on the manipulation of objects like blocks, roughhousing and outdoor activities, rather than language-based activities. A study of Chinese parents found that it was a father’s warmth toward his child that was the ultimate factor in predicting the child’s future academic success. A recent Canadian study from Concordia University provides new insights into a father’s impact on a daughter’s emotional development, as well. Lead researcher Erin Peugnot concluded, “Girls whose fathers lived with them when they were in middle childhood (ages 6 to 10) demonstrated less sadness, worry and shyness as preteens (ages 9 to 13) compared with girls whose fathers did not live with them,” he says. Source:



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Love Matters

Connectedness Ranks Above Power and Fame It seems that fame and fortune are less important to us than our connections with fellow human beings, after all. A study conducted by and PsychTests. com in 2012 and 2013 applying their proprietary Values Profile Test with 2,163 people showed they only moderately valued money and power, at best, which took a backseat to social values on a personal level. This revelation comes on the heels of another study on career motivation that similarly showed a drop in participants’ consuming desire for money and power in the workplace. The researchers at assessed 34 separate facets within six categories of values—social, aesthetic, theoretical, traditional, realistic and political. The five top-scoring facets were empathy, family and friends, appreciation of beauty, hard work/diligence, altruism and the importance of helping others. Financial security came in 24th place and power was near last at 29th in importance. Ethics/morals placed 10th. For more information, visit

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A small nonprofit named, recipient of the nationally recognized Dewey Winburne Community Service Award for “do-gooders”, is pioneering a way to help college graduates battle student loan debt by applying their skills on behalf of nonprofit community organizations. Researchers at say seven of 10 college students that graduated in 2013 owed money on a student loan, each averaging nearly $30,000 in debt. With SponsorChange, graduates with student loan debt sign up to help participating organizations, earning credits while adding work experience and leadership roles to their résumés. Organization donors sign up to reimburse the workers for their time by helping to pay down their student loans through tax-deductible funding. All see specific results for their contributions to worthy causes.

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FDA Finally Regulates Triclosan The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, under a new court agreement with the Natural Resources Defense Council, has agreed to issue a new rule governing the use of Triclosan, a controversial antimicrobial agent used widely in consumer products, by 2016. The action was first proposed in 1978. Triclosan, a possible endocrinedisrupting chemical, has been found in three-quarters of people from whom blood, urine or tissue has been analyzed as part of bio-monitoring studies; it is also found in the environment after having passed through sewage treatment plants. Source:

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Whales Under Siege by Seismic Surveys The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is intensifying global efforts to safeguard whales and other marine species from the harm caused by powerful noises generated by seismic seafloor surveys by the oil and gas industry and others. In seismic surveys, air guns towed behind ships repeat powerful bursts of sound; sensors measure the return echo to reveal details of the sea floor and the underlying geologic structure to a depth of several kilometers. Whales rely on sound for communication, navigation and foraging. Exposure to loud noise from seismic surveys can result in stress and behavior changes, affect foraging and nursing or cause direct physical damage. In a study published in the journal Aquatic Mammals, the authors present the most thorough, robust and practical approach to minimizing and monitoring the risk of harm to vulnerable marine species when intense sounds are used. A step-by-step guide to reducing effects on whales and other marine species during seismic sea floor surveys is available from the IUCN Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel and Sakhalin Energy Investment Company (

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News that the U.S. Department of the Interior will allow drilling for oil and gas in a proposed wilderness area in southern Utah’s Desolation Canyon puts a spotlight on the practice. A report by the Center for American Progress reveals that 42 national parks are at risk, including 12 where oil and gas drilling is currently underway and 30 where it could be in the near future. Among the threatened wild places are iconic American national parklands, including Grand Teton, in Wyoming, Mesa Verde, Great Sand Dunes and Dinosaur National Monument, in Colorado, Santa Monica Mountains, in California, Glen Canyon, in Arizona, Carlsbad Caverns and Chaco Canyon, in New Mexico, Everglades and Gulf Islands, in Florida, Arches and Canyonlands, in Utah, and Glacier, in Montana. The reality is that all public lands, including national parks and wildlife refuges, are potentially open to oil and gas leasing unless they are designated as “wilderness”, the highest form of land protection designated by the government.

Which emits more of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide: a cornfield or a residential lawn? According to researchers at Elizabethtown College, in Pennsylvania, it’s the grass. David Bowne, an assistant professor of biology, published the study results in the Soil Science Society of America Journal. After measuring carbon dioxide released from each setting, the scientists found that urban areas deemed heat islands may have a smaller overall impact than previously thought, compared with suburban developments. Previously, the heat island effect has been perceived as a phenomenon that occurs only in cities, where the mass of paved roads, dark roofs and buildings absorb and concentrate heat, making cities much warmer during hot days than other areas. Both carbon dioxide releases and soil temperature were measurably higher in residential lawns than in croplands and higher temperatures are directly associated with carbon dioxide efflux. Bowne says, “As you increase temperature, you increase biological activity—be it microbial, plant, fungal or animal.” Increased activity leads to more respiration and increased carbon dioxide emissions.

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Scientists Nab Fungicide as Bee Killer Colony collapse disorder, the mysterious mass die-off of honeybees that pollinate $30 billion worth of crops in the U.S., has been well documented, with toxic insecticides identified as the primary culprits. Now, scientists at the University of Maryland and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have expanded the identification of components of the toxic brew of pesticides and fungicides contaminating pollen and decimating the bee colonies that collect it to feed their hives. A study of eight agricultural chemicals associated with increased risk of infection by parasites found that bees that ate pollen contaminated with fungicides were three times as likely to be infected. Widely used fungicides had previously been accepted as harmless for bees because they are designed to kill fungus, not insects. Dennis vanEngelsdorp, the study’s lead author, states, “There’s growing evidence that fungicides may be affecting the bees on their own, highlighting a need to reassess how we label these agricultural chemicals.” Labels on pesticides warn farmers not to spray when pollinating bees are in the vicinity, but such precautions have not applied to fungicides. Source:

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We look out for the quality of the air we breathe indoors and out and we aim to drive in the most fuel-conscious manner to keep emissions down. What about the air quality inside our vehicles during necessary hours on the road? The Ecology Center, an Ann Arbor, Michigan, nonprofit, attests that extreme air temperatures inside cars on especially hot days can potentially increase the concentration of volatile organic compounds (VOC) and release chemicals and other ingredients from new-car dashboards, steering wheel columns and seats into the interior air. Some manufacturers are responding by greening their interiors: Toyota is using sugarcane to replace plastic; Ford has turned to soy foam instead of polyurethane foam; and Land Rover is tanning its leather with vegetables, not chromium sulfate. Carbon monoxide seeping in from engine combustion can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea and fatigue and even trigger asthma. The potential exists “if there’s a leak in the system between the engine and the rear of the vehicle and there’s even a small hole in the body structure,” advises Tony Molla, a vice president with the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. “Have the exhaust system inspected by a certified technician to make sure everything is secure and not rusted or leaking.” Also have the cabin air filter checked. Part of the ventilation system, it helps trap pollen, bacteria, dust and exhaust gases in air conditioning, heating and ventilation systems and prevents leaves, bugs and other debris from entering the interior, according to the Car Care Council. Most vehicle manufacturers recommend changing it every 12,000 to 15,000 miles. (Find a range of educational information at It’s always beneficial to have fresh air entering the vehicle when driving. Open a window slightly or blow the air conditioning on low in the vent position when not in heavy traffic. “Don’t run it on the recycle or max A/C mode for long periods to make sure you’re getting fresh outside air in and flushing out any contaminants in the cabin air,” adds Molla. Using sun reflectors and visors helps keep interior temperatures down. Check local motor vehicle departments for state policies regarding tinted windows, which can reduce heat, glare and UV exposure. It always helps to park in the shade. 

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How Telling Our Truths Can Set Us Free by Judith Fertig


fter his deployment in Iraq, U.S. Marine Captain Tyler Boudreau returned home in 2004 with post-traumatic stress syndrome and an emotional war wound that experts now call a “moral injury”. He could only sleep for an hour or two at night. He refused to take showers or leave the house for long periods of time. He and his wife divorced. “My body was home, but my head was still there [in Iraq],” he recounts. At first, Boudreau tried to make sense of his conflicted feelings by writing fiction. Then he wrote a detailed, nonfiction analysis of his deployment, but that didn’t help, either. In 2009 he wrote a memoir, Packing Inferno: The Unmaking of a Marine, that came closer to conveying his personal truth. “I needed to get back into the story,” he says, so he could pull his life back together in Northampton, Massachusetts. Like Boudreau, we all have stories—ongoing and ever-changing—that we tell ourselves to make sense of our lives. They can help us heal and power-



fully guide us through life, or just as powerfully, hold us back. In 1949, Sarah Lawrence College Professor Joseph Campbell published The Hero with a Thousand Faces, in which he outlined a master monomyth. It involves leaving everyday life and answering a call to adventure, getting help from others along the way, facing adversity and returning with a gift, or boon, for ourselves and others. It’s a basic pattern of human existence, with endless variations.

Power to Heal the Body

How does telling our truth help heal our body? Professor James Pennebaker, Ph.D., chair of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, is a pioneer in the mindbody benefits of story, which he explores in Opening Up: The Healing Power of Expressing Emotions. In the late 1980s, while consulting for the Texas prison system, Pennebaker discovered that when suspects lied while taking polygraph tests, their heart rate rose, but when they confessed the truth, they relaxed.

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“Our cells know the truth,” writes microbiologist Sondra Barrett, Ph.D., who also blogs at, in Secrets of Your Cells, “Our physiology responds to what we’re thinking, including what we don’t want people to know.” When we are afraid to tell a story and keep it in, “Our cells broadcast a signal of danger,” she explains. “Molecules of adrenalin, along with stress hormones, connect with receptors on heart, muscle and lung cells— and in the case of long-term sustained stress, immune cells.” We experience increased heart rate, tense muscles, shortness of breath and lower immunity when we’re stressed. She notes, “When we release the stories and feelings that torment us, our cells respond with great relief and once again become havens of safety.” We need to tell our stories even in facing life-threatening illness, and maybe because of it. Dr. Shayna Watson, an oncologist at the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario, in Canada, encourages physicians to listen to patients. “In the name of efficiency,” she reports in an article in Canadian Family Physician, “it’s easy to block out patients’ stories and deal only with the ‘facts’, to see the chat, the time and the stories as luxuries for when there is a cancellation. The study of narrative tells us, however, that in these easily neglected moments we might find more than we expect; there can be understanding, relationship building and healing—the elements of our common humanity.” A current problem is but a dot on the entire timeline of a person’s existence. By keeping their larger story in mind, patients can find a wider perspective, with the strength and resolve to heal, while the physician can see the patient as a person, rather than a diagnosis.   

Power to Heal Emotions

“Telling your story may be the most powerful medicine on Earth,” says Dr. Lissa Rankin, the author of Mind Over Medicine, who practices integrative medicine in Mill Valley, California. She’s

tested the concept firsthand. “So many of us are tormented by the insane idea that we’re separate, disconnected beings, suffering all by our little lonesome selves,” she observes. “That’s exactly how I felt when I started blogging, as if I was the only one in the whole wide world who had lost her mojo and longed to get it back. Then I started telling my story—and voilà! Millions of people responded to tell me how they had once lost theirs and since gotten it back.” They did it by telling their stories, witnessed with loving attention by others that care. “Each of us is a constantly unfolding narrative, a hero in a novel no one else can write. Yet, so many of us leave our stories untold, our songs unsung,” remarks Rankin. “When this happens, we wind up feeling lonely, listless and out of touch with our life purpose. We are plagued with a chronic sense that something is out of alignment. We may even wind up feeling unworthy, unloved or sick,” says Rankin, who blogs on related topics at

Power to Heal a Family

Sometimes, writing a new story can help keep families connected. Kansas City, Missouri, author and columnist Deborah Shouse took an unplanned and unwanted, yet ultimately rewarding journey with her mother through Alzheimer’s disease. Shouse discovered that as her mother was losing her memory and identity through dementia, crafting a new narrative helped her family hold it together, a process she details in Love in the Land of Dementia. “You have to celebrate the person who is still with you,” Shouse says, noting we may discover a different, but still interesting, person that communicates in ways other than talking. She recommends employing a technique she calls The Hero Project, which she developed with her partner, Ron Zoglin. It uses words, photos and craft supplies in what Shouse terms “word-scrapping” to generate and tell a new story that helps keep the personal connection we have with our loved one and make visits more positive. She shares more supportive insights at Sharing an old story may also

“By sharing our stories together and finding common ground, we lay the groundwork for world peace and much more.” ~Rev. Patrick McCollum

provide a rare link to the past for a person with dementia. “Savor and write down the stories you’re told, even if you hear certain ones many times,” Shouse counsels. “By writing down the most often-repeated stories, you create a legacy to share with family, friends and other caregivers.”

Power of the Wrong Story

Our thoughts are a shorthand version of a longer life story, says author Byron Katie, a self-help specialist from Ojai, California, who addresses reader stories via blog posts at Sometimes we tell ourselves the wrong story, one that keeps us from realizing our full potential, while making us miserable at the same time. Examples might include “I will always be overweight,” “My partner doesn’t love me” or “I’m stuck here.” Katie’s book, Who Would You Be Without Your Story? explores how we often take what happens in our lives, create a story with negative overtones, believe that version of the story and make ourselves unhappy. “The cause of suffering is the thought that we’re believing it,” she says. By questioning our stories, turning them around and crafting new and more truthful ones, we can change our lives.  

Power to Heal the Community

Humorist, speaker, and professional storyteller Kim Weitkamp, of Christiansburg, Virginia, knows that the power of story creates wider ripples. She sees it happen every time she performs at festivals and events around the country. “It is naturally in our DNA to communicate in story form,” she advises. “The

power of story causes great revelation and change in those that listen.” She cites supporting studies conducted by psychologists Marshall Duke, Ph.D., and Robyn Fivush, Ph.D., at the Emory Center for Myth and Ritual in American Life, in Atlanta, Georgia. “They found that children—at ages 4, 14, 44 or 104, because we’re all children at heart—are more resilient and happy and rebound faster from stress when they know their family stories. They know they’re part of something that’s bigger than themselves that people in their family have kept going,” says Weitkamp. “When people leave a storytelling event, they leave telling stories,” she says with a smile, “and that results in happier and healthier families and communities.” Judith Fertig tells stories about food at from Overland Park, KS.

You being you is the blessing. You being you is the miracle. You being you is enough. You being you is your soul signature. ~Panache Desai

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Local Organization Teaches Communication with Conscious Intention


ell Me A Good Story is a local Tucson organization that offers presentations and seminars to teach and encourage people to communicate and connect, face-to-face, with conscious intention. “The best gift you can give a person is not a present, it’s your presence,” is their byword. According to Hawkeye Richardson, executive director of Tell Me A Good Story, “In an increasingly digital world, we wish people would just look us in the eye and connect with who we really are—it is such a simple thing to do. We all have the tools; our eyes and our hearts. It can be done anywhere, anytime with anyone.” Whether the person is a child, a parent, a significant other, a friend, a coworker, a customer or simply someone we meet in passing, it only takes a couple of moments to connect with that person in a way that will make them realize he or she has been noticed as a real person. It seems that we have lost the ability to really communicate and connect with each other. Social media is not bringing us closer together. It pretends that connecting Facebook-to-Facebook is as good as connecting face-to-face. To a large extent, no one is teaching us, especially our kids, how to communicate and connect face-to-face. If we as adults don’t model it, how can kids (of any age) learn that it is important and how to do it? We all want to be seen, treated and accepted for being who we are. Tell Me A Good Story is located at 10019 N. Roxbury Dr., in Tucson. For more information, visit or call 520-975-2904.



Honing Your True Story Write the Truth

James Pennebaker and fellow researchers at the University of Texas at Austin found that a simple writing exercise can help free people from emotional burdens, as first reported in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. Here’s how to apply it: Every morning for four consecutive days, write down feelings about what is bothersome: Something you are thinking or worrying about too much. Something you feel is affecting your life in an unhealthy way. Something you have been avoiding for days, weeks or years. The idea is to write about the emotions that surround this thing you’re reluctant to admit or speak about. Pennebaker says it’s not necessary to reread what’s written or tell anyone about it. The simple act of writing down emotions surrounding a story begins the process of releasing it and relaxing.

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The Moth organization features true stories told live by people of all ages on The Moth Radio Hour, the Internet and at group story “slams” around the world. At, would-be storytellers find tips on how to craft their tales for a listening audience at live story slams around the world, as well as via webcasts. They

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can then record a two-minute story pitch in order to be accepted as a live storyteller during a future slam.

Ask and Answer

Moving through the process Byron Katie calls “the work” uncovers the truth about the stories we are telling ourselves in order to create newer, healthier ones. First, think of a negative thought that’s worrying you, such as “I’m stuck.” Next, ask four questions about it. Is it true? Can I absolutely know it’s true? How do I react—what happens—when I believe that thought? Who would I be without the thought? Now write down honest answers, which might be something like: “I’m not really stuck, I just think I am. Deep down, I know I have the power to move forward, but am unsure about the direction or way to go about it, so I feel anxious. Without the thought of ‘I’m stuck,’ I would feel freer to find a solution.” Then, turn those thoughts around, for example, to, “Really, when I think about it, I feel much freer than when I deny or gloss over my erroneous thought.” When we turn around a specific limiting thought, we can experience the power of letting go of not only a misguided, but ultimately untrue internal story.

Inflammation is a

Double-Edged Sword by David Rupley, Jr


ur body has an intricate web of strategies to maintain health and function, and one group of those strategies is the body’s inflammatory response. When we cut our finger, we expect it to bleed (increased blood flow), then clot and scab. It hurts (pain) and it will likely get hot and turn pink or red around the cut. These are all parts of that inflammatory response. Different cells in the blood have different jobs to fight infections and promote growth of tissue to repair the skin and associated issues. When we get sick with a cold or an infection, we want the inflammatory response to be up to the task of fighting off the virus or bugs. The fever, mucous and less pleasant reactions that the body produces are ridding us of the bugs and returning homeostasis. Yet we hear from many sources that inflammation is the underlying issue of most chronic diseases and many of the autoimmune diseases. So when is inflammation bad? One of the most common problems is heart disease. Elevated cholesterol is a marker of inflammation, like Band-Aids. The cholesterol adheres to the blood vessel wall at the site of some injury (inflammation), and these “Band-Aids” can break off and block the artery. Strokes, heart attacks and angina are evidence of injuries to the blood vessels and surgery just fixes the most active problem. Changing our diet and lifestyle works instead as a cure. Dr. Dean Ornish has

Dr. David Rupley done a study with early prostate cancer patients that reveal his lifestyle and dietary changes can reverse cancer and what we eat can even change our genes. Arthritis is an inflammatory disease. The joints swell and hurt and sometime become hot. Even though calcium is the direct culprit, that is a response to the increased acidity that comes with an inflammatory response as the body tried to neutralize this. There can be foods that play a role with arthritis, but much of the difficulty is inflammation for minor injuries that become complicated without the natural support to combat inflammation. Diabetes, chronic pain, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, Crohn’s and IBS are all inflammation gone bad. The reason people don’t hear a lot about food’s powerful healing effects has a lot to do with money. There is more profit in Coke and Pepsi than in broccoli. Then there is the issue of who is responsible for our health. Doctors can help in some situations, but it is important for us to become informed and advocate for our health.

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David Rupley, Jr, M.D.(H) is a homeopathic and integrative physician and medical director at Coyote Healing Center. He was trained in psychiatry and has spent the last 10 years with an increasing focus on alternative and nonpharmaceutical approaches to health. See ad, page 14. June 2014



The Bionic Coach High-Tech Boosts Healthy Routines by Linda Sechrist


hen President John F. Kennedy said in 1961 that the U.S. should commit to sending a man to the moon and return him safely by the end of the decade, few suspected the bounty of technological spinoffs that such National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) space missions would yield. Today, many of NASA’s research advancements, as well as technologies developed outside the space program, are put to good use in everyday life. Of particular interest are products used in fitness workouts. ABI Research, a technology market intelligence company, revealed the growing popularity of consumer health and wellness technologies in its latest market projections for wearable, healthrelated devices. Estimates are that 80 million wearable monitoring devices, including heart monitors and biosensors that read body temperature and motion, will be sold by 2016. When Clint, a global market re-



search firm, conducted its most recent Fitness and Technology Survey, its findings showed technology at work. Based on 745 online interviews with people in seven countries, 72 percent of exercisers embraced some type of technology, including smartphone apps, to support their fitness routines two or more times a week. In recent years, amateur and professional athletes have increasingly benefited from technological advances that help them chart, improve upon and customize their fitness routines. Tracking fitness progress and weight loss is now just clicks away with personal devices such as a Wi-Fi scale, which accurately measures weight, body fat percentage and body mass index. Online graphs chart the individual’s progress. While the typical setting for measuring blood pressure and heart rate used to be in a physician’s office, hospital or pharmacy, new digital wrist blood

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pressure and heart monitors now allow exercise enthusiasts to do it themselves, wherever they are, helping ensure they are not exceeding the safety parameters of their fitness programs. User-friendly digital pocket pedometers and wireless activity-during-sleep wristbands both work in conjunction with a downloaded app to allow self-monitoring. Exercisers can track steps; distances walked cycled or swum; calories burned; total active minutes; and how long and how well they sleep. In some U.S. fitness centers, members have an option of working with an automated, virtual, personal trainer. This almost-do-it-yourself approach to professionally guided fitness begins with a survey of an individual’s lifestyle and goals to create a personalized fitness regimen. Each time exercisers go to the center, they insert a key into a “smart trainer”, generating the day’s 30-minute customized workout. The technology focuses primarily on helping clients manage weight and maintain muscle. Other technologies, such as medical-grade, pneumatic [air] compression boot systems, are facilitating at-home recovery for hip and knee surgery patients and quicker muscle recovery for serious athletes. Air-filled chambers remain inflated as pressure cycles sequentially move from the foot up the leg. The cycles flush out waste and replenish blood supplies to the muscles. More complex bio-analyzing systems retrieve feedback from the body’s electromagnetic fields, the multiple energy meridians and the frequencies of the body’s cells and organs. “Such systems are largely used by chiropractors, naturopaths, physical therapists and acupuncturists,” says Loran Swensen, CEO of Innergy Development, which owns AO Scan, maker of the Magnetic Resonance Bio-Analyzer. For people that struggle with traditional workouts or physical limitations, whole-body vibration technology may be a solution. “When you stand on the oscillating platform, the body reacts to the vertical vibratory stimulus with an involuntary muscle contraction; depending on the speed, muscles

can react up to 23 times per second,” advises Linda Craig, co-owner of Circulation Nation, in Greer, South Carolina. Similar platforms are becoming commonplace in chiropractic practices. Consumer applications of medical devices have led to the home use of additional sophisticated technologies like laser therapy. Successfully used for more than 30 years in Europe to treat trauma, inflammation, overuse injuries and cosmetic issues, as well as to provide pain relief and healing, some forms have recently been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. With 129,397,925 gym members worldwide according to a recent International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association report, it’s safe to predict that consumer demand ensures even more significant technological advances are in our near future. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings.

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motional Freedom Techniques (EFT) may be an effective treatment for veterans that have been diagnosed with clinical post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a study published in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. EFT involves tapping on acupressure points while focusing on traumatic memories or painful emotions in order to release them. As part of the Veterans’ Stress Project, an anonymous clinical study comprising more than 2,000 participants, 59 veterans with PTSD were randomly assigned to either receive strictly standard care or also experience six, hour-long, EFT sessions. The psychological distress and PTSD symptoms showed significant reductions among veterans receiving the EFT sessions, with 90 percent matriculating out of the criteria for clinical PTSD. At a six-month follow-up, 80 percent of those participants still had symptoms below the clinical level for PTSD. According to Deb Tribbey, national coordinator for the Veterans’ Stress Project, PTSD symptoms that can be resolved with the combined therapy include insomnia, anger, grief, hyper-vigilance and pain. For more information, visit or

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Musician with a Cause Jack Johnson Plans Shows with the Planet in Mind by Meredith Montgomery


inger-songwriter Jack Johnson’s touring concerts have almost always doubled as fundraisers for local environmental nonprofits. “Early on, we recognized that we could not only fill a room, but also raise funds and awareness for nonprofit groups we believe in,” says Johnson. Then, as he started playing larger venues, “I realized the power of touring to connect our fans with local nonprofits in every town we played.” Johnson and his wife, Kim, also founded two environmentally focused charitable foundations, and during the past five years, all of his tour proceeds have been donated to them, in turn going to hundreds of environmental education nonprofits worldwide. The enabling commercial success began in 2001 when



his debut album successfully established this Oahu, Hawaiian’s trademark mellow surf-rocker style. Since then, he’s released five more studio albums, including the most recent, From Here to Now to You. “While I have so much gratitude for the support our music receives, for me, music has always been a hobby, a side thing. It grew into a way to work in the nonprofit world. Being engaged in environmental education almost feels like my real job, and the music’s something we’re lucky enough to provide to fund related causes,” says Johnson. As the size of his audiences grows, so does the size of his potential environmental footprint. On the road, Johnson’s team works with the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance to fuel all tour trucks,

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buses and generators. Comprehensive conservation efforts including refillable water bottle stations, plus organic cotton T-shirts and reusable or biodegradable food service ware are standard at his shows. “We try to be environmentally conscious every step of the way,” says Johnson. “Our record cases and posters use recycled paper and eco-friendly inks. We record albums in my solarpowered studio. It’s an ongoing learning process and conversation as we find even better ways to do things.” Johnson’s team often requests increased recycling efforts and use of energy-efficient light bulbs at venues, advancing long-term eco-changes everywhere they perform. He explains, “Our thinking is that once they change the light bulbs for us, they’re not going to go back to the old light bulbs after we leave. Many venue managers tell us they have stuck with the improvements because they realize that they’re easy to do.” Marine pollution and single-use plastics are issues high on the musician’s environmental list, but the topic he’s most passionate about is food. In his home state of Hawaii, 90 percent of food is imported. “The idea of supporting your local food system is a big deal in our family and we take that point of view on the road because it’s a vital issue anywhere you go,” he says. At each tour stop, all of the band’s food is sourced within a specific radius. Johnson also works with radio stations to promote regional farming, helping to build community and fan awareness of the benefits of supporting local farms. At home, Johnson has solar panels on the roof and drives an electric car. The entire family, including three children, participates in recycling, worm composting and gardening. “It’s fun to take what we learn at home on the road and bring good things we learn on the road home,” he says. The Swiss Family Robinson is one of the family’s favorite books. “We love figuring out ways to apply ideas,” he remarks. “For our first water catchment system, we got 50-gallon drums previously used for oil and vinegar from a bread bakery and attached spigots. The kids were so excited to watch them fill the first time it rained.”

Johnson finds that all of the facets of his life work together. For example, “Music is a social thing for me. I get to share it with people. Surfing is where I find a lot of balance; it’s a more private time. But I also come up with lyrics and musical ideas while I’m surfing.” Johnson’s approach to inspiring all generations to be conscious of the environment is to focus on the fun, because it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the big picture. Understanding that his own kids are among the future stewards of planet Earth, he works diligently to instill values of creativity and free thinking. Johnson reflects, “When I look at things that are in the world now that we would have never dreamed possible when we were growing up, I recognize how much can change in one generation. Looking for answers that aren’t there yet—things nobody’s thought of—that’s what’s going to solve problems.” Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Mobile/Baldwin, AL (

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Color this Concert Green Greening up music fests not only lessens their impact, it also encourages educated fans to take new ideas home with them. Here are just some of the up-and-coming innovations being incorporated into local venues. Carpool parking Compost programs, including cutlery/service ware Event shuttle service Free water refill stations Local vendors Locally sourced foods Online ride-share booking program Onsite recycling Onsite sales help fund eco-projects Public bike racks Stadium solar panels Staff bikes and e-golf carts

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ost kids growing up in Chattanooga have crossed the Tennessee River via the Walnut Street pedestrian bridge; far fewer have been on the river beneath it,” remarks Mark Baldwin, owner of area paddle sports outfitter L2 Boards. Using stand up paddleboards (SUP), he loves guiding adults and children on their own up-close discoveries of the river’s cliffs, caves, fish, turtles and birds. Waterways are enchanting at any age, and SUP recreation naturally tends to inspire creative quests. Its physical and developmental benefits are a bonus. “The stand up paddleboard is the bicycle of the water. Because paddleboarding can be done at any age and fitness level, the whole family can enjoy it together,” says Kristin Thomas, a mother of three in Laguna Beach, California, SUP race champion and executive director of the Stand Up Paddle Industry Association. “Children are fascinated by the play of the water and the motion of the board. Parents can acclimate an infant to flat-water paddling by simply creating a well of towels onboard, with the baby

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snuggled between the feet, looking up at them,” advises Lili Colby, owner of MTI Adventurewear, near Boston, Massachusetts, which makes life jackets for paddle sports. She notes that U.S. Coast Guard law requires that children 30 pounds and under wear infant life jackets to provide special head and neck support that turns a baby’s face up with an open airway within three seconds of entering the water. It’s a good idea to first practice paddling short distances in shallow waters near the shore. Toddlers are more likely to lean overboard to play in the water, Colby cautions, so engaging in natureinspired games along the way will help occupy them onboard. “Young children introduced to water sports in the context of positive family interaction typically become eager to paddle on their own,” observes Tina Fetten, owner of Southern Tier Stand Up Paddle Corp., who leads a variety of SUP experiences throughout New York and northern Pennsylvania. “If they are strong swimmers, I bring them on a large board with me and teach them the skills for

independent paddling.” Although SUP boards look like surfboards, stand up paddling is commonly taught on flat water, making it easier and more stable than surfing. Still, swimming competence and adult supervision are prerequisites to independent paddling according to paramedic Bob Pratt, co-founder of the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project, which leads water safety classes in Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. “Parents should outfit all children with a life jacket, Coast Guard-approved for their age and weight, as well as a leash, which attaches to their ankle and the board with Velcro straps,” Pratt says. “If children fall into the water, a tug of the leash enables them to quickly retrieve their largest floatation device, the board.” Experts agree that success is relatively easy, so children build confidence quickly. The sport can be adapted to suit individual needs and positions, including moving from standing to sitting or kneeling, says Fetten, who teaches adaptive SUP lessons in a community pool. As she sees firsthand, “All children, especially those with disabilities, benefit from the empowering feeling of attaining independent success.” “A water-based sport is the healthiest outlet children can have,” attests Wesley Stewart, founder of Urban Surf 4 Kids, a San Diego nonprofit that offers free SUP and surf clinics for foster children. “Being on the water requires kids to focus on what they’re doing and has the ability to clear their minds and give them freedom. It’s like meditation. Plus, SUP is a lowimpact, cross-training cardio activity; it works every part of the body.” Beyond the basic benefits, SUP keeps children engaged by offering endless opportunities to explore the geographic and ecological diversity of different types of waterways. SUP activities and levels can grow along with children; teens can try yoga on water, competitive racing and the advanced challenges of surfing. Fitness is a bonus to the rewarding ability to propel one’s self through the water.

Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value. ~Albert Einstein

SUP enthusiast Lauressa Nelson is a freelance writer in Orlando, FL, and a contributing editor for Natural Awakenings. June 2014


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Whether it’s membership in a food co-op, tending a backyard garden or balcony tomato plant or foraging in the woods for edibles, living off the land means cleaner, fresher and more nutritious food on the table.


o switch from running to the market to stepping into a home garden for fresh produce, it’s best to start small. Smart gardeners know it’s easy to be overwhelmed by a big plot so they plan ahead with like-minded friends to swap beans for tomatoes or zucchini for okra to add variety. If one household is more suited to freezing excess harvests while another cans or dehydrates, more trades are in the offing. Start kids by having them plant radishes, a crop that will give even the most impatient child quick results. “You can’t do everything yourself,” counsels Kathie Lapcevic, a farmer, freelance writer and teacher in Columbia Falls, Montana. “I have a huge garden, expanded now into about 7,000 square feet, that provides 65 percent of what our family eats,” she says. “On the other hand, I can’t imagine life without nut butter and found I can’t grow Brussels sprouts. A few trips to the store are inevitable.” Lapcevic plants non-GMO, heirloom varieties of seeds in her chemicalfree garden. She adds a new variety or two each year and reminds peers that it takes a while to build good soil. Three

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years ago, she also added pollinator beehives on the property. Their honey reduces the amount of processed sugar the family uses. From Libby, Montana, Chaya Foedus blogs on her store website about kitchen selfsufficiency. “Foraging is a good way to give children a full sensory experience,” she remarks. “We turn a hike into a mission to find and learn about specific foods, where they come from and what to do with them.” To start, select one easily identifiable item for the kids to pick. “In Libby, that’s huckleberries,” says Foedus. “Similar to blueberries, they grow on a bush, so they’re easy to see and pick. Huckleberries don’t grow in captivity—it’s a completely foraged economy.” Michelle Boatright, a graphic designer and hunter of wild plants in Bristol, Tennessee, learned eco-friendly ways to forage from a game warden friend. Five years later, her bookcase holds 30 books on edible plants—she brings two with her on excursions. “When in doubt, leave a plant alone. It’s too easy to make a mistake,” she advises. “Know how to harvest, too—take

only about 10 percent of what’s there and leave the roots, so it can grow back. “For example, ramps, a wild leek, take seven years to cultivate,” says Boatright. “Overharvesting can wipe out years’ worth of growth. In Tennessee, it’s illegal to harvest ramps in state parks. Mushrooms are more apt to regrow, but leave the small ones.” As for meat, “I was raised to never shoot a gun, but to make my own bows and arrows,” recalls Bennett Rea, a writer and survivalist in Los Angeles, California. “Dad used Native American skills, tools and viewpoints when he hunted. Bow hunting kept our family from going hungry for a few lean years and was always done with reverence. It’s wise to take only what you need, use what you take and remember an animal gave its life to sustain yours.” Rea uses several methods for obtaining local foods. “Living here makes it easier due to the year-round growing season. For produce, I volunteer for a local CSA [community supported agriculture] collective. One

hour of volunteering earns 11 pounds of free, sustainably farmed, organic produce—everything from kale to tangerines to cilantro. “Bartering is also an increasingly popular trend,” he notes. “I make my own hot sauce and trade it for highend foods and coffee from friends and neighbors. Several of us have now rented a plot in a community garden to grow more of our own vegetables. I only buy from stores the items I can’t trade for or make myself—usually oats, milk, cheese and olive oil.” Truly good food is thoughtfully, sustainably grown or harvested. It travels fewer miles; hasn’t been sprayed with toxins or been chemically fertilized; is fresh; ripens on the plant, not in a truck or the store; and doesn’t come from a factory farm. The old saying applies here: “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.” Avery Mack is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect via

Foraging 101 by Chaya Foedus 4 Start small. 4 Get permission before picking on private property. 4 Make sure no chemical fertilizers or pesticides were used. 4 It’s easy to mistake a poisonous lookalike for an edible plant. Learn to identify both before picking. 4 Skip the mushrooms at first—learn from an experienced mushroomer before going solo. 4 Always taste-test at home; the woods are not the place to cope with a surprise allergic reaction. 4 Make a day of it. Enjoy the outdoors, learn more about native plants and invite kindred spirits along on the hunt. Source: Adapted from

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hristopher Nyerges, of Pasadena, California, author of Guide to Wild Food and Useful Plants and Foraging California, has spent 40 years teaching others to find free food safely as part of an ongoing curriculum ( He knows, “Wherever you live, common weeds and native plants can supplement food on the table.” He particularly likes to use acorns as a food extender, grinding them into a powder and mixing it 50/50 with flour to make bread and pancakes. For greens, he likes lamb’s quarters (Chenopodium album), a weed that crowds out native plants, but is easily found, nutritious and versatile. He uses the leaves like spinach and adds the seeds to soup or bread batter. He likens it to quinoa. Nyerges characterizes himself as a lazy gardener. “Forget having a tradition-

al lawn. Grow food, not grass,” he says. “I like plants that take care of themselves and then of me.” Purslane (Portulaca oleracea) and New Zealand spinach (Tetragonia tetragonioides) are good edible ground covers. Purslane leaves add a lemon-pepper crunch. “If the neighbors complain, plant some nasturtiums—they’re pretty and good to eat, too,” he notes. Varieties of cactus, like the prickly pear, are also edible; remove the thorns and cook the pads with tofu or eggs. “I’m all for using technology, but know how to get by without it, too,” Nyerges advises. “There’s no such thing as total self-sufficiency. What we can be is self-reliant and knowledgeable users. Begin by learning and applying one thing.” He’s found, “There aren’t directions to follow; the path to self-reliance is different for each person.” June 2014



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orn into an East Indian family in London, England, Panache Desai grew up steeped in spiritual practices like meditation. Though recognized by spiritual teachers as possessing a special gift, Desai rejected his spiritual foundation as a teenager, trading it for the excitement of London’s rave music scene of the 1990s before moving to America. It wasn’t until he was 22 and living in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Venice Beach that the pain of the way he had rejected his true inner nature reached a crescendo. In opening himself up to the possibility of the divine, Desai underwent a spiritual awakening that has led him to dedicate his life to helping others make their own journey from self-rejection to contentment. Unaffiliated with any one religious or spiritual tradition, Desai works with simple, yet powerful principles of energy to help free people from self-imposed limitations and unlock their potential. His first book, Discovering Your Soul Signature: A 33-Day Path to Purpose, Passion & Joy, just released, is a departure from his earlier focus on creating meditation CDs and other audio recordings.

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What was the key turning point in embracing your life’s calling? Every time I would visit a spiritual teacher as a kid, they would say, “We’ve been waiting for you.” But I just wanted to be normal and was also skeptical; not every wellintentioned person is necessarily leading you home. I reached a turning point when I knew something had to change. I told myself that if this thing called God really exists and if I’m here to be a messenger, I have to experience it personally. In that moment, I began to undergo a transformation that culminated in a direct experience of the divine; an infinite ocean of energy vibrating with unconditional love. I felt part of what every spiritual teacher has been telling the world for thousands of years: that the true nature of reality is love, a love that expresses itself through all life forms. That experience allowed me to accept my role of helping others see and achieve their potential.

How does the universal energy you speak of affect us and how can we shift our dance with it? We are vibrational beings inhabiting a vi-

brational universe. Yogis and mystics from traditions throughout time have known this. The subtlest form of vibration is the soul, which is overlaid by the emotional, with the physical as the outermost layer of energy. Because the emotional layer can accumulate a density that enshrouds our soul’s light and potential, it’s important to address it. Energy is like water—it wants to flow and can shift states at any moment. Judging or rejecting any aspect of our genuine identity disrupts that flow of energy. For example, if instead of being available to feel your anger when it arises you repress or deny it, that accumulating emotion acquires density and over time, becomes rage. But if you can learn to slow down and lean into the emotion, the anger can wash through and out of you and energy again flows freely. By allowing ourselves to acknowledge, experience and release these emotions without judgment, we are clearing the obstacles to our authentic self, what I term one’s “soul signature”.

How is discovering our soul signature related to finding our calling?

The soul signature is our purest potential expressed. You can have a calling to be a writer, but unless you are connected to who you are at the deepest level, your writing won’t have the same impact. Accessing our soul signature is a process. We didn’t end up where we are overnight, and it can take time to get back to that place where we can express our truest selves by working with the techniques of energy transformation described in my book.

What are good first steps for someone newly initiating a spiritual practice? The most powerful tool is our breath. Witnessing and honoring our breath in every moment allows us to transform every day into living meditation. Find author blogs on how individuals live their soul signature at Panache Connect with freelance writer April Thompson at


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ippocrates called walking “man’s best medicine,” and Americans agree: According to the U.S. Surgeon General, walking is America’s most popular form of fitness. It’s free, convenient and simple. The Foundation for Chronic Disease Prevention reveals that 10,000 daily steps help lower blood pressure, shed pounds, decrease stress, and reduce the risk of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Here’s how to rev up the routine and stay motivated.

Practical Tips

Breathe. Belly breathing calms the parasympathetic nervous system, expands lung capacity and improves circulation. Inhale through the nose, fill the belly and expel through the mouth, advises Asheville, North Carolina, resident Katherine Dreyer, co-founder and CEO of ChiWalking. Try new techniques and terrain. “The body is smart and efficient. It must be constantly challenged in safe ways and tricked into burning more calories,”

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says Malin Svensson, founder and President of Nordic Walking USA. She suggests taking the stairs or strolling on sand to strengthen the legs and heart. Dreyer recommends ascending hills sideways (crossing one foot over the other) to engage new muscles and protect the calves and Achilles tendons. She also suggests walking backwards for 30 steps every five minutes during a 30-minute walk to reestablish proper posture. Push with poles. Compelling the body forward with Nordic walking poles can burn 20 to 46 percent more calories than regular walking, reports Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport. Svensson explains, “Applying pressure to the poles activates abdominal, chest, back and triceps muscles, which necessitates more oxygen and thereby raises the heart rate.” The basic technique is: plant, push and walk away.

Mindful Tips

Feel the Earth move under your (bare) feet. Improve mood, reduce pain and

deepen sleep by going outside barefoot, says Dr. Laura Koniver, of Charleston, South Carolina, a featured expert in the documentary, The Grounded. “The Earth’s surface contains an infinite reservoir of free electrons, which, upon contact with the body, can neutralize damage from free radicals,” she says. Notice nature. Alexandra Horowitz, author of On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes, finds walking outdoors infinitely more engaging than exercising in the gym. Seek out woodsy hikes, scenic waterways or historic downtowns, and “open up to experiencing the world,” she says. Practice moving meditation. To lighten a heavy mood, “Imagine your chest as a window through which energy, fresh air, sunshine, even rain, can pour into and through you as you walk,” says Dreyer. To ground a scattered mind, she suggests focusing on connecting one’s feet with the Earth.

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Make fresh air a social affair. A group walk can boost performance levels of participants, says Dennis Michele, president of the American Volkssport Association, which promotes fun, fitness and friendship through noncom-

Let your feet speak for an important cause and sign up for an awareness walk. petitive, year-round walking events. Horowitz suggests strolling with friends and sharing sensory discoveries. “A fresh perspective can help tune you into the great richness of ordinary environments often overlooked,” she says. Ditch the distraction of electronic devices. Horowitz views walking texters as “hazards and obstacles, non-participants in the environment.” Australian researcher Siobhan Schabrun, Ph.D., reveals the science behind the sentiment in her recent University of Queensland study. The brain, she found, prioritizes texting over walking, resulting in “slowing down, deviating from a straight line and walking like robots, with the arms, trunk and head in one rigid line, which makes falling more likely.” Walking a dog brings mutual benefits. Dr. John Marshall, chief oncologist at Georgetown University Hospital, in Washington, D.C., prescribes dog walking to his cancer patients, asserting it yields better outcomes than chemotherapy. For maximum enjoyment, strive

to hit a stride, advises Carla Ferris, owner of Washington, D.C. dog-walking company Wagamuffin. Be a fanny pack fan. Fanny packs, unlike backpacks, which can disturb natural torso rotation, comfortably store identification, phone, keys and water, says Svensson. Ferris agrees: “Walks are so much more enjoyable hands-free.” Walk while you work. Much of the independent and collaborative work at Minneapolis finance company SALO emerges as employees walk slowly on ergonomic treadmill desks. “Being up, active and forward-moving on the treadmill benefits productivity,” says cofounder Amy Langer. Alternatively, consider investing in a cordless headset or standing desk. “Most anything you can do sitting, you can do standing, and supporting your own body weight is almost as beneficial as walking,” she says. A study reported in the journal Diabetologia suggests that sedentary time combined with periods of moderate-to-vigorous exercise poses a greater health risk than being gently active throughout the day. Dreyer’s mantra? “The body is wise. Listen when it says, ‘Get up and walk a bit.’” Lane Vail is a freelance writer in South Carolina. Connect at

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prerequisite for passing that certification. He could not do even one single push up before meeting us! The belief is Qi moves blood and possibly helped move circulation into his torn shoulder along pathways that were previously blocked. This is an example of how Qigong can heal.

What is QIGONG really about? Reaching Your Highest Energetic Potential in One Lifetime by Jeff Primack Qigong is about Breath Mastery. The best schools emphasize BREATHING to remove blockages and build a surplus of energy. Through technical training in abdomen placement, you can increase your body temperature and blood circulation on demand. When someone lays hands on another person while doing Tumo breathing it can send profound waves of healing Qi into that person. Genesis 2:7 “God formed man of the dust of the ground & BREATHED into his NOSTRILS the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” Does it weaken our connection to Spirit if we are breathing shallow? Scripture suggests a connection with being alive and breath incoming through our nostrils. What if we breathed consciously and deeper all day? Qigong is about Getting High Naturally. Alcohol transforms the mind-state, yet also destroys the liver. Qi has no side effect except making you feel full of vitality. Its highs are beyond words. With focused practice most people can move Qi causing a mild to intense euphoria. Qi being free, abundant, right under our noses makes it the ultimate ally to rise above life’s obstacles and reduce stress.



Qigong Strength Training is nurturing to Qi instead of taxing like some traditional exercises. If you have old injuries you can practice Qigong. We use “Holding Qi” postures like Horsestance to build the root chakra and leg strength. When doing HyperThrows in our routines we use fast followed by slow brushing movements, which works wonders for circulatory issues, building speed/strength and giving a burst of energy. Yin & Yang alternating movements open arteries to expand blood flow beyond what traditional exercise is capable of. Anyone can do Qigong Strength Training, even the severely injured. Mike Maier, a retired fighter pilot and martial arts seeker was so badly injured he couldn’t hold his arms above his head for more than ten seconds. He directly came up to me at our 2000 person National Qigong Conference to complain of his discomfort. I advised his body was adaptogenic and building new neurons as we were talking preparing his arms for the next time he would be holding the postures. 6 months later Mike became an advanced teacher of our Qigong Strength Training. I personally watched him do 200 pushups, which is

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Enlightenment requires a body that can hold the light. Fitness is not only about muscles; it’s about the nervous system. Your lower abdomen is the seat of what Qigong calls your “Dan Tien” and it’s your center of gravity housing the majority of vital energy. It wasn’t until I learned pranayama breathing that I myself experienced being one with the universe. My whole body filled with blissful electricity that hummed inside me. For a time I was one with spirit and matter and I knew I was going to dedicate my life to teaching how to access this bliss naturally. Yogis describe nirvana as a mind-state where we access our Super Consciousness. From these higher-vibration states we can receive divine insight and creativity. Healthcare Practitioners need Qigong and can prevent getting drained by using specialized breath/movement exercises. This is a fact for many therapists and nurses that I encounter. Each year we train hundreds of registered nurses and nearly all of them complain that they constantly feel drained. Often massage therapists take on the aches and pains of their clients. While this may sound superstitious I assure you the phenomena is real. Often

doctors who specialize in a certain aspect of medicine are exposed to a certain “Energy Information Signal” so frequently that they end up with the same problems they are surrounded by. What is a healer supposed to do? By using Qigong one can easily cleanse their energies. Many nurses after Qigong say they’re no longer affected by other people’s energy so dramatically and can get through a full shift without feeling depleted. Practicing Qigong in Groups is the Secret! By the year 1999, before Qigong was made illegal to practice in groups, there were 100-200 million Chinese people practicing under a handful of very famous Qigong masters. Approximately 10% of the Chinese population was practicing in a Qigong meet up group usually held at universities, government buildings or public parks. Dr. Yan Xin was perhaps the most influential Qigong figure of all time. He facilitated 30,000-person Qi Lectures inside of stadiums. Due to the huge COLLECTIVE ENERGY at these stadium events many experienced the deepest levels of Qigong within hours and many healings were reported. Historically speaking, Qigong went from being practiced by almost no Chinese people in the 1970’s to a mind blowing 200 million by mid 1980’s! I believe Qigong is God-Connecting, humbling, healing to the spirit and unifies people, which is something the Chinese government is not supporting now. America is different and I am proud to live where my country supports the right to gather in freedom! Why only $149 for 4-Days Qigong? Because we want the secret to get out! Hundreds moving and breathing in sync is truly vivid and allows you to experience ENERGY beyond what you could by yourself. “Qi Revolution” comes to AUSTIN, TX. Austin Convention Center on June 14th – 17th and PHOENIX, AZ. Phoenix Convention Center on June 21st – 24th. Jeff Primack, Kai Van Bodhi and dozens more Instructors will host 4-days of Qigong Training for $149. To reserve tickets & for more info, call 1-800-298-8970 or visit See ad inside front cover.


JOURNEY TO MATURITY Setbacks Make Boys Into Men by Nick Clements


e all know hard-charging young men that have their foot planted firmly on the accelerator. They claim that easing off would damage their career and be an admission of failure. They are wrong. Those enjoying early successes can grow up overstressed by trying to stay on the fast track at any cost. These alpha boys are doing what they think others want them to do. In many cases, they are influenced by subtle and overt pressures from parents, peers and celebrity lifestyles, as well as advertising and video games. As a consequence, these men, obsessed with superficial goals, are emotionally stunted, controlling and unable to form long-term relationships. The good news is that if they can recognize these symptoms and want to change, they may be ready to mature into an alpha wolf, a whole different kind of man. An essential catalyst for this change usually comes from experiencing personal wounding: being overlooked for a promotion, feeling redundant, losing a friend or status or perhaps sacrificing a former identity to parenthood. Ultimately, the true test is how he faces such failure and deals with his emotions without labeling himself as weak. The hallmark of mature manhood is how a guy acknowledges his diminishment, not how he manages success. When he stops hiding from himself, signs of his emerging as a mature hero, an alpha wolf, will appear.

He’ll recognize that he makes mistakes, absorb and acknowledge his vulnerability, admit he doesn’t know all the answers and become comfortable with this loss of control. These are the lessons a man must learn to become a more realistic, whole and three-dimensional individual. How he reacts to setbacks and takes responsibility for his actions molds character and helps him take his rightful place in society, rather than a false position. Instead of being obsessed by competing for things and one-upmanship in the material world like an alpha boy, the alpha wolf grows up by adding strong spirituality and compassion to his life skills. He sees the bigger picture, and by viewing people as friends rather than rivals, is better able to forge mature, loving relationships and be a better father. Our sons need to be exposed to emotionally intelligent role models and discussions of attendant values and traits. It’s not a simple or easy path, but it’s an essential process for boys and men that benefits them and everyone in their lives. Nick Clements is an inspirational speaker, workshop leader and author of a trilogy of books on male spirituality and rites of passage, including his recent novel, The Alpha Wolf, A Tale About the Modern Male. He also blogs on masculinity at Learn more at June 2014



Telling Your Pet’s Story Scrapbooks Strut their Stuff by Sandra Murphy


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or many, handwritten letters bundled with ribbon, pressed flowers and fading photographs have been replaced by emails, computerized cards and digital images, with the notable exception of scrapbooks. A scrapbook, done right, is a memorabilia treasure chest. Pages are embellished, decorated and personalized to bring memories alive. Pets get to strut their stuff, too. Mary Anne Benedetto, author of Write Your Pet’s Life Story in 7 Easy Steps, in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, says that no matter the species, each pet has special qualities or quirks and a tale to tell. Liisa Kyle, Ph.D., founder of, in Seattle, Washington, also trains candidates for Guide Dogs for the Blind. “The pup comes to me at 8 weeks old and moves on a year or more later,” says Kyle. “It’s traditional, and a big deal, to give the dog’s new person a gift when the transfer is made. For the first pup, I made a memory book starting from his first days with us. Bright white paper behind each photo highlighted the contrast so the man, who had minimal vision, could see the pictures. People are curious about service animals, so he carries the book to show it around. It’s a fun way to educate people about the guide dogs program.”

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Anne Moss, owner of TheCatSite. com, based in Pardes Hana, Israel, says scrapbooking is a recurrent theme in the site’s forums. “Our members tend to be computer savvy and create online pages for their cats. Yet many don’t want to give up the hands-on experience of scrapbooking; it gives them a special way to preserve memories of or create a long-lasting tribute for their beloved cats.” One member posted about a shadow box she’d made to display favorite toys and photos; another used camping-themed stickers around a photo of the cat napping in a kitty tent. “I started taking pictures of my Ber-

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nese mountain dog, Chance, when he first came to me,” says Yvette Schmitter, an entrepreneurial software programmer in New York City. “We dress in matching costumes like Fiona and Shrek, Princess Leia and Yoda, Mr. and Mrs. Claus. It’s a creative outlet after writing computer code all day and a good excuse to play together.” Schmitter places the photos in premade greeting cards and has a current mailing list that exceeds 250, including the doorman, neighbors, the vet and groomer, friends and family. “The deli guy told me he looks forward to each holiday just to see what we’ve come up with. That’s what motivates me; our fun photos can make somebody’s day better.” Heather Post, owner of The Etiquette Seed, in Daytona Beach, Florida, specializes in coaching and speaking engagements. When her in-laws traveled to their summer home, she made a scrapbooklet for them. “It showed Sophie, our rescue terrier, at the door, window or in the car, with rhyming captions that said she missed them.” Post sends similar photo “stories” to her daughter, Meghan, now in college; a cousin’s daughter even took

Sophie’s Halloween photo to preschool for show and tell. Whichever forum we choose, stages and phases of a pet’s life can be celebrated with a lock of hair, paw print, obedience school certificate and lots of photos. After all, a pet is part of the family. Sandra Murphy is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect at StLouis

Yvette Schmitter keeps her dog’s photo sessions short because, “Chance pouts after 20 minutes.” If a large dog looks intimidating, soften its appearance by adding a bright bandana, hat or goofy sunglasses. Liisa Kyle took weekly photos of a pup to show its growth. Joanna Campbell Slan, author of the Kiki Lowenstein Scrapn-Craft mystery book series, offers several additional tips. n Take photos from the pet’s eye level instead of from above. n For a dark-haired pet, use a contrast ing background; a colorful blanket or pale wall makes it stand out. n Add texture by layering papers and adding trinkets and creative captions. n Notes from a groomer can make a cute addition. n Catalog the words a pet knows on a designated page. Go beyond the obvious command words.

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Become Certified to Teach Infant Massage – May 29-June 1. 9am-5pm. A parent education program based on family strengths using nurturing touch and massage to promote the physical and emotional well-being of babies and young children. $650. ASIS Massage Education, 639 N 6th Ave. 866-334-3348.

ZY Qigong Intensive Retreat – June 6-13. Practice ZY Qigong with Grandmaster Mingtang Xu. Develop yourself spiritually, physically and energetically. Tanque Verde Guest Ranch, 14301 E Speedway. 520-404-8745.

Lecture By Author Tom Bird – 6-9pm. Right From God: Enlightenment – The Ultimate Gift That Comes from Writing A Book. Advanced registration required. 928-203-0265 or email: Info@TomBird. com. Unity of Tucson, 3617 N Camino Blanco.


Special Summer Film Night – 6:30-8pm. “The Importance of Being Extraordinary: A Conversation between Wayne Dyer and Eckhart Tolle.” Who am I? What is real? What is the meaning of life? $5 suggested donation. Unity of Tucson, 3617 N Camino Blanco. 520-577-1478.


Keep Your Energy System Flowing – 10-11:30am. Learn simple techniques to support and protect your energy system. Learn to affect fatigue, pain, emotions, and more. Handouts provided. $30. The Man in the Maze Room, Casas Adobes Professional Plaza, 6965 N Oracle Rd. 520-797-1234.

Divorce & Relationship Endings Retreat – 9am3:30pm. Topics: Transition Journey of Endings, Disintegration of a Marriage/Relationship Process, Dealing with Losses, Taking Care of Yourself Physically and Emotionally, The Grieving Process. $135. Williams Centre Office, 310 S Williams Blvd, Ste 102. 520-829-0225.

Mini Healing Retreat – 12:30-5:15pm. A day of immersing yourself in a flow of healing experience that allows you to achieve the ultimate in self- care and transformation. $50. Unity of Tucson, 3617 N Camino Blanco. 520-488-8284.

Pop Up Gallery Art Opening – 4-7pm. Featuring the photography of local photographer, Karen Wright. Free. The Man in the Maze Room, Casas Adobes Professional Plaza, 6965 N Oracle Rd. 520-797-1234.

Intense Emotions – 1-3pm. Also June 7, 14, 21, 28. Learn/practice this art of tapping. Helps eliminate and block anxiety, pain, discomfort. Free. Water of Life MCC, 3269 Mountain Ave. 520-780-0170.

Mind, Body, Spirit Fair – 4-10pm. A fun evening of psychic readings, Reiki healing, massage therapy and reflexology. $20 per reading/session. Mystic Candles & Metaphysical, 6546 E 22nd St. 520-721-1011.

Help and Healing on the Spiritual Path: Teachings of Bruno Groening – 3pm. Experience a simple, natural spiritual healing technique based on the teachings of German healer Bruno Groening. The University of Arizona Medical Center, 1501 N Campbell Ave, Room E. 520-904-4801. Angel Gong Wave Meditation in Salt-Water Pool – 3-4:30pm. Float effortlessly in warm salt-water pool as you receive the vibration and celestial harmonics from the Angel Gong. $20 in the pool/$15 poolside. Santa Rita Springs, near intersection of Grant Rd and Mountain Ave. 520-975-5376.

SUNDAY, JUNE 8 Hypnoimmunology. Learn How Hypnosis can be used to stimulate your immune system – 11am12:30pm. Free. ALAS, 6510 E. 22nd St, 85710.

MONDAY, JUNE 9 Camp Summer Experience – June 9-27 & June 30July 18. For ages 8-16 yrs. Mon-Fri 9am-4pm. Camp includes: dance, drama, arts & crafts, field trips and more. $225/session. LifeGuard Center, 77 N Park Ave. 520-631-2710.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4 Shame Resilience Group for Women – 12-week session. Weds 10am-12pm or 6-8pm. Learn about the origins, manifestations and antidote to shame in your life. Develop skills of self-awareness, empathy and compassion. $480 or 10% discount paid in advance. Pre-registration required. 2292 W Magee, Ste 130. 520-369-4017.



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Meet Mata Amritanandamayi, renowned humanitarian and spiritual leader. Millions worldwide have been comforted by Amma’s “hug” and inspired by her vast charitable activities, as well as her message of selfless service and equality for all. You are warmly invited to meet Amma and receive her individual, loving embrace. • June 15, two free programs, 10:00am, and 7:00pm. Numbered tokens distributed at 8:30am and 5:45pm for morning/evening programs. • June 18, free public program begins at 7:00pm, numbered tokens distributed at 5:30pm. • June 16-18, Retreat. Pre-registration required. Hilton Buffalo Thunder Resort 30 Buffalo Thunder Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87506 • 505-982-9801

TUESDAY, JUNE 10 The Community Food Bank: More Than Just a Pantry – 7-9pm. Address from Leona Davis, education and advocacy coordinator of The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. Free. Ward 6 City Council office, 3202 E First St. 520-622-0905.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11 TMS Education Day – 6-7pm. Learn about TMS and how it can help alleviate your depression. Free. MindSource Centre, 7345 E Tanque Verde Rd. 520-296-7766. De-Stress: Rest in the Arms of Unconditional Love – 6:30-8:30pm. Come for a deep consciousness expanding meditative experience to transform challenges into opportunities. RSVP 48 hrs. in advance. $30. The Man in the Maze Room, Casas Adobes Professional Plaza, 6965 N. Oracle Rd. 520-877-5039.

FRIDAY, JUNE 13 Healing Angel Gong Wave in Salt-Water Pool – 6:30-8pm. Float fully supported in an indoor warm salt-water pool while receiving the transformative vibrations of the Angel Gong. $20 in pool; $15 pool-side. Must RSVP. Santa Rita Springs Pool, near Grant and Mountain Ave, 520-975-5376.

SATURDAY, JUNE 14 Re-Ignite Your Own Delight – 9am-12pm. Counselors and Helping Professionals Retreat. Come and enjoy laughter, reflection and experiential transformation. Register by 6/12. $20. The Man in the Maze Room, Casas Adobes Professional Plaza, 6965 N. Oracle Rd. 520-333-7436.

Reiki Specialized Symbols – 10am-4pm. Workshop on specialized Reiki symbols to all with Level I or further training. These specialized symbols provide important focused energies. $100. SpiritsChild Metaphysical Store, SE Corner of River/Orange Grove, in Sprouts Shopping Center. 520-245-4214. De-Stress: Rest in the Arms of Unconditional Love – 10am-12pm. See 6/11 description. $30. The Man in the Maze Room, Casas Adobes Professional Plaza, 6965 N. Oracle Rd. 520-877-5039. Akashic Records: Wisdom from All Lives – 1-3pm. Akashic Records are the energetic imprint of your soul’s journey, past, present and future, a unique vibrational registry. Learn what is in your highest good. $30 advance/$35door. New Moon Haven, 16256 N, Oracle Rd. 520-245-4214. Meditation Class with Sarah McLean – 2-4:30pm. The Simple, Easy, Every Day Meditation Method introduces you to a powerful, yet simple-to-do method you can use every day. $225/$165 for seniors, students, veterans. Scholarships available. McLean Meditation Institute, 411 Hwy 179 Ste 8, Sedona. 928-204-0067.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18 Shame Reduction/Increasing Deservability Workshop – 7-8:30pm. Discussion on origins and costs of toxic shame that some of us have carried, its relationship to depression and how we can effectively release it. $15. The Man in the Maze Room, Casas Adobes Professional Plaza, 6965 N. Oracle Rd. 520-797-1234.

THURSDAY, JUNE 19 Lunch and Learn – 12-1pm. Learn more about how to improve your health. Get 30 Tips that could better your health forever. Free. Ginger Carter’s Place, 4770 E Grant. 520-722-9787. Happy Hour Health – 6-7pm. Learn about health, how to retain it and how to regain it. Get 30 tips that could better your health forever. Free. Ginger Carter’s Place, 4770 E Grant. 520-722-9787.

FRIDAY JUNE 20 Spirituality of Healing – June-20-22. Spirituality of Healing: Seven Steps to Becoming A Healing Presence. Join Dr. James Finley renowned author, Merton scholar and clinical psychologist. $225. Hilton El Conquistador, 10000 N Oracle Rd. 520-882-0290.

SATURDAY, JUNE 21 What Your Doctor Was Not Taught – 10-11:30am. Presentation on the underlying issues with all health or lack of health and what to do to improve it. Free. Coyote Healing Center, 700 N Country Cub Rd, Ste 120. 520-722-9787.

Thai Yoga Massage Workshop – 1pm-4pm. Come learn some of the basic stretches in Thai Yoga. No experience required. $35. Balanced Spirit Pilates Studio (Swan/Speedway). RSVP Colleen 520-577-4543. Healing Angel Gong Wave in Salt-Water Indoor Pool – 3-4:30pm. Float fully supported in an indoor warm salt-water pool while receiving the transformative vibrations of the Angel Gong. Release stress and pain. $20 in pool; $15 pool-side. Must RSVP. Santa Rita Springs SaltWater Indoor Pool, near Grant and Mountain Ave. 520-975-5376. 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. Free. The University of Arizona Medical Center Cafeteria, Room E, 1501 N Campbell Ave. 520-904-4801. Summer Solstice – 6-8pm. Celebrate the Summer Solstice at Magdala Sanctuary. Bring pot-luck dish and candle for the shamanic festival of the North. Reservations, 520-577-0147. Free. Magdala Sanctuary, 3771 W Union Jack St.

SUNDAY, JUNE 22 Hypnosis for Fears and Phobias – 11am-12:30pm. Learn how hypnosis can be used to control fears and eliminate phobias. Free. ALAS, 6510 E. 22nd St., 85710.

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FRIDAY, JULY 11 Cancer & Massage: An Introduction for Massage Therapists – 9am-6pm. July 11-13. This class will provide massage therapists with a substantial foundation in understanding how to approach treating a client with cancer with professionalism, competence and compassion. 24 CEU. $575. ASIS Massage Education Sedona Campus, 701 S Broadway, Clarkdale. 866-334-3348.

SATURDAY, JULY 12 Help and Healing on the Spiritual Path – 3-4:30pm. See 6/21 description. Free. UMC Cafeteria, Room E, 1501 N Campbell Ave, 520-904-4801.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 16 TMS Education Day – 6pm. Learn about Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and how it can help alleviate your depression. Call office to sign up. Free. MindSource Centre, 7345 E Tanque Verde Rd. 520-296-7766.

Tucson Bonsai Society Meeting & Lecture – 12pm. Learn the art and science of bonsai, as adapted to the horticulture of the Sonoran desert environment. Program Topic: “Bonsai Favorites for Monsoon Season”. Free. Catalina United Methodist Church, 2700 E Speedway Blvd, Building H, Rooms 230 & 232,

SATURDAY, JUNE 28 Keep Your Energy System Flowing – 1011:30am. Learn simple techniques to support and protect your energy system that you can do yourself. Learn to affect fatigue, pain, emotions, and more. $30. The Man in the Maze Room, Casas Adobes Professional Plaza, 6965 N. Oracle Rd. 520-818-3848.

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markyourcalendar OCTOBER 2014 - JUNE 2015 TUBAC HEALING ARTS 200 HOUR YOGA TEACHING TRAINING 16 Weekend Sessions Studio in Tubac, Arizona 45 minutes south of Tucson / 520-275-2689 This program meets and exceeds the standards of Yoga Alliance.

SATURDAY, JULY 19 Sacred Space and Wisdom from Three Key Past Lives – 1-3pm. Learn critical information from three key past lives. Follow our timeline into the past, learning what we need for creating the best for our futures with ease and grace. $30 advance/$35door. SpiritsChild Metaphysical Store, SE Corner of River/Orange Grove. 520-245-4214.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 9 Chi Nei Tsang: Taoist Abdominal Massage – Aug 9-10. 9am-6pm. Learn basic traditional principles of Chi Nei Tsang, beginning anatomy of the internal organs, Taoist meditations and breathing exercises and more. 16 CEUS. $275. ASIS Massage Education Sedona Campus, 701 S Broadway, Clarkdale. 866-334-3348.

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daily Morning and Evening Meditation – 7am & 7pm, Daily. Begin and end your day with Sanskrit chanting, worship and meditation in the contemplative environment of Jyoti Mandir – Temple of Light. Free. Desert Ashram, 3403 W Sweetwater Dr, 520-743-0384.

The Deeper Meaning of Jesus’ Words – 9am & 11am. Explore the underlying ideas of our Christian heritage for your deeper understanding. Child-care provided. Unity of Tucson, 3617 N. Camino Blanco. 520-577-3300. Ai Chi – 10am. With Connie Seddon. A flowing, powerful program of breath & movement in a warm saltwater pool. A safe & easy way to increase oxygen and nutritional absorption. Painless stretch & relaxation method, ideal for improving range of motion, balance and mobility. $15. Santa Rita Springs. 520-245-6616. Unity of Tucson’s Summer Schedule – 10-11am. Unity of Tucson will hold one service each Sunday from May 25 through August 31. Youth programs and childcare will be offered. Social hour before and after the service. Unity of Tucson, 3617 N Camino Blanco. 520-488-8284. Center for Spiritual Living Tucson’s Sunday Celebration Services – 10am, meditation; 10-11:30am, service. Nickerson Auditorium, 3231 N Craycroft Rd, 85712. 520-319-1042,, Center of Hope – 10am-12pm. Prayer at 10am followed by worship at 10:30am. Children’s Service at 11am; Close with social time and coffee. 505 W Miracle Mile. 520-882-8132. Advice for Life and Prayers for World Peace – 1011:15am. Learn how to put Buddha’s teaching to use in our normal busy lives. Concurrent children’s class. By donation. Kadampa Meditation Center, 1701 E Miles Street. 520-441-1617. Inspirational Sunday Service – 10am-2pm. Guided meditation, speakings and psychic messages. Everyone receives a message. Free. United Fellowship Chapel, 4718 E Hawthorne St. 520-327-4559. Science of Spirituality – 10am-2pm. New hours. WellnessFirst!, 3861 N 1st Ave. 520-209-1755. Celebration and Potluck – 10:30am. Last Sun. Love-based, practical spiritual teachings empower you to live your most abundant and meaningful life. Celebrate your magnificence. Childcare available. Unity Spiritual Center of Peace, 1551 S Eastside Loop #121. 520-546-3696. Sunday Worship – 10:30-11:30am. 3rd Sun. Founded on the power of prayer, and honoring Jesus as our Master Teacher, Unity provides practical teachings to help people live healthy and meaningful lives. Childcare available. Unity Spiritual Center of Peace, 1551 S Eastside Loop, Ste 121. 520-546-3696.

sunday I Ching Lunar Journaling – 1st Sun. New moon seminars engaging spiritual alchemy in a Zen Taoist way. Shojo 6, 18 days or 72 days over 2 1/2 lunar cycles. See for seminar times and locations. 520-331-1956.



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Community Interfaith Church – 10:45. Meditation ,11 am, Youth Church and Sunday Celebration. Solutions for living in today’s world. Rev. George Wrigley, Senior Minister. 6265 N La Canada, south of Orange Grove Rd, on west side of road. 520-861-8734. 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. Sunday Services – 11am/5:30pm. 3rd Sun at 2:30pm only. Services include a healing meditation, inspirational talk and messages. Tamara Spiritual Center, 3002 E Ft Lowell Rd. 520-325-0513. Breathe Well - Feel Better – 11am-1pm. With Steve Ross. This fun and highly interactive class addresses the simple solution to so many health and stress-related problems – proper breathing. Fragrance free. $20/class, $25/hour for counseling or breathwork. 520-825-2009. Yogananda Gathering – 11am-1pm. 3rd Sun. Attune to Yogananda’s teachings through chanting, meditation affirmations, readings and the beautiful Festival of Light ceremony. Snack and fellowship follows. Ananda Center, 1002 E Prince Rd. 520-299-9309. Aqua Yoga – 12 & 1:30pm. 3rd Sun. Yoga poses in the comfort and support of heated water open up possibilities for improved balance, stretching, breathing and relaxation. $15. Santa Rita Springs, 1195 E Edison. 520-370-3499. Church of Mankind Services – 2pm. Come to the healing chair and receive laying-on of hands or messages from your Angels and Guides during services. Church of Mankind, 1231 S Van Buren Ave. 520-461-2910, 520-790-7374. Qi Gong And Tai Chi – 2-3:30pm. Qi gong and tai chi Master Teacher Zhao from Shao Lin China is instructing classes in Qi Gong and Tai Chi. Discount when paid by semester or $10 per class. Grace To the Nations, 6180 E Pima St. 520-318-1981. Chapel of Awareness Spiritual Church, Healings & Readings – 4pm. Meditation, healings, spirit messages. Private Readings available after the service at 5-5:30pm. Free will donation. Quaker Meetinghouse, 931 N Fifth Ave. Call 520-820-0727 to reserve time.   Desert Ashram – 7pm. Also Thurs, 7pm. Immerse yourself in a beautiful and peaceful monastic center. Spiritual teachings of Swami Amar Jyoti, chanting, meditation, library, bookshop, walking paths. Free. Personal retreats available. Desert Ashram, 3403 W Sweetwater Dr. 520-743-0384.

Qigong/Tai Chi – 9-11:30am. Back-to-back classes Self Healing Qigong and Tai Chi for Health. Beginners welcome. Go deeper if you have experience. $35/mth. Casas Adobes United Congregational Church, 6801 N Oracle Rd. 520-780-6751.

monday Bio-Touch Sessions – 9am-5pm. For soothing arthritis and other pain, stress relief and supporting good health, as an application of the universal principle “Love Thy Neighbor”. By donation. Bio-Touch Center, 5634 E Pima St. 520-751-7751. Breathe Well - Feel Better – 11am-1pm. With Steve Ross. This fun and highly interactive class addresses the simple solution to so many health and stress-related problems – proper breathing. Fragrance free. $20/class, $25/hour for counseling or breathwork. 520-825-2009. Aquatic Therapy – 11:30am-12:30pm. With Carolyn Rashti, M.S. Slow, gentle, movements with guided breathing in a warm indoor pool. Relieve pain, tension, depression, improve circulation, breathing, tone, digestion, flexibility, endurance. 8 classes/$160. 1st class free. 520-742-4292. How to Meditate – 11:30am-12:30pm. 4-week class debunks the myth that meditation is too hard or contrary to a specific religious orientation. Learn many ways to focus and calm the mind. $35 for 4 classes pre-paid or $10/class. Central Tucson location. 520-320-5559. If You Think you Can’t Do Yoga – Floor class, 11:30am-12:30pm. Chair class, 1:30-2:30pm. Modified postures to help people do yoga. Classes designed to help you improve flexibility, posture, balance, overall health and well-being. Individual and group classes. Central Tucson. $10 per week. Lynne Wolf, 520-405-803. Meditation for a Happy Mind – 7-8:30pm. The New Meditation Handbook is a practical guide to meditation that teaches us how to make ourselves and others happy by developing inner peace. First class free, $10/class, or 5-class card/$40. Animus Center (River Center Plaza), 5575 E River Road Ste 121. 520-441-1617. URANTIA Book Classes – 7-9pm. Taught by instructors from Global Community Communications Schools. Suggested minimum donation $10/ class. Sea Of Glass–Center For The Arts, 330 E 7 St. 520-490-2554.

tuesday 8:30am Workout – 8:30-9:30am. Combination of yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi ending with meditation. Bring yoga mat and water bottle. $10. WellnessFirst!, 3861 N First Ave. 520-209-1755. Restorative Movement – 10-11am. Develop your body’s ability to serve you & regain youthful agility as you age by increasing body awareness. Work in 96 degree solar heated Santa Rita Springs waters, using somatic principles, breath work and relaxation techniques. $15. Santa Rita Springs. 520-977-6847.

Qigong/Tai Chi – 10:15am-12:45pm. Back-toback classes: Self Healing Qigong and Tai Chi for Health. Beginners welcome. Go deeper if you have experience. See website for cost. Tanque Verde Lutheran Church, 8625 E Tanque Verde Rd. 520-780-6751. 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. Free. Sunrise and Kolb. 520-603-8116. Distance Healing Conference Calls – 6:30-7pm. 3rd Tues. Distance energy healing offers a powerful way to receive the benefits of Reiki and Deeksha, with a guided meditation first to help you relax and open. Call 805-399-1000 and enter access code: 611994. Free. Buddhist Perspective on Death – 6:30-8pm. What comes after this life, how to face death with courage and how to attain real peace. $10/class or 5-class/$40 (First class Free). A Rich Experience Massage Studio & Spa, 7435 N Oracle Rd, Ste 101. 520-441-1617. Spiritual Development Classes – 6:30-8pm. Classes to nurture spiritual growth. Topics vary. A group discussion is always included, followed by a guided meditation. $8. Tamara Spiritual Center, 3002 E Ft Lowell Rd. 520-325-0513. Taize Meditation Service – 6:45-7:30pm. 1st & 3rd Tuesday. Taize is a service of prayer, song, readings, silence and meditation. Free. 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. Free. St Francis in the Foothills Church, Rm 30. 520-275-9802.

wednesday Qigong – 9-10am. With Barbara Evans-Levine. This ancient Chinese mind-body-spirit healing practice lowers stress, boosts the immune system, calms the mind, creates balance and harmony within, and more. $7. Lotus Massage & Wellness Center, 2850 E Grant Rd. 520-760-0054.

Bio-Touch Sessions – 9am-5pm. Bio-Touch is an application of the universal principle “Love thy Neighbor,” as a means to alleviate pain, stress, and support good health. By donation. Bio-Touch Center, 5634 E Pima St. 520-751-7751. 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. Elder Circle, The Wisdom Journey – 10:3011:30am. 2nd Wed. A safe, respectful place to harvest your life. Topics are about life, legacy and mentoring. Free. TMC Srs, 1400 N Wilmot Rd. 520-323-1805 x121. Elder Circle, The Wisdom Journey – 10:3011:30am. Last Wed. A safe, respectful place to harvest your life. Topics are about life, legacy and mentoring. Free. St. Phillips in the Foothills, 4440 N Campbell at River. 520-298-6542. Aquatic Therapy – 11:30am-12:30pm. With Carolyn Rashti, M.S. Slow, gentle movements with guided breathing in a warm indoor pool. Relieve pain, tension, depression, improve circulation, breathing, tone, digestion, flexibility, endurance. 8 classes/$160. 1st class free. 520-742-4292. Lunchtime Meditation – 12-1pm. In this special series of classes, we will look at what comes after this life, how to face death with courage and how we can attain real peace. First class free, $10 or 5 for $40. Kadampa Meditation Center, 1701 E Miles. 520-441-1617. Bio-Touch Open House – 5-7:30pm. 3rd Wed. 6pm, Co-founder Paul Bucky presents Bio-Touch, a light touch healing expression of the universal principle “Love Thy Neighbor.” Includes Q&A segment. Free. Bio-Touch Center, 5634 E Pima St. 520-323-7951. Sunset Ai Chi – 6:30pm. With Julia Barwell. Movement, relaxation and fun in warm water, with deep breathing and slow, broad movements of the arms, legs & torso to help with pain. $15. Santa Rita Springs, 2301 N Santa Rita Ave. 520 360-1798. Cosmic Family Book Classes – 7-9pm. Taught by instructors from Global Community Communications Schools. Suggested minimum donation $10/class. Sea Of Glass—Center For The Arts, 330 E 7 St. 520-490-2554.

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Healing and Message Circle – 12pm. Free/donations welcome. United Fellowship Chapel, 4718 E Hawthorne St. 520-327-0142.

thursday Mold Support Meeting – Last Thurs. Free. Foothills Business Park, 10831 N Mavinee Drive, Ste 185, Oro Valley. 520-419-4668.

Gentle Yoga Classes – 6-7:30pm. Gentle Hatha yoga. All levels of experience are welcome. Small classes focus on your individual needs and are led by our instructor Nadia Hblika. $10 Walk in, 1st session is Free. Indigo Oasis Studio, 204 W Grant Rd, Unit 180. 520-329-2478.

Drum Circle – 10-11am. Rhythm making, stress reduction, joy, fun and community building. No experience necessary. A few drums available. Free. Rhythm Industries, 1013 S Tyndall Ave. 520-624-6110.


Spring Forest Qigong – 10-11am. Experience relaxation, healing, energizing. Taught by two experienced Qigong masters Steve McGeeney and Tandra Goodwin. $10. Unity of Tucson, 3617 N Camino Blanco. 520-303-6042. Gentle Yoga Classes – 12:30-1:15pm. Gentle Hatha yoga. All levels of experience are welcome. Small classes focus on your individual needs and are led by our instructor Nadia Hblika. $10 Walk in, 1st session is Free. Indigo Oasis Studio, 204 W Grant Rd, Unit 180. 520-329-2478. Bodymind Refreshment – 1:30pm. with Norma Itule, Certified Biosomatic Educator. Deeply relaxing moving meditation class. Begins on the floor, then moves to warm salt waters of Santa Rita Springs. $15/class. Santa Rita Springs, 2301 N Santa Rita Ave. Register at 520-977-6847 or Yoga and Meditation – 5:15-6:45pm. As taught by Paramahansa Yogananda. Includes energization and chanting. All levels of yoga and meditation welcome. Free. 1002 E Prince Rd. Elizabeth: 520-299-9309. Green Chamber Monthly Networking Mixer – 5:30-7:30pm. 4th Thurs. RSVP at our website or 520-777-7138 and leave message. $10/members:$15/non-members.Location different every month. 520-870-2136. Eating Disorders Recovery Group for Women – 5:30-7pm. Get support for struggling food issues, Including compulsive eating, restricting food or using exercise or other purging methods to control your weight. $50/session. Man in the Maze Room, 6965 N Oracle Rd. Contact: Linda Cerveny, LCSW 520-797-1234. Peace Circle – 6-7pm. 1st Thur. Focus on peace education -the causes and conditions of peace. Free will donation. Our Family Services, 3830 E Bellevue. 520-323-1708. Drop-In Groups: Divorce & Relationship Endings – 6:15-7:45pm. 2nd and 4th Thurs. For anyone wanting support, education and insights in their process of divorce, relationship endings or separation. $10. William Centre office, 310 S Williams Blvd, Ste 102. 520-829-0225. Tai Chi and Chi Kung – 6:45 to 8:15pm. Gentle, flowing movements that relax the body, calm the mind, improve health, increase energy and make you feel good. Free. Church of Christ, 2848 N Mountain Ave. Contact to confirm: 520-795-8612.



Loft Cinema Farmers’ Market – 8-11am. Weekly farmers’ market on our patio featuring fresh organic food from local vendors and farmers. Free. The Loft Cinema, 3233 E Speedway Blvd. 520-795-0844. Desert Ashram – 7pm. Also Sun. Immerse yourself in a beautiful and peaceful monastic center. Spiritual teachings of Swami Amar Jyoti, chanting, meditation, library, bookshop, walking paths. Free. Personal retreats available. Desert Ashram, 3403 W Sweetwater Dr. 520-743-0384. Buddhist Perspective on Death – 7-8:30pm. In this special series of classes, we will look at what comes after this life, how to face death with courage and how we can attain real peace. $10/class, or 5-class card/$40. First class free. Kadampa Meditation Center, 1701 E.Miles St. 520-441-1617.

friday 8:30am Workout – 8:30-9:30am. Combination of yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi ending with meditation. Bring yoga mat and water bottle. $10. WellnessFirst!, 3861 N First Ave. 520-209-1755. Tucson Farmers’ Market East – 9am-1pm. Organic produce, fresh baked goods, custom blended teas, fresh roasted coffees, range-fed meats, gourmet soups and sauces, tamales and more. Jesse Owens Park, south of Broadway on Sarnoff. 520-882-2157. Catalina Farmers’ Market – 10am-2pm. Fresh produce, baked goods, salmon, range-fed beef, artisans, unique gifts, food court, more. 77 N Marketplace (Farmer’s), 16733 N Oracle Rd (opposite Eagle Crest entrance), Catalina. 520-825-4427. 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. Aquatic Therapy – 11:30am-12:30pm. With Carolyn Rashti, M.S. Slow, gentle movements with guided breathing in a warm indoor pool. Relieve pain, tension, depression, improve circulation, breathing, tone, digestion, flexibility, endurance. 8 classes: $160. First class is free. 520-742-4292.

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Miracle Marketplace: Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market – 8am-12pm. Fresh organic produce, artisans, psychic readings, and more. New vendors always welcome. Ample parking. Monterey Court, 505 W Miracle Mile at 14th Ave. 520207-2429x2. Oro Valley Farmers’ Market – 9am-1pm. Organic fruits and vegetables, breads, pastries, aromatherapy, tamales, salsa, flowers. Corner of Naranja & La Canada in the Town Hall complex. 520-882-2157. Rincon Valley Farmers’ Market – 9am-2pm. Organic produce, fresh flowers, baked goods, ironworks, arts and crafts by local artisans. 12500 E Old Spanish Trail. St. Philips Saturday Farmers’ Market – 9am2pm. Organic produce and meats, prepared foods, baked goods, coffee/teas, cheese, eggs, honey, plants, body care, massage, green/ecological products, health conscious items, health practitioners, music. River & Campbell. 520-603-8116. Gentle Yoga Classes – 10-11:30am. Gentle Hatha yoga. All levels of experience are welcome. Small classes focus on your individual needs and are led by our instructor Nadia Hblika. $10 Walk in, 1st session is Free. Indigo Oasis Studio, 204 W Grant Rd, Unit 180. 520-329-2478.

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. Artisan Marketplace – 10am-8pm. Also Sun. Local artisans, psychic readings, and more. New vendors always welcome. Free. Monterey Court, 505 W Miracle Mile. 520-2072429 X 2. Breathe Well - Feel Better – 11am-1pm. With Steve Ross. This fun and highly interactive class addresses the simple solution to so many health and stressrelated problems – proper breathing. Fragrance free. $20/class, $25/hour for counseling or breathwork. 520-825-2009.

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Plant-Based Food Potluck Dinner – 4-6pm. 2nd Sat. Enjoy the support of other like-minded healthy eaters and learn some new recipes. Potluck guidelines found at Free; must bring a dish to share. Healthy You Network Resource Center, 3913 E Pima St (at Alvernon). 520-207-7503. classified ANIMAL COMMUNICATION AND 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, MEETING ROOM for presentations, groups, workshops, etc. Midtown, off-street parking. Modest rates. Lotus Massage & Wellness Center, 2850 E Grant, 520-326-7700, MEETING ROOM AND PRACTITIONER ROOMS for rent at SpiritsChild Metaphysical Center, Orange Grove and Thornydale. SpiritsChild, 520-744-4402. 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. 500 + SQ FT of carpeted beautiful teaching space includes ample parking, chairs and conference tables at WellnessFirst!, 3861 N First Ave. $25 per hour. Various times and days available. Zach, 520-209-1755.

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Candice Thomas, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac. Located within 5th Street Chiropractic Center 5602 E. 5th, 85711 520-390-6767 • Candice is an Integrative Acupuncturist specializing in chronic pain conditions and prostate health. She quickly achieves remarkable results for her patients, so that they may fully enjoy their lives. Accepts insurance, call to inquire.

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 29.


Intuitive Hands Location: Your home, business, or organization THE GATHERING POINT Massage Therapy 520-730-0656 COMMUNITY ACUPUNCTURE Don LMT Michele Smith, M.Ac.O.M, L.Ac., Dipl, Ac. May, 1927 E. Grant Rd., 85719 520-777-7444

Enjoy the deeply healing benefits of therapeutic massage in the comfort of your home or business. Relieve chronic pain, release stress, or recover from injuries with Don’s nurturing Integrative Bodywork (blending traditional massage modalities with Craniosacral and Reiki). Prenatal/pregnancy massage a specialty. See ad page 28.

Healing, wellness, relaxation, & balance in the comfort of your Licensed acupuncturist, Michele own home or Smith, is confident andbusiness. skilled inI travel to you! treating a wide range of health

concerns, having administered $10 discount on first session thousands of acupuncture 520-730-0656 treatments. The clinic’s tranquil community setting and low cost allow patients to LOTUS MASSAGE receive the quality healthcare needed. See ad page 8.


THRIVE FAMILY ACUPUNCTURE Jamie Szybala, Lac Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine WellnessFirst! 3861 N First Ave., 85719  520-955-4243 • 520-209-1755

Jamie is a second-generation healer and practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She uses acupuncture, manual therapy, dietary counseling and herbal formulas to correct imbalances and to help people honor their bodies to achieve optimum health at any age. See ad page 9.


Randy Usem, LMT Radix Practitioner Campbell & Grant 520-312-9563 • Randy has 25 years bodywork experience, providing treatments that are stress busting or for specific issues. Sometimes sessions are energetic and primal, using sound, breath and movement which access deep tension and feelings. Also, Male-Female Team facilitating a uniquely blended, nurturing massage experience. See ad page 28.



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 29.


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 29.

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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 on page 28.


Elucity Network, Inc. Business Consultant, Author, Speaker 520-777-7271 P.O. Box 64338; 85728 For business owners and team leaders who want to increase productivity and profits, Marie consults, writes, and speaks on the topic of winning workplace collaborations. See ad on page 25.


Light-force chiropractic adjustments, Soft Tissue Release, nutritional counseling, weightloss strategies, exercise programs. Call today for a free consultation. Mention seeing us in Natural Awakenings and receive $20 off an initial physical exam! See ad on page 8.

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 23.


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”.


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 28.


Certified and Credentialed Coach Ronnie Kaufman 520-829-0225 This is a most difficult life event and represents a deep heartfelt loss that turns into a series of painful shattered dreams. Since 2005 Ronnie has facilitated 100’s of individuals through Divorce and Relationship Ending workshops. His educational programs offer a unique and transformational approach in a safe environment so that individuals can move forward on their journey with confidence to an emotionally healthy and fresh chapter in their life. See full descriptions of all our workshops online.


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.

STEVE ROSS, MA, MFT 520-320-5559

Steve Ross, M.A., M.F.T., specializes in anxiety reduction and stress management using diaphragmatic breathing, deep relaxation, mindfulness, and ways to neutralize negative thoughts. Steve is an experienced meditation teacher and grief counselor. He offers classes, groups, and private coaching sessions.


2850 E. Grant Rd. 85716 520-329-1402 Sue offers Reiki sessions, classes, spiritual business and life coaching as well as psychic readings. Her background includes being an intuitive, having a graduate degree in counseling and twenty years of experience helping people move beyond struggle in their lives.


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


National certified therapists work with in-house MDs and an ND to educate clients on digestion, cleansing, detoxification and nutrition. Offering a FDA closed-system Colon Hydrotherapy device coupled with expert advice to help you from the ‘inside out’. See ad page 17.


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! See ad page 33.

VERY SPECIAL ALTERNATIVES Vonnie Schultz Albrecht, RN Central Tucson location 520-403-1686

Confidentiality, privacy, and respect for your individual needs. Closed gravity system with dual-filtered, UV-purified water and disposable speculums. Probiotic reflorastation. Also offering consultation, referral services, ear coning, phlebotomy skills, The One Command. Affordable rates & packages. By appointment including 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.


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!


Lucia Maya 520-579-8844 Reiki - Craniosacral - Raindrop Technique. Lucia offers a unique blend of energy work and aromatherapy which brings you to a state of profound and deep relaxation. From this place of stillness, your body can heal, coming into balance and resolving physical and emotional pain.

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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.


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.


Sylvia Haskvitz 520-572-9295 • Using the Nonviolent Communication process, explore your inner critic’s messages that underlie your eating patterns and translate your judgments into compassion to connect with your underlying needs. Create the quality of relationship with food that you would like.


New Life Health Centers is locally owned and operated. We have been serving Tucson since 1970 with the best products to help you live a long and healthy life. Our motto is “New Life KNOWS Nutrition” We make it our goal to do just that…KNOW nutrition…in order to serve you better. See ad on page 26 and 27.


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 18.



CARITAS CENTER FOR HEALING 330 E. 16th St., 85701 520-624-2743 •

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. See ad page 19.



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. See ad on page 31.

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 14.

5845 N. Oracle Rd., 85704 520-408-9000 Tues-Sun 7am-3pm




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.

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

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

Pam McMahon, Ph.D., offers ear candling, infra-red sauna detox, ionic detox footbath, reflexology, reiki, hypnotherapy, herbal and nutritional counseling, shamanic healing and journeys, and creates wellness plans together with her clients. She is committed to helping clients achieve health, wellness and spiritual well-being. See ad on pages 28 and 32.

LINDA CERVENY, LCSW, MSWAC, LLC 6965 N. Oracle Rd., 85704 520-797-1234

Psychotherapist with 33 years experience. Specialities chemical dependency, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, dual diagnosis, GLBT issues, depression, women’s issues. Weekly Eating Disorders recovery therapy group available. Man in the maze room currently open to include numerous experiential offerings by a variety of practitioners, energy workers, artists, and teachers.

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

Dr. Mary Beth Ackerley, MD, MDH, is a classically-trained board-certified psychiatrist and homeopathic physician who specializes in the holistic treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, and menopause through the use of amino acid therapy, hormone replacement, nutritional support and homeopathy. She was appointed by the Governor to sit on the Arizona Board of Homeopathic and Integrated Medicine. See ad page 31.

HOME LOANS KAREN M FISHER, NMLS # 180167 Nova Home Loans 6245 E. Broadway Blvd., Ste. 400 85711 520-202-4108 520-977-0214 Karen Fisher is a mortgage originator for Nova Home Loans. She specializes in purchase and refinance transactions with conventional, FHA, and VA financing. See ad page 3.


An eco-friendly home and office cleaning company & offers natural cleaning products. 877-624-3326. See ad on page 35.

HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY NORTHSTAR HYPERBARICS 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 12.

HYPNOTHERAPY ALAS (AWAKENING LOVE ACTION SUCCESS) Dr. Tomas Sepulveda, PhD, MS, Cht 6510 E. 22nd St. 85710 520-885-0575

Negative behavior patterns learned through experience can hold you back in life. Hypnosis and NLP are just two of the powerful resources that are used to create fast and lasting change. If not NOW, when?


Tina Kelly, RN, CHt 4737 N. 1st Ave., 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 33.


Our medical center was established in 2007 by Dr. Michael Bush. Dr. Bush and Dr. Halpe have treated over 12,000 hemorrhoids, and recently have added bio-identical hormone therapy for both our male and female patients. Call for information and to schedule an appointment.


MindSource Centre 7345 E. Tanque Verde Rd. Tucson, 85715 520-296-7766 • 520-296-2301 Break free from the chains of de-pression. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy can help. FDA approved. TMS is not medication and sessions are done right in the office.Check out the www. to learn more about TMS or call to set up a TMS consultation. See ad on page 7.


520-625-9128 Online scheduling Insurance accepted Jean combines the best of Traditional and Non Traditional therapies -energy, crystals, essential oils , sound, shamanic journey in her counseling practice to assist her clients to achieve their goals for relief of depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and for spiritual transformation.

METAPHYSICAL GIFTS & SUPPLIES THE CRYSTAL SINGING BOWL TEMPLE Tryshe Dhevney, Bowl Master Day’s Inn (just off the lobby) 222 S. Freeway/I-10, I-10 & Congress Exit 258, Tucson 520-440-7820 •

The Crystal Singing Bowl Temple offers a life-changing and transformational experience. Crystal bowls resonate with the crystalline realm of the planet as well as the crystalline structure within our very bones, bringing about deep calm, centeredness and joy. Call for an appointment today. See ad page 39.


6546 E. 22nd Street, 85710 520-721-1011 Hand-Crafted Candles * Incense * Sage * Oils * Books * CDs * Tarot Cards * Jewelry * Gemstones. Psychic Readings offered Wednesday-Saturday by Nancy Parsons, Rhodea Nicols, & Sherri Leigh. Now hosting group and private healing sessions with the Ancient Crystal Skull ‘Synergy’ (see calendar of events).


A Unique Gift Shop Marana Market Pl., Ste. 120 S.E. Corner Thornydale & Orange Grove 520-744-4402 •

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

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


Mike Leland Photography and sister company Tucson Real Estate Photography offer high quality, professional photographic services. Based in Tucson, AZ with products and services to fit most budgets. Services include; Wedding, Portrait, Headshots, Real Estate, Interiors/ Architectural. Google Business Photos. See ad on page 6.

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 11.

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.


4737 N 1st Ave., 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 33.


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 11.


Lanae McDade 5019 E. Timrod St., 85711 520-979-2539


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



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Boarding with love not cages! Specialized boarding and daycare of small breed dogs. Free meet and greet by appointment. Clean home, secure yard. 24 hour indoor/ outdoor access and supervision.Affordable, loving care your dog deserves.


Natural Skincare Placita de la Luna 204 West Grant Rd. 520-329-2478 • Offering personalized and caring skincare using natural products. Choose from our wide variety of services including facials, peels, waxing and body treatments. Focused Hatha Yoga classes are held in our charming studio. See schedule on-line. See ad page 8.


Learn to practice a full medicine— traditional Chinese thinking and diagnosis along with skills in acupuncture, herbs, and Asian bodywork therapy—the three departments in a traditional Chinese hospital. Respond competently and with confidence to whatever concerns people bring in your clinic door.


Marcia Breitenbach, MA 520-975-5376 • Experience the magic of the Angel Gong Wave frequencies. Offerings include gong meditations in home, office, conference and salt-water pool. Participants say, “heaven on earth, “ delicious!” “best sound healing ever,” “energy boost for me and my home, “ and “transcendent deep relaxation.”


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.

SPIRITUAL TEACHINGS CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL LIVING - TUCSON 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 42.


Rev. Jim McCaw, Pastor 931 N. Fifth Ave 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

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

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 23.

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.

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.


Rev. Diana O. and Rev. Susan Wright 4718 E. Hawthorne St., 85711 520-327-0142 Self-Realization/Psychic-Development to know thyself, to heal, and to change is available on an individual basis. The Meta-physical Principles Course is an in-depth study of metaphysics. In the Universal Metaphysics course one learns the definitions. In the Seminary, one may become an ordained minister. See ad page 37.

UNITY SPIRITUAL CENTER OF PEACE 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 36.

T’AI CHI MOVE INTO WELL-BEING Heather Chalon, MPH T’ai Chi, Qigong, Tao Yoga 520-780-6751 Move Into Well Being on FB

Certified instructor of Taoist Healing Arts including tai chi, qigong, tao yin (yoga), therapeutic qigong. Her focus is on sharing simple, enjoyable techniques customized to your individual needs. Private healing sessions and lessons by appointment, classes, workshops, workplace wellness.


(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: Naturopathic Medicine (including pediatrics), Acupuncture, Massage Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Herbs & Nutrition, Kinesio Tape Application, Constitutional Hydrotherapy, AZ Medical Marijuana card program.


Integrative Health for Women Arianna Sholes-Douglas, MD, FACOG 2200 E. River Road Suite 109, 85718 520-577-1129 Tula Wellness is an integrative health center devoted to women’s wellness. Tula means “balance” in sanskrit. Dr. Arianna believes that the body has the innate ability to heal itself and the desire for perfect balance. She combines the principles of a traditional women’s health model with an evidenced based integrative wellness philosophy. See ads on page 16.

June 2014


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