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elcome to the October issue of Seattle Natural Awakenings magazine! Some of the most magical moments of my life have been during travel, whether local or farther afield. The first time I traveled alone for business, I ended up with a rental car in New England with some extra time after attending a conference. Zipping through fall countryside that was completely new to me, pulling over for farm stands, kitchsy corner stores, national parks and not knowing where I would land that night all contributed to an incredible sense of freedom and adventure on that trip that opened my eyes to the joy and discovery travel offers. In addition, exploring our beautiful Puget Sound region has been an immense pleasure, with islands like Orcas, Lopez and Camano topping my list of local getaways. One of the things I love about local travel in our region is the incredible variety on offer, from quiet islands where my phone has little service (parts of the San Juans) to towns filled with unique character and a distinct sense of place–we truly have so many great choices for unique local trips. It may be fall here in the Puget Sound, but you too can do some local travel while exploring the NW Mind Body Spirit Connection on Camano Island on Oct. 14 (page 11). Think about travel differently–how it can change and shape you, how to use the opportunity to grow–in “Transformative Travel” (page 12). Travel gives us wings, but it’s my firm belief we need roots too, so don’t miss “Creating Community” (page 22) for ideas for building a supportive network around you and finding people with whom you can share your adventure stories. There’s lots more in this issue–enjoy! To your health and happiness,

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The NW Mind Body Spirit Connection Returns to Camano The third annual NW Mind Body Spirit Connection will take place Saturday, Oct.14 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. at the Camano Center on Camano Island. The Connection brings together natural health enthusiasts, yogis, organic food lovers, healers, fitness experts, alternative medicine doctors, holistic health advocates, and spiritual growth leaders for a fun and informative learning experience. Admission is free. Speakers include KKNW radio show host and healer, Dena Marie; holistic brain health practitioner, Dr. Tina EverJoy; nutritional therapy practitioner and owner of The Tasty Remedy, Suzie Bauer; and happiness coach, Marla Williams. “The event is a great opportunity to learn something new in a fun environment,”says the show’s director, Gayle Picken. “Many of the exhibitors will be offering product samples, readings and mini-sessions. Bring a friend!” In addition to the exhibits and talks, there will be a temporary labyrinth installed at the Camano Center for the event. Attendees can learn about labyrinths from the Stanwood Labyrinth Committee and walk the labyrinth during the event. The NW Mind Body Spirit Connection takes place Saturday, October 14 from 10 am–4 pm at the Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead Rd, Camano Island. Free. For more information:

The Call of the Day Taps into Our Authentic Self


odi Hershey’s new book The Call of the Day focuses on what is taking place today spiritually and how we are called to tap into our authentic self to individually and collectively do our part in, what she asserts is, humanity “moving from our familiar Third-Dimensional ego self

into a Fourth Dimension soul self, with the ability to reach higher levels of awareness and consciousness.” “Now more than ever, we are called upon to qualify our lives,” says Hershey. “It is a time when we are asked to find our true soul self, which is our home, our connection to the universal life force. We are asked to open our hearts so that we are able to see all that was intended to be. This is ‘the call of the day’.” Hershey is a graduate from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education. She is a trained hypnotherapist in basic, advanced and past-life regression. For more than 15 years, she has provided support as a hypnotherapist, psychic/intuitive reader and spiritual counselor. For more information, email or visit

Patricia Lee Receives Hypnotherapy Registration


ocal hypnotherapy professional and author Patricia Lee has just received her hypnotherapist registration and will be accepting clients immediately. “I’m happy to be providing this powerful tool as a way for clients to gain insight and understanding into their lives, allowing them to make significant changes and achieve their goals,” Lee says. “Hypnotherapy allows participants to bypass the conscious mind, which often gets in the way, and go straight to the places in our heart and mind that are deeper. This is where real healing accelerates,” she continues. Lee will see clients in Woodinville, her home town, and will travel to clients on occasion. According to Lee, hypnotherapy is a safe and well tested practice, endorsed by myriad medical professionals and accepted by many mainstream practitioners as a supportive and powerful method for helping clients achieve goals. Lee is trained in clinical modalities as well as past life regression and spiritual exploration. “It’s been said before, but it is worth repeating that nobody can make you do anything you don’t want to do,” Lee explains. “A hypnotherapy session bears little resemblance to the mind control shown in cartoons. It’s actually deeply relaxing and restful. You simply have a conversation while in this state of deep relaxation.” In honor of her registration, Lee is offering 50 percent off one session to the first two clients who respond to this news brief. For more information:, natural awakenings

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he top Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) practitioners from the region will gather for ann all-day event on Nov. 18 at Bastyr University. EFT, a technique that draws on acupuncture, neurolinguistic programming, and energy medicine. The practice includes tapping with fingertips on meridian points to help process and break free of traumatic memories and persistent negative emotions. Speakers include Dawson Church, editor of the peer-reviewed journal Energy Psychology: Theory, Research, and Treatment, Michael Demolina, an executive coach and therapist with 25 years of experience; Christine Wheeler, an author and EFT practitioner; Susanne Peach, an animal EFT specialist, and Sophie StPierre, a speaker and EFT trainer. The NW Tappers Gathering takes place Nov. 18 at Bastyr University, 14500 Juanita Drive NE, Kenmore. Early bird registration is $97. For more information: 6


aura Elfline of Mighty House Construction and George Ostrow of Velocipede Architects will talk about the NW EcoBuilding Guild’s upcoming Green Building Slam on Lift Your Spirits With Dena Marie at 8 a.m. on Oct. 13. The event, which started years ago, has transformed into one of the most visible and inspiring green building events of the year. Attendees will learn about 10 innovative, sustainable, high-performance green buildings that push the envelope in the built environment. Projects range from residential to multi-family to mixed use developments in the Seattle area. ​ Each of the juried 10 presenters will have 10 minutes to show 10 slides of their exciting project as they explain what they learned, what they would do differently, and any other sustainable contributions that their project has made to the local community. Each presenter is an active member of the NW EcoBuilding Guild. Attendees range from architects, builders, homeowners, energy efficiency experts, real estate professionals, interior designers to general eco-conscious consumers. Tickets typically sell out for the event. The Green Building Slam takes place the evening of Friday, Nov. 3 at Kane Hall, University of Washington. Tune into Lift Your Spirits With Dena Marie at 8 a.m. on Oct. 13 on 1150 KKNW AM.

Local Author Helps Children Find Freedom From Trauma in Hurricanes’ Wake Natalie Stephens Herrington, the Seattle-based founder and president of Ellipsis International, has announced plans to bring a program called Freedom Camp to hurricane-affected areas in the near future. Freedom Camp is a five-day intensive experience teaching kids about identity, burdens, freedom, community, and hope produced by Ellipsis International, a non-profit focused on helping kids break free from the trauma of their past in order to realize their full potential. “In light of the recent natural disasters and calamity caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, trauma is on the radar,” Herrington says. “The survivors of such trauma need immediate assistance to meet basic needs. But more than that, once the waters recede, homes are rebuilt, and lives slowly return to normal, one thing will remain: memories, fear, and, ultimately, trauma,” she continues. Herrington’s passion for helping kids with trauma followed her book, The Forgotten Ones, which recounts her experiences meeting some of the most traumatized children in the world, giving her insight into what children need beyond the basics – to survive and thrive. “They may seem to move forward in their lives in the coming months, but the deep effects of trauma will remain until someone guides them to understand that what has happened to them doesn’t define them,” Herrington says. For more information: To bring a Freedom Camp to your community, contact


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study from the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, examined the impact of regular walking on people with vascular cognitive impairment, the second-most common form of dementia. The ailment occurs when blood vessels become damaged by cardiovascular disease, impeding good blood circulation and making the brain work harder. The researchers scanned the brains and conducted computerized decision-making and attention tests on 38 people with mild, early forms of vascular cognitive impairment. Half of the subjects were asked to participate in supervised, one-hour walking sessions three times per week for a six-month period. The remaining subjects did not walk. After six months, the walking group showed improvements in both blood pressure and brain function, with their brains requiring less effort during the decisionmaking and attention tests.

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esveratrol is a natural substance found in grapes, peanuts, blueberries and other foods that’s known for its heart-protective nature. Researchers believe it may also help promote eye health, including prevention of glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration, but not much is known about its presence in the eyes. Scientists from Tongji Medical College, in China, set out to measure the concentration of trans-resveratrol in the eyes after oral supplementation. Three daily doses of Longevinex, an oral trans-resveratrol-based capsule supplement, was administered to 35 adults prior to eye surgery on one of their eyes, and tissue samples of the conjunctiva, aqueous humor and vitreous humor were taken. Researchers measured the tissues for resveratrol concentration to determine how much of the supplement penetrated the eyes. Resveratrol metabolites were detected in the conjunctiva of 25 of the eyes, indicating that the beneficial substance does pass through the brain.

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esearchers from the Creighton University School of Nursing, in Omaha, Nebraska, studied 2,303 healthy postmenopausal women to determine whether a link between vitamin D and cancer existed. The treatment group comprised 1,156 women receiving 2,000 International Units (IU) of vitamin D3 and 1,500 milligrams of calcium per day for four years. The 1,147 women in the control group received placebos for the same duration. Within the study timeframe, 64 women from the placebo group were diagnosed with some form of cancer, while only 49 subjects from the treatment group faced a cancer diagnosis. This represents a small, but significant reduction in the cancer rate for those taking vitamin D3. Further analyses of the levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D in the blood revealed that the women that developed cancer had substantially lower levels of this vitamin than the subjects that remained healthy.


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pirulina platensis, a single-celled blue-green algae used in supplements, is often taken for the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. A new study from Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, in Iran, tested the efficacy of spirulina supplementation on the body mass index (BMI), weight and cholesterol levels of 64 obese adults between the ages of 20 and 50. Subjects were divided into intervention and placebo groups. The intervention group took twice-daily supplements of Spirulina platensis for 12 weeks. BMI, fasting blood samples and lipid profiles were assessed at the beginning and end of the study, and food intake and appetite were reported daily. The scientists found more than double the reductions in both body weight and BMI in the spirulina group, compared to the control group. In addition, reductions in both total cholesterol and appetite were found in the intervention group.

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A Picture of Health BodyLife Imaging Offers Thermography Services in Mill Creek & Redmond by Ann Dorn


odyLife Imaging owner Suzy Grace Selin has been a passionate advocate of health and wellness for years, beginning her career in wellness with a nutrition degree from Seattle Pacific University and following it up with another degree in education. However, losing her parents early (her father to a stroke and her mother to cancer) strengthened her resolve to educate about the importance of detecting disease early. “I love to educate and empower people in the area of natural, preventative, and proactive lifestyle choices that can make remarkable change and better one’s life,” Selin says, explaining her decision to open BodyLife Imaging about a year ago. The business provides the Greater Seattle area with cutting edge medical infrared services and free community health talks. “My passion is to bring awareness of the lifesaving technology of thermography,” Selin continues. “It’s helpful for the assessment and monitoring of many things, but it is best known for the earliest detection of breast cancer.” In fact, thermal scans may detect the first signs of some cancers forming years before other procedures, such as mammograms. It is especially good at detecting the fast growing cancers. “Cancer is all about abnormal cell growth. When cells grow they need to be fed, and they are fed by way of blood vessels,” Selin explains. “Abnormal cell growth actually calls for new blood vessels to be formed in order for those cells to be fed, and abnormal cell growth also causes abnormal heat in that area.” It’s the abnormal heat that can be seen in thermal imaging. BodyLife Imaging uses greyscale technology, an advancement in thermographic imaging equipment that produces a more detailed image at higher resolution and is paramount for studying the breast vascularity. 10


“The beauty of thermography is that it is 100 percent safe and completely non-invasive,” Selin says. “Thermography uses no radiation and no body contact, but instead the camera and software read the infrared heat radiating from the surface of the body. It’s going to be noting heat patterns and vascularity patterns.” Abnormal heat patterns and vascularity patterns can indicate a problem. When interpreted by a Board Certified Breast Thermologist, the images become powerful tools for finding and treating problems early, even before some imaging technology like mammograms would detect them. “With cancer, early detection is key,” Selin notes. “Early detection allows for time to be proactive. As with any disease, when caught early there are so many more options of treatment.” The American Cancer Society estimates that one in eight women in the United States today will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime, and 75 percent of all breast cancers occur in women with no family history of the disease. While younger women may think they can avoid thinking about their breast health for a while, 15-20 percent of all breast cancers occur in women under the age of 45, and in these younger women the cancer is usually more aggressive with a lower survival rate. “For this reason the guidelines are that women ages 20-30 get a thermogram every three years and those over 30, every year,” Selin says. BodyLife Imaging provides half body, full body, and targeted area imaging as well as breast imaging. “I believe our body is our home and our life is a gift,” Selin continues. “It’s important to know our options so we can best make our choices.” BodyLife Imaging has offices in Mill Creek and Redmond. For more information visit or contact Suzy at 425-440-0404 or

traveladventure offer. Its beauty, its people and its pace all add to your experience as you explore your path to a healthier and happier life. The NW Mind Body Spirit Connection runs Saturday, October 14th 2017 from 10 am to 4 pm at the Camano Center, located at 606 Arrowhead Rd, Camano Island, WA 98282. The event is open to the public and admission is free. More info:

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ctober is the month we run the annual NW Mind Body Spirit Connection on Camano Island. How fitting to take a journey to an island for a day of learning and connecting about all things health and wellness. The island personifies everything the NW Mind Body Spirit Connection is about. It’s about slowing down and being mindful of your surroundings, from the shells and rocks on the beach to the eagles sitting high in the trees. It’s about taking in nature and feeling the cleansing breath and meditative environment that the sea and forests provide. It’s about nourishing your body with fresh-cooked meals made from local and organic ingredients. Cama Beach State Park features an award-winning brunch at Cama Beach Cafe and a Friday evening “Dinner in the Park” with chef Kristopher Gerlach’s island-inspired meals. It’s about taking time for self-care. Movement Arts yoga studio at Camano Commons offers a variety of yoga and pilates classes for all levels. The new Camano Island Day Spa is a wonderful place for a massage or facial. (Be sure to book well in advance!) Camano Island is also about feeding your spirit with a walk on the beach or a view of the sunset. It’s a constant reminder of life’s blessings. Whether you come for the day or stay for the weekend, be sure to take the time to savor what Camano Island has to


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TRAVEL Outer Adventures, Inner Journeys by April Thompson

An open-hearted journey can take unexpected paths. More travelers today are searching for deep and lasting changes in their view of themselves and the world.

Declare Your Intentions

Part of the intention setting is clarifying what we hope to accomplish through making a journey, suggests Nathaniel Boyle, creator of The Travelers podcast and the travel platform Holocene that facilitates community among transformation-seeking travelers. It might be climbing a mountain with our spouse to strengthen a marriage, or taking a cooking class in Italy or a basket weaving workshop in Indonesia to rekindle a sense of fresh input and creative expression.

Cousineau suggests that travelers prepare to open their thinking by reading about the history, culture and geography of a place, and then continue to learn en route by talking to locals for insight rather than relying only on a guidebook. “Make yourself vulnerable. Ask questions and be humble. Talk to your waiter or cab driver about their lives and conditions in their country. Those that become most delighted and transformed by their experiences are the most curious,” observes Cousineau. Anna Pollock, of London, England, founder of Conscious Travel and a sustainable travel expert, elaborates on potential results. “Travelers may see the world and their part in it differently or feel greater clarity, peace, freedom or hope. For some, it’s about insights into their personal purpose. Others may return with a deeper sense of connectedness or feeling of mastery that comes from trying something completely new.” Jake Haupert, of Seattle, owner of Evergreen Escapes International, co-founded the Transformational Travel Council to help people embark on such life-altering journeys, and translate “Aha!” moments on the road into meaningful changes back home. He has witnessed individuals undergo radical shifts from changing careers to becoming parents. One couple was so moved by their experiences on an African safari that they adopted their first child from Kenya.


Attention and intention are the main ingredients for transformative travel for Phil Cousineau, acclaimed author of The Art of Pilgrimage. “Ask yourself what is motivating the journey: Are you going just to check something off your bucket list because you read about it or are you going because your grandma told you how magical her visit there was in the 1920s? Are you going because you’re at a crossroads in your life, marriage or work?” queries Cousineau. Naming your intention helps open up the heart and psyche for transformation. Cousineau recommends sharing our choice beforehand with a friend or even a casual acquaintance. Writing it down can also unpack those yearnings and understand the pull to a place.

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times, and some travelers feel unhappy, unprepared, bored or disappointed,” remarks Cousineau. “But the flip side is that travels can stretch us, just like a medieval rack.” If you have stretch goals, you can build them into an itinerary, advises Haupert, whether it’s getting up the courage to skydive or negotiating a purchase in a foreign street market.

Do Less, Experience More If we truly want to know the secret of soulful traveling, we need to believe there is something sacred waiting to be discovered in virtually every journey. ~Phil Cousineau

Move Beyond Comfort

“Travel can serve as a vehicle for expansive personal growth. Through it, we learn to explore the world and ourselves,” Boyle observes. “When you venture outside the controlled environment of prepackaged trips for tourists to face difficult decisions and confusing and chaotic situations that require problem solving, that’s where real change can occur,” says Haupert. “My 12,000-mile journey from Washington, D.C., to Antarctica was transformative in so many ways,” says journalist Andrew Evans, author of The Black Penguin memoir. “I’m a geographer by training and spent four years studying maps, but I never understood the true size of the world until I traveled across it on a Greyhound bus. I now see the world as much smaller and much more accessible. The trip made me a stronger, more confident person, and less afraid of what other people think of me; it also made me want to keep traveling.” “Travel comes from the word travail, to labor, and trip from tripalium, Latin for a medieval torture rack. Metaphorically, travel can feel like torture at

To heighten experiential awareness while traveling, build fewer to-dos into an itinerary, the experts recommend. “Immerse yourself in a place. Leave time for unplanned explorations, rather than bouncing between destinations without space for spontaneity and restful reflection,” says Haupert. “Also build in time for meditation, yoga, simple relaxation or other intentionally restorative moments in-between the high-intensity peak experiences.” Haupert suggests staging a ceremonial start to a journey, such as a special dinner or bike ride upon arrival. Similarly, Cousineau recommends starting a new journal on every journey, to ceremoniously start anew in one’s thinking. Engaging in ritual can also help awaken the traveler, says Cousineau. He suggests walking in silence as we approach a sacred site, or physically engaging with it, as pilgrims might do when they palm the feet of a Buddha statue or press their forehead to the Wailing Wall. Sacred sites are fertile ground for transformative experiences, says Lori Erickson, an Episcopal deacon, travel writer and author of Holy Rover: Journeys in Search of Mystery, Miracles, and God, a memoir of her trips to a dozen of the world’s holy sites. “So many people have prayed and opened their hearts in a holy place that you can feel the energy,” she says. Erickson suggests that travelers seek out hallowed ground from different traditions, which can help heal divides among people of divergent faiths. “The art and architecture of holy sites are beautiful manifestations of spiritual longing and human creativity. These places have the power to move you, regardless of your own spiritual background.”

Journey Jump-Offs Here’s a short list of resources to inspire transformative adventuring. n The blog at explores Cambodia’s sacred Buddhist sites.   n Evergreen Escapes at Evergreen specializes in unforgettable locales tailored to the traveler’s inner calling.   n “The Travelers” podcast via features stories and advice from 200-plus changemakers on topics ranging from creativity, fear and gratitude to travel-related careers.   n Muddy Shoe Adventures at offers small-group trips that challenge participants with combinations of physical activities and cultural experiences.   n connects people through shared spiritual adventures like mind-body healing and immersion in nature.   n Phil Cousineau ( hosts writer’s retreats, literary tours and pilgrimages to historic sacred sites.   n Responsible Travel at Responsible offers socially and environmentally conscious tours to all seven continents, including small-ship cruises to more authentic, lesserknown ports of call.   n Transformational Travel Council’s website conveys uplifting stories, a travelers’ forum and other tools for changeseekers.                                                                                 n World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms ( links volunteers with organic farmers to help build a sustainable global community.

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Lasting Travel Gifts

When you give while traveling, you often get back even more, says Cousineau. “A pilgrim never travels empty-handed. Bring gifts; even postcards from home can make a meaningful connection.” He recently brought baseball equipment along on a group tour he led to give to kids in baseball-crazed Cuba. Giving appreciation is as important as tangible mementos, he notes. “Gratitude makes transformation possible; that’s what modern people are longing for, to be touched.” Boyle suggests that finding ways to give back can unlock unique opportunities. Quinn Vanderberg and Jonathon Button, guests on Boyle’s podcast, left stable lives and jobs in California for Nicaragua in 2012 with only their travel bags and a shared dream. Brainstorming a vision for a new life together, the 25-year-old pair had realized, “We wanted life to be filled with travel, culture and people, and to make an impact along the way,”

says Vanderburg. “We went knowing we wanted to create a social venture, but first wanted to see what was really needed by the community.” They went on to partner with local educational nonprofits and artisans to launch Life Out of the Box, a line of clothing and accessories modeled after Toms’ “Buy one, give one” business model. For every product sold, the entrepreneurs donate school supplies to a child in need. Since 2012, the project has expanded to also support kids in Guatemala, Kenya, Mexico and Morocco.

Drive Home Transformation

Starting with a moment of reflection before departing a place, take advantage of a trip’s afterglow to recall insights learned, gel memories, share insights and move to make changes stick. Haupert sees this as a good time to develop an action plan to “express gratitude for the journey and create a framework for your homecoming.”

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Then, take a day to reflect upon returning home before jumping back into work or other obligations, internalizing your experience and integrating your “traveler self” back into normalcy. It might involve a trip to the spa, an afternoon of journaling or organizing trip photos, suggests Haupert. “Resist the urge to check emails the minute the plane touches down or start planning the next trip. Take time to remember the journey and see your home turf with fresh eyes,” adds Cousineau. The returned pilgrim has a responsibility to memorialize the journey, an ancient tradition of Judeo-Christian and Islamic faiths, advises Cousineau. The San Francisco writer traveled with a group on foot from Louisville, Kentucky, to Thomas Merton’s Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani, near Bardstown, Kentucky, to celebrate the legacy of Merton and Mahatma Gandhi. One of the women inked a footprint from each of 100-plus travelers, sewing them into a quilt to commemorate the pilgrimage. Chronicling the journey can be as simple as a dinner party with friends to share what we have learned, says Cousineau, but suggests that travelers engage attendees to also contribute their own stories and reflections. “We have a choice upon returning; do nothing and just let that experience fade or own it for ourselves,” concurs Boyle. “It’s incumbent to extract the meaning of our experiences and find a way to express them, whether through a photo series, article, painting or video. The traveler’s ‘third act’ of creativity after preparation and execution is how we process change.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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or chopped vegetables can launch the production of probiotic lactic acid bacteria that preserves the food and drives off “bad bacteria”. Jennifer McGruther, who lives in the Pacific Northwest, is the author of The Nourished Kitchen cookbook, an offshoot of her blog of the same name. Her first batch of fermented food was yogurt. Now she visits her local farmers’ market every Saturday before spending Sunday prepping foods for the rest of the week. “Traditional foods like fermented vegetables, yogurt or kombucha don’t take long to prepare; they take time to culture, but it’s so rewarding,” she says.

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Colorful jars of fermented Korean kimchee, Indian chutney, German sauerkraut and bottles of kombucha line many grocery store shelves today. We’re in the midst of a fermented food revival.

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“I grew up in New York City as the grandson of immigrants from Belarus, and sauerkraut and pickles were common foods I always loved, but neither my grandparents nor anyone else I knew made them,” says Sandor Katz. This Woodbury, Tennessee, writer who travels the world giving related workshops is credited with bringing fermented foods back into the limelight. He explains, “I am self-taught and learned to ferment by experimentation. It was that first successful batch of sauerkraut that sparked my obsession. I also love eating cheese, beer, chocolate, cof16


fee, yogurt and many other products of fermentation.” Kirsten and Christopher Shockey, the authors of Fermented Vegetables: Creative Recipes for Fermenting 64 Vegetables & Herbs in Krauts, Kimchis, Brined Pickles, Chutneys, Relishes & Pastes, homestead in Oregon’s Jackson Valley. “A fateful Christmas gift—a ceramic crock full of bubbling, fermenting cabbage under the tree, funky fermenty smell and all,” first piqued their interest, Kirsten recalls. “Eventually, we started our own small farmstead fermentation company.” Christopher explains that the combination of salt and shredded

Fermented foods offer a variety of positive effects on health. “If you’re consuming a diet rich in fermented foods, you’re essentially bathing your GI tract in healthy, food-related organisms,” says food research scientist Robert Hutkins, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Fermented foods with live probiotics can also improve brain function, according to a study in the journal Gastroenterology. Fermented foods are meant to be eaten as condiments, not consumed in large quantities. Overdoing such intake might cause bloating, cramping and other digestion problems. Dr. Leonard Smith, a gastrointestinal and vascular surgeon and medical advisor for the University of Miami Department of Integrative Medicine, recommends “a half-cup of cultured vegetables or two ounces of your favorite probiotic liquid per day to start.” He says it’s possible to eventually work up to having a serving of cultured vegetables and probiotic liquids at every meal, or possibly as a between-meal snack. Christopher Shockey adds, “We don’t see these foods as a ‘medicine’ to be eaten daily because you have to force yourself; instead, we see it as a fun, delicious, easy, healthful addition to mealtime.” Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

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Salvadoran Salsa Yields: about 1 quart This gingery and spicy salsa, also known as curtido, is a traditional Salvadoran food. The twist here is added turmeric and green apple. Serve on its own, as a condiment with chips, on sausages or over salad. Maybe mix a couple of heaping spoonfuls with freshly mashed avocado for a fresh take on guacamole. 1/2½ green cabbage 1 to 2 carrots 1 green apple, cored and quartered One 2-inch piece fresh ginger 1/2½ cayenne chili 1/2½ small purple or red onion One 2-inch piece fresh turmeric 3 Tbsp unrefined fine or 6 Tbsp unrefined coarse sea salt 1 quart (or liter) filtered water

Use a food processor with a coarse grating blade to shred the cabbage, carrots, apple, ginger, chili, onion and turmeric. (Consider wearing food-safe gloves to avoid touching the chili.)

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Transfer to a crock or a large glass or ceramic bowl, and mix well. In a pitcher or large measuring cup, dissolve the salt in the water, stirring if necessary to dissolve the salt. Pour the saltwater over the salsa mixture until all ingredients are submerged, leaving a couple of inches at the top for expansion. Place a snug-fitting plate inside the crock or bowl over the salsa-water mixture; then weigh it down with food-safe weights or a bowl or jar of water, so the vegetables remain submerged under the brine as they ferment. Cover with a lid or a cloth, and allow it to ferment five to seven days, checking periodically to ensure the salsa is still submerged below the water line.

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If any mold forms on the surface, simply scoop it out. It won’t spoil the salsa unless it gets deeper inside the crock. (It may form where the mixture meets the air, but it rarely forms deeper.) After one week, put the salsa in jars or a bowl, cover and place in the fridge, where it usually lasts up to a year. natural awakenings

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Vegan Kefir

Fermented Chopped Salad

Yields: about 1 quart

Yields: about 6 cups

Traditional kefir is made with cow’s milk, but can be made with plantbased milks like cashew, almond, sunflower seed or coconut. The sweetener feeds the kefir microbes, leaving minimal sugar in the end product. The grains will grow over time; only about one tablespoon of kefir grains is needed to keep the kefir going; remove the extras to eat, give to friends or add to compost.

Unlike other salads, this version stores for many months in the fridge. Serve on its own or toss it in vinaigrette and serve over brown rice for a quick and nutritious rice bowl dinner.

1 quart (or liter) filtered water ½ cup raw, unsalted cashews 1 tsp coconut sugar, pure maple syrup or agave nectar 1 Tbsp kefir grains (a natural starter, available at health food stores and online) Mandarin sections for garnish (optional) Use a blender to blend the water, cashews and coconut sugar (or maple syrup or agave nectar) until it’s smooth and creamy. Pour the cashew milk into a 1½- to 2-quart glass jar, making sure it is less than two-thirds full. Add the kefir grains, stir and then place the cap on the jar.

Leave the jar at room temperature for 24 to 48 hours, gently shaking it periodically. The cashew milk will become somewhat bubbly, then will begin to coagulate and separate; shake it to remix the kefir or scoop out the thicker curds and use them like soft cheese or sour cream. Refrigerate up to one week. When ready to serve, pour the kefir into a glass and garnish the rim with mandarin orange sections, if desired.

1 radish, finely chopped ½ small onion, finely chopped 1 turnip, chopped into ½-inch chunks 1 carrot, chopped into ½-inch chunks 3 small apples, chopped into ½-inch chunks Handful of green beans, cut into 1-inch lengths 1 rutabaga, chopped into ½-inch chunks 1 to 2 grape leaves, kale leaves or other large leafy greens (optional) 3 Tbsp unrefined fine or 6 Tbsp unrefined coarse sea salt 1 quart (or liter) filtered water In a medium bowl, mix the radish, onion, turnip, carrot, apples, green beans and rutabaga; then transfer to a small crock. Place the grape leaves or other leafy greens on top of the chopped ingredients to help hold them under the brine; then weigh the mix down with foodsafe weights or a jar or bowl of water. In a pitcher or large measuring cup, dissolve the salt in the water, stirring if necessary to dissolve the salt. Pour the brine over the salad, cover with a lid or cloth, and let ferment for one week. Remove the covering, weights and grape leaves or other leafy greens. Dish out into jars or a bowl, cover and refrigerate, where the salad should last six to 12 months. Recipes and photos are courtesy of Michelle Schoffro Cook and New World Library; visit



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choolchildren are learning the calming effect of tuning into their minds and bodies through a pioneering program in Baltimore, Maryland, that’s replacing time outs and school detentions with mindful moments. Trained staff—including many former students—teach yoga, mindfulness practices, meditation, centering and breath work that empower kids to resolve conflicts peacefully. Brothers Atman and Ali Smith and friend Andres Gonzalez founded the nonprofit Holistic Life Foundation (HLF) in 2001 in response to the pressing need to help kids living in challenging urban environments better manage stress, anger and other heightened emotions. Today, the organization is sowing the seeds of mindfulness with some 7,500 students a week across 18 Baltimore-area schools, usually beginning through daylong, school-wide interventions and afterschool programs supporting targeted populations. Frustrated kids cool off and center themselves through breathing exercises and meditation in the Mindful Moment Room in the HLF flagship Robert W. Coleman Elementary School. “Sometimes when I get mad, I just breathe deep. I picture being in a certain place I like and I just stop being mad… I think of being a bigger person and doing something maybe a wise man would do,” advises one fifthgrade participant. “When we had to take a big test, before I took it and in the middle, I took deep breaths to stay calm and finish the test. When everybody around you is making a lot of noises,

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bered to breathe, and then I didn’t shout.” Other schools are following suit. Mindful Schools began in 2007 as a single-school program in Oakland, California, and then expanded to support online and in-person courses and a network of mindful educators spanning all 50 states and more than 100 countries. The David Lynch Foundation funds efforts to bring transcendental meditation to underserved kids in classrooms like the Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School, in Queens, New York; Wilson High School, in Portland, Oregon; and Wayzata West Middle School, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, among others. Find easy instruction at Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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15 Ways to Craft a Circle of Caring by Linda Buzzell


n facing up to today’s often degrading environmental, economic, political, social and hyper-individualistic cultural conditions, we instinctively know that survival requires coming together to effect constructive change. Here are proven approaches to community building that work.

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Build a campfire. Whether literal or metaphoric, create a clear, focused attraction that draws people into a circle.

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Connect with nature and the seasons. Tying gatherings into what’s happening seasonally with all life forms is a traditionally effective way of fostering community.


Welcome each person. Either designate greeters or go around the circle welcoming and acknowledging each participant before proceeding with the event’s main activity. People that feel seen and known are more likely to stay involved.


Provide food and drink. Traditional societies have always taken hospitality seriously. Having people bring items to add to the collec-



tive feast is better than catering.


Ceremony, ritual and the sacred. Deep in our collective human memory lie countless spring and harvest festivals, ceremonial or religious events, meals and celebrations that included a strong sense of passage, initiation and the sacredness of all life. Use one as a springboard to add meaning to a contemporary gathering.


Collective problem solving. People bond into a community when they participate in solving a real-world community problem, helping someone in need or addressing a situation that demands a community solution. Consider using Robert’s Rules of Order or other guidelines for discussions that maintain civility, discourage competitiveness and peacefully resolve conflicts in order to reach consensus.


Storytelling. Humans learn best when seeing and hearing stories. Facts don’t arouse us as much as narratives and full-body experiences do. Bombarding people with facts won’t create desired change. We must be inspired to act on the knowledge.


Elders. Shared history, respect and affection are vital to belonging. Adults coping with a high-stress, industrialized culture might tend to find elders’ stories slow-moving and boring, but they are a critical resource for our collective survival. Beware of the “star from afar” syndrome that posits outsiders as experts, rather than honoring and developing our own community resources, which won’t disappear at the end of an event.


Gifts and sharing. As we focus on creating a sharing society versus a gimme culture, it’s nice to give small gifts such as a plant or garden flower, organic seeds or regifted items to event attendees. It’s a simple way to help everyone feel valued, appreciated and welcomed. The key is keeping events local, simple and created by the community for the community. Many hands make light work, and some of the best community events cost the host little, while everyone involved brings their own chair or blanket, serving ware and potluck dish.


Shopping. People have been bonding through meeting others in the marketplace since ancient times. Sales or silent auctions are popular when the money paid becomes a gift to the community.


A little excitement. Raffles and door prizes add fun as long as any money raised goes into the common coffers as a gift to all.


Child care. Children provide a necessary source of untamed energy and entertainment for any gathering. Multigenerational exchanges also help form and shape them through exposure to role models and life education, even if they might not feel engaged at the time.


Transportation. Facilitating carpools and providing transportation for those without cars or unable to walk builds community even before the event starts.

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Dance and body movement. Modern society makes us sit a lot. Physical action connects us in a way nothing else can. Beauty and music. Our eyes and ears are portals to the soul and spirit of the human psyche. Even a simple drum can bond individuals into a coherent group. Community singing can be powerful medicine, as places of worship ever demonstrate. A simple flower on the table or painting on the wall brings powerful archetypal energies to bear as we come together. The bottom line is that any community gathering, organization or event that engages body, mind and spirit has a far greater chance of surviving and thriving. Linda Buzzell is a psychotherapist, ecotherapist, blogger and co-editor of Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind. She co-founded a local permaculture guild, and a voluntary simplicity circle which met for 10 years in her local community. Connect at

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ome cats started their careers in barns with minimal job opportunities. With updated skills, they now boost office morale, encourage reading, promote products and provide therapy. Community cats even work in private security.

In the Office

Millennials, now comprising a third of this country’s stressed-out labor force, according to the Pew Research Center and American Psychological Association, are among those that can benefit from having a cat around. Lowered blood pressure is one result, according to research by psychologist Karen Allen, Ph.D., conducted at the University at Buffalo. Even when comfort breaks are hard to schedule, insistent cats cannot be ignored. “Pompous Albert, a rejected show cat, works at SafeWise, in Salt Lake City,” relates Sage Singleton, who handles Albert’s Instagram account. “He boosts morale, reduces stress and provides entertainment.” Carlos, a former rescue kitten, greets employees at PetNovations, in Norristown, Pennsylvania, each morning. He’s the star of the corporate Instagram account and blog, and promotes the company’s eco-friendly Cat Genie litterless cat box. Smith’s Ace Hardware and Housewares, in Princeton, New Jersey, has Dusty 24


At the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco, Duke Ellington Morris visits with patients while nurses check vital signs; he’s part of an animalassisted therapy program through the city’s Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. With the help of his humans, Jessica and Eric Hagan, of Pennsylvania’s Wolf Creek Township, Draven was certified through a local Love on a Leash chapter that qualifies pet-provided therapy animals. He showed My Cat From Hell host Jackson Galaxy his hospital routine for a segment called “My Cat From Heaven.” Draven regularly visits the Grove City Medical Center, in Pine Township, local nursing homes and service groups.

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“At 18, Cleo, my small, gray cat, retired from therapy visits and missed the attention,” says Michelle Cardosi, a retail clerk in Silt, Colorado. “Kids reading to her at the school library provided a solution that satisfied everyone.” In 2010, the public library in White Settlement, Texas, adopted Browser to remedy a rodent problem. Five years later, the city council cited pending renovations and a potential impact on allergies in backing a motion to oust Browser. Supporters, pointing out that the cat brought children through the doors, successfully petitioned to keep the four-legged employee.

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Less socially developed feral felines can provide needed services. The Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats rescues such cats from Los Angeles shelters. Each is vetted, spayed/ neutered and microchipped. “When

they’re adopted out in threes, community cats are more likely to stay on the job,” notes founder and headmistress Shawn Simons. “In Southern California, working cats are employed as assistants to brewmasters at the Monkish Brewery to protect the grain and hops and at

Saluti Cellars as vintner support in charge of gopher population control,” says Simons. “More traditionally, cats at the Portuguese Bend Riding Club barn discourage mice and make friends with horses and riders.” The school’s Working Cat Program partners with area recycling centers, golf courses, warehouses and industrial parks that could otherwise lose hundreds of millions of dollars annually due to vermin-related structural damage, including gnawed wiring and other potential fire hazards. “Businesses get an all-natural, safe and effective way to control pests and cats live life naturally,” says Simons. Working cats of many stripes are becoming increasingly common. For a business, it’s a money-saver; for a cat, it’s a lifesaver. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@

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Sleep: An Ayurvedic Perspective – 7-8:30pm. Join our discussion about individualized approaches to treating sleep disorders, including various causes, effects, and ways to counteract these issues using home remedies, herbs, and Ayurvedic medicine. $20. Eka Yoga Studio, 621 5th Ave N,

Finding Your Inner Master with Tulku Lobsang Rinpoche – 7:30-9pm. We look outside ourselves for teachers and for answers, but what we really need is to find our inner master. How do we find our inner master? Through asking the right question. In this public talk, Tulku Lobsang introduces the 108 secret questions of Tibet, a traditional method for discovering great truths. Seattle Unity, 200 8th Ave. N. $20.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 Plant Whispering 101 – 1-4pm. Take a connective journey through Discovery Park as Suzanne Lentz, founder of Botany of the Soul, shares her secrets to communing with plant life. Learn to build a relationship with the forest, including medicinal and practical uses of local plants. And, taste wildcrafted herbal beverages. $55. Registration required. Discovery Park, West Point Lighthouse, Seattle. 888-963-9425 or Multi-Farm Restoration Party – 9am-12pm. Join volunteers at Zestful Gardens, Inch Acres Farm, Early Bird Farm and neighboring properties in the Clear Creek area of the Puyallup Watershed. Organized by the PCC Farmland Trust and the Pierce Conservation District. Registration and addresses at

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1 Tibetan Singing Bowl Meditation – 5-6pm, Tibetan bowls have been used for centuries in Buddhist cultures as an aid to meditation. They produce a rich and compelling tone that helps the listener relax and enter a state of deep calm and mental focus. Donations accepted. 2007 NW 61st St, Ballard. 206-402-2633.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 2 Meditation Monday – 7-8:30pm. Learn a style of meditation based on a fusion of ancient techniques of toga and mind acrobatics, mixed with modern techniques of psychology and Nuero Linguistic Programming. It is great for beginners and those who have a difficult time quieting the mind and also very effective for the seasoned spiritualist. $10-20. Union 512 at Pier View Chiropractic, 19987 1st Ave S., Suite 102, Normandy Park. Meet Seattle’s Urban Beavers – 6:30-7:30pm. Today, beavers have returned to many streams and waterways of Seattle. Come join us as we discuss beavers, tour their work, and potentially view some busy beavers in action. Free. Center for Urban Horticulture, 501 NE 45th St, Seattle. 206-685-8033.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4 Mind Training: How to Use the 8 Verses of Thought Transformation with Tulku Lobsang Rinpoche – 10am-1pm. In this workshop, Tulku Lobsang will explore the practice of compassion using the book The Eight Verses of Thought Transformation. This small book contains massive insights into practical ways we can expand our compassion, open our hearts, and awaken our minds. Seattle Unity, 200 8th Ave. N. $45. Pulse Diagnosis in Tibetan Medicine with Tulku Lobsang Rinpoche – 5:30-8:30pm. Reading the information conveyed in the pulse is a key element of Tibetan Medicine. The pulse is considered to be an ambassador, carrying information transmitted from the interior of the body outward. $55. Bastyr University, Kenmore Campus, 14500 Juanita Dr NE, Kenmore.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5 The Everyday Ketogenic Kitchen Book Tour – 7-9pm. Join Carolyn Ketchum, the writer and photographer behind the popular low carb food blog, All Day I Dream About Food, as she celebrates the launch of her first cookbook, The Everyday Ketogenic Kitchen. Free. Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way Northeast, Seattle.

Glow In The Dark: Seattle Humane’s Walk For The Animals – 5:30-9pm. Register to walk, start a team, and fundraise to save thousands of animals right here in the Puget Sound region and beyond. Then leash up your pup and join us for a glow-inthe-dark walk around Green Lake on Oct. 7 to celebrate the life-saving support of animal lovers like you. Don’t miss the adoptable dog parade, raffle, family activities, and visit Mud Bay’s photobooth, pet-centric vendors and more. Funds raised will benefit the Humane Society’s Disaster and LifeSaver Rescue programs that transfer at-risk animals to safety at Seattle Humane. Registration required: 425-373-5388 or Tattoos Honoring Breast Cancer Awareness – 128pm. Dark Age Tattoo and Restorative Tattoo Arts hosts a $50 tattoo day in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Artists will be donating all of their earnings for the day to Northwest Hope Healing. Prepare to wait in line for an extended period of time. $50. Dark Age Tattoo,1205 E. Pike St., Seattle.


The NW Mind Body Spirit Connection – 10am5pm. Expo featuring natural health enthusiasts, yogis, organic food lovers, healers, fitness experts, alternative medicine doctors, holistic health advocates, and spiritual growth leaders for a fun and informative learning experience. Free. Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead Rd., Camano Island on Nov. 5 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. 425-359-7974. Puget Sound Heart & Stroke Walk – 7am-12pm. Walk in honor of someone affected by heart disease or stroke or to celebrate good health. The event is family friendly and features a 5K untimed walk, a 1K Warrior Walk, a health expo and more. Festivities kick off at 7:30am and the walk starts at 9am. Registration required at

Defend DACA Rally & Candlelight Vigil –510pm. Participants are going to line Aurora Avenue as far as possible with signs until dark, and then do the same thing with candles at 9pm. DefendingDACA.

Clean Sweep: Electronics, Clothing & Styrofoam Recycling – 9am-3pm. Our Redeemer’s is partnering with Living Green Technology for an E-recycling event, open to the public. Living Green Technology does not accept metals or large appliances. They do accept electronics for recycling. For a list of accepted electonics: Also accepted: clean, dry styrofoam (please remove all tape and labels; sorry we cannot accept hot tub covers, insulating foam or anything that is dirty, wet or has been left outside). Plus, gently used clothing will be collected for donation to The Bridge Care Center. Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church, 2400 NW 85th St, Seattle.

Salmon Homecoming Celebration — 11am3pm. Attendees and volunteers are invited to save the date for the annual event held at the historic Puyallup Fish Hatchery. Enjoy guided tours, crafts, educational and vendor booths, and more. Free. 1416 14th St SW, Puyallup. events/1344064715630776.

Greenline Planting Party – 10am-12pm. Help us create community green space under the power lines in the Duwamish River Valley. Join us for a fun day of planting to learn about native plants and pollinators. Come as you are, all ages and abilities are welcome. We’ll provide all the tools and gloves, and bring along some delicious hot food and beverages.


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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18 Vegetarian Dining Event – 7-8:30pm. Come join us at The Upper Crust in Seattle to enjoy a delicious, vegetarian, multi-course meal, hear an insightful speech by our president Amanda on a key vegetarian topic, enjoy live guitar music, and meet lots of interesting people. Registration Required. $12.95 + tax for members, $16.95 + tax for guests. Children 6-12 are half price, and children 5 and under are free. The Upper Crust Catering Co., 8420 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle. 206-706-2635.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26 Healing Justice Film Screening – 6-8:30pm. A community film screening and dialogue that is part of a multi-city tour of a new documentary film. Hosted by Dr. Shakti Butler, film producer and director, this film asks America to talk about the causes and consequences of our current system of justice, and how do our current structures discount and dehumanize young people of color as well as our poorest and most vulnerable citizens. $15/general admission, $5/student and community organizer admission. Pigott Auditorium at Seattle University, 901 12th Ave, Seattle.

SATUDAY, OCTOBER 28 Seattle Ayurveda Fair – 10am-5pm. Learn about the powerful and ancient system of healing, Ayurveda.Event includes workshops, demos, exhibitors, products and services. Homemade khichdi lunch will be provided, suggested donation $5. Free event admission. 3003 NW 66th St, Seattle. Love at the Crossroads: Climate and Social Justice – 9am-5pm. Hear keynote speaker Deborah Parker, former vice chair of the Tulalip tribe, then pick three workshops to attend: agriculture, immigration, trees, health care, racism, oceans, transportation, housing, and more. In each workshop we will look at both how that issue effects climate, as well as how climate effects that particular issue and what the solutions are. Registration required, sliding scale donation/ fee, vegan lunch included. Mt Zion Baptist Church, 1634 19th Ave., Seattle.

THURSDAYS Free Meditation Happy Hour – 3-4pm. Learn more about the Happiness Program and how Sudarshan Kriya can have a lasting impact in your life. During our Free Meditation Happy Hour we’ll explore the ancient science of the mind, learn powerful breathing-techniques that infuse the body with energy, and experience a deep, guided meditation. Free.

FRIDAYS Lift Your Spirits with Dena Marie – 8-9am. Discover fascinating people, inspiring activities and places that will lift one’s spirits in this radio show. Tune in to 1150 AM KKNW Alternative Talk Radio every Friday at 8am. 425-350-5448.

SATURDAYS Sew Up Seattle – 11am-1pm the fourth Saturday of the month. Bring your own project and sewing machine or create with our donated fabrics and machines. Men, women and children of all ages are welcome. Beginners too! Please use 8th Ave. doors. To help those with sensitivities, please come fragrance-free. Free. Sewing Room in Denny Park Lutheran Church, 766 John St.,Seattle. For more information:

SUNDAYS Hillman City Meditation at Kanjin Yoga Center – 4-5:30pm. Silent meditation 45 minutes followed by group discussion 45 minutes. Comfortable seating, calm setting, discussion topic changes weekly. $10/suggested donation. Kanjin Yoga, 5701 Rainier Ave S. Suite B, Seattle. Free Meditation Happy Hour – 6:30-7:30pm. Learn more about the Happiness Program and how Sudarshan Kriya can have a lasting impact in your life. During our Free Meditation Happy Hour we’ll explore the ancient science of the mind, learn powerful breathing-techniques that infuse the body with energy, and experience a deep, guided meditation. Free. Tiger Mountain Room, Meadow Creek Business Center, 22525 SE 64th Place, Issaquah.

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Diabetes Prevention & Reversal plus: Silent Retreats

November articles include: Lifestyle Changes for Diabetics, Stretching Modalities, The Benefits of Silent Retreats and more!

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