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f you’re like me, you’re feeling the angst and frustration of all the violence going on these days, both near and far. Coupled with the daily political vitriol we’re witness to, these are, indeed, uncertain times. What is a person to do? As a believer in the power of prayer and the power of love, I have turned inward to contemplate and practice both of these. Whether a person uses guided meditations or silent ones, the practice of inner quietude ripples out far beyond our personal boundaries. Nikola Tesla said, “If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.” When we send love, or pray in a positive and helpful way, we are uplifting the world with the power within each of us. It may not feel like much and a person may question or doubt if it’s even working, but if we stick with it and trust in something bigger than us (God, the Universe), then the energy, frequency and vibrations of the world will uplift. Allow me to share the following resources from the wealth of local knowledge from some of the people I’ve met and worked with during my five years as a Natural Awakenings publisher. (One of my friends stated that she would love to be a fly on the wall when I’m meeting with different people and learning about their calling, their gifts and their journey.) Molly Friedenfeld – Molly uplifts people and the world with her positivity and connection to others. Annette Rugolo – Annette uses feng shui and color to enrich our world. When she sees a troubling event in the news, rather than turn the television off, she takes a moment to connect with her heart and practices her Tubes of Light meditation to the people and situation. Cheryl Downey – A retired hospice chaplain, Cheryl knows all about compassion and changing life energies. Laurie Wondra – Helping people connect with themselves by finding a new perspective, such as a soul purpose or a past life, are some of Laurie’s unique talents. Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra and Panache Desai are national figures from whom many find inspiration. I was inspired for this month’s publisher’s letter by a Facebook post from author Marianne Williamson who posted, “We need a 24/7 rolling wave of prayers for peace. Commit at least five minutes daily, invoke the Love that unifies and heals.” #PrayersForPeace This is just a start and is something a person can do when feeling powerless. I would encourage each of you to start a list of the changes you’d like to see in the world, connect with others who have the same vision/plans and take action towards your goal in whatever way is possible now. Even if you don’t know where to start, by stating your desires, you have opened a dialogue or, as I like to think of it, a portal or a gateway to higher awareness. Shine on.

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newsbriefs Subscription Box for Crystals Opens for Business


rystalline Light is thrilled to announce the launch of My Crystal Bliss Subscription Box. For almost 20 years, Crystalline Light has offered highquality crystals, stones, essential oil mists, gemstone jewelry and other gifts at trade shows and online. Curated specifically to be unique and one of a kind, this new subscription box service continues to carry on the quality that Crystalline Light has prided itself on for many years. Owner Jennifer Salness states, “In these days of busy lives and challenges in society, I wanted to share a way for people to feel connected and excited, even if for just a few moments. The gifts from the earth have a calm about them that allows for even a few moments of bliss. You won’t know what you’re getting each month, but you can trust it will be quality, personal and delightful.” Salness explains that the subscription box is “designed to bring you quiet meditation time each month, to delight your spirit with beautiful gifts from Mother Earth, and to facilitate a new awareness of your own inner wisdom.” Participants can choose a three- or six-month plan where they will receive a surprise box in the mail containing two to three high quality plus high energy, one-of-akind crystals and stones; a crystal-related gift such as keychains or jewelry; a personal care item such as sage, bath salts or energetic mist; additional wellness and spiritual surprise goodies; cards explaining each crystal; digital bonus offers of meditations and printables; exclusive Facebook group for sharing plus surprises. As a bonus for the six-month subscribers, they will receive access to the Crystal Energy Basics online crystal course (valued at $50). “It’s like your birthday every month. You’re saving $15 to $50 on the full retail price of the included gifts. Each box is carefully curated with a clear intent of energy, beauty and connection,” says Salness. Natural Awakenings readers, use the code NATC16 at checkout to take $5 off the first month’s subscription on a three- or six-month plan. (Following months will be full price.) Expires August 31. For more information, visit

Zero Waste Summit Sustainer on August 10


ureka Recycling will host their Summit Sustainer on August 10 in Minneapolis from 5 to 8 p.m. Highlights of the evening include a Zero Waste Auction, a reuse/handmade section, live entertainment, a tour of Gandhi Mahal’s aquaponics system as well as a variety of food and beverages. Eureka Recycling is a Minneapolis-based zero-waste organization focusing on reuse, recycling, composting, waste reduction and producer responsibility. The fundraiser will use the money it raises to go towards the 2016 Zero Waste Summit scheduled for October 22 in St Paul. This will be the second year of the Zero Waste Summit. Videos from the 2015 summit can be found on Eureka’s website. People can stay tuned for updates at the Eureka Facebook page or Twitter @ZeroWasteSummit, #ZWSummit. Cost: $40. Location: Gandhi Mahal Community Rm, 3009 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis. For more information, visit

Two Marie Diamond Workshops Offered This Month


arie Diamond will be offering two events this month, commencing from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., the weekend of August 6 to 7, with a two-day retreat, Marie Diamond Moving from Fear to Joy. Diamond works with participants to release the fear that is stopping them from being their greatest self in this world. They will also receive personal power affirmations, power color and practices to boost their spiritual life and more. This is the first spiritual retreat that Diamond has led in the U.S. since 2011. The second event is a three-hour workshop where Diamond presents Energize Your Life, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., on August 9. Diamond is a globally renowned transformational leader, speaker and international bestselling author and is the feng shui master featured in the worldwide phenomenon The Secret. She uses her extraordinary knowledge of energy, quantum physics, the Law of Attraction and ancient wisdom of meditation, feng shui and dowsing to support individuals, organizations and corporations to transform their success, financial situations, relationships, motivation and inspiration. Cost for two-day retreat: $398 includes lunch. Cost for Aug. 9 event: $98. Location: Sheraton Minneapolis West, in Minnetonka. For more information, email or visit

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newsbriefs Fresh and Natural Foods Opens Store in Mendota Heights


resh and Natural Foods has opened its third store in the Twin Cities, locating this one at 752 Highway 10 in the Mendota Plaza, in Mendota Heights. Kerry Larson, owner and chief manager of Fresh and Natural Foods, a local full-service organic grocery store, founded Fresh and Natural Foods in 2002, after more than 20-plus years in the grocery business. He has now grown his passion to encompass three Fresh and Natural Foods stores located in Hudson, Wisconsin; Shoreview, Minnesota and now Mendota Heights. Larson’s stores put forth a finished product that provides the customer an enjoyable shopping experience while supplying them with the highest quality natural, organic and locally grown products available. He’s committed to the education of his customers as to the health and environmental benefits of living a clean lifestyle inside and out. “We are thrilled to open our third store in Mendota Plaza,” states Larson. “We strive to bring communities a positive experience to obtain optimal health through local organic foods and clean, natural wellness products.” He adds, “Our quality products coupled with our strong customer service and knowledgeable staff will provide an all-encompassing healthy experience for all of our guests.” Fresh and Natural Foods strives to bring the very best in organic and natural food along with wellness items to its community. Their commitment is to providing a health-conscious experience to its customers include using local suppliers, growers and ranchers; one of the largest selections of gluten-free products in the area; a homemade, full-service, grab-and-go deli with organic ingredients and catering; and a large selection of grass-fed, grass-finished beef and free-range chicken. For more information on locations and hours, visit


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Dr. Lumbard Joins Green Lotus Yoga & Healing Center


r. Kelley Lumbard has joined Green Lotus Yoga & Healing Center, in Mendota Heights, providing chiropractic care and wellness for the Dr. Kelley entire family. Lumbard Lumbard studied neurobiology and psychology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Always drawn to the more natural side of medicine, she pursued the study of chiropractic and attended Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington for her Doctor of Chiropractic degree. She has been practicing in the Milwaukee area since graduation at a holistic chiropractic and wellness center. Lumbard has specialties in preand post-natal practice, including a certificate in the Webster Technique. She is also completing a 300-hour post-graduate certificate in pediatric and family practice from the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. She has certifications in Rocktape, a brand of kinesiotape used widely in athletes, and has seen many types of athletes from runners to gymnasts. “I am happy to be back in my home state of Minnesota, providing chiropractic care and wellness services to the area. I enjoy seeing patients of all age ranges and abilities, Chiropractic is for everyone!” says Lumbard. Location: Green Lotus Yoga & Healing Center, 750 Main St., #100, Mendota Heights. For more information, visit GreenLotus

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Spirit of the Midwest Yoga Festival August 27


Women’s Superior Hiking Trail Weekend


ate Crowley will lead hikers on the Women’s Superior Hiking Trail Weekend, scheduled for September 30 to October 2, near Lutsen. The Superior Hiking Trail offers brilliant vistas of Lake Superior, while winding through the lush forests of Minnesota’s North Country. Crowley, Audubon Center of the North Woods alumnus and Lake Superior naturalist extraordinaire, leads participants on picturesque stretches of the Superior Hiking Trail while being immersed in the serenity of the wilderness. Evenings will be spent in comfortable accommodations at Cascade Lodge on the lake. During this lodge-based weekend, experience one of the country’s most popular trails amidst a community of strong women in one breathtaking weekend. Registration is open to adult women only. Participants will meet at the center by 9:30 a.m. on the morning of September 30 to load up the vans and head out. Vans will return to the center by 4 p.m. on October 2. Lodging is rooms with single or queen beds at Cascade Lodge on Lake Superior near Lutsen.

Cost: includes transportation, lodging and meals: Early Bird Rates (save 10% – register and pay in full by August 30): $395 for shared bed, $495 for your own bed (although room may be shared – private rooms are not available). Space is limited. Regular rates after August 30: $434.50 for shared bed, $544 for your own bed (although room may be shared – private rooms are not available). See ad, page 23.

pirit of the Midwest Yoga Festival offers a full day of festivities on August 27 at the Commons in Excelsior. Indoor offerings will be held at the Spirit of the Lake Yoga and Wellness Center. Start the day with a yoga session in the morning and on to the closing ceremony and pub crawl Saturday night. There will be a variety of unique yoga classes, multiple wellness mini-sessions, vendors, a tent with fun activities for kids, live music, great food, meditation, optional stand-up paddleboarding (additional Nicole Lovald and Heidi Kopacek fee) and more. Yoga instructors Nicole Lovald and Heidi Kopacek created this one-day yoga celebration. Lovald, owner of Spirit of the Lake, is a life coach and reiki practitioner. Kopacek is a licensed psychologist. Some of the yoga sessions include: Befriending Your Belly, Yoga Kindness, Karma, & Kermit, A Different Kind of Hot Yoga, Go to Your Happy Place Yoga, Body Movements & Bowel Movements, Yoga for Cat Lovers and Disco Yoga. Take a break in the air conditioning at Spirit of the Lake Yoga studio just a few blocks from The Commons on Water Street. Learn more about how to sleep, eat and feel better with one (or several) of this partial list of sessions: Intuitive Eating, Kazoo Meditation, Soma Yoga, Getting Grounded and Naptime for Yogis. Cost: $90. Half-day or single-class options available. Locations: Indoor events at Spirit of the Lake Yoga and Wellness Center, 244 Water St., #200, Excelsior. Outdoor events at The Commons, 540 Lake St., Excelsior. For more information, visit

Win Tickets to Renaissance Festival


atural Awakenings Twin Cities is giving away tickets to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, in Shakopee. Publisher Jackie Flaherty is holding a drawing for eight sets of two tickets to the festival, which is held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., on weekends from August 20 through October 2, plus Labor Day and September 30. Now in its 46th season, the Minnesota Renaissance Festival is an interactive outdoor event that recreates a fictional, 16th-century English fantasy kingdom. A variety of events include 16 stages with live entertainment, games and activities, 250 artisan booths, food and beverages. Each weekend has its own theme, such as Wine, Chocolate and Romance, Ye Old Pet Fest and Oktoberfest. For children, there are more than 50 free activities, including the Fairy Wing Forest or Dr. Thora Pandora’s Chemistry Experience, fairy wand and pirate tat making, Mermaid Cove, a petting zoo and the Secret Garden. Other children’s offerings include face painting, checkers, fencing, caricatures, and games such as Kings of the Log. Drawings for the free tickets will be held randomly throughout August and September. Each winner will receive a pair of tickets. There will be eight pairs of tickets (total 16) given away to be used any time at this year’s festival. For instructions on entering the contest through Facebook, Twitter or the mail, visit Location: Renaissance Festival Grounds, 12364 Chestnut Blvd., Shakopee. Free parking. For more information, call 952-445-7361 or visit natural awakenings

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Delayed Kindergarten Reduces Attention Deficit


Barn Owl Laura Tucker “Art, for me, is a way to tell a story and evoke a feeling,” says cover artist Laura Tucker, who loves to use her brush to capture the spirit of the birds and other wildlife she encounters in and around her backyard. Tucker often layers bright, airy colors to create striking abstract backgrounds to her wildlife portraits intended to “express the animal’s aura.” The cover work was inspired by a barn owl the artist spotted in one of the trees surrounding her Huntsville, Alabama, home. “A lot of wildlife frequent our yard, but barn owls are rare. They have very expressive faces, which I wanted to capture,” says Tucker. The artist has shown her work in group and solo exhibitions in Birmingham, Alabama, and the Naples, Florida, area, in addition to a previous appearance on the cover of Natural Awakenings. The artist’s portfolio can be viewed at


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elaying kindergarten enrollment for one year shows significant mental health benefits for children, according to a Stanford University study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research. Reviewing results from a mental health survey completed by more than 35,000 Danish parents, the researchers saw that youngsters held back from kindergarten for as little as one year showed a 73 percent reduction in inattentiveness and hyperactivity for an average child at age 11, compared to children enrolled the year earlier. Measuring inattentiveness and hyperactivity reflect a child’s ability to self-regulate. The generally accepted theory is that young people that are able to stay focused, sit still and pay attention longer tend to do much better in school. “This is some of the most convincing evidence we’ve seen to support what U.S. parents and policymakers have already been doing—choosing to delay entry into kindergarten,” says Stanford Graduate School of Education Professor Thomas S. Dee. In addition to improved mental health, children with later kindergarten enrollment dates also exhibited superior emotional and social skills. The number of U.S. children entering kindergarten at age 6 instead of 5 has progressively increased to about 20 percent, according to the study. Many parents are opting to delay kindergarten enrollment for a year to give their children a leg up in physical and emotional maturity and social skills.

Grape Juice Boosts Memory and Driving Skills


esearch from the UK University of Leeds has confirmed that drinking just one glass of grape juice a day increases spatial memory and driving abilities. The researchers attribute the brain boosting benefits to the polyphenols in the grapes. The study followed 25 healthy mothers between the ages of 40 and 50. Each had young children and worked more than 30 hours a week. The mothers drank 12 ounces of Concord grape juice every day for 12 weeks and had their driving skills tested before and after the study period using a computer simulator. Louise Dye, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Leeds and senior author of the study, notes, “This research is very promising, as it suggests that the cognitive benefits associated with Concord grape juice are not exclusive to adults with early memory decline. We saw these benefits even after the grape juice was no longer being consumed, suggesting a long-term effect of dietary flavonoids.”

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Young Adult Insomnia Linked to Chronic Pain


esearch from the University of Groningen, in The Netherlands, has found that young adults between 19 and 22 years old that don’t sleep well may have more chronic pain later in life. The researchers followed 1,750 people for three years. About 50 percent of the participants that had sleep problems at the beginning of the study still had them at the end of the study. Roughly 38 percent of those reported chronic pain after three years. This compares to 14 percent of those that didn’t have sleep problems at the start of the research, but reported chronic pain at its conclusion. Overall, the study found that sleep problems were associated with more musculoskeletal pains, headaches and abdominal pain. The relationship occurred in both men and women, but was stronger among women.









Legumes Facilitate Weight Loss


review of 21 clinical trials has found that just one daily serving of legumes can facilitate an average drop of three-quarters of a pound over a six-week period. Published in the journal Obesity, the research analyzed results from studies that tested a total of 940 men and women eating about three-quarters of a cup of beans, lentils, chickpeas and other legumes each day. The subjects reported feeling nearly one-third fuller on average after eating about 5.6 ounces of these foods with their meals, compared with a control group’s diet. These beneficial legumes may also reduce body fat percentages. According to senior study author and physician John Sievenpiper, Ph.D., of St. Michael’s Hospital’s Clinical Nutrition and Risk Factor Modification Center and the University of Toronto, “Ninety percent of weight-loss diets fail, resulting in weight regain, which may be due in part to hunger and food cravings. Knowing which foods make people feel fuller longer may help them lose weight and keep it off.”

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Scrambling Species

Climate Change Favors Some Birds over Others Decades of data show that climate change is manipulating the way avian species move across continents. For instance, the orchard oriole is losing prime habitat in the South, but gaining more up north. Thousands of species worldwide face the same dilemma. Specific birds need a particular habitat, such as open spaces or groves of trees, and some of their traditionally preferred spots are becoming unlivable. England’s Durham University ecologist Phillip Stephens, along with researchers from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and the U.S. Geological Survey, have compiled nearly half a century’s worth of occurrence data from thousands of citizen scientists. Birders submitted their observations to the Pan-European Common Birds Monitoring Scheme and the North American Breeding Bird Survey for 145 terrestrial bird species native to Europe and 380 species native to the United States. “We used that information to generate a prior expectation for whether the species would’ve been advantaged or disadvantaged by climate change,” says Stephens. The predictions were compared with actual bird abundance data from 1980 through 2010, and the populations that were expected to lose suitable habitat declined, while those expected to find their habitats improve increased. He states, “Recent climate change has already favored one set of species over another.” Read the report at

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Toxic Trinkets

Low-Cost Jewelry May Harbor Cadmium In recent years, the European Commission has banned cadmium in all jewelry sold in Europe, but those shopping for low-cost jewelry in North America from popular fashion chains may be wearing products made with cadmium, a heavy metal that can be particularly toxic for kids. There are no known risks for people that wear contaminated jewelry, but swallowing or chewing on a piece containing high concentrations of the toxic metal could allow it to seep into the body. James Van Loon, director of risk management at Health Canada’s consumer product safety branch, says that children’s bodies more readily absorb the toxic metal, and because they are more likely to put things in their mouths, jewelry that is marketed to those under 15 should contain virtually no cadmium. Dr. Gérald Zagury, who performed tests and has published several studies on heavy metals in jewelry, says one sample contained the highest amount of cadmium ever reported in Canada for such a product. “It’s pretty close to pure cadmium,” he says. According to Health Canada, cadmium is cheap and melts at a lower point than more commonly used zinc, lowering energy costs for product makers. According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, cadmium is a known carcinogen that can also lead to kidney failure, bone loss and other complications in those that are chronically exposed over time. Source:

Good Reads

Fiction Readers Have More Empathy The love of books may begin at any age, but for most, it starts in childhood. Now, scientists are studying the effects of reading on the brain with MRIs, polls, surveys and experiments. The results indicate that readers of fiction are more empathetic toward others. By engaging with a story, they are temporarily placing themselves in a character’s shoes, thus fostering empathy in real life, and literary reading amplifies this effect. According to a Stanford University study, reading a challenging book also helps us become smarter, as well as more empathetic. By attempting to tackle harder books, we create new connections in our minds that we might not have done otherwise. Neuroscientist Bob Dougherty remarks, “The right patterns of ink on a page can create vivid mental imagery and instill powerful emotions.” David Comer Kidd, author of another related study, observes, “Like opening a window to let fresh air into our home, literature opens up our minds to the myriad ideas that we wouldn’t be able to experience on our own. We can pause to analyze the experiences depicted as if they were our own, expanding our experience of the world.”

Show Stopper

Circuses Cease Exotic Animal Acts The Ringling Brothers Circus made good on a promise to retire their last contingent of performing elephants to the Center for Elephant Conservation, in Polk City, Florida, with the last such show streamed worldwide in May. While Ringling will retain the services of tigers, lions, leopards, horses, camels, dogs and kangaroos, the Mexican Congress has voted to prohibit exotic animals under big tops across their country. That means no more tigers jumping through hoops, elephants used as props or monkeys dressed in tiny outfits. The bill requires circuses to report the wildlife they own, which would then be made available to interested zoos. Source: The New York Times

Green Serenity

Sikkim Now a Wholly Organic State Sikkim, the northeastern Indian state located between Bhutan and Nepal, has rid its agricultural land of pesticides, fertilizers, genetically modified crops and other artificial inputs on around 75,000 hectares, or about 300 square miles, of agricultural land, making it its country’s first organic state. Instead, farmers use natural alternatives such as green manure and compost. Twelve years ago, the Pawan Chamling-led government decided to make Sikkim an organic farming state through a declaration in the legislative assembly. After the entry of chemical inputs for farmland was restricted and their sale banned, farmers had no option but to go organic. Source: natural awakenings

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Walk the Talk with Cruelty-Free Shoes With a wealth of luxury faux alternatives available in today’s market, shoe lovers can obtain the quality footwear they desire without incurring the usual environmental and human health costs. Vegan leather is an animal-friendly alternative to real leather, derived from synthetic materials. No cow, sheep, goat or any other animal is killed in order to make vegan leather shoes, and for most people, that’s a good enough reason to choose it over the “real” thing. Provided that we pick the right maker, it also boasts the added advantage of being far more eco-friendly and sustainable than conventional leather. Elizabeth Olsen, founder of the luxury vegan shoe brand Olsenhaus, says, “The only difference is the materials—one uses a dead animal’s skin preserved in toxic chemicals; the other is made from a mixture of natural and manmade materials that are better for animals and the environment.” Twenty times more energy is used to create a leather hide than what is required for synthesized material. Conventional leather tanning involves treating animal skins with large quantities of toxic chemicals, including mineral salts, lead, cyanide and formaldehyde. This process wreaks havoc on our environment and the people that work in or live near tanneries, where chemical exposure can cause sickness or even be lethal. Olsen cautions that just because a shoe is vegan doesn’t mean it’s been made in an eco-friendly way. She uses natural and manmade materials such as linen, cotton, cork, wood, imitation leathers and recycled faux suede in her vegan shoe line. To assess the quality of vegan leather shoes, she advises, “Shoppers can feel the material and look at the grain to see if it’s faux; with faux, the grain will show a repeating pattern. Also, look for labels noting materials either inside or on the bottom of shoes.” Olsen notes that an online search for vegan fashion will yield everything from adult couture to baby clothes. Several websites and blogs report on the latest vegan products. She especially likes for vegan lifestyle and fashion.

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Salt Air in the City Salt Rooms Soothe Allergies and Skin Conditions by Avery Mack


ccording to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, as many as 50 million Americans are affected by seasonal or year-round nasal allergies. Additionally, 56 million suffer from eczema, psoriasis or rosacea. Prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs may help, but aren’t a cure. Salt therapy can be a gentler, all-natural solution for easing associated symptoms. While eating too much salt is bad for the body, breathing it is a healthy activity. The Greek word for salt is halos, and halotherapy provides a welcome alternative to conventional pills, sprays and injections. In the mid-1800s, after salt mine workers in Poland were found to have a low rate of respiratory illness, the Wieliczka Salt Mine Health Spa was established on the site of a mine to treat clinic patients for asthma and allergies. That pioneering facility is still in operation. “In the beginning, I think salt therapy was seen as a time-consuming novelty. Now, holistically minded people are more supportive,” says Clay Juracsik, owner of the St. Louis Salt Room, in Maplewood, Missouri. The room’s walls are covered in salt, with blocks of backlit Himalayan pink salt at floor level. Clients wear disposable booties to walk through inches-deep, loose, mineral-rich Dead Sea salt to reclining chairs. The

lights dim, soft music plays and salt, rich in negative ions, infuses the air for a 45-minute session. “We have a second, smaller room where the walls and floor are not salted, so a child and parent can move around or play without disturbing others. Our youngest client was 2 weeks old,” says Juracsik. With the help of specially designed machines and software, microscopic salt particles one to five microns in size are circulated through the air to be deeply inhaled. As a natural anti-inflammatory agent, salt helps reduce swelling of throat tissues and nasal passages, making breathing easier for individuals suffering from such respiratory ailments as allergies, asthma, bronchitis and sinusitis. “True halotherapy is based on using 99 percent pure sodium chloride in the halogenerator,” says Leo Tonkin, co-founder of the Salt Therapy Association, in Boca Raton, Florida. “Dead Sea, Himalayan or other salts can be used as décor.” “My husband, Gary, had three sinus surgeries before he discovered a salt room during a trip to London and had a eureka moment,” relates Ellen Patrick, owner of four Breathe Easy salt rooms in New York City and nearby Westchester County. “A client’s 4-year-old son tells Mom when he needs a treatment to ‘make his nose work better,’” reports Lisa Cobb,

owner of Luxury on Lovers, in Dallas, Texas. “He uses a salt bed similar in style to a tanning bed and large enough for his mother to be with him for a 20-minute treatment. Pilots and flight attendants like salt rooms to counteract the recirculated air on planes. Athletes use them to increase lung capacity. A treatment works like a visit to the ocean.” A recent pilot study conducted at The Salt Room, in Orlando, Florida, and published in the International Journal of Respiratory and Pulmonary Medicine, concluded, “Halotherpy is associated with improvement in symptoms of sinus disease in cystic fibrosis and should be explored as an adjunct treatment.” Salt’s anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antibacterial properties may also reduce skin swelling and itchiness, and even acne, without drying the skin. Increased lung capacity aids blood circulation, which also helps improve skin health. Salt room operators note that frequent treatments are needed during early stages of therapy or during acute outbreaks of conditions, but can be reduced to a maintenance level over time. Juracsik remarks, “The best success I’ve seen is with respiratory ailments like bronchitis and pneumonia. We don’t need a new, fancy pill for every illness. Salt is historically proven to be a natural and effective way to improve respiratory health.” Options go beyond basic treatments. “Meditating in the salt room allows double relaxation,” comments Patrick. “Salty yoga is one of my favorite therapies because clients can exercise and breathe easier at the same time. Another option comprises a sound bath, during which crystal bowl music creates a vibration similar to piano notes to quiet and focus the mind during a salt session.” Salt treatments can be experienced regularly, seasonally or as needed. For those free of respiratory issues, a salt room visit provides a refreshing way to relax, sit, chill and breathe. Patrick views it as a form of stress management to increase well-being. Connect with the freelance writer via

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The Powerof Facing Your Fears by Molly Friedenfeld


leven years ago the take the time to ask only borders I was my heart the question, willing to cross “What if I just disconwere the Canadian and nect, disentangle, or Mexican borders. Those detach from all these felt safe to me. Any things that feel icky to other border felt too me? Would I then feel foreign... too scary. better?” Eleven years ago I Then at the divine regularly tucked mytime in my life, when the self into bed at night stars aligned and I conwith fear by watching nected in with the bigger the evening news right picture, something anMolly Friedenfeld before I went to sleep. cient unlocked within my I remember watching the news in the being and my search for truth began... 1990s about the war raging between I began having conversations with my the Bosnians and the Serbs and heart and the Divine. thinking, “There is no way you will I started asking myself: “What see me in that part of the world in this would it be like to just stop watching lifetime.” the news and find out the informaI used to think back then the tion for myself? What if I stop reading people who delivered the news were these magazines that are full of gossip just trying to keep me safe. But what I and cruel stories? Would I feel better discovered was that I was allowing the about myself? What if the only music people who delivered the news to steal I listen to lights me up with lyrics that my ‘peace of mind.’ align with feeling good? Would I have Eleven years ago I read magazines a better outlook on life?” and watched TV shows that underAs I began to peel back the layers mined the divine light in myself and of illusion placed upon me by myother souls. I watched movies that self and society, I found that all these contained violent scenes. I read scary things I was connecting into were crebooks. I read magazines filled with ating a whirlwind of fear within my begossip. I never felt good after reading ing. Once I began disconnecting from about or watching negative programs the fear machine, I began to change. I of any kind. But I did it because that’s began connecting more and more with all I knew. I didn’t take the time to things that made me feel alive, beautithink about the bigger picture. I didn’t ful, bright and authentic.


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I began to yearn for my own truth. I began to realize that many of the things I saw on the news were exaggerated and sensationalized to create more dramatic headlines instead of perhaps the original intent... to deliver the truth. I came across a quote years ago by Eleanor Roosevelt: “Do one thing every day that scares you.” When I read that quote it sounded incredible to me. But I must say Eleanor Roosevelt spoke the truth, and doing one thing that scared me each day has allowed me to expand my world, my consciousness, my vision, my perspective and my life. One of the things that scared me was world travel, crossing unknown borders and going to places where there was war, strife, and cultural differences. But here I am now, 11 years later, and as I type this I’m in Estepona, Spain. During our “Leaving Light Trails Journey”, my husband and I have traveled through 15 different countries and 80 cities, and in many of these countries war has recently been waged. We have visited places in Croatia, Bosnia-Herzogovenia, Czech Republich, Slovenia, Slovakia and Hungary to name a few. And I am happy to report from the “front” that the world is full of magic, beauty and amazing people! So I leave you with this... do one thing that scares you every day. When we face our fears we allow our heart to expand across the years. Let no one confine or define you, not even yourself. You are a powerful, brilliant, beautiful, resourceful, brave, strong, courageous and sovereign being of light. Go forth and create your own magic... and wherever you wander...and whomever you meet... leave your light there. Wherever I wander... I shall be brave enough to go places and do things that expand my heart, my soul and my consciousness. Molly Friedenfeld, author, teacher, speaker and retreat leader, is on a mission to spread love and light. Her next Minnesota retreat is scheduled for August 12 to 14. For more information, visit


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t age 6, climate change activist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez gave his first speech to a packed crowd in his hometown of Boulder, Colorado. Raised in the Aztec tradition, he was taught that as indigenous people, they are descendants of the land and inherit a duty to protect it. “I felt such sadness that my generation inherited this crisis to clean up. That night, I saw that those emotions could be channeled into action and my voice could make a difference,” says Martinez, founder and youth director of the nonprofit Earth Guardians. Ten years later, his impassioned message has sparked a global movement. More than 2,000 “youth crews” from Bhutan to Brazil are fighting climate change and improving their communities in other ways. These activists aren’t yet old enough to vote, but are still making their voices heard by global policymakers. On their behalf, Martinez delivered a plea to representatives from 192 countries at the United Nations General Assembly meeting on climate change last year, asking for stronger measures to protect both the planet and its people. He particularly pointed to the ever-increasing “climate refugees” that have lost their homes to rising oceans and other havoc caused by Earth’s warming trend. Although Martinez serves on President Obama’s youth council, he

and 20 other young plaintiffs filed a landmark lawsuit earlier this year against the federal government for failing to protect its citizens from climate change. The plaintiffs are seeking a court order requiring America’s president to establish a national plan to decrease atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide to “safe” levels by 2100. At home, Martinez is working with Boulder County community and environmental organizations to locally eliminate pesticides from parks, charge for plastic bags at retail, regulate coal ash emissions and ban fracking. offers many ways anyone can plug into the movement, whether taking individual actions to lighten our carbon footprint, creating school gardens or signing its Silence into Action pledge, inspired by Martinez’s younger brother Itzcuauhtli’s 45-day silence strike for climate action. “The most important thing you can do is educate yourself. Whatever makes you come alive, use that passion to make a difference,” says Martinez, whose performances as a pianist and hip-hop artist inform and enliven music festivals worldwide. “Together, we can create a legacy we can be proud to pass on to the next generation.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at

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GROWING UP EMPOWERED Helping Kids Step into Their Best Selves by Judith Fertig


he plugged-in, stressed-out world that challenges adults can be even more difficult for teens in the throes of hormones, peer pressure and a selfie culture. Parents can help their children thrive and become empowered individuals by nurturing desirable character traits such as resourcefulness, resilience, perseverance, self-reliance, independence, empathy and social competence. Child psychologist Michele Borba, Ed.D., of Palm Springs, California, is a former classroom teacher and the mother of three grown children who dispenses advice at Her main parenting focus is character education, as reflected in her latest book, Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World. “Tune in to what your kids love,” advises Borba. “Then find learning experiences that help them develop traits they need to be happy, productive adults.”


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This positive parenting approach— accentuating youthful desires and strengths, instead of deficiencies and weaknesses—helps young people develop a secure footing in life. “Kids are driven by their hearts,” observes Borba. “A positive parent doesn’t do the cookie-cutter approach, as in, ‘That’s what worked for other kids in the neighborhood,’ nor even reference what the parent did as a teen.” Teens also impose upon themselves, thinking that being trendy, beautiful, rich and famous are valuable life goals. “The positive parent looks at each child as an individual, listens to what really makes them light up, and then supports that.”

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and greatness. Corporate leaders praise its programs for helping participants relate, communicate and perform well. Josselyne Herman-Saccio, a Landmark program leader in New York City, remarks, “Every one of us has a dream, yet too many of us choose our path with fear, disguised as practicality. Our kids might get the message that, ‘You don’t do your dream as your career.’” That thought can leave anyone feeling like something is missing. After putting off her own career as a singer and ultimately deciding to go for it, Herman-Saccio recorded That’s What Love Can Do with her group Boy Krazy. The song rose to the top of the pop charts in 1993. That empowering experience helped her decide to help others—including her own three children—fulfill their dreams. Today, Herman-Saccio leads the Landmark Forum for adults, and the company also offers a version of the course for 13-to-17-year-olds, an interactive, three-day program in cities across the U.S. It helps teens first understand their existing patterns of thoughts and behaviors and then move forward to create new possibilities and face new challenges and discover a new level of power, freedom, self-expression and peace of mind. For a teen to register, a parent or legal guardian must register for or have completed the organization’s adult forum and provide permission. Teens planning for life after high school get help identifying their career passion at schools such as Upland Hills School, in Oxford, Michigan. Its emphasis on experiential learning culminates in a senior project the teen produces, whether it’s writing a novel, building a storage shed or volunteering at the local senior citizen center. Each must someway contribute to the community. Beginning with the student’s dream, they must work their way through obstacles, setbacks and all the steps required to bring a dream to reality.

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Sometimes parents need to address a teen’s longing for friends and social connections. For youths that especially need to nurture their social skills, such

as high-functioning kids with autism or Asperger’s syndrome, film school might be an answer. At the Joey Travolta Film School and summer camp, in Lafayette, California, kids work together to make a movie; they start with a script, create sets, operate the camera, act and direct. At the Hunter School, in Romney, New Hampshire, kids dealing with attention challenges can nurture mindbody awareness, energetic mindfulness and sensory integration. It all helps them get to know themselves and relate better to others. Outdoor skills can help teens develop healthy risk-taking behaviors, as well as teach resilience, perseverance and self-reliance. SheJumps (SheJumps. org), in Salt Lake City, offers young women 6 to 18 years old an opportunity to master outdoor living skills, boost confidence and encourage leadership via collaborating with strong female role models. Fun activities include mountain biking, skiing and trailblazing.


Over time, experiential learning can help youths develop leadership skills. Lander, Wyoming’s National Outdoor Leadership School, a gap-year program for high school graduates taking a year off before college, offers courses lasting two weeks, several months or even a full year. Activities include sea kayaking, Alaskan mountain and glacier climbing and wilderness medicine. Teens already on track and wanting to develop additional leadership skills can tap into motivational speaker and self-help author Tony Robbins’ annual Unleash the Power Within youth leadership program event. Groups of youths

14 to 17 years old collectively participate to create individual breakthroughs, move beyond fears and limiting beliefs, accomplish goals and realize true desires. Application requirements include a good academic record, at least 20 hours of community service and a guidance counselor’s recommendation. Robbins maintains, “Grow and give is what life is all about.”

Service to Others

A way for youngsters 5 to 19 years old to become empowered is by joining a 4-H group in urban, suburban or rural areas. If we envision a farm kid raising a calf to show at the state fair, that’s still one facet of today’s 4-H, but far from the entire scope. Founded in 1902, 4-H is a global nonprofit dedicated to learning by doing; specialties now range from computer science and graphic design to leadership, healthy living and the performing arts. Positive mentoring by adults and developing community spirit ground 4-H clubs, camps and programs. Research by Tufts University’s Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development and America’s land-grant colleges and universities shows that people with a 4-H background are more likely to give back to their communities than others (see Tinyurl. com/YouthDevelopmentStudy). For Grammy-winner Jennifer Nettles, of Nashville, 4-H meant learning to perform at an early age, even flying to Chicago to do it. “I don’t know that I would be where I am today without 4-H,” she says. “Mentors there help you. They helped me with the skills of performing and learning about being on stage; they also taught me the importance of giving back.”

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Growing food for themselves and others can be a great adventure for teens, while fostering resourcefulness, perseverance and ecological awareness. Seventeen-year-old Katie Stagliano launched Katie’s Krops, in Summerville, South Carolina, several years ago based on her desire to fight hunger by growing food for people that need it. Today, the enterprise offers grants for youth in any area to start and maintain a local garden, provided they give away the produce to

the hungry. The initiative has grown to more than 50 gardens around the U.S. Both Mobile Urban Growers, in Mobile, Alabama, and Closer to Earth, in Oklahoma City, empower youth through exercising organic gardening skills, environmental and food justice advocacy and personal mentorship. Empowering experiences for teens don’t have to cost a lot or involve travel. “Dream big, but start small. Look around your own backyard, in your community,” says Borba. “Teens can learn to pay it forward in all kinds of ways. They can get together with their peers and take on a doable project to help others. They may even need to start by learning to self-regulate and manage stress by getting away from their phones and instead being outside getting exercise.” Casual family activities can provide opportunities for conversations about what teens want in life or what they’re worried about, and that opens the door for adults to step up to help mentor and empower their children. “Boys are more likely to talk while they’re doing something, like shooting baskets with you in the driveway,” observes Borba. “Girls are more likely to talk if it’s one-on-one.” Positive parents actively listen and then clarify what they heard from their teens, says Herman-Saccio. This information helps point the way forward, to more interactive dialogue, brainstorming, problem-solving, helpful experiences and eventually, youth empowerment.  Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood from Overland Park, KS.

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s much as 40 percent of food produced in the U.S. is wasted, even as one in six Americans goes hungry. Instead of feeding people better, we are feeding the city dump. Of all types of trash, food consumes the most space in our municipal landfills, followed by plastic and paper. Rotting food then releases harmful methane, a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide. While food waste is a big problem, social entrepreneurs see a big opportunity. Around the country, they are working to reduce, recover and rethink discarded food valued at more than $160 billion a year. In the process, they are not only cutting food costs, but also creating jobs and fighting climate change. University of Maryland College Park alumna Cam Pascual co-founded the nonprofit Food Recovery Network (FRN) after

Food waste reduction can be engineered in ways less noticeable to consumers, such as doing away with dining hall trays or using smaller plates. ~Cam Pascual watching hundreds of pounds of food hit the trash in her campus dining hall every night. Pascual and her colleagues mobilized a volunteer network to shuttle leftovers from the university to soup kitchens, donating 200 meals a night to feed the hungry. In the last five years, FRN has recovered more than 1 million pounds of food from 184 campuses in 42 states, proving that ingenuity and philanthropy can together fight the food waste travesty. “There are two major barriers to recovering leftover food; one is awareness, like helping businesses to understand the laws that protect them from liability,” says Pascual, the organization’s current director of innovation and operations. “The other is the labor involved. Universities are the perfect ecosystem for food recovery because college students have flexible schedules and are community service-minded, offering a ready supply of volunteers.” The latest FRN initiative is a certification program to verify that farms and restaurants are engaging in food recovery that includes creating a toolkit to help restaurants safely recover leftover meals. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture recently set a goal of slashing food waste in half by 2030, with several supporting bills approaching the floor in Congress. The EPA food recovery hierarchy calls for reducing food waste first and foremost, with recovering food to feed people or animals as a fallback and utilizing landfills only as a last resort. “It’s one thing to set goals, but to realize those reductions in food waste, we have to change our behavior,” says Jonathan Bloom, author of American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half of Its Food (and What We Can Do About It). Farms and households are the two largest generators of food waste, according to Bloom, whose blog at offers dozens of beneficial tips for keeping food out of the trash bin. Fighting food waste starts before we go to the grocery. Bloom recommends consumers organize cupboards to know what’s already in stock, plan meals and stick to the shopping list. Post-purchase, easy tips include serving smaller portions, freezing leftovers and sharing surplus with friends and neighbors. Bloom’s website fans contribute more ideas like mixing veggie scraps into pet food or making them into soup stock. Using a smaller refrigerator keeps shoppers from bulking up while saving energy costs. The battle against wasted food needs to start at home, where small steps add up to big change.

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I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. ~John Muir Renew

Since ancient times, gardens have been employed as a place of healing for body and spirit. Japanese healthcare providers prescribe shinrin-yoku, meaning, “walking in forests to promote health” or “forest bathing”. Its intent is to use sight, sound and smell to connect with nature through stress-reducing, meditative walks. Based on a program created by the Morikami Japanese Gardens, in Delray Beach, Florida, Washington state’s Bloedel Reserve, on Bainbridge Island, conducts Strolls for Well-Being. Partici-

pants sign up for a free, 10-week session of 12 self-guided walks and three group meetings. A companion workbook is provided to encourage journaling on themes such as forgiveness, gratitude and joy. “Public gardens are a safe place where people can focus and do the work,” says Erin Jennings, with Bloedel. “We see people that wish to reflect and refuel or simply be more aware and intentional in life.” With 150 acres of natural woodlands and landscaped areas, ranging from a moss garden to a bird marsh, participants can take as much time as they need.

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~Sara Moss-Wolfe Bees are an integral part of any flowering garden, and Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary, in Floyd, Virginia, sustainably hosts 30 hives on six acres adjacent to a field planted with buckwheat, mustard, sunflowers and clover for its biodynamic beekeeping. An orchard on the property dovetails with an organic farm next door. Tours, talks, plant sales, food and music enhance the hospitality. Hope Hill Lavender Farm, in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, adds lavender to soap, sugar scrubs, lotion and essential oil. “It takes 11 pounds of hand-picked fresh blossoms to make one ounce of essential oil,” says Troy Jochems, co-owner with his wife, Wendy. A member of the mint family, lavender adds distinctive flavor and fragrance to both sweet and savory dishes (find recipes at Visit the farm on summer weekends through mid-August and plan to partake of the annual lavender festival next June. In Glen Allen, Virginia, visitors enjoy a cool serving of lavender lemonade or honey ice cream at Lavender Fields Herb Farm after a stroll through the garden. Greenhouse tours and fall classes on growing herbs, vegetables and lavender include how to make an herbal wreath.


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nurse. It’s the only dual-certified organic and Demeter Biodynamic commercial grower of tea plants in North America. The Boiron Medicinal Garden at the Rodale Institute, in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, emphasizes the importance of plants in homeopathy. Maggie Saska, plant production specialist with the research farm, explains, “Walking tours with educational signage in the garden let visitors know which species to look for when planting their own organic healing garden. Plants from a store may not be organically grown or of the correct species,” although a nursery may afford more options. Christophe Merville, D.Pharm., Boiron USA director of education and pharmacy development, attests that many familiar plants can offer benefits beyond beauty, such as reducing stress, promoting healing or easing congestion. He cautions, “People think plants are naturally safe, but they can be dangerous. St. John’s wort extract, for example, can relieve mild depression, but interacts with prescription medicines. It also reacts to light, so users may experience rashes from sun exposure. “Lemon balm can be made into an antioxidant tea. It can be grown in a gar-

den, on a balcony or indoors, and combines well with chamomile or lavender. We like it for helping to relieve anxiety or to improve mental performance.” Merville suggests steeping German chamomile tea for relaxing sleep. He says breathing in the steam helps a stuffy nose. When used as a compress, it can relieve pain and itch from rashes. “Don’t drink too much or make it too concentrated,” he warns, because of its blood-thinning properties. Saska and Merville recommend that enthusiasts take classes, work with an herbalist and find a good reference book. Merville prefers Rodale’s 21st Century Herbal for beginners. Vicki Nowicki, founder of Liberty Gardens, in Downers Grove, Illinois, observes, “The world is seeing the first generations that don’t have a relationship with the land or know how to grow their own food.” Its seed-lending library, classes and tours, along with other healing gardens throughout the country, aim to get everyone back to basics including going outside.

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Baby squirrels can fall out of the nest. “Leave him at the base of the tree,” says Jennifer Keats Curtis, author of the children’s book Squirrel Rescue. “Mom will rebuild the nest before coming to get her baby. If it’s cold, put it in a box with a towel. Once squirrels have been treated as a pet, they can’t be released.” Tiny, not-yet-feathered nestlings should be returned home; it’s a myth that human scent poses a problem. If the nest is out of reach or can’t be located, make one with a box and soft cloth. Put it in the tree, so the parents can resume feeding. Leave the area so as not to frighten them. “After young robins, scrub jays, crows and owls leave the nest, they typically spend up to a week on the ground before they can fly,” says Campbell. “At night, the parents will escort the fully feathered fledglings to safety beneath a bush.” In parks, ducks and geese may nest away from the water. Mama will lead her babies to the pond, even across busy streets. If it’s safe, stop the car to halt traffic, act as their crossing guard, and then resume driving. A box turtle operates on innate GPS. “It lives in an area the size of a football field,” explains Curtis. “It will go onward, no matter how many times people try to redirect it. If injured by a car or lawn mower, the shell can be

The best outcome for injured animals is rescue, rehabilitation and return to the wild. mended by a rehab center.” Bunnies eat at dusk and dawn. In-between, the nest may look abandoned. “Wild baby rabbits are difficult to keep alive if injured,” says Curtis. “At sundown, see if mom returns; if not, they need a wildlife rehab expert.” A lone, young raccoon is either old enough to climb a tree by itself or the mother will carry it. If we feed a raccoon, it will become a beggar. Opossums are dramatic actors. When cornered, they hiss and fall over and play dead in a coma-like state for up to four hours. Check back later. If a mother possum has been killed by a car, call a rehab official to check her pouch for potential babies. “If you find a young deer fawn or moose calf, leave it. The mother comes back several times each day to nurse,” advises Amanda Nicholson, director of outreach for the Wildlife Center of Virginia, in Waynesboro. “Its coloring helps it remain undetected by predators.”

Other Unexpected Encounters “Don’t feed wild animals or leave out food or accessible comestible trash. Bobcats, wolves, bears and coyotes will avoid people unless food is involved,” cautions Jennifer Place, program associate for Born Free USA, a nonprofit in Washington, D.C. “Wild animals protect their space, food and young, so stay on marked trails when hiking and never turn your back on them.” For unexpected meetings, stay calm. “Make sure there’s an escape route for the animal,” says Place. “With foxes or coyotes, throw sticks or small rocks, but don’t hit the animal. Make yourself look large and yell.” With snakes, sidestep away slowly for more than six feet before walking in the other direction. Bears require a different response. “Speak in a low voice so the bear realizes you are not prey. Never climb a tree,” says Place. “Bears know the terrain, can run faster than a horse and can climb trees, too. Sidestep away, remaining carefully upright, calm and unthreatening. If the bear moves toward you, keep talking until he moves away. Running kicks in its prey drive.” Yellowstone Park regulations require visitors to stay 25 yards away from most wildlife and 100 yards away from bears and wolves. Selfie photos with animals can result in injury or death for humans and animals through carelessness; safety depends on good judgement, respect and common sense. Friends of wildlife know beforehand how to contact local rehabilitators if there’s an emergency, observe before taking action, and protect pets. “Always leash dogs when going into the yard at night and keep cats indoors,” says Place. “Peaceful co-existence allows for the safety of both people and animals, domestic and wild.” Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at

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U.S. Health Freedom Congress – Mon/Tue. A gathering of state and national health freedom organizations, leaders and advocates. $200 for 3 days or can pay for select events individually. St Olaf College, 1520 St Olaf Ave, Northfield.

LHSC Drumming Circle – 9-10am.Laurie Wondra brings her sacred Buffalo drum for a magical morning energy blessing. Bring your drum or just sit back and be in the beat of the drums. Free. Lake Harriet Spiritual Center, 4401 Upton Ave, Minneapolis.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 2 National Night Out – Times and locations vary by neighborhood. This event is held across the nation the first Tuesday of August. Check your city website or community newspaper for events near you.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3 Homeopathy: A Holistic Form of Healthcare 6-7:30pm. Learn some basics about homeopathy and how by working with the immune system it can help with physical, mental and emotional issues. Free. First Wed of each month. Minnesota Center for Homeopathy, 7104 Lake St W, St Louis Park. Teresa Stewart 612-720-2332. Reiki Master (Level 3) – 6-9:30pm. Wed/Thu evening. Students should be certified as a Second Degree Reiki Practitioner with the Meta Institute (otherwise, contact Meta for additional information), and document 50 hours of reiki sessions. $300. Meta Institute, 5121 Winnetka Ave, #200, New Hope.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 4 Family Day – 10-11:30am. Join us the first Thursday of every month for Family Day at the Wedge Table with Blooma Yoga and Wellness. Free. Wedge Table, 2412 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 5 “Pay-what-you-can” Wellness Night – 7-9pm. We invite you, the first Friday of each month, for a “Pay what you can”-styled Wellness Night. Therapies: Reiki Circle, Colorpuncture, Access Bars & others. Psinergy Natural Health, 1553 Como Ave, St. Paul.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 6 Marie Diamond Retreat: Moving From Fear to Joy – 9:30am-5pm. (Sat 8/6 and Sun 8/7). Release the fear that is stopping you from being your greatest self in this world. Receive your personal power affirmation, power color and practices to boost your spiritual life and more. $398 includes lunch. Register at or call Annette at 612605-8608. Sheraton Minneapolis West, Minnetonka. Donation Yin Yoga – 11:30am-12:30pm. Wanida leads this donation-based class to raise funds for the Ampersand Families. Yess Yoga, 23 E 26 St, Minneapolis.


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TUESDAY, AUGUST 9 Energize Your Life – 6:30-9:30pm. Join Marie Diamond and learn how to build up your personal energy and change what you are attracting (or not attracting) into your life. $48. Register at or call Annette at 612-6058608. Sheraton Minneapolis West, Minnetonka. Meta’s Open Topic Night – 6:30-9:30pm. Topics may relate to “how to” of improving yourself personally, spiritually, & professionally, and improving communication & relationships with family, spouses, employers, etc. $35. Meta Institute, 5121 Winnetka Ave, #200, New Hope.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10 Zero Waste Summit Sustainer – 5-8pm. Attend this fundraiser for the October summit hosted by Eureka Recycling. $40. Gandhi Mahal Restaurant, 3009-27 Ave S, Minneapolis. Holistic Chamber of Minnesota – 7-9pm. Monthly meeting of holistic businesses, practitioners and those wanting to support these businesses. Free for first–time visitors. Metamorphosis Center, 1301 E Cliff Rd, #105, Burnsville.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 11 Dementia: Caring & Coping – 1-3pm. Learn about dementia, caregiving and individuals with cognitive impairment. Presented in partnership with Roseville Alzheimer’s & Dementia Community Action Team. Roseville Library, 2180 Hamline Ave N, Roseville.

FRIDAY AUGUST 12 TedX Minneapolis – 4-10pm. Sharing ideas across many disciplines; neuroscience, robotics, dance, the arts, environmental justice, race, education, equality, equity, urban design, immigration, belonging, compassion, youth and our collective story. $55. Ted Mann Concert Hall, 2128 S 4 St, Minneapolis. Acupuncture & Yin Yoga – 7-8:30pm. start class with an acupuncture treatment and a breath mediation to calm and ground your energy. No yoga or acupuncture experience required. $38. Green Lotus, 750 Main Street, #100, Mendota Heights. Blissful Relaxation: Yoga Nidra + Sound Healing For Self-Love – 7:30-8:30pm. This transformative

evening will weave in the elements of crystal and sound healing to support a guided Nidra practice. $30. Healing Elements, 2290 Como Ave, St Paul.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 13 Free Yoga in Gold Medal Park – 9-10am. Grab your mat or towel and meet us by the letters. The sessions are free of charge and goes until 9/2/16. Sponsored by Friends of the Mill District. Gold Medal Park, Second St and 11th Ave S, Minneapolis. Massage Basics – 10am-5pm. Designed for those who would like to learn a simple and safe massage sequence to practice on family and friends, or for those considering a career in massage/bodywork. $75. Register by Aug. 9. 952-562-5200. CenterPoint Massage & Shiatsu Therapy School & Clinic, 5300 West 35 St, Minneapolis.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 14 Hennepin County Fix–it Clinic – Noon-4pm. Bring your broken household goods and clothing in need of repair. Please also bring any tools and supplies you think might help with the job. Free. Champlin Ice Forum, 12165 Ensign Ave N, Champlin. Walk with a Naturalist – 1-2pm. Stroll through the park watching and listening for seasonal birds and other happenings. Bring binoculars if you have them. Free. Silverwood Park, 2500 County Rd E, St Anthony. Free Acupuncture Day For All New Patients 3-6pm. Acupuncture and complimentary cupping and chair massage for all new clients. Free. NE Community Acupuncture & Wellness Center, 1224 2nd St NE, #201, Minneapolis.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 16 Hand Drumming for Beginners – 5:30-6:30pm. Learn drum technique as we learn and practice African, Brazilian, Latin and American hand drum songs. $10. Must register at 651-206-7617. Women’s Drum Center, 2242 University Ave W, St Paul. Free Healing Workshop – 9:30-10:40am and 6:30-7:40pm. Open to everyone. Call or email to reserve your seat: 763-208-4246 or Maplegrove@ Body & Brain, 9672 63rd Ave N, Maple Grove.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17 The Ecology of Community – 5-8:30pm. Tom Goldtooth, Gandhi Peace Award recipient and Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network, speaks about a Platform for Mother Earth post Paris and the future of humanity. $30. Summit Brewing Company, 910 Montreal Cir, St Paul.

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Free Intro to Yoga Workshop – 12:30-2:30pm. This class is for beginners and teaches common poses and create an environment where you can ask questions and be among other beginners. Green Lotus, 750 Main Street, #100, Mendota Heights.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 19 Conversations of Light and Healings on the Labyrinth – A Retreat in the City - 6-10:30pm. Join Laura Strong and Molly Friedenfeld lead this evening of inspiration, community, spiritual learning, magic alchemy, soul growth and connecting with like-hearted souls.$55. Metamorphosis Center, 1301 E Cliff Rd, #105, Burnsville. Metamorphosis.Center.

Change Your Movement, Change Your Life 1-5pm. Explore relationships of your mind, body and spirit to create intentional and transformational change. $90. Holistic Gateway Center, 1415 6th St NE, 2nd Floor, Minneapolis.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 20 Saturday Morning Forums – 9:30-11:30am. Challenging personal situations? Getting triggered by life? This forum is a safe setting to find tools to unlock our past. $10. Aslan Institute, 4141 Old Sibley Memorial Hwy, Eagan.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 21 Inspiration Hour with Molly Friedenfeld – 10:3011:30am. Join Molly for an uplifting and inspiring connection with your higher self. Free. Lake Harriet Spiritual Community, 4401 Upton Ave S, Minneapolis. LHSC Healing Drum Circle – 7:30-8:30pm. Meditation, chanting, singing, journeying, visualization, affirmations. Drumming for world peace, your own personal healing, healing of others and healing of Mother Earth. $5 suggested donation. Lake Harriet Spiritual Center, 4401 Upton Ave, Minneapolis.



com or call Annette at 612-605-8608. Metamorphosis Center, 1301 E Cliff Rd, #105, Burnsville.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 25 Intuitive Readings 40% Off – 10am-7pm. Amy quickly sees the core issues and gives you tools to live a life you love. Career or Relationship questions are her sweet spots. $60 for 55 minutes. Schedule online. Intuitive Pathfinder, 308 Prince St, #160, St Paul. 612-791-3001. schedule-a-service.



Spirit of the Midwest Yoga Festival – 7am-10pm. Enjoy the full day of festivities from the first yoga session in the morning to the closing ceremony and pub crawl. Yoga classes, wellness minis, fun activities for teens, food, music and more. $90. Indoor events at Spirit of the Lake Yoga and Wellness Center, 244 Water St, #200, Excelsior. Outdoor events at The Commons, 540 Lake St, Excelsior.

Learn How to Dowse – 7-9pm. Learn the technique of dowsing in this 2-hour interactive, hands on, class and learn how dowsing can improve your life. Dowsing rods are provided and are available for purchase afterwards. All dowsing rods come with a video and e-book. $20. Register at ConsciousLifeResources.

Ramsey County Fix–it Clinic – 10am-1pm. Bring your broken household goods and clothing in need of repair. Please also bring any tools and supplies you think might help with the job. Free. Arc’s Value Village Thrift Store, 1650 White Bear Ave N, St Paul. RamseyCounty.Us.

Spring Forest Qigong Classes by Rhonda Battisto 10:30-noon. Learn how to use the power of your breathing, mind and simple movements to enhance and balance the flow of energy in your body. $15. Holistic Gateway Center for Healing Arts, 1415 6th St NE, 2nd Floor, Minneapolis.

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Enchanted Expo – 10am-6pm. This is a metaphysical, new age and psychic expo. $5. Best Western/ White Bear Country Inn, 4940 Highway 61 N, White Bear Lake.

MONDAY, AUGUST 29 Quick Weeknight Meals – 6-9pm. Chef Jeremy will show you some quick and easy ways to cook savory and delicious meals at home without a lot of effort, time or commitment. $30. Pre-registration is required. Whole Foods, 3060 Excelsior Blvd, Minneapolis.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31 Stress and Hormones – 6-7pm. Learn how the seen and unseen causes of stress affect our bodies and contribute to hormonal imbalance and what to do about it. Free. Mississippi Market, 1500 W 7 St, St. Paul. MSMarket.Coop.

plan ahead SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 Rock the Green – Each year, Rock the Green calls the community to its environmental mission with a world-class sustainability festival. Reed Street Yards, S 3rd St & Freshwater Way, Milwaukee, WI.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 John Edwards Live – 7-9pm. A John Edward group event or seminar is reading intensive. There will be question and answer sessions and messages from the other side. $150. Crowne Plaza, Mall of America, 3 Appletree Sq, Bloomington.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22 2016 Zero Waste Summit – 1-5pm. Help create a zero waste future at this annual event hosted by Eureka Recycling. Cost: Not posted yet. SPNN, 550 Vandalia St, St Paul.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29 & 30 Healthy Life Expo – 10am-5pm (Sat & Sun). Annual healthy living event with vendors, samples, demonstrations, speakers and much more. Minneapolis Convention Center 1301 2nd Ave St, Minneapolis. $6 entry (or free with ad found in Natural Awakenings).



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sunday Free Yoga Nidra – 9:30-10:30am. Led by Anne Parsons, this yoga class is offered at no charge every Sunday in May. Svasti Yoga, 3751 Bloomington Ave S, Minneapolis. Sunday Morning Meditation Service – 10-11am. This Sunday Morning Alternative is for persons of all traditions who desire spiritual nourishment through a meditation-based service. Suggested donation $5$20. Center for Performing Arts (Sun Room), 3754 Pleasant Ave, Minneapolis. Free Family Fun Days: Float a Boat – 1-3pm. Drop in anytime. Explore a different topic each week through hands-on activities that everyone can enjoy at their own pace. Free. Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, 10360 West River Rd, Brooklyn Park. Conversations of Light: Inspirational Teleconference – 7-8pm. Meet with Molly Friedenfeld and other “like-hearted” souls on this conference call. Share spiritual experiences and synchronicities, learn and grow. Call 712-775-7031 and enter meeting ID 394-803-457.

monday Light Meditation Classes – 6:30-7pm. Be led through a simple mindfulness meditation. Whether you are new to meditation or have been meditating for many years, it can be helpful to meditate with a group and have an instructor lead you in a focused way. Free. Center of Light, 2548 Pleasant Ave, Minneapolis. 612-205-5545. Latin Fusion Group Dance Classes – 8-9pm. No partner or dance experience needed. Learn fun the Salsa, Samba, Cha Cha, Merengue, Rumba and more. $16 drop-in. Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre and School, 3012 Minnehaha S, Minneapolis. Julia is at 612-562-6870.

tuesday Hand Drum for Beginners – 5:30-6:30pm. Learn drum technique as we learn and practice African, Brazilian, Latin and American hand drum songs. $10. Women’s Drum Center, 2242 University Ave W, St Paul.

Introduction to Yoga/Gentle – 6-7pm. A great starting point for students who are new to yoga, as well as for those looking for a more gentle, back to basics class. $120 for 6 weeks. Starts May 4. Anoka Massage & Pain Therapy, 710 East River Rd, Anoka. Max Meditation System – 6:30-7:30pm. A guided meditation, combining ancient meditation techniques with modern Neuro-Linguistic Programming to help beginning and experienced meditators quiet the mind and connect for a relaxing meditation. $15 or 5 for $55. Healing Elements, 2290 Como Ave, St. Paul. 651-348-6216. Introductory Presentations on the Transcendental Meditation Program – 7:30-9pm. Transcendental Meditation is easy to learn and offers a lifetime of benefits for health, well-being and development of the human potential. Free. Transcendental Meditation Center, 399 Ruth St N, St. Paul. 651-714-0254.

thursday Farmer’s Market – 4-7pm. for local veggies grown by Good Acre farmers, local strawberries, baked goods by Honey and Rye, meat raised by Chatty Farmer, and wood-fired pizza made on site by Northern Fires. The Good Acre, 1790 Larpenteur Ave W, Falcon Heights. Meditation and Yoga Sampler Program – 6-9pm. Hatha yoga, 6-7p; guided meditation, 7-7:30pm; speakers, 7:30-8:30pm; vegetarian soup and fellowship follow. $15/suggested donation. The Meditation Center, 631 University Ave Ne, Minneapolis. 612-379-2386.

friday Gentle Yoga for Every Body – 10:30am-noon. A welcoming environment for students of all shapes and sizes. $15 drop-in. River Garden Yoga, 455 W 7th St, St. Paul. Practice Qigong – 12:30-1pm. Please feel free to join at the Spring Forest Qigong Healing Center for a practice group. Free. Spring Forest Qigong, 7520 Market Place Dr, Eden Prairie.

Free Meditation – 6-7:30pm. Join us for a free weekly meditation. Sahaja Yoga Meditation, Hennepin County Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis.

Drop-in Meditation – 5:15-6pm. A guided meditation presented through the lens of a Wisdom Practice (gratitude, compassion, and inquiry). $20 (or donation). Aslan Institute, 4141 Old Sibley Memorial Hwy, Eagan.



Practice Qigong – 12:30-1pm. Please feel free to join at the Spring Forest Qigong Healing Center for a practice group. Free. Spring Forest Qigong, 7520 Market Place Dr, Eden Prairie.

Free Meditation – 6-7:30pm. Join us for a free weekly meditation. Sahaja Yoga Meditation, Eden Prairie Community Center, 16700 Valley View Rd, Eden Prairie.


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We often resist the changing power of loss and grief. The ancient wheel and other sacred arts can help lighten heaviness and allow grief’s mysteries to emerge into light. Phone and in-person sessions, workshops and groups. Call for free 20-minute session.

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Amy Vasterling 308 Prince St, #160, St Paul I help you learn to trust what you already know by connecting to your inner guidance system. Not sure which way to go? I help you get your bearings so you move forward with confidence.

HEALTH Dr. Maureen Hyde, DC 2459-15th St NW, #A, New Brighton 612-314-9333 • Digestive upset, headaches, chronic muscle aches, fatigue, PMS, menopausal symptoms, etc. While common, they’re not normal. Heal at the cellular level and experience relief, perhaps for the first time. Health evaluation and testing only $49 and includes a free gift.


Theodore Rick Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) International Village Arcade Building 220 West 98th St, Suite 7, Bloomington • 763-913-6722 “I love massage, but too often it feels good temporarily and then the pain and tightness comes back again. I have found with AIS that by stretching and lengthening the fibers, almost like a yoga/massage that the pain doesn’t come back again,” Warren King.

HOMEOPATHY NORTHWESTERN ACADEMY OF HOMEOPATHY 7104 W. Lake Street, St. Louis Park 763-746-9242 •


Homeopathy is a safe, effective path to healing. We offer low-cost homeopathic care for everyone. Clinic is staffed by advanced students and supervised by faculty.

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Kate Hillenbrand • 612-323-7369 What’s your gut telling you when you have heartburn or elimination problems? I’m a certified holistic health coach, I understand body language and know which foods love you back. Call for a free strategy session


Susan Swanson, D.V.M. 651-429-4153 • 1524 Mahtomedi Ave, Mahtomedi Offering a blend of Western and Eastern Medicine including; nutritional counseling, behavior counseling, Chinese Herbs, acupuncture, western herbs, essential oils, homeopathy, flower essences, nutritional supplements, chiropractic, reiki and more. See ad, page 22.






Paula Quinlan • 612-719-0228 When it comes to your health there are no quick fixes, no silver bullets. You must give your body the raw materials to rebuild & maintain health: 60 minerals, 16 vitamins, 12 amino acids, 2-3 EFA’s. It’s as easy as 1-2-3. Call today for your copy of Dead Doctors Don’t Lie and learn, earn and serve.

6420 W Lake St (Main screening location) St. Louis Park • 952-926-2511 See website for other locations Offering safe breast/full body screenings using Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging in more than 35 locations. Functional and physiological changes can be detected in early stages with no radiation and no touching. FDA cleared. Use HSA & FSA dollars.


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