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Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.

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13 ecotip 14 community spotlight

20 healingways

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Turning Lawns into Native Landscapes by Lisa Kivirist and John D. Ivanko

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elcome to our 5th anniversary issue! I cannot thank you enough for reading and supporting the magazine since April 2012 when we published our first issue in the Twin Cities. You can find all of our issues online if you’re interested in seeing our first—or any other issue since we began. In our first issue I was lucky enough to meet and interview Tracy Dyer (Wayne’s daughter) who lived in Minneapolis at the time. She had just started Urban Junket, maker of laptop bags, handbags and accessories, not too long before Natural Awakening’s launched in this market. We met when I went to hear her dad speak when he had a stop in Minneapolis. Recently I came across my notebook filled with notes, doodles and inspiration from his talk. I was just starting my Natural Awakenings journey; now it is five years later and I’ve learned and grown so much. I have been fortunate as a Natural Awakenings publisher to meet a variety of exceptional people—highly devoted practitioners, inspiring and dedicated coaches and speakers, and kind and loving souls whose hearts glow with peace and wisdom. At least once a week I receive a call from someone who: A) Asks where they can find the magazine; B) Tells me how much they love and appreciate having the magazine in our community; C) Asks me for a recommendation for a certain type of practitioner that they’re looking for; or D) Asks to write an article. It is heartwarming to be appreciated and thanked for bringing this magazine to the Twin Cities’ community and being able to watch it blossom and grow. We expect to grow even more in the coming years and could use your help if you feel so inclined:  If you have ideas for stories/articles, please let me know.  If you know of a place where we should distribute Natural Awakenings, please contact me with the information.  If you appreciate reading the magazine every month, call one or more of the advertisers and thank them for advertising in Natural Awakenings.  If you know a person or business who you think would benefit from being in the magazine, please have them contact one of the sales people listed on this page.  If there is a certain business or industry you would like to find in the magazine, please let me know. Thank you to all of our readers, advertisers (past and current), distribution locations, drivers, supporters and helpers for all you do in this world and, specifically, for helping this magazine to expand, reaching and serving deeper, farther and wider in our growing community. Happy Spring and Happy Anniversary! Thank you!

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newsbriefs New Natural Awakenings App


he Natural Awakenings healthy living, healthy planet lifestyle app has been upgraded with a brand-new look and updated features. The changes to the free app, already downloaded by more than 40,000 users, make keeping up with the best choices for a green and healthy lifestyle easier than ever. New features include being able to sign up for Sun. May promotions, updates and newsletters Sat. plus –linking to the Natural Awakenings website. Visitors can find local magazines nationwide; a national directory of healthy and green businesses and resources with products, practitioners and services, complete with directions; updated national monthly magazine content; archives of hundreds of previously published articles on practical, natural approaches to nutrition, fitness, creative expression, personal growth and sustainable living by national experts that are searchable by key words; and an archive of articles in Spanish. “These upgrades and expanded accessibility will empower people to enjoy healthier, happier and longer lives more easily than ever before,” notes Natural Awakenings founder Sharon Bruckman. “Offering free access to Natural Awakenings’ powerful network of healthy living resources through this exclusive app is another way we can serve our users.”

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Guardianship of Water


orthland Sustainable Solutions (NSS) hosts The Circle that Bridges Communities: Guardianship of Water, from 5 to 8:30 p.m., May 3, at Summit Brewing Company. This event celebrates the interconnection and shared responsibility of building bridges that move us toward personal and planetary transformation, acting together in environmental conversation for ecological restoration. Executive Director of the Science and Environmental Health Network (SEHN), Carolyn Raffensperger, will speak about the guardianship of water and the rights of future generations with her speech, What is Yours to Do as a Guardian of Water. Singer and songwriter Sara Thomsen will entertain with her music and lead singalongs for the meeting. Gastrotruck will be onsite offering meals for purchase and there will also be a silent auction. Information about the upcoming Women’s Congress for Future Generations scheduled for November 2 to 5, in the Twin Cities, will be announced. Two lucky people in attendance will receive a $50 voucher to be used toward the congress. Community partners supporting the event include AM950 Radio, Minnesota Pachamama Community, Northern Sun, Spirit United, Honor the Earth, Earth Partners Working Group of the Justice Commission of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and Consociates and the Women’s Congress for Future Generations.

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he Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest (GFFA Fest) will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 20 to 21, at the Minneapolis Convention Center, offering a weekend full of food, presenters and live cooking demos. This is the third year the GFFA Fest has been in Minneapolis. Highlights include food tasting and education from a wide range of exhibitors, many of them local businesses. Presenters will focus on gluten-free cooking and education, including information on delicious desserts and how to go gluten-free without breaking the bank or giving up flavor. “Consumer shows are a natural extension of our brand and the services we provide to the celiac and food allergic community,” says Tom Canfield, vice president of Gluten Free & More magazine (formerly Living Without). “The shows offer consumers a fun way to interact one-on-one with manufacturers and vendors, to sample products and learn more about allergy-friendly and gluten-free goods and services.” The event is part of a nationwide series that travels to six cities throughout the U.S. Natural Awakenings Twin Cities will have a booth at the event—stop by and visit.

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newsbriefs The Phenomenon Bruno Groening Documentary on April 22


ll are welcome to attend the free showing of the documentary film, The Phenomenon Bruno Groening: On the Tracks of the Miracle Healer, from 1 to 7 p.m., on April 22, at the Carondelet Center, in St. Paul. The possibilities for healing come to life in this newly released film highlighting healing testimonies. People of every background Bruno Groening and nationality—Hindu, Muslim, Christian and Jew—share their healing from cancer, arthritis, serious depression and addictions by following the teachings of Groening. In May 2013, the Bruno Groening Circle of Friends, a nonprofit organization, was awarded the Peace Pole by the World Peace Prayer Society, at the United Nations Tilman Chapel, for their contribution to world peace. Physicians, psychologists and psychiatrists who are part of the medical scientific group of the Circle of Friends provide medical commentary and talk about their work documenting healings. The healing stream can be experienced during the film. The film traces the dramatic events in 1950’s Germany where tens of thousands of people, beaten down by the war and given up by doctors, thronged to Groening and countless were healed by listening to his words: "There is no incurable, God is the greatest physician.“ Groening, a simple German man, took no money for the healings, saying it was not he, but God, who healed. He made headlines in Germany and around the world and stirred controversy. Now, the full story is contained in this impressive documentary which includes original film and sound documents, archive material and over 50 eyewitness interviews as well as elaborate reenactment scenes. The film is extraordinary in another sense: Many viewers reported that as they watched the film, they suddenly felt a power, a current in their body or a deep sense of peace. Some even reported the disappearance of pain, disability, addiction and other ailments. Groening died in 1959 but the healings go on and continue to be confirmed by medical doctors. The Bruno Groening Circle of Friends is an informal gathering of people who recognize the value of Groening‘s teachings, passed on through hundreds of groups that meet around the world. Instruction is given for the proper physical and mental attitude necessary for the absorption of divine power. The “healing stream,” which is clearly perceptible in the body, gives help and healing even in cases of chronic, degenerative and serious organic illnesses. Cost: Admission is free. Donations accepted. Location: 1890 Randolph Ave., Rm. 101, St. Paul. For more information, call 218-349-1571 or visit


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Wellness Mama Expo on April 22 in Hudson


cCabe Chiropractic and Wellness Center is hosting their first Wellness Mama Expo, from 1 to 5 p.m., on April 22, at the Hudson Middle School, Hudson, Wisconsin. The purpose of the expo is to educate, empower and connect new and expecting families with local resources for the optimal birth experience and excellence in parenting. Attendees will hear valuable information from a variety of speakers, including Maria Emmerich, an international bestselling author and wellness expert in nutrition; Jeanne Bazille, a practitioner of traditional midwifery for 36 years, helping families achieve their optimal birth experience; and doctors from McCabe Chiropractic who will speak about the essentials of chiropractic care during pregnancy and beyond. This event will feature many other exhibitors and vendors to help connect families with the natural birth and wellness community. Attendees can shop local, handmade, organic and eco-friendly products. Free child care and kids’ activities will be provided. Cost: $10 per family includes entry into 30+ door prizes. For details and speaker schedule, visit McCabe Chiropractic‘s Facebook page. Tickets available at the door and at

Fashion Revolution Week is April 24-30


ashion Revolution Week marks the anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, which took the lives of 1,134 garment workers. Every April the Fashion Revolution movement comes together to honor those who tragically lost their lives and to encourage millions of people to ask one question: #WhoMadeMyClothes? 2017 is the third annual Fashion Revolution event in the Twin Cities. They are calling all artists, designers, academics, writers, makers, business leaders, retailers, students and fashion lovers to join more than 92 countries in the worldwide movement to demand accountability in the clothing industry. As voices for positive change within the fashion industry, they need your help to make this Fashion Revolution Week the biggest event yet.

Current list of Fashion Revolution Minnesota 2017 Events: 

April 24, 6-8pm: Piece by Piece, Ethical Wardrobe Workshop, hosted by the Minnesota Women’s Collective at True Ethic April 25, 7-8:30pm: Mending Lab 7pm with Zero Judgment / Zero Waste TBD April 27, 6-8pm: #WhoMadeMyClothes, Interactive Fashion Show with Hazel & Rose

April 28, 7pm: “In Tees We Trust” with The Riveter April 28: Ethical Fashion Showcase with Spoils of Wear April 29, 5-8pm: Feminist Improv for Fashion / Maker Mingle Showroom

Join the Twin Cities movement with @Fash_Rev_MN. To promote the movement on all social media posts, tag @Fash_Rev_MN and #FashRev. For updates on events, workshops, panels and more, follow on Instagram and Facebook. For the international website, visit

Health & Wellness Fair in Roseville April 29


ed Clover Clinic, in Roseville, will host a Health & Wellness Fair, from 1 to 5 p.m., on April 29, on the lower level of the Roseville Professional Center, in Roseville. Several practitioners will be speaking and giving sample sessions, including acupuncture, chiropractic, nutrition, holistic dentistry, craniosacral therapy, zone therapy, Thai massage, T’ai Chi Chih, yoga, past life regression and more. There will be free snacks for all of their guests. Licensed acupuncturist, Anita Teigen, the primary practitioner and owner of Red Clover Clinic, has been offering acupuncture, nutrition and bodywork since 2008. “This will be a fun, learning experience focusing on the holistic care that is offered in the Roseville community,” explains Teigen. Cost: Free. Location: 2233 N. Hamline Ave., #433, Roseville. For more information, visit

Extreme Kleaner Hits Stores Nationwide


xtreme Kleaner, a non-toxic, biodegradable, multi-purpose cleaner and degreaser product line, is now available in all Menards home improvement centers, as well as Ace Hardware, True Value, Hardware Hank, Trustworthy Hardware, Golden Rule Lumber, and other independently owned hardware, grocery and variety stores. The product, originally offered on and other websites, is now available in retail stores due to increased consumer demand for green living products. “Extreme Energy Solutions dedicates its efforts to bringing to market green-related consumer products and innovative green technologies,” declares Samuel K. Burlum, CEO and president of Extreme Energy Solutions. He explains that the products, “Aim to uplift the human family and solve important societal challenges such as improving air and water quality and reducing negative influence on the environment.” Burlum continues, “With the market demanding more eco-friendly product choices for use in the home, it made sense for us to lend our expertise and skill sets in developing and taking to market other products where we could best contribute to those product categories.” For a free product sample, cleaning tips or more information about Extreme Kleaner, visit See ad, page 32.

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newsbriefs Conscious Living Expo at Lake Harriet Spiritual Community on April 29


Aveda Hosts Health & Wellness Fair on April 8


he Aveda Experience Center is hosting their annual Health & Wellness Fair, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on April 8, in Blaine. This event will promote healthy living and raise funds for Aveda’s Earth Month Partner, the nonprofit Audubon Society of Minnesota, which helps support Mississippi River clean-up activities. Attendees can enjoy free hair styling, massages, makeup applications, chakra readings and reiki. There will be shopping available from local vendors on-site and all attendees will be able to win auction items. Dunn Brothers is providing complimentary coffee. For an extra $5 you can receive a mini-facial or attend a yoga class. Three bingo cards come with the purchase of an admission ticket and winners will receive prizes donated by Aveda. Cost: $15. Location: 4000 Pheasant Ridge Dr. NE, Blaine. Tickets can be purchased in advance by phone, at the Blaine location or at the door. For more information and tickets, call 763-951-4250.

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. ~Lao Tzu

he Lake Harriet Spiritual Community (LHSC) will hold its fifth annual Conscious Living Expo, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on April 29. The event is free. Located in the Linden Hills neighborhood, LHSC is a thriving spiritual community that honors and explores the unique connection to the Divine. The expo will include a variety of exhibitors, workshops and demonstrations in the areas of holistic health, green products, alternative energy, nutrition and other health-related activities. There will be refreshments available as well as free internet access. “We were looking for a way to connect with our local community, to include our neighbors and bring people into the Linden Hills neighborhood,” says organizer Gary Perisian. “There are a lot of green and holistic alternatives in this area. We hope to bring about more awareness for more people as the Lake Harriet Spiritual Community is all about being aware and living more consciously.” The expo will include a variety of exhibitors, free workshops and demonstrations in the areas of holistic health, green products, alternative energy, nutrition and other health-related activities. A food truck will be on site with delicious food. Cost: Free. Location: 4401 Upton Ave. S., Minneapolis. For more information on the expo and for vendor details, call Gary Perisian at 612-483-0616 or email For more information on LHSC, call 612-922-4272 or visit

Green Expo at National Sports Center on April 22


he cities of Blaine and Coon Rapids and the National Sports Center invite one and all to the 8th annual Green Expo, to be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on April 22, at the National Sports Center, in Blaine. More than 65 local exhibitors, ranging from energy specialists to governmental and educational resources, will share sustainability ideas, products and services to promote sustainable living in Minnesota. The Green Expo seeks to present information, resources, services and products that promote healthier, more ecologically sound lifestyles as well as educate attendees about the environmental impacts of consumer actions and choices. Booths, displays and activities from local and regional sustainability-focused businesses will be featured. There will be a kids’ hands-on activity presented by The Home Depot and a variety of prize giveaways. Attendees are encouraged to bring their no-longer-used sporting equipment for the Gear Grab. People can donate items that no longer fit their lifestyle and/or pick up new-to-you gear for the upcoming season. This is a great way to recycle usable sporting equipment, moving these items from non-use to use. Cost: Free. Location: 1750 105th Ave. NE, Blaine. For more information, visit


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Psinergy TechWarrior Earns 2016 Angie’s List Super Service Award


sinergy TechWarrior St. Paul has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award (SSA), reflecting an exemplary year of customer service to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2016. This achievement is particularly significant as Angie’s List experienced unprecedented member growth in 2016. More than 1.6 million consumers, many of whom were eager to quickly hire highly qualified service pros, joined Angie’s List after the company added a new free membership tier. “Companies that can meet higher demands without missing a beat in their exemplary performance standards truly do stand apart from their peers,” states Angie’s List Founder, Angie Hicks. “Only a fraction of the computer repair and services companies in St. Paul/Minneapolis area were able to do it.” SSA 2016 winners met strict eligibility requirements which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade and review period grade. The winners must also be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines. “We are honored to receive this award for the sixth year in a row,” states André Thomas, Windows PC therapist and co-owner. One client with Psinergy Tech expresses “When my computer was not functioning I needed to find someone to repair it. After reading lots of great reviews about Psinergy, I decided to give them a try and I’m really glad I did. As soon as I stepped into the office I knew I made the right decision. Andre was able to figure out quickly that my laptop was corrupted and needed a lot of data cleanup. It is working better than ever now. I highly recommend Psinergy TechWarrior. They are conveniently located near Snelling Ave. in St. Paul.” Location: 1553 Como Ave., St. Paul. For more information, visit See Directory Listing, page 28.

Today, 88 of the Fortune 100 companies have mandated Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design as their standard. ~Mahesh Ramanujam

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he businesses at the International Village Professional Building, in Bloomington, are hosting a Ladies Night Out, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., on April 27. Featuring more than 20 local vendors, live music, food and health screenings, this free event benefits Hope Chest, supporting women with breast cancer. Created by Golden Sun Chiropractic Wellness Center and Healing Taj, Ladies Night Out is an evening for women and their friends to get together and shop, have fun and learn all in one place, returning home feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and more empowered with knowledge about their health. Offerings include free chiropractic screenings, range of motion screenings and chair massage, acupuncture discounts, infrared thermography, hair discounts, free legal Q&A, Young Living Oils, jewelry, gifts, handmade items, free consultations, Nutrition Plus supplements, Younique Makeup, live Celtic harp music, food by Jimmy Johns and Umbria’s, desserts by Mound Spring Garden Catering and loads of great deals and prizes, including winning free passes for indoor rock climbing at all three Vertical Endeavors locations. Cost: Free. Location: 220 West 98th St., Bloomington. For more information, call 952-922-1478. See ad, page 23.

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Barefoot Running Improves Technique



arefoot running has become a popular activity for athletes, and with the right training, can be a helpful tool for many runners. A recent study from the University of Jaén, in Spain, confirms the benefits of barefoot running. Researchers set out to determine what types of changes a 12-week program of barefoot running would produce in foot strike patterns, inversion, eversion and foot rotation. Thirty-nine recreational athletes with no experience in barefoot running participated. Twenty formed the experimental group, with 19 serving as a control group. Researchers determined each runner’s low, high and comfortable running speed and conducted pre- and post-running tests using cameras to document foot strike patterns. The experimental group’s training consisted of a progressive increase in the duration and frequency of barefoot running, while those in the control group performed the same progressive running program with their shoes on. The experimental group showed significant changes in foot strike pattern, with a tendency toward a mid-foot strike at all speeds. They also displayed changes in foot rotation and inversion toward a more centered strike at the lower speed, supporting the notion that progressive barefoot training can help athletes trying to change their foot pattern to a mid- or front-foot strike.

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Sage Linked to Cognitive Health


2016 review from Australia’s Murdoch University, in Perth, confirms the cognitive benefits of consuming plants in the Salvia genus, particularly sage. Cognition includes processes associated with attention, memory, judgment, evaluation, reasoning, problem solving and decision making. Researchers discussed the theory that an accumulation of amyloid-ß peptide (Aß) in the body is responsible for some cognitive dysfunction in Alzheimer’s patients. Studies have shown that sage can protect mice against Aß-induced neurotoxicity, thus helping to preserve cognition. The researchers also highlighted acetylcholine (ACh), a neurotransmitter believed to play an important role in attention, learning, memory and motivation. ACh enzyme inhibitors help prevent alterations in ACh, preserving these functions. In vitro and animal studies show that some species of salvia are effective ACh enzyme inhibitors. In addition, animal studies have shown that sage extracts can reduce depression and anxiety. Both of these conditions can contribute to a decrease in cognitive function. Further research is needed to determine the extent of the effect and safe dosage.

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Ocean Sanctuaries Expand in Pacific

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The Pacific island nation of Kiribati has established the world’s second-largest (1.3 million-square-mile) shark sanctuary, which bans commercial fishing throughout, and has also expanded the Micronesia Regional Shark Sanctuary. The possession, trade and sale of sharks and shark products are also prohibited in these areas as is the use of fishing gear such as wire leaders for targeting sharks. Worldwide, about 100 million sharks are killed each year in commercial fisheries. Nearly 30 percent of all known shark species assessed by scientists are now threatened with extinction. Sharks are particularly vulnerable to overfishing because they mature and reproduce slowly. Many Pacific island nations have established shark sanctuaries, recognizing the valuable ecosystem and economic roles that healthy populations provide. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora recently added 13 shark and mobula ray species to its list, a step toward ensuring sustainable and legal trade of these species.

Dirty Driving

When air pollution blanketed Paris for three days, authorities called it the worst bout in 10 years and made public transit free. For the fourth time in 20 years, the city instituted a system based on alternating odd and even license plate numbers to keep certain vehicles off city streets, effectively cutting daily traffic in half; it’s the first time the ban’s been maintained for consecutive days. “Cars are poisoning the air,” says Paris city hall transport official Herve Levife. “We need to take preventive measures.” Three other cities—Athens, Madrid and Mexico City—will ban diesel engines by 2025 as part of a similar effort. Beijing, China’s capital city, has such dirty skies from cars and coal that protective masks are commonplace despite emissions restrictions and power plant closures, partly due to pollutants from neighboring regions. Paris leads the world in monthly car-free days, but several large metro cities participate in an international car-free day each September 22, including Washington, D.C., Seattle and Long Island, New York.


Traffic Pollution Chokes Big Cities Worldwide

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Think Earth Day Every Day by Sandra Murphy


he federal Every Student Succeeds Act, passed in December 2015 to take effect in the 2017-2018 school year, is the first law in U.S. history to include language that supports environmental education. Plans call for it to be integrated with current state standards, graduation requirements, teacher development and assessment, funding sources and policy action steps. offers lesson plan ideas for students. For example, students from third grade through high school might collect their household junk mail and explore ways to reduce it. Those in kindergarten through eighth grade may create a binder of information on endangered species that includes maps, animal facts and threats to their survival, exploring causal interconnections throughout the planet. Students can also build a cafeteria compost pile or find ways to improve their school’s recycling program. Kathleen Rogers, president of the nonprofit Earth Day Network, on, says, “We need to promote environmental consciousness into our children’s curricula so


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they are able to analyze problems, think critically, balance needs and take informed action.” Earth Day isn’t just one day. Aware citizens can take a rewarding action every day. Help the Twin Cities area celebrate and forward its progress toward sustainability at these local Earth Day 2017 events. SATURDAY, APRIL 22 Park Clean Up Day – 8:30-11am. Grab your work gloves, bring your trash bags and help keep Twin Cities' parks and trail systems clean. This is a great opportunity for service organizations, youth organizations and neighborhood groups. Contact your cities’ website for park clean up in your area. Earth Day in the City: Minneapolis – 9:30 am-noon. Earth Day Clean-Up has become the largest community service project in Minneapolis and takes place at nearly 40 clean-up sites throughout the city. No registration needed, just choose a site and show up. To find a detailed list of clean-up sites and more information, please visit

Stand Up

March for Science this Earth Day Concerned citizens will unite on April 22 for a March for Science in Washington, D.C., and locations around the world to champion robustly funding and publicly communicating science for the common good as a pillar of freedom and prosperity. The group is calling on political leaders and policymakers to enact evidence-based standards in the public interest. The focus will showcase science as a tool to find answers and influence decisions at all levels, from astronomy to zoology, including environmental science and climate change. Jacquelyn Gill, Ph.D., was part of the original group sparking the idea of a March for Science via her initial tweet. “We know how to keep our air and water clean, and the outcomes of the research should inform the policy,” says Gill, an assistant professor of paleoecology and plant ecology at the University of Maine. Caroline Weinberg, a New York City science writer and program co-chairwoman, says, “Within hours, satellite marches were popping up around the country, then the world.” Organizers report several hundred established event locations and the number continues to grow. To join or create an event, visit

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We watch the graceful flight of colorful butterflies and appreciate their crucial role as pollinators. Establishing butterfly gardens or accommodating them in yard plantings increases food sources radically threatened by reductions in blossom-rich landscapes due to development, intensive agriculture, insecticides and climate change. The National Wildlife Federation ( reports that butterflies are particularly attracted to red, yellow, orange, pink and purple blossoms that are flat-topped or clustered for landing or hovering, with short flower tubes that present easy access to nectar. Regional planting. In the Southeast, goldenrod, with its arching, yellow flowers, appeals to Buckeye species. Tiger Wing, Dainty Sulphur and Malachite lead the way in Florida. Some other suitable plants and trees for attracting butterflies, according to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center ( are yarrows, red and white baneberries, and red, scarlet and soft maples in the Northeast; Butterfly and Honey daisies, Indian Mallow, American Century and Husiache, in the Midwest; and Giant, Ground, Subalpine and Noble firs, Vine Maple and Columbian Monkshoods in the Northwest. Inspiring individual efforts. reports that California Academy of Sciences aquatic biologist Tim Wong cultivated California Pipevine plants in his backyard butterfly home four years ago upon learning that it is the primary food for California Pipevine Swallowtails in the San Francisco area. Starting with just 20 caterpillars, he was able to donate thousands of the swallowtails to the San Francisco Botanical Gardens last year and has grown more than 200 plants.

Milkweed. Populations of iconic Monarch butterflies have plummeted 90 percent in the past 20 years, reports the National Wildlife Federation, primarily due to decline of 12 native milkweed species. They need support for their annual 2,000-plus-mile migration from the U.S. Northeast and Canada to central Mexico and back. Joyce Samsel, curator of the Florida Native Butterfly Society (, notes that the Florida Monarch stays south of Tampa year-round. Learn about milkweed host plant growing conditions at LocalMilkweedByState. Find milkweed seeds via Donate to help. Adopt milkweed habitat land through an Environmental Defense Fund ( program by donating $35 for one acre up to $350 for 10 acres. Their goal is to retain and protect 2 million acres.

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t. Cloud Technical & Community College (SCTCC) is hosting a Tiny House Open House, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on April 29, at their campus in St. Cloud. This free event is open to all who want to meet other tiny house enthusiasts and learn how working with a community college can benefit both the students and the client. There will be two tiny houses on display. One is for sale from the school and the other was custom built this past school year for client Sara Shrode, graphic designer for Natural Awakenings Twin Cities and owner of Campfire Studio. Visitors can get a behind-the-scenes look at the tiny house while it is nearing the end of construction.

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After seeing encing storm damSCTCC’s first age to my aparttiny house at ment and having last year’s Home to move out for a and Garden couple of months show, Shrode while repairs were connected with made, I decided the school to that I truly wantstart the process ed to live in and of having them own a tiny house,” build her own explains Shrode. home. Working For her cusInside view of tiny house for sale by SCTCC. tom-designed tiny with the school enabled Shrode house, Shrode colto get to her goal faster and gave the laborated with Laura Schmidt, Luken students an opportunity to work with an Architecture, PA, in creating the overactual client—not a theoretical one. all plans and worked with a variety of “I’ve been interested in tiny houses SCTCC’s departments including carfor around 10 years, and after experipentry, electrical, plumbing, heating/

ventilating/air conditioning (HVAC) and the body shop. She has a temporary location for placement near Alexandria while she searches for other locations nearer the Twin Cities for a more permanent location, at least until she gets the urge to pack up her tiny home and move to a new location. Popular TV shows such as Tiny House Nation showcase creative small space living around the country. Tiny house magazines and books provide construction guides, building plans The current state of Shrode's tiny house. and sustainable green construction. They also offer tips on living more simply, something one must seriously think about before moving into a tiny home which, by definition, is anywhere from 65 to 400 square feet. “Tiny homes have both a creative simplicity and efficiency that appeal today to a lot of people wanting a little more freedom, a little more time and a little more peace of mind,” explains Joyce Helens, president of SCTCC. Cost: Free. Open to the public. Location: 1540 Northway Dr., St. Cloud. Parking available south side of the school from 15th St. North in lots C or D. Enter through door 9. For more information on the house for auction, visit See ad, page 13.

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raditional turf lawns are an ecological nightmare,” says John Greenlee, author of The American Meadow Garden, who notes that most monoculture turf lawns never even get used. His company, Greenlee and Associates, in Brisbane, California, designs residential and other meadows throughout the U.S. as an engaging alternative. Many other appealing options likewise use native plants appropriate to the local climate. For instance, replacing Kentucky bluegrass, Bermuda grass or another non-native species with natives can deliver drought resistance and lower irrigation needs; eliminate any need for fertilizers or toxic pesticides; reduce or eliminate labor-intensive and often polluting mowing and edging; enhance the beauty of a home; and attract birds, butterflies and other wildlife.


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Before replacing a lawn, determine the desired result. It may simply be achieving a low-maintenance, lawn-free yard; growing food like vegetables, herbs, fruit or nuts; or supplying ample flowers for a fresh weekly bouquet. Other benefits might include increasing privacy, dining al fresco, escaping into nature or even sequestering carbon dioxide to reduce climate change. To be successful, choices must be appropriate to the climate, plant hardiness zone, local zoning ordinances and homeowner association rules. Also consider the soil quality and acidity, moisture content and whether plantings will be in full sun or shade, or both.

From the Midwest to New England, “Wild ginger makes a nice, low groundcover with heart-shaped leaves in shade or part shade, where lawn grass often struggles,” suggests Pam Penick, of Austin, Texas, author of Lawn Gone: Low-Maintenance, Sustainable Attractive Alternatives for Your Yard. “Pennsylvania sedge, a low, grassy, meadow-like groundcover, can also work. For areas with full sun, bearberry, an evergreen creeping shrub with red berry-like fruit in fall, or prairie dropseed, a beautiful prairie grass with sparkling seed heads in fall, might be worth trying.” “Stick with the Carex family of plants, the sedges, for a native meadow,” echoes Greenlee. “They vary in color, texture and height. Follow nature’s lead and create a tapestry of commingled plants. Start slow and add flowering plants like Queen Anne’s lace, daisies, asters and poppies.”

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In sunny and well-drained areas of the South, Penick suggests Gulf muhly, an ornamental grass. “Its fall blooms resemble pink cotton candy floating above its green leaves.” In Florida, flowering sunshine mimosa with fernlike leaves and other natural groundcovers are low maintenance. “Basket grass is a low, evergreen grass-like plant with long, spaghetti-type

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The right regional native plants often include grasses and ferns, herbaceous plants like flowering perennials and woody ones like shrubs, vines and trees. Native plants provide shelter and food for wildlife and help preserve a sense of place. “Work with a professional landscaper in your area, ideally a member of the Association for Professional Landscape Designers,” advises Greenlee. Tap a local university extension service, master gardener and garden club for local expertise, often available at no or low cost via classes or club membership.

leaves that puddle around it, suitable for shade or partially shaded areas,” advises Penick. “It’s slow to grow, but highly drought-tolerant and nicely covers a dry slope or spills over a retaining wall. Texas sedge makes a low-growing, meadowy alternative that’s evergreen and needs mowing only once every year or two.” Moss is a fine option for shady and moist areas. “If moss is naturally colonizing a patch of yard, allow it to fill in where the lawn doesn’t want to grow,” Penick counsels. “It makes a springy, evergreen groundcover needing only brief misting to keep it looking good during dry periods.”

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Plentiful sunshine, rare frosts and modest rainfalls make many California coastal areas perfect for growing lots of plants, rather than plots of water-thirsty turf. “For full sun, work with California yarrow, purple sage, Indian mallow, white sage, lupines and California sagebrush,” recommends Charlie Nardozzi, of Ferrisburgh, Vermont, author of Foodscaping. “In shade, try mountain yarrow, mimulus monkey flower, California honeysuckle, California flannel bush and coyote mint.” “Blue grama grass is native to many states, and buffalo grass is native to states west of the Mississippi River in the right places,” adds Greenlee. They’re especially suited for meadows established in drought-prone regions.

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“For sunny areas, try goat’s beard, penstemon, beach strawberry, mock orange and huckleberry,” says Nardozzi, who

covers gardening nationally at “For part shade, experiment with gooseberry, red flowering currants, western amelanchier, deer fern, trillium and wild ginger.” Adding some clover to a traditional lawn may eliminate the need for fertilizers while retaining some turf, says Erica Strauss, of Gamonds, Washington, in her Northwest Edible Life blog. “When the clover loses leaf mass from mowing, its roots die off to compensate and nitrogen enters the soil for neighboring plant roots to use.” White clover works well for those on a budget; microclover costs more and is even better. For shady, north-facing or boggy-wet areas, Strauss recommends sweet woodruff. Moss is another option.

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“If you crave a lawn but want to go native, Habiturf is perfect for the hot, dry Southwest,” says Penick. Developed by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, in Austin, Texas, it’s a mix of several native turf grasses, looks like a shaggy traditional lawn and can be occasionally mowed on a high setting to keep it neat. Once established, it needs far less water than traditional turf. “Silver ponyfoot grows well in many regions as an annual; as a perennial, it needs mild winters,” Penick continues. “Native to western Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, it likes good drainage, gravelly soil and full-to-part sun.” Xeriscaping—landscaping that requires little to no water—is especially prevalent in hot, dry regions. Plant picks typically include cactus, succulents, agave and herbs like rosemary or sage. John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist, co-authors of ECOpreneuring and Farmstead Chef, operate the Inn Serendipity, in Browntown, WI.

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A kitchen garden represented by any kind of edible landscaping replaces some turf grass with produce. Carefully designed and maintained, it can be as attractive as any other garden space. “According to GardenResearch. com, 30 million U.S. households, about 25 percent, participated in vegetable gardening in 2015,” reports Dave Whitinger, executive director of the National Gardening Association, owned by Dash Works, in Jacksonville, Texas. “To integrate edibles into a landscape, first assess the locations of sunny and shady spots,” says garden consultant Charlie Nardozzi. “Then, identify plants suited to the growing conditions that will fit in those areas. Mix in edibles with flowers, shrubs and groundcovers to keep the yard beautiful.” For urban areas, he recommends raised beds and containers as a good way to integrate edibles, bringing in clean soil and moving containers to the sunniest spots in the yard. “We have 3,000 raised beds in Milwaukee,” says Gretchen Mead, executive director of the Victory Garden Initiative, which helps install edible landscapes. “We went from about 35 new kitchen gardens eight years ago to more than 500 each year now.” The easy-to-build raised beds go on top of or in place of turf lawns. For Midwestern residents, Mead recommends beginning with six crops that can be started as transplants, like tomatoes or broccoli, and then growing a couple of plants from seed, like zucchini or green beans.

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“Water-saving gardens use less of this precious resource through appropriate plant choices, rain-conserving features, berming and terracing to slow runoff, water-permeable hardscaping and smart irrigation practices,” says Pam Penick, author of The Water-Saving Garden. “Regardless of where you live,

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saving water is a priority for everyone. Drought is a growing problem in the Southwest and West, but also affects the Midwest, Southeast and even New England.” “Rain gardens help absorb, retain and use rainfall, preventing it from draining into the sewer,” agrees Jennifer Riley-Chetwynd, with Colorado’s Denver Botanic Gardens. “Rain barrels collect water from gutters and downspouts so there’s more control in time and method of distribution, including perhaps drip irrigation.” According to the Groundwater Foundation, in Lincoln, Nebraska, rain gardens can remove up to 90 percent of problematic nutrients and chemicals and up to 80 percent of sediments from rainwater runoff. Compared to a conventional lawn, they allow 30 percent more water to soak into the ground.


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frequently than the turf lawn they replace as we move through spaces like walkways, patios, fountains, decks and grilling areas to enjoy the outdoors. “Plant people can get excited about planting but forget to leave ample space for patios and paths, often resulting in an overgrown, pinched look for seating areas and other places meant to be inviting,”

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cautions Penick. “It can also be easy to underestimate how large plants can grow in a few years. Plan ahead for these ‘people spaces’ and install them before establishing garden beds.” Landscapers recommend being generous with this technique without paving over paradise. “Plants will spill and lean over hardscaping, so it won’t feel too large once your garden is filling in,” says Penick. “To address runoff and allow rainwater to soak into the soil, use water-permeable paving wherever possible: gravel, dry-laid flagstone or pavers; even mulch for casual paths.”

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benefitting both massage therapists and clients. Some outcome-based specialty modalities considered as requirements for specific populations such as seniors, athletes, infants and cancer patients and survivors, are referred to as “medical massage”. The nonprofit National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork provides an accredited, voluntary certification beyond entry-level state licensure. To maintain their status, therapists must complete 24 hours of continuing education and 100 hours of work experience, and pass a criminal background check every two years. The certifying board also approves continuing education providers that teach specialty techniques, including integrative health care, sports massage and military veteran massage. The result is therapies administered according to a national standard of excellence requisite for therapists working in collaboration with doctors, chiropractors, wellness centers, retirement care communities and other medical settings. Puszko, an approved provider who founded her service in 2000, offers beginning and advanced weekend workshops for therapists on the complexities of physiological changes and technical skills required to work with geriatric or senior clients. She works from three offices in upscale retirement communities and teaches approved continuing education curricula throughout the U.S. and internationally. “Although the skills I teach are not taught in massage school, they are in demand at independent and

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haron Puszko, Ph.D., founder of the Daybreak Geriatric Massage Institute, in Indianapolis, teaches and certifies massage therapists working in assisted living, long-term care and memory care facilities. She relates, “These individuals appreciate not only the physiological benefits of massage but also having a therapist touch and address them by their names. A 105-year-old woman jokes, ‘Now that they’ve figured out how to keep us alive for so long, they don’t know what to do with us. Thank God for massage therapy.’” Specialty certificate programs such as Puszko’s, representing advanced education and training within a modality qualified as therapeutic massage and bodywork, are


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assisted living facilities where massage is considered a vital aspect of health care,” says Puszko. “Older Americans represent the greatest challenge to massage therapists. For elderly residents, stretching and pulling on delicate skin and joints, as well as pushing one’s elbow into gluteus maximus muscles, are unacceptable approaches.” She explains that they might be called upon for a range of needs from helping prepare a 70-yearold marathoner for a race to reducing the stress of an exhausted hospice patient. Geri Ruane is one of four founding directors of Oncology Massage Alliance, in Austin, Texas. She manages the operations for this nonprofit created in 2011 to help therapists that volunteer to administer complimentary hand and foot massage therapy to cancer patients and caregivers in chemotherapy infusion rooms and prior to radiation treatment. The alliance offers financial assistance to licensed massage therapists for advanced training through approved third-party oncology massage classes and provides hands-on experience with cancer patients. Ruane defines the essential aspects of an oncology massage therapist’s (OMT) skill set. “A properly trained therapist has an informed understanding of the disease itself and the many ways it can affect the human body; the side effects of cancer treatments, such as medications, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation; and the ability to modify massage techniques in order to adapt accordingly. Our main purpose is to reduce stress and provide emotional support for cancer patients and caregivers in radiation and infusion rooms.” For example, an OMT will ask a patient about their cancer treatment history, including particulars of related individual health issues, prior to the massage. Hospitals in 35 states and Washington, D.C., now offer massage therapy to individuals during cancer treatment. MK Brennan, president of the Society for Oncology Massage, created in 2007, in Toledo, Ohio, is a registered nurse with a longtime practice in Charlotte, North Carolina. Brennan observes, “In nursing school, I was taught how to give a back rub, an aspect of patient care once provided by all nurses, but no longer part of a nurse’s education. It now appears that there could be a resurgence of interest in offering massage therapy in hospitals that would encompass more medical aspects and require modified techniques for different patient populations.” In addition to oncology and geriatric massage, other select massage therapy modalities such as orthopedic, bodywork, Asian techniques and those related to pregnancy, infant and child health care as well as other special needs require advanced education and training. Before making an appointment with a massage therapist/bodyworker for a specific type of help, inquire about their knowledge, experience, training and continuing education. Ask about additional credentials above entry-level core education that are specific to special needs.

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Enzymes may be helpful for pets with inflammatory conditions, including arthritis, dermatitis, allergies, asthma and cancer. In such cases, they should not be administered with food, because otherwise they will be “used up” before the pet digests the food. It’s also possible to use enzyme supplementation to reduce excessive shedding because enzyme supplementation is widely recognized to increase the absorption of nutrients, some possibly involved in controlling hair growth. Some of these nutrients may be used in thyroid hormone synthesis, which can positively affect hair growth and reduce shedding. A novel use for enzymes is to help pets practicing coprophagia, or the eating of their own or another animal’s feces. Adding the proper enzymes to the diet is believed to curb this problem, which could result from a nutrient deficiency caused by incomplete digestion and absorption. For pets with behavioral coprophagia, enzyme supplementation is unlikely to help the problem but will still benefit the pet’s overall health. The recommended dose by breed and weight is based upon experience, the label of a specific product and directions provided by the family veterinarian. Using enzymes according to a professional’s advice is safe, with rare to nonexistent side effects. Talk to the pet’s doctor about the best enzyme products to address individual needs and keep them healthy. Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, TX, is the author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats and Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets. For more information, visit

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Living From the Center Within - 7-Week Workshop (Meets April 1 to May 20) – 10am. Explore Michele Rae’s book, Living from the Center Within, with the author. Enhance mindful living, well-being, healing, self-awareness and living consciously and deeply authentically. Two individual coaching sessions included. In-person and online. $529.

SUNDAY, APRIL 2 Creating the Life You Deserve – 1:30-4:30pm. An Expressive Artwork Experience. The power of meaning in crafting a life that matters with Rev. Lura Smedstad. $20. Unity Church, 4000 Golden Valley Rd, Golden Valley.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5 Taste of Shiatsu – 6-8pm. If you’re curious about shiatsu, come experience it firsthand. Learn a little theory and a simple shiatsu sequence and discover if shiatsu is right for you. Free. CenterPoint Massage & Shiatsu Therapy School & Clinic, 5300 W 35 St, St Louis Park. Discover the ECK Masters: Here to Help – 7-8:30pm. Who are they? What can they do for you? Find out how you can have experiences with these spiritual masters and benefit from their guidance, protection and divine love. Free. 952-380-2200. Eckankar, 7450 Powers Blvd, Chanhassen.


Advanced Energy Medicine: Healing Trauma 9am-4pm. Participants learn about the subtle energetic understanding of trauma and psychologically challenging relationships. The goal is to enable self-understanding and the breaking of negative patterns for self or other using subtle energy techniques. $145. Normandale Community College. 952-3588343.

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Hennepin County Fix–it Clinic – 9am-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. Plymouth Creek Center, 14800 34th Ave N, Plymouth. Ascension Day with Marie Diamond – 9:30am5:30pm. Uplift yourself to the highest vibration possible as you connect with the Ascended Masters and the Ascension energy of this planet. Receive a light activation and a personal message from Marie. $198 (normally $298). Bloomington Airport Hotel. For more information, contact Annette Rugolo at or call 612-605-8606. Aveda Health & Wellness Fair – 10am-2pm. Enjoy free hair styling, massages, makeup applications, chakra readings, samples. Shop from local vendors. $15. Aveda Experience Center, 4000 Pheasant Ridge Dr. NE, Blaine. For more information, call 763-951-4250. Massage Basics – 10am-5pm. Learn a variety of basic massage techniques. Come prepared to experience giving and receiving massage. $75. CenterPoint Massage & Shiatsu Therapy School & Clinic, 5300 W 35 St, St Louis Park. Spring Well-being Event – Noon-4pm. Learn from our therapists about self-care and practical wisdom. Discussions, demonstrations, drawings for prizes and free samples of pure essential oils. Free. Well Being + Wisdom Studio, 221 1st Ave NE, Osseo.

SUNDAY, APRIL 9 Tula Spring Open House & 5th Birthday Celebration – 1-5pm. Join us for free yoga and dance classes all afternoon, chair massage and more. Be sure to bring friends and family to the party. Free. Tula Yoga & Wellness, 99 Snelling Ave N, St Paul. Michele Rae Book Signing and Reading – 4-8pm. Join us for a book signing, reading and celebrating with Michele Rae, author of Living From the Center Within: Co-Creating Who You Are Becoming. Free to attend. Metamorphosis Center, 1301 E Cliff Rd, #105, Burnsville.

MONDAY, APRIL 10 Spring Forest Qigong – 10:30am-noon. Certified Instructor and Master Healer Rhonda Battisto guides adult students of all ages through self-healing and self-empowerment practice; theory, gentle guided healing movements and sitting meditation. 2nd & 4th Mondays. $15/$60 for 5. Holistic Gateway Center for the Healing Arts, 1415 6th St NE, 2nd Fl, Minneapolis. Holistic Nutrition Series – 6:30-9pm. Mondays until May 22. This series focuses on real nutritionhow to nourish the body, mind, and spirit. $275. Normandale Community College. 952-358-8343.


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Holistic Chamber of Minnesota – 7-9pm. We welcome any business, professional, or practitioner that promotes a healthy lifestyle as well as products and/or services to enhance general health and well-being. Free to first time visitors. Metamorphosis Center, 1301 E Cliff Rd, #105, Burnsville.

SATURDAY, APRIL 15 Chakra Mapping: Experience Your Energy Body from the Inside Out – 10am-5:30pm. This unique workshop combines yogic theories of the energy body and the chakras with gentle physical practice, mantra and meditation. Bring home a work of art that is a map of your energy system on that day. $75. Tula Yoga & Wellness, 99 Snelling Ave N, St Paul.

SUNDAY, APRIL 16 Weight Loss Class – 6:15-7:30pm. Learn how to make rapid, substantial and consistent weight loss as easily as possible throughout uncomplicated Ideal Protein eating plan, compassionate personal coaching and accurate body composition tracking. Free. Hilltop Family Chiropractic, 1121 Town Centre Dr, #202, Eagan.

TUESDAY, APRIL 18 Free Inflammation Talk – 6-7:30pm. How harmful is chronic inflammation? How do you correct the problem naturally? Learn a unique way of approaching your health conditions and symptoms that has helped many. Free. Jerry’s Foods, 7760 Hargis Pkwy, Woodbury. Understanding Empaths – 6-8pm. Tuesdays through May 2. Designed for Healers, Teachers, Parents & Caregivers and all professionals, this series will help you understand characteristics, abilities, gifts and challenges that Empaths (perhaps yourself?) experience. $129. Normandale Community College. 952-358-8343. RESTART with Amy Nadeau – 6-7:30pm. Class meets Tuesdays until May 16. This 5-week pro-

gram helps you remove toxins, such as sugar, from your diet and gives your body the boost it needs to finding optimal health. $179. Office Building, 5005 Old Cedar Lake Rd S, #104, St. Louis Park.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19 Protecting Our Environment & Our Health – 7-9pm. Learn about water quality and energy issues, and what we can do to help ensure clean air and water as well as an in-depth look at the risks to our health from chemical exposures in our homes and in our environment. Free. Think Bank Community Room, 3655 Hazelton Rd, Edina. TwinCitiesMn.

Mother Yourself: An Event for Moms to be and New Moms – 8:30-11:45am. Join us for a morning event that prepares and supports a “best-you” strategy in the 12 months ahead. Learn to mother yourself through complex hormonal, physical and emotional changes brought about by the miracle of birth. $10. Cambria Suites, 9655 Grove Circle N, Maple Grove.


Inner Diamond Basic – 9am-5pm Sat/Sun. Connect with your Inner Light as you learn how to clear emotional, mental and karmic energies blocking you from fully living your Soul Purpose. Learn about the cycles of energy we are currently experiencing and why this cycle is the ‘window of opportunity’ your soul has been waiting for. $298. Marriott Courtyard Hotel, Bloomington.

Intro to Let’s Rock – 5:30-6:30pm. Join us for this experiential frame drum workshop and discover how your body responds to sound. Drums provided. $20. Women’s Drum Center, 2242 University Ave W, St Paul.

Green Expo – 10am-2pm. Vendors and community come together to promote green living and eco-conscious choices to create a better world. Donate your used sporting equipment. Free. National Sports Center, 1750 105th Ave. NE, Blaine.

Drumming Circle with Laurie Wondra – 7-8:30pm. Please join us for this night of drumming, blessing, enjoying the energies of mother earth, father sky and our heart love. $10. Lake Harriet Spiritual Center, 4401 Upton Ave S, Minneapolis.

Ramsey County Fix–it Clinic – 11am-2pm. 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. Roseville Library, 2180 North Hamline Ave, Roseville. RamseyCounty.Us.

SATURDAY, APRIL 22 Aslan Half-day Meditation Retreat – 7:30am-2pm. Give yourself the gift of silence and stillness and join us for six hours of simple, elegant Zen mindfulness practice. Together we’ll do sitting meditation, walking meditation, listen to an instructional teaching and more. $35.Aslan Institute, 4141 Old Sibley Memorial Hwy, Eagan. 612-871-5631.

Wellness Mama Expo – 1-5pm. McCabe Chiropractic and Wellness Center wants to educate, empower and connect new and expecting families with local resources for an optimal birth experience and excellence in parenting. $10/family. Hudson Middle School, 1300 Carmichael Rd, Hudson, WI.

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April 22nd • 1-7 pm. (incl. 2 breaks) Admission is free, donations are appreciated Carondelet Center, Rm 101 1890 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul Call for more info: 218-349-1571


stillness of silence. $109. Carondelet Center, Room 200A, 1890 Randolph Ave, St Paul. Nancy at 612245-5960 or Conscious Living Expo – 10am-4pm. Vendors, speakers, samples, demos and more. Free. Lake Harriet Spiritual Community, 4401 Upton Ave S, Minneapolis. For more information call Gary Perisian at 612-483-0616. World Tai Chi & Qigong Day – 9:45am-1pm. At 10am around the entire world, people will gather together to practice tai chi and qigong, creating a 24-hour wave of tai chi. Join the celebration at Normandale and experience tai chi and qigong demos as well as a chance to practice it yourself. Free. Normandale Community College. 952-358-8343. Health & Wellness Expo – 1-5pm. Learn about yoga, acupuncture, holistic dental care and many more health practices. Snacks, lectures and demonstrations. Red Clover Clinic, Roseville Professional Bldg, 2233 N Hamline Ave, Roseville.

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Spring Forest Qigong – 10:30am-noon. Certified Instructor and Master Healer Rhonda Battisto guides adult students of all ages through self-healing and self-empowerment practice; theory, gentle, guided healing movements and sitting meditation. 2nd & 4th Mondays. $15/$60 for 5. Holistic Gateway Center for the Healing Arts, 1415 6th St NE, 2nd Fl, Minneapolis.




Ayurveda Special Topics: Healing with Simple Home Remedies – 6-8:30pm. Learn simple home remedies for common health problems such as cold, flu, headaches, etc. through diet, herbs, essential oils, exercise and yoga. $59. Normandale Community College. 952-358-8343.

Living from the Center Within One-day Workshop 10am-4pm. Using Living From the Center Within: Co-Creating Who You Are Becoming and author Michele Rae as a guide, we’ll explore living consciously and authentically during this workshop. $187 incl. book and lunch. The Metamorphosis Center, 1301 E Cliff Rd, #105, Burnsville.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26  RESTART with Amy Nadeau – 6-7:30pm. Class meets Wednesdays until May 24. This 5-week program helps you remove toxins, such as sugar, from your diet and gives your body the boost it needs to finding optimal health. $179. Office Building, 5005 Old Cedar Lake Rd S, #104, St. Louis Park. Animals Are Soul Too – 7-8:30pm. Can animals experience divine love? Do animals go to heaven? What can animals teach us? Discover insights into health, healing and the spiritual gifts animals give. Free. 952-380-2200. Eckankar, 7450 Powers Blvd, Chanhassen.

THURSDAY, APRIL 27 Ladies Night Out – 6-8:30pm. This fundraiser features free food, harp music, speakers, vendors, giveaways, chair massage and much more. International Village Prof. Bldg., 220 W 98th St, Bloomington.

SATURDAY, APRIL 29 Living in Abundance Women’s Retreat – 9am4pm. Nancy Jambor invites you to step back from the demands of your daily life, embrace the inner peace that lives in you, experience the healing energy of enlightened women and immerse yourself in the deep

Guardianship of Water – 5-8:30pm. An evening of conversation and community building in celebration of the work done last year and ongoing this year to protect our sacred waters from pollution and other forms of mismanagement. $15-$50. Summit Brewing, 910 Montreal Cir, St. Paul.

savethedate Midwest Women’s Herbal Conference: Honoring the Wise Women of the Past, Present and Future Speakers: Tammi Sweet, Ubaka Hill, Lisa Ganora, Whapio and Robin Rose Bennett and many more. Over 60 workshops and plants walks, Kids’ Camp and Teen Spiral. Includes pre-conference classes and workshops. Personal growth workshops, singing, dancing, plant walks, meals, swimming, red tent communal space and more.

June 9-11 Enter to win a free full conference ticket, including meals & lodging, at NAChicago. com/CHI/Contests. Contest ends Mar 31. Camp Helen Brachman, Almond, WI.



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sunday Gentle Flow Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. Allows students of all levels to flow at a slower pace. Incorporating intentional movements paired with breath work to promote relaxation and re-connection of the mind and body. $18. Healing Elements, 2290 Como Ave, St. Paul. 651-348-6216.

monday Lovingkindness Meditation Practice – 6-7pm. Through ancient, gentle and gradual practices, we learn to let go of fear and ill-will and to open our hearts to ourselves and to others, known and unknown. Our time together will include instruction, guided meditation and discussion. Donation based. River Garden, 455 7th St W, St Paul. Silent Meditation – 7-8pm. Meditators of all levels and approaches are welcome. A few grounding and centering exercises are offered to begin. Sign up in the foyer at the Center, contact the facilitator, Ingela at, or call the center between 11am-3pm T-Th (office hours). Donation based. Unity of the Valley Spiritual Center, 4011 W Hwy 13, Savage.

tuesday Weekly Guided & Silent Meditation – 11-11:30am. Led by a Prayer Chaplain in the Meditation Room, this meditation is the same one going on concurrently at Unity Village. It alternates affirmative prayer and silence. Donation based. Unity of the Valley Spiritual Center, 4011 W Hwy 13, Savage. Stress Busters Meditation – Noon-1pm. Join us when you can for a free meditation at the University of MN. Mayo Building, Third Fl. Meditation Space, Minneapolis. Hand Drum for Beginners – 5:30-6:30pm. Participants will learn hand drum technique using West African Drums. No need to own a drum; the center has plenty to share, but some drumming experience needed such as Intro to Hand Drum. $10. Women’s Drum Center, 2242 University Ave W, St Paul.



Nia Dance – 5:30-6:30pm. Calling all the movers and shakers out there! Let’s dance in community and have some fun! Dance at your own pace and level of comfort. Led by Nia dance teacher Jody Polson. Please bring a water bottle and a yoga mat or beach towel for cool-down and dress comfortably. Love offering. Unity of the Valley Spiritual Center, 4011 W Hwy 13, Savage.

Free Qigong Practice Session – 6-7:30pm. Rhonda Battisto leads practices of self-healing and empowerment every week. A healing meditation follows gentle guided healing movements. Donations accepted yet never expected. Peace of Mind Early Education Center, 9025 Tamarack Rd, Woodbury.

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Introductory Presentations on the Transcendental Meditation Program – 6:30-8pm. Transcendental Meditation is easy to learn and offers a lifetime of benefits for health, well-being and development of the human potential. Free. Twin Cities TM Center, 5215 Edina Industrial Blvd, #300, Edina.

FOR RENT THERAPY ROOM & WORKSHOP CLASSROOM SPACE – Meet clients or hold classes at our conveniently located office in the center of the Twin Cities near Como Park and the State Fair Grounds. Parking lot and other amenities. PsinergyHealth. com/Space-Use.

Weekly Meditation – 7-8pm. This facilitated group meditation is offered each week with its own meditative focus: Chanting, HeartMath, Shamanic Drumming, Hope Wednesdays with the Y.O.U. and the Healing Drum Circle. Donation based. Unity North Spiritual Center, 11499 Martin Street NW, Coon Rapids.

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thursday Hatha for Everyone – 6-7pm. Everyone is welcome to this weekly drop-in class. All levels. Relieve stress, achy joints, improve balance at all levels and increase your sense of well-being. $10. Meditation Center, 631 University Ave NE, Minneapolis. Free Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Join us for a free weekly meditation. Sahaja Yoga Meditation, Eden Prairie City Hall, 8080 Mitchell Rd, Eden Prairie. Contact or 651-730-2078.






Gentle Yoga for Every Body – 10:30am-noon. A welcoming environment for students of all shapes MY and sizes. $15 drop-in. River Garden Yoga, 455 W CY 7th St, St. Paul. 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.



saturday Cardio Fitness Drumming – 8-8:30am. Burn calories in a fun way with this full-body workout that doesn’t feel like a workout. Free. Nutrition Hub, 7880 University Ave NE, Fridley. Text or call to reserve your spot. 612-787-2582.

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I offer Electrolysis (the only proven method of permanent hair removal) on all types of hair; non-invasive Ionic Detoxing and LED Skin Light Therapy. 25 years’ experience and am Certified in the Natural Health Care Field.

Una Forde, DC International Village Arcade Building 220 West 98th St, Suite 7, Bloomington 952-922-1478 Quality chiropractic care. Experience holistic healing and gentle chiropractic adjustments that allow the nervous system to relieve such symptoms as headache, back, neck pain and numbness which allow your body to return to a state of balance and well-being. 25 years’ experience.

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Healthy Girls’ Breast Oil when applied with a self-breast massage helps to balance, detoxify, soften breast tissue, improve lymphatic circulation and stimulate the immune system. Improved circulation helps your entire body! See ad, page 22.

Integrative Health Education Center 9700 France Ave S, Bloomington 952-358-9182 • Classes, workshops and certificates offered in ayurveda, aromatherapy, herbalism, energy medicine, reiki, Healing Touch, hypnosis, qigong, tai chi, yoga, and more. Integrative healing business classes and professional development. Hands on, experiential learning for holistic wellness. See ad, page 22.


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Improved brain function can relieve symptoms like headache and fatigue and allow for better concentration and balance. Over 25 years of chiropractic experience. Quality, holistic care.




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Whole Person Dentistry observes and deals with the mind, body and spirit, not just your Teeth. This approach to dentistry encompasses both modern science and knowledge drawn from the world’s great traditions

NATURAL SMILES DENTAL CARE 4700 Lexington Ave N, Suite D Shoreview 651-483-9800

We’re an integrative practice committed to promoting dental wellness and overall assistance to the whole person. We desire to participate in the creation of healthier lives, while being sensitive to physical, philosophical, emotional and financial concerns. See ad, page 26.


Dr. Amy Ha Truong 6230 10th St. N., Ste 520, Oakdale 651-731-3064 • Pure Dental offers integrative, holistic, alternative and biological dentistry for your dental health. We take pride in providing quality, holistic dental care and service for our patients. See ad, page 22.


1401 Main St, Hopkins 952-475-1101 • We build a foundation of trust by treating our patients as individuals. Understanding how uneasy some patients may feel about their dental visits, we make a difference by providing a relaxing and positive experience. See ad, page 24.


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ONE DAY ONLY! Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm MAPLE GROVE COMMUNITY CENTER 12951 Weaver Lake Rd, Maple Grove 55369

THE SMART PLACE TO FIND RESOURCES FOR STAYING ACTIVE AND HEALTHY AT ANY AGE! • Over 100 exhibitors! 2 stages of seminars! • Highlighting the latest products, services and information on living well at any age • Free product sampling & health screenings • FREE LIVE entertainment, seminars & demos • Drawings and give-aways ALL DAY, plus get a chance at the Grand Prize drawing!

• Life Extension and Nutrition Tips & Ideas • Housing and living-in-place options • Learn about healthy lifestyle options and stay younger longer • Check out spas, health clubs, fitness classes, and enjoy a mini massage • FREE PARKING!


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Master Hong Certified Emotion Code Practitioner 9672 63rd Ave N, Maple Grove 763-208-4246 or 914-708-9463

SASSAFRAS HEALTH FOODS 2186 3rd St, White Bear Lake 651-426-0101


AROMATHERAPY NATURE’S WAY Essential Oils Joyce Sobotta • 715-878-4474

100% pure, quality essential oils and ultrasonic diffusers available on my website. I offer essential oil classes online and in person. Sign up for an essential oil consultation and let me help you create a blend of essential oils that works synergistically for a wide range of health concerns. See ad, page 22.


Sara Shrode, Graphic Designer Minneapolis, MN 612-554-6304 •

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.


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.

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Marrák Hair Recovery Creme is the only all-natural and organic product clinically proven to recover hair, reduce scalp itch and dandruff, and improve overall hair and scalp health, with no side effects. See ad, page 27.


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Susan Swanson, D.V.M. 651-429-4153 • 1524 Mahtomedi Ave, Mahtomedi Offering a blend of Western and Eastern medicines 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.

We carry over 3,500 products for your health and wellness including essential oils and diffusers, bone broth and so much more! We have nutritionists on hand to answer your questions and we offer $10 off with every $50 purchase (excluding food). See ad, page 23.

Chronic pain? Suffering from emotions? Relationship problems? Life not going as planned? The Emotion Code is a tool I use to help you break through any emotional and spiritual blocks so you can live your best life. Trial session only $35.




Do you suffer from digestive discomfort, brain fog, or high blood sugar? Would you like to forge a new relationship with the food you eat? Call for a free consultation and start taking control of your health through real food!


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A space clearing consultation transforms energy created by emotional or mental trauma or energy created by past experiences. It also releases spirits and energy forms that may be seen or felt in the space. Consultations can be done on site or distance.


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Let me help you find the best destination, location, hotel, flight, car, price and activities for a customized vacation experience and follow you from start to finish. If you have any problems along the way, call me, not an 800 number. See ad, page 9.


Utilizing well-defined natural wellness tools and therapies customized for you, we make holistic health easy, understandable and affordable. Our process is to help bring you back into balance while educate you along the way.

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