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elcome to the April issue of Seattle Natural Awakenings! This month marks our one-year anniversary publishing in Seattle. It’s been such an adventure, and it wouldn’t be possible without our fantastic readers, advertisers, and the friends and family who have helped us in so many ways. We are now reaching 40,000 people every single month with a positive message of health and sustainability, while helping build a network among the holistic and green-living community through our calendar of events, news briefs, ads for eco- and health-friendly businesses as well as a just-right blend of locally written and nationally relevant content. If I could sum it up in a sentence, I’d say this past year has been hard at times, but always good, and I wouldn’t trade this journey, with the fabulous, inspiring explorers, envelope-pushers and game-changers that I have met along the way, for anything. To enhance the journey even more, we’re expanding our online presence and launching a new website, blog and iPhone app very soon, with more exciting frontiers to come, so join us on this trek. What better motif for our anniversary than this month’s “Green Living” theme, yielding an issue positively packed with sustainable ideas to improve and support your life and our world. Don’t miss “The Green Home Checklist” (page 14) for a whole-house, green tune-up. Just as critical as opting for natural cleaning products and no-VOC paint is being aware and fulfilling the maintenance requirements of your home. “Green Home Operations” (page 22) will open your eyes to easy and inexpensive ways to protect your family’s health and the value of your green home at the same time. To see these ideas in action, attend the 2012 Green Home Tour, April 21 and 22. Find out the highlights of this second annual event (page 11), including opportunities to translate inspiration into reality with two days of hands-on learning this year: an eco-expo and a day of workshops. Get details, including the notes on featured homes and more, by flipping this issue over to view the Green Home Tour official program. To kick off our second year publishing Natural Awakenings magazine, I am committing to expand our capacity to facilitate conversations in the community, both in these pages and online. I view this magazine as a gateway to greater action, and in that spirit, we plan to highlight many more organizations, green and holistic businesses and resources so you can learn, connect with and enhance your sustainable, healthy and conscious lifestyle over the coming year. Want to join the conversation? Friend me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter (SeattleNA), or see what inspires me on Pinterest (Natural Awakenings - search for people). To your good health,


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

11 THE 2012 GREEN HOME TOUR Guide To Top Highlights And Features by Cate O’dahl

14 GREEN HOME CHECKLIST Room-by-Room Steps We Can Take, Starting Right Now by Crissy Trask


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20 YOGA OFF THE MAT Yogis Take Their Practice Into The World by Andrea Blair Cirignano

22 GREEN HOME OPERATIONS Critical Maintenance Ensures Eco-Healthy Home Performance by Doug Kennedy

24 WASTE NOT, WANT NOT 10 Ways to Reduce Costly Food Waste by Amber Lanier Nagle




A Conversation with Frances Moore Lappé by Linda Sechrist

28 FOREST BATHING The Healing Power Of A Walk In The Woods by Maggie Spilner


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newsbriefs Soaring Heart Offers New Sleep Yoga Classes


oaring Heart Natural Bed Company is offering donationbased sleep yoga classes on Friday nights beginning April 6, from 6:30-8pm. “On a physical level, yoga can address physical aliments that prevent sound sleeping through a combination of stretching and strengthening,” says instructor Natalie Ginapp. “When sleep is disturbed, it seems like everything in life becomes harder. Sound sleep is essential to our overall well-being, both physically and mentally.” Classes will include gentle stretching, integrate breath and mindfulness practices, and the last part of class includes a guided meditation designed to help release tension in the body and mind. Participants are asked to bring their yoga mat, blanket, and wear comfortable clothes (changing rooms are not available, and Soaring Heart is a fragrancefree facility). The classes will be held at Soaring Heart’s showroom in the Nickerson neighborhood and donations will benefit the Healing Center of Seattle. “Regardless of whether you have chronic sleeping issues or have intermittent challenges to restful sleep, there are natural solutions that can help you sleep with greater ease,” Ginapp says. “It is important to note that some sleeping conditions and some folks will need medical assistance for their individual situations; however, we can all benefit from tips on how to sleep well.” Soaring Heart Natural Bed Company is located at 101 Nickerson St, Suite 400, Seattle. Classes are limited to 20 attendees. Registration required at For more information: 206-282-1717.

Mighty House Construction Volunteers 1,500 Hours


aura and Doug Elfline, the owners of Mighty House Construction recently marked their 1500th volunteer hour since they founded their sustainable construction company three years ago. Their primary objectives in volunteering, they say, are to support nonprofits that promote ecological sustainability and to build authentic relationships. “We have benefited immensely from friendships and the support of people in the green community, so it’s very important to us to be supportive of sustainability efforts and organizations in Seattle and the Northwest,” explains Laura. The Elflines have donated time and energy to chairing

and serving on committees for multiple organizations and projects, including CoolMom, the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild, Seattle Good Business Network, Network for Business Innovation and Sustainability (NBIS), and the West Seattle Tool Library, where they host the monthly workshop Ask Photo: Mira Stories for Think Local An Expert—for the DIYer (second Thursdays). Mighty House Construction specializes in sustainable remodels and new additions. Their work has been highlighted as part of the 2011 and 2012 Green Home Tours (see page 11) and the 10x10x10 Green Building Slam, both programs of the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild. For more information: 206-715-0893 or

Green Friends Litter Project Passes 1,000-Hour Milestone


embers of the Pacific Northwest Green Friends Litter Project (GFLP) have collectively completed more than 1,000 hours of volunteer work since the movement began in July 2011. GFLP is a global grassroots environmental movement founded by internationally known humanitarian and spiritual leader Mata Amritanandamayi, better known as Amma. More than 200 adults and children are now members of the project, logging the time monthly that they spend picking up litter in groups and individually, says GFLP organizer Karuna Poole. “Members love to be serving Mother Nature in this way,” Poole explains. “Also, every time we clean something up in a public place, whether it is in a park, on a beach, or on a city street, we are seen by people walking by; by people in passing buses and cars and by people waiting for the buses or just hanging out. Some of them may themselves start cleaning up litter. Some may teach their children. Some may think twice before they throw garbage on the ground. This is one way to change the world,” she concludes. GFLP is one of the projects of Embracing the World, a notfor-profit international collective of charities founded by Amma. To learn more about the Green Friends Litter Project, email or visit For more information about Amma, visit and natural awakenings

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Breema: The Art of Being Present Returns to Seattle


Costs: Free introduction; 7 to 8:30 p.m., May 4. Weekend workshop, May 6-7, $200. Discounted rates available for one-day attendance or payment before April 23rd.

weekend of Breema, Self-Breema and the Nine Principles of Harmony is taking place May 5 and 6 at Studio M’illumino, in the Roosevelt District. “A Breema weekend is a unique opportunity to experience a holistic, body-based practice that teaches us practical steps we can take to unify the energies of mind, body and feelings to become present,” says Breema instructor Birthe Kaarsholm. By studying and applying Breema’s Nine Principles of Harmony, practitioners say they move from complication toward simplicity and support an open-hearted and openminded posture toward life. “Breema brings you to the level at which you can be nurtured, rather than drained, by your relationship to your body, your surroundings, other people and all life,” explains Breema instructor Roxanne Caswell. “The flowing movements of Breema bodywork and Self-Breema exercises are a delight to learn, practice and receive.” According to proponents, Breema’s direct approach to being present can be integrated and applied in any profession and in all activities of daily life, helping to bring greater harmony to all relationships. Classes are suitable for people with or without prior bodywork experience, as long as they can comfortably sit and work on a carpeted floor. Continuing education credit is available.

Location: 6921 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle. For more information and to register, call 510-428-0937, email Center@ or visit

Local Yoga Instructor Offers Donation Based Classes


ocal yoga instructor Johanna Schimpff is offering donation-based group classes in her recently opened Santosha Yoga Seattle. The name, “Santosha,” means contentment, something that Schimpff says she strives to bring into her student’s lives. “My group classes at Santosha Yoga Studio are donation based because I want to make yoga affordable for everyone,” Schimpff says. “This is how yogic saints and swamis lived in India a thousand years ago. They dedicated their lives to their dharma (calling) and their needs were taken care of.” Schimpff has studied a variety of styles of yoga from Anusara, to Pattabhi Jois’ Ashtanga, as well as restorative and yoga therapy. “My classes incorporate vinyasa (flowing asanas) along with pranayama and meditation,” Schimpff explains. “I also offer yin/yang classes along with yoga

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nidra. For illness and injury recovery, I focus on gentle movement and held stretches that will gradually increase mobility, flexibility and strength.” She currently offers private, group and yoga therapy sessions. “I am able to adapt my style to meet the needs of the individual students and enjoy getting to know each yogi and yogini I meet,” Schimpff says. Mention Natural Awakenings to receive 50 percent off the cost of one private yoga session. For more information: or join the Santosha Yoga Meetup group by searching “Santosha Yoga Seattle” on

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Cash is Great But Barter is Smarter by Linda Sechrist


rthur Kaliel’s first experience with “barter is smarter” may have been 25 years ago but he still remembers it. “I worked for a small printing company in 1986 and I was curious to know how my boss could afford to treat my wife and I to such great dinners and top-notch vacations,” says Kaliel, a marketing agent for ITEX Corporation. “When I asked, he told me that his generous employee perks were possible because he accepted barter dollars from restaurants and resorts for his printing services,” advises Kaliel. Kaliel liked the idea of cashless business transactions so much that in 1992 he went to work for Business Exchange International (BXI), which was bought out in 2004 by ITEX, the leading marketplace for cashless business transactions across North America. ITEX provides a stable and secure infrastructure for businesses to barter and has over 90 franchisees and licensees serving over 24,000 member businesses nationwide. The ITEX corporate office, located in Bellevue, debits and credits member accounts processing over $100 million a year in transactions and provides 24/7 automated check authorization service via the internet and by phone to insure that all barter checks clear. An ITEX Checking Account lets members pay for their purchases with offsetting ITEX Check sales rather than cash. Every ITEX member enjoys new business and saves cash on every purchase. Ordinary bank checks and credit cards require payment in 100 percent cash dollars. But every dollar spent with ITEX Checks can be paid with one dollar in new ITEX sales. A member’s actual cash cost is only the cost of their inventory, so they profit by the amount of their

markup. When making a sale, members must charge the same price to ITEX members that they charge their cash customers. Prices may not be increased for an ITEX sale. Sales tax and shipping is paid in cash and all sales up to $5,000 must be at 100 percent ITEX trade credits. For the portion of a transaction over $5,000 a percentage of cash may be negotiated. “Initially when I joined, I took my ITEX checks home and showed my wife the $2500 line of credit that every member gets when they sign on,” says Kaliel, who adds that he still recalls his wife’s skepticism. “After three days of cashless lunches, dinners, baseball games, Disneyland, hair appointments and new shoes, my wife endorsed it and said ‘this is cool, let’s keep doing it,’” says Kaliel. “To continue I had to sell some printing for BSI [now ITEX] dollars,” says Kaliel. According to Kaliel, bartering is especially well suited to service-based businesses, such as printing, accounting, consulting or graphic design. In a service-based business, income often depends on the ability to charge an hourly wage. Time that isn't accounted for doesn't produce income, so a services business can benefit from using barter to turn excess hours into hard goods. Just about anything can be purchased on barter. With ITEX’s national membership of over 24,000 businesses there are literally thousands of categories for goods and services to choose from. “Members tell me about other businesses they want to add to our directory and I go out and recruit them,” advises Kaliel. “The more members trade and the more referrals they bring me, the more cash they save because they are paying with ITEX dollars. Many of our members are like me; once they started bartering they never wanted to pay cash for anything.” Contact Arthur Kaliel at 760-613-6412 or Visit

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oney’s use as a medicine was described on Sumerian clay tablets dating back 4,000 years, and ancient Egyptians made ointments of the sticky substance to treat wounds. Now, contemporary scientists have shown that manuka honey, which comes from New Zealand, could be an efficient way to clear chronically infected wounds and help reverse bacterial resistance to antibiotics. Professor Rose Cooper, of the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, in the UK, has investigated how manuka honey interacts with bacteria such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Group A Streptococcus and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). She discovered that the honey interfered with their growth, blocking the formation of biofilms that can wall off such bacteria from antibiotic remedies.

Green Veggies Boost Immunity


esearchers reporting in the journal Cell have found another good reason to fill our plates with plenty of green vegetables like bok choy and broccoli: Tiny chemical compounds found in these healthful greens interact with the immune cells of the gut, known as intraepithelial lymphocytes (IEL), by effectively protecting them and boosting their numbers. IELs, white blood cells that inhabit the lining of many body cavities and structures, are concentrated in the gastrointestinal tract, where their primary purpose is to destroy target cells that are infected by pathogens. Because pathogens frequently enter the body via the gastrointestinal tract, a high IEL count benefits overall health. Source: Babraham Institute, Cambridge, UK

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healthbriefs Recipe for Strong Bones


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ost Americans get more than enough of the calcium they need from food, so taking a supplement can be unnecessary and even dangerous. What many are not getting are the essential nutrients and other minerals that help calcium in its mission to help build strong bones. The lifecycle of bones is not dissimilar to those of other types of cells, except that our ability to rebuild strong bones, called bone remodeling, can diminish with age, resulting in bone loss (known as osteopenia) or osteoporosis. Collagen is the best known building block for healthy bones, and to build collagen, we need: vitamins C, D and K plus folic acid, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, boron, manganese, phosphorus, copper and strontium. Further, we need them all in correct proportion to optimize their effectiveness without overloading the system with excess nutrients, which can cause damage. Data culled from 12,000 participants in the 15-year Women’s Health Initiative launched in 1991 and recently re-analyzed at the University of Auckland, in New Zealand, for example, shows that excess calcium can actually cause heart disease and increase the risk of heart attacks. The solution for maintaining strong bones is to look for a high quality supplement that contains all of the aforementioned ingredients with little or no calcium content. For more information, call 888-465-4404 or visit See ad, page 27.

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mproving overall health can be as simple as putting one foot in front of the other—and April 6, National Start! Walking Day, is the ideal opportunity to begin a regular walking routine. American Heart Association (AHA) research shows that individuals can gain about two hours of life for every hour engaged in regular, vigorous exercise—a two-for-one deal that’s hard to beat. Walking just 30 minutes per day, five days a week, can also help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke, promote better sleep and assist in maintaining healthy body weight. Visit for resources to kick-start a heart-friendly regimen. The site offers links to local walking paths, heart-healthy recipes, an online progress tracker and an app that helps walkers find and create paths while traveling. To find walking buddies or start a walking club, visit AHA’s


The 2012 Green Home Tour Celebrate Earth Day In The Greater Seattle Area by Cate O’dahl


he Seattle chapter of the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild presents an Earth Day weekend showcasing green building ideas. Their annual Green Home Tour takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 21 and 22, offering a free, self-guided exploration of more than 25 projects—homes, multi-family dwellings, cottages and more—that have been designed, constructed, retrofitted or remodeled using techniques, materials and features that protect and conserve natural resources. Guild members and their clients are opening their homes and unfinished projects for a rare peek behind the walls. Most sites are in Seattle, but others are located in Issaquah, Bothell, Kent, Shoreline and other King County cities, and new this year, homes in Kitsap County will also be featured. The weekend also offers a Green Home Expo on Saturday at Green Depot and a day of workshops at Greenhome Solutions on Sunday. All the homes on the tour provide visitors an up-close look at green building, from sustainable design and energy-efficient upgrades to deconstruction, and landscaping, as well as opportunities to talk with the builders, designers and other professionals about the projects. Participants will take home hands-on information about how they can choose strategies that might work in their own homes. “Sustainable is Attainable” is the catch phrase for homes that showcase affordable options, while “Extreme Green” represents inspiring homes featuring elements that may not be cost-effective for every family but may spark ideas and dreams for comparable possibilities. A West Seattle Extreme Green

project shows off radiant heat, solar hot water, backyard chickens and a rainwater collection system. The zHome, in Issaquah, is a revolutionary 10-unit townhome project designed to generate as much energy as it needs and attain net-zero energy consumption within one year. A single-family project, in Ballard, also demonstrates a net-zero energy consumption system, giving tour guests a picture of what it takes to eliminate their power bills. In addition to the Green Home Tour, the weekend offers two other opportunities to learn about green building. The Green Home Expo, at Green Depot, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.,

April 21, will showcase solar contractors, energy-efficiency providers, green material suppliers and more. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 22, six energy conservation workshops will take place at Greenhome Solutions; topics include lighting, duct sealing, heat pumps, financing energy projects and more. The weekend also offers games and activities for children, along with take-home gifts, such as a free Chinook Book, courtesy of IKEA, and vegetable seed packets from Grower’s Gold. Playing the Green Home Tour Game gives tour visitors the chance to win prizes including family-oriented fun at the Woodland Park Zoo or gift certificates to local green building suppliers. Carpool, walk, bike or bus, and come and see for yourself what green living is. Locations: Green Home Expo: Green Depot, 4121 First Ave. S., Seattle. 206315-1958. Workshops: Greenhome Solutions, 1210 W. Nickerson St., Seattle (Lower Queen Ann/Ballard neighborhood). 206-284-2281. For more information, visit SeattleGreenHomeTour. org or simply flip this magazine over for the Tour Brochure.

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Simple Tips For Making Greener Choices For Your Pet by Darla Rewers, DVM





Avoid food colorings in food. They are unnecessary, merely used for marketing to make processed foods look more like meat or vegetables. Some food colorings can affect the nerves and create other problems.

Avoid synthetic preservatives such as BHA, BHT and ethoxyquin. These are known carcinogens, and are still often used in crackers and meat for people as well as pets. Look for rosemary, vitamin E or mixed tocopherols as natural preservatives, or buy fresh frozen foods.



Avoid by-products in food—these can be toenails and feathers, which are not very digestible but contribute to the overall protein level the food can claim. Minimize wheat, corn and soy, because these are common culprits for food allergies in pets, necessitating vet visits that could otherwise be avoided.


Avoid weed and bug killers in your own yard and house. By being aware of what chemicals we are using,

we can help pets have fewer chemicals to process. Vinegar and water can be a non-toxic and inexpensive substitute for household cleaners and mildewkillers. Baking soda can be used to scour. Rubbing alcohol can polish stainless steel or bathroom fixtures. Any shampoo or soap will kill fleas off pets. Soapy water will kill aphids on plants.


Buying local products means less fuel and packaging was used to get those products to their end point.


Fancy treats aren’t necessary for pets. Some contribute to kidney problems and digestive woes. Many dogs and cats crave more attention and praise. Try using kind petting and gentle massage instead of loading pets up with treats while training or bonding. Mindfulness can improve our green score in many ways. Read labels and think about where the products and packaging will go after we use them. Raising awareness of the products and medications we use can be an easy first step to becoming greener. Darla Rewers, DVM, is the owner of Ancient Arts Veterinary Acupuncture Services, located at 110 N. 36th St. Seattle. For more information, call 206-547-1025 or visit

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GREEN HOME CHECKLIST Room-by-Room Steps We Can Take, Starting Right Now

instead of paper; dishwasher-safe serving ware instead of single-use paper or plastic; glass or recycled food storage containers in place of throwaway plastic bags and wrap; and natural fiber dishcloths to replace paper towels and plastic sponges.

4 Clean naturally. Chemical powerhouses have become the norm in household cleaning products, but they are not essential. Non-toxic cleaners are up to the task, from cleaning a sink to an oven.

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reen living is being embraced by more folks than ever, in ways both large and small, giving the Earth some much-needed kindness. If you’re interested in some good ideas that fall between a total home solar installation and basic recycling—with many delivering big impacts—check out Natural Awakenings’ room-by-room green checklist. You’ll find inspired, practical changes that are doable starting right now.


The kitchen can be a hot spot for waste. Eileen Green, with, says that reducing waste, conserving water and increasing energy efficiency are

all important considerations within an environmentally friendly kitchen.

4 Eat up food. Each year, a typical household discards an estimated 474 pounds of food waste, according to University of Arizona research—at large economic and environmental cost. Buying more fresh food than we can eat before the expiration date is up and allowing leftovers to expire in the fridge are culprits. “Drawing up menus and avoiding buying on impulse can help,” advises Green. Compost food scraps at home or sign up for curbside composting, if it’s offered locally. Disposing of food in garbage disposals or landfills is not environmentally sound.

4 Dispense with disposables. Replace disposable paper and plastic products with durable, lasting alternatives: cloth napkins

pliances bearing the Energy Star logo are up to 50 percent more energy efficient than standard ones. This translates to significant savings in annual operating costs.

4 Filter water with less waste. Bottled water is expensive and wasteful. Instead, purchase a home-filtering system that uses recycled or reusable filters. On the road, carry tasty filtered water in a reusable glass bottle.

4 Conserve water. Run dishwashers only when fully loaded and fill the sink with water, rather than running it down the drain, when washing by hand. Use water only to wet and rinse; otherwise turn it off.

4 Phase out non-stick skillets. Teflon coatings can leach toxins when damaged or overheated. Play it safe and begin assembling a set of cookware that includes properly seasoned cast iron, which is naturally non-stick.

4 Avoid cheap reusable shopping bags. Flimsy reusable bags end up as trash within a few months under normal use. Buy a set of high quality reusable bags that will give years of use.


“Most people spend more time in the bedroom than in any other room of the



house,” remarks Huffington Post Eco Etiquette columnist Jennifer Grayson. “So it’s important to focus on making bedrooms as green and healthy as possible.” She advocates paying special attention to sleepwear, bedding and furniture people sleep on.

is non-toxic, or else you’ll be wearing Find more big ideas in toxic chemical residues next to your Natural Awakenings’ article, skin all day, cautions MacEachern. “Spring Green Rehab,” at 4 Select cold water. On average, only 10 percent of the energy used by

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enough for sleeping with the addition of a slight breeze from an open window or a slow-running floor or ceiling fan.

springs can be constructed of plywood or particleboard, which commonly contain formaldehyde, classified as a probable human carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and a toxic air contaminant by the state of California. Choose those that have been certified as formaldehyde-free or with low emissions. A platform bed made of Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood, sourced from sustainably managed forests, is a healthy alternative.

4 Don’t sleep on a cloud of chemicals. “If your face is pressed up against a conventional mattress for seven hours a night, then you’re going to be breathing in whatever chemicals are off-gassing from that mattress for seven hours a night,” warns Grayson. Mattresses are commonly treated with fire-retardant chemicals to comply with U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission rules. To avoid toxic chemicals like the hydrocarbon toluene, emitted from mattresses stuffed with polyurethane foam, instead look for untreated, wool-covered mattresses (wool is a natural fire retardant) filled with natural latex or containing a spring system wrapped with organic cotton batting. Non-organic cotton production relies on lots of hazardous synthetic chemicals in its production. Organic cotton, linen and wool bedding are safer bets, especially when certified to meet strict environmental standards.

4 Block the afternoon sun. During the day, shut off air-conditioning vents inside bedrooms and block the afternoon sun with interior or exterior solar shades. By day’s end, even in warm climates, bedrooms should be cool

4 Go wireless. It’s impossible to completely avoid electromagnetic radiation from today’s technologies, so lower exposure in the bedroom by removing electronic devices and placing electrical items at least five feet away from the bed. 4 Forget fabric softeners. Most fabric softeners contain highly toxic chemicals that latch onto sheets and can be inhaled or absorbed directly into the bloodstream through skin. Instead, add a quarter-cup of baking soda to the wash cycle to soften sheets and other laundry.

4 Leave the lights off. Motion-detecting nightlights save energy while allowing safe passage in the wee hours.

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a clothes washer runs the machine; the other 90 percent goes to heat the water. The typical American household does about 400 loads of laundry each year, resulting in much energy squandered on hot water. With the exception of laundering greasy spots or stubborn stains, routinely wash in cold water, using a cold-water eco-detergent.

4 Install a clothesline. Running a dryer for just 40 minutes can use the energy equivalent of a 15-watt, compact fluorescent bulb lit for a week. Stretch out a line and hang clothes outside to dry in the fresh air to save about $100 a year on electric bills. The sun imparts a disinfectant benefit as a bonus.

4 Replace an old machine. A washer or dryer that is older than 10 years has hidden costs. notes that an older machine uses more energy and can cost from 10 to 75 percent more to operate than a new, high-efficiency appliance.

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In a typical U.S. home, the washing machine accounts for 21 percent of home water use and combined, the washer and dryer comprise 5 to 8 percent of home energy demands. Diane MacEachern, founder of and author of Big Green Purse: Use Your Spending Power to Create a Cleaner, Greener World, explains that a good way to conserve key resources is to use these appliances less—reducing the number of loads and drying items on outdoor clotheslines or indoor racks. MacEachern says, “You can probably wash things like sweatshirts and blue jeans less frequently without much consequence, and a clothesline requires no energy other than the sun.” Also, make sure that whatever goes into the washer or dryer with clothes

ucts. Conventional laundry soaps contain chemicals that can be problematic for us and wreak havoc on marine ecosystems. Look for cold-water brands that are fragrance- and phosphate-free.

4 Switch to concentrates. Concentrated detergents translate to less energy used in shipping, less waste and more value.

4 Stop static cling without dryer sheets. Never over-dry clothes and always dry natural fibers separately from synthetics to prevent static cling.


The smallest room in the house is a disproportionately large contributor to household environmental impacts. In an average non-conservation-minded American home, 38,000 gallons of water annually go down the drains and toilet. “Along with that water,” says

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MacEachern, “You’ll be washing lots of personal care and cleaning products down the drain, as well, where they could get into local natural water supplies and make life difficult for birds, frogs and fish.” Sara Snow, television host and author of Sara Snow’s Fresh Living: The Essential Room-by-Room Guide to a Greener, Healthier Family and Home, cautions against personal skin care products with questionable chemical ingredients. “A good percentage of them are being absorbed right into our bloodstream, so focus on ingredients that do no harm; ones that help our bodies instead, such as nourishing and healing botanicals.”

4 Slow the flow. Ultra-efficient showerheads use as little as 1 gallon per minute (gpm); aerated types that mix air into the water stream to enhance pressure provide a good soak and rinse using less than half the water than some other low-flow showerheads. At the sink, aerators should flow between 0.5 and 1 gpm—plenty of pressure for brushing teeth and washing hands.

4 Flush responsibly. According to the EPA, the toilet alone can use 27 percent of household water. Replace older toilets (pre-1994) with new, higher efficiency models for savings of two to six gallons per flush.

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4 Shun a plastic shower curtain. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) has been called “the poison plastic” for its highly toxic lifecycle, which includes the release of dioxins into the air and water. These toxic chemicals persist in ecosystems and can cause cancer. PVC shower curtains are also a short-life product that cannot be recycled, so switch to a PVC-free alternative. Organic hemp is the eco-shower curtain gold standard.

4 Ban antibacterial products. Triclosan is a popular antibacterial agent found in many household cleaners, hand soaps, cosmetics and even toothpaste. It’s also a registered pesticide and probable human carcinogen that’s showing up in the environment and children’s urine. The Mayo Clinic suggests that triclosan may contribute to the development of antibiotic-resistant germs and harm the immune system, making us more susceptible to bacteria.

4 Install a shower filter that removes chlorine. Chlorine, which is increasingly being linked to some cancers, is used by many municipalities to disinfect water supplies. People absorb more chlorine through the skin and by inhaling chlorine vapors when bathing and showering than from drinking it.

4 Use recycled and unbleached paper products. Using recycled bath tissue helps close the recycling loop on all the paper we dutifully recycle at the curb. Unbleached varieties keep chlorine byproducts like dioxins out of the environment.

4 Remove bad odors instead of covering them up. In a University of California study, chemical air fresheners were found to have higher concentrations of polluting volatile organic compounds (VOC) than any other household cleaning product. Long-term exposure to some VOCs have been linked with adverse health effects. This Natural Awakenings checklist suggests steps that are possible in making any home healthier, safer and more enjoyable. Start checking off items today and begin shrinking the family’s ecological footprint right away. Crissy Trask is the founder of Green and author of the bestselling, It’s Easy Being Green: A Handbook for Earth-Friendly Living. Follow her at

GREEN UN-ROOM CHECKLIST by Crissy Trask Kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms earn the most attention in greening up our homes, but what about the miscellaneous spaces? Attics, garages, closets and entry halls can get overlooked, although they also yield benefits from some green-minded attention. Here are tips for the most common “un-rooms” to get the ball rolling.


4 Empty the car of extra weight and optimally inflate tires to improve gas mileage by up to 5 percent.

4 Replace poisonous windshield wiper fluid with a make-it-yourself solution that combines seven cups of distilled water, one-half-cup isopropyl alcohol and one-half-teaspoon ecodishwashing liquid. Properly dispose of old wiper fluid in a boldly labeled container at a hazardous waste center.

4 Clean with a broom instead of a hose to save water.


4 Install a whole-house fan to pull warm air out of the attic, keeping rooms below cooler.

4 Blanket the attic with a reflective heat barrier to reflect heat before it has a chance to enter.

4 If the tops of floor joists above the insulation are visible, recommends adding more insulation

until they are no longer visible when viewed at eye level.

Your house wastes enough energy to run a car.

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4 Leave shoes, along with allergens and dirt, at the door for a healthier home.

4 Reduce unwanted mail by opting out of catalogs, credit card and insurance offers and Direct Marketing Association-member mailings at, OptOutPrescreen. com and, respectively.

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4 Shop for local, previously owned clothes and accessories from consignment boutiques, thrift stores or a local clothing swap.

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or many, spring brings joy via outdoor activities amid blossoming flowers and blooming trees, as they visit parks, hike through meadows and jog along roads in the warming air. For millions of allergy sufferers, however, the attendant airborne pollen brings bedeviling sneezes, congestion, teary eyes and runny noses. Hay fever alone, which affects 35 million Americans, shuts many of us indoors. Before resorting to such an extreme measure, try controlling allergic reactions using some of these simple suggestions. The Mayo Clinic recommends that we begin by reducing exposure to allergy triggers: n Stay indoors on dry, windy days and early mornings, when pollen counts are high. The best time to be outside is after a good rain, which helps clear pollen from the air. n Remove clothes previously worn outside. Immediately after coming



inside, shower thoroughly to rinse off pollen. n Don’t hang laundry outside, because pollen may stick to it, especially sheets and towels. n Keep indoor air as clean as possible by turning on the air conditioner in both the house and car, and use high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters, especially in the bedroom; most cost less than $100. Make sure the vacuum cleaner has a HEPA filter, too. Keep indoor air comfortably dry with a dehumidifier. For those that love being outdoors, several natural remedies can help. Dr. Roger Morrison, a holistic physician in Point Richmond, California, likes targeted, widely available, over-the-counter homeopathic medicines. Carefully read labels to match specific symptoms with those noted on individual remedies. For example, for a badly dripping

For those that love being outdoors, several natural remedies can help. nose, Allium cepa may be the most helpful remedy. It helps lessen nasal discharge, plus reduces sneezing and congestive headaches that can accompany allergies. If allergy symptoms center around the eyes, causing itching, burning, redness and tears, then homeopathic Euphrasia is a better choice. If nighttime post-nasal drainage leads to coughing upon waking, Euphrasia can help, as well. Pulsatilla helps people whose allergies are worse when they enter a warm room or feel congested when they lie down at night. Homeopathic remedies generally are available for less than $10. If symptoms don’t improve in three days, stop and try a different homeopathic remedy. Homeopathic practitioner Dr. Greg Meyer, in Phoenix, Arizona, says that many of his patients benefit from taking herbs and other natural supplements, and one of the most effective for hay fever is Urtica dioica (stinging nettles). Studies reported in Planta Medica: Journal of Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research, showed that after one week, nearly two-thirds of the participants taking two 300 milligram (mg) capsules of freeze-dried nettles experienced decreased sneezing and itching. Dr. Andrew Weil, of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, in Tucson, recommends taking 250 mg of freeze-dried nettles extract every two to four hours until symptoms subside. Quercitin is another useful herb. By preventing release of histamine, it also works to lessen the sneezing and itching that accompany allergies. Take 400 mg twice a day before meals. Diana Danna, an integrative nurse practitioner in Staten Island, New York, suggests the age-old remedy of a neti pot to relieve congested nasal passageways. It may take a bit of practice, but

she’s seen how rinsing the sinuses with a warm saltwater solution can reduce congestion and make breathing easier. An over-the-counter squeeze bottle can substitute for a neti pot, as can NeilMed Sinus Rinse. Danna suggests rinsing twice a day for best results. Simple dietary modifications often yield promising results, as well. Stick to non-mucous-producing foods and eat more foods that give a boost to the body’s natural immune system. Whole grains, fruits and vegetables and raw nuts and seeds fit both categories, as do lean proteins like fresh fish and organic meats. Drinking plenty of clean water flushes the system and thins secretions. Foods that tend to cause the most problems for allergy sufferers include dairy products, fried and processed foods and refined sugars and flours. Adding essential fatty acids to a diet has benefits beyond allergy relief. In my own practice, I’ve seen how patients that take one to two tablespoons of flaxseed oil or three grams of fish oil during the spring months breathe more easily when outdoors. They also delight in healthier looking skin, shinier hair and harder nails. Trying these approaches may well turn spring into a favorite time of year for everyone. Lauri Grossman is a doctor of chiropractic and certified classical homeopath, practices in Manhattan, NY. She also chairs the American Medical College of Homeopathy’s department of humanism, in Phoenix, AZ. Learn more at and

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Yoga Off The Mat by Andrea Blair Cirignano


oga is, by definition, ‘a union.’ When a student leaves his or her first yoga class, he or she might already feel a little more connected between mind and body. Continuing to practice will lead to more connections, in other areas of life, according to several yoga students in the Pacific Northwest. “I think people in our area embrace the yoga mind-set in all areas of their lives, not just on the mat,” says Jennifer Mycon, former front desk employee of Bala Yoga in Kirkland. Ali Valdez, founder and owner of Sattva Yoga Online, also said she notices

this progression in many students. “Yoga tends to be the horse pulling the cart,” she says, explaining that people tend to initially gravitate toward yoga because of fitness or diet goals. Even the most novice yogis quickly realize their body’s endless connections. For example, hand and wrist stretches can release a tense neck, so as a practice progresses, yogis start to treat their bodies as one whole, rather than a collection of separate parts and it only grows from there. “Over time, people begin to reflect on other choices in their life [and] that is when the flower of yoga truly

begins to blossom,” says Valdez. A developing yoga practice can take on many forms. Asana, the physical portion of yoga, is only one of the eight limbs of yoga. A student might find interest in any of the seven other limbs or in Ayurveda, the science of nutrition and life that compliments yoga. Others simply start to see the bliss and connection between all living things. For the average person, what does this mean for practical, everyday life? “Yoga can clean out the body and heal. We know this. But what if what we consumed enabled the yoga to go beyond maintenance and repair?” asks Valdez. “We can look younger, have unlimited energy, think clearly, and regulate our hormone levels that determine our metabolism, sleep needs, cravings, temperature and emotions.” In the end, each yoga practice is as individual as each student and the lengths a yogi can take his or her practice are limitless. Writer Andrea Blair Cirignano is a local yoga instructor with a journalism background. She believes yoga is for everyone and that each member of the community could benefit from the practice in some way, shape or form. Her articles highlight the unique pairing of this ancient practice with a modern Pacific Northwest lifestyle. Find out more about Andrea at

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rom toddlers to tweens, many children eagerly anticipate one of spring’s most pleasurable rituals: coloring Easter eggs. This shared family activity allows kids to be hands-on artists, as they choose from a palette of cheerful hues to fashion little edible treasures. But youngsters that dip their hands into synthetic dyes can absorb chemicals through the skin that have been linked with allergic reactions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and with ADHD and hyperactivity, per a 2011 report by Science News. Keep their creations healthy and chemical-free by avoiding commercial food coloring and using easy-to-make, fruit- and veggie-based dyes instead. The simplest way to use Earthfriendly shades is to add natural materials when boiling the eggs. Some suggestions: purple grape juice or crushed blueberries, for blue; liquid chlorophyll or spinach, for green; organic orange peels or ground turmeric, for yel-

low; cranberries, pickled beets, cherries or pomegranate juice, for pink and red; and yellow onion skins, cooked carrots, chili powder or paprika, for orange. Then, follow these directions: Place the eggs in a single layer in a pan and add water to cover. Add one teaspoon of white vinegar (this helps the eggshells absorb color) and the natural dye material; use more material for more eggs or a more intense color. Bring the water to a boil and then reduce the heat and simmer the eggs for 15 minutes. Remove the eggs and

refrigerate them. These naturally colored treats, more beautiful than their artificially enhanced cousins, will mimic Mother Nature’s softer, gentler tints. For a shiny appearance, rub some cooking oil onto the eggs when they are dry. Also remember that hard-cooked eggs are more perishable than raw ones, and should remain outside the refrigerator no more than two hours (so the one possibly found the day after Easter needs to hit the compost pile) and be consumed within one week.

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Green Home Operations Fo r Ec o - H e a l t hy L i v i n g by Doug Kennedy


hether one owns a new home or one that’s been remodeled, if the building was done correctly, one may reason, it should provide years of comfortable trouble free living, right? In reality, not always. A home builder’s goal is to provide safe, healthy, energy-efficient and well

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You arrive home on a rainy day and notice water running over the top of the gutters. You tell yourself, “I must remember to get those cleaned!”


You walk into the bathroom and notice a little water on the floor between the shower and toilet. You think, “It doesn’t seem too bad; I’ll check it out soon.”


A musty smell welcomes you whenever you go down to the basement bedroom and bath, but you see no water on the floor. You say, “I will look into it when I have time.”


Your children spend considerable time indoors and always seem to have colds, asthma or other allergy type symptoms. You wake up in the mornings, stuffed up or itchy eyed thinking “I should change the furnace filter one of these days.”


You notice mold growing on bathroom ceilings, back of closets and even furniture when it is placed too close to exterior wall areas. You think “Time to get out the bleach and mold remover.”

When we see, hear or smell something, most of us know we should act immediately but often postpone doing so. The problem is that the problem is not on hold and often grows into a major issue costing thousands of dollars in repair or health-related costs.

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$10,000. A simple $75 annual gutter cleaning would have eliminated the need for an exterior wall rebuild (water ran behind fascia and eaves into wall for several years, resulting rot and mold).


$19,600. For less than $50, the seal in the shower could have been repaired, stopping the water from pooling on the tile, finding a void in the grout and rotting the subfloor and supports.


$20,000. Water intrusion behind walls and under floor coverings can often be spotted with little effort and cost; simply follow your nose, open a wall or look under the carpet. Catching this problem early could have saved thousands of dollars.


Excessive dust or signs of mold, as described above, can often be found in homes that have poorly maintained, or improperly ventilated, spaces. Costs associated with poor indoor air quality, resulting from lack of regular operation and maintenance include: reduced comfort in the home, illness and missed school and/ or work days. Add to this the medical costs involved in trying to manage the resulting illnesses, and we begin to see the actual costs of not being proactive when operating and maintaining our homes. In reality, our houses are an extension of ourselves. If we look out for the needs of our home it will give us many years of safe, healthy, comfortable enjoyment at a minimal cost. As some investors say, “It pays to invest early, regularly and often.” Doug Kennedy is the operations manager at Pathway Design & Construction, a healthy and green construction company serving clients throughout the greater Seattle area. He speaks and gives class about green building throughout the Northwest, and can be reached at

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ost of us regularly discard food items—week-old cooked pasta, stale cereal, half a loaf of moldy bread, suspicious leftovers and other foods we fail to eat before they perish. But consider that the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) reports that 40 percent of all edible food products in the United States— comprising 34 million tons—is wasted each year. Food waste occurs at all levels of the supply chain. Farm fresh fruits and vegetables are often left unharvested because their appearance does not meet aesthetic standards imposed by grocery stores, and pieces bruised or marred during shipping and handling are routinely discarded. Many restaurants serve supersized portions of food, even though much of it is left on plates when customers leave, and thrown into dumpsters. Plus, many shoppers buy more than they need. With a little care and a more enlightened system, we could help prevent much of the waste and better address

hunger in the United States. Researchers estimate that Americans could feed 25 million people if we collectively reduced our commercial and consumer food waste by just 20 percent. From an environmental standpoint, wasted food equals wasted water, energy and chemicals. Producing, packaging and transporting these food items generate pollution—all for nothing: a zero percent return on our dollars. Food waste represents the single largest component of all municipal solid waste now going into landfills. Although it is biodegradable when properly exposed to sunlight, air and moisture, decomposing food releases significant amounts of methane, a heat-trapping greenhouse gas that is more than 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide (CO2). Ten tips make it possible to reduce our “food print”. Shop smarter. Preplan meals for the week, including non-cooking days and leftover days. Make a shopping list and stick to it after inventorying the

pantry, fridge and freezer. Buy produce in smaller quantities to use within a few days. Because we tend to overbuy when we’re hungry, don’t walk the aisles with a growling stomach. Organize the refrigerator. Place leftovers at eye level in the fridge, so they are front-and-center anytime someone opens it. When stowing groceries, slide older items to the front. Pay attention to use-by dates and understand that food is good for several days beyond a sell-by date. Freeze foods. Many food items will last for months in the freezer in appropriate storage bags and containers. Share surplus food. For larger dishes such as casseroles and crockpot meals, invite a friend over for supper, deliver a plate to an elderly neighbor or pack leftovers to share with coworkers. Donate extra nonperishable or unspoiled food items to a local soup kitchen, food bank or pantry or homeless shelter. Store food properly. To maximize food’s edible life, set the fridge between 35 and 38 degrees Fahrenheit and arrange containers so that air circulates around items; the coldest areas are near the back and bottom of the unit. For fruits and vegetables stored in plastic bags or designated bins or containers, squeeze out air and close tightly to reduce the damaging effects of exposure to oxygen. Buy ugly fruits and veggies. Grocery stores and markets throw out a substantial volume of vegetables and fruits because their size, shape or color is deemed less than ideal. Purchase produce with cosmetic blemishes to

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Eco-Mind: Creating the World We Want A Conversation with Frances Moore Lappé by Linda Sechrist


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that overtax the planet are to blame,” is a thought trap that engenders fear. People then think there isn’t enough to go around, so they have to grab what they can now. This thinking locks our imagination inside an inherited, unecological worldview that focuses on separateness and lack; that’s precisely the thinking that got us into this mess. Considering the power of frame and language, we can ask ourselves: What is the one piece of my current mental map—my core assumption about life—that limits me? How could I reframe it to free myself? How do I keep my thinking from being mired in the world of separateness and lack? What are other terms I want to start using?

What “thought leap” can move us forward? In some ways, my “thought leaps” all reflect a shift from focusing on limits to that of alignment. We’re in the mess we’re in because our economic rules are perversely unaligned with the laws of nature and with human nature itself; they bring out the worst and keep the best in check. We need the opposite. For example, we now know how to align food production with ecological principles so that there’s enough for all, while regenerating flora and fauna. In this thought leap, we shift from fixating on quantities and focus instead on the quality of ever-changing relationships with all life. We work to replace fear with curiosity—asking why we are together creating a world that none of us as individuals would choose? We see the nature of life as connection and change—realizing, therefore, that it’s just not possible to know what’s possible. How freeing. When we put our eco-minds into action with the power of connection, we can reach out and spark face-toface gatherings with others that are also eager to move from feeling overwhelmed to taking rewarding action. Everyone benefits. Visit Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings magazines.

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ature doesn’t bang any drums when she bursts forth into flowers, nor play any dirges when the trees let go of their leaves in the fall. But when we approach her in the right spirit, she has many secrets to share. If you haven’t heard nature whispering to you lately, now is a good time to give her the opportunity.” ~ Osho, in Osho Zen Taro: the Transcendental Game of Zen As we all innately know, spending time in nature is good for our body, mind and spirit. It’s why we’re attracted to green places, flowers, lakes, fresh air and sunshine. Taking a nature walk—affording plenty of fresh air and exercise in a quiet setting—has traditionally been prescribed for good health. That raises a question: How much natural healing are we sacrificing when we spend most of our days indoors?



In Japan, a group of medical researchers and government-affiliated forest organizations support the creation of forest therapy centers, where people enjoy the trails and guided walks and also receive free medical checkups under the trees. Since 1984, they have been studying the health benefits of walking in the woods, termed shinrinyoku, or forest bathing. There are now more than 30 such officially designated sites. In related studies, scientists from Japan’s Nippon Medical School and Chiba University tracked positive physiological changes in individuals walking in the woods compared with city walkers. Early results were published in the International Journal of Immunopathology and Pharmacology, European Journal of Applied Physiology and Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents. Forest walkers showed: n Lower concentrations of salivary cortisol, known as the stress hormone

that pleases you and sit and enjoy the scenery.” He adds that relaxing in a hot tub or spa counts as a perfect end to a day of forest bathing. Li foresees a future in which patients diagnosed with high blood pressure or hypertension may receive a forest bathing prescription, but counsels that shinrin-yoku is considered preventive, rather than therapeutic, medicine.

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The researchers theorized that organic compounds called phytoncides, produced by trees and other plants as a protection from disease, insects and fungus, were also producing beneficial natural killer cells in people in the forests. In a study that exposed participants to phytoncides via aromatic oils fed through a humidifier in a hotel room, the researchers found similar increases in NK levels. A 2011 study by Nippon Medical School’s department of hygiene and public health showed that the resulting increase in NK cells lasted for 30 days. They concluded that a monthly walk in the woods could help people maintain a higher level of protective NK activity and perhaps even have a preventive effect on cancer generation and progression. Qing Li, Ph.D., the assistant professor leading several of these studies, suggests that dense forest areas are more effective at boosting immunity than city parks and gardens. He also reports that phytoncide concentrations increase during summer growing

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seasons and decrease during the winter, although they are still present in tree trunks even when the trees are deciduous. Li further suggests that walks in the woods should be conducted at a leisurely pace. For stress reduction, he suggests four hours of walking, covering a generous 3 miles, or 2 hours walking about 1.5 miles. For cancerprotecting effects, he suggests regularly spending three days and two nights in a forested area. “Carry water and drink when you’re thirsty,” says Li. “Find a place

Ecopsychologist Michael Cohen, Ph.D., executive director of Project NatureConnect, adds, “If you want to increase the healing effect of being in nature, it helps to change the way you think and feel about connecting with it.” He has students repeat the word ‘unity’ as they encounter natural attractions—be it a tree, bird, brook or breeze—until they feel that they are part of nature, not separate… part of the healing wisdom of the planet. More, he states, “Sharing helps solidify the experience and opens you to greater personal healing.” Maggie Spilner, author of Prevention’s Complete Book of Walking and Walk Your Way Through Menopause, leads walking vacations for her company, Walk For All Seasons.

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Saving Dollars & The Earth An Interview With Vesta Home Performance by Ann Dorn


esta Home Performance is a Seattle-based, home energy retrofitting company whose mission is to fix comfort, health and safety problems while increasing home value and energy efficiency. Founded by Alison Kartiganer and Yves Vetter, Vesta Home Performance launched in 2009 with a desire to shape business for the better. “It became clear to me that we needed enlightened business action rather than more science if we are to have a chance of passing on to our kids a planet nearly as great as the one we got,” explains Vetter, who earned a PhD in oceanography and also ran a green remodeling company for ten years before co-founding Vesta Home Performance. He adds that over the past few years, the company has changed their message to emphasize comfort and indoor air quality, but their mission of leaving the world a better place, while simultaneously creating a better quality of life for individuals, remains strong. “The most common misconception in our industry is that home energy efficiency is all about saving dollars,” Vetter clarifies. “This hurts the industry as well as our clients by setting up a standard for decision making that is much narrower than the standards people use to make any other decision in their lives. Typically, the work we do costs less than $10,000 and makes people more comfortable, healthier, and makes their homes demonstrably more valuable and durable. Yet the question people have been trained to ask is: why is it so expensive and how fast will it pay back? No one asks this when they buy a new car,” he reasons. Despite the need to help educate consumers about the quality-of-life benefits that their work can bring, Vesta Home Performance is reaching a growing number of Seattle and Eastside area residents who are eco-savvy. “Our most popular service is a one-day home energy upgrade we call our SWAT,” Vetter says. “It is a system of upgrades and repairs that we make to fix all of the most important defects that degrade comfort, air quality and energy efficiency in any house,” he notes. “It is the fastest and most cost-effective way to improve comfort and reduce heating fuel use and is the ideal first step toward deeper home performance upgrades.” Recently, Vesta Home Performance also launched its own line of storm windows, called SecondPanes. “... there was a need for a good-looking interior storm window and no existing example,” Vetter says. “We manufacture the



“We make people more comfortable and healthier, we increase their home values, and we permanently reduce the carbon footprint of their home,” Vetter affirms. “It really is a win-win-win.” stock for our windows in-house, and we assemble them onsite to assure a perfect custom fit, rapid service and no disappointments.” Vetter notes the windows are a good way to improve comfort and energy efficiency without replacing existing pane windows. At the end of the day, the Vesta Home Performance team appreciates the impact of their work. “We make people more comfortable and healthier, we increase their home values, and we permanently reduce the carbon footprint of their homes,” Vetter affirms. “It really is a win-win-win.” Vesta Home Performance is offering Natural Awakenings readers 20 percent off the street price of the SWAT ($2,999) or the standard SecondPane pricing (ranging from $400 to $800) through the month of May 2012. For more information, call 206-919-6770 or visit


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or the past dozen years, Amlas McLeod has been leading wild dolphin encounters in Bimini, Bahamas, enabling swimmers to experience transformative changes through encounters with this extraordinary marine mammal. “Wild dolphins often enjoy interacting with boats, but most are not interested in being close to humans. As soon as you get into the water, they disappear,” McLeod explains. “The Atlantic spotted dolphin species near Bimini is unusual in that they are comfortable connecting with people, and seem to enjoy it as much as we do. Amazingly, they actually include us in their pod activities during these encounters.” These spotted dolphins often swim very close to the boat, jumping up or turning to get a better view of folks on McLeod’s catamaran. Once overboard, swimmers revel in how the animals playfully move and twirl amongst them and often come within inches as they glide by slowly enough to make prolonged eye contact.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 5 Motherline: Finding Our Feminine Souls – 6:30-8:30pm. Mary Alice Long, PhD invites both women and men to share their stories, connect to their embodied roots, visit and learn from their maternal ancestors in this introductory group. $20. Good Shepherd Community Center, Room 223, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Seattle. 206-200-4542. A Fuller View – 7-8:30pm. Steven Sieden has dedicated his life to studying, understanding and sharing the wisdom and truth of visionary Buckminster Fuller. Steven’s new book, A Fuller View, gives rich insight into Buckminster’s teachings. Free. East West Bookshop, 6500 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle. 206-523-3726.

FRIDAY, APRIL 6 Grand Opening of Shambala Farm – 12-7 pm. Spend the day celebrating the opening of the farm season with Easter egg hunts, farm tours, and a look at Shambala’s latest permaculture projects and perennial vegetable nursery. Shambala will be

hosting a full Permaculture Design Course in June. Free. Shambala Permaculture Farm & Perennial Vegetable Nursery, 395 E N Camano Dr, Camano Island. 360-387-4110. The GuruGanesha Band – 7:30pm. April 6-7. The GuruGanesha Band will perform their uplifting signature blend of kirtan, raga, rock and meditative folk music featuring the glassy tonalities of the electric guitar, bass, drums and vocals. $15 in advance, $20 at door or $25 for two night pass. Om Culture, 2210 N. Pacific St, Seattle. For tickets:

SATURDAY, APRIL 7 Meditation Level 1 Workshop – 9:30am-12pm. Meditation can transform one’s life. Learn to relax the body, quiet the mind, awaken intuition and experience greater joy and creativity in daily life. This Saturday morning workshop includes in-class practice, tips on establishing practice at home, online guided meditations, written instructions, and ongoing support in-person or online. $25, prepay online to receive 10% discount. Ananda Meditation Temple, 23305 Bothell-Everett Hwy, Bothell. Registration required. 425-806-3700. Living Naturally: Acupuncture for Fertility – 10:30am-12pm. Many families struggle with fertility issues. Avoid invasive or pharmaceutical approaches, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine have been proven to gently improve chances of conception. Join Bastyr Center clinical faculty member Weiyi Ding, MD to learn how to take a natural and effective approach to starting a family. Free and open to the public. Bastyr Center for Natural Health, 3670 Stone Way N, Seattle. 206834-4100.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 12 Butterfly Balance Open House – 7pm-9pm. Celebrate the opening of the new location of the Butterfly Balance Wellness Center. Meet owner Sue Mariconda, enjoy refreshments, giveaways and enter a drawing for free Health Kinesiology and Reconnective Healing sessions and Young Living Essential Oils. Free. Butterfly Balance Wellness Center, 3515 SW Alaska St, 2nd Floor, West Seattle. 206-755-9900.

FRIDAY, APRIL 13 Integrative Therapies in Mental Health – 8:30am-4pm. Bastyr University is pleased to present the 4th Annual BRANCHES (Building Research Amongst Northwest Complementary Health Experts) research conference featuring this year’s theme: “Integrative Therapies in Mental Health.” Local experts will present therapeutic approaches ranging from homeopathy to interpersonal companionship. $35 general admission, $15 students. Bastyr University, 14500 Juanita Dr NE, Kenmore. Registration required. 425-602-3152.


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The Interfaith Alternative: Embracing Spiritual Diversity – 7-8:30pm. A large and growing number of people worldwide are struggling to fill a spiritual void and are frustrated by religious dogma. The Interfaith Alternative shows that people can come together united by love and compassion and share and learn from and celebrate diverse spiritual paths. Village Books, 1200 11th St, Bellingham. 360-6712626. Cell-Level Resonance – 7:30-9pm. Discover a new appreciation for who you are and ways in which one can develop the skill to restore and maintain well-being. Joyce Hawkes, Ph.D will introduce her newest book, Resonance, and will talk about the spectacular link to harmonize with the universe and improve physical wellness. $10. East West Bookshop, 6500 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle. 2 0 6 - 5 2 3 - 3 7 2 6 . E a s t We s t B o o k s h o p . c o m / Events/3495.


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Green Home Tour – April 21-22. Open house style educational events held in your neighbor’s homes in Seattle and King Country area. Features kids activities, sustainability demos and Saturday eco expo. Attend with friends, host a site, exhibit at the expo, sponsor or volunteer. The Communal Power of Women’s Dance – April 21-22. With Helene Eriksen. Study different styles of women’s dance from North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. M’illumino, 6921 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle. Registration required. Great Cloth Diaper Change 2012 – 9-10am. Join in on the attempt to break the Guinness World Records for the greatest number of people changing cloth diapers simultaneously at multiple venues. RSVP via Facebook or e-mailing $1 or suggested donation. Baby Diaper Service, 6559 5th Pl S, Seattle. Registration required. 206-634-2229. MCKS Pranic Healing Level 1 Intensive – 9am-5:30pm. April 21-22. Learn and apply the laws of life force energy - the most powerful and fundamental energy in healing. Seattle/Bellevue. BodyTalk Access – 9:30am-5pm. In this 6 hour workshop learn 5 easy techniques to balance the brain, increase immune function, hydrate the body, balance the entire musculoskeletal system and learn procedures for fast-aid treatment for injuries and traumas. $135 before April 11, $150 after. Call for location, Seattle. Registration required. 206-9205528. Yogasana Intensive: Increasing Flexibility – 1:30-4pm. Go deep into your yoga experience, this 3-hour yoga intensive will bring practice to a new level of satisfaction and vitality - a complete yoga routine from warm-ups and pranayams through postures and more. $40. Ananda Meditation Temple, 23305 Bothell-Everett Hwy, Bothell. Registration required. 425-806-3700. Thrive Movie Screening – 7-8:30pm. Thrive is an unconventional documentary that lifts the veil on what’s really going on in the world, weaving to-



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TUESDAY, APRIL 24 Seattle Free School Facilitator’s Class – 3-4pm. Learn how to be a facilitator and meet and network with other facilitators. This informal meeting covers what Seattle Free School is, tips on teaching and how to schedule and promote a course. Street Bean Espresso, 2702 3rd Ave, Seattle.

FRIDAY, APRIL 27 The Yoga of Pregnancy – April 27-29. With Jessica Jennings. Learn the fundamental principles of yoga, specifically the biomechanical and heartbased alignment principles of Anusara. Seattle Yoga Arts, 1540 15th Ave, Seattle. Registration required. 206-440-3191. Ananda Yoga: Relax & Restore – 6-7:15pm. Breathe deeply and relax in this Friday night restorative yoga class. Take the time to relax and unwind, finding a natural state of balance and experience a greater sense of being. All levels of experience are welcome. Yoga props provided but feel free to bring your own blanket and eye pillow. $14. Ananda Meditation Temple, 23305 Bothell-Everett Hwy, Bothell. 425-806-3700. Hidden Treasure – 7:30-9pm. An evening with

one of today’s greatest living spiritual teachers, Gangaji. Gangaji’s newest book, Hidden Treasure, an inspiring work with personal and universal anecdotes, reminding that people aren’t who they think they are. $20. East West Bookshop, 6500 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle. Registration required. 206-5233726.

SATURDAY, APRIL 28 Cultivating Your Inner Qi – April 28-29. With Qigong Master Li Junfeng. Strengthen the body and open the heart in this 2-day workshop. $250. Om Center, Seattle. My Greener Home: Essentials For Purchasing A Green Home Or Greening The One You Already Have - 10am-1pm. Workshop with local green home professionals covers green loans and appraisal addendums; home energy audits; energy retrofitting; local green product showcase, and more. Free. Seattle. 206-579-9066. Living Naturally: Personal Growth: A WholePerson Approach – 10:30am-12pm. With Charles Smith, PhD. Psychosynthesis is a holistic and spiritual approach to psychology that considers the whole person. Charles Smith will give an overview of this practice and talk about how to use psychosynthesis ideas and techniques for personal growth and development. Free and open to the public. Bastyr Center for Natural Health, 3670 Stone Way N, Seattle. 206-834-4100. Sew Up Seattle Sewing Session – 11am-1pm. Share our donated machines, fabrics, and supplies or bring your own. Men and women of all ages and skill levels welcome. To help those with sensitivities please come fragrance free. Free. Denny Place Center, 210 Dexter Ave N, Seattle. Registration required. 206-784-7117. Awaken Your Brain, Transform Your Life – 12-2pm. Dr. Jeff Skolnick, brain researcher, psychiatrist, naturopath and long term Zen practitioner teaches how brain exercises can enhance one’s life. $10. East West Bookshop, 6500 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle. Registration required. 206-523-3726. Beyond 2012 – 7-10pm. Amazing energies are coming, consciousness as a human race is leaping forward. Hear four gifted people speak to those changes, what is in store for humanity and where are we going? Q&A to follow. $10 in advance, $15 at door. Unity Church of Kent, 218 S. State St, Kent. Registration required 206-455-0411.

SUNDAY, APRIL 29 Awakening Light Gong – 9am-4:30pm. With certified qigong instructor Teri Applegate. One of the most advanced forms of qigong, Awakening Light Gong is powerful in that light is the carrier of qi. Especially unique to this practice is the accompanying music that promotes opening of the central channel. $125 before April 14, $150 after. Includes cd and book. M’illumino, 6921 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle. Registration required. 206-778-9907.

FRIDAY, MAY 4 Yoga and Mindfulness Retreat – May 4-6. With Roy Holman and Bill Hale. Enjoy daily yoga and mindfulness meditation. $325 includes organic meals, classes & lodging. Skalitude Retreat Center, Methow Valley. Registration required. 425-303-8150. Experience Breema – 7-8:30pm. Learn Breema to relax and be revitalized while unifying the mind, body and feelings in the present moment. Breema supports an openhearted and open-minded posture toward life. Free introduction. M-illumino, 6921 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle.

SATURDAY, MAY 5 Breema Workshop – May 5-6. See May 4 description. $175 before April 23, $200 after. M-illumino, 6921 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle.

save the date MONDAY, MAY 7 Stimulants, Sex and Your Health – 7-9pm. With Dr. Adiel Tel-Oren. University Heights Center, Rm 109, 5031 University Way NE, Seattle. Register: 425-753-0634.

MONDAY, MAY 21 Personal Leadership: Making A World Of Difference – May 21-24. Personal Leadership is a methodology of two principles, six practices, and the Critical Moment Dialogue. It is designed to serve anyone who is living or working across cultural differences (national, ethnic, religious, etc.) or in situations of uncertainty and transition. $1675 includes reception and closing dinner meals. Lodging not included. Mark Spencer Hotel, 409 SW 11th Ave, Portland. Registration required.

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Cascadia Hikes – 8am-12pm. Learn about local and natural history, sustainability and ecology while viewing waterfalls and wildlife on these guided half-day hikes. Includes hotel pick up and drop off, nature guide, refreshments, transportation, and entry fees. $95. Register: Seattle-Hiking-Tour.asp.

Seattle Greendrinks – 5:30pm. 2nd Tues. Informal social networking to connect and unite those working or interested in environmental issues. Locations vary. Details:

monday La Leche League of West Seattle – 10:30am. 4th Mon. All breastfeeding mothers and mothers-tobe interested in breastfeeding welcome. Westside Unitarian Universalist Church, 7141 California Ave SW, Seattle. 206-932-9912.

Tribal Style Bellydance – 7-9pm. With Shay Moore. Classes get people moving to the global groove as they develop core tribal bellydance movements with strength, grace, and flexibility. Women of all ages, shapes, sizes, and experience welcome. $60 for 6 classes. M’Illumino, 6921 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle. Registration required: 206-525-0363.

wednesday Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement – 9-10am. With LeeAnn Starovasnik. Engage the

brain and body in new ways while learning to move more easily, more comfortably and even more playfully. Discover a fun and easy movement method while improving physical movements, sense of balance and overall wellbeing. $20/drop-in, $75/5 prepaid classes. M’illumino, 6921 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle. 206-525-0363. Free Intro to Meditation Class – 6-7pm. 3rd Wed. With Mary Davis. This class will show the mind, body and spirit health benefits of meditation and give an easy daily practice. Seattle Healing Arts Center, 6300 9th Ave NE, Seattle. 206-679-9620. Indigenous Nourishing Traditions Potluck – 6-9pm. An on-going discussion and potluck dinner centered around the role of nourishing food in indigenous cultures for creating sustainable traditions. Space is limited to 10 participants per evening. Free, donations accepted. 9029 35th Ave SW, West Seattle. Registration required. 425-6989817. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction – 7-9pm. With Erica Rayner-Horn. Learn effective tools to manage stress, cope better with stressful situations, and bring more balance and harmony to life. Learn to deal more effectively with physical, emotional or psychological stress and relieve depression or anxiety, digestive or sleep problems, high blood pressure, or chronic pain. Learn to connect to one’s innate ability to be compassionate, patient, non-judgmental, and to develop relaxed awareness. $290 for 8 weeks. M-illumino, 6921 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle. Registration required: 206-973-7371.

thursday Birds are indicators of the environment. If they are in trouble, we know we’ll soon be in trouble. ~Roger Tory Peterson

Weston A. Price Foundation Seattle Meeting – 6pm. 3rd Thurs. The Weston Price style potluck begins at 6:00 and is followed by the featured presentation at 7:00. Free. Firefly Kitchens, 844 NW 49th St, Seattle. Free Total Health Seminar – 6-7pm. 3rd Thurs. Dr. Tami Meraglia will be discussing adrenal fatigue and stress awareness. Free. Vitality Medical Clinic, 1501 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle. 206-6225300. Baby Diaper Service 101 – 6:30-7:30pm. 2nd Thurs. This class is designed to educate new and


Seattle, April 6 & 7

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7:30pm (both nights) Om Culture 2210 N. Paciic Street

$15 advance / $20 door or $25 for two night pass Each concert will feature a 15 minute opening performance by Gina Salá. Tickets & info:

expectant parents on the use of cloth diapers and today’s newest cloth diapering accessories. Learn the environmental and health benefits of using cloth diapers including information on how Baby Diaper Service laundry and home delivery works. Tuition is refunded if sign-up for service. Free to existing customers and health care professionals. $10/family. Parent Trust for Washington Children, 2200 Rainier Ave S, Seattle. Registration required: 206-634-2229. Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement – 6:30-7:30pm. See Wednesday description. $20/drop-in, $75/5 prepaid classes. M’illumino, 6921 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle. 206-525-0363.

friday InterPlay – 10:30am-12pm. An improvisational practice that playfully explores the things a body can do: move, make sounds, tell stories, sing, and experience stillness. Based on life-affirming body wisdom principles and the transformative power of play. M-illumino, 6921 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle. 206-525-0363 or Sleep Yoga Classes – 6:30-8pm. Yoga for Sleep will include gentle stretching, breath and mindfulness practice to open the body and alleviate tight places that have accumulated over the work week. Props such as supportive pillows will be provided. Please bring a yoga mat, blanket, comfy clothes

and an open mind! Classes limited to 20. $10 suggested donation. Soaring Heart Natural Bed Co, 101 Nickerson, Ste 400, Seattle. Registration required. 206-282-1717.

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saturday Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement – 9-10:15am. With LeeAnn Starovasnik and Vicki Robinson. Engaging the brain and body in new ways, learn to move more easily, more comfortably and even more playfully. Improve physical movements, sense of balance and overall well being. $20/drop-in, $75/5 prepaid classes. M’illumino, 6921 Roosevelt Way NE, Room 3, Seattle. 206-525-0363. Intro to Successful Advertising in Natural Awakenings – 10-10:30am. 3rd Sat. See Thurs description of webinar. Attendees will receive discount advertising offer valid for 30 days. Free. Register by emailing Puget Creek: Planting a Community – 10am-1 pm. Begins April 28. Restore Sanislo School’s wetland, the headwater of Puget Creek, as a green strategy to reduce polluted storm water and keep sewer overflows out of Puget Sound. Come plant a tree, trim blackberries, and support salmon restoration upstream of the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse. Sanislo School Wetland, 1812 SW Myrtle St, Seattle. 206-650-9807.

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY Nutraceutical & herbal DNA research company moving HQ to Seattle. Looking for home-based business builders. Local training, leads provided. Build your brand, build relationships and build a loyal following with 9 different online video communication products and the world’s first instant pay compensation plan. Be in business for yourself, but not by yourself. Free webinar presentation: call 206-788-7313.

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ACCOUNTING C. BROOKS SCHOMBURG, CPA Brooks Schomburg 206-632-3315

O ff e r i n g a f u l l r a n g e o f bookkeeping, accounting, tax, and small business consulting services, we focus on your unique tax, accounting and consulting needs. See ad page 18.


Design, build and remodeling contractor specializing in sustainable, healthy homes and the symbiotic relationship between humankind and nature.



Manufacturer and retailer of natural, chemicalfree latex mattresses designed to provide a comfortable and supportive alternative to traditional spring mattresses. See ad page 23.

BODYTALK JOY OF HEALTH SOLUTIONS Patricia Sullivan Seattle & Woodinville 206-920-5528

Get to the cause of your issue or ‘story’ easily and with great results! Resolving anxiety, pain, allergies, digestive, immune i s s u e s , i n j u r y, s t r u c t u r a l challenges and more.

9730 3rd Ave NE Suite 205 Seattle, WA 98115 206-367-6453

We are a holistic dental practice specializing in safe mercury filling removal, non-surgical periodontal care, and TMJ/ orthodontic treatments. We welcome new patients! See ad page 9.


Dedicated to improving the comfort, indoor air quality, and energy efficiency of homes in the Seattle region. See ad page 17.


Committed to providing 100% pure cotton diapers for your baby. Convenient weekly pickup and delivery of cloth diapers and accessories. Better for baby’s skin, more sustainable than washing at home. See ad page 12.



HEALTH CENTERS BASTYR CENTER 3670 Stone Way N Seattle, WA 98103 206-834-4100

Bastyr Center offers naturopathic medicine, acupuncture and Oriental medicine, nutrition counseling, Chinese herbal medicine, short-term psychological counseling, and more. Our Team Care approach to healing ensures you’ll see a licensed practitioner and two to three advanced

student clinicians while receiving individualized treatments and generous practitioner time. See ad page 18.

HEALTH FOOD TruHealth, Inc.

18001 Bothell-Everett Hwy Suite 109 Bothell, WA 98012 425-415-8410 A unique health food store offering raw milk, pastured eggs, grass fed meats and a variety of organic and gluten-free foods as well as the highest quality supplements and services.


800-401-8301 Lullaby Organics offers safe, healthy mattresses, bedding, sleepwear, toys, gear, furniture, and air filtration systems so your whole family can get a pure night’s rest.


NE Ravenna Neighborhood Seattle, WA 98115 206-412-5170 Offering aromatherapy, Raindrop Therapy, Shiatsu, deep tissue, and Swedish massage, tailored to your sense of pressure since 1993. Therapeutic grade essential oils by Young Living.


2206 Queen Anne Ave N, Ste 204 Seattle, WA 98109 206-599-6030 Specializing in women’s health, hormone balancing, and immune wellness. Saturday and evening appts. available. Covered by most insurance plans.




Energy Healing Center Chehalis, WA 360-748-4426

6921 Roosevelt Way NE Seattle, WA 98115 206-525-0363 Escape from the city without having to travel 100 miles. Relax in the steam room and infrared sauna, and have lunch in the private garden. See ad page 13.

DR. VENESSA WAHLER, ND Broadway Building 1620 Broadway, Ste 204 Seattle, WA 98122 206-420-6701

Special interests in natural weight loss (including HCG diet), stress management and food sensitivities. Call today for your complimentary 15 minute introductory consultation! Accepts insurance.

Thrive offers botanical medicine, nutrition, physical medicine, nutraceuticals and counseling to treat the whole family. Most insurance plans accepted. Book an appointment today and Thrive!


6921 Roosevelt Way NE Seattle, WA 98115 206-525-0363 At m’illumino, we are dedicated to your transformation through movement. Take a class, try private sessions, discover your own innate grace. See ad page 13.

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Classes, Workshops and Re-Treats that will Lift Your Spirits! Individual consultations by appointment.


503-282-0436 Live more sustainably with GladRags washable menstrual pads and menstrual cups. Join the community of women who have decided to make a lower carbon footprint every month!

Thrive in Seattle offers fresh, vegetarian and 95% organic ingredients in their smoothies, juices, pies, salads and decadent entrees.


SONGDOG HEALING & DREAMCRAFT Camilla Paynter, M.A. 206-914-3769

Spiritually informed hypnotherapy and Reiki for life transitions, personal growth, healing and more. Connect with deep inner wisdom and live life’s bigger story.

My Mama’s Love skin care products use safe, nontoxic and hypoallergenic organic ingredients. Our products don’t just mask symptoms; they address the underlying causes of a skin condition. Locally owned and operated.

VETERINARIANS ANCIENT ARTS HOLISTIC VET 110 N 36th St Seattle, WA 98103 206-547-1025


Sam Harris 206-414-2968 Full plumbing services ranging from fixing leaky faucets to design and installation. Sustainable and independent. Email or text a photo of your problem for free professional opinion.




THRIVE NATURAL FAMILY MEDICINE Dr. Scott Moser, ND LMP 5020 Meridian Ave N, Ste 104 206-257-1488

All levels of Reiki certification including laser Reiki, advanced Reiki energy training, and cosmic energy healing classes.

Veterinary acupuncture and natural medicine for animals rebalances health safely, gently, peacefully. Improve pets’ quality of life the way nature intended— your pet will thank you. See ad page 6.




605 2nd St Snohomish, WA 98290 206-523-7548

Family owned publishing company providing professional design, printing and mailing services for magazines, books, brochures, business cards, posters, tickets, forms and more. See ad page 11.

Kanjin Yoga is a path to abundant health and wellness helping people live better inside their bodies. Specializing in Yoga Nidra, Gentle Hatha Yoga, we offer classes and workshops for groups and organizations.

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