Seattle Natural Awakenings celebrates sixth anniversary
his month, Seattle Natural Awakenings is six years old. The magazine was brought to Seattle by publisher Ann Dorn in 2011 as the local edition of a franchise that features over 90 editions throughout the United States. The family of franchise publications was founded by Sharon Bruckman, who started Publisher Ann Dorn with her with a single magazine daughter, Eliyana. in Naples, Florida in 1994. Natural Awakenings is now the world’s largest healthy lifestyle magazine, with editions published in over 90 cities nationwide. The Seattle edition has 40,000 readers and sponsors a local radio show, Lift Your Spirits With Dena Marie, that will celebrate its three year anniversary in April. “This journey has been amazing so far,” Dorn says. “I’ve met some of the most incredible people through publishing Seattle Natural Awakenings magazine–our readers, advertisers and people in our community who have partnered with us or supported us in any way have all played an important role in shaping the magazine.” Dena Marie agrees and notes the combination of print and radio offers a powerful combination for raising awareness of local organizations and individuals working in the community, promoting businesses and events, and more. “I’ve been thrilled to hear about the connections and conversations that are happening in the community as a result of our work,” Dena Marie says. “It’s exciting to know we are drawing like-minded people together to create new possibilities and a healthy, sustainable future.” Dorn says a large part of her motivation in publishing the magazine is to keep independent, local media thriving and a powerful platform for connection. “More than ever, we need to be able to speak about things that matter,” she says. “Independent niche media is critical for ensuring all voices have a chance to be heard, and not just the ones that are backed by corporate dollars.” For more information: SeattleAwakenings.com or LiftYourSpiritsWithDenaMarie.com.
Bastyr to Host Food Is Medicine Symposium on March 4
astyr University is hosting a one day educational symposium open to the public entitled Food Is Medicine. The event takes place 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 4 and will start with an optional free Qigong class in the morning and include presentations on anti-inflammatory foods, a Chinese medicine perspective on food and cooking, foods for digestive health, raw foods, and more. The day ends with a yin yoga class. “Please join us for a day of information, inspiration and ideas on how to maximize your health through the food you choose to prepare and eat daily,” says organizer Susan Collins, program manager at Bastyr University. “You will learn about food and its effects on your body from experts in nutrition.” For more information: Bastyr.edu/continuing-education.
East West Hosts 10 Year Old Author of 365 Days of Gratitude
uskan Virk, author of the newly released 365 Days of Gratitude, will give a book talk and hold a Q&A session at East West Bookshop in Seattle on Saturday, April 15 from 7-8:30 p.m. The event is free. Readers say Virk’s message reminds them they are perfect, whole, healthy, and complete just the way they are, and has also helped them understand how practicing compassion and expressing unconditional love allows them to see the bigger picture of life. In addition, Dena Marie will interview Muskan Virk on Lift Your Spirits With Dena Marie between 8-9 a.m. on April 14 on 1150 KKNW. An Evening of Love and Gratitude with Muskan Virk takes place Saturday, April 15 from 7-8:30 p.m. at East West Bookshop, 6407 12th Ave NE, Seattle. Free. For more information: MuskanVirk.com. natural awakenings