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Our Later Years


Excess in Food and Tap Water Harm Pets


Cultivating an Inspired Yoga Practice

SOLAR HEATS UP Demand Surges as Prices Fall

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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.


by Alina Hornfeldt

12 RODNEY YEE ON YOGA AS A WAY OF LIFE Simple Strategies for Staying on Track by Marlaina Donato

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Demand Surges as Prices Fall by Jim Motavalli

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ith all the discord in the world, it’s sometimes difficult to imagine a peaceful way of being. It can be so overwhelming with news from near and far of all the danger, angst, cruelty and suffering, it’s difficult to even imagine peace, happiness and contentment, much less find it in our lives. As many of us have heard, all of the great teachings agree that peace begins from within. As we transition from summer to fall, try to take a minute each day to observe what changes and what stays the same. Take a simple breath to rebalance. Notice the colors, the sounds, the birds and animals and the plants around you, no matter how deep into the city or how far into the rural areas you may live. Meditate, daydream, stand outside, breathe in awareness or otherwise reflect on what a peaceful world means to you and how you can keep peace in your daily life. As I write this, we have recently had the shared experience of a solar eclipse. Isn’t it amazing that all across humanity, we all have this in common? Granted, we have different perspectives and different understandings of the event, including geography, historical context and expectations, but in the end we share this bond. Like so many aspects of living a more conscious lifestyle, it’s these moments of awareness and attention that lead to bigger shifts. We may not be able to give peace to the whole world, but we each are capable of bringing inner peace to our own lives and helping to bring peace into the lives of those we share. There are many events beyond our control, but we are in charge of ourselves.

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newsbriefs Rugolo to Lead Meditation and Dowsing Workshops for Beginners


nnette Rugolo leads two separate workshops this month, teaching participants how to align with their soul purpose as they connect with universal energy and how to heal their environments. The Inner Diamond workshop is scheduled for September 22-23 and participants learn how to shift their brainwaves from Beta to Delta within the course of the weekend as they learn how to consciously access higher states of awareness. “We need maps and tools to help us on our spiritual jourAnnette Rugolo ney and this class offers both a clear soul map to consciousness and the tools to help release old patterns and programs that keep us stuck,” states Rugolo. “I help participants learn how to use powerful light frequencies to clear karmic patterns and transform their lives,” Rugolo explains. Participants learn a powerful transformational tool that transmutes karma and helps them open to their spiritual gifts. In the Diamond Dowsing class scheduled for October 6-7, Rugolo teaches course participants the technique of dowsing that will help them find and cure negative vibrations in their home, office and environment. This class teaches the techniques that have helped thousands of people around the world clear, transform and heal the energy of their homes and land. “In order to raise our own vibration, we need our homes to energetically support us. I love teaching this class and helping people create an enlightened space for themselves and their families,” says Rugolo. Rugolo is a master instructor certified by Marie Diamond. She has been teaching Inner Diamond meditation classes since 2002 and dowsing and space clearing classes since 2006. She is passionate about helping people transform their lives and their environments. Her company, Conscious Life Resources, offers classes, consulting and transformation products to help people align and create a powerful connection with the universe and Mother Earth. Cost: $398 for each weekend class. Location: Marriott Courtyard Hotel, 7600 Bloomington Ave., Bloomington. For more information, visit See ad, page 13.

Celebrate Compassion


win Cities Veg Fest 2017 will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., on September 9, at Como Park, in St. Paul. The festival is for anyone and everyone— from omnivores to vegetarians and vegans, and features a wide variety of exhibitors, speakers and demos. Enjoy free food samples, delicious vegan cuisine, fun cooking demos and insightful presentations. Twin Cities Veg Fest is a project of Compassionate Action for Animals where they encourage people to cultivate empathy for animals and move toward a plant-based diet. This is the first year the festival will be held outdoors allowing more people to attend. Cost: Free. Location: 1199 Midway Pkwy., St. Paul. For more information, call 612-276-2242, email or visit

Earth Medicine Women’s Gathering is September 22-24


he Earth Medicine Women’s Gathering begins at 4 p.m., September 22, at a campsite at Lake Rebecca Park Reserve, in Rockford. The closing cerLaura Adrian emony is 11:15 a.m., September 24. The weekend-long event includes a variety of Earth-based workshops for healing the body, mind and spirit as well as learning the wisdom of the Earth and healing the Earth. Coordinated by Laura Adrian, life coach and owner of Whole Life Elevation, this women-only event offers a variety of workshops, wonderful teachers and a connection to nature with access to beautiful hiking trails, biking trails and a nearby beach. All aspects of the event from flyers to food are sourced with an ecological mind and the love, energy and care of women. Participants provide their own tents and camping gear. The grounds are very spacious and you can find your own pocket of trees to make your nest. Bathroom facilities are within walking distance. Simple showers are available at the beach. Help is available for noncampers who want to partake in the event with nearby lodging options. Meals are provided from Friday dinner to Sunday lunch, and the food is gluten-free, dairy-free and sourced from the highest quality local and organic farmers. Participants are also welcome to bring their own food for any reason. There will be charcoal grills and campfire available for cooking. Attendees may also bring gas stoves, coolers, etc. Cost: $250. Must register by Sept. 18. Location: 9831 Rebecca Park Trail, Rockford or local lodging near Rockford. For more information, visit

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newsbriefs MN350’s First Annual Gala for Climate Justice is October 5


N350 will host their first annual gala for Climate Justice, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., on October 5, at Nicollet Island Pavilion, in Minneapolis. This will be an uplifting evening of hope, information and inspiration for all, whether new to the issues or longtime advocates of climate justice. All proceeds directly support the ongoing outreach of MN350, an innovative people-powered, Minnesotabased 501(c)3 organization that has the expertise, partnerships and dedication to work every day to confront the climate crisis and help create a just and sustainable world. Progress is being made. Much more needs to be done. Come to support this essential work. It will be a lively and encouraging evening. The event includes a family-style dinner, silent auction, video and live entertainment.

John Edward Brings Psychic Talents to Minneapolis


sychic medium John Edward will give a presentation at the Minneapolis Airport Marriott, at 3 p.m., September 17. He is the author of several New York Times bestsellers, including the critically acclaimed Fallen Masters; One Last Time; Crossing Over: The Stories Behind the Stories; After Life: Answers from the Other Side; Final Beginnings; Practical Praying: UsJohn Edward ing the Rosary to Enhance Your Life; and Infinite Quest. On his internationally syndicated talk shows, Crossing Over with John Edward and John Edward Cross Country, Edward uses his unique abilities to connect people with loved ones who have passed on. Deeply compelling, often startling and occasionally humorous, Edward’s down-to-Earth approach has attracted a vast and loyal following. There are two different ticket levels for this event. All seating will be on a firstcome, first-served basis. Attendees holding the higher priced VIP tickets will have the opportunity to bypass the regular line, join a priority line and enjoy access to additional benefits. Cost: $100 to $175. Location: 2020 American Blvd. E., Minneapolis. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 800-514-3849 or visit or

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals Headline Rock the Green


ock the Green, a nonprofit with a mission to educate and empower communities to live sustainably, welcomes Ben®Harper & The Innocent Criminals to headline the fourth Rock the Green sustainability festival, from 2 to 11 p.m., on September 9, at Reed Street Yards, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The musical group has received Gold and Platinum certifications overseas for their eclectic mix of blues, Cost: $85. Location: 50 Power St., folk, soul, reggae and rock music. Minneapolis. For more information and “We are thrilled to have such iconic artists as Ben Harper & The Innocent reservations, call 651-235-7062 or visit Criminals headlining the main stage this year,” says Lindsay Stevens Gardner, founder and executive director of Rock the Green. “Ben is a well-known environmental activist whose beliefs align perfectly with Rock the Green’s missionPhoto to Credit: Ga educate the community and empower its members to take actionable steps that result in sustainable living.” also featuring Other musicians performing at this year’s festival include Barns Courtney, Mondo Cozmo, Baio, Reyna, and Evan Christian on the main stage; and Girls We are not victims of aging, Rock Milwaukee, Devil Met Contention, Klassik, and D’Amato on the Pedal Power sickness and death. Stage. Returning highlights to the festival include the Eco-Kids Stage with interactive children’s activities; locally grown, sustainable and healthy cuisine in the Farm These are part of the scento Fork area; and a gathering of 18 local environmental nonprofits in the Ecoery, not the seer, Champs space. who is immune to any form Rock the Green is a Travel Green-certified event and has been recognized as of change. This seer is the one of the greenest music festivals in the world by the UK-based nonprofit orgaspirit, the expression of nization, A Greener Festival. Last year the festival’s zero-waste efforts set a new eternal being. record by diverting 90 percent of the event’s waste from landfills.






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Cost: $50; Free kids 10 and under; $100 VIP admission. Location: 222 S. 3rd St., Milwaukee, WI. For more information, visit See ad, page 30.

Energy Fair is September 9-10 at Harriet Island Park


he Midwest Renewable Energy Association is hosting an Energy Fair, September 9 and 10, at Harriet Island Park, in St. Paul. Held from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, this event showcases renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable living through education and demonstration in the power and energy industry. The longest running event of its kind in the nation, the fair features interactive workshops, exhibitors, live music, inspiring keynote speakers, family fun, great local food and more. Midwest Renewable Energy hosts their Energy Fair every summer in Wisconsin and this year will be their 28th annual event. This is the first time they will be holding a second Energy Fair in the Twin Cities. The fair offers more than 60 workshops from which to choose along with more than 80 exhibitors. Free and open to the public, all-access passes include music, featured speakers and solar professional workshops. There is also a pre-fair Solar Professional Day on September 8 for those working in the solar industry. Thanks to Metro Transit, attendees can enjoy a free ride to and from the fair. There will be an all-electric shuttle bus running from Union Depot to the fair both days, thanks to New Flyer. The shuttle begins at 8:30 a.m. Pick-up and drop-off at Union Depot are located in front of the building on the eastbound side, at 240 East Kellogg Boulevard, St. Paul, and there will be a sign on the sidewalk marking the location. Cost: Free. Location: 200 Dr. Justus Ohage Blvd., St. Paul. For more information, visit See ad, page 9.

Garden of Eden Celebrates 45 Years of Bathing the Twin Cities and Beyond


arden of Eden, the Twin City’s first all-natural bath and body store, will be celebrating their 45th anniversary, on September 16, with punch, cookies and a special one-day anniversary sale. The event will take place at the store’s new location at 792 Grand Avenue, in St. Paul. The sale features 45 percent off of one Garden of Eden label product with a purchase of $25 or more. The store will also be offering a number of flash sales from September 16 through the end of the month. Garden of Eden has been “bathing the Twin Cities and beyond” since 1972. This Twin Cities institution began as a tiny storefront offering custom-scented, refillable, allnatural and cruelty-free bath and body care products. Since those early days, the store has expanded its product line, adding lotions, soaps, gels and more, featuring Kiehl’s, Thymes, Crabtree & Evelyn, Mistral of Provence, Votivo and others. The customscented Garden of Eden label products are refillable and available in a kaleidoscopic selection of fragrances and pure essential oils. Garden of Eden continues to serve a diverse clientele, both at its Grand Avenue store and online. All their products are Earth-friendly and sustainable, made with natural ingredients and biodegradable. The knowledgeable staff is happy to help with aromatherapy too. The store not only sells essential oils, but offers a wide array of lotions and massage and bath oils, custom scented with any single or combination of essential oils. Products are also available unscented. Garden of Eden CEO Linda Kleinbaum affirms, “We encourage our customers to infuse their lives with an exquisite fragrance, a quality product that will nurture their body, help the Earth and uplift their spirits too!” Location: 792 Grand Ave., St. Paul. Shop online at and See ad, page 23.

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Your Shining Life Expo Tickets on Sale for Your Shining Life Expo


atural Awakenings Twin Cities is hosting Your Shining Life Expo, on October 8, at the Doubletree Hotel, in St. Louis Park. Early bird tickets can be purchased online for $5 up to October 7. Tickets will be $10 at the door. The daylong expo includes 50 exhibitors; the Bodywork Oasis, featuring a wide variety of hands-on body and energy workers; a diverse selection of workshops relating to mind-body medicine and higher consciousness; live music; and hourly giveaways. As well, all exhibitors are highly encouraged to give away samples, share information and have their own private drawings for free services and products. Natural Awakenings Twin Cities’ publisher, Jackie Flaherty, states, “I am so fortunate to have been introduced to an eye-opening variety of businesses, practitioners and modalities that I had never even heard of before I purchased my Natural Awakenings franchise. And I want to share this awesome and amazing collection of people with everyone.” Some of the exhibitors include Health Journey Oils, featuring Young Living products; Blessed by Music will be performing live throughout the day; Dawn Stebbing with executive coaching and image consulting; Annette Rugolo with personal and environmental energy management; life coach Nancy Jambor sharing the Wheel of Life; Laurie Wondra; Jennifer Salness; Warren King; Total Health & Healing; Kundalini Awakening Seminar; Nea Claire; Awakened Living; Kathy Joy with DoTerra; Golden Sun Chiropractic; Healing Taj, Wise Ink Publishers and many others. Cost: $5 online; $10 at door. Location: 1500 Park Place Blvd., St. Louis Park. For more information, visit See ad, page 21.

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atural Awakenings Publishing Corporation (NAPC) welcomed three new publishers to a recent training session at their headquarters in Naples, Florida. The NAPC staff spent several days with these entrepreneurs, discussing the ins and outs of publishing a new Natural Awakenings edition in southern Idaho by Simone Anewalt; and taking over publication of two existing magazines, by Karen Propes, in Chattanooga, aided by her son, Zack; and by Tracy Patterson, in Phoenix. A new staff member of the Miami magazine, Leslie Cueva, also attended, accompanied by longtime owner Linda Palmer. Founded by Chief Executive Officer Sharon Bruckman with a single edition in Naples in 1994, Natural Awakenings has grown to become one of the largest, free, local, healthy living publications in the world. For a list of locations where Natural Awakenings is published or to learn more about franchising opportunities, call 239-530-1377 or visit Natural See ad, page 25.

Yoga is a way to freedom. By its constant practice, we can free ourselves from fear, anguish and loneliness. ~Indra Devi


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esearchers from Helsinki, Finland, analyzed data from 2,000 people to find out how sleeping patterns affected their food choices. They discovered individuals that wake up early make healthier food choices throughout the day and are more physically active. “Linking what and when people eat to their biological clock type provides a fresh perspective on why certain people are more likely to make unhealthy food decisions,” explains lead author Mirkka Maukonen, from the National Institute for Health and Welfare, in Helsinki.

Yoga Lessens Back Pain and Opioid Use


ith the U.S. opioid epidemic reaching a boiling point, insight into the effectiveness of alternative methods of pain relief has become increasingly relevant. Scientists from the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System have found yoga to be an effective technique to reduce back pain. The researchers divided 150 California veterans with chronic low back pain into two equal groups. One attended two yoga classes per week— comprising postures, movement and breathing techniques—for 12 weeks in addition to their more conventional treatment. The other continued such treatment without yoga. Scientists measured pain levels before and after the core study period and again six months later. After only 12 weeks, those that participated in the yoga practice experienced a 2.05 point reduction in Roland−Morris Disability Questionnaire scores, compared to a 1.29 reduction for those that received only usual care. After six months, this difference increased, with the yoga group’s scores decreasing 3.37 points compared to only an 0.89 reduction in the usual care group. In addition, pain intensity scores were reduced by 0.61 in the yoga group and 0.04 in the group receiving usual care after 12 weeks. Opioid medication use declined among all participants, from 20 percent to 8 percent after six months.








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Milk Muddle

Organic Milk Producer Under Pressure

The Aurora Organic Dairy pastures and feedlots north of Greeley, Colorado, are home to more than 15,000 cows—more than 100 times the size of a typical organic herd. It is the main facility of the company that supplies milk to Walmart, Costco and other major retailers. They adhere to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) organic regulations, but critical weaknesses exist in the inspection system the government uses to ensure that food is organic; farmers are allowed to hire their own inspectors to certify them, and thus can fall short of reaching standards without detection. Organic dairies are required to allow the cows to graze daily throughout the growing season rather than be confined to barns and feedlots. Although the USDA National Organic Program allows for an extremely wide range of grazing practices that comply with the rule, Aurora was observed onsite and via satellite imagery by the Washington Post as having only a small percentage of the herd outdoors on any given day. The company disputes the data. U.S. organic dairy sales amounted to $6 billion last year; although it is more expensive to produce, the milk may command a premium price of 100 percent more than regular.

Rolling Internet

Winnebago Assists Computer Literacy Librarian Shannon Morrison drives the Digibus, a new, 40-foot-long Winnebago computer classroom that hit the road in January bound for Fresno County, California, communities with the goal of bringing free computer literacy and job searching skills to the public. It employs 12 computer tablets with keyboards and staff that include bilingual interpreters. The library bus was scheduled to spend one week at each of two different communities each month.


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Toxic Practices

Monsanto Faces New Scandal The Monsanto agrochemical company, long cited for its ubiquitous toxic Roundup herbicide and pro-genetically modified organism (GMO) science, is reeling from the disclosure of internal communications that indicate it suppressed knowledge of the potential dangers of its herbicide and received insider help from U.S. regulators. Many documents have been made public by attorneys involved in a personal injury case involving cancer, just one of hundreds pending (reference nonprofit U.S. Right to Know at Attorney Brent Wisner states, “These [documents] show that Monsanto has deliberately been stopping studies that look bad for them, ghostwriting literature and engaging in a whole host of corporate malfeasance. They have been telling everybody that these products are safe because regulators have said they are safe, but it turns out that Monsanto has been in bed with U.S. regulators, while misleading European regulators.” Monsanto is currently seeking to merge with Germany’s Bayer AG, another industry giant, but the deal is subject to government review. It remains to be seen if these revelations will interfere with the process or prompt other actions by such regulating bodies as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Nature is an infinite sphere of which the center is everywhere and the circumference nowhere. ~Blaise Pascal

Product Label Demystification by Alina Hornfeldt


hen you look at a label on a product, whether it is a food, body care item or supplement, do you know what all the symbols and standards mean? Organic farming and labeling were once a fringe movement that has been adopted by the mainstream. Most health-conscious people are aware of the required USDA standards to be met to carry that little green circle. But what about the others? Biodynamic? Fair trade? How can you make the best choices for yourself, your family and for the planet? Biodynamic is a relatively new certification originated by the German organization Demeter. Organic farming certification requires certain standards be met such as non-GMO seeds and refraining from the use of chemical pesticides. Biodynamic farming goes beyond organic. Demeter’s standards for growing include: fully sustainable farms, animal welfare, crop rotation, and biodiversity on the farm. In addition, seeds are planted and the plants harvested by the moon, the sun and the planetary cycles. The farm is considered to be a self-contained, living organism. When you purchase products, especially supplements, with a biodynamic certification label, you can be assured that you are receiving an extremely high quality product. To learn more about biodynamic certification, visit Fair trade is another standard beyond organic with which consumers should familiarize themselves. Fair trade means that the farmers from developing nations were paid adequately for their goods and services. Many mainstream products, such as coffee, shea butter and chocolate, come from places where workers are expected to work for ab-

surdly low pay in horrific conditions. Fair Trade USA is a nonprofit organization and leading third party certification that works with more than 800 companies across the U.S. Fair Trade USA audits and certifies these companies to assure the consumer that when they see their label, it means that the product carrying it meets international fair trade standards. These standards include equipping farmers with the information and training they need to get a fair price for their products which then enables them to rely less on foreign aid, keep kids in school, improve health and housing and strengthens communities. To learn more about fair trade practices, visit Biodynamic and fair trade are just two of the types of symbols you will find on food and supplement labels. If you have more questions about labeling or where products come from, the knowledgeable staff at Mastel’s are always available to work with you. They make sure to staff their small store well so there is always someone available to assist customers. If browsing on your own is more your style, be assured that the shopping environment is “no pressure”. As you learn how to read labels and become more informed about what the symbols on them mean, you will feel confident that you are making the right choices for you, your family and the planet. Alina Hornfeldt is the marketing manager at Mastel’s Health Foods. Find her work at See ad, page 22.

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Rodney Yee on Yoga as a Way of Life Simple Strategies for Staying on Track by Marlaina Donato


enowned yogi and international teacher Rodney Yee, of New York City, has maintained an inspired yoga practice for 37 years while juggling career obligations, fame and family life.

While the benefits of yoga are increasingly well known— from stress reduction and pain management to a more limber body and inner peace—Yee is also aware of the challenges to maintaining a consistent practice. Here he shares insights on the pitfalls encountered by both beginning and advanced students.   “My advice is to first get rid of self-berating behavior, including judgmental inner dialogue. In many aspects of life, we are constantly measuring ourselves against a standard, which is a waste of time and energy,” says Yee. With a professional background in classical dance and gymnastics, Yee decided to give yoga a try at a nearby studio when he craved more physical flexibility. “As many people do, I came to yoga for a reason. I was a dancer with tight joints. After the first class, I couldn’t believe how I felt. It was not at all like an athletic high; I had a sense of well-being and knew what it means to feel peaceful and clear.” For people with jam-packed lives, finding time for exercise can be daunting. Yee suggests a relaxed approach to scheduling yoga into a busy day. “As the rishis [Hindu sages] say, we shouldn’t ‘try’ to meditate, not try to force a natural state. To say, ‘I have to do yoga,’ just puts another thing on our to-do list. Sometimes discipline is needed, but another part of discipline is not about force.” Different approaches to yoga abound, and part of staying motivated may include exploration of a variety of traditions as individual needs change due to lifestyle, health, interests or simple curiosity. Yee reminds us to go with the flow and follow how we feel in the moment. “Different schools of yoga exist because each offers something different. There is a form for all of our moods and a practice for how you feel at any given time.”

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You can blink and half your life is gone. You can’t always be busy, busy, busy; you have to decide how to fill your life.

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Reflecting on how his own practice has evolved through the years, Yee recollects, “In my 20s and 30s, my yoga practice was arduous, including three to four hours of strong, physical work and a half hour of pranayama [breath work]. Then for 20 years, it involved a lot of teaching. Over the past 17 years, my practice has become more subtle, with a focus on sequencing and meditation; it’s about how to do this all day long in the context of my body and my life; about being both centered and in the world. In some way, we’re always doing yoga, as we already take 20,000 breaths a day. From a philosophical and ethical point of view, yogis have no choice but to practice.” Because many American women have found their way to a yogic path, men often assume it’s primarily a women’s niche. But yoga has been a male practice for nearly 2,500 years in other countries. Yee encourages men to not feel intimidated. “Why not try something that can help you improve your business, family life and even your golf game?” he queries. While Yee believes in a no-pressure approach, he also suggests inviting ways to foster consistency. “If you are just beginning, set aside a half-hour before going to bed or get up a half-hour earlier. Also note that pain is less to be avoided than learned from.” Wisdom can come from dedication to a yoga practice. Yee’s philosophy is, “You can blink and half your life is gone. You can’t always be busy, busy, busy; you have to decide how to fill your life. As spiritual teacher Ram Dass counsels, ‘Be here now.’ Train yourself to bring body, mind and heart together and fully drink from that.”

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ow is a good time to buy a solar system and get off the grid. Solar photovoltaic prices have fallen 67 percent in the last five years, reports Alexandra Hobson with the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). It’s a boom period for solar—a record 14.8 gigawatts were installed last year in the U.S. Solar represented 39 percent of all new electric capacity added to the grid in 2016, surpassing natural gas (29 percent) and wind (26 percent). In the first quarter of this year, solar and wind together comprised more than half of all new U.S. power generation. The Solar Investment Tax Credit was extended for five years at the end of 2015, so homeowners and businesses can qualify to deduct 30 percent of the installed cost from their federal taxes. Also, there’s no upper limit on the prices for the qualifying panels. There are 1.3 million solar systems in the U.S. now, with a new one added every 84 seconds. Some 260,000 people currently work in the industry, double the figure of 2012. California is the leader in installed capacity, followed by North Carolina,

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In 2016, the average residential solar system produced seven kilowatts, at an average installed cost of $3.06 per watt, according to Hobson. A system costing just over $21,000 before taking the income tax credit yields a final net cost of $15,000. “It’s a perfect marriage for residential customers,” says Bill Ellard, an energy economist with the American Solar Energy Society (ASES). “The systems will produce electricity for about five cents per kilowatt-hour year-round compared to the average electric price of 10.34 cents per kilowatt hour tracked in March 2017.” New solar panel designs coming online mean even greater savings. Panels with built-in micro-inverters are cutting home installation costs for large central units (although their longterm, all-weather durability isn’t clear yet). A breakthrough at Japan’s Kobe University means single solar cells could achieve 50 percent efficiency, up from the 30 percent formerly accepted as the upper limit.

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Ugly panel frames may also be a thing of the past. More aesthetically pleasing frameless panels are expected this year from big players like SolarWorld, Canadian Solar and Trina Solar, with adapted mounting hardware. Producers like Prism Solar and DSM Advanced Surfaces are also working on frameless clear panels, with cells bound between panes of glass. These attractive clear panels are highly resistant to fire and corrosion. Tesla, which recently acquired SolarCity, is marketing tempered glass photovoltaic shingles that integrate with tile roofing materials to make the installation nearly undetectable. Tesla claims they’re three times as strong as standard roof shingles and guarantees them for the life of the house.

Solar Works for Many Now For an average household electric load of 600 kilowatt-hours per month, for example, a daily dose of five hours of

direct sunlight and four-kilowatt system will likely meet demand. For households with higher usage, especially in the South and West, bigger installations are the norm. “Solar system sizes have been growing fairly steadily as the price has come down,” Hobson notes. Thanks to Google Earth, solar installers usually know if a property has the right conditions; avoiding the fee for an onsite inspection. Houses with a southern orientation within 40 degrees of direct southern exposure are golden. Those with flat roofs work well because the panels can be tilted for maximum effect. Adjustable panels can also be adapted to the best angle per season. Panels can’t be in shade for a significant part of the day. Rooftop installers can work around vent pipes, skylights and chimneys. If major obstructions are a problem, ASES suggests a ground-mounted array or solar pergola, a freestanding wooden

frame to mount panels. Solar systems heat swimming pools, too, offering huge operational savings over conventional heaters. They start at around $3,500 and average $5,500, compared to an average $2,664 for a fossil-fuel heater, reports Determine if a state has net metering laws, which make it easy to sell excess power from a whole-home system back to the grid. Check for local tax subsidies on top of the federal 30 percent. The beauty of solar is that once the system is in place, operating costs are negligible. The lifespan of today’s panels is two decades and the payback is just two to three years. Jim Motavalli is an author, freelance journalist and speaker specializing in clean automotive and other environmental topics. He lives in Fairfield, CT. Connect at

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Aging with Passion and Purpose Finding Fulfillment, Creativity and Meaning by Deborah Shouse


ant to age well? The answer isn’t in your 401k. Self-acceptance, a positive attitude, creative expression, purposeful living and spiritual connections all anchor successful and meaningful aging. In fact, these kinds of preparations are just as important as saving money for retirement, according to Ron Pevny, director of the Center for Conscious Eldering, in Durango, Colorado, and author of Conscious Living, Conscious Aging.

Savor Self-Acceptance

While most people believe adulthood is the final stage of life, Dr. Bill Thomas is among the creative aging experts that identify another life chapter: elderhood. “Elders possess novel ways of approaching time, money, faith and relationships,” says Thomas, an Ithaca, New York geriatrician and fierce advocate for the value of aging. “The best chapters may be near the end of the book,” Thomas continues. “Once you appreciate yourself and your years, you can relinquish outdated expectations and seek to discover your true self. Then the world can open up to you,” says Thomas. “Living a rewarding life means we are willing to say, ‘These chapters now are the most interesting.’” During this time, rather than feeling consumed by what we have to do, we can focus on what we want to do. 16

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For older people, relationships offer foundational connections; but as we age, friends may drift away, relocate or die. “Successful aging requires refilling our funnel of friends,” says Thomas, who considers socially engaged elders with friends wealthier than a socially isolated millionaire. “Notice opportunities for interacting and connecting,” advises Shae Hadden, co-founder of The Eldering Institute in Vancouver, Canada. Talk with the checkout person at the grocery store or smile at a stranger walking her dog.

Cultivate a Positive Attitude

Our beliefs about aging shape our experiences. A Yale University study found that older individuals with more positive self-perceptions of aging lived 7.5 years longer than those less so inclined. Connecting with positive role models helps us release limiting beliefs and embrace an attitude of gratitude instead. Other life lessons can be gleaned from observing how negativity affects people physically, emotionally, and socially. Holding onto regrets traps us in the past zapping energy and self-worth; it also keeps the best in us from shining out says Pevny. He suggests a simple letting-go ceremony, with friends as witnesses. If possible, hold it in a natural outdoor setting.


At one of his conscious aging retreats, Pevny created a fire circle. Mike, 70, had been a dedicated long-distance runner for most of his life. Now plagued with mobility issues, Mike decided to let go of regrets. He brought a pair of running shorts into the circle and talked about what the sport had meant to him— its joys, challenges and camaraderie. Then he tossed the shorts into the fire, telling his friends, “I am letting go so I can find a new purpose and passion.”

Understand Our Life Stories

Creating our own life review helps us acknowledge and understand our most significant experiences and reminds us of all we’re bringing to our elder journey. Pevny offers these approaches: n Develop a timeline, dividing life into seven-year sections. For each, write about the strongest memories and most influential people. n Consider what matters most, from people and values to challenges and dreams. n Write to children and grandchildren, sharing tales of our life’s most significant events and lessons. n Record key stories on audio or video.

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The changes that aging brings can mire elders in depression and isolation. “Older people need to be brave and resilient,” says Susan Perlstein, of Brooklyn, New York, founder emeritus of the National Center for Creative Aging, in Washington, D.C., and founder of Elders Share the Arts, in New York City. “To age creatively, we need a flow of varied experiences, exploring new activities or reframing longtime interests from a fresh perspective.” Expressive arts can engage people’s minds, bodies and spirits. A George Washington University study shows that people engaged in the arts are happier and healthier. Perlstein understands this firsthand, having begun taking guitar lessons in her 70s. Motivated to play simple songs for her new granddaughter, she subsequently learned to play jazz and blues tunes and joined a band. “I’m doing something I love,” says Perlstein. “I’m meeting diverse people, learning new things and enjoying a rich life.”

The answers can lead to fresh settings, including local community centers and places of worship. Many universities have extension classes for lifelong learners. State arts councils support programs, and museums and libraries host helpful activities. Shepherd Centers encourage community learning and Road Scholar caters to elders that prefer to travel and study.

Discover a Purpose Older people are our Upon retirement some people feel greatest resource. We need purposeless and lost. They yearn for to nurture them and give something that offers up excitement, energy and joy. Hadden invites people them a chance to share to be curious and explore options. “We’re designing our future around what they know. ~Susan Perlstein, founder, National Center for Creative Aging and Elders Share the Arts Musician John Blegen, of Kansas City, Missouri, was 73 when he realized his lifelong secret desire to tap dance. When Blegen met the then 87-year-old Billie Mahoney, Kansas City’s “Queen of Tap,” he blurted out his wish and fear of being “too old.” She just laughed and urged him to sign up for her adult beginner class. He asked for tap shoes for Christmas and happily shuffle-stepped his way through three class sessions. “Tap class inspired me, encouraged me and gave me hope,” he says. “Now I can shim sham and soft shoe. It’s a dream come true.” To unearth the inner artist, ask: n Which senses do I most like to engage? n Do I enjoy looking at art or listening to music? Do I like sharing feelings and experiences? If so, a thrill may come from writing stories or plays, acting or storytelling. n As a child, what did I yearn to do; maybe play the piano, paint or engineer a train set? Now is the time to turn those dreams into reality. n How can I reframe my life in a positive way when I can no longer do activities I love? If dancing was my focus before, how do I rechannel that energy and passion? If puttering in the garden is too strenuous, what other outdoor interests can I pursue?

who we are and what we care about now,” she says. Try keeping a journal for several weeks. Jot down issues and ideas that intrigue, aggravate and haunt. After several weeks, reflect on the links between concerns that compel and those that irritate. Perhaps we’re intrigued by a certain group of people or a compelling issue. “A concern points to problems and people you want to help,” Hadden observes. This can range from lending a hand to struggling family members, maintaining our own health, volunteering for a literacy project or working to reduce world hunger. “Choose what inspires you to get out of bed each day, eager to move into action.”

Develop Inner Frontiers

People in their elder years may still be measured by midlife standards, which include physical power, productivity and achievement. “They come up short in the eyes of younger people,” dharma practitioner Kathleen Dowling Singh remarks. “But those standards do not define a human life.” Rather, aging allows us to disengage from the pressures of appearances and accomplishments. As we release judgments and unwanted habits, we can increase our feelings of spirituality and peace. “When doors in the outer world seem to be closing, it’s time to cultivate inner resources that offer us joy and meaning. We have the beautiful privilege of slowing down and hearing what our heart is saying,” says Singh, of Sarasota, Florida.

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respect, appreciation and celebration, and says, “As I’ve grown older, I’ve learned how vital it is to nurture the world I am in.” Deborah Shouse is a writer, speaker, editor and dementia advocate. Her newest book is Connecting in the Land of Dementia: Creative Activities to Explore Together. Connect at

Acknowledge Our Shelf Life

“We cannot speak about aging and awakening without speaking about death and dying,” Singh believes. “We need to confront our mortality.” Meditating on the coming transition opens us up to the blessings of life. We can ask ourselves deep questions such as, “What am I doing? What do I want? What does this all mean? What is spirit?” Singh believes such searching questions are vital. None of us knows how much Earth time we have to awaken to a deeper, fuller experience of the sacred.

Help the World In today’s world of chaos and crisis, the wisdom of elders is more important than ever. “Older people need to be engaged, using their insights to help the Earth, community and world,” Pevny says. Creative aging is about improving the future for subsequent generations. In 2008, longtime educator Nora Ellen Richard, 70, of Overland Park, Kansas, wanted to be of greater service. She


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asked herself, “What if I housed a foreign student?” and found the International Student Homestay Program. She embarked upon an exploration of cultures from around the world without leaving home. Today, Richard has hosted more than a dozen female students and each relationship has expanded and enriched her life. “We talk about politics, food, religion and cultures; we even pray together,” Richard says. She points to memorable moments of bonding and

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Meditation is one way to deepen spiritually as we age. “Sit in solitude, gather your scattered thoughts and set an intention,” Singh suggests. “A daily practice shows what peace, silence and contentment feel like. As you become more comfortable, add time until you’re sitting for 20 to 40 minutes.”

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Graceful Aging Takes Practice by Katy Taylor


n Traditional Chinese Medicine, the transition to menopause is called the Second Spring. According to women’s health expert Christiane Northrup, M.D., due to an enormous hormonal transformation combined with the wisdom of life experiences, we have a chance to begin again. This time for women is often referred to as the queen and crone years. The gifts of growing older can be summarized with a beautiful word—sovereignty: The state of supreme power or authority, or the freedom to control oneself. Yes, finally, we are embodying our own inner authority and freedom to live the life that is ours. For many women this includes: Less caretaking; More time to find and follow our passion; Expanding creativity (often peaks in the 50s and later) Owning the wisdom of our years on this Earth so that we can be less reactive when problems arise as well as feel and live more deeply. This doesn’t mean that everything turns out exactly as we want it to… this is not magical thinking! But it does mean that we can develop more clarity about what we do want and be more equipped with practices to support ourselves along the way. There are three main flowers that we all need in our self-care and graceful aging garden: the ability to Befriend, Nourish and Trust ourselves. Befriending: To befriend is a verb. It is to choose to be friends with ourselves, to practice self-love whether we feel it or not. The feeling sense usually unfolds when we take the practice on. Here are some practice suggestions: Smile at yourself in the mirror whenever you have the chance. Notice the moment of friendliness that arises in your body. When you act less than gracefully, be kind with yourself; try placing your hand on your chest and telling yourself it’s okay or I forgive myself. Choose a body part you have trouble accepting. Looking at and/or simply placing a hand on that part, say, I love you. Nourishing: As our bodies change, our self-care routines need to change with

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them. It’s best to nourish our whole being—body, heart, mind and soul. Luckily, skillful choices for body, heart and mind also nourish our soul. Body: Cut out as much added sugar as you can, starting with all forms of white (and brown) sugar, high fructose corn syrup and artificial sweeteners; drink enough water and other noncaffeinated, unsweetened drinks; fill your plate halfway with veggies and eat a rainbow at every meal; and move in a way that is enjoyable every day. Heart: Do something you love to fill your heart every day—even something as small as reading a poem, calling a friend or stroking a pet. As you do, be present for it—take it all the way in. Mind: Be conscious of what you put into your mind and choose things to help your mind flourish—consider your diet of news, how you talk to yourself and others, what you read or watch, and how much you fill up your mind. Trusting: The way we build trust in ourselves is to listen to our own needs and do what we commit to. Starting small, we begin keeping our promises to ourselves. Build in alone time for you and check in with yourself during it. I recommend journaling daily as a way to get to know how you are doing—body, heart, mind and soul. Become aware of the different parts of you that want different things. Perhaps one part wants to go to the gym but another just wants to stay home and watch a movie. As the sovereign queen of yourself, check in and help these parts come to a collaborative decision. Learn to say NO when your schedule is too full. You can do it nicely: I’d love to... but I need to... instead. Getting older feels great! We can be wiser, more comfortable with ourselves, more accepting of others and just plain happier in our lives. It’s never too late to start practicing to befriend, nourish and trust ourselves. Let’s enjoy the sovereignty that comes with graceful aging. Katy Taylor is a holistic life coach with soul, based in St. Paul. You can reach her at 651-363-1877, Katy@ or visit

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n 2009, an Environmental Working Group (EWG) study found that bone meal and animal byproducts in eight of 10 major national dog food brands contain fluoride in amounts between 1.6 and 2.5 times higher than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommended maximum dose in drinking water. Some fluoride from tap water used in the manufacturing of pet food contributes to this. Olga Naidenko, Ph.D., lead researcher of the study, remarks, “A failed regulatory system and suspect practices by some in the pet food industry puts countless dogs at risk of ingesting excessive fluoride.” Fluoride occurs naturally in rocks, soil and thus some food plants and water supplies. More enters food via use of fluoride-based pesticides and commercial processing facilities. The EWG advises that two-thirds of all Americans, along with pets and farm animals, are exposed to artificially fluoridated tap water.

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“Fluorides accumulate in farmed animals over time from phosphate fertilizers, phosphate supplements, bone meal and fish meal supplements and pesticide and industrial-pollutioncontaminated pastures and animal feed. The bones, fins, gills and scales of fish are often high in fluoride.” He recommends raw food diets that avoid ground bone from older animals like beef cattle and adult sheep. Dr. Karen Becker is a proactive and integrative veterinarian in the Chicago area, consults internationally and writes Mercola Healthy Pets (

Fluoride Dangers to Canines Dogs are at substantial long-term risk for exposure to unacceptably high levels of fluoride. They are, for example, at significantly higher probability for bone cancer than humans, with more than 8,000 cases diagnosed each year in the U.S., compared with about 900 human cases. According to the EWG, a dog drinking normal amounts of tap water would be exposed to 0.05 to 0.1 milligram (mg) of fluoride per kilogram (kg) of body weight daily. A 10-pound puppy that daily eats about a cup of dog food would ingest approximately 0.25 mg fluoride per kg body weight a day, based on average fluoride content in the eight contaminated brands it tested. Altogether, the puppy could be exposed to 3.5 times more fluoride than the EPA allows in drinking water. Large breed puppies may be exposed to even more fluoride due to higher water intake. Whatever the size and the appetite of a dog, combined fluoride exposure from food and water can easily become unsafe. Eating the same food every day, they may be constantly consuming more fluoride than is healthy for normal growth, leading to health problems and higher veterinary bills later in life.

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The EWG recommends owners purchase pet foods free of bone meal and other meals made from animal byproducts. It also suggests that government set fluoride limits in pet food that protect both puppies and large breeds most at risk for bone cancer. Dr. Michael W. Fox, an internationally recognized veterinarian and former vice president of the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International, recommends providing pets with fluoride-free water; spring water or reverse osmosis filtered water also works well. In preparing homemade food for a pet, make sure any added bone meal is free of fluoride and lead. Ethical bone meal producers will test for these contaminants; verify with the source. Fox suggests a good bone meal substitute might be fossilized oyster shell, dolomite or a synthesized or refined calcium supplement like calcium citrate, ascorbate, stearate or gluconate. Or, consider a pure tricalcium and dicalcium phosphate, blended with magnesium. Fox attests that bones from longer-lived food animals such as dairy cows, laying hens and breeding stock likely contain higher levels of fluoride than shorter-lived animals like chickens, calves and lambs. In his article “Fluoride in Pet Food: A Serious Health Risk for Both Dogs and Cats?” he writes:

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Essential Oils 101 – 5:30-7pm. This class sets the foundation for understanding the organic essential oil world. Participants will learn how Veriditas Botanicals top five organic essential oils can impact their daily lives. Free. Mazopiya Natural Food Market, 2571 Credit Union Dr, Prior Lake.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 Aslan Half-Day Meditation Retreat – 7:30am-2pm. Give yourself the gift of silence and stillness and for six hours of simple Zen mindfulness practice. Includes sitting meditation, walking meditation, listening to an instructional teaching and having the opportunity to meet with an experienced meditation teacher. $35 suggested donation. Aslan Institute, 4141 Old Sibley Memorial Hwy, Eagan. The Energy Fair – Sat 9am-10pm/Sun 9am-5pm. Hundreds of workshops and exhibits are open to the public. Keynote speakers, music, family-friendly, local food, beer, free shuttle and more. Free. Harriet Island Park, 200 Dr Justus Ohage Blvd, St Paul. Hennepin County Fix–it Clinic – 9am-noon. 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. Southdale Library, 7001 York Ave S, Edina. BEE-come a Bee Monitor – 10am-5pm. Join us for an exceptional Citizen Science Pollinator Training and Survey at Maplewood YMCA/Community Center and Fish Creek Natural Area. Free. Register online by Wed Sept 6. Maplewood Community Center/ YMCA, 2100 White Bear Ave, Maplewood.Karen. 651-249-2170. Twin Cities Veg Fest – 11am-5pm. The festival features a wide variety of exhibitors, speakers and cooking demos. Enjoy free food samples, delicious vegan cuisine, fun cooking demos and insightful presentations. Free. Como Park, 1199 Midway Pkwy, St Paul. Free Intro to Yoga Workshop – 12:30-1:45pm. Overview of the different styles of yoga and help you decide which classes are best for you. You will learn common poses, have time to ask questions, and have fun. Free. Green Lotus Yoga, 18480 Kenyon Ave, Lakeville. Tai Chi Beginners Class – 12:30-1:30pm. Everyone is welcome in our community regardless of age, ability or current level of health. Our informal classes guide you step by step to learn, enjoy & benefit from this ancient wisdom tradition. Free. 414 Penn Ave S, Minneapolis. 4th Rock the Green Sustainability Festival – 2-11pm. World-class music, eco-education, zero waste and local food. This year’s lineup includes Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, Barns Courtney, Mondo Cozmo and more. $50/General admission; $100/VIP. Kids 10 & under free. Reed Street Yards, S 3rd St & Freshwater Way, Milwaukee. More info and purchase tickets:


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What to Eat When Eating Out Class with Jackie Mart – 7-8pm. Make healthier choices at any restaurant, cafe, buffet or the deli by learning what to eat and what to avoid when eating out. $15. Lunds, 1450 W Lake St, Minneapolis.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 Metro CERT 2017 Annual Resource & Networking Event – 4-7:30pm. Celebrating 10 years of connecting the community to resources. Make new connections with community members, local government staff and professionals committed to renewable energy and energy efficiency while enjoying food and beverages. University of St. Thomas, Anderson Student Center, Woulfe Hall (3rd FL), 2115 Summit Ave, St Paul. Holistic Chamber of MN – 7-9pm. Business owners and practitioners meet monthly to listen to speakers, connect with other members, share resources and tools to grow and help others. Open to all. Meeting is free to first-time guests. No Knots Massage, 445 Broadway Ave, #100, St Paul Park.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 Could it be Your Thyroid – 6-8pm. Dr. Russell will present the most scientifically advanced information and up-to-date treatment approaches for thyroid dysfunction. Free. Please call the store at 651-426-0101 or stop in to register. Seating is limited. Sassafras Health Food Store, 2186 Third St, White Bear Lake.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 Healthy Happy Hour with Acupuncture with Special Guest – 5-6pm. In an effort to remove the barrier of cost from healing, we are offering community acupuncture in a group setting. You will be guided into lying on a mat and will then have acupuncture needles applied to your body. Donations accepted. Spirit of the Lake Yoga & Wellness, 244 Water St, 2nd Fl, Excelsior.

Shiatsu Basics – 10am-5pm. Shiatsu Basics is designed for people who are considering a career in massage and bodywork, or for those who would like to learn a simple and safe massage sequence to practice on family and friends. $75. CenterPoint Massage & Shiatsu Therapy School & Clinic, 5300 W 35 St, St Louis Park. Brew Your Own Kombucha Workshop – 9:3010:30am. Learn how to make the tasty drink and leave with detailed instructions and a “Scoby” (that’s a starter) to start your own home brewing, as well as a bottle that you make at the workshop to drink later. $25. Must register. Blissful Balance, 6861 Upper Afton Rd, #103, Woodbury. Intro to Hand Drum – 10am-noon. Introductory workshop teaches basic technique for the bass, tone and slap sounds that make the drum come alive. The techniques taught in this workshop can be used on a variety of hand drums such as djembe, ashiko and conga. Drums provided. $30. Women’s Drum Center, 2242 University Ave W, St Paul.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 Community HU Song – 10-10:30am. In our fastpaced world, are you looking to find more inner peace? Experience the divine love and inner peace of chanting HU, a sacred name for God. Free. 952380-2200. Eckankar, 7450 Powers Blvd, Chanhassen. John Edward Live Event – 3-5pm. A John Edward “group” event is reading intensive. There will be question and answer sessions and messages from the other side. $100 and $175 VIP tickets (limited). Minneapolis Airport Marriott, 2020 American Blvd E, Minneapolis.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 Gut Health & Sauerkraut Make-and-Take – 7-9pm. Dr. Scott Hoppe will talk about how health starts in the gut, its impacts on the immune system and brain, causes of gut dysfunction, links to food sensitivities, leaky gut and more. Free. Think Bank Community Room, 3655 Hazelton Rd, Edina. New Moon Drumming Circle – 7-9pm. Join together in the energy of new beginnings and manifestation. The circle will include heartbeat drumming and opportunities for sharing as we cocreate together. Bring your own drum if you have one. $10. Unity Church, 4000 Golden Valley Rd, Golden Valley.



Garden of Eden 45th Anniversary – 10am-8pm. Enjoy home-baked cookies and punch, sales and much more at this anniversary celebration. Garden of Eden, 792 Grand Ave, St Paul.

DIY Kit Club Bath Soak – 6-7pm. Learn how to make your own homemade bath soak using natural ingredients and your favorite essential oils. Class kit includes all the ingredients you need. $10 (goodie bag included). Mazopiya Natural Food Market, 2571 Credit Union Dr, Prior Lake.

Women & Spirituality Conference – This two-day conference and consists of workshops, discussions, exhibits, dialogue, discovery and celebration. Discover The Artist’s Way: A Retreat for Women 9am-4pm. Become familiar with the basic tools of The Artist’s Way, Morning Pages and the Artist Date. Led by Nancy Jambor. $120. Carondelet Center, Room 200A, 1890 Randolph Ave, St Paul. 651-696-2750.

Ageless Wisdom: Unlocking the Soul’s Purpose – 7-9pm. For those who are consciously walking the Path, the question of spiritual purpose is a topic of interest and inquiry, though the answer often seems locked away and difficult to grasp. $25 in advance. Unity Church, 4000 Golden Valley Rd, Golden Valley.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 Earth Medicine Women’s Gathering – Begins at 4pm Fri and closing ceremony is Sun at 11:15am. A variety of Earth-based workshops will be offered for healing the body, mind, spirit, as well as learning the wisdom of the Earth, and healing the Earth. Camping or local lodging. Campsite at Lake Rebecca Park Reserve (near Rockford, MN). Must register by 9/18. $250.

savethedate Inner Diamond Meditation Class 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.

Sept. 22 & 23 • 9am to 5pm $348 before 9/8/17 and then $448 Marriott Courtyard Hotel, 7800 Bloomington Ave S, Bloomington. 612-605-8608.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 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. Casey Lake Park Shelter, 2101 17th Ave E, N St Paul. Women Warriors: Speaker Series – 6-9pm. This speaker series will leave you feeling ready to step into and fully embrace your personal power. Create a strategy for unwavering self-care, meet other likeminded women, and be inspired. Drinks, healthy

snacks, and goodie bags included. $75. Spirit of the Lake Yoga & Wellness, 244 Water St, 2nd Fl, Excelsior.

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Small Group Grocery Store Tour – 6:30-7:30pm. Join this fun, interactive store tour to learn about common foods that can lead to inflammation, bloating, disease, cancer and weight gain, while also learn how to read food labels, locate toxic foods and find hidden ingredients to avoid. $35. Lunds, 1450 W Lake St, Minneapolis.

Midwest Women’s Herbal: Mycelium Mysteries: A Women’s Mushroom Retreat – Oct 6-8. Eugenia Bone, author and food journalist, will make the keynote address, “Mycophilia.” Other presenters: Sue Van Hook, Mara Penfil, Linda Conroy, Sarah Foltz and Carla Kramer. Retreat will focus on understanding fungi as the grandmothers of our ecosystems, with workshops at beginner through advanced levels. Camp Helen Brachman, Almond, WI. For more info and registration:

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 Circle Of Light – 7-9pm. Laurie Wondra will deliver messages from angels. guides, and loved ones who have crossed over. Laurie takes questions and will give guidance and insight about the messages she delivers. $20. Lake Harriet Spiritual Community, 4401 S Upton Ave, Minneapolis.

SATURDAY, SEPTMEBER 30 Parenting Our Conscious Children – 9:30am4:30pm. Indigo, Dolphin, Crystal and Moon children are here to help our world become more conscious. Learn how to identify them and how to communicate with them on a soul level and support what they are here to do. Workshop is designed for anyone with children in their immediate or extended family and those who teach and care for children. $98. Marriott Courtyard Hotel, 7800 Bloomington Ave S, Bloomington. 612-605-8608. Roller Derby: How to Use Foam Rollers to Improve Health – 11am-noon. Foam rollers are selfmobilization tools that help break up adhesions in your muscles and the soft tissues of your ligaments, tendons, and fascia. $20. Green Lotus Yoga, 750 Main St, #100, Mendota Hts.,

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NOVEMBER 4-5 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 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.



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. 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.

“What is…” Series – 6:30-7:30pm. This free weekly series has a new topic and speaker each week. Visit the website for updated information. Free. Psinergy Natural Health, 1553 Como Ave, St Paul. 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 St NW, Coon Rapids.


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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.

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. 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.


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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. Kemetic Yoga Class – 9-10am. Kemetic yoga is pure yoga and a healing regenerative system. All levels welcome. Bring your own mat. Free. Frogtown Farm and Park, 946 Minnehaha Ave, St.Paul.

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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 13.


Una Forde, DC International Village Arcade Building 220 West 98th St, Suite 7, Bloomington 952-922-1478 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 in natural healing. See ad, page 18.



420 Delaware Street S.E. Minneapolis, 612-624-9459 • The University of Minne

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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.


Dr. Amy Ha Truong 6230 10th St. N., Ste 520, Oakdale 651-731-3064 •

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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 13.


Providing private in-home care to help you or your loved one live safely and comfortably at home. Six years of experience with private and home health care agencies, providing care for clients with Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Macular Degeneration, Neurological Disorders and End of Life Hospice support. Nonmedical care includes bathing, meal prep, medication reminders, home cleaning, transfer assist, transportation, companionship and much more. Call today to discuss your private home health care needs. Work and personal references available. See Paula’s HHA/PCA profile at Account required to view profile.


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

QUANTUM TOUCH ENERGY HEALING Camille Bernards Certified Quantum Touch Practitioner 11417 NW Hanson Blvd, #101, Coon Rapids 612-599-1931 •

Quantum Touch is a method of natural healing that works with your body energy to promote optimal wellness. It can reduce pain, stress, inflammation - whatever your body needs. The energy goes to where it’s needed most. New client special, $50.

ESSENTIAL OILS 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 13.


Sara Shrode, Graphic Designer Minneapolis, MN 612-554-6304 • Ignite the possibilities of your next project by having Campfire Studio design it! Innovative, fullservice graphic design studio that takes the essence of a campfire—warmth, stories, community—and infuses it into every design project we do.




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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 13.


612-605-8608 Keys to an Enlightened Life Annette offers transformation classes and personal sessions that help you and your home align with the highest energy of the universe. Classes will empower you to transform the energy in your home and personal energy field. Personal sessions will help you release karmic patterns, retrieve your soul pieces and align you with your soul purpose. See ad, page 13.



1206 Thomas Ave, St Paul, MN 651-307-8476 Marrá 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 8.

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.

NATURAL FOOD CO-OP MAZOPIYA NATURAL FOOD MARKET Offering a variety of natural, organic, and local food and products—with a focus on Native American ven-aking control of your health through dors—Mazopiya is your ticket to healthy living. Stop by our reFresh Bar, grab a to-go meal or sign up for a class today. See ad, page 31.

NUTRITION AMY NADEAU FOOD AND NUTRITION Nutritional Therapist, Caterer Personal Chef and Educator • 612-239-7525

MASTEL’S HEALTH FOODS Mastel’s Health Foods is Minnesota’s oldest health and wellness store. We carry a full line of vitamins, minerals, supplements, herbs and more. We emphasize organic, biodynamic, biodegradable, holistic and hypoallergenic products and pride ourselves on stocking hard-to-find items. See ad, page 22.


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Is your body ready for a “Karla Massage?” Mention Natural Awakenings for $20 off your first massage (new clients only). I offer relaxation, rehab, sports, pre/post-natal, Aroma and more. Save even more when you sign up for a package.


Cindy Miller • 952-334-7657 7362 University Ave, Ste 303, Fridley I offer massage, reiki, aromatherapy, reflexology, hot stone massage and raindrop therapy for healing on all levels; physical, emotional, spiritual. New clients can receive a 60-minute massage for $40. Current/previous clients can ask about other special offers. See ad, page 20.

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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.


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