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Practice Intentional Self-Love



Preparing Kids for the Future

20 TAKE A CEREBRAL SPIN Cycling for a Healthier Brain


22 AYSHA AKHTAR ON Our Symphony With Animals


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Farmers’ Markets: A Season to Celebrate


t’s August in Minnesota and if you need more in your summer diet than cheese on a stick from the State Fair, look no further than the plethora of fresh green crispy vegetables and fruits available at farmers’ markets across the state. In the heart of the season you can’t swing a fishing pole without hitting a market somewhere near you. That’s why Sitka Salmon Shares, the nation’s most respected Community Supported Fishery (CSF), has brought down their line-caught Alaskan seafood to be a part of the Minnesota Farmers’ Markets this 2019 season in the Twin Cities area. Sitka Salmon Shares is a collective of small-boat fishing families that traditionally and sustainably harvest 21 species of Alaskan seafood with premium artisan style. Then, that catch is delivered directly to their members’ doors every month. What’s more exciting is that you don’t have to be a member to share in the bounty of the harvest. Just come find one of their booths to purchase sashimi-grade seafood directly from their farmers’ market stewards. Richie Mann, a salmon steward and the Minnesota community manager for Sitka Salmon Shares, states, “At most markets, we typically have Coho and Keta Salmon, Pacific Cod, Halibut Morsels, Black Bass, Albacore Tuna, Spot Prawns, Salmon Burger and Smoked Salmon. You can also sign up for your very own seafood share right at market with our special Famers’ Market discount code and promotion.” For more information, visit For a list of local farmers’ markets, see page 32. See ad, page 3.

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he Upper Midwest Hanmi Buddhist Association is hosting an open house with 30-minute meditation sessions, from 5 to 8 p.m., on September 13, in Little Canada, Minnesota. Mid-Autumn Festival in China has traditionally been one of the important times to eat good food, come together with family and friends, celebrate the beautiful big moon and eat mooncakes. Meditation sessions will be at the top of each hour—5, 6 and 7 p.m.—and inbetween followed by food and conversation, moon and mooncakes. Testimonials from previous attendees include: “The meditation that Charlotte led us through got rid of the migraine I had since yesterday.” ~ A.E “The meditation today helped calm me down as I have been extremely stressed lately. I also liked that we were able to discuss our meditation afterwards. It’s good to know that not everyone sees visions during meditations.” ~ Anonymous Attendee Location: 80 County Rd. C W., #804. For more information and to register, visit See ad, page 26.

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They remind us we have an obligation and responsibility to preserve and nurture and care for all life. ~James Cromwell

alerie Marsh, of Positive Power Psychology, recently moved her office from Edina to a quiet and beautiful nature setting at 600 Twelve Oaks Center, Suite 206, in Wayzata. A practicing licensed therapist for 20 years, working with individuals, couples and families, Marsh specializes in relationship issues, trauma, grief and loss. She is also a trained energy, life and relationship coach with a down-to-earth holistic and caring approach. As an interactive and intuitive therapist, she utilizes Valerie Marsh positive energy psychology and solution-focused and cognitive behavioral therapy techniques to offer her clients a highly personalized approach in dealing with emotional and relationship issues and difficult life transitions. Encouraging people with compassion and understanding, incorporating her own extensive professional and life experiences, she is able to build on her client’s individual strengths to help them attain the personal change they are seeking in their relationships and their lives. Marsh is available both online and at her office. She is now offering a complimentary 20-minute phone consultation to discuss an individualized program to assist in reaching one’s goals. For more information and a consultation, call 612-772-2808, visit PositivePowerPsychology. com. See ad, page 29.

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Introducing Dowsing Home Parties


nnette Rugolo, master dowser, introduces to the Twin Cities, the Dowsing Home Party. Rugolo explains that dowsing home parties are where a host invites five or more people to their home where she (Rugolo) presents a demonstration by dowsing one room. With examples and explanations, she will train as she demonstrates, teaching those participants that want to learn more about the dowsing process. Hosts receive a free dowsing of any room in their home; a discount for the complete dowsing of their home; and 15 percent commission on all dowsing consults and/or products sold at the party. Annette Rugolo “We have learned the importance of creating pH balance within our bodies. When I dowse a home, I am doing the same thing,” Rugolo explains. “And when we live in an energetically balanced environment, it becomes much easier to bring ourselves into balance.” During a two-hour home party, participants will learn how the technique of dowsing can help their home “feel” better; discover the energy level of each room; learn how muscle testing can help determine if the energy of their home is supportive; learn how the energy of their home is affecting their family; how dowsing can support their success, health and relationships; and how to open their home to universal energies and quantum fields. Dowsing has been used for thousands of years across many cultures. It has been used to find underground wells and minerals as well as to create positive energy sites in places such as Sedona, Arizona; Stonehenge and Avebury in the United Kingdom; and many more. Rugolo has been working with energy for many years, starting with a background in massage, yoga, qigong and CranioSacral Therapy. Each modality taught her about different aspects of energy and she became especially interested in how to transform it. When she met Marie Diamond, a transformational teacher, in 2001, she began studying Diamond’s programs and became the company’s first certified meditation and dowsing teacher. In 2007, she was promoted to company vice president, a position she held until 2012. She is currently the Dowsing Coordinator for North America and teaches individual dowsing classes and a Diamond Dowsing Certification course. To host your own Dowsing Home Party, call 612-394-3736 or email Annette@AnnetteRugolo. com. Rugolo’s next Diamond Dowsing Workshop is scheduled for October 25 to 26, in Golden Valley. For more information, visit See ad, page 26.







he third annual Women’s Mushroom Conference, Mycelium Mysteries, will be presented by Midwest Women’s Herbal, from September 27 through 29, at Camp Helen Brachman, in Almond, Wisconsin. Two preconference intensive workshops are scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m., September 26, and 9 a.m. to noon, September 27, preceding the main retreat. There will be a marketplace, evening activities, keynote speakers and opportunities for networking and conversation. The retreat begins with an opening circle on Friday afternoon and ends with a closing circle on Sunday afternoon. Keynote speakers Katherine MacLean and Gina Rivers Contla will speak about groundbreaking topics such as mushrooms as guardians of the ecosystem as well as allies for life’s transitions. Participants will find workshops for every level of experience on wild mushroom gathering and identification, including fungal ecology; mushroom medicine and nutrition; ethnomycology; women’s roles in the herstory of fungi; mushroom arts and crafts; herbal wisdom; and more. The conference is a place to share knowledge and get comfortable with using mycological skills in a supportive community.







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Eggs should only be a now and then thing, the latest research from Northwestern Medicine, in Chicago, indicates. The new study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, looked at pooled data on 29,615 U.S. racially and ethnically diverse adults with an average of more than 17 years of follow up. It found that for every 300 milligrams (mg) of dietary cholesterol eaten per day, risk of death from heart disease increases by 17 percent and mortality from any cause increases by 18 percent. One large egg has a whopping 186 mg of cholesterol in the yolk, and eating three to four eggs a week increases heart disease mortality by 6 percent and all-cause mortality by 8 percent. Frank Hu, M.D., at the Harvard School of Public Health, comments that low to moderate intake of eggs can be included as part of a healthy eating pattern, but they are not essential. Dietary cholesterol also comes from red meat, processed meat and high-fat dairy products such as butter and whipped cream.

Use Probiotics to Shed Pounds

At least one-third of early deaths could be prevented if people moved to a largely plant-based diet, prominent scientists from Harvard University Medical School have calculated. An international initiative, “Food in the Anthropocene,” published in the medical journal The Lancet, linked plantbased diets not only to improved health worldwide, but also to global sustainability. The report advocates a diet high in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes and nuts, and low in red meat, sugar and refined grains. “Unhealthy diets pose a greater risk to morbidity and mortality than does unsafe sex, and alcohol, drug and tobacco use combined,” it concludes. 10

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For the one-third of Americans struggling with obesity, new research on probiotics from the Shandong Academy of Medical Sciences, in China, offers a promising approach. In a meta-review of 12 randomized, placebocontrolled studies that tested 821 obese and overweight people, probiotic supplementation was found to significantly reduce body weight, weight circumference and fat mass, and to improve cholesterol and glucose metabolism measures. Probiotics were administered in forms that included sachet, capsule, powder, kefir yogurt and fermented milk, in durations that ranged from eight to 24 weeks.

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Montmorency tart cherries, first discovered by Roman legionnaires along the Black Sea, have been shown to have potent antiinflammatory and antioxidant properties, according to scientists. Now a study from the UK’s University of Hertfordshire published in the Journal of Functional Foods has found that the cherries can mitigate factors that lead to metabolic syndrome, a condition that increases the risk of stroke, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Just two hours after being given cherries in the form of juice or capsules, subjects showed significantly decreased systolic blood pressure, and insulin levels were significantly lower after one and three hours compared to those given a placebo.


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Omega-3 and Cognitive Function

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by Alina Hornfeldt

Quit Smoking to Avoid Rheumatoid Arthritis Stopping smoking has the long-term benefit of reducing the risk of developing seropositive rheumatoid arthritis (RA) by 37 percent over 30 years, say researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Boston. The study was based on data from the 230,000 women that participated in two longitudinal Nurses’ Health Studies, and focused on the 969 women that developed seropositive RA. Risk began to go down about five years after women quit smoking and continued to decrease the longer they stayed non-smokers. Patients with seropositive RA generally have more severe disease manifestations, including joint deformities and disability.

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Walk or Run to Keep Blood Vessels and Brains Young Running novices that trained for six months and then ran their first marathon actually reversed the aging of major blood vessels—and older and slower people benefitted most, report researchers at University College London. The study of 139 healthy first-time marathon runners, ages 21 to 69, was presented at the 2019 European Society of Cardiology Congress. It found that those first-timers reduced their arterial age by four years and their stroke risk by 10 percent over their lifetime. In another study presented at the Congress that was based on data from 605 heart failure patients, researchers reported that those walking the farthest in a six-minute test, indicating better fitness, were significantly less likely to have the cognitive impairment that afflicts 67 percent of patients with heart failure.

Children ages 2 to 6 with high levels of omega-3 in their blood, and especially high levels of DHA, have improved brain function, according to a study published in The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry. The study took place in Northern Ghana where access to foods rich in omega-3 is scarce. Blood spot omega-3 tests were conducted on 307 children and the average Omega-3 Index level for the children was 4.6 percent. The children were then asked to sort cards in order to evaluate their cognitive function. Half of all the subjects were unable to follow the sorting directions. Results showed that children with the highest DHA levels were three to four times more likely to pass the sorting test than children with the lowest levels. These results, while promising, are correlative rather than causative. However, the study serves as an objective biomarker to establish omega-3 levels rather than relying on anecdotal evidence. Bill Harris, Ph.D., one of the study authors and coinventor of the Omega-3 Index test, says “We were happy to see the positive correlation between omega-3 levels and better brain function, especially since an omega-3 deficiency is so easy to correct. All it requires is consuming more of the right omega-3s, especially DHA which, in this case, was the standout fatty acid.” Alina Hornfeldt is marketing manager at Mastel’s Health Foods. Find her work at Mastel’s is located at 1526 St. Clair Ave., St Paul. For more information, call 651-690-1692 or visit See ad, page 29.

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Coral Care

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Climate change has inspired farmers to turn to regenerative agriculture, which pulls carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and stores it in their soil. Regenerative agriculture incorporates the practices of planting trees, cover cropping, no-till farming and rotational grazing. As the groundswell of support grows, 250 soil health bills have been introduced in state and federal legislatures in the last two years. At a U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee climate change hearing, Nebraska soybean farmer Matthew Rezac said that keeping soil healthy, not just reducing greenhouse gas emissions, was a key part of what farmers could do to cool a warming planet. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, the bills have different justifications, but they all focus on soil health. As disastrous floods and drought sweep away farmland, the idea that regenerative agriculture could make for more productive farming is gaining traction.

Moon Rocks

Tectonic Activity Shakes Geologists

Long considered to be geologically inactive, our 4.6billion-year-old moon is showing signs of tectonic activity via seismometers deployed between 1969 and 1972 during the NASA Apollo program. Although some “moonquakes” have been recorded near cliff-like fault scarps on the surface, they may be caused by the irregular gravitational effects of orbiting the more massive Earth or extreme temperature differences created by sunlight in the vacuum of space. Employing more sensitive equipment has been proposed for future missions to assist in choosing potential colonization sites. 12

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Farmers Responding to Climate Change

Critical habitat is threatened for 12 coral species in Florida, the Caribbean and the Pacific Ocean, while all corals worldwide are experiencing dramatic declines due to the impacts of climate change, pollution and overfishing. The Center for Biological Diversity, a Tucson-based nonprofit focused on species protection, intends to file a lawsuit against the federal government for failing to protect coral habitat as required under the Endangered Species Act. Benefits of securing a critical habitat designation from the National Marine Fisheries Service include improved water quality throughout the coastal zone, limits on overfishing, protection of spawning grounds, reduced impact from development and dredging, and reduced human pressures on thousands of species that inhabit the reefs. Nearly 30 percent of all corals have already been lost to warming ocean temperatures and ocean acidification due to greenhouse gas pollution; scientists predict that the rest could be gone by the end of the century without help.

Fluorescent Findings

Artificial Light Tied to Inflammation Fluorescent lighting is one of the most common sources of artificial light, but new research from Texas State University suggests there may be unexpected consequences at the genetic level. Team member Ronald B. Walter says, “Over the past 60 years, we have increasingly relied on artificial light sources that emit much narrower wavelength spectrums than does the sun. Yet, little research has been conducted to determine gene expression consequences, if any, from use of common artificial light sources.” Their findings, published in the online journal Genes, show increased inflammation in tissue and organs and increased immune response in the subject animals, regardless of whether the species is primarily active in the day or night.


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On Earth Day, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags in retail stores that goes into effect next March. It’s estimated that New York uses 23 billion plastic bags every year, with 50 percent ending up in landfills and around cities and waterways. New York is the third state in which plastic bags are illegal, after California and Hawaii.

Solar panels currently generate only about 1 percent of our nation’s energy needs, but new research from the federal National Renewable Energy Laboratory shows that installation of “floatovoltaics”—floating, electricity-generating photovoltaic panels—on only one-fourth of our manmade reservoirs would generate about 10 percent of U.S. energy needs without taking up valuable real estate. Floatovoltaics cost less to install than traditional, land-based solar panels because there’s no need to clear land or treat soil, and research shows that the natural cooling effect of the water below can boost the solar panels’ power production by up to 22 percent. Of the approximately 100 current floatovoltaic installations, only seven are in the U.S., mostly at wineries in California and water treatment facilities. About 80 percent are in Japan, where limited land and roof space make water-based solar panels especially suitable.



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Bad Air

Pollution Harms Mental and Physical Health

It’s well established that air pollution’s poisons and particles shorten lives, impair learning and increase risk for dementia. Now, a study published this spring in JAMA Psychiatry, which followed 2,232 children in Britain for 18 years, has found significant associations between exposure to air pollution and psychotic experiences during adolescence. Air pollution is believed to be responsible for 7 million deaths per year globally, according to the World Health Organization.

Copper Conflict

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Opponents Fight Mine in Arizona Desert

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has reversed course without explanation, greenlighting the Rosemont copper mine proposed by Canadian mining company Hudbay Minerals in Arizona’s Santa Rita mountains, 30 miles from Tucson. The Corps approved Rosemont’s Clean Water Act permit this spring after recommending its denial more than two years earlier. Environmentalists, local leaders and indigenous people are suing over the violation of this environmentally sensitive habitat. The Tohono O’odham, Pascua Yaqui and Hopi tribes consider the land sacred. The Cienega Aquifer will be severely impacted by a conical pit a mile wide and up to 2,900 feet deep. Tailings will cover miles of streams and trucks would haul an estimated 50 daily shipments of copper concentrate down the adjacent two-lane highway.

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Tiny Flossers

Miniature Robots May Become Dental Technicians

A team of engineers, dentists and biologists from the University of Pennsylvania has developed a microscopic robotic cleaning crew that can precisely and non-invasively remove plaque buildup. Instead of the time-consuming and often unpleasant scraping with mechanical tools to remove plaque from teeth, a dentist could deploy either of two types of robotic systems—one designed to work on surfaces and the other to operate inside confined spaces. Robots with catalytic activity could destroy biofilms, the sticky amalgamations of bacteria enmeshed in a protective scaffolding, which would reduce the risk of tooth decay, endodontic infections and implant contamination. The work was published in Science Robotics.

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August is prime time for camping out in the woods or at a music festival. Communing with nature or enjoying the beat outdoors for extended periods can stress the environment—but with proper planning, it doesn’t have to. The Association of Independent Festivals has launched its Take Your Tent Home campaign in the UK, according to The group is urging concertgoers to not discard their tents at venues and retailers to stop marketing camping gear as intended for single-use; festival organizers also have been asked to eliminate single-use cups, bottles and straws. In America, reports that carbon credits are being offered to help offset trips to and from Lollapalooza, in Chicago, from August 1 to 4. Pickathon, taking place on the same days outside Portland, Oregon, will have a free bike parking lot, as well as a dedicated shuttle for cars, plus no single-use serving ware. advises campers to look for tents and related products made with recycled material and natural fibers like hemp, cotton, coconut husks and bamboo. Marmot, Lafuma, Sierra Designs and The North

Face all use recycled materials in making their tents, including coconut shells, polyester, water bottles, garment fabrics and factory yarn waste. The website also suggests carpooling with family and friends, choosing a site that’s closer to home and packing light to reduce weight in the car, thus improving mileage. Also, if we bring trash into a campsite where there are no receptacles, leave with it. Don’t burn it in the fire, as that contributes to air pollution; instead, pack it up and dispose of it properly at home. Set up a method for collecting rainwater to use to wash dishes. recommends bringing unbreakable, washable plates, cups, utensils and napkins, a small basin or bucket, sponge and biodegradable soap, and a bag to store items that are too dirty to reuse. Stock up on batteries to power lights and lanterns or use solar power with a LuminAID light lamp. Follow the “leave no trace” motto: no litter, smoldering fire pits, ripped-up grass, crushed bushes or repositioned boulders. Stay on marked trails, never pick plants, flowers or berries, and never harm or disturb wildlife.


LOVING OURSELVES MADLY Practice Intentional Self-Love


by Scott Stabile

t’s not enough to wish for more self-love. We must be intentional about creating it and commit to loving ourselves by practicing these habits every day.


Don’t believe our thoughts. Our minds lie to us all the time, especially where our self-worth is concerned. The moment we become aware we are mentally abusing ourselves, we can refuse to believe these thoughts. The fact is, we are worthy and enough exactly as we are. Any thoughts that contradict this truth are lies. We must not go to war with our mind, but should definitely get in the habit of challenging our mind’s lies and not believing them when they run amok.

Replace self-abuse with self-love. Not believing our crueler thoughts is step one. Replacing them with kinder, more compassionate and loving thoughts is step two. When our minds call us ugly, we must

sink into our hearts and remind ourselves that we are beautiful, as we are. When our minds insist we’re weak, we must declare our strength. Every single thought and word that speaks to our worth is a powerful and sustaining reflection of self-love. Substitute self-abuse with love as often as possible and then watch our lives change in powerful ways.

Set boundaries and enforce them. To love ourselves, we have to set clear boundaries with the people in our lives. State what works and what doesn’t work. If we don’t clearly speak our boundaries, people will trample them, and we’ll only have ourselves to blame. Boundaries show respect for all involved. A lack of boundaries will almost certainly lead to resentment.

Make time for happy places. We all have places that tend to bring us peace and/ or joy: a walk among the trees, curled up with a good book, coffee with a close friend. Make time for these experiences. Every second we spend giving energy to the people, places and things that bring us joy is a second of dedicated self-love. It matters. Just as important, pay attention to the people, places and things that are depleting, that feel unhealthy and toxic, and give less energy to them. Knowing what to eliminate can be as impactful as knowing what to add. How we love ourselves is our responsibility. The greater commitment we make to self-love, the greater chance we create of living a more peaceful, joyful and meaningful life. Scott Stabile is the author of Big Love: The Power of Living with a Wide-Open Heart. Learn more at

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PARENTING Preparing Kids for the Future by Meredith Montgomery


oday’s children have more opportunities to change the world than ever before. Teenagers are organizing global activism movements, LEGO lovers are mastering robotics and young entrepreneurs are launching successful businesses before they’re old enough to drive. But for Mom and Dad, this fastpaced, technology-driven childhood looks drastically different from their own. To help kids thrive, parents must learn to mindfully embrace today’s modern advances without losing sight of timeless virtues and skills such as kindness, creativity and critical thinking.

Finding Balance

After-school hours used to be filled with outdoor free play in which kids independently developed their natural capabilities as self-learners and creative problem-solvers. The Children & Nature Network has reported that just 6 percent of children ages 9 to 13 play outside on their own. Instead, stress and anxiety are on the rise in our competitive culture as many kids attempt to balance heavy homework loads with an overflowing schedule of extracurricular activities. With the ability to connect to the world at our fingertips, Thomas Murray, director of innovation for Future Ready Schools, in Washington, D.C., notes that devices can also disconnect us from those right next to us. “It’s a massive struggle to find balance and mindfulness, but it’s vitally important. How often do we see an AP [advanced placement] kid that is falling apart emotionally? As parents, we need to recognize that kids have a lot on their plate—more than ever before.” 16 16

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Salt Lake City-based Courtney Carver, author of Soulful Simplicity: How Living with Less Can Lead to So Much More, worries that parents are creating résumés for a life their children probably don’t want. On her website, she focuses on living with less clutter, busyness and stress to simplify life and discover what really matters. “It’s challenging to maintain close connections when we’re overwhelmed with what’s in our inbox, or on Instagram or what the kids are looking at online,” she says. On her own journey to practical minimalism, she gained a greater sense of presence with her daughter. “When you can pay attention to a conversation and not feel distracted and antsy, especially with young kids, that is everything,” says Carver.

Managing Technology

The ubiquity of digital devices is a defining difference between today’s youth and that of their elders, making it difficult for parents to relate and know how to set boundaries. As senior parenting editor at nonprofit Common Sense Media, website address

It’s a massive struggle to find balance and mindfulness, but it’s vitally important. How often do we see an AP [advanced placement] kid that is falling apart emotionally? ~Thomas Murray

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Caroline Knorr helps parents make sense of what’s going on in their kids’ media lives. “We can think of media as a ‘super peer’: When children are consuming it, they’re looking for cues on how to behave and what’s cool and what’s normal.” Parents need to be the intermediary so they can counterbalance the external messages with their own family’s values. Today’s devices are persuasive and addictive. “As parents, we need to set boundaries, model good digital habits and


help kids to self-regulate more—which is our ultimate goal,” Knorr says. To raise good digital citizens, Richard Culatta, CEO of International Society for Technology in Education, in Arlington, Virginia, believes conversations about device use shouldn’t end with screen time limits and online safety. “Ask kids if their technology use is helping them be more engaged and find more meaning in the world or is it pulling them out of the world that they’re in,” he says. “Talk about how to use technology to improve the community around you, recognize true and false info, be involved in democratic processes and making your voice heard about issues you care about.” Parents are often uncomfortable with their kids socializing digitally, but Culatta encourages the introduction of interactive media sooner rather than later, so they understand how to engage with the world online before they are old enough to have social media accounts. Geocaching, which uses GPS-enabled devices to treasure hunt, and citizen science apps provide family-friendly opportunities to engage in both outdoor activities and online communities. “The majority of our kids will need these digital communication skills to be able to work with anyone at any time,” says Murray. He’s witnessed the impact of connecting classrooms around the world, observing, “When students learn to navigate time zones and language barriers to communicate and collaborate, they see that they can solve the world’s problems together.”

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“The world doesn’t care how much our children know; what the world cares about is what they do with what they know,” says Tony Wagner, senior research fellow at the Learning Policy Institute, an education research and policy nonprofit in Palo Alto, California. In his latest book, Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for The Innovation Era, he emphasizes the importance of creative problem-solving and the joy of discovery, especially as more jobs become automated. “We’re born with a temperament of creative problem solvers.

We need to create an intentional family culture where virtues like kindness and respect are talked about, modeled, upheld, celebrated and practiced in everyday life. ~Thomas Lickona But then something happens. The longer kids are in school, the fewer questions they ask, the more they worry about getting the right answer and fewer and fewer think of themselves as creative in any way,” he says. “Instead of listening and regurgitating, kids need to learn how to find and be a critical consumer of information,” says Murray. Fewer employers are asking for college transcripts—including Google—as they discover the disconnect between what students are taught and what innovative

skills they actually need. While most schools are slow to adapt to the modern needs of the future workforce, parents can proactively foster the entrepreneurial spirit and discourage a fear of failure at home by offering safe opportunities for risk-taking and independence. After speaking extensively with compelling young innovators around the world, Wagner discovered that their parents explicitly encouraged three things: play, passion and purpose. Their children were provided with many opportunities to explore new interests, as well as to learn from their mistakes. “The parents intuitively understood that more important than IQ is grit, perseverance and tenacity. You don’t develop that when Mom is yelling at you to practice; you develop it because you have a real interest.” To create a culture of innovation, Murray encourages teachers and parents to get to know the interests, passions and strengths of today’s children “and prove to them every day that they matter.” When that interest blossoms into a passion, it can lead to a deeper sense of purpose and a desire to make a difference. According to Wagner, this happens when parents and teachers instill one simple, but profound moral lesson, “We are not here on this Earth primarily and only to serve ourselves; we have some


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Teaching Kindness

In a culture that is obsessed with selfies and threatened by cyberbullies, it’s a tough task for parents to teach compassion and kindness. “We need to create an intentional family culture where virtues like kindness and respect are talked about, modeled, upheld, celebrated and practiced in everyday life. What we do over and over gradually shapes our character, until it becomes second nature—part of who we are,” says Thomas Lickona, Ph.D., a developmental psychologist and education professor emeritus at the State University of New York College at Cortland, and author of How to Raise Kind Kids: And Get Respect, Gratitude, and a Happier Family in the Bargain. Sesame Workshop’s 2016 Kindness Study found that 70 percent of parents worry that the world is an unkind place for their kids, but Scarlett Lewis believes it’s all in our mind, saying, “When you choose

When you choose love, you transform how you see the world from a scary and anxiety-producing place to a loving and welcoming one. ~Scarlett Lewis love, you transform how you see the world from a scary and anxiety-producing place to a loving and welcoming one.” After losing her 6-year-old son Jesse in the horrific Sandy Hook Elementary

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Take a Cerebral Spin Cycling for a Healthier Brain by Marlaina Donato


opping on a bicycle on a beautiful day or taking a spin class at the gym offers proven cardiovascular benefits like lowering cholesterol and blood pressure. Now, growing research shows that it also packs a powerful punch for brain health.


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There is not one neurological disease that cannot benefit from aerobic exercise, from Parkinson’s disease to Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Aerobic exercise has been found to have the greatest impact on cognitive ability, and low-impact cycling leads the way. David Conant-Norville, M.D., a Portland, Oregon psychiatrist, recommends ~Laurence Kinsella, M.D. cycling to help children challenged by attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

“Cycling brings more oxygen and nutrients to the cells,” says Carmen Ferreira, owner of SunShine Barre Studio, in Rocky Point, New York. “When we ride our bikes, our brains also increase their production of proteins used for creating new brain cells.” Cycling has been shown to significantly boost the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin, as well as brain-derived neurotrophic factor— BDNF—a protein that increases during aerobic exercise. Low levels of BDNF have been linked to obesity, excessive appetite, clinical depression, anxiety and cognitive decline. According to a 2016 study by the New York University Langone Medical Center published in the journal eLife, higher levels of BDNF help decrease symptoms of depression while improving memory function. BDNF helps maintain brain health and stimulates the growth of new neurons. Pedaling regularly can fire up brain cell production by at least twofold; cycling only 20 to 30 minutes a day can decrease symptoms of depression—and might even prevent it.

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“For years, we’ve been touting the benefits of mental exercises for Alzheimer’s disease, but physical exercise is also highly beneficial. There is not one neurological disease that cannot benefit from aerobic exercise, from Parkinson’s disease to Lou Gehrig’s

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disease,” says Laurence Kinsella, M.D., a neurologist at the SSM Health Medical Group, in Fenton, Missouri. According to 2017 Canadian studies involving Parkinson’s patients, cycling improved motor function during a 12week period. The results, published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, also show a marked improvement in gait. Promising 2018 research published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society reveals cycling and other forms of aerobic exercise to be the most effective activity in slowing Alzheimer’s-related cognitive decline.

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In general, living a sedentary life sets up a hair-trigger stress response in the body, while forms of exercise like cycling help to regulate excessive levels of age-accelerating stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline. Kinsella says, “Exercise like cycling makes us channel that part of the ancient brain that helped our ancestors run from a tiger, and when we engage the brain to run, chase or survive, the aging process slows down.” Cycling can also be beneficial for people with fibromyalgia. Ferreira notes, “I have a few students with fibromyalgia who have reported having more energy, as well as better mood.”

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While cycling can be a memory booster, it can also temporarily impair cognitive function if sessions are too intense or long. Kinsella recommends that his students work up to 75 percent of maximum heart rate. He also emphasizes common sense. “Strive for a reasonable pace, and by that, I mean ramping up your heart rate gradually over three weeks. Go slowly with beginning any vigorous exercise and accept that it will take months.” For Alzheimer’s patients, he recommends breaking a sweat with five, 30-minute sessions a week. Ferreira also advises moderation. “Do as much as your body allows—15, 20 or 45 minutes, the latter being the duration of a full-length class. Have clear communication with the instructor to help you reach your goals.” Whether objectives are accomplished on an outdoor or stationary bike, it is important to be consistent. Kinsella suggests making it enjoyable. “You can get on your bike and watch your favorite television show for 30 minutes or more and get a good workout.”

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s a neurologist, Dr. Aysha Akhtar wanted to acknowledge that medicine has largely overlooked our relationships with animals and their impact on our health. As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and bullying, she gained strength and courage to change her situation after forming a deep bond with an abused dog. She found there were more stories like hers that explain how the health and happiness of humans and animals are interlaced. After traveling to interview people whose lives have been profoundly influenced by animals, Akhtar used her experiences and those of others to demonstrate the science behind the intricate and mutually beneficial associations between humans and animals. The result is her book, Our Symphony with Animals: On Health, Empathy, and Our Shared Destinies. After time spent with homeless people, a former mobster, a Marine veteran, a serial killer, animal sanctuary workers and farmers, she relates what happens when people forge (or break)


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It’s the fact that the animal is not a human being. Animals help diffuse the humangenerated pressure in our lives. If you treat an animal with kindness, that is the only thing that the animal will judge you by. Animals don’t care about your past, your money, your mistakes in life—they have no preconceived notions about you. Animals have a purity that helps us be our true selves without worrying about being judged.

What is the most memorable moment of your journey to discover more stories like your own?

It was a beautiful, warm, summer evening, and I was just sitting at an animal sanctuary with a pig named Ivy. She was such a sweet girl and such an emotional being, she reminded me of Sylvester. While Ivy was sleeping, I was listening to the sounds around me— ducks, chickens, cows, horses, dogs and nature. The sun was setting. I became immersed in the moment and felt a profound sense of connectedness. All the sounds came together for me like a Mozart symphony. I had never felt that kind of peace. It was beautiful. bonds with animals, and how the love we give them comes full circle back to us.

How do you explain that an untrained animal, like Sylvester, the abused dog you bonded with, can help a person heal and recover?

What is the science behind the neurological and biological phenomena you describe in this interaction between humans and animals? First, studies are emerging that suggest that the way we feel empathy toward each other is not very different from the way we

There is a moral consciousness growing within our species. We are waking up to the fact that how we treat each other needs to be more ethical, and that includes animals. ~Aysha Akhtar feel empathy toward other animals. It appears that we may feel stronger empathy toward other animals because, like children, we see them as vulnerable. Second, medical studies show that just being with animals provides measurable physiological changes within us, showing a boost to our well-being. For example, just being with a dog for five to 10 minutes can decrease blood pressure and stress hormones, and provide a long-term boost to cardiovascular health. It also leads to increases in positive neurochemicals like dopamine and oxytocin—the chemicals that make us feel happy. What’s even more interesting, studies suggest that the same positive effects are also happening in the animal.

How did you come to believe that compassion for animals is the next step in the moral evolution of humans?

Animals are more on the radar of the current younger generation than they used to be. This means that empathy for animals is growing with each generation. Part of the reason is that there is a moral consciousness growing within our species. We are waking up to the fact that how we treat each other needs to be more ethical, and that includes animals. We’re witnessing that the destruction of other species is causing the unraveling of ecosystems, and that is causing increases in things like mosquito-borne diseases. In other words, our disruption of other species is coming back to hurt us. Slowly, our collective consciousness is waking up to recognize that how we treat nonhumans affects us, as well.

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HEALING HARMONIES Music As Medicine by Marlaina Donato


rom ancient Mongolian shamans that used drumming for physical and emotional healing to modern, board-certified music therapists that work with special needs kids, science now confirms what we’ve always known: Music makes us feel better. Decades after Don Campbell’s groundbreaking work about the cognitive effects of listening to the music of Mozart, growing research reveals music’s ability to reduce chronic and acute pain, restore

brain connections after a stroke, boost immunity and promote brain development in children. Recent studies of the benefits of music published in BJPsych International show decreased depression in patients with neuropsychiatric disorders and improvement in people with certain types of epilepsy.

Neurochemistry and Pain Reduction

Listening to music we find pleasurable can have an analgesic effect on the body,

and researchers theorize that the brain releases a cascade of natural opioids, including dopamine. A pilot study on cancer patients published in the Indian Journal of Palliative Care in 2016 shows a significant reduction of pain when individuals are exposed to music for 20-minute intervals. Music also minimizes chronic pain associated with syndromes like fibromyalgia. Collective studies published in Frontiers of Psychology in 2014 suggest that relaxing, preferred choices of music not only reduce fibromyalgia-related pain, but also significantly improve mobility.

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Board-certified music therapists like Sheila Wall use live and recorded music to catalyze therapeutic changes in their clients. In her Eau Claire, Wisconsin, practice, Wall works with a wide range of clients ranging in age from 3 to 104. “Music bypasses the language and intellectual barriers in the brain that can prevent healing. Music helps the brain compensate for whatever damage that has occurred through illnesses, disease or trauma,” she says. “I also work with children to help them build language and motor skills through music. Research last year by the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles has shown that music training strengthens areas of the brain that govern speech, reading skills and sound perception in children. The results, published in Cerebral Cortex, indicate that only two

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Music bypasses the language and intellectual barriers in the brain that can prevent healing. ~Sheila Wall years of music study significantly changes both the white and gray matter of the brain. Kirk Moore, in Wheaton, Illinois, is a certified music practitioner who provides live therapeutic music for people that are sick or dying. He says he sees daily changes through music. “I see heart rates slow down and blood pressure reduced. Breathing becomes steadier; pain and nausea cease.” Moore has also witnessed patients with aphasia—a language impairment caused by stroke or other brain damage—spontaneously sing-along to songs and regain the ability to speak. One memorable patient could only utter a single word, but listening to Moore ignited a dramatic change. “I sang ‘You Are My Sunshine’ and within seconds, she was singing. After 20 minutes of music, I expressed to the patient my hopes that the music had been helpful to her. ‘Oh goodness, yes!’ she responded.”

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Drumming has been proven to be able to balance the hemispheres of the brain, bolster immunity and offer lasting

physical and emotional benefits for conditions ranging from asthma to Parkinson’s disease, autism and addiction recovery. Medical research led by neurologist Barry Bittman, M.D., shows that participation in drumming circles helps to amp up natural killer cells that fight cancer and viruses such as AIDS. Recent research published in PLOS/ONE reveals a profound reduction of inflammation in people that took part in 90-minute drum circles during the course of the 10-week study.

Music and End of Life

Music’s capacity to bring healing and solace also extends to the end of life. Classically trained musician and certified music practitioner Lloyd Goldstein knows firsthand the power of providing music for cancer patients and the terminally ill. “I feel a deep responsibility to be as present as I can possibly be, to what I’m doing, the people I’m playing for,” says Goldstein, who left a secure orchestra position to join the team at The Arts In Medicine Program at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. “It’s taught me how to be a better musician and a better person.” As much as the musician gives, music gives back. “I end up calmer than when I begin a session. That healing environment travels with me,” Moore says. Marlaina Donato is a composer and the author of several books. Connect at


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bout 10 years ago, Kim Krouth’s dog, Buckeye, was suffering from severe allergy symptoms. The mixed-breed shepherd was licking and biting her paws until her toe pads were bleeding. “Our conventional vet prescribed steroids,” recalls Krouth. “It helped some, but also agitated Buckeye. When I found out that other side effects could include serious health problems, I didn’t want to put her at risk.” The Madison, Wisconsin, animal lover headed to a holistic pet supply store to ask about alternative treatments for the dog’s allergies. She learned about herbal remedies, and was advised to take Buckeye to a holistic veterinarian. “Treating her holistically seemed like a better option than the side effects of treatment with drugs,” she says. The holistic veterinarian recommended acupuncture. It helped, but the dog later became sensitive to the needles. At that point, she was given homeopathic plant-based treatments that worked well with no side effects. Buckeye, now 15, has also received laser light therapy and spinal manipulation to help with mobility in her senior years.

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Holistic veterinarians have been treating dogs, cats, chickens, livestock and exotic animals across the nation for some time, but many people aren’t entirely clear about how their approach—and their training—differs from a conventional vet. Both enter the profession after earning a doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM) degree. Holistic practitioners can then choose to train in a variety of modalities, including acupuncture, herbs and physical rehabilitation, plus trigger point, megavitamin and stem cell therapies. “Any method that is sufficiently different from conventional medicine requires extra training ... over a period of weeks, months or years,” says Nancy Scanlan, DVM, the executive director of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Foundation, in Mount Shasta, California. Veterinarians, holistic or not, typically do the same

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~Danielle Becton, DVM initial examination of an animal, she says. From there, a holistic vet may look at additional areas or assess things in a slightly different way. “For example, someone trained in veterinary osteopathy or veterinary chiropractic would explore the range of motion of joints or the spine.” In treatment, holistic DVMs use an integrative approach. The goal is to look at the animal as a whole and treat the underlying condition, rather than treating the symptoms. “Integrative medicine is about broadening our medical options, blending both conventional medical and holistic approaches. It focuses on client education and participation in the healing process of their pet,” says Danielle Becton, DVM, of Aloha Pet & Bird Hospital, in Indian Harbour Beach, Florida. Holistic veterinarians may also choose to use fewer conventional drugs and limited vaccinations. “Vaccine titers can be used to determine if a patient has adequate antibodies to a disease to create immunity,” says Becton. “If a pet is already immune, they may not need another vaccine booster that year.” Becton and Scanlan agree that alternative treatments such as acupuncture, laser therapy or massage can be used in lieu of drugs for pain management. However, Scanlan does note that in an acute or emergency situation, many natural methods do not work fast enough, “and that is when holistic veterinarians are more likely to use drugs.”

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Pet owners seek out holistic veterinarians for different reasons. In Krouth’s case, it was the unacceptable side effects to drugs that led her to explore other options. Becton points out that she gets clients looking for a more natural approach for their pets after they personally have had success with human integrative medicine. However, it’s important that pets are treated by professionals that are trained to treat animals. People with holistic training for humans may not understand animal anatomy or physiology. Ultimately, choosing a veterinarian is a personal decision, and seeing a beloved pet thrive is the best confirmation that it was the right one. “We are so glad that we still have Buckeye at this golden age, and believe it’s due to holistic care that she has lived a comfortable, long life,” says Krouth.


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r. Sue Swanson sees a large variety of health issues with pets as they come into her cats-only veterinary clinic. It’s no surprise to her that most of the issues stem from diet. “Food is the foundation of health, so if they’re [pets] not on a good diet or they’re on a diet to which they may be allergic, then they’re going to have problems.” She speaks from personal experience. During Swanson’s first eight years of practice, she used conventional care. Early in her practice, she was diagnosed with allergies to cats, dogs and horses which, as you can imagine, would make a veterinarian’s job difficult. She was on medications for eight years before she realized they were causing more problems than the animals were, so she discontinued them and began an elimination diet. A last-minute decision to attend a holistic class at a convention connected the dots for her as she thought, “I should be using holistic care for the animals—not just for me.” Undertaking the vast study of nutrition for herself, she realized it paralleled closely for pets. What is often good for us is also good for them.

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Just like our food, the less processed, the better. Dry food is the most processed with canned food a close second. A little less processed and a better option is freeze-dried or dehydrated food. The best choice in most cases is raw food. If you’re not comfortable with raw food, there is a “cooked raw food” option available. Quality of food matters as well. Generally, your cheaper pet foods are going to have food coloring, artificial preservatives, BHT and animal byproducts. The USDA defines animal byproducts as “the part other than meat which has been derived from one or more cattle, sheep, swine or goats that have been U.S. inspected and passed and is fit for use as animal food.” Many animal byproducts can be multiple species. Poultry byproducts might be chicken, turkey or any fowl that’s available. This makes it difficult to discover any food sensitivities a pet may have. Besides, byproducts are difficult to digest, so pets are not meeting their nutritional needs. You’re not saving any money if you have to feed them twice as much of the cheaper food rather than purchasing quality food in the first place. Swanson generally recommends grainfree food for both cats and dogs. Grains have a tendency to enhance inflammation. Inflammation can cause issues from skin irritations to itchiness, arthritis to joint issues. Adding nutritional supplements such as glucosamine can also help reduce inflammation. Probiotics is another supplement that is easy and simple to give your pet and can benefit them holistically. Swanson also cautions against fish-flavored pet foods. Besides from a sustainability point, seafood is often contaminated with a variety of toxins, including plastic particles. The fish used in pet food is not of high quality, increasing chances of toxins. If your pet is a seafood lover, reduce toxins by choosing fish that are lower on the food chain like sardines, heron or mackerel versus salmon and tuna. A high quality, minimally processed food is the biggest step towards your pet living a healthy, holistic life.

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If you have a kitten, Swanson recommends starting with raw food. It’s what they eat in

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Free. Bhakti Wellness Center, 7550 France Ave Ste 220, Edina. 20 Wishes – 6:30-8pm. This gathering aims to create a community to support every wish, dream, passion, and desire we have for ourselves over the next year and beyond. Free. 3601 Minnesota Dr, Ste 825, Bloomington. Free.

THURSDAY-SUNDAY, AUGUST 1-4 Women’s Wilderness Experience - Apostle Islands Sea Kayaking + Yoga – An ideal introduction to the world of sea kayaking. This 4-day format provides enough time to immerse in the outdoors and recapture the spirit of your adventuresome self. $600, Early Bird. Apostle Islands of Lake Superior, Alaureate Trail, Bayfield, WI.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 2 Group Channeling Event – 7-9pm. Laurie Wondra shares information about the current events of the universe and delivers messages from angels, guides, and loved ones who have crossed over. $20. Lake Harriet Spiritual Community, 4401 Upton Ave S., Minneapolis.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 3 Cultivating Stillness | A Morning of Oneness Blessings – 11am-12pm. Experience an ocean of stillness within your being as you are guided through a special mediation for creating space for more Stillness in your life. $25 in advance, $30 at door. Sacred Space,1955 Johnson St NE, Minneapolis. A Life of Love | Shamanic Journeying Monthly Series – 12:30-1:30pm. Journey with the sacred drum to explore and honor all the abundance of love within and around you, while gaining personal insights as to how you can manifest an ever deeper flow of divine gifts & love in your life. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Sacred Space, 1955 Johnson St NE, Minneapolis.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 9 Crystal Grid Experience Minneapolis – 6:307:30pm. Experience a customized crystal healing with a crystal grid set up in the room, as well as on and around you. Each month & location features new crystals! $25 in advance, $30 at door. Sacred Space, 1955 Johnson St NE, Minneapolis.



Touching Your Soul Retreat – 1-4pm. This retreat creates space for exploration: using tools and techniques in nature for you to experience a deeper


understanding of the soul. We’ll access our soul compass to heal, expand, align, and develop your being. $499 single, $449 double. St. John’s Abby, 2900 Abbey Plaza, Collegeville. Maureen, 651-319-9525.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 11 Sunday Wisdom Gathering – 9-11:30am. Amy will tap into Universal Energy to bring you a reading just for the group. We will explore questions derived from the intuitive reading and use personal journaling time to do some self-discovery. Lastly, the group will come together to expand the ideas further through discussion. $30; use code Early Bird 8 by August 4 and save $5. Art Works Eagan, 3795 Pilot Knob Rd, Eagan. Amy Vasterling, (612) 405-0916.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14 Total Health Workshop – 6:30-8pm. This monthly workshop is designed as an opportunity to expand your understanding of the most current natural health solutions available. Complimentary. Hope Clinic, 9220 Bass Lake Rd #245, New Hope.

Light Being Tribe Gathering | Online – 6-7am. These events occur monthly and are live and Interactive. Come with your questions & curiosity and continue your journey of expansion in a like-hearted worldwide community. Complimentary. Zoom Online.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 23 Crystal Grid Experience St. Paul – 6-7:30pm. Experience a customized crystal healing with a crystal grid set up in the room, as well as on and around you. Each month & location features new crystals! $25 in advance, $30 at door. Healing Elements, 2290 Como Ave, St Paul. CrystalGridAugustStPaul.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 24 Master Your Body, Your Mind, Your Destiny: Foundations I & II – 10am-6pm. This event will help relieve your suffering, renew your energy, be at peace no matter the heat or cold, and support you in awakening your wisdom. $150 for both, includes full transmission of the dharmas, guidebooks, and 2 CDs. Upper Midwest Hanmi Buddhist Association, 80 County Rd C West, #804, Little Canada.


Shamanic Drumming - Group Healing & Expansion – 7-8:30pm. Energy healing and expansion around the sacred Buffalo Drum. Bring a drum or use those on site. All welcome, no experience required. $15. Lake Harriet Spiritual Community, 4401 Upton Ave S, Minneapolis.

Abundant Living Series (3 Classes) – 6:30-9pm. Second of 3 workshops. Nea Clare will share simple and effective tools and resources to help you co-create your life, your way. Three workshops: 1. Divine Alignment; 2. Divine Accountability; 3. Divine Action. $150 for series or $66 each class. The Metamorphosis Center, 8646 Eagle Creek Pkwy, Ste 101, Savage.



ADHD/Autism New Treatments – 6:30-8pm. Free presentation and light meal. Live demonstration of neuroimaging, neurofeedback, and neuromodulation for assessment and treatment of ADHD and autism. You must register online to attend this event.

New Moon Drumming – 7-8:30pm. Energy healing and expansion around the sacred Buffalo Drum. Bring a drum or use those on site. All welcome, no experience required. $15. Lake Harriet Spiritual Community, 4401 Upton Ave S, Minneapolis.


SOCIALLY ACCEPTED INTUITION Learn how using your intuition can help you find your true purpose. No tie-dye or incense needed. Visit to learn more! Available May 7th, 2019 eBook and paperback at

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looking ahead SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 Creating A Sacred Circuit | A Morning Meditation w/ Oneness Blessings – During this guided meditation with Blessings, you will discover how to create a specific Sacred Circuit within yourself for balance and so much more. The spiritual technology of the Oneness Blessing quiets the mind and raises consciousness through a neuro-biological shift. $25/advance, $30/door. Sacred Space, 1955 Johnson St NE, Minneapolis.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 Mid-Autumn Festival Open House – 5-8pm. This event will include 30-minute meditation sessions (on the hour) and an opportunity to meet and connect with others in the sangha. Free. Upper Midwest Hanmi Buddhist Association, 80 County Rd C West, #804, Little Canada.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20-22 Women and Spirituality Conference – 5:30-8:30pm (Fri)/8:30am-5pm (Sat & Sun). Join us for an amazing weekend of renewal, healing and wholeness, for nurturing and growth. The weekend events include a keynote presentation, 44 workshops, 70 exhibitors, and a Maker’s Space with opportunities to create art. $28-$38. Mayo Civic Center, 30 Civic Center Drive Southeast, Rochester.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 Abundant Living Series (3 Classes) – 6:30-9pm. Third of three workshops. Nea Clare will share simple and effective tools and resources to help you co-create your life, your way. Three workshops: 1. Divine Alignment; 2. Divine Accountability; 3. Divine Action. $150 for series or $66 each class. The Metamorphosis Center, 8646 Eagle Creek Pkwy, Ste 101, Savage.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27-29 3rd Annual Women’s Mushroom Conference: Mycelium Mysteries – Workshops for every level of experience on wild mushroom gathering and identification, fungal ecology, mushroom medicine and nutrition, ethnomycology, women’s roles in the herstory of fungi, mushroom arts and crafts, herbal wisdom and more. A place to share knowledge and get comfortable with using our mycological skills in a supportive community. Includes marketplace, evening activities, keynote speakers, and opportunities for networking and conversation. Keynote speakers Katherine MacLean & Gina Rivers Contla speak about groundbreaking topics including mushrooms as guardians of the ecosystem as well as allies for life’s transitions. 2 preconference intensive workshops Sept 26, 6-9pm, or Sept 27, from 9am-12pm. Camp Helen Brachman, Almond, WI.

OCTOBER 6-MAY 3 Flower Essence Therapy Training Course – 9am-6pm. This event occurs monthly, on the

first and fourth Sunday. For professionals and/or self-development. This is an in-depth foundations course in advanced, clinical Flower Essence Therapy. $1,950. Mind Is Body Therapies + Adagio Holistic. Loey Colebeck, 952-201-2966.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25-26 Diamond Dowsing Basic – 9am-6pm. Registration includes a manual, professional pair of dowsing rods and starter package of dowsing cures. In this two-day seminar, you will learn how to consistently connect with the quantum field in order to detect the various negative energy lines in your home and office and how to cure them. $398. Unity Church, 4000 Golden Valley Rd, Golden Valley.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9 Your Shining Life Expo – 9:30am-4pm. Join us for the third annual expo to find the tools and resources needed to create the life you want to live. Includes vendors, workshops, samples, demonstrations, and hourly giveaways. Free. 2540 N. Cleveland Avenue, Roseville.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23-24 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).


Local Farmers’ Markets Co-sponsored by: Sitka Salmon Shares – Join us at each of these markets to buy some fish and chat.

SATURDAYS, AUGUST 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 Northeast Farmers’ Market – 9am-1pm. Dedicated to bringing local & organic food choices to NE Mpls since 2000. Lots of farmers, produce, food samples, music and fun! St. Boniface Church parking lot. 629 NE 2nd St, Minneapolis.

SUNDAYS, AUGUST 4, 11, 18 & 25 Linden Hills Farmers’ Market – 9am-1pm. The market hosts the best-of-the-best indie-gredient


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makers, farmers of produce and proteins, food trucks and pop-up food movers and shakers! Settergren’s Hardware, 2813 West 43rd St. Minneapolis.

THURSDAYS, AUGUST 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 Wayzata Farmers’ Market – 1:30pm-5:30pm. Spend your Thursday afternoon with lots of farmers, produce, food samples, music and fun. 688 Lake Street East, Wayzata.

SATURDAYS, AUGUST 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 Mound Farmers’ Market – 8am-12:30pm. The market is full of fun and creative vendors and some of the best produce around. Lots of farmers, food samples, music and fun! 5515 Shoreline Dr.,

TUESDAYS, AUGUST 6, 13, 20 & 27 Excelsior Farmers’ Market – 2-6pm. Striving to be a local destination where the community can engage with the locally grown, healthy food movement. 312 Water Street, Excelsior.

THURSDAYS, AUGUST 8, 15, 22 & 29 East Isles Farmers’ Market – 4-8pm. In its 2nd year The East Isles Farmers’ Market just down the road from Uptown has created an incredible vendor list. Join the local food growers, bakers, and makers! 1420 The Mall (between Humboldt and Irving avenues in Uptown), Minneapolis.

SATURDAYS, AUGUST 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 Hopkins Farmers’ Market – 7:30am-12pm. Offering you fresh produce & farmstead products, handcrafted items, onsite foods, live music & more! 16 9th Ave S Hopkins, Minnesota 55343.

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ongoing Free Online Classes – The University of Minnesota is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. University/Minnesota. GROOVE Movement Class – Various days, times, and locations. A fun, simple and exciting way to experience dance that nurtures body, mind, heart, and soul. No dance experience required. All fitness levels welcome. Classes use all genres of music and include a warmup, dance, stretching, and a brief meditation. Midtown Global Market – Mon-Sat 10am-8pm. & Sun 10am-6pm. If you’re looking for a more unique shopping experience, head to the Midtown Global Market, where more than 50 vendors sell food and trinkets ranging from local produce to Somalian Pastries, Middle Eastern olives and Asian spices. There are also cultural events - from musical performances to Irish step-dancing lessons. Free. 920 East Lake St, Minneapolis. MidtownGlobalMarket. org/visit.


Sunday Salsa Dancing – 10:30-11:30am. Join Rene Dennis Thompson for Sunday Salsa Dancing. Free. Midtown Global Market, 920 East Lake St., Minneapolis.

monday Loving Kindness 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.

tuesday Weekly Guided & Silent Meditation – 1111:30am. 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. Pain: Moving Beyond Suffering – 6:30-8pm. We will discuss the root of pain, options at each stage, tools to deal with symptoms, and elements of healing. Topics include nutrition, sleep, mindfulness, guided imagery, and much more. $50/ Session. Awakened Living, 3601 Minnesota Dr #825, Bloomington.

Chinese Mystery School’s Sunday Services – 9:15am-12pm. Introductory Dharma talk and meditation teaching. Spiritual healing services for your body, mind and spirit. Buddhist prayer services. Donation. Upper Midwest Hanmi Buddhist A, 80 County Rd C West #804, Little Canada.

20 Wishes - 6:30-8pm. This event occurs monthly on the 3 rd Tuesday. This gathering aims to create a community to support every wish, dream, passion, and desire we have for ourselves over the next year and beyond. Free. 3601 Minnesota Dr, Ste 825, Bloomington. Free.

Restorative Flow Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. In restorative yoga, props are used to support the body so students can hold poses for a longer period of time, allowing the body to open through passive stretching. The focus is slowing down and calming the mind and body. $18. Healing



Light Being Tribe Gathering | Online – 6-7am. These events occur monthly and are live and

I only ask to be free. The butterflies are free. ~Charles Dickens

Interactive. Come with your questions & curiosity and continue your journey of expansion in a like-hearted worldwide community. Complimentary. Zoom Online. Max Meditation Technique – 6:30-7:30pm. Experience a guided meditation, combining ancient meditation techniques with modern NeuroLinguistic Programming to help both beginning and experienced meditators quiet the mind and connect for a relaxing and meaningful meditation. $15. Healing Elements, 2290 Como Ave, St. Paul. 651-348-6216. Chinese Mystery School’s Healing Meditation Series – 6:30-8pm. A different Hanmi Buddhist meditation teaching each week: June 5: Wisdom Dew Beauty Yoga; June 12: Balance Weight; June 19: Diabetes Self-Healing; June 26: Self-Healing for Various Illnesses. Upper Midwest Hanmi Buddhist Association, 80 Co Rd C West, #804, Little Canada. Total Health Workshop January 9, 2019 - December 2020 – 6:30-8pm. This monthly workshop is designed as an opportunity to expand your understanding of the most current natural health solutions available. Complimentary. Hope Clinic, 9220 Bass Lake Rd #245, New Hope.

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: JPatpatia@gmail or 651-730-2078.

friday Gentle Yoga for Every Body – 10:30-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. Friday Chat & Play Social – 7-9pm. Let’s get to know each other and talk about energy, holistic health, psychic abilities, spirituality and much more. Free. J & S Bean Factory, 1518 Randolph Ave, St Paul. Hosted by SchaOn at Psinergy.

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. TheNutritionHub.Fridley.


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Connecting you to the leaders in natural health care and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide, email to request our media kit.


Michelle Kitsmiller 3601 Minnesota Dr. Suite 825, Bloomington 952-452-8583 • Michelle assists you in healing on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level via acupuncture and herbal medicine in conjunction with other therapies at Awakened Living. The clinic offers over 36 therapies and services to give clients the most beneficial healing protocol possible. See ad, page 5.


In the book, Socially Accepted Intuition, Lassen shares her personal journey to teach you how using your intuition can help find your true self. She approaches it all with fun, logic and reason—No tie-dye or incense needed. See ad, page 31.


Barb Ryan, LMT • 612-922-2389 Bhakti Wellness Center 7550 France Avenue S, #220, Edina Specializing in persistent, chronic pain relief and mysteries of the body. Serving clients covered by auto insurance and worker’s compensation with a doctor’s referral. Also serving clients seeking the experience of deep relaxation and more selfconnection. Skilled and compassionate care. See ad, page 39.


Hopkins • 612-598-0035 CP Bookkeeping and Accounting takes care of the mess! Let us help guide you and your business through the intimidating world of accounting. We offer as much or as little support as you need. We are very flexible and don’t judge your messy (or not so messy) accounts. We look forward to working with you! See ad, page 29.

BREAST HEALTH AROMATHERAPY NATURE’S WAY Healthy Girls’ Breast Oil Joyce Sobotta • 715-878-4474

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 26.


Una Forde, DC • 952-922-1478 International Village Arcade Building 220 West 98th St, Suite 7, Bloomington 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.


Patty Kelley • 651-492-1752 Together we’ll create a plan to reach your nutritional goals, whether they are identifying food sensitivities, tackling weight control, or feeding a finicky family. I have been there. I provide personal coaching sessions, recipes & meal plans. First session free.


You can have a personal audience with your guides and the Archangels and Ascended Masters. Get clarity. Take action. Feel connected. Book your session today and save 25%, using code: IAMWISE17. Or call Nea for a free consult. See ad, page 28.


Candi Broeffle, MBA, CPC 218-590-2539 Master your business so you can practice your passion. Business coaching for purpose-driven entrepreneurs to clarify your vision, build your confidence and create a soul-centered strategy. Call today for a free Discovery Session and get on your path to business success.


Dori Tossen 763-639-9133 • As Health Coach and holistic practitioner, Dori works with clients to reach their health goals. With the use of bioresonance and other complementary therapies, she guides clients in supporting their bodies through individualized plans that help on their healing journey. See ad, page 26.

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COLORPUNCTURE PSINERGY NATURAL HEALTH & HOLISTIC WELLNESS SchaOn Blodgett, CCP, BTAT 80 County Rd. C West - Ste. 802 Little Canada/Roseville 612-217-4325 •

Offering empirical & sciencebased natural health therapies including Esogetics/Colorpuncture, basic Ayurvedic Medicine, as well as spiritual/energy-based therapies like Access Consciousness Bars, I-Ching, reiki and more. See ad, page 4.

COMMUNITY SUSTAINABLE FISHERY SITKA SALMON SHARES We catch your fish, one at a time, with lots of love and care. The fish is then landed individually portioned, vacuum-sealed and blast-frozen to lock in that just-caught taste. Every month during fishing season, you get a box of wild Alaskan seafood hand-delivered to your door by one of our Sitka Salmon Stewards. See ad, page 3.


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André Thomas - A+ Certified 80 County Rd. C West - Ste. 802 Little Canada/Roseville 612-234-7237 • “Do you have a sick Computer?” We Keep Computer Repair Simple. Onsite/In-Home or Office, Bring-to-Us Computer Repair Services. 2011-17 Angie’s List Super Service Award Winner. Local • Greener • Highly Rated.

DENTIST HEALTH CENTERED DENTISTRY N7915-902 St River Falls, WI • 715-426-7777

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 15.



Positive Power 600 Twelve Oaks Center, Suite 206, Wayzata • 612-772-2808 Valerie integrates a compassionate, holistic and empathic counseling and coaching, specializing in helping people heal from the negative consequences of difficult life transitions, troubled relationships, anxiety, depression, trauma and/or loss. Utilizing complimentary modalities, such as energy psychology, CBT and solution focused approaches, she shares her knowledge and skills that create more rapid results for a more joyful and happy life! Appointments held online or in the office. Call today for a complimentary phone consultation. See ad, page 29.


4700 Lexington Ave N, Suite D Shoreview 651-483-9800

We ’ r e a n i n t e g r a t i v e 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 • 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.


Amy Vasterling Parenting Conscious Children • 612-791-3001 If your child is a sensitive, intuitive introvert, I can help you learn to support them in a life where they can truly flourish. Parenting these “Conscious” children can feel confusing, and at times lonely. I assure you that with this knowledge, your conscious child(ren) will become the easiest ones to parent. See ad, page 27.


SEDATION AND IMPLANT DENTISTRY 1815 Suburban Ave, St. Paul 651-735-4661

We are a holistic dental practice devoted to restoring and enhancing the natural beauty of your smile using conservative, state-of-the-art dental procedures that result in beautiful, long lasting smiles! We specialize in safe removal of infected teeth as well as placing ceramic implants and restorations. See ad, page 20.



4399 Lake Ave, White Bear Lake 651-426-4218 • Crystal Rock, LLC, is a full-line metaphysical store that manufactures its own products. Product lines include rocks/crystals, organic essential oil products, natural stone jewelry, sages/incense, teas, tapestries, and much more. Featuring readers, healers and classes as well as spaces for rent by the hour..


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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 7.


Office of Admissions 2501 W. 84th St., Bloomington, MN 55431 • 952-885-5409 Discover a challenging curriculum that blends evidenceinformed study with a foundation in philosophy. Study chiropractic, acupuncture and Chinese medicine, massage therapy, nutrition, post-bac pre-health/ pre-med or complete your B.S. in human biology. See ad, page 24.


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.


Christina Gregory, Master Reiki Practitioner Bhakti Wellness Center, 7550 France Ave S., #220, Edina • 612-839-5255 When the body or emotions are out of balance and pain is ever present, manifested as physical or mental health issues, energy therapy boosts the healing process. Alone or coupled with other therapies it becomes a powerful healing tool. See ad, page 39.


Children and some adults have the ability to see the spirits that are living among us. Others will hear or see unexplained noises or movement. Read the first two chapters in my book for free at I share many experiences that explain what’s happening and what can be done. See ad, page 26.





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 26.

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 hardto-find items. See ad, page 29.



Essential Oils Joyce Sobotta • 715-878-4474


Jessie Odishaw, Microcurrent Esthetics Technician • 612-859-7709 Bhakti Wellness Center, 7550 France Ave S., #220, Edina • Voted Best Esthetics Clinic in Edina, 2016 & 2017. Look great and feel great with Microcurrent Facial, your skin will feel so soft you won’t believe it’s yours. Often called a “non-surgical facelift” it reduces wrinkles, puffy eyes, lifts, tones, restores your youthful glow. See ad, page 39.


Robin Gast, GROOVE Facilitator 612-276-5625 • GROOVE – a fun group dance experience that changes your body, mind, attitude and mood. Everyone’s welcome on the Dancefloor – all shapes, sizes, ages and abilities. If you can move, you can GROOVE! No experience required. All fitness levels welcome. See ad, page 27.


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.

1526 St Clair Ave, St Paul • 651-690-1692


Connie Bjerk 3601 Minnesota Dr. Suite 825, Bloomington 952-452-8583 • Connie assists you in healing on a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual level via Guided Imagery Therapy and spiritual and life coaching in conjunction with other therapies at Awakened Living. The clinic offers over 36 therapies and services to give clients the most beneficial healing protocol possible. See ad, page 5.

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

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

INTEGRATED HEALTH BHAKTI WELLNESS CENTER 7550 France Ave. S., #220, Edina 612-859-7709 •

Bhakti provides a holistic environment where independent practitioners come together to offer an integrative path to wellness; mind, body and spirit. Our providers offer chiropractic, energy therapy, massage, microcurrent therapy, acupuncture, psychotherapy and much more so that you can feel your best, remain healthy & thrive. See ad, page 39.

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2565 N Hamline Ave., Suite A, Roseville 651-340-1233 • Optimal Wellness Solutions offers a holistic, multidisciplinary approach to wellness designed to relieve stress & pain, transform trauma, detoxify the body & promote life-long health & vitality. Services include Massage & CranioSacral Therapy, Network Spinal Analysis, Ionic Detox Footbaths, Nutritional Therapy, InfraRed Therapies, yoga, and a variety of topical wellness classes. See ad, page 21.



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Theodore Rick Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) International Village Arcade Building 220 West 98th St, Ste. 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.

IntraAwareness Energy Healing, Massage & Bodywork Minneapolis, MN • Have your own Mystical Bodywork + Energy Work + Spiritual Coaching experience with Ian while lulling into a peaceful trance where clients have been known to communicate with ancestors, angels & guides, while honoring their body and detoxifying unwanted baggage. See ad, page 2.


MEDITATION UPPER MIDWEST HANMI BUDDHIST ASSOCIATION Shifu Charlotte M. Steen 80 County Road C West, #804, Little Canada, MN 55117 • 651-278-0697

Offering spiritual healing for body, mind and spirit; Teaching Chinese Mystery school (Hanmi Buddhist) meditations; and conducting dharma rites to support you and your loved ones. Be the peace, the joy, the radiant health that you seek-be your change. See ad, page 26.

ATTORNEY DAVID PAURUS Traveling Services based out of Hopkins, MN • 952-594-2804

Person-to-person meetings for all variety of issues. Meetings for all, to discuss legal and life related issues, and determining the best path forward. Utilizing a value-for-value model. See ad, page 27.




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 27.


Bhakti Wellness Center • 7550 France Ave. S. Suite 220, Edina 612-564-9947 • As a Licensed Psychologist and holistic practitioner, Fran works with clients to identify areas of potential growth, obstacles to growth, and processes that facilitate healing and transcendence of those obstacles. She provides traumainformed therapy that supports your goals of resiliency, healing and feeling better. See ad, page 39.


1264 Energy Lane, St Paul 800-620-3370 • All Energy Solar is a trusted leader in the solar energy industry. We provide clean, green, solar energy solutions for residential, commercial, agricultural, and government clients. Our team of industry professionals have been focused on providing long-term, trusted relationships since 2009. Our industry experience allows us to confidently handle every aspect of the solar process. See ad, page 3.




Nichole Hirsch Kuechle 520 Tamarack Ave., Long Lake 612-418-3801 •

The only Progressive Talk Radio station in Minnesota. We strive to provide the best progressive programming available and feature national talkers Bill Press, Thom Hartmann, Stephanie Miller, Norman Goldman, and more. We are also dedicated to local programming that creates a community forum for important Minnesota Progressive issues. See ad, page 40.

Nutrition Response Testing is a non-invasive protocol of analyzing the body to determine the underlying causes of less than optimal health by looking at how well each organ, gland or set of tissues is functioning. Within two visits, we’ll discover what areas of your body are lacking support and determine what it needs to heal itself at a cellular level. See ad, page 7.

Are you looking for the personal experience of God? Eckankar can help you fulfill your dream. We offer ways to explore your own unique and natural relationship with the Divine through personalized study to apply in your everyday life. See ad, page 29.


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