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Living Off The Land

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Solo Retreats

Going Alone Offers Extra Opportunities To Recharge & Renew

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elcome to the June issue of Seattle Natural Awakenings! One of my goals is learning how to forage for wild plants. According to the nonprofit Plants For A Future, there are over 20,000 species of edible plants on our planet, but over 90 percent of our food comes from just 20 of them. Talk about missing out on new flavors, rich nutrient profiles, and culinary adventure! Foraging for wild food also offers the experience of being part of nature, rather than feeling like a spectator or tourist while hiking or camping. Of course, it's very important to know which plants are safe to eat, and responsible and legal ways to harvest them so that we keep our impact on the local wilderness sustainable and within these area's ability to regenerate and regrow. For more on this fantastic topic this month, see "Living Off The Land" (page 16). Foraging can offer peace and quiet while gathering edible plants in the forest or other wilderness areas, but sometimes a longer stretch of solitude is needed for rest and to spark creative renewal. Solo retreats, journeys or stays taken alone, can be a way to find inner calm, grow and unlock experiences not available in our typical busy lives. "Solo Retreats" (page 18) outlines reasons to journey and the wide range of retreats possible, while also listing a number of restorative and unique places to stay, several just a few hours drive from the Seattle area. If you're looking for an adventure that includes your family, "Stand Up Paddling With Kids Onboard" (page 24) will give you some great ideas for an innovative way to spend time together, while getting close to our waterways and nature. Safety, tips, and several local paddleboard rental companies are listed to get you started. Summer is coming, and so is the season of outdoor adventures. Whether you make plans to set out solo for a restorative and peaceful stay at a local retreat, take the kids paddle boarding, or head into the forest to forage with friends, there's plenty to learn and enjoy all season long. To your health and happiness,

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Tips For Improving Your Car’s Indoor Air Quality

16 LIVING OFF THE LAND Low- and No-Cost Ways to Feed a Family

by Avery Mack


Recharge & Restore With A Trip Alone


by Ann Dorn



How Telling Our Truths Can Set Us Free by Judith Fertig



Stand Up Paddleboards Spell Family Fun

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An Interview With Dolores Cannon by Stephanie Bell


newsbriefs Yoga for Hope Raises Funds & Awareness


Wellness Connection Offers Fun & Resources


healthy living festival will take place Saturday, June 7 in Stanwood. The Wellness Connection, a free event that showcases health and wellness professionals from Stanwood, Camano Island and Arlington, will offer attendees the opportunity to sample products, learn about local services, and receive free health screenings and consultations. Attendees will also enjoy a full day of free community classes and guest speakers. “More than just a health expo, the Wellness Connection is a stand for igniting the vitality of people and creating a community that thrives,” says organizer Stella Hutson. “Meet the people behind the businesses that are elevating the health of the community.” Demonstrations and guest speakers will include information about healthy cooking, fitness, health awareness and more. The Wellness Connection takes place June 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Stanwood Village Center, 7009 265th St., Stanwood. Free. For more information:

n event featuring an evening of yoga and music will raise funds for research and integrative therapies for patients with life-threatening illnesses. Yoga for Hope takes place July 19 at Saint Mark’s Cathedral in Capitol Hill and proceeds will benefit City of Hope, a cancer research and treatment center. Participants will enjoy live music, along with healthy food samples, and will have the opportunity to speak with representatives from yoga studios and supporting companies who offer natural health products and services. Featured yoga instructors include Patrick Beach, Lisa Black, Dora Gyarmati, Jess Jessum, Jo Parsons and Michael Warner, who will guide participants through a yoga practice designed for newcomers and experts alike. The class will include power vinyasa yoga as well as restorative yin postures and a short meditation. Since its inception, Yoga for Hope Seattle has raised more than $160,000 to aid City of Hope doctors and researchers to continue their life-saving work. “Yoga for Hope embodies City of Hope’s mission of compassion, sustaining the mind and body and treating the whole person while supporting the search for cures for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases,” says organizer Michelle Dionne. “The healing power of yoga has been shown to reduce stress and blood pressure; improve flexibility and muscle stamina, and improve an overall sense of well-being.” Founded in 1913, City of Hope has grown into a leading research and treatment center. Patients are offered gentle, restorative yoga classes for relaxation and wellbeing, in addition to traditional treatments. “When battling life-threatening illnesses such as cancer, diabetes and HIV or AIDS, it can take more than state-of-the-art medical care to achieve wellness,” Dionne says. “Creating a healthy mind-body-spirit connection is also essential to healing.” Yoga for Hope takes place Saturday, July 19 at Saint Mark’s Cathedral, 1245 Tenth Avenue, Seattle. Check-in opens at 6 p.m., yoga program begins at 7 p.m. $40/advance, $50/door. For more information: or 425-646-9530.

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Camano Island’s SummerFest Offers Food, Fun, Prizes


ummerFest takes place on Camano Island on Saturday, June 7 and will feature music, food, vendors and special events at participating businesses at The Commons at Terry’s Corner. The Camano Island Marketplace, which stocks local favorites like organic coffee, gluten-free muffins and ancient grain products from Shambala Bakery, will be open, along with The Collective On Tap, a new brew house, which will be featuring the best craft beers from local brewers. A wine garden will also be available. The event will also feature a free special promotion, called “Passport to Discover the Real Camano Island.” The passport can be stamped by vendors and then entered to win a drawing for a glass vase valued at $150 crafted by local glass artist Mark Ellinger of Glass Quest. Ellinger is a native of Puget Sound and credits the region’s beauty along with the Art Nouveau period as his inspiration for his artwork. “Nature provides an endless pallet of color and form that lends itself to the nature of glass in its molten state,” Ellinger says. “Glass captures the movement of creation and freezes it so it can be enjoyed and light can play upon its color and form.” Ellinger founded Glass Quest in Stanwood over 15 years ago, and has been in the business since 1983. His son Marcus now blows glass alongside him in the studio. SummerFest takes place Saturday, June 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Commons at Terry’s Corner, 848 N. Sunrise Blvd., Camano Island. For more information:

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ozens of solar electricity investors joined City Light and the Seattle Aquarium last month to celebrate the successful installation of the largest solar array at any aquarium on the West Coast. The solar array is part of the utility’s Community Solar and Green Up programs, and is City Light’s second Community Solar project after a similar successful project launched on Beacon Hill in 2012. “This innovative project lets customers promote and benefit from solar even if they rent, have shady roofs or can’t make the big investment of installing their own solar system,” says Sephir Hamilton, who is City Light chief of staff. “When customers invest in solar, they also think harder about reducing their own electricity use in order to make the most of their solar production credits.” NW Wind & Solar of Seattle installed the $330,000 system, which covers a large portion of the south side of the Seattle Aquarium’s roof. The 247 panels for the 49.4 kilowatt system were purchased from Marysville-based Silicon Energy, promoting more green jobs in Western Washington. “As soon as I found out about this program I was excited about the opportunity to participate in solar even though I live in a multi-family building,” said Gina Hicks, who purchased the maximum 125 units. “I knew how attractive it would be to renters and people who live in buildings like mine where it’s difficult to get their own solar arrays installed. I’ve been spreading the word about Community Solar ever since.” Most of the panels produce electricity on behalf of 187 City Light customers who bought 1,800 units of solar power through the utility’s Community Solar program. Each 24 watt unit of the solar installation cost $150. Participants receive credit on their City Light accounts for their portions of the solar panels’ output through 2020 along with all state production incentives. Together, those credits amount to $1.15 per kilowatt-hour. City Light estimates that participants will receive more than $150 worth of electricity and production incentives for each unit purchased by the end of their agreements. For more information:

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usic artist and performer Matthew Schoening of Solo Electric Cello will offer an album release concert for his latest album, Narrow Path, at OmCulture in Seattle on June 7. Creating sounds that have been described as heart-opening, devotional and spiritual, Schoening uses a unique process of live looping using an electric cello, recording an intricate musical composition that builds upon itself until it creates the energy of an entire symphony. Schoening has toured and played with Snatam Kaur, Deva Premal and Miten, Nirinjan Kaur, Todd Boston and others. “I’m honored that many people listen to my music while participating in their spiritual practice, meditating, driving,

writing, painting, creating, doing yoga, giving or receiving body work, and many other conscious activities,” Schoening explains. “I strive to take my audience on a mesmerizing and soulfoul journey.” For his live performances, whatever music Schoening composes is performed live, with no pre-recorded sounds, making every performance unique. All of the sounds come from his electric cello. This includes all of the bass, percussion, and ambient sounds, which Schoening achieves through bowing, strumming, percussive and pizzicato techniques, in combination with his effects pedals. Schoening has recorded five albums to date, with Elements receiving multiple awards and industry accolades. Elements was recorded in front of a live audience, and reflects Schoening’s musical interpretation of the four basic elements, along with “spirit” as a fifth. Narrow Path is his most recent release. For Schoening’s June 7 concert, he has invited friend Kenneth Cannata, founder of Cannata Imports LLC, The Jade Pine Foundation, and a Chinese tea expert to join him in offering a tea ceremony to be held before the event. Tea ceremony tickets are available by reservation only and are $25. The tea ceremony starts at 6 p.m. at OmCulture. The Solo Electric Cello concert takes place June 7 at 7:30 p.m. at OmCulture, located at 2210 N. Pacific St., Seattle. $25. For more information and to purchase tickets:

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recent study from the University of Bonn, Germany, found that consuming energy drinks containing caffeine and taurine causes increased heart strain and greater risk for accelerated heart rate, a rise in blood pressure, seizures and death. Typical energy drinks contain up to three times the caffeine found in a cola or coffee beverage, and also frequently contain artificial flavors and fillers. Energy drink popularity is on the rise, along with emergency room visits related to consumption of the popular beverages, which has doubled in the past 10 years, according to a 2013 report from the Mental Health Services Administration. Alternative energy drinks offer desired benefits, such as an increase in endurance and reduction in post-workout muscle pain, without risky side effects. Wellness drink Maxelence MVP forgoes taurine, caffeine and other stimulants in favor of ribose, bio-available minerals, electrolytes, vitamins, pre-biotic fiber and active probiotics to promote good digestion, heart health and hydration. The glutenfree drink is sweetened with all natural stevia and does not contain sugar, aspartame or other chemical sweeteners, unlike many other energy beverages. Maxelence MVP also contains citrus aurantium (bitter orange extract), which has been used to increase performance and as a weight management supplement due to thermogenic effects that enhance metabolism. For more information: 1-800-407-7238 or

arly summer brings waves of pollen to much of the United States. Ragweed, purple loosestrife and other plants bloom and fill the air with allergens, as they have for centuries. More recently, though, the severity and pervasiveness of strong allergic reactions in this country has increased according to a study in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. When experiencing allergens, the body releases histamines that can trigger sneezing excess mucus flow, congestion and swelling of membranes and tissues. Rather than using nasal sprays—many containing steroids or other synthetic chemicals—to attempt to prevent this response, a more natural spray can work instead. A decoction of herbs like yarrow leaf, horseradish root, elder flower and/or eye bright, when absorbed by the membranes of the nasal passageways, can enter the cells and cause them to produce their own antihistamines. This breaks the cycle of overt symptoms without the user becoming dependent on an unhealthy spray. The Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine states that all these herbs along with calendula and aloe applied topically for soothing, can bring natural congestion relief. Another approach is to use a spray consisting of an enhanced aqueous silver colloid solution, which can constrict micro-capillaries and reduce bleeding. Shrinking nasal tissues reduce swelling and congestion while killing bacteria and fungus. This can support a beleaguered immune system and help prevent a sinus infection—a natural gift of health for the allergy season. Steven Frank, the founder of Nature’s Rite, is also an innovative herbalist. For more information, email SteveF@ or visit See ad page 7.

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ports enthusiasts have new reasons to try yoga: three studies published in the April issue of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine show that yoga improves balance and reduces fear of falling, can help to regulate and reduce blood pressure, and can improve cardiovascular health. “If you love sports or outdoor activities, you know that aches, pains, injuries, etc. come with the territory,” says Murali Venkatrao, a life-long yoga practitioner, and director of the Ananda Yoga Teacher Training program in Washington State. “Yoga can help with preventing injury, increasing performance and speeding up recovery.” Venkatrao notes that yoga allows overworked muscles to lengthen deeply in a way that is not possible by simple warmups. “The combination of passive stretching and active stretching is very effective in restoring flexibility to muscles that have been overused during activity,” she says. Sporting and outdoor activities place an asymmetrical load on the body, creating imbalance in the joints, which can result in reduced performance and increased risk of injury. The new studies show yoga helps restore the balance to the joints and strengthens under-used parts of the body. “A strong core helps increase performance and prevent injury,” Venkatrao explains, addressing the muscles located in the abdomen, buttocks and near the spine. “Yoga is an excellent way to develop core strength.” Not only is yoga helpful for strength, but it can be an effective pathway into recovery after strenuous work. “After finishing your activity, it is important to allow the nervous system shift into healing mode, called parasympathetic response,” Venkatrao continues. “Restorative yoga allows the body to rest, detoxify and breathe deeply.”

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Harvard Medical School study found that how well women age in their 70s is linked to the way they ate earlier in life. Researchers started with 10,670 healthy women in their late 50s and followed them for 15 years. Published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the results saw fewer chronic diseases among women that followed diets heavy in plant-based foods during midlife; these women were also 34 percent more likely to live past 70. Those that ate most similarly to the Mediterranean diet had even better outcomes—a 46 percent greater likelihood of living past 70 without chronic diseases. Eleven percent of the subjects quaified as healthy agers, which researchers defined as having no major chronic diseases, physical impairments, mental health problems or trouble with thinking and memory. According to lead author Cecilia Samieri, Ph.D., midlife exposures are thought to be a particularly relevant period because most health conditions develop slowly over many years.

Mindfulness Meditation Reduces the Urge to Light Up


indfulness meditation training may help people overcome addiction by activating the brain centers involved in self-control and addictive tendencies, suggests research from the psychology departments of Texas Tech University and the University of Oregon. Scientists led by Yi-Yuan Tang, Ph.D., studied 61 volunteers, includesearchers from the University of Miami found that ing 27 smokers, randomly divided into compassionate love and faith in a compassionate Higher groups that either received mindfulness Power increases healing and reduces disease progression meditation training or relaxation trainamong HIV patients. ing. Two weeks later, after five hours They studied 177 HIV patients over a 10-year period, of training, smoking among those in tracking biological measures and health behaviors and colthe meditative group decreased by 60 lecting in-depth data interviews. The scientists coded five criteria of compassionpercent, while no significant reduction ate love derived from the Working Model of Compassionate Love, developed by occurred in the relaxation group. Lynn Underwood, Ph.D. Brain imaging scans determined The progression of HIV disease was reduced among patients that gave and that the mindfulness meditation training received the most compassionate love. These patients exhibited both a greater produced increased activity in the antelevel of the immune-boosting white blood cells known as CD4+ T helper cells rior cingulate and the prefrontal cortex; and a reduced HIV viral load, the measure of HIV in the blood. regions associated with self-control. Past research led by Tang showed that smokers and those with other addictions exhibited less activity in these areas than those free of addictions. The current study previously determined that myelin and brain cell matter in these two brain regions increases through mindfulness meditation.

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Tapping Acupressure Points Heals Vet Trauma

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) may be an effective treatment for veterans that have been diagnosed with clinical post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a study published in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. EFT involves tapping on acupressure points while focusing on traumatic memories or painful emotions in order to release them. As part of the Veterans’ Stress Project, an anonymous clinical study comprising more than 2,000 participants, 59 veterans with PTSD were randomly assigned to either receive strictly standard care or also experience six, hour-long, EFT sessions. The psychological distress and PTSD symptoms showed significant reductions among veterans receiving the EFT sessions, with 90 percent matriculating out of the criteria for clinical PTSD. At a six-month follow-up, 80 percent of those participants still had symptoms below the clinical level for PTSD. According to Deb Tribbey, national coordinator for the Veterans’ Stress Project, PTSD symptoms that can be resolved with the combined therapy include insomnia, anger, grief, hyper-vigilance and pain.

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Grass Releases Surprising Amounts of CO2 Which emits more of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide: a cornfield or a residential lawn? According to researchers at Elizabethtown College, in Pennsylvania, it’s the grass. David Bowne, an assistant professor of biology, published the study results in the Soil Science Society of America Journal. After measuring carbon dioxide released from each setting, the scientists found that urban areas deemed heat islands may have a smaller overall impact than previously thought, compared with suburban developments. Previously, the heat island effect has been perceived as a phenomenon that occurs only in cities, where the mass of paved roads, dark roofs and buildings absorb and concentrate heat, making cities much warmer during hot days than other areas. Both carbon dioxide releases and soil temperature were measurably higher in residential lawns than in croplands and higher temperatures are directly associated with carbon dioxide efflux. Bowne says, “As you increase temperature, you increase biological activity—be it microbial, plant, fungal or animal.” Increased activity leads to more respiration and increased carbon dioxide emissions. Source:

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Laws Permit Oil and Gas Drilling in Iconic Public Lands News that the U.S. Department of the Interior will allow drilling for oil and gas in a proposed wilderness area in southern Utah’s Desolation Canyon puts a spotlight on the practice. A report by the Center for American Progress reveals that 42 national parks are at risk, including 12 where oil and gas drilling is currently underway and 30 where it could be in the near future. Among the threatened wild places are iconic American national parklands, including Grand Teton, in Wyoming, Mesa Verde, Great Sand Dunes and Dinosaur National Monument, in Colorado, Santa Monica Mountains, in California, Glen Canyon, in Arizona, Carlsbad Caverns and Chaco Canyon, in New Mexico, Everglades and Gulf Islands, in Florida, Arches and Canyonlands, in Utah, and Glacier, in Montana. The reality is that all public lands, including national parks and wildlife refuges, are potentially open to oil and gas leasing unless they are designated as “wilderness”, the highest form of land protection designated by the government. Source: The Wilderness Society (

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It’s well known that involving fathers from the start in children’s lives has a significant positive impact on their development, including the greater economic security of having more than one parent. Yet, there’s more to the “father effect”. Numerous studies have found that children growing up in a household with a father present show superior outcomes in intelligence tests, particularly in nonverbal, or spatial, reasoning that’s integral in mathematics, science and engineering. The IQ advantage is attributed to the way that fathers interact with their children, with an emphasis on the manipulation of objects like blocks, roughhousing and outdoor activities, rather than languagebased activities. A study of Chinese parents found that it was a father’s warmth toward his child that was the ultimate factor in predicting the child’s future academic success. A recent Canadian study from Concordia University provides new insights into a father’s impact on a daughter’s emotional development, as well. Lead researcher Erin Peugnot concluded, “Girls whose fathers lived with them when they were in middle childhood (ages 6 to 10) demonstrated less sadness, worry and shyness as preteens (ages 9 to 13) compared with girls whose fathers did not live with them,” he says.

It seems that fame and fortune are less important to us than our connections with fellow human beings, after all. A study conducted by and in 2012 and 2013 applying their proprietary Values Profile Test with 2,163 people showed they only moderately valued money and power, at best, which took a backseat to social values on a personal level. This revelation comes on the heels of another study on career motivation that similarly showed a drop in participants’ consuming desire for money and power in the workplace. The researchers at assessed 34 separate facets within six categories of values—social, aesthetic, theoretical, traditional, realistic and political. The five top-scoring facets were empathy, family and friends, appreciation of beauty, hard work/diligence, altruism and the importance of helping others. Financial security came in 24th place and power was near last at 29th in importance. Ethics/morals placed 10th.


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We look out for the quality of the air we breathe indoors and out and we aim to drive in the most fuel-conscious manner to keep emissions down. What about the air quality inside our vehicles during necessary hours on the road? The Ecology Center, an Ann Arbor, Michigan, nonprofit, attests that extreme air temperatures inside cars on especially hot days can potentially increase the concentration of volatile organic compounds (VOC) and release chemicals and other ingredients from new-car dashboards, steering wheel columns and seats into the interior air. Some manufacturers are responding by greening their interiors: Toyota is using sugarcane to replace plastic; Ford has turned to soy foam instead of polyurethane foam; and Land Rover is tanning its leather with vegetables, not chromium sulfate. Carbon monoxide seeping in from engine combustion can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea and fatigue and even trigger asthma. The potential exists “if there’s a leak in the system between the engine and the rear of the vehicle and there’s even a small hole in the body structure,” advises Tony Molla, a vice president with the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. “Have the exhaust system inspected by a certified technician to make sure everything is secure and not rusted or leaking.” Also have the cabin air filter checked. Part of the ventilation system, it helps trap pollen, bacteria, dust and exhaust gases in air conditioning, heating and ventilation systems and prevents leaves, bugs and other debris from entering the interior, according to the Car Care Council. Most vehicle manufacturers recommend changing it every 12,000 to 15,000 miles. (Find a range of educational information at It’s always beneficial to have fresh air entering the vehicle when driving. Open a window slightly or blow the air conditioning on low in the vent position when not in heavy traffic. “Don’t run it on the recycle or max A/C mode for long periods to make sure you’re getting fresh outside air in and flushing out any contaminants in the cabin air,” adds Molla. Using sun reflectors and visors helps keep interior temperatures down. Check local motor vehicle departments for state policies regarding tinted windows, which can reduce heat, glare and UV exposure. It always helps to park in the shade.

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Living Off the Land Low- and No-Cost Ways to Feed a Family by Avery Mack

Whether it’s membership in a food co-op, tending a backyard garden or balcony tomato plant or foraging in the woods for edibles, living off the land means cleaner, fresher and more nutritious food on the table.


o switch from running to the market to stepping into a home garden for fresh produce, it’s best to start small. Smart gardeners know it’s easy to be overwhelmed by a big plot so they plan ahead with like-minded friends to swap beans for tomatoes or zucchini for okra to add variety. If one household is more suited to freezing excess harvests while another cans or dehydrates, more trades are in the offing. Start kids by having them plant radishes, a crop that will give even the most impatient child quick results. “You can’t do everything yourself,” counsels Kathie Lapcevic, a farmer, freelance writer and teacher in Columbia Falls, Montana. “I have a huge garden, expanded now into about 7,000 square feet, that provides 65 percent of what our family eats,” she says. “On the other hand, I can’t imagine life without nut butter and found I can’t grow Brussels sprouts. A few trips to the store are inevitable.” Lapcevic plants non-GMO, heirloom varieties of seeds in her chemical-free garden. She adds a new variety or two each year and reminds peers that it takes a while to build good



soil. Three years ago, she also added pollinator beehives on the property. Their honey reduces the amount of processed sugar the family uses. From Libby, Montana, Chaya Foedus blogs on her store website about kitchen selfsufficiency. “Foraging is a good way to give children a full sensory experience,” she remarks. “We turn a hike into a mission to find and learn about specific foods, where they come from and what to do with them.” To start, select one easily identifiable item for the kids to pick. “In Libby, that’s huckleberries,” says Foedus. “Similar to blueberries, they grow on a bush, so they’re easy to see and pick. Huckleberries don’t grow in captivity—it’s a completely foraged economy.” Michelle Boatright, a graphic designer and hunter of wild plants in Bristol, Tennessee, learned eco-friendly ways to forage from a game warden friend. Five years later, her bookcase holds 30 books on edible plants—she brings two with her on excursions. “When in doubt, leave a plant alone. It’s too easy to make a mistake,” she advises. “Know how to harvest, too—

take only about 10 percent of what’s there and leave the roots, so it can grow back. “For example, ramps, a wild leek, take seven years to cultivate,” says Boatright. “Overharvesting can wipe out years’ worth of growth. In Tennessee, it’s illegal to harvest ramps in state parks. Mushrooms are more apt to regrow, but leave the small ones.” As for meat, “I was raised to never shoot a gun, but to make my own bows and arrows,” recalls Bennett Rea, a writer and survivalist in Los Angeles, California. “Dad used Native American skills, tools and viewpoints when he hunted. Bow hunting kept our family from going hungry for a few lean years and was always done with reverence. It’s wise to take only what you need, use what you take and remember an animal gave its life to sustain yours.” Rea uses several methods for obtaining local foods. “Living here makes it easier due to the year-round growing season. For produce, I volunteer for a local CSA [community supported agriculture] collective. One hour of volunteering earns 11 pounds of free, sustainably farmed, organic produce—everything from kale to tangerines to cilantro. “Bartering is also an increasingly popular trend,” he notes. “I make my own hot sauce and trade it for highend foods and coffee from friends and neighbors. Several of us have now rented a plot in a community garden to grow more of our own vegetables. I only buy from stores the items I can’t trade for or make myself—usually oats, milk, cheese and olive oil.” Truly good food is thoughtfully, sustainably grown or harvested. It travels fewer miles; hasn’t been sprayed with toxins or been chemically fertilized; is fresh; ripens on the plant, not in a truck or the store; and doesn’t come from a factory farm. The old saying applies here: “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.” Avery Mack is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect via

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SOLO RETREATS Finding Freedom in Solitude by Ann Dorn


t. Augustine is said to have stated, “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” If that is true, than perhaps those who do not travel alone miss reading a few pages as well. Whether your journey is taken in complete solitude and silence, or surrounded by new friends and filled with workshops, benefits and new perspectives abound. A study that appeared recently in the Journal of Social Psychology showed that physical and psychological distance from familiar settings increased problem solving abilities and creativity, and proponents of solo retreats also often speak of the sense of renewal they gained. “It’s an emotional and phsycial vacation—you just get to wipe the slate clean,” says Seattle author Robyn Fritz of solo travel. Fritz, who has traveled alone throughout Europe and beyond, notes that solo journeys allow for experiences not always available when traveling with a partner or group. “You’re just living in the moment, noticing your feet in the sand, noticing the colors,” she continues. “You are opening up to the experience around you instead of judging it.” Some people prefer to check themselves into a bed and breakfast



or find a remote campground and spend time in relative isolation, but others gravitate toward more structered retreats, finding workshops and occassional interactions with others to support their process of restoring and recharging. Dan Dubie, who owns a Seattle based company that distributes magazines and flyers, says his stays at transcendental meditation retreats offered a balance between reflection and being in the presence of others. “We’d primarily spend a lot of time in our rooms meditating,” Dan says of his trips, during which participants gathered to discuss and eat together before returning to their inner work. “It was a time of deep rest and quiet, and just being with your medita-

“You feel a soul lightening that helps you find meaning in your life.” tions.” Dubie tried camping alone, but quickly found that was not the right solo retreat for him. “I remember trying it and thinking it was just not very fun at all, so I quickly learned that was not part of

who I was,” he explains. Tacoma resident and intuitive guide and teacher Jesica Davis found herself at a well known retreat facility, the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, during a dark and difficult period of life. “I meditated, walked, ate and sat in hot tubs. Maybe I did some yoga, too. I don’t remember it that clearly except to say that it was a changing point in my entire life,” she says. Davis found her turmoil and despair, which had left her considering suicide, falling away as she spent time alone. The amenities offered at the large institute included meals, which allowed her to focus on her process of transformation instead of other tasks. “New motherhood is non-stop and I hadn’t had more than a few brief moments to myself since my daughter was born,” Davis explains, noting her daughter was two at the time she visited the Esalen Institute. She says she returned from her retreat deeply changed and recharged from her time alone, and was better equiped to create the life she wanted going forward. “Thinking creates an obstruction that separates you from the experience of life, and when you are alone in new surroundings, you find yourself really able to connect the brain and heart,” Fritz says. “I think you feel a soul lightening that helps you get through the day and helps you find meaning in your life.”

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THE HEALING POWER OF STORY How Telling Our Truths Can Set Us Free by Judith Fertig


fter his deployment in Iraq, U.S. Marine Captain Tyler Boudreau returned home in 2004 with post-traumatic stress syndrome and an emotional war wound that experts now call a “moral injury”. He could only sleep for an hour or two at night. He refused to take showers or leave the house for long periods of time. He and his wife divorced. “My body was home,

but my head was still there [in Iraq],” he recounts. At first, Boudreau tried to make sense of his conflicted feelings by writing fiction. Then he wrote a detailed, nonfiction analysis of his deployment, but that didn’t help, either. In 2009 he wrote a memoir, Packing Inferno: The Unmaking of a Marine, that came closer to conveying his personal truth.

“I needed to get back into the story,” he says, so he could pull his life back together in Northampton, Massachusetts. Like Boudreau, we all have stories—ongoing and ever-changing—that we tell ourselves to make sense of our lives. They can help us heal and powerfully guide us through life, or just as powerfully, hold us back. In 1949, Sarah Lawrence College Professor Joseph Campbell published The Hero with a Thousand Faces, in which he outlined a master monomyth. It involves leaving everyday life and answering a call to adventure, getting help from others along the way, facing adversity and returning with a gift, or boon, for ourselves and others. It’s a basic pattern of human existence, with endless variations.

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How does telling our truth help heal our body? Professor James Pennebaker, Ph.D., chair of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, is a pioneer in the mind-body benefits of story, which he explores in Opening Up: The Healing Power of Expressing Emotions. In the late 1980s, while consulting for the Texas prison system, Pennebaker discovered that when suspects lied while taking polygraph tests, their heart rate rose, but when they confessed the truth, they relaxed. “Our cells know the truth,” writes microbiologist Sondra Barrett, Ph.D., who also blogs at,

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“Telling your story may be the most powerful medicine on Earth,” says Dr. Lissa Rankin, the author of Mind Over Medicine, who practices integrative medicine in Mill Valley, California. She’s tested the concept firsthand. “So many of us are tormented by the insane idea that we’re separate, disconnected beings, suffering all by our little lonesome selves,” she observes. “That’s exactly how I felt when I started blogging, as if I was the only one in the whole wide world who had lost her mojo and longed to get it back. Then I started telling my story—and voilà! Millions of people responded to tell me how they had once lost theirs and since gotten it back.” They did it by telling their stories, witnessed with loving

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attention by others that care. “Each of us is a constantly unfolding narrative, a hero in a novel no one else can write. Yet, so many of us leave our stories untold, our songs unsung,” remarks Rankin. “When this happens, we wind up feeling lonely, listless and out of touch with our life purpose. We are plagued with a chronic sense that something is out of alignment. We may even wind up feeling unworthy, unloved or sick,” says Rankin, who blogs on related topics at

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Sometimes, writing a new story can help keep families connected. Kansas City, Missouri, author and columnist Deborah Shouse took an unplanned and unwanted, yet ultimately rewarding journey with her mother through Alzheimer’s disease. Shouse discovered that as her mother was losing her memory and identity through dementia, crafting a new narrative helped her family hold it together, a process she details in Love in the Land of Dementia. “You have to celebrate the person who is still with you,” Shouse says, noting we may discover a different, but still interesting, person that communicates in ways other than talking. She recommends employing a technique she calls The Hero Project, which she developed with her partner, Ron Zoglin. It uses words, photos and craft supplies in what Shouse terms “word-scrapping” to generate and tell a new story that helps keep the personal connection we have with our loved one and make visits more positive. She shares more supportive insights at Sharing an old story may also provide a rare link to the past for a person with dementia. “Savor and write down the stories you’re told, even if you hear certain ones many times,” Shouse counsels. “By writing down the most often-repeated stories, you create a legacy to share with family, friends and other caregivers.”

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of a longer life story, says author Byron Katie, a self-help specialist from Ojai, California, who addresses reader stories via blog posts at Sometimes we tell ourselves the wrong story, one that keeps us from realizing our full potential, while making us miserable at the same time. Examples might include “I will always be overweight,” “My partner doesn’t love me” or “I’m stuck here.” Katie’s book, Who Would You Be Without Your Story? explores how we often take what happens in our lives, create a story with negative overtones, believe that version of the story and make ourselves unhappy. “The cause of suffering is the thought that we’re believing it,” she says. By questioning our stories, turning them around and crafting new and more truthful ones, we can change our lives.

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Humorist, speaker, and professional storyteller Kim Weitkamp, of Christiansburg, Virginia, knows that the power of story creates wider ripples. She sees it happen every time she performs at festivals and events around the country. “It is naturally in our DNA to communicate in story form,” she advises. “The power of story causes great revelation and change in those that listen.” She cites supporting studies conducted by psychologists Marshall Duke, Ph.D., and Robyn Fivush, Ph.D., at the Emory Center for Myth and Ritual in American Life, in Atlanta, Georgia. “They found that children—at ages 4, 14, 44 or 104, because we’re all children at heart—are more resilient and happy and rebound faster from stress when they know their family stories. They know they’re part of something that’s bigger than themselves that people in their family have kept going,” says Weitkamp. “When people leave a storytelling event, they leave telling stories,” she says with a smile, “and that results in happier and healthier families and communities.” Judith Fertig tells stories about food at AlfrescoFoodAndLifestyle.blogspot. com from Overland Park, KS.

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ost kids growing up in Chattanooga have crossed the Tennessee River via the Walnut Street pedestrian bridge; far fewer have been on the river beneath it,” remarks Mark Baldwin, owner of area paddle sports outfitter L2 Boards. Using stand up paddleboards (SUP), he loves guiding adults and children on their own up-close discoveries of the river’s cliffs, caves, fish, turtles and birds. Waterways are enchanting at any age, and SUP recreation naturally tends to inspire creative quests. Its physical and developmental benefits are a bonus. “The stand up paddleboard is the bicycle of the water. Because paddleboarding can be done at any age and fitness level, the whole

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Quantum Healing Hypnotherapy An Interview With Dolores Cannon by Stephanie Bell Dolores Cannon is a world renowned regressionist, author and teacher. She is a practitioner of Quantum Healing Hypnotherapy (QHHT), which she pioneered in a career spanning more than 40 years. QHHT is a regression technique that takes individuals beyond the usual past-life regression and into a place where clarity and understanding can be found. How did Quantum Healing Hypnotherapy get its start? When I was thrown (ever so gently) into the field in 1968 it was all new and challenging. In my mind, I had opened a door that would never be closed again. There were no books or instructions in those days to guide a therapist, so I had to write my own rules and develop my own technique from the beginning. I now know that was for the better. I never had anyone telling me there was only one correct method (theirs) to do hypnosis. I never had anyone telling me you couldn’t experiment, that it had to only be done the way it had been done for years. I now know they were only teaching what they had been taught by someone that had been taught by someone else, ad infinitum. They did not question the methods they had been shown, but they also had not been told they could change the rules and 26


develop their own way, follow their own path. Mainly because there were no instructions, I felt I had been thrust into something new and exciting. I didn’t know what could or could not be done, and I chose to challenge the abilities of the mind and find out what was possible through hypnosis. How does the Quantum Healing Hypnotherapy work and what makes it different? It is a method I developed over many years and most often it provides instant results. I take the client into a very deep state of hypnosis and we explore past lives together. I then ask the client’s subconscious to talk to me and this is where the healing begins. The “source of all knowledge” or the “higher self” is used to facilitate instant healing and closure. It can scan the body, looking for anything which needs healing and will then heal the body instantly. It can also give the clients advice to help solve their problems in their lives, because this part has the answers to everything and knows everything about the person. What results have you seen using your method? I have found that everything can be cured if the person is willing to release it. The only exceptions I have found are if the person is experiencing the

Where did the term “Quantum Healing” come from? After teaching my technique for eight years, calling it “Advanced Past-Life Regression,” our students said we needed to change the name because it didn’t begin to describe what was actually being taught. Since the technique centers around instant healing from a higher source, we came up with the name Quantum Healing. How is Quantum Healing different from other past-life regressions? In normal past-life regression, the person is usually in the lighter trance states and some answers can be found from the past life, but the conscious mind is still very present. This is the very beginning—the tip of the iceberg. With Quantum Healing Hypnotherapy, we remove the conscious mind interference and work from the deepest possible level of trance, thus we can find the cause of the problem enabling instant healing. This is a much more advanced technique. Are there any risks involved in using this kind of therapy? My technique is full of safeguards that I have developed over 40 years, so there are no risks if it is practiced correctly. Are you the only one practicing this technique? Dolores: Because it is my technique, I am the only one teaching it at this time. We have trained thousands of people all over the world and they are allowed to practice it, but no one else is authorized to teach it. Many of the people who have been trained in my technique are practicing it are experiencing the same miraculous results. For more information, call Aurelian Rado, Quantum Healing Hypnotherapy practitioner, at 206-498-7289, or visit or See ad, page 12.

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Free Talk: Keeping Kids Healthy Naturally – 6-7:30pm. Learn how natural medicine can help a family stay healthy at Bastyr Center for Natural Health. Emily Lesnak, ND, will share the benefits of staying healthy through good nutrition, exercise and ways to take care of a child’s body as they grow. Free. Bastyr Center for Natural Health, 3670 Stone Way N, Seattle. 206-834-4100.

The Center for Wooden Boats Youth Fishing Derby – 10am-2pm. From 10 to 11:30am a shore fishing lesson will be offered, open to all skill levels. The official derby will run from 11:30am until 2pm where young people will be able to compete in their age brackets to see who can catch the longest fish and the most fish. Free. The Center for Wooden Boats at Cama Beach State Park, 1880 SW Camano Dr, Camano Island. Registration required. 360-3879361.

THURSDAY, JUNE 5 Science of Meditation and Yoga – Thursdays through June 26. 7-8:45pm. In the first 2 classes of this 4-class series explore how classic meditation techniques enable one to control blood pressure, counteract the effects of stress, increase mental acuity and more. In the 3rd and 4th class examine what science has to say about the remarkable health benefits derived from yoga postures, including stress reduction, balancing the endocrine system and more. $40 for 2 classes or $70 for 4. Ananda Meditation Temple, 23305 Bothell-Everett Hwy, Bothell. 425-806-3700.

FRIDAY, JUNE 6 Heed Your Call: Integrating Myth, Science, Spirituality and Business – 7:30-9pm. Spend an evening and afternoon with author David Howitt who shares the stories behind his and others’ unique success in 11 real-world lessons in his new book, Heed Your Call. $10 includes $5 off Howitt’s new book. East West Bookshop, 6500 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle. Registration required. 206-523-3726.

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Wellness Connection – 10am-3pm. The Wellness Connection is an event that showcases health and wellness professionals from Stanwood, Camano Island and Arlington areas. Meet the people behind the businesses that are elevating health. Sample products, learn about local services. Enjoy a full day of free community classes and guest speakers. Free. Stanwood Village Center, 7009 265th St, Stanwood. 425-212-8205. Camano Chamber SummerFest – 11am-4pm. Kick-off to summer. Featuring local businesses and organizations, beer and wine garden, brats and hot dogs, activities for kids, live music and more for the entire family. Free. Camano Commons at Terry’s Corner, 848 N Sunrise Blvd, Camano Island. 360629-7136. Yogasana: Movement as Meditation: A Solstice Celebration With Surya Namaskar – 1:304:30pm. Surya Namaskar–meaning Sun Salutation–is a sequence of 12 movements that flow from one to the other, in synchrony with the breath. At the end of the workshop, we will provide a suggested yoga routine to practice at home to continue one’s exploration. $50. Ananda Meditation Temple, 23305 Bothell-Everett Hwy, Bothell. 425-8063700. Matthew Schoening: Album Release Concert – 8-10pm. Award-winning composer Matthew Schoening is a live-looping electric cellist who creates the experience of a symphony onstage. Matthew has performed with Snatam Kaur, Deva Premal and Miten, and others. His music has been called “inspirational,” “heart-opening,” and “mesmerizing.” The concert includes an optional Chinese tea ceremony beforehand. $12.50 - $25. Om Culture, 2210 N Pacific St, Seattle. 206-8299969.

SUNDAY, JUNE 8 Sound Healing Concert with Paradiso and Rasamayi – 5-7pm. Enjoy a healing soul journey with the channeled music of master didgeridoo artist and sound healer Paradiso and Rasamayi (chanting, the world’s largest crystal didgeridoo, Tibetan and crystal singing bowls). $25 in advance or $30 at door. East West Bookshop Seattle, 6500 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle. Registration required. 206-523-3726.



THURSDAY, JUNE 12 Bite-Sized Nutrition - Free Living Naturally Talk – 6-7:30pm. Get the latest and hottest nutrition information, provided in short, easy-to-digest presentations. Advanced students in the Bastyr University Master of Science in Nutrition program will discuss science and healthy eating tips in a whirlwind of inspiring five-minute presentations called “Bite-Sized Nutrition.” Free. Bastyr Center for Natural Health, 3670 Stone Way N, Seattle. 206834-4100.

FRIDAY, JUNE 13 Re-Awakening – June 13-14. Friday 7-9:30pm. Saturday 9:30am-6pm. Saturday concert 7-9pm. Join songwriter and musician Mark Stanton Welch for a profound change of life in this workshop and concert. Be reawakened and bring an end to a life of limitation and fear. $150 for workshop plus concert, $25 for concert only. Renton. Register: 206-9488001 or

SATURDAY, JUNE 14 Open House at Kadampa Meditation Center Washington – 4-8pm. Stop by Ballard’s Buddhist temple for Buddhist art tours, bookstore, refreshments and free guided meditations at 5 and 7 pm. Kadampa Meditation Center is home to an 8-foot Buddha statue finished in pure gold. Everyone welcome. Free. Kadampa Meditation Center Washington, 6556 24th Ave NW, Seattle. 206-526-9565.

THURSDAY, JUNE 19 Rock N Roll Health & Fitness Expo – June 19-20. Join Flat Rock Health Seattle and 70 plus exhibitors showcasing the latest in health and fitness. FRHS practitioners will be on hand to provide information on sports medicine, massage and physical therapy. Free admission. CenturyLink Field Event Center, 800 Occidental Ave S, Seattle. 206-258-6652.

FRIDAY, JUNE 20 Brandon Bays – 7:30pm. Brandon Bays will guide in stripping away any illusions or ideations created about emotions. All emotions, especially those that seem to limit are the very gateway to the soul and to freedom. $20. East West Bookshop Seattle, 6500 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle. Registration required. 206-523-3726.

SATURDAY, JUNE 21 Ananda Community Open House & Solstice Celebration – 3-6pm. Our annual open house and solstice celebration features tours of grounds, gardens, homes, music, art gallery, refreshments, products for sale and display, activities for children and healing demonstration treatments such as chair massage and sound healing. Solstice celebration at 5 with local intentional community guest speakers and free vegetarian dinner at 6pm. Free. Ananda Community in Lynnwood, 20715 Larch Way, Lynnwood. 425-806-3700. Camano Crab Dash – Registration and packet pick-up between 7:30-8:30am. Race begins at 9am. The Camano Crab Dash is a 5K fun run/walk and a 10K run. All proceeds support programs and services at Camano Center. $15. Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead Rd, Camano Island. Registration

required. 360-387-0222. Ainslie Macleod—Who Were You? – 11am-3pm. Discover how past lives impact people now. Join world-renowned intuitive and award-winning author Ainslie MacLeod on a journey to your soul’s past to discover the source of your beliefs, quirks, idiosyncrasies and abilities. $60 per individual or $90 for two people. East West Bookshop Seattle, 6500 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle. 206-523-3726.

TUESDAY, JUNE 24 Preventing Alzheimers – 5:30-6:30pm. Join Dr. Kabran Chapek, N.D. at Amen Clinic Bellevue as he presents Preventing Alzheimer’s: Cutting Edge Ways to Prevent and Treat Alzheimer’s Disease. Learn how to slow progression and improve symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease with dietary and natural intervention. Free and open to professionals only. Amen Clinic Bellevue, 616 120th Ave NE C100, Bellevue. Registration required. 425-4557534.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25 “Life & End-of-Life Planning” – 10:30am-12pm. 90-minute workshop tailored to meet the needs of seniors, their families and caregivers. Presented by retired attorney Anne Bradley Counts. Free. Bellingham Senior Center, 315 Halleck St, Bellingham. 206-399-8401. Death Cafe Talk Series – 6:30pm-8:30pm. Join Bastyr University Center for Mind, Body, Spirit and Nature for a series of frank yet light-hearted discussions about life and death. These open-ended conversations give attendees the opportunity to take an honest look at the subjects of death and dying. Keeping with the café theme, cake and tea will be provided. Free. Bastyr Center for Natural Health, 3670 Stone Way N, Seattle. 206-834-4100. Ask the Doctor Lecture Series – 7-9 pm. Get healthcare questions answered by Anirban Das, DO. Dr. Das is an experienced osteopathic physician and current clinical faculty at the University of Washington. June lecture topic: Taking Care of Orthopedic/Sports Injuries, followed by an open Q&A session. Free. Flat Rock Health Seattle, 10564 5th Ave NE, Ste 402, Seattle. 206-258-6652.

SATURDAY, JUNE 28 Ananda Kirtan – 7-9pm. Open the heart and still the mind to the divine presence through devotional chanting. We use Indian harmoniums, guitars, drums, kirtals (bells), gong, and sometimes even harp. Chanting is followed by going inwards and meditation for about 45 minutes. Free. Ananda Meditation Temple, 23305 Bothell-Everett Hwy, Bothell. 425-806-3700. Krishna Das Kirtan Wallah Tour – 7-10 pm. Layering traditional Hindu kirtan with instantly accessible melodies and modern instrumentation, Krishna Das has been called yoga’s “rock star.” His latest recording, Kirtan Wallah offers a westwardleaning album, fully embracing his American roots in rock and country and yet embodying the spirit of deeply devotional Indian chants. $35 in advance, $45 day of. Center for Spiritual Living, 5801 Sandpoint Way NE, Seattle. Registration required. 206-523-3726.

save the date MONDAY, JULY 7 Summer Youth Farm Camp by Seattle Tilth at 21 Acres – July 7-25. 9am-3:30pm. Kids will love the farm-to-table experience, growing and eating farm fresh food while learning how to take care of the environment. The farm at 21 Acres provides 3 separate camps – each a week full of fun adventures and each unique. Sign-up for one, two or all three weeks. $290 for individuals or $240 for 21 Acres or Seattle Tilth members. 21 Acres Farm, 13701 NE 171st St, Woodinville. Registration required. 425481-1500.

SATURDAY, JULY 19 Yoga for Hope – 7pm with check-in starting at 6pm. The yoga community will unite for a truly unforgettable evening of yoga, music, compassion and philanthropy. Proceeds support City of Hope’s groundbreaking research and life-saving treatment impacting the lives of people fighting cancer, diabetes and HIV/AIDS worldwide. $40 in advance or $50 day of. Saint Mark’s Cahtedral, 1245 10th Ave E, Seattle. Registration required. 425-646-9530.

TUESDAY, JULY 22 Beyond Labels: The HANDLE Perspective on Neurodevelopment – 6:30-8pm. Join HANDLE Practitioner Peg Simon to explore HANDLE, the Holistic Approach to Neurodevelopment and Learning Efficiency. Learn how to view the person as a whole, and look beyond the labels for root causes of perplexing behaviors. HANDLE helps create efficient brain pathways and strengthens systems without stress. Free. The Shoreline Library, 345 NE 175th, Shoreline. Registration required. 425-778-3082.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 30 Ask the Doctor Lecture Series – 7-9pm. Get health care questions answered by Anirban Das,

DO. Dr. Das is an experienced osteopathic physician and current clinical faculty at the University of Washington. Free. Flat Rock Health Seattle, 10564 5th Ave NE, Ste 402, Seattle. 206-258-6652.

ongoing TUESDAYS Max Meditation System Drop-In Class – 9:3011am. Find inner peace. This system uses a full spectrum of meditation styles-breathing, deep-body relaxation, passive, active and guided meditation. It fuses ancient mystery school lineage teachings with Indian and Tibetan yoga, and modern psychology and NLP. $10. 10th House Life Center, 126 20th Ave, Seattle. 206-538-0070.

WEDNESDAYS Free Introduction to Meditation Class – 3rd Wednesday. 6-7pm. Meditation Class taught by Mary Davis, Family Nurse Practitioner. Learn the mind/body health benefits of meditation and leave with an easy daily practice to begin at home. Free. Seattle Healing Arts Center, 6300 9th Ave NE, Seattle. 206-679-9620. Spiritual Abilities Demonstration – 7-8:30pm. We demonstrate intuitive abilities and offer spiritual information focused on clairvoyance to validate one’s spiritual abilities. Ask a question for an experienced reader. Join us for this weekly event to receive powerful information and learn how one’s spiritual gifts can work for their self. Free. CDM, 2402 Summit Ave, Everett. 425-258-1449.

THURSDAYS Free Meditation Workshop – 7-8pm. Join us for deep, relaxing guided meditation and discussion about chakras and subtle energies in the body. No special clothing and seating is necessary. Children are welcome. Free. Bel-

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Sunday Morning Meditation Class – 10-11:30am. Classes include clear teachings, meditations, and prayers in the inspiring Kadampa World Peace Temple. All are welcome. Donations accepted. Kadampa Meditation Center, 6556 24th Ave NW, Seattle. 206-526-9565. Sunday Meditation – 11am-12pm. Learn how to meditate. Come in any Sunday for a guided meditation hour and discover spiritual techniques that can help. Visit our website to learn what is offered each week. Free. CDM, 2402 Summit Ave, Everett. 425-258-1449.

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Ananda Ananda Community Open House & Solstice Celebration: The Sun Shines on Hope for a Better World!

Saturday, June 21, 3-6 pm at Ananda Community, 20715 Larch Way, Lynnwood, WA Enjoy tours of homes, gardens and grounds as well as music, refreshments, and booths with products and information. Activities for children. Solstice celebration at 5 pm. All free - all are welcome!

Science of Meditation and Yoga

4 Thursdays beginning June 5, 7 - 8:45 pm at Ananda Meditation Temple in Bothell Hard science is catching up with what meditators have known for a long time: deep breathing, relaxation, and meditation can change our bodies at a genetic level. The class is open to all, regardless of whether you have a meditation practice, want to meditate, or are simply curious. Taught by Murali Venkatrao, life-long yogi and director of Ananda Yoga Teacher Training in Washington.

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200 hr Teacher Certification 11 weekends over 6 months beginning September 5, 2014 Led by Murali Venkatrao and Michelle Marshall. See website for details. • 425-806-3700

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